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Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Friday ((July 20). Each division raced for a purse of $37,966. Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) wins first division of the NYSS. JNR Express (Jim Marohn Jr) jumped out to the lead hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :59.3. Cavill Hanover ($8.20) took control on the backstretch. Trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Vanersol Inc., and Wolgang A Stable inc., he would lead them to three-quarters in 1:27.3 and win going away in a lifetime best of 1:56.4. JNR Express held for second. Kredit Karma (Brian Sears) finished third. Cavill Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl. He is now two for two in his young career. Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is impressive in the second division of the NYSS. Brady Bunch (Andy Miller) controlled all the early fractions (:29.0, :59.0, 1:27.3). Gimpanzee ($3.40) went first-over from third before the three-quarter mark. Trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., and SRF Stable, he wore down second place finisher Brady Bunch to win easily in 1:56.1. Chapter Fashion (Mike Simons) was third best. Gimpanzee is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows. He used a career best time to go two for two in his career. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggert Jr.) is an upset winner in the third division of the NYSS. Leap Year Lucky (Dan Daley) led the trotters to a first quarter of :28.4 and to the half in :59.4. Winning Habit (Andy Miller) took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.2. Chip Chip Conway ($22.40) was third heading to three-quarters. Owned by Ken Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger, he charged late down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Our White Night (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late to finish second. Winning Habit settled for third. Chip Chip Conway is a 2-year-old gelding by Conway Hall-Get Chipped. It was his second win in four lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (July 20) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) won the second of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore harness racing trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 19). Repentance (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first to the quarter in 27.0. Atlanta ($2.10) who is trained by Rick Zeron, stormed to the front just after the quarter and controlled the race the rest of the way (:57.0, 1:26.4, 1:53.4). Her win in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) was never in doubt. Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) was second best with Repentance getting third money. Atlanta is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven and is owned by the team of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Howard Taylor, Holland Racing Stable, and Bradley Grant. She is now five for five this season and nine for fourteen in her career. Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) holds off Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) to win the NYSS first division ($60,200). Ciao Dolce led to a first quarter in :27.3. Lima Novelty ($3.00) went first-over from fourth and brushed by to take the lead before hitting the half in :57.0. She continued to lead, hitting three-quarters in 1:26.1. Ciao Dolce followed in the pocket until mid stretch. She would go first over and battle down the rest of the stretch but Lima Novelty dug in and held on to win in 1:54.1. Ciao Dolce settled for second while Tribute To Seven (Matt Kakaley) fired late to finish third. Lima Novelty is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, she won for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in her career. Scott Zeron won three on the night as he added a win with the Russian Spy ($4.40). Matt Kakaley visited the winner's circle three times on the night as well. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($48.00), Byway ($10.20), and White Cheetah ($5.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 20) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting colts and geldings will take place at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 20). All divisions will race for a purse of $37,966 each. The morning line favorite for the first division is Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Muscle Mass-Cr Calendar Girl is trained by Svanstedt for owners Little E LLC., Vanersol Inc., and Wolfgang A Stable Inc. He is one for one in his young career. His victory came at a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750). The second morning line choice in the first division is Skyway Kon Man (Trond Smedshammer) at 3-1. The 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Keystone Sadie is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. He finished third at a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750) in his only career start. In the second division the morning line choice is the Jimmy Takter trained Keystone Cash (Josert Fonseca) at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Keystone Cola is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor, and Order By Stable. He has a win and a second in two career start. His victory was in the NYSS race at Monticello ($27,750). Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is the second morning line choice in the second division at 3-1. Marcus Melander trains for owners Courant Inc., and SRF Stable. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750) in his only start. The 2-1 morning line favorite in the final division of the NYSS is Captain Krupnik (Ake Svanstedt). Owned by Lars Berg and Svanstedt (trainer), the 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Salt Hill Brigid was second in his only career start. It was during a leg of the NYSS at Monticello ($27,750). The second morning line choice in the third division is Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) at 3-1. The freshman gelding by Conway Hall-Get Chipped has one win in three career starts. He is owned by Ken Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 20) starts at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Batavia, NY---As the doors swing open for the start of the 72nd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs on Monday (July 23), patrons, horsemen and horsewomen will see a multitude of changes made by the track to improve the racing product and enhance the wagering value. The 2018 racing session features 70 dates, including seven matinees that all start at 1:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evening post times are 5:00 p.m. with Friday and Saturday night races beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are four twilight Saturday programs during the season on Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov.17 and Dec 15 with a 4:45 p.m. post. Those racing at the Downs this year will be greeted by $600,000 worth of paddock improvements including a new barn that will house two additional races. It was constructed adjacent to the existing four-race paddock and across from the 16-stall wash barn and finished off with fresh blacktop. The new layout of the complex will allow for six races to be in the paddock at one time and provide uncluttered ease of bathing for horses that are done racing. Fans viewing the races on the monitors in the stands or via simulcast will enjoy an enhanced video product thanks to a brand new audio/visual studio that will broadcast everything in full digital video. The state-of-the-art control room will make the Batavia Downs signal and programming the best the track has ever offered and make the races easier and more enjoyable to watch. Another change that will be noticeable from both sides of the fence is the passing lane has been removed from the home stretch of the track. Batavia Downs has had a passing lane since 1989 and during that time the track has seen the bias towards inside posts go up dramatically. So in an attempt to create more early movement making outside posts more bettable and decrease the amount of winning favorites, this change was implemented. "This year we've made some changes that we feel will help the horsemen and bettors alike" said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "The new paddock will make the transition from race to race much easier for our participants and removing the passing lane should add some value for our gamblers. We look forward to getting underway and expect and exciting season of racing." The schedule looks to provide some of the best competition the track has seen and the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) will be the centerpiece of it. Eight divisions of state-breds will visit the Downs and there will be $800,000 (est.) up for grabs for the participating horses. Then on Friday (Sept. 21), all eight NYSS final consolation races will be held at the Downs with an additional $320,000 to be doled out. That same night the Downs two signature races will be held. The $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial trot and $15,000 Duke Dranichek Memorial pace will feature some of the best Open talent around including the richest pacer of all time. Trainer Ron Burke has marked his calendar and said the $7.5 million-dollar man/100-win wonder, Foiled Again is scheduled to compete in the Dranichek pace. Foiled Again has won three $50,000 Kane Memorials in Batavia along with two Saturday night Opens. He likes the track and he's coming back for a farewell appearance before his mandatory retirement at the end of the year. "September 9th is the 30th anniversary of Batavia Downs hosting the Breeders Crown and the card we have on tap for September 21 this year rivals that historic night for purses and competition. And to have Foiled Again here on top of it makes it a real draw for western New York" Haight said. The very next night (Saturday Sept.22) the very popular racing under saddle or "RUS" will return for the third year with horses and riders from New York RUS. They will attempt to break the track record that was set in 2016 when they made their first appearance at the track. The driving colony will be filled with familiar faces but with last year's dash title winner Larry Stalbaum not returning, a new champion will be crowned in December. Drew Monti, who is western New York's leading dash driver this year, will be in the mix along with Shawn Gray, Kevin Cummings, Ray Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. and John Cummings Jr. to name a few. On the conditioning side, last year's leading trainer Kim Asher will be back but with a reduced stable. That will open the door for the red hot James Clouser Jr. and three-time best Batavia conditioner JD Perrin to vie for top honors. Also competing at the Downs this meet will be 18-year-old Riley Asher-Stalbaum who began her training career earlier this year. She has made an instant impact among area trainers with a sparkling Universal Training Rating (UTR) of .428. Once again the fans will enjoy a plethora of promotions this year and as always, there will be something for everyone on tap. As has been the norm for many years, racing programs will be free on opening night and the first Saturday of the meet to welcome back our racing fans and each program contains a valuable free play coupon redeemable on the gaming floor. Sunday (July 29) and every Sunday in August is Dollar Days at the Downs. Fans can enjoy dollar drafts, sodas and hot dogs on the apron. On Saturday (Aug. 4) 10 lucky fans will win a stay at the beautiful new Batavia Downs Hotel which is connected to the race track and gaming floor. One lucky fan will win a $3,000 diamond pendant on Saturday (Aug. 11) during a jewelry night giveaway sponsored by TAG Jewelers. On Saturday (Aug.25) 10 lucky Patrons will win $100 gift certificates to the Spa at Artemis. Family Fun Days and the Wiener Dog races will return on Sunday (Aug. 26). The day includes free activities of all kinds for the kids. Then after the live racing is finished, the Wiener Dogs will hit the track for the main event. Genesee Feeds of Batavia is the official sponsor of this event. The traditional Driver's Bike Race will return for the 40th year on Labor Day (Sept. 3). Eight of the Down's favorite drivers will be pedaling bicycles from the top of the turn to the wire. Eight fans who select the winning driver will win the bikes used in the race. Labor Day also features the annual chicken barbecue. For information on racing or promotions log onto www.bataviadownsgaming.com . by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (July 19). Including the anticipated return of Atlanta the track record holder for all trotters at the Miracle Mile. Atlanta (Scott Zeron) will compete in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) and is installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The last time the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven took to the track at Vernon she won the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final. She trotted the fastest mile ever at Vernon Downs in a time of 1:50.3, easily beating Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass) by four and a half lengths. That is significant because Plunge Blue Chip just posted a world record time of 1:49.4 for 3-year-old trotters of either sex at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 1$) in the second of two Del Miller Memorial races ($128,500). Atlanta who istrained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant, is four for four as a sophomore. Her last time out she won a leg of the NYYS ($40,600) at Tioga Downs where she once again easily beat Plunge Blue Chip, setting the track record for 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.2. Her toughest competitor will be 3-1 morning line second choice, Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt). She is part of the Svanstedt trained entry along with Fury Road (Dan Dube). Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky) is owned by Savanstedt, Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting Corp. She has four wins in seven starts so far this season. She has won NYSS races at Yonkers ($42,975), Monticello ($30,450), and Buffalo ($29,250). In the first division of the NYSS ($60,200), the Morning line favorite is Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) at 2-1. A 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven, she is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. She has three wins in 2018. She has won the Mary Reynolds Stakes ($66,200) at the Meadowlands and a NYSS race at Buffalo ($30,450). The second Morning line choice in the second division is Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. Owned by Kjell Anderson and trained by Svanstedt. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($29,850) and Buffalo ($29,850). The nine race card starts at Venon Downs starts on Thursday (July 19) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Buffalo Raceway has seen 10 track records either tied or broken during the 2018 season and when the 2-year-old colt and geldings step onto the racing surface Wednesday night (July 18) in a pair of $53,500 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), a pair of long-standing marks could be in serious jeopardy.   The oldest record currently listed is for 2-year-old geldings of 1:56.3 established in 2010 by Roadside Delight while the colt's barrier of 1:55.4 was set in 2013 by He's Watching. With near perfect weather conditions in the forecast, another editing of the record book is possible.   One entrant is already in possession of a track standard at Monticello and that is Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) who will appear in the opener on the 10-race card. He's a perfect 2-for-2 in his brief career including a record time of 1:54.3 at Monticello on July 4. That time erased the previous barrier of 1:55.2 clocked by Freedomformysoul in 2014.   Melodies Major, who has captured both his Sire Stakes races, drew the two post and is the even money morning line favorite with Tyler Buter getting the call in the sulky. Melodies Major has yet to trail in any of his pari-mutual starts and has amassed $53,250 already.   His main competition could come from Jack Nation, a winner last time out in the NYSS on July 4 at Monticello in 1:57.0. Drawing the rail with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike, Jack Nation (American Ideal-Ladyjack) was 12 lengths behind at one point but closed like a train to pull off the half-length score over Covered Bridge (American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses).   The field of six also includes KJ Leo (Jason Bartlett), Keystone Dakota (Kevin Cummings), Covered Bridge (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Rock American (Scott Coulter).   The second division, slated for the back half of the early daily double, looks to be a wide-open event with Bicorne Hanover getting the slight 2-to-1 morning line edge from the pylons. Cummings will steer the Ron Burke-trained freshman colt. Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover) has a second and fourth place finish in his two Sire Stakes appearances.   Jojo's Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) hopes to get out of a third place rut. Conditioned by John Butenschoen, he's had two show finishes in his pair of NYSS outings and will get the services of Bartlett out of the four spot.   Completing the field will be Shanghai Bobby (Morrill Jr.), Bean (Coulter), P Zonka (Drew Monti) and Jet Rock (Marohn Jr.).   There are also a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series races on the program and a $6,400 leg of the Excelsior B Series. First post is 5 p.m.   It's the last week of action in 2018 at Buffalo Raceway. For more information including the latest news, simulcast schedule, upcoming promotions, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Monticello, NY - Go down the road as fast and far as you can go seemed to be the tactic of the day as many of the afternoon participants of Monticello Raceway's Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts tried to follow that pattern, some were successful, others not. The first division of NYSS raced for a purse of $38,500, the short 5 horse field saw Don (Andy Miller) first away from the gate from the rail, Dan Daley and Purpose Blue Chip also left hard but were content to let Don cut the fractions and tucked in the 3 hole. Don lead the pack thru every fraction of 28.4, 58.2. Purpose Blue Chip pulled at the half and never saw the rail after that and continued grinding his way towards the leaders on the outside. Don was still on top at the ¾ in 1:27.3, by now Purpose Blue Chip was at his throat latch. At the top of the lane, Don and Purpose Blue Chip were trotting in unison but Purpose Blue Chip held on over Don by a length, a fast closing On The Ropes (Svanstedt) finished 3rd. The son of Chapter Seven notched his 3rd win of the season for owners Daley, Crawford and Lombardo. A happy Dan Daley said in the winner's circle "I put the trotting hobbles on him a month ago to help steady him out and it really worked, he can really trot the turns fast now" Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 in Excelsior B ranks. In the second division worth $39,200, 14-1 Lindsey's Pride and Marcus Miller cut the early fractions without any pressure in 29, 59.1, the 1-9 favorite The Veteran was the first to start the outer flow at the half followed by Winning Shadow. Lindsey's Pride still had the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:28.1 but The Veteran was gaining even but the effort soon stalled near the paddock turn., Winning Shadow who followed live cover fanned out in the lane and passed The Veteran to win in 1:57.4 by a diminishing length. Winning Shadow picked up his 3rd win of the year for owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva. The son of Credit Winner is trained by Jake Huff and was driven to victory by Mike Simons. Not respected by the betting public, Winning Shadow paid $27.80 to win, the 2-5 exacta was worth $58.50 The Veteran was second and Cruising In Style was third. The early trt setter Lindsey's Pride faded to 5th. In the 3rd and final division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) starting from post 5 Clive Bigsby and Scott Zeron lead at every stanza 28.3,58.0,1:27.2 with the heavy favorite Chasin Dreams sitting the pocket. Perlucky and Trond Smedshammer were content stalking the leaders in 4th. At the ¾ pole Perlucky was the first to move, the son of Lucky Chucky tried to pull up passing the paddock draw gate, Smedshammer barked at his mount to pay attention and he quickly responded and trotted home strong to win in a tight 3 horse photo in 1:57.2 over Clive Bigsby and Chasin Dreams. It was the first seasonal win for Perlucky and his owner Purple Haze Stable LLC of Fairport NY. Excelsior A The 2-5 favorite, Lunar Credit and Scott Zeron beat up the Excelsior A bunch again and picked up his 5th consecutive win for trainer George Ducharme in 1:59.1, the son of Credit Winner is owned by Little E, Geiger, Stolz and Living The Dream Racing. Im the Muscle was second, followed by Massamillion. Seven Iron ($8.50) lead from start to finish to win by 3 lengths in 1:57.4 for driver Jason Bartlett, recent Hall of Fame nominee Linda Toscano trains the son of Chapter Seven for owner Ken Jacobs. Troller (Marcus Miller) also scored a wire to wire win in 1:58, trotting the fastest last quarter of the afternoon in 28.3 for trainer Paul Kelly for his third win in a row. Excelsior B Pappagiorgio (Muscle Mass) and Dan Cappello scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1 for his 4th seasonal win. Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 Blue Chip Farms, Credit Winner led all Sires with 3 winning sons. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) took center stage at the Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (July 15). St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) charged late to win the third division ($36,566). Zero Tolerance (David Miller) charged out of the gate and controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). St Somewhere ($2.90) who is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable & P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby with Weaver Bruscemi, followed in the pocket until almost mid-stretch, fired like he had a jet pack on and got by just before the wire in 1:52.2. She missed the track record for 2-year-old filly pacers by two fifths of a second. Zero Tolerance settled for second. Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) was third. St Somewhere is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-Somstreetsomewhere. It was her second win in three lifetime starts. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) holds on to capture first division of NYSS ($35,866). Prescient Beauty ($2.80) made every pole a winning one (:28.1, :57.1, 1:25.3, 1:54.1). Owned by James Avritt Sr. and trained by Gregg McNair, she looked like she was going to breeze in the stretch but Crazy Cute (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late but just fell short to finish second. Ladybeluckytonite was third. Prescient Beauty is a 2-year-old by Art Major-Precious Beauty. She is two for two in her young career. The 1:54.1 is her fastest. Long shot Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter) fires late to capture the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Sun Viser (Tim Tetrick) went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of :28.0 and half of :57.3. Gia's Surreal (Doug McNair) flew by on the backstretch and led them to three-quarters in 1:25.3. She look like she was poised to win. Boogie Roll ($27.40) was fifth after the three-quarter mark. Owned by Joe Lee, Diamond Pride, Sholty Racing, I Goldfarb and trained by Buzzy Sholty, she went three widein the stretch and went on by to win her first career race in 1:54.0. Gia's Surreal settled for second. JK American Beauty (Yannick Gingras) finished third. Boogie Roll is a 2-year-old filly by Roll With Joe-Boogie Woogie Flu. Tioga Downs returns to live racing when they host NYSS freshman trotting colts on Friday (July 20) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Three divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old harness racing pacing fillies come to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 15). In the first division ($35,866), Crazy Cute (Art Major-Crazy Luv Bug) is the morning line favorite at 2-1. She is driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Mark Harder and owner Joseph Jannuzzelli. She has two seconds in her two lifetime starts including a runner-up finish during a leg of the NYSS ($54,000) at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). The second morning line choice at 5-2 is Prescient Beauty (Art Major-Precious Beauty). Owned by James Avritt Sr., driven by Doug McNair and trained by Gregg McNair, she is one for one in her career with a impressive win at Woodbine Standardbred at Mohawk (July 2). The second division ($36,566) morning line favorite at 5-2 is JK American Beauty (American Ideal-JK Black Beauty). Driven by Yannick Gingras for owner 3 Brothers Stables and trainer Nancy Johansson, her best finish was a second in a leg of the NYSS ($54,000)at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). The second choice at 3-1 is Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra). Daniel Dube takes over the driving duties for owner Crawford Farms Racing and trainer Chris Oakes. She won a leg of the NYSS ($52,500) at Buffalo Raceway (June 20). She was third behind runner-up JK American Beauty at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). The third division of the NYSS ($36,566) for freshman pacing fillies, features 2-1 morning line favorite, the Ron Burke trained St Somewhere (American Ideal-Somstreetsomwhere). In her second lifetime start she won a leg of the NYSS ($54,000) at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). Yannick Gingras drives for owners Burke Racing Stable and P. Collura, J&T Ailva -Purnell Libby with Weaver Bruscemi. So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) is the second choice in the third division at 5-2. Tim Tetrick drives for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owner William Hartt. She also won a leg of the NYSS ($54,000) at Yonkers Raceway (July 6). Post time for the 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 15) is 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was another harness racing day at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) and there was another track record broken as Amal Hall ($3.20) did the honors this time with a hard-fought neck victory in her $36,000 (approx.) division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the 2-year-old filly trotters.   Amal Hall (Andy Miller) went the mile in 1:59.0, blowing away the previous mark of 2:00.0 set last season by Plunge Blue Chip. It was the tenth track record either broke or tied at Buffalo Raceway in 2018.   Miller swept the NYSS early daily double as he guided With Out A Doubt ($3.70) to the win in 2:00.4 while Safe Word ($5.10) captured the final bracket with a 4-3/4 length decision in 2:01.0 with Jeff Gregory in the bike.   In the opener, Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the pace while Sensibility (Scott Zeron) and Amal Hall tucked into second and third respectively. Approaching the three-quarter marker, Miller tipped Amal Hall first over and began to chip into the lead turning for home.   Eventually, Amal Hall wore down the pace-setting Quincy Blue Chip and managed to stick a neck in front at the wire for the win. Sensibility took the show position.   "When I pulled her out, she kept going faster and faster," Miller said of Amal Hall. "I am happy with her performance. She's a nice filly."   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Getty Stable and the Dumain Haven Farm, Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is trained by Julie Miller. The win was the second in three tries this season for Amal Hall who pushed her earnings to $47,058.   Miller made it two straight as he used the passing lane to give With Out A Doubt a three-quarter length score over Gobi Princess (Zeron) and Exotic Diamond (Morrill Jr.).   Summermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) set the tempo with splits of :30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 but was under siege as the field turned for home. With Out A Doubt dropped to the 'lightning lane' and was the quickest in the dash to the wire.   Co-owned by Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy and James Moran, With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) is trained by Erv Miller. The win was the first in three attempts for With Out A Doubt, now a winner of $29,140.   The final division was a stroll for Safe Word as she went right to the lead and never looked back in posting a solid 4-3/4 length triumph over Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.). It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) took the show position.   Safe Word posted splits of :30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.0 and had no threats in cruising to the finish line.   Owned by driver/trainer Gregory, William Richardson, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck, Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) has now posted two wins in three starts, earning $44,321.   Miller finished the night with three wins as he drove Song Chapter ($5.00) to a victory in a $15,000 division of the Excelsior A Series with a mile of 2:04.0. Barn Tease ($5.10) took the other leg as Claude Huckabone Jr. steered her to the decision in 2:03.2.   In the $6,600 Excelsior B events, Ms O'Reilly ($12.60) took her race for Gregory with a 2:04.4 mark while Morganslovin Dream (Daley) trotted the mile in 2:04.2 and returned $5.10 in the victory.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Vernon Downs welcomes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday (July 12). All divisions will race for a purse of $39.900 each. In the first division, the American Ideal filly, Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr.) is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Owned by All Star Racing and trained by Peter Foley, she is two for ten as a sophomore. Her biggest win was a victory in a leg of the NYSS ($58,000) at Buffalo Raceway (June 13). She has six career wins. The second morning line choice is Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr.) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. Owned by M. Kinsey, E. Mcenery, M. Gluckman, and trainer Richard Silverman. She has two wins in 2018, including a NYSS ($56,833) win against Checkered Past at Yonkers Raceway (June 21). In the second division, Ubettergo Go (Mark MacDonald) is the 2-1 morning line favorite. The 3-year-old Art Major filly is two for five in her sophomore season, both wins were in legs of the NYSS. The first win was at Saratoga ($60,200) on May 27th and the second one was on June 3rd at Tioga Downs ($40,600). She is owned by Tony Basile, Reginald Petipas, Ozzie MacKay, and trainer Blake Macintosh. The Ron Burke trained duo of Let's Fall In Love (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Pueblo Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley) should be her toughest competition.   Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven) is the second choice at 3-1. Owned by W J Donovan, she has one win in seven starts this season with a victory at the Meadowlands (April).   Pueblo Blue Chip (American Ideal) is the third choice in the second division at 9-2. She has NYSS wins at Saratoga ($60,200) and Yonkers Raceway ($57,833). Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Menary Racing Inc., and Michael Guerriero. She has three career victories.   The third division features the 2-1 morning line favorite Kimberlee (Jim Marohn Jr.). Trained by Ake Svanstedt for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Asa Sjorberg. The 3-year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven is five for ten in 2018.   The second choice at 3-1 is Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley). Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC., while trained by Ron Burke. Jewels Forreal is a 3-year-old filly by So Surreal. She has two win this season and five career victories.   The 10 race card on Thursday (July 12) starts at 6:10 p.m.   For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They may be young and inexperienced but the 2-year-old filly trotters that are entered in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) seem to have started off their careers in pretty good fashion.   There are 17 freshmen fillies that will be involved in three divisions worth $36,000 (approx.) each, With a combined 32 starts between them, the ladies have produced six victories, 10 second place finishes and a trio of thirds.   With nine track records either being tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway thus far in 2018, the 2:00.0 mark for the 2-year-old filly trotters established last year by Plunge Blue Chip looks very vulnerable with warm, dry conditions expected.   The opening leg, scheduled as the first race, is certainly the stacked race. Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) was installed as the 7-to-5 favorite with Andy Miller slated to drive. Amal Hall has a first and second place finish in her two career outings, both coming in the NYSS. She captured her bracket in 2:02 at Monticello on June 25 and was second at Yonkers Raceway on July 3, losing by 3/4 lengths in 1:58.2.   Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation) looms as the main threat thanks to a pair of narrow second place finishes in Sire Stakes. Scott Zeron will steer Sensibility from the two post at 3-to-1.   Others involved include Lifetime Credit (John Stark Jr.), Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Blue Ribbon Gal (Jonathan Drury).   With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) headlines the second division which will go off as the back half of the early daily double. She lost by a mere head at Yonkers on July 3 to Safe Word. Miller will guide With Out A Doubt from the three hole as the 8-to-5 morning line pick.   Exotic Dream (Rc Royalty-Not A Diva) is the lone entrant that has a win thus far in her brief career. She picked that up in the Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on June 25, winning by a head in 2:05.3, making up nearly 12 lengths along the way.   The remainder of the field includes Gobi Princess (Zeron), Lindy In The Sky (Claude Huckabone Jr.), Somermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) and Royal Trumpery (Jeff Gregory).   The last leg is scheduled for fifth race and Safe Word gets the slight 2-to-1 nod with Gregory in the bike. Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) won her last outing by a head over With Out A Doubt in 2:00.4 in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on July 3.   Hot Chapter (Chapter Seven-Some Like It Hot) drew the rail for Miller and is the 5-to-2 second choice. She has a second and third place finish in her two starts this season, both in NYSS competition.   The rest of the participants include It's My Party (Sam Schillaci), Pittstop Beki (Daley), Bit Coin (Drew Monti) and Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.).   There's 14 races scheduled on the card which begins at 5 p.m. The Excelsior Series will feature a pair of $15,000 events in the "A" division while the "B" classification will have two races going for $6,600 apiece.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Monticello, NY - The majority of the 72 2-year-old colts and geldings were on their best behavior Monday afternoon July 9 at Monticello Raceway, 4 divisions of Sire Stakes were contested, each offering a purse of $27,750. Also on tap were 4 Excelsior A's worth $15,000 per dash and 2 Heats of the Excelsior B, each worth $6,500. In the first division, Brian Sears aboard Gimpanzee took control of the fractions after taking the lead past the ¼ in 31.0 and continued to take the pack thru fraction of 1:02, 1:32.2 on his way to a 1 length victory in 2:02.4. Gimpanzee is trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc. and SRF Stable of Delray Beach. The $170,000 son of Chapter 7 notched his first lifetime win. Leap Year Lucky (Dan Daley) was second, followed by Light Come On (Scott Zeron) The second heat saw Pushthebuttonmax take the field of 8 to the ¼ in 30.2, and the half in 1:01.0, the eventually race winner Keystone Cash was the first to pull at the half first over. As the pack headed down the back side the second time, Takter aboard Keystone Cash were in control at the ¾ in 1:30 and put a quick 3 lengths on the rest of the field and held on for the win by 2 lengths in 1:59.3. The son of Chapter Seven is owned by Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable. Race 6 was the 3rd heat of NYSS, Scott Zeron and Jake G's Champion looked to score a wire to wire win as he was the first to trip the first 2 beams in 30.2 and 1:01.4. Certify (Claude Hukabone Jr.) was the first to the ¾ in 1:32.1. Jimmy Marohn Jr. who had been wrangling with JNR Express (PP7) the entire mile, was full of trot in the paddock turn and continued his attack and overtook Certify by a slim head in 2:01.4. Getting no respect from the betting public JNR Express, returned $61.50. The son of Conway Hall is trained by Jessica Okusko. Certify held on for 2nd and the early pacesetter Jake G's Champion finished 3rd. Down the road was the rule of the day, and Ake Svanstedt did just that with his pupil Cavill Hanover, the son of Muscle Mass scored a well in hand win in 2:02.4 for owner's Little E LLC, Vanersol Inc and Wolfgang Stable. Our White Knight (Scott Zeron) was 2nd followed by Fashion For Credit from the 8 hole. In one of the afternoons more impressive races, Mr. Vicktor trotted his middle half in 58.2 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and won by 15 lengths in his Excelsior A race in 2:00 for trainer and part owner Buzzy Sholty. The son of RC Royalty will be looking to shed his Excelsior company and take on all comers next start for owners Joe Lee and Diamond Pride Stable. Crazy Every Time lit up the tote in his Excelsior B heat, the son of Crazed scored from the 3 hole in 2:03 and paid $88.00 for win. Other winners on the card were Speeding Moose (Dan Daley) in 2:08.1, Praying Angel (Jim Morrill Jr.) in 2:02.4, Frank Hanover (Claude Hukabone Jr.) 2:07.4, Trond Smedshammer scored with 2 Purple Haze horses Bazillionare in 2:03.1 and Charismo in 2:07.1. Next up on the Sire Stakes calendar is 3 Year Old Trotting Colts on Monday July 16. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- "That was crazy. Horses aren't supposed to go that fast here," driver Brett Miller said after Hitman Hill annihilated the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old gelded pacers with a 1:51.4 mile on Sunday (July 8) in winning his $39,000 (approx.) division of the New York Sire Stakes. The previous standard was 1:53.1 established in 2016 by Missile J.   Other winners were Rootin Tootin ($2.90) who posted a 3/4-length victory in 1:53.4 while Trump Nation ($3.00) notched a 3/4-length win in 1:54.0 on the crystal clear afternoon.   Things didn't go the way Miller had hoped at the start with Hitman Hill. "I wanted to get to the lead and go from there but they (Rockapelo and Topville Olympian) were just going too fast so I had to drop into third."   After watching splits of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:24.2, Miller guided Hitman Hill to the outside with a panel to race and used a :27.0 last quarter to secure the victory in record time. Topville Olympian (James MacDonald) took second with Rockapelo (Jim Morrill Jr.) securing the third place check.   Co-owned by Tim Hill and the Northfork Racing Stable., it was the second win in seven tries in 2018 for Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker). The win upped his seasonal bankroll to $115,870 and $262,403 in his brief 14-race career.   Rootin Tootin used the passing lane to gain the lead and managed to hold off a late rally by Twin B Tuffenuff (Miller) to post the victory in the opening leg. My Delight took the show position.   With My Delight (Scott Zeron) setting the pace with fractions of :28.0, :57.0, and 1:26.1, Rootin Tootin eventually shook free from third and poured it on with a :27.2 last frame.   Morrill Jr. said of Rootin Tootin, "He doesn't like the front end so I took him back. He gets lazy on the front end. But when we found racing room in the stretch, he sprinted to the line. It all worked out well."   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Fred Brayford and Robert MacNeil, it was the third victory in seven starts this year for Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe, Wild Retreat). The 3-year-old colt has earned $49,195 in 2018 and $113,041 lifetime.   Trump Nation, the winner Rooney Pace earlier this season at Yonkers, never got to the lead until past the opening quarter marker and hung on late to beat Real Surreal (MacDonald) in the final division.   "I wanted to follow the four (Real Surreal) but that didn't work out so I had to go," Bartlett said of making the big brush to the top early.   With fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26.3, Trump Nation needed every moment in going :27.2 in the lane to hold of the late charges of Real Surreal (MacDonald) and Major Authority (Morrill Jr.). "He dug in when he had to," Bartlett said of Trump Nation..   The 3-year-old colt is co-owned by the Crawford Racing Stable and Evan Katz. Trained by Chris Oakes, Trump Nation (Betterthancheddar-Late Flyin N) has produced $209,346 in winning this year and $259,656 lifetime.   Driver/trainer Ray Schnittker took both the $15,000 Excelsior A race and the $6,500 Excelsior B event.   Schnittker registered a $14,20 surprise with Major Sugar Rush in 1:54.1 in the "A" race and then captured the "B" bracket as Damion Diesel Hahn cruised to a $9.30 score in 1:55.4.   Bartlett, Morrill Jr. Schnittker and Ray Fisher Jr. each had doubles on the program while Oakes and Schnittker had two training victories.   Racing will return on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with a 14-race program scheduled. The card will be highlighted by the New York Sire Stakes with the 2-year-old filly trotters ready to compete.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Monticello, NY - On Monday July 9, at Monticello Raceway the entire program is comprised of New York Sire Stakes for 2 Year Old Trotting Filly's. The 11 race card features 4 divisions of Sire Stakes in races 4 - $27,750 - 5 - $27,750 6 - $27,250 and 7 - $27,750. The Excelsior Series are well represented with 4 Excelsior A's worth $15,000 per dash and 2 Heats of the Excelsior B, each worth $6,500. The Credit Winner Filly is trained by Ed Hart, Jason Bartlett is driving. The Marcus Melander trained Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven) a $170,000 yearling purchase is making her first pari mutual debut for the Courant Inc and SRF Stable of Delray Beach, Florida. Regular Melander driver Brian Sears will drive. The bay filly trotted her first lifetime start in 1:55 at a Meadowlands baby race. Winnerup, (PP4) trotted her last quarter in 27 in her lone 2 YO Baby race, owned by the Purple Haze Stable, Trond Smedshammer will drive. Chapter Fashion will be looking to make a statement in the 2nd dash, the Jim Campbell trained filly (Chapter 7) is owned by recent Hall of Fame Inductee Jules Siegal. The filly has back to back baby race wins under her belt, she romped last week by 6 to win in 1:59.2. Keystone Cash has been a pair of place showings and a 3rd, under her belt so far, this year. Jimmy Takter will drive the Chapter Seven lass for owners Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor and Order By Stable. The 3rd heat, has 2 winners from Buffalo Sire Stake action last week, Certify (PP4) won her division in 2:05.1, the Credit Winner filly will be driven by regular driver Claude Huckabone Jr for owner - trainer Earl Sauve. Right next to her behind the starting gate is Xcuseme, the other winner at Buffalo last time out in 2:06.3, John Stark will drive the RC Royalty offspring. Trainer George Ducharme has enjoyed much Sire Stake success at Monticello over the last few years, looks to extent his luck with Jakes G's Champion (RC Royalty) she finished second last week to Horns For Three, beaten ¾ of a length. Scott Zeron will drive for longtime Ducharme patron Raymond Campbell. The final heat of Sire Stakes, Chip Chip Conway has been installed the morning line favorite and will start from the rail with Jim Taggart Jr. in the bike. The Gary Messenger trained son of Conway Hall skipped it off last week in Buffalo in the 1st turn. He should find familiar territory on his home town track. Fashion For Credit (PP8) is the 3-1 co favorite, another potent Jim Campbell - Jules Siegal trainee. The $50,000 Credit Winner filly was second last start, just missing by neck in 1:58.3. Dan Daley is due for a visit the winners circle at Monticello Raceway, just missing on several occasions early this year in Sire Stakes competition. The dry spell could end with Whimzical Chapter (PP6). by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

On a hot, sticky afternoon, Monticello Raceway hosted a special July 4th Sire Stake card, although the famous Monticello Raceway fireworks are scheduled for Friday July 6th at 10pm, Melodies Major put on his own fireworks show in the last race of the day in the 2nd division of Sire Stakes worth $54,500. Major Blake (PP4) was the first away from the gate going into the first turn, Tyler Buter carefully floated the co-favorite Melodies Major, starting from post position 7, away from the gate and around the first turn. Major Blake had not choice to relinquish the lead as Melodies Major brushed past him and got the lead on the outside at the ¼ in 28.2. Melodies Major paced his second quarter in 29 and steamed his way to the half in 57.2. Major Blake was right on Tyler Buters helmet the entire mile, the positions remain unchanged as they hit the ¾ in 1:26.2. The robust son of Art Major - Hilarious, looked like a man amongst boys down the lane and unleashed a 28.1 final stanza for an easy win in 1:54.3, eclipsing the former track record for of 1:55:2, set by Freedomformysoul in 2014. The Mark Ford trained freshman is owned by Martin Scharf and now has 2 Sire Stakes blankets in his tack trunk in 2 starts and has earnings of $53,250. Major Blake held on for second, followed by JoJo's Place who garnered the show position. The afternoons second Sire Stake ($55,500) event came in race 4, Shanghai Bobby left hard from the 6 hole and powered his way to the front and got the lead just past the ¼. He was followed by Covered Bridge, the pair had lengths on the field as they toured past the half way mark in 58.3. Jack Nation followed live cover at the half, as Shanghai Bobby was getting leg weary at the ¾ marker. Jack Nation was now ranging into contention at the 5/8 pole and at the top of the lane had 3 on the field. Although tiring, Jack Nation, just held on for the photo over Covered Bridge (Jim Marohn Jr.) in 1:57. A bridesmaid, no more Jack Nation notched his first career win, the son of American Ideal is trained by Blake Macintosh and was driven for the win by Mark MacDonald. The card offered 3 - $15,000 Excelsior A's heats, Crawford Farms and Northfork Racing Stable saw their well-bred $150,000 yearling CAL (American Ideal - Hulas Z Tam) bull his way to a wire to wire win in 1:58.2, giving Jason Bartlett his second win early in the card. So It Goes (Mike Simons) was second. Light Wind, was extended to the ¼ but made the front and reeled off fractions of 30.2, 1:01, 1:30.4 to win by 2 in 2:00.1. giving Bartlett his 3rd win of the day. The son of Art Major is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and Howard Taylor and was trained by Gareth Dowse, Scott The Great (James Devaux) was second. The front-end speed held up for most of the day as Jordan Stratton followed the winning strategy and guided Queenace Blue Chip (Art Major - Blackjack Princess) to the winner's circle in 1:59.0 for his maiden win. Queenace Blue Chip is trained by Julie Miller. In Excelsior B action, Its Rigged (Jim Marohn Jr.) was content to sit the pocket while Cheyenne Ryan Lee cut the mile by open lengths. Its Rigged had enough in the tank to overtake the pacesetter and won his heat in 1:58.4 for trainer DR Ackerman, the son of Riggins is owned by the Last Hurrah Stable of Pine Bush NY. The trotting bred Baby Maker Hanover (Jason Bartlett) who is by Crazed, out of a Donato Hanover mare won his division in 1:59.3 for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock and Seth Rosenberg. Tom Grossman and Blue Chip Farms and enjoyed a banner July 4th, owner Tom Grossman had 3 winners on the Sire Stake laden card and his Stallions ruled the afternoon as Art Major had 4 winners and American Ideal had a pair. Next up on the sire Stakes Schedule is 2 Year Old Trotting Colt on July 9th, with post time at 12:50 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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