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Owner Ken Jacobs and harness racing trainer Linda Toscano came to Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon with a full quiver. On the programs first race of the day, the regular Sires Stake for 2 year Old Pacing Fillies, racing for a purse of $52,500 showcased Planet Rock. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven - Villa Hanover filly wasted no time leaving from post position 4, in the 5 horse field to show the field thru fractions of 28.2, 58:0, 1:27:1 to win well in hand in 1:55, pacing her last ¼ in 27.4, setting a new track record for 2 Year Old Pacing Fillies. Breaking the previous record of 1:55.2 set by Freetime in 2012, Planet Rock remain flawless, with 6 wins in as many starts with lifetime earnings of $123,000. The combination of Toscano/ Trick swept both ends of the early daily double, the second race was first 1st split of the Excelsior A's Tim Tetrick went down the road with Yourlipstogodsears (Art Major-Role Reversal) score in 1:57.3 for owners South Street Farm & George & Theresa Rath. The Jacobs/Toscano/ Tetrick combo struck again with yet another impressive filly, Robin J, the daughter of Roll With Joe - Mommy Robin Q, was stellar as she scored wire to wire in 1:56.2 by 3 lengths. The filly now sports a bank roll of $158,000 thus far in her brilliant freshman career. The win gave Tim Tetrick a hat trick for the day. By Shawn Wiles

The favorites had their way in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two year old trotting fillies took center stage on the Wednesday harness racing card as three divisions of the $53,500 stakes were featured. Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was the evening's fastest freshman filly as she scored a convincing eleven length victory in 1:58.1 for Jeff Gregory. The Steven Pratt-trained Barn Bella was her race's 1-9 betting favorite as she dominated her competition en route to her fourth win of the season and third in a row in NY Sire Stakes action. Sam Schillaci's Mamora Bay (Chapter Seven) had little difficulty scoring in her division of the NYSS on Wednesday as she trotted to a decisive 8+ length victory in 1:58.2 highlighted by a final half of 57.4. Schillaci trains and drives the filly who was the 1-9 betting favorite as she cruised to a first over victory, a win that was her fourth in six career starts as a freshman. The final division of the $53,500 Sire Stakes wasn't won by the favorite but rather the public's 2-1 second choice in the wagering as Amber Ella (Chapter Seven) came on late to record her second straight win in NYSS competition. Hall of Famer John Campbell piloted Amber Ella for trainer Linda Toscano as the freshman filly took advantage of a break by the race's big favorite and trotted past the rest in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:59.4. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, New York Sire Stakes featuring 3 Year Old Trotting Colts comprised much of the harness racing card. Two divisions of regular Sire Stakes were contested with a purse of $59,100, the Excelsior's A class racing for $15,000 and 1 the Excelsior B's going for $6,600. Smalltownthrowdown took advantage of the short 5 horse field to cut out a wire to wire performance in 1:56.2. The Cash Hall - Ann's Promise colt won by 8 lengths, trotting his last stanza in 28:1 for winning owners Daley, Crawford, Brenner and Lombardo. His earnings thus far this year are $157,000, this was his 3rd win in the elite Sire Stake division this season, with a slate of 12-5-2-1 and lifetime earnings of $280,000. He is trained and driven by Dan Daley, who was also celebrating his birthday today. The Royal Harry and Ake Svanstedt who were making their first start since the Hambletonian made the most of the hugh drop in class to score in 1:59.4. Winning owners Michael and William Pozefsky were on hand in the winning circle. The RC Royalty - Wilsonator returned a paltry $2.70 to his backers. This was his second Sire Stakes victory of the year. In the Excelsior A events, Boxall was a winner for Trainer Jessica Okusko and owner Little E LLC of NY in 2:02.2, Jason Bartlett drive the son of Credit Winner. The Perfect Lindy, a Credit Winner $320,000 yearling purchase scored for Swedish trainer Jonas Czernyson in 1:59.1, he is owned by SRF Stable and was driven to victory by Mark McDonald. McDonald come right back and won the next race with Just For Today in 1:59.2. The Credit Winner - Brandnewgirlfriend is trained by crack trotting horseman Paul Kelly. The Excelsior B class saw local reinsman Bruce Aldrich Jr. steer Hotoff the Skillet to victory in 2:02.1. The son of Broad Bahn is owned by Winback Farms and was trained by H. Hochstetler. Thanks for Playin, who had a slate of 11 wins in 18 starts coming into the race, added to his tally to score in 2:01 with Jim Morrill Jr. aboard. The Lucky Chucky - Olympic Cheers colt is owned by Pine Hill Stable. By Shawn Wiles

Nichols, N.Y. -- Trainer Julie Miller swept both $54,500 New York Sire Stakes events for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings as part of a Sunday (August 21) afternoon harness racing grand slam at Tioga Downs.   Devious Man ($3.10) proved most impressive among 2-year-old trotters to negotiate sloppy going on the 14-race card, drawing clear at will after rating a :59 first half in his Sire Stakes division, carded as race nine. The son of Credit Winner and Miss Garland edged away from his four rivals on the far turn, posting a 5-3/4 length win over Swell Chap (Tim Tetrick) and Royal Casanova (John Campbell) in 1:55.3. Andy Miller drove Devious Man for Stroy, Inc.   Devious Man's stablemate Money MacIntosh ($9.80) prevailed three races earlier, but would have to work a good bit harder to do so. Andy Miller angled the son of Credit Winner and Apple Plush first-over on approach to the backstretch, working to wear down Stick With Me Kid (Jason Bartlett) through a :28.1 third quarter before digging in to stave off the late-rallying Zack's Zoomer (Marcus Miller) by a nose in 1:56.2. Another Chapter (Brett Miller) saved third after being mired in traffic on the far side, while odds-on favorite Such an Angel failed to catch the field after an early break in stride.   The Millers also accounted for one of the four Empire Breeders Classic eliminations on the card, posting a 39-1 upset with Redneck Rally ($80.00) in the day's fifth event. The 3-year-old American Ideal ridgling sustained first-over gains up the backstretch to force a :27.3 third quarter, wearing down prohibitive favorite Roll Away Joe (Jim Morrill, Jr.) and holding off a belated push from Artmagic (Campbell) in 1:52.1.   American Passport ($3.90) captured the other Classic elimination for colts and geldings (race eight), brushing with a circuit to go and parrying a stout challenge from Talk Show (Morrill) in 1:51. Scott Zeron drove the American Ideal colt for trainer Tony Alagna.   In the Classic eliminations for fillies, No Clouds Bluechip ($3.80) and Penpal ($5.80) proved victorious.   No Clouds Bluechip had little trouble prevailing in the day's fourth event, working to a clear lead, turning aside an extended first-over push from Soft Idea (Zeron), and holding pocket rival Major Millie (Jason Bartlett) at bay in 1:53. Brett Miller drove the Roll With Joe filly for John Berger.   In the seventh, Penpal made perfect use of live cover through a :55.4 middle half, drafting behind Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley) before swinging three-wide off the far turn. The daughter of American Ideal rallied to collar both pocket rival Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) and pacesetter WIshy Washy Girl (Morrill) in 1:51.3 with trainer Patrick Lachance in the bike.   The fields for the Empire Breeders Classic finals, scheduled for Sunday, August 28, are as follows (post position, horse, trainer, asterisks denoting elimination winners), with final drivers to be available later in the week:   EBC Filly Pace - $239,225 1 - Soft Idea - Toscano 2 - Wine Snob - Schnittker 3 - No Clouds Bluechip* - Berger 4 - Wishy Washy Girl - Brainard 5 - Penpal* - Lachance 6 - Angels Rockn Pink - Oakes 7 - Major Millie - Elliott 8 - Right Stuff - Toscano 9 - Dime a Dance - Burke AE1 - Rock Me Baby - Lind   EBC Colt & Gelding Pace - $240,475 1 - Ideal Son - Fanning 2 - Missile J - Toscano 3 - American Passport* - Alagna 4 - Fresh Cut - E. Miller 5 - Redneck Rally* - J. Miller 6 - Fine Diamond - Burke 7 - Stolen Glimpse - Burke 8 - Craftship - Alagna 9 - Artmagic - Smedshammer AE1 - Nox Vegas Bluechip - Foley   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 26) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Batavia, NY---A heavy early rain dampened the track, but not the enthusiasm shown by the eight harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies competing for one of the largest single purses ever offered at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 20). And when the all the moves were made, Robin J (Roll With Joe-Mommy Robin Q) saved her best one for last and captured the victory in the New York Sire Stake event. Artrageous (Jim Morrill Jr.) left sharply for the lead and Robin J (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled in behind her as the field moved to the quarter in :28.3. Shortly after they passed that marker the outer flow set up with American Cheer (Billy Davis Jr.) coming first over and Pleasant Roll (Chris Lems) and Roaring To go (Kevin Cummings) following right behind. At the three-quarter pole they fanned four across the track when Pleasant Roll tipped three wide and Roaring To Go went four abreast. Pleasant Roll took the lead from Artrageous by a half-length in the last turn, but Artrageous dug in and took it back before they hit the stretch. As they headed down the lane Artrageous was in the middle of the track trying to fight off Pleasant Roll when Marohn moved Robin J into the passing lane and powered by them both to take the win in 1:56. "She was real good tonight, but I couldn't have asked for a better trip. The way it set up and the way the race went; it was all about the trip" said Marohn after the race. It was the fifth win in six lifetime starts for Robin J ($4.50) and the purse enhance her lifetime total to $131,605 for owner Ken Jacobs. Robin J is trained by Linda Toscano. There were also four $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A series on the program. The first division was won by Megyn K (American Ideal-Fantasy Jet) in 1:58 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Jean Drolet. Megyn K ($2.90) is owned by Stephen Schneider, William Siegel, Jay Lieberman and Karen Munk. The second division went to Bullvillestephanie (Roll With Joe-Bullville Ana) in 1:57.4 for driver Ray Schnittker and trainer Steve Crevani. Bullvillestephanie ($11.40) is owned by Crevani Farms. The third leg was won by Ann Hill (Rock N Roll Heaven-Taxi Fare Hanover) in 1:57.1 for driver Chris Lems and trainer Tony Alagna. Ann Hill ($3.30) is owned by Tom Hill. The final split was taken by Pirinea's Princess (Roll With Joe-Chant-a-nuka) in 1:59.1 for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Dennis Laterza. Pirinea's Princess ($3.00) is owned by Latz A Luck Stable. Jim Morrill Jr. scored four driving wins on the card that included three in stake action and one in the overnight featured $10,500 Open pace with Ron Burke's multi-million dollar winner, Clear Vision (Western Hanover-Artistic Vision) in 1:53.4, wire to wire. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 21) with post time set at 1:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Fad Finance shattered the track record for harness racing  three year old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the Trond Smedshammer-trained filly who was the race's 3-5 betting favorite in her division of the $89,950 New York Sire Stakes. Morrill moved Fad Finance out to the lead and despite being pressured almost every step of the way, the sophomore highstepper had enough left to secure her fifth victory of the year. Fad Finance stopped the timer in 1:54.1 crushing the previous track mark for sophomore fillies of 1:55.3 set by Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) in NYSS action last year. Fad Finance had just enough to hold off the late charge by Goosebump Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) who had to settle for second despite trotting in 1:54.2. Swinging Royalty (Jason Bartlett) earned the show spot. Ake Svanstedt's Non Stick (Lucky Chucky) prevailed in the other $89,950 Sire Stake on the night as the filly overcame being parked out throughout the entire first half of the race before scoring in 1:56. For Non Stick, the win was the fifth in eight seasonal tries and the eleventh in fourteen lifetime starts. Just as Fad Finance was in the earlier NYSS race, Non Stick was her race's 3-5 betting favorite. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Saratoga on Wednesday night when two year old trotting fillies are featured. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Batavia, NY---There is $110,200 up for grabs in the harness racing 2-year-old pacing filly division of the New York Sire Stakes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 20) but it's being competed for all in one race. In a rare instance, only eight of the 43 2-year-old pacing fillies that have started in NYSS competition this year have entered the top level this week and they will go postward in race four. The $110,200 one-race payoff is one of the most lucrative purses ever offered at Batavia Downs behind the all-time record of $286,756 that was distributed in the 1988 Breder's Crown. Robin J (Roll With Joe-Mommy Robin Q) has been made the prohibitive 8-5 morning line choice on the strength of four wins in five lifetime starts and all were in stake competition. Last week, Robin J went wire to wire in the Geers Stake at Tioga Downs and registered the victory in 1:54, with a last quarter in an eyepopping :26.3, and in doing so set a new lifetime mark. She can race on point or off the pace and that makes her a double threat. Jim Marohn Jr. makes an infrequent appearance at Batavia Downs to drive Robin J for trainer Linda Toscano and leaves from post two. Challenging will be Artrageous (Art Major-In Deep Thought) who is a two-time winner this year, most recently in NYSS action at Saratoga Raceway where she won cutting the mile in 1:55.4, her career best. It's interesting to note Artrageous defeated Robin J in that contest. The filly was race timed in 1:52.4 at Vernon Downs last week in a third place finish and hasn't been off the board this year in five tries. Jim Morrill Jr. takes the reins for trainer Andrew Stafford and departs the gate from post one. Pleasant Roll (Roll With Joe-Pleasant But Bad) has only one win this year but has shown tremendous growth over her last two starts. After dropping down to the Excelsior A level two weeks ago, Pleasant Roll destroyed her field and won by six lengths in a lifetime best 1:53.3. She then followed that effort up with a second place finish in 1:53 in the Geers Stake at Tioga after being parked out for a good part of the mile. Her division time and her personal clocking of 1:53.3 were both faster than Robin J's race that day. Chris Lems is in the bike for trainer Julie Miller and will leave from post five. There are also four $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series on the card and they will provide some outstanding wagering opportunities. The first division (Race 2) has Megyn K (American Ideal-Fantasy Jet) listed as the 2-1 morning line choice from post five for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Jean Drolet. The second division (Race 3) features the Blake Macintosh-trained entry of Takeyourbreathaway (Rock N roll Heaven-Leave Em Gasping) with Billy Davis Jr. aboard from post two and Clear Idea (American Ideal-Glass Maker) with Drew Monti at the lines from post eight, pegged as the 5-2 handicappers selection. The third division (Race 6) has trainer Tony Alagna's Ann Hill (Rock N Roll Heaven-Taxi Fare Hanover) listed at 5-2 for driver Chris Lems who will leave from post five. And the final division (Race 7) has seen Opaline Blue Chip named the 5-2 early favorite for trainer Richard Ringler and local driving favorite Kevin Cummings, who starts from post five. Post time for the first race is 6:15 p.m. Tim Bojarski

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 18, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $151,624 Jim Meagher Pace for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. The pair of races honored the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller. The outcomes were eerily similar in both resume in result. The winners graduated from the Excelsior ranks, did their damage from off-the-pace and left town 5-for-5 to begin their careers. The opening ($75,112) event saw favored Serious Major (Scott Zeron, $4.70)-from post position No. 2-moved from third down the backside. He rolled past Chip Walther (Marcus Miller) down the backside, then widened to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:56.2. Willie Joe Hill (Pat Lachance) was perched second-over as the second choice, but never came close. He did hold second, with Americanfirewater (Jim Marohn Jr.) a third-over third. For Serious Major, an Art Major colt making his sire stakes debut, it was his third win for Chris Ryder, who now trains the Emerald Highlands Farm homebred. The exacta paid $9.50, with the triple returning $80. "When they sent him to me, I couldn't guarantee he'd stay unbeaten," Ryder said. "He had proven himself (in the Excelsior), so there was no reason not to try him here. "He's not fast, but he tries." Thursday's second ($76,512) division saw another one from the Excelsior finishing school do good work. Eight-baller Funknwaffles (Joe Bongiorno, $10.80) left for a tuck sixth, then patrolled from third-over. He was actually gapping the outer tier before unleashing a furious wide rally in and out of the final turn. Funknwaffles, fifth turning for home, whipped a pocketed What's Goin' On (Mark MacDonald) by two lengths in 1:55.4. Very Special Agent (Zeron) was third, while 1-2 choice Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) could not sustain an uncovered bid and was a non-threatening fifth. For Funknwaffles, a son of American Ideal owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenscheon, it was his second NYSS after a trio versus The exacta paid $182, with the triple returning $606. "He was very good," Bongiorno said. "He did it wrapped up." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 15, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $145,923 Mike Cohen Trot for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. The trio of races honored the memory of the former Yonkers and NBC Sports publicity director, with family and friends making winner's circle presentations. The third ($48,941) division was the evening's fastest, with Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, $6.10) wiring her three rivals (two others were scratched). From post position No, 3, she led through intervals of :29.2, :59.4, 1:30.2 and 1:59. The final margin was 3½ lengths, with Hotel Royale (Brian Sears) edging Heel on Wheels (Matt Kakaley) for second. Mighty Surf (catch-driver Scott Zeron), as the 9-10 favorite, was not enamored of her environs in any way, shape or form. Very wide early, she eventually found a pocket before breaking, catching herself and breaking again. For second choice Barn Bella, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.40, with triple wagering cancelled. Monday's second ($48,941) event saw odds-on Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci, $2.80)-last of the quintet (one scratch) turning for home after a behind-the-gate bobble-storm by to win going away. From post No. 5, she defeated Run for Royalty (John Campbell) by a length-and-a-quarter in a life-best 1:59.3, with pace-setting (:30.1, 1:00,. 1:29.3) Flyhawk Charm (Jason Bartlett) settling for third. For Mamora Bay, a Chapter Seven miss trained by her driver for owner Peter Barbato, she's now 3-for-5 (with a second and a third) this season. The exacta paid $18.40, with triple wagering again scrapped. The evening's first ($48,091) sire stakes get-together had the three wagering choices all misbehave and the pair of double-digit propositions mind their manners. Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker, $29), inheriting a gift pocket from post No. 4, pulled against Reverend Nanny (Jordan Stratton) by the half, then widened. The final margin was 13¼ lengths in 2:03.3. Cherry Royal Ruby (Dan Daley), the 9-10 choice, recovered to beat the other two jumpers and finish third. For fourth choice 'Nightflix', a Credit Winner miss co-owned (with Charlie Iannazzo, Ted Gewertz and Tom Spatorico) by her driver/trainer, it was a maiden-breaking win in her fifth start. The exacta paid $115.50, with triple wagering not offered due to only five scheduled/actual starters. Statebreds are back at it at Thursday night, with the $151,624 Jim Meagher Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---Despite the oppressive humidity at post time, victory in the $119,300 New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old trotting fillies was no sweat for Goosebump Hanover and Non Stick at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 13). Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) took a wait-and-see approach in the first $59,100 division as Jim Morrill Jr. took back to last while Lindylicious (Kevin Cummings), Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) and Earn Your Wings (Charlie Norris) accounted for three lead changes before the half that was reached in :58.2. At that station, Earn your Wings was on top by two when Morrill pulled Goosebump Hanover to follow the live cover of Lindylicious, who had made a move at five eighths. Morrill followed the outer flow until it stalled and then swung three-wide at the top of the far turn and started pouring on the speed. When they hit the straightaway, Goosebump Hanover was in full-stride and scored a one length victory in 1:58. After the race, driver Jim Morrill Jr. spoke glowingly of his filly. "The race set up perfectly for her with the fast half. But when I tipped her and asked her for more, she trotted strong to the wire." Goosebump Hanover ($10.40) is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, J&T Silva Stables LLC, Crawford Farms LLC and Joseph DiScala Jr. In the second $60,200 leg, Non Stick (Lucky Chucky-Meucci Madness) took no prisoners as trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt left immediately and worked his way to the lead by the quarter in :29 flat. Open Access (Charlie Norris), who left behind Non Stick, was pressuring her on the outside at that point but made a break in the turn and that allowed the leader a :30.4 breather in the second panel. Approaching the five eighths pole, post time favorite Fad Finance (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled from third and drafted outside of Non Stick up the backside. But as soon as the pair hit the final turn, Morrill gave the filly her head and Fad finance surged a length ahead of Non Stick. However the tables turned quickly when they straightened out in the lane as Non Stick came back on and pulled away to an easy two-length win in 1:58.2. Non Stick ($5.60) is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc. and Little E LLC. There were also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A series on the card and two of them showed up the headliners by just missing the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies by a fifth of a second (Cowgirl Hall, Bouncing Bax-1:57.2). The first division was won by Wendy's Girl (Lucky Chucky-East Creek Wendy) who was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. in 1:57.3. Wendy's Girl ($2.80) is trained by Tracy Brainard for owners Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. The second leg was won by Dazzling Dollars (Cash Hall-Designed To Dazzle) who was also driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and was also timed in 1:57.3. Dazzling Dollars ($3.30) is trained by Trond Smedshammer for owner Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stable. The third split was captured by Hullaba Lulu (RC Royalty-Lulu Pernilla) who was teamed by his trainer, John Stark Jr. in 1:58.2. Hullaba Lulu ($16.20) is owned by the estate of Edmund Smith, Daniel Giannuzzi, James Giannuzzi and Carol Wink. Jim Morrill Jr. had a driving triple on the card while Dave McNeight III won with two. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 14) with the first post slated for 1:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 12, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted New York Sire Stakes, the $150,224 Milt Taylor Trot for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. Two divisions at $75,112 each comprised the 'sloppy' event over a surface that took in a fair amount of pre-card water (start of the harness racing card delayed 20 minutes). The moisture didn't compromise the favorites, as Devious Man (Brian Sears, $2.20, part of entry) and Such an Angel (John Campbell, $2.70) both brought home the mail. Devious Man, leaving from post position No. 6 and operating from second-over, whipped a pocketed Neon Lights (Jason Bartlett) by three-quarters of a length in 1:59. Royal Casanova (Campbell) led to the lane (:29.4, 1:00, 1:29.3) before fading to third, beaten 3¾ lengths. Big Man Ev (Andy Miller), partnered with the winner at the windows, broke early and wound up beaten fifth, beaten just a pair of subsequent misbehavers. For Devious Man, a Credit Winner colt co-owned (as part of Stroy Inc.) and trained by Julie Miller, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $42.60. "You can drive him same was as a rental car," Ms. Miller said. "He just has a lot of spunk and energy." The second sire stakes soiree saw pole-sitting Such an Angel line up his six rivals, then complete his appointed rounds (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.3, 1:59.1). He widened in the lane to defeat an off-cover Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) by 2¾ lengths, while a first-up Stick with Me Kid (Sears) held third. For Such an Angel, a son of Credit Winner trained by Paul Kelley for co-owners Sam Caruso Jr. and Purple Haze Stables, he's now 4-for-5 this season (3-for-3 with Campbell driving. The exacta paid $11.20, with the triple returning $35.80. "He a really professional colt," Campbell said. "Done everything I've asked so far." Friday night's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a from-last Mach it a Par (Sears, $35.60) in 1:52.4 Sire stakes continue Monday night, with the $145,923 Mike Cohen Trot (2-year-old fillies). Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY--- When the 3-year-old trotting filly division of the New York Sire Stakes rolls into Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 13), three of the top six richest harness racing distaff sophomore trotters of 2016 will be on hand to compete for the $119,300 in purses being offered. In the first $60,200 leg that is carded as race three, Non Stick (Lucky Chucky-Meucci Madness) comes in with $158,332 bankrolled this year on the strength of a win in the $225,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Vernon Downs on Sunday (June 19) in a career best 1:54 time. Those earnings rank her fourth among all 3-year-old trotting fillies in North America. Last week at Yonkers Raceway, Non Stick was a beaten 1-5 favorite after making an uncharacteristic break for driver Daniel Dube while on the lead in the last turn. But the filly drew well again here and will look to make amends this week. Non Stick is the 2-1 morning line favorite and will start from post two. Trainer Ake Svanstedt takes back the reins and will do the driving here. Fad Finance (Credit Winner-Armbro Vanity) is more than a formidable foe and comes in boasting three straight NYSS victories. On Sunday (July 24) Fad Finance finished third in the $140,000 Zweig Memorial trot at Vernon Downs, beaten by Flowers N Songs and Woman's Will who both competed in the Hambletonian Oaks eliminations at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 30). Fad Finance has four wins this year, is the leading point-getter in her division of the NYSS and has $141,806 banked, putting her sixth in North America in earnings for age, sex and gait. The filly is picked second and listed at 5-2 morning line and will once again get the services of Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Race four is the second $59,100 division and Swinging Royalty (RC Royalty-Swing Anna Cash) comes in with a very impressive resume. After finishing second to Non Stick in the EBC, Swinging Royalty scorched the Vernon Downs oval in an overnight event in 1:54.1, winning by 15 lengths and registering a new lifetime mark. The filly then backed that up with her first NYSS win the week after at Tioga Downs. Swinging Royalty is the third highest point-getter in her division and her $142,147 in earning this year has her ranked fifth among all 3-year-old trotting fillies in North America. Trainer George Ducharme has Chris Lems back in the bike after a two-week hiatus and he will leave from post six at 2-1. Lems has been aboard for all four lifetime wins by Swinging Royalty. Goosebump Hanover (RC Royalty-Good Common Cents) had a slow start this year before winning the $27,690 Tompkins trot at Tioga in July. However her subsequent two outings may have been considered less than expected. So trainer Ron Burke added Lasix for her last start at Yonkers and that could make a difference this week. Jim Morrill Jr. will steer again this week and leave from post 5 at 3-1 Earn Your Wings (Credit Winner-Southwind Serena) put in a stellar effort at Yonkers last week, winning from post eight in 1:57. After leaving in :28.2, Earn your Wings yielded the lead to heavy favorite Non Stick and then sat in the pocket. Non Stick made a break before the stretch and Earn Your Wings took it from there, scoring a length victory at 30-1. With three wins this year and just under $100,000 accumulated, Earn Your Wings drew post two and trainer Annette Lorentzon has called on Mark MacDonald to pilot this week. There are also three divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior A series carded as races five through seven and all look like solid wagering opportunities. Wendy's Girl (Lucky Chucky-East Creek Wendy) is the 8-5 choice in race five for trainer Tracy Brainard and driver Jim Morrill Jr., Winky's Gal (RC Royalty-Tessel) is the 5-2 favorite in race six for driver Chris Lems and trainer James Weidman and Outsidecourt (Conway Court-Getaway Cheyenne) is the 2-1 morning line in race seven for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger. Post time for the first race is 6:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $164,874 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. Two, $82,437 divisions made up the event, which once again honored the memory of a certified mover and shaker (as well as a fairly decent soul) in the state's racing and breeding program. The opening Hamilton group saw Soft Idea (Scott Zeron, $15.40), from post position No. 4, work out a perfect, second-over trip. She was able to get the lane jump on pocketeer Milky Way Rae (Jim Morrill Jr.), whipping that one by a neck in 1:54.3. Encore Deo (George Brennan) was third. Time on My Hands (Jason Bartlett), as the 4-5 favorite, led the lasses (:27.4, :57.2, 1:26), but caved badly through the stretch and finished last-beaten 10¼ lengths-among the seven. For third choice Soft Idea, an American Ideal filly trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stables South Mountain, Bay's, Radio Racing and Little E, it was her third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85, with the triple returning $283. "The trip worked out great and she seems to race better from off the pace," Zeron said. The second sire stakes soiree saw pole-sitting, odds-on Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley, $3, part of entry) take over from fresh Lasix Wishy Washy Girl (Morrill Jr.), then complete her civic duties (:27.4; :57.3, 1:25.4, 1:53.3). Dime a Dance defeated 27-1 shot WWG by a length, with No Clouds Bluechip (Zeron) a first-up third. For Dime a Dance, a Roll with Joe filly trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables and Blue Chip Bloodstock, she's now 4-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $38.20, with the triple returning $96. "She's much better now," Kakaley said. "Early in the season, she was flat, but she's finishing better the past few starts." Sire stakes continue Friday night, with the $150,224 Milt Taylor Trot (2-year-old colts/geldings). Two divisions (races 6 and 7) at $75,112 each comprise the event. Frank Drucker

Nichols, N.Y. -- In Friday (August 12) evening's Geers Stakes for harness racing 2-year-olds at Tioga Downs, a pair of precocious pacers will aim to extend their career unbeaten streaks to five races, and both tasks will be up to driver Tim Tetrick to complete.   Kenneth Jacobs's Planet Rock, so far 4-for-4 while exclusively campaigning on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, has been installed the 6-5 morning line favorite in the evening's $26,856 fifth race, and she will commence her one-mile journey from post 5. Linda Toscano trains the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven and Villa Hanover who most recently powered clear to a 1:52 victory at Vernon Downs. Her past wins have come at Buffalo, Yonkers, and Saratoga.   In the $24,640 eighth event for colts and geldings, Every Way Out will lead the charge for trainer Dylan Davis out of post 4. The son of If I Can Dream and Every Play swept the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands in early July before posting a 1:52.3 victory in his Arden Downs division over a sloppy Meadows track on July 30. Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Edwin Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro share ownership of Every Way Out, also installed a 6-5 morning line favorite.   The companion event of the Geers Stakes, the Arthur Tompkins Memorial for 2-year-old trotters, is slated for Thursday (August 11) evening at Tioga. Julie Miller trainee Fly On seeks his third career win following a 1:55.3 triumph in his Kindergarten Classic preliminary at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller makes the trek to the Southern Tier to drive the son of Muscle Hill and Calchips Finisher.   Post time for both the Thursday and Friday cards at Tioga Downs has been set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Dayson (Conway Hall) shattered the harness racing track record for three year old trotters on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Ron Burke trainee was a dominant force among two year old highsteppers in the New York Sire Stakes last year and has continued his winning ways as a sophomore in 2016. Dayson came to town fresh off his career best score at the Meadowlands on Friday when he trotted to a convincing victory in 1:51.2 with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Gingras was on hand at the Spa on Tuesday and didn't wait long to make his move with the 1-5 betting favorite in the $88,350 New York Sire Stake for three year old colts and geldings. Dayson stretched out his lead around the final turn on major danger Dante (Ake Svanstedt) and trotted away to win by seven lengths. Dayson stopped the timer in 1:54.2 besting the previous track record for three year old geldings by a full second. Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Hall) won the other division of the NYSS on Tuesday as he went wire-to-wire for trainer/driver Dan Daley in a race contested for a purse of $89,950. Smalltownthrowdown scored in 1:54.4 which served as a track record of his own. The 1:54.4 is a record for three year old trotting colts (as opposed to Dayson who set the mark for geldings.) Smalltownthrowdown's convincing victory came at odds of 1-5. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 -- It's a downstate New York Sire Stakes two-fer this week, with Yonkers Raceway hosting Thursday night's $164,874 Bruce Hamilton Pace (harness racing 3-year-old fillies) and Friday evening's $150,224 Milt Taylor Trot (2-year-old colts/geldings). Since we're nothing if not chivalrous, the ladies lead the way with a pair of $82,437 events (races 6 and 7). The opening division finds Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald, post 7) enjoying a solid season but obviously getting no help from the draw. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, owned by Crawford Farms and trained Chris Oakes, by has hit the board in eight of her nine seasonal starts. Time on My Hands (Jason Bartlett, post 2) has won half of her of eight seasonal starts, including a sire stakes event here earlier this summer. That same fun factoid can also be said of Soft Idea (Scott Zeron, post 4), who goes after a third '16 win. The second Hamilton group includes American Ivy (Brian Sears, post 5), who gets a fresh set of hands here. The American Ideal miss has been consistent enough to go 2-for-9 in each of her racing seasons. Friday night froshfest--two divisions (races 6 and 7) at $75,112 each--includes some lads who've begun compiling quite the resume. The opening event finds a potent Julie Miller-trained entry in Big Man Ev (Andy Miller, post 5) and Jealous Man (Sears, post 6). The former, a Chapter Seven colt, has a pair of NYSS wins (Buffalo, Saratoga), while the latter, a son of Credit Winner, was a small player in open stakes company who also owns a Buffalo sire stakes win. Friday's second statebred social is led by Such an Angel (MacDonald, post 1), with three (NYSS) wins in four tries. Barn Winner (Jeff Gregory, post 2) is 2-for-4 to begin his career, sire stakes wins at Buffalo and Monti. Note that since no one took down Tuesday afternoon's Pick 5, Thursday night's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,133.42 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

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