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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There are 37 horses entered in five $22,000 (est.) divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old filly trotters on Wednesday night (June 29) at Buffalo Raceway and only four have had a pari-mutuel start.   So to say that experience is at a premium is an understatement, but there's still plenty of hope and optimism as most of the young ladies get their race careers started.   There could be some proud fathers by the end of the night with Deweycheatumnhowe leading the way with nine off-spring going to the starting gate, Rc Royalty has seven while Conway Hall and Chapter Seven each have five.   The first division will feature Creditover (Credit Winner-Andover The Top) who was a $95,000 purchase at the 2015 Lexington Sale. Trond Smedshammer is the driver-trainer of Creditover for owner The Purple Haze Stable.   A couple of high-priced trotters collide in the second division as Heels On Wheels (Conway Hall-Go Go Dancer), a $75,000 buy at Lexington, will go against Chapter Too (Chapter Seven-Wood Blue Chip) who was a $50,000 purchase at Harrisburg Sale.   The most competitive leg looks to be the third division as Royal Pinot (Rc Royalty-Graduation Party), a $55,000 selection at the Morrisville Sale, will have to contend with the likes of Chapter Heaven (Chapter Seven-Southwind Angel) and Blurred (Chapter Seven-Blur) who were each $42,000 choices at the Harrisburg and Lexington Sales respectively.   There have been six track standards lowered at Buffalo Raceway this season and with ideal conditions expected, the 2-year-old filly trotting mark of 2:00.2 set by Munis Blue Chip back in 2009 could definitely be in jeopardy.   There is a non-betting $6,200 Excelsior Series B race that will go off at 4:30 p.m. while the regular card that features 12 races including a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A Series events will begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including upcoming promotions, the latest news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. ---Smalltownthrowdown threw down the gauntlet early and held on late to win his $61,300 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year-old trotting colt and geldings in a track record 1:56.2 at steamy Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 26).   The previous record for 3-year-old trotting colts was 1:56.4 established in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other division, The Royal Harry led every step of the mile and beat Crazycat by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:59.4 over the fast track.   Smalltownthrowdown opened up a commanding six length lead to the quarter pole and was cruising, maintaining a two length cushion turning for home the final time.   But after putting up splits of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:28.0, Smalltownthrowdown ended up beckoning for the finish line and held on for a diminishing half length victory over the never-say-die Drazzmatazz (Francisco Del Cid). Do The Deal (Ake Svanstedt) managed to take third.   "He's good on a half-mile track," driver Dan Daley said of Smalltownthrowdown. "The main thing was getting around the turns here and getting to the lead. That was key."   The relieved Daley smiled when asked about the close finish saying, "He flattened out a little bit in the end but he got the job done."   It was the third victory in eight starts this season for Smalltownthrowdown (Cash Me Out-Ann's Promise) and moved the Daley-trainee's earnings to $73,108 in 2016 and $195,073 lifetime.   The Royal Harry also went to the winner's circle in coast-to-coast fashion in the first division with a relatively comfortable decision over Crazycat (Drew Monti).   Setting fractions of 28.4, 59.2 and 1:30.0, The Royal Harry seemed worry-free in the stretch run but driver Svanstedt said there was an anxious moment. "I thought he was going to break stride in the lane but he got himself back before he did."   Crazycat made a brief rally in passing lane and settled for second while A Jersey Contract (Jim Morrill Jr.) took third.   Co-owned by Michael and William Pozefsky and trained by Svanstedt, The Royal Harry (RC Royalty-Wilsonator) now has two victories in four attempts in 2016. The win sent his seasonal earnings to $65,624 and $79,254 lifetime.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Reasinforpleasin ($6.60) turned in the fastest time with 2:01.2 with Kevin Cummings in the sulky while Morrill Jr. guided Boxall ($4.60) to a 2:01.3 victory.   Chargin Cadet (Ray Schnittker) took a $6,500 division of the Excelsior B Series with a 2:03.1 time and Thanks For Playin (Chris Lems) got the job done in 2:03.3 in the other leg.   Robert Davis took both divisions of the C.K.G Billings Amateur Driving Series as he steered Christina Victory ($3.50) and Goddess's Justin ($5.30) to wins.   Morrill Jr. finished with a double as well while Buffalo Raceway's leading trainer JD Perrin had two victories.   Racing will continue on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. with 12 race card set. The New York Sire Stakes returns once again with the 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighting the program.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Allerage Echo continues his quest for another New York Sire Stakes crown at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (June 26) as he headlines the harness racing entrants in the two $61,000 (est.) divisions for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Winning the $225,000 Sire Stakes Finals for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters in gate-to-wire fashion at Yonkers back on September 26, the lightly raced Allerage Echo looks for his first victory of the 2016 campaign.   In last year's NYSS final, Allerage Echo handed the breaking Dayson his first career loss.   With just three starts in 2016, Allerage Echo (Conway Hall-Echonomical) has a pair of second place finishes in two of New York Sire Stake events at Vernon Downs and Tioga. In his last appearance, which came on June 12 at Pocono Downs, Allerage Echo set the tempo but stalled out late to finish seventh.   Tabbed at 7-2 in the morning line from the seven post with Chris Lems in the sulky, the George Ducharme-trained Allerage Echo has earned $261,937 in just nine career starts thanks to five victories. One of those wins last season came at Buffalo Raceway as Allerage Echo went coast-to-coast in posting a five-length victory in 2:03.3 over Crown Point in a Sire Stakes contest.   The 5-2 favorite however is Just For Today who will score from the three hole with Mark MacDonald aboard. Just For Today (Credit Winner-Brandnewgirlfriend) is fresh off a solid second place finish in the Empire Breeder's Crown at Vernon Downs on June 19, losing a 1-1/2 length decision to Dante.   Others set to go in the event, slated as the seventh race, are Drazzmatazz (Francisco Del Cid), Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley), Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.), Kapow (Kevin Cummings), Omaha Set Hut (Tyler Freese) and Do The Deal (Ake Svanstedt).   In the first leg, scheduled for the fourth race, it appears to be a wide open affair with several putting in good performances in the EBC last week at Vernon Downs.   The Royal Harry was favored off the rail in the EBC final but finished fourth. He drew the three post on Sunday and is the 2-1 choice on the morning line with Svanstedt in the bike.   Getting the 3-1 odds from the six spot is Thats A Bad Boy (Freese) who took third last week in the EBC. Thats A Bad Boy (Credit Winner-Mathers Ginger) showed some late trot and finished just 3-3/4 lengths back after trailing by nearly 10 lengths. It will be his first taste this season of Sire Stakes competition.   Sir Royson (Jim Marohn Jr.) has a pair of victories in Sire Stakes action thus far in 2016 but was a non factor last week in the EBC finale, finishing eighth by 12-3/4 lengths.   Royal Bachelor (Daley) arrives on an impressive three-race win streak but will be taking on much better and gets the seven spot.   The remainder of the field includes Crazycat (Drew Monti), The Perfect Lindy (MacDonald) and A Jersey Contract (Morrill Jr.).   With hot weather and a fast race track expected, the current track records of 1:56.4 for the colts set by Call Me Out in 2014 and 1:56.1 for the geldings established in 2014 by Gural Hanover are in jeopardy.   The 12-race card is set for 12:30 p.m. with action also slated for the Excelsior A and B divisions. There are also two races in the C.K.G Billings Amateur Driver competition.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mother Of Art ($2.70) was the fastest of the two division winners in the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing three-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 22) as she went gate-to-wire in 1:53.4 to beat stablemate Dime A Dance by 3/4 lengths.   The time just missed tying the track record for 3-year-old filly pacers of 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip.   In the other division, American Ivy (Andy Miller) got a perfect pocket trip and roared past Angels Rockn Pink to register the 1:56.0 victory over the fast track.   Mother Of Art protected the inside post position at the start in the second division) and set sail from the rail with splits of 28.0, 57.0 and 1:26.0. While Dime A Dance (Kakaley) made a mild threat late in the lane, it wasn't nearly enough as Mother Of Art comfortably prevailed. Time On My Hands (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   "She felt real good off the car," driver Mark MacDonald said of Mother Of Art. "She was good throughout the mile and had plenty left in the end."   The victory was the second in seven attempts in 2016 for Mother Of Art (Art Major-Mommy Robin Q). The Ron Burke-trainee upped her seasonal winnings to $68,287 and $151,543 lifetime.   The first division may have been won at the start as American Ivy, who started from the six post, showed early gate speed and was able to drop in second behind the pace-setting Angels Rockn Pink.   "I intended on leaving with her," Miller said in hopes of getting the lead with American Ivy. While they didn't get there, it all worked out perfectly. "I was content in following Angels Rockn Pink and she (American Ivy) performed well in the passing lane," Miller stated.   With fractions of 28.4, 58.0 and 1:28.1, those fractions seemed reasonable enough for Angels Rockn Pink to go gate-to-wire. American Ivy went into the passing lane and dropped a 27.3 final panel on the field to spring the $14.60 upset. Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) held on for second while Encore Deo (Matt Kakaley) finished in third.   Owned by Joe P Racing LLC and trained by Julie Miller, American Ivy (American Ideal-Haunted) has now won twice in seven starts this season, moving her 2016 earnings to $81,800 and $170,290 lifetime. Both of her victories have come in Sire Stakes competition with the first coming on May 23 at Monticello Raceway.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series race, Rolling Going Gone covered the mile in 1:59.0 and returned $2.30 with Morrill Jr. in the sulky.   The Excelsior B Series saw Wine Snob (Kakaley) use a 1:57.3 time in score the popular $2.30 win while in the second division, Stirling Electra (Morrill Jr.) posted a 1:58.0 clocking and returned $2.90 to her backers.   In the $10,000 Open Pace for the filly and mares, Who Says That (Drew Monti) rallied on the far outside and posted the $16.00 decision in a lifetime best of 1:55.0.   Morrill Jr. finished the evening with four wins while Kakaley had a double.   Racing will continue of Friday evening at 5 p.m. with an 11-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 22, 2016 -- Yonkers Raceway's harness racing driving colony has a different look this weekend, with Messrs. Bartlett, Buter, Dube, Lachance and Stratton in Paris defending the honor of the Red, White, Blue and Westchester. Their absence offers chances for other escorts, notably in Friday night's $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of equally-parsed $83,937 divisions go consecutively as races 7 and 8. Missile J (Jim Morrill Jr., post 6), winner of last month's $300,000 Art Rooney pace here, looms a solid choice in the first division. The American Ideal gelding, trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stables KJ and Purple Haze, has six wins and nine board finishes in 10 seasonal starts ($227,675). Manny (Chris Lems, post 5) was getting to Missile J in their sire stakes showdown at Buffalo, missing a neck. The American Ideal colt owns a NYSS win at Monticello. Fine Diamond (George Brennan, post 1) owns a Buffalo sire stakes win. Nox Vegas Bluechip (Andrew McCarthy, post 2), Ideal Kiss (Pat Berry, post 3), Roll Away Joe (Pat Berry, post 4), Endeavor (Steve Smith, post 7) and Carlos Danger (Brian Sears, post 8) round out the opening division. Friday's second NYSS event includes pole-sitting Artmagic (Brennan), who led to the lane in the Rooney and tries for his first win of the season. Craftship (Scott Zeron, post 3) has a statebred win (Monti) and second (Buffalo) included in his recent resume,. While Autotune Hanover (Morrill Jr., post 4) rebounded from a very poor effort in the lone elim for the Rooney with a pair of sire stakes thirds. JK Heaven Sent (Eric Carlson, post 2), Concur (Brent Holland, post 5), Beaches De Vie (Smith, post 6), Bottom Deals (Sears, post 7) and Ideal Son (Vincent Ginsburg) complete the second event. Speaking of the AWOL French Connection, post positions have been drawn for Friday’s first of two races in the Parisian portion of the Drivers’ Cup. It’s the sixth race at Vincennes, contested at 2,100 meters (1 5/16 miles), with approximate post time at 10:03 PM local time (4:03 PM ET). The purse is 36,000 Euros (approx. 50,000 U-S dollars).   1 AZARO DU CAUX 2100 69 710   J.J. Bartlett d4       2 BAMBOU DE CALVI 2100 69 410   N. Ensch F4       3 BOIS LE ROI 2100 68 140   T. Buter F4       4 BETTINA D'AVRIL 2100 68 900   P. Vercruysse d4       5 BETTINA 2100 67 705   J. Stratton d4       6 ATTENTION DEVANT 2100 67 480   D. Dube d4       7 ALIBI DE FOLIE 2100 69 590   P. Levesque F4       8 AMADEO 2100 66 620 Prio. P. Lachance F4       9 BOLIDE DU GUET 2100 69 100   M. Abrivard d4       10 BE LOVE DESBOIS 2100 58 850 Prio. F. Ouvrie d4                             The competition ends with a Sunday (June 26) race, also at Vincennes. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The powerful Ron Burke stable definitely will have strength in numbers when they arrive Wednesday night (June 22) for the New York Sire Stakes for the harness racing 3-year old pacing fillies at Buffalo Raceway.   Encore Deo by Rock N Roll Heaven  (Matt Kakaley) and Vino And Formaggio by Art Major (Jim Morrill Jr.) are the Burke-trainees entered in the first $59,100 division while Mother Of Art by Art Major (Mark MacDonald), Dime A Dance by Roll With Joe (Kakaley) and Art Critic by Art Major are coupled in the second $59,100 leg.   In the first event, scheduled as the second race, Encore Deo and Vino And Formaggio have just combined for one victory in 14 starts this season but are very capable in finding the winner's circle.   Encore Deo has finished second and third in her last two starts, both in Sire Stakes action at Tioga Downs and Saratoga. Vino And Formaggio has been in the money three times in seven starts this year and has earned $108,111 in just 18 career starts. Encore Deo and Vino And Formaggio will start from the two and four post respectively and are 7-2 in the morning line.   Angels Rockn Pink is the 7-5 morning line choice, however, with MacDonald in the sulky. She was a winner in the NYSS at Tioga on June 12, scoring a length victory over Dime A Dance in 1:52.1. Angels Rockn Pink has been in the money in all five of her 2016 starts, winning twice and putting $61,271 in the bankroll.   The remainder of the first division includes No Clouds Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings), Major Millie (Ray Fisher Jr.) and American Ivy (Andy Miller). Both No Clouds Blue Chip and American Ivy each have Sire Stakes victories on their resumes this year.   The fourth race features the Burke threesome of Mother Art, Dime A Dance and Art Critic who were tabbed the heavy 4-5 morning line choice.   Dime A Dance tops the entry as she has $285,136 in her brief career. After taking a Sire Stakes win at Saratoga, Dime A Dance came up a length short to Angels Rockn Pink on June 12. She's been in the money in all four tries this season and appears to be the one to beat.   While the Burke entry is mighty, don't overlook Time On My Hands (Morrill Jr.). She has two straight Sire Stakes victories and a second place finish in her last three outings. The Chris Oakes-trainee has $236,182 in earnings in just 12 career starts.   Soft Idea (Cummings) has a Sire Stakes win under her belt in 2016, that coming on May 23 at Monticello in 1:55.2. The front-running Soft Idea looks like the lone speed and could play catch me if you can.   Milky Way Rae (Drew Monti) completes the field having won two of her last three starts.   The 10-race card gets underway at 5 p.m. with Excelsior A and B Series races scheduled as well.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results, and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

The Harness Horse Breeders of NYS would like to remind horse owners and harness racing trainers about updates and other information. The date at Monticello for all Two Year Old Colt Trot NYSS events has been changed to June 30th (draw date of June 27th by 9am) Please make sure you have USTA eligibility paperwork done and your USTA license to race at County Fairs. The 2015 proposed USTA rule to stop 2-Year-Olds from racing on consecutive days did NOT PASS. You may enter and race two days in a row if you wish. You must have a W-9 on file in the NYSS office to receive County Fair(only) purse checks. The Monticello race program for Monday June 27th, 2016 (Draw date Wed. June 22, 2016 by 9am) will have a class for NY-Bred 3-Year-Old Trotting Fillies with a purse of $5,000. Residency Form B is due after your resident mare has been in New York for a total of 180 days. These forms must be done every year you bred to a NY eligible stallion and are in the state for at least 180 days. If you have any questions please call 518-785-5858 Harness Horse Breeders of New York State  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A pair of track records, seven victories and a New York Sire Stakes win. It was just another day at the office for harness racing driver Jim Morrill Jr. at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 15).   Morrill Jr. captured a $58,000 division of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old pacers as to guided Missile J to a neck victory over Manny in a track record of 1:53.1 which eclipsed the gelding mark of 1:53.4 set by Murder He Wrote in 2014.   Earlier in the program, Morrill Jr. and Terrorcam set a new track standard for the 4-year-old pacing mares with a 1:54.1 time in a filly and mare optional claiming race. It crushed the old time of 1:55.0 established by Bet The Ranch in 2009 and Skyway Tia in 2015.   It was the fourth time this season Morrill Jr. has posted seven wins on a program at Buffalo Raceway as he accomplished the feat on March 3, March 25 and April 15. Kevin Cummings still hold the Buffalo Raceway mark with eight wins back on June 2011, 2005.   Fine Diamond and driver Joe Bongiorno won the $59,100 first division of New York Sire Stakes with a half-length decision over Craftship in 1:56.0.   Missile J ($2.20), the winner of the $300,0000 Art Rooney Stakes at Yonkers earlier this season, opened up a six-length edge with a quarter mile to pace, but just had enough left to beat the hard-charging Manny (Chris Lems) by a diminishing neck in 1:53.1.   A blistering 26.2 second panel which set up a 54.0 half for Missile J wasn't was Morrill Jr. was hoping for, stating, "He was all wound up. He just wanted to go."   And go he did. Missile J tipped the timer in 1:23.1 to three quarters and but was begging for the finish line. "He was certainly tired at the end, especially with those fractions," Morrill Jr. said after the race. Manny finished in second with JK Heaven Sent (Bongiorno) taking third.   Owned by Kj Stables LLC and the Purple Haze Stables and conditioned by Linda Toscano, it was the sixth win in 10 starts this season for Missile J (American Ideal-Cantor's Daughter). It increased his season earnings to $232,675. Missile J was unraced in 2015.   In the other NYSS division, Fine Diamond and Bongiorno sat back and watched the front end battle between Craftship (Morrill Jr.) and Bottom Deals (Lems). The speed duel did the pair in as Fine Diamond scooted down the passing lane to register the half length decision. Craftship took the place position and Autotune Hanover (Dobson) was third.   "With Bottom Deals and Craftship pushing the fractions, it set it up pretty well for me," said Bongiorno. "Fine Diamond was excellent."   A Meadowlands, the 22-year-old Bongiorno said, "It's my first time here (at Buffalo Raceway) and it was a great experience."   It was the fourth win in six starts for Fine Diamond (Rock N Roll Hanover-Yellow Diamond). The decision pushed his seasonal bankroll to $63,635 and $209,145 lifetime. He is trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Buscemi and the Panhellenic Stable.   In the Excelsior A Series with each leg carrying a purse of $15,000, the winners were Hash-Tag Chrome (Sam Schillaci), Readysetletsroll (Billy Dobson) and Here's The Scoop (Morrill Jr.).   The non-betting Excelsior B Series race worth $6,200 went to Americanation (Dobson).   Wanna Rock N Roll (Lems) captured the $9,500 Open Pace for the filly and mares in 1:56.1 and returned $4.20.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Missile J, the winner of the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace in late May at Yonkers Raceway, headlines one of the two $58,000 (est.) divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers that arrive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening (June 15).   Co-owned by Kj Stables and the Purple Haze Stables, Missile J (American Ideal-Cantor's Delight) went unraced as a 2-year-old but he's sure making up for the lost season now.   In just nine career starts, Missile J has five wins, two seconds and a third for $198,675 in earnings. He's won six of his last eight tries and finished in second twice, losing by just a length each time.   Missile J's win in the Rooney on May 28 at Yonkers was impressive to say the least as he started from the dreaded eight post, but driver Brian Sears managed to work out a perfect trip with him. They stopped the timer in 1:53, beating Tailgunner Hanover by 2-1/4 lengths.   Last week however in a $39,900 division of the Sire Stakes at Monticello, Missile J (Tim Tetrick) tried the cut the mile from the seven post but couldn't hang on late as Talk Show got up in time for the victory in 1:53.4.   Jim Morrill Jr. gets the call aboard Missile J who is the 7-5 morning line choice that is trained by Linda Toscano.   The main threat in the race could come from Manny who scored from the rail last week in the Sire Stakes at Monticello in 1:54.2 for Chris Lems.   Others in the five-horse field, set for the ninth, are Nox Vegas Bluechip (Kevin Cummings), JK Heaven Sent (Joe Bongiorno) and Carlos Danger (Billy Dobson).   In the opening division, set for the eighth race, Fine Diamond looks to sparkle as he takes on five other rivals. A winner three times in five attempts this season, Fine Diamond draws the two post with Bongiorno in the sulky, finished second to Manny last week in the Sire Stakes at Monticello. Fine Diamond failed to win a race in 2011 but put $145,114 in the bank in just 11 starts.   The favorite at 2-1 is Craftship (Morrill Jr.) who drew the rail. He took a $39,900 leg last week at Monticello over Artmagic by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2.   The remainder of the field includes Roll Away Joe (Kevin Cummings), Bottom Deals (Lems), Autotune Hanover (Dobson) and Cenovis (Ray Fisher Jr.).   With perfect weather expected along with a fast race track which has produced three track records already in 2016, the 1:52.3 colt mark set by Steelhead Hanover in 2012 could be in jeopardy along with the gelding standard of 1:53.4 established by Murder He Wrote in 2014.   There will also be three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A Series and one non-betting race for the Excelsior B Series.   Racing will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday with a 11-race card set. There's a $487 carryover in the Pick-5 as well which begins in the fifth race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to http://www.buffaloraceway.com/   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Nichols, N.Y. -- Four-year-old superstars Wiggle It Jiggleit and Pinkman head a star-studded 15-race harness racing card on Sunday (June 12) afternoon at Tioga Downs, with the third preliminary leg of the Graduate Series and New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies sharing the spotlight.   In the $75,000 eighth race, a Graduate event for pacers, double millionaire Wiggle It Jiggleit squares off against ten other 4-year-olds. The gelded son of Mr Wiggles arrives following impressive victories in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield (1:49.4) and the Dorothy Mullin Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia (1:47.3). Montrell Teague handles the driving duties for trainer Clyde Francis.   "I think he'll handle the Tioga track fine," said Teague. "The biggest disadvantage will be the 11-horse field, and the two trailers will try to keep position up close. You can almost bet that Rockin Ron's going to leave."   A rematch off the Confederation Cup showdown went to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Mullin, and Teague remains confident heading to this rubber match following the reigning Horse of the Year's effort at Philadelphia. "I didn't want to give Rockin Ron any advantage [at Philadelphia]. I pulled early and got right beside Rockin Ron. On the turn, I tried to stay as close as possible to save some ground; then I started driving on him and he went on."   Wiggle It Jiggleit will start from post 4 as the 4-5 morning line favorite.   Rockin Ron, who looks to avenge his recent defeat, headlines a three-horse entry trained by Ron Burke and Kelvin Harrison. The 19-time winner drew post two in the overflow field, and Yannick Gingras will be in to drive.   One race later, in the $75,000 Graduate preliminary for trotters, Gingras will drive last year's Hambletonian winner Pinkman for trainer Jimmy Takter. The 18-time winner returns from Solvalla Racecourse in Stockholm, where he wired fellow 4-year-olds in 1:52.2 on the Elitloppet undercard. Pinkman will start from post 6 as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Among the seven foes Pinkman will face is Musical Rhythm, a winner in his Graduate event at Mohawk last weekend. Following a sweep of the Don Mills series in April, the 19-time winner has risen to top-tier competition with aplomb, also drawing off in a Preferred event at Mohawk. Benoit Ballairgeon trains the Cantab Hall entire, and Hall-of-Fame driver John Campbell will be aboard from post 1.   A pair of $62,400 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old pacing fillies are carded as races 6 and 11, with a quintet of Burke trainees leading the group of 18 sophomores. Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley) leads a 2-1 favored entry in race 6 as the only Sire Stakes winner thus far this year in the group, while Chris Ryder trainee Time On My Hands (Jason Bartlett) and Linda Toscano trainee Soft Idea (Jim Morrill, Jr.) will look to upend the Burke trio in race 11.   Post time for Sunday's stakes program is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

On Monday June 6, at Monticello Raceway harness racing driver Scott Zeron won three New York Sire Stakes events featuring 3 Year Old Pacing Colts. On an afternoon when being on the front end, meant almost certain defeat, 7 of the afternoon's 13 race were won by the horse sitting the pocket at the top to the stretch. Talk Show was a perfect example of this, Missile J left strong from outside in race 2 (PP7) and was used hard, not getting the lead until past the quarter for driver Tim Tetrick, once he gained the front Talk Show was content to sit the pocket and brush past Missile J (LQ 27.1) to score in 1:53.3. The son of Art Major - Lush Limbaugh is trained by Steve Elliot for owners Talk Show Partners LLC. It was Scott Zeron's first of 3 wins on the afternoon's card. The 2nd division of the open Division of the NYSS also proved that speed kills. Craftship tracked Artmagic the entire mile in the garden spot to prevail in the afternoon's fastest race of the day 1:53.2. The well bred son of Art Major - Capri Hanover is trained by Tony Alagna for winning owns Crawford Partners & J. Fodera N M Frank Stable & J. Sbrocco. Starting from the rail in the 10th race was Manny, he was soon content to let Fine Diamond and JK Heaven Sent slug it out on the front, JK Heaven Sent never saw the wood and was parked the entire mile. Manny (American Ideal - Foolish Kiss) saved ground at the rail and rallied in the lane to score in 1:54.2 He is trained by Jessica Okusko and was driven to victory by Chris Lems. Blue Chips Farms Art Major has 5 sons entered the winners circle on the afternoon. Excelsior A Brigadoon - American Ideal - 1:55:2 - $6.30 - Trainer Monica Krist - Driver Billy Dobson Combat - Art Major - 1:57.1 - $8.70 - Trainer Steve Elliott - Driver Scot Zeron KJ Erich -- Roll With Joe - 1:55:2 - $17.40 - Trainer Gary Messenger -Driver James Taggart Jr. Spendabuckonme - Art Major -1:55:3 - $15.60 - Trainer Ed Lohmeyer - Driver Dan Dube Excelsior B It's Just Too Much - American Ideal - 1:57:3 - $3.00 - Trainer Allie Reynolds - Driver Eric Abbatiello Numerouno Bluechip - Art Major - 1:56:4 - $5.70 - Trainer Linda Toscano - Driver Tim Tetrick By Shawn Wiles

The first installment of the New York Sire Stakes on the 2016 harness racing campaign took place on Friday night at Saratoga. Three year old pacing fillies took center stage on the evening's thirteen race program and there were three divisions for the top flight New York bred fillies that went for purses of better than $58,000. The defending champion among the fillies is Dime A Dance (Roll With Joe) and the sophomore made her '16 Sire Stakes debut on Friday as the race's 1-9 betting favorite. Matt Kakaley piloted the Ron Burke-trained filly and moved her to the early lead. Dime A Dance faced a challenge in the stretch from Angels Rockn Pink (Rock N Roll Heaven) before scoring in 1:54. The other two Friday Sire Stakes winners were Time On My Hands (American Ideal) who scored with Jason Bartlett in the bike for trainer Chris Ryder and No Clouds Bluechip (Roll With Joe) with Mark Beckwith piloting for conditioner John Berger. Both of those fillies stopped the timer in 1:53.2. New York Sire Stakes action will return to Saratoga on Friday July 8th when two year old pacing colts are featured. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

To use a phrase from the great race caller Carl Becker "They are coming from everywhere", that was the case for the draw when a total of 61 harness racing colts were entered for the glamour division of the New York Sire Stakes, 3 Year Old Pacing Colts, to be raced on Monday at Monticello Raceway, June 6. The 13 race cards show cases 9 races of NY Bred sophomores. The afternoon's card has 3 division of Sire Stakes, each split racing for $39,900, 4 divisions of the Excelsior A class ($15,000) and 2 races of the Excelsior B class ($6,600) The first division of Sire Stakes colts is race 2, Missile J, hot off his win in the Rooney Final in 1:53, will start from post 7 for trainer Linda Toscano. The American Ideal- Cantors' Delight colt who was a $100,000 yearling purchase for owners KJ Stable LLC and Purple Haze Stable LLC. Unraced at 2, the late bloomer has won 3 in row, he will look to extend the streak with Tim Tetrick driving. Also looking to extend his win streak is Talk Show (PP1), the son of Art Major - Lush Limbaugh is trained by Steve Elliott. 2 starts prior he won in 1:51:1, pacing his last quarter in 25.4 at the Meadowlands. In race 8, Autotune Hanover (Art Major - Anderosa Hanover) who has yet to return to his 2 year old form, will start from the post 2 for driver Jason Barlett. A winner of in excess of $200,000, he finished 3rd last year in the NYSS Finals at Yonkers. Craftship continues to show improvement with each start, finishing 2nd in his last start at YR (LQ 26:4) Carlos Danger is looking to shed his role a bridesmaids as he is winless in 12 lifetime starts. The final NYSS event of the card comes in the 10th race, racing for a purse of $39,900. The 7 horse field features, Fine Diamond, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven, out of the Breeders Crown winner Yellow Diamond has drawn post 3, for trainer Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley will drive. He recently has his 4 race win streaked snapped last week. JK Heaven Sent (PP4) who last start finished second at Pocono Downs, pacing his mile in 1:50:4. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven-JK's Owhatanite has Jim Morrill Jr in the bike for the first time. The 4 heats of the Excelsior A class are programmed as races 5, 6, 7 and 9, the Excelsior B class are slated as races 1 & 4, New York Sire Stake actions returns on Monday June 30, as 2 Year Old Trotting Colts come to town. By Shawn Wiles

Nichols, N.Y. -- Fast miles were the rule on Sunday (May 29) evening at Tioga Downs, as all nine races resulted in lifetime marks over the Jason Bluhm-conditioned 5/8-mile course. Among those lifetime marks was a track-record effort from Dayson ($3.40), who sprinted away from a collapsing pace in his $62,400 New York Sire Stakes event.   Dayson, a 3-year-old Conway Hall gelding, sat second-over off dueling leaders Dante (Oskar Florhed) and Free Willy Hanover (Trond Smedshammer) through fractions of :28, :56, and 1:24. As Free Willy Hanover's valiant first-over attempt started to fade on the far turn, Jim Morrill, Jr. angled Dayson three-wide on the far turn, and the response was instant. Dayson vaulted clear to an 8-1/2 length victory over Allerage Echo (Jim Marohn, Jr.), who rallied into his runner-up position from a third-over trip. Joyful (Mike Simons) gained late into third from well off the pace, while a softened Dante faded to fourth.   Dayson's 1:52.2 triumph was his ninth in 11 career starts, and shaved four-fifths of a second off Datsyuk's prior track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. The Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith own Dayson.   In the other New York Sire Stakes event, Sir Royson ($4.10) brushed to the fore with a circuit to go, turning aside pocket rival Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) and holding off a late charge from 69-1 outsider The Royal Harry (Florhed) for a 1:54 victory, the fifth of his career. Linda Toscano trains the 3-year-old Crazed colt for R-and-I Farms, LLC.   For driver Jim Marohn, Jr. the win with Sir Royson was one of five on the night. "The Mighty Mite Part Two" also teamed up with Dee's Rocketman ($4.60, 1:52.1), Just For Today ($12.00, 1:56.2), Katch Kanna ($6.30, 1:57.1), and Moneydontbuyulove ($8.40, 1:56.4).   The night's sub-featured $25,200 Nichols True Value late-closing series final saw Erv Miller trainee Fresh Cut ($5.90) pounce from second-over off a contested pace, dueling on the far turn with the first-over Century Chancellor (Simons) to just prevail in 1:53.1. Morrill was aboard the 3-year-old American Ideal colt for the Bay Pond Racing Stable.   The 50¢ Pick 5 carries over to Monday (May 30) afternoon's card, with $772.79 of added money heading into the opening-race wager. First post for the nine-race Memorial Day card is slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs    

Ake Svanstedt, Inc. and Little E, LLC's Non Stick ($2.70) remains undefeated in eight career starts after a comfortable two-length harness racing win in her $40,600 New York Sire Stakes division on Saturday (May 28) evening at Vernon Downs.   Mark MacDonald wasted no time with the 3-year-old Lucky Chucky filly, working clear of Goosebump Hanover (Chris Lems) before exiting the straight. Non Stick was uncontested through splits of :28, :57.2, and 1:26, working clear of her seven foes on the far turn. At head-stretch, Goosebump Hanover vacated the pocket to give chase, but Non Stick maintained her clear lead throughout under just mild encouragement for a 1:55 triumph. Earn Your Wings (Charlie Norris) circled from the rear of the main group to take second, while Dizzy Broad (Jim Morrill, Jr.) saved third off her cozy tracking trip. Goosebump Hanover lacked any late burst from the pocket, finishing fourth.   Ake Svanstedt trains Non Stick, who has amassed $226,532 thus far in career earnings.   Mario Mazza's Stick of Butter ($7.20) prevailed in her Sire Stakes division off an extended first-over bid, dueling clear of pacesetter Straight A Student for a 1:54.3 win. Trainer Francisco del Cid drove the Lucky Chucky filly.   Fair Winds Farm, Inc.'s Open Access ($33.80) also found the winner's enclosure, vaulting off cover and collaring Fad Finance and Swinging Royalty for a last-to-first 1:54.1 score. Charlie Norris drove the daughter of Credit Winner for trainer Robert Baggitt, Jr.   As no one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, a carryover of $246.95 will head to Monday (May 30) afternoon's card. Post time for the first of 12 races on Memorial Day is set for 1:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

The inaugural event for 2016 New York Sire Stakes took place at Monticello Raceway on Monday May 23. 6 NYSS events were contested, two races for each category, the Excelsior A's, and Excelsior B's and the upper echelon Sire Stake fields. The front end ruled, as eight of the harness racing cards eleven races where won wire to wire. Starting off the action in the second race was the first heat of the B division, it was almost too much action, as Sultry Susan made a nasty break in the first turn and went to her knees, scattering the entire field behind her. Dw'sblissfulthinn capitalized on the miscue and made the most of it, scoring a wire to wire win for trainer Debra Miller, and driver Jim Marohn Jr. in 2:00:1 for owner Donald La Page, The 2nd heat of the B class was the following race, I Got The Life, (Roll With Joe) benefited from a conservative drive by Mark Macdonald. She settled in 5th, and used the passing lane to score in a photo for a lifetime best 1:59:1. Jim Graham co owns the filly with Ronald Viola. Race 4, was the first division of the open class of fillies, Jim Morrill Jr. aboard Soft Ideal showed the field through fractions of 28:0, 56:4, 1:26:0 was stalked the entire mile by the Burke entry of Mother of Art and Art Critic, the filly labored in deep stretch but hung on for the win 1:55:2. She returned a $3.60 Already with 11 starts under his belt and tight, he seasoned Erv Miller trainee Rolling Going Gone (Roll With Joe) won on the front end in 1:57:2 for driver Marcus Miller and owner Ross Bonafield. Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) was under wraps and raging with pace for driver Jim Morrill Jr, scoring well in hand in 1:55:2, pacing the fastest LQ of the day of 28:2 in the afternoons final Excelsior event, the win gave Morrill a driving double on the card. The final NY Bred race of the came in race 8, Andy Miller brought his American Ideal filly, American Ivy to the fray, the tender footed filly started from Post 5, took the lead before the ¼ from Vino and Formaggio and showed the way, ranging into contention at the ¾ came Time on My Hand, but American Ivy rebuffed the challenge, prevailing in the afternoons fastest race 1:54:3, for owner Joe P Racing LLC of Delray Beach, Fl. American Ideal had three daughters enter the winners circle, followed closely by his Blue Chip Farm stable mate, Roll with Joe who had two winners on the afternoon. By Shawn Wiles

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