Victom As (Striking Sahbra) won the Open Trot on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway in 1:58.3. Trainer-driver Harry Landy moved the six year old trotter out to the lead in a quick opening quarter of 28.1 and held tough, turning back a host of rivals before hitting the line first. Victom As was making just his second start in over two months and followed up a third place finish last week with a victory in the $15,000 Friday feature. Slugfest (Phil Fluet) was the Open’s runner up for the third straight week while Easy Strength (Sam Schillaci) closed for third. Landy scored a training and driving double as his Fandango Dancer (Revenue S) prevailed earlier in the night. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) went from last to first to secure a win in the local Open for the second time in as many tries at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Roman Lopez-trained five year old won his local debut two weeks ago and was back in town following a second place finish at Vernon Downs in his previous race. Stephane Bouchard sat patiently in last with Mr Web Page while the fractions were fast in the early going. Moving three wide around the final turn, Mr Web Page swooped the group and drew away late to win in 1:58.3 to move his record in $15,000 Spa Opens to two-for-two. Lightly raced in 2013, Mr Web Page has now finished first or second in seven of his last eight starts. Slugfest (Phil Fluet) was the Open’s runner up for the second consecutive Friday night while Victom AS (Harry Landy) closed for third. Mr Web Page returned a solid $9.60 to win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
Tac’s Delight (Self Possessed) won the Open Trot for the second time in four tries at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, cruising to a front running victory on Friday night. Billy Dobson piloted the eight year old trotter in the $15,000 feature and moved him out to the early lead. The Rene Allard-trained Tac’s Delight stopped the timer in 1:56.3 for his second win of the season, besting Slugfest (Phil Fluet) who finished second and Keystone Wyatt (Bruce Aldrich Jr) who earned the show spot. Tac’s Delight was the race’s 3-5 favorite. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
The New York Sires Stakes sophomore pacing colts and geldings, always considered the cream of the crop of the sires stakes eligibilities, will lock horns Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, September 3. Two divisions, one for $79,385 and the other for $77,975, are on tap and they will be accompanied by four $12,700 splits of Excelsior Series colts. The NYSS events will go as races eight and 11 while the Excelsior Series splits are carded as races one, four, five and six.. Headlining the $77,975 NYSS first division is the Linda Toscano-trained, Ken Jacobs owned, Doctor Butch, who has already bankrolled $252,360 this year. His seasonal best clocking is a 1:51.2 mile at Yonkers Raceway on June 1 while winning the $275,000 Rooney Final. Doctor Butch will have Jimmy Morrill, Jr. at the controls when they start from post five in the six-horse field. But it'll no cake walk for Doctor Butch. Among those the son of Art Major will be up against include Framed Art and Bettor Than You. The former, a $75,000 winner with a 1:54.2 record will start from the three hole with Mark MacDonald driving while the latter, a $110,000 winner with a 1:51.4 mark, will leave from the pole position with Jimmy Marohn, Jr. in the sulky. The other NYSS split, for a purse of $79,375, will have Sir Cary's Z Tam as the early choice. Pat Lachance, trains and will drive when they leave from post five. The Bettor's Delight gelding has bankrolled over $222,000 this year while taking a record of 1:50.3 at the Meadowlands. He comes into this race off a 1:53.3 NYSS victory over Saratoga Raceway's half mile track on August 18. Like Doctor Butch, Sir Cary's Z Tam will also have some stiff competition in the presence of Olde Time Hockey and Bet The Moon. Olde Time Hockey, from the Tom Fanning barn, a 1:50.3 winner of $107,000 this year, will start from the pylon position with Jason Bartlett driving and Bet The Moon, from the powerful Ron Burke Stable owns a 1:50 record this year while earning over1 $172,000. The undercard combines four solid races of sophomore colt pacers with Pull The Ripcord in race 6, arguably the most impressive starter in those events. Trained by Joe Robbins Jr., the Riverboat King gelding,unraced until this season, already has nine wins in just 14 starts with his 1:54.3 triumph at Tioga Downs and July 28 the fastest. Phil Fluet is down to drive. In all, 12 race races comprise the Tuesday , September 3rd card. First post is set for 12:50pm. by John Manzi
Highly Thought Of made win number one in 2013 an exciting one for trainer Tom Gummerson. Dismissed by the betting public as the longest shot on the board at 22-1, the race seemed to be going that way of the odds as Mike Merton guided Highly Thought Of around in 7th as the 5/2 second choice Runaway Tray led the field thru fractions of 27.4, 56.2, and 1:24.3. At the top of the stretch, Runaway Tray was on E and the mares behind her fanned out as 3 lengths covered the entire field. Highly Thought Of was moved 4 wide off the last turn and rallied in deep stretch to win by neck in 1:55.1. Getting up for 2nd was the other longshot, Camilla The Terror, who also rallied from the back following the eventual winner. The longshots produced a $672 exacta. Greg Merton had a hat trick on the night and the birthday boy Phil Fluet picked up a driving double. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday with a post time of 6:50pm. For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com. by Jason Bluhm
Harness racing claiming trotter Breewood Brier (Amigo Hall) extended her win streak on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, a streak that has dates back to last year.
He's able to watch Coraggioso in the morning and have his picture taken in the winner's circle, but Tom Durkin, a New York Racing Association announcer and the voice of NBC Sports horse racing telecasts for 26 years, cannot be in very close proximity to his own horse for any extended period of time.
The top New York-bred trotting sophomores will gather at Vernon Downs on Friday evening (June 8) to contest harness racing's rich Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) finals.
The NYSS rolled into Nichols, New York on Friday night featuring three divisions for New York bred harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Posting the fastest mile for the three divisions was Archangel (Jim MorrillJr.) in the second division for $44,266.
Grain Of Truth, with harness racing driver Phil Fluet in the sulky, captured Friday's featured Open Trot with a purse of $18,500. Owned by Charles & Giorgan Iannazzo of Tappan, N.Y. and trained by Ray Schnittker, the 11 year old Gelding by Self Possessed turned in a winning time of 1:57.2.
Tioga Downs kicked off its inaugural harness racing card for the 2012 race season on Saturday evening in front of more than 11,700 patrons in the Southern Tier.
Harness racing trainer Ray Schnittker's Flex The Muscle won Friday night's open trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Although the Tioga Downs' harness racing season was cut three days short due to the devastating flooding in the local area, awards for trotter of the year, pacer of the year, driver of the year, and trainer of the year are still being issued.
First-season statebreds returned downstate Monday night (September 12) , with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $249,400 New York Sire Stakes Elmsford Trot for harness racing's 2-year-old colts and geldings. Four divisions--three off the card - went at it.
In the Friday night $18,000 fillies and mares open pace, Freedom Crossing and Mike Micallef turned a pocket trip into a victory for harness racing trainer Kevin Efimetz. Leaving from post position number five, Freedom Crossing left strongly to take control of the field past an opening panel of 27.2.
Fern Paquet Jr. celebrated his wife's birthday on Saturday night by posting six wins on the night's twelve race harness racing card at Tioga Downs. Paquet started off the night in the first race, winning with long shot Shady Chip returning $47.00 to win. Fern then went on to win races three, six, seven, eight, and twelve, and just missed in the $18,000 feature with favorite Aruba Vacation in race number nine.