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Plainville, MA --- Plainridge Park's leading driver Mitchell Cushing exhibited why he's at the top of the harness racing charts this year after winning five races on the 11-race card at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16). The highlight of the afternoon was a sharp come-from-behind score with Starznheaven in the $14,000 Winners-Over pace that was the feature race of the day. Starznheaven tucked fourth off the gate while Captain Deo (Nick Graffam) and Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) slugged it out to the quarter in :25.4 before Switzer relented and took a seat. Everyone used the next eighth of a mile to take a breath and catch up, but before the :54 half Fernleigh Rebel N (Shawn Gray) and Starznheaven started up again and moved in the outer flow. About halfway up the backstretch Fernleigh Rebel N stalled, forcing Starznheaven to go three-wide to not loose touch with the leader. Starznheaven got around the fader but Opus Blue Chip pulled out under him before he could slide back down and kept him wide right into the stretch. Heading down the lane they were three across the track; Captain Deo, Opus Blue Chip and Starznheaven. All three were game and driving but Starznheaven had more at the end and grabbed a one-length victory in 1:50.3. The time was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Starznheaven ($4.00) got his seventh win of the year and increased his cash flow to $70,221. Lifetime he now has 44 wins and $397,763 banked. Marc Reynolds, Scott Dillon and Bradford Veilleux own the 7-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Dancinwiththestarz that is trained by Jimmy Nickerson. Cushing rounded out his piloting pentafecta with Ramblin Art (1:54.1, $3.40), I Am Golden (1:54, $4.00), Stone Fire Hanover (1:53.3, $5.40) and Cruizing Hill (1:53, $3.40). Today's victories give Cushing 125 wins for the year and a commanding 21-win lead over Drew Campbell (104) and Shawn Gray (102) for year-end driving honors. In the third leg of the $10,000 Wood End Light series for 2-year-old trotters, George Ducharme's Massachusetts-bred Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) scored a major upset when he pulled from third at the half, went to the front and proceeded to annihilate the field with a 14-length romp in 1:56.4. It was the first career win and a lifetime mark for him, but was also just one-fifth of a second off the 1:56.3 track record set by another Mass-bred, Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) in 2017. Life Is A Feast ($22.40) who was driven by Howard Parker, is owned by Al Ross and Paul Fontaine, and was bred by Karen Carroll. He is also eligible to the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes that get underway at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 29).   Live racing at Plainridge Park resumes on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 19) at 2 p.m. and there will be a $34,944 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Whiskey Lindy decided his own fortune as he led the harness racing field for almost 7/8th's of the mile in very even fractions en route to winning the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Sept. 13). Driver Drew Monti took an immediate lead from the pylons with Whiskey Lindy before Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) came from the outside and settled on the front. That take-over was short lived as Whiskey Lindy popped out before the quarter and reclaimed the dominant position. The race continued to the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 with no movement, but a luking Hs Marcia waiting to make her move. That came at the top of the stretch where Campbell pulled and began driving vigorously. Monti matched his enthusiasm and they both urged their trotters all the way to the wire where Whisky Lindy held on to the win by a head in 1:56. Whiskey Lindy ($3.00) remains perfect on the year, winning his third straight race in 2019. The 5-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Rum Boogie is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The top trot of the afternoon went to Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) who left from post seven to take the lead and once there, never looked back as he won the $10,500 conditioned event in 1:55.4. Shorething Fashion ($5.00) is owned by Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh with Eaton doing the training. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are drawing near and evidence of that is 2- and 3-year-old horses making their early starts in preparation of that series. On Friday, 3-year-old pacing gelding Good Heavens (Drew Campbell) went wire to wire in 1:54.4 in the $10,000 non-winners event. Good Heavens ($2.20) now has four wins this year for owner Nancy Longobardi and trainer Ivan Davies. The MASS kicks off its 2019 season on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals worth $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m., there will be a $31,282 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. The MASS kicks of its 2019 season on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals worth $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m., there will be a $31,282 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- The 4-year-old harness racing pacing mare Color Envy has spent all year racing at Yonkers Raceway, closing out that stand with a 3-3/4 length win two weeks ago. She shipped into Massachusetts on Thursday (Sept. 12) to make her first start in the Commonwealth and ended her day a winner in the $12,000 conditioned pace for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park in a new seasonal mark. Color Envy (Mitchell Cushing) got away fifth while Easteriffic (Matty Athearn) set the pace to the half in :56.3. Cushing was out and rolling first-over with Color Envy by that point and continued to gain ground up the backstretch and around the last turn. At the head of the stretch Color Envy was pacing even with Easteriffic before out-working her in the lane to post a 1-1/2 length win at the wire in 1:53.3. The heavily favored Color Envy ($3.40) is owned by William Hartt and is trained by Lance Hudson. Mitchell Cushing had two wins on Thursday and is the leading driver at the Plainridge meet, now boasting 118 wins for the session. However the leading dash winning driver for Thursday was Drew Campbell as he scored four victories during the afternoon. Campbell moved into second place with his effort and now sits behind Cushing with 103 wins after jumping past Shawn Gray, who now slips to third with 101 wins at the conclusion of today's racing. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow after no single unique winning ticket was sold again on Thursday. As a result, there will be a carryover pool of $29,718 in the sixth race on Friday (Sept. 13) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Bet You displayed intestinal fortitude during a fast trip and a tight finish winning the $14,000 Winners-Over harness racing pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 9). Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the first lead off the gate and carried the race to the quarter in :26.3. There, Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) rolled up from mid-pack and took command as they moved in front of the stands and to the half in :54. Bet You stepped on the gas in the third panel buzzing a :27.3 split and opening up a two-length advantage as they went around the final turn. Heading into the stretch Quick Shot (Drew Campbell), who had been sitting third most of the race, found room at the pylons and paced through the opening making up ground fast. Despite the rush, he came up a head short under the wire as Bet You hung on to win in 1:50.3, which tied his lifetime mark. It was the 32nd lifetime win for Bet You ($5.40) and pushed his earnings over the half-million dollar mark, now with $504,612 banked. Scott Dillon owns and Joe Nelson trains. In the $12,000 conditioned sub-feature, Biggie (Drew Campbell) sat second the whole mile letting Legal Power (Jay Randall) lug the mail until the head of the stretch where he pulled and delivered the winning blow by a neck in 1:52, which was a new seasonal mark. The first trip to Plainridge this season garnered the sixth win of the year for Biggie ($19.20) who is owned by Michael Huff and trained by James Dunn. The third leg of the $10,000 Nauset Light series for 2-year-old pacing colts was won by Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) who went gate to wire to score his second win in a row in 1:54.1, tying his lifetime mark and the track record for 2-year-old pacing colts he set just one week ago. The Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) eligible Han Solo ($4.20) was bred and is owned and trained by Monique Cohen. Han Solo will make his first start in the MASS on Monday (Sept. 30). The series starts on Sunday (Sept. 29) and runs through Monday (Oct. 28) when eight divisions will vie in the finals for an estimated $800,000 in total purses. When racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 12) there will be a $27,005 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Shorething Fashion bounced back from a narrow harness racing defeat last week to score a similarly close win in the featured $10,500 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Sept. 6). Driver Nick Graffam pointed Shorething Fashion to the front and took command before hitting the quarter and settling in for the journey. The horses remained in single file past the half and to the five-eighths before Neverdie (Mitchell Cushing) finally pulled and tried to pressure the leader. They got to three-quarters in 1:25.4 and Shorething Fashion was being surrounded by a now closer Neverdie on the outside and the pocket-sitting Coco Lindy (Drew Monti) to his flank. Heading into the lane they were three across the track with Shorething Fashion and Neverdie doing better work and they hit the wire together with Shorething Fashion getting a head in front to win in 1:54.2, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Owned by his trainer Mike Eaton and partner Bob McHugh, Shorething Fashion ($8.00) has now won two out of his last three starts. Corporal Cole, a 2-year-old pacer named in honor of Corporal Eugene Cole, who was a Somerset County (Maine) Sheriff that was killed in the line of duty, won his first lifetime race after pulling second-over from fifth and eventually overtaking Rollin In Roan (Steve Nason) in the stretch to win by one-half length in 1:57.1. Corporal Cole ($30.40) is owned by Joseph Bradeen and Mike Cushing. Charlene Cushing trains the winner. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 9) at 2 p.m., there will be a $24,856 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- Twist Of Fate left and tripped out to a personal best, razor-thin victory in the $10,000 conditioned feature pace for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 5). Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. flew off the wings and took the front with Twist Of Fate, and then led the pack to the quarter in :27.1. Just passed that station, Life Isa Shortwalk (Drew Campbell) popped the deuce and made a rush for the lead and got it in front of the grandstand heading to the half. Without getting a break, an outer flow began to advance on him with Golden Idol (Mitchell Cushing) and Caviart Shelly (Wally Watson) leading the charge. With the group bunching up on the backside, Life Isa Shortwalk stepped on the gas and scooted off to a :28 flat third quarter, opening up a two-length advantage in the process. After sweeping around the turn, he headed into the lane and looked fairly solid. But the outside pursuers faded and the pocket-sitting Twist Of Fate had a clear path to make her move in the stretch. Switzer went to work, as did Campbell, and the two were rocking and knocking down the lane, and were joined by the late-closing Easteriffic (Matt Athearn) between them mid-stretch. When they hit the wire, Twist Of Fate got the advantage by a nose and won in 1:52.4. The time was a new seasonal mark for Twist Of Fate and also tied her lifetime mark. It was the fourth win of the year for Twist Of Fate ($22.00) and owner Let It Ride Stable. Sheena Mcelhiney trains the winner. Two horse people had huge days at The Ridge on Thursday, each winning four races on the card. Driver Mitchell Cushing scored the grand slam with Raising Richard (1:56.3, $4.60), Sew Psyched (1:53.3, $8.20), Katkin And Coke (1:55.4, $3.00) and Hawaii And Sun (1:54, $5.00). Trainer Elisha Lafreniere also had a four-bagger winning with the aforementioned Sew Psyched and Katkin And Coke along with Weddle By Weddle (1:53.2, $4.20) and Casimir Lawman (1:53, $6.00). After Thursday's wins, Cushing now has 113 for the meet and now has a commanding 14-win lead over the second place Shawn Gray (99). Lafreniere moved into second place in the training competition on the strength of her performance, now with 31 wins and just three behind the leading Jimmy Nickerson (34). There was no unique winning ticket on the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta again on Thursday and as a result, there will be a $22,554 carryover pool for that wager in the sixth race on Friday (Sept. 6) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Despite making two moves by the half, Mach Doro A took control of the race from there and stormed home the best in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept.2). Starting from post eight, Mach Doro A (Mitchell Cushing) left and settled in third to the quarter in :26.3. That placement was short lived as Cushing pulled in front of an advancing outer-flow in front of the grandstand and was back in the breeze chasing Captain Deo (Shawn Gray) by the half in :55.1. Moving around the second, turn Mach Doro A continued advancing towards the lead and got it on the backstretch after a brutally fast :26.1 third panel. Unfazed by the pace, Cushing tucked the whip and line-drove Mach Doro A around the last turn and down the stretch where he cruised home to victory in 1:50.1. The clocking was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Mach Doro A now has seven wins in 16 starts this year and $79,120 in the bank accounts of owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs trains the 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Three Eagles. Cushing also won the $12,000 upper-level conditioned pace with Fernleigh Rebel N who left from post five and led at every station during the mile before breaking the beam in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Fernleigh Rebel N ($4.60) is owned by Raymond Ferguson and is trained by Bryant Sears. Cushing continued to work hard on Labor Day scoring two more wins with I Am Golden (1:54, $4.80) and JJ Shark (1:52.3, $13.40) to round out his driving grand slam. The second leg of the $10,000 2-year-old trotting series "The Wood End Light" was held on Monday and produced an historic result. Capital Comet (Drew Monti) tripped-out third for the first five-eighths of the mile and then pulled first-up before the three-quarter pole. From there the colt trotted right by My Blue Opal (Jay Randall) in the turn and pulled away to a wrapped-up 5-3/4 length win in 1:57.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for Capital Comet and also tied the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts set by French Moni in 2016. Capital Comet ($3.60) is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Robert Rudolf and the M Biasuzzi Stable. Domenico Cecere trains Capital Comet. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 5) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Whiskey Lindy got a late start to the season as he didn't make his first start of 2019 until August 16. But his limited number of starts have all been quality wins including his third straight at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 30). In the $12,000 trotting feature for 5-year-olds and younger, Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) got away second behind Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) who led the field to the quarter in :28.1. That lead was short lived as Monti pulled in the front straight and made a power move to take command passing the stands before tapping the brakes to the half in :59.1. Rolling around the second turn, Mad Dog (John Beckwith) came calling on the outside and forced Whiskey Lindy to pick up the tempo and as a result, the third quarter went in :28.1. But then into the turn Mad Dog lost his bite and Hs Marcia lost contact with Whiskey Lindy because Whisky Lindy shifted gears and was gone. Monti sat chilly as Whiskey Lindy opened up a 2-½ length lead coming down the stretch and broke the beam, wrapped-up in 1:56.2. Owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts, Whiskey Lindy ($5.40) remained perfect on the year under the tutelage of trainer Domenico Cecere. Monti and Cecere also teamed up to take the $10,000 trotting co-feature with Ethoca who toured the facility on the front-end from gate to wire in 1:58. It was the second straight win and third in the last four starts for Ethoca ($3.20) who is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts, David Anderson and John Fielding. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 2). There will be a $18,297 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. Please note that starting Monday, post time is moved up to 2 p.m. and will remain there through November 1. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Although she has won at Yonkers Raceway, Bangor Raceway and Scarborough Downs in recent weeks, you'd have to go back to May 16 for Western Stepp's last win at Plainridge Park. But that all changed on Thursday (Aug. 29) when the fast harness racing pacing mare scored an upset win in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap distaff feature at The Ridge. Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) flew off the wings and took the lead by the eighth pole before yielding that position to Bye Bye Felicia (Jim Hardy) at the quarter where they stopped the clock in :26.2. By the time the race reached the half, there was an outer flow formed and advancing with Life Isa Shortwalk (Matt Athearn) on the point and the heavily favored Hilaria (Mike Stevenson) third over. Now with four in and four out, positions remained unchanged up the backside to three-quarters where Life Isa Shortwalk began to tire allowing a clear path for the pocket-sitting Western Stepp to pop the deuce in front of the three-wide Hilaria. Coming off the turn Western Stepp was under a highly animated drive by Campbell and paced past Bye Bye Felicia. Hilaria was still charging and making up ground fast. However at the wire she came up a neck short behind Western Stepp who boldly hung on to win in 1:52, which was a new seasonal mark. Western Stepp ($16.80) scored her eighth win of the year and 35th lifetime for owner Diane Dunn and ran her career earnings up to $311,401. James Dunn trains the 6-year-old daughter of Western Maverick-French Stepp. Drew Campbell got one for the thumb on Friday winning five races on the card, including a natural hat trick in races five through seven. He visited the winner's circle with Roll With Ann (1:55, $2.60), Kitty Russell (1:55, $20.80), Angel Assault (1:55.4, $4.40), the aforementioned Western Stepp and Chief Altawick (1:54.4, $8.60). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 30) with post time at 4 p.m. There will be a $15,927 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race on Friday. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Betterlatethannever put in a strong front-end effort to capture his second straight harness racing win after taking the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 26). It was a four-horse, four-wide dash off the gate for the lead with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore), Betterlatethannever (Jay Randall), Tisadream N (Drew Monti) and Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) all arguing for control. Still stacked up at the :26.4 quarter, Betterlatethannever took over from Major Leaguer past that pole and settled in on the top. Tisadream N was now parked in the breeze with Mach Doro A on his back, pushing the issue to the half in :55. Moving up the backstretch Mach Doro A pulled three-deep around Tisadream N and drew alongside Betterlatethannever for a few strides before being quickly rebuffed by him. Then Betterlatethannever rolled around the last turn and opened up a two-length lead heading into the stretch. Major Leaguer came off the pylons to try and chase as did Captain Deo (Nick Graffam), but Betterlatethannever was the better horse this day and won in 1:50.3, which was a new seasonal mark. The ninth win of the year for Betterlatethannever ($22.80) pushed his 2019 earnings to $83,952 for owners Nickerson Racing and David Glazer. Jimmy Nickerson is the trainer. In the $12,000 upper-level condition pace, JK Will Power (Drew Monti) took full advantage of a class drop to score his sixth win of the year. JK Will Power pulled first over past the quarter and lived on the outside from there, eventually running down the leading Gillys Boy (Kevin Switzer Jr.) in mid-stretch to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51. The time was a new seasonal mark. JK Will Power ($11.40) is owned by Michael Goldberg Racing and is trained by Jeff Lieberman. Plainridge Park's special series for 2-year-old pacers, the Nauset Light, ran it's second $10,000 leg on Monday and the winner's time replaced a longtime standard at Plainridge. Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) left from post four and never looked back. After cutting quarters of :28, :57 and 1:25.4, Switzer kept his horse game to the wire, holding off a fast closing Sweet Lucille (Drew Monti) to win by a neck in 1:54.1. The winning time of 1:54.1 registered by the Massachusetts-bred Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) was a new track record, replacing the 15-year-old standard of 1:54.4 set by Marced Card back in 2004. Han Solo ($4.60) is owned, trained and was bred by Monique Cohen. The colt is also eligible to the $1.8 (est.) Massachusetts Sires Stakes which gets underway on Sunday (Sept. 29) and runs through Monday (Oct. 28) at Plainridge Park. Drew Campbell and Drew Monti each had two driving wins on the card while Jeff Lieberman led all trainers with two wins as well. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Aug. 29) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- After getting a slow start early in the mile, Chav Hanover displayed a strong closing kick to win the $12,000 harness racing trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 23). Chav Hanover (Steve Nason) got away fifth and found himself a gapped eight-lengths off the leading Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) by the time that one got to the quarter in :27.2. The race went by the stands and Simple Kaos (Shawn Gray) came out from third, took the lead and motored into the second turn. As they made their way up the backstretch, the top four horses broke away from the trailers. Count On Rosie (Todd O'Dea) pulled from third and hung trying to advance, allowing Chav Hanover to move up to third on the pegs. When Simple Kaos took the group into the stretch, Nason pulled Chav Hanover off the pylons and tipped him three deep. Then under heavy urging, Chav Hanover tracked down Simple Kaos at the beam to pull the mild upset in 1:56.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the fourth win of the year for Chav Hanover ($15.80) who is owned and trained by Nicole Hardy. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 26). Post time for the first race is 4:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- She got away worst but got home first. After a furious stretch drive, Hilaria won the $12,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 22). Western Stepp (Drew Campbell), Twist Of Fate (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Bye Bye Felicia (Jim Hardy) battled hard off the gate for the lead and went three-deep around the first turn until Bye Bye Felicia took command past the quarter in a swift :26.3. As the race went by the stands to the half, an early four-horse outer flow began led by Neon Sky N (Nick Graffam) and trailed by Hilaria (Mike Stevenson). Now with three in and four out, the race motored up the backstretch with Neon Sky N fading before three-quarters causing the trailing horses to bunch, and allowing Bye Bye Felicia to open up a three-length lead. Halfway through the final bend Hilaria, who was still sitting last and about six-lengths away from the leader, was tipped four-wide by Stevenson and began to pass the competition. By the time they hit the top of the stretch Hilaria was second, however Bye Bye Felicia still had a five-length lead and appeared to be wrapped-up. Stevenson continued to urge his mare and she continued to make up ground. Hardy heard hooves approaching and started to push Bye Bye Felicia mid-stretch but it was too little, too late. Hilaria flew by her at the wire to win by a neck in 1:51.4, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the fourth win in a row and tenth of the season for Hilaria ($8.00) who is also the winningest horse at the 2019 Plainridge Park meet. The 6-year-old Massachusetts-bred daughter of Cheyenne Hollywood-Poster Hanover is owned and trained by Ralph Anderson, who also bred her with Steve Farrell. Several horsemen had productive days at the track on Thursday. Drew Campbell led all drivers with three wins on the card while Nick Graffam, Kevin Switzer Jr. and Joe Di Stefano all doubled up. Trainers Mike Graffam, Chris Lefebvre and John Di Stefano each had two conditioning wins. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 23) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

Plainville, MA --- Quick Shot lived up to his name on Monday (Aug. 19) when he went from third to first in a matter of yards to win the harness racing $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park. The heavily favored Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) called the shots from the start of the race while Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) settled in third for the ride. After a blazing :25.4 quarter in the rain, Opus Blue Chip went to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.2 and the only challenge came from a weak outer flow that never got closer than fourth. As they made their way around the final turn, Switzer raised the lines and Opus Blue Chip entered the stretch with a three-length lead looking like a winner. But Quick Shot had gotten out of the pack and was pacing like a loose horse down the middle of the track. Campbell was able to get around the drifting Opus Blue Chip and flew past him under the line to win by a head in 1:51. The winning time was a new seasonal mark. Although it was only his second win of the year, Quick Shot ($9.00) has still earned $68,714 in 2019 for owner Kathleen Brewer. Artie Brewer II trains the winner. In the $12,000 conditioned undercard pace, Betterlatethannever (Jay Randall) took full advantage of a short field and post one and went gate to wire -- despite the best efforts of Fernleigh Rebel N (Mitchell Cushing) who challenged him on the outside for the better part of the mile -- and won by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.1. Betterlatethannever ($3.40) is owned by Nickerson Racing and David Glazer with Jimmy Nickerson doing the conditioning. Plainridge Park held the first leg of it's developmental series for 2-year-old trotters, "The Wood End Light", on Monday. The $10,000 race was won by Capital Comet (Drew Monti) who followed stablemate Dazzling Lindy (Mitchell Cushing) the entire mile before popping the deuce and brushing by in the stretch to score his first lifetime victory in 1:58.4. Capital Comet ($7.20) is owned by Lindy Farms, Robert Rudolph and M Biasuzzi Stable. Domenico Cecere trains the top two finishers. Capital Comet Mitchell Cushing, Drew Campbell, Drew Monti and Jay Randall all had driving doubles on Monday. Eric Beach did the same on the training side. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Aug. 22) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After having minimal success at harness racing in Ohio as a 2 and 3-year-old, Mad Dog has turned his fortunes around as an aged horse in Massachusetts. On Friday (Aug. 16) at Plainridge Park, he set the bar for himself once again after he won the $12,000 5-year-old and under conditioned trotting feature with a personal best effort. Post eight wasn't and issue for Mad Dog (John Beckwith) as he left the gate strong and rolled up to the lead by the quarter in :27.3. As the race moved to the half, he was unchallenged and set his own pace until the five-eighths pole when Simple Kaos (Shawn Gray) and Chav Hanover (Steve Nason) came in the outer tier. Simple Kaos engaged Mad Dog at the three-quarters and the two tangled around the final bend and into the stretch just a neck apart. Trotting down the lane, Simple Kaos was joined by Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) in pursuit of Mad Dog and they both inched closer as the wire approached. Mad Dog continued to fight and held his advantage through the beam to win by a nose in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Mad Dog ($14.00) has now won four races this year and has hit the board 13 out of 18 starts. As a result he has earned $40,010 for his owners Michele Nelson and Jeffrey Nelson. Joe Nelson does the training. Also on the card were a pair of $10,000 condition races -- one on each gait -- that saw their winners both take marks in victory. In the pace, Western Thunder (Drew Campbell) pulled first-over at the half and overtook the front-running Rock The Heavens (Matt Athearn) in deep stretch to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.3, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the fourth seasonal win for Western Thunder ($4.40) who is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by Timmie Griffith. Then in the trot, Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) left like a rocket in :27.1, opened up five-lengths and then never looked back. Basically unchallenged during the mile, Whiskey Lindy turned for home with a length lead and held off a late charge by a fast closing Box Of Gifts (Shawn Gray) to win in 1:56.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Whiskey Lindy ($4.00) is owned by Greathorse and trained by Domenico Cecere. Drew Campbell led all drivers on Friday with three wins while Mike Stevenson was right behind him with two. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 19) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Lightly regarded at the windows, Bet You made the faithful take notice after putting in a career-best performance winning the $14,000 New England-owned Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 12). Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled from third past the :26.4 quarter and took the lead from Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) before the :55.1 half and proceeded to open up a three-length lead. Rolling up the backside, he maintained that gapped margin to the three-quarters and then around the last turn while the competition tried to keep pace. When the race headed for the wire, Quick Shot was relentless in his pursuit to catch the leader and did begin to make up the difference. But Bet You was strong to the wire and hung on to win by a length in 1:50.3. The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Bet You and tied his lifetime best mile. It was the 30th career win for Bet You ($17.40) and pushed his total earnings to $489,932. Scott Dillon owns the 7-year-old altered son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Amoretto that is trained by Joe Nelson. The $12,000 upper-level conditioned secondary feature was a heavyweight battle between Tisadream N (Drew Monti) who shot right for the lead and Betterlatethannever (Jay Randall) who had the same idea in mind. Tisadream N got to the quarter in :26.3 but Betterlatethannever was right on his back, before trying to clear. Tisadream N would not give up position so Betterlatethannever was now in the breeze pushing the issue. After tripping the half in :54.1 in tandem, the two horses continued pacing side by side up the backstretch to three-quarters in 1:22 when Fernleigh Rebel N (Mitchell Cushing) tipped three-deep and joined the fray off the last turn. As they hit the stretch Tisadream N regained a length lead and refused to lose in deep stretch and tripped the beam first in 1:51.1. It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Tisadream N ($3.60) who has now earned $40,040 this year for owners Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Scott Rollins trains the winner. The $10,000 Nauset Light is Plainridge Park's 2-year-old developmental pacing series and the first leg was contested on Monday. Mancrush (Captaintreacherous-Authorize) was floated off the wings to the quarter by driver Jimmy Whittemore and eventually settled on the lead in front of the stands the first time. From there he led the group the rest of the way holding off Sweet Lucille (Drew Monti) and Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) by a 1/2 length at the wire where he won in 1:55.1. It was the second lifetime victory for Mancrush ($4.60) who is owned by M And L of Delaware and trained by Marissa Chadbourne. Kevin Switzer Jr. Had the hot hand at The Ridge Monday leading all other drivers with three wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 14) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Daniel Tuccillo, 78, of Prospect, Connecticut passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Vitas unit of St. Mary's Hospital. Mr. Tuccillo was born April 20, 1941 in Waterbury, Connecticut, a son of the late Ralph R. and Aurelie (Hamel) Tuccillo. He graduated from high school and went on to establish General Borings, Inc. of Prospect, Connecticut and to marry the love of his life, Helen (Doner). When he wasn't earning a living running his business, Mr. Tuccillo loved harness racing. He was first exposed to the sport at Green Mountain Park in 1970 and eventually started working for several trainers at Rockingham Park and Hinsdale Raceway in 1972 learning the business. By 1976 he got his driver's license and started to compete at tracks all over New England. With the help of his wife and son Dan Jr., Mr. Tuccillo built a small but competitive stable and competed successfully for many years. He even trained the 1984 Massachusetts Sire Stake 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Wynn's Mabel By. Mr. Tuccillo retired from full time racing in the mid-1990's but when Plainridge Park opened in 1999, an amateur driving club was formed and he couldn't wait to get back in and compete. As a charter member of the New England Amateur Harness Driver's Club, Mr. Tuccillo has campaigned several horses each year including right until the time of his passing. During his career, Mr. Tuccillo won 199 races and $504,471 in purses. As a trainer he won another 66 races and an additional $219,689 in winnings. He won his final race on June 27, 2019 at the age of 78 when he drove Steal My Thunder to a one-length victory at Plainridge Park in 1:56.1 and paid $81.60. Aside from racing his horses, Mr. Tuccillo's greatest joy was his family, and their memories of time spent with him at the lake will always be treasured. Mr. Tuccillo will be forever missed by his wife of 57 years Helen, son Daniel and daughter Bernadette Casson all of Prospect, his grandchildren; Nicholas and Christina Tuccillo and Alyssa and Brittney Casson, a brother Ralph and his wife Margaret Tuccillo of New Hartford, a brother-in-law Joseph Doner of Bristol, a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends that he treated as family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at St. Anthony's Church, 4 Union City Rd, Prospect, Connecticut with burial to immediately follow in Prospect Cemetery, 1 Union City Rd, Prospect, Connecticut. Calling hours will be held Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Rd, Prospect, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hole in the Wall Gang, 565 Ashford Center Rd., Ashford, CT 06278 For directions and online condolences please visit www.prospectmemorial.com By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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