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While both series finals that took place on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel were won by big favorites, the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series final saw a harness racing upset on Sunday afternoon. Reigning Autumn (Rc Royalty) moved out to the early lead in the $32,100 trotting final and was tracked throughout by the race's favorite Osvaldo Blue Chip (Jay Randall). With several of their rivals making breaks, the top tandem drew off a bit around the final turn but it was the longshot holding off the favorite in the end as Reigning Autumn held on to win in a career best 1:56.3. Osvaldo Blue Chip had to settle for second while Elegant Son (Brian Cross) came on to finish third. The Alek Chartrand-trained Reigning Autumn, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, paid $19.20 to win. The exacta and triple came back $51 and $268.50, respectively. Reigning Autumn became the fifth winner of the annual John Mongeon Sr. Memorial trotting series joining a list that consists of Pop I, Order By Don, Quick Feet and Palmers Pride. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee starting at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella    

Wings Of Royalty (Mike Simons) sets track record for harness racing aged horse in 1:53.2 as Simons wins four. The 5 year-old horse by RC Royalty would be forth at the halfway point going first over. Wings of Royalty ($4.90) would swoop by pace-setter Dragin The Wagin (Aaron Byron) and have the lead before the three-quarter mark. Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme, Wings of Roylaty would win the Open 1 trot by four lengths. Finishing second was Upfront Billy (Tom Jackson) with Sweet Thing Fern Paquet Jr.) getting third. Simons also won race two with Law Of Attraction ($42.60), race four with Sarcastic Man ($5.30), and race eight with Warhorse ($3.30). Racing resumes Sunday (May 14) at Tioga Downs with a 13 race card starting at 1pm. All mothers will get a free rose while supplies last. For more information please go to our website   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Winkys Gal (Rc Royalty) made a big move approaching the half mile pole and drew away from her rivals to win the $7,500 co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. The James Weidman trainee made her seasonal debut last week and got a great trip from driver Brian Cross. As a 17-1 longshot in that start, Winkys Gal got a trip on the rail and saved ground enough to finish second in her return. On Friday night, Cross settled in towards the back of the pack with the four year old trotting mare before unleashing her heading to the half. Winkys Gal brushed to the lead and went a back half in 57.4 en route to her first win of 2017, a win that came in 2:00.2. A five-time winner last season, Winkys Gal now has a first and a second in two starts in '17. She paid $6.90 to win in the co-feature for New York sired trotters. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Riverofroyalty (Rc Royalty) won the harness racing award for Three Year Old Trotter of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2016. On Friday night, the Dave Spagnola-trained highstepper made her seasonal debut in the evening's $7,500 co-feature for New York sired trotters. The four year old mare sat back patiently throughout as her main rivals battled it out. Driver Frank Coppola Jr. activated Riverofroyalty around the three quarter pole and she picked off horses one by one before winning a photo with Intensify (Phil Fluet), stopping the timer in 2:02.3. Riverofroyalty paid $9.10 in her first win of the year as she bested Intensify and third place finisher Cuda Hall (Pat Curtin). Coppola won the other half of the co-features as well with Jackie Greene's Buff (Credit Winner) who recorded his first local victory on Friday, prevailing in 2:01 on another cold March night in the Spa City. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Riverofroyalty (RC Royalty) set a new lifetime mark in Thursday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Spagnola-trained three year old is enjoying a solid season in which she has now prevailed five times. Riverofroyalty was the 8-5 betting favorite in the $9,950 featured race for New York sired trotters and moved first over on Starlingmoon (Billy Dobson) who rode a three race win streak into Thursday's tilt. Riverofroyalty powered past that rival but was met with a late challenge from longshot Gotalottacredit (Jim Devaux) who wound up coming up second best while Starlingmoon held on for third. Riverofroyalty's fifth career victory came in 1:58.2 to give her a new lifetime mark. The filly was piloted to the win by Frank Coppola Jr who is now less than two weeks away from securing his 11th driving title at Saratoga. Live racing continues on Friday night at the Spa with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

(East Rutherford, NJ) - On Saturday (November 5) evening, Modest Prince, a six year old altered son of RC Royalty set a new track and North American Record for harness racing under saddle with a 1:56.3 victory in the $6,500 RUS America Trot at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. In setting the new North America record, Modest Prince shaved three-fifths of a second of the old 1:57.1 mark which was set by Master Prince on Hambletonian Day in 2012. On paper, the race looked to be a two-horse affair with Hyway Marcus (Maria Buchanan) being the main threat but that matchup was eliminated when Hyway Marcus went off-stride at the start. Modest Prince took the lead quickly and reached the first station in a brisk :27.2. From that point on, it was a race for second as Rider Helene Gregory sought to reign in the eventual winner, slowing the second quarter down to reach the half in :56.4. Modest Prince then completed the mile with a three-quarter time of 1:26.3, before stopping the teletimer in 1:56.3. Hyway Marcus recovered from his early miscue to go from last making up sufficient ground to be in a photo for the place spot with Funny Photo (Sophie Engerran) besting him by half a length. The judges disqualified Hyway Marcus from third to last for violation of the breaking rule. Bosak (Vanessa Karlewicz) was in a tight photo of his own for fourth with My Friend Charlie (Andrea Pratt) before being elevated to third. The RUS America season concludes on Tuesday, November 15 when racing under saddle will be contested at Rosecroft Raceway. by RUS America  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Summers Windsong ($29.60) found clearance, then trotted a huge last 1/16 to overhaul Tweet Me and win the $25,000 winners-over handicap feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, continuing a weekend where harness racing favorites have regularly fallen to more-lightly-regarded horses.   Driver Eric Goodell stayed inside with the RC Royalty mare, and the pair did not look in good shape around the final bend, with pacesetting Tweet Me getting away as pocketsitter Wilberforce gapped behind that one, but Goodell was able to slip outside then wide with Summers Windsong nearing headstretch, ahead of a gapping cover. Still 3½ lengths out and fourth in the field of six at midstretch, Summers Windsong found a powerful overdrive gear and closed furiously to nip Tweet Me by a head in 1:53, reducing her mark by 1 4/5 seconds. The victory by the Paul Fusco-trained mare, owned by Seri S Reddy, boosts her lifetime earnings over the $200,000 barrier to $211,313.   PHHA / Pocono  

Deadhead Royalty (RC Royalty) kept his win streak alive on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Don Sherman trainee completed a double for his trainer on the harness racing card. Deadhead Royalty drew the outside post position in the $6,400 trotting event for conditional claimers and after dropping in third in the early going cruised to a first over win with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. For Deadhead Royalty, it was the fourth consecutive win and sixth on the season. Earlier in the night, Sherman's Scarlatti (Conway Hall) prevailed in his division of the $5,900 claiming conditional race for trotters. Scarlatti parlayed a pocket trip to victory in 1:59.1 to record his second win in the last three weeks. His race's 1-2 betting favorite, the Sherman-trained Scarlatti was driven to victory by Austin Siegelman. With the Tuesday night training double, Sherman climbed back into the top five in the local trainer standings for the 2016 season. Live racing continues on Wednesday night when NY Sire Stakes are featured. Two year old trotting fillies will take center stage at the Spa with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

The Sunday July 3rd harness racing card at Ocean Downs opened with a non-wagering event for trotting colts/geldings with a purse of $27,400.    Hybrid Henry another Cam's Rocket trotter out of the mare Give Em The Boot circled the field out of the gate and never looked back. Driver Brian Burton, in a stakes record time of 2:01.1 for two-year-old trotting geldings, crossed the wire 9¼ lengths in front of Midnight Zette (Credit Winner-Your Word Is Good). Richard Hans owns, trains and bred the winner.   The first division for pacing colts/geldings opened the wagering card. A light rain didn't stop the big crowd from cheering on the multiple lead changes, with Toms Tarzan (Cam's Rocket-Radiant Breeze) gaining the lead at the ¾ pole and charging to an 8 length victory in 1:56.3. Brian Burton was in the bike for his second stakes win of the night with a purse of $14,650. Thomas Cooke owns and bred the colt and Roger Hans trains. Im The Director held off Giddy On Down for place.   Reinsman Frank Milby gave May River (RC Royalty-Darby's Delight) the perfect pocket trip behind Spoonful and Les Givens, waiting til the head of the stretch to challenge and take a ¾ length lead in 2:02.4 in race 3. John Roach trains for owner/breeder William E. Miller II. The purse for the 2 yo trotting fillies was $ 28,100. Spoonful held on for second.   Race 5 was the first division for pacing fillies going for a purse of $16,500. Miss Valerie (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) was content to follow Cheap Aint Fast until the head of the stretch. The loud crowd cheered the stretch drive with Miss Valerie getting the ½ length victory, stopping the clock in 2:00 for owners Leblanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable and William Lutz. Roger Plant Jr drove the Steve LeBlanc trainee. Tom and Linda Winebrener are the breedrs.   Corey Callahan and Richard Hans teamed up in race 6, the second division of filly paces going for $16,500 as co-owners, driver and trainer. It was an explosive combination when Gigi From Fiji (Ponder-Odds On Arttoheart) made her first lifetime start. Corey sent her out of the gate and just blew away the rest of the field in the 1:56.3 winning by 10½ lengths over Liberty School.   The final stake of the night was the second division for pacing colt/geldings going as race 9 with the purse of $14,650. The favorite Almost Cut My Hair (Barber Pole-Sally Pansen) didn't disappoint her followers increasing her lead at every pole over the field for owners/breeder KDK Standardbreds and trainer Kevin Switzer. Victor Kirby was in the bike for the 1:59.1 mile. Evolution Rise Up came back from a break in the first turn to take the place position.   Maryland Standardbred Fund stakes for 3 year olds will be contested on Thursday night July 7th starting at 7:20 at Ocean Downs   By Cheri Stambaugh

Freehold, NJ --- While there has been no betting at Goshen Historic Track for decades, Royal Bachelor, racing from post 7 in the $15,000 Excelsior Trot for harness racing 3-year-olds on Saturday (July 2) might otherwise be the "Bet of the Day." The gelded son of RC Royalty and the mare Becca J has won three of his last four starts, one of them a career-best 1:55.2 in an overnite event at Vernon Downs on June 18. A trip to Buffalo Raceway on June 26 for a New York Sire Stake race put an end to the winning streak, but trainer Dan Daley believes the fourth place finish was a matter of footwear. "He wears flip flops (shoes) up front and he really didn't get ahold of it (the track) real good," said Daley. "He was just kind of flat. But he's an alright horse, he got hurt this winter (suspensory ligament in his right hind) and came back a little late, but he's holding up and he seems to be showing up, so I think he'll be alright." Daley is not concerned about the outside post for the horse co-owned by his wife Ann-Mari with Michael White and James Crawford IV. "He's pretty quick off the switch if I decide to send him out of there," Daley says. "But he's nice and ratable, too, you can haul him back and go whenever you want to go." While Royal Bachelor had no wins last season as a 2-year old, he did win $36,864 in eight starts on his $16,000 purchase price as a yearling at the Morrisville Sale with help from some impressive second place finishes. "He came around the end of last year (with second place finishes in a New York Sire Stakes consolation and also in the Simpson Stake)," says Daley. "We spent the winter sounding him up and now we baby him. He never gets heavy work, but he's not the kind of horse that needs it anyway, so that's OK. Knock on wood, it's holding. He's very manageable, as much as he's quick out of the gate, he's not stupid about it. He's good to drive, sits in a hole perfect, does anything you ask him to do." Hall of Fame drivers will also compete on Sunday (July 3) in the annual tribute race to the late Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry, whose leadership and dedication to both Historic Track and the adjacent Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame have helped those venues endure and thrive. The race is sponsored by their sons, Elbridge and Peter. This year the race takes a twist as amateur driver Hannah Miller will be living the dream when she lines up to compete against the likes of John Campbell, Bill O'Donnell and David Miller this weekend. It's not the Hambletonian or Little Brown Jug-yet -but the driving talent is world class. The race features all Hall of Fame drivers, with Hannah Miller subbing for Dave Palone, who had to scratch because of travel limitations from the Cleveland Trotting Classic at Northfield Park on Saturday (July 2) night. Miller will be honored Sunday (July 3) night as the Harness Racing Museum's and Hall of Fame's top amateur driver by virtue of being the top contributor to the Museum, waiving her driving fees to maintain her amateur status. "It's an honor just to be asked. It was absolutely not expected and it's a great feeling," said the 24-year-old graduate of the University of Central Florida. "I've driven in some qualifiers and some regular races, but nothing like this. It is a great feeling to be out there with these types of drivers. I've driven mostly in amateur races, but with this race, you know you're safe, they are complete professionals." The daughter of former Trainer of the Year Erv Miller and sister of top driver Marcus Miller, Hannah has been watching the drivers she'll be competing against for a very long time and also hopes to meet some horse crazy girls who may have visions of driving racehorses. "I've been watching them all compete since I was born and now to be able to go out there is just an honor," she said. "Definitely, I hope I can inspire some girls out there, wouldn't that be great?" The race will go off at about 2:45 p.m. as race 7. Drivers will greet fans and sign photos behind the grandstand after the race. Post time for the race card is 1 p.m. Racing concludes on Monday (July 4) with New York County fair races. There will be special gift card drawings for neighbors within walking distance of Historic Track who received entry cards delivered to their homes on a door tag with the help of a U.S. Trotting Association Fair Marketing grant. Post time is 1 p.m. The Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, adjacent to Historic Track at 240 Main Street in Goshen, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all weekend; admission is always free. Induction ceremonies for the Hall of Fame will take place Sunday (July 3) evening. Limited tickets are still available, please call (845) 294-6330 before noon on Saturday (July 2) to make arrangements. by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Cherry Royal Ruby put in the fastest time of the five divisions ($109,800) of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 29) as she romped to an easy 6-1/2 length victory in 2:02.1.   Despite the eye-opening performance by Cherry Royal Ruby, it was well off the track record for her classification of 2:00.2 set in 2009 by Munis Bluechip.   There was a dead heat in the fifth division as Scarey Karie and Run For Royalty couldn't be separated by a photo in 2:04.0.   Maewegonow ($3.70) took her division with a win in 2:03.3, Mighty Surf got the perfect gate-to-wire journey from driver Kevin Cummings to notch a $27.00 surprise in 2:04.4 while Heels On Wheels used a last panel of 29.1 to dispose of the field in her bracket in 2:04.0.   It was a good night for the sires Conway Hall and Rc Royalty as each had offspring win two divisions with Prayer I Am and Deweycheatumnhowe having one winner apiece.   The most impressive on the picture perfect night was Cherry Royal Ruby (Rc Royalty-Nowerland Kristen). After putting up an opening half mile of 1:03.1, driver Dan Daley stepped on the gas with her on the back half, going in 59.0 including a 28.2 final panel.   Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) finished in second with Royal Pine (Matt Kakaley) taking the show spot.   Cherry Royal Ruby ($3.30) is co-owned by the Cherry Hill Farm and Todd Van Alstyne and is trained by Daley.   Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) and Run For Royalty (Kakaley) were fortunate to be involved in the win photo.   It first appeared that Barn Bella (Chuck Huckabone Jr.) was going to catch the front-running Speedy Prayer but broke stride coming off the final turn. Speedy Prayer (Kevin Cummings) looked home free but jumped it off midway down the lane.   Those miscues put Scarey Karie ($2.60) and Run For Royalty ($3.30) on top but the they hit the wire deadlocked in 2:04.0. Mamora Bay took third for driver Sam Schillaci.   Scarey Karie (Conway Hall-Alabama Hotel) is owned by Michael Woodward and is trained by Fluet.   Run For Royalty (Rc Royalty-Feegee) is owned by Simo Jalava and is conditioned by Jenny Melander.   In the opening division, Mighty Surf ($27.00) zoomed to the lead and avoided trouble with the breakers on the opening turn to score the front-running 2-3/4 length victory over Creditover in 2:04.4. Busy Doing Nothing (Mark Etsell) took the show position.   Mighty Surf (Prayer I Am-Big Surfer) is owned by Roy Dobbins and is trained by Dennis Laterza.   Heels On Wheels ($8.40) and Kakaley made a first-over move down the backstretch and that proved to difference to dispose of Dazzlash (Trond Smedshammer) and Deweybelievenhowe (Ed Greeno Jr.) in 2:04.4.   Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Crawford Farms, Lawrence Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, Heels On Wheels (Conway Hall-Go Go Dancer) is conditioned by Ron Burke.   A big brush heading to the three-quarter pole gave Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) a commanding edge and never looked back in registering a throttled down 1-1/4 length nod over Shecheatedondewey (Kakaley) in 2:03.3. Deli-Delight (Mike Simons) placed third.   Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo) is co-owned by Carrie Norris and Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A races, Onyx Blue Chip ($7.30) took the first division in 2:06.3 with Ray Schnittker board while Jenny's Dew Drop went wire-to-wire and posted a $22.40 upset for John Cummings Jr. in 2:04.4.   Ms McGillicuddys (Kevin Cummings) was victorious in the non-betting $6,200 Excelsior B series as she covered the mile in 2:13.1.   Racing will resume on Friday evening with 10 races slated to begin at 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HARRINGTON, Del. - James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($6, Jack Parker Jr.) notched his eighth win of the year Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1 in the $16,000 Open Trot. The 4-year-old RC Royalty gelding made a bold first-over charge at leader Awsome Valley just past the half-mile and wore down the pacesetter for an impressive win. Trained by his driver, it was the 12th career win for Royal Becca J, who has four wins at the current Harrington meet. Awsome Valley, last week's winner, was second with Cash On Delivery closing ground late for third. In the sub-featured $12,500 Open II Trot, Richard Lombardo, Carl Alley and JJ and M Stable's Don't Rush ($3.20, Ross Wolfenden) improved to 2-for-2 this year with a 1:56 triumph for trainer Josh Green. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

In 2014, Michael Pozefsky watched a horse he bred --- Resolve --- race in the Hambletonian Stakes. This year, he hopes to watch a horse he bred and owns compete in the $1 million harness racing event. Pozefsky and Edward Wilson bred The Royal Harry, who on Sunday races in the $222,975 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs in upstate New York. The colt, whose family includes two Hambletonian winners and a Hambletonian Oaks champion, is now owned by Pozefsky and his brother, William. The Royal Harry has won two of six career races and hit the board a total of five times, earning $32,030. He has a win and a second-place finish this season, with his victory coming in 1:55.1 in a conditioned race June 10 at Vernon Downs. He was second to Sir Royson in his first start, which came in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs. Sir Royson, the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Empire Breeders Classic, won by a half-length in 1:54. "He won against a lesser crew at Vernon last week, but we just needed another race to try to be ready for this week," Pozefsky said. "His first start, it was a good line, but he got a good trip and he got a good drive. I wasn't expecting to go that much, but he did, which was terrific." The Royal Harry, trained by Ake Svanstedt, raced only four times last season. He had a win and two second-place finishes, but was shut down in early October to prepare for this year. "He was a big colt," Pozefsky said. "Instead of rushing him into it, the Svanstedt Stable decided to bring him along at a slower pace, which was fine with us. We had higher hopes, but he got to a point where he was going about the same and we decided to bring him back as a 3-year-old and hope that he improved substantially. It appears he has, but we'll know a lot more about that after the Breeders Classic." Wilson and Pozefsky bred and raced The Royal Harry's dam, Wilsonator, who enjoyed success on the Ontario circuit and finished fourth in the 2010 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. The family also includes Hambletonian winners Emily's Pride and Spencer Scott and Hambletonian Oaks champion Keystone Pioneer. Pozefsky and Wilson also shared the breeding credit for Resolve, who finished fifth in the 2014 Hambletonian. The two breeders take turns naming their horses and Wilson named The Royal Harry, a son of RC Royalty, after Pozefsky's son Harry, who is now 29. The Royal Harry was put through the Standardbred Horse Sale in 2014, where the Pozefskys bought back the yearling for $100,000. "He's just part of the family," Pozefsky said. "We liked him a lot. It was kind of an easy decision. The dam was a fine mare and this is her second foal. Her first foal (Muscle Hill-sired Hillsonator) is racing well in Canada." The Royal Harry is one of two Hambletonian eligible horses in the Empire Breeders Classic, along with George Ducharme-trained Reve Royale. Pozefsky hopes The Royal Harry can continue to make strides and find himself at the Meadowlands on Aug. 6 for the Hambletonian. "He's got to find some real additional time," Pozefsky said, "but surely that's the dream." The Royal Harry will start the Empire Breeders Classic from post No. 1 with Mark MacDonald in the sulky. He is 5-1 on the morning line. Svanstedt will drive Dexter Cup winner Dante, who is 9-2 from post nine. Sir Royson will start from post seven with Jim Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Linda Toscano and owner R-And-I Farms. A homebred son of Crazed-Leibovitz Hanover, Sir Royson has won five of nine career races and earned $84,722. Sunday's card at Vernon Downs also features the $234,375 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old female trotters. The entry of Earn Your Wings and Straight A Student is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Earn Your Wings, from the stable of trainer Anette Lorentzon, and Straight A Student, from the stable of trainer Paul Kelley, are coupled because of common ownership. by Ken Weingartner

When trotter Wings Of Royalty was preparing for this season, trainer George Ducharme thought the 4-year-old was acting better than at any time during his previous two campaigns. After watching the stallion nip multiple-award-winner Pinkman by a nose last Friday at the Meadowlands, Ducharme is starting to think it is more than just an act. Wings Of Royalty is 2-for-2 this year after his career-best 1:51.4 win last weekend at the Big M. On Saturday, he returns to action in the first round of the Graduate Series at the Meadowlands. The Graduate Series, which features three preliminary rounds and a $250,000-guaranteed final, is restricted to 4-year-olds. "I was very happy with the way the horse trained back," Ducharme said. "He was out for three months (during the winter) and really physically changed. He just got bigger and stronger. "Training down, he acted a lot better than he had at any time during his 2- or 3-year-old year. I wasn't sure how much he would improve speed-wise, but after the other night I think there's still a little room. Hopefully he can improve a little more, which he will have to do to go with the company he's going to be in with." A total of 13 horses entered Saturday's Graduate opener. Wings Of Royalty and driver Corey Callahan will start from post one in the first of two $50,000 divisions. The remainder of the field is Whataworkout, Canepa Hanover, Honor And Serve, Homicide Hunter, and Crazshana. The second division features Pinkman --- a divisional Dan Patch Award winner at ages 2 and 3 --- as well as two 9-for-9 horses this season, Canadian-based Musical Rhythm and Maestro Blue Chip. The rest of the group is Crescent Fashion, Fashion Creditor, Centurion ATM, and Crazy Wow. Subsequent preliminary rounds of the Graduate Series will be held June 4 at Mohawk Racetrack and June 12 at Tioga Downs. The final is July 9 at the Meadowlands. Wings Of Royalty has won 12 of 32 career races and earned $417,645 for breeder/owner Raymond "Chip" Campbell Jr. A Massachusetts resident, Campbell also bred and owns Wings Of Royalty's sire, stakes-winner RC Royalty, and owned Wings Of Royalty's dam, Sparkling Cider, for more than a decade. RC Royalty also sired 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who was trained by Ducharme and co-owned by Campbell. The maternal family includes 1990 Hambletonian winner Harmonious and Wings Of Royalty's fourth dam, Egyptian Jody, also is the fourth dam of recently retired star female trotter Maven. "Sparkling Cider came from a very nice family," Campbell said. "She really elevated the group of mares that I had at the time. We take pride in (breeding horses). My wife and kids are involved and my parents also before my father passed away. So you do take great pride in being able to breed them, foal them out, raise them, and then have them go off and compete with the best." Wings Of Royalty last year won eight of 20 races and hit the board a total of 15 times. He won the Massachusetts Sire Stakes championship and, thanks to dual eligibility, finished second to Habitat in the New York Sire Stakes championship. He finished fifth in his elimination for the Hambletonian and 10th in the same-day final (won by Pinkman) after drawing post nine. He finished fourth in the Zweig Memorial. "He was a good horse last year; he just was always it seems a step behind the top ones," Ducharme said. "He really impressed me the other night, coming from off the pace and everything. I'm hoping he can hang with those horses this year. "We just paid him into the 4-year-old events, so hopefully he'll be competitive in there and we can see what the future holds after that. After the other night I'm thinking he could turn into the horse that I hoped he would. I'm looking forward to it." Campbell said the plan is to race Wings Of Royalty for at least this season and next year. "We thought we better look at it as a two-year program; 4- and 5-year-old," Campbell said. "We understand how big the step is at 4. We didn't know if he was going to be able to get up two or three more notches, which he was going to have to in order to compete with the best. "Part of our schedule was not a mile like (1:51.4) in May," he added with a laugh. "He more than fulfilled any expectations we had on that night. That mile certainly impressed us enough to give it a shot against a very nice group (this weekend). We hope the horse puts on a good performance. "This game can give you a lot of thrills. If we could ever figure out how to put it in a bottle --- yeah, there are ups and downs --- but the ups are thrills that are difficult to get anywhere else." Saturday's card at the Meadowlands also includes the first round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male and female pacers.  by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA

Wings Of Royalty received a perfect drive from Tim Tetrick and the pair spoiled the 4-year-old debut of Pinkman in the Friday night harness racing feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. The race looked like an easy one for 3-5 favorite Pinkman, the winner of last year's Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic and Hambletonian. But Wings Of Royalty, who finished last in last year's Hambo, scored some revenge on his high-profile foe. Pinkman worked his way to the top in :27.2, but was pressured by the first-over Bourbon Bay at the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Pinkman finally shrugged his challenger off to lead by 2 turning for home, while Tetrick was finding open road for Wings Of Royalty, who was third at the head of the stretch. Pinkman still looked like a safe winner with a sixteenth of a mile to go, but Wings of Royalty found more in deep stretch and got up on the wire to win by a nose in a lifetime-best 1:51.4. Possessed Fashion was third. As the fourth choice in the wagering, Wings Of Royalty paid $27.40 to win for trainer George Ducharme and owner Raymond W J Campbell Jr. The 4-year-old son of RC Royalty has now won 12-of-32 lifetime outings and earned just over $417,000. STILL GROWING: The 11th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five carryover keeps getting bigger and bigger. After the official order of finish of 5-1-3-7-6 failed to produce a single winning ticket, the carryover for the next program stood at $217,277.84. ... Only two favorites emerged victorious on the 11-race card. ...The start of racing was delayed over an hour as inclement weather made extensive track maintenance necessary. ... The Big M is back Saturday with a live program that gets underway at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations  

Deadhead Royalty (RC Royalty) scored a first over victory in Thursday's harness racing co-feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The four year old trotter was claimed during the meet's opening weekend by trainer Don Sherman and following a second place finish last week was the race's favorite in the $9,300 co-feature for New York Sired trotters. Driver Billy Dobson moved first over with Deadhead Royalty approaching the half mile pole and wound battling throughout the race's final half with frontrunner The African (Jim Devaux). Deadhead Royalty wound up prevailing by a head in 1:59. The African held second while Dions Prayer (Phil Fluet) earned the show spot. Deadhead Royalty is owned by Jessica Roegner of Wilton, NY. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

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