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Jenny Lake (Leon Bailey) rolls to an easy win in the $5,200 featured harness racing  trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 25). The 2020 Vernon Downs Horse of the Year, Jenny Lake ($2.40) jumped right to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. She was followed in the pocket by American JJ (Michael Miller) and she used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. She trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.4. As they made the turn for home Amercican JJ gave everything he had but Jenny Lake found another gear and was much the best as she equaled her lifetime best of 1:54.1. Amercan JJ put in a valiant effort but had to settle for second best. Haveitalltogether (Chris Long) finished third.   Jenny Lake is a 4-year-old mare by RC Royalty. She is trained by Paul Minckler for owners Ed Namiotka Jr. and Carol Namiotka. It was her eighth win this season all at Vernon Downs. She now has 15 career victories. Leading driver Leon Bailey had a driving double on the card. He got his other win with the Kerin Warner trained Bet Big On Blue ($5.90). With Just one night of racing left, Kerin Warner leads all trainer with 19 wins. George Ducharme is second best with 17 tallies. Claude Huckabone III is just three back with 16 victories. David Dewhurst is fourth with 15 wins. Jennifer Lappe, and Brandy Wine are tied for fifth with 14 wins each. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with closing night for the 2020 season on Saturday (September 26) starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

The red hot John MacDonald drives five winners and Jenny Lake (Leon Bailey) takes the $4,400 harness racing  featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 14). MacDonald drove his first winner in race two with Reckless Image ($4.60). He went back-to-back winning race four and five with Dream On A Roll ($7.40) and Lucky Sevens ($6.20). He got his fourth win of the night in race eight with longshot Fiona ($24.20). Win number five came in race nine with A Lister ($13.00). In the featured trot Jenny Lake ($5.00) went straight to the front but Aces And Eights (Dan Daley) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. He went first to the half in :55.4. Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) was the first to make a move going first-over around the final turn. He would take the lead just after Ace And Eights hit three-quarters in 1:25.4. Jenny Lake made her move in the stretch. She would wear down the gritty Spoiler Alert to win in 1:54.1. Spoiler Alert settled for second money. Midnite Craze (Ivan Davies) was third.   Jenny Lake is a 4-year-old mare by RC Royalty. Paul Minckler trains for owners Ed Nimiotka Jr. and Carol Namiotka. It was her fifth win this season. She now has 13 career victories. Bailey drove two more winners on the night. His other victories came with The Band K ($6.50), and Warrawee Preferred ($4.20) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 15) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshmen trotting fillies. The 15-race card starts at 3 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Jenny Lake (Leon Bailey) captured the $5,200 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 30). Jenny Lake ($3.60) and Spoiler Alert (Brett Crawford) both charged out of the gate together going side side all the way to the first turn. Spoiler Alert cleared and led to the first quarter in :26.3. He would be first to the half in :55.1. Jenny Lake continued to follow in the pocket and as they went around the final turn she made her move. Spoiler Alert held a short lead to three-quarters in 1:24.4. As they made the turn for home Jenny Lake took control. Gettin Serious (Roman Lopez) came flying down the stretch and became the major danger. Jenny Lake had plenty in the tank and won easily in 1:54.4. Gettin Serious had to settle for second. Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) came up to get third.   Jenny Lake is a 4-year-old mare by RC Royalty. Trained by Paul Minckler for owners Ed Naniotka Jr. and Carol Namiotka. It was her fourth win this season. She now owns 12 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drove three winners on the card to give him 24 on the season. That leaves him one behind leading driver Howard Parker (25). Leon Bailey had a driving double giving him 18 wins and third place on the list. John MacDonald follows next with 12 tallies. Miriam Toland at age 75 does it again. The veteran used a late charge from Fleetwood Hall (Deweycheatumnhowe) to squeak by in between horses to win a three-way photo on the last race of the day. To see her you would think she was 40 years old. She always keeps herself in tip top shape. You can't help but smile to see her in the winner's circle! Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 12-race card on Saturday (August 1) starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY - Tuesday night, Yonkers Raceway hosted four $35,450 New York Sire Stakes Divisions for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters and harness racing stallion Chapter Seven stole the show with his offspring winning three of the four divisions. In the first division, race three, Incommunicado led from start to finish, prevailing by two and a quarter lengths in 1:59. Ahundreddollarbill was second with Dee's Red Delicious finishing third.   Incommunicado is a gelded son of Chapter Seven trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt and owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. of Del Ray Beach, Florida and Little E LLC from New York, New York. In the second division, race four, Special Prosecutor held off a fast closing Super Cruiser by a neck in 2:02.1 with Manuka being placed third after Limitless Winner was disqualified from that show spot.   Special Prosecutor is also a gelded son of Chapter Seven. He was driven to victory by Andy Miller for trainer and co-owner David Dewhurst of Clinton, New York. Philip Hale from New Hartford, New York co-owns the trotter. In the third division, race six, Ambassador Hanover made a strong brush to the lead around the final turn and held off Sevenshadesofgrey by a length in 1:59.1 with Steel finishing third.   Just like the first division winner, Ambassador Hanover is a son of Chapter Seven trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. Svanstedt also owns the colt along with Order By Stable from Boras, SD and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. In the eighth race final division, In The Cards sat a perfect pocket trip and prevailed by a length in 2:00.1 over the pace-setting Credit Con with Fix-It-Up finishing third.   In The Cards is a gelded son of RC Royalty owned and trained by George Ducharme. Other co-owners are Campbell, Dickson and Cimetti with Scott Zeron the winning driver. Tuesday's card also featured the first pick 5 carryover for Yonkers Raceway since returning from the stoppage. A $5,894 carryover from Monday night produced an additional $39,291 in wagering for the Tuesday Pick 5. The winning sequence of 2-2-3-1-6 returned $462.25 for a 50 cent wager. This week and next week, Yonkers expands to a four day race week, adding Friday nights to the Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, first post is 7:12pm each night. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway

Plainville, MA --- The harness racing records continued to fall at Plainridge Park after five divisions of 2-year-olds competed in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). Five more track and/or stake standards were either matched or reset when the action concluded in the second leg of the series. In the first $22,450 division for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) left from post four and dictated the race. After splits of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1 he was firmly in control of the race with Mcbeantown (Mitchell Cushing) being the only horse with a legitimate shot after drafting second the whole way. At the top of the stretch Mcbeantown took his best shot but it wasn't enough as Monti high-lined R Maddy Blue Chip down the lane to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan), a new stake record and a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. It was the first MASS win for R Maddy Blue Chip ($4.20) who is owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Blue Chip Bloodstock bred R Maddy Blue Chip. The $39,200 division for 2-year-old trotting fillies saw the heavy 1-9 favorite Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) out-tussle Pembroke Whisper (Heath Campbell) past the quarter where she cleared and never looked back. She continued on at her own pace, tripping the next two timers in :58 and 1:27.3 without any pursuit to deal with. At the top of the stretch Gray sat chilly as Without A Warning knew what to do and pulled away to a handy 4-1/4 length win in 1:57.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) and it tied the stake and track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Without A Warning ($2.10) is now two for two in MASS action this year and those wins inflated her bankroll to $117,260 in 2019 for breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. The lone non-betting event was the $38,500 trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings and Crazy For Luca (Jimmy Whittemore) earned a hard fought victory over Life Is A Feast who was coming in on a three-race winning streak. Double Dealing (Shawn Gray) cut the quarter in :27.4 before Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) pulled first-over from fourth with Crazy For Luca on his back. Life Is A Feast eventually cleared but still had Crazy For Luca to his outside and pushing hard to the three-quarters. Still 1-1/2 lengths off, Crazy For Luca continued to dig and cut the lead to 1/4 length at the top of the stretch and from there, never gave up down to the wire where he gained a nose advantage and won in 1:57.3. It was the first lifetime win for Crazy For Luca (Crazed-Teachmehowto Lindy) and the time set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. Crazy For Luca is owned by Dale Hein, Tessa Roland and Royal Roland and is trained by Marissa Chadbourne. K R Breeding bred Crazy For Luca. In the $41,300 pace for 2-year-old fillies, Odds On Orlando (Drew Monti) stayed perfect in Massachusetts since shipping in from Lexington. After pulling from second at the quarter to take the lead from Rojas Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.), Odds On Orlando took control the race and from there, put on quite a show. After getting to the three-quarters only 1/2 length in front of Bold N Sporty (Mitchell Cushing) and Rojas Blue Chip, Odds On Orlando swelled up at the head of the lane and paced away in a :28.2 final panel to a wrapped-up five length win in 1:56, which was a new lifetime mark. Odds On Orlando ($3.60) is owned by Odds On Racing and is trained by Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). The second $22,450 division of the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned the biggest surprise of the day after the 45-1 Kevmarvalous (Mitchell Cushing) upset the current track record holder Han Solo, who came into the day with a four-race winning streak. Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away fourth but pulled at the quarter and took the lead from Mister Puzzles (John Nason) before the half in :56.2. At this point Kevmarvalous was last by 7-1/2 lengths. Han Solo then took the race to the three-quarters while Kevmarvalous was pacing third-over in the breeze before pulling three-deep into the final turn. Han Solo took a three-length lead into the stretch but Cushing was methodically urging Kevmarvalous all the way to the wire and got there first by a nose in 1:56.4. It was the first lifetime win for Kevmarvalous ($92.80) who owned by KDK Standardbreds and is trained by Kevin Switzer. KDK Standardbreds also bred Kevmarvalous (Delmarvalous-Shady Sabrina). There are no Massachusetts Sire Stakes scheduled for next week. The series will resume at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) for the 2-year-olds and Monday (Oct. 21) for the 3-year-olds. All eight finals will be held on Monday (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) scored a harness racing victory in the $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 13). Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Bluffton ($6.50) took over the lead as they reached the backstretch putting Bold Fresh to the pocket seat. Bluffton led to the half in :57.2 and to three-quarters in 1:27.0. Bluffton, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, led as they made the turn for home. He would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Multitaskr Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:56.0, Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) finished third. Bluffton is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win this season and 10th career victory. Aces And Eights (Dan Daley) captures $5,000 trot. Pittstop Emerald (Claude Huckabone III) fired out of the gate and led to the quarter in :27.0 and to the half in :57.2. Aces And Eights ($18.40) went first-over from third and flew right by to take control hitting three-quarters first in 1:25.3. Aces And Eights, who is owned by Jeffrey Epstein and trained by Daley, turned for home and cruised to a victory in 1:54.2. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) finished second with Sailer Eddie (Jennifer Lappe) getting third best. Aces And Eights is a 5-year-old gelding by RC Royalty. It was his third win this season. He now owns nine career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 14) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Monticello, NY - The last leg of New York Sire Stakes will take place on Monday August 19 as 2 Year Old Trotting Colts close out the harness racing stakes season. 2 divisions of Sire Stakes ($51,000 each) are featured on the 8 race card. While this may be the last Sire Stakes of the season it may be one of the better fields, as it features former and current Batavia Downs track record holders Bourbon Express and Barn Holder. Race 1 on the card is the first heat of Sire Stakes action, Bourbon Express has been installed the 4/5 favorite. He won his recent Sire Stakes at Batavia Down and set the track record in 1:57.3, before the ink was dry Barn Holden lowered it by 2/5 of a second, he also scored in the same company in Buffalo Raceway. Bourbon Express will start from post 3 in the short field of 5 with regular driver Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko. The son of RC Royalty - Kasha has earned over $78,000 and been on the board in every start for owners Salavtore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko. Beerthirty K will start from the rail, the Bruce Borden trained son of Credit Winner, took his lifetime mark of 1:58 at Yonkers in a NYSS win, defeating Bourbon Express in the process. Leading point earner Barn Holden will start from post position 5 for trainer Steve "Barn" Pratt. The son of Conway Hall - Barn Babe has won 3 Sire Stakes event thus far in his freshman campaign, the wins coming at Yonkers, Vernon Down and he set the track record at Batavia Downs in his last start in an 8¾ length romp in 1:57.1. Andy Miller will drive the $45,000 Morrisville yearling for owners Steve & Nancy Pratt, Purple Haze and Out In The Country Stable, Barn Holden has earned $90,000 in 5 starts. DR Ackerman and Tompkins Stakes winner Saylor will start form outside post 6. Berkery J (PP4) won a division of Sire Stakes early in the season of Yonkers, the son of Chapter Seven is trained by George Ducharme for owner Ken Jacobs $205,000 yearling purchase. The current Monticello Raceway track record is 1:58 set by former 2 YOTC of the year Fourth Dimension, if the weather man cooperates that record may be in jeopardy on Monday. The Excelsior series each has 2 divisions, the A class will be racing for purse of $15,000 per heat and the B heats will vie for $6,600 in each heat. Post time is 12:50 by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Three New York-bred trotters look to solidify their names in harness racing history this weekend in the 94th Hambletonian and 49th Hambletonian Oaks. Gimpanzee, a morning-line favorite, and Mr Vicktor will meet in the first elimination heat, looking to secure their place in the $1 million final later in the card Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack. Sweet Chapter has drawn the seventh post in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final. New York Sire Stakes champion Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) is looking to defend a perfect 12-for-12 lifetime record. His three wins so far this year include the Empire Breeders Class and two wins in the NYSS. As a freshman, Gimpanzee received the 2018 Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter from the U.S. Harness Writers Association and set a Yonkers track record of 1:56.3 at the NYSS Night of Champions 1:56.3. Gimpanzee is owned by SRF Stable (Lennart Agren), which also won the Hambletonian in 2017 with Perfect Spirit and Courant Inc. He is trained by Marcus Melander and driven by Hall of Famer Brian Sears. Mr Vicktor (RC Royalty - Hawaiian Vicky) will look to get one (or two) over on Gimpanzee, who he has lost to twice this season, in the Empire Breeders Classic and in a leg of the NYSS in July. The second-place finish was Mr Vicktor's only defeat in five NYSS races this season which sees him sitting at the top of the points board with three legs to go. Mr Vicktor's owners include former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and assistant equipment manager Joe Lee. He is trained by Jennifer Lappe and driven by Tyler Buter. Buter drove Money Shot Hanover to victory in the 2018 NYSS Final for 2YO Filly Pacers. A victory in the final for either would make them the second New York-bred in two years to capture the Hambletonian. Atlanta took the honor last year in 1:50.4, becoming the first filly since 1996 to do so. Sweet Chapter (Chapter Seven-Mom's Sweetie Pie) is representing New York-breds in the Hambletonian Oaks, finishing fifth in her elimination heat to take the final qualifying spot. She took last year's NYSS Consolation Final and is currently in position to qualify for the Night of Champions. A third-place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic Final is also on her list of highlights this season. Sweet Chapter is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Blake MacIntosh and Mortgage Boys Stable. Trainer Blake MacIntosh and driver Matt Kakaley both make their Hambletonian Oaks debuts. From the New York Sire Stakes

Plainville, MA --- It was deja vu all over again for Wings Of Royalty who followed the same script he did three weeks ago; going wire to wire to win the $15,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park and doing it in track record time. It was all Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) from start to finish. Gray rushed him out to the lead and then set fast fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:24.3 by almost two lengths before rounding the far turn and trotting home alone in :28.4 to win in 1:53.2. The winning time ties the track record for aged trotting horses that he set on August 23. The Massachusetts-bred Wings Of Royalty ($3.00) has now won his fifth straight race in a row (three of which were at Plainridge) and sixth of the year for owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme is the trainer. Driver Shawn Gray had the hot hand on Monday winning four races on the card. Besides Wings Of Royalty, he got across with Stingy (1:59, $4.40), Storyofmylife (1:55.4, $2.80) and Secret Delight (1:55.2, $6.80). The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta pool continues to grow with no winner again on Monday. So Tuesday (Sept. 11) there will be a carryover of $10,380 available in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. Post time for the first race in 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Every time Walpole, Massachusetts native George Ducharme brings Wings Of Royalty to Plainridge Park it seems these native sons get the job done. However on Thursday (Aug. 23) the 6-year-old son of RC Royalty entered the track's record book for the second time in his career when he won the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap in a handy fashion. Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) left three-deep from post seven and took command before the quarter. With the field seated behind him, he led the group to the half in :56.3 with Gray sitting comfy in the bike. Only Passing Thru (Greg Merton) had been tracking from second the whole way and appeared to be the only horse with a legitimate shot to challenge the sharp-trotting leader. Up the backstretch and around the final bend positions remained unchanged and Gray looked to have two-hands full of leather. By the top of the stretch Wings Of Royalty and Only Passing Thru had separated themselves from the pack by five when Merton tipped out to take his best shot off the solid trip. But Wings Of Royalty was not to be denied today as he trotted away from the challenge and to the wire under no urging whatsoever from Gray to win in 1:53.2. The time was a new track record for aged trotting horses, lowering the mark of Kodak Lindy who went the trip in 1:53.4 in 2016. Wings Of Royalty is also the track record holder for 4-year-old trotting horses at Plainridge Park with the time of 1:53.2, also registered in 2016. Wings Of Royalty ($3.20), who was the 3-year-old Massachusetts Sire Stake Champion in an undefeated 2015 series, was bred and is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts. Several horsemen had multiple win days at The Ridge including driver Mitchell Cushing who topped them all making three consecutive trips to the winner's enclosure. Aaron Hall and Nick Graffam also had a good day, each notching two wins on the card. Mike Eaton and Michael Girouard led all trainers with two wins as well. There was no Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta winner again on Thursday so the carry over pool has grown to $4,671 and will be available in the sixth race on Monday (Aug. 27) when the next live card of racing at Plainridge Park is held starting at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mother Nature didn't cooperate at all with the 2-year-old harness racing colt and gelding trotters entered in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (June 27) at Buffalo Raceway but three were able to overcome the sloppy conditions to post victories.   Horns For Three ($3.40) was the most impressive of the trio of winners in the $37,000 (appprox.) divisions with a 2:02.4 mile, by far the fastest in the Sire Stakes. Certify ($10.80) captured his leg in 2:05.2 while Xcuseme ($36.00) was triumphant with a 2:06.3 tour of the Buffalo Raceway half mile oval.   The times were well off the Buffalo Raceway track records. Those records were 1:58.4 for the freshmen colts established by Money Macintosh in 2016 and 2:01.2 for the geldings set in 2013 by The Lindy Treaty.   With a steady rain falling, Horns For Three settled down at the start and dropped into the three hole as Rap Sheet took the lead to the quarter pole in 31.0. Just before the half, driver Kevin Cummings pulled Horns For Three first over and took over command.   Reaching the stretch in front, Horns For Three trotted smartly to the wire as Jake G's Champion (Scott Zeron) couldn't get any closer than 1-3/4 lengths. Crazyforlovinyou (Jim Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   "He ran out a bit on the turns but otherwise he did really well," Cummings said of Horns For Three. He added, "It was a great mile for the sloppy conditions. I showed him the whip in the stretch but never used it. He did it with ease."   Co-owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeffrey Cullipher, Horns For Three (Credit Winner-Swoosh Hanover) is trained by Edward Hart.   In the opener, Certify battled with Charlieman for the lead to the opening marker, but once reaching the top, he never looked back in posting the half length decision over Thunder (Jason Bartlett. Charlieman (Dan Daley) ended up in third.   Certify slogged through splits of :32.0, 1:04.0 and 1:36.1 but had enough left in the tank to hold off the late bid by Thunder.   Owned and trained by Earl Sauve, it was the first victory in two starts for Certify (Credit Winner-Good Intentions).   The last division saw five of the trotters break stride at the start, thus scattering the field. Xcuseme (John Stark Jr.) inherited a 10-length lead at the quarter pole while Our White Knight (Bartlett) and Jnr Express (John MacDonald) remained on gait and fought to get back into contention.   Xcuseme, who set splits of :32.1, 1:05.1 and 1:36.4, dug in late and won by a half length as Our White Knight and Jnr Express put in game efforts but finished second and third respectively.   Co-owned by Stark Jr., Thomas McTygue, David Smith and James Gianucci, Xcuseme (RC Royalty-The Cuse) is trained by Stark Jr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior A Series, Praying Angel ($6.40) won the first division for Morrill Jr. in 2:06.1 and Reel Of Fortune ($12.00) captured the second leg in 2:07.2 for driver Phil Fluet.   Speeding Moose ($7.80) registered the victory in the lone $6,400 Excelsior B Series event as Dan Daley steered him to the win in 2:11.3.   Racing will resume on Friday evening at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled. There's a $3,578 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Monticello, NY - Practice is over and now it is for real for the trotting fillies making their first lifetime  half mile mile pari mutual start at Monticello Raceway on Monday June 25th. The large group of freshmen were on their best behavior for the most part on a beautiful afternoon. The 1-5 favorite Hot Chapter left the gate hard in the first $26,750 division and had 3 lengths on the pack at the ¼ in 31.2 and continued to stay on the front through fractions of 1:02,1:32.3 keeping the field at bay by at least 2 lengths. In the paddock turn Charlie Norris had Just Priceless in high gear and made a bold move, the daughter Muscles Yankee almost collared pace setter Hot Chapter at the top of the lane. Just Priceless threw down a 29.2 last quarter to win by 2 lengths in 2:02.4. Liquorstoreblues finished second, followed by Hot Chapter. Just Priceless is trained by Homer Hochstetler and is a daughter of Muscles Yankee, she garnered her maiden pari mutual win after winning her first 2 baby races at Vernon Downs. Scott Zeron and Sensibility tried to score a wire to wire win over the field of 6 in the second division as she trotted past the panels in 30.2, 1:01.1, 1:31.4, she had 3 lengths on the field as they trotted down the lane. Andy Miller had Amal Hall poised in perfect striking distance as she stalked the pack sitting 3rd most of the mile. Miller pulled her to the outside down the back side the second time around and she grinded out a win in 2:02.0, Sensibility finished 2nd, and Conway Kellyanne was 3rd. Amal Hall (Credit Winner) picked up her maiden win for trainer Julie Miller. The best race of the day came in the 3rd heat of NYSS racing for a purse of $27,250, Ake Svanstedt charged hard from the gate with the steady footed Water Lily Hanover as did With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) who beat Water Lily Hanover to the front end as the duo took the group thru fractions of 31.1, and 1:02.3. Dan Daley was the first to move with Somermusic'chapter before the half, the eventual race winner Exotic Diamond pulled at the half looking for cover. Daley tried for the lead against With Out A Doubt down the backside but the rally came up short and he tucked in the 2 hole before the ¾ in 1:33. Starting from PP5, Exotic Diamond took the road less travelled and took the overland route and was way out of contention but rallied for the win for driver Scott Zeron in a tight photo in 2:05.3, Somermusic'chapter finished a game second, followed by Water Lily Hanover. Buzzy Sholty was smart in giving his filly a qualifier start at over the Catskill Mountains half mile oval last week and it paid dividends this week. The RC Royalty filly is owned by Joe Lee, Diamond Pride LLC and Sholty Racing LLC. Early pacesetter With Out A Doubt faded and finished 5th. In the final Sire Stakes dash of the afternoon, Andy Miller floated away from the gate with heavy fav EV's Girl, only to make a miscue going to the ¼ pole, Blue Prayer and Dan Daley inherited the lead, taking the pack to the quarter in 31.3. Winndevie made her move past the ¼ pole, took the lead and was never headed as she trotted alone by open length's through fractions of 1:03.1, 1:33.4 to win by 2 in 2:02.3, trotting her last quarter in 28.3. Winndevie (Credit Winner) is owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC. Safe Word and Jeff Gregory finished 2nd with Hanna Dreamgirl 3rd. Blue Chip Farms Credit Winner lead all Sires with 3 winners on the card, 2 year old pacing colts are next on the Sire Stake agenda on July 4th. by:Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway  

Deli-Delite (RC Royalty) continued her breakout harness racing season on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Tony Mondi-trained sophomore trotter spent the summer racing in the New York Sire Stakes. The three year old had enough success to qualify her for the $225,000 Sire Stakes Final contested in October though, unfortunately, she was scratched sick from that event. Deli-Delite has rallied back after that disappointment and on Thursday afternoon, prevailed in the $11,250 co-feature for New York sired trotters at Saratoga. Coming off a convincing win last week at the Spa, Deli-Delite was up in class for her most recent assignment but passed the test with flying colors. Backed by the betting public to the tune of odds of 1-9, Deli-Delite made an easy lead on Thursday and never had an anxious moment. She appeared to be wrapped up at the wire by leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. as she stopped the timer in 1:58 for her fourth victory of the season. Coastal Region prevailed in the other co-feature as he cruised to another convincing score for trainer Robert Dill and driver Jay Randall. Coastal Region's win, which came in 2:00.1, was his seventh of the season as he has thrived at the Spa since coming to town this summer. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

The last time Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty) raced at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the George Ducharme trainee got away last in a mile that would be trotted in 1:54 by Ron Burke's Gural Hanover. In that start, Wings Of Royalty made a brief break approaching the half but still ended up finishing fourth after a late surge. Following that start, the five year old trotter finished second in a track record performance by Gural Hanover at Plainridge before competing in and making a break in the $303,050 Cashman Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands. On Tuesday night, it was back to the Spa for Wings Of Royalty who would be the 6-5 betting favorite in the $18,000 Open Trot. Chris Lems was in to drive the talented trotter who was moved out to the early lead. Behind matching halves of 57 seconds, Wings Of Royalty stopped the timer in 1:54 matching Gural Hanover's effort as the fastest of the year for any trotter at Saratoga. The time also serves as a new track record for an aged trotting horse at the Spa. Up The Alley (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket and finished second in the Open while last week's Open winner Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Wings Of Royalty has now earned over $628,000 in 53 lifetime starts by way of 17 career victories. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with NY Sire Stakes action featured. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) wins the Trot feature ($9,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme, WIngs Of Royalty (Rc Royalty) would fly out of the gate and control all the fractions, :28.1, :57.1, 1:24.3, 1:52.4. The 7 year-old horse would pay $2.70 for the win. Winning for the 17th time in his career. Winding Hill (Jimmy Wittemore was second with Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) getting third. John MacDonald and Chris Lems continue to slug it out for driver title. MacDonald was shutout tonight but leads with 54 wins for the season. Chris Lems added three wins to his total tonight. He also won with Mittnage A Trois ($4.00) and Gimme The Cash ($3.70) . That gives him 52 for the seasom. Jimmy Wittemore is a distant 3rd with 28. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to John Horne

Hotel Royale (Rc Royalty) handled her step up in class with relative ease on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The George Ducharme-trained three year old filly prevailed in the $9,950 co-feature for New York sired trotters as reinsman Frank Coppola Jr. marched the talented distaffer out to the early lead. Hotel Royale, who had a fourth place finish in her May start in the New York Sire Stakes, went coast to coast on Thursday before stopping the timer in 1:58, a time that matched her victory from last week in which she set a lifetime mark. Since the addition of lasix, the three year old trotting filly has gone three-for-three at Saratoga, recording all of her wins in front-running fashion with Coppola in the sulky. The other co-feature on Thursday was won by Prince Of Fame (Crazed) who cruised to a front-running score in 1:57 with Wally Hennessey in the bike. Live racing continues on Friday night with a 6:45pm first post. Mike Sardella

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