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HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They have to start somewhere and it will be Wednesday night (June 20) when the 2-year-old filly pacers begin their racing careers in earnest with a date in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. It will be a great launching pad for their careers as the two divisions will carry a purse of $52,500 each.   Both legs will feature five filly freshmen pacers. None of the gals have started in a pari mutual race and most have just one or two qualifiers under their belt.   And the sires to these ladies are spread out evenly as well with Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal each having three entrants while Roll With Joe having one.   The Sire Stakes will be held as the first two races on the 11-race program which gets underway at 5 p.m.   With inexperience reigning supreme, the morning line odds are relatively close.   The first division has Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) was tabbed as the 2-to-1 choice from the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Brooklyn Lilacs went gate-to-wire in her qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 13, winning by 1-1/4 lengths.   The main threat could come from Who Can You Trust (Art Major-Neverhaveneverwill). A $45,000 purchase in 2017 at the Lexington Sale, she is listed at 5-to-2 on the morning line with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive. Who Can You Trust had a 1:58.4 qualifier at Delaware on June 14 and looks to take advantage of the inside.   The rest of the field includes Sewonandsewforth (Kevin Cummings), Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson).   In the second leg, three of the five participants won their last prep races.   Love Americanstyle (American Ideal-Kiss Me Once Again) drew the rail and gets the services of Morrill Jr. Sitting as the lukewarm 2-to-1 choice, Love Americanstyle won here qualifiers in 1:57.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia by 2-1/2 lengths on June 12.   Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) cruised in her qualifier with a solid 1:58.2 at Pocono Downs on June 13. She'll be driven by Bartlett and score from the three spot.   Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe-Fool That I Am) made up nearly 13 lengths to take her qualifier at Woodbine/Mohawk on June 9 in 1:59.2. She has the five hole with James MacDonald to steer her.   The others involved in the second division include Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) and She's Da Boom (Jamieson).   With three track records shattered on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway in Sire Stakes competition, the ladies will be looking to top the current standard of 1:56.3 set in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   There will be a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A series races on the card and one $6,700 Excelsior B event.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Plainville, MA---Starznheaven remained undefeated at Plainridge Park after scoring his third consecutive top-class win when he went from worst to first in the blink of an eye to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (June 18). Starting from post eight, driver Greg Merton hit the pylons last while Mysharona Bluechip (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) were engaged in a knock-down, drag-out fight for the lead. Those two went at it to the quarter in :26.1 and the half in :53.3 before Mysharona Bluechip pulled away from Kenrick N up the backside while Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) and Starznheaven moved up on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:21. At the top of the last turn Starznheaven tipped three-deep around Quick Shot and was under a full head of steam. With a high-line in the left hand and minor urging with the right, Merton gave Starznheaven his head and the horse responded by scooting away from the pack to a four-length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. It was the eighth win of the year and 30th lifetime for Starznheaven ($4.20) who has now banked $79,375 this year for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Donald Emond and Lawrence Karr. The 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is in the midst of a career year. The time of 1:49.4 was the fastest race at Plainridge Park since Givenupdreaming won by three lengths in 1:49.3 on July 5, 2016. Givenupdreaming was also owned by Burke-Weaver-Bruscemi. In the co-featured $15,000 conditioned pace, Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) turned a two-hole trip behind J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) into a hard-fought one-length victory in 1:51.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Andrew Adamczyk owns the winner that is trained by Jaymes McAssey. The $10,000 claiming series named the "The 2007 Sox" kicked off with three legs on Monday, each being contested for a $10,000 purse. The first leg went to Grand Gallup Semalu (Drew Campbell) who went gate to wire and romped by six lengths in 1:53. Grand Gallup Semalu ($2.60) is owned by William Mc Elvain Jr. and is trained by James Dunn. The second division saw Upfront Lorne (Shawn Gray) come first-up from fourth at the half to out-muscle SB Mike's Hot Beach (Steve Nason) at the wire and win by a head in 1:53, which was a new seasonal mark. Upfront Lorne ($6.40) is owned by Andrew Adamczyk and trained by Jaymes McAssey. And the final leg was won by Mom's Crossroads (Shawn Gray) who got the lead past the quarter and never looked back, winning by a length in 1:52.4. Mom's Crossroads ($4.00) is owned by Andrew Adamczyk and trained by Jaymes McAssey, giving them the owner/trainer hat trick. Mitchell Cushing closed out the card by making some noise in the eleventh race. In a spirited drive from the back of the pack, Cushing urged BP Diet Food up the outside and down the lane to catch BJ's Guy (Shawn Gray) at the wire and win in 1:52.2 at 70-1. BP Diet Food paid $156.20 for the win and triggered a 3-6-7 trifecta that returned $10,726.20 for a two-dollar wager. The drive also gave Cushing a driving double. Other drivers scoring multiple wins Monday included Shawn Gray with three and Drew Campbell and Greg Merton with two apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 19) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---It might be that fresh New England air or the fact he's been back on a five-eighths mile track where he seems to do his best work. Either way, the razor-sharp Starznheaven has now registered back-to-back feature race victories at Plainridge Park after winning the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (June 11). Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) left sharply and grabbed the lead from He's Marvelous (Nick Graffam) around the first turn. Maintaining a gapped advantage on the point, Campbell set fractions of :26.1, :55.4 and 1:23 with only a mild bid by One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) during the middle half. Starznheaven (Greg Merton), who had gotten away seventh, pulled before the half and was following One To Draw To second-over up the backstretch and when that one's bid failed around the final bend, Merton swung three-deep coming into the lane and had his charge pacing with conviction as the race headed towards home. Starznheaven drew alongside and then passed Quick Shot before hitting the wire a length in front in 1:51. It was the seventh win in 17 starts this year for Starznheaven ($5.40) who has now amassed a single season high $71,375 in earnings for owners Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Donald Emond and Lawrence Karr. The 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Jim Nickerson. In the co-featured $12,000 fifth race, Mysharona Bluechip (Greg Merton) took no prisoners for the fifth time in the last six weeks, going gate to wire in impressive fashion stopping the clock in 1:51, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Owned by a Piece of the Action LLC, Mysharona Bluechip ($2.40) scored his sixth victory of 2018 and pushed his earnings to $39,175 for the year under the tutelage of trainer Eric Beach. Mysharona Bluechip was also claimed out of the race by Richard Knight for $20,000. Greg Merton and Shawn Gray each had three driving wins on Monday. It was a big payday for the owner of the winning ticket in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta. The combination of 1-5-4-3-2 returned $21,770.20 for a one-dollar wager, with the even money favorite winning the race. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 12) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts Publicist  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wisdom Tree and Tell Me A Joke each have a victory this season in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers and they are the ones to beat in their respective divisions on Wednesday night (June 13) when the series arrives at Buffalo Raceway.   There will be two compact NYSS fields that will kick off the early daily double on the 10-race card. A field of four will tangle in the first leg worth $56,900 while the second division carries a purse of $58,000 for the five entrants.   In the opener, Wisdom Tree comes to town finishing first or second in five of her six starts in 2018. A winner of $53,200 already this season, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) drew the four post for driver Kevin Cummings and has been tabbed even money morning line choice.   Wisdom Tree, trained by Edward Hart, took the $59,100 NYSS bracket at Saratoga Raceway on May 27 by scoring a length triumph in 1:52.2. Last week at Tioga Downs, she finished a strong second in 1:50.3 despite starting from the eight post in a $40,600 division of the NYSS.   The main challenger could be Pelican Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven-Feathery Fame) who gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the pylons. She's earned a paycheck in her last two tries in the NYSS and could be primed for a big effort.   The other two in the field include Twin B Peaches (Mark MacDonald) and the Ron Burke-trained Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley).   Tell Me A Joke (Art Major-Camadian) headlines the second division and has been installed as an even money morning line choice as well from the four spot on the starting grid.   Morrill Jr., who'll be on the bike again with Tell Me A Joke, guided her to a gate-to-wire victory in the NYSS on June 3 at Tioga in 1:53.2, turning back Trigger Happy by a length. A winner three times in five appearances this season, Tell Me A Joke has $40,392 in the bank this season.   Jewels Forreal, another Burke trainee, drew the three post with Kakaley in the sulky. Last time out on June 3 at Tioga Downs, Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel) made up 10 lengths during the race and finished third just 1-1/2 lengths behind Tell Me A Joke. With a long stretch at Buffalo Raceway, Jewels Forreal could be a very formidable opponent.   The remainder of the field includes Checkered Past (MacDonald), Ms Cheesman (Scott Zeron) and Liplock (Nicholas Boyd).   The track record for the 3-year-old filly pacers is 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip. With five track standards either being tied or lowered last week at Buffalo Raceway, it's possible that the record book might have to be updated again.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Shez All Rock has claimed a harness racing Jewels win for Australia by winning the Gr1 $150,000 3yo Diamond at Cambridge today. The immensely talented Rock N Roll Heaven filly blasted straight to the front in today's race for driver Mark Purdon and she gave nothing else a look in, winning untouched in a sensational time of 1-51.8 for the mobile 1609m. Mark Purdon only had to sit and enjoy the ride he said on trackside after the race. "She really did it on her own today. She just rolled along, enjoyed her work and never gave me any problems. I just had to enjoy the ride," he said. Shez All Rock has now had 9 starts for 8 wins and a second, and has claimed the two big races in her two New Zealand starts, winning both the New Zealand Oaks and now the 3yo Jewels. Shez All Rock beat Dizzy Miss Lizzy by five lengths with stablemate Elle Mac running home well for third. Shez All Rock paced her last 800m in 55.2 and the final 400m in 27.3 seconds. The All Stars Stable have now won the first three jewels races and look to have several more winning chances later in the day. Harnesslink Media Trish Trewhitt interview Shez All Rock   BROGDEN HORSE TRANSPORT 3YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 3YO FILLIES, 1609m   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 5 Shez All Rock 5 fr 75,000.00 1/1 1-51.8   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 2 Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.8 5.00 B N Orange N R McGrath 3 12 Elle Mac 12 fr 15,000.00 2/2 1-53.2 6.90 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 1 Ruebe Star 1 fr 6,375.00 9/8 1-53.4 8.00 B M Mangos B M Mangos 5 11 Ivana Flybye 11 fr 4,735.00 10/10 1-53.8 9.80 B D Butcher (J) S G Telfer 6 13 Bettor Babe 13 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-53.9 10.10 T A Cameron (J) A G Herlihy MNZM 7 4 Gold Orchid 4 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-54.1 11.50 R T May A G Herlihy MNZM 8 6 Dibaba 6 fr 3,770.00 8/7 1-54.2 11.80 T S Chmiel T S & Mrs G S Chmiel 9 10 Bettor Joy 10 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-54.3 12.30 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 10 9 Just Dance 9 fr 3,770.00 11/11 1-54.3 12.50 M W McKendry MNZM C T Dalgety 11 3 Come Dance With Me 3 fr 3,770.00 7/9 1-54.8 14.60 J R Dunn M P Kerr 12 8 Delight In Me 8 fr 3,770.00 5/5 1-54.8 14.70 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 7 Kotare Cullen 7                             Divs: $1.30. $1.00. $2.00. $1.30. Quinella $5.70. Trifecta $15.10. TAB Double[races-2,3]:(4,5) $2.10. TAB Conc.:(4,2) $7.50. TAB Treble[races-1,2,3]:(8,4,5) $3.70. First4 $132.50. Margins: 5 lengths, 2 lengths, 1 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-51.8 Last 800m: 55.2 Last 400m: 27.3 Placed Horses:       Shez All Rock 2014 3 Br f Rock N Roll Heaven - Irish Loch   (by Mach Three)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: C J Ryder    Breeder: G F Tennent    Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2014 3 Br f Changeover - Back In The USSR   (by Presidential Ball)    Trainer: N R McGrath, Weedons    Owner: P F W Boag, Mrs K P Boag    Breeder: Norwegian Wood Breeding Limited    Elle Mac 2014 3 B f Bettor's Delight - Goodlookinggirl   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss    Breeder: Breckon Farms Ltd

Bill Matz enjoyed the highest of highs last year when Beckhams Z Tam delivered the longtime harness racing owner his first Breeders Crown trophy. As Matz awaits the pacer's return this spring, he is keeping an eye on Heavenly Sound; a 3-year-old that he hopes can follow in Beckhams Z Tam's hoof prints and develop into a stakes player as the season progresses. Beckhams Z Tam, who was winless in six races at age 2 in 2016, last year posted five early-season conditioned-level wins followed by multiple successes on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit before upsetting Downbytheseaside in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at his home track, Hoosier Park. "That story turned out great," Matz said. "Those are the moments you wait your whole life for. What an experience. It was just awesome. There was electricity in the air that night. It was a great party for everybody. "I'm not that much of a trotting guy, I've never had much luck with them in my career, so whenever we talked about what race we'd most like to win, the Hambletonian or the Breeders Crown, I always said that for me the Breeders Crown would be the thrill of a lifetime. I reached the pinnacle." Matz hopes Beckhams Z Tam can keep him feeling like he's on top of the world. Beckhams Z Tam, owned by Matz's Z Tam Stables and trained by Jamie Macomber, will start his stakes campaign in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and also test himself against older horses in unrestricted stakes events. Last year, Beckhams Z Tam won 11 of 20 races, hit the board a total of 18 times, and earned $512,545. "It should be interesting," Matz said. "Turning (age) 3 to 4, you never know what you're going to get. You keep your fingers crossed. They say he's trained back great, that he's rock solid. We're hoping to have the luck continue straight through to the end of the year." Heavenly Sound, owned by Matz and Cary Potkin as M & M Harness Racing, won two of 13 races last year. He started this season in conditioned-level races and finished second his first two starts, by a total of less than a length, before posting back-to-back victories. The colt's first win was in 1:50.4, with a :26.1 final quarter-mile, at the Meadowlands. The time is tied for the season's fastest by a 3-year-old pacer. His second win was a 1:52.2 triumph in the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Heavenly Sound returns to action Saturday in the second round of the Weiss. He will start from post five in the first of three divisions, with Tom Jackson driving for trainer Bruce Saunders. The colt is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "I've got to give Bruce all the credit," Matz said. "Bruce picked him out and thought we had a good one. He told us to shut him down last year and give him some time and he's come back great. He went a big mile at the Meadowlands and it looks like he's one of the top ones in the Weiss, which is always a great feeling." Heavenly Sound is a son of 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, who was trained by Saunders, out of Frankie's Dream, who is a full sister to stakes-winner Happy Dreamer. Heavenly Sound was purchased for $27,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt is eligible to a number of events including the Breeders Crown, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace, Matron Stakes, New York Sire Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic. "I love that he's showing some speed, especially when I know he's got a lot of races on half-mile tracks down the road," said Matz, a New Yorker who owns two dozen horses. "If you don't have speed and get away toward the back, it's game over before you even start." Following Saturday's races, the Weiss Series for male pacers will continue with preliminary rounds April 21 and April 28. The $30,000 championship is May 5. For Saturday's complete Pocono entries, click here. First race post time is 7 p.m. (EDT). The Weiss divisions are races three, four, and 12 on the 14-race card. Ken Weingartner  

Classy youngster Yankee Roller is primed and ready to maintain his undefeated status according to harness racing trainer Emma Stewart. Engaged in Saturday night’s South Australian Derby at Globe Derby, Yankee Roller has two obstacles to overcome. Firstly, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is returning from a four-month break, and secondly, he has drawn the middle of the back row. Despite the awkward starting position and lack of recent racing, Stewart stated the Australian Pacing Gold purchase should have no trouble stretching his perfect record to five. “He’s a very nice type,” Stewart said. “His work has been great, and even though he hasn’t raced for a few months, he is forward enough to win. “The draw isn’t ideal, but he is certainly good enough to overcome it. “I’ve got a reasonable opinion of him and expect him to improve with racing throughout the season. “He can certainly make his way through the grades and the Derby looks like a good starting point.” Yankee Roller is one of four APG graduates in the Blue Riband, with No Alabi faring best in barrier three for Aussie Mifsud. The son of Betterthancheddar has two wins and a second from his last three starts. Local hope Culzean Castle will begin from five for local horseman Greg Norman, with Muscle Up Major to come from the outside of the front line for Rodney Petroff. APG Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 8, 2017— Stop us if you’ve read this missive before. Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton, $8.40) did her thing from first-up Friday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s harness racing $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away fourth from the pole, the Matchmaker victress watched Best of Jenna (Mark MacDonald), Newborn Sassy (Brent Holland) and 3-5 choice Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett) all take early shots. Lady Shadow, back here first the first time since the 2016 Matchmaker, had to work for it, racing wide to  make the lead. The $1.9 million lass, now racing for her fourth trainer in the last three months, did get around Newborn Sassy after a 27-second opening quarter-mile. It was a rated :56.1 intermission when Mackenzie A moved to engage. She did so passing a 1:24.4 three-quarters, her gait better than it was off the same trip a week ago. Mackenzie A collared Lady Shadow in the final turn, closing the repeat sale by a length-and-a-half in a life-best 1:52.4. Newborn Sassy ducked inside to grab second, with Lady Shadow tiring to third. Lakeisha Hall (Joe Bongiorno) and Pretty Image (Matt Kakaley) settled for the remainder.   For third choice Mackenzie A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by Ellen Kinser & Harry von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her fifth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $63. Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind. - Blazin Britches, one of last week's beaten elimination favorites, won the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Pace by a half-length at Hoosier Park Friday night. The time for the mile was 1:52.1 over a sloppy harness racing track. Trace Tetrick was in the sulky. Blazin Britches (Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches) sat third as the field left the gate as Idyllic Beach dueled with favorite Agent Q, who passed that one to take the lead with the first quarter going in :27. Blazin Britches didn't wait long, brushing to take the lead as the half went in :56 while Caviart Ally took to the outside for a charge going to three-quarters in 1:24.2. Agent Q couldn't handle Caviart Ally's momentum, while Idyllic Beach rolled along blocked until deep stretch when Blazin Britches was in full command, keeping Caviart Ally - who followed to finish second - at bay. Idyllic Beach shook out of the closing crowd and was up for third with a late strong drive. Agent Q held the fourth spot at the wire. Trained by Brian Brown, Blazin Britches was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm, which also owns the filly. It was her 11th win in 15 starts this season. She paid $12.20 to win. Blazin Britches By Frank Cotolo, for Breeders Crown

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 2, 2017 -- Sassa Hanover blazed the opening quarter in 26.3 and didn't slow thereafter, easily capturing Monday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sassa Hanover pocketed her stablemate, Tessa Seelster, before the quarter, and the pair drew away from the field late to transform the stretch drive into their own private battle. Tessa Seelster vacated the pocket but could not cut into the margin of Sassa Hanover, who prevailed by 3/4 lengths in 1:52 for Aaron Merriman. Shark Gal rode the cones for show. Ron Burke trains Sassa Hanover, a 5-year-old daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover who now boasts $1,211,024 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Larry Karr. It was one of three wins on the 13-race card for Merriman. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Batavia, NY---It was much like a walk in the park for visiting Mohawk Raceway harness racing regular Rockin In Heaven as he went gate to wire without issue in the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 26).   Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left decisively with Rockin In Heaven and gained a lead he would not relinquish. While touring the facility with the best view, he took his competitors to the half in :56.1 before getting it in gear in the second half.   With For A Bettor Time (Kevin Cummings) sitting behind him Rockin In Heaven was challenged by Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) moving to the three-quarters. But Morrill let him out a notch and posted a :27.4 third quarter to keep everyone in check. From there he swelled up and motored down the lane to a handy victory in 1:52.1, which was the fastest pacing mile of the 2017 meet.   It was the fourth win in 15 starts for Rockin In Heaven ($4.80) and it pushed his earnings for the year to $57,819. The 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Dr. Moore trains Rockin In Heaven.   In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Show Stopping (Kevin Cummings) pulled first-over at the five-eighths and paced stride for stride with the front-running Lucky McTrucky (Jim Morrill Jr.), eventually out-duelling him at the wire to win by a nose in 1:53.4, equalling his seasonal mark.   Show Stopping ($26.60) is owned by Resiliant Racing Stable and trained by Rose Russo.   The Downs leading driver Drew Monti had a grand slam on Saturday night while Jim Morrill Jr., Kevin Cummings and Ron Beback Jr. each had two wins apiece.   Batavia Downs had a very special guest visit the track on Saturday. 2012 Olympic women's pole vault gold medalist Jenn Suhr was in the clubhouse enjoying the races. Suhr, who is also a 15-time U.S. National champion and holder of several women's pole vaulting records, most recently won a gold medal in the 2016 World championships in Portland, Oregon.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 27) at 1:15 p.m. The card features the the $107,000 New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old Colts and geldings and also Family Fun Day and the "Dauschund Dash" wiener dog races.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Beyonces Rockn (Rock N Roll Heaven) was destiny's child at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the five year old mare scored in the Friday harness racing feature. Making her local debut, Beyonces Rockn moved out to the early lead in the $10,500 feature for fillies and mares and the Jennifer Lappe trainee never looked back. The invader didn't face her first challenge until checking in at three quarters in 1:26 when Walk Two Moons (Frank Coppola Jr) rolled up to the outside of the 3-1 shot Beyonces Rockn. The eventual winner had little difficultly thwarting that bid before being faced with the chore of holding off the favored Sometimes Graceful (Wally Hennessey) who got the pocket trip on Friday. Beyonces Rockn, who had competed in Opens at Yonkers and Tioga earlier in the summer, rediscovered the winning way as she hit the line first in 1:54.1 for her eighth victory of the season. Sometimes Graceful came up second best while Walk Two Moons earned the show spot. Beyonces Rockn, who was driven to victory by Bruce Aldrich Jr, paid $8.40 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $28 and $79.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at the Spa with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) on Sunday (August 20) with a purse of $263,100 for harness racing sophomore pacing Colts & Geldings at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big long shot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval in Nichols, NY. In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who would take charge with a first quarter in :27.4, and a half in :55.4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) would battle and take the lead to the three-quarter mark in 1:21.4. Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven) would watch this speed duel from the third. Owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, the 3 year-old colt would charge down the stretch like he was shot out of a cannon. Heaven's Gait ($4.50), would win in 1:49.2. He would win for the fifth straight time. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would fire late to finish second. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) came up late to finish third. In the EBC final ($257,850) for sophomore pacing fillies, it was big long shot Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who was victorious. Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears), would put up all the early fractions, :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.3. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) would put on pressure during the whole race. He was parked almost the whole way and would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), who is owned by NLG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, would take advantage of a second over trip. The 3 year-old filly blew right by Clear Idea (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Third place went to Ameriway (Corey Callahan). Obvious Blue Chip ($57.50), would win for fourth time this season and the fifth of her career. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) shocked the field to win the Roll With Joe ($163,000), with a track record for aged geldings at 1:47.4.. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) would hit the first quarter in :26.1. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) would then continue the fast pace hitting the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark) would follow Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) with a second over trip. Dealt A Winner ($72.50), who is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, would go three wide at the top of the stretch flying to the lead and tack record. He would fall short of the world record for aged gelding pacers for a five-eighths mile track by one-fifth of a second. The 5 year-old would win for the 13th time in his career. Rockin Ron hung on for second with Sunfire Blue Chip getting third. Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) would win the third leg of the Ms Versatility ($40,000) setting a new track record for all trotters in 150.4. Oho Diamond (Brett Miller) would lead into the first quarter in :27.1. Pasithea Face S (Muscle Hill) would take over as they went by the stands for the first time. She would follow with times of :55.1, 1:23.4, 1:50.4. Pasithea Face S ($3.40) didn't have it easy though. She battled the first over PL Hill (Corey Callahan) all the way from the three-quarter mark and holding on by a quarter-length. PL Hill (Kadabra) finished second with entry mate Oho Diamond (Ken Warkentin) getting third. Pasithea Face S is Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. She won for the fifth time this season getting a new lifetime mark. She was just one-fifth of a second off the world record for aged mares for a five-eighths mile track. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 21) post time for the 10 race card begins at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 10 - The field may have been small, but the fight was big in Thursday's $37,200 Whenuwishuponastar Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of five harness racing rookie pacing fillies clashed in the Whenuwishuponastar Series finale, with all eyes on Dr. Ian Moore trainee Jan, who was seeking a series sweep. Driven by Trevor Henry, Jan shot off the wings of the gate seeking the lead and while she would clear to the pylons quickly, she was forced to deal with pressure from Lady Grande and driver Jonathan Drury. Lady Grande was right along side the 1-5 favourite at the opening-quarter in :26.2 and would clear to command entering the backstretch. Jan was quickly removed to the lead, but had to work hard to be in control at the half in :54.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4, Jan was ready for yet another duel with Lady Grande in the lane. The two rookies would slug it out in the stretch, with Jan holding off a weaving Lady Grande by half a length in 1:51.4. Precision Hanover, Intrepid Lady and Nurse Pie Q rounded out the field. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, Jan came into Thursday's final off a pair of easy victories and proved she was ready for a battle. "She had been winning very easy her last two races and I knew there was more there, but we never had to use it before," said Henry following the race. "She's a tough filly, like when they come at her she wants to fight back." Jan, who was a $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, now sports a record of three wins in five starts with $37,780 banked for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. Trainer Moore has a strong duo in the rookie pacing filly division, as Jan is a stablemate of Ontario sired standout Percy Bluechip. "I had three fillies this winter and they all trained together and Jan was one of them and Percy Bluechip, of course," Moore noted. "They took turns at beating each other in training miles all spring long, they were just right at it the whole time. "This filly (Jan) probably beat Percy Bluechip just as many times as Percy Bluechip beat her in training miles, so when we tipped one of the back of the other, it was all fight all the way down the stretch." Jan isn't heavily staked for her two-year-old season and Moore noted he will talk to the MacKenzie's about trying the New York Sires Stakes or looking at potential opportunities to supplement. Jan Also on Thursday, the Define The World Series for two-year-old trotters kicked off with an impressive performance in the $14,000 opening leg. Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector established a new national season's mark of 1:56 with a 6¼ lengths victory for Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. A $110,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Alarm Detector went coast to coast for Henry, posting fractions of :29.2, 1:00, 1:28.4, before trotting home in :27.1. Cantabernet finished second, while Hey Jock was third. Alarm Detector is now a perfect three for three with $21,000 earned for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. He paid $3.50 to win. Alarm Detector The second leg of the Define The World Series will take place next Thursday (August 17). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - August 5, 2017 -- Blazin Britches' performance was record-smashing. The filly by Rock N Roll Heaven cruised home in 1:48.4, breaking the harness racing stakes record of 1:49.1 set last year by Darlinonthebeach, with an impressive four and three-quarter length victory over Caviart Alley to capture the $113,950 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old fillies, the third race on Saturday at the Meadowlands. Driven by David Miller, the 1-5 favorite, went three-wide prior to the half-mile pole, taking control, and coasting to the her fourth straight victory, paying her backers $2.60, 2.40, and 2.10. The 13-1 longshot Caviart Alley, driven by Andrew McCarthy, paid $4.40 and $2.60 for second and 2-1 second-choice Idyllic Beach, last year's Dan Patch Award winner for best two-year-old female pacer, completed the payouts, with $2.10 for third, five and three-quarter lengths back. “We thought she was a really nice filly right along,” said trainer Brian Brown.  “We had to wait on her a couple times.  Got started this year, we were ready to go to the Fan Hanover and she popped a gravel (in her foot). I give credit to her groom Kim Carruthers and the grooms at Bruce’s farm, they got her finally to pop it.  That took two weeks and took us right out the Fan Hanover and the Lynch.  We thought she was a good horse, but I can’t tell you I thought she was this good. “ The 1:48.4 clocking matched the track record for three-year-old fillies shared by Dancinwiththestarz [2010] and Agent Q [2017]. Awash, Ella Christina, and Sister's Delight rounded out the field of six. Blazin Britches by Lou Monaco        

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 3 - Jan and harness racing driver Trevor Henry made a :26 final-quarter look as easy as possible en route to winning Thursday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of six rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 second round of the three-week series. Rock N Roll Heaven filly Jan was made the 1/5 favourite on the heels of a 1:53.3 victory a week prior. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee lived up to the hype and got the respect you would expect for a heavy favourite. Jan was put on the lead by Henry and posted easy-fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2, before kicking home in :26 to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:53.2, which shaved a fifth off her previous mark. There was no change to the top-three finishers from a week prior, as Lady Grande and Nurse Pie Q once again finished second and third behind Jan. A $35,000 Harrisburg purchase, Jan is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. The rookie pacing filly is now two for four with $19,180 earned. Jan will be searching for a sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series in next Thursday's (August 10) final. Live racing continues Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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