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Middletown, NY --- A large crowd of 1,500 eager harness racing horse buyers convened at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 8) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 107 available Standardbred yearlings up for sale at the annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania and those attending reflected many connections from those racing jurisdictions. The total gross of the sale was in excess $1.6 million, up 15% from last year's total. The 52 colts and 55 fillies exchanged hands for a sales average of $14,964. 37 pacing colts averaged $20,681 each, 38 pacing fillies averaged $12,395 each, 15 trotting colts averaged $10,33 each and 17 trotting fillies brought an average of $12,353 each. Cameo Hills Farm had a banner day, selling the top three horses in the sale and came away with the highest average sale price for their 14-horse consignment ($41,214). The sales topper was pacing colt (Hip 16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) who was purchased for $95,000 by Ray Schnittker of Middletown, New York. Cameo Hills also sold pacing colt (Hip 51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) and pacing colt (Hip 90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) for $75,000 each and both were purchased by Paul Kelley of Ganesvoort, New York. The top seller from the 25-horse Hanover Shoe Farm consignment was pacing colt (Hip 72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) who went for $32,000 to Ken Solomon of Coral Springs, Florida. He was followed closely in price by pacing filly (Hip 71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonette Hanover) who was purchased by Megan Beauchamp of Harveys Lake, Pennsylvania for $31,000. Winbak Farm's 38 yearlings were headed by pacing filly (Hip 9) Tide Her Over (Roll With Joe-Tidewaterdragonfly) who brought $22,000 from Blake Macintosh of Cambridge, Ontario. They also sold trotting filly (Hip 11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) for $20,000 to the WTB Stable of Middletown, Delaware. Blue Chip Farm's top sale from their 5-head consignment was the pacing colt (Hip 14) Sauvignon Bluechip (Art Major-Some Girls Do) who was purchased by Robert Sholes of Bloomingburg, New York for $27,000. "It was a perfect day for this sale and the large and enthusiastic crowd of buyers were bidding strong all day," said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "Everyone there was blissfully happy with our location and the ease of access to information through our catalogs and app. The only problem we had was parking because so many people came out. But we'll have more room available next year as this sale continues to grow." You can view the complete sale results in a searchable database by clicking this link. (http://goshenyearlingsale.com/results/index.cgi?Limit=13 ) By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

Tioga Downs will welcome two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Labor Day (September 2). Both divisions will race for a purse of $52,000. Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the first division. The 2-year-old colt by Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk is owned by trainer Blake Macintosh and Hutt Racing Stable. He has won six of his eight career starts. The colt has won five NYSS races with wins at Yonkers, Monticello, Buffalo, Saratoga, and Batavia. His other win came at the Reynolds Stakes last week at Tioga. The second morning line choice is the Ray Schnittker trained entry of Cigars And Port (Schnittker) and Teton Sunset at 5-2. Cigars And Port is a 2-year-old colt by So Surreal-Sweet On Art. He is owned by Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewetz, and Steven Arnold. His two career wins were legs of the NYSS at Yonkers and Batavia. Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Gray Ghost. Owned by Schnittker, David Pepin, and Flintlock Farm Inc., he has one win in seven career starts. Freedom Warrior (Jim Morrill Jr.) is the 3-2 morning line favorite in the second division. The 2-year-old gelding by American Ideal-Chief Karen is owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare. He is a winner of his last three starts with NYSS wins at Yonkers and Vernon Downs. He won the Reynolds stakes last week at Tioga. The 2-1 second morning line choice is American Rebel (Tyler Buter). The 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Restive Hanover is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Robert Robinson and Harmon Racing Stable. He is four for eight in his career with NYSS wins at Saratoga, Yonkers, and Vernon Downs. The 12 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 29, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Aug. 29th) hosted the $161,500 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event once again honored the memory one of the state's true get-it-done gentlemen, the long-time Executive Secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York whose contributions to the industry were way too numerous to mention here. Although only of the $80,750 divisions was bettable, both winners were quite logical. The pre-card quintet was led by Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley), disposing of his four inside rivals in 1:52.4. Taking over from Major Blake (Jason Bartlett), Hickfromfrenchlick threw down intervals of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.4 before the final maker. He defeated a misbehaved-early Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) by a half-length, with Major Blake third. Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno) and Bicorne Hanover (George Brennan) were the stragglers. For Hickfromfrenchlick, a son of So Surreal co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatarico, it was his seventh wins (with two seconds and a third) in 10 seasonal starts ($275,886). Last season's Sheppard winner here is now 11-for-17 lifetime, "Use whatever word you want about him," Kakaley said. "Fast, gusty, handy." Pole-sitting Rollwithpapajoe (Bongiorno, $5.80) finished what he started (:28., :57.4, 1:25.1, 1:53) a few races later. Covered Bridge (Brian Sears) chased from the pocket, missing a length-and-three-quarters, while 13-10 fave Major March (Bartlett) was a two-move third. Dealer's Table (Jordan Stratton) and Melodie's Major (Tyler Buter) brought up the rear. For 'Papajoe,' a Roll With Joe gelding co-owned by Barbara Bongiorno Stable, Bill Lambos & Dionisios Liberatos and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his fifth win in 15 ' 19 starts. The exacta paid $13, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. "He has such quick speed that he can put himself in good spots," driver Bonorno said. If the sire stakes results were quite predictable, they weren't nearly the 'free space' of It's Rigged (Buter). That one had things--and the oval --all to himself, walking over a bottom-level statebred Excelsior event in 1:56.4. Thursday night's Pick 5 wager, which began with a $8,292.11 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool, found $32,054 of new cash. The winning combination of 6/1/3/1/5 paid $72.50 for each correct half-dollar ticket. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Friday night 10-race harness racing program at the Hippodrome 3R features a Preferred Handicap Pace and watch out for Cooking The Speed. This three-year-old filly by So Surreal was a lightly raced two-year-old, but was in championship form when she won the $55,000C Future Stars Series final. This year Cooking The Speed is nearly in identical form as last year and thus trainer Michel Allard and Allard Racing want her in prime shape for this year's $65,000C Breeders Cup Final that will take place on Sunday, September 8 at H3R. Cooking The Speed has the breeding that can make her a winner. She is the first foal from the great raceway mare, Cooking The Books, who raced for six years, won $479,734 with a record of 1:51.4. "I claimed her (Cooking The Books) and then she got injured," explained Michel's son, Rene Allard. "She was a good raceway mare so we bred her to So Surreal and got Cooking The Speed. "Cooking The Speed was very good in training in south Florida," Allard said. "I had her down to 1:56 and then sent her to Pocono Downs. She had trouble handling the turns there, so I sent her to my Dad to teach her how to get around the short turns. "We have a pony track at our farm in Quebec," Allard said. "He made some equipment changes and worked with her and she became excellent on a half mile track." It seems that Michel Allard got the job done well as Cooking The Speed has $54,405C in earnings and a hopeful big payday coming on September 9. On Friday, Cooking The Speed is the only filly in the nine-horse field. It will not be a walk in the park for Cooking The Speed as she faces a very tough older rival named Lit De Rose. A winner of half of her eight starts this year, Lit De Rose starts from the far outside in post 8 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The Leader Bayama mare has won three of her last five starts, including a lifetime best 1:53 nose triumph at Rideau Carleton Raceway just two starts back. Other good mares in the field include return winner Wild River Swan (post 7) and Uptown Girl (post 6). Cooking The Speed will be driven by Tyler Jones and is listed at odds of 5-1. "I think she will race very well on Friday," Rene Allard said. "And all the credit for this filly belongs to my father. He really did a fantastic job with her. And, Cooking The Books had a Betterthancheddar colt foaled this spring and I think he will be very good. We just have to wait and see. Right now, we want his older sister to get ready to race for big money next week." There will be eight Championship Finals at H3R on Sunday, September 8 with nearly $500,000C in purse money on the line. Post time Friday evening is 7:00 pm. For a free race program or to see the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Batavia, NY --- Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) and So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl), who are the top two 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Empire State, came to compete in the $111,900 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28) and both added harness racing wins to their resumes. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) got away third while Hurrikane Norakane (Carl Garofalo) shot to the front and eased the group to a mild :58.1 half. The pace picked up from there as they motored by the five-eighths pole when Sulky Queen (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled with Zero Tolerance on her back. Morrill got Sulky Queen to the front by the three-quarters while Zero Tolerance remained on the outside in second around the last turn. Heading into the stretch Sulky Queen had a one-length lead but with the whip over his shoulder and the lines firmly in hand, Miller sat chilly while Zero Tolerance blew by to take the lead and win easily in 1:54.2. "She was comfortable going to the half and when Jimmy (Morrill) came out, she was ready to roll," said Miller. "She finished strong down the lane; she was real good tonight," It was the fifth NYSS win of the year and sixth win overall for the heavily favored Zero Tolerance ($2.10) who now has $382,423 in earnings this year for owners Val D' Or Farms and Ted Gewertz and Hall of Fame trainer Joe Holloway. In the first division, So Awesome (Tyler Buter) was a gate to wire winner and put in an impressive mile in the process. Buter guided So Awesome through early quarters of :28.1 and :58 with the field in single file behind her. As they approached the three-quarters Matt Kakaley pulled Fool Me Again from third and made an aggressive brush towards the front. In the last turn the fillies were pacing wither to wither until the top of the lane where So Awesome got a slight advantage. But Fool Me Again was not done and charged back in deep stretch under heavy urging from Kakaley. However So Awesome simply refused to lose and hung on by a neck in 1:55..1. "We were lucky we won the draw in that race because Matt's horse was strong and coming down the lane we were right together," said Buter. "She raced real well and finished strong." It was the third win in the last four starts for So Awesome ($3.10) who is owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott Di Domenico. Both fillies will be back at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14) for the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions. There was one division of the $15,000 Excel "A" series contested on Wednesday that produced the following results. Topville Angelina (American Ideal-A Fiesty Affair) Driver - David Miller Owner - Erv Miller Stable, Michael Anderson and George Golemes Trainer - Erv Miller  Breeder - Robert Hamather Time - 1:54  Mutuel - $2.40 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 30) with post time for the first race at 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

TIOGA, N.Y. - Wins on Sunday in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga have the colt Hickfromfrenchlick and the filly Zero Tolerance riding a wave of harness racing momentum into their final New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) appearances. The 3-year-olds sit comfortably in the top tier of point earners with one leg of racing left for each before the Night of Champions at Batavia Downs. Trainer/driver/co-owner Ray Schnittker calls Hickfromfrenchlick's race on Sunday the horse's "best performance of the year." The colt pacer is more mature and a lot more sound on the track, according to Schnittker, and paced strongly through the wire in the Final in 1:48.4. Hickfromfrenchlick is a special horse for Schnittker out of the second crop of So Surreal, a horse he also campaigned. If he had to compare the two, Schnittker would say Hickfromfrenchlick is a little quicker while So Surreal may have the edge in the endurance department. Even so, he says, "both have a very high speed." Hickfromfrenchlick's next start is on Aug. 29 at Yonkers. He is staked to events at Hoosier Park later this fall and will head there following the NYSS Finals at Batavia on Sept. 14. Bred by Steve Jones, his career earnings are now $374,052 Joe Holloway, trainer of Zero Tolerance, says she has been excellent this year and showed a strong back half in the Final, finishing in 1:50.2. Her ability to adapt to any racing situation is a quality that's impressed him. "Her versatility is her biggest strength. I've had a lot of fillies and they've all had their particular quirks, but with Zero Tolerance, she's not dependent upon one racing strategy," said the newly inducted Hall of Famer. She is undefeated in New York this season with four NYSS victories to her name. Her next start will be at Batavia in the final leg of the NYSS, where she will look to hold on to her position as points leader in her division,and improve upon nearly $150,000 in earnings. Beyond the NYSS, Holloway has plans to race Zero Tolerance in Lexington and in the Breeders Crown. "If everything goes right, she'll have seven more starts this year," he said. As a 2-year-old, Zero Tolerance made a number of Grand Circuit appearances, most notably a second behind Warrawee Ubeaut in the Breeders Crown Final. The daughter of Heston Blue Chip was bred by Winbak Farm and now owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, she earned $485,813 on the track as a freshman and career earnings now total $839,986. From the New York Sire Stakes

Batavia, NY --- Hickfromfrenchlick came to play on Sunday (Aug. 4) in his $58,700 division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Batavia Downs and he went gate to wire in impressive fashion and equaled the track record time. Leaving from post one driver Matt Kakaley was rolling immediately with Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) and had prohibitive post time favorite Shake That House (Tyler Buter) alongside, also trying to make the front. These two tangled to the quarter in :26.2 when Buter relented and ducked into the pocket heading into the second turn. With no pressure moving to the half Kakaley backed it down to :28.3, but as soon as the second circuit ensued, Shake That House pulled and came right back at the leader one more time. Hickfromfrenchlick and Shake That House squared off and were pacing in tandem from the five-eighths to the three-quarters and got there in a lightning 1:22.4. Around the final bend Hickfromfrenchlick got a 1/2 length advantage that he took into the stretch. Kakaley was throwing lines and his horse was responded with more. Hickfromfrenchlick put away Shake That House and held of a quick closing Buddy Hill (Marcus Miller) to win by a neck in 1:51.2. The winning time of 1:51.2 was a new lifetime mark for Hickfromfrenchlick and also tied the Batavia Downs track record for 3-year-old pacing colts set by All Bets Off back in 2014. Oddly enough Kakaley also drove All Bets Off in that record performance. "Well we had the rail and he's good on the front so that's where I wanted him, especially with no passing lane here. We controlled the pace and he responded well to the challenge," said Kakaley. "He was getting a little tired in the lane but he saw the one (Buddy Hill) coming at him and had enough left to hold him off at the wire." When told he tied the track record of All Bets Off Kakaley said "As I recall we were on the front that day too and he had quite a bit left at the wire." All Bets Off ran away with that race by eight lengths. Hickfromfrenchlick ($6.50) scored his fourth win in seven starts this year and now has $114,925 on the card in 2019. Ray Schnittker trains and co-owns Hickfromfrenchlick with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Steve Jones was the breeder of Hickfromfrenchlick. In the second $58,700 division American Mercury was peerless in victory after controlling all fractions from the start. Tyler Buter floated American Mercury (American Ideal-Tessa Hanover) off the gate after Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) bolted to the front. He then rolled up the outside and took over the lead in a comfortable :28.1. The field stayed in single-file and American Mercury hit the half in only :57 and things were looking very much in his favor at that point. Magic Joe Lindy (Drew Monti) pulled first up at the five-eighths and advanced towards the leader. He got to within one length of American Mercury at the three-quarters and stayed there around the last turn. When they hit the stretch Buter was line driving American Mercury and he was pacing strongly all the way to the wire to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.2. It was the third straight win for American Mercury ($2.10) and sixth of the season. The gelding has now earned $211,843 this year for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice. Steve Stewart, Julie Nash and Charles Nash bred American Mercury. There were also $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior "A" series that were won by: Rickybobbyandthehaus (American Ideal-Molly Can Do It) Driver - Tyler Buter Owner - Crawford Farms, Northfork Racing Stable, Billy Timmins and Anthony Timmins Trainer - Chris Oakes   Breeder - Blue Chip Bloodstock Time - 1:53.4  Mutuel - $4.40 Chatelroll (Roll With Joe-Chatelaine) Driver - Jason Bartlett  Owner - Purple Haze Stable Trainer - George Ducharme  Breeder - Twinbrook Limited Time - 1:53.2  Mutuel - $3.00 Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday (Aug. 5) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Ray Schnittker debuted two of his freshmen pacers by the hot young harness racing stallion So Surreal, at the Meadowlands on Saturday morning, June 1st , and both won impressively. First, The Mystic with Schnittker at the controls, made every panel a winning one, setting fractions of 30, 57.4,126.2, with a mile in 1:54.2 He is owned by Schnittker, Paul Bordogna and Howard Taylor. The Mystic is by So Surreal from Beachy Lady , and was a $ 40,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, bred by Steve Jones and Fair Winds Farm Then Splash Brother, again with Ray doing the piloting, went down the road setting fractions of 30.1, 58.4, 127.2 , going his mile in 1:54.3, winning as he pleased by 12-widening lengths while coming a sparkling last half in 55.4 with a last quarter in 27. 1 Splash Brother is owned by Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing LLC, Steve Arnold and Tammy Ann Flannery. Splash Brother is also by So Surreal from Sugarcoated and was a $ 30,000 purchase at the Goshen Yearling Sale and was also bred by Steve Jones's Cameo Hills Farm . Schnittker has enjoyed great success racing horses bred and purchased from Cameo Hills. Deweycheatumhowe and the great Check Me Out were both purchased by Schnittker from Cameo Hills, and Huntsville was raised at Cameo Hills as well. These colts and all of Ray's babies are stabled at Historic Track in Goshen , New York by John Manzi , for Goshen Historic Track

Stakes-winner Jewels Forreal makes her 2019 debut on Friday (Feb. 1) at The Meadowlands, and not only is it the pacer's first race of the season it is her first race for owner Bill Donovan and trainer Kyle Spagnola. Donovan bought Jewels Forreal nine days ago for $85,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale. A daughter of So Surreal out of Dandy's Jewel, the 4-year-old mare has won eight of 33 career races and hit the board a total of 24 times. Her top wins last year came in divisions of the Circle City Stakes and Tompkins-Geers Stakes and the elimination for the Lismore Pace. She was trained previously by Ron Burke and earned $181,473. Jewels Forreal enters Friday's race off a second-place finish to Go West Go Fast in a qualifier on Jan. 19 at the Meadowlands. She was timed in 1:53.3. She will start from post five in a seven-horse field with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. She is 8-1 on the morning line. Divas Image, a 6-year-old who won last season's Golden Girls at the Meadowlands, is the 2-1 favorite. "Her qualifier looked pretty good," Spagnola said about Jewels Forreal. "I don't know if she's going to be as tight as the rest of them, but she seems like a good horse. She's done everything I've asked of her." After winning her Circle City division in October at Hoosier Park, Jewel Forreal spent the remainder of her 2018 campaign at The Meadows, where she held her own against older foes in the Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicaps. In five races in that class, she posted one win, two seconds and a third. Spagnola plans to get Jewels Forreal two starts prior to the Feb. 15 deadline for stakes payments. She also could be pointed toward the Mares Open at Saratoga later this year. Jewels Forreal has won at least one race on each a half-mile, five-eighths-mile, and seven-eighths-mile track. Friday will mark her first race on a one-mile oval. Her career-best win time, 1:51, came at five-eighths-mile Tioga Downs in the Tompkins-Geers. "We'll see how she comes back as a 4-year-old," Spagnola said. "I'm sure if she steps her game up we would stake her to some things. I can get two starts in her before we really have to look at anything. I think in the next two weeks we'll be able to find out more before we have to make any decisions." Regardless of where she ends up racing, Spagnola is happy to have Jewels Forreal as an addition to his stable. Spagnola has about 20 horses at the moment. "I like these kind," Spagnola said. "She definitely acts like a racehorse." For Friday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 13, 2018 -- Jewels Forreal stalked her stablemate, McDazzle, from the pocket, then roared past in the Lightning Lane to spring an 8-1 upset in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. McDazzle, who was bidding to extend her winning streak to four, turned back a stern third-quarter challenge from Easy Three. But that effort may have weakened her, as the 3-year-old Jewels Forreal had little trouble downing her 4-year-old stablemate by 1/2 length for Mike Wilder in 1:54.2 over a "good" surface. Keystone Riptide completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Jewels Forreal, a daughter of So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $169,313, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Karen Fread enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak for The Meadows

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Cooking The Speed just held on at the finish to beat Giggle Hanover and capture the C$32,700 Lucien Bombardier Stakes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. One of the pioneers of harness racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. The race is also co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada. Cooking The Speed, driven by Stephane Gendron, was the wagering favorite and raced like it. Leaving from post two, Gendron sent the daughter of So Surreal right to the front with Hurryupatthebeach (Pascal Berube) following their cover in second place to the first quarter in :29.2. At the half mile in an easy 1:00.3, Giggle Hanover (Pierre Luc Roy) came first-over and following their outside cover was D Gs Fairystars (Jonathan Lachance). In the backstretch, Lachance sent D Gs Fairystars three-wide and the three horses raced that way past the three-quarters in 1:30.2. As the three horses started down the stretch, D Gs Fairystars began to fade and it looked as if Giggle Hanover would wear down Cooking The Speed, but Gendron was able to find another gear as Cooking the Speed dug in and held on to win by a half length over Giggle Hanover in 1:59.2. Hurryupatthebeach was third. It was the second win this year for Cooking The Speed, who is trained by Michel Allard and is owned by Allard Racing, Inc. and Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt. She paid $5.00 to win. There were two $10,000 Finals of the new Quebec Plus Series and the third race was the final for two-year-old pacers and track record holder Behavenmyself made it a clean sweep of the series. Driven by Pascal Berube for trainer Gerald Demers, Behavenmyself took the early lead away from Dernier Essai (Pierre Luc Roy) by the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and was never seriously challenged again. Berube and Behavenmyself then cut fractions of :57.2 and 1:28.1 before pulling away in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Dernier Essai was second with Angelo Benjo (Jonathan Lachance) third. Sired by Badlands Hanover, Behavenmyself now won both preliminary rounds and the final and she is now on a three-race winning streak. She is owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. of St-Andre-Avelin with Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-De-Shefford and paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. In the $10,000 Quebec Plus Final for two-year-old trotters, the day belonged to Justice For Narnia and trainer/driver Sylvain LaCaille. Leaving from the rail, LaCaille sent Justice For Narnia right to the lead and they never looked back, wiring the field in a huge romp by 16 and one-half lengths in 2:07.1. That's Hooligan (Jean Paul Rousse) was second with El Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) third. A colt by Justice For Hall, it was the maiden victory for Justice For Narnia, who is co-owned by Lacaille of St Paul De Joliette with Benoit Gagnon of Montreal. The race was a non-wagering event. Track Notes: Pascal Berube once again was the leading driver with three winners on the program. Live racing continues at H3R next Sunday with first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC --- This Sunday, October 7, two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of C$32,700. One of the pioneers of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, QC, Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society (CSHS). The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry as the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s, he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, QC, one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at the Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. The eighth race Lucien Bombardier Stakes is headlined by Future Stars Champion, Cooking The Speed, who will start from post two for driver Stephane Gendron. Trained by Michel Allard, the filly by So Surreal pulled up a major upset in her maiden victory, capturing the C$55,000 Future Stars Final with a 1:57.3 triumph. Another standout is Better Now, who drew the rail for driver Stephane Brosseau. The daughter of Betterthancheddar, trained by Pierre Ouellette, sports two wins this year in eight starts, the biggest victory a division of the Grassroots in Ontario in 1:59.1. Giggle Hanover goes from post four for driver Pierre Luc Roy and two starts back finished in a dead heat for win at Mohawk Park in 1:54.1. It was the third win this year for the daughter of Well Said who is trained by Dominic Gladu. There are also two $10,000 finals of the Quebec Plus Series. El Bleu, who won both elimination heats heads the two-year-old trot field while track record holder, Behavenmyself, who also won both elimination heats is the standout in the two-year-old pace field. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm and for a free race program or information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

There were eight Finals of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series contested on the Sunday harness racing matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two trainers each won two of the Finals that went for purses of $55,000. Chris Oakes emerged victorious in two of the afternoon's co-features as his trainees prevailed in the Excelsior Final for three year old pacing fillies and two year old pacing colts. Oakes' Special Kay Deo (American Ideal) drew the rail and the sophomore filly was piloted by Tyler Buter. Special Kay Deo pulled off the mild upset when she parlayed her pocket ride to victory in 1:53.2, the fastest clocking for any of Sunday's Excelsior winners. Oakes' Cal (American Ideal) also sat the pocket before prevailing on Sunday as the two year old gelding scored in 1:54.3 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Erv Miller trained two of the Excelsior Final winners as his Michando (Muscle Mass) pulled off the matinee's biggest upset. Marcus Miller piloted the three year old trotting filly who was dismissed at odds of 39-1. Michando was yet another to spring the pocket en route to a Sunday Excelsior score, stopping the timer in 1:57.1. Miller's Heavens Challenge (Rock N Roll Heaven) scored the win in the two year old filly pace Final as Jim Morrill Jr. sat behind the freshman as she prevailed in 1:54.4 while upsetting at odds of 9-1. Maureen Salino's Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the two year old filly trot Final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the two year old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears. The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4. The three year old colt and gelding trot went the way of Nows The Moment (Credit Winner) who overcame a slow start before scoring in 1:57 with Shane Taggart in the sulky. The Allison Mac Donald trainee's win was his seventh on the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 21, 2018-For years in Boston Celtic green, Larry Bird taunted, tortured and tormented New York. Saturday night (Sept. 22nd), his 'nicknamesake' tries to take it. Hickfromfrenchlick drew post position No. 6 in 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding event during Yonkers Raceway's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions. The race, sponsored by the state's Agriculture and Horse Breeding Development Fund, is the fourth of a dozen-race card and the third of eight consecutively-contested $225,000 sire stakes finales. Hickfromfrenchlick is no stranger to the spotlight, having won the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here in mid-July (1:55.4). The son of So Surreal returned to Westchester in late August, picking off divisional leader-and tonight's pole-sitter-Melodie's Major in a New York Sire Stakes event (1:53.3). It was off to Vernon Downs after that and a down-the-road, life-best 1:51.3 statebred romp. For the season, he's won four of six tries ($120,541), though he did not fire in his final NYSS try (Batavia). "Stuck behind some bad horses who had no reason to pull," Ray Schnittker said. Fortunately for Hickfromfrenchlick's co-owner/trainer and sometime chauffeur, those sort of nights have been few and far between. Schnittker drove that night (as he did at Vernon), but is AWOL (Meadows) Saturday, so he enlists Tim Tetrick this time around. "Training down, he was good, so I'm not surprised," Schnittker said of the $47,000 (Goshen, NY) lad who's also co-owned by Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. "He had a :27 and change last quarter (in a Landmark event) at Goshen, so I knew he was ready. "I trained his mother (My Girl's a Star) and she had a record of (1):52 and 2 as a 2-year-old. (Author's aside...My Girl's a Star was a solid New York Sire Stakes lass, winning 7-of-11 and more than $139,000 as a frosh [2010] despite having the misfortune of being in the same age group as one See You at Peelers). "I told Mark (MacDonald) he was going to win the Sheppard, so just don't screw it up, which he didn't." Any such guarantees for Tetrick before he and Hickfromfrenchlick Saturday night? "No one can outleave Melodie's Major if they wanted to, but I think (Hickfromfrenchlick) can get around some of the others, and if he's close, he wouldn't stun me." Regardless of Saturday's outcome, Hickfromfrenchlick is finished for the season. "He's done everything we've asked," Schnittker said. Post time for the New York Night of Champions fun and frolic is the usual 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- The eighth and final "regular season" visit of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) to Batavia Downs brings the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings to Genesee County on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to compete in two divisions for a total of $109,000 dollars. The Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts is 1:54.2 and that standard is definitely in danger of going down. The NYSS events are carded in race three and five. Two $15,000 Excelsior "A" legs will be held in race one and two. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. The first $54,500 NYSS freshman pace features the top point earner in the series Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) and the red hot Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) in a race that could easily rewrite the local record book. Melodies Major has raced exclusively in NYSS events this year and has excelled, winning five out of seven of them. And he's been successful over every size track in the state. In his most recent outing he scored a big come-from-behind win at Vernon Downs, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in the process. He comes in here sharp as a tack and looking forward to the final. Melodies Major is 2-1 morning line and leaves from post five with his regular driver Tyler Buter aboard for trainer Mark Ford. Pushing the issue will be Hickfromfrenchlick who has won four out of his last six outings. Hickfromfrenchlick has won his last two NYSS races and like Melodies Major, took a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 at Vernon Downs last week. The start before that he won in 1:53.3 at Yonkers, beating Melodies Major by only a half-length. He hasn't been worse than second all year and he will be a force to deal with here. Western New York native trainer/driver Ray Schnittker will be aboard from post six as the second choice at 5-2. The second $54,500 split has Reining Deo (Rock n Roll Heaven-Little Miss) looking to cement his spot in the NYSS final. Reining Deo is currently eighth in points but could still be knocked out in a worst-case scenario. He has been one-two-three in four NYSS starts and has a mark of 1:54.2 at Saratoga. A win would give him 142 points and a ticket to ride in the final. Trainer Brett Pelling has Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike and they have been made the 2-1 morning line favorite from post five. JoJo's Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) is winless this year but has hit the board in three NYSS races. He has a very outside chance of making the final but only if he could win here. Recently he has been hampered with outside posts for the last five outings and drawing post two will definitely help. Although he finished fifth last week at Vernon, he still paced in 1:52.3 in defeat. Matt Kakaley will be driving for trainer John Butenschoen and they were made 3-1 by the track handicapper. Major March (Art Major-March You And Me) has been a bit of a late bloomer. After winning big in an Excel "A" race at Saratoga in 1:54.1 by seven lengths, he stepped up to the NYSS for the last two starts and acquitted himself well. He seems to fit this field nicely and should not be overlooked given his recent outings. Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has tabbed Drew Monti to drive and they will start from post six at 7-2. The 2018 NYSS Consolations races which carry a total purse value of $320,000 will be held at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21). By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Middletown, NY --- More than 1,000 prospective buyers gathered at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 9) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 116 available standardbred prospects up for sale at the fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania next year and the crowd reflected many connections from those racing jurisdictions. The total gross of the sale was just under $1.5 million with 66 colts and 50 fillies selling for an average price of $12,912. The sales topper was trotting colt (Hip 117) Unpaid Advisor (Chapter Seven-Pole Dancer) who was bred and consigned by Boxwood Farm. The successful $50,000 bid was made by Charles Colbrunn of Longwood, Florida. The highest priced pacer was the filly (Hip 20) Eye Popping (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) who was bred and consigned by Steve Jone's Cameo Hills Farm. The gavel dropped at $45,000 that was bid by Scott Di Domenico of Jamesburg, New Jersey. The top seller from the 25-horse Hanover Shoe Farm consignment was trotting filly (Hip 58) Demimonde Hanover (Sebastian K-Daddy's Lhasa) who went for $36,000 to Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, New York. This was the first yearling from the first crop of Sebastian K available for sale. Winbak Farm was well represented with 38 yearlings and sold the third highest priced prospect overall in the sale. Trotting colt (Hip 50) Bronze Yankee (Muscles Yankee-Brontease) brought $42,000 from Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, Ontario. Macintosh was also the successful bidder of Twinbrook Farm's top seller (Hip 37) Twin B Salsa (Art Major-Western Heat). The pacing filly commanded $26,000 when the bidding ceased. Blue Chip Farm's top money-getter from their 11 head consignment was the trotting filly (Hip 104) Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who was purchased by Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, Ontario for $31,000. "We had a beautiful day for this sale and it reflected in everyone's attitude as a large crowd of enthusiastic buyers were keeping our spotters busy all day," said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "The only hiccup that occurred was our internet service provider's lack of reliable service on Sunday that killed our live stream and delayed the posting of results; something that was totally out of our control." You can view the complete sales results in a searchable database by clicking this link. (http://goshenyearlingsale.com/results/index.cgi?Limit=200 ) By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale  

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