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Plainville, MA --- Wisely avoiding an early front-end fracas, Jericho brushed late in a slick steer by his owner to win the $13,000 "Old North Church" trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 16). Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) got off the gate the best, flying to the top before the first turn. But Tag Up And Go (Mitchell Cushing) was out and rolling and took the lead at the quarter in :27.1. He then surrendered it immediately to Dial A Chic (Joe Di Stefano) in front of the stands before coming back to retake the top as they headed to the half. As they passed the half in :56.1 Shorething Fashion had pulled from third and was now challenging Tag Up And Go for the lead once again. All this time Jericho (Robert Kenney) was watching the race from last. With three horses now in the outer flow as the race progressed up the backside, Jericho pulled from eighth and trotted up to be fourth-over at the three-quarters and immediately tipped three-deep. With Shorething Fashion opening up a two length lead around the far turn, Jericho was trotting up a storm and passing horses like pylons. At the top of the stretch Jericho engaged Shorething Fashion and the two trotted in-sync to the wire where Jericho got the nod by a head in 1:56.1. It was the second win in the last three starts and the fifth win of the year for Jericho ($10.40) who now has pocketed $49,991 for owners Linda and Robert Kenney and the Di Stefano and Son Stable. John Di Stefano trains the winner. In the co-featured $13,000 "Abigail Adams" pace for fillies and mares, Twist Of Fate (Jimmy Whittemore) led the first quarter before settling into a two-hole trip behind Angel Or Terror (Drew Campbell) until the top of the stretch. There she came out to challenge down the lane and outpaced Angel Or Terror to the wire to win in 1:53.1. Let It Ride Stable acquired Twist Of Fate ($16.80) in a private purchase on September 26 and their investment has paid immediate dividends. This was her second win in only three starts since then and the time was just two-fifths off her lifetime mark. Mitchell Cushing led all drivers with three wins on the day followed by Drew Campbell and Jimmy Whittemore who each had two. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) return to Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 22) and Tuesday (Oct. 23) with the third leg for both 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. The MASS finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 18) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Jimmy Whittemore was all business at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 15) and came away with four winners on the card including capturing both of the $16,000 pacing co-features with Major Leaguer and Bamski. In the Winners-Over handicap, Major Leaguer got a perfect pocket trip behind Delightful Offer N (Ron Cushing) who came in on a four-race win streak. The pair sat one-two until the head of the stretch when Delightful Offer N drifted off the pylons, allowing Major Leaguer a clear shot up the pegs. Whittemore pushed him as hard as he could and Major Leaguer just got the lead in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:53. It was the eighth win of the year for Major Leaguer ($11.20) who now has a career single-season high $63,640 earned in 2018. Jimmy Whittemore owns and Dennis Whittemore trains Major Leaguer. Then in the 6-year-old and under conditioned event Whittemore sent Bamski off the wings and led every step of the way. When the race hit the three-quarters in 1:25.3 Whittemore gave Bamski his head and he paced away effortlessly, opening up a five-length margin of victory in 1:54.1. Bamski ($15.00) is owned by Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro and is trained by Monique Cohen. Rounding out the Whittemore Grand Slam was Moonpie (1:57.1, $9.60) and Princess Kay (1:55.4, $3.20). The Massachusetts Sire Stakes have the week off but will return on Monday (Oct. 22) and Tuesday (Oct. 23) next week with the third leg for both 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. The finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 16) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- A F F Bigdaddy continued to be a hot horse among the top class harness racing pacers at Batavia Downs as he won his second straight $11,500 Open Handicap pace on Saturday (Oct. 13). The race got away in post position order meaning Bugatti (Jim Morrill Jr.) was calling the shots. After reaching the quarter in :28 flat, In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cumming) pulled first-up at the three-eighths and brought A F F Bigdaddy (Denny Bucceri) with him. Now in two rows, positions remained unchanged from the half to the three-quarters with the race proceeding in a timely 1:25.3. As the pacers were rounding the final turn, Bucceri swung A F F Bigdaddy three-deep at the apex and it was clear the pair meant business. Under a full head of steam, A F F Bigdaddy paced by In Runaway Bay and then Bugatti before opening up a three length lead and hitting the wire a wrapped-up 1:54.1 winner. It was the fifth win in the last eights starts for A F F Bigdaddy ($10.80) who now has seven for the year along with $41,393 in earnings. Jennifer and Marcus Rogowski own the 5-year-old Sir Luck gelding who is trained by Steve Kiblin, In the $9,900 Open II Handicap, Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.) came from off the pace late amidst a four-horse charge down the lane to win his fifth race of the year by a length in a time of 1:54.2. Cool Like Fire ($14.20) is owned by WIlliam Emmons and is trained by Jim Clouser Jr. Four drivers scored doubles on Saturday night. Drew Monti, Jim Morrill Jr., Billy Davis Jr. and Denny Bucceri all got a pair across during the proceedings. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon with post time set for 5 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Batavia, NY --- It was a big night for Ray Fisher Jr. at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 12) as he won four races including both feature races. First in the $10,400 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace, Fisher sent Kaitlyn Rae off the wings and right to the front where she dominated her rivals all the way. With an open two-length lead, Kaitlyn Rae set fractions of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.1 before rounding the far turn and skating away to a six-length win in 1:54.3. It was the 59th career victory and 11th win of the year for Kaitlyn Rae ($21.60) who is owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum. Then one race later in the $11,500 Open Handicap trot, Fisher took Lougazi off the gate and settled in second to the quarter before pulling at the three-eighths pole to take the lead past the half. From there he called the shots as he got to the three-quarters in 1:27.4 and then trotted home sharply while holding off a late challenge from Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) to win by a length in 1:57.2. Owner Mary Warriner enjoyed watching Lougazi ($7.80) get his seventh win of the year under the tutelage of Fisher's wife, Ryan Swift. Fisher also won with Susie's Delight (1:55.2, $4.10) and Bands Ariston (1:59.3, $9.60) to round out the Grand Slam. Both of these horses are trained by Swift as well giving her the hat trick. Fisher is currently fourth in the standings for wins on the meet with 45 behind the leading Drew Monti who has 74, Kevin Cummings with 67 and Billy Davis Jr. with 54. Please note that when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 13) it will do so with a very early post time of 4:15 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Batavia, NY --- What was originally an unscheduled night of racing, Saturday (Oct. 13) has now become the earliest post time of the meet for Batavia Downs. Due to a concert previously scheduled, Saturday's nine-race card will kick off at 4:15 p.m. Racing gates open at 2:45 p.m. and the clubhouse will be open at 3:15 p.m. There will also be a special menu in the clubhouse on Saturday. A Texas-style bar-b-que is being offered that will feature bar-b-que pulled pork, bone-in chicken, roasted red potatoes, mac-n-cheese, butter basted corn, rolls, coffee, tea or soda and all for only $16.95. Everyone purchasing the buffet will receive $15 back in free play for the gaming floor. This offer is good from 3:15 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. and reservations are suggested. After the live racing card concludes, "Kiss This", the east coast's premier Kiss tribute band, will play a full-costumed concert in the Paddock Room starting at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and are available at www.bataviaconcerts.com or at Lucky Treasures Gift Shop right at Batavia Downs Gaming. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- There were no real surprises in the $162,300 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for harness racing 3-year-olds at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9) as all five first leg winners repeated; four of them heavy favorites and four of them in runaway fashion. Driver Shawn Gray had a huge afternoon, leading all other reinsmen by winning three of the five series races. $42,150 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:56.4 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $2.60 The heavy 1-5 favorite Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) took command of the race with the 2-1 second choice Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) sitting right behind him. After settling the field to the quarter, Gray grabbed leather and went :30.1 and :29.3 the next two panels. As the race approached the top of the lane it was a two horse breakaway with Kinda Lucky Lindy pulling the pocket with dead-aim on Hashtagmadeyalook. With Merton driving hard, Kinda Lucky Lindy was making up ground with every stride. But Hashtagmadeyalook held sway under a line drive from Gray and won by a neck in 1:56.4. Hashtagmadeyalook has now banked $71,615 on the strength of five wins this year. $39,700 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:56.3 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $2.20 If the 1-9 odds didn't prove it, her performance certainly did. Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) was in a league of her own leading the field of state-bred peers from gate to wire. Setting fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.4, Ithinkthatsmine had a five-length lead at the top of the stretch as Gray already had her wrapped up at that point. However heading towards the wire she still pulled away more to win by six in 1:56.3. It was the eighth win of the year for Ithinkthatsmine, who now has earned $92,080 in 2018. The win also gave trainer George Ducharme a training double in MASS races on Tuesday. $40,100 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:55.3 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $5.40 Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) flew off the gate and smoked the first quarter in :26.3 while Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) took full advantage of the garden spot trip. As the race progressed, the field remained in single-file order past the half and to the three quarters in 1:25.2. Raging with pace at that point, Gray pulled Delco Dusty halfway into the final bend and the mare responded to the move. Delco Dusty opened up a three-length lead at the top of the lane and paced away to an easy six-length victory in 1:55.3. It was the third win of the year for Delco Dusty; all three coming in her last three starts. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:53.2 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.10 I'm a Clown (Mitchell Cushing) fired off the wings and took the lead before yielding that spot to a game Shiplap (Ivan Davies) who rushed to the quarter in :27. But just as that timer was tripped, Cushing had I'm A Clown out and rolling once again to retake the lead and this time it was for good. After cruising past the half and hitting the three quarters in 1:24.4, I'm A Clown switched into glide and he was gone. On top by three in the turn, by eight at the head of the lane and by 12 at the wire, I'm A Clown annihilated the field for a second straight week, winning in 1:53.3. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for I'm A Clown who certainly looks like he's in season's best form right now. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 1:54.4 Owners: William Varney and Heath Campbell Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeders: William Varney and Valerie Grondin Mutuel: $2.60 Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) led the whole race and appeared under no duress doing it. After taking the field to the half in :56.4 with Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) sitting on his back, Pembroke Pharoah faced a challenge from Beantown Elijah (Jimmy Whittemore) who pulled first-over and tried to apply more pressure going up the back stretch. With the field close at the three quarter pole, Campbell let Pembroke Pharoah out a notch and his charge responded well. He opened up a three-length lead around the last turn and then pulled away down the lane with Campbell as a passenger to win in 1:54.4. It was the third win in a row and eighth of the year for Pembroke Pharoah who now has collected $61,661 in purses this season. There is a break in the MASS action next week. The series will resume on Monday (Oct. 22) when the 2-year-olds reconvene and on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the 3-year-olds get back together. The finals for both age groups will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, please log on to www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for freshman state-breds was held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 8) with five harness racing divisions vying for $159,736 in purse money. Among the solid efforts put in by all the winners, Victoria's Maverick and Just Enuf Sass took center stage and both replaced standing stake and track records in their divisions while setting new personal bests in the process. And despite cool temperatures and a persistent drizzle, all told there were two track records , three stake records and four lifetime marks set in the series races. $20,118 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:54.4 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $2.40 If this were a fight it would have been "no mas" for the rest of the field as Victoria's Maverick (Heath Campbell) continues to dominate this division. After leading through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26.1, Victoria's Maverick opened up a three-length advantage immediately past the three-quarters and with Campbell sitting statuesque, continued to open up lengths and eventually finding himself on top by seven at the wire in 1:54.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for Victoria's Maverick and also a new MASS and Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. $41,000 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Just Enuf Sass (Boy Band-Sassy's Child) 1:57.1 Owners: Joseph Flynn, Edward Flynn Trainer: Joseph Flynn Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $20.60 Just Enuf Sass (Mike Stevenson) got away second behind Mother Theresa (Patrizio Ancora) and sat there while the race moved to the half in :58.1. There, an outer flow came led by Crystalline (Shawn Gray) who quickly drew alongside the leader. At the three-quarters they were two in and two out with Just Enuf Sass locked in fourth at the pylons. They stayed this way around the last turn when Crystalline pulled away to a two length lead and looked like the deal was done. However Just Enuf Sass was finally able to extract herself from the box and moved into the center of the racetrack and with only one tap from Stevenson, trotted her hips off down the lane to win by a length in 1:57.1. The time of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime mark for Just Enuf Sass and also a new MASS and Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. $38,700 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:57.2 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB After letting A Gal Named Harry (Todd O'Dea) lead the field to the quarter, Jim Hardy pulled Karan's Choice from the pocket to take control before the half and eventually pulled away to a dominant victory. After hitting the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with no challengers in sight, Karan's Choice paced home with an eight-length lead under the wire in 1:57.2, tying his lifetime mark. $20,118 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) 1:55.3 Owners: Glenn Harris, Marion Phelps Trainer: David Crochere Breeder: Glenn Harris, Marion Phelps Mutuel: $3.00 It took almost three-eighths of a mile after getting the cold shoulder from Cyalatabi (Ron Cushing), but CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) finally got the front as the race passed the stands for the first time. After a very short respite once passing the half in :57.2, CBF Bantam was challenged again, this time by Littlebitshady (Ivan Davies). From the three-quarters on, CBF Bantam and Littlebitshady hooked up in an epic battle. Pacing side-by-side with both drivers loose-lining and rocking, little separated CBF Bantam and Littlebitshady all the way to the wire until CBF Bantam got his head in front to stop the clock in 1:55.3. The time of 1:55.3 was a new lifetime mark for CBF Bantam and since this race was contested prior to Victoria's Maverick's win, it broke the standing MASS stake record for the first time on Monday. $39,800 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:56.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $3.60 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) sat chill in fourth while three horses argued for the lead. Once that dust settled, Whittemore pulled off the turn and gained the front as the race entered the second turn. From the halfway point home, Whittemore line-drove Simple Kaos whose victory never looked in doubt. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Simple Kaos was on cruise control and trotted home without opposition and well within himself, crossing the wire up by four in 1:56.4. The MASS continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 9) when the 3-year-olds get together for their second leg. Five divisions will compete for $162,300 in total purses as they try to make the final with one more leg to come. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, log onto www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- Horsemen please be advised that there will be no racing on Wednesday (Oct. 10) and Thursday (Oct. 11). Wednesday was cancelled due to a lack of horses and Thursday was simply moved to Saturday (Oct. 13), which was not originally scheduled. Saturday's post time will be 4:15 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12) will remain as scheduled with a 6 p.m. post time and with the draw being held on Tuesday (Oct. 9). The draw for Wednesday (Oct. 17) will be held on Saturday (Oct. 13) instead of the normal draw day of Friday (Oct. 12). The box closes for both draws at 9 a.m. For more racing information and updates please log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- Monday (Oct. 8) will be a big day at Plainridge Park as Harness Racing Hall of Famer Roger Huston will be making a stop in the announcer's booth to call races for the first time in the state of Massachusetts. Huston, who is known as "The Voice" of the Little Brown Jug since 1967, is the regular race caller at the Meadows and has been for the last 42 years. During his career, Huston has called 177,700 races at 143 different tracks and he is looking forward to adding Plainridge Park to that list. "I am proud of going to so many different places all over the world and am excited to call races at Plainridge. A number of horsemen who race there are friends of mine and I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I am also looking forward to working with (Plainridge's regular announcer) Lenny Calderone as we worked together at Dover Downs many years ago" said Huston. Huston picked a good day for his visit to Plainridge as he will be calling all the action of the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS), which will reconvene on Monday with five divisions of 2-year-olds competing for a total of $159,736 in purse money. There is a non-betting MASS race before the regular card that will start at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race of the betting card is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Mitchell Cushing remains the hottest harness racing driver in Massachusetts as he once again won six of the 12 races programmed at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 4). His biggest score came in the final race of the day when he steered Calvin B to a narrow victory in the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature. Calvin B got away seventh while Some Attitude (Nick Graffam) and Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) went toe-to-toe to the quarter in :26.1. Quick Shot took control in front of the stands but Some Attitude came right back out and retook, then continued to the half in :54.3. At that station the outer flow was in motion with Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) first up and Calvin B right behind him. As the race rolled up the backstretch, Quick Shot called it a day and Kenrick N took a seat on the pegs behind Some Attitude. Calvin B was now second on the outside and advancing in 1:22.3. Calvin B drew even with Some Attitude while Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) and Major Bucks (Steve Nason) found racing room and were both making major moves. It became a mad dash down the lane with Major Bucks and Calvin B eventually matching strides to the wire where Calvin B got a nose in front in 1:52. It was the ninth win of the year for Calvin B ($11.80) and it boosted his earnings to $79,020 for owner Dolores Smiel. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner. Cushing also won with Marc Et Master (1:55.1, $9.40), Shrinkwrap (1:53.3, $5.40), Wild West (1:52.2, $4.40), Betterlatethnnever (1:52.1, $4.20) and Lucky Sport (1:53.2, $4.40). Now boasting 95 wins for the meet, Cushing is just one win out of third place held by Greg Merton who has 96 tallies. Drew Campbell continues to lead with 132 and Shawn Gray is second with 101. Jimmy Nickerson became Plainridge Park's leading conditioner Thursday on the strength of four of Cushing's wins (Wild West, Betterlatethnnever, Lucky Sport and Calvin B), moving into first place with 41 wins and ahead of Eric Beach and Elisha Lafreniere who each have 39. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 8) with the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds of both gaits where five divisions will vie for a total of $159,736 in purses. Post time is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- There are many promotions and schedule changes at Batavia Downs over the next nine days and here is a look at the line-up. This Saturday (Oct. 6) has an early post of 4:45 p.m. and promises a full night of entertainment. The featured race on the live racing card is the $15,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot, named for the long-time western New York trainer/driver whose specialty was diagonal-gaited Standardbreds. Schroeder raced some of the best trotters of his era at Batavia Downs and even competed in the 1993 Hambletonian with Collier St. Joey. Among the entrants of that race is the French-bred trotter Bioness (Sam Bourbon-Quiradelle D'hilly) who was purchased and imported this spring through the French American Trotting Club program developed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. Since coming to the U.S. Bioness has won three out of seven starts, taking a mark of 1:54.3 at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs and has earned $88,970 in the process. Fans attending the races Saturday can take advantage of the Match Play promotion. Wager a minimum of $25 with a mutuel clerk on any Batavia Downs Gaming live harness race at the same time between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and receive $25 in gaming free-play. After the races on Saturday, there will be a live tribute concert to American Graffiti in the Paddock Room. Tickets are $10 and seating is on a first come basis. Then on Columbus Day Monday (Oct. 8) enjoy Batavia Downs annual matinee racing card with a special 1:15 p.m. post. Purchase a chicken barbecue (provided by the Center Street Smoke House) for $10.95 from noon to 3 p.m. in the club house and receive $10 in gaming free play. If chicken isn't your pleasure there will also be $1 Sahlen's hot dog, draft beer and soda at the Homestretch Grill and on the apron from noon until after the last race. All live racing programs will also be only $1. Then there is a schedule change that needs to be noted. There will be no racing on Wednesday (Oct. 10) and Thursday (Oct. 11). Wednesday was cancelled due to a lack of horses and Thursday was simply moved to Saturday (Oct. 13), which was not originally scheduled. Saturday's post time will be 4:15 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12) will remain as scheduled with a 6 p.m. post time. Saturday (Oct. 13) will feature a special Texas Barbecue in the clubhouse with pulled pork and chicken and all the fixings to go along with it for only $16.95. And everyone buying the barbecue will receive $15 in gaming free play. The clubhouse and buffet both open at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on live racing at Batavia Downs please log on to www.bataviadownsgaming.com. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- She was perfect in September and has now started October the same way. Roll With Faith has owned the top pacing mares at Batavia Downs of late and proved it once again; winning her fourth consecutive $10,000 Open Handicap distaff feature on Wednesday evening (Oct. 3). Kevin Cummings sent Roll With Faith to the front of the scratch-shortened field and settled into a comfortable dictatorial position. Stepping off fractions of :29, :58.2 and 1:26.3, Cummings sat confident as Roll With Faith threw in a :28.2 final panel and won easily in 1:55. It was the 12th win of the year for Roll With Faith ($3.30) pushing her seasonal earnings to $65,309 for owners Finish Line Investors, Lawrence Willer and John Mungillo, who also conditions the winner. In the co-featured $8,800 fillies and mares Open II pace, Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) won in similar fashion, going gate to wire in domineering fashion. Fisher went :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before scooting home in :28.4 to pull away by three in 1:55.3. It was the 10th win of the year for Kaitlyn Rae ($3.20) who now has put $51,025 in the bank for her owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. Asher-Stalbaum also sent her win machine Quicksilvercandy A to the winner's circle for the 14th time this year and the 77th time in her career. Over the last two seasons this mare has won just under half of her lifetime races, bagging 35 wins over that period. It's also interesting to note that based on Wednesday's results, Quicksilvercandy A is tied in fourth for the most 2018 wins in North America and Roll With Faith is currently tied for sixth. Ray Fisher Jr. got the driving hat trick on Wednesday while Kevin Cummings and Shawn McDonough both scored driving doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 5) with post time set for 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- Wet weather and an off track engulfed Plainridge Park for a second straight day as the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) 3-year-olds made their first start of the 2018 season in five divisions pursuing of the available purses totaling $163,840 on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 2).   Owner Ray Campbell Jr., trainer George Ducharme and driver Shawn Gray teamed up to win two of the five MASS races while three of last year's 2-year-old champions, Hashtagmadeyalook, Delco Dusty and I'm A Clown, made their bid to repeat as the best at three with wins in their first leg outings today. $41,450 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:58.1 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $6.00 Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) drifted outside at the start of the race before moving up to take the lead by the quarter in :29.2. Merton then backed the half off to a minute with no one pushing the issue. It wasn't until the five-eighths pole that Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and trotted alongside the leader before heading into the last turn where it became a full blown match race. The top two pulled away from the field; Kinda Lucky Lindy on the pylons and Hashtagmadeyalook on the outside. They went stride for stride, side by side all the way to the wire and it took a photo to show Hashtagmadeyalook winning by a nose in 1:58.1. It was the fourth win in 10 starts this year for Hashtagmadeyalook who now has earned $50,540 in purses. $39,000 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:59.4 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB After two starters made breaks off the gate in the already short field, Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) found herself on top by four lengths at the quarter. From there she led stablemate Bag O Chips (Steve Smith) for the remainder of the mile until the top of the stretch when she pulled away by herself and won by six-lengths in 1:59.4. Ithinkthatsmine now has seven wins this year and earnings of $72,230. $40,800 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:54.1 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $7.20 Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) went for the front and cruised there unchallenged to the half in :57.1. At that station Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) pulled from third, advanced towards the leader and drew almost even with her at the three-quarter pole. But Delco Dusty responded by pacing away to a two length lead, forcing Rock Me Threetimes to go back to the pylons. Cushing never gave up on the filly and Rock Me Threetimes came on again in deep stretch under heavy urging but Delco Dusty was under a hand drive by Gray and won by a length in 1:54.1. The win time tied Delco Dusty's seasonal mark and her second win in eight starts pushed her earnings to $31,118. $21,295 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:54.1 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 Going off at 1-9 it was no surprise that I'm A Clown (Mitchell Cushing) went to the front and was intent on dictating this race. After getting to the half in :57.4 with everyone single file behind, I'm A Clown turned it on the final two quarters posting a :56.3 back half and cruising home with a six length lead to win in 1:54.1. It was the first win of the year for I'm A Clown and the time was also a new lifetime mark for the winner. $21,295 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 1:54.1 Owners: William Varney and Heath Campbell Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeders: William Varney and Valerie Grondin Mutuel: $2.40 Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) took early command and opened up a three length advantage going around the first turn. However with Latent Print (Scott Renz) gapping in second, Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) was rousted from third and eventually made his way to the lead in front of the stands before the half. It was pretty much over at that point as Pembroke Pharoah was pacing well in hand up the backside, past the three-quarters and around the final turn. At the top of the stretch with Campbell sitting chilly, Pembroke Pharoah won at will by three lengths in 1:54.1. Pembroke Pharoah captured a new lifetime mark in winning his sixth win of the year and has now banked $51,575 in purses for 2018. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Dark skies, steadily increasing rain and a track that was downgraded as the program progressed was the stage set for the first $163,234 2-year-old leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 1). But the undesirable conditions didn't diminish the performances put in by the best bred freshmen trotters and pacers in the Commonwealth. $41,200 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:57 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $5.80 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) got away fourth off the gate while The Fixer (Mark Athearn) took control of the race and led the group to a :29 first quarter. That lead was short-lived as Simple Kaos pulled in front of the stands and rolled to the front in a commanding fashion, hitting the half in :58.2. From there Whittemore became a passenger while his trotter had things well under control. Continuing up the backside Simple Kaos and The Fixer drew away from the rest of the field and then Simple Kaos pulled away from The Fixer at the top of the stretch. Down the lane Simple Kaos jogged away under no urging and was a wrapped-up six-length winner in 1:57. $43,034 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:56 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $3.40 Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) left no doubt who was the best in this division, grabbing an early lead and putting the competition away almost immediately. After cutting a fairly easy half of :58, Campbell stepped on the gas pedal and Victorias Maverick put some distance between himself and the rest of field by the three-quarters. From there he simply walked away from the field, eventually widening the gap of victory to six-lengths under the wire in 1:56. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Victorias Maverick and it also tied the stake record. $40,300 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindys Lullaby) 1:59.2 Owners: Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC Trainer: Julie Miller Breeder: K R Breeding LLC Mutuel: $3.00 Unbelindyble (Greg Merton) left sharply for the lead and looked strong cutting the quarter in :29.2. But Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) was out and moving as they hit that station and she took the lead as they passed under the wire for the first time. Halfway up the backside Ev's Girl opened a four-length advantage but the race was far from over. Crystalline (Shawn Gray) caught up and drew alongside at three-quarters and Unbelindyble was still tracking from behind, a closer third. Down the lane Ev's Girl was under a line drive by Smith as Gray was urging Crystalline who was closing with every stride. However Ev's Girl held her off at the wire and won by one-half length in 1:59.2. $38,700 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:59.1 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) left from post one and led the entire mile. After setting quarters of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 Hardy kept Karan's Choice on her game in the lane, fending off a late challenge by Cominrightatyou (Ron Cushing) to win by a length in 1:59.1. The MASS action continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 2) with five divisions of 3-year-olds of both gaits go for a total of $165,100 in purses. The first contest is a non-betting race at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- Lucan Hanover (John Cummings Jr.) made it three in a row at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 29) after winning the $10,500 Open handicap pace in impressive style. As was the case the past two weeks, Cummings put Lucan Hanover on the point right off the gate and was never headed from there. Posting fast fractions of :27.3, :56.3 and 1:24.2, Lucan Hanover turned for home and paced away with a two-length margin of victory in 1:52.2. "Lucan did it all himself; he's all class," said Cummings after the race. It was the 35th lifetime win for Lucan Hanover ($9.70) who now has over $1.14 million on his card. He is owned by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing LTD and is trained by Maria Rice. In the $9,000 Open II pace, Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) got a perfect two-hole trip behind China Dream (John Cummings Jr.) from the start of the race until the top of the stretch when the leader bore out and Heaven Rocks shot through the void to win in 1:54.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by JD Perrin, Heaven Rocks ($12.00) registered his sixth win of the year. The Downs leading driver Drew Monti and trainer JD Perrin teamed up for a Grand Slam on Saturday. Besides Heaven Rocks, the tag-team of Monti and Perrin also shuttled across Four Diamond (1:55.3, $5.70), Hands Off Frank (1:55.2, $2.40) and Hardts Or Bettor (1:54.2, $3.60). Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 3) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- BZ Glide waved bye-bye to the field as he passed them all going from worst to first in the $10,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday afternoon (Sept. 8). BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) got away last off the gate while Chelseas Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) smoked early fractions of :27 and :57. At that station, Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) pulled first up with Call My Broker (Drew Monti) on his back and they tried to advance on the leader past the five eighths. But Southern Palms bid failed and Call My Broker was forced to go wide around him. At that point BZ Glide was locked in tight last behind horses fanning three deep at the three-quarters and things were looking bleak. But as the race progressed through the turn, Southern Palms finally faded to last allowing BZ Glide a spot to get off the pegs. Then a good five lengths off the leader and forced to tip three-wide himself, Caprio unleashed BZ Glide and with a couple of rocks and a couple of knocks the big horse responded heartily and rolled by everyone to win in 1:57. It was the second straight top-class trot victory at Batavia Downs for BZ Glide ($5.20) who now has seven wins on the year and $56,343 earned for owner Caprio stable LLC and trainer Alana Caprio. In the $8,000 Open II trot, Bold Dresser (Shawn McDonough) was never headed going gate to wire in 1:58.3 to score his fifth victory of the year. Harry Wortzman owns Bold Dresser ($3.70) who is trained by his driver, Shawn McDonough. Drew Monti led all drivers on the night with three wins while Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. each garnered a pair. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 29) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

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