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Plainville, MA --- Mach Doro A took an early lead he would never relinquish and then cruised to an easy harness racing victory in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 22). Driver Ron Cushing floated Mach Doro A off the gate and took command by the quarter in :26.4. He then set unchallenged fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4 as horses behind him tried to attack, but could not. The leader then turned for home and with no urging at all paced away to a three length win in 1:50.2, which was a new lifetime mark. Mach Doro A ($3.40) scored his fifth victory of the year and pushed his earnings to $64,000 in 2019. For his career it was the 25th win in only 76 lifetime starts, pushing his bank to $321,246. The 8-year-old son of Mach Three-Three Eagles is owned by Kevin Sywyk, his driver Cushing and Frank Rinaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. There were two $10,000 divisions of the Baystate Series for Plainridge-based male pacers contested on Monday with the top four finishers of each advancing to the $12,500 final on Sunday (July 28) as part of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot card. The first division went to Rock On The Hill (Drew Monti) who came first over past the half to draw even with the leading Bamski (Drew Campbell) and then out-duel that one to the wire to win in 1:51.2. Rock On The Hill ($41.60) is owned by Alfred Lang and John Sears who also trains the horse. The second division saw Sailor Jerry (Nick Graffam) surrender the lead to Buckeye N (Mitchell Cushing) only momentarily at the quarter before retaking the lead and keeping it all the way home as he won well in hand in 1:52.1 Sailor Jerry ($3.00) is owned by Mike Graffam and Chris Hamilton. Mike Graffam is the trainer. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 25) with post time at 4 p.m. And don't forget the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff pace will be held on Sunday (July 28) with a special early post time of 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- The 73rd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs gets underway on Wednesday (July 24), runs through Saturday (Dec. 14) and features the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be the richest card of racing ever presented in Western New York. Opening night post time is 6 p.m. During the 65-day season, live racing will take place on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. (Sundays through August only). There will also be racing on Monday on four occasions during the meet including July 29 (5 p.m.), August 5 (5 p.m.), Labor Day Sept.2 (1:15 p.m.) and Columbus Day Oct. 14 (1:15 p.m.). And please note a special 3:15 p.m. post on Saturday (Nov.2) for Breeders Cup Day. The racing product will be as good as it gets in both stake and overnight action led by eight divisions of the NYSS that will visit the Downs on Wednesday (July 24), Sunday (July 28), Sunday (Aug. 4), Wednesday (Aug. 7), Wednesday (Aug, 14), Tuesday (Aug. 23), Wednesday (Aug. 24) and Sunday (Aug. 28). And the NYSS Night of Champions will be contested on Saturday (Sept. 14). That night will also mark the return of Batavia Downs signature stake the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace. The overnight action is sure to draw the best horses available with the announced 10-percent purse increase across the board. With that in place the Open I events on both gaits (with a minimum of six starters) will compete for $12,500, Open II for $11,000 and Open III for $10,000. Claiming races will be positively affected as well and at all levels. For example, a $25,000 claimer will go for a $11,000 purse, a $10,000 claimer will go for $8,500 and a $4,500 claimer will go for $4,900. As a result, Batavia Downs will pay out over $8 million in purse money during the 65-day meeting. Last year's leading driver Drew Monti will be back to defend his titles against the likes of Kevin Cummings, Billy Davis Jr., Ray Fisher Jr. and Shawn McDonough. The Downs top trainer JD Perrin will also return to try and repeat against last year's leaders that include James Clouser Jr., Ryan Swift, Gerry Sarama and John Mungillo. All participating horsemen will find the track has been completely resurfaced with newly banked turns, proper stretch grading and all new surface material. This should ensure a lightning fast and safe track that and produce fast miles and strong competition. There have been some changes made to the betting menu this year with the addition of a late Pick-3 (on a minimum 10-race card) and a late Pick-4 (on a minimum nine-race card) giving fans two chances to play this popular wager each night. Also starting after Labor Day there will be a guaranteed Pick-5 pool offered on Wednesday in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program. This will include free downloadable program pages available for each of those nights. Betting minimums for each wager include $2 Win/Place/Show, $1 Daily Double and Exacta, 50-cent Trifecta, Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 and 20-cent Superfectas. The Downs very popular Clubhouse group dining packages (minimum of 10 people) will return offering delicious buffet options, free programs, Free Play on the gaming floor and new this year, a free $2 bet for each attending member of a group. For availability and pricing check our website at or call Mary Bucceri at 585.344.6144. Fans attending the track will again find a robust slate of promotions throughout the year. A total of 30 food, betting and prize promotions dot the 65-day schedule with something to interest everyone. Opening night features free programs (while supplies last) to everyone attending the track. Dollar Sundays run from July 28 to August 25 and feature hot dogs, draft beer and soda for only $1 from noon until the last race. Saturday (Aug. 10) is Batavia Downs Gaming Hotel Night where 10 one-night stays at the beautiful Hotel at the Downs will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Saturday (Aug. 17) is TAG Jewelry Night and a $3,500 (retail) diamond bracelet will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Saturday (Aug. 24) is Artemis Spa Night. 10 $100 spa gift certificates will be given away to eligible Players Club members who enter the drawing. Sunday (Aug. 25) is Family Fun Day and the famous Wiener Dog Races. This is always the most attended day at the track and features the 15th annual Dachshund Dash wiener dog races sponsored by Genesee Feeds of Batavia. Ten elimination races with eight dogs in each will come down to one final to crown this year's champion. Other events that day include free pony rides, face painting, sand art, snow cones and appearances by Pringles the Clown, Jason the Juggler, Johnathan the Magician and Mr. Scribbles. Monday (Sept. 2) is the annual Labor Day Driver's Bike Race. Eight of our top drivers compete on bicycles for a quarter mile and then those bicycles are randomly given away by drawing to fans who selected the winning driver. Saturday (Sept. 14) is the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions and the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational Pace. There will also be a NYSS T-shirt give-away in conjunction with the Night of Champions. Players Club members will receive a ticket redeemable for a New York Sire Stake T-shirt after the seventh race. "Although our meet is just getting underway, our staff has been working feverishly all year with an aggressive schedule of projects to ready the Downs for the biggest meet we've ever held," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Batavia Downs. "With the New York Sire Stakes selecting us to host the Night of Champions, it was our goal to have our track and facilities in the best possible shape to provide the best conditions for visiting owners, trainers, drivers, their horses and our customers all year and I think we have done just that." By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Middletown, NY---Catalogs for the Goshen Yearling Sale that will be held at the harness racing Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY on Sunday (Sept. 8) are now available for online viewing by clicking here. The downloadable PDF file includes the complete pedigree for all horses. Consignments from Blue Chip Farm, Cameo Hills Farm, Hanover Shoe Farms and Winbak Farm make up the 109 available yearlings. A total of 52 colts and 57 fillies comprise the 32 trotters and 77 pacers available in this sale that are eligible to the lucrative sire stake programs in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ontario. The 109 horse catalog is also available on the popular Equineline Sales App for iPad which is available at the iTunes App Store. The Equineline Sales Catalog is a powerful tool that any potential auction buyer will find extremely useful. This unique app loads the sales catalogs to your iPad, then allows you to write on the catalog pages, assign ratings, make conformation notes, record veterinary information, highlight catalog pages with your color selections, add your own moveable sticky notes and create your "short lists". It's a free download and available here. Printed catalogs will be mailed shortly. If you would like to request a printed copy mailed directly to you, do so by filling out the link on the website or by contacting Mark Ford directly at 973-568-3253 or at . Prospective buyers can also pick up copies of the catalog at most race tracks in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, training facilities, at the Hambletonian and at all New York County Fair tracks racing through the end of August. Top stakes winning alumni of the Goshen Yearling Sale include Some notable stakes-winning alumni of the Goshen Yearling Sale from the last two years include Clear Idea (American Ideal-Glass Maker) 1:50.4, $513,231; Scuola Hanover (A Rocknroll Dance-So Artsi) 1:50.4, $249,078; Rootin Tootin (Roll With Joe-Wild Retreat) 1:49.3, $242,158; Natalie Hanover (Chapter Seven-Nanticoke Hanover) 1:54.1, $201,080; Ostro Hanover (Betterthancheddar -Ozmopolitan) 1:50.3, $169,826; Shes A Billionair (Artiscape-She's Game) 1:53.3, $167,583; Venier Hanover (Well Said-Valmctorian) 1:53.1, $157,063; Teasin N Pleasin (CR Excalibur-Brontease) 1:58, $121,745; Box Of Luck (Lucky Chucky-New DVD) 1:55.3, $115,425; and Major Blake (Art Major-Bet Your Life) 1:51.4, $112,357. The sales facility is located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY, which is within a ninety-minute drive of many major race tracks and training centers. Please check the catalog for directions, dining and lodging information. By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Standardbred Sales Co.

Plainville, MA --- Rich Poillucci lives a short distance from Plainridge Park in North Easton, Massachusetts and raced his first horses at Foxboro Park in 1986. Now 33 years later, after completing a dream harness racing season with his Dan Patch Award winning mare Shartin N, he will bring his prized pacer back to where it all started for him for a homecoming as she makes a start in the innaugural $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge on Sunday (July 28). Poillucci got into the business by walking into Steve Mancini's barn and telling him he wanted to buy a horse. It wasn't long after that he started winning races at Foxboro and tracks in Maine with cheaper claimers before improving his stock over the years and winning races at the Meadowlands with horses like Bold Hope (1:51.1, $178,090), Natchez Gambler (1:52.2, $566,363), Modern Family (1:51, $575,925) and Maestro Blue Chip (1:51.3, $366,538). In 2016 Poillucci started importing horses from Australia and New Zealand and routinely spends about 40 hours a week researching them. His entire stable is currently made up solely of horses from Down-under. The time and effort he puts in has paid fast dividends with buys like Nike Franco N (1:48, $839,454), Barimah A (1:49.1, $415,920), Christen Me N (1:49.2, $2,274,204), Duplicated N (1:49.2, $213,199) and Bettor Joy N (1:50.4, $456,330). But despite the great performances put in by many of his horses over the years, they all take a back seat to the Queen of his stable. "When I first came across Shartin N I liked her immediately because of her breeding. No one knew who Tintin In America was as a stallion but he was by Mcardle, and he was super fast. I have always been a fan of Mcardle mares and Timmy (Tetrick) has been as well. So we talked about it and went back and forth and it took me a whole year to buy her because she wasn't fully developed yet," said Poillucci. "Then she raced against a top horse down there and won in 1:52. So I sent my trainer in Australia Emmett Bronson to go a trip with her and when he called me after he said "Rich, she has more gears than a Porsche". So Poillucci purchased Shartin N in December of 2017 and shipped her to the states. She made her first start at Dover Downs a month later and went on to become the 2018 Dan Patch Award aged pacing mare of the year on the strength of 19 victories in 24 starts and earnings of $1.053 million. Jim King Jr. has trained Shartin N since she stepped off the plane in New York. But how did a New England owner get hooked up with a Delaware conditioner that has never raced anywhere in New England? "I bought a horse named Dapper Dude about four years ago and he was having some trouble beating the upper echelon Opens he was racing in and I thought Dover might be a good fit for him. Kelvin Harrison who was training him for me suggested I call Jim (King) to see if he would take him for me," Poillucci explained. All of a sudden Dapper Dude was doing fantastic! And I got to know Jim well and Jo Ann was very friendly to my wife and our families really clicked. So I continued to buy horses with him." Poillucci praises King's ability and patience for Shartin N's North American acclimation and development and is never surprised with the efforts she puts forth, enjoying her career one start at a time. He is also quick to point out that it's a total team effort at every step to find and develop high end stock. "My driver (Tim Tetrick) looks after my horses like gold. He's extremely intelligent and takes care of my horses and I can't thank him enough for what he's done for my stable. And I give a lot of credit to my agent John Curtin in New Zealand because without him, I wouldn't have the success I have right now," said Poillucci. "Shartin N is a once in a lifetime horse and next Sunday she'll be racing in my home state. If she's got it in her and she's close to it, I would love to see her re-write the track record at Plainridge." Jim King Jr. shares Poillucci's admiration for their amazing mare, saying sometimes it feels surreal. "She is a trainers dream for sure, she's amazing to me. Sometimes I wake up at night and think about it. Her longevity is as impressive as her ability. She comes out of a race and recovers so fast that the next morning you wonder if she even raced. Even after long ships, when she gets home she just wants to go in the field and the next morning she's ready to go to work. It's hard to take the smile off her face; she's different I'll tell you," said King. "She's always right up on her toes and it's no picnic out there until she gets settled in behind the gate. She requires someone that knows what they're doing. But once she gets going it's all business. It's almost like in a race when someone comes along side her, she sticks her arm out and says "That's as far as you can go!" She just won't let anyone by her." King explained they've been lucky with Shartin N staying healthy and sound since coming to their stable and despite sometimes being over exuberant, she's a perfect mare. However there is one downside to Shartin N. "We have a really tough job shoeing her; she just doesn't like the blacksmith. She has to be medicated and it's just not a fun day," laughed King. King holds his partner in high esteem as well and noting their time spent both on and off the track has been very meaningful to his family. "Our relationship with Rich has been great over the past several years. He's all about the horses and keeping them racing well. And he's a great guy to deal with too. We've imported several horses over the years, mostly mares, and if we want we can buy into them at any point of their development. He's been so generous it's been unreal," said King. Shartin N will be joined by stablemate Bettor Joy N in the Barton. Another selection of Poillucci's, Bettor Joy N joined their operation in January of 2019 and has been developing well ever since. After winning three legs of the Blue Chip at Yonkers and finishing second to Shartin N in the final, Bettor Joy N has now won a total of five races and $240,876 in purses this year. The $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace are both sponsored by Plainridge Park and the Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) and will be held on Sunday (July 28) at Plainridge with an early post time of 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park and the HHANE

Plainville, MA --- Mambo Lindy braved a tough first over trip to win the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing trot in workmanlike fashion at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (July 19). Driver Drew Monti left with Mambo Lindy from post six and dropped in third behind Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) and Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) who led the group to the quarter in :27. AS the race progressed and Wings Of Royalty backed the half down to :56.3, Mambo Lindy got out and got down to business. He trotted up alongside the leader and pushed that one to a :27.4 third panel and then continued to grind on the rim around the far turn, eventually getting past Wings Of Royalty at the head of the stretch. But the race was still not won. Nows The Moment who had been sitting the pocket trip was now three wide and charging, trying to make his late bid count. But Mambo Lindy was not to be denied as he crossed the line under a hand drive in 1:53.3 to score his second consecutive win. It was the 26th win in only 49 lifetime starts for Mambo Lindy ($2.60) and the winners share of the purse pushed him over the quarter-million dollar mark lifetime with $252,660 now on his card. The 8-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Rum Boogie is owned by Greathorse and is trained by Domenico Cecere. Shawn Gray had another driving triple on Friday while Drew Monti and Drew Campbell each had a double. Trainers Domenico Cecere and Ivan Davies each had a conditioning double as well. The Wicked Hi-5 Jackpot was finally hit after a record carryover of $46,238 kicked off the sixth race wagering. One single unique 20-cent combination of 4-5-7-2-1 returned a whopping $48,370 to the lucky ticket holder. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 22) at 4 p.m. And don't forget the Grand Circuit returns to Plainridge Park with the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace that will be held on Sunday (July 28) with a special post time of 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Harness racing Owners, trainers and drivers participating in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace or any other overnight race at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28), please take note of the following information. The draw for all races on Sunday (July 28) will be held on Thursday (July 25). The box closes at 9 a.m. You can call your entries into the race office at 508.576.4485 or 508.576.4486. There will be a detention barn for both the Spirit of Massachusetts and Clara Barton races and all horses for both events must be checked in prior to 9 p.m. on Saturday evening (July 27). All horses racing at Plainridge Park must be accompanied by a current 2019 Coggins, health certificate and evidence of EVH-1 vaccine in order to enter the barn area. All owners, trainers, drivers and grooms must have a current Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) license. The MGC office located adjacent to the paddock entrance, will be open from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays as well as on Sunday (July 28) from mid-morning on. There you can obtain your license and ID tag prior to entering the barn area. And due to the many events happening in the area during Spirit weekend (including the International Champions Cup soccer game at nearby Gillette Stadium) it is suggested that you make your hotel reservations early to ensure you have accommodations. Hawthorne Suites in Franklin, Massachusetts is Plainridge Park's preferred hotel partner with special rates when you mention "Plainridge". By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park and the HHANE

Plainville, MA --- A pair of $8,500 races topped the harness racing card at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and the winner of each found victory by small margins. In the mid-level condition event for distaff pacers Rockin Ruby N (Nick Graffam) cut the mile and walked to the half in :58 flat. Having enough of that, Jaded Dream (Mitchell Cushing) and Bye Bye Felicia (Drew Monti) pulled out by the half and applied heavy pressure from there to the head of the lane. When they straightened out for home, Rockin Ruby N maintained a length advantage but Bye Bye Felicia was flying at her on the outside and closing with every stride. However Rockin Ruby N held her lead to the wire to win in 1:53.4, with a swift :55.4 back half. It was the fifth win in 24 starts this year for Rockin Ruby N ($7.20) and 29th win in North America, now with over $270,000 in earnings. Rockin Ruby N is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by Artie Brewer II. Four races later it was a non-winners event for the 5-year-old and under set that saw Lyons Beachboy (Drew Monti) take an early lead before finding Stroman (Mitchell Cushing) at his side by the half. These two then paced stride for stride to three-quarters in 1:24.4 when Stroman took over the front on the outside and looked to be in good shape. But Monti kept working Lyons Beachboy down the stretch and he was game and responded well to came back to win by a nose in 1:54. It was the second straight win and fourth of the year for Lyons Beachboy ($7.60) and his connections Lases Racing. Jaymes Mcassey trains the winner. Shawn Gray scored a natural Hat Trick in races two through four and ended up leading all drivers for wins on the card as a result. The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow. With no winners once again in races six or nine, the carryover pool for race six at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 19) will be a record $46,238. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs has announced that Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Center and the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund will be sponsoring a cocktail party to be held before the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions on Saturday (Sept. 14) at the Downs. The party is by invitation only and is for all NYSS finals participants and their guests and some VIP's and will run from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. in Grandstands Banquet Room which is located on the second floor of the building, adjacent to the hotel entrance. The party will conclude in time for everyone to make their way to the clubhouse for the first championship final of the night that will be carded as race two. Kelly Young, Executive Director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing expressed their excitement looking forward to this very important night for all who race in New York State. "The Night of Champions is a time for the connections of all the horses who made it to the finals to look back on the year and celebrate their success. These equine athletes rose to the top of their class and thrived during a demanding season gathering points across the state from Buffalo to Yonkers, and every harness track in between," said Young. "We're so pleased to join with Wanda Polisseni and her Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Center to celebrate the best of the best at Batavia Downs. Wanda is a dedicated owner of New York-bred horses and her love of the sport makes her a great partner to honor our Night of Champions participants." "It's been many years since Batavia Downs hosted the Breeders Crown back in 1988 and we couldn't be more proud to have been selected this year to showcase the very best horses that have been bred and raced in New York State," said Haight. "Wanda is a longtime friend of Batavia Downs and our "Purple Haze" winner's circle is named after her stable. Now she is joining with us again on this great night to host the NYSS cocktail party and enjoy the best racing in the state. I can't wait for September 14!" Henry Wojtaszek is the CEO and President of Batavia Downs Gaming. His thoughts about the event go beyond its racing significance and expresses the financial impact it will have on the communities that WROTB benefits. "The Night of Champions being held at Batavia Downs is a testament to the hard work being put forth by our staff into making this one of the best racetracks in the country," said Wojtaszek. "Not only will this event attract folks from all over the state to our facility, but also to local hotels, restaurants and businesses. The economic benefit of having this marquee event right here in Genesee County will be felt by all." The $1.8 million Night of Champions races will highlight the richest card of racing ever held in western New York. Also featured on the card will be Batavia Downs signature stake, the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Invitational pace and a slate of races featuring the best resident overnight horses on the grounds. Post time for this grand night of racing will be 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- The Grand Circuit makes a mid-summer stop at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28) for two major harness racing stakes on its calendar this year. The first is the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot for for 3-year-old and older trotters and the second is the new $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares. Both races are presented by Plainridge Park Casino and the Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE). These races will be contested on a special matinee card that will get underway at 2 p.m. and also feature some of the top local trotting and pacing talent and horsemen that compete regularly in New England. Besides offering a great slate of racing on the track, there will also be plenty of activities for those of all ages who attend that day between races and feature a special guest to help cover the event. Bob Neumeier of NBC Sports and Comcast Sports New England will be the host of the live track and simulcast feeds, covering all the action and giving his expert opinions. Neumeier's wealth of knowledge about horse racing will provide everyone with great insight to the days card and in depth analysis after each race. There will be a reception in the Boylston and Newbury Rooms, located on the second level of the grandstand from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. for owners, their guests and VIP's of the two main stakes. Then there will be a full buffet provided immidiately after starting at 2:30 p.m. There will be a great giveaway item available for the fans on hand. An insulated cooler bag will be given out at the door while supplies last. This item is sponsored by Plainridge Park, the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts, the HHANE, Lindy Farms, Embroidery Unlimited, the Hambletonian Society & Hawthorne Suites (Franklin, MA) and will feature the logos of all the sponsors. The Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts will be on hand with a mare and foal on display on the grass in the homestretch park for a meet and greet with all who would wish to stop by. Their members will also be able to provide information about the robust Standardbred breeding program in the state of Massachusetts. The HHANE has invited the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) to join the festivities and they are bringing their wildly popular Virtual Race Simulator that allows anyone to climb into the race bike and drive their horse to victory in virtual reality. This simulator has been traveling from track to track all summer and has been a major attraction wherever it shows up. Between races you can relax and handicap the next event to the music of The Berkshire Valley Boys who are a great local band that will provide entertainment throughout the day on the apron. Finally, there will also be Caricature Artists on hand who will be drawing your likeness free of charge. The Spirit of Massachusetts day program promises to be the best ever held at Plainridge Park and one the whole family can enjoy. For more information on live harness racing at Plainridge Park and both of these stakes please log onto and   By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park and the HHANE

Batavia, NY --- The first condition sheet of the season for Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel is now available at the track's web site Simply click the "Live Racing" tab and then the "Horsemen" tab. The condition sheet is also available at . The 2019 season gets underway on Wednesday (July 24). Tack is allowed on grounds beginning Thursday (July 18) and horses may begin arriving on Saturday (July 20). The first draw of the season for opening night which includes a leg of the New York Sire Stakes, will take place on Friday (July 19). The next draw for Saturday (July 27) will occur on Wednesday (July 24). The entry box closes at 9 a.m. each draw day. For more information or additional help please call the race office at 585-344-6161. The 73rd season at America's oldest lighted harness track features 65 race dates, including six matinees.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- Yonkers Raceway regular Rock Diamonds N brought his "A" game to Plainridge Park on Monday (July 15) and dominated the harness racing field in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap en route to scoring the fastest win of his short North American career. Driver Ron Cushing floated Rock Diamonds N on the outside during a brisk :26.1 first quarter cut by Class Six (Drew Campbell) before motoring up to the lead in front of the grandstand. As soon as he seated, Bet You (Jay Randall) pulled first over and pushed the issue with the leader to the three quarters in 1:22.2, but the party was over from there. Rock Diamonds N rebuffed that challenge and opened up a two-length gap between himself and the rest of the field. After a quick tap and a set of high lines, Cushing let Rock Diamonds N pace away down the lane to win by two in 1:50.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the sixth win in 12 North American starts for Rock Diamonds N ($4.20) who has now earned $55,485 for owners Kevin Sywyk, his driver Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. The secondary feature was a $12,000 upper-level conditioned pacing event that saw Lindy Beach regain his old form. Warrawee Nonsuch (Shawn Gray) cut the mile and looked strong doing it in :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2. But Lindy Beach (Drew Monti) who had gotten away ninth, rallied from last following third-over outside cover to the top of the final turn where he tipped three-deep and exploded past the field by the top of the stretch. That's where he drew even with Warrawee Nonsuch before going right on by to win by a neck in 1:51.4, which was a new seasonal mark. Lindy Beach It was the first win of 2019 for Lindy Beach ($24.40) who is owned by the Lindy Racing Stable and trained by Domenico Cecere. Mitchell Cushing led all drivers with three wins on the card. Seemingly the hardest ticket to cash in the business, the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta did not have a unique winning ticket once again on Monday and as such, there is another record high carryover pool of $41,733 for the sixth race on Thursday (July 18) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs Gaming and Racetrack seeks a parade marshal/outrider for the 2019 live harness racing meet which begins on Wednesday (July 24) and ends on Saturday (Dec. 14). Applicants must have harness racing experience. Batavia Downs pays competitive wages and provides a professional work environment. Applications can be found by clicking this link. Interested parties can also contact Director/GM of Live Racing Todd Haight at 585.343.3750, ext. 322.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- Two harness racing drivers posted big numbers and won most of the races at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 11). Mitchell Cushing won five races in 10 driving starts including a natural Grand Slam in races three to six, and scored in the day's feature race while Drew Monti won four races in seven starts and took the secondary feature in the process. Cushing's biggest win of the day came in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares despite being assigned post eight with the heavily favored Write Me A Song. Cushing left the gate and floated Write Me A Song on the outside for a quarter mile while the rest of the field seated before rushing to the top in front of the grandstand to take command. The mare then paced by the half and to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 with a two-length advantage and no one able to mount a challenge. Write Me A Song spun out of the far turn and headed for home with a three length advantage and Cushing sitting chilly to win handily in 1:51.2 while Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), Spreester (Jim Hardy), Velocity McSweets (Shawn Gray) argued neck and neck for place and show. It was the sixth win in 15 starts this year for Write Me A Song ($2.20) who now has $80,850 on the card for owner William Hartt. Lance Hudson trains the winner. Write Me A Song is eligible to the inaugural edition of the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace that will be held at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 28). Cushing rounded out his driving pentafecta with HS Marcia (1:56.2, $14.20), Golden Idol (1:52.4, $5.20), Cams Candy Girl (1:54, $16.40) and Cash Vaughn (1:55, $10.80). Cushing's Thursday performance vaulted him back into sole possession of first place in the dash win race for the meet now with 79 wins, two ahead of the second place Shawn Gray. Monti's marquee win came in the $10,000 conditioned event for 5-year-olds and under with Magic Joe Lindy who overcame post nine. Magic Joe Lindy left the gate and found himself on the rim until he cleared in front of the grandstand. After taking the lead he opened up a two length margin before backing the half off to a tepid :56 with no one in pursuit to that point. Still in single file up the backside, the field couldn't make up any ground on the leader as Magic Joe Lindy was just cruising in 1:24 when he headed into the final bend. There Passport To Art (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and tried to make a bid coming into the lane but it was too little, too late as Monti had Magic Joe Lindy wrapped up and pacing away to 1:52.1 win. Coming off two New York Sire Stake engagements, Magic Joe Lindy ($3.60) scored his second win of the year at Plainridge Park for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trainer Domenico Cecere. Monti's Grand Slam also included Shesells Seashells (1:54.2, $4.20), Plus One (1:53.2, $2.40) and Lyons Beachboy (1:53.1, $5.60). The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta jackpot continues to grow at Plainridge Park as no unique winning ticket was sold on Thursday. So when live racing resumes at the Ridge on Friday (July 12) the carryover pool for the sixth race will be $35,967. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.     By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Plainridge Park's top harness racing driver and trainer combination of Shawn Gray and Jimmy Nickerson teamed up once again to score wins in the two featured races held at the Ridge on Monday Afternoon (July 8). In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Sir Pugsley tucked third from post seven off the gate while Opus Blue Chip (Drew Campbell) took the field to the quarter. But Gray rolled Sir Pugsley to the top past that station and would remain the pace-setter from there. After hitting the half in :55 flat, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) came calling first up and pushed Sir Pugsley to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 and continued to to be aggressive around the far turn and into the stretch. The pair continued to pace side by side all the way to the wire but Sir Pugsley held his advantage and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:51, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the second win in a row, third of the year and 20th lifetime for the 5-year-old Sir Pugsley ($12.00) who has now earned $42,095 this season for owner Burke Racing Stable and Marc Reynolds. Then in the $12,000 upper-level conditioned pace, the venerable campaigner Betterlatethannever got away eighth by almost 13 lengths and stayed there well past the half while Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) and Fernleigh Rebel A (Mitchell Cushing) battled relentlessly to the half in :53.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21.4. There Betterlatethannever started his outside trek around tiring horses, eventually tipping four deep heading into the lane where he barreled down the stretch to overtake the whole and win by a half-length in 1:51.1, which tied his seasonal best. Betterlatethannever ($5.60) got his seventh win of the year and pushed his earnings to $63,772 for owners Nickerson Racing and David Glazer. Betterlatethannever Those victories pushed Gray's win total to 77 for the meet and Nickerson's to 28, leaving them both ahead of their nearest categorical competitors by six wins. With no unique winning ticket once again on Monday, the Wicked Hi-5 jackpot continues to grow. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 11) and they line up for the sixth race, the carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 will be another track record high of $32,332. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- With having only four starts over the last 18 months coming into today's race, Mambo Lindy looked like he did during his career best 2017 harness racing season after he won the $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot in convincing fashion at Plainridge Raceway. Mambo Lindy (Drew Monti) left from post seven and tucked in third while Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) shot to the lead. After the race hit the quarter in :27, Monti rolled Mambo Lindy up the rim and drew alongside Nows The Moment past the half. The pair squared off as they straightened up the backstretch and matched strides in a swift :27.2 third panel. As they motored around the last turn, Nows The Moment took back the lead by one-half length and it looked like he may have put his challenger behind him for good. But Mambo Lindy swelled up at the head of the stretch and started trotting up a storm. Under a mere line drive, Mambo Lindy forged his way by Nows The Moment and opened up a length lead at the wire to win in 1:53.1. The time was a new seasonal mark for Mambo Lindy ($4.60) and his fastest win time since September 30, 2017 when he trotted his career best 1:51.4 at Lexington. It was the 25th lifetime win in only 48 starts for the 8-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Rum Boogie who has now earned $245,660 for his owner Greathorse. Mambo Lindy is trained by Domenico Cecere. Matty "Ice" Athearn and Mitchell Cushing both had driving doubles during Friday afternoon while Gretchen Athearn led all trainers with two wins of her own. The Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool continues to grow with no unique winners in either the sixth or ninth race once again on Friday. So when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 8) the carryover pool for the sixth race Pentafecta will be a track record $29,477. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- With the start of the live harness racing racing season just three weeks away, horseman should be advised this is the last call to turn in a stall application for the upcoming 2019 Championship summer/fall meet. Stall applications must be received by the track no later than Monday (July 8). The backstretch opens for tack on Thursday (July 18) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Saturday (July 20) at 8 a.m. Stall applications, agreements and reservation forms are available for download on the track's website ( Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen to find all three forms. Applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association office located on-site at Buffalo Raceway. The first draw will be held on Friday (July 19) for Wednesday (July 24) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs. Batavia Downs offers a text messaging service for notices about draws, entries and other racing information. Horsemen are encouraged to text the word "HORSEMAN" to 51660. You will then need to reply "YES" and you'll be opted in for race office text message updates. All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing, at 585.343.3750, ext. 6322.   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs  

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