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Plainville, Ma --- Overlooked on the morning line and also at the windows, 36-1 shot Royalty Again turned a furious stretch drive into an instant harness racing jackpot in the $12,000 distaff pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 3). Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) grabbed the lead and took the field to the half in :54.3, and it was there things started getting interesting. Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ranger) was parked and made her way to the leader in the second turn. Behind her was For Chips Sake (Mitchell Cushing) and Free Exchange (Drew Campbell), leaving Royalty Again (Drew Monti) last at the five-eighths. At the three-quarter pole all seven horses were now only three lengths apart from each other and fanned three deep heading into the last turn. Ry's Red Rocket put away the challenge of Rockin Ellie leaving Free Exchange now breathing down her neck. Right behind Free Exchange was Royalty Again who was swinging four wide and still four behind, but pacing like the wind down the lane. About 100 feet from the wire, Royalty Again bolted past everyone, took the lead and won by 3/4 of a length in 1:53.3, which was a new lifetime mark.   It was the first win of the year for Royalty Again ($74.00) who is owned by Richard Knight and trained by Randy Bickmore. In the secondary $10,500 event for pacing mares, Weekend Getaway (Mitchell Cushing) came first-over from sixth at the half and chased down the leading That's Incredible (Drew Monti), eventually taking the lead at the top of the stretch and pulling away to a 1-1/2 length victory in 1:52.3. It was a new seasonal mark and the third straight win for Weekend Getaway ($17.60) who is owned by Jeffrey Kaylor and trained by Joe Therrien. Drivers Drew Monti and Bruce Ranger both scored driving hat tricks on Monday. Monti is currently the leading dash driver at the meet with 20 wins, Ranger is second with 15, Nick Graffam is third with 12 and Mitchell Cushing is fourth with 11. The 11-race card yielded new lifetime marks for seven of the winning horses. Racing resumes on Thursday at Plainridge Park with post time set for 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

A Spa staple made his return to the harness racing winner's circle on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Panocchio was the Horse of the Year at the track in 2014 and was named Pacer of the Year in both '14 and '15 as the Jimmy Mattison trainee was a dominant force for several seasons. Now at the age of ten, Panocchio (No Pan Intended) is still a talent and fairly regular participant in Opens both here at Saratoga and at Pompano Park in Florida where he spends much of his year. On Monday afternoon, Panocchio drew the rail while taking a drop in company off a third-place finish in last week's Open Pace. The veteran utilized his inside post to power out to the lead though the fractions were fast considering he was untested in the early going in the $5,750 conditional race. Despite posting first half fractions of 27.1 and 56 seconds, Panocchio was up to the task on Monday and drew away from his rivals late in the mile before stopping the timer in 1:52.4 for his third win of the season and his first since returning to the Spa.   Saratoga has been a place of consistency and at times dominance for the superstar pacer who has amassed over $640,000 in career earnings behind 71 lifetime victories. Gerry Mattison, the regular reinsman for Panocchio when he competes at the Spa, sat behind him on Monday for the wire-to-wire score. The afternoon's feature once again went the way of Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) who went coast-to-coast for owner/trainer/driver Larry Stalbaum. The defending Pacer of the Year has been the fixture in the local Open Pace and its dominant force for close to a year now. After scoring ten consecutive Open wins at one point from 2019 into the start of 2020, Crockets Cullen N has now prevailed in four of the last five installments of the Open Pace as he sparkled in a 1:51.4, a clocking which serves as the fastest of the season at the Spa. The 3-5 favorite of the bettors on Monday, Crockets Cullen N survived first lap fractions of 26.1 and 54.4 to have something left in the stretch and make yet another trip to the winner's circle for Stalbaum who has been on a tear of late. Live racing continues on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Chester, PA -- Harrah's Philadelphia has canceled the qualifying races scheduled for Tuesday morning (Aug. 4) due to inclement weather forecast for greater Philadelphia.   Horsemen are advised that the draw for Friday's (Aug. 7) will occur as scheduled, with entries due to the race office no later than 9 a.m. Tuesday.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 3, 2020 -- Wild Wild Western zipped to the front from post 6 and never had an anxious moment as he cruised to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace. Although Wlld Wild Western had several strong performance this year, including a pair of checks in Graduate series legs, he was without a win in four 2020 starts. The son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra changed that arithmetic when he seated Real Peace and had little trouble downing him by a neck in 1:51.4 for Mike Wilder. Mister Spot A raced well first over for show.   Norm Parker trains Wild Wild Western, who vaulted over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Jacobs Creek Racing, Andrew Altobelli and John Deters. Wilder collected four wins on the 15-race card, including a pair for trainer Dan Altmeyer, while Dan Rawlings fashioned a three-bagger. Live racing at The Meadows continues Tuesday when the 15-race program features a trio of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Early Pick 4 (race 3); a $4,509.21 carryover in the Early Pick 5 (race 2), a $1,096.65 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 12:45 PM. by Evan Patttak, for The Meadows  

Scarborough, ME - August 3, 2020 ... Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the state of Maine harness racing industry is once again on the ascendancy as Scarborough Downs will restart its 2020 season on Tuesday (8/4), kicking off a late summer meet that is scheduled to extend through the month of October. The Downs will race on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT) for the next two weeks, before establishing a Tuesday, Saturday schedule beginning on August 18 when Bangor Historic Track will join the mix by hosting racing on Wednesdays and Sundays. After racing came to a conclusion in early July at the Downs, an historic agreement between the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, The Maine Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, The Maine Harness Racing Commission and the two commercial tracks has created a funding vehicle to help provide operational revenues to the racing venues, enabling Maine's harness racing horsemen and women and other industry participants an opportunity to get back to work. In the midst of their 70th season, Scarborough Downs was forced to relinquish their customary April and May dates in compliance with emergency declarations from the state of Maine but then received special permission to open for racing on June 5th. Operating revenue dried up after 17 performances though as the industry attempted to function on a spectator less basis, and the Downs was forced to close their doors on July 10th. Track revenues will now become partially reestablished as new guidelines allow up to 150 spectators to attend the live harness racing cards with attendees spaced and socially distanced throughout the massive grandstand apron and new outdoor trackside beer garden. Additionally, simulcast wagering is now being conducted on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the Winner's Circle Lounge, with simulcast attendance capped at 50 customers. Mask wearing and social distancing will be required and strictly enforced at all times at the Downs. "It's tough to overstate the Herculean effort that was put forth by the entire industry to get harness racing back up and running this year" said Denise Terry, President and Treasurer of Scarborough Downs, "The agreement that was worked out coupled with the fact that our revenue streams have been partially reestablished, gives us hope as we head back to the races on Tuesday. All industry participants will now pledge to work cooperatively to provide a safe and exciting racing experience, both in the paddock for the horsemen and women and in the grandstand areas for our patrons." In addition to the live on-track experience, people may also watch and wager on the Scarborough Downs races at Maine's OTB parlors, and online at dayatthetrack.com (Maine residents must wager at hollywoodraces.com). For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Mike Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The sophomore gelding Saint Sebastian, sired by the late Sebastian K, scored not only his maiden victory but that of his 59-year-old trainer Mahlon Martin with a 1:57.4 win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday afternoon, in the process lighting up the tote board to the tune of $118.60 to win. Tom Jackson got the winner away in the two-hole, watched 2-1 shots Tuff To Be Lindy and Gerard battle until the stretch, and then went into the Pocono Pike to score a half-length victory for the LCL Stable. Trainer Martin has only had his trainer's license since last Decembher, a little more than a month before Pocono had its last $100+ winner, the $171.40 bomber Ben Rockin, who won on February 9, the second night of the 2020 "meet" and obviously well before the pandemic hit. Saint Sebastian may be a good "poster boy" horse in these times - in the Catholic church, the faithful pray to Saint Sebastian to protect them in times of plague. Two races before Martin scored his first win, driver Kevin Wallis  had success with Sweetonthebeach, who also took advantage of a two-hole trip and the Pocono Pike to break her maiden in 1:56.3 while returning $68.60 for a $2 win wager. Emily Bost trains the winning sophomore daughter of Somebeachsomewhere for herself and co-owner Steve Salerno. The Napolitano brothers, Anthony and George Jr., each had three victories on the card to tie for the day's honors. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

The 2020 Hambletonian is Saturday, August 8th.  Post time for the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands is 4:35 pm and can be viewed live at PlayMeadowlands.com CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, will present a delayed 60-minute broadcast of the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks from The Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J., on Sat., Aug. 8, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. [EDT] The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network has been the broadcast home of the Hambletonian since 2012.   Rank Horse Driver, Trainer, Owner Ken Warkentin’s Comments 1 Ramona Hill (Muscle Hill)  Andrew McCarthy, Tony Alagna, Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert Leblanc, In The Gym Partners  Dan Patch Award winning filly unleashed a 1:50.3 career best from post ten in the Del Miller, uncorked a :25.4 rally for the ages in to win her elimination in 1:51.2, “She’s been great,” Alagna said. “She was a very immature 2-year-old and she was still able to get the job done.  We were so happy with how she came back (in the winter) in Florida. Her first start, she raced super off the pace and two weeks ago she was sparkling and tonight she’s even better.” 2 Ready For Moni (Ready Cash) Yannick Gingras, Nancy Takter, John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Conn, Herb Liverman, Bud Hatfield Rallied to win his Team Takter debut in a Dancer division in 1:51.4, cruised to a new mark of 1:51.3 in his elimination, “The way the schedule has been this year, it’s been a little difficult to find races,” Takter said.  “We didn’t want to have him over-raced going into the Hambletonian, so he had a couple nice qualifiers to kind of let him get into his own and hopefully he’ll take this race in the right way and be even sharper for next week.” 3 Back Of The Neck (Ready Cash)  Scott Zeron, Ake Svanstedt, Howard Taylor, Order By Stable, Judith Taylor Scott Zeron looks for his third Hambo in five years, won a Reynolds division @ Big M on July 11 in 1:52 with a thunderous :26.4 rally, romped in a Dancer division in a career best equaling 1:52, second [1:51.2] to Ramona Hill in his elimination 4 Threefiftytwo (Royalty For Life) Bob McClure, Luc Blais, Determination  Last year’s Hambletonian upsetters with Forbidden Trade are back with an OSS performer who took a mark of 1:52.3 @ Mohawk on July 13, finished second [1:51.4] in his elimination 5 Amigo Volo  (Father Patrick) Dexter Dunn, Nifty Norman,  Pinske Stables, David J. Miller Breeders Crown champion won a PASS division @ Pocono Downs in a career best of 1:52 on July 26, third [1:51.4] in the first Hambo elimination, Dexter Dunn was fourth from post ten last year 6 Sister Sledge (Father Patrick) Brian Sears, Ron Burke, Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo, J & T Silva-Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi Won her first two stakes as a 3YO @ The Meadows, second [1:52.4] in PASS @ Harrah’s Philadelphia, took a mark of 1:51.2 in a Tompkins Geers division, fourth [1:52] in the second elimination 7 Hollywood Story (Muscle Hill)  Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Courant Inc.  Melander said he’s a green colt with only seven starts, yet getting improving, second [1:52] to Ready for Moni in a Dancer division, fifth [1:52] in his elimination  8 Rome Pays Off (Muscle Hill) Mattias Melander, Marcus Melander,  S R F Stable 2019 Breeders Crown runner up made it two-for-two this season with a solid score in the Tompkins Geers with a career best of 1:52.3 on July 25, parked fifth [1:52.1] in the second elimination 9 Capricornus (Cantab Hall) Tim Tetrick, Marcus Melander, Jj Racing Stable  Melander finished second, third & fifth in last year’s Hambletonian, second in the William Wellwood Memorial at two, rebounded with a solid third from the rail [1:52] in his elimination  10 Big Oil (Father Patrick) Andy Miller, Julie Miller, Jason, Doug & Ron Allen Team Orange Crush hit the board three straight years 2016-2018, won a PA Allstars division @ Pocono Downs in 1:53.2, third [1:52.3] in a Dancer division, fourth [1:52] in his eliminatio

US racing commissions in 2019 sent 263,783 biological samples from horses participating in professional horse races to the testing laboratories. Of those tests there were 1,461 adverse analytical findings accounting for 0.55% of all samples. 99.45% of samples tested were clear, indicating a high degree of compliance with anti-doping and medication rules based upon known information and data.. Of the adverse analytical findings, approximately 3% were clear attempts at doping as the substance detected had no reason to be present in the horse other than to provide a maximum enhancement of performance. Class 2 substances considered the next most serious level of substances that can affect performance accounted for 6.09% of all findings. Class 1 and Class 2 substances are generally considered "doping" and together they account for 9.03% of all 2019 detections. As in prior years, the overwhelming substance detections (69.75%) involved therapeutic medications (Class 4 and 5 substances) that may affect performance to a lesser extent, but are still not permitted to be present in a horse when it races. With the exception of race day furosemide to mitigate or prevent bleedings, horse racing does not permit use of these substances with a therapeutic use exemption as defined in the World Anti-Doping Code. 21.83% of the detections involved Class 3 substances. These have a greater ability to affect performance and contain substances which may be therapeutic as well as those that might indicate a deliberate attempt to cheat. This information represents the official testing results from all horse racing US jurisdictions, except Maine which did not respond to repeated requests for information. Like the testing results in human and Olympic sport, these numbers should not lessen the resolve of the sport and its regulators to pursue substances that the labs are unable to test for. This is an ongoing challenge for the anti-doping programs in all professional sport and underscores the need for intelligence based efforts in this regard as well as intelligence based out of competition testing. The RCI (ARCI) is the umbrella organization of the official governing rule making bodies for professional horse and greyhound racing. The bulk of its members are located throughout North America and parts of the Caribbean although its standards are relied upon worldwide in making regulatory policy. For 85 years, the ARCI has set international standards for racing regulation, medication policy, drug testing laboratories, totalizator systems, racetrack operation and security, as well as off-track wagering entities. ARCI's regulatory authority members are the only independent entities recognized to license, enforce, and adjudicate matters pertaining to racing. From the Association of Racing Commissoners International  

Only once since 1992 has a trainer won the Hambletonian in consecutive years, but Luc Blais hopes he can accomplish the harness racing feat Saturday. Blais won last year's Hambletonian with Forbidden Trade, who upset favorite Greenshoe to win harness racing's premier event for 3-year-old trotters. This year, he sends Threefiftytwo to the $1 million final at The Meadowlands. Threefiftytwo finished second to Ready For Moni in his Hambletonian elimination this past weekend and is 6-1 on the morning line. Jimmy Takter is the most recent trainer to win the Hambletonian in back-to-back years, with Trixton in 2014 and Pinkman in 2015. "We've got a chance, that's for sure; we're in," Blais said, adding with a laugh, "The first part is to be in. The second part is tougher. Everything needs to be perfect that day. A healthy horse, the best trip, everything needs to be perfect." The Hambletonian is the first jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. CBS Sports Network will air a delayed one-hour broadcast of the Hambletonian from 6-7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. The stakes-filled card at The Meadowlands starts at noon. Threefiftytwo has won five of 13 career races and $167,818. His victories last year included a leg of the Define The World Series and two legs of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold series. He finished fourth in the sire stakes final. This season, Threefiftytwo has a win and a second in four races. His triumph came in a conditioned race at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:52.3. In his start prior to the Hambletonian elim, he went off stride in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold series. The colt is owned by Determination stable, which also owned Forbidden Trade. Threefiftytwo is a son of 2013 Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life out of Four Damsals and was trained by Royalty For Life's conditioner George Ducharme before being purchased by Determination following his first start. "He's a nice horse," Blais said. "He was a tricky horse a little bit in the beginning. I think it took us a little time to figure him out. We made a few changes. I think this year he is more mature. I know he made a break the start before (the elimination) but I think he went too fast in the turn. Two weeks ago, he raced super good and the other night he looked good again. He raced very good." For the past seven years, the Hambletonian eliminations and final were raced on the same day. This year, the format returned to contesting eliminations the week prior to the final, which Blais said is a benefit to Threefiftytwo. "He's a different horse than Forbidden Trade," Blais said. "He's more anxious, he's not a cool horse. To have the elimination and then the final the week after is perfect for him. That is better than a doubleheader, that's for sure." Hambletonian elimination winners Ramona Hill, one of two fillies taking on the boys along with Sister Sledge, and Ready For Moni were guaranteed starting spots in posts one through five for the final. Ramona Hill will start from post five and is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Ready For Moni will start from post one and is 3-1. Threefiftytwo will start from post six. Scott Zeron drove the colt in his elimination, but also is listed to drive 4-1 Back Of The Neck in the final. "That's a good draw for him," Blais said. "He likes to leave a little bit and that's a good place for him. He will be very focused for that. "It's exciting all the time to race in this kind of race," Blais added. "It is a big race. We enjoyed the moment (last year)." In addition to having Threefiftytwo in the Hambletonian, Blais has long shot Whose Blues in the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old female trotters. Whose Blues, a daughter of Cantab Hall out of Bright Baby Blues, finished eighth in an Oaks prep this past weekend at The Meadowlands. Whose Blues won the Pure Ivory Series last year. She has won six of 13 career races and $92,874 for owner Determination. She is 20-1 on the Oaks morning line. "She raced just OK," Blais said. "I'm going to try to work on that." $1 Million Hambletonian PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Ready For Moni-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-3/1 2-Back Of The Neck-Scott Zeron-Ake Svanstedt-4/1 3-Hollywood Story-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-15/1 4-Big Oil-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-15/1 5-Ramona Hill-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna-5/2 6-Threefiftytwo-Scott Zeron, Luc Blais-6/1 7-Capricornus-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-15/1 8-Rome Pays Off-Mattias Melander-Marcus Melander-15/1 9-Sister Sledge-Brian Sears-Ron Burke-12/1 10-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-Nifty Norman-12/1 $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-ML 1-Crucial-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-15/1 2-Next Level Stuff-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-9/2 3-Reba Blue Chip-Verlin Yoder-Verlin Yoder-20/1 4-May Baby-James Yoder-James Yoder-10/1 5-Tricky Sister-Corey Callahan-Andrew Harris-20/1 6-Whose Blues-Daniel Dube-Luc Blais-20/1 7-Sorella-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Takter-7/2 8-Fortune Starlet-No Driver-George Ducharme-15/1 9-Solsbury Hill-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-12/1 10-Ab'sattitudexpress-Tim Tetrick-Lucas Wallin-20/1 11-Panem-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Takter-6/1 12-Hypnotic AM-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-5/2 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Coral Springs, FL - The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host the next free harness racing handicapping contest on Scott Alberg's Facebook page Saturday, August 8, at the Meadowlands. The $1 million Hambletonian Trot final is the special race that contestants will be challenged to handicap and entry is free of charge. There is no purchase necessary to play. All you have to do is select the correct exacta. (first two official finishers in the race. Must submit their starting post position by number). USHWA is offering three prizes that will be given away. The prizes for this special contest are CASH Gift Cards! First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $75 gift card and third place a $50 gift card. And, as a special BONUS, if 500 people participate in the contest, www.3PercentDental.com will DOUBLE the cash prizes. Scott Alberg, the 2006 National Harness Handicapping Champion, who also has numerous other handicapping titles, has been a Standardbred owner in the past, and has agreed to partner with USHWA as the contests new title sponsor. To enter the free contest, fans must go to Scott Alberg's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/scott.alberg.3,, where the contest will be prominently displayed. Entries will be accepted beginning Thursday afternoon, August 6. Alberg, as he has done in the past, will run the contest. Participants have until 10:00 am Saturday morning to enter the contest. All rules and regulations will be posted for the contest. Anyone who is not on Facebook can still enter the contest by sending in their selections via email to CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. Horseman and media communicator Rod Allums, Jr. has joined the USHWA/Scott Alberg contest and will host the Facebook Live Drawing to determine the contest winners at 6:45 pm Saturday at https://www.facebook.com/rod.allums. For more information check out Scott Alberg's Facebook Page, USHWA's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram accounts or the new USHWA website at www.usharnesswriters.com. A list of prizes winners is available anytime from either Scott Alberg's Facebook or via email at CustomerService@4NJPicks.com. By Steve Wolf, for USHWA    

Yonkers, NY - Starting this week, the 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Yonkers Raceway will carry a $7,500 guaranteed pool on Mondays and Tuesdays. The pick 5 begins in race five each night. Monday's Pick 5 at Yonkers features two $77,300 New York Sire Stakes harness racing divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. In the eighth race, the fourth leg of the Pick 5 wager, Hen Party looks to remain perfect in NYSS action. Hen Party, a daughter of Roll With Joe for the Crawford Farms and trainer Tony Alagna has already won sire stakes legs at Yonkers, Tioga and Vernon. Andrew McCarthy is in the bike once again and is the 9-5 morning line favorite from post five. Yonkers is currently racing four nights a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with first post at 7:12pm by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway    

Wally Hennessey reached seventh heaven on the five-eighths mile oval at Nichols, NY called Tioga Downs. He romped with seven harness racing winners including the $6,000 featured pace with Fernado on Sunday (August 2). In the feature, Catcha Lefty A (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Fernado ($4.00) came first-over from fourth and scurried past Catcha Lefty A as they went by the stands for the first time. Fernado led to the half in :56.0. The first to make a move was Jet Blue Miracle (Sean Bier) going down the backstretch. He sputtered first-over and forced a three-wide move by Red Dirt Rocknroll (Renaldo Morales) as Fernado led to three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made to the turn for home Red Dirt Rocknroll moved into second and came charging at Fernado. Fernado dug in and held on to win in 1:53.2. Red Dirt Rocknroll had to settle for second place money. Jet Blue Miracle finished third. Fernado is a 6-year-old gelding by Delmarvalous. He is owned and trained by Jim McDonald. It was win number six of 2020. He now owns 19 career victories. Hennessey other wins came with Jurgen Hanover ($4.20), Money Earned ($3.60), Rock Star Melinda ($3.60), Court's N Session ($6.00), Mach West ($5.80). It was fitting his seventh win came with Mister Marvalous ($8.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 8) starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Batavia, NY --- It was a big stake day at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 2) as an all-New York Sire Stake card of harness racing featured 2 and 3-year-old trotting fillies vying in four divisions for a total of $213,400 in purses. The highlight of the day was Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) who took the second $55,000 division for 3-year-olds in memorable style. Driver Andy Miller floated Love A Good Story off the gate and dropped in third while Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) got to the quarter in a quick :27.4. Positions remained unchanged in the throttled-down :30.2 second panel until Love A Good Story pulled first up as she made her way into the turn. Past the five eighths, Love A Good Story drew alongside Without A Warning and the two trotted side-by-side up the backstretch and to the three-quarters in 1:26.2. The match race continued around the last turn and down the lane when Love A Good Story got the edge with Miller urging her on and hit the wire in 1:55.1. The time was a new track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies, besting the standard of 1:55.4 set by Quincy Blue Chip just last year. It was the 10th win in 15 lifetime starts for Love A Good Story ($2.50) who has now earned $400,484 for owners the Pinske Stables, the Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Julie Miller trains the winner. Love A Good Story was bred by Celebrity Farms and was a $90,000 Lexington Selected yearling purchase. The first $54,000 split had an abbreviated four-horse field that saw Island Lily (Chapter Seven-Up Front Hotsey) dominate. Tom Jackson put Island Lily on the front and then led at every station with Destiny Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) on her back. After fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:28.2, Destiny Blue Chip pulled the pocket and took a run at the leader in the turn. But Island Lily headed for home and trotted away clear to an easy 4-1/2 length victory in 1:57.2 Island Lily It was the first lifetime win for Island Lily ($4.90) who was unraced at two. Fred Grant both owns and trains the filly. Island Lily was bred by Noel Daley and Up Front Racing and sold for $70,000 at the Harrisburg yearling sale. The freshman class saw the best performance come in the second $52,200 division from Destined To Dance (Chapter Seven-Go Go Dancer) who dropped in fourth from post seven as Eliza B (Scott Zeron) scooted to the quarter in :29 flat. With four horses breaking early, the field was now in two groups with the top quad playing follow the leader to the half. Past the five-eighths Just Joshing (Andy Miller) came from third and made a move for the lead while Destined To Dance was still a gapped fourth. But after they entered the final bend, Tyler Buter hit the gas and Destined To Dance responded in dynamic fashion. Still three lengths off the lead, Destined To Dance dug in hard and with a full head of steam, flew down the stretch with ease while reeling off a :28.1 quarter to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:59.1. Destined To Dance It was the third straight win, all in NYSS action, for Destined To Dance ($3.80) who is owned by Heritage Standardbreds, Crawford Farms Racing and Rich Prezzioti. John Butenshoen trains the winner. Destined To Dance was bred by Crawford Farms and sold for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected yearling sale. The complexion of the final $52,200 division changed quickly as post time favorite No Pay No Way (Scott Zeron) broke going for the lead. But Ake Svanstedt was happy to take her place when he guided Broad Strokes (Chapter Seven-Lady Marian) to the front and then never looked back. Broad Strokes slowed the half down to 1:01.1 as no one challenged and Svanstedt continued to grab leather into the second circuit. Credit Income (John Stark Jr.) finally advanced on the outside and got within a length of Broad Strokes in the final turn and the two were on a breakaway. Broad Strokes and Credit Income traded leads all the way down to the wire where Broad Strokes got a slight advantage and won by 1/4 length in 2:01.2. Broad Strokes It was the first lifetime win and a lifetime mark for Broad Strokes ($6.80) who is owned by Little E, Joe Sbrocco, L. Berg Inc. and Triple Play Trotters. Ake Svanstedt also trains the winner. Broad Strokes was bred by Fair Winds Farm and was a $50,000 Harrisburg yearling sale acquisition. There were six $15,000 divisions of Excelsior A races held on Sunday as well with the following results.   3-year-old trotting filly Excel A winners:   Lady Jeter (Muscles Yankee-Salt Hill Brigid) 1:59.2, $22.40 Owner-Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV and Donald Brenner Trainer-Dan Daley Driver-Dan Daley Breeder-Salt Hill Farm Morrisville sale-$22,000   Reciprocalbluechip (Chapter Seven-Fraction) 1:59, $5.90 Owner-Carrie Norris, M T Pockets Stable, Acadia Farms and G and B Racing Trainer-Charlie Norris Driver-Charlie Norris Breeder-Diamond Creek Farm Lexington Selected sale-$65,000   Soprese (Conway Hall-Isabella Gal) 1:59, $8.30 Owner-Crawford Farms, James Crawford IV and Ann-Mari Daley Trainer-Dan Daley Driver-Dan Daley Breeder-Crawford Farms Lexington Selected sale-$25,000   2-year-old trotting filly Excel A winners:   Lovely Belle (Chapter Seven-Somebody To Love) 2:02, $3.20 Owner-Crawford Farms Racing Trainer-Tony Alagna Driver-Jason Bartlett Breeder-Crawford Farms Lexington Selected sale-$110,000   A Million Chuckles (Lucky Chucky-Win A Million) 2:04, $3.70 Owner-Peter Peck Trainer-Jim Shupe Driver-Tyler Buter Breeder-Peter Peck Homebred   Enchanting Woman (Deweycheatumnhowe-Enchantment) 2:04, $7.70 Owner-Hossman Trainer-Robert Gale Driver-Jimmy Whittemore Breeder-Dunroven Stud Lexington Selected sale-$15,000       By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Grove City, OH - The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will provide live coverage of racing from the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green, Ohio on Monday, August 3. Post time for the nine-race card is 4 PM. The races will be streamed live on the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Replays of the races will be available on the Trot and Pace Marketing website, trotandpacemarketing.com, following the completion of racing. The race program for Wood County are available on the OHHA website. The Ohio Horsemen's Association will continue its live fair racing coverage on Tuesday, August 4 from the Columbiana County Fairgrounds in Lisbon, Ohio. Wednesday, the OHHA travels to Wapakoneta, Ohio for coverage from the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. Thursday's coverage will be from Xenia, Ohio, and the Greene County Fairgrounds. The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will be live streaming Ohio fair races throughout the summer. For a complete schedule go to OHHA.com. by Frank Fraas, for the OHHA  

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Sportswriter mare Kendra N teamed with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton to take advantage of a wild front-end battle in the $17,200 mares harness racing pacing feature on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, closing the best of all to take a new mark of 1:51. Summer Charm was sent to the lead early and hit the quarter in 26; favored Bettor Joy N attempted to quarter-move but was given the cold shoulder by the pacesetter into a strong wind, and with Shecandance N keeping the pocket tight, the raging duel took the front of the field by the half in a punishing :53.2. Dibaba N, who had gapped behind the fast early fireworks, got in gear down the backstretch and swept the embattled front horses going to the 1:21 three-quarters, with Kendra N hot on her tail. Kendra N was left uncovered on the far turn, but she had by far the most energy left late, winning by 4½ lengths over a resurgent Summer Charm, with Dibaba N third. Kendra N is now 5-3-1-1-$35,997 since being imported from New Zealand by trainer Peter Tritton and the Vonknoblauch Stable LLC, and she may be making her way to even higher company soon. If the feature race was hotly-contested early, the $14,000 distaff co-feature pace was a cavalry charge late, with the first seven separated by less than two lengths at the finish. The American Ideal mare Topville Angelina grinded uncovered into a :56.1 last half to emerge most photogenic in 1:53.1 for driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer/owner Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.   PHHA / Pocono

Columbus, MN - The featured event on the Sunday afternoon Harness Racing program at Running Aces was the $6,000 3-year-old Open Handicap Trot with a full field of nine square-gaited sophomores.   The talk of the tote-board was Teachmehowtotory (Nick Roland), sent off at 3-5 from the far outside handicapped post, and she left alertly to sweep up and take the early lead. SB Madame Secretary (Darrell Wright) was the third choice at 5-1and was also away quickly from post eight, parked the first quarter and then surged to the lead near the 3/8 marker.   After taking control, SB Madame Secretary ($13.00) was full of trot throughout and was able to fend off a mild late bid by Teachmehowtotory in the lane, checking in one length ahead in 1:58.3 for her third win of the year and fifth career score. Go Margeaux (Mooney Svendsen) picked up the pieces for third.   The winner is a filly by Tom Ridge, owned by Susan Holm-Johansen and Deborah Hofsaess and trained by Ulf Holm-Johansen.   Driver Rick Magee closed out a very good week with a driving triple on Sunday, while Nick Roland and Jacob Cutting each scored doubles.   Trainer Rick Bertrand led the day with 3 winners and moved into second in the standings with 17 wins on the season.   One lucky bettor was able to solve the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager, collecting the entire Jackpot of $21,773.68.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday, August 4, with first post at 1:00 pm (CDT) and will feature two carryover pools: $744.24 in the 50 cent early Pick-4, and $1,560.67 in the 50 cent Hi-5.     Darin Gagne

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