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Despite consistent harness racing performances most of the summer, V'la Faire was lightly regarded and sent off at 5-1 when the windows closed. But she made a believer of those who backed her as she came from off the pace to beat three others by a nose in the $9,500 mares Open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (July 27). Princess Katie (Ray Fisher Jr.) left for the lead and got it by the quarter. From there, Fisher grabbed leather as he dictated an uncontested pace and got the field to three quarters in a stodgy 1:30. The action started there when V'la Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) pulled first over with Wanna Rock N Roll (Todd Cummings) on her back. When they hit the top of the lane, Ugly Betty (Kevin Cummings) slid-out around Princess Katie and V'la Faire and Wanna Rock N Roll fanned three and four deep. The cavalry then charged to the wire with V'la Faire getting the nod by a head in 2:00.1. It was the third win of the season for V'la Faire ($13.40) and it pushed her bankroll to $24,169 for 2016. The 9-year-old daughter of Village Jove-Trade Fair is owned by Oakhurst Farms and trained by Richard Tomaszewski. In the $8,000 co-featured mares Open II, Mach This Way (Todd Cummings) got away first in the short field of five and never yielded the lead. After leading the group through fractions of :28.1, :59.2 and 1:29.1, Mach This Way held off a mid-race challenge from Kaitlyn Akeeper (Dave McNeight III) and a late-race rush from Taboo Seelster (Shawn McDonough) to win by a decisive two-lengths in 2:00. Mach This Way ($3.50) is owned by William Emmons and trained by JD Perrin. Todd Cummings won four races on the card while Drew Monti had a double. On the conditioning side, Leonard Segall and JD Perrin both sent two horses to the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (July 29) at 6:15 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Vernon, N.Y. -- Making his much-anticipated return from a retirement which ultimately resembled a winter layoff, double millionaire Golden Receiver ($4.70) proved triumphant over his four harness racing rivals in Sunday (May 31) afternoon's featured $10,000 Open Pace at Vernon Downs. Before the race, trainer Allie Berube expressed nothing but optimism: "We're excited for Golden Receiver's return, and he is very excited to be back on the racetrack. He's feeling very fresh, and we hope for a successful season." That optimism was fulfilled in the 10-year-old Village Jove gelding's return, as Fern Paquet, Jr. sent him straight to the front from post 4 to control a :26.4 first quarter mile while tracked by A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham). After rating a :30.1 second quarter breather, Golden Receiver faced a stern first-over challenge from Damon Blue Chip (John MacDonald), who forced a :27.4 third quarter while closing to within a neck. The challenge wasn't too tough for Golden Receiver, who kicked clear off the turn, holding clear of the late-charging JK Panache (Chris Lems) by two lengths in his 1:52.3 score over good going. Damon Blue Chip faded to third, while A Fool For Mark and UF Bettors Hanover (Justin Huckabone) rounded out the field of five. Berube continued to tell how Golden Receiver's return campaign would carry a nobler cause: "His proceeds will be donated to amazing causes thanks to his generous owners, the Our Horse Cents Stables and Nina Simmonds (Golden Receiver, LLC). Golden Receiver has a tremendous fan club, and we're certain he will not disappoint." If today's effort was any indication, Golden Receiver still has the ability to do a lot of good--both on and off the racetrack. While Golden Receiver was the equine star at the Miracle Mile today, four drivers each tallied two wins on the 11-race card. Adam Capizzano, Truman Gale, John MacDonald, and Jimmy Whittemore all recorded doubles on the afternoon program. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (June 5) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- After having enough of retirement through just four months, double harness racing  millionaire Golden Receiver makes his return to the races in Sunday (May 31) afternoon's featured $10,000 Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   The 63-time winner, now in the care of trainer Allie Berube for the Our Horse Cents Stables and Golden Receiver, LLC, was assigned post 4 in the 5-horse event, carded as Sunday's second race. The 10-year-old Village Jove gelding won 63 of his 172 starts, while finishing in the money on 115 occasions. He's primarily done battle in the top pacing ranks through the Mid-Atlantic, taking his lifetime mark in January of 2012 with a 1:48 victory in a Presidential preliminary at the Meadowlands.   Golden Receiver mounts his comeback off a lone qualifier, sprinting clear and maintaining separation through a 1:53.3 mile at Vernon on May 22, finishing 15-3/4 lengths clear of Party With Artie. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove in the qualifier, and will do the same in Sunday's Open. His four rivals are A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham), UF Bettors Hanover (Justin Huckabone), Damon Blue Chip (John MacDonald), and defending Open winner JK Panache (Chris Lems).   Post time for the 11-race card at Vernon Downs is 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

The connections of the newly-turned 10-year-old Golden Receiver have announced the retirement of their star gelded pacer, whose career resume shows 63 wins, a career mark of 1:48, and earnings of $2,207,111. Start No. 1 for Golden Receiver back in 2008 may not have been so good, and neither was start 172 in 2015, but there is just one word to describe those 170 appearances in between – wow! "He was as gutsy a horse as I've ever been around. He is just a wonderful, wonderful animal,” co-owner Gene Kurzrok told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning (January 6) in a phone call announcing Golden Receiver's retirement. "It was just time.” To view the rest of the story click here. 

Batavia, NY---V'la Faire ($10.80) took the overland route to score a mild upset victory in the distaff Open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 12). Sent off as the lukewarm second choice to the heavily favored Itstimeformetofly, V'la Faire and driver Ray Fisher Jr. tucked in fourth early as the leader Memumsnotnice (Mickey Holliday) took the field through fractions of :28.1 to the quarter and :58.2 to the half. It was just before that station that Fisher pulled his mare and started the march up the outside. After drawing almost even with the pace setter at the three-quarter pole, V'la Faire seemed to stall at the head of the lane leaving backers of Memumsnotnice feeling confident. But the 7-year-old daughter of Village Jove kicked it out in the stretch and pulled away to a two length victory in 1:56.1. That time matched her seasonal mark . Memumsnotnice held on for second and Mondatta (Dave McNeight III) rallied for third. It was the third win in 25 starts for V'la Faire and bumped her 2014 earnings to $32,350 for owners Oakhurst Farm. V'la Faire is trained by Richard Tomaszewski. Driver Dave McNeight III scored a driving triple on the night, winning with Beachfront ($14.40), Koekemoer ($3.90) and Kisses N Kicks ($48.40). Ron Beback Jr. and Drew Monti both registered doubles. One of Monti's horses (Smashy Cerise) returned $32.80 and sparked a $1,945 trifecta instant jackpot payout. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Nov. 14) with post time at 6:35. ByTim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Harness racing driver Stephane Bouchard swept the two divisions of the Gary Kamal Memorial Pacing Series on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.  Bouchard piloted both Jokes Jet (Jeremes Jet) and Jojo Jove (Village Jove) to wire-to-wire wins in the $7,500 per division Late Closer Series.  Jeremes Jet became the series' only repeat winner as she went coast to coast in 1:57 at odds of 1-5.  The three year old Geoff Howles-trained filly will likely head into next weekend's Final as the favorite.  Jojo Jove came up just a neck shy of prevailing in last week's leg one but would not be denied while on the engine on Friday night.  Bouchard piloted Jojo Jove to a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 for trainer Dave Byer. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

Mach It So and Golden Receiver raced to a dead heat for the win in Saturday night's featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Mach It So (Mach Three-Beach Dancer), driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer PJ Fraley, appeared to have the race wrapped up when he kicked his cover at the top of the stretch and scooted to the lead. But Golden Receiver (Village Jove-Royal Gold), driven by Simon Allard for trainer Jake Huff, found another gear in the passing lane late and rallied to pull dead even with Mach It So as they crossed the line in 1:49:4. Clint Westwood finished third, while, in a racing oddity, Word Power and Big Time Promise were Inseparable at the line for fifth place, making it the rare harness race with two separate dead heats. In other action on Saturday night, Maven (Glidemaster-M Stewart), the only mare up against the field of boys in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap trot, powered up first over to corral a hot pace and score by a length in 1:52:3. Trained by Jonas Czernyson and driven by Mark MacDonald, Maven, the 5-2 second choice in a field of eight, won for the second time this year and 27th in her career, pushing her lifetime earnings to $1,481,796. Waiting On A Woman finished second wile 6-5 favorite Sevruga settled for 3rd. by Jim Beviglia, for Pocono Downs

Winbak Farm of New York has reported in sadness that the pacing stallion Village Jove has passed away. Village Jove’s pedigree, race record and offspring performance made him a strong member of Winbak Farm’s stallion lineup. He was a half-brother to Village Jiffy, p, 2, 1:53.2f; 3, 1:52.4f; 1:50 ($1,527,683), and a half-brother to Village Jingle, dam of Village Jolt, p, 2, 1:51.1s; 3, 1:50.4f ($1,634,220). Village Jove p, 2, 1:51.4; 3, 1:49.4 ($284,365) was a stakes-winner at two and three. His wins included the Governor’s Cup elimination at two, and the American-National elimination (in a divisional track record) and Meadowlands Pace consolation at three. As a stallion, he has sired several stakes winners, including 61-time race winner, Golden Receiver, p, 3, 1:51.4f; 1:48 ($2,160,911), Winbak Speed, p, 2, 1:54.4; 3, 1:52.2f; 1:49 ($879,682), and Winbak Dimensions, p, 2, 1:55.3h; 3, 1:53.2h; 1:50.4f ($631,032). Winbak Farm will be selling two Village Jove yearlings at the Morrisville College Yearling Sale on September 21. His last crop will be foaled in 2015. For more information, visit winbakfarm.com. From Winbak Farms  

Harness racing trainer Jake Huff got quite a surprise last Sunday morning for Father’s Day. It’s wasn’t a special tie or breakfast in bed from his two sons. This Sunday it was a phone call he received telling him that he was going to have two new additions to his stable by the names of Golden Receiver and Statesman N. “It was Father’s Day when I got the phone call from Gene Kurzrok (Our Horse Cents Stable),” Jake Huff said. “It came as quite a surprise and a heck of a Father’s Day gift of sorts. I’ve known the owners for many years and they said they would like to send me a couple of horses. Then when they said it was Golden Receiver and Statesman, my eyes really lit-up.” What people did not know is that Jake Huff has been working with Nina Simmons, co-owner and breeder of Golden Receiver for many years and also has had many horses for Gene Kurzrok. But because Jake races all winter in Florida at Pompano Park, the purses are not as great for top horses to race, but now that Huff is stabled for the summer at Tioga Downs, they felt a change in trainers was needed for their two horses. “I actually had Golden Receiver before Mark Harder,” Jake explained, “I had him a short time when he was a three-year-old and then they turned him over to Mark. Mark has done a superb job with him over the years. There is no animosity between us. Many trainers when they have issues with horses will turn them over to another trainer and hope they can freshen them up. “If I am successful with these two,” Jake said, “They won’t come back with me to Florida come September or October. In all likelihood they will go back to Mark. I am just grateful for the opportunity. I know the horse is getting a little long in the tooth, but he is just a couple of steps away from being with the top horses in the nation at the finish.” Now age 9, Golden Receiver is a gelded son of Village Jove and sports 60 career wins and lifetime earnings of $2,144,036 with a race record of 1:48 at age 7. Stateman N is now age 7, also a gelding by Christian Cullen, who raced most of his career down under and has 21 wins, $351,000 in earnings and a record of 1:50.3f. “It was quite a pick me up getting that call on Father’s Day,” Jake Huff said. “Hopefully this will work out well for everyone involved.” By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

The Harness Racing Museum thanks the donors and bidders for a successful auction. The following breedings not receiving appropriate bids, as well as newly received services, are still available. Interested parties, who have not booked their mares, are urged to contact the Museum at 845-294-6330 or email Joanne Young at development@harnessmuseum.com. Some stallions have more than one breeding available. TROTTERS are indicated with upper case CAPS. DE -Dream Away IL - Yankee Skyscaper IN - Allthatgltrsisgold, Panspacificflight MD - CHARLIE DEVIE, Holy Guacamolie, Nuclear Breeze, Totally Western, Up Front Charlie NY - CONWAY COURT, Deweycheatumnhowe, Lislea, Lucky Chucky, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Village Jove OH - BREAK THE BANK K, COLIE'S, Manhardt, Northern Kid, Powerful Toy ON - Angus Hall, Classic Card Shark PA - Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos, Tom Ridge, Tuffofthetoughest From the Harness Racing Museum

East Rutherford, NJ - Golden Receiver is a gift that keeps on giving, and the pacer's charitable contributions now include the Hairy Angel Foundation. "The Golden One" has brought life-changing fortune to his breeder and co-owner Nina Simmonds, and she continues to give back and pass on the good karma she's been blessed with through her charity work. Golden Receiver is a nine-year-old pacer by Village Jove, who is one of those rare birds that has simply gotten better later in life, and has risen to be a star and fan favorite at the top level of harness racing for the past few years. In 2013, he made it back-to-back Presidential Series sweeps at the Meadowlands, won the Allerage Farms Final at The Red Mile and finished second by a nose in the TVG FFA Final at the Big M. With Corey Callahan driving for trainer Mark Harder, Golden Receiver won his 2014 debut at the New Meadowlands on February 22, his 26th tally in 62 starts at the Big M. He now has 59 wins in 147 career starts and has earned $2,107,636 for Simmonds of Binghamton, NY, and Our Horse Cents Stable of Clifton Park, NY. Golden Receiver will go for career win number 60 from post six [program number five] in Saturday's $30,000 feature, carded as race two on a 13-race program. Simmonds' Cinderella story began back in the early eighties when she decided to quit her job and pursued her dream of working with horses. Simmonds and her late husband purchased Windy Hill Farms, a 60-acre property in Binghampton, NY. After 25 years, Simmonds' operation fell on hard times, and she was ready to sell the farm, as well as Golden Receiver for a few thousand dollars. Fortunately, Golden Receiver got good, real good. Simmonds sold a share of the horse, sent him to trainer Mark Harder, and the rest, as they say, is history. Not only did Golden Receiver pay off the bills and save the ranch, the pacer has also afforded Simmonds the opportunity to use his earnings to fund several charitable organizations. To top it off, it was eventually discovered the farm was sitting on the Marcella Shale natural gas source. Simmonds continues to support Equitarian Initiative, a group that unites veterinarians, blacksmiths and animal caregivers who go on missions in Costa Rica and Mexico. Simmonds has also assisted New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, which retrains racehorses and gives them a new life. Her latest venture is getting involved with the Hairy Angel Foundation, a charity based in Sedona, Arizona and Dallas, Texas that provides Service Golden Retrievers to special needs children. The dog raising and training is done by volunteers and professionals before they provide an assistance to and a magical bond with the autistic and challenged. Their website is www.hairyangelfoundation.org. "This year I was looking for some sort of little guy charity, and I've known the director, Fran Elliott since the early eighties," said Simmonds. "We met in New Jersey and she's been my best friend. She fell in love with my dog, a Golden Retriever, and saw the potential. The breed loves children. Fran moved out to Sedona and started breeding and raising them for autistic children. She's been in business for 18 years and placed over 100 dogs all over the country. We're trying to fill the backlog of requests. "They'll take the puppies when they're eight weeks old, and train them to become service dogs in public places," she continued. "It's just a miracle when you see these kids who have never smiled or spoken get one of these dogs. Then, they're suddenly smiling and chattering. It changes their lives. Their parents can't believe the transformation made by this animal that is totally devoted to them. I went along when we placed a dog last week, and it was such a moving experience. We introduced the puppy to this boy, and his mother has called everyday in tears thanking us." Simmonds admits to being a nervous wreck whenever Golden Receiver is in training. "All his races are the same to me," she noted. "It doesn't matter what the purse is. I want him to look good, and of course, I want him to win. I'm just so proud he's still out there plugging away at his age. "Last season, he actually wasn't as good as he could've been because he had a serious hoof abscess or infection. That plagued him through the whole middle of the year. They packed it and tried every kind of shoe. Those things just don't heal overnight. But it's done and it's gone. I'm just hoping for another good year. "He's always had a big knee and he can't go on a half mile track. I'm glad the Meadowlands has a bank on the turns so he can clear that knee. He does wear these big felt boots and the tough guy just keeps on going. He has zip in vet bills. He's so happy because he's with the same trainer, Mark Harder and groom, Billy Mandrell. He knows exactly what's expected of him. "We keep forgetting he's not just a nine-year-old that's racing. He's facing the best horses in the world. He's just a dream. Nobody expected this from some backyard bred by some girl who raced cheap claimers. "I bred both of Golden Receiver's sisters to Rocknroll Heaven last year, and they've got two gorgeous foals I'm going to sell at Harrisburg next Fall. "One day I was jogging a horse on my farm track, looked around and saw my Golden Retriever. I thought his name had to be Golden something because the dam is Royal Gold, so I came up with Golden Receiver. It's just amazing he turned out to be the best one she had." by Rachel Ryan, for the Meadowlands    

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 --The Harness Racing Museum urges breeders to take advantage of the exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction.Bidding ends this Saturday, February 15, 2014 at noon Eastern.   This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) standing in Ontario and Cam's Card Shark* (2007) in Pennsylvania.   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro, Northern Kid, Triumphant Caviar and Valley Victor. Ohio pacing sires are Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Shark Gesture, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser*.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge*, and pacers Cam's Card Shark*, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by trotting sires Conway Hall and Lucky Chucky. The pacing ranks consist of Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King*, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove*.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie. Pacing stallions are Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie. Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark. Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin*, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away. Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visitwww.harnessmuseum.com. More than one breeding is available for horses marked with an (*)   Bids must be postmarked by February 15, 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com. From the Harness Racing Museum    

The Harness Racing Museum is pleased to announce an exceptional roster of stallions for the 2014 breeding auction. This year's list includes Hall of Fame inductees Camluck (2008) and Cam's Card Shark (2007).   By state and gait Ohio's trotting sires are Break The Bank K, Colie's, Dejarmbro and Northern Kid. The pacing gait is represented by Feelin Friskie, Manhardt, Powerful Toy, Stand Forever, Three Olives, Woodstock and Yankee Cruiser.   Pennsylvania trotters available for service are Lear Jetta, Sierra Kosmos and Tom Ridge, with pacers Cam's Card Shark, Ponder, Real Artist and Tuffofthetoughest.   New York is represented by the trotting sire Lucky Chucky and the pacing sires are Lislea, Panther Hanover, Riverboat King, Rockincam, So Surreal and Village Jove.   Maryland trotters available are Charlie De Vie, Four Starz Robro, Groton Hall and Holy Guacamolie, while Nuclear Breeze, The Fraternity Pan, Totally Western and Up Front Charlie are pacing stallions offered.   Ontario is represented by the trotting sire Angus Hall and pacing stallions Artistic Fella, Badlands Hanover, Camluck and Classic Card Shark.   Indiana offers pacers Allthatgltrsisgold, Always A Virgin, He's Gorgeous and Panspacificflight.   Delaware provides trotter Cr Commando and pacing sire Dream Away.   Illinois provides pacing sire Yankee Skyscaper.   Income raised by the auction, nearly $540,000 over the past 15 years, supports the Museum's General Operating Fund. It helps to ensure quality services, special exhibitions, traveling exhibits, promotional support and educational programming for children and adults. Our efforts also help to encourage new owners and fans!   For additional information on the auction, to donate breedings, or to receive a complete list of stallions and conditions for bidding, please contact Joanne Young at 845.294.6330, development@harnessmuseum.com or visit www.harnessmuseum.com, where updates will also be posted. Bids must be postmarked by February 15 , 2014.   The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is located at 240 Main Street in Goshen, N.Y. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour 4 p.m.). Thanks to USTA support, the Museum is currently offering free admission for walk-in visitors and group docent-guided tours at a minimal charge per person. For additional information about the Museum, its membership program, special events and educational programs please call 845.294.6330 or visit www.harnessmuseum.com.   Submitted by the Harness Racing Museum    

BATAVIA, NY --- The Western New York Harness horseman raced around the Batavia Downs oval on Wednesday night with one thing on their mind, helping out fellow horseman, Anthony Coletta. And did they ever, horse owners, trainers, and drivers donated in most cases all of their Wednesday night earnings to "Stay Strong A. Coletta" fund. Coletta was badly injured in a racing accident on Nov. 17 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The official amount raised won't be known for a few days but with so many helping out the total will exceed $2500. V'La Faire scores in Mares Open It's a good thing that races at Batavia Downs are a mile in length as V'La Faire ($3.30) needed every inch of it to post a victory in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Wednesday night (Nov. 27). V'La Faire (Shawn McDonough) sat the garden spot, dropped into the passing lane, and nudged out Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) by a neck in the shadow of the wire in 1:58 over the good track. Red Star Fiona, a winner of three straight races, set the tempo by posting fractions of 29.4, 1:00.2, 1:29.0 but had to settle for third for driver Ray Fisher Jr. It was the sixth win of the season for V'La Faire (Village Jove-Trade Fair). The 6-year-old mare is owned by Oakhurst Farms and trained by Richard Tomaszewski. She has now earned $54,180 in 2013 and $184,306 lifetime. Racing continues on Friday night with a 12-race program scheduled. The feature is the $8,500 Open Trot with the red-hot Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) the 3-1 morning line choice despite being assigned the eight post. There are just five race nights left in the 2013 Batavia Downs' season. For more information including race replays, statistics, news and upcoming promotions, click here:  by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs    

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- It's been more than a month since V'La Faire ($17.40) was last seen in a parimutuel race at Batavia Downs but the layoff didn't matter as she took the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace Wednesday night (Oct. 30) in 1:55 over a fast track. Drafting behind the Artsy Princess (Kevin Cummings) for most of the mile, V'La Faire (Ron Beback Jr.) showed plenty of heart down the stretch and the caught the pace-setter in the shadow of the wire, winning by a head. Artsy Princess did the dirty work, setting the fractions of 28.0, 57.3 and 1:25.4 but came up a disappointing stride short to V'La Faire. Notreadytobenice (Ray Fisher Jr.) took third. It was the fifth win in 18 starts for V'La Faire (Village Jove-Trade Fair) this season. The 6-year-old mare is owned by Oakhurst Farms and has earned $46,360 in 2013 and $175,586 lifetime. Richard Tomaszewski conditioned the winner. It was bombs away in the first race as Just A Bee (Kevin Cummings) took the opener and returned $109 for the victory. It was the front half of a $520 early daily double as Highway Cash ($5.90) took the second race. The season continues on Friday night with a 12-race card scheduled with first post slated for 6:30 p.m. The $8,500 Open Trot will be contested in the sixth race where the mare Mystical Escapade looks for her Third Straight victory in the Open trot and will score from the eight post for driver Greg Merton. by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs  

It was good to see the “old man” return to his past winning form. Despite racing over a sloppy track in driving rain, eight-year-old Golden Receiver and driver Corey Callahan lead from start to finish in a dramatic comeback effort against Clear Vision in the $175,000 Allerage Farms Open Pace. Leaving from post five like a rocket, Golden Receiver made the lead easy with Bolt The Duer (Mark Macdonald) securing the two-hole trip. They went to the opening quarter mile in :28.1 as Golden Receiver stretched it out to the half mile in :55.3. As they raced up the backstretch, Clear Vision and driver Brett Miller came first-over and Sweet Lou (Yannick Gingras) was second over to the three-quarters in 1:22.4 as the field tighten up on Golden Receiver. Down the stretch Clear Vision would not go away and started inching by Golden Receiver to almost a half length lead but then Golden Receiver called upon his back class and came back on Clear Vision and went on by to win by a half length in 1:50. Sweet Lou was third. The two powerhouses in the race, A Rocknroll Dance and Pet Rock, were never in the hunt. It was the ninth win this year for Golden Receiver. The gelded son of Village Jove paid a generous $27.80 to win. Trained by Mark harder, Golden Receiver is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable of Clifton Park, NY and Nina Simmons of Binghamton, NY, who also bred the horse. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

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