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3-year-old trotting colts take the spotlight at Vernon Downs on Friday night as the New York Sire Stakes return with two strong divisions as part of the 12-race harness racing program.   The first division is carded as the sixth race with a purse of $59,100, featuring a field of six. The 9-5 morning line favorite is Flyhawk El Durado, owned by Martin Scharf of Lawrence, New York. Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) is currently working a three-race win streak entering Friday night. All of those wins have been in New York Sire Stakes races, two coming at Yonkers and one at Batavia.   The colt will be driven by Mark MacDonald and is trained by Mark Ford. Also of note in the first division is a horse named Lukas Hall. While Lukas Hall (Conway Hall-Goddess Of War) might be 10-1 on the morning line, his ownership tandem is worthy of an extra look. Former New York Jet wide receiver, Wayne Chrebet, is part owner with Little E LLC. Little E LLC represents Vernon Downs owner, Jeffrey Gural. Chrebet played 11 seasons with the Jets and is the team's 5th all-time leading receiver   While the first division is going to be excellent, the $59,100 second division of the New York Sire Stakes on Friday could produce something very special. The 9-5 morning line choice is Gural Hanover, who has won six consecutive New York Sire Stakes races at five different racetracks. Gural Hanover (Crazed-Givemearing). Given the name, it is easy to determine that Little E LLC of Jeffrey Gural is part of the ownership group, as well as Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Pennsylvania and Panhellenic Stable Corporation of New York. Jim Morrill Jr. will be the driver and Ron Burke is the trainer.   However, Gural Hanover might not have a very easy time of it making that win streak a Lucky Seven. There appears to be strong competition from Zoey De Vie and Cash Me Out. Zoey De Vie (Conway Hall-Pauls Wink) is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line. He has a previous New York Sire Stakes win at Monticello on July 15. Mark MacDonald will drive for trainer Heidi Rohr. He is owned by Jesse and John De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin. Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) had a pair of New York Sire Stakes wins earlier this year at Saratoga and Buffalo in June. Cash Me Out is owned by Traylor Racing LLC of Ballston Spa, New York. Michael McGivern drives and Cheryl McGivern trains Cash Me Out.   The 12-race program on Friday also includes two divisions of the New York Excelsior "A" series, three divisions of the New York Excelsior "B" Series, and a $10,000 Open Trot. First post time on Friday night at Vernon Downs is 6:45pm. by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

The May 2014 Hoof Beats cover girl, Precocious Beauty, will be one of many stars to be on the track on Friday night at Vernon Downs. The Friday program includes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, as well as eliminations for the Empire Breeders' Classic for three-year-old colts and three-year-old fillies. The stars will also be in the bikes on Friday night with Tim Tetrick, David Miller, Jim Morrill Jr., Matt Kakaley, and many others coming into Vernon to drive on the twelve-race program. Precocious Beauty makes her official return to the races for 2014 night after participating in qualifiers at Pompano Park in April and Mohawk Raceway in May. The imposing filly is owned by James Avritt Sr. of Lexington, Kentucky, trained by Gregg McNair and will be driven by Douglas McNair on Friday night. Precocious Beauty is hoping to recapture her 2013 form, which saw her win divisional honors for two-year-old female pacers at the Dan Patch Awards last season. She was a winner in seven of eleven starts last year, including a victory in the She's A Great Lady Stakes, earning purses of $446,692. She has been installed at 5-2 on the morning line in Friday's seventh race, but she appears to have plenty of competition coming her way from Blush Hanover, to be driven by Tim Tetrick. Blush Hanover has three wins in four career starts, two at Harrah's Philadelphia and has also scored a win and a second in two tries at The Meadowlands. In the other two New York Sire Stakes divisions to be run, morning-line favoritism goes to the horses on the rail. The 5-2 favorite in Race 8 is Sweetnsinful, driven by Jimmy Whittemore. Sweetnsinful is owned by Connie and Homer Hochstetler of Crete, Illinois and James Michels of Muncie, Indiana. Homer Hochstetler doubles as the trainer of Sweetnsinful. She was the winner of the Madison at Hoosier Park last October and paced a Qualifier at Vernon Downs on May 16 in 1:58.2. The favorite in Race 9 is Medusa, also listed at 5-2. Medusa is owned W.J. Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, trained by Paul Kelley and will be driven by Chris Lems, who was at the controls for all four impressive wins the filly has registered this season at Vernon Downs. The Empire Breeders' Classic eliminations also are on the docket for Friday night at Vernon Downs. There are two eliminations for each division. The 7-5 morning-line favorite for the first division of three-year-old colt trotters is Lukas Hall, runner-up in the Simpson at The Meadowlands on May 9 and runner-up in a New York Sire Stakes race at Tioga Downs on May 23. Lukas Hall is owned by former New York Jets Wide Receiver Wayne Chrebet of Colts Neck, New Jersey and Little E LLC of New York, New York. Little E LLC is owned by Vernon Downs owner, Jeff Gural. The second division of three-year-old colt trotters is led by 9-5 choice, Expressive Action, winner of a New York Sire Stakes race on May 23 at Tioga Downs. Expressive Action is owned by John Grasso Stable Inc. of Hawthorne, New York. Grasso is also the trainer, while the driver on Friday night is Mike Simons. The three-year-old fillies also have two eliminations on Friday. A winner of a New York Sire Stakes race at Vernon Downs on May 17, Lady With Credit, has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the first division. Lady With Credit earned her first career win with that Sire Stakes score in 1:55.1. She is owned by White Birch Farm of Allentown, New Jersey, and trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer. The second division also features a New York Sire Stakes winner from this season at Vernon Downs. Glowngold is 6-5 on the morning line off of a two and a quarter length win in 1:56.1 on May 17. Glowngold is owned by the Andy Miller Stable of New Jersey, S. Demeter and Blue Chip Bloodstock, both of New York, and Highland Green Farms of Florida. The Finals for the Empire Breeders' Classic races will be run as part of a special Sunday night program on June 8, which will also include the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers. The twelve-race program will kick off at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

The 2014 stakes season at Tioga Downs kicks off tonight (May 23), as a pair of $62,400 New York Sire Stakes races showcase top three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the state.   The first division is carded as race 3 on the nine-race card, with Martin Scharf's Flyhawk El Durado installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite. Mark MacDonald drives the son of Conway Hall, who prevailed as the two-year-old trotting champion on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last year, holding off Credit Fashion to take the winner's share of the $225,000 final at Yonkers. Wayne Chrebet and Little E, LLC's Lukas Hall also contests the first division, coming in off a runner-up performance to Trixton in the $51,543 Simpson at the Meadowlands. Jim Morrill, Jr. handles the driving duties.   John Grasso's Expressive Action headlines the second division, which goes as race 6. Another son of Conway Hall, Expressive Action was a late-gaining fifth in the Valley Victory last November at the Meadowlands, ending a five-race freshman campaign against national stakes competition.   Mike Simons handles the driving duties on the 5-2 morning line favorite. Ann-Mari Daley and JLRL, LLC's Daley Lovin will line up as the 3-1 second choice in the morning line, dueling with Flyhawk El Durado in last year's two-year-old NYSS final before fading late. Trainer Dan Daley handles the driving duties.   Post time for the Friday nine-race card is 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

Well Built looks to bounce back from going off stride in the Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold on April 26 when he faces 10 rivals in Friday's $51,543 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack. Part of a Chris Ryder-trained entry with Walk The Walk, Well Built is 7-2 on the morning line and will start from post No. 1 with driver John Campbell. The field also includes, in post order, Sarcastic Man, It Really Matters, Lukas Hall, Deweykeepumnwhy, Keystone Wasabi, Who Wants Soup, Hot Type, Flyhawk El Durado, Trixton, and (from the second tier) Walk The Walk. Trixton is the 5-2 morning line favorite from post 10. Last year, Well Built won a division of the Simpson and his elimination for the Matron Stakes. He is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who was the 2009 Horse of the Year, and his dam is Working Girl, who is a half-sister to stakes-winner Poster Pin Up. "He got jammed up in the Dexter," said Ryder, who owns Well Built with Robert Mondillo. "I was mortified about that. But he's fine; he's training fine. "I like the horse. He's got good speed. He doesn't usually make a break. I'm not going to say he's reliable - he was just unreliable - but he shouldn't have made a break. He had a horse alongside him and got a little anxious." Walk The Walk, owned by Ryder, Mondillo, Sidney Korn and Max Wernick, was unraced as a 2-year-old. The son of Muscle Hill-Letsjustalkaboutme has won two of four starts and $13,500 this season. "He's coming out of weaker company, but I like him," Ryder said. "He just didn't make it last year. He was ouchy last year, a big growthy horse. But here he is. I like the horse. He's alright. He might be a little understaked for what I think he might be, but we'll see. He's still immature. He'll be a good 4-year-old, I think." Ryder's Odds On Amethyst, owned by Diamond Creek Racing, is not eligible to the Simpson and is preparing for the start of the New Jersey Sire Stakes on May 16 at the Meadowlands. The gelding is a son of Muscle Hill out of the standout mare Mystical Sunshine, who was trained by Ryder during her racing career. "I'm really looking at the Hambletonian with that horse," Ryder said about stakes-winning Odds On Amethyst, who made his 2014 debut on May 2 by winning in 1:53.2. "I'm not going to say he's a top one, but he's got a shot. I think he's going to improve on his (1):53. I know he's going to have to, but I think he will. If he gets much better he's right there. "He's been a bit of a problem child. He's his own worst enemy," Ryder added. "The last two or three weeks he's improved. He's starting to realize he's a racehorse." Trixton, the Simpson favorite, finished second to Odds On Amethyst on May 2, also in his seasonal debut. Trixton is a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Emilie Cas El, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 1994. Trixton's family also includes past stars Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall. Flyhawk El Durado, trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, was the New York Sire Stakes champion last season and also captured a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes. He finished third in the May 2 race that included Odds On Amethyst and Trixton. Sarcastic Man, bred and owned by Bob Key, won the Dexter Cup elimination on April 26 at Freehold Raceway. He finished fifth in the final after getting stuck outside for the entire mile from post eight. Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Gail Wrubel. Sarcastic Man is 4-1. Lukas Hall is owned by New Meadowlands Racing Chairman Jeff Gural and former New York Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet. His second dam is stakes-winner Mars Bar, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award winner Pizza Dolce. Trained by Kevin McDermott, he won twice on the New York Sire Stakes circuit last season. Keystone Wasabi, owned by Peter Gerry's Kitefield Stable, last year won a Landmark Stakes for trainer Janice Connor and won twice on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit. * * * Dexter Cup winner Sumatra will get the weekend off and then head to the New Jersey Sire Stakes. "It's early in the year and I just thought we'd point him toward the sire stakes," trainer Tom Fanning said. "Really, the Simpson was going to be my starting point with him, but when he was ready early, we put him in the Dexter; I thought that was a good start. He did well and we just want to keep him fresh and be good all year. "We're just looking long term." Sumatra fits a similar profile as Possessed Fashion, a now 4-year-old trotter for the Fanning Stable and owned by Joseph Smith, as is Sumatra. Possessed Fashion was an $87,000 purchase late in his 2-year-old season who made $230,780 as a 3-year-old. Fanning cited the success of keeping that horse calm and relaxed by frequent turnout with another gelding from his stable. He's not quite ready to try that strategy with Sumatra, who has won six of 13 races and $169,095 lifetime. "We just gelded (Sumatra) in December and he's really still kind of a tough guy," Fanning said. "He's not quite as ready to get along with others yet." He then laughed and joked, "If I could have a nice, big Belgian draft horse that could just put a thumping on him one day, then he'd be OK after that. That's what he needs." * * * Rockingcam Park is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Friday's Reynolds Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands. She starts from post No. 6 for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Starting inside of Rockingcam Park will be, from post one, McVita Bella, Blixtra, A La Notte Hanover, Gettingreadytoroll, and Fanticipation. To her outside are I Need Hotstuff, JK Molly, and Table Talk. Rockingcam Park won last week's four-horse Simpson Stakes, beating Ken Doll J by a nose in 1:53.2. It was her first start of 2014 after winning three of 10 races and $67,378 last year. "That was a nice win," Coyne said. "Last year was kind of a mixed bag. It's nice when you have a filly that you have a lot of hopes for, but she found herself in some unlucky spots and things didn't turn out the way we dreamed." Rockingcam Park finished second to Precocious Beauty in a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and was second in a division of the Reynolds. She went off stride in the She's A Great Lady Stakes and drew post nine in the Breeders Crown, where she finished seventh. She also made a break in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. "She's got big ability and a lot of upside," Coyne said. "She's a nervous filly, but if she gets herself where she's squared away, she has a lot of talent. A lot of it is just mental maturity." The filly is owned by Rockingcam Park Stable, Blair Corbeil, Erna Corbeil, and J&T Silva Stables. She is a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, the 2005 Horse of the Year, out of the Camluck-sired mare Cameron D Art. She is a full sister to recent Clyde Hirt Series winner Avatartist. Her family also includes 2005 She's A Great Lady Stakes winner Little Miss K. "Blair has a passion for Camluck broodmares," Coyne said. "That's the reason we looked at her. She was nice sized and stood correct; I couldn't fault her. We liked what we saw and took a shot." * * * The $33,516 Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters attracted a field of three horses and will be contested as a non-wagering event at 6:50 p.m. Friday at the Meadowlands. Annies List makes her 2014 debut, racing this season out of the stable of trainer Amber Buter after spending last year with Julie Miller. Annies List, who starts from post two, was purchased for $2,500 as a yearling and earned $92,969 for then-owner Andy Miller Stable. She is now owned by Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. In 2013, Annies List won four of nine starts, including the $50,000 Fall Harvest for 2-year-old filly trotters at Yonkers Raceway and two legs of the New York Sire Stakes. Sweetie Hearts, owned by Bob Key, starts from post one for trainer Paul Reid. Sweetie Hearts, a homebred daughter of Angus Hall-Sweetheart K, has won four of 11 races and $56,505 in her career. Her family includes Key's 1993 Hambletonian winner American Winner. Thisgirlisonfire leaves from post three with driver/co-owner Jeff Gregory at the lines for trainer Linda Toscano. Gregory owns the filly with William Richardson. A daughter of Angus Hall-Back On Track, she will be looking for her first career win in her 10th start. She finished second in a division of the Reynolds last year. By Ken Weingartner and Ellen Harvey, for Harness Racing Communications/USTA

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 18, 2013--After a three-week hiatus, New York Sire Stakes invade Yonkers Raceway this week for a pair of downstate dalliances. Tuesday night, the $283,574 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings attracted just a dozen...meaning each six-pack (races 3 and 4) goes for a cool $141,787. Early favoritism--and the pole--in the opener belong to Crazzycrazzy (Brian Sears, post 1). The son of Crazed, trained by Casie Coleman for co-owners West Wins Stable and Andrew Harris, has a win (Monticello) and pair of seconds in three sire stakes starts. My Friend Charlie (Chris Lems, post 3) won a statebred event a Buffalo. A George Ducharme-trained stablemate of Hambletonian winner Royalty for Life, the son of RC Royalty is a Paul Fontaine homebred. It wouldn't be freshman sire stakes trot without the requisite Dan Daley participation. He trains and drives Daley Lovin' (post 4), a maiden-breaking, 14-1 upsetter at Vernon in his latest effort. The second and final event includes Lukas Hall (Jeff Gregory, post 3), going after a third consecutive NYSS win. The Conway Hall colt, trained by Kevin McDermott for (breeder) Little E LLC and former New York Jets' standout wideout Wayne Chrebet, drilled his Vernon foes in 1:55. Flyhawk El Durado (Jim Morrill Jr., post 1) and Credit Fashion (Sears, post 4) have each won divisions of both sire stakes (Monticello and Tioga) and Tompkins (Tioga) this summer. Thursday night's $289,775 Jim Meagher Pace for frosh colts and geldings is going in three ($96,025, $96,025 and $97,725) events, races 3,4 and 6 on the agenda. The final division includes the speed freak He's Watching (Morrill Jr., post 6). Already a world record-holder (freshman, five-eighths mile oval) after a 1:50 romp at Tioga, the bargain-basement ($3,000) yearling has won all three of his starts ($55,791). However, his two small-track sojourns (Saratoga, Buffalo) have included self-inflicted trouble, as in early breaks. Dave Menary co-owns (with Brad Gray and Michael Guerrero) and trains the son of American Ideal. Forty Five Red (Yannick Gingras, post 7), no slouch he, returns to the scene of his down-the-road win in the $111,250 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard (life-best 1:55.4). The son of If I Can Dream, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents Stables, also has a pair of statebred wins (Saratoga, Monticello). The other early Meagher early choices are Stay Up Late (Dave Miller, post 1) in the first event and Thereisapaceforus (Gingras, post 5) in the second grouping. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker  

VERNON, NY—Lukas Hall converted a pocket trip into a 1:55 track record victory during the second division of Thursday night’s $106,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs. With Jeff Gregory doing the teaming for trainer Kevin Mc Dermott in Thursday’s $52,562 10th race, Lukas Hall drafted along in second place behind the mile-cutting favorite Crazzycrazzy until the stretch drive, where he came on in a :29-second final quarter to post a career-best win-clocking, that lowered the former Vernon standard for freshman colt trotters by 2/5ths-of-a-second. The previous mark had been established by Manofmanymissions in 2010. It was the second win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in five starts for the quick-striding bay son of Conway Hall-Goddess Of War, who is owned by former New York Jets standout Wayne Chrebet and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Two NYSS wins in succession have raised the capable colt’s career earnings to $62,881. Thursday’s other NYSS divisional winner was Daley Lovin’, who also came from behind to record a career-best 1:56.3 victory in the $53,562 sixth race. Trainer Dan Daley drove the homebred son of Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis for his wife Ann-Mari Daley and Jlrl LLC. It was the first score (coupled with two third-place tallies) in four outings for the lifetime winner of $41,429. With noted NYSS pilot Jim Morrill, Jr. handling the lines in race four, a division of Thursday’s $63,900 Excelsior Series for NY-bred freshman male members of the diagonal gait, JS Trotting Bob became Vernon’s fastest 2-year-old trotting gelding of 2013 after posting a 1:56.3 victory in the fourth race, that was just one second off the track’s 60-year standard for his category. It marked the fourth tally in five starts for the bay son of CR Excalibur-Cr Mimosa, who is trained by Arnie Marks and owned by the Kj LLC Stables. Thursday’s other Excelsior series winners were Wild And Crazy Guy (Crazed-My Baby’s Momma) in 1:57.2, Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) in 1:57.4), Winbak Glory (Malabar Man-Mink’s Glory) in 1:59.2 and General Bill Brown (Crazed-Dusty Girl) in 1:59.3. Thursday’s swiftest score was a career-best 1:50.3 victory for Let’s Go Higher in the $10,000 seventh race, the week’s Open contest for female pacers. Morrill, Jr., who collected three wins during the evening’s 13-race card, did the steering for trainer Hedi Rohr and owner Jesse J. De Long. DOWNS DOINGS Lukas Hall’s performance is the ninth Vernon record that has been tied or lowered during the track’s 60th season… The Traylor Racing Stable’s Cash Me Out is unbeaten after three career starts… Wild And Crazy Guy, Daley Lovin’ and General Bill Brown all collected their first pari-mutuel wins on Thursday night…Vernon’s annual “Corntastic Weekend” continues with Friday night’s corn-husking contest… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at    

Freshman trotting colts make their annual stop at Vernon Downs on Thursday evening with two divisions raced for a little over $100,000 in total. Race Secretary Scott Warren has placed them on the card as races six and ten. The sixth race fields eight colts, with The Lindy Treaty boasting the most impressive credentials to this point. The royally bred colt by Conway Hall has amassed nearly $55,000 in just three outings on the strength of two wins and a second for trainer/driver Ray Schnittker who owns him in part with The Lindy Treaty Stable. Division two has seven entrants and the talent level is high. Driver Cat Manzi will have a difficult choice to make here, as both colts he steered to wins in the Tioga Downs leg two weeks ago have drawn in together. Credit Fashion (Credit Winner) led all the way from post nine and won by four lengths in 1:57.1 on that occasion. He is from the powerful Jim Campbell/Fashion Farms stable and has nearly $50,000 on his card after winning three of four career starts. Lukas Hall rallied from well back to win in 1:56.3 for Cat in his last. He is a Conway Hall bred and owned in part by Jeff Gural's Little E, LLC with former New York Jet standout Wayne Chrebet. Kevin McDermott conditions the precocious colt who appears to be on the improve with each start. Post time at Vernon is 6:45. Check the web for more pertinent facts. by Nick Salvi  

Cat Manzi was in an upset mood tonight at Tioga Downs, and no, he wasn’t mad. The Catman led the card with 4 winners, 3 of which went off at odds of 11/1 or higher. The first came in the 4th race as the Manzi picked up the lines for Lukas Hall in the 1st division of the New York Sire Stakes for 2 year old colts and geldings. Heavy favorite Crazzycrazzy and Jim Morrill, Jr. carved out incredible early speed by taking the field thru fractions of 28.2, 56.3 and 1:25.2. The Catman and Lukas Hall sat 3rd along the strung out field and was 12 lengths off at the half. Crazzycrazzy began tiring badly after the ¾ pole and the backfield was in motion led by Lukas Hall. Manzi cleared halfway down the lane and crossed the wire in 1:56.3. The win was the first lifetime win for the Kevin McDermott trained Lukas Hall. The Conway Hall-Goddess Of War colt is co-owned by Wayne Chrebet, former wide receiver of the NY Jets, and Jeff Gural. In the 2nd of 2 divisions of the 2 year old colts, Cat Manzi found himself once again behind the lines of another longshot, Credit Fashion. Picked as the 9/2 third choice on the morning line, the bettors sent him off at 12/1 from the far outside 9 hole. The Catman placed Credit Fashion on the front easily with a soft opening quarter of 29. From there the 9/5 2nd choise The Lindy Treaty tried to brush to the lead but was thwarted and had to settle in the pocket in front of a gapping Mister Anson just before the half. The 4/5 favorite Flyhawk El Durado flushed Mister Anson and began working out a 2nd over trip only to jump offstride as the horses turned down the backside. Credit Fashion easily repelled Mister Anson and opened up on the field to win in hand by 4 lengths in 1:57.1. The win marked the 3rd of the year for the Credit Winner-Whata Softie progeny for trainer Jim Campbell. Cat Manzi picked up another win in the Fillies & Mares Miracle mile 1 event with 13/1 upset winner V’la Faire. His 4th and final win came in the last division of the Excelsior series with the 5/2 2nd choice Winbak Glory. Upset bids were not just limited to Manzi as driver Jim Meittinis picked up 3 wins on the card, 2 with longshots at 33/1 (Mandela Blue Chip) and 10/1 (Zoey De Vie). Leading driver Jim Marohn, Jr. picked a driving double by winning the late double. Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Saturday, July 27th with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at Jason Bluhm  

NICHOLS, NY - He was a star receiver during his 11 years in the NFL with the New York Jets and now Wayne Chrebet is hoping to find the same success as the owner of standardbred racehorses. Chrebet was at Tioga Downs in Upstate New York on Thursday night, watching his 2-year-old trotting colt, Lukas Hall, race in the Tompkins Memorial Stakes. "Nothing replaces the rush of playing or running out of the tunnel," said Chrebet, who retired in 2005 as the second-leading receiver in Jets franchise history, "but it's a minute and 51 second rush. When they're turning for home and you're second-over or you're on the lead, your chest gets pounding and that's part of the reason I'm in it." Lukas Hall would finish third, following a fifth-place finish and third-place finish in his two previous starts. Chrebet owns the horse in partnership with Jeffrey Gural, the owner of Tioga Downs. Chrebet said he has been involved as an owner for 10 years, at one point owning as many as 15 horses. Now, he owns a trio of two-year-old horses. "I moved down to Colts Neck in New Jersey which is horse country," said Chrebet. I went to Freehold Raceway one day and I decided to get a horse. Then I found Kevin McDermott, he's my trainer now and my best friend. We had some success early, then bought some younger horses and we're still going." Not only has Chrebet been bitten by the racing bug, his family is along for the ride too. Chrebet was joined at Tioga Downs by his family, including son Lukas, who serves as the racehorse's namesake. "It's a family thing for me," said Chrebet. "The reason I bought a New York horse is so we can go to all the New York tracks together, we like to travel like that." After a football career that saw Chrebet go from undrafted out of Hofstra University to having his jersey retired by the Jets, the 39-year-old sums up his racing goals very simply. "Hopefully, we have some luck together." Note: A video replay of tonight's race is available by following this link: Justin Horowitz  

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