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Tioga Downs held two divisions of NYSS for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and five divisions of excelsior stakes on Sunday afternoon. In the first $66,043 division of the NYSS, Modest Prince and Mike Simons got away second as Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) cut through fractions 27.4, 56.1, and 1:25.2. Around the final turn, Crazy About Pat was still in command and in the stretch Simons tipped Modest Prince to the outside and got up to win in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 by a length and a quarter. The 3-year old son of RC Royalty - In To Me is owned by Richard Gutnick and is trained by Linda Toscano. Crazy About Pat (Jim Meittinis) hung on for second, while Rolls Blue Chip (Aaron Byron) was third. In the second $66,043 NYSS division, Jim Morrill Jr. opted to take Tirade Hanover from post position number eight over EL Rocket (Jim Marohn Jr.) post six. When the field hit the quarter pole in 27.3, Morrill was on top with Tirade Hanover while Marohn settled in second with El Rocket. Morrill then cut through fractions of 57.4 and 1:27 before asking Tirade Hanover for trot in the final quarter mile of the race. Down the stretch Marohn tipped El Rocket to the outside, but was unable to get by Tirade Hanover and those two finished first and second a quarter length apart at the wire in 1:55. The win was the fourth in nine seasonal starts for the 3-year old son of Crazed - Teagarden Hanover for trainer Tyler Raymer. Tioga Downs also held five divisions of NYSS excelsior stakes which were won by: Jelectric - Jim Marohn Jr. (1:58.2), Bromance Hanover - Mike Simons (1:56.4), Prove Up - Marcus Johansson (1:56.3), Golden Tate - Mike Simons (1:56.3), and Brookroaddonnie - Mike Simons (1:56.1). Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Thursday, September 12 with a post time of 6:50pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com . Dustin Ross  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 5, 2013--Sophomore fillies descended upon Westchester Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $281,275 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot Three divisions--worth $94,375, $92,625 and $94,375, respectively---comprised the event. Goldstein was a legendary harness racing publicist who passed away February 13, 2009 at age 81. The opening division, reduced to a quintet with the scratch (sick) of pole-drawing Louise Kemp, was won by a first-up Bostonz Credit (Mark MacDonald). Leaving from what became post position No. 4, she methodically moved from last, engaged 7-10 leader Proclaiming April (Trond Smedshammer), then kept at it. Bostonz Credit defeated a second-over Wygant Lady (Cat Manzi) by a neck in 1:59.2 (early fractions of :29.1, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1), with "April" photoed for second. For "Bostonz," a daughter of Credit Winner co-owner by (trainer) Rick Zeron and David Anderson, she returned $29 (fourth choice) for her second win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $115, with the triple wagering cancelled due to the abbreviated field. The second and third divisions were won in handy, down-the-road fashion by odds-on Barn Babe (John Cummings, $3.40) in 1:59.2, and second choice Bouncing Bax (Jason Bartlett, $4.50) in 1:57.2. Barn Babe never had an anxious moment. From post No. 2, she strolled around the oval, tickling the timer to the tune of :29.4, 1:01.1 and 1:31.1. The final margin was three lengths over Fifty Shades (Eric Goodell), with Cassa's Image (Jim Morrill Jr.) third. For Barn Babe, a Cash Hall miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve and Nancy Pratt, she's now 7-for-12 this season and 12-for 24 in her career (earnings over $320,000). The exacta paid $10.20, and once, again a short field (five) negated triple wagering. Bouncing Bax prevailed from the pylons (:29.1, 1:00.0, 1:29.2), widening to win by 4 3/4 lengths in a life-best effort. Second went to Kinda Crazy Lindy (MacDonald), with Crazy Grigio (Marcus Johansson) third. Lola De Vie (Morrill Jr.), as the 4-5 fave, never seemed to take to the track, threw in some steps early in the lane and a was a non-factor fourth. For Bouncing Bax, a Credit Winner ma'am trained by Jim Raymer for owner Harbor Racing Stable, it was her third (consecutive) win in a dozen '13 tries. The exacta paid $97, with the triple returning $436.50. 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  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2013 - Time N Tide and Chocolate Day turned in winning performances in a pair of $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres divisions for two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, September 5,2013 at Freehold Raceway. In the first division, the sixth race, Time N Tide [$19] held off Martiniwithmuscle for a half-length tally in 2:03.3. Time N Tide, driven by Eric Abbatiello and trained by Ray Schnittker, picked up his first win in seven tries. The son of Muscles Yankee - Almond Joy races for Ray Schnittker, Frank Baldassare, Edward Pachuta and Arden Homestead Stable [the co-breeder with Jacqueline Ingrassia]. Martiniwithmuscle by Muscle Hill was second and it was three quarters of a length to Holiday Spirit by Chocolatier in third. Chocolate Day [$2.60] by Chocolatier posted his second straight win in Green Acres action with a 2:02.4 mile in the second division, the eighth race. It was three-quarters of a length to Angels Ransom by Revenue in second and four lengths to Celebrity Spitfire by Muscles Yankee in third. Chocolate Day, driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, now has three wins, four seconds and one third in 10 starts. He has banked more than $35,000 for the Andy Miller Stable and Arden Homestead Stable. Two-year-old New Jersey-sired pacers will be in the spotlight on Saturday at Freehold in $61,900 Lou Babic Memorial for fillies in the third race and the $96,200 Lou Babic open, the ninth race. Beautiful Lady by Rocknroll Hanover is the 2-1 morning line choice in the filly division, leaving from the rail with George Brennan driving. The Nifty Norman trainee has a win and a second in two career starts. Babic elim winner Gold Rocks, also by Rocknroll Hanover, is the 2-1 morning line pick in the open division. He has a win and a second in three starts. Tony Alagna trains the colt. The Babics are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ  

MANALAPAN, NJ – August 29, 2013 – In a pair of $7,000 opening round Green Acres divisions for two-year-old trotting colts, Angel Ransom and Chocolate Day captured the opening day co-features on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.  The colts and geldings are competing in three weeks of preliminary legs for a spot in the $25,000 final on September 20. Angels Ransom [$18] by Revenue had the lead at every call of the first division, the first race, picking up his first victory in six starts with a mile in 2:02.4. Roland Mallar is the driver-trainer of the gelding who races for Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME. It was a length back to runner up Holiday Spirit, by Chocolatier, and two and a quarter lengths to Time N Tide, by Muscles Yankee, in third. Odds on favorite Chocolate Day [$2.80] was a length and three-quarters winner over Choco Sun in the second division, the fifth race.  Both are sons of Chocolatier.  It was four and a quarter lengths to Celebrity Spitfire, a son of Muscles Yankee, in third. Chocolate Day, driven by Marcus Johansson and trained by Julie Miller, trotted the mile in 2:02 flat.  He now has two wins, four seconds and a third from nine starts and earnings of more than $30,000. Chocolate Day is owned by the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone, NJ and Arden Homestead Stable of Delhi, NY. Live racing for the 48-date Freehold meet takes place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays plus a special holiday card on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.  Post time is 12:30 p.m. by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ    

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- It was a nice homecoming for former Western New York driver Jeff Gregory Sunday afternoon as he posted four victories on the card, one in a $65,220 division of the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings and three in the $12,600 Excelsior Series. Gregory, originally from nearby Churchville, N.Y., posted a front-running victory with Modest Prince ($7.00) in 1:57, beating Hambletonian elimination participant E L Rocket by four lengths in Sire Stakes action. He also took the non-betting Excelsior affair with Twilight Meteor in 2:00.4, guided Doc's Tebow ($4.40) to a impressive 1:58.3 victory and capped off the Excelsior trifecta aboard Brookroaddonnie ($3.20) in 1:58.4. In his Sire Stakes win, Modest Prince set sail for the rail and cruised the entire mile, posting fractions of 28.2, 57.3, 1:27.3 and used a 29.2 final quarter to run away from E L Rocket (Jim Morrill Jr.). E L Rocket, starting from the fifth spot, got shuffled back to sixth at the start, made a mild three-wide charge down the backstretch, but by then Modest Prince was long gone. The margin of victory was 4-1/2 lengths. "He's so handy," Gregory said of Modest Prince, a RC Royalty colt out of In To Me. "We took advantage of the rail, I saw we had separation down the backstretch (from E L Rocket) so I thought we'd just 'go for it' and we'd go down swinging." When Gregory stepped on the gas at the three-quarter pole, it delivered the knockout punch to E L Rocket and the remainder of the field. Theraputic (Stephane Bouchard) ended up in third. The first $65,220 division saw Tirade Hanover start from the rail and go wire-to-wire in 1:57.0. It was definitely a change in tactics for Tirade Hanover but one Morrill took advantage of. "He's been better coming from behind but we had an uncontested lead so that's what we did," said Morrill of being the pace-setter from the pylons. Tirade Hanover, a gelded son of Crazed, set fractions of 28.3, 58.0, 1:27.4 in posting the winning time of 1:57.0 over the fast track. "He's still seems pretty fresh so I think he's got a shot in the finals," Morrill added. Blackwolf Run (Sam Scillaci) placed second, nearly four lengths back, while Kegler Hanover (Marcus Johansson) rounded out the top three. Dan Daley, who scored two Sire Stakes wins at Batavia Downs Friday night, registered an Excelsior win with Ex King ($10.40) in the opener with a 1:59 clocking while Golden Tate ($7.00) won for driver Cat Manzi in 1:57.4. The racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night with the New York Sire Stakes invading once again. There will be two $41,879 divisions of the Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies which will bring in drivers Cat Manzi, Jim Morrill Jr., Jeff Gregory and George Brennan. There will also be four $12,700 divisions of the Excelsior Series for the three-year-old filly pacers. There is also a Guaranteed $3,000 Pick-4 starting in the third race. For more information including race replays, future promotions and the latest news, go to http://bataviadownscasino.com/live-racing . by Brian J. Mazurek  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 20, 2013--Canadian import Creampuff Macdaddy (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) and favored Dontyouforgetit (Jimmy Takter, $3.60) won their respective $40,000 eliminations Saturday night for Yonkers Raceway's 59th Yonkers Trot. A total of 15 3-year-olds--11 colts and four geldings--went at it in two elims for berths in next Saturday night’s $450,000 final in the first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. Pole-sitting "Creampuff," as the second choice, played leapfrog on the lead with 9-10 choice Dewycolorintheline (Ray Schnittker). The former released the latter after a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. then retook in Turn 2. After a :58.4 intermission, Lauderdale (Mark MacDonald) moved from fourth. Creampuff Macdaddy dismissed that one right around a 1:28 three-quarters, taking a two-length lead into the lane. "Dewy" tested the "Creampuff" from the pocket, but couldn’t get closer than a length-and-a-half in 1:56.3. Third went to Lauderdale, with Cantab Abs (Trond Smedshammer) a ground-saving fourth. That quartet earned berths in next Saturday's $450,000 final, while Denver (Jordan Stratton), Broadway Prince (Eric Goodell) and Kegler Hanover( (Marcus Johansson) left with lovely parting gifts. For Creampuff Macdaddy, a son of Ken Warkentin trained by Brad Maxwell for co-owners Howard Taylor, Ted Gewertz, Edwin Gold and Judith Taylor, it was his first win in three seasonal starts (one north of the border disqualification is under appeal). The exacta paid $7.50, with the triple returning $63. "It was his first start here, and he left the gate trotting," Bartlett said. "Once I retook, we were able to get some cheap fractions, but when I asked for speed late, he gave it to me." As for Dontyouforgetit, he showed some moxie from post position No. 6. Settling in fourth early, he watched as Detour Hanover (Dan Dube)—he of the record $825,000 yearling price tag—lead through early intervals of :28.4 and :58.4. The people’s preference then began his second move, grinding toward the leader at the 1:27.3 three-quarters. Detour Hanover remained two lengths to the good…then, he went bad, jumping it off going into the final turn. That left Dontyouforgetit with the baton, which he used to hold off a determined Fico (Bartlett) by a nose in 1:57.2. Boffin (Charlie Norris) and 75-1 rank outsider Celebrity Stimulus (Tom Jackson) were third and fourth, respectively, grabbing invites to the final. Explosive Action (MacDonald), Twisted Pretzel (Brent Holland) and Theraputic (Stratton)—who also broke—comprised the rear. "To be honest, he had some trouble with his footing. which we're going to have to take care of," Takter said. "He was moving, but he wasn't really going anywhere. "I know that Detour Hanover is a very fast horse, and even though we had to chase him. I was trying to put the squeeze on him and not to let him get too far in front. "When he broke, we sort of became the target, but this colt loves to races and always tries.” For Dontyouforgetit, a homebred Cantab Hall colt trained by Takter for Solveig's Racing Partners, it was his fourth win in seven '13 tries (10-for-17 lifetime). The exacta paid $18, with the triple returning $91. The open draw for the final takes place Tuesday night in the winner's circle, between the four and fifth races on that evening's racing program. Frank Drucker  

Earlier this week, a post on Perry Soderberg's Twitter page said 'My horse Rocky Mountain Guy won at the Big M tonight, great job by everyone involved!' At least one of those involved could not be more thankful for the opportunity to help -- harness racing trainer Nancy Johansson.

She was the darling of world harness racing in 2011 and everyone wanted see You At Peelers keep her winning streak.

Sixty-five of harness racing's top three-year-olds and 10 of the sport's classiest pacing mares put on a show Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack while contesting nine Breeders Crown eliminations.

Rocklamation with harness racing driver Brian Sears steering, took advantage of a hot pace and closed from far back to fly by co-favorite Krispy Apple and win the second Breeders Crown elim for soph-filly pacers at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 22.

Hall of Fame harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter has entered five horses in this year's Breeders Crown elimination races, but none of the starters has garnered as much impact as his fabulous three-year-old pacing filly See You At Peelers.

Handsoffmycookie continued her near flawless harness racing form with a 1:54 victory in the fastest of four divisions during Friday night's $121,240 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Vernon Downs.

'She's just not the same horse.' With that, harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter said he plans to scratch the brilliant See You At Peelers from her scheduled start Monday night (September 19) in a division of Yonkers Raceway's $234,832 New York Sire Stakes Peekskill Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

Twenty five harness racing rookie colt and gelding trotters rolled into Mohawk Racetrack Friday night to contest three Champlain Stakes divisions. Weingartner, Guccio and Money On My Mind took the top prize in each.

See You At Peelers, the undefeated three-year-old filly and harness racing's biggest star, is the 3-1 favorite in the first of two wagering pools for the 2011 Little Brown Jug. Delaware owned and trained Big Bad John is next at 4-1 and Meadowlands Pace champion Roll With Joe is third at odds of 9/2.

With a relentless first-over move that surprised even her harness racing driver, Idyllic wore down See You At Peelers and snapped the champion's 22-race win streak Monday at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in the $193,150 Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers. See You At Peelers faded to sixth in the lane, beaten 6-1/4 lengths.

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