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Sound Idea was steady on the front end at Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday night, leading from start to finish in the conditioned harness racing feature pace.   Sound Idea set out for the lead and her third straight victory as the starting car pulled away. Her post five positioning forced her wide, but she acquired front end control midway through the first turn for driver Brent Holland without much difficulty. Holland rated his charge to fractions of :28.2, :58, and 1:25.4 while maintaining an uncontested advantage.   Somebeachsomefra (George Brennan) lurked in the pocket throughout and gained in the stretch, but Sound Idea got to the line a length clear to score in 1:54.2. Somebeachsomefra was second, and P L Nelly (Daniel Dube) closed for show. A $2 win ticket returned $7.10.   SOUND IDEA REPLAY     Sound Idea has now visited the winner's circle after her past three starts and won 8 from 38 overall. The four-year-old Mach Three mare has earned more than $240,000 for East End Standardbreds of Hampton Bays. Co-breeder John Balzer trains the horse.   Yonkers Raceway will be back on Thursday, May 13 with ten races starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Chip Chip Conway went gate-to-wire for his third consecutive victory at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday afternoon in the Open Trot, winning by three lengths.   Driver Jim Taggart Jr. was undeterred from applying early speed by the five-hole and sent Chip Chip Conway two-wide into the first turn to take the front. He did so as the field of six passed the quarter mile in :28.4, and he took a significant breather with a half in :59.2.   Chip Chip Conway edged away from Superiorcourt (Michael Merton), who was sitting second, through the third quarter in 1:28.3 and left his opponents behind with no urging from Taggart in the stretch to win his second straight Open in 1:58.2.   Superiorcourt got home second, and Cinnamon Stick (Bruce Aldrich Jr.), a two-time Open winner this season, closed from last for third. The winner paid $4.20.   CHIP CHIP CONWAY REPLAY     Chip Chip Conway, a five-year-old altered son of Conway Hall, has a 14-for-62 career record and has amassed more than $190,000 in earnings. Kenneth Weckstein of Ocean City owns with Gary Messenger of Monticello, who also conditions the horse.   Also on the card, 13-year-old gelding Quick Deal took his 50th lifetime win in the second. He went wire-to-wire for Merton and trainer Rob Harmon. The Revenue S gelding has made more than $545,000 in his 217-race career, which peaked when he won the $50,000 Horse and Groom Final at The Meadowlands in 2013. The Milford-based Harmon Racing Stable owns with Rossie Smith of Greenville.   Monticello Raceway will return on Thursday, May 13 with a nine-race card beginning at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

A patient Scott Zeron kept Levine in the pocket until the final eighth and rolled past in the stretch to score in the Yonkers Raceway harness racing feature pace on Tuesday.   Levine was quickest off the car from post five, but Genius Man and Austin Siegelman pressed on to the lead from the outside and took it as the field of eight turned onto the backstretch. Genius Man paced panels of :28.1, :58.3, and 1:26 with no first-over opposition, but Levine angled outside as they entered the stretch.   Levine needed only a short burst of speed to get by, and Zeron had him wrapped up as he came to the finish victoriously in 1:54. Genius Man was second, and Tell Them Lou (Matt Kakaley) converted his three-hole trip into a show finish.   LEVINE REPLAY     Levine, a four-year-old American Ideal gelding, has won nine of his 32 lifetime tries and raked in more than $130,000 in earnings. The driver also owns; he employs Megan Scran as the trainer. The horse paid $4.10 to win.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Wednesday, May 12 with a nine-race card starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Rollwithpapajoe was solid on the engine as he went wire-to-wire in the Monday night $37,000 harness racing Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway after trailing throughout in the start prior.   Joe Bongiorno moved decisively as the gate left this week and sent the son of Roll With Joe to the lead out of the three-hole. There was no opposition from his seven rivals as Rollwithpapajoe put up :28.1, :57.1, and 1:24.2 splits. Pocket-sitter Escapetothebeach (Jason Bartlett) gained nothing on the leader in the stretch, and Rollwithpapajoe withstood a charge from Ostro Hanover (Tyler Buter) to score in 1:52.   Ostro Hanover was a length back in second, and Escapetothebeach mustered the show spot. The winner paid $4.30.   ROLLWITHPAPAJOE REPLAY     Rollwithpapajoe is now a 17-time winner with earnings greater than $350,000 in 49 starts. Jennifer Bongiorno trains for owners Barbara Bongiorno Stable LLC of Monroe, Bill Kambos of Astoria, and Dionisios Liberatos of Manhasset Hills.   Yonkers Raceway races again on Tuesday, May 11. There are 10 contests scheduled and a first post of 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

After The Lovin proved best in the Monticello Raceway harness racing conditioned pace headliner as she dispatched the leader and rolled on to victory on Monday.   Michael Merton declined to contest the early lead from post six with the mare and opted for the sixth spot on the pylons going into the turn. He pulled After The Lovin to the outside shortly after and they made headway uncovered through the second quarter, which was completed in :58.1.   She accelerated in the third panel and quickly surpassed the leading Sweet Ginger (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and assumed command just before three-quarters in 1:27. Special Graduate (Jim Taggart Jr.) attempted a rally from the pocket but found the leader was too good. After The Lovin paced home victorious in 1:56. Special Graduate was two and a quarter lengths short, and Sweet Ginger finished well back in third.   AFTER THE LOVIN REPLAY     After The Lovin, a five-year-old Carnivore mare, now holds a record of 16-for-51 and just less than $75,000 in career earnings. Christopher Petrelli trains her for owner David Del Pozzo of Methuen.   Monticello Raceway returns on Tuesday, Apr. 11 with a first post of 12:10 p.m. EDT and a total of eight dashes.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

A determined Ab'sattitudexpress held off Sorella, Canada's 2020 female three-year-old harness racing trotter of the year, to take the second of two $30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series first leg on Saturday night at The Meadowlands.   Tim Tetrick gave Ab'sattitudexpress her marching orders from post six, and they reached the front at the quarter in :27.3. The four-year-old mare continued on to hit the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. Sorella (Yannick Gingras) loomed in the pocket turning for home and angled out as the two entered the straight.   Sorella chipped away at the leader's advantage in the stretch and found another gear in the final yards, but Ab'sattitudexpress was a nose too good and found the line in time for a 1:52.3 victory. Sorella settled for second, and Miss McKee (Mark Macdonald) was third in the seven-mare field. The winner paid $3.40.   AB'SATTITUDEXPRESS REPLAY     Ab'sattitudexpress has won nine of her 18 career starts, and she surpassed the $300,000 mark in career earnings with Saturday's win. Lucas Wallin oversees the homebred four-year-old Trixton mare for owner Stop The Jade Farm LLC of Pemberton.   Next Level Stuff shone in a star-studded first division field of seven and gave Tetrick the stakes double.   The mare dropped in fourth leaving the gate and Tetrick was content with that spot though the opening splits of :27.4 and :56.3. Tetrick fished out the cover of When Dovescry (Dave Miller) at five-eights and assumed second-over position before completing three quarters in 1:24.4.   When Dovescry had no trouble dispatching the leader, but her problem arose when Next Level Stuff barreled up in the final 1/16th. Next Level Stuff was brimming with trot and rolled past When Dovescry for a 1:52.2 score. The latter was second, and Felitiyshagwell S (Ake Svanstedt) battled for show.   NEXT LEVEL STUFF REPLAY     Next Level Stuff is a four-year-old Sebastian K mare with 14 wins and more than $665,000 in bankroll across 24 career tries. Jim Campbell trains her for owner/breeder Runthetable Stables of Montvale. The horse paid $3.40 to win.   The Big M also hosted a $30,000 Preferred Handicap in which Wheels On Fire caught a spark late and shot past the leader to prevail in a mild upset.   Wheels On Fire grabbed front-end control from the five-hole going into the first turn for driver Yannick Gingras but was soon relegated to the pocket as Nicholas Beach (Joe Bongiorno) drove on to the lead. The latter maintained the top spot through :26:4, :54.2, and 1:21.3 splits and attempted to kick away as the field of 10 angled for the lane.   Nicholas Beach was flat out in the final eighth, but Wheels On Fire pulled out mid-stretch with a surplus of pace and bore down on him. Nicholas Beach laboured late and surrendered several yards short of the wire to Wheels On Fire, who won by half a length in 1:48.1.   Nicholas Beach was second, and Angers Bayama (Andrew McCarthy) easily took show. A correct $2 win ticket returned $17.40.   WHEELS ON FIRE REPLAY     Wheels On Fire is now 26-for-75 lifetime with more than $450,000 in earnings. Ron Burke conditions the six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding for Brad Grant of Milton.   McCarthy was the most successful driver of the evening, piloting a quartet to victory lane: Abuckabett Hanover (1:49.1) in the first, Keep Rockin A (1:51.1) four races later, American History in 1:48, the quickest mile on the card, and Western Redhot (1:53.3) in the getaway pace.   The second leg of the Miss Versatility is set for Saturday, May 29. The Meadowlands will return on Friday, May 14 with a 6:20 p.m. EDT first post.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink    

Bugsy Maguire was well in command of the opening feature of the summer harness racing season at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, braving a sloppy track for a front-end romp.   Austin Sorrie, the 2021 Future Star Award O'Brien recipient and P.E.I. native, directed Bugsy Maguire to forge to the front from post four, and the pair took the lead prior to the quarter in :30.1. Sorrie managed a half in 1:02.3 and three-quarters of 1:34.3 and turned for home with a three-length gap to pocket-sitter Screen Test (Corey Macpherson) and a greater one to the three others.   It was all academic from there as Bugsy Maguire paced home a two and a quarter length winner in 2:03.1. Avatar J (Gilles Barrieau) rallied from the three-hole to take place; Screen Test dropped to third. The winner paid a generous $14.10.   BUGSY MAGUIRE REPLAY     The win was Bugsy Maguire's 31st in 133 lifetime starts. The seven-year-old son of Bettor's Delight has earned $259,290. Wade Sorrie trains for Walter Simmons of Summerside.   Ron Gass conditioned three victors on the Saturday card: Pictonian Thunder (2:04.1) in the second, Ms Moyse in the sixth (2:05.1), and Kataparka in the eighth. Ms Moyse, and Kataparka were a part of Barrieau's own triple; he also won with Clare Hall Hanover (2:06.3) in the fifth.   Charlottetown Driving Park handled $80,953 in its summer opener. The track will return on Saturday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. ADT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Exhibition Park joined the list of re-opened Canadian harness racing tracks today, as it hosted a five-race card in which Blood Money captured the feature pace in dominant style.   Driver and owner Mitchell Downey was enthusiastic leaving the gate with his stallion from post five, requesting early speed from Blood Money. The five-year-old obliged and they acquired the lead on the backside through a quarter in :29.2. Downey carved out middle fractions of :59.4 and 1:29.4 and Blood Money thanked him for the breather by drawing away in the stretch to score by three in 1:59.   Woodmere Ideal Art (Robert Laffin) was second after sitting there most of the race, and Montrose Hope (John Davidson Sr.) was third. The winner paid $3.40.   Blood Money, a former Grand Circuit contender, is now 10-for-34 lifetime with $431,553 in earnings. Ellen Stevenson trains the five-year-old son of Sweet Lou for Downey, a resident of Saint John. It was the horse's first start since October; Downey purchased him in November and entered him at Charlottetown, but the judges scratched him.   This was the Saint John, New Brunswick track's first race date of its 2021 season - it last saw action on October 17, 2020. Total handle for the day was $6,791. It will return on Saturday, May 15 at 12:00 p.m. ADT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Snobbytown drove on to the lead and never looked back in a Thursday night harness racing score in the $37,000 Yonkers Raceway Open Pace.   George Brennan exemplified his "Minister of Speed" moniker by sending Snobbytown four-wide into the first turn from post five to contest the early pace. The pair fought their way forward and settled on the engine prior to the completion of the :27 opening quarter. Brennan didn't let off the accelerator through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters and turned for home with a two-length cushion.   Snobbytown maintained her gap to rivals in the stretch and crossed the finish line victorious ahead by two and a half lengths in 1:53. Norman's Madeline (Brent Holland) rode the pocket to a place cheque, and Surreal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) picked up ground late for show.   SNOBBYTOWN REPLAY     Snobbytown's victory avenged her loss in the prior week and improved her career record to 20-for-53. The five-year-old Nob Hill High mare has earned more than $430,000 lifetime. Ron Burke trains and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC alongside Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg and Jason Melillo of Powell.   Yonkers Raceway will conclude its week of action on Friday, May 7. That night's 10-race card will begin at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Major Escape edged clear on the end of a front-end trip on Thursday to take the Monticello Raceway harness racing feature pace.   Driver Jim Devaux was intent on getting the lead with the gelding, and he did so by advancing on the rim from post three through the first quarter in :29. Major Escape then led to the half in :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.3, after which he drew the encouragement of Devaux as the field of eight inched closer.   Major Escape turned for home with the lead and outpaced two challengers to score by a length and a quarter in 1:58.2. Kj Michael Gary (Jim Taggart Jr.) found a seam up the rail and took second. Pocket-sitter Uncle Qwackers (Michael Merton) finished third. The winner paid $2.80.   MAJOR ESCAPE REPLAY     Major Escape took his fourth win in his 80th lifetime appearance and increased his earnings to more than $90,000. Dawn Devaux trains the five-year-old son of Art Major for Lisa Zabielski of Ballston Spa.   Monticello will adjourn for the weekend and return on Monday, May 10 with eight dashes starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Dragon Roll surged by foes in the stretch to notch her third consecutive victory in the conditioned harness racing feature pace at a sloppy Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday.   The Roll With Joe mare ceded early position and dropped back to fifth of eight from post four under the guidance of Todd McCarthy. Pettycoat Business (Joe Bongiorno) powered to the lead on the outside in a :28 first quarter and stole a second panel breather with a :58.4 half time.   Dragon Roll moved outside first, but heavy favourite Wingding Hanover (Jason Bartlett) provided her with cover by going first-up. Dragon Roll gapped off through the third split but seemed to find another gear after three-quarters in 1:26.3, and she picked up ground approaching the far turn.   Dragon Roll lunged three-wide turning for home and rolled by Wingding Hanover and Pettycoat Business to score in 1:55.2. Pettycoat Business finished three quarters of a length behind in second, and a late-closing Turnthefrownaround (George Brennan) was third.   DRAGON ROLL REPLAY     Dragon Roll's win was her seventh in 28 lifetime starts; she has earned more than $190,000. Ricky Bucci of Campbell Hall owns and trains the four-year-old. She paid $19.20 to win.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Thursday, May 6 for 10 dashes starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Chip Chip Conway slogged first-over through the mud to emerge victorious in the Monticello Raceway harness racing Open trot on Wednesday.   He dropped in fourth heading for the first turn and was three lengths behind cover going past the quarter in :29.1. Jim Taggart Jr. tipped the gelding to the outside as the six-horse field rounded into the stretch to complete lap one, and the pair advanced uncovered as they completed the second panel in :59.4.   Kabang (Michael Merton) remained steadfast on the lead, holding Chip Chip Conway to his shoulder before exploding off stride going past three-quarters in 1:29.3. Chip Chip Conway held his two closest challengers at bay throughout the final quarter and crossed the finish line a length and a quarter ahead in 1:59.3.   Superiorcourt (Greg Merton) followed the winner's cover to take the place spot. Shoot The Thrill (Brandon Parker) galloped across the wire and was therefore disqualified and placed fourth by the stewards. Four-to-five favourite Cinnamon Stick (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was the beneficiary, as he was promoted to show.   CHIP CHIP CONWAY REPLAY     Chip Chip Conway, a five-year-old altered son of Conway Hall, is now 13-for-61 lifetime with nearly $190,000 in earnings. He is a homebred for Kenneth Weckstein of Ocean City and Gary Messenger of Monticello, who also trains.   Monticello Raceway will conclude its week of action on Thursday, May 6 with a nine-race program starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Kerford Road A saved ground for much of the Yonkers Raceway harness racing conditioned feature pace on Tuesday, but his move at the five-eighths and late tenacity earned him a spot in the winner's circle.   Jim Marohn Jr. landed the seven-year-old gelding the pocket spot from post four heading for the first bend, but Redbank Blaze A's (Matt Kakaley) brush to the top relegated him to third. Kerford Road continued in the three-hole through splits of :28 and :56.3 before going on the attack past the five-eighths pole.   Kerford Road made inroads on the leader quickly, reaching the Redbank Blaze A's harness as the six-horse field hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. The two locked in battle down the stretch, and Kerford Road prevailed under the light of the wire in a 1:53.4 triumph.   Redbank Blaze A was a neck short in second, completing an Aussie top two. Pointomygrandson (Scott Zeron) was a clear third.   KERFORD ROAD REPLAY     Kerford Road A, an Australian expat that moved to North America in 2020, has won 20 of his 77 lifetime starts and earned more than $145,000. The ownership group of Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Winners Circle Racing LLC, and John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee brought the son of Somebeachsomewhere stateside; Robert Harmon trains for the coalition.   Yonkers Raceway will be back on Wednesday, May 5 with a nine-race card that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Camwood scored a front-end harness racing victory in the Monticello Raceway Open Pace on Tuesday, winning the class for the second consecutive week.   He was widest of the three vying for the early lead due to his four-hole draw, but Bruce Aldrich Jr. encouraged him on through the first turn and secured the front prior to the quarter in :29. Camwood went to the half in :58.4 and began to edge away from the two and three-wide challengers going past three-quarters in 1:27.4.   Aldrich needed to work little in the stretch to get Camwood home a length and a quarter clear of Certified Ideal (Justin Huckabone) for a 1:56.4 score. Certified Ideal kept his second-place finish after a length inquiry, and Grand Priority (Brandon Parker) recovered from a shuffle for show.   CAMWOOD REPLAY     That was Camwood's 23rd victory in 126 career appearances. The seven-year-old Woodstock gelding has made just less than $215,000. Christopher Petrelli trains for George Dremonas of Oak Lawn.   Monticello Raceway will be back on Wednesday, May 5 to host eight races starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

New Zealand import Raukapuka Ruler N was supreme through a downpour in the $37,000 Open Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Monday, winning the featured harness racing contest in wire-to-wire fashion.   Jordan Stratton commanded Raukapuka Ruler to take the lead from post five, and the horse did so in a :26.3 opening stanza. He stole a :56.1 second quarter and continued to the three-quarters in 1:24.3 with little opposition offered from the seven others.   Raukapuka Ruler N tuned for home with a two-length gap and put the race to bed with only mild encouragement from Stratton, winning in 1:52.4. A plucky Speed Man N (Scott Zeron) trudged on first-up, but he completed the Kiwi exactor a length and a half short in second. The Real One (Pat Lachance) closed for third off his second-over trip.   RAUKAPUKA RULER N REPLAY     Raukapuka Ruler's score was his 17th from 59 lifetime outings. The eight-year-old gelding's earnings now exceed $340,000. Tritton 2 Inc of Pine Bush owns, and Peter Tritton trains. The son of Bettor's Delight moved to North America in October 2019.   Ostro Hanover captured the $30,000 Preferred Pace one race later in a similar effort.   The six-year-old gelding directed three other leavers to form up behind him going into the first turn, as he used his rail draw to attain front-end control. He governed the tempo through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, and 1:24.3 under orders from Tyler Buter and consolidated the 1:53 victory with a convincing stretch drive.   Ostro Hanover got home a length clear of Ehrmantraut (Zeron), who finished second, and Herrickroosevelt N (Stratton), who took show.   OSTRO HANOVER REPLAY     Ostro Hanover is now 21-for-69 lifetime with a bankroll in excess of $435,000. Daniel Renaud trains the son of Betterthancheddar for the ownership trio of B and I Stables LLC of Closter, Kapildeo Singh of Yorktown Heights, and VIP Internet Stables LLC of Piscataway.   Stratton had a hot night despite the drizzle. He drove four winners: Victorias Maverick (1:52.4) in the first, Lets Have Another (1:51.4) in the fourth, Sheriff N (1:52.1) in the sixth, and Raukapuka Ruler. He leads the drivers' standings with 105 victories.   The total handle of $1,254,745 was the highest on a nighttime card for the track in more than eight years.   Yonkers Raceway returns on Tuesday, May 4 with a nine-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

The New Americana extended her streak of top three finishes to 11 straight with a front-end harness racing victory in the Monticello Raceway conditioned feature on Monday.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. marched the six-year-old mare to the top from post three going into the first turn, which was helped by the break of rail horse The Boss' Wife (Shane Taggart). The New Americana paced fractions of :29, :58.3, and 1:27.4 without being headed, but Glamorgal (Brandon Parker) threatened in the passing lane and Moonlightandroses (Cory Stratton) provided pressure on the outside coming down the lane.   The New Americana turned them all away though and paced home a neck the best in 1:57. Michael Merton threaded Too Much Sun through traffic late, and they took place. Glamorgal was third of seven. The winner paid $3.50.   THE NEW AMERICANA REPLAY     The New Americana made an immediate impact for James Teri of West Babylon, who claimed the six-year-old Yankee Skyscraper mare on Apr. 26 and assigned her to trainer Christopher Petrelli. The horse has won 23 of her 112 lifetime starts and has earned more than $220,000. She will not start for Teri next week though, as Ralph Silvestri III claimed the mare who started under a $7,500 tag to be eligible for the contest.   Quick Summer took the sub-feature conditioned trot in line to Merton by pressing on to the front from the five-hole, leading through :28.1, :58.2, and 1:28.4 splits, and narrowly holding off Big Bad Swan (Michael Miller), who finished second, by a head to win in 1:59.2. Er Betty (Jim Taggart Jr.) also closed in the late stages and finished third in the eight-deep field.   QUICK SUMMER REPLAY     Quick Summer is now 14-for-90 lifetime with more than $90,000 in earnings. It's her second win from as many starts for owner/trainer Andrew Adamczyk, who claimed her for $7,500 after her Apr. 19 outing. She's a seven-year-old Prayer I Am mare.   A correct $2 win ticket returned $5.80.   Monticello Raceway will return on Tuesday, May 4 to host nine dashes beginning at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

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