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Plainville, MA --- A fourth Massachusetts Sire Stake record was broken during only the second day of competition when the 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders hit the harness racing track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 28), getting the series off to its fastest start ever. And all five division winners on Monday also took new lifetime marks. In the $28,500 division for freshman male pacers, Dancing Lew (Rocknroll Dance-Love Rocks) hit the sticks fifth tracking the heavily favored Mullinax (Scott Zeron) who flashed to the front. Bruce Ranger pulled Dancing Lew in front of the stands and motored up towards the leader around the second turn. From there he got within a length of Mullinax but couldn't advance further as they hit the top of the stretch. But when they straightened out in the lane, Dancing Lew swelled up and paced right by Mullinax and won by 1/2 length in 1:54. The time was a new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 2-year-old gelding pacer. It was the second straight win for Dancing Lew ($16.20) who is owned by Anthony Sivik Jr., Kathleen Mofield and KDK Standarbreds, who also bred the winner. Kevin Switzer is the trainer. The trotting colts and geldings went for $29,000 and New York Sire Stake finalist Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) grabbed the winner's share. For the bulk of the race it was a two-horse competition. Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) took the lead and Incommunicado (Scott Zeron) tucked in second. Positions remained unchanged until the 7/8th's pole when Incommunicado moved into the two-path and took direct aim at Beantown Madness. The two trotters battled all the way to the wire where Incommunicado got the advantage and won by 1/2 length in 1:56.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Incommunicado Incommunicado ($3.40) grabbed his second win of the year for owners Knuttson Trotting, Little E, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz. Ake Svanstedt trains the winner who was bred by the Moni Maker Stable. The freshmen filly pacers put on quite a show in their $29,000 division with another NYSS finalist, Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah), getting the job done. Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) grabbed the lead by the quarter and then controlled the pace with Rightfully Mine (Scott Zeron) and Purameri (Drew Monti) sitting second and third. After getting to the half in :57.2, Purameri hit the gas and motored up the outside to pace alongside Suzie Blue Chip around the last turn. At the top of the stretch Purameri lost her momentum and Suzie Blue Chip drifted off the pylons allowing Rightfully Mine room to shoot the gap and win by a neck in 1:54.1, which was a career best time for the winner. Rightfully Mine Rightfully Mine ($4.00) scored her second win of the year for owners Anthony Scussel and Monique Cohen, who also bred the winner. Sheena Mcelhiney is the trainer. The trotting fillies went in two $13,750 divisions of five horses each. In the first split, Royal Envy (RC Royalty-Temper Of Will) sat second behind the heavy 1-9 favorite Moni For Lindy (Scott Zeron) until the top of the lane where driver Shawn Gray tipped and brushed her down the stretch and right past Moni For Lindy at the wire in 1:58.1. It was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Royal Envy Royal Envy ($26.00) is owned and was bred by Alfred Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. The second division saw Matty Athearn send Me Too Baby (Muscle Hill-Baby Shaq) off the gate to the front where he opened up a four-length lead at the quarter. They maintained a gapped advantage at every station before cruising home a winner in a career best tying 1:58.2. Me Too Baby Me Too Baby ($2.80) has now won two races in a row for owner/breeder Thomas Dillon and trainer Gretchen Athearn. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 4) with the second leg of the 3-year-olds and on Monday (Oct. 5) when the 2-year-olds reconvene. Post time for both days is 2 p.m. Regular racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 1) with post time also at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The $1.4 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicked off its 2020 season at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 27) when the 3-year-olds took center stage for their first of three legs. The harness racing track was lightning fast and the performances were as well as three stake records fell right out of the box. In the $29,000 male pacing division, Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) drafted third on the rail while R Maddy Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) and Spatterdash (Mike Stevenson) traded leads before the half. Passing the five-eighths, driver Scott Zeron tipped Wyatt J and marched up the outside towards the leading Spatterdash and paced alongside him around the last turn. At the head of the stretch Wyatt J pulled away to a 1-3/4 length lead and won in 1:52.1.   The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and a new stake record for a 3-year-old pacing colt. Wyatt J ($2.20) registered his fifth win in a row for owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred the winner. Then in the $28,000 leg for pacing fillies, She's A Fireball (Western Maverick-Fire Can Fly) got away fourth behind the heavily favored Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) before pulling first-over past the half to engage the leader by the three-quarter pole. From there driver Ron Cushing urged She's A Fireball around the final turn and all the way down the stretch and his filly out-fought a very game Ry's Red Rocket to win by a neck in 1:54.1. The time was another new lifetime mark and a new stake record for a 3-year-old pacing filly. She's A Fireball ($7.40) scored her second win in her last three starts for owners Ron Cushing and Adams Racing. She's A Fireball is trained by Heidi Gibbs and was bred by Lucia Les and Kenneth Clairmont. The trotting fillies went for $29,000 in their first grouping and Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) put on quite a show. After taking the lead at the quarter, Without A Warning was visited by stablemate Dramatra at the half and the two trotted stride for stride to the three quarters. At that point Without A Warning switched gears and left Dramatra in her dust. She spun off the far turn and opened up a six length gap at the wire to win in 1:54.2. As in the previous two races, the time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and a new stake record for a 3-year-old trotting filly. Without A Warning ($2.40) gave Zeron his second win of the day and now has three wins this year for owner/breeder Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. Owner/breeder Campbell and trainer Ducharme also had the winner of the $28,000 male trotting division, Double Dealing, who left from post one led the entire race by 1-1/4 lengths before turning for home and stretching out to a four length advantage at the beam in 1:56.1. Double Dealing ($6.20) now has five wins on the year for his connections. Shawn Gray drove the winner. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes continue at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 28) at 2 p.m. when four divisions of 2-year-olds will vie for $114,000 in purses. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- The $1.4 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off on Sunday (Sept. 27) at Plainridge Park and the 2020 edition looks to be one of the most competitive harness racing sessions to date. With the flexibility of the Massachusetts resident mare program, many of the eligibles shipping in have already competed in other sire stake programs this year and are coming into these stakes in top form. The 3-year-old divisions for both genders and gaits will take place on Sunday (Sept. 27) followed by the 2-year-olds on Monday (Sept. 28). Post time for both days will be 2 p.m. Sunday's card has 28 sophomores going postward including two 2-year-old champions looking to repeat at three. Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) was the 2019 MASS champion 2-year-old trotting filly who ended the year with $188,160 on her card after sweeping all three legs and the final. This year the filly has been competing successfully in the New York Sire Stakes all summer, finished as the second highest point-getter in her division and made the $225,000 final for the second year in a row. In that race she finished a very solid third behind a runaway Hypnotic Am. Two starts before that she posted an impressive win 1:55.1 in a NYSS event at Yonkers Raceway and all tolled, has made $138,662 in only eight starts this year. Her main competition is Dramatra (Trixton-Bourbon N Grits) who is a sister to 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty for Life. Dramatra has seen limited stake competition in New Jersey, making only five starts over the last two years. But she has been building an impressive resume recently in overnights at Plainridge where she has won four out of her last six starts including a lifetime best 1:55.1 outing in August. She comes into this first leg off a 1:55.3 win and looks to be tuned up and ready for a top effort. Both fillies are trained by George Ducharme. Scott Zeron will drive Without A Warning from post three at 6-5 and Shawn Gray will steer Dramatra from post two at 9-5. The other returning champion Sunday is pacing gelding Finnbar (Real Desire-Unbeachable) who is coming off a lifetime best win of 1:53.3 just two weeks ago. He followed up that trip with a solid second place finish after being parked out most of the mile. Has been racing consistently at Plainridge but has shown his best form in those two starts. Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) rolls into town on the strength of a four-race win streak at Yonkers Raceway that saw him take a career best mark of 1:53.1. After two NYSS starts earlier this summer, Wyatt J found his groove in overnight condition races and looks to cash in during the month of October in Massachusetts. Trainer Nancy Longobardi has Ron Cushing up behind Finnbar from post five at 7-1 while Wyatt J will team with Scott Zeron from post two at 9-5 for trainer Linda Toscano. The 3-year-old male trotting division should be very closely contested having three standout performers. Double Dealing (RC Royalty-Heather Spur) is another Ducharme pupil and was second best in the MASS final last year. In 2020 Double Dealing was very effective in the NYSS Excel A series where he made the $50,000 final. He has four wins this year and took a lifetime mark of 1:54.2 at Tioga Downs. Then there is the powerful duo from the Domenico Cecere barn, Dazzling Lindy and Marquis Lafayette. Dazzling Lindy (Crazed-Lindy On The Rocks) finished third in the MASS final last year and has come back looking much improved. In only five starts at Plainridge, Dazzling Lindy has won three while finishing second and third in the other two. His wins include a lifetime best 1:55.2 outing last week. Marquis Lafayette (Ready For Cash-Highscore Kemp) has only four lifetime starts, but his single 2020 start is worth noting. It was a 13-1/2 length, 1:55.2 romp that gives immediate legitimacy to his presence. Double Dealing drew the pylons for driver Shawn Gray and is 3-2. Dazzling Lindy and Drew Monti leave from post six at 2-1 and Marquis Lafayette starts from post five at 5-2 for Scott Zeron. The 3-year-old pacing fillies are also closely matched with a former track record holder leading the way. Ry's Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) broke the Plainridge track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies on July 23 when she went a personal best 1:52.2 mile. Whereas that mark has since been broken again, she has continued to race well through the summer and is highly regarded here. She's A Fireball (Western Maverick-Fire Can Fly) was the Maine Sire Stake champion at two but did not fare well in the MASS final after making a break. This year she has two wins, a new mark of 1:55.1 and was race timed in 1:52.4 while finishing only 1-3/4 lengths behind Ry's Red Rocket in her track record performance. Trainer Gretchen Athearn has Matty "Ice" Athearn up behind Ry's Red Rocket who drew post six at 3-2 while Ron Cushing will steer She's A Fireball from the pylons at 5-2 for trainer Heidi Gibbs. The 2-year-old divisions begin on Monday (Sept. 28) as 33 first-year campaigners go postward. The trotting fillies will go in two divisions week one and each has a definite favorite. Moni For Lindy (Credit Winner-Live Moni) competed twice in the NYSS this year, winning at Tioga Downs in 1:55.3. She won two starts ago in the Wood End Light series at Plainridge Park in 1:57.4 and is the even money chalk from post four in the short field. The Domenico Cecere trained filly will be driven by Scott Zeron. In the second split, Me Too Baby (Muscle Hill-Baby Shaq) comes in off an impressive gate to wire victory in 1:58.2 in a division of the Wood End Light and looks to have a decided advantage over her competitors after that start. Me Too Baby is the 3-5 favorite off the pylons for Team Athearn. The pacing males have several strong entrants and the weeks leading up to the finals should be interesting. Mullinax (American Ideal-Up Front Kellie Jo) was a star in the NYSS Excel A series this year, winning two legs before going a lifetime best 1:53.2 mile in the $50,000 final. Plus he has won four out of his last five starts, finishing second in the other which brings him into this race at his best for trainer Mark Ford. Maui (Bettor's Delight-Barbara Ann) had two impressive wins in 1:54 and 1:54.3 in condition races before falling short in his most recent effort in Plainridge's Nauset Light series while stablemate Dancing Lew (Rocknroll Dance-Love Rocks) just took his mark of 1:54.4 at Plainridge after finishing fifth in his lone Pennsylvania Stallion Series start at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Both geldings hail from the Kevin Switzer stable. Mullinax is 2-1 from post seven with Scott Zeron, Maui leaves from post two with Shawn Gray at 8-5 and Dancing Lew drew post six with Bruce Ranger at 7-2. The trotting colts and geldings feature two more standouts from the NYSS. Incommunicado (Chapter Seven-Gran Cavalla) was the fourth leading point-getter among his peers and finished third in the NYSS final at Yonkers after cutting the mile and falling short by only 1/2 length. Trainer Ake Svanstedt will be making his first appearance in the MASS and looks to be one to beat. Beantown Madness (Conway Hall-Armbro Archer) competed in the NYSS Excel B series all summer where he amassed four wins in five starts. In his last start at Plainridge he won by five lengths in a career best 1:56.1, which was only 2/5th's of a second off the track record. Another George Ducharme trainee, Beantown Madness will have much to say in the coming weeks. Incommunicado leaves from post six at 2-1 with Scott Zeron and Beantown Madness drew post eight with Shawn Gray at 3-2. The pacing fillies offer a wide open affair that should go down to the wire. Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah) finished as the third top point-getter in the NYSS and made the final where she drew poorly and had a rough trip. So Amazing (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) was a NYSS Excel A star that also made that final and had an unfortunate draw. So Amazing beat Rightfully Mine at Plainridge Park on September 4 in the Nauset Light series where she went a career best 1:53.4. Suzie Blue Chip (American Ideal-Betty Hill) comes in off three straight wins including her 1:54.4 best at Plainridge and a NYSS Excel B event. Rightfully Mine drew post two for trainer Sheena Mcelhiney who has Scott Zeron up at 2-1, Ducharme's So Amazing drew post seven at 5-1 for Bruce Ranger and Suzie Blue Chip starts from post six at 9-5 with Shawn Gray up for Eve Bergeron. Here is the complete MASS schedule: Sunday, September 27, 2020 3-year-old first leg Monday, September 28, 2020 2-year-old first leg Sunday, October 4, 2020 3-year-old second leg Monday, October 5, 2020 2-year-old second leg Sunday, October 18, 2020 2-year-old third leg Monday, October 19, 2020 3-year-old third leg Monday, October 26, 2020 2- and 3-year-old finals For all the latest news and updates concerning Massachusetts harness racing, log on to the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts at www.sominc.net and Plainridge Park at www.plainrdigeparkcasino.com. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After struggling in recent starts at Pocono Downs, 3-year-old pacing filly Stowaway Hanover shipped into Massachusetts on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 24) and went the race of her life while winning the $15,000 featured pace for 4-year-old and younger female side-wheelers at Plainridge Park. Stowaway Hanover (Mitchell Cushing) took an early lead and then let the heavy favorite Trussed Up Trudy (Bruce Ranger) take command and give her the trip. Trussed Up Trudy then went to the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24 with Stowaway Hanover in hot pursuit. The two horses separated from the field going into the last turn where Stowaway Hanover tipped and paced by the leader. At the top of the stretch Stowaway Hanover kicked away to a 3-1/2 length lead at the line where she won in a lifetime best 1:52.3.   It was the fifth win of the year on her first trip to Plainridge for Stowaway Hanover ($16.20) and owner/trainer Pasquale Picca. Shawn Gray led all drivers on Thursday with three wins while trainer Melissa Beckwith was the top conditioner with two. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Sept. 25) with post time at 2 p.m. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes begin on Sunday (Sept. 27) at Plainridge Park and run through Monday (Oct. 26). There are three preliminary legs for each age, gender and gait followed by the finals. For more information on the MASS please log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts at www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Major Leaguer tripped-out to the head of the lane and then brushed hard to the wire to win the $17,500 Winners-Over harness racing feature pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 21). Heavily favored Paternity Suit A (Drew Monti) pushed away the gate and led the field to the quarter in :26.3 with Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) tucked in the garden spot. Just before the group reached the half, JK Will Power (Mitchell Cushing) came first over and pushed the pace to :27.1 in the third quarter, where Paternity Suit A opened up a two-length advantage. Rolling around the far turn Major Leaguer was in the perfect spot to strike and eventually shook loose at the top of the lane. With a margin to reel in, Graffam kept after Major Leaguer and they methodically made up ground on the leader, eventually catching Paternity Suit A by ½ length at the line to win in 1:50.4.   It was the fifth win of the year for Major Leaguer ($17.60) and owner Jimmy Whittemore. Marissa Chadbourne trains the winner. The co-featured $15,000 condition for 4-year-olds and under went to Pacer Racer (Drew Monti) who took the lead past the half and closed the deal with a one length win over a fast closing Finnbar (Ron Cushing) in 1:54.2. Pacer Racer ($4.80) registered his second win of the season for his owners Paul London, Michael Sepinuck, Kathleen Brewer and Andrew Kelson. Artie Brewer II is the trainer. Drew Monti led all drivers on Monday with four wins followed by Nick Graffam and Shawn Gray with two apiece. Sheena Mcelhiney was the top trainer with two wins. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 24) with post time at 2 p.m. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes begin on Sunday (Sept. 27) at Plainridge Park and run through Monday (Oct. 26). There are three preliminary legs for each age, gender and gait followed by the finals. For more information on the MASS please log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts at www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The final legs of the $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old harness racing trotters and the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers were held on Sunday (Sept. 20) at Plainridge Park producing two more winners who will be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting next week. The Wood End Light was won by Me Too Baby (Matty Athearn) who led at every station of the mile before turning for home and holding off a charge from the pocket-sitting Sumbigbank Hanover (Jay Randall) to score her first lifetime win by a neck in 1:58.2.   Me Too Baby ($3.00) is owned by Thomas Dillon and trained by Gretchen Athearn. The Nauset Light saw Suzie Blue Chip (Shawn Gray) sit a garden spot trip behind last week's winner Bumpah Stickah (Jim Hardy) all the way to the top of the lane where Gray pulled and ran down the leader at the light to win by ¾'s of a length in 1:56.1.   It was the third win in a row for Suzie Blue Chip ($2.40) and owner Kapildeo Singh. Eve Bergeron does the training. Both of these horses will draw serious consideration in the MASS when it kicks off at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27) when the 3-year-olds go to post. The 2-year-olds will first convene on Monday (Sept. 28). Driver Drew Monti led all reinsmen on Sunday with three winners followed closely by Shawn Gray with two. Trainer Domenico Cecere also sent two stablemembers to the winner's circle. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 21) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After ripping off four consecutive harness racing wins at Plainridge Park over the summer, Tucker Creek has finished third and second in his last two outings. But he got back to his winning ways on Friday (Sept. 18) after taking top honors in the $12,000 feature pace.   Unlikeanyother (Bruce Ranger) grabbed the early lead and marched to the half in :55.1 while Tucker Creek (Drew Monti) followed closely in second. As the field headed into the backstretch, Sea Isle City (Shawn Gray) pulled first over and pushed the pace of the leader to the three quarters in 1:23.1.   Sea Isle City's bid was short lived and he faded in the last turn, allowing Tucker Creek to leave the pocket and from there Tucker Creek and Unlikeanyother broke away from the field by four lengths. Heading down the stretch, the two paced almost in unison all the way to the line where Tucker Creek took the lead by a neck and won in 1:51.1, which was a new lifetime mark.     Tucker Creek ($8.60) now has five wins this year for owner Joseph Hayes Jr. and Paul Paoletti. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner.   Driver Nick Graffam hit a career milestone in the 10th race on Friday after he won with Itsallaboutmach ($17.20) in a lifetime best time of 1:53.4. it was Graffam's 600th lifetime victory in the sulky. The 30-year-old Graffam also has 801 seconds and 761 thirds and earnings in excess of $4.1 million over the last eight years.   Drivers Shawn Gray, Bruce Ranger, Drew Monti and Mitchell Cushing and trainer Jimmy Nickerson, all registered two wins on the card Friday.   Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 20) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A pair of 4-year-old mares won co-featured $12,000 distaff paces at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 17), each employing a different harness racing strategy to get the job done. First in a mid-level conditioned event, That's Incredible (Drew Monti) drafted along fifth while Avery Seelster (John Nason) marshaled the group to the half in a quick :54.3. At that point Monti had That's Incredible out and rolling on the outside as they made their way up the backside. Passing horses quickly, That's Incredible drew alongside Avery Seelster in the last turn and took the lead at the head of the stretch. Under mild urging, That's Incredible stayed in front of the late closing Shady Caroline (Nick Graffam) and Certified Ideal (Mitchell Cushing) to win in 1:53.2, which was a new seasonal mark.   That's Incredible ($3.60) scored her fourth win of the year for owner Joseph Trice and trainer Jimmy Nickerson. Then in the non-winners of six lifetime condition, Mary Goodnight (Shawn Gray) took the lead at the quarter and stayed on top all the way to the wire. Posting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1, Mary Goodnight turned for home and held off the hard charging After The Lovin (Ron Cushing), Cornerd Beach (Bruce Ranger) and Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) all the way down the stretch to win by a length in 1:54.   It was the third win in a row and fourth out of the last five starts for Mary Goodnight ($2.40) who is owned by Joey Mcwhinnie and trained by Scott Rollins. Driver Bruce Ranger had the hot hand again, winning three races on the card while Kevin Switzer Jr. and Jay Randall each won two. Trainer Melissa Beckwith registered three winners as well with Robert Gale posting two. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Sept. 17) with post time set for 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- He made his last  harness racing start in Australia on June 26. Now just 11 weeks later, Ideal Star N had a career day at Plainridge Park as he won the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap on Monday (Sept. 14). Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) took command of the race and led the field unaccosted to the half in :55.2. Then in the second turn, JK Will Power (Mitchell Cushing) pulled first over followed by Moonshine Kisses (Phil Fluet) and Ideal Star N (Shawn Gray). The outer flow started to slow at three-quarters and that's when Gray tipped Ideal Star N three-deep into the last turn. He took the lead in deep stretch and pulled away to a length advantage at the wire in 1:51.3.   It was the first North American win for Ideal Star N ($12.20) and a new lifetime mark. Owned by the Jesmeral Stable, Ideal Star N is trained by Sheena Mcelhiney. Gray, Mcelhiney and Jesmeral also hooked up in the eight race with Audi Hare N (1:52.1, $5.80) giving that team a double on Monday. Gray ended up with a driving triple at the end of the day. The co-featured $15,000 conditioned pace for Massachusetts owned 4-year-olds and under was won by Finnbar (Ron Cushing) who went right to the front and led at every station en route to a half-length victory in 1:53.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Finnbar ($9.20) is owned and trained by Nancy Longobardi and will be racing later this month in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes which start at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27). Driver Ron Cushing also doubled up on Monday after winning with Bettors Fire N ($4.80) who went gate to wire in a new seasonal mark of 1:52.1. Heidi Gibbs trains Bettors Fire N for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 17) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- On Sunday (Sept. 13) Plainridge Park hosted the second harness racing leg of the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters and both races featured horses who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting later this month. The Nauset pace was won by Bumpah Stickah (Jim Hardy) who took a first-over path from third, cleared and opened up 4-3/4 lengths at the top of the stretch and then held off a fast closing Winning Line (Mitchell Cushing) at the wire to win in 1:55.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Bumpah Stickah ($28.40) is owned by David Thibault, Paul Vacca, Ed Nowak Jr. and Jim Hardy. Jolene Andrews trains the winner.    The Wood End trot was won by Beantown Madness (Shawn Gray) who followed Moni For Lindy (Drew Monti) for three-quarters of the mile before tipping out and taking the lead off the last turn and then trotted away to win by five lengths in 1:56.1, which was also a new lifetime mark. The Michael Goldberg Racing Stable owns Beantown Madness ($15.20) who scored his fifth win out of six lifetime starts this year for trainer George Ducharme. Both Bumpah Stickah and Beantown Madness are Massachusetts-bred and are eligible to compete in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27). Driver Shawn Gray remained red hot at The Ridge scoring four more wins on Sunday. Drew Monti won three on the card while Jim Hardy took two. Trainers Domenico Cecere and George Ducharme both sent two horses to the winner’s enclosure. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 14) with post time at 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Last week, Unlikeanyother scored a career best 1:51.4 win in a runaway effort at Plainridge Park. On Friday (Sept. 11) he one-upped himself while taking the featured $12,000 harness racing pacing event for 5-year-olds and under at The Ridge. Bruce Ranger directed Unlikeanyother to the front as usual and the 4-year-old gelded son of Pet Rock-Scootin Mercedes opened up a quick two-length margin in :26.3. With no opposition at all, Ranger backed down the second panel to :29.1 and then proceeded to three-quarters in 1:24. Unlikeanyother immediately opened up a three-length gap and paced around the last turn all by himself. With the stick tucked, Ranger line-drove Unlikeanyother to the light in a swift but easy 1:51.3 win and took a second consecutive lifetime mark.   Now two-for-two, Unlikeanyother ($4.20) is undefeated since coming to the Commonwealth, much to the delight of his owner Jim Winske. Melissa Beckwith trains the winner. Ranger and Beckwith also teamed up to win with Rural Art (1:53.3, $16.00), giving them each a double for the day. Matty "Ice" Athearn also scored two driving wins Friday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park this week on Sunday (Sept. 13) with post time at 2 p.m. Plainridge will now race four days a week on a Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday schedule for the next seven weeks, right through Friday (Oct. 31). Post time for all racing days is 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 27), Sunday (Oct. 4) and Sunday (Oct. 18) will feature preliminary legs of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes with the finals to be held on Monday (Oct. 26). For more information on these stakes, please log on to the home of the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts at www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- It was better than a hat trick or a grand slam; it was "Graymazing". That's the only way you could describe what harness racing driver Shawn Gray did at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 10). He won six consecutive races in which he drove, much to the delight of those who backed him at the windows. After finishing third in the first race, Gray won races three through seven and then race nine. He did not have a ride in race eight. Gray's win total also accounted for over half of the races won during the 11 race card. Among Gray's six-pack was a victory in the featured $12,000 Winners-Over distaff pace with Firstup. Firstup got away fourth in a :26.3 first panel but was on the point by the half. But she was not alone. Pasultimatedelite N (Drew Campbell) was pacing strong right beside her, pushing the issue in a 1:22 third quarter. Just past that station Gray asked the mare for more and the mare responded. Firstup opened up a four-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go and kicked away to a wrapped-up 7-1/2 length advantage at the wire in 1:50.3. The time was a new career mark.   It was the second straight win for Firstup ($4.60) at Plainridge Park for owner Jesmeral Stable. Sheena Mcelhiney trains the mare. Gray also won with Weekend Getaway (1:51.1, $3.80), Suzie Blue Chip (1:54.4, $2.60), Gottalovemyshadow (1:51.1, $4.20), Brenda's Got It (1:53, $6.00) and Mary Goodnight (1:53, $3.80). Gray's sulky superiority gave him an outrageous .889 universal driver rating for the day and vaulted him into the lead for driving honors for the meet. Gray now has 42 wins, one ahead of Drew Monti and six in front of Bruce Ranger and Mitchell Cushing who are tied for third. Gray is also currently seventh in North America for UDR among all drivers with between 300 and 499 starts. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Sept. 11) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After drawing three consecutive outside posts, Paternity Suit A found himself starting third from the pylons and made it pay as he won the $15,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 7). Driver Drew Monti pushed away the gate with Paternity Suit A and grabbed the lead immediately and with the harness racing field in single file behind him, backed the half down to :55.3. As the field motored up the backside, last week's feature winner Tom Me Gun N (Shawn Gray) pulled first over into the breeze and mounted a challenge against the leader. Tom Me Gun N got to within a length of Paternity Suit A around the last turn but when they hit the top of the stretch, Monti tapped the bike twice and Paternity Suit A swelled up and pulled away to a 4-3/4 length lead at the wire and won in 1:50.3.  It was the fourth win in the last six starts for Paternity Suit A ($6.00) who is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski.  The second fastest mile of the day was posted by Avatartist in the $12,000 upper level condition pace who won after taking a bit of air. Mitchell Cushing pulled Avatartist first over from fourth at the half and motored up the outer rim in a 1:22 three-quarters. From there, he continued to wear down the front running Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) in the lane and tripped the beam 1-1/4 lengths ahead in 1:50.4. It was the fourth win of the year for Avatartist ($6.60) and trainer Mark Eaton who co-owns with Bob McHugh, Robert Griffin and Russell Young.  Bruce Ranger had a huge day in the bike, scoring a grand slam on the card.  He won with Chocolate Xplosion (1:56.3, $8.00), Bag Pipe Major (1:51.3, $2.80), Dancing Lew (1:54.4, $2.40) and Rancousy (1:52, $13.40).    With that effort, Ranger moved into a second place tie for the dash driving lead with Shawn Gray with 36 wins, five behind the leading Drew Monti and one ahead of the fourth place Mitchell Cushing.  Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 10) with post time at 2 p.m.  By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After drawing three consecutive outside harness racing posts, Paternity Suit A found himself starting third from the pylons and made it pay as he won the $15,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 7). Driver Drew Monti pushed away the gate with Paternity Suit A and grabbed the lead immediately and with the field in single file behind him, backed the half down to :55.3. As the field motored up the backside, last week's feature winner Tom Me Gun N (Shawn Gray) pulled first over into the breeze and mounted a challenge against the leader. Tom Me Gun N got to within a length of Paternity Suit A around the last turn but when they hit the top of the stretch, Monti tapped the bike twice and Paternity Suit A swelled up and pulled away to a 4-3/4 length lead at the wire and won in 1:50.3.   It was the fourth win in the last six starts for Paternity Suit A ($6.00) who is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. The second fastest mile of the day was posted by Avatartist in the $12,000 upper level condition pace who won after taking a bit of air. Mitchell Cushing pulled Avatartist first over from fourth at the half and motored up the outer rim in a 1:22 three-quarters. From there, he continued to wear down the front running Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) in the lane and tripped the beam 1-1/4 lengths ahead in 1:50.4. It was the fourth win of the year for Avatartist ($6.60) and trainer Mark Eaton who co-owns with Bob McHugh, Robert Griffin and Russell Young. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 10) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The Friday afternoon (Sept. 4) card at Plainridge Park featured a pair of $15,000 races for 2-year-olds of both harness racing gaits who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes later this month and if today's results are any indication, that series will be very tough this year. The Nauset Light for freshman pacers was won by So Amazing (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) on the strength of a career best effort. Tim Mcmiki (Kevin Switzer Jr.) led the field to the half in :55 and continun the point to the five-eighths where the heavily favored Rightfully Mine (Shawn Gray) came first over with So Amazing (Bruce Ranger) on her tail. Rightfully Mine quickly grabbed the lead and So Amazing drew alongside at the three-quarters. From there the pair traded strides and leads around the far turn and into the stretch. Then they paced almost dead even all the way down the lane until So Amazing got a head advantage at the beam in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner.   So Amazing is owned by Nancy Longobardi and Domenic Longobardi, who also bred the winner that is trained by George Ducharme. It was the third win in the last four starts for So Amazing ($11.80) who is the fourth leading point-getter in the New York Sire Stake Excelsior Series for 2-year-old pacing fillies and will be heading to the $50,000 final on Friday (Sept. 11) at Tioga Downs. Rightfully Mine (American Ideal-Leah) is the third leading point-getter in the New York Sire Stakes and will make her next start in the $225,000 2-year-old pacing filly division during the Night Of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 12). Both fillies are MASS eligible and will be pointed towards that stake which starts later this month. The Wood End Light was for 2-year-old trotters and Moni for Lindy (Credit Winner-Live Moni) put in a dominating performance. Drew Monti sent Moni for Lindy right to the front and led the whole race by no less than a gapped length. After skirting through quarters of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:28.3, Moni for Lindy opened up a two length advantage at the top of the stretch and extended her lead to 3-3/4 as she cruised home under no urging at all in 1:57.4, which was only 1/5th of a second off the track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies.   It was the second straight win for Moni for Lindy ($2.40) who is owned and bred by the Moni Maker Stable and trained by Domenico Cecere. Moni For Lindy is the ninth highest 2-year-old filly trotter point-getter in the NYSS and could draw into the $225,000 final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 12). She too is MASS eligible. Horsemen scoring two wins on Friday were drivers Bruce Ranger, Mike Stevenson and Shawn Gray and trainer Joe Flynn. The dash driving race continues to stay close with only seven wins separating the top four drivers. Drew Monti leads with 39 wins ahead of Shawn Gray with 36, Mitchell Cushing with 33 and Bruce Ranger with 32. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Labor Day Monday (Sept. 7) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old Ry's Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) will be a formidable foe in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes that start later this month after she tuned up with a commanding win in the $15,000 feature harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 3). Matty "Ice" Athearn left with Ry's Red Rocket and dictated the entire race. After hitting the half in a pedestrian :57.1 with nobody arguing the point, Always About Paul (Jim Hardy) made a first-over move and attempted to challenge the leader. He did prompt a :28.1 third quarter but never got closer than a length away. After rounding the final bend, Ry's Red Rocket kicked away to a four-length lead and cruised home under a casual line drive to win in 1:54.1.   It was the fourth win of the year for Ry's Red Rocket ($4.00) who is owned by Linwood Higgins and trained by Gretchen Athearn. Matty and Gretchen Athearn completed a driver/trainer double after scoring the first lifetime win with Roll With Fire (1:57.2, $5.20). In the first of two $12,000 conditioned secondary features -- one for fillies and mares and one for colts and geldings -- Mary Goodnight (Shawn Gray) was locked in fifth on the pylons at the top of the lane when the one-path parted like the Red Sea, allowing Gray room to drive his mare into contention and then catch the front running American Arrow (Mitchell Cushing) at the wire by a head in 1:53. It was the second win in the last three starts for Mary Goodnight ($20.40) and owner Joey Mcwhinnie. Scott Rollins does the training. Then in the male split, Sea Isle City (Shawn Gray) sat the pocket behind Ok Kudo (Jay Randall) until they spiralled off the last turn where Gray pulled right line and flew right by the leader on his way to a 1:51.1 lifetime best victory. Sea Isle City ($11.60) captured his third win of the year for owners William Ethier and Barbara Ethier and trainer Jamie Gerard. Shawn Gray completed his day with a driving hat trick after winning also with Beast Mode (1:52.4, $10.20) Driver Mitchell Cushing had a double on Thursday as well. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Sept. 4) at 2 p.m. Friday's card features the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and the $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters. These races are annually a primer for the Massachusetts Sire Stake and 11 of the 16 starters on Friday are MASS eligible. The state-bred series starts at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27). by Tim Bojarski, for the  Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts        

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