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Plainville, MA --- The 2020 Plainridge Park meet concluded on Friday (Nov. 27) and despite starting over two months late due to the global pandemic, the harness racing track enjoyed a successful and productive year. With stringent safety protocols in place and the strict adherence to them by all racing personnel from day one of live racing, the meet was run in its entirety without any Covid-related incidents. That is a reflection of the hard work put in by the track's staff and all of the horsemen and horsewomen to ensure the safety of everyone and protect their livelihoods as all worked through difficult times. "We are happy with the meet we had given the circumstances we had to deal with. But the only way we were able to operate successfully centered around my incredible staff. Each and every one of them went above and beyond their responsibilities, doing whatever it took to get thru the toughest season we have ever faced in regards to operations,"said Steve O'Toole, Director of Racing at Plainridge Park. "We tried to accommodate the horsemen as best we could, especially the regulars and those local. The $7 million in purses distributed in the shortened season should give them stability until we start next year." On the track, Shawn Gray was the top dash driver with 111 wins, $1,081,476 in earnings and a UDR of .436 followed by Drew Monti in second with 94 wins, $899,901 in earnings and a UDR of .302 and Bruce Ranger a very close third with 93 wins, $907,748 in earnings and a UDR of .300. Shawn Gray (Tim Bojarski Photo) Melissa Beckwith was the winningest trainer with 39 victories in only 89 starts which gave her a win percentage of 44% and a UTR of .541. She also bankrolled $249,700 in earnings. Jimmy Nickerson was right behind her in second with 32 wins, $323,515 in earnings and a UTR of .401. Best Honey Hanover was the most productive horse, visiting the winner's circle eight times during the meet and earning $48,300 while splitting time between barns through claims. There were eight track records broken and one tied during the year. Two of those occurred on Spirit of Massachusetts Trot day in July when Manchego scorched The Ridge in 1:49.3 to set the all-time trotting mark and Shartin N paced in 1:48.1 to break the all-time pacing mark she set just one year ago. Manchego scorched The Ridge in 1:49.3 Shartin N paced in 1:48.1 to break the all-time pacing mark The Massachusetts Sire Stakes held at Plainridge in October also showed how far the state-bred Standardbreds have come as seven stake records were broken and another tied during the four week run of that series. Plainridge Park will kick off their 2021 on April 12 and feature 110 days of love racing. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A pair of District 9 events named "The Glenn" for resident harness racing pacers of Plainridge Park were held on closing day Friday (Nov. 27) with big performances put in by both winners. In the $25,000 main event, Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) turned a second-over trip into a five length victory at the wire. Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) out-left Avatartist (Nick Graffam) and skated to the quarter in :26 flat. Just past the three-eighths Paternity Suit A (Drew Monti) pulled first over, followed by Rock Diamonds N as they hit the half. Paternity Suit A Drew alongside Quick Shot up the backstretch and crossed over for the lead by three-quarters in 1:21.4. But Rock Diamonds N was next to be heard from and he took the lead at the head of the stretch. From there he opened up a five length advantage as he paced to the wire wrapped-up in 1:50.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Rock Diamonds N ($10.60) and it pushed his seasonal bankroll to $73,425 for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. Rock Diamonds N Then in the $20,000 undercard, Cherokee Hiflyzane (Mitchell Cushing) mounted a late rush to claim victory in the shadow of the wire. Cherokee Hiflyzane got away third while Rockin Cougar (Nick Graffam) took the field to the quarter in :26.3 and the half in :55.1. Just past that station, Waves (Drew Monti) came first up with Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) right on his back. Positions remained the same until Mach Doro A tipped three deep and drew alongside Rockin Cougar at the three quarters in 1:23 and it looked like a two horse race. But at the 7/8th's pole, Cherokee Hiflyzane found room to get off the pylons from fifth and started to pace furiously. He made up the 3-1/2 lengths he was behind at the top of the lane and caught Rockin Cougar at the line by a ¼ length in 1:51.3. It was the fourth win of the year for Cherokee Hiflyzane ($7.00) who is owned and trained by Roger Farrar. Cherokee Hiflyzane Plainridge Park had a $47,420 carry over for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race on Friday with a guaranteed $75,000 pool through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program along with a mandatory payout. There was $99,571 new money wagered for a total pool of $146,991 which was the largest ever bet at Plainridge Park. The combination of 9-3-8-5-4 returned $244.98 for a 20-cent bet. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta at Plainridge Park has not been hit since September and the carryover has been growing exponentially. With that pool now standing at $47,420 and the meet ending on Friday (Nov. 27), Plainridge has announced that Friday's Hi-5 wager in race six will carry a guaranteed $75,000 pool with a mandatory payout. If there is no unique winning combination purchased, the track will pay out on the closest winning combination(s) wagered. The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and as such, a free program page for the race are available on the USTA's website (ustrotting.com) under the "Handicapping Tab" or by clicking here. (https://legacy.trackmaster.com/usta/prc1127x.pdf) The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race on Friday is 1 p.m. The $75,000 guaranteed Hi-5 sixth race is slated to go off at 2:40 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Plainville, MA --- A pair of $18,000 condition contests highlighted the harness racing action at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25) with front-end speed prevailing in each. In the District 9 special event "The Brown", Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went right to the front and paced to the half unencumbered in :56.4. Then during the second half he turned back a mid-race challenge from Simply Susational N (Ron Cushing) and held off a late stretch run by Biggie (Mitchell Cushing) to win by 1/4 length in 1:53.4. It was the third win of the year for Opus Blue Chip ($5.40) who is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Then in the 5-year-old and under condition, Whata Foolbelieves (Matty Athearn) got away third at the quarter but pulled at that point and took command by the half in :55.2. Right there Touch Of Character (Steve Wilson) pulled alongside and started to match strides with the leader. The two paced in tandem to three-quarters and around the far turn where Whata Foolbelieves took command by a length and held off late rushes from three closers to win by 1/4 length in 1:53.3. It was also the third win of the year for Whata Foolbelieves ($3.00) and owners Joan Harmon, Normand St. Clair and Michael Foley. Gretchen Athearn does the training. Whata Foolbelieves Whata Foolbelieves Team Graffam had a big day at The Ridge as Nick Graffam had a driving triple and Mike Graffam had a training double to lead all horsemen in their respective categories. There is no racing on Thanksgiving Thursday (Nov. 26) but live racing will resume for the last time in 2020 on Friday (Nov. 27) at 1 p.m. Plainridge has announced that Friday's Hi-5 wager -- which is offered in race six -- will carry a guaranteed $75,000 pool with a mandatory payout. The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and as such, a free program page for the race will be available on the USTA's website or by clicking here. The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta at Plainridge Park has not been hit since September and the carryover has been growing exponentially. With that pool now standing at $47,420 and the meet ending on Friday (Nov. 27), Plainridge has announced that Friday's Hi-5 wager in race six will carry a guaranteed $75,000 pool with a mandatory payout. If there is no unique winning harness racing combination purchased, the track will pay out on the closest winning combination(s) wagered. "Plainridge Park is very excited to offer this pool on Friday and excited for our fans to have the opportunity for a big payoff," said Jay Savastano, Mutuels Manager/Assistant Director of Racing Services at Plainridge Park. "Despite the challenges we have all faced in 2020, we had a very solid meet and our customers supported us all year. This guaranteed pool is a great way for us to end the year." The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and as such, a free program page for the race will be available on the USTA's website (ustrotting.com) under the "Handicapping Tab" or by clicking here. (https://legacy.trackmaster.com/usta/prc1127x.pdf) The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. Plainridge Park will be dark on Thursday (Nov. 26) in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Post time for the first race on Friday is 1 p.m. The $75,000 guaranteed Hi-5 sixth race is slated to go off at 2:40 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

Plainville, MA --- Eurobond took a while to grab the lead but when he did, it was for good and it paid off handsomely for his harness racing connections as he won the $25,000 Winners-Over trot at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov. 23). Eurobond (Bruce Ranger) chased Make It A Double (Matty Athearn) to the quarter in :27.3 before taking over the lead past that station and calling the shots from there. Eurobond trotted away, opening up a two length lead at the half and extending it to three by three-quarters in 1:24.3, with the rest of the field in two rows experiencing futile pursuit. At the top of the stretch the leader had opened up by five but started to look vulnerable as Manny L (Shawn Gray) was flying late and making up considerable ground. But Eurobond found the wire first by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4.   It was the fourth win of the year for Eurobond ($3.20) who has now earned $43,965 for owner Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere is the trainer. Cecere and Ranger also teamed up to win the $18,000 conditioned undercard trot with Sweet Shirley Mae ($2.10) who led with fractions of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:27.2 before turning for home, opening up six lengths and winning in 1:56.2. Sweet Shirley Mae is owned by Moni Market Breeders. Ranger also won with Brookroadgeorge (1:58.3, $9.20) and Gracie Under Fire (1:59.2, $16.00) on Monday to claim a driving Grand Slam on the card. Live racing will resume at Plainridge Park on Wednesday (Nov. 25) instead of Thursday (Nov. 26) due to the Thanksgiving holiday. And the final day of racing for the 2020 season will be held on Friday (Nov. 27). Post time for both days will be 1 p.m. Friday will feature a $47,420 carry over and a $75,000 guaranteed pool in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and as such, a free program page for the race will be available on the USTA's website (ustrotting.com) under the Handicapping tab on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25). The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday carries a mandatory payout so if there is no unique winning combination purchased, the track will pay out on the closest winning combination(s). The $75,000 guaranteed pool on Friday is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager has been one of the most popular bets offered at Plainridge Park since its introduction and also one of the toughest to hit. Since the last winning ticket was cashed here back in September, the carryover pool has now grown to $47,420 after the ninth race on Friday (Nov. 21). Now with the meet heading into the final week, the pool must be paid out. Whereas the track has been offering the wager twice on each live racing day, this week the Wicked Hi-5 will be suspended from the wagering menu all week until Friday (Nov. 27) when it will be offered only one time in race six with a mandatory payout and guaranteed pool of $75,000. If there is no unique winning combination purchased, the track will pay out on the closest winning combination(s) wagered. The Wicked Hi-5 on Friday will be part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering program and as such, a free program page for the race will be available on the USTA's website (ustrotting.com) under the "Handicapping" tab on Tuesday afternoon. The $75,000 guaranteed pool is the largest ever offered in the 21-year history of Plainridge Park. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up on Thursday (Nov. 26), there will be no live racing held at Plainridge. However that card of racing will be conducted on Wednesday (Nov. 25) instead. Post time for the final three days of racing at Plainridge Park is 1 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Rock Diamonds N made an early second-over move behind live outer cover and turned it into a harness racing victory in the $17,500 District 9 Gronk Series at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 19). Avatartist (Bruce Ranger) got away sharp and was two on top at the quarter in :26.4. Shortly after that station, Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled first into the breeze while Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) followed willingly. The field was in two rows heading up the backside with three in and three out when Bet You drew alongside Avatartist at three-quarters. That challenge faltered coming out of the last turn where Cushing tipped Rock Diamonds N three deep and started to drive hard down the lane. Avatartist was game and held his ground but Rock Diamonds N had a head of steam and rolled past him at the wire to win by 1/4 length in 1:53.   It was the fourth win of the year for Rock Diamonds N ($11.40) who now has earned $189,945 on the strength of 15 wins since coming to the Northern Hemisphere last year. The 7-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dancing Diamonds is owned by Kevin Sywyk, his driver Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs does the training. The team of Cushing, Sywyk, Ranaldi and Gibbs also doubled up, sending Mach Doro A ($8.40) to a six-length win in the day's final race. In the other $15,000 Gronk division, Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) scored his second consecutive victory after pulling at the three-eighths to take the overland route to the top of the stretch where he grabbed the lead and then held off Cherokee Hiflyzane (Mitchell Cushing) by a neck at the wire in 1:53.3. Quick Shot ($5.60) is owned by Kathleen Brewer and is trained by Artie Brewer. Bruce Ranger was the top driver on Thursday, scoring a hat trick on the 10-race card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Nov. 20) with post time at 1 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The Fun Marshall has certainly had a good time since coming to Plainridge Park. After getting her first win of the year at the Meadowlands on October 2nd, she is now four-for-four at The Ridge after taking the $12,000 fillies and mares harness racing feature pace on a very inclement Friday afternoon (Nov. 13). Best Honey Hanover (Kevin Switzer Jr.) took the lead with The Fun Marshall right behind, and went to the quarter in :26.3. Positions remained unchanged to the half where Odds On Algorithm (Shawn Gray) motored up the outside to challenge the leader. The three horses broke away from the pack up the backstretch and got to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Halfway through the last turn, Best Honey Hanover started to fade and The Fun Marshall tipped three-deep around her. It turned into a match race down the lane as The Fun Marshall and Best Honey Hanover traded strides all the way to the wire where The Fun Marshall just got up to win in 1:53.1.   Still perfect in Massachusetts, The Fun Marshall ($5.20) is also perfect for her owners Jim Winske, David Winske and Stephen Michaels. Melissa Beckwith trains the winner. Beckwith also trains Mach Me Onemore (1:54, $2.60) and Rural Art (1:53.2, $7.20) who both won, giving her a training triple. Drivers Bruce Ranger and Shawn Gray each had two wins to lead all drivers on Friday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 16) with post time at 1 p.m. There are only six racing days left in the 2020 live racing meet which concludes on Friday (Nov. 27). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- JK Will Power took the overland route to an impressive harness racing victory in the $17,500 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 12). Mitchell Cushing seated JK Will Power third off the car while Paternity Suit A (Drew Monti) took the lead at the quarter. Just past that station Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) popped the pocket and grabbed the front as they hit the half in :56.1. At that point JK Will Power was already out and wheeling with Hudson Phil (Jay Randall) on his back heading to three-quarters. With the field now three in and three out, Major Leaguer continued to lead past the three-quarters and through the last turn, but started to falter at the head of the stretch. JK Will Power took the lead there while Hudson Phil tipped three deep and Paternity Suit A found room along the pylons. And although the two chasers made up ground to the wire, JK Will Power stayed on task to finish the job and win by 1/2 length in 1:52.1.   It was the seventh win of the year for JK Will Power ($12.00) and it pushed his earnings to $68,280 for owner Michael Goldberg Racing. Jeff Lieberman is the trainer. In the co-featured $17,500 District 9 "Gronk" series, Beachchip Hanover (Shawn Gray) sat a perfect pocket trip behind Avatartist (Bruce Ranger) the entire race until the stretch where he pulled and kicked home to a 1-1/2 length in 1:51.3 victory. Beachchip Hanover ($7.20) is owned by Jeffrey Epstein and Steven Gondelman and is trained by Jamie Gerard. In a true rarity, 10 different drivers and 10 different trainers accounted for the day's 10 winners at The Ridge on Thursday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Nov. 13) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After a successful stint at Yonkers Raceway, Nows The Moment returned to Plainridge Park and reclaimed top honors after dominating in the $17,500 Winners-Over harness racing trot on Monday afternoon (Nov. 9). Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left three-deep into the first turn and took the lead before the quarter in a blistering :26.2. Mister Muscle (Bruce Ranger), who was tracking right behind him, then grabbed the front right after he cleared as they passed by the stands. Not content with the trip, Nows The Moment once again pulled to retake and did so before the half in :54.3. An eighth of a mile later, Eurobond (Drew Monti) was out and rolling towards the two-move leader to press the issue further. They trotted past three-quarters in 1:23.1 and tangled into the stretch when Nows The Moment started to kick away and opened up a two length advantage. With Stevenson keeping him on task, Nows The Moment maintained his lead to the wire over a late closing If Not Why Not (Kevin Switzer) and won in 1:53.2.   Nows The Moment ($7.20) has now earned $86,700 on the strength of six wins this year for owner Sonya McDonald. L Alex MacDonald is the trainer. In the secondary featured $15,000 conditioned trot, two-time Massachusetts Sire Stake champion Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) extended her winning streak to six in a row after she took the lead past the quarter, fought off a challenge from Dazzling Lindy (Drew Monti) at three-quarters and trotted away down the lane to a wrapped-up 1-1/2 length win over Southwind Frost (Mitchell Cushing) in 1:54.3. Without A Warning ($2.40) is a 3-year-old filly who swept the MASS for two consecutive years and now boasts $424,822 in lifetime earnings on the strength of 12 wins in only 26 career starts for breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. Shawn Gray, Nick Graffam and Mike Stevenson all had two driving wins on Monday while Mike Graffam led all trainers with two wins as well. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Nov. 12) with post time at 1 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Coming off a heavy slate of stake action in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana, Gai Waterhouse drew into a $12,000 overnight conditioned harness racing event at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov. 6) and paced away with her first win of 2020. Watchful Eye (Shawn Gray) took the early lead before Gai Waterhouse (Drew Monti) grabbed the top spot in front of the stands. Positions changed again when Watchful Eye retook once more as the pair do-si-doed by the half. The two top horses remained in one-two order to the three-quarters and around the last turn, but when they approached the head of the stretch Monti tipped Gai Waterhouse and the filly went right past Watchful Eye. She then paced strong to the wire one length ahead of the late closing Scotlynn Seelster (Mitchell Cushing) to win in 1:54.2, which was a new seasonal mark.   Gai Waterhouse ($2.10), who was the Kentucky Sire Stake 2-year-old pacing filly champion last year, has now earned $220,367 in only 18 lifetime starts for owner Great horse and trainer Domenico Cecere. Driver Matty "Ice" Athearn was at it again at Plainridge. On Monday he won with 60-1 shot Stihl N and returned $133.40, which was the largest win payoff of the season. On Friday Athearn left from post one with 69-1 shot Easteriffic and followed the heavily favored Gottalovemyshadow (Shawn Gray) to the top of the stretch where he pulled and blew right by to win by 2-1/2 lengths and pay $141.00. Joan Harmon, Normand St. Clair and Mike Foley own the Gretchen Athearn trained filly who now holds the distinction of paying the highest win mutuel of the meet. Bruce Ranger was the top driver on Friday, winning four races during the afternoon while Melissa Beckwith was the winningest trainer with three scores. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 9) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- The harness racing District 9 event for Plainridge Park based pacers with a Trackmaster of 87 or less known as "The Gronk" continued for a second week with a $17,500 purse on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 5) with Bet You claiming the winner's share of the purse. Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. floated out third to the quarter with Bet You while Waves (Nick Graffam) took the lead. But once Waves settled, Bet You made a brush for the lead in front of the stands and then got to the half in :55. Tisadream N (Drew Monti) pulled first-over at that point and would proceed to push the leader for the rest of the mile. Heading up the backside Tisadream N slowly made up ground despite the :27.1 pace set by Bet You, and by the top of the stretch he was within 1-¼ lengths of the front runner. Heading down the stretch the lead continued to diminish as Tisadream N dug in, but Bet You was tough and closed out the mile on top by three-quarters of a length in 1:51 flat. It was the third win of the year for Bet You ($8.00) who is owned by Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson is the trainer. The track record for 3-year-old pacing colts was tied on Thursday in the $15,000 condition for 5-year-old and under pacers by newcomer Sports Obsession (Drew Monti) who shipped-in to Plainridge from Woodbine/Mohawk Park after a 27 day layoff and overcame post seven to go gate to wire and win by 1-¾ lengths in 1:51.1. The time was also a new lifetime mark for the winner.   Sports Obsession ($5.00) is a son of Sportswriter-Hayworth Blue Chip that is owned by Joseph Trice and trained by Jimmy Nickerson. Monti and Nickerson were a hot tandem on Thursday combining for three wins on the card. Besides Sports Obsession, the pair also sent OK Kudo (1:53.1, $8.60) and Givenupdreaming (1:51.4, $3.00) to the winner's circle. Monti ended up with the driving Grand Slam adding GD Cruise For Gold (1:55.1, $5.00) to his tally for the afternoon. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Nov. 6) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Northfield Park regular Mister Muscle took the short 635 mile ride down the 90 to Plainridge Park and immediately flexed his way to the winner's circle in the $17,500 Winners-Over trotting harness racing feature on Monday afternoon (Nov.2). Mister Muscle (Bruce Ranger) took the lead and opened up a two length advantage over Ronnie Goldstein (Shawn Gray) at the quarter in :27.4. With a gapped advantage still at the half, Pappy Go Go (Mitchell Cushing) and Eurobond (Drew Monti) started rolling an outer flow in pursuit of the leader. Mister Muscle opened up three at three-quarters as Pappy Go Go faded, Eurobond went around him and Ronnie Goldstein started to dig in. With footsteps getting closer, Ranger started to heavily urge Mister Muscle at the head of the lane as his lead was diminishing with every stride. But despite the pursuer's best efforts, Mister Muscle took their best shot and hung on by a neck for the win in 1:55.3.   It was the sixth victory of the year for Mister Muscle ($10.40) who is owned by Patricia Schneeberger and trained by Melissa Beckwith. The biggest win mutuel of the meet was paid out on Monday after Matty "Ice" Athearn lived up to his name while coolly driving 60-1 Stihl N up the pylons at three-quarters and then three-deep in the stretch to nose out R Maddy Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) at the wire in 1:55.1 to claim a new lifetime mark. Stihl N returned $133.40 to win much to the delight of her owner James Hemenway. Paul McHugh is the trainer. Shawn Gray led all drivers on Monday with three wins while Alicia Gray led all trainers with two. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Nov. 5) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- They were dashing through the snow at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Oct. 30) but the elements did little to cool red hot The Fun Marshall who scored her third consecutive harness racing win in the $15,000 featured pace for fillies and mares. The Fun Marshall was floated off the gate by driver Mitchell Cushing and methodically worked her way to the lead past the quarter. Once seated, she comfortably paced to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.4 with Kitty Hoyne (Nick Graffam) in pursuit on the rim. By the time the race reached the stretch, The Fun Marshall had opened up a two-length lead and paced home unchallenged in 1:56.1 over the muddy track.   The Fun Marshall ($2.10) is owned by Jim and David Winske and Stephen Michaels and is trained by Melissa Beckwith. In the undercard $12,000 distaff condition, Best Honey Hanover (Kevin Switzer) led at every station before finishing very strong, holding off a wall of four horses who all finished within a length of each other behind her in 1:54.3, which was the fastest mile of the dismal weather day. It was the 10th win of the year for Best Honey Hanover ($3.60) who is owned by Steven Kouray, Donald De Luca and Peter Daratsos. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner. Mitchell Cushing was the day's top driver with three wins registered. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 2). Please note that post time will be moved to 1 p.m. starting Monday and will remain there for the duration of the meet. The final day of racing at Plainridge is Friday (Nov. 27). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After coming up just short in the feature at Plainridge Park last week after a tough parked-out journey, Hudson Phil got a perfect trip and paced away to a seasonal harness racing mark in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29). Hudson Phil (Jay Randall) tucked in second off the gate behind Rock Diamonds N (Mitchell Cushing) who splashed to the half over a sloppy track in :56. At that point Ideal Star A (Shawn Gray) was rolling up the outside and pushed the leader to a quick :27.3 third panel. Around the last turn Ideal Star A faded, making room for Hudson Phil to pull off the pylons and like a rocket, he opened up a quick two length lead and extended that to 3-3/4 at the light in 1:51.3, which was his best effort of 2020.   Hudson Phil ($5.80) scored his fifth win of the year for owner the Kellogg Racing Stable and trainer Jackie Greene. In the co-featured $15,000 condition for 5-year-olds and under, Unlikeanyother (Bruce Ranger) made quick work of the field on the point while setting fractions of :27, :57 and 1:24.3. From there he maintained his one length lead over the pocket-sitting Sea Isle City (Shawn Gray) all the way to the wire to win in 1:52.3. It was the fourth win of the year for Unlikeanyother ($3.40) who is owned by Jim Winske. Melissa Beckwith is the trainer. Nick Graffam, Drew Monti and Ron Cushing all had two driving wins on Thursday. Trainers Melissa Beckwith and Jackie Greene also scored two wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Oct. 30) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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