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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        

Plainville, MA --- After having raced at Pocono Downs and Yonkers Raceway in recent weeks, Tom Me Gun N made his first Plainridge Park start a winning one after coming up large in the $15,000 Winners-Over harness racing pacing feature on Monday afternoon (Aug. 31). Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) went for the early lead with Tom Me Gun N (Shawn Gray) behind him, but also had Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) parked out at his side and this was a battle that would go on for over half a mile. The horses hit the quarter in :25.4 and the half in :53.4 and at that second station, Rock Diamonds N got some separation from Major Leaguer and opened up about a two length lead. As the race moved around the final turn, Major Leaguer faded just enough to allow Tom Me Gun N off the pylons and he came with a fast brush against Rock Diamonds N. Tom Me Gun N quickly took the lead at the top of the stretch and paced away unchallenged to a 4-1/2 length win in 1:50, which was his first North American win and a new lifetime mark.   A 10-time winner in Australia last year, Tom Me Gun N ($19.00) scored his first win of 2020 for owner the Jesmeral Stable and trainer Sheena Mcelhiney. Driver Shawn Gray, trainer Sheena Mcelhiney an owner the Jesmeral Stable pulled off the connection hat trick, winning three races on Monday. The group scored with the aforementioned Tom Me Gun N, My Mind Is Made Up (1:52.3, $23.60) and Mr. Right Hanover (1:51, $7.60). A pair of Massachusetts-bred horses took the pacing co-features for 4-year-olds and under on Monday and both won in impressive style. In the $15,000 division, the 3-year-old gelding R Maddy Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) went off as the heavy favorite and didn't disappoint as he went gate to wire and won by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.4, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the second win of the year for R Maddy Blue Chip ($3.00) who is owned by Thomas Dillon and Scott Dillon and is trained by Joe Nelson. Then in the $12,000 condition for non-winners of two, the prohibitive favorite 2-year-old gelding Maui (Bruce Ranger) left from post one at 1-9 and was never headed en route to a 6-1/4 length romp in 1:54.3. It was the second win in only three lifetime starts for Maui ($2.10) and owners KDK Standardbreds. Kevin Switzer trains the winner. R Maddy Blue Chip and Maui will both compete in the lucrative Massachusetts Sire Stakes that start on Sunday (September 27) at The Ridge. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 3) with a new post time. The races will now begin at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- When the prohibitive harness racing favorite broke in the $15,000 Winners-Over trot, the race became anyone's for the taking and Shorething Fashion claimed the prize at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 28) at 30-1. Gemologist (Jordan Derue) took the field to the quarter and when the 1-5 Kings County (Drew Monti) tried to brush and crush for the lead off the turn, he made a break and left a lot to be determined. The trotters remained in single file until the half where Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) and Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) came at the leader in the outer flow. This left Shorething Fashion (Bruce Ranger) sitting fifth at the pylons. At the three-quarters Wings Of Royalty gained a half-length lead over Gemologist but couldn't clear, so Nows The Moment tipped three-high into the stretch. Ranger had Shorething Fashion on Nows The Moment's back and went four wide in mid-stretch and out-trotted everyone to the line, winning by 3/4's of a length in 1:55.2, which was a new seasonal mark.   Shorething Fashion had been a fixture at Plainridge in past years but has been racing exclusively in New York in 2020 until this start. Returning to his old stomping grounds proved profitable for his backers as he returned $62.00 for the win, and also for his owner the Jesmeral Stable. Sheena Mcelhiney trains Shorething Fashion . In the $12,000 conditioned trot for 4-year-olds and under, Dramatra (Shawn Gray) got away fourth but took the lead by the three-eighths pole, maintained a gapped length lead around the track for the final loop and claimed a 1-3/4 length 1:55.2 win, which was her fourth victory in the last five starts. Dramatra ($2.80) is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and Al Ross (who also bred her) and is trained by George Ducharme. The Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old Dramatra (Trixton-Bourbon N Grits) is a three-quarter sister to the 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life and is eligible to the lucrative Massachusetts Sire Stakes that get underway at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27). The team of driver Shawn Gray and trainer George Ducharme was quite formidable during the afternoon as they got three horses to the winner's enclosure for pictures. Not to be outdone, driver Bruce Ranger had a driving hat trick on Friday as well. With the conclusion of week eight of the season, the driver race is tight as a drum at the top with only eight wins separating numbers one through four. Drew Monti continues to lead with 36 wins and Mitchell Cushing is second with 30. But with big days put in by both Gray and Ranger, they are now third and fourth respectively with 29 and 28 wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 31) with post time set for 4 p.m. Please note that starting on Thursday (Sept. 3), post time will be moved back to 2 p.m. and remain there through Friday (Oct. 30). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A pair of $12,000 filly and mare paces headlined the harness racing card at Plainridge Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon (Aug. 27) and both events provided very close finishes. The first was an aged upper level conditioned race that went to Firstup, who shipped in from Yonkers. Dontustopbelievn N (Mitchell Cushing) took the lead to the quarter, but Firstup (Shawn Gray) came first up and grabbed the top in front of the stands. The leader paced along unchallenged until the five-eights pole where That's Incredible (Jay Randall) pulled alongside and traded strides with Firstup to the three-quarters. Gray hit the gas in the last turn and started to get separation between himself and the field. Down the lane, Firstup was under a reclined line drive from Gray and held off a late charge from a fast closing Hilaria (Mike Stevenson) to win by 3/4's of a length in 1:52.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Firstup ($7.00) is owned by the Jesmeral Stable and is trained by Sheena Mcelhiney. Firstup The next was a condition event for 4-year-olds and under that went to After The Lovin on the strength of a late stretch drive. After The Lovin is owned by Christina Del Pozzo and is trained by Bryant Sear After The Lovin (Ron Cushing) left hard from post five and took the lead before Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ranger) became the master of fractions at the quarter. At the conclusion of a second quarter breather, Rockin Ellie was joined by Royalty Again (Drew Monti) who came alongside and prompted a brisk :27.4 third panel. At the top of the stretch Hereslooknatyou N (Mitchell Cushing) joined the fray three deep and After The Lovin came off the pylons to contend. All four were then a length apart across the track before After The Lovin shot through like a bullet and got the nod at the wire in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark. After The Lovin ($8.20) is owned by Christina Del Pozzo and is trained by Bryant Sears. Mitchell Cushing and Nick Graffam both posted driving doubles along with trainer Mike Girouard, who also scored two wins. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 28) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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