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Batavia, NY --- If last week's 7-3/4 length romp wasn't enough, Daylon Phantom put the exclamation point on the page this week with his best effort of 2020, winning the $8,000 Open I-II Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 9). Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) got away fifth while Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) jousted for the lead. With the latter taking control from the former by the half, Morales came first up with Daylon Phantom, drew alongside Lunar Credit at three-quarters and headed down the lane on top while holding off a late closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to win by 1-1/4 in 1:57.1, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the second straight top class trot win for Daylon Phantom ($11.80) and owners Franklin Meier and Super Mile. Angelo Nappo is the trainer. Later in the $7,250 Open II-III trot, Victoria Swan (Drew Monti) led at every station before pulling away at the top of the lane and stretching out to a three length victory at the light in 1:58.1. Victoria Swan ($7.60) is owned by R.B.H. Ventures and Spagnola Racing. Sabrina Shaw trains the winner. Jim Morrill Jr. led all drivers on Wednesday with a grand slam on the card while Kyle Cummings had a hat trick of his own. Trainer Tammy Cummings was the top conditioner of the night with three wins as well. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 12) with a new, earlier post time of 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- A pair of big come-from-behind harness racing performances were put forth by the winners of the featured trot and pace that highlighted the card at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Sept. 2). In the $8,000 Open I-II Handicap trot, Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) tracked the leading Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) from fifth to the half before following State Ofmyhead As (Ray Fisher Jr.) outside to the three-quarters where he tipped three-deep and from there, annihilated the field down the lane winning by 7-3/4 lengths in 1:57.4. It was the third win of the year and a new seasonal mark for Daylon Phantom ($12.20) who is owned by Franklin Meier and Super Mile. Angelo Nappo does the training. And in the $7,500 Open II-III pace for fillies and mares, Lady Dudette (Kyle Cummings) followed a similar path, getting away fifth behind Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.) who had paced away to a five open length lead at the three-quarters. There, Lady Dudette was fourth on the outside and pacing up a storm. A highly animated Cummings continued to urge the mare around the last turn and Lady Dudette caught the leader mid-stretch and opened up a 1-3/4 length lead at the wire in 1:55.4. Lady Dudette ($16.20) now has two wins in a row for Kyle Cummings, who also owns the mare. Tammy Cummings trains the winner. Driver Billy Davis Jr. had the hat trick on Wednesday while Ray Fisher Jr., Dave McNeight III and Jim Morrill Jr. all had doubles. Trainer Jim Clouser Jr. also had a training double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night with a later post time of 7:05 p.m. due to the Kentucky Derby. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 10, 2020--The second Monday of the month (Feb. 10th) resulted in another admirable Yonkers Raceway harness racing handle. A week after the single-season high ($1,025,349) figure, a total of $982,740 was wagered. The soggy dozen-race card included wins by P L Munson (Renaldo Morales III, $6) in the $16,000, sixth-race pace (1:54.3) and Weona Sizzler A (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) in the $14,500, 10th-race pace (1:54.2). Monday night began the Raceway's $7,500 guarantee Pick 5 pools, which continue each Monday and Tuesday. A total of $11,256 was invested, returning $272.25 for every correct (2/3/3/4/5) combination. Yonkers' Pick 5 remains a 50-cent base wager (races 5 through 9). The Raceway's live schedule continues every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with first post at 7:05 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Batavia, NY --- Wheels A Turning scored a narrow come-from-behind win in the feature harness racing trot at Batavia Downs last week. This week she took control off the gate and provided the same outcome in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot over a sloppy track at the Downs on Friday night (11-15). The feature field was scratched down to five and the lone mare, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) was the best off the gate, hitting the quarter in :30 flat. With no one applying any pressure, McDonough kept the fractions tepid; 1:00.4 to the half and 1:30 to three-quarters. Rounding the far turn the pocket-sitting Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) and outside rusher Lougai (Ray Fisher Jr.) had the best shot for top honors and both were looking strong in pursuit. However under meaningful urging from McDonough, Wheels A Turning maintained her position and won by 1-¼ lengths in 2:00.1. Wheels A Turning ($4.20) hit double-digit territory, scoring her 10th win of the year and hitting the $85,560 mark for purses. Allan Schmucker Jr. owns the mare that is trained by Sabrina Shaw. Despite his name, everyone apparently knew how this story would end in the $11,000 Open II Handicap trot as the heavy 3-5 favorite Spoiler Alert (Renaldo Morales Jr.) led every step of the way to score an impressive 1-½ length win in 1:59.3. Celebrating the eighth win of the year by Spoiler Alert ($3.20) were owner Jeffrey Hayes and trainer Misty Carey. Billy Davis Jr. remained hot and extended his already insurmountable dash win lead for the meet by winning four races on Friday. He now has 108 wins for the session. Renaldo Morales Jr. also had three wins in Friday. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 16) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- After winning in impressive style from post one in the track's feature harness racing trot last week, Joey Pro moved out to post eight through assignment this week and won again in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 25). Joey Pro (Renaldo Morales III) left from the outside gate and finally took the top from CR Blazin Beauty (John Cummings Jr.) by the quarter in :28.1. But right after he cleared, CR Blazin Beauty came right back from second on the give and go to take command once again. The group then went with positions unchanged to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:27. Rounding the last turn CR Blazin Beauty was still trotting strong on the point but Morales tipped Joey Pro out and started rolling down the center of the track. Joey Pro was in full flight and gaining ground with every stride and got the advantage under the wire where he won by ½ length in 1:57.2. It was the 13th win of the year for Joey Pro ($15.40) who has now earned $72,580 this year for owner Mark Wamp. John Hallett trains the winner. In the $11,000 Open II Handicap trot Rockefeller Lindy (Jim Morrill Jr.) drafted along third for most of the mile until finding his way clear in the stretch and out-sprinting the leading Arnold (Dave McNeight III) to the wire to win by three lengths in 1:58. It was the first Batavia Downs win for Rockefeller Lindy ($3.10) who is owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. is the conditioner. Several horsemen had multiple win nights on Friday. Drivers included Billy Davis Jr. with three and Jim Morrill Jr., Dave McNeight III and Mike Baumeister with two apiece. Training leaders were Per Henriksen, Ron Baumeister and Rock C. Vinci who all doubled up. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 21, 2017) - Six days ago, she finished third at nearly 100/1 odds behind world champion Hannelore Hanover in the Miss Versatility. Tonight, the previously unheralded mare Oho Diamond broke that superstar's track record, winning a conditioned trot at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2, one-fifth of a second faster than Hannelore Hanover's record set in that race six days ago. Oho Diamond, a 6-year-old mare by Ken Warkentin who is owned by Dan Clements and trained by Renaldo Morales III, moved to the front for driver Brett Miller after a :27 opening quarter. From there, Miller had Oho Diamond comfortably on the lead with the talented 3-year-old colt Victor Gio chasing from second. After three-quarters in 1:22.3, Oho Diamond just kept going while comfortably in front, tacking on a :27.4 final quarter to stop the teletimer in the record time. "She has always had a ton of ability but she's been a little fussy," explained Miller. "I got her going and just kept her going. When three quarters flashed up that fast, I kind of smooched at her a little bit because it felt like she was going track record time. Even though she doesn't have as much money on her card as some of those other mares, she proved she can go with them tonight." Oho Diamond has now won 18 times from 56 career starts good for $184,648 in lifetime earnings. She is eligible to the TVG Mares Trot series at the Meadowlands. Miller and Morales teamed up to win in the other division of the featured overnight trot with P L Jill, who also dropped out of the Miss Versatility on the Pace Night undercard. Takter wins three Kindergarten divisions. In second leg action in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-olds, Jimmy Takter won three divisions with filly trotter Dab Hanover, colt trotter Hill Street, and colt pacer Grand Teton. Takter added another win with Hambletonian-eligible Achille Duharas, to make it four wins on the card. Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,010,474. Live racing continues Saturday with a 12-race program headlined by the Tompkins Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on the road to the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks. Post time is 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com. Justin Horowitz  

Pompano Beach, FL...December 30, 2015...Its Payday Friday, returning to the racing wars after a six month layoff due to a broken splint bone, put in a startling harness racing performance on Tuesday night at Pompano Park as the five year-old son of Kadabra led at every marker and stopped the tele-timer in 1:53.4 in the $11,500 Open Handicap Trot. Driven by owner Dan Clements, Its Payday Friday was involved in a serious conflict early on as Auspicious Hanover, handled by Kevin Wallis and starting from the outside seven post--one slot out from Its Payday Friday--were both stubborn and intent on the lead. But Clements won that conflict by stuffing his main rival in the pocket, going on to record  fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.3 en route to victory, holding off Auspicious Hanover, slipping through along the pylons, and Mr Revenuer on the outside to secure the win measuring a half length. Verdi finished fourth in the mile while Rainbow Gold picked up the nickel in the sextet. In a post race interview, Clements had high praise for his trotter, along with trainer Renaldo Morales III saying, “You know, both Kevin (Wallis with Auspicious Hanover) and I left out of there and I would have gladly taken the two hole but my horse was just too stubborn tonight. He wanted to race and, when a horse feel thats good, I don’t think it’s a good idea to shut them down. “About the half, I just gave up trying to rate him and I just let him do his thing. I was just the passenger going along for the ride. “He’s got an attitude, this horse does, and that why (trainer) Ronnie Morales is so valuable. He’s the one who deals with his attitude. He jogs him every day and deals with that attitude. He does a great job with him. “I think he (Renaldo) was more excited than anybody. He was ‘high-fivin’ in the winner’s circle and everything. “I am blessed to have him in the stable.” For Its Payday Friday, it was his sixth win of the year in 19 starts with this “payday” sending his seasonal bounty to $54,956 and $237,589 lifetime. As the 8 to 1 third choice, Its Payday Friday rewarded his faithful with a $19.20 dividend on their $2 investment. Also on Tuesday, Sailer Eddie ($5.40) and Kevin Wallis teamed up to score a 1:53.4 win over Winding Hill and Adenium in the $9,500 conditioned event, sending this five year-old’s lifetime bounty to $287,245. Yet another highlight was the performance of the claiming pacer Cherokee Ranger, handled this night by Dan Clements. This four year-old son of Palone Ranger, recently claimed by Francis Tambolleo for owner Lesbia Luz Perez de Luna, has been moving up the claiming ladder and did so again on Tuesday night by winning his sixth straight--this one in 1:52.4. Cherokee Ranger ($4.60) won for the 12th time this year and, moving up the ladder from the $4,000 claiming ranks, has banked $33,303 in this, his most successful season at the races. Finally, when Rick Plano scored in the finale with Donna Riedel’s Put It In Gear, one lucky bettor took home the Super Hi-5 jackpot of $25,025.92--that payoff for the 20 cent winning combination of 5-2-1-8-7. Racing continues Wednesday with the final program of the year with post time set at 7:30 p.m. John Berry

Pompano Beach, FL...December 8, 2015...Yes, it was raining "cats and dogs" and, yes, the $828,000 winner Precocious Beauty was lurking in the shadow and, yes, Pertty Music was back in town after her winning debut one week ago. But none of those obstacles could stop Mach It A Par from winning her second straight Open Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park. The five year-old daughter of Mach Three, given picture perfect rating by owner Dan Clements led from first step to last in scoring a handy 1:52.3 win measuring 2 1/4 lengths over Pertty Music (Ed Hensley) with Classic Carpet (Wally Hennessey) third in a photo over Precocious Beauty with Wild Wand fifth in the field of eight. Off as the 4 to 5 favorite, Mach It A Par opened the festivities with a :28 quarter, strolled over to the half in :57 and, when some pressure started to develop from Wild Wanda going first up, turned on the afterburners a bit early this time around and settled the issue with a pair of :27.4 quarters to stop th timer in 1:52.3. A muddied up Dan Clements remarked after the race, "with the track a bit off from the rain, I thought it best to keep the mud out of her (Mach It A Par's) eyes. She knows how to leave--that's for sure--and the five post is the perfect spot for leavers here. Actually, I shouldn't take the credit for her leaving like that because it was really HER idea to keep the mud out of her own eyes! "She sharp right now and that was the difference tonight--that plus Pertty Music with the outside post and McNair's mare (Precocious Beauty) maybe needing a start over the track." Mach It A Par, trained by Renaldo Morales III for the owner-driver, won for the 13th time this year in 29 starts vaulting her 2015 earnings to $88,047. Also on Tuesday night, Late Closer action continued with two divisions of The Optimist for claiming pacers and one division of The Interloper claiming trot. The first division of The Optimist went to the 10 year-old war horse No Shenanigans, scoring his 36th career victory with a 1;55.1 score over the track rated sloppy. This altered son of Matt's Scooter, handled by Wally Hennessey for Erin and (trainer) Leonard Poger, made a sweeping backside brush to the lead and held on valiently late to post a photo finish victory measuring a neck over Dr Flamingo (Aaron Byron) with Flak Jacket (Rick Plano) third, three-parts-of-a-length away. Lightning Legs was fourth with Star Chaser picking up the nickel in the septet. No Shenanigans now sports a 6-1-1 scorecard in 16 starts, good for $13,414 this season and $156,212 lifetime covering 201 career starts. Fifth choice in the betting this evenins, No Shenanigans paid $16.20 to win. The second division went to Ashley Johnson's Cherokee Ranger, extending his winning skein to three with a 1:54.1 win for trainer-driver Dustin Ingraham. This four year-old gelded son of Palone Ranger swept up from fifth halfway through the mile and collared the pacesetting Clive Hanover (Mike Micallef) in the final stages to score by just short of a length. Dynamic Rayzer (Dave Ingraham), prominent early, finished third, four lengths back, with Mountain Air and Hope You Had Fun next in the field of seven. Cherokee Ranger won for the ninth time this season in 36 starts, good for seasonal bounty of $26,403. The winner paid $5.40 as second choice. The lone division of The Interloper went to the favored Frenchmen, stopping the timer in 1:58.1 after a quarter move to the top (:28.4) and on to post subsequent panels of :58 and 1:27.4--his margin two lengths at the wire over Time For Explosion (Joe Pavia, Jr.) with Berkshire (John MacDonald) another neck back in third. Landonfitz and Browner Shuttle picked up the minors. Frenchmen paid $3.60 to his multitude of followers. Finally, with That's Mara pulling off a 15 to 1 upset for Tim Maier in the final leg of the Pick-5, the 4-2-2-1-7 produced nary a single winner with a carryover of $3,422 on tap for Saturday's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…Nov 1, 2015…Oho Diamond, the four year-old trotting mare that broke Peace Corps 25 year-old track record on opening night, overcame her outside post and seven harness racing rivals to score a handy decision in 1:54.2 for Dan Clements in Pompano Park’s Open Trot on Sunday night. The daughter of Ken Warkentin, trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner-driver Clements, scored her 12th win of the season, pushing her seasonal total to $94,718, by far her best campaign ever. Her winning margin over Elin (Andy Santeramo) was one length with Escuela (Ed Hensley) a fast closing third. Pounce Hanover, in the garden spot most of the way, finished fourth with Verdi, last through the final turn, rallying to pick up the nickel in the million dollar octet. A few strides before the start, it looked Oho Diamond was going to try and sprint out with the gate but it appeared she may have bumped into it a bit so Clements had to ease her out of there gently before putting her in high gear around the opening turn to assume command and proceed to post panels of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 before sprinting home unscathed in :29.1. After the event, Clements said, “She was ready to push the wings of the gate herself so I had to be a bit careful with her so she wouldn’t have any problems. “She was really good tonight. I have had her since April and she has won 10 times for me…nine of them on the engine. The only time she didn’t go wire-to-wire—or close to it—was when we had a second tier post in a long race at Yonkers. “She’s an enthusiastic mare that loves her work.” As second choice in the betting at 8 to 5, Oho Diamond paid $5.40 to win. Other highlights on the Sunday night program included a win by Tymal Recap in the Florida Amateur Driving Club Trot and a carryover in the Pentafecta, necessitated when no bettor correctly selected the first five finishers in that same event. Tymal Recap, a recent purchase by trainer and amateur driver Billy Muggleston, won for the first time in 41 starts stretching back to a Scioto Downs win on August 5, 2014. Also by Ken Warkentin, this seven year-old scored in 1:59.1, pushing his lifetime bounty close to $180,000. P L Humanity (Dennis Whittemore) finished second while What About Brian (Laurie Poulin) annexed show honors. Off as the 6 to 1 fifth choice, Tymal Recap paid $14.60 to his faithful followers and keyed a 5-7-10 trifecta payoff of $2,479.40. The 20 cent Superfecta of 5-7-10-3 returned $1,644.08 and, with no tickets having the 5-7-10-3-2 combo in the Pentafecta, the carryover into Tuesday night’s card is $2,192. In other action, Dorothy Zarza’s Northern Companion, handled by Corey Braden for trainer Howard Klohr, cherished a slight dip in class to garner his 36th victory at Pompano Park, scoring a three length win in 1:51.4. The seven year-old son of Cambest, roared home from five lengths off the pace mid-way through the mile with a :54.4 final half to send his lifetime bounty over the $280,000 mark--$282,342 to be exact. Blueridge Dancer (Matt Romano) finished second while Freeneasy Hanover (Ed Hensley) picked up show honors over Lifeimitatesart and the pacesetting P L Hellcat. Favored at 3 to 5, Northern Companion paid $3.40 to win. Pompano's Open 2 Trot went to Count Speed, driven by Wally Hennessey--in a romp. The pride of owners Paul and Patricia O'Neil, Count Speed, a six year-old son of Majestic Son trained by Dan Hennessey, took command shortly after a hot opening quarter of :26.4 and went on to card panels of :55.2 and 1:24.2 before coasting home to hit the wire in 1:54.3. Gold Savage (Mickey Mc Nichol) was second, six lengths away, while Big Valley Speed (Aaron Byron) finished third. Lugar and Shawnee Magic picked up the final two awards in the field of nine. Count Speed now owns a 23-9-5-2 scorecard this semester, good for $45,055. His lifetime bounty is $243,455. As the 3 to 5 favorite, Count Speed paid $3.20 to win. Finally, Manhatten Benny ($4.20), coming into the action with a mark of 1:54.2 over the Monticello half miler, found the larger Pompano oval to his liking by making a sharp quarter move to the top for Ed Hensley and then going on to score in a lifetime best 1:51.2. Owned by Benny Eggers, Manhatten Benny is a five year-old son of Riverboat King trained by Dale Gilmour by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL…October 17, 2015…Oho Diamond, the new owner of the track record for harness racing four year-old trotting mares, and Cashahallic, the victor in last week’s Open trot, are set to lock horns on Sunday night at Pompano Park in this week’s edition of the Open Handicap Trot. Oho Diamond, the excellent four year-old daughter of Ken Warkentin, stopped the timer in 1:53.3 on opening night, eclipsing Peace Corp’s 1:54.2 standard set in 1990. Trained by Renaldo Morales III for owner Dan Clements, Oho Diamond is seeking her 12th win of the year and looks to add to her season bounty of $88,333, by far the best of her career. She will start from post nine in her field with Mike Micallef expected to be in the bike. Cashahallic, the property of trainer Richard Silverman, looked very sharp in winning last week’s open, making a quarter move to the top and securing the win in 1:55.3. Aaron Byron is scheduled to drive this seven year-old altered son of Cash Hall again on Sunday night and will be leaving from post position eight. Elin, Back To Space, Verdi, My Revenuer, Escuela, Tug River Dylan and Dominum Deo complete the “million dollar winning” field. The companion Open pace features Lyons Johnny, Audrey’s Dream and Northern Companion—1-2-3 in last week’s event—along with Whogoesfirst, Raji’s Blue Line, Sir Jake’s Z Tam, King Royalty and Thebestofjoel. Lyons Johnny went a huge first over journey in his last start to eke by Audrey’s Dream in the very last stride in 1:51. Owned by the Baron Racing Stable, Lyons Johnny will have the driving services of trainer Mike Micallef. Audrey’s Dream, meanwhile, will be driven by Ed Hensley, part of the Hensley racing team with Ashleigh as the trainer. Dorothy Zarza’s Northern Companion, trained by Howard Klohr, has been showing his usual stout lake kick in recent events and looms as the danger off of an expected lively pace. Corey Braden will be back in the sulky again. Sunday’s card also features a $7,500 Guaranteed Pick-4, covering races six through nine. Also of note, the Florida Amateur Driving Club will be making a presentation to the Go For The Greens Foundation, an organization which takes an active role in the fight against breast cancer. F.A.D.C. President Dein Spriggs said, “You know, many of us are so immersed in our own little world and then, in an instant, that world is turned upside down when the doctor confronts you with the word ‘cancer.’ “This is our Club’s way of saying, ‘We haven’t forgotten those who are fighting the fight and we’ll continue to do all we can to support the ‘race for a cure.’” The Florida Amateur Driving Club has donated close to $140,000 to worthy charitable causes since its inception. Post time is 7:30 with the F.A.D.C. special presentation taking place after the first race. by John Berry for Pompano Park 

Tioga Downs invader, Mach It A Par, tried to extend her winning streak at the harness racing meeting at Batavia Downs last week but fell under the weather and was scratched. That only delayed the inevitable as she bounced back with a vengeance this week in the $9,500 mares Open feature pace on Wednesday night (Aug. 19). Three horses left as the seventh race began. Eyemajet (Shawn Gray) and Ugly Betty (Drew Monti) both went for the front but not without an argument from Badlands Love (Jim McNeight). When the dust settled, Ugly Betty took her regular spot on top in :28 flat putting Eyemajet in the pocket. The field then stayed in single file to the half in :58.4 before the outer flow began. Past five-eights, Country Delight (Jack Flanigen) pulled first-over and enticed Mach it A Par (John Cummings Jr.) to leave last place and follow. At that point, Ugly Betty picked up the pace and widened her leader's gap to two-lengths at the 1:28.1 three-quarter pole. When Country Delight stalled, Cummings Jr. swung Mach It A Par three-wide and paced by everyone to win by a length in 1:56.2. The mare hoofed her last quarter in :27.2 over a track rated as "good". It was the ninth win in 16 starts this year for Mach It A Par ($3.60) including five in a row and seven out of her last eight. The 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three has now amassed $60,090 in 2015 earnings for owner Dan Clements. The winner is trained by Renaldo Morales III. Drivers John Cummings Jr. and Drew Monti both scored driving triples on the night with Ray Fisher Jr. nabbing a double. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night with post time at 6:35 p.m. Tim Bojarski

Nichols, N.Y. -- Tracking live cover on the backstretch, Dan Clements's Mach It a Par ($3.00) showed immediate response at the top of the stretch once again, taking Friday (July 24) evening's $12,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs in decisive--and well-measured--fashion.   Getting away last in the field of six, John Cummings, Jr. angled the 5-year-old Mach Three mare second-over to track the live cover of Shutthefrontdoor (Vern Smith) well off a :55.4 half mile. Mach It a Par was towed into midfield on the backstretch as Shutthefrontdoor turned up the pressure on leader K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) past three-quarters in 1:24. K J's Caroline ultimately gave way midway on the far turn, but Shutthefrontdoor's new-found lead was in jeopardy at head-stretch. Mach It a Par tipped off cover just upon cornering, and surged to the fore in mid-stretch. She was taken in hand with 70 yards to go, and she prevailed by a measured half-length in 1:52.2. Shutthefrontdoor held second, and K J's Caroline checked in a worn-down third.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Mach It a Par, now a 14-time winner.   Cummings led all drivers on the evening, notching three wins on the 10-race card.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 26) afternoon, with first post scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Trailing her four rivals through a dawdling pace, Mach It a Par ($3.00) made her move at the top of the stretch to pass all four of her harness racing rivals in the final sixteenth of Friday (July 3) evening's $12,000 Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Owner/driver Dan Clements settled the 5-year-old Mach Three mare into her customary early spot at the rear of the field, seven lengths off pacesetter Dune in Red (Brandon Simpson) through tepid early fractions of :29 and :58.2. Mach It a Par remained at the back of the quintet even as Sherkin Hanover (Corey Braden) commenced a first-over bid on the backstretch and the pocket-sitting Southwind Trini (Jim Meittinis) chased the accelerating Dune in Red through a :27.3 third quarter. In fact, Clements wouldn't move Mach It a Par off the pegs until the top of the stretch, storming home down the grandstand side as Dune in Red had reached her capacity in the final 70 yards. Mach It a Par passed all four of her rivals in deep stretch, just prevailing by a head in 1:54.1. Southwind Trini made a late bid up the pegs to tie Dune in Red for second, and K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) was an out-kicked fourth, beaten by just a long neck.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Mach It a Par, who scored her 12th career win.   Private Interview sweeps Tioga State Bank series   The Friday program at Tioga also saw owner/trainer Robert Gale's Private Interview ($3.10) complete a sweep of the Tioga State Bank starter allowance series, holding clear of his eight rivals for a 1:52.4 triumph in the $10,000 final. Corey Braden wasted no time securing the lead with the 8-year-old Real Artist gelding, setting torrid early sectionals of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22.2 before drawing clear of his eight rivals on the far turn. While he decelerated a bit late, he maintained a 3-1/4 length winning margin over pocket rival Who Dat Love (Dan Clements). CF Sting Rei (Aaron Byron) emerged from traffic in the final yards, rallying to just miss second, while Remus Blue Chip (Mike Simons) was an even fourth off a tracking trip.   Jim Taggart, Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the evening's nine-race card, teaming up with Robert Lounsbury trainees Powerful Love ($3.40, 1:55.1) and Purple N Gold ($4.90, 1:53.4) as well as Gary Messenger trainee She's So Into Me ($6.50, 1:59.4).   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 4) evening, with the nine-race Independence Day card kicking off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time. The Kirby Band will perform patriotic favorites trackside throughout the evening, and a fireworks and laser spectacular will light up the Southern Tier sky following the evening's races.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Taking advantage of live cover and a contested early pace, Mach It a Par ($3.80) passed all six of her harness racing rivals to take Friday (June 26) evening's $10,000 featured distaff pace at Tioga Downs.   Dan Clements settled the 5-year-old Mach Three mare at the back of the pack as Purity (Jim Meittinis) worked to clear fellow leavers Smokin N Grinin (Mike Simons), K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.), and Stormunn (Aaron Byron) through a :26.3 first-quarter battle. With three-eighths to go, Purity gave way to pocket rival Smokin N Grinin, and Mach It a Par moved third-over to follow the cover of K J's Caroline and Stormunn on the backstretch, swinging three-wide well past a 1:23.3 three-quarters split. At the top of the stretch, Mach It a Par found her best stride, working clear of K J's Caroline in the final sixteenth to prevail by a widening 1-1/2 lengths in 1:51.4. K J's Caroline held second, while Arodasi (Brandon Simpson) mounted a stand-side rally from the back of the pack to take third.   Clements owns Mach It a Par, and Renaldo Morales, III handles the training duties.   In addition to his victory in the feature, Clements teamed up with Purple N Gold ($3.60, 1:54), Shutthefrontdoor ($4.40, 1:51.4), and Flashy ($13.40, 1:54.2) to lead all drivers with four wins on the 13-race card.   A pair of $6,000 second-round divisions of the Tioga State Bank starter series were contested on the Friday evening program as well, with Philana Chalice ($60.50) drawing clear off a first-over bid for a 1:53 upset score in rein to Kyle DiBenedetto, and Private Interview ($2.50) living up to odds-on billing for a handy 1:52.4 win under Corey Braden.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday evening, with the first of 13 races scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sent directly to the front for the second consecutive week, Dan Clements's Its Payday Friday ($3.30) registered another pillar-to-post harness racing victory, drawing clear of his seven rivals in Saturday (June 6) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding made all the pace with his owner at the lines, clearing B L Class Act (Jim Meittinis) through a :27.4 first quarter. He subsequently staved off a first-over challenge from I'm Fabulous (Jim Taggart, Jr.) on the backstretch, edging clear off the far turn after a :57.2 middle half. Its Payday Friday ultimately put three lengths on B L Class Act, proving a solid winner in 1:54. Massacaia (Phil Fluet) overcame mid-race traffic trouble to claim third, rallying up the pegs in the final yards.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Its Payday Friday, who earned his fifth win on the season and the 14th of his career.   The weekend of harness racing at Tioga Downs concludes with an 11-race card on Sunday (June 7) afternoon. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

For the second consecutive week, Mach It a Par ($5.00) passed every rival she faced, circling her four Open II harness racing rivals on Friday (May 29) evening at Tioga Downs.   The featured $10,000 distaff saw Stormunn (Aaron Byron) cross and clear from her outside post on approach to the first turn, but she faced steady pressure from the first-over Jets Are On (Corey Braden) after a :56.2 half mile. The two dueled on the backstretch, but Stormunn responded well to her challenger, edging clear on the far turn. Meanwhile, Dan Clements angled Mach It a Par three-wide to follow--and ultimately overtake--the cover of even-money favorite Addys Way (Mike Simons). With the latter unable to advance from a stalled Jets Are On, Mach It a Par began to progress just outside the eighth pole, closing stoutly upon straightening for home. Her late kick proved just enough, as she just defeated Stormunn on the line in 1:52.2. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) held third off a pocket trip. Clements owns 10-time winner Mach It a Par, and Renaldo Morales, III trains the 5-year-old Mach Three mare.   Live racing resumes at Tioga on Sunday afternoon, with the first of 10 races slated for 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

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