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Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings, in a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 3). Both divisions will race for a purse of $56,500. The first division features three time winner Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) as the 5-2 morning line choice. Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke, and trainer Sam Schillaci own the colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life. He has paced his way to NYSS wins at Yonkers ($53,000) on June 26, Tioga Downs ($36,566) on July 29, and again at Yonkers ($52,000) on August 24. The second morning line choice in the first division is the Brett Pelling trained Reigning Deo (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 7-2. The colt by Rock N Roll Heaven-Little Miss K is owned by Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, and S Gordon. Reigning Deo is two for four with a NYSS win at Saratoga ($81,750). The first division will also include four time NYSS winner Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) at 9-2. Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is a colt by Art Major-Hilarious. He got his wins at Yonkers ($52,000), Monticello ($54,500), Buffalo ($53,500), and Tioga Downs ($35,866). In the second division, the morning line favorite is Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) at 5-2. The colt by So Surreal-My Girl's A Star is owned by Nolamaura Racing LLC., Thomas Spatorico, and trainer Schnittker. He has three wins in four starts including a big win in the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace ($100,000) on July 14th at Yonkers Raceway. The Second morning line choice is the Erv Miller trained Cub Fan (Marcus Miller). The gelding by So Surreal-Pardon is owned by Michael Anderson. Cub Fan is one for three in his young career. His victory was a Geers Stakes ($25,200) win at Tioga Downs. The 11 race card at Vernon Downs on Monday (September 3) starts at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – Rene Allard admits Springsteen can be a complicated horse to deal with and the challenge is reflected in the colt’s results. His sophomore season has been a mix of impressive miles and dull efforts. He won the $500,000 Max Hempt Memorial and two divisions of New York Sire Stakes, but came up flat in the Carl Milstein, Adios, and Art Rooney Pace.  Allard looks to make amends for the Rooney loss when he sends Springsteen out in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes Saturday night (Sept. 1), slated as race seven on a stakes-laden card. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven drew the inside while rival Jimmy Freight landed post eight. “We’re happy with the season. Obviously, he threw a couple clinkers, there’s a couple races I wish he would have shown up better,” Allard said. “The final of the Art Rooney, he tied up that start and then the start at Northfield. Other than that, he’s a nice horse, he’s got high speed. We’re happy with him.” Springsteen suffers from tying up when he trains too hard and deals with trying conditions, like long trips to the races and drastic changes in the weather. He can also be a difficult horse to drive. All these factors converged two starts back in the Milstein. After shipping all the way to Ohio, Springsteen choked in the race when Lather Up broke to his outside on the second turn. “He had some tying up issues and he choked. (Lather Up) made a break and he shut his air off. He’s a real tricky horse,” Allard said. “When he sees the gate, he gets a little grabby and sometimes he shuts his air off. When he shuts his air off, that’s it, the race is over. That’s why the drivers have to be a little careful with him.  “If he doesn’t tie up and doesn’t shut his air off, he’s probably as good as any 3-year-old colt out there,” Allard continued. “So, we just kind of keep our fingers crossed that everything goes good and have the equipment on him to control him and so far, 90 percent of the time it’s been working out.” Everything worked out in the Hempt Final at Pocono Downs June 30. Springsteen followed the cover of Hitman Hill and Lather Up as Dorsoduro Hanover paced through a :53.1 opening half-mile. Simon Allard tugged on the right line before the three-quarters and Springsteen charged three-wide. He circled Lather Up past a 1:20.2 panel, the 1-9 favorite off his North America Cup and Hempt elimination wins offering no resistance.  Allard drove Springsteen confidently into the stretch, the colt drifting wide and the driver still holding the whip over his shoulder as he leaned flat in the bike. Allard finally went to the whip in the final sixteen as Nutcracker Sweet shot through up the passing lane and put a head in front. Allard sat up in the bike and gave Springsteen a pair of right-handers and the colt extended, edging his nose in front just as the glow of the finish line lights appeared. He registered a head win in 1:48.3. “He’s definitely got high speed and he’s a nice horse and it’s been a very fun ride, for sure,” Allard said. Allard bought Springsteen with Bruce Soulsby midway through his 2-year-old season. After watching Springsteen use a :26.1 final quarter to finish second in a Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk last September for Chris Ryder, Allard and Soulsby finally came to an agreement to purchase the horse during the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile, adding partners Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh.  Springsteen finished seventh in the International Stallion Stakes in Lexington Oct. 7, but the June 2 foal kept on improving. He registered his first win in a $12,000 maiden at Pocono Oct. 22 and won the Matron at Dover in his next start. Springsteen capped his freshman year with a win in the Governor’s Cup elimination and a seventh in the final after being parked the mile. “We watched him finish second in the Metro Pace elimination and he came a huge last quarter. That’s when he caught my eye and I was talking to Bruce Soulsby about it and we ended up making a deal in Lexington. Chris Ryder did a tremendous job training him down and getting him ready,” Allard said. “I don’t see why he wouldn’t keep on going and keep on improving. Last year, toward the end of the year he just kept getting better and better.” Springsteen finished a distant second to Jimmy Freight in his Messenger elimination last week, pacing a 1:51.2 mile and finishing 3 ¾ lengths behind the latter’s track-record effort. Off a 14-day break since his Milstein effort, Allard was happy with the trial. “He was first-over to a horse that was just unbelievable. That was a huge mile, off 14 days and we don’t do a lot with him between races,” Allard said. “He’s one of those that you can’t train real hard between races, so I expect him to be a little better this week. I think he should be tighter. We just kind of keep him on his routine, light work every day. We don’t work him real hard, just kind of steady all week. No hard, fast miles, a lot of slow miles.” Springsteen already won the Messenger post position draw. Although Springsteen typically doesn’t show early speed, Allard loves the prospect of starting along the pylons while Jimmy Freight will start from the far outside. Last week’s other elimination winner, Babes Dig Me, drew post five while the other runner-up, JK Wildfire, drew post four. Stay Hungry will try to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive from post six. Winston, Topville Olympian, and Nutcracker Sweet complete the lineup. “Everything kind of has to go his way, but he has high speed and I think he’s in a good spot there. He’s got the rail, the best horse has the eight hole. I think the draw could not work any better,” Allard said. “Brian (Sears) is going to have to work his magic. Of all the drivers at Yonkers, Brian is one of if not the best ones and I have a lot of confidence in him, so I’m going to let him do his thing.” Saturday’s card also features the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-olds in race six where Six Pack is favored over Helpisontheway. Lindsey`s Pride, Lindy`s Big Bang, Maxus, Mississippi Storm, Tito, and The Veteran will try to upend the favorites. The filly companions to the Messenger and Yonkers Trot, the $129,014 Hudson Trot and $122,904 Lady Maud Pace go as races four and five, respectively. The night’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace goes to post in race eight and features Bit Of A Legend and Evenin Of Pleasure. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) won the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (August 18). Whittemore wins four. Skip Jive ($8.80) jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, he put up all the fractions (:28.4, :55.0, 1:22.1, 1:50.3). He held off the late charging JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) to secure the victory. Weapon to win (John MacDonald) finished third. Skip Jive is a 5-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was win number five this season. He now has 16 career victories, none faster than tonight. Leading driver of the meet, Jimmy Whittemore, added four more wins to his total for the season. His other three wins came with Kerry B ($40.20), Muffin's Man ($8.80), and Serious Major ($4.60). Truman Gale added two wins on the night as well. He went to the winner's circle with Coopers Beach ($13.40) and Western Toro ($4.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 23) featuring two division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies. Post Time is 6:10. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Two year old pacing colts taking part in the New York Sire Stakes were featured on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions of the $80,000+ Sire Stakes for freshman colts and in the first division, what looked like it would be a battle of the titans between the undefeated Melodies Major and the super-fast superstar Major Blake never came to fruition. The Sam Schillaci-trained Major Blake was a late scratch due to sickness which made Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious-Die Laughing) a 1-9 favorite as the freshman looked to build on a beginning to his career that yielded four wins in four tries. On Tuesday night, Tyler Buter once again piloted the Mark Ford trainee and moved the star pacer out to the early lead in his $81,750 division of the NYSS. Though Melodies Major had his way on the front end, the freshman came up empty and longshot Reigning Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven- Little Miss K- Artsplace) came from well off the pace to prevail in career-best fashion. Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the freshman to the 1:54.2 victory for trainer Brett Pelling. Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) was the runner-up for the second consecutive start while World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) earned the show spot. The heavily backed Melodies Major faded sharply late and ended up last. Reigning Deo returned $24.40 to win in recording his second victory in just three career starts. The other division of the NYSS for two year old pacing colts and geldings went the way of Bicorne Hanover (Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover-The Panderosa) who pulled off the mild upset as he and driver Matt Kakaley went wire-to-wire in 1:54.3. Bicorne Hanover is now a two-time winner in the New York Sire Stakes this season as the Ron Burke trainee took advantage of post position one to wire the field. Returning $11.40 to win, Bicorne Hanover bested longshot runner-up KJ Leo (Scott Zeron) and co-favored Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr) who earned the show spot. The 1:54.3 clocking served as a lifetime mark for the freshman pacer. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga with live racing starting at 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Dee's Rocketman (Andy Santeramo) takes the Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 5). Dee's Rocketman ($9.70) went right to the front and hit the first quarter in :28.3. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) took over as they went by the stands the first time. He led to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Dee's Rocketman was patient in the loose pocket. Owned by Joe Martinelli Sr. and trained by Mickey Mc Nichol, he flew down the stretch to win in 1:50.4, equaling his lifetime best. Dreams Beachboy held for second with Dash Of Danger (Corey Braden) getting third money. Dee's Rocketman is a 6-year-old ridgling by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his 10th win this season and career victory number 21. Trainer Mike Deters wins four races on the day Deters got three wins with driver Jim Meittinis, Ideal Feeling ($3.60), Doo Wop Hanover ($6.00), and Winyard Hanover ($4.20). His fourth win was with Hurricane Howard ($25.00) and driver Mike Merton. The drivers win title continues to be wide open. Jim Meittinis leads all driver with 44 wins this season. Mike Merton is second with 42 wins. Aaron Byron is third with 40 wins. Jim Taggart Jr. is fourth with 39 wins. Andy Santeramo occupies the fifth spot with 33 wins. Gary Messenger leads all trainers with 28 wins so far this season. His top rival is defending champion Mike Deters with 26 victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 10) featuring the Tompkins Geers racing series for freshman trotters and pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 28, 2018--Yonkers Raceway Monday night (July 30th) hosts the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, with the sire stakes event going as races 7 (purse $85,250) and 8 (purse $86,750), respectively. The event again honors the memory of one of the true movers and shakers (not to mention a damn fine fellow) in the state's harness program. The opening event for the big boys offers some solid resumes, the haughtiest of which belongs to Springsteen (Dave Miller, post 2). The season has been highlighted by a win in the half-million-dollar final of Pocono's Max Hempt Memorial (life-best 1:48.3). He hits town, though, after faltering first-up in the his elim of the Adios. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven, co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh. has two wins in six starts ($286,500). Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald, post 6) has plied his craft versus statebreds, with sire stakes wins at Saratoga (life-best 1:52.1). The Roll with Joe colt is co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Robert MacNeil and Fred Brayford. Topville Olympian (Brian Sears, post 5) and Twin B Tuffenuff (George Brennan, post 7) have both been bridesmaids in their last two statebred sojourns. Monday night's second and final division finds the return of Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, post 2). The son of Betterthancheddar, who wired that $300,000 event in a life-best 1:51.3, comes back after sire stakes wins at Buffalo and Saratoga. For the season, he's 5-for-8 with $238,896 in the till for co-owners Evan Katz and Crawford Racing. My Delight (Brent Holland, post 5) authored a 34-1 upset in a $23,066 division of the Reynolds here in mid-May, then won (at 14-1) a sire stakes event at Vernon (life-best 1:49.4). Ostro Hanover (Miller, post 7) tries it after a 10-1 statebred win at Saratoga. Rockapelo (Sears, post 8) has hit the board in six of his eight '18 tries, including a win (life-best 1:50.2) in his $24,000 division of Tioga's Geers. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Springsteen rocked to a 15-1 upset in Saturday's (June 30) $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, where favorite Lather Up went off stride and suffered his first loss in eight starts this year. Springsteen and driver Simon Allard used a three-wide move at three-quarters and overcame Nutcracker Sweet by a head to win in 1:48.3. Hitman Hill finished third. Stay Hungry led the field to the first quarter in :26 before giving the top spot to Dorsoduro Hanover by the half-mile point, which was reached in :53.1. Lather Up, the North America Cup champion, made a first-over move on the backstretch but was unable to get to the front, leaving Springsteen to make a three-wide move as the group hit three-quarters in 1:20.2. In the stretch, Nutcracker Sweet moved to the inside and got the lead, but was unable to hold off Springsteen. Lather Up, who got roughly gaited going around the first turn, went off stride as he came off the final turn and was seventh-placed-eighth in the field of nine. "All I worry about is my horse being nice and relaxed," Allard said. "He's always so angry and wants to go fast. The fact they were going real fast to the half, I never had to grab into him and he was nice and relaxed. Whenever we can tip him whenever he wants to go, that's the thing to do. "We didn't know how good of a 3-year-old he was going to be. We went through a little bit of a problem with him tying up but right now everything is back good. He's ready for a good summer I guess." Springsteen is a son of Rock N Roll Heaven out of American Charm. He has won two of five races this year and five of 19 in his career, good for earnings of $479,423. The colt is owned by Allard Racing, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg, and Kapildeo Singh. Springsteen paid $32.60 to win. Max C. Hempt was a renowned Pennsylvania-based breeder, whose horses were known for the prefix "Keystone," as well as a longtime director of the U.S. Trotting Association and Hambletonian Society. He served as the Hambletonian Society president from 1966-1984 and the creation of the Breeders Crown series evolved under his leadership. Hempt, who passed away in 1999, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1980. The Art Major colt Courtly Choice set the speedy tone for the evening by winning the $75,000 Hempt Pace Consolation in 1:48.4, equaling his mark and setting a national season's record. David Miller spotted fourth with Courtly Choice while I'm A Big Deal and Done Well battled well past a wicked :25.3 opening quarter, with Done Well claiming the top at the three-eighths and rolling on to the :53.2 half. Miller and Courtly Choice, who was the choice of the bettors, quickly got in gear down the backstretch, went by Done Well with no difficulty before the 1:21.1 three-quarter pole, and then finished out on his own, 12-1/2 lengths ahead of his rivals. Courtly Choice, now a winner of $148,596 for trainer Blake MacIntosh and the ownership of Hutt Racing Stable, Mac And Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms, evidently has the speed to give with the division's best -- what he still needs to master is how to draw a good post. He had post eight of nine in the North America Cup eliminations, was a troubled fifth, won the Cup Consolation, then drew post nine of nine in the Hempt elimination against Lather Up and had too far to come on the speed-favoring Pocono oval. by Ken Weingartner & PHHA/Pocono Downs    

Scarborough, Maine - June 30, 2018 ... The Mid-Summer Classic Series made a triumphant return to Scarborough Downs on Saturday as a dazzling field of six invitational class pacers answered the call to post for an event that had been absent from the racing calendar since 2012. None shone brighter than StarzNHeaven though, whose game rally bid resulted in a divisional track record timing of 1:53.1, as he laid claim to the title of fastest aged stallion winner in the 68 year history of the seaside oval. The effort supplanted the oldest pacing record on the books, an honor held by Prince Ebony and driver Ron Pierce since they won the 1990 edition of Scarborough's iconic Presidents Pace. The former record was equaled in 2009 by On A Tear and driver Shawn Gray. As the race unfolded, Hickory Icon and driver David Ingraham set blazing early fractions leading the field past the first three poles through torrid clockings of 27.4, 55.4 and 1:24 flat. JJs Jet (D. Campbell) took dead aim on the pacesetter just past the half, pulling to lead the overland charge and providing perfect cover to his brother Heath Campbell who was piloting the heavily favored StarzNHeaven. The perfect cover nearly turned into a nightmare scenario though as JJs Jet rolled off-stride just past the ¾-mile marker, scattering the trailers, including StarzNHeaven who appeared to lose most of his forward momentum. Class showed through though as Heath Campbell and his charge quickly regained their composure, made up all that lost ground in a matter of seconds, and stoically engaged Hickory Icon at the top of the stretch. The six-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Dancinwiththestarz coasted through a hand-driven tour of the lane to post the ¾-length margin over Hickory Icon, while Kenrick N (R. Cushing) rallied for the show. Owned in partnership by Burke Racing Stable of Fredericktown, PA and Donald Emond of Taunton, MA, StarzNHeaven scored his fifth consecutive win during what turned into a triumphant homecoming for trainer Jim Nickerson, a state of Maine native who now plies his trade at Saratoga Raceway. The 2nd elimination leg of the Mid-Summer Classic Series will be held on July 7 with the $25,000 final scheduled for Saturday July 14th. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing on Thursday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R will feature the inaugural Ben Hur Cup battle between Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. But that is not the only special races on Sunday. The Ben Hur Cup involves eight races, the 2nd race through the 9th race. Races one and ten are the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers and will feature some very tough competition. The first race is the mare's division and making her return to the Hippodrome 3R is the 2016 Future Stars Champion, Daniel Dube's Queen Elsa. This daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was bred and is owned by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, now of Millstone, NJ. Queen Elsa has not fared well this year in the USA with just two wins in 16 starts, but she comes north off a strong 1:56.1 triumph at Harrah's Philadelphia. Queen Elsa will start from post two for driver Stephane Gendron and is the 3-1 morning line second choice. Imagine Speed in post four for driver Tyler Jones is the opening round return winner. She scored her second win in four starts this year for trainer Michel Allard with a neck triumph over Skyfall Sena in 1:57.4 at odds of 16-1. But Imagine Speed, despite her win, is the 7/2 third choice in the race. Skyfall Sena from post six is the morning line favorite. She has been battling tough the last few weeks with four wins on the season and last week was second at Rideau Carleton, race-timed in 1L:55.2. She will be driven by Mario Lachance. The horses get underway in the Quebec-Bred Series in the tenth race where C L Sportaction and driver Jonathan Lachance will take on all comers once again. In his last start in the series the four-year-old stallion by Sportswriter was at his best for Lachance, leading from start to finish in 1:55.2. He sports three wins in six starts for trainer Mario Lachance. Last year's Breeders Cup champion, Wildriverbumblebee makes his second start of the year from post seven for driver Sylvain Filion. In his debut this season he started from the second tier in post ten and never was in contention in the race and finished sixth. He is the second choice in the race. Dance With Joe was third to C L Sportaction and starts Sunday from post three for driver Daniel Dulude. This son of Roll With Joe had scored three straight wins before tangling with C L Sportaction. Other contenders in the ten-horse field are Major Alou Beka (post nine), HP Patriote (post 8) who was the Breeders Cup Champion back in 2016 and Histoire Enchantee (post 4). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. There will be an autograph session meet and greet with Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy at 11:30 am in the Grandstand. For a free race program for Sunday's card, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- A pair of 2-year-old filly pacers started their harness racing careers off in fine fashion on Wednesday night (June 20) by winning their respective $52,500 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway.   Brooklyn Lilacs began the evening with an impressive 4-1/2 length score over Apple Tina K in 1:57.1 while Meghan Lynn took the second leg with a 1-1/2 length victory over Ladybeluckytonite in 1:58.3.   Both wins by the freshmen fillies were well short of the Buffalo Raceway track record of 1:56.2 established in 2016 by Shes A Billionair.   While the Sire Stakes failed to produce a new standard, there was a new barrier established for the aged (5+) pacing mares as Sportsmuffler ($3.50) toured the Buffalo Raceway oval in 1:53.4, breaking the previous record of 1:54.1 set by Sarah Cola in 2017.   Brooklyn Lilacs ($2.90) started the card by cruising to the win for driver Jim Morrill Jr. After settling in second to the opening quarter pole, Brooklyn Lilacs was in command at the half and never looked back.   "I took it easy on her in the first turn," Morrill Jr. said of Brooklyn Lilacs. "She was kind of banging the bike around that first turn. But when I popped the plugs on her, she switched into another gear and was gone." Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson) was second and Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher) was third.   Co-owned by Gerald Stuchbury and the Sombodythatiustono Stable and trained by Gareth Dowse, Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) earned a win check for $26,250 in her debut.   It was safety first for driver Jason Bartlett as he guided Meghan Lynn to a $7.30 win in the second bracket.   "I played it safe with her in the beginning and let the race develop," Bartlett said.   Sitting third behind the pace-setting Ladybeluckytonite at the half, Meghan Lynn pulled to the outside and got the lead turning for home.   "I wanted to brush and clear to the lead at the five-eighths pole just like we did in her qualifier," Bartlett said of Meghan Lynn. "Once she got to the lead, I knew we weren't going to be beat."   Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) took the place money with She's Da Boom (Jamieson) taking third.   Owned by the Crawford Racing Farms and conditioned by Chris Oakes, Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) also earned a big payday of $26.260 in her first career try.   In the $15,000 Excelsior Stakes, Heavens Challenge ($6.00) took her leg in 1:59.1 for Morrill Jr. while Final Escape posted a $17.20 upset in 1:59.3 with Jamieson in the sulky.   Its Only Livie ($4.30) won the $6,700 Excelsior B event with a 2:00.1 for driver Shawn McDonough.   Sportsmuffler made her way into the record book with a 1:53.4 mile in the $10,000 Filly and Mare Open I-II pace. Sportsmuffler used a 27.4 final panel to help establish a new barrier, beating Hey Kobe by 2-1/4 lengths.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin, Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster Whatifthere'smore) is a 6-year-old mare that has earned $26,053 in 2018 and $238,909 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card set.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to    by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They have to start somewhere and it will be Wednesday night (June 20) when the 2-year-old filly pacers begin their racing careers in earnest with a date in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway. It will be a great launching pad for their careers as the two divisions will carry a purse of $52,500 each.   Both legs will feature five filly freshmen pacers. None of the gals have started in a pari mutual race and most have just one or two qualifiers under their belt.   And the sires to these ladies are spread out evenly as well with Art Major, Rock N Roll Heaven and American Ideal each having three entrants while Roll With Joe having one.   The Sire Stakes will be held as the first two races on the 11-race program which gets underway at 5 p.m.   With inexperience reigning supreme, the morning line odds are relatively close.   The first division has Brooklyn Lilacs (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sombodythatiustono) was tabbed as the 2-to-1 choice from the four post with Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike. Brooklyn Lilacs went gate-to-wire in her qualifier at Pocono Downs on June 13, winning by 1-1/4 lengths.   The main threat could come from Who Can You Trust (Art Major-Neverhaveneverwill). A $45,000 purchase in 2017 at the Lexington Sale, she is listed at 5-to-2 on the morning line with Jason Bartlett scheduled to drive. Who Can You Trust had a 1:58.4 qualifier at Delaware on June 14 and looks to take advantage of the inside.   The rest of the field includes Sewonandsewforth (Kevin Cummings), Eos N Rock (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Apple Tina K (Jody Jamieson).   In the second leg, three of the five participants won their last prep races.   Love Americanstyle (American Ideal-Kiss Me Once Again) drew the rail and gets the services of Morrill Jr. Sitting as the lukewarm 2-to-1 choice, Love Americanstyle won here qualifiers in 1:57.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia by 2-1/2 lengths on June 12.   Meghan Lynn (American Ideal-Ladyotra) cruised in her qualifier with a solid 1:58.2 at Pocono Downs on June 13. She'll be driven by Bartlett and score from the three spot.   Fool Me Again (Roll With Joe-Fool That I Am) made up nearly 13 lengths to take her qualifier at Woodbine/Mohawk on June 9 in 1:59.2. She has the five hole with James MacDonald to steer her.   The others involved in the second division include Ladybeluckytonite (Drew Monti) and She's Da Boom (Jamieson).   With three track records shattered on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway in Sire Stakes competition, the ladies will be looking to top the current standard of 1:56.3 set in 2016 by She's A Billionair.   There will be a pair of $15,000 Excelsior A series races on the card and one $6,700 Excelsior B event.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Plainville, MA---Starznheaven remained undefeated at Plainridge Park after scoring his third consecutive top-class win when he went from worst to first in the blink of an eye to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (June 18). Starting from post eight, driver Greg Merton hit the pylons last while Mysharona Bluechip (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) were engaged in a knock-down, drag-out fight for the lead. Those two went at it to the quarter in :26.1 and the half in :53.3 before Mysharona Bluechip pulled away from Kenrick N up the backside while Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) and Starznheaven moved up on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:21. At the top of the last turn Starznheaven tipped three-deep around Quick Shot and was under a full head of steam. With a high-line in the left hand and minor urging with the right, Merton gave Starznheaven his head and the horse responded by scooting away from the pack to a four-length victory in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. It was the eighth win of the year and 30th lifetime for Starznheaven ($4.20) who has now banked $79,375 this year for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Donald Emond and Lawrence Karr. The 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is in the midst of a career year. The time of 1:49.4 was the fastest race at Plainridge Park since Givenupdreaming won by three lengths in 1:49.3 on July 5, 2016. Givenupdreaming was also owned by Burke-Weaver-Bruscemi. In the co-featured $15,000 conditioned pace, Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) turned a two-hole trip behind J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) into a hard-fought one-length victory in 1:51.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Andrew Adamczyk owns the winner that is trained by Jaymes McAssey. The $10,000 claiming series named the "The 2007 Sox" kicked off with three legs on Monday, each being contested for a $10,000 purse. The first leg went to Grand Gallup Semalu (Drew Campbell) who went gate to wire and romped by six lengths in 1:53. Grand Gallup Semalu ($2.60) is owned by William Mc Elvain Jr. and is trained by James Dunn. The second division saw Upfront Lorne (Shawn Gray) come first-up from fourth at the half to out-muscle SB Mike's Hot Beach (Steve Nason) at the wire and win by a head in 1:53, which was a new seasonal mark. Upfront Lorne ($6.40) is owned by Andrew Adamczyk and trained by Jaymes McAssey. And the final leg was won by Mom's Crossroads (Shawn Gray) who got the lead past the quarter and never looked back, winning by a length in 1:52.4. Mom's Crossroads ($4.00) is owned by Andrew Adamczyk and trained by Jaymes McAssey, giving them the owner/trainer hat trick. Mitchell Cushing closed out the card by making some noise in the eleventh race. In a spirited drive from the back of the pack, Cushing urged BP Diet Food up the outside and down the lane to catch BJ's Guy (Shawn Gray) at the wire and win in 1:52.2 at 70-1. BP Diet Food paid $156.20 for the win and triggered a 3-6-7 trifecta that returned $10,726.20 for a two-dollar wager. The drive also gave Cushing a driving double. Other drivers scoring multiple wins Monday included Shawn Gray with three and Drew Campbell and Greg Merton with two apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 19) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---It might be that fresh New England air or the fact he's been back on a five-eighths mile track where he seems to do his best work. Either way, the razor-sharp Starznheaven has now registered back-to-back feature race victories at Plainridge Park after winning the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (June 11). Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) left sharply and grabbed the lead from He's Marvelous (Nick Graffam) around the first turn. Maintaining a gapped advantage on the point, Campbell set fractions of :26.1, :55.4 and 1:23 with only a mild bid by One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) during the middle half. Starznheaven (Greg Merton), who had gotten away seventh, pulled before the half and was following One To Draw To second-over up the backstretch and when that one's bid failed around the final bend, Merton swung three-deep coming into the lane and had his charge pacing with conviction as the race headed towards home. Starznheaven drew alongside and then passed Quick Shot before hitting the wire a length in front in 1:51. It was the seventh win in 17 starts this year for Starznheaven ($5.40) who has now amassed a single season high $71,375 in earnings for owners Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Donald Emond and Lawrence Karr. The 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Jim Nickerson. In the co-featured $12,000 fifth race, Mysharona Bluechip (Greg Merton) took no prisoners for the fifth time in the last six weeks, going gate to wire in impressive fashion stopping the clock in 1:51, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Owned by a Piece of the Action LLC, Mysharona Bluechip ($2.40) scored his sixth victory of 2018 and pushed his earnings to $39,175 for the year under the tutelage of trainer Eric Beach. Mysharona Bluechip was also claimed out of the race by Richard Knight for $20,000. Greg Merton and Shawn Gray each had three driving wins on Monday. It was a big payday for the owner of the winning ticket in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta. The combination of 1-5-4-3-2 returned $21,770.20 for a one-dollar wager, with the even money favorite winning the race. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 12) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts Publicist  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Wisdom Tree and Tell Me A Joke each have a victory this season in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers and they are the ones to beat in their respective divisions on Wednesday night (June 13) when the series arrives at Buffalo Raceway.   There will be two compact NYSS fields that will kick off the early daily double on the 10-race card. A field of four will tangle in the first leg worth $56,900 while the second division carries a purse of $58,000 for the five entrants.   In the opener, Wisdom Tree comes to town finishing first or second in five of her six starts in 2018. A winner of $53,200 already this season, Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) drew the four post for driver Kevin Cummings and has been tabbed even money morning line choice.   Wisdom Tree, trained by Edward Hart, took the $59,100 NYSS bracket at Saratoga Raceway on May 27 by scoring a length triumph in 1:52.2. Last week at Tioga Downs, she finished a strong second in 1:50.3 despite starting from the eight post in a $40,600 division of the NYSS.   The main challenger could be Pelican Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven-Feathery Fame) who gets the services of Jim Morrill Jr. from the pylons. She's earned a paycheck in her last two tries in the NYSS and could be primed for a big effort.   The other two in the field include Twin B Peaches (Mark MacDonald) and the Ron Burke-trained Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley).   Tell Me A Joke (Art Major-Camadian) headlines the second division and has been installed as an even money morning line choice as well from the four spot on the starting grid.   Morrill Jr., who'll be on the bike again with Tell Me A Joke, guided her to a gate-to-wire victory in the NYSS on June 3 at Tioga in 1:53.2, turning back Trigger Happy by a length. A winner three times in five appearances this season, Tell Me A Joke has $40,392 in the bank this season.   Jewels Forreal, another Burke trainee, drew the three post with Kakaley in the sulky. Last time out on June 3 at Tioga Downs, Jewels Forreal (So Surreal-Dandy's Jewel) made up 10 lengths during the race and finished third just 1-1/2 lengths behind Tell Me A Joke. With a long stretch at Buffalo Raceway, Jewels Forreal could be a very formidable opponent.   The remainder of the field includes Checkered Past (MacDonald), Ms Cheesman (Scott Zeron) and Liplock (Nicholas Boyd).   The track record for the 3-year-old filly pacers is 1:53.3 set in 2015 by Mosquito Blue Chip. With five track standards either being tied or lowered last week at Buffalo Raceway, it's possible that the record book might have to be updated again.   For more information on Buffalo Raceway including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

Shez All Rock has claimed a harness racing Jewels win for Australia by winning the Gr1 $150,000 3yo Diamond at Cambridge today. The immensely talented Rock N Roll Heaven filly blasted straight to the front in today's race for driver Mark Purdon and she gave nothing else a look in, winning untouched in a sensational time of 1-51.8 for the mobile 1609m. Mark Purdon only had to sit and enjoy the ride he said on trackside after the race. "She really did it on her own today. She just rolled along, enjoyed her work and never gave me any problems. I just had to enjoy the ride," he said. Shez All Rock has now had 9 starts for 8 wins and a second, and has claimed the two big races in her two New Zealand starts, winning both the New Zealand Oaks and now the 3yo Jewels. Shez All Rock beat Dizzy Miss Lizzy by five lengths with stablemate Elle Mac running home well for third. Shez All Rock paced her last 800m in 55.2 and the final 400m in 27.3 seconds. The All Stars Stable have now won the first three jewels races and look to have several more winning chances later in the day. Harnesslink Media Trish Trewhitt interview Shez All Rock   BROGDEN HORSE TRANSPORT 3YO DIAMOND (MOBILE PACE) (Gr1), $150,000, 3YO FILLIES, 1609m   For 3-year-old pacing fillies. Video  Weather: Overcast     Track: Fast      Race History     Plc Bk Horse Barrier Hcap Stakes Fav Time Margin Driver Trainer 1 5 Shez All Rock 5 fr 75,000.00 1/1 1-51.8   Mark Purdon M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 2 2 Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2 fr 22,500.00 3/3 1-52.8 5.00 B N Orange N R McGrath 3 12 Elle Mac 12 fr 15,000.00 2/2 1-53.2 6.90 N C Rasmussen M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen 4 1 Ruebe Star 1 fr 6,375.00 9/8 1-53.4 8.00 B M Mangos B M Mangos 5 11 Ivana Flybye 11 fr 4,735.00 10/10 1-53.8 9.80 B D Butcher (J) S G Telfer 6 13 Bettor Babe 13 fr 3,770.00 12/12 1-53.9 10.10 T A Cameron (J) A G Herlihy MNZM 7 4 Gold Orchid 4 fr 3,770.00 6/6 1-54.1 11.50 R T May A G Herlihy MNZM 8 6 Dibaba 6 fr 3,770.00 8/7 1-54.2 11.80 T S Chmiel T S & Mrs G S Chmiel 9 10 Bettor Joy 10 fr 3,770.00 4/4 1-54.3 12.30 D J Dunn C T Dalgety 10 9 Just Dance 9 fr 3,770.00 11/11 1-54.3 12.50 M W McKendry MNZM C T Dalgety 11 3 Come Dance With Me 3 fr 3,770.00 7/9 1-54.8 14.60 J R Dunn M P Kerr 12 8 Delight In Me 8 fr 3,770.00 5/5 1-54.8 14.70 T M Williams M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen $150,000.00   Scratchings SCR 7 Kotare Cullen 7                             Divs: $1.30. $1.00. $2.00. $1.30. Quinella $5.70. Trifecta $15.10. TAB Double[races-2,3]:(4,5) $2.10. TAB Conc.:(4,2) $7.50. TAB Treble[races-1,2,3]:(8,4,5) $3.70. First4 $132.50. Margins: 5 lengths, 2 lengths, 1 length Times: Mile Rate: 1-51.8 Last 800m: 55.2 Last 400m: 27.3 Placed Horses:       Shez All Rock 2014 3 Br f Rock N Roll Heaven - Irish Loch   (by Mach Three)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: C J Ryder    Breeder: G F Tennent    Dizzy Miss Lizzy 2014 3 Br f Changeover - Back In The USSR   (by Presidential Ball)    Trainer: N R McGrath, Weedons    Owner: P F W Boag, Mrs K P Boag    Breeder: Norwegian Wood Breeding Limited    Elle Mac 2014 3 B f Bettor's Delight - Goodlookinggirl   (by Christian Cullen)    Trainer: M Purdon & Ms N C Rasmussen, Rolleston    Owner: Mrs J L Feiss    Breeder: Breckon Farms Ltd

Bill Matz enjoyed the highest of highs last year when Beckhams Z Tam delivered the longtime harness racing owner his first Breeders Crown trophy. As Matz awaits the pacer's return this spring, he is keeping an eye on Heavenly Sound; a 3-year-old that he hopes can follow in Beckhams Z Tam's hoof prints and develop into a stakes player as the season progresses. Beckhams Z Tam, who was winless in six races at age 2 in 2016, last year posted five early-season conditioned-level wins followed by multiple successes on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit before upsetting Downbytheseaside in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male pacers at his home track, Hoosier Park. "That story turned out great," Matz said. "Those are the moments you wait your whole life for. What an experience. It was just awesome. There was electricity in the air that night. It was a great party for everybody. "I'm not that much of a trotting guy, I've never had much luck with them in my career, so whenever we talked about what race we'd most like to win, the Hambletonian or the Breeders Crown, I always said that for me the Breeders Crown would be the thrill of a lifetime. I reached the pinnacle." Matz hopes Beckhams Z Tam can keep him feeling like he's on top of the world. Beckhams Z Tam, owned by Matz's Z Tam Stables and trained by Jamie Macomber, will start his stakes campaign in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and also test himself against older horses in unrestricted stakes events. Last year, Beckhams Z Tam won 11 of 20 races, hit the board a total of 18 times, and earned $512,545. "It should be interesting," Matz said. "Turning (age) 3 to 4, you never know what you're going to get. You keep your fingers crossed. They say he's trained back great, that he's rock solid. We're hoping to have the luck continue straight through to the end of the year." Heavenly Sound, owned by Matz and Cary Potkin as M & M Harness Racing, won two of 13 races last year. He started this season in conditioned-level races and finished second his first two starts, by a total of less than a length, before posting back-to-back victories. The colt's first win was in 1:50.4, with a :26.1 final quarter-mile, at the Meadowlands. The time is tied for the season's fastest by a 3-year-old pacer. His second win was a 1:52.2 triumph in the first round of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Heavenly Sound returns to action Saturday in the second round of the Weiss. He will start from post five in the first of three divisions, with Tom Jackson driving for trainer Bruce Saunders. The colt is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. "I've got to give Bruce all the credit," Matz said. "Bruce picked him out and thought we had a good one. He told us to shut him down last year and give him some time and he's come back great. He went a big mile at the Meadowlands and it looks like he's one of the top ones in the Weiss, which is always a great feeling." Heavenly Sound is a son of 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven, who was trained by Saunders, out of Frankie's Dream, who is a full sister to stakes-winner Happy Dreamer. Heavenly Sound was purchased for $27,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale. The colt is eligible to a number of events including the Breeders Crown, Max C. Hempt Memorial, Cane Pace, Matron Stakes, New York Sire Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic. "I love that he's showing some speed, especially when I know he's got a lot of races on half-mile tracks down the road," said Matz, a New Yorker who owns two dozen horses. "If you don't have speed and get away toward the back, it's game over before you even start." Following Saturday's races, the Weiss Series for male pacers will continue with preliminary rounds April 21 and April 28. The $30,000 championship is May 5. For Saturday's complete Pocono entries, click here. First race post time is 7 p.m. (EDT). The Weiss divisions are races three, four, and 12 on the 14-race card. Ken Weingartner  

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