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Plainville, MA --- Duplicated N has suddenly become peerless at Plainridge Park after handily tackling the best resident harness racing pacers in the $20,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace on Monday afternoon (May 10) to extend his current winning streak to three. It was pretty much a done-deal from the start as Duplicated N (Bruce Ranger) took control off the gate and never looked back. With Starznheaven (Drew Monti) tripping out on his back, Duplicated N toured the facility in fractions of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:23.1 with little resistance from anyone as the group headed around the last turn. At the top of the stretch, Starznheaven pulled out for his shot at the leader along with Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) who was pacing alongside him. But neither could get to Duplicated N, who was cruising along unfazed and hit the line on top by two lengths in 1:51. DUPLICATED N REPLAY   It was the 19th lifetime win in only 44 lifetime starts for Duplicated N ($3.80) who is owned by Paul London, Michael Sepinuck, Kathleen Brewer and Andrew Kelson. Artie Brewer does the training. In the co-featured $13,000 claiming handicap pace for horses tagged from $15-$20,000, Brackley Beach (Kevin Switzer Jr.), who was severely disregarded at the windows, sat quietly in the garden spot at 40-1 behind the frontrunning J Js Delivery (Drew Monti) who was arguing vehemently with Nagle (Bruce Ranger) through a stiff :27.2 third quarter. Coming off the last turn Brackley Beach tipped off cover in between horses and caught the leader in the stretch and then held off two late challengers to win by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, which was a new lifetime mark. BRACKLEY BEACH REPLAY   Brackley Beach made his first visit to Plainridge a memorable one for all parties involved as he returned $80.00 for the win and triggered a 3-8-4-6 superfecta that paid a whopping $8,493 for a $2 wager. Andrew Adamczyk, who owns and trains Brackley Beach, privately purchased the winner on April 8 of this year and has not missed a check since in five starts. Bruce Ranger registered another driving triple on Monday and continues to be the leading dash win driver of the Plainridge meet this year. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (May 13) at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Eurobond made his last pari-mutuel start on November 23, 2020 when he scored a 2-1/4 length harness racing victory at Plainridge Park. Now 165 days later it was "deja vu all over again" after the 6-year-old horse won the $17,500 Winners-Over Handicap trotting feature at The Ridge on Friday (May 7). Eurobond (Bruce Ranger) got away a distant sixth while two-time feature winner Pappy Go Go (Jay Randall) grabbed the front in a quick :27.2. Positions remained unchanged to the five-eighths when Majestic Marvel (Shawn Gray) pulled first-over followed by Smooth Acceleration (Matty Athearn) and Eurobond, who started his big move. As the race made its way through the final turn, Majestic Marvel took the lead from Pappy Go Go and Smooth Acceleration then drew alongside him to challenge. But Eurobond was revved up three-deep and trotting under full throttle, looking past his competition. Ranger sat chilly and let Eurobond trot home on his own in a snappy :28.3 final split to win by a length in 1:55.2. EUROBOND REPLAY   It was the 13th lifetime win in only 52 lifetime starts for Eurobond ($6.00) and it pushed his total earnings to $316,650 for owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere is the trainer. There were two $12,500 co-featured divisions of the conditioned trot for 6-year-olds and under and both were won by Massachusetts-bred trotters. The first division was won by Royal Envy (Shawn Gray) who got away fifth before pulling at the quarter and grabbing the lead as they crossed the wire the first time. From there Royal Envy led the rest of the way while fighting off challenges from I Have A Dream (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Big Weezy (Jay Randall) before winning by 1/2 length in 1:57, which was a new lifetime mark. Royal Envy ($4.40), who went undefeated in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes last year to become the 2-year-old trotting filly champion, is owned by Al Ross and Ray Campbell Jr., who also bred the filly. George Ducharme does the training. The second division saw the combination of Ranger and Cecere strike again with Marquis Lafayette, who made a first-over move from fourth before the half, then eventually draw alongside the leading Crazy Money De Vie (Jay Randall) around the far turn and then out-trot that one down the lane to win by 1/2 length in 1:58.2. Marquis Lafayette ($4.00), who finished second in the 2020 MASS final for 3-year-old male trotters, is owned and was also bred by K R Breeding. Ranger added two more wins during the card with Broadway Giant (1:58.4, $5.60) and Sortie Hanover (1:57.1, $10.40) to register a Grand Slam on the day. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 10) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The 6-year-old Always A Virgin harness racing pacing mare La Always Amartini had been based at Yonkers Raceway until last week when she shifted northeast and finished second at Plainridge Park. Seven days later, the second time was a charm for her as she scored her first Massachusetts win in the $15,000 conditioned feature for 6-year-old and younger distaff pacers at The Ridge on Thursday afternoon (May 6). La Always Amartini (Kevin Switzer Jr.) watched from sixth as Sweet Sue (Jim Hardy) and Maverick Fiber (John Nason) played give-and-go with the lead to the half. After reaching that station in :56, Sweet Sue became the pacesetter for the second time and braced for the assault from the rear. Sweet Style (Jay Randall) came rolling first up on the rim with La Always Amartini on her back, but that lineup changed near the three-quarter pole when Switzer tipped La Always Amartini three-deep into the last turn and drew alongside Sweet Sue. Now embroiled in a heated dispute, Hardy and Switzer both started driving hard with lines and tails flagging in the breeze. Sweet Sue fought hard to hold her position but La Always Amartini had the better foot this day and pulled away to a 1-1/4 length win in 1:53.4. LA ALWAYS AMARTINI REPLAY   It was the first win of 2021 and a seasonal mark for La Always Amartini ($6.80) who is owned by Fox Racing. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner. There was an instant jackpot payout in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta at Plainridge on Thursday. Despite the even money favorite Lillian Rose (1:55.3, $4.00) winning the race, 59-1 shot For Chip's Sake finished third and 38-1 Tempra Hanover finished fifth to bring serious value to the 3-7-9-5-1 combination that paid $10,930.92 for a 20-cent wager. Bruce Ranger led all drivers with three wins on Thursday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (May 7) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Remaining sharp after arriving from the Meadowlands last week, Pappy Go Go took full advantage of a scratch-shortened harness racing field to capture the $15,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 30). Pappy Go Go (Bruce Ranger) got away third as Majestic Marvel (Shawn Gray) out-wrangled Smooth Acceleration (Matty Athearn) for the lead by the quarter in :29.3. Ranger wasted no time pulling Pappy Go Go at that station but after being unable to take the lead before the second turn, dropped back to the pylons and drafted in second. Positions remained unchanged to the three-quarters and the top two trotters separated themselves from the rest of the field. Majestic Marvel continued on the point around the turn and into the stretch where Pappy Go Go tipped off cover and went right by the leader to win by 3/4's of a length in 1:57.3. PAPPY GO GO REPLAY It was the second straight top trot win at The Ridge for Pappy Go Go ($2.80) and the fourth win of the year overall. Pappy Go Go is owned by Michael Goldberg Racing and is trained by Jeff Lieberman. Bruce Ranger completed his day with a total of three driving wins on the card as did fellow reinsman Shawn Gray. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 3) at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Harness racing driver Shawn Gray reached a major career milestone on Thursday (April 29) when he surpassed the $20 million career earnings mark after he won the seventh race at Plainridge Park with Marcus Seelster (1:54, $4.40). The $5,500 winner's share of the $11,000 purse pushed Gray's lifetime total to $20,002,755. Gray came into today's races needing $17,370 to reach that plateau and once "The Maine Event" got rolling, it was clear that he would easily hit the mark during the afternoon. Marcus Seelster was only one of four wins on Gray's Grand Slam day as he also scored with Cornerd Beach (1:56, $25.60), Firstup (1:54.2, $2.60) and Levi At Play (1:55.3, $4.00). MARCUS SEELSTER REPLAY   A native of Waterville, Maine and currently based at Saratoga Raceway, Gray has been driving since 1993 when he got his first pari-mutuel win with Timer Choice at Presque Isle, Maine. He has since been a regular on the New England circuit for his entire life, but has also been a major force in New York State. Gray is currently the leading dash winning driver at Plainridge Park and sits second at Saratoga Raceway. A perennial high percentage reinsman, Gray boasts a .397 Universal Driver Rating so far this year, putting him eighth among all drivers in North America with under 300 starts in 2021. Gray's single best career earnings year was 2018 when he bankrolled $2.397 million. His best season for wins was 2012 when he captured 356 victories and his highest percentage performance came in 2011 when he posted a UDR of .440. For his career, Gray has 21,681 starts with 4,580 wins, 3,507 seconds and 3,058 thirds, putting him in the money 51% of the time during his career. It also gives him a lifetime UDR of .348. There was a major upset in the day's featured $15,000 pace for 6-year-old and under pacing mares. Sweet Sue (Jim Hardy) was dismissed at 29-1 from post seven but that didn't deter the mare one bit as she tracked third-over in the outer flow at three-quarters before tipping three-deep around the last turn. With no urging at all from Hardy, Sweet Sue gobbled up ground down the stretch and pulled away to a two-length victory in 1:54.4. It was the first win in only two starts this year for Sweet Sue ($61.40) who is owned by David Thibault, Christine Thibault, Roberts Withers and Julia Withers. Jolene Andrews trains the winner. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 30) at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts   

Plainville, MA --- After scoring two consecutive wins in mid-level condition races at Plainridge Park, JK Will Power stepped up to the top harness racing level and won again in the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap pacing feature at The Ridge on Monday afternoon (April 26). Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) left boldly and three-wide into the first turn to take the lead before the quarter that eventually went a quick :26.2. That lead would be challenged immediately as JK Will Power (Bruce Ranger), who had also been rolling up the rim as well, pulled alongside the leader in front of the stands. Cushing and Rock Diamonds N had no intention of releasing JK Will Power and as a result, the pair tussled to the half in speedy :54. Halfway up the backside, JK Will Power finally won the duel and took command heading into the last turn. After opening up a two-length advantage on the field in that bend, Starznheaven (Drew Monti) made a move and was rolling into the stretch, looking to make a bid for the win. But he came up with too little, too late and JK Will Power barreled across the line in 1:51.2, which was his new seasonal best. JK WILL POWER REPLAY   It was the third consecutive win, fourth of the year and 30th lifetime for JK Will Power ($3.60). The 8-year-old altered son of Somebeachsomewhere - Whats New Pussycat is owned by Michael Goldberg Racing and trained by Jeff Lieberman. In the co-featured $15,000 pace for 5-year-old and under males, Cigars And Port (Greg Merton) made an early first-over move past three-eighths, paced stride for stride with the front-running Sea Isle City (Shawn Gray) up the backside and around the far turn before eventually nipping him by a head at the beam in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark. CIGARS AND PORT REPLAY   Cigars And Port ($4.80), who was the 2019 2-year-old male pacing champion of the New York Sire Stakes, captured his first win in Massachusetts for owner Scheigert Racing Stable. Amanda Kelley trains the winner. Drivers Drew Monti and Bruce Ranger each had two wins on Monday while trainer Jimmy Nickerson also scored a double. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (April 29) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- A full field of eight 5-year-old and under trotters lined up behind the gate for the $12,000 featured harness racing event, but seven mostly watched as Northern Sultan led the pack from start to finish to take the main event at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 23). Northern Sultan (Kevin Switzer Jr.) bolted to the lead and opened up a two length lead at the quarter in :28.2. From there he maintained his gapped advantage to the three-quarters where Switzer fed him some line, and the gelding turned up the heat. As they swung around the last turn, Northern Sultan opened up four lengths while Switzer sat chilly and extended that to 6-1/2 down the lane, crossing the line under wraps in 1:59. Making his second start at Plainridge after wintering at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Northern Sultan ($4.80) scored his first win for owner/trainer Bill Krikorian, who privately purchased the son of Massachusetts-bred Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life on March 30. NORTHERN SULTAN REPLAY   The fastest trot of the day went to Explosive Ridge (Bruce Ranger) who put a circle around the mid-level conditioned field who were vying for $8,500. In his first race in Massachusetts after shipping from the Meadowlands, Explosive Ridge ($3.40) won by two lengths in 1:56.3 for owner/trainer Mike Eaton, who claimed him for $20,000 at the Big M on February 20. Drivers Bruce Ranger and Wally Watson each had two wins on Friday while trainer Lisa Watson did the same on the training side. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (April 26) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After scoring two wins and four board hits at Saratoga Raceway, Unstoppable Hall shipped into Massachusetts and threw the best mile of her life in the $15,000 featured condition pace for 6-year-old and younger fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (April 22). Unstoppable Hall (Shawn Gray) got away sixth while four horses argued for the lead that Sweet Sue (Jim Hardy) eventually wrangled in a :27.2 opening panel. As the race rolled by the stands for the first time, Unstoppable Hall pulled first-up and made her way to the front past the half and settled on the pylons by the five-eighth pole. It was there that Unstoppable Hall started to put some real estate between herself and the field with only Mouth Watering (Ron Cushing), who was tucked in second, keeping pace. The pair opened up seven lengths on the trailing five in the last turn and heading into the stretch. Then Unstoppable Hall switched gears and paced away from Mouth Watering to close out the mile on her own, winning by two lengths in 1:55.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal - Marietta Hall. UNSTOPPABLE HALL REPLAY   It was the third win of the year by Unstoppable Hall ($3.20) for owners Ryan Block and Steven Rybka, who also trains the mare. That win was one of three tallied by driver Shawn Gray, who led all reinsmen for the day. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (April 23) at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After a win and a second in the top harness racing pacing class at Saratoga Raceway, Artful Way tried that same level at Plainridge Park last week and fell short in a gallant closing brush. This week he would not be denied after putting in a gutsy effort to win the $15,000 Winners-Over featured pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (April 19). Artful Way (Jay Randall) got away third in the short but select field of five as Some Waratah A (Greg Merton) was the commander of fractions. The race proceeded in single file past the first two stations in :27.2 and :57.1 before Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) pulled from last and flushed Artful Way for cover. Artful Way soon found himself pacing besides Some Waratah A past three-quarters as the entire field was bunched within three lengths of each other. Rounding the last turn, Some Waratah A maintained a slight advantage over Artful Way but heading into the stretch, they became deadlocked. The pair paced in step all the way to the wire where only a photo could determine that Artful Way was a nose in front at the beam and won in 1:52.1. ARTFUL WAY REPLAY   It was the 62nd career victory for Artful Way ($8.20) and the winner's share boosted his bankroll to $673,723 lifetime. The 9-year-old altered son of Artistic Fella - Art Debut is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables and is trained by Jackie Greene. In the co-featured $15,000 pace for 5-year-olds and under horses and geldings, Spatterdash (Mike Stevenson) sat second for most of the race and eventually tracked No Quarter (Greg Merton) to the top of the stretch where Stevenson tipped him. Spatterdash got in gear and paced right by No Quarter to win by 3/4's of a length in 1:52.4, matching his season's mark of last week. SPATTERDASH REPLAY   It was the second win in a row in only two 2021 starts for Spatterdash ($6.40) and owner/trainer Ralph Andersen. Drivers Nick Graffam, Shawn Gray and Drew Monti all had two winners on Monday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (April 22) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- April showers, a sloppy track and a frigid 36-degrees set the stage for the trot-heavy harness racing card at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (April 16) but the adverse conditions could not dissuade the top effort put in by Pappy Go Go (Tad The Stud) who won the $15,000 Winners-over trotting feature. Pappy Go Go and driver Shawn Gray got away fourth in the scratch-shortened field of five, but pulled early at the eighth pole and took the lead just past the quarter and from there, cruised for the rest of the mile. After hitting the half in pedestrian :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:28.4, Gray tapped on the gas and Pappy Go Go pulled away from the pursuit of Smooth Acceleration (Matty Athearn) and Waiting On A Woman (Billy Dobson) as they spiraled off the turn and headed into the stretch. While trotting away from his rivals, Pappy Go Go sped home in :28.4 and stopped the timer in 1:57.3 with a 3-3/4 length margin of victory. PAPPY GO GO REPLAY   Making his first start at Plainridge after a successful winter meet at the Meadowlands, Pappy Go Go ($3.00) registered his 38th lifetime win and third victory of the year for owner Michael Goldberg Racing and trainer Jeff Lieberman. Shawn Gray finished the day with three driving wins, as did Nick Graffam. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (April 19) with post time at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Plainridge Park's harness racing Trainer of the Year in 2020 wasted no time flexing her muscle on the opening day of the track's 2021 meet. Melissa Beckwith sent newly acquired Keystone Dakota to post in the $15,000 conditioned pacing feature for 5-year-olds and under and the son of Art Major - Keystone Dawn responded with a win and a new lifetime mark in his first start at Plainridge. Despite drawing post eight in the full field of starters, driver Bruce Ranger sent Keystone Dakota right to the front and never looked back after clearing. With Wyatt J (Ron Cushing) sitting on his back, Keystone Dakota snapped off quarters of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2 before rounding the last bend to head down the lane. It was there Cushing pulled the right line on Wyatt J and got the big horse in gear, trying to chase down the leader. Although Wyatt J was able to make up some of the deficit in deep stretch, Keystone Dakota was just too much on this day and cruised home in :28.3 and stopped the timer in 1:52, which was a new lifetime mark. KEYSTONE DAKOTA REPLAY   It was the second consecutive win for Keystone Dakota ($4.60) and owner/trainer Melissa Beckwith, who privately purchased the gelding on March 24 at Saratoga Raceway. Beckwith and Ranger teamed up earlier in the day to win with Vodka On The Beach ($2.80), giving each a double on the card. In the secondary featured $12,500 condition for male pacers, Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) shipped in from Yonkers Raceway and scored his first win of the year after a gutsy effort from off the pace. Rock Diamonds N got away third and watched as Sports Obsession (Drew Monti) led to the half in :55.3. Cushing pulled Rock Diamonds N at that station and quickly drew alongside the leader. Rock Diamonds N got a short lead on the outside but was not able to clear as Sports Obsession continued to fight. The two horses matched strides around the last turn and into the stretch and after pacing dead-even all the way to the wire, Rock Diamonds N finally wore down Sports Obsession and won by a head at the beam in 1:52.1. Rock Diamonds N ($11.40) is owned by Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing and is trained by Heidi Gibbs. Drivers Drew Monti, Greg Merton and Mike Stevenson all had three winners on the day as did trainer Scott Renz. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (April 15) at 4 p.m. For full race results, click here. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Live harness racing action returns to New England on Monday (April 12) when Plainridge Park kicks off their 22nd season of racing over the fast five-eighths mile track located south of Boston. After seeing the 2020 season start late due to the global pandemic and racing only 68 days, track officials and horsemen alike are happy to get this year underway on schedule and look forward to a complete and successful meeting. The 110-day session starts out on a Monday, Thursday, Friday schedule from opening day through August 30 with post time at 4 p.m. The one exception is Sunday (July 25) which will have a 2 p.m. post when the Grand Circuit comes to town. Then in September, Plainridge goes to four days a week, adding Sunday to the mix and shifting post time to 2 p.m. for all race days through October 31. November will move post time once again to 1 p.m. and reverts to the original Monday, Thursday, Friday schedule until the final week when one more Sunday is added and Thursday is moved to Wednesday, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Besides live racing, the track also offers a full slate of simulcast wagering seven days a week. "We are focusing on a safe start to the season with the same Covid protocols in place as last year," said Steve O'Toole, General Manager of live racing at Plainridge Park. "Fans are allowed in, but at a limited capacity and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for another exciting season of racing." Those protocols include temperature checks upon arrival, wearing a mask at all times and maintaining social distancing. Sanitizing stations will also located throughout the entire facility. The wagering menu will feature an early and late double, exacta and trifecta in every race and superfectas offered in select races on each card. The track's two signature bets will also be back with the Bay State Pick-6 starting in race three and running through race eight and the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta in race nine. Last year's top three drivers will be back for opening day and they will be joined by the "King of the Hill" from 2016 and 2017. 2020 leading dash and money winning driver Shawn Gray, who posted 111 victories and bankrolled over $1 million in purses, will be back to defend his title against Drew Monti (second with 93 wins in 2020), Bruce Ranger (third with 92 wins in 2020) and the rest of the Plainridge driving colony. However added to the mix will be two-time Plainridge dash title winner Greg Merton, who was the first driver in the history of harness racing in the state of Massachusetts to top the $1 million mark in earnings when he did it in 2016 ($1.3 million). He also posted a record 229 wins that year. Merton broke both of those records in 2017 when he won 230 races and $1.5 million in purses. Last year's top trainers Melissa Beckwith (37 wins), Jimmy Nickerson (32 wins), Gretchen Athearn (26) and Sheena Mcelhiney (26) will also be back and racing on opening day along with Jolene Andrews, Joe Nelson, Mike Graffam and a host of other top resident conditioners. The stake schedule will once again highlight the meet with the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace returning on Sunday (July 25). Last year those races produced two all-time track records when Manchego trotted a scorching 1:49.3 mile and Shartin N paced home in 1:48.1, breaking her own mark from the prior year. The 33 horses eligible to those stakes this year will provide some of the most exciting racing of this year's meet. Later in the season, the fall classic Massachusetts Sire Stakes will return and feature the best 2 and 3-year-old trotters and pacers bred in the state. The four week session kicks off on Sunday (Sept. 26) and will bring an exciting round of juvenile competition to the Commonwealth. Here is the complete 2021 Massachusetts Sire Stake Race Schedule: Sunday (Sept. 26) 3-year-old First Leg Monday (Sept. 27) 2-year-old First Leg Sunday (Oct. 3) 3-year-old Second Leg Monday (Oct. 4) 2-year-old Second Leg Sunday (Oct. 17) 2-year-old Third Leg Monday (Oct. 18) 3-year-old Third Leg Monday (Oct. 25) 2 and 3-year-old Finals For all the latest news and updates concerning racing at Plainridge Park, log on to the website at www.plainridgeparkcasino.com and the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts at www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Carl Arnett of Medina, New York passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his wife and two children. Mr. Arnett was born on July 26, 1951 in Medina, a son of the late Charles and Jean (Kepner) Arnett. He graduated from Medina High School in 1970, the same year he met his wife, Marge Stawicki. They were married in 1971 and made their home in Medina. Mr. Arnett worked for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York for 34 years, retiring at the age of 62. Mr. Arnett and his Jeremy bought a race horse named Give Me Credit and did very well with him at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway, winning many races. Survivors include his wife, Marge Arnett; daughter, Jenni Arnett; son, Jeremy Arnett; three brothers; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, New York 14411 or to the Orleans County Animal Shelter, 4125 Oak Orchard Rd., Albion, New York 14411. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, New York. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – Harness racing owner Tim Bojarski has participated in just about every aspect of the Standardbred racing business throughout his life: as a groom, a trainer, a driver, a writer, handicapper, and as the National President of the U.S. Harness Writers Association and the President of USHWA’s Upstate New York Chapter. He’s also owned horses in partnership with Tony Gruppo since the early 1980s. While the pair has achieved success at the open level, competing on the Grand Circuit has remained a dream. Friday night at Yonkers, Dbldelitebrigade N will change that as she makes her stakes debut in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series first leg Friday night (March 12). “I’ve owned horses basically my whole life,” Bojarski said. “We been racing at Batavia most of our lives. There are some really good horses racing at Plainridge the last couple years, Paternity Suit A is one of my other horses we race in the open there. Still, it’s not the Grand Circuit. To be able to participate at that level is something we’ve always wanted to do and feel fortunate that we are able to do it now.” Bojarski and Gruppo began importing horses from Australia to upgrade their racing stock. After two previous successful Down Under buys, agent Frank Rinaldi presented them with Dbldelitebrigade N, a consistent Bettor’s Delight daughter out of the Smooth Fella mare Smithie’s Delight.  “We were interested in getting a higher-end mare to race in the open at Plainridge, mostly. When Frank came across her, he got in touch with me right away. He told me he felt this mare is something really special. He gave me her information and I went online and watched all of her replays,” Bojarski recalled. “Her races in Australia are really something to see,” he continued. “Almost every one of them, she’s parked out almost the whole mile. Her last several starts there, she was racing the higher-end male open horses and beating them; I mean really beating them.” Specifically, Bojarski cites Dbldelitebrigade N’s effort in the free for all pace at Albion Park Aug. 22, 2020 as a key race in his decision to purchase the mare. Trainer and driver Grant Dixon sent Dbldelitebrigade N from post seven, but was stuck three-wide around the first turn on the five-eights-mile oval. Dixon put his foot down through the stretch the first time. On loose lines and with the whip on her tail, Dbldelitebrigade cleared parked out rival Bee Gees Bandit to sit on the rim off pacesetter Mafuta Vautin’s flank.  Turning for home, Dbldelitebrigade N took the lead and braced for the challenge of Sir Julian, who circled up four wide from the backfield. Dixon called out to Dbldelitebrigade N, high-lined her, and gave three quick snaps of the whip. In the final few meters, he dropped his hands confidently as Dbldelitebrigade N cruised through the wire a length clear of Sir Julian. “Where you would normally think she was going to pack it in and back through the field, she found another gear. It was a phenomenal race,” Bojarski said. Dbldelitebrigade N shipped to Tom Fanning’s stable at Gaitway Farm Nov. 2, 2020. Fanning took it slow, letting the mare acclimate to her new surroundings. However, she soon showed she was ready to get serious with her training. “The acclimation is the whole thing and having gone through it with the other two, we know to take it slow, let them tell you when to take it to the next level,” Bojarski said. “Tom did a great job with her. He turned her out a couple days, got her on the track just jogging a mile or two and basically let her tell him when to go. Knock on wood, she never got sick, never lost her appetite, never lost weight. She’s got a great personality, does everything right, is very professional about her work, and Tom says she’s a joy to have in the barn.” Dbldelitebrigade N qualified at the Meadowlands Dec. 26. In four starts at the Swamp between Jan. 2, 2021 and Feb. 5, DbldelitebrigadeN  earned a 1:51.4 victory in a $15,500 overnight, two thirds, and a fourth. She then moved to the $30,000 Yonkers distaff opens. Dbldelitebrigade N was beaten a nose by Seaswift Joy in her first local start Feb. 11 and was third by a neck while pacing 1:53.4 with a :27.3 final quarter two back Feb. 25. In her last start here March 4, Jason Bartlett sent Dbldelitebrigade to the lead, but she faded in the final quarter to finish fourth in a blanket photo. “I like what I’ve seen. Her last start, we put her on the front end and it probably wasn’t a good night to do that because it was pretty cold and very windy. It got to her a little bit at the end,” Bojarski said. “She finished fourth, but only lost out on second by about a head. Prior to that, when she raced out of a hole, she paced in 1:53.4 and this mare had never really raced on a half, even in Australia. I think she’s made the switch pretty well. She’s a good-size mare, she isn’t small and our drivers have told me she’s pretty handy getting around the half.” Dbldelitebrigade N drew into the first of three divisions of the Matchmaker first leg, carded as the second race on Friday’s program. She drew post four and with Bartlett down to drive again, is 7-1 on the morning line. Her rivals include 9-5 favorite My Ruebe Star from post one and 2-1 second choice Bettors Heart from post five. Caviart Cherie, Machnhope, and Ali Nui complete the sixpack of pacing mares. Every horse in the field can win that race. I feel all three divisions any horse can win because of the short fields and you never know how it’s going to go,” Bojarski said. “I like our chances. We’re in the middle of the pack. There’s a lot of speed in there and we’ve got a mare who can track speed. We’ll see how the race goes, but we’ve got Jason Bartlett up, who knows that track as well as anyone, and he’s driven this mare. I feel very confident going into the race. “I don’t think we really know what she is yet,” Bojarski continued. “I think there’s more of the story to be written. I feel that she’s probably a little bit better than we’ve seen so far. For right now, I’m looking forward to this race and I can’t thank Tom Fanning enough for the work he’s done getting her ready for this and I feel very confident going in. I look forward to the whole series. Let the games begin.” Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday through Friday with a first post time of 7:15 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. By Brandon Valvo, for the SOA of NY

Middletown, NY --- Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales has announced that their 2021 harness racing yearling sale will be held on Monday (Sept. 13) at 12 noon at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY. That is the Monday after the New York Sire Stake finals which will be held at Yonkers Raceway on Friday (Sept. 10). The deadline for all consignments is Monday (June 15). "Given our close proximity to Yonkers, we felt this sale date worked best for owners and trainers competing there to easily attend, as many will be in the area that weekend," said Mark Ford. "We look forward to a more normal sale this year, but are ready to deal with any situation." The 2020 sale had to operate under the constraints of a global pandemic, but with many on-site enhancements and new remote bidding options, still experienced a very successful session. The difficult set of circumstances last year actually produced systems that will better suit GYS's customers for years to come. "We partnered with Cattle In Motion for the first time last year for online bidding and video services and that couldn't have gone better. They were very efficient, very professional and they made the entire sale better than it has ever been. I believe this was the first Standardbred sale to take online bids and I felt it went very smoothly considering it's never been done before," said Ford. "And it was also the first year for the Flippingbook version of our catalog which is particularly formatted for cell phone and tablet use. We received a lot of positive feedback about both of these improvements after last year's sale and look forward to bringing them both back in 2021." This promises to be a deep and quality sale, anchored by a tremendous consignment from sale regulars Cameo Hills Farm, Winbak Farm, Blue Chip Farm, Vieux Carre Farm and the Silver Tradition Stable, who will be bringing an enhanced consignment this year. GYS is also welcoming a consignment from Millstream Farm, who will be joining the sale this year. "With the improving Covid climate across the state, our hope is to operate as normally as possible this year. However we are ready to make accommodations for anything that may arise and will ensure a healthy and safe environment in which to purchase your next stake winner," Ford concluded. Since 2015, the Goshen Yearling Sale has brought quality New York-bred stock to the sales arena from the industry's top breeders and have seen a host high speed, quality stake winners hit the track as a result. The sale has grown exponentially in both size and popularity each year and has become a favorite yearling venue for both the buyer and consignor. The sales facility is located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY, which is within a ninety-minute drive of many major race tracks and training centers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, making it a very convenient location. And it's also only three miles away from the Harness Racing Museum and the Goshen Historic Track. For any other inquiries please contact Mark Ford directly at 973-568-3253 (cell) or by email at fordstable@frontiernet.net . By Tim Bojarski, for Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales

Batavia, NY --- Patricia Ellen (James) Waddell-Snodgrass, age 77, a resident of Philippi, New York passed away Thursday December 30, 2020 in the United Hospital Center. Patricia was born February 13, 1943 in Toronto Ontario Canada, a daughter of the late Lewis and Bernice (Hodgins) James. Patricia was united in marriage on August 22, 1985 to Dr. Ralph R. Snodgrass Jr. who preceded her in death on September 13, 2012. Patricia had a love and passion for horses. She was a member of the United States Trotting Association and was pivotal in publicity for the Canadian Trotting Association. She trained a small stable of horses in western New York including Stonegate Payoff, Gails Rusty, VV Dexter and Patrick Will. She was always highly regarded in the Standardbred community as well as the West Virginia Miniature Horse Club. Pat loved everyone she came into contact with. Patricia is survived by daughter Karen F. Waddell-Wellman, grandson David Waddell, step daughter Wendi Chapman and husband Randall, grandchildren Eric Allan Wellman and companion Ashley Mullen, Patric Christopher Wellman, Lauren and Daniel Yung, great-grandchildren, Islas Yung, Adalynn and Levi Wellman. Donations can be sent to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation in her name. In honor of Patricia's request, cremation will be honored and a celebration of life service will be held at a later date. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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