Day At The Track

There were co-features on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Fillies and Mares Open joined the regular Saturday feature the Open Pace to highlight the evening's thirteen race card. Each of the co-features went for a purse of $14,500 and each saw the favorite prevail. The Open Pace was won by Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) who was offensive minded from the get-go on Saturday night. Wally Hennessey overcame the outside post with Carolina Beach, the race's 4-5 betting favorite, as he moved the Melissa Beckwith-trained pacer out to the early lead. Laying down fast fractions of 27 and 55.4 in lap one, Carolina Beach had something left for the stretch run to prevail in 1:52.1 while holding off Texas Terror N (Bruce Aldrich Jr) and securing his second consecutive win in the Open and eleventh victory overall in the 2018 campaign. Texas Terror N was the runner-up while longshot Rise Up Now (Larry Stalbaum) earned the show spot. The Fillies and Mares Open, the regular Friday night feature at the Spa, was pushed back a night due to a New York Sire Stakes-filled card on Friday. Rene Allard's Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) swooped the group to win the local Open for the first time. Leading driver Billy Dobson worked out a cover trip for the 6-5 favorite as Eclipse Me N drafted second-over behind the track's defending Pacing Mare of the Year Truth And Liberty who was making her first local start of the season. Eclipse Me N made a powerful move around the final turn and drew out to win by a length and half, stopping the timer in 1:53.2 for her sixth victory on the campaign. Regular Open star Spreester (Frank Coppola Jr) came from last in the Open for distaffers before finishing second while longshot Better Said (Brett Crawford) earned the show spot. Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at Saratoga with New York Sire Stakes competition highlighting the thirteen race card. Two year old pacing colts and geldings will be featured in stakes action. First post time is set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Aaron Byron brought five horses to the winner's circle at Tioga Downs on Saturday Night (August 11). Byron led Barrys Gift (Northern Kid) to his sixth consecutive win. Owned by Exceed Stables and trained by Tony Dinges. The 5-year-old mare went gate-to-wire in 1:56.1 paying $5.70 for the win. Byron also had wins with Bashful Strike ($4.60), Pink Lady ($4.50), Chapter Too ($2.40), and Angel Cindy ($61.00). Prairie Diamond (Jim Meittinis) charges late to win Tioga Downs featured trot ($9,000). Rose Run Rudy (Aaron Byron) controlled all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.4). Prairie Diamonds ($10.00) was sixth after three-quarters. Owned by Laurie Poulin, F. Morosini, Fritz Racing and trainer Mike Deters, she flew in the stretch beating all the boys in 1:55.1. Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) was second best with Rose Run Rudi settling for third money. Prairie Diamonds is a 4-year-old mare by Diamond Goal. It was win number four in 2018. It was her 13th career victory. Peach The Great wins Wiener Trot. A large crowd was on hand to watch the first ever wiener dog races at Tioga Downs. There were three heats with three dogs qualifying from each heat for the final. Peach The Great, who is owned by Jess Stanley, won easily winning a $500 wagering voucher. Lennie, who is owned by Zanetta Foster, finished second winning a $200 wagering voucher. Hershey, who is owned by Rianne Collson, finished third best winning a $100 wagering voucher. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Sunday (August 12) with their biggest races of the season so far. On the card is the Empire Breeders Classic elimination for 3-year-old pacers, Joie De Vie (Open Mare Trot) and The Crawford Farms Open Trot. There will also be a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway while supply lasts. The 13 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - In the three divisions of the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakesfor three-year-old pacing fillies Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winners Kissin In The Sand, Sansovina Hanover, and Alexa's Power all greatly helped their chances of reaching their divisional Championship, to take place on September 2 at Pocono. Kissin In The Sand, of course, has battled with Youaremycandygirl for divisional bragging rights for the last several weeks, and many Pocono fans thought her very hard journey on the rim in winning the Lynch Championship during Sun Stakes Saturday on June 30 to be the outstanding performance of that evening.  The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere had it much easier on Saturday, as driver Scott Zeron tucked her third early, then moved to the lead in front of the stands, with the pair pacing home in 54.4 - 27 to be three lengths clear at the end of a 1:50.3 mile. The Nancy Johansson trainee, owned by Marvin Katz and the Hatfield Stables, now has earnings of $403,822 with an 8-5-3-0 scorecard this year and a lifetime tally of 12 wins and $634,997 in winnings. When Youaremycandygirl nosed out Kissin In The Sand in the Shady Daisy at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day, just a neck back in third, with the same 1:48.2 clocking as the first two, was another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Alexa's Power, so it seems appropriate that that filly could dominate her Sire Stakes field, winning in 1:50.4.  Tim Tetrick set sail with his filly early and the pair went right down the pike, blitzing to the wire in 54.3 - 27.1 to check home four lengths to the good of previous double Sire Stake winner Sidewalk Dancer. Jim Campbell trains the winner of $319,776, who took a new mark, for Jeffrey and Michael Snyder. While the other two winners had had a second in their only Sire Stakes showing prior to tonight, Sansovina Hanover raced in both prior legs and finished third. But Sansovina Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy brought their "A" game to Pocono, going first-over against the other previous Sire Stakes two-time winner, Serene Stride, and then leaving her behind the last 1/8 to be 3¼ lengths in front at the finish. Completing a sweep for sire Somebeachsomewhere, Sansovina Hanover recorded both her first win of the year and a new personal best, raising her earnings to $175,160 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC; Silva, Purnel & Libby; Michelle Yanek; and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The veteran Bettor's Delight gelding Bettor's Edge raised his career earnings to $2,161,456 as he won the $21,500 top conditioned pace, holding off the stretch surge of Music Is Art by a half-length in 1:50.3. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the pacer to Victory Lane for the 43rd time as he won for trainer Jennifer Lappe, who is also co-owner with Robert Santagata. Tomorrow night at Pocono, the fillies' Stallion Series counterparts go to the gate in three divisions. In their previous two preliminaries, there have been 10 divisions and 10 different winners; eight of those winners will be in Sunday's contest, hoping to solidify themselves slots in their Championship event. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald) wins the harness racing featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (August 11). MacDonald wins four races on the card. JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Lyons Johnny ($3.20) then took over leading the group to a :56.2 half mile and three -quarters in 1:24.3. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, he would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:52.0. Third best was Gypsey Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Lyons Johnny is a 10-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 43 career wins. MacDonald had a quadruple double as driver-trainer. His other wins came with Stonebridge Frosty ($4.30), Weapon To Win (($8.30), and Kabu ($6.10). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

SPRINGFIELD, IL - After the cancellation of day one of racing at the Illinois State Fair on Friday, 20 races were conducted Saturday as eliminations took place for next Wednesday's Championship day. With the numerous eliminations being contested, there was no bigger one than the Illinois-bred, three-year-old colt and gelding pacers elimination. The first elimination was led by Fox Valley Gemini as he was in search of his 17th consecutive victory to open his racing career. It wasn't to be though as You'remyhearthrob pulled off the upset, getting the early jump on Fox Valley Gemini and never looking back, winning in 1:50.3. The victory by You'remyhearthrob marked the 1,000th career win for driver Kyle Wilfong. The homebred was trained by Brett Wilfong. The winners Saturday at the Illinois State Fair: 2-year-old filly trot - 1st division: Encantado (Leonard) - 1:59.0 2-year-old filly trot - 2nd division: Louzotic (S. Searle) - 1:58.0 2-year-old filly pace - 1st division: Fox Valley Lil Kim (T. Curtin) - 1:54.2 2-year-old filly pace - 2nd division: Perch (K. Wilfong) - 1:55.2 2-year-old colt and gelding pace - 1st division: Mr P M (C. Bell) - 1:55.4 2-year-old colt and gelding pace - 2nd division: The Bucket (C. Leonard) - 1:56.0 2-year-old colt and gelding trot - 1st division: Trixie's Turbo (J.D. Finn) - 1:59.3 2-year-old colt and gelding trot - 2nd division: Lousraptor (T. Curtin) - 1:59.0 3-year-old filly trot: Trotting Grace (K. Husted) - 1:54.4 3-year-old colt and gelding trot: Majistic Caprice (M. Oosting) - 1:56.2 3-year-old filly pace: Allbeastnobeauty (M. Oosting) - 1:52.0 3-year-old colt and gelding pace - 1st division: You'remyhearthrob (K. Wilfong) - 1:50.3 3-year-old colt and gelding pace - 2nd division: Dandy Dude (R. Warren) - 1:52.2 Aged colt and gelding trot: Primed N Powerful (J. Patton) - 1:53.3 Aged colt and gelding pace: Fox Valley Reggie (J. Patton) - 1:51.2 Aged mare trot: Annas Lucky Star (K. Wilfong) - 1:53.1 Aged mare pace: Fox Valley Charm (C. Leonard) - 1:51.0 by Jim Miller, for the Illinois State Fair   

Scarborough, Maine - August 11, 2018 ... A large crowd witnessed the return of Maine Sire Stakes action to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (8/11), bolstered by legions of tourists who flocked from the beaches on the overcast weekend afternoon, as they cheered on twin splits of the sophomore colt pacing division of the state-bred program. ThankYouAllMyFans revved up his engines from the get go in the $10,611 first division, as driver Eddie Davis, Jr attempted to secure the customary front end seat for his home-bred steed, a pacer who had been sent merrily down the highway in each of his last five starts. The Ron Cushing piloted Hoppi would eventually thwart that endeavor though, as the pair of speedball sophomores jockeyed for early position to the quarter, at which point it was ordained that Hoppi would lead the charge from that pole onward, with ThankYouAllMyFans' nose glued right to Cushing's helmet. A rousing, yet strategic game of catch-me-if-you-can then ensued, until the battle was re-joined at the top of the lane. ThankYouAllMyFans pulled to the outside of Hoppi at that point in the mile, as the tandem quite literally matched strides to the wire, before eventually dead-heating for the win in a sizzling 1:57 clocking; a brand new lifetime mark for both. Hoppi, while making his first start of the 2018 season, extended his undefeated streak to a perfect 10 for 10 on his career. The son of Western Hanover-Barbra Ann is trained by Heidi Gibbs for the ownership group of KDK Standardbreds and Florence O'Keefe. ThankYouAllMyFans secured his first win of the 2018 season and has now hit the board in 17 of 19 career starts. The son of Baron Biltmore-Holme In A Moment is trained by Eddie Davis, Jr for the ownership consortium of Janet and Eddie Davis, Jr and Janice Watkinson. Pembroke Pharoah's (Heath Campbell) settled for third best in the contest, as his three-race win streak came to an end. Long shot fever then struck at the Downs in the $10,610 second division as the 14-1 shot, StormyWeatherAhead and driver Matty Athearn wore down the front running combination of Eddie Davis, Jr and the pacer Twelve, in an epic display of strength and stamina. Guided to the outside just past the 3/8th's pole, StormyWeatherAhead appeared to be in uncharted territory as he began his assault on the streaking Twelve, who to that point had not tasted defeat in five consecutive appearances. Stride for stride they duked it out all the way to the wire, with Twelve appearing to hold the upper hand, until a desperate late burst of speed propelled StormyWeatherAhead past his foe at the wire, with mere whiskers separating the two at the finish. StormyWeatherAhead, a son of Luckcamotion-Wolf Creek Cupid, owned by Leighton Property and trained by Marc Tardif, stopped the clock in a career best 1:57.2, while returning a hefty $31.20 for a $2 win ticket. Twelve finished a dead-game runner-up while MyLastDime (David Ingraham) rallied for the show. Maine Sire Stakes action now heads out on its weeklong Skowhegan Fair swing before returning to the Downs in one week's time on Sunday August 19th. Scarborough Downs will proudly feature live harness racing throughout the summer season on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (EDT) with the popular Sunday matinees getting underway at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. by Michael Sweeney, for Scarborough Downs         #       Virus-free. www.avast.com

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 11, 2018 -- Thanks to the luck of the draw, Prospect Hill and Demon Onthe Hill never have met in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes competition. Now, with one preliminary leg remaining, the two are on the road to a heavyweight clash in the championship, as each won his third straight PASS split Saturday at The Meadows. The $181,388 event for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was contested over three divisions, with Osterc taking the other split. Yannick Gingras enjoyed a PASS double behind Demon Onthe hill and Osterc. The $252,000 final is set for Sept. 1 at The Meadows. Hammered down to 1-5, Prospect Hill had to duel for the early lead harder than winning driver Andy Miller might have liked, reaching the point in 28.4. But the son of Muscle Hill-Louise Kemp was unchallenged thereafter, drawing off to down Flippen Creek by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:56.2. White Tiger rallied following a poor start for show. "Most of his races, he's been on the front -- not that he has to be," Miller said. "I'm sure somewhere along the line, he'll have to follow and come off cover, which is fine for him. He's pretty sharp right now, and for where he's at, where pretty happy with him." Julie Miller trains Prospect Hill, a $130,000 yearling acquisition who vaulted over $100,000 in career earnings, for Stroy Inc. Also a 1-5 favorite, Demon Onthe Hill let the air out of the balloon early, waltzing to the half in 59 before coasting home in 1:56.3. The pocket-sitting Klutzy was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Fashion Possessed completed the ticket. "My approach was like it is for every other race," said Gingras, who was driving Demon Onthe Hill for the first time. "I just wanted to see how the race would go. He got to the front easy and won from there. They didn't challenge him early, but he's a nice horse and would have won either way." Marcus Melander trains the son of Muscle Hill-Sabrina Hall, a $125,000 yearling purchase, for Vicky Trotting Inc. At the top of the lane, Gingras was beginning to regret his decision to stay inside with Osterc. "I thought it was too late. I thought I got beat actually," he said. "There was plenty of opportunity to pull, but I thought I was following a good horse." But the son of Cantab Hall Oh Oh Hereshecomes roared through the Lightning Lane to edge the first-over Stonebridge Symba by a head in 1:57.4, with early leader Mass Fortune K third. Jimmy Takter conditions Osterc for Christina Takter and Goran Falk. In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot, Glidinthruparadise, the longest shot on the board at 15-1, moved relentlessly without cover to pull off the upset in 1:55.3 for Brian Zendt, trainer Ed Zubkoff, Jr. and owner Brookside Stables. The 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Chowda now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $207,123. Aaron Merriman piloted three winners on the 13-race program. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A big Hambletonian Day crowd of better than 18,000 was on hand Saturday (Aug. 4) at the Meadowlands and what they witnessed were several pieces of harness racing history to go along with plenty of upsets along the way. Team Zeron - trainer-dad Rick and driver-son Scott - combined to take the 93rd Hambo with superfilly Atlanta, who became the first female to take harness racing's most-storied event since Continentalvictory in 1996. On his final Hambletonian Day before retirement, trainer Jimmy Takter maintained his stranglehold on the Hambo's sister event, the Hambletonian Oaks for fillies. Manchego gave Takter and his go-to driver Yannick Gingras five straight Oaks victories as Takter extended his record for all-time Oaks wins to eight. Of the 16 races on Hambo Day, eight had odds-on favorites, with only one of those (Shartin N in the Lady Liberty) managing to hit the finish line first. Among the prohibitive choices to taste defeat were Kissin In The Sand (Shady Daisy), Hannelore Hanover (John Cashman Memorial), Ariana G (Dr. John R. Steele Memorial) and Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice (Cane Pace). BETTING WITH BOTH HANDS: The upsets did not deter the betting public one bit. On-track wagering on the Hambo Day card was just shy of $1.1 million, with live, export and separate pool wagering totaling a little more than $7 million. The breakdown: a. Live: $1,084,762 b. Export: $4,582,957 c. Total: $5,667,720 (Commingled Pools) d. Separate Pool Wagering Totals: $1,366,727 e. Total live, export and separate pool: $7,034,447 In fact, during a meeting where the race office battled week in and week out to fill race cards, the Meadowlands - by far the harness racing industry's handle leader despite numbers that were down from last year - was the only North American track to surpass the $3 million (three times), $4 million (Meadowlands Pace) and $5 million (Hambletonian Day) single-card handle plateaus during 2018. The only other track to reach the $3 million mark was Woodbine Mohawk Park, where $3.9 million was wagered on North America Cup Night. "Despite many challenges, such as a seemingly endless cold winter and an entry box that many times lacked support, we had a decent meeting nonetheless," said Jason Settlemoir, the track's chief operating officer and general manager. "Our loyal fan base stayed with us throughout the meeting, and for that, all of us at the Meadowlands are very appreciative. The meeting not only saw great racing, but the opening of our Fanduel SportsBook @ Victory Sports Bar on Meadowlands Pace Night, and it has been a big hit with our fans. We are cautiously optimistic about the future here at the Meadowlands Racetrack." MAROHN, BURKE TOP DASH-WINNERS: Jim Marohn Jr. finished the 2017-18 Big M season as the top dash-winning driver with 94 trips to victory lane. Gingras, whose 76 wins were good for second-best, was the top money-earning driver with $2.9 million, almost double that of runner-up Scott Zeron ($1.5 million). Ron Burke led the way in training wins (69) and was second in money earned ($2.1 million) while Takter was second in wins (39) and tops in money ($2.8 million). NEXT UP, THE RUNNERS: Monmouth Park will conduct the end of its meeting at the Meadowlands when thoroughbred racing comes to the mile oval. The dates for the brief six-card meeting of racing over the Big M grass course are Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. Post time is 7 p.m. HARNESS RETURNS OCT. 12: The 2018-2019 Meadowlands harness meeting kicks off on Friday, Oct. 12. Racing will be conducted on a Friday-Saturday basis through the end of November. During December, there will be racing Thursday-Saturday, with one exception. There will be no racing on Saturday, Dec. 15. Post time will be the usual 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

Harness racing driver trainer Brian Brown harnessed four of five Ohio Sires Stakes winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and fillies on a balmy and rainy Friday night, Aug. 10, at Scioto Downs. Brown harnessed the winners of all three $40,000 OSS divisions for freshmen pacing colts, beginning with Disloator, who took a front-stepping journey to score his maiden victory in 1:53.3 with Chris Page at the lines. The son of Big Bad John, who was making just his fourth lifetime start, finished half a length in front of stablemate Smackitwithahammer (Ryan Stahl) a 19-1 longshot, while 3-1 Easeondowntheroad (Dan Noble) notched third-place honors. Bred by Midland Acres, Dislocator, who left the gait at odds of 5-1, now has $36,640 in earnings for owners Joelyn Ridder, Scott Davis, Sharron Sopronyi and VIP Stable. High On Paydaze continued his winning ways for Brown and company, with a near perfect, wire-to-wire route to win the second OSS colt division in a torrential downpour in 1:54.1 at odds of 2-1. Page steered this son of Nob Hill High to his fourth career victory in as many starts, holding off his hard-trying, 6-5 stablemate Rock Candy (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) by half a length, with another Brown trainee, the 8-1 Tony Too Tall (Ryan Stahl) getting up for third. High On Paydaze has now swept the first three OSS legs for owners Scott Hagemeyer, Robert Mondillo and Donald Robinson, amassing $78,400 thus far for his connections. Brown then bridled up 9-5 Final Offer and 2-1 Carmen Ohio in the first $50,000 OSS division for fillies. The former prevailed by three-quarters of a length over the latter with Sugar And Spite (Tyler Smith), third at 7-1. The daughter of Rockin Amadeus followed the leading Carmen Ohio throughout most of the mile before besting her stablemate in the final yards in 1:55.2. It was the first career win for Final Offer, who is owned by Country Club Acres, Aws Stable and Joe Sbrocco. Bred by Michael Dixon and Harold & Harold Lee Bauder, Final Offer now has $31,300 in her coffers. Finally, Brown and driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., teamed up to capture the second $50,000 OSS filly division with High Reward, a Yankee Cruiser lass owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco and L&H Management Services. High Reward, the 7-1 choice, also enjoyed a front-end trip in her maiden victory, clocked in 1:53.1, after previously finishing second and fourth respectively in legs one and two. She finished nearly two lengths in front of 8-5 favorite Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman), with Rose Run Uptowngal (Chris Page) third, some 2¼ lengths back. Bred by Steve Jones, High Reward upped her career earnings to $50,075. That triumph also gave driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., his fifth consecutive win on the program. The final OSS contest for pacing colts saw 6-1 Doo Wop West score in 1:53.2 in his first OSS venture. The Western Vintage gelding, who is trained by Dirk Simpson for Lawrence Crawford, was given a careful steer by Aaron Merriman to finish 2½ lengths in front of 23-1 Van Diesel (Trevor Smith) at the wire, with 2-5 favorite Rose Run Ulysses (Danny Noble) finishing third. Bred by White Birch Farm, Doo Wop West now has two wins in three career starts and $23,400 in earnings. Ohio Sires Stakes continue Saturday night, Aug. 11 at Northfield Park, with three $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies. The $400,000 Milstein Memorial is also on the evening's program, featuring North America Cup and Ohio Sires Stakes winner Lather Up. Kimberly Rinker

The Veteran (Muscle Mass-Tequila Summer-Yankee Glide) continued his monster sophomore season on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the George Ducharme harness racing trainee not only prevailed in his $89,950 division of the New York Sire Stakes but he did so in track record-setting fashion. The Veteran was the 1-5 betting favorite on Friday as he recorded his sixth win in nine seasonal starts in the NY Sire Stakes race for three year old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Scott Zeron, who is just one week removed from his win in the Hambletonian with the filly Atlanta, continued his magical 2018 campaign as he was in town to pilot the favorite in each of the two big Sire Stakes races on the card. With early speed in the race setting the table for a closer, The Veteran wound up moving three-wide with about 3/8 of a mile remaining in the stakes try. The talented sophomore overpowered his competitors before drawing away in the stretch to win by nine lengths in 1:54.3. The win time serves as a new track record for three year old trotting colts, lowering the previous mark set almost two years ago to the day by Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley). The 1:54.3 clocking also matches the previous mark set by Tropical Storm Bi for the fastest time for any trotter at Saratoga in the 2018 season. Zeron also piloted the winner of the other $89,950 division of the NYSS on Friday as Linda Toscano's Helpisontheway (Chapter Seven-Porque-Plesac) lived up to the hype at odds of 1-9. Zeron moved the big favorite out to the early lead and the talented sophomore high-stepper cruised to an open-length romp in 1:55.1 for his fourth consecutive win and sixth in ten seasonal tries. With the winnings from the Friday score, Helpisontheway now has earnings of over $200,000 in 2018. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga while NYSS action returns to the Spa on Tuesday night when two year old pacing colts and geldings take center stage. First post time each night this summer is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Tioga Downs played host to four Geers Stakes races and four Arthur Tompkins Memorial races for harness racing freshman pacers and trotters of both sexes on Friday (August 10). In the second division of the Geers Stake ($30,000) for freshman pacing fillies, Zero Tolerance (David Miller) took over after Tyler Buter took Money Shot Hanover (purse only) to a first quarter in :27.4. Zero Tolerance ($2.80) put up all the rest of the fractions (:56.3, 1:24.2 1:52.1). Money Shot Hanover held for second. JK American Beauty was third. Zero Tolerance is a 2-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar. Her win was just one-fifth off the track record for freshman pacing fillies set last year by Youaremycandygirl in 1:52.0. She is now three for four in her career. In the first division of the Geers Stake ($29,500) for freshman pacing fillies, Surreality (So Surreal-Beat That) came up late to win in 1:54.3. Driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $22.20 for the win. Cub Fan (So Surreal-Pardon) won the the first division of the Geers Stakes ($25,200) for freshman pacing colts and geldings. Marcus Miller drove him to victory in 1:54.3 paying $40.80 for the win. The second division ($25,200) went to Flameproof Hanover (Captaintrecherous-Fashion Ecstasy). Driven by Tim Tetrick, he covered the mile in 1:54.2 paying $5.30. In the first division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial ($28,750) for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Evident Beauty (Trixton-Stuck By Lindy) shocked the field flying in the stretch to get the win in 1:58.0. Driven by David Miller she won her first lifetime start paying $23.60. In the second division it was Big Weezy (Trixton-Keepsake Hanover) reaching the winner's circle with David Miller in command. She scored the mile in 1:59.2 paying $5.00. In the first division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial ($28,650) for freshman colts and geldings, Tim Tetrick guided Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven-New Hampshire Girl) to a victory in 1:56.1. He paid $2.80 for the win. In the second division ($29,150), Ray Schnittker drove Alternative Fact (Trixton-Myth) to a gate to wire victory in 1:55.3. He paid $31.60 for the win. Marcus Miller added three more wins to go with his win with Cub Fan, giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Lo Hold A Moonbean ($3.20), Mandolin Hanover ($51.50) and Mean Leen ($6.70) Live racing returns on Saturday (August 11) with 13 races on hand. Also the first annual wiener dog races will take place. 30 dachshunds will vie for a first place prize of a $500 wagering voucher. The wiener races will be ran in between the live horse race. Post Time is 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Anderson, Ind.--Aug. 10, 2018-- On a gorgeous Friday evening (Aug. 10) in which it appeared a presence from above intervened to provide perfect conditions, Lazarus N, the Wonder from Down Under, anointed himself as a true harness racing superstar with an impressive 1:48.4 performance in the $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino before a legion of admirers in his first pari-mutuel engagement in the U.S. "One of the reasons I decided to buy this horse with my brothers was because we are devoutly Catholic," said Duncan Taylor, whose Taylor Made Farms owns the 6-year-old stallion. "First of all his name is Lazarus which represents a miracle, and his dam's name is Bethany, which is the location where the resurrection took place. Then Bethany's sire is Christen Cullen. These factors made it appear as if (purchasing the horse) was meant to be and a gift from god." Guided by Yannick Gingras and conditioned by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N, a son of Bettor's Delight, left alertly from his assigned post position nine to settle into second behind fellow New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend N before the teletimer posted the first quarter-mile split of :26.1. Shortly after the two frontrunners glided around the first turn, Gingras brushed the stallion to the lead and the duo hit the half-mile marker in a measured :54.2. As Lazarus N continued to lead the field of nine through to the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he placed a bit of separation between himself and his rivals. As he rounded the final turn, it seemed the horse would pull away in the stretch to post a facile victory. Halfway down the lane, however, Breeders Crown victor Split The House (Brett Miller) mounted a furious rally which drew him nearly alongside Lazarus N. Proving he already has established a passionate fan base, those in attendance were cheering so loudly for Lazarus N to hit the wire first the words of announcer Steve Cross could scarcely be heard. As the noise of the crowd drowned out all sound, Gingras asked his horse for more. He responded in kind to spurt away from Split The House, as well as a closing McWicked (Brian Sears), to stop the clock in 1:48.4. The stallion paced his last quarter mile in a stellar :26. "Yannick said this horse only does what you ask of him," Taylor said. "In Thoroughbred racing we would refer to it as not getting to the bottom of them, but in Lazarus' case he is just a very relaxed horse. Jimmy (Takter) keeps telling us how intelligent he is and that characteristic definitely a part of why he is a special horse. All I know is he is a blessing." After his first U.S. victory, Lazarus N, New Zealand's defending Horse of the Year and that nation's Pacer of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017, now improves his record to 36 wins from 46 starts. The stallion has now earned more than $2.8 million. As the 6-5 favorite, Lazarus N provided his backers with $3 for their support. Split The House paid $7.20 at odds of 19-1 for his second place finish while McWicked offered his supporters $2.20 for third. By Kim French for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

After a speedy opening quarter mile, New Zealand-bred Lazarus was able to take control of the race and lead the rest of the way to capture the harness racing  $325,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday night. It was the North American debut for down under champion Lazarus, who started from the far outside in post nine for driver Yannick Gingras. The 11th race Dan Patch Stakes started off with Bit Of A Legend (Jordan Stratton) leaving from post five along with Rockin Ron (Trace Tetrick). Lazarus and Gingras left from post nine and were floating on the outside in fourth place, moving up as Bit Of A Legend cut the mile to the opening quarter in :26.1. Gingras continued to advance on the outside with Lazarus, taking control after the quarter mile. Lazarus cut the mile to the half in :54.2 and the three-quarters in 1:22.4 as Split The House and driver Brett Miller came first-over and continued to gain ground with Beckhams Z Tam (Ricky Macomber) second-over. As they came down the stretch, Gingras asked Lazarus and they kept Split The House a length off of them all the way to the wire. The mile went in 1:48.4 with McWicked (Brian Sears) closing well to be third. Last quarter mile for Lazarus was :26 second and McWicked's last quarter was :25.2. Trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter, Lazarus is owned by Taylor Made Stallions of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He paid $3.00 to win. It was the third win in six starts (first five were in New Zealand) for Lazarus. The six-year-old stallion by Bettor’s Delight now has won 36 of his 46 career starts with lifetime earnings of more than $2,788,050. This year his earnings are now $452,113. Lazarus will now be pointed towards the Canadian Pacing Derby in Toronto. Lazarus Interview after the race By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 10, 2018- It was an outside post, two-speed number Friday night (Aug. 10th), with Caviart Cherie (Jason Bartlett, $8.70) winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Outleaving her six inside foes, Caviart Cherie made an easy lead, pocketing eight-holer Magic Forces (George Brennan) and setting soft early intervals of :28 of :57.3. Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) tried it first-up from fourth, going nowhere fast. That took out any semblance of an outer flow, including tepid 2-1 favorite Delightfulmemphisn (Dan Dube). Meanwhile, Caviart Cherie remained the leader in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead off the final turn. She held sway, whipping an angling-out Magic Forces by a half-length in 1:53. Vorst (Brent Holland), Change the Rulz N (Mark MacDonald) and Made of Jewels AS (Joe Bongiorno)-none of whom left the cones-completed the cashers. For third choice Caviart Cherie, a 4-year-old daughter of Well Said owned by Joe P Racing and trained by William Adamczyk, it was her 11th win in in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $78.50, the triple returned $423.50 and the superfecta paid $4,304. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway      

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs