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Batavia, NY --- The weather was perfect, the track was lightning fast and 3,500 excited harness racing fans filled the property to watch eight divisions of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stake finals during the Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14). Two stake and three track records were rewritten during the night led by 2-year-old trotting filly Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S) who remained undefeated in 2019 and now sporting a seven-race winning streak. Hypnotic Am (Brian Sears) tucked in second for just a moment before coming back out and taking the lead by the quarter in a soft :29. She was just cruising on the lead past the half and to three-quarters while Sevntimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) moved into position behind her and tried to keep up around the turn for a stretch run. In the lane Hypnotic Am was trotting up a storm and had no intentions of letting anyone get near her. Sears sat chilly with the whip on his shoulder while Hypnotic Am pulled away to an easy three-length victory in 1:57.1. The time was a new stake record (formerly 1:57.2 set by Barn Bella in 2016) and a new track record (formerly 1:59 set by Plunge Blue Chip in 2017). "She is a very nice filly and does anything that you want her to," said Sears. "Marcus (Melander) does a wonderful job getting his horses ready to compete." Hypnotic Am ($2.10) was bred by her owner Courant Inc. and is trained by Marcus Melander. The next history-making race was won by 2-year-old trotting colt Third Shift (Chapter Seven-Overnight Command) who upset after the favorite Barn Holden made an untimely break. Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) was all business right from the start as he took the front in :28.2 and led by two-lengths. They trotted past the half and on to the second circuit when Third Shift opened up a three-length lead and looked very much like a winner. Heading into the last turn, Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who had been stalking from second, had a shot at the leader but made a break halfway through the bend. Chaptima (Trond Smedshammer) who was drafting third continued to gain ground and Svanstedt started to feel the pressure. But he got after Third Shift and worked him down the lane and outlasted Chaptiama to win by a length in 1:56. The time was a new stake record (formerly 1:56.3 set by Gimpanzee) and a new track record (formerly 1:57.1 set by Barn Holden) Third Shift ($10.00) is owned by Melby Gard Inc. and Ake Svanstedt, who also trains the winner. Third Shift was bred by Winbak Farm, The third record beaker was 2-year-old pacing colt Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art) who turned in a lifetime best effort for the win. Cigars And Port (Jason Bartlett) and Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) both left and seated one-two in the turn. They remained that way past the quarter and to a half that Bartlett backed down with a :30.2 split. The race moved up the backstretch still in single file, but Groovy Joe was in the two-path waiting to make his move. Kakaley pulled the trigger halfway into the turn, came aggressively and drew even with the leader. At the top of the stretch, Groovy Joe took a short lead from Cigars And Port and looked to have the advantage. But Cigars And Port swelled up and came back to open up a length lead at the wire where he won in 1:54. "Training over the winter I knew this was the horse that would be real good in the sire stakes," said Bartlett. "He was a little bit of a handful scoring down but he was perfect in the race." The time was a new track record (formerly 1:54.1 set by Melodies Major in 2018) Cigars And Port ($4.80) is owned by Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz and Steve Arnold and trained by Ray Schnittker. Steve Jones bred the colt. The night also produced a record handle as a result of the excellent card. Monies wagers beat the all-time handle by 93% since Western Regional Off Track Betting re-opened the track in 2002. "These finals were all we had hoped for and more and we would like to thank the trustees for selecting Batavia Downs as the 2019 site," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Racing at Batavia Downs. "This event had a substantial impact on the local economy with all neighboring hotels sold out and other businesses in the area getting additional business over this past week. It was good for racing, but it was also good for the entire economy of the Genesee County region." Here is a recap of the rest of the stakes. 3-year-old pacing fillies Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr. Owner - Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz Trainer - Joe Holloway Breeder - Winbak Farms Time - 1:54.4 Mutuel - $2.30 Zero Tolerance (Jim Morrill Jr.) got away third while So Awesome (Tyler Buter) cut pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :58.1 to the half. Morrill then pulled Zero Tolerance first-up past the half and drew even with So Awesome at the three-quarters. After pacing side by side for about an eighth of a mile, Zero Tolerance just pulled away with a two-length lead and hit the wire a wrapped-up winner over Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno) by 1-¾ lengths in 1:54.4. "She followed some good early fractions and came home real well," said her trainer Joe Holloway. "She'll be going to Lexington next and then to the Breeders Crown." 3-year-old trotting fillies Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr. Owner - Barabara Boese, James Boese and Richard Banca Trainer - Richard Banca Breeder - Blue Chip Bloodstock Time - 1:56.4 Mutuel - $4.50 Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took no prisoners and went right to the front. With Blue Ribbon Gal (Brian Sears) and Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) making breaks in the first turn, Sensibility (Scott Zeron) who also left, easily grabbed a two-hole trip behind the favorite. Morrill backed the half down to 1:00 and forced Stella Jane (Corey Callahan) and Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) to come in the outer flow to chase. Quincy Blue Chip hit the gas on the second circuit, smoking a :28.1 third quarter that thwarted the outside attackers short-lived challenge. Morrill then let his filly have her head around the last turn and into the lane and she trotted home without issue ahead of a fast-closing Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) in 1:56.4. "I got to the half in a real soft fraction and then let her trot home all by herself," said Morrill. "She does it all by herself; she's a real nice filly." 2-year-old pacing fillies The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover) Driver - Scott Zeron Owner - Richard Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward Mcenery and Michael Gluckman Trainer - Richard Silverman Breeder - Steve Jones Time - 1:54.2  Mutuel - $7.50 The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron) was automatically in front off the pylons as no one else left in the race. She got to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :58.1. There, Cash Roll (Andy Miller) started to pursue from the outside with Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) on her back. The group sped up the backside in :28 flat when Kakaley made a bold move and tipped Merga Hanover three-deep going into the last turn. With the pace still stiff around the final bend, Merga Hanover's bid failed and The Fun Marshall began to extend her lead as they came to the wire where she won by five in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2. "We took our time with her all year and she really developed, and the rail helped tonight," said Zeron. "I've never had her on the front before and when that horse tipped three-deep she just opened up. She paced as fast as she could down the lane." 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) Driver - Brian Sears  Owner - Courant Inc. and S R F Stable Trainer - Marcus Melander  Breeder - Order By Stable Time - 1:56.2  Mutuel - $2.10 Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) was all business and left nothing to chance from the start. He went right to the front and did things at his own discretion. With no one making any moves behind him, Sears cut very soft fractions of :29 and :59.1 before speeding it up a bit to 1:28.1 in the third panel. Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer) who had moved from the back of the pack, made his way to second and got as close as Sears wheel. But the party was over from there as Gimpanzee stretched out and flew home in :28.1 to win by two-lengths in 1:56.2. 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) Driver - Matt Kakaley  Owner - Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico Trainer - Ray Schnittker  Breeder - Steve Jones Time - 1:54  Mutuel - $2.10 Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) had post one but let Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) take the lead off the gate. That courtesy was short-lived as Kakaley pulled Hickfromfrenchlick back out and retook the front at the quarter in :28. They got to the half when Buddy Hill (Tyler Buter) came calling from fourth and challenged the leader. Hickfromfrenchlick and Buddy Hill battled side by side up the backstretch to the three-quarters and around the last turn. But as game as Buddy Hill was, Hickfromfrenchlick was just better. He pulled away in the lane and won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54. "He's a real good colt. He was sore last year and came back good this year," said trainer Ray Schnittker. "He was real good tonight." In Batavia Downs signature event, the $50,000 Robert J. Kane Invitational pace, Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) got away fifth while Our Max Factor N (Jason Bartlett) took the field to the half in :57. Southwind Amazon (Jim Morrill Jr.) came first-up and drew even with Our Max Factor N and it became a match race for a while from there. The pair paced furiously in a quick :27.3 third panel and continued the battle into the final turn. When it looked like one of them would win, Kakaley shook Dorsoduro Hanover loose at the head of the stretch, tipped three-deep entering the lane and made up three lengths in the final eighth to win by a head in 1:52.2. "He went a real game mile and closed well off the slow fractions up front," said Kakaley. The millionaire son of Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss scored his 15th lifetime win and added to his earnings total that now sits at $1,449,151. Dorsoduro Hanover ($4.30) is owned by Burke Racing, J & T Silva,Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Ron Burke trains the winner. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

ANDERSON, Ind.-- For the second time in one week, a track record was lowered over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile harness racing oval, marking the seventh track record that has been re-established this season. After stopping the timer in 1:51.3, Southwind Chrome and driver Sam Widger lowered the track record for older trotting horses in the featured event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Trot, on Saturday, September 14. Southwind Chrome equaled the previous track record of 1:52 earlier in the season, a mark that was previously established by Cue Hall last year. The 1:51.3 clocking was just a fifth of a second off of Southwind Chrome's lifetime record. Leaving from post five in the field of seven, Southwind Chrome settled along the rail in fourth while a host of others left aggressively for early position. JL Cruze and Ricky Macomber Jr. left to get the lead but Two O B Wonkenobi and Dale Hiteman were a step quicker through the opening quarter in :26.2. Unable to find a spot along the rail, JL Cruze pressed on to the lead and reached the front just before the half in :54.3. When the field hit the three-quarters in 1:24.1, JL Cruze was still on top but Southwind Chrome was on the attack first-over and had a full head of steam at the top of the long Hoosier Park stretch. Utilizing a :27.2 final quarter, Southwind Chrome trotted away from the field and finished nearly four lengths in front of Got The Groove and John DeLong. Resita and Michael Oosting also rallied well late for third. Sent off as the post-time favorite, Southwind Chrome returned $3.60 at the betting windows. Trained by Jeff Cullipher, the fourth-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe recorded his fifth win from 14 seasonal starts and is now. Owned in partnership by Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, Southwind Chrome pushed his lifetime bankroll to $129,985. Live racing will continue at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, September 17 with a 12-race card. Tuesday's program will feature two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. With a daily post time of 6:30 pm, live racing will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Emily Ratcliff, for Harrah's Hoosier Park

Batavia, NY --- Marcus Melander has come a very long way in harness racing in a very short amount of time. After making the move to North America from his home in Sweden at the age of 21 to work for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, Melander went off on his own and hasn't looked back. Over the last five years, Melander's stable has won in excess of $7.8 million in purses, had five trotters reach the Hambletonian final and was awarded two year-end Dan Patch Awards for divisional winning horses. Melander himself received the 2018 Dan Patch Rising Star Award this past February in Orlando, Florida in recognition of his exceptional early career accomplishments. This year two of the best horses in his stable just happen to be New York-bred and both are undefeated in their New York Sire Stake (NYSS) starts this year. They are 3-year-old trotting colt Gimpanzee and 2-year-old trotting filly Hypnotic Am and they both will be competing in the $1.8 million NYSS Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14). In his freshman season, Gimpanzee was undefeated going nine for nine. He swept the NYSS to become the 2-year-old champion, won the $600,000 Breeders Crown final and amassed a total of $591,358 for the year. That earned him the 2018 Dan Patch Award for 2-year-old trotting colts. This year Gimpanzee started out by running up his lifetime undefeated streak to 13 before joining Melander stablemates Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S in the Hambletonian final. Gimpanzee got parked out from post seven in his elimination and finished fourth. He then drew post seven again in the final, went a similar trip and finished third. He closed very well in both starts (:26.4 and :26.2) and was only beaten a length in each race. Melander reflected on those starts as he was preparing him for the New York finals this weekend. "He went tremendous in both races and finished strong in both despite having the seven hole. If he had a little better post in the final I think he could win the race because he was flying home. But he raced real good that day and we could not be more happy. He showed everyone that he is fast enough," said Melander. Despite the task of racing two heats in one day, Gimpanzee came out unfazed and continued his winning ways at Batavia on Saturday (Aug. 24). "He came out of those heats better than I thought but that doesn't surprise me. He's very laid back and easy on himself. It was good that there were no eliminations for the Yonkers Trot so we could bring him up to Batavia that week and get some more points and get some experience around that track. It was a great surface to race over at Batavia and he got around it very well," said Melander. After the New York final, Gimpanzee will be going down to the Red Mile for the Bluegrass Series and the Kentucky Futurity with his sights strongly focused on a second Breeders Crown championship. Stablemate Hypnotic Am hasn't visited Batavia yet this year because she was busy winning the $310,000 James Doherty Memorial at the Meadowlands the week her division competed there. Hypnotic Am was bred by her owner Courant and was such an impressive yearling that they sent her to Melander to train, rather than the sale last fall. And clearly that has worked out well for all involved. "She trained down good and every start she seems to get better and better. She has no problem doing the work herself; she has speed, she has stamina, she has everything a good horse should have," said Melander. "She went a big mile in the Doherty (1:53), a track record at Yonkers (1:56.1) and was a was very strong as a wrapped-up winner at Saratoga in 1:54.4 over an off track. She's a very nice filly." Her performances this year speak volumes. She is currently the fastest 2-year-old trotter overall in North America, richest 2-year-old trotting filly and the second richest overall behind Real Cool Sam, who has raced two more starts to this point and is coincidentally also undefeated at 8-8. After the NYSS final, Melander said she may head down to Lexington for the Grand Circuit races as well, but that will be a decision he makes later. But one thing is for sure, She will compete in the Breeders Crown. "We may go to Kentucky, depending on how she races and comes out of the race this week. I like to be careful with the 2-year-olds because they can get sick and that can happen very easily when they travel." Both Gimpanzee and Hypnotic Am are by Chapter Seven out of a granddaughter of Muscles Yankee. It's a cross Melander likes and his trotting star of two years ago Fourth Dimension, who was a four-time NYSS winner and the 2017 Dan Patch Award 2-year-old trotting colt of the year, had the same. Melander looks to continue his success in New York in the coming years, stating the program helps develop young talent. "I think it's a very good series and although there are a lot of half mile tracks, most of them have good surfaces. Many are very soft for the horses and that helps a young horse a lot. And as long as the tracks are good, that's good for the horse's futures then it works great to have them in this program," said Melander. "I will be shopping for New York horses at the sales this fall and if I can find something I like I will definitely try to buy them. I like the New York circuit. It's good money and a good program for us." The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions that are comprised of eight $225,000 races will be held at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 14) with a first race post time of 6 p.m. The draw for that card is on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at noon and will be live streamed on the NYSS website as well as both the NYSS and Batavia Downs Facebook pages. Batavia native and New York State Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley will serve as the honorary drawmaster. Peter Kleinhans will be the track's guest host and handicapper for the in-house and simulcast broadcast and Heather Wilder will be in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle interviewing the winners and all their connections after each stake race. There will be two $7,500 guaranteed pools in both the early and late Pick-4 wagers that night and both will be all-stake Pick-4's (races 3-6 and races 7-10). The pools are part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA's website and through links on the Batavia Downs Facebook page when they become available. Free full card programs will also be available for download from the Daily Racing Form starting Thursday. There will be a T-shirt giveaway courtesy of the NYSS on Saturday night as well. Fans attending the races live only need to swipe their Player's Club card at guest services starting at 4:30 p.m. to receive a ticket to get their shirt after the seventh race. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 7, 2019- Favorites Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) and Theartofconfusion A (Austin Siegelman, $4.60) both prevailed Saturday night (Sept. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps. Eye ofa Tiger AS, assigned outside his seven rivals in the week's marquee trot, made the first lead. He then played leapfrog with Dayson (George Brennan) by a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Eye ofa Tiger AS found a comfy :57.3 intermission and was moving toward a 1:26.1 three-quarters when Dayson jumped it off in the pocket, leaving the course. Eye ofa Tiger AS owned a length lead into the lane before holding off a ground-saving There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell) by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.1. New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.), Barry Black (Troy Beyer) and Fashion Creditor (Siegelman) settled for the minors. For Eye ofa Tiger AS, a 5-year-old statebred Chapter Seven gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was ninth win in 24 seasonal starts The exacta paid $17.40, the triple returned $57 and the superfecta paid $347.50. The weekly adult pace saw Theartofconfusion A, just removed from his all-age track record, dispose of five foes. From post position No. 4, he led through intervals of :28.2, :56.4, 1:23.4 and 1:51. Pole-assigned Benhope Rulz N (Shaun Vallee) completed a two-speed number at 47-1, with The Real One (Pat Lachance), San Domino A (Bartlett) and I'm Some Graduate (Brennan) picking off the remainder. Micky Gee N (Stratton) did not fire. For Theartofconfusion A, a 9-year-old Down Under Riverboat King gelding co-owned by (trainer) Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and Barbara & Donald Arnstine, it was his seventh win in 25 '19 tries. The exacta paid $61, the triple returned $165 and the superfecta paid $554. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

The August 30 Kolgjini Yearling Sale was a good one with 46 lots sold at an average of 394,130SEK ($40,500US). The sale topper was hip 74, Aristoteles Face (male, 2/9/18 Chapter Seven-Just Not Into You-Donato Hanover), at 4,700,000SEK ($483,000US) to Nils Ellerstrom. This was a reported European record for a yearling sold at public auction. The dam has produced stakes winning and nearly US$200,000 winning White Tiger owned in Canada by thestable.ca partnership. Hip 74 was offered by Whap Capital AB. The second highest seller was hip 65, Devis May Care (male 7/1/18, Maharajah-Giant Diablo) that fetched 1,100,000SEK with Roger Walmann the buyer. Menhammar Stuteri consigned this one. Walmann also bought hip 49, Informed Am for 1,000,000SEK and hip 53, Arabhiata Face for 700,000SEK. Hip 60, Insigne Am, brought 950,000SEK from Johan Hellander. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

There were two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old harness racing filly trotters contested on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the favorites dominated the action. Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S-Muscle Hill) has been simply sensational in her freshman season and on Wednesday, the Marcus Melander trainee remained undefeated. Hypnotic Am was squaring off against another terrific two year old in her $76,750 division of the NYSS. Something had to give as both she and opponent Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) came in undefeated. Hypnotic Am was piloted out to the early lead by Hall Of Famer Brian Sears and sizzled through a first half of 56.4 over a track labeled 'good.' The fantastic freshman clicked off three quarters in 1:25.3 as she and pocket-sitter Love A Good Story drew away a bit from the rest of the field. Hypnotic Am appeared to have plenty left in the tank when she hit the line first in 1:54.4 to move her record to six-for-six in her two year old campaign. With her earnings from the win, Hypnotic Am moved her bankroll to over the $270,000 mark, an incredible amount for just a half dozen career starts. Love A Good Story suffered her first defeat but was a strong second to the big favorite while Sorprese (Dan Daley) finished third. Ake Svanstedt's Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion-Cantab Hall) continued her strong freshman campaign on Wednesday when she went coast-to-coast in 1:59 over a track that at the time was listed as sloppy. As heavily backed as a favorite can be, the 1-9 chalk Seventimesalady enjoyed comfortable fractions on the engine but did get tested a bit in the stretch before securing the fourth win in her seven career starts. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) was the runner-up while Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) finished third. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon with a first post time set for 12 Noon. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 3, 2019-Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Sept. 3rd) offered the $150,400 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. Tuesday's event once again honored the memory of 'Tootie,' whose unmatched PR savvy in the golden age of the game helped make the nascent Roosevelt International Trot a happening. There were two divisions, including one off the card. Berkery J (Dave Miller), from the outside post position No. 5, sat pocketed to Barn Holden (Andy Miller) in the $74,500 non-bettor. Barn Holden led through intervals of :29, :59.2 and 1:28.3, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. He couldn't stall his stalker, as Berkery J went right by, widening to a length-and-a-half in a life-best 1:57.3. Sky Castles (Charlie Norris) was a best-of-the-rest third, beating a pair of breakers. For Berkery J, a son of Chapter Seven owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme, it was his third win in eight seasonal starts. "He was a lot of fun," Dave Miller said. "He did it on his own." The $75,900 wagering division wound up quite formful as odds-on Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer, $3.20) made the pole work for him (:29.2, :59.4, 1:29.1, 1:57). Bourbon Express (Jason Bartlett) chased the winner around the oval, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. Hobbs (Greg Merton) and Altus Hanover (Mike Simons) rounded out the gimmick finishers. For Chaptiama, a homebred Chapter Seven gelding trained by his driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, it was his second (consecutive) win in seven '19 tries. The exacta paid $6, the triple (three wagering favorites in order) paid $11 and the superfecta paid $49. "We train him with shoes, then take them of when he races, except for Monticello," Smedshammer said. "He's the shoeless wonder." New York Sire Stakes wrap for the downstate season Thursday night (Sept. 5th), with the $161,500 Mike Cipriani Trot for 3-year-old fillies. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, N.Y. – Quincy Blue Chip is a rare type to find for sale. Blue Chip Farms bred the Chapter Seven daughter out of the Cantab Hall mare Sirenuse and the filly accomplished big things for her breeder and owner. At 2, Quincy Blue Chip won four legs of the New York Sire Stakes for trotting fillies and placed in another three before finishing second to Winndevie in the $225,000 Final at Yonkers last September. At 3, Quincy Blue Chip returned to sweep the elimination and $209,500 final of the Empire Breeders’ Classic for sophomore trotting fillies at Vernon Downs May 17 and 27, respectively. She then rattled off another two wins and two seconds in New York bred stakes in the barn of Gareth Dowse, including a 1:53.2 lifetime best score at Tioga July 14. One day later, Quincy Blue Chip sold to Rich Banca in an online auction for $335,000. “She’s a good horse. You don’t see horses like her where you’re able to buy them very often, if ever,” Banca said. “I bought her on OnGait. I saw her race, but I didn’t see her in person before. It’s very hard to find good horses and she’s a good horse. She came up for sale and I bought her.” When Quincy Blue Chip arrived at Banca’s stable and the trainer finally laid eyes on her, he was impressed. “I loved her. She’s beautiful. She’s just a perfectly built horse,” Banca said. “She’s really good-looking. She looked really healthy; she was well taken care of. I couldn’t ask for more.” Quincy Blue Chip debuted for Banca and co-owners Barbara and Jim Boese in a $118,800 leg of NYSS at Monticello July 29. Starting from post two, the filly led at every call and posted a 1 3/4-length victory in 1:56.2. Quincy Blue Chip then returned to Vernon Downs Aug. 8 for another NYSS leg. Starting from post seven, driver Jim Morrill, Jr. had the whip on the filly’s tail leaving the gate in a bid to secure the early lead. However, Sweet Chapter and Sensibility left to Quincy Blue Chip’s inside and Woodside Charm blasted to her outside. Barreling three wide into the first turn, Quincy Blue Chip made a rare break in stride before a :26.2 opening quarter. Despite the miscue, which left her eighth 9 1/4 lengths behind, Quincy Blue Chip recovered to finish fourth. “Jimmy said they were just flying into that turn and it’s just something that happened. I don’t think there was any real reason for it, they were just going that fast. It just happened; she made a mistake,” Banca said. “I don’t think that was her fault, I just think she got pushed a little hard into the turn,” Banca continued. “I think she was really good even after she made a break. She came back to finish fourth. If that didn’t happen, I don’t think they could have beat her.” Quincy Blue Chip’s next effort gives credence to Banca’s high opinion of the filly. She went to Batavia Aug. 23 and streaked to a 2-length win over Winndevie in a track-record 1:55.4 mile. Quincy Blue Chip’s 11th win in 20 starts boosted her earnings to $525,387. “She was super. Jimmy said she was just unbelievable. She was great,” Banca said. Off her latest win, Banca feels Quincy Blue Chip has earned a chance to compete in open company stakes. She will do so for the first time at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 31) when she starts in the $124,334 Hudson Trot. Quincy Blue Chip drew post five in the first of four stakes on the card and will again have Morrill in the sulky.  “I just think she’s good enough. I think she’s good enough for it. It’s close to home and I wouldn’t miss it,” Banca said. “There’s good horses in there. It’s not going to be easy, but I think if she gets a good trip and nothing unfortunate happens, I think she’ll be fine.” Quincy Blue Chip is the 3-2 morning line favorite, but will have six challengers. Joe Holloway’s Starita will make her first start on a half-mile track. She won in the Reynolds at the Meadowlands July 6 and enters off a third in the $135,000 Zweig Memorial at Vernon Aug. 17. Jezzy’s Legacy posted a 4-length win in the Stallion Series at the Meadows Aug. 19 and drew the inside post in the Hudson Trot. Magical Beliefs won in the Arden Downs Stakes at the Meadows July 27 and enters the Hudson Trot off a third in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Aug. 19. Sexy Wow, Golden Tricks, and Personal Paradise complete the lineup. For Banca, a win with Quincy Blue Chip on the Grand Circuit at Yonkers would be especially meaningful. Leading trainer at Yonkers in 2017 and third in the current standings with 80 wins in 544 starts, the Hilltop is Banca’s home track. Banca was also introduced to the Boeses through an SOA of NY program. “It would be unbelievable for me, especially since it’s at Yonkers where I race. The owners are great people and I would love to win the race for them,” Banca said. “The first horse I got for them was one of those French trotters (Adagio de la Tour). They called me up about getting one of those and it’s really just worked out. They own Weslynn Dancer and a lot of nice horses. They’re great owners and friends and it’s worked out great for us.” Saturday night’s card also features the $500,000 Messenger Stakes Final, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, and the $122,224 Lady Maud. The $46,000 Open Handicap Pace supports the stakes-laden 12-race card. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 6:50 p.m.  By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Two year old colt and gelding trotters were featured at Saratoga Casino Hotel as part of the New York Sire Stakes on Tuesday night. The track record for freshman geldings fell when the longshot in a four-horse race lit up the board in historic fashion. Trainer Jim Campbell brought driver Greg Merton to town to pilot Hobbs (Credit Winner-Cruella De Ville-Yankee Glide) who had finished second or third four times in his seven career tries. Hobbs was winless coming into the evening and though he squared off against just three rivals, his opponents each came in with strong resumes. After an early break by the race's favorite in the $75,350 division for freshman high-steppers, Hobbs wound up in the pocket spot behind Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who had won three of his six starts in NYSS competition in 2019. Hobbs popped the pocket around the final turn and won the battle in the stretch, stopping the timer in 1:57.3. The win time serves as a new track record for a two year old gelding trotter at Saratoga, a mark previously held by Clive Bigsby (Jim Morrill Jr) who scored in 1:58 in a Sire Stakes race in the '17 campaign. Though Hobbs broke the record for two year old gelding trotters on Tuesday, the fastest freshman of the night was Trond Smedshammer's Chaptiama (Chapter Seven-Crediama-Credit Winner) who cruised through a dazzling wire-to-wire effort in 1:56 to record the first win of his young career. After settling for second-best three times in his first five lifetime starts, Chaptiama wasn't going to take no for an answer and wound up a decisive winner at odds of 2-1 for Smedshammer. Beerthirty K (Mike Simons) was the runner-up in the $76,750 division of NYSS while the favored Berkery J (Jason Bartlett) had to settle for third. While his 1:56 was much faster than Hobbs' winning time, Chaptiama's clocking didn't serve as a track record as the fastest two year old colt in Spa history is Gimpanzee who set a mark of 1:55.4 as a freshman trotting colt last season. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Batavia, NY --- Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) was everything the large live crowd that gathered on the Batavia Downs harness racing apron came out to see as he cruised to an easy win in his division of the $118,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 24). Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) got away third initially while Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) hustled to the front. But just past the eighth pole Sears pulled him and rushed to the front to claim the lead by the quarter in a pedestrian :29.2. Now firmly in control, the 1-9 shot led six 99-1 shots to the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Gimpanzee seemed to switch gears on his own heading into the final turn as Sears sat still as a statue. Motoring around that bend he extended his lead with every lengthening stride and by the time he entered the stretch, he was gone. Chimpanzee opened up five and was in full flight down the lane and hit the wire all alone in 1:55.1.   "He is so easy to drive, from day one. Marcus (Melander) has done such a great job with him," said Sears. "The horse has got a lot of talent and he makes my job easy because he knows what we're trying to accomplish out there and he doesn't fight me. He is just a total professional in every way."   It was the 13th lifetime win in only 15 lifetime starts for Chimpanzee ($2.10) who moves closer to the million dollar mark, now with earnings of $895,996 on his card. The Dan Patch Award winning trotter is owned by Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. Marcus Melander is the trainer. In the other $59,800 NYSS split, Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) won handily after rationing out the speed in the middle panels. Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller) out-muscled Winnerup (Brian Sears) for the lead at the quarter in :28 and then led the group for the remainder of the race. Miller quickly put the breaks on from there and went the next two quarters in :30.3 and :30.2, getting to the three-quarters in 1:29. There, Lucky Weekend (Jim Morrill Jr.) had caught the leader and was trotting alongside around the final turn. But that would be as close as he would get as Miller gave Livinonthedash his head and he trotted away without urging to win by 1-¼ lengths in 1:58. "I haven't had him on the front end in quite a while and when I got him there we were able to go a nice slow middle half so it worked out well," said Miller. It was the third win in a row, fifth out of his last six and ninth of the year for Livinonthedash ($2.60) who has now amassed $201,272 for his owners the Ervin Miller Stable, David Prushnok and Tangle Massey. Erv Miller is the trainer. Both Gimpanzee and Livinonthedash will compete in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot next Saturday (Aug. 31) and then will return to Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 14) for the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions. Two divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Saturday, producing the following results. Lights Come On (Chapter Seven-Starlit Eyes) Driver - Billy Davis Jr.  Owner - Acl Stuteri Ab, Ted Gewertz and Anette Lorentzen Trainer - Anette Lorentzen  Breeder - Winbak Farm Time - 1:57.1  Mutuel - $3.10 JNR Express (Conway Hall-Yankee T L C) Driver - Brian Sears  Owner - James De Armond and Russell Young Trainer - Jessica Okusko  Breeder - Donald La Page Time - 1:57.4  Mutuel - $7.60 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 25) and features Family Fun Day and the very popular Weiner dog races. Post time for the first horse race is 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership are pleased to announce a harness racing breeding auction for Wednesday, October 4 in Lexington, Kentucky to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The auction will take place prior to the second session of the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and features the opportunity to acquire a 2020 breeding to one of harness racing's most-notable stallions. A group of prominent owners and breeders have graciously donated the breedings to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. A single 2020 breeding to the following stallions will be available: Always B Miki Captaintreacherous Chapter Seven Father Patrick Muscle Hill Sweet Lou Tactical Landing The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge features four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is receiving one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1, 2019 through October 26, 2019. The challenge portion of this initiative features the teams competing to garner the most votes in a Facebook poll. The poll closes on October 26, 2019 and the team with the most votes will receive a significant donation from the funds raised by the breeding auction. The funds raised for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge are expected to exceed $100,000, which will mark the single largest donation by Woodbine Cares. The four-teams for the Charity Challenge are listed below: Michael 'Pinball' Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Kim MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Eddie Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Dan Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000. Fans can submit one vote per day for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge by visiting www.BCCharityChallenge.com. The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups: Marvin Katz, Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership Blue Chip Farm, Tom Grossman: Chapter Seven Burke Racing Stable LLC: Warrawee Ubeaut Hanover Shoe Farm, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky: Captaintreacherous & The Captaintreacherous Syndicate Diamond Creek Farm, Adam Bowden: Father Patrick, Always B Miki & Sweet Lou Southwind Farm, Kevin Greenfield: Tactical Landing Southwind Farm, Michael Klau: Muscle Hill Trainer, Verlin Yoder: Woodside Charm Trainer, Nancy Johansson: Captain Crunch Trainer, Marcus Melander: Gimpanzee The 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will take place Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For more information, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

Batavia, NY --- It's not too often Batavia Downs gets to host a Hambletonian finalist and Dan Patch Award winner all in the same night, but Saturday (Aug. 24) will be one such occasion as Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) will be in town to compete in the $118,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt and gelding harness racing trotters. After going a perfect nine for nine, sweeping all the NYSS legs and final and closing out the year with a win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown, Gimpanzee was named the Dan Patch 2-year-old colt trotter of 2018. He picked up at three right where he left off when he won his first start in the $215,200 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs and then two consecutive NYSS events. He also took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 at Tioga Downs and ran his lifetime unbeaten streak to 12. His next start was the Hambletonian elimination where he was parked the whole mile from post seven and finished fourth, only a length behind Green Manalishi in a time of 1:50.3. He advanced to the final and experienced almost the exact same trip; left from post seven, was parked the whole mile and finished a strong closing third, beaten only a length behind the winner Forbidden Trade in 1:51. Gimpanzee's first start in the three weeks since will be in the $58,700 division of the NYSS and for obvious reasons, he is heavily respected as the 1-5 morning line choice. Trainer Marcus Melander has his regular driver Hall of Famer Brian Sears in the bike and they drew post one in this seven-horse race. There will only be win betting offered on the race. The Batavia Downs track record for 3-year-old trotting colts is 1:54.3 set by Archangel in 2012 and later tied by his son Top Flight Angel in 2017. Given Gimpanzee's 1:55, 7-1/2 length romp over the half at Yonkers back in June, this record could be in serious jeopardy. In the second $59,800 split of the evening, Livinonthedash (Muscle Mass-Sunshine Glide) has been made the 2-1 morning choice and certainly looks the part. Livinonthedash comes in with four wins (all on half-mile tracks) out of his last five starts, the only loss in that stretch being to Gimpanzee. Unraced at two, he made his first state stake start in the Excel A series where he made a break and was placed sixth. From there his fortunes turned around. After two overnight starts at Harrah's Philadelphia, Livinonthedash has since been a formidable contender in the NYSS and has the highest money earned ($129,622) and is the third highest point-getter (179) in his bracket. The father and son team of trainer Erv Miller and driver Marcus Miller will start from post four. Winnerup (Credit Winner-Up Front Hotsey) looks to make his presence known despite having drawn post eight as he is the highest money winner ($126,945) and has the second most points (200). Winnerup also likes a half-mile track having won easily at Monticello and Yonkers and just getting beat at Saratoga last week by Livinonthedash. Trainer Trond Smedshammer who usually drives Winnerup has put Brian Sears in the seat for this race and that is the first time anyone other than Smedshammer has sat behind this horse since April. Lucky Weekend (Lucky Chucky-Weekend Vacation) has only missed the board once in his last six starts and that was due to a break while out of contention. He comes into this race off a win at Yonkers as well and that was gate to wire from post eight. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the lines for trainer Chris Lakata in here. There are also two $15,000 Excel A races on the card. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. Wiener Dogs races on Sunday The “Dog Days of Summer” at Batavia Downs doesn’t only refer to the weather. It also means it's time for the annual Genesee Feeds Wiener Dog races. This popular event is happening once again on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) with post time for the first Dachshund dash scheduled for approximately 4:30 p.m. after the completion of the live harness racing card.  There will be 10 heats contested with each heat winner scoring a $25 Free Play voucher to Batavia Downs Gaming. The heat winners will then return for a championship race where the winning owner will receive $100 in free play, second place finisher $75 in Free Play and third place $50 in Free Play. The owners of the top three finishers will also get two complimentary buffets in the Batavia Downs clubhouse. All entrants will receive doggy bags for their athletes from the official sponsor of the Wiener Dog races, Genesee Feeds of Batavia. The doggy dashes draw one of the biggest crowds of the season to Batavia Downs and is the main event of “Family Fun Day” at the races.  "Family Fun Day is one of my favorite live racing days of the meet” said Director/General Manager of Live Racing, Todd Haight. “The kids always have a great time. You can bring the whole family out because there is something for everyone and you can eat, drink and enjoy everything going on the entire afternoon and it costs next to nothing.” Treat the kids to a fun, affordable day out with $1 Sahlen's hot dogs and soda. Then enjoy free pony rides from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. provided courtesy of Castilone Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Jeep of Batavia. There will also be special guest appearances by Pringles The Clown, Mr. Scribbles, Jason the Juggler, Johnathan the Magician and other fun activities like face painting and sand art for kids of all ages. And everything is presented in a clean, safe environment where kids can just enjoy themselves. Admission and parking are free and live harness racing action begins at 1:15 p.m.  For more information including news, promotions, race replays and the upcoming live racing schedule including the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions go to www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

MILTON, ON - August 22, 2019 - Rookie trotting filly Whose Blues remained undefeated by capturing one of two harness racing series finals Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Thursday evening program featured two-year-old trotters in the spotlight for the $50,000 Pure Ivory Series final for fillies and the $50,000 Define The World Series final for colts and geldings. Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues kept her perfect record alive with a comfortable 1:56 victory in the Pure Ivory final. Bob McClure steered the Luc Blais trainee to the coast-to-coast victory. Whose Blues left from post-seven and cleared to command just prior to a :28.2 opening-quarters. The Blais trainee posted fractions of :58 and 1:26.4 before creating separation at the top of the line and finishing off the mile in :29.1 for a two-length victory. Spirit Of Deo took a shot at the leader going to three-quarters and finished second. Wine Rack Hanover was third, while Heat Wave Hanover was fourth. "There is nothing you need to worry about with her," said McClure about Whose Blues. "She's perfect gaited. If you just show her the whip leaving the gate, I figured she would go straight to the front and she handled that. "Last week she had every excuse to get beat off the trip, but she's so professional you can just do whatever you want." Whose Blues has now banked $47,500 to start her career for owner Determination. She was a $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is staked to all the Grand Circuit events coming up at Mohawk Park. A $2 win ticket on Whose Blues returned $3.40. Horse Trader rallied by rivals in the lane to win the Define The World final in 1:56.3. Trevor Henry guided the Wheeling N Dealin colt to the victory for trainer Paul Walker. The look of the race changed early when favourite Threefiftytwo made a break ahead of the start. Jula Uppercut left hard and got the top at the opening-quarter in :28.3. Ripped And Ready went after the top spot in the second-quarter and was forced to work hard to clear at the half in :57.4. Sebastian Ray kept the action going by sliding out from third at the half and attacking the new leader around the far turn to three-quarters in 1:27.2. Nylander followed into a second-over spot, while Horse Trader followed from the back and sat fifth, three-lengths from the lead. In the stretch, Nylander and Horse Trader came off cover to power by rivals on the far outside. Nylander held the lead for a good stretch, but Horse Trader wore him down and edged by in the final-sixteenth for a half-length score. Jula Uppercut finished third, while Ripped And Ready was fourth. "I kind of wanted to leave a little more than we did, but he's kind of a funny colt and he doesn't want to leave," said Henry of Horse Trader following the victory. "He just falls off the gate and I didn't want to chase him and make him run, but it worked out anyways. "I was pretty sure he was going to get there. The one week when he won, he really brushed home good and he did as well tonight." Owned and bred by Oaklea Farm, Horse Trader has now won three of six starts for earnings of $70,715. His previous victory came two starts back in the opening-leg of the series prior to finishing third in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on August 8. A $2 win ticket on Horse Trader returned $9.20. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:50 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 22, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening (Aug. 22nd) hosted the $154,600 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old harness racing ttrotting fillies. A pair $77,300 beneath-the-raindrops races comprised the event, which resulted in a perfect pair of winners Love a Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.40) went the distance (:29.2, :58.3, 1:28, 1:57.2) in a gapped-out opening division, her sixth win in as many seasonal/sire stakes starts and matching her previous local effort. From post position No. 3, the final margin was 3¼ lengths. Without a Warning (Jason Bartlett) was the bridesmaid at every section, with Miss Jubilation (Ake Svanstedt), Flotus (John Stark Jr.) and C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) completing the order after a pair of defections. Love a Good Story is a daughter of Chapter Seven co-owned by Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable & Daniel Plouffe and trained by Julie Miller. The exacta paid $7, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. "It was just business as usual," driver Miller said. There was a lengthy weather (heavy rain/lightning) delay prior to the second group, which only forestalled the obvious. The precipitation just about stopped as track record-holder Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears, $2.40) started Away third from post No. 2, the lass took over from Really Blue Chip (George Brennan) right by the :28.4 opening quarter-mile before taking off...period. She widened by the :58.2 intermission, then finished off the foray (1:27.4, 1:56.3) by 3½ lengths. Seventimesalady (Svanstedt) was second, with No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) and I'lldoitmyself (Bartlett) rounding out the gimmick finishers. For Hypnotic AM, a homebred Chapter Seven ma'am trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., she's now 5-for-5 (three NYSS, elim and final of Jim Doherty Memorial) to begin her career, never once going off at odds higher than 1-2. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $3.80, the triple returned $50 and the superfecta paid $157.50. "She feels as good as she looks," Sears said. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Thursday night (Aug. 29th), with the Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts/geldings (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. PICK-5 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (Aug. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $8,812.56 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Friday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night after a final-race-sequence 42-1 bomber), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

After giving Hanna Dreamgirl the opportunity to boost her confidence, owner Ken Jacobs and trainer George Ducharme will give the filly the chance to reestablish herself on the Grand Circuit. Hanna Dreamgirl will bring a three-race win streak to Saturday's (Aug. 17) $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters at Vernon Downs. All three of the filly's recent victories came in the New York Excelsior "A" Series, which is the tier beneath the state's top sire stakes level. In the start prior to her win streak, Hanna Dreamgirl finished 10th in a division of the Reynolds Memorial. She had not won a New York Sire Stakes division since her 2019 debut in early May. Last year, while in the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, she had a win in each the NYSS and Kindergarten Classic Series and finished third in the James Doherty Memorial. She also picked up checks in the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. "Ken wanted to drop her down (to the Excelsior Series) and I fully agreed," Ducharme said. "She was just chasing along in the sire stakes and was losing interest. She needed that (change). It seems to have really pumped her attitude up. "This is going to be a pretty good jump for her, but Ken was willing to take the chance and see how she does back in the company we thought she would be able to go with." The Zweig's main event for fillies includes Evident Beauty, whose four wins this year include a division of the Delvin Miller Memorial and the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, as well as Reynolds Memorial division winner Starita and Continentalvictory division winner The Ice Dutchess. Jacobs purchased Hanna Dreamgirl, then named Empress Crown, for $125,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale. The filly is by Chapter Seven is out of Shipps Empress. For her career, Hanna Dreamgirl has won seven of 24 races, hit the board a total of 15 times, and earned $176,972. "We should get a better read on whether she can go forward the rest of the year after Saturday," Ducharme said. "Against the competition she's been in, it's hard to tell where she is, but right now she seems mentally more prepared than she was even a month ago. "I really believe a lot of it with these horses is mental. They get chasing every week and they get discouraged. She seems better around the barn and on the track. She seems happier." Hanna Dreamgirl is eligible to several stakes in the coming months, including the Hudson Filly Trot, Bluegrass, Kentucky Filly Futurity, and Breeders Crown. "She is a good solid gaited filly and you can leave with her or you can race her from behind," said Ducharme, who trained Hanna Dreamgirl in Florida during the winter. "The biggest thing is can she make this next step up to go with the top fillies. If we can get her turned around, there is plenty of money left in the fall for her. That was our goal." Racing begins at 6:10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Vernon Downs. The card also includes the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, featuring Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe and his stablemate Green Manalishi S. Beal Memorial winner Marseille also is part of the nine-horse field. For complete Saturday entries for Vernon Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Monticello, NY  - On Monday August 12 Monticello Raceway and the New York Sire Stakes program featured 2-year-old harness racing trotting filly's. The 7 race card featured 2 divisions of Sire Stakes each racing for a purse of $51,000, 3 splits of the Excelsior A group ($15,000) and 2 Excelsior B ($6,500) The first heat of Sire Stakes was a short 5 horse field, the 1/5 betting favorite Seventimesalady, a $132,000 yearling purchase started from the outside from post 5, 2 of the starters made miscues in the middle of the first turn, after the early commotion Seventimesalady made the front and was uncontested through the mile, cutting fractions of 29.3,59.2, 1:29.2 and uncorking a last quarter of 28.4 to score an easy 5 length victory in 1:58.1. Ake Svanstedt trains,drives and co owns Seventimesalady, a daughter of Chapter Seven - Ava Marion, she picked up her 3rd consecutive NYSS win for owners Ake Svanstedt, Little E, Knutsson Trotting and L. Berg. The pocket sitting Flotus finished second followed by Illdoitmyself. Race 7 for the final heat of Sire Stakes and again it was Team Svanstedt who scored with Miss Jubilation who started from Post 4 and was part of the Svanstedt entry with Destiny Blue Chip, the Chapter Seven - Seven Blue Muscles lass scored a wire to wire win in 1:58.4 over Sorprese (Dan Daley)and Destiny Blue Chip - Charlie Norris. Miss Jubilation earned her 2nd Sire Stake victory of the year for owners Ake Svanstedt, Little E, Triple Play Trotters & Stolz Geiger. Excelsior A winners were C And T's Credit (Credit Winner - Love to Flaunt) who picked up her second consecutive win in this company in 2:01 for trainer John Stark. Dan Daley scored with the longest shot on the board at 25-1 with Lady Jeter (Muscles Yankee - Salt Hill Brigid) who picked up her maiden win in 2:00.3. Nasty Gal (Conway Hall - Dreama Littledream) scored in 2:00.2 for Vernon Down based horseman Gate Brunet. The combination of driver Michael Merton and trainer Dale Lawton garnered both heats of the Excelsior B with Dogs of War (Conway Hall - Extreme Balance) scored in 2:03.1 and returned $5.40, Some Crazy Fool (Crazed - Someway) won in in 2:02.2 The next leg of NY Sire Stakes is next Monday August 19 when 2 Year Old Trotting Colts come to town, post time is 12:50. By, Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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