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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 19, 2018--It's a froshfest Monday night (Aug. 20th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $160,400 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, with the pair of $80,200 statebred events going as races 6 and 8. The opening division finds Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, post 8) eying a fourth sire stakes win in as many starts. The son of Chapter Seven hasn't been tested thus far, winning those first three races by a combined 12¼ lengths. He hits town after a life-best 1:55.4 effort at Saratoga, a track record for that age group. Gimpanzee is trained by Marcus Melander for Delray Beach, FL, co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. Geldings Horns for Three (Jason Bartlett, post 1) and Cavill Hanover (Dan Dube, post 2) have each won twice in sire stakes competition, the latter edging the former earlier this month at Batavia. Our White Knight (Scott Zeron, post 5) has been a bridesmaid four times (with one third) in his five NYSS tries, while Brady Bunch (Andy Miller, post 7) has chased home Gimpanzee in his last couple of sire stakes efforts. The evening's second and final grouping has Thunder (Zeron, post 5) going after a third consecutive NYSS win. The son of Conway Hall, trained by John Butenschoen for co-owners Crawford Racing, Jeremey Day and VIP Internet Stable, was an off-the-pace, life-best 1:58.3 at Batavia in his latest work night. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr., post 3) has two wins and two seconds in a half-dozen seasonal starts, while Chapter Fashion (Bartlett, post 7) enters off an open stakes win in a division of the Tompkins (Tioga), a maiden-breaking 1:56.1. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Fourth Dimension, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, will miss the remainder of this season because of a small fracture on his left knee, trainer Marcus Melander said Monday. Fourth Dimension last raced on Aug. 4 in an elimination for the Hambletonian and went off stride following the half-mile point. Melander said the colt will require four months to recover from the injury. He said no decision was made yet regarding Fourth Dimension's future. This year, Fourth Dimension was winless in four races. He finished second in his seasonal debut, then went off stride in the final turn of his elimination for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial. He went off stride again in his division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial and the Hambletonian. "It's very disappointing, but there is nothing we can do about it other than give it time to heal," Melander said. "It was a very small fracture, which is probably why we didn't find it before. After (the Beal) he wasn't himself. He was fine when we trained him at home, but when he was going faster there was something bothering him more than just soreness. We went over him and couldn't find anything. Sometimes those small fractures take time before you can see them. We took him again and did a complete bone scan on him and they found it. I'm glad we found it." Fourth Dimension is a son of Chapter Seven out of Corazon Blue Chip. He was purchased for $200,000 under the name Seventh Wonder at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale and his family includes Dan Patch Award winner Magician. The colt is owned by Anders Strom's Courant Inc. Last year, Fourth Dimension won eight of 11 races, setting or equaling four track records in the process. His victories included the Valley Victory Stakes, a division of the International Stallion Stakes, an elimination for the Breeders Crown, and four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. He has earned $409,195 lifetime. "We'll see what Anders wants to do," Melander said. "There should be some interest in him as a stud. He had a great year last year and he's got a great pedigree and is a good-looking horse. If he wants to stand him as a stud, he can do that; if he wants to race him next year, he can do that too. He's got options. We've got a couple months before anything needs to be decided." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 6, 2018--The New York Sire Stakes roadshow changes its downstate cast of characters Tuesday night (Aug. 7th), with Yonkers Raceway's hosting the $166,499 Mike Cipriani Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The race(s) again honor the memory of the Raceway's long-time, award-winning photographer. Post time for the 12-race wagering card is the usual 6:50 PM, though the first ($54,833) of the sire stakes goes as the last of the four pre-program non-bettors (beginning at 5:30 PM). Tuesday's first (second programmed) event ($55,833) is the sixth race, including Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron, post 4) returning to the Empire. The daughter of Chapter Seven, owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, is 4-for-6 since adding the straps, all the wins in statebred competition. Overall, she's 4-for-9 this season ($97,394). Ciao Dolce (Ake Svandtedt, post 2) chased Lima Novelty around Vernon in her last try, part of a symmetrical (eight starts, two wins, two seconds, two thirds) seasonal worksheet. The second 'carded' division--third and final--of the Cipriani ($55,833) goes as the eighth race, with defending statebred champ Lucky Ava (Svanstedt) winning the draw among the half-dozen. The daughter of Lucky Chucky has offered up another solid season, as in four wins and three seconds in eight starts ($107,618). Svanstedt co-owns (with Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting) and trains the lass, who's won half of her 18 career starts ($311,214). Tribute to Seven (Scott Zeron, post 2) is thrice a winner this season, hitting the board in all but one of her seven tries, while Dew to Win (Trond Smedshammer, post 5) blew away a sire stakes field at Monticello as part of her resume. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies take center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). Unbeaten Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) is the morning line favorite in the first division of the NYSS ($35,866) at 8-5. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, all her wins were legs of the NYSS. The 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie, got her wins at Monticello ($26,750), Yonkers ($38,700), and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The 2-1 second choice is Amal Hall (Marcus Miller). Trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stables, Dumain Haven Farm, and Andy Miller Stables Inc., she has two wins and two seconds in her four starts. She is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Arabella Hall. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($27,250) and Buffalo ($35,166). Amal Hall lost by a neck to Winndevie the last time out at Batavia Downs. In the second division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 2-1. The 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse, has two wins and a second in three starts. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The second choice at 3-1 is Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford). Owned by Paul and trainer Shawn Warner, she has one win, two seconds, and two thirds in five lifetime starts. Liquorstoreblues is a 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Blueridge Yankee. In the third division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) at 9-5. Owned and trained by Yoder, she won in a romp in her only career start at Hoosier Park. She is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) is the 2-1 second morning line choice. The 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold, has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). She is trained by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms Inc., and G&B Racing . The 12 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

There were three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Tuesday evening. Each division for the freshman high-steppers went for a purse of $54,500 and in the first division of the night, a new track record for two year olds was set. Marcus Melander's Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows-Muscle Massive) was the public's 2-5 betting favorite in his installment of the NY Sire Stakes for two year olds and brought a two-for-two career record into the try. Brian Sears marched the colt out to the front end as the freshman stepped away to a lead that grew to nearly five lengths in the early going. After clocking a half in 57.1, Gimpanzee appeared dominant in the final lap before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. The win time lowered the previous track record for two year old trotting colts by a full second, eclipsing the mark set last year by My Lindy Winner (Jim Morrill Jr). The win time also served as a new lifetime best for the freshman trotter whose previous mark was set at Tioga Downs in the start leading up to Tuesday's race. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Horns For Three (Credit Winner-Swoosh Hanover-Lindy Lane) to a wire-to-wire score in the second division of the Sire Stakes on Tuesday. The Ed Hart trainee held off the first-over bid by the favored Our White Knight (Brian Sears) before scoring in 2:00.4. Horns For Three is now a two-time winner in the NYSS as he prevailed at Buffalo last month. The evening's final division of the NYSS saw Thunder (Conway Hall-Cr Oh Suzanna-Royal Troubador) roll to a first over victory for Scott Zeron. The John Butenschoen trainee recorded the first win of his young career as he toughed it out overland before scoring in 1:59.2. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Helpisontheway looked like a seat-filler in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $61,900 Arthur Tompkins Memorial for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot. The Linda Toscano trainee was sent to the gate at odds of 9-1 and was one of only two horses in the field of eight who are not eligible to the Hambletonian. He may not have looked like much on paper, but he sure did on the track. Tim Tetrick used a little of the colt's speed to grab the three hole early, before brushing to the top just before the half. Racing on the rim, here came 8-5 second choice Zephyr Kronos, inching closer as the pair passed three-quarters. In mid-stretch, it appeared Zephyr Kronos would go by easily, as driver Jimmy Takter wasn't getting after his Hambo hopeful, who is a son of Ready Cash-Orange Kronos. In deep stretch, Tetrick energetically asked Helpisontheway for more, and he responded as Takter took that cue and got after his colt, but at the conclusion of the three-sixteenths of a mile duel, it was Helpisontheway prevailing by a hard-fought neck in 1:53.2. Met's Hall finished third. Evaluate, the 3-2 favorite, went off stride at the start. Helpisontheway, a son of Chapter Seven-Porque who won twice earlier this year on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, now has three wins in seven starts this season and earnings of just over $94,000. He paid $20.60 to win. In the Arthur Tompkins for sophomore trotting females, Hey Blondie lived up to her 4-5 promise, racing parked for the final half-mile yet still scoring easily by a length over Bill's Lady in 1:54.3. Hey Blondie, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Winbak Blondie who is Hambletonian Oaks eligible, was driven by Andy McCarthy and trained by Chuck Sylvester. She returned $3.60 to her backers. A LITTLE MORE: The Early 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five resulted in a single-ticket winner. That Oregon Express player, who held the ticket with the 5-1-3-6-9 combination in race nine, walked away with $20,039. ... It was a double jackpot night, as the Late JSH5 was also hit, by a player in Ontario. That bettor with the ticket reading 9-6-5-3-1 in race 12 was paid $13,401. ... The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 also had only one winner. That lucky Twin Spires player survived eight legs of the wager and cashed in for $11,109. ... The 50-Cent Pick-4 pool went past the $90,000 mark for a sixth straight time, as $90,308 was poured into the pot. ... All-source wagering totaled $1,942,079. ... Racing resumes at the Big M Friday at 7:15 p.m. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

MILTON, ON - July 21, 2018 - Superstar harness racing trotting filly Atlanta will attempt to make history by tackling the boys and competing in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday, August 4 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Trainer Rick Zeron made the official announcement on Saturday evening (July 21) regarding his decision to race his three-year-old filly Atlanta against the boys rather than against fillies in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. A daughter of Chapter Seven, Atlanta has taken the racing world by storm and is currently undefeated in five starts this season. Zeron was not required to make a decision regarding which route Atlanta would take until this Tuesday (July 24), but noted he and his son, Scott, made their decision weeks ago. "Scott and I decided this about a month ago, but we just kind of kept it all to ourselves and mulled everything all over and did all the right do's and don'ts," said Zeron, who shared the news while preparing to race Saturday at Georgian Downs. "We came up with she's competitive enough to race against the boys." Atlanta was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling at the Harrisburg Sale in November of 2016. The Chapter Seven filly had a solid rookie season, winning four of 10 starts and earning $135,075, but was in the shadow of then-undefeated Manchego. Zeron wasn't shy about declaring high hopes for Atlanta's sophomore season during the winter training months at Sunshine Meadows in Florida. The filly immediately backed up her trainer's statements in her season debut. "We qualified her (April 28) and I told Scott to qualify her around 1:55 and he went 1:54 with her," said Zeron. "He got off the bike and said, 'She's serious.' " "10 days later we tried to get her in a three-year-old filly class at The Meadowlands and they didn't have one. They said 'There is a class, non-winners of $11,500 last five, but you'll be in against colts and a couple of aged trotters.' and I said 'Go ahead'. She sat seventh and Scott moved her at the head of the lane and she won her first start in 1:52." Atlanta's dazzling debut caught the attention of many and proved to Zeron exactly what he had thought for months about his filly. "That's when we knew that she was really special." In just her third start of the season, Atlanta established a Vernon Downs all-age track record of 1:50.3 in the Empire Breeders Classic. The victory vaulted the filly into superstar status and created a buzz among racing fans. Atlanta has since added two more victories to her career totals, which sit at nine wins and $313,309 earned. Her most recent victory occurred Thursday evening in a New York Sires Stakes event at Vernon. Zeron described the victory as a "training mile". The Hambletonian will require Atlanta to race multiple-heats on the same day, unlike the Hambletonian Oaks which has eliminations the week prior to the final. "I'm not that worried about it," said Zeron about racing heats. "She recovers about 12 or 14 minutes after each race." Zeron co-owns Atlanta with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. He noted that his partners have provided full support. "All of my owners are on board with my decision to race her in the Hambletonian." Atlanta will become just the fifth filly since the year 2000 to race against the boys in the Hambletonian. The last filly to capture harness racing's most prestigious trotting event was Continentalvictory in 1996. Zeron's decision to race Atlanta in the sport's biggest trotting event adds tremendous hype to the 93rd Hambletonian and the veteran horseman expects to leave a lasting mark. "This will go down in history." by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Spoiler Alert ($12.20) led them to a first quarter in :27.4. Foundonabeach (John MacDonald) then took over before the hitting the half in :56.3 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.2. Spoiler Alert came out of the pocket to win in 1:55.1. Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) came up late to finish second. Sweet Ashley T (Howard Okusko Jr.) was third best. Spoiler Alert is a 4-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. He is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey. It was win number seven for the season as well as his career. Adam Cappizano, John MacDonald and Ben McNeil all had driving doubles on the night. Cappizano won with Haloman ($14.60) and Pudge's Pastime ($21.00). MacDonald got his wins with If I Must ($2.20) and Drea's Good Powow ($16.40). McNeil reached the winner's circle with Cascata ($39.60) and Some Royalty ($5.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 21) with a 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) won the second of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore harness racing trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 19). Repentance (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first to the quarter in 27.0. Atlanta ($2.10) who is trained by Rick Zeron, stormed to the front just after the quarter and controlled the race the rest of the way (:57.0, 1:26.4, 1:53.4). Her win in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) was never in doubt. Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) was second best with Repentance getting third money. Atlanta is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven and is owned by the team of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Howard Taylor, Holland Racing Stable, and Bradley Grant. She is now five for five this season and nine for fourteen in her career. Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) holds off Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) to win the NYSS first division ($60,200). Ciao Dolce led to a first quarter in :27.3. Lima Novelty ($3.00) went first-over from fourth and brushed by to take the lead before hitting the half in :57.0. She continued to lead, hitting three-quarters in 1:26.1. Ciao Dolce followed in the pocket until mid stretch. She would go first over and battle down the rest of the stretch but Lima Novelty dug in and held on to win in 1:54.1. Ciao Dolce settled for second while Tribute To Seven (Matt Kakaley) fired late to finish third. Lima Novelty is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, she won for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in her career. Scott Zeron won three on the night as he added a win with the Russian Spy ($4.40). Matt Kakaley visited the winner's circle three times on the night as well. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($48.00), Byway ($10.20), and White Cheetah ($5.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 20) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (July 19). Including the anticipated return of Atlanta the track record holder for all trotters at the Miracle Mile. Atlanta (Scott Zeron) will compete in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) and is installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The last time the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven took to the track at Vernon she won the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final. She trotted the fastest mile ever at Vernon Downs in a time of 1:50.3, easily beating Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass) by four and a half lengths. That is significant because Plunge Blue Chip just posted a world record time of 1:49.4 for 3-year-old trotters of either sex at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 1$) in the second of two Del Miller Memorial races ($128,500). Atlanta who istrained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant, is four for four as a sophomore. Her last time out she won a leg of the NYYS ($40,600) at Tioga Downs where she once again easily beat Plunge Blue Chip, setting the track record for 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.2. Her toughest competitor will be 3-1 morning line second choice, Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt). She is part of the Svanstedt trained entry along with Fury Road (Dan Dube). Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky) is owned by Savanstedt, Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting Corp. She has four wins in seven starts so far this season. She has won NYSS races at Yonkers ($42,975), Monticello ($30,450), and Buffalo ($29,250). In the first division of the NYSS ($60,200), the Morning line favorite is Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) at 2-1. A 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven, she is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. She has three wins in 2018. She has won the Mary Reynolds Stakes ($66,200) at the Meadowlands and a NYSS race at Buffalo ($30,450). The second Morning line choice in the second division is Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. Owned by Kjell Anderson and trained by Svanstedt. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($29,850) and Buffalo ($29,850). The nine race card starts at Venon Downs starts on Thursday (July 19) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

Monticello, NY - Go down the road as fast and far as you can go seemed to be the tactic of the day as many of the afternoon participants of Monticello Raceway's Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts tried to follow that pattern, some were successful, others not. The first division of NYSS raced for a purse of $38,500, the short 5 horse field saw Don (Andy Miller) first away from the gate from the rail, Dan Daley and Purpose Blue Chip also left hard but were content to let Don cut the fractions and tucked in the 3 hole. Don lead the pack thru every fraction of 28.4, 58.2. Purpose Blue Chip pulled at the half and never saw the rail after that and continued grinding his way towards the leaders on the outside. Don was still on top at the ¾ in 1:27.3, by now Purpose Blue Chip was at his throat latch. At the top of the lane, Don and Purpose Blue Chip were trotting in unison but Purpose Blue Chip held on over Don by a length, a fast closing On The Ropes (Svanstedt) finished 3rd. The son of Chapter Seven notched his 3rd win of the season for owners Daley, Crawford and Lombardo. A happy Dan Daley said in the winner's circle "I put the trotting hobbles on him a month ago to help steady him out and it really worked, he can really trot the turns fast now" Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 in Excelsior B ranks. In the second division worth $39,200, 14-1 Lindsey's Pride and Marcus Miller cut the early fractions without any pressure in 29, 59.1, the 1-9 favorite The Veteran was the first to start the outer flow at the half followed by Winning Shadow. Lindsey's Pride still had the lead at the ¾ pole in 1:28.1 but The Veteran was gaining even but the effort soon stalled near the paddock turn., Winning Shadow who followed live cover fanned out in the lane and passed The Veteran to win in 1:57.4 by a diminishing length. Winning Shadow picked up his 3rd win of the year for owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva. The son of Credit Winner is trained by Jake Huff and was driven to victory by Mike Simons. Not respected by the betting public, Winning Shadow paid $27.80 to win, the 2-5 exacta was worth $58.50 The Veteran was second and Cruising In Style was third. The early trt setter Lindsey's Pride faded to 5th. In the 3rd and final division of Sire Stakes ($39,200) starting from post 5 Clive Bigsby and Scott Zeron lead at every stanza 28.3,58.0,1:27.2 with the heavy favorite Chasin Dreams sitting the pocket. Perlucky and Trond Smedshammer were content stalking the leaders in 4th. At the ¾ pole Perlucky was the first to move, the son of Lucky Chucky tried to pull up passing the paddock draw gate, Smedshammer barked at his mount to pay attention and he quickly responded and trotted home strong to win in a tight 3 horse photo in 1:57.2 over Clive Bigsby and Chasin Dreams. It was the first seasonal win for Perlucky and his owner Purple Haze Stable LLC of Fairport NY. Excelsior A The 2-5 favorite, Lunar Credit and Scott Zeron beat up the Excelsior A bunch again and picked up his 5th consecutive win for trainer George Ducharme in 1:59.1, the son of Credit Winner is owned by Little E, Geiger, Stolz and Living The Dream Racing. Im the Muscle was second, followed by Massamillion. Seven Iron ($8.50) lead from start to finish to win by 3 lengths in 1:57.4 for driver Jason Bartlett, recent Hall of Fame nominee Linda Toscano trains the son of Chapter Seven for owner Ken Jacobs. Troller (Marcus Miller) also scored a wire to wire win in 1:58, trotting the fastest last quarter of the afternoon in 28.3 for trainer Paul Kelly for his third win in a row. Excelsior B Pappagiorgio (Muscle Mass) and Dan Cappello scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1 for his 4th seasonal win. Babylons Bridge (Credit Winner) completed the Dan Daley daily double, scoring in the second half of the early Daily Double in 2:01.3 Blue Chip Farms, Credit Winner led all Sires with 3 winning sons. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 3, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night , with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $156,900 Hugh Grant Trot for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions-worth $38,700, $39,400, $39,400 and $39,400, respectively-comprised the event. The opening division saw a sire stakes-repeating Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.30) grind Liquorstoreblues (Jason Bartlett) into submission early in the lane. From post position No. 3, she edged away by a couple of lengths (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.4, life-best 1:59.4). Hot Chapter (Andy Miller) extricated herself from the pocket to get second, with Liquorstoreblues fading to third. Somermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) was fourth, as the other two ladies misbehaved early. For Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, she's now won both of her career starts. The exacta paid $7.50, the triple retuned $16 and the superfecta paid $41.80. "She is really good, gets around a half perfectly and does everything right," Smedshammer said, adding Winndevie is only statebred-staked this season. The evening's second grouping had favored Safe Word (Jeff Gregory, $5.20) barely last on the lead (:30.1, 1:01.3, 1:31.3, maiden-breaking 2:00.4). From post No. 3, she held sway by a diminishing head. With Out a Doubt (Miller) sat a loose pocket, moved inside and missed. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) was third, with Exotic Diamond (George Brennan) fifth-placed-fourth after another's lane transgression. For Safe Word, a Credit Winner miss co-owned by her driver/trainer, William Richardson, Martin Garey & Henry Wieseneck, it was first win in a pair of career tries. The exacta paid $49, the triple retuned $214.50 and the superfecta paid $340.50. "I really like her,' Gregory said. "She's getting better every week." The evening's third get-together saw four of the seven lasses blow up in the first turn. The two wagering choices were unscathed, however, as Quincy Blue Chip (Brian Sears, $4.30) went the distance (:31.2, 1:02.1, 1:32.2, first purse-start 2:01). From post No. 5, she worked around Sensibility (Zeron), then whipped her by a length-and-a-half. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick), one of early jumpers, recovered well to challenge first-up. She did tire to third, however, with Pittstop Beki (Daley) fourth. For Quincy Blue Chip, a homebred daughter of Chapter Seven owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her aforementioned initial race for money. The exacta paid $12.80, the triple retuned $43.40 and the superfecta paid $399.50. The evening's final foray, another one dotted with dancers, authored the lone surprise. It was 19-1 Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris, $40.20) finished what she started (:29.4, :58.1, 1:28.4, 1:58.1) in a night's fastest/first career win. From post No. 6, she left around 2-5 choice Amal Hall (Miller), then rebuffed her early advances. Conway Kellyanne defeated Amal Hall by three-quarters of a length. Water Lily Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) was third, with It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) fourth. For fourth choice Conway Kellyanne, a daughter of (who else?) Conway Hall trained by her driver for co-owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing, she's now for a couple this season. The exacta paid $75, the triple retuned $325.50 and the superfecta paid $1,320. "We made some changes and closed her up a bit," Norris said. "A very nice filly." The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Friday's (July 3rd) $162,000 Clyde Hirt Pace (2-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

WASHINGTON, PA, June 19, 2018 -- Chapter Too, who had been plying her trade at Eastern tracks, made her debut at The Meadows a successful one with a front-end victory in Friday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Chapter Too zipped to the lead from post 2 for Dan Rawlings and showed she meant business when she wouldn't release early challengers Glidinthruparadise, who broke stride, and Expose Yourself. The 4-year-old daughter of Chapter Seven-Wood Blue Chip had little trouble holding off the late bid of the pocket-sitting You're Majestic to down her by a length in 1:54.1, matching her career best. Ready Any Time, the 1-1 favorite, finished third. Jenny Melander trains Chapter Too, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $230,123, for Belmar Racing & Breeding. Mike Wilder collected four wins on the 13-race card. Saturday's program at The Meadows features two rich total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13). First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) adds the Tioga Downs 3-year-old trotting track record to her resume as she was impressive going gate-to-wire in the second division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) to win in 1:52.1. Scott Zeron swept the three divisions of the NYSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies. All three races ran for a purse of $40,600. Harness racing driver Zeron had six wins total on the day. In the second division of the NYSS Atlanta ($2.10) charged out of the seventh post position and as expected Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) followed in the pocket. Atlanta hit every pole first (:27.4, :57.0, 1:25.0, 1:52.1). Plunge Blue Chip came out of the pocket to make a run at Atlanta just before three-quarters. Atlanta could feel the pressure and turned it up a notch. Once she hit the stretch nobody was going to catch her. She now holds the track record for all 3-year-old trotters at Tioga, winning in 1:52.1. Plunge Blue Chip easily finished second. Lima Novelty (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished a distant third. Trained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Bradley Grant, the 3-year-old by Chapter Seven is now four for four as a sophomore filly. It was her eighth career win. Tribute To Seven (Scott Zeron) uses a late run to win the first division of the NYSS. The favorite Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) went to the front and laid down all the early fractions (:28.4, :59.0, 1:27.1). Tribute To Seven ($9.50) went first over before the three quarter mark. Owned by Richard Gutnick and trained by Linda Toscano, she would battle second place finisher Lucky Ava, all the way down the stretch winning by a neck in 1:55.2. Getting third money was Perfect Summer K (Jason Bartlett). Tribute To Seven is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She picked up her third win of the season and career. Repentance (Scott Zeron) zoomed by in the stretch to capture the third division of the NYSS. Fury Road (Ake Svanstedt) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :58.3, 1:26.3). Repentance ($7.10) was second over around the final turn and used a sweeping three wide move in the stretch to win going away in 1:55.3. Golden Muscle (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second with Fury Road holding on for third place. Repentance is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Linda Toscano, she won for the second time this season and the third time in her career. Zeron also had wins with A Gift For You ($2.80), Ithinkthatsmine ($18.00), and Mikado Blue Chip $14.60. Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Harness Horse Breeders' of NYS joined together once again to host its Annual "Scholarship Race" for high school seniors. Paxton Jobson of Newark Valley and driver Jim Meittinis finished first with Prairie Midnight. Angel Keppler of Owego and driver Tony Dinges finished second with Stick With Cramer. Sarah Kasson of Vestal and driver Lou Ginesi finished third with College Major. Finishing fourth was Joshua Dolphin of Union Endicott and driver John Hallet with Jessica's Pride. Audra Jaye of Tioga Central and driver Vern Smith finished fifth with Candadian Chrome. All five students received a $1,700 scholarship. Before racing Tioga Downs honored horsemen that passed away over the winter and spring. Honored were Jim Perry, Dennis Payne, Paul Bernardo, Joe Juckas, Fred Cohen and Fred Monteleone. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 29) with a post time of 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                      

The last time Atlanta competed in a parimutuel race, the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven won the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) Final (238,6130) at Vernon Downs on May 28th. She not only won the race but set the overall track record with a time of 1:50.3. She returns to action on Sunday (June 24) at Tioga Downs in the second of three divisions in a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS). All three divisions will race for a purse of ($40,600). Atlanta driven by Scott Zeron, is the overwhelming morning line favorite in the second division at 4-5. Trained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Bradley Grant, the filly is three for three in 2018. She has seven career victories. The main rivals in the second division is the entry of Ciao Dolce (Jason Bartlett) and Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt). They are both trained by Svanstedt and are the morning line second choice at 3-1. Ciao Dolce is a 3-year-old filly by Credit WInner. Owned by Kjell Anderson, she has won her last two races. Both victories were NYSS wins. Plunge Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass. Owned by Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., and Tomas Andersson, she is two for three in 2018. Her only loss this season was a second place finish against Atlanta in the EBC Final. She has won 11 times in 13 starts in her career. In the first division of the NYSS, Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) is the morning line 2-1 favorite. Owned by Svanstedt (trainer), Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting, she is four for five as a sophomore. The 3-year-old filly by Lucky Chucky has captured three legs of the NYSS already this season. The second morning line choice is Tribute To Seven (Scott Zeron). Trained by Linda Toscano for owner Richard Gutnick, the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven is two for six in 2018, including winning a leg of the NYSS. In the final division of the NYSS to be run on Sunday the morning line choice at 3-1 is Fury Road (Ake Svandstedt). Trained by Svanstedt for owner Knutson Trotting Inc., the 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass has won two legs in the NYSS already this season. She has five wins and five seconds in her racing career. The second choice in the third division at 7-2 is the Chapter Seven filly, Repentance (Scott Zeron). She is owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Linda Toscano. She is one for three in her sophomore season. She was fifth in the EBC Final. The 15 race card for Sunday (June 24) at Tioga Downs is set to start at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick) won the first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing trotting colts and geldings ($39,900) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 15) and in doing so he set the track record for 3-year-old colts with a time of 1:52.2. It was one of the three divisions of NYSS that raced Friday. Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) made his 3-year-old debut. He would lead to a first quarter in :27.0. He would work hard getting the lead. He led them to the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Helpisontheway ($5.00) sat back patiently and would make his move in the stretch to blow right by to win in track record time and beat his personal best by two seconds. Fourth Dimension settled for second. Classichap (Trond Smedshammer) finished third. Helpisontheway is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Trained by Linda Toscano for owners Camelot Stable Inc., The Bay's Stable LLC., and Little E LLC. It was his second win in 2018 and career win number three. The second division of the NYSS ($40,600) went to Voss Volo (Corey Callahan). Yuge (Scott Zeron) led the pack into a first quarter of :27.2. Cruising In Style (Anthony MacDonald) took over and led to a half in :56.3. Voss Volo ($9.50) went to work in the back stretch rushing by to take over before hitting three-quarters in 1:24.4. Owned by Pinske Stables and William Wiswell, while trained by John Butenschoen. He would just cruise in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. On The Ropes (Ake Svanstedt) came up to finish second. Sevon Iron (Tim Tetrick) was third. Voss Volo is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner). He won for the first time this year and secured career win number two. The Veteran (Tim Tetrick) easily won the third division of the NYSS ($39,600). The Veteran ($3.00) went gate-to-wire putting up all the numbers (:29.0, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:54.1). Owned by W. Donovan, S Michaels, J Winske and trainer George Ducharme, the colt never had an anxious moment. Southwind Chrome (Scott Zeron) was second best. Fashion Forever (Corey Callahan) finished third. The Veteran is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his third win of the season and it was career victory number five. Tioga Downs returns to live action with a 13 race card on Saturday (6-16) starting at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs      

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