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LEXINGTON, KY--After finishing second in the first heat to Plunge Blue Chip in a world-record equaling mile, Hambletonian winner Atlanta took command early and drew clear of her competition to take the $224,000 second heat of the 53rd Kentucky Filly Futurity, sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farms, in 1:51.1. Plunge Blue Chip, the Ake Svanstedt-trained Muscle Mass filly, bested Atlanta in the first heat of the Filly Futurity, sprinting to victory at the wire to equal her 1:49.4 world record. Atlanta, setting the first quarter in :28.2, yielded the lead to Manchego, leaving from post eight, and sat as she sped to the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Driver Scott Zeron angled Atlanta out of the pocket into the stretch and overtook Manchego with ease but could not withstand Plunge Blue Chip's three-wide stretch bid through the wire, settling for second. Manchego, faltering in third, scratched out of the final while Piranha Fury and Top Expectations advanced. Plunge Blue Chip, a $7.40 winner, races for Ake Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Tomas Andersson and Rick Zeron Stables. She won her 16th race from 22 starts, earning $913,791. Following the second-place effort, trainer Rick Zeron decided, despite hesitation, to pull Atlanta's shoes. "Everybody I noticed today was pulling shoes and I didn't want to pull the shoes and race her two heats. So I said to Scott 'If you can get us through the first heat and get into the final I'll pull the shoes off her.' [Trainer] George Ducharme came by and gave me a perfect set of bell boots for her because we didn't have any." Scott Zeron sent the Chapter Seven filly for the lead in the final while Plunge Blue Chip tucked into the pocket ahead of Lily Stride trotting into third. By the quarter in :28.2, Atlanta faced no pressure and rated to the half in :56.1. Plunge Blue Chip continued to track from the pocket. Atlanta's lead opened rounding the final turn as Plunge Blue Chip hit a wall and faded at the pylons, forcing the backfield wide. Seviyorum, pulling first over past the half, rushed into second with about a three-length deficit past the 1:24.3 third-quarter and continued to gain ground chasing through the stretch. Atlanta remained strong on the lead and hit the wire a length in front of Seviyorum at the wire. Nixie Volo closed for third and Top Expectations took fourth. "[Pulling the shoes] worked out so well," Rick Zeron said after the race, "and when Scott called on her around the last turn, I was in the paddock. Gone." "For him, it was a big move to make," Scott Zeron said. "But he was confident talking over it with me and we put some bell boots on her--I really think that helped her just that little bit more." Winning her seventh race from 11 starts this year and her 11th from 21 overall, Atlanta surpassed $1 million in earnings for owner-trainer Rick Zeron along with partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. She paid $4.20 to win. The other elimination for the Filly Futurity went to Lily Stride in a 1:50.2 lifetime-best performance. Courtney Hanover cleared to the cones moving into the first turn as Supergirl Riley moved into second and Nixie Volo wide from third. Supergirl Riley edged off the rail and forced Nixie Volo three wide heading to the quarter, timed in :27.4, and snagged the pocket once Nixie Volo took the top. Lily Stride, sitting fourth, stalked the early shuffle and angled first over into a :55.3 half. Nixie Volo endured first-over pressure from Lily Stride passing three-quarters as the two trotted in tandem to the 1:23.3 station before Lily Stride powered to the lead. Pat Matters, from second over, kicked off cover and chased Lily Stride to the wire, cutting into her margin but finishing a neck away in second at the wire. Seviyorum, veering to an opening at the pylons, closed for third ahead of Nixie Volo holding off Supergirl Riley, who also scratched from the final, in a photo for fourth. Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati and trained by Mark Harder, Lily Stride won her second race from 13 starts this season and her sixth from 26 overall, earning $445,608. Tim Tetrick drove the Muscle Hill filly and returned $7.40 to win. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile        

Woodside Charm (Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover-Muscles Yankee) shattered the harness racing world record for two year old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. Drawing the rail in the $81,750 New York Sire Stakes event, Woodside Charm brought a three-for-three lifetime record into the start. Bet down as the race's 1-5 favorite, the freshman filly played catch me if you can with trainer Verlin Yoder in the sulky. The sensational filly clicked off a first quarter of 27.3 and half in 55.2 and showed no signs of letting up trotting past three quarters in 1:24.1. The previous track record for two year old fillies of 1:57.2 was all but a memory at that point but what the timer said at the conclusion of the wire to wire victory was almost too unbelievable to fathom. Woodside Charm scored in 1:53.4, the third fastest mile in track history for a trotter and a new world record mark for two year old fillies. The previous North American record on a half mile track was 1:55.2 for a freshman filly, a mark easily surpassed in the dazzling Thursday stakes victory by Woodside Charm. 1:53.4, an almost imaginable time for a two year old trotting filly, is now the time to beat for freshman highsteppers moving forward and what a daunting task that will be as Woodside Charm enters the history books en route to staying undefeated. Though her five-for-five record was broken in the record performance on Thursday, Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) was incredible in defeat, finishing second by only a little more than two lengths in the eye-popping, record-setting mile. The other division of the New York Sire Stakes for two year old trotting fillies went the way of Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse-Cantab Hall) who scored in 1:57.1, a time that heading into the day would have served as a new track record for freshman filly highsteppers. The Erv Miller-trained Quincy Blue Chip cruised out to the early lead for Jim Morrill Jr. and didn't face many anxious moments before recording her fourth Sire Stakes win of the season besting Amal Hall (Andy Miller) who kept her streak of finishing first or second in every career start intact. Live racing continues on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Middletown, NY --- More than 1,000 prospective buyers gathered at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 9) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 116 available standardbred prospects up for sale at the fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania next year and the crowd reflected many connections from those racing jurisdictions. The total gross of the sale was just under $1.5 million with 66 colts and 50 fillies selling for an average price of $12,912. The sales topper was trotting colt (Hip 117) Unpaid Advisor (Chapter Seven-Pole Dancer) who was bred and consigned by Boxwood Farm. The successful $50,000 bid was made by Charles Colbrunn of Longwood, Florida. The highest priced pacer was the filly (Hip 20) Eye Popping (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) who was bred and consigned by Steve Jone's Cameo Hills Farm. The gavel dropped at $45,000 that was bid by Scott Di Domenico of Jamesburg, New Jersey. The top seller from the 25-horse Hanover Shoe Farm consignment was trotting filly (Hip 58) Demimonde Hanover (Sebastian K-Daddy's Lhasa) who went for $36,000 to Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, New York. This was the first yearling from the first crop of Sebastian K available for sale. Winbak Farm was well represented with 38 yearlings and sold the third highest priced prospect overall in the sale. Trotting colt (Hip 50) Bronze Yankee (Muscles Yankee-Brontease) brought $42,000 from Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, Ontario. Macintosh was also the successful bidder of Twinbrook Farm's top seller (Hip 37) Twin B Salsa (Art Major-Western Heat). The pacing filly commanded $26,000 when the bidding ceased. Blue Chip Farm's top money-getter from their 11 head consignment was the trotting filly (Hip 104) Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who was purchased by Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, Ontario for $31,000. "We had a beautiful day for this sale and it reflected in everyone's attitude as a large crowd of enthusiastic buyers were keeping our spotters busy all day," said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "The only hiccup that occurred was our internet service provider's lack of reliable service on Sunday that killed our live stream and delayed the posting of results; something that was totally out of our control." You can view the complete sales results in a searchable database by clicking this link. (http://goshenyearlingsale.com/results/index.cgi?Limit=200 ) By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale  

The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) takes the Tioga Downs featured trot ($10,000) on Saturday (September 3). BJ Lorado (Jim Mettinis) jumped out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :28.2. The Last Chapter ($4.10) went first-over from third and took the lead with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Ed Hart for owners Richard Gutnick, Joe Lozito Jr., and T L P Stable, he hit the half first in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. BJ Lorado would climb out of the pocket at the top of the stretch but didn't have any charge left. Second place finisher Vicki All (Corey Braden) found racing room late in the stretch but fell short as The Last Chapter won in 1:55.0. BJ Loarado settled for third. The Last Chapter is a 4-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was the sixth win of the season and his 10th career victory. Simons drives four winners on the night. His other wins came with Eldorado Of Gold S ($3.80), S J Better Days ($4.10), Stormont Dundas ($8.60). Gary Messenger and Mike Deters continue to battle it out for the trainer's wins title. Messenger is in first with 34 wins. Deters is second best just two behind with 32 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 19 trips to the winner's circle. Patti Harmon is fourth with 18 wins. Tony Dinges and Marc Major are tied for fifth with 15 victories. No live racing on Sunday (September 20) at Tioga Downs due to Michael Bolton concert. Live racing returns for a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 2). The 12 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2018 - Harness racing driver Trevor Henry was the star of the show in Thursday's two-year-old trotting series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Arthur, Ontario resident guided Royal Rob to a narrow victory in the $33,200 Define The World and Sette Deo in the $35,200 Pure Ivory. Royal Rob went off as the 2/5 favourite in the Define The World Series finale. The Bob McIntosh trainee did the heavy-lifting up front against four rivals and led into the stretch off a 1:28.1 three-quarter time. In the stretch, Smart As Hill angled from the two-hole and got up alongside the leader for an entertaining stretch battle. Royal Rob was able to hold off the challenger to prevail by a head in 1:56.4. Cesar Duharas finished third, while Clothier Hanover was fourth. A gelded son of Royalty For Life, Royal Rob came into the final with two wins in three starts. His only defeat came in last week's second leg after making an early break. "He's as good a colt as there is around," said Henry post-race. "If he stays as good as he was tonight, he'll have a chance." Royal Rob was bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., who co-own the rookie with Dave Boyle, Gordon Wright and Randy Liepa. The Royalty For Life gelding is currently the nation's fastest rookie trotter with a mark of 1:56.1 taken in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 31. A $2 win ticket on Royal Rob paid $2.80. Sette Deo stepped up at the right time to break her maiden in the Pure Ivory Series final. The Ben Baillargeon trainee and driver Henry, who was steering for the first time, came first up from third on the far turn and proceeded to march right by with a :28.4 final-quarter for a 1:57.4 score. Race-favourite Dark As A Pocket, who entered on a three-race win streak, made the front at the opening-quarter and led the fillies into the lane before making a break after surrendering the lead. Minor Obsession, who won the second leg, battled Sette Deo down the lane and crossed the wire second, beat three-quarters of a length. Confession Session finished third. A daughter of Chapter Seven, Sette Deo had hit the board only once in three starts entering Thursday's dash. The Baillargeon trainee finished third in the first leg and fifth in last week's second round. "She trained good all winter, but for some reason I'm just late with a few of these babies this year," said Baillargeon following the race. "Mario (Baillargeon) did a great job teaching her to go the last two times he drove her...tonight I told Trevor 'Lets race, we're going for some money, so make sure we race.'". Sette Deo is owned by Baillargeon, Claude Hamel and Nunzio & Santo Vena. She was a $42,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The Chapter Seven filly paid $11.50 to win. Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with this season's first meeting between star fillies Atlanta and Manchego headlining the action in the $136,000 Casual Breeze. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) remains unbeaten with a win in a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies, as Vernon Downs hosted two divisions on Thursday (August 23). Both divisions raced for a purse of $56,500. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morill Jr.) charged out to the early lead in the second division of NYSS. Woodside Charm ($2.60) went first-over and took control as they headed for the back stretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she led them to a half in :57.3. Leading by two lengths after they went to three-quarters in 1:26.3. She found another gear as they hit the top of the stretch, winning going away in a lifetime best time of 1:54.3. Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) came up to finish second. Quincy Blue Chip held on for third money. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She has yet to be tested in her young career. She has won all three of starts with ease. In the first division of the NYSS, Hanna Dreamgirl (Jim Morrill Jr) went right to the front hitting the first quarter in 27.4. Sensibility (Charlie Norris) followed in the pocket with Safe Word (Jeff Gregory) following in third. Hanna Dreamgirl, who is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, continued to control the race hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Sensibility popped the pocket and made her move but had to settle for second best as Hanna Dreamgirl cruised to the win in 1:57.1. Hot Chapter (Marcus Miller) was third. Hanna Dreamgirl is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Shipps Empress. She now has two wins, a second and five thirds in eight career starts. Linda Toscano had a training double on the night. Her other win came with Global Pageant ($5.00), who was driven by Scott Zeron. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 24) 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.

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          

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