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Winter Mint (Credit Winner) was the fastest among the winners of the $11,000 co-features at Saratoga Casino Hotel on the Thursday afternoon program. The Perry Simser trainee was the public's 1-2 betting favorite in his division of the three co-features for New York sired trotters. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Winter Mint and kept that one close to the action early on before cutting him loose first over. The four year old trotted away to prevail in 1:58.2, the fastest win time of the three co-features. Winter Mint's victory was the second in his last four starts and second of the season. While Winter Mint was a big favorite on Thursday, Lasa Dida Lady (Deweycheatumnhowe) was a big longshot when she went last to first to pull off the upset at 21-1. John Stark Jr. trains and drives Lasa Dida Lady who swooped the group, taking advantage of some traffic trouble for the race's favorite en route to recording her eighth win of the season. She stopped the timer in 2:00.2 in the Thursday co-feature score. Stark had the runners-up in the other two $11,000 trotting events on the card with his Miss Muscle and Jeter's Way finishing second-best. Cherry Peep (Conway Hall) parlayed her pocket ride to victory in the final of three co-features on the day as the Amy Dowd trainee sat patiently throughout before pouncing in the stretch and stopping the timer in 1:59.1 with Jay Randall in the sulky. Cherry Peep's win was her first in three starts since moving to the Dowd stable. She bested Jeter's Way en route to her fifth victory of 2018. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Driver Jimmy Devaux picked up right where he left off on Sunday afternoon when he piloted three winners on Thursday's card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Devaux, who won five races on Sunday's matinee, completed a Thursday hat trick in the co-feature while piloting Credit List (Credit Winner). The Dave Dewhurst-trained trotter scored in leg two of the recently concluded Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series as he went coast-to-coast with Devaux in the sulky. In that start, Credit List sprung the upset when dismissed at odds of 10-1. In Thursday's $10,000 co-feature for New York sired trotters, the sophomore high-stepper was the public's betting favorite. Backed to the tune of even money, Credit List never had an anxious moment en route to victory in 1:59.2. Devaux, who piloted three winners on Thursday and now has eight victories in the last two race cards at the Spa, currently sits in second-place in the local driver standings and has closed the gap between he and leading reinsman Billy Dobson in recent weeks. The other co-feature was won on Thursday by All Night Credit (Credit Winner) who bumped his career earnings to over the $100,000 mark with a victory that saw him go wire-to-wire in 2:00 for trainer Alicia Gray and driver Shawn Gray. Live racing continues on Friday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Sunday's matinee program featured the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series harnes racing final at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The $38,200 Final was contested by eight trotters who earned points while competing in the two legs of the series on the previous two Sunday afternoons. With no horse winning both legs of the series, the Final appeared wide open. In fact, the race's favorite Missus Mia Wallace (Credit Winner) was in by draw as she was one of several trotters who were tied in points heading into the Final. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Missus Mia Wallace to a leg two victory for trainer Homer Hochstetler and the three year old filly was the 2-5 betting favorite on Sunday as she looked to score in the Final. Cruising out to an easy lead, Missus Mia Wallace coasted through a first half in 59 seconds and remained relatively unopposed until the top of the stretch. The pocket-sitting Notmeitsyou (Phil Fluet) was the runner-up in both legs of the series leading into Sunday's Final and popped the two-hole with authority while trying to reel in the leader. Missus Mia Wallace, though, would not be denied as she prevailed in 1:58.4 on a chilly autumn afternoon in Saratoga. Notmeitsyou wound up second-best for the fourth consecutive start while leg two winner Minne Cheatum (Jimmy Devaux) had to settle for the show spot. Missus Mia Wallace becomes the sixth winner of the Jim Derue Memorial Trotting Series which began back in 2013, joining the list of previous winners that consists of Jelectric, The Lindy Treaty, Showmeyourguns, Aberforth and Dressed To Impress. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time of 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway 

Crapaud, PE - The 2018 edition of the Atlantic Classic was held Friday (October 5) at the Crapaud Exhibition Grounds and the harness racing yearling sale was another record-setting day. The sale topper was a Credit Winner colt purchased by Donna Van Meer of Ontario for $ 26,000. This was an Atlantic record for a Trotter. This handsome colt was consigned by Meridian Farms of Milton PEI. The top selling Pacer was a Malicious colt purchased by Peter Smith of Stratford, PEI for $ 24, 500. This colt was consigned by Allan McNeil of Windsor , Nova Scotia. The top selling Pacing filly was also purchased by Peter Smith for $18,500 , and was consigned by Blair Campbell of North Wiltshire, PEI. "The trot prices reflected the tremendous support of the regional trot stakes program by Meridian Farms," stated Sale Manager Wayne Pike. "The top selling Trot filly was Dusty Lane Manney selling for $8,000 to AL McNeil of Nova Scotia . The consignor was Ronnie and Dianne Gass of Dusty Lane Farms of Cornwall PEI". For complete results go to www.peiharnessracing.com. From Lee Drake for the Atlantic Classic Sale    

There were eight Finals of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series contested on the Sunday harness racing matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two trainers each won two of the Finals that went for purses of $55,000. Chris Oakes emerged victorious in two of the afternoon's co-features as his trainees prevailed in the Excelsior Final for three year old pacing fillies and two year old pacing colts. Oakes' Special Kay Deo (American Ideal) drew the rail and the sophomore filly was piloted by Tyler Buter. Special Kay Deo pulled off the mild upset when she parlayed her pocket ride to victory in 1:53.2, the fastest clocking for any of Sunday's Excelsior winners. Oakes' Cal (American Ideal) also sat the pocket before prevailing on Sunday as the two year old gelding scored in 1:54.3 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. Erv Miller trained two of the Excelsior Final winners as his Michando (Muscle Mass) pulled off the matinee's biggest upset. Marcus Miller piloted the three year old trotting filly who was dismissed at odds of 39-1. Michando was yet another to spring the pocket en route to a Sunday Excelsior score, stopping the timer in 1:57.1. Miller's Heavens Challenge (Rock N Roll Heaven) scored the win in the two year old filly pace Final as Jim Morrill Jr. sat behind the freshman as she prevailed in 1:54.4 while upsetting at odds of 9-1. Maureen Salino's Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the two year old filly trot Final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the two year old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears. The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4. The three year old colt and gelding trot went the way of Nows The Moment (Credit Winner) who overcame a slow start before scoring in 1:57 with Shane Taggart in the sulky. The Allison Mac Donald trainee's win was his seventh on the season. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Batavia, NY --- The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 28) and ended up making a big impression on the track's record book. In the first $58,000 division, Winning Shadow (Credit WInner-Sheena's Shadow) came into the race off a new lifetime mark taken at the Poconos last week and at the end of the day not only bested that, he also broke two long standing Batavia Downs track records. Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) went right for the lead and held it mostly uncontested for the rest of the mile. Simons cut some lively fractions going to the quarter in :27.2, the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3 at which point it was clear a track record was well in reach. At that last station the pocket-sitting Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett) started to pull and take his best shot at the leader. Coming with him second-over was Cruising In Style (Jim Morrill Jr.) who quickly found himself three-deep leaving Voss Volo (Andy Miller) on the pylons behind the leader. Heading into the lane, these horses were three across the track, trying to advance behind Winning Shadow. But Simons was line-driving down the lane and Winning Shadow crossed the wire with authority by a length in 1:53.4. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Winning Shadow, a new track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings and a new all-time track trotting record breaking the previous standard of 1:54.3 set by Archangel in 2012 and tied by his son, Top Flight Angel in 2017. "Coming into the race I was very confident, but scoring down he was a little more aggressive than he usually is and I was a little worried about that. But he handled himself well; he's maturing fast. He had plenty left, he just keeps getting better and Jake (Huff) has done a great job with him" said Simons after the race. Winning Shadow ($10.80) is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable, is trained by Jake Huff and was bred by James Wilhite Jr. A lightning storm rolled in just before the second $58,000 split, but it didn't detract from the performance of I'm The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) who was the easiest of winners after moving into NYSS action for the first time from the Excelsior "A" ranks. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer) was quickest off the gate but that lead was not held for long. I'm The Muscle (Jason Bartlett) who had gotten away fourth, was out and rolling past the three-eighths and took command in front of the stands by the half. Under a tight hold by Bartlett, I'm The Muscle opened up a three-length advantage that he maintained up the backstretch and around the far turn. Heading into the stretch, Bartlett was just a passenger as I'm The Muscle rambled off to a four length lead and won for fun in 1:55.2, which tied his lifetime mark set just last week. I'm The Muscle ($2.60) scored his fifth consecutive win and the first of his career in NYSS action. Owned by Rheau Viau and trained by Rene Allard, I'm The Muscle was bred by Blair and Erna Corbiel. There were also two Excelsior "A" races on the card. Troller (Muscle Mass-Pearls Last Chance) went gate to wire in 1:57. Troller ($4.30) was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for owner/trainer Paul Kelley and was bred by Bonnie Woodward. And Crime Fighter (Chapter Seven-Southwind Cocoa) closed late and just got up to win in 1:58.1. Crime FIghter ($6.60) is owned by Richard Gutnik, William Augustine, Joseph Lozito Jr. and T L P Stables. Gutnik and Augustine bred the winner. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- The sixth of eight stops by the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs this year occurs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 29) when 10 top Empire State-bred 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will compete in two divisions for the $116,000 of prize money available for distribution. The NYSS events go as race one and seven. There are also two Excelsior "A" contests that go in race two and five. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. The first $58,000 division is a wide open affair with little separating the field. Cruising In Style (Muscle Mass-Sos Respect) has yet to win a NYSS race but has raced well in other events this year. He has a win at Yonkers in 1:55.1 (which is his lifetime mark) in June and finished a respectable fourth at the Meadowlands in the $50,000 Drazin Stake on Hambo day in 1:51.4 after cutting the mile. He is the top money winner in this division and should be able to leave in here, should they so desire. Jim Morrill Jr. is up for the second straight start for trainer Andrew Harris and has been made the morning line favorite at 2-1 from post five. Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass-Northern Flare) finally draws inside after eight straight weeks of outside posts, On The Ropes (Chapter Seven-Rs Giggles) looks to improve off three straight third place finishes in NYSS action and Voss Volo (Credit Winner-Silver Springs) has the fastest seasonal mark of these but looks to get back the consistency he displayed earlier this year. The second $58,000 split has I'm The Muscle (Muscle Mass-Lady Bling) listed as the 9-5 favorite and he comes in streaking. I'm The Muscle started the year racing overnights at Rideau Carlton before transferring to the stable of Rene Allard in mid-July. Since then he has won four straight races including two Excel "A" events before taking a lifetime mark of 1:55.2 at Yonkers in his last outing. However this will be the first time this gelding has faced the top level NYSS competition, but he still figures to be a formidable foe. Jason Bartlett is in town to drive and will start from post one. Don (Credit Winner-Angostura) has earned $116,466 this year on the strength of two NYSS victories but has also finished second in the $133,800 Dexter Cup final and the Empire Breeders Cup consolation. Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl) hasn't missed a check all year before getting parked out in his last start, fading late and Purpose Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Munis Blue Chip) has two NYSS wins this year and seems versatile enough to leave or sit. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Buff (Credit Winner) cruised to victory in the Tuesday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Jackie Greene trainee went wire-to-wire in the $14,500 Open Trot. Buff won back to back Opens in July and after not factoring in his two most recent starts was offensive minded in the early going on Tuesday, powering out to the lead in a 27.1 first quarter. The five year old never got much of a breather, trotting a half in 56.2 before checking in at three quarters in 1:25.2. Never facing a serious challenge, Buff had plenty left for the stretch run and drew away late before stopping the timer in 1:54.3. The win time not only served as a seasonal mark for Buff but matched the fastest time for any trotter this season at Saratoga. Previously, Tropical Storm Bi and New York Sire Stakes star The Veteran recorded victories in 1:54.3. Buff, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, was the 4-5 public choice on Tuesday night as he registered his third win of the season in the local Open and eighth overall. Longshot Dragin The Wagon (Phil Fluet) sat the pocket in the feature and finished second while Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) came from last to earn the show spot. Buff won ten races in 2017 and is on pace to have an even bigger campaign in '18 for trainer Jackie Greene who currently sits fourth in the local trainer standings. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga 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  

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) easily wins the the Vernon Downs featured trot ($5,500) on Thursday (July 26). It's Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to a first quarter in :28.1. First Call ($6.20) who is trained by Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, went first over from third and blew right by and controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1, 1:55.0). Its Chocolate Time finished second with Deaks Sweetie Pie (Adam Capizzano) getting third money. First Call is a 3-year-old filly by credit winner. She won for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in her career. Pinky The Intern (Leon Cable) Is victorious in the Vernon Amateur Driver Club race ($3,500). Famous C (Vladimir Melnichenko) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:28.2) Pinky The Intern ($3.70) followed in the pocket all the way until just after three-quarters. Owned by Anthony Chiniara and trained by Cable, she popped out of the pocket and flew right by to win in 1:58.1. Son of Liberty (Homer Hochstetler) was a distant second with Little Big Rigs (Tony Ciuffeltelli) finishing third. Pinky The Intern is a 6-year-old mare by Pilgrims Taj. It was her second straight win and her 14th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 28) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday due to Wynonna and the Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

CHESTER, PA - Bill's Man, who equaled a divisional track record the last time he raced at Harrah's Philadelphia - though the record only lasted three days - came back to the southeast Pennsylvania oval Thursday and won the $18,000 trotting feature in 1:53.1. The victorious four-year-old Credit Winner entire had to go uncovered from entering the second turn against tough foe Moonshiner Hanover, who put up early fractions of 27.1 and 56.2. Bill's Man had joined him before the 1:24.3 ¾ and the two were in a virtual "match race" most of the last quarter, with Bill's Man edging clear by a length for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and the ownership of Crawford Farms Racing, M And L Of Delaware LLC, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. The last time Bill's Man raced here, he won in 1:52.1, equaling the Philly standard previously set by two pretty good trotters named Chapter Seven and Father Patrick. That was on a Thursday; that Sunday Guardian Angel AS further reduced the mark to 1:52 (and himself has since come back to reduce his own Phl standard to 1:50.4). But they don't pay anything extra for records, and Bill's Man has won $662,074 for his owning triumvirate. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Chili (Credit Winner) lit up the board on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Gary Levine trainee pulled off an upset paying $92.50 in the harness racing trotting feature. Chili was just one week removed from being the even-money favorite in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters on Wednesday when he was dismissed at odds of 45-1. Driver Brett Crawford moved Chili out to the early lead before yielding to rival All Night Credit (Shawn Gray). Chili closed up the inside in the stretch and got by to win in 1:58.2 for his first victory of the year as the longest shot on the board in the feature. All Night Credit was disqualified after causing interference in the stretch and was subsequently placed fourth. Mind Your Manners (Mickey Mc Givern) wound up earning the place spot while the favorite Amazing Sevens (Frank Coppola Jr) came up third best. Chili provided his trainer Gary Levine the first half of back to back wins on the card as his Miss Neala Ridge (Billy Dobson) pulled off a mild upset in her non-winners of two lifetime trot. Live racing continues on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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

Buff (Credit Winner) recorded his first Open Trot score of the season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon as the Jackie Greene trainee outtrotted the favorite home in the final eighth of a mile. The Open field was reduced to five horses after a pair of scratches and when one rival broke at the start, Buff wound up in the pocket spot in the early going. The race's front-runner Crazycat (Bruce Aldrich Jr) was tested by the favored Cash Me Out (Billy Dobson) who moved first over on the leader before overpowering him past three quarters that went in 1:25.3 in the $14,500 feature. Cash Me Out took over the lead turning for home but Buff came roaring out of the pocket and trotted right past the favorite before stopping the timer in 1:55.1 to record his first victory in the local Open Trot this season. Buff, who was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr, paid $15.80 to win while pulling off the Sunday upset while Cash Me Out had to settle for second place this week. On Thunder Road N (Wally Hennessey) came on to earn the show spot. The exacta with Buff over the favored Cash Me Out returned $41.00. Live racing resumes on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee that begins at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 15, 2018-Such an Angel (Brian Sears, $14.60) did it quite well Sunday afternoon (July 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, the first of four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away third from post position No. 5, Such an Angel saw lass Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett) serve as the 28-second opening act before yielding to a wide-early In Secret (George Brennan). The one's lead in the polls continued through a :57.2 half before Such an Angel moved with purpose. The challenger took over right by the 1:27 three-quarters, then opened up some overcast daylight. While this was transpiring, an out-every-step Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron), as the 1-2 favorite, continued to advance from his eight-hole impost. However, he found himself with too much work to do as Such an Angel-after a 1:55 milepost- widened to 3¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. The leader finished it off in a good-track 2:24.2...matching the distance record for a 4-year-old gelding (Hemi Seelster). Marion Marauder trimmed the final margin by a length-and-a-quarter while easily second. In Secret, Mostinterestingman (Steve Smith) and Charmed Life (Mark MacDonald) grabbed the minors. For third choice Such an Angel, a previously-mentioned 4-year-old (statebred Credit Winner) gelding owned by Sam Caruso Jr. and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.80, the triple returned $113.50 and the superfecta paid $714. Sunday's final seasonal Belmont rendition of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-Hay Field (Belmont's 3rd race) and 2-Beach Memories (Yonkers' 10th race) returned $20.20 (hindsight?) for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,673. The next Sunday matinee is July 22nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It was another harness racing day at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) and there was another track record broken as Amal Hall ($3.20) did the honors this time with a hard-fought neck victory in her $36,000 (approx.) division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the 2-year-old filly trotters.   Amal Hall (Andy Miller) went the mile in 1:59.0, blowing away the previous mark of 2:00.0 set last season by Plunge Blue Chip. It was the tenth track record either broke or tied at Buffalo Raceway in 2018.   Miller swept the NYSS early daily double as he guided With Out A Doubt ($3.70) to the win in 2:00.4 while Safe Word ($5.10) captured the final bracket with a 4-3/4 length decision in 2:01.0 with Jeff Gregory in the bike.   In the opener, Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the pace while Sensibility (Scott Zeron) and Amal Hall tucked into second and third respectively. Approaching the three-quarter marker, Miller tipped Amal Hall first over and began to chip into the lead turning for home.   Eventually, Amal Hall wore down the pace-setting Quincy Blue Chip and managed to stick a neck in front at the wire for the win. Sensibility took the show position.   "When I pulled her out, she kept going faster and faster," Miller said of Amal Hall. "I am happy with her performance. She's a nice filly."   Co-owned by the Andy Miller Stable, the Getty Stable and the Dumain Haven Farm, Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) is trained by Julie Miller. The win was the second in three tries this season for Amal Hall who pushed her earnings to $47,058.   Miller made it two straight as he used the passing lane to give With Out A Doubt a three-quarter length score over Gobi Princess (Zeron) and Exotic Diamond (Morrill Jr.).   Summermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) set the tempo with splits of :30.0, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2 but was under siege as the field turned for home. With Out A Doubt dropped to the 'lightning lane' and was the quickest in the dash to the wire.   Co-owned by Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy and James Moran, With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) is trained by Erv Miller. The win was the first in three attempts for With Out A Doubt, now a winner of $29,140.   The final division was a stroll for Safe Word as she went right to the lead and never looked back in posting a solid 4-3/4 length triumph over Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.). It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) took the show position.   Safe Word posted splits of :30.3, 1:01.4 and 1:32.0 and had no threats in cruising to the finish line.   Owned by driver/trainer Gregory, William Richardson, Martin Garey and Henry Wieseneck, Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) has now posted two wins in three starts, earning $44,321.   Miller finished the night with three wins as he drove Song Chapter ($5.00) to a victory in a $15,000 division of the Excelsior A Series with a mile of 2:04.0. Barn Tease ($5.10) took the other leg as Claude Huckabone Jr. steered her to the decision in 2:03.2.   In the $6,600 Excelsior B events, Ms O'Reilly ($12.60) took her race for Gregory with a 2:04.4 mark while Morganslovin Dream (Daley) trotted the mile in 2:04.2 and returned $5.10 in the victory.   Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race program scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

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