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Batavia, NY --- After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap harness racing pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7). Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a very pedestrian :59.1, Driver Drew Monti tapped the gas and pulled the pocket with Down On My Luck, rocketing alongside and then past Cultural Paradise to take the lead at the three-quarters in 1:27.1. From there Down On My Luck strode out to a two length lead at the head of the stretch and won easily from there by 1-¾ lengths under the light in 1:55.1. It was the seventh win in only 10 starts at Batavia Downs and the 11th win of the year for Down On My Luck ($6.30) who is owned by Robert Woodburn and trained by Patrick Shepherd. The $11,000 Open II pace was an interesting affair after Brunello N (Drew Monti) and Lucky McTrucky (Dave McNeight III) battled for most of the second half of the mile and then paced side by side down to the wire where they stopped the clock simultaneously in 1:57.2, resulting in a dead heat. Brunello N ($2.30) got his third win of the year for owner Carl Monti and trainer Darrin Monti and Lucky McTrucky ($3.00) got his seventh win of 2019 for owner Tessa Roland and trainer JD Perrin. Monti ended up having a big night, scoring a Grand Slam Saturday. Besides the aforementioned Down On My Luck and Brunello N, Monti also won with Way To Go Fabio (2:00, $2.80) and Santana Beach (1:56.4, $21.40). Other horsemen having multiple successes during the evening included Denny Bucceri who scored the driving hat trick along with Jim McNeight Jr. and Renaldo Morales III who each had two driving wins. Trainers Jim McNeight and Steve Andzel also both sent out two stable members to victory. With no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Saturday, there is a $1,164 carryover and a $3,500 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 wager on Friday (Dec. 13) when racing resumes at Batavia Downs. The pool is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, there will be free program pages available on the USTA's website on Wednesday morning (Dec. 11). Post time for Friday (Dec. 13) is at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Sir Pugsley took full advantage of a rare inside post, a favorable trip and a failed favorite to light up the tote board in the $12,500 Open I Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Driver Drew Monti tucked Sir Pugsley in second behind last weeks winner Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) going to the quarter as the heavy favorite Crocketts Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum) failed to negotiated the first turn and made a break as a result. Stalbaum gathered his 1-9 shot back together and rushed up the rim to pull close to the leader and remained there for the rest of the mile. The top three horses continued to pace in that order -- Howmac Dancer on top, Sir Pugsley in the hole and Crocketts Cullen N on the outside -- to the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. When they rounded the last turn and headed into the stretch, Crocketts Cullen N faded just enough to allow Monti to extract Sir Pugsley off the pegs and he came out with a full head of steam and mowed down Howmac Dancer in deep stretch to win by a length in 1:55.2. It was the seventh win of the year and third of the meet at Batavia Downs for Sir Pugsley ($18.80) who has now earned $88,270 this year for owner Robert Woodburn. Patrick Shepherd trains the winner. In the co-featured $11,000 Open II Handicap, Rise Up Now (Shawn McDonough) tripped-out behind the front-running Brunello N (Drew Monti) for over 7/8th's of a mile before popping the deuce mid-stretch and brushing to the lead at the beam to win in 1:56.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Rise Up Now ($34.80) who is owned and trained by Steve Andzel. Driver Shawn McDonough continued his hot streak in the bike winning three more races on Saturday and he rewarded his backers with premium mutuels with all three. His longshots included Dark Horse ($44.60), the aforementioned Rise Up Now and Willey Bite ($26.40). In the last three nights McDonough has won seven races. Also on Saturday night drivers Ray Fisher Jr. and Renaldo Morales III each scored two wins. Trainers Ryan Swift, Joe Skowyra and Steve Andzel all had two wins apiece as well. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Dec. 6) with post time at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- A pair of $12,000 conditioned events for trotters under 6-years of age were contested at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov. 22) and it was girl power all around as 3-year-old fillies Lindy Pearl and Crystalline were much the best in their respective divisions despite weather that continued to decline as the day went on. Lindy Pearl (Drew Monti) got away sixth; seven lengths behind the leading Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) who took to group to the half in :59.3. Monti was out and rolling with Lindy Pearl at that point and moved methodically up the rim as the race went to three-quarters. There they took the lead, turned for home and stretched out to a four-length win in 1:58.2. It was the second straight win for Lindy Pearl ($2.40) who is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trained by Domenico Cecere. Meanwhile, using a completely different strategy, driver Kevin Switzer Jr. pushed Crystalline right to the front and moved through fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.4 where the team had opened up a commanding four-length advantage. Crystalline then turned into the stretch and trotted home ahead by two at the line in 2:00. Crystalline ($3.00), who is the 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stake 3-year-old trotting filly champion, captured her ninth win of the year and enhanced her earnings to $147,465 for owner Ray Campbell Jr. Scott Renz trains the winner. Monti and Switzer each added another victory during the card and joined Mitchell Cushing as the leading drivers for the day with two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov. 25) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Driver Drew Monti captured the 1,500th win of his harness racing career on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 21) at Plainridge Park when he guided the venerable trotter Hailstorm Volo to a gate to wire victory in the second race. For his career, Monti now has 1,501 wins, 1,346 seconds and 1,295 thirds out of 9,320 starts with a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .299 and as a result of his work, the horses he's driven have earned a total of $9,259,976 during his brief seven year career. This year Monti has 256 wins, a UDR of .303 and earnings of $2,149,908. However the bulk of those numbers came just during the last five months. Starting in July, Monti divided his driving time between Batavia Downs, Plainridge Park and The Red Mile and at one point was listed as one of the top four drivers for wins at all three tracks. He was the primary driver for Lindy Farms at Plainridge and became a sought-after catch driver there in the process. He also drove Lindy's horses in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes and most of their entries in the Kentucky Sire Stakes as well. As a result of the multi-track schedule he maintained since getting his first win at Plainridge on July 10, Monti has won 170 races and bankrolled $1,574,959 during that short span. Although he did have more wins in 2017 (294), this year's earnings is a milestone for Monti and the first time in his career that he eclipsed the $2 million mark. With the Plainridge meet down to four days and the Batavia meet down to nine, Monti plans to take up residency at the Meadowlands right after the holidays. Driver Bruce Ranger was in top form at Plainridge Park on Thursday and put on a driving clinic while winning the feature as well as four other races on the nine-race card, which included a natural hat trick in races four through six. In the $12,000 pace for upper-level condition horses, Ranger left with Opus Blue Chip from post eight, went right to the front and never looked back. After cutting quarters of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.1, Opus Blue Chip took a three-length lead into the stretch and made it last to the wire, defeating a fast closing Betterlatethnnever (Mitchell Cushing) in 1:53.2. For Opus Blue Chip ($14.20) it was the eighth win of the year and it pushed his earnings to $94,530 for owner Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the winner. Prior to that Ranger won with Bet On Joe (1:55, $17.00), Chief Altawick (1:54, $4.20), Burkes Bandit (1:54.4, $5.80) and JJs Shark (1:54, $15.20). The five wins pushed him to 200 for the year which is the most driving tallies he has had since 2013. Ranger now has 9,159 wins and $37,379,248 in earnings during his distinguished career. Ranger is a member of both the Florida and New England Halls of Fame. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Nov. 22) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Drafting off the pace early in pursuit of a stiff fraction, O So Easy rallied first-over past the half, grinding it out to capture the $20,000 Open Handicap harness racing trot at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov. 4). Madhatter Bluechip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) took his usual position on the front end off the gate and flew to the quarter in :26.3. Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) was keeping a fairly close stance while the rest of the field was gapped-off as they moved past the stands. Moving into the second half O So Easy (Drew Monti) pulled and was rolling in the breeze methodically making his way towards Madhatter Bluechip, who was still strong on the lead all through the final bend. Coming off the far turn O So Easy was outside of Madhatter Bluechip with the tripped-out Shorething Fashion trotting freely along the pylons. All three drivers were working their rides hard through the stretch where O So Easy did the best work and got up by a neck in 1:54.3. It was the fifth win of the year for O So Easy ($5.60) who is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and trained by Domenico Cecere. The best pace of the day came in the $12,000 conditioned event for 6-year-olds and under where the recently imported Zinny Mach N (Ron Cushing) took control of the race on the front, backed down the half to :56.4 and then posted back to back quarters of :27.1 and :28 to cruise home a wrapped-up winner by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:52. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the second North American win for Zinny Mach N ($9.40) who has acclimated well since shipping over. The 4-year-old gelded son of Mach Three-Zingara is owned by Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs trains the winner. Drivers Ron Cushing, Kevin Switzer Jr., Matty "Ice" Athearn and Nick Graffam all had driving doubles on the card. Trainer Heidi Gibbs also had two winners on Monday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Nov. 7) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- The formidable harness racing team of owner Robert Woodburn, trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Drew Monti struck again in prime time to win both feature races on Saturday night (Nov. 2) at Batavia Downs. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace, Down On My Luck scored his sixth win in only eight starts at Batavia Downs this year after he made a second-over move past the half, took over the lead from the front-running Howmac Dancer (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the top of the stretch and then held off a late rush by Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) to win by a nose in 1:55.3. It was the 10th win overall this year for Down On My Luck ($3.50) who now has $63,492 on the card in 2019. Then in the $11,000 Open II Handicap pace, Sir Pugsley left from his assigned seven post and dropped in third by the quarter. But he was out and rolling early moving up to second by the half, taking over the lead from China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) at the three-quarters and then clearing and pulling away down the lane to win by a wrapped-up 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55.3. It was the sixth win of the year for Sir Pugsley ($3.00) and pushed his bank to $81,020. Monti ended up the leading driver on the night, scoring a total of four wins and three seconds during the card. Besides Down On My Luck and Sir Pugsley, Monti also won with In Runaway Bay N (1:55.3, $8.10) and Brunello N (1:55.1, $3.60). Billy Davis Jr. also finished the night strong getting a natural hat trick in the final three races. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 6) with post time at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

ANDERSON, Ind.-October 25, 2019- The track was lightning fast on Friday, October 25 at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, while the track hosted harness racing divisions of The Circle City Stakes for three-year-old fillies and colts of both gaits. The night provided several impressive performances, including a track record-setting performance and two track recording-equaling performances. Pure Chance set the new track standard for three-year-old trotting fillies while Tellmeaboutit matched the record for three-year-old pacing geldings and Summer Charm equaled the record for three-year-old pacing fillies. The evening's racing action kicked off with Pure Chance and Trace Tetrick going gate-to-wire, lowering the track standard for trotting fillies to 1:52:2 in the first race on the program. Pure Chance clicked off fractions of :27:3, :56:4 and 1:25:2 before crossing the wire to re-establish Meadowbrook Grace's 1:52:3 track record time. The Christopher Beaver trainee paid $2.40 to win. The other division of the stakes action for trotting fillies was won by Grand Swan who also went to gate to wire with LeWayne Miller in the bike in 1:53:3. The second record show came from Tellmeaboutit with Michael Oosting in the first division for pacing geldings. The Alvin Miller trainee waited patiently with a pocket trip through fractions of :26:2, :53:2 and 1:20:4. Once the field turned for home, it was a calvary charge toward the wire but Tellmeaboutit bested his competitors. Stopping the clock in 1:48:3, he tied the record set by Always A Prince the previous year. Tellmeaboutit returned $2.40 to win at the betting windows. The New York Sires Stakes Champion Hickfromfrenchlick returned to Hoosier Park for the second time this season to score his eighth consecutive victory in the other pacing colt division in 1:49:3 with Trace Tetrick in the bike. Summer Charm and Drew Monti turned in the second record-tying performance of the night when the Ron Burke trainee equaled the 1:49:4 pacing filly record set by Wisdom Tree in 2018. The track record for three-year-old pacing fillies is now co-held by Summer Charm, Wisdom Tree and Rockin Nola. Summer Charm benefitted from a pocket seat through fractions of :26:3, :55:1 and 1:23:0 and dug in gamely late in the lane to best her rivals. Summer Charm paid $13.00 to win in the slight upset. The other pacing filly division was captured by Fully A Virgin with Michael Oosting in 1:50:2. The evening's 13-race card also featured two divisions of the Circle City Stakes for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Whata Swan and Robert Taylor were able to withhold all challenges and score in 1:55:2 to pull the slight upset in the first division for trainer William Crone. Lucky Weekend with Peter Wrenn followed suit to pull another upset in the second division of the stakes action, scoring in 1:53:3 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. he lone division of The Madison County Stakes for two-year-old pacing geldings on the card was won by Odds On Osiris with Peter Wrenn, grabbing back-to-back stakes wins in 1:52:2 for trainer Melanie Wrenn. Grand Circuit racing at Harrah's Hoosier Park will continue on Saturday, October 26 with a 10 race card featuring divisions of the Madison County Stakes for two-year-olds. In conjunction with the live racing action, Harrah's Hoosier Park will host Fright Night at the Races, a family-fun Halloween event. The 2019 live racing season at Harrah's Hoosier Park will be conducted through November 9. For more information on the upcoming entertainment or live racing schedule, please visit www.harrahshoosierpark.com. by Rose Flood, for Harrah's Hoosier Park    

Batavia, NY --- She went on tour for two weeks an won an upper class conditioned race at Yonkers Raceway in the process, but HP Sissy proved that there is no place like home and after winning her now third straight $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 23). HP Sissy (Drew Monti) and Gia's Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) played give and take with the lead to the :27.4 quarter before "Sissy" came back out to reclaim the lead again past that station and this time, it was for good. With the short but select field of five followers in single-file pursuit, HP Sissy cruised through fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 with the greatest of ease. Coming off the far turn, Gia's Surreal pulled the pocket she occupied throughout the mile and took her best shot at the leader. But with no more than a reminder from Monti, HP Sissy paced strong through the lane and won by a measured length in 1:55.4. Having the year of her life, HP Sissy ($4.10) registered her 13th win of the year and boosted her earnings to $109,493 for owner Finocchario's Dream Stable and trainer Mike Ohol. The $11,000 fillies and mares Open II Handicap pace saw Who's Got The Move (Dave McNeight III) turn a garden-spot trip behind Machin Marley (Billy Davis Jr.) into a neck victory at the wire over her cover in a time of 1:56.4. Although she set a lifetime mark last week and drew post one here, Who's Got The Move returned a surprising $19.80 for the win. The 5-year-old Shadyshark Hanover mare is owned by Richard and Lynn Fisher, who also trains the winner. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. Was red hot on Wednesday, getting the Grand Slam on the card. Morrill won with Magdalana Royalty (2:02.1, $5.40), Jus Chillin It (2:00.1, $21.00), Lyra (1:57.3, $5.00) and Southfield Spirit (2:00.4, $10.00). Morrill, who is in second place in the dash win category behind Billy Davis Jr., closed the gap with those four wins and is now only 14 behind with 27 nights of racing left. Morrill has a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .404 for the meet and has already broken the track record for earnings by a driver in a single season at Batavia Downs with over $880,000 banked this meet. There was no winner of the Pick-5 on Wednesday and as a result, there is a $916 carryover and a guaranteed $3,000 pool for the Pick-5 on Friday (Oct. 25) when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs. Post time on Friday is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Drew Monti was on top of his game Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Batavia Downs, winning five races on the card including the weekly harness racing pacing feature with Down On My Luck who moved up to the top class $12,500 Open I Handicap after taming the Open II in handy fashion last week. Down On My Luck took back to fifth while Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) and Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) fought hard for the lead, parked two-wide to the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :56.1. Monti pulled there and Down On My Luck was now second-over in the breeze following Mr. Euroman, who had been out the entire mile. Tullow N was still rolling on the point and hit three-quarters in 1:24.3 and it was there Down On My Luck tipped three-wide around the tiring Mr. Euroman. Black Is Back (Dave McNeight III) was also three-deep in the flow and was now in play for the stretch run. When the race came off the turn, Down On My Luck took the lead by a length but Black Is Back was closing fast behind him. Positions remained unchanged to the wire and Down On My Luck won by a quarter-length in 1:53.4. It was the fifth win in six Batavia Downs starts this meet for Down On My Luck ($5.50) who is owned by Robert Woodburn and is trained by Patrick Shepherd. Monti completed his five win night with Cultural Paradise (1:54.4, $11.00), Howmac Dancer (1:55.1, $4.20), Brunello N (1:55, $7.30) and Cheyenne Louie (1:57.2, $5.30). Fool Me Once (Renaldo Morales III) won the $11,000 Open II pace after leaving from post eight to lead at every station en route to a 1:55.2 victory. It was the fifth win of the year for the overlooked Fool Me Once ($26.80) who is owned by Triple S Equine and trained by Patrick Shepherd. Billy Davis Jr. and Renaldo Morales III each had driving triples on Saturday while trainers Patrick Shepherd, JD Perrin and Maria Rice all had two victories each. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Although the weather turned decidedly cooler after the rain on Wednesday (Oct. 2) in western New York, driver Drew Monti was red hot at Batavia Downs as he won six of the harness racing events on the card, including a natural Grand Slam in races three to six. Monti visited the Purple Haze Winner's Circle with A J Cash (2:01, $2.70), Rock N Roll Rosie (1:57.3, $8.40), Our Art And Heaven (1:59.2, $4.60), Cracked Glass (1:58.4, $9.10), Terlingua (1:56.3, $19.60) and Tymal Luckynpink (1:57.2, $3.90). Monti hit the board with a second and a third as well giving him a .530 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the night. Over the last six race nights at Batavia Downs, Monti has been the winningest driver on the grounds with 10 victories in 33 starts giving him a win percentage of 30%, and including his five seconds and four thirds, he has a UDR of .428 during that same time. The feature race for the night was the $12,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap that saw Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) leave from post seven to take the lead and keep it throughout the mile and win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1. It was the seventh win of the year for Little Joke ($15.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Davis had two more winners on the card beside the feature giving him a driving hat trick as well. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 4) with post time at 6 p.m. For full results and entries click here. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Frequent flyer miles between the Red Mile, Plainridge Park and Batavia Downs have certainly kept harness racing driver Drew Monti sharp as a tack. Currently sitting sixth, fourth and eighth in the driver standings at those respective tracks, Monti has been on a tear since returning to Batavia and over the last five days has posted a Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .440. On Wednesday (Sept. 25) Monti added to those numbers by winning five races on the card including the weekly distaff feature with the red hot HP Sissy. HP Sissy's initials may very well stand for "high powered" because she certainly has a huge engine and showed it off for the second week in a row by dominating the best mares on the grounds while winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap for distaff pacers at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening. HP Sissy (Drew Monti) was deliberate off the gate, going three-deep to the quarter to out-leave Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) and Sarah Cola (Mike Caprio). After seating at the first split in :27.2, Monti reined-in the leader and backed off the half to :56.3. The race proceeded on the second circuit and HP Sissy continued to pace under a strong hold with Little Joke tracking from second. After hitting three-quarters in 1:25 Monti let his mare out a notch and HP Sissy switched into glide and opened up a two length advantage while scooting home in :28.4 to win in 1:53.4. Notching her 11th win of the year, HP Sissy ($3.70) has now earned $91,343 for owner Finocchario's Dream Stable and trainer Mike Ohol. Monti completed his piloting pentafecta by winning with Rock N Roll Rosie (1:56.3, $6.00), Media Queen N (1:54.2, $5.00), Cracked Glass (1:58.1, $7.70) and Snapshot Springs (1:58.2, $2.40). Adding in a second and two thirds, Monti's UDR for the night was .479. The $11,000 Open II pace for fillies and mares went to Badlands Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) who took the lead by the quarter, cut quick fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.1 before holding off a late closing Carly Girl (Drew Monti) to win by two-lengths in 1:54.4. Badlands Delight ($9.60) is owned by Sam Smith and is trained by Gerry Sarama. Driver Dave McNeight III had a good night as well, winning three races on Wednesday. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 27) with post time set at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Oh Canada! The Ontario based harness racing owner-trainer combination of Robert Woodburn and trainer Patrick Shepherd shipped south on Saturday (Sept. 21), enlisted the services of resident reinsman Drew Monti and then watched as their stable stars Sir Pugsley and Down On My Luck took the top two paces of the week at Batavia Downs. In the $12,000 Open I Handicap, Sir Pugsley took an early seat at the back of the pack in the abbreviated field of five while Some Attitude (Shawn Gray) went to the half at his own pace of :56.3. As the field was rounding turn three, Monti got Sir Pugsley underway at the five-eighths and the afterburners were on. Sir Pugsley took off like a jet and went from fifth to first during the third quarter timed in :28.1 and continued his assault in the turn where he cleared and opened up two-lengths by the time they hit the stretch.There, Sir Pugsley just strode away down the lane to win by 2-¾ lengths in 1:53.2. It was the fifth win of the year for Sir Pugsley ($3.30) who now boasts $63,395 in purses this year. Then in the $11,000 Open II Handicap, Down On My Luck left sharply along with Notabadgame (John Cummings Jr.) who took the lead and cut unchallenged fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1 in the first three panels of the race. Monti pulled Down On My Luck from the pocket at that point, sat in the breeze around the far turn and ran down the leader in the stretch to win by 2-½ lengths in 1:53.3. It was the third win in a row at Batavia Downs for Down On My Luck ($5.10) and seventh victory of the year overall. The 5-year-old son of Camluck-False Alert had now earned $41,487 this year. Monti and Shepherd completed a driver-trainer hat trick in the final race of the night when Fool Me Once ($5.10) pulled second-over from fourth at the half and put the swoop to the group three-wide around the last turn to win by 2-½ lengths going away in 1:54.1. Carl Kuepfer owns the winner. Billy Davis Jr. also had a driving hat trick on the evening. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 25) with post time set at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- HP Sissy has been racing in the shadows of the mares competing in the top distaff class at Batavia Downs of late, settling for minor harness racing spoils since her only win in Genesee County this year on August 7. But with a renewed sense of purpose and a driver change that reunited her with the reinsman she scored her first win of the year with in February, HP Sissy went a dominating mile in gate to wire fashion to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Sept. 18). HP Sissy (Drew Monti) left fast and hard and towed the abbreviated field of six to the quarter in :27.2. Tailed closely by Lady London (Ray Fisher Jr.), HP Sissy backed down the second panel to :29.3 which pushed the favored Blue Bell Bonnie (Jim Morrill Jr.) off the cones and into the breeze. Although there were horses in pursuit, they really weren't a challenge to HP Sissy who was loose on the front up the backstretch. After hitting three-quarters in 1:25.2 by an open two-lengths, she rounded the turn and extended her lead to three with Monti sitting statuesque and from there, HP Sissy scooted home an easy wrapped-up winner in 1:53.3, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner. It was the 10th win of the year for HP Sissy ($5.70) who has now earned $85,093 in 2019 for owner Finocchario's Dream Stable. Mike Ohol trains the winner. The co-featured $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace saw Kaitlyn Rae (Billy Davis Jr.) outmuscle several leavers for the top and finally settled there to cut speedy fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:25.2 before turning for home and stretching out to a 1-½ length victory in 1:55.3. It was the 65th lifetime win for Kaitlyn Rae ($4.00) who now has won $442,878 in her career. The 10-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-I C U Lookin is owned and trained by Riley Asher-Stalbaum. The venerable Lightning Raider N (Jim Morrill Jr.) won his 62nd career race, timed in 1:56.3 on Wednesday and pushed his career earnings to over $650,000. The uber-game 14-year-old gelded son of Christian Cullen-Talent Hanover will retire on January 1, 2020 but continues to show that his heart and ability has not diminished with time. Several horsemen had multiple wins on Wednesday led by Jim Morrill Jr., Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. with three wins each followed by Drew Monti with two. Trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum also had two wins on the conditioning side. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 20) with post time set at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- Whiskey Lindy decided his own fortune as he led the harness racing field for almost 7/8th's of the mile in very even fractions en route to winning the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Sept. 13). Driver Drew Monti took an immediate lead from the pylons with Whiskey Lindy before Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) came from the outside and settled on the front. That take-over was short lived as Whiskey Lindy popped out before the quarter and reclaimed the dominant position. The race continued to the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 with no movement, but a luking Hs Marcia waiting to make her move. That came at the top of the stretch where Campbell pulled and began driving vigorously. Monti matched his enthusiasm and they both urged their trotters all the way to the wire where Whisky Lindy held on to the win by a head in 1:56. Whiskey Lindy ($3.00) remains perfect on the year, winning his third straight race in 2019. The 5-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Rum Boogie is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The top trot of the afternoon went to Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) who left from post seven to take the lead and once there, never looked back as he won the $10,500 conditioned event in 1:55.4. Shorething Fashion ($5.00) is owned by Mike Eaton and Bob McHugh with Eaton doing the training. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are drawing near and evidence of that is 2- and 3-year-old horses making their early starts in preparation of that series. On Friday, 3-year-old pacing gelding Good Heavens (Drew Campbell) went wire to wire in 1:54.4 in the $10,000 non-winners event. Good Heavens ($2.20) now has four wins this year for owner Nancy Longobardi and trainer Ivan Davies. The MASS kicks off its 2019 season on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals worth $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m., there will be a $31,282 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. The MASS kicks of its 2019 season on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals worth $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16) at 2 p.m., there will be a $31,282 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- Whiskey Lindy got a late start to the season as he didn't make his first start of 2019 until August 16. But his limited number of starts have all been quality wins including his third straight at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 30). In the $12,000 trotting feature for 5-year-olds and younger, Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) got away second behind Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) who led the field to the quarter in :28.1. That lead was short lived as Monti pulled in the front straight and made a power move to take command passing the stands before tapping the brakes to the half in :59.1. Rolling around the second turn, Mad Dog (John Beckwith) came calling on the outside and forced Whiskey Lindy to pick up the tempo and as a result, the third quarter went in :28.1. But then into the turn Mad Dog lost his bite and Hs Marcia lost contact with Whiskey Lindy because Whisky Lindy shifted gears and was gone. Monti sat chilly as Whiskey Lindy opened up a 2-½ length lead coming down the stretch and broke the beam, wrapped-up in 1:56.2. Owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts, Whiskey Lindy ($5.40) remained perfect on the year under the tutelage of trainer Domenico Cecere. Monti and Cecere also teamed up to take the $10,000 trotting co-feature with Ethoca who toured the facility on the front-end from gate to wire in 1:58. It was the second straight win and third in the last four starts for Ethoca ($3.20) who is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts, David Anderson and John Fielding. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 2). There will be a $18,297 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. Please note that starting Monday, post time is moved up to 2 p.m. and will remain there through November 1. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Lightly regarded at the windows, Bet You made the faithful take notice after putting in a career-best performance winning the $14,000 New England-owned Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 12). Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled from third past the :26.4 quarter and took the lead from Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) before the :55.1 half and proceeded to open up a three-length lead. Rolling up the backside, he maintained that gapped margin to the three-quarters and then around the last turn while the competition tried to keep pace. When the race headed for the wire, Quick Shot was relentless in his pursuit to catch the leader and did begin to make up the difference. But Bet You was strong to the wire and hung on to win by a length in 1:50.3. The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Bet You and tied his lifetime best mile. It was the 30th career win for Bet You ($17.40) and pushed his total earnings to $489,932. Scott Dillon owns the 7-year-old altered son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Amoretto that is trained by Joe Nelson. The $12,000 upper-level conditioned secondary feature was a heavyweight battle between Tisadream N (Drew Monti) who shot right for the lead and Betterlatethannever (Jay Randall) who had the same idea in mind. Tisadream N got to the quarter in :26.3 but Betterlatethannever was right on his back, before trying to clear. Tisadream N would not give up position so Betterlatethannever was now in the breeze pushing the issue. After tripping the half in :54.1 in tandem, the two horses continued pacing side by side up the backstretch to three-quarters in 1:22 when Fernleigh Rebel N (Mitchell Cushing) tipped three-deep and joined the fray off the last turn. As they hit the stretch Tisadream N regained a length lead and refused to lose in deep stretch and tripped the beam first in 1:51.1. It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Tisadream N ($3.60) who has now earned $40,040 this year for owners Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Scott Rollins trains the winner. The $10,000 Nauset Light is Plainridge Park's 2-year-old developmental pacing series and the first leg was contested on Monday. Mancrush (Captaintreacherous-Authorize) was floated off the wings to the quarter by driver Jimmy Whittemore and eventually settled on the lead in front of the stands the first time. From there he led the group the rest of the way holding off Sweet Lucille (Drew Monti) and Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) by a 1/2 length at the wire where he won in 1:55.1. It was the second lifetime victory for Mancrush ($4.60) who is owned by M And L of Delaware and trained by Marissa Chadbourne. Kevin Switzer Jr. Had the hot hand at The Ridge Monday leading all other drivers with three wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 14) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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