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Plainville, MA --- The $1.3 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) kick off at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1) with the first leg of the 2-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders going for $25,000 per division. Many of the horses eligible to the MASS are also competing in other racing jurisdiction's sire stake programs as a result of the resident mare program in Massachusetts. The duality of eligibility is one of the benefits of breeding in Massachusetts along with the growing purse structure year over year. There are 51 2-year-olds eligible for this year's MASS stakes. Here are some who will race here starting the first of next month and a look at what they have been doing so far this year. 2-year-old pacing colts Victoria's Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) has won back-to-back Maine Sire Stake races by open lengths and has a mark of 1:57.4 at the Windsor Fair. Victoria's Maverick is owned by Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe and is trained by Valerie Grondin. Lynn-Marie Plouffe bred the colt. Good Heavens (Rock N Roll Heaven-MS Pininfarina) just finished third in 1:56.3 in the $15,000 Nauset Light series at Plainridge and is in the $20,000 final on Monday (Sept. 17). Trained and driven by Ivan Davies, this colt has been progressing well the last couple of weeks. Nancy Longobardi bred and owns Good Heavens. 2-year-old pacing fillies Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denver Love) has been racing in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grass Roots series this year and hasn't been off the board in any of them. Most recently she finished third at Mohawk in 1:58.4. Al Ross bred and owns the filly that has been trained in Ontario by Michael Keeling. 2-year-old trotting colts Precision (Muscle Hill-Bourbon N Grits) is a three-quarter brother to Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. He took a mark of 1:57.4 in the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands in July and then improved on that mark at Vernon Downs in his last start, trotting in 1:57.1. He has also made several starts in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in between. Bred by Al Ross, Precision is co-owned by Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. and is trained by George Ducharme. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) raced in the New York Sire Stakes and Excel A series before entering the $15,000 Wood End Light series at Plainridge Park where he ran away and hid by 10 lengths in a lifetime best 1:56. He is back in to go in the $20,000 final of that series and will be very sharp coming into the MASS off that experience. Simple Kaos was bred by Michelle Larson who co-owns the colt with trainer George Ducharme. Buckanlully (Boy Band-Empress Hall) has been having a stellar campaign on the Maine Sire Stake circuit this summer, winning two and finishing second twice as well. He has a mark of 2:05 at Scarborough but trotted in 2:02.2 in defeat at Windsor. David Barnard and Steve LaCasse bred and own Buckanlully with La Casse doing the training. Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has been racing New York Sire Stakes and Excel A series races all summer and has only missed one check in those events. He has a mark of 1:59 at Vernon Downs for his breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme is his trainer. 2-year-old trotting fillies Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindy's Lullaby) started out in New York Sire Stake action before dropping down to Excel A, where she got her first win at Saratoga Raceway by open lengths in 2:00. Team Orange Crush, Andy and Julie Miller have this filly ready to roll in the MASS for their ownership partners Harvey Eisman and Little E Stable. K R Breeding bred Ev's Girl. The 2018 MASS Sire Stake Race Schedule Monday, October 1, 2018 2 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added   Monday, October 8, 218 2 Year Old Second Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3 Year Old Second Leg5,000 added   Monday, October 22, 2018 2 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2 & 3 Year Old Finals $85,000 est.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---The Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) program continues to grow. Resident harness racing mare numbers are up again and the resulting stake eligible foals continue to increase. This year the connections of the state-bred 2 and 3-year-olds are looking forward to competing for a total of $1.28 million (est.) that will be up for grabs when the series is contested during the month of October. The success of Plainridge Park Casino has enriched the Standardbred breeding in Massachusetts as a result of the percentage paid to that program through the provisions of the Race Horse Development Fund. The $1.28 million in sire stake purses being offered this year reflects a third consecutive year of increases that are expected to see continued exponential imcreases as the Springfield Casino opens later this year and the Boston Harbor Casino comes online in 2019. The 2018 MASS dates are: Monday (Oct 1) 2-year-old First Leg ($25,000 added); Tuesday (Oct 2) 3-year-old First Leg ($25,000 added); Monday (Oct 8) 2-year-old Second Leg ($25,000 added); Tuesday (Oct 9) 3-year-old Second Leg ($25,000 added); Monday (Oct 22) 2-year-old Third Leg ($25,000 added); Tuesday (Oct 23) 3-year-old Third Leg ($25,000 added) and Tuesday (Oct 30) 2 & 3-year-old Finals ($85,000 est.) The first year starters are getting their season's underway now and some are doing well in other racing jurisdictions already. 2-year-old pacing filly Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) has been training in Ontario under the supervision of Michael Keeling and just recently broke her maiden while taking a lifetime mark of 1:57.2 in a conditioned race at Georgian Downs on June 30. She has been sustained in the lucrative Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) program will be a contender in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) later this year. The filly was bred and is owned by Alfred Ross of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The George Ducharme trained 2-year-old trotting colt Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has already made a start in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Buffalo, finishing second in 2:02.4. He looks to be a solid contender in his class off that first start and will also be one to watch in the MASS come October. Ray Campbell Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts bred and owns this prospect. Ross and Campbell teamed up in ownership with the Ducharme trained 2-year-old trotting colt Precision (Muscle Hill-Bourbon N Grits) who made a break at the wire in a 2-year-old qualifying start at the Meadowlands that saw him still trot in 1:57.3 with a :27.3 last panel. He has since qualified again at Vernon Downs in 2:00.1, winning by 11-lengths. He is a three-quarter brother to Hambletonian champion RC Royalty and is a prospect that bears watching as he moves forward this stake season in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The 3-year-old class of Massachusetts-breds left their mark in the record book last year during their freshmen season as new stake records were taken on both gaits and for both sexes. All four horses are currently back in action and hopefully working their way back to this year's finals as well. Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) won two divisions of the MASS, tying the stake record of 1:56 for 2-year-old colt pacers last year before finishing fourth in the final. This year Twelve is off to a stellar start, having already won two consecutive legs of the 3-year-old Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) for male pacers at Scarborough Downs and Bangor Raceway and he took both by open lengths. Dean Malin owns Twelve who is trained and driven by Eddie Davis Jr. Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) destroyed the standard at two, winning a MASS leg in 1:53. In returning to the track this year she had a very sharp qualifier in May at Hoosier Park, winning in 1:55.4 by eight lengths and pacing her back half in :55.4. Unfortunately after that race she suffered an injury that pushed the start of her year back some. Since coming back to Plainridge she has now qualified again and finished second in her first race of the season on June 29. Jesse De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin owns Delco Dusty who is trained by Jim Nickerson. Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) was the 2-year-old male trotting champion in the Commonwealth last year and posted a stake best 1:56.3 in the process. He has come back better than ever, already beating his career mark with a 1:55.4 clocking. Hashtagmadeyalook has made starts in the NYSS and Excel A series as well, winning his last outing in that group at Goshen, New York in 1:56.3. His remaining engagements in the Empire State will have him sharp as ever when he returns to Plainridge for the MASS fall classic there. Ray Campbell Jr. bred and owns Hashtagmadeyalook who is trained by George Ducharme and has been driven primarily by Scott Zeron this year. Campbell and Ducharme also have started Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) back this year after claiming the title of best 2-year-old trotting filly in 2017 and setting the new mark of 1:57.3 in that stake. However her season has gotten off to a slow start this year and as a result, her first race just came at Vernon Downs in an overnight on July 7. Other returning 3-year-olds to watch include Kinda Lucky Lindy and Ithinkthatsmine. Lindy Farms of Connecticut's Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) was Hashtagmadeyalook's main rival in the MASS last year, beating him twice before finishing second twice as well. But he also spent some time on the Grand Circuit and this year, seems to have taken a major step forward. After making starts in the NYSS and an elimination of the Empire Breeders Classic in May, Kinda Lucky Lindy came back to Plainridge and won two overnights in a row, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in the process. That knocked almost four seconds off his old mark. The trotting filly Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) is another from the Campbell/Ducharme team and she has come back sharp, already winning three races this year; two of which came in NYSS Excel A action. She also took a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 at Tioga Downs where she won by seven lengths. The filly competes well over any size track and has succeeded with a number of different drivers and that versatility will keep her competitive all year. Other MASS eligibles have qualified or are racing at tracks around the country now, but they all will be focused on being at their best come the beginning of October. For more information about the Massachusetts Standardbred breeding and Sire Stake programs log onto www.sominc.net. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, Ma---State-bred Muscles Jared was a champion at two and runner-up at three in Massachusetts Sire Stake action. But it appears that the best may be yet to come as he is now two-for-two as an aged performer, notching his second harness racing victory in a $10,000 conditioned event at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (April 19). Starting from post one, Muscles Jared (Truman Gale) took a quick lead before yielding to Cincinnati Miss (Greg Merton) at the quarter in :27.2. After that one seated, Gale quickly pulled his gelding, went right back to the front and became a passenger for the rest of the mile. The sharp-stepping Muscles Jared dictated back to back quarters of :28.4 and :28.3 while extending a lead that eventually became insurmountable. When Gale popped the plugs at three-quarters, Muscles Jared responded in kind and opened up a seven-length advantage rounding the final bend. With the race all but locked-up, Gale sat chilly down the lane and Muscles Jared hit the wire a wrapped-up winner in 1:55.2 over a wet track rated "good", which was a new seasonal mark. Muscles Jared now boasts $359,346 in lifetime earnings for owner Al Ross of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts and has a perfect race record for his new trainer Robert Gale. Shawn Gray and Drew Campbell each drove two winners on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (April 23) with an 11-race card that kicks off at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Columbus, OH --- Although he did not compete in Grand Circuit contests as a harness racing freshman, Massachusetts Sire Stakes champion Hashtagmadeyalook could very well demand some attention in his sophomore campaign. He may not be strong in stature, but this young gelding possesses a motor and mind which commands attention on any occasion he places a hoof on the track. “He has not grown taller, but has really filled out,” said George Ducharme, the gelding’s conditioner. “He has grown into his chest and has a nice, big butt. He’s training really well and I think he’s going to be a good little horse.” A son of Chapter Seven-Royalty Free, Hashtagmadeyalook performs for his breeder/owner, Raymond Campbell Jr. The Campbell family’s dedication to the sport spans decades and this horse is a product of that devotion. Although their stallion RC Royalty did not capture the Hambletonian (seventh in his elimination), he has sired a victor of that prized event in Royalty For Life and is also the broodmare sire of this 3-year-old. “RC Royalty has sure been good to me,” said Ducharme, who was responsible for the career of Royalty For Life. “And my relationship with Mr. Campbell goes back many years to when you had to stand a stallion in Massachusetts for their offspring to be eligible; I think that was in the 1980s. The program there has come so far just within the last several years and we are very grateful for it.” Hashtagmadeyalook has compiled a record of 4-2-2-0 and banked $77,550. He is a Commonwealth champion and established a track record (1:56.3) for his age, gait and gender in his first triumph at Plainridge Park on Oct. 23, 2017. With regular pilot Chris Lems holding the lines, the gelding chased Kinda Lucky Lindy around the track in his first engagement at Plainridge Park, in his career debut on Sept. 25 in Massachusetts Sire Stakes action. He was again second behind that rival in his next trip to the post, also in Sire Stakes company, but did trot a :28.2 last panel. Hashtagmadeyalook, however, turned the tables on that rival in his third journey to the gate. He stated he was a force to be reckoned with off a stakes and track record performance on the very first occasion he entered the winner’s circle. The gelding also demonstrated his education was right on point by defeating Kinda Lucky Lindy in the $90,000 Massachusetts Sire Stakes final on Nov. 6. Hashtagmadeyalook assumed command at the beginning of the race and never relinquished control. Lems merely shook the reins to keep his mind on business as the horse stopped the clock in a measured 1:57. “We got a late start with him and qualified him twice at Vernon Downs,” Ducharme said. “We just took our time with him and I think it was the right thing to do. We kept him in Massachusetts rather than taking him to New York, but we are going to try him there this year.” The gelding, who is the first foal from a dam that is a half-sibling to RC Serpent (Conway Hall, $141,161) and Temper Of Will (Conway Hall, $173,888), will ply his trade in the Empire State and determine his own destiny. “Mr. Campbell wanted to keep him eligible outside of New York and Massachusetts for several stakes races,” Ducharme said. “But it is all up to him; we’ll let him tell us what he wants to do, but he has always been good-gaited and knows his work. I think allowing him to have the time off was the best thing and we are hopeful he will have a nice season this year for it.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Laurel, DE --- With just a dozen 2-year-old pacing fillies eligible to the Massachusetts Sire Stakes in 2017, Wisconsin harness racing horseman Jesse De Long knew all along he'd send Delco Dusty to the East Coast to compete. What he wasn't sure of was whether she'd make any money. Three wins and close to $80,000 later, it's safe to say the filly exceeded his expectations. "I never thought she'd be a stakes record mare," De Long said. Delco Dusty is the daughter of longtime De Long broodmare Gypsys Good Girl and Jereme's Jet. De Long said he’d wanted to breed the mare to an East Coast stallion in 2015 and, at the urging of family friend Jimmy Nickerson, decided to let her foal in Massachusetts. “The program was building,” he said, adding that the previous year the 2-year-old pace had gone in 2:02. And so Gypsys Good Girl (Wuzzup-Expresso Gypsy) foaled in Norfolk, Mass., in May of 2015 and was bred to New York stallion Rock N Roll Heaven before heading home to Wisconsin with her young filly. It was there De Long decided to name her in honor of Dustin Deming, the doctor he credits with saving his wife Mary’s life after she was diagnosed with colon cancer. “At first they didn’t give her long to live,” he said. “She’s been clean now for almost two years.” While Delco Dusty was the offspring of one of De Long’s favorite broodmares, she didn’t particularly stand out training down early this year. De Long and his sons, who break and train about 15 head a year, followed their usual routine of giving her a few starts at Wisconsin fairs before sending her to Hoosier Park. There, De Long’s son John maintains a stable. “Actually my son said he had so many fillies he didn’t really even want her,” De Long said. “We didn’t think she was as good as some of the Indiana fillies.” He took her though and raced her several times at Hoosier Park. Though she was an impressive second in her first start, coming from ninth at the half to finish second by a neck, she struggled with sickness during the following weeks. She went on to earn three fifth-place checks before it came time for her trip east. De Long wasn’t optimistic when he sent her to Nickerson and trainer Heidi Rohr. “Her first start out there she was so far back it wasn’t funny,” he said. When Nickerson called him after the race, De Long figured it was to make arrangements to send the filly back to Wisconsin. He was pleasantly surprised by what his friend had to say. “He said she was super fast,” De Long recalled. He pointed out that she’d finished next to last and Nickerson assured him that regardless, she had speed. Delco Dusty went on to prove it, finishing third the following week before really earning some attention in the first elimination of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes. On Sept. 25, driver Greg Merton steered her to a 1:53 win at Plainridge Park, obliterating the previous track record of 1:55 for 2-year-old pacing fillies. She won in 1:54.2 in another sire stakes event the following week. After a fourth in a conditioned race at Vernon Downs and a third in an Oct. 23 sire stakes event, Delco Dusty ended her season with a 1:55 victory in the $90,000 Massachusetts Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old filly pacers last Monday (Nov. 6). De Long says the filly, who’s now on vacation for the winter, made it a memorable stakes season for he and his wife. Delco Dusty has also renewed his faith in her dam, who’s already produced several talented mares that will eventually be part of his broodmare band. “It’s a good old Illinois family,” he said. “We’ve had good luck with them.” by Charlene Sharpe, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Plainville, MA---More records were broken as the best state-bred Standardbreds convened one more time for the $720,000 finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov. 6). 46 horses competed in eight harness racing $90,000 divisions and generated some impressive miles as a result. The best performance of the day was undoubtedly put forth by Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) in the 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings division. After chasing fast fractions set by Muscles Jared (Muscle Massive-Tetiana) driver Steve Smith pulled the pocket at the top of the stretch and cruised right by to win by two-lengths in 1:53.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Big Man Ev as well as a new stake and track record, both of which were just set by him on October 2. It was the ninth win of the year for Big Man Ev ($2.60) who now has earned $142,300 in 2017. Julie Miller trains the winner who is owned by the Andy Miller Racing Stable Inc., the Lindy Racing Stable and Harvey Eisman. The Lindy Racing Stable bred Big Man Ev. Trainer George Ducharme had his stable ready to roll and three of his students got straight-A's and large checks for their efforts in Monday's finals with driver Chris Lems in tow. In the 2-year-old trot for colts and geldings, Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) made it two wins in a row going gate to wire in 1:57 after seating Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) and keeping his closest competitor at bay the whole mile, eventually winning by two lengths. Hashtagmadeyalook ($4.00) who set the stake and track record for his age, sex and gait in the last leg boosted his earnings to $77,550 today for owner and breeder Ray Campbell Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) won her fourth straight MASS outing this year, leading the entire way in the 2-year-old trotting fillies division to win in 1:58.2 by a length over stablemate Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet), who tracked her the entire mile. Bag O Chips ($NB), who reset the stake and track record twice during the preliminary legs, now boasts $93,100 on her card this year for owner Ray Campbell. The Linwood Farm of Pennsylvania bred Bag O Chips. And Ducharme's third victory of the day came with Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) in the 3-year-old trotting fillies division. After making a break before the start, Onangelwings regained her composure and had a five-length lead by the quarter and eventually ran away with a wrapped-up fourth-length victory in 1:58.4, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Onangelwings ($NB) now has four wins in five 2017 starts and has banked $90,160 as a result. George Ducharme, Al Ross and Paul Fontaine both bred and own the winner. In the 2-year-old pacing fillies division, stake and track record holder Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) lived up to her billing, winning easily in 1:55. After getting away third behind the heavily favored Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) who led to three-quarters in 1:25.2, Delco Dusty tipped three-deep off the last turn and flew home to win by two. It was the third win of the year for Delco Dusty ($6.00), all three of which were in MASS events. The Heidi Rohr-trained filly has now put $82,803 in the account of her owner Jesse De Long, who also bred the winner. The 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding final went to I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) who left from post eight and got parked out to the quarter in :28.2 before clearing to lead the rest of the way en route to a two-length win in 1:57.1. Driven by Shawn Gray for trainer Kevin Switzer, I'm A Clown ($7.60) has now earned $69,837 for owner Nelson Malin, who bred the winner with KDK Standardbreds. Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) is now a perfect four-for-four in MASS action this year after pulling at the half and destroying the field coming home, winning in a nine-length, 1:54.2 romp in the 3-year-old final for pacing colts and geldings. Bred and owned by the Lindy Farms, Lindy The Kid ($NB) has now earned $94,175 under the tutelage of trainer Frank Antonacci. Greg Merton drove the winner. And in the 3-year-old pacing fillies final, Tanzanite Love (I'm Gorgeous-Love Rocks) trailed the runaway Delaware Heat (Western Ideal-Shady Sabrina) by eight-lengths at the quarter before getting in gear past the half and opening up a four-length lead on the front end at the wire, winning in 1:55.3. It was the second win in a row and third win of the season for Tanzanite Love ($NB) who was driven to victory by Mike Stevenson for trainer Robert Marston. The winner has now earned $77,734 for owner, the Denmar Stable of Florida. KDK Standardbreds was the breeder of Tanzanite Love. Five stake and four track records were either tied or broken (two of them twice) during competition in the MASS this year and this is attributed to the renewed interest and investment in breeding Standardbreds in the state of Massachusetts on the success of the Race Horse Development Fund. And as a result, dignitaries from both sides of the fence are excited about where the program is headed. "I think what we have seen in the Sire Stakes this year is absolutely fantastic, especially for those that have stuck with the program and continued breeding mares through thick and thin" said Steve O'Toole, Director of Racing at Plainridge Park. "The breeders association has done a great job over the years keeping the program going and I am pleased to see their efforts rewarded with the resurrection of the Massachusetts Breeding program and Sire Stake races." "The Race Horse Development Fund has resulted in a renewed interest in breeding horses in Massachusetts" said Bob McHugh, President of the Harness Horse Association of New England. "The number of Massachusetts bred horses increased from 44 in 2014 to 111 in 2017 and the continued upward trend will ensure that many more Mass-bred horses will be racing well into the future."   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---The most lucrative day in the history of Massachusetts produced Standardbreds will be held on Monday (Nov.6) at Plainridge Park when eight harness racing $90,000 divisions of first and second year trotters and pacers will compete for a total of $720,000 in purses in the finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS). The races are carded as four non-betting (two before and two after the regular program) and four betting which will go as races one to four on the regular program. Post time for the first non-betting event is 12 noon, the regular card post is 1 p.m. and the final two non-betting races will begin after the last race of the regular program, approximately 3:40 p.m. These finals cap off a year that distributed a record total of $1.44 million in purses to the breeders, owners and horsemen of the Commonwealth and as a result has produced substantial new interest in the Massachusetts Standardbred breeding program from participants of all racing jurisdictions. George Ducharme's stable is strongly represented in the finals and three of his entries look to be solid contenders for championship honors. Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) has won all three of her starts by open lengths in the 2-year-old trotting filly division and comes into the final as the highest money earner as well with $48,100 made in her seven lifetime starts. Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) has had similar success with three wins in the series for 3-year-old trotting fillies, two of which were by comfortable margins and she has earned $45,160 on the efforts of her four lifetime starts. Muscles Jared (Muscle Massive-Tetiana) has raced well all year, in particular in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes where he finished second in the $252,000 final in September. He won his first MASS event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings by eight lengths in 1:55.3, setting a new stake record before finishing second in the other two. He and comes in with $176,990 in the bank for the year and $327,846 lifetime. Julie Miller happens to train the horse that beat him in those two events and his name is Big Man Ev. Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) won the two MASS legs he entered in convincing fashion. The first by six lengths in a stake and track record time of 1:54.3 and the second by five lengths in 1:55.3. He was a star in the New York Sire Stake's (NYSS) Excelsior A series this year where he won six of those legs and finished second in the $45,000 final between his two starts at Plainridge. He has $97,300 on his card this year and $186,921 lifetime. Frank Antonacci's Lindy Farms also has two formidable participants and he looks to sweep those divisions as well. Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) has been peerless in the 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings division going three for three in the series coming into the final. He has the best mark (1:54) and highest earnings ($49,175) of the field and certainly looks like the one to beat. Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) heads the field for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings and comes in with two wins in his three series starts. Prior to racing in the MASS, Kinda Lucky Lindy faced tough competition in the NYSS and in the Champlain and Wellwood Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in Canada. He looks to bounce back here from his defeat to Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who tripped-out and caught him at the wire in last week's third leg. Kevin Switzer has a pair of freshman pacers who are favored to win their respective divisions and have already proven they can do it. Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) broke her maiden in an overnight before finishing second and third in the first two legs of the MASS. Last week she threw her best lifetime mile, winning in 1:54 from off the pace defeating Heidi Rohr's Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) who won the first leg in a stake and track record time of 1:53. It's interesting to note that Rock Me Threetimes finished second to Delco Dusty in that race by only a length. I'm a Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) scored a win and two seconds in the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings division and will probably use his speed to set the fractions in the final. He will have his work cut out for him though as Eddie Davis Jr.'s Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) has two series wins of his own and Scott Renz's Latent Print (Camluck-Affluence) actually beat him in the final leg two weeks ago. The 3-year-old pacing fillies look like it could be one of the closest events of the day as three of the entrants have been duking it out the entire series. Mike Graffam's Spoxys Girl (Neutralize-Royal Ribbons) has a win and two seconds in the MASS besides racking up a lot of purse money in the Maine-bred stakes as well. She is the fastest (1:55.1) and richest ($75,772) of this field but was beaten by Robert Marston's Tanzanite Love (I'm Gorgeous-Love Rocks) by a head last week. Kevin Switzer's Delaware Heat (Western Ideal-Shady Sabrina) has not won a MASS event this year but has finished second and third in her last two starts by a half-length and a neck respectively. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, Ma---The third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for harness racing 3-year-olds was contested at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 30) for purses totaling $133,500 and three of the four events displayed very strong performances. All four races were non-betting events. In the $34,000 colt and gelding trot, Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) went immediately to the front and led every step of the mile before pulling away to a five-length win in 1:55.3. Muscles Jared (Muscle Massive-Tetiana) drafted along second the entire way but was unable to muster a finishing kick to match the winner's :28.1. Big Man Ev was driven by Steve Smith for trainer Julie Miller and owners the Andy Miller Stable Inc., the Lindy Racing Stable and Harvey Eisman. Big Man Ev was bred by the Lindy Racing Stable. The $33,550 colt and gelding pace was won by Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) for his third straight MASS series win. After leaving and taking control, Lindy The Kid won in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.4 while keeping Zeke (Mcardle-Beam Of Joy) at bay in second the entire mile. Lindy The Kid was driven by Greg Merton for trainer Frank Antonacci. Lindy Farms of Connecticut both bred and own the winner. On the distaff side, Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) won the $32,700 filly trot in 2:01.1 after going coast to coast by open lengths, eventually crossing the wire five-lengths in front. The victory was also the third straight MASS win for the filly. Onangelwings was driven by Chris Lems for trainer George Ducharme who owns her with Al Ross and Paul Fontaine. Ducharme, Ross and Fontaine also bred the winner. And in the $33,250 filly pace, Tanzanite Love (I'm Gorgeous-Love Rocks) got away fourth and stayed there until past three-quarters when she found pace down the lane and closed on the outside to capture the win by a head in 1:59.2. She beat Spoxy's Girl (Neutralize-Royal Ribbons) who tripped-out behind Delaware Heat (Western Ideal-Shady Sabrina) who finished third another head behind in a bang-bang finish. Tanzanite Love was driven by Mike Stevenson for trainer Robert Marston and owner the Denmar Stable of Florida. KDK Standardbreds bred the winner. The Massachusetts Sire Stake finals for all divisions will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 6) and will offer an estimated $700,000 in purses.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Plainridge Park will host the third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for harness racing 3-year-olds of both genders and gaits worth a total of $133,500 on Monday (Oct. 30). The races are carded as four non-betting events that will be held prior to the regular card with a post time of 1 p.m. The $32,700 3-year-old filly trot has Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) looking to go three-for-three after taking the first two MASS contests in convincing fashion. Trainer George Ducharme and driver Chris Lems will be looking over their shoulder at Grits' N Seven (Chapter Seven-Bourbon N Grits) who has finished second in both races. Grits' N Seven's trainer Dawn Anderson has Steve Smith up to drive once again. The $34,000 3-year-old colt and gelding trot is a heavyweight match between Muscles Jared (Muscle Massive-Tetiana) and Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy). Muscles Jared won the first leg by eight lengths in a stake record time of 1:55.3, but Big Man Ev did not enter that week. In the second leg, Muscles Jared made a break and Big Man Ev was on point going gate to wire by five lengths in 1:54.3, which broke the stake and track record. Muscles Jared is sent out by Ducharme and Lems and Big Man Ev's trainer Julie Miller has Steve Smith in the bike. The $33,500 colt and gelding pace features Frank Antonacci's Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) who has had his way in this event so far, winning the first two legs handily. He has not really been challenged once he's gained the lead and driver Greg Merton will most certainly position him for another similar trip despite not having raced since the second leg of the series on Monday (Oct. 2). And the $33,250 filly pace finds the winners of the first two legs in a rematch. Meadows Rosebud (Western Maverick-Rose Of Aquamarine) won the first leg by three lengths in 1:55.1 but finished third to Spoxy's Girl (Neutralize-Royal Ribbons) by a length in 1:55.1 in the second. Both fillies have competed in Maine Sire Stakes (advantage Spoxy's Girl there) since they last met and should be legged-up for this race. Trainer Ralph Andersen will have Eddie Davis Jr. on board Meadows Rosebud while Mike Graffam has Nick Graffam in the bike behind Spoxy's Girl. The Massachusetts Sire Stake 2 and 3-year-old finals for both genders and gaits will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 6) and they will compete for an estimated $700,000 in purses.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, Ma---The third leg of the 2-year-old divisions of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) were held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 23) and record harness racing performances were put forth in two of the four races. In the $33,800 2-year-old filly trot, Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) overcame a break at the start to gain the lead before the half and eventually pull away to a nine-length victory in 1:57.3, which was a new track and stake record for the winner, besting the 1:57.4 mark that she set in the first leg on September 25. The time was also a new lifetime mark for Bag O Chips who was driven by Chris Lems for trainer George Ducharme. Ray Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts owns the filly. Then in the $34,800 2-year-old colt and gelding trot, Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) got a perfect two-hole trip behind Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) before taking the lead in the stretch and opening up a four-length margin of victory in 1:56.3, which smashed the stake record of 1:58.1 and bettered the track record of 1:57 formerly held by Muscles Jared. It was also a new lifetime mark for Hashtagmadeyalook who was driven by Chris Lems for trainer George Ducharme and owner Ray Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts. There was no record set in the $34,266 2-year-old filly pace but a good effort was turned in none the less by Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) as she pulled first over against a game Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) and held off a fast closing Momma Don't Dance (Art Major-Mommy Robin Q) to win by a long-length in 1:54, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Rock Me Threetimes was driven by Shawn Gray for trainer Kevin Switzer. KDK Standardbreds of Harrington, Delaware owns the filly. Finally, the only betting event of the four MASS races was the $34,900 2-year-old colt and gelding pace and Latent Print (Camluck-Affluence) turned a garden-spot journey behind I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) into a strong stretch drive and a length victory that produced a new lifetime mark of 1:57. Latent Print ($10.00) is trained and driven by Scott Renz of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania who also co-owns the gelding with Holly Guastalli of Port Richey, Florida. The third leg of the Mass 3-year-old divisions will be raced on Monday (Oct. 30) with the finals of all age, genders and gaits to take place on Monday (Nov. 6).   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---After a two-week sabbatical, the top state bred 2-year-olds of both gaits and genders will be back in harness racing action at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 23) for the third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) vying for $137,766 in purses. Three races will go as non-betting events starting at 1 p.m. and the fourth is carded as race three on the regular card which has a 2:30 p.m. post time for the first race. The $33,800 2-year-old filly trot features Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) who won the first two legs by open lengths and set a new track and stake record of 1:57.4 for gender, age and gait. She is also the highest money winner in the race with $31,200 on the card and looks to add to her totals. Trainer George Ducharme has Chris Lems at the lines for the third straight start leaving from post three. Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) driven by Steve Smith and Jazz Me (RC Royalty-Promises Kept) driven by Jimmy Whittemore will be the main rivals in the race. Both are also trained by Ducharme. The $34,800 2-year-old colt and gelding trot has Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) coming in on a two-race MASS win streak as well and despite drawing post seven, looks solid to three-peat. With little inside speed, Kinda Lucky Lindy will probably set the front-end fractions again and add to his $56,508 bankroll for the year. Trainer Frank Antonacci has Plainridge Park's leading driver Greg Merton up again in the bike. Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) has finished second in both starts to Kinda Lucky Lindy, the last time only beaten three-quarters of a length. This will be only his third lifetime start and he has been improving each week. George Ducharme and Chris Lems team up again here from post five. The $34,266 2-year-old filly pace features another track and stake record holder, Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl). Delco Dusty has won both of her MASS events, setting the new standard in her first start going 1:53 in the mile. She did race in an overnight at Vernon Downs last week finishing fourth and the start was a good tightener for her coming into this event. Trainer Heidi Rohr has Greg Merton aboard as in the two previous stake starts and they have drawn post three. Rock Me Three Times (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) and Momma Don't Dance (Art Major-Mommy Robin Q) have each finished second and third one time behind Delco Dusty and will both be in hot pursuit again in this race. Rock Me three Times drew post one for trainer Kevin Switzer and driver shawn Gray and Momma Don't Dance drew post six for trainer Linda Toscano and driver Steve Smith. Finally, the $34,900 2-year-old colt and gelding pace has I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) the heavy 6-5 early favorite in the only MASS betting race of day. I'm A Clown won the first division of the series in 1:56.3 and finished second the following week to Pembroke Pharoah, who is not entered this week. I'm A Clown shipped to Harrington Raceway last week and won an overnight event and certainly looks the favorite part here, leaving from post seven for trainer Kevin Switzer and driver Shawn Gray. CBF Real Deal (So Surreal-CBF Fancy) has a second and third in MASS action and has stayed sharp in the off weeks finishing second twice in close finishes in overnights at Plainridge. Drawing well with post two, he looks to track the favorite with Nick Graffam steering for trainer Ralph Anderson. Here is the remainder of the schedule for the 2017 Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge Park: October 30 3-year-old Third Leg November 6 2 and 3-year-old Finals   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) was contested at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct.2) with two more record setting harness racing performances going in the books. Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) made his first series start this year in the $29,500 3-year-old colt and gelding trot and it turned out to be a very memorable one. When last week's winner Muscles Jared (Chris Lems) made a break after the start, Big Man Ev (Steve Smith) inherited the lead and made the most of it. After cutting fractional times of :28, :57 and 1:26.1, Big Man Ev trotted home in :28.2 while opening up a five-length lead and won in 1:54.3. The time of 1:54.3 was a new lifetime mark, a new stake record and a new track record for 3-year-old colt trotters. It was the seventh win in 10 starts this year for Big Man Ev ($NB) who now has $69,050 in earnings in 2017. The winner is owned by the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone Township, New Jersey and the Lindy Racing Stable of Enfield, Connecticut, who also bred him. Big Man Ev is trained by Julie Miller. In the second $14,450 division of 2-year-old colt and gelding pace, Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) got his second consecutive MASS victory and matched the current standard for this group. Latent Print (Scott Renz) left and gave Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) the same pocket trip he did last week. But unlike last week, Davis pulled Twelve earlier, just past the half, and kept on motoring when he cleared. He was two-lengths clear at the three-quarters in 1:27.3 and ended up seven lengths in front at the wire under wraps in 1:56. The time of 1:56 was a new lifetime mark for Twelve and also tied the stake record for 2-year-old gelding pacers. It was the third win of the year for Twelve ($2.60), all scored in the last three weeks. The winner is owned and was bred by Dean Malin of Gilbertville, Massachusetts. The $28,250 3-year-old filly pace was one of the more entertaining races as Spoxy's Girl (Neutralize-Royal Ribbons) flew home and won in a very close finish. Spoxy's Girl (Nick Graffam) got away fourth in a single-file flow led by Meadows Rosebud (Eddie Davis Jr.), that stayed that way until just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters. That's when Graffam pulled, popped the plugs and advanced towards the leader. Spoxy's Girl and Meadows Rosebud went stride for stride all the way down the lane when Spoxy's Girl got the advantage on her before holding off the late charging Delaware Heat (Mark Beckwith) at the wire in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the filly. It was the third win of the year for Spoxy's Girl ($7.40) who is owned by Ben Bill & Will Stable of Carmel, Maine and is trained by Mike Graffam. Richard Hartley of Newport, Maine bred the winner. And in the $28,550 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, Lindy The Kid doubled his pleasure by taking his second consecutive MASS leg this year. After sitting back in third watching Zeke (Scott Renz) and Rock The Heavens (Nick Graffam) argue hard for the lead, Lindy The Kid (Greg Merton) made a big move past the quarter, cleared the front and then cruised the rest of the way home. With no real challenge from behind to speak of, Lindy The Kid won by two open lengths in 1:55. Lindy The Kid ($NB) is trained by Frank Antonacci and is owned and was bred by Lindy Farms of Enfield,Connecticut. Other MASS results and their connections include: $28,766 2-year-old filly pace Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:54.2, $NB Owner-Jesse De Long, Clinton, Wisconsin Driver-Greg Merton Trainer-Heidi Rohr Breeder-Jesse De Long, Clinton, Wisconsin $28,200 3-year-old filly trot Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) 1:59, $NB Owner-George Ducharme Stable LLC, Alfred Ross and Paul Fontaine of Massachusetts Driver-Chris Lems Trainer-George Ducharme Breeder- Alfred Ross, Paul Fontaine and George Ducharme of Massachusetts $28,300 2-year-old filly trot Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) 1:58, $NB Owner-Raymond Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts Driver-Chris Lems Trainer-George Ducharme Breeder-Linwood Farms of Pennsylvania $30,300 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) 1:58.4, $2.10 Owner-Lindy Farms of Enfield, Connecticut Driver-Greg Merton Trainer-Frank Antonacci Breeder- Lindy Farms of Enfield,Connecticut $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 2:00.2, $11.00 Owner-William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Valerie Grondin of Corinna, Maine Driver-Heath Campbell Trainer-Valerie Grondin Breeder- William Varney of Bangor, Maine and Valerie Grondin of Corinna, Maine   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---There will be $227,766 in purses distributed among nine harness racing events in the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 2). There are five non-betting races that begin at 1 p.m. and then four more contests that will go on the regular wagering menu which gets underway at 2:30 p.m. All 2 and 3-year-old divisions of both gaits and genders will compete with some very interesting contests on the slate. George Ducharme's Muscles Jared (Muscle Massive-Tetiana) simply crushed the competition last week in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, winning by eight-lengths after leading gate to wire by open lengths in 1:55.3. That effort was not unexpected as Muscles Jared had been racing successfully on the Pennsylvania Sire Stake circuit where he finished second in the $252,000 final just three weeks ago. But trainer Julie Miller's Big Man Ev (Chapter Seven-Possessed By Lindy) has entered this week and comes in red-hot off the New York Sire Stakes circuit where he is the top point-getter in the Excelsior A series. He is on a four-race winning streak which includes starts at Tioga Downs, Saratoga Raceway, Batavia Downs and Yonkers Raceway. Both horses love the front end and this could shape up to be a two-horse breakaway in the short field of six. Muscles Jared has drawn post two and will have Chris Lems aboard once again and Big Man Ev has drawn post three and will seat Steve Smith for his regular reinsman Andy Miller, who did not make the trip. The race is carded as the third non-betting event before the regular pari-mutual program with an estimated post time of 1:20 p.m. Also, in the first race on that preliminary card (post time 1 p.m.) is the second round of 2-year-old pacing fillies that produced a track record last week. Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) tripped-out to her first lifetime win In 1:53 and the time annihilated the old track mark by two full seconds. The trip came courtesy of Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) who carried the mail on the front-end for most of the mile, setting :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.2 fractions along the way. This week Delco Dusty drew post one and trainer Heidi Rohr has Greg Merton up once again and Rock Me Threetimes drew post two and his conditioner Kevin Switzer sticks with Shawn Gray who also drove her last week. A similar strategy scenario played out in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace last week and those competitors will tangle again in race five (post time 3:50 p.m.) of the regular betting card. Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) got a perfect pocket trip behind Latent Print (Camluck-Affluence) before pulling in the lane and winning by a length in 1:56.1. Experience may have played a role in that win as Twelve has twice as many starts as Latent Print and has also been competing in the Maine Sire Stakes since June. But Latent Print was game in defeat and should only benefit from the outing, making this week's rematch that much more interesting. Trainer/driver Eddie Davis Jr. will start Twelve from post four at 4-5 while trainer/driver Scott Renz will get Latent Print underway from post five at 7-2. Last week's MASS action was excellent with four stake records and two track records being reset. Delco Dusty (2-year-old filly pace, 1:53, stake and track record), Bag O Chips (2-year-old filly trot, 1:57.4, stake and track record), Muscles Jared (3-year-old gelding trot, 1:55.3, stake record) and Kinda Lucky Lindy (2-year-old gelding trot, 1:58.1, stake record) all rewrote history. After week one, Chris Lems and Greg Merton are tied for most MASS driving wins with three and Eddie Davis Jr. is right behind them with two tallies of his own. George Ducharme leads all trainers in the state-bred sweepstakes, sending three of his stable for pictures while Frank Antonacci is second with two victories to his conditioning credit. Here is the remaining schedule of dates for the Massachusetts Sire Stakes: October 23 2 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added per division October 30 3 Year old Third Leg $25,000 added per division November 6 2 & 3 Year Old Finals $85,000 est. per division   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Two tracks records were broken and a third was just missed on the first day of Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) harness racing action at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 25). Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good) made her first start at Plainridge a memorable one, winning the $29,766 2-year-old filly pace. Delco Dusty (Greg Merton) got away second behind Rock Me Threetimes (Shawn Gray) and stayed there for seven-eighths of a mile. Rock Me Threetimes cut speed fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.2 as the top two horses broke away from the field. Coming off the final turn, Merton pulled Delco Dusty and out-dueled Rock Me Threetimes to the wire, winning by a length in 1:53. The time was a new lifetime mark for Delco Dusty in her first lifetime win and it smashed the standing Plainridge Park track record of 1:55 for 2-year-old filly pacers set by Jordan's Jewel in 2008. Delco Dusty ($7.20) is owned by John De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin and is trained by Heidi Rohr. Another first-time Plainridge participant was Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) who dominated the $25,800 2-year-old filly trot. The race was over almost as soon as it began as Bag O Chips (Chris Lems) opened up a seven-length advantage at the quarter in :30.2. Maintaining a gapped lead throughout, Bag O Chips got to the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.4 before trotting home in hand to win by two in 1:57.4. It was the first lifetime win for Bag O Chips, a lifetime mark and a new track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:58.2 set by Penny Dream in 2005. Bag O Chips is owned by Raymond Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts and is trained by George Ducharme. Another powerful performance was turned in by Muscles Jared (Muscles Massive-Tetiana) who walked away with the victory in the $26,500 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. Muscles Jared (Chris Lems) left like a rocket and opened up five-lengths on top at the quarter in :28.1. Lems then proceeded to tour the facility as his trotter set fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.2 with no resistance from behind. Muscles Jared then pulled away and opened up an eight-length lead under the wire, winning in 1:55.3, which was just one-fifth of a second off the track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. Muscles Jared is owned by Alfred Ross of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts and is trained by George Ducharme. Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) stole the show in the $26,050 3-year-old colt and gelding pace and grabbed his second win of the year in the process. Rock The Heavens (Eddie Davis Jr.) seated the field and went to the quarter in :27.2. Quickly tiring of being second, Greg Merton pulled Lindy The Kid and took the lead before the half in :56 flat. From there things all went his way as he paced on a comfortable lead with no challenges from behind. After passing three-quarters in 1:25.1 Lindy The Kid cruised home to an easy two-length win in 1:54.4. Lindy The Kid is owned by Lindy Farm of Connecticut and is trained by Frank Antonacci. Other MASS results and their connections include $26,200 3-year-old filly trot Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) 2:01.1 Owner-George Ducharme Stable LLC, Alfred Ross and Paul Fontaine of Massachusetts Driver-Chris Lems Trainer-George Ducharme $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) 1:56.1, $3.80 Owner-Dean Malin, Gilbertville, Massachusetts Driver-Eddie Davis Jr. Trainer-Eddie Davis Jr. $14,450 2-year-old colt and gelding pace I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:56.3, $7.00 Owner-Nelson R. Malin III, Gilbertville, Massachusetts Driver-Shawn Gray Trainer-Kevin Switzer $30,300 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) 1:58.1, $3.00 Owner-Lindy Farms of Connecticut Driver-Greg Merton Trainer-Frank Antonacci $28,250 3-year-old filly pace Meadows Rosebud (Western Maverick-Rose Of Aquamarine) 1:55.1, $10.40 Owner-Lorraine O'Connor of Bedford, Massachusetts Driver-Eddie Davis Jr. Trainer-Ralph Anderson The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for all ages, gaits and genders will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 2).   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---The first of five harness racing dates for the $1.35 million (est.) 2017 Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) program is Monday (Sept. 25) and $221,766 in purses will be up for grabs between the age, gait and gender divisions at Plainridge Park. There are a total of nine stake races Monday, four of which are non-betting and the action begins at 1 p.m. Horses that have already competed in breeding programs in New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Ohio and Ontario will now be eligible to the lucrative Massachusetts program as a result of the resident broodmare registration that gives the breeder the flexibility to select any top stallion in any state and bring the mare to Massachusetts to foal. The foal is then eligible to the Massachusetts Sire Stakes program as well as the state program where the stallion is standing. All four 2016 MASS 2-year-old champions are back at three to try and repeat their success at three and all four look to be favored in their respective competitions. Here is a preview of the top horse(s) in each division. 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings Muscles Jared (Muscle Massive-Tetiana) was the 2-year-old MASS champion and this year has competed heavily on the Grand Circuit as well as in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS). He has finished second in his last four starts including the $252,000 PASS final behind Dover Dan in 1:53.3. Muscles Jared took a lifetime mark of 1:54 at Vernon Downs in June and now has $297,721 in lifetime earnings. Trainer George Ducharme has Chris Lems up to drive Muscles Jared who leaves from post two in the second non-betting race. (PT-1:15 p.m.) 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Lindy The Kid (Artistic Fella-Lindy's Bandita) took sophomore honors in the division last year and has been lightly raced coming into this start. After competed in Ontario at the beginning of summer, he was given a break in July and brought back with a sharp 1:55.3 qualifier that he followed up with a 10-1/2 length, 1:54 victory in an overnight event. If he minds his manners he will give his competition all they can handle. Greg Merton will pick up the lines for trainer Frank Antonacci as Lindy The Kid leaves from post two in the third non-betting race. (PT-1:30 p.m.) 3-year-old trotting fillies Onangelwings (Archangel-Anotherpennyplease) was an undefeated champion in MASS action in 2016 but has made only one start this year back in June. Most recently the filly has qualified twice at Vernon Downs in preparation for this series; the last time finishing second to the second leading money-earning 3-year-old trotting filly in North America, Barn Bella. George Ducharme and Chris Lems once again team up as Onangelwings starts from post five in the first non-betting event. (PT-1 p.m.) 3-year-old pacing fillies Spoxy's Girl (Neutralize-Royal Ribbons) was never off the board in MASS action last year and has come back in 2017 in fine form as she has been racing in the Maine Sire Stakes (MESS) with much success. With two wins, four seconds and two thirds in the series she currently sits fourth in points there. She comes into this race winning two out of her last three starts and has the most money earned this year in the race. Trainer Mike Graffam has Nick Graffam in the bike behind Spoxy's Girl who has been made the morning line 3-2 favorite from post three in the fifth race on the regular card. (PT-3:50 p.m.) Delaware Heat (Western Ideal-Shady Sabrina) is the fourth returning champion from last year and this will be her first start back at Plainridge since she won the final last October. After racing at Harrington Raceway over the summer, Delaware Heat moved to Maine and put in two solid overnight efforts at Scarborough Downs and the Farmington Fair where she won easily in 1:59 by open lengths. Trainer Kevin Switzer has assigned Shawn Gray to drive and they are the 9-5 choice from post four. 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) has been tested hard this year racing in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and then two major stakes at Mohawk Raceway. He finished second in the $75,104 Champlain Stake before qualifying for the $328,000 final of the William Wellwood where he drew post seven and chased a runaway winner in 1:52.4. He certainly comes into this race tight as a drum and ready to roll. Frank Antonacci has Greg Merton up for the first time behind Kinda Lucky Lindy who leaves from post six at 3-5 in the fourth race on the regular card (PT-3:30 p.m.). 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings (This group goes in two divisions) Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) is the most seasoned entry in this division having competed in the MESS. There he is the fifth highest point-getter and is nine out of 10 in the money with $23,597 on his card. He comes into this event fresh off a lifetime best win of 1:57.4, wire to wire. Eddie Davis Jr. both trains and drives Twelve who is 7-5 from post three in race one on the regular card (PT-2:30 p.m.). Master Of Love (Vintage Master-Denverlove) won an Ontario Sire Stake at Mohawk on Monday (July 10) in 1:55.3 after trailing ninth by 14-lengths at the quarter. He was then off for two months before qualifying at Vernon Downs where he suffered broken equipment. Ducharme/Lems send out Master Of Love from post five at 3-5 in race three of the regular card (PT-3:10 p.m.). 2-year-old trotting fillie Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) had some early success in the NYSS finishing second, third and fifth in three starts. But the filly was rested in July and has just qualified back last week at Vernon Downs where she won handily in 2:02. Steve Smith drives from post two for George Ducharme in the fourth non-betting race (PT-1:45 p.m.). 2-year-old pacing fillies Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) finished third in her first lifetime start at Harrington Raceway the first week of September before shipping to Maine to win an overnight event at Farmington in 2:01.1 last week. Shawn Gray drives for Kevin Switzer from post five and is listed at 1-1 in the second race on the regular card (PT-2:50 p.m.). A chief rival will be Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) who just finished third from post eight in an overnight at Saratoga Raceway in 1:55.2. She is winless in nine starts but has also drawn poorly all year. Delco Dusty is 2-1 from post three and trainer Heidi Rohr has Greg Merton up to drive. Here is the complete schedule of dates for the Massachusetts Sire Stakes: September 25 2 & 3 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added October 2 2 & 3 Year Old Second Leg $25,000 added October 23 2 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added October 30 3 Year old Third Leg $25,000 added November 6 2 & 3 Year Old Finals $85,000 est.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, Ma---While many other state's sire stakes programs have already had their finals or have them coming up on the harness racing calendar soon, the Massachusetts Sire Stakes is preparing to get its 2017 schedule underway at the end of September. However, some horses competing in programs from surrounding states will also be starting in the Massachusetts program and that is because of the state's resident mare rule allowing dual eligibility for each Massachusetts foal. The 2017 Massachusetts Sire Stakes schedule is as follows: September 25 - 2 and 3-year-old First Leg $25,000 (est.) October 2 - 2 and 3-year-old Second Leg $25,000 (est.) October 23 - 2-year-old Third Leg $25,000 (est.) October 30 - 3-year-old Third Leg $25,000 (est.) November 6 - 2 and 3-year-old Finals $75,000 (est.) The success of Plainridge Park Casino has enriched the breeding program in Massachusetts as a result of the percentage paid to that program through the provisions of the Race Horse Development Fund. The $1.2 million in sire stake purses being offered this year is double that of 2015 and is expected to continue growing exponentially as the MGM Springfield Casino opens in 2018 and the and the Wynn Boston Harbor Casino comes online in 2019. Longtime Massachusetts breeders like Ralph Andersen, Eddie Blash, Steven Richards, Terry Mc Gee and Joel Wheeler have supported the breeding program in the state for many years and Maine based breeders like Kevin Switzer have also bred their mares to Maine sires and brought them to Massachusetts to foal. All the local breeders have experienced the lows of the past and are now poised for profiting from the highs of the future. The program, while still growing, has already found its place on the radar of many Grand Circuit trainers as well this year and sale prices from mares in foal and Massachusetts eligible yearlings are expected to noticeably rise at the sales this fall as the breedings are just now trying to catch up to the demand. And major players have had very positive comments this year about the Massachusetts Sire Stakes program and the direction it is moving in. Paul Kelley said "I think there's a lot of enthusiasm right now because of the new money that's available there. More and more people are trying to buy Massachusetts breds so the breeding program has the opportunity to expand. I think they've done a fantastic job promoting Plainridge and the breeding program and it's only a little over two hours from where I am so if I can buy a horse that can compete in their program, I definitely will invest in it. I love that area, I grew up in Walpole and I would love the opportunity to race there more often." George Ducharme said "The Massachusetts Sire Stakes has been a great success for the local horsemen. The guys who have stuck it out breeding there and kept their farms alive are finally going to get to benefit a little and get back on their feet. I think the program is going to just keep exploding the way it's going right now." Frank Antonacci said "We have been breeding in Massachusetts for quite a few years now and I think it's a great program. The way it's set up, it drives the economy in Massachusetts and it allows people to raise horses on great farms in in the state while breeding to the best stallions in the world. It's a fantastic program; a thoughtfully laid out program. And as the program continues to grow, it's set up perfectly." The Antonacci family currently has 14 Mass breds this year while Ducharme has 11, including Muscles Jared who just finished second in the $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) finals at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday (Sept. 3). It's important to note that resident mares need to be registered with the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Health by December 1, 2017 in order for the foal to be eligible to the Massachusetts program. The foal will also be eligible to the state program where the stallion is standing, so having it eligible to two different stake programs simultaneously brings extra equity to the breeding. You can race your horse in the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Maine Sire Stakes and then bring it to Massachusetts in September and October and be entitled to even more earnings opportunities. This year Massachusetts breeders have gone from 56 to 72, the number of resident broodmares has risen from 40 to 111 and there are now 40 working Standardbred farms in the state. These numbers are expected to continue to go up as demand for these horses gets stronger and horses foaled in the state next year are expected to be the most valuable yet. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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