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Plainville, MA --- The richest finals ever offered in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) were contested at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) with eight divisions of horses competing for their share of the $800,000 up for grabs. Highlights of the day include 2017 2-year-old titleholders Delco Dusty and I'm A Clown became two-time champions as they also took sophomore honors, a total of five horses remained undefeated in MASS competition this year, trainers George Ducharme and Domenico Cecere each started two divisional winners and drivers Scott Zeron and Shawn Gray each won two races during the series finals. The following is a summary of all eight MASS divisional finals. $100,000 3-year-old pacing filly Champion Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) Time: 1:55 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Driver: Shawn Gray Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $5.20 Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) got away quick and led fellow co-favorites Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) and Delco Dusty to the quarter in :28.3. It was at that station that Gray pulled Delco Dusty and brushed past Gonna Hear Me Rohr to take the lead by the time the race went into the second turn. Delco Dusty looked strong on the front rolling past three-quarters in 1:26.1 and at the top of the stretch, had a solid two-length lead. But Campbell was not done and he started working Gonna Hear Me Rohr hard as she ducked into the pylon lane. Campbell kept rocking while Gray leaned still in the bike as Delco Dusty held on to win by a head in 1:55. It was the fourth win in the last five starts for Delco Dusty who is showing $111,193 on her card this year. $100,000 3-year-old pacing colt and gelding Champion I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) Time: 1:54.4 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Driver: Mitchel Cushing Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 I'm A Clown was as dominant today as he's been in the three preliminary legs. After grabbing an easy lead, Cushing held tight lines on I'm A Clown as he cut fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25.3. At that last station Cushing popped the plugs and gave a little leather slack and I'm A Clown exploded into the last turn like he was shot from a canon and opened up four lengths immediately. When he turned for home there was no one to challenge and I'm A Clown won by six in 1:54.4. I'm a Clown has now won four in a row, all in MASS competition and has boosted his annual income to $83,391 as a result. $100,000 3-year-old trotting filly Champion Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) Time: 1:58 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Driver: Shawn Gray Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB Ithinkthatsmine watched as stablemate Bag O Chips (Steve Smith) took command. She followed along for almost a quarter mile before Gray pulled her to take the lead at that first marker and that was it for the rest of the race. After getting to the half in :57.4 and the three-quarters in 1:27.4 Ithinkthatsmine was on top by four and cruising. But Gray took his foot off the pedal at the head of the lane and Ithinkthatsmine trotted home handily and two lengths ahead of Bag O Chips in 1:58. It was the 10th win of the year for Ithinkthatsmine who went four-for-four in the 2018 MASS and now has $162,280 in earnings this year. $100,000 2-year-old trotting filly Champion Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) Time: 1:58.1 Owner: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Domenico Cecere Driver: Scott Zeron Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $2.10 Just Enuf Sass (Mike Stevenson) left sharply and took the lead as Taylor Swiftly settled in second going into the turn. Sensing the tepid quarter rating, Zeron tipped Taylor Swiftly before hitting the front straight and took over the lead as they passed the grandstand. Taylor Swiftly tended to her business while Just Enuf Sass and Crystalline (Shawn Gray) tracked her from behind second and third. But coming out of the final turn, Just Enuf Sass made a break and Taylor Swiftly strode out to a nine-length advantage and hit the wire the easiest of winners in 1:58.1. Taylor Swiftly has now earned $151,175 on the strength of five wins this year, two of which came in the MASS races. $100,000 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding Champion Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) Time: 1:58.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Driver: Jimmy Whittemore Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $2.20 Simple Kaos was floated out fourth while early positioning by Precision (Steve Smith) and The Fixer (Mark Athearn) took place. After The Fixer finally took the lead, Whittemore brought Simple Kaos out, brushed to the front and then proceeded to demolish the field. Simple Kaos was on top at the half by five, extended that to seven at the three-quarters and flew down the lane by as many as he wanted, to be a wrapped-up winner in 1:58.4. Simple Kaos has now won four in a row, all in MASS competition and has earned $123,750 as a result. $100,000 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding Champion Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) Time: 1:56.1 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Driver: Heath Campbell Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $2.60 Victorias Maverick kept the same strategy that has worked so well in his three previous MASS wins; that was going to the front. After a decent :27.3 first quarter Victorias Maverick didn't have to work too hard from there, getting to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.2. With Levi (Scott Renz) following him close the whole mile, Campbell took no chances and chased Victorias Maverick in the lane to keep him interested and he responded to win by three in 1:56.1. Victorias Maverick now has a total six wins this year after sweeping his MASS legs with $133,973 in earnings. $100,000 3-year-old trotting colt and gelding Champion Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) Time: 1:57.4 Owner: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Domenico Cecere Driver: Scott Zeron Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $3.40 Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) got the first call in the race but Kinda Lucky Lindy soon took over and put on a clinic when he did. With the whip under his arm and nothing more than a line-drive from there, Zeron sat the passenger while Kinda Lucky Lindy did all the work himself. After cutting fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.4, Kinda Lucky Lindy turned for home looking like a freight train. With the rest of the field unable to keep up, he dug in and opened up a three-length lead under the wire and won in 1:58.4. It was the fifth win of the year and second in MASS competition for Kinda Lucky Lindy who has now earned $114,284 in purses. $100,000 2-year-old pacing filly Champion Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) Time: 2:00 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Driver: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice dropped in second behind A Gal Named Harry (Todd O'Dea) and was content to sit in tow for the first part of the mile. After getting to the half in :59.3, A Gal Named Harry started to fatigue and Hardy tipped Karan's Choice at the five-eighths and rolled to the top. From the three-quarter pole on, Hardy was sitting chilly and line-driving Karan's Choice who kept a consistent two-length advantage all the way to the wire where she won in 2:00. Karan's Choice went undefeated in the MASS and now has $124,344 made for the year. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The most lucrative races ever offered for Massachusetts-bred Standardbreds will be contested at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) when the eligibles for the $800,000 Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) finals convene. Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 1:30 p.m. when the first of two non-betting events will start. The regular pari-mutuel program begins at 2 p.m. and features six more MASS contests that are carded as race one through six. Trainer George Ducharme who is a native of Walpole, Massachusetts, is bringing the largest contingent of entrants to these finals as nine of his students will go postward. They include the series undefeated 3-year-old trotting filly Ithinkthatsmine and 2-year-old trotting gelding Simple Kaos. Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) is three for three in the preliminary legs and she won them by a combined 17 lengths. For the year she has nine wins in 16 starts and having already competed in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), has $112,280 on her card. Shawn Gray will team Ithinkthatsmine once again in the non-betting event. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) won his three legs by a combined 14 lengths and has pocketed $73,750 this year. He has had random breaks throughout the year but when he behaves himself, has looked peerless. Jimmy Whittemore will team Simple Kaos who is the 3-5 morning choice. Other undefeated horses coming into the final are I'm A Clown, Victorias Maverick and Karan's Choice. 3-year-old pacing gelding I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) has been devastating in the MASS so far, trouncing his competition by over 24 lengths. He will be looking for his fourth straight win on Tuesday. Mitchell Cushing is up in the rigging again and is tabbed the early 7-5 favorite. Much like I'm A Clown, 2-year-old pacing gelding Victorias Maverick's (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) three wins came with a 16 length total margin of victory and his competitors have not been able to get close in this series. Despite an outside draw for the final, he still looks like the one to beat once again. Heath Campbell looks to have another big week behind the favored 3-5 Victorias Maverick. 2-year-old pacing mare Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) won her first two legs easily but just got up to catch Cominrightatyou (Western Maverick-Express Ball N) last week. This well-seasoned first year competitor raced in Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) this summer and knows what it takes to seal the deal. Jim Hardy drives in the non-betting event. Where some of these races may appear somewhat one-sided, there are several events offering solid match-ups that should provide close finishes and value betting. In the 2-year-old trotting filly split, Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) won her first start in the series last week after shipping in from Lexington, but for a while she was chasing the quickly improving Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who had a two-length lead in the last turn before making an untimely break. Had she stayed flat that race could have gone a different direction. Scott Zeron will team the 3-5 Taylor Swiftly while the 7-2 Crystalline will be driven by Shawn Gray. The 3-year-old trotting males division has been a heavyweight match between Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who has won twice and Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) who won their last match-up last week. They will square off once again here with the title on the line. Shawn Gray will drive Hashtagmadeyalook at 6-5 and Scott Zeron will team Kinda Lucky Lindy at 9-5. And finally the three-headed monster in the 3-year-old pacing filly division features Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl), Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K) and Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) who have all finished in the top three in all three legs. This may be the best race all day and who wins this week probably depends on how the race unfolds. Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) is 7-5, Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) is 8-5 and Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) is 5-2. Tuesday will also see Plainridge Park play host to the richest Standardbred in the history of the sport. The $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will make a farewell tour stop at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon as part of the biggest day of harness racing in Massachusetts this year. Foiled Again's lifetime win count now stands at 105 as he comes to Plainridge off his victory at Harrington Raceway. Foiled Again has been in New England before, winning his 103rd lifetime victory at the Windsor Fair in Maine last month and in 2009 when he won the Beckwith pace in 1:50.4 at Plainridge with Dave Palone driving. Owned by Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and JJK Stables and trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again will not compete in a race on Tuesday. However he will go a training mile in front of the crowd, lead several post parades and greet his fans in the Winner's Circle for pictures. And if that weren't enough, to add even more entertainment value to the program the fans on hand can look forward to gift card giveaways after every stake race throughout the day sponsored by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Weather was a factor as the $163,000 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-olds assembled at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9). Rain that started after the early non-betting race continued to increase and the track became sloppy after the first race of the card. But conditions didn't stop Ithinkthatsmine and I'm A Clown from remaining undefeated in the series this year nor keep Gonna Hear Me Rohr, Kinda Lucky Lindy and Latent Print from scoring their first 2018 wins in the stake. $40,400 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:58.1 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) remained the second-year trotting filly to beat in this series, winning in convincing style once again. Leading at every post, Ithinkthatsmine dictated by open lengths and was clocked in :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.3 before turning for home and cruising to a five-length win in 1:58.1. Now with 10 wins on the year, Ithinkthatsmine has gone over the century mark in earnings; now boasting $112,280 in purses. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:56.3 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 Heavy 1-9 post time favorite I'm a Clown (Mitchell Cushing) left quickly for the lead but had early opposition on the point this week from Twelve (Jim Hardy) who also left and rode shotgun outside the leader to the five-eighths marker. At that station Cushing fed I'm A Clown some line and the pacer opened up a two length advantage. As the race went around the last turn, I'm A Clown continued to extend his lead and ended up six-lengths in front at the wire under no urging whatsoever in 1:56.3. $40,100 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K) 1:56 Owner: Bradford Veilleux Trainer: James Dunn Breeder: Heidi Rohr Mutuel: $9.00 Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) took the lead and went to the quarter in :29 flat. Not happy with the pace, Deco Dusty (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and claimed the front before they hit the second turn. Positions remained unchanged until the three-quarter pole when Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) came storming up the outside to get within a length of the leader as they hit the stretch. But when her bid failed, Delco Dusty faded off the pylons allowing Gonna Hear Me Rohr a clear path down the lane. Gonna Hear Me Rohr then flew through under heavy urging by Campbell and won in 1:56. $42,150 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) 1:58.2 Owner: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Domenico Cecere Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $5.00 Longshot Paging Doctor Teo (Sergio Corona) surprisingly left while the favorites Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) sat second and Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) ducked in third. After the leader got to the quarter in :28.4, Hashtagmadeyalook quickly pulled and tried to take command. He got parked to the five-eighths before he actually cleared and when he did, Kinda Lucky Lindy was on his back. As they hit the turn Merton pulled Kinda Lucky Lindy and came right at Hashtagmadeyalook and from there the two trotted side by side around the turn and into the stretch. When they straightened out, Kinda Lucky Lindy proved the best today as he pulled away to a two-length win in 1:58.2. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Latent Print (Camluck-Affluence) 1:55.4 Owners: Holly Guastalli and Scott Renz Trainer: Scott Renz Breeders: John Sears and Holly Guastalli Mutuel: $14.00 Latent Print (Scott Renz) got away third while Shiplap (Ivan Davies) hustled to the front. With the race in single file fashion through three-quarters of the mile behind the leader, Shiplap got everything his own way. But Renz rolled Latent Print off the pylons heading into the last turn and drew even with the leader at the head of the stretch. The top two tangled when Beantown Elijah (Jimmy Whittemore) joined the fray and all three were within a length of each other for the drive. However Latent Print was able to get the advantage at the wire and won by a neck in 1:55.4, which was a new lifetime mark. The $800,000 finals of the 2018 Massachusetts Sire Stakes will be held at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30). Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 2 p.m. and state bred champions will all be crowned by the end of the day. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, please log on to www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for first-year state-breds resumed at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 22) after a one week break and offered four divisions vying for $163,434 in total purse money. First-time series starter Taylor Swiftly and two-time series winner Simple Kaos took different paths to victory but both turned in dominating performances. $40,300 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) 1:58.2 Owners: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Dominico Cecere Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $2.10 Scott Zeron took Taylor Swiftly off the gate to settle in fourth and watched as Crystalline (Shawn Gray) took command by the quarter. The race progressed to the five-eighths before Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) pulled first-over and Taylor Swiftly was happy to follow with the cover. Crystalline was beginning to trot away from the field around the last turn, opening up a three-length advantage. So Zeron tipped Taylor Swiftly three-deep around Ev's Girl and really got the filly in gear. Taylor Swiftly drew alongside Crystalline at the head of the stretch and as soon as she did, Crystalline broke; leaving Taylor Swiftly to trot home alone under wraps by three-lengths in 1:58.2. It was one start and one win in the MASS for Taylor Swiftly who now joins Ev's Girl and Just Enuf Sass who each have the same win record in this division heading into the final. $40,500 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:57.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $3.00 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) left nothing to chance as he bolted for the lead and headed his group at every station during the mile. After going :28.3, :58.1 and 1:27.2 by a gapped two-lengths on top, Simple Kaos trotted away effortlessly to a four-length victory in 1:57.4 while The Fixer (Mark Athearn) outdueled Precision (Steve Smith) for place. Simple Kaos won his three MASS legs by a combined 14-lengths and looks to become a champion next week. $42,334 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:55.3 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $3.40 It was gate to wire once again for Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) who got little challenge from anyone else in the race. Cutting the quarters in :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26, Victorias Maverick was on top by four heading into the lane and cruised home an easy winner in 1:55.3. Victorias Maverick won by a total of 16-lengths in his three MASS victories and should be heavily favored next week in the final. $40,300 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:58.1 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) sat second behind Cominrightatyou (Ron Cushing) in a two-horse breakaway through fractions of :30, :59.2 and 1:28.4 before pulling in the lane. From there it was a hard fought stretch battle between the two all the way to the wire where Karan's Choice got the advantage to win by a neck in 1:58.1. Karan's Choice will join Victoria's Maverick and Simple Kaos as undefeated MASS finalist. The MASS continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the 3-year-olds get together for their third and final leg. Five divisions will compete for a total of $163,000 in purse money as they all try to make the final next week. One MASS leg on Tuesday is a non-betting race and goes off at 1:45 p.m. The regular betting card has a post time of 2 p.m. with the MASS events going as race one through four. The MASS finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Plainridge Park with a record $800,000 in purse money to be distributed. Eight divisions will go for $100,000 each and state champions will be determined for age, sex and gait. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, log onto www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After a one week respite the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) return to action at Plainridge Park. Four freshman races totaling $163,434 go to post on Monday afternoon (Oct. 22) while five events for second-year starters totaling $163,000 will be contested on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 23). On Monday, one notable first time series starter in the 2-year-old trotting filly division is Lindy Farm's bred and owned Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) who has been campaigning in the Blue Grass State since August. There she registering three consecutive wins in the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KSS) before finishing third in the $250,000 final after cutting the mile as the heavy favorite. Monday Taylor Swiftly has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $40,300 second race and trainer Domenico Cecere has Scott Zeron headed to Massachusetts to pilot the filly once again. Three two-time 2018 MASS winners are back this week trying to make it a series sweep in the other three divisions as all heads are pointed to the finals next week. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) has gone two-for-two in dominating fashion in the 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding division and is the heavy 3-5 favorite to do so once again. George Ducharme has Jimmy Whittemore in stirrup duty as normal this week. Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) is also unbeaten in MASS action this year, besting all 2-year-old pacing males to this point. He is 4-5 before the betting starts for trainer Valerie Grondin and driver Heath Campbell. And Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) who was a runaway winner last week against the 2-year-old pacing fillies goes for her third straight win in the lone non-betting event for trainer/driver Jim Hardy. Post time for the non-betting race is 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. with the MASS divisions programmed as event one through three on the regular card. The 3-year-olds return on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 23) and four of those five races look to be very competitive battles offering betting value as well. A close three-way contest should be between the 3-year-old pacing fillies Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl), Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven) and Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K). Delco Dusty has won the first two legs of the MASS for trainer Jimmy Nickerson but Kevin Switzer's Rock Me Threetimes came up just short last week in finishing second. And Gonna Hear Me Rohr comes in off a big 13-length romp in the Maine Sire Stakes finals last week for trainer James Dunn. Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) is 7-5, Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) is 2-1 and Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) is 5-2 morning line for this race. With the 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings having gone two divisions all three weeks, two-time winners I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) and Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) have not met head to head so far. However that changed this week as they drew the same division setting up a heavyweight battle worth noting. Kevin Switzer's I'm A Clown (Mitchell Cushing) has been made 4-5 morning line and Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) is 8-5 for trainer Valerie Grondin in what should be a very exciting match up. In the other division of 3-year-old pacing males, Shiplap (Real Desire-Unbeachable) looks like a solid starter at 7-5 for trainer/driver Ivan Davies with Beantown Elijah (Dragon Again-Wondrous Grace) being his main rival at 9-5 for the Ducharme/Whittemore tandem. George Ducharme also has top trotters Hashtagmadeyalook and Ithinkthatsmine in the mix with Shawn Gray sitting behind both of them once again. Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) has gone two in a row but Domenico Cecere's Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) has been right behind him both times by a mere head and nose. These two will hook up again and all bets are off as to who comes out on top this time. Hashtagmadeyalook is even money going in with Kinda Lucky Lindy (Scott Zeron) rated a value at 5-2 this week. Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has been peerless among 3-year-old trotting fillies in the MASS this year, winning her first two starts by combined 11-lengths and it would appear she should not be challenged once again on Monday. This is a non-betting event that goes before the betting card starts. Post time for the non-betting race is 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. with the MASS divisions programmed as event one through four. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- There were no real surprises in the $162,300 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for harness racing 3-year-olds at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9) as all five first leg winners repeated; four of them heavy favorites and four of them in runaway fashion. Driver Shawn Gray had a huge afternoon, leading all other reinsmen by winning three of the five series races. $42,150 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:56.4 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $2.60 The heavy 1-5 favorite Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) took command of the race with the 2-1 second choice Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) sitting right behind him. After settling the field to the quarter, Gray grabbed leather and went :30.1 and :29.3 the next two panels. As the race approached the top of the lane it was a two horse breakaway with Kinda Lucky Lindy pulling the pocket with dead-aim on Hashtagmadeyalook. With Merton driving hard, Kinda Lucky Lindy was making up ground with every stride. But Hashtagmadeyalook held sway under a line drive from Gray and won by a neck in 1:56.4. Hashtagmadeyalook has now banked $71,615 on the strength of five wins this year. $39,700 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:56.3 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $2.20 If the 1-9 odds didn't prove it, her performance certainly did. Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) was in a league of her own leading the field of state-bred peers from gate to wire. Setting fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.4, Ithinkthatsmine had a five-length lead at the top of the stretch as Gray already had her wrapped up at that point. However heading towards the wire she still pulled away more to win by six in 1:56.3. It was the eighth win of the year for Ithinkthatsmine, who now has earned $92,080 in 2018. The win also gave trainer George Ducharme a training double in MASS races on Tuesday. $40,100 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:55.3 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $5.40 Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) flew off the gate and smoked the first quarter in :26.3 while Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) took full advantage of the garden spot trip. As the race progressed, the field remained in single-file order past the half and to the three quarters in 1:25.2. Raging with pace at that point, Gray pulled Delco Dusty halfway into the final bend and the mare responded to the move. Delco Dusty opened up a three-length lead at the top of the lane and paced away to an easy six-length victory in 1:55.3. It was the third win of the year for Delco Dusty; all three coming in her last three starts. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:53.2 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.10 I'm a Clown (Mitchell Cushing) fired off the wings and took the lead before yielding that spot to a game Shiplap (Ivan Davies) who rushed to the quarter in :27. But just as that timer was tripped, Cushing had I'm A Clown out and rolling once again to retake the lead and this time it was for good. After cruising past the half and hitting the three quarters in 1:24.4, I'm A Clown switched into glide and he was gone. On top by three in the turn, by eight at the head of the lane and by 12 at the wire, I'm A Clown annihilated the field for a second straight week, winning in 1:53.3. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for I'm A Clown who certainly looks like he's in season's best form right now. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 1:54.4 Owners: William Varney and Heath Campbell Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeders: William Varney and Valerie Grondin Mutuel: $2.60 Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) led the whole race and appeared under no duress doing it. After taking the field to the half in :56.4 with Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) sitting on his back, Pembroke Pharoah faced a challenge from Beantown Elijah (Jimmy Whittemore) who pulled first-over and tried to apply more pressure going up the back stretch. With the field close at the three quarter pole, Campbell let Pembroke Pharoah out a notch and his charge responded well. He opened up a three-length lead around the last turn and then pulled away down the lane with Campbell as a passenger to win in 1:54.4. It was the third win in a row and eighth of the year for Pembroke Pharoah who now has collected $61,661 in purses this season. There is a break in the MASS action next week. The series will resume on Monday (Oct. 22) when the 2-year-olds reconvene and on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the 3-year-olds get back together. The finals for both age groups will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, please log on to www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for freshman state-breds was held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 8) with five harness racing divisions vying for $159,736 in purse money. Among the solid efforts put in by all the winners, Victoria's Maverick and Just Enuf Sass took center stage and both replaced standing stake and track records in their divisions while setting new personal bests in the process. And despite cool temperatures and a persistent drizzle, all told there were two track records , three stake records and four lifetime marks set in the series races. $20,118 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:54.4 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $2.40 If this were a fight it would have been "no mas" for the rest of the field as Victoria's Maverick (Heath Campbell) continues to dominate this division. After leading through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26.1, Victoria's Maverick opened up a three-length advantage immediately past the three-quarters and with Campbell sitting statuesque, continued to open up lengths and eventually finding himself on top by seven at the wire in 1:54.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for Victoria's Maverick and also a new MASS and Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. $41,000 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Just Enuf Sass (Boy Band-Sassy's Child) 1:57.1 Owners: Joseph Flynn, Edward Flynn Trainer: Joseph Flynn Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $20.60 Just Enuf Sass (Mike Stevenson) got away second behind Mother Theresa (Patrizio Ancora) and sat there while the race moved to the half in :58.1. There, an outer flow came led by Crystalline (Shawn Gray) who quickly drew alongside the leader. At the three-quarters they were two in and two out with Just Enuf Sass locked in fourth at the pylons. They stayed this way around the last turn when Crystalline pulled away to a two length lead and looked like the deal was done. However Just Enuf Sass was finally able to extract herself from the box and moved into the center of the racetrack and with only one tap from Stevenson, trotted her hips off down the lane to win by a length in 1:57.1. The time of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime mark for Just Enuf Sass and also a new MASS and Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. $38,700 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:57.2 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB After letting A Gal Named Harry (Todd O'Dea) lead the field to the quarter, Jim Hardy pulled Karan's Choice from the pocket to take control before the half and eventually pulled away to a dominant victory. After hitting the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with no challengers in sight, Karan's Choice paced home with an eight-length lead under the wire in 1:57.2, tying his lifetime mark. $20,118 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) 1:55.3 Owners: Glenn Harris, Marion Phelps Trainer: David Crochere Breeder: Glenn Harris, Marion Phelps Mutuel: $3.00 It took almost three-eighths of a mile after getting the cold shoulder from Cyalatabi (Ron Cushing), but CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) finally got the front as the race passed the stands for the first time. After a very short respite once passing the half in :57.2, CBF Bantam was challenged again, this time by Littlebitshady (Ivan Davies). From the three-quarters on, CBF Bantam and Littlebitshady hooked up in an epic battle. Pacing side-by-side with both drivers loose-lining and rocking, little separated CBF Bantam and Littlebitshady all the way to the wire until CBF Bantam got his head in front to stop the clock in 1:55.3. The time of 1:55.3 was a new lifetime mark for CBF Bantam and since this race was contested prior to Victoria's Maverick's win, it broke the standing MASS stake record for the first time on Monday. $39,800 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:56.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $3.60 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) sat chill in fourth while three horses argued for the lead. Once that dust settled, Whittemore pulled off the turn and gained the front as the race entered the second turn. From the halfway point home, Whittemore line-drove Simple Kaos whose victory never looked in doubt. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Simple Kaos was on cruise control and trotted home without opposition and well within himself, crossing the wire up by four in 1:56.4. The MASS continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 9) when the 3-year-olds get together for their second leg. Five divisions will compete for $162,300 in total purses as they try to make the final with one more leg to come. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, log onto www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Monday (Oct. 8) will be a big day at Plainridge Park as Harness Racing Hall of Famer Roger Huston will be making a stop in the announcer's booth to call races for the first time in the state of Massachusetts. Huston, who is known as "The Voice" of the Little Brown Jug since 1967, is the regular race caller at the Meadows and has been for the last 42 years. During his career, Huston has called 177,700 races at 143 different tracks and he is looking forward to adding Plainridge Park to that list. "I am proud of going to so many different places all over the world and am excited to call races at Plainridge. A number of horsemen who race there are friends of mine and I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I am also looking forward to working with (Plainridge's regular announcer) Lenny Calderone as we worked together at Dover Downs many years ago" said Huston. Huston picked a good day for his visit to Plainridge as he will be calling all the action of the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS), which will reconvene on Monday with five divisions of 2-year-olds competing for a total of $159,736 in purse money. There is a non-betting MASS race before the regular card that will start at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race of the betting card is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Wet weather and an off track engulfed Plainridge Park for a second straight day as the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) 3-year-olds made their first start of the 2018 season in five divisions pursuing of the available purses totaling $163,840 on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 2).   Owner Ray Campbell Jr., trainer George Ducharme and driver Shawn Gray teamed up to win two of the five MASS races while three of last year's 2-year-old champions, Hashtagmadeyalook, Delco Dusty and I'm A Clown, made their bid to repeat as the best at three with wins in their first leg outings today. $41,450 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:58.1 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $6.00 Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) drifted outside at the start of the race before moving up to take the lead by the quarter in :29.2. Merton then backed the half off to a minute with no one pushing the issue. It wasn't until the five-eighths pole that Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and trotted alongside the leader before heading into the last turn where it became a full blown match race. The top two pulled away from the field; Kinda Lucky Lindy on the pylons and Hashtagmadeyalook on the outside. They went stride for stride, side by side all the way to the wire and it took a photo to show Hashtagmadeyalook winning by a nose in 1:58.1. It was the fourth win in 10 starts this year for Hashtagmadeyalook who now has earned $50,540 in purses. $39,000 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:59.4 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB After two starters made breaks off the gate in the already short field, Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) found herself on top by four lengths at the quarter. From there she led stablemate Bag O Chips (Steve Smith) for the remainder of the mile until the top of the stretch when she pulled away by herself and won by six-lengths in 1:59.4. Ithinkthatsmine now has seven wins this year and earnings of $72,230. $40,800 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:54.1 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $7.20 Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) went for the front and cruised there unchallenged to the half in :57.1. At that station Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) pulled from third, advanced towards the leader and drew almost even with her at the three-quarter pole. But Delco Dusty responded by pacing away to a two length lead, forcing Rock Me Threetimes to go back to the pylons. Cushing never gave up on the filly and Rock Me Threetimes came on again in deep stretch under heavy urging but Delco Dusty was under a hand drive by Gray and won by a length in 1:54.1. The win time tied Delco Dusty's seasonal mark and her second win in eight starts pushed her earnings to $31,118. $21,295 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:54.1 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 Going off at 1-9 it was no surprise that I'm A Clown (Mitchell Cushing) went to the front and was intent on dictating this race. After getting to the half in :57.4 with everyone single file behind, I'm A Clown turned it on the final two quarters posting a :56.3 back half and cruising home with a six length lead to win in 1:54.1. It was the first win of the year for I'm A Clown and the time was also a new lifetime mark for the winner. $21,295 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 1:54.1 Owners: William Varney and Heath Campbell Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeders: William Varney and Valerie Grondin Mutuel: $2.40 Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) took early command and opened up a three length advantage going around the first turn. However with Latent Print (Scott Renz) gapping in second, Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) was rousted from third and eventually made his way to the lead in front of the stands before the half. It was pretty much over at that point as Pembroke Pharoah was pacing well in hand up the backside, past the three-quarters and around the final turn. At the top of the stretch with Campbell sitting chilly, Pembroke Pharoah won at will by three lengths in 1:54.1. Pembroke Pharoah captured a new lifetime mark in winning his sixth win of the year and has now banked $51,575 in purses for 2018. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Dark skies, steadily increasing rain and a track that was downgraded as the program progressed was the stage set for the first $163,234 2-year-old leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 1). But the undesirable conditions didn't diminish the performances put in by the best bred freshmen trotters and pacers in the Commonwealth. $41,200 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:57 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $5.80 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) got away fourth off the gate while The Fixer (Mark Athearn) took control of the race and led the group to a :29 first quarter. That lead was short-lived as Simple Kaos pulled in front of the stands and rolled to the front in a commanding fashion, hitting the half in :58.2. From there Whittemore became a passenger while his trotter had things well under control. Continuing up the backside Simple Kaos and The Fixer drew away from the rest of the field and then Simple Kaos pulled away from The Fixer at the top of the stretch. Down the lane Simple Kaos jogged away under no urging and was a wrapped-up six-length winner in 1:57. $43,034 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:56 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $3.40 Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) left no doubt who was the best in this division, grabbing an early lead and putting the competition away almost immediately. After cutting a fairly easy half of :58, Campbell stepped on the gas pedal and Victorias Maverick put some distance between himself and the rest of field by the three-quarters. From there he simply walked away from the field, eventually widening the gap of victory to six-lengths under the wire in 1:56. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Victorias Maverick and it also tied the stake record. $40,300 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindys Lullaby) 1:59.2 Owners: Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC Trainer: Julie Miller Breeder: K R Breeding LLC Mutuel: $3.00 Unbelindyble (Greg Merton) left sharply for the lead and looked strong cutting the quarter in :29.2. But Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) was out and moving as they hit that station and she took the lead as they passed under the wire for the first time. Halfway up the backside Ev's Girl opened a four-length advantage but the race was far from over. Crystalline (Shawn Gray) caught up and drew alongside at three-quarters and Unbelindyble was still tracking from behind, a closer third. Down the lane Ev's Girl was under a line drive by Smith as Gray was urging Crystalline who was closing with every stride. However Ev's Girl held her off at the wire and won by one-half length in 1:59.2. $38,700 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:59.1 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) left from post one and led the entire mile. After setting quarters of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 Hardy kept Karan's Choice on her game in the lane, fending off a late challenge by Cominrightatyou (Ron Cushing) to win by a length in 1:59.1. The MASS action continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 2) with five divisions of 3-year-olds of both gaits go for a total of $165,100 in purses. The first contest is a non-betting race at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The $1.5 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) kicks off at Plainridge Park next week with the first leg of the 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders competing in the first leg on Tuesday (Oct. 2) going for $35,000 per division. Many of the horses eligible to the MASS have also competed 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. Here are some of the MASS eligibles who will be probable starters the first of next month and a look at what they have been doing so far this year. 3-year-old pacing colts Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) has had a stellar year on the Maine Sire Stake (MSS) circuit, winning four legs and finishing second and third two times each as well. His mark is 1:57 at Scarborough Downs this year and he has earned $35,977 for his efforts. He was a major player in the MASS last year, tying a stake record of 1:56 for his division and it looks like he has continued to improve since then. Dean Malin bred and owns Twelve and has Eddie Davis Jr. doing the training. Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) has also been a star on the MSS winning five legs and earning $34,807 so far this year. He took a mark of 1:56.4 at Windsor and has hit the board nine out of 11 times. He did win one leg of the MASS at two, but was disqualified for interference after the race so he will look to get his first official win in that series this year. William Varney owns Pembroke Pharoah with his driver, Heath Campbell and also bred the horse with his trainer, Valerie Grondin. Last year's 2-year-old champion I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) has been lightly raced back this year, getting only five starts between Plainridge Park and Harrington Raceway. But he has been improving of late and will be back to defend his freshman title for his owner Nelson Malin III and trainer Kevin Switzer. Malin and Switzer bred I'm A Clown. 3-year-old pacing fillies Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K) has five wins and two seconds in MSS action to date with a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 at Skowhegan with earnings of $35,205. That's quite a turnaround from her only two starts last year where she was distanced in both and it's quite possible that she will be the one to beat in this division this year. Bradford Veilleux owns Gonna Hear Me Rohr who is trained by James Dunn and was bred by Heidi Rohr. Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) has won three races in eight starts this year including a 1:53.1 lifetime best effort at Plainridge Park, however she hasn't seen any stake action since the 2017 MASS. But her overnight efforts show she looks ready to compete. KDK Standardbred bred and owns Rock Me Threetimes and Kevin Switzer is the trainer. Delco Dusty (Jeremy's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) was the 2-year-old champion in this division last year and set a stake record of 1:53 in the process. But she is off to a slow start in 2018 and winless to this point. Her latest effort has been much improved and she will have to step up to try and regain last year's success. Jesse De Long bred and owns Delco Dusty who is trained by Jimmy Nickerson. 3-year-old trotting colts Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) was the MASS 2017 2-year-old champion and is looking to do the same at three. He started out this year racing in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) before dropping down to the Excelsior "A" series. There he found a good spot scoring two wins, two seconds and a third in five outings while earning $29,815. Although he made the Excelsior finals by points, he was scratched sick on August 10 and has been off ever since, just qualifying back on September 21. If he regains his summer form, he will be a major player in the MASS this year for owner/breeder Ray Campbell Jr. and trainer George Ducharme. After seeing substantial Grand Circuit action last year, Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) has only had limited stake engagements to date in 2018, those being two starts in the NYSS and an elimination of the Empire Breeders Championship. However he does have three overnight wins and has taken a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 earlier this year and is very familiar with the Plainridge track. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred and owns Kinda Lucky Lindy who is trained by Domenico Cecere. 3-year-old trotting fillies Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) was the top point-getter in the NYSS Excelsior "A" series this year. She had four wins, three seconds and a third out of eight starts and earned $52,730 as a result. Although she got beat in the final, it was only by three lengths from post seven. She will come into the MASS ready to roll off her competition in New York this year. Ithinkthatsmine is owned and bred by Ray Campbell Jr. and is trained by George Ducharme. Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) was the 2-year-old MASS champion last year but hasn't had much success in 2018. After not getting qualified until July 13, Bag O Chips was scratched sick and didn't make her first start until July 26. In her limited starts she has had some breaking issues that seem to have been worked out in subsequent qualifiers leading up to her first MASS start this year. Bred by Linwood Farm, Bag O Chips is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off the 2018 season on Monday (Oct. 1) with four divisions of 2-year-old trotters and pacers each going for an estimated $35,000. The 3-year-olds will hit the track on Tuesday (Oct. 2) for their first leg. Horsemen be advised that the draw for both days will be held on Thursday (Sept. 27) with the box closing at 9 a.m. Here is the complete MASS schedule. Monday (Oct. 1) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 2) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 8) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 9) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 22) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 23) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 30) 2- and 3-year-old Finals $85,000 (est.)   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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

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