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Plainville, MA --- On Monday (Oct. 28) the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts and Plainridge Park will co-sponsor a buffet reception for the harness racing owners, trainers and connections of those parties who will be participating in the $800,000 finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS). This event will be held in the Boylston Room on the second floor of the grandstand and will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a buffet lunch served at 2 p.m. Everyone racing in the MASS finals on Monday are encouraged to stop up and enjoy watching your starters, as well as all the best-bred horses in the state, compete in one of the fastest growing stake series in North America. Also please remember that all of the horses starting in the Massachusetts Sire Stake finals must be checked in and physically on the grounds of Plainridge Park no later than 8 a.m. Monday morning (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The finals of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 28) where 2 and 3-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers of both genders will compete in eight $100,000 divisions to claim state champion status. Trainer George Ducharme, who hails from Walpole, Massachusetts located just a few miles from Plainridge, holds the distinction of having eight starters in the 2019 edition of the MASS which is the most of any other conditioner taking part. But that isn't surprising as Ducharme has been participating in this series for a long time and has much success to show for it. Here is a look at the roster of starters Ducharme will be bringing to The Ridge, followed with his comments on each. 2-year-old filly trotters: Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) 1:57.3 ($136,160) is the current co-holder (with Bag O Chips) of the MASS stake and Plainridge track record for her age, sex and gait. She is three for three in the stake this year and looks to make it four in a row in the final. Her biggest effort during her freshman season was a third place finish behind Hypnotic AM in the $225,000 New York Sire Stake final at Batavia Downs in September. "She is a real good filly. She was good enough to make the New York final and now that she's come here she's won a few races and has gotten brave. She is definitely one of my better 2-year-olds. She will be back racing in New York next year and also has some Grand Circuit dates on her schedule as well." Greyscale (Credit Winner-Global Beauty) 2:02.1 ($18,340) has yet to hit the board in the MASS but has improved her finish position each week. "She's struggling a little. She's an immature filly that just needs a little time and hopefully she'll be a little stronger next year." 2-year-old gelding trotters: Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) 1:55.4 ($63,475) is the current holder of the MASS stake and Plainridge track record for his class. He has two wins and a second in the series and is the leading point-getter in his division. "I had a little trouble with him early because he's a big, growthy colt. But he's got lots of speed and lots of potential going forward. He's been very good at Plainridge and hopefully he can continue being good for one more week." Double Dealing (RC Royalty- Heather Spur) 2:02.2 ($26,280) is a brother to the 2017 MASS 2-year-old trotting filly champion Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) 1:55.1 ($212,820) and has hit the board in all three preliminary legs of the MASS this year. "Joe Di Stefano trained him down and they sent him up to me and I finished him and he has improved every week since I've had him. And I think he's going to be a useful race horse as time goes on a little more." 3-year-old filly trotter: Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:55.4 ($121,186) is a full sister to the 2017 MASS 3-year-old trotting colt champion Hashtagmadeyalook (1:55.4, $231,402) and is the current MASS stake record holder for her division. She has two wins and a second leading up to the final and will be on top of her game this weekend. "She's just a nice, honest filly. She gives you everything she's got every week and you can't ask for any more than that. That's a pretty even bunch she's in with and all three of those fillies have been knocking heads each week, so it's whoever gets the best trip and is good that day." 3-year-old gelding trotters: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:54.3 ($199,820) was the 2018 2-year-old male trotting champion in the MASS last year and had come back at three just as good. He has been racing aged trotters for most of the season and that's paid dividends as he is undefeated in three tries in the MASS and makes him the top point earners in his division as a result. "Kaos has been good all year. We just raced him in overnights until the MASS started he seems to be peaking at the right time. He's been very good the last three weeks." Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:57.1 ($94,899) is a full brother to the 2018 MASS 3-year-old trotting filly champion Ithinkthatsmine (1:56, $215,135) and he has hit the board in all three of his MASS starts this year. "He's a solid trotter and goes where he can go each week. He's not a Grand Circuit horse but a good New York horse and he obviously fits well in these MASS stakes." The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) 1:54.1 ($90,323) has also been on the board in all three of his MASS starts as were both of his stablemates in this division. "I got him in the middle of the summer, made a couple little changes on him and he win in 1:54 at Vernon and he's turned out to be a nice little horse. He's not a superstar, but he's a good race horse." Five of the eight horses from the Ducharme stable (Without A Warning, Greyscale, Double Dealing, Crystalline and Jake G's Champion) were bred and are owned by Ray Campbell Jr. as Campbell and Ducharme have been a racing team for over 35 years. Campbell started his breeding operation with his father back in the 1980's and has kept a small but effective band of between six to ten broodmares over that time, producing crop after crop of successful Massachusetts Standardbreds. Campbell raises the yearlings and then turns them over to Ducharme to break, train and race. It's a formula that has worked well for them for decades, producing both state and Grand Circuit champions. The pinnacle of both their careers was winning the 2013 Hambletonian with Royalty for Life (RC Royalty-Bourbon N Grits) 1:51.3 ($1,620,166). He was bred by fellow Massachusetts resident Al Ross, who co-owned Royalty For Life with Campbell and Paul Fontaine. Ducharme trained him from day-one and made him the champion he became. Royalty For Life is the sire of 2019 MASS starter Life Is A Feast. Ducharme predicts great things for the Massachusetts Sire Stakes moving forward and says it gets more competitive each year. "Everywhere I race people are asking me about the MASS program and this year there are 12 MASS eligible yearlings in the Harrisburg Sale. Some big names have been involved now with Andy Miller having been here for a few years and Tony Alagna and Blake Macintosh are here this year; the program is really starting to take hold. People have taken notice and now the breeders are taking notice so that will help keep the program strong in the future," said Ducharme. Seven of the eight MASS finals are on the regular betting program Monday, carded as race one through seven with post time for the first race at 2 p.m. The eighth event goes as a non-betting race to be held before the main card with a post time of 1:30 p.m. Notice for starters in MA SIRE STAKES The connections of starters in the Massachusetts Sire Stake finals that will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 28) should be advised that all stake horses MUST be checked in and physically on the grounds no later than 8 a.m. Monday (Oct. 28) morning.  By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The third leg of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-old competitors was conducted at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 21) and all four harness racing divisional winners were charted gate to wire winners. Three of the four races were non-betting and held prior to the track's regular post time. In the $38,500 trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings, Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) grabbed the lead by the :28.3 quarter and settled on the pylons by a gapped margin. After hitting the half in :57.4 and three-quarters in 1:27, driver Jimmy Whittemore guided Simple Kaos home in :28.3 and won by three-lengths in 1:55.3. Simple Kaos remained perfect in the MASS, winning his third straight event and now showing $76,070 earned for owners the George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson. Ducharme trains Simple Kaos and Larson was the breeder. The $38,700 pace for 3-year-old fillies was no contest as Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) took command at the start and never looked back. Jim Hardy had Karan's Choice on top by a comfortable 2-1/2 length lead at three-quarters in 1:26.3, extended that to five-lengths at the top of the stretch and then blew it wide open at the wire, winning by 11-lengths in 1:55.4. It was the third straight MASS win and seventh tally overall in 2019 for Karan's Choice who boosted her earnings to $79,624 for owner/breeder Al Ross. Jim Hardy also trains the winner. The $37,800 filly trot provided somewhat of a surprise as Mother Teresa (Father Patrick-Highscore Kemp) grabbed the lead for driver Drew Monti and kept everyone seated through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.4 before turning for home and turning back the winner of the first two legs and current stake record holder, Crystalline (Shawn Gray), to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56. It was the first win of the year for Mother Teresa and it increased her earnings to $46,173 as a result. K R Breeding bred and owns Mother Teresa and Domenico Cecere trains the filly. The most competitive race of the day was the $39,900 3-year-old colt and gelding pace where Levi (Pet Rock-Beam Of Joy) overcame constant pressure during the mile to win in a display of intestinal fortitude and heart. Levi (Scott Renz) took the lead but had Good Heavens (Ivan Davies) at his side by the quarter, pushing the pace in :27.2. The two paced side by side past the half and to the five-eighths pole where CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) tipped three-wide and by the three-quarters, and took over for the fading Good Heavens. Now being pushed again, Levi momentarily gave way at the head of the stretch where CBF Bantam took a short lead. But Levi swelled up and came back strong under animated urging from Renz to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.3. It was the first MASS win for Levi ($7.20) who now boasts $62,979 in earnings this year for owner/breeder Stephen Richard. With all the preliminary legs in the books for both 2 and 3-year-old eligibles, the $800,000 (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stake finals are next and will be held on Sunday (Oct. 28) at Plainridge Park. For updated points and information heading into those finals, please log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website at www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) reconvened at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) after a one week sabbatical, with five harness racing divisions of 2-year-olds competing for $161,450 in total purses. The strongest performances of the day were turned in by Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) and Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) who combined, tied or set four race records. The 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings went two divisions and Han Solo was victorious in his $22,100 split after a hard-fought race. R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) left and cut the mile, giving Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) a perfect pocket trip. R Maddy Blue Chip set a moderate pace of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.2 while Han Solo drafted closely behind, waiting to make his move. At the top of the stretch Switzer tipped Han Solo and started driving him hard down the lane. Monti was also heavily urging R Maddy Blue Chip and the two were almost even heading to the wire. But Han Solo got the advantage before tripping the beam and won by one-half length in 1:54.1. The time was a new lifetime mark for Han Solo, a new MASS stake record for 2-year-old pacing colts and tied his own track record for 2-year-old pacing colts. It was the fifth win in the last six starts for Han Solo ($5.40) who now has total earnings of $59,837 for owner, trainer and breeder Monique Cohen. In the $39,200 division for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) left from post five and was pushed to the front. From there he set quarters of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before turning for home and extending his lead to 1-3/4 lengths at the wire in 1:55.4. The time tied Life Is A Feast's lifetime mark and also tied the MASS stake record and the Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings, both of which he set earlier this year. It was the fourth win in a row and third straight in the MASS series for Life Is Feast ($3.00) who pushed his earnings to $63,475 for owners Al Ross and Paul Fontaine. George Ducharme trains the Karen Carroll-bred winner. The $40,600 2-year-old pacing filly division went to Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady) for the third straight time this year. Driver Drew Monti took Odds On Orlando back to fourth while Mini Pini (Ivan Davies) and Rojas Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) argued for the lead to the quarter in a swift :26.3. Mini Pini finally grabbed the front and the field then went to the half in single file in :55.2. After the five-eighths pole Rojas Blue Chip came back out to challenge Mini Pini along with I Am Wonder Woman (Wally Watson). This forced Odds On Orlando to go three-deep at the three-quarter pole and around the entire turn. Outside of her four-wide was Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) who was now even with the other three fillies. At the top of the stretch Odds On Orlando swelled up and paced away from the field under a line-drive to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55, which was a new lifetime mark. Odds On Orlando ($2.20) remains perfect in Massachusetts while earning $62,416 for owner Odds On Racing and trainer Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando. The other $21,750 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding division went to Finnbar (Real Desire-Unbeachable) who scored his first stake victory. Mcbeantown (Mitchell Cushing) led the way to the half in :57.4 with the field in single file behind. They remained that way until the five-eighths pole where driver Ivan Davies pulled Finnbar from third, took the lead in the turn and cleared the front by the top of the stretch. From there he cruised home down the lane a wrapped-up two-length winner in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Finnbar ($4.00) is owned by Nancy Longobardi and is trained by his driver Davies. Steve O'Toole was the breeder of Finnbar. The $37,800 division of the 2-year-old trotting fillies was the lone non-betting event and it went to Without A Warning, who remains perfect this year in the stake. Leaving from the pylons, Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) led every step of the way while cutting fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:28. He rounded the last turn and trotted away in the stretch while opening up a 3-1/4 length margin of victory in 1:58. Without A Warning has now earned $136,160 this year for owner Ray Campbell Jr., who also bred the filly. George Ducharme is the trainer. The 3-year-old divisions will compete on Monday (Oct. 21) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. There are three non-betting events with post times of 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The fourth division goes as race one on the regular betting card with a post time of 2 p.m. All eight divisions of the $800,000 (est.) MASS finals will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- With two of the three preliminary harness racing legs of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) in the books, six stake records have been either broken or tied and leaders have emerged in several divisions. With the stake taking a break from action this week, many of its competitors have too and it's a good time to evaluate what has happened so far. The 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings have had the largest field of eligibles and as a result, have been racing two divisions each week. And the four races held in the first two legs have yielded four different winners. Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) won in week one in a new stake record of 1:54.4 with Spatterdash (Deuce Seelster-Poster Hanover) winning the other division, but in a much slower 1:56.3. But the story in that second division was fourth place finisher R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan) and third place finisher Kevmarvalous (Delmarvalous-Shady Sabrina) who both emerged the following week. R Maddy Blue Chip lowered the stake record to 1:54.3 in the second leg on the strength of a dominant performance while Kevmarvalous also had a coming-out party, winning in 1:56.3 and blowing up the tote board at 45-1. The points are well spread among this group with the top four currently being Han Solo (75), Kevmarvalous (62), R Maddy Blue Chip (58) and Spatterdash (58). The 2-year-old pacing filly division has been a one-horse show; Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). Both weeks Odds On Orlando has come from off the pace to win in consecutive lifetime marks. After having been stretched out in Lexington for three starts prior to coming to Massachusetts, she has finished very strong in her two efforts at Plainridge and remains the perfect leader with 100 points. Currently sitting in third place with 26 points is She's A Fireball (Western Maverick-Fire Can Fly). This filly finished a very strong second in the first MASS leg before making an untimely break in the second. On Saturday (Oct. 12) she won the $55,073 final of 2-year-old pacing filly division of the Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) in a new lifetime mark with a strong first-over trip. That race will definitely set her up for a big effort in the next leg in Massachusetts and moving forward into the final. The 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding division has been a two-horse race so far. Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) took a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4 in the first leg which also set a new MASS stake record and a new Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings. In the second leg, Crazy For Luca (Crazed-Teachmehowto Lindy) earned a hard fought 1:57.3 victory over Life Is A Feast to take his first lifetime win, which also set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. As a result each horse now has 75 points and look to continue a head to head battle down to the final. The 2-year-old trotting fillies has been dominated by Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) who had won two straight starts and has tied the stake and track record of 1:57.3 in the process. However RT's Warrior has become an emerging force. RT's Warrior (Noble Venture-Oye Oye) has finished third and second behind Without A Warning through two legs but the filly just won the $55,045 MSS final on Saturday (Oct. 12) by 3-1/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark. When the MASS reconvenes next week, that race should provide forward momentum in RT's Warrior's continued development. Moving on to the sophomore class, all four 3-year-old divisions have seen two-time winners after the first two legs and two of the four were 2-year-old MASS champions that are looking to repeat. 3-year-old trotting gelding Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) has won back to back legs and leads with 100 points. The first week he was a wrapped-up winner in 1:54.3 and that set a new track record at Plainridge Park for 3-year-old trotting geldings. Simple Kaos was the freshman Mass champion and is well on his way to taking another crown. Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) and The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) have been second and third once each and look to be the main rivals in here. Each currently have 37 points. 3-year-old pacing filly Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) is the other 2018 champion and she is off to a great start this year as well. After sweating out a mere head victory over So Beautiful (So Surreal-Leanback Coco) in week one, Karan's Choice rebounded to a more handy 1-1/2 length win over So Beautiful once again in week two. These two top the points standings with 100 and 50 points respectively heading into week three. The 3-year-old colt and gelding pace has a developing dynamic between last year's top two finishers that should provide an interesting race to the final this fall. Current MASS leader CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) is two for two and alone at the top with 100 points. But Victoria's Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch), who was the 2-year-old champion and has finished second and third behind CBF Bantam this year, just won the $82,195 MSS final on Saturday (Oct. 12). In that race CBF Bantam, who also competed, made a break at the start and finished third at the wire. This rivalry will renew next week and should keep this division very competitive through the final. Victoria's Maverick is tied for second with Levi (Pet Rock-Beam Of Joy), who just won an overnight race on Sunday (Oct. 13), with 37 points each. The MASS 3-year-old filly trotters have been dominated by Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who has not only won two weeks in a row, but has also set two consecutive stake records in the process. After going winless in 2018 and finishing second and third twice each in the MASS, Crystalline has come back strong in 2019, winning six races as a dominant force in the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) Excelsior series and now in the MASS. Crystalline has 100 points and is ahead of Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindy's Lullaby) and Mother Teresa (Father Patrick-Highscore Kemp) who each have 37. To date Shawn Gray is the leading driver in the MASS with six wins and is ahead of Drew Monti and Jimmy Whittemore who are tied with three and Jim Hardy who has won two. The top trainer in the series so far is George Ducharme with seven victories while Tony Alagna, David Crochere and Jim Hardy are tied for second with two apiece. The series will resume on Sunday (Oct. 20) at Plainridge Park at 2 p.m. For a complete set of Massachusetts Sire Stake points listings and all the remaining race dates, please log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website at www.sominc.net and click on the links on the homepage. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The harness racing records continued to fall at Plainridge Park after five divisions of 2-year-olds competed in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). Five more track and/or stake standards were either matched or reset when the action concluded in the second leg of the series. In the first $22,450 division for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) left from post four and dictated the race. After splits of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1 he was firmly in control of the race with Mcbeantown (Mitchell Cushing) being the only horse with a legitimate shot after drafting second the whole way. At the top of the stretch Mcbeantown took his best shot but it wasn't enough as Monti high-lined R Maddy Blue Chip down the lane to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan), a new stake record and a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. It was the first MASS win for R Maddy Blue Chip ($4.20) who is owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Blue Chip Bloodstock bred R Maddy Blue Chip. The $39,200 division for 2-year-old trotting fillies saw the heavy 1-9 favorite Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) out-tussle Pembroke Whisper (Heath Campbell) past the quarter where she cleared and never looked back. She continued on at her own pace, tripping the next two timers in :58 and 1:27.3 without any pursuit to deal with. At the top of the stretch Gray sat chilly as Without A Warning knew what to do and pulled away to a handy 4-1/4 length win in 1:57.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) and it tied the stake and track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Without A Warning ($2.10) is now two for two in MASS action this year and those wins inflated her bankroll to $117,260 in 2019 for breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. The lone non-betting event was the $38,500 trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings and Crazy For Luca (Jimmy Whittemore) earned a hard fought victory over Life Is A Feast who was coming in on a three-race winning streak. Double Dealing (Shawn Gray) cut the quarter in :27.4 before Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) pulled first-over from fourth with Crazy For Luca on his back. Life Is A Feast eventually cleared but still had Crazy For Luca to his outside and pushing hard to the three-quarters. Still 1-1/2 lengths off, Crazy For Luca continued to dig and cut the lead to 1/4 length at the top of the stretch and from there, never gave up down to the wire where he gained a nose advantage and won in 1:57.3. It was the first lifetime win for Crazy For Luca (Crazed-Teachmehowto Lindy) and the time set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. Crazy For Luca is owned by Dale Hein, Tessa Roland and Royal Roland and is trained by Marissa Chadbourne. K R Breeding bred Crazy For Luca. In the $41,300 pace for 2-year-old fillies, Odds On Orlando (Drew Monti) stayed perfect in Massachusetts since shipping in from Lexington. After pulling from second at the quarter to take the lead from Rojas Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.), Odds On Orlando took control the race and from there, put on quite a show. After getting to the three-quarters only 1/2 length in front of Bold N Sporty (Mitchell Cushing) and Rojas Blue Chip, Odds On Orlando swelled up at the head of the lane and paced away in a :28.2 final panel to a wrapped-up five length win in 1:56, which was a new lifetime mark. Odds On Orlando ($3.60) is owned by Odds On Racing and is trained by Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). The second $22,450 division of the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned the biggest surprise of the day after the 45-1 Kevmarvalous (Mitchell Cushing) upset the current track record holder Han Solo, who came into the day with a four-race winning streak. Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away fourth but pulled at the quarter and took the lead from Mister Puzzles (John Nason) before the half in :56.2. At this point Kevmarvalous was last by 7-1/2 lengths. Han Solo then took the race to the three-quarters while Kevmarvalous was pacing third-over in the breeze before pulling three-deep into the final turn. Han Solo took a three-length lead into the stretch but Cushing was methodically urging Kevmarvalous all the way to the wire and got there first by a nose in 1:56.4. It was the first lifetime win for Kevmarvalous ($92.80) who owned by KDK Standardbreds and is trained by Kevin Switzer. KDK Standardbreds also bred Kevmarvalous (Delmarvalous-Shady Sabrina). There are no Massachusetts Sire Stakes scheduled for next week. The series will resume at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) for the 2-year-olds and Monday (Oct. 21) for the 3-year-olds. All eight finals will be held on Monday (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Monday (Sept. 30) was the second day of the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park featuring the 2-year-old harness racing performers and that group picked up where their 3-year-old counterparts left off on Sunday (Sept. 29); breaking records. Topping the list were Life Is A Feast and Han Solo who put on brilliant performances in their non-betting events and etched themselves into the Massachusetts record books. In the $38,500 trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings, Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) went gate to wire uncontested, and pulled away in the last half of the race to be the easiest of winners by 4-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4. Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) not only extended his current win streak to three, he also took a new lifetime mark, set a new MASS stake record and a new Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings. Both former marks were 1:56.3 set by Hashtagmadeyalook in 2017. Life Is A Feast is owned by Al Ross and Paul Fontaine and is trained by George Ducharme. Karen Carroll bred the gelding. Then in the first $22,100 division of 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) undertook an identical race strategy by taking the front, leading at every station and maintaining a 1-1/4 length lead to the wire where he stopped the timer in 1:54.4. Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) is now on a four-race win streak and with this victory, set a new MASS stake record for 2-year-old pacing colts. He broke the former mark of 1:56 set by Ideal Smile in 2011 and later matched by Twelve in 2017. Monique Cohen bred, owns and trains Han Solo. The next three stake races were on the regular pari-mutuel card and they returned some healthy payoffs for the betting faithful. In the second $22,450 division for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings the 38-1 Spatterdash (Mike Stevenson) got away sixth while the heavily favored R Maddy Blue Chip (Gary Mosher) cut all the fractions. Stevenson pulled Spatterdash second-over behind Kevmarvelous (Kevin Switzer Jr.) at the three-quarters, then tipped three-deep into the stretch and barreled down the lane to beat a fast closing McBeantown (Mitchell Cushing) at the wire in 1:56.3. It was the first lifetime win and mark for Spatterdash ($78.00) who is owned and trained by Ralph Anderson. Anderson also bred Spatterdash (Deuce Seelster-Poster Hanover). The $41,300 pace for 2-year-old fillies was a full field of nine that I Am Wonder Woman (Wally Watson) took to the half in :56.4. Odds On Orlando (Drew Monti) was out and rolling at that point and she continued to grind around the second turn, up the backstretch and to the three-quarters where she found welcomed cover from the favored Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) who popped the pocket for the advance. Positions remained the same until the top of the stretch where Ry's Red Rocket opened up a two length lead. However Odds On Orlando was relentless in pursuit, tracking her down and catching the leader at the wire to win in 1:56.1. It was the first lifetime win and mark for Odds On Orlando ($28.40) who is owned by Odds On Racing and trained by Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). The only favored winner of the day came in the $39,900 2-year-old filly trot where Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) got away 10-lengths behind the front-running RT's Warrior (Matty Athearn). She eventually tripped-out a gapped third-over from the half to the three-quarters where the field finally bunched in 1:27.4. Gray tipped Without A Warning three-deep into the last turn and proceeded to make up ground. At the head of the lane Without A Warning fanned five-wide and was in full stride; flying down the lane under a hand drive from Gray and passing everyone at the wire in 1:58.4. Without A Warning ($2.20) scored her first lifetime win for owner Ray Campbell Jr. and trainer George Ducharme. Campbell also bred Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration). After only nine races in the first leg of the MASS this year, three stake and two track records have already been rewritten between the two age groups. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes will continue with the second leg of the series next week at Plainridge Park. On Sunday (Oct. 6) the 3-year-olds will compete in divisions worth $35,000 (added) and on Monday (Oct. 7) the 2-year-olds will reconvene and go for purses of $35,000 (added) each. Post time for both days is 2 p.m. The next day of live racing at Plainridge Park is Thursday (Oct. 2) with post time for the first race at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The 3-year-old trotters and pacers hit the harness racing track for the first leg of the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park and the record books were rewritten in two of the four events. In the $39,900 3-year-old colt and gelding trot, Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) took a quick lead in the race, followed by Jake G's Champion (Shawn Gray) and the two opened up a three-length lead on the field by the quarter in :28.2. They remained one-two to the half and extended their gap on the field to seven-lengths when they hit the three quarters in 1:25.3. It was there that Simple Kaos parted ways with Jake G's Champion and opened up a three-length lead on him, that he extended to five down the lane and to the wire where he was a wrapped-up winner in 1:54.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Simple Kaos and also a new track record at Plainridge Park for 3-year-old trotting geldings, replacing the old mark of 1:55.1 set by Now's The Moment in 2018. Simple Kaos ($4.40) who was the 2018 MASS 2-year-old trotting champion, scored his first win of 2019 for owner/trainer George Ducharme. Michelle Larson bred Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia). Then in the $38,500 3-year-old trotting fillies division, Crystalline made a big late move to capture her first stake win of the year. Mother Teresa (Drew Monti) took the point off the gate and led the single-file pack to the half without a challenge in :57. An outer-flow formed with Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) coming first up with Crystalline (Shawn Gray) second-over. At the three-quarters they fanned three-wide with Ev's Girl two out and Crystalline, who had made a move from fourth, farthest from the pegs. Ev's Girl did take the lead at the head of the stretch but Crystalline was still closing, and closing fast. Gray kept her to her work and Crystalline gained the lead in deep stretch and won by a length in 1:56.1. It was a new lifetime mark for Crystalline and a new MASS stake record for 3-year-old trotting fillies, surpassing the 10-year-old standard of 1:58.1 set by RC Curiosity in 2009. Crystalline ($7.20) is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and is trained by George Ducharme. Campbell also bred Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free). Crystalline The 3-year-old pacing fillies competed for $37,800 with Karan's Choice scoring a narrow victory. Secure The Boarder (Ivan Davies) and Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) argued hard for the lead to the quarter in :27.4 before Secure The Boarder eventually won the battle and seated Karan's Choice. The race then went to the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:26.1 where Karan's Choice was back out and moving with So Beautiful (Mike Stevenson) on her back. At the top of the lane, Karan's Choice took the lead and So Beautiful drew alongside and the two matched strides all the way to the wire. Karan's Choice eventually out-muscled So Beautiful and scored victory by a head in 1:56. Karan's Choice ($2.20) is looking to become a two-time MASS champion for owner Al Ross and trainer Jim Hardy. Al Ross bred Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove). Karan's Choice The final event was the $40,600 pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings with CBF Bantam getting the winner's share. It was a four-horse mad rush for the lead with Magnetron (Steve Nason) and Stihl N (Kevin Switzer Jr.) directing the fast fight for the front in a :26.3 first quarter. With Magnetron on the pylons and Stihl N outside, the two continued to trade blows to the half with Victoria's Maverick (Heath Campbell) in a close stalking position behind. At the three-quarters the field was four-deep again with CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) being the farthest outside making a big move from sixth. CBF Bantam made up a four-length deficit before swooping the group in the turn and opening up a three-length lead, coasting home easily in 1:55. CBF Bantam ($2.40) is owned by Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps and is trained by David Crochere. Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps also bred CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia). CBF Bantam The Massachusetts Sire Stakes will continue at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 30) with two non-betting events that will take place at 1:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. before the regular card and then three more races that will go as race one, two and three on the regular pari-mutuel program which starts at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will get underway on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park, but the 2-year-olds won't convene for their first leg until Monday (Sept. 30). There are 96 eligibles that make up this first-year harness racing group of competitors and some have already been performing at a high level. 2-year-old pacing colts Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) would have to be considered the favorite of this group going in. He finished second in an elimination of the Lawrence B. Shepard stake at Yonkers in July and was defeated by only 2-1/2 lengths in that final. Since coming back to Plainridge he won two out of three legs of the Nauset Light series plus the final and set a new track record for 2-year-old pacing colts in the process (1:54.1). With four wins in eights starts, he is ready to take on all comers. Monique Cohen trains Han Solo. R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan) has been racing on the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) circuit against some very tough competition this summer. He did get checks in three out of those four starts and showed good speed both leaving and closing. He had been off since mid-August but qualified handily at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2 and has since won in 1:58.4 by four lengths in a tightener at Farmington, Maine. He looks ready to compete. R Maddy Blue Chip is trained by Joe Nelson. Corporal Cole (Sunshine Beach-Get A Cab) has only four starts lifetime but the last two sent some notice. After taking his maiden win in a come-from-behind effort of 1:57.1, Corporal Cole came right back on the front-end and dropped almost two-seconds, winning in 1:55.3 by open lengths. If he continues to progress it could make this division a little more interesting. Corporal Cole is trained by Charlene Cushing. Wesley Snoops (Western Maverick-Secure Hanover) has been busy in the Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) this summer and is currently third in the points standings there. Although his lifetime mark of 2:00.2 taken at Farmington in his last start doesn't seem too speedy, he has yet to hit the big track and it's there he could move to that next level. Wesley Snoops is trained by Ivan Davies. 2-year-old pacing fillies Ry's Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) got her first win at Windsor, Maine in a sharp 1:57.1 on September 1 right after finishing third in 1:54.2 at Plainridge in the Nauset Light series. She had an unfortunate equipment break in the next leg before finishing a strong second to Han Solo in the final, pacing in 1:56 in the process. She will take that effort right into this first leg of the MASS. Ry's Red Rocket is trained by Gretchen Athearn. Bold N Sporty (Sportswriter-Murrayfield) made two starts in the Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) in July grabbing only one fifth place check. But she was race-timed in 1:53.3 and 1:54 in those two efforts at Mohawk. After winning at Georgian Downs the end of August, Bold N Sporty shipped to Plainridge and closed sharply to be third in 1:55.4 after being parked out the better part of the mile. She is now familiar with the track and that may be helpful moving forward. Jimmy Nickerson trains Bold N Sporty. Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady) has only three lifetime starts but has made forward strides in each. In her last effort at the Red Mile she closed very strong from fifth to finish third in 1:53.1 with a last quarter in :28. She had previously come home in a blistering :26.4 in a qualifier but also shows some gate speed when asked. Odd On Orlando is an interesting prospect. Tony Alagna trains Odds On Orlando. 2-year-old trotting colts Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) had a breaking problem earlier in the year that he seems to have gotten over. Proof of that is his 14-length romp in the third leg of the Wood End Light series followed the next week by his track record tying, 3-1/2 length winning effort of 1:56.3 in the series final at Plainridge Park. If he continues to mind his manners, the sky seems to be the limit for this gelding. Life Is A Feast is trained by George Ducharme. Double Dealing (RC Royalty-Heather Spur) has similarly progressed in his last two races. After finishing a distant third in the third leg of the Wood End Light, Double Dealing finished a close second to Life Is A Feast in the final and was race timed in 1:57.1. The improvement in time and performance is something to take notice of. Double Dealing is also trained by George Ducharme. 2-year-old trotting fillies Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) comes into the MASS after a big year on the NYSS circuit. She hit the board in three out of her six starts in the series, while making a break in the other three. She did come up big in the $225,000 final at Batavia, minding her manners in a first-over trip that saw her finish third at 91-1. And it was the third straight start she stayed flat. She'll come into the MASS still looking for her first lifetime win, but her wallet has $77,710 in it and that makes her by far the richest filly in this event. She has been race-timed in 1:56.4 at Vernon Downs. Without A Warning is trained by George Ducharme. Pembroke Whisper (Noble Venture-Spring Laughter) has five wins in seven outings and hasn't missed the board in MSS action, making her the points leader in that division to date. She has the consistency, but the question is will the switch to the big track at Plainridge help her develop her speed. That is an unknown. Pembroke Whisper is trained by Valerie Grondin. Sophia's Express (Crazed-Snowblind Lindy) was a win machine in the NYSS Excelsior B series this year. She won six out of seven starts there with her only loss a secret be place finish coming up a head short. Her lifetime mark (1:59.4) and biggest margin of victory (3-1/2 lengths) came at Vernon Downs so she should feel at home over the three turns at Plainridge as well. Sophia's Express is trained by Marissa Chadbourne. Here is the complete 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stake Schedule: Sunday (Sept. 29) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Monday (Sept. 30) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Sunday (Oct. 6) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 7) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Sunday (Oct. 20) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 21) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 28) 2- and 3-year-old Finals $100,000 (est.) By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will get underway on Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park when the 3-year-old class of both harness racing gaits and genders take the track for their first leg. Among the eligible sophomores, there will be three returning 2-year-old champions trying to win a second title. 3-year-old pacing colts CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) has been racing in the Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) all summer and is having a great year, currently sitting third in the points standings. So far he has five wins in that series and has only missed the board once all year. He has earned $39,323 to date and has a seasonal mark is 1:54.4 at Plainridge. He looks to improve on his third place finish in the MASS final last year and has a much improved body of work to do it with. CBF Bantam is trained by David Crochere. Victoria's Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) was the 2-year-old MASS champion, going undefeated in all three legs before taking the crown. Coming into this year's first leg, Victoria's Maverick has had a steady start to 2019. He has been competing in the MSS without any wins in nine starts, however he has been either second or third eight out of those nine outings. Victoria's Maverick is trained by Valerie Grondin. Levi (Pet Rock-Beam Of Joy) has raced in Ohio all year and competed in the Buckeye Stallions Series, winning at Scioto Downs in 1:53.1 and taking a second at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.3. He took a month off before starting at Plainridge on September 20, where he traversed Massachusetts dirt for the first time since he was second in the MASS final last year. He looks to compete fresh from that layoff. Levi is trained by Scott Renz. 3-year-old pacing fillies Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) was the 2-year-old champion of this division in 2018 and has been racing 5-year-old and under non-winner classes at The Ridge all this year. With four wins in 13 starts, $22,924 earned and a mark of 1:54.2, Karan's Choice has some work to do to match her $124,344 bankroll of last year. But coming into this stake will give her chance to do it. Karan's Choice who is trained by Jim Hardy. Cominrightatyou (Western Maverick-Express Ball N) finished second in the MASS final last year and comes into this series having competed in the MSS circuit all summer. Currently second in points there on the strength of three wins and seven board placements out of eight starts, Cominrightatyou looks to challenge for the top spot in the final here. Cominrightatyou is trained by Heidi Gibbs. Secure The Border (Jereme's Jet-Secure Hanover) was able to garner only minor spoils in the MASS as a 2-year-old but has upped her game this year. Scoring two wins and showing more speed as the year has progressed. After taking a mark of 1:57 at Plainridge last month she may be maturing at just the right time to take a bigger piece of the pie this year. Secure The Border is trained by Ivan Davies. 3-year-old trotting colts Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) was the 2-year-old champion but has yet to find the winner's circle this year. Although he has nine seconds and thirds, the illustrious "W" has evaded him so far in 2019. But that is more than likely a result of him racing aged trotters many times this summer where he finished a close second on multiple occasions timed in 1:55. His last two starts at Vernon Downs bode well for his first start in the series at Plainridge where he will once again compete among his peers. Simple Kaos is trained by George Ducharme. Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) was eligible to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) but only had one start in the Excelsior A Series back in May. The rest of the year he has been racing juvenile non-winner events and has only missed one check in all of them. After taking a lifetime mark of 1:57.1 at Plainridge over the summer, it would appear he is ready to be more competitive in these finals than he was last year. Jake G's Champion is also trained by George Ducharme. RFL's Lord Command (Royalty For Life-Tetiana) did not have a successful 2-year-old stake season in Massachusetts but has come back to race strong as three. After taking a lifetime mark of 1:56 back in June and hitting the board seven out of 13 starts, RFL's Lord Command has made big strides in his development. Sporadic breaks are the only thing that still hurt his game. RFL's Lord Command is trained by Jim Hardy. 3-year-old trotting fillies Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindy's Lullaby) has been racing very successfully on the NYSS circuit, finishing first in points in the Excelsior A division. With three wins during the year, earnings of $44,350 and a mark of 1:56.3 at Vernon Downs, Ev's Girl finished third in the $55,000 final at Saratoga off a valiant effort from post eight. The first leg of the MASS will be her first start since that final and she will be ready to roll week-one. Ev's Girl is trained by owned by Julie Miller. Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) has mirrored Ev's Girl this year, also competing in the Excelsior A in New York. She won two legs, took a mark of 1:56.4 at Vernon and finished second in points going into the final where she finished fifth, beaten only 3-3/4 lengths. Crystalline will be a definite player in the MASS. George Ducharme trains Crystalline. Mother Teresa (Father Patrick-Highscore Kemp) is very lightly raced this year and has put forth hit and miss efforts when she did. However she also showed some good speed in the $50,000 Kentucky Sire Stake consolation when she finished second, timed in 1:55.2. That clocking matched her lifetime best taken last year at the Red Mile. She looks to continue her forward momentum but will be a wild card coming into these first legs of the MASS. Mother Teresa is trained by Domenico Cecere. Just Dreamin (RC Royalty-Winbak Dream) had a couple starts in the NYSS Excelsior A finishing third in both and she seems to have matured off that experience. She has been racing in juvenile overnights at Plainridge where she just took a lifetime mark of 1:56 two starts ago. She is very familiar with that surface and that will be a big advantage for her. Joe Flynn trains Just Dreamin. Here is the complete 2019 Massachusetts Sire Stake Schedule: Sunday (Sept. 29) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Monday (Sept. 30) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Sunday (Oct. 6) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 7) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Sunday (Oct. 20) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 21) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 28) 2- and 3-year-old Finals $100,000 (est.) By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Massachusetts Standardbred breeding and the accompanying $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are programs that have become very desirable to breeders from many harness racing jurisdictions across the U.S. and Canada. With the Commonwealth's resident mare program that provides for yearlings to be eligible to multiple sire stake programs in the same year and a burgeoning purse account for the supporting Massachusetts stakes being driven by three state casinos through the provisions of the Race Horse Development Fund, Massachusetts has fast become one of the best racing districts in North America. The numbers clearly display the interest as Massachusetts 2-year-olds have increased by almost 50% from 2017 to 2019 and the resident mare roster has grown by 25% since just last year with 145 having been registered in the state this past breeding season. Although MASS competition doesn't begin until September, many of the eligible horses are already competing and earning in stake action in Delaware, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario, well in advance of their early fall stake engagements at Plainridge Park. Another group of state-breds are either just now qualifying or racing in overnights in preparation of forthcoming stake engagements. As the season swings into the heart of summer racing, here are some examples of the great horses being foaled in Massachusetts. Friday night (June 28) the 2-year-old pacing filly Dramatra (Trixton-Bourbon 'N Grits) made a huge impression in her first lifetime start at the Meadowlands, winning a $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake (NJSS) wire to wire in 1:57.3, last quarter in :28 flat in wrapped-up fashion. The three-quarter sister to 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life trotted as easily as could be and was never asked by her driver Scott Zeron. George Ducharme, who trained Royalty For Life, also trains this filly. Dramatra is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and Al Ross, who bred the filly. Then on Saturday (June 29) the 2-year-old trotting colt Ready For Moni (Ready Cash-Nothing But Moni) went an eye-popping qualifying mile at the Meadowlands in his first lifetime appearance on the track, coming from off the pace in a :27.2 final quarter to win in 1:56.1 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Per Engblom. Bred by the Moni Maker Stable, Ready For Moni was a $220,000 yearling purchase last fall in Lexington by owners John Fielding, Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Herb Liverman and Bud Hatfield. In Ohio the 3-year-old pacing gelding Levi (Pet Rock-Beam Of Joy) won a $17,500 leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series at Scioto Downs on Friday (June 28) in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1. He's now hit the board five out of five times this year with two victories and two stakes placements. Driven by Kayne Kauffmann and trained by Jim Pollack Jr., Levi is owned by Stephen Richard who also bred him. The Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) are now in full swing and 50 Mass-bred 2 and 3-year-olds are eligible to start in them. 3-year-old pacing gelding CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) has been on a roll of late, winning two races in only three starts this season. After taking a lifetime mark of 1:54.4 in an overnight at Plainridge Park, CBF Bantam scored an easy three-length victory in a $9,498 (MSS) at Presque Isle on Saturday (June 29) in 1:59.3. CBF Bantam was driven by Gary Mosher for trainer David Crochere. He's owned by Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps, who also bred the gelding. 2-year-old trotting gelding Buckanlully (Boy Band-Empress Hall) scored his first win of the year in only his second start of his career in a $10,682 Maine Sire Stake (MSS) race at Bangor Raceway on Tuesday (June 25) timed in 2:06. Driven to victory by Dave Ingraham, Buckanlully was bred by David Barnard and Cynthia La Casse and is owned by Barnard and his trainer, Stephen La Casse. Plainridge Park, home of the MASS, has seen a growing number of eligibles qualifying and getting their first starts there in preparation for the fall contests. Here are just a couple notables. The 3-year-old trotting gelding RFL's Lord Command (Royalty For Life-Tetiana) has two wins this year and two consecutive lifetime marks; the most recent a 1:56 outing in an overnight event at The Ridge. A full brother to MASS champion Muscles Jared (1:54, $387,104), RFL's Lord Command is off to a fast start in his sophomore campaign hitting the board four out of four starts. 3-year-old pacing filly Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) scored her fourth win of the year and a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 at Plainridge Park on Thursday (June 27) in an overnight event. Karan's Choice was the 2018 MASS 2-year-old filly pacing champion and has earned $142,444 during her short career. Jim Hardy trains and drives both RFL's Lord Command and Karan's Choice for breeder/owner Al Ross. The dates for the 2019 edition of the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes are: Sunday (Sept. 29) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 (added) Monday (Sept. 30) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 (added) Sunday (Oct. 6) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 (added) Monday (Oct. 7) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 (added) Sunday (Oct. 20) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 (added) Monday (Oct. 21) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 (added) Monday (Oct. 28) 2 and 3-year-old Finals $100,000 (est.) For more information on breeding, stakes and racing in Massachusetts log on to the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website at www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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  

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