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On Tuesday night, Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) did what Cash Me Out does at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran trotter has spent the last several years competing in the Open Trot and the eight year old added another win to his collection in Tuesday's $15,000 harness racing feature for high-steppers. Leading driver Billy Dobson picked up the catch-drive behind the Kyle Spagnola trainee and wasted no time moving the race's 4-5 favorite out to the early lead. Cash Me Out set fast fractions in the early going but after trotting the first quarter in 27.2 did back it down a bit before reaching the half in 57 seconds. Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) appeared to be the major danger and took a run at the favorite in the final quarter but the chase was futile. Cash Me Out recorded his fifth win in the local Open this season as he stopped the timer in 1:55 making a runner-up out of Wings Of Royalty who came up second-best for the second consecutive week in the Open. Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper) came on to finish third. For Cash Me Out, it was the eighth victory in 2019 and the 45th of his career en route to lifetime earnings of more than $1.07 million. The exacta was chalky in Tuesday's feature returning $7.40 while the triple paid $23.40. The victory behind Cash Me Out was one of four on the evening for Billy Dobson who continues to lengthen his monster lead in the driver standings. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a 14-race card featuring the New York Sire Stakes for two year old pacing fillies. First post time is set for 7:05pm with one non-betting race taking place before the wagering portion of the card.   Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 19, 2019-Seven 3-year-olds-four colts and three geldings-have been entered for the 65th Yonkers Trot, second jewel of the harness racing Trotting Triple Crown. The entrants are led by statebred standout Gimpanzee, whose Yonkers Raceway resume reads four (New York Sire Stakes) wins in as many career tries. The son of Chapter Seven began his career with a dozen consecutive wins before finishing fourth and third, respectively, in the elimination and final of the Hambletonian. Gimpanzee enters with earnings of $866,646, including $275,288 this season. Brian Sears is again scheduled to do the honors for co-owners Courant Inc. & S R F Stable and trainer Marcus Melander. The limited number of entrants makes this season's race a one-dash-for-the-(half-million-dollar)-cash event, set for Saturday night, Aug. 31st. The alphabetical list of Yonkers Trot entrants, with declared drivers, are... Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) HL Revadon (g) (Jim Marohn Jr.) Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller) No Drama Please (Tim Yetrick) Osterc (Dexter Dunn) Sheena's Boy (g) (Dunn also listed) Soul Strong (g) (Dunn also listed) (g) - gelding   The 64th Messenger Stakes, second jewel of the Pacing Crown, brings a dozen soph pacers to Westchester. Art Rooney Pace winner Bettor's Wish paid $30,000 for the privilege of buying in. He joins 11 rivals here Saturday night (Aug. 24th) in a pair of $40,000 eliminations, with the first four in each qualifying for the $500,000 finale Aug. 31st. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt who has hit the board in 21-of-22 career tries (12 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, $1,111,600), won May's $300,000 Rooney here by six lengths in 1:51.4. He enters off a life-best 1:47.4 effort in a Kentucky Sire Stakes event at the Red Mile, a seventh win (with three seconds) in 10 '19 tries ($839,544). Bettor's Wish                                              --Mike Lizzi photo That win came five nights after 'stealing' (:57 out, :53.3 home) Northfield's $400,000 Milstein Memorial. Chris Ryder co-owns (with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm & Bettor's Wish Partners) and trains Bettor's Wish, while Dexter Dunn drives. The Messenger entrants are... Aflame Hanover (g) (Corey Callahan) Air Force Hanover (Jordan Stratton) American Mercury (g) (Tyler Buter) Bettor's Wish (Dunn) Branquinho (Buter also listed) Buddy Hill (Sears) Captain Trevor (Stratton also listed) Escape tothe Beach (g) (Callahan also listed) Lyons Johnny Jnr (Dan Dube) Reigning Deo (Stratton also listed) U S Captain (Jason Bartlett) Waterway (Joe Bongiorno) (g) - gelding   The companion events for these races-the $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot (seven entrants) and $122,224 Lady Maud Pace (six entrants)-go as single-sojourn events Aug. 31st.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

Monticello – The New York Sire Stakes concluded it 2019 Stakes harness racing schedule for the year at Monticello Raceway as 2 year old trotting colts pulled down the curtain.  A track record was equaled and Jason Bartlett won 4 of the 8 races on the afternoon. In the first heat of Sire Stakes racing for a purse of $51,000 saw 5 trotters go to post, Bourbon Express left first from post position 3 and had 5 lengths on the field after an opening quarter of 29.2, Bartlett then applied the brakes with a second quarter of 31.2 and reached the half in 1:00.4 with Chaptiama (Smedshammer) and Sky Castle (Charlie Norris) in tow.  Bourbon Express still had 2 lengths on the pack as they passed the ¾ pole in 1:30.4, he extended the lead to 3 lengths at the top of the stretch.  Pocket sitter Chapiama unleashes a 28.4 last quester to close the gap on Bourbon Express who won by a neck in 2:00.0.  It was the 3rd Sire Stake win of the season for Bourbon Express who upped his seasonal earnings to over $103,000.  The son of RC Royalty was driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Jessica Okusko and owners Salvatore Vulio, James De Armond and Jessica Okusko.  The win for Bartlett was to be his first of 4 on the afternoon. Bourbon Express                                        --Geri Schwarz photo In the second division worth $52,000, the 1/5 heavy betting favorite Barn Holden started from post 5 in the 6 field was content to let co favorite Berkery J cut the mile. Berkery J tripped the timers in 28.3, 59, 1:28.4 and scored a wire to wire win and equaled the track of 1:58 with a last quarter of 28.3   The well bred son of Chapter Seven – Southwind Catlin, was a $205,000 yearling purchase for owner Ken Jacobs and is trained by George Ducharme.   The win was a new lifetime mark for Berkery J who won a NYSS earlier in the year at Yonkers.  Hobbs (Greg Merton) finished 2nd followed by Barn Holden (Andy Miller) who was 3rd. 2 divisions of the Excelsior A class saw Clear Sailing (Credit Winner – Let-Er-Rumble) earn his maiden win for Dan Daley after sitting the pocket behind the favorite Book Seven, he scored in 2:00. Conquest AS (Conway Hall – Cordele AS) was not deterred by post 7, as the Anette Lorentzon pupil lead every set of the way, winning in 2:00 for his first lifetime win with Jason Barlett  the helm. In Excelsior B action, Crazy For CJ (Crazed - Godiva Linda) extended his win streak to 5 in a row for owners Chasing Dreams Stable of Victor NY, the son of Crazed is trained and driven by Claude Huckabone, he won in 2:01.3 and paid $2.90 to win.  Discus Hanover extended his win streak to 6 in a row, the son of Credit Winner – Dancing Flames has been dominant in the County Fair Circuit won his division in 2:03.1 with the Jason Bartlett in the bike   Shawn Wiles

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 17, 2019-Due to a quirk in the schedule-no racing the previous evening-Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 17th) offered three-count 'em, three--$46,000 featured harness racing events. The week's marquee trot was blindly drawn and worked to the advantage of pole-sitting, odds-on Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett, $3). Retaking from There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell) right after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, Eye ofa Tiger AS knocked off his appointed rounds (:57, 1:24.4, life-best 1:53.4). He (Austin Siegelman), whipped his pocketed pursuer by a length, with Lord Cromwell (Austin Siegelman), In Secret (George Brennan) and Such an Angel (Jim Marohn Jr.) rounding out the payees. For Eye ofa Tiger AS, a 5-year-old statebred Chapter Seven gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his eighth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12, the triple returned $113 and the superfecta paid $376.50. Saturday night's Open Handicap Pace and Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace were both laid out in the same way...inside number assigned, outside seven numbers drawn. Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $14) closed from last at the three-quarters and seventh off the final turn to snap 11-10 fave Miss You N (Bartlett) in the week's distaff derby. From post position No. 7, the margin was a nose in 1:52. Dibaba N (Goodell) was third, with Annabeth (Siegelman) and D G's Elsa (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the remainder. Gold Orchid N (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :27., 56 and 1:23.3 before fading to seventh.                                                                                                --- Rosie Siri photo For third choice Betterb Chevron N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her seventh win in 19 '19 tries. The exacta paid $46.80, the triple returned $121 and the superfecta paid $785. Last, but certainly not least, was a 51st career win by favored The Real One (Pat Lachance, $4.10). The Raceway's co-track-record-holder (1:50) was not required to go that fast in the Open 'Cap Pace, but 1:52.2 was sufficiently fast to take down Shneonucrzydiamnd A (Brent Holland) by a neck. The latter led through subsections of :27.2; :56.3 and 1:24.3, with The Real One-away fourth from post No. 5-grinding by first-over. The minors went to Control Tower (Siegelman), Dr. J Hanover (Marohn Jr.) and Perfectly Close (Stratton). For The Real One, a 9-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his chauffeur for owner Helene Filion, he's now 4-for-14 this season (career $1,160,488). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.80, the triple returned $63 and the superfecta paid $214. Also Saturday, a season-high, fourth-race superfecta paid $109,674 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $5,483.70). The combination was 7-1-8-5, with The Lunch Pail (Holland) winning at a $79 mutuel. He was chased home by rivals at 20-1, 80-1 and 3-2, respectively.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

Big favorites Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) and McWicked (Brian Sears) each captured stakes victories to highlight the fabulous harness racing card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 18). In the $137,000 Artiscape open are pace, Shartin N ($2.10) went to the front just before hitting the first quarter in :25.3. She would slow the pace down using a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :54.3. Seaswift Joy N (Brian Sears) went first over and put on the pressure as Shartin N led to three-quarters in 1:22.0. Shartin N, who is trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Rich Poillucci, Jo-Anne Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC., turned for home with a length lead. Seaswift Joy N made one late charge but Shartin N was too strong and won in 1:49.1. Seaswift Joy N had to settle for second money. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. Shartin N is a 6-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 13th win in 14 starts this season. She now has won 39 times in her career. McWicked ($2.70) came charging late to win the $170,000 Roll With Joe open male pace. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) put up all the early fractions (:26.4, :55.2, 1:21.2). McWicked, who is owned by S S G Stables North and trained by Casie Coleman, made a move at the halfway mark. He would get to within a length of Filibuster Hanover after hitting the three-quarter mark. McWicked would eventually wear down a stubborn Filibuster Hanover to win in a seasonal best of 1:48.3. Filibuster Hanover was second best with Donttellmeagain flying late to finish third. McWicked is an 8-year-old horse by McArdle. It was win number three in 2019. He now owns 37 career wins. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) is easy winner in $232,700 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final for sophomore pacing fillies. Zero Tolerance ($2.40) took to the front before hitting the first quarter in :27.3. She easily got to the half first in :55.3. St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) went first-over and pressured Zero Tolerance to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Zero Tolerance, who is owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz while trained by Joe Halloway, made the turn for home and the race was over. She went flying in the stretch and won by four and a quarter lengths to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Fool Me Again (Tim Tetrick) was second best with St Somewhere hanging on for third. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. It was her fifth win this season. She now has 12 career victories. Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) captures the $238,200 EBC for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Hickfromfrenchlick ($8.10) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55.0. As they made their way to three-quarters the big favorite Shake That House (Brian Sears) made his move. Hickfromfrenchlick hit the three-quarters first in 1:21.1. The two went side by side as they went around the final turn. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, Thomas Spatorico, and Nolamaura Racing LLC., found another gear in mid-stretch and ran away to win easily in 1:48.4. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was second. Covered Bridge (Wally Hennessey) finished third. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was his sixth win in nine starts this season. He now owns 10 career victories. The last three races on the card were cancelled due to bad weather. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 23) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) captures the $6,000 featured fillies and mares harness racing pace on Thursday (August 15). Dangerousprecedent (John MacDonald) charge to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.1. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) happily followed in the pocket as Dangerousprecedent led to the half in :56.3. Unusual Clarity ($2.50) made his move and took over before hitting the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Unusual Clarity, who is own by Nicholas Gibides and trained by Paul Minckler, led as they made the turn for home. Love Leve Laugh went first -over in the stretch but Unusual Clarity was too strong and won in 1:52.4. Love Live Laugh held on for second with Dangerousprecedent getting third money. Unusaul Clarity is a 4-year-old mare by Betterthancheddar. It was her ninth win this season. She now has 14 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore and Jennifer Lappe each drove two winners on the night. Whittemore won with Ladyyouaregorgeous ($16.80), and Blameitonthenight ($3.30). Lappe was trainer-driver for wins with Beyonces Rockn ($11.60), and Multitaskr Hanover ($11.20). John MacDonald leads all drivers with 76 winsat Vernon Downs this season. He is only three wins from 4000. Howard Parker is second with 64 winning drives. Jimmy Whittemore is third in wins with 54. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 16) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Yonkers, NY-- The granddaddy of all amateur driving organizations, the CKG Billings Series, move on to Yonkers Raceway for a pair of trots over the speedy double-oval and when the judges hung the official signs "Tough Tyler" Miller and Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff each reined a winner in their respective divisions. Miller drove the Nick Surick- trained veteran Jacks To Open, to a 2-1/2 length triumph in 1:59.1 while Hechkoff scored a 1:58 victory with Five Towns, another old-timer whose trained by Kyle Spagnola. In his split Miller was content to head to the pylons from post three as "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo, up behind Tough Get Going, played hardball with Mystical Power, driven by Tony "the Capo" Verruso, and the pair zipped by the quarter in :28 and raced was a team past the half in :57.4 and they were still side by side at the three quarters in 1:28.2. When Mystical Power began to show signs of the overland trip young Miller moved Jacks To Open out to challenge and he trotted to the front before the head of the lane and coasted home an easy winner over Southwind Dorian, driven by 16-year-old Brett "the Kid" Beckwith. Faraldo garnered the show dough with Tough Get.Going. Hechkoff used the front-end route to score an easy triumph in 1:58 with the veteran Five Towns,a 10 year old Andover Hall gelding. Five Towns started from post three and once in command it was "Katey bar the door" as he trotted along with no serious challenges until "Joltin' Joe" Pennacchio got Super Manning in high gear as the field neared the third stanza. But that rally was short-lived as Five Towns was up to the challenge and trotted away to an easy victory over Pennacchio's trotter. Shady McCoy finished third for Dave "the Rave" Offenberg. Both races went as non-wagering affairs before the first race on the betting card.   John Manzi for the Billings Series

Hickfromfrenchlick is scheduled to race in Indiana later this season, which is likely to attract attention there thanks to his Larry Bird-inspired name, but first the colt will try to close out a successful harness racing campaign at home on the New York circuit, beginning with Sunday's $238,200 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. The Ray Schnittker-trained Hickfromfrenchlick is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line in the EBC for 3-year-old male pacers and will start from post one with driver Matt Kakaley. Hickfromfrenchlick won his elimination this past Sunday by a neck over Shake That House, who is the 2-1 favorite in the final. Hickfromfrenchlick has won five of eight races this year and finished no worse than third in any start. Last year, the son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star won four of his first five races, including the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, before finishing off the board in his final two appearances. "He got sore at the end of last year and I don't think we saw the best of him toward the end," co-owner Patrick English said. "Unlike last year, it seems like he's gotten stronger as the year has gone on, so that's been real impressive. "It's been an absolute thrill having him. He's a gamer. It's like an athlete, when they call your number you've got to be ready to go. He's able to do that." English got involved owning racehorses in 2016, when he started the Nolamaura Racing ownership group that includes his father, Kerry, among others. The English family owns a beer distributorship in Goshen, N.Y., and has long been active on the Board of Directors at Historic Track. Prior to owning horses, Patrick English was taught how to drive by Schnittker. English won a matinee race at Historic Track on Father's Day in 2012. It remains the only time he ever drove in a race. "I'm undefeated," English said, laughing. "People don't realize how much Ray does for a lot of people around here in the sport. He brought me into it and taught me everything I know. If it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't be in the sport. I appreciate everything he does for us." Hickfromfrenchlick was bred by Steve Jones, whose farm is located near Goshen, and purchased for $47,000 at the 2017 Goshen Yearling Sale. The colt's name is based on the nickname of Indiana-born basketball legend Bird, who was known as The Hick from French Lick. A week prior to the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, Hickfromfrenchlick equaled the track record for a 3-year-old pacing colt at Batavia Downs, winning a division of the New York Sire Stakes in 1:51.2. "That was a good mile to watch, not only because he was the winner, but they were racing the whole way," Schnittker said about the race, which saw Hickfromfrenchlick rebuff multiple challenges from Shake That House and then a late charge from Buddy Hill. "They weren't giving any money away that day. "He's come back good this year. He's very versatile, a nice horse to drive. I thought he was a very good horse last year, but I didn't know how sound he would stay. Usually, whatever bites them at 2 comes back and bites them at 3. But I got lucky and he's been very sound this year." Mark MacDonald drove Hickfromfrenchlick for his first six starts this season before being sidelined because of a racing accident. English credited MacDonald with aiding the colt's development. "Matt has done a great job these last couple races, but it was really tough seeing Mark hurt and not able to be on the bike," English said. "I know he's upset about it. When he wasn't traveling he was at the barn with Ray training with Hick. He's also helped out with our two 2-year-olds, Cigars And Port and Splash Brother. He's been a great help." Following the Empire Breeders Classic, Hickfromfrenchlick will compete in the final preliminary round of the New York Sire Stakes on Aug. 29 with an eye toward the series championship on Sept. 14. He then is eligible to the Simpson Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sept. 29 and three races at Harrah's Hoosier Park in Indiana - the Pegasus, Circle City, and Monument Circle. "We're looking forward to that," English said about the horse's trip to Indiana, adding with a laugh, "I've got to think that name is going to bring some popular betting." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Tioga Downs, which hosts several stakes in addition to the EBC. For complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association

YONKERS, N.Y. - Horsemen are reminded that there has been a change in the Yonkers Raceway draw schedule for the next harnes racing leg of the New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior Series for 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly (Thursday, Aug.22). The box will close tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 15) at 9:00 a.m., instead of the usual 3:30 p.m. The Yonkers Raceway office will be closed tomorrow evening due to a concert at the facility. For more information, contact the Yonkers race office directly at 914-457-2627, or the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund at 518-388-0178 or   Jason Politi

Cartier Volo (Cash Hall) has spent the last couple of months being a factor in Winners Over and Open Trot harness racing competition at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The five year old trotting mare is usually tasked with besting a group of top-flight boys and on Tuesday night, the Margaret Spagnola trainee was at it again. The lone lady in the $15,000 Open Trot, Cartier Volo did it unconventionally but scored her first ever Open win on Tuesday night. Frank Coppola Jr. is the regular reinsman for Cartier Volo and pulled her first over on front-runner Mister Muscle (Mark Beckwith) who was looking to overcome an early break while seeking his first Open victory. Mister Muscle had just enough to hit the wire first to hold off Cartier Volo and longshot Silent Pine (Bruce Cooper). Mister Muscle, though, made a break after the start and was deemed to have not obeyed the breaking rule. Subsequently, he was disqualified for failing to lose ground while on a break. Cartier Volo was thus placed first in the mile clocked in 1:56.2. Silent Pine moved up to second while Ulster (Jay Randall) wound up earning the show spot. Cartier Volo paid $12.80 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta and triple that came back $162.50 and $467, respectively, as she bested the boys to record her first Open score. Live racing continues on Wednesday evening at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post.   Mike Sardella

Trainer Paul Zabielski continued what has been a huge year for him at Saratoga Casino Hotel when on Wednesday night he recorded another harness racing training double. Striking Star (Crazed) is a recent addition to the Zabielski stable after being acquired via purchase by owner Kevin Quinn earlier in the month. After recording back-to-back wins after his acquisition, Striking Star went out of town but failed to factor in a start at Yonkers. The four year old returned to the Spa on Wednesday and was the odds-on choice in the wagering in his $7,250 trotting event. Driver Jimmy Devaux sat behind the Zabielski trainee as he went coast-to-coast with relative ease, stopping the timer in 1:58.4 to move his record to three-for-three in local starts for his new barn. Zabielski, Quinn and Devaux teamed up later on the card for another victory with razor sharp New Zealand invader The Great Buzz N (Auckland Reactor N). Another recent acquisition for Zabielski, The Great Buzz N came into Wednesday's try in a $6,000 pacing event as a winner of three races in his four local starts. Coming off last week's 1:53.1 career-best clocking, The Great Buzz N was once again heavily backed by the public to the tune of 1-5 odds as he recorded his fourth local victory, making good in 1:53.3. Paul wasn't the only Zabielski to score a training double on Wednesday. His daughter Lisa also had a pair of winners on the card. Her Aerial Flight (Muscle Mass) toughed out a first-over journey to prevail in 1:58.3 in the evening's $9,630 feature for New York sired trotters. Jay Randall piloted Aerial Flight to the victory which was the second of the night for Lisa Zabielski whose Keystone Magneto (Roll With Joe) broke his maiden in his debut out of his new barn, going wire-to-wire in 1:54.4. Devaux, who piloted Keystone Magneto to victory, drove four winners on the night including three Zabielski trainees. Live racing resumes on Friday evening with a 7:05pm first post.   Mike Sardella

Three year old pacing fillies were featured as part of New York Sire Stakes harness racing action on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions for the state's top sophomore fillies that went for purses of $90,050 and $88,450 on the fourteen race card and the favorites thrived. Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar-Artiscape) continued her dominance in the Sire Stake ranks for three year old pacing fillies and wound up as a wrapped-up winner for Hall of Famer Dave Miller who was in town to drive for trainer Joe Holloway. Zero Tolerance was the 1-9 betting favorite in her division of the NYSS on Tuesday and she made it look easy. Miller moved her out to the early lead in the $90,050 event for sophomores and the talented mare cruised to an open length win in 1:53.4 over a track labeled 'sloppy.' JK American Beauty (Jordan Stratton) was the runner-up to the big favorite while Sulky Queen (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. The victory was the fourth of the year for the super soph Zero Tolerance with all four scores coming in NY Sire Stakes action. The other division of the NYSS for top pacing fillies went for a purse of $88,450 and saw So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl-Kassa Branca) prevail. Tyler Buter piloted the Scott Di Domenico-trained filly who drew the rail for Tuesday's tilt. After coasting through a first half in 57.4, So Awesome cruised home to score in 1:53.4. A Saratoga track record holder from last year's local Sire Stakes try when she won in 1:53.3, So Awesome proved up to the task in her sophomore season local stakes score. Longshot Hurrikane Norakane (Jordan Stratton) came on for second while DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) finished third. So Awesome was the public's 2-5 betting choice in what was her third win in ten starts in the '19 campaign. Live racing continues on Wednesday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm.   Mike Sardella

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) takes the $7,000 harness racing featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 26). First Call ($6.80) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter :27.1 as If Not Why Not (Howard Parker) settled for the pocket trip and would watch First Call hit the half in :56.2. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) would make the first move going first-over from third. First Call hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.1. First Call, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochtetler, Robert Budding and Allen Schwartz, hit the stretch with a lot in the tank. She would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. If Not Why Not was third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season. She now owns 11 career victories. Howard Parker drove four winners on the night. He finished first with Sapient Hanover ($6.20), Golden Dynamite ($10.00), Jennifer ($6.80), and Spoiler Alert ($5.50). Roman Lopez was trainer-driver for three winners. He got his wins with Sexy Wow ($2.30), Life On The Road ($6.40), Gettin Serious ($6.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with an 11 race card on Saturday (July 27). Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Driver Jay Randall is enjoying another fantastic harness racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Wednesday, the veteran reinsman came up just shy of sweeping the co-features. The 58 year old Randall guided the Eric Adsit-trained Iamnotlefthanded (Credit Winner) to a first-over victory in one of the two $9,000 co-features for New York sired trotters. Iamnotlefthanded toughed out an overland journey and wound up wearing down the race's favorite Aerial Flight (Jimmy Devaux) before stopping the timer in 1:59.1. The win was the third of the season for the Adsit trainee who has hit the board in better than half of his starts on the campaign. Randall came up just a nose shy of sweeping the co-features when Frank Hanover tried to gun down front-running Squirely Girly (Muscle Mass) in the other $9,000 division for trotters. Squirely Girly made the front with her trainer Jordan Derue in the sulky and held off the late charge from Frank Hanover to record a lifetime best win in 1:58.1. Returning $9.10 to win, Squirely Girly recorded her second victory in three starts but also just her second on the season. Frank Hanover was the runner-up for Randall who piloted a pair of Wednesday winners. Devaux, who currently sits second in the local driver standings, had another big night as he added five wins to his bulky total in 2019. All five of Devaux's winners set new lifetime marks on the beautiful summer evening in the Spa City. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. There will be a Pick Five carryover of $1,288 on Friday with the Pick Five starting in the evening's first race.   Mike Sardella

Batavia, NY --- Two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies visited Batavia Downs on opening night to vie for a total of $106,000 in total purses. In the first division Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) stayed perfect lifetime after she scored her fourth consecutive win, all in NYSS action. Driver Andy Miller floated Love A Good Story off the gate and got to the front before the quarter in at quick :28.4. From there she trotted along on her own terms, setting stops at the next two stations at :58.2 and 1:30.1. Moving around the last turn Miss Jubilation (Ake Svanstedt) and Munster (Jordan Stratton) moved close to the leader and appeared to have a shot to catch her. But Love A Good Story found another gear and trotted away under a line drive from Miller and won easily by four lengths in 1:59.2. Love A Good Story ($2.50) has now earned $79,100 for the season for owners Pinske Staale and the Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Julie Miller does the training. Celebrity Farms was the breeder. The second split of the night saw Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) draw off to a convincing first lifetime win. Really Blue Chip (Anthony McDonald) took the lead from the pylon starting Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) and opened up a two length gap on the field at the quarter in :29.3. Svanstedt followed that cover to the half but then pulled off the clubhouse turn and motored his way to the front up the backside, clearing past three-quarters. From there the filly left her competition behind, pulling away down the lane and winning by almost five lengths in 1:59,3, which was a new lifetime mark.   Seventimesalady ($3.20) is owned by Ake Svanstedt, Little E and Knuttson Trotting. Svanstedt trains the winner. Little E bred the winner. There were also three divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior "A" series on the card that were won by:   Nasty Gal (Conway Hall-Dreama Littledream) Owner-Deborah Brunet and Patricia Crawford Trainer-Gates Brunet Breeder-Joseph Brunet and Patricia Crawford Time-2:00.4 Mutuel-$14,80   Starrystarrynight (Conway Hall-Makes Me Crazy) Owner-W. J. Donovan Trainer-George Ducharme Breeder-David Hanson Time-2:02.2 Mutuel-$19.00   Smooth Affair (Conway Hall-Identity Theft) Owner-Northfork Racing Stable Trainer-Chris Oakes Breeder-Morrisville College Foundation Time-2:03.4 Mutuel-$2.70   Tyler Buter and Scott Zeron led all driver for wins on the night, each scoring a Hat Trick on the 11-race card. There will be a $2,500 guaranteed pool in the Pick-5 on Saturday night, which is when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 24, 2019--Yonkers Raceway has made a change to its live harness racing schedule. The card of Friday, Aug. 16th has been eliminated, replaced by Friday, Oct. 11th (usual first post 6:50 PM). The cancellation is to accommodate a Kool & the Gang concert taking place on the track apron. The schedule amendments have been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers  

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