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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 17, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Aug. 17th) played host to the $156,000 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, worth $52,000 each, went postward. The opening event saw 3-10 favorite Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) brush to the lead around second choice Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). The official horse of the Archies then set intervals of :28, 57.3 and 1:27.1, only to fold off the final turn. Alexis Faith ($8.40), from post position No. 2, ducked inside, defeating a second-over, 32-1 Line Dancer (Brett Miller) by a half-length in 1:55.3. Sand Artist was a first-up third, while odds-on 'Candygirl' faded to fifth among the half-dozen. For Alexis Faith, a daughter of American Ideal Ontario co-owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J. Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinney, she remains perfect (5-for-5) to begin her career. The exacta paid $160.50, with the triple returning $820. The second sire stakes grouping, was won by second choice All on Top Hanover (Andy Miller, $6.40). Pocketed-after a retake-from post No. 6, she pulled early against that stubborn foe, even-money choice Python Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett). Rebuffed once through intervals of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26, All on Top Hanover did eventually prevail, besting her rival by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.4. American Myth (Brett Miller) was a loose-pocket third. For All on Top Hanover, a Betterthancheddar miss co-owned by (trainer) Erv Miller, Crawford Racing, Ronald Michelon and George Golemes, she's now 3-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $21.20, with the triple returning $123. The final sire stakes grouping saw no one able to Get Shorty, as in Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett, $2.50). With no anxious moments from the pole, the 1-4 choice won by a comfortable length (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley) chased from the pocket and held second, with Azreal as it Gets (Brian Sears) a closing third. For Hurricane Shorty, a daughter of Art Major trained by Kevin McDermott for co-owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz, it was her third win in five first-season tries. The exacta paid $8, with the triple returning $28.20. Frank Drucker

Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven) won for the fourth consecutive time in as many starts as he set yet another harness racing track record on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Marcus Melander trainee scored on the engine in his division of the $54,500 New York Sire Stakes for two year old colt and gelding trotters. Brian Sears piloted the superstar freshman who set the track record at Monticello before matching the mark at Yonkers for two year old trotting colts last week. On Wednesday, Fourth Dimension was the public's 1-9 betting favorite as he went coast to coast to complete his grand slam. The standout two year old added another track record to his resume though that mark wouldn't last long. The Tracy Brainard-trained My Lindy Winner (Credit Winner) got up in the final strides to prevail in 1:56.4 to become the fastest two year old trotter in track history. Jim Morrill Jr. worked out a cover trip for My Lindy Winner who prevailed for the first time in just two career starts. At the start of the evening, it was Trond Smedshammer's Perlucky (Lucky Chucky) who actually was the first one on the night to lower the previous track mark for freshmen when he trotted to a NYSS score in 1:57.1. Highlighted by a final half in 56.2, Perlucky broke his maiden in impressive fashion. His track record was then lowered twice in the following hours, a record that now belongs to My Lindy Winner after an action-packed night of New York Sire Stakes action at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Friday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for sophomore colts and geldings pacers as well as their counterpart filly pacers, were at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon (August 13) as part of a 15 race harness racing card. On the card was three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies as well. In the first elimination for colts and geldings it was In A Single Bound (Chris Lems) who would come out on top. In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) would lead to the first quarter in 27.3. The favorite Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would take over before the clubhouse turn He would control the the pace all the way to the top of the stretch. In A Single Bound ($5.70) who is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud, while trained by Monica Krist would pop out of the pocket and battle Miso Fast (Roll WIth Joe) all they way down the stretch. In A Single Bound would lunge out and win at the wire in 1:50.4. He would win for the eighth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Miso Fast would finish second and qualify for the finals. The third qualifier would br Outkast Blue Chip. In the second elimination, Art Scene (Brett Miller) would shock the 1-9 favorite Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) Geez Joe (Brian Sears) would lay down the first quarter time in :27.3. Funknwaffles (American Ideal) would then take control hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. That is when Art Scene (American Ideal) would make his move going first over. Art Scene ($33.20) who is owned by Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners and American Art Stable would duel the favorite in the stretch to win by a neck at the wire in 1:51.2. Trained by Tony Alagna, the 3 year-old colt would win for just the second time in his career while setting a lifetime best mile. Funknwaffles would finish second to qualify for the final. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) would also qualify by finishing third. Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the third elimination by four legnths. Uffizi (Tim Tetrick) would carve out all the early fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:23.4. The 3 year-old would start to fizzle out at the top of the stretch. Chip Walther (Brian Sears) would then take over. The lead was short lived as Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven), who is owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, would blow right by to win in 1:50.4. The winner paid $4.40 and won for ninth time in his career. Chp Walther (Art Major) would qualify by finishing second. Talent Soup (Brett Miller) would take third to qualify as well. On the Fillies side the first elimination went to Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald). Clear Idea (American Ideal), who is owned by Huff Racing and trainer Mark Macintosh, would go gate-to-wire with fractions of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.0. She would win for the seventh straight time but it wasn't easy. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) would sneak up on the inside and fall short by just a neck. Clear Idea ($3.10), would win for the 10th time in her career. Finishing second was Roaring To Go (Art Major). The other qualifiers were Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who finished third, Gurl Band K (Tim Tetrick), fourth, and Ameraway (Corey Callahan) finished fifth and won the wild-card pick. The second elimination went to the favorite Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears). Tequilla Monday (American Ideal) would take over just after the first quarter and then cruise home to win in 1:51.0. She is owned by North Fork Racing Stable with Chuck Pompey and trained by Chris Oakes. Tequilla Monday ($2.70) would win for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in her career. The other qualifiers were American Sara (Scott Zeron) who finished second. Shepulledthegoalie (David Miller) finished third while Candlelight Dinner (Brett Miller) finished fourth. Also on the card was the NYSS freshman fillies. Undefeated Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) would set the track record for 2 year-old trotting fillies in the third division of the NYSS. Entry mate Fury Road (Mark MacDonald) would lead after a first quarter of :28.4. Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato) would take over as they went past the stands for the first time. She would then control the whole race after that with fractions of :58.2, 1:26.2, 1:55.1. She would eclipse the track record by a fifth of a second. Lucky Rainbow (David Miller) would finish second best while Atlanta (Rick Zeron) settle for third. Plunge Blue Chip ($3.20) is owned Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trainer Svanstedt. She is now four for four as a freshman trotter. In the first division of the NYSS, big long shot and first time starter Setntheworldonfire (Troy Beyer) would win in 1:57.1. Settintheworldonfire (Muscles Yankee-Gaelic) who is owned by Birdie Path Stables LTD. and trainer Noel Daley would make a three wide move in the stretch to nip A Gift For You (Tim Tetrick) at the wire. Settintheworldonfire would pay $130.00 for the win A Gift For You (Credit Winner-Soprano Hanover) would finish second. Big Checkmate (Donald Dupont) was third. The second division winner was White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald). After the big favorite Seven Carats (Tim Tetrick) went on a break, Perfect Summer K (Brian Sears) would control all the early fractions, :28.1, :57.4, 1:27.1. White Cheetah (Muscle Mass-Wheely Quick) would go three wide at the top of the stretch and looked like a cheetah as she blew by to win in 1:57.4. Perfect Summer K (Conway Hall-American Miss K) would finish second. Jackie Newlands (Scott Zeron) would get third. White Cheetah ($33.80) is owned by J Sbrocco, Stable 45 and trainer Paul Kelley. She would win for the first time in four starts. The horses were drawn for the EBC Finals. For the Colt and Geldings Final ($268,100). 1) In A SIngle Bound 2) Heaven's Gait 3) Art Scene 4) Miso Fast 5) Music Is Art 6) Chip Walther 7) Talent Soup 8) Outkast Blue Chip 9) Funknwaffles   For the Fillies Final ($262,850) 1) Tequilla Monday 2) Clear Idea 3) Obvious Bluechip 4) American Sara 5) Candlelight Dinner 6) Ameriway 7) Roaring To Go 8) Shepulledthegoalie 9) Gurl Band K Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14) witha 11 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

What a difference a week makes for Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett). The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings were on hand for three divisions on Friday night (August 11) at Tioga Downs. Less than a week ago Guardian Angel As (Archangel) was racing in the Hambletonian and was interfered with and caused to go off stride. The judges ruled that What The Hill caused the interference and was disqualified after finishing first Stick With Me Kid (Chirs Lems) would get the lead and head into the first quarter in :27.1. Guardian Angel As ($2.40) would go first over from third and take the lead just before the clubhouse turn. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, the 3 year-old colt would control all the fractions after that :56.3, 1:25.3, 1:54.1, getting a lifetime best mile. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) would take a run at him but Guardian Angel was too strong and won the second division of the NYSS ($39,200) and looked much the best, winning for the sixth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Stick With Me Kid hung on for second with Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) getting third. The first division ($39,900) went to Seven And Seven (Thomas Durand). The 3 year-old colt by Chapter Seven was in the Hambletonian eliminations last Saturday finishing eighth in 1:53.1. Eye Of A Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) would lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Seven And Seven ($10.20) would be parked first over before taking the lead just before the half. Durand trains the colt and owns with June Durand and Allen Smith. He would hold off Eye Of A Tiger As (second) in the stretch to win in a lifetime best and first time as a sophomore in 1:54.1. Texican (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. In the final division, Long shot Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) would charge late in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) looked poised to win when the colt went off stride in the stretch. Money Macintosh (Credit WInner) would finish third and placed fifth for failure to obey the breaking rule. Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) who is owned by Joseph Hess and trained by D Benny Eggers, may have won anyway because he looked like he was flying in deep stretch, paid a whopping $37.60 for the win. Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) would come on late to finish second. Meetmeinthemiddle would finish fourth but placed third. Tioga Downs returns to live action Saturday (8-12) with a nine race card starting at 6:50. Also between live races is the "Fourth Annual World Spiedie Eating Contest" featuring Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), wins a leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3 year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 10), for a purse of $117,600. It was the start of corntastic weekend at the Miracle Mile with free corn but but she was the "Bella" of the ball on this night. Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) would charge out to the early lead, but Barn Bella (Conway Hall) wouldn't wait and takeover before the quarter. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, she would control all the fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:26.0, 1:53.2. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), would follow and stay close. Once they got to the top of the stretch Celebrity Ruth (second) would attempt to make a run at Barn Bella ($2.30), but the 3 year-old filly would put it in another gear and win in the end by two lengths. Amber Ella (Jim Marohn Jr.) would finish third. Barn Bella has now won 10 of the 11 starts as a sophomore trotter. Her last time at Vernon Downs she won the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250). She has now captured five legs of the NYSS. Her only blemish was a fourth place finish at Buffalo (NYSS) after going on a break. Jimmy Whittemore would win three races on the card. He would win with Hustleonhome ($13.60), Northern BB ($8.20), and Love Live Laugh ($8.10). Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 11) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45. Corntastic weekend continues at the Miracle Mile on both Friday and Saturday. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 8th) played host to the $162,500 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,000 each, went postward. The opening event saw second choice Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) get the jump on 3-5 Funknpancakes (Corey Callahan), beating that rival handily in 1:58.2. Away fourth from position No. 7, 'Clive' saw Alex the Great (Andy Miller) move around Funknpancakes and lead through intervals of :29.4 and :59.4. Clive Bigsby then challenged through the 1:29.3 three-quarters, putting 'Alex' away. The new leader opened a length-and-a-half in the lane then, with an extricated 'Pancakes' in pursuit, widened to the three lengths at the wire. Alex the Great was a clear third. For Clive Bigsby, a Muscle Mass gelding co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme and Winners Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (2-for-3 in NYSS). The exacta paid $7, with the triple returning $28.60. "He's just a handy horse with a good attitude," Bartlett said. "When I made the lead, his ears pricked right up and he took off." The second sire stakes grouping, pared to gang of seven, was won by a pocketed Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, $7) In play from post No. 3, 'Purpose' was sequestered behind even-money choice Cruising in Style (Bartlett) as that won led strung-out rivals (:29.1, :59.2, 1:29). Despite cruising in style, Cruising in Style was unable to close the sale. Up a length off the final turn, he watched as Purpose Blue Chip went by...with purpose. The final margin was a length-and-a-half in 1:58.4, with The Veteran (Brian Sears) making up some 10 lengths in the back half to finish third. For third choice Purpose Blue Chip, a son of Chapter Seven trained by his driver for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was a maiden-breaker after a pair of seconds. The exacta paid $14.80, with the triple returning $52. The 'fastest was the lastest' as odds-on Fourth Dimension (Sears, $2.60) easily won the evening's final sire stakes soiree. Having to wait his turn for the lead, Fourth Dimension-from post No. 6-did just that. Once there, few issues (:28.1,:58, 1:27.2, 1:57), with the effort matching Dejarmbro's (Sept., 2010) track record for frosh trotting colts. The margin was a length-and-quarter in and out of the final turn and 2¼ lengths at the wire. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer), at 25-1, offered good late trot to grab second from Rich Uncle (George Brennan) while 54-1 number Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) was fourth. For Fourth Dimension, a Chapter Seven colt owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander, he's now a perfect 3-for-3 (all in NYSS) to begin his career. The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $102 and the superfecta paid $2,717. "I don't know what I can say about him other than he's a superb athlete," was Melander's winner's circle summation. Frank Drucker

Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory) is the 9-5 morning line favorite for New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) featuring harness racing sophomore trotting fillies on Thursday (August 10). Barn Bella (Conway Hall), is owned by the Purple Haze Stables, with Nancy and trainer Steve Pratt. She has won nine of ten starts in 2017. She has NYSS victories this year at Tioga Downs ($40,600), Monticello ($59,100), Saratoga ($91,550), and Yonkers ($85,250). Her biggest win this year was the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250) at Vernon Downs on June 18. She would equal the track record for 3 year-old trotting fillies (1:51.3). This is her first trip back to the miracle mile since that big win. Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett), will be her top rival, as the 2-1 second choice. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), has eight lifetime starts, all as a 3 year-old. Owned by White Birch Farm and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she has won four times with four seconds. She has NYSS wins at Tioga Downs ($40,600), Monticello ($59,100), and Yonkers ($85,250). She would finish second to Barn Bella at the Empire Breeders Classic and at Saratoga (NYSS). Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) is the third choice at 5-1. She has won two times as a three year-old, including a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs ($40,600). Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe) is owned by Carrie Norris, G&B Racing, Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris. Post time for the 11 race card at Vernon Downs is 6:45. It is also Corntastic weekend at the miracle mile, with free grilled corn on August 10-12 at the track. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Batavia, NY---The competition was keen among the two divisions of harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies in the $117,600 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs as Clear Idea and Angel's Pride both beat post-time favorites to add to their points and earnings in the state-bred series on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 6). In the faster of the two $58,800 divisions, Clear Idea (American Ideal-Glass Maker) turned a two-hole trip into her eighth win of the year and solidified her spot as the top NYSS 3-year-old pacing filly. Heavily favored Tequila Monday (Matt Kakaley) was a tentative leaver from post five and it took her over three-eighths of a mile to grab the front from Clear Idea (Jodi Jamieson) and finally hit the pylons. After tripping the half in :55.2 Kakaley kept his filly rolling up the backside for the next quarter before Roaring To Go (Dan Rawlings) rolled alongside to push the issue. But into the lane Clear Idea found the passing lane and paced by the rest under steady urging from Jamieson to win by a length in 1:53.3. It was the sixth win in a row for Clear Idea ($4.30) and fifth NYSS win for the filly that has now earned $181,733 this year for owners Hutt Racing Stable and Blake Macintosh, who also trains the winner. In the other $58,800 split, Angel's Pride (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) benefitted from an early break by 1-4 favorite Candlelight Dinner (Jim Morrill Jr.) to score her second NYSS victory this year and move up in the standings. Queen Josephine (Jodi Jamieson) cut the mile from the start and backed off the half to a pedestrian :58.2 as a gapped leader. That lead would soon end as Angel's Pride (Matt Kakaley) pulled from third past the five-eighths and circled to the front by the three-quarter pole and she just kept pacing away from there. Angel's Pride opened up a five-length advantage with Kakaley sitting motionless to win in 1:54.2. Angel's Pride ($15.20) registered her fourth win of the year and second in the NYSS. The filly now has earned $81,356 this year for owners Triple D Stables Inc. and JFE Enterprises LLC. Angel's Pride is trained by Scott Di Domenico. There were also three divisions of the Excelsior A series, each going for $15,000. The first division was won by Ameraway (American Ideal-Shyaway) in 1:54.2. Ameraway ($8.30) was driven by Matt Kakaley and trained by Erv Miller for owners the Erv Miller Stable Inc., Paymaq Racing, Tangie Massey and Neil Cumsky. The second split went to Roll With Sparky (Roll With Joe-Circle Game) in 1:55.2. Roll With Sparky ($3.10) was driven by Jodi Jamieson and trained by Jim Graham who owns the horse with Lee Winters and Paul Tandlmayer. The final contest went to All About The Pace (Roll With Joe-Queen Of Blues) in 1:56. All About The Pace ($73.50) was driven by Drew Monti and trained by Scott Di Domenico for owners Triple D Stables Inc. and JFE Enterprises LLC.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---Two competitive fields of harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies will be on hand at Batavia Downs to compete for $58,800 per division in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 6) and the track record of 1:52.4 may be challenged. Clear Idea (American Ideal-Glass Maker) ships in to Batavia on the strength of a five-race winning streak and looks to be the one to beat in her division. She has won seven out of her last nine starts including four NYSS events. She took a lifetime mark of 1:50.4 in an overnight at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday (July 7) and has banked $152,333 for her efforts this year. Trainer Blake Macintosh has assigned Jodi Jamieson to drive and he will leave from post one as the early favorite at 6-5. Tequila Monday (American Ideal-Margarita) finished third in a hard-fought Fan Hanover stake at Mohawk back in June that went in 1:49.4 and then came right back in another Grand Circuit event, the Lynch at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs. There she chased fast fractions from the outside and still finished only seven-lengths off. With two NYSS wins under her belt, she comes in with a total of five victories this year and $201,711 in earnings. Former western New York trainer Chris Oakes has called on Matt Kakaley to steer and they have drawn post five, listed at 2-1. Roaring To Go (Art Major-Lionness Hanover) is coming off a season's best effort of 1:52.4 in a gate to wire romp in a NYSS event at Yonkers Raceway on Friday (July 28). It was her first win of the year and certainly an eye-opener. She also raced in the Fan Hanover and Lynch, where she finished second in the consolation of the latter. The filly is versatile and seldom misses the board. Dan Rawlings will drive for trainer Kevin Lare and is the 3-1 third choice leaving from post six. In the other $58,800 split, Candlelight Dinner (American Ideal-Time N Again) comes into the event very sharp off a barn change to trainer Tracy Brainard. After a solid qualifier in June, the filly did not perform well in her first three starts. However last week at Yonkers, she tracked a moderate half and then flew home in :56, last quarter in :27.2 to finish third in 1:53.1 by less than a length in a NYSS event. With a good draw and a short field, this is a good spot to get across for the first time this year. Brainard has tapped local favorite and perennial NYSS leading driver Jim Morrill Jr. to drive and they are listed as the 9-5 morning line favorites from post two. Marquesa Seelster (Rock N Roll Heaven-Mistreos) has won three of her last six starts, but none of them came in NYSS races. It seems her best game is on the lead and having post one in a short field here may give her the opportunity to attempt that strategy. Trainer Jennifer Davis has put the Downs defending dash winner Drew Monti up to drive and they are listed at 2-1 morning line. The NYSS events are races three and four. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excelsior A series on Sunday carded as races six, seven and eight. Post time for the first race in 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke combined for two of the three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies, Friday night (August 4) at Tioga Downs. All Divisions raced for $37,266. The first division (NYSS) looked like an exciting two horse race on paper and it didn't disappoint. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr) took the quick lead and hit the first quarter in 28.3. Youaremycandygirl (Matt Kakaley) would charge up and take over as they went by the stands for the first time. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) who is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Burke, would control all the late fractions, :56.0, 1:23.0, 1:52.0. As they got to the stretch Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major-Speed Date), would take a run at it, drawing even in mid-stretch but Youaremycandygirl ($3.80), would battle back and set the track record for 2 year-old fillies at Tioga Downs. It was her second straight win. Michelle's Jazz (Roll With Joe-Michelle's Dream) would finish third for driver Tom Jackson In the second division (NYSS), Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson) would take them to the first quarter in :28.1. The favorite All On Top Hanover (Markus Miller), would then take over and lead all the way to the top of the stretch. Let's Fall In Love (Matt Kakaley) was sixth at the top of the stretch but she looked like she was shot out of a cannon and blew right by. The Same team would win again as the owner was W J Donovan and the trainer was Ron Burke. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) would run the mile in 1:55.0 and pay $32.20 for the win. Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe-Fancy Creek Funny), driven by Jim Marohn Jr. would come up to finish second. All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Allamerican Apex) would hang on for third. The third division (NYSS) went to the undefeated Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). After Ubettergo Go (Jody Jamieson) led to the first quarter, Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie) would forge to the front. Owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow, Kevin McKinlay and trained by Casie Coleman, Alexis Faith ($3.00) would never relinquish the lead. She would win for the fourth time in Four starts with a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) would follow in the pocket the whole way and tried a late charge but fell short to finish second. Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Grduate) came on late to finish third for driver Matt Kakaley. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (August 5) with a 10 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Aug. 3rd) hosted the $169,499 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. With state standout Devious Man having contracted a case of Hambletonian tunnel vision, these divisions-worth $55,833, $56,833 and $56,833, respectively-offered a showcase for others among the Empire's best in show. The evening's first event was playtime for the Devious Man's odds-on stablemate, a fresh-Lasix Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller, $3). From post position No. 3, he toyed with 'em (:29.1, :58, 1:26.4, 1:55) en route to a life-best (and night's-fastest) effort. The final margin was 5¾ lengths, with The Last Chapter (Jordan Stratton) a three-hole second and Zach's Zoomer (Marcus Miller) a tiring pocket third. For Top Flight Angel, a son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel owned by Legacy Standardbred Farms and trained by Julie Miller, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $45.20. Top Flight Angel "He's been sort of showing up this season, racing alright. but tonight, the Lasix seemed to help," Mr. Miller (that would be Andy) said. The Millers (that would be Andy and Julie) were sailing along toward a sire stakes two-fer when Money Macintosh jumped it off with an open (:27.4; :57.2; 1:26.3) lead in the final division. That left the unattended door wide open for 9-5 fave Optimist Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett). Sitting a loose pocket from post No. 2, he gratefully accepted his 'inheritance,' winning by 3½ lengths in 1:55.4. Texican (Trond Smedshammer) was second, with Swell Chap (Stratton) third. Money Macintosh wound up leaving the course and finishing fifth. . For Optimist Blue Chip, a Dewycheatumnhowe gelding trained by Buzzy Sholty for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock & Senan Hayes, he's now 6-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $67.50, with the triple returning $367. Optimist Blue Chip In between those two races was the hard-to-figure portion of the program, with 33-1 rank outsider Another Chapter (Scott Zeron, $68.50) picking off the wagering choices late in the lane. From post No. 3, Another Chapter worked out a second-over trip, though a gapping one. Such an Angel (Mark MacDonald) led through intervals of :28.4, 58.2 and 1:27, getting badgered by Stick with Me Kid (Brian Sears). Even-money Eye ofa Tiger AS (Bartlett) was pocketed, but all were powerless to fend off Another Chapter. Finding his best stride late-and with the leaders coming back to him-the bombardier won by a neck in a life-best 1:55.4. 'Tiger' was second, with 'Angel' third. For Another Chapter, a Chapter Seven colt co-owned by Jeffrey Snyder & Four Friends Racing and trained by Per Henriksen, s was his second win in nine '17 tries. The exacta paid $373.50, with the triple returning $1,017. "He was a lot sounder than the last time I drove him (break in final of Empire Breeders Classic) and the trip worked out," Zeron said. Another Chapter The evening's sire stakes event honored the memory of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, former New York Knickerbocker standout-and avid horseplayer-with family and friends making winner's circle presentations. Frank Drucker

The first division looks to be a harness racing showdown between the Ron Burke trained entry of Step Beyond (Art Major-Apogee Hanover) with Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane), who is the morning line favorite (2-1) and the Kevin McDermott trained Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major-Speed Date), who is 5-2. Step Beyond (Marcus Miller), who is owned by Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, Silva, Purnell & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi, is still looking for her first career win. At the Vernon Downs leg of the NYSS, she finished a solid third. Her other NYSS start she finished fourth at Saratoga. Youaremycandygirl (Matt Kakaley), is owned by W J Donovan, she had a bad first start at Vernon Downs (NYSS), but would have an impressive win at Saratoga (NYSS). She would win by a little over two lengths in 1:54.1, using a :27.2 last quarter. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) is owned by Little E LLC, J Settlemoir, A. Geiger, and D. Stolz, has two wins and a second in three starts. She won her last start at Saratoga (NYSS), going gate-to-wire in 1:55.0. She had to settle for second at the Vernon Downs (NYSS) leg. In the second division the (5-2) morning line favorite is the Erv Miller trained, All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Allamerican Apex). She is owned by by Crawford Farms Racing, Ervin Miller Stable, R. Michelon and G. Golemes. All On Top Hanover (Marcus Miller), has won her last two starts, including a gate-to-wire win at Saratoga (NYSS) in 1:55.0. The second choice at (7-2) is Twin B Peaches (Betterthancheddar-Beach Bound), she is trained by Blake Macintosh. The freshman fillie, captured a leg of the NYSS at Vernon Downs (1:52.0), as one of her two lifetime wins. Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson), is owned by Onaroll Stable, Touch Stone Farms, and Reginald Petipas. The thrid choice is the Nicholas Devita trained Another Lawsuit (American Ideal-Court Stenographer) at 4-1. She secured her only career victory during the Buffalo Raceway (NYSS) leg, winning in 1:57.2. Another Lawsuit (Jim Morrill Jr.), is owned by Carl Sackheim. The final division features the 5-2 morning line favorite Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie). She is owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow, and Kevin McKinlay, whiled trained by Casie Coleman. Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.), is three for three in her freshman season including a NYSS victory in her last start at Saratoga, winning in 1:55.3. Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) is the chief rival being named the 7-2 second choice. She has won two legs of the NYSS She won her divisions Vernon Downs (1:53.0) and Buffalo Raceway (1:57.2). Ubettergo Go (Jodie Jamieson) is owned by Tony Basile, Reginald Petipas, Ozzie Mackay, and trainer Blake Macintosh. The other top contender is Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate), who is trained by Ron Burke. She is the morning line third choice (5-1). She has victories at two legs of the NYSS She took her divisions at Vernon Downs (1:55.0) and Buffalo Raceway (1:57.1). The 2 year-old was second to Alexis Faith at Saratoga (NYSS) losing by a length in the stretch. Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley) is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnell & Libby, P. Colluera and Weaver Bruscemi. Post time for the Friday 13 race card at Tioga Downs is 6:50 p.m. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Courtly Choice (Art Major) matched the track record for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as he prevailed impressively in New York Sire Stakes competition. Canadian trainer Blake Macintosh brought Courtly Choice south to compete in New York for the first time and the freshman had the daunting task of overcoming post position eight in his debut in stakes competition. Mark Macdonald piloted the two year old and wound up pulling him first over after finding a spot midpack in the early going. Courtly Choice overpowered the race's favorite before kicking away late to win in 1:53.1, a time that matched the track record set for freshmen in NY Sire Stakes competition in 2015 by Joe Larry Curly. Courtly Choice was dismissed at odds of 17-1 and returned a hearty $37.40 to win in his division of the $42,025 NYSS on Wednesday. Locally-based gelding Jersey Jim (Artiscape) was another who soared to a first-over victory in Sire Stakes competition on Wednesday as the Perry Simser-trained freshman scored in 1:54.1 with Jimmy Devaux in the sulky. First over was the trip de jour on Wednesday as Jimtastic (Art Major) was yet another Sire Stakes winner to score via the first over journey as the Andrew Harris-trained two year old cruised to an open length victory in 1:54.1 with Jason Bartlett in the sulky. In fact, of the four winners of the $42,025 races on Wednesday, only Paprike Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) prevailed with a journey other than first over. The John Butenschoen trainee parlayed the pocket trip to his first career Sire Stakes score, stopping the timer in 1:55 with Jim Morrill Jr sitting behind. Live racing resumes on Friday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 1, 2017-"She's just bigger and stronger than she was last season." Such was Jeff Gregory's post-mortem after Barn Bella ($2.80) completed her Tuesday night (Aug. 1) rounds, winning the second division of Yonkers Raceway's $169,000 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. Working her way to the lead from post position No. 3 in the $85,250 grouping, the defending frosh statebred champion made the lead from pole-sitting Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) right at a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.4 intermission, Southwind Tesla (Jordan Stratton) moved from sixth, making steady advances in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters. Barn Bella owned a length-and-a-half-lead into the lane, then held off a stubborn 'Tesla' by a half-length in 1:55.3. Maewegonow safely held third. For Barn Bella, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her ninth win in 10 seasonal starts (lifetime 15-for-19, including 3-for-3 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.30, with the triple returning $30.40. "We've never rushed her out of the gate and tonight was no different," Gregory said. "After the first turn, I just moved her and she's the same as she's been." The opening ($83,750) sire stakes event was a public workout for pole-dancing fave Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett, $2.10). She had no issues through intervals of :29, 58.2, 1:27 and 1:56.1. A five-length lead entering the lane was 'only' 3½ lengths at the wire. Heels on Wheels (George Brennan) chased the winner around the ovals, with Deli-Delite (Brian Sears) third. For 'Ruth,' a unraced-at-2 daughter of Yonkers Trot winner Archangel owned by White Birch and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she's now 4-for-8 (with four seconds) this season. The exacta paid $3.90, a local low for the season. Triple wagering was cancelled due the short (after a scratch) five-horse field. "She was much the best and she showed it," Bartlett said. The evening's sire stakes event was named for the former legendary PR man, whose clients included many in the horse-racing world. Family and friends joined in the winner's circle presentation. Frank Drucker

The New York Sire Stakes calendar was kind to the freshman trotting colts, as their first NYSS competition was at Tioga Downs. For today's harness racing contest at Monticello Raceway (July 31) it was many of the young trotters first start on a twice around oval. 72 colts comprised 11 of the cards 13 races. The aptly named, The Veteran minded his manners in the 1st NYSS $27,250 contest on the card, Brian Sears carefully floated the son of Muscle Mass - Tequila Summer off the gait and let the field settle into the first turn, down the backside, Sear's tipped his mount to the outside and was parked at the quarter in an even 30 panel, once on the lead, The Veteran carved out fractions of 1:00.4, 1:32 and coasted home an easy 2 length winner in 2:02.1 for his 2nd consecutive win. The $32,000 Lexington purchase is trained by part owner George Ducharme along with W. Donavan, Michaels's and Winske. Seven Knights was 2nd and Chasin Dreams finished 3rd The 2nd heat saw Andy Miller leave the gate hard from post position 7 and take the garden spot while Cruising In Style showed the way to the ¼, Miller was on the move with Don and had the lead passed the quarter pole in a brisk 29.2, from this point he controlled the tempo to score in 1:58.3, an easy 3 length victory. The son of Credit Winner-Angosture trotted his last quarter in 29.3, he is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Little E LLC and paid $14.20, the time of 1:58.3 was just a tick off from the track record. On the program, it looked like the 7 hole would thwart Purpose Blue Chips effort to get away unscathed and look for a good trip, but the outside post did not deter the son of Chapter Seven, as the now healed and almost healthy Dan Daley charged off the gate and went for the lead and showed the field through fractions of 28.4, 59.3, 1:29.0. In the paddock turn, Purpose Blue Chip looked to be any easy winner, Rich Uncle who was third the entire mile, uncorked a 29.1 last stanza to put away Purpose Blue Chip by a length. The Credit Winner - Royal Assets colt is owned by William Donavan, it was his second winner of the day. Purpose Blue Chip was 2nd, followed by Ronnie Goldstein. Clive Bigsy came into the race looking to keep his 3-race win skein intact, the betting public was betting that he would fail, and was sent off at odd of 6-1, Ake Svanstedt send Six Pack to the lead and controlled the tempo with splits of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:29.2. Fourth Dimension was lurking in the 3 hole for the duration, made his move at the 5/8 marker, at the top of the lane it was a cavalry charge with 3 horses across the track between him, Tito and Six Pack. But Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven) was not to be denied, tripping the timer in track record of 1:58, eclipsing the former record held by Fashion Blizzard. The $200,000 yearling purchase is owned by Courant Stable of Delray Beach, Florida, he is trained by Marcus Melander and was driven to victory by Brian Sears. Clive Bigsby finished 2nd and trotted home the fastest LQ of the day in 28.0. The most unusual race of the day came in the first heat of the Excelsior A, Crackback Jack made a nasty break going into the first turn and lost a ton of ground for Andy Miller, while he was regaining his composure after the miscue, On The Ropes showed the field to the ¼ in 30.3, while approaching the half, On The Ropes made a break and Babylons Bridge inherited the lead. Going down the backstretch for the final time, Crackback Jack was still hustling to make up ground and was 3rd at the half. Chapter Ruth showed the freshman field to the ¾ mile maker in 1:32, Crackback Jack was now 2nd first over and On The Ropes (Chapter Seven), was back in the hunt going 3 wide in the last turn and trotted away from the rest of them to win in in 2:01.1 by 3 lengths, trotting her last quarter in 28.4. Muscle Mass lead the sire brigade with 4 winners on the card. The next Sire Stakes action comes on August 21, when 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies come to town. By Shawn Wiles

Batavia, NY --- Perfect summer weather and a lighting fast track greeted the glamour division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on Sunday afternoon (July 30) as the harness racing 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers invaded Batavia Downs to compete for $119,000 in purses. In the first $39,900 division, In A Single Bound was peerless as he pulled away to an easy victory. In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) yielded the lead to Ideal Wheel (Jim Morrill Jr.) for about an eighth of a mile before retaking command at the quarter, and from there the race was effectively over. In A Single Bound paced strong on the lead that he would increase as the race progressed. When they hit the three-quarters in 1:24.1, Dobson gave his charge a tap to let him know the race wasn't officially over and In A Single Bound responded like Superman, opening up ten around the last turn before flying home to a six-length advantage in 1:52.3. "He raced well, he went pretty good. He kind of pulled up on the backside when he was by himself but he took back off when I asked him so that's good. He's eligible to the Empire Breeders Classic and it'll be nice to see what he can do against those kind of horses" said Billy Dobson. It was the seventh win of the year for In A Single Bound ($2.40) and fourth in NYSS action. The 3-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe out of Armbro Bianca is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud and is trained by Monica Krist. In the second $39,200 split, Chip Walther held off a late challenge to win his second of the year. Chip Walther (Marcus Miller) left and dropped in the two-hole behind Octane Blue Chip (Corey Callahan) but then changed his mind and decided to take the lead. Having accomplished that by the quarter, Miller then led the field to the half in :56.3. As they motored up the backside Serious Major (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled first-over and paced up alongside the leader and put his head in front as they hit the last turn. But Chip Walther turned away that challenge before digging in down the lane to hold off all comers and win by a length in 1:53.1. "He went good, that was a good mile. He's a little lazy; he didn't used to be like that last year but I think that's okay because when you do ask him to go, he does go on" said Marcus Miller. It was the second straight win of the year for Chip Walther ($4.50), both of which were in NYSS action. The 3-year-old son of Art Major out of Bittorsweet Terror is owned by the Ervin Miller Stable, Paymaq Racing, the Nick Surick Stable LLC and Louis Willinger and is trained by Erv Miller. In the final $39,900 division, Funknwaffles showed his dominance with an open-length victory. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) dropped in fourth off the gate and was soon third after avoiding a breaking America's Fleet (Kevin Cummings), who then regained pace and hung outside the favorite. Not wanting anymore road trouble, Callahan quickly pulled Funknwaffles and put him on the lead by the three-eighths, where he would then proceed to destroy the field. Callahan kept Funknwaffles in tight rein for the next quarter, stringing out horses behind him. When they hit the five-eighths, he shook the lines once and the party was over. Funknwaffles opened up an immediate three-length lead and really started to pace. Under a line drive with Callahan sitting in the easy chair, Funknwaffles rounded the final turn and paced away to a seven-length lead down the lane, crossing the wire wrapped-up like a birthday present in 1:53.2. "He's such a good little horse, he's like a little sports car. He's real handy; you can do whatever you want. I think he's better chasing horses but I didn't want to take a chance of getting pinned in there so I moved him to the lead and he did everything from there" said Corey Callahan. It was the fourth win of the year for Funknwaffles ($2.50), all four of which were in NYSS races. The 3-year-old gelded son of American Ideal out of Hatsoff Hanover is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenschoen.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

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