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Lexington, KY - The postponed third and last $30,000 leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-olds was raced on Monday at The Red Mile on a cool, overcast evening with the track rated "Good". There was no wagering on the races due to the postponement. American History went another big mile tonight, going under the wire in hand to Yannick Gingras with the greatest of ease in 1:49. The pair settled in fifth early as first Decoy (M. Johansson) then Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter) ripped off fast fractions, then came uncovered and went right by the leader just off the last turn and opened up a long lead while restrained. Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) went another big trip here to be second and Rush To Judgement (Matt Kruger) was third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a son of American Ideal, for owners Brittany Farms (also the breeder) Marvin Katz and American History Racing. He went through the ring at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $150,000. The colt trot was won by Classichap in 1:53.2, driven tonight by Corey Callahan for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Callahan left for position and was rewarded with an up close view of the speed duel that developed just in front as Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) and Wolfgang traded blows through the 1:23.4 three quarters. From there it was easy with an opening at the rail providing a clear path to victory. EL Platinum (M. Johansson) rallied up for the place and Wolfgang won the showdown for third. Classichap is owned by the Purple Haze Stable who bought him from breeder Hayley Moore at the Lexington sale for $95,000. He went over $100,000 in career earnings with tonight's win. The first of two pacing filly divisions got things underway and Cuts Like A Knife (Marcus Miller) was the winner for local connections, trainer Kevin Thomas and owners Cotton, Francine and Julie Nash. Marcus took the uncovered route with the filly rolling up on Hurikane Express (Corey Callahan) around the second turn and wearing that one down late for the win. Cabowabocuttie (Pete Wrenn) was third. Diamond Creek Farm bred the winner, a $55,000 (LSYS) purchase. Lindy Farms continued their strong roll in the KYSS program winning with yet another homebred, this one the Somebeachsomewhere filly Belle in a career best equaling 1:53.2. Marcus Miller picked up the drive with the defection of Dave Miller after last night's cancellation and gave Belle a perfect steer, landing the pocket behind eventual second place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) and getting out just when she needed to for a half-length success. Fine Art (Callahan) was third. Belle is trained by Domenico Cecere. Gingras also drove Ciao Dolce to a win in the first filly trotting race for trainer Bob Stewart in 1:55. Yannick sat in third as Lily Stride (M. Miller) cut the fractions, found a seam in the stretch then wore that rival down in the drive. Bandol Rose (Chuck Norris) was third. Kjell Andersen owns the winner, a $300,000 LSYS graduate bred by Steve Stewart, D. Robinson and Black Creek Farm. Pat Matters, catch driven by Jimmy Takter for trainer Paul Kelley, took the second filly trot split in a new record for her of 1:54.2. Takter sat chilly as first Nixie Volo (Callahan) then Live Laugh Love (Wrenn) took turns on the lead through moderate fractions then split rivals late with good trot to get up. Nixie Volo held second and Supergirl Riley (M. Miller) closed to be third. The Patricia Stable bred and owns the winner, an Explosive Matter filly. The $2 million finals of the KYSS are a part of the championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes races for 3-year-olds from last night's canceled card will be streamed via Facebook live on the Red Mile Racing page starting at 7:00 pm.   There will be no wagering on these races and they will not be simulcast to other locations or any race streaming service.   by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile              

Lexington KY - The Sunday night card at The Red Mile has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions after day long rains in Kentucky.   The last leg of the 3 year old Kentucky Sires Stakes will be raced tomorrow at 7:00 pm as non-betting races and there will be no broadcast of those races.   The overnight races from the Sunday card have been canceled and the owners of horses to have competed on the card will receive $200.     Nick Salvi    

Lexington KY - Saturday night at The Red Mile brought with it the third leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year old pacers as they make their last stand toward point accumulation for the $2 million finals on September 16. The KYSS covered the first five races on the card on a night that saw the track listed as good after afternoon showers. The pacing colts kicked the card off and the result was an upset when Major Deception (Brett Miller) scored in 1:51.3 at odds of 15-1. Miller put the Captaintreacherous colt from Loving Caroline into play early, released Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they neared the 56 half then slid out for the drive through the 26.3 final quarter to win over the closing 45-1 Pyro (Andy McCarthy) and Bettor's Wish in a photo. Race favorite Hurrikane Emperor was carried very, very wide off the last turn then rallied for fourth. Tony Alagna trains the winner for In The Gym & Martha Frank Stables, Rob LeBlanc, Steve Head and Joe Sbrocco. He was a $130,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale buy from Diamond Creek Farms. Captain Trevor continued the Captaintreacherous parade to the winner's circle and completed a sweep of the three KYSS preliminary legs with a front end 1:52.3 win for Andy McCarthy. Sent out from post 7, he cleared stablemate US Captain just past the 27.4 quarter, rated a 57 half as Can't Beach That (Dunn) ranged up gradually through a 28 third panel then moved away from that rival with a 27.3 closing quarter for the "W". American Mercury (B. Miller) closed well to get up for third. Captain Trevor was a $75,000 Harrisburg purchase for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. Bay's Stable and Riverview Breeding sold the colt as a yearling at the auction. Blood Money (McCarthy) won the third colt division from off the pace in 1:52.3. Race favorite Magic Joe Lindy (Dube) was forced to pay a heavy price to get the early lead from Egomania, stretched out through a sub 27 second quarter to clear in 55.1 then faced a hard rush from Caviart Rockland as Blood Money enjoyed a perfect second over trip. Once in the stretch, McCarthy fanned his mount wide to take over then held the late charging Waterway (B. Miller )off for the win. Yacht Week (Christian Lind) rallied up for third at 99-1. Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing owns the homebred son of Sweet Lou from Blood Diamond who was winning for the second time in the series. Beautyonthebeach completed a Daily Double sweep for driver Brett Miller and a personal sweep of the series legs with an effortless 1:52.1 front end domination of the second race field of fillies. Bet down to 1-5, Beautyonthebeach bounded along on an easy lead, shook off token pressure from Edge Of Eternity (Cameron McCown) then sprinted off in a 27.1 end to the mile. Louphoria (Dexter Dunn) was a good second and Hurrikanekrazylady (Dan Dube) won a tight photo for third. Jim Avritt, Jr bred and owns Beautyonthebeach while Gregg McNair trains the Somebeachsomewhere filly from Precocious Beauty. Dexter Dunn put a winning steer on Summer Charm for trainer Ron Burke and owner Tom Dillon to capture the second filly stake. After leading the field around the first turn, Dunn released race favorite Blue Ivy (Dube) for a few steps then retook just past the 28.3 opening split. From there, he rated the Bettor's Delight filly from Lover Of Art kindly, called on her as they spun around the second turn to an open a lead that carried them to the wire in 1:53.4. Blue Ivy cut into that margin but fell short to settle for place while Margret Hill (McCown) closed it up a bit late for the show. Brittany Farms bred the $60,000 Lexington Yearling Sale purchase. The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. Live racing resumes tomorrow night with the 3 year old trotters and pacers going forth in their last leg of the KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - Five divisions of the $30,000 third and last leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on Thursday evening at The Red Mile on a pleasant but overcast evening with the track rated good to start the card after a brief shower just before the 7:00 post time and deteriorating slightly as the evening wore on. The team from Lindy Farms led by trainer Domenico Cecere and driver Scott Zeron enjoyed another terrific night in the KYSS series with three winners and a pair of thirds in five starts on the card, all with homebreds. The Antonacci family also bred a fourth KYSS winner in Run Lindy Run under the KR Breeding stable name. Two of those wins were in filly divisions with the last stake on the day another stage for the fearless Taylor Swiftly to perform, leaving her competition wondering why she's gotta be so mean with another effortless win, her third consecutive in the KYSS series. Beginning from post 7, Taylor Swiftly was three wide through much of the 28.1 opening quarter to make the lead, relinquished it to eventual second place finisher Whispering Oaks (Yannick Gingras) until headstretch where Zeron found room to fan wide for the drive and she rolled on by for the 1:56.1 win. Nomo Volo (Kruger) closed to get third. Taylor Swiftly is from the first crop of Trixton out of the Valley Victory mare True Diva, was bred by and is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. The greatest threat to Taylor Swiftly's KYSS supremacy also resides in the Cecere barn in the improving Lindy Pearl. That filly became a double leg winner for Zeron when she shrugged off the constant hounding of a very game Strip It Down AS (Elliott Deaton) through fair fractions then trotted away impressively to a 4 1/4 length score through a 28.2 end to the 1:56 mile. Made the even money favorite off her 1:55.1 score in leg #2, Lindy Pearl has demonstrated a great fondness for the Bluegrass. Strip It Down AS, in a particularly gritty effort, held for part of a place dead-heat with Hyperbole (Yannick Gingras). The winner is by Muscle Hill from the mare Possessed By Lindy. Lindy's Crazy Hall kept the "Lindy" name in lights when he went gate to wire in 1:56.1 for Zeron in a colt division. The slight 2-1 favorite left sharply to an immediate lead, put Reign Of Honor in the pocket then rated friendly fractions, kicking home in 28.4 to hold off a serious late bids from both Shake N Bake (Deaton) and Memo (Kruger), second and third respectively by three parts of a length. Lindy's Crazy Hall is a product of more Lindy Farms homecookin', by Cantab Hall out of the mare Lindy's Gone Crazy. The first of the two colt divisions opened the card and Forecast (Corey Callahan) parlayed a lovely second over trip into a career best 1:55.3 win for trainer John Butenschoen. The favorite players fell prey to immediate disappointment when the 1-5 favorite Don't Let'em broke well before the start and was out of the race before it began. Seizing the moment was driver Matt Kruger who put longshot High Into The Sky on the lead and set hasty fractions that left him unmolested through the 56.4 half until Signore Cardin (Zeron) rolled up uncovered by the 1:27.1 third panel with Forecast drafting just off his back. High Into The Sky battled valiantly, deflecting Signore Cardin's bid but could not resist Forecast who closed into the 28.2 final quarter for his second win in the stakes series. The winner, a son of Cantab Hall from Downpour, was purchased by Butenschoen on behalf of his longtime owners William Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick from breeder Diamond Creek Farms at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $70,000. Run Lindy Run, having flashed great speed but undone herself with breaks in several prior efforts, rewarded her faithful followers with a front end masterpiece at 7-1 for Corey Callahan (a stakes double for the driver) in 1:56. Trainer Ron Burke has been looking for answers with the talented Cantab Hall x Tough Girl Lindy lass and found the right one tonight as she led unchallenged all the way, holding off Asiago (Gingras) and the late trotting Mother Teresa (Zeron) for her first pari-mutuel score. Run Lindy Run was a Harrisburg bargain at $25,000 for Burke, who owns the filly alone under the Burke Racing Stable, LLC banner. KR Breeding is the breeder. The freshman KYSS pacers take to the track on Saturday night in the last of the preliminary legs for that group. Up to date point standings for the series is available on the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission website. The top-10 point-earners in each of the eight divisions will return for the $2 million KYSS finals on Sunday (Sept. 16), with a special afternoon post time of 3 p.m. The eight $250,000 finals will be the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair, which will take place that day from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Also, several musical acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery among the performers. The racing program will be kicked off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The $30,000 second leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers was raced on another perfect Lexington evening over the venerable Red Mile clay oval. The track was fast and so were the horses. The glamour boys, a strong field of eleven colt pacers, were the last of the six stakes to be raced but provided the anticipated fireworks when American History (Andy McCarthy) and Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton) waged a homestretch throw down that went to the wire with American History edging his rival in the final strides for the win in 1:48.1. It required hot early fractions of 26.3, half in 53.3 for the top two to get things settled up front with Thinkbig Dreambig the leader at that point. Facing token pressure, the leader got a bit of a breather on the bend with American History hot on his heels, anxiously awaiting the "go" command from his driver. That call came about mid-stretch and the pair battled valiantly through 26.4 quarter right until the very end with the winning margin just a neck. Leg #1 winner Grand Teton (Jimmy Takter) went a remarkable trip from the second tier to be third. American History is a Brittany Farms bred son of American Ideal and was a $150,000 Lexington yearling. He races for the breeder along with partners Marvin Katz and American History Racing whose principals include trainer Tony Alagna as Alagna Racing, Joe Barbera, Leah Cheverie, In The Gym Partners (John Fodera and Steve Wienick) and Myron & Stephanie Bell's Riverview Racing. Trotting colts opened the card with a single division of ten and Tactical Landing was the winner over stablemate and leg #1 winner Wolfgang (Stratton) in a new personal best of 1:51.4 for trainer/driver Jimmy Takter. Wolfgang had taken over from Eurobond just past the opening quarter when Takter rolled up with Tactical Landing and took over at the 55.4 half. After an easy third panel, the winner kicked home in 27.1 to hold Wolfgang at bay by a length. Haveitalltogether (Peter Wrenn) was third. Tactical Landing is owned by the eponymous Tactical Landing Stable who famously gave $800,000 for the Muscle Hill brother to the great Mission Brief at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS). Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm and Andrea Lea Racing Stables are the breeders. Pacing fillies split neatly into a pair of sevens and Dance Blue continued to make her case as the filly to beat in the $250,000 final 3 weeks hence with a convincing 1:51 win for Andy McCarthy. Taking over from Neverforgetwhour by the 54.4 half, Dance Blue was afforded a turn two breather by McCarthy and had plenty left for the 28 second sprint home. Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) held up well for second with Pure Paradise (David Miller) third. Trainers Nancy and Marcus Johansson have their Rock N Roll Heaven filly as fit as a fiddle for owners Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Goran Anderberg. She was a $50,000 LSYS buy from breeders Steve Stewart, Cotton and Julie Nash. Hurrikane Empress (Peter Wrenn) continued the current hot streak in KYSS stakes for trainer John McDermott, Jr. with a career best equaling 1:52 win in her division. Wrenn sat a good pocket with the Hurrikand Kingcole filly, found room inside mid-stretch to get by the leader then lasted over the furious rally of Belle (David Miller) whose late charge fell a mere head short. Sun Shines Bright (Stratton) was third after setting most of the fractions. The winner is a homebred, racing for the interests of Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno. Bandol Rose upset trotting fillies in the first of two divisions, converting a perfect trip into a 14-1 score over Urban Legend (Marcus Johansson) in a new mark of 1:53.1 for trainer/driver Charlie Norris. Leaving the gate for position behind mile cutter Urban Legend, Bandol Rose and Norris sat licking their collective chops as race favorite Pat Matters (Takter) took a hard run at the leader through a 28.1 third panel before going off-stride, leaving the winner a clear path to victory. Passionate Miss (Wrenn) closed for third. Bandol Rose is a Cantab Hall homebred, racing for Ron Ruggles' MT Pockets Stable of Florida. Defending KYSS final winner Top Expectation (Stratton) was a gritty 1:53 winner in the second filly trot. Settled mid-pack around turn one, Stratton sent his filly after the lead through a sub 27 second quarter to take over by the 55.2 half, took immediate pressure from Deschanel (McCarthy) then held off rivals on both sides for the win, a new record for her. Deschanel held her ground for the place and Nixie Volo (Corey Callahan) was gaining up the inside late to be third. Erv Miller trains the winner for Daniel Plouffe who had to go to a bid of $120,000 to buy the Cantab Hall sister to My MVP from breeder Dunroven Stud at the Lexington sale. The top point earners from all division will meet for $2 million worth of finals on September 16 as a part of the Fayette County Fair event here at The Red Mile. Live racing will resume at 7:00 pm on Saturday at The Red Mile. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile    

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) raced five divisions of freshman pacers in the second of three $30,000 preliminary legs on Saturday night under absolutely glorious conditions at The Red Mile. The temperature was 80 degrees and the wind still as the fillies took to the track at 7:00. The Ohio connection of trainer Brian Brown and driver Chris Page began the evening by winning the first of two filly divisions with heavy favorite Edge Of Eternity. With the field scratched down to a mere handful of five, Page took the initiative and send his charge out for the lead, rated friendly fractions then sealed the deal with a 26.4 end to the 1:53 mile. Louphoria (Scott Zeron) rallied wide to be second and Cash Reward (Yannick Gingras) third. The winner is by A Rocknroll Dance, bred by Red Mile track announcer Gabe Prewitt and James McLaughlin who sold her to current owners Mark Robinson, Richard Lombardo, Bluestreak Boys and Bob Heckhoff's RBH Ventures for $55,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) last fall. Beautyonthebeach became a repeat winner in the KYSS series for Doug McNair who chose to race her with cover this week and that notion worked to perfection. There was plenty of pace in the race with Summer Charm (Andy McCarthy) setting lively fractions through the 1:23.4 three panels just as Beautyonthebeach was escorted to the leader by live cover. McNair then tipped his charge wide for the drive and she was doing her best pacing under the wire while striding out to a 4 ¼ length win for the 1:51 record. Summer Charm held up well for the place and Mollydooker (Zeron) went a solid uncovered trip to be third. James Avritt of nearby Lebanon bred and owns the winner and was again present to enjoy the effort and accept the trophy. Magic Joe Lindy (Zeron) seared the red clay in 1:51 to win the first of three divisions for colts & geldings. Zeron changed tactics with the striking gray American Ideal colt, leaving from post 8 into a brief four-hole tuck before advancing on leader Egomania on the backside to take over by the 55.3 second half. Chris Page popped the deuce with Egomania at the 1:24.1 three-quarters for a run at the top one but Magic Joe was more than up to the challenge and drew away to a 2 1/4 length win under minimal urging for the new record. US Captain (Doug McNair) closed to take the place away from Egomania. Magic Joe Lindy is rare Lindy Farms pacer and made the third homebred winner for that storied Standardbred nursery on the weekend. With trainer Domenico Cecere in route to Ontario to prepare others for the upcoming Champlain stakes, assistant trainer Patritzio Ancora tended to the winning duties on this occasion. Hurrikane Emperor (Andy McCarthy) impressed again with his powerful closing kick, mowing down a pretty stout field from well back to take a 1:50.4 record for trainer John McDermott, Jr. The pace was hot early with Major Deception (Zeron) prominent through speedy numbers then succumbing to an assault from a fresh Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn) as they straightened up for the drive. That one was dead game right to the wire, despite his gritty effort Bettor's Wish could not resist the winner's late surge. Can't Beach That (Peter Wrenn) was third. Hurrikane Emperor has now won 5 of 6 starts including a sweep of the New Jersey Sires Stakes earlier this summer for breeders Jonathan Klee Racing and Kuhen Racing who are joined in ownership of the Hurrikane Kingcole scion with Pegasis Investment Group and Lind Racing Stable. Andy came back to win the last of the stakes with the unbeaten repeat KYSS winner, Captain Trevor, another sharp looking Captaintreacherous colt for trainer Tony Alagna. Leaving for position early then moved to the front at the three-eighths, McCarthy and Captain Trevor yielded to race favorite Blood Money (Gingras) near the half before finding a seam mid-stretch and going by the leader willingly for the 1:52.2 score. Caviart Rockland (McNair) held third after a first over bid. Captain Trevor was bred by Bay's Stable and Riverview Racing and sold in Harrisburg for $75,000 to current owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and the eponymous Captain Trevor Racing which represents Joe Barbera, Leah Cheverie and Myron & Stephanie Bell's Riverview Racing. Racing resumes at The Red Mile on Thursday, August 30 with the second leg for 3-year-old KYSS. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile  

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters took place on a perfect, cloudless Saturday night at The Red Mile with temperatures in the mid 70's at the 7:00 post time. There were five harness racing stakes, three filly divisions and two colt races, all for a purse of $30,000. Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter swept both colt divisions with a talented pair of freshmen from his barn of trotting all stars while Dave Palone won two of the filly divisions for Lindy Farms and trainer Domenico Cecere. The colts opened the card and Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em made amends for last week's miscue with a workman-like 1:55.2 win with Takter in the sulky. Handicapped with post 10, Takter patiently moved his charge away from the gate, stayed wide as he navigated around several breakers in tune one then ground to the front just after High Into The Sky (Matt Kruger) took the field by the quarter. Once Don't Let'em crossed over to the top the race was, for all intents and purposes, over. Takter set a moderate pace then widened his lead to 6 1/4 lengths at the wire while asking the colt for nothing. High Into The Sky held nicely for second while Buckeyeonbroadway (Randy Jerrel) trotted well to be third. The winner is a Brittney bred son of Muscle Hill, racing for the interests of the breeder with partners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. He was an $80,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS). Super Schissel repeated his leg one win as the Uncle Peter colt took over near the half and held sway in 1:56.4. With heavily favored Greenshoe again undone by a break well before the start, first Reign Of Honor (Dexter Dunn) then Lindy's Crazy Hall (Palone) took turns on the lead before Takter and Super Schissel arrived on the scene. Once again the Takter tactics paid off, at $15.60 return to his mutual backers and $15,000 prize to owners Al Libfeld and the red hot Perry Soderberg as their $115,000 LSYS buy from Coyote Wind Farms came home a 2 ¼ length winner. Reign Of Honor and Lindy's Crazy Hall followed him across the wire. Taylor Swiftly reprised her love story with The Red Mile, becoming a KYSS repeat winner with her remarkably easy 1:55.3 score for Dave Palone. Leaving from the seven hole, Palone eased the Trixton filly around turn one, wore past early leader and eventual place finisher Asiago (Takter) near the 57.3 half, got a 29.3 third quarter breather then won as she pleased with a controlled 28.2 end to the mile. Longshot Highway To The Sky (Mike Wilder) rallied for third. Taylor Swiftly is a Lindy Farms homebred from True Diva and is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Palone, Cecere, Lindy Farms juggernaut came right back in the third race to score a $50 upset win with yet another homebred filly, this time it was the Muscle Hill lass Lindy Pearl taking a nice 1:55.1 mark for the group. Starting from the rail after a series of unfortunate post draws, Lindy Pearl was settled in the pocket by Palone as the speedy yet erratic Run Lindy Run (Wilder) reeled off fair fractions before jumping off stride as the field neared turn two. This development left Lindy Pearl fresh on the lead with heavy favorite French Press (Andy Miller) launching an unsuccessful uncovered bid. Lindy Pearl was well up to the task here, closing out the mile with a 28.2 final quarter an handy 2 1/4 length winner over So Romantic (Ken Holliday) and Graceful (Pat Lachance) with something left. Ma Was Right got up over favored Whispering Oaks (Takter) in the shadow of the wire to put visiting Down Under reinsman Dexter Dunn in the Red Mile winner's circle for the first time in the New Zealander's stateside tour. Dexter settled his charge in third as Whispering Oaks cut the mile, shifted out around the last turn to engage then eyeball the leader mid-stretch and edged by late in 1:57. Atonement (Wilder) took third. The Muscle Hill filly, a $100,000 LSYS purchase by the All Laid Out stable, was winning for the fourth time in seven starts for trainer Noel Daley. She was bred by the Moni Market Breeders. The freshman pacers take to the clay oval tomorrow evening in their second KYSS leg. Post time is 7:00. by Nick Salvi, for the Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The 3-year-olds raced in the first of three $30,000 legs of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) over a fast track at The Red Mile on a perfect Kentucky Sunday evening. The colt trot featuring a couple of Hambletonian contenders was the last of the stakes but the most intriguing and Wolfgang (Jordan Stratton) bounced back from a disappointing effort on that day to hold on in a tight photo over longshot Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) in 1:53.2. Race favorite and Hambo heat winner Tactical Landing (Takter) went off-stride just before the start from his rail post with two horses trailing, losing too much ground to threaten the top two though he did recover to be third. Stratton put Wolfgang on the front and had his own way for much of the race until Euro Bond joined him on the final turn as the passed the three-quarters in 1:26.1. That pair slugged it out through the length of the stretch with Euro Bond gaining a slight edge, but Wolfgang was game and dug back in for the win. The winner is trained in the Jimmy Takter barn and is owned by Brixton Medical, Goran Falk, Hatfield Racing, and breeder Fair Island Farm. The son of My MVP was a $60,000 Lexington yearling. Twenty-two trotting fillies were spread over three divisions and the first group took the track for race two. Perry Soderberg's recent Tattersalls Mixed Sale purchase Urban Legend (Marcus Johansson) shaved 2/5's off her career best with a 1:54.2 win over Byway (Jordan Stratton) in her first start for the new owner and trainer, Nancy Johansson. Marcus settled her in early from post two then moved to the front as they passed the half in 56.3. The rest was easy as Urban Legend comfortably held the challenge from Byway and won in hand. Diamond Creek Farms bred the winner who was a $70,000 Lexington Selected Sale buy. Last year's KYSS final winner in the class, Top Expectation (Jordan Stratton) took the second division for trainer Erv Miller in 1:55.4. She also moved to the front after everyone had settled, got easy fractions then sprinted home in 27.1 to hold the late moving Deschanel (Trace Tetrick) at bay with something left. Daniel Plouffe owns Top Expectations, another Lexington sale grad at a $120,000 premium from breeder Dunroven Stud, LLC. Live Laugh Love (Peter Wrenn) won the third and fastest of the filly canters in 1:52.2, using every bit of a 28 final quarter to hold off the charge from longshot Pat Matters (Jimmy Takter) by a diminishing neck. Wrenn had her moving early from the outermost post, cleared at the 28.2 quarter then rated the mile evenly for the win. Diamond Creek and Mel Hartman bred the winner and added Dave McDuffee as a partner after she went through the Lexington yearling sale for $90,000. Pacing fillies numbered fifteen with Fine Art (Josh Sutton) winning the first of two divisions in 1:55. In the style of the evening, Sutton moved his charge to the front as they went into the final turn then used a 27 flat sprint home to outlast pocket sitter Tipp City (Hugh Beatty). Fine Art, a $67,000 Lexington Selected Sale yearling is trained by Nick Surick for his interests and Louis Willinger. The Bettor's Delight filly is a Brittany bred. The Johanssons took the second filly pace with the improving Dance Blue who equaled her career best of 1:50.2 in the process. Marcus brushed his filly by early leader and eventual place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) then flew home with a fast 26.3 close to hold that rival safe. Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband and Goran Anderberg own the winner, a $50,000 Lexington Select but from breeders Steve Stewart and Cotton & Julie Nash. Jimmy Takter pupils finished one-two in the single pacing colt division but the order was something of a surprise with the trainer driving Grand Teton to a win over heavily favored Thinkbig Dreambig (Jordan Stratton). Beginning from the outermost post ten in the bulky field of twelve, Takter had Grand Teton crossed over to the front by the 27.4 quarter then rated even fractions while Stratton chose a long uncovered grind for Thinkbig Dreambig who dueled with the leader through a 26 flat end to the 1:51 mile but could not get by. Adam Bowden owns the winner, a homebred, as Diamond Creek Racing. Racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday at 7:00 pm with Wiener Dog racing the highlight. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile  

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for freshman pacers comprised the first five races on Saturday night at The Red Mile. Each division, three for the boys and a pair for the girls went for a purse of $30,000. Local horseman Jim Avritt of Lebanon, KY was on hand to watch his pair of talented homebred fillies sweep both divisions of the first leg for the father son trainer-driver team of Gregg and Doug McNair. Mr. Averitt's wondrous evening began with the Somebeachsomewhere first foal from his World Champion multiple Grand Circuit stakes winning mare Precocious Beauty, Beauthonthebeach win the opener in 1:53 in a forwardly placed effort. After unpressed early fractions, a threat came in the form of the previously unbeaten Margret Hill (David Miller) who rolled up on Beautyonthebeach around the final bend but was rebuffed with a 26.4 final stanza by the winner. The team came right back with Prescient Beauty, an Art Major full sister to the aforementioned Precocious Beauty going virtually the same trip and taking the same 1:53 record. Comfortable throughout, Prescient Beauty warded off the strong close of another unbeaten Brian Brown pupil in Edge Of Eternity (D. Miller) with minimal urging through the 27.1 end of the mile while winning for the third time in four outings. Captain Trevor (Andy McCarthy) became another stakes winning credit for Captaintreacherous who is enjoying a remarkable start to his career as a sire with a 20-1 upset score in 1:51.2 in the first colt split for trainer Tony Alagna. McCarthy set the colt up beautifully with a quick start, securing a pocket trip behind honest fractions set by Yacht Week who dueled with Blacklight around the second turn then drifted off the rail allowing a clear path for Captain Trevor who held off the furious rally of Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) through the 27.1 final quarter. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing own the winner, a $75,000 Harrisburg purchase from breeders Bay's Stable and Riverview Racing. Blood Money (Jordan Stratton), a son of another exciting first crop sire in Sweet Lou, won the second colt split in 1:51.3. Stratton worked out a lovely second over ride then fanned off the cover with plenty through the 26.3 final quarter to get by Egomania (D. Miller) and US Captain (McNair). It is the third win in four outings for owner/breeder Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing. Jimmy Takter trains the winner. Hall of Fame driver David Miller broke through in the last colt division to win the fastest of the night's stakes with Can't Beach That in 1:50.4. Miller moved the Somebeachsomewhere colt to the front just past the 55.2 half, survived last turn pressure from Major Deception (Zeron) then just lasted over the late-flying Hurrikane Emperor (Stratton) who simply ran out of racetrack. The winner is trained in the Nifty Norman barn for Pinske Stables, Mel Segal and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Bred by Mr. Segal, the colt is an $80,000 Lexington Selected Sale graduate. Racing resumes tomorrow night at 7:00 pm with seven divisions of the 3-year-old KYSS Leg #1 featuring Hambletonian heat winner Tactical Landing and Milstein Pace winner Thinkbig Dreambig. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will present the richest card of its 2018 season at the "Jewel of the Southern Tier" on Sunday offering nearly $1 million in purses on the day. The featured stakes include the $550,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) 3-year-old pacing finals, the $161,000 Artiscape and $143,000 Roll With Joe for FFA mare and horse pacers respectively and the 3rd leg of the $60,000 (divided) Miss Versatility for trotting mares. The Miss Versatility split into a pair of six mare fields as they continue to accumulate points toward the $110,000 final at the Delaware County Fair on Little Brown Jug Day, September 20. Broadway Donna, Celebrity Ruth, Ice Attraction and Barn Bella head up the contestants for Sunday's races. The EBC fillies (race 7) are led by Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) who continued her current form spree with an effortless 1:51 romp in her elimination last week. She leaves from post 6 for trainer Ron Burke and owner Bill Donovan in the $270,425 final. Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice (Dave Miller) has been tabbed as the morning line favorite in the $272,025 EBC colt pace final. He's won 7 of 10 starts including an impressive 1:49 elimination success last week and stands at nearly a half million dollars in seasonal earnings for trainer Blake MacIntosh who shares ownership with Hutt Racing, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice starts from post 5 in the 8th race. American History (Gingras) endured a long uncovered grind to win the other elimination, albeit 2 seconds slower than Courtly Choice. He's been sharp recently and has landed post 3 for this race permitting the driver options to secure the type of trip needed to win. Tony Alagna trains American History, the fastest sophomore of the 2018 season by virtue of his 1:47 Meadowlands clocking in June for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. All of the top older mares are in town for the Artiscape (race 9) with division leader Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) seeking to continue her season-long dominance over her rival distaffers. She won 13 of 17 starts and collected over $680,000 for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King with the Matchmaker, Roses Are Red and Lady Liberty on her seasonal resume. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The pacing horses number but five in the Roll With Joe and include last year's winning pair in Dealt A Winner and driver David Miller. The now 6-year-old is rounding into form of late and recently eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings for owner Jeffrey Snyder. Mark Silva conditions Dealt A Winner who will face stiff competition from a pair of Burke entries in Rockin Ron (Gingras) and the ageless All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). Post time for the big card at Tioga is 1:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

Lexington, KY - The 2018 edition of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) got underway on Thursday evening at the historic Red Mile with five $30,000 divisions of leg #1 (3 for the fillies and 2 for colts) covering the first five races with Hambletonian winning driver Scott Zeron reprising his way with the ladies by winning all three of the filly splits. French Café was a 1:54.4 winner in the first filly division (race 2) for Zeron who was subbing for trainer Julie Miler's husband Andy. The pair rolled up uncovered then powered by for an open length win over early leader Can't Touch It (Takter) and Lindy Pearl (Brett Miller). French Café, by Father Patrick, was winning for the third time and took a new career mark here for breeder/owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Zeron came right back in the third race to score with Dreamville Stables flashy Trixton filly Dark As A Pocket for a familiar connection in trainer Paula Wellwood in 1:55.4. She was winning her third straight and was well in hand in an uncovered move around turn two for the score over Asiago (Takter) and Feel Invincible AS (Elliott Deaton). Dark As A Pocket is a Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate who brought $90,000 for breeders Steve Stewart, Kemppi Stables Oy and Pond-A-Acres. The cleverly named Taylor Swiftly was arguably the most impressive of tonight's winners, storming by the field through the stretch in 27.3 off a second over ride for Zeron in a 1:55.1 mile with the greatest of ease. Whispering Oaks (Gingras) was up close throughout but had no answer for the winner while Graceful (Lachance) rallied for third. Taylor Swiftly is a Lindy Farms homebred from the first crop of Trixton (his second winner on the card), trained by Domenico Cecere. Peter Haughton Memorial winner Don't Let'em went away as the prohibitive 1-9 favorite in the first race but reminded us why they race them as he went off-stride while settled in fourth midway up the backstretch, taking a significant show pool bridge jumper with him as he didn't set quickly enough to recover for a placing. Barn mate Super Schissel saved the day for the Jimmy Takter barn with the trainer driving him to a 1:56 win while triggering a mutual return of $84.40 with the exacta and trifecta both paying off on "all". Reign Of Honor (Pat Lachance) closed to be second returning $177 to place and $150 to show with Manatlas (Brett Miller) paid $90 to show. This was the first career win for Super Schissel, a son of first crop sire Uncle Peter and a $115,000 Lexington Selected Sale buy for the account of Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg. Coyote Wind Farms is the breeder. Mike Wilder, fresh back from a trip to Ireland for the Vincent Delaney Memorial, was a winner in the other colt split with Forecast for trainer John Butenschoen. Wilder held his charge well back early then closed hard, widest of all through the stretch trotting a 28 end to the 1:56 mile over Practical Cat (Gingras) and Lindy's Crazy Hall (Zeron). The winner is owned by Wiswell, Goehlen and Schick who paid $70,000 for the Diamond Creek bred in Lexington last fall. KYSS freshman pacers will race on Saturday evening here at The Red Mile with a 7:00 pm post time. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

Vernon, NY - Rival filly trotters Manchego and Plunge Blue Chip, two of the season's top sophomores as well as the fastest 3-year-olds in the long history of the breed, will both race at Vernon Downs on Friday in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot but, in a somewhat surprising development, not against one and other.   The connections of Manchego have picked up the mantle of Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta and entered their star filly into the $350,000 Open division (race 9) where she'll face eight colts.   Manchego (PP #2) deftly handled her competition in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks two weeks past with a tour de force 1:50 stakes record, marking the fifth consecutive winner of that race for the trainer/driver team of Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras. She is the highest money earner in the Zweig field with $362,222 in seasonal earnings and over $1.2 million career for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   She'll meet a solid group of colts led by Hambletonian final second place finisher Met's Hall (Andy Miller) and the Hambo favorite Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) whose magical mystery tour trip in his elimination heat resulted in his elimination.   Plunge Blue Chip (Svanstedt) will certainly have the favorite's target on her back in the surprisingly light group of eight in the Zweig Filly race (race 8). She became the fastest 3-year-old trotter ever with her epic 1:49.4 nose win over Manchego in the Del Miller stakes a month ago, followed up by a third in the Hambletonian Oaks final. She races for the partnership of Svanstedt Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Thomas Andersson and Rick Zeron.   The Zweig also fields a nine colt $80,000 second tier division and the all stakes card is completed by New York Sires Stakes events for freshman filly pacers.   It's a grand program that will begin at 6:10 pm on Friday. Entries for the entire card may be seen here.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs      

East Rutherford, NJ - With the spectacular Hambletonian Day program having concluded the 2018 Meadowlands Meet of Champions, the time is here to reflect and analyze our business for the live racing season. Each year it becomes more evident that while the big event days, both racing and non-racing related, are largely successful the overall attendance and handle are continuing their downward spiral. A 2018 vs 2017 comparison reveals a nine per-cent decline in on track handle for Meadowlands live races, a six per-cent decline in the exported signal of those races and a five per-cent drop in the handle on imported signals (wagering other tracks including thoroughbreds). This drop in revenue is significant and of course adversely affects the purse account. While Hambletonian Day produced the largest crown of the season and was a tremendous betting card, the live on-track handle was down by 3%. The on-track handle for the Meadowlands Pace, one of the marquee cards of the entire harness racing season, was off by a troubling 11% year over year. The declining numbers over the entire length of the season would be even worse were they not somewhat buoyed by the "Big Event" days. The KY Derby, Preakness, Belmont (in a Triple Crown year for 2018) bring people and the largest import handle days while non-racing draws such as Food Truck Mash Up, Camels & Ostrich racing and last but not least the inaugural edition of wiener dog races/fan appreciation night draw very large crowds of new customers, some of whom do show an interest in the racing. The eight programs mentioned above represent nearly 25% of the live in the building handle over the 59 total live cards raced in 2018. At the top of the list of things that adversely affect The Meadowlands business is the shortage of horses available to race here from mid-March through June. That lack of horses results in fewer races and many short field which has a tremendous negative effect on handle. With handle being the sole revenue stream feeding the purse pool, less handle results in less money for purses which makes racing at other tracks with higher purses more attractive than The Meadowlands and that cycle continues to feed off itself. "We are desperately trying to convince the state to restore the $30 million purses subsidy which was taken away by the previous administration", said Meadowlands CEO Jeff Gural. "Even though it is a fraction of the subsidy going to the tracks we are competing with we believe we can restore The Meadowlands to its former self as the premier standardbred track in the world. Without a subsidy, considering how the horse shortage decimates our field size and handle once the PA tracks open we will almost certainly have to reduce dates and eliminate some stakes. Obviously, that is a last resort but we have no assurance we will succeed in getting the subsidy restored. We hope to know by the start of the major sales." by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will host one of the biggest cards of their 2018 season this Sunday, August 12 and those races were drawn today.   The headliner will be the $141,000 Joie de Vie mare trot (race 8) where the long anticipated match up between 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 sophomore filly title holder Ariana G will finally come to pass. Hannelore has drawn the rail while Ariana G will begin from post 4. Only one of them can be driven by Yannick Gingras who must make a difficult choice between the mares.   All of the top mares currently racing are in the field, including the winner of last Saturday's Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands, Dream Together along with Broadway Donna and Caprice Hill who followed her in.   The Crawford Farms Open trot (race 9) will be a full field of 10 racing for a purse of $186,000. Will Take Charge is the horse to beat here with Marion Marauder not among the entrants.   Also on Sunday are the elimination races for the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic with those rich finals set for next Sunday. Both colts and fillies has 13 enter for the stake.   Courtly Choice and American History lead the colt brigade while Youaremycandygirl comes into the filly race hot off her dazzling 1:48.2 Meadowlands track record in the Shady Daisy.   You may see the entire fields on the web. Post time is 1:00 pm.   by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs  

East Rutherford, NJ - With sports wagering now well underway in the FanDuel Sports Book at The Meadowlands Racetrack, FanDuel is rolling out some interesting and entertaining Hambletonian-related prop bets for the Hambletonian card on Saturday, August 4.   One of the wagers will tie the horses in with a sporting event. It is a parlay requiring selection of the winners of the two Hambletonian elimination heats, the Hambletonian Oaks final, (Hambletonian companion race for trotting fillies) and the Yankees-Red Sox game.   While the odds on some of the props are still being formulated, here are some bets that may be available: the winning time of the Hambletonian the winner's margin of victory will the winning time will break the Hambletonian speed record will the winner will be one of the four entrants trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter a head-to-head bet: favored colt Six Pack vs. the unbeaten filly Atlanta will the winner of either of the two elimination heats will also win the final an interesting longshot play asking if the race will be won via disqualification as happened in 2017 when What The Hill was DQ'ed and Perfect Spirit elevated from second to be the official winner While it's far too early to tell, there is hope that the introduction of new customers coming in to the building to bet on sports will find their way over to the racing side and make some horse wagers. Making the props available is one method of potentially attracting their interest.   Information of the FanDuel Sports Book and The Meadowlands Racetrack may be found from the links.   A free program for the Hambletonian Day 16 race card is available courtesy of Trackmaster and The Meadowlands. Saturday's races will also be live streamed at no cost thanks to the cooperation of Roberts Communication Network.   The doors open on Saturday at 10:00am and the horse races begin at noon.   by Nick Salvi, for the Meadowlands

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