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Plainville, MA --- Shawn Gray put on a harness racing driving clinic Monday afternoon (Aug. 10) at Plainridge Park, winning five of the 11 races on the card and posting a .694 universal driver rating for the day. Gray won the featured $10,000 condition pace for 5-year-old and under fillies and mares with Mary Goodnight who took control in front of the stands going to the half. Mary Goodnight paced smartly to the three-quarters in 1:24 and opened up a two length advantage at the top of the stretch. From there she paced home unchallenged and stretched out to a 4-1/2 length win in 1:52.4.   Mary Goodnight ($4.40) is owned by Joey Mcwhinnie and is trained by Scott Rollins. Gray also won the fastest $10,000 division for 5-year-old and under male pacers with Sea Isle City in a career best effort. After taking the early lead, Sea Isle City eventually got shuffled back to fourth by the three-quarters. When the race reached the stretch, Gray was able to find racing room and shot Sea Isle City up the middle of the track and outpaced Spatterdash (Mike Stevenson) to the wire and won in 1:53, which was a new lifetime mark. Sea Isle City ($17.80) is owned by William and Barbara Ethier and is trained by Jamie Gerard. Gray rounded out his big day with wins behind All About Rusty (1:54.4, $5.60), Dreamzzzz R For U (1:54.1, $4.80) and Passport To Art (1:52.3, $3.20). Drivers Mitchell Cushing and Kevin Switzer Jr. and trainers Alicia Gray and Jamie Gerard each had two wins apiece as well. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Aug. 13) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After winning in a seasonal best time just last week, Dial A Chic moved up in class and came right back to the winner's circle, winning the $12,000 Winners-Over trotting harness racing feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 7). Dial A Chic (Joe Di Stefano) settled in third from the pylons off the gate while stablemate Jericho (Mitchell Cushing) hit the quarter first in :28.1. Di Stefano quickly pulled Dial A Chic in front of the stands and made his way up the rim, eventually pulling alongside Jericho past the half. Jericho and Dial A Chic trotted stride for stride up the backstretch, around the far turn and halfway down the stretch before Dial A Chic was finally able to wrangle the lead away from Jericho and then hold of late drives by Uknow What To Do (Nick Graffam) and Namesmuscle (Mark Athearn) to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.   Dial A Chic ($18.20) is owned by the Di Stefano and Son Stable and is trained by John Di Stefano. The co-featured $12,000 trot for 6-year-olds and under was the scene of a huge upset when Dixie Slippers (Wally Watson) mounted a late rally from third-over at the three-quarters to collar the front running Mad Dog (John Beckwith) and Just Dreamin (Mike Stevenson) at the wire to win by a head in 1:56.3 at 56-1. It was the first win of the year and a lifetime mark for Dixie Slippers ($115.20) who is owned by John and Susan Muldoon and trained by Lisa Watson. The fastest two trots of the day went to Shake A Leg (Jay Randall/Jimmy Nickerson 1:54.4, $6.60) and Chav Hanover (Steve Nason/Nicole Nason 1:55.4, $4.80), both of which were new lifetime marks. And the most noteworthy victory on the all-trot card came when the venerable Roadshow Vic ($6.20) scored his 50th lifetime win for owner/trainer Mike Cushing when his nephew Mitchell Cushing, pulled from fourth at the three-quarters and exploded down the lane to catch Muscana (Bruce Ranger) and win by 3/4 of a length in 1:57.1. The time was a seasonal new mark and the fastest race the 13-year-old has gone in two years. In an interesting occurrence, nine different drivers and nine different trainers won a race during the nine race card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 10) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The harness racing field saw nothing but his heels because Rock Diamonds N led from gate to wire as he won the $14,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 6). Ron Cushing took early control with Rock Diamonds N and went full throttle with him during the race. After setting quarters of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22, Rock Diamonds N spun off the last turn with a 3-1/2 length advantage and with minimal urging down the lane, held off a fast closing Starznheaven (Jay Randall) to win in 1:50.1.   For Rock Diamonds N, the time was a new seasonal mark and only one-fifth of a second of his lifetime best. It was also the second win of the year for the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover-Dancing Diamonds gelding who is owned by Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs trains the winner. In the $12,000 upper-level conditioned pacing event, Beachchip Hanover (Shawn Gray) pulled first over from fifth and tracked down a headstrong Zack Lee (Dan Deslandes) who had been marching on the point from the start, to win by 1/2 length in 1:53.1. It was the second consecutive win for Beachchip Hanover ($9.20) and owners Jeffrey Epstein, Ronald Bolduc and Steven Gondelman. Jamie Gerard is the trainer. Another $12,000 condition race for 5-year-olds and under saw Major Crisis A (Mitchell Cushing) leave four-deep from post eight, take the lead before the half and then race neck and neck with OK Kudo (Jay Randall) from that point until the wire where he won by a neck in 1:52.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Major Crisis A ($4.40) captured his fifth win of the year for owners Kevin Quinn and Phillip Zabielski. Paul Zabielski is the trainer. Shawn Gray led all drivers with two wins on the card while trainers Randy Bickmore and Jolene Andrews also won two races each. Andrews completed a full day as she also scored a driving win in the first with Denver Dolly (1:55.2, $3.20) in the New England Amateurs Driver's race. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 7) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

Plainville, Ma --- Overlooked on the morning line and also at the windows, 36-1 shot Royalty Again turned a furious stretch drive into an instant harness racing jackpot in the $12,000 distaff pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 3). Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) grabbed the lead and took the field to the half in :54.3, and it was there things started getting interesting. Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ranger) was parked and made her way to the leader in the second turn. Behind her was For Chips Sake (Mitchell Cushing) and Free Exchange (Drew Campbell), leaving Royalty Again (Drew Monti) last at the five-eighths. At the three-quarter pole all seven horses were now only three lengths apart from each other and fanned three deep heading into the last turn. Ry's Red Rocket put away the challenge of Rockin Ellie leaving Free Exchange now breathing down her neck. Right behind Free Exchange was Royalty Again who was swinging four wide and still four behind, but pacing like the wind down the lane. About 100 feet from the wire, Royalty Again bolted past everyone, took the lead and won by 3/4 of a length in 1:53.3, which was a new lifetime mark.   It was the first win of the year for Royalty Again ($74.00) who is owned by Richard Knight and trained by Randy Bickmore. In the secondary $10,500 event for pacing mares, Weekend Getaway (Mitchell Cushing) came first-over from sixth at the half and chased down the leading That's Incredible (Drew Monti), eventually taking the lead at the top of the stretch and pulling away to a 1-1/2 length victory in 1:52.3. It was a new seasonal mark and the third straight win for Weekend Getaway ($17.60) who is owned by Jeffrey Kaylor and trained by Joe Therrien. Drivers Drew Monti and Bruce Ranger both scored driving hat tricks on Monday. Monti is currently the leading dash driver at the meet with 20 wins, Ranger is second with 15, Nick Graffam is third with 12 and Mitchell Cushing is fourth with 11. The 11-race card yielded new lifetime marks for seven of the winning horses. Racing resumes on Thursday at Plainridge Park with post time set for 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Back in Massachusetts after recently taking a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 at the Meadowlands, Nows The Moment showed early speed and late resolve in capturing the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (July 31). Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) battled three other horses early off the gate and grabbed the first lead before Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray), who was four-wide in the first turn, took the top past the quarter in :26.3. Gray kept the brisk tempo going, pushing Wings Of Royalty to the half in :54.3 and the three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Nows The Moment glued to his back. The two horses separated from the pack going up the backside and when they proceeded into the turn, Stevenson tipped Nows The Moment, circled the leader and pulled away into the lane. When they straightened out in the stretch, Nows The Moment was trotting away from the field on his own and opened up a 4-3/4 length margin at the wire and won in 1:53.4. It was the third win of the year for Nows The Moment ($3.40) who is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and trained by L Alex Mac Donald. Mike Stevenson had a big day on the all-trot card at The Ridge Friday, winning a total of three races during the afternoon. Besides Nows The Moment, he also won with Just Dreamin (1:57.2, $15.00) and Just Enuf Sass (1:56.4, $9.00). Driver Drew Monti and trainer Domenico Cecere also teamed up for two wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge on Monday (Aug. 3) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Thursday's (July 30) card at Plainridge Park featured a pair of $12,000 condition races that both yielded well-backed harness racing winners on another very hot afternoon. In the 5-year-old and under group of non-winners, the Massachusetts-bred CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) came from off the pace to score a new lifetime mark. Besidetheseaside A (Ron Cushing) took early command and rattled off swift fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2 while being challenged by the favored Meetmeatthedance (Bruce Ranger) for that third quarter. Around the last turn, CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) shook loose from fifth and tipped three-deep around the tiring Meetmeatthedance, taking dead aim at Besidetheseaside A. As they headed down the lane, CBF Bantam got the lead and paced strong to the wire and won in 1:52.4, which was a new lifetime mark. CBF Bantam ($5.80) is owned by Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps and is trained by Barrie Farrar. Then an upper-level aged group of condition pacers saw Tisadream N (Drew Monti) win his second straight race after leading at every station. Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) got to the front by the eighth pole but yielded the lead to Tisadream N before the quarter in :27. Once on the point, Monti tapped out splits of :56.2 and 1:25 before Quick Shot (Bruce Ranger) got within a length going around the last turn. But that was as close as he would get as Tisadream N swelled up in the stretch and pulled away to a 1-½ length victory in 1:53. Tisadream N is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski and trained by Scott Rollins. Drivers Nick Graffam and Shawn Gray each scored two wins, both in successive races. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 31) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- The extreme heat that caused the postponement of Monday's (July 27) card at Plainridge Park had somewhat subsided when the harness racing horses took the track on Tuesday (July 28) to contest those deferred races and several stellar performances were put forth by both man and beast. There were a pair of $10,000 condition paces that were featured on Tuesday and both winners followed similar come-from-behind routes. In the first co-feature, Touch Of Dragon (Kevin Swtizer Jr.) got away sixth behind a fast :26.3 quarter set by the favored Pure Sunshine (Ron Cushing). As the race moved past the grandstand, Switzer tipped Touch Of Dragon and motored up the outside and drew alongside Pure Sunshine by the top of the stretch. From there, Touch Of Dragon responded favorably to moderate urging from Switzer and paced away to the wire where he won by three lengths in 1:53.4, which was a new lifetime mark.   Touch Of Dragon ($11.20) got his second win in six 2020 starts for owners Michele Nelson, Walter Hight and Jeffery Foss. Joe Nelson trains the winner. Then later in the card, Tucker Creek (Drew Monti) floated out from post eight and dropped in fourth while Mcbeantown (Drew Campbell) led the group to the quarter in :26.3. Positions remained the same until just before the half when Monti pulled Tucker Creek first-up and pulled alongside Mcbeantown at the three-quarters. At that point Monti just raised the lines, tapped the bike shaft once and Tucker Creek motored home on cruise control to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1.   It was the second consecutive win for Tucker Creek ($3.20) and owners Joe Hayes Jr. And Paul Paoletti. Jimmy Nickerson is the trainer. Another participant who had consecutive wins was driver Drew Monti who scored a natural grand slam in races four, five, six and seven. Besides the already mentioned Tucker Creek, Monti also won with American Fighter (1:57.3, $14.80), What A Hooligan (1:55, $3.20) and Worth Watching (1:56.1, $14.00). Not to be outdone, Bruce Ranger also had a big day in the bike, winning three races with Plus One (1:52.3, $5.80), Hollywood Deemon (1:58.4, $17.60) and Maui (1:54, $3.20). The 1:54 win by Maui (Bettor's Delight-Barbara Ann), who is Massachusetts-bred and stake eligible, set a new track record for a 2-year-old pacing gelding, breaking the record of R Maddy Blue Chip set just last year. Maui is owned by KDK Standardbreds and trained by Kevin Switzer. After only eight cards of racing so far this year, there have already been four track records broken at The Ridge. There was an instant jackpot in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race where a 20-cent ticket on the combination of 3-5-2-1-9 returned a whopping $14,603.70. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 30) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Manchego put on a display of devastating speed in a gate to wire victory in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) and set a new world record for aged trotting mares over a 5/8th's mile track when she tripped the timer in 1:49.3. Manchego broke her own world record of 1:50.1 set at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 2019. The time also smashed the all-age track trotting record at Plainridge Park, besting the 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the 2017 Spirit Trot. Dexter Dunn had Manchego revved up off the gate and shot right for the lead with Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) dropping in the pocket from post seven as the race passed the quarter in a blistering :25.2. The field remained in single file as Manchego marched to the half in :53.3 and the three-quarters in 1:21 with Atalanta in deliberate pursuit. As the pair trotted away from the field around the last turn, Gingras pulled Atlanta off the pylons to take her best shot at the leader. But as soon as she pulled, Manchego accelerated, opened up two lengths and proceeded to the wire under no urging at all to win wrapped-up by 2-1/2 lengths. Atlanta held on for second and Run Director (David Miller) closed fast to finish third.   It was the 31st career win for Manchego ($3.00) and it pushed her lifetime earnings to over $2,342,705. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic is owned by Black Horse Racing and is trained by Nancy Takter. One race earlier in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, Shartin N made herself right at home again at Plainridge as she broke the all-age track record that she set here just last year. Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point immediately as Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras) left from post four and followed closely with the two-hole trip. After the quick :26.2 quarter and with no pressure at all, Tetrick backed down the second panel to :28.1 and the race seemed well in control for him at that point. By the five-eighths, Gingras pulled Kissin In The Sand and tried to draw alongside Shartin N, but never got closer than a length around the far turn. Tetrick eased the lines a bit and gave Shartin N her head and the mare swelled up down the lane, opening up 2-1/4 lengths in a :27 flat last panel and won in 1:48.1. Stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) rallied late to finish second and 38-1 shot Philly Hanover (Dexter Dunn) completed the board.   The time was a new all-age track record at Plainridge Park which was set last year in this same stake by Shartin N when she cruised home in 1:49.1, and it was only one-fifth of a second off the world record of 1:48 for an aged pacing mare over a five-eighths mile track that is co-held by her and Somwherovrarainbow. This was the 44th career victory for Shartin N ($2.60) who has now earned $2,244,946 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and Tim Tetrick. The 7-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin is trained by Jim King Jr. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Plainville, MA --- Some of the best harness racing handicappers in the business give their selections for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace that will be held at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26). Gordon Waterstone - Associate Editor - The Horseman And Fair World Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot 7-Atlanta 4-Manchego 6-Lindy The Great Even though Manchego gets a post edge in this battle, I believe Atlanta is a whisker better, so she'll get my nod in the photo finish.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 4-Kissin In The Sand 3-Soho Burning Love A Shartin N missed a start with a tender foot and that was likely the reason behind a narrow loss last time out to a horse that came up the pylons.   Dave Brower - Meadowlands oddsmaker, handicapper and broadcaster Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 2-Eurobond 7-Atlanta Manchego figures to take her turn in this epic rivalry with Atlanta this year. I think she's more versatile on the smaller-size track and I just don't see the Takter-trained duo giving up their post position advantage.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 3-Soho Burning Love A 4-Kissin In The Sand Shartin N is pretty hard to go against, after that needed "tightener" in the Dorothy Haughton at M1. She raced her eyeballs out and came up a little bit short. The inner post makes all the difference.   Derick Giwner - Editor - The Daily Racing Form Harness Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 6-Lindy The Great 7-Atlanta Manchego should take charge and never look back.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 4-Kissin In The Sand 3-Soho Burning Love A Shartin N wasn't quite herself in the Haughton; makes amends.   Lenny Calderon - Race Announcer - Plainridge Park Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 7-Atlanta 5-Lindy The Great Manchego has been outstanding in all four starts this year with her only loss coming at the hands of arch-rival Atlanta. This aged miss can make no mistakes and should prove best in the drive to wire.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 4-Kissin In The Sand 3-Soho Burning Love A Shartin N is one classy lady who should be up to the task in defending her title.   Ken Warkentin - Race Announcer - Meadowlands Racetrack Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 7-Atlanta 2-Eurobond Two-time Dan Patch Award & Breeders Crown winner & fastest female trotter in history, Manchego tuned up with an easy Miss Versatility leg. She's tough when in control.   Clara Barton Pace 3-Soho Burning Love A 4-Kissin In The Sand 2-Shartin N The fresh and hot stablemate of Shartin N has emerged as a deadly closer at The Big M. She won't be far off to collar the speed. Bob "Hollywood" Heyden - Freelance Racing Statistical Authority Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 7-Atlanta 1-Joey Bats The best current rivalry continues. Post position may decide many of these as they vie for the biggest pot since the TVG.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 3-Soho Burning Love A 4-Kissin In The Sand Shartin N comes in off a huge effort after missing a start. No pacer has gone back to back HOY since Cam Fella 1982-83. Ken Weingartner - USTA Media Relations Manager Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 7-Atlanta 6-Lindy The Great Not much separates Manchego and Atlanta, so it might come down to post position and trip.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 4-Kissin In The Sand 5-Trillions Hanover Shartin N just missed in the Dorothy Haughton after a minor foot issue and should return to her winning ways here.   Garnet Barnsdale - Public Handicapper for the Daily Racing Form Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 7-Atlanta 4-Manchego 6-Lindy The Great Atlanta will likely offer the better price of the two super mares due to post position.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 3-Soho Burning Love A 4-Kissin In The Sand Shartin N returns in eight days this time and it is very doubtful she will be picked off late again.     Michael Carter - USTA Social Media Publicity Coordinator Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 6-Altanta 4-Manchego 3-Muscle M Up Atlanta kicked off her five-year-old campaign with a game second place finish in the Miss Versatility to rival Manchego. She has since won two straight including the Cutler against the boys at The Meadowlands.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 4-Kissin In The Sand 3-Soho Burning Love A Shartin N made her first start after injuring herself at Yonkers on June 30. She was game in defeat in the Dorothy Haughton but don't hold that loss against her.She is a tough mare who may have just needed a start off the bench.   Tim Bojarski - Publicist and Handicapper at Plainridge Park Spirit of Massachusetts Trot 4-Manchego 7-Atlanta 6-Lindy The Great Manchego gets a slight nod over Atlanta for me as she is back in to go in a week where Atlanta has had 15 days off. It's that close.   Clara Barton Pace 2-Shartin N 4-Kissin In The Sand 3-Soho Burning Love A This race is all about speed and with only six drawn in, it's wide open. In that even of a field I will take Shartin N every time.   Consensus: Spirit of Massachusetts Trot-Manchego, Atlanta, Lindy The Great Clara Barton Pace-Shartin N, Kissin In The Sand, Soho Burning Love A   By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Plainville, MA --- When the Grand Circuit makes its midsummer stop in Massachusetts on Sunday (July 26), the top three aged mares currently competing in the sport, all who are multi-million dollar winners, will be on hand to compete in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at Plainridge Park. The much anticipated third round of the year between Atalanta and Manchego will take place in the Spirit and little separates the two coming into the race after each claiming one win in head-to-head competition. In their first meeting in the $40,000 Ms. Versatility at the Meadowlands on June 19, Atlanta and Manchego got away third and fifth respectively before Yannick Gingras pulled Atlanta and Dexter Dunn followed with Manchego. Atlanta cleared past the quarter and Manchego took control from her by the half. The pair remained one-two until they hit the stretch when Gingras tipped Atlanta and methodically gained ground on Manchego as both drivers heavily urged their mounts. When they hit the wire they were side by side and it took a photo to separate them by a nose, with Manchego getting the nod in 1:50 flat. The win time is the fastest trotting mile of the year to this point. The second meeting came two weeks later on July 4 in the $170,900 Cutler Memorial, also at M1. Atlanta and Manchego both gunned the gate and sprinted away in tandem from the field of 11 to a very hot first quarter of :25.4. Manchego was finally able to clear at that point but Atalanta was right on her back. Chin Chin Hall (Brian Sears) engaged Manchego past the half and pushed her through a 1:23.1 third quarter and around the far turn. Atlanta, who was sitting in the pocket, was able to get out at the top of the lane and tip three-deep turning for home. Atlanta drew even with Manchego in deep stretch and eventually was able to run her down at the wire to win by only 1/2 length in 1:50.1. That time is the second fastest trotting mile of the year (tied with Guardian Angel As). Despite this marquee match up, the 2020 Spirit Trot field has other very strong competitors who can definitely have an effect on the outcome of the race, making this a very bettable event. Lindy The Great (Andy Miller) has yet to win this year but has suffered bad luck in the draws with two consecutive eight holes, forcing him into two hellacious overland trips. However he has still performed outstanding despite those disadvantages, finishing second and third in those races. In the Cutler he was beaten only 1-1/4 lengths by Atalanta and Manchego after being parked out the entire mile. Manchego's stablemate Eurobond (Tim Tetrick) is coming off a powerful 1:51.2 win at Harrah's Philadelphia on July 5 and seems to be peaking at the right time for this race. He has a lifetime best outing of 1:50.1 last year at the Meadowlands and clearly has the ability to contend with these. Joey Bats (Andrew McCarthy) could be a big sleeper here after finishing only 2-3/4 lengths behind the favorites in the Cutler. He had a favorable draw (post one) and McCarthy has already pulled an upset in this stake when he followed fast fractions and snuck up the inside to win 2017 Spirit with JL Cruze at 60-1. Shartin N will make her second trip to the Commonwealth to defend her crown after she won the inaugural Barton in 2019. In that race, Tim Tetrick put Shartin N on the point and went gate to wire, uncontested and under a strong hold to win in 1:49.1, smashing the all time Plainridge track record. This year Shartin N started out winning two straight and taking an early season's mark of 1:50 at Dover Downs before being sidelined with a foot injury. After 18 days off she returned to the Meadowlands on July 18 in the $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial and put in a huge effort, falling short by only a neck. In a first-over trip engaging the front running Kissin In The Sand (Yannick Gingras), Shartin N took the lead in mid-stretch but tired in the final strides to finish second behind Major Occasion (Dexter Dunn) who rallied gamely up the pylons. With that start under her belt, she remains the horse to beat on Sunday and Tetrick will have her on her toes. Kissin In The Sand was pushed extremely hard every step of the mile in that Haughton start and still tired only late. In her first outing of 2020 she scorched the Meadowlands, going gate to wire in a lifetime best 1:47.4, which is also the fastest pacing mile of the year to date. Shartin N's stablemate Soho Burning Love A (Jordan Stratton) won back-to-back races in 1:48.4 and 1:48.1 before finishing third in the Haughton, right between the two morning line favorites. This mare has paced home in :25.4 three times this year and will be in a position to upset. Another mare to watch is Trillions Hanover (George Brennan) who has also exhibited great closing speed. With four solid races in her last four starts, there is not much separating her from the favorites at the end of the day with a favorable trip. Kissin In The Sand, Soho Burning Love A and Trillions Hanover will give Shartin N all she can handle in this very short, six-horse field. The all-time track record on the trot at Plainridge Park is 1:51.3 set by JL Cruze and 1:49.1 on the pace by Shartin N. Both marks look to be under assault on Sunday. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. Post time for the Clara Barton Pace is 3:20 p.m. and the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is 3:40 p.m. Lasix schedule for Plainridge Park Sunday With the early 2 p.m. post time at Plainrdige Park on Sunday (July 26), horsemen are reminded that the Lasix schedule remains the same as other race days. Lasix horses must be on the grounds four hours before post time of their respective race and non-Lasix horses must be on the grounds three hours before post time of their respective race. Stall assignments will be available when you check in. Also please remember that the barn area will open at 8 a.m.  by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

Plainville, MA --- Harness racing driver Shawn Gray, trainer George Ducharme and owner Ray Campbell Jr. all pushed themselves up the statistical ladder on Friday (July 24) after each scored a grand slam at Plainridge Park. First Gray and Ducharme teamed up for a pair of victories with Dramatra ($2.80) who took an overland route to a 1-1/2 length, 1:55.3 lifetime mark win and Without A Warning ($2.80) who jogged home to a six length victory in 1:55.2.   Dramatra is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and Al Ross while Without A Warning is owned by Campbell alone. Ducharme's other two training wins came with Wings Of Royalty ($2.20) who led the entire race before drawing off to an 18-length win in 1:53.1 for driver Drew Monti while Greyscale ($3.00) and Nick Graffam closed sharply in the lane to catch Crazy For Luca ($2.10) and Mitchell Cushing at the wire where the two finished in a dead heat. Wings Of Royalty and Greyscale are both owned by Ray Campbell Jr., closing out his four-win day while Crazy For Luca is owned by Dale Hein, Tessa Perrin and Royal Roland. Gray completed his four-bagger behind Tobasco ($8.00) who took a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4 for owner Di Stefano and Son Stable and trainer John Di Stefano and Weekend Getaway ($12.20) who paced sharply in 1:53.4 for owner Jeffrey Kaylor and trainer Joe Therrien. Dramatra, Without A Warning, Greyscale and Crazy For Luca are all 3-year-old Massachusetts-bred trotters who will compete in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge Park later this year. Wings Of Royalty is also a Massachusetts-bred trotter who was the MASS 3-year-old trotting colt champion in 2015 and has amassed over $880,000 in lifetime earnings to date. With the first two weeks of racing now complete at Plainridge, Drew Monti is the leading dash driver with 10 wins followed by Shawn Gray who bolted into second today, and now has nine wins. Tied for third are last year's driving champion Mitchell Cushing and Nick Graffam who have eight wins apiece. On the training side, George Ducharme went right to the top with six wins on the strength of his four win day with Mike Graffam in second place with five tallies. There are three conditioners tied for third with three wins each and they are Scott Rollins, Roger Farrar and Mark Eaton. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) with a special 2 p.m. post time and will feature the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After being narrowly defeated in the preliminary round, Avery Seelster bounced back with a statement victory in the $20,000 Freedom Trail series final for resident harness racing pacing mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 23) after a deluge of rain delayed the races for almost 30 minutes. Trainer/driver John Nason got away fourth from the pylons and stood pat until just past the :26.4 quarter where he pulled first-over and marched towards the front-running Go Sandy Go (Nick Graffam). Avery Seelster hung third in the breeze until midway up the backstretch when the mare switched gears, advanced to the front and opened up a four length advantage. From there, Nason just kept her interested and she cruised home in 1:53 over the off track, equaling her lifetime mark.   Avery Seelster ($7.40) is owned by Katharine Nason. In the weekly $14,000 Winners-Over pacing feature, Paternity Suit A (Drew Monti) went right for the lead and never looked back en route to a convincing victory. After going quarters of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:23.2, Paternity Suit A put separation between himself and the field while opening up an eight-length gap as he motored home to win in 1:51.1 in the slop. The time was a new lifetime mark.   It was the second straight win in two North American starts for Paternity Suit A ($3.80) who is owned by Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Scott Rollins trains the winner. The Massachusetts-bred Ry's Red Rocket (Matty "Ice" Athearn) won the fourth race in 1:52.2 and broke the track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies set by Apple Bottom Jeans (1:52.3) in 2016. It was also a new lifetime mark for Ry's Red Rocket ($4.60) who will compete later this year in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge. Gretchen Athearn trains the winner for owner Linwood Higgins. Drew Monti, Matty "Ice" Athearn and Bruce Ranger all had two winners on the card Thursday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 24) at 4 p.m. And on Sunday (July 26) the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Pace will be held at The Ridge with a 2 p.m. post. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

Plainville, MA --- With the draw now complete, two short but stacked harness racing fields are set for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace, that will be contested on Sunday (July 26) when the Grand Circuit makes a stop at Plainridge Park. The track's signature trot will see the heavyweight battle between Atlanta and Manchego renewed for the third time this year in the Spirit of Massachusetts, with each mare having won once and the two only separated by a combined half-length in those contests. Plus these mares are responsible for trotting the two fastest miles so far this year. Shartin N won the Clara Barton Pace in 2019 in track record time and will return to defend her title. Her stablemate Soho Burning Love A has posted back-to-back 1:48 wins already this year since landing from Australia, but Kissin In The Sand has paced the fastest mile by a mare overall this year (1:47.4). Tracks records are in danger across the board at The Ridge on Sunday. Here are the complete draws for both stakes: $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot - Post Time 3:40 p.m. Post Horse Driver Trainer 1 Joey Bats Andrew McCarthy Andrew Harris 2 Eurobond Gingras/Tetrick Nancy Takter 3 Muscle M Up TBD Ake Svanstedt 4 Manchego Dexter Dunn Nancy Takter 5 Run Director David Miller Andrew Harris 6 Lindy The Great Andy Miller Julie Miller 7 Atlanta Yannick Gingras Ron Burke $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace - Post Time 3:20 p.m. Post Horse Driver Trainer 1 Philly Hanover Dexter Dunn Ron Coyne 2 Shartin N Tim Tetrick Jim King Jr. 3 Soho Burning Love A Jordan Stratton Jim King Jr. 4 Kissin In the Sand Yannick Gingras Nancy Takter 5 Trillions Hanover George Brennan Tom Fanning 6 Kimberlee Dunn/Andy Miller Ake Svanstedt There are 10 races on the card with purses totaling $415,000. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Plainville, MA --- Owners, trainers, driver s and grooms who will be coming to Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace are asked to take note of the following information before coming to the track as much has changed due to state of Massachusetts regulations relating to Covid-19. The draw for Sunday (July 26) will be held on Wednesday (July 22) with the box closing at 9 a.m. Also on Wednesday, you will need to fax to the judges a 2020 negative coggins test, a 2020 EHV vaccination record and an up to date health certificate with Plainridge Park as the destination for each horse racing. There will be limited access to the administration building and as a result, anyone needing a 2020 Massachusetts racing license is urged to apply in advance. Go to the MGC website (https://massgaming.com/licensing/horse-racing-licenses/), download the appropriate form and fax it to the judges prior to coming to Plainridge to keep the number of people who need access to the licensing office to a minimum on race day. If you are unable to do that, print and bring the completed form with a check made out to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to the track to expedite the transaction on site. The fax number for sending health certificates or licensing forms is 508.643.9624. The phone number to contact the judges direct is 508.576.4565. There is no overnight stabling on the grounds at Plainridge Park this year, so you will not be able to get into the track before Sunday morning (July 26) at 8 a.m. All horses in to go must be on the grounds no later than 11 a.m. and then get to the Lasix barn at the appropriate time for your race. All horses will have assigned stalls and must remain in those stalls until the races are over. At the conclusion of the card, all horses must then leave the grounds. No one is allowed in the paddock except for the trainer of the horse and a groom. No owners will be allowed in the paddock. Also no one will be allowed in the winner's circle after any race except the winning horse and the driver. To enter the grandstand you must go to the main casino entrance, have your temperature taken, answer a health questionnaire and then proceed to the racing side of the building. A mask must be worn upon entering Plainridge Park Casino and must be kept on the entire time you are there. Social distancing is also a requirement and will be enforced. Also due to state Covid-19 restrictions, the grandstand will be limited to a maximum of 300 people. If you are planning on attending, tickets will be available the day of the race at the program stand or from any racing services manager for $5 (limit two per person). Please note there are a number of tickets reserved for participating horsemen that day. By Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park

Plainville, MA --- It was 95 degrees in Plainville, Massachusetts on Monday (July 20) but the temperature wasn't the only thing that was hot at Plainridge Park. Driver Drew Monti won five of the 11 races on the card including a natural hat trick in races five, six and seven. Monti's top win came in the $20,000 featured Freedom Trail pacing final for Plainridge-based horses and geldings with Cherokee Hiflyzane. After getting away third behind the front-stepping Gd Cruise For Gold (Bruce Ranger), Cherokee Hiflyzane pulled first-over before the half, cleared on the backside and then opened up a 1-1/2 length lead at the top of the stretch. From there he held off a fast closing Mansome (Pat Curtain) down the lane and hung on to win in 1:53, which was a new seasonal mark.   It was the second win in two 2020 starts for Cherokee Hiflyzane ($4.60) who has now bankrolled $15,000 for owners Barrie Farrar and Roger Farrar, who also trains the winner. Monti rounded out his five-bagger with Tucker Creek (1:52.4, $3.60), Magic Joe Lindy (1:52.2, $2.20), Tisadream N (1:52, $3.00) and What A Hooligan (1:54, $6.20). Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. and trainer Benson Merrill each scored two wins on Monday as well. The biggest payouts of the meet so far occurred in the fourth race when 24-1 shot Western Victory (Wally Watson) steamrolled home in :28.4 to win in 1:52.2, 2-1/4 lengths ahead of 45-1 shot Commondiscourtesy (Nick Graffam). Besides the $50.20 win and $39.60 place prices, the $2 exacta combination of 6-8 paid $1,017, the $2 6-8-4 trifecta returned a whopping $18,667.20 and the $2 superfecta of 6-8-4-2 retuned $11,808.40. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 23) at 4 p.m. On Sunday (July 26), Plainridge Park will host the Grand Circuit featuring the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace during a special matinee card that gets underway at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- After winning back-to-back Free-for-all trots at Scarborough Downs in recent weeks, Namesmuscle ran his streak to three after scoring a gate to wire victory in the $12,000 Winners-Over harness racing feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon. Leaving from post four and opening up a quick three-length advantage at the quarter, Namesmuscle (Matty Athearn) trotted along unchallenged until the half where Jericho (Shawn Gray) attacked from third and matched strides with the leader up the backstretch, to the three-quarters and all the way around the last turn. When the race hit the top of the lane, Jericho took the lead by a neck and looked as if he would maintain it. But Namesmuscle responded to heavy urging from Athearn and came back on to regain the front in mid-stretch and held off Jericho, and a very fast closing Tobasco (Drew Campbell) to trip the beam first in 1:56.1. The time was a new seasonal mark.   Namesmuscle ($5.20) is owned by William Phipps and is trained by Gretchen Athearn. Later in the card, Just Enuf Sass continued his winning ways after taking the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trotting event for 6-year-olds and under. Just Enuf Sass (Mike Stevenson) left sharply from the pylons and led the whole race by a comfortable 1-1/2 length margin. After cutting quarters of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:27.4, Stevenson hand-drove Just Enuf Sass to the wire where he won by two lengths in 1:57.2. It was the fifth straight win (going back to 2019) for Just Enuf Sass ($3.40) who is owned by Ed Flynn and Joe Flynn, who also trains the winner. Mitchell Cushing, Nick Graffam and Bruce Ranger each had two driving wins Friday while trainer Mike Graffam led all conditioners with two wins as well. After one week of racing at The Ridge, Team Graffam has been a force to be reckoned with. Nick Graffam currently tops the driver colony with seven wins and Mike Graffam is the top trainer with five wins in the bank. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 20) with post time at 4 p.m. Plainridge Park will present a special Sunday afternoon card on July 26 when the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace will be held. Post time for the matinee is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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