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

Plainville, MA --- It doesn't matter what harness racing track he races at, Madhatter Bluechip just continues to win. On Friday (Oct. 18) his multi-state roadshow continued as he ventured into Massachusetts to visit Plainridge Park and came away with his fifth straight victory after winning the $16,000 Open trotting feature. Madhatter Bluechip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) left and took a quick lead before the heavily favored Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson), who was on a three-race winning streak himself coming into the race, shot by him to take the lead in a serious first quarter of :26.4. The race continued past the half and to the five-eighths where Quicksilver Kemp (Shawn Gray) pulled first over to join the fray. Unaffected by the challenge, Nows The Moment continued to trot strong into the far turn and even appeared to draw away a bit as they spun out of that final bend. Quicksilver Kemp faded out of the picture allowing Madhatter Bluechip room to pull. Switzer got that one underway and he headed down the lane with a full head of steam. Madhatter Bluechip was trotting furiously under a line-drive from Switzer and pulled away to a two-length win in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the eighth win in the last nine starts and ninth win of the year for Madhatter Bluechip ($5.20) who has now earned $53,514 this year for owner Thomas Milici. Candace Brandstatter is the trainer. Mike Stevenson led all drivers on Friday, scoring a hat trick on the card. Stevenson also added another win on the training side. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20), the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes will resume with the 2-year-olds competing in five divisions. The first is a non-betting event with a post time of 1:30 p.m. The other four races are on the regular betting card which starts at 2 p.m. This is the third leg of the series which culminates with eight $100,000 finals on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- In one of the closest photos of the year, 15-1 Bet You reigned supreme on the strength of a furious worst to first rush in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14). Bet You (Jimmy Whittemore) got away eighth in the full field of pacers and watched while five horses led by Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) argued for the lead in a blistering :25.4 first quarter. As soon as they passed that station, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) who had also been parked out then took command. Immediately past the half, horses from the back came three-wide into contention with JK Will Power (Drew Monti) in the middle and Calvin B (Jay Randall) farthest out, pushing the pace up the backside. Bet You was now sixth in the breeze and behind a wall of horses as the field motored around the last turn. Whittemore tipped Bet You four-wide at the head of the stretch and had three more lengths to make up. He drew alongside JK Will Power and then both paced alongside Mach Doro A and all three hit the wire noses apart. When the photo came back, Bet You got the win just in front of JK Will Power and Mach Doro A, who dead-heated for place. It was the sixth win of the year for Bet You ($33.60) who has now earned $75,110 this year for owner Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the winner. In the co-featured $12,000 upper-level condition pace, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) sat in the garden spot behind Vegas Dream (Kevin Switzer Jr.) through quarters of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.2 before Monti popped the plugs and the pocket to take the lead before the head of the stretch and then cruise home a wrapped-up 2-1/4 length winner in 1:51.4. It was the sixth win of the season for Tisadream N ($4.20) who has now earned $48,420 this year for owners Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Drew Monti and Jimmy Whittemore both had driving doubles to lead all drivers on Monday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 17) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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

Plainville, MA --- The first $10,000 leg of the special Columbus Day weekend trotting series for Plainridge Park based harness racing horses dubbed "The Nina" was held on Sunday (Oct. 13) and fittingly enough was won by Pirate in a come-from-behind attack. L Dees Yoyo Ma (Drew Campbell) took the lead and set a speedy tempo from the start. Hitting the splits in :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4, L Dees Yoyo Ma took a three-length advantage into the final turn of the race. Pirate (Ivan Davies) who had gotten away fifth, was drafting second-over behind the favored Mouthpiece (Mark Athearn) at that last station and looked to have a lot of trot. Turning for home Pirate made his way to second but still had two-lengths to make up on the leader. Davies kept after Pirate down the lane and he continued to gain, eventually catching L Dees Yoyo Ma at the wire in 1:56. It was the fifth win of the year for Pirate ($7.00) and owners Earl and Kathy Beaman. His driver Davies also trains the winner. There will be one more leg of The Nina next Sunday (Oct. 20), culminating in a $20,000 final on Sunday (Oct. 27). There were also five divisions of 5-year-old and under non-winner events on the card that were highlighted by two particular pacing performances. Pure Sunshine (Ron Cushing) drafted second for almost the whole mile before tipping out at the top of the far turn to run down Chief Of Staff (Kevin Switzer Jr.) in the stretch to win by 1-1/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1. Pure Sunshine ($16.20) is a 3-year-old colt owned by Barbara Berger, Tamms Horse Farm, Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Amesti Jr. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Earlier in the card Levi (Scott Renz) put in an impressive gate to wire showing to win by 1-1/4 lengths over a fast closing Wild Eyed Yankee (Drew Monti) in 1:54.4. Levi ($4.00) is owned by Stephen Richard and is trained by his driver Renz. Levi is a Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old gelding who currently sits in second place in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes. The series is off this week but will return to action next Sunday afternoon (Oct. 20). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct 14) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After two sharp, close finishes at Yonkers Raceway in her most recent harness racing starts, Color Envy returned to Plainridge Park and captured the $12,000 feature pace for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 10). Color Envy (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth in the pack of nine off the gate but was out and rolling before the half. That's where she picked up cover from Y C Easy (Kevin Switzer Jr.) into the backstretch. When that cover stalled approaching the three-quarters Color Envy tipped three-deep and continued to make up ground on the front running Avery Seelster (John Nason). By the top of the stretch Color Envy was only a length off and drew even with the leader quickly, then drew away by a length to win in 1:54. Color Envy ($2.20) is owned by William Hart and trained by Lance Hudson. Cushing led all drivers on Thursday, winning three races. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Oct. 11) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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

Plainville, MA --- The Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) and Plainridge Park have announced there will be three special $40,000 (total) series that will be held at The Ridge for trotters, pacing fillies and mares and pacing colts and geldings that will start on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14). These races will be on the regular condition sheet and there is no fee for entry. "The Nina" is for trotters that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2019, have at least 10 starts at Plainridge Park in 2019 and will be contested on the following dates: Sunday (Oct. 13) - Leg 1 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 20) - Leg 2 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 27) - Final - $20,000 "The Pinta" is for filly and mare pacers that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2019, have at least 10 starts at Plainridge Park in 2019 and will be contested on the following dates: Sunday (Oct. 13) - Leg 1 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 20) - Leg 2 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 27) - Final - $20,000 "The Santa Maria" is for colt and gelding pacers that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2019, have at least 10 starts at Plainridge Park in 2019 and will be contested on the following dates: Sunday (Oct. 14) - Leg 1 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 21) - Leg 2 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 28) - Final - $20,000 Horsemen should reference the new condition sheet when it comes out for full details. HHANE is also pleased to present its members the following benefit agreement with Tufts Cummings Veterinarian Hospital. A 15% discount will be given to all HHANE members in good standing when invoices are paid at the time of discharge from the Tufts Cummings Veterinarian Hospital. HHANE will provide the hospital an updated membership list to be used for verification when payment is being made. The discount will apply to HHANE member's Standardbred horses participating in the racing industry. This includes services for horses actively racing as well as services for broodmares and foals anticipated to enter the racing industry. The program went into effect on Tuesday (Oct. 1) and is for all new admissions to the hospital after that date. If you have any questions about this new benefit, please see any HHANE Director. By Tim Bojarski, for the Harness Horseman's Association of New England

Plainville, MA --- The second leg of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) got underway on Sunday (Oct. 6) at Plainridge Park with the second-year class competing in four harness racing divisions. 3-year-old trotting filly Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) stole the show as she set a new stake record for her group in her $38,500 contest. Crystalline (Shawn Gray) got away fourth and watched as Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) flew to the quarter in :27.4. Gray pulled the 2-5 Crystalline past that station and rushed to the front midway through the second turn. The field bunched up on the backside with Mother Teresa (Drew Monti) coming first-over with Just Dreamin (Mike Stevenson) behind her and Ev's Girl on the pylons just a length off. After they hit the three-quarters in 1:26 flat, Crystalline opened up a length lead over the competition and as she made her way through the last turn, continued to extend the gap. Heading down the stretch Gray was a mere passenger as Crystalline just cruised home to a 3-3/4 length win in 1:55.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for Crystalline and it also broke the MASS stake record of 1:56.1 that was set by this filly just last week. It was the second straight MASS win and sixth win of the year for Crystalline ($2.80) who has now earned $74,575 for owner Ray Campbell Jr., who also bred the filly. George Ducharme trains the winner. There were no surprises in the three other divisions either as the favored horses finished on top.   MASS $39,200 trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings Driver Jimmy Whittemore left strong from post six with Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) and then had his way with the field. He cut fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.3 while Jake G's Champion (Shawn Gray), The Fixer (Howard Parker) and RFL's Lord Command (Jim Hardy) tried to mount an assault. But Simple Kaos was just too good and pulled away in the lane to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:56.4. After scoring his second win of the stake, Simple Kaos ($3.20) has now earned $56,820 this year for owners the George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson. Ducharme trains the gelding that was bred by Larson.   MASS $39,200 pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings Sent off at 1-9, CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) settled in fifth while Levi (Scott Renz) took the field to the quarter in :28. Driver Shawn Gray then pulled CBF Bantam and took the lead while passing the stands before the half. The pace increased up the backside and so did the heat, as Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) came calling during the :28.4 third quarter and got within a length of the leader around the far turn. The race headed into the stretch with Victorias Maverick and Levi both in hot pursuit and gaining ground, but CBF Bantam would not relent and won by a half-length in 1:55.1. CBF Bantam ($2.10) remains perfect in the MASS this year and has pushed his earnings to $79,223 as a result for owners Glenn Harris and Marion Phelps, who also bred the gelding. David Crochere trains the winner.   MASS $37,800 pace for 3-year-old fillies The lone non-betting event of the day saw driver Jim Hardy push Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) off the gate to take an early lead. He then stacked up the field by backing off the half to 1:00.1 and then let Karan's Choice sprint home in back to back quarters of :28.3 and :28.1 to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:57 flat. Karan's Choice is now two for two in MASS action and has banked $60,724 for owner Al Ross, who also bred the filly. Driver Jim Hardy also trains Karan's Choice. The second leg of the MASS for all 2-year-old performers will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). There is one non-betting race with a post time of 1:30 p.m. and then four more events carded as race one through four on the regular pari-mutuel program. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Nows The Moment hasn't won a top-class harness racing trot at Plainridge Park since May 31. But after almost a month layoff and a sharp return victory last week in Maine, the Massachusetts drought ended Friday (Oct. 4) after he scored a convincing four-length victory in the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Ridge. Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) and Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left from post eight and seven respectively and settled in the front of the pack by the quarter. Shorething Fashion, who came in with a four-race winning streak, cut the quarters in :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 with Nows The Moment on his back just waiting to pounce. It was by that last station that Stevenson pulled his gelding and Nows The Moment engaged the leader in the last turn. The two trotted side by side through the apex until Nows The Moment pulled away from a tiring Shorething Fashion at the head of the stretch. From there he just trotted away effortlessly to win in 1:55.4. It was the sixth win of 2019 for Nows The Moment ($4.20) who is owned by Sonya Mac Donald and trained by Allison Mac Donald. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trot, Ethoca (Drew Monti) bounced back from a perilous parked-out journey last week to go gate to wire in handy fashion to score his fifth win in his last seven starts, timed in 1:58.4. Ethoca ($6.40) is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts, David Anderson and John Fielding. Domenico Cecere is the trainer. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 6) at 2 p.m. and will feature the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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

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

Plainville, MA --- It's as simple as this: he's a win machine. Shorething Fashion took his fourth straight harness racing victory at Plainridge Park in the $14,000 Open trotting feature on Friday afternoon (Sept. 27). Driver Nick Graffam released Shorething Fashion from the gate and shot right to the front, opening up a two-length lead in :27.4. From there he coasted unencumbered to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.3 maintaining a gapped advantage over Neverdie (Mitchell Cushing) who was trying to stay close through the journey. Rounding the final bend, Graffam held firm lines and sat still while Shorething Fashion continued to trot strong on the point heading into the stretch. Quicksilver Kemp (Drew Monti) joined Neverdie in late pursuit down the lane but Shorething Fashion was the strongest at the wire where he won by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.2. As mentioned it was the fourth straight win, but also the fifth win in the last six starts for Shorething Fashion ($4.40) who pushed his earnings to $40,604 this year. The 5-year-old gelded son of Andover Hall-Tyg Hanover is owned by Bob McHugh and Mike Eaton, who also trains the winner. The secondary feature was the $12,000 conditioned trot that was won by Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) who led the entire race and held off a late charging Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) to win by a head in 1:57. The Lindy Racing Stable owns Whiskey Lindy ($2.80) who is trained by Domenico Cecere. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicks off its 2019 season this Sunday (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park with the 3-year-olds competing in four divisions. The four-week series is worth an estimated $1.8 million and culminates with eight finals with an estimated value of $100,000 each on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. Post time for Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) is 2 p.m. and there will be a $49,624 carryover in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in race six. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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

Plainville, MA --- The $20,000 Wood End Light Trot and $20,000 Nauset Light Pace finals, both for 2-year-old harness racing starters, were held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 23) and both winners were Massachusetts-bred horses. In the Wood End Light, Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) went off the prohibitive favorite and didn't let his backers down. Driver Howard Parker cut fractions of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27 with a gapped two-length advantage going into the last turn. Life Is A Feast hit the top of the stretch all alone and trotted home a wrapped-up 3-1/2 length winner in 1:56.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner and also tied the track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings set by Hashtagmadeyalook (also bred in Massachusetts) in 2017. It was the second straight win for Life Is A Feast ($3.00) and owners Al Ross and Paul Fontaine. Karen Carroll bred the winner. Later in the Nauset Light another Mass-bred, Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) scored his third win in a row after leading the whole race by a length while stopping the timer in :27.1, :57.4 and 1:25.4. Around the last turn and into the stretch driver Kevin Switzer Jr. sat confidently in the bike as Han Solo paced sharply and hit the wire on top by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4. Han Solo ($4.00), who set the track record of 1:54.1 for 2-year-old pacing colts two weeks ago, is owned by Monique Cohen who also bred and trains the horse. Life Is A Feast and Han Solo should be considered early favorites in their prospective divisions of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes which get under way this Sunday afternoon (Sept. 29) at Plainridge Park. The weekly featured $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace was won by the 1-9 Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) who led every step of the way. After backing the half down to :56.4 with no one pushing the pace, Bettors Fire N brushed home in :55 flat going away in an easy 1:51.4 victory. It was the eighth win of the year for Bettors Fire N ($2.10) who now has banked $144,470 in 2019 for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Mitchell Cushing, Drew Monti and Jim Hardy all had driving doubles on Monday and Hardy also trained both of the horses he won with. The Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool continues to grow and will be worth $42,450 in the sixth race on Thursday when racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts 

Plainville, MA --- Plainridge Park's leading driver Mitchell Cushing exhibited why he's at the top of the harness racing charts this year after winning five races on the 11-race card at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16). The highlight of the afternoon was a sharp come-from-behind score with Starznheaven in the $14,000 Winners-Over pace that was the feature race of the day. Starznheaven tucked fourth off the gate while Captain Deo (Nick Graffam) and Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) slugged it out to the quarter in :25.4 before Switzer relented and took a seat. Everyone used the next eighth of a mile to take a breath and catch up, but before the :54 half Fernleigh Rebel N (Shawn Gray) and Starznheaven started up again and moved in the outer flow. About halfway up the backstretch Fernleigh Rebel N stalled, forcing Starznheaven to go three-wide to not loose touch with the leader. Starznheaven got around the fader but Opus Blue Chip pulled out under him before he could slide back down and kept him wide right into the stretch. Heading down the lane they were three across the track; Captain Deo, Opus Blue Chip and Starznheaven. All three were game and driving but Starznheaven had more at the end and grabbed a one-length victory in 1:50.3. The time was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Starznheaven ($4.00) got his seventh win of the year and increased his cash flow to $70,221. Lifetime he now has 44 wins and $397,763 banked. Marc Reynolds, Scott Dillon and Bradford Veilleux own the 7-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Dancinwiththestarz that is trained by Jimmy Nickerson. Cushing rounded out his piloting pentafecta with Ramblin Art (1:54.1, $3.40), I Am Golden (1:54, $4.00), Stone Fire Hanover (1:53.3, $5.40) and Cruizing Hill (1:53, $3.40). Today's victories give Cushing 125 wins for the year and a commanding 21-win lead over Drew Campbell (104) and Shawn Gray (102) for year-end driving honors. In the third leg of the $10,000 Wood End Light series for 2-year-old trotters, George Ducharme's Massachusetts-bred Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) scored a major upset when he pulled from third at the half, went to the front and proceeded to annihilate the field with a 14-length romp in 1:56.4. It was the first career win and a lifetime mark for him, but was also just one-fifth of a second off the 1:56.3 track record set by another Mass-bred, Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) in 2017. Life Is A Feast ($22.40) who was driven by Howard Parker, is owned by Al Ross and Paul Fontaine, and was bred by Karen Carroll. He is also eligible to the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes that get underway at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 29).   Live racing at Plainridge Park resumes on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 19) at 2 p.m. and there will be a $34,944 carryover pool for the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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