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Plainville, MA --- There is no hotter set of hands currently racing in New England than those of Mitchell Cushing and he continued to pile-on numbers to his career year by winning five more races at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov. 19). The most notable victory in Cushing's day came in the marquee event; the $16,000 Winners-Over pace where Betterlatethnnever flashed his class once again. After leaving like a runner, Betterlatethnnever stacked up four horses three-deep at the three-quarters before shifting gears to pull away to a three-length win in 1:53.2. It was the ninth win in only 12 starts this year and the seventh win in the last eight starts for Betterlatethnnever ($4.20) who now sports $55,105 in earnings for 2018. David Glazer owns and Jimmy Nickerson trains. Then in the $14,000 conditioned event for pacers under 6-years-old, Cushing scored with Lear Hanover who followed Bowedfortyova (Drew Campbell) to the top of the stretch, where he pulled and out-muscled Ramblin Art (Nick Graffam) to the wire in 1:53.1. It was the eighth win of the season for Lear Hanover ($4.00) who is also owned and trained by Glazer and Nickerson. Cushing rounded out the five-bagger with Flash Lauxmont (1:53.3, $3.80), Lucky Sport (1:54, $4.80) and See Me Streakin (1:54.4, $5.00). Nickerson trains Lucky Sport as well and that gave him the conditioning Hat Trick Monday. Mitchell Cushing has posted gaudy numbers this year. Out of his 1,066 starts he's won 235 races, finished second another 160 and third 162 times. He's earned just under $1.4 million to date with a sparkling Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .354. At the current Plainridge Park meet Cushing is in second place for wins with 131, has a UDR of .362 and earnings of $1.01 million. He sits behind Drew Campbell (155) in the victory category as Campbell has held that top spot for most of the year. Cushing plans to change his driving venue to the Meadowlands after the Plainridge Park meet ends next week which is the same track he started out the best year of his career back in January. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 20) at 1 p.m. With no winner again in the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the last race on Monday, there will be a $5,265 carry over pool for the Wicked Hi-5 bet in the final race on Tuesday. Post time for the 10th race will be approximately 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The toughest resident Standardbred to compete in New England in recent years once again showed the heart and fortitude that makes him a winner as he gamely captured the $15,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Nov 12) to tally his 50th career victory. Getting away second in the field of seven, J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) followed the pace-setting Quick Shot (Mike Stevenson) through fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23.1 before getting locked in fourth at the rail as outside interlopers Bet You (Shawn Gray) and Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) made their late bids for the lead. At the top of the stretch Quick Shot came off the pylons just enough for Campbell to guide J J S Jet through and he made up two lengths in the lane with a furious brush to catch Bet You at the wire in 1:52.2. It was the eight win of the year for J J S Jet ($7.80) who has now earned $65,585 for owner Bruce Maxwell. James Dunn is the trainer. After winning the feature, Plainridge Park's leading driver Drew Campbell took the opportunity to add to his already gaudy win total by going wire to wire with Bowedfortyova in the $14,000 conditioned pacing event for 6-year-olds and under in 1:52.4. Bowedfortyova ($5.20) scored his fifth win of the year for owner William Mc Elvain Jr. and trainer Elisha Lafreniere. Campbell added two more wins besides both features on Monday giving himself the driving Grand Slam. He also tallied with Beantown Elijah (1:56.3, $2.80) and Rocknalltheway (1:53.2, $11.80). Campbell now has 152 wins for the Plainridge meet, 28 ahead of Mitchell Cushing with 124 who is three ahead of Shawn Gray with 121. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 13) at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After having raced in Ohio for four years, the now transplanted Maine resident Need A Winner showed how tough he can be in the Downeast by outlasting the competition in deep stretch to win the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 8). All Night Credit (Shawn Gray) took an early lead before allowing the outside-charging Need A Winner (Drew Campbell) to grab the front at the quarter in :28.3. The race proceeded uneventfully to the half but as they rolled up the backside, Quicksilver Kemp (James Tomaso) pulled from fifth and swung three-deep around stalled horses to draw even with Need A Winner at the three-quarter pole. The top two horses were now partnered for the duration and they drew away from the field as their match race would be a quarter mile in distance. Need A WInner was on the pylons and Quicksilver Kemp was outside of him and both Campbell and Tomaso were feeding line and rocking in the bike around the far turn and into the stretch. Need A Winner still had a head advantage while Quicksilver Kemp tried his best to cut into that lead. But after both had gave all they had in the fight, Need A Winner held position and won by a neck in 1:56.3. It was the ninth win of the year for Need A Winner ($3.60) and the second for his new owner William Mc Elvain Jr. who purchased him on October 2. Campbell also won the $11,000 undercard with Southwind Rich who made a first-over move at the half to collar the front-running Texaco Man (Robert Kenney) to then pull away by three and win in 1:57.1. The 3-year-old son of Chapter Seven scored his third lifetime win and set a new lifetime mark in the process. Southwind Rich ($6.60) is owned by George Beck and is trained by Donald Guidette Jr. Campbell completed a driving hat trick with L Dee's Yoyo Ma (1:55.3, $8.40) to lead all reinsmen for wins on Thursday, With only eight racing days left in the 2018 Plainridge Park racing season Drew Campbell has all but locked up the driving title as he now sits atop the list with 145 wins. However it is a very tight race for second place between Mitchell Cushing (120) and Shawn Gray (119). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 12) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- If ever the phrase "horses for courses" needed to be assessed, Starznheaven and Plainridge Park would certainly be the ideal case study and it was on display again Monday afternoon (Nov. 5) when the 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven torched his field to win the $17,000 Winners-Over Handicap pacing feature at The Ridge. The heavily favored Starznheaven (Shawn Gray) was floated off the gate from post nine and took his time getting to the front and when he got there past the quarter, he was poised to put on a show. After getting to the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:24.1, Gray let him out a notch and the race ended there. Starznheaven started pulling away and opened up a three-length lead in the turn that extended to five at the head of the stretch. As Gray sat still with the whip on his shoulder, Starznheaven barreled home in :27.3 with a six length advantage under the wire in 1:51.4. It was the 13th win of 2018 and 35th victory of his career for Starznheaven ($2.80) who has now amassed $131,875 in purses this year. Privately purchased just four days ago, this was Starznheaven's first win for new owners Marc Reynolds and Bradford Veilleux. As for liking this race track, in seven starts at Plainridge Park this year Starznheaven has won five and finished second twice, but by only a head and a neck. He also took a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at the Massachusetts mecca of harness racing back on June 18. A pair of recently imported New Zealand-breds made their first Plainridge starts on Monday in a pair of upper-level condition events with both pacers putting in stellar performances in wire to wire wins. Going off the 3-5 favorite, Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) was the easiest of winners in a gate to wire hand drive by Cushing. After squelching an early bid for the front by Cruzing Hill (Drew Campbell), Bettors Fire N outpaced Born Of Fire (Jimmy Whittemore) at the three-quarters and then held off a late charge by Betterlatethnnever (Mitchell Cushing) down the stretch to win by a wrapped-up length in 1:53.3. It was the third straight win since arriving stateside on October 21 for Bettors Fire N ($3.20) who is owned by his driver along with Kevin Sywyk and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Then Kiwi Tintin N (Chris Long) was sent off at 1-9 and after setting fairly easy fractions to the top of the stretch, dug in hard and gamely held off a four-horse cavalry charge at the wire to win in 1:54.1. Kiwi Tintin N's margin of victory was a neck and the top five horses finished within a length of each other. Kiwi Tintin N ($2.20) who made his North American debut on September 29 at Saratoga Raceway has now won five out of his six races since arriving from Down Under for owner Kevin Quinn and trainer Paul Zabielski. Shawn Gray had the hot hand Monday leading all drivers by winning four races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Starznheaven, Gray also got across with Kaylas Blues ($11.20, 1:57.3), Beachchip Hanover ($4.60, 1:53) and My Mind Is Made Up ($6.00, 1:52.2) to round out the Grand Slam. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon with post time set for 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Overcoming a slow start and trailing early, Only Passing Through got it in gear past the half and scored a gutsy victory in a tight finish in the $16,000 Winners-Over trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 1). Atlantic Crest (Sergio Corona) was the early pace setter and took the bunch to the quarter in :28 and the half in :57.4. Just as they passed that second station, Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam), who was leading a three-horse outer flow, went by Atlantic Crest and took control. With the field tightening as they headed up the backside, Swancredit (Drew Campbell) was getting closer but Only Passing Through (Patrizio Ancora) was getting impatient. Approaching the three-quarter pole Ancora tipped Only Passing Through three-deep from fifth and started motoring around stalling horses. At the top of the stretch Shorething Fashion and Only Passing Through were side by side and trotting in sync. They battled all the way to the wire with Only Passing Through getting a head advantage to win in 1:56. It was the fifth win of the year for Only Passing Through ($3.80) and it pushed his earnings to $%5,234 in 2018 for owner Lindy Farm of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere trains the winner. In the $12,000 trotting co-feature Quicksilver Kemp (Jim Tomaso) watched from far back as four horses battled early, then tipped out from seventh for the drive at the head of the lane and closed like a bullet to win by two-lengths going away in 1:57.1. It was also the fifth win of the year for Quicksilver Kemp ($4.80) who is owned and trained by Joel Wheeler. Nick Graffam led all drivers on Thursday with three wins on the card. Plainridge Park Casino sponsored a fund raiser to benefit the Ellie Fund, which is a Boston-based advocate for breast cancer care. The track's management was on hand to present a check for $7,000 to this very worthy organization. The Ellie Fund provides assistance to breast cancer patients residing in or receiving treatment in Massachusetts. They provide critical support services free of charge to help relieve a breast cancer patients burden while in treatment. For more information and to find out how you could help, log on to www.elliefund.org. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 5) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The richest finals ever offered in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) were contested at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) with eight divisions of horses competing for their share of the $800,000 up for grabs. Highlights of the day include 2017 2-year-old titleholders Delco Dusty and I'm A Clown became two-time champions as they also took sophomore honors, a total of five horses remained undefeated in MASS competition this year, trainers George Ducharme and Domenico Cecere each started two divisional winners and drivers Scott Zeron and Shawn Gray each won two races during the series finals. The following is a summary of all eight MASS divisional finals. $100,000 3-year-old pacing filly Champion Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) Time: 1:55 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Driver: Shawn Gray Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $5.20 Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) got away quick and led fellow co-favorites Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) and Delco Dusty to the quarter in :28.3. It was at that station that Gray pulled Delco Dusty and brushed past Gonna Hear Me Rohr to take the lead by the time the race went into the second turn. Delco Dusty looked strong on the front rolling past three-quarters in 1:26.1 and at the top of the stretch, had a solid two-length lead. But Campbell was not done and he started working Gonna Hear Me Rohr hard as she ducked into the pylon lane. Campbell kept rocking while Gray leaned still in the bike as Delco Dusty held on to win by a head in 1:55. It was the fourth win in the last five starts for Delco Dusty who is showing $111,193 on her card this year. $100,000 3-year-old pacing colt and gelding Champion I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) Time: 1:54.4 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Driver: Mitchel Cushing Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 I'm A Clown was as dominant today as he's been in the three preliminary legs. After grabbing an easy lead, Cushing held tight lines on I'm A Clown as he cut fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25.3. At that last station Cushing popped the plugs and gave a little leather slack and I'm A Clown exploded into the last turn like he was shot from a canon and opened up four lengths immediately. When he turned for home there was no one to challenge and I'm A Clown won by six in 1:54.4. I'm a Clown has now won four in a row, all in MASS competition and has boosted his annual income to $83,391 as a result. $100,000 3-year-old trotting filly Champion Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) Time: 1:58 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Driver: Shawn Gray Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB Ithinkthatsmine watched as stablemate Bag O Chips (Steve Smith) took command. She followed along for almost a quarter mile before Gray pulled her to take the lead at that first marker and that was it for the rest of the race. After getting to the half in :57.4 and the three-quarters in 1:27.4 Ithinkthatsmine was on top by four and cruising. But Gray took his foot off the pedal at the head of the lane and Ithinkthatsmine trotted home handily and two lengths ahead of Bag O Chips in 1:58. It was the 10th win of the year for Ithinkthatsmine who went four-for-four in the 2018 MASS and now has $162,280 in earnings this year. $100,000 2-year-old trotting filly Champion Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) Time: 1:58.1 Owner: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Domenico Cecere Driver: Scott Zeron Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $2.10 Just Enuf Sass (Mike Stevenson) left sharply and took the lead as Taylor Swiftly settled in second going into the turn. Sensing the tepid quarter rating, Zeron tipped Taylor Swiftly before hitting the front straight and took over the lead as they passed the grandstand. Taylor Swiftly tended to her business while Just Enuf Sass and Crystalline (Shawn Gray) tracked her from behind second and third. But coming out of the final turn, Just Enuf Sass made a break and Taylor Swiftly strode out to a nine-length advantage and hit the wire the easiest of winners in 1:58.1. Taylor Swiftly has now earned $151,175 on the strength of five wins this year, two of which came in the MASS races. $100,000 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding Champion Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) Time: 1:58.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Driver: Jimmy Whittemore Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $2.20 Simple Kaos was floated out fourth while early positioning by Precision (Steve Smith) and The Fixer (Mark Athearn) took place. After The Fixer finally took the lead, Whittemore brought Simple Kaos out, brushed to the front and then proceeded to demolish the field. Simple Kaos was on top at the half by five, extended that to seven at the three-quarters and flew down the lane by as many as he wanted, to be a wrapped-up winner in 1:58.4. Simple Kaos has now won four in a row, all in MASS competition and has earned $123,750 as a result. $100,000 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding Champion Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) Time: 1:56.1 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Driver: Heath Campbell Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $2.60 Victorias Maverick kept the same strategy that has worked so well in his three previous MASS wins; that was going to the front. After a decent :27.3 first quarter Victorias Maverick didn't have to work too hard from there, getting to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.2. With Levi (Scott Renz) following him close the whole mile, Campbell took no chances and chased Victorias Maverick in the lane to keep him interested and he responded to win by three in 1:56.1. Victorias Maverick now has a total six wins this year after sweeping his MASS legs with $133,973 in earnings. $100,000 3-year-old trotting colt and gelding Champion Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) Time: 1:57.4 Owner: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Domenico Cecere Driver: Scott Zeron Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $3.40 Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) got the first call in the race but Kinda Lucky Lindy soon took over and put on a clinic when he did. With the whip under his arm and nothing more than a line-drive from there, Zeron sat the passenger while Kinda Lucky Lindy did all the work himself. After cutting fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.4, Kinda Lucky Lindy turned for home looking like a freight train. With the rest of the field unable to keep up, he dug in and opened up a three-length lead under the wire and won in 1:58.4. It was the fifth win of the year and second in MASS competition for Kinda Lucky Lindy who has now earned $114,284 in purses. $100,000 2-year-old pacing filly Champion Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) Time: 2:00 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Driver: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice dropped in second behind A Gal Named Harry (Todd O'Dea) and was content to sit in tow for the first part of the mile. After getting to the half in :59.3, A Gal Named Harry started to fatigue and Hardy tipped Karan's Choice at the five-eighths and rolled to the top. From the three-quarter pole on, Hardy was sitting chilly and line-driving Karan's Choice who kept a consistent two-length advantage all the way to the wire where she won in 2:00. Karan's Choice went undefeated in the MASS and now has $124,344 made for the year. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- It took one start to get tight after being off since mid-August, but Starznheaven displayed he is back in form once again after winning the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 29). The method and execution for accomplishment was clear from the start for Starznheaven (Shawn Gray) who shot right to the lead and never looked back. After backing the half down to :56.3, Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) and Calvin B (Mitchell Cushing) came calling outside but Starznheaven turned a deaf ear. He opened up a two-length lead to the three-quarters, extended it around the last turn and smoked away down the lane to a four-length margin of victory in 1:51.3. Starznheaven now has 12 wins this year and a hefty $123,375 in the bank accounts of owners Burke Racing Stable and Donald Emond. Driver Shawn Gray was stellar himself, winning four races during the Monday matinee. Besides the already mentioned Starznheaven, he also had pictures taken with Modern Yankee (1:56.2, $3.60), Beachchip Hanover (1:54.2, $9.20) and Saulsbrook Deputy (1:53, $5.00). The $800,000 finals of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Plainridge Park. Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 1:30 p.m. when the first of two non-betting events will start. The regular pari-mutuel program begins at 2 p.m. and features six more MASS contests that are carded as race one through six. The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will also make a farewell tour stop at The Ridge on Tuesday as part of the biggest day of harness racing in Massachusetts this year. Foiled Again will not compete in a race but will go a training mile in front of the crowd, lead several post parades and greet his fans in the Winner's Circle for pictures. Also the patrons on hand will be part of a gift card giveaway after every stake race throughout the day that is sponsored by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Weather was a factor as the $163,000 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-olds assembled at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9). Rain that started after the early non-betting race continued to increase and the track became sloppy after the first race of the card. But conditions didn't stop Ithinkthatsmine and I'm A Clown from remaining undefeated in the series this year nor keep Gonna Hear Me Rohr, Kinda Lucky Lindy and Latent Print from scoring their first 2018 wins in the stake. $40,400 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:58.1 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) remained the second-year trotting filly to beat in this series, winning in convincing style once again. Leading at every post, Ithinkthatsmine dictated by open lengths and was clocked in :28.4, :58.1 and 1:27.3 before turning for home and cruising to a five-length win in 1:58.1. Now with 10 wins on the year, Ithinkthatsmine has gone over the century mark in earnings; now boasting $112,280 in purses. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:56.3 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 Heavy 1-9 post time favorite I'm a Clown (Mitchell Cushing) left quickly for the lead but had early opposition on the point this week from Twelve (Jim Hardy) who also left and rode shotgun outside the leader to the five-eighths marker. At that station Cushing fed I'm A Clown some line and the pacer opened up a two length advantage. As the race went around the last turn, I'm A Clown continued to extend his lead and ended up six-lengths in front at the wire under no urging whatsoever in 1:56.3. $40,100 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K) 1:56 Owner: Bradford Veilleux Trainer: James Dunn Breeder: Heidi Rohr Mutuel: $9.00 Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) took the lead and went to the quarter in :29 flat. Not happy with the pace, Deco Dusty (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and claimed the front before they hit the second turn. Positions remained unchanged until the three-quarter pole when Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) came storming up the outside to get within a length of the leader as they hit the stretch. But when her bid failed, Delco Dusty faded off the pylons allowing Gonna Hear Me Rohr a clear path down the lane. Gonna Hear Me Rohr then flew through under heavy urging by Campbell and won in 1:56. $42,150 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) 1:58.2 Owner: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Domenico Cecere Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $5.00 Longshot Paging Doctor Teo (Sergio Corona) surprisingly left while the favorites Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) sat second and Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) ducked in third. After the leader got to the quarter in :28.4, Hashtagmadeyalook quickly pulled and tried to take command. He got parked to the five-eighths before he actually cleared and when he did, Kinda Lucky Lindy was on his back. As they hit the turn Merton pulled Kinda Lucky Lindy and came right at Hashtagmadeyalook and from there the two trotted side by side around the turn and into the stretch. When they straightened out, Kinda Lucky Lindy proved the best today as he pulled away to a two-length win in 1:58.2. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Latent Print (Camluck-Affluence) 1:55.4 Owners: Holly Guastalli and Scott Renz Trainer: Scott Renz Breeders: John Sears and Holly Guastalli Mutuel: $14.00 Latent Print (Scott Renz) got away third while Shiplap (Ivan Davies) hustled to the front. With the race in single file fashion through three-quarters of the mile behind the leader, Shiplap got everything his own way. But Renz rolled Latent Print off the pylons heading into the last turn and drew even with the leader at the head of the stretch. The top two tangled when Beantown Elijah (Jimmy Whittemore) joined the fray and all three were within a length of each other for the drive. However Latent Print was able to get the advantage at the wire and won by a neck in 1:55.4, which was a new lifetime mark. The $800,000 finals of the 2018 Massachusetts Sire Stakes will be held at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30). Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 2 p.m. and state bred champions will all be crowned by the end of the day. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, please log on to www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for first-year state-breds resumed at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 22) after a one week break and offered four divisions vying for $163,434 in total purse money. First-time series starter Taylor Swiftly and two-time series winner Simple Kaos took different paths to victory but both turned in dominating performances. $40,300 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) 1:58.2 Owners: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Trainer: Dominico Cecere Breeder: Lindy Farms of Connecticut Mutuel: $2.10 Scott Zeron took Taylor Swiftly off the gate to settle in fourth and watched as Crystalline (Shawn Gray) took command by the quarter. The race progressed to the five-eighths before Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) pulled first-over and Taylor Swiftly was happy to follow with the cover. Crystalline was beginning to trot away from the field around the last turn, opening up a three-length advantage. So Zeron tipped Taylor Swiftly three-deep around Ev's Girl and really got the filly in gear. Taylor Swiftly drew alongside Crystalline at the head of the stretch and as soon as she did, Crystalline broke; leaving Taylor Swiftly to trot home alone under wraps by three-lengths in 1:58.2. It was one start and one win in the MASS for Taylor Swiftly who now joins Ev's Girl and Just Enuf Sass who each have the same win record in this division heading into the final. $40,500 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:57.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $3.00 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) left nothing to chance as he bolted for the lead and headed his group at every station during the mile. After going :28.3, :58.1 and 1:27.2 by a gapped two-lengths on top, Simple Kaos trotted away effortlessly to a four-length victory in 1:57.4 while The Fixer (Mark Athearn) outdueled Precision (Steve Smith) for place. Simple Kaos won his three MASS legs by a combined 14-lengths and looks to become a champion next week. $42,334 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:55.3 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $3.40 It was gate to wire once again for Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) who got little challenge from anyone else in the race. Cutting the quarters in :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26, Victorias Maverick was on top by four heading into the lane and cruised home an easy winner in 1:55.3. Victorias Maverick won by a total of 16-lengths in his three MASS victories and should be heavily favored next week in the final. $40,300 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:58.1 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) sat second behind Cominrightatyou (Ron Cushing) in a two-horse breakaway through fractions of :30, :59.2 and 1:28.4 before pulling in the lane. From there it was a hard fought stretch battle between the two all the way to the wire where Karan's Choice got the advantage to win by a neck in 1:58.1. Karan's Choice will join Victoria's Maverick and Simple Kaos as undefeated MASS finalist. The MASS continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the 3-year-olds get together for their third and final leg. Five divisions will compete for a total of $163,000 in purse money as they all try to make the final next week. One MASS leg on Tuesday is a non-betting race and goes off at 1:45 p.m. The regular betting card has a post time of 2 p.m. with the MASS events going as race one through four. The MASS finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30) at Plainridge Park with a record $800,000 in purse money to be distributed. Eight divisions will go for $100,000 each and state champions will be determined for age, sex and gait. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, log onto www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After a one week respite the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) return to action at Plainridge Park. Four freshman races totaling $163,434 go to post on Monday afternoon (Oct. 22) while five events for second-year starters totaling $163,000 will be contested on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 23). On Monday, one notable first time series starter in the 2-year-old trotting filly division is Lindy Farm's bred and owned Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) who has been campaigning in the Blue Grass State since August. There she registering three consecutive wins in the Kentucky Sire Stakes (KSS) before finishing third in the $250,000 final after cutting the mile as the heavy favorite. Monday Taylor Swiftly has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $40,300 second race and trainer Domenico Cecere has Scott Zeron headed to Massachusetts to pilot the filly once again. Three two-time 2018 MASS winners are back this week trying to make it a series sweep in the other three divisions as all heads are pointed to the finals next week. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) has gone two-for-two in dominating fashion in the 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding division and is the heavy 3-5 favorite to do so once again. George Ducharme has Jimmy Whittemore in stirrup duty as normal this week. Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) is also unbeaten in MASS action this year, besting all 2-year-old pacing males to this point. He is 4-5 before the betting starts for trainer Valerie Grondin and driver Heath Campbell. And Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) who was a runaway winner last week against the 2-year-old pacing fillies goes for her third straight win in the lone non-betting event for trainer/driver Jim Hardy. Post time for the non-betting race is 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. with the MASS divisions programmed as event one through three on the regular card. The 3-year-olds return on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 23) and four of those five races look to be very competitive battles offering betting value as well. A close three-way contest should be between the 3-year-old pacing fillies Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl), Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven) and Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K). Delco Dusty has won the first two legs of the MASS for trainer Jimmy Nickerson but Kevin Switzer's Rock Me Threetimes came up just short last week in finishing second. And Gonna Hear Me Rohr comes in off a big 13-length romp in the Maine Sire Stakes finals last week for trainer James Dunn. Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) is 7-5, Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) is 2-1 and Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) is 5-2 morning line for this race. With the 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings having gone two divisions all three weeks, two-time winners I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) and Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) have not met head to head so far. However that changed this week as they drew the same division setting up a heavyweight battle worth noting. Kevin Switzer's I'm A Clown (Mitchell Cushing) has been made 4-5 morning line and Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) is 8-5 for trainer Valerie Grondin in what should be a very exciting match up. In the other division of 3-year-old pacing males, Shiplap (Real Desire-Unbeachable) looks like a solid starter at 7-5 for trainer/driver Ivan Davies with Beantown Elijah (Dragon Again-Wondrous Grace) being his main rival at 9-5 for the Ducharme/Whittemore tandem. George Ducharme also has top trotters Hashtagmadeyalook and Ithinkthatsmine in the mix with Shawn Gray sitting behind both of them once again. Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) has gone two in a row but Domenico Cecere's Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) has been right behind him both times by a mere head and nose. These two will hook up again and all bets are off as to who comes out on top this time. Hashtagmadeyalook is even money going in with Kinda Lucky Lindy (Scott Zeron) rated a value at 5-2 this week. Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has been peerless among 3-year-old trotting fillies in the MASS this year, winning her first two starts by combined 11-lengths and it would appear she should not be challenged once again on Monday. This is a non-betting event that goes before the betting card starts. Post time for the non-betting race is 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. with the MASS divisions programmed as event one through four. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Jimmy Whittemore was all business at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 15) and came away with four winners on the card including capturing both of the $16,000 pacing co-features with Major Leaguer and Bamski. In the Winners-Over handicap, Major Leaguer got a perfect pocket trip behind Delightful Offer N (Ron Cushing) who came in on a four-race win streak. The pair sat one-two until the head of the stretch when Delightful Offer N drifted off the pylons, allowing Major Leaguer a clear shot up the pegs. Whittemore pushed him as hard as he could and Major Leaguer just got the lead in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:53. It was the eighth win of the year for Major Leaguer ($11.20) who now has a career single-season high $63,640 earned in 2018. Jimmy Whittemore owns and Dennis Whittemore trains Major Leaguer. Then in the 6-year-old and under conditioned event Whittemore sent Bamski off the wings and led every step of the way. When the race hit the three-quarters in 1:25.3 Whittemore gave Bamski his head and he paced away effortlessly, opening up a five-length margin of victory in 1:54.1. Bamski ($15.00) is owned by Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro and is trained by Monique Cohen. Rounding out the Whittemore Grand Slam was Moonpie (1:57.1, $9.60) and Princess Kay (1:55.4, $3.20). The Massachusetts Sire Stakes have the week off but will return on Monday (Oct. 22) and Tuesday (Oct. 23) next week with the third leg for both 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. The finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 16) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- There were no real surprises in the $162,300 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for harness racing 3-year-olds at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9) as all five first leg winners repeated; four of them heavy favorites and four of them in runaway fashion. Driver Shawn Gray had a huge afternoon, leading all other reinsmen by winning three of the five series races. $42,150 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:56.4 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $2.60 The heavy 1-5 favorite Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) took command of the race with the 2-1 second choice Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) sitting right behind him. After settling the field to the quarter, Gray grabbed leather and went :30.1 and :29.3 the next two panels. As the race approached the top of the lane it was a two horse breakaway with Kinda Lucky Lindy pulling the pocket with dead-aim on Hashtagmadeyalook. With Merton driving hard, Kinda Lucky Lindy was making up ground with every stride. But Hashtagmadeyalook held sway under a line drive from Gray and won by a neck in 1:56.4. Hashtagmadeyalook has now banked $71,615 on the strength of five wins this year. $39,700 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:56.3 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $2.20 If the 1-9 odds didn't prove it, her performance certainly did. Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) was in a league of her own leading the field of state-bred peers from gate to wire. Setting fractions of :28.2, :58 and 1:26.4, Ithinkthatsmine had a five-length lead at the top of the stretch as Gray already had her wrapped up at that point. However heading towards the wire she still pulled away more to win by six in 1:56.3. It was the eighth win of the year for Ithinkthatsmine, who now has earned $92,080 in 2018. The win also gave trainer George Ducharme a training double in MASS races on Tuesday. $40,100 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:55.3 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $5.40 Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) flew off the gate and smoked the first quarter in :26.3 while Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) took full advantage of the garden spot trip. As the race progressed, the field remained in single-file order past the half and to the three quarters in 1:25.2. Raging with pace at that point, Gray pulled Delco Dusty halfway into the final bend and the mare responded to the move. Delco Dusty opened up a three-length lead at the top of the lane and paced away to an easy six-length victory in 1:55.3. It was the third win of the year for Delco Dusty; all three coming in her last three starts. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:53.2 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.10 I'm a Clown (Mitchell Cushing) fired off the wings and took the lead before yielding that spot to a game Shiplap (Ivan Davies) who rushed to the quarter in :27. But just as that timer was tripped, Cushing had I'm A Clown out and rolling once again to retake the lead and this time it was for good. After cruising past the half and hitting the three quarters in 1:24.4, I'm A Clown switched into glide and he was gone. On top by three in the turn, by eight at the head of the lane and by 12 at the wire, I'm A Clown annihilated the field for a second straight week, winning in 1:53.3. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for I'm A Clown who certainly looks like he's in season's best form right now. $20,175 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 1:54.4 Owners: William Varney and Heath Campbell Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeders: William Varney and Valerie Grondin Mutuel: $2.60 Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) led the whole race and appeared under no duress doing it. After taking the field to the half in :56.4 with Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) sitting on his back, Pembroke Pharoah faced a challenge from Beantown Elijah (Jimmy Whittemore) who pulled first-over and tried to apply more pressure going up the back stretch. With the field close at the three quarter pole, Campbell let Pembroke Pharoah out a notch and his charge responded well. He opened up a three-length lead around the last turn and then pulled away down the lane with Campbell as a passenger to win in 1:54.4. It was the third win in a row and eighth of the year for Pembroke Pharoah who now has collected $61,661 in purses this season. There is a break in the MASS action next week. The series will resume on Monday (Oct. 22) when the 2-year-olds reconvene and on Tuesday (Oct. 23) when the 3-year-olds get back together. The finals for both age groups will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, please log on to www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for freshman state-breds was held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 8) with five harness racing divisions vying for $159,736 in purse money. Among the solid efforts put in by all the winners, Victoria's Maverick and Just Enuf Sass took center stage and both replaced standing stake and track records in their divisions while setting new personal bests in the process. And despite cool temperatures and a persistent drizzle, all told there were two track records , three stake records and four lifetime marks set in the series races. $20,118 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:54.4 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $2.40 If this were a fight it would have been "no mas" for the rest of the field as Victoria's Maverick (Heath Campbell) continues to dominate this division. After leading through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:26.1, Victoria's Maverick opened up a three-length advantage immediately past the three-quarters and with Campbell sitting statuesque, continued to open up lengths and eventually finding himself on top by seven at the wire in 1:54.4. The time was a new lifetime mark for Victoria's Maverick and also a new MASS and Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. $41,000 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Just Enuf Sass (Boy Band-Sassy's Child) 1:57.1 Owners: Joseph Flynn, Edward Flynn Trainer: Joseph Flynn Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $20.60 Just Enuf Sass (Mike Stevenson) got away second behind Mother Theresa (Patrizio Ancora) and sat there while the race moved to the half in :58.1. There, an outer flow came led by Crystalline (Shawn Gray) who quickly drew alongside the leader. At the three-quarters they were two in and two out with Just Enuf Sass locked in fourth at the pylons. They stayed this way around the last turn when Crystalline pulled away to a two length lead and looked like the deal was done. However Just Enuf Sass was finally able to extract herself from the box and moved into the center of the racetrack and with only one tap from Stevenson, trotted her hips off down the lane to win by a length in 1:57.1. The time of 1:57.1 was a new lifetime mark for Just Enuf Sass and also a new MASS and Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. $38,700 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:57.2 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB After letting A Gal Named Harry (Todd O'Dea) lead the field to the quarter, Jim Hardy pulled Karan's Choice from the pocket to take control before the half and eventually pulled away to a dominant victory. After hitting the three-quarters in 1:27.1 with no challengers in sight, Karan's Choice paced home with an eight-length lead under the wire in 1:57.2, tying his lifetime mark. $20,118 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) 1:55.3 Owners: Glenn Harris, Marion Phelps Trainer: David Crochere Breeder: Glenn Harris, Marion Phelps Mutuel: $3.00 It took almost three-eighths of a mile after getting the cold shoulder from Cyalatabi (Ron Cushing), but CBF Bantam (Shawn Gray) finally got the front as the race passed the stands for the first time. After a very short respite once passing the half in :57.2, CBF Bantam was challenged again, this time by Littlebitshady (Ivan Davies). From the three-quarters on, CBF Bantam and Littlebitshady hooked up in an epic battle. Pacing side-by-side with both drivers loose-lining and rocking, little separated CBF Bantam and Littlebitshady all the way to the wire until CBF Bantam got his head in front to stop the clock in 1:55.3. The time of 1:55.3 was a new lifetime mark for CBF Bantam and since this race was contested prior to Victoria's Maverick's win, it broke the standing MASS stake record for the first time on Monday. $39,800 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:56.4 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $3.60 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) sat chill in fourth while three horses argued for the lead. Once that dust settled, Whittemore pulled off the turn and gained the front as the race entered the second turn. From the halfway point home, Whittemore line-drove Simple Kaos whose victory never looked in doubt. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.4, Simple Kaos was on cruise control and trotted home without opposition and well within himself, crossing the wire up by four in 1:56.4. The MASS continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 9) when the 3-year-olds get together for their second leg. Five divisions will compete for $162,300 in total purses as they try to make the final with one more leg to come. For more information on the Massachusetts Sire Stakes, log onto www.sominc.net. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Monday (Oct. 8) will be a big day at Plainridge Park as Harness Racing Hall of Famer Roger Huston will be making a stop in the announcer's booth to call races for the first time in the state of Massachusetts. Huston, who is known as "The Voice" of the Little Brown Jug since 1967, is the regular race caller at the Meadows and has been for the last 42 years. During his career, Huston has called 177,700 races at 143 different tracks and he is looking forward to adding Plainridge Park to that list. "I am proud of going to so many different places all over the world and am excited to call races at Plainridge. A number of horsemen who race there are friends of mine and I'm looking forward to seeing them again. I am also looking forward to working with (Plainridge's regular announcer) Lenny Calderone as we worked together at Dover Downs many years ago" said Huston. Huston picked a good day for his visit to Plainridge as he will be calling all the action of the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS), which will reconvene on Monday with five divisions of 2-year-olds competing for a total of $159,736 in purse money. There is a non-betting MASS race before the regular card that will start at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race of the betting card is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- Mitchell Cushing remains the hottest harness racing driver in Massachusetts as he once again won six of the 12 races programmed at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 4). His biggest score came in the final race of the day when he steered Calvin B to a narrow victory in the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature. Calvin B got away seventh while Some Attitude (Nick Graffam) and Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) went toe-to-toe to the quarter in :26.1. Quick Shot took control in front of the stands but Some Attitude came right back out and retook, then continued to the half in :54.3. At that station the outer flow was in motion with Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) first up and Calvin B right behind him. As the race rolled up the backstretch, Quick Shot called it a day and Kenrick N took a seat on the pegs behind Some Attitude. Calvin B was now second on the outside and advancing in 1:22.3. Calvin B drew even with Some Attitude while Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) and Major Bucks (Steve Nason) found racing room and were both making major moves. It became a mad dash down the lane with Major Bucks and Calvin B eventually matching strides to the wire where Calvin B got a nose in front in 1:52. It was the ninth win of the year for Calvin B ($11.80) and it boosted his earnings to $79,020 for owner Dolores Smiel. Jimmy Nickerson trains the winner. Cushing also won with Marc Et Master (1:55.1, $9.40), Shrinkwrap (1:53.3, $5.40), Wild West (1:52.2, $4.40), Betterlatethnnever (1:52.1, $4.20) and Lucky Sport (1:53.2, $4.40). Now boasting 95 wins for the meet, Cushing is just one win out of third place held by Greg Merton who has 96 tallies. Drew Campbell continues to lead with 132 and Shawn Gray is second with 101. Jimmy Nickerson became Plainridge Park's leading conditioner Thursday on the strength of four of Cushing's wins (Wild West, Betterlatethnnever, Lucky Sport and Calvin B), moving into first place with 41 wins and ahead of Eric Beach and Elisha Lafreniere who each have 39. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 8) with the second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes for 2-year-olds of both gaits where five divisions will vie for a total of $159,736 in purses. Post time is 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Wet weather and an off track engulfed Plainridge Park for a second straight day as the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) 3-year-olds made their first start of the 2018 season in five divisions pursuing of the available purses totaling $163,840 on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 2).   Owner Ray Campbell Jr., trainer George Ducharme and driver Shawn Gray teamed up to win two of the five MASS races while three of last year's 2-year-old champions, Hashtagmadeyalook, Delco Dusty and I'm A Clown, made their bid to repeat as the best at three with wins in their first leg outings today. $41,450 3-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) 1:58.1 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: $6.00 Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) drifted outside at the start of the race before moving up to take the lead by the quarter in :29.2. Merton then backed the half off to a minute with no one pushing the issue. It wasn't until the five-eighths pole that Hashtagmadeyalook (Shawn Gray) pulled from third and trotted alongside the leader before heading into the last turn where it became a full blown match race. The top two pulled away from the field; Kinda Lucky Lindy on the pylons and Hashtagmadeyalook on the outside. They went stride for stride, side by side all the way to the wire and it took a photo to show Hashtagmadeyalook winning by a nose in 1:58.1. It was the fourth win in 10 starts this year for Hashtagmadeyalook who now has earned $50,540 in purses. $39,000 3-year-old filly trot Winner: Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) 1:59.4 Owner: Ray Campbell Jr. Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Ray Campbell Jr. Mutuel: NB After two starters made breaks off the gate in the already short field, Ithinkthatsmine (Shawn Gray) found herself on top by four lengths at the quarter. From there she led stablemate Bag O Chips (Steve Smith) for the remainder of the mile until the top of the stretch when she pulled away by herself and won by six-lengths in 1:59.4. Ithinkthatsmine now has seven wins this year and earnings of $72,230. $40,800 3-year-old filly pace Winner: Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl) 1:54.1 Owner: Jesse De Long Trainer: Jimmy Nickerson Breeder: Jesse De Long Mutuel: $7.20 Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) went for the front and cruised there unchallenged to the half in :57.1. At that station Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) pulled from third, advanced towards the leader and drew almost even with her at the three-quarter pole. But Delco Dusty responded by pacing away to a two length lead, forcing Rock Me Threetimes to go back to the pylons. Cushing never gave up on the filly and Rock Me Threetimes came on again in deep stretch under heavy urging but Delco Dusty was under a hand drive by Gray and won by a length in 1:54.1. The win time tied Delco Dusty's seasonal mark and her second win in eight starts pushed her earnings to $31,118. $21,295 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) 1:54.1 Owner: Nelson Malin III Trainer: Kevin Switzer Breeders: KDK Standardbreds and Nelson Malin III Mutuel: $2.20 Going off at 1-9 it was no surprise that I'm A Clown (Mitchell Cushing) went to the front and was intent on dictating this race. After getting to the half in :57.4 with everyone single file behind, I'm A Clown turned it on the final two quarters posting a :56.3 back half and cruising home with a six length lead to win in 1:54.1. It was the first win of the year for I'm A Clown and the time was also a new lifetime mark for the winner. $21,295 3-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) 1:54.1 Owners: William Varney and Heath Campbell Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeders: William Varney and Valerie Grondin Mutuel: $2.40 Twelve (Eddie Davis Jr.) took early command and opened up a three length advantage going around the first turn. However with Latent Print (Scott Renz) gapping in second, Pembroke Pharoah (Heath Campbell) was rousted from third and eventually made his way to the lead in front of the stands before the half. It was pretty much over at that point as Pembroke Pharoah was pacing well in hand up the backside, past the three-quarters and around the final turn. At the top of the stretch with Campbell sitting chilly, Pembroke Pharoah won at will by three lengths in 1:54.1. Pembroke Pharoah captured a new lifetime mark in winning his sixth win of the year and has now banked $51,575 in purses for 2018. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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