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Plainville, MA --- A relentless all-day rain wet down the track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 13) but it didn't dilute the talent that would compete over that surface. Heading the list of eye-catching performances was Artful Way, who got used both early and late before closing sharply in the lane to capture the $18,000 Open Handicap pace. Artful Way (Steve Nason) left and took the lead, but he passed that off to Starznheaven (Greg Merton) by the quarter in lieu of a garden spot trip from there until the stretch. Positions remained the same until the half when Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) pulled first up with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) on his back and started to push the issue. The top four were now in a tight pack pacing two in and two out, going up the backside and into the far turn before Thisjetsabookin faded giving Artful Way the opening he was waiting for. Starznheaven looked clear with a two-length advantage but Nason got Artful Way underway and had a full head of steam. With heavy urging from Nason, Artful Way continued to eat up ground all the way to the wire and won by a nose in 1:51.1. It was the 11th win in 24 starts for Artful Way ($6.20) and it pushed his annual income to $110,667 for owner Kellogg Racing Stables and trainer Jackie Greene. There was a pair of undercard features whose winner's efforts defied the elements. The $15,000 Winners-Over pace was won by Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) who got a pocket trip behind One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) until the three-quarter pole where he tipped three-deep around the challenging UF Rockin Dragon (Greg Merton) and opened up a seven-length lead before cruising home a wrapped-up winner in 1:52. On the strength of his fourth win, Poisonous ($3.80) has now earned $35,820 in 2018 for owner Jimmy Whittemore and his trainer, Dennis Whittemore. In the other $15,000 condition pace for non-winners of nine races lifetime, Lear Seelster (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth chasing a speedy :26.4 quarter before pulling second-over at the three-eighths, eventually going three-deep around the last turn to out-pace the front running Bamski (Jimmy Whittemore) under right-handed urging from Cushing to win in 1:53.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the fifth win of the year for Lear Seelster ($16.40) who has now earned $41,124 for owner David Glazer. Jim Nickerson trains the winning gelding. There was also a pair of 2-year-old late closer Open races on the card; one on each gait and both going for $12,500. In the Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers, Sylvia Trench (Always A Virgin-Miss Maverick) made her first Plainridge start a winning one, tripping out behind Fight Like Mike (Greg Merton) to a two-length victory in 1:57.1, which equaled her lifetime mark. Jim Hardy drove Sylvia Trench ($4.20) who is owned by Rosalie and Paul Vacca, who also trains the filly. In the Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters, Refi (Chapter Seven-Blazing Musclegirl) got away third, pulled first over and cleared the Massachusetts bred The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) at the top of the stretch to win by a length in 2:01.4. Trained and driven by Domenico Cecere, Refi ($4.80) is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. The horses weren't the only ones putting up big numbers on Monday. Several horsemen had multiple winning efforts on the day as well. Driver Mitchell Cushing teamed up with trainer Jim Nickerson and together they added four wins to each of their dash victory totals for the year. That dynamic duo found the winner's circle with the aforementioned Leer Seelster along with Siskel (1:55.1, $3.80), Star Of Terror (1:54.1, $8.00) and Sunburst Cruze (1:53.1, $4.00). Driver Steve Nason also drove two winners for trainer Jackie Greene. There was no winner of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta once again on Monday so there is a large carry over pool of $2,216.95 that will be available for the Wicked Hi-5 in the sixth race on Tuesday (Aug. 14) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---When Ron Cushing took Kehmmywood gate to wire to win the eighth race at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 9), he also hit a career milestone by registering his 2,500th lifetime driving win. Born in Farmington, Maine, the 54-year-old Cushing started his driving career in 1981 at age 17. He has competed and just about every north-east track from Maine to New Jersey and has won numerous driving titles over the years. In his 16,718 starts he has won 2,500, has been second 2,332 times and third another 2,214 to earn $10,458,183 in purses. 2016 and 2017 for Cushing were his best years percentage-wise, finishing with a .315 and .327 Universal Trainer Rating (UTR) respectively. He had a career year for wins in 2006 when he scored 218 and his best season for earnings came a year later in 2007 when he made $1.225 million. Both of those years he was competing regularly at Yonkers and Saratoga. Currently at Plainridge, Cushing has 17 wins in 127 starts with $154,516 in earnings. In the feature trot at the Ridge on Thursday, One Swan For All (Wally Watson) got away sixth behind an up-front speed battle between French Moni (Greg Merton) and Pirate (Ivan Davies) then came third-over and three-wide around the fading Pirate at the three-quarters and around the entire last turn before turning on the speed down the lane to pass French Moni and win by three-lengths in 1:56.1. Overlooked at 10-1, One Swan For All ($23.60) scored his second straight win for owner Joel Wheeler. Lisa Watson trains the winner. Ron Cushing, Greg Merton and Joe Di Stefano all had driving doubles on Thursday. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 13) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---Anyone interested in racing their 2-year-old trotter or pacer in the Harbor Lights Open Late Closer series at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 13) must make their entries by 9 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 9) when the box closes. The Wood End Light is an Open late closer for 2-year-old trotters with a $12,500 preliminary leg on Monday (Aug. 13) and a $15,000 leg on Monday (Sept. 3). The final will be held on Monday (Sept. 17) with a purse of $20,000. The Nauset Light is an Open late closer for 2-year-old pacers with a $12,500 preliminary leg on Monday (Aug. 13) and a $15,000 leg on Monday (Sept. 3). The final will also be held on Monday (Sept. 17) with a purse of $20,000. Both of these series have no nominating or starting fees and will be divided by gender if there are enough entries to do so. The conditions do not mandate racing in more than one leg to be eligible for final so this is an opportunity for any 2-year-old who got a late start to the season or are currently gearing up for upcoming stakes like the $1.28 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes that kick off on Monday (Oct. 1). For further information or to call in entries, please contact the race office or Race Secretary Paul Verrette at 508-576-4485 or 508-576-4486. by Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park  

Plainville, MA---There is nothing more gratifying in sport than going from worst to first. And that is exactly what Watts Was I Drinkn did in the $16,000 Winners-Over for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 7). Trainer Eric Beach had two starters in the feature and they got away at different ends of the spectrum. Show Runner (Steve Nason) got out of the gate and went right to the front while stablemate Watts Was I Drinkn (Mike Stevenson) got away last and was watching the action from there. Before they hit the quarter in :26.4, Western Stepp (Nick Graffam) pulled from second and overtook the front, giving Show Runner the trip for a while. As the race approached the half, an outer flow formed with Acefortyfour Alex (Jim Hardy), Angel Or Terror (Greg Merton) and Watts Was I Drinkn, who was still last at this point. Western Stepp carried a two-length advantage to the three-quarters and all around the final turn where Acefortyfour Alex seemed to stall outside. That forced Angel Or Terror to tip three-deep and Watts Was I Drinkn had to go four-high around her. Heading down the lane the horses were now six across the track with Western Stepp fading at the pylons and Watts Was I Drinkn flying widest of all. As they hit the wire, Watts Was I Drinkn got up late and was best of all to win by a length in 1:53.2. It was the sixth win in nine 2018 starts and third win in a row for Watts Was I Drinkn ($7.40) and her connections Little Bapa LLC. In the $10,000 conditioned event for female pacers, Life Isa Shortwalk (Chris Long) took a stroll in the park, going gate to wire by a gapped advantage and winning by four in 1:52.2, which was a new lifetime mark for the 5-year-old. Life Isa Shortwalk ($4.20) is owned and trained by Edward Blash. Drivers Chris Long, Greg Merton, Scott Renz and Mike Stevenson all had driving doubles on the card. There were some huge payouts at Plainridge on Tuesday. In the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta, a carryover pool in excess of $4,800 stoked a $7,732.62 payoff for a 20-cent wager on the winning combination of 3-1-8-5-4 and the Superfecta combination of 3-8-9-4 in the eighth race returned a whopping $14,326.80 for a $2 ticket. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 9) with post time at 4p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Saratoga Raceway regular Artful Way left the friendly confines of the Spa this week in lieu of a New England road trip to race the best resident pacers in Massachusetts. And as he heads back to New York he'll be taking with him a souvenir photo of his win in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6). Riding a a two race win streak, Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) left like he owned the place to take the lead. Nestled in second for the ride was Artful Way (Jimmy Whittemore) and the rest of the field seated behind them. Thisjetsabookin paced to the half in :54.3 unfettered by his rivals until halfway up the backstretch when Starznheaven (Greg Merton) pulled from fourth and started to advance to the front. Starznheaven drew even with Thisjetsabookin at the three-quarters and went by him coming out of the last turn. But as soon as he did, Artful Way pulled from second and started to chase him down. Heading down the lane the two horses paced side by side with both drivers rocking and knocking. After battling for the last sixteenth of a mile, Artful Way finally got up on Starznheaven just before the wire and won by a head in 1:50.1. The time reflected his best work of the year. With his tenth win of the season in the books, Artful Way ($5.40) has eclipsed the century mark in earnings, boasting a bankroll of $101,667 in 2018 for owner Kellogg Racing Stable and trainer Jackie Greene. Whittemore did some damage in the secondary featured $12,000 conditioned pace with Tioga Downs regular Major Leaguer, who went gate to wire on the front end without issue to win by three in 1:51.1. Owned by his driver, Major Leaguer ($4.60) collected his fifth win of the year for trainer Dennis Whittemore. Whittemore completed a driving hat trick with Poisonous ($10.20) who led the entire race to win by six lengths in 1:51.2, which was a new seasonal mark. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 7) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Plainridge Park is offering two late-closer events for 2-year-old trotters and 2-year-old pacers on Monday (Aug. 13) as part of their Harbor Lights series. The Wood End Light is an Open late closer for 2-year-old trotters with a $12,500 preliminary leg on Monday (Aug. 13) and a $15,000 leg on Monday (Sept. 3). The final will be held on Monday (Sept. 17) with a purse of $20,000. The Nauset Light is an Open late closer for 2-year-old pacers with a $12,500 preliminary leg on Monday (Aug. 13) and a $15,000 leg on Monday (Sept. 3). The final will also be held on Monday (Sept. 17) with a purse of $20,000. Both of these series have no nominating or starting fees and will be divided by gender if there are enough entries to do so. The conditions do not mandate racing in more than one leg to be eligible for final so this is an excellent opportunity for any 2-year-old who got a late start to the season or are currently gearing up for upcoming stakes like the $1.28 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes that kick off on Monday (Oct. 1). Entries for the first Monday (Aug. 13) events must be made no later than Thursday (Aug. 9) at 9 a.m. when the box closes. For further information or to call in entries, please contact the race office or Race Secretary Paul Verrette at 508-576-4485 or 508-576-4486. by Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park    

Plainville, MA---Osprey Impact left early and came late to capture the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 3). Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) flew from post six and took the lead before the group hit the turn. But Jericho (Eddie Davis Jr.) who was floated out fourth, came with a rush at the quarter and claimed the top past that station. From there positions remained unchanged to the half. Heading into the second half of the race, Just Make Believe (Jim Hardy) came first up and brought Pirate (Ivan Davies) with him as well. The top four were two in and two out for the next three-eighths until Pirate tipped three-deep around a fading Just Make Believe, which also provided room for the pocket-sitting Osprey Impact to get out. By the top of the lane Pirate had gotten the lead, but Osprey Impact was gaining momentum after splitting horses mid-stretch and he powered to the front for good and won in 1:55.4. Osprey Impact ($8.60) registered his fourth win of the year for owner Paul Larrabee and trainer Robert Marston. The fastest trot of the day occurred in the $10,000 6-year-old and under non-winners event where Kinda Lucky Lindy (Patrizio Ancora) looked past being a gapped-third at the half and pulled first-over up the backside to eventually clear in the lane and win by three lengths in 1:55.2. Kinda Lucky Lindy ($2.80) racked up his third win of 2018 for the Lindy Farms of Connecticut and trainer Domenico Cecere. Driver Mike Stevenson and trainer Robert Marston teamed up to send three horses to the winner's enclosure on Friday and in the process, led all their respective peers for wins on the afternoon. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

The enabling legislation to allow racing and simulcasting in Massachusetts was passed thru the Legislature on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 2) and has been signed into law by the Governor. As a result, live racing will resume on Friday (Aug. 3) at Plainridge Park Casino. Post time will be at 4:00pm. Eric Schippers, VP Public Relations and Government Affairs for Penn National Gaming, Inc. said "We're thankful to the Legislature, Massachusetts Gaming Commission and especially the urgent and able attention of our legislative delegation in resolving this issue and allowing for simulcasting and live racing to continue at Plainridge Park on Friday." The track was forced to postpone the card scheduled for Thursday (Aug. 2) until Friday (Aug. 3) after the legislation permitting live racing in the commonwealth lapsed on Wednesday. Thursday's (Aug. 2) double draw for Monday (Aug. 6) and Tuesday (Aug.7) will take place as scheduled later this afternoon. Plainridge Park management appreciates everyone's understanding and patience over the past couple of days. From the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---The live harness racing card and all simulcast scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Aug. 2) at Plainridge Park has been postponed as a result of the Massachusetts Legislature adjourning without taking action on a replacement or extension of the live racing and simulcast bill before the end of formal business for the year on Wednesday (Aug. 1). The Senate will be holding an informal session on Thursday (Aug. 2) and the hope is this issue gets resolved by the end of the day. If that happens, Thursday's race card will be run on Friday (Aug. 3) at 4 p.m. as drawn. Eric Schippers, Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs and Government Relations at the track's parent company Penn National Gaming said the company is hopeful that the Senate will take action on the bill Thursday morning. "We are optimistic that lawmakers will work toward a solution that allows live racing and simulcast wagering to resume in the Commonwealth soon," Schippers said in a statement. "More than 200 people including track employees, trainers, drivers and grooms earn a living as part of our racing program at Plainridge Park Casino and are unable to work until the suspension is lifted." Updates from Plainridge Park concerning this issue will be forthcoming as information becomes available. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---After winning handily last week at the Ridge in 1:52 off a :54.4 back half, Thisjetsabookin stepped up to the top class and had no problem repeating as he won the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 30). Deetzy (Greg Merton) took an early lead and scooted to the quarter in :26.2. Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) sat behind him second while BJ's Guy (Jim Hardy) got parked out third, where he would stay for three-quarters of the mile. The race got to the half in :55.1 and the three-quarters in 1:22.2. That's when BJ's Guy finally faded, leaving room for Thisjetsabookin to make a move and duke it out with the leader. Deetzy and Thisjetsabookin were single file around the final turn until just before the top of the stretch when Gray pulled Thisjetsabookin and got him underway. It didn't take long for the order to change as Thisjetsabookin took flight and soared by Deetzy to open up a three length lead under a loose-line drive, hitting the wire in 1:50.4 to claim a new seasonal mark. After winning his fourth race of the season, Thisjetsabookin ($8.00) has now earned $84,980 for owner William Emmons and trainer Jeff Lieberman. There were two $12,000 condition races on the undercard that produced big efforts from their victors. In the conditioned event for 6-year-olds and under, Tixnstones (Jim Hardy) scored his sixth win in only 10 starts this year as he went gate to wire and opened up a six-length lead as he stopped the timer in 1:51.4 to take a new lifetime mark for trainer/driver Jim Hardy. Tixnstones ($6.40) is owned by David Thibault, Christine Thibault, Ed Nowak Jr. and Jim Winske. Then in the non-winners condition event for all-age participants, Major Bucks ($28.40) lived up to his name and delivered same after making a second-over, three-wide move at three-quarters for driver Chris Long to break an 0 for 24 streak in 2018 and win in 1:52. After racing primarily at Yonkers Raceway this year, Major Bucks found new life over the big track at Plainridge for owners Joshua Schwartz and Raymond Hoegen Jr. and trainer Elisha Lafreniere. Several drivers had multiple win outings on Monday. Drew Campbell led everyone with three trips for pictures while Jim Hardy, Chris Long and Shawn Gray each had two wins apiece. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (July 31) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA ---The skies opened up and the rain came down after the first race, but the sloppy track conditions did not deter Only Passing Thru from putting in a strong performance and winning the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 26). Only Passing Thru (Patrizio Ancora) got away third to Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) and the heavily favored Muscles Jared (Shawn Gray) who took turns leading the field past the quarter. When the dust had settled there, Muscles Jared was in command and looked strong in the position. He went down to the half in :55.4 and felt the pressure begin to build from there. Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) came first up with Zorgwijk Nova (Drew Campbell) right behind. Only Passing Thru was now shuffled back to sixth and locked in at the rail at the three quarters in 1:24.4. Around the last turn Muscles Jared looked to be in control, but Ancora was finally able to pull Only Passing Thru from fifth and they both got to work. With six lengths to make up, Only Passing Thru fanned into the middle of the track and dug in hard. He drew even with Muscles Jared and Jericho mid-stretch and then out-dueled them to the wire to win by a head in 1:55. It was the third win of the year for Only Passing Thru ($16.80) and owners Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere trains the winner. Massachusetts breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. and his trainer George Ducharme brought some of their state-bred stable to Plainridge on Thursday and watched them put in some impressive performances with both of them doing their best work of the year. Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) put in a devastating performance going gate to wire in 1:54.2, winning by six open lengths over the off-track and registering the fastest trotting mile of the day and taking a new seasonal mark. Wings Of Royalty, who was the 3-year-old Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) trotting champion in 2015, now has 22 wins in 75 lifetime starts and $701,169 in earnings. And one of their young trotting stars, 3-year-old filly Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royatly-Super Starlet) sat a perfect pocket trip behind Prayers Do Matter (Drew Campbell) before popping out of the pocket and out-trotting the leader to the wire in 1:56, which was a new lifetime mark. Ithinkthatsmine is gearing up for the MASS in October and is doing well at it as she has hit the board eight of nine starts this year. Both winners were driven by Shawn Gray, who led all drivers on the day with a total of four wins on the card. Massachusetts harness racing has undergone a renaissance since the slot enhanced purses came to Plainridge Park in 2015, and today was clear evidence of the growth of the sport in the Commonwealth. 64 out of the 94 horses that raced on Thursday's card were either Massachusetts bred or owned and they accounted for nine of the 12 winners. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (July 30) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA---Eddie Davis Jr. reached the major career milestone of 5,000 wins at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 23) when he captured the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap feature pace with Quick Shot in commanding fashion. From his assigned post six, Quick Shot fired to the front and never looked back. Stopping the timer in :26, :55 and 1:22.2, the gelding looked stronger as the mile went on. Heading down the lane the pocket-sitting BJ's Guy (Shawn Gray) popped out of the hole to try and run him down, but Davis and Quick Shot held sway and sailed to a two-length, 1:50.4 win. The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Quick Shot and only one fifth of a second off his lifetime best. Quick Shot ($5.80) now has eight wins and $73,860 in 2018 for owner Kathleen Brewer and trainer John Bowman. Davis has been driving since 1982 and has been a highly sought, high percentage catch driver throughout his career. The 52-year-old Delaware native now has 5,001 wins (5,001 was with Blackmalin in race 11), 5,117 seconds and 5,448 thirds in 38,869 starts and $35,789,944 in earnings. His best winning season was in 2015 when he scored 330 and he had a $3 million earnings year in 2002. Currently at Plainridge, Davis is ninth in wins among all drivers. There was a huge payout in the race six Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta. With a carry-over pool in excess of $17,000, the owner of a single 20-cent winning ticket on the combination of 6-4-3-2-8 received a massive payout of $20,049.66. Shawn Gray led all drivers for the day, making four trips to the winners' enclosure. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (July 24) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---As a result of some nifty driving by Joe Di Stefano, Jericho shadowed two horses through the mile before making his move to win the $12,000 conditioned harness racing trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 19). Wind And A Prayer (Mike Stevenson) took the early lead and gave Jericho a pocket trip to the half in :56 flat. At that station Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) was already out and moving and when he got even with Wind And A Prayer, Jericho pulled and followed him on the rim. Nathaniel cleared and Jericho dropped in right behind him and found the garden spot one more time as they sped to three-quarters in 1:23.4. The two horses played follow the leader around the far turn until Jericho pulled as they headed to the top of the lane. Nathaniel and Jericho tangled stride for stride heading towards the wire, but Jericho had more trot when it counted and pulled away to a three-length win in 1:54, which equaled his lifetime mark. It was the fourth win of the year for Jericho ($10.20) who now has $28,620 on the card for owners Linda and Robert Kenney and his driver Joe Di Stefano, who also trains him. Di Stefano also won the sub-featured $10,000 conditioned trot with Dial A Chic ($7.60) who also sat a two-hole trip behind Vodkancaviar (Drew Campbell) before popping the deuce and out-sprinting the leader to the wire in 1:55. Di Stefano also owns and trains the winner. There were no winners in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager and as a result, there will be an all-time record carryover pool of $16,321 for that wager in race six on Friday (July 20) which is the next day of live racing at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA-It's hard enough to beat a field of the best distaff pacers on the grounds. But when you add in a 50-minute weather delay immediately before the race, an off-track and a first-over journey, it gets that much more difficult. But Apple Bottom Jeans was up to the task as she beat all the odds to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (July 17). High winds and heavy downpours blew in just as the sixth race ended and delayed the start of the featured seventh. But the program reconvened and the gate released the field of seven with Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) taking her favored position on the point, speeding to the quarter in :26.4. Apple Bottom Jeans (Mitchell Cushing) floated out from post seven and dropped in fifth briefly, but came right back out at the three-eighths and started motoring up the rim by the time they hit the half. Although being pursued, Western Stepp maintained a two-length lead to the three-quarters and looked like the one to beat. Apple Bottom Jeans got to within one of the leader by the top of the last turn and was gaining momentum as Western Stepp started to look vulnerable under urging. When they hit the top of the lane the two mares were dead even, but Western Stepp gave way mid-stretch and Apple Bottom Jeans cruised right by her to win by two lengths in 1:53 while Cushing sat chilly with the whip under his arm. It was the 21st career win in only 51 lifetime starts for Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.00) and it pushed her 4-year bankroll to $511,828. KDK Standardbreds own the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples who is trained by Kevin Switzer. In the co-featured $12,000 "Trackmaster 85 Rating" conditioned event, Acefortyfour Alex (Mitchell Cushing) followed a pedestrian :57 half from third before pulling at that station, grinding out a parked :27 third quarter and then running down the leading Empty Gesture (Drew Campbell) to win by three lengths in 1:52.1, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the second win in a row and fourth since coming to Plainridge Park for Acefortyfour Alex ($7.20) who is owned by Charles Fernandes Jr. and trained by Dennis Laterza. Besides winning both feature races on Tuesday, Mitchell Cushing also won the first with Rock Me Threetimes ($2.80) to complete the driving hat trick and lead all drivers for victories on the card. There was no winner in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager and as a result, there will be a huge carry-over pool of $14,931 in the sixth race on Thursday (July 19) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---After falling just short with a late closing bid at 25-1 last week, the once again overlooked Deuces For Charity sealed the deal on Tuesday afternoon (July 3) at Plainridge Park, winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for harness racing fillies and mares at 16-1 on another sultry summer day. Five horses argued for the lead for almost and eighth of a mile before three of them seated, leaving Show Runner (Shawn Gray) with the lead and Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) hung out fifth to the quarter in :26.1. As the group motored to the half, Western Stepp started to advance and Deuces For Charity (Eddie Davis Jr.) pulled from sixth and took the live cover. Western Stepp drew closer to Show Runner and by three-quarters had looked her in the eye. The two paced side by side around the turn while Deuces For Charity kept drafting and waiting to make her move off the last bend when Davis tipped her three deep. She paced past a tiring Western Stepp and engaged a susceptible Show Runner, who had been used hard the whole mile. Deuces For Charity dug in and motored right on by, winning by a length in 1:51.3 which was a new seasonal mark. It was the second win of the year for Deuces For Charity ($34.80), both of which occurred at Plainridge Park. Charles Fernandez Jr. owns the 7-year-old Armbro Deuce mare who has now earned $37,775 this year under the direction of trainer Dennis Laterza. Driver Shawn Gray had three wins on the day as did trainer Eric Beach. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 5) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, Ma--- After finishing third and second in her first two outings at Plainridge Park, Meadows transplant Show Runner made three moves en route to claiming her first victory at the Ridge in the $16,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over Handicap pace on Tuesday afternoon (June 26). The outside posts got away best as Tempus Seelster (Greg Merton) took the lead from post seven, seating Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) who also left from post eight. Show Runner (Shawn Gray) who got away third, was not deterred by the :26.2 first panel and pulled to go up for the lead. Tempus Seelster tried to prevent her from clearing but she took over by the three-eighths. The lead only lasted for a few strides as Merton asked Tempus Seelster was once again and she retook by the half in a quick :54.2. As soon as the dust had settled from that move, Campbell made his from third with Western Stepp and got to the front midway up the backstretch. Western Stepp proceeded to open up a three length advantage at the three-quarter pole while Show Runner was suddenly locked in fifth, at least six lengths off the pace. With the gap widening, Gray was able to regroup and get Show Runner off the pylons around a fading horse and then ducked back down low around the far turn. At the top of the lane, Western Stepp had still held a two length margin but Gray saw the pylon lane part like the Red Sea and got Show Runner in gear. From there the mare out-paced three other closing horses and caught the leader to win by a neck in a five-horse photo in 1:52.3. It was the 57th lifetime win for Show Runner ($3.00) and it put the California-bred 8-year-old mare's bankroll at $522,791 for her career. Show Runner is owned by A Piece of the Action Stable and is trained by Eric Beach. Mitchell "Cash" Cushing was at it again Tuesday, bringing home yet another longshot in the afternoon's first race. In the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series, Cushing sat third with Freetime behind the favored Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) and Spilling The Beans (Greg Merton) for almost three-quarters of the mile before pulling into the last turn and drawing alongside Empty Gesture. From there, a highly animated Cushing urged his mare to the front and the pair cruised to a two-length victory in 1:52.3 at 30-1! The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Freetime ($71.20) and only one-fifth off her lifetime mark taken at Plainridge Park two years ago. Freetime is owned and trained by Mike Cushing. Mitchell Cushing is currently sixth in the driver's dash win standings for the current meet with 20 victories out of 134 starts and has a 79% return on investment rating, which is an amazing number based on the large number of starts. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 28) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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