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On Monday October 16, Monticello Raceway hosted the $400,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations, with eight harness racing divisions each racing for a purse of $50,000 each. When one thinks of Sire Stake events, one thinks of hot balmy days of July and August. Today the conditions were far from the Sire Stake norm, with temps in the mid 50's, with intermittent sun and a persistent raw wind. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The short 5 horse field only offered win and place wagering, Dan Dube and Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe - Michell's Dream) eased their way to the front past the ¼ in 27.4 and stayed there every step of the mile. Michelle's Jazz (Andrew McCarthy) popped out from the garden spot to take a shot at Python Blue Chip at the top of the lane, but Dube hit the wheel disc for extra measure and the filly responded to win by 4 lengths in 1:55.3 for her 2nd win of the year for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Michelle's Jazz was second, followed by Sand Artist (T. Tetrick) 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Aces in Heaven (PP1) protected his position from the rail and left briskly, the post time favorite Courtly Choice (Mark MacDonald) patiently took the lead past the ¼ pole in 27.2 and tripped the following beams in 56.4 1:25.4. and played catch me if you can. Cheese Melt (Dan Dube) didn't see the wood often during his mile, he made a hugh 3 wide move to pass Aces In Heaven in the lane. Courtly Choice scored in 1:56.1, Cheese Melt was 2nd followed by Aces In Heaven 3rd. The son Art Major - Lady Ashlee is trained by Blake Macintosh did not disappoint his faithful, returning $4.40. 3-Year-Old Trotting Colts Zack's Zoomer took the overland route to score in the most impressive effort of the day, as Cresurrey was cutting the fractions (28.4, 58.4 1:27.4) followed by Aces and Eights. Zack's Zoomer was doing his Avis impression and was trying harder. Marcus Miller unleased Zack's Zoomer down the backside in an impressive 3 wide move a the 5/8's pole. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe continued to grind it out to prevail in 1:57.1, LQ 28.3, Cresurrey was 2nd and Aces and Eights (Dan Daley) sat the pocket the entire mile and finished 3rd. 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt The barefooted Cruising In Style (Jason Bartlett), scored a win, but not without some anxious moments. The son of Muscle Mass carved out splits of 30.2, 1:01.4 1:31.4, past the ¾ marker Cruising In Style got rough gaited and was 1 bad step away from jumping off stride, but kept his composure to record the win in 2:01.1 over a hard closing Seven Irons (Tim Tetrick) with Seven Knights (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) Cruising In Style is trained by Andrew Harris for Thestable Cruising Group. 2-Year-Old Filly Pace The eight-horse field was reduced to 7 with the scratch of Oooteeny, Eunice (Eric Goodell) from the rail showed the way barely to the ¼ before Sevenbuyeleven took the lead and reeled off fractions of 29, 59.3, 1:30 to scamper away to an easy 4 length victory in 1:59.3 over the pocket sitter Eunice, finishing 3rd was Perfect Summer K (J. Stratton) Sevenbuyeleven by Chapter Seven is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Ken Jacobs and paid a paltry $2.70. 3-Year-Old Pacing Colts Following the successful trend of the day, Octane Bluechip (Dan Dube) from the rail, went down the road for as far and fast as he could go. Dan Dube put the Art Major sleeper hold on the field with a 30 second 2nd quarter and had just enough in the tank to hold off Outrajus Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy) in the fastest mile of the cold afternoon in 1:54.4 and Twin B Cowboy ranged up for 3rd. The 3/5 fav Talent Soup was never a threat and finished last. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Ostrich Blue Chip made short work of the 7-horse filed and was never headed in an easy 6 length win over Busy Doing Nothin (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Flyhawk Charm (J. Bartlett) in 1:58.1. The Chapter Seven lass is owned by the estate of the great patron of the sport Fred Monteleone, who recently passed away. In the winner's circle was his daughter and other family and friends and shared a special moment. 3-Year-Old Filly Pace The lass with the class was World Apart (Art Major), her wins this year include the Simpson Stake and the The Lady Maud. Candlelight Dinner and Jim Morrill cut the mile to the half, 27.2 - 56.0, she was trailed by World Apart to the 5/8 pole. World Apart pulled the pocket to challenge the now tiring Candlelight Dinner and came first over on the outside at the ¾ marker in 1:25.2, once on the lead World Apart hug on in a tight photo. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was bobbing and weaving thru traffic the entire mile was able to get up and finish 2nd, Magic Forces was 3rd for Marcus Miller. Drivers Jason Bartlett and Dan Dube each had a driving double, Art Major and Chapter Seven each recorded two sire wins each. By Shawn Wiles

Monticello Raceway hosted the Catskill harness racing amateurs on Thursday afternoon October 12th, the 7-horse field went to post for a purse of $3,900. Ken Heins aboard Crown Isle left hard from the rail as did Fox Valley Leo and Monica Banca, going into the first turn Strong Signal and the heavy favorite KJ Brent (Robert Krivelin) got tangled up in close quarters forcing KJ Brent off stride. Heins played hard ball and gave Banca a taste of the chilly Catskill Mountain air as the pair raced side by side past the ¼ in 27.3, they continued in tandem to the half in 57. The eventual race winner Sand Benelli, at this point was last and gapped 15 lengths from the leader. Down the backside Crown Isle and Fox Valley Leo continued to slug it out, at this point the outer flow devolved. Crown Isle still firmly held his ground as he took the field to the ¾ marker on 1:27, Fox Valley was getting leg weary on the outside caused congestion forcing Lighting Strike and Sand Benelli 3 deep at the paddock gate, as the early pace setters began to tire. The pair skipped away by 2 lengths at the top the stretch, Bob Davis and Sand Benelli were able to get up in time to win over Lighting Strike by ¾ lengths in 1:56, Blue Fin was 3rd. Sand Benelli paid $33.80. Strong Signal was placed third but due to the interference in the first turn was DQ'd and was set back to last. Bob Davis owns and trains the well-traveled Sand Benelli, an 11-year-old gelding by The Panderosa who garnered his 3rd win of the year. By: Shawn Wiles             -30-       All emails from Empire Resorts, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are considered privileged and confidential and may not be used by either party in any pending or future legal proceedings. Empire Resorts, Inc., 204 State Route 17B, Monticello, NY 12701 845-807-0001  

On the heels of the harness racing Night of Champions, Monticello Raceway will host the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations on Monday October 16, post time for the 12 race card is 12:50 . There will be 8 races, for each division of age, sex and gait, each division will race for a purse of $50,000. Owners that plan on being attendance for the afternoon will be given a free food voucher for the new state of the art Sports Bar, a free program, along with a special gift. Any owner that plans on being in attendance should contact the Race Office at (845) 794 - 4100 ext. 557 or 555 to make accommodations. The Monticello Harness Horseman's Association in conjunction with Monticello Raceway and the Harness Breeders of New York State will have a BBQ in the paddock for participating horseman and grooms throughout the card. 2 Year Old Filly Trotters Sevenbuyeleven (Tim Tetrick) earned her speed badge of 1:55.1 last week at the Red Mile winning a heat of the International Stallions Stakes, she is the richest and fastest filly in the race, she scores from post position 4. Setntheworldonfire (PP6) has only been off the board once this year for trainer Noel Daley, Andrew McCarthy will drive the Muscle Yankee lass. 2 Year Old Colt/Geldings Trotters Seven Iron (PP4 - Tim Tetrick) was impressive at the Red Mile in the Bluegrass stake, taking a LTM of 1:55.3, equally as impressive is his tally for the year 10 2-2-4, with freshman earning of $91,893. Cruising in Style (Jason Bartlett) has been in the thick of things all year on the NYSS circuit, he will start from the rail in the 5-horse contest. My Lindy Winner (Jim Morrill Jr.) looks to regain her early season form (PP2) that saw her win at Saratoga Raceway in a brisk 1:56.4. 2 Year Old Filly Pacers Michelle's Jazz is the 5-2 favorite from the rail with Andrew McCarthy at the helm. American Myth (Jason Bartlett) brings her 2-race win streak in overnight company at the Meadows, she will score from post 2 for trainer Ed Hart. Mink Pink (Eric Goodell) has been model of consistency with 3 seconds and 2 thirds in her last 5 starts, but she has yet to enter the winners circle this year. She will start from (PP4) 2 Year Old Colts/Geldings Pacers Persist Blue Chip (George Brennan) was a winner earlier in the year at Monticello Raceway in 1:58.1, in this company he will start from the 6 hole. Trump Nation has been very sharp lately, he has 2 Excelsior A wins and a place finish to his credit for trainer Andrew Harris. Aces In Heaven will score from the rail with John MacDonald in the bike and is the morning line favorite. 3 Year Old Filly Trotters Twice the bridesmaid in NYSS competition and heat winner of the Zweig, Ostrich Blue Chip (PP3) in her last 7 starts she has 5 wins and 2 place finishes, Scott Zeron will drive the favorite. Busy Doing Nothing knows her way around a ½ mile oval will benefit from the rail, Ray Fisher will drive. 3 Year Old Colts/Geldings Trotters The Trond Smedshammer stable brings an entry with Cresurrey (PP6 - Jason Bartlett)) and Texican (PP7) for owner Purple Haze Stable LLC. Arch Credit is the morning line second favorite at 3-1, the son of Credit Winner has recently rounded into consistent form. The often-erratic Optimist Blue Chip will start from the rail with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Aces And Eights was impressive in his Vernon Q 1:55.4 last week for Dan Daley. 3 Year Old Filly Pacers World Apart (PP4 - Jason Bartlett) has been a model of consistency, her potent resume includes 3 wins and earnings over $140,000, along the way she earned wins in the Simpson Stake and the Lady Maud, she was 2nd in her NYSS division at Monticello in September. Artrageous (Mark Macdonald) is looking to extend her win streak to 3. 3 Year Old Colts/Geldings Pacers Outrajus Blue Chip looks to be in top form from post 3 and has been installed the morning line fav at 5-2. Octane Blue Chip (Dan Dube - PP1) will also be in the hunt. Benji 's Best was a NYSS winner at Monti this summer in 1:53.4, he was a winner of the EBC consolation in 1:50 at Tioga Downs, post position 8 will hampers his efforts today. By: Shawn Wiles

It was only fitting that after winning this first pari mutel drive at Monticello Raceway, that harness racing driver James "Jimmy" DeVaux would win his 5000th race also at his home track. The always humble DeVaux scored a wire to wire win with Sandy Hook Hanover in the last race of the afternoon. DeVaux also won 2 races prior in the card. The 50-year-old DeVaux is atop the leader board at Monticello Raceway with 249 wins, he is also ranked 6th in the nation for leading dash winning drivers with 410 wins. His mounts have earned over $2,000,000 in purses thus far this year, he is also the 3rd leading driver at Saratoga Raceway with 161 wins. By: Shawn Wiles

On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway hosted it's 8th and final leg of the 2017 New York Sire Stakes Season featuring harness racing 2 year old pacing fillies. The first Sire Stakes event of the afternoon was a six horse field that competed for a purse of $53,500. Betting favorite KJ's Bekah (Jason Bartlett) made a nasty break in the middle of the first turn and went to his knees. Jim Morrill Jr. took advantage of the miscue with the improving Wisdom Tree (PP2) and reeled off fractions of 28.2, 58.2, 1:27.4 tripping the beam in 1:55.2 to score a no nonsense win by 2 lengths, over longshot Sand Artist (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Mink Pink (Matt Kakaley). Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar - Wisdom) filly is trained by Ed Hart, and is owned by Thomas Pollack and Jeff Cullipher, in the process she scored her first pari mutual win and returned $6.50 to the faithful. In typical Jim Morrill Jr. fashion, he sent the 4/5 favorite Alexis Faith from the rail, down the road and played catch me if you can in the final Sire Stakes ($54,500) of the afternoon and led the field to the first stanza in a brisk 27 and continued to show the way to the half in 56.1, down the backside former regular top Monticello driver Jim Marohn Jr. had Azreal As It Gets in perfect striking position and came first over. Alexis Faith was still on top as the field sped to the ¾ in 1:25.2, at this point it looked like the track record of 1:55 was in serious jeopardy as Marohn Jr and Azreal As It Gets continued to grind down pace setter Alexis Faith who tired late in the lane to prevail in 1:55.2 by a slim margin, the win was 2/5's off the track record of 1:55 set by Planet Rock last year. Hurrikane Shorty (Jason Bartlett) redeemed herself after being off her grain in a dull performace last week, finished a game 2nd, pacesetter Alexis Faith was third. The win was Azreal As It Gets second consecutive win after her win last week at Batavia Downs for trainer Jake Huff. The So Surreal - Vanite Semalu filly is owned by Our Horse Cents Stable and Stable 45. Jim Morrill had 3 wins on the afternoon, Bruce Aldrich Jr. took both divisions of Excelsior B's, leaving him just 5 wins shy of career win 7,000. Leading Monticello Raceway driver Jim DeVaux had 1 win on the card, he needs 27 more wins to become a member of the 5,000 club. Breeding shed banter saw both Rock N Roll Heaven and Art Major each has a pair of winners. Excelsior A - $15,000 Majorette Angie - 1:57.2 - $8.60 - Jim Morrill Jr./ Checkered Past - 1:58 - $6.60 - Jim Morrill Jr. Jericho Diva - 1:57.3 - Jim DeVaux - $9.30 Excelsior B - $6,500 Heavens Diva -2:00.4 - $2.10 - Bruce Aldrich / With Wings - 1:59.1 - $3.50 - Bruce Aldrich By: Shawn Wiles

On Tuesday September 19, Monticello Raceway will host the final leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 2-year-old pacing fillies. The next stop for the upper echelon fillies will be the NYSS Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday October 14. As luck, would have it, or not, the top 4 point leaders are competing in the same heat of Sire Stakes in race 10. Ubettergo Go is the point leader by with 207 points, followed closely by Hurricane Shorty with 205, Alexis Faith with 200 & Betterthangraduate with 195. The first heat of Sire Stakes is race 8, the 6-horse field will race for $53,500, Surreal Feeling has reeled off 6 consecutive wins in the Excelsior B class, the $6,000 Goshen Yearling graduate was impressive last week at Batavia, where he made a break at the start and gathered himself to still win in 1:57.2, taking a new lifetime record in the process. The connections of Surreal Feeling have opted to jump over the Excelsior A's and tackle the elite group, she will start from post 5 for trainer Dale Lawton and will be driven by leading Monticello Raceway dash leader Jim DeVaux. KJ's Bekah (PP4) has traveled a similar path, already a 3-time winner in the Excelsior A class, the $140,000 Lexington Select yearling purchase is owned by Kenneth Jacobs. The daughter of American Ideal - Upfrontandpersonal is trained by Linda Toscano, and will be driven by Jason Bartlett. The 2nd dash for the cash ($54,500) has a trio of evenly matched freshman fillies, all with similar paths, as they have individually have won 3 Sire Stakes each, thus far this season. The top point leader of the category Ubettergo Go, drew post position 4, the daughter of Art Major- Ubetterthink is trained by Blake Macintosh, Mark MacDonald will drive. Her credentials are impressive with over $87,000 in earnings, she scored a NYSS win in her last start at Batavia Downs in 1:55.3 and sports a speed badge of 1:53 taken at Vernon Downs. Right next to her behind the starting gate is another Goshen Yearling Sale alumni Hurrikane Shorty ($8,000) from post 5, her black type includes 2 NYSS wins at Yonkers, and 1 at Saratoga. The Art Major - Speed Date offspring is owned by Little E, Jason Settlemoir & A. Geiger, she is trained by Kevin McDermott, Jason Bartlett is in the bike, she is the fastest filly of the bunch with a mark of 1:52, taken at the Meadowlands. The morning line favorite, by virtue of drawing the rail is Alexis Faith, she also has 3 win blankets in her tack trunk this year, she is 3rd in points in the division with 200. Cassie Coleman trains the American Ideal - Cannae Cammie bay filly for owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinlay. The 2 time NYSS winner Betterthangraduate, will start from PP6 and will be driven by Matt Kakaley. Post Time is 12:50 By Shawn Wiles

The reigning prom Queen, Clear Idea was looking to regain her recent form, at one point this harness racing season she had reeled off seven wins in a row. In her last two starts she was not her old self and today not even the rail would help her. Planet Rock (PP3) and Jason Bartlett charged hard off the gate and showed the field thru fractions of 27.4, 57.1, at the 5/8 's pole Brett Miller and Tequila Monday (PP6) pulled from the 3 hole and was first over at the ¾ in 1:25.2. At the top of the lane is was a two horse race as Tequila Monday and Planet Rock both dug in deep, but Tequila Monday dug deeper and went on to win by a head, to score in 1:53.2 for the fastest mile of the day, pacing her last quarter in 27.4 for her 7th win of the season, upping her earning to over $270,000. The daughter of American Ideal - Margarita Monday is trained by Chris Oaks for owners Northfork Racing and Chuck Pompey, it was the first of 2 driving wins on the card for Brett Miller. In the second division of the $59,100 New York Sire Stakes, Jason Bartlett once again left the gate strong from post 6 with the betting favorite World Apart for trainer Linda Toscano, she was followed throughout the mile by Queen Josephine as the tandem lead the way through splits of 28.1, 57.3, Ann Hill who was sitting 4th until the half was in the outer flow at the 5/8 pole, at the field past the 3/4 marker in 1:26.1 she was 3rd on the outside. World Apart still had 1 length on the short field of 6 at the head of the lane, Austin Siegelman who won 5 races on one card at Monticello Raceway last week was not to be denied and rallied Ann Hill, opting to go the outside instead of the passing lane in a spirited stretch drive to score in 1:54.2, LQ 28.1 for a new lifetime mark by a scant head over World Apart, finishing 3rd was Touchamatic. The Rock N Roll Heaven - Taxi Fare Hanover lass is trained by 2nd generation Richard Silverman, the victory was the biggest win of his career for the 25-year-old Siegelman. Marcus Miller scored with Magic Forces, the sharp looking daughter of Art Major - Magic of Michelle took a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1 in the first heat of the $15,000 Excelsior A class. Trainer Jim Graham saw his filly Roll With Sparky (Brett Miller) content to sit the garden spot behind pace setter Robin J, to wrestle a win by a scant head in 1:54.0. In the last race on the afternoon, Bullvillstephanie (Roll With Joe - Bullville Ana) won for owner Crevani Farms with Mike Merton in the bike in 1:55.3 for her 4th win of the season. The local connection of Gary Messenger and Jim Taggart took the first leg of the Excelsior B class ($6,600) with Delilah De Vie in 1:57.3, the son of Art Major - Beach Girl De Vie, sat a pocket trip to overtake pacesetter Rollingndiamonds for her 2nd consecutive victory. Kristie Leigh Farms saw their home bred daughter Roll With Ann (Roll With Joe - Lisjune Ann) win in 1:57.1, for trainer by Eddie Hart. Local reinsman enjoyed a good afternoon as Jim Taggart Jr, Austin Siegelman and Michael Merton each enjoyed a visit to the winner circle. New York Sire Stake Action resumes on September 19 with 2 YOPF. Shawn Wiles

Harness Racing driver James DeVaux capped both halves of the early double with Sandy Hook Hanover (1:57 - $8.30) & Wiggler (1:56.2 $2.90) and then continued to march his way to the winner's circle with Muscle Defined (2:00 - $4.30) and then with Grecale AS (1:59.2 - $2.30). Grecale AS, the winningest trotter in North America earned his 15th victory of the year, the foreign bred son of Sugarcane Hanover is owned and trained by Don Hoover. Fly To The Angels (1:57.4 - $4.30) notched her 70th lifetime win for owner Gregory C Gardner of Sheridan MI. Gardner has owned the 13-year-old Sign of Success mare for her entire career of 347 starts. Jim DeVaux is the leading dash winning driver at the Mighty M, this year with 234 wins, he is ranked 6th in the nation with 365 wins with earning over $1,800,000 with a UDRS of .330. Leading Monticello trainer Dolores Basilone earned 4 wins on the card, Basilone is also ranked 6th in the nation with 168 wins with a UDRS of .363. By Shawn Wiles

Monticello, NY --- On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 7) at Monticello Raceway Austin Siegelman owned the middle part of the harness racing card and won five consecutive races. The winning streak started in race seven and continued through race 11.  Winbak Prince ($6.10) got the party started for Siegelman, winning by seven lengths in 1:56. The aptly named Winning ($3.30) made it two-in-a-row, while Goodness Grace, the Mary Martin trained Conway Hall filly. was next in 2:04.1. In race 10, True Muscle scored for Siegelman and trainer Thomas Merton in 2:00, the quintuplet came with Sammy B Happy in 1:57.2 ($8.50). Siegelman, the former Rising Star award recipient from the Monticello – Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) is ranked sixth in the driver’s colony at Monticello for leading dash winners with 77.  The aggressive and mature Siegelman has recently found his niche at Monticello Raceway, his UDRS prior to today was a respectable .310.  Total handle on the live card was $547,000. Live racing action resumes Monday afternoon at 12:50 p.m. T he New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) return to Monticello Raceway on Tuesday (Sept. 12), when 3-year-old pacing fillies take center stage. by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway 

With school, almost in session, the local stock of caulk was in short supply as five of the six New York Sire Stake events where won by harness racing favorites at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon August 28. Horse's on the front end, won nine of the cards ten races on a chilly afternoon with temperatures only in the mid 60's with a strong intermittent back side wind. The first division of Sire Stakes, a 6-horse field went for a purse of $39,200, the race unfolded as anticipated, which saw the heavy favorite In A Single Bound, a winner of 4 NYSS events already this year, carve out fractions of 27.4, 56:3, 1:25.1 in a wire to wire effort to score well in hand in 1:53.2 by 2 lengths, Cultural Paradise (Scott Zeron) was second followed by Americas Fleet (Marcus Miller). The gelded son of Roll With Joe - Armbro Bianca earned his 9th victory of the year for owners Dennis and Simone Noud of Saratoga Springs NY, he was steered to victory by regular Billy Dobson and trainer Monica Krist. The win upped his seasonal earnings to over $155,000 and remains the leading point earner in his category. Benji's Best, starting from the rail was making his 1st start since his Empire Breeders Classic consolation win on August 20 at Tioga Downs. Matt Kakaley, who has enjoyed an excellent Sire Stakes meet at Monticello Raceway this summer got the driving assignment when Dave Miller/Heavens Gait were a late scratch. Kakaley rated Benji's Best to the 1/4 in of 28.1, Outcast Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) who made a brief bobble in the first turn, had regained his composure and was parked 4th at the half, as the field past that marker in 57.0 Outcast Blue Chip was still parked at the ¾ marker in 1:25.3 as he continued the overland route as Benji's Best continued to show the way. At the apex of the last turn, Outcast Blue Chip got rough in the rigging and made another break, after gaining his composure, but losing his momentum, he gave Benji's Best a brief scare at the wire and finished second. Benji's Best held him at bay and took the win of 1:53.4, the win gave Benji's Best back to back wins. Trainer and co-owner Scott Blackler was on hand for the winner's circle ceremony, the son of Roll With Joe - Winbak Isabella is owned by Paul Harvey. The field of six for the final division of the last Sire Stake heats of the afternoon was trimmed to five starters by the absence of Heavens Gait, who scratched sick. This left Chip Walther as the new favorite, but to no avail as he made an uncharacteristic break going into the first turn. As it was for the entire card, the front-end speed held up as Pointomygradson and Scott Zeron lead the field to the quarter mile stanza in 28.2 with three lengths on the field and carved the rest of the mile in 57.2 1:25.3 to win complete authority in 1:53.1, LQ 27.3 for the fastest mile of the day and a new lifetime mark. Outrajus Blue Chip (Jordan Stratton) was second followed by What's Going On (Matt Kakaley) Pointomygradson is a bay gelding by American Ideal - Sangaal, he is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Gold Standard Equine The Excelsior A class had two heats, each racing for a purse of the standard $15,000. In the first heat saw Sir Pugsley wrestle the lead from Falcons Chance at the ¼ pole in 27.4. Sir Pugsley held the lead, to score in 1:54.3 for Jim Morrill's 1st win of the card. It was Sir Pugsley 2nd consecutive win for owners Mortberg Trust and trainer Donna Marshall. In the final division, the short 5 of five only had win and place wagering. The dominant theme of the day held up as the morning line favorite Steuben Jobee (PP2) went down the road to score a wire to wire win in 1:54.1 for trainer Tracy Brainard, the win was Morrills second on the card. Howard Taylor owns the son of American Ideal for his 2nd win in this class, upping his seasonal earnings to almost $29,000. The lone Excelsior B Division went to the betting favorite, Project Rock who sat the pocket the entire mile behind pace setter Pembroke Joey (Jordan Stratton) and came first over at the ¾ pole to win by a length in 1:56.3 for winning owners Ian Behar and Kristie Leigh Farms. The son of Roll With Joe - Endless Project is trained by Ed Hart and was driven by Bruce Aldrich for his 3rd win of the year. American Ideal lead all sires with 3 sons entering the winners circle, he was followed by Roll With Joe with 2 winners. NYSS action returns to Monticello Raceway on September 12, when 3 YOFT come to town By: Shawn Wiles

On Monday August 28, Monticello Raceway will host the glamour division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) when 3-year old pacing colts come to town. 6 of the 10 leading point earners in the state will participate on the harness racing program. The entry box contained 17 entries for the regular Sire Stakes, which equated into 3 divisions, each worth $39,200. The Excelsior A class has 2 divisions, each worth $15,000 and the Excelsior B's will go with 1 split, worth $6,500. Race 2 on the card is the first heat of Sire Stakes action with 6 entries. The leading NYSS 3YOPC point leader, In A Single Bound will start from post position 4, with regular driver Bill Dobson for trainer Monica Krist. The talented son of Roll With Joe has 4 wins and a 2nd in Sire Stake competition thus far this year with earnings of 136,994 and a LT mark of 1:50.2 taken at Vernon Downs. Cultural Paradise has yet to wear the blue Sire Stakes blanket this year, he has finished 2nd twice and place 3rd once in the class. David Miller will drive the son of American Ideal - Silk Canvas for trainer Larry Remmen. Monticello Raceway 2 year old pacing colt track record holder Barry Hanover will start from post 3, with Monticello icon Bruce Aldrich Jr holding the leather. Benji's Best has been pegged the morning line favorite at 5-2 from the rail in the second division. The Scott Blackler trained son of Roll With Joe was a winner last start at Tioga Downs in the Empire Breeders Classic consolation in 1:50, David Miller will handle the driving chores. Uffizi (PP5) has a win under his belt in this class virtue by his Sire Stake win at Saratoga 3 starts back in 1:51.4, Scott Zeron will be in the bike. Uffizi is trained by Chris Ryder, the American Ideal colt is owned by Robert Mondillo and Craig Henderson. After crushing his foes in the Excelsior's, A Geez Joe is moving up in class, making his 2nd Sire Stake, he finished 2nd behind Benji's Best in the Empire Breeders Classic, pacing his mile in 1:50.2. In the final heat, showcases Heavens Gait, who has been on a hot streak, winning 7 of his last 8 races. The wins include 3 NYSS wins, Elimination and final of the Empire Breeders Classic and the Hempt consolation. He is the fasted and richest contestant of the day with 2017 earnings of $255,997 and a record of 1:49. Hall of Famer David Miller will be in the sulky for trainer Nicholas Devita, he is sired by Roll With Joe, out of the young mare Booya Beach. Chip Walther will start from the rail for trainer Erv Miller. Race 8 features the first race for the Excelsior A class, the consistent Sir Pugsley (PP2) has been installed the morning line favorite at 5/2, Jim Morrill Jr. will drive the son of American Ideal - Q and A for trainer Donna Marshall. Joe Joe Joe looks to extend his win streak to 3 in a row after romping in overnight company at Tioga Downs. By: Shawn Wiles

On Monday afternoon (August 21) at Monticello Raceway, a rare solar eclipse took place which had little to no effect for its duration as the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 2-Year-Old Filly Trotters dominated the program. The Sire Stakes laden card was marred by 12 scratches due to sickness that has hit many stables extremely hard over the past 2 weeks. In this first heat of NYSS going for a purse of $36,566, saw Supergirl Riley and Girl Talk battle for early position going to the ¼ in 29.0. Once on the lead, Supergirl Riley was at half in 58.2 and had two lengths on the field, the gap widened at the ¾ pole where she was up by three lengths, tripping the beam in 1:28.1, at this point Lima Novelty was underway from the back of the pack. Supergirl Riley's lead diminished at the top of the stretch, Lima Novelty continued to range into contention and uncorked a 28.2 last quarter to score in 1:57.3, obliterating the old record of 1:59.2 formally held by Shaqline and lady Riviera. Lima Novelty is owned by Kenneth Jacobs, the Chapter Seven filly is trained by Linda Toscano, it was her 3rd consecutive win in Sire Stake company, Jason Bartlett drove the filly. In the second division of Sire Stakes in race three, saw the better half of the Ake Svanstedt entry, Plunge Blue Chip scratched due to illness. This left Fury Road (PP3) barred from wagering and raced for purse only, the filly she took advantage of the absence of her sick stable mate and wired the field in 2:00.4, to score by a head over Lucky Rainbow and White Cheetah. The Muscle Mass filly was trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Knutsson Training Inc. of Delray Beach Florida. Jackie Newlands tried the down the road tactic, but faltered of the head of the lane and made a break in the final division of Sire Stakes after setting fractions of 29.3, 1:00.1 and 1:29.3. Lucky Ava inherited the lead followed by Setntheworldonfire, Sevenbuyeleven who sat 4th bidding her time the entire mile was fresh of the head on the lane. The Chapter Seven filly streaked home in 28.4 to prevail in a tight photo over Lucky Ava. Jason Bartlett drove for owner Kenneth Jacobs of Baldwinsville NY. In the first Excelsior A event going for a purse of $15,000 saw Barn Bliss ($3.20) score in 2:01.3 for the Barn Wizard Steve Pratt. The other Excelsior A winners where Southwind Cookie 2:01.2, Chaperess 1:59.1, Pain in the Mass 2:00 and A Thing Goin On scored in 2:02.1, to give Jason Bartlett his 4th win of the afternoon. The B class Excelsior's went for a purse of $6,600, saw Irish Kate win the first split in 2:05.1, in a non-betting race, Grammy Winner won by 27 lengths in 2:02.1 for Tyler Buter and Video Chic 2:02.1. On the afternoon, Jason Bartlett won four races, Trond Smedshammer trained and drove two winners, Linda Toscano notched three training wins', Ake Svanstedt had two training wins and owners Ken Jacobs and Purple Haze Stable each garnered an owner double. Chapter Seven was the winning sire, as five of his daughters entered the winners circle. Credit Winner and Muscle Mass were tied in the place spot with 2 winners each. New York Sire Stakes action returns to Monticello Raceway on August 28 when 2-Year-old Colt Pacers come to town. By Shawn Wiles

The New York Sire Stakes calendar was kind to the freshman trotting colts, as their first NYSS competition was at Tioga Downs. For today's harness racing contest at Monticello Raceway (July 31) it was many of the young trotters first start on a twice around oval. 72 colts comprised 11 of the cards 13 races. The aptly named, The Veteran minded his manners in the 1st NYSS $27,250 contest on the card, Brian Sears carefully floated the son of Muscle Mass - Tequila Summer off the gait and let the field settle into the first turn, down the backside, Sear's tipped his mount to the outside and was parked at the quarter in an even 30 panel, once on the lead, The Veteran carved out fractions of 1:00.4, 1:32 and coasted home an easy 2 length winner in 2:02.1 for his 2nd consecutive win. The $32,000 Lexington purchase is trained by part owner George Ducharme along with W. Donavan, Michaels's and Winske. Seven Knights was 2nd and Chasin Dreams finished 3rd The 2nd heat saw Andy Miller leave the gate hard from post position 7 and take the garden spot while Cruising In Style showed the way to the ¼, Miller was on the move with Don and had the lead passed the quarter pole in a brisk 29.2, from this point he controlled the tempo to score in 1:58.3, an easy 3 length victory. The son of Credit Winner-Angosture trotted his last quarter in 29.3, he is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Little E LLC and paid $14.20, the time of 1:58.3 was just a tick off from the track record. On the program, it looked like the 7 hole would thwart Purpose Blue Chips effort to get away unscathed and look for a good trip, but the outside post did not deter the son of Chapter Seven, as the now healed and almost healthy Dan Daley charged off the gate and went for the lead and showed the field through fractions of 28.4, 59.3, 1:29.0. In the paddock turn, Purpose Blue Chip looked to be any easy winner, Rich Uncle who was third the entire mile, uncorked a 29.1 last stanza to put away Purpose Blue Chip by a length. The Credit Winner - Royal Assets colt is owned by William Donavan, it was his second winner of the day. Purpose Blue Chip was 2nd, followed by Ronnie Goldstein. Clive Bigsy came into the race looking to keep his 3-race win skein intact, the betting public was betting that he would fail, and was sent off at odd of 6-1, Ake Svanstedt send Six Pack to the lead and controlled the tempo with splits of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:29.2. Fourth Dimension was lurking in the 3 hole for the duration, made his move at the 5/8 marker, at the top of the lane it was a cavalry charge with 3 horses across the track between him, Tito and Six Pack. But Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven) was not to be denied, tripping the timer in track record of 1:58, eclipsing the former record held by Fashion Blizzard. The $200,000 yearling purchase is owned by Courant Stable of Delray Beach, Florida, he is trained by Marcus Melander and was driven to victory by Brian Sears. Clive Bigsby finished 2nd and trotted home the fastest LQ of the day in 28.0. The most unusual race of the day came in the first heat of the Excelsior A, Crackback Jack made a nasty break going into the first turn and lost a ton of ground for Andy Miller, while he was regaining his composure after the miscue, On The Ropes showed the field to the ¼ in 30.3, while approaching the half, On The Ropes made a break and Babylons Bridge inherited the lead. Going down the backstretch for the final time, Crackback Jack was still hustling to make up ground and was 3rd at the half. Chapter Ruth showed the freshman field to the ¾ mile maker in 1:32, Crackback Jack was now 2nd first over and On The Ropes (Chapter Seven), was back in the hunt going 3 wide in the last turn and trotted away from the rest of them to win in in 2:01.1 by 3 lengths, trotting her last quarter in 28.4. Muscle Mass lead the sire brigade with 4 winners on the card. The next Sire Stakes action comes on August 21, when 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies come to town. By Shawn Wiles

Based on the sheer number of two-year-old trotting colts that dropped in the box, the health of the New York Sire Stakes program appears to be excellent condition. 72 colts were entered for Mondays July 31st New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) event at Monticello Raceway. 11 of the 13 races on the Monday harness racing program are NYSS events. The 4 heats of Sire Stakes will race for a purse of $23,750, there is also 3 Excelsior A's (15,000) events and 4 Excelsior B's ($6,600). For many of the young pupils, this will be their first start on a half mile oval. The Hambletonian winning combination of Brain Sears and George Ducharme will sent forth The Veteran, in race 1. The Muscle Mass colt was handy in his last start at Saratoga, where he scored in 1:59.4 in his pari mutual debt, he will score from post position 5. The 5th race looks to be the dash of the day, the field is comprised of Cruising In Style (Muscle Mass - SOS Respect) who will look to keep his 4-race win streak intact from post 4 for trainer Andrew Harris. Funknpancakes earned his first lifetime win last week at the Big M in 1:56.3 in a 2 YO overnight event, the RC Royalty colt trotted home in 27.2, prior to that he finished 2nd in a NYSS for owner Crawford Farms. Ray Schnittker brings Coach Cummings to the fray from the rail, the Goshen based trainee son of Deweycheatumnhowe colt has 2 Goshen wins under his belt and has proven himself on the half mile. Troller will look to shed his role as bridesmaid from PP 2 for the always dangerous Phil Fluet. The 3rd split of NYSS comes in race 8, the lone trotter with any ½ track experience is Ronnie Goldstein, who will start from the rail for and trainer - driver Kim Crawford. The Muscle Mass - Barbara Goldstein colt will look to improve his lifetime mark of 2:00.1 taken at Saratoga. From post position 4 Lunar Credit, who finished 2nd 2 starts ago in Sire Stakes action at Tioga Downs will be driven by Jason Bartlett, who won 4 races on a NYSS card last week at Monti. The son of Credit Winner- Lunar Dream is owned by Little E, Geiger, Stolz and Settlemoir. Purpose Blue Chip with the now healthy Dan Daley will start from the outside 7 hole, the Chapter Seven colt was 2nd in last start at Tioga Downs. The final NYSS race features the unbeaten Clive Bigsby, a winner of 3 in a row for trainer George Ducharme, he has 1 Sire Stake win to his credit by his win at Tioga Downs. The Muscle Mass - Northern Flare colt is owned by George Ducharme Stable LLC and Winters Racing Stable. Fourth Dimension, a $200,00 yearling is looking to extend his win streak after an impressive win at Tioga Down in 1:55.2. The Chapter Seven offspring is trained by Marcus Melander and will be driven by recent hall of Fame Inductee Brian Sears and will start form post position 3. The 4 splits of the Excelsior A's will race for a purse of $15,000, the recently red hot Ake Svanstedt, who had a clean sweep recently at Batavia Downs will showcase On The Ropes (PP5) in race 2, he jogged in his last start by 7 lengths to win in 1:56.2 at the Meadowlands. Helpisontheway will find post 2 more to his liking, last week from the 9 hole at the Meadowlands he was never a factor for trainer Linda Toscano in the 3rd race. A winner in this company Credicone will look for back to back victory's in the last division of the Excelsior A's, the Credit Winner colt is owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC. Post time is 12:50, the weatherman is calling for sunny skies with temperatures in the highs 70's, the track record for 2 YOTC is 1:58.2, held by Fashion Blizzard, the record for 2 YOTG is 1:58.1 set by Allerage Echo in 2015. By Shawn Wiles

On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 7000 club Jason Bartlett, as he won four New York Sire Stakes races on the 13 race harness racing program. By virtue of his Sheppard Elimination win, the public betting made Persist Blue Chip (PP2) the favorite. After a brisk 28.4 opening stanza, Matt Kakely slowed the pace to a 59.1 half, the tempo at the ¾ was a leisurely 1:28.3 from then on it was all cruise control. He went on to score a wire to wire win in a lifetime best of 1:58.1 over Carolina Magic by a scant nose. The son of Roll With Joe - Real Reflection is owned by Burke, Martin, Switala and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $27,750 contest Delightful Joe left first and fast from the gate, once the field settled in down the back side Matt Kakaley used the same tactic as in his first win and went down the road to play catch me if you can with Topville Olympian and had the lead first over at the ¼ in 29.0. The bay son of American Ideal - Our Sophia was at the half in 59 and had 2 lengths on the field, the margin was cut to 1 length at the ¾ pole in 1:28.0 Delightful Joe was in perfect position throughout but to no avail as Topville Olympian threw down a LQ of 28 to take a new lifetime mark of in 1:56. He is owned by Menary and Billy & Anthony Timmins of Great Britain. Jason Bartlett notched his second win on the card with Casual Cool, a winner in Sire Stakes company last start at Buffalo, he was content to let the dust settle on the front end while Rock Lights showed the field through fractions of 28.3, 58:1, 1:27.3, at this point Casual Cool was in the outer flow and gaining ground on the outside to win by 2 lengths in 1:56, tying his lifetime best. The $165,000 son of American Ideal - Sight To See, is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. In one of the afternoons more impressive performances, Jimtastic, was making his pari-mutuel debt from the rail for trainer Andrew Harris. The son of Art Major - Jimmy The Terror was dominant in his qualifier at Mohawk, winning by 8 in 1:57.3, he was equally impressive today, scoring in 1:57.1 for Jason Bartlett over Real Rayenbow. Aces In Heaven, ($4.40) took no prisoners as he soundly defeated his Excelsior A rivals in 1:57.1, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was trained and driven to victory by John MacDonald, he was bred by Crawford Farms LLC. It was an afternoon of doubles, trainers Linda Toscano, Ron Burke and Andrew Harris each had a pair of winners, Matt Kakaley also had a driving double and Winbak Farms has 2 winners on the breeding side. In the breeding shed Sires, American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Betterthancheddar each has two sons visit the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

The third stop of the New York Sire Stakes Circuit will visit Monticello Raceway on Monday July 24, on hand will be the cream of the crop for New York Bred two Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings. The Monday afternoon harness racing card of 13 races, features 4 divisions of regular NYSS - $27,750, 4 Excelsior A's - $15,000 and 1 split of the Excelsior B class. Sheppard Elimination winner Persist Blue Chip will start from the two hole for trainer Ron Burke, the Roll With Joe - Real Reflection colt will be driven by Matt Kakaley in the first heat of Sire Stakes in the 3rd race. The Monticello Raceway connection, Robert Lounsbury will send Rolling Sea into the fray, he comes into the race sporting a 2-race win streak. The Roll With Joe colt is owned by William Damberg and Margaret Olmstead. Asiago Romano (PP3) also figures to be a threat. Topville Olympian (PP2) will look to get on the winning trail in this company, The American Ideal - Our Sophia freshman cut the mile last week at Buffalo and was just nosed out in 1:56, Matt Kakaley will driving. Delightful Joe, is well versed on the half mile oval, and comes into the race in razor sharp form, he was 2nd in his first NYSS event last week, he is trained by Monica Krist, and will start from post 5 for driver Bill Dobson. Paprike Blue Chip will start from post position 3, for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stable - Crawford Farms and VIP Internet Stable. Rumble comes into the race undefeated in 2 starts, post position 8 may thwart his effort. Third division, race 6 showcases a field a speedy sidewinders, Casual Cool (PP3) was victorious last week at Buffalo in 1:56, the $165,000 American Ideal - Sight To See colt is owned by Ken Jacobs and is trained by Linda Toscano, Jason Bartlett will drive. Perry Simser is loaded for bear with Jersey Jim, he sports a speed badge of 1:56.3 taken in his prior start at Saratoga winner this year. The Artiscape - Jersey Pearl offspring will be driven by Monticello Raceway leading dash winner Jim DeVaux. Final heat of Sire Stakes, race 7 features Sammy's Lighting (PP8) the son of Roll With Joe earned his first Sire Stake blanket last week at Buffalo by his 1:58 win. Paul Jessop is the trainer and part owner along with Our Three Sons Stable LLC, Jim Morrill Jr. will be in the bike. Mr. Profeta and Real Rayenbow also figure strongly. The lone Excelsior B contest will go behind the gate with only 4 starters. Post time is 12:50. Shawn Wiles  

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