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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  

Plainville, MA --- Dark skies, steadily increasing rain and a track that was downgraded as the program progressed was the stage set for the first $163,234 2-year-old leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 1). But the undesirable conditions didn't diminish the performances put in by the best bred freshmen trotters and pacers in the Commonwealth. $41,200 2-year-old colt and gelding trot Winner: Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) 1:57 Owners: George Ducharme Stable and Michelle Larson Trainer: George Ducharme Breeder: Michelle Larson Mutuel: $5.80 Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) got away fourth off the gate while The Fixer (Mark Athearn) took control of the race and led the group to a :29 first quarter. That lead was short-lived as Simple Kaos pulled in front of the stands and rolled to the front in a commanding fashion, hitting the half in :58.2. From there Whittemore became a passenger while his trotter had things well under control. Continuing up the backside Simple Kaos and The Fixer drew away from the rest of the field and then Simple Kaos pulled away from The Fixer at the top of the stretch. Down the lane Simple Kaos jogged away under no urging and was a wrapped-up six-length winner in 1:57. $43,034 2-year-old colt and gelding pace Winner: Victorias Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) 1:56 Owners: Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe Trainer: Valerie Grondin Breeder: Lynn-Marie Plouffe Mutuel: $3.40 Victorias Maverick (Heath Campbell) left no doubt who was the best in this division, grabbing an early lead and putting the competition away almost immediately. After cutting a fairly easy half of :58, Campbell stepped on the gas pedal and Victorias Maverick put some distance between himself and the rest of field by the three-quarters. From there he simply walked away from the field, eventually widening the gap of victory to six-lengths under the wire in 1:56. The winning time was a new lifetime mark for Victorias Maverick and it also tied the stake record. $40,300 2-year-old filly trot Winner: Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindys Lullaby) 1:59.2 Owners: Andy Miller Stable, Harvey Eisman and Little E LLC Trainer: Julie Miller Breeder: K R Breeding LLC Mutuel: $3.00 Unbelindyble (Greg Merton) left sharply for the lead and looked strong cutting the quarter in :29.2. But Ev's Girl (Steve Smith) was out and moving as they hit that station and she took the lead as they passed under the wire for the first time. Halfway up the backside Ev's Girl opened a four-length advantage but the race was far from over. Crystalline (Shawn Gray) caught up and drew alongside at three-quarters and Unbelindyble was still tracking from behind, a closer third. Down the lane Ev's Girl was under a line drive by Smith as Gray was urging Crystalline who was closing with every stride. However Ev's Girl held her off at the wire and won by one-half length in 1:59.2. $38,700 2-year-old filly pace Winner: Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) 1:59.1 Owner: Al Ross Trainer: Jim Hardy Breeder: Al Ross Mutuel: NB Karan's Choice (Jim Hardy) left from post one and led the entire mile. After setting quarters of :28.4, 1:00.1 and 1:30.1 Hardy kept Karan's Choice on her game in the lane, fending off a late challenge by Cominrightatyou (Ron Cushing) to win by a length in 1:59.1. The MASS action continues at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 2) with five divisions of 3-year-olds of both gaits go for a total of $165,100 in purses. The first contest is a non-betting race at 1:45 p.m. Post time for the first race on the regular betting card is 2 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The $1.5 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) kicks off at Plainridge Park next week with the first leg of the 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders competing in the first leg on Tuesday (Oct. 2) going for $35,000 per division. Many of the horses eligible to the MASS have also competed in other racing jurisdiction's sire stake programs as a result of the resident mare program in Massachusetts. The duality of eligibility is one of the benefits of breeding in Massachusetts along with the growing purse structure year over year. Here are some of the MASS eligibles who will be probable starters the first of next month and a look at what they have been doing so far this year. 3-year-old pacing colts Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) has had a stellar year on the Maine Sire Stake (MSS) circuit, winning four legs and finishing second and third two times each as well. His mark is 1:57 at Scarborough Downs this year and he has earned $35,977 for his efforts. He was a major player in the MASS last year, tying a stake record of 1:56 for his division and it looks like he has continued to improve since then. Dean Malin bred and owns Twelve and has Eddie Davis Jr. doing the training. Pembroke Pharoah (Baron Biltmore-Migraine) has also been a star on the MSS winning five legs and earning $34,807 so far this year. He took a mark of 1:56.4 at Windsor and has hit the board nine out of 11 times. He did win one leg of the MASS at two, but was disqualified for interference after the race so he will look to get his first official win in that series this year. William Varney owns Pembroke Pharoah with his driver, Heath Campbell and also bred the horse with his trainer, Valerie Grondin. Last year's 2-year-old champion I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) has been lightly raced back this year, getting only five starts between Plainridge Park and Harrington Raceway. But he has been improving of late and will be back to defend his freshman title for his owner Nelson Malin III and trainer Kevin Switzer. Malin and Switzer bred I'm A Clown. 3-year-old pacing fillies Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K) has five wins and two seconds in MSS action to date with a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 at Skowhegan with earnings of $35,205. That's quite a turnaround from her only two starts last year where she was distanced in both and it's quite possible that she will be the one to beat in this division this year. Bradford Veilleux owns Gonna Hear Me Rohr who is trained by James Dunn and was bred by Heidi Rohr. Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) has won three races in eight starts this year including a 1:53.1 lifetime best effort at Plainridge Park, however she hasn't seen any stake action since the 2017 MASS. But her overnight efforts show she looks ready to compete. KDK Standardbred bred and owns Rock Me Threetimes and Kevin Switzer is the trainer. Delco Dusty (Jeremy's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) was the 2-year-old champion in this division last year and set a stake record of 1:53 in the process. But she is off to a slow start in 2018 and winless to this point. Her latest effort has been much improved and she will have to step up to try and regain last year's success. Jesse De Long bred and owns Delco Dusty who is trained by Jimmy Nickerson. 3-year-old trotting colts Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) was the MASS 2017 2-year-old champion and is looking to do the same at three. He started out this year racing in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) before dropping down to the Excelsior "A" series. There he found a good spot scoring two wins, two seconds and a third in five outings while earning $29,815. Although he made the Excelsior finals by points, he was scratched sick on August 10 and has been off ever since, just qualifying back on September 21. If he regains his summer form, he will be a major player in the MASS this year for owner/breeder Ray Campbell Jr. and trainer George Ducharme. After seeing substantial Grand Circuit action last year, Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) has only had limited stake engagements to date in 2018, those being two starts in the NYSS and an elimination of the Empire Breeders Championship. However he does have three overnight wins and has taken a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 earlier this year and is very familiar with the Plainridge track. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred and owns Kinda Lucky Lindy who is trained by Domenico Cecere. 3-year-old trotting fillies Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) was the top point-getter in the NYSS Excelsior "A" series this year. She had four wins, three seconds and a third out of eight starts and earned $52,730 as a result. Although she got beat in the final, it was only by three lengths from post seven. She will come into the MASS ready to roll off her competition in New York this year. Ithinkthatsmine is owned and bred by Ray Campbell Jr. and is trained by George Ducharme. Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) was the 2-year-old MASS champion last year but hasn't had much success in 2018. After not getting qualified until July 13, Bag O Chips was scratched sick and didn't make her first start until July 26. In her limited starts she has had some breaking issues that seem to have been worked out in subsequent qualifiers leading up to her first MASS start this year. Bred by Linwood Farm, Bag O Chips is owned by Ray Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off the 2018 season on Monday (Oct. 1) with four divisions of 2-year-old trotters and pacers each going for an estimated $35,000. The 3-year-olds will hit the track on Tuesday (Oct. 2) for their first leg. Horsemen be advised that the draw for both days will be held on Thursday (Sept. 27) with the box closing at 9 a.m. Here is the complete MASS schedule. Monday (Oct. 1) 2-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 2) 3-year-old First Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 8) 2-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 9) 3-year-old Second Leg $35,000 added Monday (Oct. 22) 2-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 23) 3-year-old Third Leg $35,000 added Tuesday (Oct. 30) 2- and 3-year-old Finals $85,000 (est.)   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Drew Campbell, who is currently the second leading harness racing percentage driver in North America, displayed exactly why he is on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 25) at Plainridge Park by winning six races on the 11 race card by a combined 27-lengths. Campbell cruised home on top with Dr. C's Z Tam (1:54.1, $4.60), Shanghai Warrior (1:53.1, $4.80), Stonebridge Honey (1:54.4, $2.20), Golden Idol (1:55.2, $5.60), Mcelodian (1:53.3, $17.00) and Mia's first Time (1:56, $3.00). Campbell's six wins came out of only eight starts for the day, giving him a .750 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the program. Campbell's overall UDR is .422, only .008 behind Guy Gagnon for the North American lead. But that's really no surprise as he has finished above the .400 mark for the last five consecutive years. In 2017 he ended his campaign with an unbelievable .523 which was far and away the best in North America. Despite the lofty averages, Campbell is also a win machine. Currently only 159 wins away from the landmark 5,000 plateau, he is currently the leading driver at Plainridge Park with 127 wins, 32 ahead of his nearest competitor. And combined with his starts at all other tracks, Campbell has 268 wins in 1,039 starts and $1.32 million in earnings for 2018. That earnings total is already a career single season high for him. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off the 2018 season on Monday (Oct. 1) with four divisions of 2-year-old trotters and pacers each going for an estimated $35,000. The 3-year-olds will hit the track on Tuesday (Oct. 2) for their first leg. Horsemen be advised that the draw for both days will be held on Thursday (Sept. 27) with the box closing at 9 a.m. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 27) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Nick Graffam had a big day at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 24) capturing the top two trots on the card with both horses paying premium prices and both winning in handy fashion. In the $14,000 Winners-Over trot, Graffam left from post five with Shorething Fashion and took the lead before Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson), who was motoring up the outside, grabbed the front passing the quarter in a quick :26.2. Positions remained the same until Zorgwijk Nova (Mitchell Cushing) came calling on the outside and eventually took command past three-quarters. Now locked in around the last turn, Shorething Fashion was able to get out and around the fading Osprey Impact and eventually made his way back to the pylons by the top of the stretch. Graffam ducked inside Zorgwijk Nova, blew up the one-path and held off a late charge by Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) to win under a hand drive in 1:56. It was the second win in a row and fourth in the last five starts for Shorething Fashion ($16.00) who is owned by Bob McHugh and Mike Eaton, who also trains the winner. Then in the $12,000 conditioned event for non-winners of the 6-year-old and under group, Graffam took no prisoners with Noble Yaz as he went down the road and led at every station en route to a wrapped-up, three-length victory in 1:56.4, which was a new seasonal mark. After going nine for 19 in the money, Noble Yaz ($17.80) got his first win of the year for owners Christopher Hamilton, Nick Graffam and Mike Graffam, who also does the training. Graffam currently sits in sixth place in the dash driving competition at Plainridge Park with 57 wins. For the year Graffam has 88 wins, 128 seconds and 118 thirds overall with $680,423 in purses earned. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Sept. 25) at 2 p.m. The Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off the 2018 season on Monday (Oct. 1) with four divisions of 2-year-old trotters and pacers each going for an estimated $25,000. Post time for Monday is also 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- It's not too often a driver wins half a card of harness racing but that's just what Mitchell Cushing did on Thursday (Sept. 20) at Plainridge Park. Cushing drove six winners on the 12-race program including a victory in the $15,000 6-year-old and under condition pacing feature with Lear Seelster. Lear Seelster started from post two and stayed right there behind Tixnstones (Jim Hardy) who cut the mile. The race incrementally went :26.3, :56.1 and 1:24.1 under the challenge of an outer flow. But at the top of the lane it came down to Tixnstones and Lear Seelster and Cushing made the push that got the job done as Lear Seelster pulled away by a length to win in 1:52.3. It was the seventh win of the year and a new lifetime mark for Lear Seelster ($5.00) who is owned by David Glazer and trained by Jim Nickerson. Cushing also won with See Me Streakin (1:53.4, $13.40), Sports Lightning (1:51.4, $8.00), Jefferson Tare (1:52.2, $5.40), Manny (1:52.1, $3.00) and Siskel (1:52, $35.40). In the eleven races Cushing drove, he also finished second and third twice each and combined with the six wins gave him an amazing Universal Driver Rating (UDR) of .707. Cushing is having a career year with 173 wins out of 788 starts earning $859,421 in purses and sporting a .363 UDR for the year. Plainridge Park is well represented in North American harness racing as three of the top 10 percentage drivers compete daily at The Ridge. Drew Campbell is second with a .420 UDR, Shawn Gray is fourth with a .390 UDR and Mitchell Cushing is ninth with a .363 UDR. In the day's top aged pacing event, Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) went gate to wire to win the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap in 1:51.2, holding off a late charge from Moonlight Artist (Shawn Gray) at the line to win by a head. Quick Shot captured his 10th win of the year and has now earned $96,060 for his owner Kathleen Brewer in 2018. John Bowman trains the winner. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 24) with post time at 2p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- She hasn't visited the winner's circle since her first start here a month ago, but Seventimesavirgin got familiar with that area again after she won the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19). Seventimesavirgin (Shane Taggart) got away fourth as Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) and Shesjustadelight N (Mitchell Cushing) took turns at the lead by the quarter in :27.4. From there Shesjustadelight N led the ladies past the half and to the three-quarters where Taggart had Seventimesavirgin rolling on the outside and took over the race. Seventimesavirgin went right by the leader in the final turn and when she got back to the pins Taggart popped the plugs, tucked the whip and sat chilly while his mare paced home a wrapped-up winner by three lengths in 1:51.3. It was the fourth win in 16 starts this year for Seventimesavirgin ($5.20) who now has $57,500 on the card for owner Jesse De Long and trainer Jim Nickerson. In the co-featured $12,000 fillies and mares non-winners event, Stonebridge Honey (Drew Campbell) tripped-out behind Our Royal Majesty (Wally Watson) until Campbell pulled her coming off the last turn where she blew by the leader and drew off by three to win in 1:54.2. It was the third win in the last four starts for Stonebridge Honey ($4.60) who is owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Elisha Lafreniere. Plainridge Park's leading dash driver Drew Campbell was as hot as this summer on Wednesday, winning five races at The Ridge. Campbell scored with Mia's first Time (1:55, $4.20), Angel Or Terror (1:53, $3.00), Stonebridge Honey, Superbowl Party (1:52.3, $5.60) and Weddle By Weddle (1:54, $7.40). Campbell drove in 11 races and never missed the board. With five wins, one second and five thirds, he posted a .657 Universal Driver Rating (UDR) for the day. Campbell continues to sit in first place now with 120 wins for the meet, ahead of Greg Merton (95), Shawn Gray (92) and Mitchell Cushing (72), who had a driving double on Wednesday. Part of the reason Campbell had a big day was he was driving for trainer Elisha Lafreniere whose barn was on a roll. Lafreniere sent three of her students to the winner's circle including Stonebridge Honey, Angel Or Terror and Weddle By Weddle. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 20) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Two 2-year-old late closer stakes, one on the trot and one on the pace, offering a total of $40,000 were contested at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept.17) offering some fantastic finishes and state-bred stars in the making. The $20,000 Wood End Light final for 2-year-old trotters of both genders was won by the Massachusetts-bred The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) who was a major upset. The Fixer (Shane Taggart) and Prenuptial (Domenico Cecere) trotted side by side from the gate to the top of the turn, setting fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.4 along the way. The two traded leads during the course of the trip but one never cleared the other. That was until the top of the stretch when Prenuptial tired and The Fixer trotted away to a two length win in 1:58, blowing up the tote board at 31-1. It was the first lifetime win and a lifetime mark for The Fixer ($64.80) who was bred and is owned by Thomas Dillon. Gretchen Athearn trains the winner. The Fixer is Massachusetts Sire Stake eligible and should be in action during the first leg of the 2-year-old division which kicks off at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1). Then later, the $20,000 Nauset Light final for 2-year-old pacers of both genders was won by Fight Like Mike (Rock N Roll Heaven-Delco Voracious) who made a big late move. Sylvia Trench (Jim Hardy) was the pacesetter who was under duress the entire mile. First Bangor (Jimmy Whittemore) pushed him to the half in :57 and at the three-quarters, Fight Like Mike (Mitchell Cushing) came flying three wide to draw alongside Sylvia Trench to argue from there until the wire. Sylvia Trench was at the pylons with Fight Like Mike alongside spinning out of the last turn. Hardy and Cushing were both rocking and knocking all the way down the lane until Fight Like Mike just got a head in front before the wire and won in 1:56. It was also the first lifetime win and mark for Fight Like Mike ($6.20) who was bred and is owned by Jesse De Long andis trained by Jim Nickerson. Tuesday afternoon's (Sept. 18) card of racing at Plainridge Park has been postponed until Wednesday (Sept. 19) due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence that is expected to affect the greater Boston area with torrential rains and flash flooding tomorrow. Post time for the first race Wednesday will be at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- The $1.3 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) kick off at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1) with the first leg of the 2-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders going for $25,000 per division. Many of the horses eligible to the MASS are also competing in other racing jurisdiction's sire stake programs as a result of the resident mare program in Massachusetts. The duality of eligibility is one of the benefits of breeding in Massachusetts along with the growing purse structure year over year. There are 51 2-year-olds eligible for this year's MASS stakes. Here are some who will race here starting the first of next month and a look at what they have been doing so far this year. 2-year-old pacing colts Victoria's Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) has won back-to-back Maine Sire Stake races by open lengths and has a mark of 1:57.4 at the Windsor Fair. Victoria's Maverick is owned by Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe and is trained by Valerie Grondin. Lynn-Marie Plouffe bred the colt. Good Heavens (Rock N Roll Heaven-MS Pininfarina) just finished third in 1:56.3 in the $15,000 Nauset Light series at Plainridge and is in the $20,000 final on Monday (Sept. 17). Trained and driven by Ivan Davies, this colt has been progressing well the last couple of weeks. Nancy Longobardi bred and owns Good Heavens. 2-year-old pacing fillies Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denver Love) has been racing in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grass Roots series this year and hasn't been off the board in any of them. Most recently she finished third at Mohawk in 1:58.4. Al Ross bred and owns the filly that has been trained in Ontario by Michael Keeling. 2-year-old trotting colts Precision (Muscle Hill-Bourbon N Grits) is a three-quarter brother to Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. He took a mark of 1:57.4 in the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands in July and then improved on that mark at Vernon Downs in his last start, trotting in 1:57.1. He has also made several starts in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in between. Bred by Al Ross, Precision is co-owned by Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. and is trained by George Ducharme. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) raced in the New York Sire Stakes and Excel A series before entering the $15,000 Wood End Light series at Plainridge Park where he ran away and hid by 10 lengths in a lifetime best 1:56. He is back in to go in the $20,000 final of that series and will be very sharp coming into the MASS off that experience. Simple Kaos was bred by Michelle Larson who co-owns the colt with trainer George Ducharme. Buckanlully (Boy Band-Empress Hall) has been having a stellar campaign on the Maine Sire Stake circuit this summer, winning two and finishing second twice as well. He has a mark of 2:05 at Scarborough but trotted in 2:02.2 in defeat at Windsor. David Barnard and Steve LaCasse bred and own Buckanlully with La Casse doing the training. Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has been racing New York Sire Stakes and Excel A series races all summer and has only missed one check in those events. He has a mark of 1:59 at Vernon Downs for his breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme is his trainer. 2-year-old trotting fillies Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindy's Lullaby) started out in New York Sire Stake action before dropping down to Excel A, where she got her first win at Saratoga Raceway by open lengths in 2:00. Team Orange Crush, Andy and Julie Miller have this filly ready to roll in the MASS for their ownership partners Harvey Eisman and Little E Stable. K R Breeding bred Ev's Girl. The 2018 MASS Sire Stake Race Schedule Monday, October 1, 2018 2 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added   Monday, October 8, 218 2 Year Old Second Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3 Year Old Second Leg5,000 added   Monday, October 22, 2018 2 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2 & 3 Year Old Finals $85,000 est.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Major Leaguer overcame an early deficit to go the mile of his life in the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 13). Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) took early command and flashed to the half in :54.1. At that point four horses were already out and moving with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) second-over in the pack. Bet You (Eddie Davis Jr.) was closest to the leader and forced a :27.3, 1:21.4 three-quarter time and looked like a contender at that point. As soon as they passed that station, Bet You stalled and Whittemore tipped Major Leaguer three wide around him and took dead-aim at Quick Shot, who still had a two-length advantage. Then under a methodic rocking hand drive, Major Leaguer made up the ground, wore down Quick Shot and hit the wire one-length ahead in 1:50.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Unraced at two, the now 4-year-old Major Leaguer ($16.20) scored his 23rd win in 44 lifetime starts for his driving owner, Jimmy Whittemore and his trainer Dennis Whittemore. The second fastest mile of the day was registered in a $13,000 non-winners event for the under 6-year-old group when Lucky Sport (Mitchell Cushing) went gate to wire to win by more than four lengths in 1:51, which was also a new lifetime mark. The win was the second in the last three Plainridge outings for Lucky Sport ($3.60) and the time knocked almost two full seconds of his previous best taken at Mohawk Raceway back in June of this year. Curran Racing and Adam Michael co-own Lucky Sport who is trained by Jim Nickerson. Several drivers had multiple wins on Thursday led by Mitchell Cushing with three and followed by Drew Campbell, Jimmy Whittemore and Wally Watson with two apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 17) with a 2 p.m. post time. Monday's card features the $20,000 finals of the 2-year-old Open Late Closer series "The Wood End Light" on the trot and "The Nauset Light" on the pace. Several of the entries from this event are also eligible for the $1.3 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1). This will be one of their last tune-ups for that series and it should make these two races very interesting. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- After watching several in the field take their best shot early, Shesjustadelight N made her move and took control late en route to winning the $15,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 11) over a rain-soaked track. The front-end was a hot piece of property as the leaders changed hands fast and furiously. Empty Gesture (Chris Long) took an early lead before Watts Was I Drinkn (Jim Hardy) grabbed it from her at the quarter. But as soon as she hit the pylons, Show Runner (Greg Merton) was out and rolling and made the front as they passed under the wire for the first time. But positions were still up for grabs as this restless group of girls produced another attempting the front past the half. Shesjustadelight N (Mitchell Cushing) was out and rolling into the second turn with Seventimesavirgin (Nick Graffam) following her. Shesjustadelight N got to Show Runner's wheels at the five-eighths and stayed there until the three-quarter pole when Show Runner was starting to tire. Around the final bend Shesjustadelight N cleared the front and Seventimesavirgin tipped out for the stretch drive. But Shesjustadelight N had a one-length advantage and Cushing made sure it stayed that way as he rocked her down to the wire to win in 1:51.4, which was a new seasonal mark for the mare. It was the third win in only 14 starts this year for Shesjustadelight N ($3.80) who now has $51,600 on her card for owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Cushing had a big day at The Ridge, winning four races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Shesjustadelight N, Cushing also scored with Zoe Blue Chip (1:54.2, $17.60), Le Gambe (1:55.4, $4.40) and Freetime (1:54.2, $4.40). Not to be overlooked, Jim Hardy also had a driving hat trick that included two horses that he also trains. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the sixth race that had a carryover of $10,380 today was finally hit. A 20-cent ticket on the straight combination of 6-9-2-5-8 returned $11,892.06. The $1.3 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes will once again be contested at Plainridge Park starting in October. There will be three weeks of $25,000 (est.) preliminary legs starting on Monday (Oct. 1) with the $85,000 (est.) finals to be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). For more information on this state-bred series, log onto www.sominc.net . Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday with post time at 2 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- A heavy lighting storm that brought torrents of rain just after the ninth race caused a power outage and unsafe racing conditions that prompted the cancellation of the tenth and final race of the card at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 6). The tenth race had a Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover of $9,548. But due to the cancellation, it will now be carried over to Monday (Sept. 10) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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