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

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

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

Plainville, MA --- The most lucrative races ever offered for Massachusetts-bred Standardbreds will be contested at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 30) when the eligibles for the $800,000 Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) finals convene. Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 1:30 p.m. when the first of two non-betting events will start. The regular pari-mutuel program begins at 2 p.m. and features six more MASS contests that are carded as race one through six. Trainer George Ducharme who is a native of Walpole, Massachusetts, is bringing the largest contingent of entrants to these finals as nine of his students will go postward. They include the series undefeated 3-year-old trotting filly Ithinkthatsmine and 2-year-old trotting gelding Simple Kaos. Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) is three for three in the preliminary legs and she won them by a combined 17 lengths. For the year she has nine wins in 16 starts and having already competed in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), has $112,280 on her card. Shawn Gray will team Ithinkthatsmine once again in the non-betting event. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) won his three legs by a combined 14 lengths and has pocketed $73,750 this year. He has had random breaks throughout the year but when he behaves himself, has looked peerless. Jimmy Whittemore will team Simple Kaos who is the 3-5 morning choice. Other undefeated horses coming into the final are I'm A Clown, Victorias Maverick and Karan's Choice. 3-year-old pacing gelding I'm A Clown (I'm Gorgeous-Lordy Miss Scarlet) has been devastating in the MASS so far, trouncing his competition by over 24 lengths. He will be looking for his fourth straight win on Tuesday. Mitchell Cushing is up in the rigging again and is tabbed the early 7-5 favorite. Much like I'm A Clown, 2-year-old pacing gelding Victorias Maverick's (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) three wins came with a 16 length total margin of victory and his competitors have not been able to get close in this series. Despite an outside draw for the final, he still looks like the one to beat once again. Heath Campbell looks to have another big week behind the favored 3-5 Victorias Maverick. 2-year-old pacing mare Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) won her first two legs easily but just got up to catch Cominrightatyou (Western Maverick-Express Ball N) last week. This well-seasoned first year competitor raced in Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) this summer and knows what it takes to seal the deal. Jim Hardy drives in the non-betting event. Where some of these races may appear somewhat one-sided, there are several events offering solid match-ups that should provide close finishes and value betting. In the 2-year-old trotting filly split, Taylor Swiftly (Trixton-True Diva) won her first start in the series last week after shipping in from Lexington, but for a while she was chasing the quickly improving Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who had a two-length lead in the last turn before making an untimely break. Had she stayed flat that race could have gone a different direction. Scott Zeron will team the 3-5 Taylor Swiftly while the 7-2 Crystalline will be driven by Shawn Gray. The 3-year-old trotting males division has been a heavyweight match between Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who has won twice and Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) who won their last match-up last week. They will square off once again here with the title on the line. Shawn Gray will drive Hashtagmadeyalook at 6-5 and Scott Zeron will team Kinda Lucky Lindy at 9-5. And finally the three-headed monster in the 3-year-old pacing filly division features Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsys Good Girl), Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Western Maverick-Heather K) and Rock Me Threetimes (Rock N Roll Heaven-Love Rocks) who have all finished in the top three in all three legs. This may be the best race all day and who wins this week probably depends on how the race unfolds. Delco Dusty (Shawn Gray) is 7-5, Gonna Hear Me Rohr (Drew Campbell) is 8-5 and Rock Me Threetimes (Mitchell Cushing) is 5-2. Tuesday will also see Plainridge Park play host to the richest Standardbred in the history of the sport. The $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will make a farewell tour stop at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon as part of the biggest day of harness racing in Massachusetts this year. Foiled Again's lifetime win count now stands at 105 as he comes to Plainridge off his victory at Harrington Raceway. Foiled Again has been in New England before, winning his 103rd lifetime victory at the Windsor Fair in Maine last month and in 2009 when he won the Beckwith pace in 1:50.4 at Plainridge with Dave Palone driving. Owned by Burke Racing, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and JJK Stables and trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again will not compete in a race on Tuesday. However he will go a training mile in front of the crowd, lead several post parades and greet his fans in the Winner's Circle for pictures. And if that weren't enough, to add even more entertainment value to the program the fans on hand can look forward to gift card giveaways after every stake race throughout the day sponsored by the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

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

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

Plainville, MA --- 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  

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