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Big favorites Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) and McWicked (Brian Sears) each captured stakes victories to highlight the fabulous harness racing card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 18). In the $137,000 Artiscape open are pace, Shartin N ($2.10) went to the front just before hitting the first quarter in :25.3. She would slow the pace down using a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :54.3. Seaswift Joy N (Brian Sears) went first over and put on the pressure as Shartin N led to three-quarters in 1:22.0. Shartin N, who is trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Rich Poillucci, Jo-Anne Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC., turned for home with a length lead. Seaswift Joy N made one late charge but Shartin N was too strong and won in 1:49.1. Seaswift Joy N had to settle for second money. Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. Shartin N is a 6-year-old mare by Tintin In America. It was her 13th win in 14 starts this season. She now has won 39 times in her career. McWicked ($2.70) came charging late to win the $170,000 Roll With Joe open male pace. Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras) put up all the early fractions (:26.4, :55.2, 1:21.2). McWicked, who is owned by S S G Stables North and trained by Casie Coleman, made a move at the halfway mark. He would get to within a length of Filibuster Hanover after hitting the three-quarter mark. McWicked would eventually wear down a stubborn Filibuster Hanover to win in a seasonal best of 1:48.3. Filibuster Hanover was second best with Donttellmeagain flying late to finish third. McWicked is an 8-year-old horse by McArdle. It was win number three in 2019. He now owns 37 career wins. Zero Tolerance (David Miller) is easy winner in $232,700 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final for sophomore pacing fillies. Zero Tolerance ($2.40) took to the front before hitting the first quarter in :27.3. She easily got to the half first in :55.3. St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) went first-over and pressured Zero Tolerance to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Zero Tolerance, who is owned by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz while trained by Joe Halloway, made the turn for home and the race was over. She went flying in the stretch and won by four and a quarter lengths to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Fool Me Again (Tim Tetrick) was second best with St Somewhere hanging on for third. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. It was her fifth win this season. She now has 12 career victories. Hickfromfrenchlick (Matt Kakaley) captures the $238,200 EBC for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Hickfromfrenchlick ($8.10) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55.0. As they made their way to three-quarters the big favorite Shake That House (Brian Sears) made his move. Hickfromfrenchlick hit the three-quarters first in 1:21.1. The two went side by side as they went around the final turn. Hickfromfrenchlick, who is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker, Thomas Spatorico, and Nolamaura Racing LLC., found another gear in mid-stretch and ran away to win easily in 1:48.4. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was second. Covered Bridge (Wally Hennessey) finished third. Hickfromfrenchlick is a 3-year-old colt by So Surreal. It was his sixth win in nine starts this season. He now owns 10 career victories. The last three races on the card were cancelled due to bad weather. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 23) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs has an action packed harness racing day set for Sunday with the Grand Circuit stakes Roll With Joe FFA pace, Artiscape FFA pace for mares, Miss Versatility for trotting mares and the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for New York sired 3-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Stakes purses on the day total more than $800,000. The $170,000 Roll With Joe (race 7) features 2018 Horse Of The Year McWicked who when he look down the starting gate from post six will be pleased not to see this season's division leader Lather Up among the competition. McWicked at the ripe old age of eight can still make his own luck, remains a formidable opponent for anyone and will likely be the public's choice here. Brian Sears has the drive for trainer Casie Coleman and owner Ed James as SSG Stables. The $137,000 Artiscape (race 5) saw only four rivals drop in to take on the current "Queen of the Course", Shartin N. While her story may by now be familiar to racing fans, Shartin's ability is clearly extraordinary. She became the fastest female Standardbred ever via her 1:46.4 win at The Meadowlands in the Lady Liberty, the 12th success in 13 tries this season for Shartin N and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The $40,000 third of four Miss Versatility legs (race 4) offers eight solid mare trotters with last week's Joie De Vie stakes winner Custom Cantab right back at Tioga to take on seven worthy rivals. Custom Cantab overcame a bad post, slight interference early on and a first over move into Atlanta to win impressively at long odds last Sunday. She will not offer that type of value this time around as she begins from the rail for Dave Miller and trainer Chris Beaver who owns her in partnership with Don Robinson and RBH Ventures. Zero Tolerance (Dave Miller) is clearly the girl to beat in the $232,700 EBC filly final (race 8). She has ruled the NYSS scene all season and raced competitively in Grand Circuit stakes as well. Joe Holloway trains Zero Tolerance for Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The $238,200 EBC colt final (race 9) could be a showcase for a small town colt with big talent to shine. There may be no defense strong enough to thwart Hickfromfrenchlick who starts from post 1 for Matt Kakaley. Since paired with Kakaley, the "Hick" is shooting 100% from the field while needing no assists or picks as he's taken it right down the floor from the word go each time. The money is on the line here and it's a chance to show just how clutch the Ray Schnittker trained colt is under pressure. Nolamaura Racing, LLC and TC Spatorico share ownership with Schnittker. First post on the Sunday card is 1:00pm. More information may be found on the web. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

This Week: Zweig Memorial and Zweig Memorial filly trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Artiscape, Roll With Joe, and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y.; and Prix d'Ete, Hippodrome 3R, Trois Rivieres, Quebec. Schedule of events: A busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Saturday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs with the $330,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters and the $135,000 Zweig Memorial Filly Trot for 3-year-old filly trotters. There will also be a $35,000 consolation in the filly division. Saturday's Grand Circuit action will also be featured by Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, which will host the C$60,000 Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers. On Sunday (Aug. 18), Grand Circuit racing will be contested at Tioga Downs with the $175,000 (est.) Artiscape for older pacing mares, the $175,000 (est.) Roll With Joe for older pacing males, and a $40,000 (est.) leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Also on Sunday, Hippodrome 3R will contest the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch, came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. Lather Up and Montrell Teague captured the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Linscott Photography. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (Aug. 9). After equaling the world record with a 1:46 performance three starts ago, Lather Up continued his record-setting trend with a 1:47.2 final time to equal the overall track record at Harrah's Hoosier Park and Dan Patch Stakes record set by Sweet Lou in 2014. The sparks were flying early as Lather Up surged away from the wings of the gate from post four but was forced to settle for a spot along the rail in third as Filibuster Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike, was a step quicker and grabbed the front from post five. Scott Zeron also gave Jimmy Freight marching orders but with everyone on a mission to the front, eventually settled for a pocket trip. As the field straightened away down the backside, driver Montrell Teague gave Lather Up the green light and he quickly ranged up to grab command just before the half in :53.3. The scorching pace continued as Lather Up led the field through the third station in 1:21.3 but Brian Sears and McWicked were on the attack first-over with Always A Prince and Trace Tetrick in tow. McWicked powered past Lather Up and appeared to be the winner but Lather Up wasn't finished. In a remarkable rally, Lather Up used a :25.2 final quarter and the inside passing lane to quite literally, pace away from the field. Lather Up finished 2-1/2 lengths to the good while McWicked held on gamely for second. Endeavor and Sam Widger came flying late to round out the trifecta. As the heavy 1-5 favorite, Lather Up returned $2.60 to his backers at the betting windows. For Lather Up, he recorded his fourth consecutive victory and eighth win from 11 seasonal starts. The 4-year-old homebred son of I'm Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Iles. It was recently announced that a 50 percent interest of Lather Up was sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions. Dexter Dunn and Bettor's Wish won the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park. JJ Zamaiko photo. Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago. He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (Aug. 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor's Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,362 Cane Pace. Bettor's Wish started from post three and went to the lead around the initial turn. He set pedestrian fractions of :28.2 and :57. Dunn urged Bettor's Wish in the third quarter and he responded, posting times of 1:24.1 and 1:50.3. The colt pulled away by 3-1/2 lengths from his closest competitor, Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras). Bettor's Wish (Bettor's Delight-Lifetime Star) is owned by the partnership of trainer Chris Ryder, Bella Racing Ltd, Fair Island Farm and Bettors Wish Partners. Saturday's victory was the 11th lifetime score for Bettor's Wish. The win makes the Ryder trainee harness racing's newest millionaire, pushing his earnings to $1,096,600. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 721; 2. Yannick Gingras - 536; 3. David Miller - 414; 4. Dexter Dunn - 404; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 309. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 663; 2. Tony Alagna - 282; 3. Jim King Jr. - 274; 4. Marcus Melander - 249; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 221. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 182; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 127.1; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 114.6; 4. Courant Inc. - 107.5; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 101.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. Yonkers will contest eliminations for the Messengers Stakes and Yonkers Trot, the second legs of the Pacing and Trotting Triple Crown, along with eliminations in the companion Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot. Woodbine Mohawk Park will contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacers, along with eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers and the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. Tioga Downs will offer Reynolds Memorial divisions for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand Circuit

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs will present the richest card of its 2018 season at the "Jewel of the Southern Tier" on Sunday offering nearly $1 million in purses on the day. The featured stakes include the $550,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) 3-year-old pacing finals, the $161,000 Artiscape and $143,000 Roll With Joe for FFA mare and horse pacers respectively and the 3rd leg of the $60,000 (divided) Miss Versatility for trotting mares. The Miss Versatility split into a pair of six mare fields as they continue to accumulate points toward the $110,000 final at the Delaware County Fair on Little Brown Jug Day, September 20. Broadway Donna, Celebrity Ruth, Ice Attraction and Barn Bella head up the contestants for Sunday's races. The EBC fillies (race 7) are led by Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) who continued her current form spree with an effortless 1:51 romp in her elimination last week. She leaves from post 6 for trainer Ron Burke and owner Bill Donovan in the $270,425 final. Meadowlands Pace winner Courtly Choice (Dave Miller) has been tabbed as the morning line favorite in the $272,025 EBC colt pace final. He's won 7 of 10 starts including an impressive 1:49 elimination success last week and stands at nearly a half million dollars in seasonal earnings for trainer Blake MacIntosh who shares ownership with Hutt Racing, Daniel Plouffe and Touch Stone Farms. Courtly Choice starts from post 5 in the 8th race. American History (Gingras) endured a long uncovered grind to win the other elimination, albeit 2 seconds slower than Courtly Choice. He's been sharp recently and has landed post 3 for this race permitting the driver options to secure the type of trip needed to win. Tony Alagna trains American History, the fastest sophomore of the 2018 season by virtue of his 1:47 Meadowlands clocking in June for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. All of the top older mares are in town for the Artiscape (race 9) with division leader Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) seeking to continue her season-long dominance over her rival distaffers. She won 13 of 17 starts and collected over $680,000 for owners Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King with the Matchmaker, Roses Are Red and Lady Liberty on her seasonal resume. Jim King, Jr is the trainer. The pacing horses number but five in the Roll With Joe and include last year's winning pair in Dealt A Winner and driver David Miller. The now 6-year-old is rounding into form of late and recently eclipsed the $1 million mark in career earnings for owner Jeffrey Snyder. Mark Silva conditions Dealt A Winner who will face stiff competition from a pair of Burke entries in Rockin Ron (Gingras) and the ageless All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). Post time for the big card at Tioga is 1:15 pm. by Nick Salvi, for Tioga Downs

Emoticon Hanover (Daniel Dube) wins the Joie De Vie ($150,000) and sets the world record for harness racing 4 year-old mares for any size track in 1:50.2, at Tioga Downs on a magnificent matinee (August 27). Emotican Hanover (Kadabra), would lay down all the fractions :26.0, :55.1, 1:22.4, 1:50.2. Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras) would try to take the lead before the first quarter but she had to settle for the pocket trip. She would follow the whole way. The Favorite Pasithea Face S would make her bid first over on the back stretch heading for the turn but she just didn't have it today. Last week she set the track record (1:50.4) but ended up fourth best today. Emoticon Hanover ($14.40) was pressured a little bit by Hannelore Hanover (Swan For All), in the stretch but she found another gear to get the easy win. Hannelore Hanover barely hung on for second as Caprice Hill (Brian Sears) came charging late to finish third. Emoticon Hanover, who is owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, won for the second time this season. The 4 year-old mare has 13 life time wins but none faster than the world record of 1:50.2. Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) glides to easy win in the Crawford Farms Open Trot ($170,000). Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) would set all the early fractions, :27.0, :56.1, 1:23.2. Resolve (Muscle Hill) would make his move first over at the top of the back stretch. By the three-quarter mark the 6 year-old who is owned by Hans Enggren and trained by Svanstedt, would pull almost even before taking over at the top of stretch and firing home in 1:51.4. Cufflink Hanover (Corey Callahan) would ride the pocket for the whole trip coming up to finish second. Flanagan Memory (Brian Sears) would fire late to finish third. Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) would coming flying late to finish fourth in the field of 10. Resolve ($4.00) won for the fourth time this season. The 6 year-old would win for the 18th time is his career and set the track record at Tioga Downs for an aged horse in 1:51.4. Pure Country (Mark MacDonald) wins the Artiscape Open Mares pace ($158,000). Pure Country (Somebeachsomewhere) would go gate-to wire to capture the Artiscape. She would put up all the fractions :26.4, :55.1, 1:22.1, 1:50.1. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing and trained by Jimmy Takter, Pure Country ($8.60) would get win number two on the season. The four year-old mare now has 22 career wins. Frost Damage Blues (Corey Callahan) would come up to get second and the favorite, Nike Franco N (Tim Tetrick) finished third. Here are the winners of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial races. In The Judge Moore (first division) race for freshman trotting colts and geldings It was Keystone Apache (David Miller) to get the win for a purse of $40,450. I'm Trigger Happy (Corey Callahan) won The Lorraine ($45,330) for 2 year-old filly pacers Farsetti Hanover (Marcus Miller) took the second division of The Judge Moore Closing Statement (David Miller), was victorious in the first division of The Tar Heel ($33,250) for freshman pacing colts & geldings Bill's Lady (Tim Tetrick) won the The Meda ($64,700) for freshman filly trotters. She would equal the track record for freshman filly trotters with a mile of 1:55.1. Karpathian Kid (David Miller)would take the second division of The Tar Heel ($33,250). John Horne for Tioga Downs

Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs presents its biggest harness racing card of the season on Sunday, August 27 with nine stakes Grand Circuit on the day carrying total purses of nearly $750,000.   Highlights include the $170,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot, $150,000 Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot and $158,000 Artiscape Open Mare Pace supported by six divisions of the Reynolds stakes for 2-year-olds rounding out the program.   Ten of the finest trotters in the land are entered for the Crawford Farms (race 8) with the combined earnings of the field in excess of $12 million.   Resolve (PP #7) is the leading career money winner and arguably the best trotter currently racing in North America for trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt and owner Hans Enggren. A winner three times in eight seasonal starts, Reslove's most recent effort was a convincing open length win in the $303,000 Cashman Memorial on Hambletonian Day at The Meadowlands.   Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron) chased Resolve home on that occasion and has drawn just to the outside of his chief rival on Sunday. He's handling the graduation to the veteran ranks nicely for trainer Paula Wellwood and owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling with wins in the Hambletonian Maturity and Graduate final versus 4-year-old competition. Facing this deep and talented group in only his second foray open competition is a arduous task for last year's Triple Crown champ.   The Joie De Vie (race 6) features last year's dominant division leader Hannelore Hanover (PP#5 Yannick Gingras) and her newest rival in Swedish import Pasithea Face S (PP#2 Tim Tetrick). In the initial meeting Pasithea Face vanquished her accomplished rival with a grueling first over move to win the Dr John Steele Memorial on Hambo Day. Hannelore has not raced since while Pasithea Face tuned up with an overall track record 1:50.4 at Tioga last week in a leg of the Miss Versatility.   The Artiscape (race 7) pits Lady Liberty winner Pure Country (PP#5 Mark MacDonald) against Golden Girls winner Nike Franco N (PP#2 Tetrick) in another field of six. Those two threw down for the final three eighths of a mile in the Liberty with Nike Franco wrestling the lead away by a neck at the stretch call before Pure Country rallied back to get the win.   The Reynolds stakes cover six races, two each for the trotting and pacing colts and a single division of fillies for each gait.   It's Corntastic weekend at Tioga Downs and post time on Sunday is 1:00 p.m.   Here are the fields for the three featured events:   SIXTH RACE Condition: Joie De Vie Open Mares Gait: Trot Purse: $150,000 Class: JOIEDEVIE Dis: 1 Mile   HN PP Horse Meds Driver Trainer Years Best Last 3 Odds Claiming     1 1 JEWELS IN HOCK L Ma Kakaley Ro Burke 1:54.0 1-9-1 8-1       2 2 PASITHEA FACE S   Ti Tetrick Ji Takter 1:50.4 1-1-2 9-5       3 3 CAPRICE HILL   Br Sears To Alagna 1:53.3 4-2-2 5-1       4 4 EMOTICON HANOVER   Da Dube Lu Blais 1:51.0 3-1-1 3-1       5 5 HANNELORE HANOVER L Ya Gingras Ro Burke 1:50.3 4-2-1 2-1       6 6 FAD FINANCE   Da Miller TrSmedshammer 1:52.1 5-1-3 12-1       SEVENTH RACE Condition: Artiscape Open Mares Gait: Pace Purse: $158,000 Class: ARTISCAPE Dis: 1 Mile   HN PP Horse Meds Driver Trainer Years Best Last 3 Odds Claiming     1 1 CALL ME QUEEN BE   Sc Zeron Ro Croghan 1:53.0 2-4-5 9-2       2 2 NIKE FRANCO N L Ti Tetrick Ja King Jr 1:48.0 3-2-1 2-1       3 3 FROST DAMAGE BLUES L Co Callahan Th Fanning 1:50.1 1-5-4 5-1       4 4 BEDROOMCONFESSIONS L Ya Gingras To Alagna 1:49.3 1-5-1 7-2       5 5 PURE COUNTRY L Ma MacDonald Ji Takter 1:48.0 1-2-7 5-2       6 6 PENPAL   Da Dube Pa Lachance 1:49.2 7-3-6 8-1       EIGHTH RACE Condition: Crawford Farms Open Horses Gait: Trot Purse: $170,000 Class: CRAWFORD Dis: 1 Mile   HN PP Horse Meds Driver Trainer Years Best Last 3 Odds Claiming     1 1 DAYSON L Ti Tetrick Ro Burke 1:52.3 4-3-4 6-1       2 2 FLANAGAN MEMORY L Br Sears Re Dion 1:52.2 1-8-2 7-2       3 3 JL CRUZE   Da Miller Er Ell 1:51.0 5-1-3 5-1       4 4 PRAIRIE FORTUNE L Ja Meittinis Mi Deters 1:53.2 8-4-1 15-1       5 5 GURAL HANOVER L Ma Kakaley Ro Burke 1:51.0 1-1-1 8-1       6 6 CUFFLINK HANOVER   Co Callahan JoButenschoen 1:51.1 4-7-2 12-1       7 7 RESOLVE   Ak Svanstedt Ak Svanstedt 1:54.2 1-4-8 5-2       8 8 MARION MARAUDER   Sc Zeron Pa Wellwood 1:51.2 2-1-1 3-1       9 9 CRAZY WOW L Ya Gingras Ro Burke 1:51.1 10-3-1 4-1       10 [10 WINGS OF ROYALTY   Ma MacDonald Ge Ducharme 1:52.4 1-11-2 15-1   Nick Salvi

Nichols, N.Y. -- Solar Sister ($9.50) stole the show in the final 150 yards of Sunday (August 28) afternoon's stakes-laden harness racing card at Tioga Downs, dueling down prohibitive favorite Lady Shadow for a 1:49.4 triumph in the $200,000 Artiscape distaff pace. Favorites were upended in the Empire Breeders Classics as well, as No Clouds Bluechip ($7.00) and Fresh Cut ($36.00) both took top honors in their respective events for New York-sired 3-year-old pacers. On the undercard, trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt swept a trio of W. N. Reynolds Memorial events for 2-year-old trotters. Tasked with a second-row start in a field of 10, Solar Sister sat just of a contested pace in the initial stages of the Artiscape, working into fifth early as Lady Shadow (Yannick Gingras) pushed clear of Table Talk (Andy Miller) after a :26.2 first quarter. On approach to the clubhouse turn, Doug McNair angled Solar Sister first-over, only offering mild progress into a :54 half mile. The 4-year-old Mach Three mare did her best work up the far side, working to within a length of Lady Shadow through a :27.2 third quarter and subsequently dueling with the 1-1/8-mile world record holder. The two drew off from a fading Table Talk, and Solar Sister dueled to the fore in mid-stretch. Solar Sister's 1:49.4 mile time gives her a share of the track record for 4-year-old pacing mares that was established by Anndrovette five years ago. Lady Shadow would have to settle for runner-up honors as the 2-5 favorite, while Devil Child (David Miller) sustained a massive three-wide bid off the far turn to capture third. Gregg McNair trains the homebred Solar Sister for Ontarians David Willmot and Clay Horner. Favorites were upended in both Empire Breeders Classic events as well, with No Clouds Bluechip and Fresh Cut both prevailing off cozy stalking trips. In the $239,225 Filly Classic, Brett Miller pushed No Clouds Bluechip into play with just over a quarter mile to go, overtaking a fading Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) before engaging Wishy Washy Girl (Jim Morrill, Jr.) on approach to the far turn. The Roll With Joe filly edged clear authoritatively, sprinting off by 4-3/4 lengths en route to a 1:50.1 triumph as the second favorite. Wine Snob (John Campbell) posted belated uncovered gains to take second at 59-1, while even-money favorite Penpal (Pat Lachance) could only overcome stale early cover enough to save third down the grandstand side. John Berger trains No Clouds Bluechip for owners Richard Carney, Farrell Carney, and Barbara Berger. The development of the $240,475 Classic for colts and geldings came as no surprise, but the outcome stunned. Marcus Miller pushed forward early with Fresh Cut and ultimately established a cozy pocket trip with a circuit to go after yielding to 1-4 favorite American Passport (Scott Zeron) at the winning post. While the shape of the race held true to expected form, Fresh Cut's strong turn of foot from the pocket in the final eighth of a mile proved plenty to reel in American Passport and also stave off a late bid from 41-1 runner-up Stolen Glimpse (Yannick Gingras) for a 1:51.1 victory. American Passport ultimately faded to third after he was gathered in. Erv Miller trains Fresh Cut, a son of American Ideal, for the Bay Pond Racing Stable. Svanstedt and Muscle Hill sweep Reynolds Already renowned for his mastery in the kingdom of trotting, Svanstedt revealed why that contention possesses such veracity as he conditioned and steered New Jersey Viking (Muscle Hill-Hall Of Wishes), Ice Attraction (Muscle Hill-The Ice Queen) and Evelyn (Muscle Hill-Viva Las Lindy) to victory in their respective splits. While both New Jersey Viking ($2.90) and Ice Attraction's journeys ($3.10) to the wire in their contests, which are relegated solely to 2-year-old colts and fillies, were quite straightforward, Evelyn's ($5.20) provided a much more extensive amount of drama. Commencing his mile from post position eight, New Jersey Viking went right to the fore and was never threatened as he cruised around the Nichols oval. Owned by Knuttson Trotting and Little E LLC, the colt collected his second career triumph from five trips to the post. Two of his previous engagements were fourth-place finishes in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes final. New Jersey Viking tripped the timer in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark, and increased his bankroll to more than $69,268. Southwind Moody (Yannick Gingras) and Bill's Man (Corey Callahan) were second and third respectively. While not quite as dominant as her male counterpart, Ice Attraction demonstrated why she merits respect. The public's selection was content to sit in the pocket while Overdraft Volo (Andy Miller) cut the mile, until Svanstedt pulled his charge on the far turn. There was never a doubt who would be appearing in the winner's enclosure as the filly always had her rival measured. Owned by her trainer, Douglas Sipple, Mal and Janet Burroughs and Little E LLC, Ice Attraction strode across the finish line in 1:56, a new lifetime best, and scored her second career win to improve her resume to 6-2-1-1. Her earnings now stand at $35,300. Overdraft Volo and Caviart Wonder (Matt Kakaley) came home second and third, respectively. Although Evelyn's trip around the track was not without its impediments, the filly persevered after being shuffled back to fourth from second. Once pulled three-wide at the three-quarter pole, Evelyn passed her dueling colleagues Southwind Avanti (Marcus Johansson) and Treviso (Charlie Norris) to break her maiden in her sixth attempt. The filly, owned by Svanstedt, Little E LLC, Borge Nasstrom and JT45, equaled the track standard for her age, sex and gait with a final clocking of 1:55.2. Her record now stands at 6-1-1-1 and she has earned $47,310. Despite not winning prior to today, Evelyn had displayed talent with a sixth in the James Doherty Memorial and a second in the New Jersey Sire Stakes final. Southwind Avanti outlasted Treviso for second. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 29) evening, with the first of nine races scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Tioga Downs  

Columbus, OH --- When an harness racing O’Brien Award winner becomes available for purchase most people would not hesitate to sign their name on the dotted line. Howard Taylor, however, had to be persuaded to place his name on the check to buy a piece of harness racing mare Lady Shadow. “I thought she was too expensive,” he said. “That is when I called up Ed Gold and asked him what he thought. He said she was worth it and even if she did not race well she was worth what they were asking in residual value as a broodmare. “Also, I already owned a filly, Sudoku, that had beat Lady Shadow up in Canada. I felt she was much faster and we thought we could win the Jugette with her, but we had some problems keeping her head together and eventually bred her. If it wasn’t for Ed, I don’t think I would have bought into Lady Shadow.” Co-owned by Taylor's BFJ Stable, Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway, the daughter of Shadow Play and the Camluck mare Lady Camella was Canada’s 3-year-old pacing filly champion and is the reigning champion older mare in that nation. It appears she is on her way to collecting another divisional title, as the 5-year-old places her five-race winning streak on the line in the $200,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 28). Lady Shadow, who is conditioned by Ron Adams, will commence her journey from post three and will have the services of Yannick Gingras. Her task, however, will not be a simple one as the field includes Dan Patch Award winners Venus Delight (post two), Anndrovette (post five) and Divine Caroline (post eight). Other rivals of note in the contest are fellow Canadian champion Solar Sister (post 10) and the always competitive Devil Child (post nine). “The plan this year was to keep her down here with Josh Green,” Taylor said. “He was the one that found her for us, but he called me up and suggested Ron Adams take her because he just could not get her to go. We put her in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series (at Yonkers) and thought she would be tough to beat, but she did not do well (seventh in the final). Then Josh put her in the Chip Noble (at Miami Valley) where she was seventh again. That is when he suggested the change. I have to give him credit for admitting she was not working out for him and she was fifth in her first start for Ron, but since then she has been rolling along.” Lady Shadow has been a model of consistency throughout her career. As a 2- and 3-year-old she was in Gregg McNair’s barn and earned $189,892 and $259,635, respectively. She was also trained by McNair until being purchased by her new connections in May of last year. Lady Shadow collected $286,034 last season, while under the care of Adams in 11 of her 14 starts, en route to championship honors. “I need to learn to listen to Ed more often,” Taylor said. “I was concerned about her price and then right after we got her she went out and won the Roses Are Red final. She paid for herself within weeks of us having her.” Since switching her home base from the United States to Canada this spring, Lady Shadow has been absolutely stellar. She won her second Roses Are Red title in June, then added the $229,900 Golden Girls to her resume in a world record 2:00.3 clocking (1-1/8th mile distance) which lowered the standard Always B Miki had established earlier on the card. She then captured the $235,950 Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, where it appeared she would draw off to another facile victory, but Solar Sister possessed another plan and came on late to make it interesting in the end. Ultimately, Lady Shadow, with more than $1.16 million in the bank, prevailed. To prepare for her journey to Western New York, the mare qualified in 1:52.2 on Aug. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. “She still has a long season left of racing and is staked to everything,” Taylor said. “The end goal is, of course, the Breeders Crown and we are hoping she has another championship season, which it seems at this point, she is right in the hunt for divisional honors. “I’m not sure what it is about Canada that agrees with her, because with her being stabled up there it will involve more shipping for her, which was why we wanted her down here with Josh, but for some reason being with Ron and being in that stall in that barn is what she wants to do. If that is what makes her happy we are all for it and like I keep saying this is one of the many times I’m really glad I called Ed Gold.” Below is the field for the $200,000  Artiscape. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1. Empress Deo - Rocknroll Hanover - Jonathan Roberts-Wayne Givens 2. Venus Delight - Bettor's Delight - Jason Bartlett-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - Yannick Gingras-Ronald Adams 4. Regil Elektra - Mark Three - Mark MacDonald-Keith Armer 5. Anndrovette - Riverboat King - Tim Tetrick-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 6. Stacia Hanover - Western Ideal - Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 7. Table Talk - Bettor's Delight - Andy Miller-W. Bart Dalious 8. Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - Corey Callahan-Joe Holloway 9. Devil Child - American Ideal - David Miller-Chris Oakes 10. Solar Sister - Mach Three - Douglas McNair-Gregg McNair by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Harness racing caretakers Malin Boman-Friberg and Viktor Flink-Ideborn enjoy special connections with their horses, D'One and Magic Tonight. It goes beyond simply sharing winning moments. Boman-Friberg was the caretaker of retired Swedish star Giant Diablo, who is the mother of D'One. Giant Diablo is history's fastest female trotter thanks to her 1:50.1 win in the 2007 Allerage Farms Open Trot at Lexington's Red Mile. Boman-Friberg's return to the U.S. with D'One is her first trip back to the States since a second brief visit with Giant Diablo in 2008. "It's a very emotional trip for me," said Boman-Friberg, who looks after the 5-year-old mare D'One for trainer Roger Walmann and ownership group Stall Kenny 23. "Who on earth would believe that I'm first going to go with the mom to America and race and then take her first-born daughter to come here. It's a super privilege." Flink-Ideborn is making his first trip to the States, with the Walmann-trained Magic Tonight. It is a return for the 6-year-old trotter, however, as Magic Tonight was born in Pennsylvania and was a multiple-stakes-winner in North America before being exported to Sweden in 2013. In May, Magic Tonight won the prestigious Elitlopp Invitational at Solvalla Raceway. "It means a lot to me to be here with him," said a smiling Flink-Ideborn, who has been Magic Tonight's caretaker since the horse arrived in Sweden two years ago. "I had to show him Sweden, now he is going to show me America." Magic Tonight and D'One both race Friday at Vernon Downs in New York. Magic Tonight is the 9-2 third choice on the morning line in the $200,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot while D'One is the 7-2 second choice in the $177,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot. Orjan Kihlstrom will drive both horses. Bee A Magician is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Muscle Hill and Market Share is the 5-2 pick in the Crawford Farms. The card also includes the $194,000 Artiscape for older female pacers, where the entry of Anndrovette and Venus Delight is the 5-2 favorite. D'One, a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover whose victories overseas include the Group 1 Swedish Trotting Oaks in 2013, has won 16 of 29 career races and earned $975,375. She heads to the Muscle Hill off a winning North American debut on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands, where she captured the Fresh Yankee by one length over Bee A Magician in 2:05 for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. The time was only three-fifths of a second off JL Cruze's world record for the distance. "We are super happy," Boman-Friberg said. "It was a little unexpected. I didn't think she would be that good directly. She was in quarantine a little more than four weeks, so it's been a long ride, but it turned out really good." The Muscle Hill field includes 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and Dan Patch Award winning divisional champion Classic Martine in addition to 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician. "It's a really tough race, but that is why we are doing this," Boman-Friberg said. "We want to race good races. We are in a good race. She drew bad again (with post seven), but we're going to give it a shot for sure." Another reason for D'One's trip to North America is to take a crack at breaking her mom's world record time of 1:50.1. "It would be really awesome if she could beat her mom's record, for sure," Boman-Friberg said. "It's going to be super tough, but I think (Walmann) has a goal on this journey and that is to beat her record." Boman-Friberg said there are few similarities between D'One and Giant Diablo. "The only things like her mom, in my opinion, are her ears and eyes," Boman-Friberg said. "She is very nice; Giant Diablo was very tough to take care of. She could bite, kick, she was strong. This one is friendly and loves people." Magic Tonight is a son of stallion Andover Hall out of the mare Miss Possessed. He has won 20 of 56 career races and earned $1.34 million. He is owned by Lennart Agren's SRF Stable. After his own lengthy layoff because of travel and spending time in quarantine, Magic Tonight finished 11th in the John Cashman Jr. Memorial on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. "He's fine," Flink-Ideborn said. "He has been good since the race. He hadn't raced for like two months and he usually needs a race. It probably looks worse than it was. He needs time to come here and get settled. Now he's got that time. I hope he is good." The highlight of Flink-Ideborn's time with Magic Tonight has been the Elitlopp victory, but he feels a bond with the trotter regardless. "Just saying Elitlopp winner gives me goosebumps," Flink-Ideborn said. "It's awesome. "He's a really nice horse. He's a good friend. He's the best friend you can have." Following are the fields for the Muscle Hill, Artiscape, and Crawford Farms. Note that post 10 starts from the second row. Muscle Hill - Race 7 1. Rockin With Dewey, Scott Zeron, Benoit Baillargeon, 8-1 2. Handover Belle, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 3. Allie Labrook, Andy Miller, Kristin Shetler, 5-1 4. Charmed Life, Brett Miller, Mark Cecile, 10-1 5. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman, 5-2 6. Shake It Cerry, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 9-2 7. D'One, Orjan Kihlstrom, Roger Walmann, 7-2 8. Classic Martine, Tim Tetrick, Steve Elliott, 8-1 9. Harley Momma, Jim Morrill Jr., Noel Daley, 10-1 Artiscape - Race 8 1. Skippin By, Jim Morrill Jr., Virgil Morgan Jr., 6-1 2. Radar Contact, Scott Zeron, Noel Daley, 9-2 3. Precocious Beauty, Brian Sears, Gregg McNair, 10-1 4. Table Talk, Andy Miller, W. Bart Dalious, 8-1 5. Lady Shadow, Doug McNair, Ronald Adams, 5-1 6. Sandbetweenurtoes, Brett Miller, Larry Remmen, 10-1 7. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 8. Venus Delight, Jason Bartlett, Jeff Bamond Jr., 5-2 9. Fancy Desire, Mark MacDonald, Daniel Renaud, 8-1 10. Color's A Virgin, David Miller, Tony O'Sullivan, 7-2 Crawford Farms - Race 9 1. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1 2. Rossini, Doug McNair, Noel Daley, 10-1 3. Flanagan Memory, Brian Sears, Rene Dion, 7-2 4. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano, 5-2 5. Magic Tonight, Orjan Kihlstrom, Roger Walmann, 9-2 6. Melady's Monet, Jason Bartlett, Kevin McDermott, 6-1 7. Obrigado, Mark MacDonald, Paul Kelley, 5-1 8. DW's NY Yank, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 8-1 9. Master Of Law, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 8-1 10. Intimidate, Scott Zeron, Luc Blais, 10-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

Given a classic second-over trip by driver Tim Tetrick, Shelliscape responded with a great closing effort to win the $81,000 Allerage Farms Mares Open Pace in 1:51.2 Saturday at the Red Mile. It was Drop The Ball and driver Corey Hanover shooting to the early lead despite the rainy sloppy track and they led the field to the opening quarter in :27.2 with Monkey On My Wheel giving away to grab the two-hole spot. They raced to the half mile marker in :56.3 and after that was when Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) came first-over and Shelliscape grabbed the second-over spot. They raced that way through the three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they came down the stretch Tetrick was able to swing Shelliscape to the center of the track and they passed by Rocklamation as Drop The Ball began to fade and then pulled away to a one and one-half length triumph. Camille (Matt Kakaley) closed well for second money with Rocklamation third. It was the second straight win and fourth on the year for Shelliscape. The Artiscape four-year-old mare is trained by R. Nifty Norman for the Bamond Racing, LLC of Brick, NJ. She paid $13.80 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Eight-year-old pacing mare Dreamfair Eternal broke her own harness racing track record in capturing her second Artiscape Open Mare Pace over the weekend at Tioga Downs. The historic win is chronicled on this week's episode of 'Inside Harness Racing'.

Harness racing fans were treated to twenty of the sports best horses in training and two fantastic races on Sunday afternoon (June 10) at Tioga Downs, that included the $184,000 Artiscape Pace and

Sunday afternoon (June 10 - post time 1:30 pm) twenty of arguably the best aged horses in all of harness racing will converge on the five eighth's mile oval of Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York.

Sunday's stakes race at action at Tioga Downs can be heard live on SiriusXM satellite radio. Dave Johnson, the longtime voice of the Kentucky Derby on ABC, will bring you the harness racing action along with owner-trainer Peter Kleinhans.

A look back at the career of famed pacer Artiscape as his namesake race is only days away. That's the highlight of this week's edition of 'Inside Harness Racing.'

Tioga Downs will host the Artiscape Open Mare Pace and the Bettor's Delight Open Pace on Sunday, June 10 . The race conditions call for the ten highest harness racing money earners in 2011/2012 combined to be drawn into these races.

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