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Plainville, MA --- The $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) reconvened at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) after a one week sabbatical, with five harness racing divisions of 2-year-olds competing for $161,450 in total purses. The strongest performances of the day were turned in by Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) and Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) who combined, tied or set four race records. The 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings went two divisions and Han Solo was victorious in his $22,100 split after a hard-fought race. R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) left and cut the mile, giving Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) a perfect pocket trip. R Maddy Blue Chip set a moderate pace of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.2 while Han Solo drafted closely behind, waiting to make his move. At the top of the stretch Switzer tipped Han Solo and started driving him hard down the lane. Monti was also heavily urging R Maddy Blue Chip and the two were almost even heading to the wire. But Han Solo got the advantage before tripping the beam and won by one-half length in 1:54.1. The time was a new lifetime mark for Han Solo, a new MASS stake record for 2-year-old pacing colts and tied his own track record for 2-year-old pacing colts. It was the fifth win in the last six starts for Han Solo ($5.40) who now has total earnings of $59,837 for owner, trainer and breeder Monique Cohen. In the $39,200 division for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) left from post five and was pushed to the front. From there he set quarters of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before turning for home and extending his lead to 1-3/4 lengths at the wire in 1:55.4. The time tied Life Is A Feast's lifetime mark and also tied the MASS stake record and the Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings, both of which he set earlier this year. It was the fourth win in a row and third straight in the MASS series for Life Is Feast ($3.00) who pushed his earnings to $63,475 for owners Al Ross and Paul Fontaine. George Ducharme trains the Karen Carroll-bred winner. The $40,600 2-year-old pacing filly division went to Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady) for the third straight time this year. Driver Drew Monti took Odds On Orlando back to fourth while Mini Pini (Ivan Davies) and Rojas Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) argued for the lead to the quarter in a swift :26.3. Mini Pini finally grabbed the front and the field then went to the half in single file in :55.2. After the five-eighths pole Rojas Blue Chip came back out to challenge Mini Pini along with I Am Wonder Woman (Wally Watson). This forced Odds On Orlando to go three-deep at the three-quarter pole and around the entire turn. Outside of her four-wide was Ry's Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) who was now even with the other three fillies. At the top of the stretch Odds On Orlando swelled up and paced away from the field under a line-drive to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55, which was a new lifetime mark. Odds On Orlando ($2.20) remains perfect in Massachusetts while earning $62,416 for owner Odds On Racing and trainer Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando. The other $21,750 2-year-old pacing colt and gelding division went to Finnbar (Real Desire-Unbeachable) who scored his first stake victory. Mcbeantown (Mitchell Cushing) led the way to the half in :57.4 with the field in single file behind. They remained that way until the five-eighths pole where driver Ivan Davies pulled Finnbar from third, took the lead in the turn and cleared the front by the top of the stretch. From there he cruised home down the lane a wrapped-up two-length winner in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Finnbar ($4.00) is owned by Nancy Longobardi and is trained by his driver Davies. Steve O'Toole was the breeder of Finnbar. The $37,800 division of the 2-year-old trotting fillies was the lone non-betting event and it went to Without A Warning, who remains perfect this year in the stake. Leaving from the pylons, Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) led every step of the way while cutting fractions of :29.1, :58.2 and 1:28. He rounded the last turn and trotted away in the stretch while opening up a 3-1/4 length margin of victory in 1:58. Without A Warning has now earned $136,160 this year for owner Ray Campbell Jr., who also bred the filly. George Ducharme is the trainer. The 3-year-old divisions will compete on Monday (Oct. 21) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. There are three non-betting events with post times of 1 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The fourth division goes as race one on the regular betting card with a post time of 2 p.m. All eight divisions of the $800,000 (est.) MASS finals will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Drew Monti was on top of his game Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Batavia Downs, winning five races on the card including the weekly harness racing pacing feature with Down On My Luck who moved up to the top class $12,500 Open I Handicap after taming the Open II in handy fashion last week. Down On My Luck took back to fifth while Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) and Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) fought hard for the lead, parked two-wide to the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :56.1. Monti pulled there and Down On My Luck was now second-over in the breeze following Mr. Euroman, who had been out the entire mile. Tullow N was still rolling on the point and hit three-quarters in 1:24.3 and it was there Down On My Luck tipped three-wide around the tiring Mr. Euroman. Black Is Back (Dave McNeight III) was also three-deep in the flow and was now in play for the stretch run. When the race came off the turn, Down On My Luck took the lead by a length but Black Is Back was closing fast behind him. Positions remained unchanged to the wire and Down On My Luck won by a quarter-length in 1:53.4. It was the fifth win in six Batavia Downs starts this meet for Down On My Luck ($5.50) who is owned by Robert Woodburn and is trained by Patrick Shepherd. Monti completed his five win night with Cultural Paradise (1:54.4, $11.00), Howmac Dancer (1:55.1, $4.20), Brunello N (1:55, $7.30) and Cheyenne Louie (1:57.2, $5.30). Fool Me Once (Renaldo Morales III) won the $11,000 Open II pace after leaving from post eight to lead at every station en route to a 1:55.2 victory. It was the fifth win of the year for the overlooked Fool Me Once ($26.80) who is owned by Triple S Equine and trained by Patrick Shepherd. Billy Davis Jr. and Renaldo Morales III each had driving triples on Saturday while trainers Patrick Shepherd, JD Perrin and Maria Rice all had two victories each. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 23) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- After stringing three straight harness racing wins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono prior to finishing sixth chasing a 1:52.3 mile last week, Joey Pro ventured north to Batavia Downs and ran away with the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot on Friday night (Oct. 18). BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) rushed off the gate for the lead and looked like he would go unchallenged for a while. But Joey Pro (John Cummings Jr.) who was now third, was quickly pulled and brushed to the front in a :28 first quarter and then opened up a gapped 2-½ length lead rounding the second bend. The chasing field stayed in single file trying to keep up with Joey Pro who went to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Joey Pro was 3-½ lengths on top heading into the last turn and the only horse with a shot was Wheels A Turning (Denny Bucceri) who had distinguished himself from the trailing pack and continued his chase down the lane. But the best he would do this night was second as Joey Pro was the best in here and won by 2-¼ lengths in 1:56.1. It was the 12th win of the year for Joey Pro ($4.80) who has now banked $66,330 for owner Mark Wamp. John Hallett trains the winner. In the $11,000 Open II trot, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) dropped down for the top class and toured the facility on the point from gate to wire and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.2. Keystone Apache ($12.40) snared his ninth win of the season for owner Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice trains the winner. John Cumming Jr. and BIlly Davis Jr. both had driving triples on Friday. Trainer Dave Russo led all conditioners with two victories. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 19) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- It doesn't matter what harness racing track he races at, Madhatter Bluechip just continues to win. On Friday (Oct. 18) his multi-state roadshow continued as he ventured into Massachusetts to visit Plainridge Park and came away with his fifth straight victory after winning the $16,000 Open trotting feature. Madhatter Bluechip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) left and took a quick lead before the heavily favored Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson), who was on a three-race winning streak himself coming into the race, shot by him to take the lead in a serious first quarter of :26.4. The race continued past the half and to the five-eighths where Quicksilver Kemp (Shawn Gray) pulled first over to join the fray. Unaffected by the challenge, Nows The Moment continued to trot strong into the far turn and even appeared to draw away a bit as they spun out of that final bend. Quicksilver Kemp faded out of the picture allowing Madhatter Bluechip room to pull. Switzer got that one underway and he headed down the lane with a full head of steam. Madhatter Bluechip was trotting furiously under a line-drive from Switzer and pulled away to a two-length win in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the eighth win in the last nine starts and ninth win of the year for Madhatter Bluechip ($5.20) who has now earned $53,514 this year for owner Thomas Milici. Candace Brandstatter is the trainer. Mike Stevenson led all drivers on Friday, scoring a hat trick on the card. Stevenson also added another win on the training side. When live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20), the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes will resume with the 2-year-olds competing in five divisions. The first is a non-betting event with a post time of 1:30 p.m. The other four races are on the regular betting card which starts at 2 p.m. This is the third leg of the series which culminates with eight $100,000 finals on Monday (Oct. 28) at The Ridge. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts      

Plainville, MA --- In one of the closest photos of the year, 15-1 Bet You reigned supreme on the strength of a furious worst to first rush in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14). Bet You (Jimmy Whittemore) got away eighth in the full field of pacers and watched while five horses led by Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) argued for the lead in a blistering :25.4 first quarter. As soon as they passed that station, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) who had also been parked out then took command. Immediately past the half, horses from the back came three-wide into contention with JK Will Power (Drew Monti) in the middle and Calvin B (Jay Randall) farthest out, pushing the pace up the backside. Bet You was now sixth in the breeze and behind a wall of horses as the field motored around the last turn. Whittemore tipped Bet You four-wide at the head of the stretch and had three more lengths to make up. He drew alongside JK Will Power and then both paced alongside Mach Doro A and all three hit the wire noses apart. When the photo came back, Bet You got the win just in front of JK Will Power and Mach Doro A, who dead-heated for place. It was the sixth win of the year for Bet You ($33.60) who has now earned $75,110 this year for owner Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the winner. In the co-featured $12,000 upper-level condition pace, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) sat in the garden spot behind Vegas Dream (Kevin Switzer Jr.) through quarters of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.2 before Monti popped the plugs and the pocket to take the lead before the head of the stretch and then cruise home a wrapped-up 2-1/4 length winner in 1:51.4. It was the sixth win of the season for Tisadream N ($4.20) who has now earned $48,420 this year for owners Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Drew Monti and Jimmy Whittemore both had driving doubles to lead all drivers on Monday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 17) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- 3-year-old Gia's Surreal had been a solid campaigner all year on the New York Sire Stake circuit, culminating that harness racing series with a second place finish in the Excelsior "A" final in September. Since that start the filly has won three straight races in overnights against aged mares and on Monday (Oct. 14) knocked off the track's top class, the $12,000 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left fast with Gia's Surreal and led the ladies to the quarter in :27.4 and the half in :57.2. As the race proceeded onto the second circuit, Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) and Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) moved up on the rim to apply some pressure and pushed a fast :28.2 split to the three-quarters. But Gia's Surreal, who had maintained a 1-1/4 length lead the entire race, stayed stout and kept to her business which was turning back all challengers and pacing home strong to win in 1:55. Gia's Surreal ($3.10) scored her ninth win in 19 starts this year and pushed her stake-enhanced earnings to $83,869 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Jim Graham trains the filly. Gia's Surreal was one of three wins for Jim Morrill Jr. on Monday. Billy Davis Jr. also got the driving hat trick on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 18) at 6 p.m. There is no racing this Wednesday (Oct. 16) due to today's special matinee card. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- With two of the three preliminary harness racing legs of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) in the books, six stake records have been either broken or tied and leaders have emerged in several divisions. With the stake taking a break from action this week, many of its competitors have too and it's a good time to evaluate what has happened so far. The 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings have had the largest field of eligibles and as a result, have been racing two divisions each week. And the four races held in the first two legs have yielded four different winners. Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) won in week one in a new stake record of 1:54.4 with Spatterdash (Deuce Seelster-Poster Hanover) winning the other division, but in a much slower 1:56.3. But the story in that second division was fourth place finisher R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan) and third place finisher Kevmarvalous (Delmarvalous-Shady Sabrina) who both emerged the following week. R Maddy Blue Chip lowered the stake record to 1:54.3 in the second leg on the strength of a dominant performance while Kevmarvalous also had a coming-out party, winning in 1:56.3 and blowing up the tote board at 45-1. The points are well spread among this group with the top four currently being Han Solo (75), Kevmarvalous (62), R Maddy Blue Chip (58) and Spatterdash (58). The 2-year-old pacing filly division has been a one-horse show; Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). Both weeks Odds On Orlando has come from off the pace to win in consecutive lifetime marks. After having been stretched out in Lexington for three starts prior to coming to Massachusetts, she has finished very strong in her two efforts at Plainridge and remains the perfect leader with 100 points. Currently sitting in third place with 26 points is She's A Fireball (Western Maverick-Fire Can Fly). This filly finished a very strong second in the first MASS leg before making an untimely break in the second. On Saturday (Oct. 12) she won the $55,073 final of 2-year-old pacing filly division of the Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) in a new lifetime mark with a strong first-over trip. That race will definitely set her up for a big effort in the next leg in Massachusetts and moving forward into the final. The 2-year-old trotting colt and gelding division has been a two-horse race so far. Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) took a new lifetime mark of 1:55.4 in the first leg which also set a new MASS stake record and a new Plainridge Park track record for 2-year-old trotting geldings. In the second leg, Crazy For Luca (Crazed-Teachmehowto Lindy) earned a hard fought 1:57.3 victory over Life Is A Feast to take his first lifetime win, which also set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. As a result each horse now has 75 points and look to continue a head to head battle down to the final. The 2-year-old trotting fillies has been dominated by Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) who had won two straight starts and has tied the stake and track record of 1:57.3 in the process. However RT's Warrior has become an emerging force. RT's Warrior (Noble Venture-Oye Oye) has finished third and second behind Without A Warning through two legs but the filly just won the $55,045 MSS final on Saturday (Oct. 12) by 3-1/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark. When the MASS reconvenes next week, that race should provide forward momentum in RT's Warrior's continued development. Moving on to the sophomore class, all four 3-year-old divisions have seen two-time winners after the first two legs and two of the four were 2-year-old MASS champions that are looking to repeat. 3-year-old trotting gelding Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) has won back to back legs and leads with 100 points. The first week he was a wrapped-up winner in 1:54.3 and that set a new track record at Plainridge Park for 3-year-old trotting geldings. Simple Kaos was the freshman Mass champion and is well on his way to taking another crown. Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) and The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) have been second and third once each and look to be the main rivals in here. Each currently have 37 points. 3-year-old pacing filly Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) is the other 2018 champion and she is off to a great start this year as well. After sweating out a mere head victory over So Beautiful (So Surreal-Leanback Coco) in week one, Karan's Choice rebounded to a more handy 1-1/2 length win over So Beautiful once again in week two. These two top the points standings with 100 and 50 points respectively heading into week three. The 3-year-old colt and gelding pace has a developing dynamic between last year's top two finishers that should provide an interesting race to the final this fall. Current MASS leader CBF Bantam (Baron Biltmore-Cohenucopia) is two for two and alone at the top with 100 points. But Victoria's Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch), who was the 2-year-old champion and has finished second and third behind CBF Bantam this year, just won the $82,195 MSS final on Saturday (Oct. 12). In that race CBF Bantam, who also competed, made a break at the start and finished third at the wire. This rivalry will renew next week and should keep this division very competitive through the final. Victoria's Maverick is tied for second with Levi (Pet Rock-Beam Of Joy), who just won an overnight race on Sunday (Oct. 13), with 37 points each. The MASS 3-year-old filly trotters have been dominated by Crystalline (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) who has not only won two weeks in a row, but has also set two consecutive stake records in the process. After going winless in 2018 and finishing second and third twice each in the MASS, Crystalline has come back strong in 2019, winning six races as a dominant force in the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) Excelsior series and now in the MASS. Crystalline has 100 points and is ahead of Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindy's Lullaby) and Mother Teresa (Father Patrick-Highscore Kemp) who each have 37. To date Shawn Gray is the leading driver in the MASS with six wins and is ahead of Drew Monti and Jimmy Whittemore who are tied with three and Jim Hardy who has won two. The top trainer in the series so far is George Ducharme with seven victories while Tony Alagna, David Crochere and Jim Hardy are tied for second with two apiece. The series will resume on Sunday (Oct. 20) at Plainridge Park at 2 p.m. For a complete set of Massachusetts Sire Stake points listings and all the remaining race dates, please log onto the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts website at www.sominc.net and click on the links on the homepage. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- The first $10,000 leg of the special Columbus Day weekend trotting series for Plainridge Park based harness racing horses dubbed "The Nina" was held on Sunday (Oct. 13) and fittingly enough was won by Pirate in a come-from-behind attack. L Dees Yoyo Ma (Drew Campbell) took the lead and set a speedy tempo from the start. Hitting the splits in :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4, L Dees Yoyo Ma took a three-length advantage into the final turn of the race. Pirate (Ivan Davies) who had gotten away fifth, was drafting second-over behind the favored Mouthpiece (Mark Athearn) at that last station and looked to have a lot of trot. Turning for home Pirate made his way to second but still had two-lengths to make up on the leader. Davies kept after Pirate down the lane and he continued to gain, eventually catching L Dees Yoyo Ma at the wire in 1:56. It was the fifth win of the year for Pirate ($7.00) and owners Earl and Kathy Beaman. His driver Davies also trains the winner. There will be one more leg of The Nina next Sunday (Oct. 20), culminating in a $20,000 final on Sunday (Oct. 27). There were also five divisions of 5-year-old and under non-winner events on the card that were highlighted by two particular pacing performances. Pure Sunshine (Ron Cushing) drafted second for almost the whole mile before tipping out at the top of the far turn to run down Chief Of Staff (Kevin Switzer Jr.) in the stretch to win by 1-1/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.1. Pure Sunshine ($16.20) is a 3-year-old colt owned by Barbara Berger, Tamms Horse Farm, Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Amesti Jr. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Earlier in the card Levi (Scott Renz) put in an impressive gate to wire showing to win by 1-1/4 lengths over a fast closing Wild Eyed Yankee (Drew Monti) in 1:54.4. Levi ($4.00) is owned by Stephen Richard and is trained by his driver Renz. Levi is a Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old gelding who currently sits in second place in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes. The series is off this week but will return to action next Sunday afternoon (Oct. 20). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct 14) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs harness racing meet and since returning to action in late August, has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County.   The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs. Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired off the gate and took command of the race heading around the first turn. With the field in single file, Sir Pugsley went down to the half in :57 before stepping up the pace to the three-quarters with a :27.3 split. Mr. Euroman was the beneficiary of cover to this point of the race and continued to trip-out to the top of the stretch. Davis pulled the pocket at the head of the lane with Mr. Euroman and out-dueled Sir Pugsley to the wire to win by one-half length in 1:53.2. It was the seventh win of the year for Mr. Euroman ($16.00) who is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock and is trained by Maria Rice. There were a pair of $11,000 Open II races on the card that both provided some stellar performances. The first split saw Down On My Luck (Drew Monti) get away third before pulling first-over at the three-eighths, clear the leading Barry Hanover (Dave McNeight III) by the three-quarters and then pull away to an easy 2-¼ length win in 1:53.3. Down On My Luck ($3.10) is having a career year for owner Robert Woodburn, now with eight wins and $47,867 in earnings. Patrick Shepherd trains the winner. In the second division, What's Goin On (John Cummings Jr.) sat second behind the pace-setting Rise Up Now (Shawn McDonough) from the start until the top of the stretch where he found room on the pylons and shot through like a rocket to out-pace four other fast finishers and win by one-half length in 1:54.4. What's Going On ($8.70) now also has eight wins this year and $65,821 earned for owners Marissa and Joe Russo. David Russo does the conditioning. Drew Monti scored a driving triple to lead all drivers on Saturday while John Cumming Jr. and Renaldo Morales III scored two wins apiece. Trainer Patrick Shepherd also sent three horses to the Purple Haze Winner's Circle while James Clouser Jr. and Joe Skowyra each watched two of their stable win during the night Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with the final matinee card of the year on Monday (Oct. 14) with the annual Columbus Day special. Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- A stormy day and sloppy track was the backdrop for harness racing in Massachusetts on Friday (Oct. 11) but Nows The Moment made the most of it, taking full advantage of a strong front-end bias the conditions provided and coasted to an easy win in the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot at Plainridge Park. Driver Mike Stevenson fired Nows The Moment off the gate and took command before the quarter in :27.1. With the field widely gapped behind him, Nows The Moment continued to dictate the fractions at the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. At that station Nows The Moment opened up a two-length lead that he extended to 3-1/2 under the wire where he won in 1:54.1. It was the third straight win, second win in a row at Plainridge and seventh win overall for the year for Nows The Moment ($3.60) who has now inflated his bankroll to $83,573 for owner Sonya Mac Donald. Allison Mac Donald trains the winner. In the co-featured $12,000 conditioned trot, Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) didn't mind the weather and remained undefeated while destroying the field in a romp. After leaving in :26.4 in the slop, Monti backed down Whiskey Lindy to a moderate :56.3 half before stepping on the gas and smoking to the three-quarters in :28.4. From there he was all alone and opened up a 7-1/4 length lead under no urging at all to win in 1:55.3. It was the fifth straight win in only five starts this year for Whiskey Lindy ($3.00) who is owned by Greathorse of Massachusetts and trained by Domenico Cecere. Monti scored a driving double on the day along with Drew Campbell and Wally Watson. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 13) with post time set for 2 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- Logazi was true to form on Friday night (Oct. 11) by getting away slow before and then closing fast to win the $12,500 Open Handicap harness racing trot at Batavia Downs. Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) cut the mile from post one, getting to the half unpressured in a slow :59.1. BJ Larado (Shawn McDonough) pulled first over in front of the stands with Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) following loosely behind by a gapped two-lengths. Positions remained unchanged up the backstretch to the three-quarters and around the far turn, but as they hit the top of the stretch Rose Run Speedster made a break and Lougazi was rolling three-deep around BJ Lorado. The race was now between only two horses and BJ Lorado and Lougazi rocked and rolled side by side all the way down the lane until Lougazi gained the slightest advantage and won by a nose in 1:57.3. Scoring his eighth win of the season, Lougazi ($5.40) pushed his earnings to $81,625 for owner Mary Warriner. Ryan Swift trains the winner. The Fisher/Swift team was red hot on Friday, getting a natural Hat Trick in races five, six and seven. Prior to winning with Lougazi, they also scored with Barn Winner (1:58.1, $4.50) and Rock The Dream (1:56, $2.40). In the $11,000 Open II trot, Call My Broker (Mike Caprio) was overlooked by the bettors but took full advantage of post one by going right to the front and to lead at every station en route to registering a 1-¾ length win in a new seasonal best 1:57.3. Grabbing his fifth win of the year, Call My Broker ($20.20) is owned by Franklin Meier and is trained by Angelo Nappo. Jim Morrill Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. joined Ray Fisher Jr. as top winning drivers as they also scored three wins on the night. There was no winner in the Pick-5 wager on Friday and as a result, there will be a $2,527.75 carryover and a $6,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-5 on Saturday. The pool will be part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages for races one through five will be available on the USTA website starting Saturday morning. Post time at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 12) is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- The final matinee of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs will be held on Columbus Day Monday (Oct. 14) with post time at 1:15 p.m. Besides a full card of great harness racing action featuring the fillies and mares Open Pace, there are also some great food specials throughout the facility during this Batavia Downs traditional event. The clubhouse will feature their famous Center Street Smoke House chicken barbecue special from noon until 3 p.m. For only $12.95 you will receive a complete chicken dinner with sides plus $10 in gaming Free Play and a $2 horse wager at the track. If chicken is not what you're craving there will also be $1 Sahlen hot dogs, $1 draft beer and $1 soda available at the Homestretch Grill from noon until the last race. This will be the final dollar day of the meet. On track programs will also cost only $1 and will be available at all the regular on-track outlets. After Monday's card of racing there are only 24 nights of racing left in the season, which runs through Saturday (Dec. 14).   By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- After two sharp, close finishes at Yonkers Raceway in her most recent harness racing starts, Color Envy returned to Plainridge Park and captured the $12,000 feature pace for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 10). Color Envy (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth in the pack of nine off the gate but was out and rolling before the half. That's where she picked up cover from Y C Easy (Kevin Switzer Jr.) into the backstretch. When that cover stalled approaching the three-quarters Color Envy tipped three-deep and continued to make up ground on the front running Avery Seelster (John Nason). By the top of the stretch Color Envy was only a length off and drew even with the leader quickly, then drew away by a length to win in 1:54. Color Envy ($2.20) is owned by William Hart and trained by Lance Hudson. Cushing led all drivers on Thursday, winning three races. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Oct. 11) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- Despite two consecutive impressive starts yielding a win and a second, the betting public opted to overlook Media Queen N as she made a step up in class on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 9). But the harness racing lass from down-under made the doubters eat their tickets as she rallied from off the pace at 33-1 to capture the $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace at Batavia Downs. Rock N Roll Rosie (Howard Parker) was the commander of fractions from the start and led the ladies to the half in a quick :55.3 while parking Mach's Echo (Denny Bucceri) in the process. Media Queen N (Dave McNeight III) pulled third-over behind Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) past the half and then tipped three-deep around her and the now back-peddling Mach's Echo at the three-quarters. As the race headed into the stretch, Rock N Roll Rosie had the lead on the pins, Kaitlyn Rae was second out and Media Queen N was still three-high. They straightened out down the lane and the three paced in unison until McNeight got Media Queen N in front and she prevailed in 1:55.1. It was the eighth win of the year for Media Queen N ($69.50) who is owned by Daniel Goehle and trained by Angel Nappo. The $10,000 fillies and mares Open III saw Gia's Surreal (Jim Morrill Jr.) lead every step of the way in a gate to wire victory timed in 1:55.1. The 3-year-old filly that raced on the New York Sire Stake circuit this summer scored her eighth win of the year and pushed her earnings to $77,869 for owners Jim Graham, Edward Peron, Lee Winters and Thomas Mariano. Jim Graham trains the winner. Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. were the top drivers and Pat Galbraith best trainer for the night, each getting two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 11) with post time at 6 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- The harness racing records continued to fall at Plainridge Park after five divisions of 2-year-olds competed in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). Five more track and/or stake standards were either matched or reset when the action concluded in the second leg of the series. In the first $22,450 division for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, R Maddy Blue Chip (Drew Monti) left from post four and dictated the race. After splits of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1 he was firmly in control of the race with Mcbeantown (Mitchell Cushing) being the only horse with a legitimate shot after drafting second the whole way. At the top of the stretch Mcbeantown took his best shot but it wasn't enough as Monti high-lined R Maddy Blue Chip down the lane to a 1-1/4 length victory in 1:54.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for R Maddy Blue Chip (American Ideal-Frontierpan), a new stake record and a new track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings. It was the first MASS win for R Maddy Blue Chip ($4.20) who is owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. Blue Chip Bloodstock bred R Maddy Blue Chip. The $39,200 division for 2-year-old trotting fillies saw the heavy 1-9 favorite Without A Warning (Shawn Gray) out-tussle Pembroke Whisper (Heath Campbell) past the quarter where she cleared and never looked back. She continued on at her own pace, tripping the next two timers in :58 and 1:27.3 without any pursuit to deal with. At the top of the stretch Gray sat chilly as Without A Warning knew what to do and pulled away to a handy 4-1/4 length win in 1:57.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Without A Warning (RC Royalty-Concentration) and it tied the stake and track record for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Without A Warning ($2.10) is now two for two in MASS action this year and those wins inflated her bankroll to $117,260 in 2019 for breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme trains the winner. The lone non-betting event was the $38,500 trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings and Crazy For Luca (Jimmy Whittemore) earned a hard fought victory over Life Is A Feast who was coming in on a three-race winning streak. Double Dealing (Shawn Gray) cut the quarter in :27.4 before Life Is A Feast (Howard Parker) pulled first-over from fourth with Crazy For Luca on his back. Life Is A Feast eventually cleared but still had Crazy For Luca to his outside and pushing hard to the three-quarters. Still 1-1/2 lengths off, Crazy For Luca continued to dig and cut the lead to 1/4 length at the top of the stretch and from there, never gave up down to the wire where he gained a nose advantage and won in 1:57.3. It was the first lifetime win for Crazy For Luca (Crazed-Teachmehowto Lindy) and the time set a new track record for 2-year-old trotting colts. Crazy For Luca is owned by Dale Hein, Tessa Roland and Royal Roland and is trained by Marissa Chadbourne. K R Breeding bred Crazy For Luca. In the $41,300 pace for 2-year-old fillies, Odds On Orlando (Drew Monti) stayed perfect in Massachusetts since shipping in from Lexington. After pulling from second at the quarter to take the lead from Rojas Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.), Odds On Orlando took control the race and from there, put on quite a show. After getting to the three-quarters only 1/2 length in front of Bold N Sporty (Mitchell Cushing) and Rojas Blue Chip, Odds On Orlando swelled up at the head of the lane and paced away in a :28.2 final panel to a wrapped-up five length win in 1:56, which was a new lifetime mark. Odds On Orlando ($3.60) is owned by Odds On Racing and is trained by Tony Alagna. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred Odds On Orlando (Captaintreacherous-Lindys Old Lady). The second $22,450 division of the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned the biggest surprise of the day after the 45-1 Kevmarvalous (Mitchell Cushing) upset the current track record holder Han Solo, who came into the day with a four-race winning streak. Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away fourth but pulled at the quarter and took the lead from Mister Puzzles (John Nason) before the half in :56.2. At this point Kevmarvalous was last by 7-1/2 lengths. Han Solo then took the race to the three-quarters while Kevmarvalous was pacing third-over in the breeze before pulling three-deep into the final turn. Han Solo took a three-length lead into the stretch but Cushing was methodically urging Kevmarvalous all the way to the wire and got there first by a nose in 1:56.4. It was the first lifetime win for Kevmarvalous ($92.80) who owned by KDK Standardbreds and is trained by Kevin Switzer. KDK Standardbreds also bred Kevmarvalous (Delmarvalous-Shady Sabrina). There are no Massachusetts Sire Stakes scheduled for next week. The series will resume at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) for the 2-year-olds and Monday (Oct. 21) for the 3-year-olds. All eight finals will be held on Monday (Oct. 28). By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- The Harness Horseman's Association of New England (HHANE) and Plainridge Park have announced there will be three special $40,000 (total) series that will be held at The Ridge for trotters, pacing fillies and mares and pacing colts and geldings that will start on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14). These races will be on the regular condition sheet and there is no fee for entry. "The Nina" is for trotters that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2019, have at least 10 starts at Plainridge Park in 2019 and will be contested on the following dates: Sunday (Oct. 13) - Leg 1 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 20) - Leg 2 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 27) - Final - $20,000 "The Pinta" is for filly and mare pacers that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2019, have at least 10 starts at Plainridge Park in 2019 and will be contested on the following dates: Sunday (Oct. 13) - Leg 1 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 20) - Leg 2 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 27) - Final - $20,000 "The Santa Maria" is for colt and gelding pacers that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2019, have at least 10 starts at Plainridge Park in 2019 and will be contested on the following dates: Sunday (Oct. 14) - Leg 1 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 21) - Leg 2 - $10,000 Sunday (Oct. 28) - Final - $20,000 Horsemen should reference the new condition sheet when it comes out for full details. HHANE is also pleased to present its members the following benefit agreement with Tufts Cummings Veterinarian Hospital. A 15% discount will be given to all HHANE members in good standing when invoices are paid at the time of discharge from the Tufts Cummings Veterinarian Hospital. HHANE will provide the hospital an updated membership list to be used for verification when payment is being made. The discount will apply to HHANE member's Standardbred horses participating in the racing industry. This includes services for horses actively racing as well as services for broodmares and foals anticipated to enter the racing industry. The program went into effect on Tuesday (Oct. 1) and is for all new admissions to the hospital after that date. If you have any questions about this new benefit, please see any HHANE Director. By Tim Bojarski, for the Harness Horseman's Association of New England

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