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Batavia, NY --- A short but select group of entrants will compete in one race for the winner's share of the $118,800 up for grabs when the 3-year-old trotting fillies march into Batavia Downs for their 2019 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) local appearance. Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie have been the two best horses in the state series for the past two years and will once again line up and face off at Batavia in the fifth race with six other competitors trying to derail them both. Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) is having a career year with six wins, a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 and $284,025 in earnings to date. She won the $209,500 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs in May and three NYSS events since then. She was on a two-race win streak going into her last start at Vernon Downs where she made an untimely break going to the quarter, trying to get the lead. Quincy Blue Chip currently sits in second place in points (191) and earnings ($160,715) in this series behind Winndevie, who also beat her in the NYSS 2-year-old final last year. Quincy Blue Chip will try to get the best of her competition here and draws post five and trainer Richard Banca has regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. back up for this race. She has been made the track handicapper's morning line choice at 2-1. Winndevie (Credit Winner-Vida De Vie) is the top point-getter (212) and money earner ($166,385) in her class this year, that includes three wins and without missing the board in any of her NYSS events. She comes into this race off a lifetime best performance at Vernon Downs where she won in 1:54 flat and appears to be as sharp as she's been at any point in her career. Winndevie drew post eight and trainer Trond Smedshammer once again assigned Jason Bartlett to drive and that bodes well for her chances despite the post. She is listed at 7-2 morning line. This is the last leg of the NYSS 3-year-old trotting fillies and as the points go, six of the eight horses racing here Friday have already made the final. The two horses who are outside looking in are Blue Ribbon Gal (Credit Winner-Carolla) who could move into the final group of eight by merely finishing fifth and gaining a minimum of five points and Avalonia (Muscles Yankee-Ava Marion) who is already mathematically eliminated. Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m. $35,000 guaranteed Pick-5 on Friday When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23) at 6:00 p.m., the track will feature a $35,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association’s (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com/) or by clicking here for a direct download. (https://www.trackmaster.com/freeContent/usta/freeContentFiles/hpl/btv0823x.pdf). The actual carry-over is $14,913 and the $35,000 guaranteed pool is the largest in the history of Batavia Downs.  And to make it even more interesting, the fifth race of the Pick-5 is a $118,800 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies that has Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie facing off against each other once again.  By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- With the prohibitive harness racing favorite coming up short, Little Joke took it upon herself to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) and blow up the tote board at 21-1. Lady London (Shawn McDonough) went right to the front while the rest of the field opted to stay in post position order behind her, except for HP Sissy (Ray Fisher Jr.) who broke behind the gate. Lady London went to the quarter in :28 and an even slower half of :57 and still no opposition from anyone in the race. As they moved into the third turn, 3-5 favorite Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) pulled from fifth and tried to advance in the breeze. But progression was negligible as she hung a parked third to the three-quarters in 1:24.4, still 2-3/4 lengths behind the leader. At this point Billy Davis Jr., who had been enjoying a perfect trip in the two-hole with Little Joke, tugged the right line and asked the mare to drive on. And respond she did; pacing past Lady London at the top of the lane and then under an animated drive by Davis, held off a fast closing Miss Mary Mach (Dave McNeight III) in deep stretch to win in 1:53.1. The time was a new seasonal mark for Little Joke and was only 1/5th of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares. It was the sixth win of the year for Little Joke ($44.20) who has now earned $50,928 for owners Vogel and Wags Nags Stable and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the winner. Davis and Rice had so much fun in the feature, they teamed up again for an instant replay in the $11,000 Open II Handicap with Hey Sweetie ($7.00), who like her stablemate earlier, tripped out behind the front-running Mach's Echo (Drew Monti) until the top of the stretch where she pulled, took the lead and won in 1:55.1. Hey Sweetie is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Billy Davis Jr. went on to win two more races, giving him the Grand Slam on the evening. Long prices seemed to be the theme of the day and in the third race, Missevil (John Cummings Jr.) was happy to oblige. She scored from post eight at 25-1 paying $52.50, beating 19-1 Keystone Zeta (James McNeight Jr.) who finished second. These top two finishers sparked an 8-3 exacta that returned $1,504, an 8-3-2 trifecta that paid $3,524 and an 8-3-2-ALL superfecta that produced an instant jackpot payout of $11,316. There was a $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 pool at The Downs on Wednesday that was not hit and as a result another guarantee has been made. When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 23), the Pick-5 will have a guaranteed pool of $35,000 as part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be available on the USTA website as a result. This is the highest guaranteed pool ever offered in the history of Batavia Downs. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 21) at 5:00 p.m., the first race of the night, and of the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5, is the $12,500 fillies and mare Open I Handicap pace and this week it's loaded with talent. Paul Zabielski's Spreester (Drew Monti) is two for two at Batavia since shipping in from Saratoga Raceway, winning the Open II and Open I in successive outings. In her win last week, Spreester drew off by 11-3/4 lengths in the stretch and made a shambles of the competition in a season's best 1:53.2 effort. However this week Chris Oakes' Sidewalk Dancer (Hunter Oakes) ships in from The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono fresh off of her top performance of the year; a 1:51, 3-1/4 length win in an upper-level conditioned event over the storied 5/8th's oval in Wilkes-Barre. The 8-year-old Spreester has 51 lifetime wins whereas the 4-year-old Sidewalk Dancer is seasoned for her age, having faced the toughest 3-year-old fillies on the Grand Circuit all last year. These two will square-off in a heavyweight battle making the first leg of the $10,000 guaranteed Pick-5 a wide open affair. The track will feature a $10,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website (http://handicapping.ustrotting.com/) or by clicking here for a direct download. (bit.ly/Bat82119) By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night's (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap harness racing pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just continue to extend their lead from there. After hitting the half in :56.2 on top by 1½, Black Is Back paced away to a two length lead at three-quarters and four lengths by the top of the stretch. As he turned for home, McNeight sat statuesque as the wrapped-up Black Is Back continued to pull away and hit the beam on top by seven in 1:53.2. It was the second win in four Batavia Downs starts and seventh win of the year for Black Is Back ($3.70) who now has banked $50,110 this year for owners Curtis Edholm and Mihajlo Zdjelar Sr.. Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. trains the winner. The $11,000 Open II Handicap also went to a coast to coast winner; Tullow N. John Cummings Jr. rousted Tullow N off the gate and to the front and never let anyone get close to them the whole mile. After clicking off fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:24.4 with a loose lead to boot, the field was scattered behind Tullow N except for Manceiver (Drew Monti) who sat the pocket the entire way and was close enough to be considered a contender. But Tullow N didn't see it that way as he turned for home and pulled away to a 2-¾ length win in 1:53.1. With $55,135 in earnings on the strength of four wins in 2019, Tullow N ($8.10) is also two for four since coming to Batavia Downs. Blindswitch Racing owns the 8-year-old altered son of Mach Three-Tessa Bromac and Dave Russo does the training. Shawn Gray was in from Saratoga to drive on Saturday and put on a clinic while he was here. Gray won half the card; five out of the 10 races including a natural Hat Trick in the final three races of the night. He had his picture taken with Best Ears (1:54, $9.20), Myell's Rockstar (1:54.2, $6.30), Thisjetsabookin (1:54.2, $4.20), M G Home Run (1:56, $13.60) and P C Shockwave (1:56.4, $2.60). The five-bagger vaulted him from ninth to fourth in the local driver standings in one night. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 18) at 1:15 p.m. Sunday will feature a $3,000 guaranteed pool on the early Pick-5 wager that runs from race one to race five. It is part of the United States Trotting Association's (USTA) Strategic Wagering program and as such, free program pages are available for those races on the USTA website or by clicking here for a direct download. (http://bit.ly/2Nc7pwj) By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Batavia, NY --- After heavy late afternoon rains degraded the track to sloppy, a very game Wheels A Turning overcame the weather, a slow start and a breaking horse to score a decisive harness racing victory in the $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Aug. 16). Off the gate, Dragin The Wagon (Shawn McDonough) went for the lead and in doing so, got parked three-deep around the first turn before clearing at the quarter in :27.3. Once on top, McDonough backed off the half to :57 trying to save some for later. Going past the stands before they hit the third turn, Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Wheels A Turning (Dave McNeight III) pulled and got an outer flow going to try and take advantage of the early speed. As they trotted past the five-eighths, Keystone Apache (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from second and immediately made a break in front of Rose Run Speedster. That cleared the way for Rose Run Speedster to draw alongside Dragin The Wagon and Wheels A Turning, who was on his back, to go three-deep at three-quarters in 1:26.3. Dragin The Wagon said goodnight at the top of the stretch leaving Rose Run Speedster and Wheels A Turning engaged in a match race to the wire. After trotting in unison for almost the last eighth of a mile, Wheels A Turning finally nudged ahead before the wire and won by a length in 1:56.4. The eighth win of the season for Wheels A Turning ($5.60) was also a seasonal best effort and the winner's share of the purse boosted his earnings to $61,810 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi. James Clouser Jr. trains the winner. In the $11,000 Open II trot, Lucky Guess (Ray Fisher Jr.) was on a mission when the gate released the field, taking control from post one like a shot. After being unchallenged to the half in a tepid :59.2, Noble Legend (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from third at the half with Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) behind him and they both started to push the issue. Motoring up the backstretch, Lucky Guess and Noble Legend went stride for stride to the three-quarters when Noble Legend started to fade and Southern Palms tipped three-deep and advanced. When the race moved off the turn, Lucky Guess had opened up a two-length lead and down the lane, Fisher raised the lines over his head to let his horse trot home on her own and win in 1:58.2. The time was a new lifetime mark for the 6-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky-Athenea. It was the second win in three Batavia Downs starts for Lucky Guess ($14.20) and her owner Dennis Beaver. Kirk Desmond trains Lucky Guess. Ray Fisher Jr. was the hot driver for the night, scoring a Grand Slam on the card. Jim Morrill Jr. got the Hat Trick and Dave McNeight III and Billy Davis Jr. each had driving doubles. In a true oddity of racing, there were two dead heats for win recorded at Batavia Downs on Friday with Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer JD Perrin involved in both of them. Batavia Downs hosted a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) on Friday night. Donations by many owners, trainers and drivers along with donations from fans attending live racing combined with proceeds from the silent auction to earn a total of over $13,500, which exceeds last year's best-ever record. That money will go directly to the BCCR. Batavia Downs would like to thank everyone who participated in this great fundraiser for such a worthy cause. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Aug. 17) with post time at 6 p.m. Saturday's card features a chance for one lucky fan to win a $3,500 diamond bracelet courtesy of TAG Jewelers. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Plainville, MA --- After having minimal success at harness racing in Ohio as a 2 and 3-year-old, Mad Dog has turned his fortunes around as an aged horse in Massachusetts. On Friday (Aug. 16) at Plainridge Park, he set the bar for himself once again after he won the $12,000 5-year-old and under conditioned trotting feature with a personal best effort. Post eight wasn't and issue for Mad Dog (John Beckwith) as he left the gate strong and rolled up to the lead by the quarter in :27.3. As the race moved to the half, he was unchallenged and set his own pace until the five-eighths pole when Simple Kaos (Shawn Gray) and Chav Hanover (Steve Nason) came in the outer tier. Simple Kaos engaged Mad Dog at the three-quarters and the two tangled around the final bend and into the stretch just a neck apart. Trotting down the lane, Simple Kaos was joined by Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) in pursuit of Mad Dog and they both inched closer as the wire approached. Mad Dog continued to fight and held his advantage through the beam to win by a nose in 1:55.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Mad Dog ($14.00) has now won four races this year and has hit the board 13 out of 18 starts. As a result he has earned $40,010 for his owners Michele Nelson and Jeffrey Nelson. Joe Nelson does the training. Also on the card were a pair of $10,000 condition races -- one on each gait -- that saw their winners both take marks in victory. In the pace, Western Thunder (Drew Campbell) pulled first-over at the half and overtook the front-running Rock The Heavens (Matt Athearn) in deep stretch to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.3, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the fourth seasonal win for Western Thunder ($4.40) who is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by Timmie Griffith. Then in the trot, Whiskey Lindy (Drew Monti) left like a rocket in :27.1, opened up five-lengths and then never looked back. Basically unchallenged during the mile, Whiskey Lindy turned for home with a length lead and held off a late charge by a fast closing Box Of Gifts (Shawn Gray) to win in 1:56.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Whiskey Lindy ($4.00) is owned by Greathorse and trained by Domenico Cecere. Drew Campbell led all drivers on Friday with three wins while Mike Stevenson was right behind him with two. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Aug. 19) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Friday night (Aug. 16) at Batavia Downs is noteworthy for two reasons. One, it's the first live card of harness racing held on a Friday this meet at the Downs as the track previously hosted their now completed concert series on Friday. Second, it's the night of the Batavia Down's annual "Races to Benefit the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester" (www.bccr.org) fundraiser that will be held at the track to raise both awareness and dollars to fight this deadly disease. This annual event is one of the larger fundraisers held by this organization and Batavia Downs has been proud to put on the event with them and be a part of this very worthy cause. It will be held in the clubhouse and runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. "We have partnered with BCCR for several years now and each year this event gets bigger and better," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing. "It's an opportunity for us to help raise money to defeat the scourge of breast cancer in our lifetime. The generosity of our horsemen and patrons always shines through and I'm sure we will see that again this Friday." There will be a silent auction held adjacent to the clubhouse with a list of prizes that will please anyone's taste. They include two suite tickets to the Buffalo Bills versus Philadelphia Eagles at New Era Field on Sunday (Oct. 27), four suite tickets to the Buffalo Sabres versus the St. Louis Blues at Key Bank Center on Tuesday (Dec. 10), two suite tickets for the Carrie Underwood concert at Key Bank Arena on Sunday (Oct. 13), one Batavia Downs Hotel night and racing package, two Batavia Downs clubhouse racing packages, a recliner form Max Pies Furniture in Batavia and a host of other items too numerous to mention. Dozens of local owners, trainers and drivers have already committed to donating some or all of their winnings realized on Friday night with more coming on board every day. The track will also be taking cash donations from anyone willing to help that will be forwarded directly to the BCCR. "Last year we were able to raise in excess of $13,000 and this year we aim to break that record. The clubhouse has been sold out for weeks so we'll have many caring people here that night. And we will also have runners in both the paddock and grandstand area taking bids for the silent auction and also collecting any donations people may wish to make," said Haight. Post time for the first race is at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- Not only did Fargo Hanover score her fifth win of the year in the $12,000 conditioned feature for 5-year-old and younger fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 15), she did it in style with a lifetime best effort for the mile. Driver Shawn Gray got away third with Fargo Hanover and tracked the leading Artspell (Mitchell Cushing) past the quarter from there in :27.1. But as the race approached the half Gray pulled right line and Fargo Hanover moved outside, rolled up the rim and took the lead past that station before settling in for the rest of the mile. As the race went up the backstretch, She's A Maverick (John Nason), who followed Fargo Hanover on the outside, drew alongside the leader and that set up a hearty challenge to the finish. The two girls were pacing together by three-quarters in 1:23.4 and then around the turn when Fargo Hanover got an advantage at the top of the stretch that she would extend to 2-1/4 lengths at the wire where she won in 1:52.4, which was a new lifetime mark by 1-1/5 seconds. Fargo Hanover ($6.00) is owned by Elizabeth and Dyce Spalluto and is trained by Alicia Gray. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Aug. 16) with post time at 4 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- $107,000 was up for grabs when the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) and the winners of both divisions put in stellar performances. The first $53,000 split was won by Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) who took no prisoners in a gate to wire victory. Merga Hanover was floated off the gate by driver Matt Kakaley for the first eighth of a mile while the rest of the field set up, then he gunned her to the front and controlled the rest of the mile. After getting to the half in :57.2 with the trailing horses in single file, Cash Roll (Scott Zeron) pulled first up with The Fun Marshall (Billy Davis Jr.) right behind her trying to push the issue. Merga Hanover continued to set the pace to the three-quarters, around the turn and into the stretch with the competition unable to make up any ground. Kakaley gave his filly her head down the lane and Merga Hanover was quickly on cruise control, pacing away to a handy two-length win in 1:55. "I eased her out of the gate because I never drove her before," said Kakaley. "But I let her pace the last turn and she coasted home. It was all her." The win vaulted Merga Hanover into the NYSS points lead for her division, now with 175. It was the fourth win in only five lifetime starts for Merga Hanover ($6.90) and it pushed her earnings to $86,866 for owners Thomas Dillon, Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and William Donovan. Ron Burke trains the winner. Merga Hanover was bred by Hanover Shoe Farm. The second division went for $54,000 and provided a sizable upset for the betting public when Movie Town (American Ideal-New Hollywood) came off the pace and lit up the board at 20-1. Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett) left and took the lead before giving it up to Major Battle (Jim Morrill Jr.) past the quarter. The race proceeded to the half without any changes when Turnthefrownaround (Matt Kakaley) and Movie Town (Tyler Buter) both rolled up in the outer flow to start chasing down the front runner. Major Battle hit the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with positions remaining the same behind him; that was until the top of the last turn when Movie Town tipped three-deep and started to make her move. Buter fed Movie Town the lines and she was fully engaged, passing the inside horses easily and stretching out to a two-length win in 1:57. Movie Town ($43.60) scored her second NYSS win of the year for owner Bay Pond Racing and trainer Jeff Stafford. Winbak Farm bred Movie Town. Three divisions of the $15,000 Excel "A" series were also contested on Wednesday with the following results. The first Excel "A" event in the third race was a dead-heat between Alleyesonme As and Sus) Alleyesonme As (Heston Blue Chip-Twincreeks Jewel) Driver - Jason Bartlett  Owner - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Trainer - Anette Lorentzon  Breeder - Anette Lorentzon and Acl Stuteri Ab Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $2.10 Sus (Art Major-Outtathisworld) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - Yankeeland Partners Trainer - Brett Bittle  Breeder - White Birch Farm Time - 1:58.2  Mutuel - $8.70 Charm And Grace (American Ideal-Another Hanover) Driver - Jim Morrill Jr.  Owner - John Dwyer Trainer - John Mongeon  Breeder - Kentuckiana Farms and Marvin Katz Time - 1:57.2  Mutuel - $4.20 Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day) Driver - Matt Kakaley  Owner - William Donovan Trainer - Ron Burke  Breeder - Frederick Hertrich III Time - 1:55.2  Mutuel - $4.30 Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 16), which is the first Friday of racing this meet. Post time for the first race is 6:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs will host the 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) when the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) return for their fifth of nine 2019 stops and the two harness racing divisions that will compete for a combined $107,000 in purses look to be very competitive races. The first leg (carded as race four) goes for $53,000 and has Cash Roll (Roll With Joe-Rockonomics) installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. Cash Roll has won three of five starts this year, two of which were in NYSS action, and currently sits second in points and fourth in earnings. She took her lifetime mark of 1:56 last month at Yonkers in a gate to wire, 4-¼ length romp in the mud. She has outstanding gate speed and loves to cut the mile and after drawing post one for this race, must have her driver Scott Zeron feeling really good about their chances. Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) has a similar career path to Cash Roll. She also has three wins to her credit, two in the NYSS, is third in earnings and fourth in points and also likes to be on or near the lead. The only variant to her schedule this week is she picks up Matt Kakaley to drive and he knows the Batavia oval very well. Kakaley and Merga Hanover will leave from post six. If the front end pace between those two gets hectic, The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover) will be close to pick up the pieces. The Fun Marshall didn't get her year off to as fast a start of her opponents, but she certainly made a statement on July 11. After sitting a garden spot trip, she closed sharply down the lane to score a lifetime best victory of 1:55.4 at Yonkers over a sloppy track. The Fun Marshall starts from post two with Billy Davis Jr. in tow. In the second $54,000 division, Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty's Artist) brings a stellar resume to post and has been recognized as the favorite by the track handicapper at 5-2 as a result. Racine Bell is the top money earner among her peers and is also tied for the top in points. She has three wins in six starts, hasn't missed the board all year and comes into this race off a career best tying 1:56.1 win at Yonkers. Her regular driver Jason Bartlett will be in town to drive once again and they will start from post seven for this event. Turnthefrownaround (Roll WIth Joe-Knockout Pout) is the second choice at 3-1 but appears to be a real wild card. Although she has the fastest win time of this group this year from a 1:53.3 victory over the 5/8th's mile track at Tioga Downs, she has also made two breaks at Monticello and Yonkers which are both half-milers. She will be on a half Wednesday at Batavia and will have to mind her manners to succeed. Matt Kakaley has been assigned the drive and he start that task from post five. Major Battle (Art Major-Savhorsrideacowboy) makes her first NYSS start but recent form shows her potential. Although she has exhibited gate speed in her first lifetime start, her last start shows her strong closing ability after she got away eighth by 15-lengths at Mohawk and paced the final five-eighths of a mile parked-out and closing to finish second in 1:53.3. Jim Morrill Jr. picks up the drive and the pair will start from post four. There are also three $15,000 divisions of the Excel "A" series on the card. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Plainville, MA --- Lightly regarded at the windows, Bet You made the faithful take notice after putting in a career-best performance winning the $14,000 New England-owned Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 12). Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled from third past the :26.4 quarter and took the lead from Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) before the :55.1 half and proceeded to open up a three-length lead. Rolling up the backside, he maintained that gapped margin to the three-quarters and then around the last turn while the competition tried to keep pace. When the race headed for the wire, Quick Shot was relentless in his pursuit to catch the leader and did begin to make up the difference. But Bet You was strong to the wire and hung on to win by a length in 1:50.3. The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Bet You and tied his lifetime best mile. It was the 30th career win for Bet You ($17.40) and pushed his total earnings to $489,932. Scott Dillon owns the 7-year-old altered son of Bettor's Delight-Armbro Amoretto that is trained by Joe Nelson. The $12,000 upper-level conditioned secondary feature was a heavyweight battle between Tisadream N (Drew Monti) who shot right for the lead and Betterlatethannever (Jay Randall) who had the same idea in mind. Tisadream N got to the quarter in :26.3 but Betterlatethannever was right on his back, before trying to clear. Tisadream N would not give up position so Betterlatethannever was now in the breeze pushing the issue. After tripping the half in :54.1 in tandem, the two horses continued pacing side by side up the backstretch to three-quarters in 1:22 when Fernleigh Rebel N (Mitchell Cushing) tipped three-deep and joined the fray off the last turn. As they hit the stretch Tisadream N regained a length lead and refused to lose in deep stretch and tripped the beam first in 1:51.1. It was the second straight win and fifth of the season for Tisadream N ($3.60) who has now earned $40,040 this year for owners Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Scott Rollins trains the winner. The $10,000 Nauset Light is Plainridge Park's 2-year-old developmental pacing series and the first leg was contested on Monday. Mancrush (Captaintreacherous-Authorize) was floated off the wings to the quarter by driver Jimmy Whittemore and eventually settled on the lead in front of the stands the first time. From there he led the group the rest of the way holding off Sweet Lucille (Drew Monti) and Han Solo (Kevin Switzer Jr.) by a 1/2 length at the wire where he won in 1:55.1. It was the second lifetime victory for Mancrush ($4.60) who is owned by M And L of Delaware and trained by Marissa Chadbourne. Kevin Switzer Jr. Had the hot hand at The Ridge Monday leading all other drivers with three wins on the card. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 14) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA --- Daniel Tuccillo, 78, of Prospect, Connecticut passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Vitas unit of St. Mary's Hospital. Mr. Tuccillo was born April 20, 1941 in Waterbury, Connecticut, a son of the late Ralph R. and Aurelie (Hamel) Tuccillo. He graduated from high school and went on to establish General Borings, Inc. of Prospect, Connecticut and to marry the love of his life, Helen (Doner). When he wasn't earning a living running his business, Mr. Tuccillo loved harness racing. He was first exposed to the sport at Green Mountain Park in 1970 and eventually started working for several trainers at Rockingham Park and Hinsdale Raceway in 1972 learning the business. By 1976 he got his driver's license and started to compete at tracks all over New England. With the help of his wife and son Dan Jr., Mr. Tuccillo built a small but competitive stable and competed successfully for many years. He even trained the 1984 Massachusetts Sire Stake 2-year-old pacing filly of the year Wynn's Mabel By. Mr. Tuccillo retired from full time racing in the mid-1990's but when Plainridge Park opened in 1999, an amateur driving club was formed and he couldn't wait to get back in and compete. As a charter member of the New England Amateur Harness Driver's Club, Mr. Tuccillo has campaigned several horses each year including right until the time of his passing. During his career, Mr. Tuccillo won 199 races and $504,471 in purses. As a trainer he won another 66 races and an additional $219,689 in winnings. He won his final race on June 27, 2019 at the age of 78 when he drove Steal My Thunder to a one-length victory at Plainridge Park in 1:56.1 and paid $81.60. Aside from racing his horses, Mr. Tuccillo's greatest joy was his family, and their memories of time spent with him at the lake will always be treasured. Mr. Tuccillo will be forever missed by his wife of 57 years Helen, son Daniel and daughter Bernadette Casson all of Prospect, his grandchildren; Nicholas and Christina Tuccillo and Alyssa and Brittney Casson, a brother Ralph and his wife Margaret Tuccillo of New Hartford, a brother-in-law Joseph Doner of Bristol, a host of nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends that he treated as family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at St. Anthony's Church, 4 Union City Rd, Prospect, Connecticut with burial to immediately follow in Prospect Cemetery, 1 Union City Rd, Prospect, Connecticut. Calling hours will be held Tuesday August 13, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Prospect Memorial Funeral Home, 72 Waterbury Rd, Prospect, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Hole in the Wall Gang, 565 Ashford Center Rd., Ashford, CT 06278 For directions and online condolences please visit www.prospectmemorial.com By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Trainer John Hallett left the friendly confines of Tioga Downs with Joey Pro this week in lieu of a visit to Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 11) but despite the change in venue, they came away with the same result. Joey Pro scored another win, but this time in the top-class $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at the oldest lighted harness track in North America. Joey Pro (Jim Morrill Jr.) made it quick and simple; he left, took the lead and outlasted the competition. Morrill set quarters of :29, :58.1 and 1:27 with the field pretty much single-file behind him. Going into the last turn, Wheels A Turning (Dave McNeight III) was moving up the outside first-over, two-lengths behind the leader and he was also trotting up a storm. When the race straightened out down the lane, Wheels A Turning had drawn almost even with Joey Pro and appeared poised to motor right on by, but Joey Pro swelled up and held him off at the wire to win by a nose in 1:56.2 for his third straight victory. Well on his way to beating his career year of 2018, Joey Pro ($10.80) has now registered eight wins in 2019 and pocketed $41,780 in purses for owner ark Wamp. The $11,000 Open II Handicap trot also went to an outsider after Saratoga Raceway regular Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) pulled past the half, took control of the race before the three-quarter pole and rebuffed a late bid by Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) to win handily by 1-¼ lengths in 1:57.4. Rose Run Speedster ($4.40) is owned by Simzer and Derue and trained by Brett Derue. Jim Morrill Jr., Shawn Gray and Billy Davis Jr. all had driving triple on the card; Davis scoring the natural hat trick in the final three races of the day. Trainers Brett Derue, JD Perrin and Steve Kiblin all had two wins apiece. Live racing resumes Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 14) and the New York Sire Stake 2-year-old pacing fillies will be in town to compete for $107,000 in purses. Post time for the first race is 5:00 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Saratoga Raceway regular Saulsbrook Deputy shipped into western New York on Saturday night (Aug. 10) for the first time and immediately laid down the law after winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs Driver John Cummings Jr. took his time placing Saulsbrook Deputy on the lead but cleared by the quarter and opened up a two-length advantage at the point. The pair then proceeded to the half in a pedestrian :58.2 split before Lucan Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) rolled up on the outside with Iammrbrightside N (Ray Fisher Jr.) on his back to apply some pressure for the second circuit. The top three horses maintained their positions to the three-quarters in 1:26.2 and then around the last turn where Saulsbrook Deputy was still two-lengths clear. But Iammrbrightside N tipped three-deep around the stalled Lucan Hanover and was barreling down the middle of the track and closing with every stride. Cummings was urging his horse all the way down the lane and Saulsbrook Deputy responded and stayed game to win in 1:55.1. Saulsbrook Deputy ($5.70) scored his fifth win of the year for owner Kevin Quinn and brought his 2019 earnings to $49,491. Paul Zabielski trains the winner. In the undercard $11,000 Open II pace, Drunkonaplane (Billy Davis Jr.) scored his second straight win at Batavia Downs after a very strong performance. Drunkonaplane had the lead four-steps off the gate and relinquished that spot only momentarily before the quarter when he let Manceiver (Jim Morrill Jr.) clear. But he immediately retook the front and closed out the deal. Davis cut quarters of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before turning for home and holding off 51-1 shot Tullow N (Ray Fisher Jr.). Drunkonaplane ($4.00), who now has six wins this year, is owned by Vogel and Wags Nags Stable Jack Rice and Adelphi Bloodstock. Maria Rice is the trainer. Several horsemen and one horsewoman had very productive nights at Batavia on Saturday. Billy Davis Jr. and Jim Morrill Jr. both had four winners on the card while trainers Jackie Greene, Paul Zabielski and Maria Rice all sent two winners to the winner's enclosure. Live racing resumes Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 11) Post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- Coming off a 3-year-old year that saw him earn in excess of $65,000 without any stake events, Quicksilver Kemp has come back strong at four and has now taken a new lifetime mark after winning the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 9). Quicksilver Kemp (Wally Watson) got away third and watched Simple Kaos (Shawn Gray) run away with the first seven-eighths of the race. With a gapped three-length lead, Simple Kaos set fast fractions of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.1 and looked like he had the win wrapped up. As they moved into the stretch, Simple Kaos got simply tired and came off the pylons. This left an opening for the drafting Quicksilver Kemp and he took full advantage. Watson had him in full gear and they trotted up a storm to the wire, winning by one length in 1:55.2, which was a career best for the gelding. It was the second win in the last three starts for Quicksilver Kemp ($7.80) who is owned and trained by Joel Wheeler. Shawn Gray had a driving hat trick on Friday and Todd O'Dea had a double-double; that being two wins with horses he both trains and drives. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 12) with post time at 4 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Middletown, NY --- The Goshen Yearling Sale is just about a month away and the 109 available yearlings are already being examined by many sets of eyes in person, on video and in the catalog. But those who know them the best are the managers of the respective farms that have sent these prospects to the auction block. The consignors are excited to make their talent available and have some opinions about who they like from their groups. Comments by Jean Brown, General Manager-Blue Chip Farms Blue Chip Farms will be representing five yearlings at the Goshen Yearling Sale. Four are out of pacing dams with collective average earnings of over $147,000. These pacing offerings include (76) Spartacus Blue Chip, an American Ideal first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Crucial Moment. Rounding out the consignment is a son of Credit Winner, (30) Chase Blue Chip, who is the first colt out of Cantata. Cantata is from the immediate family of Hambletonian Oaks winner, Creamy Mimi ($927,000.) Yearlings can be viewed at the farm prior to the sale by appointment 7 days per week. Contact the office at 845-895-3930 for more information. Videos will be available the week of August 19th. Comments by Steve Jones, General Manager-Cameo Hills Farms This year's consignment is certainly headlined by our So Surreal's. (102) Full Of Herself (So Surreal-I Am A Snob) is a full sister to So Rude who is a very smart and athletic filly. (7) Bud Truck (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) is a full brother to Hickfromfrenchlick. He is a late foal but nice looking and very correct. (22) Cougar Bar (So Surreal-Please Me Please) is from a mare who earned $750,000 racing. (16) Stop Staring (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) is the first colt and second foal from Paramelons Hanover, a daughter of Paula's Best. (90) Scratch Golfer (So Surreal-Dune In Red) is the first foal from $385,000 winner Dune In Red. We are also selling (51) Boozer (American Ideal-Whiskey A go Go) who the first foal from Whiskey a Go Go who is a sister to Always A Virgin and (79) The Yankee Chapter (Muscles Yankee-Chapter And Verse) whose dam is a sister to the great sire Chapter Seven. Cameo Hills 2018 Goshen consignment has yielded some serious results. The farm consigned a total of 11 yearlings; nine have raced and eight have done very well. Play Trix On Me (Trixton-Lima Playmate 2,1:54.3 $111,500) Undefeated in four lifetime starts and is a NJSS Champion. So Rude (So Surreal-I Am A Snob 2,1:53.3 $61,996) Multiple NYSS winner. Cigars And Port (So Surreal-Sweet On Art 2,1:56.2 $60,491) Multiple NYSS winner. The Fun Marshall (So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover 2,1:55.4 $27,615) NYSS winner. Paulie Walnuts (Andover Hall-D Liteful Hanover 2,1:56.2 $22,180). Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated 2,1:54.2 $38,401). The Party's Rockin (Captaintreacherous-Rocknroll Cameo 2,1:53.1. $15,000) PA stallion series winner. Fear The Pasta (So Surrela-Pasta La Vista 2,2:01.2 $10,050) NY Excelsior A winner. We also sold Beerthiry K (Credit Winner-Venus Hall 2,1:58h $47,260) as agent and he is a NYSS winner. Those yearlings cost a total of $130,000 and have already earned just under $400,000. Comments by Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Executive Vice-President-Hanover Shoe Farm "We have a group of really nice colts and fillies with some exceptional pedigree." (54) Acup O Joe Hanover (Roll With Joe-A Royal Hanover) is the first foal from a Somebeachsomewhere sister to Up Front Hoosierboy, Artache Hanover and Arockin Hanover. (38) Seth Hanover (Artspeak-Subtle Charm) is from the family of Glowing Report and Well Said, brother to dams of Treacherous Reign and Miso Fast. (72) Bison Hanover (Art Major-Burning Point) is the first Art Major from 3-year-old filly pacer of the year and older pacing mare of the year Burning Point. (41) Skaikru Hanover (Art Major-Sympathy Hanover) is a first foal from a sister to Shadyshark Hanover and Sharky Osborne. (20) Pinpoint Hanover (Explosive Matter-Peace Dove) is out of a sister to the dam of 2019 Hambletonian Oaks winner When Doves Cry. (26) Quimby Hanover (Art Major- Queen Teen) is a sister to UF Dragons Queen. (71) Bygone Hanover (Artspeak-Brissonte Hanover) is a sister to Blush Hanover. Comments by Garrett Bell, General Manager-Winbak Farms We are selling yearlings by five of the top six stallions in 2-year-old stallion standings for the NYSS. (American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Art Major, Bolt The Duer and Heston Blue Chip) (2) Parallel Line (Heston Blue Chip-Marshamarshamarsha) is a nice racy colt who looks the part. (6) Perfect Bella (American Ideal-Mom's Bella) is a very athletic filly that moves very nice. (11) No Pay No Way (Credit Winner-Not A Diva) is a nice, long, athletic filly. (42) Rockin Good Time (Rock N Roll Heaven-Timeless Beauty) is another very nice athletic and good sized filly. (58) Just For Luck (Lucky Chucky-Arenal) is a trotting colt that looks the part; nice size and really moves well. (55) Blue Flame (Heston Blue Chip-All Italian) is another very nice athletic good size filly that travels well. Last year at Goshen Winbak sold Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) and he became a standout in the NYSS this year. He's won five out of six starts with a mark of 1:54.3 and earnings of $115,770. The Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday (Sept. 8) at the Mark Ford Training Center located at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, NY. Catalogs are now available online at www.goshenyearlingsale.com and at all major racetracks and training facilities in the northeast. By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale

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