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Batavia, NY --- Horsemen racing at Batavia Downs should take note of the revised draw schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving week. There will be a double draw held on Tuesday (Nov. 20) for Friday (Nov. 23) and Saturday (Nov. 24). The box closes at 9 a.m. The main change to note is Saturday's draw is moved up one day from Wednesday to Tuesday. Driver changes for both days must be received by the judges by 3 pm on Tuesday. Also please note that post time for Friday (Nov. 23) is early at 4:45 p.m. while post time for Saturday (Nov. 24) is the regular start time of 6 p.m. For any inquiries about conditions or to call your entries in, please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-344-6304. The complete condition sheet for racing at Batavia Downs is available on the Batavia Downs website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com) under Live Racing>Horsemen>Condition Sheet and also on the USTA website (www.ustrotting.com) by clicking Horsemen>Condition Sheet. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- Undoubtedly the most exciting race of the year occurred at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 17) when Lucky McTrucky parked out all comers before driving home a winner in the $11,000 Open Handicap harness racing pacing feature. I'm So Handsome (Kevin Cummings), Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) and Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) left the gate together and paced three-deep around the clubhouse turn and up the backstretch until I'm So Handsome relented, letting Lucky McTrucky and Iyq Yqr continue to argue at the quarter in :26.4. And argue they did. Lucky McTrucky refused to let Iyq Yqr take the front and Iyq Yqr refused to take a seat behind Lucky McTrucky so the pair paced in unison to the half in :55.1. The fanatical feud continued around the third turn before Iyq Yqr said nighty-night, but there was still no rest for the weary. Go Collect N (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled from fourth and drew alongside Lucky McTrucky past the five-eighths and a new battle ensued. Monti and Davis rocked and knocked, high-lined and bounced from the three-quarters all the way to the wire with inches between them left to right and front to back and it took a photo to call the winner. The winner was Lucky McTrucky who closed the deal by a head in 1:54.3 while the sold out clubhouse roared in appreciation. It was the 12th win of the year and 54th of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($4.90) who now boasts $85,815 in earnings this year. The uber-game 9-year-old gelded son of McArdle is owned by Tessa Roland and is trained by JD Perrin, The $9,900 Open II pace was won by Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) who sat third to the quarter before pulling to take the lead by the half and then pulled away by four lengths in the lane to win in 1:54.3. It was the 13th win of the year for Upfront Countryboy ($6.30) who is trained by James Clouser Jr. for owner William Emmons. Drew Monti the top teamster on Saturday scoring a Grand Slam on the card. Besides the big win with Lucky McTrucky, Monti also had pictures taken with Hardts Or Bettor (1:55.2, $10.80), Foreign Officer (1:56.2, $4.80) and Linkjack Hanover (1:56.4, $7.40). All four of Monti's wins were trainees of JD Perrin that are owned by Tessa Roland. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 21) at 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Batavia, NY --- On the heels of a Nor'easter that dumped significant amounts of snow, sleet and rain in western New York, the track at Batavia Downs was swampy at best. But that didn't deter Lougazi from flexing his muscle in winning the $11,000 Open Handicap trot on Friday night (Nov. 16). Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) outdueled Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) for the lead and paid the price with a :28.4 quarter. Cummings then grabbed leather to give his horse a breather to the half in 1:00.1. But the party ended there as rolling up on the outside when they hit that second fraction was Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) and he wasn't fooling around. Lougazi hooked up with Southern Palms as they motored up the backside and the two trotted in tandem past the three-quarters and around the last turn. At the head of the stretch, Fisher gave Lougazi his head and then sat chilly in the bike as Lougazi simply walked away from the field to win by two in 2:00.1. Definitely the hottest trotter in western New York, Lougazi ($3.90) scored his 10th win of 2018 for owner Mary Warriner who has now benefited the amount of $54,570 as a result of his performances. The $8,800 Open II trot went to Crystal Sphere (BIlly Davis Jr.) who went gate to wire, pulling away in a romp and winning by six lengths in 2:00.1. It was the 12th win of the year for Crystal Sphere ($15.80) who is trained by James Clouser Jr. for owner William Emmons. Billy Davis Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. were the top reinsmen on Friday, each winning three races on the card. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Nov. 17) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Plainville, MA --- With only five racing days left in the 2018 Plainridge Park meeting, this was the second-to-last Thursday (Nov. 15) trot-heavy card as the track will be dark on Thanksgiving. However solid efforts and fast times were still seen across the board from the diagonal-gaiters who competed this afternoon. In the $12,000 conditioned event for the 6-year-old and under group, Quicksilver Kemp (James Tomaso) watched from the rear before following cover on the outside from the half to the top of the stretch where he displayed his usual late-closing speed to win by a length in 1:58.1. It was the sixth win of the year for Quicksilver Kemp ($4.80) who has put together a stellar sophomore campaign. The 3-year-old son of Andover Hall has now earned $63,915 for his owner/trainer Joel Wheeler. Then the fastest miles of the day were registered in a pair of mid-level conditioned trots on the strength of surprising performances given under the cold and windy conditions of the day. In the first $8,500 split, Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) showed good foot leaving and a lot of heart finishing to out-battle L Dee's Yoyo Ma (Drew Campbell) to wire where he won in a sparkling 1:55.1. Shorething Fashion ($6.00) scored his fifth win of the year for owners Bob McHugh and Mike Eaton, who also does the training. And the second $8,500 contest went to Namesmuscle (Matt Athearn) who sat the perfect trip behind Bruizn (Drew Campbell) before pulling in the stretch to outmuscle that one at the wire and win by a neck in 1:55.3. It was also the fifth win of the year for Namesmuscle ($12.20) and owner William Phipps. Gretchen Athearn is the trainer. Driver Drew Campbell doubled on Thursday to lead all drivers for wins. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 19) at 1 p.m. Next week Plainirdge will only race Monday and Tuesday and will be dark for the holiday on Thursday. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- After earning minor spoils in her three most recent outings, Kaitlyn Rae returned to her winning ways in the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap harness racing pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 14). Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) left with little opposition from Hey Kobe (Kevin Cummings) who was content to sit the pocket trip for the duration. Seeing no one coming, Monti tapped the brakes and strolled to the half in :59. That forced Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) to pull first over for a bid that would fall short by the three-quarters. Heading into the final turn, Cummings tipped Hey Kobe to try and make a run. But after barely getting within a length, Kaitlyn Rae responded to a high-line and a couple taps of the shaft to pace away and win by a length in 1:56.1. It was the 61st career win and 13th victory of 2018 for Kaitlyn Rae ($6.30) who has now earned $71,021 for owner/trainer Riley Asher-Stalbaum. In the $8,800 distaff Open II, Tymal Luckynpink (Brad Jackson) doubled her pleasure by winning her second straight outing in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.3. The Ken and John Mc Keever-owned 7-year-old Camluck mare scored her seventh win of the year under the tutelage of trainer Brad Jackson. Drew Monti had the driving hat trick on Wednesday to lead all other reinsmen on the card. Besides the already mentioned Kaitlyn Rae, Monti also won with Scarlet n silk (1:59.1, $8.80) and Honey Booboolina (1:57, $8.10). With those three wins, Monti pulls into a first place tie with Kevin Cummings (who had two wins on Wednesday) for the dash driving title. Both drivers currently have 93 tallies this meet. There was no winner in the early Pick-5 on Wednesday and as a result, there is a $1,036 carry over and a guaranteed $3,000 pool for the early Pick-5 on Friday. This will be a part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and free program pages will be made available on the USTA site courtesy of Trackmaster starting on Thursday under the "Handicapping" tab. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 16) with post time for the first race set at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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

Batavia, NY --- Despite a substantial step up in class, Iyq Yqr held to script and went gate to wire to win the $11,000 Open Handicap harness racing pace on Saturday night (Nov. 10) at Batavia Downs. Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) got away sharply off the gate, took the lead and rolled through the first two turns with no pressure at all. That came when Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.), who pulled at the three-eighths, drew alongside Iyq Yqr in front of the grandstand and tried to clear at that point. Bucceri then popped the plugs on Iyq Yqr and he responded to Cool Like Fire's charge and put him away before the three-quarter pole. As they headed into the final turn, Iyq Yqr opened up a clear advantage while trailing horses were bunching up for their stretch bids. But Bucceri was in the midst of a highly animated drive and Iyq Yqr responded to it down the lane to rebuff the late challenges of Cultural Paradise (Shawn McDonough) and In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) to win in 1:57. It was the third straight victory at Batavia Downs for Iyq Yqr ($13.20) who is owned by the Blindswitch Racing Stable, Anthony Nicometo, Good Friends Racing Stable and Santo Farina. Jeff Amann trains the winner. In the $9,900 Open II co-feature, Go Collect N (Billy Davis Jr.) tripped out behind I'm So Handsome (Kevin Cummings) before pulling out by the three-quarters and taking a narrow lead at the head of the lane that he held to the wire where he won in 1:57.2. Go Collect N ($4.40) scored his eighth win of the year for owner William Emmons who has now deposited $85,501 this year on his behalf. Denny Bucceri led all drivers on Saturday scoring a Grand Slam on Saturday night. Besides winning the feature with Iyq Yqr, "The Oakfield Flash" Bucceri also won with R U Machin Me (1:57.1, $15.00), Michael's Victory (1:58.1, $3.60) and Ugly Betty (1:59.4, $38.60). Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 14) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- When French-bred trotter Bioness last competed at Batavia Downs he won the $15,000 Schroeder Invitational trot in October. On Friday (Nov. 9) he stayed undefeated at the Genesee County oval by taking the $11,500 Open Handicap trotting feature under a slick drive by his young reinsman Hunter Oakes, over a very sloppy track. When the wings folded Bioness started the long trek from post seven to the front and gained that position by the quarter in :29.4. But the lead was short-lived as the local hot-trotter Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) pulled at the three-eighths and rushed to the front by the half and grabbed the pylons into the second circuit. Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) made the next move, pulling at the five-eighths and drawing near Lougazi as the race progressed through the third panel. The top two trotters battled around the last turn and into the stretch before a gap allowed Oakes to pull Bioness out of the pocket and jet between them. He was by Southern Palms and overtook Lougazi at the wire to win in 1:59.4 by one-half length. It was the fifth win of 2018 for Bioness ($2.70) who now has $107,438 on his card for the year. The 7-year-old altered son of Sam Bourbon is owned by the Northfork Racing Stable and is trained by Chris Oakes. For the 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, it was his fourth consecutive win in only five career drives and his first career victory at Batavia Downs in his Western New York homecoming. In the $8,800 Open II trot, Labatt Hanover (Shawn McDonough) sat third the whole mile before tipping three-wide off cover in the lane to catch Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) at the wire to win by a neck in 2:00.1. It was the second win in the last three starts for Labatt Hanover ($11.60) and owners Gary and Cynthia Saj. McDonough also does the training. There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Friday so the $2,756 carry over will supplement a guaranteed $7,000 pool for the early Pick-5 wager when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 10). This bet will be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering Program and as such, will offer free race pages for races one through five for Batavia Downs tomorrow courtesy of Trackmaster. These free pages can be downloaded at www.ustrotting.com under the "Handicapping" tab. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs

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

Batavia, NY --- Sportsmuffler remained the mare to beat in Western New York after scoring her second straight top class distaff pacing feature victory at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 7). Getting away fourth, Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) flew to the front and guided the field's fortunes to the half in a tepid :58.3. Shortly after that marker, Kruella pulled first-over and eventually took command of the pace by the three-quarter pole. With Machin Marley starting to lose touch, Davis, who was a boxed fourth, was able to sneak Sportsmuffler out and around the pack before going three-deep into the last turn. First drawing even with Kruella, Sportsmuffler then pulled away from everyone to win by three in 1:56.1. It was the ninth win of the year and 35th career victory for Sportsmuffler ($7.90) who is owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin. Sportsmuffler has now earned $60,366 this year. In the co-featured $8,800 fillies and mares Open II, Hey Kobe (Billy Davis Jr.) led every step of the way going gate to wire and winning by two lengths in 1:56.4. The Mihajlo Zdjelar trained Hey Kobe ($12.00) scored her sixth win of the year for owner Keith Pinkowski. Billy Davis Jr. won both top events on Wednesday but he ended up with a driving Grand Slam as well. Besides the already mentioned Sportsmuffler and Hey Kobe, Davis also won with Sweet Kimmy (2:03.1, $6.70) and Gussy's Dragon (1:58.3, $43). With no winning ticket in the early Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, there is a $709 carry-over and a $2,000 guaranteed pool for the early Pick-5 at Batavia Downs when live racing resumes on Friday night (Nov. 9). The early Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager that starts in race one and runs through race five. Post time for the first race on Friday is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- If ever the phrase "horses for courses" needed to be assessed, Starznheaven and Plainridge Park would certainly be the ideal case study and it was on display again Monday afternoon (Nov. 5) when the 6-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven torched his field to win the $17,000 Winners-Over Handicap pacing feature at The Ridge. The heavily favored Starznheaven (Shawn Gray) was floated off the gate from post nine and took his time getting to the front and when he got there past the quarter, he was poised to put on a show. After getting to the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:24.1, Gray let him out a notch and the race ended there. Starznheaven started pulling away and opened up a three-length lead in the turn that extended to five at the head of the stretch. As Gray sat still with the whip on his shoulder, Starznheaven barreled home in :27.3 with a six length advantage under the wire in 1:51.4. It was the 13th win of 2018 and 35th victory of his career for Starznheaven ($2.80) who has now amassed $131,875 in purses this year. Privately purchased just four days ago, this was Starznheaven's first win for new owners Marc Reynolds and Bradford Veilleux. As for liking this race track, in seven starts at Plainridge Park this year Starznheaven has won five and finished second twice, but by only a head and a neck. He also took a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4 at the Massachusetts mecca of harness racing back on June 18. A pair of recently imported New Zealand-breds made their first Plainridge starts on Monday in a pair of upper-level condition events with both pacers putting in stellar performances in wire to wire wins. Going off the 3-5 favorite, Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) was the easiest of winners in a gate to wire hand drive by Cushing. After squelching an early bid for the front by Cruzing Hill (Drew Campbell), Bettors Fire N outpaced Born Of Fire (Jimmy Whittemore) at the three-quarters and then held off a late charge by Betterlatethnnever (Mitchell Cushing) down the stretch to win by a wrapped-up length in 1:53.3. It was the third straight win since arriving stateside on October 21 for Bettors Fire N ($3.20) who is owned by his driver along with Kevin Sywyk and Frank Ranaldi. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Then Kiwi Tintin N (Chris Long) was sent off at 1-9 and after setting fairly easy fractions to the top of the stretch, dug in hard and gamely held off a four-horse cavalry charge at the wire to win in 1:54.1. Kiwi Tintin N's margin of victory was a neck and the top five horses finished within a length of each other. Kiwi Tintin N ($2.20) who made his North American debut on September 29 at Saratoga Raceway has now won five out of his six races since arriving from Down Under for owner Kevin Quinn and trainer Paul Zabielski. Shawn Gray had the hot hand Monday leading all drivers by winning four races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Starznheaven, Gray also got across with Kaylas Blues ($11.20, 1:57.3), Beachchip Hanover ($4.60, 1:53) and My Mind Is Made Up ($6.00, 1:52.2) to round out the Grand Slam. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon with post time set for 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- After some early maneuvering, Lucky McTrucky got a perfect trip en route to winning the $10,500 Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 3). Cool Like Fire (Billy Davis Jr.) took the early lead but soon yielded it to Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) past the eighth pole. Then just before the quarter, Davis pulled Cool Like Fire and retook the lead once again. From there positions remained unchanged for the next half mile. After passing the three-quarters in 1:27, Cool Like Fire was in a very good spot and looked fresh legged on the point. But Monti, who had gotten the perfect trip, pulled Lucky McTrucky coming out of the final turn and pushed him hard towards the stretch drive. As they headed down the lane the horses were stride for stride in a good match race with Lucky McTrucky getting the advantage before the wire and won by a neck in 1:56.1. It was the 11th win of the year and 53rd victory of his career for Lucky McTrucky ($6.00) who has won $79,765 in 2018 for owner Tessa Roland. JD Perrin trains the winner. In the $9,900 Open II co-feature, Dark Horse (Ray FIsher Jr.) got away at the back of the pack and watched as Bahama Bay (Denny Bucceri) and Hardts Or Bettor (Drew Monti) battled hard on the front end past the half. Fisher tipped Dark Horse four-wide up the backstretch, took the lead in the final turn and pulled away to win by two in 1:56. It was the fifth win of the year for Dark Horse ($4.70) who is owned by VHF Racing and trained by Sabrina Cleavenger. Ray Fisher Jr. led all drivers on Saturday scoring three wins on the night. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Nov. 7) with post time for the first race at 5 p.m. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- After getting the perfect trip, Southern Palms had just enough at the wire to win the $8,800 Open II Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 2). The race played out quite simply: Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.) went to the top and Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) got the perfect pocket trip. After fisher cut fractions of :28.1 :58.2 and 1:28.2, Barn Winner rounded the last turn looking like the probable victor. But Cummings brought Southern Palms out for the stretch drive and after steady urging, nipped Barn Winner at the wire by a head in 1:58.3. Southern Palms registered his seventh win of 2018 for owner Mike Torcello who has now been enriched the sum of $57,991 by his gelding's performances this year. Western New York legend Gerry Sarama trains the winner. Sarama and Torcello also sent forth the winner of the $8,500 co-featured trot. Theresnoway (Jim McNeight Jr.) got away seven lengths behind the leading Striker Ace (Drew Monti) before pulling first-over past the half and rallying down the stretch to win by a length and upset the field at 14-1. Theresnoway ($31.80) also got his seventh win of the year, breaking a long drought since his last score on August 17. Kevin Cummings led all drivers on Friday night winning three races on the card. Cummings is now in sole possession of the dash win lead for the current Batavia Downs meet, sporting 88 wins so far. Drew Monti is second with 85 wins and did not visit the Purple Haze winner's circle at all on Friday. Racing resumes on Saturday night (Nov. 3) with post time set at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- Overcoming a slow start and trailing early, Only Passing Through got it in gear past the half and scored a gutsy victory in a tight finish in the $16,000 Winners-Over trot at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 1). Atlantic Crest (Sergio Corona) was the early pace setter and took the bunch to the quarter in :28 and the half in :57.4. Just as they passed that second station, Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam), who was leading a three-horse outer flow, went by Atlantic Crest and took control. With the field tightening as they headed up the backside, Swancredit (Drew Campbell) was getting closer but Only Passing Through (Patrizio Ancora) was getting impatient. Approaching the three-quarter pole Ancora tipped Only Passing Through three-deep from fifth and started motoring around stalling horses. At the top of the stretch Shorething Fashion and Only Passing Through were side by side and trotting in sync. They battled all the way to the wire with Only Passing Through getting a head advantage to win in 1:56. It was the fifth win of the year for Only Passing Through ($3.80) and it pushed his earnings to $%5,234 in 2018 for owner Lindy Farm of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. Domenico Cecere trains the winner. In the $12,000 trotting co-feature Quicksilver Kemp (Jim Tomaso) watched from far back as four horses battled early, then tipped out from seventh for the drive at the head of the lane and closed like a bullet to win by two-lengths going away in 1:57.1. It was also the fifth win of the year for Quicksilver Kemp ($4.80) who is owned and trained by Joel Wheeler. Nick Graffam led all drivers on Thursday with three wins on the card. Plainridge Park Casino sponsored a fund raiser to benefit the Ellie Fund, which is a Boston-based advocate for breast cancer care. The track's management was on hand to present a check for $7,000 to this very worthy organization. The Ellie Fund provides assistance to breast cancer patients residing in or receiving treatment in Massachusetts. They provide critical support services free of charge to help relieve a breast cancer patients burden while in treatment. For more information and to find out how you could help, log on to www.elliefund.org. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday (Nov. 5) with post time at 1 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- It was a dark and stormy night in Genesee County and the track was sloppy at best. But that didn't stop the top side-wheeling mare Sportsmuffler from out-dueling three rivals at the wire to win the $10,400 distaff pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct.30). After a two-week layoff, Sportsmuffler got away third while Kaitlyn Rae (Ray Fisher Jr.) drove to the front by the quarter and led the field to the half without opposition. This produced a very pedestrian :31 second quarter making Kaitlyn Rae look like a veritable lock. But there was a half to go and Sportsmuffler (Billy Davis Jr.) had different ideas and was the first to push the issue as they rolled up the backside. Kaitlyn Rae maintained her length advantage passing the three-quarters in 1:28.1, but her pursuers were poised to strike as Roll With Faith (Kevin Cummings) joined the fray another length behind Sportsmuffler. Coming off the far turn, Sportsmuffler was wearing down Kaitlyn Rae and Roll With Faith had tipped three-deep both of them. From the back of the pack, Kruella (Shawn McDonough) came out of nowhere and was flying down the middle of the track. As the race approached the wire, these four were strung across the lane in a tightening bunch, but it was Sportsmuffler getting her head in front at the line to win in 1:57.3. It was the eighth win of 2018 for Sportsmuffler ($8.80) who has now earned $55,166 for owner Rose Campbell. Steve Kiblin trains the winner. In the $8,500 fillies and mares conditioned under card, Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) unleashed a furious stretch drive to catch A Crafty Lady (Drew Monti) who looked like she was home, to win in 1:57.4. Susie's Delight ($16.60) has now won three of her last four starts and five on the year for owner Swift Racing Stable. Ryan Swift does the training. Four drivers won all 10 races on Wednesday led by Billy Davis Jr. who had the Grand Slam. Kevin Cummings, Shawn McDonough and Ray Fisher Jr. all had two wins apiece. With no winner of the early Pick-5 wager on Wednesday, there will be a guaranteed $1,500 pool for that wager when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Nov. 2) Post time is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

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

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