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Plainville, MA-It's hard enough to beat a field of the best distaff pacers on the grounds. But when you add in a 50-minute weather delay immediately before the race, an off-track and a first-over journey, it gets that much more difficult. But Apple Bottom Jeans was up to the task as she beat all the odds to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (July 17). High winds and heavy downpours blew in just as the sixth race ended and delayed the start of the featured seventh. But the program reconvened and the gate released the field of seven with Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) taking her favored position on the point, speeding to the quarter in :26.4. Apple Bottom Jeans (Mitchell Cushing) floated out from post seven and dropped in fifth briefly, but came right back out at the three-eighths and started motoring up the rim by the time they hit the half. Although being pursued, Western Stepp maintained a two-length lead to the three-quarters and looked like the one to beat. Apple Bottom Jeans got to within one of the leader by the top of the last turn and was gaining momentum as Western Stepp started to look vulnerable under urging. When they hit the top of the lane the two mares were dead even, but Western Stepp gave way mid-stretch and Apple Bottom Jeans cruised right by her to win by two lengths in 1:53 while Cushing sat chilly with the whip under his arm. It was the 21st career win in only 51 lifetime starts for Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.00) and it pushed her 4-year bankroll to $511,828. KDK Standardbreds own the 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples who is trained by Kevin Switzer. In the co-featured $12,000 "Trackmaster 85 Rating" conditioned event, Acefortyfour Alex (Mitchell Cushing) followed a pedestrian :57 half from third before pulling at that station, grinding out a parked :27 third quarter and then running down the leading Empty Gesture (Drew Campbell) to win by three lengths in 1:52.1, which was a new lifetime mark. It was the second win in a row and fourth since coming to Plainridge Park for Acefortyfour Alex ($7.20) who is owned by Charles Fernandes Jr. and trained by Dennis Laterza. Besides winning both feature races on Tuesday, Mitchell Cushing also won the first with Rock Me Threetimes ($2.80) to complete the driving hat trick and lead all drivers for victories on the card. There was no winner in the sixth race Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager and as a result, there will be a huge carry-over pool of $14,931 in the sixth race on Thursday (July 19) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---Although Eddie Davis Jr. hasn't had as many starts at Plainridge Park this year as he's had in the past, there's no question he is still one of the craftiest reinsmen to regularly compete in the Commonwealth. One Monday (July 16) Davis illustrated that point when he scored a driving triple that included wins in both feature races. In the $16,000 Winners-Over pace, Davis directed Bet You from post four and hit the pylons while One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) left hard in :26 flat. But his passive attitude was short-lived as he rolled Bet You to the outside past the three-eighths and motored up towards the leader. In a grinding fashion, Bet You inched his way towards One To Draw To and by the 1:22.3 three-quarters was dead even with him. The two shadowed each other around far turn but by the head of the stretch, Bet You had taken the lead and extended it to two lengths. He hit the wire by himself and stopped the clock in 1:51, which equaled his seasonal mark. It was the fourth win of the year for Bet You ($3.00) who is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Joe Nelson. And in the $12,000 conditioned undercard pace, Davis took control at the start with Attention Please and never let go. Attention Please set fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:22.3 while never letting anyone get closer than a length. Rounding the final bend and heading down the lane, Davis provided some moderate urging to keep him on task but Attention Please didn't really need it as he cruised home an easy winner in 1:51.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Attention Please ($15.40) also registered his fourth win of 2018 for owner Kathleen Brewer and trainer Timmie Griffith. Davis's also won with Rapid It Up Art (1:54, $5.20) who completed the hat trick. Once again, no one hit the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race and as a result, there is a large carry over pool of $10,931 in the sixth race on Tuesday afternoon (July 17) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---There were two harness racing stars at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 12); one was in front of the race bike and one was sitting in it. Massachusetts-bred Muscles Jared made a visit home from his New York base at Vernon Downs and impressed the locals by winning the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature. And sharing the spotlight was reinsman Drew Campbell who drove five winners during the 10-race card. Muscles Jared (Shawn Gray) was a determined leaver and took the front with authority. From there he set moderate fractions to the half before Jericho (Joe Di Stefano) came first-up and tried to push the issue. But as the outside interloper drew near, Muscles Jared switched a gear and trotted up the backstretch in :28 flat. As the race headed into the final turn, Jericho packed it in and Muscles Jared continued on cruise control. He opened up a five-length lead by the head of the stretch and after Gray looked over his shoulder and tucked away his whip, Muscle Jared flew home a wrapped-up winner in 1:54.1, which was only one-fifth off his lifetime mark. His homecoming was also the 11th win in 37 lifetime starts for Muscles Jared ($4.20) who now boasts $380,034 in earnings for his all Massachusetts connections that include owner Al Ross of Dartmouth and trainer George Ducharme, originally of Walpole. North American leading UDR pilot and Plainridge Park top dash driver Drew Campbell was on fire Thursday, winning half of the 10 races on the card. In the eight races he drove in, Campbell won five and was second and third one time each giving him an unbelievable .736 UDR for the day. These numbers clearly illustrate why he leads in both of these categories. Campbell had his picture taken with Prayers Do Matter (1:56.2 LTM, $2.20), Armenian Warrior (1:51.2 LTM, $2.80), Panhellenic (1:53, $13.40), Vodkancaviar (1:55.4, $10.40) and Nathaniel (1:53.4 LTM, $8.00). Campbell now has 96 wins for the meet, 29 ahead of second place Greg Merton. He also maintains his North American UDR lead with a .429 mark to date. There were no winners in the Wicked Hi-5 pentafecta wager in the sixth race today and as a result, there will be a carry-over pool of $8,723 in tomorrow's sixth betting event when live harness racing action resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (July 13) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---The Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) program continues to grow. Resident harness racing mare numbers are up again and the resulting stake eligible foals continue to increase. This year the connections of the state-bred 2 and 3-year-olds are looking forward to competing for a total of $1.28 million (est.) that will be up for grabs when the series is contested during the month of October. The success of Plainridge Park Casino has enriched the Standardbred breeding in Massachusetts as a result of the percentage paid to that program through the provisions of the Race Horse Development Fund. The $1.28 million in sire stake purses being offered this year reflects a third consecutive year of increases that are expected to see continued exponential imcreases as the Springfield Casino opens later this year and the Boston Harbor Casino comes online in 2019. The 2018 MASS dates are: Monday (Oct 1) 2-year-old First Leg ($25,000 added); Tuesday (Oct 2) 3-year-old First Leg ($25,000 added); Monday (Oct 8) 2-year-old Second Leg ($25,000 added); Tuesday (Oct 9) 3-year-old Second Leg ($25,000 added); Monday (Oct 22) 2-year-old Third Leg ($25,000 added); Tuesday (Oct 23) 3-year-old Third Leg ($25,000 added) and Tuesday (Oct 30) 2 & 3-year-old Finals ($85,000 est.) The first year starters are getting their season's underway now and some are doing well in other racing jurisdictions already. 2-year-old pacing filly Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denverlove) has been training in Ontario under the supervision of Michael Keeling and just recently broke her maiden while taking a lifetime mark of 1:57.2 in a conditioned race at Georgian Downs on June 30. She has been sustained in the lucrative Ontario Sire Stakes (OSS) program will be a contender in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) later this year. The filly was bred and is owned by Alfred Ross of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The George Ducharme trained 2-year-old trotting colt Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has already made a start in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Buffalo, finishing second in 2:02.4. He looks to be a solid contender in his class off that first start and will also be one to watch in the MASS come October. Ray Campbell Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts bred and owns this prospect. Ross and Campbell teamed up in ownership with the Ducharme trained 2-year-old trotting colt Precision (Muscle Hill-Bourbon N Grits) who made a break at the wire in a 2-year-old qualifying start at the Meadowlands that saw him still trot in 1:57.3 with a :27.3 last panel. He has since qualified again at Vernon Downs in 2:00.1, winning by 11-lengths. He is a three-quarter brother to Hambletonian champion RC Royalty and is a prospect that bears watching as he moves forward this stake season in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The 3-year-old class of Massachusetts-breds left their mark in the record book last year during their freshmen season as new stake records were taken on both gaits and for both sexes. All four horses are currently back in action and hopefully working their way back to this year's finals as well. Twelve (Shady Character-Sabine Hanover) won two divisions of the MASS, tying the stake record of 1:56 for 2-year-old colt pacers last year before finishing fourth in the final. This year Twelve is off to a stellar start, having already won two consecutive legs of the 3-year-old Maine Sire Stakes (MSS) for male pacers at Scarborough Downs and Bangor Raceway and he took both by open lengths. Dean Malin owns Twelve who is trained and driven by Eddie Davis Jr. Delco Dusty (Jereme's Jet-Gypsy's Good Girl) destroyed the standard at two, winning a MASS leg in 1:53. In returning to the track this year she had a very sharp qualifier in May at Hoosier Park, winning in 1:55.4 by eight lengths and pacing her back half in :55.4. Unfortunately after that race she suffered an injury that pushed the start of her year back some. Since coming back to Plainridge she has now qualified again and finished second in her first race of the season on June 29. Jesse De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin owns Delco Dusty who is trained by Jim Nickerson. Hashtagmadeyalook (Chapter Seven-Royalty Free) was the 2-year-old male trotting champion in the Commonwealth last year and posted a stake best 1:56.3 in the process. He has come back better than ever, already beating his career mark with a 1:55.4 clocking. Hashtagmadeyalook has made starts in the NYSS and Excel A series as well, winning his last outing in that group at Goshen, New York in 1:56.3. His remaining engagements in the Empire State will have him sharp as ever when he returns to Plainridge for the MASS fall classic there. Ray Campbell Jr. bred and owns Hashtagmadeyalook who is trained by George Ducharme and has been driven primarily by Scott Zeron this year. Campbell and Ducharme also have started Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos-Heather Spur) back this year after claiming the title of best 2-year-old trotting filly in 2017 and setting the new mark of 1:57.3 in that stake. However her season has gotten off to a slow start this year and as a result, her first race just came at Vernon Downs in an overnight on July 7. Other returning 3-year-olds to watch include Kinda Lucky Lindy and Ithinkthatsmine. Lindy Farms of Connecticut's Kinda Lucky Lindy (Lucky Chucky-Kinda Crazy Lindy) was Hashtagmadeyalook's main rival in the MASS last year, beating him twice before finishing second twice as well. But he also spent some time on the Grand Circuit and this year, seems to have taken a major step forward. After making starts in the NYSS and an elimination of the Empire Breeders Classic in May, Kinda Lucky Lindy came back to Plainridge and won two overnights in a row, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 in the process. That knocked almost four seconds off his old mark. The trotting filly Ithinkthatsmine (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) is another from the Campbell/Ducharme team and she has come back sharp, already winning three races this year; two of which came in NYSS Excel A action. She also took a new lifetime mark of 1:56.1 at Tioga Downs where she won by seven lengths. The filly competes well over any size track and has succeeded with a number of different drivers and that versatility will keep her competitive all year. Other MASS eligibles have qualified or are racing at tracks around the country now, but they all will be focused on being at their best come the beginning of October. For more information about the Massachusetts Standardbred breeding and Sire Stake programs log onto www.sominc.net. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---They were one class apart and took different paths to victory. But the commonality between Quick Shot and Bet You was they both came up big in the top two featured paces at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 9). In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace driver Drew Campbell reversed his strategy of recent weeks by leaving hard and fast with Quick Shot to take early command of the race. Once on the point, Quick Shot got to the quarter in a blistering :25.1 and had everyone seated. As they headed down the front stretch, Campbell grabbed two handfuls of leather and backed off the second quarter to :30.4, stacking up the trailers and coaxing Moonlight Artist (Jim Hardy) to begin an outer flow. Moonlight Artist continued to advance but as soon as he got within a length of the leader, Campbell let Quick Shot out a notch and he immediately opened up a three-length advantage. Rounding the last turn, Quick Shot was under moderate urging from Campbell and coasted home to a length victory in 1:51.1. It was the seventh win of the year and third top class win in a row at Plainridge Park for Quick Shot ($5.00), who is owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by John Bowman. Quick Shot now has $66,860 in earnings for the year. In the $12,000 conditioned pacing secondary feature, Bet You (Eddie Davis Jr.) sat fifth off the pace, watching Kenrick N (Ron Cushing) and Electric Western (Greg Merton) battle it out to the half before following the outside cover of Ace Of Clubs (Shawn Gray) to the head of the stretch where he tipped three-deep and exploded with pace to the wire to win by a length in 1:51. In his first Plainridge start of 2018, Bet You ($13.20) got his third win of the year and came away with a new seasonal mark. Bet You is owned by Scott Dillon and is trained by Joseph Nelson. Plainridge Park defending dash winning driver Greg Merton is not accustomed to going off at 50-1, but that is what happened in race four and Merton made the most of it. Merton maneuvered Mr. Blissful, who had spent the last three weeks racing at Yonkers, from worst at the quarter to first the wire and paid $102.80 for the win. Despite the two favorites finishing second and third, the large win mutual generated bountiful gimmick payouts as well. The 7-5 exacta paid $262.40, 7-5-3 trifecta paid $1,166.40 and the 7-5-3-8 super returned $4,729.80. Eddie Davis Jr. led all drivers for wins on Monday, visiting the track photographer three times. Racing resumes on Tuesday afternoon (July 10) at Plainridge Park with a Wicked Hi-5 carryover pool of $5,210 in the sixth race. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY---The Batavia Downs 2018 live harness racing meet kicks off on Monday (July 23) and will host legs of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on the first two nights of the season. Those entering the NYSS events should note the following draw schedule: The draw for opening night (July 23) that includes the NYSS, Excel A and Excel B divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies will be held on Thursday (July 19). The draw for Wednesday (July 25) that features the NYSS, Excel A and Excel B divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies will be drawn on Friday (July 20). The box for both draws will close at 9 a.m. on their respective draw days. Also, please note that post time for Monday (July 23) is 6 p.m. while post time for Wednesday (July 25) is 5 p.m. For inquiries about conditions or to call your entries in, please contact Race Secretary Joe Zambito at 585-343-3750 ext. 6304. The complete condition sheet for the first full week of racing at Batavia Downs (that includes all NYSS events) is now available on the Batavia Downs website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com) under Live Racing>Horsemen>Condition Sheet and also on the USTA by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs    

Plainville, MA---The epic growth of harness racing in Massachusetts since the introduction of gaming at Plainridge Park in 2015 has produced increased handles and purses, a higher caliber of horse competing and in turn, more reinsmen here to steer them as well. As evidence of that, the current driver colony at Plainridge includes Drew Campbell and Shawn Gray, who are currently the top two leading UDR drivers in North America for drivers with 500 or more starts, along with fast-rising star Mitchell Cushing who is the seventh best on the continent for those with 300 to 499 drives. Drew Campbell is the top UDR driver nationally with a .426 and is also at the top of the win charts at the Plainridge meet with 88 victories in 385 starts and $601,863 in earnings. He's also sporting a .397 UDR and has hit the board 59% of the time. Campbell also is the leading driver at Scarborough Downs where his numbers are equally impressive. There he has 76 wins in 235 starts and $191,227 in purses. He has a UDR of .477 and hits the board at an unbelievable 65% clip. Campbell is on course for a career year for wins and earnings in a career whose annual numbers are already impressive. He currently sits at 4,737 wins and is just short of $13 million in earnings while hitting the board 53% of the time since 1989. Shawn Gray is right behind Campbell nationwide with a .417 UDR and currently sits third in victories at Plainridge with 62 behind Greg Merton (65) who is the defending driving title holder here the past two seasons. Gray has also pocketed $455,966 in purses, hit the board 58% of the time and has a local UDR of .371. Gray splits his time at Buffalo Raceway and is the second winningest driver there with 103 tallies in 301 starts behind Drew Monti (114) who leads the locals in Western New York. At that meet, Gray's UDR is a lofty .483 and he's extracted $511,544 from that track's coffers to date. Like Campbell, Gray is also on track for new personal one-year standards for wins and earnings and is almost certain to get them. For his career to date, Gray has 3,970 wins and just under $15 million in purses. Plainridge's sixth leading dash driver is Mitchell Cushing who ranks seventh in North America for drivers between 300 and 499 starts and is only .010 out of second place in that category. At the Ridge, Cushing has 23 wins in 147 starts, $154,278 in the bank and a UDR of 261. He has hit the board at a 40% clip while sporting a phenomenal 90% return on investment rating that illustrates how many times he's brought the long-price horse back to the winner's enclosure. Cushing also drives at two tracks and is currently second (behind Campbell) at Scarborough Downs with 47 wins, $132,184 in earnings and a UDR of .385. Cushing is only 20-years-old and is a driver whose career is taking off. After racing in Maine and Massachusetts since he was 16, Cushing decided to up the ante and made the move to the Meadowlands this past winter to compete with some of the best in the business. He got his first win on the big stage on March 17 behind Fly'n With Royalty in gate to wire fashion and since returning home to New England, has exhibited skills and patience that have gotten noticeably sharper. As a result, he has become a sought-after catch driver at both tracks. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---Longtime New England horseman and Plainridge Park regular Wally Watson hit a career milestone in the eighth race on Thursday (July 5) when Cyclone Artist pulled three-deep around the last turn and paced away to win in 1:53.3, giving Watson his 2,000th career driving victory at the Ridge. Watson, who lives in Cumberland, Maine, started his driving career in 1987 and has been a full-time participant in the sport ever since. He has a total of 16,413 lifetime starts with 2,000 wins, 2,332 seconds and 2,377 thirds and $5,545,755 million in earnings. Watson had a single season career high 168 wins in 1998 and just completed his best ever season for earnings in 2017 when he made $455,685 in purses. At the current Plainridge meet, Watson has 18 wins in 190 starts with $178,103 in earnings. Watson also has 6,137 training starts during his career with 722 wins, 925 seconds and 908 thirds with $2,555,499 million in the bank. Wally Watson was greeted in the winner's by friends and family after the race along with every driver competing on the Thursday card. While Watson captured the spotlight for top human achievement of the day, Osprey Vision stole the show for the equine set by winning the featured $12,000 conditioned event for the diagonal-gaited. Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) left sharply and grabbed the lead by the eighth pole before letting Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) overtake that position by the quarter. These two raced in that order to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:25.1 with a pesky French Moni (Patrizio Ancora) parked outside prompting the leaders. Coming off the far turn the top three held the same positions, but Nathaniel started to tire and drifted away from the pylons. This provided Osprey Impact a clear path and shortest route to the wire. While French Moni continued to drive on the grandstand side, Osprey Impact barreled down the stretch on the inside and out-muscled them all; winning in 1:55. It was the third win of the year and second straight victory at Plainridge Park for Osprey Impact ($6.80) who is owned by Paul Larrabee and trained by Robert Marston. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (July 6) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---After falling just short with a late closing bid at 25-1 last week, the once again overlooked Deuces For Charity sealed the deal on Tuesday afternoon (July 3) at Plainridge Park, winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for harness racing fillies and mares at 16-1 on another sultry summer day. Five horses argued for the lead for almost and eighth of a mile before three of them seated, leaving Show Runner (Shawn Gray) with the lead and Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) hung out fifth to the quarter in :26.1. As the group motored to the half, Western Stepp started to advance and Deuces For Charity (Eddie Davis Jr.) pulled from sixth and took the live cover. Western Stepp drew closer to Show Runner and by three-quarters had looked her in the eye. The two paced side by side around the turn while Deuces For Charity kept drafting and waiting to make her move off the last bend when Davis tipped her three deep. She paced past a tiring Western Stepp and engaged a susceptible Show Runner, who had been used hard the whole mile. Deuces For Charity dug in and motored right on by, winning by a length in 1:51.3 which was a new seasonal mark. It was the second win of the year for Deuces For Charity ($34.80), both of which occurred at Plainridge Park. Charles Fernandez Jr. owns the 7-year-old Armbro Deuce mare who has now earned $37,775 this year under the direction of trainer Dennis Laterza. Driver Shawn Gray had three wins on the day as did trainer Eric Beach. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (July 5) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---Following fast fractions and live cover on a humid afternoon that hit 92 degrees, Quick Shot beat the heat, an outside post and six rivals in taking the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap feature pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 2). BJ's Guy (Eddie Davis, Jr.) left with authority and sped the field to the quarter in :25.2. With no one feeling frisky enough to pull into that fraction heading to the half, Drew Campbell stepped up and pulled Quick Shot from fifth and eventually flushed Vegas Dream (David Ingraham) who then escorted him up the backside. As the group tripped three-quarters in 1:22.2, BJ's Guy succumbed to the pace while Vegas Dream, Quick Shot and Soho Jackman A (Chris Long) were flying three-wide and pacing in unison around the last turn . Vegas Dream had the lead in the pylon path but was passed in short order by Quick Shot and Soho Jackman A who were now both set to battle down the lane. Quick Shot gained a small advantage and despite the best effort of Soho Jackman A, he could not get by the classy Quick Shot in the stretch and he won by a length in 1:51, which tied his season's best outing of last week. It was the sixth win of the year for Quick Shot ($4.20) who has now earned $59,860 for owner Kathleen Brewer. The 6-year-old gelded son of Art Major is trained by John Bowman. The $12,500 final of the "2007 Sox" $10,000 claiming series was won by Sports Lightning (Mitchell Cushing) who pulled just past the quarter and toughed-out a first over trip to overtake the front-running Dr. C Z Tam (Greg Merton) in the stretch and win by a length in 1:52.3, which was a new seasonal mark. Sports Lightning ($4.20) is owned by William Emmons and is trained by Jim Nickerson. Drew Campbell led all drivers with three wins on the card while Mitchell Cushing and Nick Graffam had two wins apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (July 3) with post time at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY---With the start of the live racing season just three weeks away, horseman should be advised this is the last call to turn in a stall application for the upcoming 2018 summer/fall meet. Stall applications must be received by the track no later than Friday (July 6). The backstretch opens for tack on Monday (July 16) at 8 a.m. and horses may begin arriving on Wednesday (July 18) at 8 a.m. Stall applications are available for download on the track's website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com). Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application and Agreement and also Stall Reservations. Applications are also available at the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association (WNYHHA) office located onsite at Buffalo Raceway. The first draw will be held on Thursday (July 19) for Monday (July 23) which is the first New York Sire Stake engagement of the year at the Downs. Starting this meet, Batavia Downs will now have a six-race paddock with the opening of the new two-race barn which was built adjacent to the existing pre-race staging area. The 16-horse wash stall barn is also incorporated on that campus. Batavia Downs will also offer its new text messaging service for notices about draws, entries and changes to the racing schedule. Horsemen are encouraged to text the word "HORSEMAN" to 51660. You will then need to reply "YES" and you'll be opted in for race office text message updates. All stable inquiries should be directed to Todd Haight, Director/GM of Live Racing at 585-343-3750, ext. 6322. by Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA---Osprey Impact took full advantage of early position en route to his first win of 2018 at Plainridge Park in the fastest division of the $10,000 Paul Revere trot for horses with a Trackmaster rating of 88 or lower on Thursday afternoon (June 28). Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) went right to the front and Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) would shadow him to the top of the lane. Trotting in line; one-two for seven-eighths of the mile, Nathaniel and Osprey Impact went :27.3, :56.4 and 1:24.1 by a gapped margin as the rest of the field tried to keep up. At the head of the lane, Stevenson pulled Osprey Impact and they went right past Nathaniel without any resistance. Osprey Impact was a wrapped up winner when he hit the wire in 1:54.1, which was a new seasonal mark. Osprey Impact ($9.20) is owned by Paul Larrabee and is trained by Robert Marston. In the first $10,000 division, Ugly Stik (Ron Cushing) overcame a slow start that had him last at the three quarter pole before tipping four-deep at the head of the stretch to close with a rush and win by a neck in 1:55.4, which was a new seasonal mark. Ugly Stik ($10.00) scored his fifth victory of the year for owner Lucia Les and trainer Heidi Gibbs. Drew Campbell topped all drivers with four wins on the day while Ron Cushing ended up winning three races himself. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 29) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, Ma--- After finishing third and second in her first two outings at Plainridge Park, Meadows transplant Show Runner made three moves en route to claiming her first victory at the Ridge in the $16,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over Handicap pace on Tuesday afternoon (June 26). The outside posts got away best as Tempus Seelster (Greg Merton) took the lead from post seven, seating Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) who also left from post eight. Show Runner (Shawn Gray) who got away third, was not deterred by the :26.2 first panel and pulled to go up for the lead. Tempus Seelster tried to prevent her from clearing but she took over by the three-eighths. The lead only lasted for a few strides as Merton asked Tempus Seelster was once again and she retook by the half in a quick :54.2. As soon as the dust had settled from that move, Campbell made his from third with Western Stepp and got to the front midway up the backstretch. Western Stepp proceeded to open up a three length advantage at the three-quarter pole while Show Runner was suddenly locked in fifth, at least six lengths off the pace. With the gap widening, Gray was able to regroup and get Show Runner off the pylons around a fading horse and then ducked back down low around the far turn. At the top of the lane, Western Stepp had still held a two length margin but Gray saw the pylon lane part like the Red Sea and got Show Runner in gear. From there the mare out-paced three other closing horses and caught the leader to win by a neck in a five-horse photo in 1:52.3. It was the 57th lifetime win for Show Runner ($3.00) and it put the California-bred 8-year-old mare's bankroll at $522,791 for her career. Show Runner is owned by A Piece of the Action Stable and is trained by Eric Beach. Mitchell "Cash" Cushing was at it again Tuesday, bringing home yet another longshot in the afternoon's first race. In the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series, Cushing sat third with Freetime behind the favored Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) and Spilling The Beans (Greg Merton) for almost three-quarters of the mile before pulling into the last turn and drawing alongside Empty Gesture. From there, a highly animated Cushing urged his mare to the front and the pair cruised to a two-length victory in 1:52.3 at 30-1! The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Freetime ($71.20) and only one-fifth off her lifetime mark taken at Plainridge Park two years ago. Freetime is owned and trained by Mike Cushing. Mitchell Cushing is currently sixth in the driver's dash win standings for the current meet with 20 victories out of 134 starts and has a 79% return on investment rating, which is an amazing number based on the large number of starts. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 28) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Plainville, MA---With six out of 10 harness racing contests stopping the clock in 1:51 and change today over the lightning fast Plainridge Park oval, it was hard to tell which race was the feature. However Quick Shot and J J S Jet absconded with the bulk of the booty in the top pacing events on Monday afternoon (June 25) while the red-hot Drew Campbell directed both horses to victory. In the top billed $14,000 Winners-Over pace, Mysharona Bluechip (Nick Graffam) took his regular spot on top while Quick Shot settled in third. After speeding to the quarter in :26.2, Graffam slowed the second panel to :29 flat, forcing an outer flow to come and chase that pedestrian split. When Some Attitude (Jim Hardy) led the outside rush, Mysharona Bluechip hit the gas and flew to the three-quarters in 1:22.2 with a :27 panel. This left Quick Shot locked in fifth behind tiring horses and looking like he was out of it. But when they got to the top of the lane, One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) pulled to the outside, leaving the pylon lane open, giving Campbell his chance. He ducked Quick Shot between the cones and Mysharona Bluechip and closed like a bullet to catch the leader at the wire by a nose in 1:51. The winning time was a new seasonal mark for Quick Shot ($4.80) and only two-fifths of a second off his lifetime mark taken at Plainridge Park in 2016. Owned by Kathleen Brewer and trained by John Bowman, Quick Shot now has five wins and $51,860 made for 2018. The secondary featured $12,000 conditioned pace hosted a field that contained some horses who already competed in the top class here this year and provided a wide-open event. Even-money fan favorite Hickory Icon (Greg Merton) came in riding a two-race winning streak and went to the front trying to make it three. When no one wanted to challenge heading to the half in :55.1, Campbell pulled J J S Jet from fifth and decided to haul the mail himself. Coming first up, J J S Jet used the back straight and a :27.4 third quarter to draw within a neck of Hickory Icon and then paced with him stride for stride around the final bend. When they straightened out at the head of the lane the classy 9-year-old J J S Jet drew on the heart that won him 44 lifetime starts to date and dug in hard to pace by Hickory Icon in mid-stretch while also fending off a late challenge mounted by Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) to win by a neck in 1:51.3, which was a new seasonal mark and just one-fifth off his lifetime best. J J S Jet ($7.20) scored his 45th lifetime win for owner Bruce Maxwell and trainer James Dunn. The second leg of the "2007 Sox" $10,000 claiming series saw Sb Mike's Hot Beach (Steve Nason) sit the perfect pocket trip behind Grand Gallop Semalu (Drew Campbell) until he pulled at the top of the stretch and paced strongly by the leader to win by a length in 1:51.1, which was a new lifetime mark. Sb Mike's Hot Beach ($9.20) scored his first win for his new owners Nicole Hardy and Archie Mc Neil who purchased him privately on June 15. The seventh race saw a rare occurrence when a double dead heat was registered after the judges viewed the photos. Western Victory (Wally Watson) and BP Diet Food (Mitchell Cushing) tied for third while Commondiscourtesy (Mike Stevenson) and Low Card (Shawn Gray) could not be separated for fifth. It's also interesting to note that Soho Jackman A (Drew Campbell) and BJ's Guy (Nick Graffam) hit the wire a mere nose apart for the win as the six horses crossed the wire in three tight pairs. Drew Campbell led all drivers with a trio of wins on Monday while Steve Nason and Nick Graffam each had a double. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (June 26) with post time set for 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Piercewave Hanover climbed up the class ladder after last week's inaugural Plainridge Park victory, but the move made little difference. After turning back multiple challenges, Piercewave Hanover handily took the $14,000 Winners-Over trot on Thursday afternoon (June 21) in a career best effort. Shawn Gray went right for the lead with Piercewave Hanover but the pair would be under duress the entire mile. First, Just Make Believe (Joe Di Stefano) left right along with them and acted as a prompter for the first half of the race. Parked out from the word go, Just Make Believe pushed the quarter in :26.2 and the half in :55.1. As they moved up the back stretch the rim-rider faded but Piercewave Hanover would still not get a breather. Approaching the three-quarter pole, Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) tipped three wide around Just Make Believe and moved right alongside Piercewave Hanover. These two trotted in close proximity to the seven-eighths pole when Osprey Impact packed it in. The final push came from Buff (Greg Merton) who had gotten a perfect pocket trip. He made a late charge, but it was short lived as Piercewave Hanover trotted away under a loose-line drive by Gray to win in 1:53, which was a new lifetime mark. Piercewave Hanover ($5.00) now tops $40,000 in seasonal earnings for owners FBP Racing Stable and Jordan Derue, who also trains him. Trainer Domenico Cecere and the connections of Lindy Farms remained hot on Thursday winning both $10,000 conditioned trotting co-feature events. Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) took a new lifetime mark of 1:54.2 after scoring from off the pace by three lengths in the first race and French Moni (Patrizio Ancora) also registered a career best effort after winning by three lengths from behind in 1:54.1 in the eighth. Greg Merton, Drew Campbell and Shawn Gray all had driving triples on the card. Live racing returns to Plainridge Park on Friday (June 22) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA---Western Stepp has been one of the tougher distaff performers at Plainridge Park this year, winning two out of her last four here while finishing second as many times, all in top class competition. However Monday afternoon (June 19) she was in a league of her own as she simply routed her foes in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares on the Ridge's speedy five-eighths mile oval. The race was over when the gate released the ladies because Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) was on top in a flash. From that point on she maintained a gapped advantage over the scratch-shortened field while stopping the clock incrementally at :26.2, :56 and 1:23.1. Western Stepp had easily opened up a six-length lead on her own coming off the far turn and Campbell gave her a line-tap to let her know she was still in a race. She perked her ears, switched her gears and paced strongly into the lane. Campbell glanced over his left shoulder, saw no threat in sight and wrapped up the winner while sitting chilly, crossing the wire in 1:51.3. The time was a new lifetime mark for Western Stepp, eclipsing the 1:52.1 clocking she set just last week. Western Stepp ($6.00) now has five wins and $39,285 made in 2018 for owner/trainer James Dunn. The first division of the "2008 Celts" $10,000 claiming series for fillies and mares was contested on Monday and Empty Gesture (Shawn Gray) took an early lead that she would never relinquish en route to winning in 1:53.1. It was the second straight win and a new seasonal mark for Empty Gesture ($3.20) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by Jeff Lieberman. Drew Campbell had a driving triple on the card while Shawn Gray directed two home himself. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 21) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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