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Plainville, MA --- Two 2-year-old late closer stakes, one on the trot and one on the pace, offering a total of $40,000 were contested at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept.17) offering some fantastic finishes and state-bred stars in the making. The $20,000 Wood End Light final for 2-year-old trotters of both genders was won by the Massachusetts-bred The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) who was a major upset. The Fixer (Shane Taggart) and Prenuptial (Domenico Cecere) trotted side by side from the gate to the top of the turn, setting fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.4 along the way. The two traded leads during the course of the trip but one never cleared the other. That was until the top of the stretch when Prenuptial tired and The Fixer trotted away to a two length win in 1:58, blowing up the tote board at 31-1. It was the first lifetime win and a lifetime mark for The Fixer ($64.80) who was bred and is owned by Thomas Dillon. Gretchen Athearn trains the winner. The Fixer is Massachusetts Sire Stake eligible and should be in action during the first leg of the 2-year-old division which kicks off at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1). Then later, the $20,000 Nauset Light final for 2-year-old pacers of both genders was won by Fight Like Mike (Rock N Roll Heaven-Delco Voracious) who made a big late move. Sylvia Trench (Jim Hardy) was the pacesetter who was under duress the entire mile. First Bangor (Jimmy Whittemore) pushed him to the half in :57 and at the three-quarters, Fight Like Mike (Mitchell Cushing) came flying three wide to draw alongside Sylvia Trench to argue from there until the wire. Sylvia Trench was at the pylons with Fight Like Mike alongside spinning out of the last turn. Hardy and Cushing were both rocking and knocking all the way down the lane until Fight Like Mike just got a head in front before the wire and won in 1:56. It was also the first lifetime win and mark for Fight Like Mike ($6.20) who was bred and is owned by Jesse De Long andis trained by Jim Nickerson. Tuesday afternoon's (Sept. 18) card of racing at Plainridge Park has been postponed until Wednesday (Sept. 19) due to the remnants of Hurricane Florence that is expected to affect the greater Boston area with torrential rains and flash flooding tomorrow. Post time for the first race Wednesday will be at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Batavia, NY --- For the second time in three weeks, Validus Deo laid claim to being the best pacer in western New York after winning the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 15). The starter released the field and they all hit the pylons in draw order going into the first turn. Halfway up the backside, Bugatti (Ron Beback Jr.) pulled to advance but Valudis Deo (Kevin Cummings) swooped three-deep around him and took the lead by the quarter in a tepid :28 and at that point, the race was won. Validus Deo motored down to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24 flat as Whosurpapa (Billy Davis Jr.) tried to challenge first-over but didn't have any answers once out there. Rounding the last turn Cummings got more aggressive with his drive, knowing the pocket-sitting Barry Hanover (Shawn McDonough) was ready to pounce. As that situation unfolded, Validus Deo was up to the challenge and maintained his lead to the wire in 1:52.2, which was a new seasonal mark for the winner. Validus Deo ($5.70) registered his ninth win of the year and 35th of his career for trainer/driver Kevin Cummings who co-owns the winner with Matthew Rosiek and Robert Johnson. The $9,000 Open II was won by Upfront Countryboy (Billy Davis Jr.) who got away last before sliding up to fourth along the pylons past the half and shaking loose three-deep at the top of the stretch to pull away and win by a length in 1:52.4. It was the 11th win of the year for Upfront Countryboy ($17.40) who is owned by William Emmons and trained by James Clouser Jr. The fastest mile of the night was orchestrated by Lucan Hanover (John Cummings Jr.) who went wire to wire in 1:52 in an upper level condition race. The very classy $1.1 million earner Lucan Hanover ($5.10) took up residency at Batavia Downs in early August after a private purchase by Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Jack Rice and Pine Hill Racing. Maria Rice trains the winner. Drew Monti led all drivers on Saturday with three wins followed by John Cummings Jr. and Billy Davis Jr. who both had two. There was no winner in the early Pick-5 wager on Saturday, meaning there is a carryover pool of $620 for the early Pick-5 when racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at 5 p.m. DIrector/General Manager of Live Racing Todd Haight has also announced that the early Pick-5 pool will be guaranteed at $1,500 on Wednesday. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY --- After settling for minor spoils in the top class at Batavia Downs over the last few weeks, Southern Palms swelled up on the front end to win the $10,500 Open Handicap trotting feature on Friday night (Sept. 14). After a lengthy delay for a shoe malfunction, Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) returned to the track well-heeled and uncharacteristically left the gate hard to take the front. He cut fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:26.2 with only a mild challenge from last week's Open winner Empire Earl N (Ray Fisher Jr.) which didn't last into the final turn. However the pocket-sitting Chelsea's Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) was fresh and popped the deuce to bring game down the lane. Davis was urging Chelsea's Chance as best he could but Southern Palms was on cruise control and wouldn't allow the mare to get any closer than a length and won in a season's best 1:56.2. Southern Palms ($9.90) scored his sixth win of the year for owner Mike Torcello, who has now pocketed $47,946 this year as a result of his horse's good work. Gerry Sarama trains the winner. In the $8,000 Open II trot, Barn Winner (Ray Fisher Jr.), who made his first start since July 20, tripped-out to the half before pulling to take a lead he would hold to the wire and win in 1:57.4. It was the second win in only 10 2018 starts for Barn Winner ($4.90) who is owned by Tanah Merah Farms and the Swift Racing Stable. Ryan Swift trains Barn Winner. Ray Fisher Jr. had a big night in the bike, scoring a driving grand slam. Besides the already mentioned Barn Winner, Fisher also won with Drive 'Em Cowboy (1:55.4, $4.20), Wallflower, (1:56.2, $6.50) and Lougazi (1:57, $24.20). Kevin Cummings also drove three winners on the night and those wins put him back on top of the dash driver standings by two, ahead of Drew Monti who had the lead going into the evening. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 15) at 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- The $1.3 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) kick off at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1) with the first leg of the 2-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders going for $25,000 per division. Many of the horses eligible to the MASS are also competing in other racing jurisdiction's sire stake programs as a result of the resident mare program in Massachusetts. The duality of eligibility is one of the benefits of breeding in Massachusetts along with the growing purse structure year over year. There are 51 2-year-olds eligible for this year's MASS stakes. Here are some who will race here starting the first of next month and a look at what they have been doing so far this year. 2-year-old pacing colts Victoria's Maverick (Western Maverick-Perfect Launch) has won back-to-back Maine Sire Stake races by open lengths and has a mark of 1:57.4 at the Windsor Fair. Victoria's Maverick is owned by Leighton Property and Bruce Plouffe and is trained by Valerie Grondin. Lynn-Marie Plouffe bred the colt. Good Heavens (Rock N Roll Heaven-MS Pininfarina) just finished third in 1:56.3 in the $15,000 Nauset Light series at Plainridge and is in the $20,000 final on Monday (Sept. 17). Trained and driven by Ivan Davies, this colt has been progressing well the last couple of weeks. Nancy Longobardi bred and owns Good Heavens. 2-year-old pacing fillies Karan's Choice (Sportswriter-Denver Love) has been racing in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grass Roots series this year and hasn't been off the board in any of them. Most recently she finished third at Mohawk in 1:58.4. Al Ross bred and owns the filly that has been trained in Ontario by Michael Keeling. 2-year-old trotting colts Precision (Muscle Hill-Bourbon N Grits) is a three-quarter brother to Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life. He took a mark of 1:57.4 in the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands in July and then improved on that mark at Vernon Downs in his last start, trotting in 1:57.1. He has also made several starts in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in between. Bred by Al Ross, Precision is co-owned by Ross and Ray Campbell Jr. and is trained by George Ducharme. Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) raced in the New York Sire Stakes and Excel A series before entering the $15,000 Wood End Light series at Plainridge Park where he ran away and hid by 10 lengths in a lifetime best 1:56. He is back in to go in the $20,000 final of that series and will be very sharp coming into the MASS off that experience. Simple Kaos was bred by Michelle Larson who co-owns the colt with trainer George Ducharme. Buckanlully (Boy Band-Empress Hall) has been having a stellar campaign on the Maine Sire Stake circuit this summer, winning two and finishing second twice as well. He has a mark of 2:05 at Scarborough but trotted in 2:02.2 in defeat at Windsor. David Barnard and Steve LaCasse bred and own Buckanlully with La Casse doing the training. Jake G's Champion (RC Royalty-Super Starlet) has been racing New York Sire Stakes and Excel A series races all summer and has only missed one check in those events. He has a mark of 1:59 at Vernon Downs for his breeder/owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme is his trainer. 2-year-old trotting fillies Ev's Girl (Crazed-Lindy's Lullaby) started out in New York Sire Stake action before dropping down to Excel A, where she got her first win at Saratoga Raceway by open lengths in 2:00. Team Orange Crush, Andy and Julie Miller have this filly ready to roll in the MASS for their ownership partners Harvey Eisman and Little E Stable. K R Breeding bred Ev's Girl. The 2018 MASS Sire Stake Race Schedule Monday, October 1, 2018 2 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 2, 2018 3 Year Old First Leg $25,000 added   Monday, October 8, 218 2 Year Old Second Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3 Year Old Second Leg5,000 added   Monday, October 22, 2018 2 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 23, 2018 3 Year Old Third Leg $25,000 added   Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2 & 3 Year Old Finals $85,000 est.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Plainville, MA --- Major Leaguer overcame an early deficit to go the mile of his life in the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 13). Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) took early command and flashed to the half in :54.1. At that point four horses were already out and moving with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) second-over in the pack. Bet You (Eddie Davis Jr.) was closest to the leader and forced a :27.3, 1:21.4 three-quarter time and looked like a contender at that point. As soon as they passed that station, Bet You stalled and Whittemore tipped Major Leaguer three wide around him and took dead-aim at Quick Shot, who still had a two-length advantage. Then under a methodic rocking hand drive, Major Leaguer made up the ground, wore down Quick Shot and hit the wire one-length ahead in 1:50.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Unraced at two, the now 4-year-old Major Leaguer ($16.20) scored his 23rd win in 44 lifetime starts for his driving owner, Jimmy Whittemore and his trainer Dennis Whittemore. The second fastest mile of the day was registered in a $13,000 non-winners event for the under 6-year-old group when Lucky Sport (Mitchell Cushing) went gate to wire to win by more than four lengths in 1:51, which was also a new lifetime mark. The win was the second in the last three Plainridge outings for Lucky Sport ($3.60) and the time knocked almost two full seconds of his previous best taken at Mohawk Raceway back in June of this year. Curran Racing and Adam Michael co-own Lucky Sport who is trained by Jim Nickerson. Several drivers had multiple wins on Thursday led by Mitchell Cushing with three and followed by Drew Campbell, Jimmy Whittemore and Wally Watson with two apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 17) with a 2 p.m. post time. Monday's card features the $20,000 finals of the 2-year-old Open Late Closer series "The Wood End Light" on the trot and "The Nauset Light" on the pace. Several of the entries from this event are also eligible for the $1.3 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1). This will be one of their last tune-ups for that series and it should make these two races very interesting. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- Batavia Downs has announced today that starting on Wednesday (Oct. 3) and continuing through the end of the meet, all purses will be raised by 10 percent across the board. The increase is due to a combination of two factors: there has been a significant rise in handle realized by the track so far this season plus there were 43 less races run than last year. "Our on-track betting is up 4.9 percent and our export handle is up 15.3 percent after the first 26 cards of racing," said Todd Haight, Director/General Manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "By raising purses starting next month it will put approximately $204,000 back into local horsemen's pockets and that in turn can help bring new and better racing stock to western New York. We're pleased the numbers are heading in the right direction." The increase would take the current low to high purse structure from $2,750- $10,500 to $3,025-$11,550. The racing has been very aggressive this year, providing a better product to wager on and one of the reasons for that was the removal of the passing lane that had been in place since 1988. "There is no question that removing the passing lane has led to more competitive racing and both on and off track patrons have responded in a positive manner to that change. We've gotten feedback from our customers since the start of the meet and now they've also made a statement through the betting windows," Haight concluded. The Batavia Downs live meet continues through Saturday (Dec. 15) with a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday schedule. Post time remains 5 p.m. mid-week and 6 p.m. on the weekends. There is a special Columbus Day matinee on Monday (Oct. 8) that starts at 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Batavia, NY --- Two divisions of New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were in town on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to compete for $109,000 in purses at Batavia Downs and in the first $54,500 split, Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) left a lasting impression on the locals by setting a new track record. Bicorne Hanover (Matt Kakaley) left from post one and opened up a quick two-length advantage while Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) dropped in second to get the perfect garden spot trip. The top two broke away from the field while setting fractions of :28.3, :58 and 1:26.3. At that last station Buter popped the plugs and pulled Melodies Major and he went right past Bicorne Hanover in the blink of an eye. At the top of the lane, Buter sat chilly while Melodies Major paced home in :27.3, well in hand at the wire in 1:54.1. The time of 1:54.1 is a new track record for 2-year-old pacing colts at Batavia Downs, replacing the 1:54.2 standard set by Doctor Butch in 2012 and matched by He's Watching in 2013. "When I pulled him he was loaded with pace," said Buter after the race. "We got a perfect trip, everything went well and I couldn't have asked for anything better." It was the sixth win in eight starts this year for Melodies Major ($5.50) who now has earned $166,433 in NYSS purses and finished as the top point-getter in his division with 325. Melodies Major is owned by Martin Scharf, is trained by Mark Ford and was bred by James Avritt Sr. In the second $54,500 division, Covered Bridge (American Ideal-Stonebridge Kisses) provided a major upset in a blanket finish. The heavily favored Reining Deo (Jim Morrill Jr,) took an expected spot on the front end and with no early challengers, Morrill took advantage and backed the half off to :59.1. Having his fill of the slow fractions, Ray Schnittker pulled Hurrikane Kingklee from fourth and started moving up the outside. Morrill responded with a :28.1 third panel effectively ending the first challenge. However Covered Bridge (Kevin Cummings) who was drafting second-over, tipped three wide at the same time and was raging with pace. Covered Bridge got to within a length of Reging Deo going into the final straight and then proceeded to run him down to the wire, winning by a head in 1:55.4 at 22-1. The time was a new lifetime mark for the winner. "Off a half in :59, she went a big mile from where she was," said Cummings. "She raced huge, I like her a lot. She's a nice horse." It was the second win of the year for Covered Bridge ($46.80), both in NYSS action for owners David Smith and James Giannuzzi and trainer Jessica Okusko. Covered Bridge was bred by WInbak Farm. There were also two $15,000 Excelsior "A" races on the card. The first division was won by Shim (American Ideal-Feel Life) who got away sixth by 12 lengths, survived an interference break then rallied to win by two in 1:57.1. Shim ($5.90) was driven by Ray Fisher Jr. for owners Pat Lachance (who also trains the winner), M & M Harness Racing, Ira Rosenblum and the Royal Flush Stable. Shim was bred by White Birch Farm. The second division went to Cal (American Ideal-Hula's Z Tam) who got away third before pulling at the half to take the lead and eventually the race in 1:58.1. Cal ($10.40) was driven by Matt Kakaley for owners Crawford Farms Racing and the Northfork Racing Stable and trainer Chris Oakes. Cal was bred by Pat Lachance and the Z Tam Stable. The $320,000 NYSS consolation races will be held at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21). The $1.8 million NYSS finals are the following night, Saturday (Sept. 22) at Yonkers Raceway. By TIm Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- After watching several in the field take their best shot early, Shesjustadelight N made her move and took control late en route to winning the $15,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 11) over a rain-soaked track. The front-end was a hot piece of property as the leaders changed hands fast and furiously. Empty Gesture (Chris Long) took an early lead before Watts Was I Drinkn (Jim Hardy) grabbed it from her at the quarter. But as soon as she hit the pylons, Show Runner (Greg Merton) was out and rolling and made the front as they passed under the wire for the first time. But positions were still up for grabs as this restless group of girls produced another attempting the front past the half. Shesjustadelight N (Mitchell Cushing) was out and rolling into the second turn with Seventimesavirgin (Nick Graffam) following her. Shesjustadelight N got to Show Runner's wheels at the five-eighths and stayed there until the three-quarter pole when Show Runner was starting to tire. Around the final bend Shesjustadelight N cleared the front and Seventimesavirgin tipped out for the stretch drive. But Shesjustadelight N had a one-length advantage and Cushing made sure it stayed that way as he rocked her down to the wire to win in 1:51.4, which was a new seasonal mark for the mare. It was the third win in only 14 starts this year for Shesjustadelight N ($3.80) who now has $51,600 on her card for owners Kevin Sywyk and Ron Cushing. Heidi Gibbs is the trainer. Cushing had a big day at The Ridge, winning four races on the card. Besides the already mentioned Shesjustadelight N, Cushing also scored with Zoe Blue Chip (1:54.2, $17.60), Le Gambe (1:55.4, $4.40) and Freetime (1:54.2, $4.40). Not to be overlooked, Jim Hardy also had a driving hat trick that included two horses that he also trains. The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the sixth race that had a carryover of $10,380 today was finally hit. A 20-cent ticket on the straight combination of 6-9-2-5-8 returned $11,892.06. The $1.3 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes will once again be contested at Plainridge Park starting in October. There will be three weeks of $25,000 (est.) preliminary legs starting on Monday (Oct. 1) with the $85,000 (est.) finals to be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). For more information on this state-bred series, log onto www.sominc.net . Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday with post time at 2 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Batavia, NY --- The eighth and final "regular season" visit of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) to Batavia Downs brings the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings to Genesee County on Wednesday (Sept. 12) to compete in two divisions for a total of $109,000 dollars. The Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing colts is 1:54.2 and that standard is definitely in danger of going down. The NYSS events are carded in race three and five. Two $15,000 Excelsior "A" legs will be held in race one and two. Post time for the first race is 5 p.m. The first $54,500 NYSS freshman pace features the top point earner in the series Melodies Major (Art Major-Hilarious) and the red hot Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) in a race that could easily rewrite the local record book. Melodies Major has raced exclusively in NYSS events this year and has excelled, winning five out of seven of them. And he's been successful over every size track in the state. In his most recent outing he scored a big come-from-behind win at Vernon Downs, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 in the process. He comes in here sharp as a tack and looking forward to the final. Melodies Major is 2-1 morning line and leaves from post five with his regular driver Tyler Buter aboard for trainer Mark Ford. Pushing the issue will be Hickfromfrenchlick who has won four out of his last six outings. Hickfromfrenchlick has won his last two NYSS races and like Melodies Major, took a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3 at Vernon Downs last week. The start before that he won in 1:53.3 at Yonkers, beating Melodies Major by only a half-length. He hasn't been worse than second all year and he will be a force to deal with here. Western New York native trainer/driver Ray Schnittker will be aboard from post six as the second choice at 5-2. The second $54,500 split has Reining Deo (Rock n Roll Heaven-Little Miss) looking to cement his spot in the NYSS final. Reining Deo is currently eighth in points but could still be knocked out in a worst-case scenario. He has been one-two-three in four NYSS starts and has a mark of 1:54.2 at Saratoga. A win would give him 142 points and a ticket to ride in the final. Trainer Brett Pelling has Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike and they have been made the 2-1 morning line favorite from post five. JoJo's Place (Roll With Joe-Angel Place) is winless this year but has hit the board in three NYSS races. He has a very outside chance of making the final but only if he could win here. Recently he has been hampered with outside posts for the last five outings and drawing post two will definitely help. Although he finished fifth last week at Vernon, he still paced in 1:52.3 in defeat. Matt Kakaley will be driving for trainer John Butenschoen and they were made 3-1 by the track handicapper. Major March (Art Major-March You And Me) has been a bit of a late bloomer. After winning big in an Excel "A" race at Saratoga in 1:54.1 by seven lengths, he stepped up to the NYSS for the last two starts and acquitted himself well. He seems to fit this field nicely and should not be overlooked given his recent outings. Hall of Fame trainer Linda Toscano has tabbed Drew Monti to drive and they will start from post six at 7-2. The 2018 NYSS Consolations races which carry a total purse value of $320,000 will be held at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 21). By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs      

Plainville, MA --- It was deja vu all over again for Wings Of Royalty who followed the same script he did three weeks ago; going wire to wire to win the $15,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park and doing it in track record time. It was all Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) from start to finish. Gray rushed him out to the lead and then set fast fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:24.3 by almost two lengths before rounding the far turn and trotting home alone in :28.4 to win in 1:53.2. The winning time ties the track record for aged trotting horses that he set on August 23. The Massachusetts-bred Wings Of Royalty ($3.00) has now won his fifth straight race in a row (three of which were at Plainridge) and sixth of the year for owner Ray Campbell Jr. George Ducharme is the trainer. Driver Shawn Gray had the hot hand on Monday winning four races on the card. Besides Wings Of Royalty, he got across with Stingy (1:59, $4.40), Storyofmylife (1:55.4, $2.80) and Secret Delight (1:55.2, $6.80). The Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta pool continues to grow with no winner again on Monday. So Tuesday (Sept. 11) there will be a carryover of $10,380 available in the Wicked Hi-5 wager in the sixth race. Post time for the first race in 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Middletown, NY --- More than 1,000 prospective buyers gathered at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 9) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 116 available standardbred prospects up for sale at the fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania next year and the crowd reflected many connections from those racing jurisdictions. The total gross of the sale was just under $1.5 million with 66 colts and 50 fillies selling for an average price of $12,912. The sales topper was trotting colt (Hip 117) Unpaid Advisor (Chapter Seven-Pole Dancer) who was bred and consigned by Boxwood Farm. The successful $50,000 bid was made by Charles Colbrunn of Longwood, Florida. The highest priced pacer was the filly (Hip 20) Eye Popping (So Surreal-Paramelons Hanover) who was bred and consigned by Steve Jone's Cameo Hills Farm. The gavel dropped at $45,000 that was bid by Scott Di Domenico of Jamesburg, New Jersey. The top seller from the 25-horse Hanover Shoe Farm consignment was trotting filly (Hip 58) Demimonde Hanover (Sebastian K-Daddy's Lhasa) who went for $36,000 to Mark Ford of Campbell Hall, New York. This was the first yearling from the first crop of Sebastian K available for sale. Winbak Farm was well represented with 38 yearlings and sold the third highest priced prospect overall in the sale. Trotting colt (Hip 50) Bronze Yankee (Muscles Yankee-Brontease) brought $42,000 from Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, Ontario. Macintosh was also the successful bidder of Twinbrook Farm's top seller (Hip 37) Twin B Salsa (Art Major-Western Heat). The pacing filly commanded $26,000 when the bidding ceased. Blue Chip Farm's top money-getter from their 11 head consignment was the trotting filly (Hip 104) Really Blue Chip (Credit Winner-Muscles Secret) who was purchased by Anthony MacDonald of Guelph, Ontario for $31,000. "We had a beautiful day for this sale and it reflected in everyone's attitude as a large crowd of enthusiastic buyers were keeping our spotters busy all day," said Mark Ford, President of the Goshen Standardbred Horse Sales Co. "The only hiccup that occurred was our internet service provider's lack of reliable service on Sunday that killed our live stream and delayed the posting of results; something that was totally out of our control." You can view the complete sales results in a searchable database by clicking this link. (http://goshenyearlingsale.com/results/index.cgi?Limit=200 ) By Tim Bojarski, for the Goshen Yearling Sale  

Batavia, NY --- Finding himself hopelessly boxed in approaching the stretch, Focus Power somehow shook loose and out-paced everyone to the wire to win the $10,500 Open Pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 8). China Dream (John Cummings Jr.) took the lead by the quarter and backed the half off to :57 flat as no one challenged the position. But last week's Open winner Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) started to advance on the outside in front of the stands with Heaven Rocks (Ray Fisher Jr.) following him. This left Focus Power locked in on the pylons fifth, with nowhere to make a move. China Dream threw in a swift :27.4 third panel which stifled the advance by the outside horses. Cummings Jr. had let China Dream out another notch around the last turn and had a solid two length advantage at the top of the stretch. Still fifth on the pins, Focus Power found a lane to move forward as Validus Deo drifted out and then Monti went to work. Under a solid right-hand drive Focus Power was a blur with pace, making up the five lengths he was behind to win by a neck in 1:53.3. Focus Power ($7.20) got his third win in his last six starts and fifth overall of the year for owner Jim Caradori, who has now benefitted the amount of $41,541 from his gelding's efforts. Darrin Monti conditions the winner. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Whosurpapa (Billy Davis Jr.) rebuffed and early challenge from Mr. Euroman N (John Cummings Jr.), another try from him at the three-quarters and then a late push from the pocket-sitting Barry Hanover (Shawn Mcdonough) to go gate to wire never headed in 1:54.1. Whosurpapa ($11.80) got his 10th win of the year and padded his bank to $59,318 for owner William Emmons and trainer James Clouser Jr. Billy Davis Jr. got his second consecutive driving hat trick on Saturday, besting all reinsmen for wins on the night. Davis currently sits third in the dash driver standings with 35 wins behind the leading Kevin Cummings (47) and Drew Monti (46). Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Monday afternoon (Sept. 10) with a post time of 5 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Batavia, NY --- He may be 10, but Empire Earl N looked more like a 3-year-old as he came from far back to brush down the lane and win the $10,000 Open Handicap trot in the fastest mile of his life on Friday evening (Sept. 7) at Batavia Downs. Post time favorite BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) and 13-1 shot Empire Earl N (Ray fisher Jr.) started and finished the race side by side but took two different paths to the wire. BZ Glide went right for the front from post six while Empire Earl N got away last from post five. BZ Glide set his own set of fractions as no one challenged him until halfway up the backstretch when Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) came first over at the five-eighths and got even with the leader by the three-quarters. As the action was unfolding up front, Empire Earl N was tracking it second over and Fisher was timing his move. That came as they rolled out of the last turn; Empire Earl N tipped three-deep and was barreling down the center of the track with Fisher rocking and knocking all the way. The three horses hit the wire a neck apart with Empire Earl N getting there first ahead of BZ Glide in 1:56.3, which was a new lifetime mark It was the eighth win of the season for Empire Earl N ($28.60) and it bolstered his 2018 earnings to $61,378 for owner Kim Asher. Riley Stalbaum-Asher trains the winner. In the $8,000 Open II, Call My Broker (Kevin Cummings) took no prisoners going gate to wire in 1:58.3, holding off the fast-closing Snapshot Springs (Drew Monti) and Barn Star (Mike Caprio) to chalk up his fourth win of the season. Frank Meier owns the Angelo Nappo trained gelding. Billy Davis Jr. led all drivers on the card as he started the night out hot with a natural hat trick in races one through three. The Batavia Downs early Pick-5 was part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program and was featured as the USTA Play of the Day on Friday with a carryover of $2,900 and a guaranteed pool of $6,000. That pool ballooned to over $10,000 when the first race went off and it yielded an instant jackpot payoff after the fifth. A $1 ticket on the combination of 1-7-6-5-3 returned $4,417.50. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs with a twilight card on Saturday featuring a post time at 4:45 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Plainville, MA --- A heavy lighting storm that brought torrents of rain just after the ninth race caused a power outage and unsafe racing conditions that prompted the cancellation of the tenth and final race of the card at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Sept. 6). The tenth race had a Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta carryover of $9,548. But due to the cancellation, it will now be carried over to Monday (Sept. 10) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Batavia, NY --- Three divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings went postward at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept.5) to compete for the $117,600 in purses up for grabs as well as the last chance to accrue available points to make the $225,000 final for this group. In the first $39,200 division, Ghost Dance (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) pulled the upset at 9-1 and closed hard to do it. . The heavy post time favorite Topville Olympian (Brett Miller) shot right to the front and took the field to the half in :55.3. There, Rockapelo (Jason Bartlett) pulled first up with Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron) on his back as they heaed into the turn. Rockapelo cleared quickly around the tiring Topville Olympian, whose gap then allowed Ghost Dance to drop back to the pylons behind the new leader to save ground. These two stood pat until the top of the lane where Zeron pulled Ghost Dance and paced by Rockapelo at the wire winning by a length in 1:52. "The race set up well for us and he got brave with the two-hole trip. And then he paced strong in the lane" said Zeron after the race. It was the fourth win of the year for Ghost Dance ($20.00) and it pushed his earnings to $98,002 for owner Millar Farm. Rick Zeron trains the winner. The second $39,200 split was won by Ideal Feeling (American Ideal-Feelinglikeastar) who made a statement move at the half and then stretched out from there. Ostro Hanover (Louis Roy) rushed to the front and set early splits of :27 and :56.3. But before they hit that second timer, Ideal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) was out and rolling and took the front by the time they hit the third turn and from there, the race was history. Ideal Feeling opened up a three length advantage as he hit the third quarter in 1:24 and then rounded the final bend and cruised home in :28 flat, winning by as many as he wanted in 1:52. "Last time he had the eight hole and had no chance, but he just felt like he was a great horse. I was hoping Mike (trainer Deters) would bring him up here because I thought he'd be good. He showed it today, he's a real nice horse. He left, he came first over and he won easy" Bartlett said after the race, Rick Berks owns Ideal Feeling ($7.90) who now has four wins this season and $62,791 in purses. The third $39,200 division looked to be a match race between Springsteen and Muscle Hill and it was for three eighths of a mile. But it was Mach N Cheese (Betterthancheddar-Mach You And Me) that pulled off the upset at 19-1 when they hit the wire, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) was intent on cutting the race and he got his way; leading the group to the half in a slow :57.1. Not happy with the tepid pace, Springsteen (Louis Roy) came up first with Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.) in tow. Springsteen locked up with Hitman Hill up the backside and the two tangled from there, around the last turn and down the stretch. But Mach N Cheese who had been drafting during the up-front battle, tipped three-wide in the straight and under heavy prompting from Marohn, paced by the leaders to win by a neck in 1:53.4. "It was a slow half but we picked it up pretty good up the backside and there was a really good horse on the front. But I followed the horse I needed to follow and everything just worked out for us from the top of the stretch home. He got around here very well. He's a very good half mile track horse" said Marohn in the winner's circle. Mach N Cheese ($41.00) scored his sixth win of the year for the Save The Day Stable and trainer Rob Harmon. There was one Excelsior "A" race on the card and the winner there could have competed in the top class tonight. Thor De Vie (So Surreal-Pebblebeach De Vie) was very impressive leading every step of the way and winning by four lengths in 1:52.2, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. Thor De Vie ($3.30) is owned by his trainer, Jim Graham, Lee WInters, Paul Tandlmayer and Giuseppe Micchia. Batavia Downs offered a $2,000 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool on Wednesday and there were no winning tickets once again. As a result there is a $2,900 carryover for Friday (Sept. 7) and there will be another guaranteed pool of $6,000 for the early Pick-5 (which runs from race one to race five) that will be part of the USTA Strategic Wagering program. Post time for Friday evening is 6 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Plainville, MA --- Western Stepp regained the top form she exhibited earlier this year at Plainridge Park as she won the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 4) at the Ridge. Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) flew off the wings and took immediate control of the race, setting fast fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23. She was prompted for most of the mile by Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) who pulled from third at the quarter and then was parked out and relentlessly pursuing the leader for the rest of the mile. Western Stepp had a one length advantage on Shesjustadelight N from the three-quarters to the top of the stretch. But as the race charged towards the wire, Shesjustadelight N continued to grind away at the deficit and was making up ground all the way to the wire. However Western Stepp had enough left and held off that challenge along with a late closing Seventimesavirgin (Mitchell Cushing) to win by a neck in 1:51.4. It was the seventh win of the year for Western Stepp ($9.80) who has now earned $66,305 for owner Diane Dunn and trainer James Dunn. Ron Cushing just missed in the main event on Tuesday but he did capture the $12,000 distaff non-winners of six lifetime co-feature. Cushing drove Gimme Some Lovin ($5.40) who took the lead at the quarter and maintained it all the way to the wire before just getting nosed out by Stonebridge Honey (Nick Graffam). But upon further review, Stonebridge Honey was disqualified and placed second for a pylon violation, thus advancing Gimme Some Lovin to the win spot. Gimme Some Lovin registered her fourth win of the year for owner Anthony Romanelli and trainer Heidi Gibbs. Drew Campbell and Jimmy Whittemore both had driving doubles on Tuesday leading all other drivers for wins. Currently Campbell still has a commanding lead in the dash win derby for the meet with 112 wins, sitting ahead of Greg Merton with 90, Shawn Gray with 84 and Mitchell Cushing with 57. Once again there was no winner of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta in the last race on Tuesday and as a result, there is a $9,548 carry over pool on Thursday when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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