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WILKES-BARRE PA - Hall of Fame harness racing driver David Miller, second on the all-time money list (he passed Ron Pierce on Hall of Fame Day) and the leading active driving earner with John Campbell retired, took all three $54,785 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, two of them with youngsters garnering their second Sires triumphs, and the other with a maiden who was "graduating" to the Sire Stakes off two Stallion Series seconds. Ironically, the fastest winner was the previous maiden, the Broadway Hall-Designable colt Patent Leather, who gained cover behind Samo Different Day late in the mile, then outrushed his foe at the end to win by a neck in 1:54.2. Patent Leather, atypically purchased as a yearling by Hall of Fame nominee Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms LLC, looks like he might be a good $10,000 purchase (the dam was a $483,000 winner) under the tutelage of trainer Jim Campbell, and here he paid $24.80 to win as by far the longest shot in the field of five. Miller, Campbell, and Fashion Farms doubled up behind 7-1 prospect Crystal Fashion, a son of Cantab Hall (Broadway Hall's sire) who rallied to put the first blot on Cinderella story Hockey Hanover's past performances, taking a nose triumph in a personal best 1:56.4. Hockey Hanover (Explosive Matter-Hotentrot Hanover) is the winningest two-year-old trotter in North America with eight triumphs, and he entered the Sunday contest undefeated (five Fair Sire Stakes and all three of his Stallion Series starts), but the unbeaten designation was just put by the boards as the $100,000 yearling edged the $10,000 yearling, with a $350,000 yearling, 1-10 favorite and Peter Haughton winner You Know You Do, making a break and all but taking him out of Championship competition. (Crystal Fashion's dam, by the way, is Window Willow, a full sister to the millionaire Lolique, who was such a slow learner as a youth that his trainer John Wagner put him in the box as LOLIQUE; in his three-year-old qualifying debut, he beat defending Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo and started getting a lot smarter). Miller other triumph was with 1-10 shot Scirocco Rob in 1:55.3, but even the heavy favorite, by Explosive Matter-Fun At Parties, tried to make heavy work of his victory, losing all but a half-length of a 2 1/4 length stretch lead but persevering on to keep Max's Beast at bay for trainer John Butenschoen and owners Lewis Whitaker Jr. and Kathleen Whitaker. An unofficial tally of this division's top pointwinners at their preliminaries' conclusion reads: Crystal Fashion and Lawmaker (tied for #1), Scirocco Rob and Toast Of Lindy (tied for third), Maxus, What's The Word, and Fashionwoodchooper and Quality Kemp (tied for seventh); Final Dream is "on the bubble" as ninth and AE1 if all of the top eight declare for the Championship, with Max's Beast tenth and AE2. The $252,000 divisional Championship will be held at Pocono on Labor Day, September 4. Monday at Pocono, there will be seven divisions of the final prelim for this two-year-old trotting colt group, and with that many horses in play, the competition for places in their Championship should be quite fierce. PHHA / Pocono

Lexington KY - The Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacers and trotters got underway with the first preliminary leg on Sunday night at The Red Mile.   Filly pacers opened the card with one of two $10,000 splits and last year's final winner In The Dark was a neck winner over the heavily favored Straightontherocks in 1:54. Trace Tetrick send In The Dark out for the early lead, yielded to the favorite as they passed the half in :57.3 then ripped the Cambest filly from the pocket early stretch, gradually wearing down the leader in a 27 flat final quarter. Amdiamo Zowie was third.   It was the fourth win in five tries this season for In The Dark who is owned by Jim Averitt and trained by Jack Gray, Jr. both of Lebanon, KY.   Al-Mar-Got A Fever absolutely smoked the second division in a career best 1:52.2 for driver Chris Page. Reserved off the moderate pace set by Surfing Sally who went to the half in 57, Al-Mar-Got A Fever took charge past that station with an extended brush through a 1:25.4 three panels before getting a nudge from Page then took off through a 26.3 close under wraps for the score at 3-5. Second choice Absolutely Best passed the rest in the stretch to be an easy second and Bestfriendforever took third.   The winner is a Walnut Hall bred daughter of Third Straight trained by Steve Carter for Chuck Grubbs, Neal Kresheck, Joe Whittaker and BRB Racing.   Almondy AS took the $15,000 first leg of sophomore filly trot for driver Elliott Deaton, outdueling defending champ Sheas Victory in an extended stretch duel in 1:58.4. Breaking maiden with the win, Almondy As is a homebred All Star Hall raised and raced by ACL Stuteri and trained by Anette Lorentzon. Auntie Jae was third.   Defending colt pacing champ V Power was a 1:53.3 winner with Dave Palone catch driving for owner, breeder and trainer Donna Gilson Efferstein. Palone let the dust settle as first Kirsch then Mt Sterling Mafia traded leads then moved V Power to the front a half in :55.2. A 29.4 third quarter breather was all the Prince Chablis gelding needed as a 28.2 end to the mile held Mt Sterling Mafia at bay. Kirsch stuck around for third.   Trotting colts wrapped up the stakes for the evening and last year's final winner Starlight AS got lucky when Beer Dad lost interest while well in front and went offstride, leaving the door to victory lane ajar and Elliott Deaton drove Starlight AS right through it. The final time of 1:57.2 was a career best for the All Star Hall colt by nearly five seconds. That win completed the trotting double for owner/breeder ACL Stuteri, trainer Anette Lorentzon and Deaton. Hidden Creek trotted up to be second and Stanford third.   Racing returns to The Red Mile on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The KYSS 2-year-olds come back with the trotters next Saturday and the pacers on Sunday. Nick Salvi

Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) on Sunday (August 20) with a purse of $263,100 for harness racing sophomore pacing Colts & Geldings at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big long shot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval in Nichols, NY. In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who would take charge with a first quarter in :27.4, and a half in :55.4. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) would battle and take the lead to the three-quarter mark in 1:21.4. Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven) would watch this speed duel from the third. Owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, the 3 year-old colt would charge down the stretch like he was shot out of a cannon. Heaven's Gait ($4.50), would win in 1:49.2. He would win for the fifth straight time. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would fire late to finish second. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) came up late to finish third. In the EBC final ($257,850) for sophomore pacing fillies, it was big long shot Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who was victorious. Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears), would put up all the early fractions, :26.3, :54.4, 1:22.3. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) would put on pressure during the whole race. He was parked almost the whole way and would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), who is owned by NLG Racing Stable with Stephen Klunowski and trained by Mark Steacy, would take advantage of a second over trip. The 3 year-old filly blew right by Clear Idea (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Third place went to Ameriway (Corey Callahan). Obvious Blue Chip ($57.50), would win for fourth time this season and the fifth of her career. Dealt A Winner (David Miller) shocked the field to win the Roll With Joe ($163,000), with a track record for aged geldings at 1:47.4.. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) would hit the first quarter in :26.1. Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) would then continue the fast pace hitting the half in :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Dealt A Winner (Cam's Card Shark) would follow Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) with a second over trip. Dealt A Winner ($72.50), who is owned by Jeffrey Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, would go three wide at the top of the stretch flying to the lead and tack record. He would fall short of the world record for aged gelding pacers for a five-eighths mile track by one-fifth of a second. The 5 year-old would win for the 13th time in his career. Rockin Ron hung on for second with Sunfire Blue Chip getting third. Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) would win the third leg of the Ms Versatility ($40,000) setting a new track record for all trotters in 150.4. Oho Diamond (Brett Miller) would lead into the first quarter in :27.1. Pasithea Face S (Muscle Hill) would take over as they went by the stands for the first time. She would follow with times of :55.1, 1:23.4, 1:50.4. Pasithea Face S ($3.40) didn't have it easy though. She battled the first over PL Hill (Corey Callahan) all the way from the three-quarter mark and holding on by a quarter-length. PL Hill (Kadabra) finished second with entry mate Oho Diamond (Ken Warkentin) getting third. Pasithea Face S is Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Jimmy Takter. She won for the fifth time this season getting a new lifetime mark. She was just one-fifth of a second off the world record for aged mares for a five-eighths mile track. Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 21) post time for the 10 race card begins at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Scarborough, Maine - August 20, 2017 ... The two-year-old trotting divisions of the Maine Sire Stakes program made their fourth and final appearance of the 2017 season at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (8/20); the harness racing freshman leaving town on a high note with one even etching his name on the wall of honor as a divisional track record holders. He'salilbitnoble scored his fourth career win during the $10,272 colt division on Sunday, stopping the clock in a lifetime best 2:02.3 which equaled Scarborough's divisional track record which was established in 2008 by another Maine-bred, Bad Boy Billy. With all the colt's wins featuring a front end trip, driver Mark Athearn promptly steered his charge onto the early lead. The dashing duo quickly benefited as 4 of the 7 combatants rolled off stride before reaching the 1/8th pole, and the rest of the mile was mere child's play for the son of Nobel Venture-Litany Hanover. He'salilbitnoble is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner William Phipps. Cinamatic Venture (G. Mosher), one of the three trotters to not make a break finished second while Go Full Throttle (K. Ireland) benefited from a fault-free trip to grab third. Team Athearn then doubled their stakes pleasure as another member of their roster, Wild Bandita took top honors in one of two $9976 filly divisions on the program. Just as the front end seat worked magic for her track record holding stable-mate, the strategy proved equally faultless for Wild Bandita as driver Mark Athearn cut the mile and navigated the course, in a lifetime best 2:06.1 clocking en route to securing the filly's third career win. The daughter of Boy Band-Wild Pine is trained by Gretchen Athearn for owner Michael Andrew. American Flambe (M. Cushing) kept her perfect on-the-board ratio intact with a solid runner-up placing while June Carter Cast (G. Mosher) survived multiple breaks to finish third. Pembroke Dancer continued her display dominance on Sunday, effortlessly securing her fifth consecutive victory in a lifetime best 2:05.2 clocking in the other filly division. Driver Heath Campbell confidently steered the CR Power Glide-Spring Laughter filly to the early lead and then commenced to toy with the field, ultimately with no one coming within two lengths of the pacesetter throughout the mile. The remarkable filly, trained by Valerie Grondin for owner William Varney, claimed the lion's share of the $9977 purse, increasing her career bankroll to 29,872. Sweet Amy O (J. Beckwith) finished second while Dualpatwitchywoman (M. Athearn) was third. Scarborough Downs is pleased to present twilight harness racing cards on a Thursday and Saturday schedule at 4:30 PM (EDT) with the Sunday matinee heading to post at 1:30 PM. For more information, visit www.ScarboroughDowns.com or visit our Facebook page. By Michael Sweeney for Scarborough Downs

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 20, 2017 - In Secret (George Brennan, $27) earned it Sunday afternoon (Aug. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing 'Open Handicap Trot'. With 'only' a seven-horse field (after a scratch), the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile. From post position No. 6 (in one notch with said defection), In Secret---and half the field-was pointed forward. In Secret's job was made that much more difficult when Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) broke directly inside of him. That forced In Secret very wide, eventually taking over from Buen Camino (Jordan Stratton) after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Once In Secret made the lead, he rebuffed even-money choice Homicide Hunter (Brent Holland). Even though they weren't going much in the middle half (:57.1, 1:25.4), Homicide Hunter was in trouble. In Secret opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn and Buen Camino couldn't do anything with him. The former whipped the latter by a length in 1:55. Homicide Hunter was an out-the-mile third-ending his marque trot 'run' at three-with Dewycolorintheline (Jeff Gregory) and Taco Tuesday (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice In Secret, a 5-year-old Deweycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $108, with the triple returning $273. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a 'double nickel' winning combination of 5-Empressof the Nile (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 5-Auspicious Hanover (Yonkers' 5th race) returning $29.25 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,807. Note the Raceway's post time next Sunday (Aug. 27th) is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

The $13,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace was the featured event on the Saturday night (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and it was an exciting contest from a talented group of six sophomores.   The star of the Show was Steve's Hot Rod ($21.20) with Trainer/Driver Rick Magee, as they rushed quickly to the early lead from post one and controlled the moderate early fractions of 28.4 and 58.0 before yielding to Swinging Again (James Yoder). Rick Magee and Steve's Hot Rod sat patiently in the pocket around the final turn and through the fast third quarter of 27.1 (1:25.1) before pulling the pocket as they straightened away for home and kicking away by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire in 1:52.3 for a new lifetime mark, with an eye opening final half in :54.3. Swinging Again held second, while race favorite Whatitdo Babyboo (Steve Wiseman) picked up third. The winner is a gelding by Voracious Hanover, out of the Artsplace mare Miss Stacee and is owned by Kati Sokolowski.   The featured trotting event on the card was a $6,400 conditioned event, and the 7 year old grey gelding Dapper Dan ($8.20) strutted his stuff tonight to post his first win of the season in 13 starts for Owner/Trainer Dave Carter. Driver Brian Detgen sent Dapper Dan alertly from the gate and immediately yielded the lead to Tame The Dice (Steve Wiseman) from the outside. They waited patiently in the garden seat through fractions of 28.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.2 and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane and powered by the leader for a 1 length tally and a new lifetime mark of 1:59.1.   Driver Steve Wiseman posted a Hat-Trick on the card, to once again join Nick Roland in a tie at the top of the Drivers' Standings (64 wins each), and Rick Magee picked up a driving double as well.   The .20 cent Pick 5 Jackpot continues to climb, and now stands at $38,637.13 going into Race 7 on Sunday night, August 20. Live Racing continues through September 16.   By Darin Gagne, Running Aces Track Announcer

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his harness racing opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night (Aug. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In the hunt early from assigned post position No. 6, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quarter-mile. A rated, :29.1 next substation (:55.4 half) was going to make the people's preference tough to catch. Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) tried it from first- and second-over, respectively, as Bit of a Legend N found a 1:24.2 three-quarters. He widened to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held Caviart Luca at bay. The margin was measured three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3. Bakersfield (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach hit the line together for third, with Mach it So settling for the final pay envelope. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 17 '17 tries. The exacta paid $33.50, with the triple returning $89.50 (Bakersfield third) and $92 (Melmerby Beach third). Prior to the race, Tritton spoke of von Knoblauch, who passed away early this month at age 90. "Harry was a gentleman who enjoyed racing and not afraid to spend money to get good horses. His daughters want to keep the stable going, and I'm fortunate to train for them." Bit Of A Legend's official lifetime record is as follows; Down Under - 63 starts for 20 wins, 15 seconds and 4 thirds for $810,101 North America - 45 starts for 17 wins 10 seconds and 4 thirds for $1,101,920 Total - 108 starts for 37 wins, 25 seconds and 8 thirds for $1,939,521 Bit Of A Legend Yonkers offers up the sixth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

JK Panache with harness racing driver Chris Lems at the controls, wins the Saturday night (August 19) featured pace at Vernon Downs. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) would lead them to the first quarter in :26.3. Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald) would then takeover hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. JK Panache (Art Major), who is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, would make a late bid to fly right by to win in 1:52.2. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would hang on for second best. Energy Shakes (Jimmy Whittemore) would finish third. JK Panache ($5.10) won for the sixth time this year. The 8 year-old gelding now has 52 lifetime wins. The best race of the night featured the top two drivers. John MacDonald and Dragon Fever (Dragon Again) battled Chris Lems (Somebeachsomewhere) all the way down the stretch. In the end Dragon Fever ($9.80) would win by a nose. Chris Lems would win two other races on the night. He would win with Golden Brit (American Ideal), going gate-to-wire, holding off a late charge by McDan (Josh Kinney). Golden Brit paid $15.80 for the win. His third win of the night came with Pramatic Life ($17.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 24) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs        

Batavia, NY---In a race that provided more moves than United Van Lines, Fireyourguns once again showed his local harness racing dominance as he won his third $10,000 Open Handicap victory at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 19). Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) left and tucked in behind last week's Open winner Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) by the eighth pole. But before they got to the quarter, Caprio decided to pull and take the lead himself and all that action only took :26.3 seconds. Despite the race proceeding at a crisp pace, the newly imported Australian Teo Enteo A (Larry Stalbaum) who had gotten away fourth, was already out and rolling at the three-eighths and grabbed the front by the half in :54.4. Teo Enteo A continued to motor along up the backside when Believe This Bob popped out from third and tried to push the issue. He got up to second on the outside and eventually drew even with the leader at the top of the stretch. But as those two continued to battle, Teo Enteo A tired and started to drift allowing the pocket-sitting Fireyourguns a clear path to the wire. Caprio raised the lines and drove hard and Fireyourguns did the rest, winning by a neck in 1:53.1. It was the fifth win in 11 starts this year for Fireyourguns ($3.00) and third win in as many starts at Batavia Downs. Now boasting $376,456 in lifetime earnings, Fireyourguns is owned by Jennifer and Robert Lowe and Terrence McClory, who also trains the winner. In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) who hasn't left in the last four weeks, shot off the gate and took the lead then never looked back; winning by two-lengths in 1:54. Shady City ($7.80) captured his ninth win of the year for owner/trainer Larry Stalbaum. Driver Ray Fisher Jr. had three wins on the night. The guaranteed $5,000 USTA Strategic Wagering Pick-5 pool produced a $3,308.50 payout for the 4-1-6-4-7 combination. "Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 20) with post time at 1:15 p.m."   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Arsenic (Bettor's Delight) has been a favorite of the betting public. The Heidi Rohr-trained pacer had been the top choice of the bettors in six consecutive starts competing at four different harness racing tracks heading into his try in Saturday night's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Arsenic was once again the favorite on Saturday and would wind up first over in the $11,250 feature. Billy Dobson piloted the four year old pacer as he cruised past the leader before opening up a big lead. Arsenic prevailed by better than three lengths in a mile paced in 1:52.3. The win was one of four on the card for Dobson who holds a big lead in the local driver standings. The Arsenic victory was one of three on the night for Rohr whose Beachy Dream prevailed earlier in the night. Her Burkes Bandit scored in the evening's finale to complete the training triple. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

WILKES-BARRE PA - The rain came to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono just before the $20,000 featured pace on Saturday night, but the moisture didn't deter Americanprimetime from going wire-to-wire in 1:49.4 over the harness racing surface just rerated to "sloppy." The victory was far from easy for the 7-5 favorite, however. Starting from the rail with driver George Napolitano Jr., Americanprimetime would not give up the lead to parked challenger and 8-5 second choice Major Uptrend, who refused an early tuck, and the pair dueled past fractions of 27 and 54, continuing towards the ¾ until Major Uptrend start to tire before the station, reached in 1:21.3. Through the lane Americanprimetime had to hold off the two horses behind him on the inside, but he had enough to keep pocketsitter JJ Flynn at bay by 1¼ lengths at the wire, with El Bloombito another half-length back in third despite broken equipment. The victory was the seventh of the year for Americanprimetime, a son of American Ideal and a winner of $445,919, who is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for the Rock&Roll Stable Inc. In the $16,500 handicap trot, raced over a "fast" surface, Can I Say, even though she was rising in class, did not catch the fans as unaware as they were last week, when she paid $60.00 - this week the Fourth And One mare made it two in a row, equaling her lifetime mark of 1:53.1 taken here at six in 2015. Tony Morgan handled the sulky duties of the engine winner, who is trained by Doug Berkeley for owners Terry and Clarence Devos and James Whelan. Tomorrow night at Pocono, two-year-old trotting colts will contest not only $164,355 in three divisions (races 3 through 5) of their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes' final preliminary leg, but they will also be looking to have a big race to ensure themselves of a spot among the eight babies going behind the gate at the mountain oval on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, in their division's $252,000 Sire Stakes Championship. PHHA / Pocono  

Lexington KY - The Red Mile hosted the first leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old pacers with two divisions of both colts and fillies racing for a purse of $30,000 and Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter came to play.   The first colt division was the evening's fourth race and Grand Teton lived up to his advance billing by steamrolling the field in the stretch for the Takter - Brett Miller combo to win going away in 1:52.4. Away mid-pack, Miller followed up third over with the 1-9 favorite as You Said It took the field into the final bend where Trajectory loomed up to challenge as they passed the three quarters in 1:25.4. When shown racetrack, Grand Teton found a faster gear and was by the field in a blink. Gone Again (Tyler Smith) rallied for second and Whos Better (Don Harmon) was a good third. The winner is a Diamond Creek homebred by first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance from their prolific producer Western Montana.   Fillies came up next in the fifth and Santa Rosa converted a ground saving trip by Brett Miller (his third consecutive win), closing up the inside for the win in 1:52.4. Post time favorite Let's Fall In Love set the fractions with token pressure from the parked out Angelou past a 56 half and 1:25.1 three panels before giving way to the closing wave. Fine Art (Tyler Smith) followed in second and Tipp City Hugh Beatty) rallied for third. Santa Rosa is a Brittany Farms homebred on both sides by Western Ideal from Art's Vintage and was winning for the first time in her fourth try. She is also a product of the Takter barn.   Brett Miller made it four and Takter three consecutive wins with heavy favorite Decoy lasting over the furious late rally of Key Advisor (Joe Bongiorno) in 1:52.4. Miller settled Decoy in fourth early as Key Advisor left to the top from post 7 then brushed the colt up to take over as they passed the half in 55.4. A 29.4 third quarter breather under token pressure was just what Decoy needed as he opened up three quick lengths off the turn and held safe to the wire. Tiffany Marie (Dan Shetler) was third. The winner is a son of top sire Somebeachsomewhere and was a $110,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase by Brixton Medical, RAW Equine and Joe Sbrocco.   Band Stand was a 1:51.4 winner in the final of the evening's stakes for driver Joe Bongiorno who was making his first foray to the Bluegrass. Joe pulled the filly first over against Dance Blue who took over going to the half in an attempt to complete the KYSS sweep for the Takter/Miller duo and Band Stand gradually ground that rival into submission through a testing 1:23.2 three quarters. Moving to a clear lead in the stretch Band Stand held safe right to the wire for the speedy record. Shakewhatmamagaveu (Tharps) was second just holding off the close of Pure Paradise and Tyler Smith. The winner is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Brad Grant who gave $40,000 for the A Rocknroll Dance filly in Lexington last fall.   Band Stand     Live racing resumes at The Red Mile on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 3-year-olds.   Nick Salvi  

The ever-traveling CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, now in its second half of the 2017 harness racing season, made a stop at Saratoga Harness on Saturday evening, August 19 and 'homeboy' "Tough Tony" Ciuffetelli made short work of the contest when he rallied EJ's Last Dance to a come-from-behind victory over five others in a 1:59 clocking. Ciuffetelli, a former corrections officer, got away slowly from the four-hole and sat back off a torrid early pace with the 5-year-old Conway Hall trotting mare They were sixth and last at the first stanza some eight lengths off the leader, Shez All Muscles in rein to "Buffalo Bob" Davis , as the timer flashed :28. Davis's trotter was still in command at the halfway point in :57.2 as EJ's Last Dance moved up a position, but still seven lengths in the rears. When the field straightened up the backside the second time around "Tough Tony" asked his mare for more and she responded when he moved her three-deep to range alongside the leaders. But from there it was 'Katie bar the door' as EJ's Last Dance rallied to a 1-1/2 victory. With a strong finish in the stretch Windsun Fireball and "Yankee Joe" Lee got up for the place money. And although Billings president, Tony the Capo" Verruso, and Sam's Honeybee had the shortest trip the veteran mare didn't fire in the lane and they had to settle for third place. "I figured that there would be early speed so I wanted to sit back a bit. But there were gaps between the (racing) horses that I didn't figure on so I moved earlier than I had planned," Ciufettelli said via telephone after the race. "And once I got my mare in high gear she caught the leaders and she was the strong horse down the stretch to win it easily." Sent off as the odds-on favorite the winner paid $3.00 for win. EJ's Last Dance is owned and trained by Brett Derue. It was her third seasonal victory. And for Ciufettelli, it marked his sixth seasonal driving victory and the 47th of his amateur career. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

Lexington, KY - The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for harness racing 3-year-old pacers and trotters get underway on Sunday night at The Red Mile. They'll have two preliminary legs leading up to $175,000 finals for all groups on Sunday, September 17.   The pacing fillies were the only division to split with thirteen declared and will race for a purse of $10,000 in races one and three.   James Averitt's In The Dark (PP #4) was last year's KYSS final winner and she's the morning line choice in the first. A seven time winner in a dozen career starts, In The Dark has been sharpening up at the KY fairs but missed that final while sick. Trainer Jack Gray always has her ready for the money and Trace Tetrick is coming in to drive.   Al-Mar-Got A Fever (PP #3) is the 7-5 choice in the third race based on an impressive resume that includes a second in an elimination for the Fan Hanover Grand Circuit stake in June. She's got a wicked move and driver Chris Page is here to try and have it end in the winner's circle. Steve Carter trains the daughter of Third Straight for owners Chuck Grubbs, Neal Kresheck, Joe Whittaker and BRB Racing.   Trotting fillies come along in race five where a field of seven faces the Mike Moss starting gate for a purse of $15,000. Sheas Victory is the defending champ in this division and she's in good current form for trainer Russ Newman, having won five of eight including the fair final. Mickey Pryor is the top jock around the KY fairs and he's got the drive on Sheas Victory for owner Candra Foley of Winchester, KY.   Eight pacing colts were entered for the $15,000 first leg including last year's champ V Power and runner-up Mt Sterling Mafia.   V Power is the homebred pride and joy of Donna and Al Efferstein and won last year's big one with Al driving. They have chosen to employ Dave Palone for this year's edition and that move is only going to make it tougher on the competition.   The cleverly named Mt Sterling Mafia is owned by Red Mile race caller Gabe Prewitt, a native of nearby Mt. Sterling, KY, and trainer Kevin Thomas along with James Mc Laughlin. He prepped at Hoosier Park before getting one over the course in a KY fair in late July and looks like a contender for Chris Page.   Starlight AS has but a handful of starts in his career for trainer Anette Lorentzon but has made the most of them with his lone career win last year's KYSS final. Lorentzon gave him a qualifier prep here last week and he looks like all systems are go for this year's series. Elliott Deaton has the drive on Sunday for owners ACL Stuteri and Kjell Johansson.   It's a fifteen race marathon that will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Find more info at the track website.   For The Red Mile & KYSS

VERNON, NY-- Sitting off a contested front, Yes Mickey snuck up the pylons to edge past harness racing 6-5 favorite Ariana G and upset at 34-1 in the $320,000 Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial on Friday, August 18 at Vernon Downs. Long Tom grabbed the front from Yes Mickey before a :26.4 first quarter. Ariana G, sitting third, edged outside and brushed to the lead off a :55.1 half. Devious Man, behind International Moni stalled first over, loomed wide and trotted towards Ariana G's wheel, pressuring the leader through a 1:23.3 third-quarter while Long Tom drifted off the rail, giving room to Yes Mickey. Yes Mickey gradually approached the leader up the inside, getting his nose in front within the final sixteenth and edging away to win by a neck over Ariana G in a lifetime-best effort of 1:51.4. Devious Man finished third and International Moni finished fourth. A three-year-old gelding by Muscle Hill from the Pine Chip mare My Favorite Chip, Yes Mickey won his second race in ten starts, earning $223,087 for owner Mellby Gard Inc. Trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt, he paid $71.00 to win. "He's a very nice trotter, but it has been hard for him to win races -- he always finishes second -- but today was the right race to win," Svanstedt said. "He was very good the whole race and when I [got] free on the inside, he did it easy." Yes Mickey Svanstedt completed a sweep of the Zweig finals when Evelyn shook loose off a pocket trip to win the $135,000 Filly Final in 1:54.1. Sitting behind a tempo of :27, :57, and 1:25.4 set by Feed Your Head and pressure from Sunshine Delight parked first-over, Evelyn managed to weave through the dueling leaders midway through the stretch to win by a length over Sunshine Delight, with Feed Your Head faltering to third and Glitzey Gal recovering from an early break to take fourth. Racing for owners Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, Borje Nasstrom, and Silva Stable 45, Evelyn won her fourth race in 20 starts, pushing her career earnings to $192,166. Driven by Andy Miller, she paid $16.00 to win. "I felt really good except I was a little claustrophobic looking for a little room," Andy Miller said. "She felt really good, I was just kind of waiting, biding my time to get a little room there, and when she got room, she took off." Evelyn New York-sired freshmen colt pacers competed on the undercard of the Zweig Memorial, competing in three $37,266 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) divisions as well as two splits of the Excelsior A and B Series. Lagging off a hot pace set by Courtly Choice, Hitman Hill struck around the far turn, brushing to a two-length lead over Keystone Tenacious and Topville Olympian rallying late in a 1:50.4 mile in the first NYSS division. Owned by Tom Hill and North Fork Racing Stable, trained by Chris Oakes, and driven by Brett Miller, he paid $12.80 to win. Casual Cool took the second NYSS split after taking the lead before the half, winning in 1:52.2 over Paprike Blue Chip and I Soar Him First. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Jason Bartlett, he paid $6.70 to win. Mr Profeta snagged the final NYSS division, sitting off a slow pace set by odds-on favorite Jimtastic and rallying to a 1:54 score over American Vision and My Delight. Owned by Anatolia Farm LLC, trained by Roland Mallar, and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $14.00. Rockapelo, by Rock N Roll Heaven from the Camluck mare Capelo Rose, won his division of the Excelsior A Series going wire to wire in 1:53.1, while Prophet Blue Chip, a gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Artsplace mare Weeping Wannabe, won off a pocket ride in 1:55.3 Rockapelo, owned by Enviro Stables LTD, trained by Linda Toscano, and driven by Jason Bartlett, paid $5.80 to win. Prophet Blue Chip, competing for trainer David Dziengiel with partners Robert Sholes and Edward Davis, was driven by Andy Miller and paid $16.80 to win. Brinks Job, by Roll With Joe from the American Ideal mare Exclamation, and Buckeys Brat, by Quick Pulse Mindale out of the Real Artist mare Artists Jewels, won their Excelsior B divisions going wire to wire, doing so in 1:54 and 1:54.1 respectively. Brinks Job, paying $3.60, races for owner Rick Berks, is trained Michael Deters, and was driven by Brett Miller. Buckeys Brat, returning $6.20, is owned by trainer Lawrence La Page and was driven by Jason Bartlett. Live racing at Vernon Downs resumes Saturday, August 19 with a 13-race program that kicks off at 6:45pmET. By Ray Cotolo, for Vernon Downs        

Fashion Creditor (Mike Merton) would charge late and emerge with the harness racing victory during the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs Friday night (August 18). Just after the race started the big favorite Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr.) would go on a break. Wind Of The North Jeff Long) would take advantage and lead into the first quarter in :27.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) would takeover before the half. He would control the fractions hitting the half in :56.0 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. He would go on a break just after that. Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner) would take advantage of this going first over and charging down the stretch to out duel Wind Of The North (second) to win in 1:53.2. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would come up for third. Fashion Creditor ($10.20), who is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning would win for the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his career. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would win the Fillies and Mares Open 1-2 Handicap ($10,000). K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would lead to the first quarter in :26.3. However Godiva Seelster (Mickey McNichol) would take over right after the first quarter and lead all the way to the stretch. K J's Caroline ($10.20), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, would ride in the pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. She would pull out and run down Godiva Seelster (second), to win by a head in 1:51.4. Classic Carpet (Mike Simons) would finish third. K J's Caroline would get her fifth win of the season and the 36th victory of her career. There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 19) because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. Racing returns on Sunday (August 20) with a nine race card featuring the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for sophomore pacing colts & geldings ($263.100) and 3 year-old fillies ($257,850). Also the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($163,000) will be featured. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs      

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