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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 is introduced


NEWS RELEASE
May 25, 2017 



The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) commends Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) and Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) for their leadership and commitment in the development and introduction of H.R. 2651, The Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017 today in Washington, DC.  Both Congressmen have been engaged and attuned in learning about the issue of medication reform in horseracing and in working with a cross-section of industry representatives to create a solution that meets racings needs as a whole.

H.R. 2651 mandates the development of an independent anti-doping program for horse racing through the establishment of the independent Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority, whose board will be controlled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and will have strong industry input and participation.  The legislation addresses the lack of uniformity in medication policies and practices in American racing and puts U.S. racing jurisdictions in alignment with international standards.  National oversight is desperately needed to supersede the current patchwork of 38 racing jurisdictions in U.S. racing, bringing them all under one set of uniform rules for testing standards, protocols and penalties. Importantly, the anti-doping program will be funded by the industry and will not require any federal tax dollars.

Founded in 2012, The Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) is a grassroots movement of like-minded individuals who support the passage of federal legislation to bring uniformity and integrity to horse racing by prohibiting the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. WHOA represents a group of over 1,500 industry stakeholders: owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys, equine practitioners, industry professionals, handicappers and racing fans.  WHOA supports clean sport and recognizes  the importance and necessity of a national anti-doping agency for horse racing, not only for clean competition, but for the welfare and safety of our human and equine athletes, for the soundness of the American breed, and for transparency of the bettor's gaming dollar.

NJSS Sophomore Back on Friday at The Meadowlands


East Rutherford, NJ - The second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for three-year-old trotters and pacers headlines the Friday night card at The Meadowlands leading into the $100,000 final for each of the four sophomore divisions next Friday.

There is but a single division of each group as the connections of a few leg one winners have chosen to take the week off with their final berth secured.

The pacing colts are first up with a six pack set to go in the evening's second race. Every Way Out has dominated this class from day one and there's no reason to expect any change here. He'll begin from the outside in post six with regular driver Tim Tetrick in position for trainer Dylan Davis and owners Howard Taylor, Abe Basen, Ed Gold and Tom Lazzaro.

Trotting fillies are up in race five and with leg one division winner Ariana G not among the nine declared the anticipated match up with Glitzy Gal will occur in next week's final. Glitzy Gal is in the race and has the favorite's role despite post eight off a convincing 1:52.3 win last week. She's matured nicely from two to three for owners Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E, LLC. Nifty Norman trains and Dave Miller drives the $140,000 yearling purchase by Muscle Hill.

Trotting colts are up next in race six and What The Hill races back while Long Tom rests after wins last week. What The Hill is the most accomplished of the group and was dominant last week in a front stepping 1:52.2 career record for Dave Miller. He begins from post two on Friday, carrying the hopes of Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva and Deo Volente Farms.

Pacing fillies wrap up the NJSS action for the evening in race eight. Homebred Philos Hanover lass Colorful Jasmine is the returning winner and she is the logical choice to repeat from the eight hole for the Cancelliere brothers Tom (trainer) and John (owner). Captain Corey Callahan has the drive.

Tantalize your taste buds in the terraced dining room Pink with a tropical Caribbean buffet or spend the evening on the roof in Victory Terraces with your host Gary Dileo.


Post time is 7:15 p.m.

TIM MILLER COPS WESTERN REGION BILLINGS TROT AT NORTHFIELD PARK ON WEDNESDAY EVENING

by john manzi for the Billings Series

Ten members of the Western Region of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series convened at Northfield Park on Wednesday evening, May 24, for a trotting contest and when it was declared official, “Tiny Tim” Miller walked off with the trophy after he reined Song in My Heart to a solid 3-1/4 length victory over Heza Rube and driver Bob “Lumberman” Troyer in a 2:01.3 clocking.

Miller made short work of his triumph when he gunned the 6-year-old Cantab Hall for the lead from the four hole  and took command  on the first turn and in doing so they circled co-favorite Star Chip driven  by Gregg “Fast Greggy” Keidel.

As the field headed to the half way point Keep The Cash and Pat “ the Write Stuff” Miller were hung on the limb from the start and looking for a spot down along the pylons. But no one wouldn’t allow her any space so she was relegated to a fresh-air trip.

As the field headed to the third station  Song In My Heart couldn’t shake off the parked-out Keep The Cash and they raced one-two as the timer flashed 1:31.1. However from there it was all Song In My Heart as the veteran trotter began to shrug off Keep The Cash and then open daylight on the  field.

At the wire Miller’s charge was a 3-1/4-length  winner  over Bob Troyer’s Heza Rube in a 2:01.1 clocking. And even after being parked the entire mile Keep the Cash finished third just four lengths behind the winner.

Song In My Heart is owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd. He returned a $4.60 win mutuel. For “Tiny Tim” it was his fourth seasonal driving victory and the 40th of his amateur driving career.


Billings action continues tomorrow (May 25) with an Eastern region trot at Yonkers Raceway.

Hot Patootie Stubborn In Buffalo Raceway Feature

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie ($4.60) was sure a stubborn mare in the home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 24) and it paid off with a narrow nose victory over Classy Lane Rose in the $10,000 Open Pace for the ladies

It was the third straight win for Hot Patootie (Larry Stalbaum) who covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the fast track.

Starting from the six post, it took Hot Patootie a quarter mile to reach the top in 27.4. She was helped by the pocket-sitting Voltina who blew far turn the first time and scattered the field.

With a half of 56.0, Hot Patootie opened up a three length edge to the three-quarter marker but looked like she was going to drop anchor in the lane as Classy Lane Rose (Drew Monti) cut into the margin.

But Stalbaum kept the Hot Patootie afloat in the stretch and had just enough to hang on for the victory over a tough luck Classy Lane Rose. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show position.

Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, the 5-year-old Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better) now has six wins in 17 tries in 2017. The victory upped her seasonal bankroll to $22,578 and $85,767 lifetime.

Jim Morrill Jr. had the hot hand in the sulky with four wins while Monti had a triple and Stalbaum added a double.

Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with a 10-race card on tap.

For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MEADOWLANDS RACETRACK’S BEST BURGER BATTLE

Meadowlands to host 2nd Annual Battle for the Best Burger on Saturday, June 10 with $1,500 prize

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (May 24, 2017) – The Meadowlands Racetrack is hosting its 2nd annual Battle for the Best Burger on Saturday, June 10. The contest offers a $1,500 grand prize with $1,000 for 2nd place and $500 for third.

This free event runs from 6- 10 pm and fans are encouraged to come out and taste some of the best local burgers.  Two lucky fans will win a spot at the Judging Table and help determine the top 3 burgers.

South + Pine American Eatery of Morristown, NJ took the grand prize in the 2016 Burger Battle and is back to defend   its title this year. 

Area restaurants and professional cooks who think they have the best burger in town are invited to register to participate by visiting the sign-up page at http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/event_detail.aspx?id=13715 .
Registration deadline is Saturday, June 3 and  is limited to the first ten entrants . There is a $100 registration fee that must be paid prior to the start of cooking. 

In addition to the Burger Battle, the Meadowlands Racetrack is also hosting the Spring Beer Festival in the Backyard.  Tickets are $75 for VIP and $35 for General Admission. Tickets can be purchased here - https://meadowlandsracetrack.ticketleap.com/2017-meadowlands-beer-festival/dates/Jun-10-2017_at_0430PM

Fans can also watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes and live harness racing action that kicks off at 7:15 pm. 

For complete rules and event information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.



YONKERS’ THURSDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,900 CARRYOVER


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 23, 2017—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (May 25th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,917.16.  


The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. 

YONKERS’ SUNDAYS RETURN; ROAD UNTRAVELED WINS FINAL OF ‘JACKPOT’ SERIES

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 23, 2017—Another reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway’s matinee this Sunday (May 28th), with a first post of 12;30 PM.

The 12-race program includes a quartet (races 5 through 8) of ‘French’ trots, as a dozen horses at the mile-and-a-quarter-distance. The $68,000 Open Trot (fifth race) includes last week’s first three Open Handicap Trot finishers—Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, post 6), Hemi Seelster (Brent Holland, post 3) and Golden Son (Brian Sears, post 12).   

The return of Sunday racing means the return of the “New York, New York Double,’ this time featuring the third race from Belmont (post time 2:32 PM) and the seventh from Yonkers (2:45 PM). It’s a dollar minimum wager (18½ percent takeout), program pages available in both tracks’ respective live programs as well as any number of simulcast books (pages also sent when finalized).

Note that after the Sunday card, live racing and evening simulcasting take a hiatus until Friday, June 16th. Afternoon simulcasting—including the June 10th Belmont Stakes—remains available.


Tuesday night (May 23rd) props to Road Untraveled (Jordan Stratton, $4/60) for winning the $65,500 final of the Jackpot Next Door Claimers, an event for base $20,000 claimers (1:53.3).

ROAD TO THE MEADOWLANDS PACE


Week 1
The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace – Saturday, July 15


Rank
Horse
Driver, Trainer, Owner
Justin Horowitz’s Comments
1
Downbytheseaside
($616,016 – 1:49.0)

D. Miller, B. Brown
Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, Diamond Creek Racing
 
Has opened his 3-year-old season with a pair of easy wins while showing a much more relaxed and manageable racing style after switching to an open bridle. Looms heavy favorite in Rooney this weekend and likely to avoid Huntsville until NA Cup in mid-June.
Last Race: 5/20 – YR –Rooney Elimination – 1st (1:52.2)
2
Huntsville
($721,097 – 1:49.0)
T. Tetrick, R. Schnittker
Raymond Schnittker, Theodore Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, Steven Arnold
The Dan Patch Champion 2YO opens at number 2 after an upset loss at 1/9 in PASS to Fear The Dragon. Won 2017 debut in the slop by 10 in 1:50.3. Top choice beat him in Governor’s Cup Final. 4-time Pace winner Tetrick at the controls
Last Race: 5/21 – PcD – PASS – 2nd
3
Filibuster Hanover
($145,682 – 1:52.0)
Y. Gingras,R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable, Joseph Di Scala, Jr., J&T Silva Stables, Weaver Bruscemi
Finished 2-year-old season with a third-place finish behind top two. Opened 2017 with PASS victory in the slop. Defeated Huntsville in first career start last summer. Could be Burke’s best chance this year to win his first Pace
Last Race: 5/21 – PcD – PASS – 2nd
4
Blood Line
($148,660 – 1:50.3)
M. MacDonald, J. Takter
Diamond Creek Racing
Took a new lifetime mark in most recent start when blasting to the front from an outside post and holding off a two-pronged stretch attack from Filibuster Hanover and Boogie Shuffle to win a PASS. Very fast colt that is maturing and learning to race
Last Race: 5/21 – PcD – PASS – 1st (1:50.3)
5
Miso Fast
($277,954 – 1:52.2Q)
M. Kakaley, R. Burke
Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, J&T Silva Stables
Although he finished 3rd in the Breeders Crown, this colt’s best races have come on smaller tracks. Could rack up a lot of money in New York, but will have every chance to prove himself against the big boys in the NA Cup
Last Race: 5/20 – YR – Rooney Elimination – 2nd
6
Ocean Colony
($138,950 – 1:50.1)
Y. Gingras, J. Takter
Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Sam Goldband
Has started 2017 with back-to-back impressive wins including a PASS. Disappointed at even money in the Metro Final and when 9th in Breeders Crown. A $115,000 Lexington yearling out of a $241,270 earning mare
Last Race: 5/21 – PcD – PASS – 1st (1:50.3)
7
Beyond Delight
($328,501 – 1:51.0)
S. Filion, T. O’Sullivan
Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder, Four Friends Racing Stable
The Metro winner has raced almost exclusively at Mohawk and wasn’t eligible to the Breeders Crown. Canada’s O’Brien winner won a pair of 2017 qualifiers but was just 4th in an overnight in his only money start at 3.
Last Race: 5/22 – Moh – NW4R – 4th
8
Normandy Beach
($182,763 – 1:51.3)
M. Kakaley, R. Burke
W J Donovan
 
Finished fourth in the Breeders Crown and runner-up both weeks at The Red Mile, still another Somebeachsomewhere that continues his consistency without having defeated the top ones yet. $90,000 Lexington yearling out of a million-dollar earning mare
Last Race: 5/21 – PcD – PASS – 3rd
9
Boogie Shuffle
($165,941 – 1:51.4Q)
 
S. Zeron, M. Harder
Fox Hollow Farm
 
Homebred son of Well Said has won only once in 15 career starts but has 11 other on-the-board finishes including a pair of thirds in PASS to start 2017. Extremely fast and talented, a winter castration will hopefully make him more focused and professional
Last Race – 5/21 – PcD – PASS – 3rd
10
Hurricane Beach
($8,942 – 1:51.4)
L. Roy, L. Blais
Determination
Extremely lightly raced with only five career starts. Scored first lifetime win last week in 1:51.4. This ½ brother to the wickedly fast Hurricane Kingcole was purchased for $230,000 at the Lexington Sale in 2015
Last Race: 5/18 – Moh – NW1R – 1st (1:51.4)
KEY PREP RACES
Date
Stakes
Site
Winner
Trainer
Driver
2nd Horse
3rd Horse
Time
5/6
PA Sire Stakes
PA Sire Stakes
PA Sire Stakes
PA Sire Stakes
Mea
Mea
Mea
Mea
Fear The Dragon
FILIBUSTER HANOVER
HUNTSVILLE
DOWNBYTHESEASIDE
Brian Brown
Ron Burke
Ray Schnittker
Brian Brown
Trace Tetrick
Matt Kakaley
Tim Tetrick
Chris Page
Photobombr Hanover
Point Somewherelse
HIGHALATOR
NORMANDY BEACH
Donttellmeagain
Candell
BLOOD LINE
BOOGIE SHUFFLE
1:52.1
1:52.2
1:50.3
1:52.1
5/21
PA Sire Stakes
PcD
BLOOD LINE
Jimmy Takter
Mark MacDonald
FILIBUSTER HANOVER
BOOGIE SHUFFLE
1:50.3

PA Sire Stakes
PcD
Fear The Dragon
Brian Brown
David Miller
HUNTSVILLE
NORMANDY BEACH
1:49.1

PA Sire Stakes
PcD

OCEAN COLONY
Jimmy Takter
Yannick Gingras
Eddard Hanover
Machiavelli
1:50.3
5/26
5/27
6/1
OSS Gold
Art Rooney Final
PA Sire Stakes
Lon
YR
PHL






6/7
6/3
6/10
6/17
6/18
6/24
NYSS
Somebeachsmwhere
NA Cup Eliminations
NA Cup Final
NYSS
Hempt Eliminations
BR
Moh
Moh
Moh
VD
PcD






7/1
7/1
Hempt Final
OSS Gold
PcD
Moh
















MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIGIBLES IN CAPS – Supplements are permitted per the conditions of the race


OLDFORD; SGRIGNUOLI; BILLINGS WINNERS AT MOHAWK ON MON. MAY 22

by john manzi for the Billings Series

Harness racing’s greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, moved north of the border to Mohawk Racerack on Monday evening, May 22 for two trotting divisions; the first won by Steve “You’re Never Too” Oldford with Musical Spell in 1:58.4 and the second by “Racin Jason” Sgrignuoli up behind Bella Pelazzo in 1:56.3.

By all accounts Oldford is a very dedicated amateur driver having just returned from Italy after an amateur driving competition against the Italians where he won an event and had three seconds in the USA loss to their Italian counterparts.
And saying Oldford just returned couldn’t be more accurate because he didn’t arrive in Toronto until  2AM this Monday morning(May 22) and by 7:30pm he was in the sulky and hustled Musical Spell to a gate to wire victory over  Fork  who was driven by “Gentle Ben” Hollingswort.

“I had driven few horses for Mr. Guitard (Musical Spell's trainer)  years ago and though he told me Musical Spell hadn’t been racing well I nevertheless  hustled him to the lead from the nine-hole and he raced really well for me tonight,”Oldford said via telephone.

“After a:28.2 first quarter I stole a few fractions  and we got to  the three quarters in 1:28.3 and embraced for the challengers.”

“Tough Tony” Ciuffetelli had Overcomebyvictory on Musical Spell’s throat-latch at the third stanza but Musical Spell soon  put him away. Then  Fork and “Gentle Ben” Hollingswort came out of  a hole and  was charging in the lane but Musical Spell showed some grit and hung on for a neck victory over Fork. Third place went to Tortola Sunrise driven by :Hurricane Hannah Miller. Overcomebyvictory ended up fourth.

It was the ninth seasonal victory for Oldford who had been racing in the amateur series at Pompano Park in South Florida. The former National Amateur Driver of Year (2013) now has 125 career victories.

Sent off as the second choice in the 10-horse field Musical Spell paid $7.10.

In the second split Sgrignuoli sent his trotter to the lead and was content with a two-hole journey  behind Silence Son, with “Buffalo Bob” Davis at the controls. That lasted until  Hannah Miller came calling with Lexis Rocky up the backside who then circled Bella Palazzo. But Hannah’s charge could sustain the lead and Sgrignuoli got his trotting mare up  for a neck victory over Lexis Rocky in 1:56.3. Third place went to Presquille driven by Tony Ciuffetelli. Silence Son on faded and finished fourth.

Bella Palazzo paid $11.20 for win and for Sgrignuoli it was is eighth lifetime driving victory.


Next Billings action will be at Northfield Park on Wednesday, May 24.

POSTS DRAWN FOR FINALS OF ART ROONEY PACE, LISMORE

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 22, 2017—World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 for Saturday night’s (May 27th) 27th edition of Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds.  

Downbytheseaside, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week’s lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2. Dave Miller, who won this race consecutively in 2002 (Ashlee’s Big Guy) and 2003 (No Pan Intended-via disqualification), retains the assignment for trainer Brian Brown and co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing.  

‘Seaside’ has won both his seasonal starts and has been board-certified in all 15 career tries (10 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, $616,016).  

The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes as the 8th race during the 12-race card (first post 7:10 PM, Rooney post approximately 9:30 PM). The draw shook out as such…

1-Mac’s Jackpot,g (Jason Bartlett), 2-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley),  3-Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller), 4-Rollin’ About,g (Brent Holland), 5-Funknwaffles,g (Brian Sears), 6-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 7-Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague), 8-Stealth Bomber (Brett Miller).

g-gelding.  

The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approx. post 8:50 PM), offers a final purse of $140,770.  The list of lasses is as such…

1-Warrawee Sunshine (Tetrick), 2- Caviart Cherie (Scott Zeron), 3- Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) 4-Agent Q (Dave Miller), 5-Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), 6-Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan), 7-Tequila Monday (Sears), 8-Ashlee’s Spitfire (Dan Dube).

Agent Q (1:55.1) and ‘Betty’ (1:55.2) won last week’s $20,000 elimination races.  

In addition to the high-end racing program, there’s an Art Rooney Pace hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last).

         
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Buffalo Raceway Draw Schedule Change

The draws for Wednesdays races at Buffalo Raceway will now be held on Saturdays for the remainder of the meet. The draw schedule for Friday and Saturday races remains unchanged.  The full condition sheet can be found at http://www.buffaloraceway.com/horsemen/condition-sheets/

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Last Chapter wins the Williams Auto Trot ($22,500) at Tioga.

John Horne for Tioga Downs.

The Last Chapter (Drew Monti)  takes the featured Williams Auto Trot at Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon (May 21).  This exciting race  showed many lead changes until the top of the stretch.  The 3 year-old Chapter Seven gelding took over and won with ease. Chapter Seven ($2.90)  owned by Richard Gutnik, Joe Losito and the TLP Stable turned the mile in 1:56.2. 
Royal Casanova (Jim Taggart Jr) came up to take second.  TT Conway (Jim Marohn Jr) finished third.

Tioga Downs is dark this Friday and returns to live action on Saturday night (May 27) at 6:50pm.  There is a special Sunday (May 28) start time of 6:50pm.  New York Sire Stakes return Sunday night as 3 year-old trotting fillies take center stage. Memorial Day Monday (May 29) post time is 1:00 pm.

For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com


Scibbereen wins co-feature at Vernon Downs.

John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Scibbereen (John MacDonald) wins Anthony Farina Pacing Series Final at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (May 20).  Scibbereen ($8.60) who is trained by Kyle Spagnola was fourth after three-quarters passing Nostrovia (Wade Tomaszewski)in the stretch to win in 1:55.4.

American JJ (Michael Miller) would be placed first to capture the the Robert Keller series final when Pipe Dream Express (Jimmy Wittemore) caused interference in the stretch and was placed second.  American JJ ($4.00) is also trained by Miller.

Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (May 26) at 6:45pm

For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com



DOWNBYTHESEASIDE, AGENT Q, ‘BETTY’ WIN ELIMS FOR ROONEY & LISMORE

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 20, 2017—World champion Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller, $3.10) was as odds-on advertised Saturday night (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s lone $40,000 elimination for the 27th Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds.

Starting from the second tier in the nine-to-get-to-eight foray, Downbytheseaside found himself three-wide at the half in a race that had much more movement than expected. Last season’s Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace winner, Summer Side (Ray Schnittker), made the first lead, stuffing Stealth Bomber (Brent Holland) in behind before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile.

However, Stealth Bomber wanted to no part of the pocket. That one made the lead, with last season’s New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) and ‘Seaside’ in hot pursuit.

Downbytheseaside fronted the fray right at the :55.4 intermission, than continued toward a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Stealth Bomber then moved again, vacating a three-hole in front of Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley).

Downbytheseaside opened a coupled of lengths in and out of the final turn, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.2. Miso Fast snapped Stealth Bomber for second, with Summer Side and Mac’s Jackpot (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the payees.

Funknwaffles tired to sixth, with Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague) and rank outsider Rollin’ About  (Brent Holland) also earning invites to next Saturday night’s (May 27th) $300,000 final. Heaven’s Gait (Jordan Stratton) made a filthy break passing the three-quarters, winding up last and not making the finale.    

For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his second win in as many season starts (career 10-for-15). The exacta paid $7.70, the triple returned $57 and the superfecta paid $341.50.

“I was pleased with the race,” Miller said. “I had to use him some early and ran in a bit in the turns, but we can work on that before the final.”

Miller began his evening drilling seven inside rivals (:28.4, :59.1, 1:27.4, 1:55.1) with Agent Q ($6.80) in the first of two, $20,000 elims for the Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies).

Last season’s NYSS frosh champ, even-money choice Tequila Monday (Sears), wound up second from second-over, with Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) a first-up third. Ashlee’s Spitfire (Dan Dube), at 50-1 the longest shot on the board, was fourth. That quartet returns for next Saturday night’s $140,770 final.

“Handy,” was Miller’s succinct description of his date.

For second choice Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Martin Scharf,  Rochetti Racing and Robert Muscara, she’s now 2-for-2 this season

The second elimination for the Lismore, complete with no show wagering, saw the reason for same—3-10 favorite Ain’t Three OK (Sears)—jump it off in the first turn and trail throughout.

Pole-sitting Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $21.60) went the distance (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27, 1:55.2), whipping Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan) by 2¼ lengths in a two-speed number. Warrawee Sunshine (Miller) was a ground-saving third as the 29-1 longshot, with Caviart Cherie (McCarthy) fourth and back for the final.

For third choice ‘Betty,’ a Bettor’s Delight miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve Salerno and Bruce Potter, it was her second win three ’17 tries. The exacta paid $149, with the triple returning $965.

“This filly has a quick turn of speed, but she has the manners of an older horse,” Marohn said. “I never even saw what happened with Brian’s (Sears’) horse (Ain’t Three OK), but mine was very comfortable.”

The open draw for both stakes finals takes place Monday afternoon (May 22nd).

Saturday night’s pair of $55,000 Open Handicaps were won by…

--Trot, Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $19.60) in 1:55.3;
--Pace, Mach it So (Holland, $7.90) in 1:51.2.


‘DONNA’ BESTS DAYSON IN GRADUATE AT BIG M

By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Broadway Donna outlasted Dayson after a stirring stretch duel to capture the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night.
The 6-5 favorite Dayson, who bled after failing one week ago in his Graduate prep, was sailing along on the lead with Lasix added as Broadway Donna inched closer racing on the rim after vacating the five hole just after the half. The pair were on even terms at the head of the stretch as Broadway Donna, a daughter of Donato Hanover, continued to wear down the leader before going on to a half-length win in 1:52.1. Tight Lines was third.

Broadway Donna, the 2016 Breeders Crown champion, returned $5.60 to win as the 9-5 second choice in the wagering with David Miller in the sulky for trainer Jim Campbell.
“That’s what she’s going to do for the rest of the year,” said winning owner Jules Siegel (Fashion Farms).

LYONS’ ROARS: The betting public wasn’t deterred by the fact that Lyons Snyder had gone off stride in both of his starts this year, and they were rewarded for their loyalty.

The 4-year-old son of Well Said was bet down to 4-5 and went right down the road in a $17,500 conditioned pace. The time for the mile was an eye-popping 1:48.3, which equaled the sport’s seasonal best, which was established by Rock N’ Roll World at Hoosier Park on May 12.
Lyons Snyder paid $3.80 to win for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound, trainer Jimmy 
Takter and driver Yannick Gingras.

A LITTLE MORE: Clear Vision gunned down Dealt A Winner nearing the wire to take the Preferred Pace in 1:49. … Wagering was vigorous as all-source betting totaled $2,880,980. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m.