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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

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.

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Scibbereen wins co-feature at Vernon Downs.

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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

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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.


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.

Northern Courtney takes M$J Oil & Lube Trot at Tioga

John Horne for Tioga Downs.
Northern Courtney (Mike Simons)captures M&J Oil Lube Trot Final ($25,000) for 3 year-old fillies at at Tioga Downs Saturday night (May 20).  The 3 year-old Deweycheatumnhowe filly marched out to the lead and never relinquished it.  Trained by John Butenschoen,the filly was trailed by Seven Magic Words (Tom Jackson) who road the pocket the entire way to finish second.  

Northern Courtney (2.20) captured her third straight win doing in a career best 1:55.0.  However she was not the fastest 3 year-old filly tonight. That honor went to Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr), who captured the Open II trot.  The Conway Hall filly trained by Steven Pratt, equaled the track record for 3 year-old fillies in 1:54.0.  Barn Bella ($3.10) is three for three in 2017.

Tioga Downs returns to live action tomorrow (May 21) at 1pm.

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Shady City Finally Gets Victory In Buffalo Raceway Open

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Shady City ($2.60) finally broke the second place blues by capturing the $10,000 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 20). Shady City had finished a heart-breaking second in four consecutive starts in Open competition.

It wasn't easy for Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) to get re-acquainted with track photographer Steve Roth as he needed a seasonal best of 1:54.3 over the fast track to get the first place check. He beat Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) by 1-1/4 lengths while Pan Street USA (Ray Fisher Jr.) took the show spot.

It was a mad dash to the opening quarter as Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) went three-wide to wrestle the top from Shady City and Pan Street USA in a 27.3 first panel. Settling in and putting up the next two fractions of 55.3 and 1:25.0, Fireyourguns ran out of ammunition in the stretch.

Shady City, enjoying the pocket trip, slipped down into the passing lane and was the strongest of all in getting to the finish line first while a hard-charging Gallant Seelster was second best.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 7-year-old gelded Shady City (Metropolitan-Maid In Shade) has four wins in 17 starts. The win increased his 2017 earnings to $36,536 and $267,113 lifetime.

Stalbaum finished the night with four victories while Fisher Jr., Jim Morrill Jr. and Drew Monti produced doubles. Asher had three training wins.

Racing will resume on Wednesday night with an 11-race program set for 5 p.m.

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Shady City breaks the blues with Buffalo Raceway Open Pace win.


By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – One lucky patron at the Meadowlands’ owned off-track wagering facility Winners at Bayonne walked off with a monster score in Saturday night’s fifth race.

That lucky bettor had the correct combination of 9-10-5-3-4 in the Big M’s 20 Cent Jackpot Super High Five and walked away with a payoff of $43,641.50. The race winner, Preparty, paid $10.40 to win.  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Super Soph takes Tioga Downs feature.

John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Super Soph (Mike Merton) beats four other mares to take the Fillies and Mares Open 2 at Tioga Downs (May 19).

Super Soph, a 7 year-old Admirals Galley mare went right to the front.  Owned by Mark Wamp and trained by Todd Buter, Super Soph would hit the first quarter in 27.3 and never look back, winning gate to wire in 1:52.1.   Super Soph paid $14.60 for the upset win.   A Wish For Wings (John Cummings Jr.) followed in the pocket the whole way and finished second.  Kruella (Mike Simons) finished third. 

Tioga Downs is scheduled to start their 10 race card at 6:50 tomorrow but will follow the live showing of the Preakness.

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By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Ariana G gave notice Friday night at the Meadowlands that the road to the Hambletonian Oaks goes through her as she crushed seven overmatched foes in a division of the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies by 7¾ lengths in 1:52.2.

The Jimmy Takter trainee was more than prepared for her seasonal debut as driver Yannick Gingras put the daughter of Muscle Hill on the lead just after the quarter. Racing unpressured, the winner of 10-of-12 lifetime starts opened up an insurmountable edge after pocket-sitting Ice Attraction broke at the head of the stretch. She then sprinted home in :27.2, paying $2.10 as the 1-9 favorite for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Dream Baby Dream was second with Southwind Prius third.

“She was really good,” said Gingras. “I couldn’t be any happier with her. She was as good as I expected her to be. I’m crossing my fingers she stays healthy and let her talent do the rest.”

Glitzey Gal ($7.40 to win, 1:52.3 for the mile, David Miller driving, trainer Nifty Norman) and Colorful Jasmine ($2.40, 1:54.1, Corey Callahan, Thomas Cancelliere) were victorious in the other two NJSS filly divisions.

Ron Burke trainee What The Hill lowered his lifetime best by two-and-two-fifth seconds, impressively taking one of three NJSS divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driven by David Miller, the son of Muscle Hill stopped the clock in 1:52.2 to stay perfect in two seasonal starts. He returned $2.40 as the 1-5 public choice.

Every Way Out ($2.10, Dylan Davis) and Long Tom ($3.80, Marcus Melander) won the other sophomore colt and gelding divisions in identical clockings of 1:52.1. Both were driven by Tim Tetrick.

CHALK TALK: Seven favorites scored on the card, bringing the total over the last three programs to 18 winning chalks from 32 races (56%). … David Miller piloted four winners on the card. … All-source wagering totaled $2,475,077. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m. with the Graduate for 4-year-old trotters, featuring Dayson and Broadway Donna.

Empire Earl N Continues To Please At Buffalo Raceway

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- For owner/driver Larry Stalbaum, he's not been hard to please lately when it comes to his trotter Empire Earl N.

For the second time in three weeks, Empire Earl N found his way into the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway by taking the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 19). They got the photo opportunity thanks to a 3/4-length victory over Osprey Vision in 1:57.3 over the fast track.

Stalbaum said after the race, "Not too much to complain about. I was able to work out a good two hole trip." With a pair of wins and a narrow second place in his last three outings, Stalbaum has a good reason to be happy with his trotter.

With Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) setting the splits of 29.2, 59.0 and 1:27.3, Stalbaum and Empire Earl N were able to drop into the pocket from the six post off the gate. Biding their time until the passing lane, Empire Earl N then zoomed past the tiring Winkys Pride to get the win.

Osprey Vision (David McNeight III) was closing fast on the outside and secured second place while Southern Palms (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished in third.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Kim Asher, the 9-year-old gelded Empire Earl N (Earl-Santa Nita) has now produced two wins in nine starts this season. The victory upped his 2017 earnings to $20,070 and $105,995 lifetime.

Morrill Jr. led the driving statistics on the night with a triple while Ray Fisher Jr. had a double. Trainer Jeff Amann conditioned a pair of winners.

Racing will return on Saturday night with a 12-race card. There's a special 7 p.m. post time for the live action in order to accommodate the simulcasting of the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.

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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 19, 2017—A pocketed Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $31.60) stalked and subdued a season-debuting Pure Country (Brett Miller) Friday night (May 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

On paper, it was a stacked sewing circle, decreased by one when Matchmaker conqueror (and this week’s eight-hole assignee) Mackenzie A was a late-for-Lasix scratch.

On the track, however, it was a nothing more than a two-speed number, with millionairess Pure County sent off a in her first Westchester appearance. From post position No. 5, the 4-5 fave easily worked around her pole-sitting rival before a 28-second opening quarter-mile.      

From there, it was a :56.4 intermission and 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Medusa (George Brennan) offering a weak, first-up try and third and the backfield gapping badly.

Pure Country owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but Lispatty edged inside and edged by. The margin was a neck in a season’s-best 1:52.3. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) was third as the 53-1 rank outsider, with Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) and Medusa rounding out the payees.  

For sixth choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her second win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $114.50, with the triple returning $924.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Graduate Trot Is Saturday's Meadowlands Feature

East Rutherford, NJ- The first leg of the Graduate series for four-year-old trotters, a Grand Circuit stake, highlights an intriguing twelve race extravaganza on Saturday at The Meadowlands.

A full field of ten talented trotters are set to contest the $75,000 first of three preliminary legs. Leg two is scheduled for June 3 at Mohawk and leg three at Tioga Downs on June 11 leading to the $250,000e final on July 8, also at The Meadowlands.

Dayson has drawn the rail and the favorites role in Saturday's race, his third seasonal start following a pair of fourth place finishes in overnight preps. The winner of two thirds of his career starts and over $665,000 took his 1:51.2 career mark in the Townsend Ackerman stake over the Meadowlands mile last summer. He will  race with Lasix for the first time on Saturday. Ron Burke trains Dayson for his own interest as Burke Racing along with partners Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva and Rossie Smith. Yannick Gingras will drive.

The competition is led by double Dan Patch award winner Broadway Donna (Dave Miller)  representing the fairer sex, last year's PASS champ Cufflink Hanover (Andy Miller) and Yonkers invader Taco Tuesday (Jason Bartlett). It should be an interesting race.

The supporting card is strong with full and competitive fields the order of the day.

Saturday is Preakness Day so the action will be hot and heavy all day long with the gates opening at 9:30 a.m.


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

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 18, 2017—A reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway’s return to Sunday matinees—May 28th—and a first post of 12:30 PM.

Races 5 through (1:45 PM) through 8 (3:15 PM) are the ‘French’ trots, featuring oversized fields at the mile-and-a-quarter distance.

Last post would be either 4:15 PM (11-race card) or 4:35 PM (12-race card).

Also returning is the ‘New York, New York Double,’ which in this instance includes the third race from Belmont (post time 2:32 PM) and the seventh from Yonkers (post time 2:45 PM). Program pages for this wager ($1 minimum, 18½ percent takeout) shall be sent when available. 


   By john manzi for NAADA

The $15000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Spring Trotting Series was contested at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night, May 18 and when the judges hung the official sign Tony Ciuffetelli and Tropical Storm Bi emerged victorious in a 1:58 clocking.

Earlier in the afternoon at Monticello Raceway Ciuffetelli finished second with Avivas Winner in the Billings Trot over the Mighty M double oval.

Some might think that Ciuffetelli had an easy time of it on Thursday.

He did, to an extent, but both horses that he raced on Thursday he trucked with him from his home base in Saratoga.


When he left Saratoga early Thursday morning he had both horses on his trailer and when he got to Monticello he got one (Avivas Winner) ready for the Mighty M  Billings trot and left the other in a receiving stall at the Mighty M.
After finishing second in the Billings race Ciuffetelli then sent Avivas Winner back to Saratoga with a friendly competitor and then he reloaded Tropical Storm Bi on his trailer again and headed  for Yonkers Raceway for the NAADA Final.

After he and Tropical Storm Bi got away slowly from the four-hole in the non wagering race, Ciuffettelli was content to bide his time and follow the leaders. Sixth at the quarter and fifth at the half Ciuffettelli hugged the pylons up the backside and when they trotted by the three quarters they were still three lengths behind Alan Schwartz who was cutting the fractions with Hidden Identity.

Still fourth and three lengths off the lead when they headed for home Ciuffetelli got Tropical Storm Bi in high gear and they rallied and collared Hidden Identity just before the wire . Third place went to Sam’s Honeybee driven by Tony Verruso. (By the way, Verruso won the Billings trot  at Monticello Raceway in the afternoon)

“Since I own both Avivas Winner and Tropical Storm Bi I was pretty happy with today’s results,” said  Ciuffetelli, a retired corrections officer  who recently recovered from a severe bout of Lime Disease. “Some might think that doing all the work myself would be too much but for me its pleasurable as well as rewarding. For me harness racing is a labor of Love."


Tony “the Capo” Verruso took charge in the Billings Trot at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (May 18) and went right on down the road with Flirting Duezy and made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:58.1 triumph.

“We had the pole and I wanted her to be on the muscle so I scored her down hard,” the Billings president said in the paddock after his driving victory. “But I didn’t expect her to be on the  bit as strong as she was and when we got behind the (mobile starting) gate I had all I could do to hold her.”

Flirting Duezy zipped to the lead and took the field by the first stanza in :28.3.

“I tried backing her off but she had a mind of her own at that point. So I left her cruise right along and we passed the half in :58.3 and got by the three quarters in 1:27 and 2,” Verruso added.

At that point Flirting Duezy was two lengths in front of Avivas Winner, who was being driven by “Tough Tony” Ciuffetelli. But Avivas Winner could get no closer and he chased the eventual winner to the wire still two lengths in the rears as the photo finish camera snapped. Third place went to the betting favorite, AJ’s Destiny, who was handled by “Buffalo Bob” Davis.

Flirting Duezy, is owned by Carl Gillespie and Betsy Phillips and trained by Gillespie. It was the third seasonal victory for the 8-year-old daughter of Victory Sam and the first victory of the year for Verruso who has driven 66 winners in his amateur driving career.

However, the day was not over for the Billings president. After the Monticello race he headed  to Yonkers Raceway where he’s slated to drive his own Sam’s Honeybee in the $15,000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Associations Spring trotting series.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

NJSS Opens at The Meadowlands on Friday

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday, May 19 marks the start of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) with a total of six $20,000 divisions for sophomore trotters and pacers.

Trotting fillies open the card with Glitzy Gal the slight 2/1 choice in a competitive field of seven. She accomplished little last season in a handful of starts but has returned stronger and faster, winning in 1:56 in her most recent outing for trainer Nifty Norman. Dave Miller has the drive in Friday's race for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Little E, LLC.

Last year's NJSS final and Dan Patch award winner Ariana G banked nearly three-quarters of a million dollars while winning all the majors for the Jimmy Takter barn. She's had a pair of qualifiers to prepare for her 2017 debut as the heavy favorite in the second division (race five). Yannick Gingras drives the homebred lass for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.

The colts will battle it out in races three and eight, with Deacon Tony given the 9/5 edge in the first and considerably easier split. He's off to a good start on the campaign with a pair of wins thus far for trainer Ron Burke and owners Our Horse Cents, Deo Volente, TLP Stable and Silva Burroughs Stable. Gingras has the drive on Deacon Tony.

The second division contains the defending NJSS champ and Peter Haughton final winner in What The Hill. The Burke trainee was  a 1:55.3 winner in his first start at age three for owners Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents, J&T Silva Stable and Deo Volente. Dave Miller is the driver.

Last year's top New Jersey freshman pacer Every Way Out is the prohibitive choice in the single division of the colt pace. He makes his seasonal debut on Friday for owners Taylor, Basen, Gold and Lazzaro. Dylan Davis is the trainer and Tim Tetrick the driver for Every Way Out.

Designated Drinker won the 2016 NJSS filly pace final for owner (in partnership with Triple C Stable), trainer and driver Chris Lems last year but is a 10/1 outsider in race ten.

The favorite's role falls to John Cancelliere's homebred Colorful Jasmine. She got a late start to her freshman campaign and missed last year's NJSS but has quickly caught up to the field and flashed god speed in her 2017 debut with an easy 1:54.1 score at Harrah's. Tom Cancelliere trains and Corey Callahan will drive Colorful Jasmine.

The menu in Pink features a Portuguese theme this Friday for $29.95.

Saturday is Preakness Day, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. The gates open at 9:30 a.m.

Friday's post time is 7:15 p.m.

Hot Patootie Goes Long Trip For Win At Buffalo Raceway

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Patootie has been used to going gate-to-wire recently to find her way to the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway. But that method went out the window on Wednesday night (May 17). Getting the long journey on the outside the entire mile, Hot Patootie was still good enough to top the field in the $8,200 pace for the mares.

For Hot Patootie ($13.20), it was her third victory in her last four starts. She beat Double Joy by a half length in 1:56.0 over the fast track.

It was a four-way battle to the top and when the dust settled on the warm evening, Voltina found herself in the lead. Going by the half in 57.4, Double Joy (Larry Stalbaum) was in command with Hot Patootie (Drew Monti) inching her way closer on the outside.

The final panel boiled down to a battle between the two mares with the relentless Hot Patootie managing to wear down Double Joy late to take win. Squeeze This (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot.

Owned by David Crumb and trained by Joe Skowyra, it was the fifth victory in 16 appearances for Hot Patootie (Hot Pans-Getting Better). The win upped her seasonal earnings to $17,578 and $80,767 lifetime.

Monti finished the evening with four wins in the bike while Stalbaum and Jim Morrill Jr. posted doubles. Trainer JD Perrin had a training triple and Bo Sowers had two.

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

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


    by john manzi for NAADA

The North American Amateur Drivers Association is anxiously awaiting for the rematch of the French/ American Amateur Friendship Challenge in late May over the appropriate Memorial Day weekend holiday. Appropriate because the first race will be in Normandy on French soil not far from the famed beaches of World War ll.

The competition, which begins on May 26 in Nomandy, will then move over to the fabled Vincennes racetrack outside the City of Lights home of the Prix d’ Amerique. That event commemorates America's aid to France in World War I. 

At the time of the offer NAADA president Joe Faraldo responded positively telling his French counterparts that Americans would field a team of members who participated in NAADA 's Spring Trotting Series currently nearing its completion. That series began in mid-March at Monticello Raceway and will culminate with the Series finale slated for May 18 at Yonkers Raceway.

After reviewing possible candidates NAADA canvassed for available drivers willing to make the trip and named six American amateur harness drivers who will travel to Paris and represent the USA in races with some real talented French drivers, perhaps amateurs in name only.

Slated to join Faraldo for the upcoming USA-France Friendship Competition are Alan Schwartz, Tony Verruso, Tony Ciufettelli, Bob Davis and Peter Kleinhans.

On May 26 the visiting Americans are scheduled to arrive in Paris and then leave directly to Normandy for a night in Caen, the city severely ravaged in WWII but today a beautiful metropolis. Then the next day they will visit the Memorial de Caen and Omaha Beach and Utah Beach.

On May28 the visitors will don their colors for a race in Argentin with the next day free for visiting the wonders of Paris. A tour of the fabulous Grosbois Training Center on the outskirts of Paris is slated on May 30 and then it’ll be off to the races in Vincennes where the Americans will get a chance to drive against their French counterparts over the famed race course.  On May 31 the Americans are scheduled to  return home

“We will have a tough row to hoe to avenge the terrible loss we sustained at the hands of the French when they visited the USA two years ago, nevertheless we look forward to the challenge, and win or lose, we will definitely enjoy all the locales, wine, food, the comradery and the sincere hospitality shown us while in France".

Special Post Time Saturday At Buffalo Raceway

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Due to the simulcasting of the 142nd Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course, Buffalo Raceway will have a special 7 p.m. post time for its live harness racing program on Saturday evening (May 20).

It will be a busy day at Buffalo Raceway with doors opening at 10 a.m. to allow race fans plenty of time to wager on Pimlico's first race which has a 10:30 a.m. start.

During the day and evening, Buffalo Raceway will have over 20 tracks that fans can wager on via simulcast along with the its live program. Fans will receive free full past performances from both Pimlico and Belmont Park.

Player Reward card members will also receive double points on all wagers placed on Saturday.

There will be a free shuttle to and from Buffalo Raceway and Hamburg Gaming on Saturday and fans can enjoy Happy Hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. as well.

On Friday, advanced wagering will be available on the Preakness and fans can also bet on the Black Eyed Susan-Preakness daily double.

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Brandon Parker's 1st Pari-mutuel Win at Monticello Raceway.

Monticello, NY -  With the speed of light and a hardy "STEVE SAID", eighteen year old Brandon Parker enjoys his first pari-mutuel win reining the 6 year old son of Well Said in 156.2. Well Said is trained by William Parker Jr. and owned by Evan A. Katz,     

Brandon is the son of expert horseman, William Parker, Jr. or more popularly known as Zeke, who has amassed well over 11,000 wins and several driving titles in his stunning career.  In the winner's circle, Zeke sported a proud smile as he and Brandon were joined by friends and fans.

Story and photos by Geri Schwarz


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

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 16, 2017—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (May 18th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,081.75.  

The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. 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. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017 Miss Versatility Kicks Off at Mohawk

The 2017 edition of the popular Miss Versatility series for trotting mares begins on Monday, May 22 with the first of four $40,000 / $30,000 divided preliminary legs at Mohawk Racetrack.

Entries for the stake will be taken by the Mohawk Racing Office at 905-854-7805 and the condition sheet is available here.

The list of eligible mares may be found on the Meadowlands website.


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

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 15, 2017—Nine 3-year-old gentlemen—six colts and three geldings—have been entered for Yonkers Raceway’s 27th Art Rooney Pace.

The number of entrants means there’s a game of musical chairs this Saturday night (May  20th), as in nine in a  $40,000 elimination paring down to the eight finalists. That octet is set to return week from Saturday (May 27th) for the $300,000 final.  

This season’s Rooney is led by Downbytheseaside. The son of Somebeachsomewhere is a world record-holder as the fastest frosh (1:50 at Delaware, OH) ever over a half-mile oval. His life-best 1:49 Red Mile effort matched the world record for 2-year-olds at the two-turn mile.

The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of his 14 career starts ($596,016), hitting the board in all of them. He began his soph season with a 1:52.1 win in a ‘sloppy’ Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at the Meadows.

Brian Brown trains for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing.  ‘Seaside’ is the Saturday night’s back-of-the-bus number, starting from post position No. 9.

The elim goes as the 8th race, drew as such…

1-Funknwaffles (g), Brian Sears, 2-Miso Fast, Matt Kakaley, 3-Mac’s Jackpot (g), Jason Bartlett, 4- Summer Side, Ray Schnittker, 5-Heaven’s Gait. Jordan Stratton, 6- Stealth Bomber, Brett Miller, 7-Henry the Dragon, Montrell Teague, 8-Rollin’ About (g), Brent Holland, 9-Downbytheseaside, Dave Miller.

The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore, attracted 15 sophomore pacing fillies. Thus, a pair of $20,000 elims are carded this Saturday, with the first four finishers in each returning for the final ($140,770).

First elim (4rh race)…1-Ashlee’s Spitfire, Dan Dube, 2- Rockette, Kakaley, 3- Caviart Ally, Andrew McCarthy, 4- Tequila Monday-Brian Sears, 5-V String, McCarhty also listed (coupled with Caviart Ally), 6- Planet Rock, Tim Tetrick, 7- Twist of Fate, Mark MacDonald, 8-Agent Q, Dave Miller.

Second elim (5th race)…1-Big City Betty, Jim Marohn Jr., 2- Caviart Cherie, McCarthy, 3- World Apart, Tetrick, 4- Gotthisone Hanover, George Brennan, 5-Ain’t Three OK, Sears, 6-Ideal Plan, Bartlett, 7-Warrawee Sunshine. McCarthy also listed.

            (Story shall be updated with program changes).

Monday, May 15, 2017


 by john manzi for Historic Track

Goshen Historic Track, where it all started and where it still is today, is gearing up for it 180th season of exciting harness racing and 2017 will mark the 107th year of Grand Circuit Racing at “the Cradle of the Trotter”.

Racing action this season at Historic Track commences with three consecutive Sundays of matinee racing programs beginning June 4th and continuing on the Sundays of June 11 and June 18. Post times for all three matinee race cards will be at 1p.m.

This year will be the 56th consecutive season of matinee racing over the historic double-oval.

Grand Circuit Racing begins on Saturday, July 1 and will feature 3-year-old pacers in the New York State Excelsior Series followed on Sunday, July 2nd with events for 3 year-old trotters in the NYS Excelsior Series along with a race under saddle.

Also on that Sunday afternoon card is the annual Hall Of Fame Trot with various members of Harness Racing’s Hall of Fame at the controls which has always been a fan favorite.  And after that race the Hall of Famers will be available for photos and autographs.

Then that evening the annual Hall of Fame Banquet will again be held under the tent on the lawn of the Harness Racing Museum.

Featured on Monday, July 3rd will be the CKG Billings Amateur Trots along with the Landmark Stakes for 2 and 3-year-old pacers and trotters.

The 2017 racing season in Goshen ends on Tuesday, July 4th featuring the New York County Fair Stakes for 2 nd 3 year-old trotters and pacers.

Post times for Grand Circuit action will also be at 1pm.

However, a wonderful new edition to Historic Track this season is the Goshen Equine Spa located on the backstretch adjacent to the racing paddock stalls. It is available to all types of horses.

The Cold Saltwater Hydrotherapy Spa can be used to treat and prevent a multitude of injuries. At 35°F / 2°C saltwater temperatures, the spa can address virtually all lower leg injuries.  The treatment temperature alone induces a massive rush of blood and enhanced circulation which otherwise would not be present. Drug-free, the spa therapy can be used to increase mobility and reduce swelling in the limbs before and after competitive events and training. It is ideal for injury prevention.

For further information about the Equine Spa or to make an appointment call 845-294-5333 or 609-865-9388.

Sassy Hanover wins Vernon Downs Co-Feature .

John Horne for Vernon Downs.

 Sassy Hanover trained and driven by Claude Huckabone Jr., would defeat seven other geldings to capture the other feature ($7,300).    Golden Gun would charge right for the lead and hold the lead before tiring in the stretch.  Sassy Honover the 6 year old gelding by Cam's Card Shark would forge to the front to hold off the late charging Pointsman (Todd Frocione) for the victory in 1:51.01

Sassy Hanover, who is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud paid $12.20 for the win.  Pointsman (Todd Frocione) would take second
and Dragon Fever (John MacDonald) finished third.

The Filly Princess (Andy Gardner) would use a late move at the top of the stretch to steal the Fillies & Mares pace ($7,300).

Looney Dune  (Ben McNeil) would take the lead right out of the gate.  Purple N Gold (John MacDonald) would follow the filly almost the entire way.  At the top of the stretch The Filly Princess would make a late move from fourth.  The 9 year-old mare by Bettor's Delight would be forced three wide after Purple N Gold came out of the pocket.  The Filly Princess would nip Looney Dune just before the wire to win in 1:53.2.

The Filly Princess ($46.60) is owned by Standardbred Ventures Inc. and trained by Gardner.  Looney Dune settled for second and Purple N Gold was third.

Maxdaddy Blue Chip is upset winner in Tioga Downs feature.

John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Maxdaddy Blue chip (Mickey Mc Nichol) takes the Open Pace One ($12,000) at Tioga in 1:49.3.  The 5 year-old Sportswriter gelding would sit back in fourth for most of the race watching as the two favorites, Clear Vision (Larry Staulbaum) and Pretty Boy Hill (Jason Bartlett) would duel all the way to the back Stretch. 

After Pretty Boy tired before the paddock turn, Clear Vision would be left alone in the lead as they turned for home.  Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) looked poised to take over after leaving the pocket in the stretch.  Mc Nichol  would then guide Maxdaddy Blue Chip who is owned by Fred Monteleone three wide down the stretch to get the victory.  Maxdaddy Blue Chip who is trained by Mc Nichol would pay $27.00 to win.  Clear Vision would hang on for second with Andreios Kardia would finish third.

Tioga Downs returns to action on Friday (May 19) at 6:50.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 13, 2017—Favorites Melady’s Monet (Jason Bartlett, $2.90) and Somewhere in L A (Bartlett again, $4.40) delivered the goods Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s ‘sloppy’ pair of $55,000 co-features.

‘Melady’—from post position No. 5—took down the week’s marquee trot. Down the backside the second time he caught the parked-out Not Afraid (Dan Dube) after that one was rebuffed by pole-sitting Dewcolorintheline (Jordan Stratton).

After early intervals of :28.1 and :58.2, Melady’s Monet launched his wide bid, engaging Dewycolorintheline in and out of a 1:27.2 three-quarters. Buen Camino (Brian Sears) found himself perched behind ‘Melady,’ but could not matched strides.

Melady’s Monet opened a length lead into the lane, then widened to 2½ lengths at the (1:56.3) wire. Buen Camino did wind up second, with 29-1 rank outsider Luck O the Irish (catch-driver Steve Smith) third. Covert Operative (Brent Holland) and a tiring ‘Dewy’ grounded out the payees.

For Melady’s Monet, a millionaire 8-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his fourth win (44th career) in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15, with the triple returning $133.

Somewhere in L A made short work of his seven inside rivals, winning the weekly featured pace by three lengths in 1:53.2. Paying a three-wide price to take the lead, he did so at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The rest was simple (:56.4, :1:24.3), made simpler when 41-1, pole-sitter Western Rockstar A (Dan Dube) decided to race first-up.

Texicna N (Stratton) raced second, offering good pace at both ends of the mile. Third went to Betterlatethnnever (catch-driver Jeff Gregory), with locally-debuting Mister Daytona N (Andy McCarthy) tiring in the pocket to fourth. Badiou Hanover (Brent Holland) took care of the rest.

For millionaire Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D’elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and Gandolfo Stables, it was his seventh win in 16 ’17 tries. The exacta paid $23, the triple returned $129.50 and the superfecta paid $373.50.


By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – On a raw night that saw a heavy rain fall from the start of the card to the end, Dealt A Winner returned to the scene of his biggest career win and scored in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, an $18,000 conditioned pace.

Dealt A Winner, a 5-year-old gelded son of Cam’s Card Shark who won the 2015 Cane Pace in 1:47.3, sat a three-hole trip behind Bettor’s Edge and Doctor Butch. Approaching three-quarters, Bettor’s Edge went off stride, setting the stage for a two-horse stretch duel that Dealt A Winner would go on to win by a neck in 1:50.2. Doctor Butch was second with Gokudo Hanover third.

As the 1-5 public choice, Dealt A Winner returned $2.60 to his backers for owner Jeff Snyder, driver David Miller and trainer Mark Silva. His lifetime earnings now stand at $725,190.

TRIPLE TREAT: Corey Callahan had a driving triple, which included a sweep of the late daily double. ... Drivers David Miller, Andy Miller and Yannick Gingras, as well as trainer Steve Elliott all had two winners on the card.

CHALK TALK: Favorites players had a nice weekend at the Big M. After the chalks went four-for-10 Friday, seven more scored on Saturday, for a total of 11 winning favorites from 21 races (52%).

A LITTLE MORE: Tim Tetrick called in sick and did not drive. … All-source wagering totaled $2,039,304. … Racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. … Next Saturday at the Big M the featured event is the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. Broadway Donna and Dayson, both of whom raced on Friday, are likely participants. Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m.

Billie Blue and Chris Lems win Vernon Feature Trot.

by John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Billie's Blue battled Daleys Maserati in the stretch to win in 1:56.4.
Manssive (Leon Bailey) would get the lead after the first-quarter and lead going into stretch before going off-stride.

The 3 year-old filly trained by George Ducharme would win from far outside to win the stretch duel.  Billie Blue would pay $6.60 for the win with Daley's Maserati second and Sweetie Pie (Ben McNeil) getting third.

Vernon Downs will resume racing tomorrow (Sunday) with a special Mothers Day performance.  The mothers will get a free rose while supplies last.  The 10 race card will start at 1:05.

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Wings of Royalty sets track record at Tioga Downs.

by John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Wings Of Royalty (Mike Simons) sets track record for aged horse in 1:53.2 as Simons wins four.   The 5 year-old horse by RC Royalty would be forth at the halfway point going first over.  Wings of Royalty ($4.90) would swoop by pace-setter Dragin The Wagin (Aaron Byron) and have the lead before the three-quarter mark. 

Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme, Wings of Roylaty would win the Open 1 trot by four lengths.   Finishing second was Upfront Billy (Tom Jackson) with Sweet Thing Fern Paquet Jr.) getting third.

Simons also won race two with Law Of Attraction ($42.60), race four with Sarcastic Man ($5.30), and race eight with Warhorse ($3.30).

Racing resumes Sunday (May 14) at Tioga Downs with a 13 race card starting at 1pm.
All mothers will get a free rose while supplies last.

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Hot Deuce Sizzles In Buffalo Raceway Open Pace

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Hot Deuce turned in the fastest mile of the 2017 season at Buffalo Raceway and also set a lifetime best with a scorching 1:52.1 over the fast track to win the featured $10,000 Open Pace on Saturday night (May 13).

The time turned in by Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) was just off the all-time Buffalo Raceway track record of 1:52.0 established in 2015 by Fireyourguns who ironically was in Saturday's event.

While it was the fifth victory in 13 starts for Hot Deuce, it was also another heart-breaking loss for Shady City (Larry Stalbaum). He now has five runner up finishes in his last six tries in Open competition at the Hamburg half mile oval. 

Drawing the rail, Hot Deuce immediately shot to the lead and put up impressive fractions of 28.0, 56.1 and 1:24.3. In the final panel, it was a two-horse breakaway with Shady City trying desperately to collar Hot Deuce but came up 3/4 lengths short. Gallant Seelster was next under the line to take the show spot.

Owned by Mike McAllister and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, Hot Deuce (Armbro Deuce-Hot Dam Here Iam) is a 5-year-old gelding that has earned $23,996 this season and $59,856 lifetime.

The ageless wonder, 14-year-old horse Saint William A, won his sixth straight and seventh of the season as he took a $7,000 pace for $10,000 claimers for owner/driver Stalbaum and trainer Kimberly Asher. It was the 300th career start for the veteran Saint William A (Presidential Ball-La Saint). The win was his 54th lifetime victory and moved his career earnings to $733,983.

Stalbaum had four victories while Jim Morrill Jr. and Monti each had triples in the sulky. Clevenger finished with three training victories with Rose Russo and Asher getting two.

Racing will resume at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night with an 11-race program scheduled for 5 p.m. There will be a $2,594 carryover in the Pick-5 that begins in the second race.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Truth And Liberty takes Tioga Feature.

by John Horne for Tioga Downs.

The Fillies and Mares, Open 2 Pace ($9000) headlined the Tioga Downs card on Friday night.

The slight betting favorite, So Nice (Mike Merton) pushed the gate open and was loose on the lead from the outset.  So Nice upped her lead to three lengths after three-quarters in 122.4.

Truth And Liberty (Aaron Byron) followed patiently in the loose pocket all the way to the top of the stretch.  Once the 6 year-old mare by Total Truth jumped out of the pocket, she looked like she was shot out of a cannon.  Owned by Tracy Moss and trained by Robert Lounsbury, she would blow right by in deep stretch for the win in 1:51.2.

Truth And Liberty would pay $5.00 for the win.  So Nice hung on for second with Rock my World (Mike Simons) getting third.

Tioga Downs returns to live racing Saturday (May 13) at 6:50pm with a nine race card featuring the Open Trot ($12,000).

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By Dave Little, for the Meadowlands

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Driver Joe Bongiorno waited patiently for his opportunity, and when it came, he unleashed B Yoyo, who rallied furiously through the stretch to take the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters.

The 7-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra, who won this race a week ago as the even-money favorite, was away well and sat in the three hole from the quarter to the stretch. The conditions of the race may have been the same as a week ago but the task was far tougher this time around with the field including the likes of Opulent Yankee, who was off a dominant score at Yonkers, and 2016 Townsend-Ackerman winner Dayson, who was sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice.
After an energetic opening quarter of :27.3, Opulent Yankee yielded the front to Dayson, who seemingly had everything under control after rating the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. But at crunch time, he came up empty.

Enter B Yoyo, this time a 10-1 outsider who was sitting in a tough spot before swerving off the rail with three-sixteenths to go and out into the five path. He then charged home in a final quarter of :26.2 to win by a widening 2 lengths. Broadway Donna, the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champion from a year ago, was second in her seasonal debut. Opulent Yankee was third with Dayson fourth.

“This horse is razor sharp and loves the Meadowlands,” said Richard Johnson, trainer of B Yoyo. “He has a shot to be as good (as Dayson and Opulent Yankee). He is a very versatile horse.”
B Yoyo returned $22.80 to his backers and upped his seasonal stats to five wins in 16 starts after completing the mile in 1:52.3.

A LITTLE MORE: A reminder to Meadowlands fans, the second annual Spring Beer Fest has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 10. The rainy weather expected to hit the Big M caused the postponement of the event, which had been slated for Saturday, May 13. … All-source wagering totaled $2,449,987. … Racing resumes Saturday at 7:15 p.m.


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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 12, 2017—A first-up Freeze Out (Jordan Stratton, $8.10) did it with a flourish Friday night (May 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a fifth consecutive victory.

Away fifth from post position No. 4, Freeze Out was uninvolved early as Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) quarter-moved past Apple Bottom Jeans (George Brennan). The ‘Queen’ made the lead just at :27.4 opening quarter-mile, then found a :56.2 intermission.

Freeze Out took aim at her target going by a 1:25 three-quarters, then went past early in the lane. Freeze Out finished out winning by a length-and-a-half in a life-best 1:53.2. Apple Bottom Jeans, compromised sitting behind a tiring leader, closed inside for second, with Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley), Jag Out (Brent Holland) and a never-in-it 8-5 choice Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees.    

For third choice Freeze Out, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was her seventh win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $138, the triple returned $890 and the superfecta paid $2,389. During her form spree, she hasn’t once been sent off as the betting favorite.


Since the early 1980’s the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series started the rebirth of amateur driving and since then it has been the granddaddy of all amateur contests. It was so successful that it spawned amateur clubs at many racetracks, especially on the east coast,  many of which today sap the entries in  the Billings Series.

On Thursday night (May 12) a 10-horse  field of trotters  went to post in a Billings contest at the Meadowlands which produced an excellent stretch duel with two trotters and their tail-setters giving their all in an effort to be  a winner.

When the two main competitors, David “Poppa” Glasser with Winwood Scout and “Hurricane Hannah” Miller and Pine Tab, locked horns at the top of the lane they battled side-by-side all the way to the finish line. The finish was so tight that it took a few minutes before the judges hung the official sign but when they did the former duo was short nose winner over the latter.

Glasser and Winwood Scout started from the nine hole and they hustled to the lead and had command in a :27.3 first quarter. Meanwhile, Hannah and Pine Tab got away sixth and they were seven lengths behind the leader at the first stanza.

Secure on the lead Glasser got his trotter a breather and they were an open lengths ahead of Bob “the Headhunter” Hechkoff and Keystone Thomas as the half mile timer flashed :57.3. Nearing that point Hannah moved Pine Tab off the pylons still in sixth position and five lengths behind Winwood Scout.

As they headed up the backside Glasser’s trotter began to open some daylight on the field and they had a two-length lead in the 1:26.4 clocked three furlongs. 

Forced to go three-wide around horses Hannah had Pine Tab in high gear at the third stanza and they ranged alongside the leader at the top of the stretch.  And from there the battle for victory ensued until Winwood Scout was posted the winner.

“I won by one quarter of a nose!” laughed Glasser, who is the president of a litigation support company.

“It was a tough first quarter, then I tried to go a fair pace-- not too fast and not too slow --and I just had enough to hold on. Barely.

“It was a great race and it felt great to win. This was my fourth Meadowlands win, with the other the last May. Mother's Day has been good to me. I won my first-ever last Mother's Day and this one just before Mother's Day.”

Recently claimed by Glasser Racing and trained by Mike Watson, the 7-year-old Keystone Nordic gelding paid $9.80 for win. It was the fourth victory in eight seasonal starts for Winwood Scout. And for Glasser, it was his second driving victory this season and 34th of his amateur career. 

Kahoku Uses Inside Trip To Win Buffalo Raceway Feature

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. ---  After five straight weeks of being parked to the quarter pole, Kahoku finally drew the rail and got to see what the pylons look like at Buffalo Raceway. The inside markers were definitely a welcomed sight for Kahoku as he took advantage of the rail and registered a neck victory over Empire Earl N in the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 12).

Empire Earl N actually took the lead with an opening split of 28.4 but driver Ron Beback Jr. had Kahoku quickly retake the lead and went 58.3 to the half and 1:28.0 to the three-quarter pole.

In the final panel, the now pocket-sitting Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) made a final charge near the wire but Kahoku had enough left in the tank to score the victory in 1:57.1 over the fast track. Winkys Pride (Drew Monti) took the show check.

Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, the 9-year-old gelded Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) has now put $22,414 in 2017 and $231,891 lifetime.

Jim Morrill Jr. had a five-bagger on the night while Monti and Kevin Cummings had a pair of victories in the sulky. Gerry Sarama notched a training double.

Racing will resume on Saturday at 6 p.m. with a 12-race program scheduled. There's a $594 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Dealt A Winner Back at The Meadowlands on Saturday

East Rutherford, NJ - Fast class pacers open the Saturday, May 13 card at The Meadowlands as a field of six will contest the first of eleven races, an $18,000 conditioned pace.

Dealt A Winner (David Miller) has drawn the rail and been tabbed a slight 2-1 favorite as the 2015 Cane Pace in track and world record time makes his five-year-old debut.

Dealt A Winner endured a non-descript 2016, spent chasing Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit around the continent. Although his past performance includes an impressive streak of sub 1:50 miles, it is also populated with long odds and no chance trips.

With a pair of useful qualifiers under his belt to prepare, Dealt A Winner finds a friendly spot to embark on the new season for trainer Mark Silva and owner Jeff Snyder.

The competition in the opener is led by a pair of classy, million dollar winning veterans in Bettors Edge (Brett Miller) and Doctor Butch (John Campbell).

The horizontal wager guarantees are in place and you may download free program pages for the $50,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 for the weekend to get an early start on your selections.

An unfortunate forecast for Saturday's weather has forced the postponement of the Spring Beer Fest until June 10.

Post time is 7:15 p.m.


It was Joe Lee day at Monticello Raceway on Thursday May 11. The New York Yankees assistant locker room manager won both divisions of the NAADA Trotting Series at the Sullivan County oval. He won the first split, race six on the betting card, with Hidden Identity in a 2:00.4 clocking and then came back to score an easy  1:59.3 victory behind Tim Lizzie in race eight.

Known as “Yankee Joe” in amateur driving circles because of his professional vocation Lee had a smile a mile wide after he handed the lines to trainer Bruce Aldrich, Sr. when he got off from Tim Lizzie’s sulky.

“This is my first driving double”, he said gleefully. “And my parents were here today to see it which made the whole afternoon just that much better.”

In the first NAADA trot Lee was up behind the betting favorite Hidden Identity from the pole position and he sent the 10-year-old Angus Hall gelding to the lead and they led the field by the first stanza in :29.3.

They were in front past the half in 1:01 and from there it was catch me if you can and no one could as Hidden Identity had enough in the final strides to hold off “Hurricane Hannah” Miller and Rev It Now in the 2:00.4 clocked mile. Permanent Joy was third for Bobby Krivelin.

“He was super today,” Lee said after reining Hidden Identity to victory. “We got a breather going to the half and because of that he was strong all the way to the wire,” Lee said after his driving victory and then pointed out that it was the trotter’s third consecutive victory. 

Owned and trained by Tom Milici of Montgomery, NY. Hidden Identity scored his fourth seasonal triumph and paid $3.90 for win.

The second division reeled out completely different than the first. Despite leaving from the pole position Joe Lee and Tim Lizzie got away slowly in the six-horse field.

After two trotters broke stride before the start Tim Lizzie settled in fourth position and Lee was content to stay back from the lead as Bobby Krivelin and Current Crisis showed  the way.

As the short field headed up the backside the second time around Lee, still in fourth place, reeled his charge to the outside and then went three-deep and they were in front before the final turn. From there  it was all Tim Lizzie as he finished a comfortable two lengths ahead of Current Crisis in the 1:59.3 trotted mile.  Third place went to Pocket Passer with Tony Verruso at the controls.

“With the short field I was content to follow the leaders because I know my horse has a good kick at the end of a mile and I was especially comfortable since there were fast fractions up front,” Lee said.

“The last time I drove Tim Lizzie he got steppy as we headed to the three quarters and then he finally made a break. But this time I was intent to not let that happen again and he was hitting on all four once Lizzie got in high gear and we had no trouble passing horses and cruised to an easyvictory"

Owned by  Woody Hoblitzell of Destin, Fla and trained by Bruce Aldrich, Sr. Tim Lizzie paid $17.20 for win.

However, no sooner had the eighth race finished Joe Lee was off to his real job at Yankee Stadium where the Bronx Bombers are playing against the Houston Astros tonight 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Broadway Donna at The Meadowlands on Frida

East Rutherford, NJ - Another of last season's stars returns to racing when the multiple Dan Patch award winning mare Broadway Donna makes her debut in the sixth race trot at The Meadowlands.

After a somewhat slow start to her 2016 season, Broadway Donna ran the table last fall with a dominant sweep of the PA Sires Stakes, Kentucky Filly Futurity and Breeders Crown finals to secure year end honors. 

She has won nearly $1.2 million thus far in her splendid career for owner/breeder Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm, trainer Jim Campbell and regular driver Dave Miller.

Coming in to the race off a pair of conditioning qualifiers behind the likes of Hannelore Hanover, Broadway Donna finds a pretty stout group against whom to launch her 2017 campaign. The competition is led by multiple 2016 Grand Circuit stakes winner Dayson, the razor sharp Opulent Yankee and a familiar foe from last season's stakes in Fad Finance.

Broadway Donna and Dayson are both eligible to the $1 million Graduate Series which kicks off next Saturday, May 20 at The Meadowlands.

Friday is Italian night in Pink with a delectable assortment of dishes on the buffet for you culinary delight.

Post time is 7:15 p.m.