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Gingras wins four Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge
(Photo courtesy of Tom Melanson)
The 2-year-olds took center stage in the $2.5 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 26) and four of the five winners were piloted by Hall of Fame driver Yannick Gingras.
There were 11 trotting fillies who entered on Monday so they were split into two $32,500 races. All other divisions went one race for $65,000 each.
Gingras swept both trotting filly contests starting with Milliondollarwall (Walner-Mom’s Millionaire) who took a quick lead and maintained a gapped advantage throughout. With Backstitch (Frank Affrunti) working hard to stay close in second, Milliondollarwall tripped the timer in :30, 1:00.1 and 1:29.3 before taking a three length lead into the stretch and pulled away to a five length victory in 1:59.3.
Milliondollarwall ($2.10) was bred and is owned by Moni Maker Stable and is trained by Domenico Cecere.
In the other split, Gingras got away second with Pembroke Moni (International Moni-Possessed By Lindy) behind The Wise One (Bruce Ranger) who got to the quarter in quick :28.4. Despite the fraction, Gingras was out a moving right past that station and took control in front of the stands. Dictating the second half, Pembroke Moni got a :30.1 breather in the third quarter and then sped away from everybody, coming home in :28.4 to win by 4-¼ lengths in a new lifetime best 1:58 flat.
Pembroke Moni ($2.20) is owned by William Varney and is trained by Mark Ford. Lindy Farms of Connecticut was the winning breeder.
Then Gingras took the pacing colt division with Rooster Bennett (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) who sat in the pocket behind Good Will Lindy (Shawn Gray) to the half in 1:02 before moving to the outside at the five-eighths. Rooster Bennett took the lead on the outside at three-quarters but Good Will Lindy fought back to regain a head advantage in the last turn. When they hit the stretch the two were even for about five strides when Rooster Bennett swelled up and paced away by two lengths and won in 1:59.1.
Rooster Bennett ($2.10) was bred and is owned by Nancy Longobardi and Domenic Longobardi and is trained by George Ducharme.
Gingras completed his stake grand slam with Yes Im Hungry (Stay Hungry-Yes You Can) who worked hard to best the field of seven pacing fillies. Four horses left with Dame (Jim Hardy) grabbing a tenuous lead with Seafood Beauty (Jay Randall) parked out second to the quarter in a fast :27.2. Seafood Beauty then took the lead and paced without a challenge until the three-quarters. That’s where Yes Im Hungry, who had been pacing up the rim since the five-eighths, finally caught the leader. Initially Seafood Beauty turned back the challenge in the turn, but Yes Im Hungry regrouped at the top of the stretch and then pulled away to a 1-¼ length win in 1:56.2, which was a new lifetime mark in her first career win.
Yes Im Hungry ($4.60) is owned by Alagna Racing and Pryde Stables and is trained by Tony Alagna. Holland Racing Stable bred Yes Im Hungry.
The final MASS division was for trotting colts and a full field of nine went postward with Inter Mischief (International Moni-Blinded By Lindy) coming out on top. Inter Mischief (Kevin Switzer Jr.) took the lead from RLF’s Jasper (Nick Graffam) just past the :28.2 first quarter and settled in for the duration. After getting to the half in :58.2, Inter Mischief was approached by Yo Lucky Moni (Jimmy Whittemore) just past the five-eighths and the two hooked up in a battle after opening up a six length separation from the rest of the field. Yo Lucky Moni took the lead at three-quarters and then Inter Mischief took it back as they entered the stretch. Inter Mischief then got a length advantage and held it to the wire to win in 1:57 and take a new lifetime mark.
Owned by Frank Chick and Jamie Lee Sullivan, who also trains the colt, Inter Mischief ($4.20) was bred by K R Breeding.
Massachusetts Sire Stakes kick off with 3-year-olds at Plainridge
(Photos courtesy of Tom Melanson)
The $2.5 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicked off its 2022 season with sophomore trotters and pacers of both genders going postward in five divisions at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 25).
With 13 horses entered, the pacing fillies were split into two $32,500 divisions while all other divisions went one race for $65,000 each.
The first filly pace went to Wolverina (Cheyenne Hollywood-Terri I Fra) who led at every station for driver Nick Graffam and closed it out with a brisk :27.4 final panel to win by 1-¼ lengths ahead of Believe Its Lindy (Bruce Ranger) and Shakeitoffscarlet (Kevin Switzer Jr.) in 1:53.4. The time was a new lifetime mark by a full second.
It was the ninth straight win this year for Wolverina ($3.20) who is co-owned by Willaim Arnold and Mike Graffam, who also bred and trains the filly.
The second division was won by Dudes Sweet Bet (Dude’s The Man-Sweet Bettor) who left sharply for John Macdonald from post seven, took the lead and extended it at each station through the mile. Down the lane she stretched her advantage to 5-½ lengths and stopped the timer in 1:53.1, tying her lifetime best.
Dudes Sweet Bet ($2.80) is owned by Sal Vullo, Chris Lems and James De Armond and is trained by Jessica Okusko. Triple C Stable and Chris Lems bred the winning filly.
The glamour division pace had a full field of eight go postward with the red hot Treacherous Tom (Captaintreacherous-Kate Is Well Said) finding the winner’s circle once again for driver Bruce Ranger. Treacherous Tom took the lead and while Use Yah Blinkah (Jim Hardy) tracked closely from second, set fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3, but from there it was no contest. Treacherous Tom rounded the final bend and paced home uncontested by 5-½ lengths in 1:52.4.
It was the seventh win in only nine starts this year for Treacherous Tom ($2.80) and owners Tom and Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the razor sharp gelding bred by Fashion Farms.
Moving to the trot, Stamped By Lindy (Muscle Hill-Born Lindy) beat his male rivals with a good effort in a close finish. Yannick Gingras cut the mile with Stamped By Lindy with fractions of :28.4, :59.1 and 1:28.1 and took a two length lead into the home stretch, but good late work by Strongerwithlindy (Steve Smith) put the pressure on the leader late. However despite the strong challenge, Stamped By Lindy still finished the job and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:57 flat.
The Paul Kelley trained Stamped By Lindy ($4.40) is owned by Terrance Smith and Neil Goldstein. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred the winner.
Finally in the trotting fillies division, Just Liv Broadway (E L Titan-Black Broadway) got her first ever stake win in impressive style. Just Liv Broadway (Luke Hanners) left against the prohibitive 1-9 post time favorite Dancin On The Wall (Yannick Gingras) and took a clear lead after Dancin On The Wall made a break before the eighth pole. From there Just Liv Broadway got things her own way with only Wonderwall Lindy (Jay Randall) trotting close behind. After they got to three-quarters in 1:27.1, Wonderwall Lindy pulled on the attack, but Just Liv Broadway responded and opened up 2-¼ lengths at the wire and won in 1:56.2.
It was the seventh win of the year for Just Liv Broadway ($19.00) who is owned and bred by Michael E. Eaton and Bob McHugh. Mike Eaton trains the winner.
Mass Sire Stakes, All-Time Massachusetts and Plainridge Records
Seafood Beauty a runaway winner in Mass stake prep at Plainridge
The third $15,000 Nauset Light preview race for 2-year-old pacers was held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept.19) and the Massachusetts-bred Seafood Beauty (American Ideal-Seafood Annie) was a runaway winner as she prepares for the upcoming $2.5 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes.
Jay Randall left with Seafood Beauty and wrangled the lead away from fellow Mass-bred Wicked Scorchah (Jim Hardy) before the :28.1 half. Once on the point, Seafood Beauty got to the half in :57.4 with Hey Junior (Ron Cushing) on the outside, who continued to push the pace to 1:25.4 at three-quarters. Around the far turn, Seafood Beauty began to pull away from the pack and cruised home to victory by 5-1/4 lengths in a new lifetime mark of 1:55.2.
After returning from a midsummer respite following success in the New York Sire Stakes program, Seafood Beauty ($3.20) has now won two consecutive races for owner Seafood Delight Stable and trainer Nick Vamvilis.
Seafood Beauty will be competing in the 2-year-old pacing filly division of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes which begin at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 24).
Wood End Light is Mass stake preview Thursday at Plainridge
Thursday afternoon’s (Sept. 15) card at Plainridge Park will see a large number of Massachusetts-bred trotters go postward and will provide an early look at some of the horses that will be competing in the $2.5 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at The Ridge on Sunday (Sept. 25).
The $15,000 Wood End Light in the fourth race is for 2-year-old trotters and features a field of eight — five of which were bred in Massachusetts.
Longtime Massachusetts breeders Ray Campbell Jr. and Al Ross have a total of three entries in the race and all are trained by Walpole, Massachusetts native George Ducharme, who has been competing in this series for decades.
Bravado (Trixton-Grits N Grits) is a brother to the Massachusetts-bred 2013 Hambletonian Champion Royalty For Life (1:51.3, $1,620,166). He has three lifetime starts and finished second twice while making a break in the third. He too won a qualifying race at Vernon Downs in 2:02 by 5-1/2 lengths but has yet to breakthrough in a pari-mutuel event.
Get The Picture (Trixton-Royalty Free) is a sister to the Massachusetts-bred and two time Massachusetts Sire Stake champion Hashtagmadeyalook (1:52.3, $403,126) and Massachusetts Sire Stake champion Crystalline (1:55.2, $167,626). She has only made one unsuccessful lifetime start to date but comes into this race off a sharp third place finish in a qualifier at Vernon, timed in 1:59.4.
RFL’s Jasper (Royalty For Life-Just Like This) has seen the most action of the three with six starts, three of which came in the Ontario Sire Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He just got beat in a maiden race at Plainrdige two weeks ago after cutting the mile in 1:58.2 to finish second by only a neck.
The early favorite in the race is The Wise One (Muscle Hill-Grandma’s Moni) who is owned and was bred by the Moni Maker Stable and is trained by Domenico Cecere. This filly made her first lifetime start at Plainridge last week and was beaten only 2-3/4 lengths in 1:58.3. She did win a qualifying race the week prior in 1:59.1 by 6-3/4 lengths to take that lifetime mark.
Finally, an as of yet unproven starter is the filly Poppy Wow (Crazy Wow-Tori Hall) who has three state-bred brothers. Pirate (1:55.1, $116,727), Tobasco (1:55.4, $187,348) and Raybarnz (1:53.3, $149,345) have all competed in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes and continue to race at Plainridge as aged horses. Poppy Wow has only made two qualifying starts for trainer/driver Ivan Davies and completed both outings smoothly and looks to keep improving for owner/breeders Earl and Kathy Beaman.
There are also three Massachusetts-bred and stake eligible 3-year-old trotters making their final tune-up appearances on Thursday in three overnight races on the program.
In the first race, Moms Cash (Cash Hall-Ksenia) is a sister to Massachusetts Sire Stake champion Do What You Dream (1:57.2, $131,484) and two time Massachusetts Sire Stake champion Simple Kaos (1:54.3, $255,480). Unraced at two and one of only two fillies in this race, Moms Cash just went the race of her life last week, winning in 1:59.3 in her fourth lifetime start after being race timed in 1:58 and change in three consecutive previous outings. Wally Watson will drive the Lisa Watson trained Moms Cash for owner Joel Wheeler. Michelle Larson bred the filly.
The other filly in that race is Shesaworkout (Whataworkout-Final Time) who also was unraced at two and has four lifetime starts, however she has yet to win a race. Her best clocking of 1:59 came in a maiden race that saw her finish 3-1/2 lengths behind both Moms Cash and RFL’s Jasper. Trainer Joe Flynn, who bred her along with Ed Flynn, looks for his filly to continue to build on her work and has Mike Stevenson in the bike once again.
In the third race, Wonderwall Lindy (Walner-Lindy’sleadinglady) is another George Ducharme pupil that was a major factor in the MASS last year scoring two wins and two seconds in the series. She was beaten only a neck in the final by stablemate Tennessee Lindy and was actually the highest money earning 2-year-old trotting filly in the Massachusetts stakes in 2022 ($77,500). She has only two starts so far this year and was just race times in 1:55.3 at Vernon Downs in a qualifier last week. The partnership of Winske, Winske, Michaels and Cluff have this one pointed towards another successful run in the MASS and it starts here with regular driver Jay Randall aboard. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred the filly.
Then in the sixth race, Grits N Trix (Trixton-Bourbon N Grits) only had two starts at two with only $375 in earnings to show, but has a very different story to tell this year. Also a sister to Royalty For Life and a full sister to Bravado, Grits N Trix is currently riding a four race win streak and could very well run it to five in here. With a sharp 1:56.1 lifetime mark taken at Vernon Downs on August 5, Grits N Trix will be the wild card in the 3-year-old trotting filly division this year that early on, looks to be one of the most competitive of the eight overall divisions. She comes from the Ducharme, Campbell and Ross tree and is poised to make a run this year.
The $2.5 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes begin on Sunday (Sept. 25) and run through Monday (Oct. 24) when all eight finals will be held. There are 83 2-year-old and 76 3-year-old trotters and pacers eligible this year and the connections of all 159 horses have the following dates circled on their calendars.
Sunday (Sept. 25)
3-year-old first leg
Monday (Sept. 26)
2-year-old first leg
Sunday (Oct. 2)
3-year-old second leg
Monday (Oct. 3)
2-year-old second leg
Sunday (Oct. 16)
2-year-old third leg
Monday (Oct. 17)
3-year-old third leg
Monday (Oct. 24)
2 & 3-year-old finals
The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources
launches new Standardbred breeders website
The Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Resources (MDAR) has just launched a new Standardbred breeding program website that outlines the Standardbred broodmare policy with the intent to make the process less confusing. The site also includes all the necessary updated forms related to the program.
You can access that site and all its related information by clicking this link. There is also a permanent link on our “Resources” page.
The MDAR’s mission is to promote, develop and encourage the breeding of Standardbreds in the commonwealth through the Massachusetts Breeding Program and accompanying Massachusetts Sire Stake program.
Mass-bred pacer Treacherous Tom remains undefeated in 2022
Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old pacer Treacherous Tom (Captaintreacherous-Kate Is Well Said) remains undefeated in 2022 after winning his fifth consecutive start at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Aug. 16) in a $12,500 conditioned race. Bruce Ranger guided Treacherous Tom to the 1:53.3 victory from gate-to-wire for owners Tom and Scott Dillon and trainer Joe Nelson. Treacherous Tom will be competing in the rich Massachusetts Sire Stakes, which start at Plainridge Park on Sept. 25. Fashion Farms bred the promising pacer.
Mass-bred trotting fillies impressive at Plainridge Park
With the lazy, hazy days of summer firmly in place, fall is not too far off and that means the Massachusetts Sire Stakes will be here before long. At Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 5) a pair of Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old trotting fillies who are eligible to the lucrative state sponsored series, each scored impressive victories during the afternoon and both are quickly improving in advance of those stakes.
Dancin On The Wall (Walner-Lovely Lindy) shipped back to Plainridge Park after successive stake engagements in the Zweig at Vernon Downs and the Geers at the Meadowlands — where she was raced timed back-to-back in 1:53.3 — and won a $8,500 non-winners event for 5-year-old and under trotters while taking a new lifetime mark.
Driver Bruce Ranger went right to the front with Dancin On The Wall and cut fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.2 while also lengthening the lead at each split. When they turned for home, Dancin On The Wall simply annihilated the field by pulling away to an 11-1/2 length victory in a new career best of 1:54.4.
Ranger also drove Origin Story (Walner-Highscore Kemp) who went a very similar trip in a second non-winners event for 5-year-olds and under that went for $11,500. Origin Story took the lead off the gate and went :28.2, :58 and 1:28 over what was at that point a rain-soaked track. After racing around the final turn, Origin Story turned for home and pulled away to a three length victory in 1:57.1 to extend her current winning streak to four in a row.
Dancin On The Wall and Origin Story are both trained by Domenico Cecere and are owned by K R Breeding, who bred both fillies.
The Massachusetts Sire Stakes begin on Sunday (Sept. 25) and run through Monday (Oct. 24) when all eight finals will be held. There are 83 2-year-old and 76 3-year-old trotters and pacers eligible this year and the connections of all 159 horses have the following dates circled on their calendars.
Sunday (Sept. 25)
3-year-old first leg
Monday (Sept. 26)
2-year-old first leg
Sunday (Oct. 2)
3-year-old second leg
Monday (Oct. 3)
2-year-old second leg
Sunday (Oct. 16)
2-year-old third leg
Monday (Oct. 17)
3-year-old third leg
Monday (Oct. 24)
2 & 3-year-old finals
Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts partner in donating
$10,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance
When Plainridge Park hosts the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Sunday (July 24), the fourth race has been named “The Standardbred Transition Alliance Pace” in an effort to draw attention to the mission and important work this organization does on behalf of retired Standardbreds. And to show how much the racing community in Massachusetts cares about making sure every retired Standardbred finds a home and career after racing, they are making a collaborative donation to lead by example in this nationwide effort.
Plainridge Park, the Harness Horseman’s Association of New England, the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts and the New England Amateur Harness Drivers Club have partnered to make a direct donation of $10,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance.
“Everyone who races Standardbreds in Massachusetts understands the importance of the health and well-being of our horses and they all expend a lot of time and money to keep them sound and fit while they race. But it’s equally important to make sure these animals have a safe and secure future once they retire from the track. So the four main groups who represent all our horsemen and women want to make this donation on behalf of everyone racing here to show the collective concern for our equine athletes as they transition into their next phase of life,” said Steve O’Toole, Director of Racing at Plainridge Park.
There will also be the opportunity for all visiting horsemen and women and fans on to help retired race horses on Sunday by making their own donation to the STA at the track. All monies collected will go directly to the organization and everyone who contributes will be entered into a free random drawing for a 2022 Hambletonian package that includes two admissions, VIP Tent tickets, programs and hats, all donated by the Hambletonian Society. The Hambletonian will be held at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday (Aug. 6).
The STA is a non-profit organization with federal 501(c)(3) status whose mission is to accredit, inspect and award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbreds. Funding is generated across the spectrum of the Standardbred industry, including regulatory agencies, horsemen’s groups, tracks, sales companies, farms, and individuals who participate as trainers, drivers, owners, and breeders.
Massachusetts-bred Incommunicado 5-2 favorite
in $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot
Svanstedt brings a formidable pair to Plainridge Park – Photo by Tom Melanson
One is a $1 million earning international star and the other is very much a home-grown champion. But both Ake Svanstedt trainees Alrajah One IT and Incommunicado will be starting in the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (July 24).
The Italian bred Alrajah One IT earned $1.17 million as a13-time winner in Europe with four Group I victories that include the Italian Derby and the Gran Premio d’Europa. He has also raced in Sweden twice in the Hugo Åberg’s Memorial at Jägersro and the Jubilee Cup at Solvalla, where he finished fourth. Other top three stake finishes came in the Gran Premio Duomo and the Lotteria, where he finished second to Face Time Bourbon last October.
Owner Scuderia My Horse Inc. shipped him to the United States in December of 2021 and he has been with the Svanstedt stable ever since. After not racing in the six months since landing in the U.S., Alrajah One IT made two qualifying starts at the Meadowlands that sort of flew under the radar. But it was his first race a week later that turned a lot of heads.
Alrajah One IT won the $147,000 Crawford Farms Open for older male trotters by 2-1/2 lengths over Lovedbythemasses, equaling the stakes record of 1:50.4 at The Meadowlands. In that start Alrajah One IT sat sixth to the half before following cover as his stablemate Ecurie D DK set tough fractions of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:24.4. Then coming down the lane Alrajah One IT swelled up and trotted home in :25.3 to win in 1:50.4 by 2-1/2 lengths for Dexter Dunn.
“In the Crawford he was better than I expected, he came home so fast. Over the last three weeks he’s been real good and on his schedule getting ready. I hope he has a chance to win this race because he’s a horse that’s going to race off a helmet. He’s trained really well coming in to this race,” said Svanstedt.
Unlike his stablemate Alrajah One IT, Incommunicado does not hold international intrigue, but what he does have is home field advantage. Incommunicado is a Massachusetts-bred star that was the 2- and 3-year-old male trotting champion in the Massachusetts Sire Stake, going a perfect seven-for-seven in that series.
Having dual eligibility in New York, at two he finished third in the New York Sire Stake final. Later he went on to the Massachusetts Sire Stakes and won two eliminations and the final by 17-1/4 lengths at Plainridge Park. Then at three, Incommunicado won the Dexter Cup at Freehold and finished third in the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs. He returned to Massachusetts in September for the Sire Stakes and ran the table again, winning three eliminations and the final by 11-1/2 lengths.
This year he has reset his lifetime mark twice, the latest a 1:51.1, four length romp at the Meadowlands. The following week he drew the rail in the $432,000 Hambletonian Maturity but was interfered with by the starting gate and never got the chance to compete as a result.
Incommunicado comes into the Spirit of Massachusetts most likely in the best form of his life and knowing this surface so well, should give him a definite edge as he vies for the prize.
“Incommunicado has won a lot at Plainridge because he likes tracks shorter than a mile. He’s come on as an older horse but he will need a good trip in here and if we get a check I’ll be happy. There are some good horses in this race. Lovedbythemasses is a very good horse so it won’t be easy to beat him. It’s a very good race.” said Svanstedt.
Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts to give away
children’s books on Spirit Trot Day (July 25)
The Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts will be set up outside the grandstand with information about breeding Standardbreds in Massachusetts as part of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot Day festivities being held on Monday (July 25). They will also be giving away 75 copies of the recently published children’s book “Love To Race”, which tells a story through the eyes of retired Standardbred race horse Derek Bromac N. These books will be signed by author Amber Sawyer and given to the first 75 kids (12 and under) who come to their table and ask for one. Children must be accompanied by an adult in order to request a free book.
Massachusetts breds putting in good early season work
Massachusetts bred 2 and 3-year-old trotters and pacers who are eligible to the $2.4 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes later this year have already gotten underway and are winning at tracks across the northeast and the list starts with a pair of 3-year-old trotters who made a lot of news at two, and are ready to do the same again in their sophomore campaigns.
Branded By Lindy (Chapter Seven-The Lindy Label) became the all-time fastest 2-year-old trotting colt ever bred in Massachusetts on the strength of his 1:52 mile at the Red Mile last fall. He also had eight wins in 11 starts and earned $230,650 for his efforts. He won six out of seven Kentucky series stakes and finished third in the $600,000 Breeders Crown. This year he won his qualifier at The Meadowlands on Saturday (May 28) in 1:52.1, which was just 1/5th of a second off his lifetime mark and then won handily in his 3-year-old debut at Vernon Downs in a New York Sire Stake timed in 1:54.2. In his only other start this year he finished second as the heavy favorite in the $187,500 Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon.
Branded By Lindy spent three weeks at number one in Ken Warkentin’s Road To The Hambletonian ranking and currently sits at number three.
Raised By Lindy (Walner-Birthright) also etched her name in the history books at two, becoming the all-time fastest 2-year-old trotting filly ever bred in Massachusetts after winning in 1:51.3 at Lexington last year. A multiple stakes winner, Raised By Lindy finished second by a nose to Joviality S in the $600,000 Breeders Crown and pushed her earnings to $295,243 as a result. In 2022 the filly had a winning qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:53.4 and followed that up with an overnight win in the Open at Vernon against aged trotters where she won by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. In her most recent start at the Meadowlands on Saturday (June 25) she finished a fast-closing fourth to Molotov Cocktail timed in 1:52.3 with a last quarter in :26.2 and did beat King Of The North (who finished sixth) who is currently ranked seventh in Warkentin’s Hambo summary.
Raised By Lindy is Hambletonian Oaks eligible and is positioned to be a major player in that stake as well.
All four of last year’s Massachusetts Sire Stake champions have also come back strong this year and are working their way towards repeating in the MASS series that starts on Sunday (Sept. 25).
3-year-old pacing gelding Striking Impact (Always B Miki-Aunt Caroline) has won four races out of eight starts all of which were taken at Plainridge Park. He took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2 on May 5 and is showing the kind of form that won him the $100,000 final last year.
3-year-old trotting colt Bill Bauer (E L Titan-Miss Flaggy Meadow) has already seen stake action after competing in the $100,000 Bunker Hill Trot at Plainridge and $15,000 New York Sire Stakes Excelsior at Tioga, but unfortunately made a break in each event. That being said he also took a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3 in a 3-1/4 length overnight romp at Harrah’s Philly.
3-year-old pacing filly Pembroke Legacy (Baron Biltmore-Pembroke Oasis) has come back as good as she was last year and has already won two of three 2022 starts that include two Maine Sire Stakes at Bangor Raceway. She has not yet improved her best speed mark but has been competing solely over half mile tracks so far this year.
3-year-old trotting filly Tennessee Lindy (Muscle Hill-Nashville Lindy) just started back in June but has already taken a new mark of 1:57 flat at Plainridge in her second outing. However her first stakes action is still in the offing.
Here are some other Mass-breds who are already stake winners this year.
3-year-old pacing colt Galactic Storm (American Ideal- Betit To Getit) has won a $15,000 NYSS Excelsior in a lifetime best time of 1:54.1 at Vernon Downs after finishing second the week before in that same series at Saratoga Raceway, timed in 1:53.4.
3-year-old pacing colt -Deal With It Roman (Western Maverick-Deal With Life) who has won three out of four starts including two Maine Sire Stakes at Bangor Raceway, has also taken a new lifetime mark of 1:58.3 over the half at Cumberland Raceway.
3-year-old pacing filly Dude’s Sweet Bet (Dude’s The Man-Sweet Bettor) has also won two starts in 2022 including one $15,000 NYSS Excelsior plus she has also finished second and third in that series. She took a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1 at Vernon Downs, scoring a 7-1/4 length romp in an overnight.
Recent Mass-bred overnight winners include:
2-year-old pacing colts
Rockaroundsam (Rock N’ Roll World-Swingnsway Sammy K) 2:04.1 at Cumberland Raceway
2-year-old trotting colts
Outlawofthevalley (Pembroke Slugger-Fox Valley Demon) 2:11.4 at Cumberland Raceway
3-year-old pacing colts
Daughtry (Western Maverick-Unknown Artist) 1:59.1 at Bangor Raceway
Ranaldi (Western Maverick-Fire Can Fly) 1:58.4 at Bangor Raceway
Treacherous Tom (Captaintreacherous-Kate Is Well Said) 1:55.1 at Plainridge Park
Use Yah Blinkah (Western Maverick-Caila Fra) 1:59.1 at Bangor Raceway
3-year-old pacing fillies
Adela (Heston Blue Chip-Real Armor) 1:59 at Cumberland Raceway
Seafood Sapphire (American Ideal-Seafood Annie) 1:55.3 at Plainridge Park
3-year-old trotting colts
Stamped By Lindy (Muscle Hill-Born Lindy) 1:58 at Harrah’s Philadelphia
Warriorofthevalley (Pembroke Slugger-Fox Valley Shannon) 2:03.2 at Cumberland Raceway
3-year-old trotting fillies
Origin Story (Walner-Highscore Kemp) 1:54.4 at Plainridge Park
Just Liv Broadway (E L Titan-Black Broadway) 1:55.4 at Plainridge Park
Pembroke Faye (Pembroke Slugger-Pembroke Maiden) 2:10.4 at Bangor Raceway
Finally Mass-breds who have recently won qualifiers include:
2-year-old pacing colts
Luke McGook (Rock N’ Roll World-Madonna Hanover) 2:04 at Cumberland Raceway
Rooster Bennett (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) 1:59.1 at Vernon Downs
2-year-old pacing fillies
Dame (Dude’s The Man-Seat By The Window) 1:57.1 at Scioto Downs
Katelyn’s Angel (Western Maverick-Avacal Bliss) 2:02.4 at Cumberland Raceway
Polyester (Dude’s The Man-Love You Bye) 1:57.4 at Vernon Downs
Seafood Beauty (American Ideal-Seafood Annie) 1:58.3 at Plainridge Park
2-year-old trotting colts
Bravado (Trixton-Bourbon ‘N Grits) 2:02 at Vernon Downs
Inter Mischief (International Moni-BLinded By Lindy) 2:00.4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia
RFL’s Jasper (Royalty For Life-Just Like This) 2:01.3 at Vernon Downs
Te Amo Lindy (Muscle Hill-Lovely Lindy) 1:59.1 at the Meadowlands
Yo Lucky Moni (International Moni-Unbelindyble) 2:00.3 Hoosier Park
2-year-old trotting fillies
Backstitch (Muscle Mass-Dancing Coed) 2:00.3 at Vernon Downs
Get The Picture (Trixton-Royalty Free) 2:02.3 at Vernon Downs
Laurens Hoopla (E L Titan-Tatoo You) 2:02 at Vernon Downs
3-year-old pacing colts
Storm Artist (Gaelic Thunder-Art N Sassy) 2:00.3 at Cumberland Raceway
3-year-old trotting fillies
Grits N Trix (Trixton-Bourbon ‘N Grits) 1:57.1 at Vernon Downs
Shesaworkout (Whataworkout-Final Time) 2:02.2 at Vernon Downs
Massachusetts champion Bill Bauer has home field advantage in
Battle of Bunker Hill trot
(Bill Bauer shown here winning the $100,000 final of the Massachusetts Sire Stake in 2021. Photo courtesy of Tom Melanson)
The inaugural edition of the $100,000 Battle of Bunker Hill trot for 3-year-old trotters will be held at Plainridge Park on Monday (May 16) when the Grand Circuit returns to Massachusetts for the second of three 2022 engagements. One of the starters in this first time stake is Massachusetts-bred Bill Bauer (EL Titan-Miss Flaggy Meadow) who will be making his seasonal debut. However his last start last year was a win in the $100,000 Massachusetts Sire Stake final at Plainridge that made him the 2-year-old male trotting champion.
Bill Bauer is owned by another Massachusetts native, his trainer Paul Kelley, along with Joseph Palillo III and Ellen Palillo. Kelley is no stranger to top trotting stock. He guided the career of Obrigado to multiple stake wins and over $1.9 million in earnings. Kelley liked what he saw from Bill Bauer last year and says he looks for more improvement moving forward.
“Earlier last year in the Excelsiors in New York I was lucky because I had Wally Hennessy driving him and he gave the horse the chance to gain experience and confidence. Plus I knew that his best chance of making money last year was going to be at Plainridge based on the purses they race for versus the Excelsior.” said Kelley. “So we just tried to educate him through the summer and get to Plainridge and hopefully he would have his game together by then. There were a few bumps along the way but when we got to the final, things worked out for us for sure.”
Having those foundation miles under his belt, Kelley felt it was time to let Bill Bauer out a notch when he got to Massachusetts and they left with him in three consecutive stake starts.
“The first leg he cut the mile and just got caught at the wire and finished second by a neck. The second start he had the lead but ended up taking a trip. He pulled in the stretch, threw his head and made a break. In the final he had post six but with the persistent rain and sloppy track, that was the place to be. He cut the mile again, Drew (Monti, his driver) kept him in the two path where the footing was good and he won by eight lengths and took a mark of 1:57.4,” said Kelley.
The MASS final was Bill Bauer’s last start of the year and also his last as a colt. Kelley gelded him a week later and now looks forward to more improvement from the horse.
“I just knew he’d be a better horse as a gelding. I like turning horses out a lot and in groups and if he were to stay a colt that was a problem. He had a great off-season. He grew, he filled out real well and he trained down very well.”
Bill Bauer has two qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia to this point this year and Kelley was impressed with both outings and feels he’s ready to race well in his first start of the year in this stake.
“I know there are some decent colts coming up there for the Bunker Hill and I was a little on the fence on whether or not to enter. But I figured he’s been up to Plainridge, he knows the track and got over it very well last year so I thought I’d take the shot. It’s early May and there are sires stakes going on in New Jersey and Pennsylvania so horses have other commitments too, so you don’t know where people will throw in. We’re looking forward to it,” Kelley concluded.
After this start, Bill Bauer will again compete in the New York Sire Stakes over the summer and make his return to Plainridge Park this fall to defend his title in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting in September.
There will be five horses going postward in the $100,000 Battle of Bunker Hill Trot which is carded as race five. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m.
Mullinax becomes the fastest pacer ever bred in Massachusetts
(Mullinax shown here winning a leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stake in 2021. Photo courtesy of Tom Melanson)
On the strength of his lifetime best winning effort of 1:49.1 at The Meadowlands on Saturday night (April 9), Mullinax (American Ideal-Up Front Kellie Jo) became the fastest Standardbred of any age, gait or gender bred in Massachusetts.
Tim Tetrick was locked in fifth at the rail with Mullinax at the top of the lane before finding open road along the pylons and bolting home in :26.2 to win by one length to establish the new record.
Mullinax was foaled at the Longobardi Farm in Norfolk, Mass., in 2018 and became a Massachusetts Sire Stake champion at two while setting a track and stakes record for a 2-year-old pacing colt (1:53.4). He then repeated as champion at three, sweeping all three legs and the final while setting another stakes record for a 3-year-old pacing colt (1:51.3).
Now four, Mullinax has 34 lifetime starts with 12 wins, seven seconds and five thirds with earnings of $356,724. Bred by his namesake, the late Ed Mullinax and his trainer Mark Ford, the fastest horse ever to come out of the state of Massachusetts is owned by William Varney of Bangor, Maine.