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Ron Cushing picks up 2.5K wins PLAINVILLE -- When Ron Cushing took Kehmmywood gate to wire to win the eighth race at Plainridge Park on Aug. 9, he also hit a career milestone by registering his 2,500th lifetime driving win.Born in Farmington, Maine, the 54-year-old Cushing started his driving career in 1981 at age 17. He has competed and just about every north-east track from Maine to New Jersey and has won numerous driving titles over the years. In his 16,718 starts he has won 2,500, has been second 2,332 times [...]

Artful Way wins PLAINVILLE -- Saratoga Raceway regular Artful Way left the friendly confines of the Spa this week in lieu of a New England road trip to race the best resident pacers in Massachusetts. And as he heads back to New York he’ll be taking with him a souvenir photo of his win in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap at Plainridge Park on Aug. 6.Riding a a two race win streak, Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) left like he owned the place to take the lead. Nestled in second for the ride was [...]

Osprey Impact captures trotting feature PLAINVILLE -- Osprey Impact left early and came late to capture the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Aug. 3.Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) flew from post six and took the lead before the group hit the turn. But Jericho (Eddie Davis Jr.) who was floated out fourth, came with a rush at the quarter and claimed the top past that station. From there positions remained unchanged to the half.Heading into the second half of the race, Just Make Believe (Jim [...]

Wicked Local brings Sports Spectacular to... Meet New England Revolution players, professional stunt cyclist Chris Clark and real life ninja warrior, Allyssa Beird.

Watts Was I Drinkn goes from worst to first PLAINVILLE -- There is nothing more gratifying in sport than going from worst to first. And that is exactly what Watts Was I Drinkn did in the $16,000 Winners-Over for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Aug. 7.Trainer Eric Beach had two starters in the feature and they got away at different ends of the spectrum. Show Runner (Steve Nason) got out of the gate and went right to the front while stablemate Watts Was I Drinkn (Mike Stevenson) got away last and was watching the action [...]

POLL: How far will the 2018 Boston Red Sox go? The Boston Red Sox' historic season just keeps rolling! Trailing the Yankees 4-1 in the eighth inning Sunday night, the resilient Red Sox came back in the 10th to beat New York 5-4 and complete the four-game sweep at Fenway.At an astounding 79-34, Boston now has a 9-1/2 game lead over the Yankees in the American League East and by far the best record in Major League Baseball. Can the Red Sox keep rolling right through the playoffs and win another World Series this [...]

LISTEN: Wellesley resident is top junior golfer... The best teenage golfer in the country joined Cassell's Corner podcast to talk about winning the US Junior Amateur championship.Wellesley's Michael Thorbjornsen claimed the prestigious golf tournament, coming from behind to win 1-up in the US Junior Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey on July 21.Thorbjornsen and one of his best friends, Drew Cohen, also of Wellesley, recollect the historic July day. The Wellesley duo and Cassell also chat all things golf, about [...]

Thisjetsabookin repeats win PLAINVILLE -- After winning handily last week at the Ridge in 1:52 off a :54.4 back half, Thisjetsabookin stepped up to the top class and had no problem repeating as he won the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on July 30.Deetzy (Greg Merton) took an early lead and scooted to the quarter in :26.2. Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) sat behind him second while BJ’s Guy (Jim Hardy) got parked out third, where he would stay for three-quarters of the mile. The [...]

Only Passing Thru wins PLAINVILLE -- The skies opened up and the rain came down after the first race, but the sloppy track conditions did not deter Only Passing Thru from putting in a strong performance and winning the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature at Plainridge Park on July 26.Only Passing Thru (Patrizio Ancora) got away third to Osprey Impact (Mike Stevenson) and the heavily favored Muscles Jared (Shawn Gray) who took turns leading the field past the quarter. When the dust had settled there, [...]

Eddie Davis Jr. reaches career milestone PLAINVILLE -- Eddie Davis Jr. reached the major career milestone of 5,000 wins at Plainridge Park on July 23 when he captured the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap feature pace with Quick Shot in commanding fashion.From his assigned post six, Quick Shot fired to the front and never looked back. Stopping the timer in :26, :55 and 1:22.2, the gelding looked stronger as the mile went on. Heading down the lane the pocket-sitting BJ’s Guy (Shawn Gray) popped out of the hole to try [...]

Apple Bottom Jeans wins PLAINVILLE -- It’s hard enough to beat a field of the best distaff pacers on the grounds. But when you add in a 50-minute weather delay immediately before the race, an off-track and a first-over journey, it gets that much more difficult. But Apple Bottom Jeans was up to the task as she beat all the odds to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on July 17.High winds and heavy downpours blew in just as the sixth race ended and delayed the [...]

LISTEN: Ashland athletic trio illustrates true... Ashland's Luke Gustavson, Maddy Hornung and Jackson Hornung represent the true meaning of neighborly love.So the three athletes joined Cassell's Corner podcast to talk all things sports, friendship and relationships. The first two, in Luke and Maddy, are in a long-term relationship. They are a couple. They are dating. The last two, in Maddy and Jakcson, are brother and sister. A different type of long-term relationship. And when it comes to Luke and Jackson, they [...]

Muscles Jared wins PLAINVILLE -- There were two stars at Plainridge Park on July 12; one was in front of the race bike and one was sitting in it.Massachusetts-bred Muscles Jared made a visit home from his New York base at Vernon Downs and impressed the locals by winning the $14,000 Winners-Over trotting feature. And sharing the spotlight was reinsman Drew Campbell who drove five winners during the 10-race card.Muscles Jared (Shawn Gray) was a determined leaver and took the front with authority. [...]

North Attleborough riders to... NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH — Eighteen riders from Bellingham will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge on Aug. 4-5, with the goal of topping last year’s record-breaking gift and raising $52 million for critical cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.During PMC weekend, more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and seven countries will gather in Massachusetts to participate in the PMC. Riders include everyone from seasoned triathletes [...]

LISTEN: Hopkinton's Will Abbott, Natick's Grace... The Daily News Male and Female Athlete(s) of the Year, in Hopkinton's Will Abbott and Natick's Grace Connolly, joined Cassell's Corner podcast to talk about their noteworthy performances over the past year.Abbott was a once-in-a generation type athlete this past school year when it came to football, hockey and lacrosse. He raised the bar, athletically, at Hopkinton High by setting a boatload of new school records and was named an All-American for lax as well.Connolly [...]

Eddie Davis Jr. scores driving triple PLAINVILLE -- Although Eddie Davis Jr. hasn’t had as many starts at Plainridge Park this year as he’s had in the past, there’s no question he is still one of the craftiest reinsmen to regularly compete in the Commonwealth. On July 16, Davis illustrated that point when he scored a driving triple that included wins in both feature races.In the $16,000 Winners-Over pace, Davis directed Bet You from post four and hit the pylons while One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) left [...]

Massachusetts Sire Stake program continues growth PLAINVILLE -- The Massachusetts Sire Stake program continues to grow. Resident mare numbers are up again and the resulting stake eligible foals continue to increase. This year the connections of the state-bred 2 and 3-year-olds are looking forward to competing for a total of $1.28 million (est.) that will be up for grabs when the series is contested during the month of October.The success of Plainridge Park Casino has enriched the Standardbred breeding in Massachusetts as a result of [...]

Quick Shot and Bet You come up big in featured... PLAINVILLE -- They were one class apart and took different paths to victory. But the commonality between Quick Shot and Bet You was they both came up big in the top two featured paces at Plainridge Park on July 9.In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace driver Drew Campbell reversed his strategy of recent weeks by leaving hard and fast with Quick Shot to take early command of the race. Once on the point, Quick Shot got to the quarter in a blistering :25.1 and had everyone seated. As [...]

Harness racing continues growth PLAINVILLE -- The growth of harness racing in Massachusetts since the introduction of gaming at Plainridge Park in 2015 has produced increased handles and purses, a higher caliber of horse competing and in turn, more reinsmen here to steer them as well.As evidence of that, the current driver colony at Plainridge includes Drew Campbell and Shawn Gray, who are currently the top two leading UDR drivers in North America for drivers with 500 or more starts, along with fast-rising star [...]

LISTEN: Needham baseball talks winning state... The Needham baseball team accomplished something it had never done before in program history. Well, actually, two things.First, the Rockets won a Division 1 South sectional title, with a 11-8 win over rival Wellesley, before Needham capped off its tournament run with a thrilling 6-5 victory over St. Peter-Marian to claim a Div. 1 state championship.Three Needham seniors and two assistant coaches joined Cassell's Corner podcast to talk about the historic run. Charlie [...]

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