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2YOFP Cash Roll fastest NYSS winner

on June 24, 2019
Cash Roll’s young resume has been impressive. Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway she extended her streak of perfection in her $26,500 Sire Stakes division. The 7-5 favorite started from post 6 with Scott Zeron aboard and cut the mile through splits of 29.2. 59.2 1:28.4. She paced her last quarter in 27.4 to trip the timer in 1:56.3 ($4.30) in the fast mile of t...
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2YOFP Rockmatic 1:54.2 PcD winner

on June 24, 2019
Rockmatic, after a 1:59 qualifying win at Philly, made a more-than-successful purse debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Monday twilight card, as her victory in 1:54.2 in a $13,000 contest not only obviously lowered own her own mark, but also beat the North American season’s record for two-year-old pacing fillies on 5/8-mile tracks by a full second. Simon Allard got the daugh...
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Bo Mach takes Plainridge feature

on June 24, 2019
The strip at the 'Ridge was in fine form on Monday afternoon (June 24) and the feature race was evidence of that as Bo Mach went the best mile of his life in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park to register his third consecutive win.   Bo Mach (Mitchell Cushing) led the field to the quarter in a brisk :26.4 before giving up the front to Sir Pugsley (Shawn Gray) who ...
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Wichita Lineman wins third straight

on June 24, 2019
Gary Simpson's Wichita Lineman ($25, Art Stafford Jr.) won his third straight race Monday, this time in the featured $20,000 Open at Harrington Raceway. Just like he did in his previous two wins, the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding received a two-hole trip, stalking pacesetter Late Main N throughout before surging to the lead in the stretch. Sicily was second, while Q's C...
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Classicality captures Meadows trot feature

on June 24, 2019
Despite fronting the first quarter in a contested :26.3, Classicality retook past the quarter and won comfortably in Monday’s (June 24) $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Brian Zendt handled Classicality confidently, and the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding rewarded him by scoring powerfully in 1:53.3, two lengths better than Dayson, who rallied from...
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HHYF announces scholarship winners

on June 24, 2019
Keli Jo Bell will receive the 2019 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. She is the daughter of Barry and Toni Bell from Windsor, Illi., and grew up racing horses along the Illinois fair circuit. At 14, she raised, broke and trained her very own horse Princess Sage who went on to win the Night of Champions and be named 2016 Illinois Horse of the Year. "This mare showed m...
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Fields set for Sun Stakes Saturday at PcD

on June 24, 2019
Many of harness racing’s brightest stars will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday for four Championship races and strong supporting events on the $2,204,000 Sun Stakes Saturday 14-race card. Here is a look at the four Championship races, put together with an open post position draw, along with the $75,000 consolations attached to three of them, plus the $75,000 Great...
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Eldorado buys Caesars, its racetracks

on June 24, 2019
According to reports, Caesars Entertainment Corp., which finalized its purchase of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino a year ago, has been sold to Eldorado Resorts. Eldorado agreed to buy Caesars for about $8.7 billion, an inside source told Bloomberg.   Eldorado already owns Scioto Downs and Pompano Park. It was recently announced that Eldorado was selling Mountaineer Park to...
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Amal Hall equals Buffalo track mark

on June 24, 2019
For the second straight New York Sires Stakes card at Buffalo Raceway, it was an Excelsior A Series participant who stole the spotlight.   On Sunday (June 23), it was like a public workout for Amal Hall ($2.40) in the $15,000 Excelsior A division as she tied the Buffalo Raceway 3-year-old filly trotting record of 1:57, equaling the standard set in 2018 by Fury Road. She strolled to an e...
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10 claims at Pocono on Sunday night

on June 24, 2019
“Claiming Night” at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has been shifted to Sunday night, and two $20,000 handicap pacing contests were the top events on the card. In the first, Atta Boy Dan, long a top-level fixture at The Meadows, has shifted eastward and kept up his prowess, winning the first division of the big claimer in 1:50.2 while controlling the throttle for driver George Nap...
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Big weekend for points at Hawthorne

on June 24, 2019
As summer finally came to the Chicagoland area, the action was heating up on the racetrack as leg two action for the Night of Champions races took place this past weekend at Hawthorne.  Three-year-old pacers were the focus on Saturday night while three-year-old trotters took center stage on Sunday night. A pair of divisions took place on Saturday as Illinois-bred fillies were the focus i...
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Doug McNair edges Roy in Ben Hur

on June 24, 2019
The second annual Ben Hur Cup, matching talented young drivers Doug McNair and hometown hero Louis Philippe Roy, produced an outstanding contest enjoyed by all concerned on Sunday afternoon (June 23) at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres.  McNair had a spectacular day, edging out the tenacious Roy by only three points, 56-53. The Ben Hur tournament format helps to ensure close competition, ...
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David Miller takes Legends Day title

on June 23, 2019
In his second Legends Day appearance, David Miller found a path to the Clinton Raceway winner's enclosure via pocket trip with Dominum Deo ($9.00) in the biannual Legends Day Invitational Trot, contested Sunday afternoon (June 23). The Ohio native, who finished second to Steve Condren in the 2017 Legends Day Trot, secured a pocket ride for Dominum Deo behind 6-5 Nebraska Jack (Wally Henne...
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I'm A Big Deal back in winner's circle

on June 23, 2019
After being overpowered by Highalator in a Great Northeast event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono earlier in the month, I'm A Big Deal ($3.60) got back in the win column on Sunday afternoon (June 23) at Harrah's Philadelphia with a 1:50.2 score in the $18,000 featured top-level pace. Dexter Dunn took his time with the 4-year-old Sombeachsomewhere entire, sitting well off pacesetter Ba...
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Tyler Buter wins 5 at Tioga Sunday

on June 23, 2019
Tyler Buter won five races at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 23), including the featured pace ($12,000) with Prariie Panther. In the feature, Americanprimtime (Jim Taggart Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.2.  Prairie Panther ($2.50) then took over control before hitting the half in :54.1. Prairie Panther, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie ...
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Mugshots Bro wins third straight Open

on June 23, 2019
Mugshots Bro (Jailhouse Jesse) continued his recent hot streak on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Trainer Lisa Zabielski acquired the 7-year-old trotter just a month ago and following a second-place finish in her first start with him, Mugshots Bro has gone on to win the Open Trot three consecutive times for his new stable.   On Sunday, despite being assigned the ...
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Backstreet Shadow takes Big M feature in 1:47.4

on June 23, 2019
It was another Saturday night at the Meadowlands where most of the regular drivers were out of town, and Pat Berry took full advantage, guiding Backstreet Shadow to a lifetime-best – and Meadowlands' season's-fastest – 1:47.4 clocking in the featured $30,000 Preferred for 4-year-olds on the pace.   With many of the Big M drivers at Pocono Downs, Berry had the Scott D...
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Will Take Charge, Micky Gee N win Yonkers features

on June 23, 2019
Hard-knocking Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $3.20) did not have to work that hard Saturday night (June 22st), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 co-featured Open Handicap Trot…becoming a career millionaire along the way.   Winning the 3-thru-6 draw among the half-dozen, the odds-on number strolled around the surroundings (:28,  57.3, 1:26, 1:54), the mile ma...
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Sgt Papa Daddy wins Vernon Downs feature

on June 23, 2019
Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) captures the featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 22). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) charged out of the gate and led to a first quarter of :27.4.  Bay Rum (Howard Parker) went first-over and took the lead before hitting the halfway mark in :56.0.  He still led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the JP Sta...
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Prairie Fortune takes feature; Hennessey wins five at Tioga

on June 23, 2019
Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 23). Prairie Fortune ($6.40) charged to the front and led the group to a :28.2 first quarter.  He led to the half in :58.0.  Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) followed in the pocket.  As they reached the back stretch Taco Tuesday (Mike Simons) went first-over a...
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Hudson Phil wins Saratoga open pace for the fourth time

on June 23, 2019
Hudson Phil (Shanghai Phil) became the first horse at Saratoga Casino Hotel to win the Open Pace four times in 2019 when he went coast-to-coast on Saturday night with Jay Randall in the sulky. Trainer Jackie Greene has taken home three consecutive Pacer of the Year awards with her Artful Way who is again enjoying a strong '19 campaign, but on Saturday evening, it was Artful Way's stab...
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Adonis Bay, Wheels A Turning take Buffalo features

on June 23, 2019
Adonis Bay ($4.60) flexed his muscles in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 22) with a length decision over Manceiver in 1:54 over the fast track. It was the second consecutive pace-setting victory for Adonis Bay (Jim Morrill Jr.).   In the co-featured $12,000 Class A-Open Trot, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) went three-wide in the final qu...
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Sun Stakes eliminations card held at Pocono

on June 22, 2019
 The power-packed Sun Stakes Saturday eliminations card was held Saturday night (June 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the top finishers in their elims advancing to next Saturday (June 29) and the $2,000,000+ Sun Stakes Saturday Championship card. A $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacers was also on the Saturday Pocono card. BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR...
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Saturday night speed show at Mohawk Park

on June 22, 2019
Easy Lover Hanover 1:48.3 performance in the $34,000 Preferred headlined a sizzling Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A total of 10 races were contested on Saturday evening at the Milton oval and six of them saw final times of sub-1:50.   Ben Wallace trainee Easy Lover Hanover rallied from sixth and last to win the $34,000 feature in a season's best 1:48.3. Doug McNai...
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Meadows newcomer Carolina Beach equals track record

on June 22, 2019
Waiting patiently behind the leaders as they engaged in a suicidal dual, The Meadows newcomer Carolina Beach blazed through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:49.1 — matching the track record — in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace.   When Southwind Amazon engaged the leader, Windsong Leo, the pair battled throughout a blistering 26 third quarter. Carolina Beach, mean...
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Trotting Grace seeks three straight at Yonkers

on June 22, 2019
Since Trotting Grace arrived on the east coast this spring, she’s quickly made a name for herself racing in the top conditions at Yonkers Raceway. The 4-year-old is 2-for-5 at the Hilltop and has a pair of runner-up finishes. Her last outing resulted in a victory in her Open Handicap debut, but trainer Travis Alexander thinks the mare is still improving. “I think her best races ar...
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Perfect day for Breakfast With The Babies

on June 22, 2019
Breakfast With The Babies took place on a perfect Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The sky was clear, breeze light, track fast and temperature in the 70's when the trotting fillies stepped onto the track to contest the first race at 10:00am. Panem (Andy Mc Carthy) took the opener in 158.2 / 29.1 after taking control from eventual third place finisher Winnerano (Trond Smedshammer) on t...
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Alex The Great captures Vernon Downs feature

on June 22, 2019
Alex The Great (John MacDonald) takes the featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 21). Alex The Great ($5.40) jumped out of the gate and went to the lead with American JJ (Michael Miller) following in the pocket, as they hit the first quarter in :28.0.   Alex The Great controlled the race to the half in :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:26.0. Alex The Great, who is own...
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Atlanta, Fiftydallarbill "Graduate" at Big M

on June 22, 2019
Atlanta and Fiftydallarbill were the impressive winners of the fourth and final leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night. The finals for both pacers and trotters take place on July 6 at the Big M.   Atlanta, the 2018 Hambletonian winner who trotted the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history a week ago with a 1:50.2 clocking in the Arm...
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Sophomore pacers shine in stakes action at Hoosier

on June 22, 2019
Indiana's top three-year-old pacing colts and fillies were in the spotlight at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 21 to square off in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and did so in impressive fashion. The evening's 14-race card featured three $34,500 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and two $49,500 divisions for the three-year-old pa...
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Gigi From Figi wins Tioga Downs feature

on June 21, 2019
Gigi From Figi wins the filies & mares featured pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 21). Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) put up all the early fractions (:27.0, :55.1, 1:23.2). Gigi From Figi ($4.60), who is owned by trainer Mike Deters with L. Barnett and J Spindler, followed in second the whole trip.  As they reached the stretch she came flying out of the pocket.&n...
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Glenferrie Blade A wins distaff at Yonkers

on June 21, 2019
Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton, $17.20) picked off odds-on Twinkle (Brent Holland) nearing the line Friday night (June 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Glenferrie Blade A, from post position No. 4, was away fourth as Twinkle was the lone leaver. The people’s preference, who went down the road a week ago, led her throu...
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Pat Matters trots in 1:53 Friday at Philly

on June 21, 2019
A trio of $16,000 races for classclimbing younger horses served as the tri-features on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia – two for trotters, and one for pacing females. The faster trot saw a runaway winner in the Explosive Matter mare Pat Matters, who took a new lifetime mark of 1:53. A fast distaff (she got a check in the Kentucky Filly Futurity final last year) but one who...
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Make It A Double overpowers foes in Plainridge feature

on June 21, 2019
Coming off a career year for wins and earnings in 2018, Make It A Double has already surpassed the victory total of last year and is well on his way towards the bank after winning the $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 21).   Leaving from post five, Make It A Double (Mark Athearn) rolled to the front, opened up a two-length advantage and di...
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Quincy Blue Chip, Winndevie to clash at Buffalo

on June 21, 2019
The 3-year-old filly trotters will gather for two $57,600 events in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (June 23) and there will be some interesting battles on the horizon.   The first division, set as the fifth race on the 15-race program that is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. is absolutely loaded with the six participants combining to win over $1 millio...
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Todd Schadel hot in PASS at Butler Fair

on June 21, 2019
Todd Schadel, the defending North American UDR champion in the 300-499 starts category, came out roaring in his first Pennsylvania fair appearance of 2019, winning eight races during a two-day PA Fair Sire Stakes event at the Butler County Fairgrounds in this western Pennsylvania town on Thursday and Friday. Seven of those victories came during the three-year-old racing on Friday, with several f...
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Highalator tackles Grand Circuit foes in Ben Franklin elims

on June 21, 2019
Silence is golden. At least it can be for Charlie Dombeck when it comes to Highalator.   “He leaves me speechless,” Dombeck said when discussing the 5-year-old stallion, who brings a five-race win streak to his Ben Franklin Pace elimination Saturday (June 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. “I don’t mind being speechless for another few weeks.”   ...
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NYSS freshman pacing fillies visit Monticello

on June 21, 2019
On Monday June 24, 2 year old pacing fillies will visit Monticello Raceway, for the majority of the entries this will mark their first pari-mutuel start.  4 divisions of Sire Stakes will be contested, each with a purse of $26,500, 2 heats of the Excelsior A ($15,000) and a lone heat of the Excelsior B ($6,800)    Hidden Cove, will start from...
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Lewayne Miller drives 1,000th winner

on June 21, 2019
Driver LeWayne Miller has had his share of big nights in his young driving career at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino but on Wednesday, June 20, Miller had one of his biggest.   Not only did Miller score five driving wins on the evening’s 14-race card, he also recorded his 1,000 career driving win. In addition, three of the five victories were recorded with horses...
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Con Air Hall takes Plainridge feature

on June 20, 2019
It was deja vu all over again for Con Air Hall who, for the second week in a row, came from off the pace over a sloppy track to score another win in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (June 20).   Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) got away third while Count On Rosey (Mike Stevenson) and Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) settled in first and second on the...
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Plesac's 2YO Cake Daddy wins NYSS

on June 20, 2019
New York Sire Stakes returned downstate Thursday night (June 20), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the moist $155,300 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   Three divisions—at $38,650 each—and a finale—at $39,350—comprised the event, which once again honored the memory of the Raceway’s long-tome corporate controller and which saw all frosh...
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Jim Taggart Jr. wins 5 at Monticello

on June 20, 2019
On Thursday afternoon June 20, Jim Taggart Jr. put on a driving clinic and won 5 races on the Monticello Raceway card, Taggart didn’t get hot until race 5 where he drove TKR’S Metro Specs to victory in 1:58.2 and returned a $8.70-win pari mutuel.  Next up was College Hanover ($2.40) who scored a 5-length wire to wire win in 1:57 for trainer Richard Dunn....
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Gold Medal Swan wins third in a row

on June 20, 2019
On “Trottin’ Thursday” at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the Swan For All gelding Gold Medal Swan extended his winning streak to three races, closing for a 1:54.1 victory before a storm hit the area. Driver David Miller got the winner of $180,446 fourth as 72-1 shot Tough Mac bolted from post eight to the quarter in :26.3; by the time that one had moderated the half to :56.2, Ca...
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Read about Greenshoe in new Preview!

on June 20, 2019
We’ve moved from one big stakes night to the preview for another! On Saturday The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will play host to a flurry of eliminations for its June 29 Sun Stakes Saturday program. Among those starting in eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial is the sensational 3-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe. In the latest edition of the FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, traine...
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Maryland horseman Carl Thompson dies

on June 20, 2019
Maryland horseman Carl E. Thompson passed away Wednesday, June 19, after a lengthy battle with dementia.   Mr. Thompson lived his whole life on the farm where he was born and raised. His two passions were his family and his horses. He was known by family and friends as a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.   His life was racing horses, and until he...
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Gus Schickedanz, breeder of Goodtimes, dies

on June 20, 2019
Gustav “Gus” Schickedanz, a life-long friend of Standardbred breeder H. Charles  Armstrong, with the two co-breeders of Goodtimes, recently died at age 90. Mr. Schickendanz also raced the good trotting mare Peach Pit with Bill Wellwood.   Mr. Schickendanz was a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for his powerful Thoroughbred racing legacy. He arrived in ...
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Osprey Blue Chip wins again at Saratoga

on June 20, 2019
For the second consecutive Thursday afternoon, Osprey Blue Chip (American Ideal) pulled off an upset in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A recent claim by trainer Lisa Zabielski, Osprey Blue Chip prevailed in last week’s (June 13) installment of the ladies’ feature by scoring at odds of 21-1. On Thursday, the 5-year-old mare drew post four in the five-hors...
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Big Legends Day Sunday at Clinton

on June 20, 2019
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell's harness racing roots are so deep in southwestern Ontario that they go back to his teenage years with another of the sport’s legends from the region: Trevor Ritchie, who grew up across the street from The Raceway at Western Fair District in London. They'll both be at Legends Day on Sunday at Clinton Raceway.   “Trevor and I have b...
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Dark Dutchess, Embrace The Grind sweep in DE

on June 20, 2019
Carol Jamieson Parker's Dark Dutchess ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) and Andrew Glassmeyer’s Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) completed a sweep of her 3-year-old filly Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 eliminations Wednesday with a 2:00.4 win.   Dark Duchess, a He's Spooky filly, overcame an early break in stride near the quarter-mile to regroup and make the le...
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Muscle M Up Svanstedt's surprise

on June 20, 2019
With a returning Dan Patch Award winner (Six Pack) and multiple world-record-holder (Plunge Blue Chip) among his 4-year-old trotters, it’s no surprise to find trainer Ake Svanstedt with a horse tied for the points lead after three rounds of the Graduate Series. Except for the surprise. The horse is Muscle M Up. “He’s a surprise. He’s surprised me,” Svanstedt said ...
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Nitro Seelster in Meadows Open

on June 20, 2019
When Nitro Seelster pulled off a 13-1 upset last week against The Meadows’ elite pacers, it may have been his most powerful performance since arriving here in 2014. His reward? He gets to face an even tougher bunch Saturday to prove his win was no fluke — and he’ll have to do it from post 8.   That feature, a $20,000 Open Handicap, goes as race 8, with Tony Hall driv...
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3FT Grand Swan 1:54 winner in ISS

on June 20, 2019
Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah’s Hoosier Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 19, as they play host to the second round of the stakes action for the 3-year-old competitors throughout the week. Indiana-sired sophomore trotting fillies were the featured attraction on the evening’s 14-race card with two $47,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. In j...
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Gia's Surreal steals the show at Buffalo

on June 19, 2019
JK American Beauty and So Awesome took the main events in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 19) at Buffalo Raceway but it was Gia's Surreal in the $15,000 Excelsior Class A Series who stole the show.   Driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and conditioned by local trainer Jim Graham, Gia's Surreal tied the Buffalo Raceway track record with a...
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Pair of Uncle Peter freshmen set marks at Meadows

on June 19, 2019
Miss Stunner and It's Academic, a pair of Uncle Peter freshman trotters making their career debuts for trainer Ron Burke Wednesday at The Meadows, not only scored handily but also became the season's fastest 2-year-olds in their respective divisions on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone guided both youngsters to victory.   Miss Stunner moved powerfully first over from four...
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2YO Adriano Hanover wins in 1:54.4

on June 19, 2019
Ghost Pine could not be caught in a 1:50.3 victory in the $14,500 featured pace Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with the season’s first local race for freshmen producing a season’s record-tying 1:54.4 win for Adriano Hanover. A son of Badlands Hanover, Ghost Pine tucked third behind outside post leavers Control Tower and Letschasethedreamn in a :26.4 first quar...
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Greenshoe leads Beal contenders

on June 19, 2019
Five of the 10 horses in the Road to the Hambletonian rankings produced by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin will be in action Saturday (June 22) in eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with No. 1 Greenshoe headlining the event. Greenshoe, who also is the top-ranked 3-year-old trotter in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, i...
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More baby qualifiers at Pocono

on June 19, 2019
Ten qualifying events for two-year-olds were staged Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with many well-pedigreed performers turning in solid efforts. The Charlie Norris stable finished 1-2-3 in the fastest of three contests for filly trotters, as the Chapter Seven – Fraction miss Reciprocalbluechip sat in the pocket behind stablemate Sweet Sofie T, then came on to catc...
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John Rhoads Jr., co-owned Right Touch, dies

on June 19, 2019
John “Buzz” Rhoads, Jr., 89, the co-owner of  Right Touch, who won the 2013 Indiana Sires Stakes final, died June 10 after an extended illness. Mr. Rhoads born Jan. 13, 1930, to John and Rita (nee Wellington) and raised in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1947. He attended Ohio University from 1947-1951 before enlisting in the Army, where he was a m...
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$250k Spirit of Massachusetts back at Plainridge

on June 19, 2019
After a one-year hiatus, Grand Circuit racing will return to New England when Plainridge Park hosts the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot for 3-year-old and older trotters. And new for 2019 will be the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares.   Both races will be contested on Sunday (July 28) and are presented by Plainrid...
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Drew Monti to become Plainridge regular

on June 19, 2019
Leading western New York driver Drew Monti is heading east to Massachusetts to become a regular in the driving colony at Plainridge Park.   Monti, who started driving at the age of 18, has put up some impressive numbers in his seven years campaigning at just about every track in New York State. From 8,427 lifetime starts he has 1,334 wins, 1,211 seconds and 1,179 thirds, has earned $7...
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Touchmatic wins 8th race in 9 starts

on June 19, 2019
Touchamatic proved once again Tuesday (June 18) she’s the dominant pacing mare at The Meadows, cruising to a 1:50.1 victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap. It was the eighth victory in the last nine starts for the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch.   Despite a demanding 26.2 opening panel from post 6, Touchamatic had plenty in the tank for Aaron Me...
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2YOCT Can't Say No 1:57.2 PcD winner

on June 18, 2019
The two-year-olds made their 2019 pari-mutuel debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card, with a $13,000 event for each gait sharing the feature spotlight with a trot and a mares pace for more experienced horses. In the section for baby colts, the well-bred Can’t Say No was dismissed as the 38-1 longest shot on the board despite winning in his only qualifier, ...
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Fillies by Roddys Bags Again take DSBF leg

on June 18, 2019
Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 divisional eliminations for pacing fillies headlined the Tuesday Harrington Raceway program. In And Out Again (Ross Wolfenden) won the early non-wagering division in 1:55 over Anneke and Paper Bag. Owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again notched her sixth win of the year and fifth straight in DSBF company. ...
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O'Donnell talks about Ontario racing

on June 18, 2019
He’s watched horse racing in Ontario endure good times and bad, but through it all, Bill O’Donnell refuses to be a pessimist. Known as the "Magic Man" over a decorated Standardbred career that yielded 5,743 wins, numerous accolades and induction into multiple hall of fames, O’Donnell has pretty much seen it all over his time in the sport. And while he&...
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Dexter Dunn talks about great start to '19

on June 18, 2019
Dexter Dunn was hoping to enjoy a little success on the Grand Circuit this year, but the young stakes season has already exceeded his expectations. Dunn, who captured 10 consecutive premiership driving titles in New Zealand before moving to the U.S. last summer, has won Grand Circuit finals with three different horses and finished second in six other events. Last weekend, the 29-year-old Dunn won...
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Pacers score in 1:54.4 in Philly baby races

on June 18, 2019
North American season’s records were reported for both sexes of two-year-old pacers on Tuesday morning at Harrah’s Philadelphia as 15 qualifying races were held for the further development and education of the freshmen. In four pacing colt sections, two youngsters became the first to win under 1:55 on a five-eighths mile track this season. First up was Major Betts, a son of Art Ma...
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Owner, breeder Frank Dettore, 83, dies

on June 18, 2019
Longtime owner and Standardbred breeder Francis J. “Frank” Dettore Jr., 83, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, died June 15, 2019, at the Heritage Nursing Home in Naples, Fla., after a lengthy illness. Mr. Dettore was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Uniontown, Pa., and had been a resident of North Ridgeville for more than 60 years, moving from North Olmsted and Cleveland. He was a member of St. P...
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Jason Bartlett drives 8,000th winner

on June 18, 2019
Jason Bartlett, perennially Yonkers Raceway’s leading driver, used his home away from home for his latest milestone. Bartlett racked up career win number 8,000 on Monday night (June 17), easily knocking off the four victories needed to reach the plateau. He won the $15,000 pacing opener with favored Lounatic ($4.40) in a life-best 1:55, then the $18,000, third-race pace with odds-on Top...
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Musical Rhythm sets Mohawk record

on June 18, 2019
Musical Rhythm extended his win streak to six in a row with a Track Record equaling mile of 1:50.4 on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Ben Baillargeon trained seven-year-old bested five rivals in the $34,000 Preferred Trot to match the record set by Mister Herbie in the 2012 Maple Leaf Trot.   Musical Rhythm and driver Mario Baillargeon left out from post-three...
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Barn Girl takes Meadows trot feature

on June 17, 2019
Rebounding from a disastrous trip at Northfield Park, Barn Girl shot to the lead and held off a pair of talented challengers to capture Monday’s (June 17) $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   In that journey at Northfield, Barn Girl was parked most of the way, making the lead briefly but finishing a weary seventh. She had no such difficulties Monday, as she shot to the l...
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Star Studded Cast scores third straight

on June 17, 2019
Star Studded Cast trotted to his third straight victory in the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming the outside post eight for a 1:55.1 victory. Trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, who acquired the winner when he was claimed by Northfork Racing Stable out of his last start, sent the Current Cast eight-year-old gelding ...
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Chillaxin Away, Aintnosunshine win DSBF

on June 17, 2019
Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's second leg of stakes action for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlined the Monday program at Harrington Raceway.  Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away (Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.1 winner in the first, which was a non-wagering event. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding maintained an easy lead throughout a...
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Two wins in a row for Tisadream N

on June 17, 2019
Tisadream N took on all comers for the enitre mile yet hung tough to the wire to win the featured $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday (June 17) afternoon.    Leaving from the rail, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the initial lead until Sir Puglsey (Shawn Gray) hustled up on the outside to grab the front before the quarter in :26.4. However not content to ...
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Burke pupils practice in Gaitway qualifiers

on June 17, 2019
Ron Burke has enjoyed success with 2-year-old filly pacers, including the two most recent Dan Patch Award winners, Youaremycandygirl in 2017 and Warrawee Ubeaut in 2018, and on Monday (June 17) got another look at a group that will try to continue that good fortune. Burke sent out four winning 2-year-old filly pacers during Monday’s qualifiers at Gaitway Farm, with Merga Hanover victori...
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Captain Crunch, "Mystery" skipping Hempt

on June 17, 2019
The fields for the elimination races for Sun Stakes Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono have been drawn, with the top finishers in the eliminations this Saturday coming back in a week to compete in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace, the $500,000 Earl Beal Three-Year-Old Trot, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Three-Year-Old Colt&Gelding Pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch Three-Year...
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Ingrassia expected to be released from hospital

on June 17, 2019
Harness racing driver Jacqueline Ingrassia was expected to be released from the hospital Monday (June 17) following treatment for injuries suffered in an accident while training last Thursday at White Birch Farm in New Jersey, Ingrassia’s husband Frank said today. Ingrassia’s injuries included two broken wrists, a broken finger, and bleeding on the brain and liver. The 72-year-old ...
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Double Parked among 2YO winners at Hawthorne

on June 17, 2019
The babies made their way to the racetrack this past weekend at Hawthorne as the Night of Champions leg one action continued.  The boys were center stage on Friday evening while the ladies took their place on the track on Saturday night.  All of the leg one events went for $17,500. Race two Friday was the first of two divisions of the Incredible Finale for Illinois-bred two-year-old...
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Rich And Miserable wins Great Northeast Trot

on June 17, 2019
Rich And Miserable defeated the toughest field he has faced during his current six-race win streak, taking a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series Trot in 1:51.3 on a “sloppy” surface. Muscle Diamond was first to the top, with Such An Angel and Moonshiner Hanover falling in behind him before the :27 quarter. Rich And Miserable, an Explosive Matter gelding, was moved from fourth by T...
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Hickfromfrenchlick's 1:51.3 fastest in NYSS

on June 16, 2019
Tioga Downs played host to three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 16).   Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) won the first division ($38,900). Hickfromfrenchlick ($3.60) led to a first quarter in :27.2.  Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) took over as they went by the stands for the first time leading to the hal...
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Bay Rum wins seventh straight at Vernon

on June 16, 2019
Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the featured Vernon Downs pace ($6,000) on Sunday (June 16).   Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) led to a first quarter of :26.2.  Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) claimed the lead before hitting the Half in :55.3. Bay Rum ($4.50), who is owned by Glasser Racing and trained by Homer Hochstetler, made his move from third after the half.  He con...
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In A Single Bound wins again at Saratoga

on June 16, 2019
In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) has begun to establish himself as a force in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel this season and on Saturday night, the Monica Krist trainee scored his third win of the year against the track’s top pacers. Leading driver Billy Dobson took In A Single Bound back early as the fractions in the $15,000 feature were sizzling. Following an early speed duel...
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Micky Gee N's 1:50.3 fastest of '19 at YR

on June 16, 2019
Pole-sitting favorite Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton, $4.30) turned in the fastest local mile of the season Saturday night (June 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Pace. Away fourth, Micky Gee N Dr. J Hanover  (Brent Holland) as that one laid down the law through intervals of :26.3; 55.4 and 1:23.1. Micky Gee N hooked the leader in and out of the final turn, th...
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Beaver sweeps Ohio SS 3CT

on June 16, 2019
Trainer Chris Beaver captured both of the two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on a blustery and rainy Saturday night, June 15 at Northfield Park.   Beaver harnessed 5-2 Never Say Uncle from post nine to take the first division in 1:56.1 with Brett Miller at the controls over a sloppy track.  The bay son of Uncle Peter used c...
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Hanney wins with long shots at Meadowlands

on June 16, 2019
With most of the front-line Meadowlands drivers competing on the North America Cup card, Saturday night provided an opportunity for others to shine at the Big M, and none shone brighter than Freehold regular ‘Irish’ Joe Hanney, who guided a pair of longshots to victory lane. Hanney’s first score came in the fifth race, as he guided Village Jackson to a lifetime-best 1:51.1 s...
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Captain Crunch rebounds, captures NA Cup

on June 15, 2019
Captain Crunch delivered a stunning Canadian Record 1:47.2 performance to win the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Trained by Nancy Johansson, Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron blasted off the wings of the gate from post-eight and claimed the top spot through a :26 opening-quarter. Bettors Wish overtook the lead quickly entering the backs...
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With :29 second quarter, Shartin N wins Roses Are Red

on June 15, 2019
Sent the 1-5 favorite, Shartin N strolled to the lead and faced little challenge when winning the $330,000 Roses Are Red final in 1:49 on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Driver Tim Tetrick sent the six-year-old Tintin In America mare to the top while Caviart Ally sat second into a :25.4 opening quarter. Tequila Monday sat third into the backstretch with Seaswift Joy N stalking f...
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Treacherous Reign nips "Ubeaut" in Fan Hanover

on June 15, 2019
A fast pace by Warrawee Ubeaut set up pocket-sitter Treacherous Reign to power past the tiring leader late and win the $454,000 Fan Hanover Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Stonebridge Soul surged to the top and yielded command to Powerful Chris moving into the first turn. Driver Dexter Dunn moved Treacherous Reign first over into a :27 opening quarter to take control be...
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Rebellious fastest of night at Pocono, 1:49.2

on June 15, 2019
Owner/trainer Antonia Storer swept the twin $17,500 features on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – one at each gait, and one with each Napolitano brother, the 1-2 drivers at the track. On the trot, Anthony Napolitano was driving the Deweycheatumnhowe gelding Optimist Blue Chip, who moved to the lead after a :27.1 quarter and was in charge from there, posting clockings of ...
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Trotter Jack Rules wins fifth of season

on June 15, 2019
Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) captures the Open Pace Handicap ($12,000)  at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 15).   Music Is Art (Jim Taggart Jr.) led the group to a first quarter in :26.2.   Prairie Panther ($3.40), who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin, took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time.  He set the pace as th...
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Alesha Binkley wins Billings Trot at Meadows

on June 15, 2019
Alesha “The Hoosier Hotshot” Binkley pulled the pocket with Body Of Work midway down the backside and rolled to a 10-1/2-length rout in Saturday’s $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot at The Meadows.   Binkley was stalking Michelle “The Belle” Ruvola (Jackie Goldstein) when a pair of circumstances convinced her it was time to move.   &ld...
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Spoiler Alert scores at Vernon for second win of '19

on June 15, 2019
Spoiler Alert (Truman Gale) captured the featured trot ($5,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 15).   Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2.  Spoiler Alert ($6.00) took over as they went around the first turn.  As Spoiler Alert headed for a half in :57.3, Bluffton (Homer Hochsetler) put on the pressure. ...
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Pilot Discretion captures Goodtimes, stays undefeated

on June 15, 2019
Tony Alagna-trainee Pilot Discretion soared by a pair of dueling leaders to remain unbeaten from six starts with a 1:52.4 mile in the $247,000 Goodtimes Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Driver Andrew McCarthy positioned the son of Muscle Hill fifth as Swandre The Giant powered to the top approaching a :27.3 opening quarter. Knight Angel, starting from post 10, got stuck ...
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Atlanta huge 1:50.2 winner in Armbro Flight

on June 15, 2019
Atlanta marched uncovered after her stablemate Hannelore Hanover moving to the final turn, ripped past moving into the stretch and trotted home to a stakes-, track- and Canadian-record 1:50.2 mile in the $256,000 Armbro Flight Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Emoticon Hanover launched to the top from post 9 with Top Expectations slipping into second and Hannelore Hanover...
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Jimmy Freight upsets McWicked in 1:48.1

on June 15, 2019
Driver Louis-Philippe Roy circled Jimmy Freight to the lead and held off a first-over bid from McWicked to coast to a 1:48.1 victory in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Nirvana Seelster took the lead while Jimmy Freight tucked into the pocket and forced 1-5 favorite McWicked into third approaching a :26.4 opening quarter. Jimmy Freight soon brus...
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Delaware, OH June 14 qualifers available online

on June 15, 2019
Trot and Pace Marketing, sponsored by OHHA, filmed the qualifiers at Delaware, Ohio on June 14, 2019. With 15 races in all, many were there for the event. Trot and Pace Café was also there in the barn area providing food and drinks for the horsemen. To view the qualifiers, go to www.trotandpaceracing.com and click on June 14.    Trot and Pace will ...
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Melander freshman colts impress at Meadowlands

on June 15, 2019
The North America Cup day edition of Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB), sponsored by Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms, came an hour early at 9 a.m. on a beautiful windless Saturday morning with the temperature at 70 degrees and the track fast.  Trainer Marcus Melander flaunted his imposing freshman trotting power this morning, winning five of the six colt races while finishing 1-2 ...
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Bruce Ranger wins 9,000th race at Bangor

on June 15, 2019
Driver Bruce Ranger posted his 9,000th career victory when he steered Anderlecht to the winner’s circle in the first race on Friday at Bangor Raceway.   It was the first of four consecutive victories for the 59-year-old Ranger, who became the 24th driver in North America to reach the 9,000 career-win plateau.   Ranger’s career began in his native Maine in 1978. ...
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Twinkle tops Alexa's Power in Yonkers Open

on June 15, 2019
Yonkers Raceway’s Friday evening (June 14) Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover of $9,416.12 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool, found some eyeballs.   Some $34,367 of fresh money poured in, easily leapfrogging the minimum and leading to a total pool of $35,191…after takeout and give or take a few pennies.   The combination of 5/2,9/4/8/1 returned $1,050.25 for each correct ha...
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Marvalous Jet scores in Tioga mare feature

on June 15, 2019
Marvalous Jet (Mike Merton) captured the featured fillies and mares pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 14).     Gigi From Figi (Wally Hennessey) put up all the early fractions (:27.0, 55.4, 1;23.3).  Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) went first-over and battled Gigi From Figi all the way around the final turn. Marvalous Jet ($14.20), who is owned by trainer...
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Only Passing Thru edges Taco Tuesday at Vernon

on June 15, 2019
Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) captured the featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 14).   Taco Tuesday (John MacDonald) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.1, 1:25.3). Only Passing Thru ($7.20), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was four lengths back in third after three-quarters. Only Passing Thru and Taco Tuesd...
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OSS 3FP to Rose Run Uptowngal, Rylee Roo

on June 15, 2019
A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes tests for 3-year-old pacing fillies brought forth impressive performances despite unseasonably cool weather under clear skies at Scioto Downs on Friday, June 14.   In the first OSS division 3-1 Rose Run Uptowngal and driver Chris Page took advantage of a costly break made by 1-2 favorite Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) in the early going.  The daugh...
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Highalator, Guardian Angel As win at Meadowlands

on June 15, 2019
Highalator and Guardian Angel As extended their respective winning streaks in style Friday night in the co-features at the Meadowlands.   Highalator won for fifth time in six Meadowlands starts this year, displaying some versatility in coming from off the pace to win Leg 3 of the Golden Receiver series for pacers for driver Ricky Still and trainer Jenny Bier.   The 5-year-o...
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Sortie Hanover scores at Plainridge

on June 14, 2019
The feature race at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (June 14) was the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap trot and Sortie Hanover made a bold move to capture the winner’s share.   Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left from post seven and took an early lead. But he soon surrendered that spot to Lindy The Great (Drew Monti) who recovered from an early break to rally to the front by the ha...
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Osterc's 1:52.2 leads PASS 3CT

on June 14, 2019
A preview of next week’s Beal Trot eliminations at Pocono and the big jewel, the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands on August 3, was certainly on display during competition among Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotting colts at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Three divisions of the third preliminary round for the Sire Stakes and four sections of Stallion Series action prod...
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Can Caviart Ally challenge Shartin N?

on June 14, 2019
Caviart Ally will take aim at ending Shartin N’s rule over the older pacing mare division when the two again spar in the $330,000 Roses Are Red final on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   “We’re going to take her on,” said Brett Pelling, who started training Caviart Ally after her original trainer Noel Daley returned ho...
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Stars out in force Saturday at Mohawk Park

on June 14, 2019
The 3-year-old pacers in Saturday’s $1 million North America Cup will enjoy center stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park but the card’s supporting cast includes its share of star power too, such as No. 1-ranked Shartin N, returning Horse of the Year McWicked, and additional award winners Atlanta, Emoticon Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Hannelore Hanover, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, Tall Dr...
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Horseman Jim Beanblossom dies

on June 14, 2019
Horseman James “Jim” Beanblossom, 86, passed away peacefully at Norton Hospital, in Louisville, Ky., surrounded by his family on June 12.   He was born February 28, 1933, in Laconia, Indiana, to Kenneth and Daisy Timberlake Beanblossom, at the same home that he would later share with his wife and raise his family in.   Jim retired from Motor Convoy in 1991,...
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Al-Mar-Got A Fever brings 4-race streak into open

on June 14, 2019
When Al-Mar-Got A Fever came to Scott Di Domenico’s barn, the trainer was skeptical. Although the 5-year-old mare built an impressive resume in the Midwest, winning 12 of 48 starts and earning $226,231 while racing primarily in the barn of Steven Carter, Di Domenico knows doing it against top competition in New York is a tougher task.   Despite his early reservations, Al-Mar-Got A F...
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Plunge Blue Chip scratched from Armbro Flight

on June 14, 2019
The complexion of Saturday’s (June 15) C$256,000 Armbro Flight final changed with the scratch of one mare that will open the door for Ontario-based Dream Together to compete. Trot Insider has learned that Dream Together will line up from post position nine after the scratch of Plunge Blue Chip. Randy Waples has been listed to drive Dream Together, who finished sixth in her elimination....
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Last call for Summer Mixed Sale entries

on June 14, 2019
Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds horsemen and women that the catalog for the Summer Mixed Sale is ready to close, so entries should be submitted to the sales company or with one’s agent as soon as possible.   The sale will be conducted at the Meadowlands on July 14, the Sunday following the track’s premier night of racing that includes the Meadowlands Pace and seven other maj...
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Con Air Hall cruises in Plainridge feature

on June 14, 2019
After matching his lifetime mark in an April win at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Con Air Hall had not been able to come close to that performance in the months since. But that all changed on Thursday when the 6 year old got his game back on track and romped in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park.     Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) dropp...
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NYSS 3CPs in action Sunday at Tioga

on June 13, 2019
Tioga Downs will host three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Father’s Day Sunday. Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) is the 5-2 morning line favorite In the first division ($38,900).  The 3-year-old colt by So Surreal is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker along with Nolamaura Racing, and Thomas Spatorico.  He has two ...
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PA fair circuit gets underway Saturday

on June 13, 2019
The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit starts up this Saturday and Sunday in this northwest Pennsylvania town, outside of Erie, with 2 and 3 year olds competing in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action, both days starting at noon – the freshmen on Saturday, and the sophomores on Sunday. Enough 2 year olds have entered to allow for nine races on Saturday. Four of t...
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Scirocco Rob holds on in Philly feature

on June 13, 2019
The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob was pointed to the front of the pack by David Miller in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, and the winner of $324,173 never looked back in a 1:53.1 victory. Showing a recent win in this class and sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Scirocco Rob was parked most of the :27.3 first quarter to get the lead, then got ...
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Osprey Blue Chip springs 21-1 Saratoga shocker

on June 13, 2019
Osprey Blue Chip (American Ideal) is in the midst of her best stretch since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel a couple seasons ago. A winner of four of her last seven starts leading up to Thursday afternoon’s feature at the Spa, Osprey Blue Chip was assigned the rail for her second try in the local Open for fillies and mares. Brett Crawford picked up the catch-drive for trainer Lisa Zabielsk...
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NA Cup Night in new Weekend Preview!

on June 13, 2019
All eyes on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as Saturday night’s blockbuster card includes the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Nancy Johansson explained to Gordon Waterstone about Captain Crunch’s break in the elimination—he was still game enough to finish fifth—and what she expects in the final. Also, Yannic...
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Ohio horseman Tony Raber dies at 89

on June 13, 2019
Tony L. Raber, 89, of Strasburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 11, in the New Dawn Retirement Center. Born March 10, 1930 in Stone Creek, he was a son of the late Jesse and Pearl Mizer Raber. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Cy and Dennis; and three sisters, Helen Stephen, Okie and Sally Hiles. Mr. Raber was a retired Brick Mason, having worked for many different contractors t...
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Great Northeast Series Sunday at Pocono, Philly

on June 13, 2019
The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) continues this Sunday with a pair of $30,000 events, an open pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia in the afternoon and an open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono at night. In the pacing event, Rockin Ron is listed as the 5-2 favorite to get his first win of 2019 after several good tries against high-class company. The career earner of $1,618,365 was ...
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Race announcer workshop July 27 at Meadowlands

on June 13, 2019
Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27.   The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast team...
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Groups call for bisphosphonate research

on June 13, 2019
Three organizations dedicated to the improvement of horse health today announced a call for research proposals to investigate bisphosphonate administration in racehorses and in young racing prospects intended for sale at public auction.   The initiative by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the American Association of E...
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Buckeye entries close Saturday

on June 13, 2019
The entry deadline for the 5th annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale is this Saturday, June 15. The Buckeye Classic, scheduled for Sept. 24 is held at the Champions Center Expo in Springfield, Ohio, and is open to ALL foals of 2018. Contracts are available upon request by calling the Hoosier Classic Sale Company at 574-825-4610 or download an entry packet online at www.buckeyeclassicsale...
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Jacquie Ingrassia hurt in White Birch accident

on June 13, 2019
Jacqueline Ingrassia, 72, one of the sport’s all-time leading female drivers, is recovering from injuries suffered in a training accident Thursday morning at White Birch Farm in New Jersey.   According to friend Lella Montgomery, Ingrassia got hurt when the horse she was jogging shook the bridle off and took off, throwing her into the barn. While the horse was not hurt, Ingrassi...
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USTA opposes Horse Racing Integrity Act

on June 13, 2019
The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) strongly opposes the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2019 (S. 1820), which was introduced Wednesday (June 12) by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The legislation is bad for harness racing, horse racing, and the health and welfare of horses. “At a time in which the industry is focused on preventing deaths, this legislation will have the opposite effec...
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Meadowlands tops $3 million in handle 10th time

on June 13, 2019
When it comes to the magic $3-million handle mark, Saturday night, June 8, at the Meadowlands was a perfect 10. Wagering at the industry’s handle leader went past the $3-million mark for the 10th time in 2019, as after betting from all sources were tallied, the $3,205,559 pushed through the windows represented the third-highest single-card total of the year. Wagering got a big b...
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Breeders Crown Charity Challenge announced

on June 13, 2019
Sports and entertainment collides for the inaugural Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership and Woodbine Entertainment.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge will team four award-winning Standardbreds with four celebrities, and a charity of their choosing, for a unique social media challenge building towards the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine...
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Marion Marauder starting Friday at Meadowlands

on June 13, 2019
The waiting is the hardest part. Not so much for Paula Wellwood, but for Marion Marauder. Marion Marauder, a multiple Dan Patch Award recipient and 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner, will make his seasonal debut Friday (June 14) in the third round of the Mr Muscleman Series at The Meadowlands. Wellwood was in no hurry to get the 6-year-old stallion’s campaign underway, starting him this ...
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Ohio SS action set for Scioto, Northfield

on June 13, 2019
The second leg of the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomores continues this weekend with 3-year-old pacing fillies featured Friday night at Scioto Downs and 3-year-old trotting colts in the limelight at Northfield Park on Saturday night.   Seventeen fillies battle in two $50,000 OSS divisions at Scioto (Races 3 and 6) with a first race post time of 6:30 pm (EDT). Stallions represe...
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Dobson teams up to win with Twisted Pretzel

on June 13, 2019
Wednesday afternoon’s card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was dominated by red hot reinsman Billy Dobson. The track’s defending top driver is having a sensational 2019 campaign and has enjoyed a huge last few weeks of action in the sulky. On Wednesday, the 35 year old Dobson piloted four winners, including one while sitting behind former Saratoga Trotter of the Year Twisted Pretzel (Cra...
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New Southern Hemisphere farm for American Ideal

on June 13, 2019
American Ideal, who stands at Blue Chip Farms in New York, will slightly alter his flight plans for the upcoming 2019-20 southern hemisphere breeding season.   In previous down under seasons he stood at Woodlands Stud in New Zealand; but this year, in an agreement between Woodlands and Dr. Kath McIntosh’s Northern Rivers Equine at Kyabram, he will stand in Australia at Northern ...
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Mr Vicktor, Our White Knight win NYSS at Buffalo

on June 12, 2019
Mr Vicktor and Our White Knight were both patient off the starting gate but once they got rolling in their respective $58,000 (approx.) divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the sophomore colt and gelding trotters, it was lights out for their competition.   In the opening leg, Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) cruised to a 2-1/4 score over Captain Krupnik in 1:57.0 while Our White Knight (...
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Bellamente collects victory in Meadows feature

on June 12, 2019
Bellamente seized the lead from post 7 and overpowered the field from there in capturing Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot.   Once Bellamente reached the point for Brian Zendt, the 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Bellissimo had little trouble thwarting the first-over bid of Soldier Hanover and scoring in a career-best 1:56.1. INXS was second, 3-3/...
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Greenshoe romps to 1:52 qualifying win

on June 12, 2019
The 3-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe continued his awesome 2019 performances during a Wednesday morning qualifying session at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning in a spectacular 1:52. Brian Sears came to Pocono to guide the son of Father Patrick, and the pair hung up fractions of :28, :55.4, and 1:24.1, with the sophomore 15 lengths ahead by the half and having a margin of 28 lengths ...
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Owner Al Rideout, 76, dies

on June 12, 2019
Longtime Standardbred racehorse owner and harness racing fan Alphonsus ‘Al’ Rideout, 76, died June 10, after a short battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of 53 years to Mary; cherished father to Doug (Julie), Darrell and Kevin (Heather); will be sadly missed by his siblings, Sheila, Loretta, Hilda, Betty, Mike, Rick and Jim; loving papa to Dougie, Dakota, Josh, Jono, Brenden,...
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Hannelore Hanover aims for fourth Armbro Flight

on June 12, 2019
Hannelore Hanover has already made history in the Armbro Flight Stakes, in multiple ways, and will try to add to her accomplishments Saturday when she goes for her fourth consecutive trophy in the $256,000(C) event for older female trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A 7-year-old mare, Hannelore Hanover already owns the record for Armbro Flight titles. In fact, she has never been beaten in...
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Horseman Tim Curtin, 61, dies

on June 12, 2019
Horseman Tim Curtin, a fixture on the Illinois circuit for many years, passed away Tuesday night at the age of 61. Currently tied for second in the driver standings at Hawthorne Race Course with 23 wins on the meet, Curtin had an illustrious career that spanned back into the late 1970’s.   Curtin drove home 3,245 horses to victory during his driving career of over 40 yea...
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Alvisi Hanover wins Pocono stretch battle

on June 11, 2019
Alvisi Hanover battled with Magic MVP the length of the stretch before posting a neck victory in a career-best 1:54.1 while taking the $15,000 trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. George Napolitano Jr. had the altered son of Muscle Massive away from the gate well to sit a pocket trip behind Magic MVP, with the initial splits flashing :27.1 and :56....
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Skinner trainees sweep DSBF 3FP splits

on June 11, 2019
Jason Skinner co-owned and trained fillies swept both $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.  Jason and Tim Skinner's In And Out Again ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) and Joan Dalphon, Elanor Laws and Jason Skinner's Biggiessecondshot ($4.60, Ross Wolfenden) were both victorious in the first of two DSBF elimi...
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Greenshoe qualifying Wednesday

on June 11, 2019
Greenshoe, who has returned in 2019 with two sensational victories and is the current Hambletonian favorite, will be in a qualifier Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, perhaps preparing for the Earl Beal Trot eliminations at the mountain oval on June 22. A sophomore son of Father Patrick trained by Marcus Melander for Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist, and Morten Lang...
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Touchamatic parlays pocket trip into Meadows win

on June 11, 2019
Touchamatic, who saw her six-race winning streak snapped last week, took the first step to stringing together a new one when she exploded from the pocket lane to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Pace at The Meadows.   Touchamatic was content to stalk from the pocket for Aaron Merriman and let the front-ending Medusa do the heavy lifting. As they straightened out o...
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Plenty of babies in action in Philly

on June 11, 2019
Fifteen sets of two-year-olds went behind the starting gate at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning in the second session of baby qualifying races. Quickest freshman of all was the Sweet Lou – Show And Tell gelding Tell Them Lou, who followed up on a 1:58 victory in his debut with a 1:55.3 triumph, motoring his back fractions in :56.4 - :28.1. The 1:55.3 is the fastest reporte...
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New Owner Seminar June 16 at Tioga

on June 11, 2019
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is hosting a seminar for new and prospective Standardbred horse owners at the Tioga Downs on Sunday, June 16. Participants are invited to gather at 9 a.m. for a backstretch tour and informational panel discussions, followed by lunch and live racing. There is no cost to this program, but reservations are requested by close of busi...
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Post positions drawn for Pepsi North America Cup

on June 11, 2019
Workin Ona Mystery, installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite, headlines a field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The 36th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN5 from 10-10:30 p.m. The ...
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Mach Doro A wins Plainridge feature in lifetime best

on June 11, 2019
As had been the case in his last two wins at Plainridge Park, Mach Doro A once again performed like a man against boys in winning the $14,000 winners-over handicap feature pace on Monday afternoon.   Leaving from post seven, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) flew to the front to set up shop and once there unchallenged, backed off the fractions to :27 and :56.2. By the time Bet You (Mitchell ...
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Teague, Mr Wiggles have big night at Harrington

on June 11, 2019
Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action for 3-year-old male pacers highlighted the Monday program at Harrington Raceway, with two $20,000 divisions in the first of two legs.  Both races were won by driver Montrell Teague with Mr. Wiggles-sired colts. Teague had four wins on the card.  George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($4, Montrell Teague) was a 1:54.2 w...
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Star Studded Cast wins at Pocono

on June 11, 2019
Star Studded Cast recorded his second straight victory in taking the $14,000 featured claiming handicap trot on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono over a “sloppy” track. The altered son of Current Cast parlayed a pocket trip to paydirt last time out; coming back on six days rest here, he made every pole a winning one for driver Anthony Napolitano in 1:57. A...
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DD Delicious, Zero Tolerance win NYSS

on June 10, 2019
Tioga Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (June 10). DD Delicious (Jim Morrill Jr.) came flying late to capture the $57,600 first division while Zero Tolerance (David Miller) cruised to an easy win in the $56,500 second division.   In the opener, So Awesome (Tim Tetrick) was the big favorite and went to the fro...
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Cue Hall takes Meadows Open Trot

on June 10, 2019
Parked through a grueling :26.4 opening panel, Cue Hall found more in the lane and captured Monday’s (June 10) $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   As if that demanding start weren’t enough, Cue Hall had to withstand an extended uncovered challenge from heavy favorite Bluebird Jesse, who had won four of his last five.   Nevertheless, the 7-year-old son of ...
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Gaitway 2YOs: Burke wins 5, DiDomenico 3, Miller 3

on June 10, 2019
The last time trainer Scott DiDomenico qualified 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm, it seemed dark clouds followed him at every turn. Of the eight horses he sent into action that morning last June, one posted a win and only one other finished better than fifth.   “It was kind of a beatdown day,” DiDomeninco said.   On Monday, there were dark clouds — literally, ...
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New England amateur drivers donate to STA

on June 10, 2019
The New England Amateur Drivers Club (NEAHDC), based at Plainridge Racecourse, is donating $2,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to help in accreditation and granting to programs caring for off the track Standardbreds.  The club, which has several dozen members, competes in one to two races each week at Plainridge; drivers donate their five percent commissions to cha...
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Maple Leafs' Connor Brown NA Cup drawmaster

on June 10, 2019
Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce Connor Brown, Toronto Maple Leafs forward, as this year’s drawmaster for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The post-position draw and media conference for the Pepsi North America Cup will take place Tuesday, beginning at noon, at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Born in Etobicoke, Brown has played in all 82 regular season g...
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Millies Possesion 5-for-5 after PA All Stars win

on June 10, 2019
Millies Possesion remained undefeated in five career starts, while The Ice Dutchess set a North American season’s record as the two most impressive winners in four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 3-year-old trotting fillies Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Possess The Will–Fashion Athena filly Millies Possesion led the field settle past ...
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Quincy Blue Chip sets Saratoga record in NYSS

on June 09, 2019
New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) action took center stage on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as 3-year-old trotting fillies were featured. There were two divisions for sophomore fillies that went for purses of $90,050 and $88,450 and driver Jim Morrill Jr. swept the co-features. Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse-Cantab Hall) was fresh off a win in the Empire Breeders Classic f...
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Decoy three-peats at Harrah’s Philadelphia

on June 09, 2019
Fresh off back-to-back wins, Decoy ($4.20) proved much the best in Sunday afternoon’s $18,000 featured top-level pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia, sprinting off late in a dominant pillar-to-post 1:49.4 win. Daniel Dubé put the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere son in play from the outset, and the pair seated Machiavelli (George Napolitano Jr.) in the pocket through a :26.4...
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The Downtown Bus upsets in Graduate

on June 09, 2019
The Downtown Bus (Tim Tetrick) charged late to win a leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers at Tioga Downs on Sunday. The five-eighths oval hosted two divisions of the Graduate Series for pacers and trotters. All divisions raced for a purse of $50,000. In the first division for pacers all eyes were on the two favorites, Courtly Choice (David Miller) and Lather Up (Montrell T...
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Only Take Cash, Pure Chance score in OSS 3FTs

on June 09, 2019
Only Take Cash and Pure Chance both captured their respective $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions on a tepid Saturday night at Northfield Park. Set early in the 16-race card, the two OSS contests for 3-year-old trotting distaffs were the preamble events to the $200,000 Battle Of Lake Erie. Only Take Cash, last year’s 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stake champion, took her division handi...
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Caviart Luca, Will Take Charge win Yonkers opens

on June 09, 2019
A pocketed Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $7.50) and an off-the-pace Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) were the Saturday night standouts, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps.   It was a night where only eight drivers were programmed, so everyone was put to work in all 10 races.   From post position No. 4 in the weekly pacing feature, ...
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Callahan wins 6 at Big M; Pick 5 pays $72,000

on June 09, 2019
Favorites failed in every leg of the 50-Cent Pick-5 at the Meadowlands Saturday night and that suited two shrewd handicappers – one wagering into the Elite Turf Club hub and the other in the Catskills – just fine. With a carryover of $30,928 serving as the catalyst for $177,835 in new money wagered, there was quite a bit of buzz for Pick-5 players, who, as it turned out,...
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None Bettor A best in Battle Of Lake Erie

on June 09, 2019
None Bettor A ($6.60), a newcomer from Down Under continues to take the U.S. by storm, winning the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie in 1:49. The 1:49 clocking tied the all-age track record at Northfield Park.    Saturday’s victory marks the sixth straight sub-1:50 victory for the 6-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding.  Bettor’s Delight had a great ...
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Highalator holds on in Great Northeast

on June 08, 2019
Highalator, a horse who loves to win, especially at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, was pushed to the hilt by a game Hitman Hill, but persevered to equal Rodeo Rock’s fastest mile of the local scene, 1:49, in taking a $30,000 division of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for fast-class pacers on Saturday night. Rick Still had the son of Somebeachsomewhere away in good order, ...
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Treacherous Reign, Warrawee Ubeaut take Fan Hanover elims

on June 08, 2019
 Sophomore pacing fillies battled on Saturday night’s card at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the eliminations of the Fan Hanover.   A group of 19 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into a pair of $35,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each advanced to next week’s $454,000 final.   Treacherous Reign overcame a post-10 start to win the fir...
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Bay Rum wins 6th straight at Vernon

on June 08, 2019
Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the feature pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday. Bay Rum ($3.30) took over the lead from Brookdale Bruiser before hitting the first quarter in :28.2.  Bay Rum continued the lead into a half of :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Bay Rum, who is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by Homer Hochstetler, got stronger in the s...
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Bettor’s Wish, Workin Ona Mystery win NA Cup elims

on June 08, 2019
The field is set for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup following a pair of $50,000 eliminations on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Bettor’s Wish and Workin Ona Mystery captured the elimination contests to earn the right to select their post-position in the $1 million final. The top-five finishers from each split advanced to Canada’s richest Standard...
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Philly Hanover’s 1:49.2 in PASS 3FP sets Meadows TR

on June 08, 2019
Philly Hanover barreled to the lead at the quarter and didn’t stop pouring it on until she set a track record 1:49.2 in Saturday’s $168,074 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Sylph Hanover and Odds On St Lucie taking the other splits. Dexter Dunn enjoyed a PASS double b...
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Drew Campbell wins 5,000th career race

on June 08, 2019
When last seen at Scarborough Downs, Drew Campbell was busy piecing together a dominant six-win performance last Sunday, an effort that left the man in orange and black six wins shy of registering the 5,000th victory lap of his prodigious career. After a week spent campaigning at Bangor Raceway and Plainridge Park, Campbell fittingly reappeared at the Downs, the venue where he has enjoyed the ma...
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Engblom has 6 winners at Breakfast with the Babies

on June 08, 2019
Per Engblom’s stable got off to a strong start at Saturday’s second edition of Breakfast with the Babies at The Meadowlands, and kept the good times rolling through the morning. Engblom won six times, dominating the eight-race trotting portion of the card for 2-year-olds.   “It was a very good day,” Engblom said. “I thought we had prepared them good enoug...
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Fox Valley Hermia gives Tetrick win 10,999

on June 08, 2019
Driver Tim Tetrick upped his lifetime win total to 10,999, a 50-Cent Pick-5 that wasn't hit will guarantee a huge next pool and the first sub-1:50 trotter in Meadowlands history hit the winner’s circle for the first time in 2019 on an eventful Friday night at the Big M.   After guiding Fox Valley Hermia to victory in the sixth race for pacing fillies and mares with...
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Shezza GNP N a head winner in Yonkers feature

on June 07, 2019
With no distaff derby on the social schedule, other high-condition contests for the ladies led Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night festivities.             A $23,000 event saw a pocketed—from post position No. 2—Shezza GNP N (Jordan Stratton, $5.90) just prevail over a hard-charging, 71-1 I Wish You Well (Pat Lachance) i...
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Forbidden Trade, Pilot Discretion win Goodtimes elims

on June 07, 2019
Sophomore trotters were in action Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the Goodtimes. A group of 18 were split into a pair of $30,000 divisions.   Forbidden Trade angled out of the two hole late for a 1:53.1 victory in the first elimination.   Driven by Bob McClure, Forbidden Trade showed early speed to grab the lead and post a :27.2 opening-quarte...
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Hannelore Hanover, Atlanta star in Armbro Flight elims

on June 07, 2019
Records were matched and broken in Friday night’s Armbro Flight eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A group of 16 star trotting mares clashed in a pair of $35,000 Armbro Flight eliminations with Ron Burke trainees Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover (pictured) putting on a show.   Superstar Atlanta delivered possibly the easiest-looking Canadian record-equaling per...
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Mark Harder notches 2,000th training win

on June 07, 2019
Trainer Mark Harder recorded the 2,000th victory of his career during the Friday card at Harrah’s Philadelphia when his pupil Ataboy Hanover drew off to an easy victory in an $11,000 trot, in the process taking a new mark of 1:54.3. The 58-year-old native of Wellington, New Zealand enjoyed his best season in 2004, when Holborn Hanover, former co-holder of the all-time fastest rac...
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Make It A Double rallies for Plainridge win

on June 07, 2019
Bouncing back from a break and an outside post in recent starts, Make It A Double surprised the betting faithful and took the top prize in the $16,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon at odds of 12-1.   Make It A Double (Mark Athearn) got away fourth as even-money favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) marched at the head of the group to the quarter in :27.4 a...
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Aflame Hanover sparks hopes for Cup glory

on June 07, 2019
Making most of their living racing in Pennsylvania on the fair circuit and at its three tracks, Tony and Linda Schadel will now take their first steps onto the world’s stage as their glamour-boy colt Aflame Hanover takes aim at a million-dollar prize in this Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup eliminations.   “This is the first time I’ve ever entered a horse in ...
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Racing at Paulding fair begins June 10

on June 07, 2019
The 159th annual Paulding County Fair will soon begin and the grand old Grandstand will be reverberating with the excitement and the thrills of harness racing for three nights beginning Monday, June 10, at 5 p.m. with full racing programs the same time on Tuesday (June 11) and Wednesday (June 12) as well. It is the official start of the 2019 Ohio Fair Racing Conference season and, after a long w...
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Fan Hanover 3YO pacing filly preview

on June 07, 2019
Tom Fanning might not have a shoo-in to reach the Fan Hanover Stakes final, but he likes Trillions Hanover’s chances with shoes on. Fanning watched his 3-year-old female pacer qualify last weekend at the Meadowlands in 1:50.2 with a shoe missing, after which he was quick to quip with a grin, “She probably goes 1:49 with four shoes.” She can try Saturday (June 8), when she...
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Kawartha Downs sold; racing to remain

on June 07, 2019
Toronto-based Romspen Investments Corp. has purchased Kawartha Downs in Ontario and is expecting to keep live horse racing at the Peterborough-area facility, according to the track’s new president, Richard Weldon. An article by the Peterborough Examiner explains that Romspen Investments Corp. had been the mortgage lender to the track’s previous owner, ‘Skip’ Ambrose. K...
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3PC Magic Joe Lindy wins '19 debut

on June 07, 2019
After cruising to easy wins in two of her last three outings at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Write Me A Song shipped into Massachusetts and put on quite a show while winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pacing feature for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (June 6) at Plainridge Park.   Leaving from post seven, Write Me A Song (Mitchell Cushing) was a blur off the gate a...
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Dexter Dunn wins 5 in Philly Thursday

on June 06, 2019
New Zealand native Dexter Dunn, who has ascended to third in the Harrah’s Philadelphia driving standings behind perennial leaders Tim Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr., took five victories during the Thursday afternoon card at the riverside oval, including wins in the feature and one co-feature – neither of them predictable. In the $18,000 headlining trot, Dunn rallied the Ca...
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NA Cup elims in new Weekend Preview!

on June 06, 2019
The continent’s leading 3-year-old male pacers converge on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. Six—that’s right, six—unbeaten horses in 2019 are in the NA Cup elims, including five in a powerhouse first split. Read what trainers John McDermott Jr. and Nancy ...
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Brown talks about his 2 NA Cup starters

on June 06, 2019
Trainer Brian Brown finished second in last year’s Pepsi North America Cup with now four-year-old star Done Well and the Ohio-based conditioner is back to take another stab his second victory in Canada’s signature race with Air Force Hanover and Workin Ona Mystery in this Saturday’s eliminations.   “I guess you’d say I’m kind of excited about coming...
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Burke update about NA Cup starters

on June 06, 2019
Ron Burke leads all trainers in starters for Saturday’s (June 8) Pepsi North America Cup eliminations at Ontario’s Woodbine Mohawk Park, and although his three 3-year-old pacers are winless this season, the sport’s leading conditioner is anticipating improved performances from his group. Burke, the 2018 Trainer of the Year in the U.S., sends out De Los Cielos Deo in the firs...
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PASS 3FP hopefuls to battle at The Meadows

on June 06, 2019
With world champion Warrawee Ubeaut elsewhere, a number of talented 3-year-old filly pacers will be looking to earn their spurs in Saturday’s $168,074 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) at The Meadows. Two who appear especially promising are Odds On St Lucie from the Tony Alagna stable and Philly Hanover, sent out by Ron Coyne Jr..   The Belmont Day card kicks off at the special p...
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3FTs in Ohio SS action Saturday at Northfield

on June 06, 2019
Fourteen 3-year-old trotting fillies are slated to line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Saturday evening in a pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS).  First race post time is 6 p.m. (EDT), with the OSS events carded as races two and seven on the 16-race program that also features the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Free For All Invitational Pace.   Only Take Cash, la...
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Morning Shadow gets win in Meadows feature

on June 05, 2019
Shuffled to fourth after taking the early lead, Morning Shadow poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace for fillies and mares.   JK Kissntell took the point from Morning Shadow, thwarting a number of challengers but never enjoying a breather. Morning Shadow and Dave Palone pounced on her in the lane and scored in ...
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American Mercury takes NYSS win at Buffalo

on June 05, 2019
American Mercury ($6.50) overcame the outside post to start the race then overwhelmed Major March in the stretch to collect the victory in the $118,800 New York Sire Stakes event for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 5).   Covering the mile in 1:52.4, in was the second straight NYSS victory for American Mercury.   "It...
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Bring The Thunder, Blacklight shine in Philly features

on June 05, 2019
Developing horses on their way up the class ladder were featured in a pair of $14,000 pacing events Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a pair of sons of Somebeachsomewhere, Blacklight and Bring The Thunder, emerging victorious. Bring The Thunder may have started his career with fourteen defeats, but right now he's a winner of two straight, and he has a nice new mark of...
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Big turnout at Diamond Creek open house

on June 05, 2019
Diamond Creek held it's 5th annual Open House over the weekend in sunny Wellsville, Pa. The event was attended by over 750, a large number of whom were from the community and have attended every year.   "Every year this Open House gets larger," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden, "My staff outdo themselves planning each year, and it shows in the exc...
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Undefeated Pilot Discretion in Goodtimes

on June 05, 2019
It is often said that sometimes the moves you don’t make, or in this instance the races you don’t make, turn out the best. Such appears to be the case for 3-year-old male trotter Pilot Discretion, who brings an undefeated slate to Friday’s (June 7) Goodtimes Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Pilot Discretion, from the stable of Tony Alagna, developed slowly last seaso...
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Grasso following 2 NYSS homebreds

on June 05, 2019
John Grasso credits divine intervention for his presence at the racetrack these days. The longtime owner and trainer was ready to call it a career after his wife, Janine, passed away on Christmas Eve last year. The two had been high school sweethearts and spent 48 years of life together. Before her passing, Grasso recalls telling Janine that he thought he had a couple of good horses that would be ...
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Big charity night at Meadows June 28

on June 05, 2019
Family fun and giving back to the community are themes for a major event planned at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA), in partnership with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), is hosting a “Driver Charity Challenge & Family Fun Night” on Friday, June 28.. Live racing starts at 5:30 PM, and families can enjoy a DJ, ...
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KY fair season begins Thursday

on June 05, 2019
Kentucky Fair racing will get underway Thursday, June 6, as 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will make their season debut at the Purchase District Fair in Mayfield. With a post time scheduled for 4 pm, the card will feature 14 heats of racing for the Kentucky-bred youngsters with each division going for $5,000. For most of the entries, it will be their first start of 2019.   201...
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Services announced for Jerry Knappenberger

on June 04, 2019
Jerry Lee Knappenberger, 76, a longtime general manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and former second trainer for the Terry Holton stable, died June 3, 2019, at the Inn at Chapel Grove in Heath, Ohio. He was born October 9, 1942, in Newark, a son of the late John H. and Mildred G. (Barnes) Knappenberger. He was a graduate of Newark High School and received a Bachelor&...
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Keystone Riptide victorious at Meadows

on June 04, 2019
Dismissed at 22-1, Keystone Riptide wore down a game Touchamatic, snapping that rival’s six-race winning streak and capturing Tuesday’s (June 4) $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Pace at The Meadows.   Although Touchamatic was parked throughout a contested 26.1 opening quarter, she refused to yield to the first-over challenge of Keystone Riptide and Mike Wilder. At the wire, tho...
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Reclamation wins sixth in a row

on June 04, 2019
Reclamation was a 1:51.2 winner in the $17,500 distaff featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, raising her scorecard to six wins in a row and 13-for-21 lifetime. The four-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, driven by Matt Kakaley (who had four successes on the card) for trainer Ron Burke, was on top at every call for the first time during her winning streak, cleari...
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Arts And Flowers takes Harrington mare Open

on June 04, 2019
Linda Schwaid and Era Williams' Arts and Flowers ($32.60, Roger Plante Jr.) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Arts And Flowers released Sayulita to the lead approaching the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Sayulita then marched to the half-mile in 57 seconds, while Goin Again mounted a first over bid, with Empress Deo second over to three-quarters i...
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HHYF wraps up stop at Ohio's Crawford County

on June 04, 2019
After a month-long spell of inclement weather that has gripped the area the Harness Horse Youth Foundation/Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Ohio Grand Tour 2019 was greeted by pristine skies and temperatures in the low 70s at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on Monday, June 3, as they began their 10-day trek through Ohio.   Fair official David Staats welcomed the small...
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Local heroes longshots in Battle of Lake Erie

on June 04, 2019
Both of Northfield Park’s local pacing stars have accepted their invitations to Saturday’s $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Dave Bianconi, the track’s executive vice president of racing and simulcasting, has assigned Bully Pulpit and Southwind Amazon 12-1 and 15-1 morning-line odds. His customary assignments to them are outside posts in Northfield’s weekly Open Pace. ...
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Jim Campbell wins 6 in Philly qualifiers

on June 04, 2019
The Jim Campbell Stable came to the first set of 2-year-old qualifying races at Harrah’s Philadelphia ready to roar, as the trainer won six races during the Tuesday morning trials, including five of the six on the trot. Among the trotting colts, a pair sponsored by Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC, both out of champion full sisters, won by a combined 37 lengths. The faster w...
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Two Standardbreds killed in Ontario traffic accident

on June 04, 2019
Tragedy struck the southern Ontario harness racing industry on Sunday evening, June 2, as an auto accident which involved horses that were shipping to race claimed the lives of a pair of Standardbreds. The collision occurred in rural Milton, north of Woodbine Mohawk Park, at roughly 5:30 p.m. The horses in question were shipping to compete at Georgian Downs in Innisfil for the track&rsqu...
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State-breds in action at Hawthorne

on June 04, 2019
The past weekend at Hawthorne was a big one locally, and for the long term future of the industry in Illinois.  As the summer harness meet moved into the second month of the season, legislation was being passed in Illinois to allow for an expansion of gaming and sports betting which will lead to a revitalization of racing in Illinois. On the track, Cardinal and Violet races were the raci...
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Elims set for Pepsi North America Cup

on June 04, 2019
The entry box for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup closed Tuesday morning with 18 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings entered.   A pair of $50,000 eliminations, each with a field of nine, will be contested this Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $1 million final on Saturday, June 15.   The fields f...
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Stall apps now available at Batavia Downs

on June 04, 2019
Horsemen wishing to race at Batavia Downs for the upcoming 2019 Championship summer/fall meet should take note that stall applications are now available on the track's website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com).   Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application and Agreement and also Stall Reservations links to download. The complete 2019 racing schedule can also be found...
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Gingras had a "blast" at World Driving Championship

on June 04, 2019
After a second-place finish in last week’s World Driving Championship, U.S. representative Yannick Gingras was left to wonder “what if.” But there was no doubt in his mind about the competition, held at five racetracks across Sweden, and the opportunity to participate. “It was a blast,” said Gingras, a two-time Driver of the Year in the U.S. who was mak...
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Nevada Standardbred Assn. joins HHI

on June 04, 2019
The Nevada Standardbred Association Inc. (NVSA) has recently been accepted as an associate member of Harness Horsemen International. The HHI provides advice, consultation and support, as well as promotes public awareness for member associations. Additionally, HHI provides valuable knowledge for harness racing professionals to government bodies and much more. The HHI strives to promote and uphold ...
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Haveoneforme, Bright Eyes M win OSS splits

on June 04, 2019
On Monday the 3-year-old trotting fillies gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and fans got a look at two impressive youngsters who could be battling for divisional supremacy all summer.   In the first $107,200 (C) division Haveoneforme, making her first start since winning the May 18 SBOA Stake final at Woodbine Mohawk Park, was sent ...
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Rock Diamonds N rolls in Plainridge victory

on June 03, 2019
In what could only be described as a powerful performance, Rock Diamonds N toyed with a top field of pacers at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon and came away with his third consecutive win after taking the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap in gate to wire fashion.    Leaving from post six, Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) set up shop on the point by the eighth pole and opened up...
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Accident mars Harrington feature

on June 03, 2019
In an accident-marred featured race Monday, a $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway, Jo Ann Looney-King's Q's Cruise ($8.40, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:52.3 winner over Abbeydorney and Allwillworkout.  The accident involved three horses and drivers and occurred on the final turn near the three-quarter mile mark. All Night Party (Mike Cole) fell and impeded the ...
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Mr. Vicktor fastest in NYSS divisions

on June 03, 2019
On Monday afternoon the entire nine-race card at Monticello Raceway was dominated by New York-sired trotters. A trio of New York Sire Stakes heats for 3-year-old colts and geldings headlined the action, with Excelsior contests serving as supporting events. The first Sire Stakes division, carded as race one, was contested for a purse of $37,500. There were three different leaders through the fir...
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Bluebird Jessie posts easy Meadows victory

on June 03, 2019
Bluebird Jessie seized the lead from post 7 and romped to a facile 1:54.2 victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cue Hall challenged first-up from third, but Tony Hall had Bluebird Jesse well in hand, as the pair held off Cue Hall by a length. Rising MVP rallied for show.   Sarah Andrews trains Bluebird Jesse, a 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-B...
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Yonkers back in action this weekend

on June 03, 2019
After its annual R&R, Yonkers Raceway returns this weekend.     A pair of 10-race cards were drawn for Friday and Saturday evenings (June 7 and 8), with first post the usual 6:50 p.m. Twin $44,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters (Race 6) and pacers (Race 8), highlight the Saturday program   A couple of reminders: There are morning draws for the cards of Monday, June ...
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S Class leads Burke babies in qualifiers

on June 03, 2019
S Class, a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, and So So De Vie, from the family of the sport’s all-time richest pacer Foiled Again, were among the two dozen 2-year-olds sent out by trainer Ron Burke for qualifiers Monday morning (June 3) at Gaitway Farm. Gaitway hosted the first of this month’s three Monday qualifiers, which essentially was Breakfast with th...
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STA approved as IRS charitable entity

on June 03, 2019
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) has been approved as a charitable entity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), ensuring all donations to the group are deductible from federal taxes.  The STA is also registered as a charitable entity with the Secretary of State and Attorney General in Ohio, where it was incorporated. “We are very pleased to have the designation proc...
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Betterthancheddar's 2019 book is full & closed

on June 03, 2019
O'Brien Award winner Betterthancheddar p, 2, Q1:55.3s; 3, 1:49.1s; 1:48f ($1,636,086), is now book full and closed for 2019.   At 3, Betterthancheddar won the American-National Final, Breeders Crown elimination and Final, Cane Pace, Summertime Pacing Series elimination, and Windy City Stakes division. He was second in the Little Brown Jug elimination (third in Final) and Somebeach...
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Tickets now on sale for Breeders Crown

on June 03, 2019
The very best in harness racing will compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the $6 million Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.   Ticket information for the Breeders Crown is now available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Fans can purchase tickets for the COSA Premium Lounge, make reservations for the Terrace Tracksi...
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Ohio Hall of Famer Jerry Knappenberger dies

on June 03, 2019
Jerry Knappenberger, the longtime general manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA), died Monday, June 3. He was 78.   A native of Newark, Ohio, Mr. Knappenberger began his 50-plus years in harness racing as an assistant trainer to Terry Holton, a high school classmate. Mr. Knappenberger worked for Holton for 25 years before he was hired as the assistant general ...
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Marseille fastest in PASS 3CT splits

on June 03, 2019
Marseille was the fastest winner in the three $56,868 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts, conducted over a "sloppy" track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night.   The fastest Sires Stakes winner also had the distinction of breaking his maiden with the victory, as the Muscle Hill colt Marseille parked the favored Gerry early,...
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Illinois Gov. expected to sign bill for gaming at tracks

on June 02, 2019
Illinois horse racing appears poised to receive a huge boost with the passage of Senate Bill 690 on Sunday by the Illinois Senate. The bill passed the House 87-27 on Saturday. The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has stated he will sign the legislation. The bill also calls for a new track with gaming, but ONLY for harness racing.   The bill authorizes 1,20...
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None Bettor A takes Great Northeast Pace leg

on June 02, 2019
After reeling off four consecutive sub-1:50 wins in New Jersey, None Bettor A ($3.60) won his Harrah's Philadelphia debut in similar fashion, posting a 1:49.2 victory in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for pacers on Sunday afternoon (June 2). The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding yielded to Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) on the first turn before Joe Bongiorno sent him forw...
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Drew Campbell wins 6, closes in on 5,000

on June 02, 2019
Drew Campbell put on a clinic of harness driving prowess on Sunday at Scarborough Downs, winning six races on the 10-race program while inching closer to the latest milestone in his sights--membership into the 5,000 career win club.   The perennial powerhouse and current leading driver at Scarborough Downs now sits with 4,994 lifetime trips down Victory Lane and with a full slat...
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Ulster picks up first Saratoga win of 2019

on June 02, 2019
With no Open Trot on the docket, the $12,500 winners over for trotters was the feature on the Sunday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The race’s favorite was Ulster (Glidemaster), the 2018 Trotter of the Year at the Spa, who was making just his third start of the season. The Amanda Facin trainee finished a strong second in his seasonal debut two weeks ago in the Open but faded i...
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Rebellious wins Tioga Open in 1:52.1

on June 02, 2019
Rebellious (Tyler Buter) captured the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 2).   Rebellious ($4.90) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  He continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3.   Rebellious, who is owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, was joined in the stretch...
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Bettor's Edge captures Vernon Downs feature

on June 02, 2019
Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the featured pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 1).   Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to take the early lead.  Bettor's Edge ($4.00) went first-over to take control before hitting the first quarter in :27.0.   Bettor's Edge, who is owned by Robert Santagata and trainer Lappe,...
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Deetzy takes Open Pace win at Saratoga in 1:51.3

on June 02, 2019
Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) has done plenty of winning in the local Open Pace over the course of the last few seasons at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jimmy Nickerson trainee spends much of his time traveling from track to track racing against top-flight competition but has landed back at the Spa for his most recent two starts. Coming off a third place finish in his return to town last week, Deetz...
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Albergo Hanover wins third straight at Big M

on June 02, 2019
The Jenn Bongiorno barn has been on a roll all meeting long at the Meadowlands, and on Saturday night, 'J-Bo' standout Albergo Hanover won his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall by taking the $30,000 featured Preferred pace for 4-year-olds in a lifetime-best 1:49.   "I'm not surprised at how good he's been," said Bongiorno, who entered the ...
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Merton wins five including Tioga Downs feature

on June 01, 2019
Mike Merton drives five winners at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 1).   Merton led Tag Up And Go ($7.00) to a win in the featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000).   Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) put up all the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1).  The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) took the lead at the top of the stretch.   Tag Up And Go, who is traine...
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Warrawee Ubeaut, Treacherous Reign lead PA All-Stars

on June 01, 2019
The world's fastest two-year-old, the Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut, remained undefeated in two seasonal starts despite 29 days away from the races, winning one of four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All Stars event for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51 over a surface rated "sloppy" – a condition "Ubeaut" had shown she could overcome when she won the Bree...
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Filion sweeps "The Beach"; Atlanta, Lather Up prevail in Graduate

on June 01, 2019
The stars were out Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere and Graduate Series.   A group of 16 three-year-old pacers, 13 of them eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup, were split into two $80,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions. The Graduate Series for four-year-olds saw a pair of $99,000 dashes contested with an overflow field of 12 in the pacing division an...
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JD Perrin gets 1,000th training victory

on June 01, 2019
Trainer JD Perrin reached the 1,000 career win mark when Cheyenne Louie posted a $15.20 victory in the 10th race at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 1).   Since 2014, Perrin has had three training titles at Buffalo Raceway and four at Batavia Downs along with several second place finishes on the Western New York circuit.   Things started out slowly for the 34-year-ol...
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Pick-5 returns 32K at Big M

on June 01, 2019
One lucky player betting on the Meadowlands at the Western New York OTB hub cashed in for $32,091.10 after hitting the 50-Cent Pick-5 at the conclusion of the fifth race Saturday night. The winning numbers were 6-2-3-9-2.   After the first four races were won by horses with odds of 15-1, 11-1, 58-1 and 6-1, Smileandsaycheese scored as the 1-5 favorite to complete the Pick-5.   ...
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Brent Davis razor sharp in Billings win at The Meadows

on June 01, 2019
Brent "Clipper" Davis was razor sharp at The Meadows Saturday, keeping Beatrice alive outside as the duo captured a $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot.   Davis and Beatrice were out before the half to start their sustained drive . . .  and even wider in the stretch.   "At the three-eighths, a guy behind me came early, and I just wanted to ma...
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Keystone Abbey wins Currier & Ives at The Meadows

on June 01, 2019
Pouncing on a late miscue by the leader, Keystone Abbey avoided the breaker and poured through the lane to capture Saturday's $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. It was the fourth straight victory for the daughter of Cantab Hall-Miss Aultsville, who previously swept three divisions in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series.   Keystone Abbey inherited...
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Meadowlands babies: more Melander talent

on June 01, 2019
The season opener of the popular Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms kicked off the 2-year-old season at The Meadowlands this morning under perfect conditions. The track was fast, the temperature in the 70s and no discernible wind when they began at 10:00 A.M. Trainer Marcus Melander and crew were back at it early after a big night with Greenshoe win...
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The Wall upsets in Camluck Classic

on June 01, 2019
The Wall pulled off a 12-1 upset in rein to Joe Bongiorno in the $157,000 Camluck Classic Invitational, presented by Seelster Farms, which closed out the meet at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday night (May 31). Trained by Nick Surick for owner J L Benson Stables, the five-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere made his move in the backstretch after avoiding trouble in the first turn...
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Greenshoe wins NJSS 3YOCT final in 1:50.2

on June 01, 2019
One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands, and in the process, stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian.   The son of Father Pat...
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Taco Tuesday wins Vernon Downs feature

on May 31, 2019
Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) takes the Vernon Downs featured trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 31). Taco Tuesday ($6.40) battled Shivered (John MacDonald) for the lead.  He would take over as he hit the first quarter in (:29.4).  He continued to lead hitting the half in 1:00 and controlling to three-quarters in 1:28.3. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained...
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Truth And Liberty wins Tioga Downs feature

on May 31, 2019
Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to capture the featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 ($10,000) on Friday (May 31). Well Said Maria (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.2, 1:25.0). Truth And Liberty ($7.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was eighth after the first quarter and nine lengths back.  She still found ...
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Nows The Moment dominant in Plainridge open trot

on May 31, 2019
After finishing second twice in five previous top-class trot attempts at Plainridge Park this year, Nows The Moment got the job done on Friday (May 31) as he won the $16,000 Open Handicap at The Ridge on a beautiful spring afternoon.   Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left the best of the three who opted to and took the lead position before the quarter that went in :27.1. Soon after, an...
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Castle Flight records fastest mile of 2019 season at Hoosier

on May 31, 2019
Setting a new standard for horses of all gait at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Castle Flight recorded not only the fastest mile in the country thus far this season, but also tied the overall track record of 1:47:2 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday, May 31. The 1:47:2 was originally established by Sweet Lou in 2014.   Driven by LeWayne Miller, Castle Flight upset the competitive ...
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Majestic Kat claws the field at Buffalo

on May 31, 2019
"She's really sharp right now," said driver Jim Morrill Jr. after he guided Majestic Kat ($2.70) to an easy two length victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 31).   It was the second straight win for Majestic Kat who arrived back in Western New York after just registering a 2-1/4 length score at Flamboro Downs on May...
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