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First-year fillies set to battle in Ohio SS at Northfield

on August 05, 2020
Five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions of freshman fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Friday night. Two $50,000 divisions of pacing fillies and three $40,000 divisions of trotting fillies are slated to go postward in round three of the four-leg series, with a first race post of 6 p.m. (EDT).   Sixteen OSS-eligible pacing fillies passed the Northfield Park...
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Crawford hopes for Hambo deja vu with Ramona Hill

on August 05, 2020
It has been one heck of a roller coaster ride for Ramona Hill where the Hambletonian is concerned. The journey has gone from uncertainty, to bleak dismay, to sheer euphoria, to odds-on favorite. And the race is still three days away! In short order, the connections waited until the last minute to enter the filly, then watched disconcertingly as she fell into last place with just over a quarte...
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Sophomore filly pacers in PASS action Sunday at Pocono

on August 05, 2020
Premium Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies will be racing for over $300,000 on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including two $93,542 divisions of the third preliminary round of the group’s Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and six $20,000 divisions of their Stallion Series action.   Four different fillies bring victory in Sires Stakes action to Sun...
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Country Girl Charm, What's Your Beef extend streaks in INSS

on August 05, 2020
Tuesday night was filled with stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With five events in total on the evening’s 14-race card, the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured through three divisions and the 2-year-old trotting fillies went in two. The night saw victories from Virgo, What’s Your Beef and Hello Sweetie Boy for the pacing colts and ...
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Drop-and-pop win for Maewegonow at Meadows

on August 04, 2020
Enjoying relief from tougher company, Maewegonow took full advantage of the opportunity with a comfortable front-end victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 conditioned trot. Although Maewegonow more than held her own against stiffer competition, she clearly relished this spot, as Dan Rawlings sent her aggressively to the point from post 7. The 6-year-old daughter of...
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Striking Encore and 2 year olds ovecome slop at Pocono

on August 04, 2020
The Encore Encore mare Striking Encore, caught late in this class last week, made amends on the Tuesday afternoon card at a soggy The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, controlling the pace in a 1:56.2 victory in the $12,800 featured trot.   George Napolitano Jr. had few anxious moments with the winner, who has now won three times in five starts since she joined up with trainer Gilbert Garc...
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Mother and son hope for Hambo hurrah with Back Of The Neck

on August 04, 2020
Judy Taylor has spent decades in the harness racing game, first with her husband Jerry and then also with her son Howard after he followed in his dad’s footsteps, and she says her horse buying days are drawing to an end. So, if her partnership with Howard on Hambletonian finalist Back Of The Neck represents something of a last hurrah, it also has presented ample reason for Judy to ...
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Papi Rob Hanover to Hanover Shoe Farms

on August 04, 2020
It is with great pride and excitement that Hanover Shoe Farms announces that superstar pacer Papi Rob Hanover will be returning to the farm he was foaled and raised at to begin stallion duties in 2021.   Papi Rob Hanover took a record of p,2,1:50f at two while earning $754,774. He won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final, his Breeders Crown elimination, the Matron and Governor’s C...
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Melander sends out Hambo trio, Oaks favorite

on August 04, 2020
Marcus Melander will send morning-line favorite Hypnotic AM to Saturday’s $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands and, for the second year in a row, three horses to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes final.   Melander’s Hambletonian trio last year—Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S—were the bettors’ top-three choices in the race won by Forb...
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Royalty Again springs 36-1 upset at Plainridge

on August 04, 2020
Overlooked on the morning line and also at the windows, 36-1 shot Royalty Again turned a furious stretch drive into an instant jackpot in the $12,000 distaff pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Ry’s Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) grabbed the lead and took the field to the half in :54.3, and it was there things started getting interesting. Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ra...
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Captainofrocknroll cruises in Dream Maker leg

on August 04, 2020
Captainofrocknroll cruised to a coast-to-coast victory in Monday’s second leg of the Dream Maker Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A trio of scratches brought the field for the second round down from 11 to eight. Trainer Casie Coleman-Herlihy’s students made up more than a third of the field and didn’t disappoint by taking three of the top four spots.  Captaintre...
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Standardbred Horse Sale will be at new location

on August 03, 2020
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has advised its consignors that while it plans to hold its annual yearling and mixed auctions this November, they will not take place at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.   In an email, Paul F. "Pete" Spears, president and CEO of Standardbred Horse Sales Company, said the sales company was informed by Farm Show Co...
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Bettor Sun, Scarlett Hanover win Battles

on August 03, 2020
Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on August 3 sustained bouts of heavy rain during the 10-race anniversary card which boasted purses of $669,663 with nine stake races, featuring the track’s two marquee dashes. But it was a sunny finish for the Guelph, ON father-son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair who clinched their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory. ...
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Entries for Michiana Classic extended

on August 03, 2020
The entry deadline for the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale has been extended. According to sale manager Steve Cross, “to accommodate those missing the August 1 deadline, ‘the box’ will remain open until further notice.” The 4th annual Michiana Classic, scheduled for November 25this held at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana IN an...
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Saint Sebastian breaks maiden in 1:57.4

on August 03, 2020
The sophomore gelding Saint Sebastian, sired by the late Sebastian K S, broke not only his maiden but that of his 59-year-old trainer Mahlon Martin with a 1:57.4 win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday afternoon, in the process lighting up the tote board to the tune of $118.60 to win.   Tom Jackson got the winner away in the two-hole, watched 2-1 shots Tuff To Be Lindy and Gerar...
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Blais looks for Hambo repeat with Threefiftytwo

on August 03, 2020
Only once since 1992 has a trainer won the Hambletonian Stakes in consecutive years, but Luc Blais hopes he can accomplish the feat Saturday. Blais won last year’s Hambletonian with Forbidden Trade, who upset favorite Greenshoe to win harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters. This year, he sends Threefiftytwo to the $1 million final at the Meadowlands. Thre...
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Bidding is now open for Little Brown Jug programs 

on August 03, 2020
Little Brown Jug programs have been donated to CHHA for a fundraiser. All are in good shape. The special edition is like new. 50th Year Special Edition (1946 to 1995) '83 to '87, '91, '92, '94, ’95, '96, 2000 & 2002   Bid until noon on Jug Day, September 24, 2020: www.chha.net\jugprogramsbid chha1.net@comcast.net, CHHA 157 North Main ...
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MacDonald, Christoforou injured in Mohawk spill

on August 03, 2020
Drivers James MacDonald and Chris Christoforou will be out of action for a while after suffering injuries in a race accident Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   MacDonald, who was transported to a local hospital, suffered a concussion and broken collarbone. Christoforou, who walked off the track and had x-rays taken Sunday morning, reported he fractured a hand and an ankle. &...
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A special look at 94 years of Hambletonian history now available

on August 03, 2020
On Saturday, August 8, 2020 at The Meadowlands, the Hambletonian will celebrate its 95th anniversary. A special look at the 94 years of history surrounding the greatest day in harness racing is available here.
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Kendra N rallies late for Pocono victory

on August 03, 2020
The Sportswriter mare Kendra N teamed with driver Jordan Stratton to take advantage of a wild front-end battle in the $17,200 mares pacing feature on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, closing the best of all to take a new mark of 1:51.   Summer Charm was sent to the lead early and hit the quarter in :26; favored Bettor Joy N attempted to quarter-move but was...
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Warrawee Ubeaut, This Is The Plan take Philly features

on August 03, 2020
Warrawee Ubeaut ($17) asserted herself against some of the heavy hitters in the distaff pacing division and This Is The Plan ($4.20) held his ground amid late pressure, giving trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras a sweep of the twin $20,000 winners-over pacing features on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. After making her presence felt but ultimately struggling on two occasions ...
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Love A Good Story sets Batavia record in NYSS

on August 02, 2020
It was a big stake day at Batavia Downs on Sunday as an all-New York Sire Stake card of racing featured 2 and 3-year-old trotting fillies vying in four divisions for a total of $213,400 in purses.   The highlight of the day was Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) who took the second $55,000 division for 3-year-olds in memorable style.    Driver Andy Mille...
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Captain Kirk upsets in Tompkins-Geers; Tall Dark Stranger 4th

on August 02, 2020
It was a Meadowlands Pace rematch, where third-place finisher Allywag Hanover was looking for some revenge against Pace champion Tall Dark Stranger. But Captain Kirk did not get the memo that said one of the two favorites would emerge victorious. A son of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover, Captain Kirk went directly to the top from post 8 before going directly down the road in the $84,80...
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World champion trotter Sebastian K dies

on August 02, 2020
It is with great sadness that Knutsson Trotting announces that Sebastian K. has passed away from colic. He arrived in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday morning, July 28, to stand stud and he had seemingly taken the flight from USA well. The next few days he ate and drank as normal, but on Saturday, Aug. 1 he developed colic and whilst every effort was made at the Mickleham Quarantine and ...
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Repeat winners in INSS 3FP divisions

on August 02, 2020
Sophomore pacing fillies closed the curtain on a week’s worth of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as two $32,000 divisions highlighted the evening’s 14-race card on Saturday. Rain did not deter divisional winners Somebodyslilly and Mystical Carrie who both turned in convincing efforts to find the winner’s circle for the second strai...
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MacDonald, Christoforou involved in Mohawk spill

on August 02, 2020
Matticulous GB came back strong from a disqualification last week to win Saturday’s $36,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    The Colin Johnson trainee was first to the line for the second-week in a row, this time committing no interference and taking home the winner’s share of the $36,000 purse for owner Brett Thompson.    Sylvain Filion...
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Posts drawn for Oaks; Hypnotic AM tabbed favorite

on August 02, 2020
The field for the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on the trot, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 8 and has a post time of 3:30 p.m., with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds: 1. Crucial (Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke), 15-1 2. Next Level Stuff (Tim Tetrick, Jim Campbell), 9-2 3. Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder, Verlin Yoder), 20-1 4. May ...
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Ramona Hill, Ready For Moni capture Hambletonian elims

on August 02, 2020
Ramona Hill rallied from the back of the pack to defeat Back Of The Neck in the first of Saturday’s two $50,000 Hambletonian Stakes eliminations at the Meadowlands and Ready For Moni rolled to victory in the second as the stage was set for next week’s $1 million final.   The Hambletonian is harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters. The top-five finisher...
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Libfeld-Katz Breeding to again sponsor Breeders Crown

on August 01, 2020
 Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino announced today that The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership will be the official presenting sponsor of the 2020 Breeders Crown set to be held on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31.   The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, founded by Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz more than 25 years ago, is an award-winning breeding operation based ou...
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Southwind Gendry sets Arden Downs stakes record

on August 01, 2020
Saturday’s Adios Day card at The Meadows was rich with supporting stakes that included a pair of Grand Circuit events for freshmen and two Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. Here are the highlights:   $59,088 Arden Downs — 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers   Last week, Southwind Gendry scored with a covered trip. In the Gov. David L. Law...
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Hypnotic AM easily overcomes post 8 to win Oaks prep

on August 01, 2020
Hypnotic AM and driver Brian Sears grabbed the lead on the backstretch prior to the half-mile point and cruised to victory in Saturday’s $15,000 prep for 3-year-old filly trotters entered in next week’s Hambletonian Oaks, defeating May Baby by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:52.3 at the Meadowlands. Solsbury Hill finished third.   Hypnotic AM, the even-money favorite, started from...
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American Courage unbeaten in five after NYSS win

on August 01, 2020
Tioga Downs hosted two divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts and geldings on Saturday. I'll Drink To That (Jim Morrill Jr.) won the $53,100 first division. Major Bean (Jason Bartlett) went straight to the front. Sexy Blue Chip (Wally Hennessey) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28. Major Bean wen...
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Party Girl Hill bests Lyons Sentinel in Adioo Volo

on August 01, 2020
Unraced at two, sophomore filly pacer Party Girl Hill launched her career this year with four straight victories, including two wins in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. The question: How would she fare when she faced the likes of Lyons Sentinel, last year’s divisional champion?   The answer: Very well, thanks. The two squared off in Saturday’s $107,320 Quinton Patterson Adioo Vo...
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