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Springsteen is boss again in Pocono feature

on August 25, 2019
Springsteen had his third straight “#1” at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night, grinding his way past Western Joe to take the $21,500 featured pace in 1:49 and add to a great evening for the brothers Allard. Springsteen, a four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Hanover, was away fourth as Rebellious cut a :27 quarter and the favored (even money vs. Springste...
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Ocean Rock sets new world record in Ohio SS

on August 25, 2019
Ocean Rock paced to a new world record clocking of 1:51.1 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests Saturday night at Northfield Park. The son of Rockin Amadeus established the new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track.   Driven smartly by trainer Danny Noble, Ocean Rock grabbed the lead at the start of the one mile test and never looked back...
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Gimpanzee wins impressively in NYSS

on August 24, 2019
Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) was everything the large live crowd that gathered on the Batavia Downs apron came out to see as he cruised to an easy win in his division of the $118,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the Downs on Saturday night.   Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) got away third initially while Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) hust...
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Crystal Fashion, Guardian Angel As win Maple Leaf elims

on August 24, 2019
The field is set for next Saturday’s $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot after a pair of eliminations were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A group of 13 older trotters, including five mares, competed in a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each punched their ticket to next Saturday’s (Aug. 31) rich final.   Guarad...
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Alagna trainees 1-2-3 in Nassagaweya

on August 24, 2019
Rookie pacers got their first taste of Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation.   A field of 11 colts and geldings clashed in the $228,100 Nassagaweya, while a pair of $112,239 Eternal Camnation divisions for fillies also took place.   The Nassagaweya Stakes saw trainer Tony Alagna sweep the trifecta with his ...
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Strip It Down As springs 120-1 KYSS upset

on August 24, 2019
Off at odds of 120-1, Strip It Down As reeled in tempo-setter Asiago and nailed the 1-9 favorite on the wire to upset in the first of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Red Mile on Saturday.   Asiago took control early and faced little challenge while setting a clip of :28.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Driver Elliot Deaton had Strip It ...
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Bettor’s Wish, Aflame Hanover win Messenger elims

on August 24, 2019
It was a ‘Non-Bettor’s Wish’ Saturday during Yonkers Raceway’s eliminations for the 64th Messenger Stakes.   Bettor’s Wish (Dexter Dunn), the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into the second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, summarily disposed of his five rivals in a non-wagering elim.   A pole-sitting second early in the $40,000 off...
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Favorites rule in INSS 2CP divisions

on August 24, 2019
A trio of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday and wrapped up the third round of stakes action for the 2-year-old competitors. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics’ choice delivered in all three divisions.     The 2019 Fox Stake...
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Feelin’ Red Hot one of 6 Yonkers wins for Brennan

on August 23, 2019
Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan, $5.80) successfully authored another installment of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Wasting no time from post position No. 5, Feelin’  Red Hot worked around Wisdom Tree (Dexter Dunn) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Out in :57.2 ...
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Easy winners in Ohio SS 3CP divisions

on August 23, 2019
A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes saw the two favorites in each division prevail easily on a cool Friday evening at Scioto Downs.  This was the fourth and final leg for 3-year-old pacing colts before the $300,000 Championships slated for Sept. 1 at Northfield Park.   The fastest of the two divisions went to 4-5 Bllack Hole and driver Tyler Smith, who wa...
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Only Take Cash, Evident Beauty win Casual Breeze splits

on August 23, 2019
Only Take Cash and Evident Beauty scored Grand Circuit victories in Friday night’s Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Casual Breeze for 3-year-old fillies saw a pair of $83,123 divisions contested.   Ohio Sires Stakes star Only Take Cash returned to the track where she won her career debut to collect a comfortable 1:54.4 victory in the first spli...
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Southwind Ozzi triumphs in PASS return to Meadows

on August 23, 2019
Southwind Ozzi, who won the 2019 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids with the second-fastest time in the race’s 53-year history, Friday made a triumphal return to The Meadows, easily capturing a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split with another sub-1:50 effort. Crimson And Chrome sprang a 21-1 upset in the other division of the $170,058 event, known as the Tarport Effrat, for 3-year-old colt ...
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Quincy Blue Chip sets Batavia record in NYSS

on August 23, 2019
Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) had a big night at Batavia Downs on Friday night. She won the $118,800 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) sophomore filly trot, moved into the points and money earnings lead for her age and gender bracket and broke the standing track record for second-year distaff trotters.  Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left the gate easily with Quincy Blue Chip and too...
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Tarryn A Strip wins in US debut

on August 23, 2019
A pair of $16,000 races shared the spotlight with trainer Nick Surick on a dank Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In the featured event for female pacers, the sophomore Captaintreacherous filly Tarryn A Strip had no difficulties in taking her first U.S. start, negotiating the course rated “good” in 1:54.1. Joe Bongiorno, holding hot driving hands as of late, le...
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Breeders Crown Charity Challenge breeding auction

on August 23, 2019
Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership are pleased to announce a breeding auction for Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Lexington, Ky. to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge.   The auction will take place prior to the second session of the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and features the opportunity to acquire a 2...
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Wisdom Tree looks to extend Yonkers streak

on August 23, 2019
Wisdom Tree’s first three starts at Yonkers all yielded the same results. The then 2-year-old filly started from outside posts and make breaks late in her miles, failing to earn a check in New York Sires Stakes company, including the $225,000 final October 14, 2017. Since that race, the Betterthancheddar daughter is perfect at the Hilltop in four tries and made amends for her freshman defe...
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2CP Catch The Fire wins KYSS in 1:50.4

on August 23, 2019
A pocket trip poised Catch The Fire (pictured) for a 1:50.4 blowout mile in the fastest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts on Thursday over a track rated “good” at The Red Mile.   Driver Mike Wilder placed the John Ackley trainee on the helmet of early leader Fortify heading to a :28.1 first quarter. Wilder then circled the C...
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Freshman filly pacers shine in OSS at Scioto

on August 23, 2019
A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) wrapped up leg four action for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a mild summer evening on Thursday at Scioto Downs.   McMarkle Sparkle, the even-money choice, did not disappoint her backers as the homebred McArdle lass paced to a 1:52.4 victory for Laura and Paul Baker of Galloway, Ohio.   Trained by Jim Arledge, Jr., McMa...
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Gimpanzee heads to Batavia Sat. for NYSS

on August 23, 2019
It’s not too often Batavia Downs gets to host a Hambletonian finalist and Dan Patch Award winner all in the same night, but Saturday will be one such occasion as Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) will be in town to compete in the $118,500 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.     After going a perfect nine for nine, sweeping all ...
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Freshman pacing fillies battle in ISS

on August 23, 2019
Freshman stakes action continued on Thursday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino when the 2-year-old pacing fillies took to the track in the third round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition. It appeared that an upset trend was forming with victories from Seventimesacharm and Grace Rocks, but Foxy Rigger prevailed as the heavy betting favorite in the final division of the stakes act...
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Hilaria goes last to first at Plainridge

on August 22, 2019
She got away worst but got home first. After a furious stretch drive, Hilaria won the $12,000 fillies and mares Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.   Western Stepp (Drew Campbell), Twist Of Fate (Kevin Switzer Jr.) and Bye Bye Felicia (Jim Hardy) battled hard off the gate for the lead and went three-deep around the first turn until Bye Bye Felicia took...
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Love A Good Story, Hypnotic Am win NYSS splits

on August 22, 2019
Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening hosted the $154,600 New York Sires Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. A pair $77,300 beneath-the-raindrops races comprised the event, which resulted in a perfect pair of winners.   Love A Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.40) went the distance (:29.2, :58.3, 1:28, 1:57.2) in a gapped-out opening division, her sixth win in as many...
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Whose Blues, Horse Trader win Mohawk series finals

on August 22, 2019
Rookie trotting filly Whose Blues remained undefeated by capturing one of two series finals Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The program featured 2-year-old trotters in the spotlight for the $50,000 Pure Ivory Series final for fillies and the $50,000 Define The World Series final for colts and geldings.   Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues kept her perf...
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Lyons Sentinel a three-time PASS winner

on August 22, 2019
The Captaintreacherous-Tulu Hanover freshman pacing filly Lyons Sentinel became the only three-time winner in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminary competition on Thursday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, where she triumphed in 1:51.1. Now with three victories and three seconds (by a neck, a head, and a nose) in six starts, Lyons Sentinel has spent much of her racing career against the pylo...
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World champion trotter Woodside Charm retired

on August 22, 2019
The racing career of Woodside Charm, Breeders Crown champion and 2018 Dan Patch Award winner as the sport’s top freshman filly trotter, has come to a close. Owner and trainer Verlin Yoder announced the retirement of the world champion Thursday. After an undefeated 2018 campaign, the Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover filly made only two starts this season for Yoder, registering a second-...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on August 22, 2019
The Little Brown Jug is only a month away and several hopefuls are in action this weekend in the Messenger eliminations and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. Kathy Parker talked to trainer and co-owner Chris Ryder about Bettor’s Wish’s Messenger chances, which is so important because he was supplemented in hopes of a win in the final, which would mean the connections could then supplement t...
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Newcomers, old favorites to meet in RUS race

on August 22, 2019
Hyway Marcus leads a field of five trotters competing Sunday evening at Ocean Downs as part of the track’s salute to "Women in Harness Racing." The trotters will be competing after the fourth race with an estimated post time of 8:10 p.m. The sixth race on the wagering card is the Powder Puff Trot where nine women drivers will be competing in a 1 1/16-mile contest. Unlike p...
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"Cool as a cucumber" Manchego aims for Maple Leaf

on August 22, 2019
After a slow start to her campaign, Manchego will try to resume her return to winning form when she heads to Woodbine Mohawk Park for Saturday’s second of two eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot. The 4-year-old mare, who was a Dan Patch Award winner in 2017, has won two of her past three races, including a stakes-record 1:50 performance in the Steele Memorial earlier this month. &ldqu...
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NYSS 3FTs in action Friday at Batavia

on August 22, 2019
A short but select group of entrants will compete in one race for the winner’s share of the $118,800 up for grabs when the 3-year-old trotting fillies march into Batavia Downs Friday for their 2019 New York Sire Stake (NYSS) local appearance.   Quincy Blue Chip and Winndevie have been the two best horses in the state series for the past two years and will once again line up and...
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Adios champ Southwind Ozzi returns to Meadows

on August 22, 2019
Southwind Ozzi, whose eye-popping 1:48 victory in this year’s Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids was the second fastest in the 53-year history of the race, will return to the scene of his greatest triumph for Friday’s $170,058 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows.   The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, goes as races 2 and ...
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Videos of Hanover Ohio Jug Sale yearlings available

on August 22, 2019
Videos for the 15 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the Ohio Jug Sale on Friday, Sept. 13 are now online on the farm’s website (www.hanoverpa.com) and the sale  website (www.lexingtonselected.com).   This year’s consignment offers a strong group of Ohio sired pacing and trotting yearlings by the following sires: Mcardle (1); Pet Rock (3); Racing Hill (2); Unc...
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Little Joke springs big upset at Batavia

on August 22, 2019
With the prohibitive favorite coming up short, Little Joke took it upon herself to win the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday and blow up the tote board at 21-1.   Lady London (Shawn McDonough) went right to the front while the rest of the field opted to stay in post position order behind her, except for HP Sissy (Ray Fisher Jr.) who brok...
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TJ's Top Pick sets Hoosier record in INSS

on August 22, 2019
TJ’s Top Pick, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, became Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s newest track record holder when he powered home a winner in 1:53.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of $64,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday. The 1:53.3 mark was a new lifetime best for the freshman co...
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Merga Hanover fastest in NYSS 2FP splits

on August 22, 2019
Two-year-old pacing fillies took center stage on Wednesday evening at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) highlighted an action-packed 14-race card. Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight-Real Desire) has emerged as the top freshman filly in NYSS action this summer and the Ron Burke-trained 2 year old drew the rail for her $53,500 try on Wednesday. Matt Kakaley sa...
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Favorites prevail in Ohio SS 2FT divisions

on August 22, 2019
Uncle Peter's Love trotted easily to win the first of a trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies on a comfortably mild Wednesday evening at Scioto Downs.   The bay daughter by Uncle Peter notched her third straight victory in the four-leg OSS series, upping her career earnings to $65,144.  Trained and owned by Erv Miller, Uncle Peter’...
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Goes Down Smooth powers to PASS win

on August 21, 2019
Goes Down Smooth and Klutzy each won a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split Wednesday at The Meadows, nailing down berths in the championship for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. On Sept. 7, The Meadows will host all four PASS $250,000 championships — and all four $50,000 consolations — for 3-year-olds.   Goes Down Smooth was the dominant performer in the Super Bowl, as the...
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Horseman Gerald Kelley dies at 81

on August 21, 2019
Gerarl D. Kelly, 81 of Warsaw, VA passed away on Aug. 15 after a brief illness. He had been in the harness industry as an owner and trainer for over 50 years. He was campaigning his two horse stable at Ocean Downs at the time of his death. Most notable was Southern Nero, a winner of over $200,000 and a local favorite at the Maryland tracks back in the 80’s. Noted reinsman Roger...
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Aplomp Hanover, Arden Hanover win Stallion Series

on August 21, 2019
In the fourth and final preliminary round for the Pennsylvania Stallion Series two-year-old pacing fillies Wednsday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, Aplomp Hanover and Arden Hanover both visited the StS Victory Lane for the third time – after both of them finished second to the other in the one prelim they did not win. First to parade back was the Artspeak–A Pippin Hanover miss Apl...
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Hanover Goshen videos now online

on August 21, 2019
Videos for the 25 Hanover Shoe Farm yearlings selling at the Goshen Yearling Sale on Sunday, Sept. 8, are now online on the farm's website (www.hanoverpa.com) and the sale website (www.goshenyearlingsale.com ).   This year’s consignment once again features a strong group of New York and Pennsylvania eligible trotting and pacing yearlings. Sires represented are: Andover ...
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Googoo Gaagaa moving to Sweden for 2020

on August 21, 2019
Sweden is welcoming Googoo Gaagaa. Googoo Gaagaa, the pacing-bred trotting sensation, has been successful in Sweden with his first small crop producing top horses like Bythebook, 1:55.3, and Power 1:56.2 (approximately $95,000). Those horses were conceived with frozen semen while the stallion stood at stud in the US.   “Owner Richard Hans is very fond of his horse and would pref...
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Cash Me Out cashes another win in Saratoga open

on August 21, 2019
On Tuesday night, Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) did what Cash Me Out does at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran trotter has spent the last several years competing in the Open Trot and the 8 year old added another win to his collection in Tuesday’s $15,000 feature for high-steppers. Leading driver Billy Dobson picked up the catch-drive behind the Kyle Spagnola trainee and wasted no time moving...
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Odds-on favorites prevail in INSS 2FT splits

on August 21, 2019
Despite soggy weather conditions and a tough, trailing post 10, May Baby turned in another dominant performance to capture the co-featured event of the evening, the first division of $66,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday. With driver, trainer James Yoder in the bike, May Baby avoided traffic issues and came cha...
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Obvious Blue Chip takes 1:50 record

on August 20, 2019
The Roll With Joe mare Obvious Blue Chip, a winner despite being parked the mile at Saratoga on Friday, came right back to triumph in the $14,000 distaff pacing feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard got away third with the career winner of $511,324, then quarter-moved to command and did not get too taxing a middle half. This moderation left Obvi...
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Suddenly Royal takes Meadows mare feature

on August 20, 2019
Suddenly Royal stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Suddenly Royal sprang to the early lead and stretched out Lakeisha Hall to a swift 26.2 quarter before yielding. When Jim Pantaleano angled Suddenly Royal to the Lightning Lane, she had plenty in th...
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It's Academic completes sweep of OSS legs

on August 20, 2019
Three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes went postward on a steamy Tuesday at Scioto Downs, with temperatures dropping from the low 90s to the low 70s after a harsh, mid-afternoon torrential downpour.   That, coupled with a gait-breaking-ridden third division contested after the rainfall, didn’t stop even-money favorite It’s Academic and driver Chris Page fro...
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Hambo champ Forbidden Trade headed to Yonkers Trot

on August 20, 2019
When the list of Yonkers Trot entrants was sent out Monday, it numbered seven. Well, make it eight. A bad game of telephone omitted one…a Hambletonian-winning one.   Forbidden Trade was indeed put in the box Monday for the 65th Trot.   “It wasn’t in our original plan, but plans change,” trainer Luc Blais said. “We let him tell us what to do an...
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Suddenly Royal takes Lightning Lane to Meadows win

on August 20, 2019
Suddenly Royal stalked Lakeisha Hall from the pocket, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 filly & mare conditioned pace.   Suddenly Royal sprang to the early lead and stretched out Lakeisha Hall to a swift :26.2 quarter before yielding. When Jim Pantaleano angled Suddenly Royal to the Lightning Lane, she had plenty in...
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Superstar field set for Canadian Pacing Derby

on August 20, 2019
World champion Lather Up and defending champion McWicked headline a group of nine entrants for this year’s $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby.   The entry box for Canada’s oldest harness stakes race closed Tuesday morning with nine older pacers entered. Eliminations will not be required for this year’s edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and all nine will compete in the...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit wins qualifier in 1:53.4

on August 20, 2019
The 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit, who has not made a start since October 2016, won a qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning in 1:53.4. It was the first appearance for the 7-year-old winner of $3.9 million since finishing second to Always B Miki in the Breeders Crown final.   Leaving from post 5 in the qualifier, driver Montrell Teague was in no hurry ...
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P L Matt now a Grassroots player

on August 20, 2019
Heading into Monday night’s Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the pressure was on the 3-year-old trotting colts. With just two regular season events left on the calendar, colts below the current cut off for the top 20 needed to accumulate points or face the possibility of not advancing to the post season. Heading into the first $23,500 Grassroots division, P...
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Givens Stable sweeps Harrington features

on August 20, 2019
Driver Allan Davis had five wins and trainer Wayne Givens had four on the 14-race card Monday at Harrington Raceway.  Givens won both feature events on the program.  Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reggie Hazzard's Sicily ($4.20, Victor Kirby), a Givens trainee, notched his fifth win of the season with a 1:53 win in the $18,500 Open co-feature.  He received a pocke...
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Quick move wins it for Quick Shot at Plainridge

on August 20, 2019
Quick Shot lived up to his name on Monday when he went from third to first in a matter of yards to win the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park.   The heavily favored Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) called the shots from the start of the race while Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) settled in third for the ride. After a blazing :25.4 quarter in the rain, Opus Blue C...
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Sister Sledge, Queen Of The Hill 3-for-3 In PASS

on August 19, 2019
Driver Yannick Gingras guided both Sister Sledge and Queen Of The Hill to their third victories in an undefeated Pennsylvania Sire Stakes campaign on Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in the three-division $182,105 third round preliminary. Sister Sledge had been regarded as the leader of the division at this point, and even though she went in 1:56.1 to Queen Of The Hill’s&...
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Millies Possesion completes PASS sweep

on August 19, 2019
Undeterred by her upset loss in the Hambletonian Oaks final, Millies Possession completed her sweep of Pennsylvania Sires Stake preliminary legs Monday at The Meadows — blazing to a stakes record 1:52.4 to boot. Grimmie Hanover took the other division of the $164,002 stake for 3-year-old filly trotters known as the Stenographer.   Millies Possession ripped off wins in her first ...
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7 entered in Yonkers Trot, elims needed for Messenger

on August 19, 2019
Seven 3 year olds have been entered for the 65th Yonkers Trot, second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown.  The entrants are led by statebred standout Gimpanzee, whose Yonkers Raceway resume reads four (New York Sires Stakes) wins in as many career tries. The son of Chapter Seven began his career with a dozen consecutive wins before finishing fourth and third, respe...
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Berkery J sets Monticello record in NYSS

on August 19, 2019
The New York Sires Stakes concluded its 2019 schedule at Monticello Raceway on Monday as 2-year-old trotting colts pulled down the curtain. Jason Bartlett swept both Sires Stakes splits and won four of the eight races on the afternoon, including a track record-equaling effort from Berkery J. In the $52,000 second division of Sires Stakes action, 1-5 favorite Barn Holden, who star...
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Six Pack to 2020 Prix d'Amerique?

on August 19, 2019
According to Sweden’s Trav Ronden publication, Åke Svanstedt's Six Pack may start in the Prix d'Amérique this winter. Svanstedt also said that he will ask Jean-Michel Bazire if he can prepare the horse. “I have a dream to start him in the Prix d'Amérique,” said Svanstedt, who added that Six Pack “has become stronger during the summer&rdq...
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Tell Them Lou upsets Cattlewash in PASS

on August 19, 2019
All three divisions of the $180,855 third preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono saw their winners take lifetime bests of 1:52 over off going, with Adriano Hanover perfect after three PaSS events and driver Matt Kakaley engineering upsets in the other two divisions. The Western Ideal – A and G’sconfusion c...
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P L Jill, Century Farroh win Georgian features

on August 18, 2019
Driver Mario Baillargeon sent P L Jill first over past the half and dug into tempo-setter Dream Together through the mile, edging to a neck victory in the final strides of the $75,000 Earl Rowe Memorial Trot at Georgian Downs on Sunday, Aug. 18. Muscles For Life left for the top but yielded to sit on a helmet as Dream Together overtook command past a :27.2 first quarter. Baillargeon then pull...
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Ready For Moni scores in 1:54.3 in KYSS

on August 18, 2019
The Ready Cash colt Ready For Moni stalked the speed for the first half of the mile and then pounced on the final turn, surging to a four-length victory to trot the fastest mile of the three $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for two-year-old trotting colts on Sunday, Aug. 18 at The Red Mile.   The Per Engblom trainee sat in the pocket to a :27.4 first quarter while Father...
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This Is The Plan sets track record in Prix d’Ete

on August 18, 2019
Driver Daniel Dube and assistant trainer Mickey Burke had but one plan going into the $200,000 Prix d’Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, go to the front no matter what.   And that is exactly what Dube did and This Is The Plan was up to the task as the 4-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere wired the field and rewrote the all-age track record with an amaz...
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Maine Sires Stakes held at Scarborough

on August 18, 2019
The freshman trotters of the Maine Sire Stakes program reached the mid-way point of their eight race season on Sunday (8/18) and as both the fillies and colts duked it out on the half-mile oval at Scarborough Downs, driver Heath Campbell, with two stakes win on the program, was proven the most prodigious pugilist of them all.   A scant field of four Maine-breds answered the call for t...
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Shartin N, McWicked take Tioga stakes

on August 18, 2019
Big favorites Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) and McWicked (Brian Sears) each captured stakes victories to highlight the fabulous card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 18). In the $137,000 Artiscape open mare pace, Shartin N ($2.10) went to the front just before hitting the first quarter in :25.3.  She would slow the pace down using a :29.0 second quarter to hit the half in :54.3.  Seaswift...
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Happy That gives Art Stafford Jr. #2,000

on August 18, 2019
Driver Art Stafford Jr. notched the 2,000th win of his career when he piloted Happy That ($7.20) to a 1:56.3 victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 18) ninth race at Harrah's Philadelphia. Happy That, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Martin Davis for owner Jeffrey Startt, made a first-over push from third up the backstretch to reel in and overpower early pacesetter Sleek N Majest...
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Rock Diamonds N wins Gold Cup & Saucer

on August 18, 2019
Swift early fractions poised Rock Diamonds N and 21-year-old New England native Mitchell Cushing to rip through the field and claim victory in the 60th renewal of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, Aug. 17.   The inside three starters shot for the front with Bet On Brett brushing quickest to the top. Trial-winner Sir Pugsley sat second while ...
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Backstreet Shadow takes Great Northeast leg

on August 18, 2019
Overcoming a sloppy track, a first-over move, and very tough opposition, the Shadow Play four-year-old gelding Backstreet Shadow showed speed and gameness in taking a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacing horses in 1:49.2. On paper, three horses seemed to have the best credentials – None Bettor A was sent off as the 8-5 favorite, with Backstreet Shadow 9...
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2PC Fast N First 1:51.2 Ont. winner

on August 18, 2019
Drivers Doug McNair and Bob McClure split the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions down the middle on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McNair taking the first two and McClure the second pair. McNair kicked things off in the first $23,500 split with Fast N First and had the heavy favourite on top before the halfway marker. Fast N First never saw another challenger as he cruis...
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Greenshoe, The Ice Dutchess star in Zweigs

on August 18, 2019
Greenshoe (Brian Sears) captured the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 17). The Filly Zweig went to The Ice Dutchess. Front runner Marseille (Ake Svanstedt) jumped out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.1.  Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras) followed in second with Brian Sears content to put Greensh...
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Can B Perfect sets 1:52.1 ScD mark in OSS

on August 18, 2019
Can B Perfect was just that—cruising to a new Scioto Downs track records clocking of 1:51.2 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on a balmy Aug. 17 evening.   The son of big Bad John stormed home free and clear of his rivals, finishing nearly six lengths ahead of 7-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) while 6-5 Stanford Cour...
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Fully A Virgin, Pansys Image win ISS

on August 17, 2019
It was a winning night for trainer Shane Bowermaster on Saturday, August 17, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as fillies from his stable swept both $49,000 divisions of the fifth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. With wins from Fully A Virgin and Pansy’s Image, both fillies provided upsets over the heavy favorites in their respecti...
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Real Cool Sam equals world mark in PASS

on August 17, 2019
Real Cool Cam had what you might call a fair-to-middlin’ day in Saturday’s $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Not only did he equal the world record 1:54.4 for freshman gelding trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, but he also extended his career unbeaten streak to six.   The time matched that of Amigo Volo, who logged his record just one week ago at Harrah...
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Black Is Back scores in Batavia Open

on August 17, 2019
Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night’s (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just ...
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Little Rockey Man, Rockin Got Framed win ISS

on August 17, 2019
Sophomore pacing colts & geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 as they squared off in round five of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $50,000 divisions were sent postward on the evening’s 13-race card and delivered strong performances from each field. Little Rocket Man and Rockie Got Framed rebounded gamely in their respective division...
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Sorella plans to cheer for Jimmy Freight live

on August 17, 2019
Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport.   His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing...
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Janelle Diane Miller, 19, dies

on August 17, 2019
Janelle Diane Miller, 19, of Shipshewana, Ind., died on Tuesday evening (Aug. 13) at Long Lake, Union, MI from an apparent drowning. She was born on Dec. 27, 1999 in Topeka to Wayne R. and Karen Sue (Yoder) Miller. Survivors in addition to her parents are four brothers, LeWayne (special friend Susan) Miller of Anderson, Daryl (Kathy) Miller of Shipshewana, Dale (special friend Krist...
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Truth And Liberty, Majestic Fire win in NY

on August 17, 2019
Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) won the $11,000 featured fillies & mares open pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 16). Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) went to the front and controlled the pace hitting the first quarter in :27.1.  Truth And Liberty ($3.90) watched from second as Juxta Cowgirl hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by ...
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Unraced at 2, Weslynn Quest sets ScD mark

on August 17, 2019
Heather Vansickle’s Weslynn Quest set a new track standard of 1:53.3 in her $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Friday night, August 16 at Scioto Downs.   Reined by Tyler Smith for trainer Chris Beaver, the 16-1 longshot bested seven rivals in the second of two OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies.  The daughter of Manofmanymissions had finished third, six...
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Tall Dark Stranger scores in Ont. Gold

on August 17, 2019
Tall Dark Stranger made his debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and padded his growing resume with a seemingly effortless three length victory in 1:51.2. Lining up at Post 8 in the second $108,000 Gold Series division, driver Yannick Gingras eased Tall Dark Stranger away from the starting gate and settled in fifth as Bettor At Hightide rolled out to a :...
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Clear Idea picks up 19th career win

on August 16, 2019
The Friday night Open for fillies and mares featured just a field of five at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The group of top-flight distaffers slugged it out for their share of the $15,000 purse and proved to be a romp for the race’s favorite.   Clear Idea (American Ideal) was a New York Sire Stakes star and has emerged as a top quality aged mare after following up a four year old campa...
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Wheels A Turning takes Batavia Open

on August 16, 2019
After heavy late afternoon rains degraded the track to sloppy, a very game Wheels A Turning overcame the weather, a slow start and a breaking horse to score a decisive victory in the $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Aug. 16).   Off the gate, Dragin The Wagon (Shawn McDonough) went for the lead and in doing so, got parked three-deep around the first ...
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Chiplosive posts fifth win of season

on August 16, 2019
The Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Chiplosive, returning to the form that helped him capture a Pennsylvania All-Stars and a PA Stallion Series division in recent outings, brushed to the lead at the half and wasn’t challenged from there in the $16,000 trotting feature in 1:55.4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. After a :27.3 first quarter, driver George Napolitano J...
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Mad Dog scores again at Plainridge

on August 16, 2019
After having minimal success racing in Ohio as a 2 and 3-year-old, Mad Dog has turned his fortunes around as an aged horse in Massachusetts. On Friday (Aug. 16) at Plainridge Park, he set the bar for himself once again after he won the $12,000 5-year-old and under conditioned trotting feature with a personal best effort.   Post eight wasn’t an issue for Mad Dog (John Beckwith) as...
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Rodeo Rock back in action after ulcers

on August 16, 2019
Rodeo Rock will make his first start since June 30 when he races in the $46,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The 6-year-old was in the midst of his best season to date for trainer Robert Cleary before suffering from minor setbacks in the beginning of the summer.   Rodeo Rock’s big 2019 season began at the end of his 2018 campaign. Although the Rock N Rol...
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Meadows farrier Tim Dempster, 58, dies

on August 16, 2019
Tim Dempster, a well-known and popular farrier at The Meadows for many years, died unexpectedly Aug. 12. He was 58. Mr. Dempster was the son of Shirley K. Dempster and the late Harry “Herk” Dempster and as a youngster began making trips to The Meadows to watch races with his parents. He was a 1979 graduate of South Fayette High School and a graduate of the Red Tomlinson Horse...
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This Is The Plan trying for another big win

on August 16, 2019
Wins have been hard to come by, but that hasn’t diminished This Is The Plan’s performances in the eyes of his owners. After all, if not for history’s co-fastest horse Lather Up and defending Horse of the Year McWicked, the 4-year-old gelding would have plenty more to show for his efforts. This Is The Plan has won one of 12 races this year, with his triumph coming in the Ben ...
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Pedigrees online for Buckeye Classic

on August 16, 2019
Online pedigrees for the upcoming Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale are now available to view on the Buckeye Classic Sale website.   Sale catalog pedigrees as well as TrackIt pedigrees can be viewed by visiting www.buckeyeclassicsale.com  The Trackit pedigree gives the astute buyer the most current information available with pedigrees updated daily.   The 5th annual yearli...
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2YOPC Usurper 1:54 Grassroots winner

on August 16, 2019
Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts put on a good show at Woodbine Mohawk Park Thursday as three of the youngsters paced to personal best efforts winning their Grassroots divisions. Driver Trevor Henry and Usurper kicked things off in the first race with a front-end effort from Post 1 that saw them hang on for a nose victory over a hard-closing Remembering Shorty. Aces Rock rou...
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Eurobond edges Homicide Hunter in Philly

on August 16, 2019
The richest purse on “Trottin’ Thursday” at Harrah’s Philadelphia was the $18,000 contest for high-earning conditioned horses, but three other trots went faster than it did – including the most-anticipated matchup of the day, a $14.500 trot which saw red-hot Eurobond defeat The World’s Fastest Trotter, Homicide Hunter, in 1:52. Eurobond, a 4-year-old son of...
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Blais, McClure, Determination sweep 2YO trots

on August 16, 2019
The team of driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Serge Godin’s Determination continued their success with a sweep of Thursday’s Define The World and Pure Ivory second leg divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The 2-year-old trot series each featured a single $15,000 division. The events took a week hiatus following their first-legs on Aug. 1.   Ro...
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Swandre The Giant, It’s A Herbie win ISS splits

on August 16, 2019
The stakes season continues to roll on in the Hoosier state and saw favorites prevail in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Thursday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The night featured two $48,000 divisions for the 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings and the betting public was heavily backing last year’s trotting rivals It’s A Herbie in the first divisio...
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White, Knappenberger to be honored

on August 15, 2019
Hall of Fame publicist Tom White and former Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association general manager Jerry Knappenberger will be honored as the 2019 Joseph Neville Memorial Award recipients by the Delaware County Fair. White was a harness racing reporter for the Lexington (KY) Herald, Hoof Beats magazine and the Horseman and Fair World. He served as the publicit...
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More More More sets PA fair track mark

on August 15, 2019
The Western Ideal sophomore pacing filly More More More liked the Dayton (PA) fairgrounds oval very much on Thursday afternoon, breaking her division’s track record with a 1:58.4 mile while also notching the section’s fastest clocking on the Keystone State’s fair circuit this season. More More More eclipsed the 1:59.3 track record set by Keystone Nikki two years ago. Her onl...
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Fargo Hanover posts fifth win of year

on August 15, 2019
Not only did Fargo Hanover score her fifth win of the year in the $12,000 conditioned feature for 5-year-old and younger fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 15), she did it in style with a lifetime best effort for the mile.   Driver Shawn Gray got away third with Fargo Hanover and tracked the leading Artspell (Mitchell Cushing) past the quarter from there in :27...
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Bettor's Wish 1:47.4 Red Mile winner

on August 15, 2019
Chris Ryder trainee Bettor’s Wish—off five days rest—paced a meeting’s best at The Red Mile when winning the third of three $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) opening-preliminary divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:47.4 on Thursday, Aug. 15.   Driver Dexter Dunn darted Bettor’s Wish to the lead while Captain Trevor floated toward...
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Weekend Preview has big update on Wiggle It Jiggleit

on August 15, 2019
Last week Weekend Preview had trainer George Teague Jr.'s insights about his stable star Lather Up, who was getting ready to compete in the Dan Patch at Harrah's Hoosier Park. This week Teague had equally big news to share: his 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit is set to qualify Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia.   There is also plenty of racing this weeke...
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Ohio Jug Sale catalog online

on August 15, 2019
An online PDF sale catalog for the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale is now available on the Ohio Harness Horse Breeders website. The link: https://ohioharnesshorsebreeders.com/SaleCatalog2019 which will access the full sale catalog, can be downloaded for quick viewing. The sale is set for Friday, Sept. 13, at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, Ohio with the first horse i...
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Donations needed for pre-Jug fundraiser

on August 15, 2019
Auction items and table sponsors are needed for the annual Pre-Jug Party and Charity Auction held Wednesday September 18, at the Delaware County Fair. The proceeds go to rehab, retrain and re-home retired Standardbreds and the Delaware County Fair. This gala event is held in the Hospitality Pavilion in the first turn following the Jugette card. Attendees will enjoy gourmet hor d’oheur...
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Hickfromfrenchlick an EBC contender

on August 15, 2019
Hickfromfrenchlick is scheduled to race in Indiana later this season, which is likely to attract attention there thanks to his Larry Bird-inspired name. But first the colt will try to close out a successful campaign at home on the New York circuit, beginning with Sunday’s (Aug. 18) $238,200 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga Downs. The Ray Schnittker-trained Hickfromfrenchlick is t...
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Woodbine launching dual-breed Pick 4

on August 15, 2019
Woodbine Entertainment, home of world class Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse racing, will launch a dual-breed Crossover Pick 4 wager for the first time ever this Friday, Aug. 16. The Woodbine Crossover Pick 4 is a new wager where horseplayers must pick the winners of the last two Thoroughbred races at Woodbine Racetrack and the first two Standardbred races at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The wage...
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Off The Press climbs into first in Gold

on August 15, 2019
Battle Of The Belles champion Karma Seelster returned to Grand River Raceway for Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and picked up her third straight win at the Elora oval. With Post 4 in the second $72,267 Gold division, driver Doug McNair fired Karma Seelster off the starting gate and led the field of two-year-old pacing fillies to a :28.3 opening quarter. From the...
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Horseman Ralph English dies at 75

on August 15, 2019
Ralph Henry English, 75, of Marlborough, Mass., died Wednesday (Aug. 7) at Parsons Hill Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Worcester, Mass. He was the son of the late Clifford and Marie (Flo) English and father of the late Jeffrey English. Mr. English worked as a horse trainer for more than 30 years at The Meadowlands in New Jersey and was honored by The New England Harness Writers Assoc...
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Northfield Single-Six pays $20,287

on August 15, 2019
The 20¢ Northfield Single Six was solved down by a sole combination for a lofty $20,287.64 return on Wednesday (August 14).  The hefty payoff was hit by a patron watching and wagering the action on the Flying Turns in person. The Single Six wager premiered on October 13, 2018 and has become very popular with punters chasing colossal returns.  The unique combination Pick-6 offer...
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58YO Randall wins 4 at Saratoga

on August 15, 2019
Driver Jay Randall had a renaissance year of sorts last year at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the veteran reinsman has picked up right where he left off this season. On Wednesday’s card, the 58 year old Randall piloted back-to-back winners and four on the night. Randall drove winners in two of the three $9,000 co-features for New York sired trotters and both for trainer Bob Gale. Randall...
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Measuredperfection gate-to-wire ISS winner

on August 15, 2019
Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, Aug. 14, with the fifth round for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Both $47,500 divisions brought the betting public’s choice to the winner’s circle with wins by Kota’s Swan and Measuredperfection.   Measuredperfection, who had been sidelined for a few weeks, delivered a...
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2YO trotting fillies on fire in Ohio SS

on August 14, 2019
Twenty-one freshmen trotting fillies went postward on a slightly humid, yet pleasant Wednesday evening, Aug. 14 at Northfield Park in a trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests. The first division saw 25-1 Lima Gold bust loose in late stretch to prevail by a length for driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.  The Chris Beaver trainee, a daughter by Coraggioso, tripped the timer in 1:57 f...
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Merga Hanover, Movie Town impressive in NYSS at Batavia

on August 14, 2019
$107,000 was up for grabs when the New York Sire Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies visited Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14) and the winners of both divisions put in stellar performances. The first $53,000 split  was won by Merga Hanover (American Ideal-Magic Starlight) who took no prisoners in a gate to wire victory.  Merga Hanover was floated off the gate by d...
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Future Spin pulls off 29-1 shocker in Meadows feature

on August 14, 2019
Shuffled to seventh at the half, Future Spin threaded her way through horses in the lane to pull off the 25-1 shocker in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Future Spin had plenty of late pace, but Jason Merriman had to find a seam for the 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape-Buy In Hanover. When he did, Future Spin burst through to scor...
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Jimmy Freight, This Is The Plan top Prix d'Ete field

on August 14, 2019
Million-dollar winners Jimmy Freight and This Is The Plan headline a field of eight 4-year-old pacers who will do battle in the $200,000(C) Prix d’Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. The post position draw for the Grand Circuit race will take place Thursday at 12 noon at a special press conference at the racetrack. One of the richest races in North America restricted to j...
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Hanna Dreamgirl ready for Zweig Filly

on August 14, 2019
After giving Hanna Dreamgirl the opportunity to boost her confidence, owner Ken Jacobs and trainer George Ducharme will give the filly the chance to reestablish herself on the Grand Circuit.   Hanna Dreamgirl will bring a three-race win streak to Saturday’s $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters at Vernon Downs. All three of the filly’s recent v...
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Cartier Volo wins second Saratoga Open

on August 14, 2019
Last week the trotting mare Cartier Volo (Cash Hall) won her first career Open Trot. The Margaret Spagnola trainee has finished in the top three pretty much every week but it wasn’t until she was dq’d into a win last Tuesday night that the 5 year old scored her first Open victory. This week, Cartier Volo drew post two in the six-horse installment of the $15,000 Open for trotters. ...
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Teddys Littleangel wins third straight Gold

on August 14, 2019
The 3-year-old trotting filly Teddys Littleangel made the second trip of her career to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and delivered the same result as she did in last summer’s debut, an open length victory in Ontario Sires Stakes action. “She likes this track. She’s always raced good up here,” said trainer Ted MacDonnell. “She won her first lifetime start up h...
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Hambletonian elim winners headline Zweig

on August 14, 2019
Vernon Downs will host the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday.   The Zweig (Race 9) has drawn the two Hambletonian elimination winners in Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S, both of whom reside in the Marcus Melander stable.    Green Manalishi S (PP#2 Tim Tetrick) has won half of...
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Reflect With Me dominates in Mohawk series final

on August 13, 2019
Captaintreacherous filly Reflect With Me established a new series record of 1:50.3 with a dominating victory in Tuesday’s final of the Whenuwishuponastar.   A field of seven 2-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $50,000 series final. Round one winners Reflect With Me and Alexa Skye returned to action after a week off, while Somebeachsometime entered with plenty of momentum after a ...
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Divine Spirit wins Pocono feature

on August 13, 2019
The Father Patrick sophomore gelding Divine Spirit was reserved off a very fast pace by driver Eric Carlson, with the pair rallying in the last three-eighths to just get up in the $15,000 featured trot on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Divine Spirit was away sixth as P L Ketchup had to go a burning :26.4 quarter to get by fellow speedster Papi Hanover....
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Tetrick sweeps PASS 2FP divisions

on August 13, 2019
Lyons Sentinel blasted through the soggy Lightning Lane to score for Tim Tetrick in 1:51, matching the stake record for the Meadow Cheer, a $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers, Tuesday at The Meadows. Rocknificent worked hard to capture the other division, giving Tetrick a stake sweep.   Trainer Jim King Jr. received Lyons Sentinel in mid-July when ow...
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Matty’s Legacy, Gemini Eddie defend Michigan SS titles

on August 13, 2019
After taking top honors in Michigan Sire Stakes as freshmen in 2018, Matty's Legacy and Gemini Eddie successfully defended their titles as 3 year olds in Tuesday afternoon’s $230,000 Michigan Sires Stakes at Northville Downs.   Matty's Legacy recorded a pillar-to-post 1:58.4 win over four rivals in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pace, which carried a purs...
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Hambletonian champ Forbidden Trade wins OSS Gold

on August 13, 2019
Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade returned to Ontario Sires Stakes action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and posted his second Gold Series win of the season. In their first start since the two-heat Hambletonian on Aug. 3, Forbidden Trade and driver Bob McClure lined up at post one in Monday’s $80,256 Gold Series division and got away third as All Wrapped Up and Cool Clifford ...
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NYSS 2FPs roll into Batavia Wednesday

on August 13, 2019
Batavia Downs will host the 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday afternoon when the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) return for their fifth of nine 2019 stops and the two divisions that will compete for a combined $107,000 in purses look to be very competitive races.    The first leg (carded as race four) goes for $53,000 and has Cash Roll (Roll With Joe-Rockonomics) installed...
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2YO Capt Midnight wins Dream Maker in 1:49.4

on August 13, 2019
Capt Midnight became harness racing’s first sub-1:50 two year old of 2019 with a thrilling 1:49.4 victory in Monday’s Dream Maker Series final at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Dream Maker final featured a field of six rookie pacing colts, all sons of Captaintreacherous, and four competitors from the barn of trainer Tony Alagna. Round one winners Allywag Hanover, trained by C...
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Bet You holds on to win Plainridge feature

on August 13, 2019
Lightly regarded at the windows, Bet You made the faithful take notice after putting in a career-best performance winning the $14,000 New England-owned winners-over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled from third past the :26.4 quarter and took the lead from Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) before the :55.1 half and proceeded to open u...
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2FP The Party's Rockin's 1:52.4 fastest in Stallion Series

on August 12, 2019
The Party’s Rockin powered to the lead at the quarter and scored geared down in a career-best 1:52.4, fastest in Monday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. Real Long Hanover, Sweet Camille and Arden Hanover captured the other divisions. Tyler Buter and trainer Mark Harder teamed for a stake double with The Party’s Rockin and Ar...
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Team Svanstedt sweeps NYSS 2FT splits

on August 12, 2019
On Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway the program featured New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies. The seven-race card featured two divisions of Sires Stakes each racing for a purse of $51,000, three splits of the Excelsior A group ($15,000) and two Excelsior B ($6,500).   The first heat of Sires Stakes was a short five-horse field, ...
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Greenshoe, Green Manalish entered in Zweig

on August 12, 2019
The 2019 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial colt trot has drawn 10 horses (nine to race with the 10th horse to have his 3-year-old payments refunded) that include several of the sophomore trotting division headliners. Among those entered are the potent Melander pair of Hambletonian first heat winners Greenshoe and and Green Manalishi S along with Beal Memorial winner Marseille. They will compete in a s...
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New England horseman Daniel Tuccillo dies

on August 12, 2019
Daniel Tuccillo, 78, of Prospect, Connecticut passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Vitas unit of St. Mary’s Hospital.     Mr. Tuccillo was born April 20, 1941, in Waterbury, Connecticut, a son of the late Ralph R. and Aurelie (Hamel) Tuccillo. He graduated from high school and went on to establish General Borings, Inc. of Prospect, Connecticut,...
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Burke quartet lead Tuesdays PASS 2FPs

on August 12, 2019
Trainer Ron Burke will send four freshman filly pacers into Tuesday’s $183,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) at The Meadows, but the two most promising of the quartet, Sweet Ace and Shouldabeenatd — are behind the eight ball, so to speak, stuck with extreme outside post positions.   Known as The Meadow Cheer, the stake goes as races 7 and 8, with first post at 1:05...
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Meadowlands to increase banking in turns

on August 12, 2019
Although live racing at the Meadowlands is currently on hiatus, the quest to continue to improve the best product harness racing has to offer never sleeps.   Playing a large role in that pursuit of excellence is the competitiveness of the races, which is a compilation of many and various elements. It is obvious that Standardbred racing has evolved into a speed favoring style of racing...
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Impressive winners in PASS 3FP splits

on August 12, 2019
On Sunday night, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted three divisions of the $168,480 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Tony Alagna accounted for two divisions with Treacherous Reign (1:49.4) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50.2), while last year’s divisional champion Warrawee Ubeaut posted her second Sire Stakes win while posting a 1...
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Our Max Phactor Great Northeast winner

on August 11, 2019
Our Max Phactor N ($6.40) and George Napolitano Jr. sustained a first-over push into stout fractions on their way to victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 11) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Tim Tetrick picked up five driving wins on the 14-race card. Our Max Phactor N was unhurried from post two in the early stages, content to let Mac...
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Joey Pro takes Batavia trot feature

on August 11, 2019
Trainer John Hallett left the friendly confines of Tioga Downs with Joey Pro this week in lieu of a visit to Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 11) but despite the change in venue, they came away with the same result. Joey Pro scored another win, but this time in the top-class $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at the oldest lighted harness track in North America. Joey Pro (Jim Morri...
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Halo Its Me wins another Ont. Grassroots

on August 11, 2019
The trip to Clinton proved worthwhile for reinsman James MacDonald on Sunday as he notched a driving hat trick, with two of the wins coming in Grassroots divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies. MacDonald kicked off the afternoon’s Ontario Sires Stakes action with fan favorite Halo Its Me, taking the lead early and hanging on for a one-half length victory in 2:00. Blue Magic closed we...
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Upsets by Custom Cantab, Speeding Spur N

on August 11, 2019
The 33-1 longshot Custom Cantab (David Miller) stole the show in the $132,000 Joie De Vie open mare trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 11). The favored Atlanta set the tempo for the race but faded to sixth.  At the start of the race Darling Mearas S (Brian Sears) went on a break early in the first turn and caused Manchego (Dexter Dunn) to go on a break as well.  Atlanta t...
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Joe Kroll dies at age 61

on August 11, 2019
Joe Kroll, one of the highly respected and likable horseman in harness racing, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8. He was 61. Born in Pittsburgh, PA., on Nov. 17, 1957, Mr. Kroll had a long and storied career in harness racing since moving to Florida with his wife, Shawna, in 1983. While he did have success with Florida Stakes winners, including Indigo Swirl, J S Vi...
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Freshman pacers shine in KYSS Saturday at Red Mile

on August 11, 2019
The Kentucky Sires Stakes season opened up last Thursday at The Red Mile for 2-year-old trotters and on Saturday the 2-year-old pacers were on the track with a pair of $30,000 divisions for colts and geldings and one $30,000 contest for the fillies. Roll With Jr and driver Doug McNair won the first division for the males by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:51.1. Sea Of Li...
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Six Pack intoxicating in Yonkers open trot

on August 11, 2019
Funny thing about Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $2.70).   Whenever he's invaded Yonkers Raceway, the end result is not a fair fight. Such was the case again Saturday night (Aug. 10th), when Six Pack drilled seven outclassed foes in the co-featured $46,000 Open Handicap Trot.     Making short work an assigned eight-hole, Six Pack left around Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartl...
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Bettor’s Wish wins the $400,000 Milstein Memorial

on August 11, 2019
Dexter Dunn hails from Down Under in New Zealand and traveled to the United States less than a year ago.  He had never been to MGM Northfield Park, but arrived on Saturday (Aug. 10) full of confidence to drive race favorite Bettor’s Wish in the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial.  He went to the gate on the heels of losing two straight photos in the $682,650 Meadowlands Pace and $285,...
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Track records set, tied in Ohio SS at Northfield

on August 11, 2019
Five Ohio Sires Stakes featured several track records set and tied on a cool Saturday evening, August 10 at Northfield Park.   In the first of a trio of $40,000 OSS events, 1-9 favorite Lane Of Stone cruised easily to a 1:54 new track record triumph in front-stepping fashion for driver Jeff Nisonger and trainer Mark Winters, Sr., who conditions the son of Wishing Stone for own...
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New York Sire Stakes 3YOCT featured at Saratoga

on August 10, 2019
New York Sire Stakes were featured on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as three year old colt and gelding trotters took center stage. There were two divisions for sophomore trotters that each went for a purse of $90,050. Drawing the outside post is usually a big time hazard but on Saturday night, both Sire Stakes winners drew post eight for their tries going for the big bucks. Erv M...
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Bridge To Jesse's records fastest trotting mile ever at Hoosier

on August 10, 2019
After a track record equaling mile in the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes by Lather Up on Friday, Harrah's Hoosier Park's track surface continued to sizzle on Saturday, August 10 as the evening's 10-race card was highlighted by a track record performance in the featured event of the evening. Bridge To Jesse's, with driver John DeLong in the sulky, became Harrah's Hoosier Park's...
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Adriano Hanover stays unbeaten with Meadows PASS win

on August 10, 2019
Adriano Hanover stretched his career unbeaten streak to four with a hard-earned victory in Saturday's $180,082 Tyler B, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers, at The Meadows. Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed to win the other divisions with Cattlewash and Caliber.   Adriano Hanover and Tim Tetrick made a delayed bid for the lead, reaching the p...
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Champion Six Pack returns to Yonkers Saturday night

on August 10, 2019
Tristan Sjoberg distinctly recalls a trip to Ake Svanstedt’s stable in March 2018 when he visited his 2- and 3-year-olds in training. Before he left the barn, Svanstedt pulled out Six Pack. The freshman New York Sire Stakes Champion the previous fall hadn’t embarked on his sophomore season yet, but Sjoberg loved what he saw. “He brought Six Pack out and said, ‘take one...
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Freshmen shine in Tompkins-Geers stakes at Tioga

on August 10, 2019
Tioga Downs hosted six Tompkins-Geers stakes races for freshmen trotters and pacers on Friday (August 9). Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) took the first division of the $29,350 Geers Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings.  Major Betts ($8.60), who is owned by trainer Mark Harder, J V Jannuzzelli, and Rachel Frost, went to to the front and never looked back putti...
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Alexa's Power wins 46G distaff derby at Yonkers

on August 10, 2019
Pocketed favorite Alexa’s Power (Jason Bartlett, $4.50) gave the public what it wanted Friday night (Aug. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    The board spoke her name and Alexa’s Power raced as if she knew it. Making the first lead from post position No. 4, she then deferred to raging, eight-hole-assigned Feelin’ R...
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Looksgoodinaromper sets world record in Ohio Sires Stakes

on August 10, 2019
Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi's Looksgoodinaromper established a new world record of 1:52.3 for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile track via her victory in one of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park on Friday night, Aug. 9.   Piloted by Chris Page for trainer Ronnie Burke, the freshman daughter of Pet Rock simply cruised in wire-to-wire fashi...
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Lather Up takes Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park

on August 10, 2019
Just when one thought they had seen it all, a first quarter in :24.4, a favorite who looked hopelessly beaten in the stretch came a Phoenix out of the ashes as Lather Up showed what the heart of a champion can do even when a victory seemed out of the question. With a final time of 1:47.2, Lather Up turned in a stunning performance to capture the 26th edition of the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes...
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Quicksilver Kemp in lifetime best at Plainridge

on August 09, 2019
Coming off a 3-year-old year that saw him earn in excess of $65,000 without any stake events, Quicksilver Kemp has come back strong at four and has now taken a new lifetime mark after winning the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Aug. 9).   Quicksilver Kemp (Wally Watson) got away third and watched Simple Kaos (Shawn Gray) run away with the f...
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Amigo Volo sets world record in PASS at Philly

on August 09, 2019
Amigo Volo broke the world record for two-year-old trotting geldings on a 5/8-mile track with a 1:54.4 victory, winning in one of four divisions of the $188,420 second preliminary round event in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman males at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Hall Of Famer driver David S. Miller, who won the last four races before taking off midcard for night ...
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Hambo-eve fundraiser helps Museum, SRF

on August 09, 2019
The harness racing community once again showed robust support for two of the sport’s most important charities – The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) – at a casino-themed fundraiser held Hambletonian eve at The New Meadowlands in East Rutherford.   The Aug. 2 event, with dinner sponsorship from the connecti...
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Speeding Spur looks for 1st US win in Crawford Farms

on August 09, 2019
New Zealand-bred trotter Speeding Spur arrived in trainer Linda Toscano’s barn this summer and quickly made a favorable impression. He hopes to leave a winning one, as well. Speeding Spur, who was last season’s Trotter of the Year in New Zealand, has raced twice in the U.S. and trotted 1:51.1 both times. The 8-year-old stallion was fourth behind Manchego, Marion Marauder, and Lind...
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Taylor Made purchases 50% interest in Lather Up

on August 09, 2019
This week's Harnessracing.com’s Weekend Preview noted rumors were circulating regarding the possible sale of world champion pacer Lather Up, and on Friday afternoon the purchase was confirmed.   In a deal reported by Ernie Martinez of Martinez Equine, 50 percent of Lather Up has been sold to a group headed by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions by owners Gary and Barbara Is...
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Jackpot Hi-5 hit for $77,000 at Philly

on August 09, 2019
The Jackpot Hi-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia was hit on Friday (Aug. 9) when one player successfully chose the winning 2-3-1-6-9 combination in the afternoon's fifth race for a dividend of $77,690.36.   Chillin It De Vie and Pat Berry recorded a 14-1 upset in the fifth race, a second-level conditioned pace for fillies and mares, narrowly defeating 1-5 favorite Sheewarsthepants wh...
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Michigan Sires Stakes set for Tuesday at Northville

on August 09, 2019
Over $230,000 in purses will be on the line in an eight-race Michigan Sires Stakes program to be held Tuesday afternoon at Northville Downs, and all four 2018 freshman champions will look to defend their crowns as sophomores.   After posting an impressive 1:58.2 win in last year's Sires Stakes final and accumulating nine other victories as a freshman, Matty's Legacy remai...
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Determination's Port Perry wins Ontario SS

on August 09, 2019
Port Perry took sole control of top spot in the two-year-old trotting colt standings with his second Gold Series victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening. The long-legged Port Perry moved sharply away from post 6 and once he took control the outcome was never in doubt. Rolling through fractions of :29.1, :59.3 and 1:28.4, Port Perry and driver Bob McClure were never threatened and ...
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Jimmy Takter named to Jug Wall of Fame

on August 09, 2019
Triple Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter has been selected as the 35th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. Takter, 58, won the 2006 Little Brown Jug with Mr Feelgood and the 2008 Jugette with Good News Lady. On the trotting side, he won six Buckette titles, three Standardbred’s and two Old Oaken Buckets. He trained four USHWA ‘Horses of the Year&...
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Winndevie wins, Woodside Charm 7th, in NYSS

on August 09, 2019
Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) captured the $118,000 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday. Sensibility (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :26.2.  Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best but went on a break right near the first quarter mark. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder), who was the 2018 Two-Year-Old Trotter...
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First-over doesn't bother PA 2YO winners

on August 08, 2019
There were six $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting colts at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday, and in defiance of the usual concept of “avoid first-over,” five of the winners went the uncovered route en route to victory. Red-hot driver Tim Tetrick won three of the six Stallion Series divisions en rou...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on August 08, 2019
The 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and current star Lather Up both hail from the Delaware-based farm of George Teague Jr., and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, find out which pacer Teague gives his nod to.   Lather Up heads to Harrah’s Hoosier Park for Friday’s Dan Patch, where he’ll take on the likes of 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked. T...
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Blooded Horse Sale yearlings listed online

on August 08, 2019
The 63rd Annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale will offer 131 yearlings on Tuesday, Aug. 27, the first day of its two-day venue at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio.   The catalog includes 117 Ohio-breds, 38 Indiana-breds, seven NY-breds and 10 from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Kentucky and Ontario. Four of the yearlings have dual eligibility. In addition, over 450 race...
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Big Hambo day caps off big Big M meet

on August 08, 2019
The curtain came down on the Meadowlands’ 2019 Championship Meeting on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 3, ending a seven-month run that would be the envy of any track operator. Total handle on Hambo Day was up nearly 15 percent over the year before as $6.5 million was pushed through the windows, approximately $800,000 more than the year before. The $6.5 million was by far the best single-day han...
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Takter, Ritchie inducted into Canadian Hall of Fame

on August 08, 2019
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame welcomed its Class of 2019 at the Induction Gala on Wednesday at the Mississauga Convention Centre. Standardbred inductees include builder Ian Fleming, driver Trevor Ritchie and trainer Jimmy Takter, along with horses Tricky Tooshie and Angus Hall.   Fleming’s career in the horse racing industry began as race secretary at his home track in ...
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2CP Adriano Hanover set for PASS

on August 08, 2019
When Hanover Shoe Farms bred Western Ideal to A And G’sconfusion, it named the ensuing foal Adriano Hanover to honor Adriano Sorella. And why not? Sorella is one of harness racing’s most prominent owners with such stars as millionaire pacer Jimmy Freight in his portfolio.   Yet when Adriano Hanover walked through the sales ring at Harrisburg, Sorella passed up the opportun...
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Odds On Osiris captures Fox Stake

on August 08, 2019
In what was his third career start, Odds On Osiris triumphed in 1:51.3 in the 93rd edition of the $55,150 Fox Stake for 2-year-old pacers in Grand Circuit action at the Indiana State Fair on Wednesday. The event was the sixth race on a 12-race card which also featured the $33,383 Ralph Wilfong Memorial for 2-year-old trotters, which was captured by Just Like Fire (Trace Tetrick) in 1:58. Odds On ...
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The Cuse Is Loose scores at Saratoga

on August 08, 2019
A pair of $9,000 co-features highlighted the ten-race card on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. On an evening in which there were a handful of big longshots that prevailed, one of the features saw a 9-1 upset. The Cuse Is Loose (Deweycheatumnhowe) pulled first-over on the two favorites in his division of the features for New York-sired trotters and the five year old Andy Byler trainee...
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NYSS trotters break Batavia track record twice

on August 07, 2019
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters invaded Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Aug. 7) and they did some damage to the record book by breaking the local mark for their age, gender and gait in two successive series races.   In the first $52,000 division, Bourbon Express (RC Royalty-Kasha) was sent down the road by driver Jason Bartlett and once gone, the pair ...
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Stinglike A B K wins Meadows co-feature

on August 07, 2019
There was no floating like a butterfly for Stinglike A B K; he powered right to the top and widened his lead late to capture Wednesday's co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot.   Hydration took Wednesday's companion feature, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace, in similar front-end fashion, scoring in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Brian Brown and owners Country Club ...
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Big longshots win in Philly Wednesday

on August 07, 2019
Longshots ruled the roost at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, as three horses paid over $50 on one card for the first time locally in just short of two years. Buy In (Art Stafford Jr.) got the bomber brigade going by winning the seventh race and paying $77.80; second in the race was 70-1 proposition Surf The Web, who returned $146.60 for a $2 place ticket. In the very next ...
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Century Farroh looks to continue ride in Milstein

on August 07, 2019
Dave Ratchford was 16 when he bought his first horse. “And I’ve never been without a horse since then,” the 75-year-old Nova Scotia resident said. Good thing. Otherwise he would have missed the opportunity to own a horse like Century Farroh. Century Farroh has won eight of nine races this year and competes in Saturday’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial Invita...
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Atlanta to take on Manchego in Joie De Vie

on August 07, 2019
Tioga Downs will host the Grand Circuit Crawford Farms FFA Trot and Joie De Vie FFA Mare Trot stakes this Sunday with a matinee post time of 1 p.m.   The $148,000 Crawford Farms drew a field of six that includes the venerable 2015 Hambletonian champ Pinkman as well as the winner of last week's Vincennes trot on Hambo Day, Mission Accepted.   Eight top trotting mares wil...
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2FP Somebeachsometime impressive in Mohawk win

on August 07, 2019
Somebeachsometime stormed by rivals in the stretch to win Tuesday’s second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The 2-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere paced home in :26.3, part of a :53.3 back half, to come from sixth for the stunning victory in the second leg of the three-week event.   Driven by Jody Jamieson, Somebeachsometime got a...
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Lather Up heads Dan Patch field

on August 07, 2019
A field of nine will be sent postward in the $330,000 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. The 26th installment of Hoosier Park’s premier event will highlight the 14-race program that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be supported by an all-star undercard of racing action. The purse money to be distributed throughout the evening will be over the $500,000 mark...
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2CP American Rebel leads NYSS in 1:54

on August 06, 2019
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 6th) hosted the $153,200 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   A $75,900 non-bettor and a wagering-carded $77,300 division comprised the event.   The before-the-program bandwagon was led by American Rebel (Tyler Buter). Making the first lead from post position No. 2, American Rebel then deferred ...
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You're Majestic takes Meadows feature

on August 06, 2019
You're Majestic quarter-poled to the front for trainer/driver Doug Snyder, then held off a pair of challengers late to capture Tuesday's co-feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   In the companion feature, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace, McDazzle prevailed in 1:52.1 for Dave Palone, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and ...
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Spectre, Mass Fortune K score at Pocono

on August 06, 2019
Favorites Spectre and Mass Fortune K both parlayed front-end trips into a victory in a $15,000 featured trot during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Holiday Road gelding Spectre went to the lead before the :27.3 quarter for driver Anthony Napolitano, could back off the half to :57, picked up the pace to the 1:25.2 three-quarters, then held off a threat from po...
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Bettor's Wish favored in Milstein Memorial

on August 06, 2019
Bettor’s Wish has been named the 5-2 morning line favorite by Northfield Park’s executive vice president of racing and simulcasting Dave Bianconi in Saturday’s $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial. The top money-earner headlines an accomplished field of eight in Northfield Park’s premier event. The Milstein is a 3-year-old Open by invitation only. The featured eve...
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Woodside Charm returns Thursday in NYSS

on August 06, 2019
Vernon Downs will host a $118,800 leg of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday.   There is only one division racing on Thursday but the field is loaded. It features last year’s 2-year-old trotting filly of the year Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder). The Chapter Seven filly is owned and trained by Yoder and listed as the 5-2 morning line favorit...
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Michigan war horse T-Red wins 100th race

on August 06, 2019
The crowd at the Western Michigan Fair in Ludington, Mich. witnessed history in the fourth race on Monday as the 14-year-old gelding T-Red paced his way into the history books, notching his 100th career win by open lengths.   T-Red, a son of Cams Eclipse bred by Mark Matthews of Jerome, Mich., and owned and trained by Henry Gulley of Cement City, Mich., has been chasing his 100th care...
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Rock Diamonds N posts second straight win

on August 06, 2019
For the second straight start, Rock Diamonds N dominated the best of the bunch at Plainridge Park by winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap on Monday afternoon (Aug. 5).   Despite being handicapped with the outside post seven, driver Ron Cushing left and put Rock Diamonds N on the lead and did not look back from there. After sprinting quarters of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:22.1 with little...
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2YO Tall Dark Stranger wins at Mohawk

on August 06, 2019
Tall Dark Stranger stormed into Mohawk Park to deliver an impressive 1:51.1 victory in Monday’s second leg of the Dream Maker Series.   An overflow field of 11 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed in the second-leg of the three-week event. Round one winners Allywag Hanover and Captain Midnight sat out this week.   Trainer Nancy Johansson rolled into town wit...
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Sports Obsession wins Battle of Waterloo

on August 05, 2019
Grand River Raceway marked its 29th annual Industry Day celebration on August 5. The afternoon featured 11 races totaling $540,850 in purses, including the track’s feature dashes, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles.   It was a homecoming of sorts for two families who have previously dominated these jewel races in the Elora, ON track’s marquee event. &nbs...
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Forbidden Trade pays well in Hambo futures

on August 05, 2019
The Hambletonian Future wager proved to be an extreme value play for those following and cashing in on the race winner Forbidden Trade. The son of Kadabra captured the $1 million event at The Meadowlands in dramatic style returning $33.80 to win for those placing wagers close to post time.   In the four separate Future wagers heading into the first jewel in Trotting’s Triple C...
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Tequila Talkin springs 22-1 upset in Meadows open

on August 05, 2019
The longest shot in the field at 22-1, Tequila Talkin sustained a first-over bid that carried him to the upset in Monday’s $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tony Hall collected six wins on the 13-race card.   When Tequila Talkin moved from fourth after the leader Barn Girl, it seemed only a matter of time before the venerable mare put him away. But the 4-year-old...
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Entries due for Michiana Classic

on August 05, 2019
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company has issued a reminder to all yearling consignors concerning the deadline for the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale. Entries for the third annual Michiana Classic Yearling Sale are due. “The box” will remain open as long as possible and entries will still be accepted. The Michiana Classic, scheduled for Nov. 30 is held at the Michiana Event Center (MEC...
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Hickfromfrenchlick ties Batavia mark in NYSS

on August 05, 2019
Hickfromfrenchlick came to play on Sunday in his $58,700 division of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Batavia Downs and he went gate to wire in impressive fashion and equaled the track record time.   Leaving from post one driver Matt Kakaley was rolling immediately with Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star) and had pro...
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Photo finishes in trio of PASS 2FP splits

on August 05, 2019
It required a photo to decide all three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes second preliminary round Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the closest finish was in the third section, as JK First Lady rebuffed Sweet Ace by a head in 1:54.1. The Western Ideal filly JK First Lady came into the race with obvious credentials – her dam is 2014 Horse of the Year JK She&r...
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Hambo Day handle up 14.6 percent

on August 03, 2019
Wagering on the Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands was up 14.6 percent over the 2018 program. Both cards saw 16 races, but this year’s total of $6,501,778 was approximately $800,000 more than the year before.   The $6.5 million in action was by far an industry 2019 best. Woodbine at Mohawk Park saw $4.4 million in wagers on March 30 when the track had a huge Super High-Fiv...
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'Captain' crunches Cane Pace field

on August 03, 2019
There was little movement throughout the course of the $285,362 Cane Pace for three-year-old pacers, sponsored by Fair Winds Farm/Cameo Hills Farm, but that set up for a thrilling stretch duel. Meadowlands Pace champion Captain Crunch and Scott Zeron used a pocket trip to perfection, pacing by runner-up Bettor’s Wish Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands with a 1:48 performance. Semi Tough...
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Shartin N wins Lady Liberty in 1:46.4!

on August 03, 2019
The Hambletonian may be the sport’s pinnacle, but on Hambo Day, Shartin N stole the show. The dominating pacer established a new standard Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands in winning the $183,500 Lady Liberty TVG free-for-all for older pacing mares, sponsored by SBOANJ/TrotPac. Steered by Tim Tetrick, the six-year-old Tintin In America-Bagdarin mare set a track, stakes and world record...
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Manchego sets stakes record in Steele

on August 03, 2019
Dexter Dunn sent Manchego to the lead and didn’t look back, winning the $186,000 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial TVG free-for-all for trotting mares, sponsored by Steele and Associates, in a stakes record 1:50. The former Hambletonian Oaks champion was followed under the wire by Hannelore Hanover with Darlin Mearas S trotting third.   Drawing the rail, Dunn pushed Manchego to the le...
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Forbidden Trade scores Hambo upset in 1:51

on August 03, 2019
Greenshoe and Brian Sears entered the 94th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian as the prohibitive favorites. However, it was Forbidden Trade and Bob McClure that got the jump in the stretch Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. Sent off at 15-1 odds, the duo turned on the trot and then held off a hard-charging Greenshoe to win the pinnacle of harness racing in upset fashion. The Kadabra colt, ...
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When Dovescry wins Oaks for Allard brothers

on August 03, 2019
When Dovescry and Simon Allard took control after the quarter and went on to win decisively in the 94th edition of the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final for three-year-old trotting fillies Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. The Muscle Hill filly, out of Breeders Crown champion Cedar Dove, trotted a lifetime best 1:50.2 on the way to her seventh victory in 13 career starts for trainer Rene All...
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Crystal Fashion scores Cashman in 1:50

on August 03, 2019
Crystal Fashion and David Miller angled from the pylons and sprinted down the center of the track to capture the $280,000 John Cashman Memorial TVG free-for-all trot, sponsored by the Southwind Farms/Muscle Hill Syndicate and Jerry Silva, Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. The four-year-old Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding stopped the timer in 1:50, equaling the stakes record set by Sebasti...
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Greenshoe draws post two in Hambo final

on August 03, 2019
Post positions for the 94th edition of the Hambletonian have been drawn. Greenshoe, winner of the second elimination, has drawn post two, while first elimination winner Green Manalishi S will start in the $1 million final from post four.   Marcus Melander will send out three starters, and Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter has picked up a drive behind Osterc, who was steered by Yannick Gingras ...
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Greenshoe takes second Hambo elim

on August 03, 2019
Favored Greenshoe and Brian Sears handily won the second $70,000 elimination for the 94th edition of the Hambletonian Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. The two-time New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, trained by Marcus Melander, tripped the timer in 1:50.2. He was followed across the wire by Don’t Let’em, Forbidden Trade, Marseille and Pilot Discretion, who also advance to the fin...
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Green Manalishi S wins first Hambo elim

on August 03, 2019
Green Manalishi S, sent off at odds of 9-1, captured the first $70,000 elimination for the 94th edition of the Hambletonian Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. Driven by Tim Tetrick, the Marcus Melander trainee stopped the clock in 1:50.3, leading Osterc, Soul Strong, favored Gimpanzee and Cantab Fashion across the wire. Each of the five advance to the final.   When the gate folded...
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Lather Up dominates in McKee Memorial

on August 03, 2019
Lather Up, the co-fastest Standardbred of all time, continued his streak of dominating performances in the $230,200 Sam McKee Memorial TVG free-for-all pace, sponsored by Purple Haze Stables. The I’m Gorgeous-Pocket Comb stallion took control early and went on to cut the mile on the way to a world record 1:59.2 for one and one-eighths miles. The victory was the third straight for the four ...
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Tall Drink Hanover sets track record in Shady Daisy

on August 03, 2019
Andrew McCarthy sent Tall Drink Hanover to the front early in the $100,362 Shady Daisy for three-year-old pacing fillies, sponsored by Deo Volente Farms, and the Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account filly responded with a Meadowlands track record. The sophomore stormed to a 1:48 effort for trainer Tony Alagna, erasing JK Shesalady’s 2014 mark of 1:50.2.   Drawing post four in th...
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Real Cool Sam equals world record in Haughton

on August 03, 2019
The late Sam McKee was known as one of the sport’s best race callers. It was appropriate that McKee’s namesake, Real Cool Sam, turned in a world record-equaling performance in the $324,550 Peter Haughton Memorial for two-year-old colt trotters, sponsored by the Walner Syndicate. The Muscle Hill-Cooler Schooner gelding raised his record to five wins in as many starts Saturday, August ...
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Hypnotic AM still undefeated after Doherty score

on August 03, 2019
Hypnotic AM is now four-for-four in her career after a strong effort in the $310,700 James Doherty Memorial for two-year-old filly trotters, sponsored by SRF Stables. Driven by Brian Sears for Marcus Melander, the Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S lass established a new lifetime best Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands, trotting the mile in 1:53.   Drawing post five in the field of 10, Se...
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Mission Accepted takes Vincennes in 1:50.2

on August 03, 2019
Yannick Gingras and Mission Accepted took advantage of a pocket trip before sprinting home to a 1:50.2 victory in the $60,000 Vincennes Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. The four-year-old stallion, trained by Ron Burke, established a new lifetime best with the victory, his fourth of the season. Former Hambletonian champion Pinkman raced second with a late-closing Homicide Hunter third. &...
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Century Farroh edges Best In Show in OSS

on August 03, 2019
Century Farroh reaffirmed his position as king of the three-year-old pacing colt class with his third Gold Series victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening. With regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton in the race bike, Century Farroh left well from Post 3, landing in second and tipping out to take aim on early leader Sportsline before the :26.1 quarter. Once he reached the front Ce...
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Former SBOANJ president Anthony Parenti dies

on August 03, 2019
Anthony J. Parenti, a long-time former police chief of Fanwood, N.J., and former president of the Standardbred Breeders Association of New Jersey, died on Aug. 1 at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. surrounded by family. He was 87.   A career police official for 60 years, Mr. Parenti also became involved in harness racing as a horse owner. He was elected to s...
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First Call first to wire in Vernon feature

on August 03, 2019
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) won the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday. Alex The Great (John MacDonald) went to the lead and controlled all the early fractions (:26.4, :57, 1:26.3). First Call ($7.10), who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Connie Hochstetler, and Allen Schwartz, went first over just before the three-quarter mark.  Only ...
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Odds On Lauderdale wins G Notes final

on August 03, 2019
Odds On Lauderdale continued his resurgence from an early-season slump by taking the Dash For The G Notes final at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Worldly Deo, who started the year just two for his first 11, was third at the rail to the half before moving first-over after leader Dragonology with an authoritative brush, grabbed the lead on the far...
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Merga Hanover makes NYSS her third win

on August 02, 2019
Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Aug. 2nd) hosted the $153,900 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. A trio of $51,300 races comprised the event.   The first division saw Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett, $5.80), as the lone leaver make her five rivals pay (:29, :59.2, 1:28.1, career-best 1:56.1). From post position No. 5, Racine Bell opened three lengths in ...
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RFL's Lord Command Plainridge winner

on August 02, 2019
The Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) are still about two months away, but horses eligible to the $1.8 million (est.) series are already preparing to compete in that stake in competition at many tracks. At Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon a pair of 3-year-olds, one on each gait,  moved one step closer to being ready after adding solid wins in their respective races.    RFL&rsq...
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Baron Remy rallies for Philly score

on August 02, 2019
The Yankee Cruiser mare Baron Remy, who had equaled a world record at Northfield Park two starts ago, came to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon and promptly took the $18,000 featured pace in 1:51. Come-from-behind horses had not been fairing well at Philly this week, but driver Brian Sears, seeing many horses out for early spots, had Baron Remy, who drew the outside of the eight...
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Proposition bets for Hambletonian

on August 02, 2019
East Rutherford, NJ -  FanDuel Sportsbook, sports wagering provider at The Meadowlands Racetrack, has fashioned a list of proposition bets for your wagering pleasure on tomorrow's Hambletonian.   They range from the likelihood of trainer Marcus Melander converting one of his four entrants into his first Hambo win to the possibility of Meadowlands' leading dri...
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Buter has Hambo drive with Mr. VIcktor

on August 02, 2019
Tyler Buter doesn’t know if his horse can win the Hambletonian, but he knows darn well that he deserves the opportunity to try. Buter will be driving Mr Vicktor out of the five hole in the first elimination Saturday, and he is certain the horse belongs in the field of outstanding competitors. “I thought so early on in the year,” Buter said. “They sold him to (traine...
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Real Housewife Dalton has Hambo horse

on August 02, 2019
David Miller may not be driving one of the more well-known horses in Saturday’s (Aug. 3) Hambletonian at The Meadowlands, but he will be driving for one of the more high-profile owners in the race. Miller will be in the sulky behind Reign Of Honor, who has two wins in 21 lifetime races along with four seconds and three thirds. He has won a total of $294,550. This year, Reign Of Honor ha...
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Live Hambo Day streaming free

on August 02, 2019
The Meadowlands Racetrack will provide free live high-definition streaming of the entire Hambletonian Day card on Saturday, August 3 courtesy of Roberts Television Network (rtn.tv).   Post time for the 16-race card headlined by the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks is 12:00 p.m.    The live stream will be available at http://www.thebigm.c...
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2FT Love A Good Story still perfect in NYSS

on August 02, 2019
Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) remained unbeaten after winning the $53,000 first division of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday. Charlotte Chaplin (Howard Parker) led to a first quarter of :29.1.  Love A Good Story ($5.20) took the lead at the top of the back stretch and led to the half in :59.4.  Reba Blue Chip (Ver...
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Sweet win at Plainridge for Little Honeybadger

on August 01, 2019
 Last week Little Honeybadger wired the field and won in a lifetime mark. This week, it was Deja Vu all over again as the mare went gate to wire in her fastest lifetime clocking in the $10,000 feature conditioned pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.   Little Honeybadger (Nick Graffam) left from post six and went right to the front. She proceeded to cut comfortable fract...
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All Champy scores in Philly trot feature

on August 01, 2019
All Champy and driver Dexter Dunn adjusted to a speed-favoring bias on Thursday (Aug. 1) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, ranging up to the lead off the first turn and going on to a 1:54.1 triumph in the $18,000 featured trot. All Champy was in top racing shape for trainer William Wyatt and owners Howard and Joshua Kaufman, fending off a long uncovered bid up the backstretch from Majestic ...
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Little Honeybadger wins again at Plainridge

on August 01, 2019
Last week Little Honeybadger wired the field and won in a lifetime mark. This week, it was Deja Vu all over again as the mare went gate to wire in her fastest lifetime clocking in the $10,000 feature conditioned pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 1).   Little Honeybadger (Nick Graffam) left from post six and went right to the front. She proceeded to cut comfortable fraction...
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Big Hambletonian Preview now available

on August 01, 2019
It’s Hambletonian time and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the information you need about the world’s most famous race for trotters and the entire Saturday, Aug. 3 race card at the Meadowlands.   Trainer Marcus Melander brings four into the Hambletonian, including pre-race favorite Greenshoe and undefeated Gimpanzee. Melander and owner Anders Strom b...
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Hambletonian broadcast live on CBS Sports Network

on August 01, 2019
CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute telecast of the $1 million Hambletonian, live from the Meadowlands Racetrack, on Sat., Aug. 3, from 4-5:30 p.m. (EDT). The Hambletonian is the first and most prestigious leg of the Trotting Triple Crown.   The broadcast will re-air Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m.   CBS Sports Network has been the broadcast home of the Hamble...
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Wager now in last Hambletonian Future pool

on August 01, 2019
The final Future Wager on the 94th edition of the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands opened its fourth and final pool Thursday at 11 a.m. The pool will remain open until Saturday, Aug. 3 at post time of the first elimination and/or heat of the Hambletonian scheduled for Race 8 with a post-time of 2:55 p.m. (EDT).   A winning ticket pays the closing odds in the pool before the f...
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Hambletonian day card offers betting opportunities

on August 01, 2019
Harness racing’s greatest day will offer some of its best wagering opportunities on Saturday when the $1 million, 94th edition of the Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters serves as the marquee event on a 16-race star-studded, stakes-laden extravaganza that gets underway at a special early post time of noon. “If you are hosting the greatest program in harness racing, it h...
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Haughton starter named for “Real Cool” Sam McKee

on August 01, 2019
When owner Jules Siegel gets ready to watch his horses race at The Meadowlands, he often can be found pacing the track’s apron, isolated from friends and fans, walking off his nerves. One day as Siegel went through this routine, a man approached him and asked what he was doing.   “I said I’m pacing, hoping that the horse is going to win today,” Siegel recalled....
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Bates doubles up in Indiana Sires Stakes

on August 01, 2019
Freshman pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday in four $36,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Heavy favorites Foxy Rigger and Grace Rocks played their part in delivering in their divisions, but it was driver Brandon Bates who came home with the most stakes wins of the night with winning...
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Clouser, Morrill sweep distaff features at Batavia

on July 31, 2019
It was a total team effort in the top tier races at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (July 31) as horses trained by Jim Clouser Jr., driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and owned by Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi won both fillies and mares Opens in coast to coast fashion.     It's been nine weeks since Miss Mary Mach cut the mile in a race, but it finally happened again and produced the sa...
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