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Stage set for Saturday’s Mohawk Million night

on September 22, 2020
 The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of racing with over $2.8 million on the line on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    The $1,320,000 (Can.) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 She's A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.    The Mohawk Million will see a field o...
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Street Gossip’s OBC 2CT win Morgan’s 102nd at Delaware

on September 22, 2020
Street Gossip and Brett Miller cruised to victory in the $108,190 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for 2-year-old colt trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair.    At the start of the second division, the Cash Hall colt had a couple of anxious moments as he had to maneuver around a breaking Elliotstone (Dwayne Minor) in the first eighth of a mile, but once he clear...
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Globetrotting trots to career mark at The Meadows

on September 22, 2020
Globetrotting quarter-poled to the front and jogged off to a convincing victory in 1:54.2, fastest of her career, in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 conditioned trot.   Once Dave Palone sent her to the top, the 3-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions-Celebrity Deville opened a four-length lead after three-quarters before downing the rallying Tamar by a length. Kelli...
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Trio of DSBF 2FP splits races Tuesday at Harrington

on September 22, 2020
Three $20,000 divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies competed in the opening leg of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes action at Harrington Raceway Tuesday.  Eli Beiler, Clint Crellin and Elam Esh's Cinder's Baby ($28.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset winner in the first division in 1:59. The Rockabillie filly left alertly from post seven to take the lead and...
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Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory on Mohawk Million night

on September 22, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment Tuesday announced that a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered On Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $122,342.03 heading into Tuesday evening’s card of racing. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager will be offered on every card this week leading up to the mandatory payout on ...
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Scootnroll now 7-for-7 after Pocono victory

on September 22, 2020
The sophomore pacing colt Scootnroll, unraced at two, remained undefeated in seven career starts with a 1:52.3 victory in a $10,400 conditioned pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon.   A son of Roll With Joe out of the $800,000-winning mare Billmar Scooter, Scootnroll opened his career with five wins in Excelsior B races throughout New York State, including a 1:...
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Canadian owner excited about Warrawee Vital's Jug chances

on September 22, 2020
Attending the Little Brown Jug has been on Blair Corbeil’s bucket list for a while, but the longtime horse owner only wanted to go if he had a horse in the race. On Thursday, Corbeil will be at his first Little Brown Jug, ready to follow the exploits of his pacer Warrawee Vital. Ironically, owning a horse in the race is the only way he could be there this year as fans are prohibited fro...
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Special Little Brown Jug Preview now available!

on September 22, 2020
It’s Little Brown Jug week and while covid-19 protocols preclude spectators from jamming the fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, the new and free HarnessRacing Special Little Brown Jug Preview will take you front and center for all the action. Can this be the year for driver Mike Wilder and trainer John Ackley to win their first Jug with Catch The Fire? Or can Major Betts parlay his inside post...
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SOANY wants YR open for pair-mutuel wagering

on September 22, 2020
The following letter has been written by Joe Faraldo, president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOANY) to Robert Williams, executive director of the New York Gaming Commission. Faraldo is requesting that Yonkers Raceway be required to accept wagers on horse racing now that its casino is back open for business.   Dear Executive Director Williams: As you know, the gam...
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Z's Dream, Syndegaard win DSBF elims

on September 22, 2020
Leonard Hubbard’s Z’S Dream ($7.80, Art Stafford Jr.) and Jo Ann Looney-King’s Syndegaard ($7, Victor Kirby) each won their respective $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg elimination for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Z’s Dream, a son of Dream Away, assumed command from early leader Marvelous Winner nea...
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You Will Be Queen gets first Gold win

on September 22, 2020
Trotting fillies were in the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left sma...
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New harness racetrack proposed for southeast Kentucky

on September 22, 2020
Keeneland and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced Monday their filing of an application for a racing license and proposed construction of a  state-of-the-art racing facility and related track extension in Kentucky to be located in Corbin and Williamsburg, respectively. The proposed facilities will feature live Standardbred racing and historical racing machines for guests fr...
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Hanover videos for Standardbred Horse Sale posted daily

on September 22, 2020
The paddock videos for the 237 Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings consigned to The Standardbred Horse Sale in Timonium, Md., are now being posted daily.   These videos can be viewed on both the farm website www.hanoverpa.com and  the sale website www.theblackbook.com . Paddock videos will continue to be posted daily until they are finished. Inspection videos will also be done for ...
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Rawlings drives 6 winners at Meadows

on September 21, 2020
Driver Dan Rawlings enjoyed a huge Monday at The Meadows with six victories, including the feature — a $10,800 Conditioned Trot — with Maewegonow.   Passed by Matterlei near the three-quarters, Maewegonow stayed close and never let Matterlei get away. As Rawlings kept her to her business, the 6-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo kicked by her rival in the Ligh...
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Another win for Gruden after a year off

on September 21, 2020
In what has been another incredible season in the sulky for him at Saratoga Casino Hotel, driver Billy Dobson had a monster Monday afternoon at the Spa.   Well on his way to driving title number nine, Dobson piloted seven winners on the matinee card. The Monica Krist stable had a double as Dobson sat behind a pair of Krist trainees, who are owned by his father Rick, who secured Monday s...
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Media Mogul takes Commonwealth 2CT

on September 21, 2020
The Monday (Sept. 21) card at The Red Mile featured eight $50,000 finals of the Kentucky Commonwealth—a division for freshmen and sophomores of each sex and gait. Of the eight finals, the betting favorites managed to deliver in all but one. Trainer-driver Verlin Yoder vaulted Miss Vet Hanover out of the pocket into the stretch to post the lone upset in the final of the afternoon’s...
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Monticello racing! Love Trumps Hate wins

on September 21, 2020
On Monday, Sept. 21, Monticello Raceway hosted its first live racing card since March 12, due to a 6-month hiatus due to COVID-19. Race Secretary Eric Warner was able to card 7 races for the first program.   Greg Merton sat the pocket in the first race with Love Trumps Hate following Pine Tab the entire mile, Pine Tab made a miscue in the stretch, giving Merton the lead and ...
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Guinevere Hall 8-for-8 with OBC win

on September 21, 2020
Guinevere Hall is a perfect eight-for-eight on the season as the three-year-old filly trotter cruised to a 2 3/4 length victory over Tootie (Brett Miller) in the second division of the $93,840 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship on Monday at the Delaware County Fair.   When the field of six was sent on their way, Delovely Hall (Aaron Merriman) grabbed the early lead and set the fractions of :2...
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Rose Run Toni best in Pocono Monday feature

on September 21, 2020
Though there were only five starters in the $11,200 claiming handicap distaff pacing feature on Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, there was plenty of speed and contentiousness before the Jereme’s Jet mare Rose Run Toni claimed victory late in a lifetime best of 1:52.4.   Driver Marcus Miller pointed Rose Run Toni frontward at the start, but was forced to accep...
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USTA comments on funding of HISA

on September 21, 2020
Who will pay for the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act if it is enacted? It won’t be the federal government.  In fact, the bill explicitly states that the feds won’t be required to put one penny into it, nor will they be responsible for any debts or costs incurred by the newly created Horseracing Anti-Doping and Medication Control Authority (HADA). That mandate is a b...
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More yearling videos now online

on September 21, 2020
Yearling videos for Hunterton Farm and Vieux Carre Farms are now online. Videos for Hunterton Farm’s 2020 consignment to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are now available to view on the website at huntertonfarm.com. This year’s Lexington group, which numbers 110, features 35 trotting fillies, 37 trotting colts, 23 pacing colts and 15 pacing fillies. Every major sire is r...
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Viewpoint: owner-breeder Cohen re: HISA

on September 21, 2020
Andrew Cohen, a Standardbred owner and breeder and a former columnist for harnessracing.com, authored the following viewpoint regarding the pending federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). Cohen’s opinion piece was originally published on the Paulick Report, a Thoroughbred website.   We've reached a critical stage in the debate over pending federal legislation th...
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Breeders could help pay for federal agency

on September 21, 2020
An analysis being prepared of newly proposed legislation by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell will, for the first time, put the thoroughbred breeding industry under racing regulation and require breeders help pay for the sport’s anti-doping and medication enforcement programs.  The analysis is being prepared on behalf of the Association of Racing Commissioners International so the g...
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Field set for Mohawk Million; posts drawn Monday night

on September 21, 2020
The field for the inaugural Mohawk Million is set with each of the nine slot owners declaring a horse to race in their slot prior to Monday’s noon deadline.    The $1 million (U.S.) race for 2year-old trotters will take place this Saturday (Sept. 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a full field of 10 lining up. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots in the...
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Another big win for Fox Valley Gemini

on September 21, 2020
The best in the state of Illinois gathered on closing weekend as 11 stakes races were contested on Hawthorne’s Night of Champions. The Hawthorne meet faced its challenges as it opened on Feb. 15 and raced for four weeks before being halted due to the pandemic.   After a two and a half month break, guidelines were implemented for a safe return to racing on June 6. ...
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Catch The Fire, Warrawee Vital favored in Jug elims

on September 21, 2020
Warrawee Vital and Catch The Fire headlines a field of 14 in the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, to be held Thursday aternoon at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair.   Canadian invader Warrawee Vital comes into the Jug with a three-race win streak, including the Somebeachsomewhere and Simcoe Stakes, both held at Woodbine&nbs...
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Party Girl Hill favored in 11-filly Jugette

on September 21, 2020
Party Girl Hill, undefeated in nine races this year, was among 11 horses entered in Wednesday’s $237,725 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware, Ohio County Fairgrounds. The Chris Ryder trainee competes in the second of the event’s two eliminations. The top-four finishers from each elim advance to the same-day final.   The first elimination feat...
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Di Domenico triples up at Philly

on September 20, 2020
Scott DiDomenico captured top billing on Sunday afternoon’s 14-race card at Harrah’s Philadelphia, winning with three of his trainees at the riverside oval. DiDomenico, whose Triple D Stables Inc. registered an owning treble as well, sent Sweet Beach ($4.60, 1:53) to victory in a first-level conditioned pace before also haltering Numbered Account ($10.60, 1:51.4) and Jack’s ...
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Me Too Baby, Suzie Hanover win Plainridge series finals

on September 20, 2020
The final legs of the $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters and $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers were held on Sunday at Plainridge Park producing two more winners who will be competing in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes starting next week. The Wood End Light was won by Me Too Baby (Matty Athearn) who led at every station of the mile before turning for home and holding o...
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Summer Touch wraps up Ohio Triple Crown at Delaware

on September 20, 2020
Summer Touch became the latest member of the Triple Crown club when she cruised to victory in the first division of the $122,202 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship 2-year-old filly pace.    Driver Chris Page used his rail position and lead at every pole winning in 1:55.1 to win by two lengths over Gucci (Aaron Merriman).  “She’s been perfect since day one,&rdq...
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Tall Dark Stranger strong, David Miller wins 4 KYSS finals

on September 20, 2020
Glamour-boy phenom Tall Dark Stranger continued his winning ways when holding off stablemate Fortify to win the $250,000 Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace Final of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS), which was one of eight divisions on the $2-million championship card Sunday at The Red Mile. Securing the pocket to a :26.1 first quarter, Tall Dark Stranger slid off the pylons and around ...
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Dorsoduro Hanover preps for Dayton Pacing Derby with win

on September 20, 2020
With the $200,000 (est.) Dayton Pacing Derby just two weeks away, Dorsoduro Hanover—fresh off an upset win in the Canadian Pacing Derby—dropped into Hollywood Dayton Saturday for a prep race and left with an impressive 1:50 triumph.  The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere left the gate with alacrity, hitting the quarter mile marker in :26.3 before turning Hurricane Emp...
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Allywag Hanover gets back into Big M winner’s circle

on September 20, 2020
We’ve seen this before. And before the year is out, it’s almost a certainty we’ll see it again. Allywag Hanover, a close-up third in The Meadowlands Pace two months ago, ended a personal three-race losing streak with authority Saturday night  at the Meadowlands, exploding home in the final eighth of a mile to take a high-end conditioned pace in 1:49.2. &ldq...
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Fields set for She’s A Great Lady, Milton

on September 20, 2020
A rich stakes-filled card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park also included the eliminations for the She's A Great Lady and Milton Stakes.    A group of 14 two-year-old fillies met in a pair of $35,000 She's A Great Lady divisions, while 13 older pacing mares were split into two $35,000 Milton eliminations.    Driver Yannick Gingras swept the...
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Ramona Hill cruises in Elegantimage

on September 19, 2020
 Ramona Hill continued her magical three-year-old season with a dominating victory in the $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    The Hambletonian champion and driver Andrew McCarthy displayed their confidence and patience en route to a 3 ¾-length score in an Elegantimage record-equaling 1:51.4.    “She ...
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Shocker in Canadian Trotting Classic

on September 19, 2020
A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning victory in the $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    All eyes were on heavy favorite  Ready For Moni in the rich event for 3-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee and driver Yannick Gingras made the front in the se...
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Stratosphere flies high into Batavia winner’s circle

on September 19, 2020
Despite a jump in class, a return to an inside post proved to be the ticket as Stratosphere went the route in the $8,500 Open I Handicap on Saturday night at Batavia Downs.  Percy’s Z Tam (Jim Morrill Jr.) took a quick early lead but as soon as he crossed over, Stratosphere (Drew Monti) left the pocket, took the lead and called all the shots from there. After hitting the half in...
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Abuckabett Hanover, Highlandsbeachbest win Metro elims

on September 19, 2020
The field for the $720,000 Metro Pace is set following a pair of $40,000 eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Highlandbeachsbest came through with a 14-1 upset score in the first of two six-horse eliminations for the Metro.    Driven by Trevor Henry, Highlandbeachsbest shot out to the early lead and hung up a :27.1 opening quarter...
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Maryland crowds 2YO champions at Ocean Downs

on September 19, 2020
Ocean Downs hosted four Maryland Sires Stakes finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters on cool and breezy Friday night. The opener was the $45,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial for trotting colts and geldings. Trents A Lock (Lockkeeper) was parked out, taking the lead from Sunshineonmyshoulder before the half with favorite Funnyfunnyriddle (Lockkeeper) taking the lead at the ¾ pole, leading...
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Cuatro De Julio a fairytale for Marie Ortolan Bar

on September 19, 2020
Marie Ortolan Bar can succinctly sum up the fairytale she is living with colt Cuatro De Julio, this season’s fastest 2-year-old trotter thanks to his near world-record-equaling 1:51.4 mile two weeks ago, and winner of eight of 10 races as he heads to Sunday’s $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes championship at Red Mile. “It’s a story about faith, love, and friendship,&...
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Summer Touch goes for Ohio Triple Crown Sunday in Delaware

on September 19, 2020
The 2020 Delaware, Ohio Grand Circuit meet gets underway on Sunday with 18 races, including the $130,000 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) for 2-year-old filly pacers.    Summer Touch looks become an Ohio Triple Crown winner with a win in the first division of the OBC 2-year-old filly pace. The Well Said lass previously won the $50,000 Ohio State Fair Stakes ...
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Ohio Selected Jug Sale shows 17.4% average increase

on September 19, 2020
Standardbreds by highly sought-after first-crop sires, coupled with a considerable increase in auction attendance, resulted in Friday's Ohio Selected Jug Sale enjoying a 17.4 percent increase in average over last year's figures. A total of 272 Ohio-bred yearlings passed through the sales ring at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio for a sales gross of $6,...
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Tattoo Artist wins OSS Gold, next up Jenna’s Beach Boy

on September 19, 2020
The sole $156,400 division of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold featured a showdown between point leaders Beaumond Hanover and Tattoo Artist, both riding three-race win streaks in Ontario Sires Stakes action, along with six other competitors at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday. As they have in virtually every start this season, Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure rocketed away from the gate and led th...
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Buy In impresses at Philly in first start for connections

on September 19, 2020
A quartet of $11,200 contests for developing younger horses, two races on each gait, were the features Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with the most impressive winner the Western Ideal sophomore colt Buy In, who brought immediate returns for his new connections with a 1:51 victory, lowering his mark by almost five seconds.   Acquired by Triple D Stables Inc....
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Melander barn triples up in Kindergarten opener

on September 19, 2020
Marcus Melander shined brightest at the Meadowlands Friday night, as his trainees scored three times among the 10 divisions of the first leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2 year olds of both sexes and gait.   Moonstone S was the first winner of the night for Melander in the third race colts and geldings trot. The son of Muscle Hill-Moonlight Kronos, who finished secon...
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Odds On Osiris returns to Hoosier with INSS win

on September 19, 2020
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were on display on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the sixth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action. The night saw victories from both a heavy favorite and a longshot, proving the competitive nature of the division. Odds On Osiris fulfilled the role of post-time favorite, winning his first start back at Harrah’s Ho...
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MacDonald, Wine double up in Shenandoah opening day features

on September 18, 2020
Brandy Wine's Final Decision and Big N Bad won back-to-back races in the day's fastest times Friday at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock, Virginia oval kicked off its fifth annual racing season.   John MacDonald drove both pacers to victory in 1:55.3 and 1:55.4, respectively. Final Decision won her second lifetime start. The 3-year-old Ponder filly took the lead from...
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Amigo Volo heads to Lexington off Keystone Classic win

on September 18, 2020
Amigo Volo powered to a professional, purposeful victory in Friday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows, serving notice to his division rivals that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in rich late-season stakes. Patriarch Hanover took the other division in the $79,700 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Considered one of the division’s best early in the y...
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Tucker Creek back in Plainridge winner’s circle

on September 18, 2020
After ripping off four consecutive wins at Plainridge Park over the summer, Tucker Creek has finished third and second in his last two outings. But he got back to his winning ways on Friday after taking top honors in the $12,000 feature pace.    Unlikeanyother (Bruce Ranger) grabbed the early lead and marched to the half in :55.1 while Tucker Creek (Drew Monti) followed closely i...
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Hockey legend Jack Kelley dies at 93

on September 18, 2020
John “Jack” Kelley, a legend in hockey circles, especially in Maine, died Sept. 16 at age 93. Mr. Kelley also owned a few Standardbreds that raced in Maine and attended horse sales with his son, trainer Paul Kelley.   In the 1950s, Mr. Kelley transformed Colby College men’s hockey into an indomitable force in New England and made a profound impact on the lives o...
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Perfect Sting favorite in KYSS 2CP final

on September 18, 2020
The word perfect is the perfect adjective in Perfect Sting’s name at this point in his career. Trainer Joe Holloway believes another adjective might suit the 2-year-old pacing colt as his career continues: Special.   Perfect Sting, a son of two of history’s fastest horses, stallion Always B Miki and mare Shebestingin, is 5-for-5 this season for Holloway and breed...
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Horner, Fielding retire from WEG board

on September 18, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Christine Magee as Chair effective immediately.   As Chair of the Board of Directors, Magee will provide leadership, guidance and governance as Woodbine Entertainment fulfills its mandate to sustain and grow horse racing in Ontario. This includes advancing its master plan to develop the surrounding lands ...
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Hudson Phil has found his groove

on September 18, 2020
When Hudson Phil started his 2020 campaign with three straight losses in the open handicap pace at Saratoga from June 21 to July 5, longtime owner Wayne Kellogg of Kellogg Racing Stable was afraid the talented pacer had tailed off or that a long 2019 campaign had taken its toll. However, the 5-year-old gelding has since won four of his last six starts, including two Saratoga opens and two Yonker...
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Brookview Bullet speeds to 1:51 win in INSS 2CP

on September 18, 2020
Brookview Bullet turned in an impressive effort to capture the featured event of the evening, the $79,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday. Brett Miller was in to drive the Tyler George trainee who stopped the clock in 1:51 and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in ...
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Mohawk Million entries due by noon Monday

on September 17, 2020
The march to the Mohawk Million is entering the final stage with slot owners required to finalize the two-year-old trotter that will race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon.    The Mohawk Million for $1 million (USD) will be the richest Standardbred race contested in Canada since 2012. The event for rookie trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, S...
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Almost $1 million in purses Saturday at Hawthorne

on September 17, 2020
The best in the state of Illinois will be on the track Saturday as 11 stakes races will be contested for Night of Champions at Hawthorne. Although temps are expected to be cool, conditions look to be dry on Saturday as many divisional honors are on the line.   Last week sports wagering kicked off with the partnership between PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course.  While online spor...
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Scirocco Rob takes Philly trot feature in 1:53.1

on September 17, 2020
The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob, who last week lost to the first-over Arabella’s Cadet in a track record 1:52 for trotting mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia, this week became the irresistible grinding force, making two moves en route to a 1:53.1 victory in Thursday’s $14,400 top-level trot on an overcast day at the riverside oval.   Leaving from post six in a ...
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Electrical fire interrupts racing at Flamboro Thursday

on September 17, 2020
Due to an electrical fire Flamboro Downs was forced to suspend the Thursday, Sept. 17, card following the third race. Only one of three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies had been completed prior to the suspension of the program so the remaining divisions, along with two Prospect Series divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies, have been rescheduled to Saturday, S...
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That's Incredible, Mary Goodnight score at Plainridge

on September 17, 2020
A pair of 4-year-old mares won co-featured $12,000 distaff paces at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 17), each employing a different strategy to get the job done.   First in a mid-level conditioned event, That’s Incredible (Drew Monti) drafted along fifth while Avery Seelster (John Nason) marshaled the group to the half in a quick :54.3. At that point Monti had That&...
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Millionaire Custom Cantab picks up first win of year

on September 17, 2020
Custom Cantab, a million-dollar winner and the only mare in a field of talented male trotters, captured the first open class event of the recently started Hollywood Dayton meet on Thursday afternoon.   Sent off as the second choice in the $15,000 Open Trot, the five-year-old daughter of Mr Cantab was forwardly placed by driver Josh Sutton throughout the mile, which featured match...
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Inspections underway Thursday for Friday's Jug Sale

on September 17, 2020
Hundreds of Harness Horse owners and trainers descended upon the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio, on Thursday to inspect over 270 yearlings being offered in tomorrow’s (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale. Highlighted by five popular first crop sires, several with Big League credentials, inspections were heavy throughout the day and all with social distancing and...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on September 17, 2020
The beat goes on at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the Ontario racetrack is the site of more stakes finals this weekend, including the Goodtimes and Elegantimage, as well as eliminations for others. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Gregg McNair talks about his chances in the elims for the Metro for 2-year-old male pacers with Bettor Sun, who won the Battle of Waterloo early la...
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Canadian horseman Ross Curran dies at 83

on September 17, 2020
Ross Arthur Curran passed away peacefully at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on Monday, Sept. 14. He was 83.   Mr. Curran’s illustrious harness racing career began at the age of 16 in Smiths Falls, Ont.; by the age of 20 he won his first driving title at Connaught Park. He went on to win many driving titles, as well as being a leading driver at Mohawk, Greenwood, Ga...
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Grant enjoying time with Ramona Hill

on September 17, 2020
Brad Grant watched Ramona Hill’s Hambletonian win at the Meadowlands in August from his home in Canada because of covid-19 international travel restrictions. But now Grant, one of Ramona Hill’s six owners, is getting to spend some quality time with the filly in his own backyard at Ontario’s Woodbine Mohawk Park. Last week, Ramona Hill won a division of the Simcoe Stakes...
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Carryovers should spice up weekend at Big M

on September 17, 2020
The first full weekend of racing since Hambletonian week saw plenty of action on a pair of popular multi-leg wagers last Friday and Saturday (Sept. 11-12), the result of sizable carryovers, and racing fans will have similar opportunities on a pair of prominent puzzles this week when racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Last Saturday, driver Pat Berry, aka “The Blueberry Bomber,”&nbs...
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Lady Dela Renta looks for fourth straight at Yonkers

on September 17, 2020
For Ron Buker, part of the fun of owning Standardbred racehorses is sharing the experience with the whole family. That’s why on race nights, Buker, his wife Briana, and their three children all gather in front of the TV to root the horses on and share quality time together. “What really got me into buying more horses was I have three kids. When we turn the TV on to watch the horse...
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USTA asks members to write lawmakers

on September 17, 2020
The U.S. Trotting Association is requesting the assistance of all members and other harness racing participants in contacting U.S. Senators and Representatives to express opposition to new legislation called the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (S. 4547) recently introduced by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). If enacted, the new law would: 1. Significantly increase your cost of ...
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Novice announcers to call Shenandoah races

on September 17, 2020
Shenandoah Downs will open its fifth annual season of harness racing on Friday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds with a 10-race card beginning at 2 p.m. Horses, trainers and racing personnel have been shipping onto the property all week preparing for the five-week stand.    Ten racing enthusiasts are also preparing to work the meet in a unique position. They will eac...
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Northfield set for Signature finals; new late-closers announced

on September 17, 2020
MGM Northfield Park will host this year’s Signature Series finals on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000.  The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug.  However, this year they had been canceled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and resched...
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2YO filly Somethingbeautiful remains undefeated

on September 17, 2020
Somethingbeautiful solidified her divisional dominance in the Hoosier state's 2-year-old pacing filly ranks as she turned in a dazzling 1:52.2 performance to take the co-featured event of the evening, a split of Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver LeWayne Miller in the bike, Somethingbeautiful recorded her sixth consecutiv...
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Delishka N holds off challengers in Philly feature

on September 16, 2020
The Bettor's Delight mare Delishka N made a pace-controlling move in front of the stands the first time, then held off a wall of challengers the second time around to win the $14,400 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:51.   Dexter Dunn sent Delishka N out to early command, yielded to Bettor Joy N, then went onward again when favorite Mac...
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Drama Act equals Keystone Classic record at Meadows

on September 16, 2020
Drama Act overcame post 8 to score easily in 1:50, matching the stake record in Wednesday's $63,550 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows.   Drama Act was making only her second start since owner The OK Corral shifted her to the Ron Burke stable, but the trainer likes what he's seen so far of the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act.   "I thin...
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Purses going up for KY fair racing in 2021

on September 16, 2020
With a significant increase in fair participation this year, the Kentucky Sire Stakes Advisory Panel has decided to make exciting enhancements to the KY Fair Program for 2021. The Fair Finals will be raced for a purse of $25,000, up from $15,000 in 2020. Further, the Advisory Panel unanimously adopted a proposal from panel member Art Zubrod, Brittany Farms General Manager, that consists of tw...
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Scott Robinson pleads guilty in doping case

on September 16, 2020
On Wednesday, Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that two defendants, Scott Robinson and Sarah Izhaki, each pled guilty to conspiring to unlawfully distribute adulterated and misbranded drugs for the purpose of doping racehorses in connection with the two cases in which they are charged, United States v. Robinson, 20 Cr. 162 (JPO...
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Bettor's Wish to stand at Diamond Creek Farm in 2021

on September 16, 2020
Diamond Creek Farm is excited to announce the addition of champion pacer Bettor's Wish to its already stellar stud roster. Bettor's has had an impressive career, pacing to wins as a 3 year old in prestigious races such as the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, $300,000 Art Rooney Pace, $270,000 Tattersalls and $248,350 Matron Stakes. These wins led to Bettor's Wish be...
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Videos online for Winbak Ont. yearlings

on September 16, 2020
Winbak Farm will be selling 45 yearlings in the Ontario Select Yearling Sale on Oct. 17. The sale will be held at Winbak Farm of Ontario.   Winbak’s Ontario Select Yearling Sale videos are now posted. Please visit www.winbakfarm.com and click on an individual yearling’s hip number to watch yearling videos.   Winbak Farm was Ontario's Top Breeder for Sires St...
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Bids close Sept. 24 for Little Brown Jug programs

on September 16, 2020
The following Little Brown Jug programs have been donated to CHHA for a fundraiser. Bids will close at noon on Jug Day, September 24th. All are in good shape. The special edition is like new. 50th Year Special Edition (1946 to 1995) '83 to '87, '91, '92, '94, ’95, '96, 2000 & 2002  Bid until noon on Jug Day, September 24, 2020 at www.chha.net/jugpr...
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PA champ Amigo Volo favored in Keystone Classic split

on September 16, 2020
Amigo Volo might not have been himself the week following last month’s Hambletonian, but after a brief respite and consecutive wins, he appears primed for a strong finish to his 3-year-old campaign. A multiple world-record-setter and Breeders Crown champion at age 2, Amigo Volo has won four of nine races this season. He competes Friday in the first of two Keystone Classic divisions for ...
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Roy, Mitchell team up for 2 Grassroots wins

on September 16, 2020
Driver Louis-Philippe Roy and trainer Chantal Mitchell teamed up to win a pair of $22,800 Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 15, ensuring a top 20 finish for both Shiatzu Seelster and Ourlittlemiracle in the two-year-old pacing filly division. Roy and Mitchell scored their first win of the night in the second division with Shiatzu Seelster. Starting from Post 6 Roy...
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Illini Earl's 1:55.1 fastest in ISS 2CT

on September 16, 2020
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Tuesday, Sept. 15, card with a quartet of Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for the freshmen trotters and it was a night ruled by favorites as the post time favorite delivered in all four divisions. The two-year-olds completed the fifth round of their round six series and secured valuable points for the $250,000 Super Fi...
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Montrell Teague has grand slam at Harrington

on September 15, 2020
Driver Montrell Teague had a grand slam while Art Stafford Jr. won three races to highlight the Tuesday Harrington Raceway program.   Teague scored wins with Lincoln’s Girl ($4), My Last Bet ($6.20), Silk Beach ($10.80) and Art Lecture ($9). Two of Teague’s victories were aboard Mike Hall-trainees. Stafford Jr. prevailed with Foolish Wisdom ($4.40), Artrageous ($3.80) and ...
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$12k yearling filly Fighting Evil wins Keystone Classic

on September 15, 2020
Fighting Evil launched a decisive move past the three-quarters and rolled home in a career-best 1:52.2 in Tuesday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Darby Hanover took the other split in the $79,900 stake for freshman filly pacers.   Sniper Hanover opened up a sizable lead after three-quarters but was no match for the rally of Fighting Evil, who overwhelmed her in the lane and hel...
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Fields set for Mohawk Saturday; 12 entered in Metro

on September 15, 2020
The $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $350,000 Elegantimage for three-year-old trotters headlines another rich Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Woodbine’s signature races for sophomore trotters are the lead events on a nearly $1.4 million card that also features a $158,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings and elim...
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Coventry Hall scores in 1:54.3 at Pocono

on September 15, 2020
The Cash Hall sophomore gelding Coventry Hall looks like he is finally growing into his pedigree, recording his second win in his last three starts with an effortless 1:54.4 triumph in a $10,400 trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon.   Coventry Hall is out of the mare Canland Hall, which makes him a three-quarter brother to Hall of Famer Cantab Hall and a full b...
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Darryl Maccannell dies at age 54

on September 15, 2020
Darryl Maccannell, 54, died Monday, Sept. 14, in Columbus, Ohio, with loved ones close by following a heart attack. Known by anyone he met as one of the good guys, he spent most of his life involved in horse racing. Any of his friends would say that he was the first one to call when you needed an ear or some company. He harnessed and saddled winners on both sides of the horse racing indu...
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Shartin N wins Philly qualifier in 1:52.2

on September 15, 2020
The 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N qualified in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, with a :26.4 back quarter that showed her readiness for the rich season-ending events upcoming.   With the mare's regular driver Tim Tetrick at The Meadows for Keystone Classics stakes competition, trainer Jim King Jr., who himself has 3,369 career sulky victories, gui...
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Four Wheelin picks up 3rd Grassroots win

on September 15, 2020
Four Wheelin scored his third Grassroots win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 14, and wrapped up the regular season atop the two-year-old trotting colt standings with a perfect total of 150 points. “I like the way he’s coming on. He seems like he’s getting stronger every start,” said trainer Marcel Barrieau. “Talking to Louis-Philippe he said, ‘Geez...
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Ideal Star N shines in North American debut at Plainridge

on September 14, 2020
He made his last start in Australia on June 26. Now just 11 weeks later, Ideal Star N had a career day at Plainridge Park as he won the $15,000 winners-over handicap on Monday.      Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) took command of the race and led the field unaccosted to the half in :55.2. Then in the second turn, JK Will Power (Mitchell Cushing) pulled first over...
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Southwind Gendry ties Keystone Classic mark with 1:51.1 win

on September 14, 2020
Fresh off his triumph in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, Southwind Gendry equaled the stake record 1:51.1 in Monday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows — although he had to repel a pair of serious challengers to do it. Sweet Angel Boy took the other division in the $88,500 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Although Southwind Gendry typically rallies ...
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Jug, Jugette cards set for high noon post time

on September 14, 2020
The Delaware County Fair is making an adjustment to the post times for Jugette Day (Wednesday, Sept. 23) and Jug Day (Thursday, Sept. 24). The first race post will be moved to 12 noon.   The post times for Sunday (1 p.m.), Monday (3 p.m.) and Tuesday (1 p.m.) remain unchanged.   For all of your Grand Circuit week news, please visit LittleBrownJug.co...
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Huntsville colt tops Goshen Yearling Sale at $46,000

on September 14, 2020
The Goshen Yearling Sale was held at the Mark Ford Training Center on Monday and despite year-long challenges the industry has faced due to all the covid restrictions, a brisk host of buyers nearly matched the average price per horse realized from last year’s record sale.    “I didn’t know what to expect this year due to the pandemic, but I w...
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Vivian Farrington, 88, owned Rambling Willie, dies

on September 14, 2020
Vivian Marie Farrington, 88, of Kissimmee, Florida formerly of Richwood, Ohio passed away Friday, Sept. 11. Together with her late husband Bob, the Farringtons campaigned the great free-for-all fan favorite Rambling Willie. She was born on July 23, 1932, in Rushsylvania, Ohio to Bonnie and Rev. C.L. Harris. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bob Farrington, who passed aw...
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Owners permitted at Delaware when their horse races

on September 14, 2020
The Delaware County Fair is pleased to announce that participating horse owners will be permitted to attend the Grand Circuit races (Sept. 20-24, 2020), including the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association.   Horseman and owners must show their valid Ohio State Racing Commission license at the US Route 23 Gate to gain...
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Jimmy Takter: “I’m not opening my own Thoroughbred stable”

on September 14, 2020
Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Monday morning that in reports published elsewhere, people misunderstood his quotes and he is not shifting gears and starting a career training Thoroughbreds. Takter said he is only helping 25-year-old Philip Antonacci in selecting Thoroughbred yearlings as an expert in conformation, but that his role is only in an advisory capacity. ...
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Constitutional issues with HISA?

on September 14, 2020
The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has made several statements during the last six months regarding its opposition to the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA) and more recently, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). Harness racing/Standardbred racing participants have criticized the USTA for opposing federal legislation. One of the most vocal critics of the USTA’s position h...
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Catalogs now available for Hoosier Classic

on September 13, 2020
Catalogs are now available for the annual Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale in Indianapolis, IN. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, the auction will be held Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Start time for both sessions is 10 am.   There are 373 Indiana-sired yearlings cataloged with yearlings by the sires of ...
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Beantown Madness picks up fifth win in six starts

on September 13, 2020
 On Sunday (Sept. 13) Plainridge Park hosted the second leg of the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters and both races featured horses who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting later this month.   The Nauset pace was won by Bumpah Stickah (Jim ...
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Tall Dark Stranger 1:49.2 winner over sloppy Red Mile

on September 13, 2020
At the Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, Tall Dark Stranger--fresh off a victory in the North America Cup-- navigated a very sloppy track and won by 2 1/4 lengths over Adios winner Catch The Fire in 1:49.2.   Rain throughout the night turned the Red Mile's clay surface into a less than ideal surface, and combined with the cooler temperature, the clocking turned in by Tall Dark Stranger ...
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Southwind Ozzi scores in 1:51 at Harrah's Philly

on September 13, 2020
After being outmatched by the likes of Filibuster Hanover at Pocono, Southwind Ozzi ($4.80) returned to the site of his only prior win to date this year — Harrah's Philadelphia — and delivered a decisive 1:51 score in Sunday afternoon's (Sept. 13) $14,400 top-level pacing feature. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere landed in midfield in the early stages while Joesstar Of Mia ...
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Hypnotic AM dominates in NYSS championship

on September 13, 2020
The $1.8 million New York Sire Stake finals convened at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 12) with 60 of the best state-bred Standardbreds clashing to determine year-end honors in eight $225,000 divisions. Although there were a couple of upsets during the evening, several favorites performed as expected and some put on impressive efforts.   The Allerage Farm 3-year-old filly trot wen...
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Mr. Euroman captures Batavia Open for Davis

on September 13, 2020
After taking a week off, Mr. Euroman returned with strong resolve and won the $8,000 Open II Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 12).   Daylight Rush (Dave McNeight III) started from the pylons and kept that position for most of the race. With no other leavers in the contest, McNeight guided Daylight Rush to a tepid half of :57.2 with Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) ...
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Todd McCarthy drives 4 winners at Meadowlands

on September 13, 2020
McCarthy, McCarthy, McCarthy, McCarthy! No, not Andy of Hambletonian fame, or Luke, who drove Muscle Hill to victory in the World Trotting Derby, but little brother Todd, who stole the show at The Meadowlands Saturday night. The recent Australian invader won four times on the 13-race card to record his first victories at the mile oval. There figure to be many more to come.   McCa...
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Big wins for Warrawee Vital, Capt Midnight in SBSW

on September 13, 2020
Grand Circuit Month continued Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the Somebeachsomewhere, Simcoe and Champlain Stakes part of the $1.6 million card.   The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes capped off four consecutive weeks of Grand Circuit events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A group of 12 were split into two $77,500 divisions.   Warrawee Vital set a new sta...
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Todd Warren drives 5,000th career winner

on September 12, 2020
In Saturday’s ninth race at Hawthorne Race Course, driver Todd Warren drove Tappin Outamessage to career victory number 5,000.   The 55-year-old Warren began his driving career in 1981. Since then, Warren has had 21 years winning over 100 races. Within that period Warren has surpassed 200 wins 8 times and 300 victories three times.  Warren’s best season came in...
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Donna Soprano wins Peaceful Way for Determination

on September 12, 2020
A three-wide sweep up the backstretch proved the strong move for 1-5 favorite Donna Soprano as she maintained her unbeaten record while trotting a career-best mile in the $335,000 Peaceful Way Final on Saturday (Sept. 12) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Stablemate Dicentra dashed past early leader Dream Chapter past a :27.1 opening quarter. Amazone Duharas parked from fifth around the first turn wit...
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Scott Young, On A Streak win Wellwood for Determination

on September 12, 2020
While the public’s top betting choices squabbled midpack, driver Scott Young and On A Streak took the front and battled to the finish to hold off 4-5 choice Southwind Tyrion and win the $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 12) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Logan Park, off at 90-1, left for the lead with Warrawee Whisper landing in second and On A Streak in third. Past the qu...
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Vernon, HHACNY agree to end 2020 meet on Sept. 26

on September 12, 2020
The Harness Horse Association of Central New York (HHACNY), the NY Gaming Commission-recognized representative horsemen’s association at Vernon Downs Racetrack, together will the management of Vernon Downs, announced Saturday that the last live race card for 2020 will be conducted on Saturday, Sept. 26.   ​HHACNY President Rick Papa stated, “While the viral pan...
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Saturday wrap up for Vernon, Tioga

on September 12, 2020
Haveitalltogether (Chris Long) and Notwithoutafight (John MacDonald) each captured $3,600 features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept.12).   In the featured trot, Haveitalltogether ($7.30) charged right out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.4.  Stache (Alessandro Spano) came first-up and took over as they headed to the backstretch and led to the half in :57.2.&nbs...
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JK Finendandy wins stakes for Bongiornos at Fhld

on September 12, 2020
JK Finendandy proved her big win last Saturday was no fluke, as she won the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday (Sept. 12) at Freehold Raceway.   She won her division of the second leg last week by an impressive 5 1/2 lengths. Off that win, she was the 1-5 favorite. Leaving from the inside post, Joe Bongiorn...
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Covid-19 protocols for Hollywood Dayton race paddock

on September 12, 2020
In order to begin racing from Hollywood Dayton Raceway's modern paddock, several assurances to state regulators were necessary.  Beginning Sunday, Sept. 13, with the Montgomery County Fair and throughout the 74-day regular meet, there will be strict restrictions on the number of people permitted in the 14-race paddock at any one time.   After unloading the horses into th...
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Hawthorne partners with mobile app PointsBet

on September 12, 2020
 PointsBet, a premier global sportsbook operator, announced today that it is now providing its mobile app and digital sports betting product in Illinois. Illinois marks the fourth operational state for PointsBet’s premium sports betting product, following successful launches in New Jersey, Iowa, and Indiana.   In addition to launching the PointsBet mobile app and digital pr...
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Owner Pat O'Brien new SOANY executive director

on September 12, 2020
Longtime Standardbred owner and experienced businessman Pat O’Brien has joined the Standardbred Owners Association of New York as Executive Director.   O’Brien’s venture into the harness racing world began in 2008 when he began going to the track with friend and Standardbred owner George Hartman. O’Brien was instantly intrigued and spent six months studying all...
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Somebodysilly, Genie Rockwell capture ISS divisions

on September 12, 2020
Three-year-old pacing fillies took center stage in the fifth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday, Sept. 11, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Divisional winners Somebodyslilly and Genie Rockwell turned in impressive performances to capture their respective divisions. The action kicked off with Somebodyslilly playing the role of post-time favorite and making goo...
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Ramona Hill easy 1:53.2, 5 1/2-length Simcoe winner

on September 11, 2020
Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill made a successful return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night.   Sophomore trotters took their turn in the Simcoe Stakes spotlight Friday with three divisions, two for fillies and one for the boys.   Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill turned in an easy-looking victory in her $88,894 Simcoe division for driver Andrew McCarthy. The daughter...
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Meadowlands guarantees Saturday Pick 5 pool at $100k

on September 11, 2020
The 32-1 to one longshot Lear Seelster won the first race at The Meadowlands Friday night, leading to an Early 20-cent Pick-5 that did not get hit. Those correctly selecting four winners cashed in for $108.22.   Those who play the wager Saturday (Sept. 12) evening will have a shot at a huge score, as a carryover of $37,158 led Big M management to guarantee the pool at $100,000. Bettor...
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Butter Bay Hanover takes claiming feature at Meadows

on September 11, 2020
Severely shuffled after securing a good early seat, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday's co-feature at The Meadows, a  $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace.   Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-...
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Common Sense S equals Fhld track mark in stakes

on September 11, 2020
Common Sense S equaled the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 11), winning the Garden State Trot by 21 1/2 lengths.   Driver Ake Svanstedt sent her out to the front early on, leading the four-horse field in the early going. Ab'sattitudeexpress, an impressive Sire Stakes winner two weeks ago, kept her honest. She stayed right on h...
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With class drop, Aflame Hanover gets first win of year

on September 11, 2020
A trio of $11,200 features highlighted the Friday racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia, along with the debut of a spectacularly-bred two-year-old.   The pacing tri-feature led off the card, and it went to the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Win Not Lou, who took a new mark of 1:53.1 after moving to the lead early and then coming home in :56.2 - :28 to win easily. The winner is owned by P...
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Mullinax wins Excelsior 2CP final for Varney, Ford

on September 11, 2020
The New York Sires Stakes Excelsior A finals were raced at Tioga Downs on Friday, September 11, each for a purse of $50,000. Uhtred won the glamour boy division in the day’s fastest 1:51.1 with a gate to wire tour de force from post nine, driver Jason Bartlett’s third stakes win on the day. A rallying Levine eked out second in a photo over My Pal Joe.   Unraced at two, ...
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Unlikeanyother scores again at Plainridge

on September 11, 2020
Last week, Unlikeanyother scored a career best 1:51.4 win in a runaway effort at Plainridge Park. On Friday (Sept. 11) he one-upped himself while taking the featured $12,000 pacing event for 5-year-olds and under at The Ridge.   Bruce Ranger directed Unlikeanyother to the front as usual and the 4-year-old gelded son of Pet Rock-Scootin Mercedes opened up a quick two-length margin...
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Videos available for Southwind Farms yearlings

on September 11, 2020
Videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (October  5 -9) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net) as well as the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale sight (www.Lexingtonselected.com).     The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colt...
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Destined To Dance takes perfect NYSS record into final

on September 11, 2020
Trainer John Butenschoen is confessing to a luck of the draw when it comes to his success this year in the New York Sire Stakes. He alludes to this year being one of his best; he currently stands fifth in NYSS trainer earnings as he approaches the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway.   One of the horses boosting his purse earnings is Destined To Dan...
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Mikey Mass picks up second Grassroots victory

on September 11, 2020
Mikey Mass found the Grassroots winner’s circle for the second time this season on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Woodbine Mohawk Park and trainer Nick Gallucci is hoping the three-year-old trotting gelding is shaping up for a big finish to the season. “He’s really coming around, he’s really starting to mature now and come into his own,” said Gallucci. “He’s ...
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Emma Town Bud wins single ISS 3YOCT in 1:54

on September 11, 2020
Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, Sept. 10, as one $59,500 division of Indiana Sires Stakes was featured on the evening’s 14-race card. Emma Town Bud turned in a decisive near gate to wire effort to win going away in 1:54 with driver Michael Oosting in the bike.   Leaving f...
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Arabella’s Cadet’s 1:52 win ties Philly OMT track record

on September 10, 2020
The Deweycheatumnhowe mare Arabella’s Cadet equaled the 1:52 Harrah’s Philadelphia track record for older trotting mares established by Hannelore Hanover last year when she defeated the favorite Scirocco Rob in the $14,400 trotting feature on Thursday afternoon.   The top two finishers had shown excellent form recently; Scirocco Rob may have been installed the chalk b...
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Gray finds Plainridge winner’s circle in 6 straight races

on September 10, 2020
It was better than a hat trick or a grand slam; it was “Graymazing”.    That’s the only way you could describe what Shawn Gray did at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon. He won six consecutive races in which he drove, much to the delight of those who backed him at the windows. After finishing third in the first race, Gray won races three through seven an...
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Mohawk stakes, NYSS finals in new Weekend Preview

on September 10, 2020
It’s another big weekend of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, especially with the William Wellwood Memorial, where the winner gets a free pass into the upcoming Mohawk Million. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Bob McClure talks about his strong chance with the undefeated colt Macho Martini, as well as the unbeaten filly Donna Soprano, who is the heavy favorite in the...
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Susie's Lady faces Ramona Hill in Simcoe at Mohawk

on September 10, 2020
Two years ago, when owner Doug Paul asked trainer Susanne Kerwood if she wanted to join him in the purchase of a trotting filly named Js Miracle Mass at the London Selected Yearling Sale, Kerwood said yes. When the horse sold for a price that exceeded what she believed Paul intended to spend, she thought it was the end of the story. Until Paul said, “Hello, partner.” “...
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Meadowlands is back in the swing

on September 10, 2020
With Labor Day now in the rear-view mirror, sweaters and jackets will begin to make their way out of closets everywhere, which means the Meadowlands' Fall meeting shifts into high gear this weekend with racing being conducted on both Friday (Sept. 11) and Saturday (Sept. 12) at the mile oval for the first time since the first week of August.   Post time is 7:15 p.m. for both progr...
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Register now for online bidding for Goshen Sale

on September 10, 2020
 The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 at noon and it promises to be deep in quality. And with the recent news that all New York casinos and racinos can reopen this week, it's a good time to buy and be ready for the 2020 New York Sires Stakes season.    If you plan to bid remotely, it is important you establish an account with Catt...
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Love A Good Story poised for finishing big NYSS season

on September 10, 2020
This year’s racing season has been hard on so many but not so much for Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven), the sophomore trotting filly trained by Julie Miller. Dominating a small but fierce division, she’s swept all five legs in convincing fashion and now boasts over a half million dollars in career earnings.   Miller, who is currently second in the New York Sire Stakes (N...
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USTA's Williams supports statements of vet lawmaker

on September 10, 2020
On the same day that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in the Senate, the Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the companion legislation in the U.S. House.  Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute to the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754) to mirror the bill introduced by Senator McConnell. The...
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USTA issues new statement on opposition to legislation

on September 10, 2020
The United States Trotting Association (USTA) issued the following statement on legislation introduced in the United States Senate yesterday by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It follows: The newly introduced Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA) is, like its predecessors, a Thoroughbred bill written by elite Thoroughbred interests in an attempt to address elite Thoroughbr...
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Daylon Phantom in season's best at Batavia Downs

on September 09, 2020
If last week's 7-3/4 length romp wasn't enough, Daylon Phantom put the exclamation point on the page this week with his best effort of 2020, winning the $8,000 Open I-II Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 9).   Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) got away fifth while Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) jousted for the lead. With...
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Michigan, Florida Hall of Famer Gordon Norris dies

on September 09, 2020
Gordon E. Norris, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Michigan and Florida, died Tuesday, Sept. 8. He was 87.   Mr. Norris was born on June 18, 1933 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Charles and Thelma (nee Nelson) Norris. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1953-1955.   Mr. Norris was united in marriage to Diane L. Norris for 52 years unt...
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Sansovina Hanover uses sizzling back half to take Meadows feature

on September 09, 2020
Sansovina Hanover blistered the back half in 54.4, a wicked two panels that kept her challengers at bay and facilitated an easy victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Jim Pantaleano sent Sansovina Hanover to the point with a quarter-pole move, then threw on the brakes in a 29 second quarter. Once the 5-year-old daughter of Som...
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She's Nun Bettor N continues hot streak at Philly

on September 09, 2020
Veteran trainer Kelvin "Red" Harrison, a native New Zealander, has recently had several horses from his native land join his stable under the Curtin ANZ Stables banner, and has enjoyed great success with them, including with the Bettor's Delight mare She's Nun Bettor N, who won the $12,800 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.   Geor...
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Oaks champ Sorella easily wins Mohawk overnight in 1:52

on September 09, 2020
With the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage slated for Saturday, Sept. 19, Hambletonian Oaks champ Sorella went a prep mile on Tuesday night when winning the $30,000 featured trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Sent off the odds-on favorite, Sorella sat fourth to a :27 first quarter set by Perfetto, who soon yielded command to Im The Muscle moving for the backstretch. Mass Fortune...
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McConnell legislation introduced in Senate

on September 09, 2020
On Wednesday (Sept. 9), Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell (R) introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. Also on Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 46-5 to mark up the Horseracing Integrity Act with a substitute amendment offered by Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., with bipartisan support from Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky, to bring it in line with the McConnell bill. ...
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How to bid, buy online at Ohio Selected Jug Sale

on September 09, 2020
With yearling season upon the harness racing industry, and many states still implementing COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, many horse owners and trainers will look to the world wide web for solutions to quarantine issues and alternatives to “being there.” The sales companies and auctions have been forced to take the lead in this electronic leap of faith, placing their annual o...
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Siegelman Stable Sportswear Supports Equine Therapy Programs

on September 09, 2020
It is not uncommon to see an athlete wearing a cap during a postgame press conference. It is uncommon for the hat to feature a harness racing logo. But perhaps not for long.   Max Siegelman, a social media entrepreneur who is the son of trainer Robbie Siegelman, has created a line of sportswear centered around the family’s Siegelman Stable design. The line features crewnecks, ca...
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USTA to hold virtual Zoom district meetings

on September 09, 2020
For the first time ever, the U.S. Trotting Association District Meetings will be held virtually, online rather than in person on site. As usual, all district members are welcome to attend. For members to participate, the free Zoom app will need to be downloaded to their computer or device in advance of the meeting. The meetings will be conducted on the Zoom Webinar platform. In addition, t...
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Yonkers Raceway to continue racing; casino opens Sept. 21

on September 09, 2020
Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) president Joe Faraldo has announced that Yonkers Raceway, which had been scheduled to close on Sept. 12, will remain open. In a Facebook posting, Faraldo said an agreement has been reached with MGM Resorts to keep Yonkers open through Dec. 22.   “As a result of the SOA of NY covering purses for a number of week...
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2YO Second Bruiser leads Ont. Grassroots in 1:51.4

on September 09, 2020
Two-year-old pacing colts took their turn in the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 8, competing for a total of $117,500 in five Grassroots divisions. Stonebridge Rex and driver Doug McNair captured the first $23,500 division with a bold move at the five-eighths marker that saw them sail to the front and power away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory in a p...
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The Veteran's 1:50.1 score lowers Red Mile record

on September 09, 2020
Beads scored his fourth consecutive victory on a hot Tuesday afternoon at The Red Mile in the lone division of Kentucky Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Scott Zeron sent Beads to the front and they drew away from their rivals to win in 1:51.4 for trainer Per Engblom and owners Renee Spahr and Christina Takter.   In the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 3-year-ol...
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Jessiejesorjessica trots to 1:54.3 career best at Mea

on September 08, 2020
Jessiejesorjessica quarter-poled to the front and never was in danger thereafter as she jogged to victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot, in a career-best 1:54.3.   Jessiejesorjessica was away fourth, but when Dave Palone asked her for trot, she powered to the point and effectively locked up the win right there. The pocket-sitting You're Majest...
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Musically talented? Help celebrate 75th Brown Jug

on September 08, 2020
Want to be a part of the 75th Little Brown Jug? The Delaware County Fair is looking for musically talented fans to submit their version of the national anthem of the United States or Canada.   Video submissions are due by Tuesday, Sept.15. The best videoed versions will be played during Jug Week (September 20-25) on the Little Brown Jug simulcast show.   Email your entries ...
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Garden State Trot for 3YOFT Friday at Freehold

on September 08, 2020
A small but select field has lined up for the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old fillies at Freehold Raceway this Friday (Sept. 11). Four fillies will contest the $40,000 race. Because of field size, the race will be run as a non-betting affair at 12:15 PM.   Two fillies stand out over the rest: Common Sense S and Ab'sattitudeexpress. The former is coming off an impressive win ...
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Magic Vacation repeats in Pocono claimer

on September 08, 2020
The Break The Bank K gelding Magic Vacation, who had not gotten home first since July 2018 before winning a week ago, posted a repeat victory in taking the $12,800 claiming trot feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon.   Anthony Napolitano (an 11-time winner during this week’s four cards here) again sent Magic Vacation frontward early despite a jump in cl...
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"Solid" Illini Classic Yearling Sale results in Springfield

on September 08, 2020
Business was brisk at the 22nd annual Illini Classic Yearling Sale on Monday (Sept. 7) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, producing healthy results amidst a competitive market for quality individuals. A total of 165 horses sold for a gross of $1,695,700, compared to 115 sold at last year’s session for $1,196,100. The average was $10,283 and the median was $7,500. In 2019, the average was ...
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Brittany Farms offers virtual inspections

on September 07, 2020
  This year, for the first time, Brittany Farms has added complete, “virtual inspections” of its yearlings to its video-only website, available now at https://brittanyfarms.smugmug.com.   At the beginning of each yearling’s traditional action video, there is now additional, comprehensive video of each horse being led in both directions—toward and...
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Paternity Suit A files another win at Plainridge

on September 07, 2020
After drawing three consecutive outside posts, Paternity Suit A found himself starting third from the pylons and made it pay as he won the $15,000 winners-over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Driver Drew Monti pushed away the gate with Paternity Suit A and grabbed the lead immediately and with the field in single file behind him, backed the half down to :...
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Dune Hill completes PA Stallion sweep, gives Burke 11,000th win

on September 07, 2020
When Dune Hill won her $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship Monday at The Meadows, it was historic on several counts. Not only did it complete the 3-year-old filly trotter’s sweep of the four preliminary legs and the final, but it also gave trainer Ron Burke career win 11,000.   The Meadows hosted all eight $40,000 stallion series finals Monday, and there was action...
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Mae Jean Allen, widow of Carl Allen, dies at 88

on September 07, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Mae Jean (Davis) Allen announces her passing on Sunday (Sept. 6). Born on Dec. 8, 1931, Ms. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Ruth Davis, her loving husband of 53 years Carl, her sister Amy Cook, her brother Ivan, and her grandson Clinton. She is survived by her sister Pamela, brother David, and four loving sons, Chet...
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Longtime Delaware horseman Pleasant Batson Jr. dies

on September 07, 2020
Pleasant Batson Jr., 84, of Greenwood, Del., passed away on Sept. 1 with family by his side.     He was born in Wilmington, N.C. on June 17, 1936, and after graduating from high school began a 65-year career owning, training, and driving Standardbred harness horses and running Batson’s Harness Shop which he opened in 1958.   ...
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Prices at Philly, chalk at Pocono on Labor Day cards

on September 07, 2020
Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks whose backstretches are represented by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, both presented live cards on Labor Day Monday afternoon.   At Philly, the winner of the first race, the Real Desire gelding Quick Fun N, set the tone for the day in a $12,000 claiming handicap...
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NYSS Night of Champions set for Sept. 12 at Yonkers

on September 07, 2020
New York’s richest night of racing returns to Yonkers Raceway Saturday (Sept. 12) with the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions. Eight finals featuring the best state-bred 2- and 3-year-olds will be contested for $225,000 each. Post time is 7:12 p.m. A full list of entries can be found here. American Courage (American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip) will be heavily fav...
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NY County Fair finals held at Goshen

on September 07, 2020
History was made Sunday in Orange County, N.Y., as Goshen Historic Track hosted the New York County Fair Finals (NYCFF). For the first – and probably only – time ever, the eight races, which each sported a purse of $10,000, for 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sex divisions ended their seasons at “The Cradle of the Trotter.” Normally, the county fa...
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Its Mesmerise N wins again at Pocono Sunday

on September 06, 2020
The American Ideal mare Its Mesmerise N has really taken to racing in the U.S. in her short stay here – she ran her American record to 7-4-3-0-$32,900 and took a new mark of 1:50.2 in the $14,000 distaff pacing feature during the twilight Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Queen Of The Pride left fastest of all from the outside post in the field of six, with Topvi...
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Cuatro De Julio impressive in Kentucky Sire Stakes action

on September 06, 2020
Cuatro De Julio redeemed himself after breaking his last start to easily win by over two lengths in 1:51.4 in the lone division of the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. His time was just one-fifth of a second off the track record and world record time of 1:51.3 held by Walner for 2-year-old colt trotters on a mile track....
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Youngsters fly in Ohio Sires Stakes Championships 

on September 06, 2020
Eldorado Scioto Downs hosted the Ohio Sires Stakes championships Sunday night, with a total of $2.8 million in purses for the 17-race card.   Merry Ann, the 8-5 favorite, captured the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies with a front-stepping 1:57 effort for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke.  The daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty G...
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Hearduwhispermynam sets new Running Aces track mark

on September 06, 2020
The featured event on the Sunday afternoon (September 6) program at Running Aces was the $13,800 sophomore “A” trot, with a field of eight lining up behind the gate and Jenni King’s Hearduwhispermyname surging off cover to break a long-standing track record. Hearduwhispermynam, part of a two-horse entry for King, started from post six with driver Rick Magee in the bike. SD E...
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Perfect Party Girl Hill romps in PASS final

on September 06, 2020
Party Girl Hill ($2.40) looked every bit the part of a divisional champion on Sunday (Sept. 6) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, keeping her undefeated record intact with a decisive 1:48.4 score in the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final for sophomore pacing fillies. Just eight days removed from her 1:49.2 victory in the Fan Hanover at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the daughter of Captaintreacherou...
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Loyal Fox Hanover sets track record in Landmark at Goshen

on September 06, 2020
Loyal Fox Hanover made his first win of the season a memorable one, winning Sunday’s $16,150 Landmark Stakes 3-year-old open trot by 4-1/2 lengths over Askmelater Hanover in a track-record 1:57.3 at Historic Track. Sloanie finished third. The previous track record for a 3-year-old trotting gelding was 1:58 set by Keenan in 2011. Askmelater Hanover led through the first half of the ra...
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Merton gets grand slam including feature at Tioga 

on September 06, 2020
Mike Merton drives four winners including the $6,000 featured pace with Real Lucky N at Tioga Downs on Sunday (September 6).  In the feature, Devisser (Renaldo Morales III) took the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.4.  Real Lucky N ($3.90) took over as they went by the stands for the first time.  He led to the half in :56.4.  Rockntouch (Brandon Park...
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The Meadows will host eight $40K Stallion Series finals Monday

on September 06, 2020
Searching for some exciting Labor Day harness racing action? Look no further than The Meadows, which on Monday will host eight Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships. Each final goes for $40,000, meaning $320,000 will be up for grabs.   On the wagering front, the 15-race card features a trio of rich opportunities: a $9,734.02 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5; a $5,000 total-...
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Highalator game in Big M Saturday feature

on September 06, 2020
Over the past two years, Highalator has impressed time and again at The Meadowlands, and Saturday night at the mile oval, he brought his 'A' game once again in defeating a talented field in the featured $18,500 high-end conditioned pace.   Unlike his Big M score on June 6 at odds of 42-1 from post 10 from off the pace, driver Ricky Still had the 6-year-old son of Somebeachsome...
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Davis Jr. wins six, Morrill Jr. takes five at Batavia

on September 06, 2020
You might say it was a two-horse race at Batavia Downs, except that it was between the top two drivers in western New York. Billy Davis Jr. won six races including the feature and Jim Morrill Jr. won five races including stringing four in a row, accounting for the winners of 11 of 13 races contested on Saturday night (Sept. 5).   Davis's best victory came in the $8,000 Open II Han...
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Warrawee Vital and Tattoo Artist take Simcoe splits 

on September 06, 2020
Fresh off the Pepsi North America Cup, three-year-old pacers continued their Grand Circuit action on Saturday night with two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Warrawee Vital continued his rise to prominence with a 1:49.1 score in the first $85,506 division for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rob Fellows. The son of Captaintreacherous shot out to the early...
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Dorsoduro Hanover gives MacDonald another Pacing Derby stunner 

on September 05, 2020
Driver James MacDonald engineered his second consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby stunner, guiding Dorsoduro Hanover to a 40-1 upset on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    The Ron Burke trained Dorsoduro Hanover and MacDonald sat fifth-over turning for home and swept by rivals promptly for a 1:48.4 victory in the $540,000 event.    "I always though the se...
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Ohio Sires Stakes Championships by the numbers 

on September 05, 2020
Eight $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships for 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both genders will be contested on Sunday night, Sept. 6 at Scioto Downs.      Horses are eligible to the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) if their sires are registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during their year of conception. Breeders, as well as farm and stallion owne...
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Atlanta dominates in Maple Leaf Trot 

on September 05, 2020
Atlanta bounced back from a miscue in her last start to win the $560,000 Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4 on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    The five-year-old mare shot off cover for driver Yannick Gingras at the head of the stretch and powered by rivals for a four lengths score. The Ron Burke trainee matched the stakes record held by Guardian Angel As (2019) and Mister Herbi...
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Ready For Moni rolls in Goodtimes

on September 05, 2020
Caught behind dull cover and on the right line, driver Yannick Gingras maneuvered 1-5 favourite Ready For Moni to the center of the track and strode to a 1:52.1 victory in the $215,000 Goodtimes Trot on Saturday (Sept. 5) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Hayek hustled to the lead with Hollywood Story tucking into the pocket moving to a :27.1 first quarter. Jula Trix Treasure into the backside angled ...
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Leon Bailey drives five winners at Vernon 

on September 05, 2020
"Lightening" Leon Bailey had a career day driving five horses to the winner's circle at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 5).    He got his wins with So Diva ($28.00) in race one.  His second win came in race four with The Blazing Truth ($7.80).  He would finish first in race seven, nine, and ten with Intuitive Writer ($5.90), Rise Up Now ($17....
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Tay Tay M and Prairie Fortune win Tioga features

on September 05, 2020
Leading driver, Wally Hennessey drives the winners of both $6,000 co-features at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5).  Tay Tay M ($3.20) took the featured fillies & mares pace, charging right to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2.  She would slow things down with a :29.2 second quarter hitting the half in :56.4.  Persistent Better (Bruce Aldric...
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2-Year-Old PASS Championships held at Pocono

on September 05, 2020
The best of the Pennsylvania-sired babies came in for their closeup on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, racing in four $253,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, with a $50,000 consolation event also for the two-year-olds in each division of sex and gait.   And after studying the sterling forms of the entrants, it turned out that all you needed to know abou...
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Gingras sweeps OSS Gold divisions at Grand River

on September 05, 2020
Yannick Gingras had a perfect night in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Friday (Sept. 4), steering the winners of all three $54,923 Gold Series divisions for the 2-year-old pacing fillies. Gingras kicked off his driving hat trick with Twin B Sunkissed. Starting from post three, Twin B Sunkissed left smartly and then yielded to Game Of Shadows heading by the :27.4 quarter. G...
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Red Mile wagering news enticing for horseplayers

on September 05, 2020
The Red Mile has made playing the races a bit more enticing for its horseplayers and fans. Beginning with this Sunday's card the retention rate on the daily Pick 4 wager (races 7-10) has been reduced to 15% and will come with a pool guarantee of $5,000 on Sundays, courtesy of The Red Mile and the USTA Strategic Wagering program.   This pairs nicely with the existing Pick 5 on race...
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LeWayne Miller doubles up in INSS action Friday

on September 05, 2020
Pacing colts and geldings, both freshmen and sophomore, took to the track for Indiana Sires Stakes action on Fridayat Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While the 2 year olds raced their fourth round and the 3 year olds raced their fifth, driver-trainer LeWayne Miller was the common thread as he grabbed victories in both ages with freshman JK Going West and...
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Ocean Downs hosts 3YO Standardbred Fund Stakes

on September 04, 2020
Ocean Downs hosted the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for three-year-olds on Thursday (Sept. 3) and Friday (Sept. 4). On Thursday evening, two splits for pacing fillies went to post as races one and five, both having a purse of $11,800. Bolt Of Beauty (Bolt The Duer) with Allan Davis in the bike and Chart Topper (Bettor’s Delight) with Sean Bier were two and three deep past t...
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Common Sense, Kasha V win NJSS races at Freehold

on September 04, 2020
A pair of New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund races were held at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 4). One race saw the heavy chalk win, another saw an upset. 1/10 favorite Common Sense S won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old trotting fillies by 3-1/2 lengths. Steve Smith put her on the lead early on, clearing to the pylons just after the opening quarter. From ther...
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Gregg Keidel cops amateur trot at Scioto

on September 04, 2020
Outstanding rock and soul artist, James Brown, chirped in one of his top-ten charters "It's a man's world, but its nothing without a woman or a girl" and Gregg Keidel surely concurs after he guided Matteriel to an easy 1:55.4 victory in a leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association's at Scioto Downs on Friday evening, turning back five others of whom four were mem...
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Barn Holden & Chaptiama get NYSS wins at Vernon 

on September 04, 2020
Vernon Downs played host for two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting colts & geldings on Friday (September 4).      Barn Holden (Mark MacDonald) holds on to win the $55,000 first division.    Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) jumped out to the early lead but Barn Holden ($6.10) went by and took over with a lap to go.  H...
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So Amazing, Moni For Lindy take MASS preps at Plainridge

on September 04, 2020
The Friday afternoon (Sept. 4) card at Plainridge Park featured a pair of $15,000 races for 2-year-olds of both gaits who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes later this month and if today's results are any indication, that series will be very tough this year.   The Nauset Light for freshman pacers was won by So Amazing (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl) on the strength of a...
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Palone wins 7; Rock Candy takes Meadows Friday feature

on September 04, 2020
Dave Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, padded his margin a bit Friday at The Meadows when he captured seven of the card's 13 races. Three of those victories were for trainer Kevin Johnson.   In Friday's feature, a $17,900 Open Handicap Pace, Rock Candy was shuffled to fifth after grabbing the early lead but found wide racing room through the ...
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Breeders Crown Charity Challenge begins Sept. 7

on September 04, 2020
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and 2020 Breeders Crown Presenting Sponsor The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership will officially kick off the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge the week of Sept. 7, benefiting four non-profit organizations represented by local Indiana celebrities including Indianapolis Colt alum Jeff Saturday, Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana...
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In Range has Pass championship within reach

on September 04, 2020
As trainer Marcus Melander prepared In Range for his rookie season, he was uncertain what he had in the 2-year-old trotter. The colt was a good-looking $185,000 yearling buy from a successful family but did not stand out among Melander’s other horses. But when it came time to race, In Range went from indifferent to inspired. He has four wins and a second in five starts as he heads to Sa...
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Landy hopes to create another 'historic' memory

on September 04, 2020
There is no question Goshen Historic Track is special to Harry Landy. He first visited the upstate New York oval at the age of 9 as a participant in the Harness Racing Youth League. Five years later, Landy won his driving debut in a matinee race at Historic Track and over the next two years he collected 10 more matinee triumphs there. In 2013, Landy enjoyed an unforgettable day at Historic Tr...
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Leonidas ready to make Yonkers debut on Friday

on September 04, 2020
When Leonidas makes his Yonkers Raceway debut Friday night in the $18,000 pacing feature, it will end a long wait for owner Steve Finklestein of Jesmeral Stable and trainer Sheena McElhiney. An Australia-bred 5-year-old by Mach Three, Leonidas was purchased by Finklestein this spring as a Yonkers prospect, but owing to interruptions in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, was marooned...
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Dr. Ian Moore to make first-ever starts at Leamington

on September 04, 2020
Dr. Ian Moore will make his first visit to Leamington Raceway on Sunday, sending out 2-year-old pacing colts Marlboro Seelster and Dietrich Seelster and 3-year-old pacing colt Usurper in their respective $7,000 Prospect Series divisions. “I grew up around those kind of tracks, that’s what I used to race on all my life. I enjoy going to the small tracks, quite frankly,” ...
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Black Book Mixed Sale will have supplemental entries

on September 04, 2020
Standardbred Horse Sales Company will accept supplemental entries for its Annual Mixed Sale at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD.   The Mixed Sale will be held on Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7. The Black Book 2 catalog will close to new entries at the end of the business day on Sept. 8. Entries received after Sept. 8 wil...
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PASS 3YO finals set for Sunday at Harrah's Philly

on September 04, 2020
Top-level Pennsylvania-sired three-year-olds will be gathering at Harrah’s Philadelphia this Sunday afternoon to contest their respective $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships and $50,000 consolation races, divided by sex and gait. The fields of eight horses won their way into the series finales by accumulating points in four preliminary rounds of the Sire Stakes at the Pennsylva...
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Scioto moves Sunday post time up to 6 pm

on September 04, 2020
Eldorado Scioto Downs has moved it's first post on Sunday, Sept. 6, for the Ohio Sires Stakes championship program, to 6 pm.   Horsemen should pick up an overnight sheet at the track or view entries at racing.ustrotting.com to verify detention times for the eight $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship races that evening.   Sunday's card has 17 rac...
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OHHA to host Super Sunday at Scioto Downs

on September 04, 2020
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will host “Super Sunday at Scioto” presented by the Galbreath Equine Center at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center on Sunday from Eldorado Scioto Downs on Facebook live. Post time is at 6 p.m. and the livestream event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include coverage of the Ohio Sires Stakes finals and the #Sen...
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Cool Winds Farm riding high in Ohio Sires Stakes finals

on September 04, 2020
Randy and Kim Haines are having the time of their lives. The husband-and-wife team are uber-psyched for the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) championships on Sunday night at Scioto Downs.      The Haines, who own and operate Cool Winds Farm in Lima, Ohio, are giddy with anticipation as 12 of the starters in these OSS Championships are progeny of Ohio-registered stallions standin...
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17YO Olsen drives first winner in last-minute drive

on September 04, 2020
Seventeen-year-old Cole Olsen won his first race ever as a driver Thursday at the Virginia Harness Horse Association's Matinee Meet aboard a horse that had not reached the winner's circle in almost four years and a horse he had not planned to drive until just minutes before the race.   The Maryland-based Olsen came to Virginia Wednesday with seven qualifying starts at Ocean Do...
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Mass-eligible Ry's Red Rocket scores at Plainridge

on September 04, 2020
Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old Ry’s Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) will be a formidable foe in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes that start later this month after she tuned up with a commanding win in the $15,000 feature pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 3).   Matty “Ice” Athearn left with Ry’s Red Rocket and dictated the entire ra...
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Somethingbeautiful defeats Hot Mess Express in ISS

on September 04, 2020
wo-year-old pacing fillies were featured in their fourth round of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, September 3. Two divisions highlighted the evening’s racing action and both divisions saw the winners lowering their lifetime marks to 1:51:4. In the first division, Somethingbeautiful turned in an impressive effort to kept her unb...
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Southwind Tyrion undefeated with Wellwood elim win

on September 04, 2020
Undefeated rookie trotters were the stars of the show in Thursday evening’s eliminations for the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Each event for two-year-old trotters required two $30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for their respective finals, to be held on Saturday, September 12. This year’s William Wellwood Memorial comes with added...
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Hanover yearling inspection videos now online

on September 03, 2020
The inspection videos for the twelve Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings being sold Friday September 18,2020 at the Ohio Selected Jug sale are now available online both on the farm website www.hanoverpa.com as well as the sale website www.lexingtonselected.com.   These yearlings are available for inspection at the farm. Please call Dr.  Bridgette Jablonsky at 717.578.7395 to schedule an...
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Mohawk stakes, PASS & OHSS finals in Preview

on September 03, 2020
Last weekend we had the North America Cup card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and this weekend the major stakes action remains in Canada as the racetrack hosts another huge night of racing. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Chris Ryder talks about his chances with Bettor’s Wish in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Trainer Nancy Takter gives her take on Manchego starting from th...
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Hoosier Park will host Breeders Crown with spectators

on September 03, 2020
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host the 2020 Breeders Crown on Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. The 2020 Breeders Crown event, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be a ticketed-only event with three main experiences hosted in a limited-capa...
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Todd McCarthy off to fast start in North America

on September 03, 2020
Over the past several years, driver Todd McCarthy contemplated leaving his native Australia to continue his career in North America. Watching his brother Andy win four Breeders Crown trophies last October at Woodbine Mohawk Park helped convince McCarthy to do it in 2020.   The global coronavirus pandemic put his plans on hold for several months, but McCarthy finally was able to comple...
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Meadowlands returns Saturday with new betting menu

on September 03, 2020
It may have only been four weeks since Ramona Hill beat the boys in a thrilling Hambletonian where wagering soared to heights not seen in some time, but for impatient Meadowlands fans, the wait for racing to return to the top track in the game is finally over, as live action at the mile oval resumes Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:15 p.m. Given the “new normal” that is life in the covid-19...
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Mohawk Park's first post Saturday set for 7:20 pm

on September 03, 2020
Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to remind all horsepeople, fans and horseplayers of this Saturday’s post time change. Post time for the 12-race Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot card has been pushed back to 7:20 p.m. The later post time is due to the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled to be run at 7:01 p.m. More than $2 million in purses will be up for grabs on Saturday’s s...
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NY governor says casinos can open Sept. 9

on September 03, 2020
The Albany (NY) Times Union has reported that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday morning that casinos in the state can reopen for business Sept. 9.   The casinos will be limited to 25 percent capacity, and table games will not be allowed unless physical barriers are installed between patrons at the table. Slot machines will be open, but players must be spaced at least six fee...
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Sam Landy rings bell at NY Stock Exchange

on September 03, 2020
UMH Properties President and CEO Sam Landy, also a director on the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey’s board, ran the New York Stock Exchange’s opening bell on Aug.25 to celebrate a new Fannie Mae loan product for manufactured housing communities. Representatives from UMH Properties, Wells Fargo and Fannie Mae participated in the ceremony alongside Landy...
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Betsy Brown wins 500th race at Shenandoah

on September 03, 2020
Driver Betsy Brown won her 500th career race Wednesday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds as the Virginia Harness Horse Association's three-day Matinee Meet kicked off.   Brown, who won her first race in the sulky in 1979, directed Believe In Him to career victory number 19 in a $2,000 Free For All Trot. The 6-year-old Conway Hall mare led at the quarter, surrendered the lead br...
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Trotters battle in stakes action at Hoosier Park 

on September 03, 2020
Indiana Sires Stakes action is in full swing at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the evening' 14-race card on Wednesday, September 2 featured two divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts. The sophomores were squaring off in round five of their seven round series while it was the fourth of six rounds for the two-ye...
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Hen Party equals Saratoga track record in NYSS

on September 03, 2020
Wednesday evening’s program featured the final installment of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for the summer at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The 3-year-old pacing fillies took center stage with races of $74,500 and $75,900 highlighting the card on an evening in which the track record for sophomore fillies was matched.   Hen Party (Roll With Joe-My Lady Day) has simply been sensatio...
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Schedule changes for Delaware, OH Grand Circuit week

on September 02, 2020
The Delaware (Ohio) Grand Circuit week will have a couple of changes to its original race schedule. The Buckeye Stallion Series leg for the two-year-old trotting fillies will be contested on Tuesday, September 22. The event was originally scheduled for Wednesday. The Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Championship has been added back to the Tuesday schedule. The $2,500 series final will be s...
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HS Judy Jetson wins Meadows feature in the slop

on September 02, 2020
Parked out through a demanding 27.3 opening quarter in the slop, HS Judy Jetson still had little trouble capturing Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot.   The 4-year-old daughter of Great George Two-Broadway Fooling easily repelled the first-over challenge of Explosive Form and scored for Tony Hall in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting Swanind Fastlane was second...
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Spadaro thrilled Coraggioso has 3 finalists

on September 02, 2020
Joe Spadaro has come a long way from his Queens, NY, childhood, working nearly his entire life in the harness racing industry, first as a trainer, then as a racing commission executive and now has an owner-breeder.   "Growing up in New York, harness racing was big time," Spadaro, 78, recalled. "Later, when I lived in Hicksville, Long Island—about three miles from ...
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Scioto extends meet to Sept. 12; OHSS finals drawn Wed. night

on September 02, 2020
In a joint effort between Eldorado Scioto Downs, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association,  Scioto Downs is extending its race meet one week. Instead of closing the weekend before Labor Day, closing night will now be Saturday, Sept. 12.   "Scioto agreeing to host what would have been our opening week will allow us to keep our purs...
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Can Guardian Angel As go back to back in Maple Leaf Trot?

on September 02, 2020
Guardian Angel AS will attempt to become only the third horse in three decades to win the Maple Leaf Trot in consecutive years when he faces nine foes in Saturday’s $560,000 event for older trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A 6-year-old stallion, Guardian Angel AS heads to the Maple Leaf off a track-record 1:50.4 victory in the Crawford Farms Open Trot on Aug. 16 at Tioga Downs. Fo...
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Profound Paragon stays undefeated with Grassroots score

on September 02, 2020
Profound Paragon put a six race unbeaten streak on the line at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and cruised to an effortless 1:55.4 personal best in the first of five $23,150 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. With regular reinsman Jean Bernard “Bert” Renaud in the race bike, Profound Paragon lined up at Post 4 in the field of nine and soon afte...
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Yoder upsets with Ima Diamond Babe at 53-1 in ISS

on September 02, 2020
Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 1, with two $38,000 divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fourth round of stakes action for the freshman trotting fillies brought new faces to the winner’s circle as Ima Diamond Babe and Shirley Goodness scored the first stakes victories of their young careers. &...
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Harrington hat trick for King barn

on September 01, 2020
The high-powered Jim King Jr. stable demonstrated its prowess Tuesday with three wins on the Harrington Raceway card.  The Harrington-based stable which campaigns two of harness racing's brightest stars, 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N and 2019 2-year-old Pacing Filly Of The Year Lyons Sentinel, prevailed with all three starters on the program, Stealing Base...
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Canadian Pacing Derby, Maple Leaf Trot set for Saturday

on September 01, 2020
Fresh off a record-setting Pepsi North America Cup, Woodbine Mohawk Park continues “Grand Circuit Month” with an all-star $2 million stakes-filled card on Saturday night.  The $560,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $540,000 Canadian Pacing Derby bring the best older horses in the sport to Mohawk Park. Both events received a format change this year, removing eliminations and taking the ...
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Splash Brother, Uhtred win NYSS divisions

on September 01, 2020
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as part of the New York Sires Stakes.   Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated- The Panderosa) just missed the track record for 3-year-old geldings when the Ray Schnittker-trained superstar paced to a 1:51 victory in his $74,500 division of the Sires Stakes. Tyler Buter sat beh...
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Blue Ivy best in Meadows F&M feature

on September 01, 2020
Blue Ivy shrugged off the challenge of her stablemate, Touchamatic, and rolled to victory in Tuesday’s $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Blue Ivy sped to the lead from post 6 in a demanding 26.3, a quarter that might have left her vulnerable. But when Touchamatic moved uncovered from third, Blue Ivy found more for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in a car...
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Crossfit goes back to back at Pocono

on September 01, 2020
The Donato Hanover gelding Crossfit made it two straight and four of his last seven when he won the $12,800 trotting feature Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while equaling his mark of 1:54.2.   Andy Miller sent the favored winner first-over and had a battle royal with pacesetting Striking Encore from the backstretch onward, with Crossfit finally separating himself...
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KY now requires vet records, vet exam

on September 01, 2020
The new medication regulations in Kentucky require that all veterinary treatment reports be submitted to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and all horses entered to race undergo a pre-race examination. The veterinary records requirement is satisfied by the treatment sheets turned in by your veterinarian.  If any treatments are administered by the trainer which the veteri...
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Owners, trainers, limited spectators approved at Red Mile

on September 01, 2020
The Red Mile will be hosting a very limited number of spectators to its live race meet, beginning with the Sept. 20 Kentucky Sires Stakes finals and continuing through the remainder of the meet (Oct. 11).  Post time is 1 p.m. each day.  The full racing schedule is available on the website at redmileky.com.    The following groups may attend:  horse owners and train...
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Lexington Selected catalog now online

on September 01, 2020
The catalog for the annual Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the sales company’s website, lexingtonselected.com, and on the Equineline Sales catalog app.   Those not already on the mailing list but who would like a print catalog should fill out the order form on the website. Print catalogs should be received in the mail soon after the Labor Day holiday. &nb...
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Gural comments on proposed Horse Racing Integrity & Safety Act

on September 01, 2020
On Monday, Aug. 31, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced his intention to introduce and support the Horse Racing Integrity & Safety Act to the U.S. Senate.    This newly-minted legislation is a revision of earlier versions and was presented at a Keeneland-hosted press conference by McConnell along with Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr and ...
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'More mature' HP Royal Theo ready for Goodtimes

on September 01, 2020
HP Royal Theo is a more easygoing horse this year, and trainer Ben Baillargeon is feeling more relaxed as well. A 3-year-old gelding trotter and returning O’Brien Award winner, HP Royal Theo has lost only once in his age group this season as he prepares for Saturday’s $215,000 Goodtimes final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. HP Royal Theo won his Goodtimes elimination last week from ...
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Record $5.6 million handle on NA Cup Night

on September 01, 2020
Tall Dark Stranger’s dominant performance in the 37th Pepsi North America Cup highlighted a record-setting evening for Woodbine Entertainment.   The 13-race Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, Aug. 29 generated a handle of $5,619,396, the highest wagering handle in the 57-year history of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $5.6 million total surpassed the previous track an...
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Buckeye Classic sale catalogs available

on August 31, 2020
Sale catalogs are now available for the 6th annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in Springfield, OH. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana, the auction will be held Tuesday Oct. 1 at the Champions Expo Center located at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Start time is 10:00AM. There are 212 yearlings in the catalog including the Emera...
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Tom Me Gun N 1:50 winner at Plainridge

on August 31, 2020
After having raced at Pocono Downs and Yonkers Raceway in recent weeks, Tom Me Gun N made his first Plainridge Park start a winning one after coming up large in the $15,000 Winners-Over pacing feature on Monday afternoon (Aug. 31).   Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) went for the early lead with Tom Me Gun N (Shawn Gray) behind him, but also had Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) parked out at his si...
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3-day matinee meet at Shenandoah

on August 31, 2020
The Virginia Harness Horse Association's three-day "Matinee Meet" at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds  kicks off Wednesday (September 2) with ten races, each featuring a $2,000 purse. First post is at 2 PM.   The lineup includes a four-pack of Free For All (FFA) events --- two for pacers and two for trotters --- along with a two-year-old race for each gait and four...
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Amigo Volo, Big Oil take last PASS leg

on August 31, 2020
Amigo Volo and Big Oil have sharpened their games by taking on their division’s best all season. That preparation showed Monday at The Meadows when each captured a division of a $188,732 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   A respectable fourth from post 10 in the Hambletonian final, Amigo Volo had the easier time of it in the event known as the S...
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