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Slick Tony Horse of Meet at Harrington

on October 21, 2019
Michael Horn and Alexander Rice Jr.’s Allwillworkout ($26, Jon Roberts) was a 1:52.1 winner in the $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway.   The 5-year-old Western Terror gelding made an aggressive first-over move and quickly opened up a four-length lead on the field near the three-quarters. Dialamara, at 77-to-1,  closed ground late for second and Little Ben outkicked...
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Mother Theresa wins at Plainridge

on October 21, 2019
The third leg of the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-old competitors was conducted at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 21) and all four divisional winners were charted gate to wire winners.    Three of the four races were non-betting and held prior to the track’s regular post time.   In the $38,500 trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings, S...
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Millies Possesion scratched from BC after breaking coffin bone

on October 21, 2019
Trainer Jim Campbell told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that Millies Possesion has been scratched out of Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown final at Woodbine Mohawk Park after suffering a broken coffin bone in her left front foot.   Millies Possesion won her Breeders Crown elimination last Saturday night in 1:53 and drew post 2 in the rich final. Driven by Dexter Dunn, the ...
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Competitive field in Breeders Crown 2FT

on October 21, 2019
In discussing his horse, Sister Sledge, trainer Ron Burke gave a simple but accurate assessment of Friday’s $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “Moving forward, I think she’s as good as any filly out there, but there are a couple real good ones,” Burke said. “The 2-year-old trotting fillies are very solid — a bunch o...
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Winbak Harrisburg yearling videos online

on October 21, 2019
Winbak Farm will be selling 63 yearlings at the Nov. 4-6 Standardbred Horse Sale yearling auction in Harrisburg, Pa. The sale lineup has yearlings eligible to Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario. The group includes first crop yearlings from Betting Line, Control The Moment and Southwind Frank.   The Farm will also be selling eight Delaware-sired yearlings at the Nov. 7 mixed sale sess...
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A double for broodmare Drop The Ball

on October 21, 2019
It’s not often a given broodmare accounts for two individual stake winners on successive days but  millionaire plus mare Drop The Ball p, 1:48.2 ($1,427,265) did just that as on Friday, her Somebeachsomewhere daughter  New Year was ultra impressive winning her Breeders Crown elimination in 1:52. One day later her Captaintreacherous son Admiral Ballsy was victorious in the New Jer...
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Play the Harrisburg "Stable Stars" contest

on October 21, 2019
In conjunction with its annual yearling sale in Harrisburg, Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce the 2019 edition of its popular “Stable Stars” Contest. Contestants will predict the knock-down sales prices of fifteen Harrisburg yearlings to be sold on Monday, Nov. 4.   An online entry form can be completed from a link on the Home Page of The Black Book w...
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Bettor's Delight colt tops London sale at $270,000

on October 21, 2019
The opening session of the 2019 London Selected Yearling Sale made Canadian history within the first hour of the sale, and it ended with record numbers. Marlboro Seelster entered the sales ring at the Western Fair District Metroland Media Agriplex in London, Ont. as Hip 25 on Saturday (Oct. 19), and when the hammer fell the high bid was $270,000, making him the highest-priced Standardbred yea...
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Hennessey wins 5 in Sunshine Stakes

on October 21, 2019
Sunshine State Stakes continued at Pompano Park on Saturday with Wally Hennessey winning five of his seven drives during the eight non-wagering events for 2 and 3 year olds. The Hall of Famer started his win rampage with the first time starter Prairie Gold Mine (Diamond Goal-Dr Good Gold) in the 2-year-old trot for colts and geldings and then continued his winning ways with Laurie Lee ...
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Tight Lines an easy winner at Pocono

on October 21, 2019
Tight Lines blew away a talented field in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, recording a 1:54.1 victory with a :56.3 back half despite 50 degree temperatures and a sloppy surface. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory was behind the innermost of the leavers and put foes in behind him to a :27.3 quarter, then got a :30 breather in the second stanza. From there t...
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Hans Solo, Life Is A Feast star in MASS

on October 20, 2019
The $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) reconvened at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Oct. 20) after a one week sabbatical, with five divisions of 2-year-olds competing for $161,450 in purses.   The strongest performances of the day were turned in by Han Solo (Mister Big-Leah) and Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover), who combined, tied or set four ...
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Rodeo Rock 1:50.3 winner in Philly

on October 20, 2019
After being hindered by severe road trouble in last week's Open at Yonkers, Rodeo Rock ($5.40) found clear sailing and bounced back decisively in Sunday afternoon's (Oct. 20) featured top-level conditioned pace at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding floated into fourth on the first turn and patiently stalked a :27.1 first quarter set by Mike's Z Tam ...
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NY State legislators at Yonkers

on October 20, 2019
It wasn’t parimutuel, but rather political bragging rights that were up for grabs Saturday night (Oct. 19th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the Legislators’ Challenge.  The ‘Challenge’ was comprised of four before-the-card races, featuring 17 New York State elected officials competing in double-seated jog carts…with sporadic assistance from the Raceway&rsquo...
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Sweet Rock noses out Sicily at Big M

on October 20, 2019
In one of the tightest photo finishes anyone has ever seen, Sweet Rock held off Sicily at the wire in the Saturday night $22,500 conditioned pacing feature at the Meadowlands.   Sicily, who was sent off at odds of 5-1, was quickest away from the gate from post 5 into the first turn, but 5-2 second choice Sweet Rock (post 6) was even faster to the quarter, hitting that station in ...
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Somwherenbrookln N upsets at Pocono

on October 20, 2019
The temperature danced on either side of the 50 degree mark Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but driver Eric Carlson again proved to have the hot hands with the longshots, as he guided Somwherenbrookln N ($87.80) to a 1:51.3 victory in the $17,500 featured pace at the northeast Pennsylvania oval. Carlson kept the Somebeachsomewhere gelding well off a torrid co...
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Alluneedisfaith B captures Yonkers open

on October 20, 2019
Allusneedisfaith N (Jim Marohn Jr., $10.40) took it the distance Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 4—in one notch after a defection—Alluneedisfaith N slipped past Dancin’ Dragon (Jason Bartlett) before a :28.4 opening quarter mile. The teletimer didn’t get much more of a workout by a :57.4 intermission,...
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Manchego, Darling Mearas S take OMT elims

on October 20, 2019
Reinsman Dexter Dunn cleaned up in the Mare Trot eliminations on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park to add to his big night in the Breeders Crown eliminations. A total of 15 older trotting mares were split into a pair of $32,500 (Can.)) eliminations to determine the Breeders Crown final field. Dexter Dunn found a seam late in the stretch and was able to knife through and catapult Da...
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Warrawee Ubeaut best in Crown 3FP elim

on October 20, 2019
Odds-on favorite Warrawee Ubeaut took command midway through the mile and scooted away from competition under minimal encouragement on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park to take the lone $32,500 (Can.) Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old pacing fillies.  Beautyonthebeach blasted to the front from post 10 while Tall Drink Hanover floated into second but then circled to the le...
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Dunn sweeps 3CP elims with Bettor’s Wish, Dancin Lou

on October 20, 2019
Driver Dexter Dunn completed a night to remember Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park by capturing both 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Breeders Crown eliminations for a six-win night. A group of 15 sophomore pacing colts were split into two $32,500 (Can.) eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's $600,000 final. Sent the 1-2 favorite, Bettor's Wish sat second to a :2...
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Don’t Let’em wins Crown 3CT elim in record 1:51.3

on October 19, 2019
Yannick Gingras drove Don't Let'em to a 1:51.3 win in the $32,500 (Can.) Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Colt Trot elimination on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of 10 competed with the top-eight finishers advancing to next Saturday's $600,000 final. Forbidden Trade and Greenshoe received byes to the final. The Nancy Johansson-trained Don&...
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The Ice Dutchess, Millies Possesion win Crown elims

on October 19, 2019
Sophomore trotting fillies launched the second night of Breeders Crown eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $32,500 (Can.) eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's $600,000 final. Yannick Gingras picked up where he left off a night earlier sending The Ice Dutchess to...
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Dorsoduro Hanover wins Preferred in BC prep

on October 19, 2019
Dorsoduro Hanover, with Matt Kakaley in the bike, won the $34,000 Preferred for trainer Ron Burke at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday in 1:49.4, topping four others eligible to next week’s Breeders Crown Open Pace. Youaremycandygirl and Courtly Choice left alertly, with the mare taking a short lead until Courtly Choice got the lead, followed by favorite Geez Joe and Dorsoduro Hanover in a...
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Monti wins 5, including Batavia feature

on October 19, 2019
  Drew Monti was on top of his game Saturday night at Batavia Downs, winning five races on the card including the weekly pacing feature with Down On My Luck who moved up to the top class $12,500 Open I Handicap after taming the Open II pacers in handy fashion last week. Down On My Luck took back to fifth while Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) and Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) fough...
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Carolina Beach snaps bridesmaid streak with win

on October 19, 2019
Carolina Beach snapped his “bridesmaid” streak when he inherited the lead down the backside and made it stand up in Saturday’s $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Carolina Beach had five consecutive place finishes and appeared destined for another as he stalked the formidable Windsong Leo from the pocket. But when Windsong Leo made an uncharacteristic and po...
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Granite is rock solid in Dayton victory

on October 19, 2019
The aptly named Granite returned to the winner’s circle Saturday night, winning the featured $16,000 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:50.4.  The rock solid 6-year-old son of Real Desire, who has bounced back and forth between Miami Valley, Scioto Downs, Hoosier Park, Hawthorne and Hollywood Dayton all year, captured his seventh seasonal victory and raised his 2...
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Patton drives first winner at Oak Grove

on October 19, 2019
Oak Grove Racing & Gaming kicked off its inaugural meet Friday (October 18). The first horse to cross the finish line was Dee Rocks, a 4-year-old mare trained and driven by Jamaica Patton for owners Ronald Phillips and John Carver of Illinois. The mare went to the front from post 6 and lead the majority of the race in fractions of 27.2, 56.4, and 1:25.1 before hitting the wire in 1:54.1. ...
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Tyler Miller wins Big M GSY leg

on October 19, 2019
The amateur drivers took center stage for two races on the Big M card Friday night. The GSY club along with the Billings Amateur Club was carded for the first and fifth races of the evening.  Ten pacers went to the gate in race one and as the gate swung open, Bettor Spirits N (Tony Ciuffetelli) left hard and took control of the lead past the quarter and half-mile stanzas. He put ...
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Pegasus divisions featured at Hoosier Park

on October 19, 2019
Coming off the heels of the Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals night, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted another round of Grand Circuit action on Friday. The Pegasus Stakes for 3 year-m olds were the featured events of the evening, with two divisions for each sex and gait. With the exception of an upset by Yes, favorites prevailed with wins from Rockin Nola, Pure Cha...
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Kindergarten divisions raced at Meadowlands

on October 19, 2019
Creature Of Habit got into the win column for the first time in her career a week ago, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Habit’s Best came right back and won again, taking one of five divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds.   The Nifty Norman trainee scored in the dash for filly trotters by brushing to command down the backst...
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Papi Rob Hanover bests Tall Dark Stranger in 2CP elim

on October 19, 2019
Earlier in the evening driver Yannick Gingras upended two unbeaten juveniles in capturing Breeders Crown eliminations. Gingras was on the other side of the fence in the lone $32,500 (CAD) Crown elimination for juvenile pacing colts and this time his unbeaten Tall Dark Stranger tasted defeat for the first time as Papi Rob Hanover and driver Dave Miller turned the tables in capturing the event in ...
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Priceless, Lyons Sentinel, New Year win 2FP elims

on October 19, 2019
Trainer-driver Brandon Bates will make his Breeders Crown debut following a 1:50.2 blowout victory on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the opening elimination for 2-year-old pacing fillies with his Rockin Image filly Priceless. A group of 21 rookie pacing fillies were split into three $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the field for next Friday!s (Oct. 25) $600,000 final...
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Madhatter Bluechip wins 5th straight in Plainridge open

on October 18, 2019
It doesn’t matter what track he races at, Madhatter Bluechip just continues to win. On Friday his multi-state roadshow continued as he ventured into Massachusetts to visit Plainridge Park and came away with his fifth straight victory after winning the $16,000 Open trotting feature. Madhatter Bluechip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) left and took a quick lead before the heavily favored Nows The Mome...
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Favorite Tequila Monday scores at Yonkers

on October 18, 2019
Favorite—and lone leaver—Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell, $3.90) finished it off Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. From post position No. 6, Tequila Monday worked around pole-sitting Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the Raceway’s fastest-ever femme (a 1:50 flat effort in late Ju...
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Joey Pro wins 12th of year at Batavia

on October 18, 2019
After stringing three straight wins at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono prior to finishing sixth chasing a 1:52.3 mile last week, Joey Pro ventured north to Batavia Downs and ran away with the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot on Friday night. BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) rushed off the gate for the lead and looked like he would go unchallenged for a while. But Joey Pro (John Cummings Jr.) who was now th...
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Spoiler Alert wins Vernon feature

on October 18, 2019
  Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) took the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) took early control hitting the quarter in :27.4.  He would use a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :57. Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) went first-over just before Only Passing threw hit three-quarters in 1:25.2. Spoiler Alert ($8.50), who is ...
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Gingras sweeps Crown 2YO trot eliminations

on October 18, 2019
 Driver Yannick Gingras set up shop in the winner’s circle to launch the Breeders Crown elimination weekend festivities on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A pair of eliminations for the 2-Year-Old Filly Trot and a single elimination for the 2-Year-Old Colt Trot were contested.  Gingras drove Synergy (Father Patrick-Southwind Sauna) to a 1:55 win in the $32,500 Breed...
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French Cafe wins NJ Dev. Fund at Freehold

on October 18, 2019
Going into the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old filly trotters, French Cafe and Sexy Wow traded wins in the first two legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund for 3-year-old filly trotters. French Cafe was the 1/2 choice to win the final on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway and lived up to the hype, w...
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Jive Dancing A bests St Somewhere

on October 18, 2019
Jive Dancing A showed herself to be the real thing as she shipped into Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, winning the $17,000 featured pace for distaffs in 1:52.1, her fastest clocking in a win on North American shores. George Napolitano Jr., whose four wins on the day topped the driving colony, scooted right to the lead with the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, then yielded afte...
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New races for NJ 3YO trotters

on October 18, 2019
As previously announced, the SBOANJ will be sponsoring a series for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired Trotters at Freehold Raceway and the Meadowlands beginning in November without starting fees.   Freehold will have two legs for $15,000 and a $50,000 final. The first leg will be held on Nov. 1 with the second leg on Nov. 8 and the final on Nov. 15.   Due...
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Custom Cantab has earned her supplement

on October 18, 2019
It is costing Custom Cantab’s connections $31,250 to supplement her to the Breeders Crown Mare Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. But the way trainer and part-owner Chris Beaver looks at things, it’s almost like spending found money.   “She was a $6,000 yearling, so with (paying) the supplement we’re still way ahead,” Beaver said with a laugh.   The...
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Pine Dream takes Dayton Open Trot

on October 18, 2019
   A perfect drive by Josh Sutton and a tiring leader, who opened a lane up the inside in the stretch, allowed Pine Dream to win the Thursday $17,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.  It was the 7-year-olds ninth 2019 score and increased his seasonal earnings to $140,000.   Sutton urged Pine Dream to leave the gate alertly from his outermost post position. Elmo...
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Next Level Stuff rebounds from break, wins Simpson

on October 17, 2019
Two-year-old fillies of both gaits contested $178,600 in Liberty Bell series stakes action during a cool and blustery Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Picking the winners of the two pacing sections was easy as selecting the 2-3 finishers behind the North American powerhouse Lyons Sentinel in recent Simpson Stakes competition. The faster winner was the Well Said – Loung...
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Breeders Crown elims in Weekend Preview!

on October 17, 2019
A much-anticipated showdown between 3-year-old colt pacers Bettor’s Wish, Captain Crunch and Southwind Ozzi could be looming in the Breeders Crown final, but first they need to make it through their respective eliminations this weekend and advance. Trainers Chris Ryder, Nancy Johansson and Bill MacKenzie talked about their sophomore stars in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. ...
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Clear Idea a clear winner at Saratoga

on October 17, 2019
Clear Idea (American Ideal) returned to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon to compete in the local Fillies and Mares Open. The Blake Macintosh-trained mare has been a winning machine throughout her career and prevailed in her lone try in the local Open back in August. On Thursday, Clear Idea had Phil Fluet piloting and was the public’s odds-on choice in the wagering despite bei...
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Svanstedt has sires stakes champs in Crown

on October 17, 2019
Third Shift and Moon Bridge got a little unscheduled time off recently because of sickness, but the two Ake Svanstedt trainees are ready to go Friday (Oct. 18) in the single Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Thirteen horses were entered for the event, with the connections of Real Cool Sam, Port Perry, and Capricornus accepting byes to advance dir...
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Giant Pick 5 pool expected Friday at Big M

on October 17, 2019
When the second week of racing at the Meadowlands’ Fall Meeting begins Friday there will be plenty of big-green buzz as a giant pool figures to be up for grabs in the track’s 50-cent Pick-5 that kicks off with the first race at 7:15 p.m. Last Saturday (Oct. 12), longshots ruled at the mile oval, as six times on the 13-race program, winner’s odds were at least 13-1. Duri...
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Tony Hall wins 7 at Meadows Wednesday

on October 17, 2019
Tony Hall enjoyed a splendid Wednesday at The Meadows, collecting seven victories that included a four-race, mid-card winning streak as well as a triumph in the feature with Trixie Dust. Hall's haul included a pair of wins each for trainers Scott Betts and Spencer Kahrig.   In that feature, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot, Hall moved Trixie Dust third over down the backside. The 5-year...
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Moveoutofmywayk, Lake Charles fastest in Simpson

on October 17, 2019
On Wednesday afternoon Harrah’s Philadelphia started its serving of Liberty Bell Series stakes action with $180,800 on the line in three divisions of freshman male action for each of the both gaits. Despite a rainy day during which the track was rerated from “good” to “sloppy,” four of the six winners took lifetime marks, and the other two winners, both pacers, came...
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Southwind Farms Harrisburg videos online

on October 16, 2019
Videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Standardbred Horse Sales in Harrisburg (November  4-6) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net).   The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colts and fillies by  first crop sire Betting Line, leading Ontario stallion Sport...
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NJ SDF finals set for Saturday at Freehold

on October 16, 2019
Ponder the Odds and Prince of Tides will look to cap off their respective dominant runs at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, when they compete in the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Finals for 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts and geldings, respectively.   Ponder the Odds, sired by Ponder and trained by Kathleen La Montagne, has reeled off four consecutiv...
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Royal Lady scores third straight win

on October 16, 2019
Royal Lady (Credit Winner) was the runner-up in back-to-back tries in the winners of two but not more than five race lifetime condition at Saratoga Casino Hotel to wrap up the month of September. Since the calendar turned to October the story has been much different for the Melissa Beckwith-trained trotter.   Royal Lady parlayed pocket trips to wins in successive starts in Octobe...
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A Priceless trip to Breeders Crown

on October 16, 2019
Brandon Bates has a horse in the Breeders Crown for the first time, and it’s Priceless. Priceless, who last week won an Indiana Sire Stakes championship for her sixth victory of the season, was among the 21 horses entered in Friday’s (Oct. 18) Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 44-year-old Bates trains and drives Priceless for owne...
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Rookies set to clash in Crown 2YO eliminations

on October 16, 2019
Filly pacer Lyons Sentinel, this season’s richest 2 year old, as well as undefeated divisional money-leaders Tall Dark Stranger, Real Cool Sam, and Hypnotic AM were among 63 freshmen entered Tuesday for the $6 million Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for the 2 year olds, which are necessary in all four divisions and go for a purse of $25,000 each, are Friday at Mohaw...
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Nerida Franco N takes Harrington feature

on October 15, 2019
Frank Chick and David Hamm's Nerida Franco N ($23.60, Mike Cole) was a 1:53 winner in the $20,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Firing from her rail post position, Nerida Franco N was the pacesetter and authored fractions of 27 seconds and 55.4 to the half-mile. Artrageous mounted a first-over attack with Jamie's Renegade perched second over to three-quarter...
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Touchmatic uses Lightning Lane to win at Meadows

on October 15, 2019
Touchamatic collected her 16th win this year when she barreled through the Lightning Lane and captured Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Sea Shadows, seeking her sixth straight victory, looped the field from last and grabbed the lead near the three-eighths but tired in the stretch. That enabled Touchamatic and Aaron Merriman to shoot the ...
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Clarebear captures third straight

on October 15, 2019
Clarebear took another successful step up the class ladder at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning her third straight with a 1:52.1 victory in the $17,500 mares pacing feature on the Tuesday twilight card. Driver Eric Carlson was insistent on the lead going out of the gate, then after getting early pressers to take back, in a :27 opener she yielded to the brushing Baron Remy in front of t...
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Fields set for Crown eliminations

on October 15, 2019
Divisional supremacy and international glory will be on the line in the eight Breeders Crown events for three-year-olds and up at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All four sophomore divisions will require eliminations this Saturday (October 19), while only the Mare Trot from the older ranks will need eliminations. The three-year-old colt pace (15 entrants) and three-year-old filly trot (16 entrants) ...
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Ill. board withdraws dates for new track

on October 15, 2019
A proposed harness racetrack in Illinois appears dead following an investigation that revealed that a partner in the venture, Gold Rush Gaming owner Rick Heidner, has been involved in numerous real estate transactions with Rocco Suspenzi, chairman of the board at Parkway Bank and Trust.   The Illinois Racing Board met on Tuesday morning and Heidner was in attendance, but dec...
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Breeders Crown championships attract 161

on October 15, 2019
Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.  All purses are U.S. dollars.    There were 63 two year olds entered, forcing $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 18. Those freshmen who chose to take byes and elimination fields...
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New Vocations soliciting Crown pledges

on October 15, 2019
“Harness racing champions racing for yesterday’s stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about," stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.   Trainers and owners have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2018 this pledge ra...
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VA Breeders championships at Shenandoah

on October 15, 2019
A pair of 1:57.1 winning miles were authored in both the Two-Year-Old Filly and Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Sunday at Shenandoah Downs as the $382,125  Virginia Breeder's Championships closed out the 2019 fall season. A total of 11 Breeder's races were on the docket including a trio in the aged divisions which were added to the traditional eight for freshmen and sophomore pacers and trot...
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Harvest Series gets underway at Mohawk Park

on October 15, 2019
The first round of the Harvest Series got underway Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with two divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Saulsbrook Raven took the first pacing division in 1:54.1 for the tandem of driver James MacDonald and trainer Bill Budd. MacDonald got away third with the daughter of Big Jim-Atlanta Girl while Myst...
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Slick Tony makes it a dozen in 2019

on October 14, 2019
George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.20, Russell Foster) notched his 12th seasonal win Monday in the featured $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.  Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony not disappoint his backers. After taking the lead from Allwillworkout near the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, "Tony" marched to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quart...
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Bet You upsets at Plainridge

on October 14, 2019
 In one of the closest photos of the year, Bet You reigned supreme on the strength of a furious worst to first rush in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Bet You (Jimmy Whittemore) got away eighth in the full field of pacers and watched while five horses led by Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) argued for the lead in a blistering :25.4 f...
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Whats The Word spells victory in Meadows trot

on October 14, 2019
Whats The Word confidently pulled the pocket down the backside and rolled to an easy victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Whats The Word was stalking Donatover, who had a rough journey to the front. When Jim Pantaleano sensed that the leader was weakening, he moved outside and asked Whats The Word for trot. The 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your ...
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Gia’s Surreal wires field in Batavia feature

on October 14, 2019
The 3-year-old Gia’s Surreal had been a solid campaigner all year on the New York Sire Stake circuit, culminating that series with a second-place finish in the Excelsior “A” final in September. Since that start the filly has won three straight races in overnights against aged mares and on Monday knocked off the track's top class, the $12,000 Open Handicap pace for fill...
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Bold Eagle enters, 4 supplement to Crown

on October 14, 2019
The wide-open sophomore pacing colt landscape and a sparkling performance in the Ontario Sire Stake 3-year-old filly pace Super Final triggered three supplements to those respective divisions. Trotting mare Custom Cantab will also start in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot via the supplemental entry route. Today at noon was also the deadline for world champion Bold Eagle, the lone foreign...
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Mister Muscle wins Saratoga Open Trot

on October 13, 2019
Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) has emerged as the new stable star at Saratoga Casino Hotel for leading conditioner Melissa Beckwith. On Sunday, the five year old won the Open Trot for the third time in his last four tries.   Mister Muscle won his first career Open last month and followed that victory up with another in his following start. After a second-place finish last Sunday, it was ba...
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Pirate wins The Nina at Plainridge

on October 13, 2019
The first $10,000 leg of the special Columbus Day weekend trotting series for Plainridge Park based horses dubbed “The Nina” was held on Sunday (Oct. 13) and fittingly enough was won by Pirate in a come-from-behind attack.   L Dees Yoyo Ma (Drew Campbell) took the lead and set a speedy tempo from the start. Hitting the splits in :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4, L Dees Yoyo Ma took a t...
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Muscle M Up scores in 1:52.3 in Philly trot

on October 13, 2019
Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Muscle M Up ($5.80) strode straight to the front and never looked back in Sunday's (Oct. 13) $25,000 winners-over trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, posting a 1:52.3 win with plenty in reserve. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt put the 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill in play from the outset of the one-mile race, clearing Theresademoninme (Yannick Gingras) easily ...
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Forbidden Trade, Alicorn among Ontario SS champions

on October 13, 2019
  If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday’s $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, that 3-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Fi...
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Geez Joe dominates in Meadowlands return

on October 13, 2019
Shortly after winning the weekly feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he’s back, and he’s looking better than ever.   Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditione...
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Skater Chick ices field in Courageous Lady

on October 13, 2019
Skater Chick prevailed against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday’s $120,500 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park.   Driven by Corey Callahan, Skater Chick sat third through the :27.4 opening quarter before mounting a successful first-over bid through fractions of :57, 1:25.1 and 1:53.1, besting her competition by 2 3/4 lengths. “She is a little rough in the turns so I kind...
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Brookdale Bruiser captures Vernon Open

on October 12, 2019
Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) captured the $6,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Oct. 12). Brookdale Bruiser ($5.20) battled early with Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey).  Brookdale Bruiser cleared and hit the first quarter first in :27.1.  He used a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.4.  Tempster Hanover (Justin Huckabone) came first-over and go...
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K Ryan Bluechip grabs easy victory

on October 12, 2019
 K Ryan Bluechip zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although the track was listed "good," K Ryan Bluechip reeled off a sharp 1:50.3 mile for Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners Steven Ronay, Collin Ryan, Lone Wolf Stable and J.R. Ryan. Carolina Beac...
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Mr Euroman now 4 for 8 at Batavia

on October 12, 2019
Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs meet and since returning to action in late August has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County. The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs. Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired o...
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Shadows Mystery wins mare invitational

on October 12, 2019
A trio of $10,000 races, an all female drivers challenge, and an Old Timers race highlighted Saturday's "Pink Power" card of racing at Shenandoah Downs. The event served as a fundraiser for the Shenandoah Valley chapter of the American Heart Association.   James Stiltner's Shadows Mystery wired the field in the Pink Power Mares Invitational, the 8-year-old mare's...
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Lord Willoughby A scores at Saratoga

on October 12, 2019
Larry Stalbaum won the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the fifth time in the last seven Saturday nights when his Lord Willoughby A (Mach Three) went last to first in the $18,000 feature.   Lord Willoughby A was assigned post six in the six-horse Open but benefited from an early speed duel on Saturday. With a pair of rivals going toe-to-toe in a fast first half of :55.2, Lord Wi...
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George Napolitano Jr. drives 10,000th winner

on October 12, 2019
George Napolitano Jr. became the 18th North American driver to tally 10,000 driving victories, hitting the milestone on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when he guided Motown N to a hard-earned victory in the evening’s ninth race. Motown N tucked third early, then used one of Napolitano’s signature moves, a brush off the first turn, to make his way to the lea...
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Just Enuff Sass among Maine SS winners

on October 12, 2019
A large and enthusiastic crowd converged on Scarborough Downs on Saturday to witness the crowning of the Maine Sire Stakes champions as Maine’s premier harness racing facility once again played host to Maine’s marquee day of racing on Festival of Champions Day.   Purses in excess of $570,000 heightened the anticipation as Maine’s preeminent drivers mapped out their s...
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KY breeder-owner Clyde Stevens dies at 80

on October 12, 2019
Clyde Ralph Stevens, age 80, who raced many notable colts and fillies in Kentucky and the Midwest, passed away at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 11.   Mr. Stevens owned and operated the Stevens Chevrolet Dealership in LaCenter, Ky., from 1960-2009. He was a member of First Baptist Church of LaCenter and North Ballard Masonic Lodge #537. He also ow...
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Ponder The Odds scores at Freehold

on October 12, 2019
It wasn't quite as easy as last week, but Ponder The Odds won another leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   Off an impressive win in the first leg last week, Ponder The Odds was sent off as the 1-10 favorite. Driver Pat Lachance put her right on the early lead, and let...
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Mission Accepted, McWicked co-star at YR

on October 12, 2019
It was sort of a shame to refer to these as undercard events, but favored Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras, $5.90) and McWicked (Brian Sears, $6.90) were as advertised Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $250,000 Harry Harvey and Dan Rooney Invitational Trot and Pace, respectively.   The Harvey saw Mission Accepted work out a perfect, second-over sojo...
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Italy's Zacon Gio wins International

on October 12, 2019
If the boisterous Italian contingent who found their way to  Westchester Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12) could have lifted Zacon Gio onto their shoulders, they would have. The 4-year-old survived nine world-class rivals and an inquiry, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $1 million International Trot.   The 41st International—fifth after a two-decade hiatus—was tru...
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Significant purse increases for Garden State races

on October 12, 2019
The SBOANJ has announced that there will be a significant purse increase to both the Garden State Trot #1 and the Garden State Trot #2 based on the addition of the state sired appropriation funding. The Garden State Trot #1 for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters scheduled to race at Freehold Raceway, fillies Friday, Oct. 25, and colts Saturday, Oct. 26, was previously advertised with a...
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Priceless wins ISS Final, headed to Crown

on October 12, 2019
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Hoosier Champions Night Friday, October 11, and the 14-race program provided action from start to finish. The summer-long Indiana Sires Stakes program culminated with the crowning of 12 new champions, with purses offered exceeding $2.4 million. Showers and cold temperatures marked the evening, but Hoosier Park’s defending leading driver Trace...
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Captain Barbossa, Papi Rob win Kindergarten

on October 12, 2019
Captain Barbossa and Papi Rob Hanover won in impressive fashion in Kindergarten Classic action Friday night as live racing returned to the Meadowlands after a nine-week hiatus.   A son of Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty, Captain Barbossa was an easy three-quarter length, wire-to-wire winner over Team Best in the first of two dashes for colts and geldings on the pace in the Kinderga...
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Majestic Fire scores in 1:55.2 at Vernon

on October 12, 2019
Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) captured the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 11). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4.  She use a second quarter of :29.4 to lead to a half of :57.3.  Majestic Fire ($6.40) started to make his move as they headed for the half.  He got to within a half length as First C...
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Lougazi takes Batavia Open Trot

on October 11, 2019
Lougazi was true to form on Friday night (Oct. 11) by getting away slow and then closing fast to win the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs.  Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) cut the mile from post one, getting to the half unpressured in a slow :59.1. BJ Larado (Shawn McDonough) pulled first over in front of the stands with Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) following loosely beh...
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Matinee program at Batavia Monday

on October 11, 2019
The final matinee of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs will be held on Columbus Day, Monday (Oct. 14). with post time at 1:15 p.m. Besides a full card of great harness racing action featuring the fillies and mares Open Pace, there are also some great food specials throughout the facility during this Batavia Downs traditional event.    The clubhouse will feature their famous Cent...
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Philly Hanover romps by 7 1/2 in Philly

on October 11, 2019
Hometown filly Philly Hanover made a strong move for driver Dexter Dunn down the backstretch of the $17,000 pacing features for fillies and mares on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, then paced off by herself to a 7½ length victory in 1:51.2. Sweet Cherry took over the early lead from Ilana Z Tam, and then in turn past the :27.2 quarter was passed by Anytime N, look...
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Bye Bye Felicia captures Saratoga Open

on October 11, 2019
Bye Bye Felicia (Woodstock) sprung the mild upset in Thursday’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained distaffer was assigned post three and went off at odds of 9-2 in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open.   With fractions of 27 and 55.4 in lap one, the race’s leader tired when confronted by a first-over Bye Bye Felicia. The five year old took over co...
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Closer look at Courageous Lady starters

on October 11, 2019
The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of foes vying to become this year’s champion.   Here is a closer look at Saturday’s field: #1 She’s Allright drew the rail in this year’s ...
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NJ Development Fund races at Freehold

on October 11, 2019
Cotton To You stayed on stride and sat a great trip, and that proved to be a winning combination in Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Final for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters at Freehold Raceway. Earlier, before the racing program, Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi turned in a 1:56.2 workout (:28.3, :57.2, 1:26.3) with Steve Smith aboard. ...
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Tyler Miller wins with Inukchuk Chuck

on October 11, 2019
Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night (Oct. 10) for two short-field trotting divisions. When the judges hung the official signs, two youthful newcomers each emerged victorious in their respective splits. “Terrific Tyler” Miller scored an impressive 1:56.4 triumph with Inukchu...
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Voyage To Paris reverses OSS final finish

on October 11, 2019
Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) turned the tables on Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) in the Thursday featured trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Six weeks ago the pair of 3-year-old colts finished one-two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship tilt at Northfield Park with Lane Of Stone getting a three-quarter-length nod at the wire.   Voyage To Paris extracted revenge in the rem...
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Cullipher poised for big night in Indiana

on October 11, 2019
With earnings of over eight million dollars and 601 lifetime training wins, the name Jeff Cullipher is synonymous with success at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Whether it’s holding leading training titles or sending his horses into Grand Circuit action, Cullipher is in the midst of his best season to date as a trainer, on track to nearly double his 2018 earnings. As Indi...
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Simply Volo edges Amador in Philly

on October 10, 2019
The Muscle Mass gelding Armageddon Seelster went right to the lead and took the shortest way home in the $18,000 featured trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but he had to be good late to hold off two threatening foes for the 1:55.1 triumph. Pat Berry sent the winner to the front before the :27.4 quarter, and didn’t receive great pressure through middle split...
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Color Envy takes Plainridge mare feature

on October 10, 2019
After two sharp, close finishes at Yonkers Raceway in her most recent starts, Color Envy returned to Plainridge Park and captured the $12,000 feature pace for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 10).   Color Envy (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth in the pack of nine off the gate but was out and rolling before the half. That’s where she picked up cover from Y C Easy (Kevin Sw...
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International Trot in new Weekend Preview!

on October 10, 2019
With The Red Mile Grand Circuit meet and yearling sale in the rear-view mirror, racing action shifts east this weekend, including a Saturday afternoon card at Yonkers Raceway that features the $1 million International Trot. Yannick Gingras spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his chances with Atlanta in his third attempt to win the rich race. We also have insights on all the starters, including five...
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Southwind Ozzi to qualify Friday

on October 10, 2019
Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi will prepare for a trip to the Breeders' Crown by qualifying at Freehold Raceway on Friday morning (Oct. 11). Trained by Freehold-based Bill MacKenzie and owned by Vincent Ali and Alma Iafelice, Southwind Ozzi is coming off a second-place finish in the Tattersalls at the Red Mile on Oct. 6. In addition to his Jug victory, he won the Pennsylvania...
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Meadowlands fall meet kicks off Friday

on October 10, 2019
After a nine-week hiatus that began at the conclusion of a highly successful Hambletonian Day, live harness racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday night.   During October and November, live action will be conducted on Fridays and Saturdays. December will see Thursdays added to the schedule. All live harness programs will have a post time of 7:15 p.m.   There will be sp...
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Ultimate Beachboy aims for ultimate comeback

on October 10, 2019
At three, Ultimate Beachboy was such a talent that he finished second in a Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids elimination and captured the second level of the Battle of the Brandywine at Pocono. He earned $216,060 that year before falling off the charts and passing through a number of hands. He hasn’t won a race in nearly three years.   Yet thanks to the indulgence of his ...
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Media Queen N upsets in Batavia mares Open

on October 09, 2019
Despite two consecutive impressive starts yielding a win and a second, the betting public opted to overlook Media Queen N as she made a step up in class on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 9). But the lass from down-under made the doubters eat their tickets as she rallied from off the pace at 33-1 to capture the $11,000 fillies and mares Open II pace at Batavia Downs.   Rock N Roll Rosie (Ho...
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Lyons Sentinel leads Simpson filly winners

on October 09, 2019
Lyons Sentinel got a good workout in her final start en route to the Breeders Crown eliminations next week, turning in a 1:52.2 victory with the temperature in the 50s in winning her division of the $114,800 Simpson Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Captaintreacherous filly, a winner in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship o...
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Risi named regional operations manager at Tioga, Vernon

on October 09, 2019
Brett Risi has been named regional operations manager at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Jason Settlemoir, the regional vice president for racing at Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and the Meadowlands.   Risi, 26, originally from Ilion, N.Y., has been the track handicapper at Tioga and Vernon since 2017.   “You could se...
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Essig sends 1-2 punch into INSS 3CP final

on October 09, 2019
While she’s sending three horses into a $2 million card on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, two breakout pacers have been stealing the headlines from the Missy Essig barn. Both unraced as 2 year olds, Little Rocket Man and Shamwow have made names for themselves throughout the 2019 Indiana Sires Stakes season. The rookie 3-year-old pacers have combined seasonal earnings of $...
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Artrageous captures Harrington Mares Open

on October 08, 2019
Artrageous ($14.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner Tuesday in the featured $20,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway.  The 5-year-old Art Major mare had little trouble making the lead from post position seven where she would stay for the mile’s duration in achieving her sixth win of the season over Cruzinforavictory and Shesarocker. Trained by Andrew Stafford, it was her sixt...
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Photo finishes in Pocono features

on October 08, 2019
A pair of $15,000 co-featured trots on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were won in photo finishes by the pocket sitter who used the Pocono Pike as the path to victory. The faster of the two winners was the Crazed gelding Krentler Hanover, who lowered his lifetime best to 1:55 for trainer Bruce Clarke and owner Anthony Cangialosi. Marcus Miller used ...
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Sea Shadows cruises late to Meadows victory

on October 08, 2019
Trailing by nine lengths after a quarter, Ohio invader Sea Shadows launched a relentless uncovered move that carried her to her fifth straight victory in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Her previous wins in the streak came at Scioto Downs and Northfield Park, but Sea Shadows had no trouble with her new environment. Once Kurt Sugg got ...
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Armbro Monarch, dam of Duke Of York, dies

on October 08, 2019
 Armbro Monarch, the Dan Patch, Nova, and O’Brien Award 2-year-old Trotting Filly of the Year in 1993, died of old age in Colorado on Oct. 8, according to Al Libfeld, the owner of the 28-year-old mare. The daughter of Valley Victory-Armbro Flori was bred by Armstrong Brothers. She was purchased as a yearling for $25,000 at the 1992 Kentucky Standardbred Sale by Isabelle ...
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Breeders Crown supplements, entry box approaching

on October 08, 2019
A little less than a week remains to the deadline for potential supplements to the 3-year-old and older Crown races and for world champion Bold Eagle, the sole invitee to the Breeders Crown Trot, to declare.   Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon (EDT), Monday, Oct. 14, in the race office of Woodbine Mohawk Park, Campbellville, Ont., Ca...
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Atlanta draws post 3 in International

on October 08, 2019
Atlanta was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s (Oct. 12) $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino’s Yonkers Raceway after drawing post three for the 41st edition of the invitational for older trotters. A 4-year-old mare, Atlanta will represent the United States in the 10-horse, nine-nation field. The draw for the race, which will be contested at t...
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Hurrikane Kingcole dies unexpectedly

on October 08, 2019
Hurrikane Kingcole p,3, 1:47.3 ($582,807), a son of Cam’s Card Shark known for his blazing speed, has died unexpectedly in Australia at age 10. According to Australia’s National Trotguide website, Hurricane Kingcole was found dead in his paddock at Egmont Park Stud, the farm of Kevin and Kay Seymour. In announcing the stallion’s death, Kevin Seymour noted that Hurricane King...
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World champion Lather Up retired

on October 08, 2019
World champion pacer Lather Up has been retired. Co-owner George Teague Jr. told harnessracing.com that the 4-year-old son of I’m Gorgeous is being retired as a result of an injury.   Lather Up retires with 23 wins in 37 career starts, with his victories including a 1:46 effort in the $250,000 Graduate Series final in July at the Meadowlands. The time was the fastest ever by a 4...
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Gals compete in Pace for the Cure at Nfld

on October 07, 2019
MGM Northfield Park is hosting “Pace for the Cure” on Saturday (Oct. 12).  The event is for female drivers and is an effort to offer a novel event for horse racing spectators, as well as use harness racing’s platform to raise funds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The event has been well received by horsemen and has grown to two divisions on the evening’s progr...
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Mass. SS finals held at Plainridge

on October 07, 2019
The records continued to fall at Plainridge Park after five divisions of 2-year-olds competed in the $1.8 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) on Monday afternoon (Oct. 7). Five more track and/or stake standards were either matched or reset when the action concluded in the second leg of the series. In the first $22,450 division for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, R Maddy Blue Chip (...
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JK American Beauty leads Courageous Lady

on October 07, 2019
The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday (October 12) at Northfield Park.  The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of foes vying to become this year’s champion. JK American Beauty will start from post five and has been installed the 5-2 lukewarm  favorite by Northfi...
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New Columbus Day series at Plainridge

on October 07, 2019
The Harness Horseman’s Association of New England (HHANE) and Plainridge Park have announced there will be three special $40,000 (total) series that will be held at The Ridge for trotters, pacing fillies and mares and pacing colts and geldings that will start on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 14). These races will be on the regular condition sheet and there is no fee for entry.   &l...
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Longshots rule in Simpson divisions

on October 07, 2019
 Favorites tasted defeat in all four divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and all four winners took new lifetime marks. Blank Stare ($19.00) took top honors among 14 freshman male pacers, dueling down prohibitive favorite Lake Charles for a 1:52.4 victory in the first of two $49,700 divisions of the ...
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Greenshoe reigns in 127th Kentucky Futurity

on October 06, 2019
Division leader Greenshoe kept his crown intact as he patiently pushed for the front and faced little challenge when cruising to a 1:51.1 mile in the 127th Kentucky Futurity—going as a $450,000 single heat sponsored by Hunterton Farms, Stoner Manor Inc. and Menhammer Stuteri Ab—over a "good" track at The Red Mile on Sunday, Oct. 6. Stablemate Green Manalishi S swept...
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Bettor's Wish barrels to victory in Tattersalls 

on October 06, 2019
Chris Ryder trainee Bettor's Wish ground first over into the final turn and withstood a late rush from pocket-popper Captain Crunch to take the second of two divisions of the $540,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace—sponsored by Michelle and Albert Crawford—on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Captain Crunch led the field to a :26.3 first quarter but settled for the pocket movin...
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Beautiful Sin wins 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity 

on October 06, 2019
In her second start for trainer Ake Svanstedt Beautiful Sin pounced from a pocket trip to win the 54th Kentucky Filly Futurity—a $267,000 single dash sponsored by the Father Patrick Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm—on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. When Dovescry, sent the 3-5 favorite, left for the lead from the center of the gate while Svanstedt tucked Beautiful Sin onto th...
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Caviart Ally defeats Shartin N in Allerage

on October 06, 2019
A season-long bout of runner-up finishes to division leader Shartin N ended on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile as Caviart Ally upended the star pacing mare with a 1:48.3 mile in the $87,000 Fear The Dragon Allerage Farms Mare Pace—sponsored by the Fear The Dragon Syndicate and Midland Acres. Shartin N, sent the 1-9 favorite, pushed for the front to lead the field of six through a :27.2 f...
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Manchego motors to World Record in Allerage 

on October 06, 2019
Driver Dexter Dunn refused to seat Manchego in the pocket and circled the Nancy Johansson trainee to the front, speeding around The Red Mile to take the $69,500 What The Hill Allerage Farms Mare Trot—sponsored by the What The Hill Syndicate and Hickory Lane Horse Farm—in a 1:49 mile, eclipsing the all-age world record for trotting females, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at The Red Mile. Hannel...
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Backstretch With Gordon: It's a wrap!

on October 06, 2019
We're at the finish line for this year's two-week Grand Circuit stand, and what a meet it's been. We'll wrap up the meet today with the contesting of the 127th Kentucky Futurity. We wrapped up a record-breaking Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last night at Fasig-Tipton, with the five nights setting all-time highs for gross sales and average prices. I'm sure sale managers Randy...
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San Domino wins Yonkers open pace

on October 06, 2019
San Domino A (Jason Bartlett, $17.40) escaped unscathed Saturday night (Oct. 5), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Pace.   It was a strangely-contested contested, with 3-5 choice Mac’s Jackpot (Brent Holland)—from post position No. 2—in no hurry early.   He was set to get away fourth until one leaver, Benhope Rulz N (Shaun Valle) broke, wiping o...
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Dancin Yankee wins for 79th time

on October 05, 2019
Dancin Yankee, one of the best Ohio-sired horses ever, triumphed for the 79th time in his illustrious career on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in a $12,000 top condition event. The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, now just $11,000 shy of $2 million in earnings, scored in 1:50.2 for driver Tyler Smith and trainer Ron Burke over Town Icon (Brett Miller) and Feelnlikearockstar (Tr...
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Lexington Selected finishes with increases in gross, average

on October 05, 2019
With major buyers such as trainer Ron Burke in the house for the last session on Saturday night, the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale completed its 2019 auction with total sales of $46,480,000 generating an average price of $60,997 for 762 horses. The gross was a record, up 16.9 percent, with the average up 7.7 percent.   The last session finished in territory comparable to 2018, with...
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Top Illinois sire Sportsmaster dies at age 30

on October 05, 2019
Sportsmaster, a son of Abercrombie who became a top sire in Illinois, has died at the age of 30. He was residing at Dr. Ken and Pat Walker’s Fox Valley Standardbreds, where he had made his home since his retired to stud duty following his 3-year-old season.   In announcing the stallion’s passing, Walker Standardbreds posted the following on its Facebook page: “He was...
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PA fairs finals held at The Meadows

on October 05, 2019
David Brickell and Shawn Johnston each collected a pair of championships — including a victory in which they dead-heated — in Saturday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs Finals at The Meadows. The track hosted all eight championships, each with a purse of $25,000.   Also on Saturday, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association hosted the fourth annual Pink O...
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Mike Caprio gets his 2,000th lifetime win at Batavia

on October 05, 2019
Saturday night (Oct. 5) will be one that Oakfield, New York native Mike Caprio will never forget because he captured his career milestone 2,000th driving win with his own prized trotter BZ Glide in the featured $12,500 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot at Batavia Downs.    After a two month summer vacation and one qualifier back, BZ Glide left from the pylons and cut fractions of :28...
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Six Pack's 1:49.2 sets 4YO stallion world mark

on October 05, 2019
Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt darted Six Pack to the lead moving to the final turn and raced the clock to a 1:49.2 world-record victory in the $145,000 Cantab Hall Allerage Farms Open Trot—sponsored by Jeff & Paula Gural—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Following two recalls caused by equipment issues with Trolley the starting gate sent the field to race. Eurobond left for ...
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Warrawee Ubeaut cruises in 1:48.3 in Garnsey Memorial

on October 05, 2019
World champion Warrawee Ubeaut returned to the site of her 1:48.3 record-setting mile and exited a 1:48.3 winner in the $216,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial—sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate and Diamond Creek Farm—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Sent the 1-9 favorite, Warrawee Ubeaut raced fifth to a :26.2 first quarter set by Beautyonthebeach, who soon yielded control to Treach...
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McWicked turns dominates in 1:47.2 in Allerage

on October 05, 2019
The richest racing stallion in harness history, Mcwicked added to his record-setting bankroll with a 1:47.2 victory in the $186,000 Mister Big Allerage Farms Pace—sponsored by Muscara Standardbreds—on Saturday, Oct. 5 at The Red Mile. Mcwicked left the gate to secure the pocket as Dorsoduro Hanover took the front to a :26.4 first quarter. He sped through fractions of :53.2 and 1:2...
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Prince Of Tides, Ponder The Odds win Freehold stakes

on October 05, 2019
There were no surprises in the first legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, as heavy favorites Prince Of Tides and Ponder The Odds won their respective divisions. Coming off a big win in the Homegrown Pace, Prince Of Tides was sent off as the 1/20 favorite in the first leg for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Driver George B...
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Major Betts' 1:49.1 fastest; 2 colts remain undefeated

on October 05, 2019
Metro Pace winner Tall Dark Stranger collected his seventh-consecutive victory to maintain his perfect record with a 1:50 victory in the third of four divisions for the $275,000 Betting Line International Stallion Stakes—sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—on the Saturday, Oct. 5 card at The Red Mile. Leaving from post 1, Tall Dark Stranger sat fourth to...
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Backstretch With Gordon: What are they wearing?

on October 05, 2019
What a glorious Saturday morning in the Bluegrass. I write this as I sit in the press box at The Red Mile, watching over things. There were a few qualifiers this morning and they're completed, so it won't be long until the afternoon card gets underway at 1 p.m.   I'm really anxious to see what Dave Brower and Gabe Prewitt are wearing, because I luckily found myself in the mi...
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Denali Seelster, Beach Blanket Book earn berths in Super Finals

on October 05, 2019
Only 10 horses advance to the Super Final and when they lined up behind the starting gate at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday night neither Denali Seelster nor Beach Blanket Book was among the 10. Denali Seelster was sitting in twelfth spot in the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 29 points and Beach Blanket Book was seventeenth with 18 points. Both colts need...
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Lexington Selected gross sales at record level

on October 05, 2019
The fourth session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was held under a clear sky with much cooler temperatures than the first three sessions, but business continued at a hot pace. Five yearling were sold for $100,000 or more in the session, bringing the total number of six-figure yearlings to 121.   The average price for Session 4 was $27,268 for 168 horses sold. The cumulative a...
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Brett Miller wins 5 at Hollywood Dayton

on October 05, 2019
Rosemary Rose has returned to her winning ways after a two month dry spell.  The half million dollar winning 5-year-old Ohio-sired mare captured her second straight victory on Friday, winning the featured $13,000 top distaff condition event at Hollywood Dayton Raceway in 1:52.    Leading driver Brett Miller was content to get away sixth during the :27.1 opening quarter, despite an ...
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Indiana’s 3YO pacing stars shine at Hoosier

on October 05, 2019
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes filled card on Friday and showcased a preview of what to expect for next week’s Hoosier Champions Night. Two divisions for the sophomore pacers of both sexes highlighted the evening’s 14-race card as they brought the curtain down and completed the eighth and final round of their preliminary Indiana Sires Sta...
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Stage set for Indiana Aged Sires Stakes finals

on October 05, 2019
The aged contenders for Indiana Sires Stakes action took to the stage on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While all eyes have been on the 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds prepping for the upcoming $250,000 Super Finals on Friday, Oct. 11, the aged competitors squared off in their eliminations to compete for a spot behind the gate in their respective $50,000 Aged Si...
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Divas Image impressive winner in Philly feature

on October 04, 2019
Driver Tony Morgan and trainer Jennifer Bongiorno combined on their third win of the program as the Bettor's Delight mare Divas Image closed stoutly midtrack to take the $18,000 feature for pacing mares in 1:52.2 during a special Friday night card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Morgan kept the winner, who pushed her career earnings to $604,627, next-to-last in the field of seven early as s...
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Lady Dela Renta A wins Yonkers F&M open pace

on October 04, 2019
An uncovered Lady Dela Renta A (Jim Marohn Jr., $9.60) picked off Feelin’  Red Hot (George Brennan) at the wire Friday night (Oct. 4th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Awa third from post position No. 2, Lady Dela Renta A watched as 9-10 fave Feelin’ Red Hot pocketed Alexa’s Power (Dan Dube) through early intervals of ...
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European trotters arrive at YR for International

on October 04, 2019
Half of the field for the $1 million International Trot found its way to Westchester Friday afternoon (Oct. 4),   Just before 1 PM, Yonkers Raceway welcomed Bahia Quesnot (France), Lionel (Norway), Norton Commander (Germany), Uza Josellyn (Switzerland) and Zacon Gio (Italy).   The fivesome arrived at JFK Airport earlier this week and went through their required quarantine p...
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Favored pacing fillies upset in stakes

on October 04, 2019
The two divisions for the $239,000 Arlene Siegel Memorial International Stallion Stake for two-year-old pacing fillies—sponsored by Jules Siegel and Fashion Farms—saw the heavy favorites get beat. Making her fourth start, 10-1 shot New Year hit the Grand Circuit winner’s circle with a first-over grind to take the opening division of the Arlene Siegel Memorial. The Bethina...
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No Drama Please, French Cafe win NJ stakes

on October 04, 2019
Trainer Tom Fanning elected to bypass the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes-Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) with his trotter No Drama Please, hoping to keep him fresh for the later legs in the series. The strategy worked like a charm, as No Drama Please won the second leg of the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. One...
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Coyote Wynd fillies take 2 of 3 ISS splits

on October 04, 2019
Violet Stride strung out 1-2 favorite Love A Good Story past the half before yielding for the pocket and shooting out into the stretch to pull a 16-1 upset in the first Muscle Hill division of the $290,200 International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, Oct. 4, at The Red Mile. Driver Tyler Buter sent the Mark Harder-trained Trixton filly to the front with Queso Fresco...
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Greenshoe insights in new Weekend Preview!

on October 04, 2019
The big weekend of racing at the Red Mile is upon us and you'll want to download the FREE Weekend Preview for information on the fields and insights into the top contenders for the Kentucky Futurity, Filly Futurity and Tattersalls Pace. There is MUST readiing about Greenshoe, the heavy favorite to capture the Kentucky Futurity.  Driver Brian Sears and trainer Marcus Melander tal...
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Black Book 2 now online

on October 04, 2019
The 2019 edition of The Black Book 2 can now be found on Standardbred Horse Sales Company's website www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Printed catalogs are expected to be available for shipping on Friday, Oct. 11.   The Mixed Sale begins on Thursday, Nov. 7, and ends on Friday, Nov. 8, at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, following the Select Year...
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Backstretch With Gordon: No shorts needed today

on October 04, 2019
Ding-dong, the heat is gone. The wicked heat is gone. After a 95-degree Thursday—the fifth consecutive day records were broken—it’s downright frigid this morning. It was just 60 degrees when I arrived at The Red Mile, and the high today is supposed to be only 75. Back up to 85 on Saturday, then back down to 78 on Sunday, and you best keep an eye on the weather as you might need...
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Big PA Fair Final card Saturday at Meadows

on October 04, 2019
Trainer Robert Rougeaux III is a man of many interests. He was graduated from Penn State in 2006 with a degree in animal science with concentrations in equine science and agricultural business. As an equine dental practitioner, he treats more than 1,000 patients per year.   On Saturday, though, his attention will be riveted on the $200,000 Pennsylvania Fairs championships at The Meado...
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Swandre The Giant scores in Indiana SS

on October 04, 2019
Indiana’s top three-year-old colt trotters and two-year-old colt pacers wrapped up their preliminary rounds of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday. With two divisions for each featured on the evening’s card, the divisional stars padded their division leading point totals and looked primed heading into Indiana’s biggest night of racing. With...
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Strong third session at Lexington Selected

on October 04, 2019
The third session of the Lexington Selected Sale continued to show strength, particularly in the trotting market, and kept the sale average up over 2018.   On Wednesday night, Hip 432, a Kadabra filly named Up And Ready, topped the session when she brought a final bid of $300,000 from Jim Glass. The filly is out of Glide By 3, 1:55.2, the dam of stakes winner Nows The Moment. ...
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Real Cool Sam dead heats with Big Oil in ISS split

on October 03, 2019
Real Cool Sam remains undefeated from nine starts but hit the finish line inseparably with 32-1 Big Oil in the third of three divisions of the $276,300 Trixton International Stallion Stakes on Thursday afternoon at The Red Mile. Big Oil sat third to a :27.2 first quarter set by second-choice Gangster Hanover with Capricornus sitting the pocket. Real Cool Sam, sent the 1-2 favorite, raced...
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Field set for 127th Kentucky Futurity

on October 03, 2019
With 12 dropping in the entry box Thursday morning, the draw for the $450,000 Kentucky Futurity Final was conducted during the Thursday afternoon card at The Red Mile. Off a 1:49.4 mile under wraps in his Bluegrass division, Greenshoe fronts the field of 12. The Father Patrick colt recently surpassed $1 million in earnings for owners Courant Inc., Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten L...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Just 92

on October 03, 2019
First of all, everyone must click on the "Watch Video" in the Hanover Shoe Farms' advertisement for Greenshoe in our new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. It was taken from the vantage point of the starting car and you'll never get another look at Greenshoe's acceleration like you'll see in this video. Here's the link to the latest Preview, click on Open in Browser for...
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Foxy Rigger among last ISS leg winners

on October 03, 2019
The final week of preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes action continued on Wednesday, Oct. 2 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Wednesday was the fillies’ turn, as the evening’s 14-race card was highlighted by two divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies and two divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies.   While the night started with a victory fr...
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$320,000 trotting colt tops second session

on October 03, 2019
The second session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continued its strong pace with the 174 yearlings sold generating a session average of $75,103. The average price dropped 10.3 percent from last year’s second session average of $83,748. That put the sale’s average through two sessions at $107,103, still an increase over 2018 figures. Trotting colts continued to be the stro...
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DSBF 2YO Finals held Wednesday at Harrington

on October 02, 2019
The top Delaware sired 2-year-olds were showcased Wednesday (Oct. 2) at Harrington Raceway in four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals. American Nitro ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was the first winner of the night in DSBF action as the freshman gelding pacer was an impressive 1:55 winner from post eight over Aidan and White Lands. Trained by Les Givens, it was the third straight win ...
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Field finalized for Yonkers' Rooney Invitational Pace

on October 02, 2019
Yonkers Raceway's race secretary Bob Miecuna has finalized the eight-horse field for the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace.   The octet, part of the undercard for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 12th) International Trot card, is (alphabetically):   American History (age 4) —fresh off matching Yonkers' all-age track record (1:49.3) this past Saturday night (...
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Crown Charity Challenge raises $205,000

on October 02, 2019
The breeding auction to raise funds for the 2019 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, was held Wednesday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.   A total of $205,000 was raised for the Charity Challenge through the sale of seven 2020 season breedings to harness racing's most notable...
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Love A Good Story looks to write winning chapter

on October 02, 2019
Love A Good Story has authored a pretty nice tale this season for trainer Julie Miller and will try to add another winning chapter in Friday afternoon’s International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at Lexington’s Red May ile. The filly, who notched her first Grand Circuit victory last week in a division of the Bluegrass, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite ...
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Rainbowinthewest wins Meadows Wednesday feature

on October 02, 2019
Rainbowinthewest peeled off cover through the final turn and roared by the leader, Tequila Talkin, to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot.   Rainbowinthewest was following the live cover of Kate's Massive until Brady Brown asked her for go in the lane. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded beautifully, downing Tequi...
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Simpson Stakes held at Philly Wednesday

on October 02, 2019
Of the four winners Hall of Famer David Miller drove on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, three of them were victorious in $30,000 divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for three-year-old fillies. Two of them came on the trot, both of them daughters of Triumphant Caviar trained by Chris Beaver. First up was Back Splash, who rallied from the pocket to go by pacesettin...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Million-dollar babies

on October 02, 2019
I’m exhausted this morning, and not just because I didn’t get home from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and late-night meal at Le Deauville at 1:45 a.m. I’m mostly dragging my feet because I am worn out from the excitement generated in the first session, one that saw not one, but two million-dollar horses. I lost count of the people who remarked to me how much of a buzz wa...
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HP Royal Theo grabs Gold, in Super Final

on October 02, 2019
HP Royal Theo rebounded from an uncharacteristic break in his last start to post an impressive victory in the second of two $106,400 two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. Starting from post 7 in the eight-horse field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy eased HP Royal Theo away from the gate and the fan favorites were sitting seventh when Port Perr...
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Hanover yearling videos now online

on October 02, 2019
Videos for the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the 2019 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg ( Nov. 4- 6) are now being posted daily on the farm’s website www.hanoverpa.com as well as the sale website www.theblackbook.com.   The yearlings will be available for inspection daily (excluding Sundays) at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds from Friday, Oct. 11, through F...
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2 million-dollar yearlings sold in Lexington

on October 02, 2019
You couldn’t be sure if the hot Lexington temperatures drove more people into the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion, or if the trotting colt Maverick—and scores of other blue-blooded bloodstock—drew them in to watch the bid board explode. Whatever the reason, there was standing room only when Maverick, a full brother to Greenshoe, walked into the ring as Hip 44 on Tuesday night during...
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Mystical Wynn wins Pocono feature

on October 01, 2019
 Driver Kevin Wallis “called an audible” guiding the Donato Hanover gelding Mystical Wynn around the final turn at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the change in strategy helped provide the route to a 1:55.4 victory in the Tuesday twilight card’s $15,000 trotting feature. Wallis and Mystical Wynn sat third most of the way behind favored pacesetter Bella Ava and pock...
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Atlanta passes test at Yonkers

on October 01, 2019
“She passed.”   That was driver Yannick Gingras’ post mortem after the mare Atlanta worked out over Yonkers  Raceway for the first time.   The world champion 4-year-old trotter went through her paces prior to Tuesday night’s (Oct. 1st) regularly-scheduled program, doing so in preparation for $1 million International here a week from Sa...
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May Baby sets Hoosier record in INSS

on October 01, 2019
Freshmen trotters of both sexes made their last grab for points in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Tuesday, October 1 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening’s card was highlighted by two divisions for the fillies and two divisions for the colts & geldings. While the evening saw impressive performances all around, May Baby stole the show by lowering the freshman ...
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Shartin qualifies, headed to Lexington

on October 01, 2019
Shartin N, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, returned to action for the first time in a month on Tuesday, winning a qualifier in 1:52.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia with trainer Jim King Jr. in the sulky. Following the race, regular driver Tim Tetrick texted King’s wife Jo Ann and asked how big King was smiling when he came off the track. “It was pretty g...
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NJ-sired stakes on Friday at Freehold

on October 01, 2019
The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old trotters continues at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 4), with the second leg of the series for male and filly trotters, respectively.   The filly division drew a field of four, and is carded as a non-betting race, with a scheduled post time of 12:15 PM EDT.   French Cafe, who drew the i...
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Real Cool Sam looks to go 9-for-9 in ISS

on October 01, 2019
Real Cool Sam was absent from last week’s Bluegrass Stakes festivities at Red Mile but returns to action Thursday in the third of three $92,100 International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters in Lexington, where he will attempt to push his career-long unbeaten streak to nine. Jim Campbell, who trains the gelding, expects it will not be an easy task. Real Cool Sam f...
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Marvin Katz, Tad Egloff new Hall trustees

on October 01, 2019
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces John M. Egloff, DVM and Marvin Katz as the newly elected members to the Board of Trustees.   Dr. John Egloff, better known as Tad, is the founder and owner of Vieux Carré Farms where many champions have been born and raised including Always B Miki, Pine Chip, Somwherovrarainbow, Always A Virgin, Shark Gesture and ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: What did I learn today?

on October 01, 2019
Every morning when I arrive at the office after trudging around the Red Mile backstretch Boss Kathy asks me, “So what did you learn today?” I’ve been pretty much giving her horse and people reports, but today I told her—and yes, I know you’re probably tired of reading about it—it was too hot so I limited my laps around the backstretch.   But Boss Ka...
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2FP Alicorn wins another Ontario Gold

on October 01, 2019
Two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn wrapped up the Gold Series regular season on Monday evening with another impressive effort over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval, matching her Ontario Sires Stakes record with a spectacular late sprint. Lining up at post 5 in the six-filly field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy opted to ease Alicorn away from the gate and the heavy favorites were sitting fifth when Ro...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit third to Slick Tony

on September 30, 2019
George Leager's Slick Tony ($5.20, Russell Foster) notched his 29th career win Monday in the $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2.  The race marked the local return of pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was making his second start back off a 3-year layoff for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership.  Slick Tony stole the show however, overcom...
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Records broken in Massachusetts Sires Stakes

on September 30, 2019
Monday was the second day of the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sires Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park featuring the 2-year-old performers and that group picked up where their 3-year-old counterparts left off on Sunday: breaking records.    Topping the list were Life Is A Feast and Han Solo who put on brilliant performances in their non-betting events and etched them...
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