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Mach It So 1:51.4 OSS winner at Grand River

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
On Wednesday evening 3-year-old pacer Mach It So rocketed around Grand River Raceway in a track record clocking, the fourth record-setting mile by an Ontario Sires Stakes competitor at the track this month. Starting from post 2 Mach It So and driver Scott Zeron got away second, getting a bird's eye view of the :26.2 opening quarter clocked by Duc Dorleans. Zeron moved Mach It So to the...
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Neely Dunn colt brings $33K at Blooded Horse Sale

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
Buyers eagerly sorted through 172 yearlings at the opening of the two-day Blooded Horse Summer Sale. Most were Indiana, Ohio, or Pennsylvania breds backed with slots enhanced racing programs. Ohio breds were the most popular as three harness racinos are slated to be up and running within the next 12 months.   A son of the Andover Hall stallion Neely Dunn out of an Italian mare ...
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Jay Sears returns to Mighty M with a victory

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
There is little doubt that the Sears family is proud of their accomplishments. No, not the catalogue people…. the harness racing Sears. And they should be, from grandpa Gene, to father Jay, to son Brian, all exceptional horsemen and talented drivers.   At Monticello Raceway on a rainy Wednesday afternoon the local railbirds found that the name Jay Sears was listed to drive in...
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All eys watching He's Watching in Vernon NYSS

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for freshman colt pacers highlight the Saturday night card at Vernon Downs, each for $35,975.   The headliner throughout the season has been the wickedly fast He's Watching. The American Ideal colt is unbeaten thus far in four outings and is the fastest 2 year old ever on a five-eighths mile track by virtue of his crushing 1:50 NYSS win at T...
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With new surface, Meadows to hold qualifiers

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has completed grading and banking of its racing surface and is ready to install a new crushed limestone-silica mix to complete the $223,000 renovation of the track.   Live racing resumes Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 12:55 PM, but the refurbished track will get its first test with qualifying races scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30. Although day-long rain Wednes...
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Round Barn fund-raiser set for Futurity day

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
The annual fund-raiser for Floral Hall, the Round Barn located adjacent to The Red Mile, will take place on Sunday morning, Oct. 6, the day of the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile. The event is open to the public and admission is free. The Floral Hall fund-raiser will begin at 10 a.m. with coffee and donuts and a silent auction. A live auction will begin at approximately 11 a.m. Post time for...
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Hammer suffers cracked vertebrae in accident

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
According to sources, horseman Roger Hammer began experiencing pain last evening. After initially refusing treatment at the scene of an accident while transporting his horses in Pennsylvania, he later went to his local hospital after experiencing pain. It was then discovered that he has neck injuries.   As of noon Thursday, he remained hospitalized but was expecting to be ...
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It's yearling video time with Southwind Farm

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
With the Lexington Selected Sale just a few weeks away, farms are having videos of their yearlings finished for viewing. Southwind Farms has announced that its yearling videos are now available for viewing on its website, http://www.southwindfarms.net/). Southwind's consignments this year include foals from the first crop of pacing sire Sportswrite and the second crop of trotting sire Mus...
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My MVP beats Sevruga, Market Share

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
My MVP, the winner of the 2012 Kentucky Futurity, captured a $30,000 feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, beating Sevruga and Market Share in 1:52.2.   Post positions were assigned for the race which carried a condition of winners-over $25,000 lifetime. Market Share, the winner of last year's Hambletonian, was saddled with post 8 while Sevruga, who won the Cashman...
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Scioto Ohio Super Night adds $125K Invitational

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
The condition sheet for Ohio's Super Night on Saturday, Sept 7, at Scioto Downs Racino is now available. All told, the purses on the card will total around $1.5 million and attract the best horses in the state as well as some phenomenal horses from across the country.   Anchoring the card will be the eight divisional Ohio Sires Stakes finals with purses of $150,000 each. Tied into t...
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Georgian Downs cancels September dates

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
The Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has considered and approved an application for variance from Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) that will result in the cancellation of the eight race dates approved for Georgian Downs in the month of September 2013.   Through a Notice to the Industry issued April 12, 2013, followed by Reasons for Decision issued April 29, th...
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A horse is a horse, its Regis The Horse

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
Regis The Horse ($3.20, Montrell Teague) earned his second straight victory in front of a national audience at Harrington Raceway Thursday with a 1:56.4 triumph.   Named after TV superstar Regis Philbin, the 2-year-old son of Shadow Play was shown live on Fox Sports 1's "Crowd Goes Wild" for the second straight start and did not disappoint. The George Teague trainee followed Bazilli...
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Freehold is the place to be for Green Acres

on 08/29/2013 2:00 AM
In a pair of $7,000 opening round Green Acres divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts, Angel Ransom and Chocolate Day captured the opening day co-features on Thursday at Freehold Raceway.   The colts and geldings are competing in three weeks of preliminary legs for a spot in the $25,000 final on Sept. 20.   Angels Ransom ($18) (Revenue-Queen Of Angels) had the lead ...
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Steacy takes 2 Ontario Grassroots at Georgian

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Mark Steacy trainees captured the first two $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Sophomore trotting filly Juliet kicked off the evening's festivities with a gate-to-wire score in 1:56.3. The Majestic Son daughter hit the wire one-half length ahead of Moms Apple Pie and fan favourite Legzy to record her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Mike Saftic crafted th...
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Meadows resumes Tuesday; to add 10-horse fields

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
When The Meadows Racetrack & Casino resumes live racing Tuesday, Sept. 3 after a two-week hiatus for track restoration, fans will enjoy a number of exciting changes, including larger fields for select races and a week of cash drawings.   The most significant developments, of course, are improvements to the racing surface — which will feature restored banking in turns and a lim...
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Roger Hammer uninjured in traffic accident

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer, the longtime "King of the Fairs" in Pennsylvania and a Hambletonian champion with Vivid Photo, avoided serious injury after being involved in a traffic accident on his way to the Indiana (PA) Fair.   Hammer was near Ebensburg, PA, when he received a phone call that the day's races at Indiana were canceled. Shortly after turning around and heading to his home training c...
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Soderberg in spotlight with Western Vintage

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Perry Soderberg is usually a man behind the scenes when it comes to recruiting some of harness racing's great pacers and trotters, but come Saturday evening at Mohawk, he will be square in the spotlight. The native of Sweden spends many of his summer months visiting North America's top breeding farms in search of future champions. He's not selecting the youngsters for himself necessarily, b...
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Maryland's Showcase night looks to be a walkover

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
On Thursday night at Ocean Downs the owners of five racehorses will be very happy once their horses cross the finish line. Even if they make breaks and run across the finish wire it won't matter as they will still get 65 percent of the purse for the race.   It's the Showcase of Champions Night at Ocean Downs, the climax of their 2013 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund (MSRF) seaso...
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MacDonald hopes to "bolt down" Canadian Pacing Derby

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald joked that he almost got lost last weekend when he returned to Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack for the first time since November 2011, but once there, the former Canadian driving champion had no trouble finding his way to the winner's circle.   A native of Prince Edward Island, the 34-year-old MacDonald moved to New York prior to the start of the 2012 campaign and had race...
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2011 HOY San Pail returns in Mohawk qualifier

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
The 2011 Horse of the Year San Pail made his first appearance in one year on Wednesday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, finishing third in a qualifier. San Pail last started in a pari-mutuel race on April 23, 2012, finishing third in a $50,500 Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack, but an injury to a hind ankle ended his season after just four starts.   Now nine, San Pail settl...
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