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Ginger And Fred scores 30th career victory

on 08/16/2013 2:00 AM
In back-to-back weeks, JJ Hall and Chip Noble equaled the Scioto Downs Racino track record for aged trotters when he won again in 1:54.1. Dunkster (Kurt Sugg) and Hesza Laser (Chip Noble) both set the record back in 2005. This week, in the Open Trot, JJ Hall went three-wide around the last turn and like a slingshot drew off to win by 4 1/2 lengths. The five-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Je...
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Felicia Hall takes Northfield mare feature in 1:54.1

on 08/16/2013 2:00 AM
Felicia Hall captured the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday (Aug.16) at Northfield Park. She is trained by Nichole Gagnon, who owns the pacer with Cathy Watson, Richard Smith and Jerry Weininger. Ryan Stahl drove the 6-year-old pacer to the score.   Felicia Hall (Pro Bono Best-Formica) started from post four. She left alertly off of the gate and led her rivals from start to fin...
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Palm Beach's 1:53.4 sets Stallion Series record

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Palm Beach, confidently handled by Brett Miller, pulled the pocket before the final turn and rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:53.4 in Wednesday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with McVita Bella, Lucy's Pearl, Myrichmothernlaw and Dragon Town also taking $20,000 splits. Miller piloted ...
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Brennan sitting on 8,000 career wins

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
It's official...George Brennan is, ahem, slowing down. Tongue and cheek both firmly to the side, a man whose career is based on sitting, is once again sitting...this time on another milestone. Brennan, who like Yonkers Raceway had Wednesday night off, enters Thursday's program with 7,997 career driving victories. He is listed to drive in all 13 races.   As for the "slowing down...
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Dick DeSantis dies at 64; arrangements set

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Horseman and former racing official Richard W. "Dick” DeSantis died at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City of cancer on Wednesday night, Aug. 14. He was 64. He had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer this spring, not long after he enjoyed an active winter and played golf with friends in Florida.   Funeral services will be held at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Midd...
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NHL's Hunter brothers hope to Strike It Big

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Legends Day at Clinton Raceway always features a group of harness racing's most revered drivers and trainers, but fans attending this year's edition on Sunday, Aug. 18 may also catch a glimpse of several former stars from the National Hockey League.   Brothers Dave, Dale and Mark Hunter, best known for their careers with the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues, ...
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MSRF races on tap Thursday at Ocean Downs

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
It may only be Thursday but Ocean Downs in Maryland will be holding one of the richest harness racing programs in North America with the $117,700 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund Stakes. There will be six divisions for 3-year-old trotters and pacers.   The first two divisions are early, non-wagering races starting at 6:40 pm. The first division is for 3-year-old pacing fillies for a ...
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King Mufasa wins 7th in a row at Springfield

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Racing at the Illinois State fairgrounds in Springfield wrapped up Thursday afternoon with eight $45,000 Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes championships for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the action. Sara The Spy got things underway in exciting fashion in the race for 3-year-old filly trotters (Race 4) as she turned the tables on rival Little Ms Chrissy for the photo-finish victory. &nbs...
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Yonkers Pick 5 now even more enticing

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's popular Pick-5 wager is about to become even more popular.   Effective immediately after approval from the New York State Gaming Commission, should there be a carryover of $7,500 or greater, the next racing night's Pick 5 shall feature a $25,000 guaranteed pool. Any carryover of less than $7,500 means a "guarantee" of $10,000 (note there is no carryover going into ...
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Super Stakes Day featured in Weekend Preview

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday night's Super Stakes card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is loaded and the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview puts you in the center of the action. Hambletonian champ Royalty For Life is ready to go in the Colonial and trainer George Ducharme talks about what's been happening since the win in the trotting classic. Also, Captaintreacherous makes his first start in 35 days ...
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David H. Brooks sentenced to 17 years in prison

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
David H. Brooks, not long ago a leading owner and breeder of Standardbred horses, including 2004 Little Brown Jug winner Timesareachanging, was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Thursday in Central Islip, NY. Brooks, 58, the former chief executive officer of DHB Industries Inc., a Long Island-based supplier of body armor to the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, was sentenced fo...
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KYSS 3YO winners shine at The Red Mile

on 08/15/2013 2:00 AM
Round one of Kentucky Sires Stakes for 3 year olds got underway Thursday night at The Red Mile. All four divisions were divided into pairs of $15,000 splits, with speed-badge honors on the evening going to the 3-year-old colt pacer Bandolito, who cruised the one mile over the clay oval in 1:51.3. The night also gave a chance for Hambletonian sixth-place finisher Lauderdale to shine with a...
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Posts drawn for Gold Cup & Saucer

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
The post position draw has been completed for this Saturday's $60,000 Sobey's Gold Cup & Saucer--the marquee race of the season at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Machs Beach Boy, who captured Trial #3 on Monday evening, has drawn post two for trainer Brad Shakes while the Ron Burke-trained tandem of Escape The News, who took Trial #1 last Saturday, and Hillbilly Hanover, who ...
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Latest Desire 1:50.1 winner in Review Stakes

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit action concluded on Tuesday (Aug. 13) at the Illinois State Fair with Review Stakes action for 3-year-old pacers and trotters. In the $30,500 pace, Steven Newcom, Larry Taylor and Tex Moats' Latest Desire took over the lead heading to the half-mile marker and was never caught in posting an impressive lifetime best 1:50.1 score. The Nick Giberson trainee, driven by Dave Magee,&nbs...
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Hudon likes his chances with Luck Bewithyou

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
After his 1:51.3 effort last week, Luck Bewithyou not only established himself as a top contender for this year's $700,000E Metro Pace, he also became the fastest rookie pacer in Canada so far this season.   Driven by Phil Hudon for trainer Bill Cass, the talented son of Western Ideal-Trim Hanover--and thus a brother to American Jewel--could be in store for a big payday in this year...
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Stoman wins, claimed yet again at Monticello

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
There's an old adage that states "if at first you don't succeed try, try again." That's what owner Dominick Rafanelli of Hazlet, N.J. did on Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway when he again claimed Stoman, the veteran pacer who has won seven of his last eight races.   Although there are caveats to be considered in the aforementioned maxim perhaps it may be more of a case o...
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Kayla Prentice recipient of Dewey Degree scholarship

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
The members of the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association are proud to announce that Kayla Prentice is the recipient of the 2013 Dewey Degree Scholarship. Prentice is the daughter of Jessica and Howard Okusko Jr., who are both longtime trainers (and driver) at Vernon Downs. She  will receive her check in the winner's circle that her parents so often visi...
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The Captain is ready to battle in the Battle

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous returns to work Saturday night when he faces eight foes in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Virtually all of the leaders in North American harness racing will be at PoconoSaturday, with $2,375,000 on the line during Super Stakes Saturday at the northeast Pennsylvania oval.   Ranked No. 1 in ...
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Drug testing by the numbers

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) President Ed Martin said Wednesday that all professional sports are challenged by those who would cheat by using performance enhancing substances. But Martin said horse racing "gets a bum rap” from those who ignore the numbers and overlook the fact that the sport does not permit athletes to compete under the influence of a prohibited substance wi...
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Blooming Genius wins Indiana's Fox Stake

on 08/14/2013 2:00 AM
Blooming Genius brushed to the lead at the half-mile marker and was never caught on his way to a 1:55.3 score in the $45,738 Fox Stake for 2-year-old open pacers on Wednesday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair.   Dave Magee was in the bike for trainer Todd La Fountaine and owner Lawrence Gary as the son of Quik Pulse Mindale-Hasty Dewar won for the third time in four care...
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