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Freshman trotters hit Tioga for Tompkins-Geers

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit makes its annual stop at Tioga Downs this week for the $500,000 Tompkins-Geers stakes. On Thursday evening the freshman trotters are featured in three divisions each of fillies and colts.   The girls open the card with Andy and Julie Miller sending out the favorites in both ends of the Daily Double. L Dees Scripture has made but one start, however that was an i...
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18 entered in Del Miller Adios at The Meadows

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Vegas Vacation, fresh from a three-week vacation following a pair of narrow losses to Captaintreacherous, leads a field of 18 colts and geldings into the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Two $50,000 eliminations are set for Saturday, July 20, with the top four finishers from each elim returning for the final of the "Pace for the Orchids” on Saturday,...
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Forest City Sale date change to Nov. 16-17

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Officials with the Forest City Yearling Sale have announced that the sale date which was previously scheduled for October, has been changed.   Traditionally scheduled for the weekend after the Canadian Thanksgiving, the yearling sale will now take place on Nov. 16 and 17, 2013, following the Harrisburg sale.   "The circumstances were carefully considered and the deci...
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Connections hope for Burnin Money in Maple Leaf

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Burnin Money is considered a longshot for Saturday's $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk, but conditioner Carmen Auciello doesn't mind being an outsider.   Burnin Money, a 5-year-old son of Cash Hall, has banked $124,760 this season and will face the toughest task of his career against seven of the finest trotters in North America in the 61st edition.   "I know we're consi...
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Bob Burgess gives his take on Ont. panel's plan

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
In a letter penned on July 16, Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Famer Robert Burgess provides the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel with his take on their draft plan. "This opening statement as the Panel's basic and fundamental premise for their current analysis of the Ontario Racing Industry is itself both completely false and very misleading," wrote Burgess. The rest of the le...
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WEG's Eaves: no harness at Woodbine bad idea

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Nick Eaves, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), recently discussed the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel plan and told Dave Briggs of The Canadian Sportsman that he has serious problems with some of its recommendations. His number one objection is the panel's proposal that WEG share its revenues with other members of the racing industry. Eaves told Briggs WEG has, "no in...
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Billy Parker Jr. drives 11,000th winner

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
There’s an old adage  that says, "save the best for last” and that’s exactly what Billy "Zeke” Parker Jr. did Tuesday (July 16) when he reined Topgun Raider to victory for his 11,000th career win in the 13th and final race at Monticello Raceway.   Parker’s milestone victory came after he  left strongly from the pole position and allowed the betting...
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15 entered in Yonkers Trot; elims Saturday

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Fifteen 3-year-olds--11 horses and four geldings--were entered Tuesday for Yonkers Trot, edition 59. Yonkers Raceway's premier trotting event offers a total purse of $530,000, beginning with a pair of $40,000 eliminations this Saturday night.   The first four finishers in each elim return for the $450,000 final, set for Saturday night, July 27. The eliminations g...
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2YOFT Nitro Nittany 1:57.2 PASS winner

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Performing like a seasoned veteran in her career debut, Nitro Nittany came first over to score in a stake-record 1:57.2 in Tuesday's $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows.   The stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over seven divisions, with South Carolina, Anonyme Hanover, Ruby, Tweet Me, Halladine and Pray With Me also taking $20,000 splits. Dave ...
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Toscano sweeps NYSS for 3YO pacing colts

on 07/15/2013 2:00 AM
Last year's 2-year-old NY Sire Stakes champion Doctor Butch, a 3-year-old colt by Art Major, out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Classical Yankee, won his $66,993 division of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacers in 1:53.4 at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (July 14). It was the 10th lifetime win in 18 attempts for Doctor Butch, who is owned by Ken Jacobs of Baldwinsville, NY.  ...
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King Mufasa takes Illinois stakes at Balmoral

on 07/15/2013 2:00 AM
Fresh off an impressive win over "open” company in a Hanover Stakes last time out, William Wright and Mystical Marker Farms' King Mufasa returned to state-bred competition on Sunday night and once again the good looking gelding ruled supreme as he cruised to an easy 4 ¼ length victory in a career best of 1:54.1 while taking the $12,000 Brandenburg Stakes. Confidently handled by driv...
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Leo Burns, famous for driving in his 90s, dies

on 07/15/2013 2:00 AM
Leo Burns, known for driving horses at age 97 and profiled in a 2010 story in The New York Times about his longevity, died Saturday, July 13, at the age of 98. On Sunday, July 14, a moment of silence was held during the opening post parade at the Wayne County Fair to remember Mr. Burns. A resident of Albion, Ill., Mr. Burns drove twice in 2012 and won both races, including at the Albion fair wi...
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Paula Campbell shoots fourth hole-in-one

on 07/15/2013 2:00 AM
Driver John Campbell finished second with Odds On Equuleus on Saturday night in the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace at the Meadowlands Racetrack, and then on Sunday he and his wife, Paula, finished second in a husband-wife golf tournament at the Hackensack Golf Club in Hackensack, N.J. While Campbell told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that was pleased with both second-place finishes, the sec...
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Trainer hopes for trip for Drop The Ball

on 07/15/2013 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball has won multiple stakes races during her career, set a world record and earned more than $1 million. If she only had a little luck on her side, her list of accomplishments might be even more impressive.   "She's had a pretty good career, but she hasn't had the best of luck in the big races,” trainer Tony O'Sullivan said as he preps Drop The Ball for Saturday's $323,5...
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EL Rocket fastest in NYSS splits

on 07/14/2013 2:00 AM
EL Rocket continued his winning ways by cranking out the fastest of three divisional miles in Saturday night's $131,375 New York Sires Stakes feature for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs.   With the track's top driver and trainer Rick Plano sitting in for conditioner Ron Burke, EL Rocket took control of the seventh race before the quarter and remained in command entering the...
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Limo troubles lead to long trip home for Tetrick

on 07/14/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick told harnessracing.com Sunday morning that he didn't get home until 6:30 a.m. following Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands, but it wasn't because he was out celebrating his wins with Captaintreacherous in the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace and I Luv The Nitelife in the $184,250 Mistletoe Shalee.   There were plenty of traffic problems at the Meadowlands complex o...
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Maven, Cedar Dove dead heat at Meadowlands

on 07/13/2013 2:00 AM
The weekend for Corey Callahan could not have started any better. On the eve of his first drive in the Meadowlands Pace, behind Beach Memories, Callahan lit the track on fire in East Rutherford, to the tune of six winners. In a mid-card interview, Callahan was beaming about the opportunity. "I have a drive in he Meadowlands Pace, it’s awesome,” said Callahan. Saturday has the potential to ...
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$350k yearling a winner; Market Share in 1:50.3

on 07/13/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday morning babies and qualies began under overcast skies with the track a touch off after overnight rains. In addition, 2012 Hambletonian champion Market Share won a qualifier by open lengths in 1:50.3.   As for the rookies, trotters started the day with Red Hot Spicy and L Dees Scripture catching eyes. Red Hot Spicy, a Muscle Hill from What A Way won back for Takter closing n...
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Meadows promotion creates new fan

on 07/13/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners' Association gave one family's summer a new twist, when they became honorary owners for the week of a horse in the Tim Twaddle Stable. Emily Tracanna of Waynesburg, Pa., was making her first visit to the track last Saturday night (July 6), thanks to the MSOA's Family Fun Night.   "We heard about family night from friends and wanted to bring the kids, ...
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WR for Bee A Magician; Royalty For Life, I Luv The Nitelife win

on 07/13/2013 2:00 AM
Bee A Magician trotted to a world-record 1:51 victory in Saturday night's $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies at the Meadowlands. Driven by Brian Sears for the first time, Bee A Magician drew clear by 4 1/2 lengths under the wire over runner-up Frau Blucher, with Mistery Woman third.   Bee A Magician. making her first-ever start in the U.S. after 19 consecutive ou...
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