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Casey Leonard wins 1,000th career race

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
They say good things come to those who wait. Driver Casey Leonard was a perfect example of that on Friday night at Maywood Park as the 35-year-old reinsman patiently waited out several tough losses and a severe thunderstorm that soaked the track midway through the card before rattling off three wins in his last four drives, including a shocking upset with 44-1 outsider Fox Valley Libero in his f...
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Hennessey does some "fancy footwork" at Saratoga

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
Fancy Footwork tied the all-age track record at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Friday night.   The pacer wired the field in the $25,000 claiming pace with Wally Hennessey in the sulky. Fancy Footwork (Western Hanover) was coming off a 1:52.1 victory when he went coast to coast in a dazzling 1:51 on Friday night.   The win time matches the mark set by Rare Jewel in 20...
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Shadow Play dominates in OSS Challenges

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
Rookies were in the spotlight Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack as the Campbellville oval hosted the Ontario Sires Stakes' Mid-Summer Challenge events, and it was a night that belonged to sons and daughters of Shadow Play.   The first-year sire swept the $150,000 Mid-Summer Challenge events thanks to impressive performances by Nefertiti Blue Chip and Arthur Blue Chip.   Nefertiti ...
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2YO brother to Well Said wins; Smilin Eli scratched

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
Another hazy Saturday morning session with the 2 year olds at the Meadowlands with the temperature in the mid 80s began at 10 a.m. Also, New Jersey Sires Stakes champion 3-year-old colt trotter Smilin Eli, who was moved to trainer David Smith's barn this week and was scheduled to start in a qualifier, was scratched. Ron Pierce and Noel Daley opened the card with a pair of wins with colt trotter...
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Adios elims to Lonewolf Currier, Sunfire Blue Chip

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
Lonewolf Currier and Sunfire Blue Chip captured Saturday's $50,000 eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows and will lead a field of eight into the $500,000 final on Saturday, July 27. Also qualifying were Word Power, Some Kinda Beach, Evenin Of Pleasure, Ultimate Beachboy, Vegas Vacation and Beach Memories.   The draw for the final takes place Tuesday, July 23, 12:30...
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Pine Credit takes T-G at Tioga in 1:56.4

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
True Day Dream and Jim Meittinis captured Saturday night's $35,383 division of the Tompkins-Geers trot for 3-year old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs.   Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Meittinis settled True Day Dream in second as he relinquished the lead to the favored Andie Sophia (Cat Manzi) by the quarter in 28.1. Andie Sophia who was coming off of he...
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Market Share wins Maple Leaf; Roses Are Red to Anndrovette

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
Market Share, trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, kept his 2013 record perfect with an awesome display in the featured $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sent postward the prohibitive 2-5 choice over seven rivals, Market Share was allowed to settle in fourth place for the first half mile before moving outside to challenge pacesetter Wishing Sto...
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Final Breath makes OSS win 11th in 17 starts

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
On Saturday (July 20) Northfield Park hosted three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as highlights to the evening's Battle of Lake Erie program. Three-year-old colt trotters competed in two divisions and colt pacers in one.   On the trotting side of things, Final Breath was a 4 ½-length winner in the $30,000 firstdivision. The victory was Final Breath's 11th triumph in 17...
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Can Eddie Sweat live up to Big Red in Adios?

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
When Eddie Sweat leaves from post 4 in Saturday's second elimination for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, he'll be invoking the might of one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. That's because he's named for the groom of Secretariat as well as his Kentucky Derby-winning stablemate, Riva Ridge. "I watched the movie Secretariat,” explains Ed Zubkoff, Jr., who train...
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Tioga hosts Tompkins-Geers for 2YO trotters

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs held a special Thursday evening racing program with three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of 2-year-old colt trotters for the Tompkins-Geers stakes. In the 2-year-old colt division, Flyhawk El Durado and Cat Manzi posted the fastest mile of the night winning in a new lifetime best of 1:57.3.   Manzi got away third with Flyhawk El Durado a...
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Doug Kistler, campaigned Coulantine, dies at 73

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Doug Kistler, 73, of Lake Silkworth, Pa., died Friday, June 28, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Mr. Kistler fell and broke his hip in late April and was recovering when he suffered a heart attack on June 28. Mr. Kistler co-owned the trotting filly Coulantine, a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion who also won the inaugural edition of the Moni Maker Trot in 2005. Another stakes winner he ow...
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Laettner scores in Maryland Fund division

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
The Casino at Ocean Downs hosted the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes on Thursday.   The first division of 3-year-old colt/gelding trotters was one of two early non-betting events. Laettner (Credit Winner) went wire to wire, holding off a challenge by Cashmere Briefs at the three-quarter pole. Laettner stopped the clock in 2:03.4, winning by four lengths with a last quarter in...
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Mulinix looks to win Battle with A Rocknroll Dance

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Jim Mulinix believes A Rocknroll Dance still will make noise in the older male pacer division this season. He hopes the sweet music begins in Saturday's $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park in Ohio.   The 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance entered this season with 11 wins in 33 starts and $1.93 million in purses. He struggled to begin 2013, but last weekend picked up his first...
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RMTC approves multiple violation penalty rule

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has given final approval for a Multiple Violation Penalty (MVP) model rule and has forwarded it to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for consideration at its meeting in Saratoga on July 30-31, 2013.   The MVP model rule represents an industry-wide plan to provide appropriate penalties f...
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Smilin Eli cleared, investigation still ongoing

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
New Jersey Racing Commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that an initial investigation regarding Smilin Eli and who the actual trainer was has been completed and the 3-year-old colt trotter has changed barns to trainer David Smith and been declared eligible to race. "We are going to clear the horse…taking him off the stewards' list,”...
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Daley sells Hambo prospect All Laid Out

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that he has sold the 3-year-old trotter All Laid Out, who he purchased as a yearling for $32,000, to a group from Finland. Daley will continue to train All Laid Out, who made a break in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) division Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but is still on schedule to start in the Hambletonian on Aug. ...
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Stakes record lowered twice in PASS

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
If giving a freshman filly trotter a stakes mark is a good thing, how good is it to lower a stakes mark twice in the same card? That’s what Ron Pierce did Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted Struck By Lindy and Lifetime Pursuit to consecutive-division stake records in a $257,780 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. The event known as the Meadow Gladys was contested over five divisions. Pierce...
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Ontario Mid-Summer 2YO pace Challenges Friday

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Ben Wallace watched Yoselin Seelster post a runner-up finish in the July 1 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack and when the Milton resident heard the two-year-old pacing filly was for sale he stopped by Patrick Shepherd's barn to have a closer look. The filly passed Wallace's initial inspection and he recommended her to longtime owner Brad Grant, who also makes his home in Milton....
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Will Best "laid" plans = Hambo "Daley" double?

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley knows winning his second Hambletonian with All Laid Out won't be as easy as his first with Broad Bahn in 2011, yet his latest prospect, while diminutive in stature, is right on schedule.   The son of Yankee Glide was scheduled to start in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, and then enter the Hambletonian el...
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Gallo Blue Chip scholarship winners announced

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's scholarship selection committee was clearly in a New York state of mind when it named the winners of the 2013 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf. Kayla Prentice of Vernon, New York has been awarded a $15,000 college stipend and Michelle Galligan of Cuddebackville (near Middletown), won a $5,000 scholarship. Prentice will attend Syrac...
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