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"Captain" and "Equuleus" likely to qualify Sat. at Big M

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, the first 2-year-old pacer to be voted Pacer of the Year since Niatross in 1979, and Odds On Equuleus, the horse arguably given the best chance of dethroning the king of this year's 3-year-old pacing colt division, both were on the track last Saturday in training miles at the Meadowlands. Both pacers appear to be on schedule to be back at the Meadowlands to qualify on Satur...
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Yonkers raises purses again on April 29

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's latest purse increase takes effect next week, with hikes of 10 percent for claiming races and 20 percent for conditioned races.   Beginning Monday, Apr. 29, the purse structure ranges from $11,000 (for $12,500 claimers) to $46,000 (for the trio of Open Handicaps). There is also a new pacing class, for 3 and 4 year olds (both genders) who are non-winners of six pari...
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Belle Boyd now 5-for-5 in '13 with Princess win

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
The Diplomat Series and Princess Series kicked off on Monday evening at Woodbine featuring lone divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings and sophomore pacing fillies. Both Varadero Hanover and Belle Boyd found the winner's circle first in the opening two dashes of the program.   After finishing second in the Youthful final one week ago, Varadero Hanover redeemed himself with a 1:...
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Shark Ingested scores in Harrington open

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Jim Morand's Shark Ingested ($4.80) was a well-backed winner in the featured $18,000 Open on Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4.   Driven by co-owner Morand, race favorite Shark Ingested set the pace after seizing control from Main A Dieu Too early and dictating fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:25.2. Those two rivals were joined by Fissato late, who finish...
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Imagine Hanover wins again in Winning Mister

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Trailing by five lengths and with his cover suddenly off stride, Imagine Hanover rallied wide in the stretch to capture his third straight division in Monday's Winning Mister Trot at The Meadows. Mr. Mysterio pulled off a 13-1 upset in the other $12,500 third-leg split. The $20,000 (est.) final of the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings goes Monday, April 29.   Hammered down to...
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Levy legs in the books; Something For Doc sold

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night played host to the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. A very formful barbershop quartet of $50,000 divisions were the last chance to impress the judges, wrapped up thusly.   Before the scintillating summaries, some hot-off-the-presses news...series points leader Something for Doc has been sold to trainer...
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Abrokenart Hanover wins Night Styles final

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Abrokenart Hanover won the $32,800 Night Styles Series final Saturday night at the Meadowlands with a 1:52.2 effort for driver Simon Allard. Leading at every call, Abrokenart Hanover held off the John Campbell-driven Lady's Art by a head, with the 1-5 favorite, Day Blue Chip, third for Corey Callahan.   A 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape, Abrokenart Hanover is trained by Mark Capone...
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Blueridge Doc upsets in Hoosier Invite

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Blueridge Doc, driven by Andy Shetler, got up in the final strides of the mile to pull a 20-1 upset in the co-featured $24,000 Invitational Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. With a final time of 1:52.2, Blueridge Doc was able to take advantage of a pocket trip to notch his second win of the season.   It was a cavalry charge for early position as Pete Wrenn s...
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Meadowlands adds qualifiers on April 27

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Despite being closed for live racing this upcoming weekend as the Meadowlands prepares for its Championship Meet, in a change of plans, qualifying races will be held on Saturday, April 27.   "Several horsemen have asked us if we can accommodate them by holding qualifying races on Saturday, April 27th, and we will make good on that request.” said general manager/CEO Jason...
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Burnin Money wins photo in Don Mills

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
The end result was a neck victory for Burnin Money in the lone $20,000 division of the second leg of the Don Mills Series on Saturday evening at Woodbine. Both Burnin Money and Guiltywithanexcuse exchanged punches down the stretch, with Burnin Money fending off his rival in the final stride.   Burnin Money, driven by Jonathan Drury, will now look to sweep the series with another win...
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Rock Man fastest in Vernon series splits

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Rick Plano, who became the first driver to win four races on a Vernon Downs program this season, guided Rock Man to the fastest divisional victory in Saturday night's new Anthony J. Farina Memorial Pacing Series.   After initial first-leg Farina Series scores by Eternal Terror (1:56.1, with trainer Roman Lopez driving for the Tanah Merah Farms) and Red Rock (1:54.2, with trainer and...
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2013 Harrington meet underway

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 2013 meet commenced Sunday with an 11-race program.   A large crowd filled the grandstand on an unseasonably cool spring evening. Presentations were made to 2012 leading driver Ross Wolfenden, who claimed his third consecutive driving title in 2012 and to co-leading trainers, brothers Wayne and Les Givens. The 2012 trainer deadlock was the first-ever tie atop th...
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$132, $150 winners at Harrah's Philly

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce took the early Daily Double at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sundaly and also his team won on Kid's Day.   In the first race, Pierce took Peachys Pistol on a first-over move which proved to be successful to collar Back To The West in the stretch. Peachys Pistol paid $6.40 for the win. In the second race Pierce again went on a first-over bid, this time ...
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Aqua Artist scores in Hoosier feature

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
Aqua Artist and driver Trace Tetrick seized an opportunity in late stretch to score the upset in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Neither the unfavorable weather conditions nor outside post seemed to hinder the 6-year-old daughter of Artsplace as she posted her fifth win of the season.   Starting from post ...
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A penny earned earns $5K in Vernon feature

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
A Penny Earned captured the $10,000 Open Trot, while Ray Schnittker secured two scores in the opening round of the Catherine Burton Memorial Trotting Series on a rainy Friday night at Vernon Downs.   Competing over a "sloppy” track in race nine, A Penny Earned eked out a neck tally in his initial venture of 2013. With Chris Lems doing the driving, the determined 4-year-old bay hor...
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Soph fillies post repeat wins in Meadows series

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
Native Dream made up two lengths in the Lightning Lane to capture her second straight victory in Friday's second leg of the My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows. In the other $12,500 division of the series for 3-year-old fillies, R Marie Hanover overcame post nine to notch her second consecutive series win.   Native Dream saved ground for most of the mile, but when Brett Miller turned ...
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Umygeorgia Hanover wins 4th straight at Northfield

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
Umygeorgia Hanover paced home for her fourth straight win Friday in Northfield Park's second race. The 5 year old is owned by the partnership of Cathy Watson of Tiffin, Ohio, Richard Smith of Freemont, Ohio, Mark Martin of Willard, Ohio and Nichole Gagnon of Republic, Ohio. Gagnon also trains the mare and has called upon her fiance, Ryan Stahl, to pilot Umygeorgia Hanover in all four of h...
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Maharajah wins Sweden's Olympic Trot

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
Maharajah, a son of Viking Kronos, won Sweden's Olympic Trot Saturday at the Aby track in Gothenburg, proving that despite ailments that have sidelined him, he is not finished racing. He won the race with a powerful move in the last turn and hit the timer in a mile rate clocking of 1:54.1, which prompted his driver, the normally reserved Orjan Kihlstrom, to wave his whip as he crosse...
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Guccio in 1:52 in Meadowlands FFA

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
The Friday night card at The Meadowlands opened with a $30,000 A-1/FFA Handicap trot that showcased a very strong field of six with nearly $8 million in career earnings.   Last week's winner, Ice Machine, effectively reduced that number to five with an uncharacteristic break before the start and driver Yannick Gingras seized the opportunity to put Wishing Stone on the lead and put conf...
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Stars qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
Several stars of 2012 were on the track Saturday morning in qualifying action at the Meadowlands, including a star-laden field that went behind the gate in the 12th and final race of the session. When the dust settled in that contest it was New York Sires Stakes champion Major Bombay who emerged victorious in 1:53 in his debut as a 4 year old. Also winning a qualifier in her first appeara...
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