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Andie Sophia captures Hudson Filly Trot

on 07/07/2013 2:00 AM
Andie Sophia (Larry Stalbaum) lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $155,624 final of the Hudson Filly Trot for 3 year olds. Normally a Yonkers Trot companion event, the Hudson was all by itself this time around.   The race took on a different script even before it started when 2-5 favorite Lady Broadway (Eric Goodell) jumped it off. With last week's eliminat...
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Twilight Bonfire wins Scioto invite as M Pace prep

on 07/07/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Danny Collins and owner Robert Key's decision to take a bye with Twilight Bonfire and advance directly to the $635,000 Meadowlands Pace on July 13 at the Meadowlands paid off when the 3-year-old pacer scored a 1:50.4 victory in Saturday night's $30,000 Invitational Pace at Scioto Downs.   While Sunshine Beach was capturing the Meadowlands Pace elim, Twilight Bonfire was...
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Sevruga trots world record 1:50.3f

on 07/07/2013 2:00 AM
Sevruga matched the fastest time ever trotted on a five-eighth-mile oval with a romping win in a Preferred Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday night. The race carried a purse of $25,000.   Sevruga (SJ's Caviar-Stunning Lindsey), a 5-year-old gelding from the Julie Miller barn, left from post position No. 6 in a field of seven as the 1-5 favorite. Driver Andy Miller sent him to t...
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O'Donnell wins Gerry Trot for Hall of Famers at Goshen

on 07/07/2013 2:00 AM
"You still got it, kid,” said John Campbell to Bill O'Donnell as the latter walked in to the winners circle after taking top spot (2:00.3) in the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame drivers on Sunday at Goshen Historic Track.   The field of nine drivers, including the newest member of the Hall of Fame, Dick Stillings, competed, with O'Donne...
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New York Sire Stakes at Yonkers

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night fare featured the $291,475 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions--worth $96,025, $97,725 and $97,725, respectively—went at it. The opening group saw Bet the Moon (Jim Morrill Jr.) last on the lead in a life-best effort. In play from post position No. 4, Bet the Moon led the lads through fractions...
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Favorites kick off Town Pro pacing series

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
The opening round of the Town Pro Pacing Series began on Friday evening at Mohawk featuring a pair of $20,000 divisions for sophomore pacing fillies. Both Seaside Rory and Leaveumlady found the winner’s circle as favorites for their respective connections. In the first split, Jody Jamieson and Seaside Rory got under the wire first. Rachel Welch (Mike Saftic) was the first leader as she ...
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Heart of the championship meet kicks off

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
The stakes season at the Meadowlands kicked into high gear with the first weekend of racing in July on Friday night where three division of sophomore trotters competed in the Grand Circuit Reynolds stakes. Trotting fillies opened the card, as both ends of the Daily Double were Reynolds stakes in excess of $27,000 each. Ma Chere Hall (Deweycheatumnhowe) took a new record of 1:52.4 in the ...
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Profound Wisdom fastest in ONSS: 2 Deweys impress

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Freshman trotting fillies stepped to center stage at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday to compete in five $42,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions.   Profound Wisdom set the early season standard with a 1:57.3 mile for driver Kevin Sizer, trainer Rebecca Titus and owner-breeder Steven Titus. The Ken Warkentin daughter led the sixth race field for the bulk of the mile and cruised a...
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Sir James wins Connors Memorial prep

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Sir James upset five rivals on Friday night at Hazel Park to win the $12,500 William Connors Memorial prep race in 1:57.1. Raced in front of an overflow crowd on the holiday program that was capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, the contest for 3-year-old colt trotters served as a preview for the $100,000 Connors final scheduled for Friday night, July 12.   All six Connors prep e...
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State bred stakes highlight Maywood card

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
The USTA’s Back To The Track weekend kicked off on Friday night and along with food, fun and some great giveaways, Maywood Park celebrated the event with a pair of state-bred stakes events featuring both the young and older stars of the Illinois Conceived and Foaled circuit. In the night’s first event Megan Rogers recent acquisition, Unlocked made it four in a row to open his career taking ...
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Sunshine Beach favored in Meadowlands Pace elim

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Almost on cue, Sunshine Beach comes barreling south of the border as the 5-2 morning line choice in Saturday’s $50,000 Meadowlands Pace elimination. Eastern Ontario-based trainer Mark Steacy, assisted by his son Shawn, trains the son of Somebeachsomewhere, who has post five [program number four] with George Brennan to drive in race ten on the 13-race card. Sunshine Beach has four wins, a s...
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Another round of baby races at the Big M

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday morning at The Meadowlands was hot...real hot...and another round of baby races began at 10 a.m. The card began as it has for the past several weeks, with Jimmy Takter winning with a couple of impressive trotting fillies. He is absolutely loaded in that division and a few of the fillies we have been watching in the mornings translated into stakes winners at Pocono last night. ...
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Tui rebounds in Tioga Saturday night feature

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Tui returned to the winner’s circle on Saturday night in the $16,000 open trot at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number five in a field of nine, Greg Merton settled Tui in early as Macs Bad Boy (Brandon Simpson) took the field by the quarter in 27.3. As the field passed the fans and the stands for the first time, Merton moved Tui to the front and controlled the fractions of the r...
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12 PA All Stars races at Pocono on Saturday

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit Week at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs wrapped up with 12 Pennsylvania All Stars races on a steamy Saturday night. The 3-year-olds took center stage, with four $30,000 divisions of colts and geldings on the pace, three $35,000 divisions of pacing fillies, and five $30,000 divisions of trotting colts and geldings. 3-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS AND GELDINGS Brew Master (Glidemaster...
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Frankies Dragon smashes Beat The Heat record

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Frankies Dragon, driven by Sylvain Filion, took no prisoners in the $43,500 Beat The Heat Pacing Series final as the swift pacer got under the wire first in a stakes record time of 1:48.4. In a field of 12, Frankies Dragon was parked to the outside past the opening station in a sizzling :25.4 by College Major (Randy Waples). Heading towards the half, College Major allowed The Ladies Man (Mik...
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Live On sets World Record at Pocono

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Live On set the world record for 4-year-old pacing geldings on a 5/8 oval with a sizzling mile of 1:48:1 in a condition pacing victory on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race was for non-winners of $22,000 in the last five starts and carries a purse of $21,000. Live On (Four Starzzz Shark-Reflect Upon Life), a 4-year-old gelding from the barn of Tom Fanning, l...
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Sunshine Beach wins elim; draw held for final

on 07/06/2013 2:00 AM
Sunshine Beach and Odds On Equuleus stamped themselves as major Meadowlands Pace contenders when they finished on the wire together in the single elimination for the race Saturday night.   Sunshine Beach, driven by George Brennan, set most of the pace and held on for a neck victory in 1:48. Trainer Mark Steacy picked post 2 for Sunshine Beach for the final, and the open dra...
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Western Dame upsets Maywood 2FPs at 9-1

on 07/05/2013 2:00 AM
Showing that a little experience can go a long way, Bruce and Mary Alexander's Western Dame rebounded from a break in her career debut to post a resounding 5 1/4-length romp over seven other Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old pacing fillies in Thursday's $12,000 My Metallica Stake at Maywood Park. The final time was 1:57.1.   Storming up from first-over from fourth as 1-...
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Ontario Commission rules in favor of trainers

on 07/05/2013 2:00 AM
On Thursday, three Ontario-based trainers whose horses had tested positive for a Class 2 drug were found not at fault by the Ontario Racing Commission's appeal panel. In a five-day span in mid-June, Rob Fellows, Brad Maxwell and Bjorn 'Bernie' Noren all had horses placed on the 90-day ineligible to race list for positive tests. Those trainers were cleared at hearings and were not assessed penal...
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Flyhawk Falina leads 2YOFT winners at Buffalo

on 07/04/2013 2:00 AM
Flyhawk Falina, a 2-year-old filly by Cash Hall out of the El Paso Kash mare Nowerland Nanette, won her $37,862 division of the New York Sire Stakes in 2:03 at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 3). It was the first lifetime start for Flyhawk Falina, who was a $9,500 Morrisville purchase last year, and is owned by Ann-Marie Daley of Lake Worth, Fla.   Dismissed by the bettor...
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