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139 claims entered on 25 horses in YR series

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night debuted its "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series, an event for pacers of both genders with $20,000 base price tags on their backs. The seven races (five for lads, two for lasses) not only offered overstuffed fields--trailers in all but one of the groupings--but an SRO crowd of folks with checks genuflecting at the feet of official "claims meister” Bob (OUTP) Miecuna...
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Cowgirl Hall scores 12th lifetime victory

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall and driver Rick Plano shared top billing during Friday night's 12-race program at Vernon Downs.   Former New York Sires Stakes standout Cowgirl Hall collected her first win of the season with a fast-closing 1:55 effort in Friday's $6,200 feature, while Plano, the track's leading reinsman and trainer again this season, posted five first-place finishes to tie Roman Lopez for mo...
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Harmony Oaks Quike gives Micallef 2,000th win

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Mike Micallef notched the 2,000th win of his career as he piloted Harmony Oaks Quike to victory in the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27. The 1:54.2 victory marked a career milestone for the veteran driver and the second win of season for the three-year-old daughter of Make It Brief. ...
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Shadow Play colts winners in Ontario SS

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Goodtimes winner Flanagan Memory made his sophomore Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday, June 28, and turned in his second straight victory over the Campbellville oval. The Kadabra son and driver Chris Christoforou stopped the clock at 1:55, reeling in dueling leaders Gotta Secret and Buddy Hally in the final quarter and trotting off to the two and three-quar...
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2YO colt breaks, spots field 15, wins NYSS

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Morrill Jr stole the show as the veteran reinsman was in town to drive in the New York Sire Stakes on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The 2-year-old pacing colts took center stage and comprised seven of the evening's 15 races.   Morrill piloted five winners on the card including one of the most dynamic victories a freshman pacer has ever registered at the Spa. He's...
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Rolling Stones takes top 3YOCT in Sweden

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
The show in the Swedish 3-year-old stakes goes on with the exceptional colt Rolling Stones the headliner. The son of Viking Kronos out of Hot Pants (by Pine Chip-Red Hot Mama) is now seven for seven since he started to race April 1.Stefan Hultman trains the winner while Orjan Kihlstrom handled the driving.   In the E3 finals for colts and fillies were held on Saturday,...
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2YOs in action; Check Me Out qualifies too

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Saturday morning's baby races at the Meadowlands were conducted under ideal conditions with the temperature in the 80s and just a light breeze. A few impressions were left by trotting colts Flacco and Trixton, both trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter and driver by Yannick Gingras. Flacco is a Muscles Yankee $62,000 Harrisburg yearling who took over past the opening quarter and co...
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Girls' Night Out series to return to Mohawk

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
The Girls' Night Out Pacing Series returns to Mohawk's summer stakes schedule for its second season. Girls' Night Out, which consists of two preliminary legs and a final, is for older pacing mares, who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2013 as of midnight June 30, with a minimum of five starts this year. Winners of over $100,000 in 2012 are ineligible. The $18,000 first leg will be contested on Fri...
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Sweet Talkin Satin equals Hoosier mark

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
A full field of 11 lined up behind the starting gate for the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (June 29) and it was Sweet Talkin Satin who romped home a winner in 1:50.3. With Trace Tetrick at the lines, Sweet Talkin Satin used a perfect pocket trip to establish a lifetime best mark in the third round of th...
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King Mufasa wins Hanover Stakes

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
With the sounds of summer serenading fans on the apron as Balmoral Park enjoyed its yearly "Beach Party,” the 2013 Hanover Stakes season kicked off on Saturday night with a $37,100 event for 3-year-old trotting colts.   After dominating the ICF ranks through his first five starts of the year, William Wright and Mystical Marker Farms King Mufasa continued his early season march to ...
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Fool Me Once sets Vernon record in NYSS

on 06/28/2013 2:00 AM
The favorite Fool Me Once lived up to his top billing with a 1:50 track record performance in the fastest of three divisions of Thursday's $132,975 New York Sires Stakes feature for 3-year-old male pacers at Vernon Downs.   Rated perfectly throughout the ninth race in a persistent rain and over a sloppy track, Fool Me Once was sent to the front at the start by driver Scott Zeron and led t...
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Top Swedish sire Super Arnie euthanized

on 06/28/2013 2:00 AM
The Swedish stallion Super Arnie has been euthanized at the age of 26 at the Norrby farm. He has been a top sire in Sweden since 2000, and led all sires for four consecutive years (2006-2009). His most successful offspring are the top international performer Gigant Neo, the winner of the Prix d'Amerique, and Camilla Highness, a Swedish Breeders Crown champion.   Super Arnie...
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Blanchard promoted at Western Fair

on 06/28/2013 2:00 AM
Western Fair District has announced that Greg Blanchard has been promoted to raceway manager effective June 30. He has been with Western Fair District for the last three years as assistant raceway manager and announcer.   Blanchard will take over management of the Raceway operations and will also take on additional assignments and duties throughout the year in other areas of the Dist...
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Dave Hawk dies at age 50

on 06/28/2013 2:00 AM
Dave Hawk, 50, who drove more than 5,500 winners in his career, died Thursday night, June 27, at a Columbus, Ohio area hospital. About one month ago Mr. Hawk was recovering from a stroke when he was also diagnosed with leukemia. Based primarily at the Ohio racetracks and The Meadows outside Pittsburgh, Mr. Hawk drove in more than 30,000 races in a career that began in 1980, posting 5,...
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Ontario commission denies appeals for OSS horses

on 06/28/2013 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has denied appeals of the the suspension of horses Creampuff MacDaddy and Posey Tina, who were scheduled to start in Ontario Sires Stakes races. Creampuff  MacDaddy was scheduled to start in a $70,000 Ontario Sires Stake event on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack for trainer Brad Maxwell. Pacing filly Posey Tina, a 1:52.4 winner on June 7 from the Bern...
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More details about possible changes to NJSS

on 06/28/2013 2:00 AM
A bill awaiting the governor's signature would introduce the Standardbred Development Fund, a program to encourage boarding and foaling in the state of New Jersey.T he SDF program would exist concurrently with the New Jersey Sire Stakes "premier” events, which are restricted to the offspring of stallions standing in the state. The specific rules and regulations for the program will be dete...
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Alagna says Nikki Beach ready for Lynch

on 06/27/2013 2:00 AM
Tony Alagna hopes there is no sophomore slump for Nikki Beach as she gets ready for Saturday's $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Last year, Nikki Beach hit a midseason swoon before rebounding to set a track record at Indiana Downs and come within a nose of a three-race win streak. This season, she opened the campaign with a victory...
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Pierce out, Takter in for HOF Trot at Goshen

on 06/27/2013 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, three-time Trainer of the Year, will join the field for the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot for Hall of Fame members at Goshen Historic Track on July 7.   Takter does compete as a driver, but is best known as a trainer, with nearly $70 million in earnings for his stable. He has more than 1,200 trainingvictories. Last year saw two career highs for...
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Must see video: 50 years at The Meadows

on 06/27/2013 2:00 AM
As The Meadows prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday night, June 28, the track is pleased to release a 14-minute video that documents the track's early days, as well as some of its greatest moments.   "From A Dream To A Destination" is a 15-minute tribute to those that worked to turn The Meadows from open farmland into the racino it is today. It features vintage foota...
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Ind. Breed Development program seeks input

on 06/27/2013 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee and Advisory Board are seeking input on the 2014 Standardbred Breed Development Program. If you have a proposal, idea or recommendation you would like to be considered for the program, please submit your thoughts in writing to us by July 22. This will give the Board and Committee members adequate time for review and consideration. You ma...
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