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Josh Sutton gets 2,000th career victory

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Josh Sutton reached a career milestone on Saturday night at Balmoral Park, piloting Peck Blue Chip to a thrilling neck victory in race seven, giving the 31-year-old reinsman his 2,000th career victory. Sutton has been a regular on the Chicago circuit since 2005 after starting his journey in his native Kentucky.   "When I first started driving in Kentucky we weren't going...
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No Bo takes Woodbine preferred in 1:50.1

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
Stepping up in class, pacer No Bu earned his first Preferred victory with a career-best 1:50.1 score in the $34,000 feature race on Saturday's card of harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack. Driver Jody Jamieson worked out a perfect second over trip aboard the five-year-old Kilowatt gelding, who is owned by trainer Rene Allard and Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, Que. With the inside post ad...
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Rags to Riches continues on at Big M

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Leg two of the Rags to Riches was the feature of the final Thursday live racing card of the season at the Meadowlands. As a result of fewer than anticipated nominations, the format was adjusted to conventional standings rather than the bracket format, so virtually all of last week's contestants returned for two divisions of the second leg.   Hopskipanajump went postward as the 1-2 f...
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Fancyfreeshark powers to Dover score

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Fancyfreeshark overtook front pacing Europan Union in the final step to post a 1:50.4 victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special Handicap pace on Thursday at Dover Downs.   Jon Roberts drove Fancyfreeshark, owned and trained by Bobby Glassmeyer, to his second victory of the 2013 campaign. After leaving fast, the 6-year-old Four Starzzz Shark-Fancy Art horse waited until the stretch be...
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Grand Circuit announces 2013 schedule

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit has announced its full and expanded stakes schedule for the 2013 racing season.   Earlier this month, at the USTA full Board meeting at Harness Congress VI, Grand Circuit president John Campbell announced that all Open stakes raced in North America not previously considered as Grand Circuit would now carry that designation beginning with the 2013 season. &n...
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Extension granted for PA's Valley View track

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Valley View Downs, the track proposed for northwestern Pennsylvania, is still alive. The developers of the track have received an extension until May 31 to put together their financing to build the racino.   Valley View Downs was once a project in the Centaur portfolio but is now the property of a Philadelphia-based investment group known as Endeka Entertainment. Endeka is trying to...
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PA Harness Week show resumes this Saturday

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
"PA HarnessWeek,” harness racing's fastest-paced half hour, returns this weekend to cover exciting standardbred action from Pennsylvania and around the world. New episodes air Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia through Dec. 28. Online viewers can catch the show at HarnessWeek.com, which also links to a YouTube archive of episodes from previous seasons.   Lon...
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Special St. Patrick's Day harness racing video

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the latest edition of the video, "I Am, A Harness Racing Horse." A couple of horses are wearing green-plaid blankets to introduce the special St. Patrick's Day edition.   The "I Am, A Harness Racing Horse" video series is presented by well-known photographer Monica Thors and include video footage from Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands....
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Trevor Henry named as Canada's WDC rep

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry, Canada's leading dash winning driver for 2012 has accepted an invitation from Standardbred Canada to defend Canada's title in the 2013 World Driving Championship.   Henry, 41, of Arthur, Ont., drove 521 winners during the 2012 season to top the charts for all Canadian drivers, while adding $3.2 million in purse money to his stats. Both numbers were career bests fo...
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10 percent purse increase at Yonkers

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced that its next condition sheet includes a 10-percent, across-the-board purse increase for all overnight events.   Beginning the racing week of Monday, March 25, the overnight purse structure ranges from $10,000 (non-winners of 2 parimutuel races, as well as $12,500 claimers) to $38,500 (Open Handicaps).   "We know that this is the time of year...
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Trevor Henry to represent Canada in World tourney

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry, Canada's leading dash winning driver for 2012 has accepted an invitation from Standardbred Canada to defend Canada's title in the 2013 World Driving Championship. Henry, 41, of Arthur, Ontario drove 521 winners during the 2012 season to top the charts for all Canadian drivers, while adding $3.2 million in purse money to his stats. Both numbers were career bests for the talente...
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Marks, Sears remember Rocknroll Hanover

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Rocknroll Hanover is gone, but he will not be forgotten. Not now, or likely anytime in the future. The 2005 Horse of the Year winner and a 2012 inductee into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Rocknroll Hanover found success not only on the racetrack, where he earned $2.75 million in his career, but also in the breeding shed. Last year, his offspring won $17 million, which was No. 1 among all ha...
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Northfield Park has stalls available

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park is seeking a limited number of new stables that are interested in relocating to Ohio this spring. Barns with qualified horses that are ready to drop in the entry box will receive first preference. Northfield's purses were increased by ten percent on March 1, and will certainly be increased substantially when the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park begins operation. The Roc...
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Krispy Apple wins season debut in 1:53 at Yonkers

on 03/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Ides of March, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with petite pacers--were won by Calchip's Brute (George Brennan, $12.40) and a season-debuting Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley, $29.20). Calchip's Brute gave nothing else a shot. Leaving from penultimate post position No. 6, he worked around Political Desire (Jim Pantaleano) before a snappy :27.4 opening...
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Mistress Valentine fast in Meadows win

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Slowed by momentary but troubling breaks in recent starts, Mistress Valentine put it back together Wednesday at The Meadows as she cruised to a comfortable victory in the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial Trot. Promisemethis took the other $12,500 split in the second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares. Although Mistress Valentine briefly broke stride at the start in her last t...
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Lugar finally wins a photo at Pompano

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Lugar, who had been involved in four photo finish decisions this year—all of which he lost—picked a great time to, finally, win one…and he picked a perfect time to do it. The five year-old son of Famously took top honors in Pompano Park’s Open I Trot on Wednesday night, eking out a very narrow win in a lifetime best 1:55 for Bruce Ranger. Owned by the Polo Stables and trained by Mark...
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I'm So Striking pulls 32-1 upset win at Dover

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
I’m So Striking, a 32-1 longshot, closed along the passing lane to nip Anders Bluestone at the wire to win the $23,000 Open/Handicap trot on Wednesday, March 13 at Dover Downs. With trainer-driver Eddie Dennis at the control, I’m So Striking, a Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stable homebred, started from post 1 but began his ascent to the finish line from last in a field of six. De...
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Alexachase wins $40,000 Philly feature

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
After controlling a nondescript early pace, Johnny and Kimberley Waite's Alexachase ($18.80) was an upset winner in Wednesday's $40,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.   With Kiwi standout Royal Cee Cee assigned the outside post five and racing from off the pace in her seasonal debut, Alexachase was able to settle just off the pacesette...
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Gural sends open letter to horsemen

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural has written an open letter to all owners and trainers who are racing in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Here is the letter:   As you know, the first 29 days of the 2013 meet at the Meadowlands have been an overwhelming success. The public has adapted to the classification system, along with the competitive style of racing full fields, etc. as...
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Marohn captures another St. Paddy Pace

on 03/14/2013 2:00 AM
It wasn't the fastest of times for Jimmy Marohn Jr., but winning Monticello Raceway's 13th annual St. Paddy Pace on Wednesday for the third time in the last five years was undoubtedly pleasurable.   "Hey, it's always fun to win a race and winning is something I never get tired of,” Marohn said unequivocally after his victory. "I've certainly had bigger wins but this one was e...
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