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Paco Labrook shines in Dan Patch Prep

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
Paco Labrook was a decisive winner in the featured event, a $24,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 18. With a final time of 1:50, Paco Labrook may be aimed toward Hoosier Park’s signature event, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational, slated for May 25 at Hoosier Park. Guided by driver, trainer Brad Hanners, Paco Labrook was unhurried out of the gat...
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Spice It Up Lindy returns a winner at Tioga Downs

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
Spice It Up Lindy took a week vacation after his last open trot victory, but returned on Saturday night at Tioga Downs and repeated in the $16,000 open trot. Leaving from post position number four in a field of eight, Jim Meittinis settled in second as Aruba Vacation (Fern Paquet Jr.) got to the opening quarter in 27.3. Into the lane for the first time, Meittinis moved Spice It Up Lindy to the...
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A Fool For Mark fastest at Vernon

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
The swift-striding pacer A Fool For Mark turned a pocket-sitting trip into a breezy 1:51.4 victory that proved to be the fastest score on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Facing seven speedy foes in Saturday’s $6,000 sixth event, A Fool For Mark settled in behind rotating leaders Checkinthebox (at the quarter) and The Bruiser (at the half) before taking charge of the "Winners Over” con...
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Pence Hanover wins Saturday night feature at Pocono

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
Pence Hanover relied on a pocket trip and powerful late kick to pick up a win in Saturday night’s featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #4 in a field of eight as the 9-2 third betting choice, Pence Hanover (Western Hanover-Popcorn Penny), a 7-year-old gelding from the Aaron Lambert barn, wa...
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Keystone Velocity wins open pace at Yonkers

on 05/18/2013 2:00 AM
Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace. The field. reduced to seven after the on-track scratch (lame) of Silent Swing, saw 11-10 favorite Sapphire City (Brian Sears) hand the baton to Annie'swesterncard (George Brennan) just after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile.. "Annie" found a seemingly-comfy :56.1 inter...
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Tune in Monday for Tracys Song's try for 16

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Heading into most of Tracys Song's races, trainer Bob Lounsbury has been confident. That's understandable when a horse is on a 15-race win streak.   On Monday, Tracys Song will try to make it 16 in a row and set the record for most consecutive victories at Monticello Raceway; she now shares the mark with Northern Chief, who won 15 straight starts at Monticello in 2010. Lounsbury feels go...
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Maven ready for debut in Miss Versatility

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Right now, Jonas Czernyson is uncertain how Maven will fare competing against older rivals this season. But he will offer some insight soon.   "I'll let you know after Monday night,” the trainer quipped.   That's because Monday night Maven makes her debut as a 4 year old at Woodbine Racetrack in the first of two opening-round divisions of the Miss Versatility Series for old...
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Ralph Jones Memorial set for Saturday

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
A memorial service has been announced for Ralph P. Jones Jr., 87, who died May 15. All are welcome on Saturday, June 1, from 12 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at Saint Peter Lutheran Church, 130 Nittany Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055, with Pastor Naomi Sease Carriker officiating.   A Committal Service will immediately follow at the church where military hon...
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HHYF Harness Heroes cards now available

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2013 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available. All pre-ordered sets have been mailed. Included in this year's 35-card set are 20 equine honorees and 15 humans.   Among the equines featured in the 2013 set are Captaintreacherous, Market Share, Anndrovette, Michael's Power, Betterthancheddar, American Jewel and Chapter Seven, along with Immor...
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Tioga to offer NYSS prep races

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
With the New York Sires Stakes program on hold for another few weeks, Tioga Downs will offer prep races for New York-eligible 3 year olds next week. These races are written during the four live race day week next Friday, May 24, through the Monday, May 27, Memorial Day card.   There are two classes for each sex and gait, a $7,500e class ($100 entry fee) for Excelsior eligible and a ...
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Peter Wrenn suspended at Hoosier Park

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn, a winner of multiple driving titles at Hoosier Park, has been suspended indefinitely by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission after failing a human drug test. Wrenn, 50, has not raced at Hoosier Park since May 9, and at the time was second in the 2013 dash standings with 49 victories. Wrenn currently stands 13th on the all-time dash list with 9,080 wins.   According to the ruli...
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First 2YO winners of the year by Mach Three

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs was the place for the first 2 year olds to take marks this year. On Friday morning (May 17), PL Hellcat won in 1:56 and PL Haymaker scored in 1:57.1. Both are sons of Mach Three and were bred and are owned by Prince Lee Acres, known best for campaigning the great Cam Fella. Leslie Hale trains both winners and was also in the sulky for the qualifiers.   PL Hellcat, a colt...
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Rachel L. Dancer dies at 83

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Rachel L. Dancer, one of harness racing’s leading standardbred owners of champion horses during her marriage to the late Harness Racing Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer, died May 16 in Pompano Beach, Fla., at the age of 83.  She would have been 84 on May 21. Born in Paulsboro, NJ, in 1929, Rachel (Young) Dancer, lived most of her life in New Egypt, NJ, on the grounds of the Dancer Farm...
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Bee A Magician among SBOA elims winners

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
A quartet of $25,000 eliminations of the SBOA (Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association) highlighted the Friday evening program at Woodbine, featuring the province’s top sophomore filly pacers and trotters. In the pacing division, Notalkingback and Pan Luis Obispo found the winner’s circle for their connections. Notalkingback, driven by Rick Zeron, went gate-to-wire in the openin...
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Special Preakness card at Scioto

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs Racino will host a special 5:30 p.m. post time on Saturday (May 18).  The adjustment in time will allow the racetrack to run off a few races before the Preakness Stakes is showed via simulcast throughout the facility.  Scheduled post time for the second leg of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown is 6 p.m. The main event for the live racing card will be the Open pace going...
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Blacktuxwhitesocks, Royal Cee Cee N win at Yonkers

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $46,000 Open Handicaps--for either-gender trotters and distaff pacers--were won by Blacktuxwhitesocks (George Brennan, $3.30) and a repeating Royal Cee Cee N (Eric Goodell, $8.80). The featured trot took on a different look when early choice Imperial Count was a judges' defection. That moved the people's affections to veteran statebred Blacktuxwhitesoc...
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Montenegro prevails in Hoosier Park feature

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Montenegro, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, made amends for last week’s second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event, a $24,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 17. Despite unfavorable weather conditions and outside post position, the duo stopped the timer in 1:54.3 off a tough front end effort over a track ...
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Little Santamonica takes Tioga Friday feature

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Little Santamonica and driver Aaron Byron captured Friday night’s $16,000 fillies and mares open pace. The duo settled in second from the four hole as All Spirit (Jim Marohn Jr.) took the field by the opening quarter in 27.2. By the fans and the stands for the first time, Jim Meittinis moved Hayworth Blue Chip to the front from third and got by the half in 56.1. Down the backside, Byron se...
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Coraggioso cruises in Open trot at Vernon

on 05/17/2013 2:00 AM
Track record-holder Coraggioso cruised to a convincing victory in Friday’s $10,000 featured Open trot, while fellow high-stepper Hold On Tightly became the first five-time winner at the current 10-night Vernon Downs meeting. With trainer Gates Brunet doing the teaming in Friday’s ninth race, the favorite Coraggioso raced like he was superior and proved it with a front-striding, score ...
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Omnipotent fastest winner in PA Stallion Stakes

on 05/16/2013 2:00 AM
Sixth at the half, Omnipotent proved all-powerful late in the mile as she captured the fastest division in Wednesday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, which kicked off the 2013 stakes season at The Meadows, was conducted over five divisions, with Mystical Touch, Gliding To Glory, Lindyofalifetime and McKenzie’s Star...
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