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Mickey Hanover rallies for victory at Pocono

on 05/11/2013 2:00 AM
Mickey Hanover came from behind late to score a victory Saturday night in the featured Preferred pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #5 in a field of six as the 5-2 second choice on the board, Mickey Hanover was wisely held off a scorching early pace by driver Joe Pavia Jr., sitting fifth until the back stret...
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HHBNYS: No New York Sires Stakes in May

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) has sent a letter to horsemen regarding the status of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) events in the month of May. As a result of the current issue of the equine herpes virus at Vernon Downs which resulted in the cancellation of two race programs and the restriction of race cards to only horses stabled on the grounds of the racetrack, ther...
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"Captain Canada" heads to the Big M

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
The last time Jody Jamieson drove at the Meadowlands Racetrack he deftly stick-handled his way through stretch traffic with Put On A Show, who became the fastest female in the sport with a 1:47.3 upset in the Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day 2012.   The busy two-time World Driving Champion and O'Brien Award winner returns to the Big M on Saturday night, principally to compete in the...
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A lot of buzz about Shebestingin

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Joe Holloway had high hopes for Shebestingin prior to the filly pacer suffering an injury that cut short her 2-year-old season. Since her return, she has done nothing to change his opinion.   Shebestingin (pronounced She-be-stingin) went three-for-three last year, winning divisions of the Simpson, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers stakes before being sidelined in August by a stress f...
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Career marks set in Simpson 3FT divisions

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Miss Steele and True Day Dream each trotted career bests in capturing their respective divisions of the $49,016 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year-old fillies Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Miss Steele won speed-badge honors with a 1:53.4 effort in the second $24,758. Driver Andy Miller was content to sit a pocket trip with the 3-5 favorite Miss Steele as Tim Tetrick directed...
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Dan Patch Invite May 25 highlights Hoosier meet

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Once again, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational will be the highlight of the 2013 harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 25. Now in its 20th edition, the Dan Patch Invitational pace is the one time of the year that the top rated horses in North America convene on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval seeking a lucrative $200,000 purse and a spot in Hoosier ...
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Hugadragon repeats in Meadows $18,000 pace

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Hugadragon vaulted to the lead for Dave Palone, then sailed through the slop for his second straight win in Friday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. A top national campaigner at 3 when he took his mark of 1:49.3 at Dover Downs, Hugadragon was limited to four starts last year. But he looked like the Hugadragon of old Friday, repelling the first-o...
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Mystic Karissa best in Thompson Series final

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Mystic Karissa with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, swept the Bill Thompson series, a late-closing event open to Indiana-sired fillies and mares that are non-winners of $30,000 lifetime, after a sharp front running effort at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday. With a final time of 1:56.1, Mystic Karissa extended her win streak to three from just eight lifetime starts after winn...
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Top trotters in at Scioto Friday night

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
With at least five months between starts, local Columbus trainees Quick N' Slick and Southwind Pepino might not be ready to dominate the open ranks at Scioto Downs Racino Friday night, but their trainers believe in their horses' abilities. Both trainers have taken the time to develop these horses into athletes that can compete at the top level on the Midwest racing circuit....
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Simard injured in Rideau Carleton spill

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Veteran driver Richard Simard was taken to hospital following a scary-looking wreck in Thursday's eighth race at Rideau Carleton Raceway.   Simard was cutting out the mile with a pacer named Air Current when suddenly his wheel got stepped on by the pocket-sitter and he was dislodged from his bike. As a result, Simard fell between the bike and his horse before getting trampled b...
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Lady Godiva spotlighted Monday at Mighty M

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Ladies will take center stage at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, May 13, when the track presents its 11th edition of the Lady Godiva, a race exclusively for the female drivers. The race will be the fourth leg of the Mighty M's Heritage Drivers Series-2013.   In what has become a race that is increasingly hard to fill, director of racing Eric Warner did however get a fie...
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Arch Madness scratched from Oslo Grand Prix

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
Arch Madness has been scratched from Sunday's Oslo Grand Prix in Norway after he tied up following a Friday morning training session with trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer. Arch Madness was sent to Norway following his third-place finish in the Free For All Trot May 3 at the Meadowlands, and Smedshammer followed on Wednesday, May 8. Arch Madness won the 2011 Oslo Grand Prix and then followed...
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New text service from Meadows' race office

on 05/10/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has introduced a text message service to alert horsemen to opportunities to race.   On draw days, the race secretary's office will use the service to inform trainers of which races remain to be filled and the conditions of those races. The service also may be used for conveyance of other timely, important information.   The service will...
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Racing update from Vernon Downs

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
There will be live racing at Vernon Downs this weekend by permission of the New York State Gaming Commission. Vernon will race a full card of 11 races on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 6:45 p.m. each evening.   Vernon live racing will continue with this schedule until further notice. Thursday, May 9, racing has been canceled and there will be no racing on Thursday during ...
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Scioto Downs opens on a strong note

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
If the first mile for the 2013 Scioto Downs Racino race meet was any indication, the season should be on fire. That first race was a scorcher, with the first-time starter Ilikeitrealhot stopping the clock in 1:52 on Wednesday night. The colt by Real Desire is trained by Ron Potter and was driven under wraps for driver Jeff Nisonger.   That fast pace carried the track all t...
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TSM Photo Bugger scores in Meadows feature

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
TSM Photo Bugger, locked in a quarter-mile duel with Big And Little, finally inched away in deep stretch to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   TSM Photo Bugger sat comfortably in third down the backside stalking Big And Little, who was stung in a :27.3 opening quarter. When Mike Wilder tipped TSM Photo Bugger off the cones first-over, it set t...
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Ooh’s N Aah’s retires from broodmare career

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
Badlands Racing LLC announces the retirement of Ooh’s N Aah’s p,1:51.1s ($1,139,429). The 21 year old daughter of Albert Albert was a successful racehorse turned remarkable broodmare. As a racehorse, she was the winner of 44 races, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at 3, and an O’Brien Award for Older Pacing Mares. As a broodmare, she is one of only three millionaire pacing ...
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Molson Pace Night details announced

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
The Raceway at The Western Fair District is busy putting together plans for this year's Molson Pace night which will take place on Friday, May 31. This year's race will be contested as a $150,000 Invitational Pace and features a new twist--a Molson Pace "Win And You're In" prep the week before on Friday, May 24.   The winner of the prep will receive an automatic spot in the Mo...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
In the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Jody Jamieson gives his take on Warrawee Needy's career-best win last time out at Woodbine and how the 4-year-old pacer fares entering Saturday night's TVG FFA Series at the Meadowlands. Jamieson also talks about his chances with Mister Herbie and Knows Nothing in the Cutler Memorial Trot eliminations. The Oslo Grand Prix will be contested Sunday i...
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Two nights, 10 wins for Dennis at Harrington

on 05/09/2013 2:00 AM
Driver George Dennis won five races for the second straight night at Harrington Raceway Thursday.   The 43-year-old driver has excelled on "trot” nights at Harrington, as all trotting races are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday during the five-day-a-week racing schedule. Dennis notched his first win with long shot trotter PS Emily's Tuition ($43.60) who improved dramatically in ...
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