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World champ Googoo Gaagaa ready to qualify

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
Googoo Gaagaa is ready to step up his preparations for his 4-year-old season. The world champion trotter will qualify Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia with regular driver Corey Callahan at the lines for breeder/owner/trainer Richard Hans.   "We're not going to do anything fancy,” Callahan said. "I'll be happy to just get around (the track) in (1):57 or so. Then we'll ...
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Favorites score in Celias Counsel splits

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
The opening round of the Celias Counsel Series kicked off on Monday evening at Woodbine with a pair of $15,000 divisions on tap. Both post time favorites, Standing My Ground and Miss Panthers, found the wire first for their respective connections.   In the opening dash of the 12-race program, Standing My Ground, driven by Chris Christoforou, scored a convincing win in 1:56.1 --the f...
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Brennan notches five-bagger at Yonkers

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway played host to a perfect pairing Monday night, as the tandem of driver George Brennan and trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera combined to win with all five of the latter's starters.   Uilleann ($15.40), a professional maiden after 23 career starts, finally found her way off the schneid with a 1:54.4 victory in the $15,000, first-race pace. The 3-year-old daughter of McAr...
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Double Dribble, Sure Thing win Northfield opens

on 04/15/2013 2:00 AM
Double Dribble was first to cross the wire in the $5,000 Open Pace in Northfield Park's sixth race on Monday. Mike Foote owns the 7-year-old pacer. Sam Schillaci trains and drove the gelding.   Double Dribble (Allamerican Ingot-Lills Dream) got away third through an opening quarter of :27.1. Schillaci pulled first-over and ground out a victory through fractional times of :56.1, 1:25 an...
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Burke sweeps Hudson River divisions

on 04/14/2013 2:00 AM
In an effort to showcase talented horses at multiple racetracks in the coming weeks, the Meadowlands introduced the brand new Hudson River Pacing Series for four and five year old pacers Saturday night. The first leg was contested at the Meadowlands featuring two divisions.   The first division went to Domethatagain, who won the prep for this series last week. Corey Callahan worked ...
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Lulu's Boy 1:52.1 winner for Justin Huckabone

on 04/14/2013 2:00 AM
Lulu's Boy paced the fastest mile of the fledgling harness season, while provisional driver Justin Huckabone earned his initial pari-mutual victory on Saturday night (April 13) at Vernon Downs.   Competing in the 10th event on Saturday's 13-race card, Lulu's Boy battled to a 1:52.1 score that made him the quickest of 23 winners during opening weekend of the track's 60th season. W...
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Feelin Lika Winner getting ready for Ohio Sires Stakes

on 04/14/2013 2:00 AM
Scott Mogan knows that as Ohio’s best freshman pacer last year, Feelin Lika Winner will have a bulls-eye on him when he races this season, so the veteran trainer is planning the pacer’s campaign carefully. Trainer Mogan has given his champion a lot of foundation miles over the winter and is aiming him at the first leg of the Ohio Sires Stake at Lebanon Raceway on May 4.  "I was ...
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Unique $500 deal for Simpson eligibles

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
With stakes season on the horizon, The Meadowlands has an unique proposal to offer horsemen with three year olds eligible to the Simpson Memorial stakes. The upcoming condition sheet offers a "Simpson Eligibles Preferred" event for sophomores of all sexes and gaits with a purse of $20,000 over the weekend of April 19-20. If any/all of those prep races fill with Simpson eligible ...
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Classic Gent takes Youthful, undefeated in 9

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
Sent off as the second choice at odds of 2-1, Classic Gent, driven by Doug McNair, is now undefeated in nine starts this season after capturing the $37,000 Youthful final in 1:52.2 on Saturday evening at Woodbine.The son of Blissful Hall increased his seasonal earnings to $59,100 for trainer Stanley Malec, who operates Classic Farms.   Orillia Joe (Paul MacDonell) fired to the lead ...
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Shotgun Shack wins ICF for 3YO colts

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled pacers kicked off the 2013 stake season on Friday night at Maywood Park as Sawgrass Farms' Shotgun Shack easily disposed of five other 3-year-old colts, winning the $12,000 Sportsmaster Stake by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:56 for driver Mike Oosting.   After getting away fourth in the field as heavily favored Big Brad (Robert Smolin) and Party Cove (Mike Rogers) ...
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Northern Companion scores at Pompano

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
Northern Companion, making his final start of the Pompano meeting before heading northward, paced his final three-quarters in 1:22.2 and rolled by the entire field in the stretch to score a decisive win for driver Rob Hoffman in 1:51.1 in Pompano Park's top pace on Saturday night.   A 5-year-old son of Cambest trained by Howard Klohr for owner Dorothy Zarza, Northern Companion defea...
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Modern Family trots 1:52.2 in Pocono Preferred

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
Modern Family staged a furious rally in the stretch to come up with a victory in Saturday night's featured $25,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated a top field that included Blacktuxwhitesocks (second), Uncle Peter (third), Tui and Tall Cotton.   Modern Family (Cantab Hall-Domestic Diva) left from post position six in the field of nine as the 3-1 t...
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3YO Normandy Invasion wins big in 1:52

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
Normandy Invasion, a 3-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere, romped to a 7 3/4-length victory in 1:52 at The Meadows Saturday night.   With Dave Palone driving, Normandy Invasion started from post eight and made his way to the front in the first quarter-mile of the race. He took control and had a three-length advantage on the field at the top of the homestretch, which he extended ...
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Foiled Again leads Burke's 3 Levy leg winners

on 04/13/2013 2:00 AM
The last two racing nights had Yonkers Raceway host eight series races--four each in Friday's Blue Chip Matchmaker and Saturday's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Of those eight winners, six were trained by Ron Burke. After winning three the four mare events, he duplicated that effort with the boys, going 3-for-4 in the Levy's fourth preliminary round.   In Levy actio...
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Delaware, Ohio payments due April 15

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the Winbak Farm Pace (Aged Pace), the Ohio Breeder's Championships (Ohio Bred 2 and 3 year olds) and the Delaware Open Series (2 and 3 year olds) are due by April 15. The 2013 Delaware Grand Circuit meet opens Sunday, Sept. 15, and will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There will be no racing on Monday, Sept. 16.   Make checks payable and send all ent...
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Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale set for July 28

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale will remain in its traditional spot on the calendar this summer, as it is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, a week before the racetrack wraps up its championship meet with the Aug. 3 Hambletonian. Entries for the sale are now being accepted.   The annual mixed venue, conducted by Tattersalls Sales Co., will carry on the company's emphasis on selling top-qual...
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Ont. 2013 race dates approved by commission

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
The director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has approved the 2013 Ontario Race Date Schedule for the remainder of the calendar year. The decisions on allocations were made based on a review of the needs of the Ontario Racing Program while recognizing the negotiated racetrack arrangements with government. The Director provides notice that where applicable, the approved dates are conditi...
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2 straight wins or Betterluvnexttime at Hoosier

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
Betterluvnexttime rattled off a sharp front-end effort, taking home the featured event, a $24,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, to notch her second consecutive victory at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, April 12.   Peter Wrenn left no room error as he sent the 5-year-old mare to the front from post seven. The duo would have to work for their position as Trace Tetric...
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Native Dream fastest Meadows series winner

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
Native Dream powered to the lead past the quarter and went on to score in a career-best 1:54.1, fastest division of Friday's My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows.   The opening leg of the event for 3-year-old fillies was conducted over three divisions, with R Marie Hanover and Bo Tox Hanover taking the other $11,250 splits. Brett Miller enjoyed an opening-leg double with Native Dream and Bo ...
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Ice Machine coasts in Meadowlands FFA

on 04/12/2013 2:00 AM
Ice Machine, driven by Corey Callahan, showed his seasoning on Friday night at the Meadowlands when he won the $30,000 A-1/Free-For-All Handicap Trot over a field that included Guccio, Wishing Stone and $3.7 million winner Arch Madness.   Bred and owned by Robert J. Key, Ice Machine virtually wired the field in 1:52.3. The 5-year-old stallion by Muscles Yankee was sent to the lead b...
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