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Custers Last Stand wins 3rd straight

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Custers Last Stand paced home for his third straight win Monday in Northfield Park's 13th race. The 5 year old is owned by the Northfiled Park Wall of Famer Gerald Bookmyer of Sycamore, Ohio, and is trained by Pat Karcher. Jason Thompson has driven the gelding for all three of his most recent victories.   Custers Last Stand was fifth though a contested opening quarter of :27. T...
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Tracys Song's win streak reaches nine

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Talk about a bargain, just check out Tracys Song. A $4,000 purchase early this year, Tracys Song, with a victory again on Monday, has run her string to nine wins in a row and currently she is the winningest horse in North America.   Win number nine--and all her wins for that matter--have come at Monticello Raceway and all under the guidance of driver Bruce Aldrich Jr....
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Pair of late closers added to Vernon schedule

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has added a pair of late closing events to its schedule.   The Catherine Burton Trotting Series will conduct preliminary legs on Friday, April 19, and Friday, April 26. The Anthony Farina Pacing Series is slated for Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, April 27. The finals for each will be on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 4, with a special 5:10 p.m. first pos...
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"Hercules" flexes muscles at Balmoral

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
If Celebrity Hercules slipped through the cracks, co-owner Jeff Davis is happy he landed in his hands.   Davis and Matt Shipley, under the name Dandy Farms Inc., purchased Celebrity Hercules for $24,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. Since then, the 7-year-old trotter has won three of four races and earned $21,875 while competing at Balmoral Park i...
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Homebred Manhattan Tea takes Meadows series leg

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Fourth in the first two series legs, Manhattan Tea found his best stride Tuesday at The Meadows with a powerful first-over move that carried him to victory in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace. The third leg of the series for 3- and 4-year old colts, horses and geldings was conducted over three $11,250 divisions, with Elusive Rainbow and Cruisingtothemusic taking the other splits. The $20,000-added...
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Cashendash Hanover wins third straight at Dover

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Ross Wolfenden drove Cashendash Hanover and Village Blast, among three winners, while Tony Morgan scored his third victory of the card with Ashes N Dust in the Tuesday (March 19) features at Dover Downs. Cashendash Hanover got up in the closing strides to win the $20,000 male claiming pace in a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 to rack-up the Western Hanover-Castanet Hall gelding's third c...
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American Ideal's book full and closed

on 03/18/2013 2:00 AM
Having made a "siring sweep" of the 2012 Dan Patch Awards for 3-year-old pacers, American Ideal figured to be popular among breeders this year, and indeed he was. It was announced Monday that his book for 2013 is full and closed.   "We know he is the best value in the industry right now, but it's still a tough market. We really do appreciate the response and thank everyone for ...
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Bobby Manning dies

on 03/18/2013 2:00 AM
Robert E. "Bobby" Manning died Friday, March 8. He was 56.   Mr. Manning spent his life training horses in New England and at Pocono Downs. According to U.S. Trotting Association records, Mr. Manning retired from training his own stable in 1996.  
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Faraldo comments on "cartels" and handle

on 03/18/2013 2:00 AM
The following editorial was written by Joseph A. Faraldo, an attorney and president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, representing the over 1,000 owners, trainers and drivers regularly competing at Yonkers Raceway. He is a director and past chairman of the Board of the United States Trotting Association.   Faraldo told harnessracing.com that he wrote...
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With 2 series finals, Big M handle up $1 million

on 03/17/2013 2:00 AM
The Saturday card at the Meadowlands opened with two series finals. The first half of the Daily Double was the $57,000 Aquarius, serving as the rubber match between leg one winner Warranee Needy, sent off as the 3-5 favorite, and Escape The News, who sprung a mild upset in last week's second round.   On the wagering front, the total handle of $3,593,659 was $1,029,420 more than the ...
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Watch the Meadowlands do the Harlem Shake

on 03/17/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack is the latest to join the Harlem Shake craze. On Saturday night track management and the drivers at the Big M did their version of the Harlem Shake. In the management "Shake," track general manager Jason Settlemoir had the lead role and Bob "Hollywood" Heyden can't take his eyes off the program page. The Harlem Shake at the Meadowlands was televised on the track's sim...
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Rocklamation wins first start of season

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
Friday night's card at The Meadowlands was strong, with several co-features sprinkled throughout the evening. The second race was a solid B-1/A-2 handicap trot with a pretty even group facing the starter, or so it seemed. Il Mago, despite no evidence of real early speed in his form, left the gate fast and effectively drug Ron Pierce through grueling splits of 26.4, 55- and 1:24, leading by ...
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Burke trainees sweep Meadows series divisions

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
Mattwestern and Save My Dragon, a pair of Ron Burke trainees piloted by Dave Palone, swept Friday's $12,500 divisions of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, a series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares, at The Meadows. Mattwestern won her opening-leg division last week off a five-month layoff and, if anything, looked even more impressive in repeating. Though parked the first quarter, she sailed ...
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Qualfiers held as Hoosier Park gets ready to open

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
The Standardbred horses made their anticipated return to the seven-eighths mile oval at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday morning for the first round of qualifiers in preparation for the 20th season of live Standardbred racing. The opening qualifying session featured ten qualifiers filled with horses gearing up for the upcoming season along with some familiar names making their 2013...
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McSocks, McGreat finish 1-2 at Pompano Park

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
Hunch bettors celebrated St. Patrick's Day a bit early at Pompano Park on Saturday night when McSocks and McGreat, both sons of McArdle, finished 1-2 in the Open Handicap Pace.   It was the photo finish camera that separated the two as they crossed the wire together in 1:52 with McSocks winning by a nostril for Bruce Ranger while McGreat, handled by Dave Ingraham, lost his third str...
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Flem N Em N wins Yonkers Open in 1:54

on 03/16/2013 2:00 AM
Flem N Em N (George Brennan) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position three, Flem N Em N made the lead, then deferred to Something For Doc (Matt Kakaley) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. "Doc" was able to rate a "sloppy" :29.2 second interval (:56.4 half) before Village Beat (Jason Bartlett) move...
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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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