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Sapphire City takes Yonkers open in 1:52.1

on 11/25/2012 12:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Sapphire City (Brent Holland) lasted on a windy lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned post position four, Sapphire City eschewed an early seat behind Eighteen (Mark MacDonald), instead making the lead before a :26.4 quarter-mile.   From there, it was a :56.1 intermission before eight-hole ordered Great Vintage ...
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Matron elims to Thinking Out Loud, Hillbilly Hanover

on 11/25/2012 12:00 AM
Thinking Out Loud, the public choice, beat Bettor's Edge by a nose to win the first $29,444 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace elimination in 1:50 while Hillbilly Hanover pulled a 14-1 surprise to hold off fast-finishing favorite Heston Blue Chip in a lifetime fastest 150.3 to win the other Matron elim at Dover Downs on Sunday, Nov. 25. Ron Pierce and Jim Morand drove four winners on the card whil...
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Field set for Autumn final for 3YO pacing fillies

on 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Apach Of Luck pulled off a 7-1 upset and snapped Drunk And Dramatic's undefeated record in the first of two $25,000 Autumn Stakes eliminations on Friday night at Woodbine. The 3-year-old pacing filly, who debuting for WEG's leading trainer Richard Moreau, also lowered her lifetime mark to 1:55.2.   Apach Of Luck and driver Sylvain Filion got away fifth behind Greystone Ladylike (Bil...
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YR mare feature to Coleman's Keeper's Destiny

on 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of all ranks and files--were won by a down-the-road Keeper's Destiny (George Brennan, $6.10) and a pocket-sitting Looking Hanover (Brian Sears, $4).   In play from what became penultimate post position No. 6 (the results of an eight-hole defection), Keeper's Destiny made the lead ar...
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Horseman Bill Evilsizor, 85, dies in Ohio

on 11/24/2012 12:00 AM
Charles William "Bill” Evilsizor, 85, of Urbana, Ohio, an owner, trainer and driver, died Nov. 21, 2012, at Vancrest of Urbana.   In addition to his work as a horseman, Mr. Evilsizor was an avid collector of harness racing memorabilia. He was also a member of Grace Baptist Church. He is survived by his daughters, Tami (Don) Troyer, Shelley Wallace and Lori (Jim) Gawro...
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Prairie Big John takes Pompano feature

on 11/22/2012 12:00 AM
Wednesday night's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park featured a thrilling stretch drive with five horses within three-quarters of a length strung out across the track at the finish. Prairie Big John (Tom Sells) pushed a head in front of Wesleys Fortune (Rob Hoffman) to record his second straight triumph in the weekly top trot.   Favored Andover America (Bruce Ra...
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JA Going Alltheway 2:00 winner in Delaware

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
It was deja vu in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2nd leg preliminaries for filly trotters as JA Going Alltheway and Luscious Leigh, trainer John Wagner and driver Vic Kirby, duplicated last week's opening round of the two weeks prelims on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at Dover Downs. Kirby bided his time waiting until mid-backstretch before sending JA Going Alltheway into action and the daughte...
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Art's Chip moving to Ohio for 2013

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Velocity Standardbreds of Ohio has announced that after standing two very successful seasons in Indiana Art's Chip p,4,1:49.3 ($726,999) will be relocating to Ohio for the 2013 breeding season. Indiana’s leading money-winning sire of 3-year-old pacers in 2012, Art's Chip is the sire of American National and Indiana Sire Stakes Gold Champion Our Lucky Chip p,3,1:50.1-’12 ($399,187) and multi...
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Buffalo to open Jan. 9 with new barns

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway, in Hamburg, NY, opens its 71st season of live harness racing on Wednesday Jan. 9, but never in its history has a meet opened with so much optimism. "Much has been done this off season to improve live racing, especially in the stable area,” said C.O.O. Jim Mango. Two new barns have been built replacing older barns B and C, plus major repairs to all the existing barns including...
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Pocono announces 2013 racing schedule

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Looking ahead to an exciting season featuring the Breeders Crown, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has announced its 2013 racing schedule. Opening night will be Saturday, March 23, and it will kick off the Northeast PA track's 48th racing season. With a post time of 6:30 p.m., racing will take place on a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday schedule for the months of March through May. A special do...
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Carolers at Hall of Fame Museum Dec. 6

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Mark your calendar to attend the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert on Thursday, Dec. 6. This member benefit event will be held in the Museum's William R. Haughton Memorial Hall. We are delighted to again welcome the Yuletide Carolers, sponsored by Robert Boni of Northwood Bloodstock in memory of John A. Cashman, Jr. Wearing authentic Victorian attire, the caroler...
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Filly with memorable name a contender in Autumn

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Whether she wins or loses in her Autumn Stakes elimination this Friday, Drunk And Dramatic has already exceeded her conditioner's expectations. Trained by Philip Doyle, Drunk And Dramatic remains a perfect eight-for-eight in her young career, along with earnings of $25,600. The bay miss has raced exclusively at Rideau Carleton near Ottawa and will look to make her Woodbine debut a winning one. "I...
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Big Rigs sets track record at Dover

on 11/21/2012 12:00 AM
Big Rigs became the fastest trotter in track history winning the $23,000 Open trot in 1:52.1 while Second Wind N scored his fourth straight victory and Solo Command, Dingy’s Boy and He’s A Primadonna win Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman colt trotters 2nd leg preliminaries on a strong and fast pre-Thanksgiving Day card, Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Dover Downs. With David M...
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John Kelly, owned KY's Janne Farm, dies

on 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
John Morgan Kelly, who owned and operated Janne Farm in Winchester, KY, and also worked as comptroller of The Red Mile, in the 1980s, died Saturday, Nov. 17, at Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester. He was 85.   Mr. Kelly had a small broodmare band and stood the Albatross stallion Sweet Meadow Doc p,2, 1:56.4 at his farm.   He also at one time operated and owned Fi...
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Retirement Foundation's Paris trip raffle underway

on 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's annual raffle for a trip to the celebrated Prix d'Amerique at the Vincennes track in Paris, France, has left the gate with the finish just 18 days away when the winning ticket will be drawn.   The Prix d'Amerique, one of harness racing's most prestigious events, is a dream destination for those who love the sport of harness rac...
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Heston Blue Chip making his case in Matron

on 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
Owner Ken Jacobs has long believed Heston Blue Chip is the best 3-year-old male pacer in the nation. He hopes that by winning the upcoming Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, Heston Blue Chip will convince a lot of other people as well. Heston Blue Chip, trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, is coming off a win in Sunday's $270,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs in a stakes-record 1:4...
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Perretti Farms to stand its studs in PA in 2013

on 11/20/2012 12:00 AM
Perretti Farms is opening a new stallion station in Newtown, Pa., just over the border from New Jersey, so its stallions can have the benefits of a solid sires stakes program in 2013.   Rocknroll Hanover, the leading money-winning sire of 3 year olds and all-age pacers this year, along with perennial trotting kingpin Muscles Yankee, and the young Lucky Chucky, will all stan...
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Legendary broodmare Rich N Elegant dies at 22

on 11/19/2012 12:00 AM
Rich N Elegant, the mare which many consider to be the greatest Standardbred broodmare ever, was humanely euthanized Friday, Nov. 16, at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania due to a severe bout with colic. Rich N Elegant, who was a Harness Racing Hall of Fame broodmare, was 22 years old.   Rich N Elegant, originally named Armbro Literal, born on St. Patrick's day March 17, ...
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Vote now for the 2012 Race of the Year!

on 11/19/2012 12:00 AM
It's time to vote for the 2012 Race of the Year! As selected by the staff at harnessracing.com, here are the five finalists, in alphabetical order: Breeders Crown Open Trot, won by Chapter Seven; Colonial Trot, won by Googoo Gaagaa; Hambletonian, won by Market Share; Metro Pace, won by Captaintreacherous; and Tattersalls Pace, won by Sweet Lou. Don't miss out on your chance to select the 20...
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Hatfield wins Billings Gold Cup final

on 11/19/2012 12:00 AM
The Billings Series finals were held at a new venue this year and a few weeks earlier than in past seasons. When the events were completed, "Trader Bud” Hatfield emerged victorious in the $25,000 Delvin Miller Memorial Gold Cup Championship final while "Smokin' Joe” Faraldo copped the $15,000 Silver Cup Championship, both at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 18.   Hatfi...
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