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Cal Expo LCs named for late, greats of sport

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
The schedule of late-closing events for the upcoming Watch and Wager meeting at Cal Expo harness has been released, with these series honoring some of the great names in California harness history. The meeting is set to begin on Friday, Nov. 2, and will run through May 11,  2013. Events have been named for owners Dr. Gary Budahn, Bob Staats, Marvin Shapiro, Lonnie Beck, Richard Staley...
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Stakes-winning filly For A Dancer retired

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Multiple-stakes-winning filly trotter For A Dancer has been retired, owner Mitchel Skolnick of Bluestone Farms said Monday. The 3-year-old For A Dancer won 14 of 21 career races, finished no worse than third a total of 18 times, and earned $521,127. Her victories included the New York Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly trotters, from post eight at Saratoga Raceway, and this sea...
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Bluegrass 2FT to open Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
With the Little Brown Jug and various regional finals now history,the focus of harness racing shifts to the Bluegrass for the premier Grand Circuit event of the season, two wonderful weeks at The Red Mile. The action begins with a 10 race card featuring the Bluegrass 2-Year-Old-Filly Trot on Thursday, Sept. 27. Entries for the stake numbered 26, necessitating four divisions, each for a pu...
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Dancin Yankee repeats at Harrington

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Robert Briley and Baron Racing Stable's Dancin Yankee ($2.60, Ross Wolfenden) overcame post eight to prevail in the featured $20,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.   It was the second straight win for the 4-year-old Yankee Cruiser stallion, who is trained by Josh Green and made his Harrington debut last week with a 1:51 win that resulted in a track record. The record was...
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Winning It fastest in Keystone Classic 3FP

on 09/24/2012 2:00 AM
Winning It, an early-season terror at The Meadows, regained her golden touch Monday at the track by capturing a Keystone Classic division in a stake-fastest 1:52.3. The $105,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over three divisions, with Campanile and Podges Lady also taking $35,000 splits.   Winning It swept a pair of spring series at The Meadows with six straight vi...
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New York Night of Champions at Yonkers

on 09/23/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway played host to the richest night of racing in the state Saturday, the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, proudly hosted by Yonkers Raceway. Eight, $225,000 sire stakes divisional finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits—in the 23rd Night of Champions, which were each again sponsored by a prominent Empire breeding farm or ownership group. The Reader's Di...
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Hot Shot Blue Chip wins Pride In Progress

on 09/23/2012 2:00 AM
Hot Shot Blue Chip put away Tamla Celeber S at the top of the lane and withstood a late charge by Opening Night to capture the $205,500 Pride In Progress for free-for-all trotters Saturday night, September 22 at Indiana Downs. Driven by Corey Callahan, the millionaire trotter stopped the timer in 1:54.4. Drawing post five in the field of nine, Callahan and Hot Shot Blue Chip got away third ...
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Hall Of Muscles leads Keystone Classic winners

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
Hall Of Muscles, who hadn’t seen the lead in seven straight races, got there by accident Friday at The Meadows and discovered he liked it as he clicked off a stake-fastest 1:56.2 victory in a Keystone Classic division. The $125,198 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Major Athens and Hes An American taking the other splits. Hall Of Muscl...
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Four Damsals trots to Vernon feature win

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
Four Damsals unleashed a strong stretch kick to capture Friday night’s $8,400 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs. Howard Okusko, Jr. was at the controls as Four Damsals ($9.90) kept an eye on the pace-setting Man O Matic from fourth at the quarter and half, and from third past the three-quarter mile mark.  The 4-year-old daughter of Cr Excalibur-Lotstoliveupto closed from second in ...
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Veteran racing executive John Cashman dies

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
John A. Cashman Jr., 72, one of harness racing's most active and influential leaders for many years, passed away on Sept. 22, in Atlantis, Fla.   Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 am at Holy Spirit Church in Lantana, FL. Visitation will be on Monday night 6-8 pm and Tuesday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Tillman Funeral Home in West Palm Beach.   Mr. Cash...
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Arch Madness, Golden Receiver shine in opens

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
Trotter Arch Madness and pacer Golden Receiver won their respective Opens in the featured races on a sloppy Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Both the Open trot and the Open handicap pace carried a purse of $50,000. Arch Madness (Balanced Image-Armbro-Archer), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Marc Goldberg and Willow Pond LLC, was sent to the front by trainer and driver Trond Sme...
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Babbitt, McNaught honored in Indiana

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino held a special day at the races on Saturday, Sept. 22 as they honored former chair of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Sarah McNaught, and former outside counsel to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Robin Babbitt, for their many years of service and leadership to the Indiana horse racing industry. McNaught was appointed chair of the Indiana Horse Rac...
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Big wins for Rocklamation, Warrawee Needy

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
At odds of 23-1, Rocklamation lowered the stakes record to 1:49.4 in the $384,000 Milton final, for pacing fillies and mares, on Saturday night at Mohawk. With driver Brett Miller in the bike, the four-year-old mare also became one of harness racing’s newest millionaires. With the lion’s share of the purse, the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Art Sale boasts lifetime earnings of $1,051,98...
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No Monkeys Allowed takes Vernon feature

on 09/22/2012 2:00 AM
No Monkeys Allowed pounced on the pace-setting Restless Yankee in the final stride to pull out a head victory in Saturday night’s $8,400 featured seventh race at Vernon Downs. Brian Connor was at the controls as No Monkeys Allowed ($8.70) moved up from fourth at the quarter to third on the outside at the half, timed in :55-seconds over a track labeled "sloppy.”  Having rallied to s...
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Miss Paris, Apogee Hanover win at Mohawk

on 09/21/2012 2:00 AM
Some of Ontario's most gifted sophomore fillies stepped into the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening and delivered two glittering Gold Final performances. First behind the starting gate were the trotting fillies and fans sent Miss Paris off their top choice off her solid second-place effort in the Sept. 6 Simcoe Stakes at the Campbellville oval. Driver Rick Zeron let the filly flo...
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Newlin resigns at Meadowlands for Penn job

on 09/21/2012 2:00 AM
Mike Newlin, general manager of the Meadowlands Racetrack, has resigned his position and accepted a general manager position at Penn National Gaming's Sanford Greyhound track near Orlando.   The Meadowlands has launched a search for a new general manager.   "I wish Mike well in his new position," said Meadowlands managing partner Jeff Gural. "Under his leadership, we accomp...
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Captaintreacherous qualifies in 1:53 at Red Mile

on 09/21/2012 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, whose five wins in six starts this year includes the $1 million Metro Pace and the $309,000 Woodrow Wilson, coasted to an easy qualifying win in 1:53 on Friday morning at The Red Mile.   Driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Tony Alagna, Captaintreacherous had no problems with just three rivals in the qualifier as he led through fractions of :29.4, :58.2 and 1:27. He closed ...
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Coleman, Zeron have more to say about Jug win

on 09/21/2012 2:00 AM
Winning the Little Brown Jug has always been at the top of trainer Casie Coleman's bucket list, so when Ontario-sired 3-year-old pacing gelding Michaels Power captured the Confederation Cup in August, she started thinking seriously about taking a third run at the storied race. On Thursday afternoon the son of Camluck, in the hands of 23-year-old Scott Zeron, made Coleman's dream a reali...
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Breeder finally rewarded with Brookroad Knight

on 09/21/2012 2:00 AM
It’s been a long road to breeding success for John O’Connor, but he seems to have found the right path with his 3-year-old trotting gelding Brookroad Knight. The son of CR Excalibur is a winner of more than a quarter-million dollars already this year and will be competing in the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final on the $1.8 million Night of Champions at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night (Sep...
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Rock N Soul, Neighsay Hanover win at Yonkers

on 09/21/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and any-gender-out-there trotters--were won by Rock N Soul (Jason Bartlett, $4.80) and Neighsay Hanover (Jeff Gregory, $7.80). Rock N Soul, away from post position No. 6 as the 7-5 favorite, worked around Ticket to Rock (Cat Manzi) and made the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. She th...
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