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Tirade Hanover trots 1:57.3 in NYSS at Yonkers

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes preliminary leg competition concluded its downstate dance card Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $286,600 Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   The event again honored the memory of the legendary publicist and Harness Hall of Famer, whose work at Roosevelt Raceway in general and with the International Trot in particular helped keep harness...
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An inside look at Illinois Super Night

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
The fields have been set and now the excitement begins as Balmoral Park gears up for Illinois' biggest night of racing, Super Night 2012, this Saturday, Sept. 15. The festivities will get underway around 5:30 p.m. (CDT) and the first post will be at 6:30 p.m. for the 14-race card.   In all, more than $1.3 million in purse money will be on the line with eight championship battles sharing t...
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American Jewel, Economy Terror in Jugette

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
The 42nd edition of the Jugette has attracted 15 three-year-old pacing fillies, with fields of eight and seven set to square off in eliminations next Wednesday at the Delaware County Fair. The field for the $296,050 race includes divisional heavyweights American Jewel and Economy Terror, who will be starting in separate eliminations. However, both fillies have drawn outside post positions. &nbs...
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DRF.com to stream Delaware, Ill. Super Night

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
In a continuing effort to offer harness fans the most in-depth coverage of the sport and to cross-promote harness racing to Daily Racing Form's Thoroughbred fans, Daily Racing Form will be streaming live video for Balmoral's Super Night on Saturday, and the Jugette and Jug cards from the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20.   All three racing ca...
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Prestidigitator has new shoes for Saturday

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Dustin Jones and longtime owner Serge Godin could be in for a big night Saturday when a pair of talented trotting colts step onto the track at Mohawk. Prestidigitator, a 3-year-old son of Kadabra, will look to capture the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic and Wheeling N Dealin, a 2-year-old son of Cantab Hall, will put his undefeated record on the line when he contests the $462,000 Wi...
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Muscolo nips Kingstone in Charles Smith

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
Muscolo, looking for his first win of the year, nipped Kingstone for a nose victory in the $80,000 Charles Smith Trot on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. It was just about a year ago when the son of Muscles Yankee–Vernon Blue Chip won a New Jersey Sire Stakes Green Acres preliminary leg at Freehold on Sept. 16, a week after winning the $60,000 Harold Dancer Trot. Muscol...
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Check Me Out sets Tioga track record

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
Check Me Out captured the $18,000 Open Trot over a track listed "good" against older male trotters, and did it with post position nine on Friday night at Tioga Downs.   Tim Tetrick shuffled the filly out of the gate and tucked in fourth as John Campbell and Opening Night led a field of nine through an opening quarter in :27. The field raced in straight alignment by a half in :5...
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Trick Man scores on Scioto closing card

on 09/14/2012 2:00 AM
Trick Man won the faster of two divisions of the Open II Pace at Scioto Downs on the closing night of the 2012 season on Friday. His time of 1:52.4 was a tick faster than the time clocked by Emjayem Grand A in winning his split of the night's feature event.   Trick Man was the even-money favorite for trainer-driver Ray Paver and he got away in the middle of the 10-horse field. Doc's Yanke...
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Isabella's Magic upsets Meadows mares

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Trailing by five lengths at the top of the stretch and pinned along the pylons, Isabella's Magic went from worst to first to score a 16-1 upset victory in Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   When Dick Stillings finally was able to clear her to the outside, Isabella's Magic still had to pass seven horses to get the win. The 5-yea...
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Longtime Michigan official Frank Utter dies

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Longtime Michigan racing official and a member of the state's Harness Racing Hall of Fame, Frank C. Utter, 78, of Fowlerville, Mich., died Sept. 11 at home.   He was born Aug. 26, 1934, to Irving F. and Ethel M. (Jones) Utter and married Ann B. Hillman on Sept. 21, 1957. He graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1952 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.   Mr. Utter owne...
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Swedish mare to work out at Red Mile Saturday

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Tamla Celeber, a 5-year-old mare by Cantab Hall who won the European Championship for mares on Aug. 15 at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, is just about ready to begin her North American campaign. The mare is at John-Erik Magnusson's ACL Farm in Paris, Ky., and she is presently scheduled to work out before the judges at The Red Mile on Saturday night before the racing card. ...
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Latest Weekend Preview now available!

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
The $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic is set for Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, and in the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Jimmy Takter talks about the chances his two colts Little Brown Fox and Guccio have to win the race. Takter also has a top contender in the Peaceful Way final, the precocious freshman trotting filly To Dream On, who both he and driver David ...
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Sheward first female judge at Delaware

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Renee Sheward grew up working with her father Ray's horses at their Portland, Ind., farm and later as an assistant trainer. But she'll be in the judges stand at the Delaware County Fair on Sunday, serving as the first ever female associate judge for the Delaware fair.   "Renee is one of three women judges working at pari-mutuel tracks,” said Delaware Presiding Judge Tim Schmi...
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New book Goshen Revisited at Hall of Fame

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Goshen, the county seat of Orange County, NY, is situated in the Hudson Valley, 60 miles northwest of New York City. Settled in 1714, Goshen boasts of a rich farming heritage as well as a vibrant history of harness racing.   The new book Goshen Revisited follows the development of the village and the town with more than 200 photographs highlighting the village's Victorian homes, the...
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Caris True takes Scioto open for mares

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Caris True paced away from her rivals to win the $12,000 Fillies & Mares Open II at Scioto Downs on Thursday evening. She stopped the timer in 1:53.2 for driver Greg Grismore to defeat Gale Storm and Jl's Red Star.   Caris True rewarded her backers with a $32.60 payoff as she won at odds of 15-1 from post eight in the field of nine.   Virgil Morgan, Jr., the perennial...
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Fashion Astral lowers Harrington 3YOCT mark

on 09/13/2012 2:00 AM
Barbara Boese's Fashion Astral ($2.80, Carlo Poliseno) broke the track record for 3-year-old trotters Thursday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:56.1 victory in a conditioned event.   Trained and driven by Poliseno, the Broadway Hall colt left the gate from post four and immediately seized the front, where he set fractions of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:27 before drawing away by open ...
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Sears hits 8,000-win mark at Yonkers

on 09/12/2012 2:00 AM
In a resume chock full of major wins and never-ending milestones, Brian Sears crossed another item off his "to-do" list Tuesday night. Sears drove his 8,000th career winner, the round number coming with Get Packin' ($3.40) in Yonkers Raceway's $14,500, 11th-race trot (1:57.2). Sears began his work night three wins shy of the latest round number. He won the $11,500 pacing opener with Sgt Gri...
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Win Missy B leads NYSS fillies at Yonkers

on 09/12/2012 2:00 AM
Brian Sears reached the plateau-in-waiting, getting win number 7,999 with the millionairess Win Missy B ($2.80) in the second division of the $340,268 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot (four divisions at $85,067 each) for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday night. The runner-up in this year's Hambletonian Oaks, Win Missy B scored in 1:54.4. "Missy," making her first ...
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Changes made to Kentucky drug regulations

on 09/12/2012 2:00 AM
Although proposed changes to Kentucky's drug regulations by the state's Racing Commission were initially turned down by a legislative committee, an override by Gov. Steve Beshear on Sept. 4 allowed them to be enacted and are now currently in effect. The only permitted medication on race day is furosemide (Salix). Included among the Standardbred changes is the restriction of adjunct bleeder ...
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Mohawk backstretch to close due to uncertainty

on 09/12/2012 2:00 AM
Despite efforts to keep the Mohawk Racetrack backstretch open, it will be closed on Dec. 15. Mohawk management advised the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) so it could advise horsemen and give them 90 days notice and then announced the news Wednesday morning.   "I don't really know if it was strictly a matter of making the backstretch pay for itself," said COSA president Bi...
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