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Sugar Wheeler to compete for Ontario Gold

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
Paul MacDonell qualified two Mike Keeling trained trotting fillies for Thursday night's $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, but the reinsman had committed to Sugar Wheeler well before he engineered the results of last week's eliminations. MacDonell has driven the 3-year-old trotting lass in all but two of her 20 career starts and he is, quite simply, a fan.   "Nowadays you...
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Betterthancheddar captures CPD elim

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Betterthancheddar, arguably the top aged pacer in North America this season, found the winner's circle in the single $50,000 Canadian Pacing Derby elimination on Saturday at Mohawk in 1:49.1.   Driven by George Brenna, the 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight has tasted just one defeat this season from nine starts for trainer Casie Coleman and owners West Wins Stable and Steve Calhoun...
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My Last Chance stands tall in Ohio Breeders

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
My Last Chance was the smallest horse in the field of nine starters in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes Saturday at Scioto Downs, but he was standing tall in the winner's circle after the race.   The 2-year-old gelding upset heavily-favored Feelin Lika Winner to notch his fourth victory in eight starts this season. Trainer-driver Chip Noble did his mother Carol Noble, the breeder an...
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Prestidigitator ties Mohawk record in OSS Gold

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
The fourth Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday turned into a match race between rivals Prestidigitator and Knows Nothing with the former hanging on to score in a Mohawk track record-equalling performance.   With the inside post advantage, current divisional leader Cold Certified (John Campbell) took control of the field with Amigo Ra...
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Favorites sweep Metro eliminations

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
The top 2-year-old pacers on the continent were in action Saturday night at Mohawk, but it was the three favorites who brought their ‘A' game in their respective $40,000 eliminations for next Saturday's $1 million Metro Pace.   Fresh off of winning one of last week's Nassagaweya divisions, Apprentice Hanover, Captaintreacherous and Odds On Equuleus each returned to victory lane. ...
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Morrill wins six on State Fair card at Vernon

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Sir Cary's Z Tam and Royalty For Life recorded the season's fastest miles by freshmen on the pace and trot, respectively, while Jim Morrill Jr., again, tied the 2012 single program mark of six driving victories during Saturday night's $153,800 State Fair racing program for New York-breds at Vernon Downs.   Driven by Mike Lachance, Sir Cary's Z Tam converted a pocket trip into a care...
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Rosecroft conditions available; purses rise 75%

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Race Secretary Mike Wandishin has released the first condition sheet of the 2012 fall meet and purses are expected to average at least $35,000 for the meet. This is an increase of 75 percent from the spring meet.   Racing will continue to take place on Tuesday and Saturday evenings with a first post of 7:25 p.m. Qualifiers will continue to take place before the races on Saturda...
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Market Share, Check Me Out win Zweigs

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Market Share scored a two-length victory in a stakes and track record 1:52.1 in Sunday afternoon's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot at Vernon Downs. The 3-year-old colt was driven by Tim Tetrick, who also directed Check Me Out to a world record-equaling 1:51.3 victory in the companion $150,000 Zweig Trot for 3-year-old fillies.   Market Share rallied fro...
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Pierce wins $25,000 in Drivers' Championship

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
One week after Dave Palone took home the $10,000 first-place prize in the opening round of the 2012 Meadowlands/Vernon Downs Drivers' Championship , Ron Pierce captured three of Sunday's six races at Vernon Downs to finish first with 49 points and earn the $25,000 top prize. This was the six annual driver's competition, and Pierce also won this prestigious event in 2010. ...
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Heston Blue Chip scores in Cane Pace elim

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
The hometown favorite, Heston Blue Chip, continued to do what he does best at Tioga Downs, and that is win races. He came into the $107,572 Cane Pace elimination on Sunday night a perfect six-for-six at Tioga Downs and he left now seven-for-seven.   The connections of Heston Blue Chip opted to pay the $35,000 supplemental fee to the Cane Pace as a way to get revenge on some of the t...
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Sir Lehigh Z Tam fastest in NY State Fair splits

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
Sir Lehigh Z Tam turned in the fastest performance among the 81 New York-bred 2-year-old distaff Standardbreds competing in Friday night's $128,300 State Fair racing program at Vernon Downs.   With Pat Berry doing the teaming for trainer Richard Ringler in Friday's eighth event, a division of the $63,900 frosh filly pace, Sir Lehigh Z Tam rallied from fifth in the early ...
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Well To Do Guru prevails in Egyptian

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
The top older Illinois conceived and foaled pacers were back in action on Friday at Maywood Park as a field of eight classy veterans were sent postward in the $30,000 Egyptian Stake.   As local fans have grown accustomed to, James Gorman's Well To Do Guru proved once again that he is the "King” of this division as he toughed out a hard-fought wire-to-wire victory, winning by a nec...
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Commander Crowe beats the best in France

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
The Grand Prix du Conseil General Des Alpes was raced Saturday at the southern France track of Cagnes-sur-Mer outside of Nice.  The French media had tagged the race as a challenge between the French champions Rapide Lebel, Ready Cash, and the leading trotter in Europe in 2012, the Swedish-bred Commander Crowe.   With 90,000 euro for the winner (approximately $112,600 U.S.)...
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She's A Great Lady field set after elims

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
I Luv The Nitelife, sent off as the 4-5 post time favorite, set a new world record in her $35,000 She's A Great Lady elimination at Mohawk Saturday night in a sizzling 1:50.1.   Driven by Jack Moiseyev, the rookie pacing filly settled in the three hole in the early going as longshot, Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson) held the lead past the opening quarter in :26.4. Heading towards the half...
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One More Laugh wins Yonkers Open

on 08/25/2012 2:00 AM
Double-millionaire One More Laugh (Eric Goodell) two-moved and prevailed Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 6-5 favorite, One More Laugh made the lead before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. He yielded to Rock to Glory (Dan Dube) in the second turn, retook, then found a :54.4 half. Code Word (Jason Bartlett) e...
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Smarty Pants upsets Miss Paris in Ontario

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Murmur Hanover displayed the heart of a champion at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, battling back in the stretch to score a nose victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:55.2.   Starting from post 6, driver Mario Baillargeon sent Murmur Hanover after the early lead and the two-year-old trotting colt was comfortably in hand by the :13.3 opening eighth. The fan favorites carr...
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Zweig Trots attract 3-year-old stars

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Historic Vernon Downs will revisit its former glory on Sunday, Aug. 26, the final day of the recreation of State Fair weekend. Being raced for the very first time at Vernon, the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial has attracted the very finest 3-year-old trotters in the land.   Hambletonian winner Market Share heads the $350,000 Zweig Open division (race 10) where he will face New York...
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Delaware racing to be broadcast live via radio

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
Delaware radio station WINF (101.9-FM) and Marysville radio station WQTT (1270-AM) will broadcast "live” all of the harness races from the Delaware County Fair, September 16-20 concluding with Thursday's 67th Little Brown Jug. The broadcast will be streamed online on the worldwide web at www.winf.fm andwww.qt1270.com for listeners around the world.   The broadcasts include the liv...
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Vegas indictments in race wagering scheme

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting Friday that a former race and sports book manager of the Palms casino and two other ex-employees and a bettor have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a betting scheme that involved accepting "invalid" wagers on horse races. The group is alleged to have defrauded the Palms out of more than $800,000 in the scheme that took place between July 2006 a...
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SBOA to continue to monitor Freehold track

on 08/24/2012 2:00 AM
The responsibilities of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ)include the conditions under which horsemen operate at the state's tracks. "While we came to an agreement with the management of Freehold Raceway on Thursday to move ahead with qualifying races on Friday morning, we will continue to scrutinize the conditions of the racing surface for the safety ...
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