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Harrington set to open Monday night

on 08/13/2012 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 66th season of live harness racing will resume Monday night with a 15-race program.   The featured $18,000 Open Pace will go postward as the final leg of the pick four (races 3-6) and boasts Elizabeth Brittingham's As Bad As Thunder (2-1, Bret Brittingham) who is bidding for his fifth straight win. The 6-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding was claimed for $15,000 ...
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Tirade Hanover sets 1:55.4 mark at Tioga

on 08/13/2012 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior for freshmen trotting colts accounted for 10 of the 12 races on the Monday night card at Tioga and were true to the promise of unpredictable form that baby trotters exhibit.   Top driver Brian Sears made the trip from Jersey for just the one drive on Tirade Hanover and Sears made it count. The precocious gelded son of first crop sire Crazed r...
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Win Missy B 1:54.4 NYSS winner at Vernon

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
Crowd wagering choice Win Missy B lived up to her sterling reputation and snapped a string of three straight second-place finishes with a dominating 1:54.4 victory in the fastest of three divisions of Saturday night's $130,430 New York Sires Stakes feature for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs.   Fresh off her runner-up finish in the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks final at The...
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Heston Blue Chip sets Tioga mark in EBC

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
One was an upset winner and one had the race won when he entered. That's the story for Bettor B Lucky, who lived up to her name when she upset the heavily favored Takter entry of American Jewel and Romantic Moment to win the filly division of the Empire Breeders Classic. Heston Blue Chip, undefeated in New York Sire Stakes action this year, continued his dominance while breaking his own t...
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Michael's Power captures Confederation Cup

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
Michael's Power shot up the passing lane in the 36th edition of the $581,500 Confederation Cup to prevail in a thrilling three-horse photo finish on Sunday afternoon at Flamboro Downs.   After finishing second to the pylon-skimming Pet Rock in his elimination heat earlier in the day, Michael's Power and driver Scott Zeron turned the tables on that foe in the final.   ...
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Miss Paris equals Flamboro mark in OSS Gold

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting filly Miss Paris turned in a track record equalling performance as she captured the first of two $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold finals featured on the Confederation Cup undercard at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon.   Circles (Luc Ouellette) established the early lead ahead of insider Daylon Miracle (Dave Wall) leaving Noble Peace Prize (Jody Jamieson) ...
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Idol holds on by a nose in Scioto Open

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Even-money favorite Idol led all the way to win the featured $15,000 Open Pace for females at Scioto Downs on Friday, but her margin at the wire was just a nose.   Tu Sei Bella sat on the pacesetter's back the entire mile and gave her a real scare in the stretch as the two mares hit the wire in 1:54.4 on a windy and chilly summer evening.   Idol, a daughter of Sharky Spur, is trai...
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Check Me Out rebounds with PASS record win

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Horse of the Year candidate Check Me Out, rebounding from her disastrous misstep in the Hambletonian Oaks, returned to form Friday at The Meadows when she overpowered a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division in a stakes-record 1:53.4. Superstar Hanover won nearly as impressively in the other split of the $281,114 event, known as the Meadow Bright, for 3-year-old filly trotters.   In the ...
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Drivers to pick mounts in driving tourney

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
There have been several changes made for this season's $50,000 Vernon & Meadowlands Drivers' Championship, the most noticeable of which is the new location. In years past, Tioga Downs was the venue for this competition, with The Meadowlands added in 2011 when Jeff Gural took over that track's management.   This year, the Championship begins at The Meadowlands on closing night, F...
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Funeral services for Paul E. Spears, 88

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Paul E. Spears, chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms, executive vice president with the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, director emeritus of The Hambletonian Society, breeder of such notables as trotting Triple Crown champion Windsong's Legacy, and an amateur driver, died Saturday (Aug. 11) in Hershey, Pa., after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 88.   Funeral ar...
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Favorites win in PASS for 3YO filly pacers

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorites Economy Terror, Big McDeal, and Darena Hanover all delivered in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The purses for the three Sire Stakes divisions ranged from $104,229 to $104,630. Economy Terror (Western Terror-Mattatonic), who went off as the 1-9 favorite in the first split, led much of the way b...
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Longshot Forty Three takes Tioga feature

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
The 39-1 longshot Forty Three rallied from last to upset in the Tioga feature, for fillies and mares, Saturday night. A group of six talented mares went postward with heavy favorite Run On Luck moving quickly to the front through a brisk opening quarter of :27.1.   Run On Luck and driver Jim Marohn Jr. continued to lead unpressured through middle half fractions of :56.3 an...
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Sarandon Blue Chip defeats Major Look

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Pacing fillies and mares were featured at the Meadowlands Saturday night and the winners were Rebekah Bayama and Sarandon Blue Chip, who both turned in big performances on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands.   Sarandon Blue Chip, who won the Miss New Jersey one week ago, captured an overnight this time out, scoring by 2 1/4 lengths over Major Look in 1:50.2. Sarandon Blue Chip...
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McStraight takes Scioto open for 6th win of year

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
McStraight and driver Chris Page coasted to a comfortable win in 1:51.4 in the $15,000 Open Pace at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. It was the sixth win in 24 starts this season for the 5-year-old gelding, who defeated Chip Of Art and Frog Juice. McStraight is trained by Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owned by Carl Howard and Brian Konen.   Driver Charlie Neff sent Dick's Dandy to the front...
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Heston Blue Chip, American Jewel in EBCs

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
The top sophomore pacers in New York will gather at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon for the rich Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) finals.   Ken Jacobs's Heston Blue Chip has been towering over the New York Sire Stakes competition all summer and comes into the $270,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final in top form, evidenced by his stroll in the park in last week's EBC elimi...
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New conditions for Zweig at Vernon Downs

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
The Zweig Memorial 3-Year-Old trot will have both a new location and format in 2012. Raced on Sunday, Aug. 26, over Vernon Downs' highly regarded seven-eighths mile strip for the first time, the race is expected to attract the top sophomores in training.   This will be the first season where the conditions dictate that the top money earners in 2012 will compete in th...
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Hambletonian Society endorses Gural; Reid new director

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
At the annual meeting of The Hambletonian Society held Aug. 3, the board of directors voted to strongly endorse track owner Jeff Gural's initiatives on whipping restrictions and uniform medication rules, elected a new director and opened Hambletonian No. 90, the stake for foals of 2012.   As owner of the New Meadowlands LLC, now host of the Hambletonian through 2015, Gural addresse...
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Horse of the Year San Pail nears return

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
San Pail, who was sidelined due to injury earlier this season, will be returning to the racetrack in a couple of weeks, according to trainer Rod Hughes.   The three-time defending Maple Leaf Trot winner was unable to defend his title this year.   "He was sidelined because of inflammation in his right-hind ankle, which came close to his suspensory,” Hughes said. "We had to take th...
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Ontario Sire Stakes makes some date changes

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has announced date changes for five Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series races.   Given the uncertainty regarding the fall meet, the three OSS dates scheduled for Windsor Raceway are being moved to other racetracks. Moving the dates at this time will allow owners and trainers time to plan their schedules for the latter part of the season.   A...
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Alagna scores NJSS hat trick

on 08/10/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna sent out a trio of winners in the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Friday night at the Meadowlands. His hat trick began with Somebodythatiusedtono, who gamely held off Sweetheart winner Jerseylicious to win the $23,000 opener in wire-to-wire fashion. Driven by Andy Miller, Somebodythatiusedtono carved out a :58.2 opening half before the favorite range...
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