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Mel Mara upsets Michael's Power in Gold Final

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
Returning to Canada after competing at the Grand Circuit meet in Lexington, Kentucky, three-year-old pacing colt Mel Mara earned his first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold trophy of his career defeating divisional leaders Michaels Power and Warrawee Needy in the $130,000 final on Friday evening at Flamboro Downs. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, Mel Mara left from post four in the field ...
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Sir Caviar soars over $500K in career earnings

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
Returning to his stomping grounds after a disappointing road trip, Sir Caviar regained his form with a narrow victory in Friday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Long dominant among The Meadows trotting elite, Sir Caviar traveled to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a Sept. 29 Winners Over event but was a faltering sixth as the 7-10 favorite. Friday, the 6-year-old S.J.’...
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Naughtytiltheend, Celebrity Bluechip win Yonkers co-features

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night pair of $44,000 co-features--an Open Handicap for distaff pacers and an old-fashioned Open for trotters--were won by Naughtytiltheend (Brent Holland, $11.80) and Celebrity Bluechip (Jason Bartlett, $7.80). In play early from post position No. 6, Naughtytiltheend made the lead around Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. Inside assi...
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Helios remains undefeated in his young career

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
The capable colt Helios remained undefeated in his young career following Friday night’s 1:57.2 triumph in the $24,200 Late Bloomer Series final for three and 4-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs. Making just his fourth career start, Helios ($4.40) followed Celebrity Obsesion and Zanna Royal off the starting gate, and remained in third to the half in :57.2.  The sophomore son o...
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SS Tommy Turner upsets in Betzotic stake

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
After watching their female counterparts battle in a Betzotic Stake last night at Maywood Park it was time for the Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old colt pacing set to grab the spotlight on Friday night as a field of six lined up behind the gate for their share of a $12,700 jackpot. With the scratch of 6-5 morning line favorite and division leader Al’s Hammered (sick) Friday...
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Verdad edges Mortal Zin in NJ Futurity

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
Verdad edged out stablemate Mortal Zin for a neck victory in the $50,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Freehold Raceway. Restricted to New Jersey-sired pacers, the featured tenth race drew five geldings, two fillies and one colt.  The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey sponsors the New Jersey Futurity. Th...
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Memorial service for Jim Barry on Monday

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
A memorial service for James "Jim" Barry, who died on Oct. 5, will be held at Mt. Horeb Church on Iron Works Pike in Lexington, KY on Monday, Oct. 15, at 5 pm.   Mr. Barry, a friend of many in the harness racing community, had worked at Peninsula Farm in Georgetown, KY. A native of Bradford, IL, Mr. Barry will be buried in his hometown. 
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Services Tuesday for Patricia Wollam

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
Patricia Wollam, the wife of veteran horseman Marty Wollam and an owner of harness horses, died Saturday at Sharon Regional Hospital in Sharon, Pa. Mrs. Wollam, who was 59, had become ill recently and developed pneumonia.   The daughter of Robert and Mayellyn Williams Hoffman, she was born July 3, 1953, in Columbus, Ohio. A graduate of Bloom-Carroll High School, Mrs. Wollam&nbs...
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Illinois-bred youngster shine in Betzotic splits

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old pacing colts hit the track on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as a total of 14 youngsters lined up behind the gate for a pair of $10,700 Betzotic Stake splits. In the first division John & Mary Krasnican’s Big Brad took advantage of a late break by the 1-2 favorite, Fox Valley Action, parlaying the miscue into a 1 ½ length victory in 1:54....
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OSS regular season wraps up

on 10/13/2012 2:00 AM
The Ontario Sires Stakes regular season wrapped up with two-year-olds Kims Royal Day and Windsong Jack winning the last two $130,000 Gold Finals of the year on Saturday night at Georgian Downs. Kims Royal Day, the leading two-year-old pacing filly in the OSS program, earned her first Gold Final trophy with a 1:56.3 winning effort over a sloppy track for driver Billy Davis Jr. and trainer ...
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Pole-sitters sweep Betzotic splis

on 10/12/2012 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies took center stage on Thursday night as 2 Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-olds battled in a pair of $10,600 Betzotic Stake splits at Maywood Park. As can often be the case on a half-mile oval, speed and the inside post are often a winning combination and it certainly turned out to be on this night as both pole-sitters scored in wire-to-wire fashion. In the fir...
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Katys Jet rockets to OSS lead with Gold win

on 10/12/2012 2:00 AM
As predicted, Ontario's exciting 3-year-old pacing fillies delivered another sizzling performance at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening.   Ottawa fans sent reigning Gold Final champion Apogee Hanover off as their top choice, with elimination winner Jet Wash ranked second and pole sitter Katys Jet third, and they did not have to wait long for the expected battle to begin.  ...
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Day of Champions set for Sunday at Colonial

on 10/12/2012 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will wrap up its 15th season of pari-mutuel harness racing on Sunday, Oct. 14, with the $390,125 "Day of Champions” card. Eight Virginia-bred championship races featuring 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes will be decided in the richest "Champions” card ever.   In 2-year-old competition, Jane Dunavant's Candid Photo had a dominating wire-to-wire effort...
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2013 Michigan Colt Stakes program announced

on 10/12/2012 2:00 AM
On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Agriculture along with the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association, the Michigan Standardbred Breeders' Association, the Northern Michigan Fair Association and the Michigan Association of Fairs approved a tentative plan for horse racing at 2013 Michigan County Fairs.   The 2 year olds in 2013 will have the opportunity to race in the Great Lakes Cham...
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Time To Kill prevails in NJ Futurity Trot

on 10/12/2012 2:00 AM
Time To Kill rolled to a length and three-quarters victory in the $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old trotters on October 12, 2012 at Freehold Raceway. The Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired horses and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. Time To Kill covered the mile in 2:03.1 with John Campbell in the sulky. The dau...
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Burke entry rated 2-1 in NJ Futurity Pace

on 10/12/2012 2:00 AM
The Ron Burke-trained entry of Mortal Zin and Verdad is rated the 2-1 pick in the $50,000 New Jersey Futurity for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Freehold Raceway. Restricted to New Jersey-sired pacers, the featured tenth race drew five geldings, two fillies and one colt.  The Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey sponsors the New Jersey Fu...
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Breeders Crown supplements, entries up next

on 10/11/2012 2:00 AM
With most divisional titles still in play after the Grand Circuit left Lexington's Red Mile, the spotlight turns north to Woodbine Racetrack and the US$6 million 12-race Breeders Crown series.   It's decision week for foreign invitees, supplementals and entries for the races slated for Saturday, Oct. 27, in Toronto, Canada. Invited foreign horses must declare by noon on Saturday, O...
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Sugar Wheeler fights off Miss Paris in Gold

on 10/11/2012 2:00 AM
The weather was 10 degrees cooler and she started one spot closer to the rail, but other than that 3-year-old trotting filly Sugar Wheeler's second tour of Grand River Raceway looked much the same as the first.   Starting from post three in Wednesday's $130,00 Gold final, driver Paul MacDonell fully intended to use Sugar Wheeler's gate speed to gain early position on his rival...
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Bolt The Duer placed on Lasix after blood found

on 10/11/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Pete Foley told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that tests run Wednesday on Bolt The Duer at Rood & Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky., showed the 3-year-old colt pacer had blood in his lungs and will now be placed on Lasix. "We had him on the treadmill and they couldn't see anything in the heart, so they scoped him and still couldn't see anything,” said Foley of the winner...
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Jim Barry to be laid to rest in Illinois hometown

on 10/11/2012 2:00 AM
James E. "Jim" Barry, a well-known horseman from Illinois who since 2008 had worked with Peninsula Farm in Kentucky, will be laid to rest in his hometown of Bradford, IL. Barry, 63, died on Friday, Oct. 5.   Mr. Barry became a harness racing enthusiast as a young man and started out working in the sport as a trainer in Chicago. He became friends with bloodstock salesman Ph...
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