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Repeat winners in Town Pro Series

on 07/16/2012 2:00 AM
The second round of the Town Pro Pacing Series continued on Monday evening at Mohawk with first leg winners Mileys Big World and Unred Hanover once again taking home top honors.   Mileys Big World, driven by Hall of Famer Steve Condren, lit up the toteboard at odds of 13-1 as she captured the first $30,000 division in 1:52.3, a new lifetime best.   The 3-year-old daughter...
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Better late than never for Vernon track record

on 07/16/2012 2:00 AM
John W. O'Connor's 3-year-old trotter Brookroad Knight is the latest track record-holder at Vernon Downs. Listed as a colt in the Vernon program for last Wednesday $132,236 New York Sire Stakes contest at the central New York seven-eighths mile track, Brookroad Knight turned in a fast-closing 1:53.4 performance in the ninth race that, at the time, was thought to be three-fifths-of-a-second ...
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Check Me Out trots 1:51.3; Hambo possible

on 07/15/2012 2:00 AM
Will she or won't she? Even after Check Me Out set a 1:51.3 world record in winning the Del Miller Memorial on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, trainer-owner Ray Schnittker said he doesn't yet know if he will enter the filly against the colts or keep her in the filly division, the Oaks.   "Right now I'm probably leaning towards the Hambo, but I've got to do a little more thin...
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Upsets & more upsets in Indiana Sire Stakes finals

on 07/15/2012 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino closed out its 19th season of Standardbred racing with the annual Hoosier Champions night in front of a packed house on Saturday. Six new Indiana Sire Stakes champions were crowned on the evening that featured a 14-race card with purses in excess of $1.2 million. The Anderson track played host to four $200,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes finals 3-year-old trotters...
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Always A Virgin 2YO stakes winner at Balmoral

on 07/15/2012 2:00 AM
The action was fast and furious on Saturday, July 14, as Balmoral Park played host to eight divisions of Hanover Stake action for two and three-year-old pacers. There was plenty of action off the track as well with giveaways, food and drink specials and hay rides among the many things Balmoral Park patrons were treated to as the USTA and Balmoral celebrated Back To The Track 2012.   ...
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Named Desire rallies in 2FP PA Stallion split

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Trailing by five lengths at the three-quarters, Named Desire found her desire late and rallied strongly to capture a division of Friday's $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over eight divisions, with Want Answers, Maddy's Dolly, Glowing Fashion (Village Jolt-Western Glow), Jesse's Diamond (Yankee Cruiser--Bunny Ruff...
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Major Look upsets American Jewel in 1:49.3

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
The Mistletoe Shalee once again proved to be a stage for upsets as Major Look got up in the final stride to beat 1-9 favorite American Jewel in 1:49.3 in the $190,850 race at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The top filly Rainbow Blue is just one of the other favorites who was upset in the race.   But outside of the upset factor, the victory by Major Look was especially poi...
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Donna Lee's 1:52.4 leads PASS 2YO fillies

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Donna Lee allowed the field to settle, then brushed to the front with an impressive quarter-pole move and went on to score in 1:52.4 in a division of Saturday's $323,760 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows.   The stake, known as the Sand Tart, was conducted over five divisions, with Somstreetsomwhere, Handsoffmycupcake, Sunshine Patriot and Mistressto...
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Takter's Uncle Peter, Little Brown Fox win

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter swept the two divisions of the Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot with the betting favorite Uncle Peter (1:53.1) and the longshot Little Brown Fox. (1:51.2). Little Brown Fox was an upset winner after Googoo Gaagaa couldn't trot the turns at the Meadowlands any better than he did in the Yonkers Trot, breaking stride going to the first quarter and again in the second turn. &nb...
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Top Billing, My MVP, Stormin Normand win in PA

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot took center stage on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the three divisions carried a purse of $99,438.   Despite being off since late May, Top Billing (Andover Hall-NY Starlet) survived a long first-over journey to score as the even-money favorite in the night's...
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Equine photographer Tony Leonard dies

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Tony Leonard, a legendary equine photographer who chronicled the golden age of horse racing, died July 14 at Homestead Nursing Home in Lexington. He was 89.   Mr. Leonard was known the photos he took of many racing greats, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred. He was a regular on Kentucky Futurity day at The Red Mile and captured iconic photos, including one of Mack Lobell and Na...
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Diamond Master flawless in Florida

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
It looks the Kim and Jay Sears Stable has developed another standout in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) stakes series. In the 2012 debut for the State-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the $4,785 purse Sunshine Stakes, Diamond Master was flawless in capturing his first lifetime start.   The field of a half dozen first time starters were taken to...
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Silk Pajamas fastest in NYSS for 2YO filly pacers

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies highlighted a 12-race card on Saturday night at Tioga Downs.   Posting the fastest mile of the night was Silk Pajamas, with Jimmy Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Ron Burke. The 2-year old daughter of Bettor's Delight – Silksanddiamonds left the gate from post five and settled in second as Jetta Blue Chip (How...
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Posts drawn for Roses Are Red, Maple Leaf

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball, driven by Doug McNair, lowered the Mohawk track record for older pacing mares when she got under the wire first in 1:49 in her Roses Are Red Stakes elimination.   The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror took over the lead past the opening station in :27, set by Rocklamation (Jody Jamieson). McNair then angled the 13-time winner to the outside and overtook command an...
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A Rocknroll Dance takes Meadowlands Pace

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance won the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace with authority on Saturday night (July 14), controlling the tempo and then holding off Pet Rock and 99-1 shot Allstar Legend in 1:48.1. The race was contested before a crowd of 13,056, up from the 12,593 last year.   Yannick Gingras drove A Rocknroll Dance and they started from post one. Gingras said he suspected the pace might not ...
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Pair of series get underway at Mohawk

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
The Summertime Pacing Series and Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series kicked off Thursday evening at Mohawk.   A trio of $20,000 Summertime Pacing Series divisions took place featuring 3-year-old colt pacers who are non-winners of two races or $10,000 as of March 31, 2012. In the first split, JJ Shark and Long Live Rock finished in a dead heat, timed in 1:52.3.   Fiesty Flyer (S...
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Betterthancheddar favored in Des Smith

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Eight of harness racing's hardest hitters will make the trek to Rideau Carleton Raceway this weekend for Sunday's $176,500 Des Smith Classic, including the 2-1 morning line favorite Betterthancheddar.   The Casie Coleman pupil will line up behind the starting gate in post five for Sunday's 31st edition of the Des Smith Classic fresh off of his world record-equaling performance ...
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Regally-bred pacing fillies in PASS Saturday

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Considering the regally-bred fillies who will be on display, Saturday's $323,760 Pennsylvania Sire Stake for freshman pacers at The Meadows will have the look of a deb ball.   Among the babies trying to live up their royal lineage will be: Somewherovrarainbow (Race 6, post 3, Montrell Teague), the fourth foal of 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue but her first filly; Lloyd's Lady (...
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Grattis! Noren drives first career winner

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Bjorn "Bernie” Noren, a longtime assistant in the Jimmy Takter Stable who opened his own stable in 2009, drove his first career winner Thursday night at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ont. Noren's maiden victory came with the 3-year-old filly trotter Belle Nana, who romped to a 10-length score in 1:59.2 in a $4,900 conditioned event. A native of Sweden, the 36-year-old Noren is now based ...
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Draw schedule for Tioga's Tompkins-Geers

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes will be raced at Tioga Downs next week. Qualifying standards for these events require a clean charted line 30 days date of race to date of declaration.   The race and draw schedule is as follows:   Thursday, July 19 stakes 2CT & 2FT/Box closes at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 16 Friday, July 20 stakes 2CP & 2FP/Box closes a...
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