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Sir Pugsley, Monti take Batavia feature

on 11/30/2019 9:58 PM
Sir Pugsley took full advantage of a rare inside post, a favorable trip and a failed favorite to light up the tote board in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Driver Drew Monti tucked Sir Pugsley in second behind last weeks winner Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) going to the quarter as the heavy favorite Crocketts Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum) faile...
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Havefaithinme starting at Yonkers

on 11/30/2019 12:35 PM
Havefaithinme's start in the Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Nov. 30) will likely be his final race of the year and the gelding will try to add a victory in the Hilltop’s $42,000 feature to an impressive seasonal resume.   Havefaithinme has earned 10 victories and nine placings from 29 starts this year, good for $188,755 in earnings for owners B...
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Misslarose upsets in Meadowlands feature

on 11/30/2019 1:16 AM
Driver Joe Bongiorno guided Misslarose to a perfect pocket trip and the veteran mare found clearance inside the final sixteenth to pull off a 30-1 shocker in the $30,000 featured Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata was hustled away from the gate by Bongiorno and raced in the pocket behind JL Cruze at the qu...
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K Ryan Bluechip takes Meadows feature

on 11/29/2019 10:21 PM
K Ryan Bluechip overcame post 8 to capture his second straight victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   K Ryan Bluechip was away third, but when Dave Palone sent him toward the front at the quarter, Do Work Son and Jim Pantaleano stretched him out, provoking an unexpectedly arduous journey to the point. Nevertheless, K Ryan Bluechip held off Do Work Son in ...
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Ray Fisher Jr. tops $20 million in career money-winnings

on 11/29/2019 10:19 PM
It was a big night for driver Ray Fisher Jr. on Friday (Nov. 29) as he hit a major career milestone by surpassing the $20 million mark in career earnings at Batavia Downs after winning with trotter Lady Justice who is owned and trained by his wife, Ryan Swift. Fisher first started driving in 1987 and 30,212 starts later he has now registered 4,494 wins, 3,995 seconds and 3,725 thirds, all of ...
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Cushing, Nickerson take Plainridge titles

on 11/29/2019 9:07 PM
The curtain fell on the 2019 live harness racing season at Plainridge Park on Friday (Nov. 29) and Sailor Jerry had the honor of winning the last $14,000 pacing feature of the year.   Leaving from post six, Nick Graffam sent Sailor Jerry right to the front and never looked back. After posting fairly even quarters of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:24.4, Sailor Jerry took a one-length lead into the...
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Tetrick wins 6; Sweet Lucy Lou scores in Philly

on 11/29/2019 9:05 PM
Tim Tetrick continued in amazing driving form over the Harrah’s Philadelphia oval on the Friday afternoon card, ringing up another six winners to give him 38 during the last seven local appearances. But the feature of the day escaped him – it was taken by the team of Hall of Famer David Miller and trainer Bob Cleary, who also debuted a promising import from Great Britain.   ...
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Data edges Lionhead in Freehold's Turkey Trot

on 11/29/2019 4:34 PM
Freehold Raceway hosted the "Turkey Trot" on Friday afternoon, sponsored by Peter Grandich & Co. It turned out to be a thriller, as Data won the race in a photo finish over Lionhead.   Sent off as the 4/1 third choice in the field of eight, Data left well from post position three, and pocketed up behind Lionhead. Driver "Irish Joe" Hanney stayed patient with hi...
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Garrett Chellis, son of horseman Drew Chellis, dies

on 11/29/2019 2:20 PM
Garrett Chellis, 21, the son of well-known horseman Drew Chellis and his wife, Wendy, died early Thursday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a crash in Oregon Township, Pa., near Honesdale. As of Friday, the state police had not released any information about what caused the wreck just before 5 a.m. on Route 191. Garrett attended Millersville University where he joined the Acacia...
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Goshen USHWA honoring community leader Martinez

on 11/29/2019 12:10 PM
When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds their 61st annual Awards Banquet, on Sunday, Dec. 15,  Barbara Martinez will receive the chapter’s Amy Bull Crist Distinguished Service Award.   Named in honor of the revered ‘First Lady of Orange County’, the award has been bestowed annually to over 35 men and wo...
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Huston to be at Thestable.ca's Open House

on 11/29/2019 10:24 AM
The 64 yearlings at TheStable.ca will receive a world-class race call months before they even make their first pari-mutuel start. Hall Of Fame race announcer Roger Huston is the special guest of TheStable.ca’s Christmas Open House on Dec. 15. The Voice will join the commentary team for the livestream broadcast of the event which features yearlings from the fractional ownership stab...
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Svanstedt reflects with Six Pack

on 11/29/2019 9:20 AM
Ake Svanstedt has only one favorite memory of now retired trotter Six Pack. It covers roughly 950 days. “His whole career,” Svanstedt said, smiling, while sitting in his office several days prior to Six Pack’s final race in the TVG Open Trot last weekend at The Meadowlands. “When he was 2, he was big and not so fast in the beginning. But in April (2017) he started t...
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DSBF pacing finals held at Dover

on 11/28/2019 12:11 AM
The night before Thanksgiving and not all the population was on the road. Many were in the Dover Downs clubhouse. Two $100,000 finals of DSBF pacers went to the gate along with an early non-wagering contrst. Fillies were swift out of the gate led by the favorite Cinder Rock (Rockabillie-Cinderella) from the start to the finish, pulling away by 10-3/4 lengths in 1:53.2 for driver Allan Davis, tr...
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Shake That House upsets Captain Crunch in Progress Pace

on 11/27/2019 9:40 PM
 After working to catch cover up the far side, Shake That House ($20.20) vaulted three-wide off the final turn to collar Captain Crunch in the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace final for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Wednesday night at Dover Downs. The sophomore son of American Ideal landed in sixth early while 3-5 favorite Captain Crunch (Yannick Gingras) worked to clear Am...
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Muscle M Up 1:54.1 Philly winner

on 11/27/2019 8:07 PM
Three horses won off of cover, all second-over trips, during the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Two of them were the feature races winners, and the other came in the last race as the only non-favorite of the day to emerge victorious.   Muscle M Up, a winner a level higher when last at Philly, reunited with the local surroundings successfully in taking the $18,000 f...
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Meadowlands moves to 3 days Dec. 5

on 11/27/2019 8:05 PM
This message is to serve as a reminder to horsemen the Meadowlands Racetrack will move to a three-day race schedule beginning on Thursday, December 5, including Thursday evening racing to its weekly rotation for the month.   With the added night of racing, there are quite a few additions to the condition sheet - some of which highlight a series of charitable initiatives for horse...
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Roy Davis, Arlene Siegel named Hall of Fame Immortals

on 11/27/2019 4:15 PM
In July, the Immortals Nominating Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announced that the trustees of the Museum had unanimously endorsed the election of Roy Davis and Arlene Siegel as harness racing Immortals. On July 5, 2020, these individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Immortals during ceremonies held under the tent on the Museum lawn.   Davis was a dire...
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Progress Pace in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/27/2019 11:44 AM
What better appetizer for Thanksgiving Day than the Progress Pace at Dover Downs? In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson talk about Captain Crunch, who won the Progress elim last week and then drew the outside post 8 in the Thanksgiving Eve final on Wednesday night. Read why Gingras believes being behind the 8 ball isn’t the wo...
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Rockin Image's book is full & closed for 2020

on 11/27/2019 11:11 AM
Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Indiana has announced that Rockin Image is booked full and closed for 2020. Rockin Image is Indiana’s leading money-winning sire of all-age, 3YO and 2YO pacers in 2019. From 6 crops racing he has sired the career winners of over $28-million, including World Champion and Breeders Crown winner Freaky Feet Pete p,4,1:47.1f ($1,617,056). He also sired three Indi...
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FFA trotter Georgia Limited dies

on 11/27/2019 10:18 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that free-for-all trotting star Georgia Limited 5, 1:54.1 ($1,119,777) has died at age 26.   "He died two weeks ago at Dr. Pierre Tardif’s farm in Victoriaville, Quebec,” said Dustin Jones, his former trainer, driver and developer. "He had been there since I moved to Ontario in 2011. He was a $12,000 yearling I purchased in 1994 i...
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