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Strong racing support at Queen's Park rally

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
The Thursday Queen's Park rally in support of Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod's private members bill was the scene of something rare. The rally laid the groundwork for Ontario PC and NDP representatives in attendance to agree that they are on the same page against the Ontario Liberal Party's controversial decision to decimate the provincial horse-racing industry. After conver...
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Lexus Helios motors to Ontario Gold victory

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
Heading into last week's Ontario Sires Stakes Gold elimination Norm Dunstan felt Lexus Helios was rounding into peak form and would be able to hold her own against the top 3-year-old trotting fillies in the province.   The filly finished a steady fourth in her elimination to qualify for Thursday night's $130,000 Gold final and Dunstan's intuition proved right on the money as Le...
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SBSW: Still making his present felt

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
Racing fans have eagerly waited to see the first-crop offspring of the great Somebeachsomewhere hit the track and since bursting on to the scene, it appears that the apples haven't fallen far from the tree.   In the 2012 edition of the $1 million Metro Pace, set for Saturday at Mohawk, the 2007 Metro winner, Somebeachsomewhere, will be well represented.   Defeated j...
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Impressive winners in NY County Fair splits

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
The best fillies and colts in the County Fair divisions of the New York Sire Stakes program convened at Monticello Raceway on Thursday to compete in their respective $10,000 divisional finals and most raced like seasoned veterans. And a few were very impressive.   As often happens in stakes events some dominate which was the case in the trotting divisions.   Harold "...
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Aunt Mel wins by 3 in Helen Smith elim

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
Aunt Mel breezed to victory in the $10,000 elimination race Friday afternoon, marking the 3-year-old trotting filly as the favorite in next week's $50,000 Helen Smith Final at Freehold Raceway.   Aunt Mel, a daughter of Yankee Glide, had the lead at every call and held on for a three-length tally in Friday's fourth race, the single elimination race that determined the eight finalist...
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Yonkers Trot winner returning to Yonkers

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
Archangel, who won July's $445,594 Yonkers Trot in world-record fashion, returns to Westchester Tuesday night. He does so as the marquee attraction in the $331,270 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 7:10 p.m., with the trio of statebred soirees going as races 4,6 and 7. The event pays tribute to the...
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Northfield hosts freshmen OHSS on Saturday

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
Ohio Sires Stakes action will top Northfield Park's Saturday program, when 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers and trotters are featured.   They race in the fourth and last preliminary leg of the 2012 Ohio Sires Stakes, their last chance to earn points to be eligible to the OSS finals. Those championships will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 8.   ...
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"Rocknroll" 6, "Heston" 9 in Cane Pace final

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance, whose connections accepted the bye to advance directly to the Cane Pace final, drew post six for Monday afternoon's $322,716 renewal of the first jewel of pacing's Triple Crown at Tioga Downs. This is the first time the Cane will be raced at Tioga; it was scheduled for 2011 but flooding in the area prompted it to be moved to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The winn...
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Drop The Ball wins in world-record 1:48.4

on 08/31/2012 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball became the fastest 4-year-old pacing mare on a five-eighths-mile track when she won the $50,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:48.4. Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Ross Croghan as the Western Terror-Mattcheck Girl mare won for the fourth time in nine season's starts, improving her 2012 bankroll to $279,250. Let It Ride Stables, Da...
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Elliott doubles up in PA Stallion splits

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of Steve Elliott-trained 2-year-old pacing fillies were victorious in the Stallion Series events held Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack.   Starter Norton Shoemaker dispatched seven $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series, with Want Answers ($3) posting a 1:53.4 victory in the ninth race, scoring in pillar-to-post fashion under Yannick Gin...
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Bolt The Duer favored in KYSS round two

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
The second and final preliminary round of Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for 3 year olds will be contested Saturday night, Sept. 1, at The Red Mile, with the outcomes putting in place the fields for the $250,000 finals scheduled for the Bluegrass State's Super Night on Sunday, Sept. 9. While most of the KYSS attention Saturday will be focused on Adios winner Bolt The Duer in the glamour divisi...
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New late-closing trot at Vernon Downs

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
A late-closer for 3- and 4-year-old trotters that are non-winners of $20,000 or two pari-mutuel races (fillies and mares non-winners of $30,000 or three pari-mutuel races) lifetime as of Sept. 1, 2012, is being offered at Vernon Downs.   The series will have two legs at $6,000 and a final of $10,000 added, estimated to be $15,000. The legs will race on consecutive Fridays...
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Freshman pacers find solid spots in PASS finals

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Donuto Hanover, John's Polyview and Sir Richard Z Tam all secured themselves a spot in next Friday's $200,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) Championship for 2-year-old pacing colts at The Meadows with impressive victories in Wednesday's $345,974 final divisional PASS preliminary at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Donuto Hanover, on the outside looking in for a finals spot befo...
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Currier & Ives exhibit at Hazel Park

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Racetrack will celebrate the arrival of its new exhibit of rare, original Currier & Ives trotting lithographs, entitled "The Story of Harness Racing by Currier & Ives,"by hosting an official pre-event opening on Friday, Aug. 31.    The festivities will commence at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. with a wine and hors d'houerves reception. Guests will enjoy an evening...
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Brad Grant's drive and desire

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Milton resident Brad Grant, a longtime Standardbred horse owner, who also owns a trucking company, could be in for a bona fide thrill ride on Saturday evening at Mohawk.   Fresh off his sizzling 1:49.4 triumph in his Metro Pace elimination, Apprentice Hanover will look to deliver Grant one of his most cherished memories at the racetrack when the star pacer looks to capture the prestigious...
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Springsteen rocks Vernon Downs

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs hosted the legendary Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at their outdoor stage on Wednesday night.   The weather was perfect as the concert began with a call to post by the E Street Band. Bruce rocked the house for four hours to a crowded infield of over 18,000 under a beautiful starlit sky.   The concert was a boost to the local economy and also benefited severa...
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Mohawk ready to set the "pace" on Saturday

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
World-class racing is on tap this Saturday at Mohawk, $1 million Metro Pace night, as fans will be treated to a number of exciting on-track promotions, including 'Your First Bet On Us.'   The heavily-staked 13-race program also features the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, $610,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes, $246,521 Simcoe Stakes and $100,000 A Spring Of Hope Invitational.  ...
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"Own a horse for a day" at Colonial Downs

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Most racing fans normally don't get to experience the thrill of owning their own horse, but harness fans this fall at Colonial Downs will get that thrill courtesy of an "Own a Horse for a Day” promotion being conducted by the Virginia Harness Horsemen's Association.   Each Saturday, the names of seven fans in attendance will randomly be drawn after the seventh race. Those fans will each...
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Freshmen in OHSS action at Northfield Park

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Ohio Sire Stakes racing will highlight Northfield Park's Friday program when 2-year-old filly pacers and trotters square off. The fillies are racing in the fourth and final leg of their 2012 juvenile match-ups, their last chance to earn points to be eligible to the Ohio Sire Stakes Championships. They will be held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 8.   The trotters...
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Strong winners in PASS 3FP divisions at Harrah's

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Champagne Tonight won her fourth straight and sixth overall in seven starts in the first of three divisions of the $343,162 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) for 2-year-old filly pacers Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Handsoffmycupcake led at every call to win the second PASS division. And while favorites won the first two splits, it was longshot Wherethegirlsare who captured the la...
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