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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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NEW! Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
The $1 million Metro Pace. The $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The $610,000 She's A Great Lady. All that and more are on the card Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack and this week's HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes an inside look at several of the contenders in the major races. Also, we have the story of one 2-year-old filly in the She's A Great Lady who could pull off the biggest surpris...
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Zorgwijk Nova, Bee A Magician win Champlains

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Rookie trotting fillies were showcased Thursday evening at Mohawk in a pair of Champlain Stakes divisions. In the first $120,382 split, Zorgwijk Nova posted the 18-1 upset as she got under the wire first in a maiden-breaking score of 1:56.1 for driver Trevor Ritchie.   The daughter of Armbro Ricochet came from off-the-pace past the opening quarter in :28.2 and half in :58, before brush...
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Trotting co-features held at Scioto

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Trotters were spotlighted at Scioto Downs on Thursday night in a pair of $6,500 co-features. They were taken by Roln Master in 1:58.2 and Reverand Speed in 1:58.3.   Roln Master scored by a neck for driver Greg Grismore with a come-from-behind victory after the lead had changed hands several times. Willie Bay was away from the gate fastest, but Ticket To Broadway had the lead at the...
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Special wagers on big Sept. 8 Scioto card

on 08/30/2012 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs will host Ohio Super Night on Saturday, Sept. 8, and fans will have a lot more than just great racing to excite them. The track is introducing a Pick 8 wager on all eight Ohio Sires Stakes championship races. These events feature the best colts and fillies, trotters and pacers, in the Buckeye State. They will be programmed as races five through 12.   "This wager will ha...
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Romantic Moment sets Mighty M mark in NYSS

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
Some of the country's top 3-year-old pacing fillies were on hand at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon to compete in three $54,125 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. When they were completed the former track mark--for their age and gait--of 1:53.3, which was set in 2007 by Omen Hanover and driver Daniel Dube, was initially lowered to 1:52.4 by Handsoffmycookie. Then four races la...
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Aunt Mel favored in Helen Smith elim

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
Aunt Mel puts a two-race winning streak on the line in the $10,000 Helen Smith elimination, the fourth race on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   With nine New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotting fillies in the entry box, the top eight will advance to the $50,000 final on Sept. 7. The Helen Smith for fillies and the Charles Smith for colts are among the stakes sponsored by th...
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Young challenges owners in A Spring Of Hope

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
Richard Young, co-owner of world champion mare Put On A Show, is once again supporting A Spring Of Hope, a charity near and dear to his heart.   Founded by his daughter, Brittany and wife, Joanne, A Spring Of Hope is a public foundation,which builds water wells in rural African schools to improve community health conditions and to promote education at a grassroots level.   ...
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Gingras looking to "dance" in the Cane

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
For the first several races of the year, driver Yannick Gingras and star 3-year-old colt pacer A Rocknroll Dance seemed to have difficulty getting in rhythm. Since the end of June, though, the two have been in step with each other.   A Rocknroll Dance heads to Monday's $322,716 Cane Pace having won the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in his most recent outing, Aug. 19, at Ha...
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Ryder says won't change anything on "Nitelife"

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
After watching I Luv The Nitelife set the world record of 1:50.1 for 2-year-old filly pacers on a mile track last weekend, trainer Chris Ryder is only hoping for more of the same in Saturday's C$610,000 She's A Great Lady final at Mohawk Racetrack. "We're not going to change anything,” Ryder said after I Luv The Nitelife won her She's A Great Lady elimination by 4-1/4 lengths over Cult St...
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He's Spooky 1:57 winner at Harrington

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
Rojan Stables, L A Express Stable, Allan Kaplan and Howard Taylor's He's Spooky ($3.80, Jon Roberts) made his first career start over a half-mile track a winning one Wednesday with a 1:57 triumph in the featured $18,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The Mike Hall-trainee left alertly from post six and set fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.2 with Allmar Surprise in the pocket heading into t...
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Up Front Bye Bye tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
Ed Mullinax had the sale topper Up Front Bye Bye in his strong consignment of racehorsse. The Grand Circuit-placed 3-year-old Cantab Hall filly changes owners but not barns as Mark Ford signed the ticket for $51,000 on behalf of himself and George Bonomo.   The 5-year-old open pacing mare Up Front Cruiser from the same consignment went to Del S Miller of Pennsylvania on a $32,000 bi...
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