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Higher And Higher scores at Tioga

on 06/29/2012 2:00 AM
Higher And Higher made her first appearance back at Tioga Downs on Friday night since her sixth-place finish in this year's Artiscape Pace on June 10.   Trainer, driver, and co-owner Daryl Bier got Higher And Higher away fifth from post position number seven as the field passed the quarter in :27. All Spirit (Jim Marohn Jr.) quickly shuffled from fourth as the fielded headed by...
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Lems holds onto slight lead in Vernon standings

on 06/29/2012 2:00 AM
Leading drivers Chris Lems, Rick Plano and Jimmy Whittemore all benefited from successful showings during Friday night's 10-race program at Vernon Downs.   Lems led the way with the trotters Royalty For Life (1:58.4) and Danijill (1:57) in events one and three, respectively, while posting his sixth two-win outing at the 27-program meeting. Defending champ Whittemore and Plano, last ...
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A landmark day for Schnittker at Goshen

on 06/29/2012 2:00 AM
It was only the first start of Thirty Two Red's career, but trainer-driver Ray Schnittker liked what he saw.   Thirty Two Red won a $7,235 division of the Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Historic Track by 5 1/2 lengths over Story Book in a track-record 1:56.3 on Friday afternoon. The time shaved a full second off the previous record for a 2-year-old male pacer, wh...
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Chapter Seven wins Titan Cup in 1:50.4

on 06/29/2012 2:00 AM
Chapter Seven equaled his own 1:50.4 world record as he trounced the competition in the $201,700 Titan Cup on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Chapter Seven and driver Tim Tetrick sat third while Winning Mister carved fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.3. Tetrick angled his charge out at the three-quarter marker and Chapter Seven easily rolled past the pacesetter to a 2...
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Heston Blue Chip wins NYSS, now 4-for-4 in '12

on 06/29/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes once again took over Yonkers Raceway, this time with Friday night's $340,239 Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   A trio of consecutive ($113,413) contests, with Lawgiver Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr., $19) beginning the parade in a life-best 1:52.2.   Away third from post position two, he watched as 8-5 fave Major Bombay (Jason Bart...
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Post time changes for Red Mile GC meet

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Red Mile's Grand Circuit meet, regarded as the sport's "greatest two weeks of racing," will see new post times for the first week, along with the addition of new wagering outlets for its simulcast signal and a new "Racing Under Saddle" event. With racing Thursday through Sunday, the Grand Circuit meet at the historic Lexington, Ky. oval begins Sept. 27 and continues through Oct. 7. On T...
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Palone now 10 from breaking Filion's mark

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Trotslikethewind retook the lead past the quarter and made the move stand up as she captured Wednesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dave Palone drove three winners Wednesday, lowering to 10 his magic number to break Herve Filion's all-time North American career victory record of 15,180.   With The Meadows dark the rest of the week, Palone p...
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New owner has 2 horses in Ontario Grassroots

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Less than two years after he bought a share in his first racehorse, Leonard Christopher will be rearranging his Canada Day weekend plans to catch freshman pacing fillies Mach Star and Bluebird Creek in action on Sunday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.   "I've got to go to the cottage I haven't been up there in a month. I heard my grass is looking like hay,” says Christopher with a lau...
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Prestidigitator, Ontario 3YOs in OSS Saturday

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Georgian Downs fans will get their first glimpse of Gold this Saturday as the province's top 3-year-old competitors show up in hopes of earning a return invitation to the following week's exciting Gold Rush event. Among the starters will be the trotting colt Prestidigitator, who will be making his second start of the season, going to the gate in race      The 3-y...
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Eaves says WEG has invested $175 mil in slots

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
On Wednesday (June 27), the Guelph (Ont.) Mercury newspaper contains the latest comments by Nick Eaves, president and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, on the slots at the racetrack program. Eaves told Dave Briggs, who is also editor of The Canadian Sportsman, that Woodbine invested $175 million just in capital obligations pertaining directly to the slot parlors at Mohawk and Woodbine. The c...
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Scioto cancels Thursday, Bluegrass moves posts

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs has canceled its Thursday night racing card because of extreme heat conditions. Temperatures are expected to exceed 100 degrees in central Ohio Thursday.   Racing will continue, as scheduled, on Friday and Saturday evenings with post times at 6:30 p.m.   Next week Scioto will start racing with a matinee card on July 4 with post time at 1 p.m. Entries for...
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Somebeachsomewhere shuttling to Australia

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
The pacing stallion Somebeachsomewhere will soon be traveling to Australia, where he will stand at stud for the 2012-13 breeding season at Empire Stallions outside of Melbourne. Somebeachsomewhere, the 2008 Horse of the Year, has been standing at stud at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania and will be the first Hanover stallion to shuttle Down Under. "We're really thrilled to give Souther...
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Fanning, Zenker receive Dewey scholarships

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Julia Zenker and Veronica Fanning, two very hard working, high achievers, were selected as the 2012 recipients of this year's Dewey Degree Scholarship. It was their work ethic and self-motivation that brought them to the forefront of this year's candidates.   Julia Zenker is the daughter of Deborah Lass and Drew Zenker. She is a graduate of Port Jervis High School and is currently a...
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Possess The Will wins qualifier in 1:54.2

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Possess The Will continued to prep for the upcoming Stanley Dancer Memorial Trot and Hambletonian by winning his second qualifier of the season Thursday morning at the Meadowlands. With Tim Tetrick driving, the Donato Hanover Hall colt won by one-half length in 1:54.2. From Above, also a 2011 stakes winner and Hambletonian contender, finished second.   Jim Campbell trains Possess Th...
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USTA committee calls for drug research, testing

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
At the most recent United States Trotting Association (USTA) annual meeting in February, USTA president Phil Langley appointed a committee of horsemen and track operators to study drug testing and to investigate what the industry can do to improve testing procedures, including providing more financial support.   Paul Fontaine, president of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), agreed to...
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Diener named new chair of Indiana commission

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Sarah McNaught announced that she will end her service as chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, effective July 2, 2012. McNaught shared her decision to step down at the June 25 Indiana Horse Racing Commission meeting. Her term was set to expire in September of 2014.   Governor Mitch Daniels has tapped William Diener to replace McNaught as chairman of the Commission. &n...
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Ohio Roundtable files appeal challenging VLTs

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Ohio Roundtable group has filed an appeal of its lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks. The group filed its appeal in the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin County on Thursday (June 28).   On May 30 a Franklin County judge tossed out a lawsuit. Judge Timothy S. Horton, of the Franklin County Court of Common P...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. Trainers Trond Smedshammer and George Teague Jr. talk candidly about their chances with their horses in the Titan Cup at the Meadowlands and the Max Hempt Memorial Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, respectively. The Hempt is just one of ...
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Romantic Moment fastest in NYSS splits

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night, with the $335,804 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies.   Centralia Hanover (Yannick Gingras) served up a 22-1 upset in the opening ($111,268) event. Leaving from post position No. 6, she wound up pocketed to just-over-ever-money Brownsville Bomber (Jim Morrill Jr.), who retook soon after a :27.2 quarter-mile.  ...
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Special Canada Day card Sunday at Mohawk

on 06/28/2012 2:00 AM
Racing fans will be treated to first class racing on a special Canada Day card this Sunday, July 1, at Mohawk. The Campbellville oval will offer 10 exciting races including two divisions of the Miss Versatility, featuring North America's top older trotting mares.   Pembroke Heat Wave, who recently captured the Armbro Flight final at Mohawk on June 16, will headline the first of two ...
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