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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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Colonial stable area opens; meet starts Sept. 5

on 08/29/2012 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs' barn area opened on Monday and the first influx of an expected 375 harness horses to stable on the grounds this fall began to ship in.   Racing's only "one turn mile” oval opened for training this morning under sunny skies and seasonal temperatures while the starting gate took a lap around the track in preparation for a series of qualifying races this weekend. &nbs...
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Mach A Wish 1:50.2 Ontario Gold winner

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony O'Sullivan had a hunch that Mach A Wish could compete with Ontario's top 3-year-old pacing lasses and his intuition paid off on Monday evening as the filly sailed to a Gold Final triumph at Mohawk Racetrack. With Rick Zeron back in the race bike, Mach A Wish lined up behind post 2 in her first $130,000 Gold Final. Mia Seelster won the early foot race, reaching the eighth in :12...
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KYSS 2YOs in action Thursday at Red Mile

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
The second leg of Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) for 2 year olds will be contested Thursday night, Aug. 30, at The Red Mile, setting the stage for the $2 million Super Night scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9. The 3 year olds will be in KYSS action on Saturday, Sept. 1, which will finalize the fields for the eight finals worth $250,000 each. On Thursday, the 14-race card kicks off with a lone $30,0...
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Can Betterthancheddar be big cheese in CPD?

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Betterthancheddar is out to confirm his status as the big cheese in Saturday's $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, but he will need to fend off nine rivals, including a rejuvenated Golden Receiver.   With wins in eight of nine races this year, Betterthancheddar is the top-rated older pacer in harness racing and sits at No. 4 overall in the sport's most recent Top 10 poll. Betterth...
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Illinois governor vetos gaming bill

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday morning that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a major gambling expansion plan that would have permitted slots at the state's racetracks, plus allowed five new casinos, including one in Chicago. Chicago's mayor had been lobbying for the bill to be passed by the governor. The deadline for the governor to act on a bill allowing an expansion of...
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Forte is 'Velvety Smooth' in Godfather Pace

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Now the Italian Americans have someone to cheer for in Monticello Raceway's Heritage Drivers Series finale after Mike Forte drove Velvety Smooth to an easy 1:58.2 triumph in the Godfather Pace on Monday afternoon.   The race, which featured drivers of Italian extraction, was the sixth leg of the year-long series and now Forte will join the winners of the previous preliminary legs in...
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A Rocknroll Dance favored in Jug Future

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Could it be two in a row for Ohio? A Rocknroll Dance, trained by Jim Mullinix of Wauseon and co-owned by Denny Miller of Archbold, is the 7-5 favorite in the first of two wagering pools for the 2012 Little Brown Jug. Bolt The Duer is next at 5-1 and Thinking Out Loud is third at odds of 6-1.   A Rocknroll Dance will race Monday afternoon, Sept. 3, in the $322,716 Cane Pace final at ...
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Windsor officials file to open OTW site

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
The operators of Windsor Raceway, which is scheduled to be closed on Friday, Aug. 31, have filed an application to open an off-track wagering facility in Windsor. Tuesday's CBC News is reporting that the application calls for the site to be at Club Alouette on Central Ave.   The application is currently under review by the Ontario Racing Commission. Windsor Raceway president Pat Sou...
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$825K yearling Detour Hanover 2nd in qualifier

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Detour Hanover, a full brother to the 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover who was purchased last fall at the Harrisburg yearling sale for a record $825,000, made his first appearance on the racetrack on Tuesday morning in a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia. With David Miller driving for trainer Tom Cancelliere, Detour Hanover finished second, race-timed in 1:58.3.   Miller got a...
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