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Can 'Captain' keep 'Pace' for Katz?

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
For longtime owner Marvin Katz, the 2012 edition of the $1 million Metro Pace, set for Saturday night at Mohawk, is a decidedly different experience than last year's edition.   The Toronto-based businessman shares ownership of Simply Business, the 2-year-old colt that pulled off a 20-1 upset from post nine in the 2011 Metro, and Captaintreacherous, the rookie that will be the proba...
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Rocknmyjeans scratched from Metro final

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Tony Alagna-trained Rocknmyjeans has been scratched from Saturday's $1 million Metro Pace at Mohawk. The 2-year-old colt finished third in his Metro elimination behind Apprentice Hanover and runner-up Vegas Vacation.   "We were not happy the way he came out of his elimination and as a group we're not pleased with his performance,” said the conditioner. "He's not lame, but ...
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Hava Kadabra! Eight-hole magic at The Meadows

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Firing to the lead from post eight, Hava Kadabra showed some front-end magic in capturing Tuesday's $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Hava Kadabra outdueled Heza Challenger for the early lead and was so strong on top for Dave Palone that no rival could mount an effective threat. The 5-year-old Kadabra-Armbro Vixen gelding scored in 1:55, three-quarters of a length&nb...
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Sylvain Filion wins 7,000th career race

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Sylvain Filion celebrated his 7,000th career win during Tuesday evening's harness racing card at Georgian Downs.   Filion, 43, scored a driving double with Richard Moreau-trained trotters Guiltywithanexcuse and Rodeo in the fourth and eighth races to reach the milestone. He later started his pursuit for another thousand wins with freshman pacer Somewhere With You scoring...
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Freshman duo sweep PA Stallion prelims

on 08/28/2012 2:00 AM
Momma's Jolt and McAlvin each completed sweeps of the four preliminary legs of the Stallion Series for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace with victories on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were eight Stallion Series divisions held at Pocono on Tuesday night, each carrying a purse of $20,000.   Momma's Jolt (Village Jolt-Prettiestgalintown), owned by Fashion...
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Mister Herbie cruises in Frank Ryan Memorial

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
Winning the 48th edition of the $185,335 Frank Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening turned out to be a piece of cake for Mister Herbie, who cruised to an easy victory in 1:54 for his O'Brien Award-winning connections--driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jeff Gillis.   Mister Herbie was hustled off the gate from post six, and after being parked to th...
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Michaels Power hits $1 mil with Ontario Gold

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
Michaels Power moved into the millionaires circle on Sunday night at Rideau Carleton Raceway with a commanding track record performance in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old pacing colts.   With regular reinsman Scott Zeron in the race bike Michaels Power waged an early battle with I Found My Beach for control of the front end. While I Found My Beach hit the quarter ...
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Jug winner Big Bad John returning to Delaware

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
Reigning Little Brown Jug champion Big Bad John will be returning to the Delaware, OH County Fairgrounds again this fall. One the most popular Jug winner in history, Big Bad John will be in the Jug Barn for the final three afternoons of the Grand Circuit meeting and will be available for photographs throughout each day. The 66th Jug winner will also lead the Jug post parade for the elimination...
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Apprentice Hanover takes connections to Metro

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
The newly acquired Apprentice Hanover has been nothing short of spectacular so far this season and that could translate into a $1 million Metro Pace victory this Saturday at Mohawk.   After capturing his Metro elimination in a sizzling 1:49.4, the freshman pacing colt has tasted defeat just one time in five career starts with $95,592 in the bank. The son of first-crop sire Somebeach...
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Lou's Bad Yankee takes Harrington feature

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware, M.A. and T.D. Adams, and Kevin Evans' Lou's Bad Yankee ($21.40, Jon Roberts) scored his third straight win Monday, cruising to a 1:52.2 win in the $18,000 featured Open pace at Harrington Raceway.   The Wayne Givens-trainee left hard from post one and set all the fractions in his half length win over Artist Point and Wind Me Up. The Badlands Hanover 5-year...
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Sugar Wheeler to compete for Ontario Gold

on 08/27/2012 2:00 AM
Paul MacDonell qualified two Mike Keeling trained trotting fillies for Thursday night's $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack, but the reinsman had committed to Sugar Wheeler well before he engineered the results of last week's eliminations. MacDonell has driven the 3-year-old trotting lass in all but two of her 20 career starts and he is, quite simply, a fan.   "Nowadays you...
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Betterthancheddar captures CPD elim

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Betterthancheddar, arguably the top aged pacer in North America this season, found the winner's circle in the single $50,000 Canadian Pacing Derby elimination on Saturday at Mohawk in 1:49.1.   Driven by George Brenna, the 4-year-old son of Bettor's Delight has tasted just one defeat this season from nine starts for trainer Casie Coleman and owners West Wins Stable and Steve Calhoun...
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My Last Chance stands tall in Ohio Breeders

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
My Last Chance was the smallest horse in the field of nine starters in the $20,000 Ohio Breeders Stakes Saturday at Scioto Downs, but he was standing tall in the winner's circle after the race.   The 2-year-old gelding upset heavily-favored Feelin Lika Winner to notch his fourth victory in eight starts this season. Trainer-driver Chip Noble did his mother Carol Noble, the breeder an...
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Prestidigitator ties Mohawk record in OSS Gold

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
The fourth Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday turned into a match race between rivals Prestidigitator and Knows Nothing with the former hanging on to score in a Mohawk track record-equalling performance.   With the inside post advantage, current divisional leader Cold Certified (John Campbell) took control of the field with Amigo Ra...
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Favorites sweep Metro eliminations

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
The top 2-year-old pacers on the continent were in action Saturday night at Mohawk, but it was the three favorites who brought their ‘A' game in their respective $40,000 eliminations for next Saturday's $1 million Metro Pace.   Fresh off of winning one of last week's Nassagaweya divisions, Apprentice Hanover, Captaintreacherous and Odds On Equuleus each returned to victory lane. ...
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Morrill wins six on State Fair card at Vernon

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Sir Cary's Z Tam and Royalty For Life recorded the season's fastest miles by freshmen on the pace and trot, respectively, while Jim Morrill Jr., again, tied the 2012 single program mark of six driving victories during Saturday night's $153,800 State Fair racing program for New York-breds at Vernon Downs.   Driven by Mike Lachance, Sir Cary's Z Tam converted a pocket trip into a care...
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Rosecroft conditions available; purses rise 75%

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Race Secretary Mike Wandishin has released the first condition sheet of the 2012 fall meet and purses are expected to average at least $35,000 for the meet. This is an increase of 75 percent from the spring meet.   Racing will continue to take place on Tuesday and Saturday evenings with a first post of 7:25 p.m. Qualifiers will continue to take place before the races on Saturda...
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Market Share, Check Me Out win Zweigs

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Market Share scored a two-length victory in a stakes and track record 1:52.1 in Sunday afternoon's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot at Vernon Downs. The 3-year-old colt was driven by Tim Tetrick, who also directed Check Me Out to a world record-equaling 1:51.3 victory in the companion $150,000 Zweig Trot for 3-year-old fillies.   Market Share rallied fro...
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Pierce wins $25,000 in Drivers' Championship

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
One week after Dave Palone took home the $10,000 first-place prize in the opening round of the 2012 Meadowlands/Vernon Downs Drivers' Championship , Ron Pierce captured three of Sunday's six races at Vernon Downs to finish first with 49 points and earn the $25,000 top prize. This was the six annual driver's competition, and Pierce also won this prestigious event in 2010. ...
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Heston Blue Chip scores in Cane Pace elim

on 08/26/2012 2:00 AM
The hometown favorite, Heston Blue Chip, continued to do what he does best at Tioga Downs, and that is win races. He came into the $107,572 Cane Pace elimination on Sunday night a perfect six-for-six at Tioga Downs and he left now seven-for-seven.   The connections of Heston Blue Chip opted to pay the $35,000 supplemental fee to the Cane Pace as a way to get revenge on some of the t...
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