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Toscano, Gutnick win NJSS final with "Cocoa"

on 08/17/2012 2:00 AM
Johny Rock extended his winning streak to three, scoring 1 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the final of the four championships contested on Friday night, Aug.17,closing night of the 2012 Meadowlands meet. Johny Rock [$5.00, $3.60, $2.80], with Tim Tetrick driving, paced a career best 1:51.1 in the sixth race. The John But...
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Toscano, Jacobs take 2 NYSS at Tioga

on 08/17/2012 2:00 AM
Doctor Butch (Pat Berry) posted the most impressive win in one of three divisions of New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Starting from post position number four, Berry hustled Doctor Butch to the front past an opening quarter in :27. From there his biggest challenger, Bet The Moon (Jim MarohnJr.), sat on his back through fractions of :56 and 1:23.4. ...
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Yonkers features to And Heez Perfect, Rock N Soul

on 08/17/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by a first-over And Heez Perfect (Mark MacDonald, $16.80) and a from-the-back-of-the-bus Rock N Soul (Jason Bartlett, $4.60).   Pole-sitting And Heez Perfect eased from third to go after the leader, 8-5 favorite Big Sky Storm (Jordan Stratton). That one worked aroun...
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2YO filly trotter Charmed Life 1:57.4 winner

on 08/17/2012 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old trotting filly Charmed Life beguiled Rideau Carleton Raceway fans on Friday night with an impressive Gold Elimination victory that saw her hit the wire just shy of the track record. Stephen Byron positioned Charmed Life behind the number five on the Rideau Carleton starting gate and landed in third through the early going. See You In Spring handled the early pace, rolling by the ...
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Trotting filly Fashion Athena 1:56 PASS winner

on 08/17/2012 2:00 AM
Fashion Athena captured her second straight Pennsylvania Sires Stake victory Friday at The Meadows when she made a quarter-pole move stand up in a stake-fastest 1:56.   The $306,136 event for 2-year-old filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over four divisions, with Frau Blucher, Ruffleshaveridges and Coffeecake Hanover taking the other splits. Matt Kakaley enjoyed...
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Dead heat in Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield

on 08/17/2012 2:00 AM
On Friday (Aug.17) Northfield Park hosted four divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes racing action as part of the 13-race program. The 3-year-old filly trotters and pacers each competed in two divisions. The trotters took to the stage first in race 1 and provided a thrilling dead-heat finish between Rose Run Nellie and Tesla. Rose Run Nellie led throughout with Tesla sitting the pocket and closing up th...
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Rebeka Bayama bids for Golden Girls title

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Rebeka Bayama carries the Bayama Farms banner into Friday's $218,850 Golden Girls at the Meadowlands Racetrack, and for owner and breeder, Yves Filion, his pacing mare conjures memories of his top horse, Goliath Bayama, who was known as "The Monster from Montreal.”   Rebeka Bayama is rated at 5-1 on the morning line from post eight in a field of 11. The Golden Girls is carded as r...
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Aracache Hanover aims for Haughton upset

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Doug McNair believes his father's trainee Aracache Hanover is about as ready as he's going to be to pull an upset in Friday's $431,400 William R. Haughton Memorial final at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   McNair, 22, will leave from post five with the 5-year-old son of Dragon Again, who is rated the 7-2 second choice on the morning line in the 10h race feature.   McNair's fa...
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Punxsutawney springs 44-1 PASS upset

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Punxsutawney pulled off a stunning upset at 44-1 to highlight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The three divisions held carried purses ranging from $112,508 to $112,509.   Heavy favorite Bluto led for much of the mile in the night's big upset, but Punxsutawney (Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos),...
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Homepage breaks maiden in PA Stallion split

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Second in her last four starts, Homepage snapped her bridesmaid streak—and her maiden—Wednesday at The Meadows by capturing a Pennsylvania Stallion Series division in 1:59.2.   The $120,000 event for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over six divisions, with Blizzard Warning, Nicoe Ridge, Laureen, Global Beauty and Mystical Shyann also taking $20,000 splits. Brett Miller d...
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Won The West to be retired Friday night

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Won The West, two-time divisional champion and career winner of $3.9 million, will be officially retired on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 8-year-old son of Western Hanover will lead the post parade for the William R. Haughton Memorial, race 10, before being honored with a retirement blanket. Won The West, trained by Ron Burke, ends his career with 36 wins, 24 seconds and 15 thi...
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Trotting colt generates feelgood story in Times

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Even though Coraggioso didn't win his New York Sire Stakes division at Saratoga Casino & Raceway Tuesday night, he brought harness racing some good publicity in The New York Times. That's because race announcer Tom Durkin, the voice of the Thoroughbred tracks Saratoga, Aqueduct and Belmont, shares ownership of the 3-year-old trotting colt Coraggioso with his friend Joe Spadaro, and the col...
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Gerrity Memorial Pace Saturday at Saratoga

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
The fourth annual Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial final will take place Saturday night (Aug. 18) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The final is the culmination of the 2012 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial $300,000 Open Pacing Series.   "Throughout August, a distinguished lineup of racing's top pacers competed for one of the eight slots that will go head-to-head for the $122,500 final," said Don Hoove...
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Walnridge helping Standardbred Retirement

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is pleased to be moving its horse headquarters to Walnridge Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. With racing and breeding in New Jersey having its problems, the farm has plenty of room to accommodate SRF's program that continues to have growing demand.   "Dr. Richard Meirs is making it a comfortable home for us to continue our work transitioning trotters and...
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Canadian racing writer offers another analysis

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Dave Briggs, the editor of The Canadian Sportsman magazine, saved his best point for his last few paragraphs when he wrote that a person doesn't need to attend a full-day kindergarten to figure out that the Ontario provincial government's plan to end the Slots at the Racetracks program doesn't make sense when you do the math.   "The truth is, the slots-at-racetracks program... is alr...
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Tioga, Vernon adding under saddle races

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will host under saddle exhibition races in September as part of the Cane Pace Final card on Monday, Sept. 3, at Tioga Downs, and part of the End of Summer Showdown at Vernon Downs on Sept. 7.   Under saddle racing has been on the rise in popularity this year with an exhibition being staged at the Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. The exhibition races will take ...
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Standardbred Canada rescinds credit policy

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada (SC) has announced that it has decided it will not be implementing the new credit procedure and application form that was announced in a letter sent last week to buyers at its sales. SC operates the Canadian Yearling Sale, which will be held Sept. 15 and 16.  "At this time, Standardbred Canada confirms that the previous policies and procedures for credit will remain in...
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Gelding clinic to be held in Michigan, Maryland

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Thanks to a generous donation from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEP), The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is able to continue its Operation Gelding program. The Operation Gelding program provides funds and materials to assist organizations, associations and events that wish to sponsor clinics to which horse owners can bring their stallions to be castrated. Since t...
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Drivers competing at Tioga to earn minimum fee

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association (STHH) have worked together to implement a program that will pay drivers a minimum of $15 for their drives even when finishing out of the money. The program was brought to Tioga Downs' attention by the STHHA and the sides have agreed on the policy which will be retroactive from July 6, 2012. "Its only fair for the drivers to get p...
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Saratoga drivers donate fees to local charity

on 08/16/2012 2:00 AM
For the fourth year in a row, drivers from Saratoga Casino and Raceway (SCR) have chosen Franklin Community Center (FCC) as the recipient of their generosity, donating their driver's fees for an entire day to the Center and proving that giving back to the local community is just as important as the race to the finish line.   On August 21, FCC's "Project Lift" will benefit from this ...
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