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Edward Hartley dies at age 71

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Edward L. Hartley, age 71, of Bellville, Ohio, passed away Aug. 11 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a sudden illness. He was a longtime Standardbred owner-breeder and owned more than 100 horses over many years. His 80-acre farm was adjacent to Winterwood Farm and he was a close friend of Winterwood owner Albert Adams. His favorite horse was Trot For Joy, a trotting stallion with ...
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NYSS 2FP splits on tap Thursday at Monticello

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
The cream of the crop of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old pacing fillies will be looking to add precious points to seasonal resumes with hopes of having enough to be among the top eight who will automatically earn a berth in their $225,000 final on the Night of Champions on Sept. 22.   Two divisions—one for $71,815 and the other for $73,115—will be the featured attrac...
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Tarpon Hanover vs. Captaintreacherous

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Twenty-two of the sport's top two-year-old pacing colts will be showcased this Saturday night at Mohawk when they contest three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes. The Nassagaweya is a springboard to the $1 million Metro Pace, which is slated for Saturday, Sept., at Mohawk.   Tarpon Hanover is the richest rookie pacer in North America this season with earnings of $242,250 and remai...
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Johns Polyview sets stakes mark at Meadows

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Johns Polyview, a 3-year-old colt by McArdle, stole the show at The Meadows on Tuesday afternoon as he won an $81,444 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division in a track and stakes-record setting time of 1:51.1. Donna Marshall trains the homebred for John Mortberg's Mortberg Trust of Torrance, Calif. He lowered the stakes and track mark of 1:51.2 set last year by Dapper Dude.   Driver Davi...
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McDermotts, writer Brennan honored by NJ writers

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Trainers John McDermott and Kevin McDermott as well as Bergen Record reporter John Brennan will be honored by the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association in winner's circle ceremonies after the first race on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. First race post time is 6:35 p.m.   The McDermotts, brothers who are Kearny, New Jersey natives, will receive the Stanl...
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Parker wins 5, Arts Day wins 8th at Mighty M

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Zeke Parker broke out again reining five winners on the 12-race card on Tuesday at Monticello Raceway. It marks the third time in the past two weeks that Parker has won five or more races on a card.   Parker got his day rolling with a 1:55.4 victory with Stanley Indig's recently-claimed Fuguzzi ($3) in the second race. It was the second start and second consecutive win for...
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Smoother Ride fastest in 2CT PA Stallion splits

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Me And Cinderella and Smoother Ride each won their fourth consecutive race to highlight Pennsylvania Stallion Series action on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were six Stallion Series divisions held for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot, each carrying a purse of $20,000.   Me And Cinderella (Cantab Hall-Missy's Goalfire), owned by Bluestone Farms and trai...
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Put On A Show ready for Golden Girls

on 08/14/2012 2:00 AM
Chris Ryder might not be willing to guarantee a victory by Put On A Show in Friday's $218,850 Golden Girls for pacing mares at Meadowlands Racetrack, but the trainer believes his horse is ready for another top performance.   Put On A Show is coming off a world-record 1:47.3 win in the $253,700 Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. She faces 10 rivals in the Gold...
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Rosecroft fall meet applications now available

on 08/13/2012 2:00 AM
Applications for Rosecroft Raceway's 29-date fall harness meet are now available on-line. Live racing will commence Saturday, Sept. 15, and run every Tuesday and Saturday evening through Dec. 22. First race is 7:25 p.m.   The first condition sheet for the fall meet will be posted on-line Aug. 24. Qualifiers will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m.   The fall meet w...
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Harrington set to open Monday night

on 08/13/2012 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 66th season of live harness racing will resume Monday night with a 15-race program.   The featured $18,000 Open Pace will go postward as the final leg of the pick four (races 3-6) and boasts Elizabeth Brittingham's As Bad As Thunder (2-1, Bret Brittingham) who is bidding for his fifth straight win. The 6-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding was claimed for $15,000 ...
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Tirade Hanover sets 1:55.4 mark at Tioga

on 08/13/2012 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes and Excelsior for freshmen trotting colts accounted for 10 of the 12 races on the Monday night card at Tioga and were true to the promise of unpredictable form that baby trotters exhibit.   Top driver Brian Sears made the trip from Jersey for just the one drive on Tirade Hanover and Sears made it count. The precocious gelded son of first crop sire Crazed r...
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Win Missy B 1:54.4 NYSS winner at Vernon

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
Crowd wagering choice Win Missy B lived up to her sterling reputation and snapped a string of three straight second-place finishes with a dominating 1:54.4 victory in the fastest of three divisions of Saturday night's $130,430 New York Sires Stakes feature for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs.   Fresh off her runner-up finish in the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks final at The...
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Heston Blue Chip sets Tioga mark in EBC

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
One was an upset winner and one had the race won when he entered. That's the story for Bettor B Lucky, who lived up to her name when she upset the heavily favored Takter entry of American Jewel and Romantic Moment to win the filly division of the Empire Breeders Classic. Heston Blue Chip, undefeated in New York Sire Stakes action this year, continued his dominance while breaking his own t...
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Michael's Power captures Confederation Cup

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
Michael's Power shot up the passing lane in the 36th edition of the $581,500 Confederation Cup to prevail in a thrilling three-horse photo finish on Sunday afternoon at Flamboro Downs.   After finishing second to the pylon-skimming Pet Rock in his elimination heat earlier in the day, Michael's Power and driver Scott Zeron turned the tables on that foe in the final.   ...
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Miss Paris equals Flamboro mark in OSS Gold

on 08/12/2012 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting filly Miss Paris turned in a track record equalling performance as she captured the first of two $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold finals featured on the Confederation Cup undercard at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon.   Circles (Luc Ouellette) established the early lead ahead of insider Daylon Miracle (Dave Wall) leaving Noble Peace Prize (Jody Jamieson) ...
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Idol holds on by a nose in Scioto Open

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Even-money favorite Idol led all the way to win the featured $15,000 Open Pace for females at Scioto Downs on Friday, but her margin at the wire was just a nose.   Tu Sei Bella sat on the pacesetter's back the entire mile and gave her a real scare in the stretch as the two mares hit the wire in 1:54.4 on a windy and chilly summer evening.   Idol, a daughter of Sharky Spur, is trai...
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Check Me Out rebounds with PASS record win

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Horse of the Year candidate Check Me Out, rebounding from her disastrous misstep in the Hambletonian Oaks, returned to form Friday at The Meadows when she overpowered a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division in a stakes-record 1:53.4. Superstar Hanover won nearly as impressively in the other split of the $281,114 event, known as the Meadow Bright, for 3-year-old filly trotters.   In the ...
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Drivers to pick mounts in driving tourney

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
There have been several changes made for this season's $50,000 Vernon & Meadowlands Drivers' Championship, the most noticeable of which is the new location. In years past, Tioga Downs was the venue for this competition, with The Meadowlands added in 2011 when Jeff Gural took over that track's management.   This year, the Championship begins at The Meadowlands on closing night, F...
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Funeral services for Paul E. Spears, 88

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Paul E. Spears, chairman of Hanover Shoe Farms, executive vice president with the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, director emeritus of The Hambletonian Society, breeder of such notables as trotting Triple Crown champion Windsong's Legacy, and an amateur driver, died Saturday (Aug. 11) in Hershey, Pa., after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was 88.   Funeral ar...
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Favorites win in PASS for 3YO filly pacers

on 08/11/2012 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorites Economy Terror, Big McDeal, and Darena Hanover all delivered in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The purses for the three Sire Stakes divisions ranged from $104,229 to $104,630. Economy Terror (Western Terror-Mattatonic), who went off as the 1-9 favorite in the first split, led much of the way b...
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