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Sassy Syrinx an Oaks legacy longshot

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
Despite her long odds and modest past performances, Sassy Syrinx has something to prove in Saturday’s $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Scoring from post 10, she is listed as 30-1 on the morning line. Eleven years ago her dam, Syrinx Hanover 3,1:53.2 ($1,699,426), won this same race en route to an unblemished season which also included victories in the Breeders Crow...
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Hambletonian casino night a rousing success

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
The generosity and support of the harness racing community has helped raise much needed funds for the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame and the Standardbred Retirement Foundation at the inaugural Hambletonian Casino Night held August 1st at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, NJ. Sponsored and strongly supported by The Hambletonian Society and The New Meadowlands Racetrack to benefit the...
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Filion looks for smoother trip in Hambo

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
Sylvain Filion took a circuitous route to get to Saturday’s $1.5 Hambletonian final at the Meadowlands with Prestidigitator. Last Saturday, flight delays almost caused Filion and Jody Jamieson (driver of Hambletonian elimination winner Knows Nothing) to miss their assignments. "It was unbelievable,” recalled the 43-year-old reinsman. "That was a very treacherous day. We were going ...
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Brennan sweeps Yonkers co-features

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by E L Rock (George Brennan, $53.50) and Keeper's Destiny (Brennan, $10).   One doesn't normally associate Brennan with 25-1 rank outsiders, but such was the circumstance here. Assigned inside his seven rivals, E L Rock sat loosely pocketed to the only leaver in Sing ...
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Special Lady D impressive at Scioto Downs

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Ryan Stahl didn’t get the trip he wanted in the $42,000 Ohio’s First Lady Pace at Scioto on Friday night, but his courageous filly Special Lady D overcame adversity to win by a length in 1:53.4 The 4-5 favorite, trained by Brian Brown, grabbed the lead entering the final quarter. When Standing Danette and driver Dan Noble drew even with entering the stretch, it looked as Special...
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Gracie Montana, Ferrari Sena win at Mohawk

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
The second round of the Girls’ Night Out Pacing Series continued on Friday evening at Mohawk. Gracie Montana and Ferrari Sena captured their $30,000 divisions to mark their spot in the rich $50,000 final taking place next Friday, August 10 at Mohawk. Gracie Montana, sent off at odds of 12-1, came from off-the-pace to score the upset win for driver Jody Jamieson. The five-year-old daughter o...
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Twisted Pretzel a 1:59.1 winner in NYSS action

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
Kelley Racing Stable’s Twisted Pretzel, trained by Paul Kelley and driven by Jim Morrill, Jr., scored his first pari-mutuel victory in the third and final $39,000-plus division of the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt and gelding trot at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (August 3) in a sparkling 1:59.1, the fastest time of the divisions. His victory wasn’t a complete surprise. He went off...
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Doctor Butch's 1:54.2 fastest in NYSS at Batavia

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Linda Toscano and driver Jim Morrill Jr., not only won the first two $36,000-plus divisions of the New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old colt pace at Batavia Downs Wednesday evening, they scored in a $12,800 division of the Excelsior Series in between them. So through Batavia's fifth race, each had already scored a triple. But they had to work to complete that hat trick as Winbak Farm's S...
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Brian Zendt drives 2,000th winner

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
Brian Zendt drove the 2,000th winner of his career when he piloted Hall Of Memories to victory in Wednesday's sixth race at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.   Zendt credited his success to such trainers as his father, Bill Zendt, and Walter "Boots” Dunn for giving him the opportunity to drive well-prepared stock. "I never really set goals,” Zendt said, "but I guess maybe I've...
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Ohio State Fair stakes underway on Thursday

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Fair is in full swing north of downtown Columbus, but the fair's stakes races start Thursday night south of the city at Scioto Downs. Six divisions of Ohio State Fair races will be contested on Thursday evening, followed by four divisions on both Friday and Saturday.   Thursday night there will be two splits of the Pride of Ohio Trot for sophomore fillies featuri...
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Freshman trotters go wire to wire at Balmoral

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of $54,000 events for Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotters shared top billing on Wednesday at Balmoral Park as a field of eight colts squared off in the Plesac Stake while 10 of their female counterparts met in the Fox Valley Flan Stake.     Fresh off a romping wire-to-wire victory in last week's elimination, the Ronnie Gillespie-owned, trained...
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Can Stormin Normand storm to Hambo win?

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
The top three finishers in each of the three Hambletonian eliminations last weekend at the Meadowlands advanced to Saturday afternoon's $1.5 million final, along with the richest fourth-place finisher. With the Jim Campbell trainees Stormin Normand ($591,202) and Possess The Will ($580,762) the richest of the 25 starters, they had an advantage if they would finish fourth in their elims. When Poss...
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NY Breeding Dev. Fund executive director fired

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
The Albany (NY) Times-Union newspaper has reported that Tim Gordin, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, has been dismissed. The newspaper's story said directors of the state public authority dedicated to improving horse breeding removed the former assemblyman serving as executive director for "alleged mismanagement, including hiring...
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Three Hambo horses who can't be overlooked

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
While the bigger names in the Hambletonian are getting most of the pre-race hype, there are others in the race who could surprise. That list includes Money On My Mind, Gym Tan Laundry and Guccio, the latter being overlooked since he is the stablemate of Hambo favorite Uncle Peter. Although Money On My Mind finished second to Hambletonian favorite Uncle Peter in their respect elimination las...
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Mohawk backstretch may remain open

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) considered closing the Mohawk backstretch for stabling, but a plan has been reached for it to remain open as a training facility. Stall applications for Mohawk Racetrack for the winter season are now available. Qualifiers will be moved from Mohawk to Woodbine at 5 pm.   WEG's possible plans for the backstretch came just a few weeks ago, but&...
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NEW! Hambo Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview contains everything you want to know about Saturday's Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, and it is now available by clicking below or signing up by following the link at the top of this home page.   Uncle Peter is the Hambletonian favorite and driver Ron Pierce and trainer Jimmy Takter reveal their thoughts about choosing post one. The co...
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Lehman named new ORC executive director

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
The governing Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC), at a meeting Thursday, moved quickly and decisively in naming Steve Lehman as its new Executive Director. The appointment is contingent on a contract agreement and will become effective on Oct. 31, 2012 when current CEO John Blakney retires.   Commission Chair, Rod Seiling, in making the announcement on behalf of the Board sta...
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Coraggioso featured in NYSS at Monticello

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
He was a good 2 year old, but this year Coraggioso is even better, and arguably the best of the 3-year-old colt trotters in the rich New York Sire Stakes (NYSS).   On Monday afternoon, Aug. 6, at Monticello Raceway, the son of Conway Hall-Electra Hanover has been installed as the 9-5 early line favorite in his $83,922 division--race 10--of the $167,844 NYSS for sophomore trotting ...
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Merton has another five-bagger at Monticello

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
When Mike Merton scored five consecutive driving victories in the first five races on the Monticello Raceway card of June 28 he claimed, with tongue in cheek, that when he got dumped out and fell on his head in an early morning qualifying race that it must have done something to him when  he had his best day in years.On Wednesday, August 1 Merton could  claim no such prognostication this...
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Landmark race under saddle set for Hambo day

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
For the 10 Standardbred riders going postward between the fourth and fifth races on Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack, the 25,000-plus fans expected on Hambletonian Day may be the largest crowd to ever witness a racing under saddle event in North America.  The race also boasts a number of other “firsts” in Standardbred racing.Sponsored by Blue Chip Farms, Winbak Farm, W...
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