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Yonkers hosts five NYSS divisions for 2YO fillies

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway continued its statebred baby shower with Thursday night's $285,840 New York Mike Cohen Trot for 2-year-old fillies.Five divisions went at it, with a resurgent Crazy Grigio (Stephane Bouchard, $9.70) leading the parade by winning the opening ($56,968) division in a life-best 2:01. Leaving outside her six rivals, she was a two-move, three-quarters of a length swifter than 3-2 fave Fi...
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Stakes Record for Parlee Beach in Whenuwishuponastar

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
Parlee Beach distinguished herself as one of North America’s top rookie pacing fillies as she lowered the stakes record to 1:50.4 in the $50,000 Whenuwishuponastar final on Thursday evening at Mohawk.Trained by Hall of Famer, Robert McIntosh, the homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Countryview Miss is now the fastest rookie pacer regardless of sex in North America this season.L Dees Lioness ...
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Pink Camo in track record at Scioto

on 08/02/2012 2:00 AM
Pink Camo set a new track record for her new owners and trainer on Thursday night with her 1:52.4 victory in a division of the State Fair Managers Pace for driver Tony Hall.Hall moved the 1-5 favorite to the front soon after the start and she drew off in the stretch to win by 5-1/4 lengths over Cating Around and Two Friskie.The winner is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bru...
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Hurrikane Kingcole favorite in NJ Classic

on 08/01/2012 2:00 AM
Hurrikane Kingcole, who won the Meadowlands Pace Consolation with a season's record 1:47.3 mile, has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite in the $275,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, the 14th race on Saturday's Hambletonian Day card at the Meadowlands. In the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, the fourth race, Rockaround Sue puts her three-race winning streak on ...
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California girl in Youth Camp race at Big M

on 08/01/2012 2:00 AM
Marcela Riddick, 14, of Redondo Beach Calif., and Brittney Billman, 14, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., will represent the Harness Horse Youth Foundations Pocono Downs Youth Camp in a youth driving exhibition at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian day, while 12-year-olds Madison Lofgren, of New Egypt, NJ, and Katie Eick of Farmingdale, NJ, will represent the HHYF Gaitway Farms camp. Later i...
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Gillis: "We have a legitimate shot to win it"

on 08/01/2012 2:00 AM
Two years ago, when Ontario-based trainer Jeff Gillis attended the Harrisburg yearling sale, he never dreamed of having a Hambletonian contender, let alone buying Knows Nothing.   After his Hambletonian elimination victory in 1:53.1, Knows Nothing has been installed the 7-2 second-choice to win harness racing's richest trotting trophy in the $1.5 million final at The Meadowlands in ...
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Fielding family will be cheering for Uncle Peter

on 08/01/2012 2:00 AM
John Fielding has won numerous stakes races over the years, including 10 Breeders Crown trophies, which is good for second place in the history of the series, and was named the sport's owner of the year in 2011 by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He is still seeking his first win in the Hambletonian. Of course, any victory in trotting's premier race for 3-year-olds would be memorable, ...
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Willmot retires as Woodbine chairman

on 08/01/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Wednesday (Aug. 1) announced the retirement of David S. Willmot as the company's chairman of the board. James J. Lawson has been elected chairman.   Willmot was first elected to the WEG board in 1984. He served as president and CEO of the company from 1995 to 2010 and had been chairman since 2001. He led the repositioning of WEG, a not-for-...
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Filion has a Dream Maker of a night at Mohawk

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
It was a good night at the office for driver Sylvain Filion as he captured the $50,000 Dream Maker Pacing Series final and both $20,000 opening-round divisions of the Bridger Trotting Series on Monday at Mohawk.   In the Dream Maker final, Filionscored with the Richard Moreau-trained Evenin Of Pleasure.   After Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) clocked the opening panel in :27....
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State Treasurer cashes in Summertime final

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
State Treasurer delivered as the heavy favorite in the $60,000 Summertime Pacing Series final on Monday evening at Mohawk. Driver Tyler Moore guided the 3-year-old colt to the winner's circle for his father, trainer Dr. Ian Moore.   State Treasurer sat third along the rail as Twin B Impressive (Sylvain Filion) clocked the :26.4 opening panel, but as soon as the field of sophomores entere...
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Merton captures Munich Mile

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
There's an old adage that states "good things come to those who wait" and that maxim certainly was germane to the outcome of Monticello Raceway's Munich Mile on Monday afternoon, July 30, when winning driver Mike Merton waited at the back of the pack in the early going and then rallied to victory in the race for drivers of German descent , which was the fifth leg of the Mighty M's Heritage Dri...
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Creampuff Macdaddy leads Ontario 2YO winners

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
Ontario's 2-year-old trotting colts continued to share the wealth as three new faces appeared in the Grand River Raceway winner's circle following Monday's Gold Elimination battles.   The 2-year-old trotting colts kicked off the exciting evening of racing, which also featured eliminations for the 2-year-old pacing colt Battle of Waterloo and 2-year-old pacing filly Battle of the Bel...
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Vernon Downs gearing up for Drivers' Championship

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is gearing up to host its first Drivers' Championship during State Fair weekend on Sunday, Aug. 26.   The Drivers' Championship, which has been a huge hit at Tioga Downs in past years, will be relocated to Vernon for 2012, along with the annual bobblehead giveaway featuring last year's champion, Jody Jamieson. As always, bobbleheads will be given away before the ra...
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Post positions set for Hambo Oaks

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
The draw for the $714,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies was held Tuesday afternoon at a press conference at the Meadowlands. Elimination winners Maven and Check Me Out earned the right to pick their post positions, and in a draw Maven's connections selected their post first, with driver Yannick Gingras advising trainer Jonas Czernyson via text that he wanted post 3. Tim Tet...
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Post one for Hambletonian favorite Uncle Peter

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
Broad Bahn won last year's Hambletonian after starting from post one and this year it will be Uncle Peter trying to duplicate that effort as he will start from the inside spot in Saturday's $1.5 million renewal of the trotting classic at the Meadowlands. Post positions were drawn Tuesday afternoon in the Pegasus dining room at the Big M. Installed the 5-2 morning-line choice, Uncle Peter wo...
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McIntosh looks for 6th Whenuwishuponastar trophy

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
The Whenuwishuponastar Series, which features rookie filly pacers, can also be referred to as the "Robert McIntosh Series.”   Since it was renamed the Whenuwishuponastar series in 2002 (previously named Maiden Series), the Windsor conditioner has captured the event five times with Remember When (2002), Arts Risk (2004) and the past three consecutive years with You See L A (2009), Strike...
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Tioga to host Empire Breeders Classic elims

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will host the elimination races for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) 3YO colt and filly pacing events on Sunday, Aug. 5. Both $250,000 EBC finals are set for the following Sunday, Aug. 12. Entries will be taken by the Tioga Downs racing office at (607) 699-7688 until the box closes at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. You may access the condition sheet, list of eligibles and ra...
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Googoo Gaagaa wins qualifier in 1:53.4

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Googoo Gaagaa was back in action on Tuesday morning (July 31), winning a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:53.4. With regular driver Corey Callahan in the sulky, Googoo Gaagaa controlled the race with splits of :29.2, :58 and 1:26.1 before sprinting home in :27.3 to win by 17 1/4 lengths. Callahan told harnessracing.com afterward that Googoo Gaagaa will make ...
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Commander Crowe's 1:50.4 equals world mark

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe, who was nosed out in last year's Breeders Crown Open Trot at Woodbine, scored a big victory on Tuesday night at the Jaegersro track in Sweden. He won the Hugo Abergs Memorial in world record-equaling time--1:50.4. His time for the one-mile race contested over the five-eighths mile oval equaled Googoo Gaagaa's clocking at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs earlier this year.  ...
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Nevada race books get extension for simulcasting

on 07/31/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park general manager and simulcast director Jim Hannon told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that a threatened looming shutoff of racetrack simulcast signals to race books in Nevada has been temporarily averted. With a contract between Las Vegas Dissemination Co., which provides the simulcast signals to the race books, and the Nevada Off-Track Pari-Mutuel Wagering Committee set ...
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