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Speed prevails at Running Aces

on 07/30/2012 2:00 AM
It was a good night to be on or near the front Sunday night at Running Aces as eight of the 10 winning horses were first or second at the half-mile pole and the other two were both fourth and already in the outer flow.   In the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, At Last (Lemoyne Svendsen) captured his second straight weekly feature with an impressive 1:52.2 score. The 6-year-old Mark ...
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New Album brings $97,000 at Tattersalls Sale

on 07/30/2012 2:00 AM
New Album, a 4-year-old pacing mare with more than $450,000 in earnings, multiple New York Sire Stakes victories, and whose most recent win was a 1:51.4 effort June 29 at Harrah's Philadelphia, was the sale topper at Sunday's Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale held at the Meadowlands. While New Album was consigned by Preferred Equine Marketing on behalf of owners Bamond Racing and Baron Racing S...
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Powerful Star upsets in Fox Evita

on 07/30/2012 2:00 AM
Just as they did the night before at Balmoral Park with Fox Valley Steffen, trainer Joel Smith and driver Dale Hiteman teamed up to pull off another upset, this time getting Powerful Star home with a half-length triumph in the $51,000 Fox Evita Stake final for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday. The final time of 1:56.3 was a career best for the daughter of Pow...
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Archangel bringing a busload of fans to Hambo

on 07/30/2012 2:00 AM
For the last 20 years or so, trainer Peter Arrigenna had the same response whenever someone asked when he would attend the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack rather than watch the race on television.   "I'll go down when a horse takes me down there,” he said.   On Saturday, Arrigenna will attend the Hambletonian in person. Archangel is bringing him there. And the...
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Yonkers hosting NYSS on Tuesday

on 07/30/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway offers its own version of freshman orientation this week, as New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old young ladies make a pair of appearances. Tuesday night, it's the $288,360 Clyde Hirt Pace for first-season fillies, divided five ways (races 1,3,4,5 and 6). The opening ($56,792) division finds Summertime Lea (Jim Morrill Jr., post 6) going after a fourth win in a as many tries, The ...
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NJ Classic, Miss New Jersey fields set

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
Time To Roll and Hurrikane Kingcole turned in winning performances and will advance to the $275,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and while Rockaround Sue will headline the filly companion race, the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey, both of which will be contested on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Meadowlands.   Both the New Jersey Classic and the Miss New Jersey are...
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Whogoesfirst wins Yonkers Open

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
Whogoesfirst (Cat Manzi), racing under the radar for much of the season, was seen on the screen Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned post position four, he sat pocketed to 11-10 choice Sapphire City (Brent Holland) as that one threw down intervals of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.4. Four Starz Trace (Jason Bartlett) tried his luck first-up, but wa...
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Allthatgltrsisgold dazzles at Scioto

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
Allthatgltrsisgold dazzled racing fans at Scioto Downs on Saturday by crushing his foes in the $15,000 Open Pace with a 6 3/4-length victory in 1:51.4.   Chip Noble was in the bike behind the 5-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark, who is owned by breeder Victory Hill Farm of Indiana. Bobby Brower trains the winner.   Noble sent the 2-5 favorite to the front immediately from...
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Neptune Blue Chip wins Pompano match race

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
The 2011-2012 South Florida live harness racing campaign which began last Sept. 21 at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is now complete. The meet's final program on Saturday, July 28, delivered a full measure of excitement with the spectacle of a rare match race and a very significant driver milestone going into the record books.   In the $7,500 match race offering 70 percent...
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DePinto scores Grand Circuit triple

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
Saturday's Delvin Miller Adios card at The Meadows also featured promising candidates for next year's "Pace for the Orchids” in the $88,076 Gov. David L. Lawrence, a Grand Circuit stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers.   If those hopefuls progress, expect trainer Sam DePinto to be all over the 2013 Adios, as he captured three of the four Gov. Lawrence divisions with Double Th...
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Cowgirl Hall sets Batavia record in NYSS

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall set a new 3-year-old filly trotting track record at Batavia Downs Saturday night by winning a $43,980 division of the New York Sire Stakes. Driven and trained by Gates Brunet, Cowgirl Hall ($8.40) went the mile in 1:57.2, eclipsing the mark of 1:57.3 set in 2010 by Tuesdays With Mom and Munis Blue Chip. Cowgirl Hall settled into fourth as the field hit the quarter pole,...
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Big Balmoral night of Southland Festival of Racing

on 07/29/2012 2:00 AM
The action on and off the track was fast and furious on Saturday as a big crowd flocked to Balmoral Park for the Chicago Southland Festival of Racing. Along with a taco eating contest, salsa tasting contest, live music and plenty of other giveaways and food & drink specials there was also plenty of action on the track as some of Illinois best pacers and trotters battled for more than ...
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Arden Downs stakes record is Delicious

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Delicious bided her time off fast fractions, then brushed late to capture a division of Friday's $82,471 Arden Downs stake at The Meadows in a stake-record 1:55.2.   The Grand Circuit event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Ned McCarr, was contested over three divisions, with Miss Chip K and Ciao Dough taking the other splits. Aaron Merriman enjoyed a stake double with Del...
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Friday was Girls' Night Out at Mohawk

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Ferrari Sena overcame post 10, went coast to coast and pulled off a 30-1 shocker in her $20,000 opening-round division of the Girls' Night Out Pacing Series on Friday evening at Mohawk.   The Marie Claude Auger-trained Ferrari Sena was one of three Canadian-sired aged pacing mares who took home top honors in the first leg.   With driver Luc Ouellette in the bike, Ferrari ...
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McNair's 2,000th win comes with Swinging Beauty

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Gregg McNair, a regular trainer on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, scored his 2,000th career training victory on Friday night at Mohawk.   With his son, Doug, in the sulky, Swinging Beauty won from off the pace in her conditioned event to notch the special career milestone. The 4-year-old mare, who is owned by William Switala and James Martin, captured her seventh li...
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Bolt The Duer wins Adios in record 1:47.4

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Driver Mark MacDonald parlayed a two-hole trip into a world-record 1:47.4 victory in Saturday afternoon's $500,000 Delvin Miller Adios final at The Meadows. The mile was the fastest ever on a five-eighths mile track, besting the previous mark of 1:48.1 shared by Custard The Dragon and Hurrikane Kingcole.   Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance was sent fast out of the gate by dr...
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Can lightning strike twice in Hambo elims?

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Can lightning strike twice? In harness racing, the answer is a profound yes.   When 2007 Hambletonian winner Donato Hanover retired to stud there were countless breeders with mares hoping to connect to the outstanding colt and create the next Hambletonian winner. Lightning Storm is among five Donato Hanover colts with an opportunity to win the sport's most coveted prize. The quest b...
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Major Look sets new Adioo Volo mark

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Major Look polished her credentials as a top candidate for divisional honors Saturday at The Meadows when she scored in 1:49.3, shattering the stake record in her split of the $141,170 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo for 3-year-old filly pacers. Destiny's Chance took the other Adioo Volo division with an impressive first-over move.   Major Look previously served notice that she's a maj...
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Check Me Out, Maven capture Oaks elims

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Check Me Out, driven by Tim Tetrick, won the first of two elimination races to decide the field for the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks on Aug. 4 at the Meadowlands in 1:53.4. Tetrick took the 1-9 favorite off the leaders in the opening phase of the race, sitting in third throughout the early fractions, set by Holier Than Thou and trainer-driver Jimmy Takter, at the quarter in :28.1 ...
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Mel Mara, Michaels Power take OSS Gold elims

on 07/28/2012 2:00 AM
Favorites Mel Mara and Michaels Power turned in a pair of winning performances in their $40,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings early Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Making his first start in the OSS program after racing in Meadowlands Pace company, Mel Mara delivered on his pari-mutuel promise in the first elimination with ...
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