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Sports Reporter Pompano's April Horse of Month

on 05/21/2012 2:00 AM
Yet another chapter in the touching and improbable story of the pacer Sports Reporter was written on Monday evening (May 21) at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano. The 8-year-old gelding was saluted along with his groom, Ingrid Glassmeyer, as the recipients of the Horse And Groom Of The Month award winners for April by the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA...
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Sears making his first start in Elitlopp

on 05/21/2012 2:00 AM
Brian Sears hopes to make his first trip to Sweden a winning one. Sears will drive Arch Madness in Sunday's prestigious Elitlopp, an invitational event that features 16 of the world's best trotters at Solvalla Racetrack.   Sears could join elite company with a victory. Only two driversin history have won the Hambletonian and Elitlopp -- John Campbell and Joe O'Brien. ...
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NYSS champ Heston Blue Chip 1:52 winner

on 05/21/2012 2:00 AM
Heston Blue Chip (pictured), a defending New York Sire Stakes champion, was the fastest in NYSS pacing colt action on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway. Yonkers hosted its first New York Sire Stakes event of the season Monday night, with the $339,040 Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A quintet of divisions proved quite formful through the mist (and later steady ra...
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Arch Madness draws post 7 for Elitlopp

on 05/20/2012 2:00 AM
The draw for Sweden's Elitlopp 2012, which will be held Sunday, May 27, at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, will have two eliminations and a final. The USA's Arch Madness has drawn post seven in the first elimination, with Brian Sears scheduled to drive. Canada's Windsong Geant, with Rick Zeron driving, has drawn post one in the second elimination, where he will face Breede...
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Vlos speeds to Tioga feature victory

on 05/20/2012 2:00 AM
Vlos used his early tactical speed to capture Sunday afternoon's $16,500 Open Pace at Tioga Downs with driver Fern Paquet Jr.    Leaving from post position number five in a field of eight, Paquet got away with a soft opening quarter of :27.4 and was uncontested through a half mile in :56. As the field headed towards three quarters, Vlos was asked for pace and he responded click...
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Crown champs score in Miss Versatility opener

on 05/20/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of eye-catching performances by last year's Breeders Crown champion trotting mares Frenchfrysnvinegar and Cedar Dove in $30,000 first leg divisions of the Miss Versatility Series highlighted Mohawk Racetrack's nine-race Sunday card of harness racing on Family Fun and Fireworks Night.   Canada's reigning Older Trotting Mare of the Year Frenchfrysnvinegar held off the poc...
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He's Gorgeous shatters Vernon mark

on 05/20/2012 2:00 AM
Eye-popping track record performances by He's Gorgeous and Major Look highlighted Saturday night's lively 13-race program at Vernon Downs.   Following up on his 1:50 effort at Vernon last week, He's Gorgeous ($3.30) lowered the track's 59-year speed standard by one and one-fifth seconds with his 1:48.3 victory in Saturday's $9,500 Open Pace.   Tim Tetrick did the drivin...
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Clear Vision, Aracache Hanover win Molson elims

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Clear Vision and Aracache Hanover won their respective $20,000 eliminations for Western Fair District's signature race, the $300,000 Molson Pace, during an action-packed card of harness racing on Friday.   Clear Vision wore down stablemate Atochia in late stretch to prevail in the first elimination providing driver John Campbell with a victory in his return appearance at the Lo...
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Uncle Peter, Dejarmbro, Itrustyou sharp in qualifiers

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Reigning Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot champion Uncle Peter scored a 1:54.1 qualifying victory Saturday morning at the Meadowlands. Also winning qualifiers were the 2011 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot winner Dejarmbro and Itrustyou, who swept the Complex Series and Exit 16W Series earlier this year at the Meadowlands.   Uncle Peter, with trainer-driver Jimmy Takter, took the lead...
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A Rocknroll Dance strong in NJSS opener

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance scored an impressive 1:50.1 victory Saturday night in the first of three divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers at the Meadowlands. Last year's richest freshman colt pacer with $863,325 in earnings, coasted to a 4 1/2-length victory in his 2012 debut for driver Yannick Gingras.   Winning the second division was I Fought Dalaw, who won a...
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Obituary: Jerry Smith dies at 83

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Jerry Smith, the trainer and owner of several world champions over the years, died early Friday morning, May 18, at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Ind. He was 83. A native of Michigan, Mr. Smith winter trained at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida. Mr. Smith raced at Hoosier Park on Wednesday night, May 16, and then entered the hospital the following day to remove a tumor...
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Northern Companion upsets at Pompano

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
With the presence of Florida standout 3-year-old pacer Keemosabe in the field a big upset transpired in the Saturday evening $7,500 featured pace The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Northern Companion, in rein to Robert Hoffman, used his customary closing rush to sweep to victory at 14-1.   Keemosabe, in rein to Bruce Ranger, seized command over Waldy Jimmy in rein to Dan Clem...
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Doc's Yankee scores in Scioto feature

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Doc's Yankee left the gate fastest of all, yielded the lead to Look Yankee in the second quarter, then shot up the inside to win the featured pace at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. It was the second straight win at Scioto for Doc's Yankee, who is owned by Gerald Denney of Gallipolis, Ohio. Odds-on favorite Doc's Yankee was in front after the first panel was covered in :26.2 but then Devan ...
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Sweet Lou in 1:49.3 in 2012 debut

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Anyone wondering if Sweet Lou still has the magic that carried him to a record-setting 2011 season as a 2 year old probably had their questions answered on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Making his 2012 debut, the pride of the Ron Burke barn coasted to a win in a $106,113 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. Sweet Lou romped...
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Field set for Upper Canada Cup final

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
The popular Ontario sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings delivered romping wins in each of their $25,000 Upper Canada Cup eliminations on Saturday night at Georgian Downs. The elims took on a different note following the scratch of Warrawee Needy from the third division. Heavy favourite Secretsoftheknight romped to a career-best 1:51.1 victory in the first elimination for the fat...
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Valley Victory son to stand in Ohio

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Home Stretch, the fifth fastest son of Valley Victory, will begin breeding duties immediately at Hagemeyer Farm in Ohio at an introductory fee of $1,000.   His mark of 1:53.3f was taken at Harrah's Chester, and the only faster sons of Valley Victory are Muscles Yankee, Lindy Lane, Bullville Victory, and Victory Dream. In his record mile, he went wire-to-wire for driver David Miller,...
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Brennan has winning Sea Venture at Yonkers

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Sea Venture (George Brennan, five winners on the dozen-race card) was on his game from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $36,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Unhurried early from post position six, he watched as Flipper J (Cat Manzi) brushed to the lead around Code Word (Jason Bartlett) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. From there he tried to hide with a 54.4 h...
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NYSS champ Heston Blue Chip returns Monday

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway plays host to its first New York Sire Stakes event of the season Monday night, with the $339,040 Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Five divisions--races 4 though 7 and 11--highlight the 12-race program, with usual first post at 7:10 p.m.   Monday night's first ($66,848) Sire Stakes encounter finds the seasonal pari-mutuel debut of 2011's state-bred c...
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Jerry Smith dies at age 83

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association is reporting that Jerry Smith, the owner and trainer of such top horses as Storm Damage and Redskin, died Friday morning at the age of 83.   We will post additional details when available.
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After 22 years Campbell returns to Western Fair

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
John Campbell, the most successful driver in harness racing history, has driven at virtually every racetrack across North America, and a few in Europe as well, but he still considers The Raceway at Western Fair District, the track where he began his illustrious career, home.   It was at the half-mile oval in London, Ont., where Campbell scored his first career victory at the ag...
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