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Equine photographer Tony Leonard dies

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Tony Leonard, a legendary equine photographer who chronicled the golden age of horse racing, died July 14 at Homestead Nursing Home in Lexington. He was 89.   Mr. Leonard was known the photos he took of many racing greats, both Thoroughbred and Standardbred. He was a regular on Kentucky Futurity day at The Red Mile and captured iconic photos, including one of Mack Lobell and Na...
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Diamond Master flawless in Florida

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
It looks the Kim and Jay Sears Stable has developed another standout in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) stakes series. In the 2012 debut for the State-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in the $4,785 purse Sunshine Stakes, Diamond Master was flawless in capturing his first lifetime start.   The field of a half dozen first time starters were taken to...
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Silk Pajamas fastest in NYSS for 2YO filly pacers

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies highlighted a 12-race card on Saturday night at Tioga Downs.   Posting the fastest mile of the night was Silk Pajamas, with Jimmy Marohn Jr. driving for trainer Ron Burke. The 2-year old daughter of Bettor's Delight – Silksanddiamonds left the gate from post five and settled in second as Jetta Blue Chip (How...
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Posts drawn for Roses Are Red, Maple Leaf

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball, driven by Doug McNair, lowered the Mohawk track record for older pacing mares when she got under the wire first in 1:49 in her Roses Are Red Stakes elimination.   The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror took over the lead past the opening station in :27, set by Rocklamation (Jody Jamieson). McNair then angled the 13-time winner to the outside and overtook command an...
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A Rocknroll Dance takes Meadowlands Pace

on 07/14/2012 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance won the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace with authority on Saturday night (July 14), controlling the tempo and then holding off Pet Rock and 99-1 shot Allstar Legend in 1:48.1. The race was contested before a crowd of 13,056, up from the 12,593 last year.   Yannick Gingras drove A Rocknroll Dance and they started from post one. Gingras said he suspected the pace might not ...
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Pair of series get underway at Mohawk

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
The Summertime Pacing Series and Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series kicked off Thursday evening at Mohawk.   A trio of $20,000 Summertime Pacing Series divisions took place featuring 3-year-old colt pacers who are non-winners of two races or $10,000 as of March 31, 2012. In the first split, JJ Shark and Long Live Rock finished in a dead heat, timed in 1:52.3.   Fiesty Flyer (S...
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Betterthancheddar favored in Des Smith

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Eight of harness racing's hardest hitters will make the trek to Rideau Carleton Raceway this weekend for Sunday's $176,500 Des Smith Classic, including the 2-1 morning line favorite Betterthancheddar.   The Casie Coleman pupil will line up behind the starting gate in post five for Sunday's 31st edition of the Des Smith Classic fresh off of his world record-equaling performance ...
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Regally-bred pacing fillies in PASS Saturday

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Considering the regally-bred fillies who will be on display, Saturday's $323,760 Pennsylvania Sire Stake for freshman pacers at The Meadows will have the look of a deb ball.   Among the babies trying to live up their royal lineage will be: Somewherovrarainbow (Race 6, post 3, Montrell Teague), the fourth foal of 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue but her first filly; Lloyd's Lady (...
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Grattis! Noren drives first career winner

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Bjorn "Bernie” Noren, a longtime assistant in the Jimmy Takter Stable who opened his own stable in 2009, drove his first career winner Thursday night at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ont. Noren's maiden victory came with the 3-year-old filly trotter Belle Nana, who romped to a 10-length score in 1:59.2 in a $4,900 conditioned event. A native of Sweden, the 36-year-old Noren is now based ...
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Draw schedule for Tioga's Tompkins-Geers

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit stakes will be raced at Tioga Downs next week. Qualifying standards for these events require a clean charted line 30 days date of race to date of declaration.   The race and draw schedule is as follows:   Thursday, July 19 stakes 2CT & 2FT/Box closes at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 16 Friday, July 20 stakes 2CP & 2FP/Box closes a...
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Soph filly pacers in NYSS spotlight Monday

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Superb 3-year-old fillies Handoffmycookie and Romantic Moment lead the Yonkers Raceway posse for Monday night's $338,304 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Bruce Hamilton Pace.   Post time for the dozen-race agenda is 7:10 p.m., with the quartet of NYSS events going as races 1,3,4 and 6. The races honor the memory of the former executive secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York. ...
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Feeling You takes Yonkers feature in 1:53.2

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won by second choice (Brent Holland, $8.90) in 1:55 and people's choice Feeling You (Eric Goodell, $4) in 1:53.2.   The trotting feature saw double-digit proposition Looking Hanover (Mark MacDonald) plow through early intervals of :28 and :57.2. Wuthering Hanover (Jim Pantale...
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All Spirit repeats at Tioga

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. made it a repeat performance in the $16,500 fillies and mares open pace on Friday night at Tioga Downs.   Leaving from post position number three in a field of seven, Marohn left and tucked in second as the field headed past an opening quarter in 26.3. As the field straightened up past the three eighth's mark of the race Marohn quickly moved All Spiri...
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Freshman pacers debut in NJSS at BIg M

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of Tony Alagna-trained fillies accounted for victories in half of the four opening leg divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Friday at the Meadowlands.   In the $24,500 first division for freshman filly pacers, Alagna sent out Acquavella by Western Ideal, and she posted her first career victory in her second start with a 1 1/2-length tally ...
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Prayer Session wins Connors Memorial

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Twenty years ago driver Dave Magee directed Artsplace to a victory in the Nicole Hudock Memorial Pace at Hazel Park Raceway and on Friday night he returned to the winner's circle at the suburban Detroit racetrack after guiding Prayer Session to a 1:55.3 score in the $100,000 William Connors Memorial for 3-year-old trotters.   After setting a Hazel Park track record with a 1:53.4 win in hi...
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Favorites feast in CBC eliminations

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Favorites didn't disappoint the betting public when 30 Canadian-sired 3-year-old trotters stormed into Mohawk on Friday night to contest a trio of Canadian Breeders Championship eliminations.   I'm On Cloud Nine and Miss Paris captured their respective $35,651 eliminations for fillies and Prestidigitator scored in the lone $68,168 dash for colts and geldings.   The Kevin O'Reilly-t...
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Kenna Lynn one of six wins for Page at Scioto

on 07/13/2012 2:00 AM
Friday the 13th certainly wasn't unlucky for Kenna Lyn as she sailed to victory in the $15,000 Open Pace for fillies and mares at Scioto Downs. Her winning time for driver Chris Page was 1:53.4. The 5-year-old daughter of Western Hanover paid $11.60 to win.   Idol was second for driver Kyle Ater while J.D. Wengerd steered Mi Amada to a third-place finish. It was the third win in eight st...
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2YO Major Athens impresses with 1:56.1 score

on 07/12/2012 2:00 AM
Major Athens brushed to the lead with a quarter-pole move and went on to victory in a stake-fastest 1:56.1 in a division of Wednesday's $315,724 Hickory Pride, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman cold and gelding trotters, at The Meadows.   Impressive as Major Athens was, he had to share the spotlight with Jimmy Takter. Harness racing's newest Hall of Famer swept the other three...
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Brookroad Knight's 1:53.4 fastest in NYSS

on 07/12/2012 2:00 AM
Delano and Brookroad Knight continued their winning ways during Wednesday night's $132,236 New York Sires Stakes feature for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs.   The crowd's choice Delano ($3.30) delivered his third straight NYSS score with a 1:55 performance in Wednesday's seventh session, while Brookroad Knight ($15.40) upset the favorite Coraggioso with a career-best 1:53....
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RMTC announces new executive director

on 07/12/2012 2:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has announced the hiring of Dr. Dionne Benson as RMTC Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. In her new position, which she assumed on July 9, Dr. Benson will provide administrative oversight of RMTC-funded research projects, the implementation of world-class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development and promotion o...
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