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Googoo Gaagaa in 5-horse Yonkers Trot field

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
Five 3-year-old colts, led by world champion Googoo Gaagaa, have been entered for the 58th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Yonkers Trot, first jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The limited number of entrants makes the race, worth $455,594, a one-dash-for-the-cash event set for a week from Saturday night, July 7.   The quintet, in alphabetical order with declared drivers, are…Archan...
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Takter always looking for next great horse

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
When Jimmy Takter left Sweden three decades ago for a career in harness racing in the U.S., he dreamed of finding success in the sport's biggest races. As he prepares for his induction Sunday in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, his motivation remains unchanged.   "I'm still very hungry,” said the 51-year-old Takter, a three-time Trainer of the Year Award winner whose stable has pr...
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2YO trotting colts in action at Hoosier Park

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
The first 2-year-old races at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino this season were held on Tuesday (June 26) as three $10,000 divisions of "The George Sholty” series were contested, a late closing event open to two-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Among the list of impressive performers were Dojea Nodoze and Mr Jesse, a first start time starting duo sent postward from ...
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Gillis has high hopes for Santanna Blue Chip colt

on 06/26/2012 2:00 AM
Following Santanna Blue Chip's stellar freshman campaign in 2007, Jeff Gillis began to assemble a group of broodmares he felt would pair well with the son of Art Major when the time came for the pacer to retire. This Friday, Gillis will see his plan come to fruition as two-year-old pacing gelding Santanna One makes his debut in a Gold Series Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack.   "So fa...
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Big racing card, record handle at Running Aces

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Running Aces presented an expanded 11-race program with several of its best weekly races on Sunday, billed as "Family Carnival Night”, and the result was some exciting racing before a large crowd and an all-time track record handle of $225,096.   At Last turned the tables on last week's winner, Ally-Con, in an $8000 Open pace. Lemoyne Svendsen drove the six-year-old son of Western...
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Stakes winner Martha Maxine dies at 8

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Martha Maxine p,5, 1:49.2 ($731,079), who became a stakes winner in open mare events but later was determined to be an anatomical male, died on the track at Mohawk on Saturday night while competing in a $30,000 claiming race for trainer Richard Moreau. He was 8 years old.   Martha Maxine, an offspring of Park Place-Another Agenda (by Cole Muffler), won the 2009 Cape & Cutte...
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Win Missy B in Currier & Ives record 1:54.4

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Win Missy B, whose eight wins last year as a 2 year old included the Goldsmith Maid and Peaceful Way, won her first race of 2012 in four attempts Monday afternoon at The Meadows, capturing one of three $40,000 divisions of the Currier & Ives 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in a stakes record-equaling 1:54.4. The other divisions went to Delicious and Shanty Irish in 1:56 and 1:56.1, respectively. ...
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Funeral services set for Herman Brickel

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Herman Brickel, a veteran racing official who worked as race secretary at Northfield Park and Hoosier Park as well as other tracks, and as presiding judge at Scioto Downs, died Monday in Columbus, Ohio, of an apparent heart attack. He was 72. Brickel also operated the Buckeye Standardbred Yearling Sale in Columbus for many years. When not working, Brickel was always at the fall Grand Circ...
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Bamond to donate percentage to SRF

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Horsemen continue to come to the assistance of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, which in less than 30 days must find a new location for horses in its care. Following in the footsteps of earlier initiatives to provide the organization with financial help, horse owner Jeffrey Bamond said he would donate 10 percent of pacer Blatantly Good's earnings from this Saturday night's $35,000 "King...
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Special hopes for special colt

on 06/25/2012 2:00 AM
Joe Holloway and John Travis have owned horses together for a number of years and have been friends going back to their days as fraternity brothers at the University of Delaware.   They have enjoyed success on the racetrack, perhaps most notably with stakes-winning filly pacer Marty Party, but it is unlikely any horse is as special as the 2-year-old colt getting ready for his ...
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Beat The Heat Series underway at Mohawk

on 06/24/2012 2:00 AM
The first leg of the Beat The Heat Pacing Series was contested in three $20,000 divisions on Saturday evening at Mohawk. The series is for aged pacers that are non-winners of $25,000 in 2012 as of May 31 (winners over $100,000 in 2011 are not eligible).   In the first division, Roadside Delight overcame a first-over trip to capture his second victory of the season for trainer Richar...
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Fall Bliss wins Tioga open in 1:50.3.

on 06/24/2012 2:00 AM
Fall Bliss and Mark MacDonald captured Sunday afternoon's $16,500 Open Pace at Tioga Downs in a new lifetime best of 1:50.3. Starting from post position number four in a field of six, MacDonald settled in fifth as Vlos (Eric Carlson) cut through fractions of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22.2. As the field passed three quarters, Voice Of Truth (Fern Paquet Jr.) was first-over on the outside, with Fall B...
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Call Me The Breeze leads in Maine stakes

on 06/24/2012 2:00 AM
Three-year-old fillies took center stage on Sunday (June 24) as the Maine Sire Stakes program made its second appearance of the season at Scarborough Downs. The sophomore lasses contested three splits for purses in excess of $11,600 per dash under picture perfect conditions and a brilliant blue sky.   Call Me The Breeze posted a minor upset in the first stakes division, overpowering...
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NJ's Big Deal captures Maywood Pace

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts took center stage on Friday, June 22nd at Maywood Park as a field of eight gathered for one of Maywood Park's signature races, the $123,000 Maywood Pace. With a name fitting for such an event Stevanna Turner & John Fletcher's NJ's Big Deal continued to lead the division through the first half of the season as he turned in a huge effor...
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Regulators, horsemen, vets meet about uniformity

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
Standardbred racing regulators from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware said that they would work to harmonize regional racing rules and explore implementation of time-based limits on medication administration following a meeting at the Meadowlands prompted by calls for uniformity by Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural.   In addition, the Standardbred trainers and practicing veter...
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Burke Stable's Camille wins Ellamony Classic

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
Heavy favorite Camille swept up in the final strides to win the $221,000 Ellamony Classic on Saturday afternoon at Flamboro Downs.   With Brett Miller in the sulky for trainer Ron Burke, the 4-year-old Camluck-Art Of Design mare sat seventh for most of the mile before charging home to prevail in 1:52.2 a win photo over the closing Strike An Attitude (Randy Waples) and pacesetter War...
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Chapter Seven trots 1:50.4 world record

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
Chapter Seven easily overpowered the pacesetter, Winning Mister, to take the $40,000 Titan Cup Prep in world record fashion on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Chapter Seven’s 1:50.4 clocking, which included a final panel of :26, was an all-time best for a 4-year-old trotting horse over any size track. Lucky Jim holds the 1:50.1 record for 4-year-old geldings...
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Googoo Gaagaa's 1:50.4 a new all-age mark

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
On a night when three track records and two world records had already been established at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Googoo Gaagaa needed to come up with something special to steal the show. How does the fastest mile ever on a 5/8-mile oval work for you? Googoo Gaagaa came into the night having set a world record for 3-year-old colts on the trot of 1:51.3 in last week's Beal elimination. ...
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Keemosabe a Sunshine State winner

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
The Saturday evening card at Pompano kicked off the 2012 Sunshine State Stakes for 3 year old state-bred colts and geldings on both gaits for purses of $6,000 in Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) series.   Keemosabe, a colt who was sidelined by illness as a 2 year old, dominated his pacing rivals as a 1-9 favorite with a front-end, wrapped u...
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Fuzzylegsandall shaves his lifetime mark

on 06/23/2012 2:00 AM
The 2012 edition of the Maine Sire Stakes program launched its summer-long season on Saturday (Juje 23) as the 3-year-old colt pacing division rocketed to the raceway at Scarborough Downs. Three divisions went to the post, contested for purses in excess of $11,700 and the buzz around the Downs all week long centered around the possibility of track records being rewritten by the speedy sophomor...
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