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World record lowered in Ellamony elims

on 06/16/2012 2:00 AM
Fourteen aged pacing mares shipped to Flamboro Downs on Saturday afternoon to compete in the elimination round of the Ellamony Classic, which saw millionaire pacing mare Voelz Hanover and Warrawee Koine turn in a pair of world record performances.   In the first of two $20,000 eliminations, Voelz Hanover zipped up the passing lane off a perfect pocket trip to nip pacesetter Rocklamat...
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Check Me Out, Beer Summit set Mohawk records

on 06/16/2012 2:00 AM
The first stakes race of a star-studded night at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night was the $530,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters and although it went to the heavily-favored Check Me Out, it wasn't easy for the reigning divisional champion.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, Check Me Out was third as Valdonna reached the quarter in :27.3 and then Win Missy B tripped the half-mile t...
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Trainer Mark Ford wins 3,000th race

on 06/16/2012 2:00 AM
Mark Ford reached a career milestoneon Saturdaynight (June 16) as he became the third youngest trainer to ever hit 3,000career victories. Ford reached the milestone in the fourth race at Saratoga Casino and Raceway when My Gal Mykenna scored in a time of 1:56.1 in a $5,500 conditioned pace. According to USTA records for trainers, which date back to 1991, Virgil Morgan Jr. was the young...
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Thinking Out Loud wins North America Cup

on 06/16/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Bob McIntosh, inducted in both the U.S. and Canadian Harness Racing Halls of Fame, won his first-ever $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, scoring the elusive victory with Thinking Out Loud. Driven by Randy Waples, who also scored his first NA Cup win, Thinking Out Loud rallied off a fourth-over trip to win in a stakes record 1:47.4.   Time To R...
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Revenue Agent wires Hoosier Open Trot

on 06/16/2012 2:00 AM
Revenue Agent extended his win streak to four after he front-stepped his way to the winner's circle in a lifetime best effort in the co-featured $24,000 Open Trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday.   With an abbreviated field of six, Pete Wrenn sent the Jeff Miller-trained gelding to the front from the ssigned post six. Revenue Agent remained unchallenged through first half ...
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American Jewel wins Fan Hanover in WR 1:48.2

on 06/16/2012 2:00 AM
Brittany Farms' homebred American Jewel was pressed to the get the lead early but after she did there was no catching her as she won the $642,000 Fan Hanover final for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a world-record 1:48.2. Tim Tetrick drove for trainer Jimmy Takter as she lowered the previous world mark shared by Dancinwiththestarz and Strike An Attitude by two-fift...
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Career best for Southwind Pepino at Scioto

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer-driver Sandy Beatty put Southwind Pepino on the lead early in Friday's featured trot at Scioto and rebuffed a challenge by J J Hall to win in 1:55.3. The handsome 4-year-old son of Chocolatier took a new lifetime record in winning by three-quarters of a length. Bettors sent him off as the third betting choice at odds of 9-2.   Longshot Lookslikefire left fastest from the gat...
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Kentucky court overturns Instant Racing

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Court of Appeals Friday morning overturned a judge's ruling allowing racetracks to have Instant Racing machines, which allow bettors to wager on races previously run without knowledge of the outcomes. According to the Louisville Courier Journal, two of the three judges agreed that the Family Foundation of Kentucky should have been allowed to gather evidence on whether the machi...
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Louisiana lab finds powerful painkiller in samples

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
According to reports, a powerful new painkiller has been positively identified in post-race testing in Louisiana by respected laboratory director Dr. Steven Barker. The drug is dermorphin, an opioid that is produced naturally as a secretion by South American frogs but can also be produced synthetically.    Dr. Barker confirmed that 10 horses in Louisiana have tested positi...
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3YO Historics roll into Tioga on Sunday

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
The Historic Stakes for 3 year olds roll in to Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon with a post time of 1:30 p.m. Two of the four divisions have been carded as non-wagering events due to four horses being entered for the 3-year old colt pace, and six horses (with a three-horse D.R. Ackerman entry) being entered for the 3-year old colt trot. Those events will take place after races one and three on ...
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Zeron promises wife trip to Paris if filly wins

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
If RickZeron can craft a winning trip with Miss Paris in the $530,000 Elegantimage final on Saturday night at Mohawk, the end result will mean a trip to "The City of Light” for the veteran driver and his wife, Joyce.   "I want you to write this down,” said Zeron, who recorded his 7,500th lifetime win courtesy of Zeus Lightning in a $20,000 conditioned trot, going gate-to-wire wi...
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Rockincam suffered atrial fib in Bettor's Delight

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
Rockincam, who did not finish in the Bettor's Delight at Tioga Downs last Sunday, was a victim of atrial fibrillation but appears to have recovered well, owner Steve Farrell told Harness Racing Communications. Rockincam was a winner earlier this month in the $200,000 Dan Patch. The 5-year-old Rockincam was in third place at the half-mile point of the Bettor's Delight before dropping to...
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Allstar Legend sizzles in 1:48.2 in PASS

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
Allstar Legend sizzled to a track record 1:48.2 victory in the last of four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Also capturing a split in sub-1:50 territory was Bakin On The Beach, who crossed the wire in 1:49.4, while EZ Noah and I Like Dreamin won in 1:50.3 and 1:50.4, respectively.   Allstar Legend saved the ...
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Ultimate Velocity rallies for Hoosier victory

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
Ultimate Velocity utilized her customary late charge to prevail in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. In just her second seasonal start, Ultimate Velocity notched the first victory of her 2012 season in 1:51.4, just missing her lifetime mark.   Driven by Jason Dillander, the 2-1 choice got away a worrisome eighth as Charli...
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Brennan sweeps Yonkers features

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway returned from hiatus Friday night with a pair of $44,000 co-features. The weekly Open Handicap Trot was won by Blacktuxwhitesocks (George Brennan) in track-record timing.   Ordered outside his seven rivals, "Blacktux" settled in fourth as 11-10 choice Lorenzo Dream (Jason Bartlett) threw down the gauntlet from the pylons. "Lorenzo" put up a :27.4 opening quarter-mile...
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Googoo Gaagaa in WR 1:51.3 in Beal elims

on 06/15/2012 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Googoo Gaagaa rolled to victory in world-record time in an elimination race for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000.   In the first of two eliminations, Googoo Gaagaa, who came into the start with nine wins in 10 career races, made the lead with a swooping move around th...
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Stiletto becomes sport's newest millionaire

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
He was a top trotter once, but in the twilight of his racing days he'd peen picking up mostly minor checks in claimers. But on Wednesday at The Meadows, Stiletto barreled home for Mike Wilder to finish second; the $1,125 he picked up lifted him past $1 million in lifetime earnings, a fitting capper to his distinguished career.   The 12-year-old Mr. Vic-Armbro Natural gelding ...
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Grandich joins board of Christian Harness group

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
Peter Grandich, founder of Grandich Publications and Trinity Financial Sports & Entertainment Management Company, which represents professional athletes, has joined the board of the Christian Harness Horsemen's Association. "I'm honored to join the board and very much looking forward to sharing the good news within the harness industry,” says Grandich. "I've been an avid fan of racing si...
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New whipping policy at Tioga starts Saturday

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs has joined forces with the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association in developing a pilot program for whipping that will take effect this Saturday night (June 16). The guidelines for the whipping program are below, and will be handed out to drivers and trainers in the paddock this weekend along with boards displaying the rules in the paddock for the remainder of the racing seas...
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Handle up 20 percent at Scioto meet

on 06/14/2012 2:00 AM
After its first 16 racing programs of the 2012 season, handle at Scioto Downs is up more than 20 percent. Racing general manager Stacy Cahill attributes that to improvements in the penthouse and grandstand facilities and the efforts of pari-mutuel manager Steve Carpenito.   "We're pleased to be off to a great start this season,” Cahill says. "We've had a lot of 10-horse fields and...
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