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Michaels Power now 4 for 4, headed to NA Cup

on 06/02/2012 2:00 AM
With his win in a Somebeachsomewhere division, Michaels Power (pictured) is now four-for-four this year. Two $100,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions were held Saturday night at Mohawk. The Ontario-sired Secretsoftheknight (1:52) and Michaels Power (1:51.1) won their respective divisions of the key prep race for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, which is slated ...
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Diamond Stick Pin beats Melvyn at Vernon

on 06/02/2012 2:00 AM
Diamond Stick Pin re-established himself as pacing King-of-the-Hill following his narrow victory over newcomer Melvyn in Saturday night's $9,500 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.   Two-time defending Downs driving champ Jimmy Whittemore did the teaming for trainer Jessica Okusko in the week's Open contest as Diamond Stick Pin ($5.70) drafted immediately behind the pace-setting Po...
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Sweetasmusic still perfect in ISS

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Sweetasmusic captured the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday to remain perfect in sire stakes action this season and retain her four-for-four win streak.   Over a "sloppy" rated track, Sweetasmusic left from the rail for trainer/driver/co-owner Walter Haynes Jr. to wind up third along t...
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Heavy rain forces Maywood to cancel after 6

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Despite the best efforts of the track crew at Maywood Park, Thursday night's 12-race program was forced to be cancelled after race six due to unsafe track conditions. With daylong rains pelting the area the track was scraped early in the program in hopes of keeping the racing surface safe for both horses and drivers. Unfortunately the rains continued throughout the evening turning the half...
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Saracuda best in Scioto feature

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
The favorites raced to form in Thursday night's feature at Scioto Downs as Saracuda edged Facial Excpressions by a neck in the 2:00.2 trotting mile. Chip Noble drove the winner for trainer-owner Charles Lee Jr. of Ohio. Driver Jack Dailey had Passionate Gold, sent off at odds of 53-1, away fastest from post eight, but then yielded to the 6-5 favorite Saracuda after the opening panel in :30....
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Rosecroft closes Saturday with all superfecta

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
The spring 2012 season closes on Saturday evening at Rosecroft but there is plenty of action set for that evening. With the fantastic cooperation of local horsemen enough entries came in to have an entire card of superfecta wagering. A lucky 13 races will be contested on the betting card, with qualifiers and baby races conducted before the card.   Justin Vincent, one of the "Young G...
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Illinois Senate approves slots--barely

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
A bill that will allow slot machines at Illinois racetracks as well as stand-alone casinos, including one in Chicago, narrowly passed the state Senate Thursday night. The measure passed by one vote—30-26—but was six votes shy of being veto-proof from Gov. Pat Quinn, who has stated previous concerns against the bill. The state House also passed the bill with votes that came up two short ...
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Pittsburgh legend Ed Ryan dies at 88

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Ed Ryan, a former Pittsburgh racetrack owner, horse breeder and owner and philanthropist, died in suburban Pittsburgh early Friday morning (June 1). Mr. Ryan had been in ill health for several years and had suffered a stroke earlier this week. He was 88.   Mr. Ryan enjoyed success as a businessman building homes. His Ryan Homes company became a leader in the nation. At the age of 45 ...
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Holloway making news with Escape The News

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Two decades ago, Joe Holloway, one of Standardbred racing's leading conditioners, sent out a horse in one of the sport's biggest events, the $1 million North America Cup at Greenwood Raceway.   Although the betting public didn't show much interest in Safely Kept the night of the 1992 North America Cup, Holloway had faith in the son of Jate Lobell. At odds of 30-1, Safely Kept, driven by H...
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Illinois horsemen applaud slots approval

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) applauds the Senate's passage of SB1949 late Thursday. Passage of the bill is another step toward allowing slot machines at horseracing tracks in Illinois, which will boost purse values and help Illinois horseracing stay competitive with other states that have already allowed slots at their racetracks. The House passed the bill last week and it wi...
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Vivid Photo to be officially retired June 23

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Vivid Photo, the winner of the 2005 Hambletonian, will be retired from racing Saturday, June 23, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, the same night the track plays host to the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot. "The Beal Memorial is always a special night, and having Vivid Photo as a guest will just make it even more special,” said Sam Beegle, president of the PHHA. "We're very pleased that Roger Hamme...
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HTA issues statement

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Paul Fontaine, president of Harness Tracks of America (HTA), released the following statement outlining the association's position with respect to recent events in racing involving alleged medication violations and enforcement of racing regulations. In light of highly publicized recent events in horse racing and with continuing dedication to the importance of personal and professional integr...
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Yonkers purses to increase 20 percent

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
When Yonkers Raceway returns from recess, it's going to be accompanied by a sizable purse increase. Effective Friday, June 15, an approximate 20 percent, across-the-board increase goes into effect.   The new purse structure is now going to range from $11,500 (for non-winners of two pari-mutuel pacers, and $12,500 claimers of both gaits) to $44,000 for the weekly trio of Open Handicaps (tr...
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Googoo Gaagaa scores in 1:53.4 in Philly

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Googoo Gaagaa stayed in shape by trotting to a 1:53.4 victory in an overnight race at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. The 3-year-old colt by Cam's Rocket was driven by his regular driver, Corey Callahan.   Callahan and Googoo Gaagaa had post one but got away sixth in the field as Tim Tetrick fired And Heez Perfect to the front. Tetrick set fractions of :27.4, :56.2 an...
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All Ready Hanover defeats Win Missy B

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Despite unfavorable weather conditions at the Mohawk oval, a pair of Casual Breeze divisions took place featuring the sport's top sophomore trotting fillies.   In the first $79,519 split, All Ready Hanover rose to the challenge and upset the highly talented Win Missy B, who banked $727,140 last season. Win Missy B was making her first appearance of 2012.   All ...
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Feeling You prevails in Yonkers mare pace

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Feeling You (Eric Goodell) found the passing lane just in time Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $36,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play early from post position five, Feeling You was stuffed in behind Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett) before a :26.2 opening quarter-mile. (Four Starz Roe [Jordan Stratton] broke in the first turn). Meanwhile, Breakheart Pass ...
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Sweet Lou jogs over sloppy track in PASS

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou continued to show his best form as he won a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at The Meadows Friday night by a comfortable five lengths. With rain turning the track sloppy, Sweet Lou covered the oval in 1:50.3. Two other divisions, all with purses of $93,000 to $94,000-plus, went to Shady Breeze (1:53.2) and Sar Recruit (1:53.1).   Dave Palone is the regular driver of Sweet...
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Leanback Coco gets back on winning track

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
On a windy, rainy night at Tioga Downs, the first leg of the Morrisville College Sale late closer was contested with three divisions behind the gate. In the first division, race favorite Opinion Hanover left from the gate to take the field through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.3 and 1:28.4. Unchallenged throughout, Sean Bier cruised through the wire with the four year old gelding in 1:57.4. Mr Fenwic...
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Former president Bill Clinton at Meadowlands

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
Former President Bill Clinton was in attendance at the Meadowlands on Friday night. Clinton was in the Pegasus dining area on the top level of the track attending a fund-raiser for New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.   Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural is active in Democratic fund-raisers and a friend of Clintons and arranged for Meadowlands announcer Sam McKee to interview the former ...
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Scioto begins new era with VLT gaming

on 06/01/2012 2:00 AM
The action on the track at Scioto Downs was hot Friday night, but not nearly as hot as the action in the adjacent racino as the Columbus track ushered in a new era in Ohio racing. Thousands poured through the doors of the opulent new gaming facility and liked what they saw. They marveled at the décor and the array of video lottery terminals, then set about enjoying the action at the only ra...
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