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Mystical Valentine's 1:51.3 takes Vernon feature

on 05/28/2012 2:00 AM
The veteran Mystical Valentine displayed the most foot when it counted and came through with a 1:51.3 victory in Monday afternoon's $9,500 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.   Competing in the Memorial Day Open Pace, the favorite Mystical Valentine ($3.90) dropped in behind the hard-charging Pacinello shortly after the start, and then sat in the cat-bird's seat until the stretch d...
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Gold Star Glitter doesn't mind sloppy track

on 05/28/2012 2:00 AM
A sudden tropical downpour just before post time delayed by a few minutes the start of the Monday evening (May 28) program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. The field for the $8,500 purse Isle Mile Mares Open Pace had to be fitted with mud fenders and it all turned out to be bad news for 1-9 favorite Bombilla Hanover, who made a very uncharacteristic break in stride at the gate.  ...
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Electric Oui matches Yonkers all-age track record

on 05/27/2012 2:00 AM
Electric Oui (Eric Goodell) matched Yonkers Raceway's 19-year-old, all-age track record Saturday night, winning the $22,000, fourth-race pace in 1:50.4 He now shares a place with Silver Almahurst (Jim Morilll Jr.), whose number--taken in the (Apr. 24) final of the 1993 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series--had stood since the first Clinton administration. Electric Oui, the 1-2 favorite,...
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Cardinal Stake elims highlight Balmoral card

on 05/27/2012 2:00 AM
A busy Memorial Day weekend of fun and excitement kicked off on Saturday night at Balmoral Park with a pair of $10,000 Cardinal Stake elimination’s for Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing colts. The top five in each elimination will return next Saturday to slug it out for an estimated purse of $50,800. In the opening battle James Behrendt’s Ice Scraper skated by seven r...
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Commander Crowe tops Arch Madness

on 05/27/2012 2:00 AM
Under picture-perfect conditions and in front of a crowd of more than 29,000 fans, Commander Crowe won Sunday afternoon's famed Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack in 1:53.1 for the 1,609 meters. Commander Crowe bested American entry Arch Madness by a nose in Swedish record time in the second of two elims and then came back to win the final a bit easier with Arch Madness again one length behind in ...
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Royal Cee Cee N edges Put On A Show

on 05/27/2012 2:00 AM
Royal Cee Cee N raced seventh for most of the Betsy Ross at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, but with a hot early pace she was fresh for the stretch drive and swept past the pacesetting Put On A Show to win in 1:49.3.   Trained and owned by Mark Harder and driven by Ron Pierce, the $100,000 Betsy Ross was the first stakes victory of Royal Cee Cee N's career. Last year she ...
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Tremor Hanover an easy winner at The Meadows

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Tremor Hanover retook the lead past the quarter and never was threatened thereafter as she captured Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace — her second straight victory — at The Meadows. Tremor Hanover dropped into a conditioned event to get her most recent win, but she was much the best facing the track’s distaff elite, overtaking early leader Cams...
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Changes in Mohawk qualifying schedule

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform all horsepeople and fans of the following changes to Mohawk’s qualifying schedule.   Effective May 28, qualifiers will be conducted on Mondays and Fridays until the end of June.   Two-year-old qualifiers will be held on Saturday mornings starting June 2.   The week of the Pepsi North America Cup (June 10-16) will be...
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Arch Madness still getting looks at Elitlopp

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Prior to the draw for Sunday’s Elitlopp, trainer Trond Smedshammer said his trotter, Arch Madness, would be among the race’s favorites if he drew well. The draw was not favorable, with Arch Madness getting post No. 7 in his eight-horse elimination division. The top four finishers from each of two elims advance to the same-day final. Still, Arch Madness is getting a good look from fans overs...
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Empire Breeders Classic elimination information

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Elimination races for the 2012 Empire Breeders Classic for 3YO colt and filly trotters will be raced at Vernon Downs on Friday, June 1 at Vernon Downs, with the $250,000E finals on June 8. The June 1 card will be drawn on Tuesday morning, the box closes at 9:00AM. Follow this link to the Vernon website to access the condition sheet, list of eligibles and race conditions. Call Race Secretary...
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Abbatiello, Dunning claim Freehold titles

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Eric Abbatiello claimed his first Freehold Raceway driving title, adding three wins on closing day, Saturday, May 26, 2012, to lift his total to 73. Jody Dunning topped the trainers’ race with 16 wins, 18 seconds and 10 thirds from 69 starters, two more trips to the winner’s circle than Michael Posner. The driving title was not in doubt for Abbatiello, 43, who was well ahead of runner up S...
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Pompano training title going down to the wire

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
The back and forth volleying between Jim McDonald and Kim Sears for top trainer honors looks like it will go right down to the July 28 conclusion of the Spring/Summer Meet at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. In the $6,500 purse secondary feature on the Saturday, May 26 program in South Florida, McDonald harnessed up his 9th winner from 26 starters. Buggsy Yankee, partnered by Dan Clements, ...
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Hot Shot Blue Chip, Fred And Ginger Pocono winners

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Trotter Hot Shot Blue Chip and pacer Fred And Ginger won the featured races on the Saturday night program at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each race was a condition for non-winners of $25,000 lifetime and carried a purse of $25,000. Hot Shot Blue Chip, who had gone winless in four tries against tough company at The Meadowlands in 2012, found his stride at the Pocono oval for a scorching victory....
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Meadowlands Pace hopefuls crush foes in NJSS

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
Three-year-old pacing colts Hurrikane Kingcole and I Fought Dalaw were decisive winners of their New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Hurrikane Kingcole stormed from the back of the pack to take the first $23,500 split in 1:49.4.  Driven by Tim Tetrick, Hurrikane Kingcole sat eighth at the top of the lane and kicked home in a vicious :26.4 final...
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Michaels Power romps in Upper Canada Cup

on 05/26/2012 2:00 AM
The lightly raced Michaels Power romped to a four length victory in $600,000 Upper Canada Cup for Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night at Georgian Downs.   Driven by Scott Zeron, elimination winner Michaels Power forged to the front from post three with Huxley and Robert Shepherd leaving from post five and settling into the two-hole. Meanwhile, Hard...
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USTA president Langley issues Pena statement

on 05/25/2012 2:00 AM
The following is a statement from U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley on the suspension of trainer Lou Pena by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board: The integrity of harness racing is of paramount importance to the USTA and everyone who participates in our sport.   The USTA has long stressed the need for jurisdictions to cooperate in investigations of this type and we ...
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Pena suspended in PA; horses all scratched

on 05/25/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Lou Pena's Pennsylvania racing license has been suspended in reciprocity to the indefinite suspension imposed Thursday by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for an alleged 1,700 drug violations over a two-year period. Pena's four horses that were scheduled to race Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia were scratched and his five entries on Sunday have also been scratched, inc...
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Trotting sire Striking Sahbra dies at 22

on 05/25/2012 2:00 AM
Striking Sahbra, one of the sport's leading trotting sires, died Friday morning at Westwind Farm in Strathroy, Ont., of a ruptured aorta. He was 22, and had just been collected when he collapsed and died within minutes. At the time of his death, Striking Sahbra had sired the winners of $57,332,202. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd., under ...
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Gural responds to racing suggestions

on 05/25/2012 2:00 AM
In response to suggestions made to Meadowlands Racetrack owner Jeff Gural on how to improve racing at that track, Gural issued the following on Friday afternoon: I would like to thank all the people who responded to my request for suggestions on how to improve the racing product at the Meadowlands in order to fill our races. The response was overwhelming and I still have not had a chance to read ...
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Magical Mike freshman filly wins in 1:59

on 05/25/2012 2:00 AM
Fourteen 2 year olds took to the track on Friday morning at The Meadows in qualifying events, and a Magical Mike filly became the first local youngster to break the 2:00 mark.   DVC Jaded Attitude, a daughter of Magical Mike-Cajun Attitude (Albert Albert), paced in 1:59 for owner/trainer/driver David Brickell.   Other winners were trotters BSMaximummoondream, a Bedford County-W...
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