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Sweet Lou in 1:49.3 in 2012 debut

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Anyone wondering if Sweet Lou still has the magic that carried him to a record-setting 2011 season as a 2 year old probably had their questions answered on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Making his 2012 debut, the pride of the Ron Burke barn coasted to a win in a $106,113 division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. Sweet Lou romped...
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Field set for Upper Canada Cup final

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
The popular Ontario sired 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings delivered romping wins in each of their $25,000 Upper Canada Cup eliminations on Saturday night at Georgian Downs. The elims took on a different note following the scratch of Warrawee Needy from the third division. Heavy favourite Secretsoftheknight romped to a career-best 1:51.1 victory in the first elimination for the fat...
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Valley Victory son to stand in Ohio

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Home Stretch, the fifth fastest son of Valley Victory, will begin breeding duties immediately at Hagemeyer Farm in Ohio at an introductory fee of $1,000.   His mark of 1:53.3f was taken at Harrah's Chester, and the only faster sons of Valley Victory are Muscles Yankee, Lindy Lane, Bullville Victory, and Victory Dream. In his record mile, he went wire-to-wire for driver David Miller,...
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Brennan has winning Sea Venture at Yonkers

on 05/19/2012 2:00 AM
Sea Venture (George Brennan, five winners on the dozen-race card) was on his game from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $36,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Unhurried early from post position six, he watched as Flipper J (Cat Manzi) brushed to the lead around Code Word (Jason Bartlett) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. From there he tried to hide with a 54.4 h...
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NYSS champ Heston Blue Chip returns Monday

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway plays host to its first New York Sire Stakes event of the season Monday night, with the $339,040 Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Five divisions--races 4 though 7 and 11--highlight the 12-race program, with usual first post at 7:10 p.m.   Monday night's first ($66,848) Sire Stakes encounter finds the seasonal pari-mutuel debut of 2011's state-bred c...
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Jerry Smith dies at age 83

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association is reporting that Jerry Smith, the owner and trainer of such top horses as Storm Damage and Redskin, died Friday morning at the age of 83.   We will post additional details when available.
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After 22 years Campbell returns to Western Fair

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
John Campbell, the most successful driver in harness racing history, has driven at virtually every racetrack across North America, and a few in Europe as well, but he still considers The Raceway at Western Fair District, the track where he began his illustrious career, home.   It was at the half-mile oval in London, Ont., where Campbell scored his first career victory at the ag...
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Here's the list of WEG circuit's Twitter roster

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
If you're a racing fan, handicapper or just interested in what goes on behind the scenes on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, then you surely need a Twitter account. Twitter, the social networking service, allows its users to send and read text-based posts, limited to 140 characters each, from other users. In 2012, it was reported by Twitter that 140 million people use the site, ...
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Solvato, Magic Tonight, Beer Summit win PASS

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
Solvato received a perfect steer from trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer to win the first of three $98,038 divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) for 3-year-old colt trotters Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in a career-best 1:53.2. It was the first start of 2012 for the son of Donato Hanover out of the $820,000-winning mare Solveig since a win last Aug. 25 in a leg of the Pennsyl...
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Rosecroft holding baby races

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
While some 2 year olds have qualified at other tracks in North America, Rosecroft is going to be one of the first to have "baby races” this year.   Long-time leading Maryland trainer Roger Hans will send Firecracker Freddy to the gate in the second race and this one is a son of red-hot sire Cam's Rocket out of a Glowing Tribute mare. He will face trainer Jerry Nock's Janet's Fortu...
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Sheza Cool Cookie fastest in ISS action

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
A duo of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday.   Taking the rail route to victory, Sheza Cool Cookie was able to overcome a tough post and traffic trouble to win the fastest division of the stakes action in 1:53.3.   Starting from post eight in the eight-horse field, Sheza...
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Sophomore colts, fillies on track in NJSS

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
Vic Smith got off to a big start in defending his New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) championship as the son of Yankee Glide posted a hard-fought 1:55.3 victory in the first of three divisions for 3-year-old colt trotters Friday night at the Meadowlands. Also capturing their respective splits were Guccio in 1:55.1 and Big Chocolate in 1:54.3. All three winners are Hambletonian-eligible. &nb...
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Archangel fastest in NYSS 3CT at Tioga

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes rolled into Tioga Downs on Friday night featuring three divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Posting the fastest mile for the three divisions was Archangel (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the $44,26 second division.   Leaving from post position six, Morrill put Archangel into play past the opening quarter in :28.4, taking over control...
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Ohio Horse of the Year JJ Hall wins first of '12

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
JJ Hall, the reigning Horse of the Year in Ohio, scored his first victory of the season in Friday's featured trot at Scioto Downs. The 4-year-old gelded son of Jailhouse Jesse came from behind to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:57.1. Regular driver Chip Noble was in the bike behind the winner for trainer Scott Mogan and owner Douglas Millard of Ont.   Can't Lose and trainer-driver Ty Rho...
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Keepers Destiny upsets as 'Peelers' finishes 7th

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
Keeper's Destiny (Mark MacDonald) authored a 24-1 upset Friday night, getting by See You At Peelers and the rest in winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $36,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   "Peelers," returning to the pari-mutuel wars for her first start since fading in the $297,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker here 20 nights ago, was assigned penultimate post position...
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Friday At Five sets Pocono Stallion Series mark

on 05/18/2012 2:00 AM
Friday At Five kicked off the Stallion Series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for 2012 with a bang on Friday night, scorching the track for a win in 1:50 in the first of seven divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. Each of the seven divisions carried a purse of $20,000.   Friday At Five, with Joe Pavia Jr. in the bike for trainer Tom Fanning, was much the best in wi...
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NYSS champ For A Dancer returns a winner

on 05/17/2012 2:00 AM
Sophomore filly trotters dominated the action on Wednesday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the New York Sire Stakes season got underway. There were 11 races full of Sire Stakes competitors with seven divisions of the Excelsior Series, known formerly as the Late Closers, and four races for the "big time” stakes fillies.   The defending champion For A Dancer (Conway Hall-Flut...
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Woodbine handle shows 10.5 percent increase

on 05/17/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) Thursday announced the average nightly wagering handle on the 2012 Woodbine Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, May 14, showed a solid 10.59 percent rise over last year.   An average of $1,493,112 was wagered per card over the 76 dates offered in the early part of the 2012 racing season. The per card handle in 2011 averaged $1,350,...
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Win Missy B 1:53.4 winner in Pocono qualifier

on 05/17/2012 2:00 AM
Win Missy B won a second qualifier as a tune-up for her 3-year-old season. On Thursday morning at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Bob Key's homebred daughter of Conway Hall won by whopping 13 3/4 lengths in 1:53.4. The filly's trainer, Charlie Norris, drove her in the race.   Win Missy B started from post six and Norris had her on the lead quickly and she was up by 2 1/2 ...
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NYSS 3YO colt trotters at Tioga Friday night

on 05/17/2012 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes roll into Tioga Downs on Friday night featuring three divisions for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters. Headlining the entries on Friday night is Royal Shyster, who was purchased for $450,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in November by William Weaver III and Jim Winske for trainer Noel Daley. He will make the second start of his sophomore campaign in the third and final NYSS e...
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