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Scioto set to open meet on Thursday night

on 05/08/2012 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs opens its 54th season of harness racing on Thursday evening, May 10, and will continue through September 8. Simulcast wagering is already underway at Scioto. Racing will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings with a 6:30 p.m. start.   "This will certainly be the most exciting year ever at Scioto Downs because we'll see the opening of our new facility with vi...
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Matron champ Hugadragon wins 2012 debut

on 05/08/2012 2:00 AM
Hugadragon, who banked more than $715,000 as a sophomore last year, got his 4-year-old campaign off to a rousing start Tuesday with an easy victory in the $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Hugadragon closed his 3-year-old season with a flourish, capturing the Matron at Dover Downs with a lifetime mark of 1:49.3 in the preliminary leg. After a pair of qualifiers, he l...
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Burke talks about Atochia, Graduate draw

on 05/08/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke always believed Atochia was capable of pulling off a big win. Having fulfilled that potential with his recent victory in the George Morton Levy Pacing Series Final, the 7-year-old gelding will try to win two biggies in a row by winning Saturday's Graduate at the Meadowlands. Atochia drew four for the $180,000 Graduate for older pacers and will start between fell...
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"Pens" still lead in handicapping challenge

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
This past weekend was a split decision between the Pens and the Chip in the second and third legs of HANA Harness' The Pen vs. The Chip – The Road to the Breeders Crown Handicapping Challenge co-sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs. The Pens came out on top on Friday afternoon at Freehold Raceway, only to see the Chips coming back with a ven...
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Guess the Race Palone will break record

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
When will Dave Palone surpass Herve Filion's career victory total of 15,180 and become the winningest driver in North American harness racing history? Fans have an opportunity to guess . . . and win a prize if they're correct.   Throughout May, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is staging a "Guess the Race” contest that enables fans to predict the date of the magic moment as well...
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Michigan bill would allow Instant Racing, ADWs

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
A bill re-working the Michigan Racing Act that was last updated 17 years ago is now being discussed in both chambers of the state legislature. Besides the tweaking of current regulations, there is also in place the mechanism to permit advanced deposit wagering (ADW) as well as Instant Racing machines which allow bettors to wager on randomly-selected previously-run races. "We hope to get add...
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Bombilla Hanover returns with win at Pompano

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
With a well-timed three-wide brush in the backstretch deployed by driver Bruce Ranger, Bombilla Hanover returned to the racetrack for her 4-year-old season in triumphant fashion to highlight the Monday evening program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   She sat well back of a torrid opening half battle of :26.2 and :55 waged by fraction-setters Looney Dune in rein to Richie Si...
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Sir Caviar equals own Meadows track mark

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
Enjoying an unusual inside post position, Sir Caviar used it well Monday at The Meadows, controlling the mile and capturing the $22,500 Preferred Trot in 1:53.1, matching his own track record for older geldings.   The top trot typically is written as a handicap; when Sir Caviar drops in, he most often is assigned an outside post. Monday, however, he landed the rail in an open draw a...
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Betterthancheddar wins Mohawk qualifier

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of 2011 O'Brien Award finalists were showcased Monday morning at Mohawk in their respective qualifying sessions. Betterthancheddar, who captured 10 of 18 starts last season, came from off the pace to find the wire first in 1:52.4 for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Casie Coleman.   The bay used an impressive :26 final quarter to track down the 2010 Canadian Horse of ...
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Bullet speeds to Swing Into Spring Trot win

on 05/07/2012 2:00 AM
After being parked out the entire mile, Bullet was still able pull off a 9-1 upset in the $50,000 Swing Into Spring Series final on Monday night at Woodbine.   The AnthonyMontini trainee used a second-over trip to capture the inaugural edition of the series, which is for aged trotters, in a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1.   Rockys First (Jason Brewer), who was looking for th...
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Sea Venture's 1:51 equals YR track mark

on 05/06/2012 2:00 AM
Sea Venture (George Brennan) equaled the Yonkers Raceway track record in winning the $33,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night. His final time of 1:51 equaled the mark for 4-year-old geldings.    Leaving from post position No. 3, he watched as Whackamole Hanover (Brent Holland) played leapfrog on the lead with River Shark (catch-driver Cat Manzi). The former retook...
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Arch Madness draws post 5 for Oslo Grand Prix

on 05/06/2012 2:00 AM
Arch Madness has drawn post five for the Oslo Grand Prix, which will be raced next Sunday, May 13, at the Bjerke track in Oslo. He is scheduled to be driven by his trainer, Norwegian native Trond Smedshammer. Also of note, the Canadian contender Windsong Geant, trained by Rick Zeron, drew post eight in the field of 10.   It is an interesting field,although the French champion R...
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Mack Grace SM wins Italy's Lotteria

on 05/06/2012 2:00 AM
The famed Gran Premio Lotteria has a great tradition in European harness racing and the 63rd edition was raced on Sunday afternoon at the Agnano track in Naples. The race has almost always been a great stage for international champions, but no longer. This year it turned out to be an Italian championship as the eliminations had no international guests, and the only "foreigners" ...
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Cash Hall filly Cowgirl Hall sets 1:55.1 season's mark

on 05/06/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs continued with its second day of live racing action on Sunday afternoon. Highlighting the 13-race card were two divisions of New York Sire Stakes prep races for 3-year old trotting fillies. In the second division, Cowgirl Hall and Gates Brunet showed they are ready for the sire stakes, which are just around the corner. Leaving from post position number five, Brunet was insistent...
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Pook K facing post 9 in Spring final at Woodbine

on 05/05/2012 2:00 AM
Poof K, a 5-year-old son of Kadabra, will look to capture his biggest win of his career when he begins in the $50,000 Swing Into Spring Series final on Monday at Woodbine.Trained by Richard Moreau, the six-time winner will begin from post nine for driver Sylvain Filion.   Although winless from 14 starts this season, Filion hopes that will change on Monday. "He raced really...
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American Jewel returns with qualifying win

on 05/05/2012 2:00 AM
If you gauge a performance more by who you beat than time, 4-year-old mare Jezzy turned in a huge qualifying effort at the Meadowlands Saturday morning, winning by one length in 1:56 over the 4-year-old stallion Dejarmbro, the runner-up in last year's Kentucky Futurity, with the 4-year-old mare Cedar Dove and the veteran free-for-allers Autumn Escapade and Lanson also in the beaten f...
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Not Afraid takes Dexter, just misses stakes mark

on 05/05/2012 2:00 AM
Not Afraid showed his courage, holding off Frost Bites K at the wire for a head victory in the $138,300 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Freehold Raceway. His winning time of 1:55.4 was just a tick off the stakes record of 1:55.3, set in 2009 by Anders Bluestone.   Market Share, the 2-5 favorite, had his unbeaten streak snapped at six when he made a fir...
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Rockincam takes Graduate elim in 1:48.1

on 05/05/2012 2:00 AM
Rockincam crushed his foes with a sharp first over effort in the $50,000 elimination for the Graduate on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Rockincam sat fifth while Alexie Mattosie and Golden Receiver traded leads through a :54 half. Driver David Miller then sent Rockincam up to tackle Golden Receiver and he gamely wore the leader down for a 1 1-4-length victory in 1:48...
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Bolt The Duer wins battle with Mel Mara

on 05/05/2012 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace eligible Bolt The Duer (outside) wore down Mel Mara to win his sophomore debut, the $49,584 John Simpson Memorial, in 1:51.3. Also, in an overnight race that kicked off the card, Long Live Rock, a 3-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover, romped to a 4 3/4-length score in 1:51.1.   Mark MacDonald steered the colt to his seventh win in nine career starts. Bolt Th...
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Feelin Cornered makes OSS his first win of year

on 05/05/2012 2:00 AM
Sons of the young sire Feelin Friskie swept the two divisions of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night at Lebanon Raceway. Feelin Cornered won the first split in 1:56 while Jetstream Friskie took the second in 1:57.2.   Feelin Cornered, trained and driven by Chip Noble and owned by breeder Stephen Sexton, won his first start of the season. Last year at a...
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