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A smooth winner in Taser Gun at Maywood

on 04/28/2012 2:00 AM
The Illinois conceived and foaled stakes continued on Friday at Maywood Park as a field of eight sophomore pacing colts squared off in the $15,000 Taser Gun Stake.   Despite the fact that most of his rivals had already had a start or two under their belts, Sawgrass Farms' multiple stakes-winning freshman Uncle Smoothie showed no signs of being rusty making his first start of th...
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Winning It sweeps Meadows series

on 04/28/2012 2:00 AM
Stuck on the outside in a demanding :26.4 opening quarter, Winning It dug in late to capture Friday's $30,400 championship of the Tremor Hanover Pace at The Meadows and complete her sweep of the series for 3-year-old fillies. When Winning It drew post nine, Dave Palone said his game plan was to find a seat for the daughter of Dragon Again-Day After Day, a strategy he modified as the r...
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Big crowd for Vernon Downs opener

on 04/28/2012 2:00 AM
A large (3,764) and enthusiastic crowd helped usher in the 59th live harness racing season at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   The pacer Dovetail (1:54.1) and trotter Aruba Vacation (1:54.3) shrugged off mid-30-degree temperatures to record the evening's fastest miles as the central New York seven-eightths-mile track kicked off its 90-card campaign in speedy style.   "The ...
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Unbeaten Market Share wins Dexter Cup elim

on 04/28/2012 2:00 AM
New Jersey-sired Market Share extended his unbeaten streak to six in his 2012 debut, the $46,100 elimination race for the Dexter Cup on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   Driven by Jeff Gregory for trainer Linda Toscano, Market Share trotted the mile in a career-best 1:57.1, finishing two lengths ahead of Trouble who edged out Not Afraid in third.   The top s...
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Podges Lady wins Courageous Lady

on 04/28/2012 2:00 AM
Podges Lady (inside) rallied up the passing lane to edge the heavily-favored Destiny's Chance in Saturday night's $86,000 Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers at Northfield Park. Driven by Ryan Stahl, Podges Lady sat second behind the Dave Palone-driven Destiny's Chance through the first three quarters but then was able to rush up the inside and put her head in front at the wire in...
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Rockincam noses Meirs Hanover at Pocono

on 04/28/2012 2:00 AM
Rockincam nosed out Meirs Hanover in a thrilling stretch duel to win the featured condition pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race, for winners of over $25,000 lifetime, carried a purse of $25,000.   Rockincam, the 3-5 favorite in the field of eight off a win in Preferred company at Meadowlands Racetrack, left from the rail and settled third early as Meirs Hano...
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Tubby Trimble Series continues at Hoosier

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
Royal Todd and trainer Rod Lorenzo continued their winning ways in the second leg of The Tubby Trimble series Thursday night at Hoosier Park, a late-closing event open to Indiana sired 3 year olds and up that are non-winners of $30,000 life, as the colt picked up his second win of the season in 1:56.2.   In a race plagued by miscues, Sam Widger skillfully drove Royal Todd thro...
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Video analysis of Levy/Matchmaker available

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
On Saturday night Yonkers Raceway is offering handicappers one of the best racing programs of the year and www.drf.com/harness has the action covered. Highlighting the action is the $455,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Series for free-for-all pacers and the $297,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker for older mares of the same gait.   DRF managing editor Derick Giwner and associate edi...
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Give No Respect respect with Desperate Lady win

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
The first stake of the 2012 season at Maywood Park was contested on Thursday as a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies squared off the in the $15,000 Desperate Lady.   Fresh off a big third-place finish in a tune-up against conditioned rivals at Balmoral Park to open her season, Ciara Stables and John Carver's No Respect made every call a winning one as she scored by thr...
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Racing under saddle at Gaitway

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
There was a taste of "monte” racing at the Gaitway Farms training center on Friday morning. Two riders raced on the mile track with their trotters under saddle (monte) in a demonstration for the judges.   Jenny Melander of Clarksburg, N.J., aboard Shoeless White Sox, held off Jennifer Lowrey of Chester, N.Y., with Lemon Pepper in a mile clocked in 2:12 flat. &nb...
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Peelers 9-for-9 at YR heading to Matchmaker

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
She entered the preliminaries with a lot of questions. She enters the final with a lot of supporters. That's what happens after See You At Peelers won all four of her legs (including an opening-round dead heat) in Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for open pacing mares, then won the draw for Saturday night $297,000 final (race 7, approximate post 9:20 p.m.)   The See You At Pee...
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Balmoral payouts a game changer

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park rolls into the final weekend of April with sizzling average payouts and low minimum wagers which have brought an entire new wagering audience to the mile track. The $17,000 Rambling Willie stake for 3 year olds and up along with a $17,000 Invitational pace highlight a superb betting card with numerous money making opportunities on Saturday. The average Saturday handle in April is...
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Golden Receiver tops Gaitway qualifiers

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver, the leading money-earning horse in harness racing, prepped for the upcoming Graduate Stakes by winning a qualifier in 1:53 Friday morning at Gaitway Farms. Trained by Mark Harder and driven by Brian Sears, Golden Receiver returned from a three-week layoff to win by 16 3/4 lengths in blustery conditions over a track labeled "good.” Other winners this morning inc...
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Lifetime mark for Gran Gabriel

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
Gran Gabriel made her second appearance in Open company a winning one as she captured the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday in a lifetime-best effort. Driver Jason Dillander picked up the drive for trainer Terry Cullipher after Cullipher opted to drive stablemate Carmen O from post five.   Gran Gabriel was unhurried out of the ...
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Coach Fox stuns at Yonkers at 40-1

on 04/27/2012 2:00 AM
With the conclusion of Blue Chip Matchmaker preliminary parade, Yonkers Raceway's Friday night fare was highlighted by the $33,000 Open Handicap Trot, which was highlighted by a high price, as in pocket-patrolling, 40-1 stunner Coach Fox (Larry Stalbaum).   Assigned the pole, Coach Fox shadowed Some Like it Hot (George Brennan) through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.2. First-up c...
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Haulin Laser upsets in Hoosier Open

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Haulin Laser visited the Open ranks once again and rallied home a winner to pull of the 16-1 upset in the $24,000 Open Trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday.   Driven by Pete Wrenn, Haulin Laser maintained post position three as he sat fourth on the rail through an opening quarter of :28.2. Gale Warning was the tempo setter in the opening splits of the mile while dri...
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Cocktail Attire a snappy winner at The Meadows

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Cocktail Attire completed a stylish series sweep--and established a season's mark in the process--when she captured Wednesday's $27,400 championship of the Action-Broadway Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. In her two previous series wins, Cocktail Attire flashed different styles, taking the first leg with a quarter-pole move and the second with a protracted first-over bid. ...
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Hernia surgery for Cam's Card Shark

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, farm manager for Hanover Shoe Farms, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that the 21-year-old stallion Cam's Card Shark has recovered well from scrotal hernia surgery on April 17 that resulted in his right testicle and several feet of small intestine removed and the end of his 2012 breeding season. "He's doing well and he'll be home before lunch today,” said D...
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Vernon Downs set to open Friday

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is all set for the 2012 opening weekend of live racing with 10 races being drawn for opening night on Friday, April 27, with a post time of 6:55 p.m. Fans of Vernon Downs will be welcomed back with a race date t-shirt and race date magnet giveaway at the front entrance of Vernon Downs (while supplies last). Also on tap for opening night will be the promotion, Cash It or Stash...
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NY USTA members support defined contributions

on 04/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Empire State Harness Horsemen's Alliance (ESHHA) on Thursday announced the results of a recent United States Trotting Association poll that showed nearly unanimous support among New York USTA members for mandating defined contributions to the state's racing industry from any future expanded table games or slots.   The survey was undertaken at the request of ESHHA in respons...
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