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Go Go Solano ties Vernon all-age record

on 11/13/2011 12:00 AM
Go Go Solano tied the all-time track pacing standard at Vernon Downs with a blistering 1:49.4 performance on a clear, but chilly, Saturday evening.   A 1:51 winner here at age three, Go Go Solano was assigned the outside eight post by racing secretary Scott Warren for Saturday’s $10,000 Open contest.   With Greg Merton doing the teaming for trainer Jordan Rubin in race e...
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American Nationals contested at windy Balmoral

on 11/13/2011 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park played host to one of its biggest night’s of the year on Saturday as six American National finals were contested over the Crete oval. With almost $900,000 in purse money up for grabs and a large crowd on hand there were plenty of thrills and great performances despite gusting winds that exceeded 35 mph at times.   Freshman pacing fillies started the action as a full fie...
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Favorites rule in Fall Final Four at Chester

on 11/13/2011 12:00 AM
The Fall Final Four for 2 year olds were raced Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Chester, with the race favorite capturing each contest. The quartet began in the fifth race with the $410,000 Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters, contested as a non-betting affair, won by Possess The Will. That was followed up by victories by betting favorites Win Missy B in the $365,000 Goldsmith Maid...
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Westwardho Hanover wins Progress Pace

on 11/13/2011 12:00 AM
Supplemental entry Westwardho Hanover bested favored Alsace Hanover by three quarters of a length in Sunday's $330,000 Progress Pace for 3 year olds at Dover Downs. In a major upset on the card, Big Rigs sprung a 16-1 surprise in the $174,940 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt, bringing to an end the four-race win streak of Chapter Seven. In other Matron action, Crys Dream finally got back on the winning trac...
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Lightning Treasure, Gurf win Yonkers feautures

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
Lightning Treasure (Dan Dube) made it look simple from the eight hole Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play early, Lightning Treasure moved around Quicksilvercandy A (Larry Stalbaum) before a :27.1 opening quarter mile. She then stole a :30.2 second quarter (:57.3 half), forcing first-up, the 4-5 fave Pancleefandarpels (Geor...
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Scorpion Moon wins Vernon feature

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
The veteran trotter Scorpion Moon earned his 79th career victory with a 2:00 triumph in Friday night’s $8,000 featured race at Vernon Downs.Claude Huckabone III did the teaming for trainer Tracy Brainard as the favorite Scorpion Moon ($5.30) rallied from last at the half to fifth at the three-quarter marker. Competing over a track rated “good” due to persistent snow and rain, ...
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NYSS champ Royal Shyster sells for $450,000

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) champion Royal Shyster, most recently fifth in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old colt trotters at Woodbine Racetrack, sold for $450,000 on Saturday in the second and last session of the mixed sale portion in Harrisburg. William Weaver was the successful bidder, bringing home a nine-time winner in 14 starts this year with earnings of more than a quarter-mi...
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Roll in Messenger, Rock in Lady Maud

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
Roll With Joe, driven by Ron Pierce, surprised no one Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $401,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers. In his retirement soiree, "Joe" rolled, romping in the 56th edition of the final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown by eight widening lengths in 1:52.4.   Leaving from post position three as the minimum-allowed-by-law 1-20 favorite, ha...
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Pocono wraps up 2011 meet

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs closed out its 2011 season by honoring some of its finest horses, trainers, and drivers, while Golden Receiver provided one more highlight by winning the featured pace on Saturday night. Golden Receiver, trained by Mark Harder and driven to victory by Howard Parker, picked up his second straight win in the winners of over $25,000 lifetime condition pace, which carried ...
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Check Me Out spots Matron field 20, still wins

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
Check Me Out overcame going offstride in mid first turn and then made up approximately 24 lengths to win the first of four Matron 2-year-old finals at Dover Downs on Saturday at Dover Downs.   In the $129,050 Matron final for 2-year-old filly trotters, Check Me Out eased away from the starting gate third with several horses on the outside as the field reached the first turn. Shortly af...
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Santeramo drives first-ever winner

on 11/12/2011 12:00 AM
He timed his late stretch move perfectly to nail down a nose photo finish win and was then greeted by cheering well wishers in the winner's circle. It all made for a most memorable debut in the Florida Amateur Driving Club (FADC) as 30-year-old Tom Santeramo earned his first first lifetime driving win in the process.   Santeramo was piloting Techalon and adeptly stayed way ba...
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Three Hudons escape injury in Woodbine mishap

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
Joe, Phil and Pat Hudon were able to walk off the track under their own power after an accident in race eleven of Woodbine's Thursday evening card.The incident occurred in deep stretch, as Feels Good and driver Joe Hudon veered to the inside and fell to the ground, causing a chain reaction. Mater Deo and Phil Hudon, as well as Celebrity Dollfin and Pat Hudon, were also involved in the accident.For...
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Online memorial site for Stan Bergstein

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
Al Bergstein has set up a memorial site, including photos and other information, for Stan Bergstein. The site is a work in progress, and more will be added as photos are scanned and the timeline of Stan's life is filled in. Friends and admirers can leave messages for Stan's family to read. The site can be found at http://stanley-bergstein.memory-of.com/About.aspx or by clicking on the link found o...
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D Man wins Cal Expo Bergstein Memorial

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
It was only fitting that a horse named D Man won a race named in the memory of a great man. Conditioned trotters, racing for a purse of $3,400, were featured at Cal Expo on Thursday night, in which D Man dropped down in class to score in the Stan Bergstein Memorial.   Leaving and racing four wide from post six in the field of seven for driver Jim Lackey until two wide an eighth past the sta...
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Harrisburg yearling sale finishes up 2.7%

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
The four-day yearling portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale Company’s auction at Harrisburg concluded on Thursday with the average price settling at $31,572, an increase of 2.7 percent from last year. The total gross for the 1,067 yearlings sold was $33,687,500, with a median price of $20,000, the same median price at last month’s Lexington Selected Sale.   While pacing colts were the ...
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Indiana slot subsidy reduction suggested

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
After an exhaustive 16-month investigation of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Indiana’s Inspector General, David O. Thomas, has found no criminal code or ethics violations. A report detailing the Inspector General’s findings was released on Thursday and posted on the Inspector General’s agency website.   In addition to finding no violations of law, the report indicates no wr...
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Graceful Touch sells for $560,000; The Queen for $350,000

on 11/11/2011 12:00 AM
Jean-Pierre Barjon, the owner of the 2009 Prix d'Amerique winner Meaulnes du Corta, was the successful bidder at $560,000 for Graceful Touch, the dam of the 2007 Hambletonian winner Muscle Massive, world champion Muscle Mass and 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname, during the Perretti Farms broodmare dispersal on the first of two days of the mixed sale auction at Harrisburg, Pa. Not p...
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Rembrandt Spur returns to form at The Meadows

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Returning to The Meadows’ top trot after sharpening his game in a conditioned race, Rembrandt Spur made up 6-3/4 lengths late to capture Wednesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot. The all-age track record-holder on the trot, Rembrandt Spur endured a long drought before taking an Oct. 22 conditioned event. He flashed his old form Wednesday when he swung wide in the stretch for trainer/dr...
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Vaporstar shines at Balmoral

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
State-bred trotting colts were back in the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of seven two-year-olds met in the $14,200 Normal OTB Stake. Coming off back to back romps over this surface Fox Valley Standardbreds and Harold & Joshua Carter’s Vaporstar continued his late season dominance as he strolled to a 6 ¼ length victory in 2:00 with driver Mike Oosting at the contro...
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American Nationals on tap Saturday at Balmoral

on 11/10/2011 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park will play host to some of the top Standardbreds as the prestigious American National Stakes are contested this Saturday night.   Some of the horses pulling into Balmoral Park this weekend include:   BETTERTHANCHEDDAR – won both the 2011 Breeders Crown and the Cane Pace (1st leg of the pacing Triple Crown);  BIG BAD JOHN – won 2011 Little Brown Jug (2nd ...
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