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Heavy favorite Anndrovette prevails in 1:49.2

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh off of winning her elimination, heavy favorite Anndrovette delivered in the $301,170 Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace final, Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Mark Kesmodel trainee took a new lifetime mark of 1:49.2 while notching her 11th victory of the season in 19 outings.   Anndrovette was in the pocket past the opening panel of :26.1 when catch-driver Luc Ouellette took her ...
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San Pail, Bettor Sweet hold on for big wins

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Randy Waples made a split-second decision and it paid off as San Pail, Canada's favorite horse and the undisputed top candidate for Horse of the Year honors, won the $602,340 Breeders Crown Open Trot Saturday night at Woodbine. San Pail held off the European invader Rapide Lebel by a neck, with a second European challenger, Commander Crowe, third in 1:51.4.   Bettor Sweet, drive...
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3YO Crowns to "Cheddar," Monkey On My Wheel

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
In a stakes record clocking of 1:49.3, the 3-year-old pacing filly Monkey On My Wheel pulled off a 5-1 upset in the $501,950 Breeders Crown Filly Pace final. Then in the Crown division for the guys, Betterthancheddar, an elimination winner, slipped up the inside and edged past Meadowlands Pace champion Roll With Joe to win in 1:49.2.   Appearing hopelessly blocked in mid-stretch, Bette...
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Chapter Seven, Cedar Dove win BC 3YO trots

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Chapter Seven and Cedar Dove have become late-season stars. The two 3-year-old trotters, colt and filly, respectively, won Breeders Crown championships Saturday night. Chapter Seven took his event in 1:53 while Cedar Dove cruised to a 1:53.3 score.   Favored Chapter Seven, driven by Jeff Gregory, stormed past the leaders in early stretch to post an overpowering seven-length score over ...
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Eight wins at Vernon for Hay Goodlooking

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Maryann Plano’s Hay Goodlooking became the winningest horse after 84 racing programs at Vernon Downs following his 1:53.1 score in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured Open Pace.   Facing six select rivals in race nine, the favored Hay Goodlooking ($4.60) went right to the front for driver/trainer Rick Plano and cut fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before earning a neck trium...
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Special T Rocks wins on Dover opener

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier picked up his second win on the 2011 season-debut program guiding Special T Rocks to victory in 1:56.4 over a sloppy track at Dover Downs on Saturday, Oct. 29. Defending champion Corey Callahan wins four.   A gelded sophomore son of Rocknroll Hanover-Ladys Special owned by Bier, Forrest Bartlett and JoAnn Dombeck, Special T Rocks scored his ninth victory of the year, notchin...
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Multiple Circle City stakes at Indy Downs

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
While the Burke Stable was busy at Woodbine, the Indiana division was doing its part to bring in a few stakes victories. The stable's 2-year-old pacing Darena Hanover and Destiny's Chance won Circle City stakes divisions at Indiana Downs on Saturday night with winning efforts in 1:55.1 and 1:53.2, respectively. In addition, the Burke's Stable 3-year-old pacing colt I'm Feelin Good won in 1:51.2. ...
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Yonkers, Pocono cancel cards due to storm

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled live racing and evening simulcasting for Saturday due to the snowstorm invading the greater New York area. Afternoon simulcasting ends at the conclusion of the Belmont Park program (approximately 5:30 p.m.). The Saturday night live racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono has also been cancelled.   There is rain in the Dover, Del., area, so despite the early previ...
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Weather forces drivers to miss Crown drives

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
The winter snowstorm that hit the Northeast on Saturday has taken a toll on the Breeders Crown championship night at Woodbine Ractrack as drivers George Brennan, Yannick Gingras, David Miller, Tim Tetrick and trainers Jimmy Takter and Trond Smedshammer were unable to take a scheduled afternoon private plane from New Jersey to Toronto. At 5:15 p.m. the four drivers were officially taken off th...
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Frenchfrysnvinegar rallies to take Mare Trot

on 10/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown got underway Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack with a stirring half-length victory by Frenchfrysnvinegar and driver Jody Jamieson, who nailed pacesetter Action Broadway on the wire in 1:53.3 in the $301,170 Open Mare Trot.   "It’s certainly not how you draw it up," said winning trainer Jeff Gillis. "It looked good for a while and then her cover cleared, but she’s incredi...
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Where to see the Breeders Crown races live

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
The big Breeders Crown card at Woodbine Saturday night begins with a first post time of 6:30 pm. As usual, the Woodbine card is available via the RTN channel, but there are other television outlets as well for the big night of racing.   In the US, TVG will be broadcasting the Crown races. TVG is channel 405 on Dish Network and is also available to customers of many cable TV packages. TVG wi...
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NJ horse breeder Manny Wolf dies at 81

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Manfried “Manny” Wolf, 81, a long-time dairy farmer, real estate broker and owner and breeder of Standardbred horses in Flemington, NJ, died Thursday, Oct. 27, at North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, FL.   Born in 1930 in the rural town of Mertloch, Germany, Mr. Wolf and his parents were able to escape Nazi persecution in 1936 and come to America. Within five years they...
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Batavia cuts purses by 10 percent

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs Casino is cutting purses by 10 percent across the board on Nov. 2. Batavia presently has 15 race dates remaining on its 2011 calendar.   “Nobody wants to cut purses but we simply need to right the ship heading into next year,” Todd Haight, General Manager of Live Racing, said. “We ended the 2010 season with an overpayment of purses and if we aren’t proactive we’...
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DePinto taking his shot in Breeders Crown

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Sam DePinto is harness racing's proof that size doesn't matter --- stable size. In DePinto's case, less has become more.   "I have to be able to sit behind every one of my horses in order for them to do well," said the trainer and part-owner of Breeders Crown finalists We Will See and I Fought Dalaw.   DePinto's other nine horses have been turned out, and a few more could head his wa...
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Small breeder has major influence in Crown

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Seth Rosenfeld has been in the harness game pretty much his entire life. His parents owned some champions in the 1970s and his family shared ownership in Lana Lobell Farms, which was run by his uncle, Alan Leavitt, who now runs Walnut Hall Ltd.   Rosenfeld learned a lot during those days and scored a major success when he and a couple of buddies purchased Beach Towel as a yearling in 1988. ...
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Trainer says don't count out Kandor Hanover

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
With two-time defending Breeders Crown champ Buck I St Pat retired, the 11 mares entered in the $300,000 Mare Trot, the first of 12 championship races on Sat., Oct. 29 at Woodbine, may represent the most difficult handicapping challenge of the night.   It’s the one division Crown leading driver John Campbell has never won. That could change if Yursa Hanover (post 2, 8-1) gets to the wire ...
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Pancleefandarpels takes Yonkers Mare feature

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Pancleefandarpels (Jim Pantaleano), knocking on the million-dollar earnings door, edged closer Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned penultimate post position 7, "Pancleef" was in play early. She drove past Breakheart Pass (Jason Bartlett0, grabbing the lead just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, there&nb...
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Circle City stakes to Duluth, Feel The Pressure

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Just a couple of days after he celebrated his 84th birthday in Las Vegas by watching a bull he owns compete in the Pro Bull Riding championship event, Doug Ackerman's homebred trotting colt Duluth gave him a $33,700 present. The colt won the $67,400 Circle City for 2-year-old trotters in 1:58.2 Friday night at Indiana Downs. An earlier Circle City split for freshman trotting fillies went to F...
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Gym Tan Laundry, Lady Andi Kindergarten champs

on 10/28/2011 2:00 AM
Gym Tan Laundry and Lady Andi are the new Kindergarten champs. They won their their respective finals of the $383,000 Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs Friday night.   Gym Tan Laundry ($5.40) lowered his personal record and the track’s standard for freshman trotting geldings to 1:55.3 with his bold-striding score in Friday’s $20...
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Longshots light board in Cardinal elim

on 10/27/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters took to the track in Wednesday’s featured event at Balmoral Park which was a $10,000 elimination for next Wednesday’s Cardinal Stake final. The top seven finishers in Wednesday’s event will join Fox Valley Steffen, Blown Away and Vapor Star for next week’s $47,000 (est.) final.    On paper this race looked like a showdown between Lincoln L...
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