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Monkey On My Wheel trainer's first Crown starter

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Until five years ago trainer Travis Umphrey campaigned exclusively in Western Canada at tracks like Stampede Park and Northlands. Much like California is to harness racing in the U.S., Western Canada’s Standardbred business is generally separated from the more dominant racing on Canada ’s eastern side. Since migrating east Umphrey is not only content with the move, but also has his first ...
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Peelers "as sharp as I've seen in a long time"

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter has entered five horses in this year’s Breeders Crown elimination races, but none of the starters has garnered as much impact as his fabulous 3-year-old pacing filly See You At Peelers. At one point this year she was the talk of the harness racing world, riding a lifetime undefeated streak that came to an end after 22 wins, including one against some quality 3-y...
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One More Laugh still trying to step up at 4

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Perhaps lost in the incredible level of stakes success the Ray Schnittker stable has had in recent years, is the fact that he originally was and still is a “racehorse trainer.” That’s easy to see in the roots of an operation on an everyday basis. Schnittker’s large operation sees horses entered at all eastern tracks in any given week.   “I tell you the biggest problem I have is wh...
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From Above out; Delano draws into Crown final

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
From Above, who was fifth in his elimination for the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Trot has been scratched sick from the final set for next Saturday (Oct. 29) at Woodbine Racetrack.   “He just wasn’t himself in the elim, I said so after the race, and I won’t race him if he’s not in top shelf condition," said trainer Greg Peck. “I’ve only raced him a few times this year and there...
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Post positions set for Crown 3YO Colt Trot final

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
With the two eliminations for the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Trot held at Woodbine early Saturday evening, the draw for post positions has taken place and the field is set for the $600,000 final set for next Satureday night. Chapter Seven and Manofmanymissions won the two elims and earned the right to pick their posts.   From the rail out, posts and trainers are listed. Post 1--Spe...
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Cedar Dove sets track mark with Crown win

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Cedar Dove set a Woodbine track record with a 1:53.2 win Saturday night in her elimination for the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly trot. The previous track record was set by Housethatruthbuilt in 2004.   Ron Pierce drove Cedar Dove to the victory and also took the second elimination with Iron Lady in 1:55.4.   The posts for the $500,000 final are as follows: 1--Lady Andover (tra...
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Crown prep to Foiled Again; Posts for Mare Pace

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Foiled Again prepped for next weekend’s Breeders Crown Open Pace by winning Saturday night’s open at Woodbine in 1:49.2. St Elmo Hero was second, followed by Breeders Crown hopefuls Aracache Hanover and Bettor Sweet. Pacing mares squared off in a Crown elim, with Anndrovette controlling the race and winning in 1:50.2.    Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras moved first-over afte...
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Drop The Ball's 1:49 a Canadian record

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Drop The Ball set the Woodbine track and Canadian records for 3-year-old filly pacers with a 1:49 win in her Breeders Crown elimination race on Saturday night. Monkey On My Wheel was second, followed by Swinging Beauty, Idyllic and Strike An Attitude. Rocklamation took the second elim in 1:50.4. Also of note, See You At Peelers was put on the lead before the half but wasn't her usual self and fade...
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Yonkers holds special legislator races

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's third annual Fall Harvest Festival took place Saturday night, with an array of family-friendly events adorning the track apron. The Festival once again showcased the thriving relationship between agriculture and horse racing throughout New York State.   On the track, the third edition of the Legislators’ Challenge grew to four divisions, with competitive spirit leapfrogg...
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Westwardho Hanover, Betterthancheddar prevail

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old pacing colt division was a mixed up affair on Saturday night as the top contenders thus far this season was beaten in Breeders Crown elimination action at Woodbine. Westwardho Hanover won the first elim over Meadowlands Pace champion Roll With Joe while Betterthancheddar topped a field that included Little Brown Jug champion Big Bad John, Tattersalls Pace winner Hug A Dragon, and No...
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$200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals contested

on 10/22/2011 2:00 AM
The second set of Indiana Sire Stakes finals for 2 year olds, with all four divisions worth $200,000 each, were contested at Indiana Downs on Saturday night and one of the biggest winners of all was Emily Gaskin, the daughter of horseman Ernie Gaskin. Emily's 2-year-old gelding pacer Jammin Joshua, who she bought as a yearling for just $900, won his final, which ...
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Harlem Rockturne wins Vernon feature

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
Harlem Rockturne regained her title as Queen of the Pacing Hill at Vernon Downs following a 1:54.1 victory in Thursday night’s $10,000 featured 10th event.Leading dash-winner Jimmy Whittemore did the teaming for his father, trainer/owner Dennis Whittemore, as Harlem Rockturne ($4.60) raced aggressively throughout the mile contest, closing from second in the stretch to defeat the favorite, All Ab...
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Lawsuit filed challenging Ohio VLTs

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that as expected, the Ohio Roundtable, a group opposed to gambling proposals, filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s recent executive order suspending the state’s normal rule-making process so as to allow Ohio track owners to quickly set up VLTs at state tracks.But the suit, which was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common P...
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Pirouette Hanover, Shelliscape tune up for Crown

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
With no eliminations necessary for the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Pace at Woodbine on Saturday, Oct. 29, some of the finalists are keeping tight with qualifying races. Pirouette Hanover and Shelliscape finished one-two in the second qualifier at Mohawk on Friday morning. Pirouette Hanover, who edged Handsoffmycookie by a head in the Sweetheart at the Meadowlands on Aug. 20, cut a mil...
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Saftic still sidelined after Oct. 8 spill

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
Veteran driver Mike Saftic is a familiar face on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit, but for at least the rest of October, he will be absent from the racetrack.   Saftic was involved in an on-track incident on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Woodbine, when he was dumped from the sulky after he was unable to avoid Whippet Good and driver Jason Brewer who fell, which then caused a chain reactio...
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More choices for buying programs?

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
You may have more choices for obtaining your harness racing past performances in program form in the future. That's because the United States Trotting Association is presently in negotiations with both TrackMaster, the current vendor in the U.S. and the Daily Racing Form so both could offer the programs.    Presently, TrackMaster has an exclusive to sell past performance informati...
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Freshman Breeders Crown elims in the books

on 10/21/2011 2:00 AM
Forty-five of harness racing’s top two-year-olds converged on Woodbine Racetrack Friday night to contest five $25,407 Breeders Crown eliminations.The elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions for their respective finals.Colt Trot: In the first Crown elimination for rookie trotting colts and geldings, the James Campbell-trained Possess The Will notched his third straight...
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Pompano's Cracker Coffee: four down - one to go

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Two year old pacing filly Cracker Coffee has suddenly made herself a major focal point of interest for the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) 'Super Night 2011' set for November 5. The precocious rookie daughter of Six Of Diamonds-Nasty As Can Be is the only horse still eligible for this year's $100,000 bonus offered for any two year old able to sweep all five stakes even...
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HTA seeking nominations for Groom of the Year

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 "Groom of the Year" Award. The award, sponsored annually by Harness Tracks of America and Hanover Shoe Farms, recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport, the grooms who maintain the health and welfare of the sport’s horses.   All that is needed to nominate a groom for the 30th annual "Groom of the Year" award is a letter from an individual...
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Rosecroft set to open on Friday at 6:45

on 10/20/2011 2:00 AM
The final touches are going down to the wire in preparation for the first pari-mutuel meet in over three years at Rosecroft Raceway.  The track was purchased out of bankruptcy earlier this year by Penn National Gaming Inc.   First race post time will be 6:45 p.m. nightly with live racing every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 17.  Thursdays will be added to that schedule for ...
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