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Favored Southern Allie takes Yonkers feature

on 09/24/2011 2:00 AM
Favored Southern Allie (Yannick Gingras) had the best of the draw Tuesday and the best of the race Saturday, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52.000 Open Pace.   Away third at the start, Southern Allie took over from Real Nice (Jason Bartlett) right at the :27.2 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a :56.1 half before One More Laugh (John Campbell) moved from fifth.   That one offered just ...
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China Pearls wins first Gold trophy

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
China Pearls got to take home her first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold trophy Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack after winning the $170,000 event for three-year-old filly trotters.The Carmen Hie student found the winner’s circle as the 1-2 favorite.Oh Sweet Baby (Mario Baillargeon) was the early leader past the opening panel in :28.2. Driver Randy Waples decided to launch a first-over attack from thi...
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I’m The Answer, Surface Tension NYSS winners

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sires Stakes notables I’m The Answer, Surface Tension and Some Girls were among the divisional winners in Thursday night’s $290,128 co-features for Empire State-breds at Vernon Downs. I’m The Answer earned his eighth wins in 13 season’s starts, while local favorite Surface Tension turned in the fastest mile during Thursday’s $145,548 NYSS event for 3-year-old colt & g...
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Full menu of NJSS at New Meadowlands

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
When the New Meadowlands Racetrack opens its 2012 season, it will present an eight-month schedule that includes a full menu of stakes for New Jersey-sired pacers and trotters.   “Despite all the changes at the Meadowlands, we want to assure horsemen that races for New Jersey-sired horses will continue to be a priority,” said Jeff Gural, who heads the new management team at the Meadowlan...
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Lanson at home in Lexington

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
In a preview of The Red Mile Grand Circuit action, featuring  a trio of Kentucky Futurity eligible colts, a $5,300 Free For All Trot included: Opening Night, Whit and VC Chocoholic, who all went to the gate against a pair of more seasoned 7-year-old competitors, Lanson ($731106) and Titan Cup winner Arch Madness ($3.1 million).  But Lanson, winning his fourth race in seven starts in 2011...
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Lucky Jim awesome at Pocono

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim came from behind late to upend Lolique and win the featured Open trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $50,000.   Lucky Jim, the 6-year-old superstar gelding hailing from the Erv Miller barn, was sent to the front end by driver Andy Miller early, only to watch as Lolique aggressively took over on the front stretch. Lolique set scorching f...
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Frosh fillies in soggy NYSS Ardsley Pace

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes offered up its final downstate preliminary leg Friday night, with a damp Yonkers Raceway hosting the $250,011 Ardsley Pace for 2-year-old fillies.   The opening ($82,237) event was won by odds-on, division queen Handsoffmycookie (catch-driver Pat Lachance, $2.40). Leaving from post position No. 3, she watched as JK Fine Art (Jim Morrill Jr.) stepped around Up Front Shar...
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Kadabra colts sweep Gold Eliminations

on 09/23/2011 2:00 AM
One was making his debut in the Gold Series while the other is ranked in the top five, one controlled the tempo from start to finish while the other swept by the leaders in the stretch, but both Prestidigitator and Heres The Magic got the job done in Gold Elimination action at Flamboro Downs on Friday.   Under cloud laden skies and over a rain-soaked track, Prestidigitator provided his owne...
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Ooga Booga, Groom Hanover win Classic splits

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Ooga Booga worked out a comfortable pocket trip, then blew by in the lane Wednesday at The Meadows to capture a division of a $77,800 Keystone Classic. Groom Hanover took the other split in the stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Ooga Booga was sitting second behind the 7-10 favorite, Broadway Legs, when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones in the stretch. “The last time I ...
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Ranger returns with a win in Pompano's opener

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
It wasn't exactly a fairytale finish to the storyline of the return of top reinsman Bruce Ranger to the track but it was mostly a happy occasion anyway as the curtain went up on the 2011-2012 campaign in South Florida at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.In his first pari-mutuel start since a severely separated shoulder and multiple injuries suffered in a racing accident almost five months ago, ...
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Campbell sweeps Am-Nat 2YO trots

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Freshmen trotters took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of American National Stakes shared top billing on the 10-race program. Looking as fresh as a daisy despite a day of racing at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio and then a private plane ride to Crete, Hall of Famer John Campbell proved once again that he’s still one of the best in the game with these young trotters a...
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The sun shines bright Thursday on Delaware

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
What a difference a day makes in Delaware, Ohio! After an afternoon of rain--including a pair of gully washers--that left the fairgrounds a wet and muddy mess, Thursday is a glorious day in the Buckeye State. An hour before the 11 a.m. post time saw nothing but sunny skies, which should continue throughout the day, with temperatures expected to top out in the low 70s. Trackman Dan Coon said he exp...
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Favorites sweep Indiana Sires Stakes action

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to a trio of $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes contests for freshman colt and gelding trotters Wednesday, September 21, with favorites carrying the day. Dontfusswithruss, from the first crop of Elegant Man, turned in the fastest of the three splits, trotting away from the field to win by a dozen lengths in 1:58.1.Drawing the rail in the field of 10, Joe Essig Jr. and Dontfussw...
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Negative piroplasmosis test required for Red Mile

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
All horses planning on racing at The Red Mile for the Grand Circuit must have a Negative Piroplasmosis Test.  Horses will not be permitted on the grounds of the track and the horse will be scratched without these results.   Racing begins Thursday, Sept. 29, thru Sunday, Oct. 9. Post time will be 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday's post time is 1 p.m. C...
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Gural buys out ARE partner in Tioga/Vernon

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
American Racing and Entertainment (ARE) announced Thursday that chairman and CEO Jeff Gural’s entity, Southern Tier LLC, has gained sole ownership of the company after buying out his partners at Plainfield Investment.   Gural’s company now controls sole ownership of ARE which owns and operates two upstate New York Casinos in Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs.   The board of direc...
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Caviart Key wins final Standardbred

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Six divisions of the Standardbred Stake were featured on Jug Day and the final one for freshman colt and gelding pacers, worth $30,212, was won by Dan Noble and Caviart Key in 1:54.2.   Noble was in the bike for trainer Steve Carter and owners P. Carter, R. Reid, C, Grubbs and S. Carter.   Ron Pierce, in pursuit of the lead with All Stienam, looped the field to set the early pace by ...
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Osborne's Sweeper sets OBC record

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The Ohio Breeders Championships (OBC) also continued on Jug Day with  two divisions for  3-year-old pacing fillies going to post.   The second (OBC) worth $18,422, was won by Osborne’s Sweeper in an OBC record of 1:52.3   Ryan Stahl was in the catbird seat for trainer Eric Hamlet and owner Jerome Osborne and he employed the tried and true half-mile track strategy of ...
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Autumn Escapade repeats in Miss Versatility

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Defending Miss Versatility champ Autumn Escapade did what her owners say they enjoy most – won a big race at their old hometown stomping grounds at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Jug Day. Dave Miller, who owns the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam with his wife Misty, settled briefly in the pocket as Pembroke Heat Wave took the field around the first turn, but quickly yielded to the advanc...
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Celebrity Bombay stars in Old Oaken Bucket

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The $121,750 Old Oaken Bucket for sophomore trotters was won by Celebrity Bombay and driver Brett Miller as they employed an explosive closing kick to collar pacesetter Mythical Hall and Miller’s cousin Dave Miller in 1:55.2.   Two horses, Top Kick with Ray Paver and Live Jazz with John Campbell, made breaks early in the mile and lost all chance.   Dave Miller sent Mythical Hall to...
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Roll With Joe, Big Bad John win Jug elims

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The two top contenders - Big Bad John and Roll Wiith Joe kicked off their respective quests for the 66th Little Brown Jug trophy by winning their $84,288 eliminations in identical times of 1:50.2.   Roll With Joe rolled to victory in the second Jug elimination, in a gutty performance that resulted in the winning time of 1:50.2..   Pierce scored Roll With Joe down aggressive...
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