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Kandor Hanover takes Meadows feature

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
Rebounding from an eighth-place finish in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, Kandor Hanover used a third-over trip and a powerful late kick to capture Monday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap at The Meadows.   Away an unhurried sixth for Dave Palone, Kandor Hanover followed live cover before brushing through the lane to down Victory Is Coming by a neck in 1:54.4. Charged Freight wa...
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Fools Gold scores in 1:51.3 at Dover

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
Fools Gold closed to win the $30,000 Preferred/Open pace while Highland Rusty N used similar tactics for victory in the $30,000 Delaware Special on Monday (Nov. 7) at Dover Downs.   Daryl Bier followed cover racing fourth on the backstretch before coming to the outside on the final turn and Fools Gold shot into the lead in the stretch for a 1:51.3 victory. The win was the 4-year-old son of ...
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I'm Just Special is a horse for a course

on 11/07/2011 12:00 AM
More than 80 percent of her wins in 2011 have been in South Florida so it was no surprise that I'm Just Special would go off as the 3-5 prevailing public choice in the $12,000 purse Monday evening feature at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.With Bruce Ranger making a key decision in the opening eighth of the mile to bypass a possible inside racing spot back in the pack, I'm Just Special would s...
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Gingras, Burke team for Indy Downs stakes wins

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
It was a big night for Yannick Gingras and Burke Racing Stable Saturday, November 5 at Indiana Downs. Gingras teamed with leading trainer Ron Burke to capture the $275,500 Monument Circle with Hugadragon before capping the evening with a track record performance behind Foiled Again in the $205,000 Indiana Pacing Derby.   Gingras and Hugadragon made victory look easy in the Monument Circle f...
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Mystical Valentine scores at Vernon

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
Mystical Valentine delivered a strong stretch kick to capture Saturday night’s $10,000 Open pace, while the trotter Famous Image and pacer Noble Wabbit each established Vernon Downs records for going 7/8ths-of-a-mile--the wrong way of the track.   With Leon Bailey steering for trainer Dave Dewhurst, Mystical Valentine ($16.60) idled in second early in the ninth race, got shuffled back to ...
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Star Recruit wins American-National elimination

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
Steve Carter pupils Star Recruit and Caviart Key swept the top two spots in the lone American-National elimination for freshman pacing colts Saturday, November 5 at Balmoral Park. Sent off as the favorites, the two horses finished a neck apart at the wire, with Ridge Warren guiding Star Recruit to the 1:53.2 victory in the $20,120 event. The contest helped set the field for next week’s $121,000 ...
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Sires stakes headline action at Cal Expo

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
The weather wasn't nice, but the weekending card (November 5) at Cal Expo was while highlighted by Sires Stakes, Series' Finals, and Winners-Over action. Two $15,000 California Sires Stakes had center-stage for freshmen colts & geldings, on which Ra Ra Steven & El Azteca scored.   In the event for the pacers over a track listed as 'good,' Ra Ra Steven, leaving moderately from post-f...
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Colonial Downs closes with Day of Champions

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
Itrustyou, the 2010 Virginia-bred 2-year-old colt and gelding pacing champ, returned to the Commonwealth and captured the $44,400 3-year-old division in a new life mark on Saturday afternoon on the $368,000 Day of Champions program at Colonial Downs. The Third Straight--Dynamic Lady gelding went wire-to-wire, cutting fractions along the way of :27.4, :57 and 1:25 before finishing in 1:51.3. Driv...
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A Rocknroll Dance wins Governor's Cup elim

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
Harrah’s Chester Downs played host to key elimination races Sunday afternoon, November 6 to determine the fields for the Governor’s Cup, Valley Victory and Goldsmith Maid. A Rocknroll Dance turned in the fastest win in three $20,000 Governor’s Cup splits for freshman pacing colts, stopping the clock in 1:51.2. The heavy favorite, driven by Yannick Gingras, wired the field and finished a leng...
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Progress Pace elims to "Alsace," Fashion Delight

on 11/06/2011 1:00 AM
Alsace Hanover and Fashion Delight won Progress Pace elims, and Chapter Seven, Cedar Dove and Drop The Ball were Matron Stakes winners on Sunday at Dover Downs.   In a photo finish, John Fielding’s Alsace Hanover, reined by Hall of Famer Ron Pierce, had just enough to hold off fast finishing Rock To Glory (Yannick Gingras) and front-pacing Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) to win the ...
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Red Star Hottie a winner at The Meadows

on 11/05/2011 2:00 AM
Red Star Hottie charged through the Lightning Lane at The Meadows to capture Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace and become a career $500,000 performer.Away second behind the streaking Mud Pie Hanover, who was seeking the fifth win in her last six starts, Red Star Hottie brushed late for Dave Palone and scored in 1:53.1, defeating the game Mud Pie Hanov...
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Big night of stakes action at Indiana Downs

on 11/05/2011 2:00 AM
The last Saturday night program for Indiana Downs’ 2011 harness meet is packed with stakes action. Several top trotters and pacers are slated to compete in several lucrative events on the 14-race program beginning at 6:55 p.m.   Burke Racing Stable will send out six entries in the highly-competitive $205,000 Indiana Pacing Derby for free-for-all pacers. Led by Breeders Crown runner-up Foi...
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Shooebee's Place takes Yonkers open handicap

on 11/05/2011 2:00 AM
Shooebee's Place (George Brennan) lasted on the lead Saturday night (November 5), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned post position No. 3, "Shoobee" left around Southwind Tabor (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead before a :26.3 opening quarter. After a 56-second half, 3-5 choice Stonebridge Tonic (Dan Dube) moved from fourth. However, he wasn't moving anywhere of...
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Check Me Out sets world record in Matron elim

on 11/05/2011 2:00 AM
Check Me Out opened up the 2011 Matron Stakes with a 1:53.2 world record winning the $18,175 two-year-old filly trot elimination. Delano made it a Ray Schnittker-trained and co-owned daily double with a 1:57 win in the $38,725 colt trot elim. Voluptuous Ronda notched the other $18,175 filly trot elim while Destiny’s Chance took the $42,200 filly pace elim in 1:52.4 and Hurrikane Kingcole complet...
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Cracker Coffee earns $100,000 Florida bonus

on 11/05/2011 2:00 AM
The rain held off until the evening's added money events were complete, and Saturday night (November 5) at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park was made $100,000 sweeter for the connections of two year old pacing filly Cracker Coffee. The 2011 'Super Night' headline performer came through with a gritty effort to cap off an undefeated season in the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Associatio...
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Hall of Fame pays tribute to Bergstein

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
Stanley Bergstein was inducted into the Harness Racing Communicators’ Hall of Fame in 1987 and inducted into the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame the following year. These are the two highest honors that can be bestowed by one’s peers and he is the only person who is a member of both halls of fame. He was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of The Harness Racing Museum & Hall ...
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WEG lowers fees for winter/spring series

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce several new changes to its Winter and Spring Stakes Series, beginning with events scheduled to close Dec. 1. All events with deadlines of Dec. 1 this year, along with Jan. 17 and Feb. 15, 2012, will now offer a reduced nomination fee of only $100©.   Scott McKelvie, Woodbine Entertainment’s director of Standardbred racing and raci...
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MOMM retired to stud duty at Kentuckiana

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
World champion trotter Manofmanymissions 3, 1:52.1 ($1,215,000) has been retired. The son of Yankee Glide-Armbro Vanquish (by Garland Lobell) will begin his stallion career at Kentuckiana Farms in 2012. Kentuckiana, breeder of the colt, will serve as the syndicate manager.   Manofmanymissions, the fastest 2-year-old and second fastest 3-year-old son of the great Yan...
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Rewind things at Vernon on Saturday

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
With the upcoming daylight savings upon us this weekend, Vernon Downs’ race secretary, Scott Warren, has decided to shake things up and for the first time in the track’s 58-year history two races on Saturday night will be raced in the opposite direction.   Dubbed the “Turn Back The Clock” rewind race, eight trotters and eight pacers will race at a distance of seven-eighths of a...
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Wall inducted to London Sports Hall of Fame

on 11/04/2011 2:00 AM
Dave Wall, one of the most talented horsemen to ever emerge from the London area, was honored Thursday night at the Spirit of Sports awards and inducted into the London Sports Hall of Fame.   Accompanying Wall as part of the 10th anniversary induction class were NHL players Eric Lindros and Doug Jarrett, Paul Duerden (volleyball), Ron Jones (lawn bowling), Harvey Lennox (stock c...
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