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A Rocknroll Dance's 1:49.1 leads Metro elims

on 08/27/2011 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance (above) led the Metro elim winners Saturday night with a 1:49.1 victory. The continent’s top two-year-old colt pacers battled in a trio of Metro Pace eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack with D Terminata, Speed Again and A Rocknroll Dance taking the spotlight and earning the right to pick their post positions in next week’s $1 million final.   In the third and fi...
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American Ideal, Brittany, Takter sweep filly elims

on 08/27/2011 2:00 AM
After sweeping last Saturday’s Eternal Camnation divisions with American Jewel and Romantic Moment, trainer Jimmy Takter did it again. Both fab fillies won their respective Shes A Great Lady eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at Mohawk.   In a world record equalling performance, the 1-9 favorite, American Jewel romped in her $35,000 elimination. With a 1:50.3 eff...
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New York Sire Stakes action returns to Batavia

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
The New York-sired racing season will resume on Friday night (August 26) when the 3-year-old pacing fillies converge on Western New York to compete in three rich New York Sire Stakes and three New York-Bred Late-Closers.The sire stakes action will kick off in race one, in which Miss Annie J has been established as the prohibitive, 6-5 morning line choice by racing secretary and oddsmaker Joe Zambi...
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World record in Maryland Sire Stakes

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
A new world record was the highlight at the Ocean Downs Oval in the Maryland Sire Stakes Showcase of Champions, with eight Sire Stakes finals held Thursday night (August 25) with purses totaling $200,000.Jim Morand drove Googoo Gaagaa in the Maryland Sire Stakes Final for 2-year-old colt/gelding trotters, stopping the timer in 1:56, beating Brissot by 41 lengths and setting a new world record for ...
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Glorious Winner fastest at Vernon

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Glorious Winner recorded the fastest mile, while Small Bills and Cash Poor continued their recent success in divisions of Thursday night’s $49,400 New York Sires Stakes-sponsored late-closing contest for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs.  With LeWayne Miller steering for trainer Erv Miller in Thursday’s $12,300 sixth race, Glorious Winner rallied from fifth in the early going and ...
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81-year-old Boots Dunn wins at PA fair

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Walter “Boots” Dunn last drove in a race in August of 2008 at his hometown track, the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pa. As it turns out, it was not a retirement, but merely a hiatus from racing. On Thursday, Dunn, at the age of 81, donned a brand new set of blue-and-white colors and climbed into the bike, and a victory was virtually guaranteed.   In an overnight trot fo...
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Tracks, horsemen prepare for Hurricane Irene

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Hurricane Irene has tracks and horsemen in her path making plans and taking action. Ocean Downs, near Ocean City, Md. has already been affected by Irene’s approach, preemptively cancelling what would have been its final race card on Sunday, Aug. 28. Ocean City issued a phase 3 evacuation from the barrier island starting at 12 midnight on Thursday, Aug. 25, thereby making Thursday night the ...
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No detention for Zweig at Tioga due to storm

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs has cancelled the scheduled detention for those horses racing in the Zweig Memorial 3YO Colt Trot on Sunday, August 28, due to weather concerns. Horsemen are urged to ship to Tioga sooner rather than later and stalls will be available to those that desire to stay overnight Saturday, but there will be no formal detention and an overnight stay is NOT mandatory.  ...
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Settlemoir to be second announcer at Delaware

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Jason Settlemoir will be the second announcer during the 2011  Grand Circuit week at the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair.  The Newark, Ohio, native, whose entire life has been devoted to harness racing, also will continue as the Delaware fair’s simulcast director. Settlemoir will replace Steve Cross as assistant to Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston.   Jason is also vice-presi...
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Well-known names in Xtreme Trotting Under Saddle race

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Top trainer-driver Riina Rekila, trainer Anette Lorentzon, and Taylor Burgess, the son of trainer Blair Burgess, will be among a field of nine riders for the Xtreme Trotting Under Saddle race Saturday at Georgian Downs. The exhibition race will be featured at Xtreme Horsepower following the first race on Saturday night at Georgian Downs, which starts at 6 p.m. The event will also include some top...
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Mohawk purses to increase Sept. 1

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) on Friday announced that effective Sept. 1, Standardbred purses will be raised at Mohawk Racetrack. Wagering on Standardbred racing at Mohawk and Woodbine has been stable over the last 12 months, prompting the WEG-COSA partnership to raise purses.   "There has been sustained growth in wagering ...
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Weingarter finishes second in PASS

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Peter Haughton Memorial champion Weingartner was defeated in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at Harrah's Chester Racetrack & Casino on Friday afternoon. Three divisions, each worth slightly more than $74,000, were featured.   Weingartner, who was driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, sat the pocket to the Cantab Hall colt Beer Summit through fractions of :28.4, :57.4 and 1:26. Beer Summit was...
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Yonkers cancels Saturday night racing

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live harness card for Saturday night (Aug. 27) due to oncoming Hurricane Irene. The track plans to be open for simulcasting on Saturday through the duration of Saratoga's Travers Day Card, with first post at 11:35 am and final post scheduled for 6:18 pm.   Live racing (and simulcasting) is going on as scheduled Friday evening and is sche...
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Tioga offers free programs for Sunday

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs is offering free programs for its Sunday afternoon race program on Sunday, Aug. 28, which begins at 1:30 pm, on its website at www.tiogadowns.com, courtesy of Trackmaster. The Sunday afternoon race card consists of six divisions of the Drivers’ Championship, two races for 3-year-old colt trotters, and two divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters in the Zweig. Customers should log...
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Yonkers features to Full Picture, Calchips Brute

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
Full Picture (Jason Bartlett), despite being parked nearly two turns, relished the road trip Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 co-featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position 6, Full Picture had to wait her turn as 17-10 choice Breakheart Pass (Yannick Gingras) made the lead right before a :26.3  opening quarter-mile. Full Picture continue...
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Freedom Crossing takes Tioga Friday feature

on 08/26/2011 2:00 AM
In the Friday night $18,000 fillies and mares open pace, Freedom Crossing and Mike Micallef turned a pocket trip into a victory for trainer Kevin Efimetz. Leaving from post position number five, Freedom Crossing left strongly to take control of the field past an opening panel of 27.2. The heavy favorite McFlirty and Ed Hensley quickly surged to the front from third and led the field of six through...
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Next Flight In remains undefeated with ISS win

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
After equaling the Indiana Downs track record for two-year-old colt pacers with a 1:52.1 performance in his last start, Next Flight In returned to the winner’s circle Wednesday, August 24. The Panspacificflight colt repeated his previous effort, winning in Indiana Sires Stakes action in a time of 1:52.1. He was driven to victory by Peter Wrenn.   Lima Storm and Trace Tetrick took command ...
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Conditions sheets available for Delaware, Ohio

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
The complete stakes and overnight schedules for the 2011 Delaware County Fair have been released and are now available and can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.   Phil Terry, general manager of the Delaware County Fair, also announced that  for the first time a half-mile pace will be contested on Wednesday, Sept. 21. The pace is for horses and geldings...
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Tuesdays With Mom is back at Batavia

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
The third start of the year was the charm for Tuesdays With Mom, as the popular 4-year-old trotting mare notched her first win of the season, in wire-to-wire fashion, to take the $7,000 Fillies and Mares Open trot on Wednesday night (Aug 24) at Batavia Downs Casino. Tuesdays With Mom (Credit Winner-Princess Deanna) left the gate quickly and was on top before the field of seven trotted one-eighth ...
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Expanded gaming bill introduced in Massachusetts

on 08/25/2011 2:00 AM
A bill that would allow three casinos and one slot parlor in Massachusetts has been introduced in the state legislature. The three Las Vegas-style casinos would be located in three regions, with the slot parlor that would have at most 1,250 machines located anywhere in the state.   Although the bill doesn't specifically provide for expanded gaming at racetracks, Plainridge Racecourse presid...
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