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Trio of horsemen on 'Inside Harness Racing"

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
See You at Peelers’s quest for her 22nd straight win has to wait one more week. A torrential downpour and sloppy track prevented the undefeated filly from continuing her streak at Tioga Downs over the weekend. “Inside Harness Racing” has an exclusive interview with Peelers’s driver, Marcus Johansson, who discusses the decision to scratch her and how the unexpected layoff could affect her p...
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Teague has Gold Cup & Saucer starter

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
When trainer George Teague Jr. traveled to Prince Edward Island this past March to speak at a horseman’s banquet he never expected that he’d be making the same trip within the next six months. But because the Delaware-based Teague had such an enjoyable time in the Maritimes he decided he would enter at least one horse in the famed Gold Cup & Saucer at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Teagu...
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Gaitway Farm founder Ken Fischer dies

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Gaitway Farm founder and former Freehold Raceway owner Kenneth R. Fischer died Saturday, Aug. 13, at his home in Freehold. He was 93.   Born in Brookly, N.Y., in 1918, Mr. Fischer graduated from Malverne, N.Y. High School in 1935. He joined American Export Lines as a merchant seaman before serving in the U.S. Merchant Marine Corps during World War II. Upon retu...
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Drivers' Championship kicks off Sat. at Big M

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Four races have been slated to make up the opening leg of the 2011 Fifth Annual Drivers’ Championship to begin on Saturday, Aug. 20, on closing night at the Meadowlands. The Championship will kick off in race number two at the Big M featuring Yannick Gingras, David Miller, Ron Pierce, George Brennan, Ed Hensley, Tim Tetrick, Andy Miller, Brian Sears, and Jody Jamieson. All nine drivers will com...
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Broad Bahn looking for Hambo-Colonial double

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
Broad Bahn will look to become the first Hambletonian winner since Mack Lobell in 1987 to also capture The Colonial when the $500,000 race for 3-year-old trotters is contested Sunday at Harrah’s Chester.   Since The Colonial was resumed in 2007 after a three-year hiatus, Hambletonian winners have bypassed the race as they prepared for the World Trotting Derby and Canadian Trotting Classic...
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Bellino family cheering for Mybrothergeorge

on 08/17/2011 2:00 AM
 When Mybrothergeorge competes in Saturday’s $317,800 Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands Racetrack, it will be the biggest race of his fledgling career. But for Joe Bellino, the size of the purse matters little. Every race with Mybrothergeorge is special.   “It’s nice to hear my brother’s name out there again,” Bellino said. “The other night when he won, it felt like winning...
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Running ‘Circles’ around the competition for Gold

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Circles romped in the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for freshmen trotting fillies Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.The two-year-old homebred notched her fourth victory in gate-to-wire fashion for trainer/owner John Smith of Woodlawn, Ont.With Hall of Famer Jacques Hebert in the sulky, Circles lead the field to a :27.4 opening panel with Frisky Strike (Steve Byron) parked out in third an...
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Sears wins seven at Yonkers, Lew Barasch on tap

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes return downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $251,100 Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.That trotters are on display is a fitting tribute to the memory of "Tootie," whose Harness Racing Hall of Fame career was highlighted by his tenure at Roosevelt Raceway. There, he helped launch the International Trot in 1959, making it a worldwide phe...
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Insatiable Desire a winner in ISS action

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Five divisions of freshman filly pacers lined up behind the gate Monday, August 15 at Indiana Downs for the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition. Favorites carried the day in three $40,000 splits, led by Insatiable Desire. The Pro Bono Best filly turned in the fastest time, tripping the timer in 1:55.2.   Driver Kayne Kauffman left from post five with Insatiable Desire in the ni...
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Crys Dream half sister wins at Mohawk

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Cest Facile, a half sister to the multiple stakes-winning and recent Hambletonian Oaks third-place finisher Crys Dream, scored her maiden victory Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. With Luc Ouellette driving, Cest Facile led at every call en route to a 1:59 victory in a $20,000 conditioned event restricted to freshman filly trotters who started in the Aug. 8 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold elimination at ...
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Perretti Farms announces complete dispersal

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
The complete dispersal of the Perretti Farms equine inventory will occur over a two-year period starting in November of 2011 at Harrisburg. The announcement was made by farm owner William J Perretti.   A total of 160 broodmares will be dispersed at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Friday, Nov. 11, while the weanling crop will be sold as yearlings in 2012 at Perretti's traditional Lexi...
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Settlemoir, Huston to be honored in NY

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
The two newest members of the Upstate New York U.S. Harness Writers Association Harness Racing Hall of Fame representing Tioga Downs are Jason Settlemoir and Roger Huston. After the votes were cast, the chapter members were in total agreement and the honorees will receive their “Empire Pinnacle Crystal” awards in the winner’s circle at Tioga Downs on Sunday, Aug. 28.    ...
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We Will See installed as Haughton favorite

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
The $523,000 William R. Haughton Memorial headlines the stakes-laden summer finale at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, August 20.  In addition to the track's richest event for free for all pacers, the program includes the $363,900 Sweetheart and $317,800 Woodrow Wilson for two-year-olds and the $235,700 Golden Girls for older mares. We Will See tops the field for the Haughton after winn...
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Hurrikane warnings for Nassagaweya

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacers will converge on Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday evening for a heavily staked card. Three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes for colt pacers and two divisions of the Eternal Camnation for fillies headline the night, with 45 of the best rookie pacers on the continent going head-to-head.   Hurrikane Kingcole, Canada’s fastest 2 year old this season, has a record of 1:...
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Bergstein gives view of Crys Dream rulings

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
In a column in The Daily Racing Form, Stan Bergstein gives his viewpoint of the situation regarding the 3-year-old filly trotter Crys Dream, who was allowed to race in the Hambletonian Oaks elims and final at the Meadowlands after her connections received a stay from the New Jersey Supreme Court of a suspension given by the Ontario Racing Commission following a positive test after her win in the E...
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Five entered in Fox Stake

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
A field of five 2-year-old colt pacers will take to the track in the $53,372 Fox Stake, part of the Grand Circuit card slated for Thursday at Indiana Downs. The Grand Circuit racing card, which was scheduled for Aug. 19 at the Indiana State Fair, was moved to Thursday at Indiana Downs due to the tragedy over the past weekend at the Fairgrounds.   Fridaynightflight e...
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Review action at Springfield in the books

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm and trainer Erv Miller won three of five Grand Circuit stakes at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Tuesday. Miller trains the Review winners Aunt Mel, Polar Opposition and Swan In A Million and Diamond Creek bred and owns Polar Opposition as well as another Grand Circuit winner, the Little Pat victor Caviart Key. Also, in an unusual move, Erv Mil...
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2YOPC Dapper Dude sets 1:51.2 track mark

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
 Dapper Dude got rolling with a quarter-pole move and didn’t slow down until he crossed the wire in a track-record 1:51.2 in a division of Tuesday’s $242,535 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Sweet Lou and Hillbilly Hanover taking the other splits.   Dave Palone enj...
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Jug future wagering opens Aug. 25

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Future wagering on the Little Brown Jug will be offered twice leading up to the 66th renewal of the 3-year-old pacing classic at the Delaware County Fair.  Each future wager will be for a period of four days. Wagers will be accepted at racetracks and on internet sites throughout North America and Europe.   Fans can also bet on the second future wager at the Delaware County Fairgro...
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Horsemen to have limited use of State Fair track

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
The tragic death of five spectators caused by the collapse of the Indiana State Fairgrounds concert stage Saturday, Aug. 13, may have resulted in three harness racing programs being moved, but for the horsemen that train over the one-mile oval, most of the track will still be available.   “I just met with the horsemen and explained the situation,” said David Howell, barn manager at...
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