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Marcus Miller time in Balmoral stakes

on 08/01/2011 2:00 AM
The bevy of state-bred stakes action that comprise the Southland Festival of Racing continued on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as sophomore trotters took center stage in a pair of big- money events. Headlining the action were diagonally gaited sophomore fillies as a field of nine ladies lined up behind the gate for the $49,500 Fox Valley Evita Stake.    Fresh off an eye-popping nine-le...
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Fawkes now in Hambo spotlight

on 08/01/2011 2:00 AM
Author J.K. Rowling presented her first Harry Potter manuscript to 12 publishing houses and was rejected by all 12. Experts looked at the pages and didn't see potential, let alone greatness.   Perhaps the same could be said for Fawkes, a surprise qualifier for Saturday's $1.5 million Hambletonian. The colt, named for Professor Dumbledore's mythical bird, hasn't shown much on the program pag...
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$150K Pick 4, $200K tri guarantee on Hambo day

on 08/01/2011 2:00 AM
The big Pick 4 guarantee returns on Hambletonian Day! A $150,000 Pick 4 will be offered on races 6-9 on the Saturday, Aug. 6 card. The $150,000 guarantee on the Meadowlands Pace Night Pick 4 handled more than $200,000. A special Pacing Pick 4 will also be guaranteed at $50,000 later in the Hambletonian Day card. And for those that aren't interested in multi-leg wagers, the main even...
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Shelliscape reminds McIntosh of Delinquent Account

on 08/01/2011 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh is hoping his undefeated freshman pacing filly will live up to her pedigree when she goes postward for the Whenuwishuponastar Stakes final this Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack.Shelliscape is a perfect three-for-three with a 1:53.4 lifetime mark and $27,000 in the bank so far.   The daughter of Artiscape-Shell I Scoot was a $25,000 Lexington Select purchase. ...
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Machapelo upsets in Battle of Waterloo

on 08/01/2011 2:00 AM
Machapelo captured Grand River Raceway’s $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo in 1:54.4 and pulled off the biggest upset in the history of the race during the track’s Industry Day Celebration on Monday, Aug. 1.   Leaving from post four, driver Scott Zeron sent the Mach Three homebred first-over at the half-mile marker to score a three-length victory over Two Guys, driven by his father, Rick...
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Dexter Dunn takes World Driving tourney lead

on 08/01/2011 2:00 AM
New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn was a race winner in the second round of the World Driving Championship, raced at Tioga Downs on Monday evening, and as a result took the lead in the 20-heat competition among 10 of the world’s top harness drivers.   Corey Callahan, sent away from the starting gate in the first of four heats raced on Monday with “USA, USA” cheers in his ears, scored a ...
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Twin B Legend, Prodigal Seelster win OSS elims

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Eleven sophomore colt and gelding pacers contested a pair of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   In the first OSS Gold elimination, it was the Jack Darling-trained Twin B Legend who found his way to the winner’s circle for the third time this year in six outings.   Celebrity Citation (Mark MacDonald) was first to the quarter-pole in :26.4, ...
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Wind Surfer breezes in Yonkers Open

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Wind Surfer (Jim Pantaleano) closed from well out of it Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $52,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Whata Hustler (catch-driver Brent Holland) set sail though fractions of :27.2 and :56.4, Neighsay Hanover (Jeff Gregory) then made his second move, leaving the cones from fourth. Whata Hustler, though, continued his open lead in and out of the 1:25.3 th...
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Hennessey closes Pompano with 3 FSBOA wins

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Isle Casino Racing at Pompano Park rounded out the 2010-11 racing season Saturday night with the care featuring four pacing finals of the July segment of the Florida Standardbred Breeders And Owners Association (FSBOA) Sunshine State Stakes, all for $10,000 purses.   In the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace division, Diamond Cowboy earned a life's mark of 1:54.3 with Wally Hennesse...
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Aruba Vacation just misses Tioga record

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Aruba Vacation has been stabled at Tioga Downs since he began training for Guy Howard in his 2-year-old season and has been a force to reckon with on his home turf. On Saturday night, the 4-year old son of Dream Vacation-Dixie Hit notched his first win of the 2011 season at Tioga Downs in the $18,000 Open Handicap Trot.   Leaving aggressively from post position number two, driver Fern ...
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Flight Elal leads trio of ISS winners

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Flight Elal extended his record to six wins in seven seasonal starts Saturday, July 30 in the first round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition for sophomore pacing colts held at Indiana Downs. The Panspacificflight homebred, driven by Peter Wrenn, won his $40,000 division in 1:53. Straight Dancer and Demanding Force picked up victories in the other two splits.   Selected as the heavy favorit...
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Southland Festival highlights Balmoral Saturday card

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled pacers were the focus of attention on Saturday night as six big stake races with almost $350,000 in purses headlined the Southland Festival of Racing at Balmoral Park. Kicking off the action were 2-year-old pacing fillies as a full field of 10 squared off in the $57,500 Loyal Opposition Stake.    Fresh off a win over conditioned rivals here at Balmora...
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Lou Pena barred at Yonkers Raceway

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Lou Pena has told harnesslink.com that as of Aug. 4 he will be no longer permitted to race his horses at Yonkers Raceway, a track where he dominates the standings. Second in the North America standings in wins (435) and earnings ($5.8 million), Pena said he was told by Yonkers Raceway Steve Starr that the decision to bar him "was in the best interest of harness racing."   “I ...
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Jamieson leads in World Driving tourney

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson of Canada won the second of four races on his way to the lead after the opening leg of the $55,000 World Driving Championship on Sunday (July 31) at Harrah’s Chester, but he has only a scant 20 point lead on the lowest-placed driver.   The United States representative, Corey Callahan, brought the locals to their feet in the opening division by scoring a 1:52.1 victory with S...
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Campbell turns to Campbell in Hambo final

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
The stage is set for Opening Night and its original lead is back at the helm for a possible encore. John Campbell, who was unsuccessful in his bid to reach the Hambletonian with Live Jazz, will drive Opening Night in Saturday's $1.5 million final.    Opening Night finished fourth in Saturday's second Hambletonian elimination, flying down the stretch with a :28.2 final quarter to advanc...
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Heston Blue Chip impressive in NYSS

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs hosted five divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Sunday afternoon. Two of the most impressive colts up until this point drew in against one another in the fifth and final division with Lawgiver Hanover (George Brennan) drawing the rail, and Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) post position six.   In the showdown everyone was waiting for both col...
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Crossthreaded's big effort takes Ohio Breeders

on 07/31/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Kayne Kauffman swung Crossthreaded three wide with a quarter mile remaining in the $16,500 Ohio Breeders Stakes and the filly paced on to a hard-won 1:53.4 victory at Scioto Downs on Sunday afternoon.   It was her second win in eight starts this season and the time was a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Towner’s Big Guy.   “We’ve kind of been waiting on her this yea...
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Pa-sired Malinka sets Arden Downs record

on 07/30/2011 2:00 AM
Malinka, who started her career in the lower level of Pennsylvania’s Sire Stakes program, earned herself an upgrade Friday at The Meadows by pacing to a stake record 1:52.3 in a $120,000 Grand Circuit event.   The Arden Downs stake for 2-year-old fillies, named for Pennsylvania’s former lieutenant governor, the late Catherine Baker Knoll, was contested over six divisions, with Darena Ha...
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Roydon, Bluebird Elian take ISS legs at Indy Downs

on 07/30/2011 2:00 AM
Favorite Roydon and second choice Bluebird Elian won their respective Indiana Sires Stakes divisions Friday, July 29 at Indiana Downs. The two $40,000 divisions were the first of four preliminary rounds for sophomore colt trotters. The contests highlighted a program that featured several events for Indiana-sired horses.   Roydon and driver Rick Farrington used a pocket trip to their advanta...
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Alsace Hanover wins Adios in 1:48.3

on 07/30/2011 2:00 AM
Alsace Hanover scored a 1:48.3 victory in the $500,000 Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old male pacers Saturday afternoon at The Meadows, giving driver Ron Pierce his third win in the famed Pace for the Orchids at the Pennsylvania racetrack. Pierce won his first Adios in 2004 with Timesareachanging and then came right back in 2005 to win with Village Jolt.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite in the ...
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