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Silent Swing silences rivals at Yonkers

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Rank outsider Silent Swing (Brent Holland) upset the apple cart Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 Open Pace.   The field, reduced to a half-dozen when the two outside entrants (Hypnotist and Mr. Massimo) came up ill, saw 22-1 Silent Swing leave alertly from post position four. Pole-sitting Valentino (Pat Berry) then moved to claim frontsies right at the :27.1 opening quarter...
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Super Night 23 results from Balmoral Park

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park hosted Illinois Super Night 23 on Saturday, with the action getting started right away with a pair of championship events for sophomore trotters. The $100,000 Su Mac Lad for colts got the festivities off on a strong note for favorites as even-money choice Fox Valley Arrow scored a 1:56.2 victory. That was followed up with a 1:57.3 score by Maplegrove Shaelyn in the $103,000 Lady Ann ...
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Ontario "magic" in Canadian Trotting Classic

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Daylon Magician, with driver Jack Moiseyev, didn't need any smoke and mirrors Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, as he powered his way to a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic for 3 year olds.   Taking over from Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn, who suffered from an irregular heart beat during the race and faded to last after an opening quarter in :27.2, Daylon M...
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Colonial Downs opens with Belote Series

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs opened its 14th harness racing season Saturday on a damp, cool afternoon, but Dan O'Mara's Dreamanotherdream and Jason MacDougall's Willin Dylan didn't mind as they each scored come-from-behind division victories in the Hal Belote Memorial Trotting Series.   Willin Dylan's win came over a track labeled "good" while Dreamanotherdream's came after the track condition was downgr...
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Favorites rule in Indiana Downs stakes

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorites swept the trio of stakes events Saturday night at Indiana Downs. American Jewel ($2.10) remained perfect for her career in capturing the $281,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management for 2-year-old filly pacers, while A Rocknroll Dance ($2.10) and Sweet Lou ($2.20) were victorious in their respective splits of the $212,800 The Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers.   In the Kent...
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Win Missy B sets records in Peaceful Way

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Win Missy B, confidently handled by Trevor Ritchie, blazed her way to a track, stakes and Canadian record of 1:53.3 in winning the $447,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The time eclipsed the former record of 1:54.2, set four years ago by Snow White.   Taking over after an opening quarter in 27 seconds flat, Win Missy B glided to the half i...
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Moiseyev had "The Game Plan" to win Wellwood

on 09/17/2011 2:00 AM
Not only did driver Jack Moiseyev capture the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, the Hall of Fame driver held on to win the $469,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot with The Game Plan.   Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, American Gangster (Brian Sears), who set a track record in his elimination last week, broke stride behind the starting gate. Money On The ...
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Ellisaro Hanover wins Meadows top trot

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
Ellisarro Hanover, making his debut in elite company, showed persuasively that he belongs Wednesday by capturing the $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot. Although Ellisarro Hanover had won four straight, all those victories were in high-level claimers. On Wednesday, he fearlessly moved first over from fourth for Eric Ledford and held off the Lightning Lane charge of 7-5 favorite Sir Caviar to dow...
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Harlem Rockturne wins fourth in a row at Vernon

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
Harlem Rockturne continued her superiority in the female Open pacing class with a 1:53.3 victory in Thursday night’s $10,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.Competing as the favorite from the seven post position, Harlem Rockturne ($4.80) sat patiently behind the pace-setter, newcomer Slomotion, and pocket-sitter, Eagle Hilarious, until the final quarter, and then was let loose by driver Jimm...
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Dan Noble takes lead in dash standings

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
North America’s leading dash-winning driver padded his lead with a four-win day on Thursday, all coming at a pair of Ohio fairs. Who is that leader? It’s Dan Noble, who currently has 562 wins in 2011, eight more than the 554 won by runner-up Tim Tetrick. George Brennan is third with 552 victories, followed by Dave Palone with 533 wins.   “It just feels insane,” Noble answered when a...
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Guaranteed pools at Delaware, Ohio

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
The Little Brown Jug has joined  forces with the United States Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program. The Delaware County Fair will have five multi-race guaranteed pools on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday cards. Thursday’s $20,000 Pick 3 will feature the eliminations of the 66th Little Brown Jug.  “The Jug is  pleased to be part of the USTA’s Strat...
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Jugette 3-Year-Old Filly Pace draws 11

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
Eleven 3-year-old filly pacers have been entered into this year’s $292,350 Jugette on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Delaware, Ohio, with the field divided into two eliminations. The top four finishers in each elim will advance to the second heat, which according to new conditions beginning this year, will determine the winner. Each elim is worth $58,470, with the decisive second heat worth $175,410. ...
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$50,000 East-West driving challenge at Pocono

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
The best of the best in Pennsylvania will battle it out for bragging rights, plus a share of $50,000 in total prize monies, at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday, Oct. 15. The East Meets West Driving Challenge will bring the four leading drivers from The Meadows--Dave Palone, Brett Miller, Tony Hall and Eric Ledford—to Pocono Downs where they’ll face off against Matt Kakaley, George Nap...
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Speakers Series set for Delaware fair

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
Racing fans attending the Little Brown Jug festivities at the Delaware, Ohio, Fairgrounds will once again have the opportunity to meet and chat with harness racing’s stars during the fourth annual USTA Speakers’ Series.   On the morning before the Wednesday (Sept. 21) Jugette card and the Thursday (Sept. 22) Jug card, some of harness racing’s top trainers, drivers and handicappers--in...
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Mighty M's Little Grey Jug on Sept. 20

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
In an event that started in 1990 as a spook on the world famous Little Brown Jug Monticello Raceway’s Little Grey Jug has been a fan favorite for over 20 years.   “There’s something about watching a gray horse and having a field full of them is exciting to  see,” noted Eric Warner, the track's director of racing. ”It’s an event that sometimes is hard to fill because you can...
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Watch video explaining re-banking of Big M

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
A track designed to spur more competitive racing is one of the changes bettors and horsemen can look forward to for the 2012 harness meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   A video has been made explaining the process, and in this interview, director of track maintenance Gary Wolff explains the process of re-banking the Meadowlands track surface and how the change will make for a more exc...
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After 28 years, owner back with The Game Plan

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
Linden Wells loves the excitement that comes with owning horses and on Saturday he will be cheering for The Game Plan when he goes postward in the $469,000 William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Kadabra-Image Control has banked $165,800 already in his debut season, which includes a victory in his William Wellwood Memorial elimination last Saturday.   With a record of 5-1-1 from eight lifet...
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Another French speedster set for Crown

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
“We are happy and proud to accept the invitation to the Breeders Crown!”  read the RSVP from Commander Crowe’s owner Calle Wihlborg,  upon receipt of the second and final invitation to travel to Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, for the $600,000 Breeders Crown Trot on Sat., Oct. 29. Commander Crowe is an 8-year-old  Swedish-bred son of  Juliano Star-Somack, conditioned by Fre...
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Lady Rainbow captures Moni Maker in 1:54.2

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
With a burst through the "Lightning Lane," Lady Rainbow, who was nearing the all-time harness racing record for money earned in a season without a victory, ended all that trash talk Friday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino by capturing the $233,400 Moni Maker for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Her victory provided an exciting inaugural for the Moni Maker at The Meadows following the race's ...
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Yonkers mare pace feature to Fox Valley Sage

on 09/16/2011 2:00 AM
Fox Valley Sage (Jason Bartlett) found room and powered to a win Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, capturing the co-featured $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position 3 and sitting a four-hole, "Sage" watched as second choice Feeling You (Cat Manzi) set sail through intervals of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:24.4.  Sand Gesture (Yannick Gingras) was pocketed...
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