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Osborne's Sweeper sets OBC record

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The Ohio Breeders Championships (OBC) also continued on Jug Day with  two divisions for  3-year-old pacing fillies going to post.   The second (OBC) worth $18,422, was won by Osborne’s Sweeper in an OBC record of 1:52.3   Ryan Stahl was in the catbird seat for trainer Eric Hamlet and owner Jerome Osborne and he employed the tried and true half-mile track strategy of ...
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Autumn Escapade repeats in Miss Versatility

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Defending Miss Versatility champ Autumn Escapade did what her owners say they enjoy most – won a big race at their old hometown stomping grounds at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Jug Day. Dave Miller, who owns the 6-year-old daughter of Victory Sam with his wife Misty, settled briefly in the pocket as Pembroke Heat Wave took the field around the first turn, but quickly yielded to the advanc...
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Celebrity Bombay stars in Old Oaken Bucket

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The $121,750 Old Oaken Bucket for sophomore trotters was won by Celebrity Bombay and driver Brett Miller as they employed an explosive closing kick to collar pacesetter Mythical Hall and Miller’s cousin Dave Miller in 1:55.2.   Two horses, Top Kick with Ray Paver and Live Jazz with John Campbell, made breaks early in the mile and lost all chance.   Dave Miller sent Mythical Hall to...
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Roll With Joe, Big Bad John win Jug elims

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The two top contenders - Big Bad John and Roll Wiith Joe kicked off their respective quests for the 66th Little Brown Jug trophy by winning their $84,288 eliminations in identical times of 1:50.2.   Roll With Joe rolled to victory in the second Jug elimination, in a gutty performance that resulted in the winning time of 1:50.2..   Pierce scored Roll With Joe down aggressive...
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Steve Smith wins 3,000th career race

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Driver Steve Smith captured lifetime win number 3,000 on Thursday in Freehold’s third race with Kristins Victory. For the 50-year-old Freehold resident, it was his 123rd tally of the year.   Smith, who began driving in 1985, had a career-best 266 wins in 2007. (Freehold)
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Aracache Hanover wins Winbak Pace

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
In the $58,050 Winbak Pace, an open pace for older horses, Aracache Hanover was the class of the field on the program and proved he was once the gate folded, winning by ever-widening lengths in 1:50.2. The 4-year-old son of Dragon Again is driven by Doug McNair, for his father, trainer Gregg McNair, and owners William Switala and James Martin. Taking full advantage of the rail, McNair sent Araca...
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Jug day guaranteed pools are met easily

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
Bettors took their best shot at the pair of guaranteed Pick 4 pools and the guaranteed Pick 3 pool on the Little Brown Jug day card Thursday afternoon at Delaware, Ohio, as there were plenty of winning tickets cashed. With favorites dominating the legs, the payoffs were kept to a mininimum.   The first Pick 4 had a $25,000 guarantee and the pool reached $52,037. The $2 payoff on the Pick 4 ...
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Local hero Big Bad John is the Jug champ

on 09/22/2011 2:00 AM
The 66th edition of the Little Brown Jug, carrying a purse of $252,864, was everything it was supposed to be, with a thrilling race, an even more thrilling stretch battle and a win for the Ohio hometown hero, Big Bad John as he authored a dead-game performance to capture the first Jug for fellow Ohioans owner Ed Telle, trainer Ron Potter and driver Dave Miller. The elim winners Big Bad John and R...
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Morrill drives 5,000th winner in NYSS

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
In a sport that’s more often than not measured in miles, milestones come with the territory. Such was the case Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $253,593 New York Sire Stakes Larchmont Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Three, $47,531 divisions were consecutively contested, three pole positions won the races, and Jim Morrill Jr. quickly became the storyline....
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Hoosier Classic sale catalogs now available

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Catalogs for Hoosier Classic Sale Company’s 2011 Yearling Sale, to be held Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15, are now available. Hoosier Classic is offering its largest catalog ever, with more than 600 Indiana-sired yearlings consigned by some of the state’s top consignors to be sold over three sessions at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Interested buyers can request a catalog v...
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Commander Crowe wins in France

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe, the Swedish-bred and owned trotter who recently accepted an invitation to the $600,000 Breeders Crown at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, on Sat. Oct. 29,  scored a win in the Grand Prix Federation Regionale du Nord at the French countryside track La Capelle on Wed. Sept. 21. A quite calm trip from last in the field ended with a narrow victory, when Christophe Martens let him use...
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Track "good" at Delaware, Ohio for Jugette day

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Overnight rain that lasted through early morning has resulted in the racetrack at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds listed as "good" as the first of 21 races went to post Wednesday afternoon. The high temperature is expected to reach 79 degrees later in the afternoon, but the weather forecast calls for intermitten rain throughout the day. Rain was not falling when the card got underway at 11 a.m...
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Morningsailer wins first ever half-mile race at Delaware

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Dan Noble drove Morningsailer to victory in the first ever half-mile race at the Delaware County Fair.  Raced in the rain over a “good” track, the 4-year-old gelding paced in :57.1, three seconds off the World Record set at Northfield Park.Noble picked up his 10th victory of the 2011 Delaware meeting and his 584th of the season.  Morningsailer, a son of Dawn Ofa New Day, is owned and...
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Bold And Fresh looks to rebound in Keystone Classic

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh has an ambitious fall stakes schedule planned, but whether or not she makes those engagements depends to a large extent on her performance in Friday’s (September 23) Keystone Classic at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. When the daughter of SJ’s Caviar-Odra Coucou leaves from the rail in race four, the first of three divisions of the $79,200 stake for...
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Dreamfair Eternal is back with a vengeance

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Pat Fletcher is glad to see that Dreamfair Eternal, Canada’s reigning Horse of the Year, is back to her old self and ready to take on the continent’s top older pacing mares in this Saturday’s (September 24) C$400,000 Milton Stakes final at Mohawk Racetrack. Dreamfair Eternal has won seven races in 12 seasonal starts, including the Roses Are Red at the Campbellville oval and Lady Lib...
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Bob Heyden is recipient of Phil Pines Award

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Pines was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word. Upon his passing a few years ago, in order to perpetuate his memory, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter has named an award in his honor and this season Bob Heyden will be the recipient of that prestigious award when the scribes hold their 53rd annual Banquet on Sunday (October 30) at Monticello Casino and Raceway. Bob “Hollywood” Heyden is a wa...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip is retired

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Five-year-old pacer Hypnotic Blue Chip, who won $1.53 million in his career, has been retired, trainer Kevin McDermott announced today. Owned by Francis Azur, Hypnotic Blue Chip won four of 24 races this year and earned $172,455. His top triumph came in the $130,000 Spring Pacing Championship at Woodbine Racetrack. On Monday, he finished seventh in the Bobby Quillen Memorial at Harrington Raceway...
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Shining Ember splashes to final OBC win

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Perhaps all he needed was a sloppy track, because after not having had a flat start since July, Shining Ember, under the guidance of Brian Sears, bottomed out the fleld to win the $21,332 final division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for sophomore trotting colts and geldings.   Sears was a late driver change from Dan Noble on the Master Lavec gelding, who is owned by Laverne Gales and Ja...
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Standardbreds to End Of Innocence, Mystical Escapade

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
In addition to the Ohio Breeders Championships, two divisions of the Standardbred were on the Jugette undercard. By the time the second one was raced – the 18th race on the card - the effects of the daylong rain were evident on the mud-spattered face of freshman trotting filly End Of Innocence, the winner of the $33,116 second Standardbred split.   Dave Miller, the Delaware County Fairgro...
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Buckette to Lady Andover

on 09/21/2011 2:00 AM
Lady Andover stretched her winning streak to four as she won the $96,800 Buckette, for 3-year-old filly trotters, at Delaware on Jugette Day by overpowering the competition right from the word go. With Ron Pierce in the bike for trainer Bob Stewart and owners Winterbeary Farm, the Andover Hall filly set the tome early, trotting an opening quarter of :27.4 as she lined up the competition behind h...
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