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Spender Hanover scores on holiday card

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Spender Hanover served up an afternoon-fastest 1:53.1 victory in Monday’s $8,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs. Facing seven solid rivals in the week’s Open-2 Pace, Spender Hanover ($34.20) was hustled to the front by driver Joe Nassimos and sliced through splits of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.1 en route to a half-length victory over the pocket-sitting Four One One.   Beating the day’...
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Takter profiled in NY Times on July 4

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Horseman Jimmy Takter and his wife Christina keep their love of America on display year-round, with a miniature of the Statue of Liberty at the entrance to their New Jersey farm, and flags prominently displayed. And in the Fourth of July edition of The New York Times, both their patriotism and Jimmy's horsemanship make a story worth reading.   “There was something about this place that fe...
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Bartlett, Stratton in accident en route to Yonkers

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Jason Bartlett and Jordan Stratton were involved in an auto accident while Yonkers Raceway-bound Monday night. According to Bartlett's wife, Kristen, the car--driven by Stratton with Bartlett as the only passenger--was struck on the passenger side while approaching the Bear Mountain Bridge, about 36 miles northwest of Yonkers Raceway.   Bartlett and Stratton were taken to Arden...
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Jessica Action romps by six in Ohio Sire Stakes

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Kent Sherman and driver Ryan Stahl unveiled another outstanding trotting lass on Monday at Scioto Downs when Jessica Action won a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes by six lengths in 2:01.2.   Two years ago Sherman and Stahl campaigned the freshman filly Jesse’s Messsenger, a daughter of Jailhouse Jesse like Jessica Action, to an unbeaten season and honors as Ohio Horse of...
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Warrawee Needy scores in OSS Gold

on 07/04/2011 2:00 AM
Warrawee Needy with driver Jody Jamieson proved to be the top Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colt so far this season as they stopped the clock in 1:52.2 in Monday evening's $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final at Mohawk. The victory was one of four wins for Jamieson on the night.   The son of E Dee's Cam was quickest off the gate from post four as they quickly took command to le...
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Rockin Rumble in Balmoral shocker

on 07/03/2011 2:00 AM
The top 3-year-old pacing colts in Illinois took to the track on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as an overflow field of 11 were sent to battle in the $9,000 Oakbrook Terrace OTB Stake. After a thrilling stretch duel that had the holiday weekend crowd on their feet Rockin Rumble sent shockwaves through the state-bred ranks as he out dueled  Dutch Richman to win by a nose in a career best...
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We Will See captures Ben Franklin

on 07/03/2011 2:00 AM
We Will See, a 4-year-old Western Hanover stallion owned by Shannon DePinto and Earl Smith and trained by Sam DePinto, won the $500,000 Ben Franklin  Pace in 1:48.4 at Harrah's Chester on Sunday. While Bettor Sweet set the pace, We Will See, the 5-2 betting favorite, sat on his back, awaiting his chance.   “It couldn’t have worked out any better,” said winning driver Ron Pie...
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Gallo makes appearance on Hall of Fame night

on 07/03/2011 2:00 AM
On a cooler than usual summer night on the grounds of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Jim Simpson, president of the sport’s most prolific breeding farm, Hanover Shoe Farm, and racing judge Walter Russell were inducted into the revered Hall.   Also, the pacing mare Eternal Camnation and Gallo Blue Chip, the sport’s leading money-winning pacer, with $4.2 million, were induct...
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Pickmeamerigold, Rock Man win at Vernon

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
The pacers Pickmeamerigold, Rock Man, as well as drivers Jimmy Whittemore and Howard Okusko, Jr. all bathed in the limelight during Friday night’s harness program at Vernon Downs.Pickmeamerigold posted a front-striding, 1:55 victory in Friday’s $6,000 featured ninth race, the week’s top test for female side-wheelers.  Whittemore did the teaming for trainer Joe Cordisco and owner Holly C...
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Great Waters leads in PA Stallion Stakes

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
Great Waters cruised on the front end to notch his first career stakes victory in a division of Friday’s $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over six divisions, with KF Shark, Mc Attaboy, Fly Away, Blueridge Dancer and Winbak Jake taking the other $20,000 splits. Greg Grismore and trainer Sam Beegle enjoyed st...
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The fast Swinging Beauty looking for win

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
When 13 sophomore fillies line up behind Mohawk’s starting gate on Tuesday, July 5 for two Town Pro eliminations, one small but mighty filly will be looking for her first win of the season.   The Gregg McNair-trained Swinging Beauty is winless to date in her 3-year-old campaign and slight in stature, but she stands tall in seasonal and lifetime earnings compared to the other Town Pro elim...
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Battling back after stem cell injections

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
 Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh patiently waited two years for his millionaire pacer, Nebupanezzar, to show him he was healed and ready to race again. When he did return, the 5-year-old gelding gave him the answer he had hoped for last Friday in a qualifier at Mohawk.   Nebupanezzar surfaced at Friday morning (July 1) qualifiers with an off-the-pace effort in an impressive 1:51.1. B...
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Mohawk accident sends Moiseyev to hospital

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
An accident occurred during the second race at Mohawk on Saturday night, unseating a pair of drivers in the first Summertime elimination. Visible Gold, driven by Jack Moiseyev, was fourth coming into the final turn when the 3-year-old gelding fell, unseating Moiseyev, which caused interference to the rest of the field.   Moiseyev was taken to a nearby hospital and x-rays revealed a broken f...
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E Street Plan's 1:54 fastest in NJSS 2YOCP

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
The first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old p acing colts and geldings was contested Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack, and E Street Plan (1:54) and Simply Business (1:54.3) took the winner's spoils.   E Street Plan captured the first $27,000 NJSS division with Yannick Gingras at the lines. After avoiding troubles from late stretch breakers, the colt kicked home to post...
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Rocklamation a head the best in Ladyship

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
Rocklamation and Corey Braden took home the $76,200 Ladyship Stakes on Saturday night at Tioga Downs in 1:52.2. Leaving from post position number seven, Braden hustled Rocklamation off the gate and to the lead through the first quarter in :26.4. As the field straightened up by the three -eighths mile mark, Andrew McCarthy moved heavy favorite Honky Tonk Woman to the front and through a half in :55...
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Star Recruit's 1:53.1 fastest in PASS 2YOCP

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
Star Recruit worked out a cozy pocket trip, then roared by in the lane to capture a division of Saturday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in 1:53.1, fastest this year by a 2-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile track. The $245,336 event known as the Albatross was conducted over four divisions, with Sweet Lou, Station Threeohsix and Cold Hearted Shark taking the other splits. &...
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Giddy Up Lucky has 5 wins in 8 starts this year

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
Odds-on choice Giddy Up Lucky (Eric Goodell) sat well behind a Saturday night speed show, then worked from to second-over, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 Open Handicap Pace.    Assigned outside his six rivals, Giddy Up Lucky was sequestered at the back of the bus early as Silent Swing (Dan Dube), Real Nice (Jason Bartlett) and Clown's Smile (George Brennan) all had designs on the bi...
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Ranger returns to sulky at Pompano

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
The leading driver in the 47 year history of harness racing in South Florida has made his first appearance in a charted race following a racing accident which sidelined him almost three months ago. In a qualifying race on Saturday morning at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Bruce Ranger was in the bike for a winning spin in 1:59.1 with Keystone Thomas, a top class trotter from his stable that ...
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Schnitker wins half the card at Goshen

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
The second day of Grand Circuit racing at Goshen Historic Track featured the Landmark Stake divisions for all ages, genders, and, it seemed, most of the Ray Schnittker Stable. Schnittker-trained horses won the first four races on the card and added one more to take fully half of the day’s 10 races.   The first race of the day featured the shortest field, but possibly the fastest final six...
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1:50.2 world record by Arch Madness

on 07/02/2011 2:00 AM
Arch Madness (above) set a track and world record for an older trotting gelding with a 1:50.2 clocking in the $220,750 Titan Cup on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Arch Madness cleared the lead from Lucky Jim after a :55.1 half and drew off to an eight-length victory. He supplanted Victory Tilly's 2002 record in the Nat Ray by two-fifths of a second.  Lucky Jim was far behin...
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