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John Campbell wins Legends Day title at Clinton

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Driver John Campbell earned his third straight victory in the $20,000 Legends Day Invitational Trot featured on Clinton Raceway’s Sunday afternoon Legends Day program.   Campbell, who won the 2007 edition with Runway and the 2009 event with New Dice Please, guided Lexis D J to a six length score in this year’s race, which was packed full of some of the sport’s greatest drivers in...
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Jimmy Takter elected to Hall of Fame

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, whose journey from promising horseman in early-80’s Sweden to the very pinnacle of conditioning harness racehorse worldwide, has been rewarded for his outstanding talents and successes with election to harness racing’s Living Hall of Fame, in balloting recently conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Takter, 50, has of course brought the trotting knowledge he learned f...
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Fanning, Emerson voted to Communicators Corner

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Jean Emerson and Moira Fanning, pioneering journalists who have crossed the country (north to south and back in Emerson’s case, east to west and back in Fanning’s), have been recognized for their outstanding efforts in harness racing with election to the sport’s Communicators Hall of Fame, in balloting recently conducted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Emerson, a proud resident of S...
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See You At Peelers dq'd in NYSS

on 09/04/2011 2:00 AM
Although it appeared at first that See You At Peelers had got back on the winning track after seeing her perfect 22-race unbeaten streak halted in last week's Nadia Lobell at The Meadows, the 3-year-old filly was disqualified from a victory in a $49,235 New York Sire Stakes division Sunday night at Tioga Downs and placed second. The race and subsequent outcome puts in serious jeopardy the pos...
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Palm, Credit Winner score big in Europe

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
Journalist Lars Palm posed with Timetosaygoodbye, who he bred, in Sweden on Saturday afternoon after the horse won the Birger Bengtsson Memorial at the Jaegersro track in Malmo in 1:53.4.   Johnny Takter drove Timetosaygoodbye, a son of Super Photo Kosmos-Baltic Tara. Palm (holding the horse in the photo), the correspondent for harnessracing.com and The Horseman And Fair World, sold the hor...
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Elims set stage for Saturday's Babic finals

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
Denyittotheend, an overwhelming favorite, and Mikeleh, upsetting an overwhelming favorite, won $10,000 elimination heats Saturday in 1:56.1 and 1:56.2, respectively, to earn spots in the $60,500 Lou Babic Memorial Filly Pace final next Saturday at Freehold Raceway.   In the $15,000 elimination race for the $104,500 Lous Babic Memorial Open Pace, Mortal Zin...
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NYSS 3CT splits on Batavia Labord Day twin bill

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
The first twin bill in over 20 years, featuring an all stakes evening program, highlighted by some of the top 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters the Empire state has to offer, should make for a Labor Day to remember at Batavia Downs Casino. The rich 12-race night card, worth $296,920 in purse money for New York breds, goes off at 6:40 p.m. The 12-race matinee program kicks off at 1:15 p.m. ...
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American Jewel 1:50.2 in She's A Great Lady

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
American Jewel earned herself a share of the world record for 2-year-old filly pacers with her 1:50.3 victory in last weekend's She's A Great Lady eliminations at Mohawk, and on Saturday night she took the title of world champ for herself as she scored a 1:50.2 win in the $633,000 final for driver Tim Tetrick. The win was the sixth in as many starts for the Brittany Farms-homebred daught...
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Giddy Up Lucky scores in Yonkers open

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky (Dan Dube) was wide early but talented all the way through Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $52,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Starting outside his six rivals (in one notch after Real Nice was a judges' defection), Giddy Up Lucky was uncharacteristically put in play early. Getting some encouragement from his chauffeur, 7-10 favorite "Lucky" worked around pole-sitter Shooe...
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It's Simply Business in the $1 mil Metro

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce won his first-ever $1 million Metro Pace for 2 year olds Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, giving the 20-1 longshot Simply Business a textbook steer to score in 1:50.1. Last year's highest-priced yearling sol at auction with a price of $350,000, Simply Business won for the third time in six starts for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Brixton Medical Ab, Order By Sta...
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Ohio breds shine in Scarlet & Grays

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
BV's Sister rallied past Tom's OK Lady in the final strides to win the $26,400 Scarlet & Gray for older mare trotters in 1:56.4 Saturday night at Northfield Park. The race was one of four for older Ohio breds on the card at the Ohio half-mile racetrack.   Driven by Dan Noble, BV's Sister wore down Tom's OK Lady and Mike Wilder to score by one length, with Laser Lucy and Elliott Deaton t...
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We Will See captures Canadian Pacing Derby

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce won his first-ever Canadian Pacing Derby final Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, capturing the $832,000 event with the 7-5 favorite We Will See. Moving off cover in the final turn, We Will See had just enough left to hold off the late-rallying Won The West and driver David Miller by a long nose in a stakes-record 1:47.4.   While Atochia had the lead at the opening quarter of :2...
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Pastor Stephen, Whiskey Tax win Simcoes

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
Pastor Stephen benefited when the leading Blue Porsche broke in the stretch and the made it through a judges' inquiry that looked into a possible violation of Ontario's whipping rule by driver Ron Pierce, to capture the first $123,644 Simcoe division for 3-year-old colt trotters Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The second division went to Whiskey Tax, the runner-up in last month's $1.5 mil...
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Frosh trot record falls twice at Tioga

on 09/03/2011 2:00 AM
The track record coming into Saturday night at Tioga Downs was held by A Penny Earned for 2-year old colt trotters of 1:57.4. When the night was over, the record has been lowered twice, and by more than two full seconds.   In the third of four divisions of New York Sire Stakes, Royal Shyster (Dan Daley) cut right down the pike and put up fractions of :28.2, :57.3, and 1:27.4 before easing a...
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More LEX "Consignment Highlights" In Preview

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, available FREE by following the link at the top center of this homepage, includes stories about Saturday's night's big stakes contenders at Mohawk Raceway, plus "Consignment Highlights," featuring insights about yearlings for sale at the upcoming Lexington Selected Yearling auction. This week's "Consignment Highlights" include Steiner Stock Farm...
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Uncle Peter will be at Mohawk for the Wellwood

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
Eliminations for this year’s $500,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old colt trotters at Mohawk Racetrack are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, and there is one contender who may have been forgotten by all but his connections. That first-year trotter is Uncle Peter, who won a Reynolds division in early July at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1—by 1.3 seconds the fastest of five splits...
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Wallace hoping for upset by Art Professor

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
When trained Ben Wallace sends out Art Professor in the $832,000 Canadian Pacing Derby this Saturday at Mohawk, the 4-year-old son of Art Major has already exceeded the veteran conditioner's expectations. Purchased for $210,000 at the 2010 Harrisburg Mixed Sale, Art Professor has earned a whopping $388,037 with nine victories this season.   "Beyond a doubt [he has exceeded our expectation...
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Roll With Joe qualifies in 1:54.3 at Tioga

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
Roll With Joe warmed up for next Saturday's Cane Pace at Tioga Downs with an easy 1:54.3 victory in a qualifier at Tioga on Friday morning. Trainer Ed Hart was along for the ride as Roll With Joe reeled off splits of :29.2, :58 and 1:25.1 before coasting home a 9 3/4-length winner.   There were just three horses in the qualifier, and at the three-quarter mile marker Roll With...
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Western Graduate, WInd Surfer win at Yonkers

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
Favored Western Graduate (George Brennan) enjoyed the perfect Friday night trip, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $52,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap.   The true definition of "living right" is being the 13-10 favorite and getting towed into the race by an 11-1 outsider. Such was the case for Western Graduate, who hitched a ride behind Keystone Katherine (Dan Dube). The latter we...
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Weingartner, Guccio win fastest Champlain splits

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
Twenty-five rookie colt and gelding trotters rolled into Mohawk Racetrack Friday night to contest three Champlain Stakes divisions. Weingartner, Guccio and Money On My Mind took the top prizes.   The first $101,671 division went to Weingartner for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter. Weingartner clocked a :28.1 opening panel before Power Play (Andy Miller) was pulled from the pocket. The pair clear...
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