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Freshmen score big Historic wins at Vernon

on 09/02/2011 2:00 AM
The Historic Series for 2 year olds were contested Friday night at Vernon Downs, with the card opening up with a pair of divisions for filly trotters. Upside Hanover took speed-badge honors of the Historic-Acorn Cup with a 1:56.1 effort in the first $36,550 division, with the second $36,050 split going to Cowgirl Hall in 1:57.   Upside Hanover and driver Brian Sears found themselves in thir...
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Temple Blue Chip upsets in Pa Stallion Series

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
Defying her 30-1 odds, Temple Blue Chip patiently stalked the leader and charged late to capture a division of Wednesday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows in a stake-record 1:57.4. The stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Can’t Be Seduced, Transgressive, Say What and Pilgrims Honey taking the other splits. Trainer Trond Sme...
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KYSS featured Thursday at The Red Mile

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Sires Stakes continue with the second leg Thursday night at The Red Mile, with over a quarter of a million dollars on the line on the 15-race all stakes program.  It will be the final opportunity for 2 and 3-year old trotters and pacers to earn enough points to make the $2 Million ‘Night of Champions’ to be held on Sunday, September 11th.  Freshman trotters filled the en...
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Black Book now available online

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
The 2011 edition of The Black Book Volume 1 is now available online at www.theblackbook.com. The website contains the complete pedigrees of the 1125 yearlings consigned to Harrisburg. The pedigrees of the yearlings on the site may be accessed by gait, sire, sex, and consignor. The yearling portion of the sale extends from Monday, November 7 through Thursday, November 10. The yearling sale will be ...
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Flipper J ties Batavia record in NYSS 2CP

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
The track record for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was equaled during Wednesday night’s $120,168 New York Sire Stakes action at Batavia Downs Casino. Forever Just equaled Flipper J’s 1:54.4 record set last year when he defeated Steelhead Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 1 1/4 lengths. Dynamic Youth (Chris Page) wound up third. Jason Bartlett was in town to drive for trainer Linda Toscan...
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Morrill back on Peelers; Jug still possible

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that See You At Peelers, coming off her first-ever loss in the Nadia Lobell three days ago at The Meadows, will race Sunday in a New York Sire Stakes division at Tioga Downs. Takter said Jimmy Morrill Jr., who was behind the daughter of Bettor’s Delight in 11 of her 13 wins last year as a 2 year old, will return to the sulky for Sunda...
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Brennan to be honored at Monticello

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
He was born in Monticello, N.Y., graduated high school in Monticello, and began his illustrious career at Monticello Raceway. On Oct. 30, George Brennan will be honored in his hometown by the Monticello- Goshen Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association when the scribes hold their 53rd annual Awards Banquet at Monticello Casino and Raceway.   In his illustrious career ...
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Record-setting duo ‘Hope’ for another big performance

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
Fleet of foot stablemates Maureen Rocks and Laughandbehappy will go head-to-head Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in the $100,000 A Spring Of Hope Invitational for trainer Tony O’Sullivan.There’s no doubting that both mares have speed to burn. Just how fast are they? The duo shares the track record for aged pacing mares with A Ps Money Maker and Sweet Hedge, each boasting sparkling 1:49.1 performa...
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Prodigal Seelster wins OSS Gold in 1:50.1

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
Prodigal Seelster shredded the Kawartha Downs track record on Thursday evening with a dominant victory in the third $130,000 Gold Final of the three-year-old pacing colt season.   As the field of talented pacers fired away from the starting gate in race 7, local colt Cam B Zipper, owned by W G James Stables Ltd. of Blackstock, was hustled away from post 5 by Reg Gassien and rang up a :26 op...
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Screaming Awsome takes a 2nd KYSS leg

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
Defending Kentucky Sire Stakes champion Screaming Awsome herself as a top contender for another title as the 3-year-old trotting filly won her second straight KYSS leg on Thursday night at The Red Mile.   Screaming Awsome, a daughter of Like A Prayer out of the Garland Lobell mare Twilight Time, started from post seven but got away second at the pylons. Driver Mike Lachance put th...
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Check Me Out sets stakes mark in Champlain

on 09/01/2011 2:00 AM
With a trio of $89,267 Champlain Stakes divisions featuring sophomore filly trotters taking place Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, it was Merrie Annabell champion Check Me Out who stole the show with a 1:55.1 stakes record performance.   The daughter of Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi sat comfortably in the four-hole in the early going as Bluff (Jody Jamieson) provided plenty of pace to cha...
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Red Mile approved for $25 million for redevelopment

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Red Mile has reportedly received approval from the state of Kentucky to receive more than $25.3 million in tax increment financing for a redevelopment project that would include apartments, a hotel, retail and restaurant spaces, parking garages and offices. The redevelopment would take place on 80 acres of the track's property.   According to the report in the Lexington Herald-Leader, t...
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Chausetts Blanche upsets at Harrington

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
Andrea Hill’s Chausettes Blanche ($12.40, Sean Bier) hit her best gear in the final strides for the second straight week and pulled off an upset in the $18,600 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1.   Trained by Crissy Crissman, the 8-year-old Christian Cullen mare raced from off the pace throughout before mounting her attack on the final turn and surging by tiring paces...
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Busy Mohawk weekend on tap for Takter

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter will send three horses into Saturday’s $633,000 She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, but that is only part of a busy weekend for the trainer. He has eight other horses racing Saturday, including Simply Business in the the $1 million Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers and Pastor Stephen and Leader Of The Gang in separate divi...
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Radar Contact upset in Indiana Sire Stakes

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
Pacific Sun Rae and Trace Tetrick put an end to Radar Contact’s winning streak Tuesday in the fourth and final round of Indiana Sire Stakes preliminary action. The Panspacificflight filly halted her counterpart’s streak at 13 with a 1:53.2 upset in the $45,600 first division for sophomore pacers at Indiana Downs. Tetrick would go on to sweep both divisions, guiding Classie Thinker to a 1:...
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Double Major fastest in NYSS 2FP splits

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
Double Major was possibly the smallest of the 24 freshman pacing fillies set to go in the $150,000 New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop her from reeling in a 1:56.3 victory in her $50,293 division. Jason Bartlett was at the controls when the Linda Toscano-trained daughter of Art Major turned in the fastest clocking of the three splits on...
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Charges against Wallis, Piroski dropped

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission has reportedly dropped all race-fixing charges against drivers Kevin Wallis and Gene Piroski due to lack of evidence on the prosecution's part. Wallis had been issued a 12-year suspension and $100,000 fine while Piroski had been given a 10-year suspension and $100,000 fine.   In a story in Wednesday's Windsor Star written by Bob Duff, Wallis's lawyer, Pat Ducha...
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San Pail, Buck I St. Pat favored at Vernon

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
The $164,000 Muscle Hill Open Mare Trot and its counterpart, the $218,000 Credit Winner Open Trot, lead a nine-race card set to go to the post at Vernon Downs on Friday night at 6:55 p.m.   San Pail, fresh off back-to-back victories in the Maple Leaf Trot and Nat Ray has drawn post position number two against a field of eight in race number eight. Randy Waples, who regularly ...
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Babic elims on tap Saturday at Freehold

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated My Ideal Hanover, with five victories in five lifetime starts, will try to make it six in a row Saturday in a $10,000 elimination for the Lou Babic Filly Pace for 2-year-old New Jersey-sired fillies at Freehold Raceway.   There will be two elimination heats of eight fillies each seeking to make it into the $60,500 final scheduled for Sept. 10 on the same card as the $104...
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McDermott aims for Metro with Hurrikane Kingcole

on 08/31/2011 2:00 AM
When Hurrikane Kingcole lines up in the $1 million Metro Pace this Saturday at Mohawk, he will represent memories of both past and present for co-owner John McDermott. The bay colt, who has a shot to take all the spoils in this year’s edition of the race, is named after McDermott’s son, Kane, and his late, 210-pound Great Dane, Cole.   "Hurrikane Racing started from a horse I use to h...
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