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For A Dancer is a perfect five

on 08/20/2011 2:00 AM
For A Dancer remained undefeated through five career starts and tied Lima Playmate at 1:57 for fastest mile-of-the-season honors in her class locally during Friday night’s $119,043 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs.With Steve Smith steering for trainer Joe Holloway and the Bluestone Farms in Friday’s sixth division, For A Dancer (Conway Hall-Flutteri...
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Marty Party sets Pocono mark in PASS

on 08/20/2011 2:00 AM
Marty Party shattered a track record held by the great See You At Peelers during a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victory on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race was one of four divisions of Sire Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on the pace raced at Pocono, with purses ranging from $60,753 to $61,153.Marty Party (Yankee Cruiser-Noble Marty), a 2-year-old filly fresh off a Sire Stakes win...
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Harlem Rockturne wins Vernon feature

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
The favorite Harlem Rockturne won her Vernon Downs debut after a career-best 1:53.3 performance in Thursday night’s $7,000 featured sixth race.Competing in a driving rain against six select female pacers, Harlem Rockturne ($5.10) led through splits of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:24.4 en route to a 2-3/4 length triumph over Blueridge Betty.Thursday’s strong showing came on the heels of a 1:56 victory at...
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Tom Durkin's trotter wins again in NY stakes

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes began its current downstate detour Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $251,000 Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.Six $41,850 divisions (three off the card, three on) honored the memory of "Tootie," whose contributions to the sport during its heyday--think Roosevelt Raceway and the International Trot--made him a Harness Hall of Famer as well as a ...
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First leg of Kindergarten begins Aug. 26

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
The popular Kindergarten Classic series for 2 year old trotters begins at Vernon Downs on Friday, Aug. 26. Entries will be taken by the Vernon Race Office (315) 829-6825 until the box closes at 9AM on Tuesday, August 23. Each leg races for a purse of $10,000, the entry fee is $260 ($250 plus the $10 New York starting fee).   The Red Mile will host two legs this year on ...
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Super Stakes Sunday on tap at Chester

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Harness racing’s brightest star, unbeaten world record holder See You At Peelers, heads a big day of racing as Harrah's Chester presents its fourth annual Super Stakes Sunday on Aug. 21.   Super Stakes Sunday’s main events consist of a trio of rich and prestigious Grand Circuit stakes for three-year-olds, the $500,000 Colonial Trot, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Pace, and t...
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Super Stakes Sunday live on MavTV

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Fans who can’t make it to the track won’t have to miss the biggest day in Pennsylvania harness racing. Super Stakes Sunday will be broadcast live nationally for the first time from Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on the MavTV cable network as well as locally on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.   “With over $2.4 million in purses--enough to attract the country’s top horses i...
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Check Me Out remains perfect with PASS win

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
There may have been $222,536 in total purses on the line in four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Chester, but all eyes were focused on the match-up in the second split between Check Me Out, six-for-six in her career, and Maven, perfect in four starts. Emerging from the race with her record intact was the Merrie Annabelle winner Ch...
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Freehold set to open Sept. 1

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway returns to live action on Sept. 1 for a 41-day fall/winter meet that runs through Dec. 17. Post time is 12:30 p.m.   In September and October, racing will be three days a week (Thursday through Saturday) and drop to a Fridays and Saturdays only schedule in November and December. The exception is being open on Labor Day (Sept. 5) and closed on Sept. 8.   On ...
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I Fought Dalaw looks to shine in Nassagaweya

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
The fastest freshman so far this season is the Cosmo 'Sam' DePinto-trained I Fought Dalaw and on Thursday morning, the pacer will venture to Ontario from New Jersey to compete in his $113,892 division of the Nassagaweya Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening.The son of Western Ideal-In For Life is undefeated in four career appearances, boasts a mark of 1:50.4 and is good for $111,600 in ro...
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Therres is heading home

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Rod Therres will be leaving Ontario at the end of August to return to his native land of British Columbia.Therres, who has spent over a year and a half in Ontario, has campaigned such standout pacers as Primary Purpose ($437,679), Royal Morn ($474,702) and Village Janus ($254,568). He admits he’s looking forward to be heading back to the west coast.“I’m homesick,” Therres said. “I have a...
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Leanback Coco wins at Tioga

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
Friday night got back to usual after last week’s Wynonna Judd concert at Tioga Downs, and things didn’t change as Leanback Coco once again proved toughest in the $18,000 Fillies and Mare Open handicap pace. Phil Fluet used the usual tactic of backing the mare off the gate and settled in fourth past the quarter in 27.3. On the front end Micallef and Freedom Crossing used their moved and blister...
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Wildfire Princess makes it four straight

on 08/19/2011 2:00 AM
It took favored Wildfire Princess a long time to reach the front, but once she did was wasn’t about to yield and she won the featured Friday night pace at Scioto Downs in 1:54.4, equaling her lifetime mark.J.D. Wengerd was in the sulky for owners Carl Howard and Bradley Rucker and trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. It was her fourth straight win at Scioto.Driver Kyle Ater had Jellyfish Joy fastest away ...
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Hambo enjoys ratings increase on NBC

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
The recent Hambletonian broadcast on NBC Sports registered a 0.5 ratings compared to 0.4 last year in the same time slot. The ratings data was provided by The Nielsen Company. The uptick represents an additional 150,000 viewers for the only national broadcast of a harness racing event. A ratings breakdown for the day is as follows: Hambletonian—NBC (3-4 pm)--0.5 (720,000 viewers); US Swimming c...
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Handicapping contest returns to Batavia Saturday

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
The first of three $1,000 handicapping contests kicks of this Saturday, August 20 at Batavia Downs Casino. The other two contest dates are scheduled for September 17 and October 15. “Over the years, the turnouts for the contests have grown,” said Todd Haight, General Manager of Live Racing at the track. “We’re coming off a huge Saturday night, (50-cent hot dog night) and we expect to ...
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Fridaynightflight wins Fox Stake

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Fridaynightflight, a son of Panspacificflight out of the Grinfromeartoear mare Ramblin Rosie, won the $53,372 Fox Stake for 2-year-old pacers Thursday afternoon at Indiana Downs. Fridaynightflight was driven to the 1:52.4 victory by Peter Wrenn, whose five winners on the 10-race program also included One In A Million, a half sister to world champion Snow White. Just five freshmen lined up behind ...
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Jonathan Groff to sing Anthem at Chester

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Actor Jonathan Groff, the 26-year-old son of veteran horseman Jim Groff who portrays Jesse St. James on the Fox TV show Glee, will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of Harrah's Chester's Super Stakes race program on Sunday afternoon.   Groff, who sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Meadowlands in 2007 on Hambletonian Day, previously starred on Broadway in the ...
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Jay Picciano in critical condition in NJ hospital

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman Jay Picciano, who has been working for trainer Chuck Sylvester this year, is in critical condition at Hamilton Woods Hospital in New Jersey. Doctors are dealing with a variety of issues in treating Picciano, including his failing pancreas, and on Thursday they were not overly optimistic that he can recover.   Picciano, 56, began his career in harness racing working for...
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Marcus Miller has big Springfield meet

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois State Fair Colt Stakes action continued on Thursday at the Illinois State Fair, while a few miles away the racing industry’s future fortunes lay with the legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn was in attendance at the fair on Wednesday for the Democratic County Chairmen’s breakfast and was urged by dozens of suppoters of harness racing to sign the legislation allowing slots at the race...
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SOA of NY wins case against testing rules

on 08/18/2011 2:00 AM
After an over three-year battle led by tthe Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) and joined by the Empire State Harness Horsemen’s Alliance (comprised of the representative horsemen’s associations at Yonkers, Monticello, Buffalo, Batavia, Vernon and Saratoga) to achieve proper, fair and enforceable out-of-competition testing rules, a state judge has struck down the rules...
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