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Review action at Springfield in the books

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm and trainer Erv Miller won three of five Grand Circuit stakes at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield on Tuesday. Miller trains the Review winners Aunt Mel, Polar Opposition and Swan In A Million and Diamond Creek bred and owns Polar Opposition as well as another Grand Circuit winner, the Little Pat victor Caviart Key. Also, in an unusual move, Erv Mil...
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2YOPC Dapper Dude sets 1:51.2 track mark

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
 Dapper Dude got rolling with a quarter-pole move and didn’t slow down until he crossed the wire in a track-record 1:51.2 in a division of Tuesday’s $242,535 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tyler B, was contested over three divisions, with Sweet Lou and Hillbilly Hanover taking the other splits.   Dave Palone enj...
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Jug future wagering opens Aug. 25

on 08/16/2011 2:00 AM
Future wagering on the Little Brown Jug will be offered twice leading up to the 66th renewal of the 3-year-old pacing classic at the Delaware County Fair.  Each future wager will be for a period of four days. Wagers will be accepted at racetracks and on internet sites throughout North America and Europe.   Fans can also bet on the second future wager at the Delaware County Fairgro...
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Horsemen to have limited use of State Fair track

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
The tragic death of five spectators caused by the collapse of the Indiana State Fairgrounds concert stage Saturday, Aug. 13, may have resulted in three harness racing programs being moved, but for the horsemen that train over the one-mile oval, most of the track will still be available.   “I just met with the horsemen and explained the situation,” said David Howell, barn manager at...
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$150,000 filly sold at Land of Lincoln sale

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
The annual Land of Lincoln Yearling Sale, held in conjunction with racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, was held Sunday, Aug. 14. A good crowd gathered under sunny skies and many were there to buy yearlings, which resulted in better results than at last year’s sale.   This year’s sale featured a yearling selling for $150,000. Also, the 114 yearlings offered were sold...
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Review Stakes at Springfield set for Tuesday

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit Review Stakes at Springfield, normally held on Monday and Tuesday have been rescheduled and all of the Review Stakes will be raced on Tuesday this year. The 15-race card of the Grand Circuit stop at Springfield has a first race post time of noon.In the fourth race, the $18,000 Review Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies, trainer Erv Miller debuts Polar Opposition, a royally bred ...
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Rain forces Monticello cancellation after 5 races

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
Rain caused flooding and Monticello Raceway was forced to cancel its Monday afternoon race card after the fifth race. The rains were intermittent most of the morning in the southern New York Catskill Mountains but as it got later in the day the rains began to fall persistently. Then, the clouds burst and the falling rain was more than the grounds could hold and water was everywhere, espe...
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More than $11,000 raised for Lederman

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
On Monday, Aug.15, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) passed a resolution donating $1,000 towards defraying the costs of Freehold Raceway track announcer Larry Lederman's treatment for a malignant brain tumor.   On Saturday, Aug. 13, harness fans were encouraged to bet an extra $5 on the fifth race at Meadowlands Racetrack to help defray Lederman's medical&...
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Papa Ray's 1:53.2 leads pacing colts at Meadows

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
Papa Ray won his third straight in sparkling fashion Monday at The Meadows, using a three-wide backside blitz to blow away the field by 14-1/4 lengths — and equal the stake record 1:53.2 — in a $20,000 division of a Pennsylvania Stallion Series event.   The stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers was conducted over eight divisions, with Ezpass Hanover, Wahine, Real Infusion, Dic...
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Sand Savage wins at Tioga

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
Sand Savage came into Tioga Downs’ featured event on Monday evening after four straight starts without earning a check. That slumped ended as Greg Merton put Sand Savage on the front end and cut through fractions of :27.2 and :56.1 before leading the field towards three quarters.   At the three quarter pole Sand Savage was well in command as Red Star Paylater (Ed Hensley) sitting in the p...
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Papa Ray sparkles at The Meadows

on 08/15/2011 2:00 AM
Papa Ray won his third straight in sparkling fashion Monday at The Meadows, using a three-wide backside blitz to blow away the field by 14-1/4 lengths — and equal the stake record 1:53.2 — in a division of a $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event.The stake for freshman colt and gelding pacers was conducted over eight divisions, with Ezpass Hanover, Wahine, Real Infusion, Dick Mc...
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Glorydays Hanover goes the distance

on 08/14/2011 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs’ third race Saturday evening, August 13 was billed as a 1 5/8 miles trot, but the test of endurance was decided in the final strides as Glorydays Hanover put a neck in front on the outside to edge Lookin’ Ahead by a neck in 3:17.3. The event was one of seven races that comprised the track’s Dash and Distance Challenge.   “It was pretty exciting,” said winning trainer...
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See You At Peelers scratched but healthy

on 08/14/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated pacing filly See You At Peelers was scratched from a $21,842 race for New York-sired horses at Tioga Downs Sunday afternoon because of exceptionally sloppy track conditions due to a rainstorm. Nancy Takter Johansson, the caretaker of the filly, posted on Facebook that the filly is fine, but that she was scratched so she would not be racing in poor conditions.   See ...
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Indiana Grand Circuit, ISFC Fair finals changed

on 08/14/2011 2:00 AM
Due to the tragic events that occurred at the Indiana State Fair on August 13th, the Grand Circuit program scheduled for Friday, August 19, and Indiana Sired Fair Circuit Finals and Consolations, slated for Thursday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20, have been moved. The Grand Circuit program will be held at Indiana Downs on Thursday, August 18 with an 11:00 a.m. post time.   The entry ti...
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Bestofbest Hanover takes Confederation Cup

on 08/14/2011 2:00 AM
Bestofbest Hanover captured the 35th edition of the $352,500 Confederation Cup Sunday afternoon at Flamboro Downs, turning in a late rally up the inside to score in 1:52. North America Cup champion Up The Credit was racing in the pocket and poised to strike when he broke stride heading to the three-quarter mark, taking himself out of contention.   Bestofbest Hanover, a son of Western H...
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Kadabra son Daylon Magician sets record

on 08/14/2011 2:00 AM
Daylon Magician did more than warm up the crowd for the upcoming Confederation Cup heats at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon. The 3-year-old trotting colt set the half-mile oval afire with an Ontario Sires Stakes record equaling performance of 1:54.2. Starting from post 1 with regular reinsman Jack Moiseyev in the race bike, Daylon Magician moved smartly away from the starting gate, holding Mr ...
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She's A Jailbird wins Scioto Sunday feature

on 08/14/2011 2:00 AM
Sunday’s feature at Scioto Downs started badly for 4-5 favorite She’s A Jailbird, but it ended well when she got up to win to win by 1-3/4 lengths for trainer-driver Mike Myers.   When the seven trotters left the starting gate, She’s A Jailbird was offstride as the 2-year-old Cantab Hall filly Mackenzie Hall stepped confidently to the front for driver J.D. Wengerd. The high-step...
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NYSS freshmen on display at Vernon

on 08/13/2011 2:00 AM
New York’s future Standardbred stars were on display at Vernon Downs again on Friday night, competing in State Fair match-ups for 2-year-old filly trotters and freshmen female pacers that totaled $192,926 in prize money.Win Missy B opened Friday’s 12-race program with a front-striding 1:57.2 victory that proved to be the fastest mile of the season locally by a first-year filly trotter.  T...
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Caribean Cruise sails to third straight at Scioto

on 08/13/2011 2:00 AM
The 4-year-old mare Caribean Cruise has found a home at Scioto Downs as she demonstrated again on Friday by winning the Fillies and Mares Open Pace easily in 1:56.2.J.D. Wengerd was in the bike for trainer Joshua Cochran, who co-owns the Yankee Cruise mare with John Montgomery.  It was her third straight win at Scioto after she had only won once at Northfield in 2011.Jeremy Smith sent the 4-5...
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Indy Downs hosts Dash and Distance Challenge

on 08/13/2011 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will play host to a Dash and Distance Challenge Saturday, August 13, with seven of the 13 races on the program contested at a distance other than one mile. The card will also feature second round Indiana Sires Stakes action for sophomore pacing colts. A trio of $40,000 divisions is slated.   The shortest dash programmed is a 1/8 mile sprint for pacers. The Indiana Downs Sprint...
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