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Conditions right for Pastor Stephen at Pocono

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
It’s not often a Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year can be found in an overnight as a sophomore, but that’s the case on Friday as Pastor Stephen, the 2010 divisional champion, has drawn post five in a $20,000 conditioned trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Although the primary condition of the race is non-winners of $17,000 in the last five starts, the seven-time winner Pastor Stephen fit...
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First Donato Hanover filly qualifies at Meadows

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
Art Song Hanover earned the distinction Friday morning in a 2-year-old qualifier at The Meadows of being the first offspring of 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover to make an appearance on the racetrack. On Saturday morning another seven foals of Donato Hanover are scheduled to start in baby races at the Meadowlands. With Mike Wilder driving for trainer and co-owner Dan Altmeyer, Art Song Hanov...
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Chocolatier 2 year old wins Mohawk qualifier

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
Twenty-one 2 year olds made their first qualifying appearances, Friday morning at Mohawk. It was the Blair Burgess-trained Southwind Warsaw who took the first qualifier. Burgess drove the bay trotter, a son of Chocolatier-Win B, in gate-to-wire fashion through fractions of :33.2, 1:04.2, 1:33.4, stopping the clock in 2:02.4.   The second qualifier was won by the Mario Macri-trained Boysgo...
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Merriman 'In The Sulky' on Saturday

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
Top Ohio reinsman Aaron Merriman will be the In The Sulky guest on Meadowlands Racetrack's Saturday pre-card broadcast.   Merriman, 32, has five drives on the Saturday card.  The young reinsman is a four-time leading driver at Northfield Park and has career totals of 4,689 wins and $20.5 million in earnings.  Merriman broke both of his wrists and left elbow in a racing accident la...
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Manofmanymissions wins 1st of year in NJSS

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
Manofmanymissions may not be trotting on all four cylinders yet, but he certainly got the job done in his 2011 debut.   The son of Yankee Glide was under wraps in winning the first of two New Jersey Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. With driver Andy Miller at the lines, Manofmanymissions got into gear ...
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All Spirit wins Tioga feature

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
All Spirit returned to her winning ways Friday night at Tioga Downs in the $16,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap Pace.   The 5-year old daughter of Bettor’s Delight–Spirit Of Ivy used her usual tactics to come from off the pace and catch a second-over trip through a half in :56.2. As the field reached three quarters Pure Desire and Greg Merton were still in command in 1:24.3 but Maroh...
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Gem of a race for Ocean Pearl at Scioto

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
Ohio Hall of Fame Chip Noble knows that the front end is the place to be if you have the best horse, and that’s exactly where he put Ocean Pearl at the start of the Buckeye Lake Pacing Series at Scioto Downs on Friday night.   The 3-year-old pacing filly did the rest as she backed down the middle half-mile, then sprinted away in the homestretch to win by seven lengths in 1:55, a new life...
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Pastor Stephen wins in 1:53.3 at Pocono

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
The 2010 Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year Pastor Stephen scored a 1:53.3 victory in a $20,000 conditioned trot Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. With Ron Pierce driving for trainer Jimmy Takter, Pastor Stephen rallied from sixth at the half to edge past Big Boy Lloyd in the final strides for the half-length victory.   Now two for two in 2011, Pastor Stephen won Dan Patch Awa...
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Crys Dream, Lukes Sophie win Casual Breeze splits

on 06/03/2011 2:00 AM
A pair of divisions of the Casual Breeze squared off Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with Crys Dream and Lukes Sophie taking top honors.   In the first elimination, after a recall, Lukes Sophie cleared past an :28.3 opening panel for driver Jody Jamieson and never looked back to stop the timer in 1:54.   At the halfway point in :57.4, Lukes Sophie was in a comfortable lead with Su...
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Armed N Hammered beats the Hoosier odds

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
The past three races for Armed N Hammered have been successful for both horse and driver, Sam Widger, as they finished in first. What most don’t realize is that as a five-year-old horse, this is the first year of racing for Armed N Hammered.Trainer David Little has been working with Armed N Hammered for some time to see results out on the race track. Starting out each year working hard with the ...
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Anthonyskywalker wins Cardinal final

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
State-bred trotters took center stage on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a full field of 10 diagonally gaited sophomores slugged it out in the $42,600 Cardinal Stake. After having a three race winning streak snapped while facing older conditioned rivals in the slop last week, South Of The Tracks Racing’s Anthonyskywalker returned to his winning ways with a wire to wire win by three-quarters ...
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SBSW's full sis SHSW wins in debut

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Someheartsomewhere, a 3-year-old full sister to world champion and 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere, made her pari-mutuel debut Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the effort was a winning one.   With Matt Kakaley driving for trainer Erv Miller and owners Ron Michelon and John Carver, who paid $210,000 for the daughter of Mach Three as a yearling, Someheartsomewhere ...
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Gural hopes to take over Meadowlands Sept. 1

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
The deal finalizing the lease agreement of the Meadowlands Racetrack by the state of New Jersey to Jeff Gural continues to proceed. Late Wednesday night Jeff Gural told harnessracing.com via email that he expects "that we will operate in a transitional manner with NJSEA for next 90 days and hopefully take over Sept 1."   The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) continues ...
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Campbell awaiting word on recovery time

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that he is back at his New Jersey home after spending three days at a Philadelphia-area hospital as a result of suffering a broken right shoulder and right knee in a Memorial Day race accident at Harrah’s Chester.   As for his future treatment in his recovery, Campbell said he will wait on word from his local do...
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RJ Williams III dies in Michigan car accident

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Robert "RJ' Williams III, the son of Bobby Williams Jr, reportedly died in a single car accident Wednesday afternoon in Michigan. He was 26.   The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association (MHHA) reported that RJ Williams was on his way to pick up grain near Leslie when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree. According to the Ingham County Sheriff's Department, the accident occurred at a...
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Beatgoeson Hanover to take on Lady Rainbow

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Beatgoeson Hanover will make her Canadian debut on Friday, June 3, at Mohawk Racetrack in one of two Casual Breeze divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Beatgoeson Hanover will be looking to make it two-for-two in her sophomore season.   Off of a win on May 26 in her 2011 debut, trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman thinks his filly is ready for the Campbellville oval. "She raced good a...
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Rampage Jackson's 1:52.1 fastest in Stallion Series

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Rampage Jackson saved all the ground, then blew past the field late to score in a stakes-fastest 1:52.1 in Thursday’s $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over seven divisions, with Voice Of Truth, McRusty, Jolly Jubiter, Sharp West Hanover, McMarvel and Hacienda also capturing splits. Dave Palone fashione...
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Horseplayers, Tioga hosting "Pool Party"

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Horseplayers Association of North America (HANA) Harness Racing Division “HANA Harness” are holding a "Pool Party" on Sunday, June 12, when some of America’s best free-for-all pacing horses and mares will be competing in the $200,000 (estimated) Bettor’s Delight and $200,000 (estimated) Artiscape, respectively. The featured wager of the Pool Party will b...
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3YO Whiskey Tax starts in NJSS Friday

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Whiskey Tax is one of nine Hambletonian eligibles who will step out in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday, June 3 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The Revenue gelding, trained and co-owned by Tom Durand, will make his Meadowlands debut in the fifth race, the second of two $22,000 NJSS divisons on the card.  Rated at 4-1, he w...
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Green 3YO trotting fillies get seasoning in NJSS

on 06/02/2011 2:00 AM
Lost Symbol (above) was a 1:56.1 winner in New Jersey Sire Stakes action at the Meadowlands Thursday night.  All three NJSS winners were lightly raced as 2 year olds. The other winners were Hey Mister (1:56) and Tawesome More (1:56.4).   The first split went to Hey Mister, a daughter of Muscles Yankee and the stakes-winning Pick Me Up. Brian Sears sent the filly first-ov...
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