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2YO filly Counter Pointe takes Gold in 2:00.4

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
On Wednesday afternoon Counter Pointe lined up at the center of the Flamboro Downs starting gate, and for the second straight week the 2-year-old trotting filly by Striking Sahbra powered straight to the front and on to the winner’s circle to capture the $130,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final.   In rein to trainer Wayne Henry, Counter Pointe accelerated away from post 4 an...
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Fox Valley Velvet easy winner at Balmoral

on 07/27/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old trotting fillies were the featured attraction on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 squared off looking for starting spots in next week’s $55,000 Fox Valley Flan Stake Final. The top eight finishers from Wednesday’s elimination will join Fox Valley Lexus and Muscle My Way in next week’s encounter.   Coming off a tough loss as the...
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Paul E. Spears named to Jug Wall of Fame

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Paul E. Spears, chairman of the board of Hanover Shoe Farms and executive vice president of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company, has been elected as the 27th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame honoree.    Spears will be officially inducted on Thursday afternoon,  Sept. 22 during winner’s circle ceremonies on Little Brown Jug Day and will receive the commemorative gold ring and Littl...
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Down Under star Blacks A Fake retired

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Blacks A Fake, the champion Down Under pacer with $4,535,438 with earnings from Australia and New Zealand and a four-time winner of the Inter-Dominion Pace Grand Final, the southern hemisphere’s most prestigious race, has been retired from racing just shy of his 11th birthday(Australian calendar). The announcement came from his only campaigner, and friend, Natalie Rasmussen, who drove ...
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MOMM, Blue Porsche top Hambo entries

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Eighteen colts and 19 fillies have dropped in the Hambletonian entry box Tuesday morning, necessitating two eliminations for each gender to be raced Saturday, July 30.    Oaks entries include Jezzy, a winner of eight straight races this year and Crys Dream, the freshman Dan Patch champion. Hambletonian entrants include Stanley Dancer Memorial winner Manofmanymi...
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Wrenn wins six on Indy Downs opener

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn began the defense of his leading driver title at Indiana Downs with a fast start Monday, July 25. The veteran driver collected victories in six of 13 races on the opening night card, the first of 80 programs to be offered at the Shelbyville track. The 13-race card generated $442,648 in handle, a record for an opening night harness program at Indiana Downs.   Wrenn wasted li...
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Tioga to draw Thursday for WDC races

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will draw on Thursday, July 28, for the 2011 World Driving Championship (WDC) races, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1. The box will close at 9 a.m. The Sunday, July 31, races will also be drawn on that day as part of a double draw.   The WDC will span four races on the Aug. 1 card and will offer an enticing bonus to both owners and trainers participating in those even...
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Fields drawn for Hambo, Oaks eliminations

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
Eighteen 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters are now in pursuit of harness racing's greatest prize, the $1.5 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack.    The contenders were divided in two $70,000 eliminations to be raced Saturday, July 30. The top five finishers in each will advance to the $1.5 million Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 6. Elim winners earn the r...
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Spots still open for Hambletonian Golf tourney

on 07/26/2011 2:00 AM
A few slots remain for the 19th Annual Hambletonian Charity Golf Tournament, Monday, Aug. 1, at top-ranked Hackensack Golf Club in Oradell, N.J. It’s a rare opportunity to play one of the most elite private clubs in NJ as well as mingle with Hambletonian trainers, drivers, owners and breeders. Call (845-294-6330) or email (operations@harnessmuseum.com) by Friday, July 29, and let John Mayo ...
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Delco Willowbee equals Running Aces record

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Delco Willobee proved worthy of trainer-driver John De Long’s confidence Sunday night at Running Aces, holding on by a head in front of a full field of open pacers in the weekly $9,000 feature race. His winning time of 1:52.3 equaled the Running Aces track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings.   Deco Willobee, a son of Ft Apache Hanover who De Long calls “one of the best hors...
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Running Aces wants to extend season

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Running Aces is hoping to add six days of racing to replace the 12 days lost during the government shut down. It will make its request to the Minnesota Racing Commission. Running Aces wants to add racing on August 28, 30, 31 and September 3, 4, along with a special showcase of Minnesota-bred races on Labor Day, Sept. 5.   “We feel that our racing offers a fun and unique se...
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Maven's 1:56.1 sets stakes mark at Meadows

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
This year's crop of 2-year-old trotters continued to show incredible speed as six divisions of Arden Downs stakes held at The Meadows Monday afternoon resulted in fast times despite an off track.   Maven, a 2-year-old filly by Glidemaster, lowered the Arden Downs stakes record to 1:56.1 with a powerful performance that included a :27.4 third quarter where she opened up on the field. Dr...
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Can Speed Again surprise again in Dream Maker?

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Speed Again will be looking to astonish his trainer once again when the 2-year-old pacer goes to post for the $50,000 Dream Maker final at Mohawk Racetrack, Tuesday evening. The brown son of Dragon Again-Sand Speed scored his second lifetime win, a 2 1/2-length decision in his $20,000 elimination, taking a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2 in the process.   It wasn’t his speed that amazed tr...
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Its All Magic & Gisela AS Take in Free elims

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Its All Magic and Gisela AS showed their talent Monday night in a pair of $20,000 In Free eliminations for freshmen trotting fillies at Mohawk Racetrack.Its All Magic, the 3-5 favorite, and driver Randy Waples took the first elimination in 1:59.4.Tymal Sonata (Luc Ouellette) took the field to the opening panel in :30.3, but made a costly break in stride. Alegrion (Louis Baudron) inherited the lead...
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Hambo, Oaks boxes close at 9 am Tuesday

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
The clock is ticking on entries for the $1.5 million Hambletonian and $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks, to be raced Saturday, Aug. 6 at The Meadowlands. Post time for the special daytime card is 11:30 a.m. Horses eligible to the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks must enter by 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, according to the Meadowlands condition sheet, which can be accessed at http://thebigm.com...
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Jezzy stays undefeated in 2011 with Batavia win

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Jezzy, who is expected to be entered in the Hambletonian Oaks, prepped for that race with an easy 1:59.3 victory in a $35,633 division of a New York Sire Stakes on Monday night at Batavia Downs. The 3-year-old filly started from post seven in the seven-horse field and was sent to the lead by trainer-driver Ray Schnittker. She took control while coming out of the first turn, then proceeded to set f...
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Elliott sends out three in Haughton elims

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Steve Elliott sends three hopefuls into Friday’s Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations at Meadowlands Racetrack, but he trains only two of the 2-year-old trotting colts. Elliott, who won the 2006 Haughton with Donato Hanover, trains Quit Smoking Now and Yankee Royalty. He co-owns Power Play, but the horse is trained by Julie Miller.    Undefeated Quit Smoking Now and fi...
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Donato Hanover sis one of 14 in Merrie Annabelle

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Dream On Hanover, a full sister to 2007 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year Donato Hanover, was among 14 2-year-old filly trotters entered in the Merrie Annabelle Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack. Two seven-horse eliminations will be held Friday, with the top five from each division advancing to the $440,000 (est.) final on Aug. 6.   Purchased by Karl-Erik Bender’s Bender Sweden...
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Team Jamieson sweeps Battle of Waterloo elims

on 07/25/2011 2:00 AM
Czar Seelster pulled off a 9-1 upset in the first of two Battle of Waterloo eliminations Monday night at Grand River Raceway when he drew away from eight rivals in the opening elimination for Team Jamieson. Jody Jamieson mapped out the winning trip with the Carl Jamieson-trained son of Stonebridge Regal-Cmon Mama Cass. Czar Seelster cruised home to win in 1:55.4 over Winbak Warrior and Machal...
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Southland Festival of Racing elims at Balmoral

on 07/24/2011 2:00 AM
After a week of oppressive heat and humidity in the Chicagoland area the action on the track was just as hot as elimination’s for next week’s Southland Festival of Racing produced some very impressive performances from the state-bred set on a steamy Saturday night.   A total of 24 two-year-old pacing colts were dropped into the box for the Mini Me Stake leading to a trio of $7,000 elim...
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