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Montrell Teague wins Hempt with CTD

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Custard The Dragon parlayed a pocket trip into a rallying victory in the 2011 Max C. Hempt Memorial Pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race, Pocono’s premiere event for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, carried a purse of $300,000.   Racing from an outside post in a field of nine as a 10-1 shot, Custard The Dragon was sent toward the front by driver Montre...
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Karpathos wins for Marra at Pompano

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
A change is proving to be better than a rest for 10-year-old trotting gelding Karpathos at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Since a private purchase last month by prominent amateur driver Jamie Marra of Delray Beach, FL, the veteran gelding has posted a runner-up finish and a pair of wins racing from the care of trainer Edgar Clarke. On the Saturday, May 21, p...
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Gordie How takes Scioto Saturday feature

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
It was a start-and-stop race, but Gordie How had enough pace in the stretch to win Scioto’s featured Open Pace on Saturday evening in 1:54.1 for trainer-driver Kurt Sugg.   The7-year-old gelding was assigned the outside post position in the field, which was reduced to five by two scratches. The  pacers sprinted away from the gate to get position, resulting in a :27.4 opening panel&nb...
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Giddy Up Lucky hits Yonkers mile in 1:50.4

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Giddy Up Lucky (Dan Dube) rewrote the Yonker Raceway record book Saturday night, winning the $43,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from penultimate post position five, the 3-4 favorite Giddy Up Lucky watched as George Morton Levy winner Real Nice (Jim Pantaleano) worked around pole-sitter Forensic Z Tam (Pat Lachance). It was Real Nice getting the lead before a  :26.2 opening...
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Big Jim coasts to 1:51.4 score in 2011 debut

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
The first one is in the books for Big Jim as the 2010 divisional champion kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with an easy victory in the prep for the $400,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   After floating in the flow in the first turn and then settling fourth at the pylons, Big Jim and driver Phil Hudon brushed to the lead at the half and...
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Pantaleano, Pinkney snag Freehold titles

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Jim Pantaleano won Freehold Raceway’s 2010-2011 driving title on Saturday, completing the meet with 232 wins. The Cleveland, Ohio, native had a career best 437 wins in 2010, surpassing identical 436 win marks in 2002 and 2003.     Dave Pinkney Jr. captured the training crown with 56 wins. He left Nova Scotia when he was 22 years old to campaign in New England. He won his first ...
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Shadyshark Hanover wins first start of year

on 05/21/2011 2:00 AM
Shadyshark Hanover prepped for the $400,000 New Jersey Classic by winning an overnight at Harrah's Chester on Saturday afternoon in 1:51.1. Driver Tim Tetrick put Shadyshark Hanover on the lead and the Cam's Card Shark colt cruised to a 3 1/2-length score with his final quarter in :27.1.   Erv Miller trains Shadyshark Hanover, who now sports career earnings of $526,826. The Chester triumph ...
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Empire Breeders’ Classic elims Sunday at Tioga

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will host some of the best sophomore pacers the country will likely see in 2011 on Sunday afternoon in Nichols, New York. Headlining the names for the 3-year old colt and gelding pacers are freshman standouts Feel Like A Fool, Fashion Delight, Roadside Delight, and Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam, all of which drew in the first of two divisions. Feel Like A Fool prepared for the eliminations last ...
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Mohawk’s 2011 opener in the books

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Racing fans returned to Mohawk Thursday night, under partly cloudy skies, for its opening 10-race program.With a substantial audience on site, the Campbellville oval saw an increase in its opening day handle. Thursday’s handle was $972,076, which is greater than last year’s opening handle of $874,341.Woodbine Entertainment Group’s feature wager of the night, the $50,000 guaranteed pool early...
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Blueridge Betty wins at Vernon

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Blueridge Betty closed with a rush to win Thursday night’s $10,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.With trainer Joe Nassimos at the controls for the Big Sky Ranch, Blueridge Betty ($28.00) idled in or near last place through approximately three quarters of Thursday’s Open contest for female pacers.  Hemmed in fourth entering the stretch drive, the slick-striding 5-year-old mare exploi...
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Escape The Wind honored Saturday at Mohawk

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Veteran trainer-driver Roger Mayotte will harness his star pupil, Escape The Wind, one final time to celebrate the 11-year-old gelding's retirement at Mohawk Racetrack, Saturday evening. The Woodbine Entertainment Group will host the retirement ceremony for the Mayotte trainee during Mohawk’s opening weekend.   The veteran pacer will retire with a record of 62-25-27 in 224 starts and $2...
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$250,000 for Hempt, Adios, Brandywine sweep

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
It’ll be a big challenge for any single horse to win three of 2011’s most competitive, highest-profile harness races. But a whopping $250,000 bonus awaits the one talented enough to sweep this year’s Max Hempt Memorial at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, and Battle of the Brandywine at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack.   ...
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Chip Chip Mac upsets in Scioto trot feature

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Chip Chip Mac took Friday’s featured trot at Scioto Downs with an impressive brush up the inside in the stretch to win by two lengths in 1:59.1 for driver David Myers.   The 5-year-old son of Chip Chip Hooray sat third for most of the mile and stayed in the pocket when others pulled out to challenge in the final quarter. He came from fifth to first in the stretch, overtaking pacesetting R...
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Corleone Kosmos wins, nearing $2 million

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
The class of Corleone Kosmos was on display on Friday night at the Meadowlands as the 9-year-old gelding wired the field in the $32,000 Invitational Trot, holding off the two-hole tripper Winning Mister by a neck in 1:52.4.   John Campbell put Corleone Kosmos, a winner of 21 of 67 starts with 11 second-place finishes, on the lead quickly and Winning Mister, the betting favorite, was se...
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Post 8 doesn't stop Delightful Diva at Yonkers

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
A parked-with-cover Delightful Diva (George Brennan).was up in time Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $43,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned outside her seven rivals, she sat behind Monochromatic (Jim Pantaleano) as that one went looking for a seat that was not there. Meanwhile, Cannae Cammie (Jason Bartlett) was hard-used to get around 9-5 choice Symphony i...
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Tioga mare pace feature to Sand Windsor

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Tye Loy shipped into Tioga Downs with newcomer Sand Windsor on Friday night, and took home the featured $16,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from the rail Sand Windsor worked out a perfect second-over cover trip and tipped three-wide as the field passed three-quarters in 1:24.4. Down the stretch driver Greg Grismore asked for more from Sand Windsor, and she resp...
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Burke sweeps Molson elims thanks to placing

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Having captured the top two spots in the 2010 Molson Pace with Won The West and Foiled Again, trainer Ron Burke will look to dominate the 2011 edition as well after sweeping both eliminations on Friday night at Western Fair Raceway.   Atochia fought gamely to finish second in the first of two $20,000 eliminations, but inherited the victory due to a judges’ placing of winner Art Professor....
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Krispy Apple sharp in Miss NJ Prep

on 05/20/2011 2:00 AM
Krispy Apple dug in under heavy pressure to capture the prep race for the $150,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey on Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Driven by Tim Tetrick, Krispy Apple cleared the lead just before the half and repelled the persistent challenge of Pretty Katherine to post a half-length victory in 1:52.2. Rocklamation scooted up the pylons to finish second, while ...
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Sir Caviar gets 3rd straight at The Meadows

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Sir Caviar extended his domination of The Meadows’ elite trotters Wednesday when he easily captured the $22,500 Preferred Handicap for his third consecutive victory in as many 2011 starts. Assigned post 9, Sir Caviar quickly overcame that disadvantage when he surged to the lead for Brian Zendt and was unthreatened thereafter. He scored in 1:53.4, a length better than the pocket-sitting Remb...
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Feel L A on a Pompano streak

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Trotting mare Feel L A stepped up in class and she soundly defeated her male rivals and all comers again on the Wednesday, May 18 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.The eight year old daughter of Feel Like A Winner-Keystone Nocture left no doubt about her status as the ruling current queen of the South Florida trotting ranks. With Tom Sells in the bike for owner and trainer Gaston Glau...
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