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Burgess adds riding to Il Villagio's routine

on 07/18/2011 2:00 AM
Il Villaggio may not be the most experienced trotter in this Saturday’s Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but one thing is certain, he has speed. The Blair Burgess pupil is the youngest trotter in field at four, but he has equaled the nation’s fastest trotting mile of the season with a 1:51.4 performance last Tuesday. It’s a record Il Villaggio shares with fellow Maple Leaf Trot starter S...
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Hanover's Adios sale yearling videos available

on 07/18/2011 2:00 AM
The Hanover Shoe Farms videos for the farm's yearlings selling at The Meadows on Friday, July 29, are now available at the Hanover website hanoverpa.com.  To access the videos, please select the year of foaling (2010) and the sale location (2011 Hanover Adios) and they will be available. (Hanover Shoe Farms)  
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Hanovers in the books at Balmoral Park

on 07/18/2011 2:00 AM
Eight divisions of Hanover Stakes were contested on Saturday night at Balmoral Park. With 27 two-year-old colt pacers dropped in the box for their respective Hanover a total of three divisions, each with a purse of $25,800, were contested.    In the opening split trainer Steve Carter and driver Tyler Smith teamed up for the first of two victories in this division as Cavi...
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See You At Peelers: "She wasn't herself"

on 07/18/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Monday morning that while See You At Peelers was able to emerge from Saturday night’s $127,000 Tarport Hap at the Meadowlands with her 20-race win streak intact, the filly came up sick the following morning. “All day Sunday she was colicky and didn’t feel good,” said Takter of the 3-year-old filly pacer whose earnings are approaching $1.3 milli...
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Running Aces hopes to resume racing Saturday

on 07/18/2011 2:00 AM
Running Aces Harness Park hopes to resume the 2011 season this Saturday (July 23) as the state of Minnesota budget impasse, which has idled the Minnesota Racing Commission and a host of other state agencies since July 1, appears to be nearing a resolution. An “agreement in principle” between the Governor and legislative leaders, reached this past Thursday night, has been debated and con...
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2YO trotting colt Pekoe Fashion 1:57.2 winner

on 07/18/2011 2:00 AM
Pekoe Fashion enjoyed a splendid career debut in a division of Monday’s $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows, making a quarter-pole move like a veteran and destroying the field by 16 lengths in a stakes-record time of .1:57.2.   The stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over six divisions, with Hall Harbour, Hawaiiancaviar, Fashion Astral,...
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Up The Credit atones in Pace consolation

on 07/17/2011 2:00 AM
In midstretch it appeared Up The Credit may not quite get there, but driver Brian Sears was able to rally the 3-year-old son of Western Terror deep in the lane to win the $100,000 Meadowlands Pace consolation in 1:50 on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The winner of last month's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, Up The Credit finished eighth in his Meadowlands Pace elim a...
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Manofmanymissions, Chapter Seven win Dancers

on 07/17/2011 2:00 AM
Manofmanymissions, 13-1 in his upset world-record victory in last October's Breeders Crown final, scored a 13-1 upset Saturday night at the Meadowlands in the first of two $166,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial 3-Year-Old Colt Trot divisions. The second split went to Chapter Seven, making his first start of the 2011 season.   Manofmanymissions was driven by Andy Miller, who rallied the son of Yan...
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Rapide Lebel, Beanie MM win in Scandinavia

on 07/17/2011 2:00 AM
Although the French speedster Rapide Lebel was racing at the fast Mikkeli track in Finland on Sunday, he couldn't manage to lower the world record for a five-eighths mile track. But he still won handily in 1:51.3 with Eric Raffin in the sulky.   Amour Ami, a son of Tagliabue-Amour Angus, set the early pace, but once Rapide Lebel and Raffin took the lead, they couldn't be caught. R...
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Flipper J sets Tioga record in Tompkins-Geers

on 07/17/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh off of his track record at Goshen, Flipper J proved that his mile was no fluke on Sunday afternoon in the Tompkins-Geers for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, posting another track record in back-to-back starts.   Tim Tetrick was in controls behind Flipper J who left from post position number five and quickly put the colt on the front end through fractions of :26.1 and :54.2. Down t...
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Field set for Armbro Flight final at Mohawk

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Fourteen trotting mares battled in a pair of Armbro Flight eliminations Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Two aged beauties stole the spotlight and earned the right to select their post position for next week’s $349,000 final, Buck I St. Pat and Miss Dangles.   In an off-the-pace performance, Buck I St Pat (Sylvain Filion) captured the first elimination, as well as her first victory of th...
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Rampage Jackson leads PA 3YO pacing colts

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Rampage Jackson pulled the pocket around the final turn and roared home to score in a stake-fastest 1:52 in a division of Friday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing colts at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over four divisions, with McRusty, Jolly Jubiter and Smile A Little taking the other $20,000 splits. Brett Miller enjo...
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See You At Peelers streak at 20--Whew!

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
See You At Peelers stretched her career unbeaten streak to 20 in the $127,000 Tarport Hap on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, but it wasn't a walk in the park. In fact, the journey for See You At Peelers was adventurous as they come, which included getting caught three wide early, passed by a horse in the final turn who suddenly tried to pull herself up, and a late break by another horse in deep...
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Big Bad John rebounds with 1:49.2 PASS win

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Fresh from eight days of focused R&R following two major disappointments, Big Bad John returned to the racing wars with renewed vigor Saturday at The Meadows when he captured a division of a $210,234 Pennsylvania Sire Stake in a stake-record 1:49.2.   The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Tarport Effrat, was conducted over three divisions, with Real Special and ...
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Real Nice cruises in Yonkers Open

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Real Nice (Jordan Stratton) was much the best Saturday, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $52,000 Open Handicap Pace. Had it been any easier, Real Nice could have sent out for refreshments.   Leaving from post position No. 5 as the 7-10 favorite, Real Nice stepped around pole-sitting Domitian Hanover (Cat Manzi) before a :26.1 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :55.2 half and 1:23.1 three...
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Records set in NJSS 2-year-old finals

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Pirouette Hanover, trained by Ed Hart, set a stakes record for freshman filly pacers and Mr. Vic and I Fought DaLaw stayed unbeaten in the freshman colt trotting and pacing ranks highlighting four New Jersey Sire Stakes Night of Champions races worth $700,000 in purses at the Meadowlands Racetrack Saturday night.   Pirouette Hanover, a filly by Western Ideal, set a New Jersey Sires Sta...
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Lucky Jim edges San Pail; Dreamfair Eternal also upset

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Lucky Jim defeated San Pail in the $50,000 Maple Leaf Trot prep race Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Erv Miller trainee captured his second victory this season, three quarters of a length ahead of the 1-5 favorite, San Pail. Also, Laughandbehappy upset reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Dreamfair Eternal in the lone Roses Are Red elimination. The Tony O’Sullivan trainee notched her si...
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Wrenn, Stewart take Hoosier titles

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino closed out its 18th season of Standardbred racing Saturday with Hoosier Champions. The evening featured a 14-race card with purses in excess of $1.2 million, including finals of the Indiana Sire Stakes.   Hoosier Champions featured several Indiana stars as Matt Howard, basketball player for the NCAA championship Butler Bulldogs, was on hand for a meet and gr...
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Roll With Joe rolls in Meadowlands Pace

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Ron Pierce rolled with Roll With Joe out of the gate in Saturday night's $1 million Meadowlands Pace final at the Meadowlands, and the strategy paid off as the 3-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark scored an impressive 1:48.2 victory, While the win was Pierce's fourth Meadowlands Pace victory--and third in the last four years-it gave veteran trainer Ed Hart his first winner with just his first-ever P...
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Bettor Sweet's 1:48.3 just misses Pocono mark

on 07/16/2011 2:00 AM
Ideal Matters and Bettor Sweet turned in victorious performances to highlight an action-packed night of racing at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday), providing the perfect exclamation point to Back to the Track weekend. Both horses were driven to victory by Dave Palone.   Ideal Matters started the speedy festivities with a track record mile in the winners of over $25,000 lif...
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