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Prana is slight Hempt favorite

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Prana, a 3-year-old colt from the barn of Jimmy Takter, was made the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Max C. Hempt Memorial Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race, Pocono’s premiere event for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, will carry a purse of $300,000.Prana was made the favorite despite finishing fifth in last Saturday’s Hempt elimination, which was marred by t...
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Empire Breeders’ Classic elims Saturday at Vernon

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Eliminations for the $500,000 Empire Breeders’ Classics will headline a twelve race card on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Leading the way for sixteen trotting fillies in the first division is Jezzy from the always powerful Ray Schnittker stable. The 3-year old daughter of Credit Winner – Ladylind began her sophomore campaign last weekend at Vernon with a victory in a division of the John F S...
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WEG drivers gearing up for Mohawk

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Drivers Scott Zeron and Phil Hudon are pumped and ready for the return of Standardbred racing to Mohawk this Thursday evening.The upcoming 98-day meet is the highlight of the Standardbred racing calendar.Zeron, one of racing’s up-and-coming stars, finished sixth on the 2011 Woodbine driver leaderdboard with a record of 45-43-44 in 356 starts with $805,545 in purses.When Zeron returns to the Camp...
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Pretty Katherine has the Miss New Jersey look

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Pretty Katherine has the looks of a winner, whether or not she captures Friday night’s prep race for the $150,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey.   The 3-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover will make her 2011 debut in the $20,000 prep race on Friday, the 10th race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. All eight fillies will advance to the final along with two others, Honky Tonk Woman a...
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Defending Elitlopp champ Iceland races well

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
As of Thursday night, May 19, 13 horses had been invited to the Elitlopp, Europe’s premier one-mile “sprinter” race, which will be held Sunday, May 29. The field includes the American-owned Arch Madness, Wishing Stone and Lisa America, and the Canadian owned Define The World.   The other horses comprising the two 8-horse fields for the eliminations will be Brioni, Commander Crowe, Lib...
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Familiarity could be a benefit in Molson Pace elims

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
They say familiarity breeds contempt, but for five starters and the same number of trainers in Friday night’s Molson Pace eliminations, it might very well mean an advantage.   Several of the starters have already made appearances in Western Fair’s signature event which started in 1972 and have demonstrated they are comfortable with the half-mile track.   This will mark Foiled A...
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Blue Porsche, Strike An Attitude win qualifers; Idyllic second

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Blue Porsche, Idyllic and Strike An Attitude recorded their first charted lines of 2011 Thursday morning at Mohawk.   Blue Porsche and regular pilot Trevor Ritchie took over command past a :58.3 half and never looked back to coast to a 1:56.1 clocking.   Last year, the son of Glidemaster captured the $539,000 Valley Victory final before becoming Canada’s 2-year-old trotting ...
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Pace, Hambo Eligibles Step Out At Big M Qualifiers

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Roll With Joe, a full brother to Bettor’s Delight and a half-brother to No Pan Intended topped the Meadowlands qualifiers on Thursday, May 19, with a sparkling 1:51.1 win. With Brian Sears in the bike for trainer Ed Hart, the Cam’s Card Shark 3 year old, was ahead at every pole and rolled on to win by 10-3/4 lengths. Roll With Joe is eligible to the Meadowlands Pace and the North America Cup.L...
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Andray Farm hosting June 5 open house

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
The Dayton (PA) Fair and Andray Farm are hosting the second annual open house at Andray Farm in Hillsdale, Pennsylvania on Sunday, June 5.  The event will run from 1 pm to 4 pm.   The Open House gives visitors an opportunity to learn about a commercial Standardbred breeding farm and the industry in general.  Mares and foals can be viewed "up close and personal", hay rides will be ...
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Eric Abbatiello wins 1,000th race

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Eric Abbatiello captured lifetime win number 1,000 at Freehold Raceway on Thursday afternoon.   In the third race on the card, he pulled away from the field by guiding Talented Jon to reach the milestone.   Abbatiello, who began his career in 1997, enjoyed his best years in 2007 with 167 wins and 2008 for money won with $1,673,451.   Abbatiello's father, Carmine, was indu...
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Riordan talks about Lisa America, Elitlopp

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
The Lou Guida-owned Lisa America turned in a huge effort to finish second in last Sunday’s Oslo Grand Prix, a race she won last year. Trained by American horseman Jerry Riordan, the 6-year-old Varenne mare is now headed for her third Elitlopp appearance. So what will it take for her to win in Stockholm and give Guida, who won the Elitlopp with Mack Lobell in 1990, his second Elitlopp triumph? ...
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Expanded gaming talks in Illinois, Maine

on 05/19/2011 2:00 AM
Horse racing is in the mix again in the Illinois state legislature in Springfield. “There’s a lot of chatter going on in Springfield right now,” said Tony Somone, executive director of the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association. “Now that Rahm Emanuel is mayor (of Chicago), it’s been very clear since day one that he’d love to have a Chicago casino, and if the Illinois legislature f...
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Rooney Pace eligible tunes up

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
Line Officer, one of the octet eligible for the 2011 Art Rooney Pace, invaded Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night. He came away with some road work and a $6,000 payday.Line Officer ($4.40) won the $12,000, "non-winners of 2" fourth race, which usually doesn't attract those with more than $200,000 on account. He wired the field from the eight-hole, negotiating the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:04.1.Since t...
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Pompano winner making owner happy

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee, FL was both happy and surprised with the winning effort of his stable member Ultimate Control in the $16,000 championship of the inaugural Appraisal Trotting Series which highlighted the Tuesday, May 17 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."Really, we bought him very reasonably just over a year ago at a sale in Ohio for me to drive in the Florida Amateur ...
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Don’ttellmewhattodo repeats at Harrington

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
Darryl Gombert, Jeffrey Rose and Hankook Stable’s Don’ttellmewhattodo ($10.80, Allan Davis) was a repeat winner in the $18,600 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:54. Davis sent her to the front early where she would set the pace with favorite Bling in the two hole throughout. In the stretch, Don’ttellmewhattodo finished strong and held off a game first-over World Fame to the ...
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3 American-owned horses in Elitlopp

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
There are four invitations remaining to be extended for the 2011 Elitlopp. On Wednesday night Elitlopp officials announced that the American-owned Wishing Stone and Lisa America have been extended invitations. The American-owned Arch Madness received his invitation after he captured the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday.   The field thus far is as follows: Arch Madness, Brioni, Commander Crowe, Def...
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A review of 'Unharnessed--Behind The Scenes'

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
The first episode of “Unharnessed—Behind The Scenes,” produced in part by Ontario-based driver Randy Waples, is now available for viewing on the Standardbred Canada website. The first show introduces some members of the driving colony on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit, including Waples, Jody Jamieson, Mark MacDonald, Rick Zeron and Phil Hudon. It's two thumbs up for the first episode. Despite ...
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Tioga's "Inside Harness Racing" on Thursday

on 05/18/2011 2:00 AM
Coverage of top 3-year-old pacer Feel Like a Fool’s impressive seasonal debut in the John F. Simpson Stakes at Tioga Downs highlights the newest episode of “Inside Harness Racing.”  The show airs this evening at 6:00 PM/EST on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network throughout Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.  Fans outside of the viewing area can also watch the show online ...
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Ouellette on Crys Dream: “She was unreal”

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Last year’s O’Brien Award winner, Crys Dream exploded past her older rivals tonight as she made her sophomore debut a winning one at Woodbine for regular pilot, Luc Ouellette. The filly was entered into a $25,000 condition event and paid $4.70 for the victory.Crys Dream, who won seven of eight starts as a freshman, earned $596,065 last season, took her lifetime best when she captured the $502,...
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Big week pads Pena's lead at 3 racetracks

on 05/17/2011 2:00 AM
Lou Pena currently sits atop the trainers’ standings at three racetracks—Yonkers, Harrah’s Chester and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs—and he significantly padded his numbers after a monstrous period of Saturday, May 7, through Saturday, May 14. Pena, currently second on the national trainers’ dash and earnings list behind only Ron Burke, had a huge week at Yonkers as he continued to domina...
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