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Real Nice upsets in Levy; Foiled Again third

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Real Nice (George Brennan) was all that and more Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $495,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series in 1:51.2.   The 24th (and richest-ever) Levy for free-for-allers began with Real Nice swooping to the lead from post  position five. He was in command well before the :26.4 opening quarter-mile. This Is Wyatt (Eric Goodel...
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Courageous Lady splits held at Northfield

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Favored Some Girls Do ($2.60) won an early speed duel with Hi Maintenancechic and led at every call enroute to a 1:53.2 victory in the $50,750 first division of the Courageous Lady Pace at Northfield Park Saturday night. The second division went to I Kill time in 1:54.1.   Some Girls Do, a 3-year-old daughter of American Ideal, posted fractions of :27, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before spri...
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Golden Receiver wins; Hypnotic Blue Chip third

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver rallied from the pocket to capture the featured $60,000 Open Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday night (April 30) in thrilling fashion. The field for the race included three horses with well over a million dollars earned in their careers (One More Laugh, Hypnotic Blue Chip, and Bettor Sweet), as well as Europan Union, who had won his last four starts. But Golden Recei...
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Worth Remembering wins Ontario Spring Filly final

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
With Anthony MacDonald in the bike, Worth Remembering celebrated her largest payday of her career in the $60,000 Ontario Spring Filly Final. Not only did she go off at odds of 35-1, but the trotting-bred filly captured the pacing event for trainer Carmen Auciello.It was a cavalry charge going into the first turn with Seascape Hanover (Sylvain Filion), Machs Delicacy (Mike Saftic), A and Gs Creek (...
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Tagariello enjoying life at Hoosier

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Frank Tagariello is a part of Hoosier Park history that may surprise anyone. He ventured to Indiana and was part of the first few years of racing when the track opened in 1994. Although he’s been absent from the scene during a portion of the time, he is back in Indiana this season and still enjoying his life at the track.As a child, Tagariello was taken to the races near his home on Long Island,...
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Dave Yarock, Biggerthebetter win NAADA trot

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
The fifth and final preliminary leg of the Two-Track Trotting Series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association went to Biggerthebetter and driver Dave Yarock who toured the Monticello Raceway oval in a 2:02:2 clocking. The victory was nearly a carbon copy of the third leg which was also presented at the Mighty M two weeks ago.After he left from the three-hole Yarock sent his rece...
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Crys Dream romps in 3-year-old debut

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Crys Dream, last year’s champion 2-year-old filly trotter in both the U.S. and Canada, romped to a 20-length win in 1:58 in a qualifier Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. It was the season debut for the daughter of Taurus Dream who has some observers believing she has the ability to take on the colts in this year’s Hambletonian at the Meadowlands.   With co-owner Jean Pierre Dubois dri...
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Teague hoping to sip from NA Cup

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Trainer George Teague would love nothing more than to celebrate another Pepsi North America Cup (set for June 18) victory this summer at Mohawk. With four eligibles to this year’s rich $1.5 million event, Teague is hoping for the same luck that had him posing for pictures in the winner’s circle in 2006 with Total Truth.   Teague, a resident of Harrington, Del., had a pair of top ...
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Meadowlands to re-open; statement issued

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Although negotiations with the New Jersey Thoroughbred horsemen regarding percentage splits of simulcast money still continue, the Meadowlands will re-open on Saturday, May 7. Contrary to previous reports, the track will not reopen under the management of Jeff Gural, but under the terms of the previously agreed upon deal between the state of New Jersey and the Standardbred Breeders ...
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Big Bad John wins accident-marred qualifier

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Big Bad John overcame the outside post nine and an accident at the three-quarters that sent two horses falling to the track, two to not finish and another three to finish more than 50 lengths behind, to win his second qualifier of the year Friday morning at The Meadows. A winner of seven of nine starts last year at age two—including a pair of fall Grand Circuit victories at The Red Mile—Big B...
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63 eligible to North America Cup

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
An elite group of 63 horses remain eligible to the 28th edition of the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events, set for Saturday, June 18, at Mohawk Racetrack.   Headlining this year's talented group is Big Jim, who recorded the fastest mile in history for a freshman pacer with a 1:49.1 world record. The son of Western Ideal-Bold Pink won six ...
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Haight named GM at Batavia

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Todd Haight, has been appointed general manager of live racing at Batavia Downs, it was announced Friday by the board of directors of Western Regional Off-Track Betting, the Public Benefit Corporation that owns the Genesee County racetrack and casino.   Haight, who begins his new duties May 1, replaces Michael D Kane, who was recently appointed president and CEO of WROTB.   I...
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Yonkers increase Pick 4 guarantee as of May 2

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced it shall continue its participation in the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering, though with some changes in the guaranteed Pick 4 pool.   Beginning in May, Yonkers shall "up the ante" to a $20,000 guaranteed pool for its late Pick 4 (from $15,000), and make it available every Monday and Tuesday night (a change from Monday/Saturday). The $15,000 guara...
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Meadowlands condition sheet available

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has issued a condition sheet, covering the re-opening on May 7, 2011 as well as the programs on May 8 and May 12. The Saturday, May 7, program features the elimination races for a pair of free for all stakes, the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot and the Graduate Pace. Entries are due by 12 pm on Wednesday, May 4.   Click here for the condition sheet.    
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Anders Bluestone dominates at Pocono

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
Anders Bluestone added Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to the list of Eastern tracks he has conquered in recent weeks, winning the featured Open trot on Friday night in dominant fashion. The race carried the night’s top purse of $60,000.   Leaving from the #5 post as the 9-5 favorite, Anders Bluestone, who has captured Opens at Dover and Chester already this spring, settled sixth around the f...
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3YO Playin Time takes final in 1:52.1

on 04/29/2011 2:00 AM
After finishing second in his elimination last week, driver Chris Christoforou gave Playin Time a perfect, pocket-trip to win Friday night's $60,000 Ontario Spring Open final at Woodbine.   The 3-year-old son of Mach Three showed sharp gate-speed from post seven and crossed over to take the lead before the opening panel in :27. The 3/2 choice favorite, Bare Necessity (Sylvain Fili...
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Tough Challenger in Harrington track record

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Jim Morand’s Tough Challenger ($13.60, Morand) set a new track record Wednesday for 4-year-old trotting horses with a 1:56.1 win in the featured $18,600 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway.Trained by Les Givens, the 4-year-old You Betcha stallion made his move on pacesetter Allmar Surprise shortly after the half-mile mark where he steadily gained on that rival and eventually cle...
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Scirocco Andy wins at Pompano

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Astute horse owner Lewis Whitaker of Boynton Beach, FL was paid an immediate dividend for the restructuring plan he executed for three year old pacer Scirocco Andy on the Wednesday, April 27 program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park."It's a good for everyone with Peter Blood taking on an ownership share in addition to taking over training the horse" Whitaker explained after the Real Desire-Da...
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Love U Overandover in Meadows sweep

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
Love U Overandover unleashed a wicked first-over move that carried her to victory in 1:56 in Wednesday’s $25,400 championship of the Tom’s OK Lady Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. The win gave Love U Overandover a series sweep and the fastest mile this year by a sophomore filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track. Love U Overandover was sitting fourth down the backside when Da...
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Some Girls Do, I Kill Time favs in Courageous Lady

on 04/28/2011 2:00 AM
With 14 three-year-old fillies in the entry box, Saturday’s $101,500 Courgaeous Lady at Northfield Park has been split into two $50,750, seven-horse divisions, with the first, race 8 on the card, scheduled for about 9:45 PM, and the second, race 11, set for about 11:00 PM. The two Courageous Lady heats will “bookend” Northfield’s Guaranteed $10,000 Pick Four (with reduced 14 percent takeou...
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