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New tracks join Strategic Wagering program

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
Chris Schick, the California-based U.S. Trotting Association director who spearheaded the Strategic Wagering program that helps racetracks fund guaranteed Pick-4 pools, told harnessracing.com Monday morning via email that in addition to the previously announced addition of The Meadows to the program in May, several other new tracks have signed on. According to Schick, Harrington Raceway will add ...
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Competition leads to $60,000 Opens in PA

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ race secretary Rick Kane told harnessracing.com Monday morning that because he and Joe Auger, his counterpart at Harrah’s Chester, were competing for the same horses to fill the top-class races at the two Pennsylvania racetracks, an agreement was reached to alternate races and offer double purses. Pocono had been offering $30,000 purses for its open pacers, open t...
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Andover Hall filly OK America wins in Italy

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
OK America, an Andover Hall 3-year-old filly who is a half sister to Lisa America, won the Premio Emilia Filly race in Milan, Italy, on Monday. Trained by Jerry Riordan and bred and owned by Hall of Famer Lou Guida's Guida Italia, OK America turned in a strong rally over the five-eighths mile oval to score in a mile rate of 1:59.4 for the 2,100 meters (1.3 miles).   OK America is out of Gui...
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Fashion Hatter takes 3YO trotting series final

on 04/25/2011 2:00 AM
Fashion Hatter got an easy early lead, then held off a pair of challengers late to capture Monday's $30,600 championship of the Rembrandt Spur Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows.   Fashion Hatter got away second--and finished second--in each of his previous four races. But in Monday's final, he cut the first half in a reasonable :58.3. From there he dug in to repel t...
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Ontario 3CP Spring elims contested

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
A dozen 3-year-old pacers rolled into Woodbine Friday evening to go toe-to-toe in a set of $20,000 eliminations for the Ontario Spring Open Stakes. The undefeated Bare Necessity (Sylvain Filion) went wire to wire to win his elimination notching a fifth consecutive victory.   The Eric Adams trainee left the gate first with a quick burst of speed and held the lead through fractions of :27, :...
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18-year-old Smith brings home Hoosier upsetter

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
Tyler Smith and CR Hope snuck through traffic to take home the top prize in the $24,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace Friday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The duo lit up the tote board, paying $47.20 to win.   Starting from post one in the eight-horse lineup, Smith got away evenly in the center of the pack with CR Hope and watched several lead changes before the halfway ma...
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Fox Valley Touche wins Desperate Lady

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
Exhibiting the talent she showed while racking up five victories and almost $160,000 in earnings despite chasing division champion and 2010 Illinois Horse of the Year Pardon throughout her 2-year-old season, James Runyan and Paula Smith’s Fox Valley Touche made her sophomore debut a winning one as she rolled over eight other 3-year-old state-bred pacing fillies in Friday’s $9,000 Desperate Lad...
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3-year-old fillies compete in Calif. Sire Stakes

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
Sophomore fillies, on both gaits, competed in two $15,000 California Sires Stakes on Friday at Cal-Expo. In the first of the two divisions, this for the trotters in a non-wagering event, Claim Jumper was a three-move repeat winner. Leaving from post three in the field of a half-dozen for driver Steve Desomer, the filly left and had the lead just a sixteenth of a mile plus after the start before ...
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Yankee Glide offspring win big in Europe

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
The Klosterskogen 4-year-old race, arranged in memory of  W.C. Habib, was contested Saturday afternoon in Norway. It had many U.S. imports and Muscles Wiking BR (Muscles Yankee-Sappho Blue Chip) was played the heavy favorite because of his 11 wins in 15 starts. But a gallopp after about a half mile of the 2,100-meter distance destroyed his chances for a win although he managed to recover and ...
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Hambo hopeful Mythical Hall wins Scioto qualie

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
Mythical Hall, a sophomore son of Andover Hall, shot to the front at the start of his qualifier at Scioto Downs on Saturday and won easily in 1:59.1 by two lengths.   The bay colt was driven in his first 2011 outing by Hugh Beatty for trainer Jim Arledge and owners Thomas York and Joe Sbrocco.  The track was listed fast despite earlier rains.   Last season Mythical Hall won thr...
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Five Levy splits wrap up preliminaries

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
Saturday night found Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five, $50,000 divisions went to post.   The opening event was won by the 2-5 Foreign Officer (Tim Tetrick). Leaving from post position four, he stepped around pole-sitter Blueridge Western (Jason Bartlett), then held sway through "good" intervals of :26.4, :56...
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Europan Union upsets in Pocono open

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
Undaunted by some of the heavyweight pacers in the field, Europan Union parlayed a pocket trip into a thrilling victory in Saturday night’s featured Open Handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night’s top purse of $30,000.   The field of seven in the race included Western Shore and Hypnotic Blue Chip and Whiskey Pete, winner of back-to-back Opens at Chester ...
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St. Elmo Hero starts new win streak

on 04/23/2011 2:00 AM
One week after seeing the end of his 25-race unbeaten streak, St. Elmo Hero got back on the winning track Saturday night as he drew clear to a two-length victory in 1:51.4 in the $45,000 Open Pace at Woodbine Racetrack.   St. Elmo Hero had not tasted defeat in his career until he fell victim to a huge late rally by Art Professor in last Saturday's feature at Woodbine. St. Elmo Hero al...
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Look Cheap and Lady Kelleigh Anne win Ontario Spring Filly elims

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
Fifteen fillies of the sophomore variety trucked to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday evening to contest a pair of eliminations for this year's Ontario Spring Filly Stakes.Look Cheap was treated to a ground-saving trip in her $20,000 tilt, and when she was called on for sprinting speed in the stretch by driver Mark MacDonald she complied.MacDonald tucked the 1-5 favorite into the three-hole while A A...
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A Yonkers six pack for Brennan

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
George Brennan won half of Yonkers Raceway's dozen races Thursday night.Yonkers' leading driver wasted no time. He won the $8,000, pacing opener, lasting on the lead with odds-on General McArdle ($3.80) in 2:05.4  for the mile-and-one-sixteenth distance.He swept the $11 early double when Keystone Torch ($7.70) held sway in the $12,000, second-race trot (2:05.4). After finishing second in the ...
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Big Jim wins in 1:52.3 at Southern Oaks

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
Reigning Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winner Big Jim missed the Southern Oaks Training Center track record by just three-fifths of a second in an impressive 1:52.3 qualifying victory Friday morning. The appearance at the center in Sorrento, Fla., was the first of 2011 for last year’s freshman divisional champion in both the U.S. and Canada. With regular driver Phil Hudon coming south from his ...
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Matchmaker prelims in the book

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
The last chance for the ladies to impress the judges came Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three $40,000 divisions went postward, with All Spirit (George Brennan) taking the opening event in 1:54.   Leaving from post position four, she worked out a second-over trip behind Shanghai Lil (Eric Goodell). Ticket to...
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GM Jeff Smith leaving Hoosier Park

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
Jeffrey Smith will be leaving his position as general manager of racing for Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on April 30 due to a restructuring of his position. He will continue in his position as managing director of rRacing for Hoosier Park’s parent, Centaur LLC, for a limited period of time to assure a smooth transition as the organization continues its preparation to emerge from bankruptcy. ...
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Arch Madness bests Enough Talk at Pocono

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
Arch Madness didn’t get the chance to compete in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last October, due to injury. On Friday night, he showed up and gained some revenge.    Against a field that included the defending winner of the Breeders Crown Open Trot, Enough Talk, Arch Madness put on an impressive performance to win the featured Open Handicap trot at Pocono. The rac...
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Collage fastest in Red Star Hottie splits

on 04/22/2011 2:00 AM
Mikayla Rose enjoyed a leisurely first half on top, then blazed home to capture her second-straight division of the Red Star Hottie Pace Friday at The Meadows. Collage and Brookie B Quik also took $15,000 second-leg splits in the series for 3-year-old filly pacers, which climaxes with next Friday’s final.   Mikayla Rose rushed to the lead for Tony Hall but threw on the brakes once sh...
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