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Miss Versatility leg to Autumn Escapade

on 06/19/2011 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs hosted the first leg of the Miss Versatility trotting series on Sunday afternoon and George Brennan was in town to pilot Autumn Escapade from post position number three and they won in 1:52.3, equaling the all-time trotting mark at Tioga Downs.   Going to the quarter Brennan was sitting second behind Pembroke Heat Wave (Ed Hensley), who was hot on the front end, turning the cold...
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Hoponit hops to Hoosier win

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Hoponit and driver Peter Wrenn surprised a field of nine in the featured $24,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Friday, June 17. The duo closed in quickly late in the race to win by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:52.4, a new lifetime mark.Wrenn had Hoponit in a slow gear at the start of the race, getting away in mid pack as race favorite Go On BB and Ricky Macomber rallied ...
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Fox Valley Touche takes Filly Maywood Pace

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Flashing the form that netted her a perfect three for three record coming into Friday’s $101,000 Filly Maywood Pace final Paula Smith and James Runyan’s Fox Valley Touche had no trouble dispatching of seven other Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old pacing fillies as she cruised to a three length victory in 1:54.0 for driver Dale Hiteman.      After allowing a hard ...
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So Over sentimental NYSS winner at Buffalo

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
When a local horse, with a local trainer, and a local driver wins a $50,286 Sire Stakes race on your home track, the place goes wild. That’s exactly what happened Friday night as So Over, driven by Ray Fisher Jr., and trained by Jim Graham, won in season’s best 1:55.4 for the Cadesway Stables of Alden, NY.   There were both tears of joy and sadness, as driver Ray Fisher Jr. proclai...
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Lisa America second to Rapide Lebel in Finland

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Elitlopp runner-up Rapide Lebel lived up to his billing as the favorite in the KYMI Grand Prix in Kouvola, Finland, on Saturday. With a perfect drive by Eric Raffin, he won the race over the Guida Italian-owned, Jerry Riordan-trained Lisa America in a mile rate time of 1:57.1 over 2,100 meters. Rain had fallen just before the main event and had turned the track sloppy.   Lisa America t...
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Handicappers weigh in with NA Cup picks

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
With the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup set for Saturday, June 18 at Mohawk Racetrack, WEG's media department got the inside scoop from some of North America's top handicappers as they provided their NA Cup picks along with some insight for tonight's featured race.   Greg Blanchard – (Western Fair Raceway)--Powerful Mist Powerful Mist overcame poor cover to win easily in his e...
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American Ideal colt's 1:55.2 leads baby races

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
More 2 year olds were in action in baby races at the Meadowlands Saturday morning and the fastest winner of the 17 races was Heston Blue Chip, a colt by American Ideal who scored in 1:55.2. After taking the lead before the half and reaching that station in :59.3, Heston Blue Chip picked up the pace and turned on the afterburners for driver Tim Tetrick in the homestretch with a :26.4 last quarter. ...
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Richard Heffering dies at age 58

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Former harness racing industry participant Richard P. Heffering of Greenwich, Conn., died Friday morning after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 58 years old. Heffering is the son of Hall of Famer R. Peter Heffering and brother of David Heffering of Tara Hills Stud Farm fame. Richard previously owned horses such as Giant Mermaid and Lifelong Victory and was also the listed breeder of 2001 H...
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Crys Dream cruises to 1:53.2 Elegantimage win

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Crys Dream made winning the $519,000 Elegantimage look easy, cruising to a stakes-record 1:53.2 victory, her 11th in 12 career starts.   With regular driver Luc Ouellette in the sulky, Crys Dream started from post four and was settled third at the pylons as Lukes Sophie was rushed away from post 10 by driver Jody Jamieson and took the early lead. Lukes Sophie yielded to Eagle Canada just be...
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Blue Porsche takes Goodtimes in 1:54.2

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Randy Waples tried to steal the $347,000 Goodtimes final with Sim Brown, but Blue Porsche lived up to his name, showing a high-performance gear to track down the pacesetter and win the race in 1:54.2.   Sim Brown, who has been battling lameness issues, started from post nine, but regular driver Randy Waples showed confidence in the horse and sent him to the front. They didn't clear to the f...
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Up The Credit uses big closing kick to win NA Cup

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Up The Credit couldn't be denied and won the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Big Bad John set the early pace, but Up The Credit got into the flow behind Roll With Joe and eventually kicked into overdrive to pace to the win in 1:49.3. Roll With Joe got up for second while Big Jim rallied from off the pace for third. The pacesetting Big Bad John held on for f...
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Yonkers holds Summer Festival

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's second Summer Festival was held Saturday night, and with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, a fun evening was had by all. With the weatherman's complete cooperation, the free, family-themed event brought out a large and enthusiastic crowd.   Held on the track apron, the Festival included rides, games with prizes, a water bottle giveaway, a New York Lottery golf game, ...
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Beal elims to I'm The Answer, "Stephen," Dejarmbro

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
I’m The Answer set a new track record on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for 3-year-old geldings on the trot while winning one of three eliminations for the inaugural Earl Beal Jr. Memorial trot in 1:52.4. The Beal Memorial final for 3-year-old open trotters will be held next Saturday night at Pocono and carries a purse of $500,000. Two other elims were won by Pastor Stephen (1:53....
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Trick Man's 1:50.4 Meadows score a lifetime best

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
Trick Man had to work hard for the lead but was unassailable once he got there, capturing Saturday’s $22,500 Preferred Pace at The Meadows in a career-best 1:50.4. Sent off a 9-1 longshot, Trick Man was parked the opening panel by 9-10 favorite Here We Go Again, who settled into the pocket to await the stretch drive. But Trick Man responded to the urging of trainer/driver Ray Paver and down...
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Fast wins by See You At Peelers, Won The West

on 06/18/2011 2:00 AM
The undefeated See You At Peelers took the $601,000 Fan Hanover final in stakes equalling time at Mohawk, Saturday night. The only victory that might have been this easy on North America Cup night was when Won The West ran off to capture the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup in 1:47.2, equaling Primetime Bobcat's all-time Canadian record.   As for See You At Peelers, she picked u...
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Aaron Miller gets first career win

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
The win behind Cambest Treasure will forever hold significance for trainer-driver Aaron Miller. The 32-year-old reinsman secured his first career driving and training win with the mare in the eighth race Tuesday, June 14.At odds of $11.30 to one, Cambest Treasure began her trip from post three and settled in nicely behind Ring Around Rosie and Tyler Smith through the first quarter in a time of :28...
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Raymer following in father's footsteps

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Tyler Raymer is quickly following in the footsteps of his father, Jim, as the go-to guy for problem trotters. The 36-year-old trainer is using the training and shoeing techniques he learned from his father, who turned $6,000 yearling Green Day into a millionaire, to turn castoffs and fumbly gaited horses into money winners.  Sevruga is one of his successful projects so far. The 3-year-old gel...
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Rock’em rolls in Summer Survivor series

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Rock’em gamely held on after a tough trip to win the second of two $15,000 semi finals of the Summer Survivor Series for 3-year-old conditioned pacers on Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Left first up before the half, Rock ‘em sustained his bid and held off Four Corners by a length in 1:51.4. Nathan Feelsgood was another half-length behind them in third. Driven by David Miller, Rock‘e...
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Jezzy fastest of six pack in 230G NYSS

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $230,010 New Rochelle Trot for 3-year-old fillies.Six consecutive events went postward, and, of was case 10 nights ago, Jezzy (Ray Schnittker) left her mark first ($38,685 opening division)---and fastest Leaving from post position No. 7 as the 15-centas-oents-on-the-dollar favorite, Jezzy had to overcome...
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Eagle Hilarious wins at Vernon

on 06/17/2011 2:00 AM
Eagle Hilarious took to Vernon Downs’ 7/8ths-mile-track in speedy and impressive fashion, posting a 1:52.3 career-best triumph in Thursday night’s $6,000 featured ninth event.With trainer Claude Huckabone, III doing the steering for owner Hugo Iodice, Eagle Hilarious ($8.10) challenged Won Night Stand for the early lead, took charge after the half, timed in :56.2, and then drew off to an easy ...
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