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Define The World easy 1:52.1 winner

on 05/02/2011 2:00 AM
In his last start in North America before heading to Norway for the Oslo Grand Prix, Define The World turned in a huge victory at Woodbine Monday night, leading virtually gate-to-wire and winning the $45,000 Open by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:52.1.   Driver Paul MacDonell sent Define The World to a quick lead and then dictated splits of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:24.1 before his horse jogged home. San Pail...
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Yonkers handle tops $1 million Saturday night

on 05/01/2011 2:00 AM
Although there was no show wagering on the George Morton Levy Memorial or Blue Chip Matchmaker finals, the strong Saturday night card at Yonkers Raceway propelled the track to a million-dollar handle. Handle for the 12-race Yonkers card hit $1,066,944.   Meanwhile, Woodbine handled $1,413,961 for 11 races and Balmoral Park generated a $914,175 handle from 12 races.
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Define The World races Monday before shipping

on 05/01/2011 2:00 AM
Paul MacDonell and Define the World are set to ship out and battle for one of the world's most prestigious events, the Elitlopp in Sweden. This will be the duo’s second trip overseas. Last year, in the Oslo Grand Prix in Norway, Define The World finished third but that was followed up by a disappointing fifth-place effort in the Elitlopp elimination, which did not advance him to the final. &nbs...
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Pickens Russell dies at 96

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Pickens Russell, a veteran horseman who lived out his retirement years in his native Alabama, died Thursday at age 96. Russell was the brother of Hall of Fame horseman Sanders Russell and the uncle of new Hall of Famer Walter Russell, who will be inducted this summer.   Mr. Russell died in his ancestral home on the family farm in Stevenson, Alabama, where he had lived his entire life, excep...
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Smoken Up's 1:48.5 first sub-1:50 Down Under mile

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Smoken Up, an 8-year-old gelding by the Winbak Farm-bred Tinted Cloud, became the first horse to win a race in sub-1:50 time in Australasia on Saturday night when he won the $100,000 one-mile Les Smith Memorial in 1:48.5 at the seven-eighths mile Tabcorp Park Menangle outside of Sydney, Australia. Mr. Feelgood, the 2006 Little Brown Jug winner, finished third.   Smoken Up, who earlier ...
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Commander Crowe stars in Finland

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Commander Crowe, who put together an extensive winning streak a couple of years ago but then suffered from ailments and saw his abilities compromised, appears to be back in top form after a strong victory in the Finlandia at the Vermo track in Helsinki on Saturday. The 8-year-old gelding won in a mile rate time of 1:58.4 over 2,100 meters (about 1.3 miles). Meanwhile, in Sweden, Maharajah was vict...
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Takter Stable stars win qualifiers

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Stars from the Jimmy Takter Stable were shipped to the Meadowlands Saturday to prep for their 3-year-old campaigns, and the results were good. Pastor Stephen, Thatsnotmyname and See You At Peelers, all top 2 year olds last season, won their qualifiers, as did the now 5-year-old pacer Vintage Master.   Marcus Johansson drove Pastor Stephen 2, 1:56 (Cantab Hall) to a 1:56.4 score. Johansson w...
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McIntosh says Strike An Attitude about ready

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
A trio of stable stars from the Bob McIntosh barn are nearly ready to begin their 2011 campaigns. Strike An Attitude, Lauren and Windsong Soprano are just a few weeks away from qualifying according to the veteran conditioner.   After racing primary on the Grand Circuit last year as a 2-year-old, Strike An Attitude is looking to extend her already impressive $582,614 bankroll. The homebred d...
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Tomorrowpan captures Matchmaker final

on 04/30/2011 2:00 AM
Tomorrowpan (Dan Dube) did very good work from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $301,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker going away.   Leaving from post position four, Tomorrowpan made an immediate lead. Ginger And Fred (Yannick Gingras), last season's series champ and this night's pole-sitting, 1-2 favorite (with entrymate Breakheart Pass), wanted no part of a tw...
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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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