Big day of Simpson Stakes at Harrah’s Philly

on 09/29/2019 8:58 PM
The fall stakes season at Harrah’s Philadelphia began on Sunday with four $30,000 divisions of the John Simpson Memorial Stake for three-year-old colts on both gaits. Longtime Yonkers stalwart Jason Bartlett came to Philly on Sunday and won four races, three of them in stakes company. Two of the stakes triumphs came on the trot, including the fastest winner of the quartet, the Trixton c...
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Workin Ona Mystery rallies for victory

on 09/29/2019 6:05 PM
Entering from several off-the-board finishes, Brian Brown trainee Workin Ona Mystery catapulted off cover to pace the quickest mile of the three divisions of the $267,400 Captaintreacherous Bluegrass Stakes—sponsored by the Captaintreacherous Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—on Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Semi Tough took command from Dancin Lou entering the first turn and le...
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When Dovescry, Beautiful Sin take Bluegrass

on 09/29/2019 6:02 PM
Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry took control early and turned away all challengers with a swift final quarter to win the first of two divisions of the $218,000 Bar Hopping Bluegrass Stakes—sponsored by the Bar Hopping Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—on the Sunday, Sept. 29 program at The Red Mile. Driver Simon Allard sent the Muscle Hill filly to the point from post 6 whil...
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Mister Muscle takes Saratoga Open Trot

on 09/29/2019 5:07 PM
Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) wrapped up a big day for his connections as the five year old trotter won the Sunday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Melissa Beckwith and owner Patricia Schneeberger recorded three winners on the matinee card as a trio of Beckwith trainees recorded Sunday scores.   Mister Muscle’s victory in the $15,000 Open Trot was his second straight with Mark Beck...
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Greenshoe: "I think he can go in 1:48"

on 09/29/2019 5:04 PM
Surpassing $1 million in earnings, Greenshoe coasted to a 1:49.4 victory in the first of two divisions of the $192,200 International Moni Bluegrass Stakes—sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm—as trainer Marcus Melander swept the pair of sophomore trotting events Sunday, Sept. 29 at The Red Mile. Greenshoe raced third to a :26.3 first quarter set by C...
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Backstretch With Gordon: The heat goes on

on 09/29/2019 10:59 AM
It’s Day 5 of this year’s Backstretch With Gordon, which is sometimes imitated but never duplicated. Thanks again greatly to Steve and Cindy Stewart and Hunterton Farm and Hunterton Sales Agency for the kind sponsorship.    I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but records are being broken in Lexington—and not just on the track. Yes, I’m still ta...
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Henry leads big Grassroots night at Mohawk

on 09/29/2019 8:19 AM
Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park for Saturday’s three-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals with an almost insurmountable lead in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver’s standings and the Arthur resident boosted his point tally with three victories. Henry’s first two wins came with Bob McIntosh trainees Judge Ken and Splurge On Me in the three-year-old trotting colt and fill...
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Big efforts win Vernon, Saratoga features

on 09/29/2019 6:55 AM
Sweet Deisel (Dan Daley) and Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) captures the $6,000 co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday. Sweet Deisel ($12.40) came flying late to grab the first $6,000 featured pace. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.1.  He maintained the lead at the halfway mark in :55. Sometimes Said (John...
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Tullow N wins rainy Batavia open

on 09/29/2019 6:51 AM
  A torrential rainstorm rolled into Genesee County just prior to post time and downgraded conditions to sloppy before the first race ever hit the track. But the inclement weather and less than desirable track conditions did not prevent Tullow N from imposing his will on his foes in winning the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night. Tullow N (John Cummings Jr...
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Scott Rocks rocks in Pocono feature

on 09/29/2019 6:48 AM
The 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding Scott Rocks returned to his “hometown” track of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night and won the $21,500 featured pace in 1:49.3 – the 58th win of his career, and his 30th victory at Pocono over the years. George Napolitano Jr. left sharply with Scott Rocks, let Anythingforlove A get to the lead by the :26....
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American History’s 1:49.3 equals Yonkers record

on 09/29/2019 6:44 AM
American History (Joe Bongiorno, $2.30) matched Yonkers Raceway’s all-age track record Saturday night, dusting an age-restricted handicap field in 1:49.3.    Assigned outside his five rivals in the $35,000, fifth-race pace, American History floated into a four-hole as Turbo Hill (Eric Goodell) laid down a flat 27-second opening quarter mile and :55.1 intermission.  ...
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Gingras Beach captures Keystone Classic

on 09/28/2019 9:11 PM
Dismissed at 9-1, Gingras Beach used a confident first-over move to notch his initial stakes victory in Saturday’s $70,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Starship captured the other division in the event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Gingras Beach had only three overnight races on his card and was third down the backside behind 3-5 favorite Patriot Nation. But Tony...
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Treacherous Reign takes Bluegrass 3FP

on 09/28/2019 6:14 PM
Treacherous Reign overpowered her competition in the $163,100 American Ideal Bluegrass Stakes, sponsored by Brittany Stallion Management, on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile as she ground a first-over trip to win by a length. Beautyonthebeach was sent forward from post 6, but 4-5 favorite Tall Drink Hanover quickly swooped by just after a :26.2 opening quarter. She maintained the lead to th...
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Elver Hanover fastest 2YO male pacer

on 09/28/2019 5:11 PM
Elver Hanover stayed unbeaten when popping pocket to win the $80,950 first division of the $324,800 Stay Hungry Bluegrass Two-Year-Old Colt Pace—sponsored by the Stay Hungry Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms—with a world-record 1:48.3 effort on Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Red Mile. Odds-on favorite Catch The Fire led through a quarter in :27, half in :54 and three-quarters in 1:21.2 be...
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Caviart Heather upsets at 25-1 in Renaissance

on 09/28/2019 4:51 PM
Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of stakes for 2-year-old pacers on Saturday (September 28). In the Renaissance Final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Lucy Lightyear was sent off as the 6/5 favorite, coming off three straight wins. However, Caviart Heather pulled off the upset, winning at 25/1. In the early stages, Joe Bongiorno and Sus kept Lucy Lightyear and Stacy Chiodo parked out through fast fra...
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Breeders Crown announces purse hike

on 09/28/2019 12:54 PM
The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the $6 million Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses on seven of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown championship races to held at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 25 and 26. “In recent years the Breeders Crown program has enjoyed support on all fronts — from breeders, owners, trainers and stallion nominators, and we alway...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Nancy and her girl

on 09/28/2019 11:01 AM
I made a trip around The Red Mile backstretch this warm Saturday morning and on the second time around I saw trainer Nancy Johansson standing by the fence with a horse. I walked over to congratulate Nancy on her world-record win with Manchego last night in the Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton, and she said, “This is my girl.” So I was able to take this great photo of Nancy and th...
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Spoiler Alert best in Vernon feature

on 09/27/2019 11:36 PM
Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) won the $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday. Spoiler Alert ($6.40) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.4.  Arch Credit (Kyle DiBenedetto) took over and led the way to the half in :57. He continued to control the race by hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2. Spoiler Alert, who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty C...
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Jimmy Freight upsets in Dayton Pacing Derby

on 09/27/2019 11:32 PM
Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) upset a field that included five millionaires to capture the $151,750 Dayton Pacing Derby on Friday at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 10-1 long shot topped McWicked (Brian Sears) and Western Fame (Dan Noble) by a length and a quarter in 1:48.3.    Western Fame made the pace through :26.1, :53.3 and 1:20.4 splits before McWicked came calling around ...
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Manchego wins Dayton Trotting Derby in WR 1:50.1

on 09/27/2019 11:28 PM
Manchego not only won the $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby over a talented field of older male trotters, the 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill obliterated the Hollywood Dayton Raceway track record and established a new world record for trotting mares on a five-eighths mile oval. The 1:50.1 clocking shaved a fifth of a second off the previous best by both Mission Brief and Emoticon Hanov...
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