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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Shorething Fashion wins 4th straight

on 09/27/2019 9:08 PM
It’s as simple as this: he’s a win machine. Shorething Fashion took his fourth straight victory at Plainridge Park in the $14,000 Open trotting feature on Friday afternoon (Sept. 27).  Driver Nick Graffam released Shorething Fashion from the gate and shot right to the front, opening up a two-length lead in :27.4. From there he coasted unencumbered to the half in :57.1 and thr...
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NJSS Development Fund races at Freehold

on 09/27/2019 5:41 PM
Freehold Raceway hosted a trio of trotting stakes on Friday, September 27. Cotton to You won the stakes with wagering, the $10,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. sent his charge right to the lead from post position one, opening up a clear early lead. At about the five-eighths point, Michael McGiver...
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Ilana Z Tam, Consus Victory score in Philly

on 09/27/2019 5:39 PM
A pair of $16,000 featured events on the Friday afternoon card at Harrah’s Philadelphia saw Ilana Z Tam take a lifetime mark of 1:52 in the contest for pacing mares and Consus Victory earn a new 1:55.1 speed badge in a trotting race. The Bettor’s Delight mare Ilana Z Tam was away third behind Odds On Clearwater and favored Tarryn A Strip, and with no outside tier advancing the win...
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2FT Ramona Hill 1:52.4 Bluegrass winner

on 09/27/2019 5:36 PM
Sent off the 1-5 favorite, Ramona Hill sat second through the mile before tipping from the pocket and striding to a 1:52.4 victory under a hand drive in the final of four divisions for the $330,000 Norman Woolworth Memorial Bluegrass Stakes on Friday, Sept. 27. Panem pushed for the front moving to a :28 opening quarter with Ramona Hill floating into the pocket. Madame Sherry sat third up the ...
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24YO Carter Pinske sweeps Bluegrass

on 09/27/2019 5:33 PM
After winning in his Grand Circuit debut, 24-year-old trainer Carter Pinske sent both winners in the $280,500 Artspeak Bluegrass Stakes—sponsored by the Artspeak Syndicate and Winbak Farms—on the Friday, Sept. 27 card at The Red Mile. Marloe Hanover made her way to the top early and withstood the backfield’s late rally to take the $139,750 opening Bluegrass division in a lif...
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Joie de Vie Farms' Antoinette Nigito dies

on 09/27/2019 1:22 PM
Antoinette (Toni) M. Nigito, 90, died Sept. 22. She and her late husband, Paul J. Nigito Sr., founded Joie De Vie Farms in Jobstown, NJ, named after the first truly great horse they owned, Joie De Vie. Her involvement in harness racing spanned 35 years and she owned many top horses, often in partnership with the Antonacci family. The Nigitos found tremendous joy being part owner of the g...
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Backstretch With Gordon: When will it rain?

on 09/27/2019 10:29 AM
It was warming up quickly this gorgeous Friday morning at The Red Mile, but it’s only a taste of what’s to come. Today’s high predicted at 92. Here’s the next five days: Saturday-94, Sunday-94, Monday-95, Tuesday-95, and Wednesday-94. It hasn't rained now in 30 days here in Lexington, so trainer Erv Miller decided to make it rain himself so he gave his flower garden a...
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