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Major Bay, Threefiftytwo win OSS Golds

on 09/24/2019 8:39 AM
Neither of the favorites in Monday night’s 2-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions enjoyed their trip around Grand River Raceway, but Major Bay and Threefiftytwo thoroughly enjoyed all of the Elora oval’s amenities, including the winner’s circle.   In the first $105,600 division fans sent Horse Trader off as their top choice and the colt made an early break th...
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Mass.-bred 2YOs sweep Plainridge finals

on 09/24/2019 8:33 AM
The $20,000 Wood End Light trot and $20,000 Nauset Light pace finals, both for 2-year-old starters, were held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon and both winners were Massachusetts-bred horses.    In the Wood End Light, Life Is A Feast (Royalty For Life-Luau Hanover) went off the prohibitive favorite and didn’t let his backers down. Driver Howard Parker cut fractio...
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Georgie Nap wins 5 at Pocono Monday

on 09/23/2019 8:49 PM
The leading driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, both at this meet and in the history of the track, George Napolitano Jr., won five races on the Monday twilight card. The quintet raises his seasonal total to 269 at the mountain oval, 98 ahead of his brother Anthony, who is second in the standings. Completing the five-bagger for “George Nap” was the Delmarvalous gelding Nine ...
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American Nitro scores in Del. Breeders elim

on 09/23/2019 8:43 PM
American Nitro ($2.10, Victor Kirby) and Leonard's Legacy ($2.40, Jon Roberts) each completed a sweep of their $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old pacing eliminations Monday at Harrington Raceway with dominant victories.  Owned by Henry Faragalli III, Nanticoke Racing, Arthur Feeney and Daniel Doane, "Nitro" cruised to an easy win over White Lands ...
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Trillions Hanover leads Keystone Classic winners

on 09/23/2019 8:41 PM
Trillions Hanover continued her red-hot ways Monday at The Meadows, capturing her third straight — all stakes — in a division of the $59,300 Keystone Classic. Sweet Cherry took the other split in the event for 3-year-old filly pacers.   Trillions Hanover entered the Keystone Classic off impressive victories in the Lady Maud and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake leg but appeared t...
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Ontario's Walter Parkinson, 69, dies

on 09/23/2019 1:04 PM
Longtime Standardbred breeder/owner Walter Parkinson Sr. of Lucan, Ont., passed away at University Hospital on Friday, Sept. 20. He was 69.   Mr. Parkinson bred and owned Standardbreds since the 1970s and was passionate about the industry. Highlighting his involvement was the success of Lady D M, both as a multiple stakes winning filly and as a broodmare, and his 2019 Ontario Sires St...
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Sunny Dee sets Ont. Sires Stakes record

on 09/23/2019 8:41 AM
Ontario’s top 3-year-old pacing fillies waged an epic battle at Flamboro Downs on Sunday night as they wrapped up their Gold Series regular season in a single $158,000 division. Top point earners Sunny Dee, Boadicea and Powerful Chris lined up at Posts 2, 4 and 10 in the 10-filly field and when the gate swung away all three were mixing it up through a sharp :26.3 opening quarter. Thats ...
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NYSS Excelsior finals contested at Saratoga

on 09/23/2019 8:24 AM
There were eight Excelsior A Finals contested on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The culmination of the summer-long Excelsior series saw eight divisions which each went for a purse of $55,000 on a beautiful late summer evening in the Spa City. Two and three-year-old trotters who competed starting in late spring and through the summer saw their stakes campaigns culminate on Saturday...
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Scirocco Rob scores in Pocono feature trot

on 09/23/2019 8:22 AM
Favored Scirocco Rob sat behind second choice Whats The Word for most of the $17,500 trotting feature on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then moved out in the stretch and got by that tough rival by a half-length in 1:52.1, just a tick off his lifetime mark. Whats The Word buzzed away right to the lead, while the looped Scirocco Rob made his way to the pocket before the lively...
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NJSS announces new races for 4 year olds

on 09/22/2019 5:53 PM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new races for 4-year-old trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020.  The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders’ Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development ...
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Western Fame wins in 1:48.1 at Hollywood Dayton

on 09/22/2019 2:01 AM
 Western Fame tuned up for the Friday night (Sept. 27) $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby with a stellar winning 1:48.1 performance in Saturday’s $17,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The clocking was the second fastest in the six year history of the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval.    Trainer-driver Dan Noble gunned the 6 year old son of Western Ideal ...
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A sloppy Night of Champions at Hawthorne

on 09/22/2019 1:59 AM
After a string of weeks of gorgeous weather at Hawthorne Race Course, Mother Nature wasn’t nearly as kind when it came to Saturdays Night of Champions.  The 12 race card kicked off with a fast track, but the skies opened up prior to the start of the 11 stakes events, leaving for sloppy going through the stakes action.   THE ROBERT S MOLARO CHAMPIONSHIP   Jim...
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Sweet Rock bests Springsteen at Pocono

on 09/22/2019 12:19 AM
Aggressive handling by driver Eric Carlson helped the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Sweet Rock to defeat 2-5 favorite Springsteen in 1:50.1 to take the $21,500 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. Sweet Rock left hard from the rail and would not let Atta Boy Dan (more on him in a minute) go by early; once putting that rival behind Carlson started to hit the brakes...
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Darling Mearas S best in Yonkers open trot

on 09/22/2019 12:17 AM
Favored Darling Mearas S (Ake Svanstedt, $4.60) threw down the gauntlet Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Trot.    Despite no previous small-track experience and having to requalify after two Tioga breaks, Darling Mearas S beat the boys and made them cry.   Offering high speed from post position No. 4, Darling Mearas S was ginge...
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Tall Dark Stranger wins Metro in stakes record 1:49.1

on 09/22/2019 12:14 AM
 Undefeated rookie Tall Dark Stranger established a new stakes record with a 1:49.1 victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Metro Pace.   The son of Bettor’s Delight angled from the two-hole and cruised home in :27, giving his driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first victory in harness racing’s richest race for 2 year olds. &n...
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Play For Pay, Fully A Virgin win Ind. SS

on 09/21/2019 10:54 PM
Fresh off a big night of Grand Circuit racing action, two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 21. The sophomore pacing fillies have now completed seven rounds of their eight round series. The Indiana Sires Stakes seaso...
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First Call takes Vernon trot feature in 1:54.3

on 09/21/2019 10:52 PM
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) captured the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept. 21). First Call ($5.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4.  She would lead to the half in :57.1.  Rose Run Sydney (John MacDonald) went first over and put on the pressure.  First Call lead was down to a half length at the three-quarter pole....
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Caviart Ally captures another Milton

on 09/21/2019 10:20 PM
Caviart Ally defended her Milton Stakes title with a stakes record 1:48.3 victory in Saturday’s $250,000 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The five-year-old pacing mare shot to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and never looked back, pacing a :53.3 back-half to secure her second Milton Stakes victory.   “I knew in th...
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Lyons Sentinel sets Canadian mark in SAGL

on 09/21/2019 10:18 PM
Lyons Sentinel entered the Canadian harness racing record books with a stunning 1:49.3 victory in Saturday’s $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous converted off a two-hole trip to win for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. in a Stakes, Track and Canadian Record time. ...
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Goes Down Smooth's 1:52.3 sets Mea mark

on 09/21/2019 9:53 PM
Goes Down Smooth drew away from the field late with a powerful finishing kick that carried him to victory in a track-record 1:52.3 in Saturday’s $75,299 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The mile lowered the mark set by Explosivebreakaway in another Keystone Classic division only about 30 minutes earlier. ...
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