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Little Rocket Man hopes to come up big at Hoosier Park

on 09/19/2019 12:33 PM
Little Rocket Man might be on the small side, but it has not prevented the 3-year-old pacer from coming up big for trainer Missy Essig and owners Russ Beeman and Jack Freeman. The gelding, unraced at age 2, has won 10 of 14 races this season and earned $137,630 as he heads to his first career Grand Circuit event, Friday’s $170,000 Jenna’s Beach Boy Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosi...
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Stella A fastest of DSBF leg winners

on 09/18/2019 9:08 PM
Four $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for 2-year-old trotters headlined the Wednesday program at Harrington Raceway. The first division saw an impressive front end effort by Linda Macdonald's Stella A ($7, Ross Wolfenden), who scored a 2:03 victory over Alert and Dabigspookybootah. The Anders Bluestone filly is trained by Joe Macdonald. The secon...
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HP Sissy takes Batavia mare Pace feature

on 09/18/2019 9:05 PM
HP Sissy has been racing in the shadows of the mares competing in the top distaff class at Batavia Downs of late, settling for minor spoils since her only win in Genesee County this year on August 7. But with a renewed sense of purpose and a driver change that reunited her with the reinsman she scored her first win of the year with in February, HP Sissy went a dominating mile in gate to wire fas...
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Warrawee Ubeaut dominates in 49th Jugette

on 09/18/2019 6:27 PM
The decision by the connections of Warrawee Ubeaut to race her in Wednesday afternoon's $259,600 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware, Ohio fairgrounds and not Thursday's Little Brown Jug against the boys paid off as the daughter of Sweet Lou crushed her foes in both her elim and decisive second heat.   After romping by 6 1/4 lengths in the second of two $59,200 J...
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The Wall hits the wire first at Harrah’s Philadelphia

on 09/18/2019 5:12 PM
The Somebeachsomewhere gelding The Wall gave a solid performance in the $14,500 featured pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, stopping the timer in 1:51.1. Each of the four panels on the timer reflected :27.4 quarters, but The Wall did not pace each of his own four splits in that figure. He was fourth, four lengths off, approaching the end of the first turn when To...
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Hannah, Keystone Eureka win 2YO Standardbreds

on 09/18/2019 5:05 PM
Two-year-old filly trotter Hannah and driver Andy Miller cruised to a 3 ½-length victory in the $46,000 Standardbred trot in Wednesday action at the Delaware County Fair. When the field of six was sent on their way, Miller sent the eventual winner right to the front and was able to control the fractions of :28.4 :58.1 and 1:27.1. Hannah used a :28.4 last quarter ...
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Dadoyan new Director of Racing at MGM Yonkers

on 09/18/2019 3:04 PM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York’s Executive Director, Alex Dadoyan, will be leaving his position at the SOA of NY to take a position with MGM Resorts Yonkers Raceway as Director of Racing. “MGM having someone with his knowledge of the racing game will be beneficial in both the short and long term for the racing product at Y...
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Black Box Mixed entries open until Oct. 23

on 09/18/2019 2:18 PM
To enhance the end-of-season options for racehorse owners and breeders, Standardbred Horse Sales Company will continue to accept entries to its Annual Mixed Sale in Harrisburg until 12 Noon on Oct. 23, for inclusion in a supplement catalog.   The supplement will be printed and distributed at the sale, made available for download online ...
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Trotting colts rebound in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 09/18/2019 6:42 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off a busy week of live racing action on Tuesday with two $65,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. After tasting defeat in their last stakes engagements, TJ’s Top Pick and Brigotto rebounded impressively to score in their respective divisions and deliver as the heavy post time favorit...
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Lyons River Pride wins Pocono feature

on 09/17/2019 9:09 PM
The Sombeachsomewhere mare Lyons River Pride held off foes to both sides during a :27 last quarter to lower her mark to 1:50 while winning the $17,500 feature for distaff pacers during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Simon Allard hustled the winner of $331,271 to the lead mid-first turn, with Medusa defending the pocket and forcing favorite Divas Image ...
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Action Uncle's 1:54 sets new OBC mark

on 09/17/2019 5:07 PM
Action Uncle rewrote the record book in winning the second division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman colt trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair.  The Uncle Peter established a new stake, track and world’s record with his 1:54 victory over Big Box Hanover (Dan Noble) and Count On Barney (Kurt Sugg).  Driver Brett Miller sent the eventual winner...
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Special Jug edition of Weekend Preview available!

on 09/17/2019 4:09 PM
It’s time for the Little Brown Jug at the fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, and in the special Jug edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Ron Burke reveals why he strongly considered racing the filly Warrawee Ubeaut against the boys in the Jug and not the Jugette. Burke decided on the Jugette, so Fan Hanover’s win in 1981 will continue to hold its place in history as the only ...
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Average price up at Morrisville sale

on 09/17/2019 3:59 PM
The annual Morrisville Sale concluded on Sunday, Sept 15. Held at Morrisville College in New York, the 51 yearlings sold grossed $813, 909, for an average of $15,959. The sale again showed an increase in average, posting an 18.4 percent increase.   Topping the sale was Hip 34, So Diva, a So Surreal-Dreaming Diva filly consigned by Pine Hill Stables of Cohocton, NY and purcha...
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Woodside Charm purchased by Hunterton group

on 09/17/2019 2:12 PM
World champion Woodside Charm 2, 1:53 ($531,658), winner of the 2018 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, has been sold to Hunterton Farm’s Steve Stewart and partners. Bloodstock agent Ernie Martinez put together the sale.   “She was a big number cost wise, but she is a big-time mare,” said Stewart when asked about the price. “I will say she was very, very exp...
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Charters, Gural, Popfinger, Tetrick elected to Hall of Fame

on 09/17/2019 12:20 PM
Results from the balloting for harness racing’s highest honor, membership in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, and from the balloting for the Communicators Hall of Fame, have been tabulated and certified. Four candidates have received the sport’s highest honor, election into the Harness Racing Hall Of Fame: Tom Charters, of the Hambletonian Society and Breeders Crown; Jeff Gural, r...
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Catalogs now available for Hoosier Classic

on 09/17/2019 9:05 AM
Catalogs are now available for the annual Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale in Indianapolis, Ind. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, the auction will be held Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Start time for both sessions is 10 am.   A total of 370 Indiana-sired yearlings have been cataloged with yearlings by t...
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Dream Dancing sets Gratz, Pa., track record

on 09/16/2019 9:42 PM
The Dave Brickell 1-2 punch of powerful pacing females – freshman Dream Dancing and sophomore Crew Sock Hanover – were the headline attractions during an excellent two-day stand of state Fair Sire Stakes racing during the Gratz Fair in this central Pennsylvania town. Dream Dancing set a new track record for her division with a 1:58.3 victory during two-year-old action on Sunday, k...
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Mitchell Cushing wins 5 at Plainridge

on 09/16/2019 9:25 PM
Plainridge Park’s leading driver Mitchell Cushing exhibited why he’s at the top of the charts this year after winning five races on the 11-race card at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 16).   The highlight of the afternoon was a sharp come-from-behind score with Starznheaven in the $14,000 Winners-Over pace that was the feature race of the day.   Starznheaven tu...
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Governor sees American History win Quillen

on 09/16/2019 9:21 PM
Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing's American History ($10.20, Joe Bongiorno) was a 1:49.3 winner in the 13th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway Monday.  It is the biggest race of the year at the half-mile racetrack, named in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was an avid supp...
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Aunt Rose sets 1:54 stakes mark at Delaware

on 09/16/2019 7:21 PM
Trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver and co-owner Steven Zeehandler swept the $102,368 Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters in Monday action at the Delaware County Fair. In the second $51,184 division, the field of six raced in post position order through the first three-eighths of a mile until driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. eased Aunt Rose off the rail and sprinted clear to sc...
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