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Driving title up for grabs at Tioga

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
The Driver Standings at Tioga Downs show a close race between three drivers on the money list, and with this being the final weekend to make a surge for the lead, it’s anyone’s to win. Corey Braden, Bruce Ranger, and Jim Morrill Jr. are all within $26,000 of each other with just this final weekend to go, and it’s anybody’s race. Jim Morrill Jr. currently leads with $296,085 after last week...
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Lauren repeats at Mohawk

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Lauren was a repeat winner while Artic Byrd also emerged victorious in Thursday night’s second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series for two-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack.Artic Byrd sat well off the pace in the first split for driver Chris Christoforou and was situated in fifth position, more than five lengths off the lead, as the field turned for home. Despite the deficit, the daug...
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Finley's take: racing told to "drop dead"

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Writer Bill Finley, in a column published Thursday (July 22) on espn.com, sums up the report of New Jersey's special advisory committee on entertainment, sports and gaming, and he sums up the committee's treatment of horse racing with this observation: "A portion of the press release on the commission's report carries the headline `Creation of a Sustainable Industry Structure to Pre...
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Latest Weekend Preview Available--FREE!

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Extra, extra, read all about it! In the latest FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, read about the trio of stakes events for older horses at Mohawk, including the Maple Leaf Trot and Armbro Flight. There is also an inside look at the eliminations for the Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old colt pacers at The Meadows.   Just click on the box on the top of this homepage and after completin...
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Buckeye Nation scores in Sydney

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Ohio-bred and appropriately named Buckeye Nation won the $20,000(Aus.) Stallion Station Chariots of Fire preliminary over the seven-eighths mile Tabcorp Park Menangle oval north of Sydney on Friday night. He then drew post 10 for the $200,000 championship, set for next Friday night, July 30.  Buckeye Nation, who was bred in Ohio by Kathleen Borchers, is trained and driven by Luke McCarthy, w...
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Could Boztheman be Boz the Hambo starter?

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
The entry box for this year’s Hambletonian closes Tuesday morning, July 27, but the number of possible starters grew unexpectedly by one Thursday night when the Trond Smedshammer-trained Boztheman scored an impressive 1:53.4 win in an overnight at the Meadowlands. Smedshammer told harnessracing.com Friday morning that “it’s possible” Boztheman will be entered in the Hambletonian as a resu...
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We Will See surprises his trainer; ready for Adios

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
If the old adage about horses for courses is true, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino might as well place the Delvin Miller Adios celebratory blanket of orchids right now on We Will See. That's because the son of Western Hanover-Aberdakara, owned by Shannon DePinto and Earl Smith, is undefeated in three Meadows starts, including victories last year in a Keystone Classic division and the Pennsylvan...
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NY-sired 2YO trotting colts at Buffalo

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes circuit makes one last stop at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night, first post time 6:40 pm.  Seven divisions of freshman colt trotters will take to the Hamburg Oval going for close to $20,000 in purse money.   In the first division, race 4, trainer and driver John Hallett will have to use his driving skills to get Typical NewYorker from post eight to the winners...
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Put On A Show headlines Tarport Hap field

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Three-year-old filly pacers will step out in the $176,000 Tarport Hap on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack, and the one to watch is Put On A Show.   Put On A Show looks to deliver another winning performance as the 7-5 favorite in the first of the two $88,000 splits (race three on the card). Brian Sears will sub for her regular partner, Tim Tetrick, in the sulky.   Trained by C...
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Have you entered at the Meadowlands?

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Some harness racing advocates in New Jersey are calling for horsemen to do everything they can to support the Meadowlands entry box, which in turn will spur handle and show that the state's harness racing industry is not expendable, as this week's recommendations by the Hanson commission suggests.   In case you need a reminder, the Meadowlands entry box has the following deadlines for next ...
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Hannah Isabel, Y F Little Guy score at Yonkers

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Hannah Isabel (Cat Manzi), Y F Little Guy (Jim Pantaleano) and Mother Nature (no help needed) led Yonkers Raceway's Friday night festivities.   After a weather delay, "Hannah" put on her best rain garb and went the distance in the co-featured $42,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 5, she worked around Cheyenne Trish (Brent Holland) and led though...
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Gran Cameo a wire-to-wire winner at Scioto

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
When driver Jack Dailey got Gran Cameo to the front in the featured pace for females on Friday night at Scioto, he backed down the tempo and the six-year-old mare had more than enough left to sprint home ahead of her pursuers.   Gran Cameo won her third race in her last six starts for owner Jerry Grant and trainer Charles Ross. She went off as a slight favorite and paid $6.60 to win.  ...
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Western Graduate sets Yonkers mark in victory

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Western Graduate (Jim Pantaleano, four winners on the 13-race card) became Yonkers Raceway's fastest female ever Friday night, blowing away her final-race rivals in 1:51.3.   The track, after a mid-card rainstorm, was downgraded to "sloppy" for the final eight races.   Leaving from the pylons in the $31,000, 13th-race pace, Western Graduate gave nothing else a chance. She zipped thr...
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Airzoom Lindy lowers Vernon trotting standard

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Airzoom Lindy posted the fastest trotting mile of the 40-program meeting and a track record for 4-year-old diagonally gaited horses with his 1:54.1 triumph in Friday night’s $11,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs.   Trainer Frank Antonacci was on hand to drive Airzoom Lindy in his first official start of 2010. Leaving from post six, the well-bred son of Cantab Hall-True Diva followed...
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Indiana Downs opens 80-day harness meet

on 07/23/2010 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs kicked off its 80-day harness meet Friday, July 23 with a 12-race opening night program. Peter Wrenn, fresh off successfully defending his driving title at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, guided the Ron Otto-owned and trained Art Nation to victory in the evening’s first race. The Royal Art filly covered the mile in 1:58.   Wrenn may have taken the opener, but a quartet of ...
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Benns Sure Thing in Mighty M track record

on 07/22/2010 2:00 AM
After coming east  from the Midwest a few weeks ago it didn’t take Tyler Buter long to get his name in the Monticello Raceway record books.On Wednesday July 21 Buter hustled Benns Sure Thing up in the final strides to collar Konchie and driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. in a 1:57:3 clocking in the weekly $7,800 winners/over trot. The final race time resulted in a new track record for older trotting...
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Tammibest records personal best at Pocono

on 07/22/2010 2:00 AM
Tammibest, with Larry Stalbaum in the sulky, recorded a new life mark of 1:51.1 in winning the Wednesday night featured race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.In a race for $20,000-$25,000 claiming handicap fillies and mares pacers, Stalbaum quickly left from the seven post to grab the lead with Tammibest. The five-year-old mare, trained by Nicholas Surick, got to the opening split in 26.4, half in 5...
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Red Star Hottie cruises at The Meadows

on 07/22/2010 2:00 AM
Red Star Hottie cruised on the front end to the sixth victory in her last eight starts, capturing Wednesday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:51. After a demanding first quarter in 27, Dave Palone gave the 1-2 favorite a second-panel breather in 29. The 5-year-old daughter of As Promised-Whitehorse Fever had little trouble getting home from there...
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Antonacci "In The Sulky" Thursday at Meadowlands

on 07/22/2010 2:00 AM
Frank Antonacci will sit In The Sulky on Meadowlands Racetrack's Thursday pre-card broadcast. Antonacci, who trained Crazed to a runner-up finish in the 2008 Hambletonian, will talk about his summer stakes contenders and more.   Fans can e-mail questions for Antonacci to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com. The broadcast begins at 6:30 pm.   Can't make it to the track? Watch live on ...
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Swaney hurt in Pa. fair race accident

on 07/22/2010 2:00 AM
A nasty-looking spill marred the sixth race at the Lycoming County Fair in north-central Pennsylvania Thursday, but early reports indicate that the driver, Dr. David Swaney, and trotter Green Card appeared to emerge not too much the worse for wear.   Green Card, a 2-year-old daughter of Tagliabue making only her third lifetime start, was racing in midpack of a spread-out field when she had ...
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