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Nominations for Indiana late closers open

on 08/30/2010 2:00 AM
Indiana Standardbred Breed Development is sponsoring Late Closers, which will be hosted at Indiana Downs.  Nomination payments for the Late Closers are due September 15, 2010. To find more information including nomination forms, conditions, and schedules, please visit the Indiana Horse Racing Commission’s website at www.in.gov/hrc/2357.htm. For further information please contact Kelly Roush...
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Magee shines in American Nationals

on 08/29/2010 2:00 AM
The 2010 American National Stake season kicked off on Saturday, August 28th with a pair of three-year-old trotting events bringing some of North America’s top talent to the Crete oval. Both races attracted full fields of 10 with the colts going for a purse of $150,000 while their female counterparts battled for $131,500. When the smoke cleared after these battles it was Hall of Famer Dave Magee ...
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Vlos wins Open at Pocono Downs

on 08/29/2010 2:00 AM
Vlos, coming up from the Meadowlands in New Jersey, won the $24,000 open pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Leaving from the No. 1 post, Tony Morgan quickly grabbed the early lead in the seven-horse field and produced a 2 and ½ length win over Southwind Tempo, the only mare in the race.Time of the mile was 1:50.1 with Drive All Night (Anthony Napolitano) finishing third.After the ...
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Doc’s Yankee fastest of Ohio Breeders Classic winners at Scioto

on 08/29/2010 2:00 AM
Doc’s Yankee and driver Dan Noble went to the front at the start of Ohio Breeders Classic for sophomore pacing males and dared anyone to catch him. And none of his half-dozen rivals could do that.Doc’s Yankee sailed across the wire in 1:53.1 courtesy of a final quarter in :27 seconds, which put him 2-1/2 lengths ahead of Sand Summerfield and Standing Tough. Kid Cruiser was fourth.The victory a...
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Temple Of Doom sets 1:52.4 world mark at Tioga

on 08/29/2010 2:00 AM
Temple Of Doom (above) set a world record at Tioga Downs on Sunday. Some of the best sophomore trotters in the world were gathered at Tioga for the 36th edition of The Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot.  Lucky Chucky was the horse collecting the headlines heading into the race, but in the first $134,965 division of the Zweig Memorial, Temple Of Doom and David Miller stole the show with a wor...
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Buck I St Pat takes Maxie Lee Memorial in 1:52.2

on 08/29/2010 2:00 AM
No description for Buck I St Pat ($3.00) could be more apt than "a mare for the ages," as racecaller James Witherite exclaimed as the world champion mare drew off willingly to beat the boys in the $100,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Trot on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Chester.   The 7-year-old Jailhouse Jesse mare saw a change of tactics, lacking clear racing room for much of the mile. Floating ne...
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Fleur de Lil, Pembroke Prayer win at Yonkers

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
When last we saw Fleur de Lil A and driver Eric Goodell, they were winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace from third-over.A fortnight later, same tactic, same result."Lil"--negotiating both the eight-hole a gapper in front of her--launched a big Friday  night move in and out of the final turn.LR Dancing Dream (Jim Pantaleano) made the lead passing a :27.1 open...
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Sports Fanatic shocks in Egyptian Stake

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Trips can mean everything on a half-mile oval and that was exactly the case on Friday night as Bruce Pacitti and O’Toole Racing’s Sports Fanatic took advantage of a ground saving journey throughout the mile to spring a 16-1 upset in the $30,000 Egyptian Stake at Maywood Park. The final time was a very respectable 1:51.4 in this Illinois conceived and foaled test. Getting away third in the nine...
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Western Silk & Random Destiny take SBOA finals

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of Standardbred Breeders Of Ontario Association Stakes (SBOA) for three-year-old fillies headlined Friday's card at Mohawk Racetrack.Random Destiny delivered in the $168,383 trotting category for trainer/driver Riina Rekila tying the stakes record time of 1:54.1.Angostura left alertly from post eight for driver Keith Oliver and took command of her rivals past the opening quarter of :27.1. H...
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Dalhousie Dave and Mach Dreamer fly in OSS

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Dalhousie Dave and Mach Dreamer both scored sub-1:50 victories in capturing their respective Ontario Sires Stakes Gold eliminations for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers during a perfect Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.Dalhousie Dave converted from a perfect pocket trip, compliments of driver Jody Jamieson, to haul down the opening $40,000 contest in 1:49.4. The son of Astreos – My Preci...
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Chip Noble sweeps trotting stakes at Scioto

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Ohio Hall of Famer Chip Noble teamed with trainer Scott Mogan to sweep both Ohio Breeders Stakes for trotters on Friday night at Scioto.  The filly ML Cupcake scored first and then the Noble-Mogan combine repeated with gelding J J Hall.Noble moved ML Cupcake to take command as the field passed the stands the first time, only to look over his right shoulder and see J.D. Wengerd with Minnie Spu...
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I'm Gorgeous wins Cane Pace elim

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
In a sparkling performance, Elmer Fannin and George Teague Jr.’s I’m Gorgeous went wire to wire to capture the Cane Pace elimination at Freehold Raceway Saturday afternoon in the track-record-equaling time of 1:50.4.   Woodstock, a $35,000 supplemental entry, finished three quarters of a length behind the winner and 2 3/4 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Valentino. Rockin Imag...
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Field set for $1 million Metro Pace

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Big Jim won the first of four eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings Saturday night at Mohawk, with Prodigal Seelster, Wind Me Up and Great Vintage also coming up victorious in their respective split. The top two finishers in each race, plus two third-place finishers drawn by lot, advance to the $1 million final Sept. 4.   Driven by Phil Hudon, Big Jim took o...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip scores in CPD elim

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Hypnotic Blue Chip rushed by Bigtime Ball in deep stretch to win Saturday night's $50,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (CPD) elimination at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Jody Jamieson, the 2-5 favorite Hypnotic Blue Chip crossed the finish line in 1:48.3, earning his connections the right to pick their post for the $780,000 final on Sept. 4.   The top seven finishers in the CPD elim earned the ...
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Strong winners in She's A Great Lady elims

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Pretty Katherine, Strike An Attitude and Idyllic won their respective $35,000 eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The top three finishers in each, plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, advance to the $688,000 final on Sept. 4.   Pretty Katherine cruised under the wire 5 1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Shyawa...
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Lahaye scores in Yonkers feature

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Lahaye (Georgre Brennan) sat a Saturday night pocket, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,500 Open  Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position two, Lahaye was first to the lead before yielding to Psilvuheartbreaker (Cat Manzi) right at the :27.1 opening quarter. Handsome Prince (Yannick Gingras), last week's winner and this week's 8-5 choice, left for a seat from the eight hole.&n...
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Andover The Top sets Meadows mark in PASS

on 08/28/2010 2:00 AM
Plagued by breaks in her early efforts, Andover The Top was flat and fast Saturday at The Meadows, blazing to a track record 1:55.3 in a division of the $281,730 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman filly trotters.   The event, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was conducted over five divisions, with Caitrin Hall, Dont Blink, Norma Jean Hall and Beatgoeson Hanover taking the other split...
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Beach Party AS sparkles in Gold final

on 08/27/2010 2:00 AM
Beach Party AS used a sparkling off-the-pace rally to capture the $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack.Peter Wallinder was in the driver’s seat behind the rookie daughter of Kadabra – Donella AS and got her away in third position from post one behind Peach Martini and South Bay through an opening quarter of :28.3.Peach...
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Plebes rule in 242G NYSS Tuckahoe split

on 08/27/2010 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued a Yonkers Raceway takeover Thursday night, with the $242,228  Tuckahoe Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.Four divisions--at $60,557 a pop--went postward.Townslight Hanover (Stephane Bouchard) is a maiden no longer, winning both the draw and the first wagering division.Pocket-protecting to Twin B Idol (George Brennan), "Townslight" watched as the leader put ...
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Balance Spur wins Scioto featured trot

on 08/27/2010 2:00 AM
Balance Spur trotted to a convincing 1:59.2 score in the Thursday trotting feature at Scioto Downs with trainer-driver David Myers in the bike. Myers  swept both ends of Scioto’s daily double as he won the opening race with the pacer Music Fan, coming up the inside to nip Natty Nu at the wire in 1:59.4.Driver J.D. Wengerd had a driving triple on Thursday, including the fastest mile of the e...
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