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Catch The Fire ignites dreams

on 09/06/2019 2:28 PM
While John Ackley grabbed a hot dog, Charles Taylor grabbed the best horse they’ve ever had. Taylor, who has spent a dozen years in harness racing as an owner, and his trainer Ackley were at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale looking for a yearling that might be able to compete on the Grand Circuit. They had already purchased one horse when Catch The Fire entered the auction ring and figu...
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Lexington mixed sale canceled

on 09/06/2019 1:43 PM
It was announced today that the Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, scheduled to be held Sunday evening, Oct. 6, has been canceled for this year due to lack of sufficient entries.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. and continue its traditional five-day run, ending Saturday evening, Oct. 5. The catalog is now available on the sales company’...
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Arrangements set for Phil Wentworth

on 09/06/2019 12:48 PM
Philip Barclay Wentworth, 76, of Guys Mills died on Sept. 4, 2019 at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community following a recent hospitalization.   Phil was born in Meadville on Feb. 4, 1943 to Sally and Gaylord Wentworth.  He graduated from Randolph-East Mead High School in 1961 and attended Baldwin Wallace College.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966 as a milit...
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NYSS Night of Champions draw to be livestreamed

on 09/06/2019 11:39 AM
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and Batavia Downs will be livestreaming the draw for the 2019 “Night of Champions,” via Facebook on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley (Batavia) will serve as Honorary Drawmaster.   Wednesday’s draw will begin at 12 p.m. and can be accessed through the NYSS website and Batavia Downs and NYSS Facebook pages. The draw is...
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Two guaranteed pools on Scioto's closing night card

on 09/06/2019 8:45 AM
Two guaranteed pools are the wagering highlights on the blockbuster 16-race card on closing night at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday.   Following tradition, we will bring back our closing night 20-cent Pick-8 wager. The wager will begin on Race 7 and conclude in Race 14, the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. It will carry a $7,500 guaranteed pool in conjunction with The United ...
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Bid by phone at Sunday's Goshen Yearling Sale

on 09/06/2019 8:41 AM
The 2019 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held this Sunday at 12 noon at the sales facility located within the Mark Ford Training Center at 90 Slaughter Road, Middletown, N.Y.   A large crowd is expected to be on hand to bid on the quality number of consignments being offered and perfect weather is predicted for the event. But if you are unable to attend the sale in person, you...
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It's A Herbie edges Swandre The Giant in INSS

on 09/06/2019 8:33 AM
Sophomore trotting colts and geldings took to the track in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Thursday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. In the sixth leg two $46,500 divisions brought heart-charging performances from lukewarm favorites Martini Show and It’s A Herbie.   The first division brought a gate-to-wire victory from three-way favorite Martini Show with ...
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Twist Of Fate rallies from pocket to win

on 09/05/2019 9:44 PM
Twist Of Fate left and tripped out to a personal best, razor-thin victory in the $10,000 conditioned feature pace for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 5).    Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. flew off the wings and took the front with Twist Of Fate, and then led the pack to the quarter in :27.1. Just passed that station, Life Isa Shortwalk (Drew Campbell) popped...
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Greenshoe easy 1:50.4 KYSS winner

on 09/05/2019 9:41 PM
Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe vaulted off cover at the top of the stretch and soared to a six-length victory in a 1:50.4 mile when winning the first of two $30,000 divisions of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for three-year-old trotting colts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at The Red Mile.   Driver Brian Sears placed the Father Patrick colt in the pocket while Guaranteed (Jimmy Takter) battled ...
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Sensibility, Winndevie take NYSS

on 09/05/2019 9:37 PM
It was the Sweet 16th and final downstate Empire visit of the season Thursday night (Sept. 5th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $161,500 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot for 3-year-old fillies. All of 10 lasses entered, so a pair of $80,750 quintets comprised the event.   The opener immediately had a different look when 1-10 favorite Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr...
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Dip Me Hanover, Panem win elims

on 09/05/2019 9:34 PM
The field is set for the $405,000 Peaceful Way following a pair of eliminations on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A group of 14 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $30,000 eliminations to determine the field for the rich final on September 14. The top-five finishers from each division advanced to the final.   The Donato Hanover filly Di...
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Joey Bats wins third straight at Philly

on 09/05/2019 4:53 PM
Joey Bats again showed his fondness for the Harrah’s Philadelphia oval, notching his third straight win in recent appearances with a 1:54.1 victory in the $18,000 trotting feature Thursday at the riverside oval. The four-year-old Holiday Road gelding made every pole a winning one, rattling off splits of :27.4, :56.4, and 1:25.3, then sprinting away from his competition in the last quart...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 09/05/2019 4:14 PM
Ohio Sires Stakes finals were last Sunday night and this weekend it’s Pennsylvania’s turn at The Meadows and Harrah’s Philadelphia. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Yannick Gingras, who will be behind Captain Victorious, gives his take on trying to beat favorites Captain Crunch and Southwind Ozzi in the Pennsylvania final for 3-year-old male pacers on S...
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French Moni 1:55.3 winner at Meadows

on 09/05/2019 10:24 AM
 French Moni earned the lion's share of the francs with a front-end victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned trot.   French Moni grabbed the lead for Jim Pantaleano in a contested 27.2 opening panel and had to repel the first-over challenge of Try Try Again, the 1-2 favorite. The 5-year-old son of Love You-Touch Of Money slowed appreciably in the l...
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Scorched Romance gets first win in Grassroots

on 09/05/2019 8:35 AM
Scorched Romance kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, cruising to a 3 3/4-length victory in the first of five $22,800 Grassroots divisions for  two-year-old trotting fillies. “She’s been coming up to a good mile like that,” said driver Paul MacDonell. “She’s been knocking at the door pretty much every week, ...
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Tioga to host Miss Versatility on Friday

on 09/04/2019 7:38 PM
Tioga Downs will play host to the $40,000 fourth leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday (September 6).  It features the last three winners of the Joie De Vie.   The entry of Emoticon Hanover (Aaron Byron) and Dream Together (Wally Hennessey) are the 8-5 morning line favorites.  Both entries are owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais.  Emotican Hanover is a 6-yea...
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Voyager, Warrawee Total win Philly features

on 09/04/2019 7:33 PM
A pair of $14,000 featured paces bookended the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the first contest, driver David Miller and Voyager were blindswitched by a brushing So Much Bettor on the far turn, but Miller found a sliver of room with the sophomore gelding of Captaintreacherous-Shebestingin and got through to the inside of that rival to take a nose decis...
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Great Northeast finals Monday at Pocono

on 09/04/2019 4:06 PM
A world record for 1¼ miles on a five-eighths mile track was broken in last year’s inaugural edition of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) championships, and this coming Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the world record at both gaits for the elongated distance, twice around the Pocono five-eighths mile oval, may be in jeopardy in this season’s three $100,000 cham...
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Hypnotic Am wins battle of undefeateds in NYSS

on 09/04/2019 4:02 PM
There were two divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old filly trotters contested on Wednesday at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the favorites dominated the action. Hypnotic Am (Chapter Seven-Daydream Am S-Muscle Hill) has been simply sensational in her freshman season, and on Wednesday the Marcus Melander trainee remained undefeated. Hypnotic Am was squaring off against a...
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HTA Scholarship winners announced

on 09/04/2019 3:59 PM
Harness Tracks of America and International Sound Corporation are pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Harold and Marcia Snyder Memorial Scholarships. The awards, totaling $15,000, are bestowed annually to the offspring of harness racing participants or to individuals themselves who are actively engaged in the business.   “We were once again presented wi...
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