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Takter pupils sweep Yonkers Trot elims

on 07/03/2010 2:00 AM
Math problem, Yonkers Raceway/Yonkers Trot version ...If Jimmy Takter entered four of the 15 3-year-olds in Saturday night's two, $40,000 elimination races and Takter won both of the races and finished second with yet another one, do we grade this on a curve?   Hard Livin' (Takter himself) and Senor Glide (Cat Manzi) lead an octet into the final of the 56th Yonkers Trot, first jewel of the ...
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Ohio Sires Stakes kick off at Northfield

on 07/03/2010 2:00 AM
The $100,000 Battle of Lake Erie may have been the headliner at Northfield, but the Battle undercard featured six $15,000 Ohio Sires Stakes heats for three-year-old fillies, with an even split between trotters and pacers.   The Stakes action opened with Daryl Sherman’s Jesse’s Messenger ($2.10) cruising to a 1:56.3 win, the 2nd fastest trotting mile every by a three-year-old filly at No...
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Indiana Sires Stakes preps held at Hoosier

on 07/03/2010 2:00 AM
Two of Indiana’s finest trotters battled it out to the finish in the $20,000 prep race of the Indiana Sires Stakes Saturday, July 3. Hoosier Cadillac and Mark O’Mara chased down ABC Mercedes and Joe Putnam in the final strides to take home the top prize in a time of 1:55.1. Both horses will return for the $100,000 final next Saturday, July 10 during Hoosier Champions Night, which features more...
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Uncle Freddie sets national season's mark

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
There seems to be plenty of competition amongst the babies thus far, as was evident Thursday, July 1. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted the second leg of The George Sholty Series, designated for two-year-old colts and geldings. The one-mile trot holds a purse of $15,000.   After winning the first leg of the series last week, Dream Kid and Ricky Macomber were the favorites at the gate....
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Cassis rocks Goshen in 1:55.4

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
Cassis rocked the “Cradle of the Trotter.” Trainer Ray Schnittker's Cassis, a 3-year-old Hambletonian eligible son of Cantab Hall-Dirty Martini, on Friday trotted the fastest mile in the 172-year history of Historic Track in Goshen, N.Y. Cassis won the $25,443 Landmark Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters by 23 1/2 lengths in 1:55.4.   The previous Historic Track record was 1:5...
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Devilish Emerald makes winning debut in PASS

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
Devilish Emerald was positively angelic in her career debut, moving crisply to the front and holding on late in the fastest division of Friday's (July 2) $284,932 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadows.   The event, known as the Meadow Gladys, was contested over six divisions, with Norma Jean Hall, Tango Dancer, Celebrity Katie, Pacific Splash and Alzata Han...
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Holiday Road narrowly takes Dickerson Cup

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
Holiday Road sparkled in his 3-year-old debut with a hard-fought victory over Muscle Massive in the $80,900 Dickerson Cup Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Holiday Road sat third in the early part of the mile as Muscle Massive and Pilgrims Chuckie each took turns at the controls. Holiday Road came first up to seize command mid-way down the backstretch and was quickly met with the cha...
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Ginger And Fred, Lady In The Wind win at Yonkers

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
Ginger and Fred (catch-driver Larry Stalbaum), given a perfect Friday night second-over trip from an imperfect eight-hole assignment, grabbed Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,500 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   The millionairess, last seen in these environs winning the $237,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker in early May, grabbed a seat fifth as the slight 2-1 favorite. She then s...
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Bertha comes up big at Vernon

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
Biggest Big Bertha, a recent ship-in from California, collected her 55th career victory after a 1:52.3 performance in Friday night’s $11,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs.   Trainer Rick Plano was in the racing bike as Biggest Big Bertha rallied three wide from fourth in the final turn and then closed from third in the final furlong to earn a two-length tally in the weekend’s top ...
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Favorites score Summertime splits at Mohawk

on 07/02/2010 2:00 AM
Dalhousie Dave held off a late challenge from Classic Rock Nroll to capture the first division in the second leg of the Summertime Pacing Series on Friday (July 2) at Mohawk.   60-1 longshot Lord Of Art and driver Luc Ouellette controlled the pace with fractions of :27.3 and :56.3 before surrendering the lead to Dalhousie Dave at the three-quarter pole in 1:25. Dalhousie Dave and driver Jod...
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Ally Gal Ridge in 1:54.3 at The Meadows

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 24-1, Ally-Gal Ridge powered through the lane to equal the stake record of 1:54.3 in a $254,232 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters Wednesday at The Meadows. The event, known as the Meadow Bright, was conducted over three divisions, with Bone A Fide and Merger Blue Chip capturing the other splits. Ron Burke enjoyed a stake training double with Ally-Gal Ridge an...
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Tug River Princess, Chancey Lady head Betsy Ross

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Southwind Tempo's reign in the Betsy Ross at Harrah's Chester will come to an end on July 4.  But despite her absence from the field, there's no shortage of talent among the eight distaff pacers assembled by racing secretary Rick Kane for Sunday's $100,000 event.   A pair of millionaires in Tug River Princess and Chancey Lady headline the entries for this year's renewal of the Betsy Ro...
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King Gus crowned at Harrington

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Victor Kirby and Matthew Ivory’s King Gus ($15.80, Victor Kirby) graduated to the Open ranks Wednesday by capturing the $17,500 Junior Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.3.   Driven by trainer Kirby, the 4-year-old Angus Hall stallion surged in the final stages of the race to reel in pacesetter Nordic Venture–whose bid for a third straight win was foiled­–as he earned his fif...
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Big weekend for Brower Stable

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
With the fourth leg of the Indiana Sire Stakes completed Saturday, June 26, trainer Bobby Brower left the track extremely satisfied. Even though he had Allthatgltrsisgold racing in the $100,000 consolation of the North America Cup, Brower was in attendance at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Brower trains several competitive horses for Jeff and Maria King, who own Victory Hill Farm Inc..  &...
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Four Starz Horndog, Tammibest win Pocono features

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Four Starz Horndog and Tammibest captured the co-featured races on Wednesday evening at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Driven by Eric Goodell and trained by Carmine Fusco, Four Starz Horndog necked out Hatsaway (Andrew McCarthy) at the wire. The time of the mile was 1:52.3 for the 4-year-old Four Starzzz Shark mare. Four Starz Horndog was dropping down from Open Handicap compan...
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Campbell to give Buter Lucky Chucky 'pep talk'

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
With Hall of Fame driver John Campbell attending a family wedding in Canada on Friday night, July 2, trainer Chuck Sylvester has turned to Tyler Buter to drive the reigning Dan Patch Award winner Lucky Chucky in the 3-year-old colt’s 2010 debut at the Meadowlands. Delayed one week after coming down with a slight virus, Lucky Chucky will start from post one in the $80,900 Historic Dickerson Cup.&...
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Ontario court rules in Whelan's favor

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
In a ruling issued on June 30 by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, a panel of three judges has ruled in favor of horseman Jim Whelan whose entries had been denied at Mohawk Racetrack after he failed to sign the 2008 Application for Access Rights of Woodbine Entertainment Group. The Honourable Mr. Justice Maurice Cullity, The Honourable Madam Justice Anne M. Molloy and The Honourable Mad...
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Johansson suffers ruptured spleen in accident

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Driver Marcus Johansson was injured in a one-horse accident in the ninth race at the Meadowlands baby races on Thursday, July 1.  Late Thursday, Meadowlands TV host Dave Brower reportedd that Johansson suffered a ruptured spleen.   Johansson was driving the Mark Ford-trained Western Taryn in the final race of the morning when the Western Terror filly dropped suddenly to the ground at t...
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Meadowlands paddock judge Teddy Crowl retires

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Teddy Crowl, the Standardbred paddock judge at the Meadowlands has retired. Originally the assistant to paddock judge Eb Mahar when the Meadowlands opened on Sept. 1, 1976, Crowl eventually succeeded him. As paddock judge Crowl, a former caretaker for Tony Abbatiello, was charged with overseeing the nightly and sometimes daily operations of a live race meet that involved thousands of participant...
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Harness racing featured online and on air

on 07/01/2010 2:00 AM
Turn off those reruns! The USTA and Tioga and Vernon Downs are each presenting new episodes of their harness racing-themed shows. On Tursday, July 1, the USTA will look forward to the upcoming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, and also look back at North America Cup night at Mohawk Racetrack. Those two events are the top items in the new edition of “Eye on Harness Racing,” the USTA’s weekl...
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