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Indiana Downs' Super Night card boasts record purses

on 09/10/2009 2:00 AM
An unprecedented $1.4 million will be up for grabs at Indiana Downs Saturday, September 12 as part of the track’s Super Night program. A total of 10 Indiana Sires Stakes champions will be crowned on the 14-race program, the richest in the history of Indiana harness racing.   A field of 10 sophomore trotting fillies will vie for a robust $180,000 payday in the night’s fourth race. J Rs S...
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Burke racing 5 horses in PASS finals; 9 in Indiana finals

on 09/10/2009 2:00 AM
Ron Burke, North America’s leading trainer, will have five entries in the four $200,000 Pennsylvania Championship finals for 3 year olds Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, plus another nine competing in Sire Stakes finals later that night at Indiana Downs.   Burke said he will be in Indiana because of the stable's large number of entries.   “My New Jersey crew can...
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PHHA continues TV show through Nov.

on 09/10/2009 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association has announced that the PA HarnessWeek TV show’s season has been extended due to a substantial increase in its audience size.   Originally set to end in September, new episodes of PA HarnessWeek will continue airing on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia every Saturday through Nov. 28 at a new time, 10:30 am. Fans outside of the...
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Indiana championship night on HRTV

on 09/10/2009 2:00 AM
HorseRacing TV (TM) (HRTV) and Indiana Downs have reached an agreement which will provide harness racing fans with coverage of the Shelbyville facility's current meet, including coverage of  Indiana Champions Night on Saturday, Sept. 12.   HRTV will offer coverage of the majority of Indiana Downs' weekday race dates, which are conducted Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays (...
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New York Sire Stakes upsets

on 09/09/2009 2:00 AM
There were some strange doings Tuesday night during Yonkers Raceway's presentation of the   $218,123 New York Sire Stakes Bedford Pace. Each of the three divisions of 3-year-old fillies offered a short -priced favorite, yet only one delivered on her puny pari-mutuel promise.   The talented Indulge Me (Mike Lachance) was sent off at 1-2 in the first $71,841 Sire Stakes event. ...
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153-year-old exacta cashes in at Colonial

on 09/09/2009 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs turned back the clock on opening night with what arguably may be the oldest exacta in harness racing history. When 78-year-old Jim Larente and 75-year-old Sam Miller finished first and second in the third race of the season, they started Colonial Downs’ opening night with an unusual bang.   Larente, who was not originally scheduled to drive The Doctor, surged past Mill...
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Noble Falcon captures Meadows feature

on 09/09/2009 2:00 AM
Forced to pace the first quarter in a sizzling :25.4, Noble Falcon found the speed and stamina to hold off a clutch of closers and capture the $27,500 Preferred Handicap on Tuesday at The Meadows.   Sent to the lead by Eric Ledford, Noble Falcon was hard used to pass the equally eager Biletnikoff, who finally released him after that withering opening panel. Pressed inside by Biletnikoff and...
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Farifant remains perfect in Pocono open

on 09/09/2009 2:00 AM
Farifant stayed hot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 2009 by winning the featured Open Handicap Trot on Tuesday night. The race carried a purse of $30,000.   Leaving from post position five in a field of nine as the 1-5 favorite, Farifant fired on the outside early to take over the lead on the first turn. He was passed shortly after by Fuel My Muscles, but stayed close with the pocket...
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No Delaware County Fair simulcasting on Sunday & Monday

on 09/09/2009 2:00 AM
The Delaware County Fair will be exporting its signal on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Wednesday, Sept. 23 (Jugette Day), and Thursday, Sept. 24 (Little Brown Jug Day), only. The Fair will not be exporting its signal on Sunday, Sept. 20, or Monday, Sept. 21.   Delaware has been exporting its signal since the mid-1990s and this marks the first time that each day of the Grand Circuit meet will...
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Bittersweet win for Long at Scioto

on 09/08/2009 2:00 AM
Bill Long Jr. drove V Squared to a bittersweet victory in the opening round of six “Best of the Rest” races at Scioto Downs on Monday afternoon. The races are for the horses that did not qualify for the Ohio Super Night finals.   Long’s triumph was bittersweet because the sophomore trotting gelding is trained by Justin Hall, who remains in a coma after a racing accident in Ohio las...
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Palone, Jones newest Hall of Famers

on 09/08/2009 2:00 AM
Dave Palone, the dominant driving force at The Meadows for the last two decades, and Hal Jones, who revolutionized the game with artificial insemination, have been elected to Harness Racing’s Living Hall of Fame.   Murray Brown, pedigree guru and publicist for Hanover Shoes Farms, and Jim Moran, the iron man announcer and publicist at New York’s Vernon Downs were elected to the Communic...
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Black Book available online

on 09/08/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 edition of The Black Book Volume 1 is now available online at www.theblackbook.com. The website contains the complete pedigrees of the 1,108 yearlings consigned to Harrisburg. The pedigrees of the yearlings on the site may be accessed by gait, sire, sex, and consignor. The yearling portion of the sale extends from Monday, Nov. 2, through Thursday, Nov. 5. The yearling sale will ...
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Muscle Hill draws post 9 in Trotting Classic elim

on 09/08/2009 2:00 AM
Even before he added the Hambletonian to his list of triumphs, double millionaire Muscle Hill was being called the season’s most impressive 3 year old. The young trotter has utterly dominated his division, with just one second-place performance--in his first lifetime start--to mar his otherwise flawless record of 15 consecutive wins in 16 tries.   Muscle Hill will be making his first ap...
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KYSS action at The Red Mile

on 09/07/2009 2:00 AM
Eight $300,000 Kentucky Sire Stakes (KYSS) finals were contested on Sunday's Night of Champions at The Red Mile, the richest events of its kind in North America. From the first-event win by the 3-year-old filly trotter Dancing Filly to the victory in the finale by 2-year-old gelding pacer High Def Z Tam, the night provided several career bests as well as one major upset by 21-1 Palazzo P...
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Vintage Master equals track mark in Cane Pace romp

on 09/07/2009 2:00 AM
Vintage Master put on a powerful and devastating performance in track equaling time to win the 55th Cane Pace, the 1st leg in pacing’s Triple Crown at Freehold Raceway on Monday.   Clear Vision was a ground saving second 5 ½ lengths behind the winner and it was another 3/4 of a length back to Arctic Warrior who was third in the field of six. There were two late scratches, Johnny Z and We...
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NYSS action plentiful at Yonkers

on 09/07/2009 2:00 AM
Holiday? What holiday? Monday night saw Yonkers Raceway hosting the $213,466 New York Sire Stakes Eastchester Trot, with 20 3-year-old colts and geldings in a trio of divisions.   The lone ($71,922) wagering group was a glorified match race between the two public choices. America (Jeff Gregory), as the 4-5 favorite, left over even-money proposition Kash N Credit (Jason Bartlett), then held ...
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Poof Shes Gone, Angostura win Champlain splits

on 09/07/2009 2:00 AM
Poof Shes Gone ran her unbeaten streak to five while establishing a new stakes record of 1:55.2 in one of two divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old filly trotters on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The other division fell to Angostura in a sharp clocking of 1:56.1.   Paul MacDonell was subbing for regular driver David Miller behind Poof Shes Gone and had the filly away in fou...
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Buck I St Pat lowers Vernon trotting track record

on 09/07/2009 2:00 AM
Freshly-minted Breeders Crown champion Buck I St. Pat and driver Tim Tetrick lived up to their advanced billing during Monday’s matinee program at Vernon Downs.   Buck I St. Pat ($2.50) and Tetrick turned in an exciting 1:54.3 victory in Monday’s $139,500 Conway Hall contest, establishing a track record for aged trotting mares, and helping Tetrick, one of the Standardbred sport’s top ...
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World record effort for Sportswriter in Metro

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Favored Sportswriter, driven by Mark MacDonald, scripted a perfect ending Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, taking the $1 million Metro Pace in a world record 1:49.2, eclipsing by one-fifth of a second the mark set by champion Somebeachsomewhere in the 2007 Metro.   At the finish of the world’s richest race for two-year-old colt pacers, Sportswriter had powered his way to a two length s...
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Impressive 'Show' in Shes A Great Lady final

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Put On A Show, the 3-5 favorite, survived a fierce scrimmage at the wire to capture the $810,300 Shes A Great Lady Stakes for two-year-old filly pacers, at Mohawk Saturday night.   The lead changed hands on multiple occasions throughout the mile, with early leader Panagler (Steve Condren) giving way to Dancinwiththestarz (Yannick Gingras) and then Rock N Soul (George Brennan) as the fillies...
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