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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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Ohio Super Night action at Northfield

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
The weather was perfect at Northfield Saturday night and the racing was nearly as good as the track hosted the $800,000 Ohio Super Night in front of a huge crowd, buoyed by the weather and a mystery mutuel voucher promotion.   The evening started with a pair of victorious 1-9 two-year-old fillies dominating the competition. Daryl Sherman’s Jesse’s Messenger, a Jailhouse Jesse filly, rem...
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New York fair circuit champions crowned

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Nowerland Collins, Plumbers Helper, Vagra and Always Best were crowned Champions of the 2009 New York county fair circuit at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 5).   Nowerland Collins, who was able to compete for purse money only in the $8,000 title tilt for 3-year-old trotters due to an illness scratch of Toast Of The Town, rallied from fifth at the half and closed from second in the fi...
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Shark Gesture swallows rivals in Canadian Pacing Derby

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture, driven by George Brennan, equalled the track record of 1:48.1, while wiring nine rivals in the prestigious $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.   With the afternoon scratch of speedster Shadow Play, the morning line 5-2 second choice, due to sickness, the complexion of the race changed dramatically and Brennan, leaving from the nine-hole with t...
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'Senor' glides to track record in Champlain win

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Senor Glide established a new track trotting record for two-year-old colts and geldings with a powerful 1:55.2 victory in one of three Champlain Stakes divisions on Sunday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Driver Tim Tetrick swept the other two divisions, winning with Break The Bank K(1:56.2) and Il Villaggio (1:56.1).   Senor Glide left alertly from post two in the opening $112,666 divis...
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Shacked Up collects Simcoe victory at Mohawk

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Shacked Up delivered as the prohibitive favorite in Sunday night’s lone $239,167 division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack.   Luc Ouellette had the daughter of Western Terror - Sapphire Dawn leaving alertly from post four and the pair was able to land in second position behind Special Sweetheart through a brisk opening panel of :26.3.   Speci...
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Costa Rica sets Goldsmith Maid stakes record

on 09/06/2009 2:00 AM
Lucky Chucky and Costa Rica, both bred by the Perretti Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ, swept the two-year-old trotting stakes on Sunday, September 6, 2009 at Harrah’s Chester.   Lucky Chucky, a son of Windsong’s Legacy - Aerobics, had the lead at every call and captured the $450,000 Valley Victory by a length over Pilgrims Taj in 1:56 flat in the tenth race. Two races earlier, Costa Rica, a d...
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Sheer Brilliance shines in Pocono feature

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Sheer Brilliance parlayed a career-best mile into a win in the featured Open Handicap pace on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $20,000.   Sheer Brilliance, driven by Sean Bier for trainer Jeffrey Long, left from post position #6 in an 8-horse field at 5-1. Bier immediately sent him to the outside, and he finally made the lead just shy of the 3/8 marke...
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Federal Flex returns in Simcoe Stakes

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Pacers are in the spotlight in three major stakes events this Saturday night at Mohawk. But the September 5 card also features two $142,153 divisions of the Simcoe Stakes, for three-year-old trotters – and the second of those divisions features the return of Federal Flex, Canada’s outstanding two-year-old trotter of 2008.   It has been something of a difficult year for Federal Flex, who...
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Bartlett sweeps Yonkers features

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway rolled into summer's last go-round with Friday night's usual pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee trot was enlivened by the first local appearance of double millionaire Arch Madness (Brian Sears, three winners on the 13-race card), who was making a rare small-track sojourn.   The public romanced the resume, sending the eight-hole assignee off as the 2-5 favorit...
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Sky High, Tip The Tide win at Vernon

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
The young trotters Sky High and Tip The Tide turned in tiptop performances during Friday night’s (Sept. 4) 10-race program at Vernon Downs.   Sky High, a 2-year-old filly owned by Calvin Lasher, earned her “maiden” victory after a 1:58.3 effort in Friday’s second session, while Tip The Tide, who holds the distinction of having the most consecutive tallies by a diagonally-gaited equi...
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Friendly Amigo takes Gold Final in record time

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Bruce Richardson picked up the catch drive on Friendly Amigo in Friday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Grand River Raceway, and the Arthur resident gunned the three-year-old trotting filly away from Post 6 and around the half-mile oval to an Ontario Sires Stakes record.   After struggling to earn a pay cheque through her last three starts, Friendly Amigo was sent to the post as the sixth c...
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ISS elims highlight Indiana Downs program

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted a stakes-packed card Friday evening, September 4 that helped shape several Indiana Sires Stakes finals, slated for Saturday, September 12. A total of 10 contests on the 14-race program had ISS implications, with favorites winning six of the events.   A group of 15 stallion and gelding trotters dropped in the box for next week’s ISS final, prompting a pair of $10,000 e...
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Red Mile announcer Prewitt recovering from surgery

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
The Red Mile announcer Gabe Prewitt is recovering Saturday morning in a Lexington hospital after having emergency surgery to remove his appendix on Friday. Prewitt, 26, was stricken midway through the races at The Red Mile Thursday evening and was taken to the hospital, where doctors eventually performed the surgery.   Prewitt called the first half of the race card before he was replaced in...
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Well said preps for Simcoe with 1:51.4 qualifier win

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup winner Well Said, making his first appearance since also capturing the Battle of the Brandywine Aug. 18 at Harrah's Chester, won a qualifier at Mohawk Racetrack Friday morning in 1:51.4.   Ron Pierce made the trip to Mohawk to direct the 3-year-old son of Western Hanover in the qualifer for trainer Steve Elliott. Pierce was sitting secon...
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