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Titles, big money up for grabs in Indy Downs finale

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Indiana Downs will close out its 80-day harness meet Tuesday evening with a “Mini Super Night” program offering nearly $200,000 in purses. A group of nine mini-series and closing series finals make up the bulk of the 13-race program, slated to begin at 4:55 p.m. The Shelbyville track will also honor leading driver Ricky Macomber, while the battle for leading trainer will be decided between Ron...
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Southbound Trucker rallies to win Monticello feature

on 11/10/2009 12:00 AM
Talk about horses for courses. How about Southbound Trucker at Monticello Raceway? The veteran 6-year-old Sharky Spur gelding, who was recently named Horse of the Year at the Mighty M, just keeps on winning and on Tuesday Southbound Trucker scored yet another victory in the winners-over pace, this time in 1:56.1.   Greg Merton was again in the sulky as the pacer recorded...
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Vintage Master, Schoolkids wins Progress elims

on 11/09/2009 12:00 AM
Vintage Master and Schoolkids scored off-the-pace victories in $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations and while Showherthemoney, Swan For All, Howthehaloareyou, and Yursa Hanover won Matron 3-year-old elim divisions Sunday at Dover Downs.   Daniel Dube pulled Vintage Master out to follow the cover of Bunkmiester (David Miller) on the final turn and then exploded past the leaders for a 1:50.2 ...
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Well Said arrives at Hanover Shoe Farms

on 11/09/2009 12:00 AM
Well Said, winner of this year’s Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Little Brown Jug, arrived at Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pa., Monday afternoon. The son of Western Hanover was accompanied by trainer Steve Elliott and his assistant Toni Rose.   Well Said colt quickly adapted to his new home. He was turned out in his paddock shortly after his arrival. His presence ...
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Merton wins five in Vernon Downs finale

on 11/08/2009 12:00 AM
Visiting catch-driver Greg Merton put on a clinic at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 7) winning five of the track’s 12 closing night races.   Merton, who had posted just seven Vernon scores this season prior to Saturday’s successful showing, earned a purse check in all but one of his 11 starts. His victories included a 1:51.4 performance with Captain Grin ($4.80) in the week’s $1...
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Harrisburg mixed sale concluded on Saturday

on 11/08/2009 12:00 AM
Southwind Wasabi, a 3-year-old filly by Windsong's Legacy who won the Moni Maker Trot and American National earlier this year, topped the mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company auction in Harrisburg on Saturday when she was sold for $220,000. Burke Racing LLC bought the filly, who sports a mark of 1:52.4 taken this year. Chuck Sylvester trained the filly and shared ownership.  ...
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Whittemore, Okusko earn Vernon Downs titles

on 11/08/2009 12:00 AM
Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Jessica Okusko each earned their initial track titles during the 56th harness racing season at Vernon Downs.   Whittemore, who was named Vernon’s most promising driver a couple of seasons back, delivered on that prediction during the track’s 90-card campaign that extended from April 17 through November 7. The 26-year-old reinsman secured the dash-winn...
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Shutter Boy, Monochromatic win at Yonkers

on 11/07/2009 12:00 AM
Shutter Boy (Yanniick Gingras) and Monochromatic (Jim Pantaleano) garnered the glory Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps.   Shutter Boy was assigned the eight-hole after last week's track-record performance. This night, he two-moved up and over American Lane (Cat Manzi) before ending any and all suspense.   The 3-4 favorite took over in early stretc...
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Unshakeable Scores in Vernon open trot

on 11/07/2009 12:00 AM
Unshakeable looked like a whirlwind during the final three furlongs as she breezed to a 1:56 victory in Friday night’s (Nov. 6) $10,000 Open handicap trot at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems kept Unshakeable ($43.20) in fifth to the half, timed in :57.4, as first newcomer Joe Page and, later, John Paul’s Legacy displayed fast early foot. The 4-year-old son of Andover Hall-Sister Sammy began t...
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Mixed sale underway at Harrisburg

on 11/07/2009 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Mixed Sale began on Friday morning in Harrisburg, Pa., following four days of yearling sales. Broodmares--including some in foal to the last three Horses of the Year Donato Hanover, Deweycheatumnhowe and Somebeachsomewhere--and stallion shares were top commodities on Friday.   Among the broodmares sold today was Letsjustalkaboutme, a 5-year-old daughter of Self Possess...
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Pierce drives three of four Matron elim winners

on 11/07/2009 12:00 AM
It was a big Saturday, Nov. 7 for driver Ron Pierce who drove three of the four Matron Two-Year-Old elimination winners at Dover Downs. Native Doll, Costa Rico and Break The Bank K were Pierce winners while All Heart Gal took the other division.   Pierce continued his recent domination in Matron Stakes events with another big day as the track began its stakes racing program. An avid outdoo...
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If I Can Dream wins Messenger Stakes in 1:52.2

on 11/07/2009 12:00 AM
Favored If I Can Dream put forth a soft half and put away a hard challenge, winning Yonkers Raceway's $542,060 Messenger Stakes Saturday night in dominating fashion.   Tim Tetrick drove the 3-year-old homebred son of Western Hanover in the 54th edition of this race, final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown.   Leaving from post position No. 3, If I Can Dream stepped around Hypnotic Blu...
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Western Silk rallies for OSS Gold final victory

on 11/07/2009 12:00 AM
Western Silk used a punishing stretch rally to capture the last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final of the season for two-year-old filly pacers on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   Mark MacDonald was able to engineer a perfect second-over trip for the daughter of Western Terror - Extemporaneous who was sitting fourth on the outside at the top of stretch with race favourite, Higher And Hig...
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Bartlett scores seven-bagger at Yonkers

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
They kept taking Jason Bartlett's picture Thursday night. What was up with that? Aside from the fact he won seven races during Yonkers Raceway's dozen-race dossier, not much.   Bartlett, running up the score in the local driving standings, smiled for the camera after races 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 12. He was scheduled to drive in every race, but one of his escorts came up ill.   Ba...
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Stillings scores 4, including back-to-back longshots

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Dick Stillings drove four consecutive winners including 28-1 and 18-1 bombers on Thursday's 13-race card at The Meadows.   Stillings launched his streak by guiding 18-1 First Sonata, a 2-year-old Windsong's Legacy-Pleasure First trotter, to her maiden victory, then followed up with the 28-1 surprise behind Waiting Game, the $5,000 claiming pacer's first win in 25 starts this year.   ...
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Rusty's For Real at Dover

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Rusty's For Real and Allamerican Mobile shared the Thursday spotlight, winning the male and filly and mare pacing features, respectively, at Dover Downs.   In the $13,000 male pace, Bret Brittingham drove Rusty's For Real to a 1:53.2 triumph, one of two winners trained for Carter Racing Stable. The win was the second for the Real Artist 5 year old. Denim Hanover (Corey Callahan) was se...
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Muscles Yankee masterpiece sells famously

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
The inaugural painting of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation’s (SRF) “Harness Horse Masterpiece Collection” sold at the Harrisburg Sale to a tremendous fan of Muscles Yankee, Bill Perretti. “It is touching to know that those whose lives have been touched by this great stallion were so generous when bidding for his artwork,” expressed Paula Campbell, SRF’s President. Among those bid...
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Mack returning as Hoosier Park race secretary

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Kevin Mack, longtime Standardbred official, is returning as Standardbred racing secretary to Hoosier Park Racing and Casino for the upcoming 2010 racing season.   A native of Holton, Ind., Mack brings more than 30 years of experience to Hoosier Park. He has served as an official in numerous capacities at tracks in the Midwest, including starter, announcer, judge, and racing secretary. ...
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Average at Harrisburg climbs by 6.5 percent

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company concluded its 2009 yearling sale in Harrisburg on Thursday, and when the last horse had been sold, sales totaled $34,185,000. That resulted in an average price of $31,859 for the 1,073 horses sold.  The average increased 6.5 percent from the average of $29,897 posted in 2008, when the sale was held just after the world economic collapse.  The median...
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Maine horseman Bud Cianchette dies

on 11/06/2009 12:00 AM
Ival “Bud” Cianchette, a prominent Maine horseman and former U.S. Trotting Association director, died Thursday evening, Nov. 5. He was 83. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.   Known for both his interests in the Standardbred and construction industries, Mr. Cianchette became involved in the Standardbred business in 1962. He operated a breeding farm in Pittsfield, Mai...
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