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Whybabywhy, Cams Van Go take Scioto features

on 07/24/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Chris Page sent Whybabywhy to the front at the start of the Open Handicap Trot at Scioto Downs on Friday and reeled off a 1:56 mile that discouraged any come-from-behind heroics. The 5-year-old daughter of Padre Hanover won by ¾-length over Hardwood Chips and Hello Carlo.   Brian Georges trains the winning mare for owner Steve McDaniel, Jr. of North Carolina. She was sent off a 4-1 ...
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Four Starz Sue triumphs in 1:51.1 at Pocono

on 07/24/2009 2:00 AM
Four Starz Sue made his first win since May a big one, capturing the featured Open Handicap pace on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $28,750.   Four Starz Sue, with Howard Parker in the bike for trainer Carmine Fusco, left from post position #5 in a 7-horse field as a 9-2 shot, and he stayed back early before making a decisive 3-wide move on the back ...
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Green Day nears millionaire status with Yonkers win

on 07/24/2009 2:00 AM
It had neither the pomp nor the circumstance of the 2007 Yonkers Trot, but Green Day's 20th career victory was awfully impressive. The champ two seasons removed was a solid, first-up Friday night winner of Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $48,000 Open Handicap Trot. After whipping conditioned foes the past two weeks, Green Day made it three consecutive victories.   With Cat Manzi reprising his...
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Connections double up at Vernon Downs Friday

on 07/24/2009 2:00 AM
Leading driver Howard Okusko, Jr. and his wife, top trainer Jessica Okusko, gave Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables a pair of winners during Friday night’s nine-race program at Vernon Downs.   Unshakeable, shared in ownership by Polisseni, driver Okusko and Conrad Zurich, became a four-time winner at the meet after a 1:57.1 tally in Friday’s eighth event, the week’s $9,000 Open h...
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Wrenn bags five in Indiana Downs opener

on 07/24/2009 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn stole the show opening night at Indiana Downs. Fresh off winning the driving title at Hoosier Park, the Michigan native collected five wins on the 13-race card. The veteran set the tone early, scoring victories in the first three races on the program.   Wrenn guided favorite Deputy Mason to a two and one-half length victory in the season opener, stopping the clock in 1:59. Train...
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Mister Big favored in Ben Franklin final

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Off a 1:49.1 win in his elimination, last year's Ben Franklin runner-up Mister Big has been installed the 7-5 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Matt Rose in this year's $500,000 Ben Franklin final, to be held this Sunday at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack.   Triple millionaire Mister Big, before winning his elimination off a second-over trip, turned in third-place effort in the ...
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Nip N Attack wins Pocono feature

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Nip N Attack turned back the table on Riley Rose in this week’s featured $28,750 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. Beaten by Riley Rose in the previous week’s race by a neck, it was Jim Morrill Jr. and Nip N Attack winning this week by a neck in 1:51.1. Leaving from the four hole, Sean Bier quickly seized the lead with Riley...
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Big M hoping third time's a charm for Friday turf race

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Twice thwarted by heavy rains, the Meadowlands’ first harness race on the turf in more than 30 years is slated for Friday night. A field of eight pacers will take to the grass in the $15,000 fifth race, which is set at a mile distance. Estimated post time is 8:27 p.m.   The last time the Meadowlands held a turf race for Standardbred racehorses was the Coliseum Cup on June 21, 19...
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One More Laugh sets season's mark in PASS

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Sons of The Panderosa accounted for two of six Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winners on Wednesday evening at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, but it was One More Laugh who got the last laugh of the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. One More Laugh ($3.20), a McArdle gelding out of Fancy Creek Funny, cleared the front on the first turn before rating a sensible middle half, then kicked a...
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DiBenedetto wins 5,000th career race at Mighty M

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Like many who near a milestone and then seem to slump prior to accomplishing it, after a fruitless Tuesday afternoon in the sulky, Kyle DiBenedetto scored his 5,000th career driving victory Wednesday when he guided Western Wild King to a 1:58.3 triumph in a $12,700 New York Sire Stakes late-closer pace for sophomore colts and geldings at Monticello Raceway.   DiBenedetto ende...
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Teague has five-pack ready for Adios

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
The horses won’t step onto the track for the 2009 Delvin Miller Adios until Friday, but trainer George Teague Jr. already has equaled an unofficial stake record. If all five of his horses go, he’ll tie the Burke stable for most starters in a single Adios.   The Burkes accomplished the feat in 2007, and it worked out pretty well for them. Not only did their May June Character win, but Bu...
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Janet Hinshaw dies

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Janet Anne Hinshaw, of Richland, Iowa, the wife of former USTA director Kermit Hinshaw, died July 22, 2009, at Hospice of Davis and Wapello Counties in Ottumwa. She was 84. Mrs. Hinshaw was born Jan. 24, 1923, near Richland, the daughter of Loraine J. and Ruby C. Reeder Trigg. She married Kermit L. Hinshaw on Oct. 5, 1941, in her mother’s home in Richland. Mrs. Hinshaw’s family mo...
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Indiana Downs begins eighth season Friday

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs will kick off an 80-day harness racing campaign Friday, July 24 with two cards packed with horses. The Shelbyville track will offer a 13-race opening night card featuring two $9,000 contests for Indiana-sired two-year-old pacing colts followed by a 14-race program Saturday night. Post time for each program is 6:55 p.m.   “We’re very excited to get the meet underway,” sa...
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Blanket finish in Ontario Gold final for 2YO trotting colts

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old trotting colt Ja El Express survived a thrilling stretch duel to capture the first $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final of the season Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Kadabra - Keystone Bluejay was saddled with post eight in the field of 10 but left alertly for driver Jody Jamieson and grabbed control just past the opening quarter in :29.1. As the field strai...
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McIntosh rookies sweep series splits

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Bob McIntosh trainees Give The Gift and You See L A swept Thursday night’s two $20,000 divisions in the second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series for rookie fillies at Mohawk Racetrack Thursday night. Give The Gift got spotted well early from post six in the opening division and then made the winning move in the second quarter for driver Steve Condren. The daughter of Camluck - Eternal...
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NYSS for 2YO pacing fillies at Yonkers

on 07/23/2009 2:00 AM
Two-year-old filly pacers competed in the $185,236 New York Sire Stakes on Thursday night at Yonkers, with 31 fillies taking their best shot at $46,309 for each division.     Both Truly A Treasure (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Shaky Hanover (Matt Kakaley) did their damage from off the pace. The former, a daughter of Art Major, wound up second-over from post position six before...
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Broadway Paige trots 1:54.4, just misses track record

on 07/22/2009 2:00 AM
Broadway Paige, driven by David Miller, earned a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4 and just missed equaling the track record in winning the fourth and final division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday night (July 21) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Trained by Brian Roland, Broadway Paige stopped the timer just one fifth of equaling the track record of S...
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Sears wins four at Vernon

on 07/22/2009 2:00 AM
Brian Sears, former three-time percentage driving champion at Vernon Downs (1991-93), made a triumphant return on Tuesday, capturing four of the eight races he competed in, including the Jack “J.L.” Bailey Memorial Trophy race, and the night’s top test for female pacers.   Sears, who began his provisional driving career here in 1990, steered Olivia’s Native to a career-bes...
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Pedigrees available for Jersey Classic sale

on 07/22/2009 2:00 AM
The pedigrees for the 2009 New Jersey Classic Yearling Sale being held Sunday Sept. 13 at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, NJ, have now been added to our web site. Sort by hip number and click on the yearling name. The entire catalog is also available on the roster page for download.   Printed Catalogs will be available after August 1st. Reserve yours now at www.gardenstatesales.c...
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Dreaming of gold at Mohawk

on 07/21/2009 2:00 AM
Tiz To Dream made all the speed and held on for an impressive gate-to-wire victory in Monday’s $130,000(C) Ontario Sire Stakes Gold final for 2-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. The daughter of Grinfromeartoear-Extreme Dream left sharply from post two for driver Doug McNair and grabbed control of the pace through a strong :26.2 opening quarter. Ice Ice Baby had also left alertly and ...
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