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Favorites upset in PA Stallion Series finals

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
On a night when all four favorites in the 2-year-old Pennsylvania Stallion Series championships went down in flames, TSM Ryans Dragon provided the biggest shocker of all, taking the final for pacing colts and geldings at a juicy 28-1.   The championships and consolations offered combined purses of $240,000. The MGM Pan, Thierry and Liz also captured championships. Mike Wilder enjoyed a cham...
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Morand 17th driver to reach 8,000 wins

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Morand registered his 8,000th driving win Monday at Harrington Raceway when he piloted Chipoffablueblock ($4.80) to a two-length score in the 10th race. Morand is harness racing’s 17th all-time leading driver and has won more races in his career at Harrington Raceway than any other driver in the track’s 63-year history.   The 44-year-old Morand made a name for himself on the ...
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Peter Wrenn suspended for "unsatisfactory drive"

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Peter Wrenn, a winner of more than 8,000 races and current leading driver at Indiana Downs, has been handed a 30-day suspension by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. Wrenn was notified of the suspension, which took effect beginning Monday, Sept. 28, over the weekend.   Wrenn said Tuesday morning that he has appealed the ruling and asked for a stay, but since Indiana regulations ...
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Shadow Play wins Red Mile qualifier

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Shadow Play, the 2008 Little Brown Jug winner whose campaign this year has been marked by health issues, won a qualifier at The Red Mile Tuesday morning in 1:52.1. The 4-year-old son of The Panderosa has not raced since finishing third in the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination Aug. 29 at Mohawk.   Shadow Play has made just nine starts this year, with his three wins including a 1:47.4 effort ...
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Vernon post time moved to 1:15 this week due to fire

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will be moving post time for this week’s races on Thursday, Oct. 1, Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, to 1:15 pm (EDST), pending regulatory approval.   The change in post time is due to the transformers that caught fire on Saturday, Sept. 26. Management is working on fixing the transformers, but does not know the exact amount of time necessary for repair, therefore the ch...
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Grand Circuit underway at Red Mile

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
The two-week Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile got underway under cool conditions Tuesday afternoon, with the first of four divisions of the $352,500 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters going to Tequila Slammer and driver George Brennan in 1:56.4. There was a big surprise in the third split as Croquet Style sprung a huge upset in defeating Goldsmith Maid, Peaceful Way and New Jersey Sire Stak...
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Yearling credit drawing again at Forest City

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) and Forest City Yearling Sale (FCYS) have announced that they are once again offering $10,000 (CDN) in yearling credit at this year’s Forest City Yearling Sale, which will take place Oct. 17 and 18 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario.   Owners and trainers can submit a ballot to win one of two $5,000 (CDN) yearling credit...
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21 entered in Kentucky Filly Futurity

on 09/29/2009 2:00 AM
Friday afternoon's $378,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile has attracted a field of 21, with the sophomores divided into a trio of eliminations. The top three in each, plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest earnings in 2009, will advance to the final. Each elim carries a purse of $65,520, with the second heat worth $105,840. If a race-off is necessary, the winner-take-all purse i...
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Dead-heat Sunday at Harrah's Chester

on 09/28/2009 2:00 AM
Well into its fourth season of live harness racing, Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack has built a reputation of competitive racing and tight finishes.  The 12-race card on Sunday certainly fit that bill, as three of the races finished with a dead heat for win.   The fifth race saw Lightningjacksback (Andy Miller) and Winbak Prince (Corey Callahan) hit the line together in...
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Owners of PASS finalists can watch from skybox

on 09/28/2009 2:00 AM
The 2:00 Club at the Meadows would like to extend an invitation to horsemen and owners coming for the 2 year old PA Sire Stake Championships on Tuesday, September 29, hosted by The Meadows Racetrack to watch the races from our skybox.   The 2:00 Club is comprised of local owners and horsemen racing at the Meadows and is located on the 3rd level of the casino in the Nero VIP B...
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To Helen Back wins Milton elim

on 09/27/2009 2:00 AM
To Helen Back turned in a strong two-move effort to score a mild upset in the single $50,000(C) elimination for this year's Milton Stakes for older pacing mares over a track rated "good" on Saturday night at Mohawk.   The 6-year-old daughter of Astreos-Rocket Science flashed early speed from post six for driver Mike Saftic and landed in the pocket behind Four Starzz Meliss through a :2...
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Freshmen in ICF action at Balmoral

on 09/27/2009 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-olds were in action on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as freshmen of both sexes battled in the $10,000 Thrifty Way and Yates Eagle Stakes. With an abundance of youngsters dropped into the box each stake was split into two divisions.   In the first division of the Thrifty Way, Fox Valley Naomi, the odds on choice in the race, stormed right to the fr...
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Vernon records fall in NYSS finals

on 09/27/2009 2:00 AM
The action on the track for the first edition of the $1.4 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions held at Vernon Downs was hot, despite being interrupted for more than an hour in the middle of the program due to a transformer fire on the backstretch. Completion of the card was momentarily in doubt, but officials were able get the lights back on in order to race the final four stakes races....
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Erv Miller freshmen sweep Elevation divisions

on 09/27/2009 2:00 AM
Trainees from the Erv Miller Stable flexed their muscle Saturday, September 26 in stakes action at Indiana Downs. Iam Bonasera and Mysoontobe led the charge, sweeping both $65,000 divisions of The Elevation for freshman colt pacers. To top things off, Mystical Valentine, another Miller pupil, picked up a win in the $50,000 Mega Mini Series final.   Iam Bonasera rebounded from a narrow defea...
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Elevation Stake attracts 13 freshman pacing colts

on 09/26/2009 2:00 AM
A group of 13 two-year-old pacing colts will go to the post in two $65,000 divisions of The Elevation Saturday evening, September 26 at Indiana Downs. The freshman stakes are part of a 13-race card that will also include two series finales and the return of Art Official to the Hoosier State.   The first Elevation division, carded as race seven on the program, has drawn a field of six that i...
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Transformer blows at Vernon; racing delayed

on 09/26/2009 2:00 AM
A transformer blew after the fifth race at Vernon Downs on Saturday night, causing a small explosion that brought the local fire department to the track. The lights were knocked out in the paddock and backstretch, but electricity remained in the grandstand. Officials were hoping to come up with a solution to restore power so the remaining races, which includes the New York Sire Stakes championship...
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Shanghai Lil dominates in Simpson division

on 09/25/2009 2:00 AM
Rain showers drenched the downtown Lexington oval once again on Thursday afternoon and throughout the races, however that did not slow down Shanghai Lil or driver Mike Lachance who teamed up to take the featured $57,570 John Simpson Memorial for 3-year old filly pacers, one of five wins on the 12-race card for Lachance.   Lachance tucked the daughter of Jenna’s Beach Boy-Wonderbolt into ...
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Lady In The Wind wins NJ Futurity

on 09/25/2009 2:00 AM
Lady In The Wind held off Rapsong to win the $51,200 New Jersey Futurity for New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotters, the second race on Friday at Freehold Raceway. The Windsong’s Legacy filly trotted the mile in 1:58.3 for her third victory.  She has finished in-the-money in nine of 12 starts.   Bred and owned by Dreamland Farms of Cream Ridge, NJ, Lady In The Wind improved her ba...
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Freshman trotters shine in Am-Nats

on 09/24/2009 2:00 AM
Freshman trotters stepped into the spotlight on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a pair of six-figure American-National Stakes shared top billing. Patrick Graham’s state-bred sensation Run And Tell Pap toted home top honors in the $106,000 colt event, stopping the clock in 1:57.2, while the top prize in the $100,000 filly stake was captured by Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDu...
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Michaelrowyourboat sets Meadows all-age trot mark

on 09/24/2009 2:00 AM
Michaelrowyourboat unleashed a powerful uncovered bid that carried him past the dueling leaders and on to victory in 1:52.3--fastest mile ever trotted at The Meadows--in Wednesday’s $27,500 Preferred Handicap.   Hidden Viggorish, the 4-5 favorite, set sail for the front but found herself battling for the point with a stubborn Master Begonia, who would not release her. Hidden Viggorish fin...
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