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Trotters on display at Indiana Downs

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs hosted a quartet of sires stakes for two-year-old trotters Wednesday, September 2. ABC Photo and Bluebird Caviar claimed the $25,000 divisions for colts and geldings, while Hoosier Cheetah and Msnaughtybynature collected victories in the two $25,000 splits for fillies.   ABC Photo and driver Dan Shetler made it look easy in the first race on the program, using a wire-to-wire p...
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Bourdeaux Nourrir win poignant for owner Leon

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Blocked late and running out of racetrack, Say So found the winning path in the “Lightning Lane” to capture a division of a $150,400 Keystone Classic on Wednesday at The Meadows. The event for Pennsylvania-bred 2-year-old filly pacers was contested over six divisions, with Six Pistol, Bordeaux Nourrir, Pan Voyage, Wendy’s Dragon and All Heart Gal taking the other splits.   Dave P...
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New 9-horse starting gate at Vernon Downs

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has just picked up its new starting gate and it will be in use for the three-day card on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, along with its special Labor Day card on Monday, Sept. 7. Vernon Downs purchased the truck through one of its local vendors, Williams Toyota of Sayre, Pa., who also has generously donated two 2009 Toyota Yaris cars for the 2009 Horseplay Car Giveaway going...
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New Jersey Futurity splits held at Freehold

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Take My Picture and Money Man K turned in winning efforts to take the 2-year-old trotting divisions of the New Jersey Futurity on Wednesday at Freehold Raceway.   In the $25,250 first division, Take My Picture, with Cat Manzi driving, posted his second career victory in eight starts with a 1 1/2-length tally in 2:01.3. The gelded son of Classic Photo caught Upfront Pattys Boy...
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Spunky Vic in mild upset at Harrington

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Arty Foster’s Spunky Vic ($11.60, Ross Wolfenden) pulled off a mild upset in the $21,700 Junior Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.   The 5-year-old Valley Victor gelding followed pacesetter and favorite Allmar Surprise throughout but Wolfenden pulled pocket on the final turn as "Surprise" tired. Spunky Vic drew clear and held off Lt’s Best and Juanita for the win.  ...
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Well Said the choice in second Jug future

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Jeffrey Snyder and Lothlorien Stable’s Well Said, winner of over $2.1 million, was named the 2-1 favorite in the second of three pools on the 2009 “Future Wager” for the Little Brown Jug.   Well Said, winner of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace, was also the favorite in the first pool at 9-5. The sophomore son of Western Hanover owns a mark of 1:47.3 and is trained by Ste...
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Schnikttker sweep in NYSS at Batavia

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Big Stick Lindy, Shaq Is Back and Margarita Man won their respective $56,590 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night at Batavia Downs Casino. All of the winners are trained and were driven by for former Batavia Downs regular Ray Schnittker.   The fastest of the three divisions was race six as the Credit Winner colt Shaq Is Back ...
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Full speed ahead for All Speed Hanover

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
The freshman pacing colt All Speed Hanover has proven to be most properly named following an impressive start to his racing career.   The 2-year-old son of Cam’s Card Shark has turned heads quickly as he made his delayed debut at The Red Mile on Aug. 24. More impressive than winning the early-closer event for freshman colts and geldings in 1:56.1 was his blazing :26.1 last quarter.  ...
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Massachusetts Sire Stakes held at Plainridge

on 09/03/2009 2:00 AM
Sherry Berger’s Al’s Baby Girl led from gate to wire Thursday afternoon to capture a $7,363 three-year-old filly division of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes at Plainridge Racecourse in 1:59.   It was a new lifetime mark for Al’s Baby Girl, a daughter of Life Sign out of the Big Towner mare Mallwalker Hanover, trained by Mark Harris and driven by John Beckwith. Lady Knows Best finished s...
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High Speed Life runs winning streak to eight

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
High Speed Life continued her dominance in Indiana Sires Stakes action Tuesday, September 1 in the fourth and final $30,000 preliminary leg for sophomore filly pacers. Driven by Ricky Macomber, the Lease On Life three year old scored a 1:54.4 victory at Indiana Downs, finishing two lengths in front of Ag-N-Au Bluegrass and Peter Wrenn. Sweetsgetintheway and Dan Shetler closed late for third. &nbs...
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Explosive Matter scratched from Pocono feature Tuesday

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
For the second time in the past four Open Handicap Trot races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs it was Nicole’s Promise beating the boys on Tuesday night. Explosive Matter, the 8-5 morning line favorite who was assigned the nine hole, was scratched "sick" from the race.   In the $28,750 Open Handicap Trot, Nicole’s Promise, a 6-year-old trotting mare trained by John Marshall and ...
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Poliseno trainee hoping for a sweet win in CPD

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Ten of harness racing's most formidable mature pacers will line up behind the starting gate on Saturday night at Mohawk in the $685,000(C) Canadian Pacing Derby. Only eight of them, however, earned their way to the final via their placing in last week's single elimination.   Two horses--Larry Remmen trainee Shark Gesture and Joe Poliseno pupil Bettor Sweet--skipped that event by virtue...
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Ladyfield finds Harrington winner's circle

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Joyce and Kathleen Keeler and Linda Sue Keeler’s Ladyfield ($6.40, Tony Morgan) returned to the winners circle Tuesday with a 1:54.4 triumph in the $25,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   Trained by Victor Keeler II, the 6-year-old Armbro Cadet mare seized control towards the quarter and never looked back in her one-length win over Don’ttellmewhattodo and Hopefull N. Do...
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Drivers escape Pocono spill with no serious injuries

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Drivers involved in a race mishap in the 16th and final race of the evening Tuesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs escaped serious injuries.   George Napolitano Jr., former multiple driving and training champion at the Northeastern Pennsylvania racetrack, appeared to have sustained a severe head injury when he went flying backwards after being unseated in the accident near the three-qu...
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Elmer Smith to be inducted to New England Wall of Fame

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
A fixture in New England harness racing for more than 40 years, Elmer Smith, 75, will be inducted into the New England Harness Racing Wall of Fame at Plainridge Racecourse on Labor Day, Sept. 7.   Born July 29, 1934 in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Smith has been breeding, owning, training and driving horses for more than 50 years, first in the Canadian Maritimes and then th...
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New whipping rules in Ontario now in effect

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
All participants in horseracing in Ontario are reminded that new rules governing the urging of horses came into effect on Sept. 1. The rules – which will apply to Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing – focus on the safety of the participants, the welfare of the horse and the perception of the product.   Among the provisions in the new rules: for Standardbred racing, ...
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Muscle Hill draws post six in World Trotting Derby

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Muscle Hill, fresh off an easy victory in the American National at Balmoral Park last Saturday, has been installed the 3-5 morning-line choice for this Saturday's $540,000 World Trotting Derby at the Du Quoin State Fair, leaving from post six in the nine-horse field. Trainer Greg Peck will have regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky behind the sophomore colt.   Nine hor...
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More than $830,000 on tap for Ohio Super Night

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Northfield Park hosts the Ohio Super Night on Saturday with over $830,000 in purses available in eight $80,000 Ohio Sire Stakes finals, four Scarlet and Gray Stakes for veteran Ohio-breds and two Open events. First race post time for the 15-race card is 7 p.m. (EDT).   Things will be contentious from the start as undefeated 2-year-old trotting filly Jesse’s Messenger (6-for-6, $68,75...
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'Little fever' prompts Explosive Matter's Pocono scratch

on 09/02/2009 2:00 AM
Explosive Matter, the Adam Victor & Sons Stable standout 3-year-old trotter, was scratched "sick" from the Open Handicap at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Tuesday night, following his recent victory in the Colonial Trot at Harrah’s Chester.   The runner-up in the Hambletonian behind Muscle Hill in early August at the Meadowlands, Explosive Matter was appointed post position nine at Po...
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Poof She's Gone wins Gold

on 09/01/2009 2:00 AM
Poof Shes Gone survived a brief power outage and a grueling, parked-out trip to capture Monday’s $130,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for two-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk Racetrack.   Regular driver David Miller guided the daughter of Kadabra - Travelin Superlite from post six and had her sitting near the back of the field in the early stages, but elected to keep her to the outsi...
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