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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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Rain Delays World Trotting Derby

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
A steady rain that started at 11:30 am and continued for about a half hour has forced a delay in the start of the World Trotting Derby program this afternoon at the Du Quoin State Fair.   At one o'clock, an hour after the prgram was to start, fair and track officials decided to begin scraping back the track. Race Secretary Eliot "Doc" Nartosky has set 6 p.m. for the first post. The Du ...
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Shadow Play scratched from Canadian Pacing Derby

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Shadow Play has been scratched sick from Saturday's $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk, continuing what has been a sometimes frustrating campaign for the four-year-old pacer.   His trainer and co-owner, Dr. Ian Moore, told the WEG media department that a combination of things added up to the horse not being able to compete this week and that it has been a very trying three-month perio...
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Ranger sets record with 13 wins at Pompano

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Bruce Ranger won 13 races during the Saturday (Sept. 5) matinee card at Pompano Park to set a North American record for most wins in one day at one track.   Ranger broke Michel Lachance’s previous mark of 12 victories at Yonkers Raceway in 1987 -- seven of which were during a matinee program with five more coming at night. He also established a new standard for most wins on a single racew...
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Muscle Hill wins World Trotting Derby

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Despite a six-hour delay and driver change, Hambletonian champion Muscle Hill scored a convincing victory in the $540,000 World Trotting Derby for three-year-old trotting colts Saturday evening, September 5 at the Du Quoin State Fair. Driven by Luke McCarthy, a substitution for Brian Sears, who had commitments in Canada, the sophomore trotter easily held off Southern Rocketop and Dave Magee in a t...
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Big Bikkies takes Simcoe split in record time

on 09/05/2009 2:00 AM
Neighsay Hanover overcame post 9 to win the first of two $142,153 divisions of the Simcoe Stakes, for three-year-old trotters, at Mohawk Saturday evening.   Dave Miller sent Winning Mister to the early lead off the wings with Sedona Canyon and Paul MacDonell following Miller’s helmet. From third, Cesar A Blue Chip was put in motion by John Campbell at the half and easily took command, but...
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Watch Du Quoin races via streaming

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
The races at Du Quoin will be available on streaming video Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 12 noon (CDT) each day. The link is www.agr.state.il.us/dq and click “harness racing” and then “watch races live.” This uses Windows Media Player and the site gives a link to download if you do not already have Windows Media Player. (Harness Racing Communications)
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2YO pacing colt We Will See equals season's mark

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
We Will See, whose dubious work ethic hampered his early races, showed an improved attitude and plenty of speed Thursday at The Meadows as he captured a division of a $135,800 Keystone Classic in 1:52.3, equaling the fastest mark this year by a freshman colt pacer on a five-eighths mile track. The stakes was contested over four divisions, with Fox Stakes champion Morgan Shark, Sand Savage, and Fou...
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He's Gorgeous wins again in NY

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
The New York Sire Stakes were in Saratoga, NY, on Thursday night at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway and 2-year-old pacing colts were featured on the beautiful late summer night in the Spa City.   Consistency was the word of the night as three of the four stakes’ winners clocked victories in 1:55.1. He’s Gorgeous established himself as the 2 year old to beat in New York well b...
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Final Jug Fantasy draft Sept. 8-11

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
Your last chance to replace two horses in your Little Brown Jug Fantasy Stable begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, and continues through Friday, Sept. 11, when the second draft period is open for the Fantasy Stable contest. You may also replace one trainer and one driver. The second and final draft period follows Monday afternoon’s Cane Pace at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey.   Two of the Cane...
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Highscore Kemp wins Trotting Derby Filly Stakes

on 09/04/2009 2:00 AM
Highscore Kemp, a filly who hails from the immediate family of greats Andover Hall, Conway Hall and Angus Hall, poked a head in front and stretched it out to a length to win the $130,000 World Trotting Derby for 3-year-old fillies in a world, stakes and track record time of 1:51.4 on Friday at the Du Quoin State Fair. Tim Tetrick drove the filly for trainer Frank Antonacci.  The pr...
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