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Fields set for Crown eliminations

on 10/15/2019 7:44 PM
Divisional supremacy and international glory will be on the line in the eight Breeders Crown events for three-year-olds and up at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All four sophomore divisions will require eliminations this Saturday (October 19), while only the Mare Trot from the older ranks will need eliminations. The three-year-old colt pace (15 entrants) and three-year-old filly trot (16 entrants) ...
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Ill. board withdraws dates for new track

on 10/15/2019 2:54 PM
A proposed harness racetrack in Illinois appears dead following an investigation that revealed that a partner in the venture, Gold Rush Gaming owner Rick Heidner, has been involved in numerous real estate transactions with Rocco Suspenzi, chairman of the board at Parkway Bank and Trust.   The Illinois Racing Board met on Tuesday morning and Heidner was in attendance, but dec...
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Breeders Crown championships attract 161

on 10/15/2019 1:22 PM
Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.  All purses are U.S. dollars.    There were 63 two year olds entered, forcing $25,000 eliminations in all divisions for Friday, Oct. 18. Those freshmen who chose to take byes and elimination fields...
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New Vocations soliciting Crown pledges

on 10/15/2019 10:29 AM
“Harness racing champions racing for yesterday’s stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about," stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, the Standardbred Program Director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.   Trainers and owners have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2018 this pledge ra...
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VA Breeders championships at Shenandoah

on 10/15/2019 10:12 AM
A pair of 1:57.1 winning miles were authored in both the Two-Year-Old Filly and Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Sunday at Shenandoah Downs as the $382,125  Virginia Breeder's Championships closed out the 2019 fall season. A total of 11 Breeder's races were on the docket including a trio in the aged divisions which were added to the traditional eight for freshmen and sophomore pacers and trot...
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Harvest Series gets underway at Mohawk Park

on 10/15/2019 9:40 AM
The first round of the Harvest Series got underway Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with two divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Saulsbrook Raven took the first pacing division in 1:54.1 for the tandem of driver James MacDonald and trainer Bill Budd. MacDonald got away third with the daughter of Big Jim-Atlanta Girl while Myst...
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Slick Tony makes it a dozen in 2019

on 10/14/2019 10:14 PM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.20, Russell Foster) notched his 12th seasonal win Monday in the featured $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.  Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony not disappoint his backers. After taking the lead from Allwillworkout near the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, "Tony" marched to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quart...
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Bet You upsets at Plainridge

on 10/14/2019 10:12 PM
 In one of the closest photos of the year, Bet You reigned supreme on the strength of a furious worst to first rush in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Bet You (Jimmy Whittemore) got away eighth in the full field of pacers and watched while five horses led by Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) argued for the lead in a blistering :25.4 f...
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Whats The Word spells victory in Meadows trot

on 10/14/2019 7:07 PM
Whats The Word confidently pulled the pocket down the backside and rolled to an easy victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Whats The Word was stalking Donatover, who had a rough journey to the front. When Jim Pantaleano sensed that the leader was weakening, he moved outside and asked Whats The Word for trot. The 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your ...
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Gia’s Surreal wires field in Batavia feature

on 10/14/2019 7:01 PM
The 3-year-old Gia’s Surreal had been a solid campaigner all year on the New York Sire Stake circuit, culminating that series with a second-place finish in the Excelsior “A” final in September. Since that start the filly has won three straight races in overnights against aged mares and on Monday knocked off the track's top class, the $12,000 Open Handicap pace for fill...
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Bold Eagle enters, 4 supplement to Crown

on 10/14/2019 2:32 PM
The wide-open sophomore pacing colt landscape and a sparkling performance in the Ontario Sire Stake 3-year-old filly pace Super Final triggered three supplements to those respective divisions. Trotting mare Custom Cantab will also start in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot via the supplemental entry route. Today at noon was also the deadline for world champion Bold Eagle, the lone foreign...
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Mister Muscle wins Saratoga Open Trot

on 10/13/2019 7:54 PM
Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) has emerged as the new stable star at Saratoga Casino Hotel for leading conditioner Melissa Beckwith. On Sunday, the five year old won the Open Trot for the third time in his last four tries.   Mister Muscle won his first career Open last month and followed that victory up with another in his following start. After a second-place finish last Sunday, it was ba...
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Pirate wins The Nina at Plainridge

on 10/13/2019 7:48 PM
The first $10,000 leg of the special Columbus Day weekend trotting series for Plainridge Park based horses dubbed “The Nina” was held on Sunday (Oct. 13) and fittingly enough was won by Pirate in a come-from-behind attack.   L Dees Yoyo Ma (Drew Campbell) took the lead and set a speedy tempo from the start. Hitting the splits in :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4, L Dees Yoyo Ma took a t...
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Muscle M Up scores in 1:52.3 in Philly trot

on 10/13/2019 7:45 PM
Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Muscle M Up ($5.80) strode straight to the front and never looked back in Sunday's (Oct. 13) $25,000 winners-over trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, posting a 1:52.3 win with plenty in reserve. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt put the 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill in play from the outset of the one-mile race, clearing Theresademoninme (Yannick Gingras) easily ...
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Forbidden Trade, Alicorn among Ontario SS champions

on 10/13/2019 7:32 AM
  If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday’s $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, that 3-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Fi...
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Geez Joe dominates in Meadowlands return

on 10/13/2019 7:18 AM
Shortly after winning the weekly feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he’s back, and he’s looking better than ever.   Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditione...
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Skater Chick ices field in Courageous Lady

on 10/13/2019 7:15 AM
Skater Chick prevailed against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday’s $120,500 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park.   Driven by Corey Callahan, Skater Chick sat third through the :27.4 opening quarter before mounting a successful first-over bid through fractions of :57, 1:25.1 and 1:53.1, besting her competition by 2 3/4 lengths. “She is a little rough in the turns so I kind...
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Brookdale Bruiser captures Vernon Open

on 10/12/2019 10:56 PM
Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) captured the $6,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Oct. 12). Brookdale Bruiser ($5.20) battled early with Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey).  Brookdale Bruiser cleared and hit the first quarter first in :27.1.  He used a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.4.  Tempster Hanover (Justin Huckabone) came first-over and go...
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K Ryan Bluechip grabs easy victory

on 10/12/2019 10:19 PM
 K Ryan Bluechip zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although the track was listed "good," K Ryan Bluechip reeled off a sharp 1:50.3 mile for Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners Steven Ronay, Collin Ryan, Lone Wolf Stable and J.R. Ryan. Carolina Beac...
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Mr Euroman now 4 for 8 at Batavia

on 10/12/2019 10:16 PM
Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs meet and since returning to action in late August has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County. The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs. Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired o...
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