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Talk To Tony fastest in NYSS late-closers

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
One of the wonderful aspects of the New York Sire Stakes program is that there is something for everyone. One need not have the one of the leading candidates in a division to participate.   Owners of lesser-caliber horses are afforded races in late-closers and then there is the New York Sire Stakes County Fair program, which not only offers races and schooling for the participating youngste...
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Shark Gesture, Bettor Sweet get CPD byes

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
There is only a single $50,000(C) elimination this Saturday night for the upcoming $700,000(C) Canadian Pacing Derby that will be raced on Sept. 5 at Mohawk Racetrack, but what a field it is.   Ten of harness racing’s most illustrious older pacers will go head-to-head, including a number who sat out the Aug. 22 Breeders Crown for mature pacers. The field includes a Little Brown Jug winner...
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Rodaeo Raider rides into Meadows' winner's circle

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
Rodaeo Raider launched a power move down the backside that carried her to an 11-1 upset victory in the $27,500 Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap Pace Thursday at The Meadows.   With Sugar Nips trying to control the fractions on the front, Tony Hall cut Rodaeo Raider loose from fifth. The 5-year-old daughter of Keystone Raider-Grandpas Ashley responded by swooping the field and opening up...
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SBSW leads formal inductees into Canadian Hall of Fame

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
The incomparable Somebeachsomewhere headlined a group of eight inductees into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as part of the induction ceremony that took place Thursday night at the Mississaga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ont. The other two standardbred inductees were driver/trainer Keith Clark and the outstanding broodmare Rich N Elegant.   The thoroughbred class of 2009 saw Gu...
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Richard Stone Reeves exhibit now open at Hall of Fame

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
Richard Stone Reeves (1919-2005) will be inducted as a Harness Racing Hall of Fame Immortal on Sunday, July 4, 2010.  To recognize his important work chronicling significant Standardbreds of the last century, for the next 12 months, the museum has installed, in The Carriage Room, a presentation of his oil paintings and prints.   Richard Stone Reeves, described as “one of the premier ...
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Vesuvio AS explodes early, captures NJSS final

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
Vesuvio AS exploded off the gate and cut the mile, capturing the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Championship for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings by 5 3/4 lengths on Friday at Freehold Raceway.   The son of Windsong’s Legacy drew off with a :28.4 final quarter for a mile time of 1:57.2, only a fifth of a second off of the stakes record.   Driver Tim Tetrick ...
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One More Laugh and Pang Shui win PASS

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
OneMore Laugh and Pang Shui, both driven by Tim Tetrick and both trained by Ray Schnittker, won the first two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Friday (August 28) night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each race carried purses of $68,000 plus.It was a spectacular win by One More Laugh because the two-year-old Mcardle gelding went on a break after leaving the gate and fell far behind The Vil...
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Ashcos Scotty wins at Tioga

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
Ashcos Scotty and Phil Fluet captured the featured condition trot on Friday night at Tioga Downs in 1:59.4. Fluet moved the 12-year old son of Earl-Sakra Monious to the front past the quarter pole in 29.4. The duo controlled the race through fractions of 1:00.3, and 1:30 before putting away the competition through the final panel to draw clear by two and a half lengths. It was the fifth win in twe...
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Horsemen honored at the Rock

on 08/28/2009 2:00 AM
Harness horsemen Todd O'Dea and Walter Ross, Jr. were honored in a winner's circle ceremony at Rockingham Park on Friday (Aug. 28) for their help in saving the life of a fellow horseman who suffered a serious heart attack last month during the afternoon of racing.When trainer Andrei Guidette Jr. was stricken in the Rockingham Park paddock on July 22, O'Dea and Ross were cool in the midst of the cr...
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Takter/Pierce double up in NJSS

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Ron Pierce combined to win both $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division Championships for 2-year-old trotters Wednesday afternoon at Freehold Raceway. Costa Rica, a daughter of Muscles Yankee, won the championship final for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:58.3 with a strong move that began on the backstretch and concluded with a 1 ...
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Oakmont fastest in PA Stallion Series splits

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Oakmont, trained by George Teague Jr. and driven by Jim Morrill Jr., came charging down the lane Wednesday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to capture the first $20,000 division of six Pennsylvania Stallion Series races.   Leaving from the two post, Oakmont sat fourth or fifth throughout most of the race before making a torrid stretch drive to catch and pass frontrunner Native Justice (J...
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Sammy's Magic Girl rallies to win PASS split

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Sammy's Magic Girl produced some magic in deep stretch, getting up late to score in 1:54.4 in the fastest division of the $270,095 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers Wednesday at The Meadows. Anadarko Hanover and Bordeaux Nourrir captured the other divisions of the event, known as the Meadow Cheer. Dave Palone fashioned a driving double in the stake with Anadarko Hanove...
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Copeland scores with LT's Best at Harrington

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Thomas Barrett’s LT’s Best ($3.60, Vince Copeland) put together a strong stretch rally to win the $21,700 Junior Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.   The 6-year-old Davanti gelding was positioned second-over as pacesetter Juanita set fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.1. Meanwhile, LT’s Best surged three wide and overpowered the front runner for a one-length win. Juanita was s...
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Second Jug Future pool set to get underway

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
The second of three pools on the 2009 “Future Wager” for the Little Brown Jug is fast approaching. Wagering will get underway at 12 noon on Thursday and will be offered through 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30.   Well Said, winner of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace is the 3-1 favorite in the second of three future wagering pools for the 64th Little Brown Jug. The sophom...
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Harness Racing Museum seeks help with driving colors

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has received a $2,440 grant from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network for the treatment of Richard McMahon’s silk driving jacket; the work will be executed by textile conservator  Gwen Spicer, Spicer Art Conservation, LLC.    “Dick” McMahon was born in Fredonia, Kansas, about 1880. Around 1896, he started as a groom and learne...
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Gods of the open draw not kind to Bartlett

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett. Pleasant chap...very good driver...but not exactly like having a rabbit's foot in the pocket. There was Bartlett, sitting on a milestone (seven wins away from 3,000 career victories) and sitting in at Wednesday afternoon's luncheon draw for Yonkers Raceway's two premier trotting events, Saturday night's 55th Yonkers Trot (purse $670,774) and its constant companion, the $327,985 Hud...
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Marohn is the Godfather of Monticello

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Who knew that Jimmy Marohn was half-Italian other than him and his son, Jimmy Jr. But he is--his mom was the former Bridget Circo--and when Jon Lione, who was programmed to drive Flying Aftermidnite was unable to be at Monticello Raceway for the Godfather Pace, the eighth and final leg of the tracks year-long Heritage Drivers Series on Wednesday, Marohn was a last-minute substitute. &nb...
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Northfield moves Night of Champions back one week

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
Northfield Park has moved the Night of Champions for Ohio's top county fair performers, from Saturday evening, Oct. 3 to Saturday evening, Oct. 10, due to a schedule conflict with the Coshocton Fair.   "A number of horsemen who are staked both to Coshocton and the Night of Champions have expressed concerns and we have accommodated them by moving the date back one week," according to directo...
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Well Said pointing to Simcoe

on 08/27/2009 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old colt pacer Well Said, who has not raced since winning the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Aug. 16 at Harrah’s Chester, will make his next start in the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12, according to trainer Steve Elliott.   Elliott told harnessracing.com Thursday afternoon that Well Said, who also won the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup and is the sport...
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He's Gorgeous fastest in NYSS

on 08/26/2009 2:00 AM
Twenty-three of the state's rookie crop of colts and gelding skidooed their way downstate Tuesday night for Yonkers Raceway's $185,122 New York Sire Stakes Jim Meagher Pace.   He's Gorgeous (Jason Bartlett), as the 1-4 favorite, overcame the eight hole in the first $62,074 division. After tucking in fifth, he moved approaching the half, only to be forced three-wide by a late pull from a riv...
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