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Pocono's phone out; see details for entries

on 08/18/2009 2:00 AM
The Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Race Office is having telephone difficulties this morning (Tuesday), and the box will be held open past the usual deadline. Horsemen can continue trying to call, or they can use the following options:   1--E-mail the entries to the PHHA’s e-mail, phhapocono@yahoo.com; 2--Fax the entries to the Pocono main switchboard, 570.823.9407, or to the PHHA’s ...
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Blackledge, Steele honored with Neville awards

on 08/18/2009 2:00 AM
Dale Blackledge and Robert Steele, who both died earlier this year, will be honored as the co-2009 Joseph Neville Memorial Award winners, with Delaware (Ohio) fair officials honoring both men during the Mayor’s Breakfast to be held Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, at the hospitality pavilion located adjacent to the first turn of the racetrack. Blackledge, a native of Heath, ...
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Pearly Princess rallies to win fastest of PA Stallion splits

on 08/18/2009 2:00 AM
Trailing by five lengths at the top of the stretch, Pearly Princess charged through the “Lightning Lane” to transform a minor award to victory in the fastest and most dramatic division of a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Stake on Monday at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old trotting fillies was contested over three divisions, with Cantab Lady and Ideal Molly capturing the other s...
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Springfield combines Monday and Tuesday cards

on 08/18/2009 2:00 AM
After heavy rains caused the cancellation of the Monday harness racing program at the Illinois State Fair Grounds, the Monday and Tuesday cards were shortened and combined. The Tuesday first post will be 3 p.m. (central).   All overnight races from Monday have been cancelled and overnight and amateur races for Tuesday have also been cancelled.   The first post for the remainde...
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Nine to score on the gate for NYSS championships

on 08/18/2009 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs, the 2009 host of the New York Sire Stakes “Night of Champions,” has announced that nine horses will compete in every Sire Stake Final on Saturday, Sept. 26.   Previously held on half-mile tracks, the New York Sire Stakes finals were always eight horse fields. The move to the seven-eighths mile track at Vernon allows for one more starter in each division and helps to f...
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Adrenaline festival to start Thursday at Hiawatha

on 08/18/2009 2:00 AM
What do Olympian Mark Heese, the McCann Dog Stars, comedian Rob Pue and harness driver Brad Forward have in common? They’ll all be performing during the first ever Adrenaline festival at Hiawatha Horse Park this Thursday through Sunday, presented by Standardbred Canada.   Adrenaline is a unique four-day festival combining horse racing, food, live music, sports competitions, ente...
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Pointe To Pointe impressive in Gold Final triumph

on 08/17/2009 2:00 AM
When the call to the post came for the first race of Flamboro Downs’ Confederation Cup program on Sunday, a ripple of excitement ran through the grandstand and fans knew they were in for an afternoon of exceptional harness racing.   Five races later Ontario’s gifted two-year-old trotting colts delivered the first history making moment, as Pointe To Pointe carved out a track, Ontario Sir...
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Peter Wrenn wins 8,000th race

on 08/17/2009 2:00 AM
It may have been one of the slowest victories of Peter Wrenn's driving career, but the 2:04.4 victory by Specialty Training in an elimination of the Spartan Futurity for 2-year-old colt trotters at the fairgrounds in Midland, Mich. on Sunday was the 46 year old's 8,000th career victory. Wrenn, who became just the 16th driver to reach 8,000 victories, came back later to notch win 8,001, also with S...
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Monday's racing card at Springfield postponed

on 08/17/2009 2:00 AM
Racing at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield has been canceled for Monday due to rain, and Monday's card will be moved to Tuesday, with post time set for 2 pm. Rain fell intermittently on Sunday, then began falling steadily early Monday morning. It was still raining when officials made the decision to postpone Monday's card. The State Fair's one-mile oval is still clay and can t...
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Jerry Gray dies

on 08/17/2009 2:00 AM
Jeremiah (Jerry) Gray, of Swansea, Mass., died Sunday, Aug. 9, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. He was 76.    Mr. Gray was born in Swansea, the son of the late Jeremiah Gray Sr. and Neletta (O’Brien) Gray. A graduate of Joseph Case High School in Swansea and Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Air Force and earned t...
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Ohio Sires Stakes featured at Scioto Downs

on 08/16/2009 2:00 AM
The juvenile Doc’s Yankee continued to impress horsemen with another effortless win at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. This one came in a $23,400 division of the Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing males timed in 1:55.1   Three New Dawns and Doc’s Yankee dueled throughout the opening quarter with the 1-5 favorite taking over just after that station was passed in 27.3. Driver Kyle Ater...
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Records fall on Super Stakes Sunday at Chester

on 08/16/2009 2:00 AM
Those who had a “need for speed” were not disappointed at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Sunday afternoon. No less than five track records fell on the $2.4 million Super Stakes Sunday card which featured some of harness racing’s greatest trotting and pacing stars, with Well Said putting an exclamation mark on the card by winning the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine i...
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If I Can Dream wins Confederation Cup

on 08/16/2009 2:00 AM
If I Can Dream drew the rail and controlled the $560,000 Confederation Cup final, winning by 2 ½ in  1:52.1, with his stablemate River Shark taking second and Bay Of Sharks third.   Trained by Tracy Brainard, If I Can Dream drew post one in the open draw after finishing second to Bay Of Sharks in the first elimination. The Ben Wallace-trained Bay Of Sharks won that race in 1:52.1. Riv...
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Freshman colt pacers featured at Tioga Downs

on 08/16/2009 2:00 AM
He’s Gorgeous and Jason Bartlett posted the fastest mile of the afternoon for freshman pacing colts in the New York State Fair Stakes on Sunday (August 16) at Tioga Downs.   The duo paced out from the gate to take command of the field past the quarter pole in :27.4, Bartlett then tapped the brakes, reaching the half-mile pole in :57. He’s Gorgeous was asked to step away from the field a...
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Marvel Sahbra scores in Capital City Pacing series

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Marvel Sahbra got up in the final strides to win the Capital City Pacing series for mares on Friday night at Scioto Downs. The 9-year-old mare was clocked in 1:53.3.   Driver Kenny Kidd sent the 12-1 shot Danika Hanover to the front at the start of the race. When 2-5 favorite Cat Burglar and driver Chris Page came to call on the outside, Danika Hanover refused to yield. Dan Noble and Marvel...
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Sears and Teague team to sweep Wilson elims

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
I’m Gorgeous split horses down the stretch and got up in the final strides to win the first of two $40,000 Woodrow Wilson Eliminations for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   I’m Gorgeous [$3.00, $2.40, $2.10] and driver Brian Sears got away fifth out of the gate and waited until the stretch to pop the pocket and come home in a lifetime best of 1:50...
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Maid For Tag sets track record with BC elim upset

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Maid For Tag upset the field with a 1:51.4 track record mile in the $40,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, the only division requiring an elimination round, on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.   A 27-1 shot, Maid For Tag [$56.60, $30.20, $7.40] angled out of third turn to track down the leader Up Front Hotsey on the final turn and draw off to a 2 1-2 length victory ov...
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Yonkers featured pace to Dave Ain't Here

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Dave Ain't Here (Stephane Bouchard), protecting a Yonkers Raceway pocket from an inside assignment, rolled by favored Psilvuheartbreaker (Jim Meittinis) Saturday night in the featured $50,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Psilvuheartbreaker, the 11-10 choice from post position No. 3, led through fractions of 28, 56.2 and 1:24.1, with Real Nice (Brent Holland) trying it first-over.   The peop...
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Franky scores Vernon feature in near record time

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Frankyluvsmeatbals displayed speed and stamina while pacing to a 1:51.2 triumph in Saturday night’s (Aug. 15) $9,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.Making his local season’s debut as the crowd’s wagering choice in the week’s Open handicap, Frankyluvsmeatbals ($3.50) left the starting gate with gusto and stayed in front throughout the mile test, drawing off in the stretch to win by a l...
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Post positions set for $1.6 Million Breeders Crown Championships

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Post positions for all four Breeders Crown Championships for older horses were drawn during Meadowlands Racetrack's live television broadcast Saturday night.   The Breeders Crown events, worth a combined $1.6 million, share the spotlight with the $400,000 Woodrow Wilson and $350,000 Sweetheart on closing night of the 2009 Harness Meet, Saturday, August 22. The festivities also include a Bri...
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