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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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Macomber earns Indiana Sires Stakes double

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Driver Ricky Macomber made the most of his opportunities Saturday night at Indiana Downs. He completed a sweep of both $25,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for sophomore pacing colts with Got ‘Er Done and Evening Job before capturing the $22,000 invitational pace with Benns Superman in 1:51.1.   Macomber and Got ‘Er Done claimed the first ISS division as the second choice in the conte...
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Lil Bit Lil Bit sets track mark at Sudbury

on 08/15/2009 2:00 AM
Balmy summer weather brought high speed performances to Sudbury Downs on Saturday night, as all three two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions were clocked faster than 2:00.   Each successive $24,000 division rang up a faster clocking, until Lil Bit Lil Bit rewrote the track’s freshman pacing colt record in the final division with a 1:57.1 effort.   Starting from Post 6, drive...
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Stormont Garcon remains undefeated in Bridger leg

on 08/14/2009 2:00 AM
The undefeated Stormont Garcon won his eighth straight while Southwind Wrangler broke his maiden in Thursday’s second leg of the Bridger Trotting Series for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Mohawk Racetrack.   In the opening $20,000(C) division, Southwind Wrangler was sent straight to command from post seven by driver Jack Moiseyev and never looked back en route to a 1:57.3 tally. The s...
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O Lucky Me breaks maiden at Scioto

on 08/14/2009 2:00 AM
O Lucky Me proved to be more than just lucky in winning her maiden victory at Scioto Downs on Thursday in 1:56.4. Trainer-driver Chip Noble steered her to victory over Spectacular Myrt and Forever A Cowgirl. The winner was making her third lifetime start for breeder-owner Steve Jones of New York. The filly by The Panderosa is out of the good Artsplace mare Natchitoches p,3, 1:53.2 ($374,4...
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Pre-season football cancels Meadowlands Friday

on 08/14/2009 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack will be dark Friday due to the pre-season football game at Giants Stadium. Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race card featuring the elimination for the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mares Trot. Plus, Breeders Crown Open Pace and Mare Pace finalists, including Mister Big and Darlin's Delight, will battle in a pair of open events. Post time is 7 p.m.   The $1.6 million ...
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Changes made to overnight schedule at Delaware, Ohio

on 08/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Delaware, Ohio County Fair has added two new overnight races to its 2009 racing schedule and made other changes to make the racing more competitive and to provide more opportunities for Ohio-bred horses.   “Our goal is to make the racing more competitive and yet appeal to a different class of horses,” said Tom Wright, director of racing. “For example, we added a $3,000 pace for fi...
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Nebupanezzar back on Jug trail

on 08/14/2009 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon shortly after Nebupanezzar won a qualifier at Mohawk that he hopes to have the 3-year-old pacer ready for the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 24 at Delaware, Ohio. The son of No Pan Intended has not raced since winning the Ontario Sire Stakes Super final last November due to a tendon injury in his right front leg.   “I wa...
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Manzi wins two of three Helen Smith elims

on 08/14/2009 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Cat Manzi guided a pair of Muscles Yankee fillies to victory in two of the three $10,000 Helen Smith Eliminations on Friday, August 14, 2009 at Freehold Raceway.   The Helen Smith for New Jersey-sired three-year-old trotting fillies is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.   Manzi scored with One Tough Girl in 1:58.1 in the...
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