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The Meadows adds four $50,000 invitationals Adios weekend

on 07/14/2009 2:00 AM
The Meadows will stage four $50,000 Invitational races on Friday, July 31, as part of its Adios Week festival of Grand Circuit action. Pennsylvania -sired or -owned horses are preferred for the Invitational races--one each for pacing horses, trotting horses, pacing mares and trotting mares. The Invitational events are a special feature of Adios Week, which is highlighted by the Delvin Miller Adio...
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Two upsets, one favorite in OSS Gold elims

on 07/13/2009 2:00 AM
Lyons Danny fulfilled his promise as the 3-5 favorite Sunday night in his $40,000(C) division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold eliminations for 2-year-old pacing colts, but longshots Mach Dreamer and Grinformoney surprised in the other two divisions at Mohawk. In the first of the three OSS contests, Dan Daley sent his homebred Daleys Interest to the early lead with Tigers Mattjesty fol...
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2009 Molson Pace winner Stormaway dies after race accident

on 07/13/2009 2:00 AM
Stormaway, who won the $283,000(C) Molson Pace final at Western Fair in May at odds of 19-1, was euthanized after being hurt in a race accident in the final turn during Saturday night's $115,000(C) Masters Pacing Series final at Georgian Downs.   Stormaway, with trainer, driver and co-owner Dan Megens, were last in the field and then hooked the sulky of Along Came Polly, who was racing in f...
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Pennsylvania horsemen on high alert over discussions

on 07/13/2009 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association has issued an alert urging its members to contact their state representatives immediately due to reported Republican caucus discussions about cutting or eliminating the state’s racing fund.   The discussions stem from Pennsylvania’s lengthening state budget impasse. Approximately two weeks into the new fiscal year, the state is still w...
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Pace post positions

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
The draw for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace Final on July 18 was held live on the Clubhouse Level television set after the field was decided by a pair of $50,000 elimination races.  Well Said was installed the 6-5 morning line favorite after a decisive 1:49.2 score in his elimination.  Driver Ron Pierce and trainer Steve Elliott won the coin toss to select their post position first and ...
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Shark's Legacy, Valeris win Reynolds

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Valeris, trained by Frank Ingrassia and driven by wife Jacqueline, was the fastest 3-year-old filly trot W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stake winner Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as Grand Circuit Week came to a close.In the first race of the afternoon on the 16-race card, Valeris  (Sj`s Caviar - Tasha Yar)  was a 12-1 long shot victor with a time of 1:55.3.Other divisional Re...
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Psilvuheartbreaker wins at Yonkers

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Millionaire Psilvuheartbreaker ended a seasonal schneid Saturday night, lasting on the lead to win Yonkers Raceway’s $48,000 Open Handicap Pace.After disposing of a stubborn, first-up Wholly Louy (Stephane Bouchard), "Heartbreaker" needed the wire. He was able to get it at a very convenient time, holding off Forensic Z Tam by a head in 1:52.2. Eagle Real One (Cat Manzi), Jeremy's Successor (Ryan...
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On A Tear in track record win

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Speed came to the forefront on Saturday (July 11) as On A Tear delivered a track record performance in the $25,000 Mid Summer Classic at Scarborough Downs. The pacer toured the oval timed in a blistering 1:54 with driver Shawn Gray calling all the shots to equal one of the oldest standards still on the books at the southern Maine harness venue as the 6-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight joins the ...
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Three in a row for Stringtowner

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
The red hot gelding Stringtowner made it three wins in a row by taking the Open Handicap Pace at Scioto Downs on Saturday in 1:52.4, fastest mile of the 2009 season. The mile came on a track rated “sloppy” after a several hours of steady rains.Despite starting from the outside post in the eight-horse field, the 8-year-old overtook pacesetting Lis Deo in the stretch and paced easily away to a 1...
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Waltrip Hanover wins again

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Waltrip Hanover continued his winning ways for Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables with a 1:52.1 pacing performance in the $9,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (July 11). Chris Lems did the catch-driving for Jessica Okusko, the meet’s leading trainer with 32 first-place finishes, as Waltrip Hanover ($5.00) dueled for the early lead with Triple Bars before takin...
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Photoforwin wins Connors Memorial final at Hazel Park

on 07/12/2009 2:00 AM
Overcoming a slow start, odds-on choice Photoforwin won the $100,000 William Connors Memorial 3-Year-Old Colt Trot final Saturday night at Hazel Park, reaching the wire in 1:57.4 for trainer, driver and owner Rick Beinhauer.   Leaving from the outside post position in the field of eight, Photoforwin spotted the field a couple of lengths at the start, but Beinhauer quickly sent the son of SJ...
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Judge Joe, Copy Catch capture Zweig colt splits

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Judge Joe and D.R. Ackerman captured the $151,670 first division of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial on Friday night at Tioga Downs, with Copy Catch and John Campbell scoring in the second split. Judge Joe got away in the pocket spot as Ray Schnittker and Citation Lindy cut through a torrid opening quarter in :26.4. The field passed the half-mile mark of the race in :56.2 as Russell Hill (Ca...
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Nicole just misses Vernon mark in NYSS

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Nicole came within one-fifth of a second of the Vernon Downs record for 2-year-old trotting fillies during a division of Friday night’s $178,605 New York Sire Stakes.   With the track’s defending driving champion Josh Marks teaming for trainer-owner George Teague Jr. and his partner, Elmer Fannin, Nicole took control of the fourth race after a :59.4 half and continued on to a ...
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Reynolds four-bagger for Morrill

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr., won four W.N. RReynolds Memorial Stake races Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, including all three for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Morrill won his first Reynolds win in the first race with 3-year-old Prescious Medal with a first-up trip, stopping the timer in 1:51.1 and nipping by three-quarters of a length Lightning Elvis (Dave Palone). In the s...
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Batalj Launcher one of five wins for Bartlett at Yonkers

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Batalj Launcher (Jason Bartlett, five winners on the 13-race card) caught pacesetting rank outsider Stonebridge Diablo (Stephane Bouchard) at the wire Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway\'s co-featured $48,000 Open Handicap Trot. Batalj Launcher won by a head in 1:57.3. Celebrity Playboy, Tell Me a Story (Cat Manzi) and Armbro Barrister (Steve Smith) completed the cashers. For Batalj Launcher...
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Nash Gram rocks early, rolls on to Maywood victory

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Taking full advantage of their inside starting spot in Friday’s $10,000 Fox Valley Barzgar Stake at Maywood Park, driver Josh Sutton sent Nash Gram right to the front and the issue was never in doubt as the youngster strolled to a very easy 2 1/4-length victory over eight rivals in 1:56. Whisked away from the pylons as soon as the wings of the starting gate folded this son of Henry Gram-Ladylu...
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Dead-heat finish in OSS division at Scioto

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Two talented pacing fillies battled through the Scioto Downs stretch in an Ohio Sire Stakes on Friday and when they hit the wire, the camera couldn’t separate them. Holdzmfromfloppin and Best Of Ball dead heated in 1:54 to share the victory.   Best Of Ball took the lead for trainer-driver Jim Dailey passing the stands the first time and held sway until the final strides. Aaron M...
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Next Adventure wins 11th at Harrah\'s Chester

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Beating top company two starts back, Larry Baron\'s Next Adventure ($5) made his 11th trip to the winner\'s circle in the $30,000 Valiant Bret for 4- and 5-year-old pacers on Friday evening at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack. The 5-year-old Real Artist entire rated a sensible first half of :56.2 before Blueridge Western (Tony Morgan) applied first-over pressure up the backstret...
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Shark Gesture vicious in Haughton

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Shark Gesture worked hard to make the lead before the half and dug in gamely for a 1:48.2 victory in the $688,000 William R. Haughton Memorial forolder pacers Saturday night at the Meadowlands.Driven by Tim Tetrick, Shark Gesture assumed command in a swift 53.1opening half and held off the late charge of Bettor Sweet  by 2 1-2-lengths. Shark Gesture has now won 18 of 56 starts and $1.5 millio...
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Well Said, Hypnotic Blue Chip win Pace elims

on 07/11/2009 2:00 AM
Well Said made a strong statement as he rolled to a decisive 1:49.2 score in his elimination for the $1 million Meadowlands Pace Saturday night.The colt stamped himself the one to beat in the track's signature event on Saturday, July 18 in the first of the evening's two $50,000 elimination dashes. Runner-up Art Colony cut fractions of 27.3 and 55.2 before Well Said and driver Ron Pierce worked the...
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