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Two-year-old fillies spring upsets at Mohawk

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
The Big Scoop and Major Girl were both upset winners in Monday night's pair of $95,200(C) Robert Stewart Stakes divisions for 2-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. In the opening contest, The Big Scoop sat inside for much of the mile before popping out late in the stretch and overhauling race favorite Rockn Highland in 1:56.1. It was another length back to St. Lads Trixie who finished th...
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Brooklyns Best, My Red High Heels score in Town Pro splits

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
Brooklyns Best and My Red High Heels both emerged victorious in Monday night's second leg of the Town Pro Pacing Series for 3-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. Brooklyns Best, who missed the first leg of the series after arriving late for retention, took advantage from an inside, following trip and was able to split rivals in the late stages for driver Luc Ouellette to prevail in 1:52....
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Bartlett wins six on the sixth at Yonkers

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
For the sixth of July, Jason Bartlett cracked open a six-pack...of victories. Yonkers Raceway's leading driver padded that ; came in the first eight races.   Bartlett swept the first three races, winning the $18,000 pacing opener with the invader Born With Class ($5.50) in 1:55.1, the $7,500 second-race trot with Maritime interloper Rustico Trisox ($3.20, $13.20 early double) in a...
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Lolique goes back to back at Harrah's Chester

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
Winning in first-over fashion in last week's Open Trot, Lolique was impressive just the same in Monday evening's $35,000 Nevele Pride at Harrah's Chester, turning in a 1:52.4 performance. The 6-year-old Tagliabue gelding brushed to the front up the backstretch, overtaking Too Salty (David Miller) and Classic Lane (Mike Lachance) just past their point of departure. Lolique continued to...
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Ryan Anderson to set up Sunday shop at Tioga

on 07/07/2009 2:00 AM
Ryan Anderson has announced that beginning Sunday he will become a regular pilot on Sunday afternoons at Tioga Downs. Anderson, who just celebrated his 29th birthday on June 21, made the move from Chicago in mid-December and now finds himself sitting fifth in the drivers\' standings at Yonkers Raceway. He also competes quite regularly at Pocono Downs and Saratoga.   “I absolutel...
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Jack Ackerman dies

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Veteran horseman John (Jack) Ackerman, the brother of Hall of Fame horseman Doug J. Ackerman and the uncle of Doug R. Ackerman, died at his home in Noblesville, Ind., on Saturday morning, July 4. He was 83.   Mr. Ackerman was well known as a trainer and driver of Standardbreds. Born into a family of horse lovers, he drove in his first race at the age of 13. Even whi...
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Kidnapped a year ago, Daguet Rapide found safe on Italian beach

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Daguet Rapide, one of Italy’s great racehorses and sires, who was kidnapped one year ago, has been found on a beach near Naples, in Italy.   Daguet Rapide, a son of Pine Chip out of the Workaholic mare Hangone, was kidnapped June 18, 2008 at Allevamento di Mordono, the farm where he was standing, outside Bologna. Although the kidnappers reportedly demanded ransom, owners Marco Folli and J...
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Paul Doherty dies

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Paul Doherty, assistant trainer to Ray Schnittker and caretaker to 2008 Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe, died early Monday afternoon. He was 52. Mr. Doherty had been in critical condition and on a ventilator in recent days with a series of medical complications. Mr. Doherty’s wife, Roxanne, also works in racing and has been employed by the Meadowlands for many years. Mr. Dohert...
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Palone, Jones nominated for placement on Hall of Fame ballot

on 07/06/2009 2:00 AM
Dave Palone, perennial driving king at The Meadows and the winningest driver of the 1990s as well as the last 20 years, and Hal Jones, whose introduction of artificial insemination to harness racing profoundly changed the techniques and theories of the sport, were chosen Sunday for final ballot spots in this summer’s election for the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame. As stated, the picking of...
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Lucky Jim, Vertical Horizon win

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
The winning streak is now 14 races for Lucky Jim, who took the longest route to victory in the $203,000 Titan Cup Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  Driver Andy Miller angled Lucky Jim off the pylons early and the trotter gradually worked his way up to the wheel of the leader Lanson entering the far turn.  Lucky Jim [$3.00, $2.20, $2.10] responded when called upon and soared past Lans...
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Doc\'s Yankee kicks off Ohio Sire Stakes

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Doc’s Yankee got the Ohio Sires Stakes season for juveniles off to a fast start by winning the first race of the day at Scioto Downs on Saturday afternoon (July 4) in 1:55.2. It was the fastest mile of eight OSS legs for juveniles on the holiday matinee at Scioto and the first lifetime start for the gelded son of Yankee Cruiser. Doc’s Yankee is trained by Ron Potter for the Bay Racing Stabl...
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Longo wins 2,500

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Gerald Longo won his 2,500th career race on Saturday, July 4, at Running Aces Harness Park. Needing three wins to reach the milestone, Longo had three drives on Saturday night. His first win came in race two when he guided the Gene Miller trained trotter Elvis Is Back to a lifetime mark of 2:03.3. Longo followed that by winning the third with the Jenni King owned and trained Miles O’Malley i...
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Premier NJSS Premier divisions at the Meadowlands

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
The first round of New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division competition for 2-year-olds will carry total purses of $440,000 on Wednesday and Thursday (July 8 and 9) at The Meadowlands. New Jersey-sired freshman trotting and pacing fillies will be racing for $219,800 on Wednesday night, while the 2-year-old colts and geldings will vie for $220,200 on Thursday night. For almost half of the horses ...
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What It Means wins via DQ

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Fresh off his biggest win to date in the $100,000 Maywood Pace last week, Kenneth Duffy, Shim Racing and Mystical Marker Farm\'s What It Means returned to the winner\'s circle on Saturday night (July 4) at Balmoral, this time by rather unconventional means as he benefited from the disqualification of race winner My Boy Luke to capture a $19,160 Illinois Standardbred Owners & Breeders Associati...
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Former Scioto GM Bob Steele dies

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Bob Steele, 89, former general manager at Scioto Downs and presiding judge at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair for many years, died Sunday afternoon in Riverside Hospital in Columbus. Mr. Steele served 40 years as general manager at Scioto Downs and 50 years as presiding judge at the Delaware, Ohio County Fair. He had been honored last week by the National Sheriffs' Association at t...
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Crouch, Leavitt, Rooney officially inducted

on 07/05/2009 2:00 AM
Tom Crouch, Alan Leavitt and Tim Rooney were inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Sunday night on the grounds of the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, NY, before a crowd of about 400. In addition, John Berry and Leon Zimmerman were inducted into the Communicator’s Corner of the Hall of Fame.   The three newest members of the Hall were brief in their remarks to the cr...
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Daley and Victor duo take Dickerson Cup at Meadowlands

on 07/04/2009 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley and Adam Victor & Son Stable scored a stakes double with Hambletonian hopefuls Explosive Matter and Cesar A Blue Chip in the $101,842 Dickerson Cup for 3-year-old trotting colts on Friday night (July 3) at the Meadowlands.  Explosive Matter tipped off cover to win his Dickerson Cup division in 1:55. After a lackluster performance in his prior start, Explosive Matter ...
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Two year olds in Historic action at the Meadowlands

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Blue Rock split horses in the stretch to take the first of two divisions of the $79,162 Goshen Cup for 2-year-old pacing colts on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Driver Jack Baggitt Jr. and Blue Rock ($5.20) were first out of the gate but lost the lead to Gota Go Bullville just before the half. Blue Rock popped out of the pocket in the stretch and charged between Gota Go Bulleville and Hig...
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DiBenedetto wins four at Mighty M, closing in on 5,000

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
Kyle DiBenedetto, a two-time driving champion at Monticello Raceway, reined four winners on the nine-race card at the Mighty M on Thursday afternoon and now needs just 19 more to reach a career milestone of 5,000 driving victories. DiBenedetto began the afternoon winning both ends of the early double. He scored a 2:02.4 victory behind Vernon Beachy\'s Willie’s Chica ($4.80), a 3-year-old daught...
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Sorentino returns to Yonkers\' winner\'s circle

on 07/03/2009 2:00 AM
The start of Yonkers Raceway\'s summer meet Thursday night brought with it an all-too-rare sight of late--driver Mike Sorentino Jr. in the winner\'s circle. Sorentino and 12-1 Kris\'s Legacy ($26.60) teamed for a decisive, 4 1/4-length win in the $14,500 second-race trot. The pair sat second-over behind a wicked speed duel and took full advantage, busting the race wide open past the three-quarter...
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