Skater Chick ices field in Courageous Lady

on 10/13/2019 7:15 AM
Skater Chick prevailed against Grand Circuit stock in Saturday’s $120,500 Courageous Lady at MGM Northfield Park.   Driven by Corey Callahan, Skater Chick sat third through the :27.4 opening quarter before mounting a successful first-over bid through fractions of :57, 1:25.1 and 1:53.1, besting her competition by 2 3/4 lengths. “She is a little rough in the turns so I kind...
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Brookdale Bruiser captures Vernon Open

on 10/12/2019 10:56 PM
Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) captured the $6,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Oct. 12). Brookdale Bruiser ($5.20) battled early with Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey).  Brookdale Bruiser cleared and hit the first quarter first in :27.1.  He used a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.4.  Tempster Hanover (Justin Huckabone) came first-over and go...
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K Ryan Bluechip grabs easy victory

on 10/12/2019 10:19 PM
 K Ryan Bluechip zipped to the lead from post 5 and never had an anxious moment as he rolled to victory in Saturday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Although the track was listed "good," K Ryan Bluechip reeled off a sharp 1:50.3 mile for Dave Palone, trainer Mike Palone and owners Steven Ronay, Collin Ryan, Lone Wolf Stable and J.R. Ryan. Carolina Beac...
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Mr Euroman now 4 for 8 at Batavia

on 10/12/2019 10:16 PM
Mr. Euroman had a two-month vacation this summer before the start of the Batavia Downs meet and since returning to action in late August has won four out of his eight starts in Genesee County. The most recent win came on Saturday night (Oct. 12) in the $12,500 Open Handicap pace at the Downs. Leaving from post one, Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) watched as Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) fired o...
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Shadows Mystery wins mare invitational

on 10/12/2019 10:14 PM
A trio of $10,000 races, an all female drivers challenge, and an Old Timers race highlighted Saturday's "Pink Power" card of racing at Shenandoah Downs. The event served as a fundraiser for the Shenandoah Valley chapter of the American Heart Association.   James Stiltner's Shadows Mystery wired the field in the Pink Power Mares Invitational, the 8-year-old mare's...
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Lord Willoughby A scores at Saratoga

on 10/12/2019 10:12 PM
Larry Stalbaum won the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the fifth time in the last seven Saturday nights when his Lord Willoughby A (Mach Three) went last to first in the $18,000 feature.   Lord Willoughby A was assigned post six in the six-horse Open but benefited from an early speed duel on Saturday. With a pair of rivals going toe-to-toe in a fast first half of :55.2, Lord Wi...
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George Napolitano Jr. drives 10,000th winner

on 10/12/2019 10:11 PM
George Napolitano Jr. became the 18th North American driver to tally 10,000 driving victories, hitting the milestone on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when he guided Motown N to a hard-earned victory in the evening’s ninth race. Motown N tucked third early, then used one of Napolitano’s signature moves, a brush off the first turn, to make his way to the lea...
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Just Enuff Sass among Maine SS winners

on 10/12/2019 10:08 PM
A large and enthusiastic crowd converged on Scarborough Downs on Saturday to witness the crowning of the Maine Sire Stakes champions as Maine’s premier harness racing facility once again played host to Maine’s marquee day of racing on Festival of Champions Day.   Purses in excess of $570,000 heightened the anticipation as Maine’s preeminent drivers mapped out their s...
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KY breeder-owner Clyde Stevens dies at 80

on 10/12/2019 8:16 PM
Clyde Ralph Stevens, age 80, who raced many notable colts and fillies in Kentucky and the Midwest, passed away at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., on Friday, Oct. 11.   Mr. Stevens owned and operated the Stevens Chevrolet Dealership in LaCenter, Ky., from 1960-2009. He was a member of First Baptist Church of LaCenter and North Ballard Masonic Lodge #537. He also ow...
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Ponder The Odds scores at Freehold

on 10/12/2019 7:59 PM
It wasn't quite as easy as last week, but Ponder The Odds won another leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at Freehold Raceway.   Off an impressive win in the first leg last week, Ponder The Odds was sent off as the 1-10 favorite. Driver Pat Lachance put her right on the early lead, and let...
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Mission Accepted, McWicked co-star at YR

on 10/12/2019 7:56 PM
It was sort of a shame to refer to these as undercard events, but favored Mission Accepted (Yannick Gingras, $5.90) and McWicked (Brian Sears, $6.90) were as advertised Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $250,000 Harry Harvey and Dan Rooney Invitational Trot and Pace, respectively.   The Harvey saw Mission Accepted work out a perfect, second-over sojo...
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Italy's Zacon Gio wins International

on 10/12/2019 7:52 PM
If the boisterous Italian contingent who found their way to  Westchester Saturday afternoon (Oct. 12) could have lifted Zacon Gio onto their shoulders, they would have. The 4-year-old survived nine world-class rivals and an inquiry, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $1 million International Trot.   The 41st International—fifth after a two-decade hiatus—was tru...
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Significant purse increases for Garden State races

on 10/12/2019 11:09 AM
The SBOANJ has announced that there will be a significant purse increase to both the Garden State Trot #1 and the Garden State Trot #2 based on the addition of the state sired appropriation funding. The Garden State Trot #1 for 3-year-old New Jersey Sired trotters scheduled to race at Freehold Raceway, fillies Friday, Oct. 25, and colts Saturday, Oct. 26, was previously advertised with a...
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Priceless wins ISS Final, headed to Crown

on 10/12/2019 6:43 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Hoosier Champions Night Friday, October 11, and the 14-race program provided action from start to finish. The summer-long Indiana Sires Stakes program culminated with the crowning of 12 new champions, with purses offered exceeding $2.4 million. Showers and cold temperatures marked the evening, but Hoosier Park’s defending leading driver Trace...
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Captain Barbossa, Papi Rob win Kindergarten

on 10/12/2019 6:37 AM
Captain Barbossa and Papi Rob Hanover won in impressive fashion in Kindergarten Classic action Friday night as live racing returned to the Meadowlands after a nine-week hiatus.   A son of Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty, Captain Barbossa was an easy three-quarter length, wire-to-wire winner over Team Best in the first of two dashes for colts and geldings on the pace in the Kinderga...
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Majestic Fire scores in 1:55.2 at Vernon

on 10/12/2019 6:34 AM
Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) captured the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 11). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4.  She use a second quarter of :29.4 to lead to a half of :57.3.  Majestic Fire ($6.40) started to make his move as they headed for the half.  He got to within a half length as First C...
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Lougazi takes Batavia Open Trot

on 10/11/2019 10:07 PM
Lougazi was true to form on Friday night (Oct. 11) by getting away slow and then closing fast to win the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs.  Rose Run Speedster (Jim Morrill Jr.) cut the mile from post one, getting to the half unpressured in a slow :59.1. BJ Larado (Shawn McDonough) pulled first over in front of the stands with Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) following loosely beh...
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Matinee program at Batavia Monday

on 10/11/2019 5:46 PM
The final matinee of the 2019 meet at Batavia Downs will be held on Columbus Day, Monday (Oct. 14). with post time at 1:15 p.m. Besides a full card of great harness racing action featuring the fillies and mares Open Pace, there are also some great food specials throughout the facility during this Batavia Downs traditional event.    The clubhouse will feature their famous Cent...
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Philly Hanover romps by 7 1/2 in Philly

on 10/11/2019 5:43 PM
Hometown filly Philly Hanover made a strong move for driver Dexter Dunn down the backstretch of the $17,000 pacing features for fillies and mares on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, then paced off by herself to a 7½ length victory in 1:51.2. Sweet Cherry took over the early lead from Ilana Z Tam, and then in turn past the :27.2 quarter was passed by Anytime N, look...
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Bye Bye Felicia captures Saratoga Open

on 10/11/2019 5:40 PM
Bye Bye Felicia (Woodstock) sprung the mild upset in Thursday’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith-trained distaffer was assigned post three and went off at odds of 9-2 in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open.   With fractions of 27 and 55.4 in lap one, the race’s leader tired when confronted by a first-over Bye Bye Felicia. The five year old took over co...
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