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Harvest Series gets underway at Mohawk Park

on 10/15/2019 9:40 AM
The first round of the Harvest Series got underway Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with two divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Saulsbrook Raven took the first pacing division in 1:54.1 for the tandem of driver James MacDonald and trainer Bill Budd. MacDonald got away third with the daughter of Big Jim-Atlanta Girl while Myst...
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Slick Tony makes it a dozen in 2019

on 10/14/2019 10:14 PM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.20, Russell Foster) notched his 12th seasonal win Monday in the featured $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.  Sent off as the 1-to-9 favorite, Slick Tony not disappoint his backers. After taking the lead from Allwillworkout near the opening quarter mile in 27.2 seconds, "Tony" marched to the half-mile in 56 seconds and three-quart...
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Bet You upsets at Plainridge

on 10/14/2019 10:12 PM
 In one of the closest photos of the year, Bet You reigned supreme on the strength of a furious worst to first rush in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Bet You (Jimmy Whittemore) got away eighth in the full field of pacers and watched while five horses led by Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) argued for the lead in a blistering :25.4 f...
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Whats The Word spells victory in Meadows trot

on 10/14/2019 7:07 PM
Whats The Word confidently pulled the pocket down the backside and rolled to an easy victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Whats The Word was stalking Donatover, who had a rough journey to the front. When Jim Pantaleano sensed that the leader was weakening, he moved outside and asked Whats The Word for trot. The 4-year-old son of Donato Hanover-Your ...
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Gia’s Surreal wires field in Batavia feature

on 10/14/2019 7:01 PM
The 3-year-old Gia’s Surreal had been a solid campaigner all year on the New York Sire Stake circuit, culminating that series with a second-place finish in the Excelsior “A” final in September. Since that start the filly has won three straight races in overnights against aged mares and on Monday knocked off the track's top class, the $12,000 Open Handicap pace for fill...
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Bold Eagle enters, 4 supplement to Crown

on 10/14/2019 2:32 PM
The wide-open sophomore pacing colt landscape and a sparkling performance in the Ontario Sire Stake 3-year-old filly pace Super Final triggered three supplements to those respective divisions. Trotting mare Custom Cantab will also start in the $300,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot via the supplemental entry route. Today at noon was also the deadline for world champion Bold Eagle, the lone foreign...
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Mister Muscle wins Saratoga Open Trot

on 10/13/2019 7:54 PM
Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) has emerged as the new stable star at Saratoga Casino Hotel for leading conditioner Melissa Beckwith. On Sunday, the five year old won the Open Trot for the third time in his last four tries.   Mister Muscle won his first career Open last month and followed that victory up with another in his following start. After a second-place finish last Sunday, it was ba...
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Pirate wins The Nina at Plainridge

on 10/13/2019 7:48 PM
The first $10,000 leg of the special Columbus Day weekend trotting series for Plainridge Park based horses dubbed “The Nina” was held on Sunday (Oct. 13) and fittingly enough was won by Pirate in a come-from-behind attack.   L Dees Yoyo Ma (Drew Campbell) took the lead and set a speedy tempo from the start. Hitting the splits in :28.1, :57.3 and 1:25.4, L Dees Yoyo Ma took a t...
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Muscle M Up scores in 1:52.3 in Philly trot

on 10/13/2019 7:45 PM
Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Muscle M Up ($5.80) strode straight to the front and never looked back in Sunday's (Oct. 13) $25,000 winners-over trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, posting a 1:52.3 win with plenty in reserve. Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt put the 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill in play from the outset of the one-mile race, clearing Theresademoninme (Yannick Gingras) easily ...
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Forbidden Trade, Alicorn among Ontario SS champions

on 10/13/2019 7:32 AM
  If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday’s $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, that 3-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Fi...
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Geez Joe dominates in Meadowlands return

on 10/13/2019 7:18 AM
Shortly after winning the weekly feature at the Meadowlands in January in 1:50.2 as the 2-5 favorite, all was well with Geez Joe, who seemingly was on his way to a big year. But a throat ailment led to surgery and seven months on the shelf. Now he’s back, and he’s looking better than ever.   Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Geez Joe won the featured $27,500 conditione...
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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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