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River Shark sweeps Suslow Series at the Meadowlands

on 04/19/2009 2:00 AM
River Shark made two moves early in the mile and drew off to a powerful 2 3/4-length victory in the $67,000 Robert Suslow final Saturday night at the Meadowlands. 
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Favorites prevail in two Levy splits; Mighty Young Joe upsets

on 04/19/2009 2:00 AM
A trio of $50,000 divisions in round four of Yonkers Raceway\'s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series went postward on Saturday night, giving the participants a next-to-last chance to impress the judges. The first free-for-all division saw Mighty Young Joe and trainer-driver Stacey Chiodo author a 15-1, second-over surprise. Leaving from post position number five, he watched early as Noble F...
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I Can Only Image coasts in Isle Pompano Pacing Series

on 04/19/2009 2:00 AM
I Can Only Imagine ($3) was able to strut his stuff in showing his heels to nine rivals with a 5 1/4-length romp on Saturday in winning the $25,000 opening round of the Isle Pompano Park Pacing Series. Driven by Bruce Ranger, I Can Only Imagine started the sixth race feature going right to front, but after an opening quarter mile in :26.3 it was Sugar’s Pride (Kevin Wallis) who was in command ...
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Strong start in Vernon Downs\' 56th season opener

on 04/19/2009 2:00 AM
An enthusiastic crowd of 3,647 turned out on a balmy Friday night and helped Vernon Downs enjoy a successful start to its 56th harness racing season. Ten-time track driving champion Howard Okusko Jr. captured three of Friday’s 10 races, including the $9,000 featured Fillies and Mares Open pace with Bet The Ranch. Angus Mac Donald completed a driing-training double after guiding John Paul’s...
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Proud American wins Vernon feature

on 04/19/2009 2:00 AM
Chris Lems logged three driving victories at Vernon Downs on Saturday night, including a 1:55.1 showing behind Proud American in the $9,000 Open Pace. Sitting in for trainer Lonny Hale, Lems moved Proud American from third into the lead after a half in :58.4, and kept the 6-year-old sidewheeler in front to the finish, scoring by a head over the onrushing Four One One in the featured ninth race. ...
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Boardmaster lights the board at Buffalo

on 04/19/2009 2:00 AM
Dismissed by the bettors at 11-1, Boardmaster, a 5-year old Blissfull Hall chestnut gelding out of the On The Road Again mare La Rousse Fantasia, won the $9,000 Open Handicap Pace in a seasons best 1:56.1, for owner Betty Tauber, at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night.   Capably driven by Ken Holliday, Boardmaster ($25) leaving from post two in the field of six, settled in fourth as eventua...
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Reigning Older Trotting Mare of the Year wins first of \'09

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Buck I St. Pat, the 2008 Trotting Mare of the Year, scored her first win since suffering a tendon injury in the $27,500 Preferred Mare trot Friday night at the Meadowlands.
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Letters From Home writes from winner\'s circle

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Letters From Home and driver Mark O’Mara wasted no time obtaining the lead in the $26,100 Future Stars Series final at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Friday. The duo led nearly gate to wire to grab the top prize in 1:53.2, a new lifetime mark. Starting from post eight gave Letters From Home a little challenge at the start of the race. However, O’Mara had him ready for action, pursuing the...
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Blue Chip Matchmaker continues on at Yonkers

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
 Chancey Lady (Cat Manzi) and Western Graduate (Jim Pantaleano) were the “big mares on campus,” winning Friday night\'s pair of $40,000 divisions in the fourth leg of Yonkers Raceway\'s Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. Leaving inside of her seven rivals as the slight 1-20 favorite, Chancey Lady retook from Omen Hanover (Eric Abbatiello) just before a :27.2 quarter mile. A gapping, single-fi...
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Star Of India, Palazzo Princess wins Meadows series splits

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Star Of India blew past her more heralded stablemate and went on to capture a division of the Kat N Mouse, a series for 3-year-old pacing fillies, on Friday at The Meadows. Palazzo Princess took the other $15,000 division in the series’ opening leg. Although Star Of India was coupled with Amazon Queen as a Ron Burke-trained entry, the latter probably drew much of the 1-5 support based on her f...
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Four Starz Sue coasts to easy Pocono repeat win

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Four Starz Sue romped to a win, his second straight, in Friday night’s featured Open Handicap Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Four Starz Sue, trained by Carmine Fusco and driven by Jim Morrill Jr., had little trouble with the finest pacers on the Pocono grounds, as he built up a huge lead as the 8-5 favorite and coasted home to a win by 4 1/2 lengths, ...
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Spacie Jessie soars to Buffalo winner\'s circle

on 04/18/2009 2:00 AM
Spacie Jessie, a 6-year-old Space Shuttle mare out of the Unique Concept mare Chip O The Ram, was first-over in a short five-horse field, due to two scratches, and gamely won a close three-horse photo in 1:59.2, to register her sixth win of the year in the $9,000 featured Filly and Mares Open Pace for owner-driver James M. Dunn, at Buffalo Raceway Friday night.   Dunn and Spacie Jessie...
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Camshaft Hanover upsets in SNY final

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Camshaft Hanover got up in the final strides to win the $40,000 SNY Final for three- and four-year-old pacers Thursday night at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire in 1:50.3.  
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Woodbine moving start/finish lines Friday night

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is shifting the start/finish lines at Woodbine for the last seven programs of its current Standardbred racing meet, taking another step in trying to change the early flow of races at the seven-eighths mile oval. Beginning Friday night (April 17), the start and finish points of the race will be situated 235 feet further down the stretch (west from its previous spo...
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Mister Big qualifies at Hoosier

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Mister Big, 2008 Pacer of the Year, won his first start of the year, a qualifier, in 1:55.3 at Hoosier Park Friday morning. Brad Hanners drove the two-time Dan Patch Pacing Horse of the Year for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr., clicking off splits of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:28.3 before a final quarter in :27. Mister Big, a son of Grinfromeartoear, won a string of high profile races in 2008, including the $6...
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Meet Hoosier Park\'s Fab Five

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing and Casino is putting its on twist on a famous musical moniker by introducing five of its top drivers as the “Fab Five” on the main stage before the 38 Special concert Saturday, April 18. The drivers are part of a new campaign to showcase all aspects of entertainment at Hoosier Park, including the current harness racing season. So who are Hoosier P...
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Kadabra colt Parlay still undefeated

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Parlay, a son of Kadabra, simply trounced rivals on Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack to remain undefeated and give himself a chance at a sweep of this year’s Tie Silk Trotting Series.The smooth-gaited son of Kadabra-Speedy Shasta was handled patiently in the early going by driver Jack Moiseyev who settled him away in third position through an opening pa...
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Winbak Speed much the best at Harrah\'s Chester

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Winbak Speed ($3.40) proved much the best in Thursday night’s Finian Hanover at Harrah’s Chester, turning away Proper Respect at the head of the stretch and winning in 1:51.2. The 6-year-old Village Jove gelding settled behind Domition Hanover (Eric Goodell) and Proper Respect (Tony Morgan) on the first turn before quickly brushing to the front. Driver Brandon Givens commented, \"As soon as...
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Maywood stakes season kicks off on Friday

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
The 2009 stakes season at Maywood Park gets underway Friday night as an overflow field of 10 Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers square off in the $15,000 Sportsmaster Stake. Leading the way in what appears to be a wide open race is Jim Edgar, Jim Reynolds and Terry and Judith Rathgeber’s Rich N Flashy who is fresh off a convincing 3 ½-length romp in a division of...
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Big rallies take divisions of Whotookwhat Series at Meadows

on 04/17/2009 2:00 AM
Trailing by nine lengths at the half, Summer Blast took advantage of live cover and blasted through the stretch to win a division of the Whotookwhat, an early-closing series for 3-year-old filly trotters, on Thursday at The Meadows. ML Brown Sugar captured the other $15,000 division in the opening leg. Summer Blast, a daughter of Ilooklikemymom-HM Striking Faith, had won only a fair ra...
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