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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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Closer look at Courageous Lady starters

on 10/11/2019 3:33 PM
The $120,500 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and has attracted a very competitive slate of foes vying to become this year’s champion.   Here is a closer look at Saturday’s field: #1 She’s Allright drew the rail in this year’s ...
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NJ Development Fund races at Freehold

on 10/11/2019 3:04 PM
Cotton To You stayed on stride and sat a great trip, and that proved to be a winning combination in Friday's New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) Final for 3-year-old colt & gelding trotters at Freehold Raceway. Earlier, before the racing program, Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi turned in a 1:56.2 workout (:28.3, :57.2, 1:26.3) with Steve Smith aboard. ...
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Tyler Miller wins with Inukchuk Chuck

on 10/11/2019 8:47 AM
Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, made a stop at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night (Oct. 10) for two short-field trotting divisions. When the judges hung the official signs, two youthful newcomers each emerged victorious in their respective splits. “Terrific Tyler” Miller scored an impressive 1:56.4 triumph with Inukchu...
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Voyage To Paris reverses OSS final finish

on 10/11/2019 8:36 AM
Voyage To Paris (Dan Noble) turned the tables on Lane Of Stone (Jeff Nisonger) in the Thursday featured trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Six weeks ago the pair of 3-year-old colts finished one-two in the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship tilt at Northfield Park with Lane Of Stone getting a three-quarter-length nod at the wire.   Voyage To Paris extracted revenge in the rem...
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Cullipher poised for big night in Indiana

on 10/11/2019 7:50 AM
With earnings of over eight million dollars and 601 lifetime training wins, the name Jeff Cullipher is synonymous with success at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Whether it’s holding leading training titles or sending his horses into Grand Circuit action, Cullipher is in the midst of his best season to date as a trainer, on track to nearly double his 2018 earnings. As Indi...
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Simply Volo edges Amador in Philly

on 10/10/2019 6:21 PM
The Muscle Mass gelding Armageddon Seelster went right to the lead and took the shortest way home in the $18,000 featured trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but he had to be good late to hold off two threatening foes for the 1:55.1 triumph. Pat Berry sent the winner to the front before the :27.4 quarter, and didn’t receive great pressure through middle split...
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Color Envy takes Plainridge mare feature

on 10/10/2019 6:18 PM
After two sharp, close finishes at Yonkers Raceway in her most recent starts, Color Envy returned to Plainridge Park and captured the $12,000 feature pace for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 10).   Color Envy (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth in the pack of nine off the gate but was out and rolling before the half. That’s where she picked up cover from Y C Easy (Kevin Sw...
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International Trot in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/10/2019 4:15 PM
With The Red Mile Grand Circuit meet and yearling sale in the rear-view mirror, racing action shifts east this weekend, including a Saturday afternoon card at Yonkers Raceway that features the $1 million International Trot. Yannick Gingras spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his chances with Atlanta in his third attempt to win the rich race. We also have insights on all the starters, including five...
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Southwind Ozzi to qualify Friday

on 10/10/2019 1:10 PM
Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi will prepare for a trip to the Breeders' Crown by qualifying at Freehold Raceway on Friday morning (Oct. 11). Trained by Freehold-based Bill MacKenzie and owned by Vincent Ali and Alma Iafelice, Southwind Ozzi is coming off a second-place finish in the Tattersalls at the Red Mile on Oct. 6. In addition to his Jug victory, he won the Pennsylvania...
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