Categories

Pompano open goes to Catalina Morgan

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Catalina Morgan ($3.60) scored her seventh win of the season in the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares Tuesday night at Pompano Park.    Driver Denis St. Pierre piloted Catalina Morgan to the first quarter in :28 and over to the half in :57.3. As they paced by the three-quarters in 1:25.2, Anthony Napolitano pulled Lucy Lucy to challenge Catalina Morgan in a he...
Read More

Prism K equals track record at The Meadows

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Prism K hustled to the lead from post seven and didn\'t look back until he equaled the track record for older geldings in the $25,000 Preferred Trot on Tuesday at The Meadows. The mile of 1:54.2 tied the mark set by Sweet Deal Hanover and Bill Zendt in 2005. Prism K had won two of his past four races in front-end fashion, so it was no surprise that Dave Palone wanted the lead with the 5-year-old...
Read More

Schnittker voted Trainer of the Year, Good Guy of the Year

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
Ray Schnittker, who campaigned the brilliant sophomore trotter Deweycheatumnhowe this past season to a hugely successful, extremely media-friendly year of racing, has been voted two awards in balloting by the U.S. Harness Writers Association: the Glen Garnsey Trainer of the Year and the W.R. Haughton Good Guy Award. Schnittker opened his campaign with Dewey on June 5 at the Meadowlands, and...
Read More

Harrah\'s Chester to host 2009 Fall Final Four

on 12/10/2008 12:00 AM
After being contested this decade at either the Meadowlands, Mohawk or Woodbine, the 2009 Fall Final Four for 2 year olds will be at Harrah’s Chester in Pennsylvania, with the finals split over two weekends, albeit several weeks earlier than in the past.   Eliminations for the $575,000(est.) Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters and the $490,000(est.) Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old f...
Read More

Dali, Blueridge Western capture Dover eliminations

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Dali stroked a 1:49.1 victory in the first of two $31,519 Matron Stakes eliminations at Dover Downs on Monday, while in similar style, but a few ticks slower, Blueridge Western cruised to a 1:51.1 triumph in the other Matron elim.   After First Rate with Tim Curtin cut out the pace until reaching the grandstand stretch, Ron Pierce zipped up with Dali to assume command and lead the re...
Read More

Pompano\'s Open Trot goes to the victor

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Anthony Napolitano and Battleshoe Victor won the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot Monday at the Isle Pompano Park, pushing his lifetime earnings over the quarter-million-dollar mark.   The 6-year-old Valley Victor gelding had to make up a lot ground before taking the victory. Andy Santeramo and Oratorio took the early lead and was sitting on top by five lengths when they reached the fi...
Read More

Trainer sweeps Italian stakes; Windsong\'s Legacy filly third

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
The Gran Premio Allevatori, the richest Italian stakes for 2 year olds, resulted in a narrow win for the Holger Ehlert-trained filly Mania on Monday at the Tor di Valle track in Rome. Mania was catch-driven by Jorma Kontio \"the Flying Finn,\" who also had captured the corresponding stake in Sweden nine days before with Zimba Boko. In this race the presence of Kontio in the sulky was more than ...
Read More

Victory for Herestopatrick at Woodbine

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Herestopatrick needed every inch of racetrack to score a nose decision in Monday\'s $40,100(C) Ontario-sired Autumn Series final for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Woodbine Racetrack. Jack Moiseyev guided the colt to the hard-fought victory from post five after finishing a charging second in last week\'s elimination. In Monday\'s contest, the son of Apaches Fame-Sippin Time left hard and...
Read More

Irvine family matriarch dies in Ohio

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Marcella Rebecca Irvine, the matriarch of an Ohio harness racing family, died Sunday at age 80 in Northfield, Ohio, following an extended illness.   After being surprised with a horse by her husband Don, her entire family became involved with harness racing. Many weekends were spent at the racetracks.   She is survivied by two sons, William \"Bill\" of Jeromesville, Ohio, and Donald ...
Read More

Four track records set at Batavia in 2008

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs Gaming concluded its 62nd season of live harness racing on Saturday, with four track records established during the meet including the all-age track record set by Kenneth J and Jim Morrill Jr.   Kenneth J lowered Michael Scores\' 1:52.1 mark in the $40,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace, when he took the historic track\'s showcase event in 1:52, besting Arts Ragin...
Read More

Marty\'s a charm at The Meadows

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Marty\'s Charm blistered his final quarter in :27.4 to discourage all challengers en route to his second consecutive victory in the $25,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows on Monday. Away second, Marty\'s Charm made the lead with a quarter-pole move and withstood the strong first-over bid of No Nonsense Yankee. Although he was used hard in that duel, Marty\'s Charm responded to the urging of Randy...
Read More

Tom\'s Toy ends Shes Everything\'s streak

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Big money was on the line for Delaware-sired horses Monday night at Dover Downs, and in a $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Tom\'s Toy won her third in a row, ending a six-race win streak by Shes Everything.   Corey Callahan sat second from the start until the homestretch when he pulled the Tom Cooke-homebred Powerful Toy-Glowing Hans ...
Read More

Bartlett, Tanner voted USHWA\'s Rising Stars

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
One of the hottest young drivers on the scene today, Jason Bartlett, has been chosen to receive the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2008 Rising Star Award, while the new executive vice president of the U.S. Trotting Association, Mike Tanner, will be honored with the Lew Barasch Breakthrough Award. Bartlett’s 2008 season has seen the 27 year old break out in a big way, as in his first year...
Read More

Wearable Art to stand stud in Pennsylvania

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Wearable Art p,3, 1:50 ($226,040), the winner of last year\'s Berry\'s Creek Pace, will stand at stud at Lindwood Farm of Pennsylvania for the 2009 breeding season.   Campaigned by Peter Kleinhans, Wearable Art was a New Jersey Sire Stakes winner at the Meadowlands as a 2 year old and then came back and captured the $225,000 Berry\'s Creek before suffering a bowed tendon. He returned to the...
Read More

Pennsylvania bars horses coming from Dovington

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Harness Racing Commission has issued the following directive that bars horses coming into the state from the Dovington Training Center in Delaware where a horse was recently diagnosed with herpesvirus and euthanized:   \"Per the order of Director of Harness Racing Anton J. Leppler: no horse coming from the Dovington Training Center on Black Swamp Road in Felton, ...
Read More

Georgian Downs announces $500,000 race for Ontario-sired 3CP

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Georgian Downs unveiled Tuesday a new stakes event to join its growing repertoire, the $500,000(C) Upper Canada Cup, restricted to Ontario-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings. The marquee stakes event will serve as the unofficial opening of the national championship stakes season, and the Canadian-based prep race for the North America Cup.   “There’s been a vacancy ...
Read More

Charges against Blagojevich could involve racing legislation

on 12/09/2008 12:00 AM
Horse racing in Illinois could be involved in the federal case against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested at his home in Chicago early Tuesday morning on federal corruption charges.   According to the U.S. Department of Justice news release, which documented the charges, in an alleged pay-to-play scheme, a federal wire tap recorded the governor in a telephone conversation with a lobbyi...
Read More

No More Games, Ruby Ransom win pair of $100,000 DSBF finals

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
No More Games and Ruby Ransome won the two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Finals on a cold and blustery Sunday, Dec. 7 at Dover Downs. Brandon Givens had four trips to the winner\'s circle.  No More Games had little difficulty turning back seven rivals in the DSBF Final as Corey Callahan drove into the lead after the start and set all the winning fractions in a 1:59.1 triumph. J...
Read More

Philos Hanover Pacer of the Year in PA

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
The elite of Pennsylvania harness racing came together at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday night to participate in the second annual Celebration of Pennsylvania Harness Racing. The overall Pennsylvania Harness Horse of the Year was Philos Hanover, who won over $250,000 just at Harrah’s Chester in 2008 while competing consistently well in the top classes.   First to be recognized wer...
Read More

Somebeachsomewhere scratched sick from Matron

on 12/08/2008 12:00 AM
Brent MacGrath said Monday morning that after discovering Somebeachsomewhere had spiked a fever early Saturday that had come down somewhat the following day, he decided in the best interests of the 3-year-old colt pacer to scratch him from Monday night’s Matron eliminations at Dover Downs. MacGrath told harnessracing.com that when the world champion colt gets healthy he will take ...
Read More