Field finalized for Yonkers' Rooney Invitational Pace

on 10/02/2019 8:31 PM
Yonkers Raceway's race secretary Bob Miecuna has finalized the eight-horse field for the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace.   The octet, part of the undercard for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 12th) International Trot card, is (alphabetically):   American History (age 4) —fresh off matching Yonkers' all-age track record (1:49.3) this past Saturday night (...
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Crown Charity Challenge raises $205,000

on 10/02/2019 7:28 PM
The breeding auction to raise funds for the 2019 Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, was held Wednesday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.   A total of $205,000 was raised for the Charity Challenge through the sale of seven 2020 season breedings to harness racing's most notable...
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Love A Good Story looks to write winning chapter

on 10/02/2019 6:31 PM
Love A Good Story has authored a pretty nice tale this season for trainer Julie Miller and will try to add another winning chapter in Friday afternoon’s International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at Lexington’s Red May ile. The filly, who notched her first Grand Circuit victory last week in a division of the Bluegrass, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite ...
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Rainbowinthewest wins Meadows Wednesday feature

on 10/02/2019 6:10 PM
Rainbowinthewest peeled off cover through the final turn and roared by the leader, Tequila Talkin, to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot.   Rainbowinthewest was following the live cover of Kate's Massive until Brady Brown asked her for go in the lane. The 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Milwaukee responded beautifully, downing Tequi...
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Simpson Stakes held at Philly Wednesday

on 10/02/2019 6:04 PM
Of the four winners Hall of Famer David Miller drove on the Wednesday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia, three of them were victorious in $30,000 divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for three-year-old fillies. Two of them came on the trot, both of them daughters of Triumphant Caviar trained by Chris Beaver. First up was Back Splash, who rallied from the pocket to go by pacesettin...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Million-dollar babies

on 10/02/2019 11:09 AM
I’m exhausted this morning, and not just because I didn’t get home from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and late-night meal at Le Deauville at 1:45 a.m. I’m mostly dragging my feet because I am worn out from the excitement generated in the first session, one that saw not one, but two million-dollar horses. I lost count of the people who remarked to me how much of a buzz wa...
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HP Royal Theo grabs Gold, in Super Final

on 10/02/2019 9:57 AM
HP Royal Theo rebounded from an uncharacteristic break in his last start to post an impressive victory in the second of two $106,400 two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. Starting from post 7 in the eight-horse field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy eased HP Royal Theo away from the gate and the fan favorites were sitting seventh when Port Perr...
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Hanover yearling videos now online

on 10/02/2019 9:54 AM
Videos for the Hanover Shoe Farms yearlings selling at the 2019 Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg ( Nov. 4- 6) are now being posted daily on the farm’s website as well as the sale website   The yearlings will be available for inspection daily (excluding Sundays) at the Hanover Shoe Farms Fairgrounds from Friday, Oct. 11, through F...
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2 million-dollar yearlings sold in Lexington

on 10/02/2019 12:52 AM
You couldn’t be sure if the hot Lexington temperatures drove more people into the Fasig-Tipton Sale Pavilion, or if the trotting colt Maverick—and scores of other blue-blooded bloodstock—drew them in to watch the bid board explode. Whatever the reason, there was standing room only when Maverick, a full brother to Greenshoe, walked into the ring as Hip 44 on Tuesday night during...
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Mystical Wynn wins Pocono feature

on 10/01/2019 11:29 PM
 Driver Kevin Wallis “called an audible” guiding the Donato Hanover gelding Mystical Wynn around the final turn at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the change in strategy helped provide the route to a 1:55.4 victory in the Tuesday twilight card’s $15,000 trotting feature. Wallis and Mystical Wynn sat third most of the way behind favored pacesetter Bella Ava and pock...
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Atlanta passes test at Yonkers

on 10/01/2019 11:27 PM
“She passed.”   That was driver Yannick Gingras’ post mortem after the mare Atlanta worked out over Yonkers  Raceway for the first time.   The world champion 4-year-old trotter went through her paces prior to Tuesday night’s (Oct. 1st) regularly-scheduled program, doing so in preparation for $1 million International here a week from Sa...
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May Baby sets Hoosier record in INSS

on 10/01/2019 11:26 PM
Freshmen trotters of both sexes made their last grab for points in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Tuesday, October 1 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The evening’s card was highlighted by two divisions for the fillies and two divisions for the colts & geldings. While the evening saw impressive performances all around, May Baby stole the show by lowering the freshman ...
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Shartin qualifies, headed to Lexington

on 10/01/2019 2:15 PM
Shartin N, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing’s weekly poll, returned to action for the first time in a month on Tuesday, winning a qualifier in 1:52.3 at Harrah’s Philadelphia with trainer Jim King Jr. in the sulky. Following the race, regular driver Tim Tetrick texted King’s wife Jo Ann and asked how big King was smiling when he came off the track. “It was pretty g...
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NJ-sired stakes on Friday at Freehold

on 10/01/2019 2:14 PM
The New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund (NJSS-SDF) for 3-year-old trotters continues at Freehold Raceway on Friday (October 4), with the second leg of the series for male and filly trotters, respectively.   The filly division drew a field of four, and is carded as a non-betting race, with a scheduled post time of 12:15 PM EDT.   French Cafe, who drew the i...
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Real Cool Sam looks to go 9-for-9 in ISS

on 10/01/2019 11:58 AM
Real Cool Sam was absent from last week’s Bluegrass Stakes festivities at Red Mile but returns to action Thursday in the third of three $92,100 International Stallion Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters in Lexington, where he will attempt to push his career-long unbeaten streak to nine. Jim Campbell, who trains the gelding, expects it will not be an easy task. Real Cool Sam f...
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Marvin Katz, Tad Egloff new Hall trustees

on 10/01/2019 10:48 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces John M. Egloff, DVM and Marvin Katz as the newly elected members to the Board of Trustees.   Dr. John Egloff, better known as Tad, is the founder and owner of Vieux Carré Farms where many champions have been born and raised including Always B Miki, Pine Chip, Somwherovrarainbow, Always A Virgin, Shark Gesture and ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: What did I learn today?

on 10/01/2019 10:24 AM
Every morning when I arrive at the office after trudging around the Red Mile backstretch Boss Kathy asks me, “So what did you learn today?” I’ve been pretty much giving her horse and people reports, but today I told her—and yes, I know you’re probably tired of reading about it—it was too hot so I limited my laps around the backstretch.   But Boss Ka...
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2FP Alicorn wins another Ontario Gold

on 10/01/2019 9:42 AM
Two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn wrapped up the Gold Series regular season on Monday evening with another impressive effort over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval, matching her Ontario Sires Stakes record with a spectacular late sprint. Lining up at post 5 in the six-filly field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy opted to ease Alicorn away from the gate and the heavy favorites were sitting fifth when Ro...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit third to Slick Tony

on 09/30/2019 8:19 PM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($5.20, Russell Foster) notched his 29th career win Monday in the $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.2.  The race marked the local return of pacing superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was making his second start back off a 3-year layoff for owners George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership.  Slick Tony stole the show however, overcom...
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Records broken in Massachusetts Sires Stakes

on 09/30/2019 8:15 PM
Monday was the second day of the $1.8 million (est.) Massachusetts Sires Stakes (MASS) at Plainridge Park featuring the 2-year-old performers and that group picked up where their 3-year-old counterparts left off on Sunday: breaking records.    Topping the list were Life Is A Feast and Han Solo who put on brilliant performances in their non-betting events and etched them...
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