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Helen Smith Final at Freehold Set - Muscle Shirt Wins Elim

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Muscle Shirt won the $10,000 elimination race on Friday (Aug. 8) in 1:58.2 while the first eight of nine advance to the $70,000 Helen Smith final on Aug. 15 at Freehold Raceway. Muscle Shirt, driven by Cat Manzi and trained by Chuck Sylvester, took command before the half, was up five lengths at the top of the stretch and held on for a three-length victory in Friday’s fifth race.  On...
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OSS Gold Final to Bella Dolce

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
A post-10 starting spot was no obstacle for Bella Dolce who dominated her rivals in the $120,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final for 3-year-old filly trotters Friday night (Aug. 8) at Mohawk Racetrack.   The 1:56 victory ran her current unbeaten streak to four and sent her career earnings to $480,818. She returned $3.50 for the win.   With Paul MacDonell at the controls, the daughte...
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Hogies Cam wins 18th of year at Monticello

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
Charles Strukel’s 10-year-old pacer Hogies Cam won his 18th race of the season at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday and continues to lead all other Standardbreds in North America in races won this year. The altered son of Camluck again used the front-end route to score a 1:57 victory--last half in :57--over five rivals in a $7,000 claiming pace. Once again, Jordan Stratton was at ...
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Oye Oye takes featured trot at Saratoga

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
After finishing fourth to Riverofglory in her most recent outing, Oye Oye avenged that defeat on Wednesday when turning back a late challenge from that rival to take the featured $5,500 non-winners trot at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway in 1:59.2. Guided from post two by conditioner Brian Cross, Oye Oye dueled with Rovasreadytorumble (Kim Crawford) through an opening quarter mile in :29, allowing ...
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Shadow Play trainer looks forward to Adios final

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
When it comes to talking about the recent world-record performance by Shadow Play, the morning line favorite in Saturday’s $350,000 Delvin Miller Adios at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Mark Ford is quick to point out that all the credit for the 3-year-old colt\'s success should go to Dr. Ian Moore of Prince Edward Island.   “Dr. Moore owns and trains Shadow Play,” said Ford, who is a h...
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Super Stakes Sunday at Chester

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
The highlight of the 2008 racing season at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack--Super Stakes Sunday--scheduled for August 17, is fast approaching. Featured during the day will be the Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers, the Colonial for 3-year-old trotters and the Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers. For many years the “Battle” and the Colonial were flagship events at B...
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All-star Drivers Challenge at Batavia

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
For the first time Batavia Downs Gaming, Purple Haze Stables and Western New York Harness Horsemen are teaming up for the $10,000 All-star Drivers Challenge which will help raise money for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, N.Y. Each Wednesday, starting in September, a different all-star driver will make an appearance for a meet and greet session prior to the race card in which he will dr...
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ORC dismissed appeal by Vysoke Tatry\'s owner

on 08/07/2008 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) has dismissed an appeal by David Prushnok and Andray Farm regarding the judges decision to scratch Vysoke Tatry from last year\'s Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace at Mohawk Racetrack.   According to the ORC, on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, a Panel of the Ontario Racing Commission consisting of Chair Rod Seiling was convened to hear the matter. ...
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Five divisions of Empire State\'s freshman colt trotters vie

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Juvenile colt and gelding trotters continued their New York Sire Stakes journey on Tuesday as five divisions of the third leg were contested at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, with Donttellmywife trotting the fastest mile of the night, winning his $42,822 division in 2:02.1. Guided from post seven by Jeff Gregory, Donttellmywife had no intentions on settling during the early stages of the trot, b...
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Grand Circuit action opens at The Meadows

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
The Meadows kicked off Grand Circuit week on Tuesday with the spotlight on freshman filly trotters and pacers and perhaps the most impressive winner in the day’s nine Grand Circuit divisions was Caviar Forthe Lady, who captured her fourth consecutive stake. Charlie Norris, who piloted Caviar Forthe Lady, enjoyed a Grand Circuit double, as he also reined to victory a trotter h...
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Freshman pacing fillies shine in second round of ISS action

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition for freshman filly pacers Tuesday, August 5. Ag-N-Au Bluegrass and VIP Filly claimed victory in the two divisions, each upending the favorites in the $15,000 contests. In the first race on the card, Ag-N-Au Bluegrass made her pari-mutuel debut a winning one, closing quickly in the final strides to nose out High Spee...
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HHYF converges on Lexington

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Teenagers and parents from eight states will converge on Lexington’s Red Mile late this week to learn more about harness racing, as well as the careers and opportunities that are available in the sport.   The Red Mile is hosting the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s Level Two Harness Racing Youth League, with 21 campers and over 40 parents in attendance Thursday through Sunday. Horse ent...
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Shadow Play draws post six in Adios

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Shadow Play, who won a Delvin Miller Adios elimination race in a world-record setting time of 1:48.2 on a five-eighths-mile track, has been tabbed as the 5-2 early morning-line favorite for the $350,000 finals that will be raced Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   From the rail out, the field is as follows:   Post--Horse (Driver)--Odds 1-Goddess\'s Justin (Mike...
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Nine sophomore fillies in Helen Smith

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Fancy Vacation, who has finished in-the-money in five of six starts this year, is among the nine 3-year-old trotting fillies vying for eight spots in the $70,000 Helen Smith at Freehold Raceway. The $10,000 elimination race on Friday will determine which eight will advance to the $70,000 final on Aug. 15.   The Helen Smith is restricted to fillies sired by New Jersey stallions and is ...
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Ohio casino backers submit 763,000 petition signatures

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Published reports state backers behind a $600-million casino in Ohio to be built near I-71, halfway between Cincinnati and Columbus have submitted 763,000 signatures—more than double the amount required—to place the proposal on the statewide November ballot.   Expanding gaming has been turned down by Ohio voters three times, most recently in 2006 and prior to that in 1996 and in 1990. P...
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Noble Falcon favored in $150,000 Fialkow Invitational at Yonkers

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Noble Falcon brings his five-race winning streak (all 1:50-or-better efforts) at the Meadowlands across the Hudson River Saturday night as the 3-1 morning-line choice in the $150,000 Frederick Fialkow Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway, the eighth race on the 13-race program.   Noble Falcon will be driven by Dave Palone from the outside post eight. The 4-year-old Nobleland Sam g...
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Mya Tri runs streak to 18 straight, ABC Mercedes romps in ISS

on 08/06/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Sires Stakes competition for sophomore trotters has been dominated by two horses this year. Mya Tri and ABC Mercedes Tri have yet to lose in 2008, and each continued the winning trend Wednesday at Indiana Downs in the second leg of ISS competition. Mya Tri continued to add to her legacy Wednesday, winning her seventh of the season and remaining undefeated in 18 career starts with a 1:56.3...
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Freshman trotters featured in ISS action at Indiana Downs

on 08/05/2008 2:00 AM
Indiana Downs played host to the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for freshman trotters Monday, August 4. Two $15,000 divisions were offered for two year old colts, with another pair for trotting fillies. Mark O’Mara steered home two of the four winners. Livnluvn Bluegrass improved her record to two wins in as many starts for Dr. Luel Overstreet in the first race on the card. Driven ...
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Unique Legacy wins 3YO Filly Pace split in 1:49.4

on 08/05/2008 2:00 AM
Unique Legacy, a 3-year-old filly pacer by Real Desire, took the spotlight Monday night at The Red Mile, winning her $25,000 division of the Kentucky Sire Stakes in 1:49.4 Ron Pierce was aboard for the victory for the Casie Coleman barn and owner Robert Hamather of Ontario, Canada. Last year’s KYSS champion Beachy Girl darted to the lead for driver Ricky Macomber just as the field settled past ...
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Third Day Takes Preferred Handicap at The Meadows in 1:52

on 08/05/2008 2:00 AM
Third Day set comfortable fractions to the half, enabling him to cruise to a handy 1:52 victory in the $23,000 Preferred Handicap pace Monday at The Meadows.   With Dave Palone at the helm, Third Day fronted the field in a :57 half and had plenty in reserve for the dash home. He scored by three lengths, with Vesuvio Grande second and Real Hanover third.   Mike Palone t...
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