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Scirocco Rob scores in Pocono feature trot

on 09/23/2019 8:22 AM
Favored Scirocco Rob sat behind second choice Whats The Word for most of the $17,500 trotting feature on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then moved out in the stretch and got by that tough rival by a half-length in 1:52.1, just a tick off his lifetime mark. Whats The Word buzzed away right to the lead, while the looped Scirocco Rob made his way to the pocket before the lively...
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NJSS announces new races for 4 year olds

on 09/22/2019 5:53 PM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new races for 4-year-old trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020.  The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders’ Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development ...
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Western Fame wins in 1:48.1 at Hollywood Dayton

on 09/22/2019 2:01 AM
 Western Fame tuned up for the Friday night (Sept. 27) $150,000 Dayton Pacing Derby with a stellar winning 1:48.1 performance in Saturday’s $17,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The clocking was the second fastest in the six year history of the southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval.    Trainer-driver Dan Noble gunned the 6 year old son of Western Ideal ...
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A sloppy Night of Champions at Hawthorne

on 09/22/2019 1:59 AM
After a string of weeks of gorgeous weather at Hawthorne Race Course, Mother Nature wasn’t nearly as kind when it came to Saturdays Night of Champions.  The 12 race card kicked off with a fast track, but the skies opened up prior to the start of the 11 stakes events, leaving for sloppy going through the stakes action.   THE ROBERT S MOLARO CHAMPIONSHIP   Jim...
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Sweet Rock bests Springsteen at Pocono

on 09/22/2019 12:19 AM
Aggressive handling by driver Eric Carlson helped the Rocknroll Hanover gelding Sweet Rock to defeat 2-5 favorite Springsteen in 1:50.1 to take the $21,500 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. Sweet Rock left hard from the rail and would not let Atta Boy Dan (more on him in a minute) go by early; once putting that rival behind Carlson started to hit the brakes...
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Darling Mearas S best in Yonkers open trot

on 09/22/2019 12:17 AM
Favored Darling Mearas S (Ake Svanstedt, $4.60) threw down the gauntlet Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Trot.    Despite no previous small-track experience and having to requalify after two Tioga breaks, Darling Mearas S beat the boys and made them cry.   Offering high speed from post position No. 4, Darling Mearas S was ginge...
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Tall Dark Stranger wins Metro in stakes record 1:49.1

on 09/22/2019 12:14 AM
 Undefeated rookie Tall Dark Stranger established a new stakes record with a 1:49.1 victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Metro Pace.   The son of Bettor’s Delight angled from the two-hole and cruised home in :27, giving his driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first victory in harness racing’s richest race for 2 year olds. &n...
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Play For Pay, Fully A Virgin win Ind. SS

on 09/21/2019 10:54 PM
Fresh off a big night of Grand Circuit racing action, two divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 21. The sophomore pacing fillies have now completed seven rounds of their eight round series. The Indiana Sires Stakes seaso...
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First Call takes Vernon trot feature in 1:54.3

on 09/21/2019 10:52 PM
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) captured the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept. 21). First Call ($5.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4.  She would lead to the half in :57.1.  Rose Run Sydney (John MacDonald) went first over and put on the pressure.  First Call lead was down to a half length at the three-quarter pole....
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Caviart Ally captures another Milton

on 09/21/2019 10:20 PM
Caviart Ally defended her Milton Stakes title with a stakes record 1:48.3 victory in Saturday’s $250,000 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The five-year-old pacing mare shot to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and never looked back, pacing a :53.3 back-half to secure her second Milton Stakes victory.   “I knew in th...
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Lyons Sentinel sets Canadian mark in SAGL

on 09/21/2019 10:18 PM
Lyons Sentinel entered the Canadian harness racing record books with a stunning 1:49.3 victory in Saturday’s $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous converted off a two-hole trip to win for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. in a Stakes, Track and Canadian Record time. ...
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Goes Down Smooth's 1:52.3 sets Mea mark

on 09/21/2019 9:53 PM
Goes Down Smooth drew away from the field late with a powerful finishing kick that carried him to victory in a track-record 1:52.3 in Saturday’s $75,299 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. The mile lowered the mark set by Explosivebreakaway in another Keystone Classic division only about 30 minutes earlier. ...
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PA fair season wraps up at Bloomsburg

on 09/21/2019 9:50 PM
The 2019 Pennsylvania fair harness racing season ended this Friday and Saturday in the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Bloomsburg with two days of Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing, with the male trotters taking the spotlight. The two-year-old raced on Friday, and the Father Patrick – Yankee Etta gelding Penance posted a 20¼...
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Woodburn, Shepherd team for Batavia wins

on 09/21/2019 9:48 PM
Oh Canada! The Ontario based owner-trainer combination of Robert Woodburn and trainer Patrick Shepherd shipped south on Saturday (Sept. 21), enlisted the services of resident reinsman Drew Monti and then watched as their stable stars Sir Pugsley and Down On My Luck took the top two paces of the week at Batavia Downs. In the $12,000 Open I Handicap, ...
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Daily Sports takes Open Pace in Virginia

on 09/21/2019 8:09 PM
Daily Sports, Al-Mar Reba Babe and R N Nate all scored wins in a trio of co-featured events Saturday at Shenandoah Downs as fall continued in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. All three races had purses of $7,000.   Daily Sports led the entire way in an Open Mares Pace but had to fend off fast closing Swinging Jenny at the finish to win by one-half length. The 4-year-old Sportswriter ...
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Takter may avoid surgery; placed on medication

on 09/21/2019 12:35 PM
Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com’s Gordon Waterstone Saturday morning that doctors have given him hope he may be able to avoid surgery to remove a tumor on his spinal cord. Takter had been preparing himself for the surgery that would have taken place sometime in the next two weeks.   Instead, doctors have prescribed medication that could keep Takter from entering&...
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Ehlert bringing streaking Zacon Gio to International

on 09/21/2019 10:01 AM
In 1993, Holger Ehlert was working as an assistant trainer in Wim Paal’s stable. Paal sent Embassy Lobell to New York to represent France in the International Trot that year and Mike Lachance kept the American-bred well off a blistering early pace.   However, as the field came into the stretch for the second of three times, Lachance misjudged the 1 1/4-mile stakes distance. He y...
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Hennessey drives 5 winners at Tioga

on 09/21/2019 8:08 AM
Truth And Liberty took the Tioga Downs Friday night feature and driver Wally Hennessey drove five winners. Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) captured the $11,000 featured fillies and mares Open Pace. Truth And Liberty ($3.80) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.4.  She put up a :28.4 second quarter to hit the half in :55.3.  She continued to control the pac...
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Happy Hooligan strikes late in Plainridge trot

on 09/21/2019 6:57 AM
Patience was a virtue for Nick Graffam on Friday as he waited until the right time to shake free and win the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park.    Count On Rosey (Todd O’Dea) and Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) took turns on the lead before and after the first quarter that went in :27.4. Once seated on the point, Hs Marcia looked strong through sub...
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Lougazi powers to Batavia feature victory

on 09/21/2019 6:55 AM
Utilizing his usual method of starting slow and finishing fast, Lougazi scored his seventh win of the year in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night.   With Southern Palms and Jailhouse Buckaroo breaking off the gate, the abbreviated field of six turned into an immediate quartet led by Rose Run Speedster (Shawn McDonough) who took the group to a moderate hal...
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