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Gingras takes homes $25,000 prize in Tioga championship

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras defended his crown as defending champion of the Driver’s Championship at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon. Gingras’ hopes looked slim as halfway through the competition he was sitting in last place with only two points on the board. However, he ripped off three straight victories in the final three races to take down the competition for the second straight year with 32 points. ...
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HTA art catalogue now available online

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America’s 2008 art catalogue, with 200 oil paintings, watercolors, bronzes and woodcarving treasures, is now online.  The full color, enlargeable photographs can be seen at www.harnesstracks.com.  All work will be displayed the week of Sept. 29 at the Red Mile and sold Kentucky Futurity morning, Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 to noon for the benefit of the HTA College Schol...
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Favorites prevail in In Free Trotting divisions

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Favorites Raising Rachel and Hindright were both easy winners in Sunday\'s second leg of the In Free Trotting Series for 2-year-old fillies at Mohawk Racetrack. It was the second straight win in the series for Raising Rachel who captured the opening $20,000 division in 2:01.4. Jack Moiseyev guided the daughter of Yankee Glide-Raising The Bar to a 5 1/2-length tally over Streetsmart and Fra...
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Batavia kicks off 62nd meet on Monday night

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
When Batavia Downs Gaming kicks off its 62nd racing season on Monday night patrons will be treated to free on-track programs, a sparkling new $1.5 million Bar and Grille with a distinct respect for history named Grandstands, and a lively promotions schedule.   Racing will be Monday (except Aug. 25), Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day and then Wednesday, Friday and Saturda...
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Freshman My Old Friend John sizzles in 1:53.2 in Red Mile opener

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Divisions of the Kentucky Fair Stakes and an Open pace seemed to highlight the Red Mile’s opening night card on paper, but the fastest mile of the night was--unbelievably--produced by a 2 year old in a $2,200 conditioned race. My Old Friend John, a 2-year-old Cambest-Mystique Margie colt, easily defeated his elder counterparts by more than six lengths, in 1:53.2. The colt was completely w...
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Art Official to start Saturday in Indy Downs\' Monument Circle

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
Art Official used a triumph in the $500,000 Hoosier Cup in late June as a springboard to a world record 1:47 score and upset of undefeated Somebeachsomewhere in the $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace. Now, trainer Joe Seekman is returning to Indiana, pointing the son of Art Major to the newly-created $150,000 Monument Circle, Indiana Downs’ lucrative stake for 3-year-old pacers on Aug. 2. “We laid...
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Harness Racing Museum gets $35,000 in funding

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund is providing $35,000 in funding to the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, NY, for the museum to provide equine education programs to school children. \"We are happy to provide this grant to the Harness Racing Museum,\" said Peter Goold, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Devel...
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Ontario Racing Commission to examine use of the whip

on 07/28/2008 2:00 AM
In response to calls from the horse racing community, an industry initiative to explore the use of the whip in Ontario horse racing was announced today by John Blakney, Executive Director of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC).  Representatives of the industry will be brought together to a special working session in early September to assess current practice, policy and rules to determine w...
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Betting up on Hambo elim card at Meadowlands

on 07/27/2008 2:00 AM
Despite one fewer race, the handle for Hambletonian elimination night, July 26, at the Meadowlands was up 7.5 percent over 2007, when the elimination card began at twilight. This year the Hambo elim card began at 7 pm.   A total of $3,835,401 was bet on the 13-race card compared to $3,568,522 on a14-race card in 2007. The per race handled average of $295,000 also marked a 16 percent increas...
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Likeabatoutofhell sets Scarborough record

on 07/27/2008 2:00 AM
The opening round elimination legs of the Joseph Ricci Memorial Trotting Series were contested at Scarborough Downs on Sunday and Likeabatoutofhell scored with a 1:58 mile, equaling the track record for older gelding trotters.   While Mister Lucky Vec (Jonathan Roberts) took top honors in a hotly contested first flight, the mile of the day was turned in by the locally owned L...
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EJ\'s Copperstone equals lifetime mark in ISS victory

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Sophomore EJ’s Copperstone picked up where she left off at Hoosier Park, winning the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes competition for filly pacers Friday night at Indiana Downs. With Don Irvine Jr. in the bike, the daughter of Lease On Life captured the $12,000 contest in 1:53.2. It was the sixth win in as many starts for EJ’s Copperstone, a winner of the $100,000 ISS final last month. I...
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Red Mile opens meet on Sunday

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
The second oldest harness racing track in the country, The Red Mile, is set to kick off its 133rd season of racing on Sunday, July 27, and racing will be held Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings. Racing will be conducted through September 18, with a first post of 6:30 p.m. each night. The eight-week Summer/Fall meeting will be highlighted on Sunday, Aug. 31, when the $300,000 Kentucky Sire...
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NYSS action at Tioga; Biggest Big Bertha equals track record

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Michelle’s Way and Jim Morrill Jr. scored in the third division of New York Sire Stakes for freshmen trotting fillies on Friday night at Tioga Downs. The 2-year old daughter of Conway Hall out of the King Conch mare Miss Michelle was a $95,000 yearling purchase for Brittany Farms of Versailles, Kentucky. Morrill tipped Michelle’s Way off cover around the last turn and trotted home right on by ...
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24 entered in Adios; 3 elims set for Aug. 1

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Dali, Moon Beam, Rudy Rednose, Sand Shooter and Upfront Hannahs Boy head up a field of 24 open 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings for the 2008 Delvin Miller Adios, to be held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday, Aug. 9.   Three elimination races, carrying purses of $50,000 each, will be contested Friday afternoon, Aug. 1, to determine the nine-horse field for the finals.   Hors...
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Scioto cancels after first race

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs canceled its Saturday night card after the first race because of a power failure. Scioto had 10 races scheduled on the card.
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Sears drives all three Oaks elim winners

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Brian Sears seemed to have traded his whip for a broom as he swept all three Hambletonian Oaks eliminations Saturday night at the Meadowlands, winning with Lantern Kronos (1:54.2), Stage Show (1:54.3) and Creamy Mimi (1:55.1). The world champion Snow White will be back at the barn after breaking stride in her elim and failing to advance.   Lantern Kronos, now a winner of eight of nine ...
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Deweycheatumnhowe, Crazed emerge as top contenders

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Deweycheatumnhowe remained unbeaten when he captured his $70,000 Hambletonian elimination Saturday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52.3, but the 1:52.2 score by Crazed in the third Hambo elim tempered any proclamations that Dewey is a lock to win the trotting classic next Saturday at the Big M. The other Hambo elim went to 22-1 longshot Atomic Hall in 1:54.   Dewey picked up his 14th straight...
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Bella Dolce wins CBS at Mohawk in 1:55.3

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Having apparently banished the torn back muscle suffered earlier this season, the 3-year-old daughter of Kadabra was solid gold tonight in winning the $191,206 Canadian Breeders\' Championship final for 3-year-old trotting fillies Saturday night at Mohawk.   Leaving from post four as the 6-5 favorite, Bella Dolce bided her time in the middle of the pack while Benediction Lindy and trainer-d...
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Southwind Swallow upsets in CBC for 3YO filly pacers

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Southwind Swallow, a 19-1 shot, and trainer-driver Mike Vanderkemp pulled off a stunning 1:52.1 upset victory in the second of four Canadian Breeders\' Championship contests Saturday night at Mohawk. The $168,551 CBC final for 3-year-old filly pacers seemed to be destined to go to 4-5 favourite Im Just Special, but some savvy racing strategy kept that filly and driver Mike Saftic boxed in and...
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Define The World gives Libfeld 2 big wins

on 07/26/2008 2:00 AM
Paul MacDonell captured his second Canadian Breeders\' Championship of the Saturday night card at Mohawk when he drove Define The World to a stunning five-length victory in a new lifetime best clocking of 1:54.1 in the $166,723 event for 3-year-old trotting colts. The colt is owned by Al Libfeld, who also won a Hambletonian Oaks elim Saturday night with Creamy Mimi.Longshot O U Gus shot to th...
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