Aug. yearling supplement for Hambletonian Society races

on 07/25/2019 12:57 PM
In 2019, the Hambletonian Society is accepting Supplemental Yearling Nominations for the stakes and events they service that required a May 15 yearling nominating payment for foals of 2018.   “It was brought to our attention by the staking services that there are always a handful of yearlings missed in the process in May,” said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian ...
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Fields set for Grand River's Battle elims

on 07/25/2019 11:47 AM
A total of five elimination dashes contested on Monday, July 29, will determine the finalists for Grand River Raceway’s two feature races during its 29th Industry Day event.   Thirteen rookie pacing colts and geldings will compete in two $15,000 elimination divisions to earn a berth in the 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo. The top four finishers and one of the fifth-place finisher...
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Low takeouts pad Big M players' pockets

on 07/25/2019 11:09 AM
Takeouts on exotic wagers have long been a concern for serious players, and management at the Meadowlands has been proactive on this hot-button issue for an extended period of time, leading to players walking away with far bigger payouts on some of the track’s most popular wagers. One of the most impressive examples of lower takeout benefiting the player occurred on June 8, when a carry...
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Cronos, Midnight Shark win Osborne splits

on 07/25/2019 10:18 AM
Racing action wrapped up Wednesday for the 2019 Lake County Fair and the highlight was two divisions of the Jerome T. Osborne Memorial Signature Series pace. With the split, each heat carried a $2,000 purse.   In the first division, Steve Schoeffel steered Cronos to victory for trainer Dan Walski and Walski Stables Llc. The 6-year-old Art Colony stallion moved second-over at the five-ei...
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Gingras, Callahan not hurt in Philly race accident

on 07/25/2019 9:54 AM
Yannick Gingras and Corey Callahan, two of harness racing’s leading drivers, both told Thursday morning that while banged up a bit they were not seriously injured in a race accident at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday.   Gingras said he went to a hospital afterward for x-rays of his back, which were negative. Still sore, Gingras said he would take off h...
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Grand Swan remains perfect in INSS

on 07/25/2019 8:30 AM
Grand Swan extended her streak of perfection at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after she captured the featured event of the evening, her split of the $47,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies, on Wednesday. With a final time of 1:54.3, Grand Swan recorded her fifth straight stakes win and remains a perfect five-for-five this season for driver-trainer LeWayne M...
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Love A Good Story remains unbeaten in NYSS

on 07/24/2019 10:59 PM
Two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies visited Batavia Downs on opening night to vie for a total of $106,000 in total purses. In the first division Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) stayed perfect lifetime after she scored her fourth consecutive win, all in NYSS action. Driver Andy Miller floated Love A Good Story off the gate and g...
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Bakersfield tops in Philly feature; Tetrick wins five

on 07/24/2019 7:02 PM
The American Ideal gelding Bakersfield went right to the top, then held off a sustained bid from favored JJ Flynn to win the $14,500 featured pace in 1:51 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr., one of the premier front-end drivers today, got Bakersfield quickly to the top from post four, while JJ Flynn could only tuck fourth early from post...
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EZ Passer upsets at The Meadows

on 07/24/2019 4:29 PM
Dismissed at 10-1, EZ Passer used the Lightning Lane to perfection to pull off the upset in Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Northern Lightning led the field through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, But Chris Shaw and EZ Passer lurked in the pocket, waiting to flash some lightning off their own. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Muscleg...
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Kentucky Fair racing Friday at Red Mile

on 07/24/2019 3:25 PM
Kentucky Fair racing moves to The Red Mile Friday afternoon for the Mercer County Fair with post time scheduled for 4 p.m. and 78 horses entered.   The Kentucky sired or bred starters will feature several undefeated stars on the Kentucky Fair Circuit. Two of these undefeated stars, Forever Jesse and Vintage Candy, are both trained by Philip Cotton and owned by the partnership of ...
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Well-known Ohio owner Ken Bencic dies

on 07/24/2019 1:25 PM
Longtime horse owner Matthew K. “Ken” Bencic, 77, of Westlake, Ohio, died July 21. Mr. Bencic had been employed as head of capital markets at UBS (formerly Paine Webber) for more than 30 years and retired from S.G. Cowen. He was an avid owner of racehorses for more than 40 years and enjoyed watching his beloved trotters and pacers. In recent years his horses were trained by ...
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Evident Beauty heads to Oaks off Miller victory

on 07/24/2019 1:13 PM
Before trainer Jimmy Takter went on his record run of five consecutive Hambletonian Oaks wins, Richard “Nifty” Norman posted back-to-back victories in the sport’s premier race for 3-year-old filly trotters. Norman could become only the fourth trainer in history to collect three trophies if all goes well for Evident Beauty the next two weekends. “This is the race y...
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Update on John "Duke" Sugg

on 07/24/2019 11:15 AM
John “Duke” Sugg remains in Toledo Hospital following a racing accident at the Tiffin, Ohio, fairgrounds on Monday evening. His mother, Patty Sugg, posted the following update on his condition on Facebook on Wednesday morning:   “He is still on heavy sedation and ventilated. They do this to keep him as relaxed and still as possible. They take him off the sedation a c...
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NYSS for 2CT stops at Vernon Thursday

on 07/24/2019 9:29 AM
Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (July 25).  Both divisions race for a purse of $54,000. Berkery J (Jason Bartlett) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division.  The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Southwind Catlin is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme.  He h...
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Blue Cupertino wins Ontario Gold

on 07/24/2019 8:43 AM
Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts made their second Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and the top two colts from the first leg swapped places in both divisions. In the first $105,600 division Hetalkstoangels hustled away from the starting gate and led the field of seven trotters to a :28 opening quarter. Favorite Port Perry led the parade up the outer lane h...
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Guardian Angel As heads to Spirit of Mass. Trot

on 07/24/2019 8:33 AM
 Guardian Angel As has been on a roll of late and will come into the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park razor sharp. He has won four straight stake events against some of the best older trotters in North America before finishing fourth in a trip that saw him parked-out the entire mile from post nine at the Meadowlands.   In the $30,000 Great Northeast at th...
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Kurt Sugg drives 5 winners at Painesville

on 07/23/2019 10:02 PM
Racing action kicked off at the Lake County Fair in Painesville, Ohio, on Tuesday (July 23) with nine races, five of which were won by driver Kurt Sugg. His wins included the $3,500 Forest “Pappy” Cone Memorial — a Signature Series event — along with the richest event of the day, a $10,100 trotting event for 3-year-old fillies. Earlier this month, Sugg went ov...
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Sansovina Hanover one of 6 wins for Pantaleano

on 07/23/2019 9:58 PM
Sansovina Hanover stalked Caviart Scarlett from the pocket, then edged by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Caviart Scarlett won the early battle for the lead, accelerating through a 26.4 opening quarter that forced Sansovina Hanover and Jim Pantaleano to the pocket. But the 4-year-old daughter of...
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Nextroundsonme takes new lifetime mark

on 07/23/2019 8:07 PM
A pair of Cantab Hall geldings handled by George Napolitano Jr., the leading driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took lifetime marks in winning the $15,000 featured trots during the Tuesday twilight card. The faster of the two was the sophomore Nextroundsonme, who won in 1:54.3 for Napolitano, trainer Jenny Melander, and Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. “George Nap” and Ne...
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Rich Governor's Day card Thursday at Harrington

on 07/23/2019 2:57 PM
Harrington Raceway’s richest program of the season will commence Thursday as part of the annual Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair. A 10-race card with nearly $600,000 in total purses will start at 7 p.m.   Four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 3 year olds will accompany popular annual events for older horses such as the $40,0...
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