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Stewart filly winners go gate to wire

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
A pair of Ontario Sire Stakes stars, Northern Duchess and St. Lads Popcorn, were victorious in Sunday night\'s two $106,000(C) Robert Stewart Stakes divisions for 2-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. Both fillies were able to score in gate-to-wire fashion, with Northern Duchess taking the opening split for driver Mike Saftic in 1:55. The daughter of Western Terror-Lady Mist, trained by ...
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Perfect Launch sets career mark in NY Fair Stakes

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
Perfect Launch and Jim Morrill Jr. took down the second division of the New York State Fair Stakes for 2-year old pacing fillies on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. The mile of 1:54.3 established a new lifetime mark for the 2-year old daughter of Riverboat King out of the Topnotcher mare Cambridge United.   Linda Toscano trains Perfect Launch, who was a $30,000 yearling purchase by owner Ke...
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Ab\'s Beach Boy upsets Always A Virgin in Lexington

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
Always A Virgin, a winner of over $1 million last year, was the overwhelming choice of the betting public on Sunday night at The Red Mile, dispatched as the 1-5 choice in the $6,000 Open. However, someone forgot to tell Ab’s Beach Boy and driver Kyle Ater, who used a first-over trip to look the heavy favorite in the eye and get his nose ahead at the wire in 1:50.4. Stacey Ruddick is the owner-...
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Tom Haughton fractures shoulder in Red Mile accident

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
Tom Haughton was transported to a Lexington hospital Sunday night following a race accident at The Red Mile, with his wife, Lynn, telling harnessracing.com Monday afternoon the 52 year old suffered a fractured scapula (shoulder blade) and five cracked ribs. Haughton was hurt in the night\'s 11th race when he was dumped to the racetrack as a result of a top-of-the-stretch incident that se...
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Top colt pacer cuts tendon in Adios final

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
Trainer Jim Arledge Jr. told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that the leading 3-year-old colt pacer Sand Shooter has been retired after cutting a tendon during Saturday’s $350,000 Adios final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The son of Western Hanover finished a well-distanced eighth in the race as the 3-1 second choice behind favorite and eventual winner Shadow Play after getting away second ...
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Promising freshman Blue Shark euthanized

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old colt pacer Blue Shark, who started in an Arden Downs division at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday but made a break and did not finish the race, suffered a shattered pastern bone in his right hind leg and has been euthanized, trainer Erv Miller told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon.   After winning baby races at Gaitway Farm and the Meadowlands in June, Blue...
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Ideal Danny sprints to 1:53.3 win in Little Pat

on 08/11/2008 2:00 AM
Ideal Danny kicked off his cover at the head of the stretch and sprinted home to a career-best 1:53.3 victory in the Review Stakes-Little Pat for 2-year-old colt pacers on the first day of Grand Circuit racing at the Illinois State fair in Springfield.   Andy Miller was in the bike as Ideal Danny sat behind the pace setting Gordieisanartist  and Kurt Sugg through fractions of :26.4, :5...
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The Pres, Make It Happen Highlight Zweig

on 08/10/2008 2:00 AM
Make It Happen did just that in the $153,550 first division of the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot on Saturday night (Aug. 9) at Tioga Downs, winning in 1:58.   In his first start since finishing third to stablemate Deweycheatumnhowe in the $1.5 million Hambletonian, trainer-driver Ray Schnittker and Make It Happen found themselves in a bit of a tough position as they past the three-eighth...
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Favorites fall in Indiana Sires Stakes action

on 08/10/2008 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing filly Alexabeth handed previously unbeaten EJ’s Copperstone her first loss of the season Saturday night, August 9 at Indiana Downs. The upset, a 1:54.3 score, came in the second leg of Indiana Sires Stakes competition. The race was one of three $12,000 events offered for three year old pacers. Frank Baldachino’s I Scoot Hanover filly has raced competitively in ISS competition...
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Sportsmaster filly brings $95,000 at Walker Standardbred

on 08/10/2008 2:00 AM
The best was saved until last as Redhot’s Memory, the last yearling to enter the sales ring at the Land Of Lincoln Sale Sunday afternoon at Walker Standardbred Farm in Sherman, Ill., topped the sale with a $95,000 bid from John Carver. The under bidder on the highest priced yearling ever sold by Fox Valley Standardbreds was Brian Walkington, who was representing Sawgrass Farms’ James Jesk, the...
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Trio of ISS contests offered at Indiana Downs

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Favorites swept all three divisions in the second leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action for freshman pacing colts Friday, August 8 at Indiana Downs. Trace Tetrick reined in two of the three winners in the $15,000 contests, steering Mystical Valentine to a 1:56.4 victory before guiding Suprizemeagain to a 1:53.1 score. Rob V captured the other split in 1:55.2. Mystical Valentine and Tetrick raced fro...
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Brett Miller returns, wins four at Scioto

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Brett Miller showed that a year’s layoff didn’t hurt his driving skills as he won four races at Scioto Downs and finished second in three others on Friday. Miller returned to racing action after serving a one-year suspension for personal drug use.   He served notice of his return on the driving colony at Scioto by winning the first three races he drove in. He won the evening’s opene...
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George Paffenbarger Jr. dies

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
George C. Paffenbarger Jr. of Arden, N.Y., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Elant at Goshen Inc., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was born Nov. 22, 1928, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of George C. and Rachel A. Paffenbarger.   He earned a degree in agricultural science from the University of Maryland in 1950, followed by service in the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army...
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Shadow Play Cruises to 1:50.4 Victory

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Shadow Play, with a rapid brush down the stretch going to the half and holding off a late rally by Major General, won the $350,000 42nd Delvin Miller Adios at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday evening in 1:50.4.   Parked through a 25.2 opening quarter, driver David Miller took Shadow Play to the front before Pocono’s second turn and reached the half in 53.3.  Major General and And...
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Likabatoutahell Takes Ricci Memorial

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Likabatoutahell drew from deep down in his cauldron of tricks to post a devilishly fast victory by the scantest of margins over a stellar field of trotters in Saturday\'s $50,000 renewal of the Joseph Ricci Memorial Trot at Scarborough Downs. \"He handled perfectly in the preliminaries and he did the same today\" said winning driver Gordon Corey, \"I\'m glad for the horse and I\'m just so pro...
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Yonkers $150,000 Invite to Psilvuheartbreaker

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Psilvuheartbreaker, returning to town Saturday night equipped with a Chester form spree and an inside draw, won Yonkers Raceway\'s $150,000 Frederick Fialkow Invitational Pace. With Jim Meittinis driving for trainer Bruce Saunders, \'Heartbreaker\' was sent postward as 3-1 fourth choice in the field of seven (Western Smoocher was judges\' defection). He played the role of pocket protector as thi...
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Western Shore Leads Canadian Pacing Derby Field

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Western Shore used a take-no-prisoners approach in capturing Saturday\'s lone $50,000 elimination for the Canadian Pacing Derby over a sloppy oval at Mohawk Racetrack. Mark MacDonald sent the strapping five-year-old son of Western Hanover - Artomatic straight to the front from post five and laid down splits of :27, :55.2 and 1:22.4, before kicking in with a strong final quarter of :27.2 to win ...
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Chancey Lady Takes Gold

on 08/09/2008 2:00 AM
Chancey Lady turned in a gritty effort over the off going on Saturday night (Aug. 9) at Mohawk Racetrack to capture the $140,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:53.   After sweeping both eliminations a week ago, driver Mike Saftic was forced to make a choice going into this week\'s final and stuck with the daughter of Camluck - Art Of Design, who did not dis...
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Elims set for Canadian Pacing Derby

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Three powerful contenders for the August 16 final of the $750,000 Canadian Pacing Derby have opted to skip this Saturday’s $50,000 elimination at Mohawk and advance straight to the final, but a strong field of open pacing heavyweights will still make the elim a contest for the record books. Jean-Louis Arsenault’s Silent Swing, a s6-year-old son of Northern Luck, will be sitting out the Gold...
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Empire State\'s 2-year-old filly trotters in action at Saratoga

on 08/08/2008 2:00 AM
Juvenile filly trotters made their third stop along the New York Sire Stakes trail on Thursday as six divisions were contested at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway, with She’s So Savvy putting forth the most impressive performance of the night, winning her $36,778 split in 2:00.3. Starting from post five, She’s So Savvy was driven aggressively off the gate by Howard Okusko Jr, marching authoritat...
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