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I'll Sogno Dream scores after long layoff

on 09/10/2019 9:27 PM
Continuing his comeback following a lengthy layoff, millionaire Il Sogno Dream overcame a demanding opening quarter and captured Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Conditioned Trot.   Although sidelined most of the first six months this year, Il Sogno Dream now has two wins and as many seconds in his last five outings. On Tuesday, he was three wide for much of the 27...
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Burke sweeps Tuesday Pocono features

on 09/10/2019 8:28 PM
Harness racing’s top trainer/owner combination, trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, teamed with driver Matt Kakaley to sweep the featured races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono during a Tuesday twilight card. Kakaley used “pocket rocket” tactics to take both headliners, including with the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding F...
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Keene Olivia upset winner at Harrington

on 09/10/2019 8:26 PM
Driver Tony Morgan had the hot hand on the Tuesday program at Harrington Raceway with seven victories. Not all of Morgan’s wins came aboard favorites, especially with Clifford Grundy’s Keene Olivia ($22.40) in the $20,000 Mares Open. The 8-year-old Always a Virgin mare was an upset winner over Artrageous and Empress Deo for trainer Nick Surick, who had three wins on the card. &...
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Forbidden Trade leads big Mohawk card

on 09/10/2019 8:24 PM
Forbidden Trade and Green Manalishi S headline a field of nine for this Saturday’s $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A total of nine sophomore trotters were entered Tuesday morning for this year’s edition of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $605,000 race headlines a $2 million card that includes the $376,000 Elegantimage, $405,000 Peaceful Way...
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Happy Hour a blast for new owners

on 09/10/2019 8:22 PM
For several years, Michael Holmes and his sister Sarah kicked around the idea of starting a Standardbred racing stable. After watching one of their father’s horses win a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship in 2018, the talk turned to action. Michael, 27, and Sarah, 30, launched Lexington-based Happy Hour Racing last fall, bringing together a group of people from the Thoroughbred and S...
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Alexis Schwartz OHHA scholarship winner

on 09/10/2019 3:01 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association offered $12,500 in scholarships divided among five individuals this year.   Alexis Schwartz of Washington Court House, Ohio was a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship.   She is the daughter of Bret and Robin Schwartz. She is a 2016 graduate of Miami Trace High School and a senior at University of Kentucky, majoring in Equine Scienc...
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Forbidden Trade 2nd in qualifier prep for CTC

on 09/10/2019 12:02 PM
Just days before the 2019 Hambletonian, Forbidden Trade tuned up during a Woodbine Mohawk Park qualifying session and finished second in his race. This year’s Hambo champ is now just days away from Saturday’s $665,000 (est.) Canadian Trotting Classic, and it appears as though he may be looking to repeat the successful process.   Forbidden Trade brought immediate star power...
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WHHC set for April 18, 2020 at Meadowlands

on 09/10/2019 11:52 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and DerbyWars.com are proud to announce the 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) presented by DerbyWars.com--offering a record $150,000 prize pool--is set for Saturday, April 18, 2020.   On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for an estimated $150,000 prize pool. The total prize pool is based on 150 e...
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Diva's Image bests WIJI in Philly qualifier

on 09/10/2019 11:50 AM
The 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit finished second to the $590,000-plus winning mare Diva’s Image in a Tuesday morning qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but he posted by far his best clocking, 1:52.2, in this, his fourth qualifier after being away from the races for over three years. Driver Montrell Teague sent the 7-year-old gelded son of Mr. Wiggles to the lead...
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Melander has one-two punch for NYSS finals

on 09/10/2019 8:37 AM
Marcus Melander has come a very long way in harness racing in a very short amount of time. After making the move to North America from his home in Sweden at the age of 21 to work for Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, Melander went off on his own and hasn’t looked back.   Over the last five years, Melander’s stable has won in excess of $7.8 million in purses, had five tro...
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Dayton hat tricks for Smith & Smith

on 09/10/2019 8:35 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway kicked off its 78-day 2019 season on Monday with a 14-race matinee featuring full fields and competitive racing over a newly resurfaced race track that drew praise from the drivers colony.   A pair of reinsmen scored hat tricks on the opening day program while another trio notched driving doubles.  Defending Dayton dash champion Jeremy Smith captured...
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Great Northeast Championships raced at Pocono

on 09/09/2019 9:22 PM
The Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was jam-packed with quality racing throughout, with three $100,000 Championships of the Great Northeast Open Series for older fast-class performers, all at 1¼ miles over the five-eighths mile Pocono oval, along with eight $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships for Keystone-sired 2 and 3 year olds who...
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Bet You holds on in Plainridge feature

on 09/09/2019 6:54 PM
 Bet You displayed intestinal fortitude during a fast trip and a tight finish winning the $14,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the first lead off the gate and carried the race to the quarter in :26.3. There, Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) rolled up from mid-pack and took command as they moved in front of the stan...
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Classicality dominates in Meadows trot

on 09/09/2019 6:51 PM
Classicality dominated Monday’s $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows, scoring in 1:53.1 and soaring over $700,000 in career earnings.   Classicality zipped to the top from post 5 for Brian Zendt, and with Barn Girl challenging but parked, no outside flow could develop. The 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding drew away late to triumph by 8-1/4 lengths. Maeweg...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit qualifies again Tuesday in Philly

on 09/09/2019 5:49 PM
Wiggle It Jiggleit continues his journey back to the races on Tuesday morning,  starting from post four in the seventh qualifying race at Harrah’s Philadelphia. That event should go gateward shortly after 11 a.m. After being away from the races since October 2016, Wiggle It Jiggleit has appeared in qualifiers three times starting in August, winning his first start in 1:53.4 at P...
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Kaitlin Hartman awarded scholarship

on 09/09/2019 3:05 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) offered $12,500 in scholarships divided among five individuals this year.   Kaitlin Hartman of Circleville, Ohio, the daughter of William (Rick) and Tami Hartman, was one of the recipients. She received a scholarship for $2,500. She is a 2018 graduate of Logan Elm High School and is enrolled at Ohio University - Athens, majorin...
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Top NYSS driver Buter ready for Saturday's finals

on 09/09/2019 8:32 AM
After only one year of competing full time on the New York Sires Stake (NYSS) circuit, Tyler Buter claimed his first driving title in the series as its top reinsman for both wins and earnings. In a category long dominated by Hall of Famer Wally Hennessy and Jim Morrill Jr., Buter hopes to become as familiar a name driving champion New York-bred Standardbreds as theirs.   Buter will be...
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So Surreal colt tops Goshen sale at $95,000

on 09/08/2019 10:09 PM
A large crowd of 1,500 eager buyers convened at the Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 8) to examine, evaluate and purchase the 107 available Standardbred yearlings up for sale at the annual Goshen Yearling Sale. Many of these stake eligible horses will be competing in Sire Stake programs in New York and Pennsylvania and those attending reflec...
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Real Cool Sam wins PASS final to stay undefeated

on 09/08/2019 6:27 PM
The cream of the Pennsylvania-sired 2 year olds took center stage at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, contesting four $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships, along with attendant $50,000 consolations.    The Championships were formful, with all four favorites winning, and three Philly track records were set, including one in a consolation, ...
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Northville Downs ready to open Friday

on 09/08/2019 4:06 PM
Northville Downs will commence its fall meeting this Friday (Sept. 13), with ample opportunity for Michigan-connected horses to race for healthy purses in the first three weeks of the stand.   The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association is offering eight "mini-series" for Michigan-sired, bred and owned horses through September, with over $160,000 in purses at stake....
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