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Bluegrass breeder Claudean Cone dies

on 09/12/2019 10:58 AM
Claudean Cone, 73, a well-known Bluegrass horse breeder, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Sept. 11, in her home at her Millstream Farm in Georgetown, Ky. Ms. Cone, who had been in good health, was found in a sleeping position on a sofa in her home. In recent years Ms. Cone operated Millstream Farm in Kentucky and in Allentown, N.J., in partnership with her daughter, Christine. Millstream will be ...
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Blue Bell Bonnie best at Batavia

on 09/12/2019 8:38 AM
Blue Bell Bonnie has been one of the toughest mares competing at Batavia Downs this season. Coming off three wins in her last four starts and moving up in class, the mare went right to the front and never looked back in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace for distaff participants at the Downs on Wednesday afternoon.    Driver Jim Morrill Jr. sent Blue Bell Bonnie to the front and pr...
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Grace Rock wins 6th straight in INSS

on 09/12/2019 8:36 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday as the evening’s 13-race card featured one $92,000 division for 3-year-old trotting fillies and two $64,000 divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies. It was the freshman pacing filly Grace Rocks who stole the show as she continued her divisional dominance in the 2-year-old pacing fil...
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NYSS undefeated Zero Tolerance rolls into final

on 09/12/2019 8:34 AM
Zero Tolerance comes into her $225,000 New York Sires Stake (NYSS) Night of Champions final at Batavia Downs on Saturday with quite a body of work. She is the undefeated top point-getter (250) and highest earning 3-year-old pacing filly in her division ($177,500) and is currently the fourth richest filly in North America overall this year with $382,423 on her card.    She is...
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Star Caviar takes Meadows feature; Hall wins 5

on 09/11/2019 8:22 PM
Star Caviar had to duel three wide for the early lead, but once on top he was much the best in capturing his third straight victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Trot.   The first two wins in his streak came on the PA Fairs circuit, but Star Caviar showed plenty of raceway mettle, thwarting the extended first-over challenge of Just Fly Beyond to pre...
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Ron Randall, known for "Rose Run" winners, dies

on 09/11/2019 3:48 PM
Ohio horseman Ronald Randall, 76, died Sept. 7 at Akron Summa Hospital. He was a retired chemistry teacher at Roosevelt High School and was a teacher at Roosevelt for more than 20 years. He was a graduate of Canfield High School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Kent State University in chemistry. He earned his master’s degree at Youngstown State University in education. He w...
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KYSS Prelim Purses Boosted; Secondary program proposed

on 09/11/2019 3:35 PM
The Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel met on Tuesday, Sept. 10, and approved changes to the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) program beginning in 2020.   Committee chairman Ken Jackson said the changes include increased purses for next year’s KYSS preliminary legs and the addition of a Bluegrass Series, a program simila...
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Youth Foundation at Fayette Fest

on 09/11/2019 2:32 PM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation and stable member Royal Attire will be participating in several ways at Fayette Fest at The Red Mile (Lexington, KY) on Sunday, September 15. The event will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky Sires Stakes finals.   “Royal Attire and HHYF graduate AJ Wright, from Montpelier, IN will be in the ‘parade of breeds’ and we will have...
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Stellar field set to battle in Quillen Memorial

on 09/11/2019 2:28 PM
Some of racing’s top aged pacers will battle in the 13th annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial on Monday, Sept. 16, at Harrington Raceway.   The race is named in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was a regular at the racetrack who enjoyed coming to the races and was a board member of Harrington Raceway.   The ...
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French mare Bahia Quesnot in International

on 09/11/2019 10:39 AM
Junior Guelpa has traveled New York City in the past, but his next trip to the Big Apple will be nothing like his previous visits. The French trainer and driver will bring trotting mare Bahia Quesnot across the Atlantic to compete in the Yonkers International Trot. The $1 million stakes, slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, will be Guelpa’s first time competing in the United States.   ...
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Premier Cabernet gets big Grassroots win

on 09/11/2019 9:37 AM
Premier Cabernet went into Tuesday night’s regular season finale needing a win to extend her Grassroots season and the three-year-old pacing filly delivered, keeping a head in front of rival Kylie Seelster for a 1:52.2 victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting from post 1, Premier Cabernet landed fourth as Cinderella Delight led the field of nine to a :27.2 opening quarter, but driver S...
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Dot Morgan is Lady Pace honoree

on 09/11/2019 8:44 AM
Dot Morgan, executive director and facilities manager of the New Vocation racehorse adoption program, will be honored as the 2019 Lady Pace Honoree by the Delaware County Fair. A multitalented horsewoman, Morgan started the New Vocations racehorse adoption program in 1992 from her base in Laura, Ohio, and continues to this day as overseer of the organization’s Standardbred division. ...
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May Baby, Rock Swan win INSS 2FT splits

on 09/11/2019 8:42 AM
Just when it seemed on upset trend was forming on the evening’s 11-race card at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, the favorites prevailed in the featured races of the evening, two $64,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting fillies. A total of 15 Indiana sired trotting fillies lined up behind the gate to square off in the fifth round o...
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Groovy Joe leads freshman pacers into NYSS final

on 09/11/2019 8:38 AM
The top 2-year-old pacing colt heading into the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions at Batavia Downs on Saturday proves you don’t have to be rich to be successful in harness racing if you do your homework.   Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk) p,2,1:52f ($174,595) was a $17,000 purchase at the 2018 Goshen Yearling Sale and has turned out to ...
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White Birch Farm to disperse

on 09/11/2019 8:37 AM
White Birch Farm of Allentown, N.J., a four-time New Jersey Breeder the Year and two-time U.S. Harness Writers Association Breeder of the Year, has announced that its breeding stock will be sold as part of a complete dispersal of the famed nursery at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale on Thursday, Nov. 7.   Preferred Equine Marketing, Inc. will represent the farm as agent.   The far...
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Tyler Smith drives 3,000th winner

on 09/10/2019 9:30 PM
Driver Tyler Smith copped his 3000th career win at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.  The 26 year old reinsman, who was the youngest driver in history to reach the 1000 and 2000 win milestones, captured three of the first six races in pursuit of his 3000th score.   Smith is on track to record his best year yet with 237 wins and over $3.2 million in 2019 earnings.  ...
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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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