Groovy Joe impressive in NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/10/2019 10:18 PM
Groovy Joe ($8.40) stamped himself as one of the top 2-year-old male pacers on the New York Sire Stakes circuit on Wednesday night (July 10) as he rolled to a dominating 5-1/4 length triumph over the highly-touted Sandy's Bolt in 1:54.3 at Buffalo Raceway.   It was the third consecutive win for Groovy Joe in the NYSS. He just missed the 2-year-old colt track record of 1:54.2 in ca...
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Tee's Sweet Ryde wins Meadows feature

on 07/10/2019 8:26 PM
Parked three wide through a grueling 27.1 opening quarter, Tee's Sweet Ryde nevertheless was much the best as she jogged to a 1:53.4 victory in Wednesday's feature — an $11,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace — at The Meadows.   Making her first start at The Meadows following her recent purchase by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Tee's Sweet Ryde...
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Grant "amazed" by Atlanta's success

on 07/10/2019 4:25 PM
Atlanta secured her place in harness racing history last August when she became the first filly in 22 years to defeat the boys in the Hambletonian Stakes. Over the past month, though, the mare has served notice that she is not finished making history.   On June 15, Atlanta won the Armbro Flight in 1:50.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, setting the record for the fastest trotting mile in...
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Freshman pacers set for weekend action at Pocono

on 07/10/2019 3:15 PM
The 2-year-old Pennsylvania-sired pacers take over the spotlight this weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with four $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for females scheduled for Saturday and the same number of sections for males carded for Sunday. Ron Burke, operator of the biggest stable in North American harness racing and a Pennsylvania-based horseman, has no fewe...
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Cash Me Out cashes winner's share in Saratoga open

on 07/10/2019 3:06 PM
Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) won Wednesday afternoon’s $15,000 featured Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 1:54.3.   Cash Me Out had dominated the action among the track’s top trotters this winter and into the spring at Saratoga. The veteran Kyle Spagnola trainee won the local Open Trot three times in the first five installments of it in 2019, but the millionaire trotter fel...
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Charters, Gural, Popfinger, Tetrick named to HOF ballot

on 07/10/2019 12:33 PM
Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Bill Popfinger, and Tim Tetrick have been selected by the Hall of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) as ballot candidates for this summer’s election vote toward harness racing’s highest honor, membership in the sport’s Hall of Fame. Charters worked his way through the ranks in harness racing, starting o...
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Last call for Announcer Workshop at Meadowlands

on 07/10/2019 11:38 AM
Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27.   The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast teams...
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Ryder has confidence in Bettor's Wish

on 07/10/2019 9:56 AM
Chris Ryder knows what it is like to race in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace—this year’s appearance with Bettor’s Wish will be the trainer’s seventh trip to the event’s final—but this time feels different.   Bettor’s Wish, who has won five of six starts this season, is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $682,650 ...
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So Delightful's 1:54.2 leads Grassroots

on 07/10/2019 9:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing fillies were once again the stars of Woodbine Mohawk Park’s program on Tuesday evening, competing in five $23,500 Grassroots divisions. Got Power, a half-sister to top three-year-old pacing filly Powerful Chris, got her second win over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in the second division. Starting from Post 9, driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville eased the fill...
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Freshman filly trotters impress in INSS

on 07/10/2019 8:33 AM
The curtain rose for 2-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday. With three $45,500 divisions, the freshman trotting fillies took to their first leg of stakes races. The night provided impressive performances and the post time favorites delivered as May Baby with James Yoder, Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick and Givemeonemoretry with Robert T...
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Dancer Hall trots to 1:51.1 career best at Mohawk

on 07/09/2019 10:16 PM
Dancer Hall delivered a career-best performance to get up and win Tuesday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old Rod Boyd trainee was making his second start after a four-and-a-half-month layoff and muscled by favorite Musical Rhythm in deep stretch to win in 1:51.1.   Driven by James MacDonald, Dancer Hall left from post-seven in a field of seven and go...
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2YOFT Sister Sledge 1:53.4 PA All Stars winner

on 07/09/2019 8:39 PM
Sister Sledge trotted the fastest mile of 2019 by a freshman when she won one of five $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars action for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.4 on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. A daughter of freshman colt track record-holder Father Patrick out of the $580,000+-winning Behindclosedoors, Sister Sledge tucked behind a :27.2 early due...
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Touchamatic cruises in Meadows open

on 07/09/2019 8:00 PM
Touchamatic outdueled Camera Lady for the early lead and rolled home without a serious challenge in a sharp 1:50.2 in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Touchamatic easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Baron Remy and defeated Camera Lady by two lengths, with Keystone Riptide a ground-saving third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old ...
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Standardbred Transition Alliance seeks administrator

on 07/09/2019 2:59 PM
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is seeking an administrator for the 501(c)3 charitable organization. The STA has a mission to award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbred horses. It was established in 2018 and is modeled after a similar Thoroughbred organization. An administrator will be responsible for working closely with th...
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Atlanta tops 11 Hambletonian Maturity starters

on 07/09/2019 1:45 PM
The Hambletonian Maturity, a $450,000 race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew 11 entrants and will go to post Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The 2018 Hambletonian winner and one of just 14 fillies to capture the classic event, Atlanta raced in the record books last Saturday in the Graduate final, catching world champion Six Pack at the wire in 1:49.1. That makes her ...
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Speed display in Ontario SS 2CP splits

on 07/09/2019 9:46 AM
Ontario’s top 2-year-old pacing fillies put on a speed show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions. Free Flyin Ticket kicked off the speed display in the first $54,922 division, reaching the wire 3 3/4 lengths the best in 1:52.1, making her the fastest 2 year old in Canada in 2019. Starting from post five, driver Jonathan Drury eased the f...
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Betterlatethannever arrives late for victory

on 07/09/2019 9:19 AM
Plainridge Park’s top driver and trainer combination of Shawn Gray and Jimmy Nickerson teamed up once again to score wins in the two featured races held at the Ridge on Monday afternoon.   In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Sir Pugsley tucked third from post seven off the gate while Opus Blue Chip (Drew Campbell) took the field to the quarter. But Gray rolled Sir Pugsley to t...
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2YO colt trotters battle in New York Sires Stakes

on 07/08/2019 10:34 PM
Yonkers Raceway Monday evening hosted the $150,300 New York Sires Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $50,400 wagering races and a non-bettor comprised the event.   The opening on-the-card division saw a maiden-breaking Berkery J (Jason Bartlett, $7.10) go right down the road. From post position No. 2, he had no issues (:29.2, 59.4, 1:2...
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Freshman trotters impress in PA All-Stars

on 07/08/2019 10:28 PM
Six $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars stakes action for 2-year-old trotting males were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with enough pedigree and precociousness showing that fans of the mountain oval may have seen a starter or two in the 2020 Hambletonian, a race 13 months to the day in the future. Two of the winners set season’s records in 1:...
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John DeSimone Jr.wins 2,000th career race

on 07/08/2019 8:01 PM
Longtime Monticello Raceway horseman John DeSimone Jr. notched his 2,000th career driving win in the second race at the Catskill oval on Monday afternoon. The milestone win came aboard Get The Look, who scored in 1:59.3. The 9-year-old Cam’s Card Shark mare, also trained by DeSimone, picked up her first win of the season for owner Dr. Joshua Tanis of Tallahassee, Fla. DeSimone, who h...
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