Atlanta, McWicked capture Hill, Ewart at Scioto

on 09/07/2019 11:37 PM
Scioto Downs’ two signature races, named after track founder Charlie Hill and race secretary Jim Ewart, produced totally different outcomes. The Hill went to the favorite Atlanta while seven horses finished within a half-length on the wire in the Ewart, with the lukewarm choice McWicked getting the edge over Donttellmeagain and Western Fame, who finished in a dead heat for second.  ...
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Crockets Cullen N wins second straight Saratoga Open

on 09/07/2019 10:45 PM
Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) prevailed for the second consecutive week in the Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino trainee who last week took the first-over journey to the winner’s circle.   This week, Crockets Cullen N was dismissed at odds of 6-1 in the six-horse Open when he got second-over cover behi...
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10YO Atta Boy Dan picks up fifth straight victory

on 09/07/2019 10:43 PM
The redoubtable 10-year-old Atta Boy Dan won for the fifth straight time, and tenth in his last eleven starts, leading at every pole to take the featured $20,000 claiming handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night. He was also claimed for the 13th straight start for $40,000, tying a local standard first set by R Gauwitz Hanover in 2015. George Napolitano Jr. got the wi...
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Tullow N takes Batavia Open Pace in 1:53.2

on 09/07/2019 10:41 PM
Tullow N was all business when he went to the front and never looked back en route to winning the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 7).   Driver John Cummings Jr. flew off the wings with Tullow N and had one thing in mind; going down the road. After Tullow N settled on the pylons he was immediately confronted by Sir Pugsley (Jim Morrill Jr.) who was ...
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Horseman Roly Day, son of Bucky Day, dies

on 09/07/2019 10:03 PM
Horseman Roland “Roly” Alfred Day, 65, of Franklin, N.H., died peacefully Sept. 3. He was born in Exeter, N.H., on Oct. 25, 1953, to parents Lillian Crawford Day and Alfred “Bucky” Theodore Day. He grew up in Danville, N.H., where as a child, he enjoyed playing baseball, spending time with family, helping his father take care of racehorses, and as the only boy, teas...
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Propulsion prevails in Masters final in Paris

on 09/07/2019 10:01 PM
Europe’s Trotting Masters final, held at the Vincennes track in Paris on Saturday, went to the American-bred Propulsion. Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom, trained by Daniel Reden and owned by Bengt Agerup’s Stall Zet, Propulsion was in a good position to win, but needed to track down Cleangame, trained and driven by Jean-Michel Bazire.   At the start of the race the French s...
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PA crowns 3YO champs; Ozzi beats Captain Crunch

on 09/07/2019 9:37 PM
Reigning Dan Patch awardee Warrawee Ubeaut became a millionaire, Adios champion Southwind Ozzi won his fifth straight stake locally, and Millies Possesion completed a sweep, as each captured a Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship Saturday afternoon at The Meadows.   The Meadows hosted all four PASS finals for 3-year-olds, each worth $253,000, as well as $50,000 consolations...
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Pyro, Dancin Lou take KYSS splits

on 09/07/2019 8:41 PM
Ron Burke trainee Pyro survived a heated clip to take the quickest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions at The Red Mile on Saturday, Sept. 7.   Pyro sat third while Tony Alagna trainee U S Captain cleared command from post 7 before a :26 first quarter. Driver Elliott Deaton then tipped Pyro from third and circled to the front up the backstretch while U S Captain&rsquo...
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World champ Lather Up scratched from Ewart Memorial

on 09/07/2019 8:20 AM
World champion 4-year-old pacer Lather Up has been scratched from Saturday night’s $440,000 James Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. Co-owner George Teague Jr. told Saturday morning that he was being cautious and scratched Lather Up “sick.”   Lather Up, who was supplemented to the Ewart Memorial for $20,000 and was listed as the 9-5 mornin...
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Shorething Fashion sets career mark at Plainridge

on 09/07/2019 7:31 AM
 Shorething Fashion bounced back from a narrow defeat last week to score a similarly close win in the featured $10,500 trotting event on Friday afternoon at Plainridge Park. Driver Nick Graffam pointed Shorething Fashion to the front and took command before hitting the quarter and settling in for the journey. The horses remained in single file to the five-eighths before Neverdie (Mitchel...
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First Call best in Vernon feature

on 09/07/2019 7:19 AM
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) won the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday. American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2 and to the half in :57.3.  First Call ($5.30) came first-over just before the half.  She battled American JJ shoulder to shoulder all the way around the final turn.  First Call led by a head as they...
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McCarthy captures 2 of 3 Philly features

on 09/07/2019 7:16 AM
A trio of $16,000 contests shared the spotlight on a special Friday evening card at Harrah’s Philadelphia with driver Andrew McCarthy, who won four races, including the featured pace and the faster of the two featured trots. The Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Tarryn A Strip is now two for three since coming to the local oval and joining the barn of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, w...
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Custom Cantab wins Miss Versatility leg

on 09/07/2019 7:12 AM
  Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman) captured the $40,000 fourth leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs on Friday. Emoticon Hanover (Aaron Byron) led the first quarter in :26.4.  She continued to lead to the half in :56.3.  Ice Attraction (Mike Merton) was the first to challenge as Emoticon Hanover led to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Custom Cantab ($4.00), who is owne...
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Green Manalishi S, When Dovescry, Sisters Promise star in Simcoes

on 09/07/2019 7:03 AM
 A quintet of Grand Circuit stakes for rookie and sophomore trotters headlined Friday evening’s card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A trio of Simcoe Stakes divisions for 3 year olds and a pair of William Wellwood Memorial eliminations for 2 year olds all took place on a 10-race card.   Green Manalishi S dug deep late to reach up for a th...
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Betterb Chevron last to first at Yonkers

on 09/06/2019 9:55 PM
A from-last, favored Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton,  $4.80) prevailed in the late going Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s soggy $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Away last—from post position No. 5—among the half-dozen (reduced after a defection), Betterb Chevron N saw Wisdom Tree (Jason Bartlett) and Reclamation alternate up front, the latt...
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Lougazi, Miss Mary Mach win Batavia features

on 09/06/2019 9:50 PM
Two top class Open races -- one on the trot and one on the pace --  were carded on Friday night at Batavia Downs and Lougazi and Miss Mary Mach provided very exciting finishes in their respective contests. It’s been four weeks since Lougazi came away a winner, but that all changed Friday in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot. CR Blazin Beauty (John Cummings Jr.) took her usual ...
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Catch The Fire ignites dreams

on 09/06/2019 2:28 PM
While John Ackley grabbed a hot dog, Charles Taylor grabbed the best horse they’ve ever had. Taylor, who has spent a dozen years in harness racing as an owner, and his trainer Ackley were at the 2018 Lexington Selected Sale looking for a yearling that might be able to compete on the Grand Circuit. They had already purchased one horse when Catch The Fire entered the auction ring and figu...
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Lexington mixed sale canceled

on 09/06/2019 1:43 PM
It was announced today that the Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, scheduled to be held Sunday evening, Oct. 6, has been canceled for this year due to lack of sufficient entries.   The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. and continue its traditional five-day run, ending Saturday evening, Oct. 5. The catalog is now available on the sales company’...
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Arrangements set for Phil Wentworth

on 09/06/2019 12:48 PM
Philip Barclay Wentworth, 76, of Guys Mills died on Sept. 4, 2019 at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community following a recent hospitalization.   Phil was born in Meadville on Feb. 4, 1943 to Sally and Gaylord Wentworth.  He graduated from Randolph-East Mead High School in 1961 and attended Baldwin Wallace College.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1964-1966 as a milit...
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NYSS Night of Champions draw to be livestreamed

on 09/06/2019 11:39 AM
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and Batavia Downs will be livestreaming the draw for the 2019 “Night of Champions,” via Facebook on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley (Batavia) will serve as Honorary Drawmaster.   Wednesday’s draw will begin at 12 p.m. and can be accessed through the NYSS website and Batavia Downs and NYSS Facebook pages. The draw is...
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