Coventry Hall scores in 1:54.3 at Pocono

on 09/15/2020 7:11 PM
The Cash Hall sophomore gelding Coventry Hall looks like he is finally growing into his pedigree, recording his second win in his last three starts with an effortless 1:54.4 triumph in a $10,400 trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon.   Coventry Hall is out of the mare Canland Hall, which makes him a three-quarter brother to Hall of Famer Cantab Hall and a full b...
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Darryl Maccannell dies at age 54

on 09/15/2020 3:06 PM
Darryl Maccannell, 54, died Monday, Sept. 14, in Columbus, Ohio, with loved ones close by following a heart attack. Known by anyone he met as one of the good guys, he spent most of his life involved in horse racing. Any of his friends would say that he was the first one to call when you needed an ear or some company. He harnessed and saddled winners on both sides of the horse racing indu...
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Shartin N wins Philly qualifier in 1:52.2

on 09/15/2020 12:19 PM
The 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N qualified in 1:52.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, with a :26.4 back quarter that showed her readiness for the rich season-ending events upcoming.   With the mare's regular driver Tim Tetrick at The Meadows for Keystone Classics stakes competition, trainer Jim King Jr., who himself has 3,369 career sulky victories, gui...
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Four Wheelin picks up 3rd Grassroots win

on 09/15/2020 9:01 AM
Four Wheelin scored his third Grassroots win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 14, and wrapped up the regular season atop the two-year-old trotting colt standings with a perfect total of 150 points. “I like the way he’s coming on. He seems like he’s getting stronger every start,” said trainer Marcel Barrieau. “Talking to Louis-Philippe he said, ‘Geez...
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Ideal Star N shines in North American debut at Plainridge

on 09/14/2020 8:31 PM
He made his last start in Australia on June 26. Now just 11 weeks later, Ideal Star N had a career day at Plainridge Park as he won the $15,000 winners-over handicap on Monday.      Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) took command of the race and led the field unaccosted to the half in :55.2. Then in the second turn, JK Will Power (Mitchell Cushing) pulled first over...
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Southwind Gendry ties Keystone Classic mark with 1:51.1 win

on 09/14/2020 8:28 PM
Fresh off his triumph in the Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship, Southwind Gendry equaled the stake record 1:51.1 in Monday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows — although he had to repel a pair of serious challengers to do it. Sweet Angel Boy took the other division in the $88,500 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Although Southwind Gendry typically rallies ...
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Jug, Jugette cards set for high noon post time

on 09/14/2020 8:23 PM
The Delaware County Fair is making an adjustment to the post times for Jugette Day (Wednesday, Sept. 23) and Jug Day (Thursday, Sept. 24). The first race post will be moved to 12 noon.   The post times for Sunday (1 p.m.), Monday (3 p.m.) and Tuesday (1 p.m.) remain unchanged.   For all of your Grand Circuit week news, please visit
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Huntsville colt tops Goshen Yearling Sale at $46,000

on 09/14/2020 8:20 PM
The Goshen Yearling Sale was held at the Mark Ford Training Center on Monday and despite year-long challenges the industry has faced due to all the covid restrictions, a brisk host of buyers nearly matched the average price per horse realized from last year’s record sale.    “I didn’t know what to expect this year due to the pandemic, but I w...
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Vivian Farrington, 88, owned Rambling Willie, dies

on 09/14/2020 5:17 PM
Vivian Marie Farrington, 88, of Kissimmee, Florida formerly of Richwood, Ohio passed away Friday, Sept. 11. Together with her late husband Bob, the Farringtons campaigned the great free-for-all fan favorite Rambling Willie. She was born on July 23, 1932, in Rushsylvania, Ohio to Bonnie and Rev. C.L. Harris. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bob Farrington, who passed aw...
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Owners permitted at Delaware when their horse races

on 09/14/2020 5:10 PM
The Delaware County Fair is pleased to announce that participating horse owners will be permitted to attend the Grand Circuit races (Sept. 20-24, 2020), including the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horseman’s Association.   Horseman and owners must show their valid Ohio State Racing Commission license at the US Route 23 Gate to gain...
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Jimmy Takter: “I’m not opening my own Thoroughbred stable”

on 09/14/2020 10:31 AM
Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter told Monday morning that in reports published elsewhere, people misunderstood his quotes and he is not shifting gears and starting a career training Thoroughbreds. Takter said he is only helping 25-year-old Philip Antonacci in selecting Thoroughbred yearlings as an expert in conformation, but that his role is only in an advisory capacity. ...
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Constitutional issues with HISA?

on 09/14/2020 10:05 AM
The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has made several statements during the last six months regarding its opposition to the Horseracing Integrity Act (HIA) and more recently, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA). Harness racing/Standardbred racing participants have criticized the USTA for opposing federal legislation. One of the most vocal critics of the USTA’s position h...
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Catalogs now available for Hoosier Classic

on 09/13/2020 9:09 PM
Catalogs are now available for the annual Hoosier Classic Select Yearling Sale in Indianapolis, IN. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, the auction will be held Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Start time for both sessions is 10 am.   There are 373 Indiana-sired yearlings cataloged with yearlings by the sires of ...
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Beantown Madness picks up fifth win in six starts

on 09/13/2020 9:05 PM
 On Sunday (Sept. 13) Plainridge Park hosted the second leg of the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters and both races featured horses who may be competing in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes starting later this month.   The Nauset pace was won by Bumpah Stickah (Jim ...
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Tall Dark Stranger 1:49.2 winner over sloppy Red Mile

on 09/13/2020 8:38 PM
At the Red Mile on Sunday afternoon, Tall Dark Stranger--fresh off a victory in the North America Cup-- navigated a very sloppy track and won by 2 1/4 lengths over Adios winner Catch The Fire in 1:49.2.   Rain throughout the night turned the Red Mile's clay surface into a less than ideal surface, and combined with the cooler temperature, the clocking turned in by Tall Dark Stranger ...
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Southwind Ozzi scores in 1:51 at Harrah's Philly

on 09/13/2020 8:36 PM
After being outmatched by the likes of Filibuster Hanover at Pocono, Southwind Ozzi ($4.80) returned to the site of his only prior win to date this year — Harrah's Philadelphia — and delivered a decisive 1:51 score in Sunday afternoon's (Sept. 13) $14,400 top-level pacing feature. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere landed in midfield in the early stages while Joesstar Of Mia ...
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Hypnotic AM dominates in NYSS championship

on 09/13/2020 8:03 AM
The $1.8 million New York Sire Stake finals convened at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (Sept. 12) with 60 of the best state-bred Standardbreds clashing to determine year-end honors in eight $225,000 divisions. Although there were a couple of upsets during the evening, several favorites performed as expected and some put on impressive efforts.   The Allerage Farm 3-year-old filly trot wen...
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Mr. Euroman captures Batavia Open for Davis

on 09/13/2020 8:01 AM
After taking a week off, Mr. Euroman returned with strong resolve and won the $8,000 Open II Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 12).   Daylight Rush (Dave McNeight III) started from the pylons and kept that position for most of the race. With no other leavers in the contest, McNeight guided Daylight Rush to a tepid half of :57.2 with Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) ...
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Todd McCarthy drives 4 winners at Meadowlands

on 09/13/2020 7:58 AM
McCarthy, McCarthy, McCarthy, McCarthy! No, not Andy of Hambletonian fame, or Luke, who drove Muscle Hill to victory in the World Trotting Derby, but little brother Todd, who stole the show at The Meadowlands Saturday night. The recent Australian invader won four times on the 13-race card to record his first victories at the mile oval. There figure to be many more to come.   McCa...
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Big wins for Warrawee Vital, Capt Midnight in SBSW

on 09/13/2020 7:55 AM
Grand Circuit Month continued Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the Somebeachsomewhere, Simcoe and Champlain Stakes part of the $1.6 million card.   The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes capped off four consecutive weeks of Grand Circuit events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. A group of 12 were split into two $77,500 divisions.   Warrawee Vital set a new sta...
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