Real Cool Sam, Capricornus win PASS splits

on 08/26/2019 8:41 AM
Although a half length winning margin might not suggest so, the Muscle Hill-Cooler Schooner freshman trotting gelding Real Cool Sam was absolutely in control in his division of the $184,018 final preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for his group Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Real Cool Sam and driver David Miller were looped out of the gate as Big Oil was ...
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Another win for Backstreet Shadow

on 08/25/2019 9:57 PM
Since arriving in the Ron Burke stable in early July, Backstreet Shadow has been on an absolute tear. The 4-year-old Shadow Play gelding ran his winning streak to five with a measured 1:49.1 victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 25) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, which was also his first appearance at the riverside track. Tim Tetrick was back in...
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Groovy Joe leads Reynolds winners at Tioga

on 08/25/2019 9:51 PM
Tioga Downs played host to five W.N. Reynolds Memorial races on Sunday (August 25). Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) captured the $38,650 first division of "The Solicitor" for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings.   Groovy Joe ($2.80) went right to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.1.  He used a :30.4 second quarter to lead to the half in :58.0.  Columb...
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Dancin Lou’s 1:48.3 fastest in KYSS

on 08/25/2019 9:16 PM
Driver Andrew McCarthy pushed Dancin Lou to the lead through a quick tempo and widened his advantage through the stretch to win the fastest of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) second preliminary divisions on Sunday at The Red Mile.   Western Exposure left for the front from post 8 while Pyro tucked into the pocket. Even-money favorite Native’s Sweetlou raced third b...
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Tall Drink Hanover looks to extend streak in PASS

on 08/25/2019 9:13 PM
Monday’s $167,277 Pennsylvania Sires Stake has drawn many of the division’s top 3-year-old filly pacers, none of them hotter than Tall Drink Hanover. The daughter of Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account has won three straight — all stakes — defeating most of those rivals in the process, and her 1:48 mile in the Shady Daisy was a thing of beauty.   She’...
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Mark MacDonald to miss rest of 2019

on 08/25/2019 5:59 PM
Standardbred Canada has reported driver Mark MacDonald will likely miss the remainder of 2019 after undergoing surgery following an accident at Saratoga Casino Hotel in July.   MacDonald, a winner of 6,220 career races, was on the track with 2-year-old So Surreal colt Splash Brother prior to a New York Sire Stakes race at the half-mile oval. MacDonald was unseated and sustained a frac...
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Springsteen is boss again in Pocono feature

on 08/25/2019 2:55 AM
Springsteen had his third straight “#1” at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night, grinding his way past Western Joe to take the $21,500 featured pace in 1:49 and add to a great evening for the brothers Allard. Springsteen, a four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Hanover, was away fourth as Rebellious cut a :27 quarter and the favored (even money vs. Springste...
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Ocean Rock sets new world record in Ohio SS

on 08/25/2019 2:50 AM
Ocean Rock paced to a new world record clocking of 1:51.1 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests Saturday night at Northfield Park. The son of Rockin Amadeus established the new mark for 2-year-old gelding pacers on a half-mile track.   Driven smartly by trainer Danny Noble, Ocean Rock grabbed the lead at the start of the one mile test and never looked back...
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Gimpanzee wins impressively in NYSS

on 08/24/2019 11:10 PM
Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) was everything the large live crowd that gathered on the Batavia Downs apron came out to see as he cruised to an easy win in his division of the $118,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at the Downs on Saturday night.   Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) got away third initially while Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) hust...
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Crystal Fashion, Guardian Angel As win Maple Leaf elims

on 08/24/2019 11:07 PM
The field is set for next Saturday’s $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot after a pair of eliminations were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A group of 13 older trotters, including five mares, competed in a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each punched their ticket to next Saturday’s (Aug. 31) rich final.   Guarad...
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Alagna trainees 1-2-3 in Nassagaweya

on 08/24/2019 11:05 PM
Rookie pacers got their first taste of Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation.   A field of 11 colts and geldings clashed in the $228,100 Nassagaweya, while a pair of $112,239 Eternal Camnation divisions for fillies also took place.   The Nassagaweya Stakes saw trainer Tony Alagna sweep the trifecta with his ...
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Strip It Down As springs 120-1 KYSS upset

on 08/24/2019 9:37 PM
Off at odds of 120-1, Strip It Down As reeled in tempo-setter Asiago and nailed the 1-9 favorite on the wire to upset in the first of two $30,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies at The Red Mile on Saturday.   Asiago took control early and faced little challenge while setting a clip of :28.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Driver Elliot Deaton had Strip It ...
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Bettor’s Wish, Aflame Hanover win Messenger elims

on 08/24/2019 7:47 PM
It was a ‘Non-Bettor’s Wish’ Saturday during Yonkers Raceway’s eliminations for the 64th Messenger Stakes.   Bettor’s Wish (Dexter Dunn), the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into the second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, summarily disposed of his five rivals in a non-wagering elim.   A pole-sitting second early in the $40,000 off...
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Favorites rule in INSS 2CP divisions

on 08/24/2019 7:52 AM
A trio of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings was the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday and wrapped up the third round of stakes action for the 2-year-old competitors. It was a night ruled by favorites as the publics’ choice delivered in all three divisions.     The 2019 Fox Stake...
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Feelin’ Red Hot one of 6 Yonkers wins for Brennan

on 08/23/2019 11:53 PM
Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan, $5.80) successfully authored another installment of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Wasting no time from post position No. 5, Feelin’  Red Hot worked around Wisdom Tree (Dexter Dunn) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Out in :57.2 ...
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Easy winners in Ohio SS 3CP divisions

on 08/23/2019 11:49 PM
A pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes saw the two favorites in each division prevail easily on a cool Friday evening at Scioto Downs.  This was the fourth and final leg for 3-year-old pacing colts before the $300,000 Championships slated for Sept. 1 at Northfield Park.   The fastest of the two divisions went to 4-5 Bllack Hole and driver Tyler Smith, who wa...
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Only Take Cash, Evident Beauty win Casual Breeze splits

on 08/23/2019 11:46 PM
Only Take Cash and Evident Beauty scored Grand Circuit victories in Friday night’s Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Casual Breeze for 3-year-old fillies saw a pair of $83,123 divisions contested.   Ohio Sires Stakes star Only Take Cash returned to the track where she won her career debut to collect a comfortable 1:54.4 victory in the first spli...
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Southwind Ozzi triumphs in PASS return to Meadows

on 08/23/2019 11:43 PM
Southwind Ozzi, who won the 2019 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids with the second-fastest time in the race’s 53-year history, Friday made a triumphal return to The Meadows, easily capturing a Pennsylvania Sires Stake split with another sub-1:50 effort. Crimson And Chrome sprang a 21-1 upset in the other division of the $170,058 event, known as the Tarport Effrat, for 3-year-old colt ...
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Quincy Blue Chip sets Batavia record in NYSS

on 08/23/2019 10:09 PM
Quincy Blue Chip (Chapter Seven-Sirenuse) had a big night at Batavia Downs on Friday night. She won the $118,800 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) sophomore filly trot, moved into the points and money earnings lead for her age and gender bracket and broke the standing track record for second-year distaff trotters.  Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left the gate easily with Quincy Blue Chip and too...
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Tarryn A Strip wins in US debut

on 08/23/2019 7:22 PM
A pair of $16,000 races shared the spotlight with trainer Nick Surick on a dank Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. In the featured event for female pacers, the sophomore Captaintreacherous filly Tarryn A Strip had no difficulties in taking her first U.S. start, negotiating the course rated “good” in 1:54.1. Joe Bongiorno, holding hot driving hands as of late, le...
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