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John Rhoads Jr., co-owned Right Touch, dies

on 06/19/2019 11:03 AM
John “Buzz” Rhoads, Jr., 89, the co-owner of  Right Touch, who won the 2013 Indiana Sires Stakes final, died June 10 after an extended illness. Mr. Rhoads born Jan. 13, 1930, to John and Rita (nee Wellington) and raised in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1947. He attended Ohio University from 1947-1951 before enlisting in the Army, where he was a m...
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$250k Spirit of Massachusetts back at Plainridge

on 06/19/2019 10:40 AM
After a one-year hiatus, Grand Circuit racing will return to New England when Plainridge Park hosts the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot for 3-year-old and older trotters. And new for 2019 will be the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares.   Both races will be contested on Sunday (July 28) and are presented by Plainrid...
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Drew Monti to become Plainridge regular

on 06/19/2019 10:24 AM
Leading western New York driver Drew Monti is heading east to Massachusetts to become a regular in the driving colony at Plainridge Park.   Monti, who started driving at the age of 18, has put up some impressive numbers in his seven years campaigning at just about every track in New York State. From 8,427 lifetime starts he has 1,334 wins, 1,211 seconds and 1,179 thirds, has earned $7...
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Touchmatic wins 8th race in 9 starts

on 06/19/2019 7:43 AM
Touchamatic proved once again Tuesday (June 18) she’s the dominant pacing mare at The Meadows, cruising to a 1:50.1 victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap. It was the eighth victory in the last nine starts for the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch.   Despite a demanding 26.2 opening panel from post 6, Touchamatic had plenty in the tank for Aaron Me...
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2YOCT Can't Say No 1:57.2 PcD winner

on 06/18/2019 8:30 PM
The two-year-olds made their 2019 pari-mutuel debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card, with a $13,000 event for each gait sharing the feature spotlight with a trot and a mares pace for more experienced horses. In the section for baby colts, the well-bred Can’t Say No was dismissed as the 38-1 longest shot on the board despite winning in his only qualifier, ...
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Fillies by Roddys Bags Again take DSBF leg

on 06/18/2019 8:27 PM
Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 divisional eliminations for pacing fillies headlined the Tuesday Harrington Raceway program. In And Out Again (Ross Wolfenden) won the early non-wagering division in 1:55 over Anneke and Paper Bag. Owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again notched her sixth win of the year and fifth straight in DSBF company. ...
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O'Donnell talks about Ontario racing

on 06/18/2019 2:52 PM
He’s watched horse racing in Ontario endure good times and bad, but through it all, Bill O’Donnell refuses to be a pessimist. Known as the "Magic Man" over a decorated Standardbred career that yielded 5,743 wins, numerous accolades and induction into multiple hall of fames, O’Donnell has pretty much seen it all over his time in the sport. And while he&...
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Dexter Dunn talks about great start to '19

on 06/18/2019 2:43 PM
Dexter Dunn was hoping to enjoy a little success on the Grand Circuit this year, but the young stakes season has already exceeded his expectations. Dunn, who captured 10 consecutive premiership driving titles in New Zealand before moving to the U.S. last summer, has won Grand Circuit finals with three different horses and finished second in six other events. Last weekend, the 29-year-old Dunn won...
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Pacers score in 1:54.4 in Philly baby races

on 06/18/2019 2:40 PM
North American season’s records were reported for both sexes of two-year-old pacers on Tuesday morning at Harrah’s Philadelphia as 15 qualifying races were held for the further development and education of the freshmen. In four pacing colt sections, two youngsters became the first to win under 1:55 on a five-eighths mile track this season. First up was Major Betts, a son of Art Ma...
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Owner, breeder Frank Dettore, 83, dies

on 06/18/2019 9:16 AM
Longtime owner and Standardbred breeder Francis J. “Frank” Dettore Jr., 83, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, died June 15, 2019, at the Heritage Nursing Home in Naples, Fla., after a lengthy illness. Mr. Dettore was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Uniontown, Pa., and had been a resident of North Ridgeville for more than 60 years, moving from North Olmsted and Cleveland. He was a member of St. P...
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Jason Bartlett drives 8,000th winner

on 06/18/2019 8:28 AM
Jason Bartlett, perennially Yonkers Raceway’s leading driver, used his home away from home for his latest milestone. Bartlett racked up career win number 8,000 on Monday night (June 17), easily knocking off the four victories needed to reach the plateau. He won the $15,000 pacing opener with favored Lounatic ($4.40) in a life-best 1:55, then the $18,000, third-race pace with odds-on Top...
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Musical Rhythm sets Mohawk record

on 06/18/2019 8:27 AM
Musical Rhythm extended his win streak to six in a row with a Track Record equaling mile of 1:50.4 on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Ben Baillargeon trained seven-year-old bested five rivals in the $34,000 Preferred Trot to match the record set by Mister Herbie in the 2012 Maple Leaf Trot.   Musical Rhythm and driver Mario Baillargeon left out from post-three...
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Barn Girl takes Meadows trot feature

on 06/17/2019 9:05 PM
Rebounding from a disastrous trip at Northfield Park, Barn Girl shot to the lead and held off a pair of talented challengers to capture Monday’s (June 17) $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   In that journey at Northfield, Barn Girl was parked most of the way, making the lead briefly but finishing a weary seventh. She had no such difficulties Monday, as she shot to the l...
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Star Studded Cast scores third straight

on 06/17/2019 9:02 PM
Star Studded Cast trotted to his third straight victory in the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming the outside post eight for a 1:55.1 victory. Trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, who acquired the winner when he was claimed by Northfork Racing Stable out of his last start, sent the Current Cast eight-year-old gelding ...
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Chillaxin Away, Aintnosunshine win DSBF

on 06/17/2019 9:00 PM
Two $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund's second leg of stakes action for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlined the Monday program at Harrington Raceway.  Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away (Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.1 winner in the first, which was a non-wagering event. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding maintained an easy lead throughout a...
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Two wins in a row for Tisadream N

on 06/17/2019 8:54 PM
Tisadream N took on all comers for the enitre mile yet hung tough to the wire to win the featured $12,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday (June 17) afternoon.    Leaving from the rail, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) took the initial lead until Sir Puglsey (Shawn Gray) hustled up on the outside to grab the front before the quarter in :26.4. However not content to ...
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Burke pupils practice in Gaitway qualifiers

on 06/17/2019 4:26 PM
Ron Burke has enjoyed success with 2-year-old filly pacers, including the two most recent Dan Patch Award winners, Youaremycandygirl in 2017 and Warrawee Ubeaut in 2018, and on Monday (June 17) got another look at a group that will try to continue that good fortune. Burke sent out four winning 2-year-old filly pacers during Monday’s qualifiers at Gaitway Farm, with Merga Hanover victori...
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Captain Crunch, "Mystery" skipping Hempt

on 06/17/2019 3:05 PM
The fields for the elimination races for Sun Stakes Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono have been drawn, with the top finishers in the eliminations this Saturday coming back in a week to compete in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace, the $500,000 Earl Beal Three-Year-Old Trot, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Three-Year-Old Colt&Gelding Pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch Three-Year...
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Ingrassia expected to be released from hospital

on 06/17/2019 3:02 PM
Harness racing driver Jacqueline Ingrassia was expected to be released from the hospital Monday (June 17) following treatment for injuries suffered in an accident while training last Thursday at White Birch Farm in New Jersey, Ingrassia’s husband Frank said today. Ingrassia’s injuries included two broken wrists, a broken finger, and bleeding on the brain and liver. The 72-year-old ...
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Double Parked among 2YO winners at Hawthorne

on 06/17/2019 8:33 AM
The babies made their way to the racetrack this past weekend at Hawthorne as the Night of Champions leg one action continued.  The boys were center stage on Friday evening while the ladies took their place on the track on Saturday night.  All of the leg one events went for $17,500. Race two Friday was the first of two divisions of the Incredible Finale for Illinois-bred two-year-old...
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