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Rock Diamonds N wins Gold Cup & Saucer

on 08/18/2019 8:44 AM
Swift early fractions poised Rock Diamonds N and 21-year-old New England native Mitchell Cushing to rip through the field and claim victory in the 60th renewal of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, Aug. 17.   The inside three starters shot for the front with Bet On Brett brushing quickest to the top. Trial-winner Sir Pugsley sat second while ...
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Backstreet Shadow takes Great Northeast leg

on 08/18/2019 7:57 AM
Overcoming a sloppy track, a first-over move, and very tough opposition, the Shadow Play four-year-old gelding Backstreet Shadow showed speed and gameness in taking a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacing horses in 1:49.2. On paper, three horses seemed to have the best credentials – None Bettor A was sent off as the 8-5 favorite, with Backstreet Shadow 9...
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2PC Fast N First 1:51.2 Ont. winner

on 08/18/2019 7:54 AM
Drivers Doug McNair and Bob McClure split the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions down the middle on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McNair taking the first two and McClure the second pair. McNair kicked things off in the first $23,500 split with Fast N First and had the heavy favourite on top before the halfway marker. Fast N First never saw another challenger as he cruis...
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Greenshoe, The Ice Dutchess star in Zweigs

on 08/18/2019 7:50 AM
Greenshoe (Brian Sears) captured the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 17). The Filly Zweig went to The Ice Dutchess. Front runner Marseille (Ake Svanstedt) jumped out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.1.  Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras) followed in second with Brian Sears content to put Greensh...
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Can B Perfect sets 1:52.1 ScD mark in OSS

on 08/18/2019 7:47 AM
Can B Perfect was just that—cruising to a new Scioto Downs track records clocking of 1:51.2 in the first of three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on a balmy Aug. 17 evening.   The son of big Bad John stormed home free and clear of his rivals, finishing nearly six lengths ahead of 7-2 Opportune Hanover (Chris Page) while 6-5 Stanford Cour...
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Fully A Virgin, Pansys Image win ISS

on 08/17/2019 10:57 PM
It was a winning night for trainer Shane Bowermaster on Saturday, August 17, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as fillies from his stable swept both $49,000 divisions of the fifth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies. With wins from Fully A Virgin and Pansy’s Image, both fillies provided upsets over the heavy favorites in their respecti...
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Real Cool Sam equals world mark in PASS

on 08/17/2019 10:32 PM
Real Cool Cam had what you might call a fair-to-middlin’ day in Saturday’s $186,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Not only did he equal the world record 1:54.4 for freshman gelding trotters on a five-eighths-mile track, but he also extended his career unbeaten streak to six.   The time matched that of Amigo Volo, who logged his record just one week ago at Harrah...
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Black Is Back scores in Batavia Open

on 08/17/2019 10:27 PM
Black Is Back took full advantage of post one in Saturday night’s (Aug.17) $12,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs, going gate to wire in impressive fashion. Driver Dave McNeight III flew off the wings to claim the point with Black Is Back in the first turn and then kept his foot on the gas to the quarter in :27 flat. The race was basically over at that point as the pair would just ...
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Little Rockey Man, Rockin Got Framed win ISS

on 08/17/2019 8:52 PM
Sophomore pacing colts & geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday, August 16 as they squared off in round five of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $50,000 divisions were sent postward on the evening’s 13-race card and delivered strong performances from each field. Little Rocket Man and Rockie Got Framed rebounded gamely in their respective division...
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Sorella plans to cheer for Jimmy Freight live

on 08/17/2019 6:06 PM
Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport.   His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing...
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Janelle Diane Miller, 19, dies

on 08/17/2019 3:05 PM
Janelle Diane Miller, 19, of Shipshewana, Ind., died on Tuesday evening (Aug. 13) at Long Lake, Union, MI from an apparent drowning. She was born on Dec. 27, 1999 in Topeka to Wayne R. and Karen Sue (Yoder) Miller. Survivors in addition to her parents are four brothers, LeWayne (special friend Susan) Miller of Anderson, Daryl (Kathy) Miller of Shipshewana, Dale (special friend Krist...
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Truth And Liberty, Majestic Fire win in NY

on 08/17/2019 8:23 AM
Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) won the $11,000 featured fillies & mares open pace at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 16). Juxta Cowgirl (Aaron Byron) went to the front and controlled the pace hitting the first quarter in :27.1.  Truth And Liberty ($3.90) watched from second as Juxta Cowgirl hit the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Truth And Liberty, who is owned by ...
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Unraced at 2, Weslynn Quest sets ScD mark

on 08/17/2019 8:20 AM
Heather Vansickle’s Weslynn Quest set a new track standard of 1:53.3 in her $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division on Friday night, August 16 at Scioto Downs.   Reined by Tyler Smith for trainer Chris Beaver, the 16-1 longshot bested seven rivals in the second of two OSS events for 3-year-old trotting fillies.  The daughter of Manofmanymissions had finished third, six...
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Tall Dark Stranger scores in Ont. Gold

on 08/17/2019 8:17 AM
Tall Dark Stranger made his debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and padded his growing resume with a seemingly effortless three length victory in 1:51.2. Lining up at Post 8 in the second $108,000 Gold Series division, driver Yannick Gingras eased Tall Dark Stranger away from the starting gate and settled in fifth as Bettor At Hightide rolled out to a :...
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Clear Idea picks up 19th career win

on 08/16/2019 10:04 PM
The Friday night Open for fillies and mares featured just a field of five at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The group of top-flight distaffers slugged it out for their share of the $15,000 purse and proved to be a romp for the race’s favorite.   Clear Idea (American Ideal) was a New York Sire Stakes star and has emerged as a top quality aged mare after following up a four year old campa...
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Wheels A Turning takes Batavia Open

on 08/16/2019 10:00 PM
After heavy late afternoon rains degraded the track to sloppy, a very game Wheels A Turning overcame the weather, a slow start and a breaking horse to score a decisive victory in the $12,500 Open Handicap trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Aug. 16).   Off the gate, Dragin The Wagon (Shawn McDonough) went for the lead and in doing so, got parked three-deep around the first ...
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Chiplosive posts fifth win of season

on 08/16/2019 9:09 PM
The Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Chiplosive, returning to the form that helped him capture a Pennsylvania All-Stars and a PA Stallion Series division in recent outings, brushed to the lead at the half and wasn’t challenged from there in the $16,000 trotting feature in 1:55.4 at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. After a :27.3 first quarter, driver George Napolitano J...
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Mad Dog scores again at Plainridge

on 08/16/2019 9:04 PM
After having minimal success racing in Ohio as a 2 and 3-year-old, Mad Dog has turned his fortunes around as an aged horse in Massachusetts. On Friday (Aug. 16) at Plainridge Park, he set the bar for himself once again after he won the $12,000 5-year-old and under conditioned trotting feature with a personal best effort.   Post eight wasn’t an issue for Mad Dog (John Beckwith) as...
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Rodeo Rock back in action after ulcers

on 08/16/2019 1:15 PM
Rodeo Rock will make his first start since June 30 when he races in the $46,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The 6-year-old was in the midst of his best season to date for trainer Robert Cleary before suffering from minor setbacks in the beginning of the summer.   Rodeo Rock’s big 2019 season began at the end of his 2018 campaign. Although the Rock N Rol...
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Meadows farrier Tim Dempster, 58, dies

on 08/16/2019 1:04 PM
Tim Dempster, a well-known and popular farrier at The Meadows for many years, died unexpectedly Aug. 12. He was 58. Mr. Dempster was the son of Shirley K. Dempster and the late Harry “Herk” Dempster and as a youngster began making trips to The Meadows to watch races with his parents. He was a 1979 graduate of South Fayette High School and a graduate of the Red Tomlinson Horse...
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