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Meadowlands babies: more Melander talent

on 06/01/2019 3:23 PM
The season opener of the popular Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms kicked off the 2-year-old season at The Meadowlands this morning under perfect conditions. The track was fast, the temperature in the 70s and no discernible wind when they began at 10:00 A.M. Trainer Marcus Melander and crew were back at it early after a big night with Greenshoe win...
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The Wall upsets in Camluck Classic

on 06/01/2019 8:12 AM
The Wall pulled off a 12-1 upset in rein to Joe Bongiorno in the $157,000 Camluck Classic Invitational, presented by Seelster Farms, which closed out the meet at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday night (May 31). Trained by Nick Surick for owner J L Benson Stables, the five-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere made his move in the backstretch after avoiding trouble in the first turn...
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Greenshoe wins NJSS 3YOCT final in 1:50.2

on 06/01/2019 8:06 AM
One week after an incredible start to his 3-year-old campaign, Greenshoe was even more remarkable Friday night, trotting the fastest mile of the year in the sport of 1:50.2 in taking the $200,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for colts and geldings at the Meadowlands, and in the process, stamped himself as one of the primary contenders for the Aug. 3 Hambletonian.   The son of Father Pat...
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Taco Tuesday wins Vernon Downs feature

on 05/31/2019 11:50 PM
Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) takes the Vernon Downs featured trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 31). Taco Tuesday ($6.40) battled Shivered (John MacDonald) for the lead.  He would take over as he hit the first quarter in (:29.4).  He continued to lead hitting the half in 1:00 and controlling to three-quarters in 1:28.3. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained...
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Truth And Liberty wins Tioga Downs feature

on 05/31/2019 11:48 PM
Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to capture the featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 ($10,000) on Friday (May 31). Well Said Maria (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.2, 1:25.0). Truth And Liberty ($7.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was eighth after the first quarter and nine lengths back.  She still found ...
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Nows The Moment dominant in Plainridge open trot

on 05/31/2019 9:27 PM
After finishing second twice in five previous top-class trot attempts at Plainridge Park this year, Nows The Moment got the job done on Friday (May 31) as he won the $16,000 Open Handicap at The Ridge on a beautiful spring afternoon.   Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left the best of the three who opted to and took the lead position before the quarter that went in :27.1. Soon after, an...
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Castle Flight records fastest mile of 2019 season at Hoosier

on 05/31/2019 9:24 PM
Setting a new standard for horses of all gait at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Castle Flight recorded not only the fastest mile in the country thus far this season, but also tied the overall track record of 1:47:2 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday, May 31. The 1:47:2 was originally established by Sweet Lou in 2014.   Driven by LeWayne Miller, Castle Flight upset the competitive ...
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Majestic Kat claws the field at Buffalo

on 05/31/2019 9:21 PM
"She's really sharp right now," said driver Jim Morrill Jr. after he guided Majestic Kat ($2.70) to an easy two length victory over Lougazi in Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 31).   It was the second straight win for Majestic Kat who arrived back in Western New York after just registering a 2-1/4 length score at Flamboro Downs on May...
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Youth Foundation ready for summer tour

on 05/31/2019 1:53 PM
It’s June which means time for fun with Harness Horse Youth Foundation's (HHYF) stable of Trottingbreds! The new truck is “decaled up,” the trailer is packed, the horses are gathered from their spring training, and the assistants are ready!   “From the volunteers who condition the horses to the host location preparation and generous sponsors, HHYF is very l...
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Former harness trainer Roger Stein dies

on 05/31/2019 12:32 PM
The Los Angeles Times has reported that Roger Stein, a harness and thoroughbred trainer who became a Southern California institution through his radio show, died Friday morning after a long illness. He was 65. Stein quit training 10 years ago because of complications from diabetes, neuropathy and other medical issues but continued to do his radio show, which lasted 29 ½ years. His ...
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Sintra, Trump Nation scratched from Camluck

on 05/31/2019 10:59 AM
Driver Jody Jamieson has posted to social media that Sintra, who was set to compete in tonight's Camluck Classic at Western Fair in London, Ont., has been scratched. Jamieson's wife, Stephanie, trains Sintra. Jamieson posted: "To everyone hoping to see #Sintra win the #CamluckClassic , you will have to wait one more year! He has developed a wall separation, and won’t be abl...
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World tourney complete; Gingras second

on 05/31/2019 10:25 AM
On the strength of two wins on the final day of competition, Rick Ebbinge of The Netherlands captured the 2019 World Driving Championship held in racetracks across Sweden.   Ebbinge, 35, has been a professional driver in The Netherlands for 15 years. This is his first World Driving Championship title and he's the first driver from The Netherlands to win the WDC. The win of the Wor...
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Swandre The Giant cruises in '19 debut

on 05/31/2019 10:13 AM
Swandre The Giant won his 2019 debut on Thursday night at Harrah's Hoosier Park, capturing a $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes division by 5 lengths in 1:54 over a track rated sloppy.   Ricky Macomber Jr. handled the driving assignment on Swandre The Giant and put him on the lead just past the opening quarter. The son of Swan For All had no challengers, trotting his final quarter in :28....
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Big barbeque Saturday am in Grabill, Ind.

on 05/31/2019 9:01 AM
The Amish community in Indiana is rallying around one of its own and selling 7,000 pounds of barbeque chicken on Saturday morning.   If you are anywhere near the Grabill area, beginning around 5-5:30 a.m. on Saturday, barbeque chicken will be available for purchase at the Miller's Country Store on Roth Rd. A fleet of vans will also be delivering the chicken to other nearby area...
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Aces And Eighths overcomes 13-length deficit

on 05/31/2019 8:47 AM
A trio of $12,000 condition races that included one pace and two trots, headlined the card at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 30) and when the dust had settled, two of them provided some handsome returns.     In the pacing edition, Legal Power (Shawn Gray) took an early lead and dictated the entire mile. After going :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4 without anyone getting closer t...
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Sandy Sue scores at Saratoga

on 05/30/2019 7:14 PM
Sandy Sue (Shark Gesture) joined the Jimmy Nickerson stable earlier this month and the 4-year-old mare finished second in her first start in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In the two weeks that followed her local debut, Sandy Sue didn’t factor in the feature which led to her being assigned the rail for Thursday’s try in the $15,000 Open for distaffers.   ...
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NA Cup goal for colt Best In Show

on 05/30/2019 7:08 PM
Trainer Linda Toscano is hoping she’s headed towards the top of harness racing’s glamour boy division as she sends out the morning-line favorite Best In Show in the second division of the $160,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Toscano, who hit career highs earlier in the decade with millionaires Chapter Seven, Market Share and Heston Blue ...
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Casa Palmera takes Philly trot feature

on 05/30/2019 7:05 PM
It’s hard to tell what the bettors didn’t like about the Andover Hall mare Casa Palmera in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. She had won two in a row after dropping her first two starts of the year, a not-atypical pattern for patient trainer Ed Lohmeyer (do you remember back to Landslide?). She had driver George Napolitano Jr., well-acqua...
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New Weekend Preview available!

on 05/30/2019 4:05 PM
The 3-year-old pacing colts are officially on the road to the June 15 Pepsi North America Cup with two divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere set to be contested Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  Yes, we know about Captain Crunch and Stag Party, but what about Century Farroh and Beach Show? Both of these colts are going into the Somebeach with big wins that make them ones to watch th...
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Indiana owner gets a "dream" horse

on 05/30/2019 3:23 PM
Therl Hensley wakes up every morning expecting to discover the past three months have been a dream. But he pinches himself each day and comes to the same conclusion. “The dream,” he says, “is real.” Hensley is the owner of Fan Of Terror, a 7-year-old male pacer he claimed for $30,000 in mid-February that has gone on to win at the top level at Harrah’s Hoosier ...
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