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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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Meadowlands issues statement on horse welfare

on 05/30/2019 1:31 PM
Recognizing the snowballing negative public perception surrounding Thoroughbred racing and, ultimately the imminent threat to our own sport, The Meadowlands has taken the following position regarding horse slaughter and "kill pens"; any person connected with Standardbred racing found to be involved in either practice will be barred for life from participation in any form at The Meadowlan...
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Hambletonian future wager opens May 31

on 05/30/2019 12:50 PM
The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at The Meadowlands will open its second pool Friday (May 31) at 11 a.m. The Road to the Hambletonian is underway for the 199 trotting colts and fillies eligible for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. This is the second of four pools to be opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands. The first Future W...
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Ladies driving series sponsored by Spring Haven

on 05/30/2019 9:27 AM
For the past four years female drivers participated in the Ohio Ladies Pace Series at fairs in the Buckeye State. This year the ladies have picked up a major sponsor with the gracious support of Spring Haven Farm. Therefore, the series will now be known as the Spring Haven Farm Ladies Driving Series. The term “pace” has also been dropped since three fairs will also offer races for the...
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Currier & Ives Filly set for Saturday

on 05/30/2019 9:21 AM
Keystone Abbey has swept the first three legs of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series, but will she fare as well against tougher competition? She’ll get her chance Saturday at The Meadows in the $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters.   The stake goes as Race 6, with Keystone Abbey leaving from post 4 for Aaron Merriman. Chris Beaver trains the daughter of Cantab H...
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Fundraiser underway to help Wally McIlmurray

on 05/30/2019 8:57 AM
Northville Downs Starter Jim “Ace” Szabo is hosting a two-week fundraiser to assist Wally McIlmurray Jr. with medical and hospital expenses since his health battles have left him unable to work. The drawing for multiple prizes will be held at the track on Saturday (June 8). Among the raffle prizes are a Ghost Race Bike with wheels, a new set of Forward Motion Tech race bike wheels (a ...
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Gingras 5th after Leg 5 of World tourney

on 05/30/2019 8:53 AM
With the final leg of the World Driving Championship (WDC) set for Friday, the pressure has officially mounted and was delighting racing fans across Sweden all week. The top of the leaderboard is jammed heading into the WDC’s final leg, as multiple reinsmen have legitimate shots at the title after Wednesday’s fifth leg. Leg Five of the 2019 WDC was contested in Rättvik on Wed...
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Miss Mary Mach picks up 6th win of '19

on 05/30/2019 8:42 AM
Miss Mary Mach kept her brief unbeaten streak alive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening (May 29) by taking the featured $11,000 Class A Open pace for the filly and mares. After making her debut at the Hamburg half-mile oval on May 22 with a half-length victory in 1:56.1, Miss Mary Mach (Jim Morrill Jr.) stepped up in class this week and had no issues in registering a 1-1/2 length decision ove...
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Fly Past Hanover rallies for upset win

on 05/30/2019 8:40 AM
Trailing by nine lengths at the half, Fly Past Hanover emerged from the cover flow around the final turn and pulled off the 17-1 upset in Wednesday’s (May 29) co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Conditioned Trot. Also capturing $11,500 events were Spirit Light and Bone A Fide Babe. As the race unfolded, the scenario did not look favorable for Fly Past Hanover, who customarily does his bes...
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Battle Mage takes Harrington Open Trot

on 05/30/2019 8:37 AM
William Emmons' Battle Mage ($22.20, Montrell Teague) surpassed $300,000 in career earnings Wednesday with a 1:56 win in the $17,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway.   The 7-year-old Kadabra mare earned her third win of the year with a 2-length victory over Blownoutofthewater and Jammin Jack. Trained by Eric Ell, she has 19 career wins. Battle Mage was guided first over and ...
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Ducharme wins twice at Saratoga

on 05/30/2019 8:34 AM
Trainer George Ducharme usually thrives when he brings horses to race at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran conditioner often sends some of his young trainees to town usually in the spring months to compete in races that serve as preps for Sire Stakes action or in between their stakes tries. On Wednesday afternoon, Ducharme sent two trainees to town and both found their way to the winner’s...
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Decoy captures Philly feature in 1:51

on 05/30/2019 8:32 AM
The southeastern side won a Philadelphia version of the Battle of the Tasman Sea in the $14,500 featured pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, as Decoy, driven by New Zealander Dexter Dunn, spoiled the North American debut of favored Senor Macray A while posting a 1:51 clocking. Caviart Skyler took the early lead, with Decoy in second, the latter moving frontward near th...
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Reigning ISS champ Grand Swan scores

on 05/30/2019 8:29 AM
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 29, program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured two divisions of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Indiana’s two-year-old trotting filly champion, Grand Swan, kicked off her three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion and looked every the bit the ...
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PASS champ Osterc returning for leg 2

on 05/29/2019 2:20 PM
If you’re The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and on Saturday night you have the world’s fastest two-year-old, the filly Warrawee Ubeaut (1:48.3), among the entrants in four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars race for three-year-olds – what can you do for an encore on Sunday? Here’s the answer – you turn to the Hambletonian-class types, the three-year-old...
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Millennial night at Meadowlands Saturday

on 05/29/2019 12:22 PM
This Saturday, June 1, is millennial night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Continuing efforts to attract the younger demographic, the Meadowlands is hosting a 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and a $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes both sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural’s Allerage Farms. The free handicapping contest is exclusively for fans between the ages of 18 and 30....
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Swandre The Giant starts Thursday in ISS

on 05/29/2019 10:03 AM
Highly regarded Hambletonian hopeful Swandre The Giant begins his 3-year-old campaign Thursday (May 30) in the first round of the Indiana Sire Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The Ron Burke-trained colt is the No. 6-ranked horse in Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin’s second Road to the Hambletonian released Tuesday. Last year, Swandre The Giant won ni...
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Ohio breeder, owner Thurman Downing dies

on 05/28/2019 9:29 PM
Thurman Downing, 87, especially well known during the 1960s while his father campaigned the great Bret Hanover, died May 19, surrounded by his family, succumbing to pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Downing was the  son of the late Richard and Irma (Hugenard) Downing; devoted husband of the late Terry Scully Downing; father of Shannon (Kevin) Callahan, Bruce (Nancy) and Mary;  grandfath...
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Touchamatic, Party At The Banks win at Mea

on 05/28/2019 9:26 PM
Touchamatic collected her sixth straight victory while Party At The Banks extended her winning streak to three in Tuesday’s (May 28) co-features at The Meadows.   Touchamatic ripped off five straight at Northfield before putting her streak on the line in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch released Medusa to the ...
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Artrageous picks up fourth victory of season

on 05/28/2019 9:21 PM
Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($9.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner in the $18,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.  The Andrew Stafford-trainee notched her third consecutive win after holding off a fast-closing Goin Again, who was second, and third-place finisher Sayulita, whom Artrageous passed late for her fourth win of the...
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Doug McNair takes lead in World Driving tourney

on 05/28/2019 9:17 PM
After a slow start to the 2019 World Driving Championship, Canada's Doug McNair has been on an absolute tear. For the second straight day, McNair won two dashes and Driver of the Day honours to lead the competition after four legs.   Less than 24 hours removed from winning a pair of WDC dashes and being named ‘Driver of the Day’ during the third leg in Lindesberg, the ...
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