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Illinois Gov. expected to sign bill for gaming at tracks

on 06/02/2019 8:43 PM
Illinois horse racing appears poised to receive a huge boost with the passage of Senate Bill 690 on Sunday by the Illinois Senate. The bill passed the House 87-27 on Saturday. The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has stated he will sign the legislation. The bill also calls for a new track with gaming, but ONLY for harness racing.   The bill authorizes 1,20...
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None Bettor A takes Great Northeast Pace leg

on 06/02/2019 8:29 PM
After reeling off four consecutive sub-1:50 wins in New Jersey, None Bettor A ($3.60) won his Harrah's Philadelphia debut in similar fashion, posting a 1:49.2 victory in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for pacers on Sunday afternoon (June 2). The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding yielded to Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) on the first turn before Joe Bongiorno sent him forw...
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Drew Campbell wins 6, closes in on 5,000

on 06/02/2019 8:27 PM
Drew Campbell put on a clinic of harness driving prowess on Sunday at Scarborough Downs, winning six races on the 10-race program while inching closer to the latest milestone in his sights--membership into the 5,000 career win club.   The perennial powerhouse and current leading driver at Scarborough Downs now sits with 4,994 lifetime trips down Victory Lane and with a full slat...
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Ulster picks up first Saratoga win of 2019

on 06/02/2019 8:26 PM
With no Open Trot on the docket, the $12,500 winners over for trotters was the feature on the Sunday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The race’s favorite was Ulster (Glidemaster), the 2018 Trotter of the Year at the Spa, who was making just his third start of the season. The Amanda Facin trainee finished a strong second in his seasonal debut two weeks ago in the Open but faded i...
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Rebellious wins Tioga Open in 1:52.1

on 06/02/2019 8:24 PM
Rebellious (Tyler Buter) captured the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 2).   Rebellious ($4.90) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  He continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3.   Rebellious, who is owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, was joined in the stretch...
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Bettor's Edge captures Vernon Downs feature

on 06/02/2019 8:31 AM
Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the featured pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 1).   Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to take the early lead.  Bettor's Edge ($4.00) went first-over to take control before hitting the first quarter in :27.0.   Bettor's Edge, who is owned by Robert Santagata and trainer Lappe,...
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Deetzy takes Open Pace win at Saratoga in 1:51.3

on 06/02/2019 8:27 AM
Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) has done plenty of winning in the local Open Pace over the course of the last few seasons at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jimmy Nickerson trainee spends much of his time traveling from track to track racing against top-flight competition but has landed back at the Spa for his most recent two starts. Coming off a third place finish in his return to town last week, Deetz...
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Albergo Hanover wins third straight at Big M

on 06/02/2019 8:24 AM
The Jenn Bongiorno barn has been on a roll all meeting long at the Meadowlands, and on Saturday night, 'J-Bo' standout Albergo Hanover won his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall by taking the $30,000 featured Preferred pace for 4-year-olds in a lifetime-best 1:49.   "I'm not surprised at how good he's been," said Bongiorno, who entered the ...
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Merton wins five including Tioga Downs feature

on 06/01/2019 10:57 PM
Mike Merton drives five winners at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 1).   Merton led Tag Up And Go ($7.00) to a win in the featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000).   Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) put up all the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1).  The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) took the lead at the top of the stretch.   Tag Up And Go, who is traine...
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Warrawee Ubeaut, Treacherous Reign lead PA All-Stars

on 06/01/2019 10:54 PM
The world's fastest two-year-old, the Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut, remained undefeated in two seasonal starts despite 29 days away from the races, winning one of four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All Stars event for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51 over a surface rated "sloppy" – a condition "Ubeaut" had shown she could overcome when she won the Bree...
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Filion sweeps "The Beach"; Atlanta, Lather Up prevail in Graduate

on 06/01/2019 10:31 PM
The stars were out Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere and Graduate Series.   A group of 16 three-year-old pacers, 13 of them eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup, were split into two $80,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions. The Graduate Series for four-year-olds saw a pair of $99,000 dashes contested with an overflow field of 12 in the pacing division an...
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JD Perrin gets 1,000th training victory

on 06/01/2019 10:28 PM
Trainer JD Perrin reached the 1,000 career win mark when Cheyenne Louie posted a $15.20 victory in the 10th race at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 1).   Since 2014, Perrin has had three training titles at Buffalo Raceway and four at Batavia Downs along with several second place finishes on the Western New York circuit.   Things started out slowly for the 34-year-ol...
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Pick-5 returns 32K at Big M

on 06/01/2019 10:02 PM
One lucky player betting on the Meadowlands at the Western New York OTB hub cashed in for $32,091.10 after hitting the 50-Cent Pick-5 at the conclusion of the fifth race Saturday night. The winning numbers were 6-2-3-9-2.   After the first four races were won by horses with odds of 15-1, 11-1, 58-1 and 6-1, Smileandsaycheese scored as the 1-5 favorite to complete the Pick-5.   ...
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Brent Davis razor sharp in Billings win at The Meadows

on 06/01/2019 10:00 PM
Brent "Clipper" Davis was razor sharp at The Meadows Saturday, keeping Beatrice alive outside as the duo captured a $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings Amateur Trot.   Davis and Beatrice were out before the half to start their sustained drive . . .  and even wider in the stretch.   "At the three-eighths, a guy behind me came early, and I just wanted to ma...
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Keystone Abbey wins Currier & Ives at The Meadows

on 06/01/2019 9:53 PM
Pouncing on a late miscue by the leader, Keystone Abbey avoided the breaker and poured through the lane to capture Saturday's $70,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. It was the fourth straight victory for the daughter of Cantab Hall-Miss Aultsville, who previously swept three divisions in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series.   Keystone Abbey inherited...
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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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