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Top handicappers handicap Plainridge stakes

on 07/27/2019 10:22 AM
Some of the top harness racing handicappers in North American give their selections for the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace and the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be contested when the Grand Circuit rolls into Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon. Post time for the first race is 2 p.m.   Gordon Waterstone - Associate Editor, The Horseman And Fair World  ...
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Haughton, Doherty elims held at Meadowlands

on 07/27/2019 5:44 AM
Crucial ($6) prevailed Friday night’s third $20,000 elimination of the James Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old filly trotters at the Meadowlands, giving trainer Ron Burke his 10,000th career victory. The Father Patrick-Jolene Jolene filly swept from third to first after the :27.3 opening quarter and was rated through middle splits of :57.4 and 1:27.4 by Yannick Gingras...
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Trainer Ron Burke wins 10,000th career race

on 07/27/2019 5:37 AM
The incomparable Ron Burke raised the training dash-win bar to new heights Friday night at the Meadowlands, as the 49-year-old Washington, Pa. native became the first conditioner in harness racing history to record 10,000 career victories. “It’s cool,” said Burke. “The next guy is probably 10 years away from doing it. It’s never been done before and I&r...
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Sophomores shine in Ohio SS at Scioto

on 07/27/2019 5:29 AM
A quarter of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested on a pleasant Friday evening at Scioto Downs, with temperatures in the low 70s, as 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies vied in Leg 3 of the OSS series.    Snobbytown (Chris Page), who was making her sophomore debut for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Jason Melillo, didn’t disappoint as the ...
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Timestorm sets 1:56.4 Northfield mark for 2YO trotters

on 07/27/2019 5:25 AM
On Friday Northfield Park hosted the Summit County Fair Stakes.  Ohio-bred youngsters competed throughout the evening, but freshman trotter Timestorm stole the show.   In the evening’s 15th race, a 2-year-old colt and gelding trot for a purse of $6,900, Timestorm fired off the gate and went straight to the lead.  Driver John Moody sat chilly in the bike for both laps...
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Sister Sledge equals Arden Downs stake record

on 07/27/2019 5:20 AM
Sister Sledge and Caviart Guilia each extended her career unbeaten streak to four with Dave Palone piloting — and Sister Sledge matched the stake record to boot — in Friday’s $60,000 Arden Downs Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters at The Meadows. Sorella took the third division of the stake known as the Judge Joe McGraw.   Sister Sledge, who went ...
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First place for First Call at Vernon Downs

on 07/26/2019 11:12 PM
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) won the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday. First Call ($6.80) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter :27.1 as If Not Why Not (Howard Parker) settled for the pocket trip and would watch First Call hit the half in :56.2.  Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) would make the first move going first-over from third.  First...
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Lindy’s Crazy Hall cruises in Plainridge feature

on 07/26/2019 11:07 PM
It’s been 20 days since Lindy’s Crazy Hall scored a convincing gate-to-wire victory at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a $30,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stake event. But the time off did nothing but make him sharper as he ran away with the $10,000 featured trot for 5-year-olds and under at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon.  Lindy’s Crazy Hall (Drew Monti) blast...
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Feelin’ Red Hot captures Yonkers F&M Open

on 07/26/2019 11:05 PM
Favored Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan, $4.10) gave nothing else a shot—again—Friday night, easily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.     It was not much more than a summer rerun, with Feelin’ Red Hot hurdling over her half-dozen inside foes to make the lead in the first turn. From there, it was stealing m...
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Sophomore pacers do battle in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 07/26/2019 11:00 PM
Continuing a week of Indiana Sires Stakes action, it was the 3-year-old pacing colts & geldings turn in the spotlight and they took center stage at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Two $50,500 divisions were the featured attraction on the evening’s 12-race card and both divisions provided for exciting performances with victories from Rockie Got Framed and S...
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A “sweet” one-two finish in Philly pace feature

on 07/26/2019 10:56 PM
A trio of $16,000 races for up-and-coming younger stock took the Friday afternoon spotlight at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with one division for pacing distaffs and the other two open events for trotters. On the pace, sire Sweet Lou posted a 1-2 finish as Sweet Cherry outpaced Sweet Chrome through the lane by 1¼ lengths while taking a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Tim Tetrick, who con...
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Winndevie, Quincy Blue Chip set for NYSS showdown

on 07/26/2019 3:34 PM
The top two point earners for 3-year-old trotting fillies will square off in a New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) event at Monticello Raceway on Monday, July 29.  Winndevie and Quincy Blue Chip will compete in the solo split of Sires Stakes racing for a purse of $118,800. Quincy Blue Chip (PP2) will have her regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. she recently changed barns and is now trained...
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Hoosier's Empire of Hope event raises $32,000

on 07/26/2019 3:32 PM
On Saturday, July 20, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted its very first Empire of Hope event, a fundraising and awareness campaign in support of the aftercare of retired race horses. With more than $32,000 raised, Harrah’s Hoosier Park exceeded its property goal and the funds will directly benefit the Standardbred Transition Alliance. Developed with support from acc...
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Southwind Ozzi favored in Saturday's Adios Pace

on 07/26/2019 11:10 AM
Southwind Ozzi is the 2-1 morning line favorite to win Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Saturday at The Meadows, but both he and his trainer, Bill MacKenzie, have endured stormy weather—literally and figuratively--to get there.   For McKenzie, the storms were real and dangerous. As they ripped through MacKenzie’s Cranbury...
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Massachusetts owners start in Spirit of Mass. Trot

on 07/26/2019 11:07 AM
As post time for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Sunday draws near, the excitement of everyone involved in the race continues to grow. But for two Massachusetts owners who have horses entered and have seen the many ups and downs of the sport in New England, the race itself is proof there is a harness racing renaissance in the Commonwealth.   Frank...
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Action-packed night of Indiana Sires Stakes

on 07/26/2019 5:23 AM
The 14-race card provided an action-packed evening of Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, Both the three-year-old trotting colts & geldings and the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings took to the track, with the three-year-old competitors in their fourth round of stakes action and the two-year-olds in their second round. With a va...
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Sicily wins Governor’s Cup at Harrington

on 07/26/2019 5:19 AM
Harrington Raceway hosted its annual Governor’s Day program Thursday during the Delaware State Fair, featuring the richest program of the season locally. Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final races for 3-year-olds comprised the majority of the $540,000 in total purses on the program. Popular events for older horses like the $40,000 Governor’s Cup also c...
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“Tim Tetrick Express” keeps rolling in Chester

on 07/25/2019 10:10 PM
The “Tim Tetrick Express” continues to motor along at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as the ballot candidate for the Hall of Fame, coming off 16 wins at the southeast Pennsylvania oval last week and five victories here yesterday, added five more today before leaving for the State Fair card at Harrington. Tetrick won one of the two $14,500 featured trots and both divisions of a $14...
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Adios, Oaks elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 07/25/2019 4:04 PM
Driver Dave Palone and trainer Ross Croghan have each won the Delvin Miller Adios Pace once in their careers, and the two horsemen are looking to end their respective 20-plus year droughts with Prince Of Tides in this year’s renewal on Saturday at The Meadows. Read what Palone and Croghan have to say about their chances in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview.   It&rsq...
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From head-scratcher to Haughton hopeful

on 07/25/2019 3:11 PM
After talking up 2-year-old colt trotter Stay Close during the spring, trainer Joe Holloway had to endure some questioning from owners Ted Gewertz and Marty Granoff when the colt qualified in 2:03.3 and 2:02 in June at the Meadowlands. “They both were, this is one you like?” Holloway said. “They were right. I watched him and he wasn’t close to what I thought he should ...
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