Bakersfield tops in Philly feature; Tetrick wins five

on 07/24/2019 7:02 PM
The American Ideal gelding Bakersfield went right to the top, then held off a sustained bid from favored JJ Flynn to win the $14,500 featured pace in 1:51 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr., one of the premier front-end drivers today, got Bakersfield quickly to the top from post four, while JJ Flynn could only tuck fourth early from post...
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EZ Passer upsets at The Meadows

on 07/24/2019 4:29 PM
Dismissed at 10-1, EZ Passer used the Lightning Lane to perfection to pull off the upset in Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Northern Lightning led the field through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, But Chris Shaw and EZ Passer lurked in the pocket, waiting to flash some lightning off their own. The 5-year-old daughter of Crazed-Muscleg...
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Kentucky Fair racing Friday at Red Mile

on 07/24/2019 3:25 PM
Kentucky Fair racing moves to The Red Mile Friday afternoon for the Mercer County Fair with post time scheduled for 4 p.m. and 78 horses entered.   The Kentucky sired or bred starters will feature several undefeated stars on the Kentucky Fair Circuit. Two of these undefeated stars, Forever Jesse and Vintage Candy, are both trained by Philip Cotton and owned by the partnership of ...
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Well-known Ohio owner Ken Bencic dies

on 07/24/2019 1:25 PM
Longtime horse owner Matthew K. “Ken” Bencic, 77, of Westlake, Ohio, died July 21. Mr. Bencic had been employed as head of capital markets at UBS (formerly Paine Webber) for more than 30 years and retired from S.G. Cowen. He was an avid owner of racehorses for more than 40 years and enjoyed watching his beloved trotters and pacers. In recent years his horses were trained by ...
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Evident Beauty heads to Oaks off Miller victory

on 07/24/2019 1:13 PM
Before trainer Jimmy Takter went on his record run of five consecutive Hambletonian Oaks wins, Richard “Nifty” Norman posted back-to-back victories in the sport’s premier race for 3-year-old filly trotters. Norman could become only the fourth trainer in history to collect three trophies if all goes well for Evident Beauty the next two weekends. “This is the race y...
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Update on John "Duke" Sugg

on 07/24/2019 11:15 AM
John “Duke” Sugg remains in Toledo Hospital following a racing accident at the Tiffin, Ohio, fairgrounds on Monday evening. His mother, Patty Sugg, posted the following update on his condition on Facebook on Wednesday morning:   “He is still on heavy sedation and ventilated. They do this to keep him as relaxed and still as possible. They take him off the sedation a c...
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NYSS for 2CT stops at Vernon Thursday

on 07/24/2019 9:29 AM
Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (July 25).  Both divisions race for a purse of $54,000. Berkery J (Jason Bartlett) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division.  The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Southwind Catlin is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme.  He h...
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Blue Cupertino wins Ontario Gold

on 07/24/2019 8:43 AM
Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts made their second Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening and the top two colts from the first leg swapped places in both divisions. In the first $105,600 division Hetalkstoangels hustled away from the starting gate and led the field of seven trotters to a :28 opening quarter. Favorite Port Perry led the parade up the outer lane h...
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Guardian Angel As heads to Spirit of Mass. Trot

on 07/24/2019 8:33 AM
 Guardian Angel As has been on a roll of late and will come into the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park razor sharp. He has won four straight stake events against some of the best older trotters in North America before finishing fourth in a trip that saw him parked-out the entire mile from post nine at the Meadowlands.   In the $30,000 Great Northeast at th...
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Kurt Sugg drives 5 winners at Painesville

on 07/23/2019 10:02 PM
Racing action kicked off at the Lake County Fair in Painesville, Ohio, on Tuesday (July 23) with nine races, five of which were won by driver Kurt Sugg. His wins included the $3,500 Forest “Pappy” Cone Memorial — a Signature Series event — along with the richest event of the day, a $10,100 trotting event for 3-year-old fillies. Earlier this month, Sugg went ov...
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Sansovina Hanover one of 6 wins for Pantaleano

on 07/23/2019 9:58 PM
Sansovina Hanover stalked Caviart Scarlett from the pocket, then edged by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Caviart Scarlett won the early battle for the lead, accelerating through a 26.4 opening quarter that forced Sansovina Hanover and Jim Pantaleano to the pocket. But the 4-year-old daughter of...
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Nextroundsonme takes new lifetime mark

on 07/23/2019 8:07 PM
A pair of Cantab Hall geldings handled by George Napolitano Jr., the leading driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took lifetime marks in winning the $15,000 featured trots during the Tuesday twilight card. The faster of the two was the sophomore Nextroundsonme, who won in 1:54.3 for Napolitano, trainer Jenny Melander, and Belmar Racing & Breeding LLC. “George Nap” and Ne...
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Rich Governor's Day card Thursday at Harrington

on 07/23/2019 2:57 PM
Harrington Raceway’s richest program of the season will commence Thursday as part of the annual Governor’s Day program during the Delaware State Fair. A 10-race card with nearly $600,000 in total purses will start at 7 p.m.   Four Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 3 year olds will accompany popular annual events for older horses such as the $40,0...
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Southwind Ozzi tabbed 2-1 Adios favorite

on 07/23/2019 1:39 PM
Elimination winner Southwind Ozzi has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite and will leave from post 4 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   The other elimination winners, Captain Victorious (3-1) and Prince Of Tides (4-1), will start from posts 3 and 1, respectively.   Elimination winners chose their po...
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Ohio Sires Stakes halftime report card

on 07/23/2019 1:35 PM
The 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) season has now completed a little more than half of the events for 2- and 3-year-old Ohio-bred trotters and pacers of both genders.  The last of the four legs will be contested this week through Aug. 24, with Super Night set for Sept. 1 at Northfield Park where the $300,000 championships for each division will be raced.   Horses garner points in e...
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New website for Ohio Breeders group

on 07/23/2019 10:56 AM
The Ohio Harness Horse Breeders Association is proud to announce the launch of its new website:   The adaptive and responsive internet platform will allow harness horse people to easily access information about the upcoming annual Ohio Selected Jug Sale, which is slated for Friday, Sept. 13, at the Brave Horse Equestrian Center in Johnstown, ...
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Ocean Downs quas delayed due to minor storm damage

on 07/23/2019 9:57 AM
Qualifiers scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Ocean Downs have been pushed back to 6 p.m., prior to the start of the Wednesday night race card at 7:05 p.m. A “microburst” of a thunderstorm cell wiped out 500 feet of perimeter fencing. Weather permitting, the Ocean Downs track crew is currently working to replace and repair the damaged fencing. Also note, ...
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Longtime owner Harry Locke, 89, dies

on 07/23/2019 9:05 AM
Longtime Standardbred owner Harry Locke, 89, passed away peacefully on July 4 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa in Oshawa, Ont. Mr. Locke owned such notables as Deal Direct, Jet Pace and Northwest. He is survived by his beloved partner, Beverley; five daughters; and several grand- children, nieces and nephews. Arrangements, including a private service, were entrusted to Mount Lawn Funeral Home. M...
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Sugg, MacDonald injured in track accidents

on 07/23/2019 8:39 AM
On Monday night, John "Duke" Sugg, well known in the Ohio harness racing community, was injured in an accident while driving in a race at the Tiffin, Ohio, fair.   Sugg, 48, was life-flighted to Toledo Hospital. On Tuesday morning his wife, Lisa, posted on Facebook that Sugg suffered small contusions and bleeding on his brain and is sedated. He also fractured a wrist.  ...
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NYSS 2FTs highlight opening card at Batavia

on 07/23/2019 8:32 AM
Batavia Downs will celebrate their opening night of the 2019 live racing season on Wednesday by welcoming the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) as it makes its first of nine stops at the Genesee County oval this year. The initial visit will bring two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies who will compete for identical $53,000 purses.   The first split that's carded a...
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