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Plunge Blue Chip wins Pocono qualifier in '19 debut

on 05/22/2019 12:12 PM
Millionaire trotting mare Plunge Blue Chip was impressive in her first official trip behind the gate in her 4-year-old season, going wire-to-wire in 1:54.2 in a qualifier Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The daughter of Muscle Mass was guided as usual by trainer Åke Svanstedt, and she set fractions of :29.2, :58.4, and 1:27 en route to a 5 1/2-length victory, with a...
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McCarthy has top contenders for Philly

on 05/22/2019 11:05 AM
When pacer Rodeo Rock won his seasonal debut for driver Andy McCarthy from an impossible spot, McCarthy began contemplating all that might be possible for the 6-year-old gelding. “He kind of excited me that night,” McCarthy said after recounting Rodeo Rock’s eight-wide rally from last place in the stretch at The Meadowlands during the March 2 preferred handicap. “I finally...
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Bessie best at The Meadows

on 05/22/2019 8:44 AM
Out well before the half, Bessie was relentless first-over, wearing down the leader to capture Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   While Missions Delight refused to go down easily on the front, Bessie persevered for Tony Hall and scored in 1:55.4. The rallying Firm To Stay was second, three-quarters of a length back, while. EZ P...
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No Lasix for 2YOs, 2021 Meadowlands Pace?

on 05/22/2019 8:32 AM
In light of the recent circumstances in Thoroughbred racing surrounding the welfare of the horses, all of horse racing has come under increased scrutiny. While the rate of catastrophic breakdowns in Standardbred racing is but a fraction of what it is with the Thoroughbred, the public does not make that distinction.   The health and welfare of our horses has been a top priority through...
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Reclamation takes Pocono feature

on 05/21/2019 9:56 PM
The A Rocknroll Dance mare Reclamation – foaled in Pennsylvania out of a Swedish-owned mare, sold at Lexington, then starting her career in Ireland and Wales before racing at Harrah’s Philly and The Meadowlands – added another location to her already-stuffed itinerary, coming to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for the Tuesday twilight card and promptly winning the $17,500 dista...
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Fifty still eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 05/21/2019 5:34 PM
Woodbine Entertainment Tuesday released the final list of eligible horses for this year’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   A total of 50 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup following the final sustaining payment on May 15. Canada’s richest harness race is scheduled for Saturday, June 15, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations ...
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Pollack looking forward to Wisdom Tree's '19 debut

on 05/21/2019 10:09 AM
When it comes to reasons for admiring a horse, Wisdom Tree checks all the boxes for Tom Pollack. “She is one of my favorites,” said Pollack, who owns the 4-year-old mare pacer with trainer Jeff Cullipher. “She can race on any sized track, she is handy, she is tough, and she is fast. She is one of those horses that does everything right. It’s hard to not love her.” ...
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Ohio horseman David Ritter, 73, dies

on 05/21/2019 10:08 AM
Ohio horseman David K. Ritter, 73, died on May 18 in Palmetto, Fla.   Mr. Ritter was a second generation horseman born in Piqua, Ohio. He was the son of Admiral and Gladys Ritter, He raced horses for more than 25 years at Ohio racetracks and fair circuits. Some of his most notable horses were Rusty Knight, Lusty Time, Super Crab and Fleet Countess. He trained his stable at t...
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Mach Doro A captures Plainridge open

on 05/21/2019 8:32 AM
On Monday afternoon Mach Doro A asserted his dominance for the second week in a row and overpowered a full field of nine top pacers as he took the $16,000 Open Handicap pace at Plainridge Park.   Avatartist (Mark Eaton) left from post nine and seated the whole field as he sped to the quarter in :25.4 over the sloppy track. As the race passed in front of the stands, J JS Delivery...
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Miss Versatility leg to Emoticon Hanover

on 05/20/2019 9:10 PM
Emoticon Hanover scored a comfortable 1:54 victory in Monday evening’s $52,800 opening leg of the Miss Versatility Series for trotting mares at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The two-time Breeders Crown champion and driver Daniel Dube got away second in a compact field of five and made a second-quarter circle to the lead from the two-hole. The Luc Blais trainee proceeded to post a :28....
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Slick Tony repeats in Harrington Open

on 05/20/2019 8:07 PM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($6.80, Russell Foster) was a repeat winner Monday in the featured $16,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:51.4. The win looked like an instant replay from his win on May 13 as he once again battled first-over against leader Blazing Bobby Sox and used a steady and sustained charge to clear the lead and draw away from his rivals late for owner/trainer L...
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Tony Hall wins six of 13 at Meadows

on 05/20/2019 7:59 PM
Tony Hall collected six wins on the 13-race card while Party At The Banks captured the $20,000 Open Handicap Trot against the boys in Monday’s (May 20) action at The Meadows. Hall’s victories came for six different trainers: Randy Bendis, William Daugherty Jr., Rich Gillock, Cory Kreiser, Marcus Marashian and Dirk Simpson. Party At The Banks endured a rough start, as she was ...
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Draw set for $300,000 Rooney final

on 05/20/2019 7:44 PM
Air Force Hanover, who won the faster of last weekend’s two elimination races, finds himself stuck behind the eight-ball for Yonkers Raceway’s 29th Art Rooney Pace. The $300,000 event, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, goes as Saturday night’s (May 25) 10th race, with the dozen-race card offering its usual first post of 6:50 p.m. Air Force Hanover, despite going the dist...
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American breds in Elitlopp field

on 05/20/2019 9:12 AM
The field is set for Sweden's famed Elitlopp, set for Sunday, May 26, at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm. There are 16 trotters from six different countries drawn into two eliminations; the first four finishers will advance to the final. The distance for the race is one mile, and the winner of final heat is the Elitlopp champion. Last year's Elitlopp champion, the Jerry Rio...
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3CT Southwind Avenger fastest in Ont. SS

on 05/20/2019 8:41 AM
A few raindrops did not put a damper on the 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes season opener Sunday, as the province’s top three-year-old colts impressed fans gathered at Flamboro Downs for the Confederation Cup program. Both the trotting and pacing colts opened their sophomore season Sunday, with the trotters competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions and the pacers dueling in five Grassroots...
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Done Well wins 41st Confederation Cup

on 05/19/2019 11:42 PM
Elimination winner Done Well topped his performance a week ago with a 1:50.2 gate-to-wire score in the $188,500 41st edition of the Confederation Cup on Sunday at Flamboro Downs. A four-horse charge led the field into the first turn, with Dorsoduro Hanover yielding position from post one to Jimmy Freight while Done Well hustled towards the lead and Rockin Speed took back for a pocket. Ji...
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Captain Crunch returns with 1:49.1 PASS win

on 05/19/2019 11:32 PM
Captain Crunch, last year’s 2-year-old champion, had people asking “What’s he going to do when he gets tighter?” after taking his 2019 debut by an effortless 1¾ lengths in a division of the second preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts Sunday at Mohegan Sun Pocono, negotiating a sloppy track in an amazing 1:49.1, last quarter ...
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Bobs Hope wins fifth Saratoga Open

on 05/19/2019 8:45 PM
Driver Jay Randall is having another terrific year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran reinsman sits third in the local driver standings at the conclusion of this week’s action.   Heading into Sunday’s card, Randall had a difficult choice to make. He was listed as the driver for both Ulster (Glidemaster) and Bobs Hope (Donato Hanover) in the afternoon’s $15,000 Open ...
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Deetzy takes Tioga Open Pace

on 05/19/2019 8:43 PM
Deetzy (Shawn Gray) glided to an easy win in the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (May 19). Americanprimetime (Mike Merton) grabbed the lead just before hitting the first quarter mark in :26.2.  The lead was short lived as Deetzy ($4.10) took over as the lead as they went by the stands for the first time.  Deetzy led to the half in :54.1.&n...
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Homicide Hunter scores in Philly

on 05/19/2019 8:41 PM
Despite being strung out early by rival Top Flight Angel, Crawford Farms Racing's Homicide Hunter ($4.40) had enough energy to fend off a late charge from All Champy in Great Northeast Open Series action on Sunday afternoon (May 19) at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking the day's featured $30,000 trot in 1:52.4. In their first meeting since the 2018 Breeders Crown, Homicide Hunter (Yanni...
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