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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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Mach Doro A captures Plainridge feature

on 07/22/2019 9:26 PM
Mach Doro A took an early lead he would never relinquish and then cruised to an easy victory in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (July 22).   Driver Ron Cushing floated Mach Doro A off the gate and took command by the quarter in :26.4. He then set unchallenged fractions of :55.1 and 1:22.4 as horses behind him tried to attack, but could not...
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Hall-Key team up for 2 Meadows wins

on 07/22/2019 7:43 PM
Classic Banker stalked Classicality from the pocket, then knifed through the slop in the lane to pull off the 24-1 upset in Monday's $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Although Classic Banker won last week's featured trot at 22-1, he was given even less respect at the windows Monday. But Brady Brown gave the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Banker's Review gelding the ...
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Seeing Eye Single takes Philly feature

on 07/22/2019 7:38 PM
The card at Harrah’s Philadelphia for Sunday was pushed back a day to Monday because of the high heat index, but Seeing Eye Single didn’t let the day’s delay bother him at all, closing for a 1:51.1 victory in the $18,000 pacing feature. The Dragon Again gelding tucked in third early for driver Corey Callahan, then was able to get outside again as Statement Made A made a powe...
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1:53.3 NYSS wins for Turnthatfrownaround, So Rude

on 07/22/2019 7:33 PM
Tioga Downs hosted three divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Monday (July 22). Movie Town (Tyler Buter) came flying late to steal the $34,866 first division. Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) controlled the early fractions.  She hit the first quarter in :28.0 and the half in :58.4.  Lolas Gold (Dexter Dunn) went first-over and pressure...
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Nine Ways repeats in Dan Patch at Running Aces

on 07/22/2019 9:23 AM
The Sunday evening program at Running Aces featured the main event on Dan Patch weekend, the $50,000 Dan Patch FFA Pace sponsored by Watch And Wager. Last year’s Dan Patch FFA champion Nine Ways turned in another exhilarating performance in the 2019 Dan Patch, as he rocketed past pacesetter Rockin Speed in the homestretch to record the fastest mile ever at Running Aces when he stopped the ...
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Batavia opens Wednesday for big meet

on 07/22/2019 8:47 AM
The 73rd season of live harness racing at Batavia Downs gets underway on Wednesday (July 24), runs through Saturday (Dec. 14) and features the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be the richest card of racing ever presented in Western New York. Opening night post time is 6 p.m.   During the 65-day season, live racing will take place on Wedn...
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All Wrapped Up sets track mark in OSS Gold

on 07/22/2019 8:44 AM
Six divisions of three-year-old trotting colts battled over the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval on Sunday evening and All Wrapped Up saved the best for last — a 1:54.1 track record in the final Gold Series split. All Wrapped Up and driver Louis-Philippe Roy charged away from Post 5 and as they rolled through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:26.1 two lengths in front of their peers there was...
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Shartin N heading to Clara Barton Pace

on 07/22/2019 8:40 AM
Rich Poillucci lives a short distance from Plainridge Park in North Easton, Mass., and raced his first horses at Foxboro Park in 1986. Now 33 years later, after completing a dream season with his Dan Patch Award winning mare Shartin N, he will bring his prized pacer back to where it all started for him for a homecoming as she makes a start in the inaugural $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace at P...
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Say You Do grabs fifth straight win

on 07/22/2019 8:38 AM
They were three-wide to the quarter in the $21,500 trotting feature Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and they were three-wide the length of the stretch as well, with the Kadabra four-year-old gelding Say You Do taking his fifth straight victory in 1:52.2. The three involved early were railsitter Scirooco Rob, Very Very Fast between horses, and favored Winning Shadow three-wide...
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Motown N, Dreams Beachboy score at Tioga

on 07/21/2019 7:23 PM
Motown N (Jeff Long) and Dreams Beachboy (Wally Hennesey) each notched wins as Tioga Downs ran two $9,000 features for pacers on Sunday (July 21).   In the first feature Motown N ($9.60) put up all the fractions (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.1, 1:52.0) to be an easy gate-to wire winner.  Owned by Jennifer Lappe  and Robert Santagata, the 7-year-old gelding by Bettor’s Edge was ne...
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Campbellini captures Tioga featured trot

on 07/21/2019 6:14 AM
Campbellini (Corey Braden) captured the $9,000 featured trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday. BJ Lorado (Andy Santeramo) controlled all the early fractions (:27, :56.1, 1:25.1). Campbellini, $14.60), who is trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owners Scott Dane, William Dane Jr., and Joanna Dane, followed in the pocket seat.  As they made the turn for home Campbellini popped out of the...
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McWicked wins Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga

on 07/21/2019 6:08 AM
The defending National Horse of the Year McWicked (McArdle) came to town for the first time on Saturday night to compete in the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Casie Coleman-trained Mcwicked earned more than $1.5 million in his award-winning 2018 campaign but recorded only one win in his first five starts in ’19 before heading into the season’s...
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Trio of NYSS 2FP splits Monday at Tioga

on 07/21/2019 6:05 AM
Tioga Downs will present a Monday matinee card featuring New York's finest 2-year-old pacing fillies. The entries for the Sires Stakes numbered 20, necessitating three divisions, each with a purse in the $35,000 range.   The theme for the stakes is a tale of two fillies from opposite ends of the pedigree spectrum that have yet to taste defeat in their brief careers and both m...
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Western Joe scores in Pocono feature

on 07/21/2019 6:02 AM
Western Joe, hard-used to make the lead just before the half, showed no ill effects late, crossing the wire an easy 1:49.2 winner in the $21,500 fast-class featured pace on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. A son of Western Ideal, Western Joe got away fourth in a 26.1 contested quarter, then had to work hard to clear the early leader Major Crocker A, finally doing so for...
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Tetrick’s 5 Big M wins include Green Manalishi, Rich And Miserable

on 07/21/2019 5:51 AM
Rich And Miserable crushed a talented field of trotters in the $60,000 Mr. Muscleman final at the Meadowlands on Saturday night.   The 4-year-old gelded son of Explosive Matter-Wishful Me, who has now won eight of his last nine starts, sat third early before moving uncovered to the lead at the three-eighths and settling on the point at the half in a rated :56. Driv...
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Scott Rocks, Will Take Charge win Yonkers opens

on 07/21/2019 5:48 AM
Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell, $8.30) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $6.30) both went the distance Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $46,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.   From post position No. 4 in the weekly pacing feature, Scott Rocks had to work around 95-1 pole-assigned Great Vintage (Troy Beyer). He did, making the lead right at a :26.2 opening quarter-...
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Lyons Sentinel springs PASS upset

on 07/20/2019 9:59 PM
Lyons Sentinel battled the 1-5 favorite, Rocknificent, through a protracted duel and edged her by a nose in Saturday’s $187,040 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over three divisions, with Shouldabeenatd and Sweet Ace taking the other splits.   Rocknificent is a Captaintreacherous daughter out of Roc...
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