Hannelore Hanover bests Gimpanzee in Big M qualifier

on 05/18/2019 2:05 PM
On Saturday Hannelore Hanover, the swiftest female trotter in U.S. history and the 2017 Horse of the Year, demonstrated she has returned to prior form by defeating early Hambletonian favorite Gimpanzee by a head at The Meadowlands in a qualifier in 1:53. The daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, who has earned more than $2.83 million, made her 2019 debut an impressive one. Steered by Joe Bong...
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McNair wins 6 Friday at Mohawk Park

on 05/18/2019 10:23 AM
Driver Doug McNair kicked off his weekend in style by winning six races on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   McNair drove in 10 of the 11 races contested and found the winner’s circle in more than half of his appearances.   McNair’s most notable victory of his six came behind 6-year-old pacing mare Seaswift Joy N ($2.90) in the $30,000 Fillies & M...
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Greenshoe dazzles in 1:51.2 NJSS victory

on 05/18/2019 7:46 AM
Let the Hambletonian hype begin.   Greenshoe began his 2019 season by sending a message to the rest of the 3-year-old trotters seeking to win harness racing’s greatest prize on the first Saturday in August: He is a force to be reckoned with after putting on a dazzling display in taking his division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) at the Meadowlands Friday night&n...
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Amal Hall, Quincy Blue Chip win EBC 3FT elims

on 05/18/2019 7:41 AM
Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) and Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) won their Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting fillies elimination races at Vernon Downs on Friday.  Both races were for a purse of $12,500. In the first division Amal Hall ($4.30) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2.  Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) then took over control and led to a half ...
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Always A Prince ties Hoosier track record

on 05/18/2019 7:33 AM
Always A Prince and driver Trace Tetrick turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite in the featured event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Pace, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Stopping the timer in 1:48.1, Always A Prince established a new lifetime best in just the third start of his 4-year-old campaign and equaled the track record for older ...
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Feelin’ Red Hot best in Yonkers feature

on 05/17/2019 11:42 PM
Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.30) prevailed from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It was a two-speed number as 7-5 choice Twinkle (Brent Holland) stuffed Feelin’ Red Hot in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The leader remained so through a :56.4 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, w...
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Rock N Shard N impresses again in Philly

on 05/17/2019 11:09 PM
The Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock N Shard N seems headed for Open company as she won for the third time in her four-race United States career, a 1:51.3 mile over a “sloppy +1” surface in the $17,000 distaff pacing feature during a Friday night card at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Driver Art Stafford Jr. patiently guided Rock N Shard N on her uncovered grind from sixth while New...
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Only Passing Thru rallies to win Plainridge trot

on 05/17/2019 10:31 PM
Making a second-over trip work to perfection, Nick Graffam guided Only Passing Thru to a strong come from behind victory to capture the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon. Joey Bats (John Beckwith) and Namesmuscle (Matt Athearn) argued heartily for the lead before Joey Bats took it over at the quarter. As the field moved towards the half an outer flow began t...
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Judy Nason appointed NJRC executive director

on 05/17/2019 2:26 PM
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the appointment of Judith A. Nason as Executive Director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, the state agency responsible for regulating the safety and integrity of the horse racing industry in New Jersey. An experienced state government attorney whose public service career has spanned 26 years, Nason was confirmed as Executive Director by unanim...
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Caesar's handicapping tourney offering millions

on 05/17/2019 2:05 PM
Caesars Entertainment horse racing properties--Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs--have announced the first-ever Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge.   The Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge will offer horseplayers from around the country the unique opportunity to handicap both Tho...
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Joneses have 3 to watch in Confederation Cup

on 05/17/2019 1:46 PM
When Purnel Jones Jr. and his wife Libby were looking to partner with other people to buy horses several years ago, Jones called renowned owner Mark Weaver for advice. Instead, Jones ended up with an invitation. Life has not been the same since. Purnel and Libby, who at the time were recently retired after selling their regional oil-and-gas business, were asked if they wanted to join the owne...
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Miss Versatility leg Monday at Mohawk

on 05/17/2019 11:42 AM
The Miss Versatility series for trotting mares gets underway on Monday (May 20) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a single C$52,800 division of five led by Serge Godin’s pair of starlets in Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together racing under his nom de course of Determination.   Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) has won the past two Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot finals to go with a world reco...
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More money for Ontario Sires Stakes in '19

on 05/17/2019 11:32 AM
Ontario Racing has announced an additional boost of $2.375 million in funds to the 2019 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) as part of the $10 million of Horse Improvement Payment (HIP) funds earmarked for the horse racing industry by the Ontario government.   On March 21, 2019, the Ministry of Finance announced that it would provide an additional $10 million per year to...
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Four straight wins for Western Stepp

on 05/17/2019 9:33 AM
Western Stepp enjoyed a career-best year in 2018, winning 10 races and over $92,000 in purses. The way 2019 is starting off, those numbers may be in jeopardy as the 6-year-old Western Maverick mare scored her fourth consecutive win while taking the $14,000 Winners-Over pace for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 16).   Bolting to the lead from post s...
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Entries now accepted for Tattersalls Summer Sale

on 05/17/2019 9:32 AM
Entries are now being accepted for the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale, to be held at the Meadowlands on Sunday, July 14.   Long known as a sale of quality racehorses, it will feature 2-year-olds that are just getting started as well as 3-year-olds and older horses.   The sale will add an exclamation point to one of the biggest weekends of the year at the Meadowlands. It foll...
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Page drives 7 winners at Scioto Thursday

on 05/17/2019 9:28 AM
Driver Chris Page had his way Thursday night at Scioto Downs as he scored himself a touchdown with a good extra point on the 12- race program.   Page started the evening with a bang and was greeted in the winner's circle for the 12th race by a fan who was ready to celebrate the success with an autograph.   This night was made possible with the victories of Silver Spir ...
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Luminosity captures Philly trot

on 05/16/2019 7:52 PM
Luminosity shined most brightly in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, winning by 5¾ lengths in 1:53.4, just a fifth off the lifetime best of the nine-year-old. Driver Yannick Gingras reserved the Cash Hall gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, off a contested :27.3 quarter, but then gave him the w...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/16/2019 4:18 PM
It’s clearly stakes season as this weekend’s calendar includes eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace, New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows (3-year-old filly trot) and Pocono (3-year-old colt and gelding pace), Ontario Sires Stakes, and Ontario’s rich SBOA finals. So Weekend Preview has updates about some of the contenders in the ev...
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Artspeak's book full and closed

on 05/16/2019 4:16 PM
Winbak Farm of Ontario and the Artspeak syndicate are proud to jointly announce that Artspeak’s book is full and closed for 2019.   “Artspeak has been very well received in Ontario,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager.   Artspeak, p, 2, 1:50.2s; 3, 1:47.4 ($1,770,980), was both the USHWA Dan Patch and O’Brien 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the ...
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Ont. Sires Stakes share card with Cup

on 05/16/2019 3:21 PM
The 46th Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way this Sunday, May 19 with eight exciting races on the $538,551 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs. Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the Dundas oval’s signature event at 6:55 pm with the first Gold Series Leg of the season. Race 1 features last year’s champion Forbidden Trade, who makes his s...
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