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Alagna handicaps his 5 Adios starters

on 07/18/2019 11:16 AM
Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn’t a record, but it’s a lot better than average. Trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts.   “It’s nice to bring that many,” Alagna said. “We’...
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Meadowlands Pace night handle tops $4 million

on 07/18/2019 11:10 AM
Meadowlands Pace Night on Saturday, July 13, at the Meadowlands featured many things that bettors apparently like, as total wagering on the 13-race, stakes-laden card topped $4 million, the first time in 2019 wagering reached that lofty level at the mile oval. Five favorites did emerge victorious on the program on which $4,044,303 was bet, but some of the post-time choices that went down...
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Birkhold, Hallett win Finkelson scholarships

on 07/18/2019 9:38 AM
The Florida Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced two candidates who will receive awards this year from the Allen J. Finkelson Scholarships. The scholarship was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, was the former vice president of public relations at Pompano Park and longtime chairman of the board of the national USHWA organization. &ld...
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Maryland SS finals for 3YOs raced

on 07/18/2019 9:13 AM
With storms threatening and a lightning delay, the 3-year-old Maryland SiresStakes closed out their season on Wednesday at Ocean Downs. The $70,000 final for trotting colts and geldings went to post as Race 8. I Deliver (Four Starz Robro-Loose Deuce) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike tucked in third leaving the gate with favorite Mind Yown Business (Lockkeeper-Take It Off Girl) cutting the mile a...
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Purple Haze to sponsor NYSS NOC cocktail party

on 07/18/2019 8:45 AM
Batavia Downs has announced that Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Standardbred Adoption Center and the New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund will be sponsoring a cocktail party to be held before the $1.8 million New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Downs. The party is by invitation only and is for all NYSS finals participants and their guests a...
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The Royal Poze takes Saratoga feature

on 07/18/2019 7:56 AM
The Royal Poze (RC Royalty) has put together a strong stretch over the last couple months in the winners of two but not more than five class for New York sired trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Andy Sardella trainee had a solid season in 2018 as a three year old but has really put it all together of late. On Wednesday night, The Royal Poze drew the rail in the $9,000 featured rac...
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Rosemary Rose snags 5th win in 7 starts

on 07/18/2019 7:54 AM
Rosemary Rose let Touchamatic do the heavy lifting in the slop, then roared by her in the lane to score a decisive victory — her fifth in her last seven starts — in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Rosemary Rose yielded the early lead to Touchamatic, who had to go a 26.2 opening panel to make the front. When Dave Palone moved Rosemary Rose out...
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Bourbon Express, Saylor take NYSS 2CT

on 07/18/2019 7:52 AM
Bourbon Express and Saylor were the $51,000 divisional winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Wednesday night (July 17) as each of the freshman went in 1:59.2 over the fast track at Buffalo Raceway.   In the opening bracket, Bourbon Express ($4.70) beat Barn Holden by 1-1/2 lengths while in the second division, Saylor ($31.40) captured a fo...
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Nomo Volvo stay solid, wins at Philly

on 07/18/2019 7:47 AM
In a stretch battle of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winners earlier this season, the filly Nomo Volo was up in the final stride over the colt Ginger Tree Skyr to take the $16,000 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon in 1:56.4. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory got away in the middle of the field with the winning Explosive Matter sophomore as favored Navarone Hanover made ...
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Empire of Hope at Hoosier Saturday

on 07/18/2019 7:45 AM
On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, Caesars’ racing properties will launch Empire of Hope, a new program designed to help raise awareness and funding for the care of horses after their racing careers are over. Developed with support from accredited racehorse aftercare programs, Empire of Hope will directly assist efforts to relocate, rehabilitate and repurpose retired horses. &nbs...
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Big HHYF stop at Shenandoah Downs

on 07/17/2019 8:59 PM
Even though horses won't be competing in Shenandoah County Fair harness races until August 28--and later in September and October during the Shenandoah Downs racing season--horses were on the track last week, but for a different purpose. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) rolled into town, complete with truck, trailer and five horses, and hosted a day camp for kids on July 8 and ...
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Walls getting learning experience with young horses

on 07/17/2019 1:01 PM
Dalton Walls can go fast, but he’s in no hurry. Walls, who was a four-year letterman in track (sprinter/hurdler) and soccer in high school, is pursuing a career in harness racing as a trainer. The 20-year-old Walls, the son of trainer Bruce Walls, is based at the Darke County Fairgrounds in western Ohio, where his small stable includes unbeaten Ohio Sire Stakes trotter Big Box Hanover. ...
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Big day of events at Plainridge July 28

on 07/17/2019 9:39 AM
The Grand Circuit makes a mid-summer stop at Plainridge Park on Sunday, July 28, for two major stakes on its calendar this year.    The first is the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot for for 3-year-old and older trotters and the second is the new $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares. Both races are presented by Pl...
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Freshman filly trotters in Ohio SS action at Scioto

on 07/17/2019 9:28 AM
Ohio Sires Stakes action continues this week with four $40,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday evening at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 p.m.   Ohio-based stallions represented in these contests include 11 foals by Uncle Peter, six by Triumphant Caviar, five by Break The Bank K and three by the ill-fated Cash Hall.  As well, the stallions An...
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Halo Its Me, Splurge On Me top Grassroots

on 07/17/2019 9:27 AM
There were 39 of Ontario’s talented 3-year-old trotting fillies taking a star turn at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, highlighting a card that was dedicated to fillies and mares. In the first $23,500 Grassroots division, fans sent Halo Its Me off as their top choice and the Archangel daughter did not disappoint. In rein to Robert Shepherd the filly got away fifth from post ...
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Gimpanzee brings perfect record to Tioga Friday

on 07/17/2019 8:39 AM
Tioga Downs features two New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Friday. Unbeaten Gimpanzee will be making his third start of the year.   Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) is the 3-5 favorite in the $59,800 first division. The 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc. and SRF Stable.  After going nin...
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Filion wins 6 at Mohawk, 4 in Grassroots

on 07/17/2019 8:35 AM
Sylvain Filion put on a driving clinic Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park by winning six races.   Filion scored six wins in 10 drives with four of his victories coming in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings.   Filion busted into the win column in the evening’s third race with rookie pacing colt Allywag Hanover ($2....
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Mister Muscle takes passing lane to Saratoga win

on 07/17/2019 8:32 AM
With no Open Trot on the docket, the $12,500 winners over for trotters served as the Tuesday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The track’s defending Trotter of the Year Ulster (Glidemaster) got his year started a bit late and after kicking off his 2019 campaign, this spring hasn’t been quite as strong as he was in his award-winning season. Ulster was the race’s 6-5 b...
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Hypnotic AM sets Yonkers 2FT mark in NYSS

on 07/17/2019 8:30 AM
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening hosted the humid $156,600 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Three, $52,200 races comprised the event. There wasn’t much out of the ordinary in the first division. Death-and-taxes Love A Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.20) sat off some ambitious fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.4), before moving to the lead and drawing ...
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Smokee Mirrors draws in, wins Pocono feature

on 07/16/2019 9:33 PM
Smokee Mirrors came in from The Meadows for his first start at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card. The son of Kadabra scratched in off the AE list to get post nine, and was ninth at the half. And despite all that “distance,” Smokee Mirrors was able to sweep his field to win the $15,000 featured trot in 1:58.2. Smokee Mirrors and driver Anthony Napolitano ...
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