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Local trainer Parker has 2 shots in Adios

on 07/19/2019 9:36 AM
With its rich purse and tradition, the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows usually attracts a mix of top national performers and emerging local hopefuls. Such is the case with the 53rd edition of the Adios this year. The 26-horse field loaded with prominent talent includes two locally connected contenders, Wild Wild Western and Volley Ball Beach, each trained by The Meadows-b...
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Bright Eyes M stars in Ontario Gold

on 07/19/2019 7:54 AM
Fillies of both the pacing and trotting persuasion invaded Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday night for six Grassroots and two Gold Series divisions and sophomore trotting filly Bright Eyes M delivered a standout performance in the first $105,600 Gold contest, romping to a four length victory in 1:53. Sent off as the heavy favourites, regular reinsman Stephen Byron and Bright Eyes M went straig...
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Kikimora's 1:58.1 fastest in Ohio SS 2FT

on 07/19/2019 7:51 AM
Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage on a balmy and humid Thursday event at Scioto Downs, with a quartet of $40,000 divisions featured in round two action.   Kikimora—whose name means “a witch who leaves wet footprints in the kitchen—scored the first OSS division triumph in 1:58.1 as the 8-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the lines.  Tr...
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Dune Hill's 1:56.2 leads PA Stallion Series 2FT

on 07/18/2019 10:13 PM
Six $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies headed the card at Harrah’s Philadelphia Thursday. Intermittent rain caused three changes in track condition during the hot afternoon, but five of the six winners still produced lifetime marks. The fastest winner in the freshman sextet was the Muscle Hill – Qui...
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Shake That House sets 1:47.4 Vernon mark

on 07/18/2019 10:11 PM
Shake That House (Brian Sears) did just that as he set the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts in 1:47.4 at Vernon Downs (July 18).  It was during the $58,700 first of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Major March (Jason Bartlett) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.1 and the half in :54.0.  Shake that House ($2....
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Ranger wins 6 straight races at Scarborough

on 07/18/2019 9:31 PM
Bruce Ranger pieced together a remarkable performance on Thursday  as the veteran driver and “comeback kid” won six consecutive races at Scarborough Downs while completely dominating the nine race mid-week card.   The fans, apparently sensing an epic performance in the making, sent Ranger to the gate as the post time favorite in all nine of his appearances, but their ...
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Rockin Ruby N picks up fifth win of '19

on 07/18/2019 9:29 PM
A pair of $8,500 races topped the card at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon and the winner of each found victory by small margins.   In the mid-level condition event for distaff pacers, Rockin Ruby N (Nick Graffam) cut the mile and walked to the half in :58 flat. Having enough of that, Jaded Dream (Mitchell Cushing) and Bye Bye Felicia (Drew Monti) pulled out by the half and applied hea...
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Ocean Downs cancels Sunday card

on 07/18/2019 7:41 PM
Due to the forecast of extreme heat in the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday, July 21, Ocean Downs has canceled its race program for that night. “Given the heat index that is anticipated on Sunday, and in the best interest of the health and welfare of the horses, horsemen and team members, we are canceling the live race card,” said Bobbi Sample, general manager of Ocean Downs. After consu...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 07/18/2019 4:01 PM
This weekend 3-year-old pacing colts are back in the spotlight in three eliminations for the Adios at The Meadows. After finishing third in the Meadowlands Pace, Workin Ona Mystery appears to be the favorite, but he’ll have to finish in the top three in his elim to advance to next week’s final. The colt’s regular driver, offers his thoughts on the Pace, and the Adios, in the ne...
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None Better A looks for 10 in a row in Gerrity

on 07/18/2019 12:10 PM
There is no question in Steve Oldford’s mind where Australian-bred import None Bettor ranks among the horses he’s owned. “I’ve had none better, I’ll tell you that,” Oldford said with a laugh. “He’s kind of the real deal.” None Bettor, owned by Oldford Racing and Joe Pennacchio’s Joe P Racing, has won nine of 11 races since arrivin...
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Standardbred Transition Alliance launches website

on 07/18/2019 12:09 PM
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) has launched its website and with it, the accreditation process for programs serving Standardbreds outside traditional use.   The non-profit 501(c)(3) Standardbred Transition Alliance accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbreds, using industry-wide funding. &nb...
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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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