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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Godinez wins another Saratoga mare feature

on 05/16/2019 3:10 PM
Trainer Jose Godinez has brought several different distaffers to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete in the Fillies and Mares Open over the last few years. Last week, his Westsluckycam prevailed in the $15,000 feature for the ladies as she went coast-to-coast with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. On Thursday afternoon, Godinez unveiled his Shezallapples A (Sportswriter) for the first time in...
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Homicide Hunter returns in Great Northeast

on 05/16/2019 1:50 PM
The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) will have $30,000 events for open-caliber horses on both gaits this weekend, with the pacers going during a post-Preakness Saturday night program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the trotters getting their turn the next afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The three morning line choices in the GNOS pace will be starting in inverse order from ...
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Campbell: "they're all going to go fast"

on 05/16/2019 11:57 AM
Jim Campbell figures when you bring together many of the best 4-year-old trotters in North America, there is no such thing as an easy spot. So, although his returning millionaire Crystal Fashion will avoid two 2018 Dan Patch Award winners (Atlanta and Six Pack) and a 2017 Breeders Crown champion (Fiftydallarbill) in Saturday’s (May 18) opening round of the Graduate Series at The Meadowlands...
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Arthur Pendragon tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 05/16/2019 10:14 AM
Horsemen flooded to the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, on May 14, seeking racehorses and breeding stock among the nearly 400 cataloged horses. The sale was virtually tied with last year as the best Spring Sale in its 56-year history.   Burke Racing Stable brought an especially strong consignment that included five of the top 10 sellers. Leading the way at $65,000 was consisten...
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Frank Milby takes Rosecroft driving title

on 05/16/2019 10:12 AM
Frank Milby wrapped up the 2019 dash driving championship at Rosecroft Raceway with four wins on the Wednesday night (May 15) card. Milby picked up the drive on Puddin N Pie ($3.60) Wednesday night and the 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding continued his solid 2019 season with his third win of year for owner-trainer Howard Birney. His ledger for the year stands at 12-3-2-4. Sherman’s W...
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Kaitlyn Rae gets elusive first win at Buffalo

on 05/15/2019 9:08 PM
Kaitlyn Rae broke into the win column for the first time this season as she was able to register a half length victory over Sentimental Lady in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 Class B event for the distaff pacers. She covered the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track.   After posting 14 victories and putting over $83,000 in the bank in 2018, it's been a tough go for Kaitlyn Rae...
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Tetrick wins five on Philly card

on 05/15/2019 8:37 PM
Driver Tim Tetrick, who has gone to the lead in the local drive standings, posted four winners in the first five races Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia and wound up with five on the card, but in the two features he and his favored horse were caught in photo finish victories by “pocket rockets.” In the $16,000 featured pace, Handsoffmychips was sent to the le...
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Field set for Confederation Cup final

on 05/15/2019 4:24 PM
The Confederation Cup, with a purse of $188,500 on the line, is set for Sunday at Flamboro Downs. The race for 4-year-old pacers will be the featured event on the card which will also include Ontario Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The Confederation Cup has been carded as Race 10 and holds an approximate post time of 9:55 p.m.   The draw for the fin...
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Small breeders hope their horse reigns

on 05/15/2019 1:20 PM
When trainer John McDermott approached the owners of star-crossed male pacer Hurrikane Kingcole and mare Hurrikane Schmumma to float the idea of breeding them, Jonathan Klee was unsure what to think. “I remember telling John, I’m not a breeder, I’m a lawyer,” said Klee, who was among the owners of both horses. “However, we all believed in Kingcole and John can be con...
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Owner Diane Norris, 79, dies

on 05/15/2019 1:09 PM
Diane L. Norris, together with her husband, Gordon, an active participant in harness racing in Michigan and at Pompano Park in Florida, died April 25. She was 79.   Mrs. Norris and her husband were married 52 years. She owned many horses and was an integral part of the Gordon Norris Stables, which topped the training charts in Michigan and at Pompano Park for many ...
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Zero Tolerance, Brooklyn Lilacs win NYSS

on 05/15/2019 8:59 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (May 14), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the soggy $170,500 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Two consecutively-contested divisions, at $85,250 each, comprised the event.   Odd-on Zero Tolerance (David Miller, $2.40) widened in the first division. From post position 4, she crawled to the half (:28.2, :59.2), then rebuffed...
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Artrageous captures Harrington feature

on 05/14/2019 9:21 PM
 Artrageous ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.4 winner in the $11,000 Mares Open II Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   The 5-year-old Art Major mare led every call for trainer Andrew Stafford, who co-owns the mare with partners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen and Holly Case. Moments of Joy was second with Roselily third. Artrageous notched her 15thcareer win in 53 lifet...
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Rockstar Angel A wins second race in five days

on 05/14/2019 9:18 PM
 Rockstar Angel A, coming off a wire-to-wire win at Yonkers last Friday, came right back to win again on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, moving to the lead in front of the stands and going on to a 1:54 triumph over a “sloppy” surface. Driver George Napolitano Jr. watched as Keystone Riptide put Betterb Chevron N behind her to the:27 quarter, then was on the m...
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US debut of Darling Mearas delayed

on 05/14/2019 3:20 PM
Fans got their first look at Swedish-bred trotter Darling Mearas during Saturday’s (May 11) qualifiers at The Meadowlands Racetrack, but they will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to see the 6-year-old mare in her first race in North America. Darling Mearas, who earned $750,199 in Europe and counted the 2016 Swedish Trotting Oaks and 2018 European Championship for mares among h...
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Captain Crunch set for 2019 debut in PASS

on 05/14/2019 2:00 PM
Captain Crunch, the 2018 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, makes his 2019 debut in the middle of three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) second preliminary for the glamour division, to be held at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night in races nine through eleven – and he couldn’t have found a more challenging spot in which to open his season. Captain Cr...
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No 2019 Elitlopp start for Atlanta

on 05/14/2019 11:42 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told Tuesday morning that despite interest from officials at Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden to bring the 2018 Trotter of the Year Atlanta to race in the May 26 Elitlopp, he has decided against going.   Burke, remembering the arduous travel arrangements in 2009 when he sent Buck I St. Pat overseas to compete in the Elitlopp—she finished seve...
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New strategies for Marion Marauder in '19

on 05/14/2019 9:10 AM
Expect to see less, yet more, of trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder on the racetrack in 2019. Now six, Marion Marauder is coming off a solid season in 2018 that ended on a sour and confusing note for his connections. After finishing first or second through the first 10 starts of the season, North American harness racing's richest active trotter did not hit the board in his final fou...
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