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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Real Cool Sam wins in 1:55.2 to equal PASS record

on 07/16/2019 9:30 PM
Real Cool Sam won the battle of unbeaten young trotters Tuesday at The Meadows when he overpowered Can’t Say No down the backside and kept him at bay late in a $188,016 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for freshman colts and geldings. His time of 1:55.2 matched the stake record established by What’s The Word in 2017.   In the other divisions of the event known as the Hickory Pride...
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Carol Okusko dies at age 83

on 07/16/2019 8:02 PM
Carol R. Okusko, age 83, of Peterboro Street passed away early Monday evening July 15, 2019 in Oneida Healthcare Center after being stricken ill at home. She was born on April 17, 1936 in Utica, New York a daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Amerine) Robinson and was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales School. On July 23, 1955 Carol and Howard W. Okusko were united in marriage in Utic...
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Workin Ona Mystery leads 26 in Adios

on 07/16/2019 1:17 PM
A field of 26 top 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, the largest and deepest in many years, will contest the 53rd edition of the $475,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   Three $25,000 eliminations are set for Saturday, July 20, first post 1:05 PM, while the $400,000 final goes the following Saturday, when the program begins at 11:35 AM. The final,  rac...
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Dave Brower joining Red Mile Grand Circuit team

on 07/16/2019 9:11 AM
There will be a new but familiar face at The Red Mile’s two-week Grand Circuit meet that begins Thursday, Sept. 26 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 6. Dave Brower, handicapper, broadcaster and oddsmaker at the Meadowlands, will be joining track announcer Gabe Prewitt in providing race analysis and commentary for all eight afternoons of racing that includes several major stakes, culminating in...
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Elitlopp runner-up dies after head-on crash

on 07/16/2019 8:43 AM
A tragic accident in France Tuesday morning killed two prominent trotters on the European stage. Aubrion du Gers, the runner-up in this year’s Elitlopp, and Cyrano du Pont, both trained in the stable of Jean-Michel Bazire, died of injuries in a head-on crash, according to a report in Paris Turf.   “We are all devastated,” Bazire told Paris Turf.   Acc...
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Velocity Rukkus, Tattoo Artist win Gold

on 07/16/2019 8:25 AM
Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts stepped up their game at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening as both Gold Series divisions were clocked in 1:52.1, a full second faster than the quickest split in the Gold Series opener nine days ago. Velocity Rukkus captured the first $108,000 division with an impressive late rush that saw him reel in pacesetter Denali Seelster in the stretch ...
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Rock Diamonds N takes Plainridge feature

on 07/15/2019 9:29 PM
Yonkers Raceway regular Rock Diamonds N brought his “A” game to Plainridge Park on Monday (July 15) and dominated the field in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap en route to scoring the fastest win of his short North American career.   Driver Ron Cushing floated Rock Diamonds N on the outside during a brisk :26.1 first quarter cut by Class Six (Drew Campbell) before motoring up t...
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Savini 1:56.4 winner in PA Stallion Series

on 07/15/2019 8:54 PM
Savini grabbed the lead before the quarter and kept right on rolling, scoring his maiden victory in a stake-record 1:56.4 in Monday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Town Victor, Bargain Bob and Libero Hanover taking the other splits.   Once Savini hit the poi...
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Noble Prize overcomes first-over trip to win

on 07/15/2019 8:50 PM
The Kadabra gelding Noble Prize overcame the tough first-over journey for the second straight week, winning the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature on the Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. After a forward tuck early, Noble Prize started his uncovered move for driver George Napolitano Jr. on favored High Blue at the half, battling that one down the backstretch, th...
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