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Buckeye Stallion Series, Dancin Yankee featured

on 05/05/2019 7:33 AM
A total of eleven $17,500 divisions of sophomore pacing and trotting colts went postward in Buckeye Stallion Series action on Saturday night (May 4) at Miami Valley Raceway.  A multitude of different owners, trainers and drivers shared in the total purses of $192,500 allocated to the first leg of the popular series.   Ten different drivers won one of the 11 heats, with Jeremy Smi...
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Sintra takes Mohawk Preferred over Jimmy Freight

on 05/05/2019 7:31 AM
Sintra continued his Woodbine Preferred dominance with a strong 1:50.2 victory on Saturday night at Mohawk Park.   Entering undefeated in six starts this season, Sintra and driver Jody Jamieson came first-up from third on the far turn to engage leader Dr J Hanover and powered by at the head of the lane to collect a 1 ¾ length score in the $34,000 feature event.   ...
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Highalator captures Pocono's Rose Memorial

on 05/05/2019 7:29 AM
Highalator, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and a certified lover of Pocono with an 11-for-18 lifetime record locally, rallied from the pocket for pilot Ricky Still to win the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace in 1:49.4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun on the evening portion of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader. Named for the longtime handicapper/writer covering Pocono Downs and the general harn...
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Cruzado dela Noche easy winner of Cutler

on 05/05/2019 7:26 AM
Pulling off upsets are Cruzado Dela Noche’s specialty, so when he won Saturday night’s $175,200 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for free for all trotters at the Meadowlands at odds of 8-1, it didn’t come as a shock to his driver Brian Sears.   “I was pretty confident,” said Sears. “I wasn’t concerned that it was his first start since November since ...
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Prairie Fortune captures Tioga's top trot

on 05/04/2019 9:29 PM
Prarie Fortune captured the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) on Saturday (May 4). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) led them to a first quarter of :27.1.  Taco Tuesday (Jim Taggart Jr.) then dashed by to lead them to a half of :55.3 and a three-quarter mark of 1:24.2. Prairie Fortune ($4.70) went first-over from third just before three-quarters. Owned by Laurie P...
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Maryland breeder-owner Ursula Ayd dies

on 05/04/2019 8:06 PM
Ursula (Urs) Joan Ayd, 84, active in Maryland racing as a breeder, owner and advocate for harness racing, died at her home in Lothian, Md., on May 1. Mrs. Ayd was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Baltimore, Md., to John and Lorraine Mack. She attended high school at the Institute of Notre Dame. She was married to her husband, Joe, for 57 years until his passing in 2008. She received her AA a...
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Melady's Monet, Tequila Sunrise win in Great Northeast

on 05/04/2019 8:02 PM
Melady’s Monet and Tequila Monday proved most photogenic at Harrah’s Philadelphia on a special Derby Day Saturday afternoon card of racing, helping to inaugurate the 2019 Great Northeast Open Series by capturing their $30,000 sections of the Open Trot and Mares Open pace, respectively. The 10-year-old Revenue S gelding Melady’s Monet, driven by his regular pilot Jordan Stratton,...
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Workin On A Mystery's 1:50.1 fastest in PASS

on 05/04/2019 8:00 PM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action kicked off today with three divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings going to the gate.   The Bill MacKenzie trained Southwind Ozzi started off the action with an impressive 1:50.4 win for driver Tim Tetrick, The Somebeachsomewhere colt made a long first over move and sprinted away with an impressive last quarter of :26 flat.  Brian B...
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Osterc, Magic Beliefs take Dexter, Lady Suffolk

on 05/04/2019 7:58 PM
Osterc and driver Yannick Gingras made a three-wide move on the backstretch and overtook leader Cavill Hanover on the final turn on their way to victory in Saturday’s $118,950 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway.   Osterc, the 3-5 favorite, won by 1-1/4 lengths over HL Revadon in 1:57. Skyway Kon Man finished third and Cavill Hanover was fourth.   The D...
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Captain Crunch cruises in 1:51.2 in qualifier

on 05/04/2019 2:08 PM
The Kentucky Derby day (May 4) qualifiers at The Meadowlands got underway an hour earlier at 9 a.m. Saturday on an overcast morning over a drying track rated as “good” then improved to “fast” with the eighth race, no discernible wind and temperatures in the sixties. Race secretary/announcer Scott Warren called the action. The trotting race of the year thus far (until...
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Favorites prevail in Ohio Sires Stakes

on 05/04/2019 8:29 AM
Favorites did not disappoint at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing on a balmy Friday night, May 3 in a quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies.   Trainer Chris Beaver scored a pair of home runs as two of his trainees captured both ends of the trotting contests in leg one action of Ohio Sires Stakes, with multiple stablemates picking up second and ...
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Tetrick wins 4, Dunn 3 at Meadowlands

on 05/04/2019 8:27 AM
Tim Tetrick was on target Friday night at the Meadowlands, guiding four winners on the 13-race program.   “The Bionic Man” got his evening underway in the second race, piloting the Ron Burke-trained Elektra King to victory in a fillies and mares non-winners of two pace in 1:52.2. As the fourth choice in the wagering, Elektra King returned $9.60 to win.   Shezza ...
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Wings Of Royalty splashes to Plainridge win

on 05/04/2019 7:33 AM
It was another dark and damp day at Plainridge Park but the conditions were no hindrance for Wings Of Royalty who used a strong stretch drive to defeat a solid field of eight foes and take the $16,000 Open Handicap trot on Friday afternoon.     Yonkers visitor Joey Bats (John Beckwith) left post eight and settled in the lead past the quarter in :27. With the field settled in...
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Wheels A Turning wins at Buffalo for Burke group

on 05/03/2019 10:19 PM
A good start turned into a great finish for Wheels A Turning ($15.40) as she collected the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A trot on Friday evening (May 3).   Starting from the seven post, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) used some early gate speed to drop into the pocket, then rallied in the stretch to beat Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a neck in 1:59.4 over th...
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Lispatty posts fifth win of season

on 05/03/2019 10:15 PM
It was Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $4.70) finishing what she started Friday night (May 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Taking it the distance from post position 5 (:27.1, :57.1, 1:25.1, season’s-best 1:53.3), Lispatty opened to three lengths off the final turn, then held off late arrivals Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stra...
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Bold Fresh rallies for 1:56.4 Vernon score

on 05/03/2019 10:13 PM
Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) charged late to win the featured trot ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 3). Keystone Orion (John MacDonald) laid down all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:26.3). Bold Fresh ($9.50), who is owned and trained by Marrisa Chadbourne, was third after the three-quarter mark and went flying in the stretch to win easily in 1:56.4.  Keystone Orion...
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68 remain eligible to Pepsi NA Cup

on 05/03/2019 7:49 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today released the latest update of eligible horses for this year’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   A total of 68 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to Canada’s richest harness race following the April 15 sustaining payment. Award-winners Stag Party and Captain Crunch continue to headline the list of eligible sophomores.   A son of Bet...
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Warrawee Ubeaut, Philly Hanover win PASS

on 05/03/2019 7:38 PM
The world’s fastest two-year-old (1:48.3) and champion filly of 2018, Warrawee Ubeaut, was victorious in her 2019 bow in a division of the $166,480 first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday afternoon. She had one anxious moment, but after she literally got around the problem, she went on to an in-hand score...
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Metro champ Stag Party wins qua. in '19 debut

on 05/03/2019 3:33 PM
The conditions weren't ideal and the listed driver wasn't available but that didn't stop 2018 O'Brien Award winner Stag Party from making a successful sophomore debut on Friday.   Stag Party was the most notable of the horses entered to qualify on a soggy session at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the track listed as “sloppy” and assessed a three-second allowanc...
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Richest 3YOs of 2018 return for Graduate Series

on 05/03/2019 1:27 PM
Over the previous 30 years, there were six times when the three richest 3-year-old pacers from a season returned to race at age 4. Only once since 1995, though, did it occur when all three of those horses were male. But it will happen a second time Saturday when Dorsoduro Hanover, Courtly Choice, and Lather Up make their 4-year-old debuts in the opening round of the Graduate Series at the M...
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