First-year filly pacers take center stage at Yonkers

on 07/11/2019 10:53 PM
Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening hosted the soggy $153,900 New York Sires Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Four races comprised the event.   The opening ($37,950) division saw a pole-pocketed The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron, $11) pick off 3-10 favorite Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) by a head in a maiden-breaking 1:55.4. That latter led at every interval (:...
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Cushing, Monti win 9 of 11 at Plainridge

on 07/11/2019 10:50 PM
Two drivers posted big numbers and won most of the races at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon. Mitchell Cushing won five races in 10 driving starts including a natural Grand Slam in races three to six, and scored in the day’s feature race while Drew Monti won four races in seven starts and took the secondary feature in the process.    Cushing’s biggest win of...
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Meadowlands Pace Night in new Preview!

on 07/11/2019 4:17 PM
Captain Crunch already has the North America Cup under his belt, will he capture Saturday’s Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace? Trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Scott Zeron weigh in on the chances for the 2018 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview.   There are three Brittany Farms-bred starters in the Meadowlands Pace, and farm mana...
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6-for-6 Millies Possesion is Miller favorite

on 07/11/2019 12:08 PM
Over the past 40 years, only three female trotters have earned at least $300,000 at age 3 after being unraced at age 2. Jim Campbell trained one of the horses in that group, Stage Show, in 2008. He hopes to add another to the list this season. Millies Possesion is 6-for-6 this year for Campbell and breeder/owner Fashion Farms after sitting out her 2-year-old campaign because of soundness issu...
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Freedom Warrior looks to harness speed in Sheppard

on 07/11/2019 11:41 AM
When Kevin Lare purchased Freedom Warrior off trainer Jimmy Nickerson in mid-June, the freshman gelding came with a warning. Although he already qualified twice with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, including a 1:52.4 second-place finish with a :26.4 final quarter, the American Ideal son had yet to race and was still green.   “When I bought him, I had been told by Timmy Tetrick and the...
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Weekend of Ohio SS action for 2YOs at Northfield

on 07/11/2019 10:15 AM
Two consecutive evenings of Ohio Sires Stakes action featuring 2-year-old trotters and pacers will commence Friday and Saturday at Northfield Park.  First race post time both nights is 6 p.m. (EDT).   On Friday, four $40,000 fields of diagonally-gaited specialists will line up behind the Northfield starting gate. From the 33 starters, nine are foals by Uncle Peter, whil...
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3YOs in Maryland action at Ocean Downs

on 07/11/2019 10:02 AM
Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes continued at Ocean Downs on Wednesday.   The $13,425 division for sophomore colt and gelding trotters went to post as Race 1. After being parked to the quarter, I Deliver (Four Starz Robro) with Jonathan Roberts in the bike, took command, crossing the wire 2 ½ lengths ahead of Scooby Goo in 1:58.4. Greg Haverstick trains for owner Iron Mine Bra...
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Invite on Adios Day; first post 11:25 am

on 07/11/2019 9:30 AM
The 53rd edition of the Adios Stake is scheduled for Saturday, July 27, at The Meadows with a first race post time of 11:25.   The entry box for eliminations closes Tuesday, July 16, at 9:00 AM. The condition sheet is available online. Other stakes scheduled for Adios Day include the Adioo Volo for 3 year-old pacing fillies, the Arden Downs for 3-year-old colt and gelding and filly tr...
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Air Force Hanover set for "Adios audition"

on 07/11/2019 9:08 AM
Air Force Hanover, a proven 3-year-old stakes performer with $215,888 in his bank account, will pop up Saturday in an unusual spot—an $11,200 overnight at The Meadows. But there’s method to trainer Brian Brown’s seeming madness: If the colt performs well and exits the race well, he’ll punch his ticket to the $400,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, which ...
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Freshman pacing fillies overcome sloppy track at Hoosier

on 07/11/2019 8:32 AM
It was the freshman pacing fillies’ turn in Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday. Four $36,500 divisions for freshman pacing fillies highlighted the evening’s 14-race card as the fillies took to their first round of stakes action. After heavy rains in the area, the track was rated "sloppy" and the divisions provided a m...
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Groovy Joe impressive in NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/10/2019 10:18 PM
Groovy Joe ($8.40) stamped himself as one of the top 2-year-old male pacers on the New York Sire Stakes circuit on Wednesday night (July 10) as he rolled to a dominating 5-1/4 length triumph over the highly-touted Sandy's Bolt in 1:54.3 at Buffalo Raceway.   It was the third consecutive win for Groovy Joe in the NYSS. He just missed the 2-year-old colt track record of 1:54.2 in ca...
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Tee's Sweet Ryde wins Meadows feature

on 07/10/2019 8:26 PM
Parked three wide through a grueling 27.1 opening quarter, Tee's Sweet Ryde nevertheless was much the best as she jogged to a 1:53.4 victory in Wednesday's feature — an $11,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace — at The Meadows.   Making her first start at The Meadows following her recent purchase by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Tee's Sweet Ryde...
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Grant "amazed" by Atlanta's success

on 07/10/2019 4:25 PM
Atlanta secured her place in harness racing history last August when she became the first filly in 22 years to defeat the boys in the Hambletonian Stakes. Over the past month, though, the mare has served notice that she is not finished making history.   On June 15, Atlanta won the Armbro Flight in 1:50.2 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, setting the record for the fastest trotting mile in...
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Freshman pacers set for weekend action at Pocono

on 07/10/2019 3:15 PM
The 2-year-old Pennsylvania-sired pacers take over the spotlight this weekend at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with four $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for females scheduled for Saturday and the same number of sections for males carded for Sunday. Ron Burke, operator of the biggest stable in North American harness racing and a Pennsylvania-based horseman, has no fewe...
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Cash Me Out cashes winner's share in Saratoga open

on 07/10/2019 3:06 PM
Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) won Wednesday afternoon’s $15,000 featured Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 1:54.3.   Cash Me Out had dominated the action among the track’s top trotters this winter and into the spring at Saratoga. The veteran Kyle Spagnola trainee won the local Open Trot three times in the first five installments of it in 2019, but the millionaire trotter fel...
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Charters, Gural, Popfinger, Tetrick named to HOF ballot

on 07/10/2019 12:33 PM
Tom Charters, Jeff Gural, Bill Popfinger, and Tim Tetrick have been selected by the Hall of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) as ballot candidates for this summer’s election vote toward harness racing’s highest honor, membership in the sport’s Hall of Fame. Charters worked his way through the ranks in harness racing, starting o...
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Last call for Announcer Workshop at Meadowlands

on 07/10/2019 11:38 AM
Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27.   The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast teams...
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Ryder has confidence in Bettor's Wish

on 07/10/2019 9:56 AM
Chris Ryder knows what it is like to race in the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace—this year’s appearance with Bettor’s Wish will be the trainer’s seventh trip to the event’s final—but this time feels different.   Bettor’s Wish, who has won five of six starts this season, is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $682,650 ...
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So Delightful's 1:54.2 leads Grassroots

on 07/10/2019 9:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing fillies were once again the stars of Woodbine Mohawk Park’s program on Tuesday evening, competing in five $23,500 Grassroots divisions. Got Power, a half-sister to top three-year-old pacing filly Powerful Chris, got her second win over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in the second division. Starting from Post 9, driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville eased the fill...
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Freshman filly trotters impress in INSS

on 07/10/2019 8:33 AM
The curtain rose for 2-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday. With three $45,500 divisions, the freshman trotting fillies took to their first leg of stakes races. The night provided impressive performances and the post time favorites delivered as May Baby with James Yoder, Rock Swan with Trace Tetrick and Givemeonemoretry with Robert T...
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