Dancer Hall trots to 1:51.1 career best at Mohawk

on 07/09/2019 10:16 PM
Dancer Hall delivered a career-best performance to get up and win Tuesday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old Rod Boyd trainee was making his second start after a four-and-a-half-month layoff and muscled by favorite Musical Rhythm in deep stretch to win in 1:51.1.   Driven by James MacDonald, Dancer Hall left from post-seven in a field of seven and go...
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2YOFT Sister Sledge 1:53.4 PA All Stars winner

on 07/09/2019 8:39 PM
Sister Sledge trotted the fastest mile of 2019 by a freshman when she won one of five $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars action for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:53.4 on the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. A daughter of freshman colt track record-holder Father Patrick out of the $580,000+-winning Behindclosedoors, Sister Sledge tucked behind a :27.2 early due...
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Touchamatic cruises in Meadows open

on 07/09/2019 8:00 PM
Touchamatic outdueled Camera Lady for the early lead and rolled home without a serious challenge in a sharp 1:50.2 in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Touchamatic easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Baron Remy and defeated Camera Lady by two lengths, with Keystone Riptide a ground-saving third. Aaron Merriman piloted the 5-year-old ...
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Standardbred Transition Alliance seeks administrator

on 07/09/2019 2:59 PM
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is seeking an administrator for the 501(c)3 charitable organization. The STA has a mission to award grants to approved organizations that acquire, rehabilitate, train and re-home Standardbred horses. It was established in 2018 and is modeled after a similar Thoroughbred organization. An administrator will be responsible for working closely with th...
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Atlanta tops 11 Hambletonian Maturity starters

on 07/09/2019 1:45 PM
The Hambletonian Maturity, a $450,000 race exclusively for 4-year-old trotters, drew 11 entrants and will go to post Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The 2018 Hambletonian winner and one of just 14 fillies to capture the classic event, Atlanta raced in the record books last Saturday in the Graduate final, catching world champion Six Pack at the wire in 1:49.1. That makes her ...
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Speed display in Ontario SS 2CP splits

on 07/09/2019 9:46 AM
Ontario’s top 2-year-old pacing fillies put on a speed show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, competing in a trio of Gold Series divisions. Free Flyin Ticket kicked off the speed display in the first $54,922 division, reaching the wire 3 3/4 lengths the best in 1:52.1, making her the fastest 2 year old in Canada in 2019. Starting from post five, driver Jonathan Drury eased the f...
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Betterlatethannever arrives late for victory

on 07/09/2019 9:19 AM
Plainridge Park’s top driver and trainer combination of Shawn Gray and Jimmy Nickerson teamed up once again to score wins in the two featured races held at the Ridge on Monday afternoon.   In the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap, Sir Pugsley tucked third from post seven off the gate while Opus Blue Chip (Drew Campbell) took the field to the quarter. But Gray rolled Sir Pugsley to t...
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2YO colt trotters battle in New York Sires Stakes

on 07/08/2019 10:34 PM
Yonkers Raceway Monday evening hosted the $150,300 New York Sires Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $50,400 wagering races and a non-bettor comprised the event.   The opening on-the-card division saw a maiden-breaking Berkery J (Jason Bartlett, $7.10) go right down the road. From post position No. 2, he had no issues (:29.2, 59.4, 1:2...
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Freshman trotters impress in PA All-Stars

on 07/08/2019 10:28 PM
Six $30,000 divisions of Pennsylvania All-Stars stakes action for 2-year-old trotting males were featured Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with enough pedigree and precociousness showing that fans of the mountain oval may have seen a starter or two in the 2020 Hambletonian, a race 13 months to the day in the future. Two of the winners set season’s records in 1:...
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John DeSimone Jr.wins 2,000th career race

on 07/08/2019 8:01 PM
Longtime Monticello Raceway horseman John DeSimone Jr. notched his 2,000th career driving win in the second race at the Catskill oval on Monday afternoon. The milestone win came aboard Get The Look, who scored in 1:59.3. The 9-year-old Cam’s Card Shark mare, also trained by DeSimone, picked up her first win of the season for owner Dr. Joshua Tanis of Tallahassee, Fla. DeSimone, who h...
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Dayson captures Open Trot at The Meadows

on 07/08/2019 7:59 PM
Millionaire Dayson pulled the pocket into the final turn, outkicked Classicality in the lane and captured Monday’s $20,000 Open 1 Trot at The Meadows.   Dayson and Dave Palone were content to release Classicality and Brian Zendt before the quarter, but they were the stronger pair late, clicking off a :27.3 final panel en route to a 2 1/4-length victory over Classicality in ...
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Goshen welcomes new Hall of Famers

on 07/07/2019 10:17 PM
On Sunday, 12 individuals and six equines were inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Six new members — Blair Burgess, Ted Gewertz, Joe Holloway, Jerry Silverman, Linda Toscano and Ted Wing — entered the Living Hall of Fame, while Mark Hall and Dave Little were enshrined in the Communicators Hall of Fame. Dr. Leroy Coggins, Charles Hinkle, and Allen and Con...
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Sunday stroll for Shartin N

on 07/07/2019 8:38 PM
Shartin N ($2.20) continued her dominance among distaff pacers on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning the $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series feature in an under-wraps 1:49. After nearly a month on the sidelines following her win in the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America left mildly from the pole to land in third behind Re...
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David Miller wins Gerry Hall of Fame Trot

on 07/07/2019 8:30 PM
Getting to compete in the annual Mr. & Mrs. Elbridge T. Gerry Sr. Memorial Hall of Fame Trot is an honor. Winning the race makes it even better.   “Even better? That makes it the best,” said grinning driver David Miller, who won Sunday’s $10,000 event, which pitted five Hall of Famers against three of the evening’s inductees at Historic Track. “I...
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Atlanta trots to 1:49.1 world record win in Graduate

on 07/07/2019 11:49 AM
Atlanta (Yannick Gingras) took the overland route to claim a world record triumph in 1:49.1 in the $250,000 Graduate final for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands on Saturday night. The daughter of Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip exploded in the lane to defeat world champion Six Pack (Åke Svenstadt) and Indiana champion Custom Cantab (David Miller) at the wire. The time of 1:4...
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Lather Up dazzles in 1:46 Graduate victory

on 07/07/2019 11:46 AM
It appeared Lather Up barely broke a sweat as he paced his way into the history books with a 1:46 mile on Saturday night at the Meadowlands en route to his 20th career victory in the $250,000 Graduate final for 4-year-old pacers. Only Always B Miki, at age five in 2016 at Red Mile, has ever stopped the clock as swiftly. The mile also broke the previous mark of 1:46.4 for a...
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Bettor’s Wish, Captain Crunch win Meadowlands Pace elims

on 07/07/2019 11:43 AM
The stage is set for a glamour division grudge match. Captain Crunch and Bettor’s Wish – the 1-2 finishers three weeks ago in the North America Cup – will go at it again next week in the $682,000 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Final for 3-year-olds after both emerged victorious in eliminations for the Big M’s signature event Saturday night. The Nancy Johansson-trai...
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Sheppard 2CP elims contested at Yonkers

on 07/07/2019 11:39 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Saturday night offered a look into the future.   A trio of $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace saw 18 (after one defection) 2-year-olds (17 colts and one gelding) vie for an invite to next Saturday night’s $120,250 finale.    Columbo (Eric Goodell, $26.60), from post position No. 3, won the fastest of the elims...
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3CTs vie in PA All-Stars divisions at Pocono

on 07/06/2019 11:46 PM
Three divisions of 3-year-old trotting colts took to a “sloppy” track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night to contest $30,000 sections of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest. Goes Down Smooth, winner of the Walner final and a Pennsylvania Sires Stake before being plagued by some bad luck in June, returned to top form in an impressive way, winning his All-Sta...
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Sgt Papa Daddy best in Vernon feature

on 07/06/2019 9:46 PM
Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) won the $7,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday. Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.50) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2.  Cindy's Party Boy (Howard Parker) came first over from third to take over just before the top of the back stretch.  He continued to lead to the half in :55 and still controlled the pace to three-qu...
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