Former race official Don Knapton dies at 77

on 11/10/2020 1:46 PM
Donald A. Knapton, 77, died peacefully at the Inn at Village Square on Friday, Nov. 6.   He was born in Westbrook on Dec. 5, 1942 to Donald and Barbara (Paine) Knapton. He graduated from Gorham High School and Gorham State Teachers College. He then taught at Massabesic Junior High for 16 years before turning to horse racing.   Mr. Knapton had started following races in...
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Ramona Hill returns to action Thursday in Matron at Dover

on 11/10/2020 1:33 PM
The Matron Stakes for 3 year olds are in the spotlight Thursday night at Dover Downs.   Ramona Hill, who beat the boys in capturing the Hambletonian this year, takes on Hypnotic AM and Sorella in the 3-year-old filly trot. Ramona Hill has not raced since Oct. 11 when she made a break in the Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile. Entered to start in the Breeders Crown eliminations on...
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Pompano Park cancels Tuesday night card

on 11/10/2020 12:06 PM
Due to the electrical malfunction resulting from Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park is forced to cancel the racing program for Tuesday, Nov. 10. "The extensive damage caused by the storm and subsequent electrical malfunction cannot be remedied for today," said director of racing Gabe Prewitt. "We have exhausted all options and we our confident our generators will b...
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Del. 2YO pacers in action; Henrico equals mark

on 11/10/2020 10:57 AM
On a very warm November evening at Dover Downs the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund series for 2-year olds started Monday (Nov. 9) with three divisions of pacing colts and geldings.   The early non-wagering event went to a two time winner from Harrington, Z’s Dream (Dream Away-Eastwood Aurora N), who earned a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, winning by a quarter-length ...
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Kathie An Pfister, 71, dies

on 11/10/2020 10:54 AM
Kathie Ann Pfister passed away Sunday (Nov. 8), at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was 71. She was born Feb. 4, 1949, in Kenton, Ohio to the late William “Bill” & Dorthea “Dottie” Davis. Ms. Pfister graduated from Richwood High School in 1967. She was a member of the Richwood Tigers Marching Band. She was retired from General Industries in Marysv...
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Saratoga Horse of Year Cash Me Out returns and wins

on 11/09/2020 10:09 PM
Saratoga's defending Horse of the Year made his return on Monday afternoon. The Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was named the top horse of 2019 at the Spa but has spent much of his ’20 campaign traveling to other tracks to compete. The winner of a local Open back in March and another in June, Cash Me Out had post eight in the $10,000 co-feature on Monday. Phil Fluet pi...
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Nows The Moment takes Plainridge trot feature

on 11/09/2020 10:07 PM
After a successful stint at Yonkers Raceway,  Nows The Moment returned to Plainridge Park and reclaimed top honors after dominating in the $17,500 Winners-Over trot on Monday afternoon (Nov. 9). Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) left three-deep into the first turn and took the lead before the quarter in a blistering :26.2. Mister Muscle (Bruce Ranger), who was tracking right behind h...
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Full Surge trots to 1:52.4 lifetime mark

on 11/09/2020 6:38 PM
Full Surge surged to the top from post 6 and never let a rival get close, scoring in a career-best 1:52.4 in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot.   Sent off as the 1-1 favorite, Full Surge threw down a 56.1 back half for Tony Hall, enabling him to defeat the pocket-sitting Joey by 1-1/4 lengths. Vegas Ticket was a ground-saving third.   Miles Wol...
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2YO filly trotter Aela Jamieson named USTA District 8 HOY

on 11/09/2020 3:59 PM
The 2-year-old trotting filly, Aela Jamieson, by Chapter Seven of Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, N.Y., has been named the United States Trotting Association District 8 Horse of the Year. The award was presented to trainer Julie Miller at Sunday’s New York Sires Stakes and USTA District 8 virtual awards banquet. “We loved her at Lexington at the sale, she was a smaller filly, but ...
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Hanover announces 2021 stud fees

on 11/09/2020 1:03 PM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced their 2021 service fees.  All stallions except Nuncio stand in Pennsylvania. Stallion books will open this week.   Andover Hall - $6,000;  Bar Hopping - $8,500 (shipped semen not available); Betting Line - $ 7,500; Cantab Hall - $15,000; Captaintreacherous - $30,000; Greenshoe - $25,000; International Moni -...
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HHYF Holiday Box now available

on 11/09/2020 11:32 AM
Have horse-loving kids on your holiday gift giving list? Then we hope you consider supporting the Harness Horse Youth Foundation by ordering our Holiday Activity Boxes! Designed with the intent of combining fun and light learning, the box contents are suitable for ages 10 and up.     Activities included are how to decorate a Ginger’bred’ Standard’bred' ...
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Pompano to race Monday after Sunday's washed-out opener

on 11/09/2020 10:27 AM
After Pompano Park's scheduled season kickoff was canceled on Sunday due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park's director of racing, Gabe Prewitt, has announced that Monday is a "go" as the track begins its 57th season. Highlighting the 11-race pari-mutuel program is the Open Handicap Trot featuring a full field of 10, including Sooo Handsome, The Lionking AS, Explosivebr...
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Meadows pauses Super Hi-5; mandatory on Nov. 24

on 11/09/2020 9:04 AM
Thanksgiving week could bring extra reasons to give thanks for players of the Super Hi-5 at The Meadows. The track has announced that on Tuesday, Nov. 24, the Super Hi-5 will carry a mandatory payout. With the Super Hi-5 jackpot already at $111,462.16, the final pool could be huge, indeed.   Ordinarily, The Meadows offers the Super Hi-5, with a minimum 20-cent wager, on the final race...
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NJ residents can now bet when they are out of state

on 11/09/2020 8:11 AM
New Jersey residents can now place bets on horse races even when they are out of state.   Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer (A2355) that allows residents to place wagers using New Jersey’s account wagering system while in another state.   “All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter w...
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Southwind Ozzi finds winner’s circle at Harrah’s Philly

on 11/08/2020 5:56 PM
Aided by a drop in class to the easiest field he has faced since his 2-year-old campaign, 2019 Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi ($3.60) broke a five-race losing skid with a scintillating 1:48.4 mile on Sunday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Southwind Ozzi wasted no time establishing command of the terms in the $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace and was guided by Daniel Dub&...
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Pompano Park cancels Sunday opener due to Eta

on 11/08/2020 10:58 AM
Due to Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park has been forced to cancel its opening night program on Sunday, Nov. 8. As the track of the storm progresses, a determination about the racing program scheduled for Monday, Nov. 9 will be made when appropriate. South Florida is in the cone of the storm, which is expected to bring as much as 10 inches of rain with winds approaching hurricane for...
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Summa Cum Laude, Fire Start Hanover win Kindergarten paces

on 11/08/2020 12:23 AM
 On Saturday night, a week after he and Perfect Sting recorded the first dead-heat Breeders Crown win, Yannick Gingras steered Summa Cum Laude to a 1:50.2 win in the $204,050 Kindergarten Series final for freshman pacing colts and geldings at thr Meadowlands.  Soaring to first off the gate was Shakespeare, followed by Captain Sleeze, with the Ron Burke-train...
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SBOA elims in the books at Mohawk Park

on 11/07/2020 11:55 PM
 Ontario-sired fillies were in the spotlight Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the SBOA Stakes.    A total of four $25,000 elimination races, two for pacers and two for trotters, were part of Saturday’s 12-race card. The top-five finishers in each elimination advanced to next week’s finals.    P L Notsonice had an...
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Dee’s Red Delicous, Anoka Hanover take Kindergarten trots

on 11/07/2020 11:48 PM
Leading a tightening bunch after leader Jack Fire, Dee’s Red Delicous emerged victorious in the $207,570 Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.    Driver Corey Callahan floated Dee’s Red Delicous into fourth to a :28 first quarter as 3-5 favorite Lindsymusclemania broke into a gallop entering the ...
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GD Western Joe rallies to win Dayton Open

on 11/07/2020 10:42 PM
GD Western Joe (Chris Page) used come-from-behind tactics on Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway to capture the $14,000 Open Pace in a snappy 1:49.4 clocking.    Odds-on favorite Our Majordan A (Brett Miller) couldn't clear to the lead until well past the :26.4 opening panel, then faced a stern challenge from Grantmeawish (Josh Sutton) from the :54 halfway juncture to pa...
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