Can-Am Pick 4 takes week off

on 06/25/2019 8:20 PM
Woodbine Entertainment would like to inform all horseplayers that the ‘Can-Am Pick 4’ wager between Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands has been suspended for this Friday (June 28).   The one-week suspension of the wager is due to a change to this Friday’s post time at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a 14-race card at The Meadowlands.   The wager is scheduled to resum...
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Marion Marauder defending Cleveland title

on 06/25/2019 5:26 PM
Northeast Ohio’s premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (June 29) at MGM Northfield Park.  This will be the fifth edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $175,000.   The Grand Circuit event has again attracted the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 12th event on a 16-race program. First race pos...
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McWicked tries for third Franklin title

on 06/25/2019 3:24 PM
No horse has ever captured multiple Ben Franklin Pace trophies, and elimination winners Western Fame and Lather Up are among the group of eight older male pacers that will try to keep returning champion McWicked from becoming the first. Western Fame is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s (June 29) $500,000 Ben Franklin final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while Lather Up is the...
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Ont. horseman Callie Rankin dies at 69

on 06/25/2019 2:42 PM
The southern Ontario harness racing community lost one of its longstanding members this past weekend as horseman William ‘Callie’ Rankin passed away on Monday (June 24) at the age of 69.   Rankin drove more than 3,700 winners over the course of his career. Horses that he drove earned over $9 million in career purses. Rankin, of Dundas, Ont., also carved out a...
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Sebastian K filly fastest in Philly qualifiers

on 06/25/2019 2:30 PM
Most of the better two-year-olds at this time are beginning their pari-mutuel careers, but a Tuesday morning freshman qualifying session at Harrah’s Philadelphia still unveiled a few winners, mostly first-time, worth looking for in the near future. There were two divisions of males and two of females on the trotting side, and the fastest winner, the Sebastian K S – Carla filly Kno...
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Entries closing soon for Buckeye Classic

on 06/25/2019 9:49 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company has issued a “final call” for yearling entries at the fifth annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale. The Buckeye Classic, scheduled for Sept. 24, is held at the Champions Center Expo in Springfield OH and is open to ALL foals of 2018. Contracts are available upon request by calling the Hoosier Classic Sale Company at 574-825-4610.
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Woodstock 50 at Vernon Downs?

on 06/25/2019 8:33 AM
According to news reports, Woodstock 50, a celebration of the legendary Woodstock music festival held on farm fields near Monticello Raceway, will be held at Vernon Downs.   Jeff Gural, the managing member of American Racing and Entertainment, which owns Vernon Downs, said “The ball is in their court,” referring to the Woodstock 50 organizer. "We’d like to see it ...
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Forbidden Trade, Southwind Avenger win OSS

on 06/25/2019 8:29 AM
There were no surprises at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night as favorites Forbidden Trade and Southwind Avenger delivered impressive victories in the second Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt season. In the first $107,200 division driver Bob McClure eased Forbidden Trade away from Post 1 and was content to watch from seventh as Cool Clifford and Dream Nation battled to a...
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2YOFP Cash Roll fastest NYSS winner

on 06/24/2019 8:30 PM
Cash Roll’s young resume has been impressive. Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway she extended her streak of perfection in her $26,500 Sire Stakes division. The 7-5 favorite started from post 6 with Scott Zeron aboard and cut the mile through splits of 29.2. 59.2 1:28.4. She paced her last quarter in 27.4 to trip the timer in 1:56.3 ($4.30) in the fast mile of t...
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2YOFP Rockmatic 1:54.2 PcD winner

on 06/24/2019 8:27 PM
Rockmatic, after a 1:59 qualifying win at Philly, made a more-than-successful purse debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Monday twilight card, as her victory in 1:54.2 in a $13,000 contest not only obviously lowered own her own mark, but also beat the North American season’s record for two-year-old pacing fillies on 5/8-mile tracks by a full second. Simon Allard got the daugh...
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Bo Mach takes Plainridge feature

on 06/24/2019 8:24 PM
The strip at the 'Ridge was in fine form on Monday afternoon (June 24) and the feature race was evidence of that as Bo Mach went the best mile of his life in the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pace at Plainridge Park to register his third consecutive win.   Bo Mach (Mitchell Cushing) led the field to the quarter in a brisk :26.4 before giving up the front to Sir Pugsley (Shawn Gray) who ...
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Wichita Lineman wins third straight

on 06/24/2019 8:22 PM
Gary Simpson's Wichita Lineman ($25, Art Stafford Jr.) won his third straight race Monday, this time in the featured $20,000 Open at Harrington Raceway. Just like he did in his previous two wins, the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding received a two-hole trip, stalking pacesetter Late Main N throughout before surging to the lead in the stretch. Sicily was second, while Q's C...
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Classicality captures Meadows trot feature

on 06/24/2019 7:06 PM
Despite fronting the first quarter in a contested :26.3, Classicality retook past the quarter and won comfortably in Monday’s (June 24) $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Brian Zendt handled Classicality confidently, and the 9-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding rewarded him by scoring powerfully in 1:53.3, two lengths better than Dayson, who rallied from...
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HHYF announces scholarship winners

on 06/24/2019 4:10 PM
Keli Jo Bell will receive the 2019 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. She is the daughter of Barry and Toni Bell from Windsor, Illi., and grew up racing horses along the Illinois fair circuit. At 14, she raised, broke and trained her very own horse Princess Sage who went on to win the Night of Champions and be named 2016 Illinois Horse of the Year. "This mare showed m...
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Fields set for Sun Stakes Saturday at PcD

on 06/24/2019 2:39 PM
Many of harness racing’s brightest stars will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday for four Championship races and strong supporting events on the $2,204,000 Sun Stakes Saturday 14-race card. Here is a look at the four Championship races, put together with an open post position draw, along with the $75,000 consolations attached to three of them, plus the $75,000 Great...
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Eldorado buys Caesars, its racetracks

on 06/24/2019 9:13 AM
According to reports, Caesars Entertainment Corp., which finalized its purchase of Hoosier Park Racing & Casino a year ago, has been sold to Eldorado Resorts. Eldorado agreed to buy Caesars for about $8.7 billion, an inside source told Bloomberg.   Eldorado already owns Scioto Downs and Pompano Park. It was recently announced that Eldorado was selling Mountaineer Park to...
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Amal Hall equals Buffalo track mark

on 06/24/2019 8:25 AM
For the second straight New York Sires Stakes card at Buffalo Raceway, it was an Excelsior A Series participant who stole the spotlight.   On Sunday (June 23), it was like a public workout for Amal Hall ($2.40) in the $15,000 Excelsior A division as she tied the Buffalo Raceway 3-year-old filly trotting record of 1:57, equaling the standard set in 2018 by Fury Road. She strolled to an e...
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10 claims at Pocono on Sunday night

on 06/24/2019 8:11 AM
“Claiming Night” at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has been shifted to Sunday night, and two $20,000 handicap pacing contests were the top events on the card. In the first, Atta Boy Dan, long a top-level fixture at The Meadows, has shifted eastward and kept up his prowess, winning the first division of the big claimer in 1:50.2 while controlling the throttle for driver George Nap...
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Big weekend for points at Hawthorne

on 06/24/2019 8:05 AM
As summer finally came to the Chicagoland area, the action was heating up on the racetrack as leg two action for the Night of Champions races took place this past weekend at Hawthorne.  Three-year-old pacers were the focus on Saturday night while three-year-old trotters took center stage on Sunday night. A pair of divisions took place on Saturday as Illinois-bred fillies were the focus i...
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Doug McNair edges Roy in Ben Hur

on 06/24/2019 8:02 AM
The second annual Ben Hur Cup, matching talented young drivers Doug McNair and hometown hero Louis Philippe Roy, produced an outstanding contest enjoyed by all concerned on Sunday afternoon (June 23) at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres.  McNair had a spectacular day, edging out the tenacious Roy by only three points, 56-53. The Ben Hur tournament format helps to ensure close competition, ...
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