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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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David Miller takes Legends Day title

on 06/23/2019 7:08 PM
In his second Legends Day appearance, David Miller found a path to the Clinton Raceway winner's enclosure via pocket trip with Dominum Deo ($9.00) in the biannual Legends Day Invitational Trot, contested Sunday afternoon (June 23). The Ohio native, who finished second to Steve Condren in the 2017 Legends Day Trot, secured a pocket ride for Dominum Deo behind 6-5 Nebraska Jack (Wally Henne...
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I'm A Big Deal back in winner's circle

on 06/23/2019 7:04 PM
After being overpowered by Highalator in a Great Northeast event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono earlier in the month, I'm A Big Deal ($3.60) got back in the win column on Sunday afternoon (June 23) at Harrah's Philadelphia with a 1:50.2 score in the $18,000 featured top-level pace. Dexter Dunn took his time with the 4-year-old Sombeachsomewhere entire, sitting well off pacesetter Ba...
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Tyler Buter wins 5 at Tioga Sunday

on 06/23/2019 7:02 PM
Tyler Buter won five races at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 23), including the featured pace ($12,000) with Prariie Panther. In the feature, Americanprimtime (Jim Taggart Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.2.  Prairie Panther ($2.50) then took over control before hitting the half in :54.1. Prairie Panther, who is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie ...
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Mugshots Bro wins third straight Open

on 06/23/2019 6:59 PM
Mugshots Bro (Jailhouse Jesse) continued his recent hot streak on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Trainer Lisa Zabielski acquired the 7-year-old trotter just a month ago and following a second-place finish in her first start with him, Mugshots Bro has gone on to win the Open Trot three consecutive times for his new stable.   On Sunday, despite being assigned the ...
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Backstreet Shadow takes Big M feature in 1:47.4

on 06/23/2019 12:33 AM
It was another Saturday night at the Meadowlands where most of the regular drivers were out of town, and Pat Berry took full advantage, guiding Backstreet Shadow to a lifetime-best – and Meadowlands' season's-fastest – 1:47.4 clocking in the featured $30,000 Preferred for 4-year-olds on the pace.   With many of the Big M drivers at Pocono Downs, Berry had the Scott D...
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Will Take Charge, Micky Gee N win Yonkers features

on 06/23/2019 12:28 AM
Hard-knocking Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $3.20) did not have to work that hard Saturday night (June 22st), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 co-featured Open Handicap Trot…becoming a career millionaire along the way.   Winning the 3-thru-6 draw among the half-dozen, the odds-on number strolled around the surroundings (:28,  57.3, 1:26, 1:54), the mile ma...
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Sgt Papa Daddy wins Vernon Downs feature

on 06/23/2019 12:11 AM
Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) captures the featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 22). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) charged out of the gate and led to a first quarter of :27.4.  Bay Rum (Howard Parker) went first-over and took the lead before hitting the halfway mark in :56.0.  He still led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the JP Sta...
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Prairie Fortune takes feature; Hennessey wins five at Tioga

on 06/23/2019 12:09 AM
Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) wins the featured Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 23). Prairie Fortune ($6.40) charged to the front and led the group to a :28.2 first quarter.  He led to the half in :58.0.  Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) followed in the pocket.  As they reached the back stretch Taco Tuesday (Mike Simons) went first-over a...
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Hudson Phil wins Saratoga open pace for the fourth time

on 06/23/2019 12:03 AM
Hudson Phil (Shanghai Phil) became the first horse at Saratoga Casino Hotel to win the Open Pace four times in 2019 when he went coast-to-coast on Saturday night with Jay Randall in the sulky. Trainer Jackie Greene has taken home three consecutive Pacer of the Year awards with her Artful Way who is again enjoying a strong '19 campaign, but on Saturday evening, it was Artful Way's stab...
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Adonis Bay, Wheels A Turning take Buffalo features

on 06/23/2019 12:02 AM
Adonis Bay ($4.60) flexed his muscles in Buffalo Raceway's $12,500 Class AA-Open Pace on Saturday night (June 22) with a length decision over Manceiver in 1:54 over the fast track. It was the second consecutive pace-setting victory for Adonis Bay (Jim Morrill Jr.).   In the co-featured $12,000 Class A-Open Trot, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) went three-wide in the final qu...
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Sun Stakes eliminations card held at Pocono

on 06/22/2019 11:53 PM
 The power-packed Sun Stakes Saturday eliminations card was held Saturday night (June 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the top finishers in their elims advancing to next Saturday (June 29) and the $2,000,000+ Sun Stakes Saturday Championship card. A $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacers was also on the Saturday Pocono card. BEN FRANKLIN FREE-FOR...
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Saturday night speed show at Mohawk Park

on 06/22/2019 11:51 PM
Easy Lover Hanover 1:48.3 performance in the $34,000 Preferred headlined a sizzling Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A total of 10 races were contested on Saturday evening at the Milton oval and six of them saw final times of sub-1:50.   Ben Wallace trainee Easy Lover Hanover rallied from sixth and last to win the $34,000 feature in a season's best 1:48.3. Doug McNai...
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Meadows newcomer Carolina Beach equals track record

on 06/22/2019 9:00 PM
Waiting patiently behind the leaders as they engaged in a suicidal dual, The Meadows newcomer Carolina Beach blazed through the Lightning Lane to score in 1:49.1 — matching the track record — in Saturday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace.   When Southwind Amazon engaged the leader, Windsong Leo, the pair battled throughout a blistering 26 third quarter. Carolina Beach, mean...
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