No Whip Chip springs 25-1 Miami Valley upset

on 04/07/2019 8:39 PM
 No Whip Chip upset a full field of Open Trotters at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon, returning $53.20 for a $2 win bet.  Dan Noble was in the sulky behind the 7-year-old Victory Sam gelding, who was bred by his late father Sam ‘Chip’ Noble, is owned by his mother Deborah Noble and trained by his sister Meredith Noble.  Dan got away fourth in the 10-horse field, opte...
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Grand Teton wins in 4-year-old debut

on 04/07/2019 8:37 PM
 Diamond Creek Racing's Grand Teton ($3.60) kicked his 4-year-old campaign off with a bang, dismissing the mid-stretch challenge of double millionaire Mach It So for a 1:51 win in the $18,000 featured pace on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia.   A stakes winner in 1:48.1 at three, the son of A Rocknroll Dance took full advantage of his class edge in the upper-level pac...
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Fourth round of the Levy Series in the books

on 04/07/2019 8:01 AM
Fourth round, four divisions, go ‘fourth’. Get the picture?   Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the next-to-last preliminary get-together of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   Four, $50,000 Free-For All events were carded, one fewer than a week ago.   First division—There weren’t many styles point for odds-on JJ F...
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Gingras wins 4, Alotbetter N best in Big M feature

on 04/07/2019 7:54 AM
Historically, the Meadowlands is a track where a horse can win from well off the pace, but Alotbettor N took that to an extreme in taking the featured high-range conditioned pace at the Big M Saturday night.   Bushwacker, the 9-2 third choice in the wagering, was on the point from the start to the head of the stretch, but nearing three-quarters there was a live flow coming after the l...
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Weiss action continues at Pocono

on 04/07/2019 12:15 AM
Three $15,000 divisions of the first preliminary of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing males highlighted the card on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Jim Morrill Jr. guiding two of the winners to 1:52.3 victories. First on the track was the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Division Bell, who broke his maiden for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Br...
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Gerardo wins Tharps Memorial final

on 04/07/2019 12:10 AM
 Gerardo has become quite an acquisition for owner Mark Bogen and trainer-driver Kayne Kauffman, who plucked the 4-year-old son of Rockin Image out of a Blooded Horse Sale in Springfield, Ohio prior to the start of his 2019 season. All he’s done is win four of his first six races for his new connections, all in late closer series action, including both the $25,000 final of ...
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Real Peace repeats at The Meadows

on 04/07/2019 12:05 AM
Real Peace overcame post nine and notched his second straight victory in Saturday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Although parked the opening quarter, the 4-year-old Real Desire-Peace gelding cruised home for Aaron Merriman in 1:53.1, 1 3/4 lengths better than Toureg Seelster. A boxed-in Lord Of Winterfell found late racing room for show. Ron Burke trains R...
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Veteran horseman Sylvester DeCample dies

on 04/07/2019 12:03 AM
 Longtime trainer/driver Sylvester DeCample, 76, died March 20  in Freehold, N.J. Mr. DeCample recorded 1,231 wins as a driver, with his horses earning more than $3.4 million. As a trainer, he recorded 323 victories and more than $1.2 million in purses.
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Stephanie Cruise dies at age 62

on 04/07/2019 12:00 AM
 On Tuesday, April 2, Stephanie D. Cruise, residing in Margate, Fla., passed away at the age of 62. Stephanie was born on April 9, 1956 in New York to Stephen and Marguerita (DiMenna) Gerenser. She raised one son, Kash, and one daughter, Kelly. She first started working with horses at Roosevelt Raceway in 1972 and would spend the rest of her life working and caring for the...
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Purse increase at Flamboro, Western Fair

on 04/06/2019 7:53 AM
The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs – both member tracks of Ontario Racing (OR) - have jointly announced a 10 percent purse increase for the balance of their Spring meets.   The additional purse money, as well as added races that had been carded in recent weeks, will offset the cancelled programs suffered at both venues this past winter season due to unfavorable ...
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Shartin N scores again in Matchmaker leg

on 04/06/2019 7:48 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fourth preliminary round conducted over Friday night’s sloppy surface.   Three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All mares went at it, down one from a week ago. In the first division, the logical, two-speed number unfolded as such, with pole-sitting fave Don’t Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) retaking from se...
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Insomniac stuns; American Girl hits $1 mil

on 04/06/2019 7:45 AM
Miami Valley Raceway was host for some stellar performances on a relatively warm Friday (April 5) evening in southwest Ohio.    Among the highlights were an all-time track record for trotters (also a national season’s trotting mark on any size oval), the crowning of harness racing’s newest millionaire, a thrilling stretch drive in the $27,500 final of the Dr. Don Moss...
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Final Claim 2-for-2 with series leg win

on 04/06/2019 7:42 AM
Sutton had little trouble winning the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Andy Miller had the gas pedal down from the start as the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings swooped past the field from post seven in the eight-horse field and made the lead at the quarter in a brisk :27.1. Sutton raced on an open lead from there all the ...
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HP Sissy takes Buffalo Open Trot in 1:56

on 04/05/2019 9:04 PM
After a miscue in her last start, HP Sissy ($4.50) rebounded impressively with an easy length victory over Kaitlyn Rae in a seasonal best 1:56 over the sloppy track in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Friday night (April 5).   Breaking stride at the half in her last appearance on March 20, it was back to business for HP Sissy. It was a bit of a b...
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U Need Stones scores second straight

on 04/05/2019 9:02 PM
A pair of $16,000 contests for developing younger horses, one on each gait, were the headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia on a dank Friday afternoon. In the pacing co-feature, which was for mares, War Crimes came home in :55.3, moving from third off the second turn to the lead at the five-eighths and running off to a 4 ½-length victory in 1:53.1. Josh Green conditions the winner of...
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Hard Rock purchases Turfway Park

on 04/05/2019 10:08 AM
Hard Rock International, which last year sold its minority interest in Northfield Park, has announced it is purchasing Turfway Park Thoroughbred racetrack in northern Kentucky and Jack Casino in downtown Cincinnati for a reported $780 million, pending regulatory approval.   Also involved is VICI Properties, which will enter into lease agreement with Hard Rock International, which will...
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April 9 groundbreaking for new KY harness track

on 04/05/2019 9:04 AM
Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”), in partnership with Keeneland, will break ground Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. CDT on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical racing venue in Oak Grove.   The facility will feature up to 1,500 historical racing machines beginning in 2020; a 125-room hotel; a 1,200-person seated capacity grandstand and event space...
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Plainridge ready for April 8 opener

on 04/05/2019 8:38 AM
When Plainridge Park opens their doors to welcome racing fans to the start of the 2019 live harness racing meet on Monday, Apr. 8, they will also be celebrating their 20th year of operations hosting the Standardbred sport.   Plainridge Park (then Plainridge Racecourse) held their grand opening in April of 1999 when an overflow crowd of 4,500 guests filled the parking lots and jammed ...
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Final call for Spring Mixed Entries

on 04/05/2019 8:35 AM
Those planning to consign horses to the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale have until Monday, April 8 to do so, as the catalog will close at the end of that business day.   The sale is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 28 in the Meadowlands race paddock.   “Most of the racetracks with spring and summer meets are now open, and the amount of claims everywhere gives you a...
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Goldberg is gold in DSBF 3CP final

on 04/04/2019 11:09 PM
Closing night at Dover Downs on Thursday displayed a spectacular card of 16 races highlighted by the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) final for pacing colts, a $33,000 Open Pace and a $34,000 Open Trot. Race 10 was the DSBF colt final and it was all Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles-Chausettes Blanche) in his fourth start of the year in 1:51.2 in wire-to-wire fashion for breeder/own...
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