Gus Schickedanz, breeder of Goodtimes, dies

on 06/20/2019 3:41 PM
Gustav “Gus” Schickedanz, a life-long friend of Standardbred breeder H. Charles  Armstrong, with the two co-breeders of Goodtimes, recently died at age 90. Mr. Schickendanz also raced the good trotting mare Peach Pit with Bill Wellwood.   Mr. Schickendanz was a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame for his powerful Thoroughbred racing legacy. He arrived in ...
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Osprey Blue Chip wins again at Saratoga

on 06/20/2019 3:01 PM
For the second consecutive Thursday afternoon, Osprey Blue Chip (American Ideal) pulled off an upset in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A recent claim by trainer Lisa Zabielski, Osprey Blue Chip prevailed in last week’s (June 13) installment of the ladies’ feature by scoring at odds of 21-1. On Thursday, the 5-year-old mare drew post four in the five-hors...
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Big Legends Day Sunday at Clinton

on 06/20/2019 2:00 PM
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell's harness racing roots are so deep in southwestern Ontario that they go back to his teenage years with another of the sport’s legends from the region: Trevor Ritchie, who grew up across the street from The Raceway at Western Fair District in London. They'll both be at Legends Day on Sunday at Clinton Raceway.   “Trevor and I have b...
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Dark Dutchess, Embrace The Grind sweep in DE

on 06/20/2019 9:32 AM
Carol Jamieson Parker's Dark Dutchess ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) and Andrew Glassmeyer’s Embrace The Grind ($2.20, Jon Roberts) completed a sweep of her 3-year-old filly Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 eliminations Wednesday with a 2:00.4 win.   Dark Duchess, a He's Spooky filly, overcame an early break in stride near the quarter-mile to regroup and make the le...
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Muscle M Up Svanstedt's surprise

on 06/20/2019 9:29 AM
With a returning Dan Patch Award winner (Six Pack) and multiple world-record-holder (Plunge Blue Chip) among his 4-year-old trotters, it’s no surprise to find trainer Ake Svanstedt with a horse tied for the points lead after three rounds of the Graduate Series. Except for the surprise. The horse is Muscle M Up. “He’s a surprise. He’s surprised me,” Svanstedt said ...
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Nitro Seelster in Meadows Open

on 06/20/2019 9:28 AM
When Nitro Seelster pulled off a 13-1 upset last week against The Meadows’ elite pacers, it may have been his most powerful performance since arriving here in 2014. His reward? He gets to face an even tougher bunch Saturday to prove his win was no fluke — and he’ll have to do it from post 8.   That feature, a $20,000 Open Handicap, goes as race 8, with Tony Hall driv...
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3FT Grand Swan 1:54 winner in ISS

on 06/20/2019 8:26 AM
Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah’s Hoosier Racing & Casino on Wednesday, June 19, as they play host to the second round of the stakes action for the 3-year-old competitors throughout the week. Indiana-sired sophomore trotting fillies were the featured attraction on the evening’s 14-race card with two $47,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. In j...
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Gia's Surreal steals the show at Buffalo

on 06/19/2019 9:30 PM
JK American Beauty and So Awesome took the main events in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (June 19) at Buffalo Raceway but it was Gia's Surreal in the $15,000 Excelsior Class A Series who stole the show.   Driven by Jim Morrill Jr. and conditioned by local trainer Jim Graham, Gia's Surreal tied the Buffalo Raceway track record with a...
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Pair of Uncle Peter freshmen set marks at Meadows

on 06/19/2019 6:39 PM
Miss Stunner and It's Academic, a pair of Uncle Peter freshman trotters making their career debuts for trainer Ron Burke Wednesday at The Meadows, not only scored handily but also became the season's fastest 2-year-olds in their respective divisions on a five-eighths-mile track. Dave Palone guided both youngsters to victory.   Miss Stunner moved powerfully first over from four...
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2YO Adriano Hanover wins in 1:54.4

on 06/19/2019 4:47 PM
Ghost Pine could not be caught in a 1:50.3 victory in the $14,500 featured pace Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with the season’s first local race for freshmen producing a season’s record-tying 1:54.4 win for Adriano Hanover. A son of Badlands Hanover, Ghost Pine tucked third behind outside post leavers Control Tower and Letschasethedreamn in a :26.4 first quar...
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Greenshoe leads Beal contenders

on 06/19/2019 1:35 PM
Five of the 10 horses in the Road to the Hambletonian rankings produced by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin will be in action Saturday (June 22) in eliminations for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with No. 1 Greenshoe headlining the event. Greenshoe, who also is the top-ranked 3-year-old trotter in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, i...
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More baby qualifiers at Pocono

on 06/19/2019 1:11 PM
Ten qualifying events for two-year-olds were staged Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with many well-pedigreed performers turning in solid efforts. The Charlie Norris stable finished 1-2-3 in the fastest of three contests for filly trotters, as the Chapter Seven – Fraction miss Reciprocalbluechip sat in the pocket behind stablemate Sweet Sofie T, then came on to catc...
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John Rhoads Jr., co-owned Right Touch, dies

on 06/19/2019 11:03 AM
John “Buzz” Rhoads, Jr., 89, the co-owner of  Right Touch, who won the 2013 Indiana Sires Stakes final, died June 10 after an extended illness. Mr. Rhoads born Jan. 13, 1930, to John and Rita (nee Wellington) and raised in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated from Circleville High School in 1947. He attended Ohio University from 1947-1951 before enlisting in the Army, where he was a m...
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$250k Spirit of Massachusetts back at Plainridge

on 06/19/2019 10:40 AM
After a one-year hiatus, Grand Circuit racing will return to New England when Plainridge Park hosts the second edition of the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot for 3-year-old and older trotters. And new for 2019 will be the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace for 3-year-old and older fillies and mares.   Both races will be contested on Sunday (July 28) and are presented by Plainrid...
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Drew Monti to become Plainridge regular

on 06/19/2019 10:24 AM
Leading western New York driver Drew Monti is heading east to Massachusetts to become a regular in the driving colony at Plainridge Park.   Monti, who started driving at the age of 18, has put up some impressive numbers in his seven years campaigning at just about every track in New York State. From 8,427 lifetime starts he has 1,334 wins, 1,211 seconds and 1,179 thirds, has earned $7...
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Touchmatic wins 8th race in 9 starts

on 06/19/2019 7:43 AM
Touchamatic proved once again Tuesday (June 18) she’s the dominant pacing mare at The Meadows, cruising to a 1:50.1 victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap. It was the eighth victory in the last nine starts for the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch.   Despite a demanding 26.2 opening panel from post 6, Touchamatic had plenty in the tank for Aaron Me...
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2YOCT Can't Say No 1:57.2 PcD winner

on 06/18/2019 8:30 PM
The two-year-olds made their 2019 pari-mutuel debut at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card, with a $13,000 event for each gait sharing the feature spotlight with a trot and a mares pace for more experienced horses. In the section for baby colts, the well-bred Can’t Say No was dismissed as the 38-1 longest shot on the board despite winning in his only qualifier, ...
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Fillies by Roddys Bags Again take DSBF leg

on 06/18/2019 8:27 PM
Two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $20,000 divisional eliminations for pacing fillies headlined the Tuesday Harrington Raceway program. In And Out Again (Ross Wolfenden) won the early non-wagering division in 1:55 over Anneke and Paper Bag. Owned by Jason and Tim Skinner, the daughter of Roddy's Bags Again notched her sixth win of the year and fifth straight in DSBF company. ...
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O'Donnell talks about Ontario racing

on 06/18/2019 2:52 PM
He’s watched horse racing in Ontario endure good times and bad, but through it all, Bill O’Donnell refuses to be a pessimist. Known as the "Magic Man" over a decorated Standardbred career that yielded 5,743 wins, numerous accolades and induction into multiple hall of fames, O’Donnell has pretty much seen it all over his time in the sport. And while he&...
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Dexter Dunn talks about great start to '19

on 06/18/2019 2:43 PM
Dexter Dunn was hoping to enjoy a little success on the Grand Circuit this year, but the young stakes season has already exceeded his expectations. Dunn, who captured 10 consecutive premiership driving titles in New Zealand before moving to the U.S. last summer, has won Grand Circuit finals with three different horses and finished second in six other events. Last weekend, the 29-year-old Dunn won...
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