Stars out in force Saturday at Mohawk Park

on 06/14/2019 12:24 PM
The 3-year-old pacers in Saturday’s $1 million North America Cup will enjoy center stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park but the card’s supporting cast includes its share of star power too, such as No. 1-ranked Shartin N, returning Horse of the Year McWicked, and additional award winners Atlanta, Emoticon Hanover, Forbidden Trade, Hannelore Hanover, Jimmy Freight, Kissin In The Sand, Tall Dr...
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Horseman Jim Beanblossom dies

on 06/14/2019 12:20 PM
Horseman James “Jim” Beanblossom, 86, passed away peacefully at Norton Hospital, in Louisville, Ky., surrounded by his family on June 12.   He was born February 28, 1933, in Laconia, Indiana, to Kenneth and Daisy Timberlake Beanblossom, at the same home that he would later share with his wife and raise his family in.   Jim retired from Motor Convoy in 1991,...
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Al-Mar-Got A Fever brings 4-race streak into open

on 06/14/2019 10:36 AM
When Al-Mar-Got A Fever came to Scott Di Domenico’s barn, the trainer was skeptical. Although the 5-year-old mare built an impressive resume in the Midwest, winning 12 of 48 starts and earning $226,231 while racing primarily in the barn of Steven Carter, Di Domenico knows doing it against top competition in New York is a tougher task.   Despite his early reservations, Al-Mar-Got A F...
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Plunge Blue Chip scratched from Armbro Flight

on 06/14/2019 10:21 AM
The complexion of Saturday’s (June 15) C$256,000 Armbro Flight final changed with the scratch of one mare that will open the door for Ontario-based Dream Together to compete. Trot Insider has learned that Dream Together will line up from post position nine after the scratch of Plunge Blue Chip. Randy Waples has been listed to drive Dream Together, who finished sixth in her elimination....
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Last call for Summer Mixed Sale entries

on 06/14/2019 9:18 AM
Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds horsemen and women that the catalog for the Summer Mixed Sale is ready to close, so entries should be submitted to the sales company or with one’s agent as soon as possible.   The sale will be conducted at the Meadowlands on July 14, the Sunday following the track’s premier night of racing that includes the Meadowlands Pace and seven other maj...
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Con Air Hall cruises in Plainridge feature

on 06/14/2019 12:24 AM
After matching his lifetime mark in an April win at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Con Air Hall had not been able to come close to that performance in the months since. But that all changed on Thursday when the 6 year old got his game back on track and romped in the $10,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park.     Con Air Hall (Mitchell Cushing) dropp...
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NYSS 3CPs in action Sunday at Tioga

on 06/13/2019 7:55 PM
Tioga Downs will host three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Father’s Day Sunday. Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) is the 5-2 morning line favorite In the first division ($38,900).  The 3-year-old colt by So Surreal is owned by trainer Ray Schnittker along with Nolamaura Racing, and Thomas Spatorico.  He has two ...
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PA fair circuit gets underway Saturday

on 06/13/2019 7:51 PM
The 2019 Pennsylvania fair circuit starts up this Saturday and Sunday in this northwest Pennsylvania town, outside of Erie, with 2 and 3 year olds competing in Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes action, both days starting at noon – the freshmen on Saturday, and the sophomores on Sunday. Enough 2 year olds have entered to allow for nine races on Saturday. Four of t...
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Scirocco Rob holds on in Philly feature

on 06/13/2019 7:48 PM
The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob was pointed to the front of the pack by David Miller in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, and the winner of $324,173 never looked back in a 1:53.1 victory. Showing a recent win in this class and sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Scirocco Rob was parked most of the :27.3 first quarter to get the lead, then got ...
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Osprey Blue Chip springs 21-1 Saratoga shocker

on 06/13/2019 4:27 PM
Osprey Blue Chip (American Ideal) is in the midst of her best stretch since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel a couple seasons ago. A winner of four of her last seven starts leading up to Thursday afternoon’s feature at the Spa, Osprey Blue Chip was assigned the rail for her second try in the local Open for fillies and mares. Brett Crawford picked up the catch-drive for trainer Lisa Zabielsk...
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NA Cup Night in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/13/2019 4:08 PM
All eyes on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as Saturday night’s blockbuster card includes the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Nancy Johansson explained to Gordon Waterstone about Captain Crunch’s break in the elimination—he was still game enough to finish fifth—and what she expects in the final. Also, Yannic...
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Ohio horseman Tony Raber dies at 89

on 06/13/2019 3:43 PM
Tony L. Raber, 89, of Strasburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, June 11, in the New Dawn Retirement Center. Born March 10, 1930 in Stone Creek, he was a son of the late Jesse and Pearl Mizer Raber. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Cy and Dennis; and three sisters, Helen Stephen, Okie and Sally Hiles. Mr. Raber was a retired Brick Mason, having worked for many different contractors t...
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Great Northeast Series Sunday at Pocono, Philly

on 06/13/2019 3:21 PM
The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) continues this Sunday with a pair of $30,000 events, an open pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia in the afternoon and an open trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono at night. In the pacing event, Rockin Ron is listed as the 5-2 favorite to get his first win of 2019 after several good tries against high-class company. The career earner of $1,618,365 was ...
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Race announcer workshop July 27 at Meadowlands

on 06/13/2019 3:16 PM
Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is sponsoring a Race Announcer Workshop on Saturday, July 27.   The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who has called over 200,000 Standardbred and Thoroughbred races, including 19 Hambletonians. Warkentin, who started calling races at age 16, has been on racing broadcast team...
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Groups call for bisphosphonate research

on 06/13/2019 3:15 PM
Three organizations dedicated to the improvement of horse health today announced a call for research proposals to investigate bisphosphonate administration in racehorses and in young racing prospects intended for sale at public auction.   The initiative by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC), the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the American Association of E...
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Buckeye entries close Saturday

on 06/13/2019 1:12 PM
The entry deadline for the 5th annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale is this Saturday, June 15. The Buckeye Classic, scheduled for Sept. 24 is held at the Champions Center Expo in Springfield, Ohio, and is open to ALL foals of 2018. Contracts are available upon request by calling the Hoosier Classic Sale Company at 574-825-4610 or download an entry packet online at www.buckeyeclassicsale...
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Jacquie Ingrassia hurt in White Birch accident

on 06/13/2019 1:07 PM
Jacqueline Ingrassia, 72, one of the sport’s all-time leading female drivers, is recovering from injuries suffered in a training accident Thursday morning at White Birch Farm in New Jersey.   According to friend Lella Montgomery, Ingrassia got hurt when the horse she was jogging shook the bridle off and took off, throwing her into the barn. While the horse was not hurt, Ingrassi...
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USTA opposes Horse Racing Integrity Act

on 06/13/2019 12:40 PM
The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) strongly opposes the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2019 (S. 1820), which was introduced Wednesday (June 12) by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The legislation is bad for harness racing, horse racing, and the health and welfare of horses. “At a time in which the industry is focused on preventing deaths, this legislation will have the opposite effec...
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Meadowlands tops $3 million in handle 10th time

on 06/13/2019 11:48 AM
When it comes to the magic $3-million handle mark, Saturday night, June 8, at the Meadowlands was a perfect 10. Wagering at the industry’s handle leader went past the $3-million mark for the 10th time in 2019, as after betting from all sources were tallied, the $3,205,559 pushed through the windows represented the third-highest single-card total of the year. Wagering got a big b...
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Breeders Crown Charity Challenge announced

on 06/13/2019 11:44 AM
Sports and entertainment collides for the inaugural Breeders Crown Charity Challenge, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership and Woodbine Entertainment.   The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge will team four award-winning Standardbreds with four celebrities, and a charity of their choosing, for a unique social media challenge building towards the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine...
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