Kawartha Downs sold; racing to remain

on 06/07/2019 9:58 AM
Toronto-based Romspen Investments Corp. has purchased Kawartha Downs in Ontario and is expecting to keep live horse racing at the Peterborough-area facility, according to the track’s new president, Richard Weldon. An article by the Peterborough Examiner explains that Romspen Investments Corp. had been the mortgage lender to the track’s previous owner, ‘Skip’ Ambrose. K...
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3PC Magic Joe Lindy wins '19 debut

on 06/07/2019 8:41 AM
After cruising to easy wins in two of her last three outings at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Write Me A Song shipped into Massachusetts and put on quite a show while winning the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap pacing feature for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (June 6) at Plainridge Park.   Leaving from post seven, Write Me A Song (Mitchell Cushing) was a blur off the gate a...
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Dexter Dunn wins 5 in Philly Thursday

on 06/06/2019 7:45 PM
New Zealand native Dexter Dunn, who has ascended to third in the Harrah’s Philadelphia driving standings behind perennial leaders Tim Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr., took five victories during the Thursday afternoon card at the riverside oval, including wins in the feature and one co-feature – neither of them predictable. In the $18,000 headlining trot, Dunn rallied the Ca...
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NA Cup elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/06/2019 4:20 PM
The continent’s leading 3-year-old male pacers converge on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories. Six—that’s right, six—unbeaten horses in 2019 are in the NA Cup elims, including five in a powerhouse first split. Read what trainers John McDermott Jr. and Nancy ...
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Brown talks about his 2 NA Cup starters

on 06/06/2019 4:15 PM
Trainer Brian Brown finished second in last year’s Pepsi North America Cup with now four-year-old star Done Well and the Ohio-based conditioner is back to take another stab his second victory in Canada’s signature race with Air Force Hanover and Workin Ona Mystery in this Saturday’s eliminations.   “I guess you’d say I’m kind of excited about coming...
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Burke update about NA Cup starters

on 06/06/2019 10:18 AM
Ron Burke leads all trainers in starters for Saturday’s (June 8) Pepsi North America Cup eliminations at Ontario’s Woodbine Mohawk Park, and although his three 3-year-old pacers are winless this season, the sport’s leading conditioner is anticipating improved performances from his group. Burke, the 2018 Trainer of the Year in the U.S., sends out De Los Cielos Deo in the firs...
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PASS 3FP hopefuls to battle at The Meadows

on 06/06/2019 8:44 AM
With world champion Warrawee Ubeaut elsewhere, a number of talented 3-year-old filly pacers will be looking to earn their spurs in Saturday’s $168,074 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) at The Meadows. Two who appear especially promising are Odds On St Lucie from the Tony Alagna stable and Philly Hanover, sent out by Ron Coyne Jr..   The Belmont Day card kicks off at the special p...
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3FTs in Ohio SS action Saturday at Northfield

on 06/06/2019 8:29 AM
Fourteen 3-year-old trotting fillies are slated to line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Saturday evening in a pair of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS).  First race post time is 6 p.m. (EDT), with the OSS events carded as races two and seven on the 16-race program that also features the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie Free For All Invitational Pace.   Only Take Cash, la...
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Morning Shadow gets win in Meadows feature

on 06/05/2019 9:57 PM
Shuffled to fourth after taking the early lead, Morning Shadow poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,800 Conditioned Pace for fillies and mares.   JK Kissntell took the point from Morning Shadow, thwarting a number of challengers but never enjoying a breather. Morning Shadow and Dave Palone pounced on her in the lane and scored in ...
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American Mercury takes NYSS win at Buffalo

on 06/05/2019 9:54 PM
American Mercury ($6.50) overcame the outside post to start the race then overwhelmed Major March in the stretch to collect the victory in the $118,800 New York Sire Stakes event for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 5).   Covering the mile in 1:52.4, in was the second straight NYSS victory for American Mercury.   "It...
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Bring The Thunder, Blacklight shine in Philly features

on 06/05/2019 9:52 PM
Developing horses on their way up the class ladder were featured in a pair of $14,000 pacing events Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a pair of sons of Somebeachsomewhere, Blacklight and Bring The Thunder, emerging victorious. Bring The Thunder may have started his career with fourteen defeats, but right now he's a winner of two straight, and he has a nice new mark of...
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Big turnout at Diamond Creek open house

on 06/05/2019 3:37 PM
Diamond Creek held it's 5th annual Open House over the weekend in sunny Wellsville, Pa. The event was attended by over 750, a large number of whom were from the community and have attended every year.   "Every year this Open House gets larger," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden, "My staff outdo themselves planning each year, and it shows in the exc...
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Undefeated Pilot Discretion in Goodtimes

on 06/05/2019 11:34 AM
It is often said that sometimes the moves you don’t make, or in this instance the races you don’t make, turn out the best. Such appears to be the case for 3-year-old male trotter Pilot Discretion, who brings an undefeated slate to Friday’s (June 7) Goodtimes Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Pilot Discretion, from the stable of Tony Alagna, developed slowly last seaso...
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Grasso following 2 NYSS homebreds

on 06/05/2019 11:32 AM
John Grasso credits divine intervention for his presence at the racetrack these days. The longtime owner and trainer was ready to call it a career after his wife, Janine, passed away on Christmas Eve last year. The two had been high school sweethearts and spent 48 years of life together. Before her passing, Grasso recalls telling Janine that he thought he had a couple of good horses that would be ...
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Big charity night at Meadows June 28

on 06/05/2019 10:32 AM
Family fun and giving back to the community are themes for a major event planned at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino. The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA), in partnership with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), is hosting a “Driver Charity Challenge & Family Fun Night” on Friday, June 28.. Live racing starts at 5:30 PM, and families can enjoy a DJ, ...
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KY fair season begins Thursday

on 06/05/2019 10:06 AM
Kentucky Fair racing will get underway Thursday, June 6, as 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters will make their season debut at the Purchase District Fair in Mayfield. With a post time scheduled for 4 pm, the card will feature 14 heats of racing for the Kentucky-bred youngsters with each division going for $5,000. For most of the entries, it will be their first start of 2019.   201...
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Services announced for Jerry Knappenberger

on 06/04/2019 9:08 PM
Jerry Lee Knappenberger, 76, a longtime general manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and former second trainer for the Terry Holton stable, died June 3, 2019, at the Inn at Chapel Grove in Heath, Ohio. He was born October 9, 1942, in Newark, a son of the late John H. and Mildred G. (Barnes) Knappenberger. He was a graduate of Newark High School and received a Bachelor&...
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Keystone Riptide victorious at Meadows

on 06/04/2019 9:02 PM
Dismissed at 22-1, Keystone Riptide wore down a game Touchamatic, snapping that rival’s six-race winning streak and capturing Tuesday’s (June 4) $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Pace at The Meadows.   Although Touchamatic was parked throughout a contested 26.1 opening quarter, she refused to yield to the first-over challenge of Keystone Riptide and Mike Wilder. At the wire, tho...
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Reclamation wins sixth in a row

on 06/04/2019 8:58 PM
Reclamation was a 1:51.2 winner in the $17,500 distaff featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, raising her scorecard to six wins in a row and 13-for-21 lifetime. The four-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, driven by Matt Kakaley (who had four successes on the card) for trainer Ron Burke, was on top at every call for the first time during her winning streak, cleari...
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Arts And Flowers takes Harrington mare Open

on 06/04/2019 8:57 PM
Linda Schwaid and Era Williams' Arts and Flowers ($32.60, Roger Plante Jr.) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,500 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Arts And Flowers released Sayulita to the lead approaching the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Sayulita then marched to the half-mile in 57 seconds, while Goin Again mounted a first over bid, with Empress Deo second over to three-quarters i...
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