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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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HHYF wraps up stop at Ohio's Crawford County

on 06/04/2019 4:48 PM
After a month-long spell of inclement weather that has gripped the area the Harness Horse Youth Foundation/Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association’s Ohio Grand Tour 2019 was greeted by pristine skies and temperatures in the low 70s at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on Monday, June 3, as they began their 10-day trek through Ohio.   Fair official David Staats welcomed the small...
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Local heroes longshots in Battle of Lake Erie

on 06/04/2019 3:55 PM
Both of Northfield Park’s local pacing stars have accepted their invitations to Saturday’s $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie. Dave Bianconi, the track’s executive vice president of racing and simulcasting, has assigned Bully Pulpit and Southwind Amazon 12-1 and 15-1 morning-line odds. His customary assignments to them are outside posts in Northfield’s weekly Open Pace. ...
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Jim Campbell wins 6 in Philly qualifiers

on 06/04/2019 1:48 PM
The Jim Campbell Stable came to the first set of 2-year-old qualifying races at Harrah’s Philadelphia ready to roar, as the trainer won six races during the Tuesday morning trials, including five of the six on the trot. Among the trotting colts, a pair sponsored by Campbell and owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC, both out of champion full sisters, won by a combined 37 lengths. The faster w...
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Two Standardbreds killed in Ontario traffic accident

on 06/04/2019 1:42 PM
Tragedy struck the southern Ontario harness racing industry on Sunday evening, June 2, as an auto accident which involved horses that were shipping to race claimed the lives of a pair of Standardbreds. The collision occurred in rural Milton, north of Woodbine Mohawk Park, at roughly 5:30 p.m. The horses in question were shipping to compete at Georgian Downs in Innisfil for the track&rsqu...
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State-breds in action at Hawthorne

on 06/04/2019 1:25 PM
The past weekend at Hawthorne was a big one locally, and for the long term future of the industry in Illinois.  As the summer harness meet moved into the second month of the season, legislation was being passed in Illinois to allow for an expansion of gaming and sports betting which will lead to a revitalization of racing in Illinois. On the track, Cardinal and Violet races were the raci...
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Elims set for Pepsi North America Cup

on 06/04/2019 11:54 AM
The entry box for the 36th Pepsi North America Cup closed Tuesday morning with 18 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings entered.   A pair of $50,000 eliminations, each with a field of nine, will be contested this Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $1 million final on Saturday, June 15.   The fields f...
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Stall apps now available at Batavia Downs

on 06/04/2019 11:45 AM
Horsemen wishing to race at Batavia Downs for the upcoming 2019 Championship summer/fall meet should take note that stall applications are now available on the track's website (www.bataviadownsgaming.com).   Simply click Live Racing>Horsemen>Stall Application and Agreement and also Stall Reservations links to download. The complete 2019 racing schedule can also be found...
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Gingras had a "blast" at World Driving Championship

on 06/04/2019 10:16 AM
After a second-place finish in last week’s World Driving Championship, U.S. representative Yannick Gingras was left to wonder “what if.” But there was no doubt in his mind about the competition, held at five racetracks across Sweden, and the opportunity to participate. “It was a blast,” said Gingras, a two-time Driver of the Year in the U.S. who was mak...
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Nevada Standardbred Assn. joins HHI

on 06/04/2019 8:53 AM
The Nevada Standardbred Association Inc. (NVSA) has recently been accepted as an associate member of Harness Horsemen International. The HHI provides advice, consultation and support, as well as promotes public awareness for member associations. Additionally, HHI provides valuable knowledge for harness racing professionals to government bodies and much more. The HHI strives to promote and uphold ...
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Haveoneforme, Bright Eyes M win OSS splits

on 06/04/2019 8:50 AM
On Monday the 3-year-old trotting fillies gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park for their first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and fans got a look at two impressive youngsters who could be battling for divisional supremacy all summer.   In the first $107,200 (C) division Haveoneforme, making her first start since winning the May 18 SBOA Stake final at Woodbine Mohawk Park, was sent ...
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Rock Diamonds N rolls in Plainridge victory

on 06/03/2019 9:55 PM
In what could only be described as a powerful performance, Rock Diamonds N toyed with a top field of pacers at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon and came away with his third consecutive win after taking the $14,000 Winners-Over Handicap in gate to wire fashion.    Leaving from post six, Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) set up shop on the point by the eighth pole and opened up...
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