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Ducharme wins twice at Saratoga

on 05/30/2019 8:34 AM
Trainer George Ducharme usually thrives when he brings horses to race at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The veteran conditioner often sends some of his young trainees to town usually in the spring months to compete in races that serve as preps for Sire Stakes action or in between their stakes tries. On Wednesday afternoon, Ducharme sent two trainees to town and both found their way to the winner’s...
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Decoy captures Philly feature in 1:51

on 05/30/2019 8:32 AM
The southeastern side won a Philadelphia version of the Battle of the Tasman Sea in the $14,500 featured pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, as Decoy, driven by New Zealander Dexter Dunn, spoiled the North American debut of favored Senor Macray A while posting a 1:51 clocking. Caviart Skyler took the early lead, with Decoy in second, the latter moving frontward near th...
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Reigning ISS champ Grand Swan scores

on 05/30/2019 8:29 AM
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 29, program at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured two divisions of $48,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Indiana’s two-year-old trotting filly champion, Grand Swan, kicked off her three-year-old campaign in impressive fashion and looked every the bit the ...
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PASS champ Osterc returning for leg 2

on 05/29/2019 2:20 PM
If you’re The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and on Saturday night you have the world’s fastest two-year-old, the filly Warrawee Ubeaut (1:48.3), among the entrants in four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars race for three-year-olds – what can you do for an encore on Sunday? Here’s the answer – you turn to the Hambletonian-class types, the three-year-old...
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Millennial night at Meadowlands Saturday

on 05/29/2019 12:22 PM
This Saturday, June 1, is millennial night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Continuing efforts to attract the younger demographic, the Meadowlands is hosting a 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and a $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes both sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural’s Allerage Farms. The free handicapping contest is exclusively for fans between the ages of 18 and 30....
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Swandre The Giant starts Thursday in ISS

on 05/29/2019 10:03 AM
Highly regarded Hambletonian hopeful Swandre The Giant begins his 3-year-old campaign Thursday (May 30) in the first round of the Indiana Sire Stakes at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The Ron Burke-trained colt is the No. 6-ranked horse in Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin’s second Road to the Hambletonian released Tuesday. Last year, Swandre The Giant won ni...
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Ohio breeder, owner Thurman Downing dies

on 05/28/2019 9:29 PM
Thurman Downing, 87, especially well known during the 1960s while his father campaigned the great Bret Hanover, died May 19, surrounded by his family, succumbing to pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Downing was the  son of the late Richard and Irma (Hugenard) Downing; devoted husband of the late Terry Scully Downing; father of Shannon (Kevin) Callahan, Bruce (Nancy) and Mary;  grandfath...
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Touchamatic, Party At The Banks win at Mea

on 05/28/2019 9:26 PM
Touchamatic collected her sixth straight victory while Party At The Banks extended her winning streak to three in Tuesday’s (May 28) co-features at The Meadows.   Touchamatic ripped off five straight at Northfield before putting her streak on the line in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Perfect Touch released Medusa to the ...
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Artrageous picks up fourth victory of season

on 05/28/2019 9:21 PM
Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, Andrew Stafford and Holly Case's Artrageous ($9.60, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.1 winner in the $18,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.  The Andrew Stafford-trainee notched her third consecutive win after holding off a fast-closing Goin Again, who was second, and third-place finisher Sayulita, whom Artrageous passed late for her fourth win of the...
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Doug McNair takes lead in World Driving tourney

on 05/28/2019 9:17 PM
After a slow start to the 2019 World Driving Championship, Canada's Doug McNair has been on an absolute tear. For the second straight day, McNair won two dashes and Driver of the Day honours to lead the competition after four legs.   Less than 24 hours removed from winning a pair of WDC dashes and being named ‘Driver of the Day’ during the third leg in Lindesberg, the ...
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Rocklamation posts fifth straight win

on 05/28/2019 7:34 PM
The A Rocknroll Dance four-year-old mare Reclamation, who started her racing career in Great Britain and broke her maiden in a race for a purse of U.S. $706, posted her fifth straight victory in the $17,500 distaff pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card, showing large reserves of fortitude to down an ultra-game Juslikeaqueen by a nose in a career best of 1...
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2 SBSW splits; Atlanta in Graduate

on 05/28/2019 5:17 PM
The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series will take place this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park to kick-off a spectacular month of Grand Circuit action.   A group of 16 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of $85,000 divisions for the Somebeachsomewhere. The Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters will feature two $99,000 contests ...
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Warrawee Ubeaut leads All Stars Saturday

on 05/28/2019 2:56 PM
Harness racing’s fastest 2-year-old ever, the filly Warrawee Ubeaut (1:48.3 at Lexington last year), makes her second start of 2019 in one of four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing fillies Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Warrawee Ubeaut, a daughter of Sweet Lou trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi L...
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Horsewoman Mary Coven, 73, dies

on 05/28/2019 12:32 PM
Mary K. Coven, 73, the mother of trainer Sam Coven and ex-wife of the late notable Ohio driver-trainer Herb Coven Jr., died May 26 following a battle of several months against lung cancer. Mary and Herb ran a powerful stable at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon, Ohio, for almost 20 years. Among the stable patrons at the height of their success were Blue Chip Farms and the partnership of Pa...
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Ideal Jimmy draws 1 in Camluck Classic

on 05/28/2019 9:18 AM
The field for the second edition of the C$157,000 Camluck Classic has been drawn and it was Ideal Jimmy drawing the coveted rail position while Rockin Ron, winner of last year’s signature race, will leave right in behind from the trailing post eight. Sintra, the lone local horse, has drawn post five for the husband-wife team of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Stephanie Jamieson. The son of...
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Simon Allard drives 5 winners at Pocono

on 05/27/2019 9:21 PM
Driver Simon Allard had the hot hands at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Memorial Day twilight card, visiting the winners circle five times. Allard is now only two wins behind Anthony Napolitano, 70-68, for second place among local winning drivers, with Anthony’s brother George in his usual spot at the top of the ladder with 97 local successes. Two of Simon’s victories came...
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Gimpanzee wins Empire in 2019 debut

on 05/27/2019 7:47 PM
Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) won the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($215,200) for sophomore trotting colts and geldings at Vernon Downs on a special Memorial Day matinee (May 27).  He won his 3-year-old debut and is a perfect 10 for 10 in his career. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) went to the front and was followed in second by Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) with Gimpanzee ($2.10) in t...
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Prince Of Tides fastest in PA Stallion

on 05/27/2019 6:18 PM
Sons of Captaintreacherous won five of the six $20,000 third round preliminaries of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts Monday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but it was the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Prince Of Tides who posted the fastest time, 1:50, which also rewrote the North American season’s record for his division.  Eric Carlson, who ta...
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Big day for McNair, but Sweden's Ohlsson leads

on 05/27/2019 4:24 PM
Doug McNair, who is representing Canada in the 2019 World Driving Championship, made some headway during Leg Three action in Sweden on Monday (May 27), as he took to the track in Lindesberg and won two of the day’s five races.   McNair wasted little time in Leg Three, as he won at first asking over the Lindesberg course. The first of Tuesday’s WDC dashes had been progra...
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First legs of Hawthorne championships

on 05/27/2019 8:38 AM
Night of Champions at Hawthorne doesn’t culminate until the final week of September, but the action kicks off early as this past weekend saw the first legs in numerous categories for the top Illinois-bred horses.   Friday evening had the first Night of Champions event as Leg one of the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial for three-year-old male pacers highlighted the evening.  A fi...
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