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Accident mars Harrington feature

on 06/03/2019 9:54 PM
In an accident-marred featured race Monday, a $20,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway, Jo Ann Looney-King's Q's Cruise ($8.40, Ross Wolfenden) was a 1:52.3 winner over Abbeydorney and Allwillworkout.  The accident involved three horses and drivers and occurred on the final turn near the three-quarter mile mark. All Night Party (Mike Cole) fell and impeded the ...
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Mr. Vicktor fastest in NYSS divisions

on 06/03/2019 8:09 PM
On Monday afternoon the entire nine-race card at Monticello Raceway was dominated by New York-sired trotters. A trio of New York Sire Stakes heats for 3-year-old colts and geldings headlined the action, with Excelsior contests serving as supporting events. The first Sire Stakes division, carded as race one, was contested for a purse of $37,500. There were three different leaders through the fir...
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Bluebird Jessie posts easy Meadows victory

on 06/03/2019 5:38 PM
Bluebird Jessie seized the lead from post 7 and romped to a facile 1:54.2 victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open I Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cue Hall challenged first-up from third, but Tony Hall had Bluebird Jesse well in hand, as the pair held off Cue Hall by a length. Rising MVP rallied for show.   Sarah Andrews trains Bluebird Jesse, a 5-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-B...
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Yonkers back in action this weekend

on 06/03/2019 4:10 PM
After its annual R&R, Yonkers Raceway returns this weekend.     A pair of 10-race cards were drawn for Friday and Saturday evenings (June 7 and 8), with first post the usual 6:50 p.m. Twin $44,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters (Race 6) and pacers (Race 8), highlight the Saturday program   A couple of reminders: There are morning draws for the cards of Monday, June ...
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S Class leads Burke babies in qualifiers

on 06/03/2019 3:46 PM
S Class, a full brother to 2016 Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder, and So So De Vie, from the family of the sport’s all-time richest pacer Foiled Again, were among the two dozen 2-year-olds sent out by trainer Ron Burke for qualifiers Monday morning (June 3) at Gaitway Farm. Gaitway hosted the first of this month’s three Monday qualifiers, which essentially was Breakfast with th...
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STA approved as IRS charitable entity

on 06/03/2019 3:45 PM
The Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) has been approved as a charitable entity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), ensuring all donations to the group are deductible from federal taxes.  The STA is also registered as a charitable entity with the Secretary of State and Attorney General in Ohio, where it was incorporated. “We are very pleased to have the designation proc...
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Betterthancheddar's 2019 book is full & closed

on 06/03/2019 3:00 PM
O'Brien Award winner Betterthancheddar p, 2, Q1:55.3s; 3, 1:49.1s; 1:48f ($1,636,086), is now book full and closed for 2019.   At 3, Betterthancheddar won the American-National Final, Breeders Crown elimination and Final, Cane Pace, Summertime Pacing Series elimination, and Windy City Stakes division. He was second in the Little Brown Jug elimination (third in Final) and Somebeach...
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Tickets now on sale for Breeders Crown

on 06/03/2019 2:38 PM
The very best in harness racing will compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the $6 million Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26.   Ticket information for the Breeders Crown is now available at www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. Fans can purchase tickets for the COSA Premium Lounge, make reservations for the Terrace Tracksi...
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Ohio Hall of Famer Jerry Knappenberger dies

on 06/03/2019 11:33 AM
Jerry Knappenberger, the longtime general manager of the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA), died Monday, June 3. He was 78.   A native of Newark, Ohio, Mr. Knappenberger began his 50-plus years in harness racing as an assistant trainer to Terry Holton, a high school classmate. Mr. Knappenberger worked for Holton for 25 years before he was hired as the assistant general ...
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Marseille fastest in PASS 3CT splits

on 06/03/2019 8:56 AM
Marseille was the fastest winner in the three $56,868 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts, conducted over a "sloppy" track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night.   The fastest Sires Stakes winner also had the distinction of breaking his maiden with the victory, as the Muscle Hill colt Marseille parked the favored Gerry early,...
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Illinois Gov. expected to sign bill for gaming at tracks

on 06/02/2019 8:43 PM
Illinois horse racing appears poised to receive a huge boost with the passage of Senate Bill 690 on Sunday by the Illinois Senate. The bill passed the House 87-27 on Saturday. The bill now moves to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who has stated he will sign the legislation. The bill also calls for a new track with gaming, but ONLY for harness racing.   The bill authorizes 1,20...
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None Bettor A takes Great Northeast Pace leg

on 06/02/2019 8:29 PM
After reeling off four consecutive sub-1:50 wins in New Jersey, None Bettor A ($3.60) won his Harrah's Philadelphia debut in similar fashion, posting a 1:49.2 victory in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for pacers on Sunday afternoon (June 2). The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding yielded to Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) on the first turn before Joe Bongiorno sent him forw...
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Drew Campbell wins 6, closes in on 5,000

on 06/02/2019 8:27 PM
Drew Campbell put on a clinic of harness driving prowess on Sunday at Scarborough Downs, winning six races on the 10-race program while inching closer to the latest milestone in his sights--membership into the 5,000 career win club.   The perennial powerhouse and current leading driver at Scarborough Downs now sits with 4,994 lifetime trips down Victory Lane and with a full slat...
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Ulster picks up first Saratoga win of 2019

on 06/02/2019 8:26 PM
With no Open Trot on the docket, the $12,500 winners over for trotters was the feature on the Sunday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The race’s favorite was Ulster (Glidemaster), the 2018 Trotter of the Year at the Spa, who was making just his third start of the season. The Amanda Facin trainee finished a strong second in his seasonal debut two weeks ago in the Open but faded i...
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Rebellious wins Tioga Open in 1:52.1

on 06/02/2019 8:24 PM
Rebellious (Tyler Buter) captured the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 2).   Rebellious ($4.90) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  He continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3.   Rebellious, who is owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, was joined in the stretch...
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Bettor's Edge captures Vernon Downs feature

on 06/02/2019 8:31 AM
Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the featured pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 1).   Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to take the early lead.  Bettor's Edge ($4.00) went first-over to take control before hitting the first quarter in :27.0.   Bettor's Edge, who is owned by Robert Santagata and trainer Lappe,...
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Deetzy takes Open Pace win at Saratoga in 1:51.3

on 06/02/2019 8:27 AM
Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) has done plenty of winning in the local Open Pace over the course of the last few seasons at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jimmy Nickerson trainee spends much of his time traveling from track to track racing against top-flight competition but has landed back at the Spa for his most recent two starts. Coming off a third place finish in his return to town last week, Deetz...
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Albergo Hanover wins third straight at Big M

on 06/02/2019 8:24 AM
The Jenn Bongiorno barn has been on a roll all meeting long at the Meadowlands, and on Saturday night, 'J-Bo' standout Albergo Hanover won his third straight at the Big M and fourth in a row overall by taking the $30,000 featured Preferred pace for 4-year-olds in a lifetime-best 1:49.   "I'm not surprised at how good he's been," said Bongiorno, who entered the ...
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Merton wins five including Tioga Downs feature

on 06/01/2019 10:57 PM
Mike Merton drives five winners at Tioga Downs on Saturday (June 1).   Merton led Tag Up And Go ($7.00) to a win in the featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000).   Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) put up all the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1).  The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) took the lead at the top of the stretch.   Tag Up And Go, who is traine...
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Warrawee Ubeaut, Treacherous Reign lead PA All-Stars

on 06/01/2019 10:54 PM
The world's fastest two-year-old, the Sweet Lou filly Warrawee Ubeaut, remained undefeated in two seasonal starts despite 29 days away from the races, winning one of four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All Stars event for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:51 over a surface rated "sloppy" – a condition "Ubeaut" had shown she could overcome when she won the Bree...
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