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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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Millies Possesion stays undefeated

on 05/27/2019 8:35 AM
In wet weather and over a worsening surface Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Millies Possesion remained undefeated in her career and after three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes preliminaries for three-year-old trotting fillies, triumphing in one of three $55,168 PaSS divisions, while the four $20,000 Stallion Series sections were divided equally between drivers George Napolitano Jr. (wh...
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Northfield cancels after 9 due to weather

on 05/26/2019 10:30 PM
Due to inclement weather creating unsafe track conditions Northfield Park was forced to cancel Sunday's (May 26) program after Race 9.   Live racing resumes Tuesday (May 28) with a 6PM post time.
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Americanprimetime takes Tioga Open

on 05/26/2019 10:28 PM
Americanprimetime (Drew Monti) charged late to capture the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (May 26) at Tioga Downs. Dakota Jack (Mike Simons) went to lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  Ideal Feeling (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half of :54.4.  and three-quarters in...
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Shartin N, Guardian Angel As top big day in Philly

on 05/26/2019 9:04 PM
  As she so often is, Shartin N ($4.40) was simply sensational on Sunday afternoon (May 26), turning back a determined Caviart Ally to capture the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares at Harrah's Philadelphia, one of three co-featured events on a blockbuster card. Unlike her previous five wins this season, achieving the lead was no easy task for the 6-year-old Ti...
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Shake That House's 1:51.3 fastest in NYSS

on 05/26/2019 9:00 PM
Sunday marked the kickoff to the New York Sire Stakes season at Saratoga Casino Hotel as three year old colt and gelding pacers took center stage on a beautiful afternoon in the Spa City.   There were three divisions of $58,000-plus stakes competition and trainer Chris Oakes and driver Tyler Buter stole the show. Buter won four consecutive races at one point on the card including...
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Whataboy, Noble take Scioto Open

on 05/26/2019 8:55 PM
Saturday driver Dan Noble had another successful night as he took both legs of the Open Pace at Scioto Downs. In Race 5, Whataboy got away first and was able to keep the lead through out the race to get the win. Driver/trainer Dan Noble got the job done in 1:50.2, paying $5.80 to win. Whataboy will be the pacer to watch this summer as he can achieve great things.  Me...
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