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Only Passing Thru rallies to win Plainridge trot

on 05/17/2019 10:31 PM
Making a second-over trip work to perfection, Nick Graffam guided Only Passing Thru to a strong come from behind victory to capture the $16,000 Open Handicap Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon. Joey Bats (John Beckwith) and Namesmuscle (Matt Athearn) argued heartily for the lead before Joey Bats took it over at the quarter. As the field moved towards the half an outer flow began t...
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Judy Nason appointed NJRC executive director

on 05/17/2019 2:26 PM
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the appointment of Judith A. Nason as Executive Director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, the state agency responsible for regulating the safety and integrity of the horse racing industry in New Jersey. An experienced state government attorney whose public service career has spanned 26 years, Nason was confirmed as Executive Director by unanim...
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Caesar's handicapping tourney offering millions

on 05/17/2019 2:05 PM
Caesars Entertainment horse racing properties--Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Harrah’s Philadelphia, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs--have announced the first-ever Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge.   The Caesars Rewards Handicapping Challenge will offer horseplayers from around the country the unique opportunity to handicap both Tho...
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Joneses have 3 to watch in Confederation Cup

on 05/17/2019 1:46 PM
When Purnel Jones Jr. and his wife Libby were looking to partner with other people to buy horses several years ago, Jones called renowned owner Mark Weaver for advice. Instead, Jones ended up with an invitation. Life has not been the same since. Purnel and Libby, who at the time were recently retired after selling their regional oil-and-gas business, were asked if they wanted to join the owne...
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Miss Versatility leg Monday at Mohawk

on 05/17/2019 11:42 AM
The Miss Versatility series for trotting mares gets underway on Monday (May 20) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a single C$52,800 division of five led by Serge Godin’s pair of starlets in Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together racing under his nom de course of Determination.   Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) has won the past two Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot finals to go with a world reco...
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More money for Ontario Sires Stakes in '19

on 05/17/2019 11:32 AM
Ontario Racing has announced an additional boost of $2.375 million in funds to the 2019 Standardbred Horse Improvement Program (SIP) as part of the $10 million of Horse Improvement Payment (HIP) funds earmarked for the horse racing industry by the Ontario government.   On March 21, 2019, the Ministry of Finance announced that it would provide an additional $10 million per year to...
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Four straight wins for Western Stepp

on 05/17/2019 9:33 AM
Western Stepp enjoyed a career-best year in 2018, winning 10 races and over $92,000 in purses. The way 2019 is starting off, those numbers may be in jeopardy as the 6-year-old Western Maverick mare scored her fourth consecutive win while taking the $14,000 Winners-Over pace for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 16).   Bolting to the lead from post s...
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Entries now accepted for Tattersalls Summer Sale

on 05/17/2019 9:32 AM
Entries are now being accepted for the Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale, to be held at the Meadowlands on Sunday, July 14.   Long known as a sale of quality racehorses, it will feature 2-year-olds that are just getting started as well as 3-year-olds and older horses.   The sale will add an exclamation point to one of the biggest weekends of the year at the Meadowlands. It foll...
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Page drives 7 winners at Scioto Thursday

on 05/17/2019 9:28 AM
Driver Chris Page had his way Thursday night at Scioto Downs as he scored himself a touchdown with a good extra point on the 12- race program.   Page started the evening with a bang and was greeted in the winner's circle for the 12th race by a fan who was ready to celebrate the success with an autograph.   This night was made possible with the victories of Silver Spir ...
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Luminosity captures Philly trot

on 05/16/2019 7:52 PM
Luminosity shined most brightly in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, winning by 5¾ lengths in 1:53.4, just a fifth off the lifetime best of the nine-year-old. Driver Yannick Gingras reserved the Cash Hall gelding, trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, off a contested :27.3 quarter, but then gave him the w...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/16/2019 4:18 PM
It’s clearly stakes season as this weekend’s calendar includes eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace, New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands, Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows (3-year-old filly trot) and Pocono (3-year-old colt and gelding pace), Ontario Sires Stakes, and Ontario’s rich SBOA finals. So Weekend Preview has updates about some of the contenders in the ev...
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Artspeak's book full and closed

on 05/16/2019 4:16 PM
Winbak Farm of Ontario and the Artspeak syndicate are proud to jointly announce that Artspeak’s book is full and closed for 2019.   “Artspeak has been very well received in Ontario,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager.   Artspeak, p, 2, 1:50.2s; 3, 1:47.4 ($1,770,980), was both the USHWA Dan Patch and O’Brien 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the ...
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Ont. Sires Stakes share card with Cup

on 05/16/2019 3:21 PM
The 46th Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way this Sunday, May 19 with eight exciting races on the $538,551 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs. Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the Dundas oval’s signature event at 6:55 pm with the first Gold Series Leg of the season. Race 1 features last year’s champion Forbidden Trade, who makes his s...
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Godinez wins another Saratoga mare feature

on 05/16/2019 3:10 PM
Trainer Jose Godinez has brought several different distaffers to Saratoga Casino Hotel to compete in the Fillies and Mares Open over the last few years. Last week, his Westsluckycam prevailed in the $15,000 feature for the ladies as she went coast-to-coast with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. On Thursday afternoon, Godinez unveiled his Shezallapples A (Sportswriter) for the first time in...
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Homicide Hunter returns in Great Northeast

on 05/16/2019 1:50 PM
The Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) will have $30,000 events for open-caliber horses on both gaits this weekend, with the pacers going during a post-Preakness Saturday night program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the trotters getting their turn the next afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The three morning line choices in the GNOS pace will be starting in inverse order from ...
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Campbell: "they're all going to go fast"

on 05/16/2019 11:57 AM
Jim Campbell figures when you bring together many of the best 4-year-old trotters in North America, there is no such thing as an easy spot. So, although his returning millionaire Crystal Fashion will avoid two 2018 Dan Patch Award winners (Atlanta and Six Pack) and a 2017 Breeders Crown champion (Fiftydallarbill) in Saturday’s (May 18) opening round of the Graduate Series at The Meadowlands...
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Arthur Pendragon tops Blooded Horse Sale

on 05/16/2019 10:14 AM
Horsemen flooded to the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, on May 14, seeking racehorses and breeding stock among the nearly 400 cataloged horses. The sale was virtually tied with last year as the best Spring Sale in its 56-year history.   Burke Racing Stable brought an especially strong consignment that included five of the top 10 sellers. Leading the way at $65,000 was consisten...
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Frank Milby takes Rosecroft driving title

on 05/16/2019 10:12 AM
Frank Milby wrapped up the 2019 dash driving championship at Rosecroft Raceway with four wins on the Wednesday night (May 15) card. Milby picked up the drive on Puddin N Pie ($3.60) Wednesday night and the 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding continued his solid 2019 season with his third win of year for owner-trainer Howard Birney. His ledger for the year stands at 12-3-2-4. Sherman’s W...
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Kaitlyn Rae gets elusive first win at Buffalo

on 05/15/2019 9:08 PM
Kaitlyn Rae broke into the win column for the first time this season as she was able to register a half length victory over Sentimental Lady in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 Class B event for the distaff pacers. She covered the mile in 1:57.1 over the fast track.   After posting 14 victories and putting over $83,000 in the bank in 2018, it's been a tough go for Kaitlyn Rae...
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Tetrick wins five on Philly card

on 05/15/2019 8:37 PM
Driver Tim Tetrick, who has gone to the lead in the local drive standings, posted four winners in the first five races Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia and wound up with five on the card, but in the two features he and his favored horse were caught in photo finish victories by “pocket rockets.” In the $16,000 featured pace, Handsoffmychips was sent to the le...
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