Owner Diane Norris, 79, dies

on 05/15/2019 1:09 PM
Diane L. Norris, together with her husband, Gordon, an active participant in harness racing in Michigan and at Pompano Park in Florida, died April 25. She was 79.   Mrs. Norris and her husband were married 52 years. She owned many horses and was an integral part of the Gordon Norris Stables, which topped the training charts in Michigan and at Pompano Park for many ...
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Zero Tolerance, Brooklyn Lilacs win NYSS

on 05/15/2019 8:59 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (May 14), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the soggy $170,500 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Two consecutively-contested divisions, at $85,250 each, comprised the event.   Odd-on Zero Tolerance (David Miller, $2.40) widened in the first division. From post position 4, she crawled to the half (:28.2, :59.2), then rebuffed...
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Artrageous captures Harrington feature

on 05/14/2019 9:21 PM
 Artrageous ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was a 1:53.4 winner in the $11,000 Mares Open II Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   The 5-year-old Art Major mare led every call for trainer Andrew Stafford, who co-owns the mare with partners Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen and Holly Case. Moments of Joy was second with Roselily third. Artrageous notched her 15thcareer win in 53 lifet...
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Rockstar Angel A wins second race in five days

on 05/14/2019 9:18 PM
 Rockstar Angel A, coming off a wire-to-wire win at Yonkers last Friday, came right back to win again on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, moving to the lead in front of the stands and going on to a 1:54 triumph over a “sloppy” surface. Driver George Napolitano Jr. watched as Keystone Riptide put Betterb Chevron N behind her to the:27 quarter, then was on the m...
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US debut of Darling Mearas delayed

on 05/14/2019 3:20 PM
Fans got their first look at Swedish-bred trotter Darling Mearas during Saturday’s (May 11) qualifiers at The Meadowlands Racetrack, but they will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to see the 6-year-old mare in her first race in North America. Darling Mearas, who earned $750,199 in Europe and counted the 2016 Swedish Trotting Oaks and 2018 European Championship for mares among h...
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Captain Crunch set for 2019 debut in PASS

on 05/14/2019 2:00 PM
Captain Crunch, the 2018 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, makes his 2019 debut in the middle of three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) second preliminary for the glamour division, to be held at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night in races nine through eleven – and he couldn’t have found a more challenging spot in which to open his season. Captain Cr...
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No 2019 Elitlopp start for Atlanta

on 05/14/2019 11:42 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told Tuesday morning that despite interest from officials at Solvalla Racetrack in Sweden to bring the 2018 Trotter of the Year Atlanta to race in the May 26 Elitlopp, he has decided against going.   Burke, remembering the arduous travel arrangements in 2009 when he sent Buck I St. Pat overseas to compete in the Elitlopp—she finished seve...
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New strategies for Marion Marauder in '19

on 05/14/2019 9:10 AM
Expect to see less, yet more, of trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder on the racetrack in 2019. Now six, Marion Marauder is coming off a solid season in 2018 that ended on a sour and confusing note for his connections. After finishing first or second through the first 10 starts of the season, North American harness racing's richest active trotter did not hit the board in his final fou...
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MacDonald wins four to reach 2,000 for career

on 05/14/2019 8:34 AM
James MacDonald posted a grand slam Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park to reach 2,000 career driving wins.   The Guelph, Ont. resident entered the evening three wins shy of the milestone and came through with the number he needed, plus one, by steering Marquis Volo, Cue Hall, Fast N First and Rockin Wizard to victories.    MacDonald’s mile...
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Hickfromfrenchlink leads NYSS at Monticello

on 05/13/2019 8:20 PM
On Monday (May 13), 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings made their first stop of the New York Sire Stakes season at Monticello Raceway. The conditions were less than ideal as it was a cold, rainy, raw day that was more reminiscent of a fall day than the middle of May. In the first Sire Stakes division, Hickfromfrenchlick, the Ray Schnittker-trained son of So Surreal started from post po...
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Bettors Fire N captures Plainridge Open in 1:50.1

on 05/13/2019 8:17 PM
Trainer Heidi Gibbs and driver Ron Cushing brought their big guns Bettors Fire N and Mach Doro A to Plainridge Park to make their first starts since the Levy series at Yonkers Raceway in April and both horses fired in a big way, winning the top two pacing classes at the track on Monday afternoon (May 13).   Bettors Fire N won the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace with the fastest mile of the mee...
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Slick Tony scores again at Harrington

on 05/13/2019 8:15 PM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($17.60, Russell Foster) was a 1:53.2 winner in the $18,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.   The gutsy 4-year-old son of No Spin Zone notched his third win of the young meet with a game first-over attempt from post position seven, where he wore down pacesetting Blazing Bobby Sox at the top of the stretch and pulled away for a half-length sc...
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12 entered in Rooney Pace for 3YOs

on 05/13/2019 7:48 PM
Twelve 3-year-old olds — 10 colts and two geldings — were entered for Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney Pace. The 29th Rooney begins with a pair of $40,000 eliminations this Saturday night (May 18), with the first four finishers in each getting a seat at the table for the $300,000 final on May 25. The elimination go as Saturday night’s sixth and ninth races as follows:&n...
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Gimpanzee to debut in EBC 3CT final; elims for EBC 3FT

on 05/13/2019 3:57 PM
The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old New York-sired trotters at Vernon Downs was drawn Monday.   There were but nine colts declared and they will go directly to the $215,200 championship on Monday, May 27 as part of the matinee Memorial Day holiday card. No elimination necessary.   Last season's unbeaten freshman Gimpanzee is the headliner in the colt divisi...
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Wilder, Kleinhans to host NYSS Night of Champions

on 05/13/2019 11:57 AM
Batavia Downs has announced that they have retained the services of Heather Wilder and Peter Kleinhans as their on-air personalities for the broadcast of the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Night of Champions which will be held at the track on Saturday, Sept. 14.   Wilder will be doing pre and post-race interviews and Kleinhans will provide analysis and handicapping insight....
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DD Delicious steps up into NY Sires Stakes

on 05/13/2019 9:38 AM
Filly pacer DD Delicious made a good impression on trainer Travis Alexander last season as a 2 year old. Unfortunately for Alexander and the horse’s owner, the Mark Wasserman-led Fiddler’s Creek Stables, physical maturity issues prevented her from making an impression beyond the training center at Mark Ford’s farm in upstate New York. But by starting this spring with wins in...
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New York horseman John Cummings Sr. dies

on 05/13/2019 8:52 AM
Longtime western New York harness horseman John P. Cummings Sr. passed away on Saturday, May 11 after a lengthy illness.   Mr. Cummings first got involved in harness racing in 1968 at the age of 22 through his brother-in-law Steve Flanigen. While working full time at both Trico Products and Bethlehem Steel (where he was a tradesman bricklayer) he started jogging and training horses w...
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Merriman wins in 10 of 12 drives at Northfield

on 05/13/2019 8:50 AM
Leading Driver Aaron Merriman posted another big night at Northfield Park on Saturday winning 10 times (from 12 drives) on the 16-race program.   Merriman's monster night tied the Northfield record for the most wins on a single card.  That record was set in 1999 by Walter Case Jr.   Merriman's triumphs were with The Lion Sleeps ($3.60) in race five, St Lad...
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Tiger Thomson roars at Harrah's Philly

on 05/13/2019 8:48 AM
New Zealand-bred Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) defeated Mother Nature and eight other foes in Sunday's Feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. It was a Great Northeast Open Series event for male pacers, going for a  purse of $30,000.   The Josh Parker trainee was able to sit patiently in the pocket behind the speed of millionaire Filibuster Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who set f...
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Done Well, Dorsoduro Hanover win Confed. Cup elims

on 05/13/2019 8:42 AM
Trainer Ron Burke sent the victors of both $20,000 Confederation Cup eliminations on Sunday at Flamboro Downs, with Done Well and Dorsoduro Hanover winning their respective splits.   Sent the 2-5 favorite, Ron Burke trainee Done Well seized the front early and went quick fractions to handily take the first elimination in 1:51.4.   Driver Dexter Dunn shot the 4-year-old Well...
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