Birthday boy Dobson wins Saratoga feature

on 05/19/2019 7:57 AM
In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) won his first local Open Pace last month at Saratoga Casino Hotel and the Monica Krist trainee has become a staple in the feature ever since. On Saturday night, the 5-year-old started from post position one and wound up getting a pocket trip behind Mar Nien A (Greg Merton), the race’s other 8-5 co-favorite.   After checking in at three-quar...
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Svanstedt sweeps Graduate splits; Atlanta scratched

on 05/19/2019 7:10 AM
 If excelling with trotters was a course one could take in school, there’s little doubt Ake Svanstedt would get straight A’s.  Saturday night at the Meadowlands, Svanstedt – serving as both trainer and driver – won both divisions of the first leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-olds on the trot with Six Pack and Muscle M Up.   In the first d...
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Air Force Hanover, Bettor’s Wish win Rooney elims

on 05/19/2019 7:05 AM
There were lacking in quantity, but there was some quality to be found Saturday night during the eliminations for winning Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney and Lismore Paces. The 29th Rooney began with two, six-horse $40,000 elims for the 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Odds-on Air Force Hanover (Dave  Miller, $2.20) won the first elimination, though with few style...
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Rodeo Rock’s 1:49 win fastest at Pocono in ‘19

on 05/19/2019 7:00 AM
Rodeo Rock posted the fastest clocking of the year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1:49, in winning a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series for open pacers on Saturday night. The altered son of Rock N Roll Heaven got away midpack in a field of seven as Tiger Thompson N, winning of the GNOS divisional leg at Philly last week, took the early lead via a :26.2 opener. With the leader applying t...
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HOY McWicked returns in style with Mohawk win

on 05/18/2019 11:14 PM
The SBOA Stakes finals and a season debut victory by McWicked highlighted a busy Fireworks and Family Fun Night on Saturday  at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Reigning Horse of the Year McWicked made a statement in his season debut by winning the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.4. The Casie Coleman trainee came first-up for driver Louis Philippe Roy on the far turn from mid-pack and used...
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Millies Possesion keeps on rolling in PASS

on 05/18/2019 6:30 PM
Four divisions of the Meadow Bright for 3-year-old PASS trotting fillies were the feature races on the 14-race Meadows Saturday afternoon card. Each division carried a purse of $42,600 with three prohibitive favorites going down to defeat. The winners were Firedbylindie, Jazzy Fashion, Millies Possession and Antonia. Firedbylindie started off the upsets winning the first division in 1:54 for Ma...
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SBOANJ holds fundraiser for legislator

on 05/18/2019 5:56 PM
On Wednesday, May 15th the SBOANJ and TrotPAC sponsored a successful fundraiser for New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.  The event was held at Fair Winds Farm and Hogan Equine Clinic to support his 2019 campaign.    Assembly Speaker Coughlin was greeted by directors from the SBOANJ, TrotPAC trustees, and many horsemen.  Mark Mullen led a tour of his Fair Winds...
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Hannelore Hanover bests Gimpanzee in Big M qualifier

on 05/18/2019 2:05 PM
On Saturday Hannelore Hanover, the swiftest female trotter in U.S. history and the 2017 Horse of the Year, demonstrated she has returned to prior form by defeating early Hambletonian favorite Gimpanzee by a head at The Meadowlands in a qualifier in 1:53. The daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, who has earned more than $2.83 million, made her 2019 debut an impressive one. Steered by Joe Bong...
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McNair wins 6 Friday at Mohawk Park

on 05/18/2019 10:23 AM
Driver Doug McNair kicked off his weekend in style by winning six races on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   McNair drove in 10 of the 11 races contested and found the winner’s circle in more than half of his appearances.   McNair’s most notable victory of his six came behind 6-year-old pacing mare Seaswift Joy N ($2.90) in the $30,000 Fillies & M...
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Greenshoe dazzles in 1:51.2 NJSS victory

on 05/18/2019 7:46 AM
Let the Hambletonian hype begin.   Greenshoe began his 2019 season by sending a message to the rest of the 3-year-old trotters seeking to win harness racing’s greatest prize on the first Saturday in August: He is a force to be reckoned with after putting on a dazzling display in taking his division of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) at the Meadowlands Friday night&n...
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Amal Hall, Quincy Blue Chip win EBC 3FT elims

on 05/18/2019 7:41 AM
Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) and Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) won their Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting fillies elimination races at Vernon Downs on Friday.  Both races were for a purse of $12,500. In the first division Amal Hall ($4.30) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2.  Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) then took over control and led to a half ...
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Always A Prince ties Hoosier track record

on 05/18/2019 7:33 AM
Always A Prince and driver Trace Tetrick turned in a dominant performance to deliver as the heavy favorite in the featured event of the evening, the $20,000 Open Pace, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Stopping the timer in 1:48.1, Always A Prince established a new lifetime best in just the third start of his 4-year-old campaign and equaled the track record for older ...
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Feelin’ Red Hot best in Yonkers feature

on 05/17/2019 11:42 PM
Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.30) prevailed from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It was a two-speed number as 7-5 choice Twinkle (Brent Holland) stuffed Feelin’ Red Hot in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The leader remained so through a :56.4 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, w...
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Rock N Shard N impresses again in Philly

on 05/17/2019 11:09 PM
The Rocknroll Hanover mare Rock N Shard N seems headed for Open company as she won for the third time in her four-race United States career, a 1:51.3 mile over a “sloppy +1” surface in the $17,000 distaff pacing feature during a Friday night card at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Driver Art Stafford Jr. patiently guided Rock N Shard N on her uncovered grind from sixth while New...
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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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