Blood Money fastest in PA All-Stars at Pocono

on 05/12/2019 8:17 AM
The Pennsylvania All-Stars series began its annual run at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday night, with three $30,000 divisions of sophomore pacing males in the spotlight. The first All-Stars division was taken by the heralded and well-bred Sweet Lou colt Blood Money, but only by a nose in 1:50. It was an interesting strategic "chess match" between Scott Zeron, guiding Blo...
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Tag Up And Go wins featured trot at Tioga

on 05/11/2019 10:47 PM
Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) was victorious in the featured Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 11).   Tag Up And Go ($7.40) went to the front and never looked back. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, he put up all the fractions (:27.3, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.1) to win gate-to-wire. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis...
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Angel Speak wins Vernon Downs feature

on 05/11/2019 10:30 PM
Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) charges late to capture the featured fillies and mares pace ($5,000) on Saturday (May 11) at Vernon Downs.   Hope Hotspur (Ronald Harp) led to a first quarter in :28.3 and to the half in :58.4.  Quick Trot (Josh Kinney) brushed first-over to take the lead at the three-quarter mark in 1:28.0.   Angel Speak ($16.20), who is owned by the...
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Panocchio wins Saratoga Saturday feature

on 05/11/2019 9:35 PM
In 2014 and 2015, Panocchio (No Pan Intended) was named Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jimmy Mattison-trained pacer also took home honors for Horse of the Year after his fantastic '14 campaign. On Saturday night, Panocchio was back at the Spa after spending the winter racing at Pompano in Florida. The nine year old veteran drew the rail in the $12,500 featured Winners Ove...
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Beachy Dream Gets 'Dream' Trip At Buffalo Raceway

on 05/11/2019 9:33 PM
It was certainly a 'dream' trip for Beachy Dream at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (May 11) and it resulted in a win in the featured $12,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting chilly behind the pace-setting Charmbo Orbit, Beachy Dream (Kevin Cummings) squeezed through an opening at the top of the stretch and managed to edge by China Dream (Billy Davis Jr.) to capture th...
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3YO PASS trotting colts take center stage at The Meadows

on 05/11/2019 5:18 PM
Three divisions of the Hickory Smoke for three-year-old trotting colts highlighted the Saturday afternoon action at The Meadows. The action started in the 7th Race when longshot Ginger Tree Skyr and driver Dan Rawlings subbing for the injured Andy Miller pulled off the upset in 1:55. Owned by Ginger Tree Ventures and Don Marean the 3-year-old Explosive Matter colt collared front runner Demon ...
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"Hurricane Hannah" Miller wins Billings at Freehold

on 05/11/2019 5:13 PM
It didn't take long for "Hurricane Hannah" Miller to get back in the winners circle. Today (May 11) the former two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year scored her first seasonal triumph when she guided Jacks to Open to a four-length victory in an Eastern Region leg of the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series at Freehold Raceway. Now a sales rep for an equine pharmaceutical...
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William Roy, 22, makes pari-mutuel debut Sunday

on 05/11/2019 5:11 PM
On Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, 22-year-old William Roy will make his pari-mutuel debut as a harness racing driver when he drives Buckeye Babe in the sixth race trot. Quebec is known for developing many of the world's greatest drivers and trainers and Roy hopes he too can make a name for himself and for Quebec. A resident of Sorel-Tracy, Roy learned his trade through his father, traine...
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Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands

on 05/11/2019 5:10 PM
Saturday morning qualifiers at The Meadowlands were held under mostly sunny skies (the short sleeved colors made their first appearance of the season), negligible wind and temperatures in the 60's, with the track rated fast as they began at 10:00 am.   Trotting fillies opened the card with the good pair of Evident Beauty (David Miller) and Beautiful Sin (Yannick Gingras) crossing ...
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Fiftydallarbill crisp in Big M feature

on 05/11/2019 8:16 AM
After a disappointing effort a week ago in the Cutler Memorial, Fiftydallarbill rebounded in an easier spot Friday night at the Meadowlands, taking the featured $25,000 conditioned trot in a lifetime-best 1:51.3. The only trotter to go faster in 2019 was Atlanta, who went 1:50.4 on Monday at Miami Valley. In the Cutler, the Katricia Adams trainee was at the rail in sixth when he broke at the ...
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Keystone Apache behaves in Buffalo win

on 05/10/2019 11:06 PM
 Keystone Apache ($5.20) was on his best behavior on Friday night (May 10) and that resulted in a victory in the $11,000 Class A Open Handicap Trot at Buffalo Raceway. He turned back Lougazi by a 3/4 lengths in 1:58.1 over the fast track.   It's been feast or famine for Keystone Apache. When not dealing with breaking woes, the 4-year-old horse has been very good.   ...
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Wings Of Royalty stays undefeated at Plainridge

on 05/10/2019 11:03 PM
Three starts, three wins and Massachusetts native son Wings Of Royalty remains peerless at Plainridge Park this year. His latest conquest came on Friday afternoon (May 10) when he won the $16,000 Open Handicap trot in handy fashion. Driver Shawn Gray floated Wings Of Royalty off the gate and settled in third briefly as Nows The Moment (Mike Stevenson) cut the quarter in :27.3. But Gray pulled...
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Alexa's Power wins $44,000 F&MP at Yonkers

on 05/10/2019 11:00 PM
Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett, $6.10) retook from Lispatty (Mark MacDonald), then held that one off Friday night (May 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 2, Alexa's Power gave it up to Lispatty before playing leapfrog on the lead.   'Alexa' controlled the race (:27.3, :57....
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Winnerup, Mr Vicktor get NYSS wins at Vernon

on 05/10/2019 10:57 PM
Vernon Downs played host to two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Friday (May 10).  Both divisions raced for a purse of $58,700. Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer) charged late to win the first division. Star Track Hanover (Jimmy Whittemore) led the group to a first quarter in :27.0.  Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) took over around the clubh...
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Gov. Murphy signs bill holding horse auctioneers accountable

on 05/10/2019 6:23 PM
Buyers won’t be taken for a ride by crooked horse auctioneers thanks to legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Kevin J. Rooney and Ron Dancer and signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy today.   The legislation (S455/A3673) requires horse auctioneers to post identifying information of a horse online 72 hours before a sale, saving horses that mistakenly end up at auction houses and pre...
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3YO filly trotters contest first PASS at Philly

on 05/10/2019 6:19 PM
The stars of the day Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, where three-year-old trotting fillies contested their first preliminary round in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Pennsylvania Stallion Series, were driver Yannick Gingras, sire Cantab Hall – and a $200,000 yearling, never on the board in seven previous career starts, winning a Sire Stakes section and paying $100.80, or more than th...
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McWicked, Alarm Detector impress in Mohawk qualifiers

on 05/10/2019 5:25 PM
A pair of O'Brien Award winners had their game faces on during Friday morning's qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park, unleashing strong miles resulting in open-length victories. Harness racing's Horse of the Year on both sides of the border for 2018, McWicked made his 2019 Canadian debut after a sharp late-April qualifying mile at Pompano Park. With Louis-Philippe Roy at the control...
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Big numbers for 2YOs in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 05/10/2019 2:37 PM
 As 2019 ushers in an interesting year for Indiana harness racing, with a new Sires Stakes payout schedule and the first full year working with Harrah’s Hoosier Park, breeders of Indiana-sired horses aren’t deterred by change. A total of 718 nominations for 2-year-old trotters and pacers have been processed for the Indiana Sires Stakes, extending a streak of increasing numbers in...
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Bro looks for first stakes win in Reynolds

on 05/10/2019 2:34 PM
Although Jay Hochstetler works alongside his father training a stable of 22 racehorses, it’s rare that he purchases one for himself. However, when Hochstetler was shopping at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale, he came across an attractive pedigree in Bro, a Rock N Roll Heaven colt out of the Pro Bono Best mare Gro. When Hochstetler laid eyes on the colt, he did a double take. “I actual...
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Big weekend of racing on tap at Scioto Downs

on 05/10/2019 10:58 AM
This weekend is the start of many action-packed weekends at Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs. The track will host 25 races on Friday and Saturday, with first post scheduled for 6:30 p.m. both nights.   The 2019 Scioto Downs meet offers a new placement of the Pick-5 wager and 10- cent superfectas on almost every race.  Every race night, beginning in the first race, “Th...
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