Winndevie ready to defend New York crown

on 05/06/2019 2:50 PM
If not for the whirlwind known as Woodside Charm and a world-record-shattering mile, filly trotter Winndevie could have completed her 2-year-old season with an undefeated record. But there was no shame in finishing with a 6-for-7 slate, capped by a victory in the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) championship.   On Tuesday, May 7, the filly returns to the site of last year’s final tri...
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Pompano Park closes meet on strong note

on 05/06/2019 11:33 AM
Buoyed by mandatory payouts on several events, Pompano Park closed out its 2018-2019 season with a strong Saturday finale with wagering topping $1.3 million.   The wagering highlight of the program came in the final race as the Super Hi-5, with its carryover of over $127,000, attracted over $256,000 in new wagers, vaulting that total pool to over $383,000.   While the prog...
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Racing Commissioners worry about formaldehyde

on 05/06/2019 9:38 AM
All racing regulatory commissions have been put on notice that the banning of voluntary race day furosemide administrations by some US racetracks or lawmakers is expected to encourage a return to practices deemed cruel, inhumane, or potentially dangerous to the health and welfare of a horse.  Regulatory policy permitting race day furosemide was developed decades ago to end such practices...
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Win with Two AM part of big night for Buter

on 05/06/2019 8:31 AM
It was the Tyler Buter Show on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the driver who recently passed the 3,000 career sulky win milestone hit a grand slam in winning the top four races, two on both gaits. In the $17,500 featured trot, Buter got away fifth with the favored Muscle Massive gelding Two AM, but the overland journey posed little problem for the career winner of $377,21...
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3CP Rock Candy's 1:50.3 leads OSS

on 05/05/2019 10:01 PM
Ohio Sires Stakes action sizzled on Sunday afternoon (May 5) at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing with five divisions of state-bred action for 3-year-old male trotters and pacers contested under sunny Buckeye skies. Three $40,000 contests for trotters saw 2-5 Lane Of Stone notch the first division victory in a new life mark of 1:53.1 with Jeff Nisonger driving for trainer Mark Winters Sr. The brow...
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Prairie Panther picks up 25th career victory

on 05/05/2019 5:21 PM
Prairie Panther (Tyler Buter) captured the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 5).   Americanprimetime (Greg Merton) went to the lead from his outside post and put up all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.). Prairie Panther ($5.70), who is owned bu Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters) road in the pocket seat the whole way.  He went first-ov...
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Dayson earns 30th career victory in 61st start

on 05/05/2019 5:18 PM
Dayson (Chris Page) captured the final Open Trot of the Miami Valley season on a sunny Sunday afternoon (May 5), scorching the lightning fast five-eighths mile oval in 1:53.3.   Page pressed the million-dollar winning favorite confidently and unhurriedly towards the front, gaining the point well after the original pacesetter Moonshiner Hanover (Brett Miller) reached the :27.4 first qu...
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Rollinlikethunder takes Philly Sunday feature

on 05/05/2019 5:16 PM
A week after being narrowly defeated by Cruise Patrol in the final yards, Daniel Warrington and Donald Hawk's Rollinlikethunder ($3.80) braved an uncovered journey and sloppy going en route to a 1:52 win in Sunday's (May 5) featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Unable to find a seat on the first turn, Art Stafford Jr. eased the 4-year-old Roll...
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Mandeville trots to 1:54.2 Saratoga victory

on 05/05/2019 5:13 PM
With no Open Trot on the card, the $12,500 winners-over served as the feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Veteran Open trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) was assigned the outside post for the feature and was the public’s 1-5 betting favorite as he sought his fourth win of the season. The veteran trotter didn’t come into the race in his best form but on paper...
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Mr Lucky Star wins Keller trot series at Vernon

on 05/05/2019 7:44 AM
Mr Lucky Star (Roman Lopez) won the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series Final ($12,700) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 5).   Barn Beast (Claude Huckabone Jr.) controlled the early fractions (:29.1, :59.4, 1:28.4). Mr. Lucky Star ($2.80), who is owned by Joan Ellafrits with Lynn Wilson and trained by Lopez, shot out of the pocket and flew right by to win by over five lengths in 1:57.4.&...
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Mantario, Reflexionofroyalty win Stga series finals

on 05/05/2019 7:38 AM
A trio of memorials served as features on the Saturday night card at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The seventh annual JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series went for a purse of $32,000 while the fifth annual Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pace was contested for a $32,300 purse and both races saw career-best performances from their winners.   Mantario (Sportswriter) drew the rail in the JP Morel Me...
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Merriman drives 8 of 16 winners at Northfield

on 05/05/2019 7:36 AM
Aaron Merriman had a monster night on Saturday (May 4) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 16-race program.   Merriman’s triumphs were with Island Of Rock ($3.40) in race two, Mildred's Button ($14.80) in race three, Sweet To See ($3.40) in race five, Touchamatic ($2.40) in race nine, Love Forbidden ($2.40) in race 10, Wendy's Girl ($4.40) in race 13, The L...
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Winning rallies for New Heaven, Caviart Luca

on 05/05/2019 7:36 AM
New Heaven (Brent Holland, $14.40) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $19.40) were the come-from-behind stars Saturday night (May 4), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps.   New Heaven, from post position No. 6, disposed of the week’s marquee trot, snapping a  two-move Eye ofa Tiger A (Jason Bartlett) by a nose in 1:55.1…matching his seas...
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Buckeye Stallion Series, Dancin Yankee featured

on 05/05/2019 7:33 AM
A total of eleven $17,500 divisions of sophomore pacing and trotting colts went postward in Buckeye Stallion Series action on Saturday night (May 4) at Miami Valley Raceway.  A multitude of different owners, trainers and drivers shared in the total purses of $192,500 allocated to the first leg of the popular series.   Ten different drivers won one of the 11 heats, with Jeremy Smi...
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Sintra takes Mohawk Preferred over Jimmy Freight

on 05/05/2019 7:31 AM
Sintra continued his Woodbine Preferred dominance with a strong 1:50.2 victory on Saturday night at Mohawk Park.   Entering undefeated in six starts this season, Sintra and driver Jody Jamieson came first-up from third on the far turn to engage leader Dr J Hanover and powered by at the head of the lane to collect a 1 ¾ length score in the $34,000 feature event.   ...
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Highalator captures Pocono's Rose Memorial

on 05/05/2019 7:29 AM
Highalator, a son of Somebeachsomewhere and a certified lover of Pocono with an 11-for-18 lifetime record locally, rallied from the pocket for pilot Ricky Still to win the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace in 1:49.4 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun on the evening portion of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader. Named for the longtime handicapper/writer covering Pocono Downs and the general harn...
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Cruzado dela Noche easy winner of Cutler

on 05/05/2019 7:26 AM
Pulling off upsets are Cruzado Dela Noche’s specialty, so when he won Saturday night’s $175,200 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for free for all trotters at the Meadowlands at odds of 8-1, it didn’t come as a shock to his driver Brian Sears.   “I was pretty confident,” said Sears. “I wasn’t concerned that it was his first start since November since ...
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Prairie Fortune captures Tioga's top trot

on 05/04/2019 9:29 PM
Prarie Fortune captured the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) on Saturday (May 4). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) led them to a first quarter of :27.1.  Taco Tuesday (Jim Taggart Jr.) then dashed by to lead them to a half of :55.3 and a three-quarter mark of 1:24.2. Prairie Fortune ($4.70) went first-over from third just before three-quarters. Owned by Laurie P...
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Maryland breeder-owner Ursula Ayd dies

on 05/04/2019 8:06 PM
Ursula (Urs) Joan Ayd, 84, active in Maryland racing as a breeder, owner and advocate for harness racing, died at her home in Lothian, Md., on May 1. Mrs. Ayd was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Baltimore, Md., to John and Lorraine Mack. She attended high school at the Institute of Notre Dame. She was married to her husband, Joe, for 57 years until his passing in 2008. She received her AA a...
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Melady's Monet, Tequila Sunrise win in Great Northeast

on 05/04/2019 8:02 PM
Melady’s Monet and Tequila Monday proved most photogenic at Harrah’s Philadelphia on a special Derby Day Saturday afternoon card of racing, helping to inaugurate the 2019 Great Northeast Open Series by capturing their $30,000 sections of the Open Trot and Mares Open pace, respectively. The 10-year-old Revenue S gelding Melady’s Monet, driven by his regular pilot Jordan Stratton,...
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