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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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Workin On A Mystery's 1:50.1 fastest in PASS

on 05/04/2019 8:00 PM
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action kicked off today with three divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings going to the gate.   The Bill MacKenzie trained Southwind Ozzi started off the action with an impressive 1:50.4 win for driver Tim Tetrick, The Somebeachsomewhere colt made a long first over move and sprinted away with an impressive last quarter of :26 flat.  Brian B...
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Osterc, Magic Beliefs take Dexter, Lady Suffolk

on 05/04/2019 7:58 PM
Osterc and driver Yannick Gingras made a three-wide move on the backstretch and overtook leader Cavill Hanover on the final turn on their way to victory in Saturday’s $118,950 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway.   Osterc, the 3-5 favorite, won by 1-1/4 lengths over HL Revadon in 1:57. Skyway Kon Man finished third and Cavill Hanover was fourth.   The D...
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Captain Crunch cruises in 1:51.2 in qualifier

on 05/04/2019 2:08 PM
The Kentucky Derby day (May 4) qualifiers at The Meadowlands got underway an hour earlier at 9 a.m. Saturday on an overcast morning over a drying track rated as “good” then improved to “fast” with the eighth race, no discernible wind and temperatures in the sixties. Race secretary/announcer Scott Warren called the action. The trotting race of the year thus far (until...
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Favorites prevail in Ohio Sires Stakes

on 05/04/2019 8:29 AM
Favorites did not disappoint at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing on a balmy Friday night, May 3 in a quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies.   Trainer Chris Beaver scored a pair of home runs as two of his trainees captured both ends of the trotting contests in leg one action of Ohio Sires Stakes, with multiple stablemates picking up second and ...
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Tetrick wins 4, Dunn 3 at Meadowlands

on 05/04/2019 8:27 AM
Tim Tetrick was on target Friday night at the Meadowlands, guiding four winners on the 13-race program.   “The Bionic Man” got his evening underway in the second race, piloting the Ron Burke-trained Elektra King to victory in a fillies and mares non-winners of two pace in 1:52.2. As the fourth choice in the wagering, Elektra King returned $9.60 to win.   Shezza ...
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Wings Of Royalty splashes to Plainridge win

on 05/04/2019 7:33 AM
It was another dark and damp day at Plainridge Park but the conditions were no hindrance for Wings Of Royalty who used a strong stretch drive to defeat a solid field of eight foes and take the $16,000 Open Handicap trot on Friday afternoon.     Yonkers visitor Joey Bats (John Beckwith) left post eight and settled in the lead past the quarter in :27. With the field settled in...
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Wheels A Turning wins at Buffalo for Burke group

on 05/03/2019 10:19 PM
A good start turned into a great finish for Wheels A Turning ($15.40) as she collected the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A trot on Friday evening (May 3).   Starting from the seven post, Wheels A Turning (David McNeight III) used some early gate speed to drop into the pocket, then rallied in the stretch to beat Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) by a neck in 1:59.4 over th...
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