Lispatty posts fifth win of season

on 05/03/2019 10:15 PM
It was Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $4.70) finishing what she started Friday night (May 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.    Taking it the distance from post position 5 (:27.1, :57.1, 1:25.1, season’s-best 1:53.3), Lispatty opened to three lengths off the final turn, then held off late arrivals Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stra...
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Bold Fresh rallies for 1:56.4 Vernon score

on 05/03/2019 10:13 PM
Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) charged late to win the featured trot ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 3). Keystone Orion (John MacDonald) laid down all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:26.3). Bold Fresh ($9.50), who is owned and trained by Marrisa Chadbourne, was third after the three-quarter mark and went flying in the stretch to win easily in 1:56.4.  Keystone Orion...
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68 remain eligible to Pepsi NA Cup

on 05/03/2019 7:49 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today released the latest update of eligible horses for this year’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   A total of 68 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to Canada’s richest harness race following the April 15 sustaining payment. Award-winners Stag Party and Captain Crunch continue to headline the list of eligible sophomores.   A son of Bet...
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Warrawee Ubeaut, Philly Hanover win PASS

on 05/03/2019 7:38 PM
The world’s fastest two-year-old (1:48.3) and champion filly of 2018, Warrawee Ubeaut, was victorious in her 2019 bow in a division of the $166,480 first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday afternoon. She had one anxious moment, but after she literally got around the problem, she went on to an in-hand score...
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Metro champ Stag Party wins qua. in '19 debut

on 05/03/2019 3:33 PM
The conditions weren't ideal and the listed driver wasn't available but that didn't stop 2018 O'Brien Award winner Stag Party from making a successful sophomore debut on Friday.   Stag Party was the most notable of the horses entered to qualify on a soggy session at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the track listed as “sloppy” and assessed a three-second allowanc...
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Richest 3YOs of 2018 return for Graduate Series

on 05/03/2019 1:27 PM
Over the previous 30 years, there were six times when the three richest 3-year-old pacers from a season returned to race at age 4. Only once since 1995, though, did it occur when all three of those horses were male. But it will happen a second time Saturday when Dorsoduro Hanover, Courtly Choice, and Lather Up make their 4-year-old debuts in the opening round of the Graduate Series at the M...
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Blooded Horse Sale set for May 14

on 05/03/2019 12:17 PM
The Spring Blooded Horse Sale will offer 393 horses on Tuesday, May 14, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. There is a vast array of race horses and green prospects, as well as, yearlings and broodmares. A used tack sale including stall gates, jog carts, race bikes and trailers, runs from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and resumes after the last horse sells.   “We have a lot of compet...
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Mach N Cheese takes aim at Yonkers open

on 05/03/2019 9:54 AM
The betting public wasn’t optimistic about Mach N Cheese’s chances when the 4-year-old made his seasonal debut April 6 at the Meadowlands. It was the gelding’s first pari-mutuel start since he did not finish in the New York Sires Stakes Consolation for 3-year-old pacers Sept. 21 and he entered with just one qualifier March 26 at Harrah’s Philadelphia for new trainer Chris C...
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3FTs open up NYSS season May 7 at Yonkers

on 05/03/2019 8:44 AM
New York Sires Stakes season gets underway Tuesday night, May 7, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $163,499 Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies.  With 17 lasses in to go, the event offers two six-horse fields--purses $54,833 each—and a five-horse event at $1,000 less. Defending statebred champion Winndevie makes her seasonal debut in the final event, leaving from post&nbs...
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Bag Pipe Major bags Plainridge win

on 05/03/2019 8:41 AM
After a successful spring racing at Dover Downs, Bag Pipe Major has found Plainridge Park to be just as successful for him as he bagged another win in the $12,000 pacing feature on Thursday afternoon.   Bag Pipe Major (Jim Hardy) took a slow stroll on the outside through the first quarter before grabbing the lead at that pole in :27 flat. He crossed-over to the pylons in front of the...
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Thisguyisonfire scores in Philly

on 05/02/2019 7:55 PM
 Thisguyisonfire had the racing gods smiling on him today as he captured the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on "Trottin' Thursday", lowering his lifetime best by a fifth of a second to 1:54.2. First, a chief rival of Thisguyisonfire, Golden Son, was a scratch, making the possibility of a crowded front end a bit lower. Then Perseverance, who was outside...
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Jimmy Freight to race Saturday at Mohawk

on 05/02/2019 7:52 PM
Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park is just around the corner and racing fans will get an opportunity to whet their appetite with this Saturday’s edition of the $34,000 Preferred Pace.   Millionaire pacer Sintra (PP5, Jody Jamieson) increased his current win streak to six with an impressive 1:50.1 score in last week’s Preferred, his first start since late-February. The six-yea...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/02/2019 4:12 PM
Trace Tetrick heads east this weekend where his drives include Fiftydallarbill in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Tetrick talks about the Indiana champ with Kathy Parker. Kathy also spoke to trainer Brian Brown about the debut of some of his top 2019 prospects who are competing in Sires Stakes events in Ohio and Pennsylvan...
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Pappy Go Go ready for big test

on 05/02/2019 4:03 PM
After spending the early part of his racing career as a big fish in a small pond, Pappy Go Go is ready to head into open waters. Pappy Go Go, a 5-year-old gelding who dominated in the Canadian Maritimes before arriving in the U.S. in 2018, will compete in Saturday’s first round of the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Andrew Harris trainee...
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Ohio Sires Stakes action Sunday at Miami Valley

on 05/02/2019 2:02 PM
Three fields of trotters and two pacing divisions are set to vie in Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing.  First race post time is 2:05 p.m. (EDT).   A total of 25 sophomore trotters will battle in three $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (Races 2, 6 and 10), while 18 sophomore pacers will wage war in two $50,000 OSS events (Races 4 and 8). ...
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Melander hoping Cruzado can cruise in Cutler

on 05/02/2019 1:22 PM
Marcus Melander is hoping Cruzado Dela Noche’s seasonal debut in Saturday’s $175,200 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for older trotters at The Meadowlands follows the same script as the 7-year-old stallion’s debut for his stable last fall. Simply put, with a win. Cruzado Dela Noche captured the $1 million Yonkers International Trot in October after returning to the U.S. from ...
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PA commission meets; hears Pocono plans

on 05/02/2019 11:51 AM
At its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission approved a plan for The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to phase out use of its barn area and training track by the end of 2019, and to build a receiving barn and extend the racing season in 2020.   In other action, the commission named Tony Salerno, who has served as its representative at Harr...
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Big M Handle shows sharp April increase

on 05/02/2019 11:05 AM
It’s been a good four months for business at the Meadowlands thus far in 2019, and April was the best month yet when you consider where things were just one year before. An identical total of eight race cards were contested at the Big M in both April of 2018 and 2019, but the similarities end there. A year ago, all-source handle totaled $18,288,404, good for an average per race card ...
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Pumping Iron upsets in series final

on 05/01/2019 4:44 PM
Pumping Irony (Muscle Mass) pulled off a mild upset in the $33,400 John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series Final contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday. Steve Genois piloted the Eve Bergeron trainee to a second-place finish in leg one of the series before going wire-to-wire in leg two, leading up to her try in the final for the series that honors the memory of John Mongeon Sr, a lo...
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Voyager gives Holloway a milestone

on 05/01/2019 4:18 PM
Trainer Joe Holloway, part of the Hall Of Fame incoming class in July at Goshen, got an early distinction in this memorable year by posting, according to USTA records, the 1,000th training victory “of his second career” when the royally-bred Voyager broke his maiden in an impressive 1:52.2 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Holloway started in the harness racin...
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