Hoosier invader Whata Swan wins Dayton trot

on 11/12/2020 4:51 PM
Owner John Barnhard asked trainer Luis Quevedo to ship Whata Swan across the Indiana-Ohio border on Thursday, and the result was a 1:53.4 score in the $15,000 Open Trot.   When odds-on favorite Refined made a break in stride shortly after the starting car's wings folded, it was anyone's race. Whata Swan (Tyler Smith) elected to allow Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Wesly...
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Manchego to retire after Nov. 21 TVG start

on 11/12/2020 2:47 PM
The record-setting career of Manchego will come to an end Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands. Barry Guariglia, who owns the 5-year-old trotting mare, said her final start will be in the TVG Series championship, either in the Mare Trot or Open Trot. Manchego has won 32 of 55 lifetime races and earned $2.56 million. Her victories include the 2018 Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown titles at ages 2, 4...
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Big M offers $300,000 in guaranteed weekend pools

on 11/12/2020 11:19 AM
There will no doubt be plenty of money put in play over the course of the upcoming weekend (Nov. 13-14) at The Meadowlands as the track’s popular multi-leg wagers will offer a total of $300,000 in guaranteed pools.   On Friday night, the 20-cent Pick-6 – which begins in the eighth race – has a guaranteed pool of $20,000. Big M management saw fit to make the monetary ...
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Protect Blue Chip, Il Mago, Davis Jr. win big at Batavia

on 11/11/2020 9:44 PM
The Wednesday evening (Nov. 11) racing menu at Batavia Downs featured a pair of $8,500 Open I handicap events that produced definitive winners on both the pace and the trot and also saw the meet's second winningest driver, Billy Davis Jr., win five races on the card.   In the handicap pace for fillies and mares, Protect Blue Chip (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead and was pushed thro...
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DSBF 2-year-old pacing fillies at Dover Downs

on 11/11/2020 9:44 PM
On a rainy warm Wednesday, Nov. 11 evening, three divisions of fillies went forward on a very sloppy track. It was a muddy sweep for Winbak Farm stallion Roddy’s Bags Again. The first division was a non-wagering event won by Harrington final winner, Stealing Bases (Roddy’s Bags Again-End To End Hanover) in a new lifetime record of 1:56.3 by a seven-length margin for drive...
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Summer Charm wins Meadows feature

on 11/11/2020 8:12 PM
Summer Charm knifed through the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Sent off the 7-5 second choice, Summer Charm zipped to the early lead for Tony Hall but released Sansovina Hanover at the quarter in favor of the pocket. That decision paid off late as Summer Charm had pace aplenty to defeat the first-...
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Abigail Dawn finds way to winner's circle at Philly

on 11/11/2020 8:11 PM
The Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn had to have everything go right for her in the $11,600 handicap featured pace for distaffs on a soggy Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia – and when they did, driver Dexter Dunn put the mare in position to win, and she took a close finish in 1:52.3 over a sloppy track.   Early on Abigail Dawn thought about leaving, but Its Mesmerise...
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Shartin N qualifies in 1:50.1 at Dover

on 11/11/2020 11:57 AM
Shartin N, the 2019 Horse Of The Year, qualified Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. The track was fast with overcast skies and the temperature was 72 degrees. Driver Tim Tetrick sent Shartin N quickly to the top. The race fractions were :27.3, :56.4  and 1:24.2, with the mare finishing the mile in 1:50.1. The mare won by 18 1/2 lengths, under wraps.   Jim King Jr...
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DSBF freshman splits raced at Dover Downs

on 11/10/2020 9:27 PM
​The summer temps continue in the Delaware Valley and the 2-year-old DSBF trotters opened the Tuesday card at Dover Downs with two non-wagering events for colts and geldings. The fillies followed in the Daily Double on the regular card. All purses were $20,000. The ​fiest non-wagering event went to Rhett (Keystone Activator-Lake Serena) in a new lifetime record of 1:57.4 for dri...
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George Napolitano Sr. dies at 96

on 11/10/2020 8:26 PM
George Napolitano Sr., 96, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday, Nov. 7, after enjoying a life with horses for three-quarters of a century. At the age of 12 or 13, he, along with his father, Joseph, broke mustangs as wagon pulling horses used for the delivery of fruits and vegetables. Married at the age of 17, Mr. Napolitano soon thereafter served his country in World War II ...
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Jessiejesorjessica best in Tuesday Meadows feature

on 11/10/2020 5:48 PM
Pinned to the pylons into the final turn, Jessiejesorjessica found wide racing room and captured her 13th win this year in Tuesday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   When Dave Palone swung her wide for the drive, the 4-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Ziggy Wiggy had only open racetrack and tiring trotters in front of her. She score...
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Tricky Dick nixes foes for second straight at Pocono

on 11/10/2020 5:44 PM
The 2-year-old Winning Mister-Pictures Of Millie gelding Tricky Dick won his second straight race in a $10,400 feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and his 1:55.4 time was only a second off the divisional track record – not bad for a horse who didn’t break his maiden until Oct. 6.   Tricky Dick nosed out Gerard last Tuesday, and these ...
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SBOA finals wrap up Mohawk stakes season Saturday

on 11/10/2020 3:54 PM
Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies will cap off the 2020 stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of SBOA Stakes finals this Saturday.    Full fields of 10 will clash in the $141,518 trotting filly final and $138,518 pacing filly final. The SBOA Stakes were rescheduled to this Saturday from their usual position in May.   Last Saturday’s card saw a pai...
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O'Brien Awards go virtual on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021

on 11/10/2020 2:57 PM
On Sept. 30, Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors announced that the 2020 O’Brien Awards would be a “Virtual Event” due to the ongoing global pandemic.   Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that the 2020 Virtual O’Brien Awards Gala will take place on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. The virtual event will be available for viewing on standardbredcana...
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Kentucky horseman Scottie Harris, 84, dies

on 11/10/2020 1:54 PM
Kentucky horseman Scottie Harris, 84, of West Paducah passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Clinton Place in Clinton, KY. Mr. Harris was well known on the Kentucky racing circuit.. He was also a former president of Kentucky Harness Horseman Association, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Harris was a 1954 graduate of Heath High School and a member of Milburn C...
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Former race official Don Knapton dies at 77

on 11/10/2020 1:46 PM
Donald A. Knapton, 77, died peacefully at the Inn at Village Square on Friday, Nov. 6.   He was born in Westbrook on Dec. 5, 1942 to Donald and Barbara (Paine) Knapton. He graduated from Gorham High School and Gorham State Teachers College. He then taught at Massabesic Junior High for 16 years before turning to horse racing.   Mr. Knapton had started following races in...
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Ramona Hill returns to action Thursday in Matron at Dover

on 11/10/2020 1:33 PM
The Matron Stakes for 3 year olds are in the spotlight Thursday night at Dover Downs.   Ramona Hill, who beat the boys in capturing the Hambletonian this year, takes on Hypnotic AM and Sorella in the 3-year-old filly trot. Ramona Hill has not raced since Oct. 11 when she made a break in the Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile. Entered to start in the Breeders Crown eliminations on...
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Pompano Park cancels Tuesday night card

on 11/10/2020 12:06 PM
Due to the electrical malfunction resulting from Tropical Storm Eta, Pompano Park is forced to cancel the racing program for Tuesday, Nov. 10. "The extensive damage caused by the storm and subsequent electrical malfunction cannot be remedied for today," said director of racing Gabe Prewitt. "We have exhausted all options and we our confident our generators will b...
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Del. 2YO pacers in action; Henrico equals mark

on 11/10/2020 10:57 AM
On a very warm November evening at Dover Downs the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund series for 2-year olds started Monday (Nov. 9) with three divisions of pacing colts and geldings.   The early non-wagering event went to a two time winner from Harrington, Z’s Dream (Dream Away-Eastwood Aurora N), who earned a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, winning by a quarter-length ...
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Kathie An Pfister, 71, dies

on 11/10/2020 10:54 AM
Kathie Ann Pfister passed away Sunday (Nov. 8), at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was 71. She was born Feb. 4, 1949, in Kenton, Ohio to the late William “Bill” & Dorthea “Dottie” Davis. Ms. Pfister graduated from Richwood High School in 1967. She was a member of the Richwood Tigers Marching Band. She was retired from General Industries in Marysv...
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