Crystal Fashion, Zero Tolerance win Philly qualifiers

on 04/23/2019 1:28 PM
The Jim Campbell stable was certainly primed for the Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as four of its members won their a.m. events, all owned by Fashion Farms. Last year’s million-dollar winner Crystal Fashion, now four, went his own third quarter in :27.4 to sweep his field in 1:57 for driver Tim Tertrick. The Cantab Hall gelding had won a qualifier a tick slo...
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Graber hopes his 'Caviar' is top shelf

on 04/23/2019 1:05 PM
At the age of 81, Dan Graber says he’s been “up and down the pike a few times.” What he’s never been, at least to this point, is on the road to the Hambletonian. The Indiana resident is hoping this could be the year with his homebred trotter DG’s Caviar, who is undefeated in three races this season at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. DG’s Caviar is the 1-5 morning-...
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Iconic Adios statue relocating at Meadows

on 04/23/2019 10:16 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) not only looks ahead to the future of the sport, but also does its best to preserve the sport's past.  A current project involves a move to save the historic statue of Adios that for more than five decades has watched over the entrance to The Meadows.   A construction project is currently underway at the intersection of ...
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Good times, competitive racing at Meadowlands

on 04/23/2019 9:00 AM
The spring of 2019 has been a good one at the Meadowlands. Handle is up as a result of greater field size and the gradual return to better quality horses, the logical explanation being increased purses made possible by the supplemental funding from the state. The horseplayers are voting with their wagering dollars and handle begets handle, that is fact. The entry box has been solid. There hav...
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Starznheaven scores in Plainridge feature

on 04/23/2019 8:31 AM
Heavy downpours, steady wind, a sloppy track and seven formidable foes could not prevent Starznheaven from capturing the $16,000 Open Handicap Pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (April 22). Avatartist (Mark Eaton) was the fastest off the wings and skimmed through the water to the quarter in :26.2. But despite the torrid pace for any condition, Shawn Gray was not content to sit and pulled...
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Daiymir takes Harrington Open

on 04/22/2019 8:19 PM
George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership's Daiymir ($5.80, Montrell Teague) was a 1:51.3 winner in the featured $18,000 Open at Harrington Raceway Monday.  The Clyde Francis-trainee angled off the rail in the stretch and was full of pace, surging by his rivals impressively for two length length win over Slick Tony and Always The Sun. It was the fourth win of the year for the M...
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Cardiff captures Pocono Open in 1:51.1

on 04/22/2019 8:15 PM
Cardiff had to go the dreaded "tuck-then-first-over" journey in the $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championship for pacing fillies and mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday, but the Sportswriter mare showed rare pluck in grinding raw for the last 5/8 and still getting the decision in a lifetime best 1:51.1. Cardiff, who had a first and two seconds in her Weiss prelims, tuck...
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Mission Accepted wins third straight Open

on 04/22/2019 7:10 PM
The Ron Burke Stable has another superstar on its roster, having assumed the training of Mission Accepted for his four-year-old campaign.  The 4-year-old son of Manofmanymissions won 12 of 21 races at ages two and three for veteran Ohio conditioner Jeff Conger, earning a hefty $370,454.   Owners Knox Services Inc. and David Wills have opted to hand the reins to Burke now that ...
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Swansea looks to finish Bonus Trot Series sweep

on 04/22/2019 3:21 PM
There’s a cool $73,000 up for grabs Tuesday night in the final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. After three preliminary rounds, Swansea emerged as the only perfect participant, winning each as an odds-on favorite. The 4-year-old Swan for All gelding landed post position No. 3 in the seventh-race finale, with George Brennan drivi...
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Scioto direct deposit form online

on 04/22/2019 1:31 PM
As Eldorado Scioto Downs prepares to open on May 7, the new purse request along with the direct deposit form is on the Scioto Downs website for horsemen to fill out and return.   In making this a smooth process, it’s encouraged that owners, trainers, and drivers turn in their purse request early as a pre-authorization will take place that could take up to 7 days. ...
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USTA seeking Youth Delegates

on 04/22/2019 10:37 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA), in conjunction with the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, is seeking applicants between the ages of 14-20 to participate as members of its Youth Leadership Development Subcommittee. Deadline for application is Wednesday, May 1.   If selected to serve on the subcommittee, delegates will be involved in projects with USTA staff and directors to improve t...
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Baby training on May Thursdays at Meadowlands

on 04/22/2019 10:15 AM
The Meadowlands and the SBOA of NJ will again cooperate to provide access to the racetrack for those horsemen wishing to train their young horses over the oval during the month of May beginning on Thursday, May 2. The track will be open each Thursday in May from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the paddock is open and available during those hours. The cost for these sessions will be covered by the SBOA ...
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Tyler Buter wins 3,000th with Daddy Let Me Drive

on 04/22/2019 8:32 AM
Tyler Buter recorded the 3,000th driving victory of his career during a special Easter Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Buter rallied Daddy Let Me Drive into a :28.1 last quarter, closing furiously in the last sixteenth to be up right on the money. The 33-year-old Buter, from a famous racing family, showed early talent in the sulky when he recorded his first win with I...
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Western Fame wins Levy Memorial Final at Yonkers

on 04/21/2019 8:51 AM
Turns out, it wasn’t a fair fight. Odds-on Western Fame (Dan Dube, $2.50) drilled his seven foes Saturday night (Apr. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The prelim points leader having won four of his five starts (with a second), the  1-4 favorite dispatched his foes with stakes-record-time-matching ease on a c...
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Shartin N wins 11th Blue Chip Matchmaker

on 04/21/2019 8:49 AM
“She’s a tough SOB with big lungs.” Even-money favorite Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, $4) employed the same tactic she did a season ago, winning Saturday night’s (Apr. 20th) $402,600 final of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker. As was the case in the evening $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, both were the richest incarnations in th...
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"Single" sees victory, Gingras wins 4 at Big M

on 04/21/2019 8:48 AM
As the leading driver at the Meadowlands, Yannick Gingras has had his share of big nights at the mile oval, and Saturday at the Big M was just another of many for the 39-year-old, who scored four times on the 13-race program, among them the featured conditioned pace. Seeing Eye Single, a 4-year-old gelded son of Dragon Again-Shabalabadingdong, overcame post 10 and lowered his previous lifetim...
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Sports Legend, American Admiral win Weiss at Pocono

on 04/20/2019 11:20 PM
Last week Turbo Hill and Sports Legend faced each other in a Bobby Weiss Series preliminary in the male pacers ranks; Turbo Hill drew inside his main rival, and even though Sports Legend was favored, Turbo Hill was victorious. This past Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, one crucial factor changed at the draw – Sports Legend drew inside Turbo Hill. Though the crowd went to Tur...
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Rebel Voyager wins 4th straight at Buffalo

on 04/20/2019 10:57 PM
Rebel Voyager has found success at Buffalo Raceway by being close to or on the lead.   Things were turned upside down on Saturday night (April 20) for Rebel Voyager ($4.10) but the result ended up being the same as he posted his fourth consecutive win with a neck decision over Upfront Countryboy in the $11,500 Class AA Open pace.   After looking for an early lead attempt, R...
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MacDonald wins six at Vernon Downs

on 04/20/2019 10:53 PM
Driver John MacDonald made the first Saturday (April 20) of the 2019 Vernon Downs season a memorable one. MacDonald starting out by winning the first race with long shot Pearlameri ($34.40).   His second win came in the Anthony Farina Pacing Series ($4000) with Gia's Surreal ($2.10).  The 3-year-old filly by So Surreal won by over six lengths in 1:53.3.  Finishing s...
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Dislocator wins Hackett 3YOCP Final at Miami Valley

on 04/20/2019 9:46 PM
The betting public got it right on Saturday night at Miami Valley as Dislocator (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.), dispatched as the 3-5 favorite, captured the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired three-year-old pacing colts. Wrenn floated Dislocator from the gate, allowing stablemate High On Paydaze (Brett Miller) to trip the first timing beam in :27.  Rushing to the top immediately therea...
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