Real Peace repeats at The Meadows

on 04/07/2019 12:05 AM
Real Peace overcame post nine and notched his second straight victory in Saturday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Although parked the opening quarter, the 4-year-old Real Desire-Peace gelding cruised home for Aaron Merriman in 1:53.1, 1 3/4 lengths better than Toureg Seelster. A boxed-in Lord Of Winterfell found late racing room for show. Ron Burke trains R...
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Veteran horseman Sylvester DeCample dies

on 04/07/2019 12:03 AM
 Longtime trainer/driver Sylvester DeCample, 76, died March 20  in Freehold, N.J. Mr. DeCample recorded 1,231 wins as a driver, with his horses earning more than $3.4 million. As a trainer, he recorded 323 victories and more than $1.2 million in purses.
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Stephanie Cruise dies at age 62

on 04/07/2019 12:00 AM
 On Tuesday, April 2, Stephanie D. Cruise, residing in Margate, Fla., passed away at the age of 62. Stephanie was born on April 9, 1956 in New York to Stephen and Marguerita (DiMenna) Gerenser. She raised one son, Kash, and one daughter, Kelly. She first started working with horses at Roosevelt Raceway in 1972 and would spend the rest of her life working and caring for the...
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Purse increase at Flamboro, Western Fair

on 04/06/2019 7:53 AM
The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs – both member tracks of Ontario Racing (OR) - have jointly announced a 10 percent purse increase for the balance of their Spring meets.   The additional purse money, as well as added races that had been carded in recent weeks, will offset the cancelled programs suffered at both venues this past winter season due to unfavorable ...
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Shartin N scores again in Matchmaker leg

on 04/06/2019 7:48 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fourth preliminary round conducted over Friday night’s sloppy surface.   Three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All mares went at it, down one from a week ago. In the first division, the logical, two-speed number unfolded as such, with pole-sitting fave Don’t Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) retaking from se...
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Insomniac stuns; American Girl hits $1 mil

on 04/06/2019 7:45 AM
Miami Valley Raceway was host for some stellar performances on a relatively warm Friday (April 5) evening in southwest Ohio.    Among the highlights were an all-time track record for trotters (also a national season’s trotting mark on any size oval), the crowning of harness racing’s newest millionaire, a thrilling stretch drive in the $27,500 final of the Dr. Don Moss...
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Final Claim 2-for-2 with series leg win

on 04/06/2019 7:42 AM
Sutton had little trouble winning the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Andy Miller had the gas pedal down from the start as the 6-year-old son of Donato Hanover-I Wanted Wings swooped past the field from post seven in the eight-horse field and made the lead at the quarter in a brisk :27.1. Sutton raced on an open lead from there all the ...
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HP Sissy takes Buffalo Open Trot in 1:56

on 04/05/2019 9:04 PM
After a miscue in her last start, HP Sissy ($4.50) rebounded impressively with an easy length victory over Kaitlyn Rae in a seasonal best 1:56 over the sloppy track in Buffalo Raceway's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares on Friday night (April 5).   Breaking stride at the half in her last appearance on March 20, it was back to business for HP Sissy. It was a bit of a b...
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U Need Stones scores second straight

on 04/05/2019 9:02 PM
A pair of $16,000 contests for developing younger horses, one on each gait, were the headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia on a dank Friday afternoon. In the pacing co-feature, which was for mares, War Crimes came home in :55.3, moving from third off the second turn to the lead at the five-eighths and running off to a 4 ½-length victory in 1:53.1. Josh Green conditions the winner of...
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Hard Rock purchases Turfway Park

on 04/05/2019 10:08 AM
Hard Rock International, which last year sold its minority interest in Northfield Park, has announced it is purchasing Turfway Park Thoroughbred racetrack in northern Kentucky and Jack Casino in downtown Cincinnati for a reported $780 million, pending regulatory approval.   Also involved is VICI Properties, which will enter into lease agreement with Hard Rock International, which will...
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April 9 groundbreaking for new KY harness track

on 04/05/2019 9:04 AM
Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”), in partnership with Keeneland, will break ground Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. CDT on a $150 million, state-of-the-art, live and historical racing venue in Oak Grove.   The facility will feature up to 1,500 historical racing machines beginning in 2020; a 125-room hotel; a 1,200-person seated capacity grandstand and event space...
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Plainridge ready for April 8 opener

on 04/05/2019 8:38 AM
When Plainridge Park opens their doors to welcome racing fans to the start of the 2019 live harness racing meet on Monday, Apr. 8, they will also be celebrating their 20th year of operations hosting the Standardbred sport.   Plainridge Park (then Plainridge Racecourse) held their grand opening in April of 1999 when an overflow crowd of 4,500 guests filled the parking lots and jammed ...
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Final call for Spring Mixed Entries

on 04/05/2019 8:35 AM
Those planning to consign horses to the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale have until Monday, April 8 to do so, as the catalog will close at the end of that business day.   The sale is scheduled to be held on Sunday, April 28 in the Meadowlands race paddock.   “Most of the racetracks with spring and summer meets are now open, and the amount of claims everywhere gives you a...
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Goldberg is gold in DSBF 3CP final

on 04/04/2019 11:09 PM
Closing night at Dover Downs on Thursday displayed a spectacular card of 16 races highlighted by the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) final for pacing colts, a $33,000 Open Pace and a $34,000 Open Trot. Race 10 was the DSBF colt final and it was all Goldberg (Mr. Wiggles-Chausettes Blanche) in his fourth start of the year in 1:51.2 in wire-to-wire fashion for breeder/own...
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Faraldo wins amateur race with Tough Get Going

on 04/04/2019 9:46 PM
Joe Faraldo was a happy man Thursday night. And why shouldn't he be? After all, he came from Arcadia, Calif., in suburban Los Angeles at midnight last evening and winged his way to New York precisely to drive in an amateur trot on Thursday at Yonkers Raceway. And his efforts were rewarded with a gate-to-wire 2:01.2 triumph behind Tough Get Going in the second race on the ...
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Eclipse Me N wins 2019 debut at Saratoga

on 04/04/2019 7:39 PM
Eclipse Me N (Real Desire) prevailed in her 2019 debut while competing in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday afternoon. The Rene Allard trainee enjoyed a $100,000-plus campaign last season and debuted in the local feature off a pair of qualifiers that took place at Pocono Downs. With leading driver Billy Dobson in the bike, Eclipse Me N got a second-over trip in t...
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Trevor Henry hurt when hit by car in Quebec

on 04/04/2019 6:17 PM
Standardbred Canada reported Thursday afternoon that driver Trevor Henry has been sidelined from driving after being hit by a car in Quebec. According to Henry's wife, Shannon, Trevor was crossing a street in Montreal on Wednesday (April 3) when he was struck by a right-turning car. As a result, Henry received a broken ankle that required surgery on Wednesday afternoon. Shann...
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Black Mamba As wires field at Pocono

on 04/04/2019 4:20 PM
The great rate of early-speed success in the opening days of the 2019 Harrah’s Philadelphia season continued in the $14,500 featured trot on Thursday, as the Lionhunter mare Black Mamba AS mad every pole a winning one in a 1:54 mile. The winner of $241,060, the 9-5 second choice worked to the front in a :27.1 opener, then got a breather to the half in :57.1. The 6-5 favorite Zlatan had ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/04/2019 4:10 PM
A pair of series for 3 year olds of both gaits get underway this weekend at the Meadowlands, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainers Harry Landy and Jeff Cullipher talk about their chances with their starters.   Cullipher also discusses his Yonkers Saturday night George Morton Levy Series starter Endeavor. This is week four of both the Levy and Matchmaker serie...
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Ken Grant, key player in creation of SC, dies

on 04/04/2019 1:21 PM
Ontario’s Ken Grant, 87, who was recognized with the Chris VanBussel Award in 2010 in recognition of his work in the formation of Standardbred Canada, died March 16 at St. Joseph's Health Care Centre, Hamilton, Ont.   Writing for the Hamilton Spectator, racing journalist Harold Howe noted that in 1998 Mr. Grant was “pivotal in finally uniting the Canadian Trotting Asso...
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