Jim Devaux wins 5 at Monticello Monday

on 04/02/2019 8:25 AM
On any given day, there are a handful of drivers at Monticello Raceway who can win races in a day. On Monday (April 1), it was Jim Devaux’s  day.   Four of Devaux’s win's came in the wire-to-wire fashion. He won the first race with Let Me Explain (2:00.1 - $9.40). The Murray Bassen trained Bestgirlfriendever took race 3 (2:00.4 - $2.70) for her seco...
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3YO Ashlee Sparkles winner in Weiss

on 04/01/2019 7:59 PM
The Bobby Weiss Series, a traditional launching pad for young talent named after the man who developed the racetrack at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono into one of the most popular surfaces in the world, opened its 2019 campaign during the Monday twilight card, with all three winners of their $15,000 first preliminaries posting lifetime bests. Fastest was the Sportswriter mare Cardiff, who ra...
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Voyage To Paris makes voyage to winner’s circle

on 04/01/2019 7:09 PM
 Driver Kayne Kauffman returned to the sulky on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, one week after a most unfortunate racing accident in which he injured his back and knee.    “My leg feels OK, but my back is tightening up a little,” he said after his second drive of the day—a win behind A Sham Of Amber, a pacing mare from his own barn.  &ld...
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Jenny Melander ready for Altercation

on 04/01/2019 11:56 AM
Jenny Melander knows Altercation likes to put up a fight when training. On Tuesday she will see for the first time how her 3-year-old filly trotter battles in a real race. Altercation is one of three Melander horses that will compete in Tuesday’s opening round of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Altercation is in the f...
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Weiss series get underway Monday at Pocono

on 04/01/2019 11:04 AM
The $700,000 Bobby Weiss Series, the traditional early-season contests at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono that often bring a focus to developing stars, begins its annual competition on Monday and Tuesday with fillies and mares – pacers in three divisions on Monday, and trotters in four sections the next day. George Napolitano Jr., who has been burning up the racetrack both at Pocono and...
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Meadowlands announces open races

on 04/01/2019 8:56 AM
The Meadowlands is announcing a series of races for Open pacers and trotters, designed to provide races on those weeks where there are no stakes for the older horses. There is no advance nomination payment required but there will be a one time entry fee of $500 that is payable only in the first leg in which the horse competes with no fee for subsequent starts. The series will cover each gait a...
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Winning Shadow tops Trolley at Pocono

on 04/01/2019 8:49 AM
The 4-year-old Credit Winner gelding Winning Shadow worked out a sweet pocket trip, then rallied up the famed Pocono Pike to win in 1:55.1 in the $21,500 featured trot Sunday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Matt Kakaley, guiding his fourth winner of the night, blasted away at the start with Winning Shadow, making the lead then letting 2-5 favorite Trolley work his way to the top past ...
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Services announced for Dorothy Haughton

on 04/01/2019 8:37 AM
Dorothy "Dottie" Haughton, the widow of the late Hall of Famer Billy Haughton, died Sunday, March 31, at age 87. She had been in failing health this winter.   Remick & Gendron Funeral Home, 811 Hampton Rd., Hampton, N.H. 03842, is handling arrangements. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 7, from 4-6 p.m. and again on Monday, April 8, from 3-5 p.m. A memorial serv...
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Wings Of Royalty takes Saratoga feature

on 03/31/2019 8:17 PM
Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty) had a pair of third-place finishes to begin his season at Saratoga Casino Hotel heading into his try in Sunday’s Open Trot.   The Joe DiStefano trainee is stabled in Massachusetts but has been a fairly regular participant in the local Open in seasons past. On Sunday, Wings Of Royalty, who was the 8-5 second choice in the wagering in the five-horse fea...
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Georgie Nap wins 6 in Philly.Sunday

on 03/31/2019 8:15 PM
Following a driving grand slam on Friday's (March 29) opening card at Harrah's Philadelphia, defending driving champion George Napolitano Jr. again asserted his dominance by posting six wins on Sunday afternoon's (March 31) 12-race card.   Cruise Patrol's ($3.00) 1:50.4 win in the eighth race, a $14,500 upper-level conditioned pace, was the cornerstone of Napolitano...
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Burke and Page red hot at Miami Valley

on 03/31/2019 7:27 PM
Heavily favored Avaline Hanover, a Dragon Again filly making just her eighth lifetime start, won the $20,000 championship leg of the George ‘Red’ Owens Memorial Series in convincing fashion at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (March 31). Driver Chris Page used the rail post position to maximum advantage,  parking longshot Dojea Rita to the quarter mile marker in :27.3, then c...
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Stratton orchestrates unpredictable in Levy Series

on 03/31/2019 8:43 AM
Seriously, who saw this coming? Jordan Stratton’s Saturday night (March 30th) began with a bummer, as former George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series winner Bit of a Legend N was scratched with what trainer Peter Tritton described as “a serious quarter crack. It’s going to take some time.” Undaunted, Stratton won two of the evening’s five, $50,000 third-round...
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Stars Align A takes Open Pace at Saratoga

on 03/31/2019 8:41 AM
Stars Align A (Art Major) recorded his first local Open Pace victory on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee got a tough trip a few weeks back in his debut in the local feature but on Saturday night, a first over journey worked out very well for the Yonkers invader. Steve Genois got the driving assignment behind Stars Align N who overpowered one of the race...
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Highalator crushes again at Big M

on 03/31/2019 8:38 AM
For a second straight start, no one could go with Highalator at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Higher And Higher, who was an easy winner in his Big M seasonal debut a week ago at the tough non-winners of $17,500 level in 1:50.2, was even better Saturday night, bumping up in class yet managing to still be a dominant force in the Preferred for pacers, which for the fi...
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Mykindachip, Sectionline Bigry take impressive wins at Miami Valley

on 03/31/2019 8:34 AM
Despite heavy rainfall and strong winds, veteran pacing warrior Miykindachip (Chris Page) turned back eight rivals to capture the Saturday night (March 30) $25,000 Open I feature at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 10-year-old son of Art's Chip narrowly outlasted fast-closing longshot Class Six (Randy Tharps) by a nose with My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) just a half length back.  The top six ...
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$2.8 million wagered on Woodbine Jackpot Hi-5

on 03/30/2019 10:57 PM
Horseplayers wagered a record $2.8 million on Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Jackpot Hi-5 had a carryover of $525,140 entering the mandatory payout and horseplayers came out in full force to take their shot.   A total of $2,818,293 of new money was wagered on the Hi-5.   Horseplayers that correctly selected the top-fiv...
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Pappy Go Go wins in 1:52 at Pocono

on 03/30/2019 10:51 PM
Pappy Go Go posted the fastest trotting time anywhere in North America during 2019 when he won in 1:52 on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. And his backstory is almost as impressive as the speed he showed in his 12¾-length victory. Driver George Napolitano Jr. kept the five-year-old just off fast early numbers of 26.3 and 56, then unleashed him down the back, and the t...
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Manceiver returns to Buffalo victorious

on 03/30/2019 9:59 PM
Manceiver wasted no time in re-establishing himself at Buffalo Raceway as he wired the field in 1:56.4 over the sloppy track in the $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace on a rainy Saturday night (March 30).   Getting his past two starts at Northfield Park, Manceiver (Kevin Cummings) returned home to Buffalo Raceway where he had won three of his past four outings. He found the home cook...
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Hoosier Park announces $30,000 GTD Pick-4

on 03/30/2019 9:27 PM
After a successful opening night of the 2019 live harness racing season on Friday, March 29, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has announced a $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 sequence when live racing resumes on Thursday, April 4. The pick-4 sequence went unsolved on both Friday and Saturday as longshots prevailed and put an interesting spin on the opening weekend action. An $11,707.42 ...
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Illinois horseman Mark Fransen dies at 64

on 03/30/2019 7:25 AM
Mark D. Fransen, 64 of Big Rock, I’ll., passed away March 28 at his home. Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m., at Troy Grove Cemetery, Troy Grove, Ill. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota, Ill., is handling arrangements. Mr. Fransen was born Aug.  21, 1954 in Mendota, IL to Logan and Cecil (Carney) Fransen. He trained two hors...
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