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Pine Dust grabs another victory at Dayton

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Chalk bettors enjoyed the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night, while some others chasing longshots were rewarded in the co-featured $18,500 Mares Open Pace. Pine Dream was the repeat winner of the weekly top trot, scoring for driver Aaron Merriman in 1:53.3.  The favorite paid $3.60 and gave Merriman his fourth victory on the night…and 993rd on the year as ...
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Oceania overcomes trailing post to win in Philly

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
The Rock N Roll Heaven mare Oceania overcome the worst win-producing post at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the trailing post nine (fewer than one win every 20 starts at 4.8%), in winning a $14,500 featured distaff pace during a special post-Thanksgiving Friday night program at the southeast Pennsylvania oval.   Driver Scott Zeron, a three-time winner on the card, got the winner away alertly in...
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Windsong Leo gets 18th win in Meadows pace

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Windsong Leo collected his 18th win this season when he shot the Lightning Lane and scored in 1:52.4 in the slop in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince, Southwind Amazon and Spicey Victor are the seasonal leaders with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo released the parked-out Phoenix Warrior N past the quarter but was the stronger horse in the l...
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Shartin N makes Horse of the Year case

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
She's done all she can do. Now, she hopes the Horse of the Year voters are in her corner.   Shartin N became the first older pacing female to earn $1 million in a single season by taking the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace in 1:50.3 in a dominant performance over a sloppy track at the Meadowlands Saturday night on the biggest night of racing on the fall calendar, as four TVG Finals as well as t...
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Dayton opens both won by American Ideal sons

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Despite being assigned the outside post position and being relegated to an almost journey long first-up attack on the outside, Endeavor (Trace Tetrick) made his initial visit at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway a winning one in the Saturday (Nov. 24) $18,500 Open I Pace. Tetrick left the gate hard enough to slip into the four-hole along the pylons briefly, but a sixteenth of a mile later lau...
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Iyq Yqr bounces back in Batavia open pace

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
After finishing fourth last week while being parked out the whole mile, Iyq Yqr rebounded Saturday night (Nov. 24) with a come-from-behind effort to win the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs. There were no leavers this week when the gate released the group, leaving In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) in charge of the fractions and as such, they went to the quarter in :29.2 and the half in...
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Brennan wins five at Yonkers on Saturday night

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
'Twas a dark and stormy Saturday night (Nov. 25th), except for George Brennan. Brennan won five of Yonkers Raceway’s dozen races, including the pair of $44,000 Open Handicap Paces. He and Always at My Place ($6.70) tracked down a clear, 7-5 favorite Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) late, winning the boys’ featured pace in a soggy 1:53.2. The latter had taken the lead, disposing of ea...
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Captain Crunch leads Fall Final Four winners

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron tipped three wide coming off the final turn and powered through the stretch to win the $469,300 Governor’s Cup for 2-year-old male pacers by 3-3/4 lengths over Mac’s Power in 1:50.3 on a wet Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Blood Money finished third.   The Governor’s Cup was one of the Fall Final Four events for 2-year-old...
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Gingras talks about his Fall Final Four drives

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has a drive in three of the Fall Final Four races for 2 year olds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, including Warrawee Beauty in the $391,250 Three Diamonds for filly pacers, Sonnet Grace in the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters, and Blood Money in the $469,300 Governor’s Cup for male pacers. No elims were needed for the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, whi...
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Indiana's Stohler enjoying good run at Meadows

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
When a trainer introduces his horses to a new track, he faces a number of challenges — finding stall space and suitable personal lodgings, unfamiliarity with the local procedures and racing surface — that can adversely affect on-track performance. Somebody forgot to warn Trent Stohler. Since the Markleville, IN-based Stohler began racing his stock at The Meadows following the close of the H...
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Trix And Stones a contender in Valley Victory

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
After winning his elimination for the Valley Victory Stakes last week, Trix And Stones will try to close his season with a victory in Saturday’s (Nov. 24) $435,900 final for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands. The Carl Jamieson-trained colt, who passed through the Lexington Selected Mixed Sale auction ring in October but was bought back by Jamieson, is the 7-2 second choice on the morni...
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Millionaire trotter Obrigado retired from racing

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Obrigado, the 2016 Dan Patch Older Trotter of the Year, has been retired. Trainer and co-owner Paul Kelley confirmed that the millionaire will not return to the races after making seven starts this past season and a total of 13 over the past two campaigns. "After a bit of time and some consultation with my vet, Dr. Rodney Stewart, it was decided that he has earned his retirement," Kelley t...
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Former Quad City Downs owner Jim Patten dies

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
James "Jim" P. Patten, 90, of Davenport, IA, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Bickford Senior Living in Davenport. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m.on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church or the Jame...
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Gokudo Hanover has bounced back since colic

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Gokudo Hanover joined the ranks of Scott Di Domenico’s stable last fall and quickly became one of the top horses in his barn. He won the local Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers twice and placed another two times over the winter. Di Domenico thought enough of the gelding to enter him in the first leg of the George Morton Levy Series March 17. However, the day before the race, Di Domenico found Goku...
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Culinary Delight N cooks up Saratoga victory

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Culinary Delight N (Lis Mara) came from well off the pace to record the win in Friday’s Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns, trains and drives the eight year old New Zealand bred who drew post five in the six-horse feature on Friday. Culinary Delight N got away fifth and sat patiently near the back of the pack as the race’s favorite Clear Idea (Billy Dobson)...
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Jimmy Freight wins Progress Pace elim

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) collected his 11th victory of the season on Wednesday evening in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs by besting Breeders Crown victor Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) in 1:49.2. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick) was third. Leaving from post position five, Jimmy Freight and his pilot were content to allow Thinkbig Dreambig to establish the pace ...
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Freshman trotters race DSBF leg at Dover

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
The final leg for 2-year-old trotting fillies went to post early at 4:10 p.m. in a non-wagering event Wednesday at Dover Downs. Command The Day (CR Commando-Deanna Troy) did command the way as last week’s winner, Bella’s Party Punk, went off stride at the three-quarter pole. This was her first win for trainer Syl King, Jr and driver Victor Kirby. Dark Duchess (He’s Spooky-Designabl...
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Kaitlyn Rae wins 14th of year at Batavia

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
Who has 62 lifetime wins, 14 of which were taken this year and is currently the fourth winningest mare in North America? That would be Kaitlyn Rae, who bested the top female pacers in western New York once again on Wednesday evening after she won the $10,400 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Out-stepping Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the front, Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) to...
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McCarthy sweeps Philly trotting features

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
With the "Trottin’ Thursday" program usually featured weekly at Harrah’s Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots was driver Andrew McCarthy, who took both top-end purses and guided a freshman in an impressive d...
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Mohawk Park to remember Bill Gale Thursday

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
The moment of silence will take place at approximately 6:55 p.m. and horsepeople and industry participants are invited to gather in the winner's circle for the moment of silence. In 1991, Gale was named Canadian Driver of the Year following a $3.2 million season, which included two Breeders Crown victories (King Conch, Three Wizards). He posted 16 consecutive $1 million seas...
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