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Bettors Fire N torches Batavia foes

on 11/27/2018 9:06 PM
He hasn’t been in North America long, but he’s already turning heads. Undefeated in Maine and now in Massachusetts, Bettors Fire N has now strung four straight and remained peerless by taking the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon. Leaving from post one, Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) grabbed an immediate lead and dictated the pace from there...
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Diamond effort by Cracklin Rosie

on 11/27/2018 9:03 PM
Cracklin Rosie won her second straight Tuesday at The Meadows, rallying again to erase a substantial deficit and capture the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace.   Cracklin Rosie was fourth by 4 1/2 lengths when she followed the first-over cover of Shesasmokinlady. The 5-year-old daughter of Badlands Hanover-Honey’s Bud Lite roared wide through the stretch for Jim Pantaleano...
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Books full for Diamond Creek stallions

on 11/27/2018 3:20 PM
Diamond Creek and Sugar Valley Farm announced today that Dan Patch winner, Downbytheseaside is fully booked and closed for the 2019 season.    In 2018, his first season at stud, Downbytheseaside served a full book of 140 mares and boasted an in-foal rate of over ninety percent.  His stellar pregnancy rates combined with his pedigree and performance on the racetrack, led him ...
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NY court upholds Pena sanctions

on 11/27/2018 2:03 PM
The New York State Gaming Commission today announced that the New York Court of Appeals has upheld the 2015 sanctions levied against harness trainer Lou Pena, who was found responsible for 1,719 equine drug violations in 675 races.   The ruling ends more than six years of litigation and validates the Commission’s actions of using veterinarian records to determine if pre-race dru...
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Dorsoduro Hanover draws 8 in Progress

on 11/27/2018 12:30 PM
Dorsoduro Hanover began his season with a win and will try to go out the same way in Thursday’s $260,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacers at Dover Downs. It will not be easy. In addition to facing seven talented rivals, Dorsoduro Hanover will begin the race from post No. 8, the least favorable starting spot on the gate at the track. “I’m not too happy about tha...
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NY horseman Robert Cottrell dies at 84

on 11/27/2018 11:10 AM
Western New York horseman Robert B. Cottrell, 84, died Nov. 22. He was blessed to spend recent days and Thanksgiving with those who meant the most to him, family. He is survived by his loving wife, Sally; children, Dr. Timothy (Lisa) and Tracy (Joseph) Ilvento; grandsons, Connor, Sean and Alex Ilvento; and dear sister, Joan Light. He will be missed by many longtime friends, many of whom worked...
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All Bets Off retired to stud at Seelster

on 11/27/2018 9:45 AM
Seelster Farms is excited to announce that  All Bets Off p, 2, 1:50f, 3, 1:48.3f, 1:48, BT1:46.2 ($3,186,658) will stand his first season in 2019. All Bets Off is the richest and the fastest son of Bettors Delight with earnings of $3,186,658, a record this year of 1:48 and a best beaten time of BT1:46.2 established while closing in the Allerage Series Open, ...
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Musical Rhythm rocks in Mohawk feature

on 11/27/2018 9:01 AM
Musical Rhythm made a triumphant return to the Preferred on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 6-year-old Ben Baillargeon trainee pulled off a 9-1 upset over six rivals in the $34,000 top class. A rainy Monday led to "sloppy" conditions for the evening’s card of racing. Dunbar Hall was the talk of the field, as he entered on a two-race win streak in the Preferred. ...
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Outburst rallies for win at Meadows

on 11/26/2018 9:58 PM
Trailing by 4-1/2 lengths and wide at the half, Outburst exploded through the final turn and captured Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $14,000 Conditioned Trot. Outburst appeared to be gapping cover when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones. But the 7-year-old Explosive Matter-Exquisite Lady gelding found his best stride late, holding off the rallying Media Buzz by 3/4 lengths in 1:57.3...
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Big Super Night at Pompano

on 11/26/2018 2:47 PM
Pompano Park hosted the 2018 edition of Super Night on Sunday (Nov. 25) with eight championship events with more than $415,000 in purses on the line. The stables of Kim Sears and Mike Deters dominated the events with the Sears contingency winning five championship events, Deters taking two and the Hennessey Stable taking the remaining piece of pie. Driver Wally Hennessey annexed six winning dr...
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$77,000 top price of Indiana sale daily double

on 11/26/2018 1:20 PM
The big Indiana daily double of sales, the Midwest Mixed Sale and the Michiana Yearling Sale, took place Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana. In its second year, the Midwest Mixed Sale saw an increase in both gross sales and average compared to the inaugural sale held a year ago, with 142 horses cataloged. The sale was topped by Hip 113, Sout...
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Oldford captures Billings Series Gold Cup

on 11/26/2018 1:19 PM
Harness racing's granddaddy of all amateur events, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, presented its 37th annual Gold and Silver Cup finals at Yonkers Raceway on Sunday, and they resulted in near storybook fashion when coincidentally the $25,000 Gold Cup was won by the series vice president Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford, and the $15,000 Silver Cup went to the ...
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Burke Stable tops $20 million for 6th time

on 11/26/2018 6:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke saw his stable surpass $20 million in purses for the sixth consecutive year when Sonnet Grace won the Goldsmith Maid Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters over the weekend at The Meadowlands. The 49-year-old Burke is the only trainer in harness racing history to ever reach $20 million in a year. His stable earned a record $28.4 million in 2014. This season Burke's sta...
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McWicked monstrous as Sears doubles in TVG

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
McWicked completely dominated his foes for a third straight stakes start, and in the process, likely wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday night at the Meadowlands after taking the $350,000 TVG Open Pace by 2 lengths over Dealt A Winner in 1:48 over a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover was third. "He was absolutely awesome," said winning trainer Casie Coleman. "He's be...
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Merriman goes back to back with 1,000 wins

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman became the first driver in the history of harness racing to achieve multiple 1,000-win seasons when he scored in the 12th race on Saturday at Northfield Park.  The triumph was a gate-to-wire victory aboard Zumba in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface.     Harness Racing fans have been counting down Merriman’s victories all over social media, tracking the well-tr...
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Kim Sholty, daughter of late Hall of Famer, dies

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
Kimberly Sholty, 57, of Westport, Conn., a daughter of the late Hall of Famer George Sholty and the late Myrna Sholty, devoted and much loved wife of Joseph Martens and mother of two sons, Jack and Finn, died on Friday, Nov. 23, following a brief illness. She grew up in Old Westbury on Long Island, New York. She graduated with honors from Jericho High School and completed her degree in finance ...
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Michigan horseman John Schuberg dies at 80

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
John Schuberg, 80, died after a long battle with dementia on Saturday, Nov. 24. Schuberg, a resident of Perrysburg, Ohio, earned $1.9 million as a trainer and $406,564 as a driver.   He was a US Trotting Association director, representing District  2. He was elected to the USTA Board in  1986 and served for  25  years. Mr. Schuberg  had been  act...
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Horseman Harald Lunde, trained Rotation, dies

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
Harald Lunde, 72, has died in Norway. He was regarded as one of the top Norwegian horsemen and he enjoyed success in his native country as well as North America, where he trained the stakes winners Rotation and Banker Hall.   Lundy was born in Lademoen outside Trondheim, just a few steps from Leangen's racetrack. It was also at Leangen that Lunde started his career as a stable boy. ...
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Trolley wins at Meadowlands in second '18 start

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
It had been a long time between drinks for the Erv Miller-trained Trolley, but a perfect pocket trip was just the right tonic to get him to the winner’s circle for the first time since Sept. 10 of last year when he took the $16,000 high-range conditioned trotting feature Friday night at the Meadowlands. Making only his second start of the year, Trolley was asked for early speed from driver Ma...
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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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