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Memorial for Steve Williams Nov. 17 at Big M

on 10/29/2018 2:00 AM
Joseph and Steven Williams have arranged an evening celebrating the life of their dad, Steve Williams, who died Sunday, Oct. 17. Williams, the longtime farm manager at White Birch Farm, was 60.    It will be held Nov. 17 at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the Skybox area from 6:30-8:30 p.m. People will have a chance to share memories of Steve, in a place he had many fond memorie...
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MASS finals set for Tuesday at Plainridge

on 10/29/2018 2:00 AM
The most lucrative races ever offered for Massachusetts-bred Standardbreds will be contested at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon when the eligibles for the $800,000 Massachusetts Sires Stakes (MASS) finals convene.   Eight $100,000 divisions will go postward starting at 1:30 p.m. when the first of two non-betting events will start. The regular pari-mutuel program begins at ...
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Classic Banker takes Meadows Preferred Trot

on 10/29/2018 2:00 AM
Not intimidated by his millionaire rival, Classic Banker challenged Wind Of The North first-over and went on to spring the 6-1 upset in Monday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wind Of The North reached the $1 million milestone in his last race and seemed poised to pad that bankroll after a comfortable 29.4 second quarter. But Classic Banker and Brady Brown had other ideas, d...
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Pappyv Go Go goes to Big M winner’s circle

on 10/28/2018 2:00 AM
Pappy Go Go showed his win a week ago against weaker foes was the perfect prep for the Saturday nightconditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands, as he scored for fun in the $16,000 event in 1:54. The Andrew Harris trainee was firing fast at the outset, hitting the quarter in :27.3, two lengths in front of the pocket-sitting My Cherry Pie. Unpressured, the 4-year-old gelded son of...
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Pat Matters sets career best in Circle City

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, (Oct. 26) as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at the seven-eighths-mile oval for the fifth time this season. The 14-race card was highlighted by nine divisions of The Circle City Stakes for 3-year-old trotters and pacers and one division of the Madison County Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts. The 3-year-old trot...
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Thunder strikes in Kindergarten splits

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
He’d been away from the races for 34 days but that did not stop Thunder from lighting up his foes in the sixth and final leg of the Kindergarten Classic, a series for 2-year-olds of both sex and gait, at the Meadowlands Friday night. Thunder, a John Butenschoen-trained trotter, sat in the two-hole early before emerging from the rail with three-eighths of a mile to go. With Yonkers ki...
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Former writer Ed Palladino Jr. dies

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
Edward A. Palladino Jr., former local area sports writer, died Thursday, Oct. 25, at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 19, 1933 in Poughkeepsie, he is the son of the late Edward A. and Nancy (Guido) Palladino Sr.  A graduate of the Mt. Carmel Elementary School and Pougkeepsie High School Class of 1951, Ed played baseball and basketball and began his career as a s...
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Woodside Charm, Gimpanzee stay undefeated

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
Verlin Yoder drove Woodside Charm (pictured) to a 1:54.1 win in the Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono on Oct. 27 over a track that was rated "sloppy." Yoder owns and trains the Chapter Seven—Fireworks Hanover filly, which was Yoder’s first Breeders Crown entry, along with his first appearance.   Yoder took his filly right to the top as the gat...
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Burke Brigade take home three Crown trophies

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
Racing his most impressive mile of the season, Dorsoduro Hanover (pictured) stormed to the lead and continued to draw off to a 4 ¼-length win in 1:49.4 on the "sloppy" surface of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday in the $530,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace final. Including wins by Warrawee Ubeaut and Percy Blue Chip, trainer Ron Burke captured three Crown trophies. ...
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Tactical Landing impressive in Crown 3CT win

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
The track at Mohegan Sun Pocono may have been sloppy Saturday night but the effort from Tactical Landing was pretty neat as he took the $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Trot in a speedy 1:52.1.   Brian Sears got Tactical Landing away second as Met's Hall took the field to the quarter in 27.1, but he cruised to the front en route to the :55.4 half-mile marker. Tactical Landing hit three-...
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Captain Crunch crunches in BC 2CP

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
Scott Zeron drove Captain Crunch to a definitive three-length win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace Final at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono on Saturday. The time for the mile on the track rated "sloppy" was 1:51.3.   From the far outside, Blood Money left with Captain Crunch, followed by Captain Trevor and flushing to the outside, Proof took an early shot at chal...
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McWicked, Homicide Hunter win BC Opens

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
The 4-5 favorite McWicked (pictured) moved to the lead at the five-eighths pole, easily putting away Lazarus N and then opening to win by four comfortable lengths in 1:49.3. Brian Sears drove McWicked for trainer Casie Coleman, as he won his second Breeders Crown trophy. Early leader Filibuster Hanover rallied for second, while Donttellmeagain finished third. McWicked has now earned over $3.7...
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Shartin N, Emoticon Hanover win Mares Opens

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
Shartin N (pictured), aggressively driven by Tim Tetrick, won the $270,000 Breeders Crown Mares Pace final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun on Saturday. The time for the mile was 1:52 over the "sloppy" track.   Supplemented to the race, the New Zealand-bred 5-year-old mare Shartin N, by Tintin In America-Bagdarin, flew from the wings of the gate and denied the lead from a quick-leaving Tw...
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Lily Stride upsets "Big Four" in Crown 3FT

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
The $500,000 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot figured to be a battle among Atlanta, currently top-ranked in the sport's top 10 poll, Manchego (seventh), and Phaetosive. However, longshot Lily Stride (#4), at 31-1, had other ideas and pulled the upset in the $500,000 event, winning in 1:53.2. Lily Stride paid $65.40 to her backers.   Plunge Blue Chip pressured favored Atlant...
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Great Vintage scores in Yonkers Open Pace

on 10/27/2018 2:00 AM
It was an old-fashioned heater Saturday night, with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald, $5.60) and I'm Some Graduate (Pat Berry, $12.20) dividing Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   The tandem swallowed up Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) late in the lane, Great Vintage easing out from the pocket and I'm Some Graduate altering course and closing inside to match strides ...
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Favorites fall in Harvest Series finals

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Ontario-sired rookies were on display Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the finals of the Harvest Series. A quartet of series finals put on a bow on the three-week event and featured a few upsets.   Angus Hall filly Dance Hall Babe muscled by race favorite P L Molly in the final eighth of a mile to win the $43,300 two-year-old trotting filly final.   Driven by Anthony MacDonald,...
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New York horseman Joseph Carrubba dies

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Joseph R. Carrubba, 60, of Oakfield, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Rochester General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born June 11, 1958, in Batavia, the son of the late Samuel and Patricia (Geitner) Carrubba.   Mr. Carrubba was born into a harness racing family as his father Sam raced a stable at Batavia Downs. He got his first driver's license at age seventeen and made hi...
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Selections made for Breeders Crown contest

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday (Oct. 27) in a unique contest on the 12 Breeders Crown championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest is sponsored by the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown with total money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been divided int...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park announces new series

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Friday announced details for a quartet of Winter Series to be raced at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Niagara Series and Valedictory Series will take place during the month of December and conclude on Boxing Day (Dec. 26). The Blizzard Series and Snowshoe Series begin in mid-January and will wrap up on Feb. 1.   Each series consists of two $17,000 prelimina...
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Svanstedt has high hopes for Crown victories

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
After driving Plunge Blue Chip to victory in her Breeders Crown elimination last weekend, and then watching rival Atlanta win hers, Ake Svanstedt seemed as intrigued as anyone by the possibilities in Saturday's $500,000 championship for 3-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   "She won easy," Svanstedt said about Plunge Blue Chip, then added with a smile, "but Atla...
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