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George Brennan talks 10,000 wins

on 10/24/2018 2:00 AM
About seven weeks ago, an evening or so after Brian Sears won the 10,000th race of his career, there was George Brennan, sitting next to him inside Yonkers Raceway's drivers' room.   "We're the old guys in the room," Sears said.   Well, "Old Guy" Brennan joined Sears in the five-figure club, mimicking Sears and winning his 10,000th career race this past Friday night ...
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Smart As Hill a surprise for Wellwood

on 10/24/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Paula Wellwood doesn't mind Smart As Hill's playful streak. His speed more than makes up for it. "He is improving," Wellwood said. "He's still very coltish. He does little colt things. He doesn't really have a care in the world, he's like that. But that's OK -- if they can go fast." "And," she added with a laugh, "he can do that." That speed has gotten Smart As Hill into Satu...
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Fox Den Farm yearling videos now available

on 10/24/2018 2:00 AM
Fox Den Farm, agent yearling videos are now online at: www.foxdenfarm.com/harrisburg-2018.html and include: the first Art Major from the $340,000 winning Dingle Bay--Hip 232 Major Mac; a Well Said brother to Stucklikeglue p, 4,1:51.3f ($435,000)--Hip 804 Start A Ruckus; and two by Artspeak from the immediate family of a World Champion and 10+ in 1:53, including Hip 300 Bipbopnallie and Hi...
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Michiana Yearling Sale catalogs now available

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
Catalogs are now available for the second annual Michiana Classic Yearling Sale in Shipshewana, Ind. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, the auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Michiana Event Center (MEC). Start time is 9:30 a.m.   A total of 224 yearlings have been catalogued with yearlings by the sires of world champions Always B Miki, Hannelore Hano...
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Posts drawn for Crown Open Pace, Trot

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
McWicked, harness racing's richest horse this year, drew post 3 for Saturday's $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace and was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite while Cruzado Dela Noche drew post No. 6 for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot and was also tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line choice. Draws for the Open Pace and Open Trot were conducted Tuesday at Wisecrackers at Mohegan S...
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SRF's feed bucket challenge underway

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
McCauley Bros. Feed will generously give 100 of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation'shorses warm bellies for the winter with their feed bucket challenge match. For every dollar donated McCauley's will match it with their quality feed up to $7,000. The challenge starts Oct. 23 and ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at midnight.   A pound of grain averages about 75 cents to $1.25. For the...
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Birnam Wood Farms yearling videos available

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
Videos of the 2018 yearlings from Birnam Wood Farms are now available on BirnamWoodFarms.com (and also on the Black Book website). The yearlings will sell in the Concord Stud consignment except for two available at Fox Den Farms.   Birnam Wood Farm was last year's sixth leading breeder of 2-year-olds and the 2018 prospects are headed by hip #86 Louie Louie, a tremendous Sweet Lou co...
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Pair three-peat in Mass. Sires Stakes

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
Weather was a factor as the $163,000 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3 year olds assembled at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon. Rain that started after the early non-betting race continued to increase and the track became sloppy after the first race of the card. But conditions didn't stop Ithinkthatsmine and I'm A Clown from remaining undefeated in the series this ye...
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McDazzle one of six Meadows winners for Burke

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
McDazzle repelled the challenge of newcomer Touchamatic and went on to a facile victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone gave McDazzle a comfortable :57.1 first half, which aggravated the difficulty for the first-over Touchamatic, who had turned in some big recent miles at Yonkers. A fresh McDazzle put her away in the final ...
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Four drivers look for 1st Crown title in 2FT

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr. has won more races than any driver in the history of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but it was a second-place finish at his home oval that proved to be a winner in terms of punching Napolitano's ticket to his first Breeders Crown final. Napolitano guided Stella Jane to a runner-up finish behind undefeated Woodside Charm in their Breeders Crown elimination last week to ad...
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Breeders Crown Team Handicapping Contest

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday night (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 prize money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been div...
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Courtly Choice done for 2018

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Blake MacIntosh announced on Twitter Sunday that Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice will not race again in 2018. The announcement comes one day after Courtly Choice finished sixth in his Breeders Crown elimination at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and failed to advance to the final. "I would like to thank everyone and especially Courtly for the amazing year a...
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Standardbred Horse Sales "Stable Stars" contest

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
In conjunction with its Annual Yearling Sale in Harrisburg, Standardbred Horse Sales Company is pleased to announce the 2018 edition of its popular "Stable Stars" Contest. Contestants will predict the knock-down sales prices of 16 Harrisburg yearlings to be sold on Monday, Nov. 5.   An online entry form can be completed from a link on the Home Page of The Black Book website (www.theblackb...
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Breeders Crown fields; 2 races still to be drawn

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
With a record 24 Breeders Crown eliminations in the books from the weekend, here are the final fields for the $6 million Breeders Crown finals on Sat., Oct. 27.   The $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot and the $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace will be drawn Tues., Oct. 23 at the press conference. The draw will be live streamed on The Mohegan Sun at Pocono home page.   Ten ...
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Shartin N eyes earnings record in BC Mare Pace

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
A pacing mare has never won a million dollars in a single season, but that could change in the coming weeks thanks to Shartin N.   The 5-year-old Shartin N has won 17 of 22 races this season and earned $833,361. She races Saturday in the $270,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and could surpass Dreamfair Eternal's seasonal earnings record for a pac...
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Kauffman drives 3,000th career winner

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
Thanks On the occasion of his 3,000th lifetime win in the fifth race at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon, driver Kayne Kauffman took a few moments to reflect on his career. "Things are going much smoother for me now than they did in my first drive -- when I just turned 16. I drove Riverview Romance at my hometown Greenville Fair and I won -- sort of -- finished first but w...
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Taylor Swiftly brings love story to Plainridge

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
The third leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for first-year state-breds resumed at Plainridge Park on Monday after a one week break and offered four divisions vying for $163,434 in total purse money. First-time series starter Taylor Swiftly and two-time series winner Simple Kaos took different paths to victory but both turned in dominating performances. Scott Zeron took Taylor Swiftly of...
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Foiled Again wins 105th race at Harrington

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
Legendary pacer and the richest Standardbred of all-time, Foiled Again ($12, Montrell Teague), notched his 105th career win Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55.1 in a $10,000 conditioned race. The venerable pacer took the lead near the quarter-mile and dug in gamely to hold off all comers to a half-length victory, one of four for Teague on the program. It was a fitting finish for his stop...
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Guardian Angel AS, Top Flight Angel win elims

on 10/21/2018 2:00 AM
Guardian Angel AS and Top Flight Angel recorded commanding wins in their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown or Open Trot elims at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Oct. 20.   In the first elim, Matt Kakaley steered Guardian Angel AS to victory after taking the lead after the :28.1 first quarter set by Pinkman. Guardian Angel AS easily came from third to take control of the race, goi...
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Steve Williams, White Birch Farm manager dies

on 10/21/2018 2:00 AM
Steve Williams, 60, the longtime, hands-on manager at White Birch Farm in New Jersey, died Sunday morning, reportedly suffering a heart attack. He had attended the Breeders Crown eliminations at Pocono the night before. Williams was responsible for the foaling and raising of such champion Harness Horses as Bee A Magician and Captaintreacherous, and the pacing mare Darlin's Delight. He had b...
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