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Ohio's Frederick Polk dies at 88

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Frederick Charles Polk, 88, of Zanesville, Ohio, died Friday, Oct. 12, at The James Cancer Center, Columbus.   He was born July 15, 1930, in Zanesville, a son of the late Charles and Helen Olenchuk Polk. He was the owner and operator of Polk Scrap Iron, was a United States Marine serving in the Korean Conflict and was one of the first marines that landed in Korea and was awarded two ...
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Gimpanzee remains undefeated with elim win

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes champion Gimpanzee ($4.00) remained undefeated in eight career starts, overcoming a four-week absence and the tough tuck-then-first-over trip to post a 1:54.4 victory in one of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old trotting males Friday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The son of Chapter Seven, who also sired the earlier filly winner Woodside Char...
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St Somewhere, Tall Drink Hanover take 2FP elims

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras drove St Somewhere to a 1:52.2 win in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for two-year-old filly pacers at Pocono Downs on Oct. 19. St Somewhere watched Queen Of The Pride and Annie Hill leave quickly but Queen Of The Pride took a few bad steps and could not get the lead. Annie Hill couldn’t hold on too long racing smoothly as St Somewhere brushed first-over and took ov...
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Woodside Charm wins by 12 1/2 lengths in 1:53

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Woodside Charm further established her credentials as a superstar in the making when she won her $20,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in a startling 1:53 – almost a second faster than any divisional Crown final has gone on a five-eighths mile track. The second elim went to When Dovescry in 1:54.  Owner/train...
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Champagne Jane breaks maiden for Crown win

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Bob McClure, a top Canadian driver who has shown an ability to coax the most out of trotting females (Dream Together), worked his magic again in the first of Friday’s three $20,000 eliminations of the Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotting fillies, guiding Champagne Jane to her maiden victory in 1:55.4 with a strong stretch burst at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  Special Honor and A...
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No Mas Amour, Proof, Captain Trevor win elims

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
No Mas Amor, with Matt Kakaley in the bike, rolled swiftly on the inside through the stretch to win the first elimination of the Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt Pace in 1:50.3. No Mas Amor,  a son of Sweet Lou, stayed in the back early as Air Force Hanover passed De Los Celos Deo when the gate launched the small field of five (American Mercury was a scratch) into action.  Air Force ...
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Ginsburg, Alagna each score 3 at Meadowlands

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Vinny Ginsburg and trainer Tony Alagna were the big stars at the Meadowlands Friday night, as each scored three times on the 10-race program. The potent pair teamed up to win twice on the card, first with Odds On Stephanie in a conditioned event for filly and mare pacers. The 3-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure scored as the 1-5 favorite in 1:53.4 in the second race to win ...
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Sally Fletcher A takes Saratoga mare feature

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Sally Fletcher A (American Ideal) scored in the Fillies and Mares Open for the second consecutive Friday night at Saratoga as the Jose Godinez trainee rolled to a front-running victory in 1:53.3. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted Sally Fletcher A and wasted no time retaking the lead after briefly giving way to invader Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum). Happy Heart (Mark Beckwith), who was the run...
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Carlson drives Harrah's Philly feature winners

on 10/19/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Eric Carlson had the hot hands at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, sweeping the featured paces for distaffs for trainers with whom he had combined for a victory earlier on the card. In a $16,000 conditioned pace, Carlson and the Bettor’s Delight sophomore filly Dark Force worked out a two-hole trip, rallied up the inside to a midstretch lead, and then held off a late charge...
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Bettor Trix N wins fourth straight in U.S.

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
At Harrah's Philadelphia, "Trix" isn't for kids--but she might be for the Open mares class soon, as the Bettor's Delight mare Bettor Trix N remained undefeated in four North American starts after a 1:53.2 triumph in the $17,000 distaff featured pace Wednesday.   Driver Tim Tetrick, a three-time winner on the day, sent Bettor Trix N to the lead just past the :27.4 quarter, then got a...
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Saunders returns to Crown with 2CP Mangogh

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
When trainer Bruce Saunders last sent a horse postward in the Breeders Crown, he took home a crystal trophy with 3-year-old pacing colt Rock N Roll Heaven. That was back in 2010 when the Crown races were first held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   This year he returns to Pocono and the Breeders Crown with 2-year-old pacing colt Mangogh, a $63,000 yearling purchase (under t...
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New Vocations Breeders Crown Pledge

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
"Harness racing champions racing for yesterday's stars is what the Breeders Crown pledge is all about," stated Winnie Morgan Nemeth, Standardbred program director for New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.   Owners, trainers and drivers have the opportunity to give back to Standardbreds retiring from the track by joining the Breeders Crown pledge. In 2017, this pledge raised over...
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Kindergarten back in session Friday at Big M

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands plays host to the penultimate preliminary leg of the popular Kindergarten Classic series, fielding eight $10,000 divisions freshman trotters and pacers among the 10-race Friday card.   The sixth and last leg will be raced on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Meadowlands followed a week later by the $150,000 finals for all divisions on Saturday, Nov. 3.   This week's ...
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"King of Iowa" hits The Meadows

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
You really ought to give Iowa a try, a song from The Music Man famously implores us. Six years ago, trainer Wayne Hite took that advice literally. Now, purchasing and campaigning Iowa horses has become a major part of his business at The Meadows.   Two more of Hite's Iowa purchases will be on display Saturday. Cash Vaughan (race 3, post 7) and Some More Prince (race 12, post 5)...
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Tough opening weekend for Big M chalk players

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
Value players were loving life during the Meadowlands return to live racing last weekend as 16 post-time favorites took it on the chin over the course of the 21 races offered at the mile oval.   In addition, odds-on choices (those going off at odds of less than even-money) went only one-for-five on Friday before rebounding somewhat, hitting twice in three tries Saturday.   Ove...
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Mohawk's championship meet ends Oct. 29

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park Thursday announced that year-round racing will be split into two meets for trainer and driver titles.   The current meet of racing, which began on April 12, will conclude on Monday, Oct. 29 and has been classified as the "Championship Meet." The leading trainer and driver at the end of live racing on Oct. 29 will capture their respective titles for the "Cha...
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Trainers looks for Crown wins for owner Key

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
Not surprisingly, Bob Key is once again a presence at this year's Breeders Crown, and his trainers want to win for the 85-year-old owner/breeder as much as they would like to win for themselves.   Norm Parker conditions Renaissance Lady K, a 2-year-old filly pacer who enters her Breeders Crown elimination Friday with three wins and two seconds in eight races to earn $53,929. Charli...
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Iris Horowitz dies at age 84

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
Iris T. Horowitz, 84, died Aug. 10, 2018,in her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was buried Aug. 12 in Old Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, N.Y.   She was a loving mother to her three children, Dr. Jay B. Horowitz, Dean S. Horowitz (stock trader) and Shari H. Horowitz (associate director of AARP) and the wife of Harry Horowitz. She was loved by her children immensely.  ...
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Miss You Kelly "a real sweet horse"

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
Michael Barnard liked Sapphire Deo from the time he saw her as a yearling at Deo Volente Farms. After purchasing the filly trotter for $62,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and changing her name to Miss You Kelly, he discovered even more reasons to like her. "Taylor Gower broke her and I was jogging her, not too long after he broke her, and she got startled by something in the grass and ...
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Breeders Crown elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/18/2018 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown eliminations are upon us and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the news and details. We have an update on 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover from trainer Ron Burke, who hopes his trotter can get back on track and defend her Crown title. Ronnie also talked about some of his other filly trotters, including 2-year-old Sonnet Grace and 3-year-old Impinkt...
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