Valedictory Series gets underway at Mohawk

on 12/11/2018 8:35 AM
The conditions were chilly, but the action was hot Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with Winter Series action launching and Preferred trotters battling.   The Valedictory Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings got underway Monday with a pair of $17,000 divisions, while a field of eight clashed in this week’s edition of the $34,000 Preferred.   The first...
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Breather helps Dayson win Meadows trot

on 12/10/2018 5:54 PM
Aided by a second-quarter breather, Dayson drew away from the pocket-sitting Wind Of The North in the lane and captured Monday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dayson was looped from the gate and had to work hard for the lead on a subfreezing day. But the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey’s Taurus gelding was refreshed by the 30.3 second panel Dave Palone gave him and...
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Pratt to be honored in New York

on 12/10/2018 4:02 PM
 The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced that Steve Pratt will receive their Lifetime Achievement Award during the Night of Distinction at Batavia Downs on Friday, Dec. 14. Pratt first got his groom’s license in 1970 and from there has been involved in harness racing ever since. He has been training and racing horses in western New Yo...
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HHYF launches new, improved website

on 12/10/2018 11:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce the launch of our improved website. Now easier to use both for potential summer program participants and donors, the address remains the same   Allison Conte, chairperson of HHYF Public Relations Committee, explained, “HHYF is changing and evolving and as a group, the trustees recognized that our...
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Race spill sidelines Cummings

on 12/10/2018 8:35 AM
After being involved in an accident at Batavia Downs late last week, perennial western New York driving leader Kevin Cummings will not return to action until next year.   While driving in the first race on Friday night, Dec. 7, Cummings horse made a break causing the horse directly behind to collide into him, hitting Cummings on the left-side back at full speed. The two horses became ...
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Foiled Again wins 108th race

on 12/09/2018 7:53 PM
 A mere three weeks away from mandatory retirement, Foiled Again ($2.20) withstood three strong challenges en route to a gritty 1:54.2 win — the 108th of his career — in Sunday's $10,000 Foiled Again Farewell Tour Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The richest pacer of all time and usual driver Yannick Gingras were tested from the outset by Cabbie's ...
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Anything For Love cruises at Meadows

on 12/09/2018 8:51 AM
Anythingforlove A opened up a four-length lead at the three-quarters and cruised home to capture Saturday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After four consecutive pocket trips had produced seconds and thirds, Anythingforlove A took matters into his own hands by blasting to the front for Aaron Merriman and settling matters early. He scored in 1:53.1, 3/4 lengths better th...
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Lucky McTrucky best in Batavia open

on 12/09/2018 8:48 AM
Lucky McTrucky got back to his winning ways taking the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night. The feature field got away in post position order leaving Cultural Paradise (Jim McNeight Jr.) on top calling the shots and with no pressure to the half, it was a soft fraction of :58 flat. However that would soon change when In Runaway Bay N (Truman Gale) came calling first-u...
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Granite wins in 1:49.2 at Dayton

on 12/09/2018 8:43 AM
Despite 24 degree temperatures and never seeing the pylons Granite captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night in 1:49.2.  The clocking was the fourth fastest in the five year history of harness racing’s newest track, following only Donttellmeagain (1:47.4), State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1)—all marks taken in...
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Weona Sizzler A wins open pace at Yonkers

on 12/09/2018 1:24 AM
Odds-on Weona Sizzler A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) made a successful first trip to the adult table Saturday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed—from post position No. 5---to Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, 56 and 1:24, Weona Sizzler A found room passing the three-quarters when a first-up Soho Lennon A (Jim Maroh...
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K Ryan Blue Chip wins second straight at Big M  

on 12/09/2018 1:16 AM
K Ryan Bluechip used an amazing final half-mile to win the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands – an $18,500 conditioned pace – for a second straight week. Driver Brett Miller was in no hurry early with the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, but the fans who bet him as the 2-1 favorite probably wish he'd been closer at the half. K Ryan Bluechip was last in the field of seven past...
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Faraldo wins NAADA final

on 12/08/2018 7:10 AM
Joe Faraldo is a happy man. And why shouldn't he be? After all, the veteran amateur driver just won the $15,000 final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's fourth and final series with Tough Get Going at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night. They toured the Hilltop oval in 2:00 to score a one-length victory over Monica Banca and Master of Excuses. When the wings of ...
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Betabcool N returns to Saratoga winner’s circle

on 12/08/2018 7:04 AM
It had been awhile since Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) recorded a win in the local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare won the feature three times early in the season but had gone winless in the Open since April 13, albeit in limited tries, heading into Friday night’s action. Betabcool N had a second- and a third-place finish in her two mo...
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American Girl wins Dayton mares open

on 12/08/2018 6:58 AM
A pair of impressive mares prevailed in the co-featured $18,000 Mares Open Pace and the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night.    American Girl (Aaron Merriman) worked hard from an assigned outside post to gain command through the :26.2 opening panel, then coasted to a comfortable 5 3/4-length victory in the distaff pace.  The final 1:50.3 time equa...
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Kendall Seelster reclaims Preferred crown

on 12/08/2018 6:55 AM
Kendall Seelster powered by Darlinonthebeach late to win a star-studded $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A talented field of six with combined earnings of $4.7 million battled in Friday’s feature contest.   Sandbetweenurtoes left hard from the rail looking for the lead, while sophomore filly Double A Mint als...
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Trolley wins again at Meadowlands

on 12/08/2018 12:14 AM
Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M’s trotting feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son...
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Monica Gallagher wins Yonkers feature

on 12/07/2018 10:23 PM
Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.              Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel’s Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed a...
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Empire Earl N goes back-to-back

on 12/07/2018 9:32 PM
After going winless since Sept. 7 when he trotted a season’s best 1:56.3, Empire Earl N has regained early season form winning two consecutive top-class races at Batavia Downs. The second score came on Friday when he captured the $11,000 Open Handicap trot.   Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) got away third as Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) made a beeline for the lead and when...
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Trotters in Harrah’s Philly spotlight

on 12/07/2018 7:20 PM
Trotting action, usually the hallmark of “Trottin’ Thursdays” at Harrah’s Philadelphia, carried over to the Friday action, with three $16,000 contests gathering good fields of developing horses.  First to the feature race winner’s circle was the Credit Winner sophomore filly Aperfectruby, who made the most of a cover trip, rushing three-deep on the turn and cl...
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In The Arsenal to stand in New York

on 12/07/2018 11:53 AM
In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 6-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, has been retired and will stand his first season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York for an introductory fee of $2,500. Earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Perh...
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