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Harrah's Philadelphia cancels Thursday card

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
The 12-race card scheduled for Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon has been canceled, as snow started falling in the area midmorning and shows no sign of abating.   Racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's on Friday, with a 13-race card starting at 12:25 p.m. (EST). (Harrah's Philadelphia/PHHA)
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
It's been an up-and-down year for the 2-year-old colt trotter Battenberg and following a big win last week in the Garden State Trot, trainer Joe Holloway hopes the freshman can go back-to-back in Saturday's Valley Victory elim at the Meadowlands. Read what Holloway had to say in the new and free Harness Racing Weekend Preview, which also contains an endearing story of the relationship between 13...
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Cal Expo cancels weekend cards due to fire smoke

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
Due to heavy smoke in the Sacramento Valley from the tragic Paradise fire, Cal Expo has cancelled live racing on both Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17. (Cal Expo)
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Quicksilver Kemp rallies for Plainridge win

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
With only five racing days left in the 2018 Plainridge Park meeting, this was the second-to-last Thursday (Nov. 15) trot-heavy card as the track will be dark on Thanksgiving. However, solid efforts and fast times were still seen across the board from the diagonal-gaiters who competed this afternoon. In the $12,000 conditioned event for the 6-year-old and under group, Quicksilver Kemp (James...
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Custom Cantab, colts upset in Matron divisions

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
A pair of longshots in This Is The Plan and The Downtown Bus stole the show in the $193,750 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 15) at Dover Downs, tag-teaming in deep stretch to nose out Jimmy Freight in a 1:49.1 dead heat. While Jimmy Freight and local favorite Lather Up tasted defeat in their Matron split, divisional standouts Six Pack and Youaremycandygi...
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No elims for Three Diamonds, Goldsmith Maid

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
Entries for the lucrative Freshman Fall Final Four stakes were taken Tuesday at the Meadowlands. Both filly races, the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, required no elimination races; the Governor's Cup a single elimination; and the Valley Victory two on Saturday. All of the finals, worth a combined $1.8 million, will be raced next Saturday, Nov. 24.   The 10 pacing fillies en...
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First-year pacing fillies race in DSBF splits

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
Amid cool and gusty winds, 2-year old pacing fillies contested the first leg of their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series on Tuesday at Dover Downs.   The first division was all Roddy's At It Again (Roddy's Bags Again-Terro Franco N) despite being parked to the quarter in :28.3. After taking command, she never looked back and won by 11 lengths for driver Art Stafford Jr....
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Northern Major, QB Kemp win Pocono trots

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
A trio of $15,000 conditioned events were featured on the penultimate card of 2018 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday night.   The first of two trots resulted in an easy victory for the Kadabra gelding Northern Major in 1:57.3. Matt Kakaley moved the winner to the front past a :29 quarter and put up splits of :59 and 1:28.1 before storming off by 5 1/2 lengths over closin...
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Sports Creek purchase likely to not happen

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
Michigan Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association president George Kutlenios told harnessracing.com Wednesday morning that plans to re-open Sports Creek Raceway near Flint next year and race Thoroughbreds has likely fallen through. AmWest Entertainment, a group comprised of Thoroughbred entities, had reached an agreement in principle last month to purchase Sports Creek, which had be...
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A girl crush on Captain Crunch

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
From the moment Ella Johansson saw him, there was a connection. The colt's name was Captain Bean and Ella spotted him as soon as she and her parents, harness racing trainer Nancy and driver Marcus, arrived in Harrisburg to look at yearlings the day before the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale. Ella, who accompanied her parents only because it seemed a better option to sitting at her brother's baseb...
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Courtly Choice to stand at Winbak Farm of NY

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm of New York is proud to announce that 2018 Meadowlands Pace and Little Brown Jug winner Courtly Choice, will be standing there in 2019.   "Winbak Farm is excited to add Courtly Choice to the 2019 roster," said Noelle Duspiva, Winbak Farm New York manager. "Courtly Choice has the pedigree and performance needed to produce top stakes winners."   Courtly Choice, ...
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Grant to be inducted into Milton Sports HOF

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
Leading Standardbred owner Brad Grant will be inducted in the Milton Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony on Thursday.   Woodbine's leading Standardbred owner will be inducted in the Builders category for his time owning and operating the Milton Merchants Junior Hockey Club.   Grant purchased the Merchants in 1986 after the club won just five-games the previous seaso...
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World champ Sheer Desire dies at age 12

on 11/14/2018 12:00 AM
On Saturday, Nov. 10, world champion Sheer Desire, 12, was euthanized after suffering from a severe infection. The Kentucky-bred son of Real Desire-Carolacheco held the world record time of 1:49.3 for 2-year-old pacers on a mile track with two-time Dan Patch and Nova Award winner Somebeachsomewhere until Sportswriter paced in 1:49.2 in the 2009 edition of the Metro Pace.   Purc...
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J J S Jet closes inside for 50th career win

on 11/13/2018 12:00 AM
The toughest resident Standardbred to compete in New England in recent years once again showed the heart and fortitude that makes him a winner as he gamely captured the $15,000 winners-over handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon to tally his 50th career victory.   Getting away second in the field of seven, J J S Jet (Drew Campbell) followed the pacesetting Quick S...
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Sweet Lou's book full and closed

on 11/13/2018 12:00 AM
Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to announce that champion pacer Sweet Lou is fully booked and closed in 2019.   Sweet Lou has served a full book of mares for the past four years and looks to continue that tradition into the future with another high quality group of mares in 2019. His 2 year olds excelled on the track, including Breeders Crown champion and world record holder Warrawee ...
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Custom Cantab leaves Hoosier to race in Matron

on 11/13/2018 12:00 AM
Custom Cantab brings a career-long streak of 28 on-the-board finishes to Thursday's $183,900 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Dover Downs, which will be her first start at a track other than Hoosier Park. Custom Cantab, who is 6-1 on the morning line, heads to the event off a win in the Crossroads of America on Nov. 2. The triumph was her 12th in 16 races this season. ...
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Chuck Stillings Jr. dies at age 66

on 11/13/2018 12:00 AM
Charles M. "Chuck" Stillings Jr., of DeLeon Springs, Fla., and formerly of Indianapolis, Ind., died on Oct. 6. He was 66.   On Oct. 12, 1951, Mr. Stillings was born in Marion, Ohio, the second child of four and only son of the late Charles M. Stillings Sr. and V. Maxine (Pickett) Petry. He grew up in Bucyrus, Ohio, and Grayson, Ky., moving to Galion, Ohio to play football when he wa...
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Jewels Forreal upsets; Karen Fread wins three

on 11/13/2018 12:00 AM
Jewels Forreal stalked her stablemate, McDazzle, from the pocket, then roared past in the Lightning Lane to spring an 8-1 upset in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. McDazzle, who was bidding to extend her winning streak to four, turned back a stern third-quarter challenge from Easy Three. But that effort may have weakened her, as the 3-year-old Jewel...
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Battenberg, Princess Deo wins Garden State trots

on 11/12/2018 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey debuted their Garden State Trot for 2 year olds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Battenberg started the night off winning the $50,000 purse in the first race for 2-year-old colt and geldings. Driver Corey Callahan left from post position six to take the lead for every call of the mile. The Joe Holloway traine...
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Kimelman, Vazquez named HHYF trustees

on 11/12/2018 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) continues its efforts to utilize forward-thinking individuals as trustees of its 15-member board. In recent trustee elections, joining incumbents Adam Bowden, Corey Callahan and Allison Conte will be Olivia Kimelman of Gardiner, N.Y., and Caroline Vazquez of Wellsville, Pa.   Kimelman brings a depth of HHYF understanding which can hardly be ...
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