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Millionaire trotter Obrigado retired from racing

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Obrigado, the 2016 Dan Patch Older Trotter of the Year, has been retired. Trainer and co-owner Paul Kelley confirmed that the millionaire will not return to the races after making seven starts this past season and a total of 13 over the past two campaigns. "After a bit of time and some consultation with my vet, Dr. Rodney Stewart, it was decided that he has earned his retirement," Kelley t...
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Former Quad City Downs owner Jim Patten dies

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
James "Jim" P. Patten, 90, of Davenport, IA, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Bickford Senior Living in Davenport. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m.on Sunday, Nov. 25 at the Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26, at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island, IL. Memorials may be made to the St. George Greek Orthodox Church or the Jame...
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Gokudo Hanover has bounced back since colic

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Gokudo Hanover joined the ranks of Scott Di Domenico’s stable last fall and quickly became one of the top horses in his barn. He won the local Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers twice and placed another two times over the winter. Di Domenico thought enough of the gelding to enter him in the first leg of the George Morton Levy Series March 17. However, the day before the race, Di Domenico found Goku...
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Culinary Delight N cooks up Saratoga victory

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Culinary Delight N (Lis Mara) came from well off the pace to record the win in Friday’s Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns, trains and drives the eight year old New Zealand bred who drew post five in the six-horse feature on Friday. Culinary Delight N got away fifth and sat patiently near the back of the pack as the race’s favorite Clear Idea (Billy Dobson)...
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Jimmy Freight wins Progress Pace elim

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
Jimmy Freight (Scott Zeron) collected his 11th victory of the season on Wednesday evening in the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs by besting Breeders Crown victor Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley) in 1:49.2. This Is The Plan (Tim Tetrick) was third. Leaving from post position five, Jimmy Freight and his pilot were content to allow Thinkbig Dreambig to establish the pace ...
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Freshman trotters race DSBF leg at Dover

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
The final leg for 2-year-old trotting fillies went to post early at 4:10 p.m. in a non-wagering event Wednesday at Dover Downs. Command The Day (CR Commando-Deanna Troy) did command the way as last week’s winner, Bella’s Party Punk, went off stride at the three-quarter pole. This was her first win for trainer Syl King, Jr and driver Victor Kirby. Dark Duchess (He’s Spooky-Designabl...
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Kaitlyn Rae wins 14th of year at Batavia

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
Who has 62 lifetime wins, 14 of which were taken this year and is currently the fourth winningest mare in North America? That would be Kaitlyn Rae, who bested the top female pacers in western New York once again on Wednesday evening after she won the $10,400 Open Handicap pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. Out-stepping Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the front, Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) to...
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McCarthy sweeps Philly trotting features

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
With the "Trottin’ Thursday" program usually featured weekly at Harrah’s Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots was driver Andrew McCarthy, who took both top-end purses and guided a freshman in an impressive d...
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Mohawk Park to remember Bill Gale Thursday

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
The moment of silence will take place at approximately 6:55 p.m. and horsepeople and industry participants are invited to gather in the winner's circle for the moment of silence. In 1991, Gale was named Canadian Driver of the Year following a $3.2 million season, which included two Breeders Crown victories (King Conch, Three Wizards). He posted 16 consecutive $1 million seas...
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My Cherry Pie upsets at The Meadows

on 11/22/2018 12:00 AM
Trailing by six lengths at the three-quarters, My Cherry Pie turned on the jets in the lane and pulled off a 7-1 upset in Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Making her Meadows debut for trainer Dane Snyder and owners Linwood Higgins, Jason Ash, Vicki Gordon and Liz Flohr, was content to sit in and let Ready Any time front a comfortable :58.1 half. But...
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Moira Fanning to be honored by USHWA chapter

on 11/21/2018 12:00 AM
Name a committee, executive board or organization in all of harness racing and chances are that Moira Fanning has served it--well.  In fact, her name has become synonymous with getting the job done in Standardbred Sport.  On Sunday, December 2, USHWA’s Monticello-Goshen Chapter will present Fanning with its second highest honor, the John Manzi Leadership Award. The award was e...
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Coleman, King talk about McWicked, Shartin N

on 11/21/2018 12:00 AM
Harness racing’s top-ranked horses, No. 1 McWicked and No. 2 Shartin N, head to their respective TVG Series championships Saturday at The Meadowlands Racetrack looking to bolster their Horse of the Year credentials while closing out historic seasons. The Meadowlands hosts four TVG Series finals Saturday, with events also for male and female trotters, and four stakes races for 2-year-olds — ...
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Nov. 30 deadline for chance to ride with Foiled

on 11/21/2018 12:00 AM
The world’s richest Standardbred and perhaps greatest of all time, Foiled Again, will be racing his last race at The Meadows on Dec. 31. The connections of Foiled Again have donated a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride along with Foiled Again during his first warm-up trip on Dec. 31. The 2:00 Club and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will be raffling off Foiled Again’s warm-...
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Canadian Hall of Famer Bill Gale dies at 70

on 11/20/2018 12:00 AM
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer William "Bill" Gale passed away on Monday, Nov. 19 at the age of 70. Gale was one of Canada's leading drivers for a period that spanned the 70s, 80s and 90s. Between 1982 and 1997, Gale recorded 16 consecutive $1 million-plus seasons. During a driving career that spanned over 30 years, he won 6,375 races, started 32,134 times and earned $42.1 million. In the...
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Newcomer to RUS already making a name

on 11/20/2018 12:00 AM
Followers of Standardbred racing in the MidAtlantic region have come to know Sofia Zingale as an upcoming star in RUS as a trainer and rider. She has signified her arrival with the victory of Egosnattitudes over Hyway Marcus in the RUS MidAtlantic Trot at Rosecroft on November 4. A young trainer of dressage and show jumping horses, Zingale made a relatively smooth transition to the harness sport...
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Six Pack, Tactical Landing enter TVG final

on 11/20/2018 12:00 AM
On Saturday night the Meadowlands will host the final Grand Circuit races of their 2018 season. The finals for both the TVG Championship and Freshman Fall Final Four will be raced on a card that will boast nearly $3 million in purses.   The $1 million TVG Series was launched in the hope that it would mirror the Breeders Cup Classic where the season's top 3-year-old performers would face o...
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Meadowlands annual toy drive kicks off Friday

on 11/20/2018 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is holding its 15th annual Toys for Tots Collection Drive Nov. 23 through Saturday, Dec. 8.   This year the Meadowlands has teamed up with New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire y...
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Freshman filly pacers contest DSBF leg

on 11/20/2018 12:00 AM
 On a chilly moonlit Tuesday night at Dover Downs, 2-year-old pacing fillies contested the second round of their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series. The first division was won gate-to-wire in 1:56.2 by The Lady Sheriff (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale). She is trained by Clyde Francis and was handily driven by part-owner Montrell Teague for his father George and the Fry brothers of Houst...
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Cracklin Rosie last to first at Meadows

on 11/20/2018 12:00 AM
Last by eight lengths at the half, Cracklin Rosie followed a line of cover to the final turn, then roared wide through the lane to capture Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Cracklin Rosie was third in a cover flow that seemed excessive. But when Jim Pantaleano tipped her wide for the drive, she showed she’s no "store-bought woman" — as Neil Di...
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Extreme Velocity passes at age 25

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
1997 Breeders Crown Aged Mare Pace winner, Extreme Velocity p,4,1:50.3 ($856,070), passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, at Ruddick Stables in Scipio, Indiana, where she was living out her retirement from racing and breeding.   Extreme Velocity, known affectionately as "EV", was bred and raised by Kenneth "Dave" Stohler and Merrill Stohler, of Markleville, Indiana. Shortly after the ...
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