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Freshmen dazzle in Wellwood, Peaceful Way splits

on 09/08/2018 2:00 AM
Rookie trotters had their moment in the spotlight Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way.   Each event required two $30,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers in each split advancing to next Saturday's (September 15) rich finals.   Green Manalishi S posted a personal best 1:54.4 while making his C...
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Wisdom Tree fastest in NYSS; Stratton wins 6

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
In no particular order, the marquee performers during Yonkers Raceway's Thursday night was first Jordan Stratton, who won six races from his eight drives. One of wins came in a dead heat, while two were part of the $168,499 New York Sires Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-olds fillies.   Stratton won the first ($55,833) division with a pocketed Line Dancer ($12.40) in a life-best-mat...
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Gillis rides The Downtown Bus into Simcoe 3CP

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Jeff Gillis will send his homebred pupil The Downtown Bus into his first Grand Circuit event when he competes in the $83,342 first division of the Simcoe for 3-year-old pacers on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Gillis, who bred and shares ownership of The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott, has always felt that his colt by Mach Three has the talent to be a star despite a less-th...
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KYSS 3YO prelims wrap up Sunday at Red Mile

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
The third and last preliminary of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old pacers and trotters is set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at The Red Mile, with a first-race post time of 7 p.m. There are two divisions for filly trotters and filly pacers and single heats for the male trotters and male pacers, and when the night is over the fields will be set for the $250,000 KYSS finals on Sunday afternoon, S...
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Ohio Sires Stakes finals Saturday at Scioto

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
Seventy-two Standardbreds will line up behind the Scioto Downs starting gate on Saturday night, Sept. 8 in eight $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships, featuring the best 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies in the Buckeye State.   Post time for the 14-race card, which features combined purses of more than $2.5 million, is set at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Trotting sta...
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McWicked faces Ohio's Nuclear Dragon in Ewart

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
McWicked is back to defend his title in Saturday's $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial for older pacers at Scioto Downs, where he will face the hottest horse at the central Ohio oval, Nuclear Dragon. Nuclear Dragon has won his two most recent starts at Scioto, both in the Open, by a total of 9 1/4 lengths for trainer-driver Dan Noble. His 1:48.2 win on Aug. 11 is tied for the fastest mile of the year on...
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Caretaker Napier has four in Ohio SS finals

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
In harness racing, the person most often overlooked in the hype and glory of the winner's circle is the caretaker—an apt name for the person who spends the most time tending to the needs of a Standardbred racehorse.   One such person is Sheila Napier, a 37-year-old Cincinnati native who has four horses competing in several of the $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday nigh...
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One NYSS 2FP division Monday at Monticello

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
With just seven 2-year-old pacing fillies entered for the New York Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway Monday they will race for the entire pot with a purse of $108,300. It will be quite a battle in the seventh race feature between Zero Tolerance (post two) and So Awesome (post five). Zero Tolerance, a daughter of Heston Blue Chip, is on a four-race winning streak for trainer Joe Holloway. She h...
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Mark Ford says low purses killing NJ racing

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association Of New Jersey president Mark Ford sent the following to the Asbury Park Press which published it on its website: There was a time in New Jersey when the best of the best came to compete at Freehold Raceway on Labor Day. It was not long ago, but seemed a distant memory Monday when the track was closed because of a lack of entries. In an announcement ...
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Batavia to host of 2019 NY Night Of Champions

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Friday announced Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel as the host of the 2019 New York Sire Stakes Finals, also known as the "Night of Champions." The Fund’s Board of Trustees selected Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel at a scheduled board meeting this afternoon, following a proposal submission process. The date for the 2019 Finals ...
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Dream Together wins Miss Versatility leg at Tioga

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
Dream Together comes flying down the stretch to capture the fourth leg of the Miss Versatility ($40,000) on (Friday September 7). NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) passed Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. then took the pack to the half in in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:52.3, Dream Together ($9.70) went three-wide around the last turn. Looking like she w...
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NYSS 3YO filly trot contested at Saratoga

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
While the heavily favored Ake Svanstedt stable entry was defeated in the first of the two New York Sire Stakes races at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night, the second of the big stakes events went the way of Ake's stable star Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato-Donato Hanover). Plunge Blue Chip came to town fresh off her victory in the $129,014 Hudson Trot Final at Yonkers when...
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Rookie pacers shine in Champlain at Mohawk

on 09/07/2018 2:00 AM
Rookie pacers were in the spotlight Friday for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of $70,107 eight-horse divisions for colts and geldings were contested, while a pair of $95,738 nine-horse splits for pacing fillies also took place. The undefeated Captain Ahab sent another message to the rookie pacing colt division with an impressive 1:52.3 vic...
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NY fair finals held at Monticello

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
As Labor Day represents the end of summer, so do the finals of the New York Sire Stakes County Fair series that were held at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 6). The New York county fair circuit, which kicked off on a brutally hot Sunday in Goshen in July, raced 21 legs at various fair tracks throughout the Empire State. The 12-race card featured eight County Fair finals, one...
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Lindy Farms, Zeron, Cecere triple up in KYSS

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
Five divisions of the $30,000 third and last leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotters took place on Thursday evening at The Red Mile on a pleasant but overcast evening. The team from Lindy Farms led by trainer Domenico Cecere and driver Scott Zeron enjoyed another terrific night in the KYSS series with three winners and a pair of thirds in five starts on the card, al...
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Jug Future wagering opens Thursday at noon

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12 noon Thursday, Sept. 6 and continues through 11:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe.   Courtly Choice has been installed at the 4-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Art Major has won nine starts this season and has banked more than $700 t...
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Back-to-back boxcar winners for Carlson

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
I'm Trigger Happy, happy to not have to face recent foes Youaremycandygirl and Kissin In The Sand in the $17,000 distaff featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, worked her way to the front early and scored impressively in 1:51.4.   Driver Corey Callahan, finishing a consecutive driving double, sent the Art Major sophomore filly to the point before the :27 quar...
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Jeanne Black of Indiana passes at 68

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
Jeanne Black, 68, died at Marion General Hospital, Marion, Ind., on Sept. 2. Mrs. Black was well known in Indiana harness racing circles. Also, her twin sister is Joanne Young, a longtime member of the staff at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Mrs. Black was born in Peru, Ind., on Sept. 30, 1949, to the late Harry B. and Janet E. (Retherford) Sowash. She was a 1967 gra...
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Jug Preview to be dropped after not filling

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
After failing to attract a full field in 2018, the recently-resurrected Jug Preview may once again be a part of harness racing history. Long a staple of the Grand Circuit and a stop in Ohio ahead of the Little Brown Jug, the Jug Preview made its return to the stakes schedule in 2017 at Scioto Downs after a hiatus of a decade. Last year's race was won by star pacing colt Downbytheseaside, de...
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Dream Together in Miss Versatility Friday

on 09/06/2018 2:00 AM
Joie De Vie winner Dream Together returns to Tioga on Friday. Dream Together (Rick Zeron) will lead a field of seven in leg four of the $40,000 Miss Versatility.   The last time Dream Together (Muscle Hill) raced at Tioga Downs it was when she pulled off an upset and won the $140,000 Joie De Vie, defeating Hannelore Hanover and Ariana G.  Owned by Determination and trained ...
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