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Conway Hall retired from stud duty

on 10/30/2020 3:20 PM
​Conway Hall, one of the most influential trotting sires of the modern era, has been retired from the stud. Soon to be 26 years old, the infirmities of his age have rendered Conway Hall unable to continue as an active breeding stallion. The announcement of his retirement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, manager of the Conway Hall Syndicate. Leavitt also stated that Conway Hall is now back at Wa...
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It’s all systems go for Chris Ryder in Breeders Crown

on 10/30/2020 12:36 PM
Chris Ryder says having a horse like Bettor's Wish is probably the highlight of his career as a trainer. Having another like Party Girl Hill is not far behind. "That's exactly right," Ryder said. "It's great to have two horses like this." Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders ...
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Hoosier Park ready for Breeders Crown weekend

on 10/30/2020 6:36 AM
  Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to host the 2020 Breeders Crown on Friday and Saturday with limited spectators, in accordance with the approved health and safety plan for the event. The first event in 2017 was a rousing success, producing record handle and rave reviews. The 2020 Breeders Crown, presented by The Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will be a...
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Hudson Phil scores in 1:51.1 in Plainridge feature

on 10/29/2020 8:26 PM
After coming up just short in the feature at Plainridge Park last week after a tough parked-out journey, Hudson Phil got a perfect trip and paced away to a seasonal mark in the $15,000 Winners-Over pace on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 29). Hudson Phil (Jay Randall) tucked in second off the gate behind Rock Diamonds N (Mitchell Cushing) who splashed to the half over a sloppy track in :56. At that ...
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New one-two punch at Hollywood Dayton

on 10/29/2020 5:04 PM
Fanatic (Josh Sutton) and Refined (Brett Miller), a pair of 4-year-old newcomers to the open trotting ranks at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, dominated a compact field of six on Thursday afternoon.    Fanatic, who left the gate alertly and cut all the fractions, had a sizeable open-lengths advantage at the head of the stretch, but just barely managed to hold off fast-closing Refined in ...
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Front-end winners in Philly "sloppy" features

on 10/29/2020 4:31 PM
As is often the case at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the front end was the place to be for the winners of the two featured trots during the track’s Thursday afternoon program, raced over a “sloppy” surface rated two seconds off par.   The Donato Hanover colt Big Nudge scratched into the $12,800 top purse event from the “also eligible” list and had the dre...
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Tall Dark Stranger looks for second Breeders Crown

on 10/29/2020 4:29 PM
Yannick Gingras has won numerous Grand Circuit stakes, including 23 Breeders Crown finals, in his career. That can only be done with some great horses. Thus, it’s an impressive declaration when Gingras says of Tall Dark Stranger, “He’s the most complete horse I’ve ever driven.” “For pure blazing speed, maybe I’ve driven horses that are a bit q...
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Expanded wagering options for Breeders Crown finals

on 10/29/2020 4:27 PM
Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in conjunction with the Hambletonian Society, has announced the addition of several guaranteed wagers and multi-leg wagers for the 37th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual series of 12 championship races, which will be held on Oct. 30 and 31, at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. First post for both nights w...
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Breeders Crown finals in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/29/2020 3:37 PM
It’s Breeders Crown weekend at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the stories, including thoughts from the connections of Tall Dark Stranger and Party Girl Hill as the two sophomores continue to make their case for Horse of the Year honors.   One highly-anticipated Crown final is the 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace where Per...
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Yonkers announces $100,000 invitationals

on 10/29/2020 2:26 PM
MGM Yonkers is pleased to announce that two stakes races will be added to the racing calendar in November at Yonkers Raceway.   On Saturday, Nov. 28, there will be a $125,000 Invitational Pace for horses that were eligible to the Borgata Pacing Series and a $100,000 Invitational Mares Pace for horses that were eligible to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series.   These stakes...
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Last chance to make the grade at Big M

on 10/29/2020 12:11 PM
In what is now “the new normal,” many students have been schooling at home, but some horses who want to qualify for next week’s Kindergarten Classic Finals at The Meadowlands will have to be in class Friday night at the mile oval and do well in the series’ fourth and final leg if they are to make it to the culminating big-money exams.   The event for 2 year old...
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NYSS, USTA District 8 to hold virtual awards Nov. 8

on 10/29/2020 11:21 AM
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and USTA District 8 will be hosting a virtual awards banquet, streamed live on Facebook on Nov. 8. The program will begin at 7 p.m. and will be approximately one hour in duration. Kelly Young, executive director of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, will serve as emcee, and Todd Haight, District 8 Chairman, will unveil the Horse of...
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Meadowlands issues covid protocols reminder

on 10/29/2020 11:00 AM
With the New Jersey state inspectors on high alert and having a presence at the Meadowlands on live racing nights, we remind all persons traveling with the horses to the racetrack to be aware of your personal health and the covid practices required of you while on the property.   If you don't feel well, don't come to the track.    If you've had exposur...
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Toscano, Gutnick hoping to cause 'Chaos' in Crown 2FT

on 10/29/2020 10:34 AM
Owner Richard Gutnick and trainer Linda Toscano enjoyed special Breeders Crown successes from 2011-2013 and hope to relive those feelings this weekend with Lady Chaos. Whether or not that happens, their special relationship will remain intact.   Lady Chaos is in the $600,000 Breeders Crown final for 2-year-old filly trotters at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday. She has five wi...
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Sweden strips Propulsion of 45 wins, earnings

on 10/29/2020 9:48 AM
On Thursday morning in Stockholm, the Swedish Trotting Association (ST) announced that because information had been provided that the top trotter Propulsion had been nerved in the US before he was imported to Sweden, the horse will forfeit his earnings and 45 win titles from all starts in Sweden since he was imported in 2015.   In addition, any future offspring sired by Propulsion wil...
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Tuesday Morning springs 31-1 shocker in Meadows feature

on 10/28/2020 8:50 PM
Sixth by 3-1/2 lengths turning for home, Tuesday Morning swung to the middle of the track and roared home to pull off the 31-1 shocker in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,200 Conditioned Trot.   As the leaders tired on the sloppy surface, Tuesday Morning found his best foot for Dan Rawlings, scoring in 1:57. Rev It Up Man was second, beaten a length, with long shot Wi...
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Simpson Stakes for sophomore colts conducted at Philly

on 10/28/2020 8:48 PM
The John Simpson Sr. stakes for three-year-old colts, the Ayres for trotters and the Albatross for pacers, were each conducted in three $33,067 divisions on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with driver David Miller continuing his hot hand from Breeders Crown elimination weekend by piloting two of the successful pacers, while trainer/driver Åke Svanstedt accounted for a pair ...
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Amigo Volo riding high heading into Crown 3CT final

on 10/28/2020 4:22 PM
Six weeks ago, trainer Nifty Norman said he couldn’t be happier with the way Amigo Volo looked heading into the rest of the season. As the horse prepares for Saturday’s $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old male trotters, it’s safe to say he remains enthusiastic. Amigo Volo, who was the Breeders Crown champion at age 2, won the Kentucky Futurity on Oct. 11 at Red Mile and f...
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Steacy continues family tradition in winning ONSS title

on 10/28/2020 2:41 PM
Last fall, Shawn Steacy capped off his first season as head trainer of the Steacy family’s harness racing operation with a runner-up finish in the Johnston Cup point standings, 15 points behind four-time winner Gregg McNair. This season, the Brantford, Ont. resident turned the tables on McNair, holding a narrow lead through the postseason to earn his first Ontario Sires Stakes training tit...
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Keller resigns from Hambletonian Society

on 10/28/2020 1:00 PM
At a recent telemeeting, the executive committee of the Hambletonian Society reluctantly accepted the resignation of long-time member and Harness Racing Hall of Famer Charles E. Keller III.   Keller was named to the board of directors in 2000, and to the executive committee soon after. As chairman of the executive committee he was the driving force in establishing a three-year host tr...
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