In Weekend Preview: It's NA Cup elim time!

on 08/20/2020 3:38 PM
Finally, after a two-month delay, the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup will be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Although Meadowlands Pace champion Tall Dark Stranger has been shipped north of the border to compete, because of travel restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, the fields are mostly comprised of Ontario-based horses. Dr. Ian Moore shared a few insigh...
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Antonacci feeling fantastic about Ready For Moni

on 08/20/2020 1:27 PM
Frank M. Antonacci is more than happy with Ready For Moni as the colt heads to Friday’s $330,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs, and only a length separated Antonacci from being ecstatic. Ready For Moni finished second in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands, where filly Ramona Hill captured the sport’s top event for 3...
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Harrington adds Wednesday cards as of Sept. 2

on 08/20/2020 11:23 AM
Harrington Raceway has added Sept. 2 to its live racing calendar for 2020. Currently on a Monday/Tuesday schedule through the balance of August, Wednesdays will be added effective Sept. 2 and continue on a three-day schedule until closing day, Oct. 21.   Harrington’s 74th season of live harness racing commenced on June 15. Qualifying races will remain on Wednesdays (10 a.m. star...
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Marohn Sr. named SOA of NY field rep at Yonkers

on 08/20/2020 10:06 AM
Jimmy Marohn Sr. remembers walking winner Meadow Paige around the Yonkers Raceway paddock as a groom for Billy Haughton after the 1967 Cane Pace. Marohn also reflects fondly on winning the 1981 Cane Pace at Yonkers with Wildwood Jeb, one of his 5,358 career driving wins. Although Marohn hung up his driving colors in 2014 after over 44,000 starts, he now finds himself back in the Yonkers Raceway ...
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Hayek's 1:53.3 ONSS win sets Canadian half-mile trot record

on 08/20/2020 9:39 AM
Nine of Ontario’s best 3-year-old trotting colts squared up to the gate for a $157,200 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series division on Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway and, from post 1, Sylvain Filion and Hayek simply said “catch me if you can.”   The pair fired off the wings and, pressed by Moon Bridge, rang up a :27.3 quarter and a :56 half. As Moon Bridg...
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David Miller now just 2 wins away from 13,000

on 08/20/2020 8:37 AM
Its Mesmerise N, a daughter of American Ideal who has been no worse than second in her last five starts, took a new mark of 1:51.3 in winning the $11,600 featured pace for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Andrew McCarthy positioned the winner of two of her last three starts behind pacesetting Vorst, who posted splits of :27.4, :56.2, and 1:24. The winner ...
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Freshman trotters to battle Friday in OSS at Scioto

on 08/20/2020 8:31 AM
Freshman trotting colts and fillies are set to wage war in five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions on Friday night at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 pm (EDT).   Ohio-registered stallions represented in these five divisions include seven by Uncle Peter, six each by My MVP and Triumphant Caviar and four by Cash Hall. Break The Bank K, Coraggioso, Deep Chip and ...
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Whats The Word captures Meadows feature

on 08/20/2020 8:30 AM
It took Whats The Word more than a quarter to reach the front post 8, but he was unassailable once there, drawing off to capture Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 conditioned trot.   Once Whats The Word crossed over, he discouraged the formation of an effective outside flow and scored handily in 1:53.3. Just Maybe The One rallied for second, beaten 3 3/4 lengths, while...
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Davis Jr., Rice triple up at Batavia Downs

on 08/20/2020 8:27 AM
It was a big Wednesday night for driver Billy Davis Jr., trainer Maria Rice and the ownership group of Vogel and Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock at Batavia Downs as they sent three from their stable to the Purple Haze winner’s circle, including the winner of the co-featured race.   In the $8,000 Open I-II trot, Noble Legend followed Il Mago (Jim Morrill ...
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Rock Swan extends streak in stakes action at Hoosier

on 08/20/2020 8:01 AM
Indiana Sires Stakes action returned to Harrah's Hoosier Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 19 as they host the fourth round of the stakes action for the three-year-old competitors. Indiana-sired sophomore trotting fillies were the featured attraction on the evening's 13-race card with two $31,500 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies.   Rock Swan continued her...
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All Landmark Stakes moved to Sept. 6 for 2020

on 08/19/2020 8:17 PM
The eight Landmark Events for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers that comprise the Grand Circuit stop at Goshen Historic Track in Goshen, New York, have moved from Monday Sept. 7 to Sunday, Sept. 6, joining the NYSS County Fair Finals on that date. The management of world’s oldest harness racing track has worked hard to preserve their early-closing events, traditionally raced on...
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Taylor issues statement about PETA press release

on 08/19/2020 4:08 PM
Standardbred horse owner and Philadelphia attorney Howard Taylor has issued the following statement regarding PETA's Aug. 14 press release that disputed information Taylor shared about the recently settled case of Jeffrey Tretter v. Robert Bresnahan, Jr. And Bresnahan and J.L. Sadowsky, LLC. A bettor had charged that because a horse trained by Bresnahan had a positive out-of-competit...
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USHWA's Drive Me Some Cash gets underway Thursday

on 08/19/2020 2:17 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), with Scott Alberg, have come up with the best free handicapping contest of the 2020 harness racing season and it all revolves around the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The contest is called USHWA Drive Me Some Cash, and contestants must try and select the correct exacta (first and second place) in the sixth race (the first o...
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Dream Away dies at Winbak Farm at age 26

on 08/19/2020 10:02 AM
Dream Away passed away at the age of 26 on Aug. 18 at Winbak Farm of Delaware.   Dream Away p, 2, 1:52.2; 3, 1:50 ($1,342,071) had 15 wins before retiring from racing to stand at stud. At 2, he won the International Stallion Stake and was second in the Governor's Cup elimination. At three, Dream Away won the Bluegrass Series division, Little Brow...
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Bet On Becky back in ONSS Gold winner's circle

on 08/19/2020 8:42 AM
Ontario’s top 2-year-old pacing fillies were back in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday  and division leader Bet On Becky was back in the winner’s circle.   Starting from post one in the second $79,800 Gold Series division, driver Jody Jamieson settled Bet On Becky in third as Andra Day sprinted out to a :27.1 quarter and then sent the fan favorite to the front...
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Horse with strangles at Sawgrass in Illinois

on 08/18/2020 8:59 PM
On Tuesday (Aug. 18), management at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and the Indiana Horse Racing Commission were made aware of a horse diagnosed with strangles stabled at the Sawgrass Training Center in Illinois. As a result, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, in conjunction with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, is taking the following steps: • All horses scheduled to race tonight stabl...
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3YO trotters in KYSS action; Luna drives first winner

on 08/18/2020 8:56 PM
Kentucky Sires Stakes action continued Tuesday at The Red Mile, this time for 3-year-old trotters.   The first $40,000 division for the filly trotters saw Tuscany overtake favorite Panem in the stretch and draw off to win by four lengths in 1:51. Geroge Brennan steered the filly by Muscle Hill-Shes Gone Again to a new lifetime mark. She is owned by Joseph Davino, B...
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2CP American Courage stays undefeated

on 08/18/2020 8:54 PM
American Courage remained undefeated in his young career scoring in 1:54.2 in New York Sire Stakes action at Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night.   American Courage is now a perfect 7 for 7 with four consecutive wins in New York Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts, taking the $70,300 second race division. Driver Matt Kakaley moved to the lead approaching the first quarter and held sw...
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Touchamatic takes Meadows feature

on 08/18/2020 8:09 PM
Touchamatic moved powerfully first over and rolled on to a convincing win in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Touchamatic was away third, and when Aaron Merriman tipped her off the cones, she gobbled up the leader, Amelia's Courage A, and scored in 1:51.3. Always Giggling rallied from last for second, 1/2 length back, while ...
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Hashtagmadeyalook wins at Pocono

on 08/18/2020 8:05 PM
The Chapter Seven gelding Hashtagmadeyalook, coming to Pocono showing strong Meadowlands form, was bet down to 1-9 favoritism in the $12,800 claiming handicap trot Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, won easily in 1:53.2 – and then was taken for the $25,000 claiming tag.   Pocono’s leading driver George Napolitano Jr., who had four winners on the card, sent Has...
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