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Sky the limit for Forbidden Trade

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
Driver Bob McClure and trainer Luc Blais have forged a strong relationship this year, winning 28 percent of their starts together. The partnership has helped McClure make a successful transition from Canada's "B" tracks to the main stage of Woodbine Mohawk Park, not to mention the Grand Circuit, and aided Blais' bid for career highs for wins and purses. The two will look to add to their accompl...
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Fourth Dimension to stand stud in Sweden in '19

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven-Corazon Blue Chip), the 2017 Dan Patch 2-year-old trotting colt champion, will stand at Menhammar Stuteri in Stockholm, Sweden, during the 2019 breeding season. Menhammar has taken up a shareholding in the horse as a sire and will market him for a fee of SEK 50,000 ($5,500) for a living foal.   Courant Inc. would like to thank all parties that have shown in...
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Off Matron win, Six Pack could be headed to TVG

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
After winning the $210,150 Matron Thursday night by a comfortable four lengths, Six Pack could make a start in next Saturday night's $400,000 TVG Trot at the Meadowlands. He would face older horses in that race as well as Breeders Crown champion Tactical Landing.   Six Pack captured the Kentucky Futurity at the Red Mile, defeating Tactical Landing, but then was scratched sick from the Bre...
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Vesta Blue Chip, dam of Rainbow Blue, dies

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm has announced that Vesta Blue Chip, the dam of Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue, has died at the age of 26. Vesta Blue Chip was a great mare that we were honored to have in our broodmare band," said Garrett Bell, general manager at Winbak. "She was a consistent producer of rich performers." Her offspring includes Rainbow Blue p,2, 1:54.2; 3, 1:49.2 ($1428,594), who is the dam of...
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Churchill/Keeneland to build new KY harness track

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
In a near-unanimous decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in a special meeting Friday afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park, a partnership of Churchill Downs and Keeneland Racecourse was awarded a license to build a new Standardbred racetrack in Oak Grove, in the southwest corner of the state near the Tennessee border. The license became open with the closing of Thunder Ridge on the ...
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Don’t Think Twice A best in Yonkers feature

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
Favored Don’t Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.70) picked up where her Aussie countrywoman left off Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Two-moving—from post position No. 5—to the lead by a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, Don’t Think Twice A took over from Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno). The people’s preference then rated a :56.3 int...
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Lougazi captures Batavia open

on 11/16/2018 12:00 AM
On the heels of a Nor'easter that dumped significant amounts of snow, sleet and rain in western New York, the track at Batavia Downs was swampy at best. But that didn’t deter Lougazi from flexing his muscle in winning the $11,000 Open Handicap trot on Friday night. Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) outdueled Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) for the lead and paid the price with a :28.4 quarter. Cummin...
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Monti now tied for Batavia title with Cummings

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
After earning minor spoils in her three most recent outings, Kaitlyn Rae returned to her winning ways in the $9,500 fillies and mares Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening.   Kaitlyn Rae (Drew Monti) left with little opposition from Hey Kobe (Kevin Cummings) who was content to sit the pocket trip for the duration. Seeing no one coming, Monti tapped the b...
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You're Majestic best in Meadows F&M trot

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
You're Majestic stalked the leader from the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   You're Majestic left alertly for trainer-driver Doug Snyder, enabling her to claim the pocket behind Rose Run Sydney. As they turned for home, You're Majestic knifed inside and held off the rallying Delcr...
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Nice Stuff, Presidente Zette win Philly features

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
Nice Stuff and Presidente Zette were the trotters home first in a pair of $16,000 features as the racing week opened at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.   Nice Stuff has now won three of her last four starts after taking the first division of the headliner in 1:56.3, missing the personal mark she set last week by a tick. Dexter Dunn had the Yankee Glide mare well-positi...
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DSBF 2 year olds race at Dover Downs

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
Winter weather was threatening in the Wednesday evening sky at Dover Downs, but the young trotters didn't seem to care.   The first filly race, a non-wagering elimination, was won in 2:04.2 by Bella's Party Punk (Super Punk-Nubella). Driven by Art Stafford Jr. and trained by a jubilant Shae Vandervort, she won by a half-length over Star Time, who was bred by Marv Bachrad. &n...
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Thoroughbred vet also a Standardbred horseman

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
In horse racing, Dr. Howard Weir Jr. is a rare bird. He's a Thoroughbred veterinarian who owns, trains, breeds and campaigns Standardbreds. Innocent Victim, the only horse currently racing for Weir, goes Saturday at The Meadows in race 12, post 8, for Dave Palone. First post is 1:05 p.m.   A native of Butler, Pa., Weir was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of...
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McCarthy's fast start at Big M: 14 wins/50 starts

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
The early returns are in, and so far--as the Meadowlands driver colony is concerned--it's been all Andrew McCarthy, all the time.   The 32-year-old native of Australia has 14 wins in just 50 starts through the first five weeks of the 2018-2019 Big M meeting. A pair of not-so-familiar-names--Dexter Dunn and Michael Merton--sit tied in the second spot with nine victories api...
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Classic Card Shark to stand at Winbak of Del.

on 11/15/2018 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm of Delaware is proud to announce that Classic Card Shark p,3,1:53.2z; 1:52.1, a full brother to Bettor's Delight and Roll With Joe, will be standing in Delaware in 2019. Classic Card Shark is also a half-brother to Horse of the Year No Pan Intended.   Classic Card Shark sold at Harrisburg for $240,000. His racing career was plagued by misfortune (including...
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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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