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HHYF announces scholarship winners

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that Hanna Darrow of Dublin, Ohio and Katie Eick of Farmingdale, N. J., have been awarded the 2018 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship and the Sweet Karen Scholarship, respectively.   The $2,500 Curt Greene Scholarship honors an individual who has demonstrated a passion for harness racing and strives to achieve great things...
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Trustworthy Kid cruises at The Meadows

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
Trustworthy Kid took his time reaching the lead but was unassailable once he got there, cruising to victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Trustworthy Kid was looped from the gate and had to work hard to make the point in a :27.4 opening panel. But when Brian Zendt gave him a :29.1 second-quarter breather, he shrugged off the first-over challenge of Keyst...
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Western Stepp steps to Plainridge win

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
Western Stepp regained the top form she exhibited earlier this year at Plainridge Park as she won the $16,000 Winners Over Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday afternoon at the Ridge.  Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) flew off the wings and took immediate control of the race, setting fast fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23. She was prompted for most of the mile by Shesjustadelig...
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Melodies Major, Hickfromfrenchlick, win NYSS

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) captured the first of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Monday at Vernon Downs. Both divisions raced for a purse of $56,500. Reigning Deo (Jim Morril Jr.) took the lead hitting the first quarter in :26.2.  The favorite, Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) took over before hitting the half in :55. He co...
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PA Stallion Series finals held in Philly Monday

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
A total of $320,000 was on the line Monday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia as the track hosted eight $40,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships for two- and three-year-olds of the various classes.   This is the tenth anniversary year of the Stallion Series, designed to give Pennsylvania-sired horses who were still developing or perhaps just below the to...
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Slick Tony ties Harrington 3CP record

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
George Leager’s Slick Tony ($3.20, Montrell Teague) equaled the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts at Harrington Raceway on Monday with a 1:51.4 triumph in an $11,000 Open II event. The No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt set all the fractions and was an easy winner over Dialamara and Q’s Cruise in achieving his 16th career win in 22 starts. Slick Tony, also trained by Leager, tied the reco...
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Late-closers top Plainridge Labor Day card

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
The third leg of Plainridge Park’s late closing series for 2-year-olds of both gaits highlighted the action on Labor Day Monday afternoon, with big performances put in by both winners. The $15,000 Wood End Light Open for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Massachusetts-bred Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia), who got away third initially before taking a commanding three-length lead by the ha...
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Pat Lachance breaks leg when horse falls

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Mohawk Park racing surface was in peak condition for Saturday’s (Sept. 1) rich card of racing and Ontario’s top 3-year-old pacing colts took full advantage of the speedy surface in a pair of C$95,600 Gold Series divisions. Charged with warming up the sizeable crowd for the marquee events, the $C600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and C$651,000 Maple Leaf trot, the 3-year-old pacing c...
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Oakes-trained Bioness wins French-American

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
A second-tier Bioness (Brian Sears, $33.80) made one decisive move Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2), winning the $120,000 final of Yonkers Raceway’s French-American Trotting Club Series. The finale, wrapping a four-race series for imported French-breds, went at 1-1/2 mile distance and was the first of the four added-distance races. Away sixth (fifth after a breaker) from post position nine, Bio...
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Homicide Hunter leads Great Northeast winners

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured the fireworks a day before the Labor Day holiday as more than $1.5 million was up for grabs in the finals and consolation events of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds and the Great Northeast Open Series finals (GNOS), the latter conducted at 1-1/4 miles. Homicide Hunter stole the early show with a world record clocking of 2:22.2 in his respect...
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Fly Jesse Fly's 1:53.2 win equals Northfield mark

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
Fly Jesse Fly equaled Northfield Park’s track record for five-and-older trotting geldings when he won the $19,000 Open Trot in 1:53.2 on Sunday (Sept. 2). The mark was previously held by both Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016 and Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018. Jim Otto of Jefferson, Ohio, trains and co-owns the trotter with Robert Sidley of Painesville, Ohio. Chris Lems was in the sulky...
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Dorsoduro Hanover takes PA 3YO championship

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured the fireworks a day before the Labor Day holiday, as over $1.5M was up for grab in the Championship and consolation events of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-olds and the Great Northeast Open Series Championships, the latter conducted at 1¼ miles.    PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS ($252,000 for...
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Champlains for 2YOs a Wellwood Trot preview

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit week continued Friday night (Aug. 31) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with four events for trotters. A trio of Champlain divisions for 2-year-old colts and geldings and a single Simcoe division for 3-year-old fillies were contested. The Muscle Hill-Brooklyn colt Kings County kicked off the evening’s stakes action with a stunning 1:54.4 victory in the C$69,107 first Champlain division. ...
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So Awesome sets 1:53.3 Saratoga mark in NYSS

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
In what was already a magical freshman season for So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl), the filly added a track record to her resume on Friday night (Aug. 31) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Though the Scott DiDomenico trainee came into the $78,750 New York Sire Stakes try for 2-year-old pacing fillies with three victories and almost $110,000 on the campaign, she wasn’t the favorite in Friday’s...
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Proof, Osterc pull off upsets in PASS 2CP, 2CT

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
De Los Cielos Deo and Prospect Hill rolled through their respective Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions and were looking to complete sweeps in Saturday’s (Sept. 1) $253,000 championships at The Meadows. Instead of coronation, they got comeuppance, upset by Proof in the colt and gelding pacers division and Osterc in the colt and gelding trotting division. The Meadows hosted all four PASS $253,...
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ComingRightAtYou wins Maine SS 2FP

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program made its first appearance of the 2018 season at Scarborough Downs on Saturday, with 12 entries divided into twin $11,327 splits. The occasion marked the fourth time that the divisional battle call had sounded this year, as the freshmen gals reached the midway point of their sire stakes season. ComingRightAtYou took top honors...
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The Last Chapter picks up sixth win of season

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) took the Tioga Downs featured trot on Saturday (Sept.1). BJ Lorado (Jim Mettinis) trotted out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :28.2. The Last Chapter ($4.10) went first-over from third and took the lead with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Ed Hart for owners Richard Gutnick, Joe Lozito Jr. and T L P Stable, he hit the half first in :57.3 and three...
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Validus Deo wins over Focus Power at Batavia

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
After taking air for over a half-mile, Validus Deo looked finished coming off the last turn. But he regrouped in the stretch and rallied to win in close quarters at the wire to capture the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Sept. 1). Bugatti (Billy Davis Jr.) outdueled Heaven Rocks (Ray Fisher Jr.) for the lead off the gate and had the front by the quarter in :27.2...
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Ideal Kiss wins by six in 1:49.3 at Pocono

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
The recent Australian import Stormont Czar A unleashed a furious rally in the last 100 yards to hit the wire first in the $21,500 pacing feature on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a three-horse photo in a lifetime best of 1:50.4. The field got away in post position order, with rail horse Lawrencetown Beach setting fractions of :27, :55.4, and 1:23, with Maxdaddy Blue Chip sit...
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Babinga Wood back winning for trainer Bob Uhl

on 09/01/2018 2:00 AM
In 2017, Babinga Wood (Dragon Again) won the award for Claiming Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Bob Uhl acquired Babinga Wood last season and enjoyed immediate success with him. After he was claimed from him, Uhl re-acquired Babinga Wood, whose 2018 campaign didn’t begin until a bit later in the season than most. The 6-year-old has found his form again and after an open-leng...
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