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Favorites fall in Harvest Series finals

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Ontario-sired rookies were on display Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the finals of the Harvest Series. A quartet of series finals put on a bow on the three-week event and featured a few upsets.   Angus Hall filly Dance Hall Babe muscled by race favorite P L Molly in the final eighth of a mile to win the $43,300 two-year-old trotting filly final.   Driven by Anthony MacDonald,...
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New York horseman Joseph Carrubba dies

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Joseph R. Carrubba, 60, of Oakfield, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Rochester General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born June 11, 1958, in Batavia, the son of the late Samuel and Patricia (Geitner) Carrubba.   Mr. Carrubba was born into a harness racing family as his father Sam raced a stable at Batavia Downs. He got his first driver's license at age seventeen and made hi...
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Selections made for Breeders Crown contest

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday (Oct. 27) in a unique contest on the 12 Breeders Crown championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest is sponsored by the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown with total money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been divided int...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park announces new series

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Friday announced details for a quartet of Winter Series to be raced at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Niagara Series and Valedictory Series will take place during the month of December and conclude on Boxing Day (Dec. 26). The Blizzard Series and Snowshoe Series begin in mid-January and will wrap up on Feb. 1.   Each series consists of two $17,000 prelimina...
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Svanstedt has high hopes for Crown victories

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
After driving Plunge Blue Chip to victory in her Breeders Crown elimination last weekend, and then watching rival Atlanta win hers, Ake Svanstedt seemed as intrigued as anyone by the possibilities in Saturday's $500,000 championship for 3-year-old female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   "She won easy," Svanstedt said about Plunge Blue Chip, then added with a smile, "but Atla...
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NF Happenstance has changed Parker's life

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
If Jack Parker Jr. was ever getting back to the Breeders Crown finals, it was going to be with the best horse he ever had. And that's exactly how it has played out, as Parker's NF Happenstance has brought him to Saturday's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot championship at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   "She's really changed my life for the better, in all kinds of ways," said Parker, w...
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Otten to join Meadowlands broadcast team

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
A new face will be seen on the award-winning Meadowlands Racetrack television broadcast on Friday, Nov. 2. Michigan native Jessica Otten will join the Meadowlands as promotions/contest host and paddock interviewer.  Otten was born into the harness business and has assisted her father, Peter Otten, run his stable. In 2016 she joined Post Time with Mike and Mike for their first live remote ...
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Alagna looks for BC wins with Captain’s offspring

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
When it comes to Saturday’s Breeders Crown finals for 2-year-old pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, trainer Tony Alagna might not have any favorites in the program, but his horses represent a favorite in his heart. Captain Trevor, a colt, and fillies Tall Drink Hanover and Treacherous Reign are by two-time Pacer of the Year and 2013 Breeders Crown champion Captaintreacherous ...
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Six Pack sick, scratched from Breeders Crown

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
The Svanstedt Stable has tweeted that Kentucky Futurity winner Six Pack has been scratched from Saturday night's Breeders Crown 3Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot. Here is the tweet: "Unfortunately Six Pack has been sick and will not be racing in the Breeders Crown tomorrow night. Next start will be at Dover Downs in the Matron."
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Rockstar Angel A stars at Yonkers

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $5.90) went from first-up to first home Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, the lass watched Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead, doing so before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Artrageous (Mark MacDonald) was not happy with that arrangement, havin...
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Rockstar Angel A stars at Yonkers

on 10/26/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $5.90) went from first-up to first home Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, the lass watched Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead, doing so before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Artrageous (Mark MacDonald) was not happy with that arrangement, h...
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Cole, Columbo take Harrington titles

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Closing night of the 72nd anniversary season of live harness racing at Harrington Raceway was completed Wednesday, with end-of-season awards highlighting the program.   The driver's race was deadlocked going into the night as reigning champ Victor Kirby and Mike Cole were tied with 99 wins. When the dust settled Cole had four wins on the card to Kirby's one to clinch Cole's first driving ...
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Foiled Again tour heads to Plainridge Oct. 30

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
The richest Standardbred in the history of the sport, the $7.59 million winner Foiled Again will make a farewell tour stop at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 30, as part of the biggest day of racing in Massachusetts this year.   Foiled Again's lifetime win count now stands at 105 as he comes to Plainridge off a victory in a $10,000 condition race at Harrington Raceway where he ...
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Important weekend for Kindergartners at Big M

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands' live racing weekend is again highlighted by Friday's Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers and trotters with two divisions of each gait and sex going for $10,000 in purses and important points toward the rich finals next Saturday, Nov. 3.   Trainer Linda Toscano sends out a triumvirate of talented trotting prodigies in Hanna Dreamgirl (Andy McCarthy) and Glob...
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Kakaley looks for BC win with Dorsoduro Hanover

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Matt Kakaley hopes to make a memorable year with Dorsoduro Hanover even better.   Dorsoduro Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $530,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 30-year-old Kakaley, who is among the leading drivers at Pocono, will enter the night aiming for his first Breeders Cr...
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Delaware Commission names judges' stand

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) executive director Mark Davis announced Thursday that the Commission has named Brian Manges, presiding judge, and two associate judges, Norman Short and Brent McLaren, to the judges' stand.   "Delaware is continuing its tradition with an extremely experienced judges' stand," stated Davis. "All three of these men have a life-long in...
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Prominent owners join New Vocations BC pledge

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Prominent owners are stepping up to support aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders Crown Pledge. This event asks owners, trainers and drivers of Breeders Crown finalists to pledge a percentage of their earnings or commissions from the championship races Saturday night. No amount is too small. Every dollar goes toward the rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of Standardbred...
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Bay's Fella's record Crown payoff stood 18 years

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
"Well, there's a hole in one for you," said announcer Tom Durkin, as the winner crossed the finish line in the 1990 Breeders Crown for open pacers on Nov. 2, 1990.   That year, just the seventh edition of the Breeders Crown, saw a record established that lasted 18 years when 5-year-old stallion Bay's Fella crossed the finish line first at odds of 69-1. The $2 win ticket payoff ...
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Breeders Crown finals in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown championships are upon us Saturday at Pocono Downs and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details. We have comments from the connections of virtually every Crown finalist, and in-depth stories on several contenders. The scorecard between Lazarus N and McWicked reads 2-2, so what will happen in the rubber match in the Open Pace? Trainer Jimmy Takter...
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Daley looks to close chapter with Crown win

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
At the end of this season, Noel Daley will return to his native Australia to begin a new chapter in his career as the trainer for prominent owners Maria and Emilio Rosati at the couple’s new facility near Sydney. On Saturday night, Daley-trained Caviart Ally will try to deliver an appropriate going-away gift — a Breeders Crown trophy. Daley, who started his own stable in the U.S. in 199...
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