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MDSS for 2YOS underway at Ocean Downs

on 08/07/2018 2:00 AM
On a humid Monday evening, in front of a large crowd, Ocean Downs held the first legs of the Maryland Sires Stakes preliminaries for both 2-year-old colt pacers and trotting fillies.   The spectators were invited into the infield throughout the evening to observe the first ever Pig and Weiner Dog races as they enjoyed a competitive card of harness racing.   In the first divisi...
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Batavia cancels Sunday, Aug. 12 race card

on 08/07/2018 2:00 AM
Track officials at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel have announced that racing for Sunday, Aug. 12, has been cancelled, pending New York Gaming Commission approval. Simulcast wagering and the gaming floor will be open regular hours.   "We have only been able to card 32.5 races per week since we opened," director/GM of live racing Todd Haight said. "And with no New York Sires Stakes sch...
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Lather Up 2-1 favorite in Saturday's Milstein

on 08/07/2018 2:00 AM
This year's $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old open pacers on Saturday night at Northfield Park has attracted a strong field of eight, including four recent champions of major stakes.   North America Cup champ Lather Up has drawn post 2 and installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Milstein Memorial. Driven by Montrell Teague for trainer Clyde Francis ...
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Antonia upsets unbeaten Sonnet Grace in PASS

on 08/07/2018 2:00 AM
Trailing previously unbeaten Sonnet Grace by a length turning for home, Antonia found another gear and upset the 2-5 favorite in Tuesday’s $185,836 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over four divisions, with Ma Was Right, Magical Beliefs and Nomo Volo taking the other splits. It was a big day for D...
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Watts Was I Drinkn toasts Plainridge win

on 08/07/2018 2:00 AM
There is nothing more gratifying in sport than going from worst to first. And that is exactly what Watts Was I Drinkn did in the $16,000 winners over for fillies and mares at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon.  Trainer Eric Beach had two starters in the feature and they got away at different ends of the spectrum. Show Runner (Steve Nason) got out of the gate and went right to the fr...
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Big efforts in PASS 2CP divisions Sunday

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
The cream of the state-sired 2-year-old pacing crop contested three divisions of the second preliminary of their division's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   In the first division Stonebridge Soul went to the top, but she was passed first by Treacherous Reign near the :27.4 quarter, then by Sylph Hannover, who went a big second quarter to grab th...
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Mostinterestingman wins Open on Trot Sunday

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) was the third and last leader Sunday afternoon , winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot.   The weekly trotting feature went as the early-PM opener, the first of a 10-race, all-trot card. Nine of ‘em were at the overflow field, mile-and-a-quarter ‘French' theme.   Away alertly from post position ...
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Lather Up, Springsteen, "Jimmy" to meet in Milstein

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
A field of eight of the sport's best 3-year-old colts and geldings have RSVP'd "Yes" to compete in harness racing's richest Invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park this Saturday night, Aug. 11.   Northfield's executive vice president of racing and simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplishe...
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Ron Burke: The first $200 million trainer

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Ron Burke, who is on his way to leading all harness racing trainers in both wins and purses for the 10th consecutive year, added to his list of record-setting accomplishments Saturday, Aug. 4, when he surpassed $200 million in career purses.   Burke became the first trainer and fourth person to reach $200 million when Filibuster Hanover finished third in Saturday's Sam McKee Memoria...
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Kentucky Fair racing wraps up at Red Mile

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Kentucky Fair racing came to a season finale last Saturday at the Red Mile with trainer Henry Lunsford and Tom "T" Tetrick taking home two wins from the eight-race event.   Their first win came in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot as Double Account scored a one-length victory over Sir Lord Hall, stopping the clock in 1:56. The Break the Bank K gelding made four previous star...
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Martha Riegle dies at age 89

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Martha Lee Riegle, 89, of Greenville, Ohio, died Friday, Aug. 3, at the Brethren Retirement Community.   She was born April 17, 1929, in Greenville, the daughter of the late Lewis and Goldie (Hines) Arnett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grant E. "Gene" Riegle; daughter, Linda S. Zumbrum; son-in-law, Richard W. Huff; sister and brother-in-...
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Wisdom Tree just misses track mark in NYSS

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
The final preliminary leg of the 2018 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies took pace on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6) at Monticello Raceway. The first $61,300 Sire Stakes division saw Apothic and Mark MacDonald take the field to the fastest opening quarter of the year, hitting that station in :26.2 after leaving from post three. The duo continued on to the half in :55.2 as the out...
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Lather Up, Springsteen to face off in Cleveland

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
A field of eight of the sport's best 3-year-old colts and geldings will compete in harness racing's richest invitational for pacers, the $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial, at Northfield Park this Saturday night (Aug. 11). Northfield's Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting, Dave Bianconi, has received commitments from the connections of a diverse and accomplished group of ho...
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Southwind Storm captures third Stallion Series

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Southwind Storm captured her third straight Pennsylvania Stallion Series split Monday (Aug. 6) at The Meadows, a facile victory in which she never was cut loose. The $100,000 stakes for freshman trotting fillies was contested over five divisions, with Navarone Hanover, Sand Lauren Blu, Lollypop Lindy and Cardinale taking the other splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a stakes double — among his th...
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Artful Way scores at Plainridge for 10th win of year

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Saratoga regular Artful Way left the friendly confines of the Spa this week in lieu of a New England road trip to race the best resident pacers in Massachusetts. And as he heads back to New York, he’ll be taking with him a souvenir photo of his win in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6). Riding a a two-race win streak, Thisjetsabookin (Shawn G...
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Bronx Seelster holds on to win Battle of Waterloo

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway marked its 28th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 6. The event featured 11 races totaling $565,855 in purses, including the track’s biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. Nine of the best freshman two-year-old colts headed to battle this afternoon at Grand River Raceway. Amidst rain showers and overcast weather, Bronx ...
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3PF Neon Moon sets Grand River track mark

on 08/06/2018 2:00 AM
Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing fillies were part of Grand River Raceway’s annual Industry Day celebrations on Monday and Neon Moon set the tone for the afternoon’s festivities with a track record effort in the first $18,800 Grassroots division. From Post 5 driver Jody Jamieson sent Neon Moon straight to the lead and the fan favourite reeled off fractions of :26.4, 55.4 and 1...
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Lather Up sets Scioto track record

on 08/05/2018 2:00 AM
In what could only be described as a heavyweight fight, Lather Up out dueled and out lasted a feisty Bounding Dragon and drew away to an impressive 1:49.4, track record victory in a $59,400 division of the Director of Agriculture pace for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday night. Bounding Dragon (Dan Noble) took the early lead while Lather Up (Montrell...
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Love Me Some Lou 1:50.4 winner in PASS

on 08/05/2018 2:00 AM
De Los Cielos Deo ($2.20) remained undefeated with a 1:51.3 victory on Sunday (Aug. 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia, but in the third of four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions on the card, the Sweet Lou colt Love Me Some Lou put his nose on the wire first in 1:50.4. After yielding to Captain Victorious (Marcus Miller) and Odds On Boca Raton (Scott Zeron) on the first turn, Yannick Gingras bru...
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Longshots rule Friday night at the Meadowlands

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
The night before the 93rd Hambletonian it was bombs away at the Meadowlands Friday, as a track that had seen 29 favorites score in its previous 60 races (48 percent) became the land of long shots. Five times on the 12-race card the winner's odds were 16-1 or higher, and even though the 50-Cent Pick-5 saw a 2-5 shot win leg four, the payout was still a hefty $12,016.25. The non-chalk parad...
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