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Black Is Back hangs on in Batavia Open

on 10/24/2020 10:01 PM
Heavily backed at the windows, Black Is Back delivered for his supporters after going gate to wire in the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night.  The red-hot Dave McNeight III pushed the car away with Black Is Back and took the point passing the quarter in :28 and led a single file field to the half from there. Rounding turn two, McSpidey (Denny Bucceri) and Cult...
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Tall Dark Stranger, Cattlewash best in Crown 3CP elims

on 10/24/2020 9:58 PM
Charging to his 11th win of the season, Tall Dark Stranger and regular driver Yannick Gingras fought off a late charge by Warraee Vital to win the second Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings in 1:48.4 on Saturday at Harrah's Hoosier Park. In the first elimination, Cattlewash equaled the all-age Hoosier track record with a 1:47.2 performance. Warrawee Vital tri...
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Hoosier Classic average up 6.5 percent

on 10/24/2020 9:20 PM
The Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale concluded on Saturday and the 360 horses sold brought an average price of $19,202. That's an increase of 6.5 percent from the 2019 sale, where 358 horses were sold. The average in the first session was up 11.4 percent while the average for Day Two was up by $163.   The first of two sessions of the 2020 Hoosier Classic was held Friday at the Indian...
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Hennessey hits grand slam in Fla. Sunshine Stakes

on 10/24/2020 8:20 PM
The FSBOA highly anticipated and lucrative Florida stakes program got underway at Pompano Park on Saturday and the non- wagering nine race program took a page from baseball’s World Series with a multitude of doubles, triples and even a grand slam to kick off the festivities. The grand slam belonged to Wally Hennessey, who had four wins on the program, while Mike Simons had the triple. Train...
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Zenith Stride scratched from Crown 2CT final

on 10/24/2020 8:16 PM
Zenith Stride, who won the Peter Haughton Memorial at 87-1 earlier this season, is scratched "sick" from the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Trot, according to trainer Mark Harder. Zenith Stride finished fifth in his elimination and drew post eight in the final, which is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 30, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. According to Breeders Crown con...
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Rich And Miserable cruises in Pocono feature

on 10/24/2020 6:29 PM
Rich And Miserable, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, zipped to the lead at the three-quarter pole in the $14,000 trotting feature at the mountain oval on Saturday afternoon, drawing off to a 5½-length victory in 1:53.   Tyler Buter was in his usual perch behind the Explosive Matter gelding, a career winner of 21 of 59 starts and $438,586 for trai...
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Jacobs hoping for MASS champion in Wyatt J

on 10/24/2020 6:24 PM
Ken Jacobs has never had a horse compete in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes (MASS). But when the man who has competed the likes of Heston Blue Chip (American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip $1.78 million), Kenneth J (Bettors Delight-Advantest $1.56 million), He's Gorgeous (Art Major-So Ravishing $743,844) and Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny $567,652) finally does comes to town, i...
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Cullipher sweeps Fall Harvest finals at Big M

on 10/24/2020 6:35 AM
The Jeff Cullipher barn has been on fire of late at the Meadowlands, and the track’s leading trainer kept on rolling Friday night,  taking both Fall Harvest Series finals on the card.   Skyway Kon Man may not have gone the best of trips, but he was up to the task, taking the final for trotters who were non-winners of $4,500 in their last five starts. Last wee...
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Posts drawn for trio of Crown 2YO finals, OMT

on 10/24/2020 6:31 AM
Post positions were drawn on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino for the Open Mare Trot, Two-Year-Old Colt Trot, Two-Year-Old Filly Pace, and Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Breeders Crown Finals. Elimination winners drew from posts one through five with the remainder of the field in an open draw.  In the two-year-old pacing filly ranks, elimination winners Continualou...
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Mazzarati, Lady Chaos best in Crown 2FT elims

on 10/24/2020 6:17 AM
Mazzarati, a 24-1 long shot, motored down the stretch to win the first of Friday’s two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters in a lifetime best 1:54.3 and Lady Chaos captured the second in 1:54.2, both over a sloppy surface at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $600,000 final on Oct. 30 at Hoosier Park....
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Spoiled Princess, Next Level Stuff win Crown 3FT elims

on 10/24/2020 6:12 AM
Spoiled Princess carved a path towards the lead and powered to the front in the final strides to score in the first $25,000 elimination for the Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly trot on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Sister Sledge slid to the lead from post five as Sorella rolled alongside and soon moved to the lead by a :26.4 opening quarter. Hypnotic AM, positioned third, pulled fr...
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Party Girl Hill, Lyons Sentinel star in 3FP Crown elims

on 10/23/2020 11:26 PM
After throwing down a :25.1 final quarter, Party Girl Hill (Dexter Dunn) kept her perfect record intact after tripping the timer in 1:50.1 in the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 23). Lyons Sentinel (Tim Tetrick) made a late bid to hit the wire in front in 1:49.4 in the second elimination. Party Girl Hi...
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Venerate, In Range take Crown 2CT eliminations

on 10/23/2020 10:07 PM
Venerate produced a wire-to-wire domination of the field in the second $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters on Friday (Oct. 23) at Harrah's Hoosier Park, leading all the way with ease to win in 1:52.2 — a track record for freshman trotters. In Range won the second elimination.   The field for the final is as follows: 1-Take All Comers, 2-...
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Merriman drives 5 winners at Meadows Friday

on 10/23/2020 9:38 PM
Tom "Mayhem" Svrcek and Kellie's MVP waited patiently in the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $8,500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association (GLADA) trotting series at The Meadows.   John Sikaras (Fomor) grabbed the early lead from post 9 while Svrcek settled Kellie's MVP into second with Jerry Kehm (Vegas Ticket) park...
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Continualou upsets at 92-1 in 2FP BC elimination

on 10/23/2020 9:29 PM
Continualou (David Miller), at odds of 92-1, strode home with a :26 final panel to claim the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 23). JK Alwaysbalady (Yannick Gingras) got up in the shadow of the wire to take the second elimination and collect the second win of her young career.   For the final, the ...
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Perfect Sting, Southwind Gendry win Crown elims

on 10/23/2020 9:16 PM
Perfect Sting remained perfect on the season with an authoritative performance in the second of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown juvenile pacing colt and gelding division on Friday night (Oct. 23) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Southwind Gendry continued his successful stakes winning streak as well, capturing the first $25,000 elimination to notch his seventh straight win.   ...
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His Beats Hanover breaks maiden in Simpson

on 10/23/2020 8:15 PM
It was “Miller time” during the John Simpson Sr. stakes action for freshman colts on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as driver Marcus Miller had a victory in both the trotting and pacing events (in the trot for trainer/aunt Julie), while David Miller took the other trot before heading off to Breeders Crown competition at Hoosier Park. The events were the $111,600 ...
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JK Endofanera colt sells for record-setting $240,000

on 10/23/2020 5:50 PM
The first of two sessions of the 2020 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale was held Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and prices were strong. The average price for the session was up 11.4 percent over last year’s opening session.   Hip 116, a colt by JK Endofanera, topped the session and also set an Indiana Standardbred yearling price record when he was sold for $...
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Oak Grove reschedules racing dates until November

on 10/23/2020 4:17 PM
Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel (“Oak Grove Racing”) announced today that it will move three of its live harness race dates originally scheduled for Oct. 26-28 to the end of the 2020 meet on Nov. 21-23. The adjustment was made in abundance of caution to allow for repairs to the track’s racing surface after it sustained damage due to a torrent of unexpected rainfa...
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Horseman Darren Turner, 54, dies

on 10/23/2020 12:34 PM
Darren William Turner, 54, peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife and children. Darren is predeceased by his father, Bill Turner. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of 33 years along with his children Anne Bailey (John), Valerie Needham (Chip), and William Turner; his mother Leanne Turner and his sisters, Brenda Clarke (Matt), Barbara Burditt (Scott), Donna Lary (Michael) and Kristen Gron...
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