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Ohio Sires Stakes wraps up season at Northfield

on 10/14/2018 2:00 AM
The final session of the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes season wrapped up Saturday night, October 13 at Northfield Park with eight $60,000 consolation divisions for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders. Driver Aaron Merriman captured three of the eight OSS events, while Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., won two of the $60,000 contests. Merriman took the first event with an easy, 1:57.2 front-s...
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Indiana stars shine at Hoosier Park

on 10/13/2018 2:00 AM
The stars of the Indiana Sires Stakes program converged on Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Friday night, October 12 for the track’s annual Super Night program. Over the course of the 14-race card, trotters and pacers battled for over $2 million in purses and year-end honors in the state. On a night when rain and cold conditions leveled the playing field, the leaders turning for home had a d...
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Cruzado Dela Noche upset winner in Yonkers International Trot

on 10/13/2018 2:00 AM
Longshot Cruzado Dela Noche ($62.50), representing Sweden, captured the $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 13). The winner covered the 1-1/4 mile distance in a time of 2:24.3. Brian Sears was in the bike for trainer Marcus Melander and owner Courant Inc. as the 6-year-old son of Muscle Massive-Alidade won for the 15th time in his career.Lion...
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2CP Mantario 1:54.1 winner in Mohawk's Harvest

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
Round one of the Harvest Series came to a close Thursday (Oct. 11) with Ontario sired 2-year-old colts and geldings in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 21 pacers were split into three divisions, while 17 trotters were separated into two divisions. Each of Thursday’s round one divisions went for $13,090. Sportswriter gelding Mantario and driver Sylvain Filion were able to find room ...
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Welch on big stakes night: "Now it's racing luck"

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
Sending six horses into a $2 million night of racing could cause nervousness for some trainers, but to Roger Welch, it’s treated like just another night. The Illinois native, who has amassed $18 million in career earnings as a trainer, says this is what he aims for. "You coach the team, you’ve made it to the Super Bowl, and now you play in it," Welch noted. "We’ve done our job; now it’s...
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Danish owners have International underdog

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
No matter the outcome for Denmark’s Slide So Easy in Saturday’s (Oct. 13) $1 million Yonkers International Trot, owners Soren Christensen and Thomas Clemmensen are going to enjoy the experience of participating in the event. Christensen readily admits his 9-year-old gelding is the race’s underdog, but is hoping for a strong effort and a little luck.   Slide So Easy has won 30 of 78 ca...
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Breeders Crown detention barn information

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing commission would like to provide the following information for the upcoming Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. All times are EDT -- Eastern Daylight Time (Time Zone Abbreviation). For 2-year-old eliminations held on Friday (Oct. 19), retention times are 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 18). Please check the overnights to co...
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Lazarus N scratched from Saturday invite

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
Lazarus N has been scratched sick from Saturday afternoon's $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace at Yonkers Raceway. The invitational is part of the big International Trot program at Yonkers, with a first post of 1 pm Saturday. "He has been coughing and this way we can make sure he is OK for BC," said trainer Jimmy Takter via text of the reason for the scratch, referring to the upcoming B...
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Rosemary Rose wins mares open at Dayton

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
Rosemary Rose took full advantage of a rail post position draw at Northfield Park last week to capture the $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for older pacing mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N seconded the notion that she is the best active older Buckeye-bred distaff pacer by winning the $17,500 Mares Open at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 12)n in conv...
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Duos double up in Kindergarten as Big M returns

on 10/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands returned from summer vacation with fall-like temperatures and eight divisions of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-olds Friday night. Two teams stood out on a clear evening that saw temperatures in the mid-50s as Team Orange Crush (driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller) and the pairing of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano each won two Kindergarten events on the...
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Lucky Ava takes new lifetime mark in Simpson

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
More than $190,000 in stakes purses were on the line as 3-year-old fillies of both gaits each contested three divisions of John Simpson Sr. stakes action on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 10) at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Trotters were first to the track on the Wednesday card, and the Lucky Chucky filly Lucky Ava was first to the finish line, posting splits of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:26...
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Theresademoninme wins Harrington Open Trot

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($9, Jon Roberts) was a repeat winner Wednesday (Oct. 10) in the $16,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway in 1:56.2. The Dylan Davis trainee out-kicked a game Murmur Hanover to the wire for a narrow win. Royal Becca J, who battled bravely first-over, was third. The 7-year-old Kadabra gelding registered his 32nd career win. It was one of three d...
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PL Jerico edges Wind Of The North at Meadows

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
PL Jerico stalked Wind Of The North from the pocket, then kicked by him in the lane to capture Wednesday’s (Oct. 10) $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a sharp 1:53.3. Hammered down to 1-2. Wind Of The North was seeking his fourth straight win; when he got a :29.4 second-quarter breather, it appeared he would extend that streak. But when Dave Palone tipped PL Jerico off the...
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Stage set for Friday's Indiana Super Final Night

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
The 2018 Indiana Sires Stakes program will culminate at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday with the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Finals. The star-studded 14-race card will showcase the best trotters and pacers in the state of Indiana and provide an exciting conclusion to the 2018 Indiana stakes season. Post time is 6:30 p.m.   With purses in excess of $2 million, the Indian...
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Meadowlands applies for just 68 dates in 2019

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will apply for 68 live racing dates for the 2019 season by the Oct. 15, request for dates deadline of the NJ Racing Commission.   The main factor in forcing us to reduce dates is the failure to obtain a purse subsidy that would enable us to compete with the Pennsylvania tracks when they open in late March. By reducing dates we believe it would help to be able to attract en...
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Northfield Park introduces Single Six bet

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
Northfield Park is introducing something new to its wagering menu: the 20-cent Northfield Single Six (a unique ticket Pick 6). The bet offers a low 14 per cent takeout rate and will begin nightly in Race 9 starting Saturday, Oct. 13.   The 20-cent wager is expected to offer handicappers large jackpots by carrying over 50 percent of its nightly pool until it is solved by a uniqu...
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Yonkers, Belmont team up for Saturday Pick 4

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and Yonkers Raceway at Empire City Casino will partner to offer horseplayers a special all-stakes Thoroughbred/Standardbred Pick 4 on Saturday.   The latest in NYRA's fall series of special Pick 4 Wagers, the Belmont-Yonkers Pick 4 includes the $1 Million Yonkers International Trot and the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational from Empire City Cas...
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Drivers studying for International test

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
North American drivers participating in Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot face several challenges as they prepare for the event, most notably learning about their rivals--and in some cases their own horse -- in addition to contemplating the best path to victory in a 10-horse field going 1 1/4 miles. "My deal is to know the competition the best I can and make decisions as it pl...
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Ohio SS consolations Saturday at Northfield

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) consolations for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders will be contested this Saturday evening at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 p.m. (ET).   The day features a full realm of Buckeye State racing, with Thoroughbreds spotlighted at nearby Jack Thistledown, as they break from the Cleveland gait in five $150,000 stakes for Ohio-bre...
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SBOA issues response to Big M's dates request

on 10/11/2018 2:00 AM
Mark Ford, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, has issued the following response to the Meadowlands press release Thursday noting it had asked for a 68-day race meet in 2019:   "Contrary to our ongoing dialogue with the Meadowlands, we were not given any notice and were as much surprised as anyone to read their release indicating that they were...
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