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1999 Breeders Crown winner Supergrit dies

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
Supergrit, who won the 1999 Breeders Crown Open Trot on his way to that year’s Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter, passed away Saturday (June 30) at central New Jersey’s Blairwood Farms, which was his home since retiring in 2001. He was 25. "He was a good boy; we enjoyed him for about 17 years," said Blairwood’s Leslie McLaren, who owned Supergrit following his career on the race...
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2YOFT Fast Reaction sets PA Stallion stakes mark

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
Looked in the eye by a serious challenger at the top of the lane, Fast Reaction found another gear and scored at first asking in a stake-fastest 1:58.1 in Monday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Ridinonarainbow, Averie Hanover and Southwind Storm taking the other splits. Fast Reaction had...
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Highalator edges Bettor's Edge at Meadowlands

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
In what was the most thrilling finish of the year at the Meadowlands, Highalator outlasted a stubborn Bettor’s Edge by the smallest of noses in the Saturday night feature (June 30), in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Western Joe was third. Driver Eric Abbatiello asked Highalator for early speed, and the Jenny Bier trainee responded big time, reaching the quarter in :26.2 while park...
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Monticello-Goshen donates to Historic Track

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
Continuing a tradition that has endured for decades, but updating the presentation to a Grand Circuit Race Day, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) made their annual $4,000 donation Saturday (June 30) to Goshen Historic Track. Track president Steve Jones was on hand to accept the donation from chapter president Chris Tully.Jones stated, ...
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Rebellious scores in 1:52.2 at Tioga Sunday

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
Rebellious (Jim Meittinis) won the Tioga Downs Open Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (July 1). Time Out I'm Tired (Mike Merton) went to the front and carried them to the half (:28.2, :57.3). Sir Ziggy's Z Tam had a slight lead at the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Time Out I'm Tired reclaimed the lead by two lengths at the top of the stretch. Rebellious ($6.00) was sixth at the top of the stretch but f...
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Smalltownthrowdown takes Yonkers feature

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $7.40) snapped his rivals at the wire Sunday afternoon (July 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s hot and steamy $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature was not included in the ‘French’ four-pack which began the card. Rather, the flat-mile festivities saw lass N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.)—assigned outside her half-dozen foes—parked into...
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Rockeyed Optimist captures Great Northeast Open

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
Rockeyed Optimist ($5.20) proved strongest of all in Sunday afternoon's (July 1) featured $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, using an extended first-over push to wear down Emeritus Maximus for a 1:49.2 score. Brett Miller put the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in play from the far outside as the gates folded, and the pair were able to land in third ...
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Siegel, Wallenius-Kleberg inducted in Goshen

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
Jules Siegel and Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg took different roads to success as harness racing breeders and owners, but those paths merged Sunday when they were inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame during ceremonies on the grounds of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Siegel, a retired pharmacist who operated a chain of drug stores before turning his full attention to harness raci...
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American History preps for Pace with 1:47 win

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
The return of the defending Horse of the Year and the season’s fastest trotting and pacing miles highlighted the Friday night (June 29) action at The Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Horse of the Year, came back to her favorite track and was an easy 2-3/4 length winner of the feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The 6-year-old daughter of Swan For All used a quick bur...
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Mildrix takes $75,000 Indiana SS final at 15-1

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Indiana-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (June 29) as the evening’s 14-race card was highlighted by the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final and $25,000 consolation for the 3-year-old pacing fillies. Mildrix, with Sam Widger in the bike, used a strong stretch rally to prevail in a tight photo and pull off the 15-1 upset i...
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Geers win is fourth straight for Thinkbig Dreambig

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter) gutted out a victory in the $25,400 third division of the Tompkins-Greers Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 29). There were three divisions of colts and geldings as well as three divisions for their counterpart pacing fillies. No Easy Day (Matt Kakaley) took the lead and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56...
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Magic Forces sets 1:51 Yonkers track mark

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Magic Forces (George Brennan, $3.80) quarter-moved to pay-dirt Friday night (June 29), winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Odds-on from an assigned pole, Magic Forces was away third. She then zipped past Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton), taking over just before a :27 opening quarter-mile. When Sell A Bit N backed away and only serious challenger Medusa ...
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Claude Huckabone Jr. drives 2,000th winner

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Claude Huckabone Jr. captured his 2,000th career victory by winning the featured $9,000 trot with Barn Bella at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 29). Barn Bella ($3.40) went straight to the front and controlled all the fractions (:26.4, :54.4, 1:23.1, 1:52). Owned by Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, Barn Bella was beaten in the stretch last week but this week she had plenty ...
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2YOs Meyer On Fire, Frontier Muffler score

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
On a very hot Friday evening (June 29) at Hawthorne Race Course, state-bred juvenile pacers were featured in two divisions of the Incredible Finale. Leg one of the Incredible Finale was for colt and gelding pacers as the first division had a field of seven while the second had eight pacers face the starting car. Race two was the first division as The Bucket was the favorite for driver Casey Le...
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3YO pacing colt Pretty Handsome 1:50.1 winner

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing colt Pretty Handsome has earned top honors in five of his six Grassroots outings over the last two seasons, but none were as impressive as Friday evening’s 1:50.1 clocking at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting from Post 7 the fan favorite went straight to the front and reeled off fractions of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:23.3 before battling down the stretch to a three-quarter length ...
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Another baby race win for Beautiful Sin

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Breakfast With The Babies, sponsored by Fashion Farms, went to post at The Meadowlands on a beautiful, windless Saturday (June 30) morning under clear skies with temperatures in the 80s. Lindy Farms and trainer Domenico Cecere unveiled a pair of well bred, good looking trotting colts Saturday morning. They sent out the fourth race winner in Union Forces (Scott Zeron) who led from start to finis...
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First NJSS for 2YOs at Meadowlands

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes or 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday night (June 29). The New Jersey pacing colts raced off the card in a single division while the fillies raced on the card in their single division, both for $15,000. The $20,000 NJSS for trotters were split and went two division for both the colts and fillies, all on the card. The...
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Phoenix Warrior N 1:50.2 winner at Meadows

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
Showing no ill effects from a month’s layoff, Phoenix Warrior N outkicked the game Reggiano and captured Saturday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Trainer Scott Betts treated Phoenix Warrior N for a variety of minor ailments during his time off. The improvement showed, as the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding peeled off cover into the final turn for Jim Panta...
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Faraldo, Oldford victorious at Historic Track

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
On the sweltering Saturday afternoon of June 30 in Trot Town USA with the temperature hovering in the mid-90s p, two Billings divisions went to post over Goshen's Historic Track and when they were declared official Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and "Smokin' Joe" Faraldo each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Oldford won with Starsaboveallerage in 1:58 while Faraldo scored beh...
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New claiming series at Rideau Carleton

on 06/30/2018 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has announced details for the inaugural "Hard Rock Claiming Series" to take place at Rideau Carleton Raceway during the months of July and August. The "Hard Rock Claiming Series" will consist of two events for $7,000 claiming level pacing horses and mares. Each event will feature three preliminary legs and an added money final. The purse for the preliminary...
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