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Last KYSS 2YO legs set for Red Mile

on 09/05/2018 2:00 AM
The third and final Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) preliminaries for 2-year-old trotters is set for Thursday night, Sept. 6, at The Red Mile, with the last KYSS leg for 2-year-old pacers scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 8. Post time each night is 7 p.m. The $30,000 races give the freshmen set a final chance to earn enough points to advance to the $2 million KYSS finals program on Sunday, S...
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Invites added to Hawthorne Night of Champions

on 09/05/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday, Sept. 22 is already going to be a huge night of racing at Hawthorne Race Course as 11 finals will be taking place for the Night of Champions card. These finals will crown the top Illinois-bred trotters and pacers in all age categories as part of a 13-race card that evening. In addition to the 11 Championship finals, racing secretary Robin Schadt has added a pair of $25,000 invitat...
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Ghost Dance, Ideal Feeling fastest in NYSS

on 09/05/2018 2:00 AM
Three divisions of 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings went postward at Batavia Downs on Wednesday to compete for the $117,600 in purses up for grabs as well as the last chance to accrue available points to make the $225,000 final for this group.   In the first $39,200 division, Ghost Dance (American Ideal-Epoxy Queen) pulled the upset at 9-1 and closed hard to do it.  ...
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Springsteen takes on Hitman Hill in pivotal NYSS

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
There is a lot at stake for all the entrants of the $117,600 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Batavia Downs on Wednesday, Sept. 5, as this is the last race for that group before the $225,000 final at Yonkers on Saturday, Sept. 22. But the one division all eyes will be on features a heavyweight match between Springsteen and Hitman Hill who both need to wi...
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Win staking payments for New York-bred yearling

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) is pleased to offer our members a unique incentive to purchase a New York-Bred at the Goshen Yearling Sale and the Morrisville Yearling Sale.   The HHBNYS has been overwhelmed again this year by the support from old and new members. To show our appreciation, we will once again make both sustaining payments due in 2019 for two 2017...
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No elims needed for CTC, Elegantimage

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
The entry box for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes closed Tuesday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park with neither event requiring eliminations.   The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters attracted 11 entries, while the $340,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old trotting fillies received seven entries.   All entrants advance directly to th...
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Cushing savors Foiled Again's Maine fair win

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
When Mitchell Cushing first heard that Foiled Again would be racing at the Windsor Fair on Labor Day as part of his farewell tour, he was excited for the opportunity to see harness racing's all-time richest horse compete in his home state of Maine. He never expected to end up with the best seat in the house. But that's where Cushing found himself Monday, in the sulky behind Foiled Again as he ...
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Ohio Sires Stakes finals set for Sat. at Scioto

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
The richest night in Ohio racing history will commence Saturday, Sept. 8, when eight, $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships score behind the Scioto Downs starting gate. A total of $2.2 million will be on the line for 2- and 3-year-old Ohio-sired, trotting and pacing colts and fillies. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (ET).   The Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) spotlights youngsters...
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HHYF announces scholarship winners

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is pleased to announce that Hanna Darrow of Dublin, Ohio and Katie Eick of Farmingdale, N. J., have been awarded the 2018 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship and the Sweet Karen Scholarship, respectively.   The $2,500 Curt Greene Scholarship honors an individual who has demonstrated a passion for harness racing and strives to achieve great things...
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Trustworthy Kid cruises at The Meadows

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
Trustworthy Kid took his time reaching the lead but was unassailable once he got there, cruising to victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Trustworthy Kid was looped from the gate and had to work hard to make the point in a :27.4 opening panel. But when Brian Zendt gave him a :29.1 second-quarter breather, he shrugged off the first-over challenge of Keyst...
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Western Stepp steps to Plainridge win

on 09/04/2018 2:00 AM
Western Stepp regained the top form she exhibited earlier this year at Plainridge Park as she won the $16,000 Winners Over Handicap Pace for fillies and mares on Tuesday afternoon at the Ridge.  Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) flew off the wings and took immediate control of the race, setting fast fractions of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:23. She was prompted for most of the mile by Shesjustadelig...
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Melodies Major, Hickfromfrenchlick, win NYSS

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) captured the first of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Monday at Vernon Downs. Both divisions raced for a purse of $56,500. Reigning Deo (Jim Morril Jr.) took the lead hitting the first quarter in :26.2.  The favorite, Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) took over before hitting the half in :55. He co...
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PA Stallion Series finals held in Philly Monday

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
A total of $320,000 was on the line Monday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia as the track hosted eight $40,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championships for two- and three-year-olds of the various classes.   This is the tenth anniversary year of the Stallion Series, designed to give Pennsylvania-sired horses who were still developing or perhaps just below the to...
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Slick Tony ties Harrington 3CP record

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
George Leager’s Slick Tony ($3.20, Montrell Teague) equaled the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts at Harrington Raceway on Monday with a 1:51.4 triumph in an $11,000 Open II event. The No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt set all the fractions and was an easy winner over Dialamara and Q’s Cruise in achieving his 16th career win in 22 starts. Slick Tony, also trained by Leager, tied the reco...
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Late-closers top Plainridge Labor Day card

on 09/03/2018 2:00 AM
The third leg of Plainridge Park’s late closing series for 2-year-olds of both gaits highlighted the action on Labor Day Monday afternoon, with big performances put in by both winners. The $15,000 Wood End Light Open for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Massachusetts-bred Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia), who got away third initially before taking a commanding three-length lead by the ha...
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Pat Lachance breaks leg when horse falls

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Mohawk Park racing surface was in peak condition for Saturday’s (Sept. 1) rich card of racing and Ontario’s top 3-year-old pacing colts took full advantage of the speedy surface in a pair of C$95,600 Gold Series divisions. Charged with warming up the sizeable crowd for the marquee events, the $C600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and C$651,000 Maple Leaf trot, the 3-year-old pacing c...
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Oakes-trained Bioness wins French-American

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
A second-tier Bioness (Brian Sears, $33.80) made one decisive move Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2), winning the $120,000 final of Yonkers Raceway’s French-American Trotting Club Series. The finale, wrapping a four-race series for imported French-breds, went at 1-1/2 mile distance and was the first of the four added-distance races. Away sixth (fifth after a breaker) from post position nine, Bio...
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Homicide Hunter leads Great Northeast winners

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured the fireworks a day before the Labor Day holiday as more than $1.5 million was up for grabs in the finals and consolation events of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds and the Great Northeast Open Series finals (GNOS), the latter conducted at 1-1/4 miles. Homicide Hunter stole the early show with a world record clocking of 2:22.2 in his respect...
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Fly Jesse Fly's 1:53.2 win equals Northfield mark

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
Fly Jesse Fly equaled Northfield Park’s track record for five-and-older trotting geldings when he won the $19,000 Open Trot in 1:53.2 on Sunday (Sept. 2). The mark was previously held by both Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016 and Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018. Jim Otto of Jefferson, Ohio, trains and co-owns the trotter with Robert Sidley of Painesville, Ohio. Chris Lems was in the sulky...
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Dorsoduro Hanover takes PA 3YO championship

on 09/02/2018 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono featured the fireworks a day before the Labor Day holiday, as over $1.5M was up for grab in the Championship and consolation events of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-olds and the Great Northeast Open Series Championships, the latter conducted at 1¼ miles.    PENNSYLVANIA SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS ($252,000 for...
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