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Sunday racing round-up

on 06/17/2018 2:00 AM
NLG Racing Stable's Nocturnal Blue Chip (George Napolitano Jr.) went gate-to-wire in Sunday's featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a pace for non-winners of $22,500 in their last five starts going for a purse of $18,000. Starting from post one, the 5-year-old gelded son of Bettor's Delight made an uncontested lead, setting fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.1, The Gareth Dowse trainee ...
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Mission Accepted wins OHSS 3CT split in 1:52

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
The trio of 3-year-old trotting colts who captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Friday night at Scioto Downs couldn’t be more different. All three are by different Ohio-registered stallions; none were trained or driven by the same person; and all have ownership connections from three different states. Mission Accepted, who captured leg one of this series on May 6 at Miami Va...
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Helpisontheway sets Tioga Mark in NYSS

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Helpisontheway (Tim Tetrick) won the $39,900 first division of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Friday, setting the track record for sophomore trotting colts with a time of 1:52.2. It was one of the three divisions of the NYSS that were held on Friday. Dan Patch Award winner Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears) made his 3-year-old debut on...
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Father Patrick freshmen impress at Big M

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Breakfast With The Babies sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farms took place at The Meadowlands on a grand Saturday morning (June 16) with clear skies, little breeze and temperatures in the mid-70s at 10 a.m. It turned out to be Father Patrick day as that first crop sire had five winners in the seven trotting races, an impressive showing indeed. Trotting fillies opened the card with W...
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Hannelore Hanover three-peats Armbro Flight

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover captured her third consecutive Armbro Flight Stakes on Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The reigning Canadian and American Horse of the Year was untouchable in the $250,000 event for trotting mares, as she completed a front-end mission with a :27.2 final-quarter to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:52. "Right now she couldn’t be any better,...
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Stride Of Pride repeats at Meadows

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Stride Of Pride busted out of jail at the top of the lane and went on to capture his second straight victory in Saturday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride was third into the final turn but in tight quarters along the cones. When Ronnie Wrenn Jr. angled him wide off the pylons, the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding brushed past Reggiano, who raced well first o...
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Sintra soars in Mohawk Gold Cup

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Sintra converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Jody Jamieson to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A strong field of nine pacers, featuring eight older heavyweights and 3-year-old Jimmy Freight, battled in the annual Invitational. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting early, cut...
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Shower Play, Shartin N win Mohawk stakes

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Shower Play arrived on the scene late to score with a wide rally in the $415,000 Fan Hanover on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Rene Dion and in rein to Louis Phillipe Roy, the Ontario-sired daughter of Shadow Play picked up her first major career score following a strong second in last week’s elimination to Kissin In The Sand. "Every time I drove her, even when I qu...
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Wrenn, Napolitano post 8-baggers

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr., continued his winning ways on Saturday winning eight times on the 16-race program at Northfield Park.    Wrenn’s triumphs were with World Of Gaming ($3.00) in race two, Lady Gallipolis ($5.20) in race three, Blues Queen ($2.60) in race four, Southwind Lea ($3.80) in race six, Stirling Euphoria ($4.20) in race 10, Feelin Red Hot ($7.60) in race 11, Stucklikeglu...
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Evenin Of Pleasure wins Yonkers feature

on 06/16/2018 2:00 AM
Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno, $5.20) was a two-move sharpie Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving the gate from assigned (and penultimate) post position No. 6, Evenin Of Pleasure found a three-hole behind 13-10 favorite Missile J (Brian Sears) and Artful Way (Mark MacDonald). The former led through early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3.  Evenin ...
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Shower Play spurts into Fan Hanover final

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
A force to reckon on the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots circuit last season, Rene Dion trainee Shower Play makes her Grand Circuit debut Saturday in the $415,000 Fan Hanover final on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Owned by Rene Dion along with partners Susie Kerwood and Martin Leveillee, the 3-year-old filly by Shadow Play from the Bettors Delight m...
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North America Cup night tickets are $10

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has issued a clarification regarding ticket prices for this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Admission to the Pepsi North America Cup is confirmed at a flat $10.   Fans who pre-purchased tickets through Ticketmaster were charged an additional $5.50 in service fees. Woodbine will offer those individuals with a pre-purchased ticket ...
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July 15 targeted for Big M sportsbook opening

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural and general manager/CEO Jason Settlemoir were in Atlantic City on Wednesday and Thursday this week attending the East Coast Gaming Congress at Harrah's Casino & Hotel, and the two are back in Atlantic City on Friday morning for a meeting with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as they prepare for what they hope is a July 15 opening of the sportsbo...
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NA Cup has familiar feel for Hayden Hanover

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
It's like déjà vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday's final from post 9. His elimination fi...
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Stella Hagemeyer dies at age 96

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Stella A. Hagemeyer, 96, died June 12. She is reunited with Maynard, her partner and love of a lifetime, who were married for more than71 years.   She was born in Bladenboro, N.C., on Dec. 23, 1921, as the daughter of Hattie and Hugh Chesterfield Adcox. Her only surviving sibling is Dorothy Sebastian. Other siblings that preceded her in death were Esther, Mella, Walter, J.C. and Willard. ...
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Taketothesky N flies late to win in Philly

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
In an unusually competitive race even by the high standards of Harrah's Philadelphia, the one working out the best trip was the Gotta Go Cullect mare Taketothesky N, who tipped wide to make the lead in midstretch and hold off Skippin By by three-quarters of a length, paying $90 to win in the $18,000 distaff pacing feature Friday afternoon.   Eric Carlson had the winner of $101,5...
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Speed on display Friday at Meadowlands

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Shady McCoy and Kaitlyn N both displayed high speed in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Shady McCoy won the fifth race conditioned trot in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.2 for trainer-driver Eric Abbatiello. The 5-year-old gelded son of S J’s Caviar cleared the lead just after the quarter, and after sprinting home in :28.1, hit the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front of Gold Med...
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Billy Dobson wins 4,000th career race

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Billy Dobson reached the 4,000 win plateau on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.  At just the age of 34, Dobson has piled up victories at an incredible rate since coming to Saratoga about a decade ago. The Michigan native quickly became one of New York’s top catch-drivers when he moved east and found a home at Saratoga. Dobson won his first local driving title in 2010 and wen...
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First-year pacers in Cardinal spotlight

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Juvenile pacers were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as two divisions of the Cardinal took place. The events are for Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The night’s opener was the first of the two divisions as Holden Steady was sent off as the choice with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Getting away quickly was the favorite as he was able to back down the open...
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Mach It A Par holds on in Yonkers feature

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) repeated -- barely -- Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Forwardly-placed from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a defection), Mach It A Par easily worked around Medusa (George Brennan). There were cheap fractions (:28.4, :58.1) before Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) tried it first-up from fo...
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