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Special Kay Deo takes new Mark with Philly win

on 08/31/2018 2:00 AM
Special Kay Deo is in the form of her young life with the sophomore daughter of American Ideal taking a new mark of 1:52 while winning the $16,000 featured pace for distaffs Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.  Odds-on favorite Believe In Me brushed to the lead after a 27.4 initial split, and many then thought the race was for place behind a horse who had several decent recent fin...
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Icanflylikeanangel wins Batavia Trot feature

on 08/31/2018 2:00 AM
In four starts in the top trot class this year at the oldest lighted harness track in America, Icanflylikeanangel has not been worse than second. That trend continued on Friday night (Aug. 31) when he won the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Batavia Downs. Empire Earl N (Billy Davis Jr.) left hurriedly to grab the lead immediately off the gate. The remainder of the field hit the pylons behind him ...
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Truth And Liberty charges to take Tioga feature

on 08/31/2018 2:00 AM
Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charged late to win the $11,000 featured fillies and mares pace on Friday at Tioga Downs. Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.2, and 1:23.4). Truth And Liberty ($4.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was fifth at the halfway point. Second best at three-quarters, she flew down th...
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Newborn Sassy snags eighth win of season

on 08/31/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4.10) is just better than these right now. She proved it again Friday night (Aug. 31), handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s last-of-the-month $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Remanded outside her six rivals, Newborn Sassy was caught wide early, eventually settling in fourth. While this was transpiring, Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) worked around Fro...
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Inside look at PASS 2YO championships

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
Nearly $1.3 million in purses will be up for grabs Saturday at The Meadows when the track hosts all four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes freshman championships as well as a consolation in each division. The championships go for $253,000 apiece, with each consolation worth $50,000.   The championships go as races 6, 8, 9 and 10. First post is 1:05 p.m. Each championship offers storylines aplenty...
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Met's Hall, Prospect Hill delight Miller

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
Julie Miller endured some difficult moments with trotters Met's Hall and Prospect Hill during the winter and spring, but in the past two months the trainer's trepidation has turned to jubilation.   Met's Hall, who struggled with health woes, heads to Saturday's $169,183 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park off a win in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Tro...
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Last call for Lexington Selected Mixed Sale

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
It's the final call for entries for the new Lexington Selected Mixed Sale, as the main catalog is set to close on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Those wanting to enter horses should contact sale co-managers David Reid at (914) 773-7777 or Randy Manges at (859) 255-8431. The new sale comes at the conclusion of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Sunday evening, Oct. 7, following the Kentucky Futur...
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Freehold cancels Labor Day race card

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
Freehold Raceway has announced that live racing scheduled for Monday, Sept. 3, Labor Day, has been cancelled due to lack of entries.   According to Freehold general manager Howard Bruno, "With racing scheduled for Friday and Saturday, there weren't enough horses to support the additional day. Overall, it is increasingly difficult for us to compete in a market where we have the lowest...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
George Brennan has been one of Yonkers' leading drivers for many years, and there is nothing more he'd like to do than win his first-ever Messenger. Brennan spoke to Gordon Waterstone in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview about his chances with the Tony Alagna-trained Babes Dig Me in Saturday night's second jewel of pacing's Triple Crown at Yonkers Raceway. The middle jewel of trott...
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Ameliosi, PL Hercules best at Philadelphia

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
Ameliosi and P L Hercules both made stops in the Harrah’s Philadelphia winner’s circle on Thursday afternoon after winning their respective divisions of the $14,500 featured class for trotters. Ameliosi worked his way to the front for driver Victor Kirby, before repelling favored first-over Dot Dot Dot Dash and then holding off pocket rival Cantabs Lightning. Successive :28.4 quarters...
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American History wins KYSS in 1:48.1

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
The $30,000 second leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-olds took place on a perfect Lexington Thursday evening over the venerable Red Mile clay oval.   The glamour boys, a strong field of eleven pacing colts and geldings, were the last of the six stakes to be raced but provided the anticipated fireworks when American History (Andy McCarthy) and Thinkbig Dreambig (Jord...
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Trotters in Plainridge Thursday spotlight

on 08/30/2018 2:00 AM
Trotters took center stage at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon, and the top two classes both yielded strong performances. In a $12,000 conditioned race for 6-year-olds and under, Now’s The Moment (Shane Taggart) got away last while New World Goal (Mitchell Cushing) set the fractions for almost the entire mile. By the half-mile marker, three horses broke and Now’s The Moment...
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Ohio-sired 2YO trotters complete OSS legs

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
The temperature wasn’t the only thing sizzling on a scorching Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 28) at Scioto Downs as six $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested for 2-year-old diagonally-gaited specialists. These tests were the final leg in the four-round series and the outcome of each determined which youngsters are eligible to enter the $275,000 Championships at Scioto Downs on Sept....
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Eclipse Me N picks up second win in two days

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
The Real Desire mare Eclipse Me N, coming off a 1:51.4 mile from post nine – two days ago – returned to the red clay oval at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono just over 48 hours later, and far from looking any the worse for wear, she parlayed a class drop and an improved post into a 1:51.2 victory. Driver Simon Allard had the winner of $164,619 outside and second-over behind the lively co...
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Courtly Choice wins NYSS, now heads to Ohio

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
Courtly Choice made his Yonkers Raceway debut Tuesday night, toying with his foes in the $173,500 New York Sires Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The 1-20 favorite ($2.10), in rein to Dave Miller, was a two-move, 6 1/2-length winner in the first ($86,750 division). Away third from post 6, he dusted early (:27, :56.1; 1:23.3) leader Rockapelo (Jason Bartlett) ...
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Sophomores in KYSS action Thurs. at Red Mile

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
The second round of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old pacers and trotters is set for Thursday night at The Red Mile. Six $30,000 KYSS races open up the 13-race card which kicks off at 7 p.m. (EDT). Race 1 is the lone division for male trotters and the Jimmy Takter-trained stablemates Wolfgang and Tactical Landing will start from posts 1 and 2, respectively, in the 10-horse field. ...
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New $1 million 2YO trot announced for Red Mile

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
The Red Mile Renaissance continues with the creation of $1 million race for 2-year-old trotters slated for a blockbuster Grand Circuit weekend in 2019 at the historic Lexington, Kentucky harness track. The race for 2-year-old trotters, was initiated by the Hambletonian Society and received an enthusiastic response from host partners The Red Mile, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Ke...
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Jimmy Freight's got the 8 in Messenger

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
After a track-record performance in his Messenger Stakes elimination last week, Jimmy Freight will need to overcome the most unfavorable starting position at Yonkers Raceway -- post No. 8 -- in Saturday's $500,000 final. While that presents a degree of uncertainty regarding the colt's prospects in the race, owner Adriano Sorella is hopeful his horse possesses the skills to get the job done. ...
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Brian Sears reflects on 10,000 victories

on 08/29/2018 2:00 AM
It began innocently enough, back in 1984, with Alicia Blue Chip at Vernon Downs.   The lass, same as the driver, won just that lone race that season. But while "Alicia" would go on to win just 22 more races during her career, her driver would notch another 10,000—and counting—during his.   It was a bit more than 24 hours after Brian Sears reached that milestone w...
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