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Napolitano wins 9,000th career race

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., the all-time leading horseman in The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono history, goes so fast that a mere pencil cannot stay with him. It took a check of the USTA computer to show that in Monday's 12th race, his victory with Myidealson N was the 9,000th of his top-notch career.   Napolitano became the 21st North American-based driver to get to 9,000 wins, and ra...
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Horseman Bobby Gray, 56, dies

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
New England horseman Robert Gary Gray,56, died June 10 at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 28, 1961, in Norway, Maine, the son of Hazel Toothaker Gray and the late Gary R. Gray. After finishing school Mr. Gray entered the Army and learned to drive trucks while serving his country. This was a skill that would stay with him for the rest of his life. Upon returning to...
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Cleveland owner Toni Linden, 104, dies

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
Antoinette "Toni" L. Linden, 104, has died. She was an avid Standardbred owner of Sly Attorney, a world record holder. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter; stepmother of the late Walter Jr.; devoted grandmother of Tommy; devoted daughter of the late Donato and Antoinette Latessa; dear sister of Donato (Victoria), Gerald (Angeline) and the following deceased Joseph (Flora), Elio (Paulin...
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Butch Dokey scores Ohio fair win at age 79

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
When Paulding track announcer Bill Peters called out the 2-year-old colt pacers for Tuesday's $3,490 Ohio Fair Racing Conference first race, quite a few fans double-checked their programs when they heard "driven by Merritt Dokey."   The 79-year-old Dokey, one of the Midwest's perennial leading drivers since he first started driving in 1966, had journeyed down from Plymouth, Mic...
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Wes Delight part of deep NA Cup finalists

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Harder says Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup might lack a prohibitive favorite, but it does not suffer from a lack of talent.   "Just because there's not a standout doesn't mean there's not a lot of good horses," said Harder, who will send out Wes Delight in the $1 million event for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "There is probably a bunch of them tha...
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Muscle Hill 2YO filly impresses at Pocono

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Corey Callahan guided the swiftest winner on both the trot and the pace during a morning session for 2 year olds at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Wednesday.   The filly Scirocco Donnahill became the first 2:00 trotter on a five-eighths mile track when she won in 1:59.2, setting all the pace and then tacking on a :29 last quarter. The John Butenschoen trainee is...
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Yonkers announces purse increase

on 06/13/2018 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced its latest purse increase, effective with the race week beginning Monday, June 25. The increases range from five to 10 percent, depending upon the purse of the race, with the lowest overnight purse moving from $9,000 to $10,000. The weekly Open Handicaps remain at $44,000. For more information, please contact the race office at 914.457.2627. (Yonkers)
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Some "spunk" and dead-heat action in OSS

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
When Tyler Smith steered Spunky Bottom Girl to victory in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies on Monday night at Northfield Park, it brought to fruition a long history of genetic luck for owner/breeder Ed Teefey.   "I bought the granddam of this filly, Princess Pan (2, 2:01.1, $14,205) some 10 years ago at the Meadowlands Sale," said Teffey...
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Cams Valentino sets 4PG world record on half

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Cams Valentino crossed the finish line faster than any other 4-year-old pacing gelding on a half-mile track in the history of harness racing when he won the $14,500 Open II in 1:49 on Monday at Northfield Park. The clocking also tied the all-age track record. The former 4-year-old gelding world record was held by Wiggle It Jiggleit (2016, Northfield, Montrell Teague) and the Northfield re...
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Wolfgang looks to cook up Goodtimes victory

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Wolfgang will try to continue his rise among Hambletonian Stakes contenders when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's $266,000 Goodtimes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Goodtimes is one of the stakes stops on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, which is the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters.   Two of the past four winners of the Goodtimes have gone on to captu...
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Posts drawn for $1 million Pepsi NA Cup

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
The post position draw for this Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup took place Tuesday during a noontime luncheon at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Woodbine Entertainment streamed the draw, which featured Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Connor Carrick performing the celebrity drawmaster duties.   Three Cup eliminations took place at Mohawk this past weekend, and the connec...
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Sue Brickell memorial service set for June 19

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Susan J. Brickell, one of the most stalwart of workers and supporters on the Pennsylvania Fair Circuit and the winner of the 2008 Mary Lib Miller Award, the highest honor given by the Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the Moffit Cancer Center of Tampa on May 19, one month before her 67th birthday.   ...
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Impressive 2YOs in action at Harrah's Philly

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Some very nice 2 year olds were on display during a morning qualifying session at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday. The barns of Noel Daley and Jim Campbell were especially hot, sending out four and three winning freshmen, respectively.   Among the highlights was the Somebeachsomewhere colt Union Station, named for bluegrass musician Alison Krauss' band, making sweet music...
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Hugh Mitchell joins Woodbine board

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (Woodbine) has announced the appointment of Hugh Mitchell to its Board of Directors. Mr. Mitchell is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Western Fair District in London, Ontario. Throughout his successful career, Mr. Mitchell has led the horse racing industry in various prominent roles including as the Chairman of the Board of Harness Tracks o...
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Slick Tony, America First win DSBF splits

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.60, Russell Foster), was a 1:53.4 winner in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. In the first of two divisions, Transitioning Joy came away with the early lead from his rail post position with Evolution Tour in the pocket. Favorite Slick Tony settled in thi...
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Jamie's Renegade, Ibetyoucanwiggle win DSBF

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Deborah Bozman and Jamie Bozman's Jamie's Renegade ($5.40, Russell Foster), made her Delaware Standardbred Breeders fund debut a winning one Tuesday with a 1:55.1 win in the first $20,000 leg at Harrington Raceway. The Pacific Renegade 3-year-old filly was making just her 5th career start and sprung a mild upset over pacesetting favorite Go Sandy Go with a strong surge in the stre...
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Ilana Z Tam wins PA Stallion division at 22-1

on 06/12/2018 2:00 AM
Stranded outside without cover past the half, Ilana Z Tam bowed her head, brushed past the leader and pulled off a 22-1 shocker in Tuesday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Seen At Rio Deo, Miss Hill and Zuluwarriorhanover taking the other splits. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. enjoyed a stake doub...
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LMC Mass Gem wins despite adversity

on 06/11/2018 2:00 AM
LMC Mass Gem overcame a double jump in class, post eight, a sloppy track, and being parked three-eighths of a mile before getting the top, surmounting the adversity to post a 1 1/4-length, 1:56.3 triumph in the $17,500 featured trot over a "sloppy" track Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The Muscle Mass gelding is certainly in the winning grove right now, having take...
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Somebeach to join Nova Scotia Hall of Fame

on 06/11/2018 2:00 AM
The great pacer Somebeachsomewhere will be inducted into the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame on Friday, night, Nov. 2. Among the most famous of the Nova Scotia Hall members is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.   The 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Night will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre. Four athletes, one team, and two builders wi...
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New Jersey Gov. signs sports wagering bill

on 06/11/2018 2:00 AM
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed a bill that allows sports wagering in New Jersey at racetracks, casinos, sites of former racetracks and online.   Monmouth Park, which partnered with William Hill US to operate its sportsbook, has been waiting for the governor to sign the bill--which had been passed by the state legislature on June 7--so it could begin oper...
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