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NA Cup, stakes elims in Weekend Preview!

on 06/07/2018 2:00 AM
There's a whole lotta racing going on this weekend, centered primarily at Woodbine Mohawk Park where there are eliminations for several major stakes, including the Pepsi North America Cup. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainers Jimmy Takter and Tony Alagna talk about changes they've made on their respective contenders, Lost In Time and Stay Hungry, for the NA Cup elims. Tra...
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Arch Credit wires field in Philly feature trot

on 06/07/2018 2:00 AM
Arch Credit and driver Andrew McCarthy never looked back in winning the $17,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the altered son of Credit Winner posting a new mark of 1:54.   Arch Credit posted fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:24.4, the last while shaking off the first-over bid of Pricelesspossesion. Through the stretch favored Mississippi Storm, ca...
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Cecere sweeps Plainridge features

on 06/07/2018 2:00 AM
Lindy Racing head trainer Domenico Cecere brought a group of their prospects from the farm's Somers, Conn. base for some early-season work. At the end of the day, Cecere trainees captured the pair of $10,000 conditioned trotting events at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon. In the first feature, Kinda Lucky Lindy (Greg Merton) got away second and sat the pocket behind On First (Mark Athe...
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Menary has contingent set for NA Cup elim night

on 06/07/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Dave Menary sends out several stakes prospects in elimination action this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including two from his own barn and one that he owns in the Pepsi North America Cup. Menary’s pair of Cup trainees, Topville Olympian and Dragon Time, race in the first and second eliminations respectively. St Lads Neptune, who Menary bought into earlier this season, goes in the...
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Pembroke Joey wins Pocono photo finish

on 06/06/2018 2:00 AM
Four $15,000 events for the "rising younger set" were the features on a Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Both of the pacing events were restricted to males. In the first, Pembroke Joey proved most photogenic in a three-way picture as he lowered his mark to 1:53.   Driver Tyler Buter got the Roll With Joe gelding into the pocket, then sat a two-hole trip...
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Caviart Shelly wins Plainridge feature

on 06/06/2018 2:00 AM
Caviart Shelly was razor-sharp in May and she kicked off June the exact same way, tripping out to a big win in the $14,000 fillies and mares winners-over handicap feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon.   Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) was fleet of foot leaving from mid-pack and grabbed the lead quickly. Iced Out (Greg Merton) was second until she made an uncharacteristic br...
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Hat Trick Habit rolls into Goodtimes

on 06/06/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Domenico Cecere didn't have to rebuild Hat Trick Habit, just tinker with some equipment, but like television's "Six Million Dollar Man," the horse has come back better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.   And the colt wasn't too bad to begin with. Hat Trick Habit, unbeaten in two starts this season, is preparing for Friday's eliminations of the Goodtimes Stakes...
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Prix D'Ete attracts 27 nominations

on 06/06/2018 2:00 AM
A near record number of 27 four-year-old pacers have made the final nomination payment to the $200,000 fifth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, Aug. 19.   The 27 remaining is just one horse shy of the record of 28 set last year.   Headlining the list of nominees is Filibuster Hanover, who is now four-for-four in 2018 for the Ron Burke Stab...
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Moosonee, Crystal Fashion win C & I splits

on 06/06/2018 2:00 AM
  Moosonee and Crystal Fashion, a pair of 3-year-old trotters with lofty aspirations, took a step in the right direction Wednesday at The Meadows when they captured divisions of the $110,260 Currier & Ives. Moosonee was in the pocket stalking the leader, Patent Leather, when Donatover moved on the outside into the final turn and appeared poised to pass them both. But Donatover b...
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Purpose Blue Chip sets record in NYSS

on 06/06/2018 2:00 AM
Purpose Blue Chip broke the Buffalo Raceway track record for 3-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday night in easily taking his $59,100 division of the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:56.2 mile over the fast track. He snapped the old standard of 1:56.4 set in 2014 by Cash Me Out.   In the other $59,100 leg for the sophomore male sidewinders, Don had little issues in putting away five r...
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Firebby supplemented to Roses Are Red

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Australian pacing mare Firebby has quickly made a name for herself in North America and her connections have opted to take a shot at the best by supplementing to the upcoming Roses Are Red Stakes.   A 6 year old, Firebby arrived in North America a few months ago and has since proceeded to win four consecutive starts. The 19-time winner started three times for trainer Tahnee Camiller...
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Sidewalk Dancer fastest in PA All-Stars 3FP

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
After the heaviest kind of favorite--the $2.10 to win variety--took each of the first two $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 3-year-old pacing fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on a chalk-laden Monday night, the third winner, racing in the 10th, paid more to win ($48.60) than the previous nine visitors to Victory Lane had returned combined.   The upse...
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Late bloomer Alexus Eh wins Ontario Gold

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Alexus Eh made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the first of two Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening and the three-year-old trotting filly recorded her fourth win in an early season that has come as a pleasant surprise to her connections. As a two-year-old Alexus Eh did not qualify until late August, and while her effort was solid it was also five to eight secon...
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Donatover's manners on trial in Currier & Ives

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
At two, Donatover was so fractious that he managed only three races and a modest $2,400 bankroll. This year, the young trotter has hit the board in all five starts with a pair of victories, including a convincing win in his Pennsylvania Sires Stakes opener.   Donatover's newfound manners will be tested in Wednesday's $110,260 Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows...
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Captain's Court ready for game-changing season

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, a winner of $3.1 million with a mark of 1:47.1, made an immense impact on the sport during his incredible racing career and now the two-time U.S. Pacer of the Year is ready to rock the industry again.   The first crop of Captaintreacherous 2 year olds have started rolling out in baby race action over the last few days at the Meadowlands and Gaitway Farm.   The t...
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Breakfast with babies Saturday at Mohawk

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park will offer a special owners' breakfast during baby races on Saturday, June 9. Connections of two-year-olds taking part in baby races this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park are invited to the complimentary hot breakfast. Food and drinks will be available beginning at 9 a.m. in the Terrace Dining Room buffet and connections are welcome to sit outside on the Mohawk Harve...
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29 entered in Pepsi North America Cup

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
The entry box for this year's Pepsi North America Cup closed Tuesday morning with the connections of 29 three-year-old pacers taking a shot at Canada's richest harness race.   The draw for this Saturday's eliminations will be released later Tuesday afternoon.   Below is the full list of 29 three-year-old pacers entered in this year's Pepsi North America Cup. American History Bab...
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Kentucky owner-breeder Jim Thompson dies

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
James Daryl "Jim" Thompson, 84, of Danville, Ky., died May 29 at his home. He bred and raced horses under the banner of Fountain Valley Farm.   Among Mr. Thompson's most accomplished performers were the homebreds Duke Duke and Whittingham. Duke Duke p,3, 1:52f ($667,457) was a stakes winner at the Meadowlands, Balmoral Park and Scioto Downs as a 2 year old and finished third to Histori...
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Maple Leafs' Carrick named NA Cup drawmaster

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to announce Connor Carrick, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, as this year's drawmaster for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The post position draw and media conference for the Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A native of Orland Park, Ill., Carrick, 24, was drafted in the fifth-rou...
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Kunkels enjoying homebred trotter Moosonee

on 06/05/2018 2:00 AM
Jim Kunkel celebrated his 71st birthday on Monday, but that wasn't the day this week he was most looking forward to enjoying. Not when his homebred trotter Moosonee is racing. Moosonee, a 3-year-old gelding bred by Kunkel and his wife Sandra, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first of two Currier & Ives divisions Wednesday (June 6) at The Meadows. Moosonee, who is eligible to...
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