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Crystal Fashion, Tactical Landing win Hambo elims

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Filly Atlanta set the fractions, but it was Crystal Fashion and Tim Tetrick that reached the wire first in the initial $100,000 Hambletonian elimination Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. The Cantab Hall-Window Willow gelding stopped the timer in a world record 1:50.1, getting up in the final strides over the tiring filly. Met’s Hall rounded out the trifecta, and Evaluate and Hat Trick Hab...
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Western Joe scores in Sam McKee Memorial

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Western Joe and Scott Zeron were the fastest to the wire Saturday, August 4 in the $260,100 Sam McKee Memorial for free-for-all pacers, covering the 1 1/8 miles in a time of 2:02. The four-year-old son of Western Ideal-Ante Fay has become comfortable at the Meadowlands, picking up eight of his nine seasonal wins at the New Jersey oval. He finished ahead of McWicked while early leader Filibuste...
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Manchego wins Hambo Oaks in 1:50!

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Dan Patch Award winner Manchego took command early in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Saturday, August 4 and held off a challenge in the lane by slight favorite Phaetosive to win in a stakes record 1:50. It was yet another record performance for the team of Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter, who have won the last five Hambletonian Oaks. Plunge Blue Chip trotted third. Starting from post four,...
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Atlanta beats the boys in 93rd Hambletonian

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Scott Zeron, as he did in his elimination, sent filly Atlanta to the front and cut the mile in the 93rd edition of the $1 million Hambletonian. This time though, he made it stick late in the mile, keeping the Chapter Seven-Hemi Blue Chip lass in front of the boys to win in 1:50.4. The victory is the 14th by a filly in the sport’s most prestigious event, and the first since Continentalvictory i...
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50-1 Dream Together upsets in Steele Memorial

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Dream Together provided the biggest upset of Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. Driven by Bob McClure, the Muscle Hill mare, sent off at 50-1, came flying late to pass Broadway Donna in the $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for free-for-all mare trotters, stopping the clock in 1:51.3. She paid $105.60, $49.60 and $25.20. Drawing outside in the field of nine, Yannick Gingras left with Arian...
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Shartin N scores Lady Liberty triumph

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Favorite Shartin N made a move after the quarter and went on to score her 13th win of the season in the $197,400 Lady Liberty for free-for-all pacing mares Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. Driven by Tim Tetrick, the five-year-old mare covered the 1 1/8 miles distance in 2:04.1. Pure Country, winner of the 2017 edition, paced second and Blue Moon Stride was third. Shartin N took her ti...
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Ohio horseman Leo Gorfido dies at 83

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Leo Gorfido, 83, of Medina, Ohio, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, at Brookdale Medina South. He was born December 27, 1934 in Strongsville, Ohio. Mr. Gorfido was a home builder by trade and after retirement his passion became his horses, raising, training and racing at Northfield Park and Pompano Park. Mr. Gorfido was a lifetime resident of Medina, Ohio, and a proud 1952 Medina High School gradu...
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Ed Mullinax, owned Dragon Again, dies

on 08/04/2018 2:00 AM
Ed Mullinax, well known throughout harness racing from his days of campaigning Dragon Again and other horses, has died. A native of the Cleveland, Ohio, area, Mr. Mullinax became a successful car dealer and used the advertising slogan that emphasized pricing at his dealerships was "up front." Mr. Mullinax incorporated the "up front" phrase in the names of many of the horses he owned. More i...
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Jay Hochstetler, Nicole Agosti get first winners

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (Aug. 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25).. Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters.  Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled...
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Takter with 4 hopes for Hambletonian win No. 5

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter has an idea of what to expect in Saturday’s 93rd Hambletonian at The Meadowlands. The unexpected. Takter, who will send four horses into the sport’s grand event for 3-year-old trotters as he tries for a record-tying fifth win, said the Hambletonian is a race that rarely follows conventional wisdom. Only five favorites have won the Hambletonian in the 21st century, and three c...
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Frankie White, well known in racing, dies

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Frankie White, well know throughout harness racing for her work at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale office and before that, for many years at the Tattersalls office in Lexington, has passed away. Mrs. White was also the wife of Tom White, a Hall of Fame Communicator member for his work as publicist for The Red Mile, Scioto Downs and the Little Brown Jug. The couple was married 60 years. Franc...
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Prop bets available at Big M on Hambo day

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
With sports wagering now well underway in the FanDuel Sports Book at the Meadowlands Racetrack, FanDuel is rolling out some interesting and entertaining Hambletonian-related prop bets for the Hambletonian card on Saturday. One of the wagers will tie the horses in with a sporting event. It is a parlay requiring selection of the winners of the two Hambletonian elimination heats, the Hambletonian ...
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Ohio Sires Stakes 2YO trotters set for Monday

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions for 2-year-old diagonally-gaited specialists will be contested Monday night at Northfield Park. The seven OSS divisions in leg three of this four-round series include four races for colts and three for fillies, with a first race post time of 6 p.m.  Youngsters eligible to the OSS program must be sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio Stat...
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Freshman pacers race in PA Stallion splits

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing colts and geldings took to the track in seven divisions of their third preliminary in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Friday afternoon over a Harrah’s Philadelphia oval that was listed "sloppy" for the first five divisions, upgraded to "good" after some dry weather for the sixth, and then taken back to "sloppy" after a sudden downpour (races listed in order of their happen...
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Newborn Sassy wins 44G distaff at Yonkers

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4) rated her rivals into submission Friday night (Aug. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away alertly from assigned post position No. 5, Newborn Sassy worked around Caviart Cherie, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then pilfered a :29.2 second quarter (:57.1 intermission), effectively endi...
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Winndevie still unbeaten with NYSS win at Tioga

on 08/03/2018 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at a soggy Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). In the first division of the NYSS ($35,866,Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nips Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led them to a first quarter of :30.1, Amal Hall then took control leading them to a hal...
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Indiana SS action heats up at Hoosier Park

on 08/02/2018 2:00 AM
  The Hoosier State’s top trotters and pacers were on display at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, August 1 as the Anderson, Indiana oval played host to a stakes filled 14-race card. Six $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Finals were featured on the program and each division delivered some outstanding harness racing battles. It was a night ruled by favorites and Hoosier Park...
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Plainridge forced to cancel Thursday's card

on 08/02/2018 2:00 AM
The live racing card and all simulcast scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Plainridge Park has been postponed as a result of the Massachusetts Legislature adjourning without taking action on a replacement or extension of the live racing and simulcast bill before the end of formal business for the year on Wednesday.   The Senate will be holding an informal session on Thursday and...
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Electric Lad wins 50th race at Northfield

on 08/02/2018 2:00 AM
Electric Lad paced home for his 50th career victory, winning the sixth race at Northfield Park on Wednesday. The 13-year-old veteran, with 346 career starts, also has 51 seconds and 44 third-place finishes.   Electric Lad (Electric Yankee-Figmental-Precious Bunny) has career earnings of $436,459 with a lifetime mark of 1:51.2 at Hoosier Park at age nine. The pacer's richest win was ...
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Barn Girl wins 11th race of 2018

on 08/02/2018 2:00 AM
It was another day at the office for Barn Girl, as she rolled to her 11th victory in 15 starts this season in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl has finished first or second in each of those 15 outings.   Assigned the outside post position as usual, Barn Girl had little trouble grabbing the point for Aaron Merriman, thwarting the f...
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