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MSRF for 2 year olds kick off at Ocean Downs

on 07/30/2018 2:00 AM
On a beautiful Sunday night, July 29, at Ocean Downs, two splits for the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes for freshman filly pacers went to the gate as races one and five.   The first race saw Stay Beautiful (Heston Blue Chip) with Allan Davis in the bike charge out of the gate from post seven, get parked for the first three-eighths of the mile and go on to win in 1:58.3 with Dance...
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"Magic" drive a perfect gift in Oaks

on 07/30/2018 2:00 AM
Tom Durand does not drive his horses in all their races, but the trainer was behind Blonde Magic this past Saturday in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination at The Meadowlands. And it was for a special reason.   Blonde Magic is owned by Durand's wife June, who celebrated her birthday two days earlier. Her birthday wish was for Tom to drive her horse in the Oaks. Blonde Magic, with Duran...
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Lazarus to make debut as Dan Patch supplement

on 07/30/2018 2:00 AM
After making his U.S. debut with a 1:48.3 qualifying mile Saturday, July 28, at the Meadowlands, the next time New Zealand-bred pacer Lazarus emerges will be for real.   If all goes as planned, Lazarus will be supplemented to the $300,000 Dan Patch on Aug. 10 at Hoosier Park for his first official race in North America. The event is for older pacers and restricted to the 10 highest ...
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Hambletonian Casino Night gets late donations

on 07/30/2018 2:00 AM
Some late entries have been made to the $10,000+ prize list for Casino Night at the Meadowlands on Friday, Aug. 3, and they include a magnum of fine wine from the collection of Communicator's Hall of Famer Murray Brown, a work of art by Standardbred owner Howard Schoor, 32" TV and five works of equine art, two of them featuring Dan Patch.   Tickets are still available for $50 and in...
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Classicality scores in Meadows Preferred Trot

on 07/30/2018 2:00 AM
Stuck in an uncharacteristic seven-race losing streak, Classicality changed tactics and snapped his skid with a rallying victory in Monday’s (July 30) $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality performed well enough during his losing streak, missing the ticket just once while racing at or near the front. To get that elusive win, however, Brian Zendt ducked from post six ...
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Crystal Fashion, Met’s Hall win preps for Hambo

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of talented trotters hit the winner’s circle in two divisions of the Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the trot at the Meadowlands Saturday night. In the first division of the final Hambletonian prep, Met’s Hall was bet down to 3-5 and made the quarter on the point in a leisurely :28. Another rated fraction followed and Met’s Hall was cruising past the half...
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Dr J Hanover sharp off layoff in Mohawk win

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
A freshened up Dr J Hanover returned to the races Saturday to capture the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 5-year-old Tony Alagna trainee was making his first start since June 9 and got the better of seven-rivals to post a 1:49.4 victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Dr J Hanover paced out to the early lead and posted sensible opening fractions of :27.1 and :56. Easy Lover Hanov...
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Plum Peachy divisions raced at Hawthorne

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
Coming off a night where Fox Valley Gemini won his 16th consecutive race to open his career in the Robert F. Carey, Jr. Memorial at Hawthorne, state-bred 3-year-old fillies were the focus on Saturday in two divisions of the Plum Peachy. Race seven was the first division of the Plum Peachy as Allbeastnobeauty was sent away as the favorite with Tim Curtin driving. Hustling away for the ...
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Bit Of A Legend N last to first at Yonkers

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
"Everywhere I drive people say to me, ‘This is my favorite horse.’ " Such was Jordan Stratton’s post-race assessment after slight choice Bit Of A Legend N ($7) went last-to-first Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,00 Open Handicap Pace.  Unsurprisingly away last from his eight hole confinement, Bit Of A Legend N watched the sort of scrum he needed develop. ...
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Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam takes Batavia feature

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
After a two-week furlough, Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam was back taking on a short but select field in the $10,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night and in the process, got back to his winning ways. Sir Ziggy’s Z Tam (Drew Monti) got away fourth as Classic American (Billy Davis Jr.) shot for the lead. The race got boring for the next five-eighths of a mile as position remained unc...
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The Meadows Grand Circuit wrap-up

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday’s card at The Meadows, which featured the $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also offered four additional Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $57,914 James Manderino — 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Scirocco Rob got some help when 3-5 favorite Joey broke stride...
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Rose Run Sydney wins Yonkers open trot

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
Lass Rose Run Sydney (Brian Sears, $6.10) beat the boys (and one other girl), then made ‘em cry Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot.  The weekly trotting feature was a flat-mile event, contested a handful of races after the day’s four, 1 1/4 miles, bigger-field ‘French’ forays. Away fourth from assigned post position five, Rose R...
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Two-year-old colt pacers vie in NYSS

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs hosted three divisions of the NewYork Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Sunday. In the third division of the NYSS ($35,866), Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) won for the fourth time in four lifetime starts. Melodies Major ($2.50) jumped out of the gate, took the lead and never looked back (:27.2, :57, 1:24.3, 1:53.1). Owned by Martin Scharf and trai...
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Chelsea’s Chance sets Batavia track record

on 07/29/2018 2:00 AM
Chelsea’s Chance took full advantage of a strong front-end bias at Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon as she went gate to wire in the $8,000 Open II trot, stopping the clock in 1:56.1 and breaking the track record for aged trotting mares of 1:56.2 set just last year by Skyway Priss. Chelsea’s Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) left from post one and never looked back. She set fractions of :28.2, :...
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Surprises in Doherty 2FT eliminations

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
The two eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old fillies on the trot were not safe for chalk players Friday night at the Meadowlands. Over a sloppy track that was battered by rain all night long, the first elimination saw the top two betting choices go off stride as Susy (9-5) faltered around the first turn and Speed Titan (5-2) on the final turn. That left the door open for the...
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Sonnet Grace wins Arden Downs to stay perfect

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Sonnet Grace extended her career unbeaten streak to four when she blew away the field in 1:56.2--matching her own national season’s mark -- in Friday’s $60,800 Arden Downs Stake at The Meadows. The Grand Circuit event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Judge Joe McGraw, was contested over three divisions, with Scirocco Donnahill and Windy Corner taking the other splits. Sonnet Grace ...
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Fox Valley Gemini wins 16th in a row

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Friday night at Hawthorne saw the return of the reigning Illinois-bred Horse of the Year as Fox Valley Gemini took to the track in leg three action of the Robert F. Carey Jr. Memorial. The Carey is for Illinois-bred 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers as each division went for $15,000. Race eight was the first division of the Carey as Fox Valley Gemini was sent away as the heavy 2-5 favorite wit...
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Firebby A captures Mohawk mares preferred

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Firebby A took care of business as the even-money favorite in Friday’s (July 27) $30,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 6-year-old Australian bred and driver Louis Philippe Roy shot out to the lead in a field of six and proceeded to call all the shots en route to a 1:53.4 score. Firebby A posted soft panels of :29, :57.4 and 1:26 before firing home in :27.4 over the "off" track...
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Lazarus, Lather Up 1-2 in 1:48.3 qualifier

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Breakfast With The Babies sponsored by Fashion Farms, final edition, got off with a bang Saturday morning at Meadowlands Racetrack when the heralded New Zealand import Lazarus N made his auspicious North American debut in dazzling fashion. For a first start, particularly in a qualifying race, Lazarus faced a very talented group including the 2018 North America Cup winner Lather Up and last seas...
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MacDonnell, namesake score in OSS split

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
After capturing a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots season opener, 2-year-old trotting filly Teddys Littleangel made a successful transition to the Gold Series with a victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening. Starting from post four in the first of three $51,072 splits, Teddys Littleangel landed in fourth as Giving It All took the field of eight to a :28.1 opening quarter....
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