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Kindergartners back in class Friday at Meadowlands

on 10/22/2020 12:36 PM
The Kindergarten Classic for 2 year olds and a veteran standout looking to get back on track are the top storylines this weekend at the Meadowlands.   On Friday, eight divisions of the Kindergarten’s third leg for 2 year olds will hit the track. There will be two divisions each for horses of both sexes and gaits.   Next week, the Kindergarten will have its fourth and ...
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WIJI's full brother wins on Harrington closer

on 10/22/2020 8:47 AM
The 74th season of live harness racing at Harrington Raceway came to a close on a beautiful fall evening in central Delaware where a 12-race program was contested.  Driver Allan Davis claimed his second driving title at the track with 64 wins. Montrell Teague, Art Stafford Jr., Tony Morgan and Victor Kirby rounded out the top five. The 44-year-old Davis is the son of local lege...
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Before I Die wins Batavia feature; Sarama reaches 1,000 wins

on 10/22/2020 8:41 AM
A rain-soaked track greeted horsemen for the night’s proceedings at Batavia Downs on Wednesday but stellar performances were still on display, especially by top class winners Before I Die and Tellawoman.   A scratch-shortened field of six horses went to post in the $8,500 Open I Handicap trot and the race turned into a tale of two races. Chapter one was Il Mago (Jim Morril...
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London Virtual Sale concludes with four $100K yearlings

on 10/22/2020 8:31 AM
Max Shadow, sold to Samuel Taylor of Lucan, Ont. for $113,400(C) on Wednesday afternoon in the third and final session of the 2020 London Virtual Yearling Sale hosted by onGait.com, making him the fourth six-figure yearling to change hands this week. The son of Shadow Play out of Lady D M p,2,2:00.1h, 3,1:52; 1:51 ($634,732) is a half-brother to three under 1:55, including Ontario Sires Stakes G...
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Southwind Timonium yearling videos online

on 10/21/2020 8:52 PM
Videos of the SOUTHWIND FARMS yearlings that have been consigned to the StandardbredHorse Sales Yearling Sale in Timonium, Maryland (November 3- 5) are now available on the Southwind Farms website (www.southwindfarms.net)​ The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colts and fillies by Muscle Hill, ...
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Diamondtequilashot a convincing winner in Meadows feature

on 10/21/2020 8:05 PM
Diamondtequilashot moved smartly first over and rolled to a convincing victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Diamondtequilashot was third near the three-quarters when Tony Hall sent her after the leader Touchamatic. The 7-year-old daughter of Palone Ranger-Straitequilanite overpowered that rival and held off the late rally of...
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Baudron excited for Breeders Crown with ‘Cuatro’

on 10/21/2020 8:04 PM
When it comes to a preference in horses, Standardbred or Thoroughbred, Louis Baudron has only one. "My preference is they are good," Baudron said with a laugh. "When you have a good horse, I don't care if it's a trotter or a Thoroughbred. We try to find the good one." Baudron, a native of France and the 34-year-old grandson of renowned horseman Jean Pierre Duboi...
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McCarthy sweeps Simpson pacing stake at Philly

on 10/21/2020 8:02 PM
Driver Andrew McCarthy guided all three winners in divisions of the $96,801 Hardie Hanover, the John Simpson Sr. Memorial stake for three-year-old pacing fillies that was raced Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Two divisions of the $86,600 Elma, the companion Simpson stake for sophomore trotting fillies, were also contested.   Fastest among the three McCarthy winners, ...
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Burke, Miller ready for 2YO Crown eliminations

on 10/21/2020 3:05 PM
Ron Burke and Julie Miller have three of the four richest 2 year olds in Friday’s Breeders Crown eliminations at Harrah’s Hoosier Park — Venerate, Southwind Gendry, and Blue Diamond Eyes — and both trainers feel good about their entries overall as they prepare for the night. Hoosier hosts $25,000 eliminations for 2 year olds and 3-year-old fillies Friday. The top-five...
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Ramona Hill, Southwind Tyrion on sidelines

on 10/21/2020 2:14 PM
Trainer Tony Alagna told harnessracing.com Wednesday afternoon that he has scratched Ramona Hill from the Breeders Crown eliminations on Friday night at Harrah’s Hoosier Park after the Hambletonian champ came up sick.   In addition, the world champion 2-year-old trotting colt Southwind Tyrion was not entered in the Breeders Crown because he came down with a slight cold when he was...
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Owner, amateur driver Lon Frocione dies

on 10/21/2020 12:03 PM
Lon Frocione, 88, who served for 15 years on the USTA board of directors and campaigned several top stakes winners, died Oct. 21.   Mr. Frocione became interested in the Standardbred sport in 1959 after having met several racing fans while working as a salesman. He adopted their interest and soon became an owner, trainer and driver.   He had a deep interest in amateur drivi...
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Details for KY series at Oak Grove

on 10/21/2020 10:47 AM
Details about the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund Series at Oak Grove next month have been announced.   All two and three-year-old horses that made all sustaining payments to be eligible for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes Program and/or 2020 Kentucky Fair Program.   The series will be contested with one leg and a final. The leg divisions will be raced for a purse o...
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With drop in class, Sansovina Hanover wins

on 10/20/2020 9:14 PM
Racing confidently down in class, Sansovina Hanover made the lead early and made it stick late in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Jim Pantaleano didn't rush Sansovina Hanover from the gate, but when the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up quarter-poled to the point, she had plenty in reserve to hold off Always G...
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Filly Artful Dancer 1:52 winner of Harrington FM feature

on 10/20/2020 9:11 PM
Artful Dancer ($6.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner in the featured $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Josh Green, the Yankee Cruiser filly led most of the way and held off a game first-over challenge from Soho Burning Love A, who finished second, for her sixth win of the year. She was the only filly in the field. Apple Bottom Jeans sat in the pocke...
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Racine Bell scores in 1:53.2 in Saratoga FM feature

on 10/20/2020 9:09 PM
The Dave Dewhurst-trained Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty’s Artist-Real Artist) was a superstar in the New York Sire Stakes circuit this summer for the second consecutive year. After the conclusion of her stakes career in September, the super sophomore has become a regular in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   On Tuesday afternoon, the 3-year-old filly worked hard...
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Crossfit minds manners, wins Pocono feature

on 10/20/2020 4:36 PM
Crossfit minded his manners, controlled the front end from an improved post, and easily won the $12,800 claiming handicap trotting feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Tyler Buter hustled the Donato Hanover gelding to the lead in front of the stands, rated the half, then got a :56.4 back half out of him to finish out the mile in 1:54.4, with pocket-sittin...
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161 entered in Breeders Crown championships

on 10/20/2020 1:48 PM
Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. The nine divisions that required eliminations will be raced this Friday and Saturday night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Open Pace (10), Open Trot (10) and Mare Trot (8) will go directly to the finals on Sat. Oc...
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Fox Den Farm, agent yearling videos now available

on 10/20/2020 10:40 AM
Our yearling videos are now online at: http://www.foxdenfarm.com/2020-shs-yearlings.html and include these standouts: #246 – Italktheline - full sister to fast 2YO BETTOR NOT TALK, #472 - San Antonio Stroll -second foal from $195k stakes winning, NELLY HANOVER, #518 - Franks Tea Party - sister to a multiple stakes winner by hot 2YO sire Southwind Frank, #537 - Shimmy Shimmy Bop - first foa...
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Horseman Wally "Red" Ross dies at 80 in Florida

on 10/20/2020 9:17 AM
Popular horseman Walter “Red” Ross Sr. died Sunday, Oct. 18, in a South Florida hospital. He was 80.   A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Ross began his career as a trainer and driver in New England after being schooled in the sport by his grandfather, Howard Britt. Mr. Ross obtained his trainer-driver license shortly after graduating from high school and won his first ra...
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Two $100K-plus yearlings top London Virtual Sale opener

on 10/20/2020 8:44 AM
Thirty-five yearlings sold during the first session of the 2020 London Virtual Yearling Sale hosted by onGait.com on Monday afternoon. Goldrush Seelster, a son of Bettor’s Delight and the first foal from the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner Glamour Seelster, brought a winning bid from Gregg McNair of $201,000C ($154,000 US). Amanda Fine was the high bidder on Shanghai Seelster for $152,...
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