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SBSW starter Lather Up wows connections

on 05/30/2018 2:00 AM
Ask owner Gary Iles about his 3-year-old male pacer Lather Up and he will tell you, "He's got quite a story, no doubt about it." The story, which includes a tricky birth and near-fatal illness, begins with a mistake. How it ends is anyone's guess, but the tale has taken another compelling turn with Lather Up a perfect 3-for-3 in 2018 as he prepares for Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at ...
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Brennan wins with Touchmatic in Philly

on 05/30/2018 2:00 AM
Driver George Brennan, coming to Harrah's Philadelphia for a single drive on Wednesday afternoon, certainly picked the right horse for whom to make the journey, guiding the American Ideal mare Touchmatic to a new mark of 1:50, lowering her old standard by three full seconds, in taking the $17,000 featured pace for distaffs. Brennan moved Touchmatic out from fourth just past the half, and go...
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PASS to Done Well, Wes Delight, Dorsoduro

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
All three winners in their $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 3-year-old pacing colts were impressive in their own way, so we'll just follow the chronology of the evening in reporting their victories. First to the track, and to the winner's circle, was the Well Said colt Done Well, who was undefeated in four starts when his freshman campaign ended after Aug. 7. After ...
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Jula Downton 1:54.3 winner in Ont. SS

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
Upsets were the name of the game as the 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings made their Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening. The favorites in both $97,200 Gold Series divisions made early mistakes that left the door open for their less celebrated peers, and Jula Downton and Tinas Majesty took full advantage. In the first division fan favorite, and 2017 Gra...
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Yonkers Raceway sold to MGM for $850 million

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway were sold Monday (May 28) to MGM Resorts and its real estate company for $850 million, ending the 46-year ownership by the Rooney family. The sale includes the assumption of about $245 million in debt.   "Our vision for this property has always been to develop it into one of the world's greatest entertainment destinations," said Tim Rooney, pre...
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55 still eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
The Pepsi North America Cup is nearly here and a total of 55 three-year-old pacers are eligible to be entered in the eliminations scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The final sustaining payment for Canada's richest harness race was due May 15 and payments for 55 of the previously 70 eligible sophomores were submitted. This year's Pepsi North America Cup originally attr...
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Cinder Block 5 for 5 at Harrington meet

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
Don Marine's Cinder Block ($5.40, Mike Cole) improved to five-for-five at the current meet with a 1:55.2 victory in the first race on the program at Harrington Raceway Monday. The Rockabillie colt emerged the leader in deep stretch after following race favorite and pacesetter Sip And A Bite most of the year. Trained by Kyle Moore, it was a new lifetime mark for Cinder Block. Cole had four ...
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USTA needs letters to oppose House bill

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
In the June 2018 issue of Hoof Beats, USTA President Russell Williams outlined the USTA's opposition to the proposed legislation, H.R.2651, being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. We're calling on everyone in the harness racing industry to contact their local legislators to express your opposition to this bill. Read on to find out how and why. If you need further informati...
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Lost In Time headlines SBSW divisions

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
A stakes-filled card with major Pepsi North America Cup implications is set for this Saturday evening (June 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series will make up half of Saturday's card with three divisions of each event to be contested. A big turnout for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes has 28 three-year-old pacers split into three $60,000 divisions. The e...
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Empress Deo posts third win at Harrington meet

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
Empress Deo ($4.40, Montrell Teague) registered her third win of the meet with a powerful 1:52.3 triumph in the $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare led virtually wire-to-wire over Shesarocker and I'm Won Rum Wiser for trainer Wayne Givens. It was the 29th career win for "Empress," who is owned by the Legacy Racing of Delaware Stable. Ja...
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Grismore gets 7,000th win with his son's horse

on 05/29/2018 2:00 AM
Northfield Park regular Greg Grismore scored his 7,000th career victory aboard Nehemiah on Tuesday (May 29) night. Grismore and Nehemiah didn’t get the easiest of journeys to score the milestone victory. Nehemiah was parked every step of the mile and had to sustain a three-wide bid around Lucky Match (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) before clearing at the top of the stretch and fending off late pr...
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Maui Mama wins Beulah Dygert leg by neck

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Sunday night at Hawthorne featured trotters as Illinois conceived or foaled three-year-olds were showcased. Two legs of the Beulah Dygert Memorial for fillies were conducted along with leg one action for the boys in the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial. Race two Sunday was the first leg of the Beulah Dygert Memorial as a field of six lined up. Trotting Grace was the even money choice but it was Goo...
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Four Socks one of four wins for Hennessey

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Dodging a major weather "bullet" as Tropical Storm Alberto roared alongside, Pompano Park got its Sunday night show in featuring Four Socks scoring a "three peat" win the Open Pace, four trainers being honored as winners of the track's incentive program and Wally Hennessey hitting yet another grand slam. Four Socks, superbly handled by Hennessey, led from first long stride to the wire to score ...
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Three 1:55 winners in PA Stallion 3CT leg

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Five divisions of the second preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old colt trotters went gate-ward Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the current parity in the group was reflected by the fact that three divisions went in 1:55 and the other two in 1:55.1. Two of the 1:55 winners were altered sons of Explosive Matter, and that pair also became the...
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Norma Rei in back-to-back wins at Bluegrass

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Norma Rei, a 7-year-old daughter of Cheyennne Rei, won opening night at Bluegrass Downs and came right back to repeat on Sunday evening. The winner of almost $60,000 lifetime has a mark of 1:50.4 set at Lexington as a 4 year old. She is owned by trainer George Anthrop and Steven Noffke of Michigan. Norma Rei scored via a front-stepping effort on Friday night in 2:00.1 and via a closing effort o...
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PA fair supporter Sue Brickell passes at 67

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Susan Brickell, one of the most stalwart of supporters and workers 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 in Florida on May 19, one month before her 68th birthday. At the time of her passing she w...
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Canadian journalist, owner, fan Ralph Sucee dies

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Longtime Standardbred industry participant Ralph Sucee passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 26, with family by his side at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Ont., at the age of 63. Ralph was a successful journalist in the harness racing community, contributing articles for decades to publications such as TROT Magazine, Hoof Beats and The Canadian Sportsman.  An ow...
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Atlanta sets 1:50.3 all-time Vernon trot record

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Atlanta (Scott Zeron) dominated the 3-year-old trotting fillies in the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic final at Vernon Downs on a spectacular Memorial Day matinee. She not only set the mark for sophomore trotting fillies, but her time of 1:50.3 was the fastest mile ever by a trotter at the Miracle Mile. More records fell on this day as well. After Seven Karats (Yannick Gingras) led going t...
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PA Stallion Series for 3YO filly pacers contested

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
There were six $20,000 divisions of the first preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah’s Philadelphia on a special Memorial Day Monday (May 28) card of racing. Three of the heats went in 1:53.3 and three went in 1:54.2. Leading sire Somebeachsomewhere sired three of the winners -- all three of the 1:54.2 winners. The first of the great...
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AJ Destiny 29-1 upset winner at Saratoga

on 05/28/2018 2:00 AM
Monday’s (May 28) matinee at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured some big upsets by trotters. Miss Flora (SJ’s Caviar) set her lifetime mark at the Spa last year when she trotted to a 1:55.4 score and on Monday she made her return to town to compete in an $8,500 trotting event. The Mario Dessureault-trained Miss Flora was piloted by Phil Fluet and was dismissed at odds of 17-1 when she sprun...
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