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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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French trotter Deo seeks 2nd win at Yonkers

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Deo already has one win under his belt since arriving in the United States as part of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York’s French American Trotting Club. Sunday afternoon, the trotter will seek a second local score for trainer Scott DiDomenico ahead of the series' first leg Aug. 5. Deo announced his presence with a victory in a $13,000 overnight for non-winners of two races lifet...
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Dorsoduro Hanover gives Ron Burke 1st Adios

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Victimized by brutal trips in his last two starts, Dorsoduro Hanover finally got the journey he needed and pounced on the opportunity to win Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids in 1:50.1 at The Meadows. American History, who won an elimination of the 52nd edition of the Adios, raced well first-over to finish second, 1 1/4 lengths back, while Hitman Hill,...
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Youaremycandygirl cruises in Adioo Volo

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Youaremycandygirl, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for freshman pacing fillies, has been fine at three but not as dominant as she was last year. Trainer Ron Burke thought her problem might lie in post parades. "Sometimes she goes on ‘tilt,’" Burke said, "And she wants to fight you the whole way." Thus, in Saturday’s $121,000 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows, Burke experi...
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Manchego, Phaetosive win Oaks elims

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Manchego and Phaetosive each won their respective eliminations Saturday for the Hambletonian Oaks, with Manchego capturing her division by 3 3/4 lengths over Lily Stride in 1:51.1 and Phaetosive victorious in her division by 4 1/4 lengths over Live Laugh Love in 1:51 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  The top-five finishers from each $50,000 elimination advanced to next week’s ...
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JJs Jet flies to Scarborough track record

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Some things just were made to stand the test of time, and after 25 years of being held as the gold standard, Hot Rod Falcon’s track record of 1:52.4 was beginning to seem like it would never be supplanted. Many horses came – good horses came – tasked with the purpose of etching a new benchmark into the Scarborough Downs record books, but year after year, time after time, all challengers f...
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Count On Cody sets Northfield 3CT mark

on 07/28/2018 2:00 AM
Count On Cody crossed the finish line as the fastest sophomore trotting colt ever at Northfield Park when he won the $6,200 Summit County Fair Stakes in 1:55.2 on Saturday. The former 1:55.3 three year-old trotting record was held by Buckeye Boss (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) from 2017.    Acadia Farms of Canfield, Ohio and G&B Racing of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania own Count On Cody.  O...
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