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DSBF finals raced on Governor’s Day program

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway’s richest program of the season, the annual Governor’s Day program at the Delaware State Fair, was contested Thursday, highlighted by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3 year olds as well, three of which were won by driver Russell Foster, and program fixtures like the $40,000 Governor’s Cup for older horses.   The day showcases many of D...
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First Call gets last call at Vernon Downs

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) easily won the $5,500 Vernon Downs featured trot on Thursday.   Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to a first quarter in :28.1. First Call ($6.20), who is trained by Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, went first-over from third and blew right by and controlled all the rest of the fraction...
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Chasin' Dreams looks for first NYSS victory

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
Anette Lorentzon once thought Chasin' Dreams wouldn't make it as a racehorse, but the trotting gelding proved his trainer wrong. He not only made the races but will have a chance to earn his first stakes victory in New York Sires Stakes at Yonkers Raceway Friday.   Lorentzon purchased Chasin' Dreams as hip number 1259 out of the 2017 Harrisburg Sale for $35,000. At that point, the 2 year ...
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Grand Circuit stakes this weekend at Big M

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands hits its best stride in the final two weekends of live racing with many of the marquee Grand Circuit stakes desired by the connections of the top horses in harness racing taking place over the New Jersey mile oval.   The stakes begin on Friday with a pair of $20,000 elimination races for the Jim Doherty Memorial, a key race for the freshman trotting fillies and a tiara wor...
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Alarm Detector preps for Hambo with qua. romp

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
Last season's O'Brien Award winner for 2-year-old trotting colts, Alarm Detector made his final on-track appearance before the biggest test of his career in eight days time: the 2018 Hambletonian.   Alarm Detector was entered in a qualifier on Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park along with six other sophomore trotters. With regular pilot Trevor Henry at the controls, Alarm Detecto...
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Hambletonian post draw live on social media

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
The entries, post positions and harness racing morning line odds will be revealed for the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands during a live post position draw on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. The event will be streamed exclusively on the Meadowlands Racetrack Facebook page and YouTube channel. Fans should be sure to "Like" the Facebook page or "subscribe" to the...
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Helpisontheway, The Veteran score in NYSS

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
It was a dark and stormy Friday night, under which Yonkers Raceway hosted the $173,500 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The pair of $86,750 events were named for the late New York Knickerbocker standout, Hall of Famer and avid horseplayer. The opening division saw Helpisontheway (Brian Sears, $2.60) do his bidding from second-over. From post positio...
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Bye Bye Michelle best at Saratoga

on 07/27/2018 2:00 AM
Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) has been a force since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel a couple years back. Thriving out of several different stables over her time at the Spa, Bye Bye Michelle has done most of her damage locally while competing in the high level claiming ranks. At times, the veteran mare has raced in the Fillies and Mares Open and has had some solid showings against the tr...
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Always A Prince reigns in INSS 3CP

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Always A Prince, with Trace Tetrick in the bike, stole the show on a stakes filled card on Wednesday after powering home a winner in 1:48.4 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino to re-establish the track record for 3-year-old pacing geldings for the second time this season. Notching his 10th win of the season, Always A Prince used a sharp, front-running effort to capture his split of the $20,000...
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Wisdom Tree impresses in NYSS 3FP split

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
The heavily-favored Wisdom Tree (Betterthancheddar-Wisdom) displayed why everyone from the track handicapper to the bettors heavily endorsed her as she dominated the field in her division of the $120,400 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening.   Wisdom Tree (Kevin Cummings) left for the lead but had to work hard for it; gettin...
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First-time Burke starter Bella's Punkett scores

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Bella's Punkett released the 1-2 favorite, Expose Yourself, past the quarter, then charged past her in the lane to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 filly and mare conditioned/optional claiming trot.   Bella's Punkett was claimed from her last race at Harrah's Philadelphia by trainer Ron Burke for owner Howard Taylor for a base price of $12,500. Though she faced ...
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Lather Up sire I'm Gorgeous wins Osborne Mem.

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Although he is probably best known as the sire of top 3-year-old pacing colt Lather Up, I'm Gorgeous still has some get up and go on the racetrack. On Wednesday he won the $3,400 Jerome Osborne Memorial Pace, part of the Signature Series, at the Lake County Fair in line to Hunter Myers.   I'm Gorgeous sat the pocket behind his 5-year-old daughter, Gorgeous Road, through fractio...
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TT Conway, Lasa Dida Lady best at Saratoga

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
There were a pair of New York sired trot races that served as co-features on the Wednesday evening program at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The first of the co-features was won by TT Conway (Conway Hall) who toughed out a first-over trip before reeling in the race's big favorite Howd Ya Like That (Wally Hennessey) in the final strides.   TT Conway (Jay Randall) drew the r...
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French trotters winning across East Coast

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
When a plane full of French trotters flew across the Atlantic in early June with the destination New York, there was a great deal of uncertainty as to how these foreign horses would look, adapt and fare in their new surroundings. Early returns for the French American Trotting Club Trotteur Français horses have been extremely encouraging.   "We really didn't know what to expect goin...
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Alagna aims for second Adios trophy

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna has a shot to win his second blanket of Adios orchids in three years--two shots, actually, as he'll send out both American History and Babes Dig Me in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   Alagna captured the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill. His hopefuls for this year's 52nd edition are Adios elimination winn...
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Courtly Choice to supplement to Cane Pace

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Blake MacIntosh has confirmed to Standardbred Canada that the 2018 Meadowlands Pace champ Courtly Choice will be supplemented to the upcoming Cane Pace at the Meadowlands. The first leg of pacing's Triple Crown, the Cane takes place as part of the Hambletonian Day card of harness racing on Saturday, Aug. 4. Courtly Choice has won six of eight starts as a sophomore, including his two mos...
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Pick-4 wagering still strong at Meadowlands

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands' signature Pick-4 wager–always popular with the Big M faithful–has experienced an especially good run over the last three weeks, as the bet with the 50-cent base (and low 15 percent takeout) has seen at least $90,000 pushed through the windows each of the last six times it's been offered.   After a two-month stretch that saw the pool fail to reach the $100,000 mark, a ...
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Svanstedt looks to "plunge" into Hambo Oaks

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
When she is training or warming up, Plunge Blue Chip can be a handful for driver Ake Svanstedt. Once a race begins, she is a handful for her rivals.   A dozen days ago Plunge Blue Chip became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history when she won her division of the Delvin Miller Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters by a nose over Manchego in 1:49.4 at the Meadowlands. On Sat...
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Hallett, Reid & Lauder win SOANY scholarships

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Sandra Kaufman, chairman of the co-sponsored SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship Committee, has announced that Jessica Hallett is the winner of the 2018-2019 Scholarship Award in the amount of $5,000. The second-place award of $3,000 went to Savina Reid and Jennifer Lauer picked up the third-place scholarship award of $2,000. Hallett is currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University...
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Soph colt trotters head to Yonkers for NYSS

on 07/26/2018 2:00 AM
Not every good 3-year-old trotter finds his (or her) way into the Hambletonian.   There's a pretty fair Yonkers Raceway group gathering Friday night in the $173,500 New York Sires Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for the sophomore colts and geldings.   Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 p.m., with the pair of $86,750 sires stakes events—named for the former New...
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