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Hastagmadeyalook 1:55.4 Plainridge winner

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
Massachusetts native George Ducharme left his Vernon Downs base of operations to return home with two of his state-bred trotters and came away with two wins, two lifetime marks and a tie for a track record for his students after their day of work at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (May 17). Last year's Massachusetts Sire Stake 2-year-old champion Hashtagmadeyalook bounced back fr...
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Sintra qualifies in 1:53.4 at Mohawk

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
Canadian Pacing Derby champion Sintra returned to the track Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park for his first qualifier of 2018. The sun was shining and the track was ‘Fast' for the nine-race qualifying session. However, a strong wind played a big factor by helping the horses through the lane and making the backstretch journey a challenge. The first-qualifier of the morning saw Sint...
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Marion Marauder makes 2018 debut Sunday

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
Two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder will open his 5-year-old season Sunday (May 20) by traveling to a track he's never visited previously, even if it is still in North America rather than Scandinavia. Marion Marauder will head to Harrah's Philadelphia, where he meets six rivals in the Great Northeast Open Series for older trotters. There was hope during the winter that Marion Ma...
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Canada announces Caretaker Appreciation

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
Caretakers are the unsung heroes of harness racing, and are critical to the success of any horse in any stable and charged with the responsibility of making sure the horses they care for are happy and healthy, physically and emotionally. Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce a new initiative to recognize and reward the caretakers in the Standardbred industry, National Caretaker Appreci...
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Caviart Ally scores again; first win for Fonseca

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
The 2017 Jugette winner Caviart Ally, despite being first-over and then facing a flying Princess Fabulosa late, nonetheless dug in to record a neck victory over her late-charging rival in the $18,000 distaff featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. The daughter of Bettor's Delight, trained by Noel Daley for the Caviart Farms, was sent uncovered near the half by Andrew McCart...
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Newborn Sassy wins Friday distaff at Yonkers

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $2.60) did not play fair Friday night (May 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in obnoxiously facile fashion. This field, reduced to a half-dozen after a mid-pack defection (ill), found Newborn Sassy and Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell) hooking up early. The former, from what became outside post position No. 6, ...
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Ned Hodkinson wins Billings Trot at Scioto

on 05/18/2018 2:00 AM
Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, was on the move again on Friday, May 18 with a trot in the series mid-west region at Scioto Downs and when it was completed Ned "the Insurance Man" Hodkinson emerged victorious with his old warhorse, Mutinyonthebounty after they turned back seven others in the 2:00.1 trotted mile. Hodkinson, a longtime ...
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Manchego to make first start Monday in PASS

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
Undefeated champion filly Manchego makes her 2018 seasonal debut Monday (May 21) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, racing in the $56,480 tenth race division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting misses. Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic bred by Brittany Farms LLC and owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liv...
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Trevor Henry wins Ontario Regional

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
By virtue of three wins in the nine-race tournament, Trevor Henry captured the 2018 Ontario Regional Driving Championship (ORDC), held Wednesday evening (May 16) at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. "These guys are all great drivers and it was tough. Half mile track, I kinda suit that. It worked out tonight," said Henry. Henry, who hails from Arthur, Ont., made his Lon...
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Connor hopes dreams come true

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
Chuck Connor Jr. stood in the race paddock at the Meadowlands Racetrack one recent morning and looked around at the 2-year-old trotters and pacers on hand for a training session at the North Jersey oval. "Right now, everyone has got hope," Connor said. "This is where the dream starts." Connor would like to be living the dream in several months when the 2 year olds are in the midst of their ...
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Blooded Horse Sale strong at new venue

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
Horsemen flooded to the Champions Center, the new site for the Blooded Horse Sale, in Springfield, Ohio, on May 15, seeking racehorses and breeding stock among the 404 cataloged. It was the strongest Spring Sale in its 55-year history with a lot of happy sellers and happy buyers.   "Everyone seemed to appreciate the fresh new venue," said sale manager Jerry Haws. "It's bright, spaci...
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Campbell brings trio to PASS 3CT opener

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
When Fashionwoodchopper won last year's Pennsylvania championship for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at 38-1—from post 8, no less—he surprised everyone but his trainer, Jim Campbell. "We liked him all along, but it took him a little while to get himself set," Campbell said. "I'm really happy with the way he's come back." Fashionwoodchopper leads a trio of talented Campbell-trai...
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High Glider sold, being exported to Sweden

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
High Glider, 4-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Highland Ridge, has been sold to Brixton Medical of Matawan, NJ, it was announced by Sue Agopian, a principal of Deo Volente Farms. Unraced at two, High Glider was painstaking prepared for his 3-year-old season by rising star Marcus Melander and lovingly groomed by caretaker Elise eventually trotting in 1:55.1f at three while earning $91,109....
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MDSS 3YOs in action at Rosecroft

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
As a freshman trotter in 2017, GaaGaa Gone did a lot right. The daughter of Googoo Gaagaa won eight of 10 starts and made $44,217 for trainer Shaun Callahan.   Her only blemishes came in the two fall finals of the Maryland Sires Stakes program. After a flat seasonal debut last week, on Wednesday night at Rosecroft Raceway, with owner Corey Callahan in the bike, she took care of...
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Empire Breeders 3YO Trot elims Friday at Vernon

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
On Friday night, Vernon Downs will host five $12,500 elimination races for the Empire Breeders Classic, the first major event of the season for 3-year-old trotting fillies and colts, as races five through nine.   The box was overflowing with entries for the filly division with 26 declared for the eliminations, resulting in three divisions with the top three on the official order of ...
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Trotting 4 Charity hits home for Harris

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
For Andrew Harris, the inaugural Trotting 4 Charity event speaks to his two biggest loves--harness racing and his wife Amanda.   The New Jersey-based trainer is thrilled with the promotion organized by TrotCast's Ryan Macedonio, which will be held May 18-20 at racetracks throughout North America. Participating drivers and trainers will wear a custom-made replica jersey of their own...
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Camluck Classic field announced

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
The Raceway at Western Fair District has finalized the details for what promises to be one of the biggest days in Canadian harness racing this season when it hosts the inaugural Camluck Classic program on closing night, Saturday, May 26.   Killer Martini, himself a son of Camluck who started his racing career at "The Raceway," will head north of the border for owner-trainer Ric...
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Kaplan named Canadian Hall of Fame president

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
A capacity crowd of racing industry supporters, Hall of Fame-honored members and incoming inductees were expertly guided through a jam-packed agenda by Master of Ceremonies and CHRHF-honored member Jim Bannon during Wednesday evening's annual Hall of Fame President's Reception. The proceedings fittingly began with CHRHF President John Stapleton reflecting on the success of the 250th Anniver...
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SOANY director Edward Fucci Sr. dies

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
After a courageous three-year battle with brain cancer, Edward Fucci Sr., 56, died peacefully at Rosary Hill on May 16. Mr. Fucci was a longtime Standardbred owner in New York and served on the board of directors of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York.   He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann;children, Edward Jr., Amanda, Christopher, and Danielle; granddaughter, Sofia; soon...
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NJ Commission's Zanzuccki announces retirement

on 05/17/2018 2:00 AM
New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) executive director Frank Zanzuccki said Wednesday he will be retiring from his position effective July 1.   He made the announcement at the NJRC meeting at Monmouth Park. No replacement has been named.   Zanzuccki joined the NJRC in 1978 and served in various positions prior to being appointed executive director in 1992.   ...
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