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Delaware Fair starting gate arrives in Hungary

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
After a journey of more than 5,000 miles, the harness racing starting gate used for the prestigious Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, is now safely in the least likely of racing locations, Budapest, Hungary.   The starting gate is used to start the harness races. It has a special attachment with long wings that open up and close. The horses get behind the gate at their assigned post pos...
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Meadowlands issues release on sports betting

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that banned gambling on sporting events in all but a handful of states—including Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware—that had been grandfathered in when that law was passed in 1992. In a vote of 7-2, the judges ruled that the law is unconstitutional. Only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonio Sotomayer dissented from the majority....
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Alarm Detector, Emoticon win at Mohawk

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Alarm Detector, last season's O'Brien Award winner and William Wellwood Memorial champion, headlined a nine-race qualifying session Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The conditions were outstanding Monday with warm temperatures, a slight breeze and ‘Fast' track. Turning in his first qualifier of the season, Alarm Detector scored a comfortable 1:57.4 victory in the third-qualifier fo...
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Jim Morrill Jr. drives 7,000th winner

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. drove his 7,000th career winner on Sunday night (May 13) when he drove Indy Ingot to victory in the 13th race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Indy Ingot, trained by Joe Pavia Jr., won by one length in 1:54.3.   The 53-year-old Morrill set his career high for wins with 404 in 2012 and career high for purses with $8.21 million in 2009. He ranks No. 21 in ...
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Illinois horseman Brian Cotton dies

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Brian Philip Cotton, 31, of Fairfield, Ill., died May 11. He was a Standardbred driver and was also employed by ENS Metals.   According to news reports, on Friday afternoon, May 11,  Mr. Cotton was driving his 2015 Dodge Ram and ran under the trailer of a semi that allegedly ran the stop sign as it crossed the intersection of intersection of Illinois Rt. 161...
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Lost In Time vs. Stay Hungry in Saturday's PASS

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Whether or not the Kentucky Derby winner can justify the acclaim he is receiving by also winning the Preakness, racing fans gathered at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday will be treated to a spectacular card of racing, featuring three divisions of the $175,000 second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and two $30,000 divisions in the Great Nort...
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10 entered in Rooney; 2 elims to be contested

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Ten 3-year-old guys—six colts and four geldings—were entered for Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney Pace. The 28th Rooney begins with a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (May 19), each a five-to-eliminate-one affair. Those go as races six and eight during the 10-race card, with the first quartet in each returning for next Saturday night’s (May 26) $300,000 fi...
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Msnaughtyashill takes PA Stallion leg in 1:55.3

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Msnaughtyashill, who won her two Hoosier Park qualifiers by a combined 47 lengths, showed just how prepared for her seasonal debut she was when she drew off in a stake-fastest 1:55.3 in Monday’s (May 14) $80,000 PA Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Mighty Macko, Explosive G and Century Empress also taking $20...
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Little Ben gives Looney-King a birthday victory

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney-King celebrated her birthday in style Monday when her 7-year-old pacer Little Ben ($4.60, Victor Kirby) triumphed in the $15,000 featured Delaware Special at Harrington Raceway in 1:52. From his rail post position, Little Ben dictated the tempo and notched his second win in the last three starts. Silver Fox J followed him throughout and finished second, while Blazin...
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Grand Theft takes Plainridge series final

on 05/14/2018 2:00 AM
In a blanket finish that had four horses within a length of each other, Grand Theft got up in deep stretch to capture the $20,000 Henry David Thoreau Pacing Series final at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (May 14). Grand Theft (Greg Merton) got away sixth in the field of nine as even money favorite Mysharona Bluechip (Pat Curtain) bolted for the lead, registering a :25.4 first quarter i...
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Broadway Donna dominates in 5YO debut

on 05/13/2018 2:00 AM
According to her trainer, everything went wrong for Broadway Donna last year. That’s all in the past now. The Jim Campbell trainee made her return to the races Saturday night, and she got rave reviews from all who saw her dominate the field in the feature at the Meadowlands, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. "Last year, she got off to a good start," said Campbell. "But after...
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Wes Delight fastest in Reynolds divisions

on 05/13/2018 2:00 AM
It’s a Reynolds Wrap. The mercurial W.N. Reynolds Memorial found its way to Westchester Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting six divisions for 3-year-olds pacers of both genders. More than $132,000 was up for grabs in three ‘moist’ divisions each for the boys and the girls. The fastest male mile of the $23,066 per race trio was turned in by odds-on Wes Delight (Cory Callahan...
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New York racing round-up

on 05/13/2018 2:00 AM
Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) fired late to win the Vernon Downs fillies and mares feature ($7,000) on Saturday.  Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) took them to the first quarter in :26.2. Marquesa Seelster (Josh Kinney) then took over carrying the next fractions  (:55.2, 1:25.3). Love Live Laugh ($4.80) found herself in fifth after three-quarters. Owned by Diane W...
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Scioto’s “People’s Horse" second on opener

on 05/13/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday night, during Eldorado Scioto Downs’ 2018 opening weekend, Kirk Nichols’ Lucky Lime officially became "The People’s Horse" for the summer. Trained by Dan Ater and driven by his son Kyle, the 9-year-old gelding will have 10 percent of his earnings for the meet shared by his loyal followers who sign up for the promotion and attend at least 75 percent of his races at Scioto Downs. ...
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Great Northeast Series rolls on in Philly

on 05/13/2018 2:00 AM
The Great Northeast Series rolled on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia with the open pacers in action going for a purse of $30,000 each. The first division featured the return of soon-to-be million-dollar pacer Mel Mara (Corey Callahan), who qualified sharply in 1:51.3 here in preparation for his return. His bid for victory at first asking as a 9 year old was hampered by a break aft...
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Atlanta rallies four wide for Big M victory

on 05/12/2018 2:00 AM
The trainer of Atlanta has been quoted as saying his 3-year-old trotting filly will give unbeaten Manchego "a run for her money" during the upcoming stakes season, and Friday night at the Meadowlands, the daughter of Chapter Seven did nothing to make anyone think otherwise. In the feature, a conditioned event for trotters that included 3-year-old colt, and Hambletonian hopeful, Fashionwoodchopp...
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Live Love Laugh fastest in PASS 3FT splits

on 05/12/2018 2:00 AM
Parked to the three-eighths, Live Laugh Love still had enough in the tank to score in a stake-fastest 1:54.2—her third straight victory—in Saturday’s $168,237 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters, known as the Stenographer, was contested over three divisions, with What A Knockout and Lily Stride taking the other splits. David Miller enjoyed ...
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Kwik Talkin returns to Yonkers for Reynolds

on 05/12/2018 2:00 AM
Nearly a year after winning Yonkers Raceway’s signature race for 2-year-olds, the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Kwik Talkin will return to the Hilltop in Saturday night’s W.N. Reynolds Memorial. Kwik Talkin will start from post four as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the second of three $23,066 divisions of the Reynolds, his seasonal debut. "Since the Rooney eliminations are next week, we fig...
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Perfect Spirit remains unbeaten in Sweden

on 05/12/2018 2:00 AM
Perfect Spirit, the 2017 Hambletonian winner, will n Saturday’s Kings Trophy at Aby Racetrack in Sweden. Trained by Daniel Réden and driven by Ôrjan Kihlström, Perfect Spirit covered the 1-5/16th miles distance in a mile-rate time of 1:54.2. The win was the third straight for Perfect Spirit as the son of Andover Hall remained unbeaten in Sweden. The final time was a new track and st...
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Manchego returns with Big M qualifier win

on 05/12/2018 2:00 AM
Qualifiers went at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Meadowlands under overcast skies on a wet fast track with temperatures in the high 50s and a gusty 7-10 mph headwind in the stretch. Manchego headlined the qualifying card as the unbeaten Dan Patch Award-winning freshman trotting filly of last season made her first public appearance in 2018 and picked up right where she left off in the 2017 Breeders Cro...
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