Andy Miller goes from Futurity chair to PA fair finals

on 10/12/2020 7:56 PM
Stickler Hanover and Dream Dancing repeated as Pennsylvania Fairs champions, and the unlikely duo of Andy Miller and trainer Todd Schadel teamed up for three crowns Monday at The Meadows. The Meadows hosted all eight fairs finals with a number of horsemen enjoying big days. Brady Brown collected a pair of titles, as did Chris Shaw — both for trainer Mitchell York. Rick Beinhauer also re...
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Goldberg wins Harrington feature for Montrell Teague

on 10/12/2020 7:47 PM
MST Racing Stable's Goldberg ($4.40, Montrell Teague) was a 1:53.2 winner Monday in the $15,000 conditioned pace feature at Harrington Raceway. The Brenda Teague-trainee set all the fractions in his 1-length win over Vapour N and Princeoftheforest. It was the sixth win of the year for the 4-year-old Mr. Wiggles stallion owned by his driver. Goldberg's win was one of three straight on ...
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Mass-bred Finnbar wins Plainridge Monday feature

on 10/12/2020 7:10 PM
Massachusetts-bred Finnbar took advantage of a favorable draw and made an early move that proved fruitful as he won the $15,500 pace for 4-year-olds and under at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 12). Finnbar (Shawn Gray) got away fifth as Stihl N (Kevin Switzer Jr.) led the troops through the first turn, but Gray tipped quickly before the quarter and marched to the lead in front of t...
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OHHA opposes federal horse racing legislation

on 10/12/2020 1:19 PM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) has released the following statement regarding the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA).   "OHHA is first and foremost an advocate for the equine athlete and a proponent of reasonable regulation for the health, safety, and welfare of our equine athletes, and participants, public confidence in wagering, and the integr...
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Amigo Volo captures 128th Kentucky Futurity

on 10/11/2020 5:43 PM
Driver Dexter Dunn secured a pocket seat for Amigo Volo and, with several horses making breaks over the “good” surface, had open road to pop and power to a 1:51 victory in the $444,000 Kentucky Futurity on Sunday at The Red Mile.  Ready For Moni, the 2-1 second choice, made a break on his way to the gate and lagged from his second-tier starting spot while Amigo Volo pu...
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Love A Good Story upsets in Ky Filly Futurity

on 10/11/2020 5:40 PM
Off at odds of 27-1, Love A Good Story survived first-turn traffic trouble and marched with the outer flow before uncorking a furious stretch drive to land on the finish first in the $255,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity on Sunday at The Red Mile. Carried three wide into the first turn, Love A Good Story eventually landed two wide to a :27 first quarter set by Panem. Hypnotic AM pushed from post 1...
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Peaky Sneaky, Lyons Sentinel take Garnsey divisions

on 10/11/2020 4:13 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras launched 7-5 favorite Peaky Sneaky from the pocket and hustled to a 1:48 victory in the second of two divisions for $225,000 Glen Garnsey Memorial—sponsored by the Sweet Lou Syndicate & Diamond Creek Farms—on Sunday at The Red Mile. Peaky Sneaky pushed for the lead but settled for the pocket as New Year strode to the top by a :27.1 first quarter. ...
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Tall Dark Stranger, Party Girl Hill win Tattersalls splits

on 10/11/2020 4:09 PM
The Bettor’s Delight-Precocious Beauty colt Tall Dark Stranger demonstrated his dominance over the glamour boy division again, winning the first of two divisions for the $479,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace on Sunday at The Red Mile. Cattlewash crossed to the lead from post 9 before the first turn while Tall Dark Stranger pushed towards the front passing a :27.1 opening quarter...
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Backstretch With Gordon: It's a wrap!

on 10/11/2020 10:26 AM
A big thanks to everybody who joined Trackman Dan in his do-not-rain-Saturday dance as for the most part it worked. And it may have worked for today as the forecast has changed a bit. We had some light rain this morning, but instead of heavy downpours and wind throughout the day, now only occasional rain is predicted. And it may even clear up before the card is over. Roger Huston is coming to to...
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Virginia Breeders races for older horses at Shenandoah

on 10/11/2020 6:29 AM
John's Dream, Hot Hot Jenna and Speedy Taxi won respective $10,000 Virginia Breeders races for aged competitors Saturday at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock oval completed its fourth weekend of a five-week fall season.   John's Dream continued a remarkable streak of success at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds oval with a victory in the first Aged Pace division. The 7-year-ol...
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Harambe Deo comes up big in Meadowlands feature

on 10/11/2020 6:23 AM
Harambe Deo put on a show Saturday night at the Meadowlands in taking the $20,000 high-end conditioned pacing feature in a lifetime-best 1:48.4.   “He’s never predictable,” said trainer Jeff Cullipher. “But he will come up large sometimes and then sometimes he’ll get beat when you think he shouldn’t.”   The 5-year-old geld...
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Designer Specs unbeaten in 14 after Ohio fair final win

on 10/10/2020 11:51 PM
On Saturday, MGM Northfield Park hosted the Ohio Fair Championships—a series of eight $40,000 races that celebrates the Buckeye State’s rich network of county fair racing.  The highlight of the evening’s competitive and exciting racing was the freshman filly trotting division, where Designer Specs (Full Count-Avalon Hall) completed her freshman season a perfect 14-...
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Creature Of Habit tops Lex Mixed Sale at $350,000

on 10/10/2020 10:48 PM
The 2020 Lexington sale scene concluded on Saturday night when the Lexington Selected Sale Company held a mixed auction at the Fasig-Tipton facility in Lexington. Although the crowd was light, as was the case with the yearling sale, buyers paid good money for a horse they wanted.   The sale topper was Creature Of Habit, a 3-year-old filly by Donato Hanover with a mark of 1:54.2f and e...
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Horseman Barry Abrams, trainer of Guts, dies at 66

on 10/10/2020 10:14 PM
Horseman Barry Abrams, 66, well known in harness racing when he raced the pacing star Guts but later a highly successful and popular Thoroughbred trainer, died Oct. 9 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Calif., of respiratory failure.   Despite never smoking, Mr. Abrams was diagnosed with throat cancer and battled the disease for more than 10 years. Side effects from the treat...
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Americanprimetime jumps up in class and wins at Dayton

on 10/10/2020 9:54 PM
Americanprimetime (Jeremy Smith) adapted favorably to the bright lights of the featured $16,000 Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 10).  Despite a triple jump up in class following consecutive triumphs in a pair of condition races, the 8-year-old stallion by American Ideal went gate-to-wire in 1:49.3 to top nine other classy foes and claim the top...
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Closing Statement 1:49.3 Pocono winner

on 10/10/2020 9:27 PM
Drivers Simon Allard and Anthony Napolitano had the hot hands at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday afternoon, with Simon bringing in five winners and Anthony just behind him with four. Surprisingly, the crowd did not catch on to the successful drivers, as each only numbered one favorite among their victories.   Simon Allard finished just ahead of Anthony Napolitano three times and...
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Black Is Back takes Batavia Open

on 10/10/2020 9:25 PM
After just missing the win in this same race just last week, Black Is Back got the job done on Saturday night (Oct. 10) in the $8,500 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs. Taking full advantage of the pylon position start, Black Is Back (Dave McNeight III) grabbed the lead by the quarter and took the field to the half in :57.3. By that time Stratosphere (Drew Monti) was rolling up the rim and...
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Princess Rockette wins MI Breeders Futurity

on 10/10/2020 9:23 PM
Princess Rockette parried a mid-race challenge from Man Dontforget Me and sped away to equal the Northville Downs track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies in Saturday's (Oct. 10) Michigan Breeders Futurity.   Princess Rockette was headed by Man Dontforget Me through a :56.3 half, but accelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.4 to turn that rival aside. The daughter of Pet Rock edged...
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Lettuceriprita easy winner at Freehold

on 10/10/2020 7:11 PM
In one of the most dominant pacing performances at Freehold Raceway in a long time, Lettuceriprita obliterated the field in the Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday (October 10). He won by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1, missing the track record for aged pacing geldings by 1/5 of a second.   He was 15/1 in the field of eight, and left from post position one. Driver Dan Dube had him in third e...
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Maine crowns champions in Sires Stakes

on 10/10/2020 7:03 PM
The sun broke through and temperatures climbed into the mid-70s on Saturday as an enthusiastic crowd gathered to fete the crème de la crème of the Maine-bred set on a brilliant early autumn day at Scarborough Downs.   The three-year-old finals of the Maine Sire Stakes programs were contested for purses just shy of the $250K level and participants breathed a sig...
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