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15 entered in Confederation Cup elims

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
A talented group of 15 four-year-old pacers will convene on Flamboro Downs this Sunday (May 15) for the eliminations of the Confederation Cup. The top four-finishers from each $20,000 elimination, plus a fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, will qualify for the 40th Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 20. The purse for the final is $182,500. The first elimination features a field of seven and is...
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Caviart Ally wins 2018 debut easily in 1:50.4

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Caviart Ally, one of last season's top 3-year-old fillies, made a powerful 2018 debut at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, capturing the $17,000 featured distaff pace in 1:50.4, with back fractions of :55 and :27.1. Andrew McCarthy sent the daughter of Bettor's Delight to the top early and never looked back, winning by four lengths for trainer Noel Daley and the ownership of Caviar...
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Glidinthruparadise wins F&M feature at Meadows

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Glidinthruparadise dug deep late to hold off the determined challenge of Expose Yourself and capture Wednesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Each protagonist had been hard used before their head-to-head duel unfolded. Glidinthruparadise needed to reel off a 27 first quarter to make the front for trainer/driver Brian Zendt while Expose Yourself, saddled w...
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Validus Deo the strongest at Buffalo

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Validus Deo let Sgt Molly Pitcher do the heavy lifting in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 pace on Wednesday night (May 9) but when it counted the most, Validus Deo proved to be the strongest in the end. Following the pace-setting Sgt Molly Pitcher, Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) popped the pocket in the lane and took a 3/4-length decision in 1:55.0 over the fast track to pull off the $16....
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Napolitano, Oakes team up again at Pocono

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Last week, driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Hunter Oakes, and the Northfork Racing Stable ownership raced their Strawb's Chippie N, just acquired in a claim, in a claiming handicap pace for mares, worth $14,000, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, won with her–and lost her to a claim.   Last week, Northfork had a backup plan–they claimed Warrawee Qually, second to Strawb's ...
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Kenrick N wins 1st NA race at Plainridge

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
After getting hung out to dry every step of the mile last week in his North American debut, New Zealand import Kenrick N cleared and won in a rout in the $15,000 Open Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Leaving from post three, Ron Cushing pushed Kenrick N right to the front, overtaking Ace of Clubs (Shawn Gray) past the quarter in :26.4. And from there he never ...
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Derek Jacobus, 43, dies in Illinois

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Derek Jacobus, a farm operator from Lewistown, Ill., and harness racing fan and racehorse owner, died Sunday, May 6, at Graham Hospital in Canton, Ill., after a year and a half spent battling cancer. He was 43. Born on May 3 in Peoria, Ill., Mr. Jacobus was graduated from Lewistown High School, where he was an active member of Future Farmers of America, participated in football, basketball,...
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Western NY owner Eugene Pokornowski dies

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Eugene R. Pokornowski, who raced horses at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs for many years, died Friday, May 4, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 77. Eugene and his brother, Raymond, co-owned Murph Ofthe Turf ($102,208), one of the most popular Sandardbreds on the western New York circuit in the 1970s. One of six children, for his father, who operated an ice and...
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Ohio's Norma Huber, 84, dies

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Norma Jean Huber, 84, the wife of former USTA director Glenn Huber, died peacefully at home in suburban Cincinnati, surrounded by loved ones, on May 5. Mrs. Huber accompanied her husband at racetracks to watch their horses compete and also attended the annual USTA meetings during his tenure as director.   Mrs. Huber is survived by her husband. She was the beloved mother of the lat...
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It's Official! Ont. Racing signs long-term deal

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
The Ontario Racing (OR) Board of Directors on Tuesday announced the signing of an historic 19-year funding agreement with the Ontario Government. The Ontario Government announced last month that it would allot up to $105 million annually to horse racing industry stakeholders over a 19-year period. The funding will be used to sustain horse breeding and racing, including purse management, operat...
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USTA establishes Medication Collaborative

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association, through the Medication Subcommittee of the USTA Board of Directors, has established a group, to include both academic and practicing veterinarians, to be called the Harness Racing Medication Collaborative (HRMC).   The HRMC's purpose is to assist in identifying and developing the scientific background for medication regulation in Standardbred ...
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Fox Valley Charm posts third straight win at Mea

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Parked with cover most of the mile, Fox Valley Charm turned in her third straight dominating performance in Tuesday’s (May 8) $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, exploding late to destroy the field by 6-1/4 lengths. During her three-race streak, Fox Valley Charm has crushed the track’s best distaff pacers by a combined victory margin of 15-1/2 lengths. Aaron Me...
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Big names expected for Camluck Classic

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
This year’s field for the inaugural Camluck Classic (formerly Molson Pace) is beginning to round into form and there are a few old and new faces expected for this year’s $150,000 Invitational Pace slated on a new date Saturday (May 26) at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Bit Of A Legend N, who captured the signature event last season, will be returning to the half-mile oval for tra...
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Ohio champ Mission Accepted wins first OSS leg

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
New track and national season records were set in both the 3-year-old colt trotting and pacing divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) on Sunday afternoon (May 6) at Miami Valley Raceway. A total of 22 trotters and 29 pacers went postward in six $40,000 divisions in leg one of OSS competition that saw the races held up an hour at one point in the program due to thunderstorms. Gary and Barbara...
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Mr Ham Sandwich takes Maryland Sires Stakes

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Joseph Columbo is the latest to try and tame the insanely talented, but quirky behaved Hybrid Heidi. In five wins as a 3-year-old last year, she paced a solid 1:53.1, but issues going to the gate and breaks derailed her endless potential for stardom. Sunday night (May 6) at Rosecroft, the daughter of Cam's Rocket out of the trotting mare Lookin Back At You, bred by Maryland breeder...
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Yes Mickey, Golden Son take Pocono trots

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
For the second straight week Golden Son finished just to the right and just ahead of Upfront Billy, on Sunday winning the $17,500 featured trot over "sloppy" going at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Seven days previously, Golden Son had wheeled out of the two hole at the head of the stretch and caught the pacesetting Upfront Billy to win by a nose. This week the victorious Majestic Son...
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"Freshman orientation" underway at Meadowlands

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
A 2 year old's first trip to the racetrack for a training session is somewhat similar to high school orientation. It's an opportunity to learn their way around and get comfortable in a new environment before the real work begins.   "The first time, I don't care how they go, really," said trainer Ray Schnittker, who brought a small group of horses to the Meadowlands last week for the first...
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Taylor Made announces Lazarus coming to NA

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
Taylor Made Sales and Stallions of Nicholasville, Ky., takes pleasure in announcing that Lazarus, considered the greatest Southern Hemisphere pacer since the legendary Cardigan Bay, will be coming to North America on May 24 to race and stand at stud, and will be syndicated for stallion duty in North America. Lazarus will be pointed for the Red Mile's Grand Circuit meet in a d...
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Four Socks a shoo-in in Pompano victory

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
Four Socks, catch-driven by Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's featured Open Pace on Sunday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.4.   The rugged gelded son of I Scoot Hanover showed his four socks to a classy field in scoring a wire-to-wire win off panels of :27, :56.4 and 1:24.2 before an effortless :28.2 finale left him 1 1/4 lengths up on Caviart Reagan, handled by D...
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NA Cup eligible Courtly Choice qualifies in 1:51

on 05/07/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of Blake MacIntosh trained three-year-old pacers stole the show during a qualifying session that included superstar Marion Marauder on Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 10 qualifying races were contested under sunny skies with a nice breeze on the back of the pacers and trotters in the lane. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Courtly Choice made a statement with a sizz...
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