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Rubber Duck, Darlinonthebeach win new series

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
Trotter Rubber Duck and pacing mare Darlinonthebeach, the two crowd choices, were the winners in the inaugural events of the $1.8 million Great Northeast Open Series on a special Derby Day Saturday afternoon (May 5) card at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The Great Northeast Series will feature three $30,000 races a week between Harrah’s and Pocono Downs, with the Open pacers racing at one trac...
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Sweet Ashley T scores easily at Vernon

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) easily won the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 4). Sweet Ashley T ($5.50) charged out of her outside post and quickly took the lead and never looked back owning all the fractions (:30.2, 1:01.1, 1:30.2, 2:00.4). Owned by South of the Tracks Racing Inc. and trainer Hochstetler, she never had an anxious moment. She controlled the race from st...
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Dorsoduro Hanover fastest in PASS 3CP splits

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
Dorsoduro Hanover put away defending Pennsylvania champion Pedro Hanover around the final turn and went on to an 11-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $169,288 PA Sires Stakes opener at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, was contested over two divisions, with This Is The Plan taking the other split. Making his seasonal debut off a single quali...
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Lindy's Big Bang takes Dexter; Maxus scratched

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
Lindy’s Big Bang and driver David Miller inherited the lead just prior to the three-quarter-mile point from an off stride On The Ropes and remained in front from there to win Saturday’s (May 5) $133,800 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56.1 at Freehold Raceway. Don finished second and Perlucky was third, although both needed to survive inquiries to maintain their spo...
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Easy Lover Hanover grabs ninth straight win

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
Easy Lover Hanover extended his win streak to nine and sent a statement to the sport’s top older pacers Saturday (May 5) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ben Wallace trained 5-year-old came from off the pace to capture the Preferred Pace in a career-best 1:48.1. Driven by Doug McNair, Easy Lover Hanover got away fourth in a field of five. Veteran Nirvana Seelster was sent to the front by driver T...
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McPansy's 1:51.3 in OSS sets track mark at MVR

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies highlighted the Miami Valley Raceway program on Friday night (May 4), before a healthy crowd that packed the grandstand and outside apron, witnessing a new track records and a seasonal standard. Red Storm and Non Smoker each captured a $50,000 OSS contest for sophomore filly trotters. Red Storm, a striking chestnut ...
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Inverse Hanover 1:49.2 Meadowlands winner

on 05/05/2018 2:00 AM
It was not the smoothest of trips, but it didn’t matter one bit to Inverse Hanover, who toyed with a half-dozen overmatched opponents in the Friday night (May 4) feature at the Meadowlands, a $17,500 conditioned pace for fillies and mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere clearly benefited from her tightener over the track one week ago -- a superb speed try where she was gunned d...
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Henry does longshot magic in Mohawk fog

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry stole the show with a pair of big upsets on a mild and foggy Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fog began to build around the sixth race and that seemed to be the cue for Henry to turn up the heat.   The reinsman steered the Scott McEneny-trained 3-year-old pacing filly Color Envy to a 40-1 score in the evening's $15,000 seventh race.   Color Envy h...
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PA champ Pedro Hanover debuts Saturday

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
After Pedro Hanover won last year's Pennsylvania Sires Stake championship for freshman colt and gelding pacers in early September, he figured to be a major player in harness racing's rich late-season stakes. The catch: he wasn't eligible to any of them except the Metro, where he finished third in the final.   "He had zero problems, but he wasn't staked to anything else," says his trainer,...
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Meet of Champions kicks off Friday at Big M

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Friday night will kick off the 2018 Meet of Champions at the Meadowlands. Friday's feature is the sixth race, a conditioned pace for a purse of $17,500 where an accomplished field of seven pacing mares will go forth after the winner's share.   Despite showing individual sub-:27 final quarters in each of her last four past performance lines, Pat Lachance will race his good mare Penpal...
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Sophomores impress in Mohawk qualifiers

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Mother Nature wasn't exactly in a kind mood to provide ideal conditions for Friday morning's qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A thick fog made the first few qualifiers almost impossible to view. Aggressive winds then blew in and sent the fog packing, but didn't let up through the remainder of the eight-race qualifying session. The track was listed as "Good" with a one-second variant....
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Martin has high hopes for American Wiggle

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Back in November at the Standardbred Mixed Sale in Harrisburg, Pa., trainer Daniel Martin of St. Barnabe Nord along with co-owner Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, were looking to buy a racehorse that was something special.   That something special is named American Wiggle and Martin is certain that this horse will be the star of his stable in 2018. The purchase price was $55,000.   "W...
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NJSS announces new purse schedule

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has established a new purse structure for the upcoming Premier Division season which is based upon the number of entrants in a race. Legs will be contested for $20,000 if there are eight or more entries, regardless of age, sex, or gait. If fewer than eight horses enter a leg, the purse will be $15,000, again regardless of age, sex, or gait. ...
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Steve Smith drives 4,000th career winner

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
In Friday's fourth race at Freehold Raceway, driver Steve Smith left from the rail with Nora's Tandt and never looked back for his 4,00th career driving victory.   The 1:56.2 mile was a new lifetime mark for the 10-year-old pacing mare trained by Mark Infante. She is owned by Praim Harrinauth.   Since 1985 Smith has driven in nearly 35,000 races, with his mounts earning more t...
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Windsun Glory captures Philly mare feature

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Windsun Glory, a mare looking to be on her way to better things, posted her second straight victory at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon (May 4), posting a clear victory in the $18,000 distaff pacing mares feature at the riverside oval. Driver Yannick Gingras moved the Mach Three mare to the lead in front of the stands and held sway from there, stepping home in :55.2 to equal her 1:51...
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Rosemary Rose rallies to win at Miami Valley

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
Rosemary Rose (Chris Page) captured the final Friday night Fillies and Mares Open Pace feature of the 2018 meet at Miami Valley Racing. The 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N won a come-from-behind thriller over Truth And Liberty (Aaron Merriman) and American Girl (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) in 1:51.2. Page was content to sit sixth as American Girl tripped the first three quarter pole beams in :26.2, ...
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Wind storm forces cancellation at Mohawk

on 05/04/2018 2:00 AM
A powerful wind storm forced Friday night’s card at Woodbine Mohawk Park to be cut short after six-races.  The brutal wind storm, which caused power outages and injuries throughout the Halton Region, left Woodbine Mohawk Park without track lights and running on a back-up generator. Friday’s 11-race card got underway at 7:30 p.m. and a total of six-races was contested before it became ...
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Horseman Bob Bloodgood passes at 73

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Horseman Robert "Bob" Bloodgood, 73, passed away April 29 after a long battle with cancer. He had resided in Pinehurst, N.C., where he was well known in the harness racing community. Born May 28, 1944, Mr. Bloodgood started his harness racing career with his father, Morgan, at Saratoga Raceway at an early age. He opened a public stable at Saratoga Raceway, then a few years later moved his ...
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Will there be a big "statement" in PASS?

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
He didn't reach the championship leg of last year's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, but Closing Statement figures to have a lot to say Saturday at The Meadows when the PASS kicks off with the Bye Bye Byrd, a $169,288 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The Kentucky Derby Day card also features a $60,000 PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore colt and gelding pacers, a $15,000...
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Ohio Sires Stakes 3YOs in action Sunday

on 05/03/2018 2:00 AM
Six divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes sophomore trotting and pacing colts and geldings will line up behind the Miami Valley starting gate on Sunday afternoon.   Twenty-two diagonally-gaited specialists and 29 sidewheelers passed the Miami Valley entry box, necessitating three divisions for each gait. First race post time is 2:05 p.m. (EDT)   Standouts returning from last season includ...
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