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Skinny Dipper wins by neck in 1:51 at Pocono

on 07/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Somebeachsomewhere mare Skinny Dipper, who dead-heated for the win in her last outing, again put the photo finish camera to work at the end of the $17,500 distaff pacing feature Tuesday (July 3) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and this time the picture showed Skinny Dipper an outright winner by a neck in 1:51. Driver Eric Carlson had secured the lead with Skinny Dipper before the :2...
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Roll With Sparky wins Tioga July 4 open

on 07/04/2018 2:00 AM
Roll With Sparky won the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace on a special July 4 matinee at Tioga Downs. Roll With Sparky ($3.80) went to the lead and controlled all the fractions (:27.1, :57, 1:24, 1:52.1). Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) followed the whole way. She would make a run at the leader in the stretch but Roll With Sparky had plenty in the tank to win with ease. Miss ...
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Obvious Blue Chip wins Philly feature

on 07/04/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Gareth Dowse can do little wrong these days. He took over the care of Obvious Blue Chip, the New York Sire Stakes champion and winner of $379,000 at age 3 but a puzzlement in two starts at 4. He discovered her key, then sent her out to overcome post eight and a 29-day break from the races with a 1:51.1 victory Wednesday afternoon in the $17,000 fillies and mares pacin...
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Custom Cantab sets Hoosier mark in ISS

on 07/04/2018 2:00 AM
Custom Cantab used an impressive gate-to-wire effort to capture the featured event of the evening, the second round of $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, to lower the track record in the process. With Peter Wrenn at the lines, the pair trotted in 1:53, taking one fifth of a second off the previous track record for 3-y...
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Melodies Major puts on show in NYSS

on 07/04/2018 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway hosted a special July 4 Sires Stakes card Wednesday and although the track’s annual fireworks show is scheduled for Friday, Melodies Major put on a show of his own in the last of eight races on the day in the second division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS), which was worth $54,500. Major Blake was first away from the gate from post four while Tyler Buter carefully fl...
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TC's Best's 1:59 leads Ohio 2YO colt trotters

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
Five different Ohio-registered stallions were represented by the quintet of Ohio Sires Stakes winners on Monday, July 2, as 42 freshmen trotting colts and geldings lined up behind the Northfield Park starting gate. Each division in Leg 1 of this OSS series carried a purse of $40,000 on a balmy summer evening at the Cleveland half-miler where rumbling clouds threatened but did not deliver.  ...
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2YOCT Osterc scores in 1:59 at Pocono

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
A $13,000 trot for two-year-old colts on Monday and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono resulted in a youngster making his career debut a winning one, and a young driver running his lifetime sulky credentials to 4-for-6, as Osterc and driver Josert Fonseca combined for a victory in 1:59.1.   Osterc and Fonseca forced a :30 quarter out of Ginger Tree Skyr, then yielded and kept the pocket tigh...
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Meadowlands Pace draws 15, with 2 supplements

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
The 2018 edition of the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace has drawn 15 declarations including a pair of supplements in Courtly Choice and Jimmy Freight when the box closed Tuesday morning. As a result there will be two $50,000 elimination races on Saturday, July 7, with the top five from the official order of finish in each moving on to the $700,000e final on July 14.   Trainer Tony Al...
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Jerry Silverman to Hall; 5 others on ballot

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
  The Hall of Fame Screening Committee of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the Standardbred sport’s leading media organization, annually meets on the first Sunday in July, in consultation with a group of Hall of Fame members, and considers nominees submitted by USHWA’s chapters to determine those to advance to the possibility of earning the sport’s highest honor...
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Seviyorum, Live Laugh Love set track records

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of daughters of Donato Hanover, Seviyorum and Live Laugh Love, trotted identical 1:53.1 miles during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on the pre-holiday Tuesday card at Harrah's Philadelphia and came away co-holders of the divisional track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Andy Miller moved Seviyorum, a winner of $325,526, out raw at the half and quickly got her in gear, clearing wi...
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Fate Smiled's 1:58 fastest in PASS for 2YOFT

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
Tuesday’s $190,235 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows turned out to be a showcase for first-time starters.  All five divisions in the event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Meadow Gladys, went to youngsters making their career debuts. The talented quintet includes: Fate Smiled, Sonnet Grace, Darla P, Magical Beliefs and Personal Paradise. Ake Svanstedt enjoyed a training/dr...
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Plainridge feature sees 16-1 upset

on 07/03/2018 2:00 AM
After falling just short with a late-closing bid at 25-1 last week, the once again overlooked Deuces For Charity sealed the deal on Tuesday afternoon at Plainridge Park, winning the $14,000 winners-over handicap for fillies and mares at 16-1 on another sultry summer day. Five horses argued for the lead for almost an eighth of a mile before three of them seated, leaving Show Runner (Shawn ...
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De Los Cielos Deo sets 1:53 national season's mark

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
The first stakes event of the year for two-year-olds, raced as five $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for pacing colts on Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, saw all five divisions beat 1:55 by winners making their betting bow, and had no winner starting from inside post six. The fastest two-year-old of 2018 is De Los Cielos Deo, who won at Gaitway in 1:52.3, his ...
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HS Shauna 1:54.2 winner at Ocean Downs

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
In Maryland Sires Stakes preliminary action on an extremely hot night Sunday night (July 1) at Ocean Downs, HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie) with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike, took control of the fractions in the preliminary for 3-year-old pacing fillies. HS Shauna was able to hold off several challenges from both Cool Toy and Miss Choptank, stopping the clock in a record-setting 1:54.2. Joseph Ca...
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Julia Mayotte dies in Ontario at 59

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
Julia Ann Mayotte, wife of horseman Roger Mayotte, passed away peacefully with family by her side at Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont., on Sunday, June 24, at the age of 59. She was born May 4, 1959, in the Township of East York to the late William Morrison and Geneva Ella Wright. She met the love of her life while working in the harness racing industry. A devoted mothe...
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Lost In Time injured; two horses supplementing

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
Lost In Time, the 2017 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, has been sidelined from racing due to a broken sesamoid. Lost In Time underwent surgery on Monday. While sesamoid injuries in racehorses are serious and can be career-ending, many horses return to race successfully. The most common type of sesamoid fracture is that of the proximal sesamoid bones (PSB), a pair of small, nodular b...
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Lather Up to skip Meadowlands Pace

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
After watching Lather Up’s first loss of the season in Saturday’s Max Hempt Memorial, George Teague Jr. is hopeful his team can get the 3-year-old male pacer back to the form that saw him begin the year with seven consecutive wins, including the North America Cup. Lather Up, the 1-9 favorite in the $500,000 Hempt, went off stride on the final turn as he tried to pass leader Dorsoduro Hanov...
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1999 Breeders Crown winner Supergrit dies

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
Supergrit, who won the 1999 Breeders Crown Open Trot on his way to that year’s Dan Patch Award for best older male trotter, passed away Saturday (June 30) at central New Jersey’s Blairwood Farms, which was his home since retiring in 2001. He was 25. "He was a good boy; we enjoyed him for about 17 years," said Blairwood’s Leslie McLaren, who owned Supergrit following his career on the race...
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2YOFT Fast Reaction sets PA Stallion stakes mark

on 07/02/2018 2:00 AM
Looked in the eye by a serious challenger at the top of the lane, Fast Reaction found another gear and scored at first asking in a stake-fastest 1:58.1 in Monday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at The Meadows. The stake for freshman filly trotters was contested over four divisions, with Ridinonarainbow, Averie Hanover and Southwind Storm taking the other splits. Fast Reaction had...
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Highalator edges Bettor's Edge at Meadowlands

on 07/01/2018 2:00 AM
In what was the most thrilling finish of the year at the Meadowlands, Highalator outlasted a stubborn Bettor’s Edge by the smallest of noses in the Saturday night feature (June 30), in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. Western Joe was third. Driver Eric Abbatiello asked Highalator for early speed, and the Jenny Bier trainee responded big time, reaching the quarter in :26.2 while park...
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