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Tioga to host Tompkins-Geers on Friday

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will welcome six Tompkins-Geers Stakes races on Friday. There will be three divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings as well as three divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   In the first division ($24,900) for pacing colts and geldings, the morning line favorite at 5-2 is Shadow Cat (Corey Callahan). Trained by John Butenscoen for owners William Wiswell, Jea...
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Ontario Gold winner honors cancer fundraiser

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
When Run Director trotted across the finish line at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening, the 3-year-old colt did more than just collect an Ontario Sires Stakes blanket and a share of the $97,200 Gold division purse. "I named him after this lady, Mary Ann Edwards, she is our run director. We have a run for cancer and we've made $8.5 million in the last 13 years — we made $1.05 million ...
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Tempster Hanover pays $203.40 to win

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
Little did we know that the Jim Taggart Jr. Show was just beginning. Taggart, a 48-year-old who has won over 4,500 races, added a note of the dramatic in the twelfth race, as his nearly 8-1 shot Angel's Pride could not be separated from Skinny Dipper (Eric Carlson) for the win at the end of a 1:52.1 mile. And then in the finale, Taggart, among the Top Ten drivers at both The Downs and Monti...
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Melodie's Major's 1:55.3 fastest in NYSS 2CP

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (June 26), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $158,000 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three consecutive divisions—worth $53,000, $52,000 and $53,000, respectively—comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller. Tuesday was the first sire stakes event for the fro...
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Grant is "hungry" for Hempt Mem. victory

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
Owner Brad Grant hopes the best is yet to come from O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, who will be among eight horses trying to hand Lather Up his first loss of the year in Saturday's $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Stay Hungry, trained by Tony Alagna, finished a troubled-trip third last week in his Hempt elimination, be...
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Kimelman steps down as NY Ag Fund trustee

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
The following is a statement from Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund trustee Mike Kimelman.   "As of today, I will be stepping down as a Trustee of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund. It has been a privilege to help guide such a prestigious program as the New York Sire Stakes, however, I feel that I no longer have the amoun...
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Horns For Three quickest in NYSS at Buffalo

on 06/27/2018 2:00 AM
Mother Nature didn't cooperate at all with the 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters entered in the New York Sires Stakes on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway but three were able to overcome the sloppy conditions to post victories.   Horns For Three ($3.40) was the most impressive of the trio of winners in the $37,000 divisions with a 2:02.4 mile, by far the fastest in the...
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Captaintreacherous sires 1st winner at Mohawk

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, the two-time Pacer of the Year and winner of $3.1 million, sired his first winner on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Capitano Italiano, a $77,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, delivered as the public's betting choice in 1:54.3 for owner Bruno Comegna, trainer Nicky Comegna and driver Chris Christoforou.   The sixth foal from...
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LK's Nancy Lee turns tables at Pocono

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
LK's Nancy Lee, second to Unbeamlieveable the last two weeks in the high-level distaff claiming handicap pacing ranks at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, got to the lead despite the outside post nine and turned the tables on her tormentor, defeating Unbeamlieveable by a neck in the $14,000 Monday feature.   LK's Nancy Lee, making her debut for trainer Hunter Oakes and the Northfork ...
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Quick shot quickest in Plainridge score

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
With six out of 10 contests stopping the clock in 1:51 and change Monday over the lightning fast Plainridge Park oval, it was hard to tell which race was the feature. However Quick Shot and J J S Jet absconded with the bulk of the booty in the top pacing events while the red-hot Drew Campbell directed both horses to victory.   In the top billed $14,000 winners-over pace, M...
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Brothers Callahan sweep MDSS 3FT splits

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
Brothers Corey and Shaun Callahan teamed up to sweep the first round of preliminaries for 3-year-old filly trotters Monday at Ocean Downs.   Driver Corey Callahan sent Gaagaa Gone (Googoo Gaagaa) a filly he owns and bred, to the lead from post 5 to claim the new stakes record of 1:58.1 at Ocean Downs. Shawn Callahan trains the filly. Crystals Pistol (Cam's Rocket) was up for second. &nbs...
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Ontario Gold to Magical Glider, Illusioneesta

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. had a foolproof map to the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner's circle in Monday night's Gold Series event for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Lining up from post 5 in both $96,400 divisions, Christoforou employed near identical tactics to land Magical Glider and Illusioneesta their first-ever Gold Series wins in matching 1:55.4 clockings. "Luck. Luck, that's it, that's the...
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"Field" favored at 5-2 in Hambletonian Future

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
The first of three Hambletonian Future wagers is in the books and a total of $6,991 was wagered over the three-day period. Fourteen individual horses were listed for betting, with a 15th spot going to all other Hambletonian-eligible horses as the "field," including fillies who are eligible to the Oaks and could race instead against the colts. The double-heat Hambletonian is scheduled for Satur...
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Sun Stakes Saturday details; meet Dr. J

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
On Saturday the very best of the best trotters and pacers in North America will descend upon the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for Sun Stakes Saturday, when the stars shine so bright.   All eyes will be on the filly Manchego, now 15-for-15, clocking the fastest in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot eliminations of 1:52.4, with the gelding Crystal Fashion missing by a nose. She start...
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Manchego aims for history in Beal Memorial

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter is ready to take off Manchego's training wheels. In this case, the wheels are shoes.   Manchego, undefeated in 15 career races, will attempt to become the first female winner of the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when she faces eight male rivals in the $500,000 event for 3-year-old trotters. Last week, she captured her elimination by ...
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U.S. Supreme Court denies Michigan Board appeal

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
On Monday, June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) on the decision made by the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the long-running case, John Moody, et al v. Michigan Gaming Control Board, et al, involving four Michigan harness racing drivers. This is the second time the MGCB has attempted to appeal to the Supreme Court and the c...
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Pilgrims Tide repeats at The Meadows

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
Pilgrims Tide exploded first-over down the backside, opened up a daylight lead and rolled home to victory—his second straight—in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Dismissed at 8-1, Pilgrims Tide was third when Dan Rawlings sent him after the leader, Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old Muscle Massive-Raysofgrace De Vie gelding was ahead by three-lengths before ...
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Star-studded field for Cleveland Trotting Classic

on 06/26/2018 2:00 AM
The 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $175,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Northfield Park. Co-owned by Ontario residents Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, and trained by Ontario-based Paula Wellwood, Marion Marauder will start from post position two in the accomplis...
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Tyson tops Such An Angel over sloppy PcD track

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
Tyson followed cover two- and three-wide down the backstretch, dropped down to two-wide raw on the far turn, and caught favored Such An Angel to win the $21,500 featured trot Sunday in 1:54.2 over sloppy going at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Corey Callahan, who tied with Matt Kakaley for driving honors on the card with each getting a trio of winners, kept moving up with...
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