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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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Atlanta sets 1:52.1 Tioga track record in NYSS

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
Atlanta (Scott Zeron) added the Tioga Downs 3-year-old trotting track record to her resume as she was impressive, going gate-to-wire in the second division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) in 1:52.1 on Sunday. Also, Scott Zeron swept the three divisions of the NYSS for 3-year-old trotting fillies.  All three races carried a purse of $40,600. Zeron had six wins total on the day. In...
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MDSS 3YO divisions raced at Ocean Downs

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
A light rain before the races and a beautiful double rainbow greeted the Ocean Downs fans on Sunday, with the Maryland Sires Stakes preliminaries for 3 year olds opening up the program with the first division for filly pacers. HS Shauna (Up Front Charlie), with Art Stafford Jr. in the bike. held off the pocket-sitting Cool Toy (Cool Flying Fun) in the 1:55.1 mile. Joseph Carroll trai...
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Fox Valley Gemini wins 14th straight

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
As leg two action in the Night of Champions races continued on Sunday at Hawthorne, Illinois-bred 3-year-old pacers and trotters were the focus in the Robert F. Carey Memorial and the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial trot.   Three divisions of the Carey took place Sunday, kicking off in the fourth race. A field of nine lined up as You'remyhearthrob was the 4-5 favorite with Kyle Wilfong dri...
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Guardian Angel AS sets Philly track mark

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
Guardian Angel AS turned in a track-record performance in his $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series trotting event on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Caviart Ally sprung a 35-1 upset after stalking a pressured pace in the pacing mares division.   In the Open Trot, ACL Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson's Guardian Angel As ($3.40) rode the pocket to a track-record 1:52 victory ...
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Posts drawn for Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
Divisional bragging rights, not to mention loads of cash, will be on the line this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the northeastern Pennsylvania track hosts the $2.12 million Sun Stakes Saturday championships.   The $300,000 James Lynch Memorial Pace championship for sophomore fillies leads off the four consecutive finales in Race 9; following in this...
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Wind Of The North uses Lightning Lane to win

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
Wind Of The North stalked Trustworthy Kid from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s (June 25) $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Customarily a closer, Trustworthy Kid was on a speed mission, throwing down three-quarters in 1:24.2 and giving the favorites, Lady’s Dude and Classicality, little chance to overtake him outside. However, he could not...
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2YO trotting filly Just Priceless takes NYSS split

on 06/25/2018 2:00 AM
Practice is over and now it is for real for the trotting fillies making their first lifetime half- mile pari-mutuel start at Monticello Raceway on Monday, June 25. The large group of freshmen were on their best behavior for the most part on a beautiful afternoon. The 1-5 favorite Hot Chapter left the gate hard in the first $26,750 division and had three lengths on the pack at the quarter in...
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Mike's Powerhouse takes Caramore at Big M

on 06/24/2018 2:00 AM
After finishing a solid second and third, respectively, in his two preliminaries, Mike's Powerhouse upped his game Saturday night, saving his best effort for the Caramore Series Final, winning the $20,850 feature at the Meadowlands for non-winners of $20,000 in 2018 on the pace. Driver Vinny Ginsburg, who won three races on the evening, put the 6-year-old gelded son of Camluck on the lead a...
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Marion Marauder one of Stratton’s half-dozen

on 06/24/2018 2:00 AM
Marion Marauder (Jordan Stratton, $3.40) returned to Westchester Saturday night (June 23rd), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner, in his first local visit since finishing second in last fall’s million-dollar Yonkers International Trot, was unsurprisingly better than his seven inside foes. Marion Marauder just sat out th...
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Jimmy Freight dazzles in OSS division

on 06/24/2018 2:00 AM
How good is Jimmy Freight? Driver Louis Philippe Roy is not sure; he thought he had seen the best of the colt in his first six starts this season, but the 3-year-old pacer stepped it up a notch in Saturday’s $96,400 Gold Series win at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He’s always been really good, Jimmy Freight, and tonight I think he was better than he’s ever been. He felt s...
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Dr. James Bennett of Benaire Farm dies at 93

on 06/23/2018 2:00 AM
James E. (Doc) Bennett, MD passed away Thursday, June 21. He was 93 years old and had recently celebrated his birthday with his entire family. Born in Burlington, WI in 1925 to Florence and Dr. John F. Bennett, he from graduated Saint Mary’s High School in 1943. Through the Navy V12 program, he attended Notre Dame and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for undergraduate studies. ...
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Captain colts, Hambo eligibles highlight BWTB card

on 06/23/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday, June 23 Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) at The Meadowlands began at 10am on a fast track under overcast skies with little wind, temperatures unseasonable cool in the mid-sixties. Jules Siegel sponsors BWTB via his Fashion Farms breeding operation.   Tony Alagna brought six sons from the first crop of his champion pacer Captaintreacherous in to race this morning and opened...
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