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Fields set for Sun Stakes Finals at Pocono

on 06/23/2018 2:00 AM
A "Who's Who" of the free-for-all pacers, three-year-old trotters, and three-year-old pacers both male and female were gathered together at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, trying to perform well in elimination races and qualify for next Saturday's $2,000,000 Sun Stakes Saturday Championships race card. The expected rain thankfully never came, but there was a frontstretch headwi...
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Reggiano matches 1:49.1 track record at Meadows

on 06/23/2018 2:00 AM
  A $23,000 claimer two starts back, Reggiano barreled past the leader down the backside and opened an insurmountable lead en route to victory in 1:49.1 — matching the track record for older gelding pacers —in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap at The Meadows. Reggiano was sitting fourth and appeared to be in a spot of trouble thanks to the erratic uncovered move of Major N...
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Upfront Countryboy smokes field at Buffalo

on 06/23/2018 2:00 AM
After watching the field go a relaxed opening half mile time, Upfront Countryboy wanted no part of that slow down in Buffalo Raceway's featured $11,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (June 23). Putting matters into the hands of driver Shawn Gray, Upfront Countryboy used a blazing :54.4 back half, including a :27.3 final split, to waltz to an easy 4-1/2 length win over Focus Power in 1:52.4 o...
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Somewhere Fancy prevails in Saratoga feature

on 06/23/2018 2:00 AM
While Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured the return of defending Horse of the Year Artful Way, it was a different returnee who wound up prevailing in the $14,500 feature. Somewhere Fancy (Somebeachsomewhere) has been competing at a high level at Yonkers for much of this season and was assigned post five in a six-horse Saturday Open. Billy Dobson piloted the Rene ...
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Announcer Middleton has 2YO training winner

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
The future officially arrived Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park as a pair of two-year-old races were contested.   A field of seven rookie trotters met in the evening’s second-race, while 10 freshmen pacers clashed in the seventh-race. Each race went for a purse of $14,000.   Track Announcer Ken Middleton won’t forget the first two-year-old pace of the season as...
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Form holds in NYSS 3FP divisions

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
New York Sires Stakes returned downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $172,499 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies.   There are three consecutive divisions—worth $56,833, $57,833 and $57,833, respectively—comprised the event.   The opening event saw favored Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr., $4.50) do her damage from off the pace in 1:55.   Unh...
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Delaware Commission seeking Presiding Judge

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
The Delaware Harness Racing Commission is looking for a Presiding Judge to oversee harness racing meets in Delaware. Interested candidates please send resumes to: Department of Agriculture, DHRC, 2320 South DuPont Highway Dover, Del. 19901: ATTN: Donna Krol, or email to donna.krol@state.de.us Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application...
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Brennan gives his take on Yonkers drives

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
Driver George Brennan will take the lines behind Lispatty, Always At My Place, and DW's NY Yank in this weekend's $44,000 features for distaff pacers, open pacers, and trotters at Yonkers Raceway. Brennan shared his thoughts on his horses and their chances this weekend. Friday, race seven,$44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, Lispatty(post four–2-1) Lispatty finished third in a le...
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Joe Pennacchio wins Billings Trot at the Big M

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
One of the more enticing features of the CKG Billings Series- the granddaddy of all amateur organizations-is that its members are, and have been, offered competitions on all size racetracks. Friday night (June 22) eight gentlemen drivers lined-up behind the mobile starting gate on the Meadowlands mile-oval with each having visions of reaching the winners circle. But when the race was declare...
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Lispatty wins Friday 44G distaff at Yonkers

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
  It was nary more than a qualifier for money for odds-on Lispatty (George Brennan, $3.40), winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The lone leaver from assigned post position No. 4, Lispatty worked around pole-sitting Medusa (Brian Sears). She then effectively ended the suspense (:28, :57.2) at the intermission. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holla...
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Kruella steals Tioga Downs feature

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
Kruella (Mike Simons) charged late in the stretch to win theTioga Downs Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($11,000) on Friday (June 22). K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:26.1, :56.0, 1:24.0). Kruella ($8.40) was fourth after three-quarters. Owned by Two Gals Stable LLC., and trained by Jineen Simone, she used a sweeping three-wide ...
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Sandbetweenurtoes goes sub-1:50 at Mohawk

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
The classy Sandbetweenurtoes registered her first win of 2018 in impressive fashion Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old winner of more than $1 million powered to a 1:49.3 victory in this week's edition of the $30,000 Mares Preferred Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sandbetweenurtoes made a second-quarter rush to the lead from fourth and led a field of six by the half in :54....
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Pinkman ends drought, wins at Big M

on 06/22/2018 2:00 AM
It has been a long time between drinks for 2015 Hambletonian champion Pinkman, but his extended wait to return to the winner's circle is finally over. The Jimmy Takter trainee, who last won on May 29, 2016 in a stakes event in Sweden, took the featured conditioned trot Friday night at the Meadowlands in 1:52 by a half-length over Misslarose. Opulent Yankee finished third. Prior to his sc...
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A 2016 Yonkers Trot renewal Saturday at YR

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
For those of who may have missed the first go-round, Yonkers Raceway is offering a redux of the 2016 Yonkers Trot…in 2018. Saturday night's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot is highlighted by the return of one Marion Marauder.   The Trotting Triple Crown winner and career $2.5 million earner invades Westchester for the first time since a second-place effort in Twist...
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Stride Of Pride goes for 3 straight at Meadows

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
He was unraced at two and enjoyed only modest success on the Ohio fairs circuit at three. But Stride Of Pride has blossomed as an older horse. In fact, he'll be seeking his third straight victory in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   The 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding leaves from post 6 in Race 3 with Ronnie Wrenn Jr., his pilot in both his recent vict...
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DSBF 3YO trotters round two in the books

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
Round two of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) eliminations for 3-year-old trotters wrapped up Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with one $20,000 division per sex.   In the colts and geldings division, Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly ($2.10, Art Stafford Jr.) continued his dominance in the DSBF ranks with a 1:59.2 victory over Sky Marshal and Bosst...
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Maching Me Zilly game in Philly victory

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
Maching Me Zilly and Lifetime Trust slugged it out through the stretch of the $17,000 pacing feature for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and in the end the first-over Maching Me Zilly found the reserves to keep her rival at bay late in a lifetime best of 1:52.2.   A daughter of Mach Three driven by Yannick Gingras for trainer Scott Di Domenico, Maching Me Zill...
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Hempt elims next up for Lather Up

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
When owner Gary Iles reflects on Lather Up's win in last week's Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park, he cannot help but feel blessed. Iles and his wife Barbara watched their homebred colt overcome a number of obstacles and horses to reach the top of the 3-year-old pacing ranks with his win in the $1 million race.   "There is one horse a year that gets to do this," I...
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Auction of equine sculpture to benefit Museum

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
A dramatic original bronze equine sculpture by artist Claudia Steinley Shelhamer will be offered at live auction on Hall of Fame Night, July 1, at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, NY. From the collection of late Hall of Famer Norman Woolworth, Claudia Steinley Shelhamer's 1989 detailed equine group "Down on the Farm" is a bold composition which places the unbridled ...
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Meadowlands High-Five carryover at $258,907

on 06/21/2018 2:00 AM
Harness racing's pot of gold has been building for some time now, and the next player to cash in will walk away with more than a quarter-of-a-million dollars. The carryover for the Meadowlands' Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $258,907, and the next time bettors can take a swing will be in Friday night's ninth and final race. To rake the pot, one must be the only holder of...
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