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Walter White takes Miami Valley Open Trot

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Walter White not only stepped back into the Open trotting ranks on Sunday afternoon (April 15) at Miami Valley, but he stepped right to the head of the class. The 6-year-old son of Cantab Hall took advantage of an inside post draw which resulted in a close-up ground-saving journey and a tiring rain-soaked racing surface that took its toll on frontstepping Lady's Dude and made it difficult for o...
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Statesman N wins; Wakizashi Hanover sixth

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
The headline going into Sunday's (April 15) featured winners-over event at Harrah's Philadelphia centered around 2015 Pepsi North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover. The now 6-year-old gelding by Dragon Again came into the race with career earnings well over $1.4 million and a mark of 1:47.3 set last year at the Meadowlands. The day, however, would belong to Matias Ruiz trainee Statesman N (G...
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Ulster captures fifth Saratoga Open Trot

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Ulster (Glidemaster) continued his sensational start to the season at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon (April 15) as the Amanda Facin trainee won the Open Trot for the fifth time in 2018. Ulster made an easy lead in Sunday’s installment of the $14,500 Open and cruised through a first half in :58.3 while traveling unopposed. Crazycat (Bruce Aldrich Jr.), last week’s feature winner, ...
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Dudesalady wins Matchmaker leg in photo

on 04/14/2018 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway paid homage to Friday the (April) 13th, wrapping the preliminaries with the fifth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three, $40,000 events again brought together many of the best pacing mares in the last chance to impress the electorate. First Division—A first-up toughie, but Dudesalady (Tim Tetrick, $27.80) prevailed in a blanket finish. Early leader Lakeisha Hall (George Br...
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Sutton rebounds in Meadowlands series action

on 04/14/2018 2:00 AM
One week after breaking stride in a disastrous start to his 2018 campaign, Sutton came back with a superb performance at the Meadowlands in the Friday night (April 13) feature, the second and final leg of the Shiaway St. Pat series for trotters. After disappointing the chalk players last week – finishing last in a seven-horse field as the 3-5 public choice – Sutton’s trainer Julie Miller ...
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Another Saratoga win for Betabcool N

on 04/14/2018 2:00 AM
Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) became the first distaffer to win the Fillies and Mares Open three times in 2018 when on Friday night (April 13) she went coast-to-coast. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the Jose Godinez trainee who powered out to the top in a fast :26.4 first quarter. Despite not getting a significant breather at any point in the mile, Betabcool N held strong throughout and hung on t...
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Mohawk, Buffalo Saturday cards canceled

on 04/14/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced that Saturday's (April 14) card of live racing has been cancelled due to freezing rain and icy conditions. Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday evening (April 16) at 7:30 0.m. Also, due to impending serious weather conditions, including an ice storm warning, Buffalo Raceway officials have cancelled the 13-race card that was scheduled to begin at ...
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Aspecial Presence kicks off Mohawk Park meet

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
The new era of Standardbred racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park officially began Thursday evening.   A 10-race card was contested on the opening night of the 55th season of live racing at the Campbellville oval.   The evening began with a group of horsepeople gathering on the edge of the track to form a circle and participate in a moment of silence to honor the lives lost in the tragic ...
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Plainridge Park ready for April 16 opener

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
Coming off a season that saw a significant increase in purses and handle, 11 track records reset and the most competitive racing New England has witnessed in many years, Plainridge Park will open its 2018 live racing season on Monday, April 16, when the first race goes to post at 4 p.m.   The 19th season at The Ridge will include 110 racing dates that run through Thursday, Nov. 29. Post t...
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Grant to donate earnings to hockey program

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
Leading Standardbred owner Brad Grant is stepping up to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Player Assistance Program in the wake of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash.   Grant, who is Chairman of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), currently owns a 4-year-old pacer named Humboldt, which he purchased in mid-January at a sale in New Jersey.   In the wak...
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After reaching pinnacle, Matz aims for success

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
Bill Matz enjoyed the highest of highs last year when Beckhams Z Tam delivered the longtime owner his first Breeders Crown trophy. As Matz awaits the pacer's return this spring, he is keeping an eye on Heavenly Sound; a 3 year old that he hopes can follow in Beckhams Z Tam's hoof prints and develop into a stakes player as the season progresses. Beckhams Z Tam, who was winless in six races at ag...
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Breeders Crown 2YO purses bumped to $600K

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses of the four freshman divisions of the Breeders Crown races to $600,000 each for 2018, making them the richest events for 2 year olds of each gender and gait in the country.   All 12 year-end Championship events will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs in ...
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Hamb. Society stakes postmarked by April 16

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Sunday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, April 16.   The remaining payments due on April 15 are those races with previous payments in March.   Eligibility lists for races with final payments in February or March of this year have been posted on t...
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Napolitano, Garcia-Herrera take Philly features

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
It may have been 117 days since driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera were crowned tops in their respective categories for 2017 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but on Friday’s (April 13) opening card of the 2018 season, the duo combined to win the two featured races as an evening session kicked off the year. In the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs, Napolitano and Garci...
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Up Front Flor Ida, Kay Again win Hackett elims

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
The photo finish operator at Miami Valley had a busy night on Friday (April 13) as thrilling close finishes were the order of the day, including the three featured events.  A pair of $15,000 James K. Hackett Memorial elimination heats produced crowded photo finishes as did the $24,000 Mares Open Pace. Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) pulled a major upset in the initial Hackett elim, nosi...
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NF Happenstance captures Harrington open

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
James Moore III's Nf Happenstance ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday (April 11) at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.3. The 8-year-old SJ's Caviar mare surged by pacesetter Tough Mac near the three-quarters and opened up impressively for her seventh win of the season for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. NF Happenstance bolstered her healthy seasonal bankroll to ...
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Sgt. Molly Pitcher picks up fifth straight victory

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
It may be at a different venue, but Sgt Molly Pitcher continued to make the winner's circle her home after claiming her fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday night (April 11) by taking Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,400 Filly and Mare Open Pace in a seasonal best 1:55.2 over the fast track.   After posting three straight decisions at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, Sgt Molly Pitche...
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Kenziesky Hanover breaks maiden in series

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
A four-race maiden entering the day, Kenziesky Hanover performed like a seasoned veteran with a facile front-end victory in Wednesday's (April 11) second leg of the Margaret Provost Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Pembroke Mystery captured the other $15,000 division in the event for 3-year-old fillies. On Saturday afternoon (April 21), The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est.) finals of four c...
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Tattersalls cancels April 29 spring mixed sale

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, originally slated for April 29, has been canceled for this year due to lack of entries, according to sale manager David Reid. "Unfortunately, we just didn’t have enough horses, and I didn’t think it was in the best interests of buyers and sellers to put on a sale without a big enough catalog," Reid said. "We brought the Spring Mixed Sale back afte...
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Shiaway St. Pat Series resumes Friday

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Shiaway St. Pat series resumes on Friday night at the Meadowlands with an overflow field of 11 set to race in a single division for a purse of $17,500 and to secure a spot in next week's $52,500 final.   Elysium Lindy is the sole returning winner with the winner of the other leg one division, Deep Impact, spending the week in the barn and begins from the pole for driver Andy McC...
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