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ARCI spotlight on Kentucky's Marc Guilfoil

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Marc Guilfoil's love affair with horses started well before he hocked his high school senior ring to have money to go to Keeneland one afternoon while attending the University of Kentucky. He correctly figured he'd miss being at the track more than he'd miss the ring.   "I was thinking about that today when I was driving somewhere and passed the pawn shop," Guilfoil said with a laug...
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Leading owner Gene Kurzrok dies at 81

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Eugene Kurzrok, 81, managing partner of Our Horse Cents Stable and Stable 45, and an owner of several champions including Mission Brief, Southwind Frank, What The Hill, Obrigado and Golden Receiver, died April 16, 2018, after a brief illness. Mr. Kurzrok purchased his first horse in the mid-1970s after spending time at Roosevelt Raceway. He started with claimers and worked hi...
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Show Runner takes Meadows feature

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Show Runner turned back the extended challenge of Miss Read en route to victory in Tuesday’s (April 17) feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Show Runner quarter-poled to the front for Jim Pantaleano, who gave her a :30.1 second-panel breather. But she could not put away the first-over Miss Read, finally defeating her by a half-length in 1:55.2 over a "good...
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Pass The Vape scores in $40,000 Hackett

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Pass The Vape passed his first major test of his sophomore season on Tuesday afternoon (April 17), capturing the $40,000 championship leg of the first-ever James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired 3-year-old colt trotters. Started in 1971 at Lebanon Raceway, the Hackett Memorials have featured the Buckeye state’s best juvenile pacers for 4-1/2 decades, but the trotters weren’t added until 2018...
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Fashion Showdown upsets at Harrington

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Chris White's Fashion Showdown ($19, Tony Morgan) was an upset winner in the $17,500 Mare Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Last week's winner,Empress Deo, who went off at 2-to-1 odds, set the fractions from post seven of 28,56.4 and 1:25.4, but was collared late as Fashion Showdown found room down the passing lane for her third win of the season. Fashion Showdown sat in the pocket throughou...
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Vernon set to open 2018 season on Friday

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is set to begin its 65th year of racing on Friday (April 20) with a new post time of 6:10 pm. Opening night will feature a t-shirt and schedule magnet giveaway. Also the popular "That’s My Driver" promotion. Five entries will be randomly selected following Race 2. All will have a chance to win up to $140.At the conclusion of the evening’s racing there will be a large f...
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Archibald takes 1:55.1 mark in Weiss action

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
Archibald has stamped himself as the trotter to beat in the Bobby Weiss Series section for diamond-gaited males, taking a new mark of 1:55.1 in his $15,000 third preliminary round action Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The 4-year-old altered son of Archangel has had to go first-over in all three of his Weiss starts – the first week he made a break while challenging, while d...
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Last call for HHYF scholarship applications

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
The deadline for HHYF scholarship applications is approaching fast--completed applications are due at the HHYF office by April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on towww.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships to access the applications and each scholarship's eligibility requirements and general information. The scholarships, for students who are at least high school seniors, are awarded based on G...
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Breeders Crown set for Woodbine Mohawk in '19

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
The $6 million Breeders Crown, harness racing’s richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, is set to return in October 2019 to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park. "Woodbine has hosted many Breeders Crown events, however, we are thrilled to welcome the championship series back 35 years later to the new Woodbine Mohawk Park," said Jessica Buckley, President, Wo...
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Red Storm takes Hackett 3FT final

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
Red Storm, dispatched as the betting favorite based on an impressive elimination win last week and an inside post draw, prevailed in the first-ever $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for Ohio-sired 3-year-old trotting fillies held at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday.  Although the Hackett Memorial is one of the longest continuous events in Ohio harness racing, pre-dating even...
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Eric Carlson drives 3,000th career winner

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
Eric Carlson wasted no time in recording his 3,000th career victory Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the first race of the night with Call Me Richard for the milestone victory. Call Me Richard pressed forward to control the pace over Monday’s sloppy racetrack at Pocono, and he opened up a large lead towards the three-quarter pole. In the stretch Holy Halibut, second...
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Posts drawn for Levy, Matchmaker finals

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for North America’s two richest races of the season to date, Yonkers Raceway’s $532,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $373,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. The finales, set for Saturday night, wrap up their respective six-week sojourns and highlight a 12-race card worth just over $1.3 million. First post is the usual 6:50 p.m...
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Major Uptrend best in Harrington open

on 04/16/2018 2:00 AM
Major Uptrend ($2.60, Tony Morgan) was a dominant 1:53 winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the $16,000 Open Pace. Heavily supported by the betting public, the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding left from post position six and immediately made the front and never relented in a confident win over Dialamara and Sawbuck Hanover.  Owned by Crissman Inc., and Niss Allen In...
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Night Pro captures Craig Colton Memorial

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway presented the $24,000 annual Craig Colston Memorial Open Pace on Saturday (April 14) honoring the memory of one of old Lebanon Raceway’s staunchest supporters. When the winner, Night Pro, returned to the winner’s circle he was surrounded by about 40 of Colston’s family and friends. Owner/trainer/driver Dale Decker reverted to "catch me if you can" tactics for this...
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Apple Bottom Jeans wins Burning Point leg

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Apple Bottom Jeans stamped herself as the favorite for next week’s $54,500 Burning Point Series final with a monstrous win in the first division of the second and final leg of the event for pacing mares Saturday night (April 14) at the Meadowlands. Sent to the gate as the 2-5 favorite, Apple Bottom Jeans sat a four-hole past the quarter as 2-1 second choice Bettorhaveanother was on the point....
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Heavenly Sound rallies for another Weiss leg win

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Heavenly Sound and I Soar Him First kept their records in the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing males perfect after two starts, each winning one of the $15,000 three divisions of the second preliminary leg of their Weiss competition Saturday (April 14) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Heavenly Sound was the fastest of Saturday’s three winners, ripping off a 1:50.4 clocking that equale...
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Return Of The Sith upsets in Meadows series

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Lightly regarded Return Of The Sith saved ground for most of the mile, then exploded late to pull off a 13-1 shocker in Saturday’s (April 14) second leg of the Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. On Saturday afternoon (April 21) The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est.) finals of four current late-closer series, including the Tom Kirwan. Return Of The Si...
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Texas Terror N bests JK Panache at Saratoga

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Texas Terror N (Western Terror) completed a natural hat trick of Open victories for his connections as the 10-year old pacer prevailed in the $14,500 feature on Saturday night (April 14) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer Jose Godinez and driver Bruce Aldrich Jr teamed up for a win in last weekend’s Open Trot with Crazycat (Crazed) and also secured a victory on Friday night with their Beta...
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Keystone Velocity snags a Levy leg victory

on 04/15/2018 2:00 AM
Defending Levy-champion Keystone Velocity, after five preliminaries, scored a victory in the last leg of the series, taking the second of three $50,000 divisions of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series on Saturday, April 14 at Yonkers Raceway. From the rail, Keystone Velocity sat pocketed to Evenin Of Pleasure and that one’s handiwork of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.2. He engaged the leader...
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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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