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Horseman Barry Abrams, trainer of Guts, dies at 66

on 10/10/2020 10:14 PM
Horseman Barry Abrams, 66, well known in harness racing when he raced the pacing star Guts but later a highly successful and popular Thoroughbred trainer, died Oct. 9 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Arcadia, Calif., of respiratory failure.   Despite never smoking, Mr. Abrams was diagnosed with throat cancer and battled the disease for more than 10 years. Side effects from the treat...
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Americanprimetime jumps up in class and wins at Dayton

on 10/10/2020 9:54 PM
Americanprimetime (Jeremy Smith) adapted favorably to the bright lights of the featured $16,000 Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night (Oct. 10).  Despite a triple jump up in class following consecutive triumphs in a pair of condition races, the 8-year-old stallion by American Ideal went gate-to-wire in 1:49.3 to top nine other classy foes and claim the top...
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Closing Statement 1:49.3 Pocono winner

on 10/10/2020 9:27 PM
Drivers Simon Allard and Anthony Napolitano had the hot hands at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday afternoon, with Simon bringing in five winners and Anthony just behind him with four. Surprisingly, the crowd did not catch on to the successful drivers, as each only numbered one favorite among their victories.   Simon Allard finished just ahead of Anthony Napolitano three times and...
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Black Is Back takes Batavia Open

on 10/10/2020 9:25 PM
After just missing the win in this same race just last week, Black Is Back got the job done on Saturday night (Oct. 10) in the $8,500 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs. Taking full advantage of the pylon position start, Black Is Back (Dave McNeight III) grabbed the lead by the quarter and took the field to the half in :57.3. By that time Stratosphere (Drew Monti) was rolling up the rim and...
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Princess Rockette wins MI Breeders Futurity

on 10/10/2020 9:23 PM
Princess Rockette parried a mid-race challenge from Man Dontforget Me and sped away to equal the Northville Downs track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies in Saturday's (Oct. 10) Michigan Breeders Futurity.   Princess Rockette was headed by Man Dontforget Me through a :56.3 half, but accelerated to three-quarters in 1:24.4 to turn that rival aside. The daughter of Pet Rock edged...
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Lettuceriprita easy winner at Freehold

on 10/10/2020 7:11 PM
In one of the most dominant pacing performances at Freehold Raceway in a long time, Lettuceriprita obliterated the field in the Preferred Handicap pace on Saturday (October 10). He won by 6 3/4 lengths in 1:51.1, missing the track record for aged pacing geldings by 1/5 of a second.   He was 15/1 in the field of eight, and left from post position one. Driver Dan Dube had him in third e...
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Maine crowns champions in Sires Stakes

on 10/10/2020 7:03 PM
The sun broke through and temperatures climbed into the mid-70s on Saturday as an enthusiastic crowd gathered to fete the crème de la crème of the Maine-bred set on a brilliant early autumn day at Scarborough Downs.   The three-year-old finals of the Maine Sire Stakes programs were contested for purses just shy of the $250K level and participants breathed a sig...
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It was close, but Perfect Sting stays unbeaten after ISS win

on 10/10/2020 5:16 PM
Shifting tactics to race off the speed, Perfect Sting culled an anxious moment at headstretch with a powerful stretch rally to keep his perfect record while winning the second of three divisions for the $299,100 Betting Line International Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace—sponsored by the Betting Line Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farm—on Saturday at The Red Mile.&nbs...
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Flawless Country fastest in ISS 2FT divisions

on 10/10/2020 4:28 PM
Flawless Country flew up the inside as Insta Glam veered off the cones and strode to a 1:53 victory in the first of four divisions for the $304,000 International Moni International Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Filly Trot, sponsored by the International Moni Syndicate and Hanover Shoe Farms, on Saturday at The Red Mile. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt sent Flawless Country for the front from po...
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The Big Three ready for Sunday action at Red Mile

on 10/10/2020 11:22 AM
The “Big Three” in harness racing’s Top 10 poll — Tall Dark Stranger, Ramona Hill, and Party Girl Hill — will be in action Sunday at Red Mile, with each looking to add a big win to their résumé. Tall Dark Stranger and Party Girl Hill will compete in separate $239,500 divisions of the Tattersalls Pace for 3-year-olds, with Party Girl Hill attempting ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Rain, rain go away!

on 10/10/2020 10:50 AM
The common theme at The Red Mile this cloudy Saturday morning was that everybody seemed to be checking the weather app on their phone. What’s left of Hurricane Delta is making its way north and the forecast is for off-and-on showers today before getting heavier tonight and continuing through Sunday. With the winds picking up as well tomorrow, things don’t look promising for a gr...
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Southwind Tyrion's 1:51.1 ISS win sets 2CT world record

on 10/10/2020 10:10 AM
Ake Svanstedt trainee Southwind Tyrion strolled to the front from the pylon post and sped to a 1:51.1 victory, beating Walner’s record of 1:51.4 in the first of three divisions for the $258,800 International Stallion Stake 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot—sponsored by the Six Pack Syndicate and Deo Volente Farms—on Friday at The Red Mile. Svanstedt sent the Muscle Hill ...
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Red Mile Saturday, Sunday races live on Youtube

on 10/10/2020 7:49 AM
A live stream of the the Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile will be available via the track's YouTube page on Saturday and Sunday.
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Red Shaw, owned Victory Is Coming, dies at 81

on 10/10/2020 7:41 AM
John W. “Red” Shaw, age 81, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 7, surrounded by family at the Laurels of Mount Vernon.   He was born on April 5, 1939, in Newcomerstown, Ohio, to the late Glenn and Frances (Fenton) Shaw. Mr. Shaw grew up on his family farm near Newcomerstown and was a member of the local 4-H. He worked showing cattle for Rutledge Farms in...
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Lexington Selected finishes with average of $50,922

on 10/10/2020 7:03 AM
The last of five sessions of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale concluded on Friday night and with an emphasis on Ohio-sired yearlings, most notably from the first crop of pacing sire Downbytheseaside, prices climbed. The sale concluded with a total of 816 yearlings sold for an average price of $50,922, down 16.5 percent from the record-setting 2019 sale. The average was down 10 percent from the...
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Tattoo Artist tops Beaumond Hanover in Ont. Gold

on 10/10/2020 6:57 AM
Sent off as the heavy favorite in Friday’s $155,600 three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series division, Tattoo Artist rewarded The Raceway at Western Fair District fans with a two length victory in 1:53.2. Driver Bob McClure hustled Tattoo Artist away from Post 1, but Sylvain Filion had a heavier foot on the accelerator from Post 4 and Rhythm In Motion won the battle for early control, tak...
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Dead heat in Plainridge Friday feature

on 10/10/2020 6:53 AM
They started side by side and they ended up the same way as the photo finish camera couldn't separate them. After one and one half laps of Plainridge Park, 3-year-old fillies Kitty Hoyne and Odds On Algorithm ended up in a dead-heat in the $15,000 distaff conditioned pacing feature on Friday afternoon. Kitty Hoyne (Nick Graffam) left from post five and wrangled the lead away from Rockin Ell...
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Adorabella, Century Ferrari win Big M’s Fall Harvest finals

on 10/10/2020 6:49 AM
Adorabella and Century Ferrari were the winners Friday night at the Meadowlands as the mile oval hosted a pair of Fall Harvest Series finals for pacers as the co-featured events on the card.   Adorabella, a 4 year old by Pet Rock-Bella Marta, took the division for fillies and mares in a lifetime-best 1:53.1 for driver Victor Kirby. The Don Niccum trainee, who won for a ...
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Odds On Osiris wins INSS in 1:49.3

on 10/10/2020 6:42 AM
Sophomore pacers of both sexes took to their final leg of preliminary Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With victories from Genie Rockwell and Grace Rocks for the fillies and Odds On Osiris and Clever Character for the males, each winner went off as the post time favorite. The first event saw Genie Rockwell rebounding in stakes acti...
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Calle Palema wins NJSS for Svanstedt

on 10/09/2020 8:38 PM
Going into the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Standardbred Development Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Oct. 9), Ake Svanstedt looked loaded for bear. He had five horses between the two races: three males and two fillies. He won one final, and just missed winning the other. In the final for colts and geldings, Svanstedt’s Calle Palema prevailed by three leng...
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