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Alta Jerome wins Pocono feature, gets claimed

on 05/12/2018 2:00 AM
One second he looked in dire straits, the next second he was clear and on his way to a 3 1/2-length victory – the racing gods of fortune smiled on Alta Jerome N during the $20,000 claiming handicap pace feature over a sloppy track Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Alta Jerome N left strongly for driver George Napolitano Jr., made the lead mid-first turn, then yielded to si...
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Bartlett to be inducted into Maine Hall of Fame

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Jason Bartlett, 37, is one of several who will be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Sunday, June 3, at the Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono. The list of inductees include (alphabetically): Jason Bartlett, Dana Bullen, Reagan Carey, Patrick Dempsey, Dewey Dewitt, Tammy Jacques, Robert "Bob" McAllister, Richard "Dick" Meader, Anita Murphy, ...
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Will Burke duo step up in Saturday's PASS 3FT?

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
With last year's Dan Patch Award winner and Pennsylvania champion Manchego not entered, the field for Saturday's $168,237 PASS at The Meadows has the look of understudies waiting to step up to starring roles. Ron Burke thinks at least one of those 3-year-old filly trotters will rise to the occasion.   "We're all up the river without a paddle against her (Manchego)," Burke says, "but...
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Bonus Trot winner Bluebird Jesse heads to Open

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
Since arriving in the barn of Scott Di Domenico this year, Bluebird Jesse has surpassed expectations. The 4-year-old trotter won two of the three preliminary legs of the Yonkers Raceway/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series before capturing the $85,000 series final April 24. Last week, he made his first start in the local Open Trot, finishing third.   "He's exceeded what I thought he was going ...
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A busy Big M Saturday for Tony Alagna

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna will send out three horses in each the Escort and Rainbow Blue series Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack while also on the card two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Broadway Donna and stakes-winners Bill's Man and Lagerfeld all will make their seasonal debuts in the Preferred Handicap Trot.   The opening leg of the conditioned Escort Series, for 3-year-old male pace...
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McWicked leads Mohawk qualifier winners

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
The big names continued to hit up Woodbine Mohawk Park for qualifying action on Friday morning. A total of nine qualifiers were contested over a "Fast" track with a slight breeze. Double millionaire McWicked returned to Ontario and posted a big 1:50.3 mile in the morning's first-qualifier. The seven-year-old did the work himself on the front end, posting fractions of :28.1, :56.2 and 1:24.2, be...
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Pure Country set for 2018 debut Sunday

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
After making history last year, Pure Country is ready to pursue more honors. The 5-year-old mare pacer will begin her 2018 campaign Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the $30,000 Mares Open, which is part of the new Great Northeast Open Series. Pure Country became the first female pacer in history to receive a Dan Patch Award at ages 2, 3, and 4 when she was named the sport's bes...
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Bettorhaveanother upsets at Harrah's Philly

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
Bettorhaveanother and driver Yannick Gingras pulled a mild upset in the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, turning back favored Princess Fabulosa by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.4.   The Bettor's Delight mare and Gingras dashed right to the top and cut fractions of :27.1 and :56.1. With Princess Fabulosa coming first-up from third, Bettorhaveanothe...
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NYSS champ Six Pack wins in 2018 debut

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) won the first division ($40,600) in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts at Vernon Downs on Friday. Cruising In Style (Jim Morrill Jr.) went right to the lead and controlled the early fractions (:28, :56.2, 1:24.4). Six Pack ($2.90) followed patiently in the pocket. Owned by Little E LLC, Stall Kalmer and trainer/driver Svanstedt, he popped the...
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Newborn Sassy takes Yonkers F&M open

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3.40) did not play fair Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in obnoxiously facile fashion.  Forwardly-placed from post position five, in one notch courtesy of an inside defection, Newborn Sassy two-moved around Twinkle (Eric Goodell), retaking after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. A cheapy, 57-second in...
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Bye Bye Michelle drops and pops at Saratoga

on 05/11/2018 2:00 AM
With no Fillies and Mares Open to headline the card, the $9,500 pace for conditional or claiming mares was featured on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) was dropping out of the Open Pace for distaffers when she drew the outside post in the six-horse feature. The veteran mare was the public’s even money favorite on Friday evening and the Melissa Beckw...
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Guarantees galore Thursday at Hoosier Park

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
It was a night ruled by longshots at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, resulting in carryovers in the Pick-5 and Hoosier High-5 pools. With that, Hoosier Park has announced three signature wagering opportunities providing remarkable value to horseplayers for Thursday's 13-race card.   With a carryover in excess of $5,000, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will offer a $20...
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Butenschoen starting two in PASS 3FT

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Top trainer John Butenschoen has an unconventional approach to rigging his 3-year-olds. Once he begins preparing them for their sophomore campaigns, he looks at the equipment cards he used for them at 2, puts the cards aside and pays no attention to them.   "We start them back like yearlings that haven't been broken," he says. "Then if they start showing there's something they need here o...
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Harder has high hopes for Wes Delight

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Mark Harder is hoping Wes Delight can provide a lot of joy this season. The 3-year-old male pacer will race Saturday (May 12) in a $23,066 division of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Stakes at Yonkers Raceway as he tunes up for a North America Cup bid next month. Last year, Wes Delight won three of 11 starts and earned $124,077 for owners Harder, Rick Phillips, and Deena Frost.   So far ...
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Big M handle brisk on Derby Day

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
You could say the Kentucky Derby--and the return to the races of a Dan Patch Horse of the Year--justify why it was such a big day at the Meadowlands on Saturday, May 5.   It all began with the first race at Churchill Downs beginning 90 minutes before lunchtime and was still going strong as Bob Baffert's Justify took the 144th Kentucky Derby at almost 7 p.m.   It was then time ...
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Boli takes advantage of miscue for Pompano win

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
As Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey lamented, "Sometimes, you need a little extra luck to reach the winner's circle."   That was the case on Wednesday night as Boli inherited a win on Wednesday night in Pompano Park's trotting feature.   The 6-year-old gelded son of Kadabra looked to be in a hopeless situation turning for home but took full advantage of the leader's miscue once ...
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Monticello Raceway raises purses again

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
In the span of three weeks, Monticello Raceway has increased purses by 35 percent.   Race secretary Eric Warner noted that the last three condition sheets have shown a purse increase of 10 percent,15 percent and 10 percent.   "Historically this is when we always raise our purses; it is our intention with the increased purses that we can attract more horses. It is very difficult at ...
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Great Northeast Series continues Sunday

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
An immediate success upon the conducting of its first leg last week, the Great Northeast Open Series returns this Sunday with more first-rate racing for the older set, with two $30,000 divisions of the open pace at Harrah's Philadelphia in the afternoon, and then, 100 miles up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, open trotters and filly and m...
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Pompano tip sheet handicapper Ed Ransom dies

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Pompano Park's iconic handicapper, Ed Ransom, 77, died recently at Northwest Medical Center in Coral Springs, Fla., after a short illness. He, along with his brother, Ronald, published the popular Kelly's Tip Sheet for many years.   Edward John Ransom was born in the small town of Walton, N.Y., on Feb. 14, 1941, and was educated in New York before graduating from Duke University in ...
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Career-best mark for Howd Ya Like That

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Howd Ya Like That (Howd That Feel) put in a career-best performance in Thursday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Laurie Tranowicz has trained the 4-year-old mare from the start of her career and on Thursday saw Howd Ya Like That stop the timer in 1:58.4 to prevail among the group of New York-sired trotters that went for a purse of $9,000.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. pil...
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