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Trainer Richard ready for Hippodrome 3R opener

on 04/25/2018 2:00 AM
Last year at the Hippodrome 3R, it was a breakout season for harness racing trainer Francis Richard of Cambridge, Ont., and the 27 year old is looking forward to another big season in 2018.   In 2017 Richard sent out 44 winners from his stable with 22 seconds and 16 third place finishes. His Universal Trainer Rating was a very impressive .391. Richard won his first ever training tit...
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Dali Delight finds Victory Lane at Harrah's Philly

on 04/25/2018 2:00 AM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who led their categories in wins during the 2017 meet at Harrah's Philadelphia and are again doing well this season, combined to get the Dali mare Dali Delight to Victory Lane in the $17,000 featured mares pace Wednesday at the southeast Pennsylvania oval.   Last week at Pocono, Dali Delight posted splits of :27.2, :56...
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Hey Kobe cooks up a win at Buffalo

on 04/25/2018 2:00 AM
A better draw, an easier level and a perfect pocket trip were the ingredients for Hey Kobe as she cooked up a victory in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 pace on Wednesday night (April 25) in a seasonal best 1:56.3 over the sloppy track.   Dropping down into an optional claimer after competing in the Open Pace for the ladies the past three weeks, Hey Kobe ($11.60) also found the two hole...
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Over 400 horses in Blooded Horse spring sale

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
Over 400 horses are cataloged for the Spring Blooded Horse Sale that will be held for the first time at the Champions Center in Springfield, Oh. Located at the intersection of I-70 & SR 41, the sale takes place Tuesday, May 15. There is a vast array of racehorses and green prospects, as well as, yearlings and broodmares. A used tack sale including stall gates, jog carts, race bikes and trail...
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Billing Series gets underway April 29 at MVR

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series kicks off its 37th season on Sunday, April 29, at Miami Valley Raceway followed by a leg at Freehold Raceway on Saturday, May 5. And six days after that, the talented amateur drivers will compete at the Meadowlands on Friday, May 11.   Then, almost weekly, there will be competitions at various racetracks in the United States and Canada thro...
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Second Sister an easy Open winner at Pompano

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
Second Sister, catch-driven by John MacDonald, sizzled over the Pompano Park oval on Monday night, stopping the timer in 1:54.2 in the Open II Handicap Trot.   The 6-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, leaving from the outside post in the bulky nine-horse field with a trailer, forged her way to the front a stride or two before the :28 opening panel and then tacked on subseq...
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Deadline approaching for CHHA scholarship applications

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
Completed Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association scholarship applications including all attachments must be postmarked on or before April 30, 2018. Recipients will be announced no later than July 1, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their status. The application is available on the CHHA website at www.chha.net.
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Up Front Flor Ida has been a blessing for McKoy

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
It might be uncommon for recent travels to play a role in buying a racehorse, but such good fortune led trainer Tim McKoy and his partners to Up Front Flor Ida at the 2016 Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale. Kevin McKinney, who co-owns the female pacer with McKoy's wife Virginia, had just returned to Ohio from Florida and took notice of Up Front Flor Ida. "That's the only reason we got her," McKoy ...
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Last-chance qualifier Thursday for WHHC

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
This Saturday the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $75,000 in prize money in the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The WHHC is a one-day tournament, with a welcome reception the evening prior.   This Thursday, DerbyWars.com is offering a final qualifier with two $1,000 seats in the Fi...
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Fox Valley Charm wins Meadows Preferred

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
Refreshed by a second-quarter breather, Fox Valley Charm blazed the back half in :55.1 over a sloppy surface to score decisively in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Fox Valley Charm left the gate in a fury, pocketing Magic Forces rather than turning her loose to the lead, yet Aaron Merriman still was able to slow the second-panel pace to :29.2.  Fr...
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Talented fields set for Scarlet & Grays

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
The fields are set for a quartet of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitational races at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday and Saturday. Many of the very best Ohio-sired 3-year-olds, divided by sex and gait, will be squaring off with the fillies going postward on Friday night and the colts on Saturday. In addition, all four Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old champions accepted invitations to take on the to...
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Ask Queenie has answers at Plainridge

on 04/24/2018 2:00 AM
The well-travelled Ask Queenie has already won races at Monticello, Yonkers and Saratoga Raceways this year. Now, she can put a Plainridge Park sticker on her trunk as she captured the $12,000 distaff pacing feature here on Tuesday afternoon.  Ask Queenie (Shawn Gray) settled in mid-pack off the gate as Iced Out (Greg Merton) took early command. But Gray’s placid approach quickly cha...
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Chas Hanover back-to-back-to-back in Weiss

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Chas Hanover became the only three-time winner in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting males at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday, taking his $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of 1:56.4.   Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who also saw their pacing male I Soar Him First get a third prelim Weiss win the previous night, had their Ca...
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2YO training back at the Meadowlands

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands and the SBOA of New Jersey will again cooperate to provide access to the racetrack for those horsemen wishing to train their young horses over the oval during the month of May beginning on Thursday, May 3.   The track will be open each Thursday in May from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the paddock is open and available during those hours. The cost for these sessions will be c...
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Allard to appeal Class 1 drug positive sanctions

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
On March 18, 2017, trainer Rene Allard's horse One Too Many tested positive for the Class 1 drugs codeine and morphine after a race at Woodbine Racetrack, and now one year later the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has issued a $5,000 fine, one-year suspension and two-year probation period to Allard. Allard's lawyer, Jennifer Friedman, quickly issued a statement that says sh...
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Memorable Confederation Cup set for May 20

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
The best 4-year-old pacers in harness racing will display their talents at Flamboro Downs on Sunday, May 20, for the 40th edition of the Confederation Cup.   The 2018 edition of Flamboro Downs' signature event marks the fourth consecutive year that 4-year-old pacers will battle for the prestigious Cup.   The inaugural Confederation Cup took place in 1977 and this year's winner will...
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Four Socks socks it to 'em at Pompano Park

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Four Socks, driven by Tyler Smith, showed his four socks to his nine foes on Sunday night at Pompano Park in a wire-to-wire romp in 1:51.4.   The 8-year-old gelded son of I Scoot Hanover, leaving from the rail post position, changed his usual come-from-behind strategy and sawed off front end panels of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.2 before a :27.2 finale left him three lengths ahead of favor...
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Cecere looks for big year with "Team Lindy"

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Domenico Cecere might be a new name in the program, but he is a familiar face when it comes to Lindy Farms and its racehorses. Cecere, a 36-year-old native of Italy, is beginning his 11th year as a member of "Team Lindy" while starting his first full season succeeding Frank M. Antonacci as the organization's trainer. The Antonacci family, which owns Lindy Farms and competes under a variety of ...
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Brosseau looks to defend Hippodrome 3R title

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Stephane Brosseau says he is ready to defend his driving title when the Hippodrome 3R opens for the 2018 race season on Sunday, April 29.   "It would be great if I can take the title again," said Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, Que. "I am already off to a good start this year and am the third leading driver at Rideau Carleton."   Last year Brosseau, 48, captured his f...
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Seventy still eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment on Monday released the 70 three-year-old pacers still eligible to this year's Pepsi North America Cup following the April 15 sustaining payment.   A total of 79 horses were originally nominated to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment (March 15) saw just four horses drop out, while the most recent payment (April 15) reduced the...
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