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Vinny Aurigemma, former NY training leader, dies

on 08/10/2020 10:40 AM
Former trainer Vincent Aurigemma, 72, of Silver Springs, Md., died Aug. 8 after a long battle with diabetes. He was born Aug. 13, 1947, in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, and attended Queens College for three years, majoring in political science and history. He started his harness racing career at Roosevelt Raceway in 1968 under trainer/driver...
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Gingras going into quarantine to drive Mohawk stakes

on 08/10/2020 10:11 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he will be heading to Canada on Saturday (Aug. 15) in preparation for driving the major stakes events coming up over the next few weeks at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Gingras will first have to go into a 14-day quarantine period as per covid-19 protocols put in place by the Canadian government, and he expects to remain north of the bord...
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American Courage undefeated after 10-length NYSS win

on 08/09/2020 9:38 PM
Batavia Downs played host to the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) 2 -and 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon and the perfect weather brought out some exceptional performances.    Outstanding 2-year-old colt American Courage (American Ideal-Nola Fool Bluechip) remained undefeated when he won his $50,400 NYSS division. After starting a bit off the gate, A...
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Party Girl Hill impresses again in PASS win

on 08/09/2020 9:28 PM
The progression of Party Girl Hill from “precocious newcomer” to “potential monster” took another significant step during the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, when the 3-year-old Captaintreacherous pacing filly won her $93,542 division of the third prelim of her division’s Pennsylvania Sires Stakes in 1:49, two-fifths of a second of...
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Heart Of Chewbacca sets ScD record

on 08/08/2020 9:28 PM
Heart Of Chewbacca captured the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on Saturday night, Aug. 8, at Scioto Downs.   The Ronnie Burke-trainee took the lead from the start for driver Danny Noble and never looked back, flying through fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:23.1 before unleashing a :28 final kick to score his third lifetime triumph in a blis...
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Carolina Beach uses Lightning Lane to win

on 08/08/2020 9:25 PM
Carolina Beach stalked millionaire Southwind Amazon from the pocket, then outkicked him in the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild upset in Saturday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Bet down to 4-5, Southwind Amazon reeled off a swift 1:21.2 three-quarters but couldn't shake Carolina Beach, the 5-2 second choice.  The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Laughandbh...
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Big Saturday for Calvin B at Vernon

on 08/08/2020 9:20 PM
Calvin B (Mitchell Cushing) took the $4.400 featured pace and John MacDonald snagged a grand slam at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 8)   In the feature Rock On Moe (Dan Daley) went to the front but Calvin B ($18.00) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.3.  Twinsburg (Howard Parker) then took over heading for the backstretch and led to the half i...
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Gingras edges Dunn for driving title

on 08/08/2020 9:18 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Yannick Gingras came from “off the pace” to best Dexter Dunn in the hotly contested battle for top driver at the Meadowlands meeting that came down to Saturday’s Hambletonian Day card.   By winning three races Friday and four more Saturday, Gingras overcame Dunn’s 82-79 lead in the standings entering the final weekend of racing. Afte...
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Shartin N three-peats in Lady Liberty

on 08/08/2020 7:47 PM
Shartin N made it three in a row in the Lady Liberty for pacing mares, winning Saturday’s $177,100 edition by one length over Major Occasion A in 1:48.2 at the Meadowlands. Stonebridge Soul finished third.   Major Occasion A led the field to the opening quarter in :26.2, but driver Tim Tetrick already had Shartin N in gear and on her way to the front. Shartin N took the lea...
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Tall Dark Stranger wins Cane in stakes-record 1:47.1

on 08/08/2020 6:39 PM
Prohibitive favorite Tall Dark Stranger and driver Yannick Gingras commanded sophomore pacers to win the $273,125 Cane Pace on Saturday at the Meadowlands. The time for the mile, 1:47.1, is a stakes record and personal best for the son of Bettor's Delight and Precocious Beauty.   Captain Kirk and Manticore went to the front off the gate, with Moneyman Hill and Put To Right fo...
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Ramona Hill becomes 15th filly to win Hambletonian

on 08/08/2020 5:18 PM
The sensational filly Ramona Hill took a well-deserved gulp from the Hambletonian trophy after beating the boys on Saturday in the $1 million trotting classic at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   It was the latest chapter in the developing saga of harness racing’s newest superstar.   The victory, the 15th by a filly in the race’s illustrious history, was h...
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Gimpanzee wins Cashman to remain undefeated in 2020

on 08/08/2020 5:14 PM
  Gimpanzee ($3.20) kept his undefeated 4-year-old season intact with a stunning 1:50 score in the $291,350 John Cashman Memorial Trot on Saturday at the Meadowlands, cascading off third-over cover to strike the front in the final yards.   Brian Sears patiently kept Gimpanzee off the pace in the early stages while double millionaire mare Atlanta brushed clear of Gu...
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87-1 Zenith Stride shocks in Peter Haughton

on 08/08/2020 4:09 PM
Zenith Stride stayed on gait as two favorites broke stride, allowing driver Brian Sears to steer the Muscle Hill colt easily down the middle of the track for an 87-1 upset in the $339,000 Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings Saturday afternoon (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   Favorite Plumville Prince never got started, breaking as the gate swung open and a...
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Sorella controls, captures Oaks in 1:51

on 08/08/2020 4:07 PM
Trainer Nancy Takter continued something of a family tradition Saturday, winning the $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies with Sorella at the Meadowlands.   Takter, whose father Jimmy won a record eight editions of the Oaks, became the first female trainer to ever win the race, which began in 1971.   Sorella and driver Yannick Gingras rolled...
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Bettor's Wish battles to take McKee

on 08/08/2020 3:33 PM
Bettor’s Wish took the lead on the backstretch and held off all challenges to win Saturday’s  (Aug. 8) $229,660 Sam McKee Memorial for older male pacers by a neck over Backstreet Shadow in a career best 1:47.3 at The Meadowlands. Century Farroh finished third.   Backstreet Shadow took the lead in a :25.3 opening quarter before Bettor’s Wish charged to the front ...
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Darlene Hanover wins Doherty for Yankeeland

on 08/08/2020 3:04 PM
A first-over grind proved no problem for even-money favorite Darlene Hanover, who dashed away in the stretch to win the $350,300 Jim Doherty Memorial for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   In his fourth victory on the day, Queensland native Andy McCarthy floated Darlene Hanover off the gate while Ixia Maculata S barreled for the lead from post eight...
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Reflect With Me takes Shady Daisy

on 08/08/2020 1:32 PM
Through quick fractions and minimal movement, Tony Alagna trainee Reflect With Me persevered and powered past stablemate Lady Lou to win the $90,525 Shady Daisy for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands.   Driver Andrew McCarthy positioned the 1-9 Captaintreacherous filly in fourth while Peaky Sneaky shot to the front and took the field past the quarter in ...
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When Dovescry upsets Manchego in 1:50.3

on 08/08/2020 1:30 PM
When Dovescry ($11.20) sustained a first-over strike on the far turn, dueled down champion mare Manchego. and became harness racing's newest millionaire by way of a 9-2 upset in the $166,550 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for trotting mares on Saturday (Aug. 8) at The Meadowlands   The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill challenged Plunge Blue Chip for the early lead before retreating...
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First Big M Hambo a Saskatchewan surprise

on 08/08/2020 10:40 AM
The famed mile oval of the Meadowlands has now played host to the Hambletonian for 40 years — longer than any of the legendary tracks in its past. So how did America’s Trotting Classic, nicknamed the “Corn Tassel Derby,” end up in, as Bruce Springsteen sings, the “swamps of Jersey?” The inaugural Hambletonian at The Meadowlands in 1981 had more twists...
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2YO filly Summer Touch sets 1:51.4 mark

on 08/08/2020 8:18 AM
Five fields of fillies provided Northfield Park harness racing fans with sizzling miles, including a new track and world record clocking of 1:51.4 by Summer Touch, the 1-5 favorite in the first of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on a lovely August 7 evening.    The Ronnie Burke-trained daughter of Well Said-Real Touch-Real Desire was given a perfe...
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