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Upfront Countryboy steps up at Buffalo

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
Upfront Countryboy ($5.60) made it look easy once again at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night by thumping the field in the featured $9,600 pace in a seasonal best 1:54 over the fast track. After blowing out his foes last week by 5 1/2 lengths in an $8,100 optional claimer, Upfront Countryboy stepped up in class to face better. The stiffer competition didn't matter as he paced away to a comfortab...
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Captain Crunch sizzles as Johansson trainees dominate Big M qualifiers

on 04/20/2018 4:36 PM
Foul weather caused the postponement of Saturday’s qualifiers at the Meadowlands until 3 p.m. By then, despite overcast skies and a slight helping breeze in the stretch, the track was fast and dry with a temperature of 64 degrees at post time. The session quickly turned into Nancy Johansson day as she brought big power to the table and got the results she and driver Scott Zeron ...
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Burke starters behind 8 ball in Yonkers finals

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke will start one horse each in the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Series finals Saturday night (April 21) at Yonkers Raceway and both will start from a disadvantageous post position. In a random draw, Lakeisha Hall and Rockin Ron were both burdened with post eight. Despite the bad luck, Burke is keeping a positive attitude and isn't surrendering before races even begin...
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2012 Caretaker of Year Florzell Daniels dies

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
Florzell "Georgia Boy" Daniels, 88, of Harrington, Del., died Thursday, April 12, at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Del.   He was born on March 1, 1930, to the late Pleas and Daisey Lee Daniels in Blakely, Ga. He received his education at Washington High School in Blakely. After leaving home, he served in the United States Air Force from 1947 to 1949.   He later found his ...
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Kurzrok co-owned Divas Image wins in Philly

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
The Bettor’s Delight mare Divas Image, despite having to go first-over, paced her back half in a sizzling :54.1 to take the $18,000 featured distaff pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Driver Joe Bongiorno got away third from the rail with the winner of $362,682, then sent her out and up first-over. Divas Image responded, going a :26.3 while gunning to the lead and then tacki...
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Caviart Cherie upsets in Yonkers feature

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
Caviart Cherie (Brent Holland, $39.60) was a shrewdly-driven upsetter, winning Friday night's $30,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Making the first lead from her assigned post position No. 5, Caviart Cherie relented to Wishy Washy Girl (Jason Bartlett) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. After a soft :301 second subsection (:57.1 half), pole-assigned Betabcool N (Jo...
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Up Front Flor Ida sets Miami Valley mark

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway’s Friday night co-features did not disappoint. Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) set a new track record for 3-year-old pacing fillies in the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial final and Zoe Ellasen (Tyler Smith) established a new lifetime mark winning the $25,000 Mares Open Pace. As the winner of one of the two Hackett eliminations a week ago, Up Front Flor Ida entered th...
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O’Brien Memorial Series underway at Saratoga

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
Friday featured the first leg of the Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pacing Series for fillies and mares at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions in the first leg of the series and each went for a purse of $10,000. Yonkers invader Speedo Miss (Roll With Joe) came to town with a record of four-for-four in 2018. The Mark Harder-trainee has displayed versatility early on in her career and wa...
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Somedew Somedont does on Vernon opener

on 04/20/2018 2:00 AM
Somedew Somedont (Chris Lems) took the first leg of the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series ($4,000) on opening night at Vernon Downs on Friday. On a brisk evening at the Miracle Mile, Lems took Somedew Some don't (Deweycheatumnhowe) right to the lead from her outside post. Owned by Chris and Dale Lawton, who also trains, the 3-year-old filly put up all the fractions (:28.4, :59.2, 1:28.2, 1:57.4)...
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Meadows series finals set for Saturday

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
When she takes to The Meadows racetrack in Saturday's $26,000 championship of the Margaret Provost Memorial Trot for 3-year-old fillies, Kenziesky Hanover will bring an unusual name — and an unusual amount of talent — to the fray.   The Margaret Provost (race 2) is one of four series finals for 3-year-olds that The Meadows will host Saturday, with a combined $101,900 in purses u...
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Hippodrome 3R removing passing lane

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Following the same as Yonkers Raceway, management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that they are removing the passing lane at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2018 harness racing season that gets underway on Sunday, April 29.   "We starting looking at the wagering on Yonkers around the end of January after they did away with their passing lane," said Murielle Thomassin, general manager at...
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Series final, big High-5 carryover Friday at Big M

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands brings with it a 10-race live card featuring the $52,500 final of the Shiaway St. Pat series for trotters.   An interesting field it is, with the ultra impressive leg #1 winner Deep Impact getting a slight 3-1 nod from the oddsmaker after skipping last week's leg #2. The carefully managed 5 year old rolled right on by the field in a career-best 1:53.1...
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Levy, Matchmaker finals in Weekend Preview!

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Jordan Stratton is a two-time winner of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers, and he has one Levy Memorial trophy on his mantel as well. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Stratton talks about his chances in Saturday's Matchmaker and Levy finals with Sell A Bit N and Bit Of A Legend N, respectively. Shartin N is the favorite in the Matchmaker final, and co-owner Jo ...
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NF Happenstance scores in 1:54.2 in Philly

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
NF Happenstance, the leading money-winning harness horse in North America so far in 2018, added to her bankroll Thursday by winning the $22,500 winners-over handicap trot at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:54.2. Assigned the outside post in the field of seven, NF Happenstance made the lead before the 28.1 quarter for driver Jack Parker Jr., then rested to the half in 57.3. The victorious daught...
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Hungarians win in amateur event at Saratoga

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Thursday served as the rubber match for the USA/Hungary Friendship Competition for amateur drivers at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Hungarian drivers came to the States and competed this week in two races at Monticello and two at Yonkers in the "challenge" versus the American amateurs. Heading into Thursday's rubber-match, the score was two-to-two so the $7,000 trotting race at the Spa would d...
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Pair of double winners in Weiss trotting action

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Ms American Muscle and I M Fishin became two-time winners in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing their $15,000 divisions of the third preliminary leg at the mountain track over off going on Tuesday.   I M Fishin made a break in her first Weiss outing yet recovered for third, and in her next two series starts she has not been catc...
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Canadian horseman Rick Forgie dies at 53

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Canadian Standardbred horseman Rick Forgie passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, April 12. He was 53.   Mr. Fogie was an accomplished trainer-driver and raced everywhere from Sarnia to Woodbine, and Flamboro to Clinton, and many small tracks in between.   He got his start at Rideau Carleton Raceway and Connaught Park, and eventually worked his way to Pompano ...
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Western Fair announces new "Classic" features

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
The first ever Camluck Classic is now just over a month away at The Raceway at Western Fair District and there will be some new twists to the London oval’s signature event. In addition to the new race name and new date of Saturday (May 26), the event will feature a new Infield VIP Experience as part of the fun where fans will enjoy a unique view of the action from inside a 4,000 square foot ...
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It's not easy bein' Western Fame

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
If Western Fame were human, Mark MacDonald could envision him fidgeting with his necktie while bemoaning a lack of respect.   A multiple-stakes-winning pacer, Western Fame has not been the favorite in his most recent six victories (five at odds of 9-2 or higher) and has been the betting public's top choice only five times in his past 39 races. When he was the favorite during that sp...
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Slight increase for OHSS nominations in '18

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies total 1,180 this year, up three percent from 2017. Horses sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and standing in the Buckeye State in 2018 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes. A total of 141 stallions are currently standing at Ohio-based facilities for this year's ...
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