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Pocono announces 2017 Horses of Year

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has announced their annual awards for Horses of the Year. The horses will be honored in the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner's Circle starting Saturday, Nov. 11, and continuing through Saturday, Nov. 18.   Pacer of the Year honors go to Maxdaddy Blue Chip, a 5-year-old Sportsmaster gelding who had an outstanding overall 2017 season, with 15 victori...
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Hawthorne late-closer nominations due

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
Racing secretary Robin Schadt would like to remind all horsemen wishing to enter the upcoming late-closers that will be offered as part of the 2018 Winter meet at Hawthorne Race Course, that nominations must be postmarked by no later than Dec. 1, 2017.   Racing will kick off with a three-night week on Friday, Jan. 5, and conclude with a special Monday card on Feb. 19. There will...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna already has a solid contender for the upcoming Governor's Cup in recent Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace champ Stay Hungry, but on Saturday night at the Meadowlands he sends out the lightly-raced American Pastime and Captain Deo, a pair of hopefuls for the last stakes event of the year for freshmen. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Alagna and co-owner M...
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Fear The Dragon wins qualifier in 1:53.4 at Dayton

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
North America Cup winner Fear The Dragon returned to the races in style on Thursday (Nov. 9). The 3-year-old son of Dragon Again easily disposed of seven rivals at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway in a qualifying contest. Steered by Chris Page, the colt was placed upon the lead from post position seven the moment he left the gate and paced in hand throughout the rest of the mile to sto...
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Mares in foal to rookies bring solid prices in HB

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
Two pacing mares in foal to world champion Always B Miki sold for solid prices during the mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's auction in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday. Sea Cruise Hanover, an 8-year-old daughter of Dragon Again out of the No Nukes mare Sami Cam, was sold for $85,000 to Hickory Lane Horse Farm of Ohio. Sea Cruise Hanover, who is carrying her first foal, is ...
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Deli-delite bounces back, wins at Saratoga

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
Deli-delite (RC Royalty) continued her breakout season on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 9) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Tony Mondi-trained sophomore trotter spent the summer racing in the New York Sire Stakes. The 3-year-old had enough success to qualify her for the $225,000 Sire Stakes final contested in Oct. Unfortunately, she was scratched sick from that event. Deli-delite has rallied back a...
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Springsteen, Youaremycandygirl win Matron 2YO paces

on 11/09/2017 12:00 AM
Springsteen is not only a big hit on Broadway but also in the Matron Stakes after winning the $211,300 Colt and Gelding Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday. His victory placed him in the Delaware facility's winner's circle with the likes of the sensational Youaremycandygirl, Wolfgang and Plunge Blue Chip, as these four horses captured their respective contests. Teamed with driver Simon Allard, ...
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Blazin Britches has chip, done for season

on 11/08/2017 12:00 AM
As Bruce Trogdon made his way around the Standardbred Horse Sale the past couple days, he was looking to the future, but still keeping an eye on the present as well. A present that might include several more races for 3-year-old male pacer Fear The Dragon.   Fear The Dragon, who finished eighth in his Breeders Crown elimination Oct. 21 and was scratched from an Oct. 28 race, will qualify ...
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Downbytheseaside to stand at Sugar Valley

on 11/08/2017 12:00 AM
World champion pacer Downbytheseaside will be joining the star-studded roster of Diamond Creek Farm stallions in 2018. "We are thrilled to have one of the top Somebeachsimewheres ever to race come to Ohio," said Sugar Valley Farm’s Joe McLead. "Ohio's program is gaining on a national scale, and this is an incredible opportunity for the growing popularity of Ohio breds. With the loss...
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Holloway hopes for “statement” win in Matron

on 11/08/2017 12:00 AM
Joe Holloway hopes this year does not provide the last word on Closing Statement’s disposition. Closing Statement has won five of 12 races and earned $226,939 in purses this season despite being "a work in progress." In his most recent start, the colt finished third in the Breeders Crown. On Thursday, he faces seven foes in the $211,300 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs...
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HB yearling sale finishes up 2.6% in average

on 11/08/2017 12:00 AM
When he was a young child, John Como Jr. would sit on his father’s shoulders to see over the crowd and share in the excitement of watching horses battle down the stretch. As an adult, Como has enjoyed the exhilaration of seeing his own horses, such as stakes-winner Bolt The Duer, charge to victory. Now he hopes the future will be filled with more trips to the sport’s big dances with Astaire...
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Big night for Doug McNair at Woodbine

on 11/07/2017 12:00 AM
Doug McNair has been posting big numbers all season long and Monday night (Nov. 6) at Woodbine Racetrack was no different for the Woodbine Entertainment Group’s leading driver. McNair participated in eight races on Monday’s card and posted an impressive four victories and four runner-up finishes. The evening started off well for the Guelph, Ont. resident, as he swept the "Early-Double" with...
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Explosive Matter to stand at Hanover Shoe Farms

on 11/07/2017 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. announces that Explosive Matter will stand at Hanover for the 2018 season.   Terms will be announced when Hanover publishes service fees for 2018. Frozen semen will be available as in prior years.   Hanover is gratified by the warm reception Explosive Matter yearlings are receiving in the 2017 market, and we wish purchasers the best of luck. (Hanov...
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Tim Tetrick reflects on 10,000 career wins

on 11/07/2017 12:00 AM
Tim Tetrick enjoys winning races, which probably is no surprise given the historic rate at which he's collected victories throughout his career. Tetrick, who attended Monday's opening of the Standardbred Horse Sale, last week became the 12th driver in North American harness racing history to reach 10,000 lifetime wins. Tetrick shattered the record for youngest driver to reach the milestone, which...
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Barn Girl zips to sloppy win at Meadows

on 11/07/2017 12:00 AM
Barn Girl zipped to the front for Aaron Merriman and had little trouble with the field or sloppy surface from there, powering to her 13th victory this year in Tuesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Ahead by a length at the three-quarters, Barn Girl poured it on late and defeated Bags For All by three lengths in 1:55.1, with the pocket-sitting Glidi...
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Theresademoninme takes Open Trot at Dover

on 11/07/2017 12:00 AM
Jonathan Roberts and Theresademoninme teamed up for a 1:55.1 victory in the $25,000 Open trot at rainy Dover Downs over a "sloppy" track on Tuesday. Overlooked at 5-1 after a just-missed second place in last week’s top trot, The 6-year-old Kadabra-Tortoni gelding won for the fifth time this season, and fourth time since late September, to beat Murmur Hanover (Vic Kirby) and DW’s ...
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First foal of Frontierpan tops day 2 at $180,000

on 11/07/2017 12:00 AM
A colt by Somebeachsomewhere, Hip 308, Quatrain Blue Chip, topped the second session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's yearling auction in Harrisburg on Tuesday, selling for $180,000. Mac Nichol bought the first foal of Frontierpan p, 3, 1:51.1, a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes winner for trainer Ron Burke. Blue Chip Farms consigned the colt. "He’s a super-looking horse," Nichol said. "I ...
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Smalltownthrowdown wins Pocono feature

on 11/06/2017 12:00 AM
The brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, kept their hot streak at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono going on Sunday, with both picking up his fourth victory of the night when Smalltownthrowdown reduced his mark to 1:53 while defeated favored Centurion ATM in the $20,500 trotting feature.   The gelded son of Cash Hall is now four-for-four since coming to Pocono, here perform...
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Northfield back on Monday after storm cancellation

on 11/06/2017 12:00 AM
Northfield Park will be back in action on Monday night, one day after a severe storm caused the cancellation of Sunday's race card. The storm hit as the horses approached the three-quarters in the night's first race, and when the high winds knocked power out and the site went dark, horses scattered. Hunter Myers was the only driver hurt when he was knocked out of the sulky, but according to re...
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Hennessey hits grand slam in Stallion Stakes

on 11/06/2017 12:00 AM
Baseball season ended last Wednesday night when Houston took the final game of the World Series, but Sunday night at Pompano Park, it felt like the season was still going strong. When the festivities concluded, the records showed a grand slam, two triples and three doubles on the line-up card. The grand slam was recorded by Wally Hennessey in the four divisions of the (non-wagering) $104,...
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