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Stay Hungry, Dragon Time win Champlain 2CP

on 09/02/2017 2:00 AM
Stay Hungry, with Doug McNair at the controls for trainer Tony Alagna, maintained his healthy appetite for winning with a romping score in Saturday's first $97,880 Champlain Stakes division for freshman pacers, at Mohawk. The Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon colt, a $150,000 Lexington Select purchase for owner Brad Grant, was an impressive winner on debut last week and passed a serious class...
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Rick Zeron sweeps Champlain 2FT divisions

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
The Rick Zeron stable stepped into the spotlight by sweeping Thursday evening’s Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 17 rookie trotting fillies competed over the course of two $86,940 Champlain divisions to start Grand Circuit week. Rick Zeron sent out three starters in Thursday’s stakes and came away with victories in both events. The Cantab Hall filly Courtney Hanover extende...
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Sears looks for 2nd Messenger with DBSS

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
After sitting behind Downbytheseaside in his 8 1/2-length romp in the Messenger elimination at Yonkers Raceway last week, driver Brian Sears likes the way the 3-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere is coming into the $500,000 final and second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown Saturday night. Sears drove Downbytheseaside through a :56 half last week and was a passenger as Downbytheseaside opened&...
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Parker sending out 2 in Ohio 2FT championship

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Norm Parker has a way with the ladies.  At least the four-legged kind.  The 56-year-old conditioner has done nothing less than condition two of the top Ohio-bred freshman trotting fillies to a starting berth in the $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Championship on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs.   Looking For Zelda and Sugar Break finished first and seventh respecti...
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Seeing Eye Single could be big hit for Burke

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Ron Burke likes what he sees in Seeing Eye Single, but it is what he sees for the colt’s future that is even better. Seeing Eye Single is 4-for-4 this year and the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship for 2-year-old male pacers at Scioto Downs. Seeing Eye Single will start from post two with Josh Sutton listed in the sulky. "I think next year he i...
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Filly rivalry set for another edition in PASS

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
They share the same world champion sire and their dams are two of the most prolific pacing females in recent memory, so naturally Rainbow Room and Come See The Show had high expectations placed upon them before ever appearing in their pari-mutuel debuts. Both young ladies have already demonstrated they are not only fully equipped to carry on the legacies their mothers established, but poised to ...
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Marty Wollam knows what works with trotters

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Marty Wollam is no stranger to what works with young trotters. The 68-year-old talented trainer/driver—who is in his fifth decade of conditioning Standardbreds— rarely misses having a few, and in this case, three talented individuals in the Ohio Sires Stakes championships. Wollam will harness a pair of freshman trotting colts and one sophomore trotting filly in their respective...
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NYSS for 3FP set for Monday at Tioga

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
The Labor day matinee on Monday (Sept. 4) at Tioga Downs will feature two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing fillies. Both races look to be very entertaining as the first division will feature Empire Breeders Classic final (EBC) winner Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) and EBC elimination winner Tequila Monday (Brett Miller). Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), owned...
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2YO pacer Hitman Hill sets Batavia track mark

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
The track standard of 1:53.2 for 2-year-old pacing geldings was lowered substantially on Friday night (Sept. 1) when Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker) torched the Genesee County oval in 1:52.4 in the $106,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs. Leaving from post one in his $53,500 division, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) shot right to the lead and dictated fractions that woul...
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Americans take lead in European competition

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
After waiting on Greyhound and Thoroughbred races the main event on the card at this 1,200 meter sand track pitted Paul Minore (Sholty Geri) against the Hungarian perennial champ Andrea Nagyvary steering the heavy favorite (Oaklahoma Font). However, things turned out to favor Minore when Ferenc Leanyfalvi (Prodigy Gasti) decided to fight it out on the front end. And one ...
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Little Santamonica, Miss Dollar Mam win in NY

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) captured the Fillies and Mares Open II ($9,000) on Friday (Sept. 1) at Tioga Downs. Little Santamonica ($6.20) would charge out of the gate to take the lead but All Charged Up (Tom Jackson) took over before the first quarter. Little Santamonica (Little Seven) re-took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and the 9-year-old mare, who is owned Cou...
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Lispatty captures Yonkers' mare pace feature

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Lispatty, driven by George Brennan ($6.60), was first home from second-up Friday night (Sept. 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from assigned post position six, Lispatty watched Freeze Out (Brian Sears) stuff slight 2-1 choice Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton) in behind before a :27 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission, Deli...
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Freshman pacers hit Batavia for NYSS

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Only 11 New York-bred 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will visit America's oldest lighted harness track this year to compete for the $106,000 in purses available in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS), but the quality overrides the quantity that will race at Batavia Downs on Friday night.   The first $53,500 six-horse division goes in race three and features the undefeated Hitman Hi...
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NY ADWs team up for handicapping contest

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Prominent New York State advance deposit wagering (ADW) platforms SaratogaBets, BataviaBets, and EmpireCityBets on Wednesday announced that they will host the first-ever New York State Online Handicapping Championship on Dec. 2. Along with a "not-for-profit" payout formula that will award all entry fees as prize money to the participating horseplayers, a paid seat in the 2017 NHC Champion...
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Surick dreaming big with Ella Christina

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
When Ella Christina prepared to make her first start for new trainer Nick Surick in a split of the Adioo Volo Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies at The Meadows on July 29, Surick was home feeling sick as a dog. He wasn't worried about missing the race. He didn't think his filly had a shot anyway and the public agreed, sending her off at odds of 56-1. Surick propped one eye open and watched t...
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$480,000 Quebec championships Sunday at 3R

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
On Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host its richest harness racing program of the 2017 season with the finals for the Breeders Cup Series for 3 year olds and the Future Stars Series for 2 year olds, with C$480,000 in purses.   There are eight championship events for the trotters and pacers, colts and fillies. The four Breeders Cup finals will each race for C$65,000 and the four F...
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Meadowlands back with live racing Sept. 8

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Live harness racing returns to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for an abbreviated September meeting. The four-day meet begins Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 and comes back the following Friday and Saturday. Post time for all four nights will be 7:15 p.m. Horseplayers should take note that there will be a few notable changes to the wagering format. The pair of Pick...
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Fear The Dragon headlines PASS 3YO finals

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Brian Brown's stable is home to three of the top 10 horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which is a feat the trainer never considered likely.   "It's not something you ever think is going to happen, that you're going to have that many in a year," Brown said. "It's something I've never experienced, so I don't really know how to take it. But it's a good thing to ha...
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Busy as a beaver in Saturday's OSS finals

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
The old adage "Busy As A Beaver" certainly applies to one of Ohio's top trotting conditioners, as trainer Chris Beaver will harness no less than eight diagonally-gaited Standardbreds in a trio of $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs.   Being involved in the Ohio Sires Stakes is nothing new to the 45-year-old Columbus, Ohio native, who h...
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McWicked's return to Canada continues in CPD

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Back in the care of trainer Casie Coleman, the 6-year-old McWicked could surpass $2 million© in career earnings with a strong performance in Saturday's $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack.   Following his 4-year-old campaign, McWicked departed from Coleman's barn and was moved to trainer Steve Elliott, who conditioned the son of McArdle for his five-year-old seas...
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