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Fireyourguns rebounds, wins Batavia Open

on 09/02/2017 2:00 AM
After tasting defeat for the first time this year at Batavia Downs last week, Fireyourguns rebounded in a big way as he routed the best local pacers in the $10,500 Open Handicap feature on Saturday night (Sept. 2). After getting parked three-deep leaving for almost a quarter of a mile, Fireyourguns (Jim Morrill Jr.) finally cleared and took the front before the first bend and then never looked ...
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Sears sweeps Messenger, Yonkers Trot

on 09/02/2017 2:00 AM
World champion Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) withstood a late charge from two rivals to win the $540,000 Messenger Stake final for 3-year-old colt pacers in 1:52.1 on Saturday night (Sept. 2) at Yonkers Raceway by a nose. Sears completed the Messenger/Yonkers Trot double when he steered Top Flight Angel to victory by the very same margin in the aforementioned contest later on a card that also i...
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Sintra rallies up inside to take Pacing Derby

on 09/02/2017 2:00 AM
Sintra rallied up the inside, surpassing Rockin Ron as he drifted on the lead through the stretch to take the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, which headlined the Grand Circuit stakes action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 2, in 1:48.1. Nirvana Seelster, Rockin Ron, and All Bets Off launched for the lead in tandem, while Sintra floated away into a gap at the rail in fourth. Nirvana Seelst...
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Ontario Success takes Pocono Pacing feature

on 09/02/2017 2:00 AM
The Lis Mara gelding Ontario Success had quite the adventuresome trip, going from last at the quarter to first at the finish in the $20,000 pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night. Ontario Success got the job done nicely for driver Anthony Napolitano in 1:51.2, with the temperature in the cool mid-50s. Ontario Success did not leave, but the two primary quick starter...
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International Moni scores in 1:53.3 in Simcoe

on 09/02/2017 2:00 AM
The regally-bred International Moni showed his grit to win Saturday’s $165,838 Simcoe Stakes for sophomore trotters at Mohawk Racetrack.  A field of 12 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the annual Grand Circuit event. International Moni, a son of Love You-Moni Maker, was made the 3/5 favorite and lived up to the hype. The Frank Antonacci-trainee and driver Scott Zero...
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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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