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Thunder Ridge surrenders race license

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Thunder Ridge Raceway in eastern Kentucky, which opened in 1994, will not race a live harness meet in 2018 after surrendering its license. The action came during the monthly meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) on Tuesday, Oct. 17, one day after Thunder Ridge officials withdrew their application for race dates next year. The closing of Thunder Ridge leaves Kentucky with tw...
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Woodbine announces Winter series

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will offer a quartet of winter series in the coming months for 3 -and 4-year-old pacers.   The Niagara and Valedictory Series will take place during the month of December, while the Blizzard and Snowshoe Series will start in January. Each series consists of two preliminary legs (guaranteed purse of $17,000) and a final ($30,000 added).   The nomination ...
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Magee reflects on Crown win with Anniecrombie

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Once a harness driver, always a harness driver. For someone with nearly 12,000 race wins and over $100 million in earnings, that statement would have to be spot-on, no? Not for Dave Magee, whose highly successful driving career on the Chicagoland circuit has now seen him transition to an associate judge at Indiana's Hoosier Park, a position enhanced by the fact that Magee had a nearly four-decad...
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Pink Pistol giving owners a "Crown" ride

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Seven years ago, horse agent Pete Shody saw a 4-year-old female trotter named August Revenue win by nearly 10 lengths in 1:54 at Pocono and called her owners to see if the mare was for sale. She was not, he was told, because she was going to be bred. But Shody did not forget about her. Five years later, the Ontario-based Shody came across a 2-year-old female trotter for sale online for $6,000 ...
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Darlinonthebeach rounding into form for Crown

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Darlinonthebeach can end a lot of frustration and take care of some unfinished family business with a good trip this Friday. Trainer Nancy Johansson's horse is 3-1 on the morning line for the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at Hoosier Park.   Darlinonthebeach won the first of two eliminations this past Friday in 1:49.3, while race favorite Nike Franco N (2-1) won the second elimin...
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Pocono to honor retiring trainer Doug Hamilton

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Sixty years ago, a farmer's young son in Port Elgin, Ont., about two hours north of London, decided "there wasn't enough excitement" in a life of getting up early on cold mornings and milking cows the old-fashioned way. Fortunately, his father and grandfather shared a hobby.   "My father Irwin and my grandfather Lambert raced at the fair tracks in Ontario," Doug Hamilton recalls. "I...
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Miss Read takes feature at Meadows

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
Miss Read followed live cover into the final turn, then roared wide through the sloppy stretch to capture Monday’s (Oct. 23) $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadow Miss Read, who had been performing on the Delaware-Maryland circuit for owner/trainer Kellye Kramer, made her Meadows debut successful when she scored for Jim Pantaleano in 1:53.4. The ...
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Mass. 2YO Trot finals to Lems, Ducharme, Campbell

on 10/23/2017 2:00 AM
The third leg of the 2-year-old divisions of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) were held at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 23) and record performances were put forth in two of the four races. In the $33,800 2-year-old filly trot, Bag O Chips (Sierra Kosmos -Heather Spur) overcame a break at the start to gain the lead before the half and eventually pull away to a nine-length vi...
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“Seaside,” Rock N Tony capture 3CP elims

on 10/22/2017 2:00 AM
Downbytheseaside got back on the winning track Saturday night, taking the first of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown sophomore pacing male division at Hoosier Park. Driven by Brian Sears, Downbytheseaside led virtually wire-to-wire winning in 1:51.1. A son of Somebeachsomewhere from the Allamerican Native-sired mare Sprig Hanover, Downbytheseaside was able to rate f...
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HP Sissy best in Yonkers' F&M feature

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
HP Sissy (Greg Merton, $14.80) cleared down the backside Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position two, HP Sissy saw outer entities Freakonomics (George Brennan) and slight 2-1 choice Newborn Sassy (Tyler Buter) leave with purpose. Locally-debuting Freakonomics worked around Newborn Sassy before laying down early interval...
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Kiss Me Onthebeach scores in Dayton distaff

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Kiss Me Onthebeach, enjoying her second straight $100,000-plus earnings season, topped Hollywood Dayton Raceway’s finest distaffers on Friday night winning the $18,500 featured race in 1:51.2. The 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere lass left the gate enthusiastically for driver Chris Page reaching the quarter-mile marker in :27.1. With her eight talented adversaries seated along the pylon...
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Three straight for Stride Of Pride at Meadows

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Stride Of Pride captured his third straight win, this one as impressive as the previous two, in Saturday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride was stalking Dapper Dude from the pocket when Dave Palone sent him wide for the drive. The 4-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding blew by Dapper Dude and drew off late to down his rival by 2-1/4 length...
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Two $100,000+ yearlings wrap up Hoosier Classic

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Swan For All offspring had those in attendance preparing to sign their name on the dotted line Friday, but Rockin Image demonstrated his sire power on the second day of the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday. The stallion was responsible for two individuals that fetched $145,000 and $125,000, respectively, in Newport Party and Sunday Clothes. He and his trotting coun...
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Lost In Time leads Crown 2CP elim winners

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Lost In Time, the top-rated freshman pacing colt, made it look easy in the first of three $20,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown on Saturday night at Hoosier Park. With Scott Zeron in tow, Lost In Time was an easy winner in 1:52.4 as the 2-5 public choice. Lost In Time, a son of A Rocknroll Dance from the Artiscape-sired dam Summer Mystery, left belatedly and overtook early leader T...
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Hannelore Hanover, Crazy Wow win Open Trot elims

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover and Crazy Wow won their respective $25,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot eliminations at Hoosier Park Saturday night.  Hannelore Hanover (Swan For All-High Sobriety) took control immediately in the first elimination, leaving the gate and never yielded the top, winning in 1:52.4 with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke, owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Brusc...
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Walter Case Jr. wins 3 in return at Scarborough

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Walter Case Jr., who was making his first driving appearance in nearly nine years on Saturday, showed little sign of rust while winning three races on a picture perfect mid-autumn afternoon at Scarborough Downs. Case, a state of Maine native and the sport’s eighth leading dash winner of all time with 11,041 wins, was recently granted a provisional driver’s license by the Maine Harness R...
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David Miller sweeps BC OHP elims

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
In a topsy-turvy season for the older male pacers, the main consistent factor in the division’s two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations was driver David Miller, as the leading active sulky-sitting money leader handled both winners, Dealt A Winner and Mach It So. Dealt A Winner, the leader pro tem of the division with three straight 1-2 finishes against top company, was quarter-mover numbe...
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Scott Rocks rocks in Pocono feature

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Scott Rocks reclaimed the lead approaching the second turn, then held off the long first-over bid of Maxdaddy Blue Chip to take Saturday’s $25,000 winners-over handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:49.4. George Napolitano Jr. sent the Rocknroll Hanover gelding to the lead in quick order, then kept Bushwacker outside until releasing him nearing the wire for the first time. But Sc...
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K Ryan Bluechip perseveres in Dayton open

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
Although he was hung three wide through the first quarter before reaching the top in :26.4, K Ryan Bluechip held off all subsequent challenges and persevered to win the $18,500 Open Pace in 1:51.2 on Saturday at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The even money favorite, a 5-year-old son of Art Major driven by Dan Noble, held off a hard-charging Whataboy (Chris Page) and Doctor Carter (Mike Micallef) to...
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International Moni sets Hoosier mark in 3CT elim

on 10/21/2017 2:00 AM
The field is set for the Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old trotting colts. In the first of three $25,000 elimination races held Saturday night at Hoosier Park, it was International Moni (Scott Zeron) sweeping down the center of the track to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.4, a new track record. The previous record of 1:53.4 was co-held by Rubio, set just last week, and Bar Hoppi...
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