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Meadowlands Pace Night handle tops $5 million

on 07/19/2020 8:15 AM
 The wagering on Meadowlands Pace Night Saturday at The Meadowlands got off to a fast start and just kept on rolling all night long.   When all the money was counted, a total of $5,051,261 was wagered on the 13-race program, by far the most in the industry this year and most on a Pace Night card since 2008, when betting was $5,371,055. This year’s total represented an ...
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Odds On Osiris, Caribbean Escape win INSS 3CP divisions

on 07/19/2020 8:09 AM
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings took their turn in the spotlight in Indiana Sires Stakes action on Saturday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Two $34,500 divisions brought 21 Indiana-sired competitors ready to battle in their second round of stakes action. The standouts were Odds On Osiris with Peter Wrenn who equaled his lifetime mark and Caribbean Escape wi...
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Major shocker for Major Occasion A in Dorothy Haughton

on 07/18/2020 11:46 PM
Major Occasion A and driver Dexter Dunn got an inside trip the entire mile to spring a 50-1 upset over Shartin N in Saturday’s $172,850 Dorothy Haughton Memorial for older female pacers at the Meadowlands in a stakes record 1:48.1.   Shartin N, the sport’s defending Horse of the Year and 3-5 favorite, was second, and Soho Burning Love A was third in the event for...
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Tall Dark Stranger fights hard to win Meadowlands Pace

on 07/18/2020 10:55 PM
. Tall Dark Stranger is a danger, especially with his back to the wall. Pushed to the max by old rival Papi Rob Hanover, Tall Dark Stranger battled back in deep stretch to win the $636,650 Meadowlands Pace by a neck on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   In a gutsy effort, Tall Dark Stranger, the 1-2 favorite, captured the first major stakes of the season for 3-year-old pacers. N...
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Take that post 13! Gimpanzee wins Hambletonian Maturity

on 07/18/2020 10:37 PM
Gimpanzee and Brian Sears overcame post 13 — as well a solid field — to capture the $464,900 Hambletonian Maturity in rather easy fashion Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven covered the 1 1/8-mile distance in 2:05.4 as the 3-5 betting choice.   There was much action in the early stages, as Marseille and driver ...
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Dancin Lou best in William Haughton Memorial

on 07/18/2020 10:31 PM
Despite traveling wide for nearly all of a :52.4 opening half mile, Dancin Lou ($6) had plenty left in the stretch to cement his place in the top ranks of the free-for-all pacing division with a scintillating 1:47.2 score in the $391,300 William R. Haughton Memorial on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The winner of last year's Breeders Crown for sophomore pacers...
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Sophomore colts shine in Ohio Sires Stakes

on 07/18/2020 9:53 PM
Two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions were contested for 3-year-old pacing colts on a steamy hot Saturday night at Scioto Downs.  It was the third round of the four leg series for sophomore sidewinders with both divisions featuring seven contestants each. Stanford Court enjoyed a front-stepping steer by Ronnie Wrenn Jr. to notch his second victory in this series, clock...
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Reflect With Me upsets in Mistletoe Shalee

on 07/18/2020 9:50 PM
 A sweeping three-wide stretch move earned Reflect With Me and driver Andy McCarthy a 1:49 win in the $194,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies at the Meadowlands on Saturday.   Reflect With Me was nowhere near the early competition ,as Rocknificent rushed to the early lead followed by Priceless. But just as the :26.3 first quarter was clocked, favorite JK...
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Back Of The Neck, Ready For Moni take Dancer splits

on 07/18/2020 9:47 PM
Judy Taylor has sometimes given her son, Howard, a tough time about the horses they have owned together. That appears to be about to change.   The Taylors and breeder Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable own Hambletonian hopeful Back Of The Neck, who won Saturday’s $142,250 first division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:52 at the&nb...
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Post 10 no problem again for Ramona Hill in Miller Memorial

on 07/18/2020 9:40 PM
Andy McCarthy motored Ramona Hill to the front from post 10 and battled all challengers for control, trotting to a 1:50.3 victory in the $253,500 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Clearing command into the first turn, Ramona Hill led the field past a :26.3 first quarter before Love A Good Story angled off the pylons to brush for the lead...
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Manchego dominates in Miss Versatility leg

on 07/18/2020 9:38 PM
 Nancy Takter trainee Manchego asserted her divisional dominance once more with a 1:51 stroll in the third $40,000 preliminary of the Miss Versatility on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Driver Dexter Dunn eased the 1-9 favorite off the gate as a pair of Svanstedt trainees — Felicityshagwell S and Beautiful Sin — left for the front. Manchego landed in fou...
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Crystal Fashion sparkles in Pocono feature

on 07/18/2020 7:47 PM
The veteran Cantab Hall gelding Crystal Fashion boosted his lifetime earnings to $1,737,094 with a hard-fought 1:51.4 victory in the $17,200 trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday afternoon.    Jordan Stratton moved his horse to the outside just nearing the :56.3 half, and grinded long and hard at the pacesetting Pat Matters. The battling pair went the third...
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The Greek Freak punches Adios ticket with big PASS win

on 07/18/2020 7:44 PM
 The Greek Freak not only was an impressive winner in Saturday’s $193,156 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows, but he also stamped his ticket to next week’s eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The PASS for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, was contested over three divisions, with Sea Of Life and Lak...
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Favorites come up short in ONSS 3FP divisions

on 07/18/2020 2:22 PM
Upsets were the order of the day at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday as both favorites in the 3-year-old pacing filly Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions went down to defeat. In the first $78,736 split driver Trevor Henry sent Sex Appeal straight to the front from post five and reeled off fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.1 as favorite Laura’s Love sat fourth. In the stretch pocket-...
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Run Director upsets, Engblom sweeps NJSS 2YO filly trots

on 07/18/2020 7:45 AM
It was Hall of Famer David Miller’s night at the Meadowlands Friday, as “The Buckeye” drove three winners on the program, including among them, Run Director in the featured Open for trotters.   “I raced him at [Harrah’s Philadelphia] in his last start and he had all kinds of road trouble but still trotted in (1):51,” said Miller. “I reall...
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Favorites dominate in Ohio SS 2YO trots

on 07/18/2020 7:37 AM
Freshman trotting colts and fillies battled on a steamy Friday night at Scioto Downs in seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Leg 2 divisions. Swizzle Hanover continued her dominance by winning easily the first filly division in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Wilder and trainer-owner Randy Bendis.  The daughter of Uncle Peter left the gate as the 1-5 favorite, and now has $40,000 in ...
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Mystical Carrie, Maggie Rhee win INSS 3FP splits

on 07/18/2020 7:31 AM
Three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday as they squared off in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $33,000 divisions were featured on the evening’s 14-race card.   In the first division, Mystical Carrie was a decisive gate-to-wire winner scoring in 1:50.2 with Trace Tetrick in t...
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Namesmuscle, Just Enuf Sass extend steaks at Plainridge

on 07/17/2020 11:31 PM
After winning back-to-back Free-for-all trots at Scarborough Downs in recent weeks, Namesmuscle ran his streak to three after scoring a gate to wire victory in the $12,000 Winners-Over feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon.    Leaving from post four and opening up a quick three-length advantage at the quarter, Namesmuscle (Matty Athearn) trotted along unchallenged until ...
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Grand slam afternoon in Philly for Gingras

on 07/17/2020 5:35 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras won four races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, all of them with frontsteppers.   Two of his victories came with pacers for trainer Ron Burke. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Lifeonthebeach A fronted his field home in 1:51.3 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC; the Yankee Cruiser gelding Ginger Tree Marty went just a tick slower...
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Ohio horseman Richard "Gibby" Betts, 97, dies

on 07/17/2020 3:49 PM
Richard “Gibby” Betts, 97, formerly of Barnesville, Pa., and the grandfather of horseman Scott Betts and the late veterinarian Dr. Barry Betts, died July 16 at South Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Canonsburg, Pa.    He was born on Nov. 25, 1922, in Quaker City, Ohio, to the late Dick and Margaret (Gibson) Betts. Mr. Betts was a decorated Worl...
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