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Maine Sires Stakes finals on Saturday

on 10/12/2017 2:00 AM
Scarborough Downs will kick off its fall meet in high gear on Saturday (Oct. 14) as the folks at the seaside oval once again play host to the championship round of the three-year-old division of the Maine Sire Stakes program. More than $370,000 in purse money will be on the line as the top state-bred trotters and pacers square off in epic fashion, vying for bragging rights, on what w...
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Look at International Trot in new Weekend Preview

on 10/12/2017 2:00 AM
The harness racing eyes of the world will be focused on Yonkers Raceway on Saturday afternoon for the $1 million International Trot, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview we take an inside look at the starters, including the three North American contenders: defending champ Resolve, In Secret and Marion Marauder. Former U.S. Rising Star of the Year Award winner Jerry Riordan...
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Breeders Crown supplements due Monday

on 10/12/2017 2:00 AM
The countdown is on for entries to the $6 million Breeders Crown events, to be raced Friday (Oct. 27) and Saturday (Oct. 28) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. Supplemental entries for 3-year-old and open events are due and payable by 12:00 noon [EDT], Monday (Oct. 16), in the race office at Hoosier Park (765.609.4872). There are no supplements for the 2-year-old rac...
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Sapphire Breeze golden at Pocono

on 10/11/2017 2:00 AM
Sapphire Breeze came in off the stakes trail and promptly earned herself a new speed badge of 1:52.1 in taking the $16,000 distaff pacing feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The sophomore daughter of Well Said was given a second-over trip by driver Matt Kakaley and was still fifth at the stretch call, but she had enough rally in her to reach the wire a length...
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Lindy Farms' Monteleone wins at Keeneland

on 10/11/2017 2:00 AM
Frank Antonacci's Lindy Farms had a big winner in Lexington on Wednesday—at Keeneland. The Lindy Farms-owned 2-year-old gelding Monteleone won a six furlong race in 1:10.82, the first win for the son of Super Saver in three career starts. Racing just six days after the death of his namesake, Standardbred breeder-owner Fred Monteleone, the first-year Thoroughbred was ridden by John Cr...
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Riordan confident with Twister Bi in International

on 10/11/2017 2:00 AM
Twister Bi enters Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot as Europe's top-rated contender in the invitational event and U.S.-born trainer Jerry Riordan believes his 5-year-old stallion is primed for a strong performance at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway.   A son of Varenne, Twister Bi represents Italy in the 10-horse field. Twister Bi has won four of 11 races thi...
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Classicality wins 3rd straight in Meadows trot

on 10/11/2017 2:00 AM
Classicality notched his third straight win Wednesday at The Meadows when he overpowered a distinguished field in the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot and scored in 1:53.1 over a "good" surface. Classicality was away second, but Brian Zendt sent him past the leader, Lady's Dude, at the quarter. The 7-year-old Classic Photo-Penn Worthy Lane gelding widened his adva...
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John Mungillo scores 1,000th training win at Batavia

on 10/11/2017 2:00 AM
Western New York veteran trainer John Mungillo reached a major milestone at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 11) and he did it in a very convincing manner. Mungillo sent out his 3-year-old pacing filly Roll With Faith that he co-owns with Lawrence Willer and Finish Line Investors and watched her go wire to wire at 1-9 over a very sloppy race track in 1:57.3 to notch the 1,000th&...
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Huntsville retired, to stand at Cameo Hills

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
World champion and 2016 Dan Patch award winner Huntsville p, 2,1:49 ; 3,1:47.4 ($1,704,242)  sustained an injury while training for the Tattersalls Pace and has been retired.   Huntsville was the 2-year-old colt pacer of the year in 2016 and paced to a world record mile of 1:49 at the Red Mile, winning the International Stallion Stake. His freshman campaign also i...
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Post positions drawn for Yonkers International

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
Canadian representative Marion Marauder has drawn the rail for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot set for Saturday afternoon at Yonkers Raceway, while the US representatives, Resolve and In Secret, will  from posts 6 and 8, respectively.   Here is the complete field: 1-Marion Marauder (Canada), 2-Oasis Bi (Italy), 3-Dreammoko (France), 4-Twister Bi (Italy), 5-Shadow Wood...
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Resolve morning line favorite in International

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
Defending champion Resolve on Tuesday drew post 6 and was made the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino's Yonkers Raceway. The 6-year-old stallion will be driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt in the 1-1/4 mile invitational for older trotters. The 39th International Trot features a field of 10, with horses representing the U.S.,...
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Mohawk mandatory Hi-5 set for Saturday

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
Horseplayers from all over will be locked in on Saturday's final race (Race 12) at Mohawk Racetrack for the latest Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout.   The carryover heading into Saturday's mandatory payout is $978,779.26, which is the largest pool ever carried over into a Mohawk or Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. The current carryover began forming on July ...
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Ontario Super Finals on Saturday at Mohawk

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) season will come to a close with the $1.8 million Super Finals this Saturday (October 14) at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of eight $225,000 championship races will be contested to decide the best Ontario sired two and three-year-olds.. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Here is a quick glance at each of the eight $225,000 OSS Super Finals.   Race 2:...
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Tessa Seelster wins with quarter-pole move

on 10/10/2017 2:00 AM
Tessa Seelster quarter-poled to the top and cruised home from there, capturing Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace in a sharp 1:51.3. Tessa Seelster was away second for Dave Palone, but sat only briefly behind Spreester before powering to the top. The 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Titania Seelster drew off late, downing Spreester by three l...
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Art auction to benefit harness racing charities

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in celebration of the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, is sponsoring a charitable art show and silent auction in conjunction with Anderson(IN) Community Schools. The auction supports the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption and the Standardbred Retirement Fund. The Madison County Animal Protection League will also benefit. Art...
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Eriksson looks forward to International Trot

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
Kim Eriksson's trip to the U.S. for Saturday's $1 million Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino will be different from the driver's previous experiences in the States.   "I wanted to work there around six years ago, but since I wasn't good enough I didn't get to drive anything but the wheelbarrow," Eriksson said in an email. "So the return is definitely something I'm going to e...
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Post positions drawn for Saturday's NYSS finals

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for 10 of the 11 races comprising the richest day ever in New York harness racing, Yonkers Raceway's $3.3 million all-stakes extravaganza this Saturday afternoon. Post positions for the $1 million Yonkers International will be drawn Tuesday afternoon at a press conference luncheon in Manhattan. NYSS 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace--Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) just ...
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Simeon lowers lifetime mark to 1:54 at Pocono

on 10/09/2017 2:00 AM
The Andover Hall gelding Simeon ended his short but productive stay with trainer Toni Freitas by overcoming the outside post eight to win the $14,000 claiming handicap trotting feature Monday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, lowering his lifetime mark a tick to 1:54.   The win did not come easily for the 2015 Fair Sire Stakes Championship winner, as Simeon and driver Marcus Miller h...
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Foiled Again wins 96th career race

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
The nation’s leading trainer Ron Burke shipped two of his millionaires into Batavia Downs on Saturday night and won the two biggest overnight races of the season at the oldest lighted harness track in America with Foiled Again and DW’S NY Yank. Burke, The Burke Brigade and driver Kevin Cummings had a very good night.  The pacing feature was the $15,000 George "Duke" Dranichak Memor...
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Backstretch With Gordon: It's a Red Mile wrap!

on 10/08/2017 2:00 AM
Two inches! Actually, more than two inches! That's how much rain we received in Lexington overnight, and the reason why this closing Sunday Backstretch with Gordon column is really "Driving Around the Perimeter of the Backstretch with Gordon" column. I heard about somebody else driving around in high fashion through Lexington last night, but I'll get to that later. But first, the weather fo...
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