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Burke pulls shoes and fillies win Classics

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
The barefoot look was a trend at The Meadows Wednesday as Temple Ruins and Sianna Hanover raced without shoes and won in Keystone Classic action.   Trainer Ron Burke removed their shoes for the stakes and each of the 3-year-old filly trotters responded with a victory for Dave Palone. In fact, Temple Ruins blazed home in 1:53.3 to equal Classic Martine's stake record. In th...
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Miss Irish Rose A wins debut at Batavia

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Aussie invader Miss Irish Rose A, who was privately purchased from down-under on August 23 by Larry Stalbaum, made her North American debut a winning one by taking the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 27) as heavy downpours moved through the area. From the start, Machin Marley (Kevin Cummings) and Squeeze This (Jim Morrill Jr.) arg...
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Freshman stakes prelims at Harrington

on 09/27/2017 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions for the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for two-year-old trotters went postward Wednesday (September 27) at Harrington Raceway. On a night where there were many short fields due to 14 scratches on the program, Bobby Myers' Brother Kenny ($6.00, Jonathan Roberts) prevailed in the first DSBF division for colts and geldings with a 2:03.2 wi...
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McArdle colt tops Buckeye sale at $65,000

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Tap Tap Tap, Hip No. 26, danced his way through the sales ring at the third annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale Tuesday (Sept. 26) conducted in Springfield, Ohio, to the tune of $65,000 to agent Steve Cross. Consigned by Winterwood Farm, the son of McArdle- Bombilla Hanover is the first foal from his dam, who collected $204,303 during her racing career. By The Panderosa, Bombilla Hanover i...
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Keystone Classics to Two AM, Aplomb Hanover

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Two AM pulled the pocket out of the final turn and blew past President Lindy to capture a division of Tuesday’s (Sept. 26) $71,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Andy M took the other split in the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Although President Lindy waltzed through leisurely opening fractions of 28.1 and 57.2, winning driver Tyler Buter indicated he was confident Two...
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Kadabra Queen wins another Ontario Gold

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old trotting filly Kadabra Queen scored her fourth straight Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, dropping her personal best by a full two seconds. Starting from post 4 in the $126,600 contest, driver Scott Colter eased Kadabra Queen off the starting gate and dropped into fifth as Illusioneesta battled to a :27.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :57.3 half Coulte...
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Warrawee Onyx wins second straight

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Warrawee Onyx made it two straight and three of his last four in winning the $14,000 claiming handicap trot feature Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, surging late to catch Get To Doin It, who after the race welcomed the winner as a new barn mate. The Credit Winner gelding Warrawee Onyx, driven by Simon Allard and trained by his brother Rene (the brothers combined for fou...
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Yonkers Pick 5 pays $24,594 on Monday

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Buoyed by a double carryover of $7,779.95 and more than $22,000 in fresh play, Yonkers Raceway's Monday night (Sept. 23) Pick 5 made one investor very happy. A single (base 50-cent wager) winning ticket with the combination of 2/1/1/3/6 paid a 2017-high $24,594.50. The sequence included four double-digit payouts and just one winning favorite. The Pick 5 (again, base 50-cent base wager) i...
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New regs to allow bettors to keep more of winnings

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) announced on Monday (Sept. 23) that they will formally adopt modernized regulations regarding the withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel proceeds. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has long pressed for these updated regulations that will allow horseplayers to keep more of their winnings, thereby increas...
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On Track Piraten ready for International

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
John Backlund remembers watching His Majesty win the International Trot in 1995. He couldn't have imagined then that he would start a horse as an owner in the $1 million race's revival 20 years later, or that he would return with the same horse the next two years in a row. Backlund, however, will do just that when he travels to New York with Sweden's On Track Piraten to compete in the Yonkers ...
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Backstretch With Gordon: Season 15 Premier

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Before I embark on the new season of Backstretch With Gordon, I always glance back at the previous year's columns. Here is how the first Backstretch started in 2016, and I will leave it nearly intact today as there doesn't seem to be much need for change: "I (state your name) do solemnly swear that for the next two weeks through the Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile that I will not discuss po...
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Bluegrass 2CT kicks off Red Mile GC on Thursday

on 09/26/2017 2:00 AM
Peter Haughton Memorial winner You Know You Do will start from post one in the first of five divisions of the $366,000 Bluegrass 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot, presented by Hickory Lane Horse Farm and named for their stallion Uncle Peter, on the first day of the two-week Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile on Thursday.   By Muscle Hill out of the Credit Winner mare You Want M...
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"Hannelore," McWicked favored in Dayton Derbies

on 09/25/2017 2:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway will proudly present the fourth annual Dayton Trotting and Pacing Derbies on Friday night. The 17 horses entered in the track's signature events have combined earnings of $19,615,182 with 347 wins, including most of the major stakes throughout North America.   Hannelore Hanover has been tabbed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $167,000 Dayton Trotting ...
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Winbak shares harness racing with biz leaders

on 09/25/2017 2:00 AM
The month of September has been busy at Winbak Farm. The farm has hosted two events with more than 30 people who are new to the Standardbred breeding business and harness racing.   On Sept. 5, Delaware Senator Stephanie Hansen (who represents the Middletown district), Dave Hansen (her husband), Sal DiMario (for 20 years the Executive Director of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Asso...
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Red Mile Grand Circuit kicks off Thursday

on 09/25/2017 2:00 AM
The eagerly anticipated Red Mile Grand Circuit meet kicks off with a 10-race card on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 28, with post time at 7 p.m. Freshman trotting colts will kick off the action when 41 of them spread over five divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes sponsored by Hickory Lane Horse Farms heralding their trotting stallion Uncle Peter, whose first crop offering rewrote the...
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Medusa lowers her own Meadows record

on 09/25/2017 2:00 AM
Medusa knocked a tick from her own track record for older mares when she zipped to the front for Tony Hall and blazed home in 1:49.4 in Monday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Once Medusa pocketed Sassa Hanover and secured the lead, she was racing only the clock. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Mythical posted fractions ...
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DSBF 2CP splits contested at Harrington

on 09/25/2017 2:00 AM
Slick Tony and Transitioning Joy were prevailing favorites in the second round of $20,000 divisions in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund stakes action for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. George Leager's Slick Tony($2.10, Russell Foster) was a 1:54.3 winner in the first division over America First and Burn Brighter. The No Spin Zone - Queen Kathy colt rec...
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Records set in Massachusetts Sires Stakes

on 09/25/2017 2:00 AM
Two tracks records were broken and a third was just missed on the first day of Massachusetts Sire Stake (MASS) action at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon. Delco Dusty (Jereme’s Jet - Gypsys Good) made her first start at Plainridge a memorable one, winning the $29,766 two-year-old filly pace. Delco Dusty (Greg Merton) got away second behind Rock Me Threetimes (Shawn Gray) and stayed ...
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Lost In Time wins Metro; "Candygirl" upsets fillies

on 09/24/2017 2:00 AM
In less than a month, Lost In Time went from winning at an Ohio fair to capturing the C$816,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jim Mulinix trained son of A Rocknroll Dance came through with a huge performance to defeat nine other 2-year-old pacers in harness racing’s richest race for rookies on Saturday evening (Sept. 23). Driven by Scott Zeron, Lost In Time shot out from post five a...
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Seven And Seven 1:55 winner in NYSS at YR

on 09/24/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Sept. 23) hosted the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. It was the last of 16 sire stakes local legs, leading up to the Oct. 14 New York ‘Day’ of Champions. That afternoon, eight, $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers’ $3.3 million International Trot matinee program. A pair of groupings, at...
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