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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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New Illinois champions crowned at Hawthorne

on 09/24/2017 2:00 AM
On Saturday evening at Hawthorne, over $1.4 million in purses was awarded to the top Illinois-bred trotters and pacers at Hawthorne’s Night of Champions.  While 11 stakes champs were crowned on the 12-race Hawthorne card, a pair of juveniles stole the show.  A recap of the entire Night of Champions card. Kevin E. Miller’s Illinimight, under a masterful drive by Tony Morgan, sc...
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Big wins for Huntsville, All Bets Off at Hoosier

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
Harness racing’s superstars were out in full force at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Sept.  22, as the evening’s 14-race card featured over $1.4 million in purses for Grand Circuit racing action.  A packed crowd gathered to watch and they were not disappointed as they received not merely one but four powerful performances in the $240,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management...
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Homicide Hunter sets track record in Centaur stake

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
On Friday evening (Sept. 22) the majority of the fans at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino sought the cooler confines of the great indoors, but braved the humid conditions to witness an overall track record performance by world and Indiana champion Homicide Hunter. The 5-year-old gelding sailed by fellow champion Hannelore Hanover in deep stretch and held off the late bid of another familiar coll...
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Photobombr Hanover upsets in Keystone Classic

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 14-1, Photobombr Hanover caught the game but weary leader, Q’s Cruise, in deep stretch and pulled off the upset in Saturday’s (Sept. 23) $86,900 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. Normandy Beach took the other division of the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Q’s Cruise fronted the field through three-quarters in a demanding 1:22.3 after a :54.4 half, fractions ...
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Kim Sears trains four Florida Breeders winners

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
The FSBOA stakes season for Florida-bred youngsters finally got underway on Saturday (Sept. 23), and while drivers Wally Hennessey, Bryce Fenn and Jay Sears each had doubles on the non-wagering program, it was trainer Kim Sears who hit the grand slam with four training wins. Kim Sears reached the winners circle with the 2-year-old pacing gelding Jay Jay to kick off the program, grabbed the juve...
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Focus Power takes Batavia Open in 1:52.4

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
Focus Power left no doubt who the top pacer on the grounds was this week as he tripped out to a two-length victory in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday evening (Sept. 23). The Downs' leading driver, Drew Monti, sent Focus Power off the gate and they took a short-lived lead until relinquishing that spot to Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio), who rushed up and grabbed it by the ...
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Doctor Carter edges Secret Threat at Dayton

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
Doctor Carter (Mike Micallef) pulled a mild upset in Hollywood Dayton’s featured $18,500 Open Pace on Saturday night (Sept. 23), nipping Secret Threat (Josh Sutton), who was last week’s winner, in 1:50.4. The winning 6-year-old son of Total Truth equaled his lifetime best effort, capturing his 36th career victory. Owned by Andrea and Tommy Householder and trained by Pat Karcher, Doctor Car...
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