Hudson Phil has found his groove

on 09/18/2020 10:26 AM
When Hudson Phil started his 2020 campaign with three straight losses in the open handicap pace at Saratoga from June 21 to July 5, longtime owner Wayne Kellogg of Kellogg Racing Stable was afraid the talented pacer had tailed off or that a long 2019 campaign had taken its toll. However, the 5-year-old gelding has since won four of his last six starts, including two Saratoga opens and two Yonker...
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Brookview Bullet speeds to 1:51 win in INSS 2CP

on 09/18/2020 8:34 AM
Brookview Bullet turned in an impressive effort to capture the featured event of the evening, the $79,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday. Brett Miller was in to drive the Tyler George trainee who stopped the clock in 1:51 and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in ...
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Mohawk Million entries due by noon Monday

on 09/17/2020 9:07 PM
The march to the Mohawk Million is entering the final stage with slot owners required to finalize the two-year-old trotter that will race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon.    The Mohawk Million for $1 million (USD) will be the richest Standardbred race contested in Canada since 2012. The event for rookie trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, S...
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Almost $1 million in purses Saturday at Hawthorne

on 09/17/2020 8:58 PM
The best in the state of Illinois will be on the track Saturday as 11 stakes races will be contested for Night of Champions at Hawthorne. Although temps are expected to be cool, conditions look to be dry on Saturday as many divisional honors are on the line.   Last week sports wagering kicked off with the partnership between PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course.  While online spor...
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Scirocco Rob takes Philly trot feature in 1:53.1

on 09/17/2020 8:56 PM
The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob, who last week lost to the first-over Arabella’s Cadet in a track record 1:52 for trotting mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia, this week became the irresistible grinding force, making two moves en route to a 1:53.1 victory in Thursday’s $14,400 top-level trot on an overcast day at the riverside oval.   Leaving from post six in a ...
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Electrical fire interrupts racing at Flamboro Thursday

on 09/17/2020 8:55 PM
Due to an electrical fire Flamboro Downs was forced to suspend the Thursday, Sept. 17, card following the third race. Only one of three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies had been completed prior to the suspension of the program so the remaining divisions, along with two Prospect Series divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies, have been rescheduled to Saturday, S...
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That's Incredible, Mary Goodnight score at Plainridge

on 09/17/2020 8:53 PM
A pair of 4-year-old mares won co-featured $12,000 distaff paces at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 17), each employing a different strategy to get the job done.   First in a mid-level conditioned event, That’s Incredible (Drew Monti) drafted along fifth while Avery Seelster (John Nason) marshaled the group to the half in a quick :54.3. At that point Monti had That&...
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Millionaire Custom Cantab picks up first win of year

on 09/17/2020 8:52 PM
Custom Cantab, a million-dollar winner and the only mare in a field of talented male trotters, captured the first open class event of the recently started Hollywood Dayton meet on Thursday afternoon.   Sent off as the second choice in the $15,000 Open Trot, the five-year-old daughter of Mr Cantab was forwardly placed by driver Josh Sutton throughout the mile, which featured match...
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Inspections underway Thursday for Friday's Jug Sale

on 09/17/2020 8:49 PM
Hundreds of Harness Horse owners and trainers descended upon the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio, on Thursday to inspect over 270 yearlings being offered in tomorrow’s (Sept. 18) Ohio Selected Jug Sale. Highlighted by five popular first crop sires, several with Big League credentials, inspections were heavy throughout the day and all with social distancing and...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 09/17/2020 4:07 PM
The beat goes on at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the Ontario racetrack is the site of more stakes finals this weekend, including the Goodtimes and Elegantimage, as well as eliminations for others. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Gregg McNair talks about his chances in the elims for the Metro for 2-year-old male pacers with Bettor Sun, who won the Battle of Waterloo early la...
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Canadian horseman Ross Curran dies at 83

on 09/17/2020 2:36 PM
Ross Arthur Curran passed away peacefully at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on Monday, Sept. 14. He was 83.   Mr. Curran’s illustrious harness racing career began at the age of 16 in Smiths Falls, Ont.; by the age of 20 he won his first driving title at Connaught Park. He went on to win many driving titles, as well as being a leading driver at Mohawk, Greenwood, Ga...
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Grant enjoying time with Ramona Hill

on 09/17/2020 2:02 PM
Brad Grant watched Ramona Hill’s Hambletonian win at the Meadowlands in August from his home in Canada because of covid-19 international travel restrictions. But now Grant, one of Ramona Hill’s six owners, is getting to spend some quality time with the filly in his own backyard at Ontario’s Woodbine Mohawk Park. Last week, Ramona Hill won a division of the Simcoe Stakes...
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Carryovers should spice up weekend at Big M

on 09/17/2020 12:55 PM
The first full weekend of racing since Hambletonian week saw plenty of action on a pair of popular multi-leg wagers last Friday and Saturday (Sept. 11-12), the result of sizable carryovers, and racing fans will have similar opportunities on a pair of prominent puzzles this week when racing resumes Friday at 7:15 p.m. Last Saturday, driver Pat Berry, aka “The Blueberry Bomber,”&nbs...
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Lady Dela Renta looks for fourth straight at Yonkers

on 09/17/2020 11:40 AM
For Ron Buker, part of the fun of owning Standardbred racehorses is sharing the experience with the whole family. That’s why on race nights, Buker, his wife Briana, and their three children all gather in front of the TV to root the horses on and share quality time together. “What really got me into buying more horses was I have three kids. When we turn the TV on to watch the horse...
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USTA asks members to write lawmakers

on 09/17/2020 10:18 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association is requesting the assistance of all members and other harness racing participants in contacting U.S. Senators and Representatives to express opposition to new legislation called the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (S. 4547) recently introduced by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). If enacted, the new law would: 1. Significantly increase your cost of ...
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Novice announcers to call Shenandoah races

on 09/17/2020 8:40 AM
Shenandoah Downs will open its fifth annual season of harness racing on Friday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds with a 10-race card beginning at 2 p.m. Horses, trainers and racing personnel have been shipping onto the property all week preparing for the five-week stand.    Ten racing enthusiasts are also preparing to work the meet in a unique position. They will eac...
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Northfield set for Signature finals; new late-closers announced

on 09/17/2020 8:31 AM
MGM Northfield Park will host this year’s Signature Series finals on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The trot and pace final will each carry a purse of $10,000.  The Signature Series finals are historically held at the Delaware County Fairgrounds during the week of the Little Brown Jug.  However, this year they had been canceled until MGM Northfield Park offered to host and resched...
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2YO filly Somethingbeautiful remains undefeated

on 09/17/2020 8:08 AM
Somethingbeautiful solidified her divisional dominance in the Hoosier state's 2-year-old pacing filly ranks as she turned in a dazzling 1:52.2 performance to take the co-featured event of the evening, a split of Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With driver LeWayne Miller in the bike, Somethingbeautiful recorded her sixth consecutiv...
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Delishka N holds off challengers in Philly feature

on 09/16/2020 9:36 PM
The Bettor's Delight mare Delishka N made a pace-controlling move in front of the stands the first time, then held off a wall of challengers the second time around to win the $14,400 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:51.   Dexter Dunn sent Delishka N out to early command, yielded to Bettor Joy N, then went onward again when favorite Mac...
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Drama Act equals Keystone Classic record at Meadows

on 09/16/2020 8:09 PM
Drama Act overcame post 8 to score easily in 1:50, matching the stake record in Wednesday's $63,550 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows.   Drama Act was making only her second start since owner The OK Corral shifted her to the Ron Burke stable, but the trainer likes what he's seen so far of the daughter of Well Said-Lounge Act.   "I thin...
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