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Calvin B scores in 1:50, winning Vernon Open

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
Calvin B (Chris Lems) took the Open Pace ($11,400) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept. 23). John MacDonald added five more wins to continue his spectacular season. In the Open Pace, Golden Gun would fire out to take the lead and put up the early fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:22. Calvin B (Bettor's  Delight), who is owned by Dolores Smiel and trained by Heidi Rohr, would go first-over a...
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Dein Spriggs captures amateur race at Vernon

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
Two nights ago the Billings Amateur Driver Series was at Batavia Downs and on Saturday (Sept. 23) seven members of the granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations were in Vernon, N.Y. for an eastern region trot over the swift oval at Vernon Downs. Taking advantage of the pole position, Dein "the Dream" Spriggs hustled Garlandandpearls away quickly to avoid the confusion caused by breaking ho...
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Redder Than Red wins by nose at Pocono

on 09/23/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadows shipper Redder Than Red charged home to take a 1:54 decision by a nose over Dynamic Edge in the $16,500 featured trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the companion pacing event Bushwacker overcame the first-over grind to win by two lengths in 1:50 on Saturday -- a night that was also spiced up by two horses who paid over $100 to win. The eight-year-old SJ’s Caviar...
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"Paprike," "Hitman" come up NYSS winners

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr., $7) and Hitman Hill (Eric Goodell, $2.20) were the Empire's elite Thursday night, highlighting Yonkers Raceway's $157,600 New York Sires Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $78,800 divisions comprised the event.   The opening group saw Paprike Blue Chip put in play from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch)...
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Yonkers names races for Rooney, Harvey

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
The Dan Rooney Pace has been established to honor the memory of the late, Hall of Fame chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers who passed away earlier this year, it was announced Friday by his brother, Timothy J. Rooney, president and CEO of Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway.   The inaugural Dan Rooney, for a purse of $250,000, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, as part of...
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Hoosier, Mohawk stakes in Weekend Preview!

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
After a great—albeit it very hot—Little Brown Jug day in Ohio, it's time to turn our attention a few hours west to Hoosier Park and a stakes-filled race card on Friday. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, correspondent James Platz takes a look at Hannelore Hanover and her chances to defend her Centaur Trotting Classic title. The race action then shifts northeast on Saturday f...
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Noble Legend gains seventh win of '17 via DQ

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
Noble Legend looked very sharp on the front end while defeating six top-end trotters as well as an inquiry at the wire to win the $10,500 Open Handicap Trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 22). Noble Legend (Ray Fisher Jr.) left strong off the gate and established a loose two-length advantage on the front end. After passing the quarter in :28.3, the post time favorite Egosnattitudes (La...
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All About Madi takes Yonkers mare pace feature

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
All About Madi (Brian Sears, $11) made the lead and that was that Friday night (Sept. 22), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In a race with not much speed, it was a two-speed number. All About Madi, from post position 5, worked around pole-sitting Jag Out (George Brennan), grabbing the baton before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. She then rated a :30.1 next su...
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Round Barn party set for Monday, Oct. 2

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
The iconic Round Barn, adjacent to the Red Mile off South Broadway in Lexington, Ky., is the location for the Barn Buggy Bash on Monday, Oct. 2, from 6-9 p.m. The event is hosted by the Round Barn Stable of Memories and Bayou Bluegrass Catering. The unique structure is managed by the 501©(3) group Stable of Memories, and not only houses some of harness racing's greatest memorabilia, but is...
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Mark MacDonald scores 6,000th win with Atlanta

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald drove Atlanta to a  track record for freshman trotting fillies by capturing the first division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) Friday night at Vernon Downs. The win also gave MacDonald his 6,000th career driving victory Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) remained undefeated in winning the second NYSS division Fury Road (Chris Lems) would lead the first division ($55,500) trott...
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Our Els Dream N gives Annunziata Stga win

on 09/22/2017 2:00 AM
Our Els Dream N (Elsu) became the third Al Annunziata trainee to record a win in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel this year. The 8-year-old mare wound up getting a first-over journey in Friday’s $18,000 Open for distaffers. The race’s favorite faltered on the engine and Our Els Dream N took advantage, cruising by in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:53.2. St...
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Bruce Aldrich Jr. wins 7,000th career race

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
Often when drivers are on the brink of a dash milestone, they experience a drought. This was the case with Bruce Aldrich Jr.   After going nearly a week without a win at Monticello Raceway, the drought was extinguished on Tuesday as Aldrich caught fire early on the card and won two New York Sire Stakes Excelsior B events at Monticello.   The wildfire continued Wednes...
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Night of Champions set for Hawthorne

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday evening at Hawthorne will be the culmination of a great season of racing hereas the summer harness meet comes to a close this weekend. The best in the state of Illinois will be in the limelight as more than $1.4 million in purses will be offered on the Night of Champions card. The 12-race card kicks off at 7:10 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday with open pacers and will be followed by 11 stakes ...
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Paperwork snafu forces McKelvie to miss Red Mile meet

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
As a result of a snafu with paperwork, Mark McKelvie will not be in the announcer's booth for the two-week Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile that gets underway on Thursday, Sept. 28. The Red Mile had announced in May that McKelvie would take the place of Hall of Famer Sam McKee, who died in early March.   McKelvie, the communications director for the Standardbred meets at Mohawk an...
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Shake It Off Lindy best in Old Oaken Bucket

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
Shake It Off Lindy led from start to finish to win Thursday's $105,125 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters in a lifetime-best 1:54 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Andy M was second and Moonshiner Hanover was third.   Scott Zeron drove Shake It Off Lindy for trainer Frank M. Antonacci and ownerK R Breeding, which is Antonacci and his father Frank and uncle Gerald. It was...
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Emoticon Hanover rolls in Miss Versatility

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
Coming off a world-record performance in her previous race, Emoticon Hanover just missed adding her name to the record book again.   Emoticon Hanover won Thursday's$120,500 Miss Versatility Series championship for older female trotters in 1:52 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The time was one-fifth of a second shy of Maven's world record of 1:51.4 for a female trotter on a half-mile tr...
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Filibuster Hanover wins 72nd Little Brown Jug

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
After finishing second in a blanket finish in the first $188,928 heat of Thursday's $590,400 Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fairgrounds, Filibuster Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras took no prisoners in the $401,472 decisive second heat as he won in gate-to-wire fashion,   Filibuster Hanover finished behind first-heat winner Fear The Dragon by a neck despite a lack of racin...
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Keystone Apache holds on in Standardbred 2CT

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
Keystone Apache went three wide heading to the final turn, passed leader M S Triple J, and then held off Can't Afford It in the stretch to win Thursday's $52,200 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters by a neck in 1:56.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   Can't Afford It was second and M S Triple J, who raced on the outside for nearly the entire mile, was third. &n...
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OBC 2CPs raced on Jug day undercard

on 09/21/2017 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the $145,184 Ohio Breeders Championship for freshman pacing colts were held on Thursday as part of the Little Brown Jug Day undercard at the Delaware County Fair.g Three $36,296 divisions were won by trainer Brian Brown -- Rock On Creek (Chris Page), Dragonology (David Miller) and Slick Mick (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.). The final division was won by Born To Be Bad (Andy Mille...
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Wisdom Tree picks up first win in NYSS

on 09/20/2017 2:00 AM
On Tuesday (Sept. 19) Monticello Raceway hosted it’s 8th and final leg of the 2017 Sire Stakes Season featuring 2-year-old pacing fillies. The first Sire Stakes event of the afternoon was a 6 horse field that competed for a purse of $53,500. Betting favorite KJ’s Bekah (Jason Bartlett) made a nasty break in the middle of the first turn and went to his knees. Jim Morrill Jr. took advanta...
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