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Burke sweeps Keystone Classic divisions

on 09/12/2017 2:00 AM
Ron Burke figured to be a force in Tuesday’s (Sept. 12) $86,498 Keystone Classic at The Meadows — he trains eight of the 17 freshman filly pacers who dropped in — but he was even more dominant than that, teaming with Matt Kakaley to sweep the event with Double A Mint, Strong Opinion and Majorsspeciallady. Double A Mint turned in the most powerful performance, rolling to a facile 5-1/2...
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Tequila Monday, Ann Hill win NYSS at Monticello

on 09/12/2017 2:00 AM
Tequila Monday and Ann Hill won their respective $59,100 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old filly pacers Tuesday (Sept. 12) at Monticello Raceway. Clear Idea was looking to regain her recent form (at one point this season she had reeled off seven wins in a row.)  In her last two starts she was not her old self and today not even the rail would help her.   Planet...
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Matt Kakaley drives 4,000th career winner

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Matt Kakaley posted the 4,000th win of his driving career on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, guiding the maiden trotter Rose Run Tyrone to an open length victory to reach the milestone.   Fittingly, Matt's 4,000th winner was behind a horse trained by Ron Burke, for the 29-year-old Kakaley's career really took off at the start of the decade when he became one of the prefer...
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Meadowlands issues statement on whipping

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands has long been considered the greatest day in harness racing and our sport's finest showcase.   Meadowlands chairman/CEO Jeffrey Gural and COO/general manager Jason M. Settlemoir have received many complaints from both inside and outside of the United States regarding what was considered beyond acceptable standards of whipping during the afternoon of rac...
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Average price at Goshen sale up 18 percent

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
An exceptional crowd of enthusiastic buyers flocked to the spacious Mark Ford Training Center on Sunday (Sept. 10) to purchase the next crop of Standardbred champions. Sunny skies and a cheerful outlook prevailed as 110 colts and fillies passed through the auction ring for a gross of $1.57 million, averaging $14,300 per offering, which was an increase of 18 percent over the 2016 sale. ...
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Jamie Martin to move from WEG to Grand River

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway and its owner/operator, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS), are pleased to welcome Jamie Martin as the new Director of Operations. Martin will take over leadership of the track from Dr. Ted Clarke, who is retiring after more than 30 years in the harness racing industry. Martin will join the Grand River Raceway team in December. In April of this year, Martin anno...
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Videos online for Winbak's Lex yearlings

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Winbak Farm will be selling 70 yearlings by top North American sires at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The yearlings are eligible to New York, Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Winbak's Lexington Yearling Sale videos are now posted.   Pacing Yearlings selling are sired by: A Rocknroll Dance (PA), American Ideal (NY), Art Major (NY), Betterthancheddar (ON), Bettor's Delight (ON),...
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Shenandoah Downs set for Sept. 16 opening

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
The second season of pari-mutuel harness racing at Shenandoah Downs is set to commence on Saturday, Sept. 16, and another five-week season is planned. The meet will continue every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. through Oct. 15. Gates open at 11 a.m. on race days.   Pacers and trotters will compete in 10 races each afternoon and a race generally goes off every 20 minutes. The half-mil...
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Yonkers cancels Oct. 13 for big Oct. 14

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is altering its live racing schedule to accommodate New York State's pre-race protocol for both the $1 million Yonkers International Trot and the $1.8 million New York ‘Day' of Champions. The afternoon card of Saturday, Oct. 14 (post time TBA) requires the paddock be used for the state-mandated, 30-hour detention. Thus, the Friday, Oct. 13 program has been cancel...
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I Know My Rights fastest in Keystone Classic

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
I Know My Rights grabbed the lead at the top of the lane, then squandered most of it by running in late. Though his antics turned the finish into an adventure, I Know My Rights scored in 1:56, fastest mile in Monday’s $104,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Toast Of Lindy, Rentier and Moosonee takin...
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Noble wins 6 on Hollywood Dayton opener

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Dan Noble, whose stellar sulky career was chronicled on Saturday in the Dayton Daily News, was the star of the Opening Day show at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Monday afternoon. The 34-year-old, a fourth-generation reins-man who hails from nearby Xenia, copped six of the 14 races on the five-eighths mile oval’s initial card of the season.  Noble’s opening six-pack gives him f...
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Papa Ray captures Harrington feature

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reggie Hazzard's Papa Ray ($8.20, Victor Kirby) was a 1:51.4 winner in the $13,000 featured pace Monday at Harrington Raceway. The 8-year-old Village Jolt stallion received a garden journey and held off the game race favorite Framed Art, who was outside most of the mile for a narrow win. It was the 39th career win for Papa Ray, who is conditioned by Wayne Given...
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Prince Aston drops and pops at Plainridge

on 09/11/2017 2:00 AM
After being claimed for $12,500 on July 20, Prince Aston’s performances merited a start in the Open at Plainridge Park two weeks ago. But stepping back down in class proved fruitful for his connections this week as he won the $12,000 pacing feature at The Ridge on Monday. Prince Aston (Shawn Gray) got away a gapped sixth while He’s Marvelous (Nick Graffam) took the field to the quar...
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Bit Of A Legend N takes Yonkers Open

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
Odds-on Bit of a Legend N with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton in the bike was more than good enough Saturday night,  winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play early from assigned post position No. 6, Bit of Legend N stuffed Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) behind him, making the lead before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. He then engaged in out-...
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John MacDonald wins seven at Vernon

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
Just when you thought John MacDonald's season at Vernon Downs couldn't get any better.  The leading driver would win six races on Thursday, five races on Friday and seven races on Saturday (September 9). His first four wins on Saturday were with Coopers Beach ($2.10), All Steinam ($2.90) Engagedatlexington ($4.80), and Shootin Tyme ($4.20).  His last three victories were with...
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Paprike Blue Chip, Hitman Hill win NYSS at Tioga

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr) and Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) would each get impressive  New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) victories for freshman colts and gelding pacers at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 9). Paprike Blue Chip (Roll With Joe - Bliss N Vinegar) would set a track record for 2 year-old geldings in the first division of NYSS ($56,500). Rock Lights (Jim Devaux) wou...
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Americanprimetime holds on to win M1 feature

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
Americanprimetime brought the biggest bankroll and biggest credentials into Saturday night's $15,000 pacing feature at the Meadowlands and he needed all of his class to hold on for a 1:49.4 win over eight other rivals. Trainer and driver Rick Dane, Jr. put the son of American Ideal on the front end while setting honest fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:21.4 through three quarters. The narrow 2/1 se...
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McWicked takes Ewart by neck over Rockin Ron

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
After Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley) blew by Mel Mara (Dave Palone) like the 2-1 public selection was standing still it appeared the trophy for the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial would clearly belong to his connections. McWicked, however, had other plans as he and Brian Sears unleashed a scintillating rally through the passing lane to score by a neck in 1:49.3 on Saturday (Sept. 9) at Eldorado Scioto ...
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Downbytheseaside rolls to Jug Preview victory

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
Sent off the prohibitive 1-9 favorite in the field of seven after the scratch of Henry The Dragon, world champion and Messenger Stakes victor Downbytheseaside, with Brian Sears at the lines, captured the $125,000 Jug Preview at Eldorado Scioto Downs in 1:51 on Saturday (Sept. 9). "We will take it easy with him next week (to prepare for the Little Brown Jug) and then start training him a lit...
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Shadow Moon, Jimmy Freight win OSS Gold

on 09/10/2017 2:00 AM
Shadow Moon and Jimmy Freight earned their second Gold Series wins at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, putting a little distance between themselves and their 2-year-old pacing colt peers in the division point race. In the first $97,200 Gold contest driver Trevor Henry sent Shadow Moon directly to the front from post seven and the pair led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and...
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