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Illini Classic Yearling Sale average doubles

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 Illini Classic Yearling Sale, held on Labor Day (Sept. 4) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, saw the average sale price increase by 106 percent compared to 2016. This year's average price was $9,087 compared to $4,402 a year ago.   Several factors drove buyer enthusiasm to the highest level in recent years. Both state and county fair purses were enhanced by monies ...
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"Armbro" leader Charlie Armstrong dies

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
H. Charles "Charlie" Armstrong, who carried on his family's breeding farm and added to the Armstrong Bros. legacy in harness racing, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the age of 96. Mr. Armstrong, and his family's Armstrong Bros. Farm, was an icon in harness racing for more than 60 years. Throughout this time, Mr. Armstrong was integral in the shaping of Ontario's horse racing industry as ...
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Little Brown Jug future wagering now open

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12 Noon on Thursday, Sept. 7, and continues through 11 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe.   Downbytheseaside has been installed at the 3-1 morning line favorite. The bay son of Somebeachsomewhere has won eight starts this season...
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New Vocations Pre-Jug Party on Sept. 20

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
The annual charity auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Delaware County Fair will be held Wednesday Sept. 20, in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party immediately following the Jugette. Over 100 items and services will be offered in a silent auction via mobile bidding followed by a live auction of 10 premier items at 7:30 p.m. For the first time, people will be able...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands returns on Friday night loaded with Kindergartners, and stakes action returns to Mohawk on both Friday and Saturday nights. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer John Butenschoen talks to Kathy Parker about his trotters Dover Dan and Bill's Man, who are entered in the Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. Gordon Waterstone caught up with trainer Dave Menar...
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Pasithea Face ready for boys in Maple Leaf Trot

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
It did not take long for Jimmy Takter to fall in love with Pasithea Face.   "It was the first time I trained her," Takter said about the 5-year-old Swedish-born mare, who arrived in his stable on June 19 and two months later trotted one of the fastest miles in history by a female trotter. "She came here and she looked fantastic and she adapted very easily to my way of training. &...
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Wellwood, Peaceful Way elims set for Monday

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
Many of the best 2-year-old trotters in the sport will be converging on Mohawk Racetrack this Monday (Sept. 11) for the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes eliminations. Each event requires two C$30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for the finals on Monday (Sept. 18). The Wellwood Memorial has attracted 19 colts and geldings, while 18 fillies will battle in the Peacefu...
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Icanflylikeanangel wins Saratoga feature

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
Icanflylikeanangel has a New York Sire Stakes win on his resume in 2017 and the 3-year-old added another victory to his card on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 7) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Benny Eggers trainee was the odds-on betting favorite in the $10,250 feature for New York-sired trotters and moved out to an easy lead with Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the sulky. The sophomore high-stepper had lit...
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Austin Siegelman wins five straight at Monticello

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 7) at Monticello Raceway, Austin Siegelman owned the middle part of the racing card and won five consecutive races. The winning streak started in race seven and continued through race 11.  Winbak Prince ($6.10) got the party started for Siegelman, winning by seven lengths in 1:56. The aptly named Winning ($3.30) made it two-in-a-row, wh...
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Third leg for KYSS 2YO trotters in the books

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
The third and last preliminary leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for freshman trotters went forth on Thursday night at The Red Mile. Trotting fillies got the program underway in race two with Deschanel winning for the first time in 1:57. Driver Jeff Gregory moved her first-over past the half, was clear by the 1:27.2 third station then Deschanel poured it on moving away from her rivals...
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Classicality upsets at The Meadows

on 09/07/2017 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 10-1, Classicality roared to the front from post six and never had an anxious moment as he captured Thursday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality made a rare break in his last start, the Open I Trot at Scioto Downs, but he atoned for that big time by shrugging off the first-over challenge of Barn Girl and scoring for Bria...
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Paula Campbell named Lady Pace honoree

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
Paula Campbell, wife of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and advocate for retired racehorses, will be honored as the 2017 Lady Pace Honoree during the Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fair.   A native of Detroit, Campbell is the co-founder and president of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, a non-profit organization created to care for, rehabilitate, and secure l...
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Hawthorne "Fantasy Own A Horse" contest

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
Hawthorne Race Course invites fans to own a horse by entering to win their "Fantasy Own A Horse" contest.   Fans will enter to win the opportunity to experience the excitement of being a horse owner for one night with a chance to win a portion of the purse money earned by that horse. The contest will take place on Saturday (Sept. 16) at 5 p.m.at Hawthorne Race Course located at 3501 S. La...
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Harrisburg yearling catalog now online

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2017 Black Book 1, 79th Annual Yearling Sale catalog, on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. Download the catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our "My Black Book" program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when av...
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Steacy gets 3 fillies in Grassroots 3FT final

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
Ontario's three-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening and, by virtue of one win and two seconds, trainer Mark Steacy landed three fillies in the Grassroots Championship. The first $18,800 division saw point leader Gisele Treelane maintain her flawless record in Grassroots action with a 1:56.3 score. The Daylon Magician daught...
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Northville Downs gets $850,000 for purses

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) on Tuesday announced it was releasing more than $1 million that has been held in escrow since Hazel Park Raceway last raced a harness meet in 2014. The money was garnered from simulcasting, but when Hazel Park switched to Thoroughbreds in 2015, the MGCB held the money as state law required the money be paid out at the racetrack where it was accumul...
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3YO Mamora Bay equals Batavia track record

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
There were record breakers coming from everywhere at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 6) as the track standard was breached three times during the proceedings of the $108,2000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and $30,000 Excelsior A series for 3-year-old trotting fillies. In the first $59,100 division, Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) got away fourth behind a heated front-end battle between Del...
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Wind Of The North takes Harrington feature

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.80, Victor Kirby) was a wire-to-wire winner at Harrington Raceway Wednesday (Sept. 8) in the featured $16,000 Open Trot in 1:55.2. The Cantab Hall gelding was a confident winner over Theresademoninme and Wingus for his seventh win of the year for trainer Jenny Bier. The venerable veteran with more than $810,000 earned lifetime rebounded a...
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Goodtogo Hanover rallies to win at Meadows

on 09/06/2017 2:00 AM
Shuffled to fifth into the final turn, Goodtogo Hanover swung wide and powered through the lane to capture Wednesday’s (Sept. 6) $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows. After dueling for the early lead, Goodtogo Hanover settled into third for Brian Zendt but had no hope of finding a seam or the Lightning Lane late. When Zendt showed the 4-year-old daug...
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Sheza Chunkymonkey wins second Grassroots

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
A fierce late summer storm caused a delay in Monday night's Ontario Sires Stakes program at Mohawk Racetrack, but the rain did not dilute the efforts of the freshman Grassroots competitors. The second of three divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies went to post during the worst of the rain, just after racing officials had downgraded the Mohawk surface from "fast" to "sloppy", but the co...
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