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KYSS 2YOs back in action Thursday at Red Mile

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters return for leg three, the last of the preliminary races with 24 fillies and 19 colts set to go on Thursday evening at The Red Mile.   Ladies first, they split evenly into three eight filly divisions and are carded as races 2, 3 and 4.   Lily Stride skipped leg one, dominated her rivals in the second leg and returns ...
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Virginia Breeder's preps, elims at Shenandoah

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
Prep and elimination harness races for the Virginia Breeder's divisional 2 -and -3-year-old championships were held during the final race program at the Shenandoah County Fair this past Saturday. Two-year-old championships will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Shenandoah Downs pari-mutuel meet opener, then 3-year-old divisional titles will be contested on Sunday, Sept. 24.   Faste...
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FL Breeders' Sunshine Stakes postponed

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
Due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, the Florida stakes season for 2- and 3-year-olds, scheduled to begin on Saturday (Sept. 9), has been pushed back one week. The first leg of the Sunshine State Stakes will be held on Saturday (Sept. 16), with the second leg the following Saturday (Sept. 23), after the qualifying races. In canceling the races for this Saturday, FSBOA President Joe P...
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NY promotion at Goshen, Morrisville sales

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) are pleased to offer our members a unique incentive to purchase a New York-Bred at the Goshen Yearling Sale and the Morrisville Yearling Sale. The Harness Horse Breeders of NYS have been overwhelmed by the support of old and new members. To show its appreciation, the HHBNYS will make both sustaining payments due in 2018 for two 2017 New ...
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USTA states reasons for opposing legislation

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
While the United States Trotting Association (USTA) strongly supports breed-specific, uniform medication rules for horse racing, the USTA, which has had no input into the preparation of the bill, opposes the Horse Racing Integrity Act of 2017 (H.R.2651) for a number of reasons. Two of the primary objections to the proposed legislation are the elimination of race-day medications, specificall...
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Massachusetts Sires Stakes kicks off Sept. 25

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
While many other state's sires stakes programs have already had their finals or have them coming up on the calendar soon, the Massachusetts Sires Stakes is preparing to get its 2017 schedule underway at the end of September. However, some horses competing in programs from surrounding states will also be starting in the Massachusetts program and that is because of the state's resident mare rule...
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2 elims for Maple Leaf, Canadian Trot Classic

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
The eliminations for several events, including the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic, were drawn Tuesday (Sept. 5) at Mohawk Racetrack.   An all-star group of 15 older trotters were entered in this year’s Maple Leaf Trot, while the Canadian Trotting Classic attracted 13 sophomore colts and geldings.   The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations will take place on Friday (Sept. 8) ...
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Paver honored at Meadows for 4,000th win

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) on Tuesday (Sept. 5) honored Ray Paver for the 4,000th winning drive of his career. Paver, who years ago left a job dealing blackjack to mess around with harness racing, dealt himself winning hand 4,000 on Aug. 23 at the Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield, Ohio. Paver responded in kind by winning Tues...
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BJ's Sweetheart upsets Purrfect Bags in 1:53.3

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
Jason and Susan Skinner's BJ's Sweetheart ($44, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset winner in the $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday in 1:53.3. The 7-year-old No Pan Intended mare surged by pacesetter Purrfect Bags late for a narrow win. Trained by co-owner Jason Skinner, it was her 29th career win. Purrfect Bags was second with Miss Me Yet third. The winner has banked nearly $320,...
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Pointomygrandson scores by neck in NYSS

on 09/05/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway played host to the $166,499 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Tuesday night. Three divisions—at $55,833, $55,833 and $54,833, respectively—comprised the ‘sloppy’ event. Tuesday’s opening group saw favored Pointomygranson (Scott Zeron, $4.70) go the distance, holding off a closing-ranks Cultural Paradise (Brian Sear...
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Lifetime marks earned in Pocono features

on 09/04/2017 2:00 AM
Pacer Big Top Hanover and trotter New Jersey Viking both took lifetime marks over a "good" track while recording their initial victories in 2017 in the $18,000 features at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night. Big Top Hanover, who earned more than $700,000 at two and three against the top stakes colts, showed sharp form in only his third start at four, using the famed Pocono Pike to...
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Quebec finals held at Hippodrome 3R

on 09/04/2017 2:00 AM
The Hippodrome 3R hosted its richest race program of the 2017 season Sunday with the C$480,000 championship finals of the Breeders Cup Series and the Future Stars Series for 2-and 3-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There were eight finals with the 3-year-old divisions going for C$65,000 each and the 2-year-old’s racing for C$55,000 each. Unlike prior years, there were no track records set...
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MSRF 2YOs wrap up at Ocean Downs

on 09/04/2017 2:00 AM
The 2 year olds were on tap for the final Maryland Standardbred Race Fund stakes at Ocean Downs this summer on Sunday. The trotting fillies went as a non-wagering event with a purse of $23,350. Art Stafford Jr. sent Iron Mine Krystal (Four Starz Robro) out of post five right to the front, taking control and widening the gap at every quarter, hitting the wire 5-1/2 lengths in front...
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Obvious Blue Chip, Roaring To Go win NYSS

on 09/04/2017 2:00 AM
Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) and Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) each captured a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing fillies at Tioga Downs Monday afternoon. Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe) would win the first division of the NYSS ($60,200) by besting Tequila Monday (Brett Miller) and Artrageous (Mark MacDonald).  Miller and Tequila Monday took the lead imm...
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Major Uptrend captures Harrington open

on 09/04/2017 2:00 AM
Crissman Inc. and Niss Allen Farm's Major Uptrend ($3.60, Tony Morgan) was a decisive winner Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $15,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. Trained by co-owner Tim Crissman, the Somebeachsomewhere 6-year-old was sent for the lead from post six early and never relented en route to a wire-to-wire score over Framed Art and Millenium Wheel. It was the 12th win of the ...
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Freshmen star in PASS championships

on 09/04/2017 2:00 AM
Rainbow Room, Manchego, Pedro Hanover and Fashion Woodchopper are the latest Keystone State champions after their victories in the four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships on a Labor Day Monday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  2-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLY FINAL Pacesetting Rainbow Room had archrival Come See The Show look her right in the eye nearing the three-quarte...
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Sports Column scores in 1:50.1 in Ont. Gold

on 09/03/2017 2:00 AM
On a program full of Grand Circuit Stakes, Ontario’s top 3-year-old pacing colts put on an impressive show in two C$98,000 Gold Series divisions Saturday night (Sept. 2) at Mohawk Racetrack. After spending five weeks battling some of the top pacers on the Mohawk circuit, Sports Column celebrated his return to Ontario Sires Stakes action with an impressive 1:50.1 victory over Nascar Seelster a...
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2TF Lima Novelty 4 for 4 with NYSS victory

on 09/03/2017 2:00 AM
Two-year-old trotting fillies were featured on Saturday night (Sept. 2) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were three divisions of the $53,500 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman distaffers and the favorites thrived. Linda Toscano’s Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven) moved her record to four-for-four in her freshman campaign behind an impressive score in 1:57.3. Frank Coppola Jr. piloted the 2-5 ...
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Ohio celebrates with Sires Stakes finals

on 09/03/2017 2:00 AM
Chilly temperatures didn’t put a damper on the richest night ever in Ohio horse racing, as $2 million were paid out in eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships contested on Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs. In all but one event, the favorites or near-favorites prevailed. The undefeated Seeing Eye Single, a Dragon Again gelding conditioned by Ronnie Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Pur...
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Fear The Dragon scratched from PASS final

on 09/03/2017 2:00 AM
Fear The Dragon, winner of the Pepsi North America Cup and Adios, has been scratched sick from Sunday's $252,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship at Harrah's Philadelphia. The colt was set for another race against his rival Huntsville. Brian Brown, who trains Fear The Dragon for Bruce Trogdon's Emerald Highlands Farm, said Fear The Dragon tied up Wednesday and had not sufficiently recovered...
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