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Filly rivalry set for another edition in PASS

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
They share the same world champion sire and their dams are two of the most prolific pacing females in recent memory, so naturally Rainbow Room and Come See The Show had high expectations placed upon them before ever appearing in their pari-mutuel debuts. Both young ladies have already demonstrated they are not only fully equipped to carry on the legacies their mothers established, but poised to ...
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Marty Wollam knows what works with trotters

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Marty Wollam is no stranger to what works with young trotters. The 68-year-old talented trainer/driver—who is in his fifth decade of conditioning Standardbreds— rarely misses having a few, and in this case, three talented individuals in the Ohio Sires Stakes championships. Wollam will harness a pair of freshman trotting colts and one sophomore trotting filly in their respective...
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NYSS for 3FP set for Monday at Tioga

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
The Labor day matinee on Monday (Sept. 4) at Tioga Downs will feature two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing fillies. Both races look to be very entertaining as the first division will feature Empire Breeders Classic final (EBC) winner Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) and EBC elimination winner Tequila Monday (Brett Miller). Obvious Blue Chip (Roll With Joe), owned...
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2YO pacer Hitman Hill sets Batavia track mark

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
The track standard of 1:53.2 for 2-year-old pacing geldings was lowered substantially on Friday night (Sept. 1) when Hitman Hill (American Ideal-Fox Valley Shaker) torched the Genesee County oval in 1:52.4 in the $106,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs. Leaving from post one in his $53,500 division, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) shot right to the lead and dictated fractions that woul...
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Americans take lead in European competition

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
After waiting on Greyhound and Thoroughbred races the main event on the card at this 1,200 meter sand track pitted Paul Minore (Sholty Geri) against the Hungarian perennial champ Andrea Nagyvary steering the heavy favorite (Oaklahoma Font). However, things turned out to favor Minore when Ferenc Leanyfalvi (Prodigy Gasti) decided to fight it out on the front end. And one ...
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Little Santamonica, Miss Dollar Mam win in NY

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Little Santamonica (Aaron Byron) captured the Fillies and Mares Open II ($9,000) on Friday (Sept. 1) at Tioga Downs. Little Santamonica ($6.20) would charge out of the gate to take the lead but All Charged Up (Tom Jackson) took over before the first quarter. Little Santamonica (Little Seven) re-took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and the 9-year-old mare, who is owned Cou...
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Lispatty captures Yonkers' mare pace feature

on 09/01/2017 2:00 AM
Lispatty, driven by George Brennan ($6.60), was first home from second-up Friday night (Sept. 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from assigned post position six, Lispatty watched Freeze Out (Brian Sears) stuff slight 2-1 choice Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton) in behind before a :27 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission, Deli...
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Freshman pacers hit Batavia for NYSS

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Only 11 New York-bred 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers will visit America's oldest lighted harness track this year to compete for the $106,000 in purses available in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS), but the quality overrides the quantity that will race at Batavia Downs on Friday night.   The first $53,500 six-horse division goes in race three and features the undefeated Hitman Hi...
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NY ADWs team up for handicapping contest

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Prominent New York State advance deposit wagering (ADW) platforms SaratogaBets, BataviaBets, and EmpireCityBets on Wednesday announced that they will host the first-ever New York State Online Handicapping Championship on Dec. 2. Along with a "not-for-profit" payout formula that will award all entry fees as prize money to the participating horseplayers, a paid seat in the 2017 NHC Champion...
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Surick dreaming big with Ella Christina

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
When Ella Christina prepared to make her first start for new trainer Nick Surick in a split of the Adioo Volo Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies at The Meadows on July 29, Surick was home feeling sick as a dog. He wasn't worried about missing the race. He didn't think his filly had a shot anyway and the public agreed, sending her off at odds of 56-1. Surick propped one eye open and watched t...
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$480,000 Quebec championships Sunday at 3R

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
On Sunday the Hippodrome 3R will host its richest harness racing program of the 2017 season with the finals for the Breeders Cup Series for 3 year olds and the Future Stars Series for 2 year olds, with C$480,000 in purses.   There are eight championship events for the trotters and pacers, colts and fillies. The four Breeders Cup finals will each race for C$65,000 and the four F...
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Meadowlands back with live racing Sept. 8

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Live harness racing returns to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment for an abbreviated September meeting. The four-day meet begins Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 and comes back the following Friday and Saturday. Post time for all four nights will be 7:15 p.m. Horseplayers should take note that there will be a few notable changes to the wagering format. The pair of Pick...
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Fear The Dragon headlines PASS 3YO finals

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Brian Brown's stable is home to three of the top 10 horses in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, which is a feat the trainer never considered likely.   "It's not something you ever think is going to happen, that you're going to have that many in a year," Brown said. "It's something I've never experienced, so I don't really know how to take it. But it's a good thing to ha...
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Busy as a beaver in Saturday's OSS finals

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
The old adage "Busy As A Beaver" certainly applies to one of Ohio's top trotting conditioners, as trainer Chris Beaver will harness no less than eight diagonally-gaited Standardbreds in a trio of $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championships on Saturday night, Sept. 2 at Scioto Downs.   Being involved in the Ohio Sires Stakes is nothing new to the 45-year-old Columbus, Ohio native, who h...
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McWicked's return to Canada continues in CPD

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
Back in the care of trainer Casie Coleman, the 6-year-old McWicked could surpass $2 million© in career earnings with a strong performance in Saturday's $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack.   Following his 4-year-old campaign, McWicked departed from Coleman's barn and was moved to trainer Steve Elliott, who conditioned the son of McArdle for his five-year-old seas...
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Pennsylvania set to crown 3YO champs Sunday

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
The best Pennsylvania bred 3-year-old pacers and trotters will be in action on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia in the finals of their respective divisions. The total purses will be $252,000 for each event.   The 3-year-old filly trotting division final (Race 11) figures to be a wide-open affair. Morning-line favorite Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan) won her most recent PASS eve...
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Perry wins 5 on Shenandoah County fair opener

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
The 100th year of harness racing at the Shenandoah County Fair in Woodstock kicked off Wednesday afternoon under sunny skies and in front of a large, appreciative crowd. A card of eight races was contested at the opener of a four-day non-wagering meet, which continues through Saturday, Sept. 2.   Two year olds took center stage in the first pair. Susan Viars' pacer, Lemonaideshine, ...
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Jug countdown and more in Weekend Preview!

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
"It's the final countdown. The final countdown." Those are the lyrics sung by Europe in their hit song we all know immediately by its opening chords, and it's the mode harness racing is now in as the calendar nears the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 21. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we take a look at some of the contenders in action this weekend, including a group in the Messen...
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Press release addresses "over 50" amateur races

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
For Friday (Sept. 8) two separate classes have been written on The Meadowlands condition sheet. There is an "Open to all amateur drivers" division that requires horses to fit: Non-winners of $7,500 in last five Starts. W/O $1,750 per start in 2017 or in 2016/2017 if less than eight starts in 2017. Optional claiming $17,500. There is also a "Senior" division with the fo...
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V Power goes back-to-back in KYSS

on 08/31/2017 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old trotters and pacers were contested at The Red Mile on Thursday evening. The next stop for this group will be the $175,000 finals on Sunday. Trotting fillies got underway in the third race as Cassandra AS made amends for a break in leg one with a 1:59.4 maiden breaker for Tyler Smith. She converted a perfect pocket trip behind barn mate and leg...
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