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Ohio Super Night set for Saturday at Scioto

on 08/29/2017 2:00 AM
The richest night in Ohio horse racing will commence when eight $250,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championships are contested on Saturday evening, Sept. 2, at Scioto Downs.   Divisional crowns for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers of both genders at the five-eighths mile oval are the next-to-last piece of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes competition pie. Eight, $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes cons...
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Hollywood at Dayton nears Sept. 11 opening

on 08/29/2017 2:00 AM
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is busily preparing for its fourth season of live harness racing, which begins Monday afternoon, Sept. 11, and runs five days a week through Dec. 30. The 76-day meet features matinees at 2:15 p.m. each Monday and Tuesday, and evening programs at 6:15 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.   The only exceptions to the schedule come in Week 2, whe...
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Barn Girl edges Goodtogo Hanover at Meadows

on 08/29/2017 2:00 AM
It took her three tries, but Barn Girl finally wore down a determined Goodtogo Hanover and captured Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The two mares dueled for the early lead, and when Goodtogo Hanover and Brian Zendt refused to release Barn Girl, Aaron Merriman settled her into the two hole. She pulled the pocket and attac...
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Purrfect Bags scores 28th career victory

on 08/29/2017 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($5.20, Victor Kirby) notched a 1:54.3 win over a sloppy racetrack Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $17,500 Mares Open Pace. Nerida Franco N, the 2-1 second wagering choice, led the field of eight through fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:25.3 before Terror At Night collared the tiring pacesetter and assumed command. The lead was short-lived, howe...
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Ostrich Blue Chip takes Plainridge trot feature

on 08/29/2017 2:00 AM
With competing in the New York Sire Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic and having just won the Zweig consolation already this year, Ostrich Blue Chip came into Tuesday's race at Plainridge Park with a solid resume. And her class showed as she won the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at The Ridge on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 29). Ostrich Blue Chip (Greg Merton) got away fourth as Shorething F...
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Pacing Derby headlines big Mohawk Saturday card

on 08/29/2017 2:00 AM
A loaded 12-race card, featuring the C$615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, has been assembled for Saturday evening (Sept. 2) at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Champlain, Simcoe and Ontario Sire Stakes Gold make up the ‘Pacing Derby’ undercard. Over C$1.4 million in purses will be up for grabs.   The Canadian Pacing Derby, first raced in 1936, is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness rac...
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Iron Mine Bucky takes new mark of 1:54

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
The Art's Card Trick gelding Scotty Lauxmont, currently in career-best form, rallied out of the pocket to take the $18,000 pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night. The card's two $18,000 trots went to Iron Mine Bucky and Side Bet Hanover. Scotty Lauxmont posted his third victory in his last four starts in the pacing headliner, being guided into the two-hole early by d...
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Tyler Moore wins 2 Grassroots divisions

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Clinton Raceway hosted its last Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Sunday afternoon and reinsman Tyler Moore captured two freshman pacing colt Grassroots divisions and added a pair of overnight wins to his tally for the driving grand slam. "I was kind of hoping I would win one or two races today — like I always want when I go to Clinton — and enjoy the afternoon, I love it, goi...
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Tito, Clive Bigsby score in Batavia NYSS

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Two divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings vying for $107,000 in purse money highlighted the Sunday afternoon (Aug. 27) card at Batavia Downs and a live crowd of 3,500 was on hand to watch the proceedings.   In the first $53,500 division, Tito (Andy Miller) left from post one and took an undisputed lead right off the gate. After going a moder...
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Hannah Miller wins OD's Powder Puff Derby

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
In the inaugural running of the "Powder Puff Derby" at Ocean Downs Sunday night, Hannah Miller and the 5-year-old trotting mare, Bella's Punkett, prove the best in a race that featured all women drivers.   The drivers initially dined before the races in the track's clubhouse restaurant and followed up the dinner with a meet-and-greet session with the fans on the track's apron prior ...
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Jessica Buckley new Mohawk Park president

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced the appointment of Jessica Buckley to the position of president, Woodbine, Mohawk Park, effective Sept. 5. In June, Woodbine Entertainment announced a move to year-round Standardbred racing on the Mohawk Park site commencing in spring of 2018, along with more than $10 million in upgrades to winterize and modernize the facilities.   Bu...
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Mel Mara headlines Harrington Monday feature

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway will resume its 71st season of live harness racing Monday night with a 10-race program which includes one of the sport's top aged pacers, Mel Mara.   The Dylan Davis-trainee has made nearly $240,000 this year for owners Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables. He has been a fierce threat in many of the sport's top races this year in his division including the Sa...
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40YO mare Chocolate Sundae dies in Maine

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Chocolate Sundae, born on March 20, 1977, in Cumberland, Maine, died on Sunday, Aug. 27. At 40 years and five months, she may have been the oldest Standardbred in North America, at least.   Chocolate Sundae was owned by her breeder, the late Jim Marston, and lived all of her life at his farm. The unraced mare had one foal, Easter Sundae (22 races won, $26,154), born on Easter Sunday ...
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Bown, Wieder receive Gallo Scholarships

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce Maja Bown and Hannah Wieder as recipients of the Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf, honors the pacer who retired as the richest pacer of all time; Scharf campaigned Gallo Blue Chip during his illustrious career. Bown and Wieder will be honored at a special dinner and winners circle ceremony ...
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Maryland owner Howard Hammond dies

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Howard C. Hammond, 88, passed away peacefully Monday (Aug. 21) at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md. Born in Powellville, Mr. Hammond was the son of the late Clyde F. and Margaret (Maggie) Lewis Hammond. In addition to his parents, Mr. Hammond was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ruth E. Hammond; and brothers V. Frank Hammond and Harry C. Hammond. Mr. Hammond attended Wico...
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Meadowlands to host qualifiers on Sept. 1

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will hold qualifying races on Friday, Sept. 1, at 9:30 a.m. in anticipation of the upcoming live racing dates of Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 15-16.   You may enter for the qualifiers by 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, online, or by phone at (201) 842-5130.   The condition sheet for Sept. 8-9 will be online on Tuesday, Aug. 29. (Meadowlands)
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Yankee Moonshine best in Meadows feature

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Yankee Moonshine put away the leader out of the final turn, then held off the hard-charging Tessa Seelster to capture Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Yankee Moonshine was third near the three-quarters when Mike Wilder sent her after Seeyouatthefinish on the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Bootleg Yankee encountered greater danger ...
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Chalk rules in NYSS at Monticello

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
With school, almost in session, the local stock of chalk was in short supply as five of the six New York Sires Stake events where won by favorites at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon. Horses on the front end, won nine of the card's 10 races on a chilly afternoon with temperatures only in the mid 60’s with a strong intermittent back side wind. The first division of Sire Stakes, a six...
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Elim DH leads to 9 starters in Yonkers Trot

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Faced with a scenario for which there was no rule in place, Saturday night’s $500,000 final of  Yonkers Raceway’s 63rd Yonkers Trot shall go postward with a field of nine 3-year-olds. Elimination winner Downbytheseaside drew post seven in the Messenger Stakes final.  The odd circumstance came about after Di Oggi and Southwind Hydro finished in a dead-heat f...
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Mel Mara captures Harrington open

on 08/28/2017 2:00 AM
Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva's Mel Mara ($2.40, Corey Callahan) was a 1:52.1 winner Monday in the featured $15,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Dylan Davis, won his first 2017 appearance on his home base via a menacing three-wide move into the final turn that saw him slingshot to the front for a powerful win over Major Uptrend and Sparky Mark. Captive Audience set fast...
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