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PA Stallion 2CTs prelims wrap up at Pocono

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Sometime shortly after July 12, either Andy or Julie Miller must have said that they were going to the tack shop to get a set of trotting hobbles. Andy's brother, Erv, must have said, "Hey, get me a set, too."   Team Orange Crush must have liked what their action accomplished, so sometime shortly after July 20, they got two more sets. An online search showed that trotting ho...
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Courtney Hanover wins Pure Ivory final by nose

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Cantab Hall filly Courtney Hanover and trainer-driver Rick Zeron came out on top in a tight photo finish to win Monday's $35,200 Pure Ivory Series final at Mohawk Racetrack.   Courtney Hanover fought off an outside charging Jordan Blue Chip, who was the 3-2 favorite, to score the series finale victory at odds of 6-1.   Zeron blasted his filly off the wings of the gate fro...
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Lather Up sets Scioto mark with OSS victory

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Lather Up eclipsed his own record to establish a new Scioto Downs standard of 1:51.1 for 2-year-old pacing colts as he swept to victory in the first of four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions on Monday afternoon. The speedy youngster had previously set the track record of 1:52.2 in OSS action on July 4.   Randy Tharps piloted the son of I'm Gorgeous in a wire-to-wire effort for tra...
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Toms Tyrannosaurus sets MDSS record

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
The final round of Maryland Sires Stakes prelims at Ocean Downs are in the books and so is a new stakes and track record for freshmen pacing geldings. On Monday night, reinsman Art Stafford Jr. sent Toms Tyrannosaurus (Cam's Rocket) flying out of the gate and never looked back stopping the clock in 1:54.4 setting both the sires stakes and Ocean Downs track record for 2-year-old pacing...
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Catalogs now available for Buckeye Classic

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Sale catalogs are now available for the third annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in Springfield, Ohio. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana, the auction will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Champions Expo Center located at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Start time is 10 am.   A total of 211 yearlings have been cataloged by many of the major Ohio farms...
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Tioga cancels Aug. 28 due to horse shortage

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
In conjunction with the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association (STHHA), Tioga Downs is announcing that the live racing program scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28, will be cancelled due to a lack of available horses to race.   Both Tioga Downs management and the official horsemen's group at Tioga Downs, the STHHA, believe that the decision is in the best interest of the track, ...
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Harry Von Knoblauch dies at age 90

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Harry Von Knoblauch was in his early 40s when he bought his first horse and embarked on a career in harness racing. A decade later, the self-taught horseman was a top trainer on the Chicago circuit, leading a stable that became known for its New Zealand-bred imports. His success with Down Under stock continued the rest of his life, most recently as the owner of stakes-winning New Zealand-bred ...
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Butenschoen to appeal Hambletonian non-DQ

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer John Butenschoen told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that he plans on filing an appeal to the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) regarding the order of finish in the $1 million Hambletonian on Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. Two inquiries were immediately launched by the Meadowlands track judges after the horses crossed the wire in the Hambletonian final, and while they disqualified ...
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Yonkers Trot winner to get International invite

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Once again shamelessly plagiarizing a term from our Thoroughbred brethren, "Win and You're In."   Yonkers Raceway has announced that the winner of the 63nd Yonkers Trot shall automatically receive a Yonkers International Trot invitation.   The $500,000 Yonkers Trot goes Saturday night, Sept. 2, with eliminations this Saturday, while the million-dollar, 1-1/4 mile Yon...
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Seviyorum wraps up spot in PASS final

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
Seviyorum wrapped up a berth in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship with a crisp victory in Tuesday’s $162,615 final preliminary leg at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters, known as the Delmonica Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with Strawberry Hanover and Hey Blondie taking the other splits. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller teamed for a PASS double w...
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Eliminations set for Canadian Pacing Derby

on 08/22/2017 2:00 AM
A group of 16 older pacers will compete in this Saturday’s Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack in search of a spot in the $615,000 final on Sept. 2.    First raced in 1936, the Canadian Pacing Derby is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. An annual showcase of the finest pacers in the sport, this year’s group of entrants is arguably the most...
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PASS 2CT sweep for David Miller

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver David Miller, second on the all-time money list and the leading active driving earner with John Campbell retired, took all three $54,785 divisions of the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, two of them with youngsters garnering their second Sires triumphs, and the oth...
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Lookslikeachpndale repeats in Rose Trot

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
Lookslikeachpndale defended his title in the $75,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Invitation Trot featured on the Sunday night's harness racing card at Georgian Downs. Luc Blais trains the 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill for the Determination stable of Montreal, Que.   The three inside horses left alertly off the gate, with 4-5 favorite Windsun Revenge (Rick Zeron) taking the lead through...
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Maryland Sires Stakes for 2YOs at Ocean Downs

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
There were two divisions for freshman filly pacers in the second week of prelims in the Maryland Sires Stakes on Sunday at Ocean Downs.   Driver Art Stafford Jr. picked up the assignment behind Tell Me The Truth (Total Truth), giving her her first lifetime win in the 1:58 wire-to-wire mile with Bad Bitty up for second. Kevin Lare trains for owners Frank Chick and Julie Meirs. The br...
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Keystone Velocity supplements to Pacing Derby

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind horsepeople that the entry box for the 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby closes Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m.   Supplements to this year's Canadian Pacing Derby were due Monday morning and the connections of 9-year-old Keystone Velocity opted to supplement for a fee of $40,000.   A winner of over $1.1 million, ...
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Marshall back to school with Women's Lib in PASS

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
Jim Marshall IV and 2-year-old female trotter Women's Lib are learning together, with the racetrack serving as classroom. Driver and horse look to continue their educations Tuesday when they compete in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows.   Marshall, the 32-year-old son of driver Jim Marshall III and trainer Donna Marshall, is a regular on the amateur driv...
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Hyway Marcus takes RUS MidAtlantic opener

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
There are horses for courses and Hyway Marcus took advantage of this axiom by winning the first leg of the RUS MidAtlantic Monte Series in front of an appreciative audience at Ocean Downs Sunday.   Winning his seasonal debut under saddle, the 6 year old has a record of 3-2-1-0 at the resort track. The time of the mile was 2:02.1 over a fast track with Sasha Moczulski riding the Josh...
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12 entered in Yonkers Trot; 9 in Messenger

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
The entry boxes have closed and 12 were entered in the Yonkers Trot, second jewel in the Triple Crown this year, with nine entered in its acing companion, the Messenger.j Yes Mickey, winner of last weekend's Zweig, was supplemented to the Yonkers Trot at a cost of $30,000. The other entries are Andy M, Another Chapter, Devious Man, Di Oggi, Enterprise, Guardian Angel...
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Bombshell Belle fastest in PA Stallion splits

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
Bombshell Belle followed the first-over First Class Act, then eclipsed her in the lane to score in 1:57.1, fastest win in Monday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Matrona, Meadowbranch Patsy, Hey Judy Judy and Venus Duharas taking the other splits. Dan Rawlings (Bombshell Belle, Venus...
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Lima Novelty sets 1:57.3 Monticello mark

on 08/21/2017 2:00 AM
On Monday afternoon (August 21) at Monticello Raceway, a rare solar eclipse took place which had little to no effect for its duration as the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old filly trotters dominated the program. The Sire Stakes laden card was marred by 12 scratches due to sickness that has hit many stables extremely hard over the past two weeks. In this first heat of NYSS goi...
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