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Walner back with 1:51.2 qualifying win

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday's Meadowlands baby races began at 9 a.m. on a cloudy, windless morning with temperatures in the mid 60's. It would turn out to be a long, strange 20 race trip with odd, gloomy weather conditions turning the track wet for the last third and a warm up accident throwing Ray Schnittker out of the bike, tough he walked off and later drove.   On the track it was Hambletonian winter boo...
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Hannelore Hanover wins Armbro Flight by 3

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday's (June 17) stakes action at Mohawk Racetrack began with the talented Ron Burke trained trotting mare Hannelore Hanover living up to the hype as the 1-5 favorite and defending champion in the C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes. Sent postward as the overwhelming favorite after winning her elimination last week with ease in rein to Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover trotted out from post...
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Lincolnjames takes Meadows feature in 1:50.2

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Parked the opening quarter in a swift :26.2, Lincolnjames was far from done, as he put the pedal to the metal and drew off to capture Saturday’s (June 17) $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in a sharp 1:50.2. Lincolnjames was extended by Techtor Hanover before taking the lead past the quarter, but the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy gelding shrugged off ...
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2YO Venier Hanover wins again, sets record

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Venier Hanover, a 2-year-old gelding by Well Said-Valmctorian, certainly put on a show on the first day of the 2017 Pennsylvania fair racing season which was Saturday (June 17). In the very first race of the year, the precocious baby toured the half-mile track at the Dayton Fairgrounds in 1:58, missing the all-age track record of J T Arturo by a single tick in only his second career start. The s...
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Bettor's Up nips Agent Q in Fan Hanover

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Bettor's Up persevered in a dramatic photo finish with Agent Q ahead of the favored eliminations winners to win the C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies in upset fashion for her local connections on Saturday (June 17). Doug McNair made the winning move with the Bettor's Delight-Fresh Idea filly mid-race, sweeping from third to first and then held off Agent Q by the sli...
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McWicked rides cover trip to Gold Cup victory

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Sitting off a fast pace, McWicked rode cover and pounced on pacesetter Nirvana Seelster in the stretch to win the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational in 1:48.2 on the undercard of the Pepsi North America Cup Saturday (June 17). Driver David Miller floated McWicked off the gate to get away fifth while Nirvana Seelster battled with Dr J Hanover through a :25.4 first quarter, with Great Vin...
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Gwally pays $42 winning Buffalo Open Trop

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Gwally has been at four different harness tracks in the past two months so developing a fan base might be a little difficult. But the well-travel sidewinder probably made a few new friends at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (June 17) after scoring a $42 victory in the $10,000 Open Trot in 1:57.4. In the co-featured $9,000 Preferred Pace, Fireyourguns showed he's still got plenty of weapons le...
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Gabbysloosechange trots to 1:54.4 OSS score

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Filly favorites Rose Run Sydney and Gabbysloosechange each captured their respective $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests on Saturday night, June 17 at Northfield Park in round two of the four-leg series for Buckeye-bred sophomores.   Rose Run Sydney, a daughter of Triumphant Caviar out of the Angus Hall mare Stonebridge Dancer, scored a near wire-to-wire performan...
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Lems, Ducharme team up to win Vernon features

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Chris Lems won both trotting features on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Let's  would win the first of two features, piloting Muscles Jared ($2.20) and destroying the rest of the field.  The 3 year-old gelding by Muscle Massive who is owned by Al Ross and trained by George Ducharme would win by nine lengths in 1:54. Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham would finish second.  Wil...
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Mel Mara takes Meadowlands feature in 1:48

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Rain showers loomed over the morning qualifying session at The Meadowlands, but overcast conditions settled in over the afternoon and into Saturday (June 17) night's 11-race program. Saturday night's main event was the $20,000 Preferred Pace, scratched down to a field of six, with Odds On Equuleus out sick. Three of the six arrived into the Saturday's event riding back-to-back wins, with all si...
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International Moni captures Goodtimes in 1:52.4

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Lindy Farms’ International Moni, driven by Scott Zeron, captured the winner’s share of the $251,000 Goodtimes Stakes purse on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. International Monitors surged to the lead late in the stretch and held off a late rally from Mass Production, driven by Zeron's father, Rick. Driver Scott Zeron was able to engineer a second-over trip for the Frank Antonacci tra...
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Mel Mara tabbed favorite in Big M Preferred

on 06/16/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday night's feature at the Meadowlands is the sixth race, a $20,000 Preferred pace with Mel Mara tabbed as the morning line choice in the field of seven.   Mel Mara has a win and a second in his pair of 2017 starts, losing a close photo in 1:48.2 his most recent race over the mile oval. He's being pointed toward the summer's major stakes after a successful 2016 season where he earned...
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USTA suspends Northfield Park's membership

on 06/16/2017 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced Friday (June 16) that it has suspended the membership of Northfield Park due to an alleged violation of USTA Rule 20.09 on financial responsibility. Northfield Park was notified of the suspension on Thursday (June 15).   Rule 20.09 Financial Responsibility -- states that, "Any participant who shall demonstrate financial irresponsibility by accumulat...
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Male trotters ready to grapple in OSS

on 06/16/2017 2:00 AM
Sixteen diagonally-gaited 3-year-old colts and geldings square off Monday afternoon in a pair of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) at Scioto Downs. Ten geldings and six colts spar in races two and five over the lightening-fast five-eight's mile oval, with a matinee post time of 2 p.m. (EDT).   Returning for round two action are leg one (Miami Valley Raceway, May 2) winners Full Surge, ...
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Gingras looks for front with Idyllic Beach

on 06/16/2017 2:00 AM
Idyllic Beach spent a lot of time near the front of a lot of races last year, but driver Yannick Gingras says the filly doesn't need to be setting fractions to be successful.   "I really like her versatility," said Gingras, who will drive the award-winning Idyllic Beach in Saturday's $440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. "As a 2 year old maybe sh...
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Maple Leafs GM Lamoriello to present NA Cup

on 06/16/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce that Lou Lamoriello, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be making the winner's circle presentation for Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack.   A native of Rhode Island, Lamoriello became exposed to harness racing during his 28 years as the general manager of the New Jersey Devils. Dur...
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Pacer Financial celebrates at Winbak Farm

on 06/16/2017 2:00 AM
Joe and JoAnn Thomson, owners of Winbak Farm (one of North America’s largest Standardbred farms), and Pacer Financial, have a lot to celebrate. Pacer Financial is a national sales company bringing unique solutions to the financial marketplace (i.e. exchange traded funds "ETFs"). ETFs are the fastest growing product in financial services today. Pacer Financial just celebrated its second birthday...
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Spoonful, Master Clave top DSBF winners

on 06/15/2017 2:00 AM
Four $20,000 divisions of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old trotters went behind the gate Wednesday at Harrington Raceway to complete their first elimination leg.   The first filly division went to Spoonful ($3.40, Les Givens), who held off Luv Is Blind for her eighth career win in 2:00.2. Gogh Cinorita was third. Trained by her driver, Spoonful, a daughter of Po...
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Friday night fun at the Meadowlands

on 06/15/2017 2:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands offers mixed breed racing with camels and ostriches joining the Standardbred horses to compete over the mile oval.   The Standardbreds are well represented by a solid field of six trotters in the fourth race, a conditioned trot for a purse of $15,000.   Leading the way is fan favorite Market Share who with more than $3.7 million ...
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EBC finals on tap Sunday at Vernon Downs

on 06/15/2017 2:00 AM
The rich finals of the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC), a New York-sired event for 3-year-old trotters will be raced as a part of the Father's Day card on Sunday at Vernon Downs.   Ten fillies will compete in the first of the pair of finals (Race 8) for a purse of $228,250 with Barn Bella the obvious choice despite the disadvantage of starting from the far outside post nine. The Conway...
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