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WTC Symposium concludes on PEI

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 World Trotting Conference Symposium concluded on Thursday with four panels addressing topics important to the future of harness racing worldwide.   Angel Suarez of Red Circle, an American marketing agency serving a racing and gaming-industry clientele, suggested ways in which tracks can bring traffic to their websites, and customers to their grandstands and simulcast s...
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Corrected Wenngarn Yearling Sale average posted

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Sale results were published in Friday's Weekend Preview for the elite Swedish yearling sale, the Wenngarn Yearling Sale held in the historic Swedish town of the same name.   However, incorrect sale averages were inadvertently included with the original story, but have since been changed, including for six yearlings by sire Trixton, which sold for an average price of $57,548.&nbs...
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Ohio Selected Jug Sale catalog now available

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
The catalog for the Ohio Selected Jug Yearling Sale is now available on the Lexington Selected website, lexingtonselected.com, and on the Equineline Sales catalog app for the iPad. Print catalogs are in the mail and should be received in the coming days.   The single-day sale, featuring 248 Ohio-eligible yearlings, will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. at its new location, the Brav...
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Sintra favored in Sunday's Prix d'Ete

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
It's no surprise that Sintra has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite in Sunday's $200,000 Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R for four-year-old pacers.   The gelded son of Mach Three has been nearly perfect this season for trainer Dave Menary, winning seven of his 10 starts so far and now drawing the rail for Sunday's Prix D'Ete makes him the horse to beat.   Owned by Brad Gray of ...
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$800k yearling Tactical Landing romps in qua

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
The Red Mile hosted qualifying races at noon Friday after an hour postponement while the track recovered from last night's deluge. By then it was dry and kind of fast, maybe a little dull with moderate temperatures and no wind.   Two-year-old trotters opened the eight-race card and Tactical Landing was a 1:56 winner for driver Charlie Norris. The big colt took over at the three-...
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Stewart thrilled with Tactical Landing's qualifier win

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Shortly after watching his 2-year-old colt trotter Tactical Landing romp to a 27 ½-length win in 1:56 in a qualifier early Friday afternoon at The Red Mile, trainer Bob Stewart told harnessracing.com that it is all systems go for the $800,000 yearling purchase to make his pari-mutuel debut on Saturday, Aug. 26, in the second round of Kentucky Sires Stakes. "I knew that he could go out ther...
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Fear The Dragon solid in big PASS victory

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Perhaps Fear The Dragon heard through the grapevine that Huntsville was poised to avenge his defeat by ‘Dragon’ in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Perhaps he was still miffed by his tough loss last week to his stablemate, Downbytheseaside, in the Carl Milstein. Or perhaps he’s just that good. Harness racing’s top-rated horse made a strong case for that theory Friday at...
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Sell A Bit N best in Yonkers F&M open

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
 Favored Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) proved the fastest femme Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.  Away alertly from assigned post position No. 5, Sell A Bit N worked around second choice Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. The track, which had taken on water earlier in the card, wound up...
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Canada's James MacDonald wins WDC

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Canadian harness racing driver James MacDonald of Guelph, Ont., clinched the 2017 World Driving Championship and its $25,000 top prize Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park, Prince Edward Island. In a night to remember, a capacity crowd witnessed the hometown triumph of MacDonald, the first-ever Canadian to claim the international title on home...
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Canada's MacDonald extends lead in WDC

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
Canada's James MacDonald padded his World Driving Championship (WDC) lead with a win, a second-place finish, and a third-place finish in four tournament races on Wednesday evening at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivières, Que.   His victory came behind Federal Strike ($6.10) in the evening's second WDC event, and it took some crafty driving to overcome post 11 in the mile-and-a-sixt...
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Fear The Dragon, Huntsville in PASS showdown

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
When Fear The Dragon and Huntsville dueled for nearly the entire back half of this year's Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids before Fear The Dragon edged away, it made for one of the most thrilling races in the 51 editions of the classic.   Now, these two stars will renew their rivalry in Friday's $140,828 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows--and they've drawn into th...
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Saratoga track record falls in NYSS

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
Fourth Dimension (Chapter Seven-Corazon Blue Chip) won for the fourth consecutive time in as many starts as he set yet another track record, this time on Wednesday night at Saratoga.   The Marcus Melander trainee scored on the engine in 1:57 in his division of the $54,500 New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Brian Sears piloted the superstar freshman ...
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DeLong wins 2,000th career race at Hoosier

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
Driver John DeLong recorded the 2,000th win of his career after he piloted Easy Ace to victory in a condition pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday.   The 1:55 victory marked the third win of the season for the 3-year-old gelded son of United Ace-Slotto Queen and a career milestone for the 28-year-old Wisconsin native.   Trained by Stanley Miller, Easy Ace...
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Pure Country brother ready for KYSS action

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old pacers will begin on Saturday with the first leg requiring two $30,000 divisions for both sexes.   The pacing colts are up first in the fourth race where Grand Teton looks to continue his perfect record. The Diamond Creek homebred half-brother to their great filly Pure Country by first crop sire A Rocknroll Dance has won three minor st...
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World Trotting Conference Symposium underway

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
The World Trotting Conference Symposium opened to members of the public on Wednesday with a full day of sessions, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The schedule began with a keynote address from Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario CEO Jean Major, a regulator of gambling for the last 27 years. He said that since Ontario introduced legal casino gaming in 1992-93, horse racing ha...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 08/17/2017 2:00 AM
It's the Battle of the Sexes at Vernon Downs on Friday as recent Hambletonian Oaks champ Ariana G will take on her male peers in the Zweig Memorial. Ariana G beat the boys earlier this year in the Beal eliminations before settling for third in the final, and driver Yannick Gingras gave his thoughts about his talented filly to Gordon Waterstone in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview....
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James MacDonald takes lead in WDC

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
Canadian driver James MacDonald propelled himself back to the top of the 2017 World Driving Championship standings, overtaking Finland's Mika Forss after winning two of Tuesday night's (August 15) five tournament races at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. MacDonald, who entered the third leg of the Championship in second place behind Forss, drew first blood in the evening's first tournament ...
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C Mary upsets Shewearsthepants in Grassroots

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of $19,150 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies served as an appetizer for the third leg of the World Driving Championship at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. The Ontario-sired fillies opened the program and it was immediately apparent that the track was fast and the racing would be fierce as C Mary downed heavy favorite Shewearsthepants, bringing the division...
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More first-time winners in PA stakes action

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
First-time Pennsylvania Stallion Series starters won all four divisions of the third preliminary leg for two-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – with all four of the winners not assured of a Sire Stakes championship, but close to "on the bubble" for the rich final to be held at Pocono on Labor Day. Matt Kakaley handled two of Tuesday's winners, including the...
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Wings Of Royalty sets Saratoga record

on 08/16/2017 2:00 AM
The last time Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty) raced at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the George Ducharme trainee got away last in a mile that would be trotted in 1:54 by Ron Burke's Gural Hanover. In that start, Wings Of Royalty made a brief break approaching the half but still ended up finishing fourth after a late surge.   Following that start, Wings Of Royalty finished second in a tr...
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