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Devious Man, Barn Bella take Empire finals

on 06/18/2017 2:00 AM
Reigning New York champions Devious Man and Barn Bella demonstrated why they possess the crowns in their divisions with extremely impressive victories in their Empire Breeders Classic finals, worth $252,000 and $228,250, respectively on Sunday (June 18) afternoon at Vernon Downs. In fact, Barn Bella equaled champion Check Me Out's track standard of 1:51.3, while Devious Man was just off world c...
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I Said Diamonds takes Yonkers mare feature

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley, $7) went up and over laboring lasses Friday night (June 16), winning, at first seasonal purse asking, Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. This was the first local live program since a May 28 matinee and debuted the new start/finish line, which shortened the stretch by some 105 feet from 660 to 555 feet. Unhurried from post position four...
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Market Share captures Meadowlands trot

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
One is closing in on $3.8 million in lifetime earnings. The other has a hump. But both Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian champion, and Guyanastan Gal, the 2017 Cameltonian champ, shared the spotlight on Friday night at the Meadowlands. In the featured $15,000 conditioned trot, Market Share was last in the compact field of six through the opening half mile. Roundtown Rocker fronted the field th...
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Tempus Seelster 1:51.4 winner at Tioga

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Tempts Seelster, driven by Tom Jackson, won the Fillies and Mares Open II ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday night (June 16). The 4-year-old mare by Big Jim sat behind front runner K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) from the outset. Tempus Seelster ($11.20) who is owned by the Holland Racing Stable and trained by Tony Dinges, shot out of the pocket at the top of the stretch and blew by K J's Carol...
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So Nice, top mare at Saratoga in '16, scores

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Saratoga defending Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year So Nice (Ponder) won the Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the first time this season on Friday (June 16) night. The Amber Buter-trained distaffer recorded 11 victories in 2016, several of which came in the local Fillies and Mares Open. After her award-winning 2016 campaign, So Nice got off to a bit of a slow start this year before turnin...
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Hawthorne holds leg of Incredible Tillie stakes

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Two divisions of leg one of the Incredible Tillie Stakes took place at Hawthorne on Friday (June 16) evening. The Incredible Tillie is for Illinois-bred two-year-old filly pacers. Race two kicked off the first division as an evenly matched field of six lined up. Getting away for the early lead was The Sis Master (Sportsmaster-Ar Sissy), but she was quickly challenged by Rollin Coal (Sagebru...
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Lems drives three winners Friday at Vernon

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
Tataria (Truman Gale) beat four other mares to win the Fillies and Mares feature ($7,500) on Friday night (June 16). Owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith, the 5-year-old mare by Four Starzzz Shark would ride the pocket seat following It's A Miracle (Chris Lems). Tataria ($8.10) would come out of the pocket and easily overtake It's A Miracle (second) to win in 1:52.2.  Drea's Good Powo...
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Historical Racing being explored in NJ

on 06/17/2017 2:00 AM
On Thursday (June 1) the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee in New Jersey heard an informal presentation to discuss the merits of historic racing. Historic Racing is currently offered in Kentucky, Arkansas, Wyoming and Oregon where it has enjoyed success. Many look at Historic Racing as an opportunity to help the New Jersey racing and breeding program to compete with neighboring ju...
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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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