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Merton: This guy is on fire at Plainridge

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Although there were two Open Handicap trots on the Thursday afternoon card at Plainridge Park, the best performance of the day came from a mid-level conditioned contest. And the one constant no matter what race was run; Greg Merton remains on fire.   In the first $15,000 Open trot, Seeking Steven moved up in class for the third week in a row yet extended his winning streak, all...
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Oaks runner-up Magic Presto wins in OSS

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Fresh off a runner-up performance in the Hambletonian Oaks, Magic Presto returned to Ontario Sires Stakes competition at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday and cruised to her second Gold Series win of the season.   Starting from post one, driver Trevor Henry settled Magic Presto in third as Winter Sweet Frost rang up early fractions of :28.1 and :57.1. Heading for the 1:26.1 three-quarters...
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Heaven's Gait meeting Cummins' expectations

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
John Cummins has enjoyed success as a breeder with the likes of Dan Patch Award winners She's A Great Lady and The Big Dog and he is hoping Heaven's Gait can ascend to prominence as well.   Heaven's Gait, who is owned by Cummins, has won seven of 12 races this season as he prepares for Sunday's $263,100 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male pacers at Tioga Downs. The colt brin...
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Roll With Joe, EBC finals set for Sunday at Tioga

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs will be the focus of the harness racing universe on Sunday afternoon with the card featuring the $163,000 Roll With Joe FFA Grand Circuit stake and the $521,950 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) pacing finals.   While the older pacing ranks aren't what they were a year ago when Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit threw down virtually every week all across North America...
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Mother Nature plays tricks on KYSS opener

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Mother Nature was much kinder to the boys on Thursday night at The Red Mile than she was to the girls in the first leg of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 2-year-old trotters. The first three races on the card were $30,000 KYSS divisions for colt and geldings, and they were contested under hot and sultry conditions. Three $30,000 races for fillies were raced beginning in Race 6, and when th...
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Shenandoah Downs approved for fall meet

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
The Virginia Racing Commission (VRC) held its monthly meeting Thursday in downtown Richmond, and the session provided good news for harness horsemen and fans.   The Shenandoah County Agricultural Foundation, a new 501©(3) organization, was granted a limited license to host the Shenandoah Downs pari-mutuel fall race meet this year at the Fairgrounds in Woodstock. Approval o...
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Missile J returns Saturday in Yonkers open

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Multiple stakes-winner Missile J returns to the races at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night after a brief freshening. Trainer Scott Di Domenico, who purchased Missile J out of the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale with owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, entered the pacer back in the $35,000 sub-featured 4-Year-Old Open Handicap. Off the 83-day layoff, but still with $76,380 on his card, the restric...
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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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