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Bit Of A Legend N takes Yonkers feature

on 08/20/2017 2:00 AM
Odds-on Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Open Handicap Pace.  In the hunt early from assigned post position six, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quar...
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Americanprimetime overcomes slop at Pocono

on 08/20/2017 2:00 AM
The rain came to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono just before the $20,000 featured pace on Saturday night, but the moisture didn’t deter Americanprimetime from going wire-to-wire in 1:49.4 over the surface just rerated to "sloppy." The victory was far from easy for the 7-5 favorite, however. Starting from the rail with driver George Napolitano Jr., Americanprimetime would not give up the l...
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Heaven's Gait, Obvious Blup Chip win EBC finals

on 08/20/2017 2:00 AM
Heaven's Gait (David Miller) won the $263,100 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. Two track records, beautiful weather, and big longshot made it a perfect day of racing at the five-eighths oval.   In the EBC for 3 year-old colts and geldings, it was In A SIngle Bound (Billy Dobson) who took charge with a ...
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In Secret captures Yonkers Sunday Open Trot

on 08/20/2017 2:00 AM
In Secret (George Brennan, $27) earned it Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. With a seven-horse field (after a scratch), the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile.   From post position No. 6 (in one notch with said defection), In Secret---and half the field—was pointed forward. In Secret's job was made that much more difficult when...
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Western Fame captures Prix d'Ete

on 08/20/2017 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry is a quick study and is the primary reason he and the Western Ideal stallion Western Fame emerged victorious in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Henry said during the card that he had driven at 3R "only once before, years and years ago," but after the race he noted "I had been watching the starts here today, and the way the car go...
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KYSS action underway for 3 year olds

on 08/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old pacers and trotters got underway with the first preliminary leg Sunday night at The Red Mile.  Filly pacers opened the card with one of two $10,000 splits. Last year’s final winner In The Dark was a neck winner over the heavily favored Straightontherocks in 1:54. Trace Tetrick sent In The Dark out for the early lead, then yielded to the...
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Yes Mickey edges Ariana G on inside in Zweig

on 08/19/2017 2:00 AM
Sitting off a contested front, Yes Mickey snuck up the pylons to edge past 6-5 favorite Ariana G and upset at 34-1 in the $320,000 Dr. Harry Zweig Memorial on Friday at Vernon Downs. Long Tom grabbed the front from Yes Mickey before a :26.4 first quarter. Ariana G, sitting third, edged outside and brushed to the lead off a :55.1 half. Devious Man, behind International Moni stalled first ove...
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Kadabra Queen still uneaten in OSS

on 08/19/2017 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack hosted the 2-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Friday evening and the novices put on an impressive show in a trio of Gold Series divisions. The fillies jump-started the evening and Apprentice M’s effort had trainer Jonas Czernyson’s heart beating a little quicker than normal as she toured the Mohawk oval on the front end. Starting from post five, Apprentice M was s...
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KYSS 3YOs kick off Sunday at Red Mile

on 08/19/2017 2:00 AM
 The Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old pacers and trotters get underway on Sunday night at The Red Mile. They'll have two preliminary legs leading up to $175,000 finals for all groups on Sunday, Sept. 17. The pacing fillies were the only division to split with thirteen declared and will race for a purse of $10,000 in races one and three. James Averitt's In The Dark (post p...
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World Trotting Conference concludes on PEI

on 08/19/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 World Trotting Conference concluded with its official closing ceremony on Saturday at the Delta Prince Edward, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The torch was passed from Canada to Sweden, where the Conference will be hosted in 2019. Standardbred Canada president and CEO, Dan Gall addressed the international delegates and observers. "We have identified through the ...
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Takter/Miller dominate KYSS 2YO paces

on 08/19/2017 2:00 AM
The Red Mile hosted the first leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacers with two divisions of both colts and fillies racing for a purse of $30,000 and Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter came to play on Saturday. The first colt division was the evening’s fourth race and Grand Teton lived up to his advance billing by steamrolling the field in the stretch for the Takter - Brett Mille...
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Shadow Place upsets in Gold Cup & Saucer

on 08/19/2017 2:00 AM
Shadow Place, sent off at odds of 10-1, pounced on the speedy tempo set by 2-5 favorite Always At My Place to take the $60,000 58th renewal of the Sobey's Gold Cup & Saucer in 1:53.2. Launching to the top, Always At My Place took control from Sapphire City and the two were lengths ahead of Crombie A pacing in third through a :27.1 opening quarter. Always At My Place soon gained separation h...
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Alexis Faith gets speed-badge honors in NYSS

on 08/18/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway on Thursday night played host to the $156,000 New York Sires Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions, worth $52,000 each, went postward.   The opening event saw 3-10 favorite Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) brush to the lead around second choice Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). The official horse of the Archies then set intervals of :28...
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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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