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Pembroke Perfect, Persephonie win Maine SS

on 07/30/2017 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly pacing division of the Maine Sire Stakes program anchored the Scarborough Downs card on a picture perfect mid-summer afternoon and quite fittingly, Pembroke Perfect continued to flaunt her winning ways on Sunday. The prolific filly grabbed the lion's share of the $10,017 stakes purse as the daughter of Western-Maverick-Perfect Launch scored her fourth seasonal win from fou...
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Campbell wraps up driving on Legends Day

on 07/30/2017 2:00 AM
Although he wasn’t shown much support at the mutuel windows on Sunday (July 30), driver Steve Condren and the Al Fair-trained Lady Caterina upset the apple cart during the 2017 Legends Day Trot at Clinton Raceway. It was the most memorable edition of the biennial event to date, as it served as the official driving retirement of ‘Mr. Harness Racing’ John Campbell. The public was comple...
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Funknwaffles wins fourth NYSS of season

on 07/30/2017 2:00 AM
Perfect summer weather and a lighting fast track greeted the glamour division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) on Sunday afternoon (July 30) as the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers invaded Batavia Downs to compete for $119,000 in purses. In the first $39,900 division, In A Single Bound was peerless as he pulled away to an easy victory. In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) yielded the lea...
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Fields set for Haughton, Doherty 2YO finals

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Eliminations for the pair of signature freshman races at the Meadowlands, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials, were contested on Friday night and Jimmy Takter was the human star. The Hall of Famer sent out both elimination winners in the Haughton with You Know You Do (1:56.1) and Samo Different Day (1:54.2). He drove the latter, who scored as a 21-1 longshot. Takter's four other colts ...
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Arden Downs freshman trots held at The Meadows

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
 Owner Brian Gillespie dearly wanted to compete in the 2016 Edward M. Ryan, an Arden Downs Grand Circuit stake for freshman colt and gelding trotters named for Gillespie’s late grandfather, a former owner of The Meadows who also was a generous philanthropist and accomplished horseman. Alas, Gillespie lacked a suitable horse. But he had good friends in Brocious Racing Stable and trainer R...
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Funknwaffles back to defend NYSS title

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
The 2016 New York Sires Stake (NYSS) 2-year-old champion Funknwaffles is back in the state to defend his title in 2017 looking better than ever and he will lead a fine group of 3-year-old male pacers into Batavia Downs on Sunday afternoon (July 30) to battle over a total of $118,300 in purses. Funknwaffles (American Ideal-Hatsoff Hanover) won eight out of nine starts last year, earning $257,284...
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It's a wrap for Meadowlands baby races

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Breakfast With The Babies, final edition of 2017, began at 9:30 a.m. on a cool, overcast morning with the temperature at 66 degrees. Gabe Prewitt was there to paint a picture of the races with words.   Strawberry Hanover won the opener for Andy Miller, moving from the pocket around the second turn to take over from Padua Hanover and sprinting off as she pleased in 1:58.4 with a :28.1 fina...
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Taco Tuesday debuts for Harmon on Sunday

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Taco Tuesday, a 4-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall, will make his first start out of Rob and Patti Harmon’s stable in the 1 1/4-mile, $68,000 Open Handicap Trot at Yonkers Raceway Sunday. The change comes after Rob Harmon received an unexpected call from the trotter’s owner, Vince Laurenzo, after Taco Tuesday galloped most of the mile in the Hambletonian Maturity July 15. "I got a phone call...
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Lady Shadow barred from racing at Meadowlands

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack is announcing that Lady Shadow, an earner of $1,915,777 and the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as champion pacing mare, will be unable to race at the Meadowlands after a post-race test at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 28 came back positive for Clenbuterol. According to the ruling issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, "Ronald Adams as trainer is in violation...
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Fear The Dragon edges Huntsville in Adios

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Fear The Dragon, harness racing’s top-rated horse, cemented that position Saturday at The Meadows when he wore down the sport’s No. 2-ranked horse, Huntsville, with a prolonged, dramatic first-over move that brought him victory in the $400,000 final of the 51st Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Heavy rains that had soaked The Meadows for the better part of two days stopped short...
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Ella Christina stuns at 56-1 in Adioo Volo

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 56-1, Ella Christina poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off the shocker in Saturday’s $125,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Blazin Britches captured the other division of the Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake for 3-year-old filly pacers that was part of the Adios Card. Ella Christina hadn’t won a stake this year, and driver Jim Pantaleano had little c...
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Ariana G, Magic Presto win Oaks elims

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) won the first of two $40,438 elimination races for the Aug. 5 $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday at the Meadowlands in a time of 1:51.3 by two lengths.  Ice Attraction and Ake Svanstadt were first to the lead at the :27.2 first quarter, with 1-5 favorite Ariana G well off that pace in fifth. Glitzy Gal was off the rail to c...
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Snowstorm Hanover strong in Arden Downs 3CT

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
 Saturday’s card at The Meadows, headlined by the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids and the Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo, also featured four other Grand Circuit stakes. Here are the highlights of those Arden Downs events: $45,000 James Manderino — 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trotters Snowstorm Hanover was a major player in his division last year, banking nearly $350...
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Ohio State Fair races continue at Scioto

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday night at Scioto Downs concluded the last night of 2-year old racing at the Ohio State Fair. As the 2-year-old trotting and pacing colts went head-to-head to battle for a combined purse amount of $287,100. There were three divisions of of trotters and four divisions of pacers. The first race of the evening was a gate-to-wire win for Sultan Of Cash (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) as he stopped t...
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Keidel wins Billings amateur trot at Northfield

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
It’s been a long time between pots for Gregg "Fast Greggy" Keidel but Saturday at the Summit Fair at Northfield Park he turned the tables on his competition and drove impressively when he went down the road with Star Chip and turned back seven others in a 1:58.2 trotted mile. Although the harness racing executive has had only three driving victories since 2009 he was among the top driver...
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Evenin' Of Pleasure wins Yonkers feature

on 07/29/2017 2:00 AM
There’s valor, there’s discretion and there’s Evenin’ Of Pleasure (George Brennan, $3.40). Horse and driver took the latter tact Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Open Handicap Pace.  In play from same post position six he conquered in last week’s marquee pace, odds-on Evenin’ Of Pleasure was again wide leaving. This time, however, instead of being hung o...
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DSBF 3YO finals highlight Governor's Day card

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway hosted its annual Governor's Day card during the Delaware State Fair Thursday, featuring more than $600,000 in total purses over 13 races.   The annual program is a focal point for many Delaware horsemen, as a showcase of The First State's top Standardbreds as every horse on the program is either Delaware owned and/or Delaware bred.   The coveted $40,000 Governor...
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Jan wins Whenuwishuponastar opener

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
The duo of Trevor Henry and Dr. Ian Moore clicked with rookie pacing filly Jan in Thursday's opening leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack.   A compact group of six 2-year-old pacing fillies battled for a purse of $14,000 in the opening round of the three-week series.   Rock N Roll Heaven filly Jan was used a few times during the mile, but delivered a top notch e...
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Could Plainridge trot mark fall twice Friday?

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
All eyes will be focused on the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park on Friday as the best trotters in North America will compete in the newest stake on the Grand Circuit schedule. Many experts feel the stellar field going postward in the ninth race will produce a new all-time trotting record for the track and that could probably be the case. But the $25,000 "Old North...
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Oaks elims set for Saturday Big M program

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of eliminations for the Hambletonian Oaks heads up a dynamite Saturday night card at the Meadowlands.   Two fields of nine 3-year-old trotting fillies, each for a purse of $40,438, will race to decide which 10 will move on to next week's $500,000 Oaks final.   The path to the winner's circle in the first division (race six) goes through Ariana G. Last year's divisi...
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