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Ariana G to race in Oaks elims; Hambo still possible

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com Friday morning that Ariana G will start in Saturday night's Hambletonian Oaks eliminations and then he will decide by 9 a.m. next Tuesday morning, Aug. 1, when the box closes for the Hambletonian, if he will instead enter the filly against the colts in the double-heat classic on Aug. 5. Following Thursday's announcement by trainer Linda Toscano that t...
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Lady Shadow tests positive for Betsy Ross win

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
Lady Shadow has been disqualified from her victory in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Mares Pace on May 28 at Harrah's Chester after the 6-year-old mare tested positive for Clenbuterol. As a result, the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has suspended trainer Ron Adams for 15 days and issued him a $500 fine. Adams has waived his hearing before the judges and will appeal the ruling to the Racing Commis...
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Sherie Hankins, wife of MSOA's Kim Hankins, dies

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
Sherie Hankins, of Canonsburg, Pa., died July 25, after a long illness. She was 62.   She was the beloved wife of Kim Hankins, a longtime horseman that raced extensively in California and Illinois before becoming the executive director of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association.   In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two children, Staff Sergeant Joshua (Melon...
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JL Cruze shocks in Spirit Of Massachusetts

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
After watching an epic front-end battle between Crazy Wow and Resolve from fourth most of the mile, driver Andrew McCarthy found room up the pylons late for 60-1 JL Cruze and pulled a major upset by winning the inaugural running of the $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot that was held at Plainridge Park on Friday. Crazy Wow (Matt Kakaley) and Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) both wanted the lead but C...
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Three-year-old fillies in Hawthorne spotlight

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
 Illinois-bred 3-year-old fillies were the focus at Hawthorne on Friday night in a pair of divisions of the Plum Peachy Stakes. Race one on Friday kicked off the action as a field of seven lined up behind the starter. Leaving for the lead was Boogie On Down as she easily cleared the top through the opening quarter in :28.2. The field remained in line through the backside after a half in :57...
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Roaring To Go fastest in NYSS 3FP splits

on 07/28/2017 2:00 AM
 Yonkers Raceway Friday night offered up the $167,499 New York Sires Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-old fillies. A trio of equally-parsed ($55,833) six-horse fields comprised the event, which again honored the memory of the former publicity director of both Yonkers Raceway and NBC Sports. Any number of Cohen family and friends joined in for the winner’s circle presentations, with...
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Svanstedt stable perfect in NYSS at Batavia

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
Ake Svanstedt put on a training and driving clinic in the $108,600 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (July 26) winning all four divisions he competed in, going wire to wire with each and even equaling a track record with one. In the first $21,800 division, Fury Road (Muscle Mass-Bar Ballad) opened up a sixth-length lead at the ...
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Takter sending out Blood Line in Adios

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
As a Hall of Fame, high-profile trainer, it's hard for Jimmy Takter to fly under the radar. Yet that's exactly what he's done with Blood Line, who'll compete in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Blood Line goes from post 8 with Mark MacDonald at the helm.   The final anchors a blockbuster Adios Day card that features six Grand ...
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Haughton, Doherty elims on tap Friday at Big M

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
As the 2017 Championship Meet at the Meadowlands draws to its Aug. 5 conclusion, the stakes action increases to a fever pitch. Friday night brings with it elimination races for the track's top freshman trotting races, the Peter Haughton and Jim Doherty Memorials.   The Haughton drew 14 declarations, necessitating a pair of seven-colt elims, the first of which comes in race six,...
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Handicappers weigh in on Spirit of Mass Trot

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
Ten prominent national harness racing analysts and handicappers have weighed in on who they believe will win the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts trot to be held at Plainridge Park on Friday. Post time for the first race Friday is 4 p.m. Post time for the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot is estimated at 6:40 p.m. Please note that coverage and live streaming of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot w...
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Walner suffers slight injury, out of Hambletonian

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
Walner, the favorite to win this year's Hambletonian, will not be entered in the Aug. 5 trotting classic after suffering a slight injury. First reported Thursday afternoon by The Hambletonian Society, trainer Linda Toscano confirmed the news shortly after to harnessracing.com.   The winner of seven of eight starts last year at two on his way to divisional honors, Walner had some health is...
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Pinkman back in action Friday at Meadowlands

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
Pinkman returns to action for the first time in nearly 10 months on Friday, facing five foes in the preferred handicap at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 5-year-old gelding, whose last visit to the winner's circle at the Big M followed his victory in the 2015 Hambletonian, was absent because of surgery to correct chronic throat issues.   "I'm excited to have him back," trainer Jimmy ...
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Adios, Walner news in new Weekend Preview!

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
Good news and bad news in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. The good news is that racing will hopefully see an epic battle in Saturday's Adios at The Meadows when Fear The Dragon and Huntsville go the post. The bad news is that trainer Linda Toscano has announced that the top-ranked Walner will not be entered in the Hambletonian after suffering a slight leg injury. Hambletonian Oa...
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Ohio State Fair races held at Scioto

on 07/27/2017 2:00 AM
Wednesday night at Scioto Downs two nights of the Ohio State Fair racing brought in three divisions of 2-year-old filly pacers and trotters.  The three divisions of pacing races went for total purses of $141,000 and the trotting races consisted of a $126,000 total purse amount.  The first race of the evening kicked of the first division of pacers, as 10...
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Youaremycandygirl sweetest in NYSS splits

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal) was the star of the New York Sires Stakes on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Ron Burke-trained filly was the pocket-sitter in her $40,425 division of the Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Driver Yannick Gingras was aggressive and popped the pocket on the favored leader heading to three-quarters. It proved to be the winning m...
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Carobbean Pacetry springs 15-1 Pocono upset

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
The Western Ideal mare Vegas In Style was acquired by owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera after a race 35 days ago--and since then she has posted three wins and two seconds in five starts, earning $30,500, after her victory in the $16,000 distaff pacing feature Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Eric Carlson had the red-hot mare sitting in the pocket behind st...
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Only Passing Through 6-for-6 at Plainridge

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
Nothing succeeds like success and that is what Only Passing Through has had at Plainridge Park this year since returning from Florida in May. On Tuesday he registered his sixth consecutive win in the $12,000 conditioned trotting event at The Ridge to remain perfect in 2017.   After being taken off the gate and narrowly avoiding a breaking Just For Today (Mark Beckwith), the 3-5...
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Kelley and Obrigado aim for Spirit of Mass. Trot

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
They're a wicked-awesome pair; uniquely New England. That's the only way you can describe Maine-bred Obrigado and Massachusetts raised Paul Kelley and they will both be at Plainridge Park on Friday competing in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot. Kelley lived in Maine but grew up in Walpole, Mass., just minutes from Foxboro Park. His father Jack Kelley and Bill Bauer rac...
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DSBF 3YO finals highlight rich Harrington card

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway will host its richest program of the season on Governor's Day Thursday during the Delaware State Fair with a 7 p.m. post time.   More than $600,000 in total purses will be at stake on the 13-race program, headlined by four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final events for 3 year olds as well as program staples like the coveted $40,000 Governor's Cup, w...
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Samantha Stafford awarded HHI scholarship

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
Samantha Stafford has been awarded the 2017 Harness Horsemen International $4,000 Jerome L. Hauck Scholarship. Stafford, 19, hails from Woodside, Del., and will be attending Middle Tennessee State University this fall, where she plans on pursuing a degree in Audio Production. "I take great pride in my academic achievements," Stafford stresses. "Since I began school, I knew that I loved ...
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