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Muscle Hill colt tops Swedish sale at $365,000

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The annual yearling sale of horseman Lufti Kolgjini was held Monday night in Sweden and a colt by Muscle Hill set a new Swedish record when he was sold for 3 million Swedish krona. That is approximately $365,000.   The colt, named Nagamori Hill, is a half brother to the accomplished Lavec Kronos and Raja Mirchi. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable, known in the US for purchasing yearlin...
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Ariana G draws post 4 in one of two Oaks elims

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Eighteen 3 year olds entered Tuesday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the filly division of the Hambletonian.   Hambletonian Festival week kicks off on July 29 with two $40,438 eliminations to narrow the field to 10 for the $500,000 Oaks final on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 5, at the Meadowlands.   Favorite in the field will be Dan Patch divisional Champion Aria...
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Breeders Awards increased for NYSS

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund (FUND) is pleased to announce an increase to the Breeders' Awards given through the New York Sires Stakes program. This season, the FUND approved an additional $100,000 from handles at harness tracks across New York. The FUND's Board of Directors has made the decision to direct this funding to breeders of 2-year-old New York resident Stan...
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Svanstedt sends out strong 2FT quartet in NYSS

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Ake Svanstedt has not raced often at Batavia Downs, but he will be well represented there in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) on Wednesday as his four starters are all morning line favorites as five divisions (races two through six) of 2-year-old trotting fillies vie for a total of $108,600 in purses on opening night.   In what looks to be the fastest of the divisions (sixth race), S...
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Burke sends two to Spirit of Massachusetts Trot

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Perennial Grand Circuit dash and money leading trainer Ron Burke and his "Burke Brigade" will be well represented in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday as he will start both Hannelore Hanover and Crazy Wow in the state's biggest harness race ever.   Hannelore Hanover won seven major stakes in 2016 including the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity, $208,...
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Posts set for Adios; elim winners side-by-side

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Huntsville, the 9-5 morning line favorite, will leave from post 4 while Fear The Dragon, the 2-1 second choice, starts from post 3 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. The powerhouse Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios goes as race 11 with an approximate post time of 4 PM.   From ...
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Ontario Racing executive director Cook resigns

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Ontario Racing's executive director, Rob Cook, has announced his resignation from the association, effective Aug. 7.   Ontario Racing's chair Hugh Mitchell wished Cook the very best for his future and expressed gratitude on behalf of OR's board for Cook's significant contributions in leading the organization during its development over the past year.   "Under Rob Cook's leadership,...
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US-bred Propulsion sets 1:49.3 Swedish mark

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Propulsion, a 6-year-old stallion by Muscle Hill-Danae, bred by Rikki Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms, set a Swedish record of 1:49.3 when he won the Hugo Aberg Memorial on Tuesday night at the five-eighths mile Jagersro track in Malmo, Sweden. Daniel Reden trains Propulsion for Bengt Agerup's Stall Zet.   The race got underway with the Jerry Riordan-trained Twister Bi...
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NJ horseman Vincent Fusco Sr. dies

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
New Jersey horseman Vincent Fusco Sr., 74, of Freehold Township, passed away Monday, July 24, with his beloved family at his side.   He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Grace; his children Rita (Dale), Carmine (Christie), Antonia, Vincent Jr. (Michelle), Bridget (Bob), Andriana, Joseph (Dana), Paul (Robyn), Peter, Maria (Michael), and Elizabeth (Jason); 26 grandchildren and...
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All-time win leader Palone has seven-bagger

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
After collecting career victory 18,000 two weeks ago, Hall of Famer Dave Palone continues to roll to the next milestone.  The "winningest" driver in harness racing history piloted seven winners on Tuesday’s  14-race card at The Meadows. Palone scored a pair of victories each for trainers Rom Burke and Paul Corey and singletons for Brent Davis, Dane Snyder and John Sullivan. ...
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Gural named Equine Savior Award winner

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Jeff Gural is a tower in Standardbred racing. As the owner of three racetracks: The Meadowlands in New Jersey (which features harness racing and a short Thoroughbred meet), in addition to Standardbred tracks, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs, both located in New York State, he has become a driving force in keeping trainers suspected of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs and those trying to ...
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Beegle, Hammer honored at Bedford, PA fair

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer, both of whom began their athletic careers on the wrestling mats in this southwest Pennsylvania community and both of whom are still competing on the racetracks of Pennsylvania, were jointly honored as both hometown and statewide harness heroes during ceremonies before the start of the racing program at the Bedford Fair on Monday, July 25, the first day of a two-card se...
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Rose Run Parker scores again at Pocono

on 07/24/2017 2:00 AM
On Sunday night Rose Run Parker returned to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and he promptly ran his local scorecard to two straight wins and three triumphs in his last five starts with a 1:53.1 victory in the $20,000 featured trot. Driver Matt Kakaley hustled the Jailhouse Jesse gelding to command after the quarter, and the winner of $878,865 posted identical halves of :56.3 while in contr...
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Mike Simons drives 5 winners at Tioga Sunday

on 07/24/2017 2:00 AM
Andreios Kardia (Aaron Byron) won an action-packed Tioga Downs Open Handicap ($12,000) on Sunday afternoon (July 23). Leading driver Mike Simons scored five times on the card. Golden Gun (John MacDonald) would take the lead into the first quarter. Fireyourguns (Scott Coulter), would then take command and lead into the half. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover) moved first-over on th...
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Indiana's Jay Cross drives 3,000th winner

on 07/24/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Jay Cross won the 3,000th race of his career on Saturday (July 22) when he guided Sweetascantab to a 2:04.4 victory in a $3,000 Indiana Sired Fair Circuit race at the Goshen (IN) Fair.   Cross has spent more than 30 years in the sport as an owner, trainer and driver. A regular on the Hoosier circuit, Cross has trained and driven several Indiana Sire Stakes champions. He is...
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Running Aces' Dan Patch won by Firedrake

on 07/24/2017 2:00 AM
The Sunday evening program at Running Aces featured the $35,000 Dan Patch Free For All Pace, and the event drew a talented field of seven contenders who had collectively earned more than $2.1 million and won 187 races in their respective careers. The contest would wind up being dominated by the horse who came into the race with perhaps the least credentials in purses and wins, but perhaps one ...
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All-star field drawn for Spirit of Mass. Trot

on 07/24/2017 2:00 AM
An all-star cast of the best aged trotters in North America declared for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot on Monday morning and when the draw was completed a stellar field of nine, which includes four millionaires, has been set for the biggest harness race in the history of Massachusetts; the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot that will be held on Friday. Headlining the field are 2016 Da...
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Bartlett drives 4 NYSS winners at Monticello

on 07/24/2017 2:00 AM
On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 7,000 win club, Jason Bartlett, as he won four New York Sires Stakes races on the 13-race program on Monday (July 24). By virtue of his Sheppard elimination win, the betting public made Persist Blue Chip, post two, the favorite. After a ...
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Bit Of A Legend N best in Gerrity

on 07/23/2017 2:00 AM
Bit Of A Legend N (Bettor’s Delight) was the runner-up in the 2016 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Peter Tritton-trained standout wound up second best to former Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. On Saturday night, Bit Of A Legend N was dismissed at odds of 15-1 as he took part in his second consecutive $260,000 Gerrity Pace and collected the victory....
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Huntsville, Fear The Dragon win Adios elims

on 07/23/2017 2:00 AM
Huntsville and Fear The Dragon had to work much harder in the slop than overwhelming favorites would like, yet each was game enough Saturdayto capture an elimination of the 51st edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. They’ll be joined in next Saturday’s $400,000 Adios final by Blood Line, Miso Fast, RJP, Western Hill, Eddard Hanover, Hurricane Beach and ...
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