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Joe Dugan Jr., former HTA Jr. Driving champ, dies

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
Joe Dugan Jr., 50, of Smyrna, Del., a longtime First State horseman, died May 13. The son of Joseph and Madeline Dugan of Smyrna was a popular wrestler while at Smyrna High School and became a talented and personable full-time harness horseman upon graduation.   In his teens, young Mr. Dugan, representing Brandywine Raceway, won the Harness Tracks of America's National Junior Drivin...
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TSM Photo Bugger jogs in Meadows feature

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
  TSM Photo Bugger overwhelmed the leader with a backside burst and rolled to a 9-3/4-length victory in Wednesday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Classic Banker, who had been hard used to get to the top. The 10-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding grabbed the point in a heartbeat and...
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Ladies deal winning hands in Pocono features

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of ladies proved to be the winning hand Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the mares Gracie's Parade and Windsongmusclelady reported home first in a pair of $14,000 claiming handicap features.   Gracie's Parade, a daughter of Royal Mattjesty making her debut for owner/trainer Matias Ruiz off a claim, repaid immediate dividends when she closed strongly from th...
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Mark McKelvie named Red Mile GC announcer

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is proud to announce Mark McKelvie as the new track announcer for the Grand Circuit meet. McKelvie will be taking over the position previously performed by our beloved friend and Hall of Famer Sam McKee, who died in early March. Though replacing McKee is an impossible task, we are excited to add McKelvie to the Red Mile team.   McKelvie has grown up in the har...
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Tetrick hoping trotter is "buzz" worthy

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
Bumblebzbuzz might become a honey of a trotter if he learns to mind his manners. That being said, the $5,200 yearling purchase has already exceeded the expectations of co-owner/trainer Tom T. Tetrick.   A 3-year-old son of stallion Pinetucky out of the mare Bumblebzannie, Bumblebzbuzz has won two of 11 career races and earned $74,650 for Tetrick and Ervin Wickey. Last year, the geld...
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Spots still open for announcing workshop

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
Spots are still available in a workshop for those who would like to learn to call a horse race. The United States Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Meadowlands Racetrack, is sponsoring the educational event on Saturday, June 17, at the Meadowlands.   The workshop, open to all ages, will be conducted by Meadowlands and Freehold Raceway announcer Ken Warkentin, who ha...
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Huntsville takes aim at PASS repeat

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
Huntsville, last year's North American 2-year-old pacing colt champion coming off a sensational victory in his 2017 bow, will start from post four Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the 11th race division of the $148,492 second leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore male pacers.   A son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by trainer Ray Schnittker in partnership ...
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Barn Girl struts her stuff in Meadows feature

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
Stuck three wide through a sizzling :26.4 opening quarter, Barn Girl showed her grit when she held off all challengers to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   When Barn Girl finally reached the front near the three-eighths, she shrugged off the first-over move of Bessie. A more serious threat was Princess Pabl...
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Newborn Sassy scores at Harrington in 1:53.1

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy ($7, Victor Kirby) had a successful return to the races Tuesday (May 16)  with a 1:53.1 triumph in the featured $17,500 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. Inittowinafortune left alertly from post position 7 and cleared Lightning Mach N to the opening quarter mile in 27.3 seconds. Inittowinafortune led the field of eight mares to the half-...
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NZ HOY Christen Me wins US debut in 1:51

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
The wait was finally over. The long-awaited debut of The Wonder from Down Under happened Sunday, in front of a sizable and vocal crowd at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Christen Me N, the 11-time Group One winner, and New Zealand's 2015 harness horse of the year, qualified impressively two weeks ago over the Philly oval. He did so in a 1:53.4 clocking, under minimal urging. Sunday's ...
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3YPC Miso Fast wins 2017 debut in 1:52.3

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke teamed to take both the $20,000 featured trot and an $18,000 co-featured pace over a sloppy track Sunday night at The Downs and Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the top-level trot, the Jailhouse Jesse gelding Rose Run Parker was sent to the top from the outside post eight by Kakaley, making the lead at the 27.4 first pole, then hanging up middle numbers of 56...
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Fritzie Pic Up Man takes Pompano feature

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Fritzie Pic Up Man, driven by Wally Hennessey, scored a repeat victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 14). The 6-year-old gelded son of Always A Virgin took command around the opening turn and went on to post a 3 ½ length victory over stablemate St Lads Lotto, handled by Gaston Lareau, in 1:51.3. Arsenal, with Dave Ingraham in the sulky and in the garden spo...
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Western Fame, Sintra win Confed Cup elims

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Western Fame and Sintra will headline the field for next weekend's Confederation Cup 39 after earning victories in Sunday night's elimination round at Flamboro Downs.   Early trailer Western Fame tracked the live cover of 1-9 favorite Check Six then out-sprinted that foe to the finish line to win the first of two $20,000 eliminations.   Trevor Henry drove the Br...
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Maxdaddy Blue Chip 1:49.3 winner at Tioga

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Maxdaddy Blue Chip was a 1:49.3 upset winner in the Sunday (May 14) Tioga Downs feature, the $12,000 Open Pace.   Driven by Mickey McNichol, the 5-year-old Sportswriter gelding would sit back in fourth for most of the race, watching as the two favorites, Clear Vision (Larry Staulbaum) and Pretty Boy Hill (Jason Bartlett), battled all the way to the backstretch. A...
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Sassy Hanover, The Filly Princess score at VD

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Sassy Hanover, trained and driven by Claude Huckabone Jr., defeated seven other geldings to capture a co-feature at Vernon Downs on Sunday (May 14).    Golden Gun charged right for the lead and held it before tiring in the stretch. Sassy Hanover, a 6-year-old gelding by Cam's Card Shark, would forge to the front to hold off the late-charging Pointsman (Todd Frocio...
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Michael Luchento, valet at Freehold, dies

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Michael Luchento, 59, of Manalapan, NJ,  died at Cranbury Center, Monroe, on Friday (May 12). Born in Jersey City, he was a resident of Parlin prior to becoming a resident of Manalapan. Mr. Luchento was employed as a valet to the harness drivers by Freehold Raceway for two decades and is the brother of former New Jersey Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (SBOANJ) president ...
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Last call for Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
The Hoosier Classic Sale Company has announced a last call for yearlings for the 3rd annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale at Springfield OH. Held in the Champions Center Expo on September 26th, the sale comes off a strong 2016 session which saw the highest priced OH sired yearling at auction. "With many consignors still unsure of the status of their yearlings entered in the Ohio Select, w...
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Downbytheseaside headlines Rooney field

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Nine 3-year-old gentlemen—six colts and three geldings—have been entered for Yonkers Raceway’s 27th Art Rooney Pace.  The number of entrants means there’s a game of musical chairs this Saturday night, as in nine in a $40,000 elimination paring down to the eight finalists. That octet is set to return week from Saturday (May 27) for the $300,000 final.  This season’s Ro...
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Trixie Dust fastest in PA Stallion splits

on 05/15/2017 2:00 AM
Trixie Dust was all out to nail the stubborn leader, One Class Act, but she inched past to score in a career-best 1:55.2, fastest mile in Monday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly trotters was contested over five divisions, with Gin’s Tonic, Canwood, EZ Passer and My Cherry Pie also taking $20,000 splits. Dave Palone enjoyed a st...
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