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Freshman pacers vie in Ohio Sires Stakes Saturday

on 07/21/2017 2:00 AM
  Forty-two 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings will battle in five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) contests Saturday night, July 22 at Northfield Park.  Each division—races four, six, eight, ten and 12—for these Buckeye-fathered freshmen sports a purse of $40,000.  First race post time is 6 pm, ET. Each of the eight Leg 1 winners are returning for this second round...
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Parker doubles up in Ohio Sires Stakes

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Norm Parker had a banner night at Scioto Downs on Wednesday, winning a pair of four $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contested for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Parker, 56, made the trek to Scioto Downs from his home base of The Meadows in Pennsylvania and his rookie fillies—who are each owned and bred by Robert J. Key of Leechburg, Pa.—more than paid their way. First, Parker harne...
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Kindergarten in session Friday at Meadowlands

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Friday's card at the Meadowlands is filled with future stars with five races dedicated to the popular Kindergarten series for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Trotting colts were most plentiful as 19 entrants necessitated a pair of divisions, carded as races three and eight.   The third race showcases another impressive Chapter Seven colt from the connections of Hambo favorite Walner...
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Huntsville: "Probably as good as he's ever been"

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
For the trainers of all Adios colts and geldings not named Huntsville, his conditioner, Ray Schnittker, offers a scary report on the status of his Dan Patch Award winner: "He's probably as good as he's ever been."   Huntsville is the 7-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday's first elimination (race 9) for the $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Fear The D...
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Brown compares Campbell to Bobby Orr

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Doug Brown has won eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards, a stack of driver titles on the Toronto circuit and earned a berth in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, yet he thinks fellow Hall of Famer John Campbell stands above all others. "There's just no question that he's just been the greatest driver ever. It's just fantastic to see what he's done over the 40 years he's been doing...
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Hambo hopefuls back in action at Big M

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
As trainer Frank Antonacci says, the best way to make plans for horses is to plan to make new plans on a regular basis. George Ducharme would agree.   Both trainers had plans in place for Hambletonian hopefuls in their stables only to see those plans require unexpected alterations. Antonacci's stakes-winning International Moni suffered a bout of colic and was scratched from a July 8 prep ...
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NJ gubernatorial candidate at Meadowlands

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Phil Murphy, the New Jersey gubernatorial candidate, visited the Meadowlands Racetrack last Saturday night.   A crowd of more than 10,000 was on hand to see a star-studded night of harness racing headlined by the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, the track's signature race. Murphy presented the trophy to the winning owners of Huntsville, who scored a thrilling victory over D...
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SOA of NY Yonkers award scholarships

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Sandra Kaufman, chairman of the co-sponsored SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship Committee, has announced that John McDermott Jr. is the winner of the 2017-2018 Scholarship Award in the amount of $5,000. The second place award of $3,000 went to Christopher Regina and Olena Hauser picked up the third place scholarship award of $2,000.   McDermott Jr. recently received a Bache...
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Tornado hits Buffalo Raceway, racing canceled

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Racing and simulcast wagering at Buffalo Raceway has been canceled for the remainder of the 2017 season due to significant damage created by a tornado that hit the Hamburg, N.Y., area on Thursday. Racing had been scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which was to be the closing weekend for the 2017 season.
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Meadowlands to remember Filion, Roosevelt

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
The life and career of legendary harness racing driver Hervé Filion will be celebrated Saturday, July 22, at the Meadowlands with a series of events to honor the Hall of Famer who passed away last month at the age of 77.   "My father always cared for the horse and had a God-given talent to get the most out of the horse," said Andrew Filion, one of three sons of Hervé. ...
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Minnesota offering funds for repurposing racehorses

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission is seeking 501©(3) non-profit racehorse adoption, retirement and repurposing organizations that have been in operation at least one year to be considered for funding. These new funds were generated by legislation passed in 2015 to direct fines collected via rulings issued at Canterbury Park and Running Aces to be directed to a special revenue fund to suppor...
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New FREE Weekend Preview now available!

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
Dave Palone has won more than 18,000 races, with the vast majority at The Meadows, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview find out which post he prefers at his home track. We bring up The Meadows because that is the site of Saturday's Adios eliminations, which for the first time since 2012 attracted both the Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup champions. While Palone talks abo...
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Sintra looks to do it his way in Gerrity

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
The way Jody Jamieson sees it, if stakes-winning pacer Sintra were human, he might be Mike Trout. "He’s got speed, he’s got stamina, he’s got talent," Jamieson said. "When you add in smarts, where he’ll let you drive him how you want, that’s the total package right there. He’s a five-tool baseball player." Sintra will get the chance to display his tools Saturday in the $260,000 ...
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Barn Bella wins NYSS for 14th career win

on 07/20/2017 2:00 AM
The sensational filly Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was at it again on Thursday afternoon (July 20) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Steven Pratt-trained filly was the 3-5 betting favorite in a $91,550 New York Sire Stakes division for 3-year-old trotters. Regular reinsman Jeff Gregory sat behind her as she looked to move her record to eight for nine in 2017. Gregory was patient with the odds-on...
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Homebred Leaderofthepack takes Grassroots

on 07/19/2017 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event of the season for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday evening and both Ontario Sires Stakes trophies went home with first time winners. The first $18,800 division saw Jula Downton, a winner in the July 8 Grassroots season opener, sent off as the fans' top choice. As the starting gate pulled away from the field of eight, Smart Pick w...
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Undefeated Sultan Of Cash wins Ohio Sires

on 07/19/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Roger Hughes Jr. has been waiting a lifetime for Sultan OF Cash and the 2-year-old trotting colt is delivering for Hughes and his family in a big way. The son of Cash Hall trotted to a lifetime best 1:57.1 en route to winning his $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes-Leg 2 test handily on a blisteringly-hot and steamy Tuesday (July 18) at Scioto Downs. It was one of a quartet of Ohio Sires...
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Supergirl Riley stars in NYSS for 2FT

on 07/19/2017 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway played host to the $159,500 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Trot for 2-year-fillies on Tuesday night (July 18). Six divisions, ranging in value from $26,000-$27,000, went postward. The results were quite formful, as in five favorites (four at odds-on) and one second choice. The evening fastest femme was ‘Super,' as in Supergirl Riley (Scott Zeron, $3), who took th...
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2YOFT Manchego snags another PASS

on 07/19/2017 2:00 AM
Muscle Hill sired three of the five winners in the $169,415 second round preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night, including both repeat winners from the first prelim action at The Meadows. The fastest of all the winners was a Muscle Hill-Secret Magic miss, Manchego, who pulled from the pocket to take the...
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Big M announces OOC rules for Hambo Day stakes

on 07/19/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands is requiring that all horses entered in the stakes listed here be stabled at an approved training facility within a 150-mile radius (as the crow flies) of the Meadowlands or in the stable area at Vernon Downs by 8 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 31, and be made available for out of competition testing as requested.   The stakes are all part of the Saturday, Aug. 5 race ca...
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Up The Alley upsets at Plainridge Park

on 07/19/2017 2:00 AM
Fresh off a lifetime-best 1:52.2 effort at the Meadowlands on Saturday, July 8, Up The Alley made his first-ever trip to The Ridge and ended the five-race winning streak of Mambo Lindy by taking the $18,000 Open Handicap trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday.   Up The Alley (Mark Beckwith) left and maneuvered through rush hour traffic to get the lead and eventually set up s...
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