Maryland crowds 2YO champions at Ocean Downs

on 09/19/2020 11:06 AM
Ocean Downs hosted four Maryland Sires Stakes finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters on cool and breezy Friday night. The opener was the $45,000 Hubert Jackson Memorial for trotting colts and geldings. Trents A Lock (Lockkeeper) was parked out, taking the lead from Sunshineonmyshoulder before the half with favorite Funnyfunnyriddle (Lockkeeper) taking the lead at the ¾ pole, leading...
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Cuatro De Julio a fairytale for Marie Ortolan Bar

on 09/19/2020 11:02 AM
Marie Ortolan Bar can succinctly sum up the fairytale she is living with colt Cuatro De Julio, this season’s fastest 2-year-old trotter thanks to his near world-record-equaling 1:51.4 mile two weeks ago, and winner of eight of 10 races as he heads to Sunday’s $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes championship at Red Mile. “It’s a story about faith, love, and friendship,&...
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Summer Touch goes for Ohio Triple Crown Sunday in Delaware

on 09/19/2020 10:55 AM
The 2020 Delaware, Ohio Grand Circuit meet gets underway on Sunday with 18 races, including the $130,000 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) for 2-year-old filly pacers.    Summer Touch looks become an Ohio Triple Crown winner with a win in the first division of the OBC 2-year-old filly pace. The Well Said lass previously won the $50,000 Ohio State Fair Stakes ...
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Ohio Selected Jug Sale shows 17.4% average increase

on 09/19/2020 7:50 AM
Standardbreds by highly sought-after first-crop sires, coupled with a considerable increase in auction attendance, resulted in Friday's Ohio Selected Jug Sale enjoying a 17.4 percent increase in average over last year's figures. A total of 272 Ohio-bred yearlings passed through the sales ring at the Pickaway Agriculture and Event Center in Circleville, Ohio for a sales gross of $6,...
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Tattoo Artist wins OSS Gold, next up Jenna’s Beach Boy

on 09/19/2020 7:41 AM
The sole $156,400 division of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold featured a showdown between point leaders Beaumond Hanover and Tattoo Artist, both riding three-race win streaks in Ontario Sires Stakes action, along with six other competitors at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday. As they have in virtually every start this season, Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure rocketed away from the gate and led th...
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Buy In impresses at Philly in first start for connections

on 09/19/2020 7:31 AM
A quartet of $11,200 contests for developing younger horses, two races on each gait, were the features Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with the most impressive winner the Western Ideal sophomore colt Buy In, who brought immediate returns for his new connections with a 1:51 victory, lowering his mark by almost five seconds.   Acquired by Triple D Stables Inc....
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Melander barn triples up in Kindergarten opener

on 09/19/2020 7:25 AM
Marcus Melander shined brightest at the Meadowlands Friday night, as his trainees scored three times among the 10 divisions of the first leg of the Kindergarten Classic for 2 year olds of both sexes and gait.   Moonstone S was the first winner of the night for Melander in the third race colts and geldings trot. The son of Muscle Hill-Moonlight Kronos, who finished secon...
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Odds On Osiris returns to Hoosier with INSS win

on 09/19/2020 7:19 AM
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were on display on Friday at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the sixth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action. The night saw victories from both a heavy favorite and a longshot, proving the competitive nature of the division. Odds On Osiris fulfilled the role of post-time favorite, winning his first start back at Harrah’s Ho...
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MacDonald, Wine double up in Shenandoah opening day features

on 09/18/2020 7:37 PM
Brandy Wine's Final Decision and Big N Bad won back-to-back races in the day's fastest times Friday at Shenandoah Downs as the Woodstock, Virginia oval kicked off its fifth annual racing season.   John MacDonald drove both pacers to victory in 1:55.3 and 1:55.4, respectively. Final Decision won her second lifetime start. The 3-year-old Ponder filly took the lead from...
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Amigo Volo heads to Lexington off Keystone Classic win

on 09/18/2020 7:34 PM
Amigo Volo powered to a professional, purposeful victory in Friday’s Keystone Classic at The Meadows, serving notice to his division rivals that he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in rich late-season stakes. Patriarch Hanover took the other division in the $79,700 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Considered one of the division’s best early in the y...
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Tucker Creek back in Plainridge winner’s circle

on 09/18/2020 6:20 PM
After ripping off four consecutive wins at Plainridge Park over the summer, Tucker Creek has finished third and second in his last two outings. But he got back to his winning ways on Friday after taking top honors in the $12,000 feature pace.    Unlikeanyother (Bruce Ranger) grabbed the early lead and marched to the half in :55.1 while Tucker Creek (Drew Monti) followed closely i...
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Hockey legend Jack Kelley dies at 93

on 09/18/2020 12:22 PM
John “Jack” Kelley, a legend in hockey circles, especially in Maine, died Sept. 16 at age 93. Mr. Kelley also owned a few Standardbreds that raced in Maine and attended horse sales with his son, trainer Paul Kelley.   In the 1950s, Mr. Kelley transformed Colby College men’s hockey into an indomitable force in New England and made a profound impact on the lives o...
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Perfect Sting favorite in KYSS 2CP final

on 09/18/2020 12:03 PM
The word perfect is the perfect adjective in Perfect Sting’s name at this point in his career. Trainer Joe Holloway believes another adjective might suit the 2-year-old pacing colt as his career continues: Special.   Perfect Sting, a son of two of history’s fastest horses, stallion Always B Miki and mare Shebestingin, is 5-for-5 this season for Holloway and breed...
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Horner, Fielding retire from WEG board

on 09/18/2020 12:01 PM
Woodbine Entertainment announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Christine Magee as Chair effective immediately.   As Chair of the Board of Directors, Magee will provide leadership, guidance and governance as Woodbine Entertainment fulfills its mandate to sustain and grow horse racing in Ontario. This includes advancing its master plan to develop the surrounding lands ...
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Hudson Phil has found his groove

on 09/18/2020 10:26 AM
When Hudson Phil started his 2020 campaign with three straight losses in the open handicap pace at Saratoga from June 21 to July 5, longtime owner Wayne Kellogg of Kellogg Racing Stable was afraid the talented pacer had tailed off or that a long 2019 campaign had taken its toll. However, the 5-year-old gelding has since won four of his last six starts, including two Saratoga opens and two Yonker...
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Brookview Bullet speeds to 1:51 win in INSS 2CP

on 09/18/2020 8:34 AM
Brookview Bullet turned in an impressive effort to capture the featured event of the evening, the $79,500 Indiana Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday. Brett Miller was in to drive the Tyler George trainee who stopped the clock in 1:51 and established a new lifetime best in the process. Leaving from post four in ...
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Mohawk Million entries due by noon Monday

on 09/17/2020 9:07 PM
The march to the Mohawk Million is entering the final stage with slot owners required to finalize the two-year-old trotter that will race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon.    The Mohawk Million for $1 million (USD) will be the richest Standardbred race contested in Canada since 2012. The event for rookie trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, S...
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Almost $1 million in purses Saturday at Hawthorne

on 09/17/2020 8:58 PM
The best in the state of Illinois will be on the track Saturday as 11 stakes races will be contested for Night of Champions at Hawthorne. Although temps are expected to be cool, conditions look to be dry on Saturday as many divisional honors are on the line.   Last week sports wagering kicked off with the partnership between PointsBet and Hawthorne Race Course.  While online spor...
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Scirocco Rob takes Philly trot feature in 1:53.1

on 09/17/2020 8:56 PM
The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob, who last week lost to the first-over Arabella’s Cadet in a track record 1:52 for trotting mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia, this week became the irresistible grinding force, making two moves en route to a 1:53.1 victory in Thursday’s $14,400 top-level trot on an overcast day at the riverside oval.   Leaving from post six in a ...
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Electrical fire interrupts racing at Flamboro Thursday

on 09/17/2020 8:55 PM
Due to an electrical fire Flamboro Downs was forced to suspend the Thursday, Sept. 17, card following the third race. Only one of three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies had been completed prior to the suspension of the program so the remaining divisions, along with two Prospect Series divisions for three-year-old trotting fillies, have been rescheduled to Saturday, S...
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