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Escape The News wins Plainridge feature

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
Escape The News took full advantage of a garden-spot trip to surge late and snatch a win in the $10,000 pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (May 8). It was a tale of two races and the Jekyll/Hyde appearance was quite evident. The short field left the gate and settled in post-position order. Jackson’s Image (Jim Hardy) was content to set the pace and did his best to put h...
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Sea Rose rallies up pylons to win by head

on 05/08/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of high-level claiming handicap events going for $14,000 were the twin features at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday evening.   First to go forward was a group of pacing mares, with the Dragon Again mare Sea Rose calmly sitting a pocket trip while action exploded all around her (26.3, 54.3, 1:23.4), then rallying up the Pocono Pike to post a head decision in 1:53.2. Grac...
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Resolve wins Cutler; Elitlopp invite accepted

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
Showing no rust after a six-month layoff, Resolve went parked for the final half-mile on the way to a determined win in the $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night. "He raced well," understated trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. "He was a little bit lazy but he was strong." Indeed. Resolve ($3.60 to win as the 4-5 favorite), who won four of 13 a ye...
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Barimah A wins Van Rose Invitational

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
In a race where the field of eight had collectively earned more than $8 million, and five had bankrolled more than a million dollars each, it was Barimah A, with less than $200,000 on his card, coming off of fireball fractions to take the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, the evening feature on a doubleheader Kentucky Derby Day of racing. There h...
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Great Vintage, Taco Tuesday take Yonkers features

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of down-the-roaders -- Great Vintage (Dan Dube, $4) and Taco Tuesday (Jason Bartlett, $6.40)-- were the Saturday night standouts, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $55,000 co-features.  Great Vintage started inside his rivals in the blind-draw Open Pace, then took it the distance (:27.2, 56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52), though not without an elongated scrum with Blood Brother (Bartlett). ...
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Night Pro captures Miami Valley Open

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
The 18th and final weekly $20,000 Open I Pace shared the spotlight with seven divisions of first leg Buckeye Stallion Series action for sophomore pacers and trotters on the Saturday program at Miami Valley Raceway. It took Night Pro (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) two tries to get his first win at Miami Valley, but owner-trainer Dale Decker’s pride and joy did it in style, topping trainer Dan Ater sta...
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Tioga, Vernon meets get underway

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
 The first race of the Tioga Downs 2017 season on Saturday was the $12,000 Open Trot. The front running favorite Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would lead the field all the way until deep stretch. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) followed the leader in the pocket the whole way. Taggart would then pop out of the pocket with the 6-year-old Federal Flex gelding in mid-stretch....
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Charmed Life upsets Hannelore at Miami Valley

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
Charmed Life spoiled the coming-out party for defending Dan Patch Older Mare Trotter of the Year, Hannelore Hanover, with a half-length, 1:53.2 win in the $86,400 Miami Valley Distaff Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. Leaving from post seven, Charmed Life and driver Chris Page took back to sixth off the gate as Barn Girl went to the lead from post six. After the quarter-mile ma...
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Rock N Roll World tops Tattersalls at $165,000

on 05/07/2017 2:00 AM
Rock N’ Roll World was the top seller at Sunday’s Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, going for $165,000 to Thomas Pollack. The 5-year-old pacing stallion has won 15 of 63 lifetime races and earned $572,660. He headed to the auction off three consecutive victories, including Saturday at the Big M. A son of 2005 Horse of the Year Rocknroll Hanover out of the multiple Dan Pa...
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Lems wins 5 on Vernon opener

on 05/06/2017 2:00 AM
Chris Lems celebrated Cinco de Mayo with five driving wins during Vernon Downs' Opening Night, including the top distaff class with Ontario-owned Tempus Seelster.Lems started the season with a win right off the bat in race one. He drove the favorite, Gimme The Cash, past front-stepping Pegasus Point (Truman Gale) at the top of the stretch. Gimme The Cash ($2.30) trotted away to win by four lengt...
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Walner impressive in qualifier victory

on 05/06/2017 2:00 AM
 Derby Day qualifiers at the Meadowlands came an hour earlier at 9 a.m. on an overcast morning with an unusual wind at the horses' backs in the homestretch and the temperature around 60 degrees. The day opened with a powerful field of 3-year-old trotting colts that included last year’s divisional champ, world record holder and winter book Hambletonian favorite Walner and he could not hav...
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Lord Cromwell rules in Dexter Cup

on 05/06/2017 2:00 AM
Lord Cromwell and driver John Campbell moved to the lead on the backstretch and were never threatened from there, cruising to a 5 1/4-length win in Saturday’s (May 6) $143,737 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters in a stakes- and track-record 1:55 at Freehold Raceway. Gustavo Fring finished second and Southwind Cobra was third. The Dexter Cup is the first Grand Circuit event for 3-year...
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PASS speed-badge honors to Huntsville

on 05/06/2017 2:00 AM
If there were any doubts that freshman champion Huntsville would come out smoking for his 3-year-old debut, he quickly dispelled them in Saturday’s $151,280 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows when he roared to victory by an eye-popping 10 lengths. His time of 1:50.3 in the slop not only is the fastest this year by a sophomore on a five-eighths-mile track, but it also was at least 1.3 s...
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Van Rose Invite headlines Pocono doubleheader

on 05/05/2017 2:00 AM
 A doubleheader of racing action this Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day for the galloping horses, will be held at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, raising the week’s total of competition to five cards at the mountain oval. There will be a host of activities for racing fans of all intensities and varieties on Derby Day at Pocono; on the racing side, there will be a 10-race card beginning a...
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Buckeye Stallion Series kicks off at Miami Valley

on 05/05/2017 2:00 AM
The newest innovation to the Ohio-sired stakes calendar kicked off at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday with six $12,500 divisions of the first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series, three for 3-year-old trotting fillies and three for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Designed and administered by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, the Buckeye Stallion Series is intended to give the growing number of O...
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Sell A Bit N holds on in Yonkers feature

on 05/05/2017 2:00 AM
Favored Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $4.70) lasted on the lead Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s Cinco de Mayo $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, Sell A Bit N worked around Delightful Dragon (catch-driver Eric Goodell), then finished (:27.4, :57.2, 1:25.3, 1:54.1) what she started. Sell A Bit N defeated Delightful Dragon by a neck, with a two-...
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B Yoyo best in Meadowlands trot

on 05/05/2017 2:00 AM
B Yoyo took control early, then rated the middle half before kicking home a dominant three length winner in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, an $18,000 conditioned trot. The 7-year-old gelded son of Striking Sahbra powered up to the lead at the quarter in :27.3, then backed down the fractions to :56.4 and 1:25.2 as the outer flow was slow to develop. At the head of the stretch, B Y...
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Empire Earl N rules in Buffalo open

on 05/05/2017 2:00 AM
Empire Earl N ruled over the field in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night by tying a lifetime best of 1:58.3 with a solid 2-1/4 length victory over Winkys Pride. In the $16,500 Claiming Championship Series final for trotters ($8,000-$12,500), Osprey Vision took top honors with a 2:00.4 mile over the sloppy track while in the $11,500 title race for the trotters ($4,000-$5,500), i...
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Market Share returns to Meadowlands Friday

on 05/04/2017 2:00 AM
Friday night's feature at the Meadowlands has an intriguing mix of trotters racing for a purse of $18,000 in the evening's seventh race.   Odds maker Dave Brower has tabbed the venerable Market Share as the 2-1 choice as he makes his first start of the year over the track where he won the Hambletonian some five years ago. The career winner of over $3.7 million still competes at a high lev...
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Jag Out ready for Yonkers open competition

on 05/04/2017 2:00 AM
Since returning to the races at Yonkers April 14 off a September layoff, 5-year-old mare Jag Out is perfect in two starts for trainer Nick Surick. She won her seasonal debut in a $27,000 overnight after racing first-over for the last quarter mile, then returned a wire-to-wire winner the following week when racing for $35,000. For Surick, seeing Jag Out finally put her best foot forward has been ...
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