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Hannelore Hanover ready for "Flight"

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
After watching Hannelore Hanover win her Armbro Flight Stakes elimination last Friday, trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras believe the award-winning female trotter is back to her old self. The 5-year-old mare captured her elim by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:52.2 and is ready to defend the crown she won a year ago with a Canadian-record performance. "It's the first time I thought that she looke...
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Quick Shot takes Plainridge Open Pace

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Although having a very solid body of work this year, Quick Shot has been lightly regarded at the windows of late. Well, those who kept the faith were rewarded on Monday (June 12) as the big gun fired and won the $14,000 Open Handicap Pace at Plainridge Park.   With four horses leaving hard off the gate, Quick Shot (Eddie Davis Jr.) was taken back to fifth and safely tucked to the wo...
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Post positions drawn for North America Cup

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
The post position draw for the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup took place today (Tuesday, June 13) at Mohawk Racetrack. The NA Cup will spearhead a spectacular evening of stakes racing this Saturday (June 17) at the Campbellville, Ont. oval, and the top three-year-old pacers on the continent will be the main attraction. Matt Martin of the Toronto Maple Leafs served as the special guest...
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Mass. stakes expanding breeders' interests

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Breeding competitive Standardbreds in Massachusetts goes back to the 1800s when the Boston-based New England Trotting Horse Breeders Association backed and promoted it. And as a result of organizations like that, quality state-bred trotters and pacers have been breaking major records in the sport as far back as 1912 when Uhlan, who was foaled in Bedford, Mass., trotted a world record mile in 1:58....
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Plans being finalized for Shenandoah meet

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Plans are being finalized for the second season of pari-mutuel harness racing at Shenandoah Downs, scheduled to take place this fall from Sept. 16-Oct. 15. Pacers and trotters will compete in a slate of races every Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM. The half-mile oval, which was completely renovated a year ago, will also play host to four days of Shenandoah County Fair harness races (non-betting...
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Year-round racing, improvements to Mohawk

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced an investment of over $10 million for Mohawk Racetrack at Tuesday's Pepsi North America Cup post-position draw.   The venture is intended to upgrade the facility so to be exclusively dedicated to Standardbred horse racing and capable of offering the sport year round. Currently, Mohawk operates from April to October.   The investments...
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Vernon Downs, casino could close later this year

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
According to a WKTV in Utica, NY, Vernon Downs' chairman Jeff Gural plans to close the track, and its casino and adjacent hotel, while it awaits a tax relief bill passage that may not come to fruition. The closings, however, would not come until later this year. Gural said they are required by state law to give employees a 90-day notice of termination. Gural, chairman of American Racing and...
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Camels, ostriches at Meadowlands Friday

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Horses will not be the only animals racing down the famed stretch of the Meadowlands Racetrack this Friday night – ostriches and camels will compete as part of the track's annual event that regularly draws 10,000 fans to the East Rutherford facility. This is the sixth year the unique brand of racing has been staged with crowds growing each year to catch a glimpse of the exotic animals. &...
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Dirty Straight posts second straight

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Dirty Secret won her second straight in characteristic rallying fashion, capturing Tuesday’s (June 13) $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-fastest 1:54.2. Dirty Secret was sixth by 7-1/2 lengths when Mike Wilder sent her after the leader, Goodtogo Hanover. The 5-year-old daughter of Justice Hall-Classic Flight picked up live cover from Wendy’s Gir...
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Free Flight Fran captures DSBF division

on 06/13/2017 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 divisions of the opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for pacing fillies were contested at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Thomson Sisters Racing Stable's Free Flight Fran ($6, Ross Wolfenden) prevailed in the first division with a front-end 1:54.3 triumph. The daughter of Veeza set all the fractions while 3-to-5 favorite Spanish Dream was never able to sustai...
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Explosive Ridge, Backstage Pass fastest in splits

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
In this era of specializing catch-drivers, the "trainer/driver" title is still proudly held by a few horsemen, mostly horsemen "past the half" and usually with those focusing on trotters. Another thing these "old-time horsemen" also possess is an ability to adjust strategy in midcourse, and one of the best trainer/drivers, Åke Svanstedt, dropped two of his charges out of the Pennsylvania S...
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Tioga scholarship race won by Ashley Tiffany

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association and the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State sponsored a scholarship race for five local high school seniors on Sunday (June 11). Ashley Tiffany of Tioga Central, driving the horse Springhouse Mojo with trainer Mike Sinclair, captured the race. Ashley, who is going to Arnot Ogden School of Nursing, admitted she was real nervo...
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Meadowlands/USTA fundraiser for McKee family

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands and U. S. Trotting Association are inviting horsemen, friends, and fans to contribute to the McKee Fund to benefit the family of the late Sam McKee.   McKee, 54, passed away March 8 after suffering a stroke in February. The Hall of Fame announcer and television personality was universally loved and respected throughout harness racing with his smooth race calls serving a...
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Top trotters among Spirit of Mass. eligibles

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
Plainridge Park has released the list of eligible horses for its signature event, the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, which will be contested on Friday (July 28). The roster was confirmed after the second sustaining payments were received on Monday (May 15). Thirty-four horses and geldings and four mares make up the 38 qualified to vie for the nine starting slots in the one-mile...
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Campbell to drive at Goshen on July 2

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
The 107th season of racing in Goshen, N.Y., will include the final race in the United States for all-time money-winning driver John Campbell and inductions for harness racing's finest over a long weekend from July 1-4. On Sunday (July 2), John Campbell, whose $299.8 million in purses and 10,662 wins makes him the leading money-winning driver of all time in the world, will race for the final...
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Presto Blue Chip off to good start for Ouriels

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
Jeff Smith liked 2-year-old female pacer Presto Blue Chip as she trained down during the winter and the filly’s first trip around the track in race conditions had Smith smiling as well. Presto Blue Chip, a full sister to stakes-winner Missile J purchased for $150,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, won her first qualifying try of the season in 1:55.4 Monday morning at Gaitway Farm. Brett ...
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Brazuca sets 1:51.3 PA stakes mark at Meadows

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
Looking for a sharp prep before tackling the best in her division, Brazuca found the right spot in Monday’s Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where she rolled to victory in a stake-record 1:51.3. The $80,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over four divisions, with Beach Club, Sweetest Emotion and Puff Magic Dragon taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake ...
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Bags To Riches breaks Harrington record

on 06/12/2017 2:00 AM
The opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for 3-year-old pacers at Harrington Raceway commenced Monday with three $20,000 divisions. The final division was the fastest as Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner's Bags To Riches ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) broke the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts with a 1:51.4 victory over Hallie's Comet and Almost Cut My Hair....
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PASS 3YOCT contested at Pocono

on 06/11/2017 2:00 AM
There were no repeat winners in the second preliminary leg of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but three "new shooters" thrust themselves into the upper reaches of the divisional rankings with impressive successes. Dover Dan, a son of Andover Hall out of the immortal C R Kay Suzie (whose world record for baby trotting ...
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Back to back Big M wins for Odds On Equuleus

on 06/11/2017 2:00 AM
Summer-like conditions greeted fans at The Meadowlands on Saturday evening, with temperatures in the low 80's bringing out a large crowd for the annual Beerfest and Battle of the Burgers. Odds on Equuleus (Vinny Ginsburg) made it back-to-back Big M scores with a win in the feature, a $17,500 conditioned event, unleashing a wicked 26 second final kicker to rally up in time for a three-quarter le...
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