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Sears looks to return to sulky next week

on 04/05/2017 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame-bound driver Brian Sears plans to return from his winter hiatus next week following an extended break in North Carolina. Sears last raced Nov. 29 at Yonkers Raceway.   Sears had laser eye surgery in December and expected to return to action in February, but decided to prolong his time off until April. He spent part of his break in Pinehurst, where he made trips to the local h...
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Bartlett wins 6 at Yonkers

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett won six races—five by himself (and his horse)—during Yonkers Raceway's Monday night  program.   After a sixth-place finish in the opener, Bartlett won the $14,500, second-race trot with Sixteen Mikes ($4.20) in 1:58.1. He then finished third in the third race before he and season-debuting Cultural Paradise ($8 as part of dead-heat) hit the line simultaneously...
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Boli captures Pompano Open Trot

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, stalked the pacesetting Tater Twister, handled by Mike Simons, through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.4 and edged by that one late to score a half-length victory in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night, tripping the timer in 1:54.2, a new lifetime mark.   Sooo Handsome, with Rick Plano in the sulky, finished third, 3 ½ lengths...
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OSRC reschedules out-of-competition forum

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission's (OSRC) open forum on out-of-competition testing has been rescheduled from April 5 to April 24 at 10 a.m., at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Room 1960, in Columbus.   The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen's associations and the public, and will take place immediately after the OSRC's monthly meeting agenda has been tran...
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A lot of Custard in Henry The Dragon

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
There will always be a special place in Montrell Teague's heart for Custard The Dragon. The pacer was the first open stakes winner driven by Teague, who in 2011 guided the then 3-year-old colt to wins in the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Hoosier Cup. Teague and Custard The Dragon also won an Adios elimination with a world-record performance before finishing second to favorite Alsace Hanover in the...
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Burgess leads Canada's 2017 HOF class

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2017 inductees. In this the 250th anniversary year of horse racing in Canada, a total of 10 horses and people have been elected from a very strong list of candidates. Standardbred inductees include trainer/driver Blair Burgess and builder Dr. Gordon Gilbertson along with Mach Three, Elegantimage and Happy Lady. Burgess of ...
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Aaron Merriman wins 9,000th career race

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, harness racing's "winningest" driver in 2015 and 2016, collected career win 9,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted DD's Comet to victory in the fourth race.   A native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Merriman, 38, has been driving at both The Meadows and Northfield Park for the past few years and has been rolling up wins at a rapid pace. He notched career win 6,000 in Octob...
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Hogan Equine Clinic to host Career Event

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
Dr. Patty Hogan will host a career exploration event for 14 to 18 year olds considering equine veterinary and horse health careers on Saturday, June 24, at Hogan Equine Clinic, on the grounds of Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J.   The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will cover a typical day "behind the scenes" at the clinic, where the clientele includes many high profile...
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Hot Rod Dylan wins Hiteman final for Willis, LeVin

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
A $22,000 Open Trot, a $17,500 championship of the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series, a pair of $12,500 first-leg splits in the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series, and a guaranteed $10,000 pool in the Buckeye High-5 wager made for an exciting Tuesday (April 4) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Fashion Chocolate (Josh Sutton), making his first local start, triumphed over a classy field of Open trotte...
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Box Of Luck upsets in Tamarind Trot split at Mea

on 04/04/2017 2:00 AM
Dismissed at 18-1 thanks to a stale date and poor post position, Box Of Luck zipped right to the front and pulled off the upset in Tuesday’s (April 4) Tamarind Trot at The Meadows. DD’s Comet captured the other $15,000 opening-leg division — and gave Aaron Merriman his 9,000th career win — in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event honors Tamarind, long a top perform...
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Dash Of Danger one of 6 winners for Kakaley

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
The Western Terror gelding Dash Of Danger -- and his driver Matt Kakaley -- emerged with top honors during the opening night of the 2017 Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday (April 2), with Dash Of Danger winning in 1:51.4 to knock a tick off his lifetime best, set last week. The Ron Burke-conditioned 4-year-old, owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, We...
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MacKinnon doubles with full brothers at Rosecroft

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
John MacKinnon had a driving double at Rosecroft on Sunday night (April 2). So did Timmy Offutt, Allan Davis, who swept the late double, and Justin Vincent. What made MacKinnon's different from the others? He guided full brothers, a year apart, to wins in back-to-back races. In race four, 3-year old Little TJ parlayed a second over trip to a win by just over three lengths in 1:56.4. In ra...
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Burke/Gingras win Philly's opening feature

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Harrah's Philadelphia opened its 11th season of harness racing on Sunday afternoon with moderate temperatures, an abundance of sun, and a brand new wager. The 50-cent pick 5 was added to this year's wagering menu. The multi-race bet will start in Race 6 every live card. Like the pick 4, it boasts a low takeout of just 15 percent. The 50-cent pick 4 sequence will now begin in race 2.  ...
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Elitlopp trip available through SRF raffle

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
The celebrated Elitlopp in Sweden is one of harness racing's largest events for those who love the sport of racing. This fabulous trip is a fundraiser for the Standardbred Retirement Foundation through its annual raffle, with tickets now available.   The trip begins with an airfare voucher valued to $1,500 and includes a five day-four night stay for two at a four-star hotel in the h...
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Tight Lines ready for SOA of NY series

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
When 4-year-old trotter Tight Lines steps onto the track for the Yonkers Raceway/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series Tuesday night, he will be the favorite in his division, the first of six such $25,000 splits on the program. However, the gelded son of Yankee Glide is lucky to be stepping onto the track at all. Tight Lines was a $45,000 yearling prospect picked out of the 2014 Harrisburg sale b...
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Wise Hanover back for Mulligan, Popfinger

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Bill Popfinger got to see Wise Hanover race only once last year, but he liked what he saw. After shutting down the filly trotter because of concern regarding a tendon, the trainer is looking forward to seeing Wise Hanover in action again. The 3-year-old makes her seasonal debut Tuesday in the third of three Bobby Weiss Series divisions for female trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. ...
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Fair Winds Farm set for June 25 open house

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
To celebrate the New Jersey's "Month of the Horse," Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J., will open its doors to visitors on Sunday, June 25, from 1 to 4 p.m.   The fourth annual free open house will be held at the farm, 74 Red Valley Road in Cream Ridge, and will allow visitors to see the inner workings of this successful Standardbred breeding farm, where 2011 Hambletoni...
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Wilder, Burke bring out broom in Medusa opener

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Mike Wilder and trainer Ron Burke teamed up to sweep Monday’s opening-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace at The Meadows, with Make Mine Mocha and Emily R Hanover each taking a $15,000 split.  The series for 3-year-old fillies honors Medusa, a fast-class mare who most recently performed for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack in the Bluechip Matchmaker series at Yonkers. Make Mine Mo...
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Shari Okusko of Vernon community passes

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Shari L. Okusko, a well-known member of the Vernon Downs racing community, died Monday, April 3, at the Crouse Irving Hospital under the care of the Comfort Care Team. She was 48. Ms. Okusko was born on April 27, 1968, the daughter of Howard and Carol Okusko Sr. She graduated from Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central High School in 1986. She was employed at Kay Jewelers for over 20 years. She ...
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Master Clave, Jiggs win DSBF 3CT prelims

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Master Clave won his second $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old male trot prelim while Jiggs recorded his first of the season during second-leg action at Dover Downs on Monday.  Unlike last week, when Master Clave made an untimely break just before the starting gate opened and quickly Ross Wolfenden got him back trotting before catching the field and quick...
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