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Owner, amateur driver Lon Frocione dies

on 10/21/2020 12:03 PM
Lon Frocione, 88, who served for 15 years on the USTA board of directors and campaigned several top stakes winners, died Oct. 21.   Mr. Frocione became interested in the Standardbred sport in 1959 after having met several racing fans while working as a salesman. He adopted their interest and soon became an owner, trainer and driver.   He had a deep interest in amateur drivi...
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Details for KY series at Oak Grove

on 10/21/2020 10:47 AM
Details about the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund Series at Oak Grove next month have been announced.   All two and three-year-old horses that made all sustaining payments to be eligible for the 2020 Kentucky Sire Stakes Program and/or 2020 Kentucky Fair Program.   The series will be contested with one leg and a final. The leg divisions will be raced for a purse o...
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With drop in class, Sansovina Hanover wins

on 10/20/2020 9:14 PM
Racing confidently down in class, Sansovina Hanover made the lead early and made it stick late in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Jim Pantaleano didn't rush Sansovina Hanover from the gate, but when the 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Shacked Up quarter-poled to the point, she had plenty in reserve to hold off Always G...
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Filly Artful Dancer 1:52 winner of Harrington FM feature

on 10/20/2020 9:11 PM
Artful Dancer ($6.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner in the featured $18,000 Fillies and Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Josh Green, the Yankee Cruiser filly led most of the way and held off a game first-over challenge from Soho Burning Love A, who finished second, for her sixth win of the year. She was the only filly in the field. Apple Bottom Jeans sat in the pocke...
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Racine Bell scores in 1:53.2 in Saratoga FM feature

on 10/20/2020 9:09 PM
The Dave Dewhurst-trained Racine Bell (So Surreal-Ty’s Artist-Real Artist) was a superstar in the New York Sire Stakes circuit this summer for the second consecutive year. After the conclusion of her stakes career in September, the super sophomore has become a regular in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   On Tuesday afternoon, the 3-year-old filly worked hard...
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Crossfit minds manners, wins Pocono feature

on 10/20/2020 4:36 PM
Crossfit minded his manners, controlled the front end from an improved post, and easily won the $12,800 claiming handicap trotting feature on Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Tyler Buter hustled the Donato Hanover gelding to the lead in front of the stands, rated the half, then got a :56.4 back half out of him to finish out the mile in 1:54.4, with pocket-sittin...
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161 entered in Breeders Crown championships

on 10/20/2020 1:48 PM
Entries for the $6 million Breeders Crown events saw 161 elite trotters and pacers fill the entry box to qualify for the rich finals on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31. The nine divisions that required eliminations will be raced this Friday and Saturday night at Harrah's Hoosier Park. The Open Pace (10), Open Trot (10) and Mare Trot (8) will go directly to the finals on Sat. Oc...
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Fox Den Farm, agent yearling videos now available

on 10/20/2020 10:40 AM
Our yearling videos are now online at: http://www.foxdenfarm.com/2020-shs-yearlings.html and include these standouts: #246 – Italktheline - full sister to fast 2YO BETTOR NOT TALK, #472 - San Antonio Stroll -second foal from $195k stakes winning, NELLY HANOVER, #518 - Franks Tea Party - sister to a multiple stakes winner by hot 2YO sire Southwind Frank, #537 - Shimmy Shimmy Bop - first foa...
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Horseman Wally "Red" Ross dies at 80 in Florida

on 10/20/2020 9:17 AM
Popular horseman Walter “Red” Ross Sr. died Sunday, Oct. 18, in a South Florida hospital. He was 80.   A native of Massachusetts, Mr. Ross began his career as a trainer and driver in New England after being schooled in the sport by his grandfather, Howard Britt. Mr. Ross obtained his trainer-driver license shortly after graduating from high school and won his first ra...
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Two $100K-plus yearlings top London Virtual Sale opener

on 10/20/2020 8:44 AM
Thirty-five yearlings sold during the first session of the 2020 London Virtual Yearling Sale hosted by onGait.com on Monday afternoon. Goldrush Seelster, a son of Bettor’s Delight and the first foal from the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner Glamour Seelster, brought a winning bid from Gregg McNair of $201,000C ($154,000 US). Amanda Fine was the high bidder on Shanghai Seelster for $152,...
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Trotting filly Hawaii among Harvest winners at Mohawk

on 10/20/2020 8:28 AM
The Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies kicked off Monday on a rainy night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of four $17,000 divisions were contested with trotting fillies starting the evening before the pacing fillies took their turn later in the card. The Justice Hall filly Hawaii took care of business in the first division for trotting fillies by moving from fourth to...
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Arrangements announced for Harold Kelly, 85

on 10/19/2020 9:29 PM
Harold Kelly, who drove more than 4,500 winners with $19.3 million in purses in his career, died Monday night, Oct. 19. He was 85. Mr. Kelly was raised on a farm in western Pennsylvania. He began his professional driving career in 1951, with his first drive coming at the age of 16 at a small track in Painsville, Ohio. He raced at tracks in the western Pennsylvania ...
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Jack’s Legend N wins 4th straight at Harrington

on 10/19/2020 9:18 PM
Rich Lombardo, David Kryway, Eric Good and Josh Green's Jack's Legend N ($2.80, Pat Berry) notched his fourth straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52 triumph in the $18,000 Open Pace. Trained by co-owner Green, the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding has been the scourge of the upper level conditioned ranks of late and had no troubles Monday after setting a...
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Wyatt J, Without A Warning undefeated in MASS

on 10/19/2020 9:12 PM
The third session of the Massachusetts Sires Stakes (MASS) for 3-year-old contenders met at Plainridge Park on Monday to compete for the $112,500 in available purses with two early favorites ending the day three-for-three in the stake.    The 3-year-old male pacers saw Wyatt J (American Ideal-Think Pink) successful for a third straight week after hanging on for the...
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Cambassador posts 50th career win at Dayton

on 10/19/2020 5:53 PM
Thirteen-year-old Cambassador, who has won at least one race in 10 of the last 11 years, won for the 50th time on Monday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Current owner-trainer Parker Smith, the son of driver Jeremy Smith, has won seven of those 50 races with Cambassador and claims "he is my favorite horse ever.  I've claimed him three times and hope I can ke...
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Lady’s Dude, Jeffery P win Meadows features

on 10/19/2020 5:49 PM
Lady’s Dude exploded to the top from post 4 and never had an anxious moment as he scored in 1:53.4 in the slop in Monday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 conditioned trot.   The 9-year-old Victory Sam-Lady’s Star gelding poured it on late for Tony Hall and defeated the rallying Full Surge by 3 1/2 lengths, with the pocket-sitting Truman Jr Hanover third. ...
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Muscle Diamond retired, to stand in Ohio

on 10/19/2020 11:19 AM
Royally-bred, multiple stakes winner Muscle Diamond 2,1:53.4; 3,1:53.2f; 1:50.1 ($834,424) has been retired from racing and will begin stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2021 breeding season. Muscle Diamond is by Muscle Hill and is out of the World Champion mare Windylane Hanover 3,1:53 ($1,155,231), and will stand for a stud fee of $4,000. A fast and ultra-consistent...
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New format for 2YOs Final Four at Meadowlands

on 10/19/2020 9:27 AM
The 2020 Grand Circuit stakes season at the Meadowlands will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 21 with the $1 million TVG finals for older horses and $1.5 million Freshman Fall Final Four (Goldsmith Maid, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory and Governor's Cup).   While it seems a lifetime ago, when the live racing dates for 2020 were awarded by the New Jersey Racing Commission last ...
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Cool Creek Farm sells Ontario Select topper

on 10/19/2020 9:15 AM
Cool Creek Farm topped the Ontario Selected Yearling Sale yesterday with the $140,000 auction of trotting colt All In Resolve.   Scott McEneny purchased the Resolve-Im A Munchie Girl colt on behalf of Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. This was one of four offered by Cool Creek Farm, annually among the leading breeders in Canada. The farm grossed $253,000 for a hefty average of ...
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Jack's Shadow shines in Philly feature

on 10/19/2020 8:28 AM
After staving off pressure to prevail on the lead last week, Jack's Shadow N ($5.20) lifted off cover to just nab Itsrockandroll A in Sunday's featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. Tim Tetrick was patient early with the 6-year-old Shadow Play gelding, settling just worse than midfield while Da Delightful (Daniel Dubé) worked clear...
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