Owner Pat O'Brien new SOANY executive director

on 09/12/2020 2:08 PM
Longtime Standardbred owner and experienced businessman Pat O’Brien has joined the Standardbred Owners Association of New York as Executive Director.   O’Brien’s venture into the harness racing world began in 2008 when he began going to the track with friend and Standardbred owner George Hartman. O’Brien was instantly intrigued and spent six months studying all...
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Somebodysilly, Genie Rockwell capture ISS divisions

on 09/12/2020 9:17 AM
Three-year-old pacing fillies took center stage in the fifth leg of Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday, Sept. 11, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Divisional winners Somebodyslilly and Genie Rockwell turned in impressive performances to capture their respective divisions. The action kicked off with Somebodyslilly playing the role of post-time favorite and making goo...
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Ramona Hill easy 1:53.2, 5 1/2-length Simcoe winner

on 09/11/2020 11:07 PM
Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill made a successful return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night.   Sophomore trotters took their turn in the Simcoe Stakes spotlight Friday with three divisions, two for fillies and one for the boys.   Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill turned in an easy-looking victory in her $88,894 Simcoe division for driver Andrew McCarthy. The daughter...
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Meadowlands guarantees Saturday Pick 5 pool at $100k

on 09/11/2020 10:32 PM
The 32-1 to one longshot Lear Seelster won the first race at The Meadowlands Friday night, leading to an Early 20-cent Pick-5 that did not get hit. Those correctly selecting four winners cashed in for $108.22.   Those who play the wager Saturday (Sept. 12) evening will have a shot at a huge score, as a carryover of $37,158 led Big M management to guarantee the pool at $100,000. Bettor...
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Butter Bay Hanover takes claiming feature at Meadows

on 09/11/2020 7:50 PM
Severely shuffled after securing a good early seat, Butter Bay Hanover found late room between horses to capture Friday's co-feature at The Meadows, a  $20,000-$25,000 Claiming Handicap Pace.   Although he briefly held the early lead for Aaron Merriman, Butter Bay Hanover found himself fourth at the top of the lane with a wall of horses in front of him. Merriman guided the 4-...
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Common Sense S equals Fhld track mark in stakes

on 09/11/2020 7:48 PM
Common Sense S equaled the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Sept. 11), winning the Garden State Trot by 21 1/2 lengths.   Driver Ake Svanstedt sent her out to the front early on, leading the four-horse field in the early going. Ab'sattitudeexpress, an impressive Sire Stakes winner two weeks ago, kept her honest. She stayed right on h...
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With class drop, Aflame Hanover gets first win of year

on 09/11/2020 7:46 PM
A trio of $11,200 features highlighted the Friday racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia, along with the debut of a spectacularly-bred two-year-old.   The pacing tri-feature led off the card, and it went to the Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Win Not Lou, who took a new mark of 1:53.1 after moving to the lead early and then coming home in :56.2 - :28 to win easily. The winner is owned by P...
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Mullinax wins Excelsior 2CP final for Varney, Ford

on 09/11/2020 7:44 PM
The New York Sires Stakes Excelsior A finals were raced at Tioga Downs on Friday, September 11, each for a purse of $50,000. Uhtred won the glamour boy division in the day’s fastest 1:51.1 with a gate to wire tour de force from post nine, driver Jason Bartlett’s third stakes win on the day. A rallying Levine eked out second in a photo over My Pal Joe.   Unraced at two, ...
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Unlikeanyother scores again at Plainridge

on 09/11/2020 7:42 PM
Last week, Unlikeanyother scored a career best 1:51.4 win in a runaway effort at Plainridge Park. On Friday (Sept. 11) he one-upped himself while taking the featured $12,000 pacing event for 5-year-olds and under at The Ridge.   Bruce Ranger directed Unlikeanyother to the front as usual and the 4-year-old gelded son of Pet Rock-Scootin Mercedes opened up a quick two-length margin...
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Videos available for Southwind Farms yearlings

on 09/11/2020 12:52 PM
Videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (October  5 -9) are now available on the Southwind Farms website ( as well as the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale sight (     The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colt...
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Destined To Dance takes perfect NYSS record into final

on 09/11/2020 10:35 AM
Trainer John Butenschoen is confessing to a luck of the draw when it comes to his success this year in the New York Sire Stakes. He alludes to this year being one of his best; he currently stands fifth in NYSS trainer earnings as he approaches the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway.   One of the horses boosting his purse earnings is Destined To Dan...
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Mikey Mass picks up second Grassroots victory

on 09/11/2020 9:28 AM
Mikey Mass found the Grassroots winner’s circle for the second time this season on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Woodbine Mohawk Park and trainer Nick Gallucci is hoping the three-year-old trotting gelding is shaping up for a big finish to the season. “He’s really coming around, he’s really starting to mature now and come into his own,” said Gallucci. “He’s ...
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Emma Town Bud wins single ISS 3YOCT in 1:54

on 09/11/2020 9:22 AM
Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, Sept. 10, as one $59,500 division of Indiana Sires Stakes was featured on the evening’s 14-race card. Emma Town Bud turned in a decisive near gate to wire effort to win going away in 1:54 with driver Michael Oosting in the bike.   Leaving f...
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Arabella’s Cadet’s 1:52 win ties Philly OMT track record

on 09/10/2020 7:33 PM
The Deweycheatumnhowe mare Arabella’s Cadet equaled the 1:52 Harrah’s Philadelphia track record for older trotting mares established by Hannelore Hanover last year when she defeated the favorite Scirocco Rob in the $14,400 trotting feature on Thursday afternoon.   The top two finishers had shown excellent form recently; Scirocco Rob may have been installed the chalk b...
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Gray finds Plainridge winner’s circle in 6 straight races

on 09/10/2020 7:27 PM
It was better than a hat trick or a grand slam; it was “Graymazing”.    That’s the only way you could describe what Shawn Gray did at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon. He won six consecutive races in which he drove, much to the delight of those who backed him at the windows. After finishing third in the first race, Gray won races three through seven an...
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Mohawk stakes, NYSS finals in new Weekend Preview

on 09/10/2020 4:06 PM
It’s another big weekend of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, especially with the William Wellwood Memorial, where the winner gets a free pass into the upcoming Mohawk Million. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Bob McClure talks about his strong chance with the undefeated colt Macho Martini, as well as the unbeaten filly Donna Soprano, who is the heavy favorite in the...
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Susie's Lady faces Ramona Hill in Simcoe at Mohawk

on 09/10/2020 3:59 PM
Two years ago, when owner Doug Paul asked trainer Susanne Kerwood if she wanted to join him in the purchase of a trotting filly named Js Miracle Mass at the London Selected Yearling Sale, Kerwood said yes. When the horse sold for a price that exceeded what she believed Paul intended to spend, she thought it was the end of the story. Until Paul said, “Hello, partner.” “...
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Meadowlands is back in the swing

on 09/10/2020 2:29 PM
With Labor Day now in the rear-view mirror, sweaters and jackets will begin to make their way out of closets everywhere, which means the Meadowlands' Fall meeting shifts into high gear this weekend with racing being conducted on both Friday (Sept. 11) and Saturday (Sept. 12) at the mile oval for the first time since the first week of August.   Post time is 7:15 p.m. for both progr...
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Register now for online bidding for Goshen Sale

on 09/10/2020 10:36 AM
 The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 at noon and it promises to be deep in quality. And with the recent news that all New York casinos and racinos can reopen this week, it's a good time to buy and be ready for the 2020 New York Sires Stakes season.    If you plan to bid remotely, it is important you establish an account with Catt...
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Love A Good Story poised for finishing big NYSS season

on 09/10/2020 9:56 AM
This year’s racing season has been hard on so many but not so much for Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven), the sophomore trotting filly trained by Julie Miller. Dominating a small but fierce division, she’s swept all five legs in convincing fashion and now boasts over a half million dollars in career earnings.   Miller, who is currently second in the New York Sire Stakes (N...
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