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Barn Bella starts quest for second NYSS title

on 05/26/2017 2:00 AM
Barn Bella is back for more. The New York Sire Stakes champion from a year ago is back in search of a repeat as the lucrative NYSS season kicks off Sunday evening at Tioga Downs with three divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters. Each sports a purse of more than $40,000. A Steven Pratt trainee, Barn Bella (post position three, 2-1 on the morning line, Jeff Gregory driving) won the NYSS final l...
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Caviart Wonder upsets in Currier & Ives

on 05/26/2017 2:00 AM
Caviart Wonder challenged the 1-5 favorite, Fine Tuned Lady, head on and wore her down to pull off the upset in Friday’s $72,000 Currier & Ives Trot at The Meadows. Treviso and Cool Cates took the other divisions in the event for 3-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Noel Daley enjoyed a double in this stakes event with Caviart Wonder and Cool Cates.  The open division of the Currier &a...
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Tetrick steals show at Hoosier with 8-bagger

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a 14-race card highlighted by Indiana Sires Stakes action on Wednesday, but it was leading driver Trace Tetrick who stole the show. Winning eight of the evening's 14-races, Tetrick once again tied the record for most wins in one night, a feat that he also reached in 2012.   Eric Ledford established the eight race record in 1999 wh...
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Groovey Kid spots field 10, wins Pompano open

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
Despite a prolonged deluge of rain, countless lightning flashes, accompanying claps of thunder and a one hour and 10 minute delay due to the weather, Pompano Park was able to get their racing program in on Wednesday night with Goldstar Rockette taking the $9,500 Open Pace for Mares and Groovey Kid annexing the $9,500 companion event for trotters. Goldstar Rockette, a 7-year-old Florida-bred...
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NJSS sophomores back in action at Big M

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
The second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for 3-year-old trotters and pacers headlines the Friday night card at The Meadowlands leading into the $100,000 final for each of the four sophomore divisions next Friday.   There is but a single division of each group as the connections of a few leg one winners have chosen to take the week off with their final berth secured. &...
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Hoehn named to dual jobs at Batavia Downs

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs is pleased to announce that Shane Hoehn will be joining their staff as assistant race secretary and program director for the upcoming live harness racing meet that begins on July 26.   Hoehn was born and raised in Vernon, N.Y., and started working at Vernon Downs right out of high school. During his 20-year tenure there, he started out selling programs and eventually b...
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Filion, Steacy honored for Ont. Sires Stakes

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
As part of the Ontario Sires Stakes season opener on Sunday, May 21, trainer Mark Steacy and driver Sylvain Filion were honored for their 2016 Johnston and Lampman Cup victories. As the three-year-old trotting and pacing colts kicked off the Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs, Steacy and Filion were presented with commemorative Citizen Eco-Drive watches from Ontario Racing Executive D...
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Two year olds qualify at The Meadows

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
Two year olds were in action Thursday morning over a "sloppy" track at The Meadows, and the results were relayed to harnessracing.com by track announcer Roger Huston. Trainer David Brickell directed a pair of winners himself, winning the events by a combined 40 lengths.   Brickell won the first of the four qualifiers with Ps He's Perfect, who led wire to wire to score by 18 1/4 leng...
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Maxie Lee foreigner Tuonoblu Rex 3-for-3 in US

on 05/25/2017 2:00 AM
After beginning his career in Europe, trotter Tuonoblu Rex has made himself at home in North America. The 5-year-old stallion is 3-for-3 since his arrival in the U.S. and will try to extend his win streak in Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The Maxie Lee is one of three stakes-level invitational events at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, ...
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Indiana champ Satin Dancer returns with ISS win

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Tuesday program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured three divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park.   Indiana's 2-year-old trotting filly of ...
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Skippin By comes up winner in Pocono feature

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
Skippin By, forced to go a fast first half by Yes You Can, held off that foe by three-quarters of a length at the wire to emerge triumphant in the $16,500 featured mares pace Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Matt Kakaley got away fourth with the daughter of Shadow Play, then made a quarter-move, which turned out to be an elongated one as Yes You Can also sought th...
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Beautiful Lady game in Plainridge victory

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
Once, twice, three times Beautiful Lady was used. But fighting back from every challenge, she captured the $12,000 fillies and mares Open Handicap pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon.   Golden Idol (Eddie Davis Jr.) and Beautiful Lady (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) both left and neither would concede the lead. From the pylons, Golden Idol played hardball with Beautiful Lady ...
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Bit Of A Legend heads north for Molson Pace

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 edition of the Molson Pace, slated for Friday at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will feature some of the sport's top free-for-all pacers.   One of the new faces joining this year's field is Bit Of A Legend N, who will make his first trek to Canada for trainer Peter Tritton.   The New Zealand-born son of Bettor's Delight will line up from the...
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NY suspends Weiner for "Kratom" positives

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission today indefinitely suspended harness owner, trainer and driver Michael S. Weiner for racing four horses at Monticello Raceway doped with mitragynine, a dangerous drug with performance enhancing and analgesic effects similar to cocaine and morphine. Commonly known as Kratom and derived from the plant Mitragyna speciosa that grows only in Southeast Asia, t...
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Always B Miki to shuttle Down Under

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
World champion Always B Miki will be shuttling Down Under. The Always B Miki Syndicate has reached an agreement with prominent studs Alabar and Nevele R Stud to ship the pacing stallion to Australia.   "We first partnered with Alabar and Nevele R for A Rocknroll Dance, a relationship that has proven successful," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "We are excited to once aga...
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Libfeld honored with Canadian building award

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
Winning awards is something Al Libfeld has done over and over again in the sport of harness racing thanks to the countless champions he's been involved with, but more recently the principal and co-founder of Tribute Communities was honored with the BILD Lifetime Achievement Award. Established in 1980, the BILD Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the design, construction, sales and...
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PA Senate OKs bill for online casino gaming

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Senate has approved legislation that would allow online casino-style gambling in the state. Senators voted 38-12 on Wednesday. The bill, which was just recently unveiled, would make Pennsylvania the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take games online. House approval is still required.   The Senate has estimated the state would ...
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Tamarind scores win in Meadows $13K trot

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
  The veteran Tamarind displayed his class and toughness Wednesday at The Meadows when he sustained a first-over bid in the slop and went on to capture the featured race, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Tamarind was fourth near the half when Aaron Merriman sent him after the leader, Classic Banker. It took the 9-year-old son of Angus Hall-Spicegirl Kosmos most of the back half to wear...
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Hot Patootie takes open mare pace at Buffalo

on 05/24/2017 2:00 AM
Hot Patootie ($4.60) was sure a stubborn mare in the home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (May 24) and it paid off with a narrow nose victory over Classy Lane Rose in the $10,000 Open Pace for the ladies It was the third straight win for Hot Patootie (Larry Stalbaum) who covered the mile in 1:55.4 over the fast track. Starting from the six post, it took Hot Patooti...
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Hannelore Hanover dazzles in Miss Versatility

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover returned to Mohawk Racetrack for the first time this season Monday and turned in a dominating 1:52.4 victory in the first leg of the Miss Versatility. A field of eight older trotting mares clashed in the $53,200 Grand Circuit event.   Hannelore Hanover was sent off as the 1-5 favorite and made a winning performance look like a walk in the park. Driver Yannick Gingr...
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