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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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Donttellmeagain fastest in PA Stallion splits

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
Six $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing colts Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono produced about just as much excitement as had the Sire Stakes crew the night before – although none of the first leg winners at The Meadows added a second Stallion success Monday.   The very first Stallion Series horse to step...
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Escape The News delivers at Plainridge

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
After coming off the pace and missing by only a head last week, Escape The News executed the same strategy successfully on Monday in winning the $10,000 "Old Ironsides" featured pace at Plainridge Park.   Kevin Switzer Jr. sent A Sweet Ride to the front and opened up a three-length lead before anyone knew what happened. He maintained that advantage for three quarters of the mil...
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44 remain eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Tuesday announced that 44 three-year-old pacers will be eligible to enter this year's Pepsi North America Cup.   The final sustaining payment for Canada's richest harness race was due May 15 and the connections of 44 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings selected to make the final payment. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup will take...
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Fine Tuned Lady favored in Currier & Ives split

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
Fine Tuned Lady was "a model of consistency" last year. John Butenschoen is hoping for more of the same this season. Butenschoen sends Fine Tuned Lady, a multiple stakes-winner last year, to Friday's Currier & Ives for 3-year-old female trotters at The Meadows. The event attracted 21 horses, which were divided into three $24,000 divisions. Fine Tuned Lady is the 7-5 morning line favorite i...
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Bessie is best again at The Meadows

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
Bessie stalked Goodtogo Hanover from the pocket, then blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Bessie left alertly from post 7 for Tony Hall and was able to secure the pocket behind Goodtogo Hanover, who had to deal with the menacing first-over move of Dirty Secret. That challenger eventual...
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Newborn Sassy wins again, now two for two

on 05/23/2017 2:00 AM
CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy ($2.40, Victor Kirby) improved to 2-for-2 in 2017 with a 1:53 win in the $15,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday (May 23). Hostess Lisa marched to the early lead from post 4 in 28.1 to the opening quarter-mile mark and led the field of six to the half-mile in a leisurely :57.2. Favorite Newborn Sassy mounted a first-over attack ...
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Fear The Dragon upsets Huntsville in PASS

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
Fear The Dragon used a huge backstretch spurt to flash by divisional leader Huntsville nearing the three-quarters, then went on to easily defeat last year's freshman champ by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:49.1 while winning one of three divisions of the $148,492 second leg of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Drive...
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Western Fame wins Confederation Cup

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
Western Fame was victorious in the 39th edition of the $176,000 Confederation Cup on Sunday night at Flamboro Downs. Driven by Trevor Henry, Western Fame retook the lead during the opening quarter and fought off all challengers to win Flamboro Downs' signature race in 1:51.4 over a "good" track for trainer Jimmy Takter and owner/breeder Brittany Farms.   "This is where I started, re...
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Florida's Gold Star Briana now 17-for-17

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
Arsenal, given perfect rating by Dave Ingraham, fired bullets start to finish at Pompano Park on Sunday night, easily handling a quartet of rivals in a 1:53.4 victory.   The 9-year-old gelded son of Artiscape, leaving from the coveted post five, won a brief early tussle with Stirling Cadillac (Bryce Fenn), post four, and went on to card panels of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.4 before a :28...
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Rosberg wins Ontario Sires Stakes in 1:58

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Rosberg won the first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season at Flamboro Downs on Sunday and was immediately promoted to the head of the class in trainer Julie Walker's stable. "He is now; if he wasn't, he is now," said Walker with a laugh. Rosberg and driver Louis-Philippe Roy left smartly from post 2 in the first $64,800 Gold Series division and had ...
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Resolve draws post 8 in Elitlopp elim

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
The field is set for Sweden's prestigious Elitlopp, which will be held Sunday, May 27, at the Solvalla track in Stockholm. Among the starters will be Hall of Famer John Campbell, who had already planned a trip to Solvalla and has now picked up a drive on the Swedish trotter Tjacko Zas, a son of Crazed with a mark of 1:51.4.   There are two elimination heats for the Elitlopp, wi...
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Draw held for Friday's Molson Pace

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
The field for this year's Molson Pace on Friday night at Western Fair has now been finalized, but not before some last-second changes to the line-up had to be made.   The connections of Rockin In Heaven accepted an invite to join the seven previously confirmed entries and the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is coming off a victory this past weekend at Mohawk-- his first victory in three t...
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New USTA rule book available online

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
The new USTA rule book is now available online. It can be found under the USTA or Horsemen/Regulatory tabs on the homepage of http://www.ustrotting.com/ or by clicking this link. Following are some of the highlights of the new rules and bylaws in the 2017 USTA Rule Book: •The bylaw pertaining to procedures and eligibility for election of directors representing racetracks specifies a varie...
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LBJ winner Michael's Power retired

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
Michael's Power, who was Canada's Horse of the Year in 2012, has been retired, co-owner Michael Snyder said Monday. The 8-year-old gelding last competed in September 2016.   A son of stallion Camluck out of the mare Michelle's Jackpot, Michael's Power was bred and co-owned by Snyder's father, Jeff. The horse won 37 of 98 career races and earned $1.90 million. In 2012, Michael's Powe...
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Downbytheseaside draws post 3 in Rooney

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 for Saturday night’s 27th edition of Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds.  Downbytheseaside, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week’s lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2. Dave Miller, who won this race consecutively in 2002 (Ashlee’s Big Guy) and 2003 (No Pan Intended-via disqualification),...
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Crown runner-up Moonshiner Hanover wins

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown runner-up Moonshiner Hanover, looking for a soft opening for his sophomore campaign, found it in Monday’s (May 22) Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows, where he cruised to victory in a stake-fastest 1:55.3. The $80,000 event for colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Two AM, Thisguyisonfire and Skaterly taking the other splits. Moonshiner ...
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Special T Rocks scores again at Harrington

on 05/22/2017 2:00 AM
Bill Sartin and Mark Salerno's Special T Rocks ($11, Jim Morand) was a repeat winner in Monday's (May 22) $17,500 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:50.2 over a sloppy racetrack. Special T Rocks seized the lead from Im Supersonic A at the quarter mile in 27.4 seconds. Arque Hanover, who was parked the mile, applied pressure through the half-mile in 55.1 before yielding to three-quarters in 1:2...
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