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Lispatty wins Friday 55G distaff at Yonkers

on 05/19/2017 2:00 AM
  A pocketed Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $31.60) stalked and subdued a season-debuting Pure Country (Brett Miller) Friday night (May 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. On paper, it was a stacked sewing circle, decreased by one when Matchmaker conqueror (and this week’s eight-hole assignee) Mackenzie A was a late-for-Lasix scratch. On...
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Empire Earl N gets to Buffalo winner's circle again

on 05/19/2017 2:00 AM
For owner/driver Larry Stalbaum, he's not been hard to please lately when it comes to his trotter Empire Earl N. For the second time in three weeks, Empire Earl N found his way into the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway by taking the $10,000 Open Trot on Friday night (May 19). They got the photo opportunity thanks to a 3/4-length victory over Osprey Vision in 1:57.3 over the fast tr...
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Milky Way Rae wins F&M open pace at Saratoga

on 05/19/2017 2:00 AM
Milky Way Rae (American Ideal) had little difficulty handling the step up in company on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Heidi Rohr trainee was coming off a win in the conditional ranks when she stepped up into the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night. Billy Dobson has become the regular pilot for the four year old mare whose early speed is her best asset. Flashing tha...
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NJ Sires Stakes kick off Friday at Meadowlands

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Friday marks the start of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) with a total of six $20,000 divisions for sophomore trotters and pacers on tap at the Meadowlands.   Trotting fillies open the card with Glitzy Gal the slight 2-1 choice in a competitive field of seven. She accomplished little last season in a handful of starts but has returned stronger and faster, winning in 1:56 in ...
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Boli wins fourth straight Pompano Open Trot

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Boli, driven by Wally Hennessey, completed a "grand slam" at Pompano Park by winning his fourth consecutive $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night and, in the process, earned Dan Hennessey his milestone 1,000th career training victory.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Kadabra conquered the outside nine post and his eight rivals using a late burst of speed to score in 1:54.4. Sailer...
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Wind Of The North wins impressively

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($3.40, Victor Kirby) was a 1:54.4 winner in the $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.   It was the 26th career win for the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding and trainer Jenny Bier.   Tough Mac, the 3-1 third betting choice among the six-horse field, left the gate from post position five and marched to the early lead in an ...
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Pure Country set for 2017 debut at Yonkers

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Early in the spring season, Adam Bowden paid a visit to trainer Jimmy Takter's farm to see his star mare Pure Country. After being away from her for several months, Bowden was impressed by how much his homebred matured over the winter break. "She came out of the barn and I could have sworn she was a colt," he remembered. "She's always been a bigger filly, but she's added mass to her. Just ...
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Freshman star Ariana G ready for 3YO return

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Between running their own breeding business together, along with their own separate real estate companies, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld don't really have time to work themselves into frenzied anticipation for the season debut of their prized female trotter. That being said, Katz has not completely pushed Ariana G's 3-year-old season opener Friday at the Meadowlands to the recesses of his mind. ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
While there are plenty of stars in action this weekend, the big-money race is the $150,000 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer and co-owner Dave Menary talks about the emergence of Sintra, who is three-for-three in 2017 and the morning-line favorite. Also, trainer Joe Holloway talks about the recent efforts of his 3-year-old pa...
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Horseman Roger Combs dies at age 78

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Services were held Thursday at the Track Chapel at The Meadows for horseman J. Roger Combs. Mr. Combs died at age 78. According to Meadows announcer Roger Huston, Mr. Combs was born in Honaker, Va., and began his harness racing career in the early 1970s. On his Facebook page, Huston wrote that Mr. Combs, "was one of those little guys in the business that did it for the love of the horse and...
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Tag Up And Go scores at Plainridge

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Fresh off a victory at Yonkers Raceway last Friday, Tag Up And Go made his third visit of the year to Plainridge Park worthwhile by turning a garden spot trip into a win in the $13,000 Open Handicap trot on Thursday afternoon.  It was a three-horse breakaway at the start as Mistress Valentine (Mark Eaton) parked out Tag Up And Go (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) and seated Waiting On A Woman headin...
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Reasinforpleasin takes lifetime mark at Saratoga

on 05/18/2017 2:00 AM
Reasinforpleasin (Conway Hall) put in a career best effort in the Thursday (May 18) co-feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Dave Spagnola trainee picked up second-over cover approaching the half in the $9,000 feature for New York sired trotters and charged hard in the stretch before stopping the timer in 1:58.1 to lower his lifetime mark. Reasinforpleasin enjoyed success as a ...
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Napolitano brothers take Pocono daily double

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., Matt Kakaley, and Anthony Napolitano -- first, second, and fourth in the driver standings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono -- each took two of the first six races Tuesday (May 16) at the northeast Pennsylvania oval. Not a favorite was among them; in fact, the average win price was $29.03. The Napolitano brothers each took half of the Early Double whic...
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McKelvie: "I want to add to the legacy of The Red Mile"

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
Although Mark McKelvie only turned 24 in February, he has been a Red Mile "veteran" for more than a decade. McKelvie, the son of Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) director of racing Scott McKelvie, always accompanied his father and mother Lori—a field representative for Standardbred Canada—to the historic track in Lexington, Ky., for the fall Grand Circuit meet. McKelvie, who missed co...
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Sortie ready for 2017, with Cornell Collar

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
If Sortie can breathe a little easier, so can Noel Daley. Sortie, Daley's Hambletonian Stakes hopeful, begins his 3-year-old campaign Saturday by competing in the first of three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows, near Pittsburgh. Sortie is among 18 Hambletonian eligible trotters entered in the three divisions, with each race featuring six.   Last year, Sortie won his...
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Joe Dugan Jr., former HTA Jr. Driving champ, dies

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
Joe Dugan Jr., 50, of Smyrna, Del., a longtime First State horseman, died May 13. The son of Joseph and Madeline Dugan of Smyrna was a popular wrestler while at Smyrna High School and became a talented and personable full-time harness horseman upon graduation.   In his teens, young Mr. Dugan, representing Brandywine Raceway, won the Harness Tracks of America's National Junior Drivin...
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TSM Photo Bugger jogs in Meadows feature

on 05/17/2017 2:00 AM
  TSM Photo Bugger overwhelmed the leader with a backside burst and rolled to a 9-3/4-length victory in Wednesday's $13,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. TSM Photo Bugger was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Classic Banker, who had been hard used to get to the top. The 10-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding grabbed the point in a heartbeat and...
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Ladies deal winning hands in Pocono features

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
A pair of ladies proved to be the winning hand Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the mares Gracie's Parade and Windsongmusclelady reported home first in a pair of $14,000 claiming handicap features.   Gracie's Parade, a daughter of Royal Mattjesty making her debut for owner/trainer Matias Ruiz off a claim, repaid immediate dividends when she closed strongly from th...
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Mark McKelvie named Red Mile GC announcer

on 05/16/2017 2:00 AM
The Red Mile is proud to announce Mark McKelvie as the new track announcer for the Grand Circuit meet. McKelvie will be taking over the position previously performed by our beloved friend and Hall of Famer Sam McKee, who died in early March. Though replacing McKee is an impossible task, we are excited to add McKelvie to the Red Mile team.   McKelvie has grown up in the har...
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