Apple Valley Art wins DSBF final in 1:55 at Harrington

on 07/06/2020 7:51 PM
Jo Ann Looney King's Apple Valley Art ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) won the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:55. The Artzina-Shake Away gelding led throughout and held off a fierce late charge from American Nitro for the victory, his third straight for trainer Jim King Jr. Aidan was third. Apple V...
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PA All-Stars for 2YO trotting colts contested at Pocono

on 07/06/2020 4:30 PM
Two more trotting colts from the seemingly-endless line produced by the Marcus Melander stable were among the three winners of $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for freshmen conducted Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The faster of the two winners from Melander, last year's Trainer of the Year, was the colt In Range, by Bar Hopping out of I...
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USTA announces Standardbred Investigative Fund

on 07/06/2020 12:33 PM
As part of the initiative that commenced with Hanover Shoe Farms’ Executive Vice President Bridgette Jablonsky’s announcement in April of a $250,000 matching fund grant to promote integrity in harness racing, on Monday (July 6), U.S. Trotting Association President Russell Williams announced the establishment of the Standardbred Racing Investigative Fund.   The SRIF will ex...
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2020 Harness Hero trading cards now available

on 07/06/2020 11:04 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s 2020 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available. The front of each card features a full-color photograph, while the back includes statistics and biographical information; both sides are laminated.   The subjects include the following champions from the 2019 season: Alicorn, Atlanta, Bettor’s Wish, Caviart Ally, Century Farroh,...
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Cam's Rocket, sire of Googoo Gaagaa, dies at 24

on 07/06/2020 11:03 AM
Cam’s Rocket, a pacer who sired the blazing-fast trotter Googoo Gaagaa, has died in Maryland at age 24. He was owned by Maryland breeders Tom Cooke and Roger Hans.   Bred by Dunroven Stud in Kentucky, Cam’s Rocket was pacing bred but had trotting blood far back in his family that surprisingly carried forward into the 21st century. In 2012, Cam’s Rocket’s son Go...
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Blake MacIntosh has 3 in Monday's Springfield at YR

on 07/06/2020 9:08 AM
The Grand Circuit returns to Yonkers Raceway with the eliminations of the MGM Springfield Stakes Monday night (July 6). For many trainers across North America whose stables are heavily invested in 2- and 3-year-olds, the resumption of stakes racing post-coronavirus lockdowns has been a huge relief. Blake MacIntosh, who will debut three 2-year-old colts in the Springfield eliminations, includes h...
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Crockets Cullen N scores at Saratoga

on 07/05/2020 9:49 PM
Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) has been an absolute force in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel for the last year and continued his dominance in Sunday afternoon’s feature.   Larry Stalbaum owns, trains and drives Crockets Cullen N, who finished up his 2019 campaign on a nine-race win streak in the local Open Pace. He began his ’20 season in style by winning y...
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Shartin N scratched due to injury

on 07/05/2020 9:47 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Takter teamed up to capture two of the three featured $20,000 winners-over events on Sunday afternoon (July 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the week's top trot, Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph's Eurobond ($5.60) controlled every step of a 1:51.2 mile, evading a late challenge from Ontario invader Run Director by 2-1/...
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Tymal Tullo 1:56.1 winner at Tioga

on 07/05/2020 9:14 PM
Tymal Tullo shocked the field in Tioga’s trot feature. Driven by Mike Merton, Tymal Tullo went three-wide to win the $7,000 featured trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 5). Joey Pro (Bruce Aldrich) went to the front and hit the first quarter in :27.2.  He put up a :29.2 second quarter and hit the half in :56.4 as Tymal Tullo ($64.00) sat following in second. ...
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3YO Ontario trotting fillies in action

on 07/05/2020 9:11 PM
Forty-eight sophomore trotting fillies descended on Clinton Raceway Sunday afternoon and the track record at the half-mile oval fell not once, but twice as the fillies battled in six $22,800 Grassroots divisions. As the program got underway the three-year-old trotting filly track record stood at 1:59.3, set by Gotta Pay To Play in a July 2018 Grassroots event. That speed mark was erased in th...
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Mare Miss You N wins Pocono feature

on 07/05/2020 9:09 PM
The Betterthancheddar mare Miss You N, given a fine pocket trip by driver Scott Zeron, gained into a :54.3 last half to catch pacesetter Vorst by a half-length while taking a new mark of 1:51.2 in winning the $14,000 pacing feature for mares during the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Miss You N was away quickly and stretched Vorst to a :27.2 opener, then yielded a...
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59 two year old filly trotters at Meadows Monday

on 07/05/2020 9:06 PM
Want an early read on harness racing’s freshman filly trotting division? Check out The Meadows card on Monday, July 6. A total of 59 2-year-old filly trotters are set for their stakes debut in a pair of events — a $210,221 Pennsylvania Sires Stake and an $80,000 PA Stallion Series event.   The sires stake, known as the Meadow Gladys, goes as races 3, 7 and 10 while the sta...
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Canadian Season Record smashed twice at Mohawk

on 07/05/2020 8:07 AM
Beaumond Hanover shined when winning his Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division in a national season's best mile. But Tattoo Artist soon shadowed that victory by lowering the national season's mark a few races later when winning his Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (July 4). Starting from Post 7, driver Jody Jamieson had Beaumond Hanover on the move early and the favorite...
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Atlanta storms past Manchego in Big M's Cutler

on 07/05/2020 8:02 AM
In what is now unquestionably harness racing's best rivalry, Atlanta bested Manchego in Saturday night's $170,900 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial for free-for-allers at the Meadowlands in Round 2 of the rabid duel between the top two trotters in training.   Two weeks ago, Manchego held off Atlanta by a nose in the Miss Versatility in the fastest trotting mile of the year of 1:50. Th...
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Sparks fly in sophomore pacing filly stakes at Hoosier

on 07/04/2020 11:52 PM
After a week's worth of Indiana Sires Stakes action where favorites ruled the board, it was the three-year-old pacing fillies turn in the spotlight at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 4 and they provided the fireworks with upset victories in both divisions. Two $33,500 divisions highlighted the evening's 14-race card that was held in front of spectators for...
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Hypnotic AM sparkles in EBC at Vernon Downs

on 07/04/2020 9:16 PM
Vernon Downs played host to a July fourth spectacular on Saturday.  It featured three Empire Breeder Classic races for sophomore trotters (colts & geldings had two divisions).  Also on hand was two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies.  These five races combined for over half a million dollars in purse money.   Hypnotic AM (Brian ...
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Persistent Bettor wins Tioga Downs feature

on 07/04/2020 9:15 PM
Persistent Better (Bruces Aldrich Jr.) takes the $6.500 featured Open II fillies & mares pace on Saturday (July 4) at Tioga Downs.   Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2.  Odds On Cheddar (Renaldo Morales III) came first-up and took a slight lead as they went by the stands for the first time.  She could not clear and Cove...
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Black Is Back goes "back to back" at Buffalo

on 07/04/2020 9:13 PM
Black Is Back ($3.90) has now posted 'back to back' victories at Buffalo Raceway with a neck win over China Dream in the $11,000 Class AA Pace on a steamy Saturday evening (July 4).   After scoring the decision in the Class A bracket last week, Black Is Back (David McNeight III) was nudged up another level and was able to just get past the tough luck loser China Dream (Billy D...
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It's Academic cruises to Currier & Ives win at the Meadows

on 07/04/2020 9:12 PM
Heavily favored It's Academic cruised to a 5-3/4-length victory in Saturday's $102,245 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters at The Meadows. When Sister Sledge and Crucial waltzed to similarly easy wins in the $64,594 filly division — each in stake-record time — they gave Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke a Currier & Ives sweep.   Burke's big day d...
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Artful Dancer wins Ohio Sires Stakes in 1:52

on 07/04/2020 9:11 PM
Artful Dancer scored a lane-scortching victory in the lone $60,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contest for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a steamy Saturday afternoon, July 4, at Scioto Downs.   The daughter of Yankee Cruiser, driven by Dan Noble and trained by Steve Carter, sat patiently through fractions of :27.2; :54.3; and 1:22.3 before unleashing a powerful late kick to draw off by 4&fra...
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