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USTA to hold virtual Zoom district meetings

on 09/09/2020 8:53 AM
For the first time ever, the U.S. Trotting Association District Meetings will be held virtually, online rather than in person on site. As usual, all district members are welcome to attend. For members to participate, the free Zoom app will need to be downloaded to their computer or device in advance of the meeting. The meetings will be conducted on the Zoom Webinar platform. In addition, t...
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Yonkers Raceway to continue racing; casino opens Sept. 21

on 09/09/2020 8:51 AM
Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New York (SOA of NY) president Joe Faraldo has announced that Yonkers Raceway, which had been scheduled to close on Sept. 12, will remain open. In a Facebook posting, Faraldo said an agreement has been reached with MGM Resorts to keep Yonkers open through Dec. 22.   “As a result of the SOA of NY covering purses for a number of week...
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2YO Second Bruiser leads Ont. Grassroots in 1:51.4

on 09/09/2020 8:21 AM
Two-year-old pacing colts took their turn in the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 8, competing for a total of $117,500 in five Grassroots divisions. Stonebridge Rex and driver Doug McNair captured the first $23,500 division with a bold move at the five-eighths marker that saw them sail to the front and power away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory in a p...
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The Veteran's 1:50.1 score lowers Red Mile record

on 09/09/2020 8:18 AM
Beads scored his fourth consecutive victory on a hot Tuesday afternoon at The Red Mile in the lone division of Kentucky Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Driver Scott Zeron sent Beads to the front and they drew away from their rivals to win in 1:51.4 for trainer Per Engblom and owners Renee Spahr and Christina Takter.   In the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 3-year-ol...
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Jessiejesorjessica trots to 1:54.3 career best at Mea

on 09/08/2020 9:17 PM
Jessiejesorjessica quarter-poled to the front and never was in danger thereafter as she jogged to victory in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Conditioned Trot, in a career-best 1:54.3.   Jessiejesorjessica was away fourth, but when Dave Palone asked her for trot, she powered to the point and effectively locked up the win right there. The pocket-sitting You're Majest...
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Musically talented? Help celebrate 75th Brown Jug

on 09/08/2020 9:15 PM
Want to be a part of the 75th Little Brown Jug? The Delaware County Fair is looking for musically talented fans to submit their version of the national anthem of the United States or Canada.   Video submissions are due by Tuesday, Sept.15. The best videoed versions will be played during Jug Week (September 20-25) on the Little Brown Jug simulcast show.   Email your entries ...
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Garden State Trot for 3YOFT Friday at Freehold

on 09/08/2020 6:05 PM
A small but select field has lined up for the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old fillies at Freehold Raceway this Friday (Sept. 11). Four fillies will contest the $40,000 race. Because of field size, the race will be run as a non-betting affair at 12:15 PM.   Two fillies stand out over the rest: Common Sense S and Ab'sattitudeexpress. The former is coming off an impressive win ...
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Magic Vacation repeats in Pocono claimer

on 09/08/2020 4:15 PM
The Break The Bank K gelding Magic Vacation, who had not gotten home first since July 2018 before winning a week ago, posted a repeat victory in taking the $12,800 claiming trot feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon.   Anthony Napolitano (an 11-time winner during this week’s four cards here) again sent Magic Vacation frontward early despite a jump in cl...
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"Solid" Illini Classic Yearling Sale results in Springfield

on 09/08/2020 11:12 AM
Business was brisk at the 22nd annual Illini Classic Yearling Sale on Monday (Sept. 7) at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, producing healthy results amidst a competitive market for quality individuals. A total of 165 horses sold for a gross of $1,695,700, compared to 115 sold at last year’s session for $1,196,100. The average was $10,283 and the median was $7,500. In 2019, the average was ...
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Brittany Farms offers virtual inspections

on 09/07/2020 10:37 PM
  This year, for the first time, Brittany Farms has added complete, “virtual inspections” of its yearlings to its video-only website, available now at https://brittanyfarms.smugmug.com.   At the beginning of each yearling’s traditional action video, there is now additional, comprehensive video of each horse being led in both directions—toward and...
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Paternity Suit A files another win at Plainridge

on 09/07/2020 10:34 PM
After drawing three consecutive outside posts, Paternity Suit A found himself starting third from the pylons and made it pay as he won the $15,000 winners-over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Driver Drew Monti pushed away the gate with Paternity Suit A and grabbed the lead immediately and with the field in single file behind him, backed the half down to :...
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Dune Hill completes PA Stallion sweep, gives Burke 11,000th win

on 09/07/2020 10:31 PM
When Dune Hill won her $40,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship Monday at The Meadows, it was historic on several counts. Not only did it complete the 3-year-old filly trotter’s sweep of the four preliminary legs and the final, but it also gave trainer Ron Burke career win 11,000.   The Meadows hosted all eight $40,000 stallion series finals Monday, and there was action...
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Mae Jean Allen, widow of Carl Allen, dies at 88

on 09/07/2020 9:10 PM
It is with great sadness that the family of Mae Jean (Davis) Allen announces her passing on Sunday (Sept. 6). Born on Dec. 8, 1931, Ms. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Ruth Davis, her loving husband of 53 years Carl, her sister Amy Cook, her brother Ivan, and her grandson Clinton. She is survived by her sister Pamela, brother David, and four loving sons, Chet...
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Longtime Delaware horseman Pleasant Batson Jr. dies

on 09/07/2020 6:15 PM
Pleasant Batson Jr., 84, of Greenwood, Del., passed away on Sept. 1 with family by his side.     He was born in Wilmington, N.C. on June 17, 1936, and after graduating from high school began a 65-year career owning, training, and driving Standardbred harness horses and running Batson’s Harness Shop which he opened in 1958.   ...
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Prices at Philly, chalk at Pocono on Labor Day cards

on 09/07/2020 5:48 PM
Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks whose backstretches are represented by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, both presented live cards on Labor Day Monday afternoon.   At Philly, the winner of the first race, the Real Desire gelding Quick Fun N, set the tone for the day in a $12,000 claiming handicap...
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NYSS Night of Champions set for Sept. 12 at Yonkers

on 09/07/2020 3:57 PM
New York’s richest night of racing returns to Yonkers Raceway Saturday (Sept. 12) with the $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions. Eight finals featuring the best state-bred 2- and 3-year-olds will be contested for $225,000 each. Post time is 7:12 p.m. A full list of entries can be found here. American Courage (American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip) will be heavily fav...
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NY County Fair finals held at Goshen

on 09/07/2020 7:51 AM
History was made Sunday in Orange County, N.Y., as Goshen Historic Track hosted the New York County Fair Finals (NYCFF). For the first – and probably only – time ever, the eight races, which each sported a purse of $10,000, for 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sex divisions ended their seasons at “The Cradle of the Trotter.” Normally, the county fa...
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Its Mesmerise N wins again at Pocono Sunday

on 09/06/2020 10:07 PM
The American Ideal mare Its Mesmerise N has really taken to racing in the U.S. in her short stay here – she ran her American record to 7-4-3-0-$32,900 and took a new mark of 1:50.2 in the $14,000 distaff pacing feature during the twilight Sunday card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Queen Of The Pride left fastest of all from the outside post in the field of six, with Topvi...
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Cuatro De Julio impressive in Kentucky Sire Stakes action

on 09/06/2020 10:06 PM
Cuatro De Julio redeemed himself after breaking his last start to easily win by over two lengths in 1:51.4 in the lone division of the Kentucky Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. His time was just one-fifth of a second off the track record and world record time of 1:51.3 held by Walner for 2-year-old colt trotters on a mile track....
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Youngsters fly in Ohio Sires Stakes Championships 

on 09/06/2020 10:05 PM
Eldorado Scioto Downs hosted the Ohio Sires Stakes championships Sunday night, with a total of $2.8 million in purses for the 17-race card.   Merry Ann, the 8-5 favorite, captured the $300,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Championship for 2-year-old trotting fillies with a front-stepping 1:57 effort for driver Chris Page and trainer Ron Burke.  The daughter of Southwind Spirit-Witty G...
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