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Brennan, Burke sweep co-features at Yonkers

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Lady’s Dude (George Brennan, $7.30) and All Bets Off (Brennan again, $4.80) shared the Saturday night spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $55,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. After a couple of no-shot eight-holes, Lady’s Dude found this post position No. 5 assignment more than acceptable in the week’s featured trot. Caught three-deep early, Lady’s Dude made the lead...
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Pick 4 carryover pool tops $288,000 at M1

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Horseplayers were salivating at the prospects of chasing a rare Pick Four carryover entering Saturday's program at the Meadowlands. The first such carryover since December of nearly $62,000 attracted more than $226,000 in new money to comprise a total pool of $288,482. Players looking to lean on a favorite were disappointed as the chalk went 0 for 4. Second-choice Sam Hill kicked off the ...
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Stevensville scores in his debut at Saratoga

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Stevensville (Somebeachsomewhere) scored in his debut in the Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night and completed a rare natural hat trick for his trainer. Conditioner Ray Schnittker brought three horses to town to compete on Saturday night and his stable went three-for-three. Stevensville pulled off the upset in the $14,500 Open as he picked up cover and followed it all the...
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Brad Kramer wins 8,000th race at Northville

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Brad Kramer won his 8,000th career race on Saturday night, reaching the milestone with the 4-year-old gelding pacer Mystical Beach in Race 9 at Northville Downs. Kramer, who turned 60 in early February, came into the night with 2,997 career victories, but he was able to post a hat trick, also scoring earlier on the program with He's Got Issues in Race 2 and Not So Sweet in Race 4. ...
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Olympic Trot to Lionel as Nuncio makes break

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
For the first time in 54 races, Nuncio made a break on Saturday, with the 6-year-old trotting gelding going offstride at the start of the Olympic Trot at the Aby track in Sweden. With the betting favorite out of contention, that paved the way for Lionel to win the 1 5/16-mile event in a mile rate of 1:54.1. Goran Antonsen drove Lionel to the come-from-behind victory, with Your Highness and ...
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Sophomore colts & geldings battle in OHSS

on 04/30/2017 2:00 AM
Ohio-bred 3-year-old colts and geldings will go postward in seven $40,000 Ohio Sire Stakes (OSS) Leg One divisions on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway.  Post time is 2:05, with the first OSS event scheduled as Race 2. Three divisions of sophomore trotters (races 2,4,6) and four divisions of pacers (races 3,6,10 & 12) will be contested, featuring many of last seaso...
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Longshots trigger carryover at Meadowlands

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
Longshots stole the show during the Late Pick Four on Friday at the Meadowlands, triggering a massive $61,958 carryover into Saturday's program. Friday's Late Pick Four attracted a total pool of $97,193, the second largest pool of the year. Rock of Cashel set the tone when he upset an all-star cast of trotters in the $20,000 Preferred Trot including JL Cruze, Rubber Duck, Rose Run Parker,...
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Little Santamonica prevails in Saratoga feature

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
Little Santamonica (Little Steven) was just a fifth of a second off the all-time track record for aged pacing mares as she prevailed in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jordan Hope-trained distaffer sat the pocket to the race's favorite Her Own Land (Mark Beckwith) and swung out of the two-hole around the final turn. Those two speedy mares hit the wire nearly together but ...
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Huntsville, Resolve, Pure Country win qualifiers

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
It’s an exciting time of year in racing as champions are showing up at The Meadowlands on Saturday mornings to get some work in either training before or racing in qualifiers. This Saturday's action came on what began as a lovely morning; the track was fast with temperatures in the mid 70s and a light crosswind at the 10 a.m. post time. Conditions, however, deteriorated somewhat along the wa...
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Vernon Downs announces May 5 opening

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
 Jeff Gural, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, announced today that he has decided to open the 2017 racing season next Friday, May 5, following a productive meeting in Albany on Wednesday (April 26).  New York State Senator Joseph Griffo, representing the 47th District, New York State Senator John Bonacic, Chair of the Senate Racing Gaming and Wagering Committee, New ...
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Barimah A wins $20,000 feature at Pocono

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
The Bettor's Delight gelding Barimah A, who last week lost a three-race winning streak when he drew an outside post, saw his pill shake turn upside-down this week – from "9" to "6" – and took advantage of the more favorable starting slot to regain his winning ways, posting a 1:50 victory in the $20,000 featured pace Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono. Though Barimah A did get a b...
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Kestrel sets season standard at Miami Valley

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
The initial race in the new Miami Valley Lucky Buckeye series for older Ohio-sired horses produced not only a track record, but a national season’s record for trotting mares on a five-eighths mile oval. Kestrel (Josh Sutton), a 4-year-old daughter of Triumhant Caviar, went gate to wire in 1:52.1 to better the local standard set by Hannelore Hanover in the 2016 Miami Valley Distaff Grand...
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Gallant Seelster wires field in Buffalo open

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
Gallant Seelster ($5.30) is finding the rail at Buffalo Raceway to be in his comfort zone. For the second time in three weeks, Gallant Seelster went gate-to-wire from the pylons and won the $10,000 Open Pace with a seasonal best 1:53.2 on Saturday night (April 28). Drawing the rail in the field of six, Gallant Seelster (David McNeight III) took off from the start and posted splits ...
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Sintra wows in 4-year-old debut at Mohawk

on 04/29/2017 2:00 AM
It generally takes time for a four-year-old to step up and beat top overnight horses, but that was not the case Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Four-year-old gelding Sintra won Saturday's $27,000 feature event with a large 1:50.4 performance for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The former Ontario Sires Stakes star was making his four-year-old debut and first start since t...
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Top pacers in action Saturday at Meadowlands

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
Several more stakes stars of last season will make their return to the races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. With the first of three Graduate Series pacing legs set for May 6, Boston Red Rocks, Check Six and Western Fame gather in the evening's eighth race to get their 4-year-old seasons underway with an eye on that target.   Boston Red Rocks was the top freshman of the 2015 class a...
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HHBNYS issues statement on NYSS changes

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
On Friday afternoon, the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State issued the following statement, regarding the approved change made on Thursday by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund that moves the administration and promotion of the New York Sires Stakes program to Capitol Hill Management Services.   To Industry Members, From Harness Horse Breede...
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Lady Shadow romps by 23 in Mohawk qualifier

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack hosted 14 qualifying races on Friday morning under clear and sunny skies with stars out...on the racetrack.   O'Brien Award winner Lady Shadow was out for second qualifier of the season in the Friday morning opener. With James MacDonald again at the controls, Lady Shadow accelerated away from post 6 and was never challenged. After fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:25....
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Safe From Terror wins at Miami Valley

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
Safe From Terror (Dan Noble) returned to her customary winning ways on Friday night (April 28) in the $20,000 Mares Open I Handicap at Miami  Valley Raceway.  It was the 18th win in 2016-17 and 30th of her career, boosting her lifetime bankroll to $715,207. The 5-year-old Western Terror lass worked hard to get the front end during a :27.3 initial quarter, then cruised ...
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Freeze Out wins Yonkers 55G distaff derby

on 04/28/2017 2:00 AM
  Freeze Out (Jordan Stratton, $8.90) was first-up and first home Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 2, Free Out saw Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) leaving around 9-10 choice Windsun Glory (George Brennan), the latter shoehorning herself into a pocket. Call Me Queen Be set early intervals of ...
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Wind Of The North wins in Harrington debut

on 04/27/2017 2:00 AM
Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck's Wind Of The North ($2.20, Victor Kirby) had a successful Harrington Raceway debut with a 1:55.4 win in the featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday.   The winner of more than $730,000 lifetime and 25 races scored impressively from post position five for trainer Jenny Bier. Five Towns (14-to-1) was sent for the early lead from post three and marched through...
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