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Harrington meet kicks off with 13-1 upset winner

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
An overcast sky on an unseasonably cool spring day on Monday greeted customers at Harrington Raceway's opening night for the track's 71st season of live harness racing.   Longshot fans didn't have to wait long as Big Bucks Bo ($28.20, Toby Lynch Jr.) captured the first race of the season for his owner/trainer/driver.   In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Josh Green's Poison...
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It was "Boxcar Day" at Plainridge on Monday

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway shipper Hickory Icon was placed in the capable hands of Eddie Davis Jr. for the $15,000 Open Handicap Pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon and the two left little doubt who was the best this day.   Davis left hard from post seven with Hickory Icon and took the lead just past the eighth pole. From there they he led unchallenged to the quarter in :26.2...
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Longtime USTA employee Kathy Burlingame dies

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Katherine Ellen Massey Burlingame, 69, of Columbus, Ohio, died at her residence on Tuesday, April 18.   She was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Thomas Lewis Massey and Henrietta (Callahan) Massey.   Mrs. Burlingame was a longtime receptionist and secretary for the United States Trotting Association.   She enjoyed reading, visits to the casino...
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Harper Blue Chip wins Mohawk qualifier

on 04/24/2017 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack played host to a seven-race docket of qualifiers on Monday morning, and the second race of the session featured the charted return of Harper Blue Chip, who will look to reach the $1 million earning milestone this season.   James MacDonald was in the sulky for trainer Mark Steacy, and he lined up the Majestic Son bay in the outside Post 6 for the morning dash. &nb...
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Andy Miller has four-win night at Meadowlands

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands winner’s circle was painted orange on Saturday night (April 22) as Andy Miller swept the co-featured upper level paces en route to a four-win evening during the 11-race program. Miller scored in the $18,000 conditioned pace with the red-hot Special T Rocks by a head in 1:50.4 over the narrow 2-1 favorite Alberto Contador N. That came two races after Miller prevailed in a t...
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Hot Deuce, Titus Seelster score at NY tracks

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
Just imagine if Hot Deuce would have seen a pylon. Being parked the entire mile in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open pace on Saturday night (April 22), Hot Deuce still incredibly managed to post a lifetime best 1:53.0 over the fast track in nipping the front stepping Shady City by a head. Shadowing Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) on the outside, Hot Deuce (Drew Monti) eventually managed to wear down t...
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Jailhouse Sam scores in RJ Brown Memorial

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
Jailhouse Sam was crowned champion of the annual Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series on Sunday afternoon (April 23) at Miami Valley Raceway. Although trainer/driver Hugh ‘Sandy’ Beatty believes his colt’s best races may come from off cover trips, he made a last-second decision to point him directly to the front when the starting gate swung open in this $17,500 final. A homebred o...
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Millionaire Charmed Life two-for-two this year

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
Charmed Life (Majestic Son) cruised to victory in the Sunday (April 23) feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee was the public’s overwhelming favorite in the wagering as she made her second start of the season while coming off a win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono earlier in the month. Billy Dobson drove Charmed Life in the $14,500 Open Trot and moved her out to the e...
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Horseman John Brocklehurst, 81, dies

on 04/23/2017 2:00 AM
John P. Brocklehurst, 81, a second-generation horseman in a family whose reach in harness racing now extends to a fourth generation, passed away during the morning of Saturday, April 22. A resident of Mercer, Pa., John, and his brother David, followed their father Paul into the business; John’s son Harold continued the tradition, and the fourth-generation horsemen in the line today ...
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Tuonoblu Rex impresses with 1:52.1 win in debut

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Tuonoblu Rex, the American-sired, Italian-bred, and Dutch-trained son of Cantab Hall out of a daughter of CR Kay Suzie, entered Friday's (April 21) $20,000 Preferred Trot at the Meadowlands with a healthy amount of hype following an eye-catching qualifying win in his first appearance on Big M soil two weeks ago. After grinding past millionaire Crazy Wow with a :27 second final quarter to win in...
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Stratton takes six of 11 races at Yonkers Friday

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
 ‘Twas the night before the finals of the George Morton Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…except for Jordan Stratton. The lad had himself a Yonkers Raceway Friday night (April 21), winning a personal-best six races during the 11-race card. "I can’t explain it," Stratton said. "Everything I drove raced very well. It was just one of th...
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Rosemary Rose stays undefeated with Hackett win

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Rosemary Rose kept her undefeated streak alive Friday night (April 21) at Miami Valley Raceway in capturing the 46th edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for 3-year-old Ohio-sired fillies in 1:53.1. Driver Mike Wilder took no prisoners with the odds-on favorite in the $40,000 championship race, springing from the gate and heading the classy final field through fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24...
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Walner, other stars, appear at Meadowlands

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
The sun may not have been shining, but many of the sport's stars absolutely sparkled on a action-packed Saturday morning (April 22) at The Meadowlands, as seven Dan Patch Award winners demonstrated it is stakes season and they are prepared to pick up exactly where they left off prior to their winter vacations. Shortly before this morning's card commenced, future book Hambletonian favorite a...
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Brandon Campbell presented colors for WDC

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Brandon Campbell was presented with the official Canadian driving colors and helmet for the upcoming 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in the winner's circle at Fraser Downs on Friday (April 21). The 33-year-old Calgary resident will represent Canada in this year’s WDC, presented by Standardbred Canada from Aug. 12–18. Dan Gall, President and CEO of Standardbred Canada, along with Donna...
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Tritton entries ready for Levy, Matchmaker finals

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
The final of the 2016 George Morton Levy Series was special for trainer Pete Tritton. He watched as Bit Of A Legend N, the race’s 1-5 favorite, swept to the lead after the opening quarter of the rich Grand Circuit stakes before holding off all challengers in the stretch, powering to a length victory in 1:51.0. One year removed from that win, Tritton thinks his star is primed for a series repea...
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Major Uptrend scores for Crissman at Pocono

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Major Uptrend has now won four consecutive races and is a nose away from having won eight straight, after he made the 181-mile ship from Dover, Del., to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono a profitable one Saturday night, taking the $25,000 winners-over pace in 1:50. Trainer Tim Crissman acquired this horse to condition in early February and quickly found his key to success, which mostly has be...
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Canwood among series finals winners at Mea

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Canwood used the Lightning Lane to power past her stablemate, Massive Risk, and capture Saturday’s (April 22) $27,200 championship of the Princess Pablano Trot at The Meadows and seal her sweep of the series. On the last day of the current meeting, The Meadows hosted the finals of four series for 3-year-olds with $107,000 in combined purses. Also collecting championships were Media Buzz...
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McRaven takes Hackett at Miami Valley

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
McRaven, the hard luck colt that was sidelined after just two starts—both Ohio Sires Stakes victories—as a 2-year-old, is back bigger and better than ever. The son of McArdle captured the championship of the 46th annual edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye-bred sophomore pacers on Saturday (April 22) at Miami Valley Raceway, stopping the timer in 1:51.4 despite significant ...
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Keystone Velocity, Mackenzie A tops in finals

on 04/22/2017 2:00 AM
Keystone Velocity charged through the stretch to overtake pacesetting McWicked and then held off Somewhere In LA by a head to win Saturday’s $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship for older male pacers in 1:51.2 over a track labeled "good" at Yonkers Raceway. Even-money favorite Missile J finished third and Bit Of A Legend N, the defending champion, was fourth. Mc...
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Martin suggests US Anti-Doping bid for testing

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, closed out the racing regulators' equine welfare and integrity conference Thursday by urging his member organizations to extend an invitation to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to bid on their equine drug-testing contracts. USADA is the national anti-doping organization in the United States for Olympic, ...
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