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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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Evenly-matched Saturday feature at Meadowlands

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday night's co-featured eighth race at the Meadowlands, a conditioned pace for a purse of $18,000, offers horseplayers a field so evenly-matched that seven of the eight horses in the field are between 4-1 and 6-1 on the computer generated morning line.   More Dragon (Dave Miller) is the slightest of favorites for the Burke stable at 4-1 from the rail with a pair of Delaware shippers,...
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Somewhere In LA favored in Saturday's Levy

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
When trainer Rich Banca purchased Somewhere In LA at the 2016 Harrisburg Sale, he thought he was getting a solid older gelding with potential to race in the upper-level conditions at Yonkers Raceway. Instead, heading into Saturday night's $529,000 George Morton Levy Series final, Somewhere In LA tops the leader board with 287 points earned in the series' five preliminary legs and leads all ...
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Dr. J's Kiss impresses again at Harrah's Philly

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Mother Nature was kind to the suburban Philadelphia area on Thursday afternoon. The rain held off long enough to provide a delightful mix of sun, light wind, and comfortable temperatures for the 14-race program at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The featured event was a trot for non-winners of $20,000 in their last five starts, positioned as Race 5 on the program. In a wide-open wagering bo...
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Tim Tetrick goes back to school

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Before Tim Tetrick was a world-renowned harness racing driver, he was a member of the FFA. On Thursday night, Tetrick returned to those roots when he visited the Allentown High School chapter of the organization, which was formerly known by its full name, Future Farmers of America.   Tetrick participated in FFA all four years at Fairfield High School in southern Illinois. He served as the...
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Lady Shadow wins Moh qualifier in 6YO debut

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
A 14-race card of qualifiers on Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack featured some of Canadian harness racing's top talent making seasonal debuts or tuning up for a return to the track.   Leading the charge was three-time O'Brien Award winner (and 2016 Dan Patch Older Mare Pacer of the Year in the U.S.) Lady Shadow, making her first on-track appearance since concluding her award-winning 5-y...
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Gillock hopes for "stepping stone" efforts at Meadows

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
Beach House and Dragon Striker took different paths last season as 2-year-olds, but the Rich Gillock-trained pacing colts seem to be heading the same direction this year, which could lead to stakes engagements down the road. First, though, both horses will compete in Saturday’s $27,200 Unlocked Pace Series championship for 3-year-old male pacers at The Meadows. The series is for Pennsylvania-...
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Studio City returns to Buffalo Raceway and wins

on 04/21/2017 2:00 AM
After making two starts at Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland to begin his 2017 campaign, Studio City had a successful return to familiar territory, that being Buffalo Raceway, on Friday evening (April 21) and captured the featured $8,200 trot with a length victory over Noble Legend in 1:59.2. Studio City, who had five wins on the Western New York circuit in 2016, made two uneventful starts at Rosec...
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