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George Napolitano Jr. wins 8 at Pocono, sweeps features

on 07/04/2020 4:48 PM
After posting six winners Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, driver George Napolitano Jr. went two better by triumphing eight times on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including taking both $17,200 featured races and also guiding the two fastest winners on the card.   The features were separated in time only by a fifth of a second, but the "slowe...
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Woodbine Mohawk Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout announced

on 07/04/2020 4:46 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 at Mohawk Park will be held on Saturday, July 11.   Tonight's card (July 4) will be the final opportunity for horseplayers to take down the entire Jackpot Hi-5 prior to next week's mandatory payout, as the wager and carryover will be frozen for the cards scheduled on July 6,7,9 and 10. ...
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Springbridge Duel big Ont. SS winner

on 07/04/2020 7:58 AM
There is an alchemy involved in teaching a yearling how to be a racehorse — the top tier of the Ontario Sires Stakes is, after all, the Gold Series — and last winter trainer Casie Coleman Herlihy though it might actually take supernatural power to transform Springbridge Duel into a racehorse. As a result it felt like a bit of a miracle when the two-year-old pacing gelding captured...
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Island Of The Sea undefeated in 3

on 07/04/2020 7:55 AM
ANDERSON, Ind.— July 3, 2020—The Hoosier state’s top three-year-old pacing colts were on display at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 3 as three $24,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes were featured on the evening’s 14-race card. It was a good night at the office for driver Michael Oosting who doubled up in the stakes action.   O...
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Odds On Sarasota wins NJSS final

on 07/04/2020 7:52 AM
The Meadowlands played host to four New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for 3-year-olds Friday night, and driver Tim Tetrick was on his game, grabbing two victories and a second on a night that saw him win four of the 13 races on the card.   Tetrick’s twosome began with Odds On Sarasota, who won the $160,000 Filly Pace in a lifetime-best 1:52.2 for trainer Ross Croghan. She returned $...
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Freshmen fireworks in Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield

on 07/03/2020 11:03 PM
Eight $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes contests for freshman trotters of both genders kicked off the holiday weekend at Northfield Park.  Harness racing fans got their first glimsp of Ohio's future stars with five divsions for fillies and three divisions for colts and geldings. As expected, Randy Bendis' Swizzle Hanover captured the first division for fillies easily for Mik...
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Fifty Cent Piece scores in 1:55.4

on 07/03/2020 5:48 PM
CHESTER PA – The favorites looked ready to pounce off cover in the $12,800 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday afternoon, but the temperature in the 90s had been favoring speed horses and not being kind to closers – such was the case here when pocketsitter Remarkable De Vie came up the inside to catch pacesetter With Out A Doubt in 1:56.4.   With Out A Doubt had ...
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Meadows casino open, but no racing spectators

on 07/03/2020 3:08 PM
The Meadows Casino Racetrack Hotel (“The Meadows”) announced today that onsite race wagering will be temporarily suspended effective 11:59 PM, July 3, 2020.  Live Racing at the 5/8 mile harness track will continue as scheduled, though access to the racetrack and racing operations will be prohibited to the public.  Live Harness Racing is currently scheduled to run on Mondays...
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Positives for NSAIDs popping up in New Jersey

on 07/03/2020 3:05 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Assocition of New Jersey (SBOANJ) has received notification that positive drug tests for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are showing up as racing has resumed in New Jersey. Please check New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) Rules and Regulations Subchapter 23 Medication and Testing Procedures 13:71-23.1 through 13:71-23.8, which also references the Ass...
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New dates of Nov. 28 for Borgata, Matchmaker

on 07/03/2020 1:33 PM
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts has announced new dates of two stakes races to be held at Yonkers Raceway. The previously scheduled races were interrupted earlier in the season due to the covid-19 pandemic and have been rescheduled for later this year. Earlier this week, MGM announced dates for the Borgata Pacing Series and Blue Chip Matchmaker, and those dates have been changed. The MGM Bo...
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Horsemen advisory for Tioga

on 07/03/2020 10:57 AM
Horsemen should be advised that Tioga Downs will race live through the month of July on Friday and Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.   Starting with next week's racing, horses must be qualified for overnight races as per the NYGC standards of a good line in 30 days race to race.   Tioga qualifiers are on Tuesday at 11 am, enter by 10 am on Monday....
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Nominations, purses up at The Red Mile

on 07/02/2020 11:40 PM
The Red Mile announced Thursday that the outlook is bright for its 2020 race meet, which begins on Sunday, Aug. 2 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 11.   As of this writing, the Kentucky Sires Stakes Championship Series and Commonwealth Series hosted by the Lexington, Ky. track will have purses as advertised. Also of note, nominations for the track’s major open stakes races are...
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NYSS 3FPs in first-time action Thursday at Yonkers

on 07/02/2020 11:36 PM
Yonkers Raceway hosted its first New York Sires Stakes legs of the season Thursday night as 3-year-old pacing fillies were on display with three $52,000 divisions.   In the first division, the 1-5 favorite So Rude was victorious by three-quarters of a length in 1:53. The daughter of So Surreal out of the Allamerican Native mare I Am A Snob paid $2.70 to win. Racine Bell was second wit...
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“Captain” colt Right Hand Man fastest in PASS 2CP

on 07/02/2020 7:50 PM
Trainer Nancy Takter and driver Dexter Dunn combined to win the fastest two of the four divisions of the $218,260 first preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) for 2-year-old pacing colts Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with Red Right Hand, whose 1:52 was the fastest clocking among the babies, salvaging some honor for tote-board favorites,...
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Cam’s Card Shark dies at age 29

on 07/02/2020 7:44 PM
Cam's Card Shark passed away peacefully at Hanover Shoe Farms Thursday, July 2 at the age of 29. When he passed, Cam's Card Shark was with the people that loved him, including Hanover Shoe Farms farm manager Patti Murphy, who has been with him since he retired to stallion duty, first in New Jersey and then Pennsylvania. Cam's Card Shark was retired from stallion dut...
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Racing galore in new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview!

on 07/02/2020 4:04 PM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Marcus Melander reveals he is considering racing his filly Hypnotic AM, who is set to race Saturday in the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs, against the boys in the $1 Hambletonian. Also, trainer Tony Alagna gives a health update on the $1.1-million yearling purchase Maverick, who finished third in his qualifying debut.   ...
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Bontz N stretches win streak to four in Saratoga feature

on 07/02/2020 3:35 PM
Bontz N (American Ideal) continued her win streak in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday as she changed tactics to score her fourth consecutive victory in the local feature.   Trainer Gary Levine thrived in 2019 after acquiring Bontz N who has enjoyed as good of a ’20 campaign as could be. Thursday was the fifth start of the season for the 9-year-old ma...
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Strong drivers' colony at the Meadowlands

on 07/02/2020 1:28 PM
During the four weeks since the end of the coronavirus shutdown at the Meadowlands, the racing has offered its usual high-octane action. What’s been different is that arguably the sport’s best driver colony has managed to get even better, as with Yonkers not racing – for the time being – on Fridays and Saturdays, some of The Hilltop’s best drivers have come over ...
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Blue Carats springs 42-1 surprise in DSBF split

on 07/02/2020 8:31 AM
Four $20,000 divisions for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund’s (DSBF) 3-year-old trotting stakes were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program and upsets were abound.   The first split for fillies saw a major upset as Shirley Shand’s Blue Carats ($86.20, Roger Plante Jr.) notched a win in 2:01 over Orabelle and Stella A. Heavily favored Orabelle, the 2-y...
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Gia's Surreal captures Buffalo feature

on 07/02/2020 7:33 AM
Gia's Surreal is quickly becoming the dominate damsel at Buffalo Raceway as she collected her second straight win in the $11,500 Open Pace for the fillies and mares with a solid half length victory over Hey Kobe is 1:54.2 on Wednesday night (July 1).   Just making her third start of her 4-year-old campaign, the favored Gia's Surreal ($4.60) had little problem&nb...
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