Mullinax wins Excelsior 2CP final for Varney, Ford

on 09/11/2020 7:44 PM
The New York Sires Stakes Excelsior A finals were raced at Tioga Downs on Friday, September 11, each for a purse of $50,000. Uhtred won the glamour boy division in the day’s fastest 1:51.1 with a gate to wire tour de force from post nine, driver Jason Bartlett’s third stakes win on the day. A rallying Levine eked out second in a photo over My Pal Joe.   Unraced at two, ...
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Unlikeanyother scores again at Plainridge

on 09/11/2020 7:42 PM
Last week, Unlikeanyother scored a career best 1:51.4 win in a runaway effort at Plainridge Park. On Friday (Sept. 11) he one-upped himself while taking the featured $12,000 pacing event for 5-year-olds and under at The Ridge.   Bruce Ranger directed Unlikeanyother to the front as usual and the 4-year-old gelded son of Pet Rock-Scootin Mercedes opened up a quick two-length margin...
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Videos available for Southwind Farms yearlings

on 09/11/2020 12:52 PM
Videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (October  5 -9) are now available on the Southwind Farms website ( as well as the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale sight (     The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colt...
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Destined To Dance takes perfect NYSS record into final

on 09/11/2020 10:35 AM
Trainer John Butenschoen is confessing to a luck of the draw when it comes to his success this year in the New York Sire Stakes. He alludes to this year being one of his best; he currently stands fifth in NYSS trainer earnings as he approaches the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions on Sept. 12 at Yonkers Raceway.   One of the horses boosting his purse earnings is Destined To Dan...
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Mikey Mass picks up second Grassroots victory

on 09/11/2020 9:28 AM
Mikey Mass found the Grassroots winner’s circle for the second time this season on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Woodbine Mohawk Park and trainer Nick Gallucci is hoping the three-year-old trotting gelding is shaping up for a big finish to the season. “He’s really coming around, he’s really starting to mature now and come into his own,” said Gallucci. “He’s ...
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Emma Town Bud wins single ISS 3YOCT in 1:54

on 09/11/2020 9:22 AM
Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, Sept. 10, as one $59,500 division of Indiana Sires Stakes was featured on the evening’s 14-race card. Emma Town Bud turned in a decisive near gate to wire effort to win going away in 1:54 with driver Michael Oosting in the bike.   Leaving f...
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Arabella’s Cadet’s 1:52 win ties Philly OMT track record

on 09/10/2020 7:33 PM
The Deweycheatumnhowe mare Arabella’s Cadet equaled the 1:52 Harrah’s Philadelphia track record for older trotting mares established by Hannelore Hanover last year when she defeated the favorite Scirocco Rob in the $14,400 trotting feature on Thursday afternoon.   The top two finishers had shown excellent form recently; Scirocco Rob may have been installed the chalk b...
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Gray finds Plainridge winner’s circle in 6 straight races

on 09/10/2020 7:27 PM
It was better than a hat trick or a grand slam; it was “Graymazing”.    That’s the only way you could describe what Shawn Gray did at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon. He won six consecutive races in which he drove, much to the delight of those who backed him at the windows. After finishing third in the first race, Gray won races three through seven an...
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Mohawk stakes, NYSS finals in new Weekend Preview

on 09/10/2020 4:06 PM
It’s another big weekend of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, especially with the William Wellwood Memorial, where the winner gets a free pass into the upcoming Mohawk Million. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Bob McClure talks about his strong chance with the undefeated colt Macho Martini, as well as the unbeaten filly Donna Soprano, who is the heavy favorite in the...
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Susie's Lady faces Ramona Hill in Simcoe at Mohawk

on 09/10/2020 3:59 PM
Two years ago, when owner Doug Paul asked trainer Susanne Kerwood if she wanted to join him in the purchase of a trotting filly named Js Miracle Mass at the London Selected Yearling Sale, Kerwood said yes. When the horse sold for a price that exceeded what she believed Paul intended to spend, she thought it was the end of the story. Until Paul said, “Hello, partner.” “...
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Meadowlands is back in the swing

on 09/10/2020 2:29 PM
With Labor Day now in the rear-view mirror, sweaters and jackets will begin to make their way out of closets everywhere, which means the Meadowlands' Fall meeting shifts into high gear this weekend with racing being conducted on both Friday (Sept. 11) and Saturday (Sept. 12) at the mile oval for the first time since the first week of August.   Post time is 7:15 p.m. for both progr...
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Register now for online bidding for Goshen Sale

on 09/10/2020 10:36 AM
 The 2020 Goshen Yearling Sale will be held on Monday, Sept. 14 at noon and it promises to be deep in quality. And with the recent news that all New York casinos and racinos can reopen this week, it's a good time to buy and be ready for the 2020 New York Sires Stakes season.    If you plan to bid remotely, it is important you establish an account with Catt...
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Love A Good Story poised for finishing big NYSS season

on 09/10/2020 9:56 AM
This year’s racing season has been hard on so many but not so much for Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven), the sophomore trotting filly trained by Julie Miller. Dominating a small but fierce division, she’s swept all five legs in convincing fashion and now boasts over a half million dollars in career earnings.   Miller, who is currently second in the New York Sire Stakes (N...
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USTA's Williams supports statements of vet lawmaker

on 09/10/2020 8:39 AM
On the same day that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act in the Senate, the Energy and Commerce Committee marked up the companion legislation in the U.S. House.  Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute to the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754) to mirror the bill introduced by Senator McConnell. The...
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USTA issues new statement on opposition to legislation

on 09/10/2020 8:37 AM
The United States Trotting Association (USTA) issued the following statement on legislation introduced in the United States Senate yesterday by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It follows: The newly introduced Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020 (HISA) is, like its predecessors, a Thoroughbred bill written by elite Thoroughbred interests in an attempt to address elite Thoroughbr...
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Daylon Phantom in season's best at Batavia Downs

on 09/09/2020 9:53 PM
If last week's 7-3/4 length romp wasn't enough, Daylon Phantom put the exclamation point on the page this week with his best effort of 2020, winning the $8,000 Open I-II Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 9).   Daylon Phantom (Renaldo Morales III) got away fifth while Il Mago (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Lunar Credit (Jim McNeight Jr.) jousted for the lead. With...
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Michigan, Florida Hall of Famer Gordon Norris dies

on 09/09/2020 8:48 PM
Gordon E. Norris, a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Michigan and Florida, died Tuesday, Sept. 8. He was 87.   Mr. Norris was born on June 18, 1933 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Charles and Thelma (nee Nelson) Norris. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1953-1955.   Mr. Norris was united in marriage to Diane L. Norris for 52 years unt...
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Sansovina Hanover uses sizzling back half to take Meadows feature

on 09/09/2020 5:37 PM
Sansovina Hanover blistered the back half in 54.4, a wicked two panels that kept her challengers at bay and facilitated an easy victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Jim Pantaleano sent Sansovina Hanover to the point with a quarter-pole move, then threw on the brakes in a 29 second quarter. Once the 5-year-old daughter of Som...
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She's Nun Bettor N continues hot streak at Philly

on 09/09/2020 5:35 PM
Veteran trainer Kelvin "Red" Harrison, a native New Zealander, has recently had several horses from his native land join his stable under the Curtin ANZ Stables banner, and has enjoyed great success with them, including with the Bettor's Delight mare She's Nun Bettor N, who won the $12,800 featured distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.   Geor...
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Oaks champ Sorella easily wins Mohawk overnight in 1:52

on 09/09/2020 4:13 PM
With the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage slated for Saturday, Sept. 19, Hambletonian Oaks champ Sorella went a prep mile on Tuesday night when winning the $30,000 featured trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Sent off the odds-on favorite, Sorella sat fourth to a :27 first quarter set by Perfetto, who soon yielded command to Im The Muscle moving for the backstretch. Mass Fortune...
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