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Favorites rule in Plainridge pacing features

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Two $8,500 conditioned paces highlighted the card at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon and the public heavily supported both winners.   Luke's Cowboy, who most recently competed in the Sagamore Hill series at Yonkers Raceway, brought a heightened sense of awareness to Plainridge and threw the best race of his life.   Tucking fourth off the gate, Luke's Cowboy (Bru...
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Lebanon, Ohio horseman Emmor Baily dies

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Well-known Lebanon, Ohio, horseman Emmor Thomas Baily, 91, died April 9.   Born to Emmor D. and Pearl S. (nee Gardner) Baily on April 27, 1925, in Lebanon, he was a 1943 graduate of Lebanon High School. He was active for many years with the Warren County Fair Board and raced at Lebanon Raceway for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge, a veteran of...
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Longtime NY PJ "Duke" Dranichak dies

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
George "Duke" Dranichak,74, died peacefully surrounded by his family on April 10. He raced horses but became well known as a racing judge and steward at New York racetracks. Mr. Dranichak was born and reared in Binghamton, NY,  and lived most of his life in Pavilion. He graduated from Niagara University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. After college, he raced St...
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Stallion Donerail dies in Denmark at age 25

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Donerail, a colt who was poised an early favorite to win the 1995 Hambletonian but instead left his mark as a filly sire and broodmare sire of champions, died in Jutland, Denmark, on Jan. 29 at age 25. Bred by Mary Hilliard and named for small town outside of Lexington, Ky., where historic Walnut Hall Farm is located, Donerail was one of the last top colts trained by Hall of Famer Stanley D...
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Mohawk set to open 54th meet on Thursday

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
The 54th season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack is set to begin this Thursday. The 2017 meet will run from April 13 through October. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval.   Live racing will be offered every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings will be added to the schedule in June f...
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Dragon Again retired from stallion duties

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Dragon Again, a sire of winners of over $122 million, is officially retired from stallion duties effective Tuesday, April 11. The 22-year-old stallion, himself a world champion and winner of over $2.3 million, will live out his retirement at Delaware, Ohio's Sugar Valley Farm, where he has been standing stud since 2014.   "We made the decision in the best interest of ‘Dragon,...
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April 15 deadline for Hambo Society stakes

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Saturday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, April 17. Payments mailed from Canada must be postmarked by midnight Tuesday, April 18, as Monday is a legal holiday in Canada with no postal service.   Due at this time is the first nomination payment fo...
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Miami Valley's weekend full of action

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway has an exciting weekend in store. It includes a $10,000 guaranteed total pool in the 50-cent Lucky Pick-5 wager on Friday, eliminations for the James K. Hackett Memorial series for top Ohio-sired 3-year-olds on Friday, April 14 (fillies) and Saturday, April 15 (colts), outstanding $22,000 Opens for older mares on Friday and older horses and geldings on Saturday, and a spec...
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Canwood repeats in Meadows series

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Canwood jogged to a front-end victory in 1:56.2, fastest this year by a 3-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track, collecting her second straight series win in Wednesday’s Princess Pablano Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. Miss Da Line earned her second straight series win in the other $15,000 division. Canwood zipped right to the lead from post five for Brian Zendt and easily t...
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Spoonful best by a nose in DSBF 3FT final

on 04/12/2017 2:00 AM
Spoonful won her second $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) final in six months holding on by a nose in the 3-year-Old Filly trot final on Wednesday at Dover Downs. Trained by Les Givens, who has trained more DSBF winners than any other conditioner, Spoonful won for the third time this year and seventh time in 18 races lifetime, earning $174,512 for owners Delbert Cain and...
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Sooo Handsome is sooo sharp in Pompano win

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
Sooo Handsome, getting a picture perfect, confident drive by breeder, owner, trainer Rick Plano, took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday, stopping the timer in a career equaling best of 1:54.1.   The 4-year-old altered son of Cash Hall, leaving from the coveted five post, sprinted a bit when the gate sprung open and settled in the garden spot back of Tater T...
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Napolitano brothers sweep Pocono features

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
The Napolitano brothers, Anthony and George, accounted for both divisions of the featured $16,000 trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, the first Monday card of the year, after the pair had both won four races at the mountain oval on Sunday night.   Anthony was first to Victory Lane in the "nw 5 races" events, putting a new mark of 1:55.4 on the Muscle Mass stallion Mass Balance after ...
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Jackson's Image captures Plainridge opener

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
There are two things that Jackson's Image does well; leave and win. And the seven-time 2016 victor held to form, doing both while capturing the $10,000 feature for conditioned pacers on opening day at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   A packed apron of racing fans watched as Jim Hardy flew off the gate with Jackson's Image and outdueled Destination Moon N (Eddie Davis Jr.) for ...
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Chip Walther watches when Chip Walther races

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
When Chip Walther races, Chip Walther is watching.   Chip Walther, a 3-year-old pacing colt who finished last season with a four-race win streak, was named by co-owner Mike Anderson in honor of a college buddy, Chip Walther. The two attended Western Illinois University together. Walther now lives in Wisconsin, where he keeps a watchful eye on his namesake.   "His friends thought he...
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Red Mile Historical Racing tops $28M in March

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
Red Mile president Joe Costa told harnessracing.com midway through March that he expected the month to be the best ever for the 902 Historical Racing machines at the track, and he was correct. On the heels of an all-time best $23.1 million handle in February, The Red Mile handled $28.2 million in March, with the jump of more than $5 million a 22.3 percent increase from the February numbers. ...
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NY shifts drug testing costs to horsemen

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
According to a report on Bloodhorse.com on Tuesday, the New York legislature has approved a state budget that includes shifting the full costs of equine drug testing in the state to the horsemen, both Standardbred and Thoroughbred. Both breeds currently pay part of the testing, but the amount is based on handle. The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association argued that since 75 percent o...
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Big M gives fans taste of horse ownership

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
Joe Conte said he had never even been to the Meadowlands Racetrack, much less owned a racehorse.   Thanks to the New Jersey racetrack's wildly popular "Own A Horse" promotion, Conte got to experience both thrills during March as an owner of the horse, Legion Of Boom.   After registering online, Conte was randomly selected to "own" the horse during March. Conte and his wif...
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Burke 3YO prospects qualify at Harrah's Philly

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
The Ron Burke-trained 3-year-old pacers Filibuster Hanover and Miso Fast, and the 3-year-old colt trotter Snowstorm Hanover, all prominently mentioned in the upcoming April 19 issue of The Horseman And Fair World by panel members participating in the Spring Training Report, made their 2017 qualifying debuts Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Filibuster Hanover, a two-t...
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Another Breath sets Miami Valley 4YO mark

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
A $22,000 Open Trot and a pair of $12,500 second-round divisions of the Dr. Dan Farwick Memorial Series for conditioned trotters highlighted the Tuesday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.   Dont Rush (Mike Oosting) waited diligently from mid-pack as four lead changes transpired during the first half-mile of the weekly trot feature, then pounced in the late stages to score a 1:54.1 t...
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Season best set, broken at The Meadows

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
Gee Wizz George set a national season’s mark Tuesday at The Meadows, only to see it broken about an hour later by Media Buzz.  Each captured a $15,000, second-leg division of the Tamarind Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Gee Wizz George hadn’t been on top at any point in his last four starts, but when Brady Brown hustled him to the front from post 3, he opened up a four-l...
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