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Confident McNair ready for Mohawk opener

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
It’s easy to forget Doug McNair is only 27.   The young reinsman has been a regular face on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for several years and has been winning races since the day he hopped in a sulky.   But this winter, McNair took his game to new heights and accomplished a feat that not many drivers in their 20s have been able to do: capture a driving title at Woodbine Race...
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Lunar Phase captures DSBF 3FP final

on 04/11/2017 2:00 AM
Lunar Phase, last week a 40-1 longshot winner, is now the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-Year-Old Filly Pace champion, winning the $100,000 Delaware-sired title on Tuesday at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Lunar Phase with Wyatt Starkey, enjoyed a two-hole trip behind race favorite Vic Kirby-driven Logan’s Girl, who had a three-race win streak at r...
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SBOANJ's Renaissance Program available

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
As part of the 2016 Renaissance Incentive Program, the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) will pay up to a $400 rebate to those mares that qualified for the program. The office will rely on the USTA foal registrations to verify that the mare foaled in New Jersey. Your foal must be registered by Oct. 15, 2017, in order to receive the&nbs...
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Leager enjoying his "Diva" girl

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
George Leager will turn 79 in August, but says he feels like a man half that age. The success of horses such as Diva Demands might help him keep that youthful disposition.   Diva Demands will start from post No. 2 in Tuesday's $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund final for 3-year-old filly pacers at Dover Downs. The filly has won two of three starts this year, including...
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Barimah A overcomes post 8 for Philly win

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
Barimah A's overall lack of strong early speed was a non-factor in the featured event on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 7-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight was making his third start for trainer Scott Di Domenico, in what figured to be his toughest test to date, a pace for non-winners of $20,500 in their last five races.   Starting from post 8, Barimah A lumbered up wi...
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Canadian Hall of Famer Jack Kopas dies at 88

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada is reporting that iconic Canadian horseman Jack Kopas, inducted into Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1989, has died at the age of 88.   After a short illness, Kopas passed at his winter home in Orlando, Fla. Arrangements have yet to made available.   Kopas began his career in the Standardbred racing industry in 1942. The nativ...
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Palone/Burke team up for 5 winners

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
It isn’t often that players get to reap double-digit rewards when Dave Palone drives for trainer Ron Burke, but it happened twice Monday at The Meadows when the duo teamed to sweep both $15,000 second-leg divisions of the Medusa Pace for 3-year-old fillies with Sapphire Breeze (14-1) and Beach Club (12-1). Sapphire Breeze atoned for her break in the series opener when she moved powerfully...
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Master Clave dominates in DSBF 3CT final

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
Just as he had done sweeping two $20,000 prelims, Master Clave went right to the front and was in total command scoring a 1:59 triumph in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot on Monday, the first of a final week-long Delaware-sired championships. Ross Wolfenden was at the controls as the altered son of the late Master Lavec from Dilly Dally Delia by Maryla...
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Dakota Jack fastest of the boys in Weiss

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
Dash Of Danger and Highalator each took their second straight win in Bobby Weiss Series action during the second preliminary round of the $750,000 Weiss Series Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but it was Dakota Jack who established the speed standard for the night’s Weiss action by capturing the first race on the card, one of four $15,000 divisions for male pacers, by winning...
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Rockntouch takes Pompano open in 1:52.1

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
Rockntouch, driven by Mickey McNichol, scored a decisive two-length win in Pompano Park’s $10,000 Open Handicap Pace, stopping the teletimer in 1:52.1. A 5-year-old gelded son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Rockntouch pinned the defeat on the pacesetting Arsenal, handled by John MacDonald, with Sing For Me George, with Kevin Wallis in the bike, third after dawdling near the back of the ...
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Plainridge set to kick off 2017 meet on Monday

on 04/10/2017 2:00 AM
The 18th season of live harness racing at Plainridge Park kicks off on Monday with a 10-race card that offers a total of $57,400 in purses. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 4 p.m. New England's best horses and horsemen are ready to hit the track for another season of fast times at "The Ridge" with many enhancements made to the program.   The new meet will welcome b...
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Bartlett, Banca double-up in Levy Series

on 04/09/2017 2:00 AM
With points leader Missile J getting a week off for good behavior, the Saturday night marquee was available for rental during Round 4 of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.Three, $50,000 divisions—down from four the first three weeks—went at it.   Stablemates Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett, $6.10) and Somewhere in L A (Bartlett again, $7.80) won th...
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Moreau dominates; Jackpot Hi-5 hit at Woodbine

on 04/09/2017 2:00 AM
Richard Moreau's barn put together a fantastic evening to highlight the final Saturday night card of the Woodbine Racetrack meet. Canada's reigning Trainer of the Year sent out five winners on Saturday's 10-race card. Leading the way for Moreau's barn was American Virgin, who scored his fifth consecutive victory in the $34,000 Preferred. Driven by Doug McNair, American Virgin ma...
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Alberto Contador wins duel in Meadowlands feature

on 04/09/2017 2:00 AM
Alberto Contador took the worst of it with a parked out journey, but the classy 9-year-old survived to win Saturday’s $20,000 featured pace at the Meadowlands over the razor-sharp City Hall. Bullet Bob left the gate fastest and led the field of eight through an opening quarter in :27.1 before City Hall moved to the lead. Down the backstretch, Corey Callahan sent Alberto Contador on a br...
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Hot Deuce on fire at Buffalo

on 04/09/2017 2:00 AM
It's safe to say that Hot Deuce is on fire right now. After scoring an eye-popping 14-length win in 1:54.2 last week in an $8,000 claiming event in his Buffalo Raceway debut, Hot Deuce took a giant step up in class on Saturday night (April 9). Landing in the $10,000 in Open pace, Hot Deuce ($12.00) put in another blistering performance, beating Shady City by a neck in 1:53.2 over t...
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HoP handicappers headed to WHHC final

on 04/09/2017 2:00 AM
  Tony Fannin and Derek Thurber emerged victorious in the World Harness Handicapping Championship qualifier at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 8. Fannin built his $40 mythical bankroll into $65.70 earning him the lion’s share of the prize money, $2,000, and a seat in the $50,000 Bet America World Harness Handicapping Championship on April 29 at the Meadowlands Ra...
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Youlookhot sweeps Mossbarger at Miami Valley

on 04/08/2017 2:00 AM
Youlookhot continued her red hot ways on Friday night (April 7) at Miami Valley Raceway by completing a sweep of the three-week Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial late closing series for pacing mares without either six wins or $60,000 lifetime earnings. The favored 4-year-old daughter of Kilowatt cruised through fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before driver Josh Sutton urged her to a :28.2 fina...
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Beckarama takes sixth victory at Saratoga

on 04/08/2017 2:00 AM
Beckarama (Roll With Joe) recorded his sixth victory of the season on Friday night as the Melissa Beckwith trainee scored at odds of 1-9 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Coming into the race with five seasonal wins in nine starts, Beckarama cruised to the lead in Friday's $6,400 contest for colts and geldings. The favorite never had an anxious moment as he coasted to an open length victory in a ca...
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J A T O scores shocker in Meadowlands trot

on 04/08/2017 2:00 AM
Forgotten on the toteboard in a talented and deep field, J A T O scored a 25/1 upset in the $20,000 featured trot at the Meadowlands on Friday night. J A T O, the former two-time New York County Fair Sire Stake champion, has blossomed into a high-level trotter in the barn of leading trainer Ron Burke. Favored Melady's Monet moved to the front from his outside post position before a hal...
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Yonkers Saturday pick 5 features double carryover

on 04/08/2017 2:00 AM
Saturday evening's (April 8th) Pick 5 wager starts with a certifiably-enticing double carryover of$12,570.13 at Yonkers Raceway. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races...if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday and Frida...
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