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Shari Okusko of Vernon community passes

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Shari L. Okusko, a well-known member of the Vernon Downs racing community, died Monday, April 3, at the Crouse Irving Hospital under the care of the Comfort Care Team. She was 48. Ms. Okusko was born on April 27, 1968, the daughter of Howard and Carol Okusko Sr. She graduated from Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central High School in 1986. She was employed at Kay Jewelers for over 20 years. She ...
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Master Clave, Jiggs win DSBF 3CT prelims

on 04/03/2017 2:00 AM
Master Clave won his second $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old male trot prelim while Jiggs recorded his first of the season during second-leg action at Dover Downs on Monday.  Unlike last week, when Master Clave made an untimely break just before the starting gate opened and quickly Ross Wolfenden got him back trotting before catching the field and quick...
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Missile J three peats in Levy Series

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
Round Three of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers featured another quartet of $50,000 divisions, with Missile J completing his own personal three-peat. After leaving fifth from post position four in the second event, the cause appeared hopeless. Sitting third-over in a stagnant outer tier, Missile J was sixth—3-3/4 lengths behind Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald)—after that pole-sitter le...
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White Metro takes feature on Hoosier opener

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino kicked off the 2017 live harness racing season in front of a packed house on Saturday (April 1). An enthusiastic crowd welcomed the 24th season of harness racing back to the seven-eighths mile oval on a beautiful spring evening in Indiana. On the racing front, White Metro and Tyler Smith returned to their winning ways as they captured the featured event of t...
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Barimah A wins second straight at Meadowlands

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
While trainer Scott Di Domenico was watching his Missile J win again in the Levy Series at Yonkers, another more recent acquisition to his stable was turning heads again at The Meadowlands on Saturday (April 1). Barimah A, who made his Di Domenico debut last week with a lifetime-best 1:50.3 win against conditioned foes at the Big M, backed up that performance with an equally impressive scor...
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Lucky McTrucky scores first win of 2017

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
It was April Fool's Day at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (April 1) but it was Lucky McTrucky and Shady City who didn't fool around in the $8,600 co-featured pacing events. Taking off for the lead from the start, Lucky McTrucky ($7.10) made his Buffalo Raceway debut an impressive one with a diminishing half-length victory over China Dream in 1:57.3 over the good track. In the other ...
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Nuncio's winning streak stopped at 15; Delicious wins

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
Nuncio, the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and winner of last year's Elitlopp, had his 15-race winning streak snapped when he finished second at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday (April 1). With regular driver Ôrjan Kihlstrom in the sulky, he finished second in a Gold event to Kadett CD. Nuncio, who is owned and trained by Stefan Melander,...
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Cams Little Bit overcomes post 9 at Miami Valley

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
Cams Little Bit (Kyle Ater) overcame the dreaded nine hole to capture the $17,500 championship final of the George ‘Red’ Owens Memorial late-closer at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 2). Coming from far back early to close strongest of all, the 3-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie bested Rock N Roll Rosie (Jason Brewer) and Anna D (Chris Page) in 1:54.4. Favored Melodie...
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Armor Hanover wires Saratoga Open Trot field

on 04/02/2017 2:00 AM
Armor Hanover (SJ’s Caviar) scored in the Sunday (April 2) feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Doug Berkeley trainee went coast-to-coast in the $12,000 Open Trot. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the 8-year old trotter, who finished third in last week’s Open, and guided him out to the front end. The race’s top two betting favorites, Cash Me Out and Slugfest, each got parked the mile and Armo...
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It was Miller Time Friday at Meadowlands

on 04/01/2017 2:00 AM
A strong and steady rain did nothing to damper Andy Miller's Friday night as "The Orange Crush" swept the Meadowlands features with Opulent Yankee and Truth and Liberty. In the $18,000 top trot, Opulent Yankee, the public's 7-10 choice, easily made the front from his assigned post seven. Crosbys Clam Bake tracked from the pocket through a half-mile in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25. As the f...
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Lincolnjames picks up fourth win in five starts

on 04/01/2017 2:00 AM
Lincolnjames made it four wins in his last five starts when he quarter-poled to the top and held off Dapper Dude late to capture Saturday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After a :27 opening panel, Dave Palone slammed on the brakes and gave Lincolnjames a relaxing :29 second quarter-mile. That breather enabled the 6-year-old Northwest-Winbak Lucy...
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My Buddy Ninkster 1:49.4 winner at Miami Valley

on 04/01/2017 2:00 AM
My Buddy Ninkster, a bridesmaid on four occasions against Open I company already this year, finally broke through and visited the winner’s circle following an impressive 1:49.4 score in Saturday night’s $22,000 feature event at Miami Valley. It was the fastest of the 5-year-old son of Dali’s 22 career wins, knocking one-fifth of a second off his fastest tally of 1:50 at nearby Dayton Rac...
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Allard brothers have big Saturday at Pocono

on 04/01/2017 2:00 AM
The Allard brothers, driver Simon and trainer Rene, boosted themselves to the top of the early season horsemen’s win total competition Saturday night (April 1) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, visiting Victory Lane five times on the evening, including victories in both of the top conditioned events, one at each gait, with both winners now 2-for-2 on the year at Pocono. Crafty Master, a son...
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Roy, Allard team up for 4 wins at Woodbine

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
Driver Louis Philippe Roy dominated Thursday evening’s (March 30) card at Woodbine Racetrack by winning five of his seven drives. Roy, who has been cleaning up since joining the WEG Circuit this winter, teamed up with his pal Rene Allard for four of his five wins on Thursday’s 10-race card. The dynamic duo captured the evening’s first race with trotter Win The Day, the fourth race with p...
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Teague wins DSBF leg with Henry The Dragon, Daiymir

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
George Teague started seven Delaware-breds in the four $20,000 first leg Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 3-year-old male pace divisions and came away with the two fastest winners, Henry The Dragon and Daiymir, on Thursday (March 30) at Dover Downs. River's Crest and Automatic beat two other Teague trainees while Major Uptrend won the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for the third time this ...
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Hannah Miller placed first for Billings victory

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
When the 36th season of racing in the C.K.G Billings Series kicked off at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, two precedents were set. It was the first time in a Billings Series opener that a horse got placed first because of a racing infraction; and it was also the first time in her career that Hannah Miller won a race by default. "I guess a win is a win no matter how it happens," said the talen...
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Action-packed Saturday on tap at Meadowlands

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
Another action filled Saturday is on tap at The Meadowlands with two important Kentucky Derby preps filling the afternoon followed by 11 live races once darkness falls.   The Florida and Louisiana Derby each go for a million dollars with the winners gaining important entry points and momentum on the path to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.   Here on the home track, the...
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Keystone Velocity looks to double up in Levy

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
Last October, trainer Rene Allard closed the deal on a racehorse he had been eyeing for a long time when he bought Keystone Velocity, a then 8-year-old son of Western Hanover with $487,252 in the bank who had just set a lifetime mark of 1:48.2. While he retained an interest in the pacer, Allard sought partners and approached VIP Stable's Ed O'Connor.   Expecting a consistent older pacer a...
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Crosby another winner for Linda MacDonald

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
Linda MacDonald had no experience in harness racing when she rode her horse to Medford Davis Jr.'s farm in Smyrna, Del., one day in 1973. But a year later, the teenage MacDonald (nee McNatt) was working in the stables there and upon graduating high school started driving horses for Davis.   MacDonald, whose parents--a Delaware State Police officer and stay-at-home mom--had bought her a po...
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Hoosier Park set to open meet on Saturday

on 03/31/2017 2:00 AM
 Harness racing will once again take center stage at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the 24th season is set to get underway on Saturday. With a new, daily post time of 6:30 p.m., the 163-day season will be the most lucrative stakes program in the track’s history culminated by hosting the Breeders Crown events in October. A total of 14-races have been carded for Hoosier Park’s open...
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