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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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Trotting fillies impress in opening round of INSS at Hoosier

on 07/02/2020 7:29 AM
Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 1 as the evening's 14-race card featured two $33,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Using similar gate-to-wire tactics, divisional winners Hotel Whiskey and May Baby kept their individual winning streaks alive to deliver in i...
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Amelia's Courage A wins Meadows distaff pace

on 07/01/2020 10:03 PM
Amelia's Courage A waited patiently in the pocket while the leaders dueled, then rolled by in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Blue Ivy engaged the front-ending Lakeisha Hall down the backside and finally edged past her at the top of the lane. But when Dan Rawlings pointed Amelia's Courage A inside, she...
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PA Sire Stakes made return Wednesday at Philly

on 07/01/2020 10:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes made their 2020 debut on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with four $53,534 Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the same class going in four $20,000 cuts of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action.   "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best" is an old racetrack adage, and it produced the fastest Sire Stakes winner, as t...
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Yonkers moves series to November; International Trot canceled

on 07/01/2020 3:58 PM
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts announced the dates of several 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. The MGM Borgata Pacing Series final will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 with an estimated purse of $400,000 and a $100,000 consolation. Ther...
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Doors re-open at Meadowlands on Thursday

on 07/01/2020 11:58 AM
Fans can return to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Thursday when onsite simulcasting and sports wagering is permitted to resume in New Jersey. The grandstand will open to 25-percent capacity. The Backyard and Apron areas will also be open with teller machines available for wagering.   To adhere to all COVID-19 protocols the Meadowlands has instituted the following measures...
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USTA seeks rule change proposals

on 07/01/2020 10:36 AM
The U. S. Trotting Association (USTA) is making its annual petition to the membership to submit rule change proposals to the organization on issues that they believe need to be addressed or modified. Industry participants and racing fans are always coming up with ideas to make the sport better, whether it be by casual conversation, posts on social media or calls made to various organizations, incl...
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Pennsylvania fair season gets underway July 8

on 07/01/2020 10:32 AM
The Pennsylvania fair harness racing season will get underway on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 with a two-day Fair Sires Stakes event at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville, Pa. The "A" and "B" level PA Fair Sire Stakes for 2 year olds will be held on July 8, with the contests for 3 year olds to be held&nb...
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Freshman trotters to vie in OSS action Friday at Northfield

on 07/01/2020 8:33 AM
Harness racing fans will get their first look at the next generation of champions when eight $40,000 divisions of 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) trotters go postward in the first leg of the four-round series on Friday night at Northfield Park.   The Cleveland half-miler will play host to three divisions of diagonally gaited Buckeye-bred colts and geldings and five divisions f...
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Shartin N wins Yonkers Open; Caviart Ally third

on 06/30/2020 10:46 PM
Shartin N made her return to Yonkers Raceway a winning one Tuesday night, with an effortless 1:52 score in the fifth race $33,000 filly and mare open.   Starting from post position eight, Shartin N left the gate to drop in a four hole behind pace setter Caviart Ally. Approaching the final turn, driver Tim Tetrick tipped the 7-year-old mare to the outside and she cruised to a leng...
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Cinder Rock fastest of trio of DSBF 3FP splits

on 06/30/2020 8:30 PM
Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($2.20, Allan Davis) was the fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Wayne Givens, the Rockabillie-Cinderella filly left little doubt in her 10 length score over Kit Kat Joy and Spin Sumthin. It was her seventh lifetime ...
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