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Hickory Lane partner Leonard Buckner dies

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Leonard Buckner, 83 of Apple Creek, Ohio, successful businessman, prominent horse owner and partner of Hickory Lane Farm, died Saturday, Nov. 19, after a brave 12-year battle with kidney disease.   Some of Mr. Buckner's most successful racehorses included world champions Golly Too and Doc Mistake, Ruffstuff Baker, Lovin Every Moment and Picture This.   Leonard and hi...
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Breeder-owner Erkki Laakkonen dies at 71

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has reported that well-known Standardbred breeder/owner Erkki Laakkonen has passed away at the age of 75. Mr. Laakkonen passed on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Finland.   Many of the horses that Mr. Laakkonen bred were known for their "EL" moniker.   Mr. Laakkonen's most famous horses are super sire Andover Hall (3,1:51.3 [$875,047]), the double millionaire ...
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Haskell pleads guilty to charges in Ontario

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
On Monday, in Ontario Superior Court, horseman Chris Haskell pleaded guilty charges to fraud and attempted fraud over $5,000 in relation to incidents in 2010 at the now-shuttered Windsor Raceway.   A story on the situation by the Windsor Star states that an agreed statement of facts were read in court outlining that Haskell was caught on camera injecting a horse ...
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Shamballa looks for starring role in Potomac

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Shamballa has clashed with Always B Miki and/or Wiggle It Jiggleit in his six most recent starts, each time finishing behind harness racing's highly celebrated superstars.   With Always B Miki recently retired and Wiggle It Jiggleit on a much-deserved vacation, Shamballa will assume the starring role in Tuesday evening's $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. ...
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Rockn Stien is fine in Dayton feature

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
 Rockn Stien, still in the Halloween spirit, was frighteningly good on Monday afternoon as he bested eight rivals in the $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 4-year-old son of Valley Victor, with driver Josh Sutton in tow, got looped out of the gate by Banker Volo (Kyle Ater) and Revenue Agent (Peter Wrenn), but didn’t wait long before abandoning the pylons for an outer...
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Crosby upsets in DSBF; Progress field set

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
A 17-1 shot, Linda MacDonald and Susan Durham’s homebred Crosby came from fifth at the three-quarters with George Dennis piloting to pass horses in deep stretch for a 2:03.3 victory to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) championship on Monday at Dover Downs. Check Six and Manhattan Beach each won their $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace eliminations while Lit...
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LA Delight tabbed Courageous Lady favorite

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
The $120,000 Courageous Lady goes postward this Saturday evening at Northfield Park. The Grand Circuit race is an open event for North America’s top 3-year-old filly pacers and once again has attracted an impressive slate of talent.   This year’s Jugette winner, LA Delight, will start from post eight and has been named the 5-2 early favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President o...
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Thats The Ticket wins Three Diamonds

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Thats The Ticket charged home to win the $427,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies at odds of 5-1 Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Chris Ryder trained pacing filly was able to convert off a perfect third-over trip from driver David Miller for her second win in 14 starts. IdyllicBeach, the 6-5 favourite, left out hard to grab command ahead of a pesky Someomensom...
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Magic Presto launches to Goldsmith Maid victory

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 victory in the $447,000 Goldsmith Maid Final Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and P...
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Snowstorm Hanover blasts rivals in Valley Victory

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Snowstorm Hanover grabbed control early in the mile and coasted around the Woodbine oval to a 1:55.1 win as the 7-5 public choice in the $404,000 Valley Victory Final on Saturday evening. The Ron Burke-trained colt by Muscle Massive out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover was sent to the front by driver Matt Kakaley, trotting splits of :28.1 and :57.3. Into the final turn, Sn...
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Downbytheseaside wins with authority in Governor’s Cup

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside got one back on rival Huntsville Saturday night in the $520,000 Governor’s Cup at Woodbine Racetrack. The Brian Brown trained colt delivered a powerful performance to win the final major race of the season for two-year-olds in 1:51.1. Driven by David Miller, Downbytheseaside was unhurried at the start and got away fifth, directly behind Huntsville, the 1/5 fav...
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Langley stepping down as USTA president

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association President and Director Phil Langley announced Sunday (Nov. 20) at a meeting of the USTA Board of Directors executive committee at the Columbus (Ohio) Airport Marriott hotel that he will resign from those positions effective Dec. 31, 2016. His current term was set to expire in 2019. Langley explained that given the situation in Illinois, where both Balmoral and Maywood...
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Stratton reaches 3,000th career win

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
After nearly doing it with a 73-1 number a race earlier, driver Jordan Stratton won his 3,000th career race Sunday afternoon. Stratton teamed with Bingo Queen ($7.70) for a powerful, first-up Yonkers Raceway victory in the $21,600, second-race trot. The pair negotiated the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:29 en route to a 2¾-length win. Stratton nearly blew up the tote board in the ...
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Jacks To Open and Hannah Miller win Billings

on 11/20/2016 12:00 AM
On a day when the wind howled down the Delaware River and caused a 25mph+ stretch obstacle at Harrah's Philadelphia, it seems only appropriate that "Hurricane" Hannah Miller blew into town, and the 2015 Amateur Driver of the Year won the 2016 $25,000 C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series Gold Cup with Jacks To Open by 8½ lengths in 1:58.2. One of the few disappointments of Hannah's 2015 racin...
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Sophomores impress in Autumn Series finals

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
The Autumn Series for Ontario-Sired three-year-olds came to a close Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with four added money finals. The conditions Friday were as close to a perfect as they could get for a November evening, as mild temperatures and a 'Fast' track was the scene at Woodbine. Georgies Pockets started the evening by completing the sweep of the three-year-old colt and gel...
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Dayton feature goes to Town Temptress

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
Town Temptress won her fourth Hollywood Dayton Raceway Fillies and Mares Open pace on Friday (Nov. 18), topping Endeavors Fantasy by a neck with Mystical Nectar third by that same narrow margin.  Eight of the nine mares in the talented field finished within 3-1/4 lengths of each other at the finish line. Endeavors Fantasy (Kayne Kauffman) flashed the quickest early speed, stopping the cloc...
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Tessa Seelster wins, Always B Miki retired at M1

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
After patiently tracking an exacting pace, odds-on favorite Tessa Seelster ($3.00) was able to chase down pocket rival Inittowinafortune to capture Friday's (November 18) featured $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands. Tessa Seelster was anxious to move forward when the gates folded in, but Yannick Gingras was able to wrangle the 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play into a track...
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Latest Desire wins 3rd straight at Meadows

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
Latest Desire made it three straight wins Saturday at The Meadows when he pulled the pocket in the stretch, overpowered the leader and captured the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. Latest Desire was jumping up two classes to the Preferred, so the pocket trip Dan Rawlings gave him was a big help. The 6-year-old Real Desire-Latest Design gelding blew by Shooter's Dream and held off Kingofth...
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Bet You takes open pace at Saratoga

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
Bet You (Bettor's Delight) went back to back in the Saturday feature as the young pacer came from well off the pace to prevail in the $16,000 Open Pace on Saturday night at Saratoga. After winning his first local Open last week, the Heidi Rohr-trained Bet You got away fifth in the six horse feature and as the fractions were hot on the lead, the rejuvenated pacer sat patiently before makin...
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Martini Hanover toasts Dayton's Saturday feature

on 11/19/2016 12:00 AM
Martini Hanover survived a grueling first-over journey in the $15,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 19) to win his first local feature race over Fancy Creek Elusiv (Eric Goodell) and Secret Threat (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:52.2. Amazingly, especially in view of his remarkable consistency, the winner was being driven by his eighth different driver in his last eight starts...
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