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Burke Brigade sweeps Pocono features

on 11/23/2016 12:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke harnessed his 416th and 417th winning charges of the year in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, sweeping the features with trotter Lady’s Dude and pacer Enoch. In the $20,000 high-level conditioned trot, the Victory Sam gelding Lady’s Dude, who lost a two-race winning streak when he made a break last week, returned to his triumphant ways,...
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Bad Angel wins Pompano Open Trot

on 11/23/2016 12:00 AM
Bad Angel got picture-perfect handling from Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey to capture the first Fillies and Mares Open Trot on Tuesday night at Pompano Park.   The 7-year-old daughter of Valley Victor enjoyed a cozy garden journey, tilting out once they straightened away in the lane, and collared the leading Driving Miss Crazy (John MacDonald) in the final 16th to win by a length in a ...
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Muscle Hill to stand stud in NJ in 2017

on 11/23/2016 12:00 AM
Muscle Hill, the leading trotting sire in the world, will be standing at stud at Southwind Farms in New Jersey for the 2017 breeding season. Although Muscle Hill stood at stud at Southwind in New Jersey for the first four years of his stallion career, beginning in 2014 he was at Marion Farms in New Hope, Pa., so that his foals would be eligible in Pennsylvania. "The reason for the move i...
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Wilder drives winners of 7 of 13 races at Meadows

on 11/23/2016 12:00 AM
Mike Wilder rolled up seven wins on Wednesday's 13-race card at The Meadows, including five straight victories that spanned the $20,000 Preferred Trot. A winner of more than 7,000 races in his career, Wilder collected two victories each for trainers Mark Goldberg and Tyler Stillings as well as singletons for conditioners Paul Corey, Jeff Hochstetler and Ray Simms.   In the Preferred...
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Spoonful takes Delaware final for 2FT

on 11/23/2016 12:00 AM
It was a big Spoonful, driven by Jim Morand to win the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Final at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Muscerene win the $20,000 Open Handicap trot. Yannick Gingras had a driving triple.   Trained by Les Givens, the all-time leading trainer in the DSBF program, Spoonful, a daughter of Political Briefing-Sanction...
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Pacing mares featured Friday at Meadowlands

on 11/22/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands weekend racing picks up on Friday evening with a dozen solid overnight events presented for your pari-mutuel pleasure.   Friday's card is the standard fare of pacing mares, trotters and a single division of the GSY amateur series.   The twin $17,500 features are the mare condition pace in race six and the G-Note trotting final in the seventh.   ...
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Batavia adds 2 race dates in December

on 11/22/2016 12:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission has approved a request from Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) to extend the current Batavia Downs meet by two days: Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, will be added to the current schedule.   Post time for Dec. 16 will be 6:15 p.m. and Dec. 17 will be 5 p.m.   "WROTB asked for the additional days to ma...
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Aylor Memorials contested at Pompano Park

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Four Melvyn Aylor Memorial events, honoring the memory of the late, great Florida horseman, were contested at Pompano Park on Sunday night.   Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther established new lifetime marks with their winning efforts, Famous C recovered from an early miscue to win hers and I'm Done held on for dear life at the end of his mile to eke out the close victory. &nbs...
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"Shine" returns to Rosecroft with Potomac Pace

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
Brian Burton stood in the paddock before the first race one recent evening at Rosecroft and was asked what the significance is of Tuesday evening's $100,000 Potomac Pace at the 67-year-old Standardbred facility.   The trainer/driver didn't hesitate.   "It gives us a little shine," he said. It's been nearly 10 years since Rosecroft held a race worth $100,000 or mor...
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Marion Marauder to race in 2017

on 11/21/2016 12:00 AM
The connections of 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder 3,1:51.3 ($1,766,518) have announced that plans to syndicate and stand the stallion at Tara Hills Stud in Ontario have changed.   Acting as agent for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Preferred Equine Marketing's David Reid said preliminary results indicate a probability that Marion Marauder would not be able...
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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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