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Scott Rocks rolls to victory at Batavia

on 09/24/2016 2:00 AM
In the featured $10,000 Open pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Sept. 24), the only race was for second as the heavily favored invader, Scott Rocks led at all stations en route to registering the fastest pacing mile of the year at the Genesee County oval.   John Cummings Jr. left with Scott Rocks and after easing him through a brutally sunlit first turn, got his horse in gear ...
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Hannelore Hanover beats the boys in Centaur

on 09/24/2016 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover, with driver Yannick Gingras in the bike, returned to her home state of Indiana to turn in a dominant performance in the featured event of the evening, the $220,000 Centaur Trotting Classic, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 24. The Centaur Trotting Classic serves as Hoosier Park’s richest trotting race and for the second consecutive year, the race ...
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Tessa Seelster a 1:51.3 winner at Yonkers

on 09/23/2016 2:00 AM
Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.70) again proved best Friday night, September 23, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from her ‘inside’ post position No. 5 (posts 5 thru 8 were drawn), Tessa Seelster easily worked around pole-sitting, slight 2-1 favorite Devil Child (Eric Goodell). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, a :29.1 second...
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Rock The Look lowers Dayton track record

on 09/23/2016 2:00 AM
Rock The Look ran her win streak to three capturing the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night, September 23. The 1:51.1 clocking lowered the track record for older pacing mares at Dayton, knocking a tick off Sectionline Aqua’s previous 1:51.2 standard. The four-year-old Rockin Image mare’s docket now includes five wins and a pair of runnerup finish...
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Fine Tuned Lady wins as Ariana G falters

on 09/23/2016 2:00 AM
Fine Tuned Lady, with Corey Callahan at the lines, pulled an upset to the tune of 8-1 in the featured event of the evening, the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, September 23. The heavily favored Jimmy Takter trainee Ariana G tasted defeat for the first time in her career after breaking stride behin...
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Merriman, Noble call in "sick" for Jug day drives

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
Although Thursday is the first day of  fall, the afternoon's Little Brown Jug will be raced under summer-like conditions as the forecast high is 88 degrees. The marathon card will be raced without two drivers as Aaron Merriman and Dan Noble both called in "sick." Merriman had nine drives while Noble was scheduled to drive six. 
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Don Dream sets world record

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
Don Dream was a nightmare for his rivals, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) second $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old male trotters in a world record 1:55 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   Moonshiner Hanover, who followed Don Dream throughout the mile, finished second by 1-3/4 lengths and Andy M was third.   Don Dream’s time is the fastest in h...
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Betting Line, Western Fame win Jug elims

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
 Betting Line won for the 12th consecutive time, capturing the first of two opening-round heats of Thursday’s Little Brown Jug by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:50.4 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Also advancing to the Jug’s second heat were second-place Lyons Snyder, third-place Dr J Hanover, and fourth-place Check Six. Check Six set the pace for much of the mile, hitting the quarter i...
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Blenheim takes home Old Oaken Bucket

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
Blenheim won Thursday’s  $122,500 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters, defeating favorite Cufflink Hanover by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Tight Lines, who was the leader for three-quarters of the mile race, finished third and Promise Delivered was fourth. Tight Lines went to the front on the first turn, with Barryscourt second and Dog Gone Luck...
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Texts cause suspicion among Jug trainers

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
Betting Line and driver David Miller won the 71st edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday afternoon, rolling to a commanding 1:49 victory in the second heat on a hot and sunny afternoon. Although there wasn't a cloud in the sky, the atmosphere for the Jug was not exactly picture-perfect as text messages allegedly sent by the winning trainer, Casie Coleman, prompted concerns that her horse ...
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Barn Doll captures Miss Versatility final

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
Barn Doll made her first victory of the season a lucrative one, winning Thursday’s (Sept. 22) $120,000 Miss Versatility championship for older female trotters by 1-1/2 lengths over Charmed Life in 1:53.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. White Becomes Her was third and Elegant Serenity fourth.   Jeff Gregory, who co-owns Barn Doll with Jesmeral Stable and also trains the mare, drov...
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OUR Turn NJ campaign for gaming suspended

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
Paul Fireman and Jeff Gural are today reluctantly announcing the suspension of the paid media component of the statewide OUR Turn NJ campaign. In doing so, they issued the following joint statement: "We believe deeply that gaming expansion to Northern New Jersey is a remarkable opportunity that should not be squandered. We have committed $4 billion in private investment to this state to cre...
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Betting Line captures 71st Little Brown Jug

on 09/22/2016 2:00 AM
 Betting Line won the 71st Little Brown Jug, presented by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, with a world record performance in the $577,000 event’s second heat Thursday (Sept. 22) at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. The Casie Coleman-trained Betting Line, who extended his win streak to 13 races with his Jug victory, stopped the timer in 1:49, equaling the fastest mile ever b...
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Jug Preview Special now available!

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
The new and free HarnessRacing Jug Preview special edition has all the stories about this year’s 71st renewal of the pacing classic. The story list includes items about the new bride Casie Coleman, who eyes a third Jug with Betting Line, Ohio native Brett Miller’s quest for a first Jug with Racing Hill, Jimmy Takter’s hopes to win a second Jug trophy 10 years after the first, Nick Surick...
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Pena presence leads to Jugette scratch

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
Wednesday afternoon's 9-horse field for the Jugette at Delaware, Ohio, has been reduced by one following the scratch of I Said Diamonds. The 3-year-old filly pacer was scratched by the track judges following an incident Tuesday morning in the Jugette Barn when it was discovered an unauthorized person was in her stall. The Horseman has learned it was the presence of trainer Lou Pena that led to...
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LBJ Society meets; changes to come

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
The 25 member Little Brown Jug Society held their annual meeting Wednesday (Sept. 21) at Ohio Wesleyan University and voted in several major changes for future Little Brown Jug and Jugette races. The Society voted to eliminate the possibility of a third heat (race-off) starting with the 2017 Little Brown Jug. The event will be raced at two heats and the winner of the second heat will be dec...
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Ella Christina wires field

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
It was child’s play for Ella Christina, who went to the lead at the start and was never caught in winning Wednesday’s (Sept. 21) $49,200 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers by a neck over Caviart Cherie in 1:54.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Named after the daughter of winning owner/trainer Nancy Johansson and her husband Marcus, Ella Christina led the field to the o...
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Call Me Queen Be takes 1st Jugette heat

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
Call Me Queen B romped to a 4 1/2-length victory in the heat of the $239,400 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers Wednesday afternoon at Delaware, Ohio. Driven by Scott Zeron, Call Me Queen Be won in 1:50.1, setting a new stakes, track and world record in the process. LA Delight closed late to get second for driver John Campbell, making a break right at the wire. The judges posted the inquiry...
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Miss Tezsla wins Buckette 3YO Filly Trot

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
Miss Tezsla won Wednesday’s $86,200 Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters, wearing down leader Naughty III over the final quarter-mile to post a 1 3/4-length victory in 1:55.1 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   Naughty III took the lead from post one at the start and set fractions of :28.3, :58.3, and 1:26.4. By the time the filly reached three-quarters, Miss Tezsla was along...
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LA Delight wins 46th Jugette

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
LA Delight parlayed a two-hole trip behind Call Me Queen Be into a 1:51.3 victory in the second and decisive heat of Wednesday afternoon's $239,400 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at Delaware, Ohio.   Call Me Queen Be and driver Scott Zeron won the first heat in a world-record 1:50.1, besting runner-up LA Delight and driver John Campbell by 4 1/2 lengths. LA Delight made a brea...
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