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NYSS champ Third Shift returns Wednesday to Vernon

on 06/22/2020 3:52 PM
Vernon welcomes two divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday afternoon.   The $59,000 first division features last year 2-year-old NYSS final winner, Third Shift (Chapter Seven). The colt won three times in eight starts as a freshman including a lifetime-best mark at Vernon Downs of 1:54.4.  He has earned more than...
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NJ: casinos, racetracks open for betting July 2

on 06/22/2020 3:26 PM
At his daily press briefing on Monday, June 22, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said casinos and racetracks can reopen at 25 percent capacity Thursday, July 2. The racetracks can take bets in-person at their sportsbooks and lounges, as long as they follow gathering limits, he said. The announcements come as New Jersey continues with Stage 2 of its reopening plan. On July 2, the state will al...
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Northfield's racing card for Monday, June 22 canceled

on 06/22/2020 11:09 AM
Due to an emergency power-outage on a mainline, MGM Northfield Park's racing scheduled for tonight (June 22nd) is canceled. Tomorrow's race card (June 23rd) is a go at this time, however, please be aware that may change. We will provide updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through this unfortunate emergency. (OHHA)
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Backstreet Shadow captures Roll With Joe

on 06/21/2020 9:30 PM
Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) led gate to wire to win the $164,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace (sponsored by Blue Chip Farms) at Tioga Downs during a great  stakes day on Sunday (June 21). Backstreet Shadow ($10,00) went right to the front and took them to a first quarter of :26.2.  He used a :28.0 second quarter to hit the half in :54.2.  Non Better A (Andrew McCarthy) came...
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Alluneedisfaith N tops Love Me Some Lou

on 06/21/2020 4:56 PM
— Alluneedisfaith N ($4.60) patiently rode along in the pocket before pouncing at head-stretch and dueling down Love Me Some Lou for a 1:50.2 victory in the opening day (Sunday, June 21) feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. The 6-year-old Art Major gelding and driver George Napolitano Jr. strode clear from post three and controlled a :27.3 openi...
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Myco wires in Buckeye Stallion leg

on 06/21/2020 2:27 PM
The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series is complete after racing at MGM Northfield Park on June 20.  The series began with six divisions of the 3-year-old colt trot at MGM Northfield Park on June 15.    Rose Run Vindicate, the gelded son of And Away We Go, held off a late charge to win the first division for driver Dan Noble and trainer Mike Polhamus in 1:56.4.  It...
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Iluvtomakemoney takes Buffalo Open

on 06/21/2020 8:32 AM
 Cha-ching. Iluvtomakemoney put some nice bank into his faithful follower's pockets by cashing in on a $48.20 stunner in Buffalo Raceway's $12,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (June 20).   Making a big three-wide brush going around the final turn, Iluvtomakemoney (Ray Fisher Jr.) steamrolled to the lead and was never thr...
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NA Cup eligible Tattoo Artist 1:49.3 winner

on 06/21/2020 8:27 AM
Pepsi North America Cup eligible Tattoo Artist delivered another statement victory on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, stopping the clock in a career-best 1:49.3 The Dr. Ian Moore trainee followed up his six-length, 1:50 score from a week ago with another successful front-end mission for driver Bob McClure in Saturday’s eighth-race, a Non-Winners of 7 or $125,000 event. Tattoo Artis...
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3YO Captain Groovy scores in 1:48

on 06/21/2020 8:25 AM
The Meadowlands faithful were given plenty of opportunity, and they took advantage by betting with both hands throughout Saturday night’s 18-race program. When the dust cleared, wagering totaled $4,100,386, the highest for a non-Hambletonian Day or Meadowlands Pace Night in memory.   In fact, other than the $6,501,778 wagered on Hambletonian Day 2019, the only other $4-million h...
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Our Third Rock upsets at 24-1 at Meadows

on 06/20/2020 8:52 PM
Our Third Rock bore down on Stride Of Pride in the lane, passed him in the shadow of the wire and pulled off the 24-1 upset in Saturday's feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace.   While Our Third Rock and Dan Rawlings were 2 lengths in arrears heading for home, they had just enough racetrack to edge Stride Of Pride by a head in 1:52.1, a career best. Long shot Latest D...
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Two AM one of 5 wins for Tyler Buter

on 06/20/2020 8:47 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono got its “2020 Meet 2.0” underway on Saturday afternoon after a 103-day delay because of the health restrictions – and driver Tyler Buter, who won the last local race before the layoff, came back red-hot with five driving victories, including the four upper-class races described here.   Prairie Panther was sent right to the lead by Bute...
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London Selected Sale to be totally online

on 06/20/2020 4:02 PM
The London Selected Yearling Sale has been tasked with an unprecedented enterprise in 2020: to sell yearlings safely and effectively, while the number of people allowed to gather at an indoor facility has been so severely restricted in Ontario. Without being able to predict how the novel coronavirus will alter our future, we believe it is important to make a plan now, which will not change shoul...
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Antibody test not required at Yonkers

on 06/20/2020 9:38 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York is pleased to announce that the MGM Yonkers, Inc. Racing Operations Rider to the MGM Resorts International Seven-Point Safety Plan” (the “Rider”) has been amended to eliminate the requirement that participants shipping in to Yonkers present a valid positive COVID-19 antibody test in order to gain access to the Yonkers paddock. ...
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Manchego holds off Atlanta in 1:50

on 06/20/2020 12:22 AM
The finish was so tight in Friday night’s Miss Versatility at the Meadowlands, even the drivers were miffed when the official results were posted.   “I thought I got up for sure,” said Yannick Gingras, who guided Atlanta to a second-place finish, just a small nose behind Manchego in the first leg of the $40,000 event for open mare trotters. “They called my numb...
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Boadicea wires mares field at Mohawk

on 06/19/2020 11:59 PM
Boadicea and driver Sylvain Filion made sure there was no repeat of last week’s effort, scoring a coast-to-coast 1:50.4 victory in Friday’s $32,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Boadicea was fired to her usual spot on the lead, setting calm fractions of :26.4, :56 and 1:24, before kicking home in :26.4 to secure her second win of the season. The Bill Budd trainee set si...
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Goshen July 4 holiday racing rescheduled

on 06/19/2020 5:39 PM
  Goshen Historic Track’s annual July 4th race meeting has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 6 and 7. All eight of the NYSS County Fair Finals will be held on  Sunday, Sept. 6, and the Grand Circuit Landmark Stakes will be held on Monday, Sept. 7. Goshen will kick off the weekend with a Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, Sept. 5th. Admissio...
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My Pal Joe rolls to 11-length win on Saratoga opener

on 06/19/2020 8:39 AM
Thursday afternoon marked the return of racing at Saratoga Casino Hotel with a 13-race program on a beautiful June day in the Spa City. With only about a month of the scheduled season being contested in 2020 heading into Thursday, trainer-driver Alek Chartrand had just 10 starts as a trainer and six as a driver under his belt on the year. The return card was a big one for the 35-year-old Cha...
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Tattersalls still working to hold summer Meadowlands sale

on 06/19/2020 8:35 AM
Tattersalls Sales Co. has announced that the date for its annual Summer Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands will be announced "as soon as we get clearance from the state of New Jersey," according to sales manager David Reid.   "We're working with the Meadowlands and we're both in 'wait and see' mode right now," Reid said. "As soon as Gov. Murphy...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/18/2020 4:24 PM
There is no shortage of harness racing this weekend as tracks across the continent are now back and in full swing. With 36 races on tap Friday and Saturday, the Meadowlands will be teeming with action, and on Friday night, the rivalry between trotting mares Atlanta and Manchego resumes. Drivers Yannick Gingras (Atlanta) and Dexter Dunn (Manchego) give their thoughts about the match-up in the new...
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Bettor's Wish to debut Sunday in Roll With Joe Open Pace

on 06/18/2020 3:59 PM
Bypassing the same-day opening leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, Bettor’s Wish will instead take on nine older horses in the $164,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.   With 13 wins and six seconds in nine starts last year, Bettor’s Wish was easily voted honors as the 3-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year. Trained by Chris Ryder, who sha...
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