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Mel Mara wins Quillen prep

on 09/12/2016 2:00 AM
Robert Cooper Stables and J&T Silva Stables' Mel Mara (Corey Callahan, $2.20) had an auspicious Harrington Raceway debut in his prep for next week's (September 19) $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial with a 1:50.1 win, while breaking a track record in the featured $15,000 Open Monday.   The 7-year-old Lis Mara stallion never had an anxious moment in his front end score from post pos...
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Betting Line makes Simcoe 11th straight win

on 09/11/2016 2:00 AM
The Champlain and Simcoe Stakes concluded for another season Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 5 Grand Circuit divisions were contested with the feature event being the $204,040 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. The Champlain Open and Champlain Filly categories each featured two divisions. Betting Line, the 2016 Pepsi North America Cup champion, overcame post ten to win h...
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Ryan Stahl drives six winners at Northfield

on 09/11/2016 2:00 AM
Ryan Stahl had a stellar night on Saturday (September 10) at Northfield Park by posting six wins on the 15-race program. Stahl's triumphs were with Tech Trade ($2.60) in race four, Mikeleh ($4.40) in race seven, Fountain Pen ($3.60) in race nine, Pop The Tags ($4.00) in race 11, Bestest Hanover ($3.80) in race 12 and Naked At The Beach ($7.20) in race 15. Stahl won his first race in 1994, a...
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Draws complete for Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf

on 09/11/2016 2:00 AM
The top trotters in harness racing were on display Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. Both premier events featured a pair of $40,000 eliminations, as 13 three-year-old trotters competed in the ‘Trotting Classic' and 12 older trotters clashed in the Maple Leaf Trot preliminaries. Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder made a...
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Victor Kirby drives 4 winners at Meadowlands

on 09/11/2016 2:00 AM
Victor Kirby's name is well known at Delaware's Harrington Raceway, where the 43-year-old is currently the top driver. But at the Meadowlands, his name is not on the tip of regular patron's tongues. Now, maybe it will be.   With many of the frontline Big M drivers at Mohawk Raceway for a stakes-laden program, Kirby won four times on the Meadowlands 13-race card Saturday night. Ki...
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Unlocked dominates on IL Night of Champions

on 09/11/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday evening at Hawthorne, eleven stakes finals were contested for the Night of Champions at Hawthorne. The races for Illinois-breds were contested over a fast track.   The first stakes event on the evening was the Kadabra Stakes for two-year-old colt and gelding trotters. Louscipher used a well-timed move by Pat Curtin to overtake stablemate Lougazi in the lane and hold off Pol...
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My Happiness EP takes Miss Versatility leg

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
My Happiness E P emerged from a tough spot before exploding home in the stretch to take the featured $40,000 fifth leg of the Miss Versatility for free for all trotting mares at the Meadowlands Friday night (Sept. 9), kicking off the track's abbreviated two-week Sept. racing schedule.     The 8-year-old daughter of Credit Winner came back from more two months on the shelf to...
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Broadway Donna wins another PASS final

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
Broadway Donna earned her second straight Pennsylvania championship Saturday at The Meadows when she followed live cover and roared through the lane to capture the $252,000 PA Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old filly trotters.   The Meadows hosted all four PASS championships and consolations for 3-year-olds, with total purses of more than $1.2 million. Call Me Queen Be, Check Six and...
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Shenandoah opens; Debbie's Peanut upsets

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
Debbie's Peanut, John's Dream, Motel Molly and Speedy Taxi all scored Virginia Breeder's divisional championship victories Saturday, as Shenandoah Downs ushered in a new era of standardbred racing in the Commonwealth. The newly renovated Woodstock half-mile oval played host to ten pari-mutuel races and a four-pack of non-betting $40,000 three year old stakes races.   Debbie's P...
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Andreios Kardia turns tables at Tioga

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
Fresh off his dominant 1:49.4 win in last week's Open, Andreios Kardia ($6.30) made the most of a pocket trip to exact revenge on Believe This Bob in Saturday (September 10) evening's $13,500 Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs. And at Vernon, Let's Foal Around took the feature.   Aaron Byron used Andreios Kardia aggressively from race's outset, working to push clear of Believe This Bob (Mik...
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Homicide Hunter sets 1:52.1 ScD track mark

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
Although the surface was less than spectacular due to inclement weather, Homicide Hunter, who established a new world record three weeks ago at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, garnered another accolade for his already sterling resume with a 1:52.1 triumph in the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial at Eldorado Scioto Downs on Saturday (Sept. 10). The final clocking is a new track record for 4-year-ol...
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Limited Edition upsets in Indiana 2CP final

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
Limited Edition and Sam Widger pulled a stunning 11-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 10. Stopping the timer in 1:52.2., Limited Edition found late racing room to score his maiden breaking victory and give driver Sam Widger one of his four wi...
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Keystone Velocity scores in Pocono feature

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
Keystone Velocity, the lowest-priced yearling from the last crop of champion sire Western Hanover, continued to raise his profit ratio further into the stratosphere by winning the $20,000 featured pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night.   Keystone Velocity, starting from the rail in the field of seven, left swiftly despite a six-week layoff and utilized track geometr...
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Another epic battle; this time Always B Miki wins

on 09/10/2016 2:00 AM
When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of fans during his two-year career....
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Gingras about Ariana G: "She's unbelievable"

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter swept the eliminations of the Peaceful Way Stakes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack with Thats All Moni and Ariana G.   A group of 17 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into two $30,000 eliminations for the $363,000 Peaceful Way Stakes.   Thats All Moni got a perfect trip to capture the first elimination in 1:54.4. The Takter traine...
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2YO pacers finish Ontario Grassroots prelims

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Grassroots regular season action came to a close at Flamboro Downs on Thursday evening and driver Billy Davis Jr. finished up the campaign with a Grassroots double on a night he piloted four of his five mounts to victory. Both the two-year-old pacing colts and pacing fillies were in action on Thursday, and Davis was victorious with one of each, kicking things off in the second $18,000 pacing f...
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Nuncio beaten by horse with cobalt level of 400

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Fabrice Souloy, trainer of 2014 Breeders Crown Open Trot winner Commander Crowe and several other international stars, has had four horses confirmed with extremely high tests for cobalt. Souloy's horse Your Highness had a cobalt level of 395 when she competed in this year's Oslo Grand Prix and defeated Nuncio, whose level was just 1.22. A Norwegian trotting website broke the ...
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Brett Smith, 34, dies after training accident

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Brett Smith, 34, of Bainbridge, N.Y. died on Wednesday (Sept. 7) as the result of injuries sustained while jogging his horses at Afton Driving Park.   Mr. Smith was an avid and beloved member of the horse racing community and was a regular competitor at Monticello Raceway, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Saratoga. In his eight-year career he amassed $523,043 in earnings as a...
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Trio of stablemates look to upset in Simcoe 3CP

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Tony Alagna sends out three of the 10 pacers competing in the $204,040 Simcoe for 3-year-old pacers on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.   Voracity, American Passport, and Tom Hill will all challenge and neighbor the 4-5 morning line favorite Betting Line, starting from posts seven, eight, nine, and 10, respectively.   His inside-most starter, Voracity has one wi...
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Program set for opening weekend at Shenandoah

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Race programs for the inaugural harness racing weekend at Virginia's Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock have been assembled and fans can expect a marathon day for the kickoff on Saturday.   The first of ten pari-mutuel races goes to post at 1 pm followed by four non-betting Virginia Breeder's three year old championship races at 5 pm and a trio of qualifying races at 6 pm. On Sunday...
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