Canadian Pacing Derby, Maple Leaf Trot set for Saturday

on 09/01/2020 10:45 PM
Fresh off a record-setting Pepsi North America Cup, Woodbine Mohawk Park continues “Grand Circuit Month” with an all-star $2 million stakes-filled card on Saturday night.  The $560,000 Maple Leaf Trot and $540,000 Canadian Pacing Derby bring the best older horses in the sport to Mohawk Park. Both events received a format change this year, removing eliminations and taking the ...
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Splash Brother, Uhtred win NYSS divisions

on 09/01/2020 6:01 PM
Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as part of the New York Sires Stakes.   Splash Brother (So Surreal-Sugarcoated- The Panderosa) just missed the track record for 3-year-old geldings when the Ray Schnittker-trained superstar paced to a 1:51 victory in his $74,500 division of the Sires Stakes. Tyler Buter sat beh...
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Blue Ivy best in Meadows F&M feature

on 09/01/2020 5:58 PM
Blue Ivy shrugged off the challenge of her stablemate, Touchamatic, and rolled to victory in Tuesday’s $16,200 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Blue Ivy sped to the lead from post 6 in a demanding 26.3, a quarter that might have left her vulnerable. But when Touchamatic moved uncovered from third, Blue Ivy found more for Aaron Merriman and triumphed in a car...
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Crossfit goes back to back at Pocono

on 09/01/2020 3:49 PM
The Donato Hanover gelding Crossfit made it two straight and four of his last seven when he won the $12,800 trotting feature Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono while equaling his mark of 1:54.2.   Andy Miller sent the favored winner first-over and had a battle royal with pacesetting Striking Encore from the backstretch onward, with Crossfit finally separating himself...
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KY now requires vet records, vet exam

on 09/01/2020 3:10 PM
The new medication regulations in Kentucky require that all veterinary treatment reports be submitted to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and all horses entered to race undergo a pre-race examination. The veterinary records requirement is satisfied by the treatment sheets turned in by your veterinarian.  If any treatments are administered by the trainer which the veteri...
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Owners, trainers, limited spectators approved at Red Mile

on 09/01/2020 12:17 PM
The Red Mile will be hosting a very limited number of spectators to its live race meet, beginning with the Sept. 20 Kentucky Sires Stakes finals and continuing through the remainder of the meet (Oct. 11).  Post time is 1 p.m. each day.  The full racing schedule is available on the website at    The following groups may attend:  horse owners and train...
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Lexington Selected catalog now online

on 09/01/2020 11:47 AM
The catalog for the annual Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the sales company’s website,, and on the Equineline Sales catalog app.   Those not already on the mailing list but who would like a print catalog should fill out the order form on the website. Print catalogs should be received in the mail soon after the Labor Day holiday. &nb...
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Gural comments on proposed Horse Racing Integrity & Safety Act

on 09/01/2020 11:34 AM
On Monday, Aug. 31, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced his intention to introduce and support the Horse Racing Integrity & Safety Act to the U.S. Senate.    This newly-minted legislation is a revision of earlier versions and was presented at a Keeneland-hosted press conference by McConnell along with Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr and ...
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'More mature' HP Royal Theo ready for Goodtimes

on 09/01/2020 11:32 AM
HP Royal Theo is a more easygoing horse this year, and trainer Ben Baillargeon is feeling more relaxed as well. A 3-year-old gelding trotter and returning O’Brien Award winner, HP Royal Theo has lost only once in his age group this season as he prepares for Saturday’s $215,000 Goodtimes final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. HP Royal Theo won his Goodtimes elimination last week from ...
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Record $5.6 million handle on NA Cup Night

on 09/01/2020 10:27 AM
Tall Dark Stranger’s dominant performance in the 37th Pepsi North America Cup highlighted a record-setting evening for Woodbine Entertainment.   The 13-race Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, Aug. 29 generated a handle of $5,619,396, the highest wagering handle in the 57-year history of racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $5.6 million total surpassed the previous track an...
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Buckeye Classic sale catalogs available

on 08/31/2020 9:00 PM
Sale catalogs are now available for the 6th annual Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in Springfield, OH. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana, the auction will be held Tuesday Oct. 1 at the Champions Expo Center located at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Start time is 10:00AM. There are 212 yearlings in the catalog including the Emera...
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Tom Me Gun N 1:50 winner at Plainridge

on 08/31/2020 8:56 PM
After having raced at Pocono Downs and Yonkers Raceway in recent weeks, Tom Me Gun N made his first Plainridge Park start a winning one after coming up large in the $15,000 Winners-Over pacing feature on Monday afternoon (Aug. 31).   Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) went for the early lead with Tom Me Gun N (Shawn Gray) behind him, but also had Major Leaguer (Nick Graffam) parked out at his si...
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3-day matinee meet at Shenandoah

on 08/31/2020 8:51 PM
The Virginia Harness Horse Association's three-day "Matinee Meet" at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds  kicks off Wednesday (September 2) with ten races, each featuring a $2,000 purse. First post is at 2 PM.   The lineup includes a four-pack of Free For All (FFA) events --- two for pacers and two for trotters --- along with a two-year-old race for each gait and four...
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Amigo Volo, Big Oil take last PASS leg

on 08/31/2020 8:48 PM
Amigo Volo and Big Oil have sharpened their games by taking on their division’s best all season. That preparation showed Monday at The Meadows when each captured a division of a $188,732 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   A respectable fourth from post 10 in the Hambletonian final, Amigo Volo had the easier time of it in the event known as the S...
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Show Me The Magic pays $157 to win

on 08/31/2020 7:15 PM
Show Me The Magic blew up the toteboard – again – at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday afternoon, coming from the back of the field to sweep by everybody late and return $159.00 for a $2 win ticket. As often happens in this type of situation, a hot early pace was involved, with a host of horses being involved in a :26.4 opening quarter – in a race for $12,500 claimin...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park begins gradual reopening

on 08/31/2020 3:07 PM
Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce that Woodbine Mohawk Park will reopen to live racing fans and simulcast guests on a limited basis starting Monday, Aug. 31.   The facility at Mohawk Park is able to gradually reopen thanks to successful hosting limited horse owners and connections for live racing in recent weeks. Those that recently attend live racing adhered to all the ne...
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An old friend remembers Jack Watson

on 08/31/2020 12:37 PM
Jack Watson, 65, a longtime caretaker in the Continental Farm Stable,  passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 18 at Oneida Healthcare Center in New York after a brief illness.   A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Watson attended the Toledo schools. His mother's early death at a young age prompted  him to leave school and pursue a career. That is when Jack started working as...
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Red Mile to present plan to allow owners, spectators

on 08/31/2020 11:15 AM
Red Mile president Joe Costa told Monday morning that he is in the final stages of putting a plan in place to present to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission that will allow a limited number of spectators and owners of horses to attend live racing.   Costa said the plan would first have to be approved by the Commission and then by Gov. Andy Beshear, and he is hopefu...
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Upsets in PA All-Stars 3CP divisions

on 08/30/2020 9:06 PM
Upsets were the rule during a Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the trend featuring in two $35,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars contest for 3-year-old pacing colts, taken by Enough Sun ($29) and Tell Them Lou ($45.20).   Both winners found success in sitting third inside for most of the mile. The Somebeachsomewhere colt Enough Sun wa...
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Backstreet Shadow one of three Burke-trained winners a Philly

on 08/30/2020 9:03 PM
Backstreet Shadow ($3.40) led a training triple for Ron Burke on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia with a sharp 1:48.4 score in the featured $20,000 winners-over pacing event. Tim Tetrick angled the 5-year-old Shadow Play gelding out from midfield as Jack's Legend N (Pat Berry) worked to clear the lead from Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno) at the end of a :26.4 first quarte...
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