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Flanagan Memory rallies to win Crown Open Trot

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Flanagan Memory (7) and driver Brian Sears flushed out heavily favored Resolve past the half and then just waited their turn to wear down the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.1 by a length on Friday at the Meadowlands.   Flanagan Memory is trained by Rene Dion and co-owned by him with Liette Flanagan.   Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron) was first to ...
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Lady Shadow rolls to BC Open Mare Pace win

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
Lady Shadow ($2.40) asserted her superiority in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace on Friday night at the Meadowlands, pushing clear of arch rival Solar Sister early and evading her foes en route to a 1:49.4 victory, her 11th of the season.   The 5-year-old Shadow Play mare stalked the top flight from the two path on approach to the first turn before pushing to the fore afte...
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Fine Tuned Lady fastest in Simpson splits

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
The John Simpson Sr. stakes series continued at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, with action for 2-year-old trotters of both sexes, and even though each of the winners had been away from the races for 18 days or more, all had been trained up to a winning mile by well-known conditioners and got the job done.   In this sense, perhaps the most appropriately-named of the winne...
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Kindergarten prelims wrap up at Meadowlands

on 10/28/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of Kindergarten Classic preliminary events headlined the Friday Breeders Crown undercard at the Meadowlands, with 2-year-old trotting fillies vying for $10,000 in the night's opener and freshman trotting colts and geldings competing for an identical purse in the third event.   In the filly division, Feed Your Head ($7.20) pushed to the fore on approach to the backstretch...
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Monti puts on seven-win show at Batavia

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
On a night when he could seemingly do nothing wrong, Drew Monti put on a driving clinic Wednesday at Batavia Downs, winning seven of the 10 races he competed in. And among his drives, he also scored a second and a third and posted a lofty .788 UDR for the evening.   Track photographer Paul White spent some quality time with Monti in the Purple Haze Winner's Circle as he took hi...
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Dover's first week of draws continue

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
On Wednesday morning at Dover Downs, Tip It On Back (Bret Brittingham) edged Wakazashi Hanover (Vic Kirby) and Blazing Bobby Sox (Art Stafford Jr.) by a head in a three-horse 1:54.3 finish in the fastest of 10 qualifying races. Stakes seasoned Table Talk (Bart Dalious), after breaking stride at the start, recovered quickly to notch a 1:55 decision in the second fastest qualifier while Sky...
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Meadowlands postpones Saturday fireworks

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
In light of Saturday's huge Breeders Crown card that is expected to end well after 11 p.m., the Meadowlands Racetrack has decided to postpone the fireworks show that was scheduled for Saturday to a date next spring. The date is to be determined, but will be part of a special fan appreciation night that will include an earlier-than-normal post time and food & beverage specials.   ...
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Pocono set to celebrate Halloween on Monday

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono gets into the spirit of the heavenly haunted holiday this coming Monday, Oct. 31, Halloween, with its annual staging of "The Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace," which will be held as the fifth race on the (appropriately) twilight card, because isn't twilight when the Halloween spookiness begins to come out?   The nine-horse race is comprised of horses w...
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Huge Blooded Horse Sale catalog now online

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
The 69th annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale will offer over 1,200 horses at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Monday, November 14 through Thursday, November 17. The sale features 207 yearlings on Monday comprised of 93 Ohio-breds, 70 Indiana-breds and 21 Pennsylvania-breds along with others from NY, ON, KY, IL, NJ and MD. The mixed sale portion has 185 two-year-olds, 298 three-year-ol...
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Breeders Crown finals in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
David Miller. Jimmy Takter. Ron Burke. Yannick Gingras. Tim Tetrick. Noel Daley. Montrell Teague. Those are just a few of the drivers and trainers whose comments about Friday and Saturday night's Breeders Crown championships at the Meadowlands can be found in the free and new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Always B Miki vs. Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Open Pace is a much-anticipated showdown,...
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All American buys interest in Always B MIki

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
Fred Hertrich's All American Harnessbreds has purchased an interest in harness racing's fastest horse, the pacing stallion Always B Miki. Always B Miki set the sport's all-time speed record of 1:46 on Oct. 9 at The Red Mile. He is the only horse to ever pace four miles in 1:47 or faster--no other horse has more than one.   "This is the biggest investment in a stallion that we've mad...
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Crown win would be sweet "revenge" for Durham

on 10/27/2016 2:00 AM
It is with a sense of emotion that Jeff Durham is going into the Breeders Crown for the first time following the passing of his father, who was instrumental in his career, earlier this month. Jack had been in failing health the last 10 years and passed away at the family home in Omemee, a couple hours east of Toronto. He was 71.   "He hadn’t been well, but it went a little qu...
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Indiana inducts greats into Hall of Fame

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Association Inc. (IHRA) held its third Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17 at The Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. The evening's honorees included Harold Barnes of Shelbyville, Ind., Mari Hulman George of Terre Haute, Ind., Senator Robert Jackman of Milroy, Ind., and Don Myers (posthumously) of Seymour, Ind.   The 2016 inductees joined ...
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Unefoisdansmavie tops stablemate at Meadows

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
Unefoisdansmavie battled her stablemate, Cowgirl Hall, for more than a quarter mile before edging away to capture Tuesday's $13,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows.   Unefoisdansmavie was fourth down the backside when Tony Hall sent her first up after Cowgirl Hall. The 9-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Peace To The World relentlessly pressured Cowgirl H...
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Dover announces draw schedule for meet

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
In the 2016-17 season opener for Dover Downs' 48th meet next Monday, Oct. 31,, a $30,000 Preferred-Open Handicap pace, led by Ohio champion Dancing Yankee, a long time Dover regular, and the fast Mel Mara heads the first 15-race card which also includes an $18,000 Open pace and two $15,000 paces.   Ten qualifying races are on the first qualifiers of the meet. The Wednesday (Oct.26) ...
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Ohio Comm. upholds Betting Line's Jug win

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) has determined there were no violations or evidence of wrongdoing involving Betting Line in this year's Little Brown Jug. An OSRC investigation was launched as a result of the discovery of alleged suspicious texts found on a lost cell phone owned by trainer Casie Coleman's assistant Mark McKinnon. The person who found the phone—whose identity is sti...
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Bee A Magician seeks third Crown trophy

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
Several months ago it might have seemed a long shot to see Bee A Magician in the Breeders Crown, but now that she's there she is one of the favorites.   Bee A Magician, who didn't race competitively for nearly five months because of a tendon injury, is the 2-1 second choice in Friday's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot at the Meadowlands. Hannelore Hanover, who has won 15 of 18...
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Smedshammer duo aims for Crown glory

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer is going against his philosophy not once, but twice this week. So far, it seems to be working out.   Smedshammer has qualified two Purple Haze Stables horses for the $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, as Chezatter and Hillarmbro will both compete in this Saturday's final at the Meadowlands.   "We usually don't race 2 year olds at this...
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Will Zerons take road to BC win with Shamballa?

on 10/26/2016 2:00 AM
It's been a great year for Rick and Scott Zeron and what would make it even better is winning a Breeders Crown race, something the father and son have yet to do in their illustrious careers.   Rick, one of the sport's best all-around horsemen, has driven in 39 Breeders Crown races, his best finishes a couple of seconds with Armbro Rosebud in the 1997 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and Soul...
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"Bomber Squad" rolls into Pocono

on 10/25/2016 2:00 AM
Halloween is not supposed to take place until next Monday, but the goblins of the tote board were out in force Monday during a twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Jim Marohn Jr. threw out the first surprise of the card, coming first-over with trotter Holiday Spirit and then after a long duel proving just a nose more photogenic than favored Charles Ray (Ge...
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