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Three straight for Hemi Seelster

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
Hemi Seelster trotted to a new mark of 1:52.2 in taking his third straight race, the $20,000 trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, his third straight tally since joining the barn of Tom Milici.   The Holiday Road gelding, handled by Jason Bartlett in an infrequent Pocono appearance, brushed to the front past the quarter and won by 4½ lengths for owner...
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Pompano hosts FSBOA 2YO stakes

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
Pompano Park hosted the lucrative FSBOA sponsored Stallion Stakes on Sunday night with I'm Done, Atlantic Crest, Gold Star Aurora and Prairie Panther taking top honors in their respective classes and the grand pacer Panocchio notching his third straight win in the Open Handicap Pace.   I'm Done, a son of Toro Brave and a new arrival in the Jim McDonald Stable, took the $25...
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Live from New York: the NY, NY Double!

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
Two breeds, two races, two tracks, one dollar, one bet. Five more times.   The "New York, New York Double," a cooperative effort between the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and Yonkers Raceway, returns this Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13), and continues during Yonkers' remaining Sunday matinees through the end of the racing season.   For the afternoon of the 13th, the wager...
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Filion, Moreau captured Mohawk titles

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
The 2016 Mohawk meet is set to close Monday evening and there will be zero drama in the race for top driver and top trainer.   On Saturday evening, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau were recognized as leading driver and trainer, respectively, during the 2016 meet.   Filion leads all drivers with 190 wins entering Monday's final card of the meet. Trevor Henry sits second i...
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SOANY, Yonkers to give away shares of horse

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Yonkers Raceway have joined together to offer 10 harness racing fans a chance to own part of a horse racing at Yonkers Raceway.   Ten lucky fans were randomly chosen through the USTA's new ownership database and each person will receive a five percent stake in the three-year-old trotter Emerald Chip. The horse is in to go in Tuesda...
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Muscle Hill colt brings $410,000 at Harrisburg

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
With a revamped opening session, a total of 170 horses were sold at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction on Monday in Harrisburg and they generated an average price of $78,676.   Comparing the opening session to the 2015 opener is not comparing apples to apples because a total of 252 yearlings went through the ring in last year's kickoff session. Last year'...
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Meadows feature springs 29-1 shocker

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
Seeyouatthefinish blew up the toteboard Monday at The Meadows when she moved relentlessly first-over to pull off a 29-1 shocker in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Seeyouatthefinish was sixth down the backside when Dan Rawlings sent her after the leader, Show Runner.The 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Moon Scooter finally reached the front in midstretch ...
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Dont Rush takes Dayton open trot

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
 Dont Rush, a 4-year-old son of Infinitif with more than $500,000 in career earnings, was unhurried in the infancy stages of Monday afternoon’s $15,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   But once the first quarter-mile dust settled in :27.3 driver Dan Noble chose to move the 6-5 favorite boldy to the front and accomplished with relative ease. Dont Rush proceeded to dict...
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George Nap, Oakes team up to win 3 at PcD

on 11/07/2016 12:00 AM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes continued their successful partnering ways at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Monday night, winning three races, giving them seven winners at the mountain oval the last three nights – and the winner of the first race on five of the last seven cards at the northeast PA track.   "George Nap" in fact swept the first four races o...
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Love at first sight for Engblom

on 11/06/2016 1:00 AM
Helene Engblom and Shake It Cerry have traveled together to the races 60 times in the past four years, but their next trip is likely to be the most difficult. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, is expected to make the final start of her illustrious career Saturday at the TVG Series Championships at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Engblom has been by Shake It Cerry’s side for nearly ...
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Chalk rules in Yonkers features

on 11/06/2016 1:00 AM
 Favorites Mach It So (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) and Wind Of The North (also Bartlett, also $4.10) prevailed Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $45,000 Open Handicaps. Mach It So won a two-speed number in the weekly pacing feature. From post position No. 4, he released, then stalked, Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.  With Ke...
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Crown champs ace Kindergarten finals

on 11/06/2016 1:00 AM
Fresh off their Breeders Crown triumphs last week, Walner ($2.10) and Someomensomewhere ($2.80) came back to capture their Kindergarten Classic series finals with flair on Saturday evening at the Meadowlands.   In the $200,600 Kindergarten final for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings (race 2), the impressive Walner used the first seven-sixteenths of the mile to work clear, strid...
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Scott Rocks rocks at Pocono

on 11/06/2016 1:00 AM
Scott Rocks, a member of an elite club of double season’s leaders on the various sizes of North American harness tracks, opened an insurmountable lead on the far turn in Saturday’s $20,000 pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, then coasted home to a 2-1/2 length victory in 1:50, the fourth mile to go in 1:50 on, fittingly, a low-50s temperature night at The Downs.  The...
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Imagine Dragon takes Big M feature

on 11/05/2016 2:00 AM
After a traffic-troubled Breeders Crown elimination two weeks ago, Lindy Farms’ Imagine Dragon ($8) used a sustained middle move to take charge amid a fast pace before edging away to a 1:50.4 victory in Friday evening’s $17,500 top-level distaff pace at The Meadowlands. The 4-year-old Dragon Again mare slipstreamed the live cover of 8-5 favorite Icommandmyspirit (Corey Callahan) on appr...
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Bar Hopping sets Hoosier record in Erskine

on 11/05/2016 2:00 AM
Fresh off a win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old trotting colts, Bar Hopping was back in the spotlight as he ventured to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday to turn in a dominant performance and take home top honors in the featured event of the evening on a stakes filled card, the $220,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-old trfotting colts.   With Tim Tetrick...
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Gural outlines Meadowlands 2017 stakes

on 11/05/2016 2:00 AM
I would like to thank those of you who participated in our many stakes races this season. The battles between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Always B Miki have been quite thrilling with one more round coming up in next Saturday's TVG Championship. In general, I thought we offered a wide array of sires stakes, small stakes and major stakes with total stakes purses for 2016 amounting to over $17.8 milli...
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Arrangements set for Hazel Park's Ken Marshall

on 11/05/2016 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Raceway's director of operations and longtime U.S. Trotting Association director Kenneth E. Marshall died Saturday, Nov. 5. He was 78.   A Memorial Visitation will be held at the R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home, 15451 Farmington Rd., Livonia, Mich., on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. until time of service at 5 p.m.   First elected to the USTA Board in 1988, M...
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Sophomores clash in Autumn Series openers

on 11/04/2016 2:00 AM
A six-pack of Ontarios-sired Autumn Series first-leg divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings highlighted Thursday night's card at Mohawk Racetrack. Each division was contested for a purse of $18,000 with 24 sophomore trotters and 29 three-year-old pacers competing over six divisions.   Georgies Pockets was last at the quarter, but first at the wire to capture Thursday's first di...
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Grand Circuit action Friday at Hoosier

on 11/04/2016 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit racing action will make its way back to Hoosier Park for the fourth and final time this season on Friday, and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park in search of the lucrative purses offered on the 14-race card beginning at 5:45 p.m.   With purses approaching $1 million, Hoosier Park will host a standout card that includes the $200,000 Mon...
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Court issues judgement in Pena vs. NYSGC

on 11/04/2016 2:00 AM
The State of New York Supreme Court Appellate Division has issued a memorandum and judgment in the matter of Luis Pena vs. the New York State Gaming Commission.   A spokesman for the Gaming Commission has indicated to the USTA that the decision is under review and that no press release from them is imminent.   Here is a link to that ruling. (USTA)  
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