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Best of Bluegrass crowned on Super Night

on 08/21/2016 2:00 AM
The Red Mile played host to the $1.4 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super Night on Sunday, and seven different stallions were represented in the winner's circle in the eight $175,000 finals for 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sexes. There were two repeat winners from a year ago as 3-year-olds Barryscourt and Lakeisha Hall were able to successfully defend their titles. Both sent off the ...
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ATC Queenie wins her third OSS leg

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
For Ohio Sires Stakes victress ATC Queenie, it's all a matter of routine, according to her owner and full-time caretaker, Trish Soulsby.   "Queenie has a routine and I never break it," Trish noted. "She's giving me the time of my life in horse racing by winning these sires stakes."   ATC Queenie captured her third OSS leg on Friday night, August 19 at Scioto Downs, timed ...
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Black Broadway wins PASS at 20-1 at Meadows

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Black Broadway, a bargain acquisition due to an unsightly and potentially dangerous medical condition, justified her connections' faith in her when she pulled off a stunning 20-1 shocker in a stake-fastest and career best 1:53.1 in Friday's $159,433 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows.   The stake, known as the Meadow Bright, was contested over three divisions, with Miss Tezsla ...
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So Nice part of driving hat trick for Merton

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Saratoga invader So Nice ($7.30) led a driving hat trick for Mike Merton on Friday (August 19) evening's 11-race card at Tioga Downs, holding off all comers in the co-featured $13,000 Mares Open 1 Pace.   The 6-year-old Ponder mare sprinted clear authoritatively from post 6 before reaching the first turn before controlling terms through early splits of :28 and :56.3. Up the far side...
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Cougar Bait dominant in Kindergarten prelim

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Fresh off a track-record performance at Tioga Downs in last week's Geers Stakes, Cougar Bait ($5.00, part of entry) proved dominant in Friday (August 19) evening's lone $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as race two at Vernon Downs.   Marcus Miller brushed the Western Terror-No One Is Alone gelding to the fore after a :27.2 firs...
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Fad Finance shatters Stga record in NYSS

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Fad Finance shattered the track record for three year old trotting fillies at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night.   Jim Morrill Jr. piloted the Trond Smedshammer-trained filly who was the race's 3-5 betting favorite in her division of the $89,950 New York Sire Stakes. Morrill moved Fad Finance out to the lead and despite being pressured almost every step of the way, the sophomore...
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Homicide Hunter trots to 1:50.1 record at Pocono

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
The Mr Cantab gelding Homicide Hunter smashed the world record for 4-year-old trotting geldings with a 1:50.1 victory in the $50,000 Sebastian K Invitational Trot on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In fact, the only divisional world standard for five-eighths mile tracks that's faster is the 1:49 all-time record, set in the older stallion division – by Sebastian K. ...
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Lagerfeld, Dr. J Hanover take top consolations

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Rich consolation races filled the Saturday program at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. In the $200,000 Colonial consolation I, although there were three different leaders in the last 50 yards, it wasn't until the shadow of the wire when the Yankee Glide colt Lagerfeld finally took final control to win by a neck over Iron Mine Bucky in 1:53.2, a personal best, with Hollywood High...
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Rock This Way wins Nassagaweya at 60-1

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Harness racing's newest stars battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Grand Circuit action. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes put two-year-old pacers in the spotlight. Each event carried a total purse of $211,000 and saw two divisions contested. Many of the rookies battling in Saturday's stakes were preparing for next week's Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations...
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NY review: JK Panache scores at Vernon

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Skowyra and driver Mike Simons swept the pacing features on Saturday (Aug. 20) evening at Tioga Downs, teaming up with Believe This Bob ($4.20) in the featured $13,000 Open 1 Pace and Flying Cowboy ($4.30) in the sub-featured $10,000 Open 2 Pace.   Believe This Bob avenged his defeat to Andreios Kardia in last week's Open 1 successfully, sprinting to a clear lead from Po...
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Betting Line, Frank, Darlin star at Pocono

on 08/20/2016 2:00 AM
Betting Line won the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers in a world record 1:47.2, Southwind Frank captured the $500,000 Colonial for sophomore trotting colts and geldings in 1:52.4, and Darlinonthebeach romped in the $350,000 Valley Forge for pacing fillies in 1:49.3 to lead a big night of stakes action on Saturday (Aug. 20) at The Downs at Moheg...
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VA Racing Commission approves harness meet

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
The Virginia Racing Commission gave unanimous approval at its Thursday (August 18) meeting to bring pari-mutuel harness racing back to the Commonwealth this fall at Shenandoah Downs. The limited license request was submitted by the Virginia Downs Foundation. The Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA) will provide race office personnel and conduct the races, and the Virginia Harness Horsemen's Associat...
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Caprice Hill, Flowers N Songs win Ontario Gold

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
Over the last month, three-year-old trotting fillies Caprice Hill and Flowers N Songs have battled the best fillies in North America, bringing home one win and three seconds between them from the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial, the historic Hambletonian Oaks and the Moni Maker.   The talented trotters returned to Gold Series action on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack and were sent ...
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Dixie Lullaby gives Rick Zeron 8,000 wins

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
One of harness racing's most popular drivers, Rick Zeron scored his 8,000th career driving victory Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Zeron, 59, entered the evening just a single win shy of the milestone. Driving three-year-old pacing filly Dixie Lullaby in the evening's seventh-race, Zeron was able to get the filly up in the final strides for the milestone victory. Nicknamed "The Whip"...
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Seven And Seven wins series, Champlain bound

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
The Define The World Series Final turned into a final-quarter sprint Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack and rookie trotter Seven And Seven put on quite a display to score the victory. Just a field of four competed in the $36,000 Define The World Series Final, but that didn't stop a pair of the rookie trotters from turning heads. Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven captured the first leg, but was o...
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Kindergartens underway at Vernon

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
Trainers Jimmy Takter and Julie Miller each captured two $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary events on Thursday (August 18) evening's 13-race card at Vernon Downs. Takter's King On the Hill ($3.00) took full advantage of a cozy tracking trip, closing the pocket on the far turn and hooking three-wide off the far turn to eclipse Sweet Perks (David Miller) and early pacesetter Catch the G...
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Funknwaffles wins NYSS at YR from post 8

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $151,624 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The pair of races honored the memory of the Raceway' long-time corporate controller. The outcomes were eerily similar in both resume in result. The winners graduated from the Excelsior ranks, did their damage from off-the-pace and left town 5...
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David Miller sweeps trio of PASS 2CPs

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Dave Miller was on fire Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philly, sweeping three divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. They each went for a purse of $63,291.   The first division saw Emerald Highlands Farm's Fear The Dragon taking advantage of a live cover flow to get the job done. The son of Dragon Again latched o...
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Kentucky to crown Sires Stakes champs Sunday

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
The Red Mile hosts Kentucky Super Night on Sunday, Aug. 21, with total purses of $1.4 million offered. The program features eight Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 –and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes, with each contest worth $175,000. The historic racetrack in Lexington will soon mark the one-year anniversary of the opening of its new gaming parlor that houses 902 Hi...
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Top drivers head to Quebec for Prix d'Ete

on 08/19/2016 2:00 AM
It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing.   Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money-winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but ...
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