Miller sweeps PASS with Chase H Hanover, Southwind Gendry

on 08/29/2020 8:45 PM
Chase H Hanover and Southwind Gendry each captured a division of Saturday’s Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, giving David Miller a sweep of the $213,858 event for freshman colt and gelding pacers. Miller’s big day didn’t end there, as he also won two PA Stallion Series splits and an overnight race to give him five victories on the 15-race card.   The winners ...
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JK First Lady bests Rocknificent in PA showdown

on 08/29/2020 7:34 PM
JK First Lady defeated Rocknificent in a much-anticipated showdown between the two in one of two $35,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Rocknificent had the post advantage, starting from the rail vs. “JK”’s post six, but with no one else going out particularly ...
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PBR Street Gang, Brookview Bullet win INSS splits

on 08/29/2020 7:19 AM
Indiana’s top 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were on display at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday as the evening’s 14-race card featured two $41,000 divisions of Indiana Sires Stakes. The colts were battling in the third round of their six-round series and closed out a week’s worth of stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. &nb...
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Chris Lems wins 2,000th race at Northfield

on 08/29/2020 7:12 AM
Chris Lems made his 2,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Hot Shot Hill in Northfield Park’s 15th race on Friday.   Lems was second-over and swooped three wide in the backstretch, drawing away by 6 ¾ lengths at the wire. The 1:55 clocking was the 22nd career score for the 7-year-old pacer, who returned $22.20 to wi...
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Harder sweeps NYSS 2CPs; American Courage scratched

on 08/28/2020 11:17 PM
Vernon Downs played host for two divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Friday. Trainer Mark Harder swept both divisions.   Southwind Petyr (Dexter Dunn) charged late to win the $51,300 first division.  With unbeaten American Courage out of the race scratched "sick," it was a wide-open affair...
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Sorella sets Canadian record; ‘Moni,’ ‘Theo’ win Goodtimes elims

on 08/28/2020 11:11 PM
Sorella set a Canadian record in her Woodbine Mohawk Park debut Friday to headline a quartet of stakes events for 3-year-old trotters.    A pair $81,405 Casual Breeze Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies and two $30,000 Goodtimes eliminations for 3-year-old trotting fillies took place Friday.    Sorella kicked the night off in style in the opening Casu...
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Five mini claiming series offered at Northfield Park

on 08/28/2020 10:18 PM
MGM Northfield Park has announced the dates of five mini claiming series available over the Flying Turns.  The first day to enter these series is Monday, Aug. 31  and they will begin racing Friday, Sept. 4. The newly added mini-series start with a base claiming price of $7,000 or $15,000 for distaff and male pacers.  Trotters are offered series with a base price of $15,000...
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Callahan brothers sweep MDSS 2FT divisions

on 08/28/2020 10:13 PM
Two splits each of Maryland Sires Stakes preliminaries for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings and trotting fillies highlighted the Friday night card at Ocean Downs. The first division for pacing colts and geldings opened the card. Stunner’s Wish (Rusty’s For Real) with Tony Morgan between the wheels, tucked in the pocket until the three-quarter pole, first trying to pa...
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Shorething Fashion wins Plainridge feature at 30-1

on 08/28/2020 10:07 PM
When the prohibitive favorite broke in the $15,000 winners-over trot, the race became anyone's for the taking and Shorething Fashion claimed the prize at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon at 30-1.   Gemologist (Jordan Derue) took the field to the quarter and when the 1-5 Kings County (Drew Monti) tried to brush and crush for the lead off the turn, he made a break and l...
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Joe Bongiorno drives 2,000th career winner

on 08/28/2020 10:02 PM
Joe Bongiorno became one of the youngest drivers to achieve 2,000 career victories when the 26 year old sent developing force Nicholas Beach to the lead and just kept pouring it on, winning in a lifetime-best 1:49 in the $11,200 featured pace Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.    Bongiorno had his first 100-plus-winner year in 2012 at age 18...
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Indiana racetracks donate $50,000 to IMPD Mounted Patrol Unit

on 08/28/2020 4:41 PM
Earlier Friday, officials from Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino presented the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit a $50,000 contribution to aid a capital fund for a new equine facility. Following today’s donation, the unit has raised nearly $200,000 towards a goal of $1 million.  The prese...
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Canadian drivers look to make mark in North America Cup

on 08/28/2020 4:38 PM
It might be uncommon for a driver to pick up a horse for a million-dollar final and win the race, but Jody Jamieson knows it is possible. And he hopes history repeats itself Saturday when he drives Captain Kirk in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Captain Kirk won his North America Cup elimination last weekend by three-quarter...
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The Extra Mile podcast debuts with NA Cup preview

on 08/28/2020 2:30 PM
The Extra Mile, a new biweekly news-magazine podcast centered around Standardbred racing, debuts with a Pepsi North America Cup preview, which was released Friday morning. James Witherite, who has served as a race caller, oddsmaker, handicapper, publicist and columnist in his 15 years in harness racing, presents this new podcast to share the stories of harness racing’s events, particip...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park charging hard into NA Cup Night

on 08/28/2020 2:28 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is charging towards its biggest race of the season as the top-wagering Standardbred track in North America.      Set to play host to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, Woodbine Mohawk Park has been generating $10 million a week in handle and is home to harness racing’s largest pools.     The Early Pick-5 has been th...
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Delaware horseman Randy Stafford, 51, dies

on 08/28/2020 10:16 AM
Randall Burns Stafford, 51, of Felton, Del., died peacefully at home on Aug. 22. He was born on July 26, 1969 in Voorhees, N.J. and raised his family in Felton, Del. Mr. Stafford is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Caitlyn (Nick), Samantha and Jacob; parents, Arthur and Karen; siblings, Arthur Jr. (Stacy), Andrew (Shannon) and Sandra (Josh); grandchildren, Brayden and Max; and many niec...
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Hot Mess Express, Somethingbeautiful score in ISS

on 08/28/2020 8:45 AM
A pair of Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were showcased at Harrah’s Hoosier Park on Thursday, August 27 and brought forth impressive performances from the freshman fillies. Somethingbeautiful and Hot Mess Express each won their respective $40,500 divisions and did so with authority to deliver as the heavy betting favorites.   After suffering the f...
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Determination takes 3 Champlain splits at Mohawk

on 08/28/2020 8:43 AM
 If Thursday’s start to “Grand Circuit Month” at Woodbine Mohawk Park is any preview, the team of Determination, Luc Blais and Bob McClure is going to have a lot of fun.   Determination, Blais and McClure struck for a Champlain hat-trick, winning three of Thursday’s four divisions for two-year-old trotters.   The trio’s rookie star Macho M...
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Firstup invades Plainridge and scores

on 08/27/2020 9:11 PM
A pair of $12,000 filly and mare paces headlined the card at Plainridge Park on a rainy Thursday afternoon (Aug. 27) and both events provided very close finishes.   The first was an aged upper level conditioned race that went to Firstup, who shipped in from Yonkers.   Dontustopbelievn N (Mitchell Cushing) took the lead to the quarter, but Firstup (Shawn Gray) came first up and grabbe...
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2TF Insta Glam sets 1:54 Philly record in PASS

on 08/27/2020 4:50 PM
A pair of second choices upended the favorites in the $204,634 fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, including 1:54 track record performance by Insta Glam.   Insta Glam’s driver Tim Tetrick yielded the lead to Evening Stroll before the :27.3 first station, but had r...
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North America Cup in new Weekend Preview!

on 08/27/2020 4:04 PM
It’s finally North America Cup time and the role of morning-line favorite in Saturday night’s race at Woodbine Mohawk Park goes to Tall Dark Stranger. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Yannick Gingras talks about his chance to win the $1-million race in his ninth attempt as well as the past two weeks he’s spent quarantining in Canada for covid-10 protoco...
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