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Hatfield's Hambo hopes riding on Bar Hopping

on 08/05/2016 2:00 AM
Bud Hatfield fell in love with Bar Hopping the moment he saw the colt as a yearling at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. His affection for the horse remains high, and why not? For the first time in four decades in harness racing, Hatfield is sending a horse to the Hambletonian. And the horse is Bar Hopping.   Bar Hopping is the 9-5 favorite in the first of two nine-horse elimination...
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Krispy Apple wins 45G F&M pace at Yonkers

on 08/05/2016 2:00 AM
  Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $18.40) usually gets handicapped with an outside venue. So, what happened with a blind draw? She was ‘handicapped’ with an outside venue. No matter as the millionairess took it the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play from post position No. 7 (in one notch after a defection), she worke...
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3 Invites planned for Super Stakes Saturday at PcD

on 08/05/2016 2:00 AM
On August 20, the night of the $2.5 million Super Stakes Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, in addition to The Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacing colts, the Colonial for 3-year-old trotting colts, and the Valley Forge for 3-year-old pacing fillies—each having its "main event" plus two consolations depending on the amount of money won by the entrants – there are a...
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Barn Bella equals track record in Tioga NYSS

on 08/05/2016 2:00 AM
Barn Bella ($23.40) stole the show in Friday (August 5) evening's New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs, working her way into a share of a track record with a sparkling 1:55.2 triumph in her $36,566 division. Barn Bella set the bar high in the evening's sixth event, working to a comfortable lead over Reverend Nanny (John Cummings) on approach to the fi...
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NA Cup, M Pace winners headed to Milstein

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
The champions of harness racing’s two richest events for sophomore pacers are expected to headline the field in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park on Saturday, Aug. 13. The connections of Betting Line, winner of the $1,000,000 (Cdn.) North America Cup, and Control The Moment, who was victorious in the $732,050 Meadowlands Pace, have accepted invitations to co...
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Tetrick sweeps 2YO trotting finals at Hoosier

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
  Hoosier Park Racing & Casino highlighted the Wednesday, August 3 card with two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the freshman colt and filly trotters and it was Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who made a clean sweep of both divisions. It was one of three wins on the evening’s 14-race card for Tetrick and back to back upset victories in each of the stake ra...
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Hambletonian & more in Weekend Preview!

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
Everything you want to know about the 91st Hambletonian—and more—can be found in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview! Jimmy Takter talks about his chances for a Hambo repeat with his five contenders, and Ron Burke and Yannick Gingras offer insights about the favored Southwind Frank. Weekend Preview also has comments from the connections of many Hambo day starters, from Sutton to...
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Candlelight Dinner wins Whenuwishuponastar fiinal

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
Candlelight Dinner appears to be on the path to stardom after another fabulous performance in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final Thursday (Aug. 4) at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Casie Coleman trained filly was clearly the horse to beat in Thursday's final after an outstanding six-length victory in the opening leg. A field of eight went behind the gate for the C$39,800 event with C$75,7...
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Southern Girl takes Vernon mare open pace

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
Employing a tracking trip through much of the mile, Connie Hochstetler's Southern Girl ($12.20) reached late to nose out even-money favorite All Charged Up in Thursday (Aug. 4) evening's featured $8,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   Jimmy Whittemore floated forward with the 4-year-old Sportsmaster mare to take third in the initial stages, drafting behind Looney Dune (Ben McNeil...
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Field set for Youth Foundation race at Big M

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
Three talented and dedicated youngsters have been selected to represent their Harness Horse Youth Foundationcamps in this year's driving demonstration at The Meadowlands on Hambeltonian Day (Saturday, Aug. 6). They are Evan Williams of North Bangor, N.Y., Cammie Lange of Canton, Ohio and Bianca Miceli of Beachwood, N.J. The non-wagering event is a half-mile dash, the standard Trottingbred d...
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Naughty III impressive in Indiana stakes final

on 08/04/2016 2:00 AM
Naughty III turned in an impressive performance to take the featured race of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (Aug.) 4. Perhaps even more impressive than her 1:54.4 clocking was her driver John DeLong, who steered 6 winners on the 14-race program.   Leaving from post seven in a talent...
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$75,000 Indiana finals held at Hoosier

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Tuesday, August 2, and it was an evening ruled by favorites The 14-race card featured five of the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for the two and three-year-old divisions and the post time favorite delivered in all five divisions. This marked the third round of the $75,000 finals for the three-year-old competitors and ...
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Such An Angel, Big Man Erv set new Stga mark

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
The track record for 2-year-old trotting colts fell on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel as freshman trotters invaded the Spa for a card full of New York Sire Stakes competition. The 12-race program consisted of no less than 12 Sire Stakes races for freshman highsteppers. There were nine Excelsior A and B events and three Sire Stakes carrying purses of $53,500 and $54,500. ...
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On A Sunny Day's 1:55.4 tops in Ont. Gold

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
A power outage curtailed Mohawk Racetrack's Tuesday evening program, but before the Campbellville oval cancelled its last two races the freshman trotting fillies lit up the racing surface in a trio of $70,000 Gold divisions. On A Sunny Day took over sole control of the division point standings with an impressive effort in the first contest. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Sylvain Filion...
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Lindy's Nightmare wins with big stretch rally

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
The old adage has it that "I'd rather be lucky than smart," but it's better still when you're lucky AND smart, as was driver Matt Kakaley, who guided the American Ideal mare Scandalicious to a 1:51.3 in the $14,000 high-level conditioned pace for mares Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Kakaley and Scandalicious, leaving from post two, were third-inside during conten...
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LA Delight wins Ontario Gold at Grand River

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway's enthusiastic Industry Day crowd lent their full support to the three-year-old pacing fillies competing in a pair of Gold Series divisions on Monday afternoon, propelling first Divas Image and then L A Delight to Canadian season's records. Warming up the large crowd for the track's signature races, the Battle of the Belles and Battle of Waterloo, the sophomore pacing fi...
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Ohio announces new Breeder's Award program

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association is proud to announce that the OHHA's Board of Directors has approved an Ohio Breeder's Award program.   The program will be funded through a portion of the video lottery terminal net revenue share and will pay breeder's awards to the breeder listed on the registration of Ohio Standardbred horses that were born in 2013 and thereafter, sired by ...
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Churchill, Saratoga Casino buy Ocean Downs

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
The Ocean City (MD) Dispatch is reporting that Churchill Downs Incorporated and Saratoga Casino Holdings announced Tuesday (Aug. 2) that they plan to purchase the Casino at Ocean Downs.   The two major racing entities will buy the racetrack and casino but longtime owner William Rickman Jr. will stay on as senior advisor. To read the full story, click here.
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Buffalo's pres Bill Richardson has Hambo starter

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
It's a rarity to see a Western New York connection in the Hambletonian but there's one set for the 2016 edition which is scheduled for this Saturday afternoon (Aug. 6) at The Meadowlands. Buffalo Trotting Association President Bill Richardson along with former Buffalo Raceway regular Jeff Gregory have teamed up along with Jesmeral Stable (Steven Finklestein) to send the 3-year-old gelding trot...
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Tight Lines looks for Hambo upset for Gregory

on 08/03/2016 2:00 AM
You've got to be in it to win it. That's the thought process the connections of Tight Lines are taking after drawing post 7 in a field of nine for Saturday's 91st Hambletonian at the Meadowlands.   Tight Lines, who will be in the Hambletonian's first elimination (race 8), has been selected as the longest shot on the board with 25-1 morning line for driver/trainer Jeff Gregory, ...
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