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Ella Christina wires field

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
It was child’s play for Ella Christina, who went to the lead at the start and was never caught in winning Wednesday’s (Sept. 21) $49,200 Standardbred Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers by a neck over Caviart Cherie in 1:54.3 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Named after the daughter of winning owner/trainer Nancy Johansson and her husband Marcus, Ella Christina led the field to the o...
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Call Me Queen Be takes 1st Jugette heat

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
Call Me Queen B romped to a 4 1/2-length victory in the heat of the $239,400 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers Wednesday afternoon at Delaware, Ohio. Driven by Scott Zeron, Call Me Queen Be won in 1:50.1, setting a new stakes, track and world record in the process. LA Delight closed late to get second for driver John Campbell, making a break right at the wire. The judges posted the inquiry...
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Miss Tezsla wins Buckette 3YO Filly Trot

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
Miss Tezsla won Wednesday’s $86,200 Buckette for 3-year-old female trotters, wearing down leader Naughty III over the final quarter-mile to post a 1 3/4-length victory in 1:55.1 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.   Naughty III took the lead from post one at the start and set fractions of :28.3, :58.3, and 1:26.4. By the time the filly reached three-quarters, Miss Tezsla was along...
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LA Delight wins 46th Jugette

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
LA Delight parlayed a two-hole trip behind Call Me Queen Be into a 1:51.3 victory in the second and decisive heat of Wednesday afternoon's $239,400 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at Delaware, Ohio.   Call Me Queen Be and driver Scott Zeron won the first heat in a world-record 1:50.1, besting runner-up LA Delight and driver John Campbell by 4 1/2 lengths. LA Delight made a brea...
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Master Clave dominant in Del. Breeders elim

on 09/21/2016 2:00 AM
As the opening week of the first leg of 2-year-old stakes events continued for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF), it was the trotters turn to showcase their talent in four $20,000 divisions on Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.   Benjamin Brooks’ Master Clave ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won his elimination in dominant fashion and improved to 2-for-2 in his career for traine...
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McClure wins 5 on Monday at Mohawk

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Bob McClure made the most of his Monday night visit to Mohawk Racetrack by posting five victories on the 10-race card. Several regular WEG reinsmen were out of town Monday competing in Ontario Sires Stakes action, leaving the door open for rising star McClure to make a statement. The young driver started off his evening by winning the first three races on the card, including a 29-1 u...
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Trevor Henry wins 3 of 4 OSS Gold at Grand River

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Trevor Henry returned to his former stomping grounds at Grand River Raceway on Monday night and reminded fans just how efficient he can be on a half-mile racetrack. Henry guided five of his nine mounts to victory, including wins in three of four $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Both the two-year-old pacing colts and pacing fillies were in Elora for their fourth Gold Leg, and Henry swept the ...
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New England farrier Tom Mello Sr. dies

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Thomas "Tom" J. Mello Sr., 69, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 17.   He was the beloved husband of Judith "Judy" (Mitchell) Mello. Together they would have celebrated their 45th anniversary on Oct. 2. A lifelong resident of Rehoboth, RI, Mr. Mello Sr. was a son of the late Manuel and Georgianna (Rocha) Mello. He grew up working on his parents' dairy farm and lat...
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Century wins bid for another Alberta track

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
On Monday, Horse Racing Alberta announced that Century Casinos Europe GmbH is the successful applicant to own, build and operate an "A" Track Horse Racing Facility in the Edmonton market area. More details on that project have been revealed. Century proposes to build "Century Mile", the only one-mile racetrack in Western Canada, with track lighting and a multi-level racing entertainment center ...
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OSU study on cobalt shows harmful effects

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
The initial phase of the Cobalt Pilot Research Project, funded by the Ohio State Racing Commission and conducted at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been completed. The goals of the study were to assess the physiologic, biochemical and endocrine effects of repeated doses of intravenous cobalt chloride in five Standardbred mares and to investigate the pharmacokinetic...
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Shenandoah tweaks draw schedule

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer Amanda Jackson and driver Roger Plante teamed up to win a pair of races for owner Larry Jackson at Shenandoah Downs Sunday as the second week of action from the inaugural meet came to a close.   The duo kicked off the card with Justa Party Animal's wire-to-wire triumph in 2:01.1 and came back in the fifth with Desire Lady's 1:57.3 winning score. The former finished second at the W...
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Fields drawn for NY Night of Champions

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Post positions have been drawn for Saturday's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with Yonkers Raceway again hosting the Empire State's richest night of racing. Eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals, each sponsored by a prominent breeding farm, feature the best 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Here's a hot-off-the-presses thumbnail of the divisions, which go as the first eight in ...
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Satin Dancer fastest in Standardbred 2FT

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Satin Dancer won the first division of the $55,494 (div.) Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters in Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. When the gate’s wings folded, driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. sent Satin Dancer immediately to the lead and was never really threatened as they coasted to a 6-¼-length victory over Tabby Talks Alot (Chris Page) and What Da Matter U (Brett Miller) in 1:57...
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Hope Ima Victory sets world record in OBC

on 09/20/2016 2:00 AM
Hope Ima Victory (Dan Noble) won the first division of the $112,641 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship in 1:56.1 to establish a new world mark for 2-year-old gelding trotters. Always A Good Time (Chris Page) took the early lead as the field of six passed the quarter in :29.1. Favorite Rose Run Spanky (Josh Sutton) came first-up and cleared the leader before the half in :58.4. The eventual ...
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Matt Kakaley takes Philly Drivers Challenge

on 09/19/2016 2:00 AM
Before Sunday's $100,000 "Summer Sizzle Drivers Challenge" Championship at Harrah's Philadelphia, there were two simulations run of the eight-race contest, conducted among the eight busiest drivers during the summer at the two tracks of the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association and with the top driver receiving a bounty of $40,000. Both projections had 28-year-old Matt Kakaley ahead afte...
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Babics to Every Way Out, Designated Drinker

on 09/19/2016 2:00 AM
It was a beautiful day for Freehold Raceway's fifth annual Open Space Pace celebration Saturday (Sept. 17). The 12-race card featured two Lou Babic finals for 2-year-old pacers. Offspring of the New Jersey sire If I Can Dream were showcased in both finals.   The 2-year-old colt pacers kicked the day off in the second non-betting race off the regularly scheduled card. Every Way Out h...
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RC Royalty colt tops Goshen at $60,000

on 09/19/2016 2:00 AM
The Goshen Yearling Sale, held Sunday at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, NY, finished with an average price of $12,186. As with other yearling sales held over the weekend, the average price declined slightly from 2015, with Goshen's average dipping by 3.2 percent. The median price--the point where half the horses sell for more and half for less--held steady at $9,000. The highe...
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Nuncio wins, earnings for 2016 top $1 million

on 09/19/2016 2:00 AM
Nuncio won the UET Masters at the Bjerke track in Norway on Sunday, and with the victory the 5-year-old son of Andover Hall is undefeated this season. It was the 11th victory for Nuncio, who picked up a win in the Oslo Grand Prix recently when Your Highness was disqualified for a positive test.   With Orjan Kihlstrom, as usual, for trainer-owner Stefan Melander, Nuncio took an early...
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Mach Three colt tops Canadian at $105,000

on 09/19/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's 2016 Canadian Yearling Sale boasted a strong 17 percent increase in gross sales over the 2015 edition. Pacing-bred yearling Bruno From Mars fetched the highest price topping six figures. The son of Mach Three - Boy Meets Girl, a full brother to standouts Mach Dreamer and Drain Daddy, was purchased by Jack Darling from the Icy Stables consignment for $105,000. "We we...
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Pompano Park bought in Isle of Capri deal

on 09/19/2016 2:00 AM
Eldorado Resorts, which owns and operates racing/casino facilities Scioto Downs, Mountaineer Park in West Virginia and Presque Isle in Pennsylvania, has purchased Isle of Capri Casinos for $1.7 billion. According to reports, the deal includes Isle of Capri's $929 million of long-term debt.   Among Isle of Capri's casinos is Pompano Park racetrack.   The sale of Isle of Ca...
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