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Icanflylikeanangel takes top Meadows trot

on 06/23/2020 8:22 PM
 Icanflylikeanangel flew to a front-end victory in a career-best 1:53 in Tuesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   After the winner was pressured to a demanding 26.4 opening panel, Mike Wilder was able to give him a 29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Rising MVP an...
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Sheldon Powell wins 2 of 3 DSBF divisions

on 06/23/2020 8:18 PM
Trainer Sheldon Powell won two of three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund’s first leg for 3-year-old filly pacers Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.   Powell’s first win came with his son Logan Powell’s Kit Kat Joy ($8.80, Tony Morgan), who prevailed in 1:58.4 over Dragon My Fannie and Bag of Jewels in the first division on the card. The S...
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2YO Always B Miki colt Billy Clyde wins Pocono PM debut

on 06/23/2020 4:08 PM
Tuesday marked the first time in 2020 that 2 year olds went before the bettors at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with paces for both sexes offered.   The Always B Miki-Jan It Jackson colt Billy Clyde, a half-brother to Semi Tough, won his pari-mutuel debut in 1:55.4 after posting a 1:55.1 clocking in a Meadowlands qualifier. Mark MacDonald moved the freshman to the front passing the...
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Northfield adds June 28 card to make up for cancellation

on 06/23/2020 2:54 PM
Northfield Park will add a make-up date on Sunday night, June 28, post time 6 p.m. (EDT).   A power outage caused the cancellation of the program at Northfield on Monday night, June 22, but the track will return to live action on Tuesday night, June 23.   The draw for the newly added Sunday, June 28, card will be on Wednesday morning, June 24. Northfield will then...
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2YOs Grand Cayman, Waterboard in 1:56.2

on 06/23/2020 2:15 PM
With the start of the stakes season for 2 year olds swiftly approaching, some talented freshmen were out for preparatory action at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.   On the pacing side, driver Allan Davis and trainer Mike Hall shared honors with driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., as both duos had two filly wins and a colt victory.   Davis/Hall had t...
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World Harness Handicapping Championship cancelled

on 06/23/2020 1:07 PM
Due to the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty many players had about traveling to the Meadowlands Racetrack, the 2020 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com has been cancelled. Players that qualified for a seat through the Meadowlands or DerbyWars.com will be refunded the $1,300 tournament seat as a prize payout.  Players can also choose to have their qualifyi...
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NY horseman Angelo Mario LaBella, 95, dies

on 06/23/2020 10:53 AM
New York horseman Angelo Mario LaBella, 95, well known at Vernon Downs, died June 6. He was born in Alatri, Italy, and lived most of his life in Syracuse, N.Y., until recently when he moved to Milton, Ga. He was a World War II veteran, proudly serving from 1943-45 in Battery 252nd Field Artillery Battalion in Normandy, Northern France, Belgium and Central Europe. He received a European Afr...
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Live streaming continues of Ohio county fairs

on 06/23/2020 8:42 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will continue its live streaming coverage of Ohio county fair races this week from the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Ottawa, Ohio.   Live coverage of the Ohio Colt Racing Association races from the Putnam County Fair will be shown on the OHHA Facebook page Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24.  Post time is 3:30 p.m. on ...
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Run Director trots into Mohawk winner's circle

on 06/23/2020 8:30 AM
Rebounding after a break last week, Run Director took his turn as the latest older trotter from the Ben Baillargeon barn to win by posting a 1:52.2 score on Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A deep field of 10 older trotters, including 2019 Canadian Horse of the Year Forbidden Trade, squared off in this week’s top-class event. The $30,000 race saw plenty of action early on with M...
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Merton notches five-bagger at Tioga Downs

on 06/22/2020 9:30 PM
Mike Merton drove five winners, including in the $6,700 featured fillies and mares pace with Shecouldbegood N, at Tioga Downs on Monday. Prairie Westerngal (Corey Braden) led to a first quarter in :26.4.  Persistent Bettor (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :56.2.  Shecouldbegood N ($5.40) wen...
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Apple Valley Art romps by 12 in DSBF opener

on 06/22/2020 9:27 PM
Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for 3-year-old male pacers commenced on the Monday Harrington Raceway program with two $20,000 divisions competing in the first leg. Apple Valley Art ($2.40, Tim Tetrick), owned by Jo Ann Looney-King, won the first division in 1:55.4.  The Artzina gelding seized control with a powerful first-over move on the backstretc...
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Major Nemesis upsets in Meadows Open

on 06/22/2020 6:29 PM
Hung on the rim for more than one-half mile, Major Nemesis nevertheless put away the formidable Windsong Leo late to spring a 14-1 upset in Monday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Major Nemesis was seventh when Aaron Merriman tipped him off the cones, perhaps looking for cover. When none emerged, the 6-year-old Big Bad John-Nassau Loop gelding was forced to tackle ...
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3YO SBSW colt Party Whip 1:51.4 winner

on 06/22/2020 4:50 PM
A pair of well-bred 3-year-old maidens making their 2020 purse debut – the pacer coming off three qualifying wins, the trotter making his pari-mutuel bow – posted win times surpassed by nobody on their respective gaits on Monday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   First up was Party Whip, a Somebeachsomewhere colt out of Hedgie Blue Chip, a full sister to the $...
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Hypnotic AM, Love A Good Story win NYSS openers

on 06/22/2020 4:01 PM
The New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) returned for its first events of 2020 with two divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Tioga Downs Casino and Resort on Sunday, June 21. Hypnotic AM and Love A Good Story both returned to action to score in their first starts after stand-out sophomore campaigns.   Last year’s defending NYSS champion Hypnotic AM was undefeated in NYSS action ...
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NYSS champ Third Shift returns Wednesday to Vernon

on 06/22/2020 3:52 PM
Vernon welcomes two divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Wednesday afternoon.   The $59,000 first division features last year 2-year-old NYSS final winner, Third Shift (Chapter Seven). The colt won three times in eight starts as a freshman including a lifetime-best mark at Vernon Downs of 1:54.4.  He has earned more than...
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NJ: casinos, racetracks open for betting July 2

on 06/22/2020 3:26 PM
At his daily press briefing on Monday, June 22, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said casinos and racetracks can reopen at 25 percent capacity Thursday, July 2. The racetracks can take bets in-person at their sportsbooks and lounges, as long as they follow gathering limits, he said. The announcements come as New Jersey continues with Stage 2 of its reopening plan. On July 2, the state will al...
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Northfield's racing card for Monday, June 22 canceled

on 06/22/2020 11:09 AM
Due to an emergency power-outage on a mainline, MGM Northfield Park's racing scheduled for tonight (June 22nd) is canceled. Tomorrow's race card (June 23rd) is a go at this time, however, please be aware that may change. We will provide updates as soon as we receive them. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through this unfortunate emergency. (OHHA)
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Backstreet Shadow captures Roll With Joe

on 06/21/2020 9:30 PM
Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) led gate to wire to win the $164,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace (sponsored by Blue Chip Farms) at Tioga Downs during a great  stakes day on Sunday (June 21). Backstreet Shadow ($10,00) went right to the front and took them to a first quarter of :26.2.  He used a :28.0 second quarter to hit the half in :54.2.  Non Better A (Andrew McCarthy) came...
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Alluneedisfaith N tops Love Me Some Lou

on 06/21/2020 4:56 PM
— Alluneedisfaith N ($4.60) patiently rode along in the pocket before pouncing at head-stretch and dueling down Love Me Some Lou for a 1:50.2 victory in the opening day (Sunday, June 21) feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. The 6-year-old Art Major gelding and driver George Napolitano Jr. strode clear from post three and controlled a :27.3 openi...
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Myco wires in Buckeye Stallion leg

on 06/21/2020 2:27 PM
The first leg of the Buckeye Stallion Series is complete after racing at MGM Northfield Park on June 20.  The series began with six divisions of the 3-year-old colt trot at MGM Northfield Park on June 15.    Rose Run Vindicate, the gelded son of And Away We Go, held off a late charge to win the first division for driver Dan Noble and trainer Mike Polhamus in 1:56.4.  It...
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