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Brett Smith, 34, dies after training accident

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Brett Smith, 34, of Bainbridge, N.Y. died on Wednesday (Sept. 7) as the result of injuries sustained while jogging his horses at Afton Driving Park.   Mr. Smith was an avid and beloved member of the horse racing community and was a regular competitor at Monticello Raceway, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Saratoga. In his eight-year career he amassed $523,043 in earnings as a...
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Trio of stablemates look to upset in Simcoe 3CP

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Tony Alagna sends out three of the 10 pacers competing in the $204,040 Simcoe for 3-year-old pacers on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.   Voracity, American Passport, and Tom Hill will all challenge and neighbor the 4-5 morning line favorite Betting Line, starting from posts seven, eight, nine, and 10, respectively.   His inside-most starter, Voracity has one wi...
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Program set for opening weekend at Shenandoah

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Race programs for the inaugural harness racing weekend at Virginia's Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock have been assembled and fans can expect a marathon day for the kickoff on Saturday.   The first of ten pari-mutuel races goes to post at 1 pm followed by four non-betting Virginia Breeder's three year old championship races at 5 pm and a trio of qualifying races at 6 pm. On Sunday...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. Ohio yearling videos now online

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
The videos of the Walnut Hall Ltd. yearlings selling on Sept. 16, are now posted on the Ohio Selected Yearling Sale website and the Walnut Hall Ltd. website. The Walnut Hall consignment to the Ohio Selected Sale includes Cordoba Hall, a bay colt by world champion Cash Hall and out of Canland Hall, thus a three-quarter brother to Cantab Hall, undefeated two-year-old champion, and now a lea...
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Review of Hawthorne Night of Champions card

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
On Saturday evening at Hawthorne Race Course, the richest night of the meet will take place as 11 finals will be contested for the Night of Champions. The 12 race card kicks off with an open pace at 7:00 PM, followed by stakes action. Two-year-old colt and gelding trotters kick off the stakes evening in the Kadabra championship. Favored at 5-2 on the morning line is Trixie's Jethro from the...
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Smalltownthrowdown wins; Dayson breaks

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire for 3-year-old colts and geldings.  A pair of $83,937 divisions comprised the event.   The opening octet was led by Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, $10.20), getting a measure of satisfaction after a Yonkers Trot ‘just-miss.' From post position ...
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KJ's Caroline wins Tioga Open for mares

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Scott Woogen's KJ's Caroline ($9.80) took full advantage of a pocket trip in Friday (September 9) evening's co-featured $13,500 Mares Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, only reaching the lead in the last 15 yards of a 1:51.2 mile.   The 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare was involved from race's outset as she customarily does, repelling Northern Beauty (Mike Simons) on approach to the firs...
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JATO earns seventh win in 7 career starts

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
JATO ($3.70) picked up right where he left off in his return to Vernon Downs, earning his seventh victory in as many career starts over the Miracle Mile in Friday (September 9) evening's featured $9,900 Miracle Mile/Open Trot.   Chris Lems sent the 4-year-old Big Apple Deli gelding right to the front, clearing Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) with ease through a :27.4 first quarter b...
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Jazebel De Vie wires NJ Green Acres field

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Freehold held its first leg of NJSS Green Acres for 3-year-old filly trotters Friday afternoon. The third race consisted of six New Jersey bred filly trotters competing for a purse of $7,000.   The 4-5 favorite Jazebel De Vie wired the field in 1:58.3. Followed by Coco Truffles in second, and after a costly break Southwind Venus rallied to finish third.   T...
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OK Heavenly sets 1:50.4 mark at Hawthorne

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Dandy Farms Inc and Mark Winship's OK Heavenly set the new track record for 4-year-old pacing mares on Friday evening at Hawthorne.   Trained by Angie Coleman and driven by the meet's leading driver, Casey Leonard, OK Heavenly assumed command early and never looked back in Friday's seventh race. She covered the opening quarter in :28 and the half in :55.2. She extended her lead...
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Kahoku stars on Friday night Batavia card

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
In Hawaiian, Kahoku means "star" and Friday night (Sept. 9) at Batavia Downs, Kahoku ($4.30) lived up to his name as he shown bright on the front end in the $10,500 Open trotting feature.   Driver Kevin Cummings left from post four with Kahoku and out-tussled Noble Legend (Jack Flanigen) for the lead past the quarter timed in :28.3. That would be the last lead change of the race. Ka...
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Elims at Mohawk: Caprice Hill easy winner

on 09/09/2016 2:00 AM
Elimination weekend continued Friday at Mohawk Racetrack with the qualifiers for the Elegantimage and William Wellwood Memorial. Each event required two eliminations with 14 rookie trotters competing in the Wellwood and 16 three-year-old trotting fillies battling in the Elegantimage.   The complexion of the eliminations changed hours before the card began, as drivers John Campbell, Da...
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Beth Cain named Lady Pace honoree

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
Elizabeth "Beth" Cain, the long-time stallion nomination administrator of the Ohio Breeders Championships, will be honored as the 2016 Lady Pace Honoree during the Grand Circuit meet at the Delaware County Fair.   Cain was a part of the team that founded and administered the Ohio Breeders Championship which began in 1986 and is contested during the Jug week at the Delaware County F...
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Wind Of The North looks to defend Noble title

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
When a horse establishes track records, is a world champion and competes in the Elitlopp, naturally expectations are going to be sky high for his next year of competition. While Wind Of The North commenced his season in grand style, his performances this summer have not been as stellar as his connections anticipated.   His conditioner, however, feels the 6-year-old gelded son of Can...
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Lexington Selected has new feature on Equineline

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
Principals at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale are excited to announce that there's a new feature on the Equineline Sales Catalog app that allows users to view yearling videos with each catalog page. To view each horse's video, simply go to the catalog page of a particular yearling, and then click the arrow on the tab at the left. Videos are being added as each consignor provides them. ...
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Maple Leaf starter Nahar stabled at Burgess farm

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
While his owners are preparing for the World Cup of Hockey, Nahar has been preparing for the Maple Leaf Trot and getting used to his new surroundings. The 11-year-old Swedish trotting star arrived in Canada last week and has been stabled at Blair Burgess' farm near Mohawk Racetrack.   Nahar, who is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, was accompanied to Canada ...
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Shenandoah Downs to open PM meet

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Va., will play host to its first pari-mutuel program on Saturday. Post time for the 10-race card is 1 p.m., with four $40,000 Virginia Breeders Fund finals are scheduled to be raced that day. Betting machines arrived at the fairgrounds on Wednesday. During the summer improvements were made to the half-mile oval at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. The turns w...
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Stakes action galore in new Weekend Preview!

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
Its stakes action galore this weekend at Mohawk with eliminations for several major events taking place. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone takes an overview look at the races, and goes inside the Elegantimage with Caprice Hill owner Tom Hill. He also reviews Saturday's Ewart and Noble memorial races at Scioto Downs, with the Ewart arguably being a "rubber mat...
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PA 2YO champs back to defend titles

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
All four Pennsylvania juvenile champions — Pure Country, Broadway Donna, Ideal Jimmy, Lagerfeld — will defend their titles in Saturday's $1,208,000 PA Sires Stakes championships for 3-year-olds at The Meadows. Each division sports a $252,000 final and a $50,000 consolation. First post is 1 PM.   Diamond Creek Racing's Pure Country is perhaps the flashiest of the quartet — she ...
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Big M to post videos of 40 memorable races

on 09/08/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will celebrate its 40th anniversary during the opening weekend of its Fall Meet on Saturday, Oct. 22. To kick off the countdown to the celebration, the legendary New Jersey horse racing facility will post videos of the track's 40 most memorable races, one each day leading up to the anniversary celebration. The first video will be posted to the track's Facebook and Twi...
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