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Pinehurst-based horseman Bill Emerson dies

on 07/11/2016 2:00 AM
Horseman William "Bill" Emerson, well known to the Pinehurst, NC, and Ohio training communities, passed away July 4, one day shy of his 83rd birthday. Mr. Emerson had battled melanoma since 2009 and had undergone a second surgery for treatment in February.   A native of Canadaigua, NY, Mr. Emerson followed his father into the auction business, but with a two-stall barn on their prop...
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Control The Moment captures Pace elim

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Tom Hill's Racing Hill drew post position four and was installed as the 9-5 favorite for the $732,050 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace next Saturday, July 16, during the post position draw held Saturday evening. Racing Hill is trained by Tony Alagna, who won the 2013 Meadowlands Pace with Captaintreacherous, and will be driven by Brett Miller. By virtue of being the top seasonal money-earn...
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Paver Jack upsets at 28-1 in INSS 3CP final

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Paver Jack used a strong stretch rally to pull the 28-1 upset in the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. Skillfully driven by Tyler Smith, Paver Jack avoided an early speed dual to score in 1:51, recording a new lifetime mark by nearly four seconds.   Mike Pet...
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Bartlett pairs up in Yonkers features

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) and a repeating Mach it So (Bartlett again, $15.40).   Undercover Strike, caught three-wide early from assigned post position No. 6 in the weekly marquee trot, nevertheless went the distance (:28, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:55.3). He held off the cavalry by a h...
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Cardinal, Incredible Finale elims at Hawthorne

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday evening at Hawthorne saw five races of stakes action as the male pacers took the spotlight. A pair of eliminations too place for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers in the Cardinal Stakes while three divisions of leg two of the Incredible Finale Stakes were contested for Illinois-bred 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   Race five on the Saturday card was the first of t...
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Robin Miller drives 2,000th winner at Northfield

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Robin Miller scored the 2,000th win of his driving career while driving Stormy Novel in Northfield Park's 12th race on Saturday.   Getherdone Sue left intently from the rail to set the pace early in the mile. She dealt with early pressure from Sandy Tilly Lace who challenged going to the quarter. When they came by the stands the first time Stormy Novel came in between both rivals to...
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Napolitano rolls a seven at Pocono Downs

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., the all-time leading driver at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took the Saturday spotlight by "storm," visiting Victory Lane in seven of the 13 races in which he drove.   Napolitano actually had his seventh win by race nine, having taken the first four races on the card over a track brought by rain to "sloppy" condition, then after the rain went drying out to...
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Sintra, Lindys Nightmare win Mohawk finals

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Sintra and Lindys Nightmare turned in outstanding performances to win their respective series finals Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The $47,000 Summertime Series and $48,800 Town Pro Series finals helped make up a solid 11-race card Saturday evening at the Campbellville oval.   A field of eight sophomore pacing colts and geldings clashed in the Summertime final, but all eyes we...
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Glassine Hanover sets PASS 2FP record

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Glassine Hanover powered to the lead at the quarter and continued to pour it on, winning her division of a $190,036 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows in a stake-record 1:52. Saturday's event for freshman pacing fillies, known as the Sand Tart, was contested over four divisions, with Idyllic Beach, Watch What You Say and Keystone Rampage also taking $47,509 splits.   Altho...
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WIJI, Musical Rhythm win Graduate finals

on 07/10/2016 2:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit got back on track at the Meadowlands Saturday night, as one week after finishing third in the Ben Franklin, he shrugged off heavy rain and a sloppy track to record a sensational half-length win over rival Freaky Feet Pete in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers.   The winning time of 1:47.2 was a lifetime best for the defending Horse of the Yea...
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Rockin Serena shocks at 44-1 in INSS final

on 07/09/2016 2:00 AM
After a week's worth of stakes action, the pacing fillies took their turn in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino on Friday as they played host to the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals for both the 2 and 3-year-old pacing fillies. It was the opening round of the $75,000 finals for the 2-year-old competitors and the second round of $75,000 finals for the sophomore competitors....
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Medusa wins fifth straight in Big M feature

on 07/09/2016 2:00 AM
Medusa continued to wreak havoc in the fillies and mares open handicap division at the Meadowlands Friday night, taking the featured $25,000 pace by 2 1/2 lengths in dominant wire-to-wire fashion.The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight has now won three straight Big M female features and five in a row overall for owners Randall Bendis and Thomas Pollack. Yannick Gingras had the drive ...
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Mach It A Par rallies to win Yonkers Open

on 07/09/2016 2:00 AM
From last favorite Mach It A Par (Brian Sears, $5) made it three wins in succession Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Watching the floor show early from what turned into an outside post position seven (eight-holer Krispy Apple was again scratched sick), Mach It A Par saw Loveineveryminute (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonal...
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Fillies featured Friday at Hawthorne

on 07/09/2016 2:00 AM
On a beautiful Friday evening, over a fast Hawthorne track, four divisions of leg two of the Incredible Tillie Stakes took place along with a pair of eliminations for 3-year-old filly pacers in the Violet Stakes. The Incredible Tillie is for Illinois-bred 2-year-old filly pacers. The second race on Friday evening was the first of four divisions as Jump Right Up was the heavy favorite at 1...
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Breakfast with babies at Meadowlands

on 07/09/2016 2:00 AM
  Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands took place under overcast skies with a slight tailwind in the homestretch and the temperature in the low 70s.  The presence of the great Moni Maker was felt in the morning's first race when Grandma's Moni swept by her competition in the stretch, finishing the 2:00.2 mile with a 27.1 final quarter. Grandma's Moni is by Donato H...
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On The Virg upsets in Indiana SS 2CP final

on 07/08/2016 2:00 AM
Fly Jesse Fly, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, stormed home a winner to pull off the upset in the co-featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 7. Fly Jesse Fly turned in a near gate to wire performance to hold off the heavy betting favorite, Bridge To Jesse's, to s...
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She's Savvy, Totally Pazzazzed takes IL legs

on 07/08/2016 2:00 AM
A little bit of pre-race rain didn't dampen the evening at Hawthorne as six races of stakes action took place on Thursday evening. Two divisions of leg two of the Fox Valley Flan Stakes and Kadabra Stakes for Illinois-bred two-year-old trotting females and males respectively took place early in the evening. Later in the card were the three-year-old female and male trot eliminations for the Vio...
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All Charged Up takes Vernon feature

on 07/08/2016 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite All Charged Up ($3.70) took full advantage of a pocket trip in Thursday (July 7) evening's featured $8,000 Mares Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs, vaulting to the fore in the final sixteenth to lead a John MacDonald driving grand slam. MacDonald protected the pocket with the 5-year-old Ponder mare, drafting behind Southern Girl (Chris Lems) through early spli...
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Stakes and track records set at Ocean Downs

on 07/08/2016 2:00 AM
The horses were as hot as the temperature at Ocean Downs on Thursday, setting three Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes and also track records.   Kent County with Corey Callahan in the bike took control by the half-mile marker, pulling away by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:57 erasing the stakes and track record set by Googoo Gaagaa back in 2012 for 3-year-old colt trotters with a purse...
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NJ Classic, Miss NJ set for July 30 at Big M

on 07/08/2016 2:00 AM
The Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey stakes races will be held on July 30 at the Meadowlands. The estimated purses will be $145,000 for the Anthony Abbatiello NJ Classic and $85,000 for the Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey. In addition the SBOANJ has announced that they will reimburse the starting fees to the 6-10th place finishers for both races. Th...
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