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Obrigado sets record in Cleveland Trotting Classic

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
Obrigado avenged last year’s Cleveland Trotting Classic defeat with an impressive track record victory on Saturday (July 2). Last year’s runner-up trotted like he had something to prove and bested his competition by 5-3/4 lengths.   Obrigado ($3.40) started from the rail. He floated off the gate and two rivals were ahead of him at the 1/8-pole. Once the field was set, driver Mar...
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Pop Cop takes Tioga feature in 1:52

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
Enos Van Stanhope, III and Tony Dinges's Pop Cop ($4.40) stepped up two levels and repeated in near pillar-to-post fashion in Sunday (July 3) afternoon's featured $7,200 top-level conditioned pace at Tioga Downs.   Mike Merton was aggressive early with the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, sprinting out to establish the lead from mid-pack and only briefly yielding to Lauxmont Cap...
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25-1 longshot Wiggler an Ohio stakes winner

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
When 25-1 longshot Wiggler captured her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division Saturday night (July 2) in a career best 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs, it made Terry Saffran a very happy man. Saffran, a Toledo, OH resident, owns the daughter of Mr Wiggles-Do Me Freedom-Keystone Raider in partnership with Suzanne Bates of Gibsonburg, OH.   "I had harness horses years ago—back in the ...
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Takter wins Hall of Fame race at Goshen

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, with the 5-year-old mare Linda Marie, were the winners of the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot on Sunday (July 3) at Goshen Historic Track. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Gerry, their leadership and contributions to the sport and features all Hall of Fame drivers.   Takter put the daughter of Crazed, winless so far this year, on the front e...
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Favored All The Time scores Big M feature

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
All The Time went first over for the final seven-sixteenths of a mile and had little trouble prevailing by 1½ lengths over Dog Gone Lucky in a matchup of top 3-year-olds in the $17,500 featured conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night.   All The Time, a sophomore filly trained by Jimmy Takter, won despite being away from the races for four weeks. When last seen, she was bei...
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Trio of OSS divisions held at Scioto

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Trish Soulsby is having the time of her life in the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program. The longtime owner was overcome with emotion on Friday night (July 1) in the Scioto Downs winner's circle after her 3-year-old filly, A TC Queenie captured the first of three $40,000 OSS divisions.   "It's a dream come true to have a filly like this," Trish said of the sophomore daughter by Triumpha...
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Continual Hanover two-for-two in Grassroots

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned to Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening (July 1) for their second Grassroots start and Continual Hanover jumped out to an early lead in the division point race with his second straight victory.   Starting from Post 1 in the fourth Grassroots split, the Bettors Delight son and driver Jody Jamieson cruised through fr...
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Photobombr Hanover fastest in Big M qualifiers

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
The Saturday, July 2 edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands started with a bit of a chill in the air with the temperature in the high 60's and a significant breeze in their face through the stretch that gradually eased as the temperature rose during the card.   Walner impressed for the second time in as many appearances this morning in 1:57.4. The son of first crop ...
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Easy Again last to first in Meadows feature

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Last by 4-1/2 lengths into the final turn and finding no seam available, Easy Again swung wide and roared through the lane to score his second straight win in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Unlocked, the even-money favorite, appeared comfortable on the lead and headed to victory when Dave Palone opened the throttle on Easy Again. The 7-year-old Dragon A...
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Luck Be Withyou dominates Ben Franklin cons

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Part of the $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday supercard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were consolation races for the card's major events: the $75,000 Ben Franklin Consolation for free-for-all pacers, the $75,000 Earl Beal Consolation for three-year-old trotting colts, and the $50,000 James Lynch Consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies.   The Western Ideal five-year-old stall...
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Pure Country captures Lynch Memorial

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Champion Pure Country, sent off at 7-5 odds, came up big in the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial final for three-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With Brett Miller in the bike, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore held off a late challenge by Blue Moon Stride to win in 1:49.2. The time equaled the stakes record, shared with American Jewel and Fancy Desire. ...
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Racing Hill takes Hempt Memorial in 1:49

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Racing Hill captured the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial final for three-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in dominating fashion. The 3-5 betting favorite took control early for Brett Miller and never relinquished, hitting the wire comfortably in front in 1:49. JK Will Power raced second with Boston Red Rocks, locked in along the inside, getting out to finis...
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Always B Miki equals WR in Ben Franklin

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Always B Miki went off as the 8-5 second choice and matched his world record 1:47 from one week ago in winning the $500,000 Ben Franklin final for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Freaky Feet Pete, following the leader out of the turn, took a shot and finished a strong second, with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mel Mara racing third and fourth.   When ...
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Southwind Frank breezes to Beal Memorial win

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Favored Southwind Frank breezed victory in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial final for sophomore colt trotters Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, the son of Muscle Hill moved to the lead after the quarter and set the fractions on his way to a 1:52.4 triumph. He was followed across the wire by Trolley while Bar Hopping rounded out the trifecta...
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Hawk's Red Chief wins in 1:50.1 at the Big M

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Hawk's Red Chief continued his winning ways Saturday night at the Meadowlands, taking the $17,500 featured conditioned pace in determined fashion for his seventh win of the year in only 10 starts.  The 5-year-old gelded son of I Scoot Hanover was away well from post five and had the lead in a leisurely :28 at the quarter. Another rated fraction followed as the half was reached in :56.3...
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Zach's Zoomer's 1:59.3 fastest of NY 2CT

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway showcased a hefty card of 14 races which featured New York Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting colts. On tap were five divisions of Sire Stakes, worth $22,000 each, in addition to four heats of Divisions A's ($15,000) and two races for Division B ($6,600).   Over 80 freshman trotting colts discovered practice is over and now it is for real when they made th...
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Womans Will edges Broadway Donna in PASS

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old filly trotters on tap for Thursday (June 30) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $53,411.   In the fastest of the three divisions (1:54.3), Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz's Womans Will (Marcus Miller) scored the minor upset over champion and heavy favorite Broadway Donna (Dave Miller). ...
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SBOANJ names interim executive administrator

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
Al Ochsner takes on a new role with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey as the Interim Executive Administrator. A director since 2005, Ochsner recently served as treasurer and first vice president of the association. Ochsner was appointed to replace the late Leo McNamara.   After receiving a BA in marketing and economics, Ochsner operated his own...
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50 new owners in Hoosier's First Turn Stable

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
On Saturday, July 2, the dream of being a Standardbred race horse owner will come true for 50 people, courtesy of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While much of the harness racing world will be focused on the numerous stakes races around the country on Saturday, 50 first time horse owners will have their attention directed to the seventh race of the program at Hoosier Par...
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Mach It A Par a 1:52.1 winner at Yonkers

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
Favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.70) read the memo just in time Friday night. winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Operating second-over from post position No. 5, Mach it a Par watched as pole-assigned Hidden Land (Brent Holland) stuffed Regil Elekrtra (Mark Macdonald) in behind, while second choice Secrets Out N (George Brennan) was away th...
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