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Saftic's late drive takes him to OSS winner's circle

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Mike Saftic picked up an extra mount 45 minutes before the first three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division went behind the gate at Georgian Downs on Tuesday and turned the unexpected opportunity into an Ontario Sires Stakes driving double. Stepping into Parkhill Maximus's race bike for the first time, Saftic eased the gelding away from post 4 and then found cover behind Ulysses Bi as...
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Dan Patch Project hopes to raise $100,000 by Aug. 25

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
With just less than two months before the start of the Minnesota State Fair, the Dan Patch Project has set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in pledged donations before the Fair's opening day on Aug. 25.   The Dan Patch Project is a grassroots effort to have a 1.5 times sized sculpture of the great Standardbred race horse Dan Patch and his driverat the site of his 1906 record-se...
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Ohio Sires Stakes on tap at Scioto Downs

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
A trio of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies will be contested Friday night (July 1) at Scioto Downs. A total of 26 Ohio-bred, diagonally-gaited distaffs are set to battle in races two, three and 11 on the 13-race program, with a first race post time of 6:30 p.m. In the first division (race two) OSS leg one winner Kerfuffle Cookie goes head to head with rival and leg two ...
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Hannelore Hanover leads Miss Versatility

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Fresh off a Canadian record performance in the Armbro Flight, Hannelore Hanover headlines the second leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday's Canada Day card at Mohawk Racetrack.   A group of 13 older trotting mares have been split into two $30,000 divisions for the second leg of this year's series. The first leg, which was contested on May 23 at Mohawk, saw Jewels In Hock and Rockin...
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Older pacers ready to rumble in Franklin

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
After last weekend's three Ben Franklin Pace eliminations produced two of the three fastest miles in harness racing history on a five-eighths-mile track, horsemen and fans are anticipating an extraordinary encore in Saturday's $500,000 final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Five-year-old stallion Always B Miki won his Franklin elimination in 1:47, equaling Sweet Lou's record fo...
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Trotting & Pacing Guide now available online

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association (USTA) announced on Wednesday that a new, online version of the Trotting & Pacing Guide, the harness racing industry's media guide, was launched on its website, http://www.ustrotting.com/.   "Through the efforts of several departments at the USTA who have worked closely together on this project, we now have the most complete compilation of up-t...
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Ohio 3YO pacing fillies set for Saturday

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
A quartet of $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes divisions are set to be contested Saturday night at Scioto Downs, featuring 32 side-wheeling sophomore fillies that were born and bred in the Buckeye State, vying in the third leg of this series. First race post time at the five-eighths mile oval is 6:30 pm, ET. Each Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) event features a field of eight fillies. She Gone and Johnsbad...
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Hall of Fame Day in Goshen is Sunday

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
A reminder that this Sunday, July 3, is Hall of Fame Day at the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York. Tickets to attend Sunday evening's Hall of Fame Dinner are still available. Individual tickets are $125. Call the Museum at 845-294-6330 for information.   There will be live harness racing at neighboring Goshen Historic Track Friday through Monday, July...
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Cherry Royal Ruby impressive in NYSS at Buffalo

on 06/29/2016 2:00 AM
Cherry Royal Ruby put in the fastest time of the five divisions ($109,800) of the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 29) as she romped to an easy 6-1/2 length victory in 2:02.1. Despite the eye-opening performance by Cherry Royal Ruby, it was well off the track record for her classification of 2:00.2 set in 2009 by Munis Bluechi...
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Musical Rhythm takes Mohawk Preferred

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
A return to his local track turned into yet another convincing victory for Musical Rhythm Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ben Baillargeon trainee was a four-length winner in Monday's eight-horse $34,000 Preferred Trot. Musical Rhythm is now six for six at Mohawk this season and a perfect 11 for 11 on the WEG Circuit in 2016. The four-year-old son of Cantab Hall was making his first st...
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2FT Treviso's 1:56.4 fastest in All Stars

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
Two longshot "bombers," two favorites, and a mid-range mutuel horse proved victorious in five $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old trotting fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday night. The fastest of the five cuts went to one of the longshots, who upon close pedigree examination maybe shouldn't have been so lightly-regarded. That would be 28-1 sho...
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3CT Will Take Charge 1:53 Ont. SS winner

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
Will Take Charge delivered a commanding performance in the Gold Series season opener for three-year-old trotting colts at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, posting the fastest mile of three $70,000 divisions. Starting from post 1, Will Take Charge left the gate smartly for driver Paul MacDonell. Heading for the :27 quarter the pair allowed Smoke Monkey a brief moment on the lead, but quic...
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Verdad wears down Dancin Yankee for win

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
Howard and Judith Taylor's Verdad ($7.20, Tony Morgan) was a 1:51.2 winner in the $15,000 featured Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.   In a consolidated field of three as a result of two scratches, Verdad, a 7-year-old Western Ideal stallion, sat third most of the mile before wearing down pacesetter and race favorite Dancin Yankee and edging clear in narrow fashion late. It wa...
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Tetrick talks about Saturday Pocono drives

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
Eight years ago, Ideal Newton won the James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers. On Saturday (July 2), her sister Newborn Sassy will try to duplicate the feat. Newborn Sassy heads to the $300,000 Lynch Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono off a 1:51.3 win in her elimination last week and will start the final from post No. 3 with driver Tim Tetrick. Interestingly, it was Tetri...
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Big M freezes $267G High 5 until Pace night

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce a horseplayer's dream with the mandatory payout of the last race Jackpot Super High Five on Meadowlands Pace night, Saturday, July 16. The current jackpot stands at $267,769. The wager will not be offered until the mandatory payout night to ensure it is not hit before then.   "We think the opportunity for horseplayers to wager into po...
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Shake It Cerry favorite in Cleveland Trotting Classic

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
Northeast Ohio's premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (July 2) at Northfield Park. This will be the second edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $180,000. The Grand Circuit event has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 11th event on a 15-race program. First race post time is 6 p.m. &nbs...
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Purrfect Bags wins 20th career race

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags was a 1:52.2 winner Tuesday in the $16,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway.   Purrfect Bags, the 3-5 favorite, left from post position 3 and set fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24 while 4-to-1 Hostess Lisa mounted her attack first-over, but Purrfect Bags held her six rivals safe as she prevailed with ease by open lengths. Hostess Lisa finished sec...
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2FPs contest 4 PA All Stars divisions

on 06/28/2016 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted four $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 2-year-old pacing fillies as its feature on Tuesday night, with the races conducted over a sloppy track.   If you want to win a division of this race in future years, we figured out the "recipe":   --The primary ingredient has to be a Somebeachsomewhere filly who sold for s...
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Smalltownthrowdown sets mark in NYSS

on 06/27/2016 2:00 AM
Smalltownthrowdown threw down the gauntlet early and held on late to win his $61,300 leg of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old trotting colt and geldings in a track record 1:56.2 at steamy Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (June 26). The previous record for 3-year-old trotting colts was 1:56.4 established in 2014 by Cash Me Out. In the other division, The Royal Harry led ever...
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Freshmen debut in PA All-Stars at Pocono

on 06/27/2016 2:00 AM
The first stake of the year on the local scene for two-year-olds, a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for baby pacing colts, was raced in four $30,000 divisions Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with favored horses, sire Sombeachsomewhere, and driver Yannick Gingras taking three of the four contests, and trainer Ron Burke notching a double. The intersection of Gingras, Somebeach...
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