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Svansetdt sweeps Empire Breeders Trots

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt swept Sunday (June 19) evening's Empire Breeders Classic finals at Vernon Downs, as Non Stick ($7.50) and Dante ($11.60) both took full advantage of pocket trips en route to victory. In the $234,375 Filly Classic, Non Stick avenged defeat in her elimination, but was anything but conservative in the early stages. The 3-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky circled t...
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Richard Rastetter, Meadows horseman, dies

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Richard Rastetter, a longtime member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and United States Trotting Association, passed away on June 11, 2016. He was 74. Mr. Rastetter, of West Alexander, Pa., was a Standardbred horse breeder, owner and trainer for several decades. Some of his top horses were Idadazzle, County Treasure and Zorgwijk Kingpin. His survived by his wife of 56 years...
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Big weekend of fair racing at Circleville

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
The Pickaway County Fair kicked off the 2016 Ohio Colt Racing Association stakes races with two beautiful days of harness racing. Saturday's (June 18) card of 17 races and Sunday's (June 19) card of 16 races featured 28 stakes races and five overnights including the Steamin Demon Pace, a local history lesson and feature race.   With more than $90,000 in purse money available, the ho...
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Sport's stars will be at Pocono Saturday

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
What will be the greatest collection of harness racing talent assembled for one card so far in 2016 will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, as the eliminations for the $2 million-plus Sun Stakes Saturday Championships will be held, seven days before the championship events.   The Ben Franklin FFA Pace has attracted an overflow field of 22 entrants, includ...
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Queen Elsa scores, Burke/Gingras win 8 at Gaitway

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Daniel Dube liked his homebred 2-year-old female pacer Queen Elsa when he arrived at Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway Farm. Afterward, he really liked her.   Queen Elsa made her first visit to the races a winning one, sitting a pocket trip behind Sweet Rockin Gia before passing her rival in the stretch and drawing off for a 1 1/2-length victory in 1:57.1. Queen Elsa is a daught...
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Spreester is game in Meadows victory

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Parked in a :26.4 opening quarter before reaching the front, Spreester showed her toughness when she thwarted a pair of challengers and captured Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Aaron Merriman gave the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree a :30 second-panel breather, enabling her to fend off the determined ...
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Always B Miki sets Canadian record of 1:47.1

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Always B Miki became the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history with a 1:47.1 winning mile in the Mohawk Gold Cup Saturday night. The $100,000 Invitational event for pacers was one of the highlights of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.   Always B Miki, the 1-5 favorite, got away sixth for driver David Miller. Nirvana Seelster was blasted to the front and posted hot fr...
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Records set on NA Cup undercard

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras put Lady Shadow (pictured) on the front and never looked back to win the $370,000 Roses Are Red Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Mohawk.   An impressive group of 10 older pacing mares clashed in the Roses Are Red, but just like last year, Lady Shadow took home the winner's share of the purse.   The Ron Adams trainee was put on the...
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Michael's Power sweeps Caramore Series

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
A crowd of 10,118 fans was on hand Saturday night at the Meadowlands to see some very special races. No, not the Meadowlands Pace. The Hambletonian? Not until August.   The evening featured the fifth annual editions of both the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian as Buddy Valastro, of TV's "Cake Boss" fame, marked the event by making a huge confection depicting an ostrich riding a camel. ...
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MacDonald sweeps Yonkers features

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
"I don't think I have anything left to say."   Such was the post mortem of one Mark MacDonald Saturday night after winning six of Yonkers Raceway's 11 races.   One night after Jason Bartlett won a happy half-dozen, MacDonald picked up that gauntlet, including taking both halves of the night's $45,000 co-features in his best-ever local work night.   MacDonald ...
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Ontario Success upsets in Hoosier feature

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
In near gate-to-wire fashion, Ontario Success and driver John DeLong captured the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. Slightly dismissed at the windows at 6-1, Ontario Success was able to hold off his rivals late in the lane to score in 1:49.4, just a few ticks of his career best. It was a seasonal best mark and also equa...
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Casey Leonard notches 2,000th career win

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Almost three years to the day after notching his 1,000th career driving victory, Hawthorne's defending winter-meet driving champion and current summer-meet leading reinsman Casey Leonard had cause to celebrate another milestone as he posted his 2,000th career victory with the Nelson Willis trained Uncle Bud in Saturday's fourth race.   A third-generation horseman, who sports a busi...
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Homicide Hunter sets mark in Meadows Maturity

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Winless in four previous starts this year, Homicide Hunter regained his touch Saturday at The Meadows when he shot the Lightning Lane to capture the $54,000 Meadows Maturity Trot for stallions and geldings 4 and up in 1:51.4, fastest ever by a 4-year-old gelding at The Meadows. The time eclipsed the mark of 1:52.2 established by Rembrandt Spur in 2010 and is only a tick off the track's all-age...
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Betting Line rallies to North America Cup victory

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Betting Line, driven by Dave Miller, demonstrated his off-the-pace talent by flying from fifth to first to win the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, by one length in a stakes, track and Canadian record equaling score of 1:47.4.   The stakes record was originally lowered at Mohawk by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. Bet...
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$5.24 million wagered on North America Cup card

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
A total of $1,210,071 was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 for Saturday night's mandatory payout at Mohawk Racetrack on Pepsi North America Cup night.   The carryover entering the night was $484,912. The new money wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 brought the total pool to $1,694,983.   Those who connected with a winning ticket scored a return of $6,538 for a $1 ticket or $1,307...
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Keystone Velocity wins featured pace at Pocono

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Keystone Velocity, taking advantage of a classic second-over trip behind live cover, moved three wide headstretch and was the strongest in the lane to take the featured $20,000 pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday in 1:50.2.   Badiou Hanover was three wide leaving and took the lead around Starlite Kid before the :26.2 quarter, then got to the half in :54.4. Keystone Velo...
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Rockeyed Optimist wins Roll With Joe

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Rockeyed Optimist ($5.80) used a strong late turn of foot to reel in mid-race pacesetter All Bets Off for a 1:49.2 victory in the $179,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace on Sunday at Tioga Downs. The 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding slid second-over on approach to the clubhouse turn, slipstreaming the cover of Always At My Place (Yannick Gingras) after All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) brushed clear...
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Medusa scores in Big M feature

on 06/18/2016 2:00 AM
Medusa brought her gaudy resume to the Meadowlands Friday night and passed a stern test with flying colors, taking on a deep field and winning the $25,000 featured Fillies and Mares Open in a lifetime-best 1:49.3.The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, who came to town riding a two-race win streak at the Meadows (Pa.), displayed her usual early speed and paced past the quarter i...
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Babies go big miles Saturday at Big M

on 06/18/2016 2:00 AM
The Saturday edition of Breakfast With The Babies at the Meadowlands got underway at 9:30 on a perfect morning with the temperature in the low 70's and little wind. There were 16 races for 2 year olds on the bill.   It's come to that time of year when the prospects must be separated from the suspects and it's safe to say we saw some of the coming season's new stars. Trainers Ju...
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Western Fame's 1:50.3 fastest in PASS 3CP splits

on 06/18/2016 2:00 AM
There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes events (PASS) from Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, each going for a purse of $54,386. The races featured 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   In the first division, it was 3 Brother's Stable JK Will Power (Dave Miller) crossing the line first. The son of Somebeachsomewhere was able to secure the pocket ride beh...
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