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Vero Amore Bi overcomes post 9 in OSS

on 08/13/2016 2:00 AM
For the second straight night Mohawk Racetrack showcased Ontario's top 2 year olds and the trotting colts and pacing fillies put on an impressive display of speed and tenacity on the Friday evening program.   First away from the starting gate were the trotting colts and Vero Amore Bi traveled up the outside from post nine to a half-length victory in 1:56.2. Reach The Peak used a poc...
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Merriman scores a winner in Ireland

on 08/13/2016 2:00 AM
Two of the world's top drivers, Aaron Merriman, from the United States and Dexter Dunn from New Zealand, both found their own pots of gold on the first day of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday. Merriman, North America's top dash winning driver in 2015, had to wait until the last race on the program to get his first victory outside of North A...
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Celebrity Eventsy wins Moni Maker

on 08/13/2016 2:00 AM
 Celebrity Eventsy worked hard to seat her early challengers, then coasted home to capture Saturday’s $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows.   Celebrity Eventsy left from the rail and could have settled for a two or three-hole trip, but winning driver John Campbell wanted the front and hustled Celebrity Eventsy to the lead before throwing on the bra...
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2FT Ice Attraction wins Tompkins in 1:57.3

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
A pair of 2-year-old trotters from the Ron Burke stable proved victorious in their respective Arthur Tompkins Memorial divisions on a rainy Thursday (August 11) evening at Tioga Downs, both upending heavy favorites in the last yards.   Southwind Cobra ($11.60) dueled gamely to a 1:56.4 victory in his $28,585 split for colts and geldings (race 4), pulling the pocket on approach to the far ...
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2CT Jake upsets in series leg at Mohawk

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
Rookies were in the spotlight all-night Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack, including a compact group of six trotting colts competing in the second leg of the Define The World Series.   Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven used an impressive :55.4 back half to win the first leg and promptly was made the heavy 1/5 favorite in Thursday's second leg. However, Luc Blais trainee Jake, who missed the f...
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MacDonald wins 5 at VD; Coppola 3 at Stga

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
After Vernon Downs leading driver John MacDonald notched five victories on Wednesday night's card, current runner-up Chris Lems posted a natural grand slam to start off Thursday (August 11) evening's nine-race program--taking the featured $7,500 Miracle Mile trot with My Lucky Word ($7.00) as part of the sequence.   Lems sent the 4-year-old Lucky Chucky mare to a clear lead in the c...
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Sports Column, Steakavana win Ont. Gold

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
Freshman pacers were in the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the Campbellville oval hosted two $105,000 Gold divisions for the colts and four $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the fillies. In the Gold Series battles, Sports Column and Streakavana picked up their second Ontario Sires Stakes trophies and moved to the top of the division standings. Sports Column led off with a co...
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Lucksist Bluegrass Wins Fox Stake in Indy

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
On a sweltering Thursday evening in the nation's heartland, Luckslst Bluegrass and pilot Trace Tetrick assumed command from Dancin Rebel at the half-mile marker, then withstood the late surges of Ben N Crosby and Unofficialbusiness in midstretch to don the winner's blanket for the 90th edition of the $51,995 Frank Fox Stake, which was contested over the Indiana Mile in Indianapolis and capped...
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Non Stick, Fad Finance faves in Batavia NYSS

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
When the 3-year-old trotting filly division of the New York Sire Stakes rolls into Batavia Downs on Saturday night, three of the top six richest distaff sophomore trotters of 2016 will be on hand to compete for the $119,300 in purses being offered.   In the first $60,200 leg that is carded as race three, Non Stick (Lucky Chucky-Meucci Madness) comes in with $158,332 bankrolled this year o...
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Tetrick/Toscano sweep Geers filly splits

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
Tim Tetrick and Linda Toscano teamed up to capture all three divisions of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday at Tioga Downs, while Cougar Bait ($6.10) led 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings with a track-record performance in his Tompkins-Geers split.   Tetrick and Toscano wasted no time finding the winner's enclosure, teaming up with Robin J ($2.10) ...
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Favorites dominate in NYSS freshman trots

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway on Friday night hosted the $150,224 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Two divisions at $75,112 each comprised the ‘sloppy’ event over a surface that took in a fair amount of pre-card water (start of card delayed 20 minutes).   The moisture didn’t compromise the favorites, as Devious Man (Brian Sears, $2.20, part of entry) and Such An Angel (Jo...
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Soft Idea, Dime A Dance take NYSS

on 08/12/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $164,874 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Two, $82,437 divisions made up the event, which once again honored the memory of a certified mover and shaker (as well as a fairly decent soul) in the state's racing and breeding program.   The opening Hamilton group saw Soft Idea (Scott Zeron, $15.40), from post position No...
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Unbeaten streaks on line in Friday's Geers

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
In Friday evening's Geers Stakes for 2 year olds at Tioga Downs, a pair of precocious pacers will aim to extend their career unbeaten streaks to five races, and both tasks will be up to driver Tim Tetrick to complete.   Kenneth Jacobs's Planet Rock, so far four-for-four while exclusively campaigning on the New York Sires Stakes circuit, has been installed the 6-5 morning l...
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Shamballa brings Indiana connection to Hoosier

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
There has been plenty of ink devoted to the Indiana originations of world champions Wiggle It Jiggleit, Freaky Feet Pete and Always B Miki, but the horse that paced home in front of that trio in last Saturday's $225,550 U.S. Pacing Championship also is indelibly linked to the Hoosier State as Shamballa's dam resides in Shipshewana at Cornerstone Stock Farm.   Therefore, his performa...
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Who Says That takes Batavia mare open

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
After getting away fifth and chasing a stiff pace to the half, Who Says That ($11.00) followed live cover in a wily drive by Drew Monti to capture the $9,500 mares Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Aug. 10). My Tallia Ideal (Mike Caprio) left and got the lead in a speedy :27.1 first panel. But as soon as she settled in, Yes You Can (Todd Cummings) pulled and went right a...
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Ohio-sired 3CP in action at Nfld Saturday

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
Twenty-two 3-year-old pacing colts and gelding will vie in three $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes on Saturday night, August 13 at Northfield Park. First race post time is 6 pm, ET.   The 22 laterally-gaited sophomores are competing in Leg 4 of the series, which culminates with the $250,000 Super Night Championship, set for Saturday, Sept. 3 at this same half-mile oval. The ser...
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Hertrich, Katz, Mossbarger new Society directors

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
At the annual meeting of the members of the Hambletonian Society held Aug. 5 in Rutherford, NJ, the board of directors of the Society approved the conditions of Hambletonian No. 94, the stake for foals of 2016 to be raced in 2019. In addition to the approval of the conditions for 2019 Hambletonian (and Oaks) and 2020 Hambletonian Maturity, three vacancies on the board were filled. Fred...
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Plainridge cancels Thursday due to heat

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
The live racing program for Thursday at Plainridge Park Casino has been canceled due to the extreme heat forecast for southeastern Massachusetts.   The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Thursday afternoon, when the heat index is predicted to be in excess of 100 degrees.   Live racing will resume at Plainridge Park Casino on Monday, Aug. 15, ...
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OSS trotters shatter Grand River record book

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
Four divisions of Ontario sired trotting talent arrived at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and proceeded to tear up the half-mile oval's record book.   The records started to fall in the very first $80,850 Gold Series division, as 3-year-old trotting colt Sass fought off a pair of challengers to hang on for a neck victory in 1:56.3, two-fifths of a second faster than t...
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Free owners seminar in advance of Goshen sale

on 08/11/2016 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association, in conjunction with the Goshen (N.Y.) Yearling Sale, will conduct a free seminar on Saturday, Sept. 17, for current or former racehorse owners considering making the transition to owning yearlings for the first time.   The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Topics include making a business plan and budget, staking considerations, the...
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