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Rockin Ron eyes 12th straight in Graduate

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
There is an old adage that says "It's not how you start, it's how you finish." Sometimes, though, how you start is how you finish. And in the case of Rockin Ron, how he starts and how he finishes are often fast.   Rockin Ron has reeled off 11 consecutive wins since joining the stable of trainer Ron Burke in November. He will try to make it 12 in a row when he faces eight rivals in S...
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2016 Harness Heroes cards now available

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's 2016 set of Harness Heroes trading cards is now available. All pre-ordered sets have been mailed. This year's 35-card featured equine stars Wiggle It Jiggleit (Horse of the Year), Trotter of the Year Pinkman, State Treasurer, Mission Brief, Southwind Frank and Bee A Magician. Human honorees include Sylvain Filion, David Miller, Bruce Nickells, Dr. Ian Moore...
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Rheinheimer talks Freaky Feet Pete

on 05/18/2016 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete won over Indiana--and then much of North America--with his winning ways over the past two years. Now the 4-year-old male pacer is getting ready for his first stakes race of 2016, facing seven foes in Saturday's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park.   The Battle of Lake Erie features not only Freaky Feet Pete, who won 15 of 17 races last year including the...
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Non Stick stays perfect with NYSS victory

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
The Empire's annual caravan made its seasonal downstate debut Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $164,672 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies.   Not that there is ever a bad time to break a maiden, but going for $40,768 qualifies as a good time to do so. Pylon-diving (from post position No. 2), rank outsider Young Bridge (Scott Young, $60....
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Darlinonthebeach takes PA All Stars splits

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
The beaten favorite in the recent Miss Pennsylvania Final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Darlinonthebeach got some measure of revenge by winning one of three $30,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies at The Downs Monday, not letting an unusually-patterned race keep her from a 1:51.3 victory.   The other two divisions saw their victresses, I Said...
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Smart Rokker snags seventh win of season

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
Peter Paul Venturini, Peter Venturini III and Brian Malone's Smart Rokker ($3.80, Tony Morgan) cruised to an easy 1:52 triumph in the $15,000 featured Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Trained by Malone, the 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding led every call and drew clear by six lengths at the wire over Sparky Mark and Just A Jolt, who rounded out the trifecta. Smart Rokke...
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Still winter! Merriman makes Northfield snowman

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman had a monster night on Monday at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Merriman's triumphs were with Fashion Chocolate ($2.20) in race three, Gale Force Hanover ($2.40) in race five, Kirty Dream ($2.40) in race seven, Milliron Pete ($11.80) in race eight, Mythical Hall ($10.20) in race nine, Fox River Mark ($8.80) in race 10, All Powerful ($16.00) in...
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Big stakes weekend on tap at Meadowlands

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands' championship meet takes flight this weekend with the first leg of both the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for sophomores and the Graduate Series for 4 year olds.   The NJSS (all purses $25,000) trotters race on Friday with Hambletonian winter book favorite Southwind Frankmaking his debut amid a bulky field of 12 colts (Race 6) and freshman Breeders Crown winner All ...
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WIJI post 1, "Pete" post 5 in Battle of Lake Erie

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
Eight older pacers have been entered for Saturday night's $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park, including the 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The 4-year-old gelding is familiar with the half-mile turns at Northfield having won last year's $405,000 Carl Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3.   Wiggle It Jiggleit drew post 1 in Saturday's Battle. Listed as the even-money c...
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Dates changed for 5 stakes at The Meadows

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino would like to remind horsemen and horsewomen that changes in the track's racing calendar have necessitated corresponding changes in the dates for five 2016 stakes--all part of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes program.   Trainers are advised to check the Meadows condition sheet for draw dates. For more information, please contact the race office, (724)...
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Hurricane Hannah doubles up at Mohawk

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
In the Billings Series first venture north of the border this season "Hurricane Hannah" Miller showed why she was named National Amateur Driver of the Year during 2015 when she took Canada by storm winning both divisions of the CKG Billings trots at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, May 16.   The talented miss won the first event when she rallied to a 1:58.4 victory with Domitian Ha...
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Nine draw into Rooney; 6 enter Lismore

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is hosting a game of musical chairs Saturday night (May 21), with nine entrants in one elimination for the Art Rooney Pace vying for eight places in next week's final. The one-dash, $40,000 elimination—comprised of a trio of 3-year-old colts and six geldings—goes as the fourth race, and drew out as such.   From the rail out, with post position and driver, here is...
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Wings Of Royalty ready for Graduate Series

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
When trotter Wings Of Royalty was preparing for this season, trainer George Ducharme thought the 4 year old was acting better than at any time during his previous two campaigns. After watching the stallion nip multiple-award-winner Pinkman by a nose last Friday at the Meadowlands, Ducharme is starting to think it is more than just an act.   Wings Of Royalty is 2-for-2 this year afte...
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Despite weather, handle up in 2016 at Pocono

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has seen a sharp increase in total handle after 27 days of racing in its 2016 season, according to vice president of racing operations Dale Rapson.   Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, numbers continue to trend up for the track in Northeast Pennsylvania, with total handle up 12 percent.   "One of the main reasons for the increa...
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Anaffairtoremember powers to Meadows win

on 05/17/2016 2:00 AM
Anaffairtoremember powered to the lead and easily dispatched her challengers to capture Tuesday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows.   Aaron Merriman sent Anaffairtoremember from post 5 to the point, where she carved out a reasonable :57.3 half. The 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Val Lee Woman parried the first-over thrust of UF Lindsay...
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PA All Stars feature two 1:51.2 winners

on 05/16/2016 2:00 AM
The Catamount Kid and Another Daily Copy tied for speed honors in capturing their respective $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired three-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with both tripping the timer in 1:51.2, while in the third division Voltaire scored a 14-1 upset and like the other two victors took a personal mark with his ...
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Ideal Joey takes Tioga LC split for 3YOs

on 05/16/2016 2:00 AM
Third-time starter Ideal Joey ($3.90) impressed at odds-on in his first-round $7,500 Nichols True Value Late Closing Series division on Sunday (May 15) at Tioga Downs, making all the pace and evading the first-over Cenovis for a 1:53.3 triumph. Mike Simons sprinted clear with the 3-year-old Roll With Joe gelding on entry to the first turn, assuming command from Diamond J (Fern Paquet, Jr.) ...
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Dick Stambaugh, 69, dies in Maryland

on 05/16/2016 2:00 AM
C. Richard "Dick" Stambaugh, age 69, of Union Bridge, Md., died unexpectedly Saturday at Carroll Hospital Center. He was the husband of Cheryl "Cheri" Stambaugh, his wife of 17 years. Mrs. Stambaugh administers the Maryland Standardbred Race Fund.   Mr. Stambaugh was a 1965 graduate of Linganore High School. He served in the US Army, seeing action in Vietnam with the ...
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What a battle! Miki holds off Mel Mara

on 05/15/2016 2:00 AM
Heavy pressure from Mel Mara could not faze 2015 Breeders Crown champion Always B Miki ($2.40), as he fought back from being headed in mid-stretch to take Saturday evening's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadowlands for a second consecutive win.   The 5-year-old son of Always A Virgin made his push to the lead just after fellow Jimmy Takter trainee JK Endofanera (Yannick Gi...
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Hoosier three-peat for Freaky Feet Pete

on 05/15/2016 2:00 AM
The undefeated Freaky Feet Pete continued his winning ways in the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. Racing fans turned out on a chilly night in Indiana and the hometown hero did not disappoint, scoring in 1:50 by five lengths.   Starting from post six, Freaky Feet Pete was unhurried from the gate this week by regular pilot ...
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