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Bartlett shocks with 80-1 Hearts Wild

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
The phrases "Jason Bartlett" and "80-1" aren't usually uttered together, but those folks who successfully connected the dots were handsomely rewarded Monday evening.   Yonkers Raceway's leading driver and Hearts Wild blew up the tote board (figuratively, since it didn't actually go anywhere), rallying from sixth entering the lane for a $163 upset in the $14,000, second-race pace. ...
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Bee A Magician brother a big win for Henriksen

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Trotters young and old were in the spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack and fittingly trotting master Per Henriksen recorded a milestone victory.   Bee In Charge, the 3-year-old half-brother to $3.8 million winner Bee A Magician, gave Henriksen a very special victory Monday at Mohawk. Not only was it the youngster's first lifetime win, but it was also the 1,000th North America...
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Smart Rokker scores at Harrington

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Peter Venturini and Peter Venturini III and Brian Malone's Smart Rokker ($9, Tony Morgan) was a 1:52 winner in the $16,000 Open Pace Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Bandolito (Daryl Bier) battled Bad Boy Matt for the early lead before the former made the lead in :27.1 under pressure from Vapour N (Pat Berry), who eventually cleared at the half-mile in an action packed :54.2. Special...
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Video gaming operator puts deposit on Balmoral

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
The Chicago Tribune has reported that a commercial real estate owner and developer with interests in video gambling has put down a $300,000 deposit to purchase Balmoral Park for $1.8 million. And according to a competing bidder, the property could be the site of a large truck stop in the future.   Just as an online auction of assets of Balmoral and Maywood racetracks concluded last ...
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"Trainer Speed Dating" May 28 at Scioto Downs

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
If you've ever wanted to interview multiple trainers to pick the best fit for you as a racehorse owner, Scioto Downs is offering you that chance. On Saturday, May 28, Scioto will be hosting "Trainer Speed Dating" to allow potential owners the opportunity to sit down with multiple trainers that race at the track and do a quick interview with each to see if they are a match.   The eve...
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Field set for Dexter Cup final at Freehold

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday, April 30, at Freehold Raceway set the stage for 3-year-old colt trotters in eliminations of the Dexter Cup. The first elimination was taken by Cufflink Hanover, the son of Andover Hall. He settled in for a two-hole trip behind the favorite Steed. Cufflink Hanover took the lead in the stretch to win in a brisk 1:57.3 for driver David Miller. The three-year old colt trotter ...
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Koper cops first prize in WHHC at Meadowlands

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Stanley Koper, 67, of Chicago Ridge, Ill., captured the $16,600 grand prize in the 2016 World Harness Handicapping Championship on Saturday, April 30, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   Koper finished the tournament with a $1,100 bankroll to top the field of 83 players from across North America who competed for $41,500 in prize money. Koper won his spot in the BetAmer...
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Star-studded field set for Elitlopp Playoff

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
The inaugural $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff (a Grand Circuit event) will be the featured first race on a special Meadowlands Mother's Day matinee card beginning at 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. Nine of the continent's finest trotters with collective career earnings in excess of $12 million comprise the field.   The idea for the Elitlopp Playoff was conceived last August ...
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Joe Sbrocco wins SRF's trip to Elitlopp

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Of all the winners of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's Elitlopp raffle fundraiser, this year's winner, Joe Sbrocco, an Ohio resident, couldn't contain his excitement and shock. Sbrocco has been an owner for nearly 40 years and has enjoyed tremendous success, most recently with Captaintreacherous and Artspeak. "You gotta be kidding," were his first words when SRF's Director, Judy Bokman...
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Burke has fearsome foursome in PA Classic

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Ron Burke will send four horses to Saturday night's $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and he is undecided, at this point, which is the best. Of course, with three of them leading the morning line odds, it is easy to understand why.   "It looks like they're all at least good," Burke said about his quartet, led by morning line favorite Check Six and...
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Million-dollar weekend set for Miami Valley

on 05/03/2016 2:00 AM
Well over $1 million in purses will be up for grabs during Miami Valley Raceway's closing weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 6-8).   A total of $381,000 will be doled out following the Friday program, which includes eight $40,000 divisions of first leg Ohio Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old pacing and trotting fillies.   The 2015 champion Miss Me Yet, who won ...
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Sentencing Memo wins Weiss final for 86YO Foster

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
You didn't have to go beyond the point standings of the preliminary legs of the two $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Sunday night to get to success – in the distaff pacing section, Southwind Tango, the leading point winner entered in her championship, was home first, and the pacing males saw the two horses tied at the top of the standings, Sentencin...
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Southwind Amazon wins again at Pompano

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
Southwind Amazon, superbly handled by John MacDonald, used Pompano Park's coveted five post (22.7% wins this season) to score a well rated 1:51 gate-to-wire victory in the $8,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night (May 1). The six year-old gelded son of Camluck bolted out of the gate from the outside post in his quintet, drove over to the inside around the initial turn and proceeded to post...
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O'Brien award winner Bill Davis dies at 54

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
Veteran Canadian horseman Bill Davis of Langley, British Columbia, has died at the age of 54. For decades, Mr. Davis dominated the harness racing scene on Canada's west coast. Originally from Ontario, Mr. Davis made the move west in the early 1980s and earned the nickname "The Dominator" for his stellar driving and training numbers that earned him multiple training and drivin...
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Czernyson talks about shoeing in video

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
To shoe or not to shoe – that is one of the questions addressed in the third edition of "Fika with Jonas," which airs on YouTube, starting on May 1. Fika is the Swedish word for a coffee break, and Swedish-born trainer Jonas Czernyson is the star of the monthly series produced by Cody Bach Productions.   Czernyson, who is stabled at Winners Training Center in Chesterfield, NJ, int...
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Driving school gives owner hands-on experience

on 05/02/2016 2:00 AM
For horse owner Joe Battaglia, a trip to the U. S. Trotting Association Driving School in 2012 had little to do with becoming a trainer or driver, but everything to do with enhancing his enjoyment of harness racing, not to mention his level of participation.   Battaglia, who got his first horse in 2006 and two years ago joined the ownership group of top older male pacer Rockeye...
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Mel Mara one of Callahan's 6 wins at Big M

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
With many of the regulars racing at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, driver Corey Callahan took full advantage and won six races on the 12-race program at the Meadowlands Saturday night. A win behind Mel Mara in the featured $17,500 conditioned pace were among Callahan's half-dozen. Callahan urged Mel Mara, the 4-5 favorite, right to the top, cut fast fractions and never had an anxious moment,...
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Yonkers features to Artistic Major, Melady's Monet

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Season-debuting Artistic Major (Brent Holland, $15.40) and odds-on Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) shared the Saturday night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps.   The week's marquee pace had a different look, with many of the just-concluded G-M Levy Series participants getting some well-deserved R&R. At the outset, Mister Bling A (Jordan S...
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Nickle Bag tops State Treasurer at Mohawk

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
Canada's reigning Horse of the Year made his season debut Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but Nickle Bag spoiled the party with the nation's fasted mile of 2016.   A strong field of nine older pacers competed in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap pace. State Treasurer, last year's Canadian Horse of the Year, was making his 2016 debut and started from the outside post-nine. Driven by...
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Hippodrome 3R opens 2016 season

on 05/01/2016 2:00 AM
The Hippodrome 3R enjoyed a splendid opening day program for 2016 that featured warmer than normal weather, a super-fast race oval, high priced winners in nearly every race and a full and competitive program with eleven action packed races.   "What a great day to start our new season," said 3R general manager Vincent Trudel. "Our numbers both on track and from simulcasting were the ...
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