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Southwind Amazon bests Panocchio at PPk

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Southwind Amazon, off at 9-5 and getting picture-perfect handling from Mike Micallef, edged by the favored Panocchio, off at 1-2, driven by Wally Hennessey, to pull off a minor upset in Pompano Park's $10.000 featured Open Handicap Pace on Sunday (April 24). The six year-old gelded son of Camluck hit the wire in 1:51.2 to score his sixth win of the year in 13 starts. Steelhead Hanover, with...
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Penn picks up 34th career victory

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Penn pinned his sixth defeat in eight 2016 tries on the best trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon (April 24), winning the $20,000 Open Trot to increase his seasonal earnings to $63,700.   Trainer Bobby Brower has been starting Penn every other week for the past two months in an effort to keep the 6-year-old Master Glide gelding fresh and the plan has worked to near p...
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WIJI tops 18 Confederation Cup eligibles

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
The countdown is on to the 2016 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. A showcase event for harness racing's top 4-year-old pacers, the $225,000 (estimated) Confederation Cup is set to take place Sunday, May 15.   A total of 18 four-year-old pacers remain eligible to this year's Confederation Cup, including last year's U.S Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The George Teague stable...
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Gingras snags six wins at Harrah's Philly Sunday

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Mother Nature was sensational again this Sunday (April 24), with temperatures soaring to 70 degrees, with little wind and plenty of sunshine at Harrah's Philadelphia. Also sensational was driver Yannick Gingras, who had six wins on the card, which included four for trainer Ron Burke. Included in those four wins were two pacing colts making their 3-year-old debuts. Check Six (Somebeachsom...
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Sugg enjoying ride to 3,000 wins

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Kurt Sugg is having the time of his life. Not only is the 46-year-old Ohio native approaching a driving milestone he never considered possible just several years ago, he enjoys going to work every day. In fact, Sugg hardly considers what he does as work.   "I've never had a job," Sugg said, laughing. "I've been very fortunate. I'm third generation (in harness racing); I've grown up ...
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College senior to blog about Meadows racing

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and the Harness Racing Fan Zone are teaming up with Cyrus Rahimi, a soon-to-be graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., to create a weekly Wednesday blog on http://www.harnessracingfanzone.com/, along with video and photos of his initial experiences attending harness races and learning how to wager at The Meadows Racetrack and Cas...
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U.S. amateurs to take on Italy's best in Naples

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Look out Italy, the Americans are coming. A contingent of American amateur drivers, that is.   Amateur racing is coming out of the shadows and now is an integral part of the harness racing scene, not only in the United States but in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, too. International driving competitions among the sportsmen are growing exponentially.   Recently the Flo...
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Top PA-sired 3YOs at Pocono for big elims

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
The finest of the Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old pacers get an early start to the 2016 stakes season this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with elimination races determining who will compete in the inaugural $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for colts and geldings and the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania for fillies on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 7, at Pocono. Eighteen male...
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Sparky Mark wins on Harrington opening day

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 70th season of live harness racing commenced Monday (April 25) with a 12-race program on a beautiful spring day in central Delaware.   Foulk Stables' Sparky Mark ($4.40, Jon Roberts) was victorious in the $15,000 Open Pace in 1:52.1. The 9-year-old Astreos stallion assumed command early in a brisk :26.3 and never relented en route to his two length win over Spec...
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Medusa takes Meadows mare feature

on 04/25/2016 2:00 AM
Medusa turned the field to stone once more, notching her second straight victory -- and fourth in her last five -- in Monday's (April 25) $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Medusa was caught widest in a three-ply battle for the early lead that forced her to a demanding :26.3 opening panel. But she had no trouble holding that lead ...
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Freaky Feet Pete dominant in 2016 debut

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for 3-year-old pacing colts, was a dominant winner in his 2016 debut on Saturday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the featured event on the card, a $21,000 Invitational Pace. Driven by regular pilot Trace Tetrick, Freaky Feet Pete finished two lengths in front of his next closest competitor, stopping the timer in 1:49.4.   ...
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More Dragon wins Atta Boy Dan final at Meadows

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
More Dragon survived a demanding first quarter and rolled on to a convincing victory in Saturday's $32,500 championship of the Atta Boy Dan Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows.   More Dragon was parked throughout a 27.2 opening panel before clearing to the lead. Winning driver Dave Palone said he wasn't overly concerned about the potential impact of that swift quar...
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Our Dragon King lowers own MVR record

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
Our Dragon King (Josh Sutton) lowered his own one week old all-age track record on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway, speeding to a 1:49.3 triumph. Sutton, celebrating his 34th birthday, settled the track record holder in third through a quick :26.1 opening panel, then moved the 6-year-old son of Dragon Again to the front prior to the :54.1 halfway station. The even money favorite tacked o...
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Rockeyed Optimist holds off Miki at Big M

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
Rockeyed Optimist worked out an ideal close-to-the-action trip, wore down the leader in deep stretch and held on despite the explosive late charge of Always B Miki to take the $25,000 open handicap pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night. McArdles Lightning was third.   Driver Tim Tetrick hustled the 5-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover into the three hole early behind McArdles...
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Musical Rhythm wins 10th straight in Don Mills

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
Musical Rhythm scored his 10th consecutive victory Saturday night in the $42,600 Don Mills Trotting Series final at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Ben Baillargeon trainee crushed his five rivals with a 5 1/2-length victory in 1:52.4 to easily sweep the three-week Don Mills Series.   Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm got away third before brushing to the front in t...
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Yagonnakissmeornot takes Matchmaker final

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
 Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $8.30), second-best in this race a season ago, rolled from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $309,800 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for pacing mares. Sell A Bit N continued to lead at :55.3 half as Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan) took out of third. That one moved toward the leader while Yagonnakissmeornot had some ground to make ...
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Waterstone best of week in HANA contest

on 04/24/2016 2:00 AM
  In week six of the 2016 Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by DRF Harness, Green Acquisition Corporation, The Hambletonian Society, Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, Gordon Waterst...
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Bee A Magician wins Meadowlands open

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
Bee A Magician shook off the cobwebs after a five-month layoff and stormed home in deep stretch to gun down arch-rival Shake It Cerry in her 2016 debut as a 6-year-old to win the featured $25,000 open handicap trot at the Meadowlands on Friday night. Shake It Cerry, sent off as the 4-5 favorite, made the early lead and was permitted to cut tepid fractions of :28.1 and :57.2 as the field rac...
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Princess opener goes to American Curves

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
A surprising mid-stretch break by the 1-2 favorite shook things up in the opening leg of the Princess Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   A compact group of six 3-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $20,000 first round of the Princess. Ken Sucee trainee Shes Lights Out entered Friday’s first leg two for two to start 2016 and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was a...
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Stirling Cadet best in Vernon opening feature

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
After a quick pace did him in the week prior at Saratoga, Stirling Cadet ($4.90) found a change in venue and the cut back to a mile welcome, as he turned in a dominating 1:53.2 effort in Friday evening's featured $9,000 Open Trot on Vernon Downs's inaugural program of 2016. Jimmy Whittemore wasted no time with the 5-year-old Conway Hall gelding, seizing command from Pocket Trip (Fern Paquet...
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