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New Hall of Famers welcomed at Goshen

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
Breeder and industry executive Charlie Keller III and trainer Bruce Nickells were inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame during ceremonies held at the Harness Racing Museum Sunday evening Also honored were Communicators Hall of Fame inductees David Carr and Jerry Connors; Living Horse Hall of Fame inductees Real Desire, Muscle Hill, Solveig and Arl’s Troublemaker; I...
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Fullback's 1:53.2 tops Stallion Series at Pocono

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
Drivers Marcus Miller and Tim Tetrick both won three $20,000 first round divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action for two-year-old pacing colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but it was a member of that dying-off "breed," the trainer/driver – Pat Lachance – who guided the fastest freshman, Fullback, a 1:53.2 winner.   Lachance had the early lead with th...
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Sharon Finn, 54, of Newton, Ill., dies

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
Sharon Joan Finn, age 54, of Newton, Ill. passed away at 11:47 a.m. on Friday (July 1) at her residence. Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday (July 6) at the Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup. Visitation will be from 10 a.m.to service time on Wednesday at the funeral chapel with burial in the Aten Cemetery in Hidalgo.   Mrs. Finn  was born on Dec. 23, 1961, in Lo...
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Type A Grey wires Ohio Sires Stakes field

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
A pretty horse doesn't always mean a fast horse. However, in the case of Type A Grey, pretty does mean fast. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Official stormed to a wire-to-wire 1:57.2 victory in her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes on Sunday night, July 3, at Northfield Park for driver Chris Page in her pari-mutuel debut. Trained by Brian Brown for Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Type ...
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Damon Blue Chip scores in 1:49.3 at Vernon

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
The return to two turns suited Damon Blue Chip ($14.80) well on Independence Day as the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding took advantage of a pocket trip to capture Monday's (July 4) featured $8,000 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs in going-away fashion.   Damon Blue Chip was prominent from race's outset, out-sprinted only by Pantheon Hanover (Chris Lems) through a...
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Missile J part of sweep for Tetrick, Toscano

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano swept the 3-year-old Geers Stakes divisions at Tioga Downs on Monday (July 4) afternoon, with both Missile J ($3.80) and Cut and Paste ($3.60) prevailing in convincing fashion.   In the $66,375 Geers for pacing colts and geldings, Missile J pushed clear of Mr D's Dragon (Jim Meittinis) midway on the first turn, controlling a :57.1 first h...
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3FT Straight A Student snags win at Saratoga

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
Straight A Student (Credit Winner) cruised to victory on Monday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The 3-year-old trotting filly was making her first start since competing in the $225,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final at Vernon Downs last month.   The Paul Kelley-trained sophomore came into the race with four second place finishes in five starts in 2016 but shook her bridesmai...
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Mr. Lavec living retirement years at Tara Hills

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
David Heffering said he will never forget the phone ringing late one night just before U.S. Thanksgiving in 1995. It was his brother Richard on the phone with a simple message: "Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas. Go pick up the horse." The horse was trotting stallion Mr Lavec, a horse that would prove to be a game- and life-changer for David and Tara Hills Stud of Port Perry, ON. The farm...
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WIJI, FFP rematch; 1 elim for Meadowlands Pace

on 07/04/2016 2:00 AM
There will be just one elimination for the Meadowlands Pace, with a field of 10 set to contest the elim on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Racing Hill, who won last Saturday's Hempt Memorial, received a bye and automatically advances to the final.   Here are post positions for the $50,000 elimination: 1-Talk Show, 2-Lyons Snyder, 3-Another Daily Copy, 4-JK Will Power, 5-Boston Re...
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First Turn Stable wins in Hoosier debut

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
On an evening stacked with stakes races, it was a $12,500 claiming event that stole the show at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, July 2 as Boogie Nights made his racing debut for First Turn Stable, Hoosier Park’s first fractional ownership opportunity, a winning one. In near gate-to-wire fashion, Boogie Nights and Jason Dillander crossed the wire nearly two lengths in front of t...
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Obrigado sets record in Cleveland Trotting Classic

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
Obrigado avenged last year’s Cleveland Trotting Classic defeat with an impressive track record victory on Saturday (July 2). Last year’s runner-up trotted like he had something to prove and bested his competition by 5-3/4 lengths.   Obrigado ($3.40) started from the rail. He floated off the gate and two rivals were ahead of him at the 1/8-pole. Once the field was set, driver Mar...
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Pop Cop takes Tioga feature in 1:52

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
Enos Van Stanhope, III and Tony Dinges's Pop Cop ($4.40) stepped up two levels and repeated in near pillar-to-post fashion in Sunday (July 3) afternoon's featured $7,200 top-level conditioned pace at Tioga Downs.   Mike Merton was aggressive early with the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding, sprinting out to establish the lead from mid-pack and only briefly yielding to Lauxmont Cap...
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25-1 longshot Wiggler an Ohio stakes winner

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
When 25-1 longshot Wiggler captured her $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes division Saturday night (July 2) in a career best 1:53.2 at Scioto Downs, it made Terry Saffran a very happy man. Saffran, a Toledo, OH resident, owns the daughter of Mr Wiggles-Do Me Freedom-Keystone Raider in partnership with Suzanne Bates of Gibsonburg, OH.   "I had harness horses years ago—back in the ...
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Takter wins Hall of Fame race at Goshen

on 07/03/2016 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter, with the 5-year-old mare Linda Marie, were the winners of the $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot on Sunday (July 3) at Goshen Historic Track. The race honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Gerry, their leadership and contributions to the sport and features all Hall of Fame drivers.   Takter put the daughter of Crazed, winless so far this year, on the front e...
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Favored All The Time scores Big M feature

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
All The Time went first over for the final seven-sixteenths of a mile and had little trouble prevailing by 1½ lengths over Dog Gone Lucky in a matchup of top 3-year-olds in the $17,500 featured conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night.   All The Time, a sophomore filly trained by Jimmy Takter, won despite being away from the races for four weeks. When last seen, she was bei...
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Trio of OSS divisions held at Scioto

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Trish Soulsby is having the time of her life in the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program. The longtime owner was overcome with emotion on Friday night (July 1) in the Scioto Downs winner's circle after her 3-year-old filly, A TC Queenie captured the first of three $40,000 OSS divisions.   "It's a dream come true to have a filly like this," Trish said of the sophomore daughter by Triumpha...
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Continual Hanover two-for-two in Grassroots

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned to Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening (July 1) for their second Grassroots start and Continual Hanover jumped out to an early lead in the division point race with his second straight victory.   Starting from Post 1 in the fourth Grassroots split, the Bettors Delight son and driver Jody Jamieson cruised through fr...
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Photobombr Hanover fastest in Big M qualifiers

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
The Saturday, July 2 edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands started with a bit of a chill in the air with the temperature in the high 60's and a significant breeze in their face through the stretch that gradually eased as the temperature rose during the card.   Walner impressed for the second time in as many appearances this morning in 1:57.4. The son of first crop ...
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Easy Again last to first in Meadows feature

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Last by 4-1/2 lengths into the final turn and finding no seam available, Easy Again swung wide and roared through the lane to score his second straight win in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Unlocked, the even-money favorite, appeared comfortable on the lead and headed to victory when Dave Palone opened the throttle on Easy Again. The 7-year-old Dragon A...
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Luck Be Withyou dominates Ben Franklin cons

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Part of the $2 million Sun Stakes Saturday supercard at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono were consolation races for the card's major events: the $75,000 Ben Franklin Consolation for free-for-all pacers, the $75,000 Earl Beal Consolation for three-year-old trotting colts, and the $50,000 James Lynch Consolation for three-year-old pacing fillies.   The Western Ideal five-year-old stall...
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