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Pure Country captures Lynch Memorial

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Champion Pure Country, sent off at 7-5 odds, came up big in the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial final for three-year-old filly pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With Brett Miller in the bike, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore held off a late challenge by Blue Moon Stride to win in 1:49.2. The time equaled the stakes record, shared with American Jewel and Fancy Desire. ...
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Racing Hill takes Hempt Memorial in 1:49

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Racing Hill captured the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial final for three-year-old colt pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in dominating fashion. The 3-5 betting favorite took control early for Brett Miller and never relinquished, hitting the wire comfortably in front in 1:49. JK Will Power raced second with Boston Red Rocks, locked in along the inside, getting out to finis...
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Always B Miki equals WR in Ben Franklin

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Always B Miki went off as the 8-5 second choice and matched his world record 1:47 from one week ago in winning the $500,000 Ben Franklin final for free-for-all pacers Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Freaky Feet Pete, following the leader out of the turn, took a shot and finished a strong second, with Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mel Mara racing third and fourth.   When ...
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Southwind Frank breezes to Beal Memorial win

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Favored Southwind Frank breezed victory in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial final for sophomore colt trotters Saturday night at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. With Yannick Gingras in the bike, the son of Muscle Hill moved to the lead after the quarter and set the fractions on his way to a 1:52.4 triumph. He was followed across the wire by Trolley while Bar Hopping rounded out the trifecta...
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Hawk's Red Chief wins in 1:50.1 at the Big M

on 07/02/2016 2:00 AM
Hawk's Red Chief continued his winning ways Saturday night at the Meadowlands, taking the $17,500 featured conditioned pace in determined fashion for his seventh win of the year in only 10 starts.  The 5-year-old gelded son of I Scoot Hanover was away well from post five and had the lead in a leisurely :28 at the quarter. Another rated fraction followed as the half was reached in :56.3...
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Zach's Zoomer's 1:59.3 fastest of NY 2CT

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway showcased a hefty card of 14 races which featured New York Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old trotting colts. On tap were five divisions of Sire Stakes, worth $22,000 each, in addition to four heats of Divisions A's ($15,000) and two races for Division B ($6,600).   Over 80 freshman trotting colts discovered practice is over and now it is for real when they made th...
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Womans Will edges Broadway Donna in PASS

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old filly trotters on tap for Thursday (June 30) afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of $53,411.   In the fastest of the three divisions (1:54.3), Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz's Womans Will (Marcus Miller) scored the minor upset over champion and heavy favorite Broadway Donna (Dave Miller). ...
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SBOANJ names interim executive administrator

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
Al Ochsner takes on a new role with the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey as the Interim Executive Administrator. A director since 2005, Ochsner recently served as treasurer and first vice president of the association. Ochsner was appointed to replace the late Leo McNamara.   After receiving a BA in marketing and economics, Ochsner operated his own...
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50 new owners in Hoosier's First Turn Stable

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
On Saturday, July 2, the dream of being a Standardbred race horse owner will come true for 50 people, courtesy of First Turn Stable at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. While much of the harness racing world will be focused on the numerous stakes races around the country on Saturday, 50 first time horse owners will have their attention directed to the seventh race of the program at Hoosier Par...
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Mach It A Par a 1:52.1 winner at Yonkers

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
Favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.70) read the memo just in time Friday night. winning Yonkers Raceway’s $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Operating second-over from post position No. 5, Mach it a Par watched as pole-assigned Hidden Land (Brent Holland) stuffed Regil Elekrtra (Mark Macdonald) in behind, while second choice Secrets Out N (George Brennan) was away th...
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Royal Bachelor looks to get back on track

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
While there has been no betting at Goshen Historic Track for decades, Royal Bachelor, racing from post 7 in the $15,000 Excelsior Trot for 3-year-olds on Saturday (July 2) might otherwise be the "Bet of the Day."   The gelded son of RC Royalty and the mare Becca J has won three of his last four starts, one of them a career-best 1:55.2 in an overnite event at Vernon Downs on June 18....
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Ohio Sires Stakes to provide fireworks Monday

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
The Scioto Downs entry box was jammed Thursday morning with 143 entries, necessitating 16 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old Buckeye-bred colt trotters and pacers in a special matinee program on Monday, July 4.   A full 99 pacing colts are set to vie in 11 races, while 44 trotting youngsters will go postward in five events. This is the first leg of the series for f...
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Tompkins Stakes highlight Tioga action

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
After his late push to the fore in last week's Open, Hititoutofthepark ($3.10) earned his third straight win in his $38,440 Arthur Tompkins Memorial Stakes division on Friday (July 1) evening at Tioga Downs.   Mike Simons situated the 3-year-old Yankee Glide ridgling behind the live cover of Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) on the backstretch, towed closer to pacesetter Steed (Matt Kakale...
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Fillies and mares featured at Hoosier Park

on 07/01/2016 2:00 AM
White Metro returned to her winning ways as she pulled the slight upset to capture the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, July 1 at odds of 6-1. After a third place finish at this level last week, White Metro and Jason Dillander staged a big rally in the late stages of the mile to stop the timer in 1:51.3, just missing ...
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New PA commission holds first meeting

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
A stronger, unified governance body to oversee Pennsylvania's more than $1 billion equine racing industry began its work to strengthen horse and harness racing today as the new State Horse Racing Commission had its first meeting. Governor Tom Wolf paved the way for the new commission and other needed reforms to the industry earlier this year when he signed Act 7. The law represents the first s...
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Michael Neafus arrested on animal cruelty charges

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
Horseman Michael Neafus, 46, has been arrested in Harrison County, Ky., on animal abuse charges after he electrically shocked a horse, according to court documents.   Neafus, whose USTA membership shows a home address in Corydon, Ind., is facing level six felony cruelty to an animal charges after using an electric device to "shock a horse repeatedly while the horse was in ...
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Cue Hall takes 1:53.3 career mark at Meadows

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
Cue Hall quarter-poled to the front and had little trouble maintaining the lead from there as he captured Wednesday's $14,900 Conditioned Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53.3.   Cue Hall was away second behind TSM Photo Bugger, but winning driver Tony Hall moved the 4-year-old son of Andover Hall-Curli Cue to the lead. Cue Hall easily thwarted the first-over bid of Trustworth...
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Jules Siegel takes in big winner in need

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
"It amazes me how many people had something to say about Drive All Night (Dan), the $628,000 winner in need of help to live out his life," said Kate Kingsbury.   Kate took the calls at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation's office after a plea for help was sounded. Whether the fact that Dan made so much money, or because he was in such dire need, or both, prompted enough help to t...
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Student returns to Goshen to race

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
After winning a race several years ago at Goshen Historic Track as a "student," Kimberly Gilman-Daios hopes to notch a victory at the upstate New York oval as a "teacher." Gilman-Daios won the U.S. Trotting Association Driving School exhibition race at Historic Track in 2012, with assistance from professional driver Gareth Dowse. Gilman-Daios attended the USTA Driving School because she wan...
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6:30 pm post time at Meadowlands Saturday

on 06/30/2016 2:00 AM
The holiday weekend at The Meadowlands offers a look into racing's future with two-year-old stakes on Friday, July 1, then celebrates America's Independence on Saturday with a special 6:30 p.m. post time and a grand fireworks display immediately following the races.   The New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for two-year-olds gets underway on Friday with six divisions of Garden State...
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