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Goodtogo Hanover wins, now 8-for-8

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
All five winners in the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old trotters Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono took new lifetime marks, and the two first-round winners who entered for the second leg ran their record to 2-for-2. The Explosive Matter filly Goodtogo Hanover, one of those two first leg winners, is in fact now 8-for-8 in 2016 after...
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Like Old Times sets Northfield track mark

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Like Old Times crossed the finish line faster than any other 4-year-old female trotter in the history of Northfield Park when she won the $13,500 Open Trot in 1:55 on Monday (June 20). The clocking formally broke the 1:55.2 record by Barn Girl (Joe Bongiorno) set earlier this year. Keith Ross owns Like Old Times. Don Mc Kirgan is her conditioner and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. was in the sulky f...
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More Delaware Breeders elims at Harrington

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getitoffyourchest ($3.40, Ross Wolfenden) reset the track record for aged pacing stallions Monday at Harrington Raceway with his third straight win in 1:50.2 in a $16,000 Open Pace.   The 6-year-old Tell All stallion broke the record he shared with Dancin Yankee (1:50.3). The Richard Lewis-trainee set all the fractions from his outside post seven and...
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Star trotters assemble for Cutler Memorial

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
The $200,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial will see seven of the top older trotters currently racing convene at the Meadowlands to contest the 19th renewal of the Grand Circuit stake on Friday night.   Cutleer was a popular and successful Manhattan restaurateur. His empire of restaurants began in 1990 with Carmines (still a popular Italian family style venue)and grew to embrace several ...
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Retiring Horse Council president honored

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Each year during the American Horse Council's Annual Meeting, the Rolapp Award is presented to a member of Congress who has been a great supporter of the horse industry. The award is presented in honor of the late Rich Rolapp, the president of the AHC from 1974 to 1993. Previous award winners include Senators Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning, and Blanche Lincoln, and Congressmen Hal Rogers, Bob...
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Gall named Standardbred Canada's pres/CEO

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Canada, the Canadian harness racing industry leader, announced Tuesday that Dan Gall has been named the association's president and chief executive officer.   Gall joins Standardbred Canada with more than 15 years leadership experience in the gaming industry. Since 2000, he has served OLG Slots in general management roles in seven different locations, including Wes...
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Layla fights cancer with lemonade stand at qualifiers

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
There were a number of stirring performances Monday when Gaitway Farm held its final round of June qualifiers, but the most inspiring had nothing to do with any of the horses that went onto the racetrack. The day belonged to Layla Mosley. Layla, the 5-year-old granddaughter of Delaware-based trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., is battling a rare type of bone cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma. But she was o...
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Mike Wilder drives 7,000th career winner

on 06/21/2016 2:00 AM
Mike Wilder collected career win 7,000 Tuesday at The Meadows when he piloted 13-1 long hot Step Closer to victory in the 13th race. "This means a lot to me," Wilder said. "There are a lot of guys with more wins, but 7,000 is a good number. The way I look at it, it represents a lot of hard work and dedication. I'm very thankful and blessed to have people give me great horses to drive. I get a ...
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Harrisburg yearling sale drops from 4 to 3 days

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Standardbred Horse Sales Company has announced that its 2016 annual sale at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg will change from its previously announced format. Three yearling sale days will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, through Wednesday, Nov. 9. The mixed portion of the sale will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Friday, Nov. 11.   This change is necessary bec...
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Broadway Donna wins PASS in '16 debut

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Broadway Donna, last year's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, made her three-year-old debut a successful one Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning a division of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.1. Despite not having raced in eight months and three days, since she suffered her only loss when makin...
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Svansetdt sweeps Empire Breeders Trots

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt swept Sunday (June 19) evening's Empire Breeders Classic finals at Vernon Downs, as Non Stick ($7.50) and Dante ($11.60) both took full advantage of pocket trips en route to victory. In the $234,375 Filly Classic, Non Stick avenged defeat in her elimination, but was anything but conservative in the early stages. The 3-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky circled t...
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Richard Rastetter, Meadows horseman, dies

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Richard Rastetter, a longtime member of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and United States Trotting Association, passed away on June 11, 2016. He was 74. Mr. Rastetter, of West Alexander, Pa., was a Standardbred horse breeder, owner and trainer for several decades. Some of his top horses were Idadazzle, County Treasure and Zorgwijk Kingpin. His survived by his wife of 56 years...
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Big weekend of fair racing at Circleville

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
The Pickaway County Fair kicked off the 2016 Ohio Colt Racing Association stakes races with two beautiful days of harness racing. Saturday's (June 18) card of 17 races and Sunday's (June 19) card of 16 races featured 28 stakes races and five overnights including the Steamin Demon Pace, a local history lesson and feature race.   With more than $90,000 in purse money available, the ho...
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Sport's stars will be at Pocono Saturday

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
What will be the greatest collection of harness racing talent assembled for one card so far in 2016 will gather at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this Saturday night, as the eliminations for the $2 million-plus Sun Stakes Saturday Championships will be held, seven days before the championship events.   The Ben Franklin FFA Pace has attracted an overflow field of 22 entrants, includ...
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Queen Elsa scores, Burke/Gingras win 8 at Gaitway

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Driver Daniel Dube liked his homebred 2-year-old female pacer Queen Elsa when he arrived at Monday's qualifiers at Gaitway Farm. Afterward, he really liked her.   Queen Elsa made her first visit to the races a winning one, sitting a pocket trip behind Sweet Rockin Gia before passing her rival in the stretch and drawing off for a 1 1/2-length victory in 1:57.1. Queen Elsa is a daught...
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Spreester is game in Meadows victory

on 06/20/2016 2:00 AM
Parked in a :26.4 opening quarter before reaching the front, Spreester showed her toughness when she thwarted a pair of challengers and captured Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Aaron Merriman gave the 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree a :30 second-panel breather, enabling her to fend off the determined ...
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Always B Miki sets Canadian record of 1:47.1

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Always B Miki became the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history with a 1:47.1 winning mile in the Mohawk Gold Cup Saturday night. The $100,000 Invitational event for pacers was one of the highlights of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.   Always B Miki, the 1-5 favorite, got away sixth for driver David Miller. Nirvana Seelster was blasted to the front and posted hot fr...
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Records set on NA Cup undercard

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras put Lady Shadow (pictured) on the front and never looked back to win the $370,000 Roses Are Red Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Mohawk.   An impressive group of 10 older pacing mares clashed in the Roses Are Red, but just like last year, Lady Shadow took home the winner's share of the purse.   The Ron Adams trainee was put on the...
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Michael's Power sweeps Caramore Series

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
A crowd of 10,118 fans was on hand Saturday night at the Meadowlands to see some very special races. No, not the Meadowlands Pace. The Hambletonian? Not until August.   The evening featured the fifth annual editions of both the Ostrich Derby and Cameltonian as Buddy Valastro, of TV's "Cake Boss" fame, marked the event by making a huge confection depicting an ostrich riding a camel. ...
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MacDonald sweeps Yonkers features

on 06/19/2016 2:00 AM
"I don't think I have anything left to say."   Such was the post mortem of one Mark MacDonald Saturday night after winning six of Yonkers Raceway's 11 races.   One night after Jason Bartlett won a happy half-dozen, MacDonald picked up that gauntlet, including taking both halves of the night's $45,000 co-features in his best-ever local work night.   MacDonald ...
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