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Delle Donne, Apple Bottom Jeans take Del. legs

on 06/14/2016 2:00 AM
The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-olds started their second round of the week at Harrington Raceway Tuesday as the filly pacers went postward in a pair of $20,000 legs.   Delle Donne ($6.80, Corey Callahan) pulled off a minor upset in the first division as 1-to-5 favorite Cougar Creek made an early break and was placed last after being disqualified fro...
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PASS to Love Matters, Trolley, Hititoutofthepark

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
The chalk went 0-for-3 in the third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with each of the trio of winners taking a new lifetime mark. Love Matters ($6.80 as the second choice) was the first to find the Sire Stakes winners circle, and he had the hardest trip of the three winners, having to go first-...
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Scioto Tuesday-Wednesday handles climb

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
Since the start of the 2016 Scioto Downs race season, the four Tuesday and five Wednesday race cards at Scioto Downs have shown dramatic increases in total handle. The Tuesday race cards have shown a 13.15 percent increase while the Wednesday cards have shown a 100.15 percent increase over the 2015 race season. The increases on the weekday cards have helped the total handle for the 26-day s...
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2YO Blood Line wins in 1:54.2 at Gaitway

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
When male pacer Blood Line kicked off Monday's qualifiers for 2-year-olds at Gaitway Farm with a sharp 1:54.2 win on a 60-degree morning with a gusty breeze, it certainly got the attention of his trainer, Jimmy Takter.   "That's a serious mile today," Takter said after watching Yannick Gingras guide Blood Line to victory in his career debut. "I would say that's like a (1):52-a...
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Arrangements announced for Leo McNamara

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
Leo C. McNamara III, a third generation horseman and executive administrator of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) for the past 15 years, died early Sunday morning, June 12. Mr. McNamara died of complications following a hard fought battle with cancer, just two weeks short of his 61st birthday. Born June 30, 1955, in Carmel, Ind., Mr. McNamara was the so...
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Missile J headlines NYSS Wednesday at Buffalo

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
Missile J, the winner of the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace in late May at Yonkers Raceway, headlines one of the two divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers that arrive at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening.   Co-owned by KJ Stables and the Purple Haze Stables, Missile J (American Ideal-Cantor's Delight) went unraced as a 2 year old but he's sure ma...
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Maine court stays cobalt suspensions

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
 Cumberland County (Maine) Superior Court Justice Lance Walker ordered a stay of the decision by the Maine Harness Racing Commission on April 26, 2016, that issued suspensions for Steven Vafiades, Randy Bickmore and Drew Campbell for violating their policy on the use of cobalt. The stay was signed by the judge on June 8.   The Court cited that the three requisite elements to is...
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DSBF 3CP splits raced at Harrington

on 06/13/2016 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings were contested Monday at Harrington Raceway.   Owner/trainer Charles Perry Jr.'s Johns Dream  ($2.40, Ross Wolfenden) won the first division in dominating fashion in 1:55.3. The Dream Away ridgling assumed command early and never relented in his open length win over Do...
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Leo McNamara dies in New Jersey

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
Leo McNamara, executive administrator of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and a third generation horseman, died Sunday morning. Mr. McNamara died of complications following a hard fought battle with cancer, just two weeks short of his 61st birthday.   Mr. McNamara was the SBOANJ's Executive Administrator for 15 years. More infor...
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Mr. Wiggle Pants leads OSS with 1:51.4 win

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
Four $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for sophomore pacing colts were contested on Saturday night, June 11 at Scioto Downs.   Whataboy captured the first OSS division, leading at every pole for driver Chris Page. The gelded son of Big Bad John romped to a new career clocking of 1:52.1 to score his second victory of the season in eight tries. Trained by Brian Brown, ...
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Final fields set for Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
While Good Will Hanover came from off-the pace, Darlinonthebeach set the pace to capture their respective $35,000 Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   In the first elimination for three-year-old pacing fillies, Good Will Hanover was able to defeat the heavily favored Pure Country by a neck. From post five, driver Chris Christoforou and Good Will Hanover ...
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Bushwacker captures Meadowlands feature

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
Bushwacker prevailed after a length-of-the-stretch duel with even-money favorite Melmerby Beach to take the featured $17,000 conditioned pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night by three-quarters-of-a-length in 1:48.4, a lifetime best.   After Melmerby Beach grabbed the lead at the quarter in :26.2, Odds On Equuleus made the top at three-eighths before Bushwacker quickly brushed to co...
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Jason Merriman drives 8 winners at Northfield

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
Jason Merriman had a stellar night on Saturday (June 11) at Northfield Park by posting eight wins on the 15-race program. Merriman's triumphs were with Rosescape ($11.80) in race one, Raiders Lastchance ($2.60) in race three, Beckys Giftedangel ($2.40) in race eight, Ida Sophia ($13.00) in race 10, Annakate ($3.80) in race 11, Maddys Dolly ($4.00) in race 12, Fashion Fluzzy ($4.80) in race 13 ...
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Chocolatier mare Your Highness tops Nuncio

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
Elitlopp champion Nuncio was thwarted in his attempt to win the Oslo Grand Prix on Sunday in Norway's capital city. The 5-year-old stallion was edged before the wire by the 7-year-old mare Your Highness, who was driven by Bjorn Goop.   Not unexpectedly, Lufti Kolgjini left strongly from post 1 with Mosaique Face but after the opening quarter-mile mark Orjan Kihlstrom pulled alongsid...
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WIJI romps by 5 1/2 in 1:48.1 at Tioga

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
Reigning Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.60) proved too much for his ten 4-year-old pacing rivals in Sunday (June 12) afternoon's $75,000 Graduate preliminary at Tioga Downs, drawing clear authoritatively after setting a strong pace.   The 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding not only endured early pressure from Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) through a :25.4 first quarter, but also ...
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Delaware Breeders finals on tap this week

on 06/12/2016 2:00 AM
The stakes season for Delaware sired 3-year-old horses will commence at Harrington Raceway beginning on Monday June 13 when three $20,000 divisions of male pacers will do battle in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) .The DSBF races consist of a pair of $20,000 elimination legs for each division, followed by a $100,000 final and $20,000 consolation (if sufficient starte...
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2PC RJP impresses with 1:54.4 baby race win

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
Summer has officially arrived in New Jersey and brought with it Saturday morning's (June 11) edition of Breakfast With The Babies at The Meadowlands featuring more than $4 million worth of horseflesh competing in the dozen two-year-old events. Things got underway at 9:30 on a partly cloudy morning with the track fast, temperatures in the low 70's and little wind to begin that gradually increas...
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Smokinmombo dominates Meadows Maturity

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
Smokinmombo dominated a short field in Saturday's $46,500 Meadows Maturity for trotting mares 4 and up, retaking the lead before the quarter and cruising to victory in 1:54.   Harley Momma pocketed the 2-5 favorite from the gate, but Smokinmombo and Aaron Merriman would have none of the two hole.   "I definitely wanted to race her like she was the best," Merriman said. "I...
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Fearless Diablo wins HoP feature for Dylan Davis

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
Fearless Diablo, with Trace Tetrick at the lines, made amends for last week's second place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event, a $21,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. The Dylan Davis trainee stopped the timer in 1:49.4 to establish a seasonal best mark and equal the fastest mile of the 2016 season through the first 50 nights of racing at...
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NY Roundup: Makers Mass wins at Tioga

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
John Cummings, Jr. enjoyed a banner Saturday (June 11) at Tioga Downs, taking the lone $7,500 second-round Williams Auto Group late-closing preliminary race with Makers Mass ($3.70, part of entry) as part of a four-win night.   Makers Mass used a first-over blitz on approach to the far turn to wear down and sprint off from Thats a Bad Boy (Tyler Freese) at the eighth pole. The 3-yea...
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