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2YOs in action at Wattsburg, PA fair

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
The weatherman did not help his chances of ever being a morning line odds-maker, as the 2016 Pennsylvania fair season kicked off in beautiful weather at the Erie County Fair in Wattsburg, Pa., in the northwestern part of the state, despite a forecast initially calling for up to a 90 percent chance of thundershowers.   And while the day was not unpleasant, the racetrack act...
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Obrigado edges Natural Herbie in Hill at ScD

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
On a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs, Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score.   "...
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Betting Line, Boston Red Rocks win Cup elims

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
Betting Line (pictured) and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's $1-million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations, Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $50,000 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman-trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, t...
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Allbeef N Nobull upset winner for Burke

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
Only one trainer at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono has sent out more than one winner paying $50 or more this season. Can you guess who it is? Here's a hint: The $57 winner he conditioned to victory in Saturday night's $25,000 featured pace at The Downs was his 5,951st successful trainee this decade.   For the third time this year, trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley posted a ...
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Frank Milby wins 4, but misses Rosecroft title

on 06/11/2016 2:00 AM
Defending dash champion Frank Milby made a furious rally on closing night, winning four races, including the $15,000 Maryland Mares Preferred with Cedar Hall Heiress in 1:52 for owner Willard Hall Jr. and trainer Brian Wright.   Milby would come up one win short, as Russell Foster and Jonathan Roberts took top dash honors for the Winter-Spring meet with 44 wins. Joe Offutt took the ...
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Lovineveryminute paces to 1:50.3 mark

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Lovineveryminute worked out a perfect cover trip and got up on the wire in a furious three-way battle to the finish to win the featured $25,000 Mares Open at Meadowlands Friday night.   The Richard Johnson trainee picked up cover from Gweneeee J at the five-eighths, swung to the outside as soon as she straightened up in the stretch, and got up in a driving finish, nosing out Sheeza ...
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Dayson, Dia Monde take Goodtimes elims

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Elimination weekend at Mohawk Racetrack kicked off Friday night with some impressive performances in the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes Stakes. Both stakes events required two eliminations, with the Armbro Flight eliminations for trotting mares going for $35,000 and the Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters going for $30,000 a split.   Hannelore Hanover was a dominant 1:52.2 winner in ...
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SBOANJ sets golf benefit date for July 11

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
It's that time of year again. The SBOANJ will be hosting its annual golf outing to benefit the Horsemen's Benevolent Fund and TrotPAC, on Monday July 11, 2016 at Gambler Ridge Golf Club. The event starts with a round of golf, and is followed by a lovely dinner with a chance to win great prizes. Come on out and enjoy a fun filled day of food, drinks, golf and prizes. There is a wide range...
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Beaver talks about Muscle Up The Goal, career

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Chris Beaver was 23 when he bought the horse that changed his life. Her name was Raging Samantha and Beaver and his mother, Johanna, purchased the future stakes-winning trotter at a yearling auction in 1995 for $9,500. A graduate of Stetson University, Beaver had been thinking about heading to veterinary school, but he became fully immersed in racing thanks to Raging Samantha and her exploits....
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Lems posts four-win night at Vernon

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Fresh off his 1,000th career driving win, taken with Jessica Okusko trainee Manny in a $39,900 New York Sire Stakes event at Monticello Raceway on Monday, Chris Lems posted a four-win night at Vernon Downs on Thursday (June 9) evening. The 29-year-old South Dakota native captured the evening's featured $7,500 Miracle Mile Pace for distaffers, sustaining a first-over bid with Super Soph ($4....
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George Shaw, stallion manager, dies at 77

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Arthur George Shaw, 77, of Jensen Beach, Fla., died June 5 in Stuart, Fla. The son of the late Arthur Shaw, a Standardbred driver from Wisconsin, Mr. Shaw, better known as George, was most recently active in harness racing for managing stallions, particularly those shuttling to Australia and New Zealand. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. Shaw graduated from Elkhorn High School then w...
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Spagnola, Ackbro Ms Perfect to be honored in Saratoga

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum announces it's annual induction ceremony and Open House, Tuesday (June 14) at the Museum. The address is352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. entrance to the Saratoga Casino Hotel.   This year's inductees are Dave Spagnola (trainer)and Ackbro Ms Perfect (horse). Spagnola, a longtime local train...
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Horseman Wayne Hyatt, 69 dies

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Horseman Wayne Hyatt died May 26 at the age of 69. Mr. Hyatt worked with harness horses from the time he was a young teen. He was working under Ezra Eads when got his U.S. Trotting Association licenses to train and drive horses. He also worked for horsemen Harry and Gene Pownall, and handled Leslie Lobell for George Berkner. Mr. Hyatt was the farm manager for Mr. Joel Black's Killydonnell f...
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Waples: Control The Moment in "tough" Cup elim

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Many eyes were on Control The Moment in his season debut last week and although he didn't win, the son of Well Said certainly made some noise. The Brad Maxwell trainee paced a mile in 1:49 with a :26 final-quarter in his season debut to finish second to Lyons Snyder in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere.   If it's possible to make a statement without winning, Control The Moment ce...
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NY Roundup: Noble Legend lowers Buffalo mark

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
The ink had barely dried in the record book but Noble Legend didn't care one bit because he was erasing his own name.   For the second straight week, Noble Legend impressively smashed the track record for 4-year-old gelded trotters in winning the $10,000 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (June 10). He beat his old mark of 1:57.3 by a whole second with a blistering 1:56.3 ove...
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Popular Girl Scouts night held at Hoosier

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA), hosted the annual Girl Scouts night at the races on Friday, June 10. The event gave more than 200 young women the opportunity to see live harness racing and learn about the various facets of the harness racing industry.   "This is one of our most popular events," said Rick Moore, Hoosie...
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Beast Mode taking on top colts in Cup elim

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
In 2014 Christopher Nicol purchased a yearling named Beast Mode for $5,000. That same year a $3,000 bargain named He's Watching proved to be a tough contender in the Pepsi North America Cup before going on to set an all-age world record later that season.   Beast Mode will look to pose a similar threat this year, starting in Saturday's (June 11) North America Cup eliminations at Moh...
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Fields set for Empire Breeders Classic Trots

on 06/10/2016 2:00 AM
Commanding favorite Non Stick was handed her first career defeat in her Empire Breeders Classic elimination on Friday (June 10) at Vernon Downs, while Fad Finance ($22.60) and Earn Your Wings ($18.20) copped minor upsets in the preliminaries for next week's marquee trotting event.   In the first $12,500 elimination, trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt headed to the front with 1-10 fa...
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RMTC adds Canadian director to glaucine panel

on 06/09/2016 2:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has added a member to its task force charged with reviewing information on glaucine and addressing the issue of recent positives for the substance. Dr. Carolyn Cooper, director of the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency's (CPMA) Equine Drug Control Program, will join the team of seven other expert veterinarians and laboratory directors from across...
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Sarah Svanstedt gets "amazing feeling" driving

on 06/09/2016 2:00 AM
When Sarah Svanstedt drove in an amateur race last week at the Meadowlands, it had been nearly three years since she competed on the track. But it seems that winning in a race bike is like riding a bike; one never forgets how it's done. Sarah, the wife of trainer Ake Svanstedt, guided Real DJ Hanover to victory last Friday in a GSY Series trot, rallying from the back of the pack to defeat W...
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