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NYSS gets underway at Monticello

on 05/23/2016 2:00 AM
The inaugural event for 2016 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) took place at Monticello Raceway on Monday. Six NYSS events were contested, two races for each category, the Excelsior A's, and Excelsior B's and the upper echelon Sires Stake fields. The front end ruled, as eight of the card's 11 races were won wire to wire.   Starting off the action in the second race was the...
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Getitoffyourchest best again at Harrington

on 05/23/2016 2:00 AM
David Banks and Layfield Horses' Getifoffyourchest ($3.60, Ross Wolfenden) was a dominant winner in achieving his third straight victory in 1:51.1 Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open.   Getitoffyourchest left the gate from post three and set fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24.1 with little opposition and cruised to a two-length score in 1:51.1 over Coaster and ...
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WIJI steals first quarter, wins Battle of Lake Erie

on 05/22/2016 2:00 AM
Wiggle It Jiggleit has traveled to Northfield Park's Flying Turns on two occasions and has two track records to prove it. Winner of the 2015 Carl Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3, the fasted mile paced at Northfield Park by a three year-old gelding, Wiggle It Jiggleit is now also the fastest four year-old gelding on the half-mile oval by virtue of his easy victory in Saturday's (May 21) $200,000 Ba...
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Bee A Magician, Missile J take top Yonkers events

on 05/22/2016 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps were brought to us be the letter B. Ladies First, with Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $3.50), who took a overnight rest stop and toyed with her six marquee trot rivals.   From post six (in one notch after the inside number was scratched-sick), Bee a Magician paid a :27.4 price to secure the lead. One she paid tha...
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Boston Red Rocks scores; Maestro upsets Pinkman

on 05/22/2016 2:00 AM
Boston Red Rocks may have been given a bit of a scare at the wire, but ended a trend of high-profile beaten favorites on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scoring in his 2016 debut in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   The Steve Elliott trainee, who is pointing toward the Meadowlands Pace, was permitted to set tepid fractions of :28, ...
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Southwind Frank in 1:52.1 in season debut

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
All systems appear to be go for early Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank (pictured), who marched to an easy 2½-length win in his first start as a 3-year-old in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for trotting colts and geldings Friday night at the Meadowlands.   "He was Frank," said winning trainer Ron Burke. "He couldn't have been any better. It's what we expect from him."...
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3TC Goin To The Limit wins qualifier in 1:53.2

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday morning's short program of seven qualifiers got underway at 9:30 on a fast track under overcast skies with the temperature in the low 60's and no wind.   Last season's Dan Patch Freshman Filly Trotter of the Year, Broadway Donna was back for her second go around which resulted in a 1:55.2 romp for Dave Miller. She set fractions of 28:2, :58.2 and 1:27.4, edging away through...
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Iron Mine Bucky's 1:55.2 tops in Currier & Ives

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
Iron Mine Bucky survived a miserable first quarter in the slop and went on to capture the faster division of Saturday's $116,304 Currier & Ives at The Meadows. Cufflink Hanover took the other division in the stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Iron Mine Bucky hadn't raced since winning an Oct. 2 Keystone Classic split at The Meadows, and he got just the sort of jou...
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Sir Royson scores in NYSS when Dayson breaks

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
Neither favorite prevailed in New York Sire Stakes action at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 21) evening, with 3-year-old trotting colts Smalltownthrowdown ($8.70) and Sir Royson ($42.00) prevailing in their respective $61,300 events. In the first division, carded as race six, Smalltownthrowdown yielded to even-money choice Allerage Echo (Jim Morrill, Jr.) upon reaching the backstretch...
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LA Delight, Caprice Hill win elims at Mohawk

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
A crowd of thousands packed Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night for Fireworks and Family Fun Night and got to enjoy an action-packed ten-race card.   The eliminations for the SBOA Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies highlighted the card and featured the return of a pair of divisional champions. A total of 21 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $25,000 eliminati...
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Nitro bests Bluehourpower, Color's A Virgin

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
Nitro, with John DeLong at the lines, made amends for last week's second-place finish and rolled home a winner in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, May 21. Scoring in gate to wire fashion, Nitro stopped the timer in 1:50.3 and gave driver John DeLong one of his six wins on the 13-race card.   DeLong took ...
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Bigtown Hero holds off Bettors Edge at Pocono

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
The American Ideal gelding Bigtown Hero, still having the 1:48.1 fastest clocking in 2016 North American harness racing (though it had been tied six minutes earlier by Artistic Major at The Meadowlands), was extended to hold off potential Pocono Pike pocket rocket Bettors' Edge in the $20,000 feature Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but "Bigtown," the even-money favorite, pro...
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McKenzie's Star circles field to win at Tioga

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
With odds-on favorite Prairie Fortune breaking in the stretch after sustaining first-over pressure for a joint lead, McKenzie's Star ($9.80) was able to circle the field en route to a 1:58.1 victory over sloppy going in Saturday (May 21) evening's featured $8,500 top-level trot at Tioga Downs.   Fern Paquet, Jr. retreated to the tail of the field with the 6-year-old Donato Hanover m...
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Artistic Way snags second win in three weeks

on 05/21/2016 2:00 AM
Artful Way (Artistic Fella) scored in the Open Pace for the second time in the last three weeks on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   The Jackie Rousse-trained pacer faded on the front end in last Saturday's installment of the $15,000 Open as the favorite after being used hard throughout. This week, driver Frank Coppola Jr. elected to sit the pocket with Artful Way who track...
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JL Cruze cruises in Philadelphia

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
The 2015 Older Trotter of the Year JL Cruze was in action Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The gelded son of Crazed was matched up against five other combatants in a winners-over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $25,000.   The race became a bit anti-climactic when top contender Gural Hanover (Yannick Gingras) went offstride at the quarter pole. He was rus...
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Saturday night special at the Meadowlands

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday night's race card at the Meadowlands has a lot to offer. The first leg of the Graduate Series brings Grand Circuit 4-year-old trotters and pacers to town and the pacing side of the New Jersey Sires Stakes gets underway, featuring 2015's top freshman Boston Red Rocks in his seasonal debut.   The Graduate trotters were split into a pair of $50,000 divisions with Wings Of Vict...
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Charmed Life is Menary's "franchise player"

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Like many residents north of the border David Menary is a huge hockey fan and also was a participant in the game. Therefore, it is certainly not surprising he employs jargon stemming from the sport when he describes Charmed Life.   "She is a franchise player," he said. "She is not Bee A Magician but she is one of the top three horses in my barn and I am grateful every day for my lov...
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A Penny Earned takes Tioga trot feature

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Vernon invader A Penny Earned ($6.80) employed a change of tactics on Friday (May 20) evening at Tioga Downs, stalking cover and lunging to the line for a 1:55.3 triumph in the featured $11,000 Open Trot.   After a slow start, Mike Simons pointed the 7-year-old Conway Hall gelding second-over on the backstretch, drafting with the live cover of Its Payday Friday (Dan Clements) after ...
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Sell A Bit N tops Stokk Zone at Yonkers

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $7) was left without adult supervision Friday night, then made ‘em, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from assigned post position No. 5, Sell a Bit N was three-wide early before getting past pole-sitting Lookout Stokk Zone (Tyler Buter) and Know it All (Eric Abbatiello). The leader was able to put up poke...
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Ohio ownerThomas York Jr. dies at 92

on 05/20/2016 2:00 AM
Thomas H. York Jr., 92, died peacefully Tuesday (May 17) at his home in Newark, Ohio, following a brief illness, surrounded by family and friends.   He had a passion for Standardbred racehorses and devoted 30-plus years to being deeply involved in the sport as an owner and breeder, working with trainers Terry Holton and most recently, Jim Arledge Jr. He owned such standouts as Mythi...
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