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Sophomore fillies kick off 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
Leg one of the lucrative Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) program featured eight divisions of the Buckeye State's top-bred, 3-year-old trotting and pacing fillies doing battle Friday night (May 6) at Miami Valley Raceway. A total of 67 distaffs went postward—in a trio of trotting contests and five pacing events—each vying for a purse of $40,000 each. One of the highlights of the evening's...
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Saturday qualifiers at the Meadowlands

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
Kentucky Derby Day qualifiers at The Meadowlands were early, post time 9:00 a.m. with Pocono racing at 11:00 and the Dexter Cup at Freehold today. The track was a second or two off after overnight rains, there was no wind and the temperature around fifty degrees. Hambletonian winter book favorite Southwind Frank (Yannick Gingras) made his 2016 debut in the first where he was matched agai...
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Upsets abound in PA All-Stars 3YOCT

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
Three $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-bred three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were featured on the afternoon portion of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with some sophomores who had been flying "just under the radar" at two taking advantage of breaks by the divisional favorites and getting their 2016 stakes seasons off to a...
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Dante's blazing start results in Dexter win

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
Ake Svanstedt says Dante possesses the ability to cover short distances extremely quickly. On Saturday, the colt used that skill to win the $140,800 Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway. Starting from post seven, Dante and trainer-driver Svanstedt blazed to the front prior to the first turn and coasted from there, winning the Dexter Cup by 1-3/4 lengths over Cufflink Hanover. Credevie finished ...
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Pink Pistol fastest in PASS opener at the Meadows

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
Pink Pistol rocketed through the lane to pull off a 10-1 upset in the fastest division of Saturday's $161,047 Pennsylvania Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. The event, known as the Stenographer, was contested over three divisions, with Ginny Weasley (13-1) and Spicedbourbongirl (9-1) completing the long shot parade in the PASS opener. Jeff Gregory enjoyed a stake double...
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Luck Be Withyou wins Rose invite at Pocono

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
Luck Be Withyou, a five-year-old son of Western Ideal who loves The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, came out of the pocket behind a blistering pace set by JK Endofanera to win the $50,000 Rose invitational by a neck. "Luck" left strongly to get the garden spot behind JK Endofanera, who whistled to the quarter in 25.4, rated the half against the wind to a fairly-moderate 54.3, then tacked on a 26....
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Another series title for War N Munn

on 05/07/2016 2:00 AM
War N Munn overcame a parked trip from the outside post in the $57,600 final of The Diplomat to earn his third series title during an action-packed Saturday night (May 7) card of harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack. Jonathan Drury worked out the winning trip aboard the three-year-old Stonebridge Regal colt for trainer Carmen Auciello and owner George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey. ...
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MJB Got Faith set for 2016 OSS debut

on 05/06/2016 2:00 AM
The 2016 Ohio Sires Stakes season continues with 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and geldings taking center stage at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night.   Four $40,000 divisions of trotters (races one, two, four, six) and pacers (races seven, eight, 11, 12) each go postward in this first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore Ohio-breds. Post time is 7:05 p.m. (EDT). ...
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CNN's Roth announces race at Freehold

on 05/06/2016 2:00 AM
CNN correspondent Richard Roth is a foreign affairs journalist by day, reporting from far flung war zones and the United Nations, but he's always wanted to call a horse race. He's a former Standardbred owner and a long-time fan. On March 31, Roth did just that, calling a race at Freehold Raceway with the assistance of regular announcer Ken Warkentin. The story of Roth's day at the races ca...
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Betting Line wins Mohawk qualifier in 1:52

on 05/06/2016 2:00 AM
Warm May temperatures, clear skies and a slight breeze set the scene for Friday morning's nine qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Many notables took to the track Friday and turned in solid performances in preparation for their upcoming campaigns.   Ontario Sires Stakes champion Betting Line delivered a fantastic 1:52 effort in his second qualifier of 2016. The Casie Coleman trainee inh...
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Resolve goes "barefootin'" in Elitlopp Playoff

on 05/06/2016 2:00 AM
If Mars Blackmon were to handicap Sunday's $150,000 Mack Lobell Elitlopp Playoff at the Meadowlands, he might have difficulty putting his finger on Resolve's success. Because unlike the fictional Blackmon's proclamation that "It's gotta be the shoes" to explain Michael Jordan's prowess, Resolve is at his best barefoot.   Last year, Resolve won four of 13 races and hit the board...
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Lutetium, Cummings reunite for Buffalo win

on 05/06/2016 2:00 AM
Lutetium and driver Kevin Cummings got back together after nearly a four month separation and they celebrated their reunion with an easy two length victory Friday night (May 6) in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot. Lutetium sorely missed the services of Cummings who was out of commission with a broken arm since January 30. While Cummings was sidelined, the front-running Lutetium found t...
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Tessa Seelster wins 40G distaff derby at Yonkers

on 05/06/2016 2:00 AM
  Off-the-layoff Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $12.40) finished what she started Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from her assigned post position No. 2, it was "Tessa" working around Mach it a Par (Brian Sears). She then completed her rounds (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.1) while beating her seven elders. C...
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Trotting sire Sand Vic dies at Winbak Farm

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
The trotting sire Sand Vic was found passed away in his field at Winbak Farm of Maryland on Friday, April 29. He was 15.   "Sand Vic will be missed," said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. "He was a great horse to be around and knew his job in the breeding shed."   Sand Vic 2, 1:57.3; 3, Q1:54.1f; 1:51.2 ($2,121,269), was the winner of 23 races. He was the H...
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WIJI, Freaky Feet Pete among Battle eligibles

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
All Bets Off, third in North America in earnings this year with $221,950 in the bank, heads the probable list of all-star pacers for the May 21st renewal of Northfield Park's Battle of Lake Erie. The one mile dash also includes Foiled Again, harness racing's all-time money-winner, and Freaky Feet Pete, a horse who wins a staggering 89.6 percent of his starts. All Bets Off, a 5-year-old son ...
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Hilda Heydt dies at 89

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
Hilda Heydt, of Pleasant Hill, OH, a pioneer of women in harness racing, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at the age of 89. Hilda was born in the Province of Westphalia, Germany to Eugen and Edith Heydt. In 1936 she and her parents fled to Holland and later to Johannesburg, South Africa to escape the Holocaust. Following her parents' divorce she moved with her father in 1938 to New York...
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Harold Snyder scholarships renewed

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America and David Snyder, president of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the Harold Snyder Memorial Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year. The annual program offers $15,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to daughters and sons of licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers, management personnel, or young people themselves w...
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Youth-centric Saturday card at the Meadowlands

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
With so much focus on Sunday's Mother's Day 12:40 p.m. matinee card, let this serve as a reminder that the Meadowlands will not have live racing on Friday, May 6. This week's racing will be confined to Saturday, May 7, at 7:15 p.m. along with the abovementioned Sunday afternoon races.   The higher class pacing races have been carded for Sunday resulting in Saturday's offering being ...
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Hawthorne to host special Saturday qualifiers

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
In an effort to help horsemen prepare for the upcoming Hawthorne summer meet, racing secretary Pete Hanley has announced that Hawthorne will host a "second round" of qualifiers this week which be conducted on Saturday, May 7, prior to the start of the regular Saturday night program.   The qualifiers will get underway at 4:30 p.m. with the live card getting started at 7:20 p.m. Entri...
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Judge approves sale of Balmoral Park

on 05/05/2016 2:00 AM
Loeb Winternitz & Yellen Partners, the Chicago-based company that oversaw the recent auction of Balmoral and Maywood Park's assets, has notified everyone who place successful bids in last week's auction that a federal bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of Balmoral Park to Rick E. Heidner's Balmoral Holding. Heidner had offered $1.8 million for the 200-acre property in Crete, Ill. He...
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