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Princess opener goes to American Curves

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
A surprising mid-stretch break by the 1-2 favorite shook things up in the opening leg of the Princess Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   A compact group of six 3-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $20,000 first round of the Princess. Ken Sucee trainee Shes Lights Out entered Friday’s first leg two for two to start 2016 and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was a...
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Stirling Cadet best in Vernon opening feature

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
After a quick pace did him in the week prior at Saratoga, Stirling Cadet ($4.90) found a change in venue and the cut back to a mile welcome, as he turned in a dominating 1:53.2 effort in Friday evening's featured $9,000 Open Trot on Vernon Downs's inaugural program of 2016. Jimmy Whittemore wasted no time with the 5-year-old Conway Hall gelding, seizing command from Pocket Trip (Fern Paquet...
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Crazy Wow bests Pinkman in Big M qualifier

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
The headliner matched a pair of million dollar winning sophomore trotters from 2015, Crazy Wow and Pinkman, with Crazy Wow getting the decision in 1:55/:28.2. Honor And Serve (now in the Ake Svanstadt barn) cut the mile and led into the stretch when Crazy Wow trotted up to his outside while Pinkman ducked to the inside as the three finished in a line across the track. Tim Tetrick drove the win...
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Bit Of A Legend N captures Levy final

on 04/23/2016 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $2.60, part of entry) was the best entering and the best exiting Saturday night, winning the $609,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   The 29th Levy, again honoring the memory of the Harness Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway, served as both the richest race in the history of the ev...
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Crown champ Always B Miki returns Saturday

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
The ongoing return of last year's stars to the racetrack resumes on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. An Open Handicap Pace for a purse of $25,000 (Race 11) will be the stage for Always B Miki's seasonal debut where he'll face six talented foes.   Always B Miki got a very late start to his 2015 campaign but made the most of the time he had. "Miki" won all four starts of his 2015 st...
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McNair/Reid/Key sweep Celias Counsel splits

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
The tag-team of McNair and Reid were unstoppable in Thursday's second round of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series at Mohawk Racetrack.   A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into two 10-horse $16,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week series. Driver Doug McNair and trainer Paul Reid teamed up to sweep both divisions with a pair of Bob Key homebreds. ...
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The African still king in Saratoga feature

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
The African (Crazed) continued his strong spring on Thursday afternoon as the 4-year-old trotter prevailed in the $9,300 feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   Trainer Dave Dewhurst started the week in seventh place in the local trainer standings and continued his recent hot streak as The African rolled to victory in the feature for New York-sired trotters. Bet down to odds of 1-...
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Boni anxious to bring Miki back to racetrack

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
As Bob Boni gets older, he appreciates more and more the value of each day. That being said, Boni perhaps envies Rip Van Winkle a bit, wishing he could have slumbered through the winter to only awaken for the day that star male pacer Always B Miki made his 2016 racing debut.   Boni, of course, did not sleep the months away. But the day for which he waited finally arrives Saturday. A...
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Bettor N Better best in Yonkers Preferred

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
Bettor N Better N (Jason Bartlett, $9.30) tripped out from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $30,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   In play early from her assigned post position No. 3, Bettor N Better made the first lead before handing off to 4-5 favorite Sassa Hanover (George Brennan). "Sassa," looking to regain past glory, led through intervals of :27.2...
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Safe From Terror, Hackett elims in MVR spotlight

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
Despite the fact Safe From Terror had won three of the last five $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open paces at Miami Valley Raceway, all as an odds-on favorite, the faithful thought her assigned No. 9 post position might be insurmountable and dispatched the razor-sharp 4 year old at odds of 7-2. Driver Chris Page, however, didn't believe the task was too daunting and worked out a trip that resulted ...
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Hannelore Hanover goes back-to-back at Hoosier

on 04/22/2016 2:00 AM
Hannelore Hanover extended her winning streak to two at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino after a decisive win in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Trot, on Friday. Driven by Ricky Macomber Jr., Hannelore Hanover has now gone back-to back at the top level with her 1:53 victory and remains undefeated in three starts in 2016.   With combined lifetime earnings of...
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Freaky Feet Pete in to go Saturday at HoP

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete, winner of the 2015 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old pacing colts, will make his much anticipated seasonal debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 23. The four-year-old son of Rockin Image-Skyway Lori will look to tackle five other rivals in the featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace, and has been installed as the 2-5 morning...
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Stars returning to track Friday night at Big M

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Friday's Meadowlands card continues the parade of stars returning to the racing wars. Co-featured are the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot (Race 6) and $25,000 Open Handicap Mare Pace (Race 11).   The trotting race boasts a stellar field as Bee A Magician, Resolve and Creatine make their seasonal debut with Shake It Cerry, Gural Hanover, Waiting On A Woman and Opulent Yankee providing the...
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SRF charity golf outing set for May 18

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation's amnual charity golf outing on Wednesday (May 18) has great support from sponsors, golfers, and donors of great items.   If you cannot physically be present and wish to bid on any of the items, they will be available for bidding on SRF's website (http://www.adoptahorse.org/) starting in on Friday (May 13). Phone bids will be welcomed for some ...
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Draw for big Pennsylvania races on Monday

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
The inaugural edition of a pair of important stakes events, between them having purses of $800,000-added, as the start of the high-level stakes season for the sport's glamour divisions, the three-year-old pacers, will take place on April 30 (eliminations) and Kentucky Derby Day May 7 (finals) with the $500,000A Pennsylvania Classic Pace and its companion $300,000A Miss Pennsylvania Pace, for t...
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Stratton says "Legend" not used that hard in prelims

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
We're not condoning identity theft, but c'mon, which one of the other 4,247 currently-licensed U-S harness drivers wouldn't change places with Jordan Stratton this Saturday night? That's because Stratton has better-than-legitimate shots to win both of Yonkers Raceway's series finals, the $609,000 George Morton Levy Memorial and $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker. These are the sport's two riches...
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Change in feed helped JL Cruze thrive

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Winning 16 of 21 races, trotting the fastest mile in the history of the Meadowlands, and earning a Dan Patch Award as the sport's top aged trotter, would seem like the perfect season for any horse. And yet trainer Eric Ell says JL Cruze probably could have been better. "Honestly, I cannot recall a start last year where he did not have gait issues, was not on a line, or was not fighting thro...
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S. Florida Trotting Center fire fund distributed

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Florida Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association (FSBOA) president Joe Pennacchio told The Horseman Thursday afternoon that all funds collected in the aftermath of the March 16 barn fire at South Florida Trotting Center that killed 13 horses have been distributed. Pennacchio said the funds, which included donations from a GoFundMe page, fundraisers and from the FSBOA, Meadowlands and the...
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Creatine suffers injury; retired from racing

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
The $2 million-winning trotter Creatine, who won last year's Breeders Crown Open Trot and the 2013 Kentucky Futurity, has been retired from racing due to a suspensory injury. Creatine qualified at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 16, at the Meadowlands, finishing second to Bee A Magician, trotting his own mile in 1:53.4 with a :27 flat last quarter.   Creatine was bred by Dia...
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Hanover broodmare Hattie dies at 24

on 04/21/2016 2:00 AM
Hattie, one of the greatest producers in the history of the breed, died yesterday at Hanover Shoe Farms. The daughter of Abercrombie and the Albatross mare Albaquel was 24 years old. She was a terrific race filly herself, taking a 2-year-old record of 1:55.3 and earning $266,323, when both those achievements were relatively exceptional. She was bred and trained by Doug Ackerman. Ironically,...
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