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JL Cruze easy qualifier winner; "Frank" scratched

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands racetrack was abuzz Saturday morning as some of the top older horses and 3 year olds were prepping for upcoming stakes. A dozen qualifiers began at 9:30 on a dry track under clear skies with little wind and the temperature in the 50s.  Division leader Southwind Frank was programmed to qualify but did not race due to what's being reported as a quarter crack issue....
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Burke sweeps Classic elims; Darlin tops Country

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
JK Will Power (1:51.1) and Check Six (1:50.4) both posted new lifetime marks in winning the two $25,000 elimination races for next Saturday's $561,500 Pennsylvania Classic for PA-sired three-year-old colts and geldings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The winning duo also contributed to give trainer Ron Burke a familiar position of domination, as he sent out both winners, ...
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Freaky Feet Pete wins again at Hoosier

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
On a chilly night in Indiana, odds-on favorites were hot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as both of the heavy favorites delivered in the $21,000 featured trot and pace on Saturday, April 30. Each of the featured events saw familiar faces in the winner's circle as both races produced repeat winners from the previous week.   Freaky Feet Pete, the 2015 Breeders Crown Champion for t...
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Gotmoneyinmypocket captures Hackett

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
Gotmoneyinmypocket put money in owners Jerry Zosel and Kathy Ratcliff's pockets on Saturday night (April 30) at Miami Valley Raceway, capturing the $35,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship in impressive fashion.   The 3-year-old Ohio-sired son of Feelin Friskie set sail immediately for driver Kayne Kauffman, settling in briefly in fourth despite drawing an outside post positio...
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NY round-up: JK Panache, China Dream win

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
JK Panache ($8.10) sustained a first-over bid to wear down the odds-on Fireyourguns in Saturday (April 30) evening's featured $8,500 Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs, while driver John MacDonald captured five of the evening's 13 races.   In the Open Pace, 1-5 favorite Fireyourguns (Claude Huckabone, III) was stretched out by All Stienam (John MacDonald) through a :25.3 first quart...
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Seventh Secret scores at Meadows

on 04/30/2016 2:00 AM
Seventh Secret worked out a cozy pocket trip, then blew by the leader in deep stretch to capture Saturday's $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.   Aimo Hanover was determined to seat the field, so Mike Wilder guided Seventh Secret to the pocket from post five. Aimo Hanover turned back the first-over challenge of his stablemate, Easy Again, but Seventh Secret was st...
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Art History favored in Big M Saturday feature

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
Saturday's 12-race card at the Meadowlands features a solid group of eight older pacers in the seventh race for a purse of $17,500.   Art History has captured the fancy of the odds-maker at 2-1 from the outside. A winner three times in 10 starts this season, Art History seems to do his best racing over the mile oval. Jimmy Marohn Jr. has the driving assignment for trainer Steve Elli...
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TLP Stable's Lou Pontone dies at 82

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
Louis Andrew Pontone, of Staten Island, N.Y., died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 28. He was 82.   Mr. Pontone shared a passion for race horses with his son, Thomas. Together they started TLP Stable in 1996. They had the privilege of owning one-of-a-kind horses. They had two Hambletonian winners, Muscle Hill and Market Share, and won Breeders Crow...
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2003 HOY No Pan Intended dies in Ireland

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
Triple Crown winner No Pan Intended, has died after a freak accident at Oakwood Stud in Ireland on Friday morning. He was 16.   Derek Delaney reported that the son of Pacific Fella had exercised earlier in the day as he always does and then when being led to the breeding shed, No Pan Intended had reared up, flipped over backwards and landed on his head and was dead.   "It...
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Possible sale puts Balmoral auction bids on hold

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
The company that oversaw Wednesday's auction of property owned by the Balmoral Racing Club has notified all high bidders that those bids are now on hold as a result of a purchase offer of Balmoral Racing Club's real estate and personal property. The notification stated the offer came in on the day of the auction. The offer does not include any property of Maywood Park, thus the action of th...
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Queen Ann M takes Hackett for filly pacers

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
The Ohio stakes season kicked into high gear at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 29) as Queen Ann M (Chris Page) captured the $35,000 championship leg of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye-bred sophomore pacing fillies. The daughter of Big Bad John, who earned over $100,000 as a freshman, scored gate-to-wire in 1:54.1 for owner Alan Keith and trainer Mike Roth.   I...
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NY round-up: 3 in a row at Buffalo for "Mark"

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
Leave Your Mark made it three in a row at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 29), hanging on by a diminishing head over Strong Hope in the featured $9,000 trot. The winning time was 2:01.2 over the good track.   There were several win streaks on the line as Strong Hope came into the race with three straight while Leave York Mark and Red Clay each had two. While Red Clay finished...
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Al Raza N closes from sixth to win at Yonkers

on 04/29/2016 2:00 AM
Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald, $13) roared through the lane Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It didn't appear to be a closer's race after odds-on number Mosquito Blue Chip (Dan Dube) worked around Pasultimatedelite N (George Brennan) and dawdled through early intervals of :28 flat and :57. Even when longshot Know it All (Eric Abbatiell...
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Nuncio wins in 1:52.2 at Solvalla Wednesday

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
Nuncio, driven by Stefan Melander, won at the Solvalla track in Stockholm on Wednesday night in 1.52.2f. That's the fastest mile thus far this year in Europe.   Nuncio took the lead quickly after the start, with Jennifer Tillman yielding with Food Money. Down the stretch Tillman challenged with Food Money, but Nuncio was not seriously threatened, said Melander.   ...
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Mares in Meadowlands spotlight Friday

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
Live racing resumes on Friday at the Meadowlands with seven pacing mares featured in a $25,000 Open Handicap event, the eighth race on the program.   Last week's winner Katie Said (post 7) and bridesmaid Divine Caroline (post 6) are back for a rematch. Both mares came from off the pace with Katie Said peeling off the cover of then sprinting by Divine Caroline in a :26.2 close to the...
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220-1 winner lights up Meadows toteboard

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
A competitive conditioned trot at The Meadows Wednesday turned into something unusual when the pocket-sitting Our Rail Fantasy exploded the tote board, scoring at 220-1. For a $2 across-the-board ticket, Our Rail Fantasy returned a cool $769.60.   Owner/driver Tom Svrcek guided Our Rail Fantasy to the pocket, where he followed Xtatic Hanover until midstretch. He edged away late to d...
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First foal born by first crop sire Beachtrea

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
The first foal from the first crop of Beachtrea was recently born at Dublin Valley Farms in Fredericksburg, Ohio. The filly is the first foal out of the Badlands Hanover mare Oozie’s Finale who is out of million dollar earner and O'Brien Older Pacing Mare of the Year, Ooh’s and Aah’s p,1:51.1 ($1,139,429). The filly is owned by Beachtrea Enterprise group and will be part of Beachtrea’...
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Ontario drivers championship set for Grand River

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
The field for the 2016 Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, June 24, at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont. has been confirmed. The 2016 event will mark the second time that the Elora half-mile track has been the venue for the Ontario Regional. "Grand River Raceway is really looking forward to hosting the Ontario Regional Driving Championship," said Kelly Spencer, the ...
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Candy Corn Hanover sweet for her connections

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
He has conditioned the likes of North America Cup Consolation victor Western Cyclone and two fillies that brought home the Jugette hardware in Just Wait Kate and Eternity's Delight, but Travis Alexander has always wanted to put the progeny of Dragon Again through their paces. He finally possesses that opportunity with the undefeated Candy Corn Hanover and like everything else he has undertaken...
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USTA discontinues funding testing

on 04/28/2016 2:00 AM
The US Trotting Association has voted to discontinue providing funding support for out-of-competition testing. In a conference call earlier this week, the association's Executive Committee voted 16-1 on a motion to discontinue funding.   The members of the Executive Committee are USTA president Phil Langley, chairman Ivan Axelrod, vice chairman Russell Williams, treasurer Dick Brand...
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