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Can Perfectly Enough tackle top American trotters?

on 03/08/2016 12:00 AM
Eight-year-old Swedish trotter Perfectly Enough arrived in trainer Marcus Melander's New Jersey stable in early January with the hopes of competing this year against the best older trotters in North America. A return trip home in May, however, would be perfectly OK with his connections.   Perfectly Enough, who won the Swedish Breeders Crown at age 3 and has earned 3.08 million ...
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Emotional night for Francis as WIJI honored

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
If Clyde Francis got a little teary eyed during Sunday night's Dan Patch Awards banquet, it was understandable. It also was not unexpected.   Francis, who celebrated his 59th birthday Saturday, on Sunday watched as Wiggle It Jiggleit was honored as harness racing's 2015 Horse of the Year during the U.S. Harness Writers Association's Dan Patch Awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Pier...
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Gingras leads driving tourney in Australia

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has shot to the top of the leaderboard after a thrilling first day of the International All Star Series in Australia. Gingras drove his mounts to victory in his first two starts on Australian soil and then followed up with a bold run in the last race to steal the limelight on day one. But it wasn't all international flavor, with Terang young gun Jason Lee claiming one f...
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Yonkers increases purses up to 25 percent

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-the-board purse increases, beginning with next week's condition sheet. The significant (up to 25 percent) hikes raise the overnight purse range from $8,000 (for $12,500 claimers) to $40,000 (weekly Opens/Open Handicaps). The current structure is $6,500 to $32,000. Again, the new scale takes effect next Monday (March 14). For more information,...
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Horseman Harold "Sonny" Dancer dies at 80

on 03/07/2016 12:00 AM
Harold "Sonny" Dancer, 80, a trainer/driver since 1954 from the esteemed Dancer family, died March 6.  Over the years, he trained and drove many top level horses. He broke and trained the 2-year-old world champion pacing colt of 1972, Ricci Reenie Time, 1:56.1. He went on to capture many stakes races with that colt, including the 1973 Adios. He also conditioned and drove world champion...
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Rockeyed Optimist holds off Dovuto Hanover

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
After Scott Zeron's grand slam on Friday, driver Anthony Napolitano one-upped his youthful rival on Saturday (March 5) evening at The Meadowlands, winning five of the 13 races.   After a pillar-to-post win in the opener with Sweet Justice ($10.80, 1:55.2), the 34-year-old Napolitano prevailed with odds-on favorite Honey I'm Home ($3.40, 1:52) in the third before back-to-back minor u...
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All Bets Off takes Yonkers feature in 1:52.2

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, $5.60) avoided some early happenstance and held sway Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Remanded outside his seven rivals, All Bets Off floated from the gate early, then saw 3-2 favorite Fan of Terror (Brian Sears) made a bad break out of the first turn. That allowed All Bets Off to take a seat fourth as pole-assigned ...
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Donau longshot winner in Saratoga Open

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
The first Open of the season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway yielded by far the biggest payout of the young campaign.   Saturday night's $15,000 Open Pace was contested at a distance of 1 1/16 miles and there were several leavers who slugged it out in the early going in the year's first feature. Texas Terror N (Western Terror) was the race's favorite and powered out to the early lead...
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Velocity Vespa, Wind Of The North Star at PPk

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
Velocity Vespa and George Napolitano, Jr. teamed up to score a track record 1:49 victory in the $75,000 Final of the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park Late Closing Series on Saturday night (March 5).   Though that was a highlight on the "Super Saturday" program, the pair had to share with spotlight as the stars--both in the sky and on the track--were plentiful and shined brightly the ...
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Sutton strengthens lead at Miami Valley

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
Josh Sutton strengthened his stranglehold on the top spot in the Miami Valley Raceway dash derby with a six-pack of wins on the Saturday (March 5) program. The 33-year-old reinsman now sports 84 wins, 22 more than runner-up Chris Page, who himself fashioned a grand slam with four Saturday victories. Sutton's 84 wins and .293 UDRS have generated $634,856 in 2016 earnings, all at Miami Valley, a...
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Il Mago takes Miami Valley Open Trot again

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
The trotting warhorse Il Mago has taken an immediate liking to his new surroundings in the Midwest. The seven-year-old son of Kadabra, purchased for $30,000 by CC Racing LLC of Illinois out of the Tattersalls Meadowlands auction in January, captured the $20,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (March 6) for his third win in four tries for his new owners.   Trace Tetrick...
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JATO wins Saratoga Open for Okusko

on 03/06/2016 12:00 AM
J A T O (Big Apple Deli) extended his winning streak on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   The Howard Okusko-trained trotter made his local debut in the $15,000 Open Trot and despite getting away towards the back of the pack wound up getting a second over journey in the year's first trotting feature at the Spa. J A T O cruised past rival Zooming (Billy Dobson) in the...
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Crosbys Clam Bake takes Meadowlands Open

on 03/05/2016 12:00 AM
After securing the pocket on the first turn, Crosbys Clam Bake ($7.80) angled off the pegs in mid-stretch and chased down 8-5 favorite Opulent Yankee to take Friday (March 4) evening's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands.   Scott Zeron put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding in play from the outset, outsprinting Appomattox (Andy McCarthy) to the first turn but in turn ...
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Campanile scores on opening night at Saratoga

on 03/05/2016 12:00 AM
Campanile (No Pan Intended) prevailed in the feature on opening night of the 2016 racing season at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.   One of the most consistent mares at the Spa in the past several years, the Chris Marino-trained Campanile moved out to the early lead in the $12,000 Friday feature which was contested at a distance of a mile and 1/16. Driver Austin Siegelman guided the se...
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Miami Valley mare feature to Safe From Terror

on 03/05/2016 12:00 AM
Safe From Terror captured the $20,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 4), surpassing the half-million dollar earnings mark with the 1:53 score.   Driver Chris Page was content to get away fourth in the ten-horse field with the favored four-year-old daughter of Western Terror. Inching closer at each call, Safe From Terror moved up to third at the half,...
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Justgottogetthere finally wins at Buffalo

on 03/05/2016 12:00 AM
It's been a frustrating past two weeks for Justgottogetthere at Buffalo Raceway with a pair of solid but disappointing second place finishes. But that annoyance was erased on Friday night (March 4) as Justgottogetthere posted a convincing 2-3/4 length victory over Winkys Pride in the featured $8,200 trot.   Leave Your Mark (Jim Morrill Jr.) set the fractions through the opening thre...
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Connecting Flight one to beat in Russell series

on 03/05/2016 12:00 AM
Connecting Flight stamped himself as the one to beat in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace when he cruised to victory in a sharp 1:52.2 in Saturday's opening leg at The Meadows. Stone Fire Hanover and Official Stripes captured the other $12,000 opening-leg divisions of the event for 3- and 4-year-old pacing colts, horses and geldings. The series honors the memory of the late Walter Russell, whos...
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Youwillwishyouhad captures Buffalo feature

on 03/05/2016 12:00 AM
It wasn't a matter if Youwillwishyouhad was going to win at Buffalo Raceway, it was just a matter of when.   Well, that elusive victory came about on Saturday night (March 5) as Youwillwishyouhad got the perfect trip and posted a 1-3/4 length decision over If It Rains in the $10,000 Open Pace. The winning time was 1:56.4 over the good track.   And while Youwillwishyouhad ...
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Yonkers announces teams for US-French battle

on 03/04/2016 12:00 AM
A quintet of Yonkers Raceway's best drivers are set to match mettle against their French counterparts in the inaugural Drivers' Cup.   The two-nation competition begins at the Raceway Sunday afternoon (March 20), with races 2 and 4, which will be a pair of events included among those simulcast to the French-hubbed audience. The Cup then concludes with two races at Vincennes (Pa...
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Meadows horsemen visit elementary school

on 03/04/2016 12:00 AM
Driver Mike Wilder and trainer Spencer Kahrig took time out of their hectic schedules on Thursday morning (March 3), volunteering their time to read to a classroom of kids at Trinity North elementary school in Washington, Pa.   Wilder and Kahrig shared duties reading "Stable Girl," a kids book written by Patricia Harrison Easton that features a day in the life of a young girl at the...
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