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Goldstar Classic wins at Pompano in his 100th start

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Goldstar Classic and Pocket Trip took their respective divisions of Pompano Park's duet of $10,000 trotting features on Monday night (February 22).   Goldstar Classic was superbly handled by Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey as this six year-old gelded son of Classic Photo scored a gate-to-wire win in 1:56.3, measuring three-parts-of-a-length over the late charging Diamond Dagger, drive...
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Lucan Hanover holds off Dapper Dude at Dover

on 02/22/2016 12:00 AM
Lucan Hanover withstood a tremendous closing effort from Dapper Dude to win the $30,000 Preferred Handicap in 1:51.2 on the Washington's birthday card, Monday, Feb. 22, at Dover Downs.   Newcomer Lucan Hanover, owned by West Wins Stable and piloted by Yannick Gingras, in his first local appearance had all he could handle in the stretch when Vic Kirby pulled last week's feature race ...
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Rockeyed Optimist wins Big M feature by 4

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
The beat goes on at the Meadowlands, as a bustling on-track crowd and simulcast punters from across North America combined to wager $3,283,111 on Saturday evening's 14-race program. This marks the seventh consecutive program at the Meadowlands drawing at least $3 million in handle, with the streak having begun on Jan. 29.   The evening's featured $20,000 upper-level pace s...
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Major Athens, Polak A take Yonkers opens

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
Second choices Major Athens (George Brennan, $6.50) and Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.30) were second to none Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $32,000 Open Handicaps.   Major Athens won the week's featured trot after being pocketed from assigned post position No. 6. He watched as Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28. It was "Herbie" t...
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Much Adoo the best in Ontario Girls final

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
Much Adoo overcame post 10 to capture the $44,600 Ontario Girls Series final Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of 10 Ontario-sired 4-year-old pacing mares competed in the finale of the three-week series event.   Much Adoo was made the even-money favorite despite starting from post 10. Debuting for trainer Nick Gallucci, Much Adoo captured a first leg division before skip...
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Big Game Hunter goes back-to-back at Meadows

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
Big Game Hunter held off the late challenge of Valiente Stride to capture his second straight victory in Saturday's second leg of the Winter Claiming Series for $20,000 horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Sawbuck Hanover and Want Me also took $15,000 second-leg splits.   Sent straight to the front by Aaron Merriman, Big Game Hunter easily parried the first-over bid of Mr Coolie...
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Isle Of Capri Series continues at Pompano Park

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
The $150,000 Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park late-closing series continued at the South Florida oval Saturday night with Velocity Vespa and Just A Bee earning the top award in their respective divisions in the second leg of the series.   Velocity Vespa, handled with perfection by George Napolitano, Jr., led every stride of her mile while recording fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1;22....
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My Buddy Inkster wins Miami Valley open in debut

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
My Buddy Ninkster (Kayne Kauffman) made his initial start at Miami Valley Raceway a memorable one, winning the $20,000 Open Pace in 1:51, topping Astreo's Love (LeWayne Miller) and Beach Memories (John DeLong) on Saturday night. The Chicago invader, who has been toiling at Balmoral and Hawthorne until being moved into the Chris Short barn in southwest Ohio recently, now has a dozen career wins...
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Marshall, Ross, Sells new Florida HOFers

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association held their 25th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame awards dinner Friday. Inducted into the Hall of Fame were former race secretary Kenny Marshall, trainer/drivers Wally Ross Jr. and Tom Sells, and on the equine side, the trotting stallion, Basil. The association also presented its annual horsemen/women awards. In a...
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Penn wins fifth straight at Miami Valley

on 02/21/2016 12:00 AM
 Penn put forth another monster effort in Miami Valley’s $20,000 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon, notching his fifth straight triumph in southwest Ohio over the last 10 weeks.  Trainer Bobby Brower is racing the 6-year-old gelded son of Master Glide sparingly in an effort to keep him sharp through a long 2016 campaign he has charted out for him.  To date the plan is working to p...
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Crosby's Clam Bake upsets in Big M Open Trot

on 02/20/2016 12:00 AM
Recent harness racing programs at the Meadowlands have been full of upsets, and Friday evening's 14-race card was no different. Only three favorites proved victorious, and of the 11 non-favorites to prevail, Crosbys Clam Bake ($19.20) kicked clear authoritatively in the night's featured $25,000 Open Handicap Trot--his second such win of the meet.   Competitive racing and health...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. steps in to save mare

on 02/20/2016 12:00 AM
Walnut Hall Limited, Meg Jewitt and Alan Leavitt, have opened their doors and their hearts to the 29-year-old mare in a kill pen, H H Tracy.   Calls came in to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), and gifts were sent to save the gray-faced senior gal who stood in the kill pen, tagged for a trip to the Canadian slaughterhouse.   "There were a lot of angry peo...
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Jackpot Hi-5 hit for $189,970 at Woodbine

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
A single winning ticket correctly hit the Jackpot Hi-5 Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack to score the winning horseplayer a massive $189,970.16 payout. The winning ticket was constructed by an HPIBet customer from Nova Scotia, who made a $252 wager to correctly hit the Jackpot Hi-5. The winning horseplayer keyed race-winner #4 Princess Katie on top and used several others underneath. Pri...
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First Winbak-bred Heston Blue Chip colt born

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
On February 15th, Winbak Farm welcomed the first Winbak-bred colt sired by Heston Blue Chip p, 2, 1:50.4f; 3, 1:48f ($1,781,881). Heston Blue Chip, the richest son of American Ideal, was a standout stakes performer. He was voted the USHWA top 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the year in 2012. At 2, he won the John Simpson Memorial, Matron Final at Dover Downs, 7 New York Sire Stakes legs and Fi...
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Kyle Dibenedetto drives 6,000th winner

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
On Thursday afternoon, Kyle DiBenedetto scored his 6,000th win at Monticello Raceway, reaching the milestone with Simply Rockin. The son of Rockin Image made his Monticello Raceway debut a winning one after recently competing at Northfield Park. The gelding won in wire-to-wire fashion for owner-trainer Michael Weiner of Woodridge N.Y. Sent off at 1-5, he did not disappoint the betting pub...
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Jug champ Limelight Beach set for '16 debut

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
Limelight Beach, the 2014 Little Brown Jug winner, will make his seasonal debut in Saturday's featured event at The Meadowlands after last week's races--and his expected return to the track--were postponed due to extreme cold. The 5-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear tackles seven others in the $20,000 upper-level pace, and has been installed as the 3-1 morning line second c...
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Rockn Ruby N rocks at 9-1 in Yonkers feature

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
Pocketed Rockn Ruby N (Dan Dube. $21.60) picked off pacesetting favorite Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from her assigned post position No. 6, "Ruby" worked around Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) before yielding to Regil Elektra. The 13-10 choice made the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter...
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War N Munn, Bad As Leader win Woodbine finals

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
The series finals of The Count B and Miss Vera Bars were in the spotlight Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine 3-year-old pacers competed in the $42,200 The Count B final, while a field of eight 3-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $41,600 Ontario Girls final.   All eyes were on Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn, who aimed for a series sweep in The Count B fi...
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Lutetium best by a nose at Buffalo

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
It's a good thing Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open Trot is raced at an even mile because an inch longer, the result probably would have been different for the front-running Lutetium on Friday evening. Leading nearly every step of the way, Lutetium (Truman Gale) found the wire just in the nick of time to hold off the hard-charging Cold Certified (Shawn McDonough) by a nose in 2:01 over the sloppy...
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Release of purse money in NJ overnights

on 02/19/2016 12:00 AM
Effective immediately, the request submitted by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) to permit the release of purse money prior to post race testing results has been approved by the New Jersey Racing Commission.   This approval was granted on an experimental basis through Dec. 31, 2016 and applies to all overnight races offering a purse of $25,000 ...
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