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Yonkers, SOA contribute to Classy Lane fund

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced a joint contribution to assist those affected by the Classy Lane barn fire.   The initial donation is $10,000—equally shared by the track and its horsemen—with an initiative underway to increase that amount.   "As with the rest of the harness industry, we were stunned and saddened by wh...
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Special T Rocks takes Dover feature

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Veteran pacer Special T Rocks returned to the winner's circle following a 1:51.3 victory in the Sunday feature race, after an early light snow shower over a ‘good' track at Dover Downs. Too Darn Hot won the $20,000-$25,000 claimer and Brioni took his fourth straight. Driver Ross Wolfenden had a four-win night.   Allan Davis piloted $497,149 and 34th lifetime winner Special T Rock...
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Meadowlands keeps entry box open to Tuesday

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands will draw Monday for those classes that have filled with 10 horses for the Friday and Saturday cards on Jan. 22 and 23.   All other classes will remain open until Tuesday in an effort to accommodate horses selling at the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Mohday.   The Race Office will be open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Please phone the entries in to (877...
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Set Me Up rallies up Lightning Lane at Meadows

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Set Me Up enjoyed a pocket trip, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Sent off the 6-5 favorite, Set Me Up grabbed the early lead for Dave Palone but released Hidden Land approaching the quarter. The 7-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Moccasin Flight was fresher in the lane, downing Hidden Lan...
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Domedomedome, Lady Ping repeat in WEG series

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday.   In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favorite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev...
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Gingras wins six on Monday at Dover

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras had a winning habit on Mondays at Dover Downs, driving six winners on the Jan. 17 card. Also, Bad Boy Matt pulled a 10-1 upset in the $27,500 Delaware Special Handicap feature race.   Allan Davis unleashed Bad Boy Matt in the stretch closing swiftly to catch front-pacing Captive Audience late in the stretch to post a 1:51.1 victory in the feature. It was the Badlands...
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Survivor Series at Miami Valley trims field

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
The quarter-finals of the Survivor Series for male $5,000 claimers were contested Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, reducing the original 91 horse field of starters to just 18 for the semi-finals next week. Ten divisions of first round contestants were reduced to four fields of nine (36) for Monday's action with half (18) advancing to the third round, comprised of two nine-horse fields...
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Lindys Tru Grit tops Tattersalls at $125,000

on 01/18/2016 12:00 AM
Lindy's Tru Grit was the sale-topper at Monday's Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack, one of three horses purchased by owner Brad Grant for trainer Ben Wallace as the two friends look to move forward following the Classy Lane Training Centre fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier this month.   The Jan. 4 fire destroyed a barn that housed hors...
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Aslan wins Yonkers 32G open handicap pace

on 01/17/2016 12:00 AM
Aslan (Brian Sears, $6.30) was there when it counted Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $32,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 4, he watched as 3-2 choice Melmerby Beach (Jason Bartlett) moved around Journeyman (George Brennan) for the lead. Melmerby Beach seemingly had his own way through intervals of :28.2, :57.2 and 1:25.2. Bet...
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Bushwacker 3-peats, Tetrick wins 6 at Big M

on 01/17/2016 12:00 AM
After making two separate moves in the first three-eighths of Saturday evening's $25,000 Open Handicap Pace at the Meadowlands, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker ($2.80) held sway for his third consecutive top-level win in New Jersey.   Tim Tetrick sent the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding forward at race's outset, easing off a trio of other leavers before commencing a brush to the fo...
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Can Do upsets in Meadowlands trot

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
 After stinging Opulent Yankee and Uva Hanover through a :26.4 initial quarter, Can Do ($31.20) emerged from traffic in the final eighth of Friday  night's $25,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot, vaulting around a weakening pace for a 14-1 upset on an evening where favorites tasted defeat in the first nine events. Anthony Napolitano wasted no time with the 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, gu...
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Despite layoff, American Girl wins at Miami

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
 Despite a four-week respite from the racing wars, American Girl came all dolled up for the $20,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night and came away with a narrow victory over a sloppy track.  Her successful 2016 debut was American Girl's 29th career triumph and upped the seven-year-old daughter of Art's Chip's lifetime bounty to almost $600,00...
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Pat Hall dies at age 67

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
Pat Hall, a longtime horseman and horse racing official, and son of Don Hall, died Jan. 8, 2015, five days after his 67th birthday. He and his wife, Kathy, had been involved in a head on car collision on Nov. 23 and had been in intensive care at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor with multiple injuries since then. There will be a memorial service celebrating h...
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Doctor RJ rallies in Meadows $22,500 pace

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
Moving three wide through the final turn, Doctor RJ zipped through the sloppy stretch and scored an 8-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $22,500 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. As is his custom, Doctor RJ got away near the back of the pack.. But when Eric Goodell showed him racetrack, the 7-year-old Real Artist-Informant gelding nailed the leader, Unlocked, in the final strid...
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Ohio horseman Pius Soehnlen, 76, dies

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
Ohio horseman Pius Soehnlen, 76, died Friday night at his home in Navarre, Ohio, after a battle with cancer. Mr. Soehnlen was the son of the late horseman Leo Soehnlen, who bred the great trotter Dream Of Glory. Pius trained and drove Dream Of Glory, who won 50 of 86 career starts and set world records and earned divisional honors before becoming an influential sire.   Mr. Soehnl...
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Diamond Cowboy rallies to win Buffalo open

on 01/16/2016 12:00 AM
The longest stretch on a half-mile track in the United States and a pacer with a form that shows a big time closing kick. That was the perfect recipe for Diamond Cowboy in Buffalo Raceway's $10,000 Open pace on Saturday evening (Jan. 16). Diamond Cowboy ($6.20) was parked out in the field of six from the start but was perfectly rated by driver Shawn Gray to stay in contention as Youw...
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Blizzard Series round two raced in snow

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Bad As Leader was a repeat winner, while a pair of fresh faces visited the winner's circle in Thursday's second leg of the Blizzard Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $17,000 Blizzard Series divisions for 3 -and 4-year-old pacing fillies and mare were contested under light snow conditions.   Bad As Leader was confidently driven by Trevor Henry to a 1:54.3 victory in the first ...
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McJagersonthemove is best in Dover feature

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
McJagersonthemove, second in his previous two races, proved the best in the Thursday feature race at Dover Downs, winning easily in 1:52.2 with Tony Morgan driving.   The McArdle-Grand fancy gelding lived up to his named moving into the lead and scoring by three lengths for trainer Willard Reynolds and owner Mark Howard in an $8,000 pace. The victory of his second of the meet a...
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Bushwacker eyes third straight at Meadowlands

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Following a gritty 1:49.3 triumph in last week's $25,000 Open Pace, Henderson Farms' Bushwacker seeks his third straight top-level victory at the Meadowlands, and his five in six starts.   Tim Tetrick drives the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, who was assigned the outside post in the featured six-horse field. After pouncing from the pocket on Jan. 2, Bushwacker used a first-ov...
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Connections enjoying ride with Unix Hanover

on 01/15/2016 12:00 AM
Scott Blackler had a pretty good day on the golf course one recent fall afternoon and it had nothing to do with the way he played. Blackler, a trainer based in Middletown, N.Y., went out to shoot a round with a friend and ended up with a horse. The horse--now 4-year-old pacer Unix Hanover--has won five of eight races since joining Blackler's stable and is being pointed toward March's Sagamore ...
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