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Gia's Surreal strong in Batavia feature; Morrill bags five

on 08/05/2020 10:42 PM
There were some big performances put forth at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 5) as Gia's Surreal muscled her way to victory in the top distaff pace and Jim Morrill Jr. won five races on the card to extend his driving lead for the meet.   After coming up short from a tough spot last week, Gia's Surreal put an exclamation point on her performance in the $9,000 f...
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Captain Corey ties 2YOCT mark in PASS at Philly

on 08/05/2020 10:40 PM
A second purse start, a second win, a second divisional track record. The racing game must seem easy to Captain Corey, as he won his $103,361 section of the second preliminary of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, matching his divisional colt record of 1:55.   Handled by trainer Åke Svanstedt, Captain Co...
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Blue Ivy repeats at Meadows; Palone wins 6

on 08/05/2020 10:39 PM
Blue Ivy made it two straight when she roared through the Lightning Lane and captured Wednesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Play For Pay led the field through mid-stretch, but when Aaron Merriman angled Blue Ivy inside, the 4-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous-All Blue was the stronger mare, scoring in 1:50.3 to match her career best. Alway...
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First-year fillies set to battle in Ohio SS at Northfield

on 08/05/2020 4:05 PM
Five Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) divisions of freshman fillies will line up behind the Northfield Park starting gate on Friday night. Two $50,000 divisions of pacing fillies and three $40,000 divisions of trotting fillies are slated to go postward in round three of the four-leg series, with a first race post of 6 p.m. (EDT).   Sixteen OSS-eligible pacing fillies passed the Northfield Park...
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Crawford hopes for Hambo deja vu with Ramona Hill

on 08/05/2020 3:16 PM
It has been one heck of a roller coaster ride for Ramona Hill where the Hambletonian is concerned. The journey has gone from uncertainty, to bleak dismay, to sheer euphoria, to odds-on favorite. And the race is still three days away! In short order, the connections waited until the last minute to enter the filly, then watched disconcertingly as she fell into last place with just over a quarte...
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Sophomore filly pacers in PASS action Sunday at Pocono

on 08/05/2020 8:38 AM
Premium Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies will be racing for over $300,000 on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including two $93,542 divisions of the third preliminary round of the group’s Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and six $20,000 divisions of their Stallion Series action.   Four different fillies bring victory in Sires Stakes action to Sun...
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Country Girl Charm, What's Your Beef extend streaks in INSS

on 08/05/2020 8:31 AM
Tuesday night was filled with stakes action at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. With five events in total on the evening’s 14-race card, the 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured through three divisions and the 2-year-old trotting fillies went in two. The night saw victories from Virgo, What’s Your Beef and Hello Sweetie Boy for the pacing colts and ...
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Drop-and-pop win for Maewegonow at Meadows

on 08/04/2020 6:22 PM
Enjoying relief from tougher company, Maewegonow took full advantage of the opportunity with a comfortable front-end victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,400 conditioned trot. Although Maewegonow more than held her own against stiffer competition, she clearly relished this spot, as Dan Rawlings sent her aggressively to the point from post 7. The 6-year-old daughter of...
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Striking Encore and 2 year olds ovecome slop at Pocono

on 08/04/2020 3:50 PM
The Encore Encore mare Striking Encore, caught late in this class last week, made amends on the Tuesday afternoon card at a soggy The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, controlling the pace in a 1:56.2 victory in the $12,800 featured trot.   George Napolitano Jr. had few anxious moments with the winner, who has now won three times in five starts since she joined up with trainer Gilbert Garc...
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Mother and son hope for Hambo hurrah with Back Of The Neck

on 08/04/2020 3:46 PM
Judy Taylor has spent decades in the harness racing game, first with her husband Jerry and then also with her son Howard after he followed in his dad’s footsteps, and she says her horse buying days are drawing to an end. So, if her partnership with Howard on Hambletonian finalist Back Of The Neck represents something of a last hurrah, it also has presented ample reason for Judy to ...
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Papi Rob Hanover to Hanover Shoe Farms

on 08/04/2020 11:41 AM
It is with great pride and excitement that Hanover Shoe Farms announces that superstar pacer Papi Rob Hanover will be returning to the farm he was foaled and raised at to begin stallion duties in 2021.   Papi Rob Hanover took a record of p,2,1:50f at two while earning $754,774. He won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final, his Breeders Crown elimination, the Matron and Governor’s C...
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Melander sends out Hambo trio, Oaks favorite

on 08/04/2020 9:41 AM
Marcus Melander will send morning-line favorite Hypnotic AM to Saturday’s $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands and, for the second year in a row, three horses to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes final.   Melander’s Hambletonian trio last year—Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S—were the bettors’ top-three choices in the race won by Forb...
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Royalty Again springs 36-1 upset at Plainridge

on 08/04/2020 8:34 AM
Overlooked on the morning line and also at the windows, 36-1 shot Royalty Again turned a furious stretch drive into an instant jackpot in the $12,000 distaff pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Ry’s Red Rocket (Matty Athearn) grabbed the lead and took the field to the half in :54.3, and it was there things started getting interesting. Rockin Ellie (Bruce Ra...
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Captainofrocknroll cruises in Dream Maker leg

on 08/04/2020 8:31 AM
Captainofrocknroll cruised to a coast-to-coast victory in Monday’s second leg of the Dream Maker Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A trio of scratches brought the field for the second round down from 11 to eight. Trainer Casie Coleman-Herlihy’s students made up more than a third of the field and didn’t disappoint by taking three of the top four spots.  Captaintre...
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Standardbred Horse Sale will be at new location

on 08/03/2020 7:17 PM
The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has advised its consignors that while it plans to hold its annual yearling and mixed auctions this November, they will not take place at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.   In an email, Paul F. "Pete" Spears, president and CEO of Standardbred Horse Sales Company, said the sales company was informed by Farm Show Co...
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Bettor Sun, Scarlett Hanover win Battles

on 08/03/2020 6:45 PM
Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on August 3 sustained bouts of heavy rain during the 10-race anniversary card which boasted purses of $669,663 with nine stake races, featuring the track’s two marquee dashes. But it was a sunny finish for the Guelph, ON father-son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair who clinched their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory. ...
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Entries for Michiana Classic extended

on 08/03/2020 6:40 PM
The entry deadline for the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale has been extended. According to sale manager Steve Cross, “to accommodate those missing the August 1 deadline, ‘the box’ will remain open until further notice.” The 4th annual Michiana Classic, scheduled for November 25this held at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana IN an...
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Saint Sebastian breaks maiden in 1:57.4

on 08/03/2020 4:35 PM
The sophomore gelding Saint Sebastian, sired by the late Sebastian K S, broke not only his maiden but that of his 59-year-old trainer Mahlon Martin with a 1:57.4 win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday afternoon, in the process lighting up the tote board to the tune of $118.60 to win.   Tom Jackson got the winner away in the two-hole, watched 2-1 shots Tuff To Be Lindy and Gerar...
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Blais looks for Hambo repeat with Threefiftytwo

on 08/03/2020 11:35 AM
Only once since 1992 has a trainer won the Hambletonian Stakes in consecutive years, but Luc Blais hopes he can accomplish the feat Saturday. Blais won last year’s Hambletonian with Forbidden Trade, who upset favorite Greenshoe to win harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters. This year, he sends Threefiftytwo to the $1 million final at the Meadowlands. Thre...
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Bidding is now open for Little Brown Jug programs 

on 08/03/2020 10:48 AM
Little Brown Jug programs have been donated to CHHA for a fundraiser. All are in good shape. The special edition is like new. 50th Year Special Edition (1946 to 1995) '83 to '87, '91, '92, '94, ’95, '96, 2000 & 2002   Bid until noon on Jug Day, September 24, 2020: www.chha.net\jugprogramsbid chha1.net@comcast.net, CHHA 157 North Main ...
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