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Ideal Cowboy delivers a win as fav at Yonkers

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Remanded outside his seven foes, Ideal Cowboy had a reasonably-simple path to the lead. He worked around Texican N (Eric Carlson) and Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) just before a 27-second opening quarter-mile.   From the...
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Panocchio wins fourth straight at Pompano

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Panocchio, the grand 5-year-old son of No Pan Intended, stretched his winning streak to four on Saturday night at Pompano Park, covering the mile in 1:49.4 for driver Dan Clements.   Owned by Emile Johnson, Jr. along with trainer Jim Mattison, Panocchio beat a very classy field numbering six by skimming the pylons turning for home and pushing past the stubborn Bandolito (Kevin ...
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Astreo's Love invades and scores again

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Astreo's Love travelled from Greenfield, Ind., to Dayton, Ohio, for the second straight week since his home base of Hoosier Park closed and the result is he's now "2 in a row in O-Hi-O."   The five-year-old son of Make My Day captured a top conditioned pace a week ago and promptly stepped up into open company this Saturday (November 28) with the same result. Driver Lewayne Miller s...
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Jokeman posts 10th victory of season

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Jokerman ($4.20) led from gate to wire in the $9,000 Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 28) to register his tenth win of the year.   After easily taking the lead, driver Jim McNeight guided Jokerman through even fractions of :28.3 and :58.4 before anyone in the field made a move. At the half, Youwillwishyouhad (Kevin Cummings) pulled to challenge the leader...
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Mister Skitter takes Saratoga feature pace

on 11/29/2015 12:00 AM
Mister Skitter (Western Terror) moved up into the featured pace for the first time on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Don Sherman trainee set a lifetime mark set last week when he went wire-to-wire in 1:52.1 with Austin Siegelman in the sulky.   This week, however, he moved up into the $13,000 Winners Over Pace which was the evening's feature. Mister Skitter sat t...
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Sassa Hanover wins Courageous Lady by a head

on 11/28/2015 12:00 AM
A festive and well-attended evening was made even better for Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr, when their horse Sassa Hanover won the $120,000 Courageous Lady at Northfield Park Friday night.   Trained by Ron Burke and driven by North America's leading money-winning driver, Yannick Gingras, Sassa Hanover prevailed in 1:52.1, a stake and trac...
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The Murmuring Pan, Much Adoo win again

on 11/28/2015 12:00 AM
The Murmuring Pan and Much Adoo will have a shot at an Autumn Series sweep after victories in round two action Friday night at Woodbine. A total of four $18,000 Autumn Series divisions for three-year-old fillies were contested Friday night. Both the pacing and trotting divisions required two splits.   In the first pacing division, Amazing Control came through as the public's choice ...
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Spagnola 3-for-3 at Meadowlands Friday

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
Trainer Kyle Spagnola sent three trotters to the gate on Friday night at The Meadowlands and all three found the winner's circle.   Two of the wins came with Andrew McCarthy in the bike. The first, Ulster romped by a dozen lengths in the third race condition trot, winning in a lifetime best 1:53.1, while Keystone Thomas was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:54.3 in the fifth race condition...
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Sell A Bit N wins fourth straight at Yonkers

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
Slight favorite Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $6.30) continued her distaff derby dominance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a fourth consecutive victory.   Ordered outside her seven rivals, Sell a Bit N paid a :27.4, opening-quarter price to get around Skippin' By (Brian Sears). That one wanted no part of an early seat behind Sto...
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Chris Page hits 3,000 win milestone in Dayton

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
Driver Chris Page scored a driving triple to reach the coveted 3,000 career triumph plateau on a rainy Friday night (Nov. 27) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.   Page, a 32-year-old native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, had an interest in horses from a young age, largely due to an uncle's pleasure horse hobby. Page's interest deepened when he met racehorse veterinarian Dr. Crum, which ev...
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Corleone Hall takes Batavia's top trot

on 11/27/2015 12:00 AM
On a night that featured high wind, rain and a very sloppy track, Corleone Hall overcame the conditions, as well as five other horses, as he won the $9,000 top trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 27).   Corleone Hall got off to a very slow start and watched Diamonds For Life (Jack Flanigen) scoot out to an early lead from fifth, a gapped eight-lengths off. Diamonds For...
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Chipoffthewall takes DE final for 2YOCT

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Chipoffthewall swept to victory in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Male Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Tim Tetrick drove three winners.   With North America's second-leading driver at the controls, Chipoffthewall, a gelded black son of Master Lavec-Off the Wall, again dominated the DSBF freshman ranks while setting a new track record for...
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Godiva Seelster wins Pompano Open by nose

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Godiva Seelster, once again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey for trainer Dan Hennessey, eked out a narrow decision over the late charging Classic Carpet (Kevin Wallis) to win the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night at Pompano Park.   The winner was a scant nose in front when the timer stopped at 1:53.4 with Mach It a Par (Dan Clements) third, 2 1/...
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Bessie wins from first-over at The Meadows

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Bessie powered up first over, wore down the leader and rolled to victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Bessie was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent her after Barn Girl, who had enjoyed a comfortable 58 opening half. The 4-year-old daughter of Equinox Bi-Cantab's Chorine put away Barn Girl and...
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JL Cruze to return to training in January

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
World champion JL Cruze was sidelined in September because of complications from a virus, but trainer Eric Ell expects the trotter to begin preparing for his 2016 campaign in January. And Ell hopes the gelding can be as good --- if not better --- next season.   JL Cruze, a 4-year-old, entered this year a relative unknown but made headlines during the summer thanks to victories over Dan Pa...
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Full fields highlight Friday Meadowlands card

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Friday (Nov. 27) night's slate of racing at the Meadowlands offers 13 overnight races with the majority filled to the brim with 10 or 11 horse fields. A total of 41 pacing mares split into four divisions will compete for one of the ten berths next week in the $20,000 G-Note final. A pair of tens comprise the G-Note trot with the best finishers returning to race for the bonus amount next week. &...
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Balmoral Hi-Five to have $30k guaranteed pool

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Once again Balmoral Park will be offering some very lucrative guaranteed pools on Friday, Nov. 27. With the 10 cent Hi-Five going unclaimed last Saturday night, a nice carryover of $14,755 will be added to this Friday's pool. With that in mind, Balmoral Park will offer fans a chance to grab some Black Friday shopping money by posting a $30,000 guaranteed pool on the 10 cent wager. The Hi-Fi...
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County imploring state to give Balmoral dates

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
According to reports, the Will County (Illinois) board members want state lawmakers to release $5.6 million in fee and tax revenue owed the county and to pass a law that would bring back racing dates to Balmoral Park Race Track in Crete.   "The closing of Balmoral is going to (adversely) affect our community," said Bruce Friefeld, chief of staff for the County Board.   The $5.6 mil...
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Habitat now in Sweden; mid-2016 return to track

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
Habitat 3, 1:53f ($1,262,221), who won this year's Yonkers Trot and New York Sires Stakes championship final, has arrived in Sweden, where he will be trained by Peter Untersteiner.   "A very nice and intelligent horse, smooth as an eel,” Untersteiner told Sweden's Trav Ronden newspaper.   Habitat was trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stable and Weave...
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Teague talks about Wiggle It's season in Preview

on 11/25/2015 12:00 AM
With the TVG finals in the books, the stakes season is winding down. The highlight of the stakes action this weekend is Friday night's Courageous Lady at Northfield Park, which will feature Jugette champion Sassa Hanover.   After the weekend's over, stay tuned on Monday, Nov. 30, for the final start of the season for the sensational Wiggle It Jiggleit. Wiggle It will be competing Monday i...
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