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Rockin Image 2 year olds sweep Am-Nat paces

on 11/08/2015 12:00 AM
Mystical Rock got a masterful steer by Tim Tetrick to win the $74,000 American-National for freshman colts and geldings on Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   The son of Rockin Image was clocked in an effortless 1:52.1 as the 1-5 public's choice. Mystical Rock was harnessed by Erv Miller for owners Anthony Lomardi of Morris, Ill., and the Mystical Marker Farm of Dwyer, Ind....
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Arthur Blue Chip wins Pocono feature pace

on 11/08/2015 12:00 AM
In the $24,000 co-featured events at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday night, both winners used "pocket rocket" tactics to emerge with victories -- Extracurricular on the trot and Arthur Blue Chip on the pace.   Extracurricular, a veteran Revenue S gelding owned by Darren Mahoney, had a tougher time making his rally effective -- as befits a 10-1 shot trying to catch a 1-5 pac...
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Red Hot Herbie scores on Sunday matinee

on 11/08/2015 12:00 AM
A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $15.80) outgamed odds-on Luminosity (George Brennan) down the lane Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicaps Trot.   In play early from post position No. 2 among the 10 entrants for the mile-and-one-quarter tilt, Red Hot Herbie had the first lead. The baton was then handed to Sevruga (A...
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Hall of Fame writer Ray Brienza dies

on 11/08/2015 12:00 AM
Ray Brienza of South Orange, N. J., a member of harness racing's Hall of Fame as a writer and columnist for the Star-Ledger for nearly 40 years, as well as the associate dean emeritus for admissions at New York University's School of Medicine, passed away on Friday, November 6, 2015, after a long illness. He was 80.   The visitation will be held at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home 21...
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Agreement pending for Pennsylvania racing

on 11/07/2015 12:00 AM
After two weeks of negotiations, the Wolf administration and the four legislative caucuses tonight (Friday, Nov. 6) reached an agreement in concept on how to fix a long-standing structural deficit in the State Racing Fund. The deal reflects significant compromise on the part of all of the parties, as well as the other stakeholders, including horsemen and breeder organizations and racetrack ...
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"Miki" and "Pete" impress in Am-Nat victories

on 11/07/2015 12:00 AM
Always B Miki (pictured) used a bold power move just past the :26.4 opening panel and never looked back, drawing off to win the $136,500 American National Open Pace in 1:49.1 Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   Driven by David Miller for trainer Jimmy Takter, the son of Always A Virgin paced confidently to win his fourth victory this season in as many tries. The triumph gave Miller a...
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The Bank cashes in with Am-Nat 3CT score

on 11/07/2015 12:00 AM
Breeders Crown victor The Bank (pictured) didn't disappoint his backers as he captured the $204,000 American-National Trot for sophomore trotting colts and geldings in 1:53.1 on Saturday night at Balmoral Park.   Habitat (Yannick Gingras) took the field through fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.1. David Miller pulled The Bank to the outside and wore down the leader with e...
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Matza Man fastest in Autumn 2CT splits

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
Autumn Series action continued Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack with opening round divisions for the 2-year-old boys. A total of four $16,000 divisions took place Thursday evening. A group of 16 rookie pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions, while 12 two-year-old trotters contested a pair of their own.   The 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings kicked off the ac...
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Elliott has three-star day in Meadowlands qualifiers

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
With live racing but a week away, the initial qualifying races for the Meadowlands' fall meet took place at 9:30 a.m. Friday under overcast skies with no discernable wind on this unseasonably warm morning. A number of the sport's top performers were on display as they make their final preparations for upcoming stakes that will open the fall meet.   Explosive Man has raced only ...
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"Hurricane Hannah" wins 2 more amateur races

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
If you don't think that amateur racing is now an integral part of the sport's fabric, consider this: On Thursday there were nine races carded at Monticello Raceway, with four for amateur drivers. Two of the amateur races were Billings trots and the other two were Catskill Club paces. Hannah Miller won both Catskill Club races and if she hadn't been interfered with in her Bi...
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Doug McNair recovering from surgery

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
Driver Doug McNair was in Harrisburg looking at yearlings earlier in the week, but had to make an unscheduled trip home early Wednesday morning when he started suffering abdominal pain.   Once home in Guelph, Ont., McNair went straight to the hospital, where on Thursday morning he had to have his appendix removed. The surgery went well and he's now ‎been released from hos...
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3 fillies bring $210,000 each in final HB session

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
Two pacing fillies and a trotting filly were sold for $210,000 each at the final session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual mixed auction in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday.   Diamond Creek Farm bought the 3-year-old trotting filly Katniss 3, 1:53 (Hip 1559), most certainly a broodmare prospect for the farm, for $210,000. The daughter of Credit Winner is out of Ar...
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Sell A Bit N upsets Krispy Apple at Yonkers

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $12) dethroned odds-on favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Put in play early from post position No. 5, Sell A Bit N made the first lead, taking over from pole-assigned rank outsider Dune In Red (Mark MacDonald). Then, it was Krispy Apple's turn...
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Artistic Fusion wins Dayton mares feature

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
Locally-based Artistic Fusion bested invaders Rev Me Up and American Girl to capture the $10,500 Mares Open pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night.   The 4-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella controlled the throttle throughout splits of :27, :56 and 1:24.1 before scurrying home in :28.4 to complete her 1:53 triumph. It was the 11th seasonal victory for Artistic Fusion, own...
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Early moves pays off for Cammikey at Meadows

on 11/06/2015 12:00 AM
Cammikey quarter-poled to the lead and held off the late charge of Sam Hill to capture Friday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows.   In last week's feature, Cammikey stayed inside, never found racing room and had to swallow a sixth-place pill. Brian Zendt assured that wouldn't happen Friday, moving early from third with the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Al...
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Thinking Out Loud to stand at Seelster Farms

on 11/05/2015 12:00 AM
Thinking Out Loud will stand in 2016 at Seelster Farms for an introductory stud fee of $4,000 ©.   In 2012 Thinking Out Loud captured one of the few major stakes races that had eluded his Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh to that point, the $1.47 million North America Cup.   "He was worth the wait,” said McIntosh simply after the impressive victory over a field tha...
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Harrisburg, Am-Nats in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/05/2015 12:00 AM
The action at this week's yearling sale in Harrisburg was fast and furious and Kathy Parker was front and center. Read her report and what people are saying about the impact the recent announcement of a possible shut down of racing in Pennsylvania had on the sale in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. The calendar may have turned to November but there's still plenty of acti...
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Broodmare Put On A Show brings $450,000

on 11/05/2015 12:00 AM
Put On A Show, whose 2015 yearling filly by Somebeachsomewhere was sold for $250,000 just a few weeks ago at the Lexington Selected Sale, went through the auction ring at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday afternoon and left after the bid board read $450,000. Richard Young co-owned the 8-year-old broodmare by a Rocknroll Hanover, who was selling in foal to ...
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Matrons for 2 year olds contested at Dover

on 11/05/2015 12:00 AM
Pacers Newborn Sassy and Big Top Hanover, along with trotters Dog Gone Lucky and Womans Will, turned in winning efforts in the 2015 Matron Stakes for 2 year olds at Dover Downs on Thursday.   The richest Matron stake, the $216,300 male trot, was won by Dog Gone Lucky. Fresh from victory in the Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, the freshman notched his fifth win of the seaso...
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Dennis a menace at Dover, wins 6 races

on 11/04/2015 12:00 AM
George Dennis had his biggest win night of his career at Dover Downs reaching the winner's circle six times on Tuesday night. Dennis, who had a drive in all 15 races, guided the winners of six of his first eight starts.   In the $15,500 mares pace feature, Tony Morgan added another victory to his career total more than 15,000 wins, moving Duneside Chella into the lead on the backstr...
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