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Crown night generates record Canadian handle

on 10/27/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Breeders Crown night last Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack generated a Canadian Standardbred record handle of $5,748,950. The record handle on Saturday's 13-race card broke the previous Woodbine and Canadian Standardbred handle record of $5,243,109 set on October 19, 2001.   A total of $3,835,642 was wagered on the 12 Breeders Crown championship races. The evening's final rac...
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Luck Be Withyou one of 8 wins for Napolitano

on 10/26/2015 2:00 AM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. had eight wins on the Sunday afternoon (Oct. 25) program at Harrah's Philadelphia, including a win in the featured event behind Luck Be Withyou.   Luck Be Withyou was one of eight combatants in the featured event on the 14-race program. It was a winners over $25,000 lifetime pace going for a purse of $25,000. Starting from post eight, the 4-year ...
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SBOANJ has incentives for breeding in NJ

on 10/26/2015 2:00 AM
The board of directors of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) have approved an exciting new $350,000 program to encourage breeding in the state of New Jersey with a substantial incentive.   The Breeders Incentive Program includes both mare residency incentive payments, and a bonus for breeding to New Jersey pacing and trotting stallions Altho...
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Red Mile awarded usual dates for 2016

on 10/26/2015 2:00 AM
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission met Monday (Oct. 26) and approved a traditional schedule of racing at The Red Mile for 2016. With harness dates also approved for Bluegrass Downs in Paducah and Thunder Ridge, dates for 2016 total 68.   The Red Mile was awarded 32 dates, from July 24-Oct. 9. Grand Circuit racing will begin Sept. 29 and run through Oct. 9. Bluegrass Downs was...
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Takter, Miller cap record night with Always B Miki

on 10/25/2015 2:00 AM
Always B Miki (pictured) capped off a record-setting Breeders Crown night for trainer Jimmy Takter and driver David Miller. The Takter-trained, Miller-driven Always B Miki won the final event,the Open Pace with Always B Miki in a sensational 1:49.3 mile over a rain-soaked surface on Saturday night at Woodbine. The victory, a year removed from when the son of Always A Virgin had to be scratched...
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Madison County stakes held at Hoosier

on 10/25/2015 2:00 AM
Everyone knows ladies come first and it was no exception on Saturday, (October 24) at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as the facility hosted four divisions of the Madison County Stakes for 2-year-old trotting lads and lasses and two divisions for their pacing colleagues.   Naughty III, a veteran performer over the Anderson surface, was the first participant to be feted in the winners' ci...
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Brennan wins six at Yonkers, including Opens

on 10/25/2015 2:00 AM
George Brennan won half of Yonkers Raceway's program Saturday night, his happy half-dozen including the tandem of $40,000 Open Handicaps.   Favored eight-holes assignees Luminosity ($3.60) and Take it Back Terry ($4.60), both trained by Ron Burke, prevailed in the weekly trotting and pacing features.   Luminosity, left to his own devices in the marquee trot, gave no one else a chan...
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Lady's Dude, Dancin Yankee take OSS

on 10/25/2015 2:00 AM
Two favorites, each steered by their respective drivers for the very first time, captured two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) Championships for older horses and geldings Saturday night at Hollywood at Dayton Racino.   Driver Chris Page steered the public's choice Lady's Dude to an easy victory in the $50,000 OSS event for diagonally-gaited Standardbreds. The altered bay 4-year-old son of ...
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Average price climbs 53.7% at Forest City Sale

on 10/25/2015 2:00 AM
Stonebridge Bullet was the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale topper, bringing the highest bid among the 136 yearlings that passed through the ring on Sunday at the Agriplex at the Western Fair District in London, Ont. The 136 yearlings sold at the Forest City Sale grossed $3,197,000, producing an average price of $23,507. Last year, 144 yearlings were sold for $2,202,400, for an average price of ...
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Legal Lady 1:55 Kindergarten winner

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
A quartet of $10,000 Kindergarten Classic preliminary events headlined Friday (October 23) evening's trotting program at Vernon Downs, and driver Tim Tetrick made the absolute best of both his drives on the card.   In the evening's eighth race, Tetrick took his time with Tony Alagna trainee Double Exposure ($3.90), commencing a first-over bid on the backstretch en route to a three-length ...
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Pastor Clint takes Cardinal Trot for 2YOs

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Freshman trotting colts stepped into the spotlight on Friday night as a full field of 10 diagonally gaited youngsters squared off in the $21,300 Cardinal Stake for state-breds.   When the smoke cleared from this heated battle, it was Thomas Pollard and Dirk Simpson Stable's Pastor Clint who emerged victorious as he came flying down the center of the track to record a 2 ¼ length victory i...
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. sweeps Ohio Sires Stakes

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., piloted the winners of two $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for pacing and trotting mares, 4-year-olds & up, Friday night at Hollywood at Dayton Racino. The black and maroon-clad reinsman steered favorites Igotafeelinfran and Victory Is Coming to resounding wins in both divisions for aged distaffs.   Wrenn first guided Igotafeelinfran to victory over six rival...
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Positive talks to avert shutdown of PA racing

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
A meeting held Friday afternoon between the Pennsylvania state Department of Agriculture and members of the state's horse racing industry was characterized by many as a work in progress to solve a shortfall in funds for the Pennsylvania racing commissions. The meeting took place after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to shutdown horse racing in the state because the funding issue was holdin...
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Creatine, D'One take older Crown trots

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
In the second start of his homecoming, Jimmy Takter-trainee Creatine displayed an effortless performance, taking the $531,250 U.S. ($689,244 Cdn) Breeders Crown open trot in 1:52.4 over Resolve, Gural Hanover, and Bee A Magician.   Under minor encouragement by driver Johnny Takter, Creatine swept to the lead over Resolve and Gural Hanover, passing the first quarter in :27.2 and rema...
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Pure Country cruises; Boston Red Rocks upsets

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Pure Country maintained her undefeated streak in the $600,000 ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown two-year-old filly pace, winning in 1:51.4 as the 1-9 favorite. Later in the evening, in the 2-Year-Old Colt Pace, Boston Red Rocks pulled off an upset.   Starting with the fillies, Call Me Queen Be obtained the lead from the outset, setting a :26.1 quarter while Mayhem Seelster rushed t...
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Southwind Frank takes 2CT; FT to All The Time

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Southwind Frank made it look easy for driver Yannick Gingras clearing to the lead by the quarter pole and never looking back to capture the $600,000 U.S. ($778,440 Cdn) Breeders Crown event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Woodbine Racetrack. The son of Muscle Hill has been a dominant force in the division all season long and the Crown performance was no exception as he cruised ...
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Freaky Feet Pete, Divine Caroline top 3YO pacers

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete, a $62,500 supplemental entry rallied from well back as the favorite to capture the $531,250 U.S. ($689,244 Cdn) Breeders Crown three-year-old male pacing event at Woodbine on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, Divine Caroline won the 3-year-old filly pace.   Freaky Feet Pete, an Indiana-bred son of Rockin Image, looked to be far out of contention on the f...
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Mission Brief breaks, Wild Honey wins 3FT

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Sometimes you have to get the breaks to win a Breeders Crown race and that proved to be the case in the event for three-year-old filly trotters as 1-5 shot Mission Brief broke stride on a clear lead in early stretch and Wild Honey emerged with the victory in the $500,000 U.S.($648,700 Cdn) event on Saturday at Woodbine.   Mission Brief's trainer, Ron Burke, said his filly, "didn't w...
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Katies Rocker edges Ideal Rocky in NJ Futurity

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
In a battle to the wire, 2-1 Katies Rocker slipped up the pylons to nip 1-2 Ideal Rocky in the $30,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old pacers, the featured sixth race on Saturday.   Ideal Rocky, winner of the Lou Babic at Freehold and a division of the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, took the lead from Katies Rocker before the half and was leading well into the stretch...
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The Bank edges stablemate Pinkman

on 10/24/2015 2:00 AM
Division leader Pinkman failed to go wire-to-wire in the $500,000 U.S. ($648,700 Cdn) Breeders Crown three-year-old colt and gelding trot, with stablemate The Bank and David Miller grinding by from first over to win in 1:54.3.   Yannick Gingras sent Pinkman to the lead through a :27.2 first quarter, with Muscle Diamond tucking into the pocket and The Bank parked out early. The Bank ...
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