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Takter's eyes still have Crown "gleam"

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter made his first appearance in the Breeders Crown in 1986, but it was seven years before he got to hoist a trophy. Takter, who trains and sometimes also drives, had two second-place finishes and one third-place effort in eight championship starts before driving Gleam to victory in the 1993 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female trotters at Florida's Pompano Park.   And if t...
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Showplace conducting liquidation auction

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
The doors are closed and the horses have departed. After 36 years Showplace Farms will be conducting a liquidation auction of all its equipment and supplies. This presents a unique opportunity to acquire racetrack equipment for your training operation as well as equine related items. There will be an auction preview from Nov. 4-6 and the auction will be held on the farm on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Se...
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Virginia champions crowned at Oak Ridge

on 10/19/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Charlie Dunavant collected a trio of big wins Sunday as Cicada's Song, Ah Me and Elton J all scored divisional titles in the $363,000 Virginia-bred "Champions Day" card at Nelson County's Oak Ridge Estate. A total of eight championship races were contested that featured 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes.   Cicada's Song continued a torrid month of October b...
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Always B Miki, Foiled Again win Crown OP elims

on 10/18/2015 2:00 AM
After staying put in the first-over position around the far turn, Always B Miki began to slide toward control and quickly roared by pacesetter State Treasurer en route to a three-length victory in 1:49.4 in the second $35,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace elimination on Saturday (Oct. 17). All Bets Off secured the lead approaching the first turn, but State Treasurer, who was parked out into...
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Haughty, All The Time win 2FT Crown elims

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Heading into the first 20,000 division of the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot Friday night (Oct. 16) at Woodbine Racetrack, Haughty and Broadway Donna had yet to lose a race. When the race ended, Haughty kept her unbeaten streak intact, while Broadway Donna suffered defeat after breaking stride and failing to advance to the final. Haughty, trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al L...
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Control The Moment, Racing Hill win 2CP Crown elims

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Randy Waples wanted to Control The Moment and that's why he gunned the pacer to the lead going to the quarter pole. That decision led Control The Moment to his eighth straight career victory in the first $20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Woodbine on Friday night (Oct. 17). Driver Randy Waples sent Control The Moment to the lead from post 2. Pre...
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Simpson Stakes take center stage at Vernon

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Twenty 2-year-olds contested a quartet of John Simpson Memorial events on Friday (October 16) evening at Vernon Downs, with driver Chris Lems capturing two of the four stakes races on the night's 12-race card. In the $25,080 Bret Hanover for pacing colts and geldings, Lems and Toddler Tantrum ($3.00) made an early push to the fore, drawing clear of pocket rival Cenovis (Jim Marohn, Jr.) o...
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2YO trotters shine in stakes at Balmoral

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Freshman trotting fillies grabbed the main stage on Friday’s Balmoral Park card as a full field of 10 diagonally gaited youngsters squared off in the $19,700 Violet Stake. Fresh off wins in the Lady Lincoln Land and a Violet elimination Lynn Wilfong’s More Than Likely overcame the dreaded outside starting spot to record a neck decision in 1:59.0 for driver Kyle Wilfong. Reserved ...
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Trio of Green Acres finals contested at Freehold

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Three offspring of the late Rocknroll Hanover – Roland N Rock, Quick Aint Fair and Don’tcallmefrancis – swept a trio of $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for pacers on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Freehold Raceway. Two of the three – Quick Aint Fair and Don’tcallmefrancis – were bred by Stephen P. Dey III of Allentown, NJ while Roland N Rock is a product of Perre...
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Dayton to host 4 $50,000 Ohio Sires Finals

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
The fields are set for a quartet of $50,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship races for older horses on Friday (October 23) and Saturday (October 24) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The Buckeye state's best active mares ages four and up, divided into championship tilts for both trotters and pacers, will compete Friday night. Their male counterparts will take center stage on Saturday night in their $5...
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Travel Playlist out, Talk Show in Crown 2CP final

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Travel Playlist, the year’s fastest 2-year-old pacing colt with a mark of 1:49.2, has been scratched from the $600,000 2-Year-Old Colt Pace on Saturday (Oct. 24). Though the son of Art Major qualified for the final with a fifth-place finish in his Crown elimination Friday, it was not an effort that pleased his trainer, Erv Miller. "He wasn’t himself and I don’t think ...
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Freaky Feet Pete, Artspeak win Crown 3CP elims

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Freaky Feet Pete proved he didn’t need to take his racetrack with him to prove his talent. Racing for the first time outside of Hoosier Park, the Indiana-bred won convincingly Saturday night (Oct. 17) by 1-¼ lengths at Woodbine Racetrack in the first Breeders Crown elimination for 3-year-old colt pacers. Not there was much doubt. He was bet down to 4-5, the heavy favorite in ...
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Divine Caroline, Solar Sister win Crown 3FP elims

on 10/17/2015 2:00 AM
Divine Caroline is living up to her name. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven has been absolutely divine in October, winning three consecutive races, including a $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:51.3 Saturday night (Oct. 17) at Woodbine Racetrack. This was a horse who could only cobble together one win in 11 starts in her rookie seas...
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William Wick, farrier to racing stars, dies at 93

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
William (Bill) Wick, 93, of Pompano Beach, Fla. and Taberg, N.Y., died Oct. 13, at The Deerfield Beach Health and Rehab Center where he had been a patient for 11 months.   Mr. Wick was born March 20, 1922, in Plymouth, Wis. He was the son of Otto and Wilma Lange Wick. He graduated from Plymouth High School in 1940, attended the University of Minnesota for a year and graduated f...
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4 scratched in Friday's Breeders Crown elims

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
Four scratches in Friday night's Breeders Crown eliminations have been reported to harnessracing.com. JJ Flynn, who drew post 8 in Race 10, an elimination for 2-year-old colt trotters, has been scratched by trainer Chris Ryder.  Ultimate Shopper has been scratched by trainer Anette Lorentzon from post 2 in Race 6, the first of two elims for 2-year-old filly trotters. Trainer Jimmy Takter has ...
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Steed wins NJ Futurity for 2YOs in 1:59.2

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
Steed captured the $16,000 New Jersey Futurity for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, setting a track record 1:58.4, on Friday, Oct. 16, at Freehold Raceway.   Steed's time for a 2-year-old gelded trotter eclipsed the 1:59.2 track record he established on Sept. 17 when he won the Harold Dancer Trot. The Futurity and Dancer are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owne...
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Hertrich knows highs, lows as breeder, owner

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
Breeder/owner Fred Hertrich knows all about the highs and lows of horse racing. He's been in the business for a quarter century, but this year has been a microcosm of the extremes.   The automobile dealerships businessman, who also owns All American Harnessbreds and breeds thoroughbred horses with partner John Fielding, had a talented three-year-old trotting filly, Spirit To Win, th...
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New owner seminar at Meadows Oct. 31

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association, will be hosting a seminar for potential new horse owners on Saturday, October 31 at 2 pm at The Meadows.   The event is free to attend, and will be held in Delvin's Banquet Room on the ground floor of the casino, next to the Racebook. Several local trainers will make presentation...
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Yonkers' horsemen "Racing for a Cure"

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Yonkers Raceway’s horsemen are once again aiding this worthy cause. They’ve set aside Saturday, Oct. 24 as the date to promote ”Racing for a Cure.” With trainer Monica Banca and Kristen (Mrs. Jason) Bartlett acting as "point people,” Yonkers’ trainers and drivers--along with other prominent members and businesses ...
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Pure Country, Yankee Moonshine win 2FP Crown elims

on 10/16/2015 2:00 AM
Undefeated Pure Country took her act to the North Country on Friday night (Oct. 16), but the results were identical to what’s been expected from the juvenile daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Montana in the U.S. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly was powerful in capturing the first of two $20,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers in 1:52.3 at Woodbine Racetrack. ...
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