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Pinkman, Mission Brief win Zweig divisions

on 07/26/2015 2:00 AM
When Yannick Gingras makes an appearance at Vernon Downs, he has a strong tendency to be mightily successful on the racetrack. Such was the case on Sunday afternoon, when he swept the filly and colt divisions of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial stakes.   In the $185,000 Zweig for 3-year-old trotting fillies, Gingras settled Mission Brief ($2.60, part of entry) into the third spot ou...
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Mission Brief taking on colts in Hambletonian

on 07/26/2015 2:00 AM
When the field is drawn Monday morning for the Hambletonian Oaks, Mission Brief's name won't be among the entries. On Sunday night, trainer Ron Burke confirmed to The Meadowlands Racetrack that his star three year old filly will take on the boys in the 90th Hambletonian on Saturday, Aug. 8.   "We're going,” said Burke. "The plan has always been to go as long as she was good and to...
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Market Share Is back, Tetrick on fire at M1

on 07/25/2015 2:00 AM
Entering Friday night, Market Share was winless in four starts this season. In fact, he was yet to hit the board. But that all changed in the featured $28,500 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadowlands. Market Share had his game face on this Friday night, as he soared around the East Rutherford oval, winning in wire to wire fashion as the 2-1 second choice. Market Share led at every point of c...
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Western Redhot fastest in PA Stallion at Meadows

on 07/25/2015 2:00 AM
Parked the first quarter, Western Redhot still had enough oomph to pour through the Lightning Lane and capture the fastest division of Friday’s $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for freshman colt and gelding pacers was contested over seven divisions, with Owen Hanover, Luke’s Rocketman, Doubleshottahott, Art’s Dragon, Autocorrect Hanover and Nimbl...
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Freshmen battle in Ohio SS at Northfield

on 07/25/2015 2:00 AM
Eleven $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) for 2-year-old colts and geldings were contested on Friday evening at Northfield Park. This was the second of a four-part series for Ohio-bred pacing and trotting colts and gelding. Dave Palone, who set a track record of 1:58.1 with Cool Colby in 2009, broke his own record with Kanthaka in the fifth OSS division (Race 14), when he steere...
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Luchento comments on closing of Showsplace Farms

on 07/25/2015 2:00 AM
It started with a four paragraph announcement, and it sent shockwaves through the racing industry in New Jersey.   On July 23, 2015, Showplace Farms in Millstone, N.J., announced that after 36 years in business, it would be closing its doors on Oct. 1, 2015.   Showplace is 140 acres of prime real estate on Route 33. When it opened nearly four decades ago, it reflected the...
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D'One wins, Magic Tonight third in Big M qualifiers

on 07/25/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Elitlopp champion Magic Tonight finished third in his U.S. debut this year in a qualifier Saturday morning at the Meadowlands, while his stablemate D'One, also making her first appearance during the session, came up a winner.   Trainer Roger Walmann enlisted Marcus Johansson to direct both Swedish stars as they prep for upcoming starts on Hambletonian day at the Meadowlands...
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Under-30 contest & corn at Big M Saturday

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Classic and Miss New Jersey for 3-year-old state bred pacers will headline Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands.   Artspeak is the morning line choice over six rivals in the $200,000 Classic (race 11) as the dual NJSS champion attempts to find his winning form after a disappointing Meadowlands Pace. The speedy son of Western Ideal is just a few dollars shy of $1 m...
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Waples, 71, wins with 2FT Devils Advocate

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
Ron Waples piloted 2-year-old trotting filly Devils Advocate to a Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, but the Hall of Fame horseman says his assignment to the Jack Darling trainee's race bike could be a temporary one. "Well when we were training her down, and I'd just started working for Jack, we were just talking one day and I said, ‘I hope that whoever drives her ju...
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USTA sets to work on Summit priorities

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
United States Trotting Association executive vice president Mike Tanner is working with staff members and pertinent stakeholders on activities of greatest priority, as voted on by Summit participants, in increasing foal crops and the number of horse owners. The Summit was held in Columbus, Ohio, on July 13 and focused upon foal crop and ownership issues.   "We'll take the messa...
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Mohawk promotion putting fans in winner's circle

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner's circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner” contest. The oval hosts two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and the second $105,000 division will see a "Be A Winner” semi-finalist assigned to each horse.   Each semi-finalist and one guest will be invited to tour the rac...
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National Seelster looks to step up in Adios elims

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
Is National Seelster, a star of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS), a single-circuit specialist, or is he ready to step up to bigger tracks and bigger game? The son of Bettor's Delight-No Strikes Against may answer that question in Saturday's eliminations for the $525,000 Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows.   The three eliminations go as races...
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Indiana commission adopts fair start rule

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously at their regular meeting on Wednesday (July 15) to adopt a Fair Start rule for the Standardbred racing program at Hoosier Park. With its adoption, Indiana becomes the first Commission in the United States to implement this type of standard. The rule addresses horses that are breaking or acting improperly before the start of a race, giving t...
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BZ Glide shows patience in Buffalo's open trot

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
No hurry. No worry. That's got to be the motto for BZ Glide and driver Mike Caprio as once again their patience paid off in a victory. BZ Glide ($3.20) used his familiar late charge, going from last to first, to take a head win over Studio City in the featured $10,500 Open Trot at Buffalo Raceway Friday night (July 24). He covered the mile in 1:58.1 over the...
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Cinamony wins distaff feature at Yonkers

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
The next time they beat Cinamony (George Brennan, $8.10) here would be the first time they beat Cinamony here. The form spree continued Friday night, as the lass won Yonkers Raceway’s $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside what became her six rivals (Road Bet came up ill), Cinamony had to wait her turn before making the lead. She did so around arch enemy—a...
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Favorites prevail in INSS action at Hoosier

on 07/24/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continued to play host to Indiana Sires Stakes action on Friday, July 24 as they featured two $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals on the 14-race card. It was a night ruled by favorites, as both divisions were won by the publics’ choice. Nora Rockwell and Jason Dillander set the tone for the evening as they delivered as they heavy favorite in the $75,000 ...
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Broadway Donna takes fastest PASS split

on 07/23/2015 2:00 AM
In a battle of three unbeaten two-year-old trotting fillies, Broadway Donna was much the best in her division of the $247,844 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event Wednesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning in hand for driver David Miller in 1:54.1. The daughter of Donato Hanover - Broadway Schooner was wide for the lead early, making the top before the 28 quarter, posting middle spli...
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Takter sends four to Sunday's Zweig at Vernon

on 07/23/2015 2:00 AM
The Grand Circuit comes to upstate New York, bringing harness racing's finest 3-year-old colt and filly trotters to ply their trade in the $630,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial on the Sunday matinee card at Vernon Downs. This year's race serves as an important prep for the 2015 Hambletonian, a fortnight hence.   Hall of Fame horseman Jimmy Takter has entered four Hambo hopefuls from ...
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Freshmen vie in Sires Stakes at Northfield Friday

on 07/23/2015 2:00 AM
Eleven fields of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) freshman go postward Friday night at Northfield Park, all vying for a purse of $40,000 in each division. Six pacing and five trotting divisions will feature a host of Ohio-bred colts and geldings returning for the second leg of this four-leg series. A total of 86 youngsters have been entered, 37 trotters and 49 pacers—with 11 newcomers joining the ...
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Batavia kicks off 69th season on July 27

on 07/23/2015 2:00 AM
The 69th season of live racing at America's oldest lighted harness track gets underway on Monday, July 27, with post time set for 6:35 p.m. That is the first of 70 live racing dates to be contested during the Batavia Downs summer-fall session that runs through Dec. 12.   The racing schedule begins with a Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday rotation for the month of August and s...
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