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Maryland Sires Stakes finals contested

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
The Maryland Sires Stakes 3-year-old August series finals were held on Thursday at the Casino at Ocean Downs.   Helaine's Firebird (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) continued to dominate the pacing filly division, winning in 2:00.2 over rival Jodi's Sweety (JK Outlaw-Queen Jodi) in the Ronald "Doc” Banning Memorial for owner Frank Chick and the trainer-driver combination of Co...
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Connections hope "Nvestment" pays off in Metro

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
When making an "Nvestment,” every dollar counts. Trainer Dave Menary expects to see it pay off as he sends out Nvestment Bluechip in the Metro Pace eliminations on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.   "He was a very handsome colt at the sale, he was Ontario sired and I really liked his pedigree,” said Menary. "He stood out, really handsome and we got him at a good price....
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IL Board oks cancellation of Maywood meet

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
At a meeting on Aug. 27, the Illinois Racing Board gave Maywood Park permission to cancel the remainder of its 2015 racing dates at Maywood Park. The following update was posted on the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) website.   "Just when it seemed that the future for Illinois harness racing could not possibly get any cloudier, it did. At today's Illinois Racing Board...
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Meadow Skipper book has been pre-released

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, written by equine professionals Victoria M. Howard and Bob Marks, has been pre-released. Meadow Skipper, The Untold Story, is an unofficial autobiography of the Standardbred world champion pacer, Meadow Skipper, as told in a unique fashion with commentary by the horse himself. The book features many action photographs of Meadow Skipper during his racing car...
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Muscle Baby Doll adds another in Casual Breeze

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
Many of the sports finest 3-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Casual Breeze Stakes. A total of 15 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two divisions of the Grand Circuit event.   In the $91,475 first division, Doug Millard's homebred, Elegant Serenity, went gate to wire for 3 1/2-length victory in 1:54.1.   Starting...
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Topville Cadillac motors to Hoosier 2FP record

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
Topville Cadillac, with Tyler Smith at the lines, became Hoosier Park Racing & Casino's newest track record holder when she powered home a winner in 1:52.1 in the fourth round of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday. After equaling the 1:52.2 mark previously established by Bettor Be Steppin and Corey Callahan in her last outing, Topville Cadilla...
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Krispy Apple captures Yonkers feature

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
Prohibitive favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.60) successfully completed her rounds Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace.   Ordered outside her six foes, the millionaires worked around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), then controlled the coterie through fractions of :27.1, :56.1, 1:23.4, 1:51.4. The mile, a tick off her previous lo...
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Bob Stewart has Bright Baby Blues

on 08/28/2015 2:00 AM
If you answered "$149,240 final of Yonkers Raceway's Hudson Filly Trot” to the query, "What is harness racing's richest race Saturday?,” feel free to read on.   If you answered, "Bright Baby Blues” to "Who had the lousiest luck with the open draw in the Hudson?” feel free to commiserate with the connections.   "Everything was going very well,” trainer Bob Stewar...
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Monti hurt in Batavia post-race mishap

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
Western New York driving favorite Drew Monti was taken to a local hospital Wednesday night after being involved in a post-race spill at Batavia Downs that took place just past the wire.   After finishing second with Schooner or Later in the fourth race, Monti's horse locked wheels with another horse while pulling up after the finish line, causing him to fall off the race bike. ...
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Fazoli's presenting sponsor of Little Brown Jug

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
Fazoli's, America's largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, will once again be the presenting sponsor for the $700,000 (est.) Little Brown Jug brought to you by Fazoli's scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio.   The 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug, North America's most prestigious harness race for 3-year-old pacers, will a...
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Meadows to take break from Oct. 12-29

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino announced today that it will take a break from live racing from Oct. 12 to Oct. 29. The break will enable The Meadows to prepare for winter racing. The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission has approved the schedule modification.   The last program before the break is set for Saturday, Oct. 10, when the track hosts the Pennsylvania Fairs Champions...
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Pocono to host inaugural $700k PA Classic

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania horse breeders and racing fans alike are looking towards the homestretch with the announcement of the 2016 Pennsylvania Classic host, the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. As the track prepares for the upcoming race, others anxiously await the Sire Stakes as the purses are set at $350,000 for races in September. "We are pleased to announce The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono as the site fo...
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Shamballa taking on best in Pacing Derby elim

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
The virtue of consistency is not easily attained in the world of harness racing. Week by week, horses are put to the test seeking to improve upon their previous efforts. Like any professional athlete, horses thrive when they get into a rhythm. This, too, is no simple task. Communication between the front and back of the sulky is pivotal. When talent, communication, and tempo all mesh together,...
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Ohio-sired 3FP compete at Scioto Friday

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
Four divisions of sophomore fillies are set to wage war on Friday night at Scioto Downs Racino, vying for $120,000 in combined Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) purses. A total of 15 pacing and 19 trotting Buckeye-bred distaffs will line up behind the starting gate, beginning with a first race post time of 6:30 pm, ET.   Multiple OSS victress Karlee Sue headlines the first $40,000 division of...
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Ohio approves penalties for new whipping rules

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission unanimously approved recommended fines and suspensions regarding "Use of the Whip” and other rules for Standardbred racing at its monthly meeting on Aug. 25. The "Use of Whip” rule outlines specific types of whips and the amount of force a driver can deliver when utilizing a whip in a race.   "These fines and suspensions are a guide for judges,...
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Kentucky to crown champions Sunday at Red Mile

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
The annual Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Championship Night, featuring eight $175,000 finals for 2 –and 3-year-old pacers and trotters, is set for Sunday, Aug. 30, at The Red Mile. The night is a great opportunity for fans in the Bluegrass State to see the "new” Red Mile, which has been undergoing renovations that includes a newly-remodeled simulcasting area and a soon-to-open area for 906 ...
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New HarnessRacing Weekend Preview available!

on 08/27/2015 2:00 AM
Pinkman resumes his quest for trotting's Triple Crown in the Yonkers Trot eliminations this weekend, and trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras give their thoughts in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview as the gelding looks to rebound from his miscue in the Colonial. Gingras said he also has a contender in the Hudson Filly Trot that night.   B...
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Mr. Right takes lead in PA Stallion 2CT

on 08/26/2015 2:00 AM
Mr. Right went to the top of the standings among Pennsylvania Stallion Series 2-year-old colt trotters when he won the fastest of seven divisions in the $140,000 third preliminary round in 1:56.3, a personal best, in Tuesday night action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Driver Victor Kirby and the Donato Hanover-Hey Mister colt had to overcome a first-over trip, but the talented youn...
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It was a "slugfest" Tuesday at Saratoga

on 08/26/2015 2:00 AM
Slugfest, the most consistent trotting force at Saratoga Casino and Raceway over the past few seasons, made his return to the winner's circle on Tuesday night.   The track's defending Trotter of the Year dominated the Open early on this season but over the past couple of months has had to settle for several seconds, a third and a few fourths. In Tuesday's $18,000 Open, driver Jay Randall ...
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Dean Magee hits the jackpot at Running Aces

on 08/26/2015 2:00 AM
Mr. Jackpot (Dean Magee) came within two-fifths of a second of the divisional track record at Running Aces on Tuesday, capturing a $16,000 event for Minnesota-sired freshman trotters.   The 2-year-old son of Money Talks swept to the top of the field approaching the half-mile marker then held off late-charging RSS Express (Nick Roland) by three-quarters of a length at the finish line....
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