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Mission Brief dominates $174K Moni Maker Trot

on 08/21/2015 2:00 AM
When Mission Brief demolished a field of 3-year-old fillies in Friday’s $174,000 Moni Maker at The Meadows, it reinforced the notion gaining momentum across harness racing—when she’s healthy and competing against fillies, the only horse that can beat Mission Brief is Mission Brief. Fresh off her second-place finish to Pinkman in the Hambletonian, Mission Brief waltzed to victory—w...
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D'One defeats 'Bee' in Muscle Hill

on 08/21/2015 2:00 AM
Finding a seam off the far turn, D'One ($5.90) stormed home to collar 3-5 favourite Bee a Magician in the $177,000 Muscle Hill distaff trot on Friday (August 21) evening at Vernon Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of a pair of 1:50.1 trotters, Donato Hanover and Giant Diablo, floated into a close stalking spot, just off pacesetters Bee a Magician (Brian Sears) and Shake It Cerry (Jimmy Takte...
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Wrenn, Irvine win 6 each at Northfield

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Don Irvine Jr. and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. each won six times throughout Northfield Park's 15-race program on Wednesday.   Irvine's triumphs were aboard Un Poco De Loco ($4.40) in race one, Cautious Optimism ($9.80) in race three, Happy To Scoot ($7.20) in race seven, Endless Desire ($7.60) in race nine, Star Studded Gun ($8.00) in race 11 and A Million Thanks ($3.80) in race 14. Wrenn pos...
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Buen Camino, Royal Deceptor win NYSS

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Locally-based trotter Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty) scored a front-stepping victory in one of the two top flight New York Sire Stakes races on Wednesday night at Saratoga.   Mickey McGivern pilots the sophomore Cheryl McGivern trainee and moved the 3-year-old colt to the early lead in his $79,687 division of the Sire Stakes for colt and gelding trotters. The public's third c...
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Nuncio wins; Creatine 6th in Stockholm

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Nuncio, the 2014 Kentucky Futurity champion, won at the Solvalla track in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday night. Nuncio, a 4-year-old son of Andover Hall, won in a mile rate time of 1:54.4 for 2,140 meters.   Trainer Stefan Melander sent Nuncio—who was racing with all four shoes--to the lead early and he held off challenges from Exodus Hanover and Sylvester Hanover to win. Nuncio ...
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Stubborn Belle takes Ont. Gold at Grand River

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
After a two and a half month absence, the 3-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle returned to the winner's circle on Wednesday evening, capturing her $105,000 Gold Series division at Grand River Raceway and causing trainer John Bax to hope history is about to repeat itself. "If she can stay healthy I'm hoping that she can kind of do what Riveting Rosie did last year, come on good at the en...
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Mission Brief, Wild Honey to clash in Moni Maker

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
When Mission Brief finished second in the Hambletonian and Wild Honey took the Hambletonian Oaks, they solidified their credentials as harness racing's top 3-year-old filly trotters. However, the two didn't face each other on Hambletonian Day.   They'll take care of that little omission Friday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when they clash in the $174,000 Moni Maker. The even...
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Modern Legend sidelined by shin injury

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Modern Legend, the upset winner of the 2014 Canadian Pacing Derby for breeder-owner-trainer David Drew of St. Catharines, Ont., has been sidelined by a shin injury.   Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider published the following explanation from Drew: "Unfortunately we ran into some coughing and nasal discharge in June so we ended up backing off and then starting to train down again ab...
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Blue Chip announces $100,000 Challenge

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
As the industry continues to search for ways to address the foal crop crisis, Blue Chip Farms has decided to do its part to further increase the opportunity for yearling buyers by offering a $100,000 incentive to winners of the already enhanced $600,000 Breeders Crown races for 2 year olds in2016. The Blue Chip Breeders Crown $100K Challenge is as beautiful as it is simple. Buy a Blue Chip ...
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Dean talks about "Thisorthat," Split The House

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
For James "Friday" Dean, Saturday can't come soon enough. Stealing headlines with freshman pacer Thisorthat Hanover since her racing debut in June, Dean's filly is poised to strike next in the first division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. He also will send out Split The House in Saturday night's Battle of the Brandywine.   When Dean and long time...
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Buckeye Classic sale catalogs now available

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Sale catalogs are now available for the inaugural Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in Springfield OH. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company of Indiana, the auction will be held Wednesday Sept. 30, at the Champions Expo Center at the Clark County Fairgrounds. 190 yearlings have been catalogued with 136 by Ohio sires, 50 by Indiana sires, 2 by Pennsylvania sires, and 2 by Ontario. Many o...
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Enjoying life with D'One, Magic Tonight

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Caretakers Malin Boman-Friberg and Viktor Flink-Ideborn enjoy special connections with their horses, D'One and Magic Tonight. It goes beyond simply sharing winning moments.   Boman-Friberg was the caretaker of retired Swedish star Giant Diablo, who is the mother of D'One. Giant Diablo is history's fastest female trotter thanks to her 1:50.1 win in the 2007 Allerage Farms Open Trot a...
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Isle of Capri series to return in 2016 at Pompano

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
A reminder to horsemen that the 2015-16 live racing season at the Isle Casino Pompano Park is quickly approaching, with opening night slated for Sunday, Oct. 4.   Stall applications have generated a lot of interest, with many horsemen looking to take advantage of the racing opportunities in sunny South Florida this winter. A reminder that stall applications are due by Friday, Aug.&n...
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Hannah Miller headed to Spain in September

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
According to the rules of the recently completed nine-leg North American Amateur Drivers Series held at Monticello Raceway, one of the top three finishers in the series finale, dubbed "the Don Quixote Trot” would be eligible to represent the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) when they compete in a USA vs. Spain Friendship Competition in Mallorca, Spain in late September...
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Riegle Memorial at Great Darke County fair

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Racing returns to Greenville, Ohio, on Friday night (Aug. 21) for The Great Darke County Fair's annual race meet. Racing also takes place on Saturday (Aug. 22), afternoon and night, and on Thursday (Aug. 27) and Friday (Aug. 28) in the afternoon and night. Afternoon post times are 1 p.m. except for Aug. 22, when it will be at 12 noon. Please note that on Aug. 21 post time is 5:30 p.m. with 19 race...
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Empire Breeders Classics Sunday at Tioga

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Top New York-sired 3-year-old pacers will contest a pair of Empire Breeders Classic finals on Sunday (August 23) at Tioga Downs, while the 2015 renewal of the Roll With Joe attracted a half-dozen veteran pacers.   Pacing fillies vie for $269,000 in their Empire Breeders Classic event (race 6), and Divine Caroline (post 2) has been installed the 2-1 morning line favourite. The daught...
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Super Stakes Saturday in new Weekend Preview!

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
There's racing galore this weekend, with much of the action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono for its Super Stakes Saturday card that wraps up the racetrack's weeklong 50th birthday celebration, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the 411 you want to know. Driver Corey Callahan told Kathy Parker what his hopes are for Dude's The Man as they try and topple the odds-on fa...
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Travel Playlist, Joe Larry N Curly win NYSS

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted the $151,624 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.   Travel Playlist (Andy Miller, $2.90) fooled very few in the opening ($75,112) division, two-moving before busing the race wide open (:27.4, :57.4, 1:27, 1:54.3). Seated third early from post position five, the odds-on number worked around early leader Red Ro...
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All Bets Off, Limelight Beach head Prix d'Ete

on 08/20/2015 2:00 AM
The Ron Burke Stable entry of All Bets Off and Limelight Beach headline many of the top four-year-olds in harness racing that have entered the $200,000 second annual renewal of the Prix d'Ete Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R.   Canada's premier pacing event for many years, the Hippodrome 3R management revived the race last year for four-year-old only as part of the Grand Circuit and in 2...
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Easy as ABC in Saratoga open trot

on 08/19/2015 2:00 AM
ABC Muscles Boy (ABC Garland) pulled off an upset in the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Tuesday night.   The 4-year-old trotter finished fourth in his lone local try in the trotting feature back in June and returned to the Spa to compete in Tuesday's $18,000 Open. Leading driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted for trainer David Russo and sat patiently on the rail with the 11-...
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