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Dancin Yankee takes Pocono feature

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
A specially-formatted 16-race card was featured on Belmont Day at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with four races held before the historic doings in Elmont NY and then the remainder starting after the big race. The race attracting the most attention was the tenth race (held in the evening portion), a $30,000 Open pace, and there was "dancin’ in the moonlight” as 2014 Pennsylvania Pac...
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Sophomores clash in Somebeachsomewhere

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Dudes The Man and Rockin In Heaven scored victories in their respective $78,767 divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 19 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions of "The Beach.” For many of the sophomores, they were using the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes as a final prep for next week’s Pepsi North America C...
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Burke and Morrill sweep Vernon NYSS trots

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke and driver Jim Morrrill, Jr. teamed up to sweep a pair of $61,300 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday (June 6) evening at Vernon Downs. In the first division, Habitat ($3.00) brushed from the pocket through a :57.1 initial half, clearing early pacesetter Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) before facing fir...
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Youth Foundation summer tour starts June 12

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Hollies sang "The road is long, with many a winding turn, that leads us to who knows where, who knows when.” For the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Trottingbreds and staff, the road this summer will indeed be long, but the organization knows exactly where it leads.   The summer programs schedule starts at Hoosier Park on June 12 with more than 300 girl scouts and their familie...
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Saratoga Hall of Fame ceremony June 9

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum Announces its annual Induction Ceremony/Open House, Tuesday June 9, at the Museum- 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. Entrance to Saratoga Casino & Raceway. This year's inductees are Dr. Richard Frank, DVM, and the horse Kelly's Noah. Dr. Frank, a longtime Saratoga Equine Veterinari...
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With 1:55 win, Infiniti AS fastest in Grassroots

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
Last season's freshman trotting colt champion Dont Rush made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, capturing an $18,000 Grassroots division in impressive fashion. In rein to Chris Christoforou, Dont Rush eased off the starting gate into eighth and then sat patiently in the outside lane until the stretch. When Christoforou asked the Infinitif son for an...
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FL court decision could bring more slots

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
According to report, a Florida appeals court has ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a Gadsden County racetrack and the 2-1 decision, issued May 29 by the 1st District Court of Appeal, could have statewide implications in counties where voters have approved allowing slot machines at local pari-mutuels.   Florida' pari-mutuel industry is regulated b...
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Takter raves about mares Weeper, Katie Said

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
As a Hall of Fame trainer best known for his acumen with trotters, even Jimmy Takter is a bit surprised to have not one, but two older pacing mares in his stable racing at a high level.   "I've trained several good 3-year-old filly pacers such as American Jewel and See You At Peelers, but I think these would be my first really good 4-year-old pacing mares,” said Takter.   ...
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Mosquito Blue Chip sets new mark in NYSS win

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
"She's back!" Those were the first two words out of the mouth of a relieved Jim Morrill Jr. after he drove Mosquito Blue Chip ($3.70) to an impressive 1-1/2 victory over She's Heavenly in a track record time of 1:53.3 in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 3). The time broke the old standard of 1:54.1 established in 2014 by Swe...
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Cammikey holds on for 1:51 Meadows win

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
Cammikey covered the back half in a brisk :54.4 and had just enough to score narrowly in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Cammikey enjoyed a 1-length lead over the pocket-sitting Easy Again at the top of the stretch, but Easy Again brushed through the Lightning Lane to erase most of that margin. Cammikey dug in and held off Easy...
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Il Sogno Dream takes 1:52.2 mark into Hill

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Chris Beaver is happy with the way Il Sogno Dream returned to action this year -- bigger, better and faster.   A multiple-stakes winner in 2014, the 4-year-old Il Sogno Dream is among 10 horses entered in Saturday's $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs Racino. The field also includes Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and stakes-winner N...
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McIntosh says Go Daddy Go ready to battle

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
John Campbell and Bob McIntosh have proven to be a winning combination over the course of their thirty-year partnership. Their latest protégé promises to be a tough competitor this season. Go Daddy Go will be looking to continue his sophomore campaign in a winning fashion in the $78,767 Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacing colts at Mohawk Racetrack.   McI...
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Bob Rosenheim, campaigned Temple Of Doom, dies

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
Bob Rosenheim, who owned a Standardbred farm near Saratoga Springs, NY, and campaigned the $745,917 winning trotter Temple Of Doom 3, 1:52.4f, died Monday, June 1. He was 78.   At age 2, racing out of the Jonas Czernyson, Temple Of Doom finished second in an elimination for the Peter Haughton Memorial, second in a Breeders Crown elim, and third in the Valley Victory final. At a...
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SBOA/NJ scholarship deadline is June 15

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
The deadline of June 15 is approaching for applications for the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey and the Backstretch Community Assistance Program 2015 college scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to the sons and daughters of New Jersey horsemen. Scholarships, valued at a total distribution of $7,500, are for qualified students who plan to attend a two or fo...
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3YO pacing colts compete in NYSS Monday

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
On Monday June 8, the glamour division of the New York Sire Stakes, 3 Year Old Pacing Colts will be at Monticello Raceway. A total of 10 New York Sire Stake events are on tap for the days 14 race card, 4 divisions of Sire Stakes, 4 divisions of the Excelsior A, and 2 dashes of the Excelsior A series. The Sires Stakes events race for a purse of $30,450 per race, the Excelsior A's purses are $15...
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Briggs remembers Windsor in Weekend Preview

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
As time marches on and memories of days gone by are recounted, physical places often loom large in the stories of our lives. In the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Dave Briggs recalls his hometown track of Windsor Raceway, which was demolished earlier this week. Although harness racing is no longer a part of the Windsor, Ont., community, the sport is in the spotlight in Ontario this week...
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Barn Doll leads NYSS winners at Saratoga

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting fillies were featured on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the season's first installment of the New York Sire Stakes took place at the Spa.   The defending stakes champion Barn Doll (Conway Hall) was the start of the show as the trotting star set a track record on Thursday. The Steven Pratt-trained filly made a power move late in the mile and scored...
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Star Keeper wins at Harrington; "Anaffair" at Meadows

on 06/03/2015 2:00 AM
John McGill's Star Keeper ($6.80, Jim Morand) capitalized on a perfect trip to score her 27th career win Tuesday in 1:54.4 in the $16,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway.   Morand, winner of more than 9,100 races in his career, positioned the 8-year-old Four Starzzz Shark mare behind pacesetter Jeremes Sweetheart, who led throughout. Star Keeper found daylight in the stretch and re...
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Maracasso takes Ontario Grassroots at Mohawk

on 06/03/2015 2:00 AM
Everything came together for 3-year-old pacing gelding Maracasso at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the John Williamson trainee earned his first ever victory in an $18,000 Grassroots division.   After sitting third through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.2, Maracasso burst out of the pack in the stretch and reeled in pacesetter Mac Raider to earn the nose victory in 1:53. ...
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Spanish amateur drivers lead Americans

on 06/03/2015 2:00 AM
It didn't take long for the visiting Spaniards to break out to a substantial lead in the Spanish & American Friendship Competition. At Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (June 2) in the first of the three-leg amateur driving contest, the Spanish invaders finished one–two -three and opened up a big point lead, 29-13.   The star of the day was Jaume Riera after he guided Amalf...
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