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Hoosier hosts opening round of IN Sire Stakes

on 05/20/2015 2:00 AM
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 20th program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes finals slated for May 30 at Hoosier Park. Indiana’s two-year-old trotti...
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PA Stallion Series contested at Philadelphia

on 05/20/2015 2:00 AM
Sophomore fillies were in action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 20). They competed in four divisions of The Stallion Series with each going for a purse of $20,000. Bay Pond Racing's Angel Plus (Scott Zeron) was a wrapped up winner in the first division. The daughter of Quik Pulse Mindale picked up her sixth career win in sixteen starts for trainer Steve Cook. She was...
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Jimmy Marohn Jr. wins 7 at Tioga

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
While defending driving champion Jim Marohn Jr. has been competing in the Southern Tier on a more limited schedule this season compared to years past due to increased opportunity and success at the Meadowlands, the 33-year-old reinsman has pounced on every opportunity possible to remain competitive at Tioga Downs. Monday (May 18) evening's 11-race card was no exception, as he captured seven of...
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Jason Thompson drives 1,000th winner

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
Jason Thompson scored the 1,000th win of his driving career while driving Miss Riley in Northfield Park's opening race on Monday (May 18). They returned $14.60 to win after sitting the pocket and using a stretch kick to win, stopping the clock at 1:57. The time represents a new lifetime mark for the five year-old trotting mare.   Thompson became interested in racing at an early age....
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Just A Jolt notches win #25

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
Janet Hudson's Just a Jolt ($7.20, Victor Kirby) notched his 25th career win Monday in the featured $16,000 Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.   The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding yielded early to pacesetter and last week's winner, Dancin Yankee, who led most of the way until Just A Jolt found room in the stretch and surged by for his fifth win of the year. Elite Awards finished t...
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Maximuscle returns for Quebec Series opener

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
The $125,000 Quebec-bred series for 4- and 5-year-old Quebec-owned trotters gets underway at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. The series is headed by former track record holder Maximuscle.   The series goes on for three weeks of elimination competition with the top eight point earners returning to 3R on Wednesday, June 14, for the $35,000 finals in both gender classes. Each elimination ...
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13 entered in Rooney; 6 in Lismore

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
Thirteen 3-year-old male pacers—11 colts and two geldings—have been entered for the 25th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The number has necessitated a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (May 23), with the first four in each qualifying for the $300,000 final, set for a week from Saturday night (May 30). The total purse will be $380,000.   First el...
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Stellar field shaping up for May 29 Molson Pace

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
Defending champion State Treasurer will be back in the Forest City next Friday night, May 29, in search of an unprecedented third straight Molson Pace title as the field for this year's $150,000 Invitational takes shape.   The 6-year-old son of Real Desire scored his first win of the season this past Saturday at Mohawk in authoritative fashion in 1:49.4 and will be given this week o...
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Modern Legend heading south to Philly

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
Dave Drew enjoyed his biggest thrill in harness racing last year when Modern Legend won the Canadian Pacing Derby. He hopes the horse can add to his legend with another strong campaign this season.   Modern Legend – the only horse Drew owns – races in Sunday's inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he will face a group that ...
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Embassy Seelster sets 1:51.3 Harrington mark

on 05/19/2015 2:00 AM
J&M Racing Stable's Embassy Seelster ($10.80, George Dennis) set a new track record for aged pacing mares with a 1:51.3 triumph in the $12,500 Mares Open II at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. The Doug Lewis-trainee led most of the way in her half-length victory over San Fran Lady N and Star Keeper.   The 5-year-old Modern Art mare reset the track record, formerly held by Ladyfield ...
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Lex is best in Violet at Balmoral

on 05/18/2015 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled stakes action was in full swing on Sunday at Balmoral Park as a pair of state-bred events for 3-year-old trotters and pacers shared top billing on the 10-race program.   Leading the way were ICF pacing fillies as a full field of 10 second season ladies met in the $17,800 Violet Stake. As she did in last week's prep for this tussle, Kay Willis's Lex...
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Parklane Eagle's 1:51 leads PA Stallion winners

on 05/18/2015 2:00 AM
For a track with a 47.8 percent winning favorites rate heading into Sunday's program, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered some tasty win mutuels on well-pedigreed horses in the first three of the four $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts.   The chalkplayers finally had their moment in the spotlight in the fourth and final div...
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Hammer comes down for 4,000th career win

on 05/18/2015 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer notched career driving win 4,000 Monday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he piloted Joevidal to victory in the sixth race.   Hammer said that as a young trainer/driver, he never imagined he would achieve such a lofty milestone.   "I never thought of the victories; I thought more of the money,” he joked. "I was just enjoying the races.” Hamme...
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Bret Boko wins Finlandia Ajo in Helsinki

on 05/18/2015 2:00 AM
The Finnish contender Bret Boko, an 8-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide, caused an upset when winning the big Finlandia Ajo at the Vermo track in Helsinki on Sunday. In front of 9,000 cheering spectators, the Markku Nieminen-trained Bret Boko crossed the finish line as the winner.   "This is the best thing that could happen for Finnish trotting. It's so big,” said Ka...
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Miss Versatility opener to Rockin With Dewey

on 05/18/2015 2:00 AM
Rockin With Dewey trotted to a new career-mark of 1:52 to win the first leg of the Miss Versatility Monday night at Mohawk.   A field of seven older trotting mares squared off Monday in round one of the Miss Versatility. The series for trotting mares is contested throughout the season over different track sizes. The final of the series is contested on Little Brown Jug day at the Del...
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In The Arsenal wins NYSS in season debut

on 05/17/2015 2:00 AM
After his two-year-old season culminated in a second-place finish in the Breeders Crown, In the Arsenal ($2.60) made good on his odds-on promise in one of four New York Sire Stakes events ($110,000 added total purse) for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (May 17) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   In The Arsenal, a son of American Ideal and Ladyotra (On the Road Again...
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All Bets Off wins Confederation Cup

on 05/17/2015 2:00 AM
After setting a 1:50.4 track record for aged pacers in his Confederation Cup elimination last week, All Bets Off  came right back to win the $226,575 final on Sunday at Flamboro Downs.   The Ron Burke-trained All Bets Off captured the stakes final in 1:51.3 with Matt Kakaley making his Flamboro Downs driving debut a winning one. Kakaley has been the regular driver of ...
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Mission Brief wins, "walk in the park"

on 05/16/2015 2:00 AM
Mission Brief returned to the races where we expect to see her, in the winner's circle. The fastest 2-year--old trotter of all time made short work of her New Jersey Sire Stakes competition in the lone $25,000 division for the filly trotters, winning in 1:53.4 on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   The World Champion took off the speed early in the mile, but made a controlled move to the l...
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Lucpark takes Illinois 3YO stakes at Maywood

on 05/16/2015 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing colts kicked off the 2015 stakes action at Maywood Park on Friday as a compact field of six Illinois Conceived and Foaled 3-year-olds met in the $8,000 Gosox Stake.   The youngsters showed some rust early on in their first foray over the half-mile oval but when the smoke cleared it was Rocco Ruffolo's Lucpark, the even-money choice in the wagering who emerged with a ...
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American Girl tops Color's A Virgin at HoP

on 05/16/2015 2:00 AM
American Girl, guided by Sam Widger, turned in a gutsy performance to take home top honors in the co-featured event of the evening, a $21,000 Invitational Pace for fillies and mares, on Friday at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. Dismissed at odds of 11-1 at the betting window, American Girl won an epic stretch battle to best her rivals with a final time of 1:53.1.   Leaving from post fou...
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