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Oaks winner Spirit To Win gets loose and dies

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly trotter Spirit To Win, who won her elimination for the Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday at the Meadowlands and was considered one of the favorites to win this Saturday's final, died Monday morning when she got loose at a farm in New Jersey.   Co-owner Fred Hertrich III tweeted this morning; "We are extremely sad to announce that our filly and 2014 Ha...
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Broken wrist sidelines Campbell for Hambo Day

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
Driver John Campbell, who broke his left wrist in an accident during qualifiers last Friday morning at the Meadowlands, told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he will continue to be out of action on Hambletonian Day this Saturday at the Big M. Campbell said he his hopeful the wrist will mend enough so that he can race on the Super Stakes Saturday card on Aug. 22 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun...
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19 entered in Hambletonian

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
Nineteen 3-year-old trotters have been entered for Saturday's Hambletonian at the Meadowlands. The 18 male trotters and one filly (Mission Brief) will contest two eliminations on Saturday afternoon with the top five finishers in each returning for the same-day decisive final.   The Ron Burke-trained Mission Brief is attempting to become just the 13th filly to win the Hambletonian, and the...
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Propulsion tops Meadowlands sale at $210,000

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale, held Sunday afternoon in the race paddock at the Meadowlands, got a big boost from the presence of Swedes in town for the Hambletonian. Daniel Reden, who trains horses for Bengt Agerup's (Brixton Medical) Swedish division, Stall Zet, had the final bid of $210,000 for the 4-year-old trotter Propulsion.   Propulsion had been racing out...
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MDSS 3YO finals held at Ocean Downs

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
The Maryland Sires Stakes 3-year-old summer finals were held on Sunday at the Casino at Ocean Downs.   Helaine's Firebird (Allie's Western-Flannel Yankee) continued to dominate the pacing filly division, winning in 1:59.2 over rival Jodi's Sweety (JK Outlaw-Queen Jodi) for owner Frank Chick and the trainer-driver combination of Cory Mumford and Charles Perry Jr. Tom and Linda W...
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Pinkman, Mission Brief favored in Hambo elims

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
Despite drawing the outside post 10, the Jimmy Takter-trained Pinkman has been installed the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two eliminations for the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. The Ron Burke-trained Mission Brief, attempting to become the first filly in 19 years to win the Hambletonian, is the 6-5 favorite in the second elim from post 2. The ...
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Barn Doll jogs in 1:58.1; Jewel In Hock sets mark

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
The die was cast early in the card at Monticello Raceway on Monday (Aug. 3) as front end speed held up for seven of the eight New York Sires Stakes contested.   In race 4, first heat of the Sire Sires, going for a purse of $61,300, the Ken Jacobs-owned filly Jewels in Hock was no different as she went wire to wire to score in 1:56.3, 2 ticks off the track record held by Gerri J...
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Magnum J third "Waterloo" winner for McNairs

on 08/03/2015 2:00 AM
Gregg and Doug McNair had another outstanding afternoon on Monday (Aug. 3) during their local oval's annual showcase of harness racing. The father-son duo — the top trainer and driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 2014 — took four horses to Grand River Raceway for the 25th Industry Day program and went home with three wins and one third.   Kicking off Team McNair's...
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Bee A Magician wins Yonkers feature from post 8

on 08/02/2015 2:00 AM
We offer up the Saturday night idiom, "Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.” We do so because after Texican N (Eric Carlson, $7) won the first of Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 co-features by an inch, Her Highness, Bee A Magician (Brian Sears, $2.50), won the other by a mile.   Bee A Magician, as the 1-4 favorite, took no prisoners from an assigned eight hole in the Open Handica...
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No surprises in NYSS 3FP divisions

on 08/02/2015 2:00 AM
The mutuel payouts may have been small, but the purses were spread around in the 3-year-old filly pacing division of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Batavia Downs on Sunday. A different sire, driver and trainer won each leg of the series as they represented the best New York State has to offer for this sex and gait.   In the first $39,200 division, Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morril...
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Fields for Peter Haughton, Jim Doherty set

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
The freshman trotters geared up for the first round of major stakes for the 2 year olds on Friday night at the Meadowlands. Twenty-four fillies went behind the gate in three eliminations of the Jim Doherty Memorial (formerly the Merrie Annabelle) while 19 colts and geldings contested the Peter Haughton Memorial eliminations, split into two divisions.   One of the major stars of the ...
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French Laundry, The Bank 1-2 in Hambo tune-up

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
Handover Belle just missed by a nose to Market Share one week ago, Friday night, she flipped the script on her eight opponents winning the $28,500 Open Trot at the Meadowlands in 1:51.1.   Combined in the wagering with Gural Hanover, Handover Belle allowed the pace to settle down in front of her, as her stablemate did the early lifting, reaching the quarter in a sharp :26.4. As the ...
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Love Matters still unbeaten after Arden Downs win

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
Love Matters remained undefeated in three career starts when she captured a division of Friday's Edward M. Ryan, a $60,000 Arden Downs stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, at The Meadows. The stake was contested over three divisions, with Major Matter and Truemass Volo taking the other splits.   Love Matters was looped while working for the early lead, but winning driver ...
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Hoosier adds overnight series to Dan Patch night

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino recently announced the addition of four overnight series to compliment Indiana's most prestigious pacing race, the Dan Patch Stakes on Friday, Aug. 14.   Boasting an increased purse for the 2015 edition, the Dan Patch Stakes will serve as Indiana's richest harness race with an estimated purse of $300,000 and will now be supported by an all-star, 14-r...
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Cinamony rolls to Yonkers Open victory

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because the song remains the same.   Cinamony (George Brennan, $4.80) continued her roll Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Remanded outside her seven rivals and caught what appeared about 46-wide leaving, the 7-5 choice nonetheless had few issues. They weren't goin...
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Napolitano has 100-win month in July

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., the leading driver at both The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia, and who celebrated his 7,000th career victory earlier this month, achieved the driving "century mark" for July, posting victory 100 in the final day of the month Friday night at Pocono with the trotter Ras Shaknthtbacon.   Napolitano had 95 victoriesgoing into Friday's r...
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Morrill dominates Sires Stakes at Tioga

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
Jim Morrill Jr. continued his success on the New York Sires Stakes circuit on Friday evening at Tioga Downs, prevailing in five of the evening's 10 races.   Among his wins was a $56,500 New York Sires Stakes split for 2-year-old pacing fillies, in which Soft Idea ($3.00) kicked clear in the upper stretch after staving off mild pressure on the far turn.   Soft Idea, a da...
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Historical Racing machines arrive at Red Mile

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
Officials from Red Mile and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission were on hand to receive the first shipment of historical racing terminals on Monday, July 27, at the emerging entertainment facility located in the heart of Lexington. Chris Clark, Director of Enforcement and Licensing for KHRC and Shannon Cobb, CFO, The Red Mile were present as the first terminals rolled off the van at 9:30 a.m. ...
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Dude's The Man wins Adios

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
He was forced into a first-over challenge and skipped shadows for much of the mile, but when all was said and done, Dude’s The Man captured Saturday’s $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows in 1:48.4, fourth-fastest in the 49-year history of the event. Yankee Bounty rallied for second, two lengths back, while Lost For Wor...
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Oaks elims to Lock Down Lindy, Spirit To Win

on 08/01/2015 2:00 AM
Lock Down Lindy and Spirit To Win were the winners Saturday night of the two $35,000 elimination races to determine starters in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, to be held at the Meadowlands on Aug. 8. The Oaks is the filly companion race to the $1 million Hambletonian.   Both the Hambletonian and Oaks will be shown live on CBS Sports Network from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Post positions w...
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