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Chewy Baca earns another win at Running Aces

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Chewy Baca, one of the winningest horses in Running Aces history, did it again Tuesday night (July 28) capturing the $8000 Open I Pace in 1:52.4 by a half-length over three-year-old Linkjack Hanover (Rick Magee) and Quality Sport (Steve Wiseman). The winner was making his first start for new owner Dr. James Findlay and new trainer-driver Travis Bowman after they plucked him for $15,000 via the...
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Hammer drives 3 winners at hometown fair

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer, "King of the Pennsylvania Fairs” and coming to race in his hometown of Bedford, where he is in the Sports Hall of Fame, posted three victories on both Monday and Tuesday at the local fairgrounds to be the leading driver for the meet and retake command of the local seasonal win category. Hammer posted the fastest mile of the meet, 2:01.3, and got the biggest purse of the sess...
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Gray still recovering from Buffalo spill

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Harness driver Shawn Gray was spotted at Plainridge Race Course, just south of Boston on Monday (July 27), but he wasn't there plying his trade. Instead he was in the grandstand with friends, watching the races and working on getting better.   Gray, 42, made the stop on his way back home to Maine where he planned to spend some time recuperating from a racing accident that ...
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Governor's Day set for Thursday at Harrington

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway will showcase many of Delaware's top Standardbreds Thursday evening as part of the annual Governor's Day program during the Delaware State Fair.   The 13-race program, which features Harrington's richest aggregate purse total for one card on the season of $610,000, will have a 7 p.m. post time. A prestigious day of racing is ahead that honors the memory of former ...
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Meadowlands under-30 contest brought 52 players

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Saturday evening at the Meadowlands was one that was filled with youth, energy and excitement, thanks to a free handicapping contest geared towards younger harness racing enthusiasts.   The contest was for anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 and was free to enter. It centered around 10 races at The Meadowlands on the Saturday program and each contestant selected one horse in each ...
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Cocoacabana 1st Oaks starter for Ingrassias

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Jacqueline Ingrassia, affectionately known as Lady Jay, is about to break new ground. She and her racing and life partner for more than four decades, Frank Ingrassia, will be sending out their first Hambletonian Oaks starter on Saturday night, Aug. 1, at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Cocoacabana drew post two in the sixth race, the first of two $35,000 elimination races which wi...
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Legal Lady a Doherty contender for Gerrys

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Caroline "Kitty” Gerry remembers the thrills she enjoyed watching Bruschette compete on the racetrack and she hopes to rekindle those feelings with a daughter of the stakes-winning trotting mare.   Legal Lady, a daughter of Bruschette who Gerry bred and owns, is entered in Friday's second of three eliminations for the Jim Doherty Memorial Stakes (formerly Merrie Annabelle) for 2-y...
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OHHA raising Best In Show Award prizes

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
Since its inception in 1990, the Industry Day celebration at Grand River Raceway has been enthusiastically supported by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA). In the early days, the organization hosted the Backstretch Olympic Games with such epic events as water-pail and bandage-rolling contests.   More recently, OHHA hosted the Best In Show Awards, providing $500 in cash pri...
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William Woityra, original JL Cruze owner, dies

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
William M. Woityra, who purchased world champion trotter JL Cruze as a yearling in 2012 and sold the son of Crazed last November to the current owners, died Thursday, July 16, after a battle with cancer. He was 75.   A resident of Churchville, N.Y., near Rochester, Mr. Woityra graduated from Cornell University and was a Vietnam veteran, serving with a light helicopter battalion. He ...
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Kellys Cross dominant in Batavia mares feature

on 07/29/2015 2:00 AM
It seemed like a stroll in the park on an 86 degree summer night for Kellys Cross as she totally overpowered a solid field of Open II pacing mares in Wednesday night’s (July 29) feature at Batavia Downs. As the wings closed, the speedy Voltina (Jack Flanigen) bolted to the lead, but not before getting rimmed to the quarter by rail-rider Real Joy (Drew Monti) in 27.4. After she took, Rea...
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Posterity leads NYSS winners on Batavia opener

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Four divisions of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) 2-year-old trotting fillies went postward on opening night Monday at Batavia Downs and as a result the first record of the season just missed being broken. The track proved lightning fast as three of the four divisions set lifetime marks.   Posterity (Lucky Chucky-Vintage Ship) took full advantage of an early break by favored Winni...
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Control The Moment in control in Dream Maker

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
The second leg of the Dream Maker Series for 2-year-old pacers was once again the Control The Moment show Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Well Said scored his third straight victory to begin his career over five rivals in 1:52.3.   Driven by Randy Waples, Control The Moment got away in third and sat in that position until near the half-mile pole, at which point Waples ga...
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Bartlett wins 7 at Yonkers

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Monday program played no gender favorites. Driver Jason Bartlett won seven races, while trainer Jennifer Sabot won four.   The two successfully crossed paths three times, the first with odds-on choice Little Joke ($2.20), who won the $20,000, third-race pace by 8 1/2 lengths in a maiden-breaking 1:55.   Bartlett/Sabot then prevailed with American Venture...
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Post positions set for Battle of Waterloo final

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 25th annual Industry Day event (on Monday, Aug. 3) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 27.   Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers ...
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NYSS champion Coraggioso retired

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Coraggioso, the New York Sire Stakes colt trotting champion of 2012, has been retired, according to owners Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro.   "I have one true regret about Coraggioso's career; I never got to call one of his races. If I had called them I may have run out of superlatives. It would have been very difficult to come up with new words for a horse that wins 21 times," said Durk...
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Dude's The Man the 5-2 fav in Adios from post 2

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Dude's The Man, who finished a fast-closing third in his elimination, has been installed as the 5-2 early favorite and will leave from post 2 with Corey Callahan in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light at The Meadows.   The elimination winners--Cooperstown, My Hero Ron and National Seelster--drew posts 4, 7 and 9, respect...
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Jackson Raceway receives conditional race license

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Jackson Raceway, which closed in 2009, may again have a future after the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) on Tuesday granted a conditional horse racing track license good for two years. The Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper reported the approval comes with a condition that requires financial guarantees. "If the county finds an operator with sufficient financial resources, the MGCB will ...
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Creatine dominates in Sweden; Maven off the board

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Creatine, the winner of the 2013 Kentucky Futurity and 2014 Allerage Trot, both at The Red Mile, earned his first major victory in Sweden late Tuesday night at the Jaegersro track in Malmo. With Johnny Takter in the sulky for trainer Jimmy Takter, Creatine won the Hugo Aberg Memorial over BBS Sugarlight and Oasis Bi. Maven, who was driven by Yannick Gingras, got away near the back of the field...
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Cowgirl Hall wins from post 9 at Meadows

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall overcame post 9 by rolling to the front and thwarting her only serious challenger as she captured Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Wide throughout a swift 27.1 opening panel, Cowgirl Hall then had to deal with the menacing first-over bid of Kandian Klub. But the 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall was...
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Chuck Coon to be honored with Neville Award

on 07/28/2015 2:00 AM
Charles E. "Chuck” Coon, regarded by many as the greatest trackman and member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame, will be honored as the 2015 Joseph Neville Memorial Award winner by the Delaware County Fair.   Coon became harness racing's premier innovator in racetrack design, construction and maintenance to address equine and human safety as well as competitive racing. He also pi...
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