Reflect With Me upsets in Mistletoe Shalee

on 07/18/2020 9:50 PM
 A sweeping three-wide stretch move earned Reflect With Me and driver Andy McCarthy a 1:49 win in the $194,400 Mistletoe Shalee for 3-year-old pacing fillies at the Meadowlands on Saturday.   Reflect With Me was nowhere near the early competition ,as Rocknificent rushed to the early lead followed by Priceless. But just as the :26.3 first quarter was clocked, favorite JK...
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Back Of The Neck, Ready For Moni take Dancer splits

on 07/18/2020 9:47 PM
Judy Taylor has sometimes given her son, Howard, a tough time about the horses they have owned together. That appears to be about to change.   The Taylors and breeder Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable own Hambletonian hopeful Back Of The Neck, who won Saturday’s $142,250 first division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:52 at the&nb...
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Post 10 no problem again for Ramona Hill in Miller Memorial

on 07/18/2020 9:40 PM
Andy McCarthy motored Ramona Hill to the front from post 10 and battled all challengers for control, trotting to a 1:50.3 victory in the $253,500 Del Miller Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Clearing command into the first turn, Ramona Hill led the field past a :26.3 first quarter before Love A Good Story angled off the pylons to brush for the lead...
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Manchego dominates in Miss Versatility leg

on 07/18/2020 9:38 PM
 Nancy Takter trainee Manchego asserted her divisional dominance once more with a 1:51 stroll in the third $40,000 preliminary of the Miss Versatility on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Driver Dexter Dunn eased the 1-9 favorite off the gate as a pair of Svanstedt trainees — Felicityshagwell S and Beautiful Sin — left for the front. Manchego landed in fou...
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Crystal Fashion sparkles in Pocono feature

on 07/18/2020 7:47 PM
The veteran Cantab Hall gelding Crystal Fashion boosted his lifetime earnings to $1,737,094 with a hard-fought 1:51.4 victory in the $17,200 trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Saturday afternoon.    Jordan Stratton moved his horse to the outside just nearing the :56.3 half, and grinded long and hard at the pacesetting Pat Matters. The battling pair went the third...
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The Greek Freak punches Adios ticket with big PASS win

on 07/18/2020 7:44 PM
 The Greek Freak not only was an impressive winner in Saturday’s $193,156 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at The Meadows, but he also stamped his ticket to next week’s eliminations for the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. The PASS for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, known as the Bye Bye Byrd, was contested over three divisions, with Sea Of Life and Lak...
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Favorites come up short in ONSS 3FP divisions

on 07/18/2020 2:22 PM
Upsets were the order of the day at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday as both favorites in the 3-year-old pacing filly Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions went down to defeat. In the first $78,736 split driver Trevor Henry sent Sex Appeal straight to the front from post five and reeled off fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.1 as favorite Laura’s Love sat fourth. In the stretch pocket-...
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Run Director upsets, Engblom sweeps NJSS 2YO filly trots

on 07/18/2020 7:45 AM
It was Hall of Famer David Miller’s night at the Meadowlands Friday, as “The Buckeye” drove three winners on the program, including among them, Run Director in the featured Open for trotters.   “I raced him at [Harrah’s Philadelphia] in his last start and he had all kinds of road trouble but still trotted in (1):51,” said Miller. “I reall...
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Favorites dominate in Ohio SS 2YO trots

on 07/18/2020 7:37 AM
Freshman trotting colts and fillies battled on a steamy Friday night at Scioto Downs in seven $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Leg 2 divisions. Swizzle Hanover continued her dominance by winning easily the first filly division in 1:57.4 for driver Mike Wilder and trainer-owner Randy Bendis.  The daughter of Uncle Peter left the gate as the 1-5 favorite, and now has $40,000 in ...
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Mystical Carrie, Maggie Rhee win INSS 3FP splits

on 07/18/2020 7:31 AM
Three-year-old pacing fillies were the featured attraction at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday as they squared off in the second round of Indiana Sires Stakes action. Two $33,000 divisions were featured on the evening’s 14-race card.   In the first division, Mystical Carrie was a decisive gate-to-wire winner scoring in 1:50.2 with Trace Tetrick in t...
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Namesmuscle, Just Enuf Sass extend steaks at Plainridge

on 07/17/2020 11:31 PM
After winning back-to-back Free-for-all trots at Scarborough Downs in recent weeks, Namesmuscle ran his streak to three after scoring a gate to wire victory in the $12,000 Winners-Over feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon.    Leaving from post four and opening up a quick three-length advantage at the quarter, Namesmuscle (Matty Athearn) trotted along unchallenged until ...
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Grand slam afternoon in Philly for Gingras

on 07/17/2020 5:35 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras won four races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, all of them with frontsteppers.   Two of his victories came with pacers for trainer Ron Burke. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Lifeonthebeach A fronted his field home in 1:51.3 for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC; the Yankee Cruiser gelding Ginger Tree Marty went just a tick slower...
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Ohio horseman Richard "Gibby" Betts, 97, dies

on 07/17/2020 3:49 PM
Richard “Gibby” Betts, 97, formerly of Barnesville, Pa., and the grandfather of horseman Scott Betts and the late veterinarian Dr. Barry Betts, died July 16 at South Hills Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Canonsburg, Pa.    He was born on Nov. 25, 1922, in Quaker City, Ohio, to the late Dick and Margaret (Gibson) Betts. Mr. Betts was a decorated Worl...
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Gural on Tioga, Vernon Downs: ‘We're not closing!’

on 07/17/2020 3:06 PM
Jeff Gural, owner of Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, emphatically told Friday afternoon that despite published reports that indicated both New York racetracks would be closing on Oct. 1, that is not the case.   “We’re not closing!” Gural answered when asked about the reports that appeared after paperwork was filed on Monday (July 13) with the New York...
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7th edition of Hambletonian Maturity set for Saturday

on 07/17/2020 2:05 PM
The seventh edition of the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 as Race 8 (scheduled post time of 9:30 p.m. EDT) on the dynamic, stakes-laden Meadowlands Pace card at The Meadowlands.    (Maturity race history can be found here )   It’s a brand that until 2013 represe...
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Running Aces cancels Saturday due to high heat index

on 07/17/2020 1:54 PM
The Saturday qualifiers and race program at Running Aces have been canceled due to an expected high heat index. An additional race date will be added in September to replace the lost racing day. In the event of a severe weather advisory, racing program(s) or qualifier(s) will be canceled by order of the Minnesota Racing Commission Chief Veterinarian. Whenever possible, 24-hour advance notice...
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3CT Ripped And Ripped 1:56.1 Grassroots winner

on 07/17/2020 8:38 AM
The three-year-old trotting colts returned to Grassroots action Thursday, July 16 and all five winners matched or bettered their personal best efforts, in spite of competing over a rain soaked Woodbine Mohawk Park oval. Ripped And Ready led off in the first $23,150 division and delivered an impressive effort from post 9 to score his second straight Grassroots victory. In rein to Jody Jamieson...
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Swan In Motion best in Indiana Sires

on 07/17/2020 8:37 AM
Swan In Motion and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. turned in a dominant performance to find the winner’s circle in the featured event of the evening, the lone $60,500 division of Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday, July 16. Scoring in 1:53.4, Swan In Motion recorded his third win from four outs this ...
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If Not Why Not takes top Vernon trot in 1:54.3

on 07/16/2020 9:39 PM
If Not Why Not (Brett Crawford) captured the $5,600 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 16). Jeny Lake (Leon Bailey) got the early but Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) took over before hitting the first quarter in :27.3.   He would use a 30.2 second quarter as he hit the half  on top in :58.0.  If Nor Why Not ($2.90) made his move going first ov...
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Paternity Suit A wins feature at Plainridge in 1:53.2

on 07/16/2020 9:37 PM
After not racing since Feb. 8 at Menangle Park in Australia, Paternity Suit A made his North American debut a winning one after going from last to first in the $12,000 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (July 16).   Bettors Fire N (Ron Cushing) took the lead before the quarter and stepped off a quick :26.1 panel while the field lined up single file behind ...
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