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Favorites dominate in INSS finals action

on 07/03/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, July 3, and the night was ruled by favorites and Hoosier Park’s leading driver, Trace Tetrick, who had four winners on the card. The 14-race card featured the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for the two and three-year-old divisions. Eight Indiana Sires Stakes champions were crowned and just as Tetrick drove four...
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Riveting Rosie upsets in Miss Versatility

on 07/03/2015 2:00 AM
A determined Riveting Rosie turned in a career-best effort for an upset victory Friday night in the $40,000 Miss Versatility second leg at Mohawk Racetrack.   A talented field of seven older trotting mares contested the second round of the Miss Versatility under perfect conditions at the Campbellville oval.   The public placed the bulk of their support behind Indiana invader Allie ...
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Cinamony three-peats in Yonkers feature

on 07/03/2015 2:00 AM
Cinamony (George Brennan, $9.60) is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory.   Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It’s a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying...
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"Nacho" ready for $500,000 Beal final

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Cruzado Dela Noche is not afraid to announce his arrival when he enters a barn. He is making his presence known on the racetrack as well.   The Nancy Johansson-trained Cruzado Dela Noche, known around the stable as "Nacho,” was among last week's three elimination winners for Saturday's $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. He wo...
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Inside look at Sun Stakes in Weekend Preview!

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Everything you need to know—and more—about Sun Stakes Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono—can be found in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. We also talked to a few drivers about the sloppy track conditions for last weekend's eliminations and if the off surface played a role in the outcomes.   Plus, photos of the new Red Mile! You'll want to read the update on c...
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Stratton goes 6-for-6 at Goshen Thursday

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Jordan Stratton won six races in six starts as Goshen Historic Track kicked-off its 177th season of harness racing on Thursday at the Cradle of the Trotter. Featured on the afternoon card were the NYS Fair Stakes for   2 -and 3 year-old trotters and pacers.   Stratton won with sophomores; Saint Misbehavin (2:04:4), For Kevin’s Sake (2:03:3) and Everywhere Fast (2:06.1); and he...
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Hoosier Park has big Friday on tap

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, in its 22nd season of harness racing, will kick start the Independence Day weekend with a mix of ‘family fun' promotions, free fireworks presentations, entertainment, and live harness racing on Friday, July 3. The 2015 racing season will be highlighted on Friday as Indiana's finest trotters and pacers convene on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for Hoosi...
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Campbell wins NYSS with 35-1 shot Master Class

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Reve Royal (pictured) was one of the winners as 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings were featured on Thursday at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as the New York Sire Stakes were in town. There were four divisions of the $36,000-plus per division stakes for freshman trotters and there were some impressive performances.   George Ducharme's Reve Royale (RC Royalty) was the fastest among stake...
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Tropical Trice upsets undefeated Bibbidi Boo

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
The Maine Sire Stakes program made its 2015 debut at Scarborough Downs on Thursday (July 2) as the Heidi Gibbs/Ron Cushing roster served serious notice that they would be key players in the state-bred sophomore trotting divisions. The tandem sent out winners in both splits with Sampsonofravencast kicking the action off in high gear, overcoming the extreme outside post to take a new lifetime mark...
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Donato Hanover has 5 of 7 PA All-Star winners

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Sire Donato Hanover was the biggest All-Star on a night when state-sired two-year-old trotting fillies raced for $210,000 in Pennsylvania All-Stars competition, as he sired five of the seven winners during the Wednesday night action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The quickest of the seven winners could have been predicted by pedigree students: it was Broadway Donna, a Donato out of B...
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Dresden celebrates Canada Day with stakes

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Doug McIntosh missed out on a piece of the eight-foot long cake, but he still left the Dresden Raceway Canada Day program in a celebratory mood after Cincinnati Miss delivered an impressive victory in her $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division.   "It's now one race at a time, but she kind of made us believers, and I'm very, very happy,” said McIntosh. "It worked out grea...
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Historic Track receives $250,000 grant

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
The Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has reported that Goshen's Historic Track will receive a $250,000 capital grant to finance improvements. Goshen's Historic Track is on the National Register of Historic Places but relies on donations and stall rent to pay for routine maintenance and upkeep on the facility.   NY State Sen. John Bonacic announced the gran...
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Meadowlands Pace draw and supplemental info

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Eliminations for the 2015 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace are scheduled for Saturday, July 11. The entry box for eligible horses will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 6. The final will be raced the following Saturday, July 18. The total purse is estimated at $800,000.   The race conditions allow for supplemental entries and are as follows: Supplemental entries are due and payable...
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Denis St. Pierre wins 4,000th career race

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Driver Denis St. Pierre wasted no time in scoring his 4,000th career victory at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday evening. He started off the night needed just two wins so he won both ends of the daily double to reach the milestone victory.   "I really wanted to achieve this goal tonight,” St Pierre said. "Because my sister Caroline is here visiting me from New Zealand and it has m...
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Freshman colts in OSS action at Scioto

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
The first leg of the Ohio Sires Stakes for freshman pacing and trotting colts will be contested Saturday afternoon at Scioto Downs, with a first post scheduled for 2 p.m. (EDT).   A total of 92 youngsters passed through the entry box, necessitating five $40,000 pacing divisions and five $40,000 trotting divisions. All but a handful of these colts and geldings will be making their career d...
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Nuncio, Hillustrious score in Sweden

on 07/02/2015 2:00 AM
Nuncio, the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Futurity and Yonkers Trot and third-place finisher in the Hambletonian, won an elimination and the final for Sweden's Sprintermastaren for 4 year olds on Thursday night at the Halmstad track in Sweden.   Stefan Melander, who trains and owns Nuncio, also drove the son of Andover Hall. They won by two lengths in 1:54.1, with Whitehouse Express (Y...
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Winbak Farm to sponsor Old Oaken Bucket

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Delaware County Fair is pleased to announce that Winbak Farm has committed to sponsor the $150,000 (est.) Old Oaken Bucket for three-year-old colt trotters during the 2015 Delaware Grand Circuit meet. Founded in 1991 by Joe and JoAnn Thomson, Winbak Farm is one of North America's largest horse farms, standing 37 stallions at 5 different locations. Winbak Canada is home of the 2001 LBJ C...
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Muscle Up The Goal 1:55.4 Ontario winner

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
Twelve days ago trainer Dustin Jones made an unanticipated return to the race bike behind his top trotting colt Dont Rush, a return that had a direct impact on Tuesday evening's Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack.   "Chris (Christoforou) had got hurt that night in the parade, and I wasn't really prepared to drive him,” said Jones of his last minute return to the race bike in th...
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Massive fire at Windsor Raceway

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
Windsor Raceway, which was in the process of being demolished, was engulfed in flames early Wednesday morning. Reports indicate the grandstand fire started around 5 a.m. and continued to burn hours later.   Photos of the fire at Windsor Raceway can be found by clicking the link below in this story.   A district fire chief told a local radio station that the fire was huge ...
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Freshman fillies vie in Ohio Sires Stakes

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
A total of 85 freshman Ohio-bred fillies passed the entry box at Northfield Park this week, resulting in 11 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) races to be contested Friday, July 3. Each division sports a $40,000 purse in this first leg for 2-year-old pacing and trotting fillies.   Five divisions of 2-year-old fillies will line behind the starting gate in races 1, 2, 3, 5 and 14. T...
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