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Sophomore trotters in action Sunday at Pocono

on 07/22/2020 2:39 PM
On Saturday afternoon, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will host four $30,000 divisions of this group’s Pennsylvania All-Stars event for 3-year-old trotting fillies, along with a like number of All-Stars events for 2-year-old pacing fillies. And on the Sunday twilight card, there will be two $95,367 divisions of the first prelim of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for these sophomore colts, a...
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Taylor hoping he's "feelin groovy" in the Adios

on 07/22/2020 12:45 PM
Howard Taylor’s horses are keeping him up at night, but only for the best of reasons. Taylor, a longtime owner who has experienced his share of success over the years, is enjoying a month to remember and hoping the good times continue as the calendar advances. Among Taylor’s July highlights: Trotting mare Atlanta winning the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial over rival Manchego, 3-year-ol...
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Pemberton wins impressively in ONSS 3CT debut

on 07/22/2020 9:27 AM
Paul Walker has had some nice horses in a career that spans five decades, but the trainer thinks 3-year-old trotting gelding Pemberton has the potential to top the list. On Tuesday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the gelding was so impressive in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut that even the trainers of his rivals were calling him the one to beat on the Gold Series circuit. Starting from post four, d...
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Destined To Dance fastest in NYSS 2FT splits

on 07/22/2020 8:40 AM
Tuesday night, Yonkers Raceway hosted three $48,866 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies.   In the first division, Race 5, No Pay No Way sprung a 22-1 upset by a neck in 2:00. The daughter of Credit Winner was driven to victory by Scott Zeron for his father, trainer Rick Zeron and the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Malvern, Pa.   In the second division...
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Freshmen open up Indiana SS action at Hoosier

on 07/22/2020 8:37 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the first 2-year-old Indiana Sires Stakes event of the season on Tuesday as the freshman trotting fillies opened their season in three divisions. In the opening division, it was the undefeated filly, Country Girl Charm, who continued her winning ways to deliver as the 1-9 favorite. With trainer, driver and co-owner, LeWayne M...
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Anthony Napolitano wins 3,000th race at Pocono

on 07/21/2020 7:06 PM
Driver Anthony Napolitano recorded the 3,000th  victory of his driving career Tiesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with a hard-earned victory behind the Artspeak sophomore pacing miss Winning Words. The favored filly had to go the difficult first-over route, yet held off a host of distaffs coming from every direction to take a new mark of 1:53.4.   The 3...
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Party At The Banks cashes in for new Meadows record

on 07/21/2020 7:04 PM
The conditions certainly didn’t bode well for Party At The Banks in Tuesday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A rapidly moving thunderstorm rendered the track sloppy shortly before the race, and Party At The Banks — the lone mare in a distinguished field — found herself parked the opening half.   Yet the 6-year-old daughter of Break The Bank K-Beach ...
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Favored Bontz N wins Saratoga Tuesday feature

on 07/21/2020 3:44 PM
Bontz N has been the female force among pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel this season. The 9-year-old distaffer won her fifth Filly and Mare Open of the year on Tuesday afternoon as her regular pilot Shawn Gray got the favored mare to coast through a comfortable first lap before drawing off from the competition in the final half. Bontz N was the 4-5 betting favorite in the $8,500 feature and cr...
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Papi Rob Hanover headlines 21 entered in Adios

on 07/21/2020 12:43 PM
A deep, talented field of 21 top 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, led by Meadowlands Pace runner-up Papi Rob Hanover, will contest the $450,000 (est) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows.   Three $25,000 eliminations are set for Saturday, July 25, with the top three finishers in each elim advancing to the Aug. 1 final. The eliminations will go as races 5, 8 and 9...
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Weekend wrap-up from Hawthorne

on 07/21/2020 8:44 AM
A trio of 13 race cards highlighted a warm and adventurous weekend at Hawthorne. Leading the way throughout the weekend was the father-son pair of Todd and Ridge Warren.   Friday night was Ridge Warren night at Hawthorne as he made his presence known early in the evening.  Ridge kicked off his hot night winning the first leg of the early pick 4 sequence with 5-1 shot Impress...
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Important info for Plainridge Spirit Day

on 07/21/2020 8:42 AM
Owners, trainers, drivers and grooms who will be coming to Plainridge Park on Sunday (July 26) for the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace are asked to take note of the following information before coming to the track as much has changed due to state of Massachusetts regulations relating to Covid-19.   The draw for Sunday (July 26) will be held...
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Mister Muscle takes Stga Open in 1:55.4

on 07/21/2020 8:39 AM
Mister Muscle won the Open Trot five times last season after coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel late in the summer. The Melissa Beckwith trainee opened up his 2020 campaign with a pair of Open victories prior to the quarantine shutdown.   On Monday afternoon, making his second start back since the break, Mister Muscle (Muscle Mass) had Shawn Gray piloting as he got a pocket trip in the $...
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Monti wins 5 of 11 at Plainridge Monday

on 07/21/2020 8:38 AM
It was 95 degrees in Plainville, Massachusetts on Monday (July 20) but the temperature wasn’t the only thing that was hot at Plainridge Park. Driver Drew Monti won five of the 11 races on the card including a natural hat trick in races five, six and seven.   Monti’s top win came in the $20,000 featured Freedom Trail pacing final for Plainridge-based horses and geldings wit...
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McNair 2YO pacing colts win 2 Grassroots

on 07/21/2020 8:37 AM
Gregg McNair had a productive night in the Ontario Sires Stakes Monday, sending out six freshman pacing colts in Grassroots action and collecting two wins, two seconds and two thirds. The trainer made his first trip to the winner’s circle after the fourth $22,800 division, joining 1:54 winner Stonebridge Rex. Sent off as the favorite from Post 5, Stonebridge Rex sat mid-pack through the...
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Semi Tough dominates in 1:50 in series

on 07/21/2020 8:36 AM
Semi Tough dominated his rivals in the $60,000 M life Rewards Gents Series Final, leading all the way through blistering fractions of 26.3, 54.4, 1:21.4 and stopping the clock in a lifetime best 1:50, just two-fifths of a second off the track record.   Semi Tough is a four-year-old gelding trained by Ron Burke and driven to victory by George Brennan. Semi Tough had made two recent sta...
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Captain Corey in 1:54.1 track, stakes mark at Meadows

on 07/20/2020 8:59 PM
Freshman trotter Captain Corey may have been making his pari-mutuel debut in Monday’s $208, 721 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, but it took him only 1:54.1 to rewrite the record books. With that mile, the son of Googoo Gaagaa-Luv U All became the fastest 2-year-old trotter ever at The Meadows . . . and shattered the stake record to boot.   The event known as the Hickory...
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NYSS for 3YO pacing fillies on Thursday at Vernon

on 07/20/2020 8:57 PM
Vernon Downs will welcome two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday (July 23).  Both divisions will race for a purse of $58,000. The David Dewhurst trained Racine Bell (John MacDonald) is the morning-line favorite in the first division.  The So Surreal filly was second best in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers.  She has four c...
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Atta Boy Dan reaches $1 million with Pocono victory

on 07/20/2020 4:28 PM
Atta Boy Dan, the 2019 Horse of the Year at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, added another chapter to his already-burnished historical record when he went over the $1-million mark in lifetime earnings with a Monday afternoon victory at the mountain oval.   George Napolitano Jr., his companion in so many victories last season, got the 11-year-old Western Terror gelding into fourth...
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No spectators allowed at Shenandoah Downs meet

on 07/20/2020 1:49 PM
Shenandoah Downs officials announced several changes to the fifth annual fall harness racing season in Woodstock which will still take place as scheduled from Sept. 18 - Oct. 17.    Track officials previously announced that wagering would not be available due to safety concerns. Additionally, the meet will now be run without spectators.   "Given the current covid-...
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Davis Jr., Rice capture Buffalo titles

on 07/20/2020 1:03 PM
The covid-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench into every race track's season with Buffalo Raceway being no exception. Closing from March 14 until June 3, Buffalo Raceway did get in 28 live race dates out of the 66 that were scheduled and performed quite well considering.   "It was a trying meet but overall was successful," Buffalo Raceway operations director Jon Cram...
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