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SOA supports moving Yonkers finish line

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association (SOA) of New York's board of directors endorsed Yonkers Raceway's application to the New York State Gaming Commission to move the track's finish line.   That endorsement was followed up this week with a letter of support for Yonkers Raceway's application to move the finish line to its more conventional place on the half-mile oval, citing...
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American Horse Council holds issues forum

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
A broad range of speakers from the federal government and the horse industry addressed the American Horse Council's (AHC) National Issues Forum in Washington, DC on June 16. The theme of the forum was "Protecting and Promoting the Horse.” This year's forum, sponsored by Luitpold, drew a crowd of about 175 and was held in conjunction with the AHC's annual convention, which ran from June ...
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Gotmyredressontnit fastest in NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1). The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summ...
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At Press Time scorches last quarter at Meadows

on 07/01/2015 2:00 AM
At Press Time scorched the last quarter in 27.1 en route to victory in Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Fifth down the backside for Dave Palone, At Press Time followed the live cover of Royal Heart before peeling off for his blistering stretch rally. He scored in 1:50. 4, 3/4 lengths better than Hillbilly Hanover in the Lightn...
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Upsets in Ontario Gold 3CP splits at Mohawk

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
It was an evening of upsets at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday as the province's top 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed in a pair of $85,050 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions.   Lightly regarded Big Moment and driver Trevor Henry kicked things off in the first division, sprinting down the stretch to nab pacesetter JJs Delivery in a photo finish. Just a nose separ...
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Yonkers increases purses; opens now $48,000

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced its latest purse increase, beginning with the Monday, July 6, racing program.   Nearly every class is hiked substantially. The increase now brings the three weekly Opens/Open Handicaps (Trot, Pace, Filly and Mare Pace) to $48,000 (from the present $42,000), while the popular Open Handicap for 4-year-old pacers goes for $35,000 (from $25,000). &n...
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Obrigado favored in $170,000 Cleveland race

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Friday (July 3) at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program. The Friday card offers total purses of $647,500.   Obrigad...
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Thors indicted on 9 counts of animal cruelty

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Monica Thors, well known for her work as a Standardbred photographer, has been indicted on nine counts of animal cruelty by the Gloucester County, NJ, Prosecutor's Office. The indictment, announced on Tuesday (June 30) comes after officers from the NJSPCA seized several horses and a goat from a South Harrison Township farm where Monica Thors, 55, of Mullica H...
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State Treasurer keeps providing thrills

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
When it comes to providing thrills for his owners, State Treasurer is money.   The 6-year-old State Treasurer, purchased for a mere $6,500 at the 2010 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a multiple-stakes winner with more than $1 million in earnings for owners Sally and Allan MacDonald and Paul and Sophie MacDonald. Earlier this year he won an unprecedented third Molson Pace and last season...
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Powerhouse Sun Stakes Saturday card at Pocono

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Early-season divisional bragging rights will be certainly on the line this Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono when the northeast PA track hosts the $2,268,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, featuring the $500,000 championships for the Ben Franklin FFA pace, the Earl Beal Jr. 3-year-old colt trot and the Max C. Hempt 3-year-old colt pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch Champio...
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Jesse's Story lights Yonkers toteboard

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway ended the first half of 2015 with its largest win payoff of the season.   It was big balloons, or gros ballons for the French audience Tuesday afternoon, when 72-1 Jesse’s Story ($146) overcame post position No. 12 in the second tier to win the $21,000, eighth-race trot.   Jordan Stratton, or Jordan Stratton for the French audience, d...
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Promotions for Sun Stakes Saturday

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
On Saturday (July 4), the best of the best will land in northeast Pennsylvania for the $2,268,000 Sun Stakes Saturday supercard, featuring the $500,000 final for the Ben Franklin Free-For-All Pace, the Earl Beal Jr. 3-year-old colt trot, the Max C. Hempt 3-year-old colt pace, and the $300,000 James Lynch 3-year-old filly pacers.   All four of these events have consolation events, ...
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Totally Rusty sets Harrington mark in DSBF

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
Three $20,000 divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes' first leg were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway.  Let It Ride Stable, Dana Parham and Carter Racing Stable's Totally Rusty ($2.10, Corey Callahan) equaled the track record for sophomore pacing fillies with a 1:52.1 romp over Nella's Bus and Gigi Deo. Trained by Ross Croghan, ...
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SBSW daughters take 2 PA All Star splits

on 06/30/2015 2:00 AM
 Driver Brett Miller won with two daughters of Somebeachsomewhere, as five divisions of a $150,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for state-sired 2-year-old pacing fillies were held over a sloppy track Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Brett Miller rallied Heels On The Beach out of the pocket and into a :28.2 final quarter to take the fastest division in 1:53.2 by 1½...
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Gingras wins 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
It was a big day for driver Yannick Gingras on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Gingras had a natural hat trick, winning races 5, 6 and 7. He followed that up by sweeping the late Pick 3 and the late double for seven wins on the program. He also swept the co-featured events on Sunday, open affairs both on the pace and trot.   In the open trot, it was Gural Hanover (Gi...
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Franky Provolone takes cheese at Running Aces

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
Franky Provolone (Steve Wiseman) earned the opportunity to say "Cheese” in the Running Aces winner's circle for the third time in the first four weeks of the current summer meet. The 8-year-old gelding captured the $8,000 Open Trot on Sunday night, overtaking front-running Silence Son (Nick Roland) with a closing :28.3 quarter at the end of a 1:56.3 mile. El Azteca (Rick Magee) recovere...
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Sophomores takes the Balmoral spotlight

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
The state-bred stake action continued in high gear on Sunday at Balmoral Park as a pair of ICF events for trotters and pacers shared top billing on the 10-race program.   Trotters kicked off the night's action with a field of seven diagonally gaited colts lining up for the $8,000 Xpressbet Stake. This figured to be another showdown in the budding rivalry between Captain Greedy ...
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Freshmen underway in PA All Stars at Pocono

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
Stakes action for 2-year-old Pennsylvania-sired horses kicked off Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with six divisions of a $180,000 event for trotting colts and geldings.   The fastest winner was Trolley, who set the pace and came home in :57.2 to win by a head over pocket-sitting Earn And Burn in 1:56.1. Both of the top two finishers are sons of Donato Hanover, and Trolle...
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Ron Waples added to Goshen's HOF race

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
Ron Waples will join the field for the Hall of Fame drivers race at Goshen Historic Track, the annual $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Gerry Memorial Trot, to be held Sunday, July 5. Post time is 1 p.m.   Waples drove Park Avenue Joe in the 1989 Hambletonian dead heat race-off with Probe and driver Bill Fahy. He's also won nearly 7,000 races, including two Little Brown Jugs (Ralph Hano...
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Fair Winds open house draws crowd of 350

on 06/29/2015 2:00 AM
After a day of unrelenting rain, skies cleared on Sunday afternoon for the second annual open house at Fair Winds Farm, celebrating the month of the horse in New Jersey. About 350 guests, most of them with no connection or experience with horses, walked up the tree-lined lane, past fields of mares and foals, to the Cream Ridge farm for an afternoon of everything equine.   Fair ...
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