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Elliott packs 1-2 punch in Friday's Graduate leg

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Through the first two legs of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, it would be hard to find a trainer holding a stronger hand than Steve Elliott. Elliott has swept the series so far with his devastating duo of Doo Wop Hanover and Rockeyed Optimist. The pair will finally face each other as part of an overflow field of 12 going the extended 1 1/8-mile distance in the third leg of the Gradu...
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Justgottogetthere wires field in Buffalo feature

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
One thing is for certain, seven isn't a lucky number for Justgottogetthere. With four starts in his last six outings coming from the seven post, Justgottogetthere has come up empty. But the 6-year-old gelding has been lights out when drawing from the six post inward, going a perfect 4-for-4. Wednesday night (June 17) was a perfect example of that. Justgottogetthere took advantag...
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Atta Boy Dan an easy victor in Meadows feature

on 06/17/2015 2:00 AM
Atta Boy Dan battled Sam Hill for the early lead but was unassailable once he reached the top, scoring in 1:50 in Wednesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Sam Hill stretched Atta Boy Dan to a demanding 26.3 first quarter. Rather than weakening late, however, the 6-year-old Western Terror-Dropitlikeitshot gelding drew off late for Dave Palone,...
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Band Of Angels leads NYSS winners

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the ladies Monday night, specifically the $166,375 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $55,125, $56,125 and $55,125, comprised the event.   Band Of Angels (Yannick Gingras, $2.80) won both the draw and the endorsement of the electorate, holding sway (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25.4, 1:54.3) in the opening event. She defeated p...
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Breyer honors Foiled Again with portrait model

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
He was named after a cartoon character's catchphrase, but harness racing world champion Foiled Again has been nothing but serious when it comes to making money. The 11-year-old pacer is the richest Standardbred in history, with purse earnings of $7.01 million following his win last Friday in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. With the victory, Foiled Again also became the race's first...
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Posts drawn for $1 million Pepsi North America Cup

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
The post position draw for Saturday night's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup took place Tuesday afternoon at Mohawk Racetrack. Ten 3-year-old male pacers--the top three finishers in each of the three eliminations held last Saturday as well as one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will start in the 32nd renewal of the sport's richest race.   Toronto Maple Leafs center Peter Holla...
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Arthur Jackson Jr. dies at 69

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
Arthur Jackson Jr., 69, of Canyon, Texas, died June 12. Born in Belmont County, Ohio, Mr. Jackson was a longtime owner and trainer-driver of Standardbreds while living in Zanesville, Ohio.   Mr. Jackson relocated to Texas, to work as a cattle buyer. He continued to train Standardbreds on his ranch in Texas before sending horses back to Ohio to race. His best horses included Kuzzin K...
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Court rules Mich. Board violated drivers' rights

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
Mlive.com is reporting Tuesday that a federal appeals courts has ruled that the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) violated the constitutional rights of four harness drivers--John Moody, Don Harmon, Rick Ray and Wally McIlmurray Jr.--when it suspended their licenses for refusing to answer questions about fixing races.   The four horsemen claimed the MGCB violated their F...
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International Trot set for Oct. 10 at Yonkers

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
It's taken two decades, but the International Trot, one of harness racing's elite events, is returning.   Yonkers Raceway, which last hosted the spectacle in 1995 (won by Sweden's His Majesty), is bringing it back, complete with a million-dollar purse. It's scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, and the seven-figure purse would be Yonkers' second-ever million-dollar race (2007 A...
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Whata Donato ropes in Cowgirl Hall at Meadows

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
 Whata Donato challenged Cowgirl Hall before the three-quarters, then eased by her in the lane to capture Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Whata Donato was third when trainer/driver Doug Snyder sent her after Cowgirl Hall. The pair dueled through the final turn until Whata Donato moved clear, downing her ri...
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Repeat winners in PA Stallion splits

on 06/16/2015 2:00 AM
 Daughters of Andover Hall took the two fastest of five divisions of the $100,000 second leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and two of the three first leg winners entered here repeated.   The intersection of those two statements is Kirsi Hanover, who won her Stallion start at The Meadows despite broken equipment; here she m...
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Chalk bites the dust in PA Stallion 3CT splits

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
The chalk took it on the chin Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as non-favorites won all five divisions of a $100,000 Stallion Series third preliminary leg for sophomore trotting colts.   Driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Frank Antonacci teamed to take two of the five divisions, the first one and the last one held, and in the Stallion opener their horse posted the faste...
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Doctor Butch, Uva Hanover score at Philly

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
There were two opens valued at $30,000 each at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.   The Open Pace was Race 6 on the 14-race program. It featured two of the top three finishers from the Jerry Taylor Invitational, including winner Great Vintage (Dave Miller) and third-place finisher Mach It So (Jason Bartlett). The race favorite however was Doctor Butch (Scott Zeron). The 5-year-old...
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Ashlee's Cool Gal 1:54.2 winner at Scarborough

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
The week-long speed show continued at Scarborough Downs on Sunday (June 18) as the track remained lightning fast while the horses and drivers took full advantage of the favorable conditions to put up eye-popping miles to the delight of the fans. Ashlee's Cool Gal became the latest to test the teletimer on Sunday as the Maine-bred mare blazed around the oval to secure a brand new lifetime mark o...
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Barn Doll, Katniss take Empire elims at Vernon

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting fillies Barn Doll ($4.30) and Katniss ($8.50) employed similar tactics toward victory in their $12,500 Empire Breeders Classic eliminations on Sunday (June 14) afternoon, taking charge at the halfway stage and holding clear late in decisive fashion. In the first elimination (race 6), Jeff Gregory rated Barn Doll well off a :26.2 first quarter, moving the Conway Hall ...
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Johansson explains She'salady's first loss

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
JK She'salady suffered the first loss of her career Saturday night at Mohawk. JK She'salady was 13 for 13 going into the her Fan Hanover elimination, with 12 wins in 12 starts at two en route to Horse of the Year honors in both Canada and the U.S. While she appeared to be poised to grind out a first-over score--as has been her style --she was unable to wear down the pacesetter and was pic...
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PA owners need residency affidavit on file

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
Those planning to enter races for Pennsylvania owned horses during the 2015 season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia must complete a residency affidavit to be eligible. The form is available on the News page of the PHHA's website, http://www.pahha.com/or by clicking on this link. The original completed, notarized form must then be submitted to the PHHA offices in per...
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Creatine moved to Takter, but staying in Sweden

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter's one-horse European stable of Maven has grown to two with the addition on Monday of Creatine. Creatine, the winner of the 2013 Kentucky Futurity and 2014 Allerage Trot, had been trained and driven in Sweden by Robert Bergh. He made four starts in Sweden for Bergh with a third-place finish the best result.   According to owner Adam Bowden, there are no plans to bring Cr...
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Tamarind sets 1:53 national season's mark

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
Tamarind ignored the off going and powered to victory in 1:53 — fastest this year for an older trotting stallion on a five-eighths-mile track — in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap at The Meadows.   Tamarind was third down the backside for Aaron Merriman when he swept by the leader, Tall Cotton, and went on to defeat him by three lengths. Call To Post finished third. The time ...
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EZ Noah wins third straight at Harrington

on 06/15/2015 2:00 AM
L&J Racing Inc.'s EZ Noah (Tony Morgan, $2.60) continued to relish the Delaware air with his third straight win, this one in 1:51.4, Monday in the $16,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway.  The 6-year-old Western Terror gelding had spent the winter in the tropical climate of Pompano Beach, Fla., where he raced at Pompano Park.   Sent off as the 1-5 favorite Monday, the Josh ...
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