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Tall Cotton takes Lightning Lane to victory

on 06/08/2015 2:00 AM
Tall Cotton let Tamarind do the heavy lifting on the lead, then blew by him in the Lightning Lane to score a narrow victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   After enjoying a pocket trip, Tall Cotton had little trouble outkicking Tamarind for Dave Palone. The greater danger, however, was wide, where Trustworthy Kid was unleashing a strong late bid. Tall C...
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Morrill scores NYSS 3CP three-bagger

on 06/08/2015 2:00 AM
Not a stranger to multiple wins on a race card, Jimmy Morrill Jr. owned the afternoon on Monday at Monticello Raceway after posting four wins on the card, three of which were in New York Sires Stakes events.   In the first Sires Stakes division of the day, worth $29,850, last year's Night of Champions 2-year-old colt pace winner Cartoon Daddy left strong for the lead. He relinqu...
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JL Cruze upsets Father Patrick in Graduate

on 06/07/2015 2:00 AM
With 13 horses entered into both the trotting and pacing division of The Graduate for four year olds, each event was split into two divisions, worth $56,250 each. The big name on the program was Father Patrick, last year's three year old trotter of the year with career earnings of more than $2.5 Million.  Installed as a 1/5 morning line favorite, Father Patrick went off as the 1/9 ch...
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Radar Contact continues sensational season

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
When last seen, Radar Contact was winning the Betsy Ross for Open Mare Pacers at Harrah's Philadephia over some of the best older mares in training.  She returned to The Meadowlands Friday night and it should come as no surprise that she called the Winners' Circle her home again. Leaving from post position nine in the $28,500 Open Handicap for the pacing mares, Radar Contact was over...
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Smokinmombo sets record in Currier & Ives

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Smokinmombo made the decisive move to the front past the quarter and sped to victory in 1:54.2 — a stake record — in Friday’s $94,000 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows. Smexi and Matter Hatter took the other splits. The trio gave their sire, Explosive Matter, a Currier & Ives sweep. Saturday’s special Belmont Day card at The Meadows features the $...
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Southern Girl wins filly Maywood Pace elim

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies stepped into the spotlight on Friday, June 5th at Maywood Park as a field of eight state-breds squared off in an $8,000 Filly Maywood Stake elimination. The top seven finishers on Friday night will return next week where they will be joined by Lex in the $35,600 final. After saving ground all the way to the top of the stretch, driver Travis Seekman tipped Sou...
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Big Belmont Day party at Pocono

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
As the nation waits for American Pharoah to hit the track for the 147th Belmont Stakes, the party at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will be in full swing. The huge celebration gets underway at 2 p.m. with all patio bars and trackside concession bars opening for the day. The Downs is planning an early post time of 3:30 p.m. with four races, and continuing with 12 more after the Belmont; i...
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Takter's 2YOs get passing grades at qualifiers

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
For trainer Jimmy Takter, one of his favorite days of the year is the first day he brings his 2-year-olds to their first qualifiers. After his stable captured seven of Saturday morning’s 11 events for the newcomers at the Meadowlands, it is easy to understand his enthusiasm. Takter won with 2-year-old female trotters Sunset Glider and Twice Is Right, 2-year-old male trotters Earn And Bu...
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Suit And Tie takes Currier & Ives at Meadows

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Suit And Tie was dressed for success in Saturday’s Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows, promenading through the Lightning Lane to earn a narrow victory in the $119,565 stake for 3-year-old trotters. Suit And Tie had won only two of his previous 21 starts and was somewhat overshadowed by his stablemate, Boots N Chains, who also started in the Currier & Ives. But John Bute...
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Bee A Magician wins Charlie Hill Memorial

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Bee A Magician, driven by Brian Sears, dug deep to win the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial in 1:53.3 Saturday night (June 6) at Scioto Downs. Sent off as the favorite at odds of 1-5, the 5-year-old Kadabra mare and Sears floated out from post 4 as DW's NY Yank left from post 5 and Il Sogno Dream took the lead from post 2. Bee A Magician, the lone mare in the race, range...
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Dancin Yankee takes Pocono feature

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
A specially-formatted 16-race card was featured on Belmont Day at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with four races held before the historic doings in Elmont NY and then the remainder starting after the big race. The race attracting the most attention was the tenth race (held in the evening portion), a $30,000 Open pace, and there was "dancin’ in the moonlight” as 2014 Pennsylvania Pac...
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Sophomores clash in Somebeachsomewhere

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Dudes The Man and Rockin In Heaven scored victories in their respective $78,767 divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 19 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions of "The Beach.” For many of the sophomores, they were using the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes as a final prep for next week’s Pepsi North America C...
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Burke and Morrill sweep Vernon NYSS trots

on 06/06/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke and driver Jim Morrrill, Jr. teamed up to sweep a pair of $61,300 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Saturday (June 6) evening at Vernon Downs. In the first division, Habitat ($3.00) brushed from the pocket through a :57.1 initial half, clearing early pacesetter Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) before facing fir...
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Youth Foundation summer tour starts June 12

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Hollies sang "The road is long, with many a winding turn, that leads us to who knows where, who knows when.” For the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Trottingbreds and staff, the road this summer will indeed be long, but the organization knows exactly where it leads.   The summer programs schedule starts at Hoosier Park on June 12 with more than 300 girl scouts and their familie...
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Saratoga Hall of Fame ceremony June 9

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
The Saratoga Harness Hall of Fame & Museum Announces its annual Induction Ceremony/Open House, Tuesday June 9, at the Museum- 352 Jefferson St, Saratoga Springs, NY. The museum is located off the Jefferson St. Entrance to Saratoga Casino & Raceway. This year's inductees are Dr. Richard Frank, DVM, and the horse Kelly's Noah. Dr. Frank, a longtime Saratoga Equine Veterinari...
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With 1:55 win, Infiniti AS fastest in Grassroots

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
Last season's freshman trotting colt champion Dont Rush made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, capturing an $18,000 Grassroots division in impressive fashion. In rein to Chris Christoforou, Dont Rush eased off the starting gate into eighth and then sat patiently in the outside lane until the stretch. When Christoforou asked the Infinitif son for an...
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FL court decision could bring more slots

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
According to report, a Florida appeals court has ordered state regulators to allow slot machines at a Gadsden County racetrack and the 2-1 decision, issued May 29 by the 1st District Court of Appeal, could have statewide implications in counties where voters have approved allowing slot machines at local pari-mutuels.   Florida' pari-mutuel industry is regulated b...
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Takter raves about mares Weeper, Katie Said

on 06/05/2015 2:00 AM
As a Hall of Fame trainer best known for his acumen with trotters, even Jimmy Takter is a bit surprised to have not one, but two older pacing mares in his stable racing at a high level.   "I've trained several good 3-year-old filly pacers such as American Jewel and See You At Peelers, but I think these would be my first really good 4-year-old pacing mares,” said Takter.   ...
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Mosquito Blue Chip sets new mark in NYSS win

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
"She's back!" Those were the first two words out of the mouth of a relieved Jim Morrill Jr. after he drove Mosquito Blue Chip ($3.70) to an impressive 1-1/2 victory over She's Heavenly in a track record time of 1:53.3 in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 3). The time broke the old standard of 1:54.1 established in 2014 by Swe...
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Cammikey holds on for 1:51 Meadows win

on 06/04/2015 2:00 AM
Cammikey covered the back half in a brisk :54.4 and had just enough to score narrowly in Wednesday's $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Cammikey enjoyed a 1-length lead over the pocket-sitting Easy Again at the top of the stretch, but Easy Again brushed through the Lightning Lane to erase most of that margin. Cammikey dug in and held off Easy...
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