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Napolitano sweep in Pocono features

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
 The Napolitano brothers accounted for the sulky success in the $22,000 twin features Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Anthony taking the trot with Swishnflick in 1:54 and then George winning the pace with Scott Rocks in 1:50.1.   The Kadabra mare Swishnflick was sent right to the top in the trotting headliner, putting down fractions of :28.1, :57.4, and ...
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Barn Doll fastest in NYSS 3FT divisions

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
Sent off the prohibitive 2-5 favorite, Barn Doll ($2.90) sustained a push to the fore on the far turn, drawing clear for a 1:54 triumph in her $40,600 New York Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday evening at Vernon Downs.   The daughter of Conway Hall and Headintheclouds settled in midpack early on, as Magic City (Jeff Gregory) cleared the lead through ...
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Full brother to SBSW wins debut at Pompano

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
Johnny Grippa teamed up with driver Bruce Ranger to score a handy win measuring 2 1/2 lengths in Pompano Park's $8,500 winners-over handicap pace on Saturday night in 1:51.4.   The 7-year-old son of Cam's Card Shark led at every junction in the mile, clocking fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3 before exploding home in :26.1 to pin the defeat on stablemate Hillybilly, handled by Be...
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Tioga, Saratoga Saturday race recaps

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
Relegated to last in the early stages, the Harmon Racing Stable's Detroit Rapper ($23.40) circled four wide to pass all six of his rivals in Saturday evening's featured $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs.   The 4-year-old Jailhouse Jesse gelding took no part in the pacesetting proceedings, situated well off alternating leaders Sweet Justice (Aaron Byron) and B L Class Act (John Cumming...
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WEG/SBOA eliminations held at Mohawk

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies were out in full force for the eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals.   A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions.   In the first eli...
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Freaky Feet Pete set for 2015 debut at Hoosier

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
Trainers, breeders, and owners all dream of seeing a horse start his career so freakishly brilliant that his potential appears unlimited. While horses of this caliber may be few and far between, an extraordinarily talented and aptly named colt burst onto the Indiana harness racing scene in 2014.   Freaky Feet Pete made his racing debut at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on July 3,...
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Freaky Feet Pete, Wiggle It Jiggleit big in INSS

on 05/23/2015 2:00 AM
Indiana's 3-year-old pacing colts were in the spotlight at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday to square off in the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action and as predicted, the sophomore colts opened their series in impressive fashion. Freaky Feet Pete and Wiggle It Jiggleit, considered two of the top pacing colts for 2015, both delivered in their respective eliminations. ...
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Surprises in NYSS 3CT splits at Yonkers

on 05/22/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted its first New York Sires Stakes crowd of the season, the $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Three divisions, worth $54,125, $55,125 and $54,125, respectively, comprised the event, which honored the memory of the long-time popular horse owner (with family in attendance for winner's circle presentations).  ...
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Round 2 of NJSS set for Saturday at Big M

on 05/22/2015 2:00 AM
The second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS) for 3-year-old pacers fields one $25,000 division each of fillies and colts at The Meadowlands on Saturday night. The top 10 from the two elimination legs will race in the $100,000 finals on Saturday, May 30.   Race 5 is a field of 10 pacing fillies with the 2014 freshman filly final winner Stacia Hanover the one to beat. The West...
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New Weekend Preview, with Graduate fields!

on 05/22/2015 2:00 AM
HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is a little tardy so we could include the fields for the Graduate events for 4 year olds at Tioga Downs on Monday. The Graduate fields are included, along with features about the three big invitationals at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. In addition, in "Elitlopp Preview,” we've got the latest information about the upcoming international classic which...
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Call Phone Terror a winner at Meadows

on 05/22/2015 2:00 AM
Phone Terror challenged Do Me Honor midway down the backside and needed the rest of the mile to put her away as she captured Friday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Phone Terror was sitting third when Dan Rawlings sent the 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Miss Lex after Do Me Honor. The mares dueled gamely, with Phone T...
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Record night for Pompano, Hi-5 pool tops $1 mil

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
Maybe driver Wally Hennessey had an inkling that the Super Hi-5 mandatory payout event, held Wednesday night at Pompano Park, might just get the headlines over the duet of co-feature "Winners Over" events.   Not taking any chances, Hennessey swept all three! With the "must go" Super Hi-5 jackpot swelling over the past 40 programs going into the mid-week program, an astoundin...
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Heyden appointed to HOF Screening Committee

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
U.S. Harness Writers Association president Chris Tully announced Thursday the appointment of Robert "Hollywood" Heyden to the Hall of Fame Screening Committee to serve a six-year term.   Heyden, 58, was elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame in 2012.   "This is great," said Heyden. "I follow everything closely and forget nothing. I have a real good idea who should and ...
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Guess Whos Back aims for NJSS repeat

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
Most trainers would be happy if their prized pupil started their 3-year-old season with an impressive win, but Nik Drennan continues to describe Guess Whos Back as a work in progress.   "He was good and I was happy, just not 100-percent happy,” said Drennan in describing his colt's win in last week's opening leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes at the Meadowlands. "He put in a few s...
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Test results reported at Ohio meeting

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
At the May 19 Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) meeting, discussion continued regarding a new study concerning the effects of cobalt on Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.   Dr. James Robertson, consulting veterinarian, updated the OSRC on the progress of the OSRC/The Ohio State University (OSU) and Ohio Department of Agriculture's Analytical Toxicology Laboratory (ATL)'s co...
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McWicked back on track, wins qualifier

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner McWicked kicked off his 4-year-old season on Thursday in qualifying action at Pocono. With David Miller in the sulky, McWicked won in 1:52.2.   McWicked started from post 5 and was sent to the front by Miller and wired the field with fractions of :28, :58, 1:25.1, and a final quarter in :27.1. The son of McArdle is trained by Casie Coleman and owne...
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Son Howard remembers Jerry Taylor

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
Howard Taylor has enjoyed many memorable moments in harness racing, but nothing in his past might compare to the emotions he will feel this weekend.   On Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia will present the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older pacers, an event named in honor of Taylor's late father. Jerome "Jerry” Taylor, a Philadelphia-based attorney who particip...
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Graceful Beauty captures Northfield final

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
Graceful Beauty captured the $17,500 final of the Wallflower Series on Thursday (May 21) at Northfield Park. She is owned and trained by Adam Short of Archbold, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was in the sulky.   The 5-year-old pacing mare had competed in three legs of the Wallflower Series leading up to Thursday's final. She proved herself to be a true force for her competition by post...
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Somewhere Sweet's 1:52.4 fastest in PASS

on 05/21/2015 2:00 AM
There were three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, each going for a purse of just over $71,000. Trainer Brian Brown took two of three divisions, with both fillies homebreds.   In the first division, Miller's Stable's Somewhere Sweet (Dave Miller) scored an impressive five-length victory. The da...
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Bandolito 1:49.4 winner at Rosecroft

on 05/20/2015 2:00 AM
Prayer Session tied the Rosecroft Raceway all-age trotting track record Tuesday night (May 19), scoring in 1:53.4 for driver Jonathan Roberts in the Open Handicap Trot.   Leaving from post seven, Roberts tucked in fourth with Prayer Session and then sprinted a :56.2 back half, taking over the lead just past the half to join Chinese Cuisine as Rosecroft's fastest trotter ever. Trish ...
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