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In The Arsenal noses out Betting Exchange in Rooney

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
In The Arsenal diverted ever so slightly from the shortest distance to the finish line, but held on in the final strides to win the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for three year-old pacing colts on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway in 1:51.2 by a nose. Betting Exchange (David Miller) was second and Rock N Roll World (Daniel Dube) was third.   Rock N Roll World and Dube were first to the lead at ...
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Video of Meadows 2YO qualifiers

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack hosted its first qualifiers for two-year-olds over the weekend, with eight groups of freshmen prepping for the upcoming stake season. Many of the horses that took to the track are headed to the Pennsylvania fairs, which get underway on June 12 at Wattsburg, PA.   The opening qualifier of the day proved to be the fastest of the session, with Bob Key's Dragon Strikes w...
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Kevin Switzer Jr. wins 5 at Scarborough

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Kevin Switzer Jr. remained the hottest commodity at Scarborough Downs on Saturday (May 30 as the torrid teamster escorted five winners down victory lane, one day after notching four top scores during Friday's card. With nine wins already in hand this weekend, Switzer now takes over sole possession of second place in the Scarborough drivers standings with 34 seasonal scores, sitting 15 wins ba...
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Fireyourguns sets all-time Buffalo record--1:52

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Hopefully, the Buffalo Raceway keeper of track records had plenty of erasers on hand Saturday night (May 30). Unicorn Hanover set two track records in the opener by going the mile in 1:52.4 in the $9,500 Open II Pace. He produced new standards for the all-age geldings and aged (5+) pacing divisions.   But Fireyourguns wasn't going to be outdone on the muggy night. Not only did the 6-year-...
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Stubborn Belle, Solar Sister win big finals

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
Ontario sired sophomore fillies were in the spotlight Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the finals of the WEG-SBOA Stakes. A group of ten fillies lined up on both the trot and the pace to contest the rich finals. The three-year-old filly trot final carried a purse of $179,661, while the pacing fillies battled for a purse of $177,661.   The sophomore trotting fillies squared off in th...
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Bandolito, Frau Blucher take Pocono features

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr., solidifying his leader atop the drivers standings at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, took both $25,000 features this Saturday night, with pacer Bandolito and trotter Frau Blucher, justifying their odds-on status by scoring over a track rerated to "sloppy” after mid-card rains.   Bandolito was moved to the front by "George Nap” after the 26.4 opener in his contest...
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Artspeak tops NJ champs; a "showy" 40-1 upset

on 05/30/2015 2:00 AM
The 13-race Saturday program at The Meadowlands featured four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Championships for three year olds, with big names making big headlines. There are certain performances in any sport that warrant somebody standing up and saying "wow, did you see that?” That is the best way to explain the turn of foot shown by Artspeak in the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for 3-y...
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Danish Durango sets PA Stallion mark

on 05/29/2015 2:00 AM
Danish Durango exploded to the lead and rolled home in 1:54.1, establishing a stake record in Thursday's $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series event at the Meadows.   The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over five divisions, with Hurrikane Johnny K, Don't Mind Me, Woodmark and Simeon taking the other splits. Tony Hall enjoyed a stake double (Hurrikane Jonny K, ...
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Hannah Miller goes back-to-back at Mighty M

on 05/29/2015 2:00 AM
Although she has been the scourge of the amateur driving ranks this season, on Thursday Hannah Miller scored her first driving double and it came in back-to-back races on the betting card at Monticello Raceway.   Miller won a Catskill Amateur Drivers Series pace with Rise Above It in a 1:57 clocking and came right back in the next race and drove trotter Casanova Lindy to 2:00 triumph...
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Traceur Hanover wins qualifier in 1:52.4

on 05/29/2015 2:00 AM
Traceur Hanover, the 2014 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace champion, made his sophomore debut in a qualifying race at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday morning and won in 1:52.4.   Trained by Normand Bardier Jr., driver Randy Waples sent the son of Western Ideal to the lead in the quarter. Traceur Hanover was still first-over when he broke the beam at the half in :57....
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Go Daddy Go wins 2015 debut in 1:53.1

on 05/29/2015 2:00 AM
Go Daddy Go ($2.90) opened his sophomore season with a stellar 1:53.1 triumph in the first of three Ontario Sires Stakes divisions at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday, also Molson Pace Night, for the Hall of Fame duo of John Campbell and Bob McIntosh.   Go Daddy Go, the 2-5 favorite, swept around the quick-leaving outsider Robert Hill by the :27.4 first quarter...
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Alhambra, It's A Miracle dh in Yonkers feature

on 05/29/2015 2:00 AM
With three-peating Krispy Apple not in attendance Friday night, it took two lasses to fill her horseshoes. Alhambra (Brian Sears, $3.30) caught It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson, $2.90) at the wire, dead-heating in Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It's a Miracle, leaving from post position No. 5, wound up pocketed to Virgin Mary (Jordan Stratton) through fractions...
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Mach It A Par 1:52.2 Tioga winner

on 05/29/2015 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Mach It A Par ($5.00) passed every rival she faced, circling her four Open II rivals on Friday (May 29) evening at Tioga Downs.   The featured $10,000 distaff saw Stormunn (Aaron Byron) cross and clear from her outside post on approach to the first turn, but she faced steady pressure from the first-over Jets Are On (Corey Braden) after a :56.2 half mile. T...
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It was Like Old Times at Northfield Park

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
Like Old Times was much the best in Northfield's feature race on Wednesday. She romped in the $17,500 Gin Blossom Series final. The sophomore filly is trained by Don McKirgan for owner Keith Ross of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.   Like Old Times (Chip Chip Hooray-Royal Two-Royal Troubador) began from post seven. She was parked through the i...
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Parklane Eagle flies to fastest PA Stallion split

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
There were four divisions of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon or 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers.   In the first division, it was Tony Alagna trainee Trading Up (Scott Zeron) winning under wraps. The son of Somebeachsomewhere brushed to the lead just beyond the quarter and went on to an easy three-length victory,&n...
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Big night for Hennessey at Pompano Park

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame Driver Wally Hennessey had a Hall of Fame Night at Pompano Park on Wednesday night, winning five of the nine races, including a sweep of the two feature events.   Hennessey kicked off the program with a handy win back of the amazing mare Godiva Seelster in the $8,500 co-featured winners-over pace for mares. In winning, Godiva Seelster extended her streak of paychecks to...
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Lone Survivor fastest in NYSS 3CP divisions

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
"I expected him to do this," driver Brett Miller after he guided Lone Survivor to the fastest time in the three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night.   Lone Survivor (Art Major-Wenditone) cruised to an easy six-length victory in 1:53.4 in taking his $39,900 leg.   In other Sires Stakes activit...
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HTA Scholarship Awards open for submissions

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America and David Snyder, president of International Sound Corporation, are pleased to announce the renewal of the HTA Scholarship Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. The annual program offers $15,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education to daughters and sons of licensed trainers, drivers, caretakers and management personnel, or young people themselves who are act...
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Bax hopeful Stubborn Belle can be boss

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
John Bax is no stranger to success, having collected nearly $20 million in lifetime earnings.   On Saturday evening, the veteran conditioner will be looking to add another win to his collection with Stubborn Belle in the $129,661 WEG-SBOA final for 3-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk Racetrack.   Her first start of the season came in the eliminations a week prior, with an...
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Raymer takes 2 of 3 Pocono baby races

on 05/28/2015 2:00 AM
With the calendar ready to turn to June, it's time to turn attention to the 2015 incoming class of freshmen pacers and trotters. Two year olds were in action Thursday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono and are also scheduled to step out on Saturday morning at the Meadowlands. Three 2-year-old events were on the Pocono card, with the filly pacer Miss Read kicking things off with a 2:01 victo...
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