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HANA contest underway; Waterstone sits second

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
With four legs of the 2015 HANA Harness Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge presented by the Bellino Stables, DRF Harness, Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, Buffalo Raceway announcer Michael Carter has taken an early lead with 319.70 points.   Carter managed to surge to the lead due in a large part to his per...
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Rekila's winning trip to Freehold for Lady Suffolk

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Riina Rekila cannot explain it, but something compelled her to make her first trip to drive in a race in New Jersey with EL Love in the Lady Suffolk Stakes. Whatever forces were at work, it proved to be a worthwhile journey.   EL Love, hailing from a family of stakes-winners that includes full-brother Appomattox and half-brother EL Titan, improved to 4-for-4 in her career by winning...
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Keeneland to move Tbed simulcasts to Red Mile

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Keeneland, the Thoroughbred racetrack in Lexington, Ky., has filed a request with the state's Horse Racing Commission to move its simulcasting to The Red Mile. There has been no Thoroughbred simulcasting at The Red Mile since the late 1990s, when ownership sold the Thoroughbred rights to Keeneland for $4 million. The request is on the May 6 agenda of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission mee...
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Tall Cotton takes Meadows trot feature

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Tall Cotton lulled the field with a sleepy second quarter, then scorched the back half in :56 to capture Monday's $18,000 winners-over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Tall Cotton, who shares The Meadows' all-age trotting record of 1:51.3, made an easy lead and enjoyed comfortable fractions of :28/:57.4. Dave Palone turned him loose down the backside, and the 9...
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Just A Jolt snags second straight Harrington win

on 05/04/2015 2:00 AM
Janet Hudson's Just A Jolt ($2.60, Victor Kirby) notched his second straight win Monday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $16,000 Open Handicap for pacers in 1:51.2.   The 5-year-old Village Jolt gelding successfully mounted his attack second over after leader Elite Awards blazed through fractions of :26.1, :54.3 and 1:22.4. 'Jolt' gathered momentum on the outside following Beli...
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Bee A Magician sets Yonkers track mark

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Season-debuting Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $9.20) and Michael's Power (Dan Dube, $4.20) both went down the road Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps.   Bee a Magician, 2013's Harness Horse of the Year, showed no signs of a five-month hiatus and a pair of mundane qualifiers in the weekly trotting feature. In play from penultimate post positio...
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Gray Camo, Chief Talkalot win Ohio Sires Stakes

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Ohio Sires Stakes action continued Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway with four $40,000 divisions for Buckeye-bred three-year-olds, two for pacers and two for trotters. Gray Camo and Chief Talkalot captured the pacing splits; while Neely's Messenger and Upfront Chip Daddy were victorious in their first leg trotting divisions.   Gray Camo (Chris Page) topped Roaddog Jess James (K...
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Whom Shall I Fear wins by neck in 1:55

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Kentucky Derby Day meant a doubleheader of harness racing action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace on the evening card taken by the hot Domethatagain in 1:49, and Whom Shall I Fear and Cruzado Dela Noche both notching 1:55 triumphs among four division of a $128,000 Pennsylvania All-Stars event for sophomore trotting colts in the early card...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit coasts in Simpson stakes

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
When last seen on the racetrack, Wiggle It Jiggleit was dominating the Final of the William "Buddy” Gilmour at The Meadowlands in mid-March. The three year old gelded son of Mr Wiggles was given a brief break following that win, but returned in style on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, winning the $47,124 John Simpson Memorial by three lengths over pocket-sitting Rock N' Roll World. &nb...
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Penn takes second straight Hoosier feature

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Penn used a decisive front, running effort to find the winner's circle for the second consecutive week in front of a packed house at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the $21,000 Invitational Trot on Saturday, May 2. Once again dismissed at the betting windows, Penn pulled a mild upset to score at odds of 10-1 in 1:53.4 with Darrell Wright in the sulky.   The Bobby Brower trainee ...
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NA Cup eligible The Wayfaring Man scores

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
The Wayfaring Man and Star Cover scored round two victories in The Diplomat series Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 12 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $20,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week Diplomat series.   JJs Delivery, the winner of leg one, did not enter round two leaving the door open for some fresh blood to get on the...
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Canadian Touch upsets Panocchio at Pompano

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Canadian Touch, off at 10 to 1with Kevin Wallis handling the lines, upset the 1 to 5 favorite, Panocchio, driven by Bruce Ranger, in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (May 2), stopping the timer in 1:51.1. EZ Noah and Matt Romano teamed up to be third while No Bad Dreams rallied for fourth. Smile A Little picked up the minor award in the sextet. The six year-old gel...
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Classic Martine, "Yagonnakissme" set Miami marks

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Grand Circuit action produced two new track records on closing day of the 2015 meet at Miami Valley Raceway.   Reigning Mare Trotter of the Year Classic Martine powered to the fastest trotting mile in the two-year history of Miami Valley, lowering the previous 1:53.3 record established by Maven in the same race—The Miami Valley Distaff--exactly a year ago to 1:52.2, a full se...
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Road Untraveled takes Tioga pace feature

on 05/03/2015 2:00 AM
Fresh off a pair of second-place finishes at Pocono, Road Untraveled ($3.20) made a strong early push to the fore and never looked back en route to a 1:50.1 victory in one of two co-featured $8,800 upper-level conditioned pacing events on Sunday (May 3) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   Driver Mike Simons pushed to the lead with seven-year-old Grinfromeartoear of in the initial stages, bu...
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Totally Rusty sharp in Simpson win at Big M

on 05/02/2015 2:00 AM
Delaware Sires Stakes champ Totally Rusty brought her act to New Jersey and the Queen of the First State made quite an impression on the locals with a career-best 1:50.3 win in the $39,416 Hardie Hanover, a division of the John Simpson Memorial Grand Circuit stakes.   A recent private purchase by Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham in partnership with her breeder and prior owner Car...
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Ohio Sires Stakes kicks off at Miami Valley

on 05/02/2015 2:00 AM
The 2015 Ohio Sires Stakes season kicked off on a warm 71-degree night at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday with three $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies and two $40,000 divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies.   Little Casino (Hugh Beatty Jr.) got things off to a rousing start with a divisional track record 1:58.3 win in the first trotting split. As the betting favo...
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Can't keep up with Jonsie Jones at Yonkers

on 05/02/2015 2:00 AM
Jonsie Jones, (Tyler Buter, $5.70), the horse of a different color, finished what she started Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play at the outset from post position No. 2, "Jonsie” worked around the 7-5 favorite, the pole-sitting Scootin' for Joy (Brian Sears). She then threw down the gauntlet through intervals of :28.4, :5...
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Maplelea takes round two of Princess Series

on 05/02/2015 2:00 AM
Maplelea got back to her winning ways with an impressive 1:51.4 victory in round two of the Princess Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A competitive field of six contested the $20,000 second leg.   The oddsboard told the story of round two, as the top three choices, Maplelea at 8-5 and Cast No Shadow and Moonlit Dance at 9-5 odds, would all finish within less than a length of each ...
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Purity, A Penny Earned win Vernon features

on 05/02/2015 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs hosted a pair of $10,000 Open events on the Friday night 13-race card, with distaff pacer Purity ($6) and trotter A Penny Earned ($3.60) taking top honors for the night.   Five pacing mares contested the $10,000 Mares Open Pace in Race 2, with two of the five entering off wins in their most recent outings. Those two--Purity (Claude Huckabone, III) and Seascape Hanover (J...
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Habitat easy 1:56.4 winner of Dexter Cup

on 05/02/2015 2:00 AM
Habitat made life easy for driver Yannick Gingras in Saturday's $133,170 Dexter Cup, taking the lead after the first turn and cruising to a 3-3/4 length win over Divisionist in 1:56.4 at Freehold Raceway.   "I like it that way; perfect for me,” Gingras said about the uncontested trip. "I just had to worry about the first turn, but once he was through there I know there would be no...
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