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Always B Miki to be trained by Jimmy Takter

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Jimmy Takter will be training 2014 Tattersalls Pace winner Always B Miki for the upcoming 2015 racing season. Always B Miki was the betting favorite for the 2014 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Colt Pace when he showed lameness in the post parade and was scratched. He was diagnosed with a P-1 (long pastern) fracture and underwent surgery.   "Dr. Patty Hogan cleared him to go back to ...
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Wrenn wins 9 on Northville Downs opener

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Northville Downs kicked off its 2015 race meet on Friday and for Michigan native Ronnie Wrenn Jr. the night couldn't have gone much better. Wrenn, who captured the North American dash title the past two years, won nine of 12 races on the opening-night program, adding in a pair of thirds for ah impressive Universal Driver Rating of .806 for his work.   Wrenn finish seventh with ...
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Not Afraid, Sapphire City tops at Yonkers

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $2.80) and a repeating Sapphire City (Eric Carlson, $10) grabbed the gusto Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps.   Not Afraid made it three wins in his last four featured trot tries. Outsprinted--from post position 6--at the outset by outside number Count Me In (George Brennan), the odds-on choice settled fourth. After ea...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit 1:49.4 winner at Big M

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
The Sonsam pacing series attracted 20 entries for its first round of competition on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, split into two divisions. The 13-race Saturday program handled $3,328,477.   The first division went postward in race seven and featured the Escort champion, Company Man, who was sent off as the slight 9-5 favorite. JK Patriot, third in the Escort Final, was al...
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3 wins in 4 starts for Mykindachip

on 02/07/2015 12:00 AM
Mykindachip made it three wins in four tries since the start of Miami Valley Raceway's second season by winning the $15,500 Open Pace in 1:54.3 on Saturday (Feb. 7).   In each of the three victories, driver Kayne Kauffman has left the wings of the gate alertly with the six-year-old son of Art's Chip, allowed a single adversary to clear to the front, then retakes the lead just past t...
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Singer Series kicks off at Meadowlands

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
The Super Bowl re-match took center stage in the first round of the Charles Singer Memorial Trotting Series Thursday at the Meadowlands, a night that saw temperatures fall into the single digits, with a windchill approaching zero. It featured Super Bowl Champion JL Cruze and the runner-up, Opulent Yankee.   Sent off as the 1-2 choice, JL Cruze got away fourth early, while his rival, ...
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Maplelea strikes first in Miss Vera Bars

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Maplelea turned in a solid final quarter to take the first leg of the Miss Vera Bars Series Thursday night at Woodbine. Just nine 3-year-old pacing fillies entered the first leg of the three-week series, meaning just one $17,000 division was necessary.   The first leg saw plenty of action early, as the longest shot on the board, Weekly Special, sprinted out to the lead, but was quickly ov...
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Mustang Art best in Dover feature

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Mustang Art wired the $27,500 Preferred field and Corey Callahan picks up five wins on a bitter cold and windy Thursday at Dover Downs.   Ron Pierce took no prisoners en route to a 1:51.3 victory piloting Mustang Art to a convincing wire-to-wire score in the week's top pace. Eddie Davis Jr. driving Papa Ray took a shot at the leader heading to the final turn and finished se...
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Louisville Downs grandstand being razed

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
The old Louisville Downs in Louisville, Ky., is being razed. Churchill Downs, which has owned the track since 1992, is in the process of tearing down the grandstand which featured a distinctive red and white awning. After Churchill Downs bought the property in 1992, it was known as Sports Spectrum and Trackside and used as a simulcast wagering outlet and training facility. The track and bar...
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Langley names USTA President's Award winners

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
U.S. Trotting Association President Phil Langley announced Friday that Ellen Taylor, Paul Fontaine, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, represented by president Joe Faraldo and executive director Alex Dadoyan, and Yonkers Raceway, represented by vice president and general manager Robert Galterio, are the recipients of the annual USTA President's Awards.   Langley will m...
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Books closed for Always A Virgin, Rockin Image

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Breeding season is about to get underway and more and more stallions have full books. Dr. Maria King, who operates Victory Hill Farm in Indiana with her husband, Jeff, reports that their sires Always A Virgin and Rockin Image have full books.   Dr. King said Always A Virgin has a full book of 160 mares. He bred 128 mares in 2014 and 147 in '13. The great success of his 2014 sophomor...
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Pennacchio new USTA District 6 director

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has announced that Joseph "Joe” Pennacchio has been elected by the District 6 membership directors to replace outgoing director Jay Sears, who retired from the USTA Board of Directors last week after 25 years of service. Pennacchio will assume his new duties immediately and will be seated at the Association's upcoming 2015 meeting in Columbus, Oh...
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Win Missy B delivers first foal, colt by Kadabra

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Win Missy B 3, 1:52  ($1,599,436)  gave birth to her first foal, a colt by Kadabra, on Thursday, Jan. 29, at Winning Key Farm in Worthington, Pa.   Win Missy B is owned by her breeder, Robert Key, and her 32-year-old grandmother, the great producer BJ's Pleasure, who produced Hambletonian champion American Winner, also still resides at Key's farm.   The Pit...
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Ohio champ Igotafeelinfran wins at Miami Valley

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Igotafeelinfran, the lone Buckeye-bred mare in the field, used a perfect pocket trip coupled with cooperative weather and the fastest racing surface in awhile to win the $15,500 Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night in 1:52.4.   It was just the second 2015 start for the reigning Ohio Sires Stakes older distaff champion, so driver Dan Noble was content to allow longshot A...
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Kevin Cummings drives 3,000th winner

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
It was appropriate that Kevin Cummings reached 3,000 driving wins in his career when he steered Most Happy Rider ($10.60) to a narrow neck decision in Buffalo Raceway's seventh race on Friday night (Feb. 6). Cummings became just that, a 'most happy rider' after sweating out the photo finish before officially being awarded the milestone victory.   "I didn't think I won it at the wire," a r...
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Sears, For The Ladies take Yonkers feature

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
Favored For the Ladies N (Brian Sears, $2.80) was both patient and potent, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Making her stateside small-track debut, For the Ladies N won the draw but had no designs about flaunting it. She was more than happy to get away third, behind Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube) and Mach a Wish (Mark MacDonald).  ...
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NY vet Medusa wins Meadows debut for Burke

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
A veteran of the New York Sires Stakes circuit, Medusa launched her 4-year-old campaign successfully Friday at The Meadows when she captured the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace.   Making her first start in the powerful Ron Burke Stable, Medusa quarter-poled to the lead for Dave Palone but faced a serious late challenge from Macharoundtheclock. W...
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Dialamara, Camvicted take series splits

on 02/06/2015 12:00 AM
A pair of winter series events got underway Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Count B Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw two $17,000 divisions contested, while the Ontario Girls Series for four-year-old pacing mares needed just one $18,000 division for the first leg of the three-week event.   A field of seven battled in an eventful first division to get Count B acti...
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Burning Point gets underway Friday at Big M

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
A field of eight mare pacers has been entered in the opening leg of the Burning Point Series at the Meadowlands on Friday night. The field is headlined by Worldly Beauty champion Witch Dali, trained by Tony Alagna, and Worldly Beauty runner-up Donttellruss, trained by Ron Burke. Burke will also send out Southwind Serenity as part of a coupled entry.   Witch Dali returned in Nov...
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Nothinbutanallstar shines at Pompano

on 02/05/2015 12:00 AM
Nothinbutanallstar, driven by Mark O'Mara, eked out a narrow victory in Pompano Park's featured $13,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night.   The 4-year-old gelded son of Allstar Hall completed his task in 1:54.3, a new lifetime mark considering his other similar mark came over Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval.   The gallant mare Pure Barre, with Mickey McNi...
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