American Courage wins MGM Springfield final

on 07/13/2020 9:58 PM
  American Courage made a decisive brush to the lead approaching the first quarter and held off the pocket-sitting Town Gossip to prevail in the $104,250 MGM Springfield Stakes by a half length in 1:53.3 on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway.   American Courage remains unbeaten in four lifetime starts for trainer Travis Alexander, driver Matt Kakaley and the Fiddler’s Creek Stables...
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Victoria’s Maverick takes Plainridge opening feature

on 07/13/2020 8:59 PM
Harness racing took center stage in the Bay State for the first time since last November as Plainridge Park kicked off their 2020 live racing season on Monday. With fans watching trackside, the horses put on a solid show despite the long layoff for many entered on the day's card.    The first feature of the meet was a $12,000 conditioned pacing event that was won by Vict...
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Proper One upsets in Harrington Open

on 07/13/2020 8:55 PM
Louis Tomczak Jr.'s Proper One ($16, Ross Wolfenden) was an upset winner in the $12,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.4.  The 6-year-old homebred Proper Respect gelding registered his second straight win, and 29th in his career for trainer Carlo Poliseno.  Post position number eight proved no problem for Proper One, who was last early as pacesetter Sicily set...
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I’m Some Graduate digs in to win Meadows Open

on 07/13/2020 6:38 PM
Pushed four wide to get the early lead, I’m Some Graduate dug in, held off a quartet of challengers late and scored in a career-best 1:50.2 in Monday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   I'm Some Graduate reached the point from post 9 in a demanding :27.1 opening panel for Dave Palone. When the first-over Major Nemesis led a parade of challengers in the ...
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Indiana commission approves Eldorado

on 07/13/2020 3:34 PM
On Monday, the Indiana Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved—with conditions--the sale of Harrah’s Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand to Eldorado Resorts. The meeting was held at Indiana Grand, with speakers and commissions practicing social distancing and wearing masks, and the meeting was also streamed on the internet. The commission’s vote came following the Indiana Ga...
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Northfield to host Buckeye Stallions for 2YO pacers Monday

on 07/13/2020 11:52 AM
The Buckeye Stallion Series for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers highlight Monday night’s 15-race program at MGM Northfield Park. A total of 63 freshman colt pacers make up seven divisions while 54 filly pacers battle in six divisions. The colt and gelding entries are led by two Mike Polhamus-trained pacers. Brighter Days, by Woodstock, was a winner at Northfield on July 6 in in 1:55. ...
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Miller starts 3 in MGM Springfield Monday

on 07/13/2020 8:25 AM
Trainer Erv Miller entered three colts in the eliminations of the MGM Springfield Stakes eliminations: Carrythetorchman, Crystal Beach, and Not Today. All three made the $104,250 final, set for Monday night (July 13) at Yonkers Raceway; Carrythetorchman by virtue of a victory and Not Today with a fourth in the second elimination and Crystal Beach with a third-place finish behind American Courage...
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Schnitzledosomethin scores in Philly

on 07/12/2020 9:30 PM
Over a year after winning his previous Harrah's Philadelphia appearance, former Indiana standout Shnitzledosomethin ($4.00) once again proved dominant at the riverside oval by way of a 1:50.4 victory in Sunday afternoon's (July 12) featured $14,400 top-level pace. Corey Callahan sent the 5-year-old son of Fred And Ginger to a clear lead over Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) through a sharp :...
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2YO Fulsome 1:52.2 All Stars winner

on 07/12/2020 9:28 PM
Trainers Ron Burke and Nancy Takter each accounted for two $30,000 divisions of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for two-year-old pacing colts during a Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Burke sending out the fastest two winners and Takter harnessing victorious sons of Always B Miki.   Fulsome, a colt by Betting Line – Triple V Hanover, was much better in his ...
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12YO Waiting On A Woman scores at Stga

on 07/12/2020 7:18 PM
There were double features on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as both the Open Trot and Open Pace were part of the thirteen race matinee.   Waiting On A Woman (Northern Bailey) last recorded an Open win at Saratoga in March of 2015. The veteran trotter has been a staple out of the Kyle Spagnola stable for years and has competed at numerous tracks throughout the northeast over ...
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Action Uncle, Yanks Dugout lead 10 OSS splits

on 07/12/2020 11:40 AM
Ten divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) were contested Saturday night, July 11 at Scioto Downs. Charlie May captured the first of four $40,000 OSS contests for 2-year-old pacing colts for driver Danny Noble as the 1-9 favorite in 1:54.2.  It was the second career victory for the brown son of McArdle in as many lifetime starts.  Trained by Steve Carter, Charlie May no...
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$948k wagered on mandatory Jackpot at Mohawk

on 07/12/2020 6:41 AM
The latest Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park generated $948,371 in new money wagered on Saturday night. Entering with a carryover of $250,903.30, horseplayers came out in full force to take a swing at the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. Iwontdothatagain (#6, 7/2) and driver Louis Philippe Roy prevailed in a tight Win photo over Hervey Hanover (#8, 5/2) and driver Phil Hudon...
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Grassroots for 2YO trotting colts at Georgian

on 07/12/2020 6:38 AM
Georgian Downs hosted a trio of $22,450 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night, and it was local youngster Master Grand who delivered the fastest mile of the Ontario Sires Stakes battles. Master Grand and trainer-driver Aaron Byron left with confidence from Post 5 and had established command by the :31 opening quarter. Byron allowed Randy Waples and Imashar...
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Graduates to Hurrikane Emperor, Gimpanzee

on 07/12/2020 6:36 AM
 Hurrikane Emperor provided an upset in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers while 1-5 favorite Gimpanzee took care of business in the $250,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters Saturday night at The Meadowlands.   Hurrikane Emperor, sent off as the fifth choice at odds of 7-1, was second over in fourth at three-quarters before coming three wide off the ...
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Tall Dark Stranger wins Pace elim; 5 for final

on 07/12/2020 6:34 AM
The target for next week’s $631,650 Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-olds is clearly on Tall Dark Stranger’s back. And his trainer, Nancy Takter, seems to be just fine with that.   Tall Dark Stranger took over the lead just after the quarter and rolled down the road from there in the lone Meadowlands Pace Elimination at The Meadowlands Saturday night, establishing himself as th...
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Daylight Rush wins second in a row

on 07/11/2020 10:24 PM
The rainy weather couldn't cool off the red hot Daylight Rush ($5.40) at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (July 11) as he notched a 3-/4 length victory over Percy's Z Tam in the $11,500 Class AA-Open Handicapped Pace.   In his last six starts since June 6, Daylight Rush has three wins and three second place finishes. The win on Saturday gave him two straight and three out of ...
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Harry Terror takes Tioga Open Pace

on 07/11/2020 9:09 PM
Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) captured the $8,000 open handicap pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 11). Jins Shark (Jim Taggart Jr,) was the first out of the gate.  Harry Terror ($9.90) took over and hit the first quarter in :27.3 and went to the half in :56.3.  Reggiano (Renaldo Morales III) was first to make a move going first-over but couldn't get any closer than a l...
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Love A Good Story takes another NYSS

on 07/11/2020 8:49 PM
Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) wrote another chapter in her book with a win in the $114,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) race for sophomore trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 11). It was Munster (Tyler Buter) with the early lead.  Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) took over and led to a first quarter of :26.3.  No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) then took control ...
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Amigo Volo 1:54 PA All Stars winner

on 07/11/2020 8:46 PM
Many owners and trainers contemplating entering their top three-year-old trotters for the sport’s greatest prize, the Hambletonian, got a good evaluation of their horse’s prowess three weeks before Hambo elim day as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono held three $30,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for this division on Saturday afternoon.   Fastest winner was the Fa...
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Rocknificent's 1:50.4 leads PASS

on 07/11/2020 8:42 PM
Exploiting a pocket trip, Rocknificent spoiled the sophomore debut of Dan Patch Award winner Lyons Sentinel by outkicking her and scoring in Saturday’s $210,932 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old filly pacers, known as the Adios Betty, was contested over three divisions, with Drama Act and Party Girl Hill Taking the other splits.   The action-packe...
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