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Sweet Lou, Intimidate take TVG finals

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
"Parting,” Shakespeare said, "is such sweet sorrow.”  And so it was a sweet and sorrowful winner's circle, filled with tears and hugs for the connections of Sweet Lou, as he won the final race of his career, the $500,000 TVG final for open pacers on Saturday night (Nov. 29) at the Meadowlands, in 1:48 by 3-3/4 lengths.   The race unfolded with Bettor's Edge (Matt Kakaley) g...
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McErlean edges Beach Memories at Yonkers

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
First-up McErlean (Eric Carlson, $19) held off favored Beach Memories (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Sitting in early from post position 4, McErlean watched as Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) had to work to get around pole-assignee Orillia Joe (Brent Holland). "Mickey" did, getting early fractions of :27.3 and :56.4. Shortly t...
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5 wins in 6 starts for Youwilwishyouhad

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
After a late scratch contracted an already short field, Youwillwishyouhad went from worst to first to capture the $11,000 Open Pace feature at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 29).   What The Sheik (Dave McNeight III) left from the pylons and parked American Bull (Kevin Cummings) past the eighth pole before he eventually cleared on the backstretch. McNeight then immediately com...
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Cantab Lindy wins Dayton feature again

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
Cantab Lindy has found the new Hollywood Dayton Raceway to his liking, winning the $10,000 Saturday night Open Trot for the second straight week following a third-place finish in his initial local outing a week earlier.   The 6-year-old altered son of Cantab Hall is owned and trained by Brent Davis and has had red-hot Josh Sutton on his lines since arriving at Dayton. The feature ra...
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Florida-breds compete in finals at Pompano

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
The $479,000 Super Night extravaganza at Pompano Park featured the finest Florida-bred trotters and pacers in training and their performances most certainly lived up to expectations as many established new lifetime marks. A full recap of the action begins here.   In the $52,500 final for 2-year-old filly trotters, Brandy, superbly handled by Dan Clements, made a brave quarter move to t...
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France's PMU handles almost $1.5 million on Yonkers card

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
The fourth foray into Yonkers Raceway's "L'Arc Before It Gets Dark” went postward during an overcast but pleasant (low-50s) on Sunday, Nov. 30. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the $46,000 Open Handicap opener (post time 11:27 AM), with former New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy Abo...
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Services set for Batavia native Bill Brown

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
William F. (Bill) Brown Jr., 91, a member of the Communicators Hall of Fame and a director of the United States Harness Writers Association for more than a half-century, died Nov. 29, 2014, at Rochester General Hospital, near his hometown of Batavia, NY.   Mr. Brown first became a member of the USHWA Board in 1963, representing the Western New York Chapter, and three years later he ...
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McWicked takes Progress Prevue in 1:48.4

on 11/30/2014 12:00 AM
McWicked, the only supplemental entry, romped to a 1:48.4 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace Prevue, turning back seven rivals for his 11th win of a $1.3-million season on Sunday, Nov. 30, at Dover Downs.   With Hall of Famer David Miller at the controls, McWicked moved up quickly to take the lead from JK Endofanera and Yannick Gingras just past the opening quarter in :26.3. From...
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Melady's Monet leads Meadowlands winners

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
The Friday night trotting feature at the Meadowlands was a $30,000 B-1/A-1/FFA event featuring Melady's Monet, who entered the contest off back to back wins. He would get a challenge from Tirade Hanover, who entered the featured trot off a monstrous win in a $40,000 Four Year Old Open on Breeders Crown Saturday, where he won despite being parked the mile.   Sent off as the 2-1 second-choi...
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Palm Patrol takes Yonkers mare feature

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $21,000 featured fairer-sex pace was won by a cone-skimming Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald, $34).   Sitting third along the pylons from post position No. 2, Palm Patrol saw Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) seemingly in control through (:28, :58.1, 1:28.2). Getting no grief from a first-up Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton), "Jillian” owned a length-and-and-half l...
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Lutetium picks up 16th victory of the year

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
An abbreviated field of five turned into a two-horse race in the Batavia Downs $11,000 Open Trot on Friday night (Nov. 28) and for the fifth time of the meet, Lutetium prevailed.   Driver Kevin Cummings utilized a very unconventional strategy with the front-running Lutetium, letting Second Hand News (Shawn McDonough) cut the mile and then taking a two-hole trip. Second Hand News proceeded...
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Christian Me upsets Beautide in Miracle Mile

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
He was already New Zealand's champion and now Christen Me, a son of Christian Cullen, can lay claim to being the best in Australasia after his stunning win in Saturday's $750,000 SEW-Eurodrive Miracle Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle outside of Sydney.   How could you argue after Christen Me wore down the mighty defending champion Beautide and rated an incredible 1:49.1 to be...
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Baillargeon, Filion tops in Autumn finals

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
It was a frosty night Friday at Woodbine, but Mario Baillargeon and Sylvain Filion were both on fire in the Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds. The three-week series for Ontario sired three-year-olds came to a close with a finale for each division. In the first final of the evening, Meadowview Vicky completed the Autumn Series sweep with a 1:57.2 victory in the three-year-old filly trot. Th...
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Susan Kelly, wife of Harold Kelly, dies

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
Susan M. Kelly, 74, the wife of horseman Harold Kelly, died Thursday, Nov. 27. Mrs. Kelly was retired, after working side by side with her husband for many years in the Standardbred business. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Freehold. In addition to her husband of 57 years, Mrs. Kelly is survived by daughters Linda (Tom) Moyer and Deborah Owens; g...
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Sears finishes third in race at Vincennes in Paris

on 11/29/2014 12:00 AM
Representing the US, Brian Sears finished third in a race at the Vincennes track in Paris, France on Saturday afternoon. Sears was driving in a race that recognized countries that have signed breeding and pari-mutuel agreements with France.   Sears was up behind the 10-year-old trotter Quebir de l'aube, who had not won a race since 2010 and was a 37-1 shot in the tote. With a mobile ...
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Gingras is 2014 Dan Patch Driver of the Year

on 11/28/2014 12:00 AM
In harness racing, and often within its media organization the United States Harness Writers Association USHWA), it's usually impossible to get a unanimous verdict on anything, even whether the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.   But in 2014, harness racing and USHWA are unanimously embracing one fact: Yannick Gingras is the Driver of the Year, based on his handling of the winne...
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Egosnattitus wins Del. Breeders Fund 2CT final

on 11/26/2014 12:00 AM
Overloooked Egosnattitus won a $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old final on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Dover Downs. Egosnattitudes raced outside uncovered for nearly three-quarters of a mile and still had plenty in the stretch to record a 1:59.3 victory in the state-sired freshman championship.   Jonathan Roberts pulled the homebred son of Great George Two-Aerobi...
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Tellitlikeitis to stand at Victory Hill in Indiana

on 11/26/2014 12:00 AM
Jeff and Maria King of Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Indiana are pleased to announce that Tellitlikeitis p,3,1:48.4 ($490,695), the multiple stakes winning son of Well Said-Kikikatie will stand his first season at stud in 2015 at Victory Hill Farm. He joins his half-brother Rockin Image p,3,1:48.2 ($901,756), Indiana’s leading pacing sire in 2014 two year old earnings, who also stands at Vict...
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TVG races headline weekend at Meadowlands

on 11/26/2014 12:00 AM
What is a racetrack to do when faced with following a Breeders Crown weekend chock full of thrills? Why at The Meadowlands the response is to come right back with the $1 million TVG Series Championship featuring the very finest of the older set on both the trot and pace.   After following a season-long trail of top class events that began in May and concluded with last Saturday's Crown Fi...
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Delaware, Union counties join Ohio conference

on 11/26/2014 12:00 AM
Two fairs have joined the Ohio Racing Conference for 2015. The Ohio Fair Racing Conference (OFRC) welcomes Delaware County (Delaware, OH) and Union County (Marysville, OH) fairs as the newest fairs in the conference. Both fairs will be conducting races at the Scarlet level. To learn more about the Ohio Fair Racing Conference and to read the 2015 OFRC Rules and Regulations visit the we...
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