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Yagonnakissmeornot wins 2015 debut

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Trainer Rene Allard and driver Billy Dobson swept the co-features on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Allard's Dancehall Mistress (Angus Hall) went last to first to secure the victory in the $18,000 Open Trot in 1:56.   Dancehall Mistress, who had been racing at Yonkers, sat patiently early on, but flew late to record her first win of the season.   ...
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Youth Foundation needs trainers for 2015

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is still looking for a few qualified trainers to condition its stable of Trottingbreds in preparation for the organization's 2015 summer program schedule, particularly in the Midwest. Volunteer trainers are expected to jog or exercise the horse on a daily basis to build stamina, but no actual training miles are required. Trainer is responsible for all care, f...
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Yonkers to increase purses by 20 percent

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced a 20 percent, across-the-board purse increase, effective with the race week beginning this Sunday, March 15.   In addition, to show its appreciation for those horsemen who've overstuffed the box for the "French” trots, those races, which already went for larger purses, are also bumped another 20 percent.   In terms of numbers, the non-"Fre...
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Surgery to sideline Hall of Famer Ron Pierce

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce told harnessracing.com Monday afternoon that he will have neck and back surgery in the coming days and he expects to be out of action for at least five weeks while recovering. The 58-year-old Pierce, who has 9,569 career wins and is second on the all-time earnings list with $215.3 million, will have the surgery at the Laser Spine Institute in Wayne, Pa. Pierce...
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Check Me Out has first foal, filly by Credit Winner

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Check Me Out 2,1:53.2f; 3,1:51.2 ($1,903,795) had her first foal, a filly by Credit Winner, on Sunday, March 8. Owned by Steve Jones and Ray Schnittker, the daughter of Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi (by Toss Out) will now be bred to either Muscle Hill or Trixton.   As a 2-year-old Check Me Out won the Merrie Annabelle, Champlain, Reynolds, Tompkins-Geers, Bluegrass, International Stall...
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Northfield cancels Monday, Monticello Tuesday

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Due to a severe thawing of the racetrack causing unsafe track conditions, Northfield Park has been forced to cancel Monday night's live racing program. Live racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday (March 10).  The Tuesday card will feature a $10,000 guaranteed Pick 4 pool.   Due to thawing track conditions, live racing has been cancelled for Tuesday March 10. Qualifiers have...
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Great Magic captures second series leg

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Great Magic captured his second straight series division when he scored a front-end victory in Monday's Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. The second leg of the event for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Flying Muscles and Keystone Chester taking the other $12,000 splits.   While Great Magic never relinquished the lea...
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Witch Dali, Hay Stacked take Petticoat splits

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season began Monday night, with a pair of divisions in the Petticoat Pacing Series.The series, for 3- and 4-year-old ladies who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered those two, $12,500 events.   Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick) became the first local 1-20 ($2.10) proposition of the season, handily winning the first divis...
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Callahan wins 7 at Dover; 5 wins for Spin Vision

on 03/09/2015 2:00 AM
It was another big Monday for Corey Callahan. The six consecutive meet leading driver at Dover Downs made the winner's-circle seven-times on March 9. One of the wins came guiding Spin Vision to her fifth straight win in the $14,000 winners over pace for 3, 4 and 5 year old fillies and mares.   Spin Vision enjoyed a perfect 2-hole trip, behind McArma and Vic Kirby cutting out the ear...
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Warrawee Needy upsets in Yonkers open

on 03/08/2015 1:00 AM
Millionaire Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald, $20.80) finished what he started Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Getting the memo early from post position No. 3, Warrawee Needy worked around Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), then sat sail through early intervals of :27.1 and :56.3. Pancetta (Brian Sears), tepid 2-1 choice from the pole, advanced first...
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Duc Dorleans extends streak to four at Pompano

on 03/08/2015 1:00 AM
Duc Dorleans conquered eight tough rivals, the nine post and an "off" track on Saturday night and extended his winning streak to four for Donald Dupont in Pompano Park's $14,000 Open Handicap Pace. The 5-year-old son of Shanghai Phil, once again, was given an early tussle by Fancyfreeshark, handled by Bruce Ranger, through an opening quarter of :27.4 but, once on top, had things fully un...
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Maven second in Grand Criterium in France

on 03/08/2015 1:00 AM
Maven rallied from far back at the half to finish second behind favorite Timoko in Sunday's Grand Criterium de Vitesse de Cote d'Azur at Cagnes du Mer in France. It was by far her best performance from five starts overseas, earning her a check of approximately $52,000 (U,S,). Timoko won the one-mile race in 1:54.3, with Maven timed in 1:55.   Drawing post 8--the outside spot on the ...
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New Patrol scores third straight at Dover

on 03/08/2015 1:00 AM
New Patrol scored his third win in a row besting eight rivals in a career fastest 1:52.3 victory in the Sunday feature at Dover Downs.   George Dennis moved New Patrol into the lead in front of the grandstand and when Sentosa Island broke stride scattering a part of the field, the leader was never was headed keeping his unbeaten record in three starts since arriving from Woodbi...
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Buter notches four-bagger at Yonkers

on 03/08/2015 1:00 AM
The clocks were moved up an hour Sunday morning, but that minor inconvenience didn't throw off Tyler Buter's timing. Buter won four races during Yonkers Raceway's French-centric Sunday matinee.   Buter handily swept both halves of the $10 early daily double, with Art of Illusion ($3.40) in the $19,000 pacing opener (1:54) and the mare Backstreet Hanover ($7.40) in the $33,000 Prefer...
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Horseman Kenneth Oscarsson dies at 60

on 03/07/2015 12:00 AM
Kenneth Oscarsson, a well-known Swedish horseman who worked in the W.R. Haughton Stable for many years and in more recently has trained Kentucky Sires Stakes champions and a Hambletonian starter, died Saturday morning in Florida. He was 60.   Last fall at The Red Mile, the Oscarsson-trained Armatrading won the $175,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes 2-Year-Old Filly Trot while the Swedish ho...
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Foiled Again back, wins Meadowlands qualifier

on 03/07/2015 12:00 AM
Foiled Again is back. The record-setting pacer, now an 11-year-old, qualified for the first time this season, winning in 1:54.3 Saturday morning at the Meadowlands Racetrack with Yannick Gingras in the bike for trainer Ron Burke.   Gingras and Foiled Again were fifth in the eight-horse field through the first half of the race, moved into fourth at three-quarters, and came home in :2...
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Harrah's Philadelphia moves opener to March 27

on 03/07/2015 12:00 AM
Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack has revised its 2015 live racing schedule, with the 150-program season slated to now begin on March 27. The opening Friday card carries a first post of 12:40 p.m., which will remain the standard starting time throughout the season. The 2015 season will run through Sunday, Dec. 13. (Harrah's Philadelphia)
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Wiggle It Jiggleit powers to Gilmour split win

on 03/07/2015 12:00 AM
The showdown on paper pitted two undefeated 3 year olds in the second round of the Buddy Gilmour Series Saturday night at the Meadowlands , but Wiggle It Jiggleit left no doubt on the racetrack, he is the real deal.   Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, Wiggle It Jiggleit waited for National Seelster to move to the lead past the opening quarter of :27.2. Once his rival cleared the front, ...
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Dedalos takes top prize in Niatross claiming final

on 03/07/2015 12:00 AM
Veteran pacer Dedalos, the oldest in the the field, teamed up with a 20-year-old rising driving star, Drew Monti, to win the $26,250 final of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series at Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night.   "Dedalos was on full tilt tonight," Monti said after the race. "It was a big purse and I was driving to make sure he won."   Dedalos, an 11-year-old geldi...
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Win makes Twilight Bonfire a millionaire

on 03/07/2015 12:00 AM
Twilight Bonfire, who has rapidly become a fan favorite at Miami Valley Raceway, became harness racing's newest millionaire Saturday night capturing the $16,500 Open Handicap Pace after a thrilling stretch duel.   Driver Dan Noble changed tactics in Twilight Bonfire's seventh local start by leaving the gate alertly and dictating all the fractions. A lukewarm favorite in a stellar fi...
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