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Round one of Autumn Series in the books

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
Round one action of the Autumn Series for 3 year olds continued Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $15,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and two $15,000 splits for the sophomore pacing colts and geldings were contested.   In the first division on the trotting side, Warrawee Prince went gate to wire for a 1:57.1 victory.   Driven by Sy...
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Rockaround Sue rocks in Yonkers feature

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $9.50).   At the outset, it was 3-5 choice Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) taking a very brief three hole. She quickly took over just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a 57-second intermission.   Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett), meanwhi...
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Justin Darling celebrates first win at Western Fair

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
Justin Darling sent out his first winner as a trainer on Friday night at The Raceway at the Western Fair District.   Darling's first victory came courtesy of his own 3-year-old pacer Keystone Dalton, who pulled off a 13-1 upset in the fifth race for $10,000 claimers. The Mach Three gelding took over the lead just past the half and drew away to win by nearly seven lengths in 1:5...
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IRB director Laino announces retirement

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
After 31 years in public service, Illinois Racing Board (IRB) executive director Marc Laino has announced he will retire at the end of the year. Laino has been with the IRB for 28 years, serving as executive director for 12 years.   IRB chairman William Berry praised his work with the Board.   "Upon my appointment as chairman of the Illinois Racing Board, I was immediatel...
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"Patrick," Commander Crowe win qualifiers

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
A few high-profile trotters who weren't required to race in Breeders Crown eliminations used the Saturday morning qualifiers as a prep for next week’s finals. The morning was sunny, though crisp with temperatures in the mid 30’s and the horses facing a fairly significant headwind in the homestretch.   Trotters opened the card, so Jimmy Takter won. He steered Ferra...
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Mission, Brief, Color's A Virgin each draw post 5

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
Post positions for the $500,000 freshman Breeders Crown filly pace and trot finals and the $593,750 3-year-old filly pace were drawn tonight at The Meadowlands Racetrack. Elim winners in an order determined by lot, are then placed in the draw for post positions 1 through 5. After those are drawn all other post positions are drawn for the remaining eight horses.   Mission Brief and W...
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Hoosier Park concludes 2014 season

on 11/15/2014 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded the 2014 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 15. In addition to the racing action, Trace Tetrick and Ron Burke secured leading driver and trainer titles, respectively. Ron Burke, who took home Hoosier Park’s top training honors in 2013, was officially recognized as the 2014 leading trainer ...
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Autumn Series for 3YOs underway at Woodbine

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Three-year-old fillies were in the spotlight Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack for round one of the Autumn Series. Three $15,000 divisions on both the pacing and trotting side took place. A three-week series, the Autumn Series is for three-year-old fillies who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2014 as of Sept. 30, 2014.   In the opening division for the trotting f...
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Wishing Stone retiring to stud in OH after Crown

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
It is jointly announced by Bob Marks of Deo Volente Farms and Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm that the International superstar Wishing Stone, a winner of the Kentucky Futurity at three and the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark at age five, has been officially retired from racing and will stand stud at Sugar Valley Farm in Delaware, Ohio, in 2015.   Both Mr. Marks and Mr. McLead emphasized, ...
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Broadway Hall to stand in Ohio at Midland Acres

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Midland Acres is proud to announce the addition of Broadway Hall to its 2015 stallion ranks. Broadway Hall was voted Dan Patch 2 year old trotting colt of the year, and was undefeated in 9 lifetime starts. A proven Grand Circuit sire that from 477 starters is the sire of 275 in 2:00, 54 in 1:55 with total progeny earnings of $31,213,716. Broadway Hall is the sire of Hambletonian winner Br...
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Heston Blue Chip to stand at Winbak of NY

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm of New York is proud to introduce Breeders Crown Winner and Millionaire pacer, Heston Blue Chip p, 2, 1:50.4f; 3, 1:48f ($1,777,769), for 2015. "Heston Blue Chip is the real deal,” said Linda Toscano, Heston Blue Chip’s trainer. "He was clearly the best New York Sire Stakes colt at two and three, setting multiple track records on all size tracks.” Heston Blue Chip was a...
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$15,000 donation to Komen Foundation

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Earlier this week the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) and Tim Rooney made a check presentation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of greater New York.   The amateur drivers organization raised $7,500 from their spring and fall trotting series and that amount was matched by Yonkers Raceway president Tim Rooney, and a total $15,000 was donated to that or...
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Pip's Jenny G will try for 56th career win

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Pip's Jenny G hasn't been around forever, it just seems that way. When the 13-year-old mare got the job done last weekend by a nose, it was her 55th win from 350 starts and pushed her career earnings to $144,000.   Pip's Jenny G currently goes about her business for owner Juan Pacheco and trainer Lester Smith, but for much of her career raced under the banner of her breeder, Br...
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Palone wins 16,754th, now best in world

on 11/14/2014 12:00 AM
Already North America's "winningest” harness racing driver, Dave Palone broke the world record Friday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he notched career win 16,754 to surpass the mark of 16,753 held by Germany's Heinz Wewering. The record-breaker came with Missy Tap Tina in the 15th and final race of the day. In the winners' circle presentation, an emotional Palone said he felt his...
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Palone getting closer to Wewering

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Dave Palone, the leading driver at The Meadows, is now five wins away from being the leading harness driver in the world. He won three races on Wednesday and has 16,749 wins at the end of racing on the day.   The current record of 16,753 wins is held by Heinz Wewering of Germany, so Palone needs four to tie him and five to surpass him and take the record. Wewering has seven drives schedul...
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Trace Tetrick ready for Breeders Crown debut

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Trace Tetrick is ready to make his Breeders Crown debut Friday night at the Meadowlands, but the 28-year-old driver is looking to treat the occasion like any other race.   Tetrick drives Color's A Virgin in the second of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old female pacers on Friday. Color's A Virgin, whose connections paid $62,500 to supplement to the event, starts ...
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Butenschoen is seeing Happiness in action

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
For John Butenschoen, happiness is seeing Happiness in action.   A 2-year-old filly pacer, Happiness faces seven foes in the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations Friday night at the Meadowlands. Butenschoen trains the filly, which he co-owns with breeder Dr. John Egloff's Vieux Carre Farms. Happiness drew post eight in her Breeders Crown elim and is 20-1 on the morning ...
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Surprising 11-1 win for I'm So Striking at Dover

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
I'm So Striking, a 3-1 winner last week, was overlooked at 11-1 in a 1:55.2 success in the $18,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Wednesday,   Trainer-driver Eddie Dennis patiently waited with I'm So Striking as Enrico AS (Allan Davis) cut out the early fractions. Modest Prince (Tony Morgan) took over heading to the final turn as the field began to bunch. Dennis took I'm So Striki...
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Bax says Stubborn Belle is "a fighter"

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
It might have taken a while, but trainer John Bax has gotten the best kind of "stubborn" from 2-year-old female trotter Stubborn Belle. "She's a lot like her name, she's a fighter,” Bax said. "You need that to have a good horse. "But it took a while to get on the same page with her. She was pretty single-minded. At first, you had to do things her way. As the year has gone on, she's got...
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Winning smile for Baby Boy Grin at Pompano

on 11/13/2014 12:00 AM
Baby Boy Grin, the pacing bred "trotting machine," took top honors in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night.   Completing his journey in 1:55.2, the 9-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear, was driven by Kevin Wallis and pinned a one-length defeat on the late charging She's All In, handled by Rick Plano.   The early pacesetter, Increditable, with Aaron Byron han...
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