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Average price climbs 4.5% at Morrisville sale

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
The annual Morrisville State College Equine Institute's Fall Yearling Sale was held Sunday, Sept. 21, at the college in Morrisville, NY, with 130 yearlings old. The average price was $10,714, an increase of 4.5 percent from the 2013 average of $10,246.   The top price at this year's sale was the $85,000 price paid for the RC Royalty-sired filly Royal Encore, who was purchased by Wan...
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Tioga ends season with handle up 5.4%

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
An overall increase in handle (total money wagered) and seven track record performances marked a successful 2014 season at Tioga Downs, which concluded on Saturday, Sept. 13. Overall handle on the 61-day meet was considerably improved in comparison to the 2013 season, with all-sources handle showing a 5.4% increase. This increase was largely due to a more involved simulcast audience, whose ...
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Captaintreacherous to be retired at Red Mile

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
Jim Simpson, president of Hanover Shoe Farms, and the members of the the Captaintreacherous racing group, have announced that The Captain will be officially retired at Lexington's famed Red Mile during the races on Thursday, Oct. 2.   Tony Alagna, the colt's trainer, said "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks. He's been fighting a low respiratory bug and we ju...
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Bluegrass 2FT kicks off Red Mile Grand Circuit

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
The annual fortnight of Grand Circuit racing begins on Thursday with the $336,000 Bluegrass Stakes for freshman trotting fillies, traditionally the kick-off to the meet. This stake has been known for a number as years as the Norman S. Woolworth Memorial remembering one of harness racing's most beloved personalities.Twenty seven fashionably bred debutantes were entered and split into quad-...
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Kelsey's Keepsake's 1:57.3 fastest in Keystone

on 09/22/2014 2:00 AM
Staring at a 4-1/2-length deficit behind the loose leader, Kelsey's Keepsake launched a determined first-over move that carried her to the upset victory in the fastest division of Monday's Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The $118,200 stake for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over three divisions, with Blessings Counted and Wouldn't Itbesweet also capturing splits.   Winning...
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Master Of Law defeats Sebastian K

on 09/21/2014 2:00 AM
Master Of Law pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able to wear down the overwhelmingly favorite Sebastian K late in the stretch to win the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, Sept. 20. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Master of Law was able to close off cover to win at 21-1 in 1:54.2 over a track rated good. Sebastian...
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Vernon hosts Excelsior "A" Series Finals

on 09/21/2014 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs held Finals in eight divisions of the New York Excelsior "A" Series on Saturday night with purses totaling $360,000. The 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings were first up and provided an 11-1 upset with Commissioner Daley (Conway Hall-Irish Washerwoman) storming through the stretch once he got into the clear and rolling right past Genius At Work late to win in a final time...
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Homecoming win for Gingras in Prix d'Ete

on 09/21/2014 2:00 AM
It was a magnificent homecoming Sunday afternoon for Quebec native Yannick Gingras, who guided Sunfire Blue Chip to a track record-setting performance of 1:50.4 in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres.   The son of American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip powered to the lead from his outside starting spot and powered away from the competition en route ...
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Big night on tap at Hoosier Park

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park will offer arguably the best 14-race card of the 2014 live racing season to-date on Saturday, September 20. Grand Circuit racing action will make its way to Hoosier Park for the second time this season and with it, bring the top rated horses in North America to Hoosier Park as they convene on the seven-eighths mile oval in search of the lucrative purses offered on the card beginning...
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Contraire wins Green Acres by a nose

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Four two-year-old trotting fillies hit the wire together, and it took the photo finish to award a victory in the $7,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres to Contraire in the sixth race on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Contraire [$6.00], with Ake Svandstedt driving, slipped up the rail to win by a nose over four-wide Model Behavior in 2:01.2.  Bot...
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Six wins for Palone at The Meadows

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Visible Gold strolled through a leisurely front half on the lead, then blitzed the back half in 54.2 to capture Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. When Dave Palone was able to give Visible Gold fractions of 28/58, the 6-year-old Bettor’s Delight Gabrielle gelding had plenty in the tank to roll home in 1:52.2, 3/4 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Exactly Bla...
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Bigtown Hero wins in World Record at Pocono

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Bigtown Hero set a new world record for aged geldings on the pace in a Preferred Handicap victory on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $25,000. Leaving from post position #4 in a field of seven as the 8-5 second choice, Bigtown Hero (American Ideal-Art Account), a 6-year-old gelding from the Rene Allard barn, burned his way to the early lead. Drive...
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Voelz Hanover upsets in Milton Stakes Final

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples rallied off a two-hole trip to pull off a 30-1 upset in the $286,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk. With a starting spot of post six, Voelz Hanover left hard off the gate against nine of the sport's top older pacing mares, but was out sprinted by Anndrovette, who started from post seven, past an opening quarter of :26. Anndrovette would lead the f...
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Saturday stakes action at Balmoral

on 09/20/2014 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters and pacers were back in the spotlight on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as the Crete plant played host to four stakes or consolations for Super Night participants as part of the big 13-race program. Freshmen pacing fillies kicked off the action with a field of nine going postward in the $13,900 Thrifty Way Stake. Avengi...
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Kindergartners in action Thursday at Red Mile

on 09/19/2014 2:00 AM
Freshman filly trotters gathered for four divisions of the Kindergarten Classic Series at The Red Mile on Thursday night. The fourth preliminary of the series attracted 38 contestants for purses totaling $40,000.   Allerage Star, despite galloping at the start, recovered nearly 13 lengths to weave past rivals and get a nose in front of Saturday Mornings and Cocoacabana in ...
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Anthony McDermott, father of horsemen, dies

on 09/19/2014 2:00 AM
Anthony J. "Tony Mac" McDermott, 86, the father of horsemen Kevin and John McDermott, died Sept. 17. Mr. McDermott was born in Longford, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1958. He lived in Kearny, N.J., for 40 years before moving to Toms River, then to Keyport.   Mr. McDermott was a bar manager at Dick O'Leary's in East Rutherford. Previously, he was the bar mana...
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Morrisville sale set for Sunday; BBQ Saturday

on 09/19/2014 2:00 AM
The annual Morrisville College Equine Institute sale will be held in Morrisville, NY, this weekend. Yearlings may be previewed on Saturday, Sept. 20, after 10 a.m.   The Sunday, Sept. 21, sale is represented by 33 of the top sires in the industry, including first crop sires Broad Bahn (4), Delmarvalous (2) and Roll With Joe (5). This is the largest selection of New York breds t...
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Sebastian K headlines big Hoosier card

on 09/18/2014 2:00 AM
Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter, will make his Hoosier Park Racing & Casino debut as he heads a powerful field of ten in the $238,500 Centaur Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 20. Offering arguably the best 14-race card of the 2014 live racing season to-date, Hoosier Park will play host to a stakes-filled card that boasts lofty purses as Grand Circuit racing action returns to th...
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Sumatra surprises in Old Oaken Bucket

on 09/18/2014 2:00 AM
Sumatra won last year's Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds, and on Thursday afternoon he returned to the Buckeye State and captured the $118,300 Old Oaken Bucket for sophomore colts in 1:56.1.   Showing no signs of fatigue after being scratched "sick" out of his last scheduled race and not having started since Aug. 29, Sumatra overcame a par...
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Lost For Words captures Standardbred 2CP

on 09/18/2014 2:00 AM
David Miller parlayed a pocket trip behind Lost For Words into a 1:54.3 victory in the $58,045 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers on a sunshine-soaked Thursday at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds. It was Miller's 203rd career victory over the half-mile oval located just north of Columbus.   Miller was content to sit second with the 3-5 favorite Lost For Words as the 6-5 second c...
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