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Ohio commission oks more money to purses

on 08/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved going forward with 13 rule changes during its monthly meeting on Wednesday (Aug. 27) at the Riffe Center in Columbus. The rules were updated as a result of the agency's five-year rule review. Each rule will now be submitted to the Common Sense Initiative Office and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. Live racing dates for next year were ...
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The Lunch Pail fastest in PA Stallions

on 08/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Lunch Pail powered to the front and rolled to a comfortable victory in a career-best 1:51.1, fastest in Wednesday’s $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series at The Meadows. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over three divisions, with Sean Liam Q and Brioni also taking $20,000 splits. Eric Ledford enjoyed a stake double behind The Lunch Pail and Sean Liam Q. ...
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Billy Flynn still perfect after PASS win at Pocono

on 08/27/2014 2:00 AM
Billy Flynn won his sixth consecutive race to start his career, capturing a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four divisions of the Sire Stakes held on Wednesday night for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings with purses ranging from $62,653 to $63,053. Billy Flynn (Cantab Hall-Zeta Jones), a two-year-old colt trained ...
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Strongest Blooded Horse Summer Sale ever

on 08/27/2014 2:00 AM
Optimism abounded at the Blooded Horse Summer Sale August 25-26 that proved to be the best in its 58-year history.  There were 212 yearlings featured in the Monday session including 121 Ohio-breds, 46 Indiana-breds, 16 Pennsylvania-breds, 12 Ontario-breds, and 4 New York-breds. Spring Haven Farm sold the top three yearlings led by a beautiful Ohio-bred daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye out...
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Star trotters invade Vernon for Zweig, Crawford Farms

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
The very finest trotters in the land will converge on Vernon Downs Friday night for Grand Circuit racing. The Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot drew full fields for both colt and filly divisions and the Crawford Farms Free-For-All looks to be the race of the season thus far for the veteran trotting set.   The Crawford Farms offers a powerful field of 10 to compete for a pur...
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All Bets Off romps by 9 in NYSS division

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
Bettor's Delight is certainly a proud poppa. And why shouldn't he be, after all, two of his sons each won a division of the $117,000 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) in 1:52.2 or faster at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon.   For A Bettor Time established a new track record for sophomore pacers with a 1:52 victory for Jimmy Morrill Jr. and All Bets Off literally made a laugher out...
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Bee A Magician ready to take on Sebastian K

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Nifty Norman might not be expecting his star mare Bee A Magician to beat the sport's top male trotters in Friday's $236,000 Crawford Farms Open at Vernon Downs, but he's not shying from the challenge, either.   Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada, will face nine male rivals in the Crawford. The field includes world champion Sebastian K, who...
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Stakes-laden card Saturday night at Mohawk

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
Some of Standardbred racing's biggest stakes races, the $667,000 Metro Pace, $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and the $480,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes, take a rich center stage this Saturday evening at Mohawk.   North America's finest 2-year-old pacers will be showcased in the Metro (colts & geldings) and the Shes A Great Lady (fillies) while the best older pacers on the contine...
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Nuncio, Datsyuk score in PASS divisions

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
 Nuncio rolled to a facile 8 1/4-length victory in a division of Tuesday’s $199,980 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows, completing his sweep of the four PASS preliminary legs. In the other split of the event for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Smoke, Datsyuk had to work harder but still won and cemented his spot in the championship, which is set for Sept. ...
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Barn Doll, Pig Hunt win in NYSS 2YOFT

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Monday night hosted the $197,500 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions comprised the event.   Division leader Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, $3.10) did nothing to diminish her standing, winning the $49,150 third division in 1:58.4…by far the night's fastest. Racing second-up from post position No. 4, she went up and over a last-t...
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Youth Foundation awards scholarships

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has named five students as its 2014 scholarship recipients. The $2,500 Curt Greene Memorial Scholarship went to Maja Bown of West Orange, NJ. She is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire where she is studying Nutrition and Dietetics. Maja graduated high school with a 3.7 GPA. The scholarship honors the late Curt Greene, who is a member of th...
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Crawford Farms set for Friday Open House

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
Few harness horse breeders have made a larger multi-media splash this year than Crawford Farms of Durhamville, N. Y. When top trotters Sebastian K and Market Share line up for this Friday's $200,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot at Vernon Downs, they will score behind the bright red Crawford Farms starting car. And that is just the beginning of the Crawford's omnipresence.   Dr...
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Dr. Don Mossbarger named to Jug Wall of Fame

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
Dr. Don "Doc” Mossbarger, founder of Midland Acres of Bloomingburg, Ohio,has been selected as the 30th Little Brown Jug Wall of Fame Honoree by the Delaware County Fair.   Midland Acres was originally established in the 1960s to supplement Dr. Mossbarger's veterinary practice. Midland Acres has stood some of Ohio's best stallions; Speed In Action, Final Score, Nobleland Sam. Today...
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Gulotta: Somewhere In LA is "pretty special"

on 08/26/2014 2:00 AM
As the owner of a breeding farm, Mike Gulotta would seem an unlikely candidate to buy a horse that was gelded.   But when longtime horse agent Gerry Bloch called Gulotta about gelded 3-year-old pacer Somewhere In LA, Gulotta knew he had to listen.   After all, it was Bloch who directed Gulotta to a 4-year-old pacer named Lis Mara in 2006. Lis Mara, who had earned&nbs...
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Fazoli's to present winning Jug caretaker $1,000

on 08/25/2014 2:00 AM
Quite often the happiest individual in the Little Brown Jug winner's circle is the caretaker, the individual that spends countless hours preparing their athletes. This year the winning caretaker will have an extra thousand reasons to celebrate.   Fazoli's, America's largest quick-service Italian restaurant chain, would like to recognize some of the hardest working, and maybe sometim...
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KYSS preliminaries wrap up Sunday at Red Mile

on 08/25/2014 2:00 AM
On Golden Ponder rolled to a four-length win in 1:54.3 in Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) action Sunday night at The Red Mile, the second of two preliminaries before Super Night on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the famed clay oval. The 2 year olds wrapped up their two legs last Thursday night and on Sunday it was the 3 year olds who were in action.   Sent off the odds-on 1-9 favorite in the $15,...
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I Like My Boss goes for lucky 13th at Harrington

on 08/25/2014 2:00 AM
I Like My Boss is the current Rocky Marciano of harness racing. Like Marciano, the 3-year-old trotting colt who has been a heavyweight on the Delaware circuit since his career's inception, has never lost.   The Don Boss Vita-sired gelding is unbeaten in 12 career starts and will put that impressive record on the line Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Harrington Raceway from post position three...
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All Bets Off leads NYSS into Monticello

on 08/25/2014 2:00 AM
One of the best sophomore pacers in the country, All Bets Off, from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, will be the featured attraction when Monticello Raceway presents the last preliminary leg of the rich New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) program on Tuesday afternoon.   All Bets Off, owner of a 1:48.2 record, is currently fourth on the list of top money-winning 3-year-old colt pacers this ye...
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Frost Free Hanover leads Stallion Series winners

on 08/25/2014 2:00 AM
Winless since late May, Frost Free Hanover broke loose Monday at The Meadows, drawing off to demolish the field by 8 lengths in 1:54.4 — a tick off the stake record — in a $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Another Transcript and Revrac Harbour taking the other splits — each for Dave Palone. ...
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Frankie's Dragon scores in Yonkers Open

on 08/24/2014 2:00 AM
Even-money favorite Frankie's Dragon (Brian Sears, $4) went from first-up to first home Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Assigned inside his seven rivals, Frankie's Dragon had plenty to peruse early as Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell), Rock on Moe (Larry Stalbaum) and Sapphire City (Dan Dube) all has designs on the lead.Dream Out Loud N won that...
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