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Panocchio upsets Prairie Jaguar at PPk

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
The New York invader Panocchio upset the highly vaunted Prairie Jaguar on Saturday night in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace. The winner, no stranger to South Florida's five-eighths mile oval, got the picture perfect handling from Bruce Ranger to pin a defeat measuring 1 1/4 lengths on Prairie Jaguar, driven by Aaron Byron. Fancyfreeshark and Mike Micallef teamed up for show honors while ...
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Natural Herbie in International winner's circle

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
In an already long race – at the non-traditional distance of 1-1/4 miles – Natural Herbie went even longer to win Saturday's $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational at Yonkers Raceway.   Racing on the outside much of the way, Natural Herbie battled through a field of international stars to win in 2:24.4 at odds of 9-1. European standout Commander Crowe finished second, ...
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Artspeak, JK She'salady lead in Fall Four

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
Some of the finest 2-year-olds in harness racing were on display Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall Four Stakes. Consisting of the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, the Fall Four Stakes has been an annual showcase of the best freshmen in the sport.   A costly miscue and a giant upset got the action underway in the $464,000 Goldsmith Maid f...
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Freshmen underway in Autumn Series

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Thursday night was the 2-year-old boys turn for round one action of the Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Three $14,000 divisions for the trotting colts and geldings and four $14,000 splits for the pacing colts and geldings were completed.   In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, 2 year olds must be Ontario sired and be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of Sept. 30, 2...
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Still no VLT revenue agreement at Northfield

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission approved 2015 permit applications at six of seven commercial racetracks in the state and live racing at all of them during its monthly meeting in Columbus on Friday, Oct. 24. The live days approved at Scioto Downs are contingent upon the racetrack gaining approval of its permit applications at a later date.   The commission authorized the distribution of i...
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Longtime Ontario owner Doug Hyatt dies

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Longtime Standardbred owner Douglas "Doug" Hyatt of Milton, Ont., died Thursday, Oct. 23, surrounded by his family at the Ian Anderson House hospice in Oakville, Ont. He was 81.   Mr. Hyatt experienced much success with his Standardbreds, most notably the multiple stakes-winning trotting mare Elegantimage 3,1:55.4s ($955,368), 2004 Meadowlands Pace winner Holborn Hanover&nb...
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Colonial Downs set for Sunday's Day of Champions

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Colonial Downs will showcase Virginia-bred two and three year old pacers and trotters of both sexes Sunday afternoon in the annual $371,000 "Day of Champions” program, which will usher out the 2014 fall season.   The four Commonwealth geared pacing events will be part of an 11-race pari-mutuel card starting at 1 p.m. while the four trotting stakes will be held as non-wagering races...
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Yonkers to refund "Nuncio" Pick 4 tickets

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Don't throw away those tickets! An important wagering/refund notice from Yonkers Raceway.   Regarding the early Pick 4 wager from Saturday, Oct. 18, Yonkers Raceway regrets any confusion caused by the late "barring” of two horses—Nuncio and Amped Up Hanover—from all wagering in the fourth race. Those horses should have been coupled as a wagering entry soon after the draw, but regret...
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Clear Vision, Market Share win Dayton derbies

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
The night was supposed to belong to Foiled Again and Creatine, but although each raced very creditably neither was able to capture a Grand Circuit Dayton Derby. Instead, Foiled Again's stablemate Clear Vision literally nosed him out in the $122,000 Dayton Pacing Derby, lowering the track record to 1:49; and Market Share pulled a mild upset in the $162,000 Dayton Trotting Derby, establishing...
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Burke takes 5 on stakes-filled Hoosier card

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a stakes-filled card on Friday, Oct. 24, as Grand Circuit racing action made a stop at Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the third time this season. The 14-race card was highlighted by divisions of the Circle City Stakes for 3-year-old trotters and pacers and it was Hoosier Park's leading trainer, Ron Burke, who stole the show with five wi...
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Yonkers features to Set Me Up, Melady's Monet

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—one for distaff pacers and one for any trotter with acceptable street cred—were won by a pocketed Set Me Up (George Brennan, $6) and a two-move Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $6.10).   The week's fairer-sex feature was strictly a two-speed number, with slight 2-1 favorite Set Me Up—in play from post position No. 4—...
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Housethatruthbuilt daughter wins at Meadows

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
Murderers Row mowed ‘em down again Friday at The Meadows, capturing her second straight in a late-closing series for freshman filly trotters. Best Glider recovered from an early break to gain her second series victory while Phabaj Hanover and RV Janet also took $12,500 splits. The championships of all four current series for 2-year-olds at The Meadows are set for Saturday, Nov. 1.   As ...
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Lutetium scores for 14th time this season

on 10/24/2014 2:00 AM
One of the finer fields of top class trotters was assembled on Friday night (Oct. 24) at Batavia Downs and although the race had the look of a competitive contest, Lutetium proved once again he's one tough trotter to beat as he won the $9,500 Open feature. After returning to the track from a five-week layoff, Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) found himself with a rare inside post (2) and even rarer 7-2...
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Nuncio looks to add Yonkers Trot to resume

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
A half-length loss in the Hambletonian Stakes prevents Nuncio from a chance at history, but the 3-year-old male trotter can add to his credentials with a win in Saturday’s $500,000 Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The Yonkers Trot is the third jewel in harness racing’s Trotting Triple Crown. Nuncio finished second to stablemate Trixton in the first leg, the Hambletonian, and defeated ...
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Red Maple Lane repeats in Meadows series

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
Red Maple Lane zipped to the lead and jogged off to an easy victory — his second straight in the series — In Wednesday’s late-closing event for freshman colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows. Guy Fox took the other $12,500 second-leg split. The series final is set for Saturday, Nov. 1. Once on the lead, Red Maple Lane easily thwarted the tepid first-over challenge of Grana Padann...
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Political Foe, Callmemza win DSBF finals

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
A pair of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 finals for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the penultimate Harrington Raceway program of 2014 Wednesday (Oct. 22) over a sloppy racetrack. Stephanie and Brian Cassell’s Political Foe ($19.40, Eddie Dennis) was an upset winner in 2:01.2 in the colt and gelding final, passing the 1-to-9 favorite Political Cash, who led throug...
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Pocono looks to fill Grey Ghost, Poltergeist Pace

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
A reminder that Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs is seeking gray or roan horses for their annual "Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace” Wednesday, Oct. 29. Entries will be taken Friday online or through the race office at (570) 831-2228.   The winning horse will be presented with his or her trophy by children in costume, and a scary and spookily decorated winner's circle will set the m...
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Items for auction at Harrisburg to benefit HHYF

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
Attendees at the Harrisburg sale will have the chance to bid on not one but two lots to assist the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) with expenses related to its educational programs. A sculpture up for auction will be on display near the Preferred Equine Marketing and Blue Chip consignment area, and the bid sheet will be located there as well. Bidding begins Monday, Nov. 3, at 9 am, ...
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Le Grand Blonde ready for International Preview

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
Baseball fans in New York are familiar with the "Le Grand Orange,” the nickname of popular former Mets star Rusty Staub. Now, nearly 30 years after Staub's retirement, racing fans in New York will get their first in-person look at "Le Grand Blonde,” globe-trotting trotter Commander Crowe.   Commander Crowe races Saturday night in the $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitatio...
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Centurion ATM headlines Simpson 2CTs

on 10/23/2014 2:00 AM
On Friday night, world champion colt Centurion ATM travels to Vernon Downs to headline three divisions of the Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old trotters. Four other divisions featuring freshman filly trotters and colt and filly pacers make up the 13-race card that features purses totaling more than $140,000. Racing begins at 6:45 p.m.   This year, Centurion ATM has been carving his...
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