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Sears at 8,998 wins with 4-bagger at Yonkers

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Brian Sears began his work night needing six wins to turn over the odometer yet again, and he nearly did just that. Sears sat in the waiting room of the 9,000 win plateau Monday night, winning four of his 10 drives during Yonkers Raceway's 12-race card to get within two of that milestone.   He began the evening with a pair of odds-on halves of a chalky, $7.80 early daily double, Bet...
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New winners in Autumn action at Woodbine

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Second round action of the Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack and new faces found their way to the winner's circle. A pair of $14,000 divisions for both the two-year-old pacing and trotting fillies were contested.   In the first division for pacers, Evas Girl and Jody Jamieson rebounded from a sixth place finish in the first leg to score a leg two victory ...
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Sunshine Beach to stand at Seelster Farms

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms LLC and Seelster Farms, as co-managers of the stallion are pleased to announce that Battle of the Brandywine winner, and world champion, Sunshine Beach p,2, 1:52.1, 3, 1:47.4f-'13 ($977,438) will be standing at Seelster's Lucan, Ont. farm starting with the 2015 breeding season.   A spectacular looking son of super-sire Somebeachsomewhere, Sunshine Beach is ...
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Southwind Spirit retired, to stand in Ohio

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Dublin Valley Farms has announced that Southwind Spirit (Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice) 2,1:54.1($377,495) will be standing his first season at stud in 2015.   As a 2 year old, Southwind Spirit took his mark by winning the American National, on a sloppy track, scoring by 11 1/4 lengths at Balmoral Park. Southwind Spirit was also the 2013 Kindergarten Classic champion, race...
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Big races for 3YOs at Hoosier Park Friday

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Harness racing's richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana's Hoosier Park for Friday's $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds.   Father Patrick, who on Tuesday ascended to the No. 1 spot in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, knocking Sebastian K from the position he held each of the previous 23 weeks of the...
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Cowgirl Hall snags 13th win of the season

on 10/28/2014 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall endured a brutal first quarter and went on to capture her second straight — and 13th this year — in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Cowgirl Hall dueled with Classicality through a wicked :26.4 opening panel before yielding to the pocket. But when Dave Palone sent her out again past the quarter, the 5-year-old daughter of ...
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2FT Fox Valley Yoko takes Violet at Balmoral

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
Continuing her quest to lock up divisional honors among the ICF two-year-old trotting filly set, Dr. Patrick Graham's Fox Valley Yoko took another step towards securing those honors on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as she came charging through the lane to record a 1 ¼ length victory over five rivals in the $40,050 Violet Stake. The final time of 1:58.2 was a new career mark for the good looking...
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Ontario adds siren to emergency warning system

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Board of the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) approved revisions and new rules directing all Standardbred racetracks to upgrade their emergency warning light systems to now include a siren. The changes/upgrades must be implemented by Jan. 1, 2015.   The rule change was a recommendation following an investigation and report by the ORC's Equine Accident Specialist into an incident w...
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Bettor's Delight to stand in Ontario in 2015

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms and the Bettors Delight Syndicate are excited to announce Bettor's Delight's migration back to Canada.   Bettor's Delight will continue to build his legacy as one of the most prolific Standardbred stallions ever, having sired winners of over $200 million globally. He has sired multiple world champions including Darlins Delight and Bettor Sweet as well as 11 millionai...
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Doyoubelieveinmagic? Yes!

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
Dead last heading into the final turn, Doubelieveinmagic unleashed a wide rally through the lane that carried her to victory in Monday's $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Doubelieveinmagic trailed the leader, Novascotia Hanover, by seven lengths before she got rolling for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Hawaiian Beachlady sco...
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Woodbine announces draw schedule change

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Woodbine race office would like to advise horsepeople of a change to the draw schedule for the Woodbine Fall/Wintermeet.   Effective immediately, Saturday cards will now be drawn on Wednesdays, while the draw for Friday cards will remain on Tuesdays.   Here is the full draw schedule for the Woodbine meet:   Enter Monday for Thursday. Enter Tuesday for Friday. Enter Wed...
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JK's She'salady fulfills Johansson's dreams

on 10/27/2014 2:00 AM
As trainer Nancy Johansson gets ready to prepare JK She'salady for the final weeks of her season, she can only laugh when she thinks about how the star filly pacer looked a year ago.   "I liked her from the beginning, even though she was fat like a broodmare when she came in (to begin training for her 2-year-old campaign),” Johansson said with a big smile. "I think about it when w...
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Horseman Donnie Conrad dies at 66

on 10/26/2014 2:00 AM
Donald E. "Donnie” Conrad, 66, of Corydon, Ind., died Oct. 25, 2014, at University of Louisville Hospital.   He was born March 11, 1948, in Corydon, to Charles E. Conrad and the late Bernice Barksdale Conrad. He was an owner, trainer, driver, and breeder of Standardbreds, as well as a former member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association. He was a ...
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Tomy Terror sets Vernon mark; Centurion scores

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
Tomy Terror ($2.70) took more than two seconds off the Vernon Downs track record for two-year-old pacing geldings with his 1:50.2 effort in the John Simpson Memorial on Friday (Oct. 24) evening. The son of Western Terror and Mib Hanover tracked entrymate Gold Coast Muscle (Mike Simons) through sizzling middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22, pulling the pocket off the far turn and vaulting to the fo...
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Rockin Image filly tops Hoosier sale at $95,000

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
A filly from the top producing mare Topville Cyberwave topped the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale on Saturday (Oct. 25) in Indianapolis, bringing a final bid of $95,000 from Alvin Miller of Bunker Hill, Ind. The filly, by Rockin Image, is a half sister to Indiana champions Always About Katey, a winner of more than $700,000, and Radar Contact, a $650,000-plus winner. Topville Acres of T...
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Western Pioneer wins first start for new owners

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
Western Pioneer, making his first start for new owners, overcame a judges' inquiry to post his first career victory in the $43,000 New Jersey Futurity for 2-year-old pacers, the ninth race on Saturday (Oct. 25) at Freehold Raceway.   Western Pioneer, a son of Western Ideal bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, paced the mile in 1:55.1, getting up in the final strides to catch Edward Teach [Ro...
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Nuncio wins Yonkers Trot over Datsyuk

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
Nuncio won Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway, giving trainer Jimmy Takter a sweep of the Trotting Triple Crown. Sent off at odds of 1-9, Nuncio (Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle) and driver John Campbell won the Yonkers Trot by 2-1/4 lengths over Datsyuk in 1:56. Resolve finished third.   Takter, who won the Hambletonian Stakes with Trixton, picked up t...
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Messenger to All Bets Off; McWicked third

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
All Bets Off went to the front as soon as the gate opened and never was challenged on his way to winning Saturday's $500,000 Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke, All Bets Off (Bettor's Delight-Armbro Penelope) won by 2-3/4 lengths over Luck Be Withyou in 1:51.1, with McWicked third. The time was the fastest ever for a Messenge...
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Highest Peak, Act Now take Yonkers filly stakes

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
Highest Peak took advantage of both parts of the 1-5 favored entry of Market Rally and Avalicious going off stride to capture Saturday's $124,590 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers Raceway in a time of 1:58.2. Act Now, the 1-5 favorite for the Lady Maud, also Saturday night at Yonkers, took the lead from Tyra in the early moments of the race and cruised to a 1:53 win in the $15...
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Speed Again captures Pocono Open

on 10/25/2014 2:00 AM
Speed Again led every step of the way to win the featured Open Pace on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried the night's top purse of $35,000.   Leaving from post position #6 in a field of nine as a 4-1 third choice, Speed Again, a 5-year-old gelding from the Run Burke barn who was fresh off an Open Handicap win at Harrah's at Philadelphia, was sent to the ...
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