Bontz N stretches win streak to four in Saratoga feature

on 07/02/2020 3:35 PM
Bontz N (American Ideal) continued her win streak in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Thursday as she changed tactics to score her fourth consecutive victory in the local feature.   Trainer Gary Levine thrived in 2019 after acquiring Bontz N who has enjoyed as good of a ’20 campaign as could be. Thursday was the fifth start of the season for the 9-year-old ma...
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Strong drivers' colony at the Meadowlands

on 07/02/2020 1:28 PM
During the four weeks since the end of the coronavirus shutdown at the Meadowlands, the racing has offered its usual high-octane action. What’s been different is that arguably the sport’s best driver colony has managed to get even better, as with Yonkers not racing – for the time being – on Fridays and Saturdays, some of The Hilltop’s best drivers have come over ...
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Blue Carats springs 42-1 surprise in DSBF split

on 07/02/2020 8:31 AM
Four $20,000 divisions for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund’s (DSBF) 3-year-old trotting stakes were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program and upsets were abound.   The first split for fillies saw a major upset as Shirley Shand’s Blue Carats ($86.20, Roger Plante Jr.) notched a win in 2:01 over Orabelle and Stella A. Heavily favored Orabelle, the 2-y...
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Gia's Surreal captures Buffalo feature

on 07/02/2020 7:33 AM
Gia's Surreal is quickly becoming the dominate damsel at Buffalo Raceway as she collected her second straight win in the $11,500 Open Pace for the fillies and mares with a solid half length victory over Hey Kobe is 1:54.2 on Wednesday night (July 1).   Just making her third start of her 4-year-old campaign, the favored Gia's Surreal ($4.60) had little problem&nb...
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Trotting fillies impress in opening round of INSS at Hoosier

on 07/02/2020 7:29 AM
Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action for the 2020 season on Wednesday, July 1 as the evening's 14-race card featured two $33,000 divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Using similar gate-to-wire tactics, divisional winners Hotel Whiskey and May Baby kept their individual winning streaks alive to deliver in i...
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Amelia's Courage A wins Meadows distaff pace

on 07/01/2020 10:03 PM
Amelia's Courage A waited patiently in the pocket while the leaders dueled, then rolled by in the Lightning Lane to capture Wednesday's $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Blue Ivy engaged the front-ending Lakeisha Hall down the backside and finally edged past her at the top of the lane. But when Dan Rawlings pointed Amelia's Courage A inside, she...
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PA Sire Stakes made return Wednesday at Philly

on 07/01/2020 10:00 PM
The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes made their 2020 debut on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with four $53,534 Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the same class going in four $20,000 cuts of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action.   "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best" is an old racetrack adage, and it produced the fastest Sire Stakes winner, as t...
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Yonkers moves series to November; International Trot canceled

on 07/01/2020 3:58 PM
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts announced the dates of several stakes races to be held at Yonkers Raceway. The previously scheduled races were interrupted earlier in the season due to the covid-19 pandemic and have been rescheduled for later this year. The MGM Borgata Pacing Series final will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 with an estimated purse of $400,000 and a $100,000 consolation. Ther...
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Doors re-open at Meadowlands on Thursday

on 07/01/2020 11:58 AM
Fans can return to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Thursday when onsite simulcasting and sports wagering is permitted to resume in New Jersey. The grandstand will open to 25-percent capacity. The Backyard and Apron areas will also be open with teller machines available for wagering.   To adhere to all COVID-19 protocols the Meadowlands has instituted the following measures...
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USTA seeks rule change proposals

on 07/01/2020 10:36 AM
The U. S. Trotting Association (USTA) is making its annual petition to the membership to submit rule change proposals to the organization on issues that they believe need to be addressed or modified. Industry participants and racing fans are always coming up with ideas to make the sport better, whether it be by casual conversation, posts on social media or calls made to various organizations, incl...
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Pennsylvania fair season gets underway July 8

on 07/01/2020 10:32 AM
The Pennsylvania fair harness racing season will get underway on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9 with a two-day Fair Sires Stakes event at the Lycoming County Fair in Hughesville, Pa. The "A" and "B" level PA Fair Sire Stakes for 2 year olds will be held on July 8, with the contests for 3 year olds to be held&nb...
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Freshman trotters to vie in OSS action Friday at Northfield

on 07/01/2020 8:33 AM
Harness racing fans will get their first look at the next generation of champions when eight $40,000 divisions of 2-year-old Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) trotters go postward in the first leg of the four-round series on Friday night at Northfield Park.   The Cleveland half-miler will play host to three divisions of diagonally gaited Buckeye-bred colts and geldings and five divisions f...
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Shartin N wins Yonkers Open; Caviart Ally third

on 06/30/2020 10:46 PM
Shartin N made her return to Yonkers Raceway a winning one Tuesday night, with an effortless 1:52 score in the fifth race $33,000 filly and mare open.   Starting from post position eight, Shartin N left the gate to drop in a four hole behind pace setter Caviart Ally. Approaching the final turn, driver Tim Tetrick tipped the 7-year-old mare to the outside and she cruised to a leng...
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Cinder Rock fastest of trio of DSBF 3FP splits

on 06/30/2020 8:30 PM
Legacy Racing of Delaware's Cinder Rock ($2.20, Allan Davis) was the fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) second leg divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by Wayne Givens, the Rockabillie-Cinderella filly left little doubt in her 10 length score over Kit Kat Joy and Spin Sumthin. It was her seventh lifetime ...
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Perlucky atones for break with Meadows Open win

on 06/30/2020 7:51 PM
Rebounding from last week’s uncharacteristic break, Perlucky exploited a pocket trip and captured Tuesday’s $17,900 Open Handicap Trot in a career-best 1:52.4.   Perlucky shot to the lead for Dave Palone and stretched out Icanflylikeanangel to a demanding :26.3 opening panel before releasing him. The 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding kicked by the vulnerable leade...
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Close finishes in 2YO trots at Pocono

on 06/30/2020 4:21 PM
Two year olds were in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with American Courage fastest in the pacing contests in 1:54.1, while trotting speed honors were shared by Bacardi and Above The Clouds at 1:58.1.   Both of the trotting winners needed the photo finish camera to confirm their victories. The Southwind Frank-Strawberry Wine colt Bacardi raced in th...
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Reigning 2FP of Year Lyons Sentinel wins Philly qualifier

on 06/30/2020 2:05 PM
The 2019 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year Lyons Sentinel continued her preparations for the imminent stakes season with a 1:54.3 qualifying win at Harrah’s Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous, who was also last year’s leading money-winning freshman at $801,809, made a frontward move at the half and hung up successive :28 qua...
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Dancer bill to let NJ residents place bets when out of state advances

on 06/30/2020 1:59 PM
Horse racing has been a crucial part of New Jersey’s economy and its history since the late 1800s. A lot has changed within the horse racing industry, and Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants the current law on betting to reflect those updates. Dancer’s bill (A-2355) would give New Jersey residents the ability to place wagers on horse racing even when they are out of state. Currently, a New J...
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Breeders win lawsuit against province of Ontario

on 06/30/2020 8:55 AM
In a decision dated June 29, 2020, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Emery announced that he has ruled in favor of a motion brought forth by a group of Ontario Standardbred breeders against the Province of Ontario in regard to the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program (SARP). It is important to note that in his Judgment, Justice Emery ruled that since the Ontario Lottery and Ga...
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Shartin N, Caviart Ally set to battle Tuesday at Yonkers

on 06/30/2020 8:47 AM
One of the biggest rivalries in harness racing resumes with another round Tuesday night at Yonkers Raceway as Horse of the Year Shartin and reigning Breeders Crown Pacing Mare champion Caviart Ally headline the featured $33,000 filly and mare open handicap pace. The pair of star mares were assigned the outside post positions, with Caviart Ally starting from post seven for driver Andy McCarthy an...
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