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Adios elims set stage for July 26 final

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
McWicked, Let's Drink On It and Somewhere In LA each decisively captured his $50,000 elimination for the Delvin Miller Pace for the Orchids Presented by Coors Light on Saturday at The Meadows and will lead the field into next Saturday's $400,000 (est.) final. Also qualifying for the final of this major test for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were Bushwacker, Carracci Hanover, Beat The Drum...
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ICF elims held at Balmoral Park Saturday

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
State-bred pacers were in the spotlight on a busy Saturday night of action at Balmoral Park as the Crete plant played host to a pair of ICF Stake eliminations in preparation for next weekends big Southland Festival of Racing.   Freshman pacing fillies kicked off the elimination action as a field of 10 were sent to battle in a $10,000 Loyal Opposition Stake elimination. The top nine...
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Modern Family dies after Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
According to reports on social media, Modern Family, the fourth-place finisher in Saturday night's $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, collapsed and died in the paddock after the race.   Modern Family was driven by Ron Pierce from post 10 in the Maple Leaf, which was won in an upset by Intimidate over Sebastian K.   A 5-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Modern Family...
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Sandbetweenurtoes wins 7th straight in PASS

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
Sandbetweenurtoes extended her winning streak to seven when she scored a gutsy victory in Saturday's $208,846 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore filly pacers at The Meadows. The event, known as the Romola Hanover, was contested over three divisions, with Beach Gal and Take That Hanover capturing the other splits.   Sandbetweenurtoes raced only once at two, finishing off the boa...
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Betcha, Barn Doll fastest in NYSS splits

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
It was closing day at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon and the 2-year-old filly trotters in the New York Sires Stakes tried but couldn't beat their divisional track record of 2:00.2 held by Munis Blue Chip from 2009. So while the standard still stands tall, there were some good efforts with the fastest times of the four $27,251 divisions going to Betcha and Barn Doll who covered the mile ...
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Southwind Roulette avoids geese to win PASS

on 07/19/2014 2:00 AM
A filly and her driver may be asked to do many things to win a stake race, but finding a path through a flock of truculent geese typically isn't among them. That was the case Friday at The Meadows, however, when Southwind Roulette and Yannick Gingras avoided the geese and captured a division of the Sand Tart, a $227,160 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for freshman filly pacers.   The even...
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Handover Belle wins Ima Lula opener

on 07/19/2014 2:00 AM
Corntastic weekend kicked off on Friday night with a nice crowd coming out to enjoy the bounty of corn and a the contests, two human and an inflated total of sixteen for the equines.   The card was trot-centric and both features offered square-gaiters. The top overnight class was taken by Master Of Law in a new personal best of 1:52. The speedy gelding was making his first mone...
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Saturday Breakfast with Babies at Meadowlands

on 07/19/2014 2:00 AM
Overcast skies Saturday morning to go with the coffee and chocolate babka for Breakfast With The Babies at the Meadowlands.   John Campbell took a pair of trots, most notably with the regally bred Muscle Diamond. The son of Muscle Hill from the very accomplished Windylane Hanover added trotting hobbles this morning for trainer Brett Bittle and the result was a 1:58.4 win with a...
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Nine Ohio Sires Stakes splits at Scioto

on 07/19/2014 2:00 AM
The 2- and 3-year-old fillies in their respective Ohio Sires Stakes divisions went postward on Friday night at Scioto Downs for their share of the $40,000 purse. There were nine divisions for the trotting and pacing fillies and many favorites prevailed.   The Sires Stakes action kicked off in race one on the 14-race card with 2-year-old pacing fillies. A field of eight...
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Takter's Nuncio, Trixton take Reynolds splits

on 07/19/2014 2:00 AM
  Saturday night at the Meadowlands offered perfect weather with comfortable temps and just a hint of an eastern breeze as the sophomore filly trotters competed in the $47,915 W.N. Reynolds Memorial Grand Circuit stakes at 6:50 p.m. The early start was made necessary by the entry of just a quartet when the race was drawn on Tuesday, resulting in the non-wagering format.   We...
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Lewayne Miller wins Hoosier challenge

on 07/19/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2014 Champion Driver Series highlighted the 14-race card on Saturday, July 19 and it was LeWayne Miller who was crowned the winner to take home his share of the $5,000 prize. In its’ inaugural edition, the 2014 Champion Driver Series pitted the top-ten drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge with the ten co...
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Twin B Tenacious tops NY 3YOs at Yonkers

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
The Empire's best 3-year-old colts and geldings—save for He's Watching—invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night for the $221,000 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace.   The odds-on gelding Twin B Tenacious (Steve Smith, $3.90) won the first ($72,800) division from second-over. Unhurried from the pole, "Tenacious” chased Twin B Speedo (Mark MacDonald) through intervals of :...
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Royal Reception continues consistent season

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
Royal Reception (Stonebridge Regal) prevailed in Thursday evening's $6,955 conditional pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Jackie Rousse-trained 3 year old has been consistent in his sophomore season and came into Thursday's race hitting the board in 12 of 17 lifetime tries.   Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Royal Reception and moved the morning line favorite out early and posit...
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Nine OHSS on Battle of Lake Erie undercard

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
Northfield Park will host on Saturday night nine $40,000 divisions of Ohio Sires Stakes action as part of the 15-race program. These nine races will feature the Buckeye State's best freshmen and sophomore colt pacers and trotters and will support the $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie undercard.   Freshman colt trotters will start Saturday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 fir...
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Tom's Titan shatters records in Maryland

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
Thomas B. Cooke's homebred colt Tom's Titan shattered the stakes, track and season's leader records at Ocean Downs in the second division of a Maryland Standardbred Fund stake for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Corey Callahan piloted the colt to fractions of :27.4, :56.2, 1:24.2, the mile in 1:51.3, winning by almost 11 lengths. Roger Hans trains the son of Nuclear Breeze. ...
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Whittemore bags win 1,000 at Vernon Downs

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Jimmy Whittemore wasted no time at Vernon Downs on Thursday night in capturing three of the first four races and in doing so notched career win 1,000.   Whittemore guided Love You Bye to a last-to-first victory in 1:52.2 in Race 1. The 5-year-old McArdle-Cam's Genious mare is owned by Whittemore and trained by his father Dennis Whittemore. Love You Bye is closing in on $...
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Longtime horseman Skip Lewis dies at 82

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
Longtime trainer-driver Samuel "Skip" Lewis died Friday morning, July 18, after a brief illness. He was 82.   Mr. Lewis spent his pre-teen years in Kingston, Pa., and later at Patterson, N.J., where his parents operated a chicken farm. At 12 he began working as a part-time groom at Willow Brook Farm and later, in 1945, at Roosevelt. He served under Bill Fleming and Charlie Fitzpatri...
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NYSS 2YO colt pacers at Mighty M Monday

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
It'll be a great afternoon of action on Monday when Monticello Raceway features New York-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. There will be five divisions of the $110,000 New York Sires Stakes which will be joined by five splits of freshman colt pacers in the Excelsior Series who will compete for total purses in excess of $50,000.   The day will commence with arguabl...
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Robin Cruiser, Tober win Yonkers features

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and membership-worthy trotters--were won by a pair of down-the-roads in Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $14) and Tober (Jason Bartlett, $5.20).   Robin Cruiser, leaving from post position 6 (in one notch after an inside defection), worked around pole-assigned Icommandmyspirit (Larry Stalbaum)...
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Hoosier set for Saturday's Champion Driver Series

on 07/18/2014 2:00 AM
The top 10 drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take center stage on Saturday as they compete in a five-race challenge for their share of a $5,000 prize in the inaugural 2014 Champion Driver Series. The first of its kind, the 2014 Champion Driver Series will pit the top 10 drivers at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino against one another in a five-race challenge not once, b...
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