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Maryland Sires Stakes underway at Ocean Downs

on 07/21/2014 2:00 AM
The Maryland Sires Stakes season got underway with 2-year-old preliminaries on Sunday night at the Casino at Ocean Downs. Once again the stallion Cam's Rocket has produced a winning 2-year-old pacer and trotter.   Richard Hans continues to take chances breeding his trotting mares to pacing stallion Cam's Rocket and only time will tell how good this year's colt will be. Here I A...
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Pembroke Wildcat fastest in Maine Sires Stakes

on 07/21/2014 2:00 AM
Maine Sires Stakes activity returned to Scarborough Downs on Sunday as the 2-year-old pacing colt divisions split out into two dashes contested for purses of $10,153 apiece.   Sailor Jerry steamed full speed ahead as he continued his undefeated streak by scoring his fifth career victory. The Maine-bred son of Cheyenne Hollywood has answered every call this season while being d...
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Lee Sattelberg recovering after fall at home

on 07/21/2014 2:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based horseman Lee Sattelberg told harnessracing.com Monday morning that he is on the road to recovery after suffering a skull fracture and small compression fracture in his vertebrae after falling down the stairs at his home on Sunday, June 22. Sattelberg, who was inducted into Michigan's Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2004, spent more than three weeks in the hospital bef...
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Thomas Carl Fanning dies at 87

on 07/21/2014 2:00 AM
Thomas Carl Fanning, of Shark River Hills, Neptune, and formerly of Oradell, N.J., died Saturday, July 19, at his home. He was 87.   Mr. Fanning was a loving father, beloved husband and an extraordinary man whose family and faith took precedence in his life. He cherished his friendships and had a warm, loving and giving heart.   Born in Jersey City in 1927 to Te...
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Burke has 2 fillies in Merrie Annabelle

on 07/21/2014 2:00 AM
Ron Burke says there will be times when 2-year-old filly trotter Mission Brief makes him exclaim with awe, "Oh my God, look what she did.” He also says it's possible he will mutter the same phrase in disappointment. "It's going to be both ways,” Burke said, laughing. "She's very, very fast. All along I've thought she's our most talented 2-year-old. She just has to get her brain settled dow...
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2YO pacer Gordo big winner at Bedford fair

on 07/21/2014 2:00 AM
The two-year-old pacer Gordo astonished the racing fans at the Bedford (PA) Fair on Monday afternoon when he scorched to a 1:57 victory in a Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes event, missing both the all-time Bedford track record and the national season's record for age, sex, and gait by only two-fifths of a second. Driver Steve Schoeffel sent Gordo right to the front and blitzed amazing fractions ...
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Clear Vision wins Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
Clear Vision broke the track record for older pacing geldings, posting a 1:49.3 win on Saturday. The two-length, track-record victory came in the 29th edition of Northfield Park's $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie.   Clear Vision (Western Hanover-Artistic Vision-Artsplace) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, The Panhellenic S...
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In The Arsenal impresses in Sheppard victory

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
In The Arsenal (Eric Goodell) never had an anxious moment, Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $125,000 final of Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.   The Sheppard—named for the man who helped make Hanover Shoe Farms the sport's leading breeding operation—is the Raceway's premier event for "open” 2-year-old colts and geldings (though none of the latter were in this season's final...
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Intimidate upsets Sebastian K in Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
Intimidate (3), trained by Luc Blais and driven by Sylvain Filion, pulled off a 45-1 upset over the heavily favored Sebastian K in the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot on Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sent postward as the 1-5 favorite, Sebastian K got away in second behind post 10 starter Modern Family who was sent hard to the lead over the "sloppy" rated track to post an opening quarter ...
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Hambo hopeful Harper Blue Chip wins CBC final

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
A quartet of Canadian Breeders Championships for the nation's finest 3-year-old pacers and trotters highlighted the undercard for Maple Leaf Trot night at Mohawk.   Harper Blue Chip, with Sylvain Filion at the controls, turned in another top notch performance to win the $121,958 Canadian Breeders Championship for three-year-old colts and geldings trotters.   After getting...
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Dancin Yankee continues Pocono domination

on 07/20/2014 2:00 AM
Dancin Yankee continued his dominance in 2014 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with a victory Saturday night in the featured Preferred Pace. The race carried the night's top purse of $25,000.   Dancin Yankee (Yankee Cruiser-Dancewiththebest), a 6-year-old stallion from the barn of trainer Amber Buter, left from the assigned outside post in the field of seven as the 2-5 favorite and s...
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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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