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A conversation with Sebastian K's owners

on 07/16/2014 2:00 AM
When harness racing trainer Ake Svanstedt announced he was leaving Sweden to compete in North America, the initial reaction of Michael Knutsson (at right, with wife Sandra) and Tristan Sjoberg (left), who had their star trotter Sebastian K in Svanstedt's care, was disappointment.   As time passed, the brothers decided it was an opportunity. Rather than find a new trainer, they decid...
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In The Arsenal, Cartoon Daddy head Sheppard

on 07/16/2014 2:00 AM
Elimination winners In The Arsenal (Eric Goodell, post 2) and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, post 5) lead eight 2-year-old colts into Saturday night's $125,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.   In The Arsenal won the first of last weekend's two, $25,000 elims in a maiden-breaking 1:56.2. The White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal, caught three wide ea...
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Seeking Nirvana one of six PA Stallion winners

on 07/16/2014 2:00 AM
Seeking Nirvana, who had lost her previous two career outings by a combined 18-1/4 lengths, grew up quick Wednesday at The Meadows when she went first over to score in a $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. The event was contested over six divisions, with Apricot Sour, Filly Buster, Showtime Terror, Hashtag Quick and Hillary’s Style also taking $20,000 ...
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Morrill sweeps NYSS 3FT divisions

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Morrill Jr., Scotchgarded colors and all, won both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot Monday night.   Morrill won the first ($111,500) very wet event for 3-year-old fillies with defending state-bred champ Market Rally ($2.20). The odds-on favorite had to work first-up to dispose of pacesetting Lady with Credit (Trond Smedshammer)...
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Strategic Allliance wins sloppy PA Stallion

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Strategic Alliance atoned for a break in his career debut by sailing through the slop to notch a front-end victory in Monday's $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows.   Explosive Drama, Wimborne Hanover and Explosiveday also took $20,000 splits in the event for freshman colt and gelding trotters. Mike Simons, trainer John Butenschoen and owners Give It A Shot Stab...
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The Grand Filly sets Canadian mark in OSS

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
The Grand Filly established a Canadian season's record for 2-year-old filly trotters in the fourth and fastest $48,825 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold division at Mohawk Monday evening. All four OSS winners were recording their second wins in as many lifetime starts.   In the last division, The Grand Filly took over the lead from Allies Gift by the :28.2 opening panel. She hit the...
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Important dates regarding racing at Red Mile

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Several important dates are upcoming for The Red Mile's 2014 racing season. The barn area at the historic Lexington track will open on Monday, July 21. The first qualifiers will be hosted on Friday, July 25, and entries must be submitted by Thursday, July 24, by 10 a.m. Post time for the July 25 qualifiers will be determined later.   The first draw will occur on Thurs...
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PA Fair Circuit heading to quarter pole

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit for 2014 is almost at the quarter pole, with five of 21 scheduled events conducted, and this seems a logical place to do a recap of the fair season so far.   Five divisional track records have been set this year, with three of them coming at a somewhat unlikely place, a place where there is a whispered conversation every year. Audie K set the all-time t...
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Ritchie guests on Mohawk Racing Live Saturday

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Recently retired Woodbine Entertainment Group driver Trevor Ritchie will be the special guest this Saturday on the Maple Leaf Trot edition of Mohawk Racing Live.   Ritchie, who announced his retirement from driving two weeks ago, will reflect on his career and discuss the Maple Leaf Trot, a race he won three times, on the pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m. &...
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Adios draws 18, 3 elims on Saturday night

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Max Hempt Memorial winner McWicked and a quartet from the powerful Ron Burke Stable will lead a competitive field of 18 sophomore colt and gelding pacers into the 48th edition of the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids presented by Coors Light at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.   Three $50,000 eliminations are set for Saturday night, and will go as ra...
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Foiled Again favored in Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Foiled Again has drawn post 7 in Saturday's $150,000 Battle of Lake Erie and has been named the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite by Northfield Park executive vice president of racing and simulcasting Dave Bianconi. Foiled Again will appear in the Battle an unprecedented six times, and Saturday will reveal if he is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win th...
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Big M's Gural weighs in on Del Miller Memorial

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
As a result of several complaints that we have received and the fact that the judges are holding a hearing on Friday regarding Jimmy Takter's drive in the Del Miller Memorial where it appeared that he was "blocking" race favorite Designed to Be, the Meadowlands is considering a rule change that would prevent any trainer from driving against a horse that he or she owns part of. No action will b...
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Larry Collmus to call Meadowlands race Friday

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Larry Collmus, known as the "Voice of the Triple Crown" for NBC Sports, will call the 11th race Friday Night at the Meadowlands. Collmus has been a fixture, narrating the thoroughbred racing landscape for over 25 years and will tackle the Standardbreds Friday night.   "I'm looking forward to seeing the New Meadowlands for the first time after calling many thoroughbred races in the o...
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Sebastian K 2-5 favorite in Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
A stellar 13-race card featuring the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot has been assembled for Saturday night (July 19) at Mohawk Racetrack. Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49f), highlights the field of 10 for the 63rd edition of Canada's most storied trotting event, the Maple Leaf Trot (Race 9).   The eight-year-old "Scandinavian Powerhouse" won his elimination last Friday (July ...
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Billy Flynn leads PASS 2YO trotters in 1:56.4

on 07/15/2014 2:00 AM
Billy Flynn powered through the Lightning Lane to remain undefeated and score in 1:56.4, fastest winner in Tuesday’s $236,210 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Pride, was contested over five divisions, with Special Action, Honor And Serve, Lima Pride and Piercewave Hanover taking the other splits. Dave Palone ...
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Michigan's Wolverine Futurity set for July 22

on 07/14/2014 2:00 AM
The Wolverine Futurity, featuring Michigan's premier 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers, began in 1942 and has been a mainstay in Holland at the Ottawa County Fair since 1980. Though racing has fallen on hard times in Michigan, the tradition and spirit of this proud sport with fast horses, close-up competition and colorful drivers will continue as long as its feasible, according t...
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Reserved seats on sale for Hambo Day

on 07/14/2014 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has been a proud host to The Hambletonian for the past 34 years as America's Trotting Classic has been calling East Rutherford, New Jersey home since 1981. This year delivers a new and exciting aspect to The Hambletonian as it will be the first to be raced out of the brand new $100 Million facility which opened November 2013. Hambletonian week begins on Saturday, July 26, wi...
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Batavia condition sheets now available

on 07/14/2014 2:00 AM
Condition sheets for the first week of racing at Batavia Downs Gaming, America's oldest lighted harness track, located in Western New York, are now available online at http://www.bataviadownsgaming.com/live-racing/racinginfo/condition/. Simply click on "Live Racing” and then the "Horsemen" tab.   Batavia Downs is the latest racetrack to participate in the United States Trotting As...
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Carter Duer injured in auto accident in Va.

on 07/13/2014 2:00 AM
Legendary horseman Carter Duer, whose family operates Peninsula Farm in Kentucky and is especially known for prepping yearlings, was seriously injured in a car accident on Friday in Virginia, the home state of his family.   Duer and his daughter, Donna, attended the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Sunday night in Goshen to celebrate with client William Weaver and then drov...
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2YO Freedomformysoul equals Saratoga mark

on 07/13/2014 2:00 AM
New York's top 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were in town on Saturday night on Back to the Track night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The fifth annual Back to the Track night brought fans out in full force to enjoy a race card that featured New York Sire Stakes action throughout the night.   As is usually the case when he comes to town, driver Jim Morrill Jr. dominated ...
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