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Drew Campbell, Nick Roland hit milestones

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
Drew Campbell, a perennial power house at Scarborough Downs, secured career driving victory number 3,500 at the seaside oval on Sunday (June 29). Heading into the day, Campbell needed two wins to reach his latest milestone and quickly got on the winning stride, grabbing one of the victories in the second race with a gate-to-wire performance behind the pacing mare, Saturday Night Dancer. Campbe...
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Horton named Batavia track superintendent

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs has named Ralph Horton as their new track superintendent, replacing Fran Mruczek who retired from that position at the end of the 2013 meeting.   Horton has been a regular at the Downs since the late 1960s when he started out as an owner-driver. In 1986 he left the sulky to work full time for Genesee Monroe Racing as a member of the track crew. When Western OTB purchas...
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Illinois racing leaders say buy Ill-bred yearlings

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) is urging horsemen to participate in upcoming yearling sales, reminding everyone that funding for the Illinois bred stakes program for 2015 should be very similar to 2014.   "The earnings potential for two-year-olds in 2015 should be substantial,” said IHHA President Dave McCaffrey. "We believe that the Illinois breeding prog...
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Sebastian K: "Possible to go under 1:49"

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
Sebastian K has gone faster than any trotter in history. And the 8-year-old star from Sweden might not be finished rewriting the record book.   "I think it is possible to go under 1:49,” said Ake Svanstedt, Sebastian K's trainer and driver, two days after Sebastian K set the world record with his 1:49 win in Saturday's Sun Invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "Maybe at the...
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OSS Gold 3CP divisions held at Mohawk

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
Boomboom Ballykeel, Jet Airway, and Victor Bayama posted victories in the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night's card at Mohawk Racetrack.   Boomboom Ballykeel, who won the 2013 Metro Pace at Mohawk, zoomed to a 1:50.3 effort in the first division, giving him his second OSS Gold victory of the season. W...
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Jets Are On, Nitro Seelster win Tioga finals

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
The S & P Racing Stable's Jets Are On ($4.90) completed a series sweep in the $38,000 M&J Oil and Lube final for distaffers, while Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton's Nitro Seelster ($10.40) outsprinted a trio of Ron Burke trainees in the $46,000 Nichols True Value final on Sunday afternoon's Tioga Downs program.   The two late-closing series finals served as co-features...
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Gural Hanover sets Buffalo record in NYSS

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
 Gural Hanover smashed the all-age trotting record at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon by covering the mile in 1:56.1 over the lightning fast track to steal the spotlight in the second $61,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The old mark of 1:56.3 was shared by Scorpion Moon (2007), Delano (2012), Crazy About Pat (2013) and Lu...
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Shake It Cerry rocks in PA All Stars

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
Shake It Cerry bounced back from her first loss of the 2014 season with a victory in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were three $33,800 divisions of the All Stars races held at Pocono for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Shake It Cerry (Donato Hanover-Solveig), who was stymied by a world-record performance by Designed To Be in her ...
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World records galore on Sun Stakes Saturday

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
McWicked (pictured) captured the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers in 1:47.3, Sweet Lou won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers in 1:47 and Father Patrick closed the stakes portion of the card with a 1:50.2 triumph in the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, which came after Sebastian K won the Sun Invitational for older trotters in 1:49, sett...
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Odds On Equuleus rallies to 1:48.2 Big M win

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
It's safe to say that Odds On Equuleus has left his 0-for-15 three-year-old campaign behind him. On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, he flashed the turn of foot that caught everyone's attention as a 2 year old, winning the $30,000 Free-For-All Hanidcap in a lifetime-best 1:48.2.   Leaving from post position three and sent off as the 2-1 second choice, Marcus Miller ...
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Unlocked finds key to big Balmoral victory

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
What a difference a week makes!  After struggling with the turns and the footing on the half-mile oval in the Maywood Pace last week, Megan Rogers Racing Stables' Unlocked looked like his old self again on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as he completely dismantled eight other ICF 3-year-old colt pacers while taking the $10,000 Betzotic Stake by 12 ½ lengths in a career best of 1:50 ...
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Table Talk tops in NYSS at Tioga

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
After not getting involved in the Fan Hanover until far too late, the Wiz Kids Stable's Table Talk ($4.60) returned to her winning ways in a $39,900 New York Sires Stakes event for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening at Tioga Downs.   The Bart Dalious-trained daughter of Bettor's Delight was the fastest winner in three Sires Stakes divisions on the evening, yielding t...
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Favorites rule in Indiana Sires Stakes action

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
Four divisions of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the 14-race card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. It was a night for favorites, as all four of the divisions were won by the odds-on favorite.   Slingshot Shooter and Mike Peterson set the tone for the evening as they delivered as the heavy favorite in the op...
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Sears takes charge in Yonkers features

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and all-welcome trotters--were won by millionairess Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears, $3.40) and Lorenzo Dream (Sears again, $12.80).   Odds-on choice Monkey on My Wheel, whose assigned eight hole became post position seven after Krispy Apple came up ill, was immediately put in play. She worke...
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Freshmen impressive in Indiana Sires Stakes

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to eight divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts on Friday and the 2014 crop of freshman colts opened their series in impressive fashion.   Kelly D and Trace Tetrick kicked off the evening as they scored their second consecutive victory this year in 1:53.2 in the opening round of the stakes action. The 1...
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Upsets in NYSS at Buffalo

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
Murder He Wrote registered a giant shocker at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night as he rallied in deep stretch to pull off the $92.50 upset in the $60,200 first division of the New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Murder He Wrote went the mile in 1:53.4, the fastest time of the season at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   In the second $60,200 division, thing...
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Marcus Miller wins 2,000th career race

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
Marcus Miller got career win No. 2,000 on Friday when he drove Badiou Hanover to victory in the fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia. Julie Miller trains Badiou Hanover for owners Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson.   Miller, who turned 25 on May 6, got his first win in 2004. The son of trainer Erv Miller and nephew of driver Andy Miller, he has won $14.92 million in ...
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Big efforts capture NJSS freshman splits

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
French Laundry took the rest of the field to the cleaners, coasting to a 5 3/4-length victory in the $39,000 opening round of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, the first race on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   The Muscles Yankee colt, out of the Hambletonian Oaks winner Creamy Mimi, trotted the mile in 1:56 flat, equaling the stakes reco...
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Babies shine Saturday at Meadowlands

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
The popular Saturday Breakfast With The Babies event at the Meadowlands again enjoyed a perfect morning weather-wise for the races. They got underway at 9:30 a.m. with the Cantab Hall-Musical Victory colt Musical Rhythm reversing his previous form, heading right to the front for a gate-to-wire 1:59.1/:28.2 win for Scott Zeron. P Mac Attack was second and Wicker Hanover third. He's trained in t...
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World record set early on Sun Stakes undercard

on 06/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sun Stakes Saturday got off to an early fast start at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as 4-year-old trotting gelding Wind Of The North stormed to a 1:51 victory in the second half of the Daily Double, a $21,000 trot.   Driver David Miller, to be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame next weekend, left swiftly with the altered son of Cantab Hall to hit the quarter in :26.2, then...
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