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Oh My Joepa back in Vernon winner's circle

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion) returned to the Vernon Downs winner's circle after the $6,500 feature event on Saturday night. He had won two straight before finishing third last Saturday night.   Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) sat in mid-pack throughout the early stages while You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) set the pace through a quarter of :27.3 and a half-mile in :&nb...
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Lady Blitz upsets Natural Herbie at Hoosier

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
As one of only two mares in the field, Lady Blitz pulled the 10-1 upset over her male counterparts in the featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 13. Given a perfect, pocket trip by driver James Yoder, Lady Blitz stopped the timer in 1:53.4 to score her seventh win of the season. Leaving from post five, Yoder sent Lady...
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Smart Zone scores in NJSS-Green Acres

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Favorites dominated in a quartet of $7,000 legs of the New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres for pacers on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The most dominant performance was by Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in a non-wagering division for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Erv Miller trainee collected her fourth straight win. Steve Smith was at the lines as Smart Zone scored a fi...
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Father Patrick jogs as Trixton breaks stride

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
Father Patrick, the 1-5 choice with driver Yannick Gingras, scored a popular one and three-quarter length victory in the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.   Trainer Jimmy Takter held more than a strong hand going into this year's renewal for 3-year-old trotters, sending out Hambletonian winner Trixton, a son of 2009 Classic winner Muscle Hill and Fathe...
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Stubborn Belle leads Bax sweep in Peaceful Way

on 09/13/2014 2:00 AM
The Peaceful Way Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack was as easy as 1-2-3 for trainer John Bax. The Bax trainee Stubborn Belle and driver Paul MacDonell captured the $385,000 final, while Juanitas Fury and Southwind Champane took the place and show spot to make it a ‘Bax Triactor'.   The entire complexion of the rich final changed before the field could even reach the eighth...
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Musical Rhythm fastest in Kindergarten colt splits

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
A trio of Kindergarten divisions highlighted the latter part of the Thursday night card at The Red Mile, with round three of the freshman trotting series attracting 29 colts.   Indiana-native Airman Batten bested series-leader French Laundry as the 1-2 favorite in 1:57.1.   Driver Lewayne Miller protected the pylons with Airman Batten as French Laundry was in pursuit of...
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Lachance & Southwind Masimo ready for NYSS final

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Pat Lachance is betting on a son of Bettor's Delight to make Saturday's New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) championship for 2-year-old male pacers a joyous event.   Southwind Masimo, trained by Lachance, was his division's top points earner through the preliminary rounds and will start Saturday's $225,000 final from post 1 at Yonkers Raceway. Lachance will handle the driving, as he ha...
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Welch hoping Su Mac Lad will be a "breeze"

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
When Bobby B Breeze captured his $15,000 Su Mac Lad elimination at Balmoral Park last week, trotting easily to a career 1:57 triumph for driver Todd Warren, it came as no surprise to his trainer Roger Welch.   "Herman Wheeler had him last year and I'd see him on the track every day and I fell in love with him,” Welch said. "I ended up buying him and he won his first start for ...
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Showdown looming in Maurello on Ill. Super Night

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
If their elimination heat was an indication of things to come, then Saturday's showdown between Al's Hammered and Forty Silky in the $112,000 Tony Maurello Stake at Balmoral Park should be a real heater.   Last week the two Illinois-bred brutes battled it out in a torrid frenzy that saw the Bob Phillips-trained Al's Hammered prevail by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:49.1 over the John Prentice-harnes...
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Southwind Farms videos now online

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Many farms have videos of their yearlings available online now. Among them is Southwind Farms' Lexington yearlings, which are now available on the farms website at http://www.southwindfarms.net/. The yearlings are available for inspection at the farm until Sept. 25. Please contact Farm Manager Laura Young at (609) 737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at (516)599-2442 for m...
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This time, inside post for Southern Belle

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
A 2-year-old filly trotting a mile in 1:53 would ordinarily grab headlines. Unfortunately for freshman trotter Stubborn Belle, her 1:53 mile was only good enough for second, 3 ¾ lengths behind Mission Brief's 1:52.1 world record clocking, in last week's Peaceful Way Stakes elimination at Mohawk Racetrack. The two fillies will battle again this Saturday in the Peaceful Way final. "I was thrille...
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Jugette draws 22; three elims needed

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
For the first time since 2003, the $298,100 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds will need three eliminations. Twenty-two horses were dropped into the box on Friday morning, necessitating the three elims. The top three finishers in each elim will return for the second heat in which the winner will be declared the 2014 Jugette champio...
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Finn, McCaffrey new Illinois Hall of Famers

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horseman's Association (IHHA) will celebrate the lifelong achievements of the Prairie State's finest horsemen at their 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Doubletree Hotel in Alsip, ILL. This reception allows everyone involved in the Illinois harness racing industry to come together to extol the accomplishments of those who have proven their commitment to ex...
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It's official! WEG, COSA announce deal

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) jointly announced on Friday (Sept. 12) a new agreement that has established minimum purse levels and race dates for the next five years.   "The five-year agreement provides a level of stability and purse certainty for our horseman to plan for the future,” said Bill O'Donnell, President of COS...
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Camcruiser Hanover cruises at The Meadows

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Camcruiser Hanover stalked patiently from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to complete an 11-1 upset in Friday’s $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Major Belle wrested the early lead from Camcruiser Hanover but had to step a lively 26.4 opening quarter to do it. In the stretch, Camcruiser Hanover was the fresher horse. The 5-year-old Yankee...
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Skates N Plates ices foes in Charles Smith

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Trond Smedshammer fired Skates N Plates off the gate and was never headed, winning the $55,000 Charles I. Smith Trot on Friday at Freehold Raceway.   The Charles I. Smith is restricted to New Jersey-sired 3-year-old trotters and sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.   Skates N Plates, who is by Revenue, was tested by 1-2 favorite Hillustriou...
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Big Yonkers wins by Royal Cee Cee, Somebody AS

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—one for distaff pacers and one for trotters of any gender that's out there--were won by a from-last Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $15) and Somebody AS (Dan Dube, $17.60).   Unhurried from outside her seven rivals, Royal Cee Cee N saw last week's victress, Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), out past a :27.1 opening quarter-mi...
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$700,000 in bonuses for Ont.-sired in 2015

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Ontario Horse Racing (OHR) announced on Friday (Sept. 12) that in the 2015 calendar year, Ontario-sired 2-year-olds racing in Ontario will receive a projected $700,000 in new purse bonuses distributed as a 20 percent bonus on overnight races plus a 5 percent purse bonus on Ontario Sires Stakes earnings.   The proposal, which was brought forward by the Standardbred Advisory Group, was...
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BZ Glide uses late rally for another Batavia win

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
For the second straight week and three out of his last four, BZ Glide came from well off the lead via a furious stretch drive to capture the $9,500 top trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 12).   Heavy post-time favorite Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) sprang off the gate, circled around co-leaver Sack Full Of Gold (Drew Monti) and made his way to the lead immediately after the th...
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Northfield announces fall late closers

on 09/12/2014 2:00 AM
Northfield Park has announced the dates of three Fall Late Closing series. All of the newly added Late Closers carry a condition of: Non-winners of Two Pari-Mutuel Races (Ohio breds N/W Three) or Non-Winners of $15,000 Lifetime (Through 8/31/2014).   Tuesdays (October 7, October 14, October 21 and October 28) will host The Election Night Series for trotters. Each of the four legs will car...
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