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Homen Dry takes Define The World final

on 08/21/2014 2:00 AM
Homen Dry had the Define The World series title fall into his lap Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine lined up Thursday night to contest the $46,600 series finale for two-year-old trotters.   Jetpedia, the leg one winner, sprinted off the gate to grab the lead, while Homen Dry, the leg two winner, got away in third. Jetpedia and driver Mike Saftic trotted by the quar...
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Seascape Hanover takes Vernon Open

on 08/21/2014 2:00 AM
The $10,000 Open Pace feature at Vernon Downs on Thursday night came down to a photo finish that was won by Seascape Hanover (Camluck-Skateboard) in a final time of 1:51.3. The hard-luck runner-up was Ugly Betty (John Macdonald), who had led from the outset of the race.   The fractions were fairly quick with a quarter of 26.1 seconds, the half covered in 55.2 and three-quarters in 1...
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Harper Blue Chip wins Sires Stakes at Rideau

on 08/21/2014 2:00 AM
"He impreses me every time I sit behind him, I can't ask any more than what he does. He's very efficient. I love this horse; he's very easy to drive and that makes my job a lot easier.”   That was driver Sylvain Filion praising Harper Blue Chip moments after their victory in the second of three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts on Thursday nig...
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Cartoon Daddy fastest in NYSS 2CP splits

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $202,599 New York Sires Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions--at $67,933, $67,933 and $66,933--comprised the competition.   As was the case Monday night, driver Yannick Gingras won two of the evening's three sires stakes events.   In the second division, he went the distance—from post positi...
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Gingras enjoying the ride with Lifetime Pursuit

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
Lifetime Pursuit is bringing happiness to driver Yannick Gingras.   The 3-year-old female trotter heads to her division of Friday's Casual Breeze at Mohawk Racetrack off world-record performances in her most recent two races.   First, she trotted the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly, 1:50.4, to win the Hambletonian Oaks on Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands. Next,...
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Trainer H. Thomas Smith died Aug. 16

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
H. Thomas Smith, 74, of Salem, died Saturday, Aug. 16, at Lowell General Hospital. Born and raised in Meriden, Conn., he was the son of Jere P. Smith and Emma H. Smith of Meriden. Thomas graduated from Meriden High School in 1957 and received a B.A. from Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y. in 1961. Thomas was a resident of Salem for the past 40 years. After graduating college, he was self-...
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RCI: increase penalties for NSAID "stacking"

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
The Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has voted to increase penalties for the detection of multiple Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, commonly known as NSAIDs.   The changes adopted by the organization created three classes of NSAID "stacking” in an effort to differentiate violations caused by trace amounts found in a post-race sample from more serious v...
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Campbell, Mack Lobell reunited in Stockholm

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
John Campbell made a special appearance at the Solvalla racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday night with the horse who gave him his greatest victory at Solvalla, the great world champion Mack Lobell. Campbell walked with Mack along the homestretch while the crowd gave the duo a standing ovation. Campbell and Mack won the 1988 Elitlopp.   Earlier in the day Campbell and Mack f...
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Bee A Magician, Arch Madness head to Yonkers

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
When more than $6.8 million of career class and cash hit town, notice is summarily taken. Such is the case Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Trot enhanced by the presence of Bee A Magician and Arch Madness.   Bee A Magician, the reigning Harness Horse of the Year, won the draw as she makes her local debut and just her third career half-mile track start (two at Flambo...
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All-Star Drivers tourney set for Tioga-Vernon

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
When nine of North America's top harness racing drivers compete at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs later this month in the 8th Annual All-Star Drivers Championship, they'll be racing for more than just prize money and bragging rights. They'll also be raising money for the charity of their choice. All nine drivers will donate their 5 percent driving commission to charity. The amount will be mat...
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Life Sign, iconic Jug winner, dies at 24

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
It has been reported from Victoria, Australia, that Life Sign, the 1993 Little Brown Jug winner and Harness Racing Hall of Famer, died at Morley Park stud near Shepparton, Victoria, Australia on Aug. 14, at the age of 24.  A son of Abercrombie and world champion filly Three Diamonds, Life Sign raced only as a 2- and 3-year-old, amassing $1,912,454 from 18 wins, 10 seconds and five...
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Lilu Hanover sets stake mark in PA Stallions

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
A five-race maiden entering the race, Lilu Hanover overpowered her field in Wednesday’s $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows, winning by 9-3/4 lengths in the stake-record time of 1:55.2. The event for 2-year-old filly trotters was contested over eight divisions, with Bright Baby Blues, Sarcy, Aarena Hanover, Fly Angel Fly, Focus On Me, Global Ice and Flirting Filly...
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Buen Camino sets Batavia track record in NYSS

on 08/20/2014 2:00 AM
Perfect weather and a lightning fast track provided record-breaking conditions for Buen Camino and trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and the pair did not disappoint. They were never headed in a $55,500 division of the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (Aug. 20) at Batavia Downs and rewrote history. In an uncharacteristic move, Smedshammer sent Buen Camino out of the gate and put him ...
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Eastender gives Doug McNair 2,000th winner

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
On Monday evening, driver Doug McNair, just 24 years old, recorded his 2,000 career driving victory at Mohawk Racetrack with the 3-year-old pacer Eastender.   McNair entered the evening two wins away from reaching the 2,000 win plateau. In the evening's third race, McNair picked up his 1,999th victory with Youre Majestic in a $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for two-year...
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Major Dancer's 1:53.2 fastest in NYSS

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
New York-sired sophomore fillies took another turn downstate Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $219,700 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace. The event annually honors the memory of the former Executive Secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York, whose contributions to the success of the Empire program cannot be measured. Many of Bruce's family and friends were o...
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Golden Gun wins second straight at Tioga

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
Benefiting from a pocket trip, the Wiz Kids Stable's Golden Gun ($27.80) took his second consecutive win in Monday (Aug. 18) evening's $15,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   The 4-year-old Headmaster gelding tracked 1-4 favorite Bet On the Law (Joe Pavia, Jr.) through strong yet controlled fractions of :27.1, :55.3, and 1:22.4 before edging off the pegs midway through the far turn. At ...
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Palone wins 8 at The Meadows

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
Dave Palone, the top driver in wins in North American harness racing history, padded his total considerably Monday at The Meadows when he won eight races-- including the feature-- on the 15-race card.   Palone collected a pair of victories for his brother, trainer Mike Palone, and three for trainer Ron Burke. He also earned one place finish and two thirds in his 14 assignments....
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Shortest Distance stings foes; bee stings Schwarz

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
At Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, what was supposed to be the confrontation between two pacers with the most victories in North America this season unfortunately didn't materialize. The often claimed duo of Diamond Tiara and Shortest Distance were in to go against one another in the fifth race and that confrontation was looked forward to by the local railbirds.   ...
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EL Titan ready for Mohawk Grand Circuit

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
Stakes-winner EL Titan has been absent from the Grand Circuit this season, but that is soon to change.   The 3-year-old male trotter, who won three of five starts last season, including divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and Madison County, made his 2014 debut earlier this month and is getting ready for the Simcoe Stakes and Canadian Trotting Classic, both at Mohawk Race...
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Penn National tracks to use automated ML odds

on 08/19/2014 2:00 AM
Penn National Gaming Inc., the largest operator of Standardbred racetracks in North America, will institute the new TrackMaster automated morning line system at all of its harness racing facilities, effective immediately.   PNGI owns and operates Hollywood Casino, Hotel and Raceway (Bangor, Maine), the new Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Plainridge Racecourse and Rosecroft Racew...
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