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Mach It So wins Yonkers Open in 1:51.2

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Odds-on favorite Mach it So (Brian Sears, $2.70) delivered on a short promise Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Away into a gaping three-hole from post position 4, Mach It So saw Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) lead through intervals of :26.4 and :56. Mach it So--back here for the first time since a dreaded eight-hole in late April's final o...
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Flick A Fly sets 1:52.1 Running Aces mark

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Flick A Fly established a new track record for sophomore pacing fillies on Saturday night (Aug. 16) at Running Aces, shaving two-fifths of a second off the old record established a year ago by Show Runner.   The daughter of Voracious Hanover, owned by the Van Otterloo Stables, sat the pocket and took advantage of quick early fractions set by favored Delco Voracious, then closed with ...
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Harper Blue Chip wins Ontario Sires Gold

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
Harper Blue Chip made a triumphant return to the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) on Thursday night at Mohawk as he won the first of three $70,000 Gold divisions handily for Sylvain Filion. It marked the 3-year-old trotting colt's first 2014 appearance in the OSS and his first start since finishing third in the prestigious Hambletonian on Aug. 2.   Moonlight Espoir hit the opening quarter ...
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Brussel Sprout on hot streak at Saratoga

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
Brussel Sprout (Glidemaster) continued his recent hot streak on Thursday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The 5-year-old trotter moved into the $15,000 claimers a few weeks ago and is now three-for-three in that class following a front-stepping victory in 1:58.2 on a chilly summer night in the Spa City.   The Allan Johnson-trained trotter set a lifetime mark last week when he overcam...
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Scioto, OHHA team up for charity night

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
On Thursday (Aug. 14) at Scioto Downs, 10 local charities participated in the second annual Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) and Scioto Downs Charity Night at the races. Scioto Downs and the OHHA invited 10 local charities to participate in a charity race where the charities would draw for horses in the seventh race on the program. The 10 charities included the ALS Asso...
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Yagonnakissmeornot holds on to win at Yonkers

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and all duly-licensed trotters--were won by the odds-on duet of Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $3.80) and NF Happenstance (Brian Sears, $3.30).   Yagonnakissmeornot, generously assigned post position 5, was thus put in play early. She was the first leader, then giving it up to Robin Cruiser (Jordan ...
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Pan Luis Obispo, War Hero take features

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
Sweeping three-wide on the backstretch to pounce on a pressured pace, Pan Luis Obispo ($6.00) drew off for a 4-1/4 length win in Friday (Aug, 15) evening's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Tioga Downs.   Vinny Ginsburg kept the four-year-old No Pan Intended mare well off a :54.2 first-half battle between Inittowinafortune (Aaron Byron) and Keystone Wanda (Corey Braden), moving a clo...
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Hope For Paddy wins at Mohawk; "Nitelife" fifth

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
Hope For Paddy pulled off a large 35-1 upset in the Fillies and Mares Preferred pace Friday night at Mohawk. A field of seven mares, highlighted by the 2014 debut of last year's 3-year-old pacing filly of the year I Luv Nitelife, lined up for the $30,000 feature race.   I Luv The Nitelife, who has been sidelined since last November with a knee fracture, was sent straight to the lead by dr...
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War Cry Hall best in Scioto trot feature

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
War Cry Hall and Josh Sutton prevailed in the $20,000 Open II Trot At Scioto Downs on Friday night. The time of the mile, 1:54, was a record for War Cry Hall.   War Cry Hall is a 5-year old gelded son of Cash Hall out of Winners Only. He's conditioned by Scioto Downs leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr for RBH Ventures Inc of New York.   War Cry Hall was assigned post six in the fiel...
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All Bets Off paces past McWicked in Milstein

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
All Bets Off, overlooked by the betting public at odds of 7-1, took advantage of a perfect trip to win the inaugural $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers in 1:50.3 on Friday night (Aug. 15) at Northfield Park. National Debt took the $100,000 Milstein consolation by edging Limelight Beach on the wire in 1:49.4, which broke the track mark for 3-year-old pacin...
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Thinkofagameplan's 1:54.1 fastest in Ont. SS

on 08/15/2014 2:00 AM
The driver-trainer combination of Randy Waples and Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh connected for victories in two of the seven $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night (Aug. 15) at Mohawk Racetrack.   Their first winner was Big Moment, a colt by Camluck who just got up near the wire after a second-over trip to take the fourth Grass...
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Driving Miss Crazy upsets in NYSS at Batavia

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
The weather was far from perfect for the Batavia Downs leg of the New York Sire Stake 3-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday (Aug. 13) as premature autumnal conditions presented cold temperatures, rain and a track rated as "good”. But the tough got going and in one race, a major upset was the result. In the first $59,100 NYSS division, Avalicious (RC Royalty-Say Your Prayers) was sent...
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2YO Roland N Rock 1:51.2 winner at Springfield

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
Harfo Hanover brushed to the lead at the three-quarter pole and was never caught on his way to a 1:54.3 score in the $55,462 Fox Stake for 2-year-old open pacers on Wednesday (Aug. 13) night under the lights at the Indiana State Fair. Earlier in the day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Roland N Rock, a colt by Rocknroll Hanover, won the Little Pat Review for 2-year-old pacing co...
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Father Patrick back to work Sunday at Tioga

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
Three-year-old trotter Father Patrick is ready to get back to action Sunday in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs in New York, looking to return to his winning ways after going off stride in the Hambletonian, snapping a 15-race unbeaten streak.   His driver, Yannick Gingras, is ready too.   "Win or lose, I'd always be looking forward to getting ba...
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Horse racing's plight on NBC Chicago report

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
The battle to bring expanded gaming and thus more revenue to Illinois horse racing tracks was the subject of an NBC-5 Chicago report by Carol Marin. In the interview, Dave McCaffrey, president of the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association, tells Marin that the Illinois horse racing industry needs to be competitive with other states to survive, and Marin notes that job...
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Ontario Alliance tracks see handle increase

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
It's been over four months since the launch of the Standardbred Alliance in Ontario on April 1 and wagering on Standardbred horse races at these tracks is already seeing a sharp increase compared to the same period last year.   From April 1 through August 9, "all-sources" wagering on Standardbred Alliance racing is $148,227,950, an encouraging 8.92 percent rise over the $136,083,298...
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Weekend Preview your guide to upcoming action

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
While the temperatures in the Midwest have been below normal this week, it's still summertime, as you can tell by all of the racing action. Northfield Park grabs the spotlight on Friday night with the inaugural edition of the Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old pacing colts. Brett Miller, a multiple Northfield driving champion at the track, talks about his chances in the race in the ...
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Artspeak takes 3-race win streak to Mohawk

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
The third time's a charm for The Art Museum.At least that's how it's shaping up for the pacing broodmare. Her third foal is Artspeak, who has started his career with three consecutive wins, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship.   Artspeak, a son of stallion Western Ideal, races in the third of three Nassagaweya Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacers Saturday at Mohawk Racetra...
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Honor And Serve's 1:57 tops PASS at Harrah's

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
Four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman trotters were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (Aug.14), each going for a purse of over $65,000.   In the first division, the wagering public backed Tick Tok Tag (Broadway Hall-Tags Schooner), who was coming off two narrow defeats against similar foes at The Meadows. Off the gate, it was the Erv Miller tr...
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4 wins in 5 starts at Vernon for Love You Bye

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
Love You Bye (McArdle-Cam's Genious) made it four wins in the last five starts at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 feature pace Thursday night.   Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) led the way through an opening quarter of :27.3 after taking over early on. Upfront Secret (Chris Lems) was moved aggressively to the outside and surged to the front once the field moved past the half in :56.1. Love ...
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