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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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Mosquito Blue Chip, Band Of Angels win NYSS

on 08/14/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted the $194,800 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies on Thursday night (Aug. 14). A total of 11 lasses entered a pair of divisions.   The first ($96,400) grouping proved—again—why you race ‘em, as 1-20 "death and taxes” lass Sassa Hanover (Yannick Gingras) was snapped on the money by 17-1 outsider Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill J...
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Flyhawk El Durado makes NYSS 5th win of year

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $221,000 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A total of 13 entered a pair of six-figure divisions. As luck and form would have it, the two winners here were the same two that won this division's last downstate go-round not quite three weeks ago. The first ($109,500) grouping saw last season's frosh state-bred cha...
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Mystical Wishes leads in OSS Grassroots

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
Tuesday night (August 12) marked the second straight card Mohawk Racetrack hosted six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series races. This time it was the 3-year-old trotting fillies who got to take a turn over the seven-eighths mile oval, and it was Mystical Wishes who led the way with a 1:55.1 performance.   Competing in the second division, Mystical Wishes (Billy Davis Jr.)...
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PHHA announces changes to bonus program

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA) has announced that the end-of-year bonus program will continue in 2014 for qualifying Pennsylvania resident owners and trainers at Harrah's Philadelphia and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The program will be similar to previous years, except that win bonuses will be paid only on purses of less than $20,000.   Beginning this year, ...
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Yonkers gets approval for Sunday matinees

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is the backdrop for the latest installment of The French Connection. Yonkers has received approval from the New York State Gaming Commission to conduct a half-dozen Sunday matinee cards—from Nov. 9 through Dec. 14, inclusive—as part of a new wagering relationship with the French pari-mutuel agency. The races are to be televised and wagered on through much of Europe. ...
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PA Stallion Series held at Philadelphia

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
Six divisions of Stallion Series action for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters were held at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (August 13) each going for a purse of $20,000. In the first division, it was Susan Daugherty's Wimborne Hanover going coast-to-coast for the victory. The son of Muscle Massive used a rated second quarter to his advantage, going on to win in a time of 1:58.3....
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Momas Got A Gun in fastest PA Stallion Ser.

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
Momas Got A Gun grabbed the lead with a backside burst and found the wire just in time to score in 1:55, fastest division in Wednesday’s $120,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers at The Meadows. The event was contested over six divisions, with Dobre Povedane, Cover Model, Half Past Seven, Hillary’s Style and Hot Chica Boomba also taking $20,000 splits. Tony...
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Gatka Hanover highlights PASS at Pocono

on 08/13/2014 2:00 AM
Gatka Hanover defeated previously unbeaten Speak To Me to highlight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four $67,347 Sire Stakes divisions held for two-year-old trotting fillies. Speak To Me came into her division having won her first four races in convincing fashion. But on Wednesday night, it was Gatka Hanover (Muscle Massive-Gir...
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Golden Gun upsets in Tioga Open Pace

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
Enjoying a pocket trip behind May Day, the Wiz Kids Stable's Golden Gun ($42.60) proved an upset winner in Monday (Aug. 11) evening's $15,000 Open Pace at Tioga Downs, splitting foes to prevail by a scant neck in 1:51.1. After a strong dispatch, the four-year-old Headmaster gelding yielded the lead to a headstrong May Day (Mike Merton), tracking through a :56.2 middle half breather after a ...
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Wicked Speed 3 for 3 with Grassroots win

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
Headlining Mohawk Racetrack's Monday night (Aug. 11) program were six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series events for two-year-old pacing fillies, and while she wasn't the swiftest winner, Wicked Speed's win in the fifth flight pushed her record to a perfect three-for-three with two of those victories coming in Grassroots action. With Scott Young handling the driving assignment fo...
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Warrawee Farm has big Grassroots night

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colts bred and raised by Dr. Mike Wilson's Warrawee Farm of Rockwood, Ont., captured two of the six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions tonight at Grand River Raceway. The fastest victory of the night was recorded by Warrawee Promesse who was on top through every fraction, :28.4, :58.4, 1:28.2, and was home with more than three lengths to spare in 1:57....
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Former Roosevelt paddock judge Dunkel dies

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
Steve Dunkel, the former paddock judge of both Roosevelt and Yonkers Raceway, died Friday, Aug. 8.   He had not responded to anyone since Friday. His family became concerned and on Monday, Aug. 11, with the assistance of the Nassau County Police they went into his house and found him peacefully on his couch.   In 1975 Mr. Dunkel started his career as the assistant pa...
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McWicked supplemented, draws post 1, in Milstein

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
Adios champ McWicked, most recently a winner in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division Aug. 7 at Harrah's Philadelphia, has been supplemented at a cost of $34,000 to Friday night's inaugural $400,000 Carl Milstein Memorlal Pace at Northfield Park. The Milstein is scheduled as Race 11 on Friday night with an approximate post time of 10:15 p.m.   McWicked then drew post 1 in the race, wi...
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Can Foiled Again snap skid in Gerrity?

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
For Foiled Again, it's summertime and nothing is easy. But trainer Ron Burke is confident the 10-year-old pacer will return to prominence again.   The three-time defending Dan Patch Award winner for best older male pacer, Foiled Again has won four of 14 starts this year and earned $300,100, but last visited the winner's circle in mid-April. He will try to snap a 10-race skid when he...
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Freshman trotting colts shine at Monticello

on 08/12/2014 2:00 AM
Although Crazshana's 2:00 victory was topped by two others on the afternoon card, that clocking still established a new Monticello Raceway track record for freshman trotting geldings at Monticello Raceway Monday afternoon when Trond Smedshammer drove him to a 2:00 victory in a division of the Excelsior "B” Series of the New York Sires Stakes.   The altered son of Crazed-...
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