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Datsyuk upsets Father Patrick at Tioga

on 08/17/2014 2:00 AM
While North America Cup winner JK Endofanera coasted home in 1:50.1 to win his $54,072 Geers Stake division on Sunday (August 17) at Tioga Downs, the top story of the afternoon saw Father Patrick gamely outkicked by Datsyuk ($52.00) in their $36,036 division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial.   After an uneventful start, Yannick Gingras sent Father Patrick to the fore, floating c...
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2YOFP Well Hello There takes PASS in 1:53

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Southwind Roulette and Well Hello There won Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions Friday at The Meadows, giving Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke a sweep of the $223,960 event for 2-year-old filly pacers.   Although Southwind Roulette captured her third PASS split and assured herself a spot in the championship, her trip Friday wasn't as memorable as her July 18 victory here, when she ha...
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Twin B Spike Man upsets at Tioga; RUS at VD

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Sustaining a first-over push to wear down odds-on favorite Money On My Mind, Twin B Spike Man ($30.20) proved an upset winner in Saturday (Aug.16) evening's $15,000 Open Handicap Trot at Tioga Downs.   As expected, Jim Marohn, Jr. sent 1-5 favorite Money On My Mind to the fore, controlling a :56.4 first half mile before facing pressure into the far turn. After reaching three-quarter...
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Tharps takes Scioto feature with Ardyne Ace

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Scioto Downs joined the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday night. General Manager of Racing Operations, Stacy Cahill was joined by drivers Aaron Merriman, Kayne Kauffman, Zach Mogan, Tyler Smith and Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who were challenged by Friday night's supporters of ALS. The Ice Bucket Challenge was carried out prior to first race post time. The group made donations and challenged drivers ...
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Henry drives 3 Grassroots winners at Georgian

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots dashes for rookie trotting colts and geldings were the marquee events on Saturday night (Aug. 16) at Georgian Downs. The first three races on the card were all Grassroots races, and driver Trevor Henry won all of them to get his night started off on the right foot.   Henry won the opener with Kadabrasnewrecruit in 2:01.4. Racing over a surface l...
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Mary Rose Of Topaz wins 5th Maine stakes

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (Aug. 16) as the three-year-old filly pacing division visited the seaside oval for the fifth and final time this year in preliminary leg competition before embarking on their late-summer fairgrounds swing. The state-bred fillies split out into three dashes with slight upsets sneaking up on the punters in the first two splits befo...
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Jack Bailey, Vernon driving champ, dies

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Jack Bailey, 81, Vernon Downs' all-time driving champion, died Aug. 16 after a long illness. It's the end of an era for a Hall of Fame horseman who reigned supreme during the years 1959-1978 and ranked among the Standardbred sport's leaders in races won, fast miles and money earnings.   In addition to his Vernon success, Mr. Bailey won driving titles at Hollywood Park in Califo...
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Dancin Yankee sets 1:48.4 record at Saratoga

on 08/16/2014 2:00 AM
Dancin Yankee set a world record of 1:48.4 in capturing the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace on Saturday night (Aug. 16) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.The time was the fastest ever for an older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, breaking the mark of 1:49 previously shared by Jet Laag and Ponder, with both of those miles turned in at Delaware, Ohio. It was also the fastest mile e...
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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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