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Gural Hanover, Flyhawk El Durado win NYSS at Batavia

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Welcomed by perfect weather and a racing strip that was yielding warp speed, the New York bred 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings brought their "A” game and put on quite a show for the burgeoning trackside audience. In the first $58,000 division, even money favorite Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) fired from the gate sharply to take the lead by mid-turn. With Zoey De Vie...
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Dead Heat in Duenna on Hambletonian Eve

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Donatella Hanover and My Inspiration finished in a dead-heat for the win on Friday night in the $30,000 Duenna Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. Fittingly, the program on the eve of the Hambletonian was a festival of mostly trotting races. Donatella Hanover surged from seventh to force the deadlock, her fifth win in 15 starts for Christ...
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Ohio State Fair Stakes open at Scioto

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old colts and fillies shined in Ohio State Fair Stakes action on Friday night (Aug. 1) at Scioto Downs. The flawless filly trotter Sunrise Nibbles remained perfect after taking her $34,000 division in a new lifetime best of 1:59.4.The Iron Duke-Sweethomeourbama filly is trained by Chris Beaver who partially owns with Synerco Ventures, Steven Zeehandelar and Dave Lang. Sunr...
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World record for Classic Martine in Ima Lula final

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Classic Martine held off Bee A Magician in a side-by-side duel over the final quarter-mile to win Saturday’s (Aug. 2) $52,000 Ima Lula Series championship for 4-year-old female trotters by a neck in a world-record-equaling 1:51.1 performance at Meadowlands Racetrack. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Classic Martine overtook early leader NF Happenstance in an opening quarter of :27. Bee A Magician made ...
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90-1 Sweet Rock scores in New Jersey Classic

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
It was a wild three-horse finish in the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello SBOA New Jersey Classic for three-year-old pacers, but it was 90-1 Sweet Rock that got the nod at the wire in 1:49.4. Driven by Brett Miller, the son of Rocknroll Hanover found room in the stretch and surged past Beat The Drum (second) and early leader Bushwacker (third) to pick up his second seasonal win. When the gate folded ...
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Sweet Lou wins on Hambo Day in 1:47.2

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou and Ron Pierce took command of the $257,700 US Pacing Championship on the way to the half Saturday at the Meadowlands and never looked back. The favorite won his eighth in a row handily with a 1:47.2 effort, his fifth consecutive score under 1:48. State Treasurer followed in second, with Thinking Out Loud third. Drawing post seven, Sweet Lou was unhurried off the gate as Bettor’s Ed...
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Favored Gettingreadytoroll wins Miss New Jersey

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
When she is good, she is very good.  When she is bad, she has broken stride. Gettingreadytoroll was at her best, putting away a challenge from Act Now in the $100,000 Thomas D’Altrui Miss New Jersey, the third race on Saturday, August 2 at the Meadowlands. Yannick Gingras pressed Gettingreadytoroll, the 3-5 favorite who paid $3.20 to win, to the lead on the backstretch through quarters o...
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Mission Brief dominates in Merrie Annabelle final

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Heavy favorite Mission Brief stepped away from the field turning for home and captured the $352,050 Merrie Annabelle final in a world record-equaling 1:52.2 Saturday at the Meadowlands. Steered by Yannick Gingras, the Muscle Hill filly raised her record to four wins in five starts as Jolene Jolene and Lock Down Lindy rounded out the trifecta. Enjoying a three-race win streak entering the final,...
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Centurion ATM sets track mark in Haughton win

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Centurion ATM cruised to a stakes and track record 1:53.2 en route to winning the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial final for two-year-old trotting colts Saturday at the Meadowlands. A $100,000 yearling purchase, the S J’s Caviar colt lowered Muscle Hill’s 2008 mark by one-fifth of a second. Uncle Lasse raced second while Cruzado Dela Noche finished third. Racing third through a :28 opening ...
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Natural Herbie takes Vincennes in 1:51.4

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park shipper Natural Herbie moved to the lead after the quarter and held on in the stretch to win the $75,000 Vincennes for free-for-all trotters Saturday in 1:51.4. The four-year-old son of Here Comes Herbie, driven by owner and trainer Verlin Yoder, earned his seventh win in 15 seasonal starts. Southwind Pepino and John Campbell finished second followed by a late-closing Master Of Law. ...
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Another record for Sebastian K in Cashman

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Sebastian K, the world’s fastest trotter, added another world record to his impressive resume Saturday at the Meadowlands. The eight year old flexed his muscles in the stretch, kicking clear of the field to win the $300,650 John Cashman Jr. Memorial final in 1:50, which matched Archangel’s mark, set in a Cashman elimination. The trotter distanced Market Share and Archangel. The Swedish-bred...
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Lifetime Pursuit upsets in Hambletonian Oaks

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Lifetime Pursuit and Yannick Gingras pulled from the pylons and sprinted to the lead in the stretch to win the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks Saturday at the Meadowlands in a world record time of 1:50.4. Designed To Be, the 6-5 favorite, closed late for second over Take The Money and Shake It Cerry. The victory gave Gingras his first Oaks win, while trainer Jimmy Takter picked up his fourth. Sent o...
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Trixton wins 89th Hambletonian in 1:50.3!

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Trixton and Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter overtook stablemate Nuncio and fellow Hall of Famer John Campbell in the stretch to win the $1 million Hambletonian in 1:50.3. The victory was Takter’s third in harness racing’s biggest event and his first as a driver. Harper Blue Chip raced a distant third. Father Patrick, the favorite and third horse from the Takter Stable in the race, made a bre...
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Rocklamation rocks in Lady Liberty final

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Anndrovette and Tim Tetrick cut the mile in the $177,750 Lady Liberty final for free-for-all pacing mares, but it was Rocklamation, driven by Yannick Gingras, that received the last call in the stakes finale at the Meadowlands, winning in 1:49.3. The early leader finished second, followed by Shelliscape and Somwherovrarainbow. The victory pushed Rocklamation’s career earnings over the $2 million...
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Hanover Stakes continue at Balmoral

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Freshmen pacers stepped into the spotlight on Saturday, August 2nd at Balmoral Park as a pair of Hanover Stakes for two-year-olds shared top billing on the big 13-race card. The boys kicked off the action as a field of nine were sent postward for a $34,900 jackpot. Despite a win in his last start and the fact he was part of a three-horse entry Kay Willis’s Gold Star ...
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Ryder Steck, 18, dies Saturday, Aug. 2

on 08/02/2014 2:00 AM
Ryder Steck, the son of Ohio horseman Ron Steck and his wife Kila, died Saturday. Ryder, 18, was injured in an automobile acvident while on his way to work Sunday morning, July 27.  He had been in an induced coma and was on a ventilator. His parents are well known throughout the Ohio Standardbred community.
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Yonkers hosts $200,000 NYSS 2YO Colt Pace

on 08/01/2014 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the month-ending $200,900 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The quintet of races honored the memory of the Raceway’ long-time corporate controller, with his family making winner’s circle presentations. First ($39,900) division—Odds-on Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance, $3.80), starti...
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Items/sponsors needed for PreJug fundraiser

on 08/01/2014 2:00 AM
New Vocations needs items, services, and table sponsors for the annual Pre-Jug Party & fundraising auction held Wednesday September 17th at the Delaware County Fair. Proceeds go toward the retraining and placement of retired racehorses and the Delaware County Fair. "We seriously need owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks, and those that benefit from racing, to help with this...
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Archangel ready to roll in Cashman Mem.

on 08/01/2014 2:00 AM
Archangel’s world-record 1:50 performance in last week’s John Cashman Jr. Memorial eliminations might have surprised some observers, but not his driver, Yannick Gingras. "I kind of thought it was coming,” Gingras said. "He’s had a couple miles where he’s shown that kind of brilliance, but he was unlucky.” The 5-year-old trotter, who sat out last season because of stallion...
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John Campbell eyes Hambletonian No. 7

on 08/01/2014 2:00 AM
John Campbell will try to extend his record for Hambletonian wins to seven when he drives Nuncio in Saturday’s 89th edition of the trotting classic. The Hall of Famer has a legitimate chance to win the race, even with prohibitive favorite Father Patrick in the field, but that’s not what makes Campbell most happy. "I’m just so happy anytime I get the chance to be part of the Hambleto...
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