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Freshman records fall in ONSS at Georgian Downs

on 08/10/2014 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacers of both sexes competed in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action on Sunday evening at Georgian Downs, and the top performance was turned in by Sportskeeper, who established a new track record of 1:52.3 for a rookie pacing colt. Each race went for a purse of $70,000.   Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) competed in the first division for pacing colts and geldings,...
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Il Sogno Dream sets Currier & Ives mark

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Hammered down to 1-5 off his surprising fourth in the Hambletonian, Il Sogno Dream lived up to expectations Friday at The Meadows when he dominated his Currier & Ives division and scored in a stake-record 1:53.2. Wheelsandthelegman took the other split in the $120,000 stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   Il Sogno Dream caught the public's attention with his Hambletonian r...
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Yankee Bounty sets PASS mark in Burke debut

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
In Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action for 2-year-old male pacers on Friday night at The Meadows, Yankee Bounty stretched his career unbeaten streak to five with his most impressive performance yet, a 1:50.4 mile that erased the stake record of Johns Polyview and is the fastest mile this year by a freshman pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Lyons Again was second, 3 1/4 lengths back, whil...
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Favorites prevail in PA Stallion 3FP divisions

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
The fourth and final preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies was held at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Friday night, with all three favorites winning and some idea of the Stallion Series Championship qualifiers developing.   In the first cut, Somenicebeach made easy work of her career stakes debut by leading at every call en route to taking a new ma...
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Monkey On My Wheel takes Yonkers feature

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and all certifiably-credentialed trotters--were won by wagering choices Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears, $4.90) and Somebody As (Dan Dube, $6.60).   Monkey on My Wheel left for a seat from post position No. 6. She saw Summertime Lea (George Brennan) take over from My Ideal Hanover (Larry Stalbaum) befor...
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Pilgrims Joy repeats in ONSS Grassroots split

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Pilgrims Joy trotted to his second straight Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots victory in the sixth and final $18,000 division for 2-year-old trotting colts Friday night at Mohawk.   The Pilgrims Taj colt was sent off as the favorite in his event which saw Muscles All Over set the tempo of :29.2, 1:01.1 and 1:31.2. James MacDonald had Pilgrims Joy first-up and advancing past the half an...
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Sandbetweenurtoes still undefeated in 8 starts

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
No winner had a particularly easy time of it in their respective divisions of the $225,049 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes fourth and final preliminary leg for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, but Katie Said, Sandbetweenurtoes and Cinamony all had enough within them to make it back to the Pocono winners circle.   Katie Said posted the fastest clocking of the...
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Oh My Joepa wins Vernon feature in 1:51.1

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion) made a move on the far turn of the $6,500 feature at Vernon Downs on Saturday night and rode that move all the way to the winner's circle.   A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham) took the lead at the outset and carried the field through the first quarter in 26.2 seconds and the half in :54.4. After setting a fast pace, A Fool For Mark was pas...
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Mystical Brat's 1:58.3 fastest in Grassroots

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
There were six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events for rookie trotting fillies on Saturday night at Georgian Downs, and the fastest of the winners was Mystical Brat, who broke her maiden in a sharp 1:57.4.   With Mario Baillargeon at the controls, Mystical Brat was on top through fractions of :29.1, :58.4, and 1:27.4 before she coasted home in 30 seconds flat to win the s...
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Switzer wins 5 at Scarborough, 3 at Topsham

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Maine Sire Stakes action returned to Scarborough Downs on Saturday (Aug. 9) as the 3-year-old filly pacing division took center stage with the sophomore gals divided into three splits contested for purses totaling just shy of the $30,000 mark.   Five fillies finished within a length of each other in the first split with Cheryl Leigh persevering by a mere nostril over the front ...
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Big Unit scores at Batavia for sixth win of season

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
While most people had their eye on 3-5 favorite Fireyourguns, who shipped in off three Open wins in four weeks at Tioga Downs, they overlooked Big Unit, who three starts ago paced one of the fastest miles in western New York this year (1:53.2). When they hit the wire tonight, Big Unit was the better man.   Flying off the gate from post one, Big Unit (Kevin Cummings) took the group t...
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Obrigado equals Tioga all-age trot mark

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Fresh off a pair of wins at Saratoga, Obrigado (6) pounced from a rated tracking-trip to take the $15,000 Open Trot on Saturday (Aug. 9) at Tioga Downs, equaling the all-age track record of 1:52.3 in the act.   From the outset, Aaron Byron kept the 4-year-old Boy Band gelding well off an ambitious pace set by Wisenheimer (Jim Marohn Jr.), only starting to move a closer sec...
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Sunshine Beach 1:49 winner at Mohawk

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
The best on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit took to the track on Saturday night in $34,000 Preferred action for both the pacers and trotters at Mohawk. Making his first start since July 12, Sunshine Beach went to the front and never looked back in the Preferred Pace.   A four-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up, Sunshine Beach and driver Chris Christoforou left from ...
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Country Jewel takes her turn at Running Aces

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Country Jewel and driver Nick Roland zoomed up the passing lane to capture Saturday's $9,500 Open Mares pace at Running Aces on Saturday, narrowly besting Love Live Laugh (Tim Maier) and Kiss On The Lips (Gerry Longo). In doing so, she became the sixth different winner in the eight distaff opens staged thus far during the 2014 meet.   For the second straight week, the top seven mare...
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Ohio Breeders Stakes held at Scioto

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Friskie Adam remains perfect after taking his $23,100 Ohio Breeders Stakes in 1:53 Saturday night (Aug.9) at Scioto Downs. Friskie Adam is the son of Feelin Friskie-Lottery Fever. He's trained by Dan Ater for Dr. Jerry Maloon Stable.   Kyle Ater had the lines and started from post five in the field of nine.Ater pushed the gate away to gain control before the quarter that was paced i...
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Sunfire Blue Chip's 1:50.2 sets Yonkers mark

on 08/09/2014 2:00 AM
Malak Uswaad N (Brian Sears) was able to get of the seasonal schneid Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving into a two-hole from post position three, "Malak" saw Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) waltz to the half with intervals of :27.1, and :57.1. The Real One (Pat Lachance) then moved from fifth, while 3-4 favorite P H Supercam (Jason Bartle...
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Jack Hood, owned top horses, dies at 74

on 08/08/2014 2:00 AM
Jack E. Hood, 74, of Valparaiso, Ind.,died Aug. 6 due to injuries sustained in a car accident on Aug. 5. Along with his wife Peggy and other partners, Mr. Hood owned many top Standardbreds, among them Manofmanymissions and Classic Photo. Most of his horses were trained by Erv Miller or Dirk Simpson.   The Times newspaper of Michigan City, Ind., reported on its website that Hood ...
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Rosecroft accepting racing applications

on 08/08/2014 2:00 AM
Racing Applications for the 2014 Summer-Fall race meet at Rosecroft Raceway are now available at http://www.rosecroft.com/. The 27-date meet will commence Saturday, Sept. 13, with live racing every Tuesday and Saturday through December 13. A purse increase of approximately 5 percent will be part of the fall purse structure, bringing the overnight purses to an average of approximately $65,00...
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Drivers' Championship kicks off Aug. 29

on 08/08/2014 2:00 AM
The field for the 2014 Tioga/Vernon Drivers' Championship is taking form, with 2013 champion Jim Marohn Jr. poised to defend his title against some of the top drivers across North America. "We are excited to unveil a new format for this annual event," said Jason Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga and Vernon Downs. "With top drivers from circuits across North America ta...
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He's Watching likely Cane Pace supplement

on 08/08/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Dave Menary is focused on getting He's Watching prepared for Sunday's $255,525 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male pacers at Tioga Downs, but he's also looking forward to the colt's next probable challenge: A shot at the Pacing Triple Crown.   The first jewel in the Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, is scheduled for Sept. 1 at Tioga Downs, with eliminations, if necessary, Aug. ...
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