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Tioga online handicapping contest starts June 1

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
A $1,500 first place prize is up for grabs in the second annual Tioga Downs Showdown Contest. The online handicapping challenge begins this Sunday, June 1.   The contest requires contestants to select one horse racing at Tioga Downs. If that horse finishes third or better in its race, the contestant will advance to the next day of the contest. If the horse finishes worse than third,...
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Maple Leafs' Bolland named NA Cup drawmaster

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group on Tuesday announced David Bolland, currently a center for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the guest drawmaster for the 2014 edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   On Tuesday, June 10, at Mohawk Racetrack, Bolland, 28, will be on hand to assist with the noon media event to draw post positions. The Pepsi NA Cup will take place Saturday...
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All Bets Off draws post 4 in Rooney final

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
Standout statebred All Bets Off drew right smack in the middle, landing post position 4 for Saturday night's $300,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. This is the 24th edition of the Rooney. The premier event for 3 year olds was inaugurated in 1989, a year after the passing of Art Rooney Sr.   All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) ...
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Diamond Tiara sparkles in 12th win of year

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
In spite of a five-week layoff the beat goes on for Diamond Tiara. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, the 7-year-old pacing mare notched her 12th seasonal victory with a gate-to-wire performance in 1:58.1, which has once more placed her atop the North American leaderboard in races won this year.   Jimmy Taggart Jr. was again in the sulky for trainer Mike Watson...
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Foxy Lady stalks her way to Meadows victory

on 05/27/2014 2:00 AM
Foxy Lady stalked patiently from the pocket, then exploded in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Foxy Lady got away first for Dave Palone but yielded the lead to Certified Ideal, who was trying to overcome post 8 and a sloppy surface. When Palone asked Foxy Lady for late pace, the 6-year-old...
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Rompaway Galaxy ready to star again in OHSS

on 05/26/2014 2:00 AM
The good news for Ohio racing fans is that Rompaway Galaxy is starting off 2014 just like he finished last season. But that's bad news for the connections of other 3-year-old male trotters in the Buckeye State.   He promises to be a heavy favorite in his Ohio Sires Stakes at Scioto Monday afternoon. Each of the four OSS events go for a $40,000 purse. Post time for the card is 1...
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Big M Q's, baby races both on Saturday

on 05/26/2014 2:00 AM
In reaction to fewer than anticipated entries for this week's qualifying races and this also being the first week for the 2-year-old races, The Meadowlands will condense the cards and race both on Saturday, May 31, at 9:30am.   The box for both shall remain open until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning and all of the races will be drawn then. Call the Race Office at (877) 782-2537 wit...
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JK Panache scores at Vernon; Eastend Eddie at Tioga

on 05/26/2014 2:00 AM
A field of six lined up for the $9,500 featured one-mile pace on Monday afternoon at Vernon Downs, but in the end, it was the story of just one horse, JK Panache.   The 5-year-old gelding powered to the front right away and never really had a challenge in a gate-to-wire victory in a time of 1:49.2. That time is just two-fifths of a second off the track record for aged geldings,...
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Bailey's Wish comes through in Violet

on 05/26/2014 2:00 AM
State-bred trotting fillies were the focus of attention on Sunday at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 three year olds went toe to toe in the $47,600 Violet Stake as part of a big Memorial Day weekend of festivities at the Crete oval.     Proving that she will once again be a force to be reckoned with in this division James Bafia and Eugene White's Bailey's Wish reported home...
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Rock On Moe rocks in Harrington Open

on 05/26/2014 2:00 AM
Jlrl LLC's Rock On Moe ($4.40, George Dennis) notched his second win in the last three starts at Harrington Raceway Monday in the $17,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3.   The Rose Smutz trainee was sent for the lead as the 6-5 post time favorite from post four to fractions of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:23.4. Meanwhile last week's winner, Just A Jolt, mounted his attack second-over behind a stalling f...
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Favorites sweep OHSS splits at Scioto

on 05/26/2014 2:00 AM
The first Ohio Sires Stakes event on the Monday afternoon 15-race card at Scioto Downs was Race 5m the first $40,000 division of 3-year-old trotting colts. A field of 10 went to post and favorite Can'tcutthatchip for trainer Jim Dailey didn't disappoint.   Driver Jason Brewer was unrushed in the early going, but when he moved him, the colt responded. Can'tcutthatchip ...
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Sweet Lou best in 1:48 in TVG FFA

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou overpowered a stellar field of fast class pacers to win the $50,000 second leg of the TVG Free For All Championship Series in 1:48 on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   Ron Pierce was in the driver's seat again and used Sweet Lou's speed to get into the race early from post 10, tucking third as first Golden Receiver then Bolt The Duer took turns on the lead through the ...
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JK Endofanera fastest in Pocono Cup splits

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
JK Endofanera and Seventh Secret impressively captured divisions of the Pocono Cup in the Historic Series on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Grand Circuit races were for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace.   In the $36,162 first division, JK Endofanera (Art Major-Presidential Lady), moved to two-for-two on the season with a victory on the front end by 1 3/4...
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Fusion Man captures Hoosier Invitational

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Overcoming a tough, first-over trip, Fusion Man pulled the slight upset in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational Trot, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday. Guided by regular driver Tyler Smith, Fusion Man proved game in the stretch as he was able to get up in the final strides in 1:53.   Leaving from post four, Fusion Man left just enough to secur...
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War Hero takes honors at Vernon Downs

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Memorial Day weekend is a time when most Americans reflect on the sacrifices made by those who protect the rights and freedoms so very important to the United States. So, it might have been the proper result when War Hero rallied to win the Saturday night $9,500 featured race at Vernon Downs. War Hero is owned by Howard "Doc" Gill, a respected horsemen and a veteran, who had gained a larg...
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First loss for He's Watching, no Rooney final

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
The storyline entering Saturday night's eliminations for Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old colts/gelding was the undefeated He's Watching.   The storyline leaving those races was He's Watching (Jim Morrill Jr.) having to wait for another night.   Take nothing away from down-the-road, $40,000 elim winners Stevensville (Tim Tetrick, $21.60) and All Bets Off ...
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Maven 6th in Elitlopp; Corky wins on undercard

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Maven, after finishing third in her elimination in Sunday's double-heat Elitlopp at Solvalla Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden,  could not overcome a rough trip in the final and settled for sixth. The final was won by Timoko, who finished third in last year's Elitlopp, and driver Bjorn Goop in the mile-rate time of 1:51.4 for the 1,609-meter race.   In the final, elim winners Pann...
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Shebestingin scratched from Betsy Ross

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Joe Holloway posted on Twitter Sunday morning that world champion Shebestingin will be scratched from Sunday afternoonn's $250,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older pacing mares at Harrah's Philadelphia due to a slight fever.   Shebestingin was the morning-line favorite in the race despite drawing the outside post eight. Holloway had made comments earlier about his displeasu...
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Market Share wins Maxie Lee in WR 1:50.2

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Linda Toscano thought nothing was wrong with Market Share despite the trotter making an uncharacteristic break in his start prior to Sunday's Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational. After watching Market Share trot the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths-mile track to win the Maxie Lee at Harrah's Philadelphia, Toscano breathed a sigh of relief and felt she was correct.  ...
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Shake It Cerry dominates; "Rainbow" sets world record

on 05/25/2014 2:00 AM
Shake It Cerry returned to the scene of her Breeders Crown win a year ago with a dominating victory in the Historic Series Coaching Club Oaks on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race, part of the Grand Circuit series, was one of two divisions held on the night for 3-year-old trotting fillies, each of which carried a purse of $33,212.   Driven by Ron Pierce for traine...
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