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Freshman trotters head to Monticello for NYSS

on 08/08/2014 2:00 AM
Monticello Raceway will offer over $165,000 to 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) and Excelsior Series on Monday afternoon, There will be three splits each in the NYSS and the Excelsior A and B Series.   In years past there was hardly a 2-year-old trotter who could even approach 2:00 on a double-oval much less win in that time or faster. ...
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Sweet Lou wins Dan Patch in 1:47.2

on 08/08/2014 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, paced the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational on Friday, August 8 and extended his win streak to nine in the process. The previous track record, a mark that stood for four years, was established by Shark Gesture and George Brennan in the 2010 Dan Patch Invitational.   In a talented group of nine, ...
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Ohio Breeders Stakes this weekend at Scioto

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
The Ohio Breeders Stakes for colts and fillies on their respective gaits will go postward on Friday and Saturday night at Scioto Downs.   The 2-year-old trotters and pacers will have their chance at the cash on Friday. Starting in Race 1 on the 12-race card the 2-year filly pacers will go for a purse of $26,200.   Bell Flower and Chris Page are slated as th...
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New York's Sophie Norton wins Youth race

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
While the featured race at the Meadowlands Saturday, Aug. 2, was the Hambletonian, the first race of day was one of the best, resulting in a photo finish. That race, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation final, saw three teens driving Trottingbreds at their standard half-mile distance. Sophie Norton, 13, driving Royal Attire and assisted by Ron Pierce, got up at the wire to collar pacesetter...
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Streakers head to Hoosier in Weekend Preview

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
We've got a few streakers heading to the Midwest on Friday night as Hoosier Park hosts the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. Sweet Lou looks for nine straight and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Ron Burke gives his thoughts on driver Ron Pierce's bold statements that the star pacer can go a mile in 1:45. But Sweet Lou isn't the only pacer on a hot streak as there are ...
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McWicked scores by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:48.4

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were on tap on a beautiful Thursday afternoon (Aug. 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia, with each carrying a purse of just over $70,000.   The third and final division was stacked full of talent, led by Adios winner McWicked (McArdle-Western Sahara). As the wings closed, driver David Miller sen...
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Coleman happy with Happy Becky in Mohawk final

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
Happy Becky squashed her five opponents Thursday night in the final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk. A field of eight was scratched down to six for the $37,800 final of the three-week series for 2-year-old pacing fillies.   The Show Returns, the leg one winner, skipped the second leg and Happy Becky, who skipped the first leg, captured the second leg setting up a battle b...
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Spirits Gone Wild gives Zach Mogan his first win

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
Zach Mogan, the 19-year-old son of horseman Scott Mogan and Glenda Slater-Collins, won his first pari-mutuel race on Thursday night at The Red Mile.   Mogan won with the 7-year-old pacing gelding Spirits Gone Wild, who he also owns and trains. Mogan and Spirits Gone Wild rallied from four lengths off the leader at the top of the homestretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. &nbs...
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Ohio horsemen presenting charity night Aug. 14

on 08/07/2014 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association will present a Charity Race Night at Scioto Downs on Thursday (Aug. 14) from 5:30-9:30 p.m.   One each of ten participating charities will be coupled with a horse and driver combination in a race on the evening's program via random draw and based on where the horse finishes, will be awarded prize money as follows: $5,000 for first place; $2,500 f...
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Master Glide sold to New Zealand interests

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
Master Glide, the full brother to Passionate Glide 3,1:52.2 ($2,060,447), has been sold by Brittany Farms to Max Grant and Arcadia Harness Racing Group, with Paul Davies acting as agent for the buyers. Master Glide is to stand at Wai-Eyre Farm in Christchurch, New Zealand.   Wai-Eyre Farm is where the illustrious Christian Cullen began his stallion career. According to the new conne...
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Alacrity, Luck O The Irish win ONSS 2CTs

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
Alacrity and Luck O The Irish each picked an opportune time to score their first lifetime win as they both captured a $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division for 2-year-old trotting colts Tuesday at Mohawk.   In the first and fastest division, it was Win The Day hitting the first quarter in :28.2. Eddie Green sent favorite Alacrity up to grab control by the :59.1 half. As t...
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"Grippa" exacta returns $6.50 at Monticello

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
Last week in his first start here, Johnny Grippa won in 1:53.4 which was the fastest race mile on the Monticello Raceway double-oval this season. However, that mark didn't last long because on Tuesday Johnny Grippa won again, this time in a season's best 1:53.1.   The 6-year-old altered son of Cams Card Shark and Sky Yankee is owned and trained by Jack Sheehan and was driven to...
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Yonkers announces October Invitational Trot

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
As a precursor to the return of Yonkers Raceway's International Trot next season, the Raceway is planning to host an Invitational Trot this fall. The date is Saturday night, Oct. 25, the evening coinciding with the finals of both Yonkers Trot and Messenger Stakes (along with their companion filly events).   The purse would be commensurate with the quality of the field, and the best ...
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Harrah's Philadelphia hosts Stallion Series

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
There were five divisions of Stallion Series action for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, each carrying a purse of $20,000. In the first division, it was Winchester Baye Acres' Spaghetti Eddie utilizing a well-timed move to score the victory. The son of The Panderosa was guided to the outside by hall of famer Dave Miller just beyond th...
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Parklane Eagle fastest in Meadows PA Stallions

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
Parklane Eagle squeezed off the cones, roared through the stretch and scored in 1:53, fastest division in Wednesday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows. The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over five splits, with UF Larry Alltheway, R N Nate, Lyons Geoff Jnr and Letsmakeawish taking the other divisions. Dave Palone enjoyed a stake tripl...
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Rumor Mill scores big upset in PASS at Pocono

on 08/06/2014 2:00 AM
40-1 long shot Rumor Mill pulled off a stunning upset to highlight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were three Sire Stakes divisions held with purses ranging from $75,320 to $75,720 for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Rumor Mill (The Panderosa-Chippie Gabby), trained by Jim King Jr., hadn’t finished higher than fourth in her previous th...
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Merriman heads new Northfield Wall of Famers

on 08/05/2014 2:00 AM
Northfield Park has announced that Aaron Merriman, Bill Pocza, Dunkster, Myopia's Mop and Natural Ability will be the newest members of the Northfield Park Wall of Fame. Their formal inductions will highlight the Wall of Fame ceremonies at Northfield Park on Sunday, Aug. 10. The banquet festivities begin at 5 p.m.   Merriman, 36, is the youngest Wall of Fame inductee since the award...
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Dr. Morton Fielding, campaigned Hit Parade, dies

on 08/05/2014 2:00 AM
Morton D. Fielding, 82, a Bethesda and Rockville, Md., podiatrist who owned Standardbred and thoroughbred horses, died Dec. 6 at a Las Vegas hospice after a stroke. Dr. Fielding, who lived in Potomac, Md., from 1952 to 1999, ran a podiatry practice in Bethesda from 1954 until he moved to Las Vegas in 1999. He had lived in Henderson, Nev., since 2003.   He started breeding horses in ...
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Burke takes top spot on trainer all-time win list

on 08/05/2014 2:00 AM
With a win with Windsong Jack at Scioto Downs on Saturday night, Aug. 2, Ron Burke became the sport's all-time winningest trainer. The victory was the 5,224th of Burke's career, and moved him past Virgil Morgan Jr. for the top spot on the list. Morgan had scored his 5,223rd career victory the night before at Scioto Downs. Combining Burke's numbers with those of his father Mickey and brother...
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Sweet Lou leads Dan Patch field from post 5

on 08/05/2014 2:00 AM
A field of nine will be sent post-ward in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, Aug. 8. In what may be the most accomplished field ever assembled, the 21st edition of Hoosier Park's signature event will highlight the 14-race program that begins at 5:15 p.m.   The race will be part of a special weekend tagged as "Dan Patch Festival Weekend...
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