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Royalty For Life retired from racing

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
The racing career of 2013 Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life is over after veterinarians at Cornell University Equine Hospital diagnosed a significant tear of a suspensory in a hind leg. The injury was discovered by trainer George Ducharme two days before the John Cashman Jr. Memorial eliminations on July 26 at the Meadowlands, which led to the 4-year-old trotter being scratched. "X-ray...
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Svanstedt hopes to cash in on Centurion ATM

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
Centurion ATM is the type of horse that seems ready to step up when it's time to race.   The 2-year-old trotter didn't do much to impress trainer Ake Svanstedt before beginning his rookie campaign, but Svanstedt has been happy with the colt since he started going behind the gate. Last week, Centurion ATM won the single elimination for the $355,500 Peter Haughton Memorial by 3 1/2...
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Living The Dream With "The Captain"

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
The $257,700 U.S. Pacing Championship will provide the stage for nine of the finest in the aged pacing division to do battle on Hambletonian Day Saturday at the Meadowlands. A testament to the quality of the group is the fact that the combined career earnings of these nine pacers is in excess of $20 million.   Among the chief contenders in Saturday's race is Captaintreache...
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Burke sweeps NYSS 2YO filly pace at Saratoga

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
The Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke combination teamed up to sweep the three big time New York Sire Stakes races at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday night.   Band Of Angels (Rock N Roll Heaven) matched the track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies with a wire-to-wire 1:54.4 win in the $54,500 NY Sire Stake. The victory matched the lifetime mark for the filly, who moved her c...
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PA fair circuit stops at Clearfield for 4 days

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
The four-day harness racing meet at the Clearfield (PA) County Fair concluded on Wednesday, with $107,784 in total purses distributed in the quartet of days among the best of the Keystone State's fair competitors. Clearfield, (relatively) centrally- located in the state, always draws one of the biggest pools of entrants, and local fans enjoyed 34 heats of racing during the meet. The tightes...
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Ohio State Fair races at Scioto this weekend

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
Ohio State Fair races for 2 and 3 year olds in their respective divisions will be contested on Friday (Aug. 1) and Saturday (Aug. 2) at Scioto Downs. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. Friday's 13-race card will shine the spotlight on the Ohio-bred 2 year olds for each gait and sex. The skilled freshmen will race for abundant purses in nine races on the program. Highlighting their divis...
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Johansson has "resolve" to win Hambletonian

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
The fact that trainer Nancy Johansson will make her Hambletonian debut against her dad, Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, is one of the big storylines entering Saturday's race. And while Johansson understands and appreciates the interest, it's not something that's really on her mind. Especially since, hey, there will be other trainers there too! "It's no different to race against him than ...
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Western Vintage returns in NJ Classic

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
If the pieces all fall into place, the connections of Western Vintage could be sipping champagne on Saturday.   The son of Western Ideal is making his return to the races, after being sidelined since late June, in the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic, the fourth of 15 races on the Hambletonian Day program on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   The New Jer...
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Blooded Horse Sale yearlings now online

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
The annual Blooded Horse Summer Sale in Delaware, Ohio features 212 yearlings that can now be viewed online. The yearlings sell Monday, Aug. 25, of the two-day event and most are in a black type format. There are 121 Ohio breds, 46-IN, 16-PA, 4-NY, and 12-Ontario breds. Over 500 racehorses and broodmares are also being offered. Visit http://www.bloodedhorse.com/ to view the yearlings and order...
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It's Hambletonian time in new Weekend Preview!

on 07/31/2014 2:00 AM
It's Hambletonian time at the Meadowlands and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview you can read all the stories about Saturday's trotting classic. Yannick Gingras celebrates a birthday two days after the Hambo and he would like nothing better than to give himself an early birthday present with Father Patrick, one of a formidable Jimmy Takter-trained trio going postward. Gingras ta...
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Barn Doll fastest in NYSS 2FT divisions

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
New York Sires Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $201,600 Mike Cohen Trot for 2-year-old fillies. The quintet of races honored the memory of the former Yonkers and NBC Sports publicity director, with his family and friends making winner's circle presentations.   The opening ($39,900) event saw a down-the-road Pig Hunt (George Brennan, $9.80)...
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New horsemen's lounge opens at Hoosier Park

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
In the midst of their 21st season of live harness racing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino proudly unveiled a new, state-of-the art horsemen's lounge on Tuesday.   The 3,600-square-foot facility is located on Hoosier Park's backside, directly across from the race paddock, and will serve many different purposes for horsemen racing at Hoosier Park. Development of the new facility bega...
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ONSS 2CT divisions see repeat winners

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
Muscle Up The Goal and A Little More Love, winners in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event this year for 2-year-old colt trotters, duplicated their performances by winning the two $105,000 Gold divisions Tuesday at Mohawk.   In the first and fastest split, favorite Muscle Up The Goal didn't disappoint his backers. He grabbed the point early for Chris Christoforou to lead t...
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Souloy steamed; Muscle Hill 3YO second

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
The Hugo Åbergs Memorial, held Tuesday at the Jaegersro track in Malmo, Sweden, was dramatic this year. The favorite Un Mec D'Heripre crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified. Instead, the Robert Bergh-trained Ed You got the win. The time of the race was 1:52.4 for the 1,609 meters (about one mile). Also on the card was the final of the new Breeders Course for 3-year-old ...
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Saratoga Harness, Churchill officially team up

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (SHRI) and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced they have executed a binding term sheet and are close to finalizing a five-year management contract wherein CDI will manage Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs, NY and Saratoga Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, CO. Once finalized, the management contract will become effective as soon as CDI ob...
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New format for Drivers' Championship

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have announced a new format for the 2014 Drivers' Championship, scheduled to take place on a pair of marquee race days at both New York courses. Past years have seen the six top money-winning drivers in North America and a sponsor's exemption join the leading driver from both Tioga and Vernon, but the 2014 Drivers' Championship will implement a new means to compile...
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Mazza hopes for Hambo luck with JJ Alex

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
Mario Mazza figures he has always been a lucky guy. He hopes his luck is on full display in Saturday's $1 million Hambletonian at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Mazza owns JJ Alex, who will start from post two at morning line odds of 50-1 in the Hambletonian. The colt, trained and driven by Francisco Del Cid, is winless this year and has one victory in 15 career starts. Like everyone else...
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Cowgirl Hall in Meadows feature; Palone wins 6

on 07/30/2014 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall made it look easy in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, zipping to the lead for Dave Palone and scoring in 1:53.2 without a serious challenge. In her last outing, Cowgirl Hall was a good second to her stablemate, Tall Cotton, when he set an all-age Meadows trotting record of 1:51.3. But in against mares Wed...
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Delightful Dragon leads NYSS 3YO filly pacers

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
After a couple of days worth of hiatus, New York Sire Stakes returned downstate Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $226,200 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. The first of three, $75,400 divisions took on a different look right before post time when odds-on choice Major Dancer (Brian Sears) was scratched-lame. That shifted the role of (4-5) favoritism to Blush Hanover (Jim Mor...
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Prince Clyde, Jet Airway win Ontario gold

on 07/29/2014 2:00 AM
Prince Clyde and Jet Airway were victorious in two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts tonight at Mohawk. The first and fastest division saw a number of lead changes. Boomboom Ballykeel took the field past the opening quarter in :26 but he was soon covered up by Victor Bayama who was overtaken by Silverhill Shadow before the half in :53.3. That colt ...
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