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PL Fighter tops strong Blooded Horse Sale

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
The crowd was large and they stayed until the very end hoping to snag a horse to race this summer. Monday, May 12, was the second-strongest Blooded Horse Spring Sale in 15 years.   Burke Racing Stable LLC brought a nice consignment of raceway horses that contained the saletopper, PL Fighter. A competitive conditioned pacer at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Jereme's Jet gelding was purc...
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Mixed Sale set for Sunday at Meadowlands

on 05/13/2014 2:00 AM
The new Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale gets underway this Sunday at noon, and all systems are set to go, according to sale manager David Reid.   This year--and in years to come--the sale will feature 2 yearolds in training, and 26 freshman trotters and pacers are in the main catalog and supplement. Nearly 100 three-year-old and older racehorses will also go under the auctioneer's ha...
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Fillies star on Mother's Day at Balmoral

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
After a nasty thunderstorm caused a 35-minute delay to start the Sunday card at Balmoral Park, the action was hot and heavy the rest of the evening as a pair of state-bred events shared top billing on the program.   The stakes action kicked off with trotters as a field seven 3-year-old fillies met in a $10,000 Betzotic Stake. Despite being away since last October, Donald Huddl...
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Mach To The Max leads Morel Series winners

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
Mach To The Max (Mach Three) recorded his second consecutive victory in the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Sunday afternoon.   The 3-year-old pacer made his local debut back in April with a solid third-place finish. Things have only gotten better for the Jackie Rousse trainee since then and he will head into next week's series final as the one to b...
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Changes made to breeders awards in NY

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State would like to announce recent changes in Breeder's awards approved by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund:   1) Beginning for all foals born in 2014 and earlier, all funds available for breeder's awards will be split into two equal pools of money. One pool of money will be for performance based aw...
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No Elitlopp trip for Market Share

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
Market Share will not head to Sweden to race in the Elitlopp at the end of the month, and a Swedish horse is one of the reasons the two-time Dan Patch Award winner is staying home.   Richard Gutnick, who heads the Market Share ownership group, says the 5-year-old trotter will race in Saturday's $175,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial final at Meadowlands Racetrack and then point toward t...
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HHYF summer camp deadline on May 15

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
May 15 is the deadline to apply for the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) summer programs. Complete 2014 schedule information, along with applications for the Foundation's Youth Camps, and one- and two-day introductory events, is available at http://www.hhyf.org/schedule-applications.   HHYF's popular overnight youth camps, for students 12-14, will be held June 21-25 at Harring...
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USTA announces new appointments

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
The US Trotting Association (USTA) has added two employees to its staff in Columbus, Ohio. One, Allison Conte, is a new member of the team, while the other, Bruce Brinkerhoff, rejoins the organization after 16 years. Conte will assume the newly-created role of social media and publicity manager and Brinkerhoff returns to the USTA as information and research associate. "Allison has been in...
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Certified Ideal takes Meadows mare feature

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
Certified Ideal extended her winning streak to three in Monday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, but she needed an alert sidestep to avoid the breaking leader to keep her in the race.   Hammered down to 2-5, Certified Ideal was stalking Foxy Lady from the pocket when Foxy Lady broke stride at the top of the lane. Tony Hall neatly...
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Foiled Again headed to May 30 Molson Pace

on 05/12/2014 2:00 AM
The Raceway at Western Fair District's biggest race of the season, the Molson Pace, is slated for Friday, May 30, and will once again be raced an Invitational event with a purse of $150,000 up for grabs.   Racing's richest pacer, Foiled Again, will be back making his sixth appearance. He was a winner of both the 2011 and 2012 editions. Fans in attendance this year will receive ...
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Somewhere In LA wins Diplomat final

on 05/11/2014 2:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack played host to a pair of stakes events on Saturday evening featuring sophomore pacers.   After handing National Debt his first career loss last week, Somewhere In L A proved that effort was no fluke as he captured Saturday's $59,800 final of The Diplomat Series. A pair of Hall of Famers, Steve Condren and Bob McIntosh, teamed up with the pacer to capture the event...
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Trace Tetrick sweeps Hoosier features

on 05/11/2014 2:00 AM
In a talented field of eight, Our Lucky Chip turned in an impressive performance to produce the fastest mile of the 2014 live harness racing season at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, just 30 days into the season, in the $22,000 Invitational Pace on Saturday. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip's 1:49.4 performance marks the fastest mile of the season for the veteran p...
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Classic Martine sets 1:51.2 WR at Pocono

on 05/11/2014 2:00 AM
Classic Martine trotted faster than any distaff trotter on a five-eighths oval in harness racing history on Saturday night when she rolled to a 1:51.2 victory in a $25,000 Preferred Trot at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   Classic Martine (Classic Photo-Drinking Days), a 4-year-old mare from the Chris Oakes barn making just her second start of the season after a stellar 2013...
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Sebastian K trots to world record 1:50.1 mile

on 05/11/2014 2:00 AM
There really is nothing quite like the Championship Meet at the Meadowlands when the top horses start to show up for the stakes and tonight's card was the stage for some of harness racing best.   Swedish champion Sebastian K made his debut on American soil in the $40,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial eliminations for his expatriate trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt Saturady night at the&n...
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Uncle Peter fifth in Copenhagen Cup

on 05/11/2014 2:00 AM
Although Uncle Peter had the lead heading into the stretch, the 5-year-old trotter faded and finished fifth in Sunday afternoon's Copenhagen Cup at Charlottenlound Racetrack in Denmark.   With Johnny Takter subbing in the sulky for an injured David Miller, Uncle Peter moved to the front of the 1 1/4-mile race shortly past the opening half-mile. The Bjorn Goop-driven Caballian moved ...
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Rock N Load scores in mare pace at Tioga

on 05/10/2014 2:00 AM
Under pressure from McTaylor on the far turn, Edward and James Hall's Rock N Load ($3.40) dug in at head-stretch, prevailing against five rivals in the $14,000 Miracle Mile 1 event for distaff pacers on Friday evening at Tioga Downs.   Aaron Byron floated clear on the first turn with the 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare, yielding the lead to Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn Jr.) af...
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Ritascape posts 24-1 upset at Hoosier Park

on 05/10/2014 2:00 AM
Ritascape and LeWayne Miller pulled off a stunning upset in the featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday. Dismissed at 24-1, Ritascape used a perfect pocket trip to score her fourth win of the season and second consecutive at Hoosier Park in 1:52. establishing a new lifetime best.   Leaving from post...
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$25,000 guaranteed Pick 5 Saturday at Yonkers

on 05/10/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Free Money Alert…a $10,518.87 double-carryover in the Pick 5 wager means a $25,000 guaranteed pool for Saturday night (50-cent base wager on races 5 thru 9, so go study).   To more mundane matters, Rank outsider Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) and favored Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) were the toasts of the town Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,...
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Yannick Gingras joins 5,000 win club

on 05/10/2014 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras posted his 5,000th career driving victory when he piloted Dry Gulch to the winner's circle in the fourth race on Friday afternoon (May 9) at Harrah's Philadelphia. It was the first of five wins on the matinee card for Gingras. He was congratulated at the Meadowlands later before the beginning of that track's Friday night card.    Gingras is a third-generation ...
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Score by Scootie Best Lou pays big at ScD

on 05/10/2014 2:00 AM
Five Towns, a 5-year old gelding by Andover Hall, captured the feature race at Scioto Downs on Friday night. The gelding is partially owned and trained by Kelly Goodwin of Fowlerville, Mich.   Ronnie Wrenn Jr. had the assignment, starting from post four. Wrenn and Five Towns took control early and set the fractions, to make it his race to win or lose. After an easy half of :58.2, it...
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