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Diamond Tiara sparkles again at Monticello

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
The beat goes on for Diamond Tiara. On a warm, but windy, Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Diamond Tiara scored her 10th seasonal triumph and now leads all other Standardbreds in races won in North America this year.   Once again trainer Mike Watson availed himself of the services of Jimmy Taggart Jr. and Taggart responded by guiding Diamond Tiara to a 1:58.1 triumph whi...
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Kentucky's Ward named RCI chairman

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
A Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer, long time horse owner, and a leading regulatory veterinarian are the new officers of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for 2014-2015, RCI president Ed Martin announced Tuesday.   John T. Ward, Jr. the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, was automatically elevated to become the RCI chairman this mo...
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Flexible Woman ready for Celias Counsel

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
After a commanding 5 1/2-length victory in her latest outing, Flexible Woman certainly appears to be on her game when she begins in Thursday's opening round of the Celias Counsel Series at Woodbine. The John Bax trainee didn't disappoint her backers last start as Flexible Woman trotted to a 1:59.3 mile over a sloppy track for driver Steve Byron.   "She's come back really well ...
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PHRC reminder on breeders awards changes

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission reminds owners of non-resident Pennsylvania-sired Standardbred 2 year olds that they will not receive breeders awards for the 2014 racing season.   The non-resident 2-year-old disbursements were sunset provisions in the rules of Pennsylvania's Breeders Fund and ended last racing season. In the 2014 racing season only foals of Pennsylvania-...
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Mullinax looks to be "rockin" in Weiss final

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
Ed Mullinax probably would be happy if UF Rockin Dragon turns out to be a little bit like his mother.   A longtime harness racehorse owner, Mullinax campaigned UF Rockin Dragon's dam, Up Front Dragonfly, and saw her win 28 races and earn $579,718 despite sitting out her 2-year-old season. She was lightly staked, with her most lucrative victory coming in the $100,000 Pennsylvania Sir...
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Wednesday afternoon, Miller out of surgery

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
Horseman Nick Surick posted on Andy Miller's Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon that Miller was "out of surgery and on his way to recovery! he is in a lot of pain but the doctor said it all went great and he should be out of bed by tomorrow in his brace."   Miller, who was injured in a Yonkers Raceway accident Tuesday night, underwent surgery at Columbia Presbyteria...
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2 straight wins for Cammikey at Meadows

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
Cammikey powered to the lead at the quarter and romped through the slop to capture his second straight series victory in Tuesday’s Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Somesizesomestyle took the other $17,500 division in the event for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The series final is set for Tuesday, April 22.   Cammikey won his opening series split with a decisive quarter-pole move...
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Levy purse $567k; Matchmaker at $371,400

on 04/15/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced the purses for both of its ongoing series, the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker. The finales, set for Saturday night, Apr. 26, offer antes of $567,000 (Levy) and $371,400 (Matchmaker). The enhanced purses include all starting fees--$1,000 per start in the Levy and $800 for each work night in the Matchmaker. These are the two richest races to da...
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Vienna trots to score in Balmoral stakes

on 04/14/2014 2:00 AM
The first trotting stake of the 2014 season at Balmoral Park was contested on Sunday, April 13, as a compact field of five Illinois conceived and foaled three-year-old fillies battled in the $10,000 Trotting Tilly Stake.   Using the inside post to her full advantage, the Robert Phillips owned and trained Vienna saved ground for most of the mile, then split horses late to post a 1 ¼...
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Mr Cantab's book is full and closed

on 04/14/2014 2:00 AM
Fueled by fantastic training reports, generating an overwhelming response from breeders, the Mr Cantab Syndicate has announced that Mr Cantab's book is now full and closed for 2014. Mr Cantab 2,1:56.1; 3,1:53.3 ($139,419), who won six of his 12 starts at 2 and 3, is a half brother to world champion Passionate Glide 2, 1:55.4; 3, 1:52.2 ($2,060,447) and was the highest priced ye...
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Horseman Roland Beaulieu dies at 98

on 04/14/2014 2:00 AM
Roland Beaulieu, best known for his 1970s stars Columbia George, Skipper Walt and Romalie Hanover, died Thursday, April 10, at his home in Orlando, Fla. He was 98.   A native of Lewiston, Maine, Mr. Beaulieu grew up in an area with a large population of French Canadians and didn't learn English until his teen years. He then employed himself by opening a bar and snack ...
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Pocono's Weiss Series heats up as finals near

on 04/14/2014 2:00 AM
Fillies and mares will have the spotlight shine on them during the early-week cards at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, as pacing distaffs will contest the fourth and final preliminary leg of the Bobby Weiss Series on Tuesday, and their trotting counterparts going on Wednesday. The Weiss Series, honoring the recently-retired trackman who honed the Pocono five-eighths oval into a top surfac...
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Axios captures 2nd series final

on 04/14/2014 2:00 AM
 Axios captured his second straight series win, and fourth consecutive victory overall, in Monday’s TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Frost Free Hanover and Jett Star also took $17,500 divisions in the event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The series championship is set for Monday, April 21.   Axios quarter-poled to the lead for Wilbur Yoder and held off the lat...
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Reasonable Force upsets in Youthful final

on 04/14/2014 2:00 AM
After failing to find the winner's circle in both preliminary legs, Reasonable Force found his best stride when it counted the most as he captured this year's edition of the$36,200Youthful Series final Monday at Woodbine. In doing so, the Doug McNair-driven sophomore returned $33 to his backers.   McNair and Reasonable Force were in no hurry off the gate as Account Rollover (Randy W...
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Foiled Again wins his 80th career race in Levy

on 04/13/2014 2:00 AM
Foiled Again won  his 80th career race Saturday night. That’s just wrong. Foiled Again, as in 10-year-old Foiled Again, sauntered around Yonkers Raceway in 1:51 Saturday night. That, too, is just wrong. Maybe, but try convincing him, or his date, of that. "That’s what he’s supposed to do,” driver Yannick Gingras after "Foiled’s” fourth win in as many Geor...
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West Side Story upsets in Don Mills opener

on 04/13/2014 2:00 AM
West Side Story, driven by Chris Christoforou, provided the 6-1 upset in the lone $18,000 division in the opening round of the Don Mills Series, Saturday at Woodbine.‬ ‪The talented son of Conway Hall got under the wire in 1:54, one length ahead of 1/9 favorite Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury).‬ ‪Christoforou elected to use off-the-pace tactics with West Side Story...
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Stonebridge Master scores in Vernon feature

on 04/13/2014 2:00 AM
With Restless Yankee and MacKenzie's Bliss tussling early, Kelly Hope's Stonebridge Master ($5.10) had a fast pace to close into, looping the field in the final quarter mile for a 1:51.2 triumph in the featured $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 Pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (April 12) evening. The eight-year-old Artsplace gelding was in no hurry early on, sitting well off a pressured :26.4 first q...
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Fireyourguns blasts way to win at Buffalo

on 04/13/2014 2:00 AM
Fireyourguns made his seasonal debut in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (April 12) and he looked in mid-season form as he scored an impressive neck victory over a late-closing Salazar in a sparkling time of 1:54.1 over the fast track. The last time Fireyourguns was seen was back on October 19 when he registered a length victory in the Batavia Downs Open Pace. The 2013 'P...
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Our Lucky Chip romps in seasonal debut

on 04/13/2014 2:00 AM
Veteran pacer Our Lucky Chip made his seasonal debut a winning one after he scored in 1:50.3 in the co-featured event of the evening, a $22,000 Invitational pace, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, April 12. Guided by regular driver Trace Tetrick, Our Lucky Chip’s 1:50.3 performance marks the fastest mile of the season over Hoosier Park’s seven-eighths mile oval thus far. ...
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All-age record equaled twice at Miami Valley

on 04/13/2014 2:00 AM
The all-age track record was equaled not once, but twice, on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway--and neither record-setting performance came in the featured $10,000 Open I Pace, although the standard for four-year-olds did also get shattered in that race. Spill The Beans was the first to tie Lookinforadventure's 1:51.4 record clocking when he bested a field of conditioned pacers chasing...
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