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Mikado Blue Chip fastest In NYSS at Buffalo

on 07/02/2014 2:00 AM
There's been five track records either tied or broken this season at Buffalo Raceway but the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers came up empty in trying to challenge any of the marks in the three $37,266 divisions of the New York Sires Stakes on a steamy Wednesday night (July 2). While not breaking the 2-year-old standard of 1:55.4 set by He's Watching in 2013, there were still plenty of impress...
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Just A Jolt equals his Harrington track mark

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
John Dayton's Just A Jolt ($6, Victor Kirby) reset his own track record for 4-year-old pacing geldings Monday with a 1:50 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. It also established a new national season's mark for 4-year-old pacers on a half-mile racetrack. Sent for the lead from post position seven, the Village Jolt gelding made the lead in :26.3, before cruising to the ha...
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Certified Ideal takes F&M feature at Meadows

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Used twice in the race, Certified Ideal still was much the best in capturing Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Certified Ideal was looped from the gate by the 9-5 favorite, Foxy Lady, but found a seat fifth. When Tony Hall moved her first over, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last put Foxy Lady away in the final turn and scored in 1:5...
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Champion Matt's Scooter euthanized at age 29

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Matt's Scooter, at one time the breed's fastest horse and the grandsire of one of the breed's modern-day legends in Somebeachsomewhere, was euthanized on Monday, June 30, at Mid-Atlantic Equine Clinic in Ringoes, N.J. He was 29 years old and had been residing at Perretti Farms in New Jersey, where he had stood at stud virtually his entire siring career. In September 1988, Mike Lachance drov...
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Classic Martine takes Miss Versatility; Maven 5th

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Round two of the Miss Versatility Series for trotting mares and the second leg of the Summertime Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Monday evening card at Mohawk, with Classic Martine and Capozzo winning the respective assignments.   Fresh off her win in the Armbro Flight Stake Final on June 14, Classic Martine turned a two-hole trip into an easy vi...
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Horses from "Old Friends" book at Goshen

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Goshen Historic Track in New York will welcome a pair of celebrity guest outriders for the Friday, July 4, racing card. Leading the horses to post for the 1 p.m. card will be the 23-year-old former Standardbred racehorses Dreamy Starlet, ridden by her owner, Elizabeth Tewksbury, and McKeever Hanover, ridden by his owner Shelly Topham. The two are among the 43 horses featured in the new book St...
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Queen Bee to meet Royalty in Maturity

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Bee A Magician will try to return to her winning ways when she faces 13 male rivals–including last year's Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life–in Saturday's $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at Meadowlands Racetrack.   Last year, Bee A Magician won all 17 of her starts and was named Horse of the Year in the U.S. and Canada. This season, the mare is winl...
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Inaugural Hambletonian Maturity draws 14

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
The inaugural Hambletonian Maturity drew a full field of 14 trotters for the $484,850 mile and one-eighth event on July 5 at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Created by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands as a racing opportunity for the previous year's Hambletonian and Oaks-eligible horses, the event drew both the 2013 Oaks winner and Dan Patch Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician...
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Tall Cotton survives at The Meadows

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
 Tall Cotton hustled to the lead from post 6, then dug in late to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Tall Cotton, who had been performing most recently at Yonkers, blazed through three-quarters in a demanding 1:23.4, making him vulnerable to the first-over challenge of Tamarind. But when Dave Palone asked Tall Cotton for late t...
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Harrington 3FP record falls

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Garnet O’Marrow’s Seboomook Fool Yah ($6.20, Allan Davis) set a new track record Tuesday night at Harrington Raceway for 3-year-old pacing fillies with a 1:52.2 triumph.  The daughter of Gamblers Dream settled off a hotly contested pace in which Derek Delight parked Angelwithanattitude, while Seboomook Fool Yah gathered momentum following a brisk half-mile in 54.3 seconds. "Fool...
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Southwind Roulette fastest in PA All Stars

on 07/01/2014 2:00 AM
Southwind Roulette posted the fastest winning time out of five $30,400 divisions of Pennsylvania All Stars races for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Southwind Roulette (Somebeachsomewhere-Southwind Rio), driven by Corey Callahan for trainer Doulglas Lewis, won her split in 1:53:2. Other All Stars winners on the night: Macarena Mama (Mcardle-Hay Ma...
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My Little Bit 1:53.2 winner at Balmoral

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
It was only fitting that a stake named for a rugged Erv Miller trained filly was taken by another Miller trainee on Sunday night at Balmoral Park as Quaid Racing's My Little Bit hung on gamely to record a head decision in the $10,000 Mystical Victress Stake for ICF three-year-old pacing fillies. The final time was 1:53.2.   Confidently handled by driver Casey Leonard, the daughter o...
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Drew Campbell, Nick Roland hit milestones

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
Drew Campbell, a perennial power house at Scarborough Downs, secured career driving victory number 3,500 at the seaside oval on Sunday (June 29). Heading into the day, Campbell needed two wins to reach his latest milestone and quickly got on the winning stride, grabbing one of the victories in the second race with a gate-to-wire performance behind the pacing mare, Saturday Night Dancer. Campbe...
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Horton named Batavia track superintendent

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
Batavia Downs has named Ralph Horton as their new track superintendent, replacing Fran Mruczek who retired from that position at the end of the 2013 meeting.   Horton has been a regular at the Downs since the late 1960s when he started out as an owner-driver. In 1986 he left the sulky to work full time for Genesee Monroe Racing as a member of the track crew. When Western OTB purchas...
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Illinois racing leaders say buy Ill-bred yearlings

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association (IHHA) is urging horsemen to participate in upcoming yearling sales, reminding everyone that funding for the Illinois bred stakes program for 2015 should be very similar to 2014.   "The earnings potential for two-year-olds in 2015 should be substantial,” said IHHA President Dave McCaffrey. "We believe that the Illinois breeding prog...
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Sebastian K: "Possible to go under 1:49"

on 06/30/2014 2:00 AM
Sebastian K has gone faster than any trotter in history. And the 8-year-old star from Sweden might not be finished rewriting the record book.   "I think it is possible to go under 1:49,” said Ake Svanstedt, Sebastian K's trainer and driver, two days after Sebastian K set the world record with his 1:49 win in Saturday's Sun Invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. "Maybe at the...
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OSS Gold 3CP divisions held at Mohawk

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
Boomboom Ballykeel, Jet Airway, and Victor Bayama posted victories in the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night's card at Mohawk Racetrack.   Boomboom Ballykeel, who won the 2013 Metro Pace at Mohawk, zoomed to a 1:50.3 effort in the first division, giving him his second OSS Gold victory of the season. W...
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Jets Are On, Nitro Seelster win Tioga finals

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
The S & P Racing Stable's Jets Are On ($4.90) completed a series sweep in the $38,000 M&J Oil and Lube final for distaffers, while Sandbur Farms and Valarie Sutton's Nitro Seelster ($10.40) outsprinted a trio of Ron Burke trainees in the $46,000 Nichols True Value final on Sunday afternoon's Tioga Downs program.   The two late-closing series finals served as co-features...
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Gural Hanover sets Buffalo record in NYSS

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
 Gural Hanover smashed the all-age trotting record at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon by covering the mile in 1:56.1 over the lightning fast track to steal the spotlight in the second $61,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.   The old mark of 1:56.3 was shared by Scorpion Moon (2007), Delano (2012), Crazy About Pat (2013) and Lu...
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Shake It Cerry rocks in PA All Stars

on 06/29/2014 2:00 AM
Shake It Cerry bounced back from her first loss of the 2014 season with a victory in a division of the Pennsylvania All Stars on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were three $33,800 divisions of the All Stars races held at Pocono for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Shake It Cerry (Donato Hanover-Solveig), who was stymied by a world-record performance by Designed To Be in her ...
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