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Kayla Grace wins Northfield's Wallflower final

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
Kayla Grace was most impressive, winning the $15,000 final of the Wallflower Series on Thursday at Northfield Park. The sophomore filly is owned by the Michigan-based partnership of ECS Racing and Kevin St Charles. Her trainer, Steve Novak, called upon Skip DeMull for the winning drive.   Kayla Grace (He's All That-A Maze Of Grace-Cole Muffler) drew post three in a field of ni...
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Frost Free Hanover stays hot in PA Stallion Series

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
Frost Free Hanover rolled to a front-end victory in Thursday's $60,000 Pennsylvania Stallions Series stake at The Meadows, his fifth consecutive win and his second in the stallions series. The event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was conducted over three divisions, with Explosive Cash and Kapow Hanover taking the other splits.   Frost Free Hanover compiled his streak by ta...
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Smith set to drive Let's Drink On It in SBSW

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
Tyler Smith imagined a day when he would get the chance to be the regular driver of a Grand Circuit horse. In his mind, he thought the opportunity might come a decade from now. In reality, it is now.   The 21-year-old Smith, who last season was the leading driver at Hoosier Park and became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 career wins, will be the regular driver of 3-year-old male ...
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Sweet Lou streaking into Roll With Joe

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
Larry Karr hopes the "sweet” is back in Sweet Lou. Karr, who is among the owners of the 5-year-old male pacer, has watched Sweet Lou win back-to-back starts for the first time since June 2012, a span of 44 races.   Sweet Lou heads to Sunday's $160,000 Roll With Joe for older male pacers off consecutive victories in the TVG Free For All Series at the Meadowlands, with his most recen...
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Common bet platform improves Ont. experience

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) on Friday announced another advancement in enhancing the fan and horseplayer experience at racetracks across Ontario.   AmTote, the betting tote machines already prevalent at Woodbine and Mohawk, will be deployed at all racetracks in the Standardbred Alliance across the province.   The AmTote devices, which offer cutting edge bet ta...
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Lutetium ties trot mark at Buffalo

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
Lutetium is on a run at Buffalo Raceway. Already dominating the Open Trot competition at Buffalo Raceway, he stepped it up even more Friday night (May 30) when he tied the all-aged track record for trotters on the half-mile oval with a 1-3/4 length victory over BZ Glide in a sizzling 1:56.3 over the fast track in the featured $10,500 event. The time tied the record set by Scorpion Moon (2007)...
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Track record for O Narutac Perfetto in OSS

on 05/30/2014 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colts kicked off their 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes season in four $52,500 Gold divisions Friday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District, part of the undercard of the London, Ontario, track’s richest night of the season featuring their signature race, The Molson Pace. All four OSS winners have pedigrees deep in OSS talent. The fourth and final split sa...
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Father Patrick brings streak to PASS Friday

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Juvenile champion Father Patrick brings a 10-race winning streak to the Meadows for Friday's $211,700 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for sophomore colt and gelding trotters, but Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter said the streak is the farthest thing from his mind.   "I don't think like that,” Takter said. "They're horses. They win, they get beat. I don't worry about things like that....
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Doug Ackerman funeral on June 3 in Pinehurst

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Arrangements have been set for Hall of Fame horseman Doug Ackerman, who died early Wednesday morning, May 28, at the age of 86.   The Ackerman family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m. at Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst on Tuesday, June 3, prior to a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Holly Inn in Pinehurst.   Memorial contributions may be dir...
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49 still eligible for Pepsi North America Cup

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
The connections of 49 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have kept their charges eligible to the 31st edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup by making the final May 15 sustaining payment.   Eliminations for the North America Cup are scheduled for Saturday, June 7, at Mohawk Racetrack, while the rich final is scheduled to be raced Saturday, June 14, at the Campbellvi...
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Meadowlands Pace has 47 eligibles

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
After the final sustaining payment, 47 three-year-old pacers remain eligible for the 35th edition of the Meadowlands Pace.   Last year, The Meadowlands Pace was won by Captaintreacherous who went on to become the Dan Patch Award Winner as champion 3-year-old pacer as well as Pacer of the Year for the second consecutive season. While Captaintreacherous was a dominant force in the 3-...
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Precocious Beauty to make debut in NYSS

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
The 2013 Dan Patch Award winner in the 2-year-old pacing filly division, Precocious Beauty, makes her 2014 debut on Friday in a $41,300 division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs. Precocious Beauty races in the first of three divisions and is the 5-2 second choice on the morning line. "I've already got the butterflies, that's for sure,” said breeder-owner Jim Avritt Sr. "She c...
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Bandolito is the Molson "Mystery Horse"

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
A familiar face, and former leading driver at The Raceway at Western Fair District, is coming back to London for the Molson Pace. Mark MacDonald has been one of North America's top pilots for many years, but this is one race he has yet to win.   "I've been in ‘The Pace' with some very nice horses,” he said. "Tigerama set the track record there (1:50.4 in 2008) in his elimination...
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Clear Vision looks for second Roll With Joe

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
After prevailing in the Levy consolation at Yonkers in April, Clear Vision has his sights set on a second triumph in the $160,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace, which headlines Sunday afternoon's stakes-laden program at Tioga Downs.   Formerly known as the Bettor's Delight, the Roll With Joe was unveiled in 2010 by Tioga Downs and Blue Chip Farms. Clear Vision (post 9) and Matt Kakal...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
The stakes season really heats up this weekend as the top 3-year-old colt pacers will be in action in the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk and the Rooney at Yonkers on Saturday. In stories in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Joe Holloway has Always B Miki primed for a big effort in a SBSW division, while Dave Menary hopes He's Watching rebounds off a sub-par effort last ti...
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Western Vintage looks to defend NJSS crown

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Trainer Nancy Johansson might keep an eye on the racing in Canada on Saturday night, but her primary focus will be on her own horse at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Johansson's Western Vintage, one of the most highly regarded 3-year-old male pacers in North America, is the 3-5 morning line favorite in his division's $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship at the Big M. Sire Stak...
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Rose Run Parker equals Hoosier record in INSS

on 05/29/2014 2:00 AM
Rose Run Parker turned in a gritty performance to find the winner's circle Thursday night at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in the opening round of the $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, and extended his win streak to seven in the process. Reaching the wire in 1:54.1, Ron Burke's Rose Run Parker established a new lifetime mark and remains undefeat...
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Hoosier hosts opening round of Indiana SS

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
The opening round of Indiana Sires Stakes action highlighted the Wednesday, May 28 program at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and featured four divisions of $20,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for three-year-old filly trotters. Each filly was aiming to earn a spot in the first of five $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final slated for June 7 at Hoosier Park. The two-time Indiana Sire Stakes Champion...
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Tour Hall takes Cardinal thriller at Balmoral

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Sophomore trotting colts received top billing on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 state-bred three-year-olds battled in a $47,100 Cardinal Stake. Once again the sidewinders in this division provided another thrilling finish as Mike Brink & Loren Tournear’s Tour Hall stuck a nostril in front right at the finish line to edge Fox Valley Veto in 1:56.1. Sent to the top ...
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Hall of Famer Doug Ackerman dies at 86

on 05/28/2014 2:00 AM
Hall of Fame horseman,Douglas J. Ackerman, 86, died Wednesday, May 28, in North Carolina after an illness of almost two years.   He was one of the most respected trainers in harness racing and widely admired for his innate horsemanship, ironclad integrity, and memorable sense of humor. His fellow horsemen held him in the highest esteem, and that is the ultimate complimentin his...
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