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St Lads Zena posts upset at Buffalo

on 04/09/2014 2:00 AM
What a difference a week makes. St Lads Zena ($18.60) was overlooked by the betting public in Wednesday evening's $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway but she rewarded her faithful backers by rallying for a half length victory over a stunned Heavenly Place in a seasonal best of 1:56.3. Last week at the same level, St Lads Zena scored from the rail and went wire-to-wire, r...
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I Love My Boss wins $100K DSBF Trot Final

on 04/09/2014 2:00 AM
I Like My Boss continued his domination in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Male Trot final keeping his record perfect by winning  the third of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week on the penultimate day of Dover Downs season, Wednesday, April 9 at Dover Downs. Driver Jonathan Roberts was content to sit back sixth until reaching the backstretch then he unc...
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Steppin Out wins Meadows series opener

on 04/09/2014 2:00 AM
Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday’s opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato’s Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for the Ron Burke stable. Steppin Out took...
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Jolene's Pinehonker redeemed in Pompano win

on 04/09/2014 2:00 AM
Jolene's Pinehonker, who made an untimely miscue turning for home last week, redeemed himself on Wednesday night with a sharp 1:56.1 win for Mark O'Mara in Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Handicap Trot. The five year-old son of Pinetucky, owned by Lester Raber, edged passed a game Lugar, driven by Bruce Ranger, in mid-stretch to score by a length. My Revenuer, handled by Bryce Fenn, cl...
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Dough Dough & Clementine Dream win Weiss splits

on 04/09/2014 2:00 AM
Dough Dough and Clementine Dream each controlled matters on the front end as heavy favorites to win races in the Bobby Weiss series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. There were two Weiss divisions held for three and four-year-old fillies and mares on the trot, each carrying a purse of $15,000. Dough Dough (CR Excalibur-Rising Dough), trained by Gail Wrubel and driven by M...
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Chalk rules in Lifetime Dream Series opener

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
Thirteen trotting mares made their way to Woodbine Racetrack Monday evening to kick off the opening round of the Lifetime Dream Series.   Rockin With Dewey looked every bit the part of a 1-5 favorite as she captured the first $18,000 division in 1:56.1. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Rockin With Dewey scored by a commanding 5 1/4 lengths to celebrate her 10th career tally.   Baillarg...
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Fashion Guru wins DSBF 3FP final in style

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
There was a mild surprise Monday in the $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace final at Dover Downs when Fashion Guru went right to the front for Tim Tetrick and never looked back fashioning a 1:54.3 triumph.   Second in both her $20,000 preliminaries, this time the Ben Stafford-trained filly for Winbak Farm took control early with a :26.3...
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Axios fastest in TSM Photo Bugger splits

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
Axios enjoyed a cozy pocket trip, then brushed through the Lightning Lane to capture the fastest opening-leg division in Monday's TSM Photo Bugger Trot at The Meadows. Upfront Billy Boy and Andover The Gold also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters. The event is named for TSM Photo Bugger, Ted Tomson's hard-hitting trotter who competes regularly in Preferred...
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Stakes payments due April 15

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stakes are due Tuesday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 4, must be postmarked by midnight on Wednesday, April 16.   With the exception of the Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway, the only payments due on April 15 are those that required previous payments in March.   An additional $1,500...
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Youthful Series continues at Woodbine

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
Sophomore pacing colts and geldings were showcased Monday evening at Woodbine in the second round of the Youthful Series.   Andreios Kardia, driven by Steve Byron, captured the first of two divisions in 1:55.4 over a "good" track.   Byron was in no hurry at the start as Regal Son (Randy Waples) made his way to the front to lead the field of six past the first quarter in ...
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Ontario Sires Stakes schedule announced

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
The 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule of races is now available and is posted on the OSS website at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/.   The OSS events have been assigned to those Ontario racetracks that currently have approved race dates for 2014.   The schedule section of the website will be updated shortly, and the draw dates and times will be added when that informa...
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Injury sidelines top 3CP Arthur Blue Chip

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
Last year's O'Brien Award winning 2-year-old colt pacer Arthur Blue Chip has been sidelined and will miss the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup.   In a conversation with Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider on Monday, the colt's trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore reported from Florida that the son of Shadow Play suffered an unspecified stall injury a few weeks back, and that injury wi...
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Deja vu all over again for Diamond Tiara

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
It's déjà vu all over again at Monticello Raceway with a local pacer, Diamond Tiara, vaulting to the top of the North American leaderboard after she notched her ninth seasonal triumph Monday at the Sullivan County (N.Y.) oval.   With Jimmy Taggart Jr. again at the controls Diamond Tiara wired the field to score in 1:58.1.   After starting from the two ho...
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RCI conference on Racing & Wagering opens

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
RCI's 80th annual conference on Racing and Wagering Integrity opened this week in Lexington with calls for increased diligence on the part of the United States Federal government to commit resources and enforce its current laws governing compounding pharmacies and the distribution and use of illegal substances which are being confiscated by commission investigators at racetracks.   ...
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Canadian Hall of Fame announces '14 inductees

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2014 inductees. A total of 14 horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame. The Standardbred inductees are Male Horse Category: Rocknroll Hanover; Female Horse Category: Dreamfair Eternal; Veteran Horse Category: Albatross; Trainer/Driver Category: Wally Hennessey; Builder Category: Dr. Ted Clarke; Builder Category: R...
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Moran reflects on 50-year career at Vernon

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
In 1962, a young man named Jim Moran ventured from his home in Springfield, Mass., to central New York at the suggestion of his uncle Bud Hebert. Hebert, the Vernon Downs racecaller, would see his nephew assume the Clerk of Course position for that first season there. Moran then took on the role of assistant race secretary the subsequent season, and in 1964 would become the full-time announcer...
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Cammikey, Mattamerican win series divisions

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
Cammikey exploded to the front at the quarter and widened his advantage from there, rolling to an easy victory in Tuesday's opening leg of the Visible Gold Pace at The Meadows. Mattamerican took the other $17,500 division in the series for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, which is named for Visible Gold, a fast-class performer from the Ron Burke Stable.   Using Lasix for the firs...
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First installment of Road to Meadowlands Pace

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
With the Championship Meet at The Meadowlands nearly upon us, The Road to The Meadowlands Pace has begun.   The 2014 Road to the Pace is quite different than the 2013 edition. One year ago, just 30 horses were nominated with 29 still eligible after the first sustaining payment. A large factor in this was the presence of Captaintreacherous. With no standout performer and changes ...
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Overnight Hit wins $100k Delaware Breeders final

on 04/08/2014 2:00 AM
Overnight Hit overtook front-stepping Kelsey's Commando on the final turn and then sped to a 1:59 success in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Trot final, the second of four $100,000 DSBF finals this week at Dover Downs, on Tuesday, April 8.   Art Stafford Jr. trains, drives and co-owns Overnight Hit with Wyatt Starkey. The Giant Hit-Overnight ...
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Pennington, HTA Groom of the Year, talks horses

on 04/07/2014 2:00 AM
Rob Pennington spends a lot of time preparing horses for the limelight, but recently received his own turn in the spotlight when he was named 2013 Groom of the Year in an annual competition sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms and Harness Tracks of America.   A native of Marion, Ohio, the 33-year-old Pennington has worked as a harness racing caretaker for 17 years. He now lives in centra...
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