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Blue Chip Matchmaker continues at Yonkers

on 03/29/2014 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward.   The first event saw pole-sitting Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton, $11.80) retake from Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then paced away from the premises (:57, 1:25, season's-best ...
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JK Letitgo stretches win streak to 7

on 03/29/2014 2:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands offered co-features with a top field of pacing mares up first in the $25,000 A/B Handicap eighth race. JK Letitgo continued her form spree for Delaware connections winning her seventh straight since her purchase from the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale for a price of $65,000, earning a sub 1:50 record in the process.   The Western Ideal mare was held o...
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American Girl wins 2014 debut at Hoosier Park

on 03/29/2014 2:00 AM
American Girl and Peter Wrenn made their seasonal debut a winning one at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino as they captured the featured event, a $22,000 Invitational pace for fillies and mares, on Friday. After winning an epic stretch duel, the 5-year-old mare bested her rivals with a final time of 1:55.2 in front of a packed house that turned out for the opening night of the season. ...
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Blossom 3FP Series underway at Woodbine

on 03/29/2014 2:00 AM
Thirteen sophomore pacing fillies made their way to Woodbine Racetrack on Friday evening to contest in the opening round of the Blossom Series.   Heavily-favored Rock N Roll Xample and Violet Bayama captured there respective $15,000 splits in races one and two.   Sent off at 1-5, Rock N Roll Xample and Randy Waples was much the best in 1:54.1.   Waples elected ...
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Imagine Hanover romps by 11 in Weaver final

on 03/29/2014 2:00 AM
Imagine Hanover completed his sweep of the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows by romping away with Friday's $27,750 championship and rolling up a combined, four-leg victory margin of 36 3/4 lengths.   Also taking series championships were Partyatbartsplace — who also swept his four legs — Hierarchy and Stirling Bella. Brett Miller (Imagine Hanover, Hierarchy) and Aaron Merr...
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Elite Awards wins fastest of DSBF 3CP splits

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
Elite Awards won the fastest of three $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 Three-Year-Old Male pace preliminaries, with Casino Bags Carlo and Go Big Spinder, the others while Emeritus Maximus takes the $30,000 Preferred Handicap on a speed-filled Thursday at Dover Downs.   George Dennis took Elite Awards to the front and continued on for a 1:54.2 success ...
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Up Front Kellie Joe repeats at Northfield

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
Last weeks feature winner, Up Front Kellie Jo was up to the task again in the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Thursday in Northfield Park's 10th race. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners C. Ed Mullinax and Mark Ford. Josh Sutton has been in the bike for the consecutive victories.   Up Front Kellie Jo (Bettor's Delight-Life's Highway-Life Sign) started from the secon...
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Two horses die in Flamboro race accident

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
The final race on Thursday's 12-race card at Flamboro Downs was declared a "no contest" by the ORC Judges following a first-turn accident that eventually led to a head-on collision later in the race and the death of two horses.   Banana Joes Bar (J. Bradley Harris) made a break in stride going into the first turn when making a bid for the lead, and that set off a chain reaction...
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Cat Manzi retires from driving

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
Racing fans of every generation will no longer be seeing the familiar blue and white colors of long time fan favorite and Hall of Famer Catello Manzi behind the starting gate.   During the course of a 40-year career, Manzi has endured plenty of hard knocks—more broken bones that he can remember and multiple concussions. For Manzi, all of these things have been just obstacles to be...
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28 nominated to Prix d'Ete 4-year-old pace

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
Excitement is the air as 28 nominations from the top 4-year-old pacers in North America were received for the Sept. 21 harness celebration at Hippodrome 3R for the renewal of the Prix d'Été. The race will be the richest purse for 4-year-old pacers in 2014 at $200,000. In fact nine of the top 10 three-year-old money winning colts and geldings of 2013 were nominated.   T...
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Horses escape barn fire at Saratoga Harness

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
The Times Union of Albany has reported at least 30 horses were able to escape a barn fire at Saratoga Harness Raceway early Friday morning. The fire started around 6 a.m. in Barn 15, beginning in a tack room before moving into the attic.   Saratoga Springs firefighters were able to contain the blaze by 7 a.m. The firefighters, along with track security guards and horsemen helped e...
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Rare pinto in training at The Meadows

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
The freshman pacer White Bliss may have garnered all of the attention last fall due to his pure white appearance, but at The Meadows, an unusual trotter has picked up quite a following thanks to her "fancy” look.   Fancy Sierra Star is a rarity in her own right. She is a pinto Standardbred, getting her coloring from her second dam. A daughter of Sierra Kosmos out of a Lark's Crown...
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Chocolate Delight double pleasure for Hegdals

on 03/28/2014 2:00 AM
Chocolate Delight is a pleasure for the Hegdal family, whether he is on the racetrack or in the show ring.   The 4-year-old gelding trotter, who races Sunday in the second round of the Bobby Weiss Series at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, captured last year's New Jersey Futurity for trainer Oyvind Hegdal and his wife, Camilla, who owns the horse. Chocolate Delight also won numerous rib...
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DSBF 3CT preliminaries continue at Dover

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
I Like My Boss, Briefs Or Boxers and Bosston BNZ won their 1st leg $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $20,000 three-year-old male trot preliminaries on Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Unbeaten I Like My Boss extended his win streak to five as Jonathan Roberts steered the altered son of Don Boss Vita-Wild One to an easy 2:01.1 victory in the first $20,000 prelim. Ji...
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Perfect Alliance six-for-six after Pocono win

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
Driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller dominated Bobby Weiss Series action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as Take The Money and Perfect Alliance each stayed unbeaten in 2014 with victories.   Overall there were three Weiss divisions held at Pocono for 3- and 4-year-old trotting fillies and mares, with each of those races carrying a purse of $15,000...
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Heavenly Place wins for second straight week

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
Heavenly Place is finding the winner's circle at Buffalo Raceway to be just that--a heavenly place.   For the second straight week, Heavenly Place ($5.10) was much the best as she rolled to victory in the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday evening. She comfortably beat Ugly Betty by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:58.1.   It looked like an instant rep...
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Meadows hosting College Games Charity

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce its first ever College Games for Charity. The event will take place this Friday night, March 28 at The Meadows. Students representing several area colleges will compete in five events, including a handicapping challenge, an egg and spoon race, basketball shooting contest, a corn hole game and a bowling challenge. The te...
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Campbell returns to sulky Friday night

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
John Campbell, harness racing's all-time leading money winning driver with more than $285 million in career earnings, returns to the sulky on Friday night at the Meadowlands.   Campbell has been out of action for six weeks due to a fractured collarbone sustained in a non-racing accident. He has drives­­­ in nine of the 13 (two of those are restricted to amateur drivers)...
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Foiled Again makes 200th start on Saturday

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
Foiled Again turns 200 Saturday night.   Well, not exactly. He's a spry 10 year old, but harness racing's richest-ever pacer makes his 200th career purse start in the second round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   He landed post position 4 in race 11, the evening's fourth and final Levy division. It appears a simple task, with Foi...
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Hoosier Park launches social media campaign

on 03/27/2014 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, now in its 21st season of live harness racing, announced Thursday the launch of a comprehensive social media campaign to raise awareness and engagement around this year's live racing season that is set to begin on Friday, March 28.   The campaign will utilize a range of leading social media sites and technologies to generate visibility and buz...
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