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24-1 Isabella's Magic upsets in Meadows feature

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
Pouncing on the tiring leaders, Isabella’s Magic circled from worst to first and pulled off a 24-1 shocker in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Isabella’s Magic was ninth at the quarter and still trailed by 4-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters. But aided by a hot pace and multiple lead changes, the 6-year-old daughter of Blissful Hall-Follow Th...
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Quick Deal lowers own world record at Yonkers

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
Quick Deal (George Brennan) became Quicker Deal Friday night, bettering his own Yonkers Raceway track--and world--record on Friday night.   Leaving from post position No. 5--the same starting stop from his previous record Oct. 15--in the $25,000, 11th-race trot----the 2-5 choice was three-wide early before making the lead. He did just that before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, rated ...
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Dedi’s Dragon stuns at Hoosier Park

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
As Al Michaels once said, "Do you believe in Miracles?” While it might not be of the same magnitude as the United States beating the Soviets in the 1980 Winter Olympics, Ron Burke certainly believes in his three-year-old pacing colt, Dedi’s Dragon, after tonight’s stunning performance. At odds of 43-1, Dedi’s Dragon pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as he was able...
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Bell on The Captain:We got beat fair and square

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
"We got beat fair and square."  Those were the first words Captaintreacherous Racing's Myron Bell told harnessracing.com's Gordon Waterstone when he came back to his table in the Hoosier Park dining room Friday night after Captaintreacherous suffered a stunning defeat by a half length to Dedi's Dragon in the $252,000 Monument Circle. It was just the second loss of the year in 14 star...
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Dr. Jay Hansen, farm & racetrack vet, dies

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
Veterinarian Jay Clayton Hansen, 89, died Oct. 26 in Richmond, Utah. A native of Utah, Dr. Hansen had resided in his home state for the past dozen or so years after retiring from his equine practice.   Dr. Hansen practiced veterinary medicine at California racetracks, both harness and Thoroughbred. Among his clients was top Thoroughbred traine...
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Grey Ghost race held at Pocono

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hosted the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace--for all gray or roan horses. the race was held on Wednesday night, Oct. 30--what is traditionally known as Mischief Night. A field of eight ghostly grays were led in post parade by outrider Gary Scott, dressed as the Headless Horseman. Favorite Gotta Love Him shot out of the gate, driven by Matt Kakaley, ...
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Conger family wins on and off racetrack

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
The Conger family is finding success in harness racing both on and off the racetrack. Hudson, Ohio's Jeff Conger trained Colby D to victory in the ninth race on Wednesday (October 30) at Northfield Park, a mere two days after the Harness Tracks of America announced that his daughter, Ashley Conger, is one of three recipients of a $5,000 scholarship. Wednesday's triumph marks the fifth win t...
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Sandalonia captures Sunshine State 2FP final

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
Sandalonia, given a superb drive by Mickey McNichol, rolled by the 1-2 toteboard favorite, JD Eleven Bells (Rick Plano), in midstretch to capture the $10,000 final of the Sunshine State Stake for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Pompano Park on Wednesday night.   The consistent daughter of Six Of Diamonds, trained by Sandy Hollon for owner Heddy Nelson, pushed her scorecard to 3-3-2 in ...
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New Horsemen's Reward Program at Meadowlands

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands will implement a Horsemen's Reward Program when it re-opens for live racing on Nov. 23. The track issued the following statement Thursday:   To those of you who plan to race at the Meadowlands when we reopen in November, at the request of the SBOANJ, we have agreed to implement a Horsemen's Reward Program when taking entries for overnight races through the beginning ...
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Foiled Again still amazes as he heads to Hoosier

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
Concert promoter Bill Graham once said of the Grateful Dead, "They're not the best at what they do; they're the only ones who do what they do.”   It seems like the same line could be modified to describe Foiled Again.   At the age of 9, Foiled Again is the only one who does what he does.   "He's not the best or the fastest or most talented, but he knows how t...
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Stakes, Harrisburg featured in Weekend Preview

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
A big weekend of racing begins Friday at Hoosier Park where three recent Breeders Crown champions are in action—Captaintreacherous, Spider Blue Chip and Foiled Again—and the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details. Also, be sure to check out our special Harrisburg Sale Preview pages, especially if you're planning on finding next year's star 2 year olds. Included is a look bac...
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Dan Patch champ returns to Hoosier Park

on 10/31/2013 2:00 AM
After an impressive victory earlier this season in Hoosier Park's signature event, the $200,000 Dan Patch Invitational, Bolt the Duer will return to Hoosier Park once again with an eagerness to defend his Hoosier Park winning streak. The 4-year-old son of Ponder will get the opportunity to visit Hoosier Park's winner's circle once more on Friday as he faces nine other rivals in the $223,5...
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Retired CHHA director Weldon Stockwell dies

on 10/30/2013 2:00 AM
Weldon Stockwell, 88, of Sunbury, Ohio, died Monday, Oct. 28, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.   He was born June 30, 1925, in Trenton Township to the late Clarence C. and Opal V. (Leak) Stockwell. A 1943 graduate of Sunbury High School, Mr. Stockwell served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He went on to marry the love of his life, Nancy (Beacom) Stockwell on Oct. ...
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Simpsons set for Friday at Vernon Downs

on 10/30/2013 2:00 AM
The John F. Simpson Memorial Stakes, a Grand Circuit event for 2-year-old pacers and trotters, makes a stop at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   The freshman trotting colts start the show in Races 1 and 3 dubbed the "Super Bowl", with a pair of five-horse fields each for a purse of $13,271. Trainer Chris Ryder has a Muscle Hill contender in each division and has an ownership posi...
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Vinci romps by 12 in Godfather Pace

on 10/30/2013 2:00 AM
The Italian Americans now have someone to cheer for in Monticello Raceway's Heritage Drivers Series finale after Rock Vinci drove Southwind to an easy 2:00 triumph in this year's Godfather Pace on Monday afternoon.   The race, which featured drivers of Italian extraction, was the seventh leg of the year-long series and now Vinci will join the winners of the previous preliminary...
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Captaintreacherous aims for 7 in a row

on 10/30/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous added to his list of accomplishments when he won the Breeders Crown on Oct. 19, but his work is not finished. The 3-year-old colt pacer heads to Hoosier Park on Friday night to face a field of nine foes in the $252,000 Monument Circle. The race is part of a stakes-filled card that also includes the $286,500 Carl Erskine for 3-year-old trotters and the $223,500 Hoosier P...
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Ohio Sires Stakes finals bumped to $200,000

on 10/30/2013 2:00 AM
At a meeting of the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) Committee Wednesday,  the three-member panel approved increases for 2014 that include guaranteed purses of $200,000 in each of eight Ohio Sires Stakes championships.   Purses for races leading up to the championships were also increased. Each of 32 preliminary races will be worth at least $40,000 if two or more divis...
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Photo Surprise takes Cardinal at Balmoral

on 10/30/2013 2:00 AM
Fresh off the two biggest wins in his career, Jerry Graham's Photo Surprise continued his late season surge towards divisional honors among the Illinois conceived and foaled two-year-old colt trotting set as he cruised to an easy 3 ¾ length victory in 1:59.2 in Wednesday's $42,200 Cardinal Stake at Balmoral Park.   Confidently handled by driver Mike Oosting, the gelded son of ...
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Brower joins Cal Expo handicapping team

on 10/29/2013 2:00 AM
Fans will be getting some extra insight into the popular Pick 4 at Cal Expo as noted handicapper and author Dave Brower will be lending his expertise beginning Friday night, Nov. 1, as he puts up sample tickets and interacts with track announcer Gary Seibel on the simulcast.   "I've been an avid harness racing fan since age 10 and I suppose I've worked in just about every aspec...
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Four-bagger gives Henry his 5,000th victory

on 10/29/2013 2:00 AM
Perhaps it was a Halloween omen when Monster In Law crossed the wire first in Monday afternoon's ninth race at The Raceway at Western Fair District, giving driver Trevor Henry career win number 5,000.   The 8-year-old gelding was pointed to the front from the outside post seven and, once on the lead, did not look back in posting a 1:55.3 score--his 31st career win.   ...
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