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PA-sired horses set earnings record

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
As of Oct. 21, Pennsylvania-sired 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers have earned $37,056,780 racing at the three Pennsylvania pari-mutuel racetracks, The Meadows, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Harrah's Philadelphia, in addition to the amounts earned at the 15 non-pari-mutuel Pennsylvania fair racetracks.   The amount does not include monies earned by Pennsylvania-sire...
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Kindergartners set to graduate Friday at Vernon

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
After five preliminary legs that began at the Meadowlands on Aug. 2 then wound through Tioga Downs and The Red Mile on their way to Vernon, the Kindergarten Trotting Classic finalists will vie for over $400,000 in total purses at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   It is ladies first in the eighth race where Yoga (Muscles Yankee) leads the way for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter from p...
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Will Takter be able to pass Kindergarten test?

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Jimmy Takter hopes that all Trixton, Yoga and Red Hot Spicy need to know they learned in kindergarten. More precisely, the Kindergarten Classic Series, which holds its finals for 2-year-old male and female trotters on Friday night at Vernon Downs.   Trixton, a colt, and the filly Yoga led their respective classes in points in the five-round series. Trixton won three of the four legs...
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Stallions return to races with qualifying wins

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Wednesday morning's qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack looked like a blast from the past as two horses that had been retired to stallion duty both returned to the races in impressive fashion.   The first horse to show up on the docket was 2011 Canadian Trotting Classic and O'Brien Award winner Daylon Magician. Now five, the son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel last saw action almos...
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A "white out" expected at Harrisburg Sale

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
When you've already beaten odds of 200,000–1, nothing else seems all that daunting.   The white Standardbred colt born May 6, 2012, and named White Bliss, is one of about 200,000 births among Standardbreds and a big surprise to all at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, N.J. He's the son of a bay stallion and a bay mare, with not a single white relative in the family tree.   ...
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McNair to represent Canada in France

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Doug McNair may need to brush up on his French as he will be representing Canada in the 2013 International Weekend of the French Trotter. The multi-day event, which will take place at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, will kick off Nov. 29 and conclude on Dec. 1.   "I definitely wasn't expecting that," said McNair. "It's exciting and it's going to be a lot of fun. I've never been to t...
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Blooded Horse Sale to offer 346 yearlings

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
The 66th annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale will offer 346 yearlings on the Monday of its four-day sale that begins Nov. 18. The yearlings include over 100 Ohio-breds led by a large Midland Acres consignment and 120 Indiana-breds. In addition, the Walnut Hall Ltd reduction has seven by Deweycheatumnhowe and two highly-prized Kentucky-sired yearlings. There are dozens of other yearlings f...
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DSBF trotting finals contested at Harrington

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the penultimate 2013 program at Harrington Raceway on Wednesday (Oct. 23). Owner/trainer Syl King, Jr.’s Whichwayrightrleft ($10.80, Ross Wolfenden) took the final for colts and geldings with a career best 2:01 triumph. The Crown Prince Gar gelding sat behind pacesetter LG’s Pride and sur...
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Freshmen wrap up INSS Finals at Hoosier

on 10/23/2013 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to a pair of $40,000 Indiana Silver Sire Stake finals on Wednesday, October 23 as the freshman trotters highlighted the 14-race card for the culmination of their Sire Stakes season. Highlight As and Ed Hensley swept the second round of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes and extended their win streak to five with a win in the $40,000 Indiana Silver...
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A Rocknroll Dance retired, to stand in PA

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
Multiple world champion and 2012 Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania, according to Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden.   A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2-'13, by Rocknroll Hanover and from a half-sister to supersire Western Hanover, won $2,429,441 and was th...
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Wrenn Jr. brings dash lead to Batavia Downs

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
Local harness racing fans are in for a treat Wednesday night as Ronnie Wrenn Jr., North America's leading driver in victories thus far in 2013, is scheduled to be in the sulky in nine of 12 races at Batavia Downs. First post is set for 6:30 p.m.   The 27-year-old Wrenn leads the way with 568 wins in 2,532 starts while placing second in 400 and third in 335. His Universal Driver's Rat...
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Hoosier Classic Sale to offer $1,000 sale credit

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
Buyers participating in Friday’s Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale will have an opportunity to win a $1,000 credit toward the purchase of a yearling. The sale credit will be drawn prior to Hoosier Classic’s first session, Oct. 25, beginning at 10 a.m. The credit is offered by sponsor Tribute Equine Nutrition. The Hoosier Classic Sale will consist of two sessions held Oct. 25 and 26 a...
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CHHA offering 50 50 raffle at Harrisburg

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
The Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association is offering a 50 50 raffle to be drawn at the Harrisburg Sale. Winners need not be present. Combine your year end tax deductible donations with a chance to win big. For every $5 donation, the name(s) you submit will be entered in our drawing on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the Harrisburg Sale. For a $25 donation we will give you 6 chances or f...
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$5,000 prize won in Breeders Crown challenge

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne held the $12,000 Breeders Crown Pick 13 Challenge on Saturday night. While no one walked away with the $12,000 Grand Prize, Rich Christianson did win $5,000. Christianson, of Belleville, NJ, managed to select 9 of 12 winners on the Breeders Crown card. The contest was sponsored by Jeff Gural's Allerage Farms.   Meadowlands Racing & Entertainme...
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Elim fields set for Messenger, Lady Maud

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
A total of 10 three-year-olds--eight colts and two geldings--were entered for Yonkers Raceway's Messenger Stakes, final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. The 58th Messenger offers a total purse of $530,000. The number means the event--final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown--necessitated eliminations for the first time since 2007. A pair of $40,000 elims (races 6 and 7 on the 13-race card) go t...
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Total handle up 27% at Hoosier Park

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
At a time when most tracks consider the status quo to be a great accomplishment when it comes to maintaining handle, Hoosier Park has bucked the trend with a sensational all-sources handle increase of 27% through the first 140 days of the meet. Building on the successes of the 2012 Standardbred season, Hoosier Park's 20th season of live harness racing continues to produce encouraging gains on ...
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Meadowlands winter late closers announced

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
The opening of the Meadowlands Fall Meet in the brand new grandstand on Nov. 23 is now just a month away. Looking beyond the balance of 2013, dates for 2014 are awaiting regulatory approval. The 2014 racing season will be comprised of 81 dates. Headlined by the Hambletonian, Meadowlands Pace and the the Breeders Crown championships, purses for next year's stakes program will top...
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Carol's Comet takes Lightning Lane to victory

on 10/22/2013 2:00 AM
Carol's Comet stalked wicked fractions from the pocket, then zipped by in the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Foreclosure N took the field through a speedy three-quarters in 1:22.4 but could not shake Carol's Comet. When Aaron Merriman pointed Carol's Comet to the Lightning Lane, the 4-year-old Yankee Cr...
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Scott Zeron moving base to Meadowlands

on 10/21/2013 2:00 AM
Scott Zeron, the 2012 Rising Star Award winner, will make the Meadowlands his home beginning with the grand opening of the new facility on Saturday, Nov. 23. Zeron will make the transition to the United States and will be a Meadowlands regular for the upcoming meet.   Zeron, who became the youngest driver in history to reach 2,000 wins on March 21, said that this was not an easy deci...
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Burke Stable's Run And Tell Pap takes feature

on 10/21/2013 2:00 AM
Desperate for late room, Run And Tell Pap found it in the Lightning Lane and brushed to victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Run And Tell Pap was enjoying a pocket trip behind his stablemate, Summer Indian, when the 19-1 Rembrandt Spur rallied wide in the stretch with plenty of momentum. Mike Wilder steered Run And Tell Pap to the Lightning Lane just in ti...
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