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Intimidate to race Monday as Crown prep

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
You can tell from talking to trainer Luc Blais that he's familiar with the old adage, "If you take care of the horse the horse will take care of you."   Blais, the trainer of last year's sophomore Breeders Crown champion Intimidate, seems to have no set plans other than to let his horse dictate a course of action. After capturing the $214,000 Credit Winner at Vernon Downs on Sept. 6...
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Will Breeders Crown 2FT be one for the ages?

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
Earlier this year at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs when Cooler Schooner trotted the fastest mile ever by a 2-year-old filly there were many in the harness world unwilling to believe a 1:51.3 mile was possible. In that Pennsylvania Sires Stakes mile the Jim Campbell-trained filly defeated Merrie Annabelle champion Shake It Cerry, a filly driver Ron Pierce had earlier proclaimed "The best 2-year-o...
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Woodbine Group responds to 5-year plan

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), Canada's largest horse racing company and owner and operator of Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks, today issued the following statement from Nick Eaves, president and CEO, in response to the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel's Five-Year Plan:   "Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) thanks Premier Wynne  and the Horse Racing Industry ...
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Average price up 18.6% at Indiana Premier Sale

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
The Indiana Premier Yearling Sale, held Thursday and Friday (Oct. 10 and 11) at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, concluded late Friday afternoon and posted an 18.6 percent increase in the average price. The average climbed from $7,711 in 2012 to $9,127, with 49 fewer horses sold this year. The median price—the point where half the horses were sold for more and half for less—a...
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Shake It Cerry, Cooler Schooner win 2FT elims

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
Shake It Cerry regained winning form converting a pocket trip and trotting by stablemate Lifetime Pursuit to capture the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Fashion Farms' Cooler Schooner, with John Campbell in the bike, went wire to wire to easily win the second Breeders Crown elim. The Broadway Hall filly, trained by Jim Campbell, won this m...
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Gallie Bythe Beach, Allstar Rating win 2FP elims

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
The Campbell brothers -- driver John and trainer Jim  --continued their hot hand with Gallie Bythe Beach blasting to a 1:50.3 victory in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for juvenile pacing fillies. Gallie Bythe Beach a daughter of past Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria took control of the race with an alert leave and never looked back.   Soaring ...
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Father Patrick sets world record in Crown elim

on 10/11/2013 2:00 AM
Heavy favorite Father Patrick (Yannick Gingras) wore down Nuncio (John Campbell) after a stretch duel to win the single elimination for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in a world record clocking of 1:52.1. Finishing third through seventh to earn a spot in the final were Another Transcript (Corey Callahan), Expressive Action (Ron Pierce), Southwind Spirit (Brian Sears), Auspicious...
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LG's Pride fastest in DSBF 2CT divisions

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
Five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program.   Two early non-wagering contests started the program with Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) prevailing in the first division for colts in 2:05.4. The CR Commando gelding notched his first win in his first lifetime start for t...
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Lugar wins Pompano feature

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
Lugar captured the $10,000 featured trot on Wednesday night at Pompano Park while driver Stephane Lareau was the driving star on the strength of a grand slam performance.   The Florida-bred Lugar, handled by Tom Sells for trainer Mark Friedman and the Polo Stables, inherited the lead on the backstretch when favored She's All In, driven by Rick Plano, made a costly miscue, and went on...
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I Luv The Nitelife sharp in Pocono qualifier

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
Champion 3-year-old pacing filly I Luv The Nitelife showed she loves the daylife as well Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, staying sharp for next week's $500,000 Breeders Crown divisional championship with a 1:52.4 in-command qualifying victory.   Tim Tetrick sent the sophomore dynamo straight to the lead from post 6 and posted splits of :29, :57.4, and 1:25.4, then bulleted ...
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Muscle On It 2:00.2 NJ Futurity winner

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
Chocolate Day and Muscle On In turned in winning performances in New Jersey Futurities for 2-year-old trotters on Thursday (Oct. 10) at Freehold Raceway. In the third race, Chocolate Day battled Choco Sun, prevailing for a length and a half victory in the $14,500 division. It was three and a half lengths to Hot Type in third. All three are sons of Chocolatier. Chocolate Day [$3.40], driven ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
The sport's finest have left Lexington and are now in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for this weekend's Breeders Crown eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is your guide to all the action, including free downloads of program pages courtesy of TrackMaster. Saturday's card features a match-up of several starters in last Sunday's Kentucky Futurity, including champ...
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Star-crossed colt needs change of luck in Crown

on 10/10/2013 2:00 AM
It's the Breeders Crown. John Grasso is a breeder. The 60-year-old was born into the business and has kept himself connected to the sport for nearly his entire life. On Friday his Expressive Action, a 2-year-old with just two lifetime starts, will tackle the big boys in a single $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The colt starts from post two with the services o...
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Merriman wins 6,000th race at Northfield

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, 35, scored the 6,000th win of his driving career while driving B Good Lena in Northfield Park's 13 race on Tuesday night. Merriman brushed the mare to the lead in the second quarter and held off hard charging competition by a half-length in 1:58.1. B Good Lena was the race favorite and returned $3.60 to win.   "It is a really nice accomplishment and I am very t...
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DSBF freshman pacers in action at Harrington

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($2.40, George Dennis) was the fastest of three $20,000 divisional Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) winners for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday at Harrington Raceway after a 1:56.3 triumph.   The Powerful Toy gelding was positioned second-over as Forced Passage set fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4. Elite Awards appeared heads...
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Dover Downs nearing Nov. 3 opening

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Dover Downs kicks off its 45th season on Sunday, Nov. 3. The six-month long meet ends on April 10, 2014.   As usual, the Dover Downs meet features top horses, top stables and top drivers during its lengthy season. Racing is featured Sundays through Thursdays daily with Friday and Saturday "dark” days. As usual, weekday racing begins at 4:30 p.m. with Sunday post time at 5:30 p.m. ...
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Perretti dispersal includes mares in foal to Lucky Chucky

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
A total of 18 well-bred trotting mares, of which nine are in foal to first crop sensation Lucky Chucky, will be offered in the Perretti Farms final dispersal to Harrisburg. Lucky Chucky's initial crop averaged $53,214 at the recently completed Lexington Select Sale, highlighted by the $450,000 accorded for Mr. Lucky Luke, the colt from Graceful Touch. In all, 46 broodmares will be offere...
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Tetrick, Sears fined for Red Mile kicking

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Drivers Tim Tetrick and Brian Sears, who drove Captaintreacherous and Vegas Vacation to a one-two finish, respectively, in a Tattersalls division last Saturday, Oct. 5, at The Red Mile, have each been fined $500 for kicking their horses in the stretch. "While the race video that was shown to the public both live and immediately afterward showed a foot of both drivers leaving the stirrup, it...
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Newcomer Ryan snags three at Monticello

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
It seems that nearly every year young talent passes through Monticello Raceway. Of course many racetracks can make that claim but since its inception the Mighty M has been a stepping stone into the metropolitan New York area racetracks. In recent years, Jordan Stratton dazzled them in Monticello when he became the youngest driver to ever win a dash title here and is now among the leaders ...
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Witherite named announcer at Tioga Downs

on 10/09/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs is proud to announce that James Witherite, one of the top young announcers in harness racing, will become the track's full-time race caller beginning with the 2014 racing season.   The 27-year-old Pennsylvania native has spent the past seven years as the track announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. Witherite has also called races at more than 60 harness...
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