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Howard Parker wins 5,000th career race

on 11/03/2013 1:00 AM
Driver Howard Parker won a conditioned trot aboard Guiltywithanexcuse in Saturday night's 14th and final race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs to earn his 5,000th career victory.   Parker, who started his driving career in 1977 and has made Pocono his home track for the past few seasons, added to career earnings of over $45 million with the win.   The entire racing departme...
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Big Jim breeding to benefit One Fund Boston

on 11/03/2013 1:00 AM
During the month of November, Scarborough Downs (Maine) will be accepting bids on a breeding to pacer Big Jim (Western Ideal-Bold Pink-Big Towner), a donation generously made by Jim Carr of Seelster Farms of Ontario, Canada, where Big Jim is currently standing, to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings last April. The winning bid money will be donated to the One Fund Boston. ...
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Freshman Simpsons held at Vernon Downs

on 11/02/2013 2:00 AM
Well Built, Skates N Plates, JK Molly, Bikini So Teeny and Bakersfield were all divisional winners in Friday night's $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stakes for 2 year olds at Vernon Downs.   The favorite Well Built captured the $14,396 opening division of the Simpson stake for male members of the trotting persuasion with a strong-striding 1:59.3 victory in Friday's first race. Jim Mei...
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Autumn finals set after round 2 at Woodbine

on 11/02/2013 2:00 AM
Round two of the Autumn Series continued Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with five divisions contested. Divisions were held for rookie colts and geldings of both gaits.   Aventure will look for the series sweep after an impressive 1:57.3 victory to start the 13-race program. The trotting son of Muscle Mass sat third in the early going past the opening quarter in :29.2. From the...
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Creatine, Pet Rock score in Hoosier stakes

on 11/02/2013 2:00 AM
Three horses who won Breeders Crown finals two weeks ago at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs were in action Friday night at Hoosier Park and all three again had something in common as they all had to settle for second this time around.   Creatine, who finished second by a neck in the Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old colt trotters to Spider Blue Chip, reversed that outcome in Friday's ...
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Check Me Out retired, to be bred to Credit Winner

on 11/02/2013 2:00 AM
Check Me Out, the 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year and the 2012 Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, has been retired.   Check Me Out finished her 3-year-old campaign in 2012 with the most earnings ever by a filly trotter over her freshman and sophomore seasons. She retires with lifetime earnings of just over $1.9 million.   Check...
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Winbak to stand Lucky Chucky, Muscles Yankee

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
In the upcoming breeding season, Winbak Farm of New York will be welcoming two of the industry’s most distinguished trotting stallions. "With the New York Sire Stakes program having the richest purses in North America, we are excited to announce the addition of Lucky Chucky and Muscles Yankee,” said Garrett Bell, Winbak Farm General Manager. "Both individuals were outstanding racehorses and...
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Skyline Road takes Maywood's feature stake

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
Thursday’s $12,000 Life’s A Holiday Stake at Maywood turned into quite a nail biter for chalk players as the heavily favored entry of Skyline Road and King Mufasa both made breaks during the mile. The 1-9 favorites still made good on their favored status though with Skyline Road prevailing by 3 ¼ lengths in 2:00.4 over a sloppy track. After speeding to the top from post position eigh...
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Blooded Horse Sale catalog available online

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
The 66th annual Blooded Horse Fall Sale will offer 1,469 horses at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Monday, November 18 through Thursday, November 21. The sale features 345 yearlings, 198 two year olds, 297 three year olds, and 87 weanlings along with hundreds of broodmares and a few stallions. Yearlings from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario sell on Monday. Most have bla...
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We Will See to stand in Ohio in 2014

on 11/01/2013 2:00 AM
Marion Beachy of Abby Stables, along with owners Shannon DePinto, Earl Smith and J & T Silva Stable, LLC, are announcing that We Will See will be standing stud for the 2014 breeding season at Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio. We Will See p,4,1:47.2 ($2,549,409), by Western Hanover out of the Abercrombie mare Aberdakara, was the fastest pacer in North America in 2011 at 1:47.2, where h...
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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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