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Takter becomes winningest Crown trainer

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter swept the Breeders Crown championships for 2-year-old trotters as his pupils Father Patrick and Shake It Cerry won easily at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday night.   Father Patrick, the 1-9 favorite, made it look easy as he won the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54. Nuncio was parked in the first turn, finall...
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Market Share edges Mister Herbie in 1:51

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Market Share won Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot by a nose over Mister Herbie in a stakes-record 1:51 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He became the first horse to win the Hambletonian and capture the Breeders Crown Open Trot as a 4 year old since the great Mack Lobell accomplished the feat in 1988.   Wishing Stone went offstride at the start, enabling favorite Intimidat...
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Crown makes 12 straight wins for "Nitelife"

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
I Luv The Nitelife made it 12 consecutive wins with a powerful pocket-trip win in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:50 on Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Authorize was second with Aunt Caroline third.   As the gate folded, Aunt Caroline was the first away. I Luv The Nitelife, the 1-9 favorite, managed to clear to the lead past...
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Luck Be Withyou, Uffizi Hanover 2YO Crown winners

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
A hard charging Luck Be Withyou and driver Ron Pierce came charging late to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2–year-old pacing colts on Saturday evening at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The winning time was 1:52 on a sloppy track.   Luck Be Withyou passed Sometimes Said (John Campbell) by a neck in the final strides. Somestarsomewhere (Yannick Gingras) was third.   Lu...
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Crown mare features to Shelliscape, Maven

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Shelliscape ground out a 1:50 win in the $300,000 Breeders Crown final for older mare pacers Saturday night (Oct. 19) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Maven took the $300,000 Mare Trot, and while Shelliscape rallied in the homestretch to win, Maven marched to the front going to the halfway mark and was never threatened.   As for the Mare Pace, Feeling You was first awa...
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Colonial holds preps for VA-bred championships

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Perfect Number edged out Handsome Jim and Little Leon for a victory after a thrilling stretch duel in Saturday's $5,000 Virginia-bred prep for 2 year old colt and gelding pacers at Colonial Downs. The eight entrants will hold a rematch as part of next Sunday's $380,000 "Day of Champions” card when eight separate divisional titles will be up for grabs.   Southern Artie got to the f...
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Bee A Magician a perfect 15; Spider tops colts

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotters Spider Blue Chip and Bee A Magician won their respective Breeders Crown championships at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday night, with the filly Bee A Magician also staying undefeated in all 15 of her starts this season.   "Bee A Magician just coasts away,” is how track announcer Jim Beviglia saw the finish of the $500,000 Breeders Crown.   ...
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The Captain, Foiled Again battle to Crown wins

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Breeders Crown championship night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs produced two incredible battles and finishes thanks to Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach and Foiled Again and Pet Rock. Captaintreacherous dug in and edged Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Three-Year-Old Colt Pace while Foiled Again, the sport's richest pacer, earned his first Crown when he nosed out Pet Rock in th...
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Hoosier hosts $200,000 Indiana stakes finals

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino played host to the $1 million Hoosier Champions Night in front of a large enthusiastic crowd on Saturday, October 19. Four Indiana Sire Stakes Champions were crowned as the top freshman Indiana-sired colts and fillies converged onto the seven-eighths mile surface to contest four $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals.   Favorites fared well on the 14-ra...
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Manofmanymissions to stand at Midland Acres

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
Kentuckiana Stallion Management, along with Midland Acres, has announced that world champion and millionaire Manofmanymissions 3, 1:52.1 ($1,215,000), by Yankee Glide out of Armbro Vanquish, will stand the 2014 breeding season at Midland Acres, located in Bloomingburg, Ohio.   Kentuckiana Stallion Management will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and, along with Midland Acr...
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Arch Madness, Foiled Again shoot for Crowns

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
Never in the 29-year history of the Breeders Crown has a horse older than age 8 won a championship. But it could happen twice on Saturday when 9-year-olds Foiled Again and Arch Madness compete in the $5.6 million Breeders Crown night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Foiled Again, the richest pacer in harness racing history, and trotter Arch Madness both head into their respective Breeders Crown ...
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Former NY horseman Andrew Nazarian dies

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
Horseman Andrew Nazarian, 87, died Wednesday (Oct. 16) at the Mercy Life Care Center in Guilderland, NY.   Born in Watervliet on January 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Agajan and Virkina Tabakian Nazarian. Mr. Nazarian was a graduate of Watervliet High School and served with the US Marines. He operated several service stations early in his career. For over 30 years, he was a horse t...
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Charisma Hanover survives inquiry to win

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
Charisma Hanover, Pennsylvania's 3-year-old filly champion, captured Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace at The Meadows, but she had to survive an inquiry to secure the victory.   On top as they turned for home, Charisma Hanover bore out to the center of the track, where Do Me Honor was rallying. Following a review, the judges found no interference and certified the win in 1:...
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Late broodmare Bax Machine has 2 Crown starters

on 10/18/2013 2:00 AM
For a small breeder, having one foal make the Breeders Crown final is exciting. Paul "Pete” Spears' Windsong Stables came to prominence in 2004 when Windsongs Legacy captured the Triple Crown of trotting for trainer Trond Smedshammer.   The Windsong name will be in focus on Saturday night with two foals from the late Bax Machine figuring prominently in both the $250,000 Crown Mare Trot ...
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DSBF freshman trot prelims at Harrington

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old trotters was contested with five divisions Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. The fillies were the first to take to the track in two divisions featured second and fourth on the 15-race program.   The first division was also the second fastest on the program as owner/trainer/driver Bryan Truitt's Way...
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Walnut Hall Ltd. downsizing, selling 62 horses

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
  Walnut Hall Ltd. will be downsizing at the Blooded Horse Sale in Delaware, Ohio on Nov. 18 and 20. The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd. The consignment will consist of 11 yearlings, 26 in-foal broodmares, and 25 weanlings. The yearlings are by Cantab Hall, Conway Hall, Deweycheatumnhowe, and Groton Hall, and they represent the last oppo...
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Don't Spank Me upsets in Sunshine State Stake

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Don't Spank Me pulled off a mile upset at Pompano Park on Wednesday by scoring a decisive win in a lifetime best 1:54 for Bruce Ranger in the Florida Sunshine State Stake for three year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Capital Request, owned by Jean Carter along with trainer Wayne Carter, went right to the front and clocked opening panels of :28.1 and :57.4 before thwarting the bid of the 3...
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Average per card handle up 2.7% at Mohawk

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced that overall handle and average nightly handle on the 2013 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, Oct. 14, were up over last year. The Campbellville oval, which celebrated its 50th racing season with 84 race cards, recorded an "all-sources" betting total of $131,619,692, a 6.5 percent increase over last year's $123,533,108 (81 dates). ...
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Yonkers Fall Festival includes legislator race

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is prepping for its fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival, a free, family-fun event, set for Saturday night. The Harvest Festival is slated from 5-9 pm on the track apron at the historic half-mile oval, and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. The Fall Harvest Festival includes pony rides, face painting, pumpkin pat...
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Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day set

on 10/17/2013 2:00 AM
The excitement of harness racing will be at its normal pulsing pitch on Saturday (Oct. 19) but the focus of the horsemen and fans alike will be centered around raising funds for charity as the third annual, Maine Harness Racing Gives Back Day is held at Scarborough Downs. Sponsored in tandem by the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association, the Maine Amateur Drivers Club and Scarborough Downs, t...
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