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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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Harrisburg auction to begin Monday, Nov. 4

on 10/21/2013 2:00 AM
The 2013 Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale will offer 2036 harness racing horses for public auction at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg from Monday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 9. The Select Yearling Sale will be held Monday through Thursday, followed by the Mixed Sale on Friday and Saturday. Pedigrees and yearling videos are available online at www.theblackbook.com. The roste...
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I'm Won Rum Wiser wins DSBF 2FP final

on 10/21/2013 2:00 AM
George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.40, George Dennis) improved to four-for-four in her young career with a win in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund $100,000 final for 2-year pacing fillies on Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:57.1.   I'm Won Rum Wiser grinded away first-over at pacesetter Seboomook Fool Yah, who strolled through fractions of ...
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$200,000 Indiana finals at Hoosier Saturday

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will once again highlight the 2013 Standardbred season on Saturday, October 19 with Indiana's finest trotters and pacers convening on Hoosier Park's seven-eighths mile oval for the annual Hoosier Champions Night, an evening with purse totals topping the $1 million mark. A total of 14 races have been established and after the dust settles, four new Indiana Sires S...
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Rock N Soul takes Yonkers mare Open Pace

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all up to snuff--were won by a down-the-road Rock N Soul (George Brennan, $7.20) and a first-up Super Manning (Brian Sears, $8.40).   In the game early from post position No.4--the field reduced to a half-dozen after a pair of defections (ill)--Rock N Soul worked around longshot polester ...
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Va. newspaper picks up on Wrenn's chase

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Ronnie Wrenn is chasing the national dash championship, and since he's been driving at Colonial Downs,  the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press has picked up on the chase.  "At 27 and single, you'd think Ronnie Wrenn Jr. would be ready to hit the town upon finishing his work week at a job near Cleveland at 11:30 Friday night," writes reporter Marty O'Brien. "Instead, he takes a quick shower...
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Royalty For Life scratched from Breeders Crown

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Hambletonian winner Royalty For Life, who drew post 1 in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old male trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and was the 5-2 morning-line favorite, will scratch from the race, according to trainer George Ducharme.   "It's disappointing," said Ducharme. "This is not how I wanted to cap the year. He is just not himself and I have to put the i...
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Owner Jerome Taylor of Philadelphia dies

on 10/19/2013 2:00 AM
Jerome Taylor, a Philadelphia attorney who was a regular at Liberty Bell Park and Brandywine Raceway for many years, died Saturday morning at age 82. Among Mr. Taylor's better known horses were Devil's Adversary Devil's Adversary p,3, 1:54 ( $558,141), who was a New Jersey Sire Stakes and Grand Circuit champion before being sold and exported, Exotic Earl, Sunny Disposition ...
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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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