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Roger Hammer uninjured in traffic accident

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Roger Hammer, the longtime "King of the Fairs" in Pennsylvania and a Hambletonian champion with Vivid Photo, avoided serious injury after being involved in a traffic accident on his way to the Indiana (PA) Fair.   Hammer was near Ebensburg, PA, when he received a phone call that the day's races at Indiana were canceled. Shortly after turning around and heading to his home training c...
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Soderberg in spotlight with Western Vintage

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Perry Soderberg is usually a man behind the scenes when it comes to recruiting some of harness racing's great pacers and trotters, but come Saturday evening at Mohawk, he will be square in the spotlight. The native of Sweden spends many of his summer months visiting North America's top breeding farms in search of future champions. He's not selecting the youngsters for himself necessarily, b...
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Maryland's Showcase night looks to be a walkover

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
On Thursday night at Ocean Downs the owners of five racehorses will be very happy once their horses cross the finish line. Even if they make breaks and run across the finish wire it won't matter as they will still get 65 percent of the purse for the race.   It's the Showcase of Champions Night at Ocean Downs, the climax of their 2013 Maryland Standardbred Race Fund (MSRF) seaso...
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MacDonald hopes to "bolt down" Canadian Pacing Derby

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald joked that he almost got lost last weekend when he returned to Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack for the first time since November 2011, but once there, the former Canadian driving champion had no trouble finding his way to the winner's circle.   A native of Prince Edward Island, the 34-year-old MacDonald moved to New York prior to the start of the 2012 campaign and had race...
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2011 HOY San Pail returns in Mohawk qualifier

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
The 2011 Horse of the Year San Pail made his first appearance in one year on Wednesday morning at Mohawk Racetrack, finishing third in a qualifier. San Pail last started in a pari-mutuel race on April 23, 2012, finishing third in a $50,500 Open Trot at Woodbine Racetrack, but an injury to a hind ankle ended his season after just four starts.   Now nine, San Pail settl...
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Hambo champ Royalty For Life has Facebook page

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Blending the good old days when racing was truly a sport with today's social media as a means to reach people, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) set up a Facebook page for Royalty For Life, the 2013 Hambletonian winner. His trainer, George Ducharme, a longtime resident of Massachusetts who has been training horses for 33 years, appreciated the idea and has provided some facts, photo...
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Vernon's Zweig card's handle highest in 4 years

on 08/28/2013 2:00 AM
Sunday night's race card at Vernon Downs, headlined by the opening round of the All-Star Drivers' Championship and Zweig Memorial Trot, produced the track's highest single-card wagering handle since 2009.   The total handle, including on-track and off-track simulcast locations, totaled $313,690, the track's highest figure since hosting the New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions in ...
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Mach Set Go ends Champagne Phil's streak

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
Mach Set Go played the role of giant killer at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, ending 3-year-old pacing colt division leader Champagne Phil's win streak off at four. Mohawk fans had faith in Champagne Phil, sending him off as their top choice in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, but they were also extremely interested in Mach Set Go, making his first start for trainer Anthony Mont...
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Rosecroft condition sheet now available online

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
The condition sheet for the Saturday, September 14 fall meet opener for Rosecroft Raceway is now available at http://www.rosecroft.com/ under the "Horsemen” section and at http://ustrotting.com/conditions.cfm. A purse increase averaging 10 to 15% in most categories has been applied, bringing the nightly average overnight purse distribution to a projected $57,000 per night. "Maryland Prefe...
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Seaside Rory sets 1:53.1 mark in Ontario

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
Seaside Rory picked up her second Gold Series win on Monday evening at Grand River Raceway and the 3-year-old pacing filly did it in impressive fashion. Getting away from post 3 with regular reinsman Jody Jamieson in the race bike, Seaside Rory sat just off the pace in fifth as fan favourite Jan It Jackson rolled through sharp early fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:24.1. Rolling down the backstret...
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Intimidate edges Mister Herbie at Mohawk

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
The $34,000 Preferred Trot at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night featured a final stride showdown between a pair of last year's four-legged O'Brien Award winners, with Intimidate out-kicking Mister Herbie in the lane en route to victory.   Intimidate, in rein to 2012 O'Brien Award winner Sylvain Filion, got away fifth while Charlie Is A Joker shot to the lead and hustled the field past...
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Female jockey to try to set record at Meadows

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
One of thoroughbred racing's biggest stars, Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, will come to The Meadows Racetrack & Casino next month with one thought in mind - setting a new record. Sutherland-Kruse, a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, rose to fame as a jockey, actress and model. Her list of accomplishments both on and off the track are extensive, and she will look to add to her resume when sh...
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Cooler Schooner in to go Friday in Philly

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
The exciting two-year-old trotting filly Cooler Schooner, who astounded the harness world last week at Pocono when she became the fastest freshman trotter of all-time, regardless of size track, with a 1:51.3f victory, returns Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in a division of a $252,984 Pennsylvania Sire Stake – and she'll need a first- or second-place finish here just to be in position to rea...
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Regis The Horse to race on Thursday

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
Regis The Horse has a long way to go to catch his namesake in airtime but the 2-year-old pacer is well on his way.   Named after long time TV personality Regis Philbin, Regis The Horse will make his second start in front of millions of viewers Thursday at Harrington Raceway as the race will air live on Fox Sports 1's "Crowd Goes Wild,” an hour-long show that airs Monday through Fr...
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KY Gov. to present trophy on KY Super Night

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
The best of harness racing in the Bluegrass State will be on display Sunday night, Sept. 1, at The Red Mile as the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes Super Night. The program annually attracts one of the largest crowds of the year to the famed clay oval and attendees this year will be joined by Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. "The history and ...
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Thursday draw for Tioga driver championship

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
The draw for the final round of the Drivers' Championship at Tioga Downs and the Shady Daisy Pace will be held on Thursday morning (Aug. 29 – by 9 am) for the races that will be held on Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), with a post time of 1:30 pm. Five races with nine horse fields will be needed for the Drivers' Championship races and the purses for those events will be raised 20% for that on...
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Big program set for Saturday night at Mohawk

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
The continent's finest two-year-old pacers will be showcased Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in the $683,000 Metro Pace, part of a solid card of harness racing. More than $1.7 million in purses are being offered in three stakes alone, the Metro, the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady.   The Metro, which has been won recently by such champions as Rocknroll...
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Sweetnsinful's 1:55.1 fastest in NYSS

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
First-season fillies were on display once again Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $235,887 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions--at $78,629 each--comprised the event. The first division saw Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) take no prisoners, and no compassion. In play from post position 2, the lass led through fractions of :28.1, :58...
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Future wagering available on Little Brown Jug

on 08/27/2013 2:00 AM
Wagering on the first of two Little Brown Jug future wagering pools will start at 12-noon Thursday, August 29 and continues through 11 p.m. Sunday, September 1 at racetracks and internet sites throughout North America and Europe.   The second future pool will be from 12 p.m. Sunday, September 15 through 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, the first three afternoons of Grand Circuit...
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Marohn takes Vernon leg of Driver's Championship

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
Jim Marohn Jr. earned top honors and $10,000 for completing the initial round of this season's 7th-annual All-Star Driving Challenge by winning two of the event's four Vernon races on Sunday night and compiling 27 points.   Marohn, representing Tioga Downs as its current dash-winning leader and two-time champion (2009 and 2012), earned a second-place finish (Steuben Lone Pine) and...
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