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Final Breath makes OSS win 11th in 17 starts

on 07/20/2013 2:00 AM
On Saturday (July 20) Northfield Park hosted three divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as highlights to the evening's Battle of Lake Erie program. Three-year-old colt trotters competed in two divisions and colt pacers in one.   On the trotting side of things, Final Breath was a 4 ½-length winner in the $30,000 firstdivision. The victory was Final Breath's 11th triumph in 17...
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Can Eddie Sweat live up to Big Red in Adios?

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
When Eddie Sweat leaves from post 4 in Saturday's second elimination for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows, he'll be invoking the might of one of the greatest Thoroughbreds of all time. That's because he's named for the groom of Secretariat as well as his Kentucky Derby-winning stablemate, Riva Ridge. "I watched the movie Secretariat,” explains Ed Zubkoff, Jr., who train...
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Tioga hosts Tompkins-Geers for 2YO trotters

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs held a special Thursday evening racing program with three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and four divisions of 2-year-old colt trotters for the Tompkins-Geers stakes. In the 2-year-old colt division, Flyhawk El Durado and Cat Manzi posted the fastest mile of the night winning in a new lifetime best of 1:57.3.   Manzi got away third with Flyhawk El Durado a...
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Doug Kistler, campaigned Coulantine, dies at 73

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Doug Kistler, 73, of Lake Silkworth, Pa., died Friday, June 28, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Mr. Kistler fell and broke his hip in late April and was recovering when he suffered a heart attack on June 28. Mr. Kistler co-owned the trotting filly Coulantine, a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion who also won the inaugural edition of the Moni Maker Trot in 2005. Another stakes winner he ow...
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Laettner scores in Maryland Fund division

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
The Casino at Ocean Downs hosted the Maryland Standardbred Fund Stakes on Thursday.   The first division of 3-year-old colt/gelding trotters was one of two early non-betting events. Laettner (Credit Winner) went wire to wire, holding off a challenge by Cashmere Briefs at the three-quarter pole. Laettner stopped the clock in 2:03.4, winning by four lengths with a last quarter in...
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Mulinix looks to win Battle with A Rocknroll Dance

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Jim Mulinix believes A Rocknroll Dance still will make noise in the older male pacer division this season. He hopes the sweet music begins in Saturday's $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park in Ohio.   The 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance entered this season with 11 wins in 33 starts and $1.93 million in purses. He struggled to begin 2013, but last weekend picked up his first...
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RMTC approves multiple violation penalty rule

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors has given final approval for a Multiple Violation Penalty (MVP) model rule and has forwarded it to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for consideration at its meeting in Saratoga on July 30-31, 2013.   The MVP model rule represents an industry-wide plan to provide appropriate penalties f...
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Smilin Eli cleared, investigation still ongoing

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
New Jersey Racing Commission executive director Frank Zanzuccki told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that an initial investigation regarding Smilin Eli and who the actual trainer was has been completed and the 3-year-old colt trotter has changed barns to trainer David Smith and been declared eligible to race. "We are going to clear the horse…taking him off the stewards' list,”...
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Daley sells Hambo prospect All Laid Out

on 07/19/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley told harnessracing.com Friday afternoon that he has sold the 3-year-old trotter All Laid Out, who he purchased as a yearling for $32,000, to a group from Finland. Daley will continue to train All Laid Out, who made a break in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) division Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but is still on schedule to start in the Hambletonian on Aug. ...
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Stakes record lowered twice in PASS

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
If giving a freshman filly trotter a stakes mark is a good thing, how good is it to lower a stakes mark twice in the same card? That’s what Ron Pierce did Wednesday at The Meadows when he piloted Struck By Lindy and Lifetime Pursuit to consecutive-division stake records in a $257,780 Pennsylvania Sires Stake. The event known as the Meadow Gladys was contested over five divisions. Pierce...
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Ontario Mid-Summer 2YO pace Challenges Friday

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Ben Wallace watched Yoselin Seelster post a runner-up finish in the July 1 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack and when the Milton resident heard the two-year-old pacing filly was for sale he stopped by Patrick Shepherd's barn to have a closer look. The filly passed Wallace's initial inspection and he recommended her to longtime owner Brad Grant, who also makes his home in Milton....
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Will Best "laid" plans = Hambo "Daley" double?

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Noel Daley knows winning his second Hambletonian with All Laid Out won't be as easy as his first with Broad Bahn in 2011, yet his latest prospect, while diminutive in stature, is right on schedule.   The son of Yankee Glide was scheduled to start in a division of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, and then enter the Hambletonian el...
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Gallo Blue Chip scholarship winners announced

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation's scholarship selection committee was clearly in a New York state of mind when it named the winners of the 2013 Gallo Blue Chip Scholarship, sponsored by Martin Scharf. Kayla Prentice of Vernon, New York has been awarded a $15,000 college stipend and Michelle Galligan of Cuddebackville (near Middletown), won a $5,000 scholarship. Prentice will attend Syrac...
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MacDonald's Maple Leaf dream comes true

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Just six month ago, the prospect of driver James MacDonald driving in the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot would have been dreamed a dream, but on Saturday, that dream will be reality, at Mohawk.   The Guelph resident, who was involved in a serious race accident on Jan. 12 at Woodbine Racetrack, will steer the Jeff Gillis-trained Knows Nothing in the 61st edition of the Maple Leaf Trot. ...
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Hambletonian eligibles sweep PASS divisions

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Seventeen Hambletonian-eligible 3-year-old trotters were in action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon in a trio of $79,416 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) divisions, with all three splits won by horses heading to the trotting classic on Aug. 3 at the Meadowlands. The races were contested under sweltering conditions, with a post-time temperature of 96 degrees and a heat index of 10...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Older horses are in the spotlight Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack and the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes an inside look at the Maple Leaf Trot and Roses Are Red finals. Market Share is the 4-5 favorite in the Maple Leaf and Linda Toscano gives her thoughts on the 2012 Hambletonian winner's limited two-start campaign so far in 2013. Travis Umphrey reveals what's behind Monkey On ...
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Batavia opens July 22: All you need to know

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Excitement. Anticipation. Optimism. Those three words are probably the best to describe the upcoming 2013 harness racing season at Batavia Downs, beginning on Monday, July 22, with a 6:30 p.m. post.   The 72-day harness schedule will be highlighted once again by popular promotions, a new addition in the betting format and some new faces in the trainer and driver colony. And tha...
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Erv Miller drives winner on PA fair "Senior Day"

on 07/18/2013 2:00 AM
Talented youngsters in sport frequently benefit from the guiding hand of a veteran to their particular discipline. This certainly was a major theme during Pennsylvania Fair Sire Stakes racing for 2 year olds on Thursday at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds, as seven of the victorious babies paraded back to the Hughesville winners circle were guided by experts 65 years old or older.   ...
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Alagna/SBSW doubles up in PA Stallion splits

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Tony Alagna picked up a pair of victories in PA Stallion Series action on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were seven divisions held on the night for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace, each carrying a purse of $20,000.   Alagna trained the night's first Stallion Series winner Maxi Bon (Somebeachsomewhere-Knock Three Times), who, with Simon All...
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Running Aces sees all-age record 1:50.4 mile

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
For the second straight week trainer-driver Jason Ryan swept both the Open Pace and the Fillies and Mares Open Pace on the Tuesday night program at Running Aces. This week the feat was doubly impressive as Six Gun, a 5-year-old gray gelding owned by Anthony Artuso, set the all-age, all-time track record of 1:50.4 in the $8,500 feature race.   The gate-to-wire stellar performance low...
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