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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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Rockincam retires with $795,000 in earnings

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Rockincam is finished racing, but will always be special to Stephen Farrell.   Farrell bred and owns the stakes-winning Rockincam, who saw his career ended by suspensory and sesamoid injuries at the age of 6. Rockincam last raced June 29 when he finished fifth in the $50,000 Ben Franklin consolation at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   For his career, Rockincam won 25 of 62 races and...
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Freshman fillies head to Northfield for OHSS

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park will host five divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 14-race program on Friday night. This will be the second leg of the Sires Stakes for the freshman fillies.   Freshman filly trotters will start Friday's stake action in Race 1 for the $30,000 first division. Rose Run Princess (Trainforthefuture-Cinder Char-Striking Sahbra) is the 2-1 morning-li...
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Sunfire Blue Chip, Vegas Vacation Adios faves

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Sunfire Blue Chip and Vegas Vacation have been installed as 2-1 and 3-1 favorites, respectively, in Saturday's eliminations for the $600,000 (est.) Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows. The final goes the following Saturday with first post at 12:20 p.m.   Trained by Jimmy Takter, Sunfire Blue Chip won an elimination of the Max Hempt Memorial before finishing a close-up third in t...
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Foiled Again favored in Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Foiled Again, the richest pacer of all-time with $5.17 million in earnings, has been installed the 2-1 morning-line choice for Saturday night's $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. The 9-year-old pacer is looking for his third victory in the event for older horses, having previous wins in 2009 and 2011.   This will be Foiled Again's fifth consecutive year competing in th...
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Market Share to start from post 8 in Maple Leaf

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Last year's Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic winner, Market Share will be the likely favourite for the 61st edition of the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday at Mohawk. The Linda Toscano-trained son of Revenue S remains undefeated in two starts this season after a pair of convincing victories at the Meadowlands.   Market Share, a 17-time winner, recently posted a sizz...
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Meadows announces scholarship winners

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce its 2013 MSOA college scholarship winners. The awards will be formally presented in the winner's circle on Adios Day (July 27) at The Meadows. "We are pleased to be offer these scholarships along with our additional sponsors,” said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "Our scholarship program has continued to build every year, and...
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Hambletonian live on CBS Sports Network

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute live telecast at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) of America's Trotting Classic, the $1.2 million Hambletonian, from The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 3. The 88th Hambletonian, the second leg of Trotting's Triple Crown, will feature a return to heat racing, last seen in 1996 when the brilliant filly Continentalvictory defeated male rivals in straight heats....
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Menary talks about his NY-sired 2YO pacers

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Any trainer would feel blessed to have a 2-year-old colt pacer as precocious and talented as Major Trick. Brad Gray's homebred colt by Art Major began his career with a second and a win in New York Sire Stakes legs at Saratoga and Buffalo Raceway. But Major Trick's Ontario-based, 34-year-old trainer David Menary is doubly blessed. He not only trains an even-more accomplished 2-year-old, He'...
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Advancing in Adios would be sweet for colt

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Dew N Doughnuts is a longshot to advance to the final of the Delvin Miller Adios Stakes at The Meadows, but facing tough odds is nothing new for the 3-year-old pacer.   Bred and owned by Tom Klosky Jr., the colt needed two surgeries to his left hock because of joint and cartilage issues that threatened to end his racing career before it began. Dew N Doughnuts recovered successfully ...
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Plainridge requests Thursday cancellation

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Plainridge Racecourse has asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for approval to cancel the card scheduled for Thursday, July 18. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for Massachusetts for Thursday, when the heat index is expected to reach 107 degrees. As a result the track felt it was in the best interests of horses, horsemen and fans to cancel the card. Hor...
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Freshman pacers in Sire Stakes at Pocono

on 07/17/2013 2:00 AM
Two-year-old pacing colts and geldings took center stage on Wednesday night at Pocono when they battled it out in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action. There were four divisions held, with purses ranging from $68,752 to $69,153. In the first division, McWicked (McArdle-Western Sahara) saved ground all the way then shot through an opening on the inside in the stretch to win by 1 ¼ lengths in 1...
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Request For Parole fastest in Town Pro splits

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Round two of the Town Pro Pacing series continued at Mohawk on Monday evening, featuring sophomore pacing fillies. Two $20,000 divisions took place with Rachel Welch and Request For Parole getting the lion's share for their respective connections.   In the first division, Rachel Welch, driven by Mike Saftic, used a ground saving trip en route to victory in 1:52.3. Saftic settled Rac...
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Tyber Tyke erases Gallo's Northfield record

on 07/16/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park patrons experienced blazing heat on and off the racetrack on Monday (July 15). Temperatures were hot but the horses responded well, as track record performances were recorded in the evening's feature trot and pace.   Tyber Tyke broke a track record in the $6,000 Open Pace. He lowered the 1:51 record of Gallo Blue Chip (2001) for 4-year-old-pacing geldings by one tick...
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