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Big week of NYSS at Yonkers begins Monday

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Today's phrase that pays is "Sire Stakes-A-Palozza," with Yonkers Raceway hosting three New York Sire Stakes divisions for state-breds this week. On Monday night, it's the $356,456 Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Four races in succession (races 5 through 8) comprise the event. The opening ($89,914) division includes Tirade Hanover (Victor Kirby, post 4), runner-up in la...
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Ohio-sired 2YOs take to track Wednesday

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
A new generation of harness hopefuls take to the track at Northfield Park on Wednesday night in the opening leg of Ohio Sires Stakes action for 2-year-olds. Both trotters and pacers will be in action in five races, each with a $30,000 purse. The action in juvenile races early in the season is often unpredictable as the youngsters have so little racing experience. Some fail to follow through on the...
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"Captain" has added $8,000 to Droste's wallet

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack contest winner, Robert Droste of Clifton, N.J., has a prize that just keeps on giving. In a drawing on May 4, Droste won the grand prize in the "Win a Share of Captaintreacherous” promotion.   More than 10,000 entries were submitted over the course of several Saturday nights, and Droste's name was selected to receive one percent of the pacer's earnings for th...
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Betterthancheddar injured, retired from racing

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Betterthancheddar, who finished eighth in the hotly-contested $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, has been retired from racing. According to the horse's trainer, Casie Coleman, "Cheddar" tore his left front suspensory ligament in the race and she is hopeful a deal to stand him at stud can be made.   "We still don't know exactly what happened," a...
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Pompano purse increase; new late-closers added

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Pompano Park has announced a purse increase and is formulating plans for a fall late-closer program when the track reopens for its 50th anniversary season in early October.   The 10 percent purse increase is effective immediately and will continue through closing night, July 27.   Director of racing John Yinger said, "While our seasonal peak is three months past, we ...
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EL Rocket fastest in NYSS 3CT splits

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Monday night hosted the $356,456 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   The opening ($89,914) division wound up with an unintended makeover when 7-10 choice Tirade Hanover (Victor Kirby) jumped it off right before the start. A few others did the dance of the damned, leaving a match race between Blackwolf Run (Sam Schillaci) and O...
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Run And Tell Pap repeats at The Meadows

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Run And Tell Pap made it two straight when he quarter-poled to the lead and rolled to a convincing victory in Monday's $18,000 Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Away third, Run And Tell Pap moved crisply to the lead for Dave Palone and never allowed the challengers outside to threaten. He scored in 1:53.2, matching his lifetime mark, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of the rallying Bettis. Early ...
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Foiled Again headed for 5th Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Foiled Again, the richest pacer in the history of harness racing, is expected to headline the field for the $100,000-plus 28th annual Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park on Saturday night, July 20.   Already a two-time Battle champion, Foiled Again would be the first horse in history to win Northfield's most prestigious event three times.   The connections of Foiled Ag...
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Maven, D'Orsay capture Miss Versatility splits

on 07/01/2013 2:00 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jonas Czernyson made the most of their venture to Mohawk on Monday evening as the pair took both divisions of the Miss Versatility. The Grand Circuit event featured North America's top trotting mares.   Maven remains unbeaten this season in four starts after her victory in the first division.   In a short field of six, Maven settled away...
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Barn Babe's 1:54.2 best in NYSS for filly trotters

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
Barn Babe and John Cummings Jr. posted the fastest mile of the night as the New York Sires Stakes for 3-year old trotting fillies rolled into Tioga Downs on Saturday night. Three divisions of sophomore filly trotters highlighted the 12-race card.   Barn Babe (John Cummings Jr.) left the gate alertly from post position number four and sat a two hole trip behind Wygant Lady (Jeff...
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Silver Eage wins Beat The Heat round 2

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
The second $18,000 round of the Beat The Heat Pacing Series continued on Saturday evening at Mohawk with a familiar face once again in the winner's circle.   After finding the wire first in the opening leg last week, Randy Waples guided Silver Eagle to victory in 1:51.1. The son of Brandons Cowboy remains a top threat for the $43,500 final next week. The speedy five-year-old wa...
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Foiled Again now richest pacer in world

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
Having surpassed the $5 million mark in career earnings thanks to his win in Saturday's $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Foiled Again has only two horses ahead of him on the all-time money list: trotters Varenne and Moni Maker.   Does the 9-year-old pacer have another half-million in him to get past those two? "I think he's gota lot more than that in him,â€...
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Lady Broadway wins Hudson Trot elim in 1:55.3

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
Jason Bartlett won six of Yonkers Raceway's 13 races Saturday night, including pole-sitting Sapphire City ($6.70) in the featured $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Pocketed to 3-2 choice Malak Uswaad N (Eric Goodell) through fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.3, Sapphire City angled out in the lane. He was able to grind by a stubborn foe by a head in 1:50.4. Pan from Nantucket (Jordan S...
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Marcus Miller wins 5 at Meadowlands

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
Marcus Miller made the most of his trip to the Meadowlands on Saturday night, scoring wins in 5 of the 14 races on the card. Two of his victories came in New Jersey Sire Stakes. The 14-race betting card included two divisions each for the two year old colt and filly pacers.   The first Sire Stakes leg was held as a non-betting event for the 2-year-old pacing colts and was won by Bea...
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Northern Companion, Gale star at Vernon

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
The pacer Northern Companion and driver Truman Gale were each prominent performers during Saturday night's 60th Anniversary celebration program at Vernon Downs.   Northern Companion charged home from third in a :27.3 final quarter to defeat track record-holder JK Panache in Saturday's $10,000 featured Open pace, while Gale, a former provisional driving champion at the track, capture...
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Captain turns in courageous effort in Hempt

on 06/30/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous might be known as Captain Courageous after the way he won Saturday's (June 29)$500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Starting from the outermost spot on the gate, Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick were on the outside for the entire mile -- three wide at points -- but managed to win by a neck over Vegas Vacation in 1:...
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Muscle Hill, Muscles Yankee 2YOs take NJSS

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Hill I Am (pictured) was one of the Muscle Hill-sired New Jersey Sires Stakes winners at the Meadowlands Friday night. The rookie sire had a second winner and his sire, Muscles Yankee, also took NJSS divisions. The first crop of 2009 Hambletonian winner and Horse of the Year Muscle Hill were making their pari-mutuel debuts on this evening and he was well represented with winners i...
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139 claims entered on 25 horses in YR series

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night debuted its "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series, an event for pacers of both genders with $20,000 base price tags on their backs. The seven races (five for lads, two for lasses) not only offered overstuffed fields--trailers in all but one of the groupings--but an SRO crowd of folks with checks genuflecting at the feet of official "claims meister” Bob (OUTP) Miecuna...
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Cowgirl Hall scores 12th lifetime victory

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Cowgirl Hall and driver Rick Plano shared top billing during Friday night's 12-race program at Vernon Downs.   Former New York Sires Stakes standout Cowgirl Hall collected her first win of the season with a fast-closing 1:55 effort in Friday's $6,200 feature, while Plano, the track's leading reinsman and trainer again this season, posted five first-place finishes to tie Roman Lopez for mo...
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Harmony Oaks Quike gives Micallef 2,000th win

on 06/29/2013 2:00 AM
Mike Micallef notched the 2,000th win of his career as he piloted Harmony Oaks Quike to victory in the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, June 27. The 1:54.2 victory marked a career milestone for the veteran driver and the second win of season for the three-year-old daughter of Make It Brief. ...
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