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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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Improvements to racetrack at The Meadows

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
At The Meadows Racetrack & Casino on a hot August afternoon, Dan Coon bent over and checked a string attached to a small marker on the backside. Across the track, his brother, Greg Coon, inspected the same string tied to a similar marker. The height of the string on each side was exactly the same, meaning that the grade on this portion of track was completely balanced.   Th...
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Doyle named announcer at Western Fair

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
There will be a new voice behind the microphone when live racing resumes at The Raceway at The Western Fair District this October. Shannon "Sugar" Doyle will take over the duties this season, replacing Greg Blanchard who has assumed the role of racing manager.   "We were very happy to land a person of this caliber,” said Blanchard. "Shannon has a unique announcing style and is ver...
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PQ Three edges Unlocked at Du Quoin

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
The $43,000 Governor's Cup, the featured stakes of the Du Quoin State Fair, was expected to be a hard-fought battle between PQ Three and Unlocked, the one-two finishers at Springfield, and Sunday's race came up as good as advertised. The two top Illinois conceived and foaled colts put on a torrid duel down the stretch and just as he did at Springfield, the Erv Miller-trained PQ Three prevailed...
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Freehold opens Thursday with NJSS

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
Two divisions of New Jersey Sire Stakes – Green Acres are featured on the opening day program at Freehold Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29.   The two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were divided into a pair of seven-horse divisions, carded as the first and fifth races on the ten-race program. Each division carries a purse of $7,000. The colts are competing in three weeks of preli...
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Precocious Beauty aims for She's A Great Lady

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
Precocious Beauty is living up to her name. A 2-year-old filly pacer bred and owned by Kentucky's Jim Avritt Sr., Precocious Beauty has won three of five races, finished second in her two losses, and earned $87,158 heading into Saturday's $451,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack.   Two weeks ago, Precocious Beauty won her division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes at Moh...
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Market Rally pays $202.50 in NYSS 2FT split

on 08/26/2013 2:00 AM
First-season fillies were on display Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $288,772 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen Trot. Four divisions--at $72,193 each--comprised the event, which began with the biggest pari-mutuel surprise of the entire season.   Market Rally (John Cummings Jr.), sent off at two bits more than 100-1, held off 3-10 choice Annie's List (Andy Miller) by a n...
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Arch Madness trots 1:52.3 to win Vernon Open

on 08/25/2013 2:00 AM
The veteran Arch Madness began Saturday night's 13-race agenda with style and substance, trotting to a 1:52.3 victory in the $10,000 Open contest, which proved to be the fastest mile by a diagonally-gaited performer after 54 current programs at Vernon Downs.   Trainer Trond Smedshammer did the teaming in Saturday's first race as Arch Madness rallied overland from fourth at the half,...
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American Rage takes Yonkers feature in 1:51.2

on 08/25/2013 2:00 AM
Pole denizen American Rage (Jim Pantaleano) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Pocketed to slight 5-2 favorite Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett) through early intervals of :27.2 and :56.1, American Rage watched as Shooebee's Place (Dan Dube) and Hillbilly Hanover (George Brennan) moved from fourth and fifth, respectively."S...
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Lexington Selected catalog now available online

on 08/25/2013 2:00 AM
The catalog for this year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available for download from the sales company's website, www.lexingtonselected.com, or by using the Equineline® sales app for the iPad. It may be downloaded from the Lexington Selected website as a PDF file in its entirety, or by sale session. The entire sale roster is also posted, and may be sorted to an individual's pref...
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Maven takes Miss Versatility by neck in 1:53.3

on 08/25/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs held the fourth and final division of the Miss Versatility trotting series on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 25) and Maven completed the sweep with regular pilot Yannick Gingras. She defeataed Beatgoeson Hanover by a neck in 1:53.3.   Leaving from post position number six in a field scratched down to eight, Maven got away second as Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) led the field to t...
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Royalty For Life goes wire to wire in Zweig

on 08/25/2013 2:00 AM
Royalty For Life rebounded off a seventh-place finish in the Colonial Trot to capture Sunday night's $360,000 Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old colts at Vernon Downs. Mistery Woman emerged victorious in the companion $150,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old filly trotters.   The Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life left from post 9 in the Zweig for driver Brian Sears and led th...
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Contessa Leigh's OSS win her 12th in career

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for 3-year-old fillies on Friday (Aug. 23), with both trotters and pacers competing.   The trotters started the stakes action in the evening's eighth race. Contessa Leigh (Full Count-Howl-Overcomer) bested her competition by 5 ¾-lengths in her $35,000 stakes event. The race was Contessa Leigh's 12 win in 1...
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2YO Jet Airway 1:5;3.1 winner at Vernon

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
The 2-year-old filly pacers Spreester (American Ideal) and Barefoot Beauty (Art Major) each delivered career-best 1:54.3 clockings in Friday night's $76,100 New York State Fair competition at Vernon Downs, while in a non-Excelsior series event, the 2-year-old colt pacer Jet Air Way (Jereme's Jet) became the fastest freshman performer of the 53-program meeting with a 1:53.1 performance in race seve...
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Burke sweeps Indiana Sires for 2YO trotters

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
Rose Run Parker, with Ricky Macomber Jr. at the lines, shattered an 11-year-old record for 2-year-old geldings on the trot when he powered home a winner in 1:57 in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday (Aug. 24).   Notching his third win of the season, Rose Run Parker captured the opening division of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes in a lifetime bes...
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Field set for $683,000 Metro final at Mohawk

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
The sport's top rookie pacers were showcased on Saturday evening (Aug. 24) at Mohawk in a trio of $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations. Arthur Blue Chip (1:51.2), Western Vintage (1:51.3) and Lets Drink On It (1:51.1) captured their respective eliminations and stamped themselves as top contenders for this year's $683,000 final on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Mohawk.   The top three finishers in...
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A Rocknroll Dance sets 1:47.4 Canadian mark

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance (pictured), fresh off setting a 1:47.4 world record in his most recent start, followed up that effort with a Canadian record of 1:47.3 in his $40,000 elimination of the Canadian Pacing Derby. The free-for-all pacer cleared to the front past the opening station in :26.3. The 15-time winner continued to lead past the half in :53.4 and three-quarters in 1:21.1. Turning...
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Beach Gal sizzles in 1:50.3 in "Great Lady" elim

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of $35,000 Shes A Great Lady eliminations were contested on Saturday evening (Aug. 24) featuring the sport's top rookie pacing fillies. Precocious Beauty (1:52.1) and Beach Gal (pictured, 1:50.3)  found the wire first to advance to the rich $451,000 final next Saturday, Aug. 31 - a part of the $683,000 Metro Pace undercard. After setting a stakes record in the Eterna...
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Bandolito wins 8th straight in KYSS action

on 08/24/2013 2:00 AM
It was a big night for trotting sire Deweycheatumnhowe and pacing sire Ponder on Saturday at The Red Mile as the pair of stallions saw their progeny sweep the six divisions of the second round of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3 year olds.   The 3-year-old male trotters kicked things off with a pair of $15,000 divisions comprising the early Daily Double and it was a pair...
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Flanagan Memory spots field, still wins at Mohawk

on 08/23/2013 2:00 AM
Chris Christoforou landed a pair of favourites in the Grassroots winner's circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. The reinsman opened the evening aboard heavy favorite Flanagan Memory, who was making his Grassroots debut after dominating the Gold Series program this season. Starting from Post 1 the Kadabra colt made a break and spotted the field more than 20 lengths before Christofo...
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