DSBF colt and gelding pacers complete second leg of series
Freshman pacing colts and geldings completed their second Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) leg in a pair of $20,000 divisions Monday (Sept. 24) at Harrington Raceway.
Im Juggernaut, Hotrod Richard for the win
Iowa's best 3-year-old trotters took to the track on the final day of racing in the 2018 season. The top Iowa-registered horses competed in the Iowa Fairs racing championships on Sunday (Sept. 23). The fields were comprised of the top five Iowa-registered divisional points earners of 2018 with points accumulated over nine races in Iowa throughout the summer.
Graffam grabs both trotting features at Plainridge
Nick Graffam had a big day at Plainridge Park on Monday (Sept. 24) capturing the top two trots on the card with both horses paying premium prices and both winning in handy fashion.
Im Your Captain fastest in $78,698 Keystone Classic at The Meadows
Im Your Captain converted a lengthy quarter-pole move to victory in 1:53.4, fastest in Monday’s (Sept. 24) $78,698 Keystone Classic at The Meadows. The stake for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters was contested over three divisions, with Mississippi Storm and Make It A Double taking the other divisions. Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller made it a double, indeed, with Im Your Captain and Make It A Double.
My Money Honey, Always Be Hanny upset in Iowa 2-year-old finals
Two horses with third place rankings coming into the final weekend of racing in Iowa put out top performances beating the leaders to take the 2-year-old filly and colt paces in the Iowa Fairs racing championships. The top Iowa-registered horses competed in the Iowa Fairs racing championships on Sunday (September 23). The fields were comprised of the top five Iowa-Registered divisional points earners of 2018 with points accumulated over eight races in Iowa throughout the summer.
Will Take Charge, McWicked favored in Friday's Dayton Derbies
Will Take Charge and McWicked have been installed as the morning line favorites in a pair of $150,000 Dayton Derbies which will be contested this Friday (Sept. 28) at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. Chris Brokate photo.
Ricky Be Sharp, Bankn-on-emily top 2-year-old Iowa trotters
The top Iowa-registered 2-year-old trotters competed in the Iowa Fairs Racing Championships on Sunday (Sept. 23).The fields were comprised of the top five Iowa-registered divisional points earners of 2018 with points accumulated over eight races in Iowa throughout the summer.
Yonkers announces foreign invaders for $1 million International Trot
It’s nine-tenths done. Yonkers Raceway has announced the foreign participants for the 40th International Trot. The million-dollar, 1-1/4 mile event, the fourth International since the race was brought back after two decades of dormancy, goes Saturday afternoon (Oct. 13).
Gocciadoro dominates Italian harness racing
Forty-three-year old Italian trainer/driver Alessandro Gocciadoro dominates the trotting scene in Italy and on Sunday (Sept. 23) he had a banner day at the Agnano track in Naples, where he trained the winners of the Italian Derby, the Italian Oaks and the Open Trot.
Al's Hammered takes Rosecroft feature
When an Open Pace goes a middle half of :58, chances of winning from last are greatly reduced. Someone forgot to tell Al's Hammered and Allan Davis. The duo parlayed a second over trip to victory in 1:53.1 on a track rated sloppy on Sunday night (Sept. 23) at Rosecroft Raceway.
Boffin takes four-horse photo in Sunday Pocono feature
In a six-horse featured trot where four of the contestants were within a head at the wire, the Donato Hanover gelding Boffin proved most photogenic to take the $21,500 Sunday (Sept. 23) headliner at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:53.4.
Alesha Binkley captures Ohio Ladies Pace Series race
Alesha Binkley captured the Ohio Ladies Pace Series race at the Montgomery County Fair races on Sunday (Sept. 23) with Officer Jones (Always A Virgin-Tyber Song).
Excelsior finals held at Saratoga Casino Hotel
There were eight finals of the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior Series contested on the Sunday matinee card (Sept. 23) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Two trainers each won two of the finals that went for purses of $55,000. Chris Oakes emerged victorious in two of the afternoon’s co-features as his trainees prevailed in the Excelsior final for 3-year-old pacing fillies and 2-year-old pacing colts.
Shartin N cuts back, asserts at Harrah's Philadelphia
Cutting back to a flat mile after a failed three-wide push in the 10-furlong Great Northeast Series final on Sept. 2, Shartin N ($3.80) reasserted herself as one of the top pacing mares in the continent with an easy 1:51.2 score over sloppy going in Sunday's (Sept. 23) featured $25,000 winners-over distaff at Harrah's Philadelphia.
International Trot contender Arazi Boko second in prep race
Eleven-year-old Arazi Boko, who will represent Italy in the upcoming International Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 13, raced for the last time today before he will be shipped to Belgium to fly with the rest of the European team on Oct. 5.
Big performances mixed with upsets on Illinois Night of Champions
Eleven championship races and two invitational events comprised a big Saturday evening (Sept. 22) at Hawthorne Race Course as the Night of Champions event paid out over $1.1 million in purses. While some of the favorites didn’t disappoint, there were some upsets the surprised everyone. A recap of the night’s racing action.
Twenty-ninth New York Night of Champions in three acts
What did we learn Saturday (Sept. 22) during Yonkers Raceway’s hosting of the Empire State’s richest night of racing, the 29th New York Night of Champions? The $1.8 million event—eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for freshmen and sophomores of both sexes and gaits—produced the expected, the unexpected and the ‘it’s a good thing no one was hurt.”
Monti wins six at Batavia Downs
It was another big Saturday night (Sept. 22) for driver Drew Monti as he captured six wins on the card, including four straight from races two through five, to vault himself back into the lead for the dash driving title at Batavia Downs.
Celebration time for Stag Party in Metro
Stag Party and driver David Miller put on a show to win the C$890,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night (Sept. 22) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casie Coleman trained 2-year-old pacing colt came first-up on the final turn from fourth and proceeded to turn the Metro final into a laugher by drawing away with ease in the lane for a 4-1/4 lengths victory in 1:50.4. New Image Media photo.
Fast action at Bloomsburg (PA) fair
The 2018 Pennsylvania fair harness racing season came to its conclusion on Friday (Sept. 21) and Saturday (Sept. 22) with Sire Stakes action at the slick half-mile oval in Bloomsburg, Pa.