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Voracity, So So Delightful repeat in Claim To Fame Series

on January 17, 2021
Four divisions of $30,000 male claiming pacers comprised the final preliminary round of their Claim To Fame series at Miami Valley on Sunday with 10 of them earning spots in the $37,500 championship tilt next week.    Winners in this leg were Voracity (Brett Miller, 1:51.3, $6), Ginger Tree Marty (Chris Page, 1:53.2, $3.20), So So Delightful (Trevor Smith, 1:53, $13....
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Action Uncle named 2020 Ohio Horse of Year

on January 17, 2021
Action Uncle, the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year has been named the 2020 Ohio Horse of the Year.      Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, won nine out of 10 races in 2020 earning $351,960 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Wills.   In 2020, Action Uncle set a world record, winning t...
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Four-win Big M night for Driver of Year Dunn

on January 17, 2021
Before the start of Saturday night's card at the Meadowlands, driver Dexter Dunn was named the United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year for a second consecutive season in a virtual Dan Patch Awards ceremony that the entire sport could view on the internet or at any simulcast venue. Then Dunn went out and showed why that considerable amount of hardwa...
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GD Western Joe again in Miami Valley Open

on January 16, 2021
Despite ducking to the back of the pack from an assigned outside post position, razor sharp GD Western Joe circled the entire field to win Miami Valley’s $22,000 Open Pace on Saturday, his fourth win at the head of the class to go with one runnerup finish in his last five starts.    After leaving the gate for good early position in his last six starts, driver Chris Page ...
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Takter, Dunn, Pinskes, Brittany take 2020 honors

on January 16, 2021
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the leading media organization in North American harness racing, has announced the winners of its Dan Patch Awards balloting for excellence exhibited among both equines and humans. The “best of the best” are normally honored at the writers’ Dan Patch Annual Awards Banquet, but that event was canceled this year due to the...
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Tall Dark Stranger is 2020 Horse of the Year

on January 16, 2021
Tall Dark Stranger, a 3-year-old male pacer who was harness racing’s lone millionaire last season, cashed in on his winning ways Saturday when he was named 2020 Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association.    Trained by Nancy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras, Tall Dark Stranger won 11 of 13 races and $1.30 million last year. He also was named Pacer of the ...
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Stellenbosch superb in Meadowlands feature

on January 15, 2021
Stellenbosch withstood bitter pressure in a dazzling effort on a rainy Friday night at the Meadowlands, taking the $18,000 featured high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares in wire-to-wire fashion. Driver Scott Zeron, who raced Stellenbosch from off the pace after drawing outside posts in her previous two outings, fired away from post four in the nine-horse field, grabbing ...
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It’s all Pace Baby Pace at Miami Valley

on January 15, 2021
Pace Baby Pace, named to mimic Miami Valley handicapper Pacey Mindlin’s signature sign-off slogan, won her first open company race in southwest Ohio on Friday night.    Driver Chris Page was content to race midpack in the early going, then moved into the outer flow following The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) as the field approached the halfway point of the $22,500 Mares Open.&nb...
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Rainbowinthewest cruises in Meadows feature

on January 15, 2021
Showing no ill effects from a layoff of nearly nine weeks. Rainbowinthewest powered to the lead from the rail and won as she pleased in Friday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   Although Rainbowinthewest could have released a pair of early challengers, trainer/driver Brian Zendt would have none of it. He kept the pedal to the metal and the...
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William "Bill" Current dies at age 91

on January 15, 2021
William "Bill" Howard Current, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 at the Wesley Health Care Center.    He was born on June 20, 1929 in Wilmington, Ohio to Lena Duvall Current and Jesse E. Current, one of their seven children. Mr. Current graduated from Wilmington High School on May 27, 1948.   After high school, Mr. Current went on to serve i...
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Buyer info for Winter Mixed Sale

on January 15, 2021
Those planning on attending the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands on Monday, Jan. 18, or who expect to bid using the Proxibid website, are reminded of steps that need to be taken beforehand, per sales manager David Reid.   Those coming in person are asked to print and fill out the COVID-19 questionnaire available on the Tattersalls website and bring it with them to...
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Street Gossip named Ohio's 2YOCT of Year

on January 15, 2021
Street Gossip was a model of consistency in 2020, hitting the board in all eight of his starts earning him 2020 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year honors.      Street Gossip, the son of Cash Hall out of the Yankee Glide mare The Young Princess won four out of his eight races and collected a pair of second- and third-place finishes for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. an...
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Tioga, Vernon older stakes moving to Big M in 2021

on January 15, 2021
The Meadowlands will welcome four popular Grand Circuit stakes for older horses, previously been raced at Tioga and Vernon Downs, to the big time over the mile oval at Harness Racing's Greatest Showplace for 2021.   The Roll With Joe (Open Pace) sponsored by Clinton Tractor, Crawford Farms (Open Trot) sponsored by Al and Michelle Crawford's Crawford Farms, Artiscape ...
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Monti now making his way to The Meadows

on January 15, 2021
Drew Monti likes his home in Buffalo, but he also likes working regularly. Thus, the 26-year-old reinsman has decided to drive at The Meadows, even as he continues his regular schedule at Buffalo Raceway.   Monti made his Meadows debut Wednesday and had four assignments the following day, although he’s idle Friday. With Buffalo now racing Wednesday and Saturday, Monti expects &n...
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Itsrockandroll A takes Dover Open Pace in 1:50.2

on January 14, 2021
Itsockandroll A stormed home to victory in the Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.   US Captain and Tiger Thompson N traded leads going to the quarter pole. Dexter Dunn won that early battle with Tiger Thompson N and retained the lead. The quarter was reached in :27.1 with the half uncontested in :55.2.   At the five-eighths mile marker, Itsrockandroll A and Corey C...
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Devaux wins five races at Monticello Thursday

on January 14, 2021
As Jimmy Devaux entered the winner’s circle after his fifth win on the Thursday (Jan. 14) card at Monticello Raceway, track announcer Howard Oil said, “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” Devaux’s banner day started in race two with 13-year-old gelding Road Untraveled ($6.00, 2:00.3), who eaarned his first win of the season for trainer Dave Dziengiel. The 53-year...
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All Day Sunshine picks up third straight victory

on January 14, 2021
Hammered down to 1-2 despite having to start from post nine, All Day Sunshine made all that money look smart as she overcame a brutal first quarter to win her third straight in Thursday’s (Jan. 14) feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 fillies and mares conditioned pace. Morning Shadow stretched All Day Sunshine to a :26.4 opening panel before the 4-year-old Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley ma...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on January 14, 2021
“Amazing!” That’s what Pompano Park director of racing and announcer Gabe Prewitt said when asked about the tremendous wagering numbers coming from the south Florida racetrack. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone goes into Prewitt’s mind as he discusses his approach—greatly successful approach—to increasing the handle. Als...
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Tara Hills' Kadabra retired from stud duty

on January 14, 2021
David Heffering of Tara Hills Stud has announced that Kadabra has been retired from stallion duty.   “It is with great sadness that we announce Kadabra’s retirement from stud duty,” said Heffering. “Kadabra leaves a great legacy and influence on the Standardbred breed, not only in Ontario, but industry wide. “Over the course of a 17-year stal...
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Entries closing soon for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on January 14, 2021
  Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will close at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. The one-day sale takes place on Tues, Feb. 9 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at this 58th annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. V...
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Ohio continues to announce divisional honors

on January 14, 2021
For the second year in a row, Sectionline Bigry has been named the top aged pacer in the state of Ohio.    Sectionline Bigry, the son of Pet Rock out of Aquatic Yankee, won eight of 19 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder earning $181,000 in 2020.   The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Aged Pacing Championship at Hollywood...
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Pick 5 drives Big M Saturday betting surge

on January 14, 2021
It was going to be difficult to match the excitement and bettor enthusiasm of Saturday, Jan. 2 at the Meadowlands when a $46,731 carryover and $150,000 guarantee led to a total 20-cent Pick-5 pool of $360,948.   Last Saturday (Jan. 9), there was no carryover off which the Pick-5 pool could build, so track management and The Standardbred Owners Association of New Jersey got together to...
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Warrawee Vital to stand stud in Ontario

on January 14, 2021
The connections of multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Warrawee Vital (p,3, 1:47.1; $246,428) are pleased to announce that he will be standing stud privately in Ontario for the upcoming 2021 breeding season.   Limited bookings are now available to breed to Warrawee Vital, the fastest-ever offspring of champion racehorse and leading stallion Captaintreacherous, for an introductory fee...
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Jeffery P brushes wide, wins Meadows $16,200 trot

on January 13, 2021
Swinging wide off excessive cover through the final turn, Jeffery P roared through the lane and captured Wednesday's $16,200 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Jeffery P raced third over down the backside, cover that he probably didn't need because it forced him well wide in the stretch. But he had a ton of trot for Dave Palone and sailed past th pack to triumph in 1:54.4, 3...
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James Devaux has Grand Slam at Monticello

on January 13, 2021
On Wednesday afternoon January 13, former 3-time Monticello Raceway leading dash winning driver James Devaux scored a Grand Slam on the 10 race card. Devaux scored in the first race with Six Bax (1:59.2 - $5.70). The son of Kadabra has now won 2 in a row. Luigi Bizacko (1:59.4 - $7.40) earned a new lifetime mark in the effort for trainer Joe Skowyra for Devaux’s second win. In...
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Black Magic Racing buys interest in Catch The Fire

on January 13, 2021
CT Stables has sold an interest in its 2020 Adios champion Catch The Fire to Black Magic Racing of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. This purchase was part of a multi-horse package to acquire multiple Grand Circuit horses including Catch The Fire's 3-year-old brother, Captains Place, who is now owned by Black Magic Racing. As originally planned, Catch The Fire is standing stud this year at Su...
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It's Time For Fun brings joy to Wilfongs

on January 13, 2021
It’s Time For Fun has brought plenty of pleasure to the Wilfong family over the years and trainer Brett Wilfong hopes the 6-year-old mare pacer will add to the enjoyment in 2021. Lynn Wilfong, Brett’s dad, bred and owns It’s Time For Fun, who was an Indiana Sires Stakes champion at age 3. She has earned $312,395 during her career, winning 17 of 71 races and cashing a pa...
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Dan Patch show includes Fair Island Farm Caretaker of Year

on January 13, 2021
The 2020 Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year Award winner will be announced as part of the United States Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5-6 p.m. This Virtual Awards Show has been made possible in large part by Jason Settlemoir and The Meadowlands, Roberts Communications Network, and the United States Trotting Association (U...
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Announcer Steve Cross leaving Hoosier Park

on January 13, 2021
Steve Cross, who has been announcing races at Harrah’s Hoosier Park since 1998, has told Weekend Preview that he will not be returning to the announcer’s booth when the 2021 meet gets underway on Friday, March 26.   Harrah’s Hoosier Park is scheduled to race 160 nights this year through Dec. 4. After racing four nights a week initially, Sundays will be added beginnin...
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Action Uncle repeats divisional honors in Ohio

on January 13, 2021
Action Uncle picked up in 2020 where he left off, winning nine races on the way to being named the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.   Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter out of Action Broadway, started 10 times in 2020, winning nine and finishing second once.  He earned $351,960 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners Carl Howard, Joyce McClelland, and Larry Will...
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Hall of Famers Hennessey, Miller dead heat at Pompano

on January 13, 2021
While Cult Icon took top honors in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, most of the scuttlebutt came in the very next race for the mares as a rare occurrence was witnessed when stablemates Happy Heart and Glenferrie Blade dead-heated in their event with two Hall of Famers--both with 10,000 plus career wins--were in their respective sulkies.  Wally Hennessey and David Miller s...
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Steve McCoy honored with OHHA Hagemeyer Award

on January 13, 2021
The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association has awarded Steve McCoy the Maynard and Stella Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award for 2020. McCoy, who lives in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with his wife, Brenda, has been involved in harness racing since 1982. He joined the OHHA Board of Directors in 1994 and served as the association’s president from 2009 to 2015. During his tenure as pre...
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Jack Vernon scores in 1:53 in Dover Open Trot

on January 13, 2021
Jack Vernon rode cover to a minor 5-1 upset in Tuesday night’s (Jan. 12) $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at Dover Downs. Warrior One, Pat Matters and JL Cruze all left for the early lead, and JL Cruze muscled his way to the top over Pat Matters — who accepted the pocket — through a hard-fought :26.4 first quarter before racing uncontested through a :55.1 half. After his early lea...
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Swan Chase trots 1:53.4 at Miami Valley

on January 12, 2021
Swan Chase (Trace Tetrick) narrowly defeated Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) and Lane Of Stone (Dan Noble) in the Tuesday (Jan. 12) featured $22,500 Open Trot at Miami Valley.  The 1:53.4 clocking was the quickest of the eight day old 2021 meet thus far. The winner was on top at the quarter mile marker, but yielded to last week’s winner Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) shortly thereaft...
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Chapter Seven, Father Patrick, Peaceful Way elected to Hall of Fame

on January 12, 2021
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the results of recent balloting to determine the 2021 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Chapter Seven and Father Patrick, and racemare Peaceful ...
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Ohio USHWA announces award winners

on January 12, 2021
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has selected its 2020 award winners.   The Ohio Chapter will honor Louise and Jay Weller as the recipients of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the past year; Chris Presley as the Peter Haughton Memorial Award winner as the young Ohioan who is an “up-and...
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Dan Patch Awards go virtual Saturday, Jan. 16

on January 12, 2021
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will host a special Dan Patch Virtual Awards Show, on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. This Virtual Awards Show has been made possible in large part by Jason Settlemoir and the Meadowlands, Roberts Communications Network, and the United States Trotting Association (USTA).   The Dan Patch Awards Show can be watched live on U...
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Rebellious, DG's Caviar star Monday at Pompano

on January 12, 2021
Rebellious and DG's Caviar were the stars under the moonlight at Pompano Park on Monday as these two captured their respective Open Handicap events as handle eclipsed the $1-million mark for the third time since the beginning of the new year. Rebellious, the splendid 7-year-old gelded son of Mach Three, won the major share of the $11,000 purse as he zipped off the wings and c...
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Ocean Rock, Summer Touch honored in Ohio

on January 12, 2021
As a 2 year old, the connections of Ocean Rock knew he was special, but they did not realize how special until his first start as a 3 year old when he rallied down the stretch for his first win of the year on the way to being named Ohio 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.   Ocean Rock, the son of Rockin Amadeus out of Ocean Pearl hit the board nine times in 10 starts, winning six an...
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Post 8 no problem for Let It Ride at Yonkers

on January 11, 2021
Let It Ride handles post eight at Yonkers with aplomb, stays perfect since arriving in U.S. --credit Yonkers Raceway Media--   New Zealand import Let It Ride improved his record since coming to the United States to six-for-six with a 1:52.1 victory from post position eight in the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway as the 2021 meet kicked off. &nbs...
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Virgil Morgan Jr. elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on January 11, 2021
Virgil Morgan Jr., arguably the greatest trainer in Ohio history, has been elected as the 47th member of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame by a vote of the members of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association.   Morgan, 55, was the first conditioner to win 5,000 races and has now won more than 6,700 races and $60 million in earnings. He has career Unive...
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Sutton wins 5,000th race at Miami Valley

on January 11, 2021
Driver Josh Sutton reached the coveted 5,000 career victory plateau at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday, guiding Wegottatruckyea to the wire first in the very first race.  It wasn’t long before Sutton commenced his trek for 10,000 wins as he also captured the second race with Astroffical, prompting a daily double that returned $20.60 to Sutton faithful.     Sutton was bor...
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22YO Samuel King snags driving double at Pompano Sunday

on January 11, 2021
After an action packed Sunday (Jan. 10) featuring a $172,173 Pick-5 pool, Pompano Park will follow that up with twin $30,000 guaranteed pools on Monday (Jan. 11) in their two Pick-4 wagers during a 13-race extravaganza. The Sunday Pick-5, with a generous carryover of $24,000-plus, attracted $148,147 in new wagering and thanks to the heroics of 22-year-old Samuel King, 646 winning tickets resu...
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More than $300,000 offered in Meadows Spring series

on January 11, 2021
Spring series for 3 and 4 year olds, a popular fixture at The Meadows that fell victim to Covid-19 restrictions last year, have returned. Beginning in early March, the track will offer eight series — four for 3 and 4 year olds and four for 3 year olds — that feature two  preliminary legs and a championship, with total purses projected to exceed $312,000.   P...
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Let It Ride N brings win streak to Yonkers Monday

on January 11, 2021
Let It Ride N will make his Yonkers Raceway debut in the featured $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Monday night. The move to the Hilltop comes after the Rock N Roll Heaven gelding took a Meadowlands Preferred/Open Handicap in such style as to garner praise like “he really amazed me,” from trainer Nifty Norman.   In that start Jan. 2, driver Dexter Dunn slotted Let It Ride N i...
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Crawford Farms donating breedings for aftercare

on January 11, 2021
Eleven seasonal breedings to some of the sport’s most attractive stallions will be offered at auction on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Standardbred aftercare organizations and facilities. Michelle and Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms LLC have donated the nearly dozen breedings to help jumpstart the ...
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Terry Holton Youth Award to Noah Kenneth Newman

on January 11, 2021
Noah Kenneth Newman of Streetsboro, Ohio, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award. Newman, a sophomore at Streetsboro High School, has taken advantage of his opportunity to work with his family’s horses in 2020. When Covid-19 shut down schools and high school athletics, Newman began helping at the barn. “H...
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$30,000 claiming pacers in action at Miami Valley

on January 10, 2021
The first legs of another pair of Claim To Fame series highlighter the Sunday (Jan. 10) matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.  Four splits of $30,000 claiming pacers went postward as well as a pair of $10,000 claiming trot divisions.  Quickest of the four winners among the high priced pacers was Voracity (Trace Tetrick, $2.80) who sped to a 1:51.3 triumph.  The eight-year-old son of...
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Merry Ann Ohio's 2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year

on January 10, 2021
After finishing second in her first two career starts, Merry Ann reeled off five straight wins on the way to being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Merry Ann, the daughter of Southwind Spirit out of Witty Girl, won three legs of the Ohio Sire Stakes for 2-Year-Old filly trotters as well as the $300,000 final.  She finished the season winning five of eight races with ...
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NJ bill permitting year-round residence on horse farms now law

on January 10, 2021
Home is where the horse is— at least that’s the case in New Jersey after Gov. Phil Murphy signed Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s bill permitting full-time, year-round farm employees to reside on premises where horses are boarded. “Groomers, trainers and other full-time farm employees often need extended access to the horses they care for,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “...
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Western Joe wins feature; handle tops $3.6 mil at Big M

on January 10, 2021
Faithful fans of The Meadowlands product produced another huge night of action at mile oval, as for a third consecutive Saturday betting topped the $3.6-million mark. All-source wagering on the 15-race card totaled $3,646,603. Just like one week ago (Jan. 2), a big first race guaranteed 20-cent Pick-5 pool set the tone for the night. The wager carried not only a $100,000 pool promise but...
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GD Western Joe upsets Stars Align N

on January 09, 2021
G D Western Joe (Chris Page) pulled a mild upset over Stars Align N (Dan Noble) in Miami Valley’s Saturday (Jan. 9) $22,500 Open Pace.  The six-year-old son of Real Desire triumphed twice and was runner-up twice in his last four starts at Hollywood Dayton Raceway and continued his torrid pace of impressive performances in his first effort at Miami Valley. Page fired his charge...
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Bidding underway for OHHA stallion auction

on January 09, 2021
Bidding is underway for the 2021 Ohio Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.).  Twenty-two Ohio stallions, 11 Pacers and 11 Trotters, have been made available for a breeding to benefit P.A.C.E.R. On-line bidding is available until Saturday January 18th at 5:00 p.m.  For information on how to bid visit https://hoofbi...
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Harold Kelly Memorial Series kicks off

on January 09, 2021
Many of Freehold Raceway's regulars were in the spotlight this Saturday (January 9), as Freehold kicked off the Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series.   Local horsemen flooded the box for the first leg of this series, which is restricted to horses and geldings owned, sired, or foaled in New Jersey. The first division, restricted to horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 68.0...
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Guinevere Hall Ohio 3FT of the Year

on January 09, 2021
Guinevere Hall rolled off eight straight wins to start her 2020 campaign on the way to being named Ohio’s 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year. Guinevere Hall, the daughter of Cash Hall out of Garbo Lane by Lindy Lane, finished the year with eight wins in 13 starts, earning $356,972 for owners M T Pocket Stables and David McDuffie.  The filly was trained by Melanie Wrenn and bred ...
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Pompano offers $150,000 Pick 5 guarantee Sunday

on January 09, 2021
For the second time in less than one week, Pompano Park will offer a $150,000 guarantee on its Pick-5 wager on Sunday (January 10). The huge guarantee was made possible when the Thursday Pick-5 went unsolved as nobody was able to come up with the 1-5-10-1-5 combination, which included a 25 to 1 winner, Muscle High, piloted by Jack Killeen, the 20 year-old driver getting his first win eve...
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Todd Mccarthy wins 4 at Meadowlands; $2.8 mil handle

on January 09, 2021
For a guy who didn’t arrive until four months ago, Todd McCarthy continues to impress in harness racing’s toughest driver colony. The 27-year-old McCarthy continued to do good things since his arrival from Australia, winning four times on the Friday night card at The Meadowlands. The five-time driving champion at Australia’s Menangle Racetrack finished second at the recen...
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The Bethinator 4 for 5 with Miami Valley win

on January 08, 2021
The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) is on quite the roll on the southwest Ohio circuit.  The just turned four-year-old won for the fourth time in her last five tries, copping her third Mares Open in her last four tries on Friday (Jan. 8) in 1:52. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, dispatched as the second choice in the betting, returned $6.40 to win.  Coupled with 12-1 longshot Summer Cha...
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Harness Racing Museum needs stallion breedings

on January 08, 2021
Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this season? We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2021 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all – the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or placing a bi...
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Wild Wild Western captures Meadows Open Handicap

on January 08, 2021
Wild Wild Western made the top with an uncovered move and found the wire just in time in Friday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Wild Wild Western was third when Tony Hall sent him after the leader, Macadoodledoo. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra cleared handily but was pressured late by Carolina Beach in the Lightning Lane. Wild Wild Western downed that...
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Obrigado scores again in Freehold's trot feature

on January 08, 2021
Even in a more advanced age, Obrigado's class continues to shine through. He won the Preferred Handicap trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Jan. 8) for the second week in a row.   Despite the assignment of the outside post position seven, bettors pounded Obrigado down to 1/5 favoritism. Driver Dan Dube had no problem getting him to the lead, clearing to the front just before ...
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Manchego to return to racetrack in 2021

on January 08, 2021
Trainer Nancy Takter has announced that the world champion trotter Manchego will return to the racetrack in 2021. In winner’s circle ceremonies on Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands following her victory in the TVG Open Trot, Manchego’s shoes were pulled to mark her retirement from racing to become a broodmare.   Now six, Manchego has 33 wins in 56 career starts with $2,723,181&nb...
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Tessa Koran Ohio HHA's Outstanding Groom for 2020

on January 08, 2021
Tessa Koran of Stow, Ohio, has been named the 2020 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Outstanding Groom for 2020. Koran works for trainer Kent Sherman and was nominated by Matt Watson, the owner of Sherman trainee Lucky King. Watson said Koran brings a positive energy to the track every day.  “It doesn’t matter if your horse is a $5,000 claimer or an Open horse, you...
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Su Ne Rich Stable's Susie Helfrich, 99, dies in Ohio

on January 08, 2021
Susie Helfrich, 99, died Jan. 2, at Court House Manor in Washington Court House, Ohio, where she had resided in recent years. She was a graduate of Washington Court House High School and Middletown School of Nursing. She was a lifelong resident of Fayette County. When she was married to Neil Helfrich, they were quite involved in harness racing for many years. They raced horses under t...
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Crazy Wow moving to Diamond Creek Farm in KY

on January 08, 2021
Multiple stakes-winning Crazy Wow—2, 1:54; 3, 1:51.1 ($2,532,143)—a world champion son of Crazed and his sire’s all-time leading earner, is relocating from Leatherstocking Equine in New York to Diamond Creek Farm Kentucky for the upcoming breeding season, it was announced today by Crawford Farms. He will stand the 2021 season for $3,000. “Al and I are very excited to h...
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Friday the deadline for Tattersalls supplements

on January 08, 2021
Today is the deadline for supplemental entries to the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Monday, Jan. 18 at the Meadowlands. Entries will be accepted through the end of business hours by submitting horses online at tattersallsredmile.com or by calling (914) 773-7777.   Both the main sale catalog and updated past performances booklet may be viewed on the Tattersalls we...
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Charlie May named 2020 Ohio Horse of the Year

on January 07, 2021
Charlie May started his freshman year with a bang by winning his first career start in the $150,000 Next Generation at Eldorado Scioto Downs and capped the year being named the Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.   For owner Don Tiger he wasn’t sure what he had with homebred Charlie May.  “I sent the horse to Steve Carter and the first day he called and told me h...
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Hereslookinatyou N best in Meadows feature

on January 07, 2021
Newcomer Hereslookinatyou N followed cover beautifully, then roared through the lane to spring a 22-1 in Thursday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $9,400 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Hereslookinatyou N, who had been performing at Yonkers and Saratoga, picked up the live cover of the first-over Circle The Page before peeling off around the final turn for Jim Pantaleano. The...
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HISA featured topic in new Weekend Preview!

on January 07, 2021
The Horseracing and Integrity Act (HISA) is again the featured topic in the latest HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Last week USTA president Russell Williams offered his thoughts on HISA in an interview. This week Andrew Cohen, a breeder, owner and media legal analyst, questions the USTA’s effort to be involved with crafting HISA and pleads for the organization to work to be included when HI...
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Yonkers opens 234-night meet on Jan. 11

on January 07, 2021
Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts announces its 2021 Racing Program for Yonkers Raceway with Opening Day scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11, pending approval by the New York State Gaming Commission. The 234-race day calendar includes a stakes schedule featuring the return of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, and two Triple Crown events, the MGM Yonkers Trot and MGM Gran...
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Meadowlands looks to keep betting on a roll

on January 07, 2021
With the stars in perfect alignment, wagering at the Meadowlands has been booming of late. In fact, with the track dark each of the last two holiday-season Fridays, the Saturdays (Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) that followed saw cumulative handle batter the $8-million barrier.   After $3.7 million – the fourth-highest day or night of business during 2020 – was pushed through the wind...
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Ohio Stallion directory now online

on January 07, 2021
The 2021 Ohio Standardbred Stallion Directory and Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Membership Directory is now available electronically at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association website, www.OHHA.com.   The directory includes pedigree pages for 54 stallions currently standing in Ohio, 27 pacers and 27 trotters.   In addition to the pedigree pages, the director...
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Shartin N retirement highlights Dover Wednesday card

on January 06, 2021
Soho Burning Love A wins the Mares Preferred Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday (Jan. 6) night. World Champion Shartin N, led the field in the post parade one last time with her trainer Jim King Jr. in the bike, as she started her next journey into retirement. Her stablemate Soho Burning Love A apparently wanted some of her own love and won the Mares Preferred pace. She’s Pukka N and ...
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All Day Sunshine repeats in Meadows feature

on January 06, 2021
Hammered down to 1-9, All Day Sunshine performed liked the overwhelming favorite, romping to her second straight victory in Wednesday's Opening Day feature at The Meadows, a $9,100 Conditioned Pace.   All Day Sunshine quarter-poled to the top for Dan Rawlings and began to draw off at the three-quarters. The 4-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach-Mustang Kensley scored in 1:54.1, 2 ...
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US economic indicators for 2020 show expected declines

on January 06, 2021
With the suspension of racing for about three months during 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, total wagering at all U.S. harness tracks for the year was down by 18.39 percent from $1,424,886,558 in 2019 to $1,162,848,201, a decrease of $263,038,357. In addition, the amount of purses distributed was down significantly by 30.82 percent. In 2020, horsemen earned a total of $304,059,115 a decrea...
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Another million-dollar night for Pompano Park

on January 06, 2021
Image Of A Dream, craftily handled by Rick Plano, closed fastest of all to capture Pompano Park’s $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday night (Jan. 5) as the track made history with its first back-to-back million-dollar-plus handle nights in its 57-year history. The win by Image Of A Dream was just one part of an outstanding night of racing in South Florida as the handle of $1...
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Breedings available to benefit Pacing for the Cure

on January 06, 2021
Pacing For The Cure would like to thank the generous sponsors who have donated breedings for the 2021 Stud Fees For Scooters.  Pacing For The Cure is a 501(C) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) obtain financial assistance for medical equipment and services to manage this debilitating disease of the central nervous system as wel...
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Pat Matters trots to 1:51.2 Dover track record

on January 06, 2021
Pat Matters shattered the Dover Downs track record for older trotting mares with a 1:51.2 victory in Tuesday night’s (Jan. 5) $20,000 Open Handicap Trot. Pat Matters and driver Andy McCarthy left alertly from post six and took the field through a quick :26.2 opening quarter before Warrior One motored up to seize the lead from Pat Matters before a :55 half. At the five-eighths, Pat Matte...
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Horsewoman Patricia Waddell-Snodgrass, 77, dies

on January 06, 2021
Patricia Ellen (James) Waddell-Snodgrass, 77, a resident of Philippi, NY, passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, in the United Hospital Center. Patricia was born Feb. 13, 1943, in Toronto, Ont., a daughter of the late Lewis and Bernice (Hodgins) James. Patricia was united in marriage on Aug. 22, 1985, to Dr. Ralph R. Snodgrass Jr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2012....
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Workinitonbroadway takes Miami Valley Open Trot

on January 05, 2021
Workinitonbroadway (Chris Page) pulled a mild upset in the first $20,000 Open Trot of the 2021 Miami Valley meet on Tuesday (Jan. 5) afternoon.  The five-year-old gelded son of Broadway Hall moved to the top just past the :28.3 opening quarter and fronted the field the remainder of the way, scoring in 1:56.1.  Annas Lucky Star (Brett Miller) rallied in the stretch to finish second...
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Hatter named new Freehold race announcer

on January 05, 2021
Racing fans at Freehold Raceway will hear a new voice starting Thursday, Jan. 7, when Edison Hatter begins his tenure as the race caller. Hatter, 22, is from Annapolis Junction, Md., and is best-known as one of the announcers at Rosecroft Raceway. He’ll announce at Freehold until March 13. A 2020 graduate of the University of Maryland, Hatter began announcing the Wednesday night...
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Vinny Fusco Jr. Series set for Freehold; Obrigado back

on January 05, 2021
Twenty-four New Jersey-owned, sired, or foaled pacing fillies and mares will take center stage at Freehold Raceway on Friday (January 8), as the Vinny Fusco Jr. Memorial Pacing Series begins.   The series was split up into two divisions. The second division, for horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 71.50 and 75.00, attracted fifteen entries, and was split up into two races. ...
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OHHA to hold virtual awards banquet on Jan. 16

on January 05, 2021
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will not hold its annual awards banquet and membership meeting but will instead present a virtual awards show on the OHHA YouTube channel on Jan. 16 at 7:00 PM. The awards show will feature Ohio’s top equine athletes of 2020.  Other Ohio award winners honored will be the Terry Holton Youth ...
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Beaumond Hanover sold to Pollack/Cullipher

on January 05, 2021
Standardbred Canada is reporting that multiple Ontario Sires Stakes winner Beaumond Hanover has been sold in advance of his 4-year-old campaign.   The son of Sportswriter-Bittersweet Terror amassed a solid 6-6-1 summary as a sophomore for owner and trainer Jack Darling after an abbreviated freshman season with four wins and five starts. A $45,000 yearling, Beaumond Hanover banked $325...
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Free programs available for Meadows Wednesday opener

on January 05, 2021
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino kicks off its 2021 season Wednesday with a 13-race card beginning at 12:45 p.m. To add to the excitement of opening day, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) is offering free race programs that can be downloaded at https://meadowsharnessracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/mea0106r.pdf.   The Meadows will race each Wednesday,...
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Zweig Memorial trots set for Aug. 28 at Vernon Downs

on January 05, 2021
The 47th Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial, an open event for 3-year-old trotting fillies and colts, will be raced on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Vernon Downs. A release from Jan. 4 contained an incorrect date.   Long a test of the top of the crop, last year's Zweig featured Hambletonian winner Ramona Hill winning the Zweig Filly and Hambo runner-up Ready For Moni winning the Open d...
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Pompano handle tops $1.3 million Monday night

on January 05, 2021
A pair of $30,000 guaranteed pools and four Monday night feature events helped vault Pompano Park's handle to $1,334,368--it's highest handle of the young season. The previous high for the 2020-2021 season was $1,052,064 achieved just last week on Dec. 29. Not only was the handle hot, the racing was, as well, as only three favorites hit the winner's circle on the 13-r...
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Wisher named Delaware Valley Caretaker of Year

on January 05, 2021
David Wisher, of Smyrna, Del., was named the Delaware Valley Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association’s Caretaker of the Year for 2020.   Wisher is the inaugural recipient for the award. He has worked with Standardbreds since 1970, including a current longstanding career working for trainer Joe MacDonald since 1987. Wisher was nominated by Joe and his wife Linda ...
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Open Trot highlights Tuesday card at Miami Valley

on January 04, 2021
Miami Valley Raceway will present its first open class event of its eighth annual season on Tuesday when a $20,000 Open Trot is part of the 14-race program.   A recent winner of the final 2020 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton three weeks ago, Pass The Vape has been given the slight morning line edge at 5-2 in the quality seven-horse field.   Trevor Smith will steer th...
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What every USTA member needs to know about HISA

on January 04, 2021
While the holiday season normally is a quiet one for harness racing, that was not the case most recently.  On the evening of Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act (HISA) was passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives as part of a 5,539-page omnibus spending bill.   President Trump signed the bill into law several days later.  Her...
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No eliminations for Empire Breeders Classics in 2021

on January 04, 2021
The $1 million(e) Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) stakes for 3-year-old New York sired trotters and pacers will be raced without eliminations in 2021. This format was implemented for the 2020 EBC trotting races and the 2020 EBC colt pace went straight to the final with ten declarations.   In 2021, should ten or fewer declare for any of the EBCs, the sta...
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Pompano features two guaranteed pick-4 pools on Monday

on January 03, 2021
Pompano Park will have two $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-4 Pools on Monday night as the South Florida track offers a 13 race extravaganza featuring a pair of Open Handicap events.   The twin $30,000 guarantees will cover the first Pick-4 covering races 6-7-8-9 with the late Pick-4 featuring races 10-11-12-13. Both Pick-4 events will feature the lowest takeout in the industry—12%. &...
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Tetrick, George sweep Miami Valley opening day features

on January 03, 2021
A pair of $30,000 claiming paces highlighted the first day (Sunday, Jan. 3) of the 2021 meet at Miami Valley Raceway with driver Trace Tetrick and trainer Tyler George winning both of the $15,750 purse events. Secret Threat copped the lidlifter in 1:52.4 over Never Say Never N (Josh Sutton) and Hal N Sammy (Tyler Smith) in what proved to be the quickest mile of the day.  Trainer Tyler Ge...
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Let It Ride N stars on $4.5M night at Big M

on January 03, 2021
Handle reached remarkable heights and Let It Ride N stamped himself as the top harness horse currently in training on an eventful Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Wagering on the 15-race program totaled $4,562,477, which topped the “non-event” 2020 best of $4.1 million on June 20, when there were 18 races on the card. The average per race was $304,165, a number no...
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Pick-5 pool exceeds $360,000 at Big M

on January 02, 2021
Fans of The Meadowlands' 20-cent Pick-5 bet the popular puzzle with both hands Saturday night, and after three favorites won during the sequence, many players visited the mutuel windows to cash in. Last Saturday's (Dec. 26) Pick-5 carryover of $46,731 led to a $150,000 guaranteed pool and players went at it hot and heavy from the get-go, adding to the carryover with $314,217 in "...
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Miami Valley kicks off 8th season with Sunday matinee

on January 02, 2021
Miami Valley Raceway will commence its eighth season of live harness racing on Sunday (Jan. 3) with a 14 race program starting at 2:05 p.m. The matinee is the first of 87 cards scheduled between now and May 3. The southwest Ohio five-eighths mile oval will host 2:05 matinees on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays each week, and feature 4:05 twilight programs on Fridays and Saturdays. The 2021 ...
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Obrigado, Alexa Skye win Freehold co-features

on January 02, 2021
Freehold Raceway rang in the new year on Friday (Jan. 1), with a pair of Preferred Handicaps. One was won by an established veteran, the other by a possible rising star. The $12,000 Preferred Handicap Trot went to Obrigado, who inched his earnings closer to the $2 million mark. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field of seven, he was sent to the front early on from post position six b...
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