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Dancin Yankee to stand at Ohio’s Cool Winds Farm

on November 17, 2019
World champion and three-time Ohio Older Pacer of the Year Dancin Yankee p,1:47.2 ($2,003,907) has been retired from racing and will stand for stallion service at Cool Winds Farm, Lima, Ohio, for the 2020 breeding season. A perennial iron horse with 80 lifetime wins, as well as a fan favorite, the 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser earned over $115,000 in each of the last nine of his 10 rac...
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Ohio’s Swapportunity wins Wolverine-Buckeye Challenge

on November 17, 2019
LaSalle Investments LLC's Swapportunity ($5.40) gave Ohio top honors in Saturday's $25,000 Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational Pace on Saturday evening at Northville Downs, just holding the Michigan-based Top Notch at bay.   Swapportunity left strongly from post two to establish close inside position, but yielded to Still Friskie (David Lake) and OGradys First Man (Don Harmon)...
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Angers Bayama, Lifetime Royalty win Harvest finals

on November 17, 2019
 Series finals, a milestone and Jackpot score headlined an eventful Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. An 11-race card featured a trio of main events with a pair of Harvest Series finals for Ontario-sired 3-year-old colts and geldings and a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Easy Lover Hanover became harness racing’s newest millionaire with 1:51.4 victory in the $34,000 Preferr...
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Swansea, Jack’s Legend N win Yonkers opens

on November 17, 2019
Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $19.20) and Jack’s Legend N (Jason Bartlett, $3.90) proved best Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $42,000 Open Handicaps.   Swansea rolled from second-over in the week’s marquee trot, picking off a stubborn Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). From post position No.  5, he prevailed by a length in 1:55.1.  Will Take...
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Atlanta cruises in TVG prep at Big M

on November 17, 2019
Atlanta tuned up for next week’s TVG Mares Trot by winning the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands in dominant fashion. The fastest trotter in Big M history by virtue of her 1:49.1 clocking On July 6 of this year, Atlanta toyed with a talented field in the mile oval's featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, driver Yannic...
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Highlights galore as Pocono closes 2019 season

on November 16, 2019
n the closing night of the 2019 season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, there were many highlights, with champions both human and equine honored. But stealing the show was 23-year-old provisional driver Sofia Zingale, who picked a dramatic circumstance in which to record her first-ever sulky victory – in the final $15,000 Billings Amateur Driving Series Eastern Championship. Zinga...
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Missile J prevails in Dayton feature

on November 16, 2019
This hasn’t been a year to brag about for the classy veteran pacer Missile J, but on Saturday his back class prevailed in Hollywood Dayton Raceway’s $16,500 Open Pace.  The 6-year-old son of American Ideal won for just the third time in 18 seasonal starts—earning $48,955—but the 1:51.2 score was his 26th in his career and boosted his lifetime bounty...
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Tullow N powers to Batavia Downs Open victory

on November 16, 2019
Starting slow and finishing fast was a winning strategy for Tullow N, who posted a convincing victory in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on a very cold Saturday night (Nov. 16).  I'm So Handsome (Billy Davis Jr.) took command early and led the single-file field to the half in :58.2. It was there that Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) pulled first-over and motored up the ...
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Lather Up to stand at Ohio’s Sugar Valley

on November 16, 2019
Lather Up’s ownership announced on Friday the decision to stand their world champion at Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio rather than at the new Diamond Creek farm in New York. “When we saw the overwhelming reception on the part of Ohio breeders coupled with that of top breeders from other states who appreciate the convenience of shipped semen, Adam (Bowden) and I thought it best to stand...
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Misslarose best in Meadowlands feature

on November 16, 2019
Misslarose is a veteran who knows what the winner’s circle at the Meadowlands looks like, and the 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata found her way there again Friday night after winning the Big M’s featured event, a high-level $20,000 conditioned trot. Gemologist, the longest shot in the field at odds of 79-1, was on the go early and led the field past the q...
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Icanflylikeanangel wins Yonkers trot feature

on November 16, 2019
With nary a distaff derby in sight Friday night, Yonkers Raceway offered $22,000 tri-features.  In the trot, odds-on favorite Icanflylikeanangel (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) has no issues whatsoever. From post position No. 5, he worked around Majestic Brayden (Joe Bongiorno), making the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. From, there, it was a  :58.2 intermission and 1:27 thr...
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Wheels A Turning repeats at Batavia

on November 16, 2019
Wheels A Turning scored a narrow come-from-behind win in the feature trot at Batavia Downs last week. This week she took control off the gate and provided the same outcome in the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot over a sloppy track at the Downs on Friday night.  The feature field was scratched down to five and the lone mare, Wheels A Turning (Shawn McDonough) was the best off the gate, hitti...
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Crystalline back to winning ways at Plainridge Park

on November 15, 2019
3-year-old Massachusetts Sire Stake Champion Crystalline looked in top form two-weeks removed from her $100,000 final victory after cruising to an easy win in the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov. 15). Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. took Crystalline to the wood fourth and waited for everyone to seat behind Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) moving to the quarter. When the...
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When You Dance springs 11-1 upset in Meadows pace

on November 15, 2019
  When You Dance relentlessly wore down the leader, Bettor Than Spring, and edged him at the wire to pull off an 11-1 upset in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   When You Dance was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him first over. When You Dance and Bettor Than Spring dueled through the stretch before When You Dance surged late to score t...
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Tetrick wins six more at Philly on Friday afternoon

on November 15, 2019
Drivers Dexter Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. won the feature races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon – and red-hot Tim Tetrick won about everything else. Dunn guided the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Philly Hanover to her second straight victory while winning the $18,000 top-billed distaff pace in 1:51.4. The "hometown horse" had to go the first-over route...
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Lasky named winner of HHYF Service to Youth Award

on November 15, 2019
Robert (Bob) Lasky has been selected as the recipient of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s (HHYF) 2019 Service To Youth Award. He will accept his plaque at the Dan Patch Awards on Feb. 23, 2020 in Orlando.   “Without Bob’s willingness to assist with the trucking, this past summer’s programs would likely have been very limited. Bob stepped up to get the ...
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Wolverines vs. Buckeyes Saturday at Northville

on November 15, 2019
A longtime mainstay at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, will be resurrected on Saturday night when the $25,000 Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational Pace heads a 12-race card at Northville Downs.   Four pacers with Michigan connections will square off against a quartet of their Ohio-based rivals in the featured event, carded as Race 10 on the program. First post time is 7:30 p.m. Eas...
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Entries now accepted for Winter Mixed Sale

on November 15, 2019
Tattersalls Sales Co. has announced that entries are now being accepted for the company’s annual Winter Mixed Sale, to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at the Meadowlands.   The sale, formerly called the January Select Mixed Sale, was renamed in keeping with the format of the company’s other Meadowlands mixed auctions held in the spring and summer. ...
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Indiana shippers spring Dayton surprises

on November 15, 2019
A pair of longshots, both invading from Indiana following the completion of the Harrah’s Hoosier Park meet, flashed the most final quarter mile trot in Hollywood Dayton’s weekly $17,500 Open Trot, lighting up the toteboard with boxcar payoffs.   Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Chris Page) swept three wide around the final turn after getting away near the rear of the full field and kep...
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Thru The Wickets, Lady Driver win Harvest finals

on November 15, 2019
Thru The Wickets and Lady Driver took home the gold in Thursday evening’s Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $47,500 final for trotting fillies and $50,200 final for pacing fillies wrapped up the three-week event for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. Thru The Wickets tipped three wide from fifth shortly before three-quarters and powered down the center of the tr...
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Bettors Fire N captures another Plainridge Open

on November 14, 2019
The classic line, “Thank you sir, may I have another?” from the movie Animal House seems more than fitting to describe the effort put in by top-class pacer Bettors Fire N on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 14) after taking his second straight win in identical fashion in the $15,000 Open Handicap pace at Plainridge Park.   Opus Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger) took the initial lead in the...
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Happy Heart captures Saratoga Open

on November 14, 2019
Happy Heart (Woodstock) has been as solid as any pacing mare at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019 and on Thursday, the Melissa Beckwith trainee sprung the upset in the afternoon’s feature.   Happy Heart was dismissed at odds of 16-1 despite drawing the rail in what wound up being a five-horse Open for distaffers following a scratch. The Fillies and Mares Open featured a 1-9 bet...
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Bettor's Wish, Tall Drink Hanover win Matrons

on November 14, 2019
After Dancin Lou snapped his four-race win streak in the Breeders Crown, Bettor’s Wish ($3.20) got back in the win column with a 1:49.2 score in the $248,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs.   Bettor’s Wish worked clear of American Mercury (Tyler Buter) just beyond a :27 first quarter, but faced immediate pressure...
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Gimpanzee, When Dovescry take Matron trots

on November 14, 2019
Breeders Crown winner Gimpanzee and Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry added another Grand Circuit title to their respective résumés with victories in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday at Dover Downs. In the $208,300 Matron for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Gimpanzee ($2.80) and Brian Sears sprinted to the early lead before yielding control to Ch...
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Lachance sweeps Harrah's Philadelphia features

on November 14, 2019
The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn’t have to move out of third until the three-quarters for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW’s NY Yank going wide early and su...
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Hannelore, Six Pack to be honored in Big M ceremonies

on November 14, 2019
Harness racing’s biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the TVG and Fall Final Four finals at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  This year will be extra special with two of the sport’s biggest names--Hannelore Hanover and Six Pack retiring following their starts in their TVG finals.   The great Hannelore Hanover’s retirement ceremon...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on November 14, 2019
The year may be coming to an end but there is still stakes action left on the calendar. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, the TVG final for older horses are coming up and trainer Ron Burke talks about his plans for his world champion mares Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover. By virtue of her victory in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, Manchego is eligible to receive an invitation to the...
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Deadlines for Pennsylvania eligibility

on November 14, 2019
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.   The State Horse Racing Commission Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today announced that owners must register their stallions for the 2020 breeding season by February 1. Additionally, owners looking to register their ...
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Mark MacDonald hopes to drive in January

on November 14, 2019
Mark MacDonald is still more than a month away from returning to the racetrack as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but the veteran driver is feeling good and looking forward to a successful 2020.   MacDonald was injured in July when he was unseated from the sulky prior to a race at Saratoga. He suffered a fractured left shoulder joint and is now rehabbing following surgery and three...
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Hambo Maturity supplements due Friday

on November 14, 2019
All 3-year-old trotters not eligible to the 2019 Hambletonian or Oaks have the option to supplement to the 2020 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds, with a supplemental payment of $2,000 on Nov. 15.   The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity is raced at The Meadowlands at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters receive money. It is typically the richest 4-year-old Trot offere...
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Countdown on to Big M's Final Four/TVG finals night

on November 14, 2019
The final major date for big-time stakes racing in 2019 on the harness racing calendar is just nine days away as the sport’s top venue, the Meadowlands Racetrack, will host eight events certain to have impact on many divisional honors–as well as Horse of the Year–on Saturday, Nov. 23. The lineup on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2 year...
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Muscles Yankee retired to Perretti Farms

on November 14, 2019
Winbak Farm of New York, in conjunction with Perretti Farms, announces the retirement of legendary trotting stallion Muscles Yankee.   Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2 ($1,424,938), was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. He was inducted as both an outstanding racehorse and a stand-out stallion.   Muscles Yankee was born at Yankeeland Farms, Inc. (of ...
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Hickfromfrenchlick named USTA District 8 HOY

on November 14, 2019
The 3-year-old pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick has been named the United States Trotting Association District 8 Horse of the Year. The award was presented to trainer Ray Schnittker at the New York Sires Stakes and USTA District 8 Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 10.   The So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star colt has earned $500,136 this year and won 11 of his 15 starts. His sophomore season...
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Shartin N back in winner's circle at Dover

on November 14, 2019
Shartin N, the top horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, brushed to the lead on the backstretch and was never caught in defeating a field of seven top mares in a $40,000 Invitational on Wednesday  at Dover Downs. The total lifetime earnings of the participants was more than $6 million. Caviart Ally defeated Shartin N in her last two starts and trainer Jim King Jr. could not ...
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An Original Dragon repeats at The Meadows

on November 14, 2019
An Original Dragon stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to snare her second straight victory in Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 filly & mare conditioned pace.   An Original Dragon grabbed the early lead but released Sweet Rockin Gia at the quarter, waiting patiently for her shot. Tony Hall gave it to her in the Lightning Lane, ...
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Batavia Downs cancels Wednesday's card

on November 13, 2019
The severe winter storm that hit western New York over the last two days caused many cancellations in the area due to bad driving conditions. Even though we are one day removed from the brunt of the disturbance it's impact left the track at Batavia Downs unsafe to race over and as a result, management decided to cancel live racing for Wednesday (Nov. 13).   "Our first and for...
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Yonkers adds live race card on Saturday, Nov. 30

on November 13, 2019
Yonkers Raceway has added Saturday night, Nov. 30, to its live racing calendar, with the usual first post of 6:50 p.m.   This schedule addition, approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, replaces an earlier program which had been canceled. The Raceway’s Thanksgiving week schedule now reads Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 25 and 26), along with the aforementioned Saturday. Ev...
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Tetrick has hot hands at chilly Philly

on November 13, 2019
Before driver Tim Tetrick headed south to Dover Downs for some stakes competition later Wednesday and Thursday, he got himself a nice little warmup at Harrah’s Philadelphia during the afternoon card, visiting Victory Lane six times before going to the First State. Tetrick’s six victories give him a 299-266 lead over George Napolitano Jr. with 18 cards left in the 2019 Ph...
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Winndevie a nice surprise for Polisseni

on November 13, 2019
Wanda Polisseni is the type of person who, in her own words, prefers to fly under the radar. But after her Winndevie won last month’s Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, providing Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables with its first trophy, that became a little more difficult. Not that Polisseni has any complaints.   “I was surprised at the number of people that ...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit wins Dover qualifier

on November 13, 2019
Wiggle It Jiggleit, with George Teague Jr. driving, qualified on a chilly Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. Teague replaced his son, Montrell Teague, who suffered a broken wrist last week while loading horses. Wigglie It Jiggleit was guided to the front by Teague, while Uncle Coz (Mike Cole) took up the pocket position behind the world champion. Wiggle It Jiggleit set early frac...
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Emily's Mayflower takes lifetime mark in DSBF

on November 12, 2019
With plunging temperatures headed below freezing, four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for 2-year-old trotters went to post at Dover Downs. Three early non-wagering races were followed by the second division of fillies leading off the wagering card. The first colt division was controlled by Rocky Bomber and Jack Parker Jr. to the half-mile station before Zulu (CR Commando-C...
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Lincoln's Girl N undefeated in 3 US starts

on November 12, 2019
he winners of the three $15,000 featured races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on the Tuesday twilight card all continued recent winning form with victories as the favorites in their respective contests. The one with the highest winning rate lately is the Sir Lincoln pacing mare Lincoln’s Girl N, who remained undefeated in three U.S. starts while taking a new mark of 1:54.2 despite r...
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Vegas Dream a stayer in 1 1/4-mile race at Dayton

on November 12, 2019
Hollywood Dayton Raceway continued its experiment with odd-distance races on Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 12), carding a mile-and-a-quarter contest for mid-range condition and claiming pacers.  Even-money favorite Vegas Dream (Jeremy Smith) hit the jackpot, scoring in 2:28.3 on a frigid afternoon over JDS Chancey Design (Austin Hanners) and Time To Casper (Trevor Smith).   JD’s ...
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Blue Ivy wins third straight at Meadows

on November 12, 2019
Hammered down to 1-9 in the wagering, Blue Ivy was as powerful as the odds suggested, pouring through the sloppy Lightning Lane to capture her third straight in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace.   Blue Ivy was content to stalk Sandy Win from the pocket. But when Aaron Merriman pointed her to the Lightning Lane, she blew past the leade...
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American History to stand at Deo Volente Farms

on November 12, 2019
Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing have announced the retirement of American History (American Ideal-Perfect Touch) after his final race on Nov. 23 in the tVG at The Meadowlands. The ownership group is also pleased to announce that American History will stand stud at Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J., signaling its support for the resurgence of Standardbred racing and br...
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Four Breeders Crown champs return for Thursday's Matrons

on November 12, 2019
All four 3-year-old Breeders Crown champions—Dancin Lou, Gimpanzee, Warrawee Ubeaut, and Winndevie—return to action for the first time since their Crown triumphs when Dover Downs hosts Matron Stakes for sophomore pacers and trotters on Thursday. A total of 19 Breeders Crown finalists will be racing in the Matrons, including the top-six finishers from the 3-year-old filly pace (won...
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SBOANJ $50,000 trot final Friday at Fhld

on November 12, 2019
The Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) trotting series for 3-year-olds concludes on Friday at Freehold Raceway, with the $50,000 final. The race is scheduled as the third on the 11-race Friday program, and drew a field of seven.   The headliners look to be drawn to the inside: NJSS-SDF champion French Cafe, and SBOANJ second leg winner Lucius...
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Only Three Diamonds needs elims in Fall Final Four

on November 12, 2019
Entries were taken at the Meadowlands Tuesday morning for the Fall Freshman Final Four Grand Circuit stakes. With 10 or fewer horses declared in three of the four races, eliminations became unnecessary for those and all horses that were entered in those stakes will move directly to the final.   Only the Three Diamonds filly pace, with a dozen declared, will require a single ...
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FSBOA Stallion Stakes raced at Pompano on Monday

on November 12, 2019
The FSBOA Stallion Stakes for 3 year olds highlighted the Monday racing program as non-wagering events at Pompano Park with more than $120,000 up for grabs in the four events. Trainer Kim Sears had a hat trick with all three of her entrants reaching the winner’s circle while Michile Lorenzo completed the training sweep for the ladies in the finale. Here is a recap of the festivities...
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Eligibility changes made to O'Brien Awards

on November 12, 2019
Standardbred Canada’s Board of Directors approved changes to O’Brien Award Eligibility policies for Horse Awards and the Future Star Award at its most recent Board meeting. Ballots will be sent out to O’Brien Award voters in early December. The voters' mandate is to vote for the horse or person in each division they felt made the greatest contribution to Canadian harness...
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Gray, Wheeler double up at Plainridge

on November 11, 2019
The team of owner/trainer Joel Wheeler and driver Shawn Gray was prolific at Plainridge Park as the horses they sent to post took both features on the card on Monday afternoon.   After taking the top trot at the Ridge just two weeks ago, Quicksilver Kemp scored again in the $20,000 Open Handicap on the strength of a late closing bid.    Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam...
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Barn Girl wins 11th of year at Meadows

on November 11, 2019
 Barn Girl rolled to her 11th win this year — and 24th over the past two seasons — with a front-end victory in Monday’s $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   The only mare in the field — as she often is — Barn Girl forged three wide to the lead for Aaron Merriman and blunted the backside bid of Whats The Word. The 7-year-old daught...
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Dover’s DSBF 2YO pacers get underway

on November 11, 2019
On a mild Veterans’ Day evening the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund 2-year-old pacing colts kicked off the first leg of the Dover Downs Series. Bebop On The Block (Gambler’s Dream-Seboomook Mao) scored for trainer Josh Green, and the driving sensation from “Down Under," Dexter Dunn in 1:56. Owners are Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly and the b...
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Indiana horseman Harold Barnes dies

on November 11, 2019
Harold E. Barnes, 79, of Shelbyville, Indiana, passed away Sunday, November 10.   He was born February 26, 1940 in Maxwell, Ind., to Edward “Eddie” and Luella (Martin) Barnes.  Harold, a third-generation horsemen, spent a lifetime in harness racing, participating as an owner, trainer, driver and breeder.  He was successful horsemen who compete...
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Shartin N, Caviart Ally renew rivalry Wednesday at Dover

on November 11, 2019
Shartin N and Caviart Ally renew their rivalry and have drawn outside posts in the $40,000 Mares Invitational at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Shartin N set a world record of 1:46.4 earlier in the season for trainer Jim King Jr. and has bankrolled more than $2 million in purses lifetime. Caviart Ally upset Shartin N in the Breeders Crown for trainer Brett Pelling and has earned more than $1.7 million...
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Annual Meadows charity fundraiser Dec. 8

on November 11, 2019
The former Meadows 2:00 Club, together with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA), is very pleased to announce that the upcoming 31st annual Chinese Auction for Charity will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe.   This event has raised more than $383,000 over the past 30 years for the benefit of worthy local charities as well as the Standard...
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Fla. Stallion Stakes raced at Pompano Park

on November 11, 2019
The Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association sponsored Stallion Stakes highlighted the Sunday program at Pompano Park with those festivities punctuated by presentations to Rick Plano and Fern Paquet Jr. for their recent milestones. The lucrative Stallion Stakes — with more than $100,000 on the line — were non-betting events for the 2 year olds with Prairie Gold Mine a...
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Endeavor upsets American History

on November 11, 2019
Pollack Racing LLC’s Endeavor, an 11-1 longshot, wore down heavily-favored Breeders Crown winner American History down the stretch to win Sunday’s $100,000 Potomac Pace by a neck at Rosecroft.   Driven by Tim Tetrick and trained by Jeff Cullipher, Endeavor, a 6-year-old gelded son of American Ideal, won for the sixth time in 24 starts this year and boosted his career earning...
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Garcia-Owen adds 3 wins to Philly total

on November 10, 2019
Gilbert Garcia-Owen padded his lead atop the Harrah's Philadelphia trainer standings with three wins on Sunday afternoon's (Nov. 10) 12-race card. Garcia-Owen opened his training treble with a pair of pacers he owns: Persistent Threat ($6.00) rallied from the pocket to win the afternoon's third race in 1:53.4, and Abner The Great ($3.40) then posted a gate-to-wire 1:52.1 win by 5-1/...
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McWicked scratched from Sunday’s Potomac Pace

on November 10, 2019
The 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked has been scratched from Sunday night's $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. He was the morning-line favorite in the race.   Trainer Casie Coleman posted on Facebook that she had to scratch McWicked, who is nearing the $5-million mark in career earnings, after he spiked a fever.   Here is Coleman's post: &...
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Tetrick, Cullipher take titles as Hoosier wraps up season

on November 10, 2019
Harrah’s Hoosier Park concluded the 26th season of live harness racing with a 13-race card in front of a packed house on Saturday, November 9. In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded.   On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his sixth consecutive and eighth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who is ...
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The Real One captures Yonkers Open

on November 10, 2019
Former all-age track record-holder The Real One (Pat Lachance, $13.40) stuck his tongue out at the wire Saturday night (Nov. 9), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Third-over from assigned post position No. 4,  The Real One was sixth—then fifth—when he bid in earnest. He snapped a first-over Dancin’ Dragon (George Brennan) in 1:53, wit...
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Hallie’s Comet scores at Meadowlands

on November 10, 2019
The original Halley’s Comet is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75-76 years. Good thing for fans of Hallie’s Comet the horse, that he wins with a lot more regularity than that.   The Ron Burke-trained Hallie’s Comet, a 5-year-old gelded son of Roddy’s Bags Again-Joyanna, won his third straight start (the first came at Pocono Downs), scoring Saturda...
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Atta Boy Dan scores 70th career victory

on November 09, 2019
The Keystone Endeavor gelding Endeavors Pride, under constant reminders from driver Matt Kakaley to keep to business during the mile, showed gameness in taking the featured $16,000 claiming handicap pace Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Endeavors Pride was looped early, and was outside well past the :26.4 opening quarter. The winner did gain command before the :55.4 half, ...
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Dancin Yankee wins in Dayton, tops $2 million in earnings

on November 09, 2019
Dancin Yankee, arguably the best Ohio-sired horse of all time, burst through the $2 million earnings plateau when winning the $17,000 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Nov. 9) in 1:51.    The 11-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was the oldest horse in the stellar field of eight and was saddled with the outside post, yet raced gamely as ever to score his 11th victor...
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Bettor Notbitter A takes Saratoga Open

on November 09, 2019
Bettor Notbitter A (Bettor’s Delight) recorded his first Open Pace victory at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night.   The Patti Harmon-trained pacer drew post position two for his third try in the local Open and driver Jay Randall didn’t waste any time showing speed with a horse who has thrived as a closer in his local starts. Bettor Notbitter A was the public’s 3...
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Burke's Howmac Dancer wins Batavia Open

on November 09, 2019
After winning his way up through the non-winner ranks, Howmac Dancer scored a major upset in his first top class $12,500 Open Handicap Pace victory at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (11-9). There was a mad rush off the gate with Major Authority (Wade Tomaszewski) parking out Mr. Euroman (Billy Davis Jr.) and Tullow N (John Cummings Jr.) two and three deep to the quarter in :27.3. With everyo...
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Ohio battle: Dayton vs. Northfield drivers

on November 09, 2019
Ten of Ohio's best reinsmen will compete head-to-head on Friday night, Dec.13, in a team contest to determine- -for one night at least- -whether Northfield Park or Hollywood Dayton Raceway has the strongest drivers colony.   The real winner, however, will be the Dayton Disaster Relief Fund, which was created by the Dayton Foundation to aid in rebuilding infrastructure an...
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Vinny Ginsburg wins 4 at Freehold

on November 09, 2019
Vinny Ginsburg had a big day at Freehold Raceway on Saturday (November 9), as he piloted home four winners on the 12-race card.   Ginsburg swept the early double, winning with Tim Lancaster's Rap it Up in race 1 and Davids Coming Home, trained by Brandon Mongiello, in race 2. He completed the hat trick with Sutton Seelster, for Allie Reynolds, in race 4, and got the grand slam whi...
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Potomac Pace Race 9 Sunday at Rosecroft

on November 09, 2019
One hundred grand has never been spent as well at a racetrack as it will Sunday night when the $100,000 Potomac Pace goes to the post at Rosecroft Raceway.   Not only is 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked among the eight pacers entered, but so are American History and Dorsoduro Hanover, the one-two finishers in the last weekend’s $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Mohawk...
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Wheels A Turning scores at Batavia

on November 09, 2019
A class drop spelled victory for Wheels A Turning who moved down from Open I company on Friday night (Nov. 8) to win the $11,000 Open II trotting feature at Batavia Downs.   Getting away fourth, Wheels A Turning (Denny Bucceri) watched in wait while the only other mare in the race, CR Blazin Beauty (John Cummings Jr.), grabbed the lead and set the tone. They went to the half in :58 flat bef...
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Manchego wins; headed for TVG Open?

on November 09, 2019
Racing fans got a real treat Friday night, getting to see the best horse in training right now – the great mare Manchego – tune up for the Nov. 23 TVG Final by easily defeating four overmatched foes in the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic encountered nothing in the way of trouble, grabbing th...
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Two in a row for Allbeastnobeauty

on November 08, 2019
 Allbeastnobeauty, the 2018 Illinois sophomore pacing filly of the year, continued her winning ways at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Nov. 8), scoring her second straight victory in the featured weekly $17,000 Mares Open.   The four-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster won a dozen races and $101,047 racing primarily in Illinois last season and now has added a half dozen races a...
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Kaitlyn N captures Yonkers Open

on November 08, 2019
A pocketed Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $10.60) picked off Write Me a Song (George Brennan) nearing the wire Friday night (Nov. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   In play from assigned post position No. 4, Kaitlyn N stung Write Me a Song, releasing that one before a chilly, 26-second opening quarter-mile. Odds-on pole-sitter Lady Dela R...
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Windsong Leo scores again at Meadows

on November 08, 2019
Windsong Leo continued his domination of The Meadows elite pacers with a front-end victory — his second in a row and 12th this year — in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Windsong Leo sprang to the lead from post 6 for Dave Palone. Despite a demanding 26.3 opening quarter, the 7-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding had little trouble scoring...
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Gold Orchid N takes Philly feature

on November 08, 2019
The Bettor’s Delight mare Gold Orchid N had to work until the three-eighths before getting the lead from the outside post eight, but she stayed strong on the lead and posted a 1:53 victory in the $18,000 featured pace on a chilly Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The winner of $226,285, including six figures both last year and this, had a host of leavers inside her but re...
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Donttellmeagain brings $400,000 at Harrisburg

on November 08, 2019
Harrisburg, PA -- Donttellmeagain, a 5-year-old male pacer with $779,011 in lifetime earnings, was the top seller at Friday’s final session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $400,000 by Jon Paton. The gelding was one of six horses to sell for at least $250,000 during the second day of the auction’s mixed sale.   Donttellmeagain, by Dragon Again out of...
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Lucius Vorenus wins NJ SBOA series leg

on November 08, 2019
Lucius Vorenus picked up another win at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Nov. 8) as he took the second leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) trotting series by three-quarters of a length.   The race began with three of the six horses in the field, Warrior One, Sovereign Deo, and Princess Deo, all breaking stride. Lucius...
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McWicked favored in Sunday's Potomac Pace

on November 08, 2019
He’s soon to be nine, but acts like a young colt anxious to get behind the starting gate. His owner is 88 and savors every trip to the winner’s circle, disinterested in the riches that could be gained by retiring the old boy and turning him into a stallion for hire. And his trainer is not only counting his successful miles, but the number of phone calls from farms eager to make him t...
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Michigan Colt Stakes champions announced

on November 08, 2019
All eight Michigan Sires Stakes winners swept as champions of their respective divisions for the 2019 Michigan stakes season, as announced on Friday by the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association.   Breeder Libby Myers accounted for four of the divisional champions: 2-year-old pacing filly Vicious Circle, 2-year-old trotting gelding Suzygottanewheart, 3-year-old trotting fi...
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Bettors Fire N takes Plainridge Open

on November 07, 2019
After shipping back from a two-week stint at Yonkers Raceway, Bettors Fire N turned up the heat on his competition at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 7) as he took no prisoners en route to winning the $20,000 Open Handicap featured pace. Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) and Bettors Fire N (Mitchell Cushing) flew off the wings and went right to the front, with Bettors Fire N grabbing ...
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Papi Rob Hanover, Amigo Volo win Matrons

on November 07, 2019
After being disqualified from first in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 25, David McDuffee’s Papi Rob Hanover ($2.40) found redemption in the $186,000 Matron Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings, held Thursday (Nov. 7) at Dover Downs. The son of Somebeachsomewhere and Panera Hanover eclipsed the $500,000 mark in career earnings with an effortless 1:50 win,...
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Izoh tops Goes Down Smooth in Philly

on November 07, 2019
The pair of feature races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on “Trottin’ Thursday” were both hard-fought affairs, with both headliners finding less than two lengths separating the winner from the last check-getter. In the $18,000 top-level event, the Crazed gelding Izoh ignored both a 23-1 dismissal by the bettors and a grueling first-over trip to catch favored sophom...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on November 07, 2019
Last month it was the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale that set records and in November it’s the Standardbred Horse Sales Co. Yearling Sale that is doing the same. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we have the story of the record-breaking three days of the yearling sale.   The featured event on the track this weekend is Sunday’s Potomac Invitational Pace, ...
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The Charging Moa N charges to Saratoga win

on November 07, 2019
The Charging Moa N (Changeover) made her local debut on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Patti Harmon-trained mare, who drew post six in the six-horse Fillies and Mares Open, came in as a winner of three races in four tries since coming to the U.S to compete out of the Harmon stable. The Charging Moa N wound up being the race’s 7-5 betting favorite as she got away last a...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park announces winter late-closers

on November 07, 2019
Woodbine Mohawk Park has unveiled its 2019-20 Winter Series Late Closer lineup, consisting of six events over the months of December, January and February. This year’s Winter Series includes the returning Niagara, Valedictory, Blizzard and Snowshoe, plus the additions of the new Wine & Roses and Pepsi Series. The Niagara and Valedictory Series for 3-year-old pacers will take plac...
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Darlinonthebeach sells for $450,000

on November 07, 2019
The Mixed Sale section of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual auction in Harrisburg, Pa., got underway on Thursday morning and breeders who enjoyed good yearling sale proceeds were reinvesting in their business.   Darlinonthebeach, a 6-year-old pacing mare who earned $1.06 million on the racetrack and is in foal to Always B Miki, sold for $450,000 to Diamond Creek Farm o...
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Shartin "yes," Greenshoe "no" for TVG finals

on November 07, 2019
The end of the calendar year is less than two months away, and harness racing’s biggest equine prize, Horse of the Year, is still up for grabs. Shartin N got nosed out by Mcwicked for the honor a year ago, and Joann Looney-King, who along with her husband Jim King, Jr., trains the 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin, is hoping to end the season on a high note at the Meadow...
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Another record year for the Standardbred Horse Sale

on November 06, 2019
For the second year in a row, it was a record year for the Standardbred Horse Sale.   The three-day yearling portion of the sale concluded Wednesday at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, where a total of 833 horses sold for a record average of $48,903. The previous best average was set last year, at $42,675 for 830 horses. This year’s average represented a 14.5-percent in...
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Crown champ Amigo Volo set for Thursday's Matron

on November 06, 2019
After delivering the Pinske family its first Breeders Crown trophy, Amigo Volo will look to continue his stakes-winning ways in Thursday’s $181,600 Matron for 2-year-old male trotters at Dover Downs. Amigo Volo is the 2-5 morning-line favorite in a field of six. The race is one of four Matrons for 2-year-olds. Papi Rob Hanover is the 2-5 favorite in the $186,000 division for male pacers...
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Kapow, Leap Year Lucky score at Saratoga

on November 06, 2019
A pair of $10,700 events for New York-sired trotters served as co-features on the Wednesday card at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Meg Reynolds’ Kapow (Conway Hall) was the fastest among the winners of the featured raced as pilot Phil Fluet situated the six year old into the pocket in the early going and parlayed that trip to victory. Kapow came into the race with only one win on the ...
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Bettor's Wish to return to races in 2020

on November 06, 2019
Chris Ryder, trainer of Bettor’s Wish, announced Wednesday that the top 3-year-old colt would return to racing for the 2020 season.   “We are all disappointed, but he failed to be certified to cover a full book of mares and we think this is the right path to travel. Actually, he will be racing next week in the Matron and possibly try the older horses in the TVG. We ha...
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Joe DeSimone Sr. dies at 93

on November 06, 2019
Joseph Anthony DeSimone Sr. of Kiamesha Lake, NY, passed away on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty.  He was 93.   Joe was a boxer in the Golden Gloves and his wife said, “He could do a mean lindy!”  When first Joe moved to Monticello, he drove for the Intercity Bus Line with his brothers and his father. He proudly se...
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Hanover announces stud fees for stallions

on November 06, 2019
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced the 2020 service fees for its stallions. All stallions stand in Pennsylvania.   Andover Hall- $6,000 Bar Hopping - $6,500 Betting Line - $10,000 Cantab Hall- $15,000 Captaintreacherous - $30,000 Greenshoe - $25,000 International Moni- $5,000 Stay Hungry - $6,000   The stallion books will open on Tuesday, Nov. 12.&...
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Trio of drivers get hat tricks at Pompano

on November 06, 2019
An oddity of sorts happened at Pompano Park on Tuesday night during the nine race program as three of the leading drivers all scored "hat tricks" accounting for the entire program.   The three, Rick Plano, Dave Ingraham and Wally Hennessey, came into the action with a combined total of almost 25,000 career wins--24,866 to be precise--and each tacked on three more o...
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Sebastian K to stand at Ohio's Abby Stables in 2020

on November 06, 2019
Marion Beachy, owner of Abby Stables in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Tristan Sjöberg of Knutsson Trotting Inc., and Björn Norén, representative of Knutsson Trotting Inc., are excited to announce that Sebastian K (1:49f, $2,973,252), by Korean out of Gabriella K, and the world’s fastest trotter on a five-eighths mile track, will stand at Abby Stables for the 2020 breeding season....
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Details on Meadowlands live racing in 2020

on November 06, 2019
When requests for racing dates were submitted to the New Jersey Racing Commission in October, Monmouth Park applied for live racing on the main track at the Meadowlands from Oct. 2 through Dec. 5, 2020.    The New Jersey legislation regarding live racing at the Meadowlands grants the Thoroughbreds the right to race live in the fall, should they choose to do so. The past seve...
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Strong prices continue at Harrisburg

on November 05, 2019
Pacing colt Make My Deo was the top-selling yearling at Tuesday’s (Nov. 5) second session of the Standardbred Horse Sale, purchased for $280,000 by Robert Cleary as agent for Bill Peshina’s Royal Wire Products. Through two sessions at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex, a total of 468 horses sold for $32.65 million and average of $69,769. The gross is up 16.6 percent from 20...
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Snowball’s Romeo wins Dayton’s 5/8th dash

on November 05, 2019
Hollywood Dayton Raceway hosted the first odd-distance race in its six-year history on Tuesday afternoon, a five-eighths mile sprint dubbed the “Election Day Dash To The Polls.” When the limestone dust settled, Snowball’s Romeo (Josh Sutton) emerged victorious with a 1:10.3 triumph over Respectable Dream (Chris Page) and Waterside Champ (Jeremy Smith).  Sutton left wi...
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Second-place finish makes Medusa a millionaire

on November 05, 2019
Medusa became harness racing’s newest millionaire when she finished second in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Her check lifted her career bankroll to $1,004,178. Tony Hall was aboard for the milestone trip for trainer Randy Bendis, who owns the 8-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Mythical with Pollack Racing LLC.   Fast, rugg...
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Harness racing’s newest millionaire selling at Harrisburg Friday

on November 05, 2019
Hip number 1432 Medusa raced today (Nov. 5) at The Meadows and pushed her earnings over one million dollars. Medusa is selling with four other "Fabulous FIllies" and one outstanding mare selling in the supplement: They can be viewed at the Fox Den Farm consignment starting Thursday, November 7. View them online now: www.foxdenfarm.com/harrisburg-2019.html  -- Fox...
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Midwest Mixed Sale entries now online

on November 05, 2019
The Midwest Auction Company is pleased to announce that entries for the 2019 Midwest Mixed Sale, to be held Friday, Nov. 29, in Shipshewana, Ind. are now online. Entries may be viewed at MidwestAuctionCo.com. Catalogs are planned to be mailed later this week. The sale will once again take place at the Michiana Event Center and will start at 11 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This...
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Concord Stud Farm continues to "reach for the stars"

on November 05, 2019
A year after consigning the two highest-priced yearlings at the 2018 Standardbred Horse Sale, Concord Stud Farm enjoyed another big day during Monday’s (Nov. 4) opening session of this year’s auction. Concord consigned the two highest-priced yearlings yesterday and three of the top four. All three were bred by Stefan Balazsi’s Order By Stable and raised at Concord, located in C...
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Jimmy Freight to stand at Winbak Farm of Ontario

on November 05, 2019
It has been announced that O’Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight p, 4,1:48.1 [$1,457,405 Cdn.) has been retired from racing and will be standing stud in Ontario at Winbak Farm for the 2020 breeding season.   Jimmy Freight, by Sportswriter and out of the Western Ideal mare Allamerican Summer, retires with a career slate that reads 21 wins, 13 second-place finishes and nine third-pla...
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World champion Six Pack to stand at Deo Volente Farms

on November 05, 2019
The owners of Six Pack--Svanstedt Inc. Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmar Inc. and L Berg Inc.--have announced the retirement of Six Pack (Muscle Mass-Pleasing Lady-Cantab Hall) after his final race in the TVG at the Meadowlands on Nov. 23. He will stand stud in 2020 Deo Volente Farms in Flemington, N.J.   "Six Pack is an incredibly powerful horse bundle...
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Paquet, Plano reach milestones at Pompano

on November 05, 2019
Rick Plano and Fern Paquet Jr. achieved important milestones at Pompano Park on Monday night with Plano scoring his 7,000th career victory, just 20 minutes after Paquet notched his 3,000th win.   Plano, who has been involved in harness racing for five decades, reached the winners circle with the 3-year-old filly Hypnotic Racer, who was facing an older group of mares . ...
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Freaky Feet Pete retired from racing

on November 05, 2019
According to a social media post from his owners, Freaky Feet Pete has been retired from racing. The seven-year-old son of Rockin Image retires with a mark of 1:47.1 and earnings in excess of $1.6 million.   Freaky Feet Pete is slated to join the roster at Paul and Cathy Webb’s Ivy Lane Farm for the 2020 breeding season.   Freaky Feet Pete captured the attenti...
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$550,000 top price in big Harrisburg opener

on November 04, 2019
With 10 yearlings selling for prices ranging from $300,000 to $550,000, the opening session of the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's annual yearling auction in Harrisburg, Pa., finished with a whopping 22.3 percent increase in the average price. The 168 horses sold generated an average price of $114,446, up from $93,541 in 2018. The sale topper in the opening session on Monday wa...
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Wasn’t easy, but O So Easy wins at Plainridge

on November 04, 2019
Drafting off the pace early in pursuit of a stiff fraction, O So Easy rallied past the half to capture the $20,000 Open Handicap trot at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Madhatter Bluechip (Kevin Switzer Jr.) took his usual position on the front end off the gate and flew to the quarter in :26.3. Shorething Fashion (Nick Graffam) was keeping a fairly close stance while the rest o...
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Zendt wins 3,000th race at The Meadows

on November 04, 2019
Whats The Word roared from the pocket past the three-quarters and overpowered the leader, Donatover, en route to victory in Monday’s $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Sensing that Donatover was vulnerable after a demanding opening quarter, Jim Pantaleano moved the winner from the pocket early. Whats The Word responded by scoring in 1:54.1, three-quarters of a l...
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Bit Of A Legend N to stand at Midland Acres in 2020

on November 04, 2019
Midland Acres proudly announces that Bit Of A Legend N will stand stud for the 2020 breeding season. The son of Bettor’s Delight out of Soky's Legend - Soky's Atom brings to Ohio a horse with early speed, soundness, durability, and toughness.    Bit Of A Legend N has won over $2.5 million, with $1,877,685 Domestic earnings and $659,686 International money as a ...
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Larry Karr three-peats at Harrah’s Philadelphia

on November 03, 2019
 Ron Burke trainee Larry Karr ($5.60) captured his third straight win on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, cruising to a powerful 1:49.4 score in the day's featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace. Dexter Dunn sent the 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance gelding clear of Rockapelo (Tim Tetrick) through a sharp :26.2 first quarter, and the pair maintained a healthy pace th...
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Kentucky horseman H.T. Jerrell dies at 87

on November 03, 2019
Hugh Thomas “H.T.” Jerrell, age 87, of Kevil, Ky., passed away at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at his residence. Born on Oct. 4, 1932, and known by most as H.T., Mr. Jerrell spent most of his adult life owning, training and racing Standardbred racehorses. He started training and racing in the early 1950s and had several outstanding trotters and pacers during the...
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Havefaithinme N captures Yonkers Preferred

on November 03, 2019
A pocketed Havefaithinme N (Jason Bartlett, $10) slipped up the inside, picking off 2-5 favorite Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Preferred Pace. The feature, pared down to a half-dozen after a pair of defections, saw Havefaithinme N—in one notch to post position No. 3—make the first lead. He was then leapfrogged by polester Ro...
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Marloe Hanover, Force N Fury best in Kindergarten paces

on November 02, 2019
Marloe Hanover returned from a show finish in the Breeders Crown freshman-filly pace final to score a 1:50.3 win the $192,500 Kindergarten Classic Filly Pace Final, sponsored by Daniel Baer and South Mountain Stables, on Saturday at the Meadowlands. From the moment the gate swung open, Marloe Hanover, driven by David Miller, aimed to be on top, leaving brightly with Hen Party and th...
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Bronx Seelster bests older foes at Pocono

on November 02, 2019
The Big Jim sophomore colt Bronx Seelster, fresh off racing in his Breeders Crown final, went to the top against mostly older foes in the $17,500 feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs Saturday night, then responded gamely to post a 1:50.3 victory in 40-degree temperatures. Simon Allard, who had three victories on the night, hustled the sophomore to the top before the :26.2 ini...
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Tookadiveoffdipper wins Dayton open

on November 02, 2019
Tookadiveoffdipper, the ultra-consistent 5-year-old son of Always A Virgin, copped the $17,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday for his seventh win of the season.  The Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee surpassed the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau with the victory.  In 2018, the winner also triumphed on seven occasions and banked $99,360.    Driver Brett Miller opt...
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Monti, Shepherd, Woodrum sweep Batavia features

on November 02, 2019
The formidable team of owner Robert Woodburn, trainer Patrick Shepherd and driver Drew Monti struck again in prime time to win both feature races on Saturday night at Batavia Downs.    In the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace, Down On My Luck scored his sixth win in only eight starts at Batavia Downs this year after he made a second-over move past the half, took over the lead fro...
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EL Ideal, Senorita Rita win Kindergarten trot finals

on November 02, 2019
A recall did not hamper the groove of EL Ideal as the late-blooming Ake Svanstedt trainee cruised to a 1:53.1 victory in the $251,460 Kindergarten Classic Colt and Gelding Trot Final—sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm—on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Meadowlands. Beyond Kronos, sent at odds of 69-1, blasted from post 8 to the front while Sky Castles also showed speed but began to gallop ro...
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Last call for Roger Huston at The Meadows

on November 02, 2019
“It’s been enjoyable; a new direction coming up for yours truly. Thank you so very much. Adios from The Meadows.”   With those words, Roger Huston brought down the curtain on his 44 years as “The Voice” of The Meadows. He’s called more than 188,000 races in his career, but at 77, he’s cutting back. He’ll continue to call the Little Brown...
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Buen Camino upsets at 50-1 at Meadowlands

on November 02, 2019
Look out below! After being dismissed at odds of 50-1, Buen Camino shocked an abbreviated star-laden field in the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The Trond Smedshammer trainee was in no hurry in the early stages, sitting fifth past the quarter and the half. Heading to three-quarters, driver Scott Zeron put Buen Camino in a perfect spot s...
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Don’t Let’em rebounds at Hoosier

on November 02, 2019
Grand Circuit racing action was back in the spotlight at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, November 1 as some of the sport’s brightest stars ventured to Hoosier Park for the final night of Grand Circuit racing this season.   The evening’s 12-race card was highlighted by the $120,000 Crossroads of America for three-year-old filly trotters, The $120,00...
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Allbeastnobeauty best in Dayton F&M open

on November 01, 2019
Allbeastnobeauty has hit the board in all of her six starts this meet at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, but hadn't found the winner's circle following the weekly $17,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace until Friday.   Trainer-driver Dan Noble left the gate aggressively with the 4-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster, quarter-moving to the front just past the :26.4 opening panel, then pres...
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Write Me A Song pens Yonkers victory

on November 01, 2019
A pocketed Write Me A Song (George Brennan, $6.10) picked off favored I’mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno) nearing the wire Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from post position No. 5, Write Me A Song stuffed Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) in behind before yielding to 7-5 choice I’mprincessgemma A. ...
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Dragin The Wagon wins 50th career race

on November 01, 2019
It was a landmark night for owner Cary Cantelon as her prized trotter Dragin The Wagon shipped in from a three-week stint at Yonkers Raceway to score his 50th lifetime win in the $12,500 Open Handicap trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night.  Driver Aaron Byron left hard with Dragin The Wagon from post five and crossed over in the first turn. But he was soon joined by Joey Pro (Jim Mo...
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You’re Majestic wins Meadows Friday feature

on November 01, 2019
Front-ending You’re Majestic, the only mare in the field, repelled the first-over bid of Delcrest Holiday and went on to capture Friday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned trot.   You’re Majestic was hard pressed by Delcrest Holiday, but when trainer/driver Doug Snyder put her to her task, she responded by widening late and downing the game challenge...
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Six straight for Whiskey Lindy

on November 01, 2019
After a three-year layoff Whiskey Lindy made his first start back this August a winning one and has repeated that outcome every week since. He extended his streak to six on Friday after he won the $12,000 conditioned trotting feature at Plainridge Park.     As he has done just about every week this year, Whiskey Lindy (Bruce Ranger) went right to the front and controlled his own d...
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Jive Dancing in Philly winner’s circle

on November 01, 2019
Jive Dancing A won her third straight race and her second straight in the $17,000 fillies and mares high-level pace on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, lowering her lifetime mile mark to 1:51.4 despite temperatures in the lower 50s.  The victorious daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was the innermost of three competitors for the early lead, yielding the top to favored Sw...
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Nutcracker Sweet scores in Philly

on November 01, 2019
Nutcracker Sweet, who has been in the harness racing headlines ever since he won his purse debut in 1:52 in June of his two-year-old year, won for the first time in 753 days – just over two years – as he took the pacing division of the $16,000 tri-features Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The four-year-old son of Bettor’s Delight showed good speed in makin...
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Hanover purchases Hannelore, to be bred to Greenshoe

on November 01, 2019
Russell Williams and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky excitedly announce that Hanover Shoe Farms has purchased the world champion and 2017 Horse Of The Year Hannelore Hanover 1:49.2($3,048,857).     “Hannelore Hanover is one of the greatest trotting mares ever to wear a harness. It is very special that she is coming home for her second career as a broodmare. She’s f...
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Mickey Burke Sr. honored by Monticello/Goshen USHWA

on November 01, 2019
When Mickey Burke Sr. started driving harness horses in 1956 the reinsmen wore soft caps and the sulky wheels were "open" and had no plastic safety discs. He still remembers those days well, along with the first horse he ever bought. "Hickory Buzz was a son of Phonograph and I purchased him, a single axle horse trailer, all of his equipment, several ...
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Cornelia Harvey, widow of Harry, dies at 87

on November 01, 2019
Cornelia Etzel Harvey, widow of Hall of Fame horseman Harry Harvey, died Oct. 22 at the age of 87 in Houston, Texas.  She had been in declining health for several years, a challenge she met with dignity and equanimity.   Harvey, who predeceased her in 2016 after 62 years of marriage, regularly proclaimed she was both the stronger half of their entry and the s...
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Tributes pour in to honor Meadows announcer Huston

on November 01, 2019
An era will end Saturday when Roger Huston, “The Voice” of The Meadows for the last 44 years, calls his final race card at the track (first post 1:05 p.m.).   At 77, Huston is cutting back his workload. He’ll still call the Little Brown Jug, which he’s done since 1968, and he’ll announce races at a number of county fairs. But his day-to-day presence will ...
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Elmo Blatch surprises in Dayton open

on November 01, 2019
For the third straight Thursday night, a new winner emerged in the weekly $17,000 Open Handicap Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.  This time it was 23-1 longshot Elmo Blatch (Cameron McCown) who topped Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.4.   It was a night when horses were aided by strong gusting winds down the backside, but were slo...
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Jamieson sweeps Harvest series finals

on November 01, 2019
It was all treats and no tricks for driver Jody Jamieson in Thursday evening’s Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson took the gold in both series finals for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings. Sportswriter colt Beaumond Hanover completed a series sweep in the $47,800 pacing colts and geldings final with a convincing victory, grabbing command in the second...
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Neither wind nor rain keeps Bet You from victory

on October 31, 2019
Despite wind, rain and six formidable foes, Bet You overcame all adversity to capture the $20,000 Open Handicap pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.   Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away fifth in line of the single-file group chasing the :26.3 quarter set by Opus Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger). Positions remained the same until Switzer pulled Bet you moving towards the ...
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