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Courtly Choice will be back racing in 2019

on December 12, 2018
Courtly Choice’s ownership group has decided that he will race at 4.   “He was a fun horse to race and we are looking forward to racing him in 2019,” said Joe Thomson, Courtly Choice’s co-owner. “There are several stakes that we will be aiming for in the upcoming season.”   Courtly Choice’s trainer, Blake Macintosh, had mixed feelin...
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Batavia names horses of the meet

on December 12, 2018
With the Batavia Downs meet coming to a close this Saturda the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) has announced their horses of the meet.   The Horse of the Meet is In Runaway Bay N.   In Runaway Bay N (Mach Three-Pullover Brown) raced in the top pacing class at Batavia Downs 13 times in 2018, more than any other horse at the m...
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Holiday series gets underway at Meadows

on December 11, 2018
Strawb’s Chippie N zipped to the point and held tough in the lane to score in Tuesday’s opening leg of a Holiday Claiming Series for $20,000 claiming filly and mare pacers at The Meadows. My Kind Of Dance captured the other $15,000 opening-leg split. The Meadows this week is kicking off six Holiday Claiming Series that conclude on a special New Year’s Eve card that also feat...
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Battle lines drawn in Hoosiers vs Buckeyes

on December 11, 2018
The battle lines are drawn and now only the result of the fourth annual Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driver’s Challenge this Saturday night remains to be seen. Hoosier Park’s top five available reinsmen will compete with Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway’s five dash leaders in a six-race competition for bragging rights over the next 12 months. The Hoosier squad is captained by Tra...
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NJ lawmakers advance $100 million subsidy

on December 11, 2018
The New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced the proposed legislation on Monday, Dec. 10 by a vote of 13-0. The proposed legislation will provide a $20 million annual subsidy to New Jersey’s horse racing industry, to be divided equally between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries. The state’s funding would benefit not just racetracks but everyo...
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SRF announces Spoto as raffle winner

on December 11, 2018
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) raffle winner of the trip to the Prix d'Amerique in Paris or to enjoy a castle stay and ride in Ireland is Donna Wenskoski of Iselin, N.J. When SRF shared the news she replied with, "You're kidding." That was repeated a few time until it finally made sense to her. A recent adopter, Linda Spoto, had bought the ticket for Donna...
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Pennachio named Amateur Driver of Year

on December 11, 2018
Each year amateur racing becomes a bigger part in the Standardbred sport with many talented drivers displaying impressive abilities guiding spirited steeds to victory. And this season has been no exception especially with the expansive opportunities available with the ever-growing number of amateur organizations dotting the landscape. In spite of the talents of a multitude of amateur drivers ...
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Freehold weighing sports betting options

on December 11, 2018
With sports betting up and running at the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park, it appears that Freehold Raceway is ready to join the action. According to Christopher McErlean, vice president at Penn National, which co-owns the track, “We are in negotiations with vendors for both retail and online, and we hope to have a decision by the end of the month.” Freehold plans to follow the Meado...
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Melady's Monet returns Thursday to Big M

on December 11, 2018
The Meadowlands will race just two nights this week with the Saturday card a casualty of a New York Jets late afternoon game in Met Life stadium. As a result, we are left with a particularly strong Thursday program featuring 10 full fields of what would be the usual Friday fare. The twin features are $15,000 conditioned races for pacing mares (race 6) and trotters (race 7), both competitive...
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Asher-Stalbaum named Batavia Rising Star

on December 11, 2018
She was born to race and hit the ground running this, her first year of training. And hard work and perseverance has paid instant dividends for Riley Asher-Stalbaum and that is why she was named the 2018 Rising Star at Batavia Downs by the Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).    Asher-Stalbaum was brought up in the business, the daugh...
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Valedictory Series gets underway at Mohawk

on December 11, 2018
The conditions were chilly, but the action was hot Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with Winter Series action launching and Preferred trotters battling.   The Valedictory Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings got underway Monday with a pair of $17,000 divisions, while a field of eight clashed in this week’s edition of the $34,000 Preferred.   The first...
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Breather helps Dayson win Meadows trot

on December 10, 2018
Aided by a second-quarter breather, Dayson drew away from the pocket-sitting Wind Of The North in the lane and captured Monday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Dayson was looped from the gate and had to work hard for the lead on a subfreezing day. But the 5-year-old Conway Hall-Nervey’s Taurus gelding was refreshed by the 30.3 second panel Dave Palone gave him and...
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Pratt to be honored in New York

on December 10, 2018
 The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association has announced that Steve Pratt will receive their Lifetime Achievement Award during the Night of Distinction at Batavia Downs on Friday, Dec. 14. Pratt first got his groom’s license in 1970 and from there has been involved in harness racing ever since. He has been training and racing horses in western New Yo...
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HHYF launches new, improved website

on December 10, 2018
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is pleased to announce the launch of our improved website. Now easier to use both for potential summer program participants and donors, the address remains the same www.hhyf.org.   Allison Conte, chairperson of HHYF Public Relations Committee, explained, “HHYF is changing and evolving and as a group, the trustees recognized that our...
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Race spill sidelines Cummings

on December 10, 2018
After being involved in an accident at Batavia Downs late last week, perennial western New York driving leader Kevin Cummings will not return to action until next year.   While driving in the first race on Friday night, Dec. 7, Cummings horse made a break causing the horse directly behind to collide into him, hitting Cummings on the left-side back at full speed. The two horses became ...
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Foiled Again wins 108th race

on December 09, 2018
 A mere three weeks away from mandatory retirement, Foiled Again ($2.20) withstood three strong challenges en route to a gritty 1:54.2 win — the 108th of his career — in Sunday's $10,000 Foiled Again Farewell Tour Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The richest pacer of all time and usual driver Yannick Gingras were tested from the outset by Cabbie's ...
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Anything For Love cruises at Meadows

on December 09, 2018
Anythingforlove A opened up a four-length lead at the three-quarters and cruised home to capture Saturday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. After four consecutive pocket trips had produced seconds and thirds, Anythingforlove A took matters into his own hands by blasting to the front for Aaron Merriman and settling matters early. He scored in 1:53.1, 3/4 lengths better th...
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Lucky McTrucky best in Batavia open

on December 09, 2018
Lucky McTrucky got back to his winning ways taking the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night. The feature field got away in post position order leaving Cultural Paradise (Jim McNeight Jr.) on top calling the shots and with no pressure to the half, it was a soft fraction of :58 flat. However that would soon change when In Runaway Bay N (Truman Gale) came calling first-u...
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Granite wins in 1:49.2 at Dayton

on December 09, 2018
Despite 24 degree temperatures and never seeing the pylons Granite captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night in 1:49.2.  The clocking was the fourth fastest in the five year history of harness racing’s newest track, following only Donttellmeagain (1:47.4), State Treasurer (1:48.4) and Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49.1)—all marks taken in...
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Weona Sizzler A wins open pace at Yonkers

on December 09, 2018
Odds-on Weona Sizzler A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) made a successful first trip to the adult table Saturday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed—from post position No. 5---to Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, 56 and 1:24, Weona Sizzler A found room passing the three-quarters when a first-up Soho Lennon A (Jim Maroh...
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K Ryan Blue Chip wins second straight at Big M  

on December 09, 2018
K Ryan Bluechip used an amazing final half-mile to win the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands – an $18,500 conditioned pace – for a second straight week. Driver Brett Miller was in no hurry early with the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee, but the fans who bet him as the 2-1 favorite probably wish he'd been closer at the half. K Ryan Bluechip was last in the field of seven past...
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Faraldo wins NAADA final

on December 08, 2018
Joe Faraldo is a happy man. And why shouldn't he be? After all, the veteran amateur driver just won the $15,000 final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's fourth and final series with Tough Get Going at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night. They toured the Hilltop oval in 2:00 to score a one-length victory over Monica Banca and Master of Excuses. When the wings of ...
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Betabcool N returns to Saratoga winner’s circle

on December 08, 2018
It had been awhile since Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) recorded a win in the local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare won the feature three times early in the season but had gone winless in the Open since April 13, albeit in limited tries, heading into Friday night’s action. Betabcool N had a second- and a third-place finish in her two mo...
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American Girl wins Dayton mares open

on December 08, 2018
A pair of impressive mares prevailed in the co-featured $18,000 Mares Open Pace and the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night.    American Girl (Aaron Merriman) worked hard from an assigned outside post to gain command through the :26.2 opening panel, then coasted to a comfortable 5 3/4-length victory in the distaff pace.  The final 1:50.3 time equa...
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Kendall Seelster reclaims Preferred crown

on December 08, 2018
Kendall Seelster powered by Darlinonthebeach late to win a star-studded $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A talented field of six with combined earnings of $4.7 million battled in Friday’s feature contest.   Sandbetweenurtoes left hard from the rail looking for the lead, while sophomore filly Double A Mint als...
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Trolley wins again at Meadowlands

on December 08, 2018
Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M’s trotting feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son...
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Monica Gallagher wins Yonkers feature

on December 07, 2018
Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.              Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel’s Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed a...
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Empire Earl N goes back-to-back

on December 07, 2018
After going winless since Sept. 7 when he trotted a season’s best 1:56.3, Empire Earl N has regained early season form winning two consecutive top-class races at Batavia Downs. The second score came on Friday when he captured the $11,000 Open Handicap trot.   Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) got away third as Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) made a beeline for the lead and when...
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Trotters in Harrah’s Philly spotlight

on December 07, 2018
Trotting action, usually the hallmark of “Trottin’ Thursdays” at Harrah’s Philadelphia, carried over to the Friday action, with three $16,000 contests gathering good fields of developing horses.  First to the feature race winner’s circle was the Credit Winner sophomore filly Aperfectruby, who made the most of a cover trip, rushing three-deep on the turn and cl...
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In The Arsenal to stand in New York

on December 07, 2018
In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 6-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, has been retired and will stand his first season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York for an introductory fee of $2,500. Earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Perh...
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Tattersalls January deadline is Monday

on December 07, 2018
Time is running out for those considering entering horses in the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, as the deadline for Tattersalls’ flagship auction is Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.   Consignors can enter online at tattersallsredmile.com or by calling the sales office at (914) 773-7777.   The sale will be held on its customary day on the calendar--Martin Luther King ...
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Six Pack returning to races in 2019

on December 07, 2018
Six Pack, the winner of this year’s Kentucky Futurity, will return to the races in 2019. The owners of the horse had received offers to stand him at stud next year.   “We decided we want to keep racing him next year,” said Sarah Svanstedt, the wife of trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, who owns majority interest in Six Pack.  “His racing season is going to begi...
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The Royal Harry romps in Saratoga series leg

on December 06, 2018
Thursday afternoon’s matinee at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured three divisions of the second leg of the Holiday Trotting Series. Horses had their final chance to secure points towards next week’s $20,000 Series Final.  Each of the three divisions on Thursday went for a purse of $7,500   The Royal Harry (RC Royalty) stole the show in leg two as he cruised to a wire-...
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Major Impact rallies in Philly feature

on December 06, 2018
The Explosive Matter gelding Major Impact certainly did have a major impact on the racing Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, closing strongly to rally by favored Clive Bigsby in the $17,000 featured trot and returning $106.80 to win.   Driver Marcus Miller had Major Impact on the back of the favorite and advanced behind his cover, then swung wide behind him as he made ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on December 06, 2018
Bon Jovi sang “Who says you can’t go home?” and driver Brett Miller is singing—saying—the same thing. The Ohio native reveals to Kathy Parker in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview why he plans on moving back to the Buckeye State after being based on the East Coast for several years. Miller will still be in action at the Meadowlands on Saturday where h...
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Panelists cautious about sports betting

on December 06, 2018
The potential impact of legalized sports wagering on the horse racing industry was a subject on the agenda at the annual University of Arizona's Global Symposium on Racing in Tucson, Ariz. According to reports, the consensus from a trio of experts on the topic—Chris Krafcik, managing director (political and regulatory markets) for Eilers & Krejcik Gaming; Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, a...
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Nominations open for Caretaker of Year

on December 06, 2018
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Initially titled ...
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Irishman Killeen pursuing driving dream

on December 06, 2018
Growing up in Dublin, Jack Killeen watched American harness racing on YouTube, passionately followed the careers of such greats as Somebeachsomewhere and Foiled Again and dreamed of coming to the U.S. to make his living as a Standardbred driver.   The 18 year old has taken an important step to realizing that dream through a stint as a driver at The Meadows. Killeen will wrap up his fi...
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'Borrow Ken's binoculars' at Big M

on December 06, 2018
Live racing at the Meadowlands expands to three race cards a week with the edition of Thursdays during the month of December, and the Big M will have some new blood providing the play-by-play. Let’s be clear, the voice of the Meadowlands, Ken Warkentin, isn’t going anywhere, but four different voices will be heard on each of the Thursday programs during December when those race ca...
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Sportsmuffler dominates F&M at Batavia

on December 05, 2018
As the weather gets colder, she keeps getting bolder. Sportsmuffler continued to dominate the local distaff colony by winning the $10,400 fillies and mares Open handicap pace with little effort on a cold night at Batavia Downs on Monday (Dec.5). Driver Billy Davis Jr. left three-wide with the 1-5 Sportsmuffler and out-dueled Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) to the catbird seat from where she dictate...
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Hoosier Park receives 2019 dates

on December 05, 2018
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2019 racing dates during its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2019 racing season will be conducted Friday, March 29 through Saturday, Nov. 9. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 26th season of live harn...
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Internet Hanover wires field in Philly

on December 05, 2018
On a cold day where the track condition went from "fast" to "good" to "sloppy" during a dusting of snow, a day when speed did not hold up very well, the Mach Three gelding Internet Hanover was the star of the day, going wire-to-wire in 1:53.1 to win one of three co-featured $16,000 contests. Tim Tetrick guided the impressive sophomore to the lead past a 27.4 quarte...
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Expose Yourself takes Meadows Preferred

on December 05, 2018
Caught widest in a four-ply battle for the early lead, Expose Yourself persevered, eventually crossed over and had just enough late to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Expose Yourself had to work hard on the sloppy track to overcome post 9 and needed nearly all the opening three-eighths to reach the point. The 4-year-old daught...
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New Vocations seeks breedings

on December 05, 2018
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is currently organizing its 21st Annual Stallion Auction to be held through OnGait.com Feb 5-7, 2019. The program annually offers hundreds of former racehorses a safety net through rehabilitation, retraining, and placement in carefully screened and monitored homes.   New Vocations embraces racing and the excitement and joy of racehorse ownershi...
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USTA moves into microchip era

on December 05, 2018
Beginning with the foal crop of 2019, the primary means of USTA horse identification will be the microchip. “Microchipping provides a more safe, efficient and reliable way to identify horses,” said USTA director of registry T.C. Lane. “The microchipping process is less stressful for the horse than freeze branding or a lip tattoo. In addition to its identification capability,...
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HRMC releases recommendations

on December 05, 2018
The Harness Racing Medication Committee released their recommendations on Wednesday for the two therapeutic medications, clenbuterol and betamethasone, that were distributed to 16 state racing commissions as well as the Association of Racing Commissioners International for their consideration in establishing medication rules. The recommendations that were sent with position papers on Wednesd...
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HHYF seeking teaching help for 2019

on December 05, 2018
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is seeking individuals interested in teaching, extensive travel, and general assistance with the 2019 Harness Horse Youth Foundation Summer Programs.   Tentative dates of employment for the 2019 season are from mid-May to September 1. Position offered is salaried and could be used to fulfill required internship if needed by student. Duties include tr...
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Northfield bettor wins $77,797

on December 05, 2018
One lucky Northfield Park bettor will have a very Merry Christmas this year!  The 20 cent Northfield Single Six was solved with a single combination for a whopping $77,797.92 return on Tuesday (December 4).   The wager premiered on October 13 and Tuesday marks the second time the pool has been solved by a single combination.   The (unique combination) Pick 6 offers a l...
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Brady Brown drives 4 winners at Meadows

on December 04, 2018
Circle The Page sat patiently in the pocket, then roared through the Lightning Lane to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   As Jewels Forreal moved first over and put away the leader, Cracklin Rosie, she got the jump on Circle The Page, who could only wait for clearance. But when Dan Rawlings pointed her to the Lightning Lane, she su...
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Clydesdales at Meadowlands Friday

on December 04, 2018
 The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are making a special holiday season visit to Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment this Friday, December 7. Fans can meet-and-greet the gentle giants hitch team from 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Then fans can watch in amazement as the eight-horse hitch parades down the track before the night’s first race. The first race post is 7:15 p.m. Adm...
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NY hosts annual awards banquet

on December 04, 2018
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) hosted its Annual Awards Banquet December 2 at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel, honoring the top horses, trainers, drivers, owners and breeders of the 2018 harness racing season. Awards were given to the 2 and 3-year old champions across the three racings series: the New York Sire Stakes, the Excelsior Series and the County Fair Series.   This season&r...
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Always A Virgin's book full and closed

on December 04, 2018
Victory Hill Farm has announced that the 2019 book for stallion Always A Virgin is full and closed.   Always A Virgin is the sire of Always B Miki p, 1:46, the fastest Standardbred ever. Always A Virgin is also a leading sire in Indiana. His 2018 performers include the 19-time winner Always A Prince p,3, 1:48.3 ($492,875), also an Indiana Super Final winner.
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Crazy Wow retired to stud duty in NY

on December 04, 2018
Michelle and Albert Crawford have announced that their world champion trotter Crazy Wow 3,1:51.1 ($2,532,143) has been retired and will stand stud in New York for an introductory fee of $3,000. An outstanding individual and multiple stakes winner of over $2.5 million, Crazy Wow is the obvious choice for New York breeders as the next descendant of the unrivaled Credit Winner. His dam, ...
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Meadows 2:00 Club, MSOA raise $37,690

on December 04, 2018
The 30th Annual Chinese Auction for Charity sponsored by The Meadows 2:00 Club and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) was concluded around 9:30 pm on Sunday night, Dec. 2.   We had nearly 200 items and around 400 people in attendance. We would like to thank all those that donated gifts and those that purchased tickets. The result was a new all-time record of $37,6...
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Meadows sets 2019 racing schedule

on December 04, 2018
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer 195 live racing programs in 2019 — same as the 2018 total — highlighted by the 53rd edition of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids on July 20 and July 27.   Generally, the track will race four days each week. Race days January through March will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, with Saturday replacing Friday t...
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Successful toy drive at Meadowlands

on December 04, 2018
This holiday season will be a little brighter for hundreds of area children thanks to a massive Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection drive at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. This year the Meadowlands teamed up with NY Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa to donate all the collected toys to Harlem Grown. Harlem Grown is a charitable organization in Harlem whose mission is to inspire yo...
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Thursday racing back at Big M

on December 04, 2018
The Meadowlands goes live on Thursday nights through the month of December beginning with a nine-race presentation this week.   It's a solid overnight card that includes an intriguing mix of shippers with nearly half of the horses on the bill making their first Big M start, at least in a while. We'll see a lot of that in the coming weeks as tracks in the region shut down for t...
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Wind Of The North wins 50th at Northfield

on December 04, 2018
Wind Of The North trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning the third race at Northfield Park on Monday.  The 8-year-old veteran, with 164 career starts, also has 36 seconds and 21 third-place finishes.    Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind-Pine Chip) has career earnings of $1,035,258 with a lifetime mark of 1:51 at Pocono Downs at age four. ...
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Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes at Dayton

on December 03, 2018
 The stage is set for the fourth annual Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Driving Challenge to take place at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night, Dec. 15. The Buckeyes prevailed in the first annual contest in 2015 and held on for a narrow 351-333 triumph in the third edition in 2017. The Hoosiers captured the competition in its second year in 2016 and will look to even the score following this ...
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Media Buzz makes Meadows history

on December 03, 2018
Media Buzz proved that he’s not fake news when he stalked Classic Banker from the pocket, then shot the Lightning Lane to pull off the 8-1 upset in Monday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. A closing second last week, Media Buzz generated luke-warm support stepping up to the Preferred Handicap. However, when Dan Rawlings gave him the perfect pocket trip, Media Buzz ...
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Tactical Landing retired; standing at Southwind

on December 03, 2018
The ownership group of Tactical Landing (Muscle Hill -Southwind Serena-Varenne) 2, 1:56Q; 3, 1:50.2 ($812,300) has made the bittersweet decision to retire him to stud duty as a result of an injury he sustained while racing. From the day he was born, through the time he sold as the second highest price yearling for $800,000 and throughout his racing career, the full brother to the world champi...
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You Know You Do to stud at Victory Hill

on December 03, 2018
You Know You Do 2, 1:54.2; 3, 1:53.2f-BT1:50.2 ($510,257), winner of the 2017 Peter Haughton Memorial Trot, has been retired to stud duty at Victory Hill Farm in Indiana.   You Know You Do is a son of Muscle Hill and You Want Me 2, 1:55.2f ($220,980), a stakes-winning daughter of Credit Winner. He also won the Champlain at Mohawk and Bluegrass at the Red Mile and finished second in th...
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Group makes recommendation on medications

on December 03, 2018
In May 2018, through the U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors Medication Subcommittee, the USTA established the Harness Racing Medication Collaborative to develop reliable, consistent medication regulations for application specifically to harness racing. On Wednesday (Nov. 28), the HRMC distributed usage recommendations supported with position papers for thresholds and withdrawal time...
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PA announces deadlines for breeders awards

on December 03, 2018
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines for paperwork due in order 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 2019 breeding season with paperwork postmarked by Febr...
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Awards announcements to be streamed live

on December 03, 2018
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present a live stream announcement of the 2018 divisional horse winners for both genders and gaits in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association (USTA) over a two-day period in mid-December.   On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the trotters will be revealed and on Thursday, Dec. 20, the pacers will be named. Both days the liv...
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Western Fame captures $100,000 Potomac Pace

on December 02, 2018
Western Fame, sitting the perfect pocket trip with Maryland native Corey Callahan in the sulky, went by 7-5 favorite Filibuster Hanover down the stretch to win the $100,000 Potomac Pace Sunday evening at Rosecroft Raceway. Western Fame, a recent acquisition by trainer Rene Allard, who trained last year’s Potomac Pace winner Keystone Velocity, covered the mile in 1:49 2/5. The victory, the...
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Mostinterestingman wins Yonkers Open

on December 02, 2018
Yonkers Raceway’s Sunday (Dec. 2) matinee saw a down-the-road Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman, $11) winning the featured—and ‘sloppy’--$44,000 Open Handicap Trot.   The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance ‘French’ trots.   The intervals were :27.3, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:55.4 as Mostinterestingm...
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K Ryan Bluechip stars at Meadowlands

on December 02, 2018
Off a pair of respectable tries, it was clear that K Ryan Bluechip could be competitive at the non-winners of $15,000 level at the Meadowlands, but what remained uncertain was, could he beat them?   Now we know.   In the Saturday night conditioned pacing feature at the Big M, Maroma Beach was the slight 8-5 public choice and hit the quarter first in :27. K Ryan Bluechip, fo...
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Rodeo Rock captures Yonkers Open

on December 01, 2018
Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell, $28.20), one of eight come-from-behind winners during Saturday night’s (Dec. 1) 10-race card, disposed of Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace in first-up fashion.   Away fourth from assigned post position No. 2, Rodeo Rock swallowed up early (:26.3, 56) leader Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) just past a 1:24 three-quarters. Rode...
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Isitfridayyet steps up in class, wins at Mohawk

on December 01, 2018
Richard Moreau trainee Isitfridayyet picked up his first-career Preferred victory in Saturday’s $34,000 feature at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A field of eight older pacers battled over a ‘Sloppy’ track for this week’s edition of the Preferred. The early-scramble saw Regal Son clear to the top shortly after posting a :27 opening-quarter. Physicallyinclined, who left...
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Crockets Cullen N bounces back after illness

on December 01, 2018
Larry Stalbaum’s Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) won his first local Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel in mid-October.   Following a third-place finish the week after, the seven year old New Zealand invader fell sick and wound up taking a month off to recover. Stalbaum qualified Crockets Cullen N at Monticello in anticipation of his return to the Saratoga Open on Saturday ni...
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Golden Gun rallies for Batavia victory

on December 01, 2018
As the rain came down, In Runaway Bay N splashed through it in a convincing gate to wire triumph in the $11,500 Open Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at Batavia Downs. In Runaway Bay N (Kevin Cummings) took early command from post two and set down even early fractions; reaching the half in :58.3. As they rounded the second turn and headed up the backstretch Upfront Countryboy (Billy D...
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Winwood Mac takes Dayton feature for Burke

on December 01, 2018
Winwood Mac (Chris Page) flew through the stretch to capture the Saturday (Dec. 1) Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, passing pacesetter and place finisher Night Pro (Dale Decker) and show finisher My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in the final strides.  It was the sixth triumph in 2018 for the 6-year-old son of Canyon Wind, raising his seasonal earnings to $92,543 earning half of the $18,000 p...
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Windsong Leo snags 19th win of season

on December 01, 2018
Windsong Leo knifed through the slop to collect his 19th win this season, and third straight, in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon is the "winningest" horse in harness racing this year with 20 victories while Windsong Leo is part of a four-way tie for second.   Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.4 second-quarter br...
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Marv Bachrad, renowned publicist, dies

on December 01, 2018
Marvin Bachrad, a member of harness racing’s Communicators Hall of Fame, a former president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) with 35 years as a director of the association, and such an influence on generations of harness journalists that he won the Harness Horse Youth Foundation Service To Youth Award, passed away on Friday evening, Nov. 30, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was ...
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SBOANJ, Big M reach sports betting agreement

on December 01, 2018
The Meadowlands Racetrack and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey are extremely pleased to announce that they have reached a revenue sharing agreement for the next 10 years that will annually add a minimum of $1 million from the sports betting monies to the purse account. “With a bill for a five-year $100 million purse appropriation scheduled to be introduced in the le...
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Casa Miasa pulls off another Saratoga win

on December 01, 2018
Casa Miasa (Driven To Win) was named this week as one of the nominees for Filly and Mare Claiming Pacer of the Year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Evan Hoagland trainee spent a chunk of her season competing in claimers but in recent weeks has gone on a tear while racing in the conditional ranks. Casa Miasa had pulled off upsets in two of the three starts heading into Friday night’s tr...
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Trolley scores again at Meadowlands

on December 01, 2018
One week ago, the Erv Miller-trained Trolley worked out a perfect pocket trip on the way to gunning down a heavy favorite in the Friday night conditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands. Trolley left nothing to chance this time around, blasting to the lead just after the quarter and taking the Big M Friday night feature for a second straight week. The 5-year-old son of Donato Hanover-L...
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Made Of Jewels AS rallies for Yonkers win

on November 30, 2018
Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton, $21.60) picked off a take-no-prisoners Angel’s Pride (Brent Holland) late in the lane Friday night (Nov. 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s ‘sloppy’ $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Away third from assigned post position No. 3, Made of Jewels AS watched as the polester Angel’s Pride parked a wide-early Lispatt...
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Earl Empire N takes Batavia Open

on November 30, 2018
Another sloppy track greeted participants for Friday night's (Nov. 30) card but it was no impediment for Empire Earl N who double-moved to victory in the $11,500 Open handicap trot at Batavia Downs. Leaving from post four, Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) tucked second behind Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.), who led the field to the half in :59.1. At that station the outside train came wi...
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Darlinonthebeach 1:52 winner at Mohawk

on November 30, 2018
Grand Circuit star Darlinonthebeach shipped north and took the top spot in Friday's $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The top-class for pacing fillies and mares had seen three different winners (Request For Parole, Exhilarated, Kendall Seelster) in the last three weeks and all three were back to battle in Friday's feature contest. Richard 'Ni...
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