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67-1 upset winner, $918,830 handle at Yonkers

on January 29, 2020
Birch Island Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $136) and her 67-1 self charged from next-to-last Tuesday night (Jan. 28), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $18,000 Race 10 pace in rather surprising fashion.   From post position No. 7, ‘Betty’ closed widest and fastest, nipping 11-10 favorite Betcha Baby (Brent Holland) by a neck in 1:55. Sezana N (Eric Goodell) was third, with Take Abi...
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Jim Taggart Jr. wins 5,000th career race

on January 28, 2020
At Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, Jim Taggart Jr. notched a career milestone as he won his 5,000th race aboard GD Striker in the eighth race. GD Striker wired the field in a five-length victory in 2:01.2. Returning $3.20, GD Striker won over New York Attitude (Renaldo Morales III), who finished second, followed by London Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.)...
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Smash, Legal Transfer win Miami Valley finals

on January 28, 2020
Party At The Banks (Chris Page) and Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers), a pair of classy mares sitting at the rear of a field of the Midwest’s best geldings in Tuesday’s $24,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway, got serious as they approached the :56.4 halfway juncture.  They swept past their male counterparts in the second half-mile and finished one-two in the feature race, clocked in 1...
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McDazzle dazzles in Meadows victory

on January 28, 2020
McDazzle brushed wide through the lane, overtook her stablemate, Camera Lady, in the shadow of the wire and captured Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After getting away fifth for Mike Wilder, McDazzle picked up the live cover of Magic Forces, who carried her into striking position. Although the track was listed “good,” the 6-yea...
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Mohawk Park introduces Ontario-sired Spring Series

on January 28, 2020
Woodbine Mohawk Park will play host to a new series for Ontario-sired 3-year-old pacers and trotters this April and May. The Ontario-sired Spring Series will debut for 3 year olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019. There will be an event for each 3-year-old division, with each event consisting of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The series starts on Thursday, Ap...
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A "superfecta" year for Chris Page

on January 28, 2020
Chris Page put together quite the superfecta in 2019. The 36-year-old driver piloted Ohio’s Horse of the Year in 2-year-old male pacer Elver Hanover, notched career victory 5,000, increased his workload on the Grand Circuit, and got married.   “It was the best year of my life, horse racing wise and in my personal life,” Page said. “I was very happy with all of ...
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Perlucky wires field in top trot at Meadows

on January 28, 2020
A narrow loser of his last two, Perlucky turned the tables in Monday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows, scoring an in-command, front-end victory in a career best 1:54.2 over a "good" surface.   Those two recent defeats were by a combined margin of less than a length after tough trips. There were no such issues Monday, however, as Perlucky easily captured the ...
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Western NY horseman Gene Griffin, 75, dies

on January 28, 2020
Harvey E. "Gene" Griffin of East Pembroke, NY, passed away Friday (Jan. 24) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY, surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness. He was 75. Mr. Griffin was born December 23, 1944 in Caledonia, NY, a son of the late Mollie (Charles) Minor and Fredrick (Goldie) Griffin Sr. Mr. Griffin was a member of the Western New York Harness Horseman...
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Celebration of Life for Jay Sears in Pompano Beach

on January 28, 2020
A Celebration of Life for horseman Jay Sears will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, in Pompano Beach, Fla. Sears passed away Jan. 12.   The Celebration of Life will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Kraeer Funeral Home & Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 200 W Copans Rd., Pompano Beach, FL 33064.
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CHHA stallion auction begins Thursday

on January 27, 2020
CHHA Stallion Auction starts at noon Thursday, Thursday, January 30 and runs through noon Saturday, February 1. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. Starting Thursday at noon, go to www.ongait.com for the live auction. If at noon Saturday, less than 2 minutes have elapsed since the last bid on a particular breeding, that breeding ...
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Insomniac, Foolish Heart score in Claim To Fame finals

on January 27, 2020
Insomniac and Foolish Heart were crowned champions of their respective Claim To Fame Series on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway.  Each captured a preliminary leg en route to the lucrative finals and each utilized the popular “give and go” strategy early in their triumphant championship miles.   Insomniac proved best in the $15,000 claiming trot division, conte...
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Free Harness Handicapping qualifier by DerbyWars

on January 27, 2020
DerbyWars.com will host a free WHHC qualifier on Friday (Jan. 31), with the winner receiving a free entry to the $150,000 World Harness Handicapping Championship at The Meadowlands on April 18. The World Harness Handicapping Championship is estimated at $150,000 with a $40,000 first prize, with final prizes based on total entries and 100 percent of entries going to player prizes and bankr...
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Last call for room reservations for Dan Patch awards

on January 27, 2020
It is last call to make room reservations at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23. If you are planning to attend the gala festivities that will honor the best equines and humans in the sport in 2019, room reservations must be made by Friday, Jan. 31. Rooms are nearly sold ou...
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Buffalo ready for Wednesday opening

on January 27, 2020
Buffalo Raceway will open the 2020 season on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) with a 13-race program that gets underway at 5 p.m.  It will be a busy week at the half-mile oval located at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg as there will be lots for the fans to look forward to during opening week.   Wednesday's opener will feature a $2,500 Guaranteed Pick-5 which begins in th...
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The Dark Shadow upsets in series final

on January 26, 2020
The Dark Shadow pulled a major upset in the $37,500 championship leg of Miami Valley’s Claim To Fame series for $30,000 male pacers on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26).   Driver Sam Widger, perhaps buoyed by winning the $20,000 Claim To Fame division with Pet Shark as a longshot from an outside post position on Saturday, exploded his charge from the 8-hole behind the Woebkenberg start...
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Face Time Bourbon wins Prix d'Amerique; Propulson fades

on January 26, 2020
France’s Face Time Bourbon, a 5-year-old son of Ready Cash, captured the Prix d’Amerique on Sunday afternoon in Paris.   Driven by Sweden’s Bjorn Goop, Face Time Bourbon won handily in a mile rate time of 1:55 for 2,700 meters (about 1.67 miles). Goop worked out a trip first-over and then second-over, at times following race favorite Davidson du Pont.   ...
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Sintra goes 4-for-4 in January at Mohawk

on January 26, 2020
 Sintra completed a perfect January with his fourth consecutive Preferred victory on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The winner of $1.1 million and driver Jody Jamieson were assigned post seven in the $36,000 feature event, taking on six rivals over a track rated ‘Good’. Nirvana Seelster shot out to the lead and cut the mile, posting fractions of :28...
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Smalltownthrowdown best in Yonkers Open Trot

on January 26, 2020
Millionaire-in-waiting Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $28.20) parlayed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. In the game from assigned post position No. 3, Smalltownthrowdown sat behind Now’s the Moment (Jason Bartlett as that one made the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and after a nasty break by Yes (Brent  Hollan...
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Pappy Go Go an easy winner in Big M Preferred

on January 26, 2020
In the unlikely event you weren’t sure who the best trotter on the grounds at the Meadowlands was before Saturday night's  feature, there was positively no doubt after. Despite taking two weeks off, the red-hot Pappy Go Go upped his winning streak to three after taking the $37,500 Preferred in 1:52.2 over a track rated ‘good’ with a -1 variant, missing his life...
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France's Cleangame given International Save The Date

on January 25, 2020
Yonkers Raceway Director of Racing Alex Dadoyan presented Jean Michel Bazire with a ‘Save the Date’ for the 2020 MGM Yonkers International Trot for his trotter Cleangame. At Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris for this weekend’s Grand Prix d’Amérique, Dadoyan made the presentation after the Bazire trained and driven C D captured the Prix de Yonkers Raceway Thursday...
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Windsong Leo wins; Pet Shark takes claiming final

on January 25, 2020
A pair of ultra-impressive performances, both by horses starting from the outermost No. 9 post position, highlighted the Saturday (Jan. 25) night action at Miami Valley Raceway.   Windsong Leo (Chris Page) ran his win streak to five, capturing the $25,000 Open Pace in 1:52 over a sloppy track. The outstanding 8-year-old son of Jereme’s Jet has won three straight at the top ...
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Shneonucrzydiamnd wins Freehold Preferred

on January 25, 2020
-- Shneonucrzydiamnd turned in a gem of a performance on Saturday (January 25) at Freehold Raceway, taking the Preferred Handicap pace by two lengths in an excellent time.   He hadn't raced since a non-winners of $10,000 pace score at the Meadowlands on November 16, but bettors were undeterred, making him the 1/1 favorite. Driver Vinny Ginsburg initially took back from post positi...
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Management team news from Blue Chip

on January 25, 2020
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce several exciting changes to our management team to maintain and strengthen our industry-leading on farm care, customer service and equine development. Dr. Herbert Burns will assume the title of vice president, taking on day-to-day management responsibilities in addition to his longstanding commitment to our breeding and development programs. The comb...
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Odds On St Lucie 1:50.3 Meadowlands winner

on January 25, 2020
Odds On St Lucie gave driver Vinny Ginsburg quite a workout Friday night. And that was just in the post parade.   Before the featured $31,250 high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares at the Meadowlands, the 4-year-old daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure was rank in the pre-race lineup and would not calm down until the outrider intervened. “Headstrong doesn’t qu...
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Robyn Camden best in Yonkers feature

on January 25, 2020
A season-debuting Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr., $11) proved best Friday night (Jan. 24th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   In play from post position No. 5, Robyn Camden was able to plotz into a early pocket after 11-10 favorite Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan) made a nasty break.   From there, Robyn Camden was stalkin...
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Hal N Sammy, Danikova take claiming titles

on January 24, 2020
When you are good, you are good!  When you are hot, you are hot!!  A pair of five-year-old pacers, Hal N Sammy and Danikova, fit both clichés to a T on Friday night (Jan. 24), winning their respective lucrative championships in the first pair of finals in the popular Claim To Fame series’ currently underway at Miami Valley Raceway.  Both swept their series undefeat...
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Mister Spot A wins Meadows feature

on January 24, 2020
Mister Spot A pounced on the weary leaders to spring a 14-1 upset in Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace.   Do Work Son, Independent One and Statham N dueled for the early lead, resulting in a demanding 26.4 opening panel in the slop. Mister Spot A sat last at the half, taking it all in, when Tony Hall sent him after the leaders. The 6-year-old Village Jolt...
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NJ Breeders' Maturity announced

on January 24, 2020
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new events for 4-year-old trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020. The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders’ Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fu...
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NJ trainers--help with data to fulfill appropriation

on January 24, 2020
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) is in the process of collecting data to complete the state required status report on the horse industry. The state has requested an end of the year report be submitted to determine whether or not the state appropriation funding has helped the horse industry as a whole. The state will review the report and determine the ...
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Mohawk Million nomination deadline is Feb. 18

on January 24, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment would to issue a reminder to all interested parties of its upcoming stakes nomination deadline on Feb. 18, with a focus on the Mohawk Million and its major two-year-old trotting events. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots available for purchase at a cost of $110,000. The tenth and final spot will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellw...
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Dot Dot Dot Dash takes top trot at Freehold

on January 24, 2020
A change of tactics and a great trip proved the keys for Dot Dot Dot Dash, as the veteran mare won Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap trot on Friday (Jan. 24).   Usually a deep closer, drive Chase Vandervort elected to try something different, and send her to the lead. She eventually tucked in the pocket behind pace-setting Lily's Swan Pond, who got through a quarter i...
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NY stallion list for 2020 now online

on January 24, 2020
The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has published its list of eligible stallions for the 2020 breeding season. The list includes 39 registered Standardbred stallions, of which seven are new this year. The full Stallion Directory, featuring pedigrees, career statistics and earnings of the eligible stallions, will be available online in the coming da...
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Morrisville sale set for September 20

on January 24, 2020
SUNY Morrisville will hold its annual Yearling Sale Sunday, Sept. 20. This year marks the 29th year for the annual sale. The Sunday venue follows the NY Excelsior Finals held Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tioga Downs.   The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years. The SUNY Morrisvi...
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Hanover Shoe Farms purchases Youaremycandygirl

on January 24, 2020
Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. has announced that it has purchased 2017 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and world champion Youaremycandygirl  P, 3, 1:48.2M  ($1,566,292).   Winner of the Breeders Crown, She’s A Great Lady and Three Diamonds at age two and the Empire Breeders Classic and Matron at three, Youaremycandygirl is from harness racing’s mos...
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Tioga racing info, dates, now online

on January 24, 2020
The 15th season of live harness racing at Tioga Downs begins on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2, as has become the custom at the Jewel of the Southern Tier. The racing season will cover 58 dates, racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week until the NY Excelsior finals will bring the curtain down on Sept. 19.   Along the way the racing will continue to provide a solid option in the nort...
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New Preview, with Prix d'Amerique field, now available

on January 23, 2020
When the leaders are away, the rest can make hay. That’s the case at the Meadowlands this weekend with drivers Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras not in action. That gives third-place Corey Callahan a chance to move up in the standings, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, he spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his chances with Pappy Go Go in the Preferred Trot, one of his 25 d...
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Arnold, Binkley inseparable, again

on January 23, 2020
Growing up together in southeastern Illinois, Jazmin Arnold and Alesha Binkley were inseparable during their summers off from school. “If you saw me, you saw her; if you saw her, you saw me,” Arnold said, laughing. “We were together so much that we would take turns staying at each other’s house,” Binkley said. “Our parents were good friends and we ran ar...
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Major doping threat uncovered by NY lab

on January 23, 2020
The New York Equine Drug Testing Program’s director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two Standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway. The New York horse racing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA network of human testing labs, to screen for and confirm the presence o...
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Gingras, Dunn won 18 last weekend at Big M

on January 23, 2020
The Meadowlands is known as a track with a driver colony that’s got big-time talent from top to bottom, but last weekend, two standouts stood far above the rest of the crowd. Over the course of the two-day race week at the Big M on Jan. 17-18, Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras were both at the top of their respective games, to say the least. Of the 28 races contested, the prolific pair...
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Don't mention "r" word around this warhorse

on January 23, 2020
Heavenly Knox has known more adversity than most Standardbreds.   Confusion surrounding his registration kept him from racing until 4. Last summer, he was so sore that his connections retired him...not for the first time.   But the old warhorse loves competing so much that he refused to stay retired. Now, at 9, he’s back at it, adding to his $124,750 bankroll and defy...
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You're Majestic holds on to win Meadows feature

on January 22, 2020
Challenged inside and outside in deep stretch, You're Majestic dug deep and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   You're Majestic threw down a quick 1:25.1 three-quarters, which made her appear vulnerable to the menacing first-over move of Tamar and the Lightning Lane charge of Bessie. But the 8-year-old daughter of Ma...
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Sweet Mr Pinetucky returns to MVR winner’s circle

on January 21, 2020
Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in three weeks Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:53.3 over Walter White (Jeremy Smith) and Trumpets (Ed Greeno Jr.).  The quick clocking, on a frigid 27 degree afternoon, equaled the winner’s lifetime best and raised the 6-year-old&rsqu...
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Bendis, Pollack sweep Meadows Tuesday features

on January 21, 2020
Icanflylikeanangel set sail after the leader, Perlucky, at the three-quarters, collared him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel was third when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones. The 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding advanced determinedly on Perlucky, downing him by a half-length in 1:53.3...
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USHWA announces Media Award winners

on January 21, 2020
Derick Giwner and Melissa Keith were named winners of the 2019 John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism while Chris Gooden and Mark Hall were named recipients of the George Smallsreed Awards for photography and Woodbine Entertainment Group was selected winner of the Sam McKee Award for broadcasting, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Tuesday.   The wi...
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McClure at Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner

on January 21, 2020
Fresh off a career-best season, driver Bob McClure will appear at the 18th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at RattleSnake Point Golf Club. A finalist for Driver of the Year at the upcoming O’Brien Awards, McClure will join sports celebrities Eric Lindros, Alvin Williams, Jack Armstrong, Tessa Bonhomme and Tyler McGregor as the stars for the...
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Southwind Amazon is sport's newest millionaire

on January 21, 2020
Storied pacer Southwind Amazon became a millionaire winning the $15,000 Open Pace on Monday in MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race.  Southwind Amazon went to the gate with 88 career wins and $998,216 in earnings. Monday’s victory yielded $7,500, bringing his career tally to $1,005,716. The 10 year old was assigned the outside post six in the evening’s featur...
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Lindy The Great tops Tattersalls at $450,000

on January 20, 2020
Six-year-old trotter Lindy The Great, who won last year’s Caesars Trotting Classic and was second in the Allerage Farms Open Trot, brought the top price at Monday’s (Jan. 20) Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands, selling for $450,000, while 4-year-old pacer Escapetothebeach was No. 2 on the list, purchased for $250,000.   Lindy The Great was acquired by an owners...
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Away My Baby, Entranced advance to final

on January 20, 2020
Away My Baby and Entranced punched tickets to the ‘Big Dance’ by winning $17,500 splits of the final preliminary leg of the Claim To Fame Series for $15,000 trotters at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Jan. 20).  The championship leg next Monday, Jan. 27, features a $27,500 purse.   Away My Baby (Tyler Smith) pulled a major upset in the first division, edging r...
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3 wins, 2 seconds for Key at Meadows

on January 20, 2020
Tricky Nick roared from the pocket at the top of the lane, surged past the leader, IC Caviar, and went on to capture Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Conditioned Trot.   Although IC Caviar enjoyed a fairly comfortable 57.4 on the point, he was no match for the late power of Tricky Nick, who defeated him by 3/4 lengths in 1:56 for Dan Rawlings. Favorite Mac Deeno experien...
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Winbak of Ontario stallion showcase Feb. 9

on January 20, 2020
Winbak Farm of Ontario will be hosting a stallion showcase and open house on Feb. 9. The event will be from 12-3 p.m. and the stallion showcase will be from 2-2:30 p.m.   Potential breeders are encouraged to come to the farm and meet the 11 stallions that Winbak Farm will be standing in 2020.   Winbak Farm is introducing 4 new stallions, Jimmy Freight, McWicked, Stag P...
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No elims for Maple Leaf, Pacing Derby

on January 20, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment has announced the 2020 schedule for its industry-leading Standardbred stakes program at Woodbine Mohawk Park. More than $20 million in stakes races will be contested over the Mohawk Park racing surface in 2020, including $12 million-plus in Woodbine administrated events. The 2020 stakes season is headlined by a pair of $1 million events (Pepsi North America Cup and M...
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Elver Hanover named Ohio’s Horse of the Year

on January 19, 2020
Elver Hanover, the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year has been named the 2019 Ohio Horse of the Year. Elver Hanover, the son of Yankee Cruiser-Edra Hanover by The Panderosa won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, J&T Silva -Purnel & Libby earn...
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Field set for Miami Valley’s Claim To Fame final

on January 19, 2020
The field is set for the richest race of the Miami Valley season, the $37,500 final of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 horses and geldings on Sunday, Jan. 26. A trio of $27,500 divisions of second round action were contested Sunday (Jan. 19) to determine the nine finalists.   Winners were Lincolnjames (Brett Miller, 1:53.1, $3.00), Normandy Beach (Trace Tetrick, 1:53.3, $4.6...
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Swansea wins Yonkers 40G open handicap trot

on January 19, 2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020—Favored Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.30) was left to his own devices Saturday night (Jan 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $40,000 Open Handicap Trot.   From assigned post position No. 5, Swansea found himself as the only leaver. With no issues, he worked around pole-sitting Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) before a :28.4 o...
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Franco Totem N scores in Big M Preferred

on January 19, 2020
It figures the way things are going lately for Dexter Dunn that if he had a decision to make, it would be the right one.   And in Saturday night's feature at the Meadowlands – the $37,500 Preferred for pacers – the red-hot driver naturally chose correctly.   The 30-year-old native of New Zealand had choice of three in the race: Effronte A, who became harness rac...
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Northfield Park cancels Saturday’s card

on January 18, 2020
Due to winter weather conditions in Northeast Ohio, MGM Northfield Park has canceled live racing for Saturday. Live racing is set to resume on Sunday at 6 p.m. Sunday's card features a trio of guaranteed pools in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program.  Wagering opportunities include a $10,000 guaranteed total pool Pick-4 in race...
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Major Occasion A best in Meadowlands feature

on January 18, 2020
Last Friday, Major Occasion A flew home in :25.3, but because she was eighth at three-quarters while three wide, had to settle for second at the hands of rival Sandy Win, who would win a third straight start. Driver Dexter Dunn made sure that wasn’t going to happen again. Major Occasion A, instead of racing from well off the pace as she had in her first two North American outing...
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Itty Bitty comes up big at Yonkers

on January 18, 2020
Itty Bitty (Dan Dube., $8.10) was the best after two moves Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace.   Away third from assigned post position No. 5, Itty Bitty watched as 3-5 favorite Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan) leapfrogged her quintet of inside rivals.   After early intervals of :27 and :57, Itty Bitty was out a...
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Golden Paradise wins Miami Valley Mares Open

on January 18, 2020
Golden Paradise (Trace Tetrick) became the third mare in three weeks to win the Open Mares Pace at Miami Valley Raceway, topping Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) and Allbeastnobeauty (Aaron Merriman) in the $24,000 event on Friday night.    The winner, a 6-year-old daughter of Allthatgltrsisgold who won 10 races and $133,175 in 2019, was forced to come first-up into pede...
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Snowshoe Series underway at Mohawk Park

on January 17, 2020
Round one of the Snowshoe Series went postward Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with three divisions on tap for three- and four-year-old male pacers. The betting public hammered away at Bettor B Going, and the 1-9 favorite came through for his army of pari-mutuel supporters. The four-year-old son of Bettors Delight-JK Letitgo got away third for driver Chris Christoforou while Side H...
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Carolina Beach in Meadows $20K pace; Palone wins 6

on January 17, 2020
Carolina Beach worked hard for the early lead, then held off the Lightning Lane charge of K Ryan Bluechip to capture his second straight victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   K Ryan Bluechip stretched out Carolina Beach to a 27 opening panel before settling into the pocket. In the stretch, however, Carolina Beach had just enough of his diminishing lead t...
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Stricter guidelines for Buffalo's whipping rule

on January 17, 2020
When the Buffalo Raceway 66-day live season begins on Wednesday, Jan. 29, there will be changes both on and off the track.   One of the most important changes will be the stricter guidelines for the whipping rule at Buffalo Raceway that was instituted last season.   Along with previous regulations, the track has modified the rule which states “drivers shall keep a lin...
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Atta Boy Dan nearing millionaire status

on January 17, 2020
Stephen Larkin owns only one racehorse, but when the horse is Atta Boy Dan, one is not such a lonely number. In fact, the number is quite common when looking at Atta Boy Dan’s past performances, as in first-place finishes. Atta Boy Dan led all harness racing horses in the U.S. in wins last year with 19. He was named both the Claimer of the Year and Pacer of the Year at The Downs at Mohe...
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Merton drives 4 winners at Monticello

on January 16, 2020
The weather may have been cold and windy, but Greg Merton was not deterred, driving four winners on Thursday (Jan. 16) at Monticello Raceway.   Fly’n With Royalty ($3.70) was Merton’s first winner of the card, coming in the third race. The Thomas Milici-trained son of Panspacificflight scored a wire-to-wire 3-1/2 length win in 1:59.2 for his second win of the young season. ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on January 16, 2020
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered Saturday night at the Meadowlands with a 10-horse race with all African-American drivers. Sending out Big CC’s Rock in the King Remembrance race is trainer Mike Watson, and he talks to Gordon Waterstone about having the pacer in his barn for only a few weeks. Gordon also addresses allegations of "corruption" in voting for year-en...
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Winning is Endeavor's aim

on January 16, 2020
Tom Pollack calls Endeavor one of his favorite horses and it is not difficult to understand why. The 7-year-old male pacer possesses a tough-guy attitude and never-give-in style.   “I call him ‘The Big Boy,’” said Pollack, who owns Endeavor with trainer Jeff Cullipher. “He’s kind of a hard-hitting blue-collar lunch-pail-type horse. He’s the bi...
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Buffalo opens 2020 season on Wednesday, Jan. 29

on January 16, 2020
Buffalo Raceway will open its 79th season of live harness racing on Wednesday (Jan. 29) with a 5 p.m. post time. The day will mark the beginning of a 66-day meet that will see racing on Wednesday and Saturday evenings through March with post times set for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Friday night action will begin in April with starting times slated for 5 p.m. The season will close on ...
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Ed McNeight Jr. tops $10 million in purses

on January 16, 2020
Driver Ed McNeight, Jr. passed $10 million in career purses Wednesday at The Meadows with his victory aboard Big Booty Rudy in race 7. It was career win 3,516 for McNeight and lifted his total purses to $10,001,903.   McNeight began his career on the Buffalo-Batavia circuit before relocating to The Meadows in 1994. He was inducted into the Upstate New York Harness Racing Hall of Fame ...
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Sectionline Bigry Ohio's Older Pacer of Year

on January 16, 2020
A quick start to the year set the pace for Sectionline Bigry as he doubled his win total from 2018 on the way to being named Ohio’s 2019 Older Pacer of the Year. Sectionline Bigry, a son of Pet Rock-Aquatic Yankee, won 12 of 20 races for owner Harold Lee Bauder and trainer Steve Bauder, earning $222,420 in 2019. The highlights of the year were winning the Ohio Sires Stakes Older...
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Jersey horsemen urged to contact governor's office

on January 16, 2020
Both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed legislation (A1045 / S2856), sponsored by Assembly members Ron Dancer, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, and Senators Vin Gopal and Steve Oroho, to exempt horse boarding, maintenance and related services from the state sales tax. Horse boarding, maintenance and servicing businesses are required to register as a seller with the D...
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Wisconsin native Jessica Schroeder to receive top award

on January 16, 2020
As the saying goes, one should never forget their roots. Although she has spent the past decade in Ohio, Jessica Schroeder has never forgotten her Wisconsin roots. This dynamic young lady will be presented with the James Laird Memorial Award for Excellence at the Wisconsin Harness Horse Association’s year end banquet on Jan. 25.   Jessica was born and raised in Wisconsin and was...
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Big M's Jackpot Hi-5 carryover tops $100,000

on January 16, 2020
On Dec. 27 of last year, one sharp Meadowlands player held the only ticket with the winning combination of 10-6-5-3-9 in the Early 20-cent Jackpot Super High-Five and walked away with $23,262.20. Were someone to hit the Late JSH5 this Friday night, that payoff would look small by comparison. The carryover for the wager that requires one to be the lone holder of a ticket with the top five...
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Winbak Farm welcomes first foal of 2020

on January 15, 2020
Winbak Farm is happy to announce the arrival of their first 2020 foal. The colt is the first of close to 300 that will be born at Winbak Farm this season. He was born on Sunday at 8:55 p.m. The Chapter Seven colt was born at Winbak Farm of Maryland. His dam is Bailey’s Breeze, she is a half-sister to Casual Breeze 1:53.1 ($1,313,972) and Slip Into Glide 1:52.2s ($657,981)...
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Jack Vernon scores in 1:53.2 at Dover

on January 15, 2020
Jack Vernon avoided his previous breaking issues with a wire-to-wire victory in the $25,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday night (Jan. 14).   Trainer Dylan Davis called upon the services of Tim Tetrick, and both trotter and driver responded over a sloppy racetrack. Jack Vernon allowed Home’n Dry to take the lead briefly before retaking the lead at the end of a :27.4 quarter. ...
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New England horseman Clyde Mattison, 85, dies

on January 15, 2020
Former New England harness horseman Clyde Mattison, of Hinsdale, NH, has passed away at the age of 85 after a long illness. Mr. Mattison amassed 312 driving wins throughout his career, piloting his final winner at Rochester, N.H., in September 1996. Mr. Mattison came from a family of horsemen, including sons, brothers and many nephews involved in racing. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; ...
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Wind Of The North wins after long layoff

on January 14, 2020
Off nearly 11 months, millionaire Wind Of The North showed his class and heart when he moved strongly first over to capture Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Wind Of The North was fourth when Aaron Merriman sent him uncovered after the leader, Icanflylikeanangel. The 10-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding drew even in mid-stretch before surging to ...
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Walter White takes Miami Valley feature

on January 14, 2020
Walter White, one of the Midwest’s most consistent check-getters in the Open trotting ranks, broke through at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 14) to capture the track’s $22,500 feature for squaregaiters in 1:54.1.  The 8-year-old winner of over a half million dollars topped Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) and Whata Swan (John DeLong) to shake a string of four st...
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OHHA to honor Schmitz with Hagemeyer Award

on January 14, 2020
Robert K. Schmitz will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Hagemeyer Significant Contribution Award at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 annual awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel.   Schmitz has an extensive knowledge of harness racing. He...
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Purses approved for 2020 Kentucky Sires Stakes

on January 14, 2020
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved purse distributions for the 2020 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS), supporting the recommendations made by the Kentucky Standardbred Development Fund and Kentucky Breeders’ Incentive Fund Advisory Panel.  The purse distributions will consist of two series as well as funding for up to seven county fairs. The Commission, also under ...
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Dunn: 2019 was a "massive thrill"

on January 14, 2020
Dexter Dunn wasted little time in making a name for himself in North America. In his first full season of competing in the U.S. and Canada, the 30-year-old New Zealand native won 460 races and more than $12 million in purses on his way to being named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He ranked eighth in wins and third in earnings among all drivers on the continent. &...
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Looksgoodinaromper Ohio's 2YO Pacing Filly of 2019

on January 14, 2020
Looksgoodinaromper rounded into form midway through the 2019 season as she won five straight starts on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year.   Looksgoodinaromper the daughter of Pet Rock – Don’t Blame Her by Village Connection hit the board in eight of 12 races for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, earning $321,873. ...
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Ohio set to hand out awards for 2019

on January 13, 2020
The Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association will hand out its annual awards at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Marriott University Area Hotel in Columbus. The Ohio Chapter will honor Chris Page as the recipient of the Winner’s Circle Award for the Ohioan who has achieved outstanding accomplishments in the...
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Insomniac romps by 18 lengths at Miami Valley

on January 13, 2020
Initial legs of a couple more popular Claim To Fame series set sail on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway. $15,000 claiming trotters and $8,000 claiming pacing mares contested their opening rounds in two divisions each.   Insomniac (driver-trainer Brady Galliers) crushed the quickest split among trotters, besting Here’s The Magic (John DeLong) and Taurus Du Parc ...
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Explosive Leggs, IC Caviar win Meadows features

on January 13, 2020
Explosive Leggs moved determinedly first-over, collared the leader, Just Maybe The One, in the shadow of the wire and captured Monday’s co-feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 conditioned trot.   Just Maybe The One threw down a 27.4 third quarter but couldn’t shake Explosive Leggs, who defeated him by a half-length in 1:55 for Tony Hall. Lars Perry finished third. ...
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Entries for Blooded Horse open through Jan. 17

on January 13, 2020
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will be taken at least through Friday, Jan 17.  The one-day sale takes place on Tuesday, Feb.11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Take a break and join horsemen from 27 states and Canada as they converge at this 57th annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings...
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Ralph Torcello dies at 89

on January 13, 2020
Ralph M. Torcello, 89, of Batavia, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Jan. 8 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a brief illness.   Born on Sept. 29, 1930 and raised in Batavia, Mr. Torcello was the son of Michael C. Torcello Sr. and Mary Torcello (Feniello). He grew up on the family farm on Creek Road in Batavia and lived there until his death.  ...
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Horseman Jay Sears dies at age 78

on January 13, 2020
Horseman Jay Sears, a consummate horseman and father of Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears, died Sunday night, Jan. 12, at age 78. Mr. Sears, who lived on a farm in Osteen, Fla., on the St. John's River, had been working on his farm just days earlier.   Mr. Sears was the son of horseman Gene Sears and followed in his father's footsteps. After graduating from high school in Indianap...
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Southwind Amazon poised to top $1 million Monday

on January 13, 2020
The storied pacer Southwind Amazon enters MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race on Monday (January 13) with $998,216 in career earnings.   A first, second or third place finish will yield more than the $1,784 needed to add a second comma to his earnings.  Finishing in the top-three appears to be more than attainable for the 88-time winner.  Southwind Amazon has been assi...
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Claim To Fame Series prompts 18 claims

on January 12, 2020
The claim box at Miami Valley Raceway was flooded on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) as 18 $30,000 claims were submitted prior to the racing of the three divisions of the most lucrative annual Claim To Fame Series.  After eliminating the duplicates by random draw, a total of eight horses changed hands for a total of $240,000, including a pair of first leg winners. Southern Flight (Brady Galli...
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Driver of Year Dunn wins 7 at Meadowlands

on January 12, 2020
The hottest name in harness racing these days is Dexter Dunn, and the recently named United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year lived up to his considerable current hype at the Meadowlands Saturday night, winning seven times on the 14-race card, falling just one victory short of tying the mark for most wins on a Big M program. Dunn was red-hot from the start sweeping t...
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Lean Hanover by a head in Yonkers Open

on January 12, 2020
It was a change of tactic for Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night, serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover—from assigned post position No. 4—made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The la...
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19-1 Polak upsets at Freehold

on January 11, 2020
There was a big upset in Saturday's Preferred Handicap pace at Freehold Raceway, as 19/1 Polak upset 1/5 Matticulous.   George Brennan blasted off with Matticulous, clearing him to the lead and setting up shop before the quarter. While he did get to the lead, he had to work very hard for it: the opening quarter was 27.1 seconds. Meanwhile, Vinny Ginsburg conceded the lead with Pol...
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Sintra wins second since return from injury

on January 11, 2020
Sinatra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. ...
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Granite takes Miami Valley Open

on January 11, 2020
Granite (Jeremy Smith) added to his impressive career resume in the $24,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 11), topping Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in 1:52.1 over a damp racing surface that stood up well despite weekend long rain showers.   Jeremy Smith and Granite were content to sit fourth along the pylons while My Hero Ron park...
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60-1 The Charging Moa N scores at YR

on January 11, 2020
There was one winner for Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night (Jan. 10th) Pick 5 wager, taking home all the cheese to the tune of $20,047.   The gimmick, which began with a $4,371.03 carryover and $15,000 guaranteed pool, saw $20,903 of new investments.   The needed sequence 6/3/3/4/6 was bookended by 8-1 Reggiano (Jordan Stratton, $19.40) and 33-1 Uncle Leo (Austin Siegelm...
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Sandy Win grabs third straight victory

on January 11, 2020
Sandy Win has been her fans’ best friend of late, and once again she came through for her faithful, winning a third straight start by taking the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares.   The 8-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Google completed her natural hat trick – all against the same non-winners of $15,000 stock &ndas...
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Eliza Dushku N steps up, wins Mares Open

on January 10, 2020
Eliza Dushku N notched her second straight victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 10), moving successfully into Open Mares company for the first time.   Driver LeWayne Miller had to be pleased when he saw the opening timer flash :26.2 while sitting fifth in the early going over a sloppy, but firm, racing strip.  As the weekly feature for distaffers neared the half mile pol...
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Harness Racing Museum needs breedings

on January 10, 2020
Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this season? We have a home for it!   We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2020 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all – the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or plac...
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Windsong Leo wins third Meadows feature

on January 10, 2020
Windsong Leo endured a demanding :26.3 opening quarter in the slop and still had plenty in the tank to notch his third straight victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.1 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding threw down a 27.3 third quarter that put the field away. He sprinted...
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McWicked’s book full and closed

on January 10, 2020
Winbak Farm of Ontario has announced that McWicked’s book is now full and closed. McWicked, p, 2, 1:52f; 3, 1:47.3f; 1:46.2 -'18 ($5,103,271), is standing his first year in 2020. “I highly anticipate the arrival of his foals in 2021,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. “We believe that they will be outstanding individuals like their sire.” ...
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Clarebear takes Freehold feature

on January 10, 2020
A big first-over move paid off for Clarebear at Freehold Raceway on Friday (January 10), as she won the fillies & mares Preferred pace by 1 3/4 lengths.   Sent off as the 8/5 favorite from the outside post position eight, she dropped into fifth place in the early stages. Approaching the half-mile pole, driver Vinny Ginsburg sent her to the outside, leading the first-over charge to...
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Undefeated Elver Hanover named Ohio’s 2CP of Year

on January 10, 2020
A quick look at the 2-year-old resume of Elver Hanover shows why he was named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser-Ezra Hanover by The Panderosa, won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva -Purnel & Libby,&...
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Winter supplement closes Sunday

on January 10, 2020
Tattersalls reminds horsemen and women that entries for the supplemental catalog for the Winter Mixed Sale will close Sunday, Jan. 12.   Those wanting to add horses to the sale can call (914) 773-7777 during business hours Friday or enter online at tattersallsredmile.com.   The sale will get underway at noon on Monday, Jan. 20 in the Meadowlands race pad...
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Big cards, plus Can-Am, at Mohawk

on January 09, 2020
Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to cap off its first week of the new decade with Preferred action and the Can-Am Pick 4 highlighting Friday and Saturday’s cards. A 10-race card will take place Friday evening, while an 11-race card is on tap for Saturday night. The $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace will headline Friday’s card and a new winner is guaranteed, as last week’s ...
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Andy Miller wins 5 Thursday at Freehold

on January 09, 2020
Andy Miller is perennially the leading driver at Freehold Raceway, and he asserted himself on Thursday (January 9), as he won five races on the nine-race program.   Miller teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick for four of those victories: Cam's Tux ($17.80) in race 1, Always Picky ($4.80) in race 2, Ginger Spice ($2.10) in race 4, and Newbie ($3.60) in race 7. Miller complete...
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Bidding open for OHHA Stallion Auction

on January 09, 2020
Bidding is underway for the 2020 Ohio Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.). Thirty-eight Ohio stallions, 23 pacers and 15 trotters, have been made available for a breeding to benefit P.A.C.E.R.   On-line bidding is available until Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. To bid online visit http://ohha.cbo.io.   Phon...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on January 09, 2020
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Eric Ell spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his veteran trotter JL Cruze, who is still going strong as a 9 year old. JL Cruze races Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and he’ll be joined on the card by stablemate Island Of The Sea, a newly-turned 3 year old with just three starts under his belt. Ell reveals why is was a “crazy&...
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WHHC qualifier, Can-Am Pick 4 Saturday at Big M

on January 09, 2020
The next qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship and the long-awaited return of the Can-Am Pick-4 give Meadowlands fans plenty to look forward to this Saturday.. The $400 WHHC qualifier offers unlimited entries to players, who can sign up at the Clubhouse Main Entrance, across from the Players Club Desk. The fee breaks down as $200 to enter and a $200 bankroll. Walk-up entries a...
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Melander humbled by being Trainer of the Year

on January 09, 2020
Fast horses have put Marcus Melander’s career on a fast track. In late December, one year after being named the Rising Star Award winner by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, Melander was recognized as the sport’s Trainer of the Year by the same organization. The 27-year-old native of Sweden is the youngest person to ever receive the honor. The previous youngest was Mark Ford, ...
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Only Take Cash named Ohio's 2019 3FT of Year

on January 09, 2020
Only Take Cash was money in the bank last year, hitting the board in 12 of 13 races on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.   Only Take Cash, a daughter of Cash Hall-Ambro Affair by Garland Lobell, was a seven-time winner for trainer Robert McIntosh, his stable and ownership group of Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, earning $462,708.   ...
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Gerry Bookmyer elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on January 09, 2020
Gerald Bookmyer, one of the most talented drivers to ever hail from Ohio, has been elected as the 46thmember of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the members of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Known as “Bookie,” Bookmyer enjoyed success with for many years.  He was such a dominant force in the sulky that ...
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Mass Fortune K narrowly wins Meadows feature

on January 08, 2020
Mass Fortune K wore down the determined Maewegonow and edged her by a neck to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Mass Fortune K was third down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after Maewegonow, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Meadows. Mass Fortune K surged at the wire to score in 1:56 for trainer Norm Parker and breeder/owner Bob Key. Matterl...
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Lane Of Stone named Ohio's 3CT of Year

on January 08, 2020
Eight straight wins during the summer put Lane Of Stone on the path to being named the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.   Lane Of Stone, a son of Wishing Stone-Wisteria Lane by Lindy Lane, started the streak at the beginning of July and included his win at the Ohio Sires Stakes finals at Northfield Park in September.   Owned by Harry Horowitz and trained by M...
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HHI to honor Somone, Morgan & Mock

on January 08, 2020
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their annual meetings from Feb. 24-27 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Fla., beginning with an opening reception and meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening, Feb. 24.   HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. and continue through Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by HHI Elections and the HHI Awa...
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Meadowlands announces stakes condition changes

on January 08, 2020
The Meadowlands is releasing pertinent information on its 2020 stakes which will offer total purses in the neighborhood of $14 million.  The marquee Grand Circuit stakes for older horses will have an important change in the racing conditions. The number of top money winning horses in 2019-2020 accepted for those events will decrease from 12 to 11 and the distance will be kept t...
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McClure reflects on memorable year

on January 08, 2020
Sometime down the road when driver Bob McClure wants to reminisce about 2019, he knows what it will involve. “A lot of replays,” McClure said. Get your popcorn ready. McClure enjoyed numerous highlights in 2019, topped by his win with Forbidden Trade in the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes final last August at The Meadowlands.   For the year, McClure won 229 races a...
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Always B Miki, Bee A Magician, Sweet Lou to Hall

on January 07, 2020
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces the results of recent balloting to determine the 2020 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Always B Miki and Sweet Lou, and racemare&nbs...
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Sweet Mr Pinetucky 1 of 4 MVR wins for Tetrick

on January 07, 2020
Driver Trace Tetrick completed a Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by guiding Sweet Mr Pinetucky to victory in the $30,000 Open Trot.  Assuming the early lead in the dash standings with the four wins, Tetrick was aided by a pedestrian first half mile without pressure after assuming command easier than expected in a :28 opening quarter.  The winning 6-year-old...
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Aaron Merriman wins 12,000th career race

on January 07, 2020
 Aaron Merriman isn’t really on a Milestone-A-Day Tour — it just seems that way.   On Dec. 30 at Northfield Park, he became the first driver in harness racing history to record three consecutive 1,000-win seasons. That same day, he wrapped up his fifth straight North American driving title.   On Tuesday at The Meadows, he notched career win 12,000 when he p...
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Crown champ Caviart Ally to race in '20

on January 07, 2020
Caviart Ally, the 2019 Breeders Crown mare pace champion and O’Brien Award finalist, will return to racing this year and is being pointed to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, according to her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee of Caviart Farms.    The lucrative Matchmaker series is expected to begin in mid-March at Yonkers Raceway. “A lot of Caviart Ally’s fans have been ...
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Woodbine Ent. makes changes to leadership team

on January 07, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment announced Tuesday changes to its senior leadership team as part of a strategic re-alignment that positions the organization to best fulfill its mission in leading the growth and sustainability of the horse racing industry in Ontario. “Our industry and business have changed significantly over the last few years and this re-alignment of our senior leadership team i...
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Queen Of The Pride named Ohio's 3FP of 2019

on January 07, 2020
The well-traveled Queen Of The Pride has been named the 2019 Ohio 3-year-old pacing filly of the year.   Queen Of The Pride, the daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover by Western Ideal raced in five states, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Canada in 2019. She was the winner of eight of 19 starts. Owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, Qu...
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Courtney Polan named Caretaker of Year

on January 07, 2020
Courtney Polan, who works in the Norm Parker Stable based at The Meadows, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Polan, 27, has worked for Parker since October 2014, joining the stable after a two-year stint working for Tim Pinske. “This is amazing,&...
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Yonkers back in action; Marohn wins 4

on January 07, 2020
Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 season Monday night (Jan. 6), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet.   Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers’ dozen-race opener.   He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a t...
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Five in a row for Perlucky at The Meadows

on January 06, 2020
A new racing season began Monday at The Meadows, but it looked like the same old Perlucky, as he rolled to his fifth straight victory in the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot.   Dave Palone sent Perlucky to the point from post 6, and the 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding had nary an anxious moment, defeating the pocket-sitting Cherry Peep by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. Rising MV...
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Marean, Sorella win USHWA President's Awards

on January 06, 2020
Don Marean, one of the strongest advocates for harness racing in the state of Maine for going on three decades, and Adriano Sorella, an Ontario advertising executive who is also looking to put harness racing in a more positive light, have been selected for President’s Awards by Shawn Wiles, top officer of the United States Harness Racing Association (USHWA), the sport’s leading media...
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Make hotel reservations now for Dan Patch dinner

on January 06, 2020
The names of the 2019 award winners have been announced so it’s time to make room reservations at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., for the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday, Feb. 23.   If you are planning to attend the gala festivities that will honor the best equines and humans in the sport in 2019, roo...
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Bllack Hole named Ohio's 3CP of Year

on January 06, 2020
Bllack Hole started the racing season in July as he recovered from surgery, but that didn’t slow him down on his way to winning six of seven starts to become the 2019 Ohio 3-year-old pacing colt of the year.   Bllack Hole, the son of Mr Apples-Feel The Thunder by Modern Art earned $226,948 for his owner, Clarence Foulk’s L & L Stables. Also trained by Foulk of Springfi...
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Brennan reflects on Yonkers tie with Bartlett

on January 06, 2020
Entering the penultimate night of racing at Yonkers in the 2019 season, Jason Bartlett led George Brennan in the driver standings 423 to 420. The Dec. 16 program saw the drivers combine for six wins on the 11-race program and at the end of the night, Jason Bartlett extended his margin to 4, leading with 427 victories.   However, Bartlett would be absent from the Closing Night program, Tue...
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Wagering, purses show increase in US in '19

on January 06, 2020
Total handle, purses, wagering per race and per betting interest in the United States all increased while the number of race days decreased slightly in 2019 compared to 2018.   Total wagering increased by $48,525,862 (3.53 percent) from $1,376,360,696 in 2018 to $1,424,886,558 in 2019.   On average, the amount bet per race in 2019 was $39,991, a 4.54 percent increase from $...
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Meadowlands handle increased 26% in 2019

on January 06, 2020
The Meadowlands 2019 handle was a mixed bag. The amount bet on Meadowlands races was up significantly while the wagering on imported signals at the facility continued to decline.   The amount wagered on The Meadowlands exported signal swelled to $216,983,907 over 90 dates for an average of $2.4 million, a 26-percent increase over the 2018 total of $172,445,226 (86 dates/average $...
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Bercury barn finishes 2019 with .580 UTR

on January 06, 2020
New Year’s morning in Slippery Rock, southwestern Pennsylvania. The weak early light barely picks up the two figures approaching a barn. Horsenappers? Holiday revelers hung over and lost?   The barn door bursts open, and Bill Bercury and his wife Renee shower their horses with treats, then serenade them with a chorus of “Happy Birthday.”   Most in the Stan...
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CHHA stallion auction begins Thursday, January 30

on January 06, 2020
CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, 2020. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at https://www.chha.net/wp-content/u...
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Endeavor captures Meadowlands Saturday feature

on January 05, 2020
 It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland’s Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night ...
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Solid win for Granite at Miami Valley

on January 04, 2020
Granite, the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Real Desire, paced the fastest mile of the meet thus far winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.4.  The Ken Rucker-trainee won seven races and finished in the money on 24 of 35 occasions in 2019, banking $150,365 for The Panhellenic Stable.  Lifetime, Granite now has 28 victories from 126 starts...
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Pappy Go Go wins Big M feature on $3 million night

on January 04, 2020
Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday’s $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play was consistent throughout the...
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Miami Valley kicks off 2020 with 40-1 upset in feature

on January 03, 2020
Miami Valley Raceway rang in the New Year on Friday with a stellar Opening Night card, a large and enthusiastic live crowd of racing fans and a best-ever Opening Night handle.  The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather as the 14 races were contested over a sloppy race track and through intermittent night-long rain showers.    Highlight of the initial 2020 pro...
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Greenshoe tops Gimpanzee 123-22 for Dan Patch

on January 03, 2020
The 3-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe, who was the highest money-winning trotter in North America during 2019, had the largest margin of victory among six trotters elected to Dan Patch Award divisional honors in year-end voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association, the sport’s top media organization, and the American Harness Racing Secretaries.   The trott...
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Dan Patch pacing award winners announced

on January 03, 2020
None of the six pacing divisional winners for the 2019 Dan Patch Awards were able to garner all the votes in their division, but three came close – pacing mare Shartin N and 3-year-old filly Warrawee Ubeaut were selected on all but two ballots and 3-year-old colt Bettor’s Wish saw only three votes go against him.   The remaining pacing divisional winners were 2-year-old co...
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Kikimora Ohio's 2YO Filly Trotter of Year

on January 03, 2020
Named after a female house spirit in Slavic mythology, Kikimora is the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.   Kikimora, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar–Nessa Rose by Chip Chip Hooray, won three of her nine starts and finished second in three other races for owner-trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Sandra Burnett.  Kikimora earned $210,196 in 2019. Kikimora won ...
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NYSS finals set for International Trot card at Yonkers

on January 03, 2020
The racing schedule and updated conditions for the 2020 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) racing season were approved Monday (Dec. 30) at a meeting of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees. The NYSS racing season will open on Tuesday, May 5, at Yonkers Raceway with 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters and provide eight legs for all eight divisions of 2 and 3 year ol...
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HHYF/USHWA seeking silent auction items

on January 03, 2020
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) and U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are seeking items for its Silent Auction that will be held at the Dan Patch Awards banquet--Night of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Donations of unique one-of-a-kind items, vacation packages, vintage memorabilia, themed gift baskets and/or gift certificates for ind...
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Woodbine posts highest Standardbred handle in history for '19

on January 03, 2020
Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the 2019 Standardbred season produced a record all-sources handle of $364,639,490, the highest in Woodbine Standardbred history. “This was our first full year of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and it proved to be very successful,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “We look forward to building off of our succes...
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NY Breeders awards for 2020 approved

on January 03, 2020
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees has approved $1 million in Breeders Awards for the upcoming 2020 season. In addition, New York Sire Stakes Breeders Awards earned for the 2019 racing season, which also total $1 million, will be mailed to the recipients in the month of January. The Breeders Awards program provides rewards for each level o...
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Buter triples at Meadowlands

on January 03, 2020
After 2019 saw him crack the Top 10 in the standings at the top venue in the sport, driver Tyler Buter no doubt had a resolution to win even more races at the Meadowlands during 2020. He’s off to a good start.   Buter, who had a career-best $5.6 million in earnings a year ago, scored three times on the Thursday program to get his Winter Meeting at the mile oval off to a goo...
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Seventh season at Miami Valley opens Friday

on January 02, 2020
The seventh season of live harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off with five straight days of 14-race programs on Friday night, Jan. 3, at 6:05 p.m.  Opening weekend is chock full of nine and ten horse fields with a trio of enhanced $30,000 purse Open events highlighting the cards.  With an estimated total purse account nearing $15 million for the 87-day meet, Miami Valle...
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Montrell, Wiggle It Jiggleit win at Dover

on January 02, 2020
A winning combination was reunited on Thursday (Jan. 2), as Wiggle It Jiggleit ($7.60) and driver Montrell Teague — back in action after being sidelined with a broken wrist — rode the pocket to a 1:51 victory in the featured $30,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs. The 8-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding pushed forward from post two, but yielded early control to 38-1 ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on January 02, 2020
Jims Perfect Ten found some class relief last time out in his second-ever start at the Meadowlands and on Saturday the 5-year-old pacer—back up in class—will look to make it two straight. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Travis Alexander spoke to Gordon Waterstone about Jims Perfect Ten, who has been in his barn only a few short weeks since shipping from Ind...
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Dan Patch horse winners announced Jan. 3

on January 02, 2020
The announcement of the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch divisional racehorse winners will take place Friday night, Jan. 3.   At 6:45 p.m. on Friday, a video of the announcement of the winners can be seen at the USHWA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters, as it is shown live during the pre-race show at the Meadowlands, wh...
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150 entries in box for Monday Yonkers card

on January 02, 2020
Yonkers Raceway begins its 237-card 2020 season Monday night (Jan. 6). A very full entry box greeted race secretary Bob Miecuna for the opening double draw, as in 150 entrants for Monday and 130 for Tuesday night (Jan. 7).   Both nights feature a dozen races, with 22 of the 24 races offering standing-room-only eight-horse fields.    A reminder that Friday’s (Jan....
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Action Uncle Ohio's 2YOCT of the Year

on January 02, 2020
It was an action-packed year for the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year as Action Uncle made the most of his three wins in 2019.   Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter – Action-Broadway by Broadway Hall hit the board in all six of his starts in 2019 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners the Kenneth A. Sommer Trust.  Action Uncle earned $225,575.   ...
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Dunn, Harris win Big M Fall Meet titles

on January 02, 2020
Dexter Dunn and Andrew Harris were the leading driver and trainer, respectively, at the recently concluded Fall Meeting at the Meadowlands. Dunn, who was recently named the United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year, topped all pilots with 47 wins from just 199 starts, good for a gawdy win percentage of 24. During the 28-night stand, Dunn – who took a handfu...
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Giwner named USHWAn of the Year

on January 02, 2020
Derick Giwner, a director of the New York City Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), who will in 2020 celebrate his 25th year with the highly-regarded racing publication starting life as Sports Eye and now part of the mammoth Daily Racing Form empire, has been selected as the Member of the Year in USHWA (also known as USHWAn of the Year) by a blue-ribbon committee hea...
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Moments Of Joy takes Dover mare open

on January 02, 2020
Moments Of Joy won the Mares Open at Dover Downs on the first race of the new year on Wednesday in 1:51 on a chilly night.   Moments Of Joy left alertly from post five and parked race favorite Reclamation to the quarter. Reclamation cut the mile and was joined by Scuola Hanover, who came first-up past the half and pressured the leader to a :28 flat, third quarter.   Valu...
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Yonkers conducting season-opening double draw

on January 01, 2020
Yonkers Raceway is gearing up for its 2020 season opener with three morning draws over a two-day period.   Thursday (Jan. 2) has the box for Monday and Tuesday nights (Jan. 6 and 7), while Friday (Jan. 3) draws for Thursday (Jan. 9). Entry box for both days closes at 9 AM sharp.     A condition sheet can be found at empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04...
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Hoosier Park launched table games on January 1 

on January 01, 2020
New Year's Day proved to be historic, as Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino officially launched live table games for the very first time since opening its casino doors in 2008. The day started with a special opening ceremony at Noon, highlighted by Indiana basketball star Victor Oladipo and State Senator Greg Taylor. In front of a casino crowd of nearly 1,500, the opening cerem...
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Freehold Preferred set for Saturday

on January 01, 2020
Freehold Raceway will host 10 races this Saturday (January 4), with a 7-horse Preferred Handicap pace serving as the headliner.    The winners of the past two Preferreds are back for more: The Onlyest One and Exit Cam. The former took the Preferred on December 21, then won by a nose last week for a $20,000 tag. He's finished first or second in three of his last four starts. ...
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Messenger, Taggart take Monticello titles

on December 31, 2019
The curtain fell on the 2019 racing season at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon. Between the races, awards for leading trainer and driver were handed out. Trainer Gary Messenger won honors for leading dash winning trainers and Jim Taggart Jr. took top honors for leading dash winning drivers. The relationship of Messenger and Taggart has been very prolific since Taggart became the main ...
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