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$335,940 jackpot carryover at Mohawk

on 12/17/2020 12:48 PM
It’s the time for giving and Woodbine Mohawk Park is treating horseplayers to a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout this Saturday night (December 19).   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover sits at $335,940.32 heading into the mandatory payout.   An overflow field of 11 overnight pacers will clash in the Jackpot Hi-5 race, which is set as Race 11 (post time approximately 11:10 p.m.) Th...
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Anthony Perretti establishes farm in NJ

on 12/17/2020 12:10 PM
Anthony Perretti has purchased a 64-acre site just off Exit 11 at Interstate 195 that used to be part of the White Birch Farms acreage.   Said Perretti, “Michael Parisi raised many world champions in these fields and Bob (Marks) and I hope to do the same. We have 64 acres, a spacious barn, plus three large fields with run-in sheds and several smaller paddocks to accommodate turn...
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14YO Terror Of Thetrack wins 40th race in 499th start

on 12/17/2020 8:33 AM
Fourteen-year-old Terror Of Thetrack posted his 40th career win in his 499th start in the sixth race on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park.  He went to post as the longest shot on the board at 44-1. The classy veteran, who faces mandatory retirement on Jan. 1, 2021, was the victor of the fifth leg of the evening’s Pick 5 where one lucky bettor cashed for a whopping $...
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Harrah’s Philadelphia cancels Thursday card

on 12/16/2020 10:45 PM
Management at Harrah’s Philadelphia has announced that the program of racing scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Dec. 17) has been canceled as a result of continued inclement winter weather in the Philadelphia region. Live racing is scheduled to return to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday (Dec. 18), with a carryover of $11,291.69 in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. First post is 12:...
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Arrangements announced for Joe DeFrank

on 12/16/2020 4:14 PM
Harness racing Hall of Famer Joseph “Joe” A. DeFrank Jr. (DeFrancesco) of Lake Pleasant, N.Y., died peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 12. He was 87. Growing up in Holley, N.Y., Mr. DeFrank was a proud member of the US Army and a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 529 Holley. He fell in love with harness racing at nearby Batavia Downs. That is where he met his mentor ...
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HHYF scholarship applications available

on 12/16/2020 2:29 PM
Applications are now available for the two scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Completed applications are not due until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to  https://www.hhyf.org/hhyf-scholarships.html to access the applications and each scholarship’s eligibility requirements and general information. The HHYF scholarships are the $2,500 Cu...
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Driver Jim Marshall III retiring Saturday at Freehold

on 12/16/2020 2:12 PM
For more than four decades, “Diamond Jim” Marshall III has been a driving institution at Freehold Raceway. He’ll bring the curtain down on his driving career on Saturday after more than 33,000 drives. His finale will come in the 11th race, driving Nobles Finesse, for trainer Paul Fusco. Post time is scheduled for about 3:50 p.m. Marshall began his driving career in the la...
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Emmys Mayflower rewards Emmy Foster's convictions

on 12/16/2020 1:27 PM
When Eric Foster’s teenage daughter Emmy christened one of the family’s homebred filly trotters Emmys Mayflower, Foster was not a fan of the name.   “I told her I wish she named her something besides that,” Foster said with a laugh. “I didn’t think that was a very good racehorse name, a winning name. I said, that’s not going to be a good horse...
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Wisconsin horsewoman Amber Sawyer writes book about favorite horse

on 12/16/2020 9:54 AM
Veteran pacer Derek Bromac N enjoyed a long career on racetracks in both his native New Zealand and the United States—a career that stretched much longer than most. While an injury as a 13 year old took him away from pari-mutuel racing and into the barn of Wisconsin native Amber Sawyer to recover, his heart never strayed too far from the racetrack. Sawyer, captivated by Derek Bromac N&rsqu...
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Dec. 21 deadline for Caretaker of the Year nominations

on 12/16/2020 8:42 AM
The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Caretaker of the Year, sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), is nearing on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. The Fair Island Farm Caretaker of the Year Award recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the...
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Ask Me Ifi Care repeats in Pompano Open

on 12/16/2020 8:40 AM
Ask Me Ifi Care. bravely and confidently handled by Mike Micallef, scored a game repeat win in Pompano Park’s $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Tuesday, stopping the timer in 1:51.4. The sharp 5-year-old daughter of Manhardt, who swept wide off live cover in winning last week’s top event for mares, secured her repeat win by going first-up in a brave move this time around, ed...
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Philly, Meadows cancel Wednesday; Monticello cancels Thursday

on 12/15/2020 8:01 PM
Due to the winter storm forecast for the Philadelphia region, Wednesday's (Dec. 16) races at Harrah's Philadelphia have been canceled. The Wednesday card at The Meadows has also been canceled. Also, Monticello Raceway has announced the cancellation of its Thursday afternoon race card. Live racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 17; post ti...
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Blue Ivy wins Meadows Open; 178-1 Just Fly Beyond shocks

on 12/15/2020 6:29 PM
Blue Ivy powered to the lead from post 5 had little trouble controlling the mile as she captured Tuesday’s $17,900 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After shrugging off the early challengers, Blue Ivy had plenty in reserve to thwart the late bid of the pocket-sitting Sports Flix, downing her by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Brooklyn Lilacs was a ...
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Sunshine Meadows' deck opening Jan. 2

on 12/15/2020 2:37 PM
The 2021 seasonal opening of "On The Deck" will officially take place at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 2.   That's when editor Jeffrey Bell says the 2021 Roster Book will be ready for distribution and all 2 and 3 year olds in training will be wearing their saddle pad numbers.   The Roster Book w...
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Yonkers Trot champ Goalfish dies at 23

on 12/15/2020 12:36 PM
Goalfish will always hold a special place in Jacqueline Ingrassia’s heart as well as harness racing history. Ingrassia became the first female driver ever to win a Triple Crown event when she captured the Yonkers Trot with Goalfish in 2000. On Saturday, Dec. 12, Goalfish passed away at Ingrassia’s farm, where the gelding lived out his life after retiring from racing in 2007 with e...
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Gimpanzee taking advantage of KY Stallion Bonus

on 12/15/2020 12:03 PM
“We are extremely excited about the new Kentucky Stallion Bonus Program approved last week by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.  This is the next step in advancing the Kentucky program and one that is already making an impact with the announcement of three-time Breeders Crown Champion Gimpanzee retiring to stud duty at Diamond Creek Farm of Kentucky.  Congrats to the team at ...
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World Harness Handicapping Championship set for Nov. 13, 2021

on 12/15/2020 11:24 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and DerbyWars.com are proud to announce the 2021 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com — offering a $150,000 prize pool — is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. On that date, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for an estimated $150,000 prize pool.  The total prize pool is based on 150 entrie...
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Batavia Downs' handle soared in 2020

on 12/15/2020 10:08 AM
Despite the many challenges faced in every aspect of the business from day one right through the final race due to the global pandemic, Batavia Downs was able to race safely throughout the duration of its dates and just completed one of its most successful meets with regards to nightly handle.   “The 2020 season was a rousing success because all parties involved in the racing pr...
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Burke, Page, capture OSS Kaltenbach titles

on 12/15/2020 10:04 AM
Trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page have captured the 2020 Kaltenbach titles for the second consecutive season.     The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) events in a single season.    Burke captured his third Kalten...
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DG's Caviar extends winning streak to 3

on 12/15/2020 8:27 AM
DG’S Caviar extended his winning streak at Pompano Park to three on Monday (December 14) with a sharp performance for driver Andy Shetler.   The four year-old son of Prime Time Caviar hit the wire in 1:53.2, despite the fact he started from the outside six post and was three-wide until reaching the lead three-eighths into the mile.   The winning margin was a measured ...
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