Carolina Beach in Meadows $20K pace; Palone wins 6

on 01/17/2020 7:30 PM
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 01/17/2020 2:27 PM
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 01/17/2020 12:44 PM
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 01/16/2020 9:44 PM
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 01/16/2020 3:59 PM
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 01/16/2020 2:43 PM
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 01/16/2020 2:01 PM
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 01/16/2020 1:12 PM
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 01/16/2020 1:10 PM
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 01/16/2020 1:08 PM
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 01/16/2020 1:01 PM
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 01/16/2020 11:06 AM
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 01/15/2020 9:51 AM
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 01/15/2020 8:41 AM
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 01/15/2020 8:39 AM
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 01/14/2020 9:52 PM
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 01/14/2020 6:18 PM
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 01/14/2020 3:50 PM
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 01/14/2020 3:37 PM
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 01/14/2020 1:24 PM
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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