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Dunn, Harris win Big M Fall Meet titles

on 01/02/2020 11:11 AM
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 01/02/2020 10:27 AM
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 01/02/2020 8:02 AM
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 01/01/2020 6:17 PM
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 01/01/2020 6:15 PM
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 01/01/2020 6:14 PM
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 12/31/2019 7:45 PM
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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Deck at Sunshine Meadows opens Saturday

on 12/31/2019 4:39 PM
The 2020 harness racing season opening of “On The Deck” will officially take place at Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village in Delray Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 4. That’s when editor Jeffrey Bell says the 2020 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...
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Inukchuk set to be back in action at Freehold

on 12/31/2019 1:25 PM
A field of eight has signed up to do battle in Freehold Raceway's first Preferred Handicap trot of the year this Friday (January 3). The headliners are the top two finishers from last week's Preferred: Inukchuk Chuck and Money Maven.   "Chuck" won at the level last week, blasting off from post position three and cruising to a 3 1/2 length win in 1:57. Two weeks ago, ...
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Brittany Farms voted Breeder of Year

on 12/31/2019 10:23 AM
Brittany Farms LLC, breeders of the 2019 “Millionaires’ Row” of Bettor’s Wish, Manchego, Six Pack and American History among other top trotters and pacers, was voted as Breeder of the Year by USHWA. Also earning honors was the dam of Manchego, Secret Magic, who was picked as the Trotting Broodmare of the Year.   Brittany Farms, owned by Hall of Famer George ...
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McClure, Mock, Polisseni, King win USHWA awards

on 12/31/2019 10:14 AM
The remaining winners of Dan Patch Awards in the human and broodmare categories, as voted on by the membership of the United States Harness Writers Association, the sport’s leading association, have been announced. The Rising Star Award winner is Bob McClure. Dawnelle Mock is the Breakthrough Award winner. Jim King Jr. is the Good Guy Award winner. Wanda Polisseni was voted th...
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Merriman hits 1,000 wins 3rd straight year

on 12/31/2019 12:49 AM
Aaron Merriman added to his history-making career on Monday, becoming the first driver to achieve three straight 1,000-win seasons.   Over the past couple of weeks, Harness racing fans have been anxiously waiting to see if Merriman would complete the historical task. Merriman came through with seven victories on the day, including three wins at The Meadows earlier in the afternoon.&...
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Series finals, jackpot pay out at Meadows

on 12/30/2019 9:06 PM
What a way to go! The Meadows brought down the curtain Monday on its 2019 live racing season with an action-packed card that featured the championships of five Holiday Claiming Series and wagering fireworks in the Super Hi-5.   The Super Hi-5 jackpot stood at $105,000.96 following Saturday’s carryover. Fueled by frenzied Monday wagering, however, the jackpot swelled to $323...
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Online Survival handicapping competition

on 12/30/2019 10:51 AM
The always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing returns Friday, Jan. 10. Cash prizes and seats to the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars are up for grabs in this free online competition.   Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest.   The game covers the Meadowlands...
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Merriman just 7 wins from 1,000 for 3rd straight year

on 12/30/2019 10:09 AM
After a six-win Sunday night at Northfield Park, driver Aaron Merriman is just seven wins from reaching the 1,000-win mark for the year. In action at both The Meadows and Northfield Park on Monday—and both tracks dark on Tuesday—with 18 total drives, Merriman is within close proximity of surpassing 1,000 victories for the third straight year.   Merriman, 41, won 1,095 race...
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Strom, Melander, Dunn win USHWA honors

on 12/30/2019 9:37 AM
The partnership of Courant Inc., which encompasses principal owner Anders Ström and individual partners on several horses, teamed exceptionally well with trainer Marcus Melander during 2019, campaigning the “Three G’s” – Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S – who dominated the 3-year-old trotting colt ranks while earning over $3 million among them this y...
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Katz-Libfeld/Faraldo dead heat for Proximity

on 12/30/2019 9:31 AM
There was a “dead heat for win” in the voting for the most prestigious award for which the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are the sole arbiters – the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award. The joint winners are New York horseman Joe Faraldo and the Ontario owning/breeding partnership of Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz – the first time there has been a tie in the to...
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McCarthy wins 5 again, new heights for handle at Big M

on 12/29/2019 8:18 AM
For a second straight night, Andy McCarthy ruled the Meadowlands.   The 33-year-old native of Australia followed up his five-winner Friday with another five-bagger Saturday night. All told, when you add in the two victories McCarthy had Thursday, you end up with one dozen winner's circle visits over the course of the three-card race week at the Big M.   On Saturday, McCarth...
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Wild Wild Western Meadows Horse of Year

on 12/28/2019 8:10 PM
Unraced at 2 and unheralded at 3 when he burst on the scene with outstanding performances in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, Wild Wild Western is the 2019 Horse of the Year at The Meadows. He also was named Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year.   Maewegonow, a hard-hitting mare who took on the track’s best al...
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Hall of Famer John Pawlak dies

on 12/28/2019 8:04 PM
According to his wife Kristine Keller-Pawlak’s Facebook page, former U.S. Trotting Association Director of Publicity John Pawlak, 71, died Dec. 27, 2019, at 10:40 p.m. “He is now with the angels and free of his pain,” stated Keller-Pawlak in her Facebook post. “He fought a long and difficult battle for over six years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.&...
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