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Sommer-Luarca to paint 2013 Hambletonian

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Susan Sommer-Luarca--Official Artist of the 2013 Hambletonian--has been invited by the Meadowlands Racetrack to paint live at the at Hambletonian Stakes, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3. The 88th Hambletonian will be telecast live on CBS Sports Network.   Sommer-Luarca's commemorative painting will be donated to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and be auctioned off to support o...
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Hambo Oaks detention at 10 a.m. Saturday

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Those fillies racing in the Hambletonian Oaks must be checked in to the detention barn at The Meadowlands by 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Please call Andrea at (201) 460-4214 with the list of personnel.   There is a Bon Jovi concert on Saturday night. Be careful to allow extra time to get to the track and be prepared to show your license on the way through the parking turnstile...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
Favorites haven't fared that well in recent years in the Adios and the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at The Meadows' signature race that will take place on Saturday afternoon. In a separate story, owner Fran Azur reveals why an Adios win with Lonewolf Currier would be special. The Yonkers Trot, the first jewel of trotting's Triple Crown, is set for Saturday night at Yonkers...
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TVG to be on-site for Hambletonian Day card

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
TVG, America's Horseracing Network, will present live, on-site coverage of the $1.2 million Hambletonian from the Meadowlands on Saturday, Aug. 3. In addition to airing the 88th edition of harness racing's premier event, TVG will carry the day's entire 15-race, $3.6 million program.   Also, TVG and 4NJBets customers will have the opportunity to earn a 20-percent bonus on the Pi...
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I Got To Boogie upsets in Town Pro final

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
I Got To Boogie, perfectly steered by Doug McNair, lit up the toteboard in this year's edition of the $45,900 Town Pro Pacing Series final on Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The daughter of Bettor's Delight, who returned a healthy $25.10 to win, got under the wire first in 1:52.2 for trainer Tony O'Sullivan.   Rachel Welch (Mike Saftic) blasted her way to the top in the ea...
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Big Scioto card Friday; no live racing Saturday

on 07/25/2013 2:00 AM
With no live racing on Saturday at Scioto Downs Racino due to the Jamey Johnson concert, the racing card Friday night is stacked with races of all the top level horses.   There will be 14 races on the card and Scioto's leading trainer, Virgil Morgan Jr., has nine horses entered in as many races. He has the morning line favorite in the top class Open Pace and non-winners of $7,500 tr...
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Summer Mixed Sale adds 40 supplements

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Nearly 200 head will now go under the auctioneer's gavel this Sunday, as 40 horses have been added as supplements to the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale.   "Racehorse buyers will want to be sure to see the supplement catalog," said sale manager David Reid. "There are some stakes-class 2 and 3 year olds that have been added, plus a good selection of nice older horses, like Donau, a $50...
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Prep races for NJ Classic, Miss New Jersey

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands has carded prep races on Saturday night for the finalists in the $250,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic and the $125,000 Thomas D'Altrui Miss New Jersey.   Neither of the two events for New Jersey-sired 3-year-old pacers, which are sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey, required elimination races.   The New J...
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Big day set for Grand River's Industry Day

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration is just around the corner, and the event esteems to be one of the best days of the summer for harness racing fans. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m.   The 23rd annual event includes an 11-race card worth more than $300,000 in purses. The main feature of the d...
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Steuben Farm breeding NYSS winners

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Growing up in Steuben County in southwestern New York State, Dr. Guy Hammonds cherished visits to his uncle's dairy/horse farm.   "I would go up there and help on the farm,” Hammonds said. "My grandparents were there and my cousins. I'd go to the county fairs with him when he raced. That's the first thing I wanted to do. He had a stallion and mares, too. As a kid, you really got ...
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Next Ohio meeting to review 2014 dates

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
The next meeting of the Ohio State Racing Commission will be held on Thursday (Aug. 22). The meeting will take place in Room South A on the 31st floor of the Riffe Center in Columbus. It will begin at 10 a.m. The commission will take a look at the disbursement of taxes paid on casino gambling that accrued to the commission during the second quarter of 2013. Permit holders in the process of ...
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Delaware governor at Harrington Thursday

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finals for Delaware's top 3-year-olds will headline Harrington Raceway's annual Governor's Night program (post time 7 p.m.) Thursday at the Delaware State Fair.   The feature for pacing horses 4 years old and up is the $40,000 Governor's Cup (2nd race), headed by Andrew Glassmeyer's Fancyfreeshark (2-1, Jon Roberts) and Peter ...
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Horse celebrates Taggart's 3,000th with a beer

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
After a day where driver Jimmy Taggart Jr. was a bridesmaid three times and also had a trio of third-place finishes at Monticello Raceway, he wasted no time Wednesday in scoring his 3,000th career win.   It came in the very first race on the Wednesday card when he ground out a first-up trip after the half with Always Right to finally wear down the pacesetter Jazz Band and drive...
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With new shoes, can "Frau" scare the "Bee"?

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Frau Blucher, named after a character in the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein who frightens horses, looks to threaten heavily favored Bee A Magician in the first elimination for the Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Trainer Chris Oakes also sends out Classic Martine in the second of two Oaks $35,000 eliminations. The first five finishers from each sp...
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Sunfire Blue Chip looks to shine in Adios

on 07/24/2013 2:00 AM
Sunfire Blue Chip might be ready to fire on all cylinders in Saturday's $450,000 Delvin Miller Adios for 3-year-old pacers at The Meadows.   Last weekend, Sunfire Blue Chip won his $50,000 Adios elimination by a nose over Word Power in 1:50.3 for trainer Jimmy Takter. It was the colt's first start in three weeks and his third victory in his last four starts.   His on...
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Bee A Magician draws post 1 in Oaks elims

on 07/23/2013 2:00 AM
Bee A Magician, the richest and fasest 3-year-old trotter regardless of sex in 2013, has drawn post one in the first of two $35,000 eliminations for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Fourteen 3-year-old fllly trotters were entered for this year's Oaks, with the top five finishers in each elim on Saturday returning for the rich final on Saturday afternoon, Aug...
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Post positions set for $450,000 Adios

on 07/23/2013 2:00 AM
Post positions for the $450,000 Adios, set for this Saturday afternoon at The Meadows, have been drawn. From the rail out, the field is: 1--Lonewolf Currier (John Campbell), 2--Ultimate Beach Boy (Dave Palone), 3--Some Kinda Beach (Andy Miller), 4--Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras), 5--Evenin Of Pleasure (Brett Miller), 6--Beach Memories (Corey Callahan), 7--Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears), 8--...
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Buffalo meet concludes with handle up 21%

on 07/23/2013 2:00 AM
The 99-day meet at Buffalo Raceway on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg came to a close on Sunday (July 21). Pro Kid, trained by Alex Giuliani, took the season finale with Shawn McDonough in the sulky. The handle on the 2013 Buffalo Raceway season increased 21 percent over 2012, the third straight year of double digit increases. On-track handle dipped slightly. "We were very pleased that the harne...
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Sears to drive Dontyouforgetit for Takter in Trot

on 07/23/2013 2:00 AM
Elimination winners Don'tyouforgetit and Creampuff Macdaddy drew post positions 4 and 6, respectively, for Yonkers Raceway's 59th Yonkers Trot, set for Saturday night.The $450,000 first leg of trotting's Triple Crown goes as Race 7, with post time at approximately 9:20 pm.   Don'tyouforgetit, a Cantab Hall colt, held off Fico by nose (1:57.2) in the second elim. He looks t...
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Older pacers putting on a show this year

on 07/23/2013 2:00 AM
Expectations were high for this season's group of 4-year-old male pacers. So far, the results justify the anticipation.   A Rocknroll Dance, for example, won the $120,500 Battle of Lake Erie on July 20 with a world-record 1:49.1 mile. One week earlier, Pet Rock captured the $471,800 William R. Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands in a stakes-record 1:47 (breaking Jenna's Beach Boy's...
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