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Seibel new announcer at Cal Expo

on 08/01/2013 2:00 AM
Gary Seibel, The "Voice of the Hambletonian" and prior to his time with the TVG network the announcer at Pompano Park for many Breeders Crown championships,  will soon become the "Voice of Cal Expo," too.   Seibel will take over announcing duties when Cal Expo reopens for harness racing on Oct. 5. He will also serve as host of Cal Expo's simulcast broadcast to outlets...
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Ray Fisher Jr. returns to sulky Friday at Batavia

on 08/01/2013 2:00 AM
It has only been 20 days since Ray Fisher Jr., the 2013 Buffalo Raceway driving champion, went down in a horrific accident. But he's gotten the green light to return and will be in the sulky Friday night at Batavia Downs for the first time this season.   Fisher suffered two broken vertebrae and a fractured pelvis in the July 12 spill during the third race at Buffalo Racewa...
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Pontones looking for Hambletonian repeat

on 08/01/2013 2:00 AM
It might be a longshot for Tom and Lou Pontone to visit the winner's circle again in Saturday's $1.2 million Hambletonian Stakes, but that is better than no shot.   The Pontones' TLP Stable and Mario Zuanetti's Atlantic Trot share ownership of Banco Solo, who is competing in the third of three Hambletonian elims and is 15-1 on the morning line. Jim Morrill Jr. will drive the colt fo...
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The Hambletonian evolution

on 08/01/2013 2:00 AM
Growing up in a big city there were few things to be envious of. We had it all.   Well, as harness fans we had two of the sport's most iconic tracks in Yonkers and Roosevelt Raceways, but when it came to the sport's signature event, The Hambletonian, we were miles from where it was happening. In the fall of 1976 the Meadowlands ushered in a new era for the sport. For those of us ...
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Horsemen details for Hambletonian Day

on 08/01/2013 2:00 AM
Horsemen, please be advised of these details for Hambletonian Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands Racetrack: Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks horses must be checked into the Stakes Barn (Barn #1) at The Meadowlands by the following times on Saturday morning: Hambo elim Race 7 due in at 8 a.m.; Hambo elim Race 8 due in at 8:30 a.m.; Hambo elim Race 9 due in at 9 a.m.; and Hambo O...
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News about Hambo contenders in Preview!

on 08/01/2013 2:00 AM
With 23 horses in this year's Hambletonian and no overwhelming favorite, plus a change in race conditions, every horse has a story behind it that sheds light on its chances of winning the 88th edition of the trotting classic, set for this Saturday at the Meadowlands. The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview contains everything you want to know about Saturday's Hambletonian at the Me...
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Favorites rule in NYSS 3CT divisions

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Statebreds visited Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night for the $293,175 New York Sire Stakes Mike Sorentino Trot. Three divisions of 3-year-old colts and gelding went for $97,725 each...and form held thrice.   Crazy About Pat (Cat Manzi, $2.70) traversed the track in a spiffy 1:56, taking the first event by a comfy 2 ¼ lengths. Leaving from post position No.3, "Pat" put down intervals of...
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Mystic Karissa rallies late to win INSS Gold

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Mystic Karissa and driver Sam Widger captured the opening round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies after staging a big rally in the final strides of the mile at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday.   Mystic Karissa was able to overcome traffic trouble to score her eighth win of the season in lifetime best fashion, 1:53.1. After two fi...
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Michigan owners killed in gas explosion

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Longtime Michigan-based owners Dave and Sue Miller were killed in an explosion at 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at their home in Thetford Township, which is a few miles north of Flint and 65 miles northwest of Detroit.   Reports state that Dave Miller was using a backhoe on his property and hit a gas line. Miller reported the incident to Consumers Energy, which sent a tec...
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Scioto handle up, both on and off track

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
With 12 racing weeks completed in the 2013 Scioto Downs Racino live harness racing schedule, the numbers are encouraging for the Columbus five-eighths mile oval. The increase in purses from the VLT machines that were installed and saw the first money go though them on June 1, 2012, has re-energized the horsemen that have been racing there for years.   "Owners are going out and ...
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Trotter Father Patrick makes namesake proud

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
When the Rev. Patrick McDonnell found out there was a 2 year old named after him, he was flattered. He also was a little perplexed.   The 2 year old in this case was a racehorse. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, who lives in East Windsor, named a colt trotter Father Patrick in honor of the Rev. McDonnell, who is the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Hi...
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Wagering format announced for Hambo day

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
With the best horses the sport of harness racing has to offer, The Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce its wagering format for Hambletonian Day.   The highlight of the card will be the $100,000 Guaranteed Hambletonian Pick 4, beginning in Race 12, the Hambletonian and running through Race 15. The wager, which will undoubtedly be the best Pick-4 pool that harness racin...
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Sunfire Blue Chip, Odds On Equuleus set for NY

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs held the draw on Wednesday morning for the Empire Breeders' Classic eliminations for 3-year-old New York-bred pacers. Twelve 3-year-old pacing colts were entered and were split into two six-horse $12,500 eliminations set to go postward in races four and eight on Sunday afternoon. Leading the field of six in the first elimination is Adios runner-up, Vegas Vacation, from the...
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RCI toughens penalty guidelines

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Racing Commissioners International (RCI) voted Wednesday to create a penalty point system and "enhanced” suspensions for trainers with multiple medication violations, strengthening how racing regulators deal with repeat offenders.   The RCI Board, meeting in Saratoga Springs, voted to modify the Model Rules to create an enhanced penalty which would be added to the penalty for...
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Trackmaster program for Hambo day available

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands would like to remind its fans that the program pages for Hambletonian Day, Saturday, Aug. 3, featuring the three Hambletonian eliminations, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final and the $1 Hambletonian final are available for download, free of charge on the Meadowlands website.   The Meadowlands Racetrack thanks Trackmaster for providing access to the f...
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Sylvester drives for 5 with 'Spider'

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Chuck Sylvester says it takes some luck to win the Hambletonian. It also takes a well-prepared horse. The 73-year-old trainer thinks Spider Blue Chip is ready. The remainder will be determined Saturday. Sylvester will try to join Bill Haughton, Stanley Dancer and Ben White as the only trainers to win the Hambletonian five times when he sends Spider Blue Chip into the $1.2 million eve...
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Favorites prevail in Indiana Gold Sire Stakes

on 07/31/2013 2:00 AM
Indiana Gold Sire Stakes action returned to Hoosier Park Racing & Casino with a pair of $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old trotting colts highlighting the 14-race card on Wednesday, July 31. Favorites delivered in both divisions that were contested over a track rated sloppy after heavy rainfall in the area. Former Indiana Sire Stakes champion Natural Herbie ...
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Lucan Hanover takes Summertime Series final

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Casie Coleman's Lucan Hanover completed the Summertime Pacing Series sweep as the swift pacer scored at ease in the $47,000 final, Monday at Mohawk. Sent off as the 1-9 heavy favorite, Lucan Hanover also captured both preliminary legs for owners West Wins Stable and Christine Calhoun. Driven by Scott Zeron, Lucan Hanover settled away in fifth as Ahdoughnolum (Luc Ouellette) blasted to command ...
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McNairs put 5 in "Battle" finals at Grand River

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 23rd annual Industry Day event were contested Monday evening, July 29. A total of seven elimination dashes were featured for two stake events: the $144,500 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired 2-year-old pacing colts) and the $75,400 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies).  Both stake finals will be featured during the 11-race ...
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2YO trotting fillies in Grassroots at Mohawk

on 07/30/2013 2:00 AM
The second showdown between 2-year-old trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Diamonds For Life resulted in the fastest of five Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, July 29. After finishing one-two in the July 6 season opener at Kawartha Downs, the fillies squared up for their second battle in Race 9 and engaged in an early tussle for the lead with Diamonds For Life reaching the q...
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