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New "Jackpot Next Door" series at Yonkers

on 05/06/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced a new "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series, for $20,000 claiming pacers of both genders.   The Friday night series offers four preliminary legs beginning June 28 (each race worth $20,000), with a $50,000 added final and $30,000 (gtd.) consolation both going July 26. Claiming is permitted in a horse's first two series starts, with a 50 percent premium for...
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RT Sun Poco shines in Meadows feature

on 05/06/2013 2:00 AM
Parked the opening three-eighths, RT Sun Poco refused to tire as she blew away a talented field in a career-best 1:53.4 in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Looped by a pair of horses from the gate, RT Sun Poco persevered for Aaron Merriman, finally clearing to the lead after a demanding :27.2 first quarter. She steadily opened up there...
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Tom Brinkerhoff takes 2 Ohio Sires Stakes

on 05/05/2013 2:00 AM
Popular veteran trainer Tom Brinkerhoff's horses visited the winner's circle after both of the Ohio Sires Stakes events for 3-year-old pacers on Saturday night at Lebanon. One victory was expected, but the other quite unexpected. Brinkerhoff's first victory came when My Myster E went to the front for driver Dan Noble like a 1-5 choice should and never relinquished the lead. The son of Stand Fo...
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Patron wins $64,000 in Hoosier Park promotion

on 05/05/2013 2:00 AM
The question is; what is Orb? While it may be a play on the sire's name, Malibu Moon, or the circumference of the moon, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino it is the name of the Kentucky Derby winning horse that Stuart Silvers placed a $10,000 win bet upon and won over $60,000 on Saturday, May 4. At odds of 5-1, Silvers' answer to the age-old $64,000 question was Orb. The three-year-old geldin...
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Illinois 3YO pacers in stakes action at Balmoral

on 05/05/2013 2:00 AM
It was a busy night for the Illinois conceived and foaled sophomore set on Saturday night at Balmoral Park as a trio of battles featuring some of the top three-year-old pacers in the Prairie State shared top billing on the 13-race program.   The action kicked off in race three with the first of two $10,000 divisions of the Betzotic Stake attracting a field of eight distaffers. Fresh...
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Update on Vernon EHV-1 case and precautions

on 05/05/2013 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs' stable area remains under quarantine as a safety precaution after a case of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) was diagnosed on Saturday. The virus is currently contained to one barn on the Vernon backstretch. That barn is under constant secured quarantine. After consultation with the NY Agriculture Board's Director Dr. David Smith, the following practices are suggested for horses ...
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Shesbestingin, Wishing Stone kick off big meet

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
The 2013 Championship Meet at The Meadowlands Racetrack got underway on clear yet crisp May evening in New Jersey.   While the summer meet primarily features stakes racing, the first race of note was the A-2/FFA trot. It was a solid group of older horses and resulted in the fastest trotting mile of the young season with Wishing Stone getting the call over Sevruga in 1:51.2.   Arch ...
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Coraggioso sets 1:53.4 Vernon track mark

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
Reigning New York Sires Stakes champion Coraggioso was fast and fit in his season's debut on Friday night, capturing the $10,000 Vernon Downs featured eighth race and setting a track record for 4-year-old trotting horses.   Trainer Gates Brunet was at the controls in the week's Open test as favored Coraggioso, winner of the NYSS 2012 title test for 3-year-old colt trotters, got cover earl...
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Ohio champ Contessa Leigh wins OSS opener

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
Contessa Leigh turned her first start of the 2013 season into an exhibition mile as she won the opening division of the Ohio Sires Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies by 19-3/4 lengths at Lebanon Raceway on Friday night. The outcome of the race was never in doubt as driver Chip Noble sent the willing filly away from the gate at the start and led by five lengths after the first quarter. W...
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The Captain wins another Big M qualifier

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous was back in action at the Meadowlands on Saturday morning, winning a qualifying race by a comfortable 2 3/4 lengths in 1:54.3, with a last quarter in :27.3. With stakes season for 3 year olds officially underway with the Lady Suffolk at Freehold Friday and more stakes to follow, plenty of hopefuls were in action.   To Dream On, Jimmy Takter's top 2-year-old trotting fil...
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Payments coming up for Meadowlands races

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
The inaugural TVG Free For All Series begins next Saturday night at The Meadowlands Racetrack. The first event for trotters will be the $40,000 eliminations for the $200,000 Arthur J Cutler Memorial Trot.   The series conditions state that in the event that the Cutler does not require eliminations, a $50,000 Open trot will be offered to TVG series eligibles as a point-bearing race. All TV...
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Vernon cancels Saturday due to equine herpes

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
After a confirmed case of equine herpes at Vernon Downs, management and the New York Gaming Commission have made the decision to cancel racing Saturday night at Vernon Downs in the best interest of the harness racing community.   No horses will be allowed to ship into or out of Vernon Downs until further notice, and trainers attempting will be dealt with accordingly. Horsemen and wo...
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Celebrity Maserati captures Dexter Cup

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
Owner Sam Stathis and trainer Susanne Strandqvist took their time with Celebrity Maserati last season. The colt trotter is paying them back quickly this season.   Celebrity Maserati made it 2-for-2 this year by winning Saturday’s $139,600 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old trotters by 2-1/4 lengths over favorite Dontyouforgetit in 1:58.3 at Freehold Raceway. Stathis’s Celebrity Stimulus ...
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Meadowlands Maturity belongs to Modern Family

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
The 4-year-old trotter Modern Family was perfectly positioned by driver Tim Tetrick and capitalized on the trip to capture the $100,000 Meadowlands Maturity in 1:51.4 on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.   The Meadowlands Maturity featured a strong group of 4 year olds, including Guccio, the runner-up in last year's Hambletonian, and Googoo Gaagaa, the fastest of his generation in ...
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Tioga opens with crowd of more than 15,000

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs opened up for its eighth season of live racing on Saturday, May 4, in Nichols, NY. As in years past, the harness racing fans of the Southern Tier showed their support as more than 15,000 attended "Derby Fest” at Tioga Downs.   Jimmy Marohn Jr. and Visible Gold got the year started off with a bang winning the third leg of the Hudson River Series in a new lifetime best o...
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Golden Receiver wins in 1:50.2 at Pocono

on 05/04/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Harder picked up back-to-back wins at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Saturday night, first winning with Bullet Bob by a head in 1:50.3 and coming back in the next race with his stable star Golden Receiver.   Golden Receiver controlled the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Pace, scoring in 1:50.2 over Sparky Mark.   Also on the card, Beatgoeson Hanover picked up ...
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Rockin Wizard, Belle Boyd win in WEG series

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Belle Boyd (pictured) and Rockin Wizard found the winner's circle at Woodbine Thursday night, taking their respective Princess and Diplomat Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts and geldings, respectively.   After finishing second in last week's lone division of The Diplomat Series, Rockin Wizard took no prisoners in Thursday's $20,000 second leg. He...
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Arch Madness leads Oslo Grand Prix invitees

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
The major races in Scandinavia for the top international trotters starts with the Finlandia Ajo, with the draw for the May 12 race set to take place this Sunday, May 5. The 2,100 meter race will carry a purse of 1.5 million Norwegian kroner, with about $258,000 (U.S.) to the winner.   Arch Madness is expected to make the trip to represent the United States for the third straight year...
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Latest Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Top 2-year-old performers of the 2012 season are beginning to hit the track and if you are having trouble keeping up with who is racing where, the Ones To Watch column in the latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview will help.   The Friday afternoon card features two Lady Suffolk divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters at Freehold Raceway and then later that night there are 3 ...
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Revenue to PA Horse Fund drops for April

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Continuing a trend of steady declines, revenues from slot machines at Pennsylvania's six racetrack casinos were down 7.4 percent for the month of April compared to the same month in 2012. The decrease in slots revenue caused funding for the state's Race Horse Development Fund -- which supports live horse racing and breeding in the state -- to decrease by $1.77 million for the month of April. "Slo...
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