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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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1 week after triple bypass, Gill in winner's circle

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Last year Danny Gill burst on the scene and on the final day of the 2012 season at Monticello Raceway he harnessed his 117th winner and walked away with leading trainer honors, with one more win than runner-up Bob Lounsbury. A Kentucky native who now calls Ballouville, Conn., home, Gill is battling Lounsbury for leading trainer honors again this year. Currently he leads him by three wins t...
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Yonkers race office offering text message alerts

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway is advising horsemen that they can now can now sign up to receive text message alerts from the race office. Text messages are sent to alert horsemen when horses are needed for certain classes on draw days, as well as other pertinent racing information. To register, send YRRACING to 292929, with standard rates in effect. For further info., please contact the race office at (914) 4...
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Joie de Vie fillies sweep Lady Suffolk divisions

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of fillies bred and owned by New Jersey’s Joie De Vie Farm, both trained by Chris Ryder, swept the split divisions of the Lady Suffolk on Friday, May 3, 2013 at Freehold Raceway.Lola De Vie, by Credit Winner, claimed the $39,900 first division, a non-wagering event, while Vida DeVie, sired in New Jersey by Muscles Yankee, was a wire-to-wire winner in the $40,900 second division, carded ...
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Imperial Count takes Yonkers Open Handicap

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $46,000 Open Handicaps--for either-gender trotters and distaff pacers--were won by Imperial Count (Tyler Buter, $7.50) and Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube, $7.30).   Imperial Count, leaving from post position seven, watched early and Canadian visitor Hesgotlegs (Mark MacDonald) worked around Political Desire (Jason Bartlett) passing a :27.1 opening quarte...
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Betterluvnexttime holds on for 1:54.1 score

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
Betterluvnexttime and Pete Wrenn made amends for their second-place finish last time out as they pulled off a sharp front-running effort in the featured event at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday, May 3. Betterluvnexttime made a late surge at the wire to notch her 20th career victory.   Leaving from post nine, Wrenn sent Betterluvnexttime to the front as Ricky Macomber Jr. and Mo...
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Dragon's Tale upsets in Meadows series final

on 05/03/2013 2:00 AM
The odds seemed stacked against Dragon's Tale in Friday's $34,000 championship of the My Drag Queen Pace at The Meadows. She had finished no better than third in the preliminary legs, and near the three-quarter pole in Friday's final, her sulky suffered a flat tire. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, she poured through for Mike Wilder to pull off a 13-1 upset and claim the championship in the...
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Top Tart upsets Promisemethis in 1:56.2

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
Top Tart tipped three wide at just the right time to get the jump on her main rival and pull off a 10-1 upset in Wednesday's $31,250 championship of the Trotslikethewind Trot for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows.   Seeing that Promisemethis, the 1-5 favorite as part of an entry, was temporarily blocked by her stablemate, Chiptomylou, Eric Ledford and Top Tart peeled off cover into ...
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Hazel Park opens Friday; Adler new announcer

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Raceway's 61st season of harness racing will get underway Friday night, May 3, at 7:35 p.m. It won't take long for fans to notice a big change as longtime Windsor Raceway race-caller Marty Adler will be in the announcer's booth.   "We are very fortunate to have someone like Marty Adler join us here at Hazel Park this year," said Ken Marshall, the director of operations at the s...
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Economy Terror, Frau Blucher win qualifiers

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
National-caliber horses continuing their preparations for their 2013 campaigns again put on impressive shows in Thursday morning qualifiers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Economy Terror, 2011 juvenile filly champ and double world record-setter in capturing PA Sire Stakes Championships here at 2 and 3, won her second straight qualifier. This week she was put on the engine by driver Jim Morr...
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Panel says Ont. association not responsible for payment

on 05/02/2013 2:00 AM
The Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), a member of Harness Horsemen International (HHI), scored a victory on April 4, 2013, when an Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Panel upheld a May 2012 ruling that the OHHA was not responsible for paying $100,000 to the ORC.   The ORC Director had asked for the $100,000 as compensation for costs that arose from an investigation conducted by...
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