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IHHA added as HANA GC Challenge sponsor

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
The Horseplayers Association of North America's (HANA) harness racing division is pleased to announce the addition of the Illinois Harness Horsemen Association (IHHA) as a Gold Sponsor of HANA Harness' 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs.   The contest kicks off this F...
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Ohio stars ready to return to racing wars

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
The best Ohio-sired 2-year-old trotters and pacers of the 2012 season are ready to roll this season in hopes of retaining their championship form. They are aiming at the first legs of the Ohio Sires Stakes the first weekend in May at Lebanon Raceway.   Cating Around, winner of the Ohio Sires Stakes final for frosh pacing fillies last year, got her first start of the season last week...
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Posts drawn for Levy, Matchmaker finals

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
Post positions were drawn Tuesday for Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night series finales, that of the $450,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and the $285,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker.   The 26th edition of the Levy, harness racing's richest race of the season to date, is listed as the 10th race. Post time for the dozen-race card is 7:10 p.m., with approximate post for t...
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Sweet Lou aims for select company

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
The list of male pacers to receive divisional honors at both ages two and four is short and sweet: Artsplace, Jenna's Beach Boy, Bret Hanover and Race Time. After this season, it could grow by one, and be even sweeter.   Sweet Lou will try to add his name to the list and join Artsplace as the only member of that group not to have been honored as a 3 year old as well.  ...
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Stride for the Cure night a success at Big M

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
On Saturday, April 20, dual racetrack events brought human and equine athletes together and raised nearly $5,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” program.   A total of 228 runners crossed the finish line in the second annual Meadowlands Racetrack and 95.5 WPLJ's Stride For The Cure 5K. Michael Favocci, 23, of Hawthorne, N.J., took fi...
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Charisma Hanover favored in Courageous Lady

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
The $84,000 Courageous Lady has drawn an impressive field of seven and will head postward this Friday evening, April 26, at Northfield Park. The Courageous Lady has been carded as Race 11 and holds an approximate post time of 10:30 p.m.   The Courageous Lady, an open stakes event for North America's top 3-year-old pacing fillies, is the first U.S. national stakes of 2013 and ha...
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HTA adds Meadowlands, Red Mile, Cal Expo

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
Harness Tracks of America ("HTA) is proud to announce the addition of the Meadowlands Racetrack, Cal Expo Harness Racing and The Red Mile to its roster of member racing associations after approval of the application of each of the racetracks by the HTA Board of Directors. Principals of each track will begin serving on the HTA Board and committees immediately.   The addition of these...
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Terror High wins third Schoolkids split

on 04/23/2013 2:00 AM
Terror High continued to terrorize his competition in the Schoolkids Pace at The Meadows, capturing his third straight split in a career-best 1:51.4 in Tuesday's third leg. Dew N Doughnuts took the other $12,500 split in the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The $20,000 (est.) series final is set for Tuesday, April 30.   After a pair of series wins on the front end, Terror H...
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Kakaley/Burke sweep Hudson River splits

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
The combination of driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke hooked up to sweep both divisions of the Hudson River Pacing series for 4 and 5 year olds on Sunday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.   The races, which each held a purse of $18,000, were the second leg of the series which began last week at the Meadowlands.   In the first division, Take It Back Te...
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CHHA scholarship applications due

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarship applications are due by April 30th. Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and/or students enrolled in an educational institution of higher learning. Students who demonstrate a strong commitment to their Christian faith and are involved in harness racing are encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Committee gives special ...
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Ford talks purchase of Something For Doc

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Mark Ford has started more than 21,000 horses over his career but he told harnessracing.com Monday morning that the post-position draw for Saturday night's $450,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway for his new acquisition Something For Doc is probably the most "critical” he's ever had. "The draw is going to be so critical for everybody. If we draw good our cha...
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$1-million mark reached in corporate sponsorships

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racetrack, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Winners OTW have combined for the first time to surpass the $1 million mark in corporate sponsorships for the 2013 season.   That figure represents a 500 percent increase over the past three years.   "This is a major milestone that shows that harness racing is still an attractive partner to businesses both large and sma...
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Florida stallion Arapa Victory dies

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Prominent Florida sire Arapa Victory, whose sons and daughters have made a solid impact in the Florida stakes program, has died at age 13, according to owner Laurie Lee Poulin.   The son of Valley Victory, out of the Speedy Crown mare Rap Girl, passed away from an undiagnosed illness which began last November with hives, continued with the loss of his entire coat, and ended with the...
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"Captain" and "Equuleus" likely to qualify Sat. at Big M

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Captaintreacherous, the first 2-year-old pacer to be voted Pacer of the Year since Niatross in 1979, and Odds On Equuleus, the horse arguably given the best chance of dethroning the king of this year's 3-year-old pacing colt division, both were on the track last Saturday in training miles at the Meadowlands. Both pacers appear to be on schedule to be back at the Meadowlands to qualify on Satur...
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Yonkers raises purses again on April 29

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's latest purse increase takes effect next week, with hikes of 10 percent for claiming races and 20 percent for conditioned races.   Beginning Monday, Apr. 29, the purse structure ranges from $11,000 (for $12,500 claimers) to $46,000 (for the trio of Open Handicaps). There is also a new pacing class, for 3 and 4 year olds (both genders) who are non-winners of six pari...
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Belle Boyd now 5-for-5 in '13 with Princess win

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
The Diplomat Series and Princess Series kicked off on Monday evening at Woodbine featuring lone divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings and sophomore pacing fillies. Both Varadero Hanover and Belle Boyd found the winner's circle first in the opening two dashes of the program.   After finishing second in the Youthful final one week ago, Varadero Hanover redeemed himself with a 1:...
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Shark Ingested scores in Harrington open

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Nanticoke Racing and Jim Morand's Shark Ingested ($4.80) was a well-backed winner in the featured $18,000 Open on Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.4.   Driven by co-owner Morand, race favorite Shark Ingested set the pace after seizing control from Main A Dieu Too early and dictating fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:25.2. Those two rivals were joined by Fissato late, who finish...
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Imagine Hanover wins again in Winning Mister

on 04/22/2013 2:00 AM
Trailing by five lengths and with his cover suddenly off stride, Imagine Hanover rallied wide in the stretch to capture his third straight division in Monday's Winning Mister Trot at The Meadows. Mr. Mysterio pulled off a 13-1 upset in the other $12,500 third-leg split. The $20,000 (est.) final of the series for 3-year-old colts and geldings goes Monday, April 29.   Hammered down to...
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Levy legs in the books; Something For Doc sold

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Saturday night played host to the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. A very formful barbershop quartet of $50,000 divisions were the last chance to impress the judges, wrapped up thusly.   Before the scintillating summaries, some hot-off-the-presses news...series points leader Something for Doc has been sold to trainer...
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Abrokenart Hanover wins Night Styles final

on 04/21/2013 2:00 AM
Abrokenart Hanover won the $32,800 Night Styles Series final Saturday night at the Meadowlands with a 1:52.2 effort for driver Simon Allard. Leading at every call, Abrokenart Hanover held off the John Campbell-driven Lady's Art by a head, with the 1-5 favorite, Day Blue Chip, third for Corey Callahan.   A 4-year-old daughter of Artiscape, Abrokenart Hanover is trained by Mark Capone...
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