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Guccio in 1:52 in Meadowlands FFA

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
The Friday night card at The Meadowlands opened with a $30,000 A-1/FFA Handicap trot that showcased a very strong field of six with nearly $8 million in career earnings.   Last week's winner, Ice Machine, effectively reduced that number to five with an uncharacteristic break before the start and driver Yannick Gingras seized the opportunity to put Wishing Stone on the lead and put conf...
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Stars qualify Saturday at the Meadowlands

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
Several stars of 2012 were on the track Saturday morning in qualifying action at the Meadowlands, including a star-laden field that went behind the gate in the 12th and final race of the session. When the dust settled in that contest it was New York Sires Stakes champion Major Bombay who emerged victorious in 1:53 in his debut as a 4 year old. Also winning a qualifier in her first appeara...
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Teague inducted into Del. Afro-American HOF

on 04/20/2013 2:00 AM
In ceremonies Saturday night at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover, Del., trainer George Teague Jr. was inducted into Delaware's Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame. Teague, 49, joins a group of 11 inducted into the Hall, including six basketball stars, two football stars, a softball star and a martial-arts expert.   Teague, who catapulted to harness racing fame in 2004 when he campa...
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Lifetime Dream splits raced at Woodbine

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of $20,000 Lifetime Dream series divisions highlighted the Thursday evening program at Woodbine with One More Ginny and Sheer Glide finding the wire first in their respective tilts.   In her first start of the season, One More Ginny (Mario Baillargeon) converted off a terrific-second over trip to upset heavily-favored Kendra Hanover (Rick Zeron) in the first division. Kendra ...
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Bolt The Duer impresses in qualifying win

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
Bolt The Duer, who scored major victories last year as a 3 year old in the Adios, Messenger and Cleveland Classic, as well as sweeping his way through the Kentucky Sires Stakes, won a qualifier Thursday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in his first appearance of 2013. With regular driver Mark MacDonald in the sulky, Bolt The Duer won by 1 ½ lengths in 1:53.2, receiving what trainer Pete Fole...
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TVG to sponsor Meadowlands FFA series

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
TVG, America's Horseracing Network, and New Jersey's Meadowlands Racetrack announced Friday (April 19) that TVG will serve as title sponsor of the inaugural $4 million TVG Free-For-All Series.   Open to pacers and trotters ages three-and-up, the season-long competition gets underway May 11, and concludes Nov. 30 with a pair of $500,000 Free-For-All Finals. Competitors in those ...
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Pa. harness racing commissioner resigns

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
Pennsylvania harness racing commissioner Richard J. Welsh has reportedly resigned his position because his employer, Wells Fargo, forbids him to hold the post. Welsh, a senior vice president at Wells Fargo, wrote in a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett that he was forced to resign because "my employer has instituted a new policy which does not permit me to serve in any elected office or appointed boar...
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Base purse for Ohio Fair Fund races increasing

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
The Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with the Ohio State Racing Commission, Chairman Robert Schmitz and Mountaineer Gaming (Scioto Downs), have announced a distribution of $1,001,800 to be shared for Ohio Fairs Fund races, fair operations and racing related expenses by all 94 Ohio agricultural fairs. Each of the 65 Ohio fairs that conduct harness racing will receive a distri...
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Odds On Equuleus hearing canceled

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
Harnessracing.com has learned a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, between the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the connections of Odds On Equuleus, who was disqualfied from a first-place finish in an $85,800 Bluegrass division for 2-year-old colt pacers last September at The Red Mile, has been canceled.   Harnessracing.com was told by a commission official on Thursda...
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Does Tracys Song have triskaidekaphobia?

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
Tracys Song, the 8-year-old pacing mare who leads North America in races won this season with 12, will seek her 13th consecutive victory when she starts from the pole position in the 11th and final race on the card at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon, April 22.   For the most part, superstitious people have been known steer clear of the number 13. Many buildings even refrain f...
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Matchmaker field set as preliminaries conclude

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway Friday night played host to the fifth and final round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. A trio of $40,000 divisions for pacing mares went at it, with the certified summaries as such:   First division--Ramalama (Yannick Gingras, $5.80), part of a three-headed Ron Burke-trainer entry, prevailed from the pocket. After pole-sitting Warrawee Koine (Jason Bartlett) seated every...
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Favorites prevail in Tie Silk splits

on 04/19/2013 2:00 AM
The opening round of the Tie Silk Series was put on display Friday evening at Woodbine, featuring sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Both post time favorites, Bloodstockshalltab and Hamdalla, didn't disappoint the betting public in each of their $15,000 divisions.   In the opening dash on the card, Bloodstockshalltab and Paul MacDonell cleared to the front past the opening stati...
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We Will See nearing 2013 return

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
Trainer Sam DePinto hopes We Will See is ready to see a return to the form that helped the pacer earn more than $1 million as a 4 year old.   Last season, at age five, We Will See battled a variety of woes–from a foot issue to bleeding to a virus–as he won two of 21 races and earned $432,805 for owners Shannon DePinto, Earl Smith and J&T Silva Stables. He was at his best dur...
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Hayes finishes Boston Marathon before blast

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
Ontario horseman Dr. John Hayes, who has trained such notables as the stakes winners Memphis Flash and Proudfoot, competed in the Boston Marathon on Monday and told harnessracing.com that he thankfully finished about 40 minutes before the tragic terrorist attacks, running the 26 miles in 3 hours and 42 minutes. "I finished about 40 minutes ahead of the explosions,” said Dr. Hayes, 64...
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Vernon "Showdown" contest begins April 26

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs is giving fans and horseplayers another way to win big this season by launching a free-to-enter online handicapping contest beginning April 26. Though the competition does not begin until April 26, free registration is open now.   Vernon Downs Showdown requires contestants to select one horse in any race each racing night. That horse must finish first, second or third i...
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USTA handle numbers corrected and available

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
An internal audit of the USTA database conducted on the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013 revealed inaccuracies in the "YTD 2012” figures posted as part of its daily online Economic Indicators On U.S. Races chart. The actual 2012 handle was greater than what was reported. "We discovered a glitch in our coding that was deleting 2012 handle from one track each day that we entered wagering figur...
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New York Equine Medical Director sought

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
The New York State Gaming Commission and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Thursday announced the framework and formal search for a New York State Equine Medical Director to oversee the health and safety of horses at all New York State Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks. A full description of the position may be found here.   The Equine Medical Director posi...
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Lady Godiva ready to ride May 13 at Monticello

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
Postponed from its original date on Valentine's Day, the 11th edition of the Lady Godiva is now slated for Monday, May 13, just one day after Mother's Day.   The event is one of the eight legs in Monticello Raceway's Heritage Drivers Series-2013.   "We had to postpone the Lady Godiva earlier this year due to a lack of entries,” noted Eric Warner, the track's director o...
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New Weekend Preview now available

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is available for download and the focus is on the the last leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway. Because post position is so important to winning on a half-mile track, we've got a review of how the draw has treated Levy players. Also, 2012 Breeders Crown Mare Trot champion Tamla Celeber makes her first star...
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Farms participating in Open House on Mother's Day

on 04/18/2013 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive year, the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association and Standardbred Canada's I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club are partnering to present a special Mother's Day Open House event. On Sunday, May 12, High Stakes Farm and Oak Knoll Stables will open their gates and farms to the general public from 2-4 p.m. to showcase their mares, foals and facilit...
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