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Promisemethis wins Meadows series split

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
Rebounding from an uncharacteristic break last week, Promisemethis sailed to a front-end victory in Wednesday’s Trotslikethewind Trot at The Meadows. Gliding To Glory took the other $12,500 third-leg split in the series for 3-year-old fillies. The $20,000 (est.) series final is set for Wednesday, May 1. After winning her division in the series’ opening leg, Promisemethis made an inexp...
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Konkle named Hoosier Park's racing scholar

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
Tim Konkle, 53, has a professional goal to promote and help grow the Indiana harness racing industry; plain and simple. With more than 50 years of horse racing experience, 15 years at Hoosier Park alone, Konkle brings a level of professionalism and expertise that is unparalleled in the greater Indiana region.   For this reason, Hoosier Park has transitioned Konkle from backside main...
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40-year-old trifecta cashes in at Buffalo

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
Although Standardbreds are eligible to compete through age 14, a very rare few remain competitive enough to maintain a racing career anywhere near the mandatory retirement age.   However, the first race on Wednesday, April 24, at Buffalo Raceway produced a feat that will be hard to duplicate.   In what seemed like an ordinary $4,000 claiming race, Fleeing the ...
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Bolt The Duer wins second qualifier of 2013

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
Some well-known harness names--and a few that may establish themselves at the highest levels in the near future--were out for qualifying action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Thursday morning.   Bolt The Duer, the fastest horse ever on a five-eighths mile track by virtue of his 1:47.4 triumph in the Adios last year, went behind the gate for the second time as a 4 year old....
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Baillargeon sends out "The Tank" in Lifetime Dream

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
When One More Ginny found herself in the Ben Baillargeon barn late last season, she quickly developed the nickname "The Tank" from the Rockwood conditioner.   "She's a big mare, I mean really big,” Baillargeon said. "She's just a tank and that's her nickname at the farm.”   After a successful 2012 season, One More Ginny has started off her 4-year-old career in fine fo...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview takes a look at Saturday night's $450,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series for older pacers, which features Foiled Again and the 9 year old's nearly-completed quest to reach the $5-million mark in career earnings.   Also, Northfield Park is the site on Friday night of the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers, ...
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Upsets in Celias Counsel divisions at Woodbine

on 04/25/2013 2:00 AM
A pair of $15,000 Celias Counsel divisions for sophomore trotting fillies highlighted the Thursday evening program at Woodbine. Both Jojo On The Gogo and Bop Too The Top found the winner's circle for their connections at odds of 6-1 and 30-1, respectively.   Jojo On The Gogo, driven by Sylvain Filion, went gate to wire in the first division defeating heavily-favored Rockin With Dewe...
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$23,255 Pick-7 carryover Wednesday at Buffalo

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
With the jackpot continuing to rise with every passing night, the $2 Pick 7 wager eluded fans once again last week at Buffalo Raceway. Fans will have their next shot at the $23,255 carryover on Wednesday night.   Track management has decided to add to the excitement each night by announcing the number of live tickets at the conclusion of each leg. Last Saturday, 68 live tickets rema...
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Jerseylicious wins Weiss final in photo finish

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Jerseylicious won a showdown with Shebestingin to capture the final of the Bobby Weiss Series for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The race carried a purse of $30,000.   Jerseylicious (Western Ideal-Jet Lag N) came into the race unbeaten in seven 2013 races, while Shebestingin had never lost in five career starts. Jerseylicious had a post po...
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Raceway Park set to open on Saturday

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Raceway Park will commence its 2013 season of live harness racing this weekend with programs on Saturday and Sunday nights beginning at 6 p.m.   Trainers interested in participating are reminded that entries for both cards must be called in to the race office by 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 25.   "We're going to try a double draw every Thursday for both weekend programs this...
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Southwind's Allen Skolnick dies at 84

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Allen Skolnick, who owned and operated Southwind Farms in Pennington, N.J., died Wednesday morning, April 24, after a long illness. He was 84.   Mr. Skolnick's death comes less than a month after his wife of 60 years, Connie, died, also at the age of 84.   Southwind Farms was purchased by the Skolnicks in 1986. The 235-acre farm is currently the home to trotting stallion ...
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"Goo," We Will See, Romantic Moment win qualifiers

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Making his second qualifying start of the year on Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia, world-champion 4-year-old trotter Googoo Gaagaa scored a 1:55.2 victory. Corey Callahan drove Googoo Gaagaa to the three-length win for breeder-owner-trainer Richard Hans.   Also winning a qualifier in 1:53.4 was the 6-year-old pacer We Will See, who will bring a bankroll of more than $2.5 million i...
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Hard Rock enters agreement with Meadowlands

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Hard Rock International–owner of one of the world's most recognized and iconic brands–announced Wednesday it has entered into a long-term agreement with New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. As part of this agreement, Hard Rock will make an equity investment in New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC, which extends to any projected future developments at the racetrack.   "Hard Rock Int...
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ORC updates Ontario racing program

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Following a review of changes necessary to reflect the current environment in Ontario, adjustments to the Ontario Racing Program (ORP) Implementation Criteria were announced Wednesday.   Since its inception in 2010, the principles of the Ontario Racing Program have applied to all breeds. It was actively implemented first within Standardbred Racing.   Implementation Crit...
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Big carryovers at Balmoral, Maywood

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
It will be a mid-week treat for fans of the Chicagoland area racing circuit as both Balmoral and Maywood Park will offer some very inviting guaranteed pools thanks to carryovers at both tracks on Wednesday and Thursday nights.   The action gets underway on Wednesday, April 24, at Balmoral with a $25,000 guaranteed pool on the 50-cent Pick-5 wager. No one successfully selected ...
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OSRC again delays Penn's Dayton plans

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
At a meeting with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) on Wednesday morning, officials of Penn National Gaming again presented revised seating plans for its two planned racetracks in Ohio, including a Thoroughbred racetrack in Austintown in the northeast corner of the state, and a harness track in Dayton, which would be the transferring of the license of Raceway Park in Toledo. And jus...
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Meadowlands winter meet a huge success

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
Entering the final racing season taking place in the original Meadowlands Racetrack grandstand, a great number of changes were put in place to enhance the racing product, keeping in mind that we do not have the benefit of slots revenue to enhance our purses. The most significant of those changes being the implementation of the Classified Racing System, with the goal of creating more wide-open ...
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Mohawk makes changes to qualifiers, training

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group's schedule of live harness racing will move to Mohawk Racetrack on May 23, thus prompting changes to the qualifying and training schedule at the Campbellville oval.   Qualifiers will occur one day a week during the Mohawk meet on Wednesdays, beginning on May 8.Post time will be scheduled for 10 a.m.   The final qualifying session at Woodbi...
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Dontyouforgetit tops Dexter field; no elims needed

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
The 2013 debut of world-champion trotter Dontyouforgetit has been put on hold one week as the 3-year-old colt was one of just seven entered for the $130,000 (est.) Dexter Cup at Freehold Raceway, which meant that no eliminations were needed as scheduled for this Saturday.   Dontyouforgetit's 1:55.3 effort in a Standardbred division last September at the Delaware, Ohio fair...
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"Captain" leads list of 45 NA Cup eligibles

on 04/24/2013 2:00 AM
An elite group of 45 horses remain eligible to the 30th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, one of harness racing's most prestigious events and Canada's richest harness race. The one-mile pace for 3 year olds, set for Mohawk Racetrack, is scheduled for Saturday, June 15.   Headlining the 2013 crop of nominees is Captaintreacherous, who last season became the first 2 y...
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