Merriman wins 9 of 16 races at Northfield

on 12/22/2019 8:28 AM
Leading driver Aaron Merriman posted another stellar night at Northfield Park on Saturday (December 21),winning nine times on the 16-race program.   Aaron’s triumphs were with Mayabelle ($3.20) in race one, Gotta Be Me ($13.00) in race two, KJ’s Foxy Lady ($4.00) in race three, Kick It In Kate ($7.60) in race four, Sea Rose ($6.20) in race seven, Bourbon And Barley ($4.40)...
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San Domino A scores at Meadowlands

on 12/22/2019 8:26 AM
Driver Pat Berry let the race come to him, and his patience and decision-making led to San Domino A winning the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for pacers.   Berry, who won his 4,000th career race at the Big M last week, had San Domino A racing in sixth to the quarter as the speedy Wheels On Fire was cutting out tepid fractions of :28.1 and :56.4. But Whe...
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Adams wins seat into Harness Handicapping Championship

on 12/21/2019 11:49 PM
Russ Adams of Hanover, PA, took first place in Saturday’s  free WHHC Qualifier at the Meadowlands.  Adams won a $1,300 seat into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by on April 18, 2020.   Adams, the photo finish/timer at Rosecroft, credited his late grandfather for helping him get the win.   “I remember going to the tra...
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Fan Of Terror grabs 18th victory of season

on 12/21/2019 10:57 PM
Talk about incredible seasonal statistics!  Fan Of Terror captured his 18th victory of the 2019 season on Saturday (Dec. 21), winning Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $17,500 Open Pace in 1:50.2.   As if 18 wins isn't impressive enough, the seven-year-old gelding's annual earnings swelled to $219,705 racing exclusively in top level claimers to start the year and top conditi...
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Budd gets 2,000th win; Traceur Hanover hits $1 mil

on 12/21/2019 10:46 PM
Nirvana Seelster displayed the determination that’s helped him earn over $1 million in his career to give trainer Bill Budd a milestone victory Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Budd entered Saturday’s card just a win shy of 2,000 for his career and his longtime stable star Nirvana Seelster fittingly came through with a game victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Driven b...
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Sunfire Blue Chip wins Freehold invite

on 12/21/2019 7:21 PM
Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class paces on Saturday (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for Gary Candell and Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quar...
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Rich And Miserable takes Meadowlands Preferred

on 12/21/2019 8:13 AM
Except for a break two starts back, Rich And Miserable has raced well for some time now without getting a win. He ended that drought by taking the featured Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night to end a six-race losing streak. His last win came on Sept. 28 at Yonkers Raceway.   All eyes were on Southwind Chrome early. The 3-5 favorite was assigned post 10 ...
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Allbeastnobeauty takes Dayton female feature

on 12/20/2019 11:04 PM
After a six week absence, Allbeastnobeauty returned to the Hollywood Dayton Raceway win circle with a convincing 1:51 tally in the weekly $16,500 feature for female pacers on Friday (Dec. 20).   Aaron Merriman guided the four-year-old Sportsmaster mare to her seventh seasonal score and 23rd in her 65 race career, this one her second fastest ever...just one-fifth of a second off her re...
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Betting Line's book full and closed

on 12/20/2019 4:51 PM
The 2020 book for Betting Line is now full and closed. Betting Line’s first crop of yearlings sold in 2019 and impressed with their size, athleticism and stellar conformation, buyers' enthusiasm pushed the average of his first crop to over $53,000 and was highlighted by the $340,000 colt Dean B Hanover and the $230,000 filly Southwind Xena.   "We ...
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Drazmatazzz upsets in Freehold trot

on 12/20/2019 4:36 PM
 Drazmatazz surprised most Freehold Raceway bettors on Friday (December 20), as he won the featured Preferred Handicap trot at 12/1.   Leaving from post position one, driver Vinny Ginsburg tucked him into the pocket off early leader Dynamic Edge. While he and Limerence got into an early duel, Drazmatazz watched the action unfold while saving ground. Heading up the backstretch the...
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Michigan Governor signs sports wagering bill

on 12/20/2019 3:54 PM
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation Friday morning approving sports wagering in the state.   The bill provides for sports wagering only at the three downtown Detroit casinos and the 23 Indiana casinos located throughout the state. The bill does not provide for sports wagering at racetracks, which currently includes only Northville Downs harness track and possibly...
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Six Pack is welcomed at Deo Volente Farms

on 12/20/2019 3:26 PM
World champion trotting stallion Six Pack was welcomed this week to his new home at Deo Volente Farms by farm CEO Michael J. Gulotta and members of the farm’s staff. The celebration also included a visit from Sarah Svanstedt, whose husband, Ake, trained and drove Six Pack throughout the trotter’s award-winning and record-setting career.   Six Pack, a 4 year old by Mus...
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Meadowlands to offer $14 million in 2020 stakes

on 12/20/2019 2:52 PM
The Meadowlands is proud to announce its 2020 stakes schedule which will total approximately $14 million over the course of the 92-program meet.   The Meadowlands Standardbred meet will have a different look in 2020 due to Monmouth Park exercising their legislated right to race Thoroughbreds on the main track from Oct. 2 through Nov. 21, thus eliminating the possibility for the custom...
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First Mohawk Million payment due Feb. 18

on 12/20/2019 1:45 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced the date for the inaugural Mohawk Million, to be contested in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The $850,000 (estimated) Metro Pace and $540,000 (estimated) Shes A Great Lady will also take place on September 26 to showcase harness ...
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Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation makes grant to STA

on 12/20/2019 12:30 PM
The Hanover Shoe Farms Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) to support their mission of accrediting and granting to programs assisting Standardbreds as they transition to new careers. “This gift is meant to incentivize the STA’s establishment of advanced standards for transformative grant making,” said Russell Williams, presid...
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Mandatory Hi-5 payout Dec. 30 at Meadows

on 12/20/2019 12:27 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino has announced a mandatory payout of its Jackpot Hi-5 for Monday, Dec. 30. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout date will be a record $105,000.96.   Jackpot Hi-5 wagering has been suspended for the Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 26, 27 and 28 cards, until the mandatory payout.   “This mandatory payout of the Hi-5 wager should p...
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First Pocono closers deadline is Jan. 15

on 12/20/2019 9:06 AM
Horsemen are reminded to review the early and late closers that will highlight the 2020 racing season of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The famed northeastern Pennsylvania oval will begin the expanded 139-day race meet on Saturday, Feb. 8.   Starting off the early season in early February will be a new late closer – The Game of Claims Late Closing Series with 6 different progr...
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Ohio Sires Stakes stallions shine in 2019

on 12/20/2019 9:04 AM
Progeny of Ohio-based stallions who participated in the 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes earned a total of $7,100,000 in purses.  Stallions must be registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC) during the year of conception for their foals to be eligible to Ohio Standardbred Development Fund (OSDF) events such as the Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS), Ohio Breeders Championship (OBC) and Ohio Fair St...
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Western NY owner Bruno Coccia dies

on 12/20/2019 8:49 AM
Bruno Coccia died Saturday (Dec. 14) at age 70. Mr. Coccia was the owner of Genesee Printers Inc. and Microera Printers Inc. He was also a co-owner of the Rochester Flash Men's Soccer Team and the C.C.O. Harness Racing Stables.   Mr. Coccia owned several horses in western New York from the late 70's to the mid 80’s and raced successfully at that time. Amon...
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Gingras wins 5 Thursday at Meadowlands

on 12/20/2019 6:53 AM
After last weekend saw him win six races and finish second on nine occasions in just 34 starts, Yannick Gingras upgraded from superb to scintillating at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning five times on the 11-race program. Gingras, whose horses have earned over $13 million during 2019, now has 32 wins at the Big M Fall Meeting, trailing only Dexter Dunn, who has 41. Dunn did not r...
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