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PA horseman Richard King, 68 dies

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
Richard A. King, 68, of Stoneboro, Pa.,died March 6 at his home. Born May 6, 1944, in Grove City, Mr. King was a son of Melville G. "Mel” King and Georgia D. Cramer King. He attended Mercer High School and enlisted in the Army and was a Vietnam-era veteran, serving in Korea. After the military, he went to work for Foster Grading Co. of Jackson Center, where he operated its asphalt plant. He reti...
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Haroun Hanover scores 9th win of 2013

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
What would the odds be that two horses from the same racetrack lead North America in wins? Probably be real long, you'd think. But on Tuesday, Haroun Hanover scored his ninth seasonal victory and now joins another Monticello Raceway pacer, Tracys Song, who won her ninth race on Monday, at the top of the North American leaderboard for races won this season.   Both Haroun Hanover and ...
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Matchmaker, Levy kick off this weekend

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's premier events for the "mature" crowd begin this weekend, with opening rounds of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker (Friday) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (Saturday). "Ladies first" finds five, $40,000 Matchmaker divisions, going as races 4,6,7,9 and 10. Trainer Ron Burke, who nominated nine mares to the series, is making them all wing for their supper in the first...
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Meadowlands responds to Faraldo's comments

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
While it is unfortunate that Mr. Faraldo has targeted the Meadowlands in another public outburst that would have been better left to a private discussion, due to the vast inaccuracies in his "editorial,” the Meadowlands Racetrack feels compelled to respond.   Yes, the Meadowlands Racetrack, like many other racetracks with larger-sized pools has players that bet through a computer-...
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MacDonald crosses Hudson to the Meadowlands

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
Beginning this Saturday, driver Mark MacDonald will be making a change in his driving plans. For at least the duration of the winter meet, MacDonald will be driving Friday and Saturday nights at the Meadowlands.   Macdonald said several factor played into his decision. "The Meadowlands is where I always wanted to be, it's the place to drive. With the stakes races at Yonkers coming ...
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Marquise De Sarah ready for Woodbine's Blossom

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
The first leg of the Blossom Stakes gets underway this Friday at Woodbine. Good timing for trainer Joey Shea, who likes the way his filly Marquise De Sarah is heading into the $18,000 event.   "She's coming into the race as good as we can expect,” Shea said. "I trained her the other day and she trained very well, so we'll see what the weekend brings.”   The daughter o...
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OSRC: Still not enough seats at Dayton tracks

on 03/20/2013 2:00 AM
For the second week in a row, on Wednesday morning officials from both Penn National Gaming and Miami Valley Gaming and Racing presented plans for proposed new harness racetracks in Dayton to the Ohio State Racing Commission (OSRC). And for the second week in a row, were told to come back next week with further revisions. Penn National has proposed moving the Beulah Park Thoroughbred track ...
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Three and done at Yonkers on Monday

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
In theory, spring arrives Wednesday, but that small factoid didn't stop Old Man Winter from making one last seasonal stand in the greater New York area.   Monday night's scheduled dozen-race Yonkers Raceway program was curtailed after three races due to wind-driven snow, which made for harness racing's version of unsafe driving conditions.   None of Monday's four divisions o...
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September Hall repeats at The Meadows

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
September Hall rushed to the early lead, then sailed through the slop Monday at The Meadows to capture his second straight in the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot. Marvenue took the other $12,500 third leg division in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, horses and geldings. The $20,000-added final goes next Monday, March 25.   Although steady rain had drenched the track, September ...
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Custers Last Stand wins 3rd straight

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Custers Last Stand paced home for his third straight win Monday in Northfield Park's 13th race. The 5 year old is owned by the Northfiled Park Wall of Famer Gerald Bookmyer of Sycamore, Ohio, and is trained by Pat Karcher. Jason Thompson has driven the gelding for all three of his most recent victories.   Custers Last Stand was fifth though a contested opening quarter of :27. T...
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Tracys Song's win streak reaches nine

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Talk about a bargain, just check out Tracys Song. A $4,000 purchase early this year, Tracys Song, with a victory again on Monday, has run her string to nine wins in a row and currently she is the winningest horse in North America.   Win number nine--and all her wins for that matter--have come at Monticello Raceway and all under the guidance of driver Bruce Aldrich Jr....
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Pair of late closers added to Vernon schedule

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs has added a pair of late closing events to its schedule.   The Catherine Burton Trotting Series will conduct preliminary legs on Friday, April 19, and Friday, April 26. The Anthony Farina Pacing Series is slated for Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, April 27. The finals for each will be on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 4, with a special 5:10 p.m. first pos...
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"Hercules" flexes muscles at Balmoral

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
If Celebrity Hercules slipped through the cracks, co-owner Jeff Davis is happy he landed in his hands.   Davis and Matt Shipley, under the name Dandy Farms Inc., purchased Celebrity Hercules for $24,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. Since then, the 7-year-old trotter has won three of four races and earned $21,875 while competing at Balmoral Park i...
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Homebred Manhattan Tea takes Meadows series leg

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Fourth in the first two series legs, Manhattan Tea found his best stride Tuesday at The Meadows with a powerful first-over move that carried him to victory in the Walter Russell Memorial Pace. The third leg of the series for 3- and 4-year old colts, horses and geldings was conducted over three $11,250 divisions, with Elusive Rainbow and Cruisingtothemusic taking the other splits. The $20,000-added...
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Cashendash Hanover wins third straight at Dover

on 03/19/2013 2:00 AM
Ross Wolfenden drove Cashendash Hanover and Village Blast, among three winners, while Tony Morgan scored his third victory of the card with Ashes N Dust in the Tuesday (March 19) features at Dover Downs. Cashendash Hanover got up in the closing strides to win the $20,000 male claiming pace in a lifetime mark of 1:51.1 to rack-up the Western Hanover-Castanet Hall gelding's third c...
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American Ideal's book full and closed

on 03/18/2013 2:00 AM
Having made a "siring sweep" of the 2012 Dan Patch Awards for 3-year-old pacers, American Ideal figured to be popular among breeders this year, and indeed he was. It was announced Monday that his book for 2013 is full and closed.   "We know he is the best value in the industry right now, but it's still a tough market. We really do appreciate the response and thank everyone for ...
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Bobby Manning dies

on 03/18/2013 2:00 AM
Robert E. "Bobby" Manning died Friday, March 8. He was 56.   Mr. Manning spent his life training horses in New England and at Pocono Downs. According to U.S. Trotting Association records, Mr. Manning retired from training his own stable in 1996.  
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Faraldo comments on "cartels" and handle

on 03/18/2013 2:00 AM
The following editorial was written by Joseph A. Faraldo, an attorney and president of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, representing the over 1,000 owners, trainers and drivers regularly competing at Yonkers Raceway. He is a director and past chairman of the Board of the United States Trotting Association.   Faraldo told harnessracing.com that he wrote...
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With 2 series finals, Big M handle up $1 million

on 03/17/2013 2:00 AM
The Saturday card at the Meadowlands opened with two series finals. The first half of the Daily Double was the $57,000 Aquarius, serving as the rubber match between leg one winner Warranee Needy, sent off as the 3-5 favorite, and Escape The News, who sprung a mild upset in last week's second round.   On the wagering front, the total handle of $3,593,659 was $1,029,420 more than the ...
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Watch the Meadowlands do the Harlem Shake

on 03/17/2013 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack is the latest to join the Harlem Shake craze. On Saturday night track management and the drivers at the Big M did their version of the Harlem Shake. In the management "Shake," track general manager Jason Settlemoir had the lead role and Bob "Hollywood" Heyden can't take his eyes off the program page. The Harlem Shake at the Meadowlands was televised on the track's sim...
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