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Nat Ray renamed John Cashman Jr. Memorial

on 03/11/2013 2:00 AM
The New Meadowlands is announcing that the Nat Ray Free For All trot will be known as the John Cashman, Jr. Memorial beginning with the 2013 race on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 3.   First raced in 1981, this important event counts among itswinners many of trotting's greatest champions. Moni Maker won the Nat Ray a remarkable three times, Lucky Jim set his 1:50.1 world record in this race...
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Campbell to speak at USTA Driving School

on 03/11/2013 2:00 AM
John Campbell will speak to the students at the 2013 USTA Driving School, to be held May 29–June 2 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y.   "I am so pleased that John will be able to join us as an instructor this year. I've tried many times to get him but his racing schedule has not allowed it,” said school head Chip Hastings. "There is no one better ...
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Pounce K wins 2nd straight in Meadows series

on 03/11/2013 2:00 AM
Parked the first three-eighths, Pounce K still had enough zip to hold off his stablemate down the backside Monday and score his second straight victory in the Ken Weaver Memorial Trot at The Meadows. The second leg of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings was conducted over three divisions, with NF Notebook and September Hall taking the other $11,250 splits. Trainer/dri...
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Historic moves to Harrah's Philadelphia

on 03/11/2013 2:00 AM
The Historic Stakes for freshman pacers and trotters will be raced at Harrah’s Philadelphia this August. The sophomore events remain at Tioga Downs. Furthering their commitment to top quality stakes racing, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association and Harrah's Philadelphia (formerly Chester) will host the quartet of Grand Circuit events on the following dates to co...
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McSauna, Jerseylicious in Dover features

on 03/11/2013 2:00 AM
McSauna blitzed from last to first winning the $16,000 Mares Winners-Over  while Jerseylicious overpowered her rivals in a $13,000 Filly and Mare pace to highlight the Monday, March 11 program  at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick drove four winners, trainer Tim Crissman and owner Crissman Inc. had three wins each.  Roger Plante had a driving-training double. Turning for home Tim Te...
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Annieswesterncard rallies for Yonkers win

on 03/10/2013 1:00 AM
Millionaire Annieswesterncard rolled from the back of the pack Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Content to watch early from post position seven, "Annie" saw 13-10 choice Electrofire (Brian Sears) step around Sapphire City (Brent Holland) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. With a :56.3 half came the outer tier, led by Nob Hill High (Eric Goode...
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Cruizin KC cruises to Pompano victory

on 03/10/2013 1:00 AM
Cruizin K C, leased, trained and driven by Mark O'Mara, paced his final half mile in 54.3, circling the field and "cruizin” to victory in Pompano Park's Open Pace on Saturday night in 1:52.3.   The 5-year-old son of Mach Three scored the win, measuring two lengths over Oozie's Bad Boy (Rick Plano) with Village Jackson (Kevin Wallis) third. Avantage and Mcsocks picked up the f...
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Timoko scores big victory in France

on 03/10/2013 1:00 AM
The French winter meeting continues at the Cagnes-sur-Mer racetrack on the southern border of France, close to Nice, and the meeting was highlighted Sunday with the Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sponsored by the daily publication Nice-Matin.   Timoko, who won the Criterium as 3 and 4 year old and also the Criterium Continental, can now add the $200,000 Criterium de Vite...
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Slots agreement reached at Flamboro, Georgian

on 03/10/2013 1:00 AM
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GCGC) announced Saturday that it has entered into letters of intent with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for the continuation of slot operations at each of the company's Georgian Downs and Flamboro Downs racetrack facilities.   The letters of intent set out the general intentions and business arrangements for the respective propert...
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Tetrick hits trotting grand slam at Philadelphia

on 03/10/2013 1:00 AM
Tim Tetrick--the 2012 driving champion at Harrah's Philadelphia--wasted no time picking up where he left off, as he notched four driving wins on the Sunday afternoon card--all of them with trotters.   In the third race, Tetrick piloted the Syl King-trained Somolli Crown to a 13-1 upset victory, saving ground throughout and outkicking Powerful Star (Eric Goodell) in a 1:57...
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Keystone Suave rallies for Dover victory

on 03/10/2013 1:00 AM
Keystone Suave came four wide turning for home and chopped down the leaders on the way to a 1:54.4 score in the $10,500 pace feature on a beautiful Sunday day afternoon at Dover Downs.   With Eddie Davis Jr. driving the first of two winners, Keystone Suave, owned and trained by Bruce Trader, the Dragon Again-Style gelding won for the first -time since January back-to-back ...
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Equity prevails in Yonkers trot feature

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with madame pacers--were won by Equity (Matt Kakaley, $8) and Marie's Z Tam (George Brennan, $5.90).   A funny thing happened on the way the--apparent--winner's circle for two-time defending trot champ Affirmed Action (Jason Bartlett). Making the lead from post seven, he saunte...
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Transcending scores in featured Philly opener

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
A ferocious open-stretch rally propelled Transcending ($3.40) to victory in the featured $23,000 conditioned pace on Friday evening's Opening Night card at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The Ron Burke-trained Transcending sat off a contested early pace before brushing to the lead and subsequently yielding the pacesetting duties to Rockin Robert (Eric Goodell) through a :55.3 half mil...
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Nominations increase for 2013 Am-Nats

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
After a banner year of American National Stakes that attracted the sport's top pacers and trotters in 2012, Balmoral Park is looking forward to another stellar season as February nominations for the prestigious stakes are up in total and once again read like a who's who of Standardbred royalty.   Nominations for the aged pace are up four in total to 47 and feature the likes of such...
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Foiled Again 3rd in qualifer; big morning for Burke

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
After a Friday night in which his horses swept the featured races at the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Harrah's Philadelphia, trainer Ron Burke posted five victories in qualifiers Saturday morning at the Big M. Included was a one-two-three sweep in the last qualifiers with horses who have combined earnings of more than $6.8 million.   The last qualifier was the s...
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Kathleen Abbatiello dies in New Jersey

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
Kathleen Frances McMahon Abbatiello, the wife of Hall of Fame horseman Anthony Abbatiello, died Saturday, March 9, following a brave fight against lymphoma. Mrs. Abbatiello was born and raised in Freehold, N.J. She graduated from Freehold Regional High School.   In 1960, she married Standardbred horseman Anthony Abbatiello and moved to Five Point Farm in Colts Ne...
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Meadows horsemen do some Harlem Shakin'

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
The NBA champion Miami Heat have nothing on harness racing and the horsemen from The Meadows.   After morning qualifying races on Friday, March 9, Meadows horsemen banded together to produce harness racing's version of the Harlem Shake, which features Brett Miller handling the opening solo dance.   Harlem Shake, a song originally recorded by American DJ and producer Baauer,...
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Escape The News in 1:48.4 in Aquarius

on 03/09/2013 12:00 AM
In a reversal of fortune from last weekend's opening round of the Aquarius Series for 4-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands, Escape The News edged past Warrawee Needy in the final strides to score a 1:48.4 victory in Saturday's night's five-horse, $35,000 division of the second round of the Aquarius.   Making the lead coming out of the first turn for driver Mark MacDonald was Warrawe...
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David Miller hot on a snowy Big M night

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
It may have been a snowy night in East Rutherford, N.J., but that did little to stop the hot hands of the Buckeye, Dave Miller. By night's end, Miller won five of 10 races on the card.   Miller swept the early double, a sequence that included a very impressive win by Jurgen Hanover, a young trotter with plenty of upside. Jurgen Hanover took back, tracked cover, loomed up t...
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PASS payments postmarked by March 15

on 03/08/2013 12:00 AM
A reminder to horsemen that Pennsylvania Sire Stakes payments for March must be postmarked by Friday, March 15.   For 2 year olds, the payments due are $150 for pari-mutuels and $25 for fairs. This payment MUST BE MADE for the horse to have any future opportunities in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (and the Stallion Series, eligibility for which is "included” in the pari-mutuel...
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