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Commander Crowe flops in comeback

on 03/03/2013 12:00 AM
The French winter-meeting at Hippodrome was traditionally concluded with the Prix de l'Union Europeenne and Prix de Selection, before the meeting continues at Cagnes-Sur-Mer, on the southern French border, outside Nice. The "Europe Prize" resulted in a win for Quinoa du Gers (Ganymede-Targa du Chalange), who has closed in on the highest class this season and now showed ...
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Grand Circuit expanded to all open stakes

on 03/03/2013 12:00 AM
At the USTA full board meeting at Harness Congress VI Sunday afternoon, Grand Circuit president John Campbell announced that all open stakes raced in North America not previously considered as Grand Circuit (GC) would now carry that designation beginning with the 2013 season.   Many of the most valuable and sought after stakes not previously on the Grand Circuit roster will now...
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USTA board meets at Racing Congress

on 03/03/2013 12:00 AM
The full U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors assembled Sunday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for a formal start to the Association's annual meeting, which this year is part of the sixth Harness Racing Congress--which has brought together the USTA, Harness Horsemen's International, Harness Tracks of America and the U.S. Harness Writers Association.   Leading the wa...
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Harness Racing Congress VI concludes

on 03/03/2013 12:00 AM
Globalization, social media, and innovation were the topics du jour during day two of the Harness Racing Congress on Sunday morning, March 3, at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   Of the three panels, the social media group, titled "The revolution will not be televised: The explosion of social media into racing's consciousness,” generated the most interest...
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Jim Morrill, Jr. returns to win 7 races

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
Driver Jim Morrill, Jr. began his 2013 campaign at Buffalo Raceway Friday (March 1) by winning 7 on the 13 race card. After having to wait an additional 48 hours due to Wednesday’s cancellation Morrill had no trouble finding his way to the winner’s circle by taking the early double aboard His Albien (Race 1) and Ranger Gus (Race 2). In the middle portion of the card Morrill strung together ...
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Horse & Groom headlines Big M Friday

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
The Horse and Groom Series got underway Friday night at the Meadowlands with two divisions headlining the 13 race card. In the first division, it was a budding star trained by Ron Burke, Dw’s NY Yank who moved to the lead down the backstretch with Yannick Gingras and never looked back scoring in a sharp 1:54.1. The win made it five in a row for the four year old gelded son of Dilbert Hanover...
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Paulette Revere takes Meadows F&M trot

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
Paulette Revere willingly yielded the early lead to RT Sun Poco, then powered by her in the lane to capture Friday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows.   Paulette Revere shot to the front for Mike Wilder but was pocketed at the quarter by RT Sun Poco. The 5-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Hopeful Joy was the stronger mare in the lane, downing her rival by a l...
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Hambo day adds common pools from France

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society president and CEO Tom Charters told harnessracing.com Saturday morning that a tentative agreement has been reached with PMU, the agency that regulates racing in France, to have eight trotting races on this year's Hambletonian day card at the Meadowlands in early August simulcast with common-pool wagering.   Charters and Meadowlands simulcast director Sa...
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Luchento named HHI president

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
Freehold, New Jersey’s Tom Luchento was voted president of Harness Horsemen International at the association’s annual meeting on March 1, 2013 at the Westin Beach & Spa Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Harness Horsemen International [HHI] is a consortium of horsemen’s organizations from 16 states and provinces. Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders &...
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Zeron lengths ahead in WEG’s win standings

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
As we are nicely into the calendar year, driver Scott Zeron has given himself a commanding lead in the Woodbine drivers’ standings. The Oakville resident has accumulated 60 wins so far this season on the Rexdale oval, 27 ahead of his nearest rivals, Jody Jamieson and Chris Christoforou, who both have 33 wins on the season. "The trips have been really working out for me,” Zeron sa...
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Harness Racing Congress underway

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
The first day of the sixth Harness Racing Congress, held Saturday morning, March 2, at the Westin Beach Resort and Spa, was filled with panel discussions on government relations, medication research and casino cross-marketing.   The opening panel kicked off with an introduction of the day's topics by USTA president F. Phillip Langley, followed by a presentation by Harness ...
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Northern Companion wins at Pompano

on 03/02/2013 12:00 AM
Northern Companion resumed his winning ways at Pompano Park with a sharp winning performance in 1:51.3 on Saturday night. Driver Rob Hoffman sent the five year-old son of Cambest alertly off the gate from the rail and allowed McSocks, handled by Bruce Ranger, to seize the lead a few steps out and take the field to an opening quarter of :27.2. Just a stride or two prior to the opener, Hoff...
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Joe Bongiorno makes history

on 03/01/2013 12:00 AM
The fifth race at the Meadowlands on Thursday night appeared to be just another race. While some bettors held on tight to their Pick 5 tickets that were still live, young Joe Bongiorno was handed the lines to the trotting mare, Chocoholic. Little did he know history awaited at the finish line. After a quick give and go past the opening quarter, Chocoholic and Joe Bongiorno led the fi...
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NJ sports betting suffers setback

on 03/01/2013 12:00 AM
A law signed last year by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that would allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks, including the Meadowlands and Freehold, suffered a blow late Thursday when a federal judge upheld a 1992 law that prohibits sports wagering in 46 of 50 states, including New Jersey.   The major sports leagues and the NCAA filed a lawsuit against the bill that in De...
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Affirmed Action, Feeling You win at Yonkers

on 03/01/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night, $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--for trotters along with femme fatale pacers--were won by a repeating Affirmed Action (Jason Bartlett, $21.20) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter, $4.80). Making the lead from post position No. 7, Affirmed Action worked around Fuel Cell (Brian Sears) before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a :30.1 second quart...
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World Handicapping Challenge Qualifier at Buffalo Raceway

on 02/28/2013 12:00 AM
The Buffalo Raceway World Harness Handicapping Contest Qualifier gets started this Saturday and continues each Saturday through March 23.  The top 5 finishers each week will compete in the Buffalo Raceway Harness Handicapping Contest Final on Saturday, April 14.  Qualifying rounds will take place March 2, 9, 16 and 23. The Grand Prize Winner on April 14th will receive entry...
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Woodbine shifts Thursday qualifiers

on 02/28/2013 12:00 AM
Please be advised that qualifiers at Woodbine Racetrack have been moved from Thursday, February 28 to Friday, March 1. There will be five qualifying races beginning at 4:30 p.m.
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Latest Weekend Preview Available!

on 02/28/2013 12:00 AM
In latest edition of Weekend Preview, Bob Burgess talks about his Junior Trendsetter contender Resistance Futile, who won the two legs of the series but will start from post 10 in the final. Weekend Preview also has the line-up for this year’s Inter Dominion final, considered the greatest harness race in Australia. Among the 14 starters is a horse owned by Emilio and Maria Rosati, whose hors...
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For You Almostfree a good investment

on 02/28/2013 12:00 AM
He cost a little bit of money, but For You Almostfree is paying dividends for trainer John McDermott. McDermott bought the now 5-year-old trotter for $45,000 at the 2012 Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. Since then, For You Almostfree has earned $133,810 while working his way through the condition ranks at Yonkers Raceway and into Friday’s $35,000 Open Handicap. ...
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Versado takes $35,000 Dover preferred pace

on 02/28/2013 12:00 AM
Versado rang out the month of February scoring his fourth win of the meet overpowering five foes in a 1:50.1 front-pacing mile in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Dover Downs while Rusty’s All In returned to the $30,000 Delaware Special with a 1:50 triumph. For the third time this meet Corey Callahan drove seven winners. Versado had little trouble taking the lead a...
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