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Golden Receiver/huge handle Saturday highlights

on 01/20/2013 12:00 AM
Golden Receiver continues to leave the fans at the Meadowlands in awe. Saturday night marked his 18th sub-1:50 mile in his tremendous career. He took a seemingly effortless tour of the East Rutherford oval in 1:48.4 and he made it look easy. Next Saturday he will headline The Presidential Final in his quest for a second consecutive triumph in that event. The Presidential joins the Super B...
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OHHA names Ohio "Horse of the Year"

on 01/20/2013 12:00 AM
Horse of the Year and other divisional honors were awarded Saturday night, January 19 at the annual Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association banquet at the Columbus Marriott Northwest. Special Lady D dominated her division in 2012, amassing $114,128 from seven wins, one second and a trio of thirds in 16 seasonal starts for trainer Brian Brown and her quartet of Ohio owners, and was honored as ...
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Singalo wins world's richest monte race

on 01/20/2013 12:00 AM
The richest race for trotters racing under saddle, the Prix de Cornulier, was held Sunday at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes, and after a lot of action, when the winner Singalo hit the finish line, he recorded the second fastest time in history for a winner. Singalo was timed in a mile rate of 1:56.3 over 1 11/16ths miles (2,700 meters).   The Prix de Cornul...
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Toscano honored by NJ sportswriters

on 01/20/2013 12:00 AM
Linda Toscano collected Harness Trainer of the Year honors at the 77th edition of the New Jersey Sportswriters Association Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. A crowd of nearly 300 attended the luncheon, which honored sports figures from football, hockey, baseball, women's soccer, coaching and journalism.   In addition to Toscano, the awards went to Ja...
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Big M handle up 44% as Miller hits a grand slam

on 01/19/2013 12:00 AM
On a cold and blustery night in East Rutherford, the wagering was hot and heavy. The Friday night all sources handle of $2,963,279 was the highest handle for a Friday card since closing night of the 2010 Championship meet. When compared to the $2,053,771 wagered on the same Friday in 2012, the additional handle of $909,508 translated to a mark of an incredible 44% increase. The handle increase...
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Perfect Chance takes Meadows F&M trot

on 01/19/2013 12:00 AM
Able to squeeze into a seat along the pylons after leaving from post 9, Perfect Chance made the most of her good fortune by powering to victory — her fourth in her last five starts — in Friday’s $22,500 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. It appeared that Perfect Chance would be stuck outside in a 27.3 opening quarter when Dave Palone steere...
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Rusty's Treasure, Bullet Of Fire prevail at Dover

on 01/19/2013 12:00 AM
Rusty’s Treasure and 17-1 Bullet Of Fire won the twin features on a longshot-filled Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19 at Dover Downs. Eddie Davis Jr. won the first of his two high-price payoffs steering Rusty’s Treasure to a 1:56.2 victory in the Delaware-distaff half of two $12,000 4&5-Year-Old paces. It was the second straight win for the four-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Kabba...
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Kommander Hawk repeats in feature at Pompano

on 01/19/2013 12:00 AM
Kommander Hawk, again catch-driven by Matt Romano, scored a repeat win in Pompano Park’s Open 1 Handicap Pace on Saturday night. The seven year-old gelded son of Pro Bono Best bested the fast closing Spring Again, handled by Andy Santeramo, by a length in 1:52.1 after clocking gate-to-wire panels of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:23.2. Monet C C (Bruce Ranger) edged out Special Strides (Rick...
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Electrofire wins Open Handicap pace at Yonkers

on 01/19/2013 12:00 AM
Favored Electrofire (Brian Sears) repeated as the champion of the chalk players Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 6, Electrofire watched as River Shark (Mark MacDonald) and Something for Doc (Matt Kakaley) played leapfrog on the lead around a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. "Doc" found a :55.3 intermission as Elec...
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Upsets in Super Bowl; handle up again

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
The upset bug hit early and often at The Meadowlands Thursday night. In the first division of The Super Bowl, Sweet Ben upset heavily favored Joyeux Dream at 6-1 while holding off 106-1 longshot Jailhouse Juice by a nose. That upset, along with a pair of others, triggered a Pick 5 payout of $2,291.50. The second division of The Super Bowl saw Windsun Galliano get back to his winning ways fo...
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New Great Lakes 2YO Series announced in Michigan

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
The Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Michigan Standardbred Breeders' Association, and the Michigan Association of Fairs, is pleased to announce its 2013 fair racing program. In addition to the Colt Stakes, this summer's program will, for the first time, offer dual-eligibility and give horsemen another avenue to race and pr...
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Newell draws favorite in Dr. King Pace

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
Monticello Raceway will pay tribute and honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with its 13th annual race named for the great civil rights leader.   The Dr. King Pace features the talents of drivers of African-American heritage and it will be the first leg of the Mighty M's Heritage Drivers Series-2013.   "Once again it is our pleasure to ...
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Hervey, Smallsreed winners announced

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
Dave Briggs, writing for Canadian Sportsman magazine, and Mike Tanner, writing for Hoof Beats, were named the winners in the 51st annual John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Friday.   Mark Hall of Hoof Beats and Dave Landry of Canadian Sportsman were the winners in the 13th annual George Smallsreed Awards for ...
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Ohio commission hires Hoffman as consultant

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
The Ohio State Racing Commission has retained Dean A. Hoffman of Columbus on a contractual basis to provide publicity consulting services as part of the commission's efforts to rebuild horse racing in Ohio.   "We're excited about the future of horse racing in Ohio, and we need to begin to spread the word about the good things that are happening,” said Robert K. Schmitz, chairman o...
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Drew has presidential aspirations at the Big M

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
David Drew grew up around horses on a farm, and he spent a lifetime racing standardbreds on the side, while working full-time at General Motors in Canada.   Finally, 10 years into retirement, Drew is realizing a dream to not only race at the Meadowlands Racetrack, but to do it at the top level, and with a homebred.   Last week, Drew's Modern Legend finished third to Gold...
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Don't Point At, Looking Hanover win Yonkers 35G co-features

on 01/18/2013 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $35,000 Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and trotters of any particular persuasion--were won by Don't Point At (Jeff Gregory, $20.40) and Looking Hanover (Brian Sears, $5.10). Don't Point At, last among the seven early, watched as reformed claimer Hot List (Matt Kakaley) made the lead from her outside starting venue. Caught wide at the outset, she ...
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Zimmerman replaces Parker on HOF committee

on 01/17/2013 12:00 AM
Steven Wolf, president of the United States Harness Writers' Association (USHWA), has announced that former USHWA president Leon Zimmerman has accepted a six-year term as a member of the Harness Racing Living Hall of Fame Screening Committee.   Zimmerman, who was inducted into the Communicators Hall of Fame in 2008, was President of USHWA from 1994 through 1995 and during his p...
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Wallis is Waiting On A Woman at Pompano

on 01/17/2013 12:00 AM
Waiting On A Woman teamed with driver Kevin Wallis to score a wire-to-wire win in 1:54.4 in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open I Trot on Wednesday night.   The 5-year-old gelded son of Northern Bailey rocketed out of the gate, carded an opening panel of :27.1 and proceeded to clock fractions of :56 and 1:25 before hitting the wire a winner by a diminishing one-half length over Blushing Han...
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Lonesome Attack strikes at The Meadows

on 01/17/2013 12:00 AM
Shedding his cover before the three-quarters, Lonesome Attack powered through the lane to capture his second straight victory in Wednesday's $22,500 winners-over $10,000 life/Preferred Handicap pace at The Meadows.   Hammered down to 3-5 despite jumping two classes, Lonesome Attack was unhurried early before unleashing his potent late kick over a "good” surface for Brett Miller. T...
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Forward, Anthony MacDonald hurt at Flamboro

on 01/17/2013 12:00 AM
On Wednesday night at Flamboro Downs, Ontario harness racing suffered its third on-track accident in a five-day span.   In the 11th race, Thats The Life seemed to put in steps going into the final turn and fell. Justalittleluck and driver Brad Forward could not avoid the fallen horse and hit Thats The Life and driver Anthony MacDonald from behind, ejecting both drivers from their ra...
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