Reckless Rebel takes Holiday Pace final

on 12/14/2019 11:18 PM
The final of the fourth annual Holiday Pace Series took place on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The series had two legs which each went for a purse of $7,500 leading up to Saturday’s $20,000 final. Reckless Rebel won the $20,000 Holiday Pace final with Jim Devaux in the sulky. Melissa Simser-Iovino Photo. The fastest winner of any division leading up to the Final wa...
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Fan Of Terror wins 17th of year at Dayton

on 12/14/2019 11:15 PM
Fan Of Terror has been on a tear throughout the 2019 season.  The 7-year-old son of Western Terror won the $17,500 Billy Hamm Memorial Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday for his 17th triumph of the year and 27th on-the-board finish in 37 trips to post.    Driver John DeLong, leaving from the rail, chose to let even money favorite I'm A Big Deal...
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Mach It A Par goes out a winner at Yonkers

on 12/14/2019 11:11 PM
Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $2.80) went out a winner Friday night. The millionairess, profiled earlier this week, handily notched career win No. 53 at her second home, Yonkers Raceway. Undeterred by pouring rain and a pared-down field of five rivals in the $22,000, second-race pace, odds-on Mach It A Par—from post position No. 2—retook early from Bellatricks (Brent...
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Southwind Chrome shines again in Big M Preferred

on 12/14/2019 6:51 AM
Southwind Chrome shrugged off a late challenger once again on the way to winning a second straight Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for trotters. Last week, the Jeff Cullipher trainee had to deal with Muscle M Up from the far turn to the finish but dug in determinedly to win in a snappy 1:51.4. On Friday night, the 4-year-old son of Chapter Seven-Counter Pointe had ...
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Fox Valley Veto surprises in Batavia Open

on 12/13/2019 11:06 PM
Two top class races highlighted the second last race card at Batavia Downs on Friday night and both winners rewarded their backers with premium mutuels.  In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto was overlooked at 11-1 and pulled the upset with a strong closing effort.  Saratoga invader Golden Kronos (John Cummings Jr.) flew to the lead and rattled off frac...
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Sugg, Grismore lead Team Northfield to victory

on 12/13/2019 11:03 PM
Team Northfield Park members Kurt Sugg and Greg Grismore both scored driving doubles to lead their squad to a convincing 507-445 triumph in the initial "Buckeye Battle" at Hollywood Dayton--benefiting the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.    Sugg captured the sixth and seventh legs of the eight-race contest, while Grismore won leg two and the eighth and final leg to sec...
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Jamieson wins 8,000th career race

on 12/13/2019 10:59 PM
Driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 8,000 win club on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The two-time World Driving Champion entered the weekend opener just a win shy of 8,000 for his career and found the winner’s circle in the evening’s fourth race with sophomore pacing filly Highmoon Sunshine ($11.20) for trainer Isabelle Darveau. Jamieson, 43, has ...
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Rising MVP upsets at 7-1 at The Meadows

on 12/13/2019 6:25 PM
Rising MVP pounced on the tiring leaders in the Lightning Lane to pull off a 7-1 upset in Friday’s co-feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned trot.   As Bluebird Jesse and White Tiger swapped the lead, Rising MVP found himself pinned inside and shuffled to fifth. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the 4-year-old My MVP-Nutmegs Winner gelding poured through for Wilbur Yo...
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Freshette Hanover, Tango Dancer win at Philly

on 12/13/2019 4:15 PM
The trotter Freshette Hanover and the pacer Tango Dancer N were victorious in the $16,000 feature races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday, the next-to-last day of the 2019 meeting.  First up was the Andover Hall sophomore trotting filly Freshette Hanover, who overcame some recent camera shyness (three straight seconds) with an authoritative 3¾ lengths victory, reducing her ma...
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Bo Mach upsets as WIJI finishes seventh

on 12/13/2019 4:12 PM
 Bo Mach scored a 38-1 upset in Thursday’s $25,000 open pace at Dover Downs while Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2-1 favorite who was continuing his comeback from a nearly three-year lay-off finished seventh. Bo Mach, driven by Corey Callahan and trained by Dylan Davis, won by a neck over Larry Karr in a career-best 1:51.1. Billy Badger N finished third. It was the eighth win in 33 start...
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Forevernalways wins Toys For Tots final

on 12/13/2019 9:10 AM
Preppy Art had been a machine of late, winning six in a row heading into the Toys For Tots Final for $7,500 claiming pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night. It appears Forevernalways didn’t read the press clippings. The 5-year-old Forevernalways, a gelded son of Always A Virgin-Jnb N Me, rushed up to challenge Preppy Art on the far turn before cruising by on the way to a 4¼-...
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Valedictory, Niagara series get underway

on 12/13/2019 9:06 AM
 Winter Series action finally got underway Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with first round action in the Valedictory and Niagara Series. Each series featured two $17,000 divisions with three-year-old colt and gelding pacers dueling in the Valedictory and sophomore pacing fillies contesting the Niagara. The Valedictory Series launched with Windsun Ricky rallying from six...
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Tyler Buter reflects on memorable year

on 12/12/2019 4:36 PM
Tyler Buter is putting the finishing touches on a memorable season and looking forward to taking another step forward in 2020. The 34-year-old Buter has won a career-high $5.56 million in purses and driven in a career-high 34 races worth at least $100,000 this season. He also got the 3,000th win of his career in April. Among Buter’s other triumphs this year were the $500,000 Messenge...
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Bit Of A Legend retiring on Saturday at Yonkers

on 12/12/2019 4:32 PM
Peter Tritton, that fairly competent Down Under imported trainer, was asked about Bit Of A Legend N, that fairly competent Down Under imported pacer.   “We were coming off after a race one night and Jordan (Stratton) said to me, ‘Every driver should have a chance to sit behind a horse like this.’ ”   Bit Of A Legend N, who rarely ran out of real est...
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Max strong in front-end Philly win

on 12/12/2019 4:28 PM
The Yankee Glide gelding Max was very strong on the front end in winning the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Thursday, completing a 1:54 victory by coming home in :27.4 in 38-degree temperatures.   Max headed right to the lead in front of Infiniti As under the command of Yannick Gingras, but it looked as if he might have to surrender the lead after the :27.4 quart...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/12/2019 4:08 PM
The year has been anything but miserable for Rich And Miserable, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Todd Buter talks about the 11-win campaign that resulted in nearly $300,000 in earnings, numbers that could go up after the 4-year-old trotter races on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Find out if Gordon Waterstone reveals or doesn’t reveal his ballot for ...
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Mossbarger re-elected to farm bureau board

on 12/12/2019 2:37 PM
The Washington Court House (Ohio) Record Herald has reported that John Mossbarger has been elected to a fourth three-year term on the board of trustees of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. He will represent Farm Bureau members from Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties in the governance of the state’s largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. Mossbarger’s late fa...
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New scratch rule at Flamboro, Western Fair

on 12/12/2019 1:18 PM
Management at The Raceway at Western Fair District and Flamboro Downs, in consultation with the AGCO and Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA), wishes to advise horsepeople of a new rule that will be implemented as part of their respective Track Rules effective Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. This rule will be known as the “Outside Post Rule.”   The new rule specifies t...
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O'Brien finalists to be streamed live Dec. 18

on 12/12/2019 9:41 AM
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that the finalists for the 2019 O’Brien Awards will be announced at 2 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 18 during a live video stream broadcast exclusively on It has been SC’s customary practice to contact the finalists in advance of the web announcement to give them the good news. This will not be happening this year s...
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Still time to nominate for Caretaker of Year

on 12/12/2019 9:26 AM
With a deadline of Friday, Dec. 20, nominations are still being accepted for the 2019 Caretaker of the Year. The award, sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. &n...
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