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Jamieson wins again--at the Grand River mike!

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson took the microphone--and the spotlight--in a special Wednesday night edition of From Bike To Mic on July 18 at Grand River Raceway. A staple of the track's Fun & Frivolity Friday Night cards, the series puts harness drivers in the announcer's booth to call a race.   Jamieson called race seven, the F&M Preferred Pace. His animated call borrowed shamelessly from...
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Lady Riviera sets Mighty M mark in NYSS

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
With the temperature hovering around 91 degrees and the racetrack lightning fast New York-bred freshman trotting fillies were front and center at Monticello Raceway with five divisions of the $148,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and three $12,800 splits in the Excelsior Series.   Right out of the box in the very first $28,362 NYSS split a new track record was established by Lady Riviera w...
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Burke, Palone talk about Sweet Lou

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Sweet Lou, the best 2-year-old pacer in harness racing last year, hasn't been able to match that performance in the marquee events of 2012. He finished fourth as the favorite in the North America Cup final, fifth as the big threat in the final of last week's Meadowlands Pace. But that doesn't mean trainer Ron Burke would characterize his performance as disappointing. "I might be disappointed w...
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Anthony MacDonald going into politics

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Ontario-based driver Anthony MacDonald, 35, has been approved as a Progressive Conservative party candidate in the next provincial election in the riding (subdivision) of Guelph-Wellington. MacDonald has been a strong vocal opponent of the government's plan to end the slots-at-racetracks program. He told The Canadian Sportsman's Dave Briggs, "I don't want to see (the horse racing industry) ruin...
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New shoes to aid Tall Cotton in Maple Leaf Trot

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Blacksmith Steve Durand would love to add Tall Cotton's horseshoes to a growing collection after the gelding takes on nine rivals in the $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot this Saturday at Mohawk.   The only set of shoes that currently hang on the wall of his trailer are the ones worn by his father's trotter, Whiskey Tax. They're the shoes that the bay wore when he finished second to Broad Bahn in...
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Balmoral handle up $17 million in 2012

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park reported surging handle growth in the first half of 2012 showing an increase of 27 percent in handle versus the first six months of 2011. Total combined Q1 and Q2 handle of $80,909,290 for 76 programs in 2012 was an increase of $17,469,771 compared to the 2011 combined Q1 and Q2 handle of $63,439,518 on 75 programs .   The nightly average at Balmoral rose to $1,064,595...
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Tompkins-Geers rolls into Tioga

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The Tompkins-Geers Grand Circuit events begin its stay at Tioga Downs beginning Thursday night at 6:50 p.m. Three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies and three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts lead off the five-day stretch of live racing.   Tioga Downs will race Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., and Monday evening at 6 ...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. The Maple Leaf Trot and Roses Are Red are the featured races at Mohawk Saturday night and trainers Linda Toscano (Chapter Seven) and Chris Ryder (Put On A Show) offer their thoughts about their chances. Also in this edition, Ron Burke talks a...
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2YO colt Aperfectyankee trots 1:56.4 mile

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions for 2-year-old trotting colts and three divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies highlighted the nine race card on Thursday night at Tioga Downs.   Aperfectyankee (Jim Oscarsson) established a new stakes record for 2-year-old trotting colts in the second division with a wire to wire effort in 1:56.4. The 2-year-old son of Yankee Glide–Asixpakfromperfect cut throug...
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Blazing Future takes Scioto feature trot

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
Blazing Future won the co-featured seventh race trot event on the Thursday night card at Scioto Downs. The 3-year-old gelding triumped in 1:57.4 for driver Dan Noble and trainer Jim Arledge Jr. The victory was his third in nine starts this season and brought his seasonal earnings to $15,375 for owners Ronald Bates and Dustin Arledge.   Blazing Future defeated Master's Fly Trap and B...
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Luchento's comments at NJ gaming hearing

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
On Thursday (July 18) afternoon, the New Jersey Assembly held a meeting on gaming at the Meadowlands. Among those offering testimony was Tom Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ). Below is Luchento's comments:   I want to thank Chairman Ruben Ramos and the members of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee for holdi...
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2YOs in action in series at Mohawk

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The second round of the Dream Maker Pacing Series continued at Mohawk on Thursday evening featuring two-year-old pacing colts. Lucan Hanover, driven by Scott Zeron, captured the fastest of two $30,000 divisions in 1:53.1.   A  son of Western Ideal, Lucan Hanover took over command past the opening panel in :27.4 and never looked back as he laid down panels of :56.4 and 1:25...
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Glad Cam a 1:52.3 winner in Vernon feature

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
The hard-charging pacer Glad Cam didn't disappoint her backers in Thursday night's featured first race at Vernon Downs, posting a 1:52.3 victory.   Going off as the favorite in Thursday's $10,500 Open for laterally-gaited females, Glad Cam ($3.00) gathered momentum from fourth at the quarter before sweeping into the lead with fast and frisky move approaching the three-quarter mile m...
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2 qualifiers left in TrackMaster handicapping contest

on 07/19/2012 2:00 AM
There are only two qualifying rounds left of the TrackMaster Harness Handicapping Challenge. The final round is shaping up to be a battle of the sport's best handicappers, where $3,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. The second to last chance to earn yourself a seat in the finals is this coming Saturday, with contest entries opening on Thursday at 3PM Eastern time. Last week's top qualifier "m...
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Ocean Downs to host Maryland Sire Stakes

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Ocean Downs will host the preliminary round of Maryland Sire Stakes on Wednesday (July 18) and Thursday (July 19). The 2 year olds go as three early non-wagering events starting at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday night.   The stallion Cam's Rocket has the most starters on Wednesday but other Maryland stallions represented are Best Mood, Capitol Power, Up Front Charlie, Straight Up Lindy and You...
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SOA of NY announces scholarship winners

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) and Yonkers Raceway proudly recognized two top collegiate scholars in the winner's circle. Both young ladies strive to make our world a better place, and the SOA and Yonkers Raceway are proud to assist them in their respective quests.   Olivia Amitrano is the winner of the2012/2013 $5,000 scholarship. Olivia is currently enrolled...
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Big handle for Tuesday card at Running Aces

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
A total of $70,200 in purse money was distributed over the 10-race card at Running Aces on Tuesday night (July 17) which resulted in a handle of $189,284—the highest mid-week figure in the track's short five-year history.   Featured on the program was a $10,600 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, an $8,000 "Future Stars” championship final for horses that started the series as non-winn...
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First Adios elim includes big race winners

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Eighteen of harness racing's top 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers—including North America Cup winner Thinking Out Loud, Meadowlands Pace champion A Rocknroll Dance, and 2011 Dan Patch winner Sweet Lou--will compete in Saturday's eliminations for the $600,000 Delvin Miller Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino.   The first division offers the potential for an amazing, actio...
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Foiled Again favored in Battle of Lake Erie

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Foiled Again drew post five and has been named the 2-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $111,500 Battle of Lake Erie by Northfield Park executive VP/director of racing Dave Bianconi. Saturday's 11th race will reveal if Foiled Again is successful in becoming the first horse in Northfield Park history to win the Battle of Lake Erie three times.   The 8-year-old son of Dr...
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Lots of promotions on Maple Leaf Trot night

on 07/18/2012 2:00 AM
Watching and wagering on first-class harness racing, meeting a hockey icon, and having the chance to ‘Feel it Live' is what fans can look forward to this Saturday evening at Mohawk.   Racing enthusiasts will find a heavily staked 13-race programme, featuring the 61st edition of the $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot, the $391,000 Roses Are Red Stakes and four Canadian Breeders Championship ...
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