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Maywood Pace elims for fillies held at Balmoral

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Pacing fillies were front and center on Thursday night at Maywood Park as a total of 12 Illinois conceived and foaled 3 year olds squared off in a pair of $10,000 Filly Maywood Pace eliminations. The top four finishers will return on Friday, June 15, for the $112,000 final. In the opening split Mike Oosting guided the Warren Reck leased and trained Melodie Hotspur to a neck victory in a car...
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Ohio horse owner Charles Fennell dies

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Charles A. Fennell, 79, died Sunday, June 3, at his home in Maple Heights, Ohio. Mr. Fennell was an avid harness racing fan and Standardbred owner for more than 50 years, attending the races at Northfield Park, the Ohio fairs, and the Little Brown Jug. Among the horses he owned was the invitational free-legged pacer Kelly Miles. Harry "Skip" Brown co-owned and trained for him. Mr. Fennel...
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From Above, Chapter Seven win qualifiers

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
From Above, a winner of four of six starts as a 2 year old, including stakes both weeks during the fall Grand Circuit meet at The Red Mile, won his second start behind the gate this year when he qualified at the Meadowlands Friday morning.   With Tim Tetrick in the sulky for trainer Greg Peck, From Above, a son of Donato Hanover, cut fractions of :28.3, :58 and 1:27.1 before sp...
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McNair's taking shot at NA Cup with "Knight"

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Doug McNair may look like your average 22-year-old, but not too many people his age have the opportunity to drive away a winner in the world's richest standardbred pacing event. He sports blond, tussled, yet meticulously placed hair, fashioning an Aeropostale t-shirt and jeans with flip flops.   However, when he puts on his maroon, black and white driving suit this Saturday at Mohaw...
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Hypnotic Blue Chip racing Satuday at Big M

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
This year's deep crop of free-for-all pacers just added another world champion to its ranks. Hypnotic Blue Chip has come out of retirement and will make his 2012 debut in Saturday's tenth race at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 6-year-old son of Art Major, who holds a 1:47.2 world record and earnings of $1,532,752, will start from post five with Hall of Famer Mike Lachance in the sulky. &nbs...
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From railbird at Yonkers to driving at Goshen

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Night after night, Barry Addison was at Yonkers Raceway, hanging on the fence and watching the action. A resident of nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., he had been going to the races for as long as he could remember, introduced to the sport by his grandfather, also named Barry.   Night after night, driver Jason Bartlett saw Addison at the fence, and he would say hi to him on trips to the wi...
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Rockincam returns to action in Bettor's Delight

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Steve Farrell had a plan for Rockincam. It required patience, but if the horse’s results this year are any indication, it was worth the wait. Farrell bred and owns Rockincam, a son of Cambest out of the mare Migraine. He didn’t race Rockincam as a 2-year-old, raced him lightly at 3, and bumped him up to the opens at 4. The goal was to develop a stakes-caliber horse at the age of 5. ...
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All star fields headline Bettor’s Delight and Artiscape Paces

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Sunday afternoon (June 10 – post time 1:30 pm) twenty of arguably the best aged horses in all of harness racing will converge on the five eighth’s mile oval of Tioga Downs in Nichols, New York. Ten of the very best aged male pacers will line up for the $182,000 Bettor’s Delight open pace led by a four horse entry from the powerful Ron Burke stable. Led by defending pacer of ...
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Red S repeats in fillies and mares feature at Hoosier Park

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
Red S made it two in a row winning the featured $24,000 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Friday (June 8).  Red S repeated her win in the Open ranks for the second straight week as she coasted to a 1:52 triumph, also a lifetime best effort. As part of two horse Ron Burke-trained entry, Red S and Ed Hensley were able to overcome post eight and find a...
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Check Me Out & Maven score in Elegantimage elims

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
The finest sophomore trotting fillies on the continent were showcased at Mohawk on Friday evening in a pair of $30,000 Elegantimage Stakes eliminations. Hambletonian eligible Check Me Out and Maven scored victories in their respective eliminations. Check Me Out, who has amassed 16 wins from 19 efforts in her career, sat comfortably in fourth as Northern Miss Hall made the front past the q...
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McNair doubles up in Armbro Flight elims

on 06/08/2012 2:00 AM
The sport’s top trotting mares stormed into Mohawk on Friday evening to contest a pair of $50,000 Armbro Flight eliminations. Driver Doug McNair found the winner’s circle in both eliminations with Pembroke Heat Wave and Action Broadway. In the first elimination, Pembroke Heat Wave and China Pearls were inseparable at the wire, dead-heating for the win in a time of 1:53.3.  Beatg...
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All Star Player's 1:53.1 leads PA Stallion Series

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Winless at age two, All Star Player showed off her new and improved form Wednesday at The Meadows when she captured a Pennsylvania Stallion Series division in a stakes-record 1:53.1. The $100,000 event for 3-year-old filly pacers was contested over five divisions, with Nuclear Photo, Terror To Cam, Magic Starlight and Nucular Enemy taking the other $20,000 splits. All Star Player was no bet...
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$50 mil for "transitional funding" in Ontario

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
A release from Ontario's Liberal government on Thursday (June 7) officially announced the transitional fund established to "help the horse racing industry transition from the Slots at Racetracks program to a more sustainable, self-sufficient model."   The announcement said the province will provide up to $50 million over three years in transition support to the industry, and Employme...
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Takter has 2 entries in Fan Hanover elims

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Jimmy Takter will be racing two colts in the North America Cup elims, a colt in the Goodtimes eliminations, and the fillies American Jewel and Romantic Moment are his representatives in the Fan Hanover eliminations for 3-year-old filly pacers. American Jewel saw her 2011 campaign cut short when she broke a P-1 bone in a sesamoid in her right hind leg in a race at The Red M...
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Play the summer Handicapping Challenge

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Saturdays this summer harness racing fans will have their time to shine with a chance to compete for cash and prizes in the exciting Harness Handicapping Challenge. Be crowned the challenge champion and take home bragging rights and the ultimate prize of $2,000 cash! Co-sponsored by TrackMaster, TVG and the USTA, the format of the challenge is pretty simple. There will be 8 weeks of qualifying ...
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Guaranteed Pick 4 for Sunday's Tioga card

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program, will offer a $5,000 guaranteed pick four on Sunday, June 10, for the Bettor's Delight and Artiscape races. The pick four will be spread out from race nine ($182,000 Bettor's Delight) through the final race, number twelve on the afternoon race card.   Post time for the 12-race afternoon c...
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Handle up 20% on Running Aces opener

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Running Aces opened its fifth season of live racing Wednesday night (June 6) to a large, enthusiastic crowd just as it has in each of the new Minnesota track's first four seasons. Despite a heavy rainstorm that lasted an hour just prior to first race post, more than 2,000 patrons packed the compact grandstand and apron and wagered $116,749—a 20 percent increase over the 2011 opener. &nbs...
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NEW Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/07/2012 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 racing action is heating up as fast and this week's edition has the fields for the big stakes, plus comments from trainers about their contenders. Trainer Tony Alagna has a couple of colts starting in the North America Cup who are ...
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Mike Merton drives 2,000th winner

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
When Mike Merton guided the trotter Marquee T to a 2:01.4 wire-to-wire victory at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (June 7), it marked his 2,000th career win.   "I'm glad it's finally over now,” a seemingly relieved Merton said after his victory. "I was going along at a good clip then all of a sudden I went 0–for- 20. I guess near the end the ‘jinx-bug' bit me.”   It was...
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Empire Classics for trotters at Vernon Friday

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
The top New York-bred trotting sophomores will gather at Vernon Downs on Friday evening to contest the rich Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) finals.   Ladies first, and the chase for the big share of the $239,500 final (race 6) is led by last year's NYSS final winner For A Dancer. Trained by Joe Holloway for owner Bluestone Farms, the Conway Hall filly has been flawless this season, lo...
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