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Heston Blue Chip, Bettor's Edge win EBC elims

on 08/05/2012 2:00 AM
Heston Blue Chip (1:50.4) and Bettor's Edge (1:51.2) captured the two eliminations of the Empire Breeders' Classic races on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 5) at Tioga Downs.   In the first elimination on Sunday afternoon, Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) was the overwhelming favorite and settled in fourth as the field went by the quarter in :26. As the field headed toward the half-mile mark, ...
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Raceway spill sends Jason Merriman to hospital

on 08/05/2012 2:00 AM
Drivers Mark Headworth, Lindsy Moen and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and Jason Merriman were involved in a racing accident in race 9 at Raceway Park on Sunday night. Headworth, Moen and Wrenn were checked out by Raceway Park's EMT staff and resumed driving. Merriman was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital in Toledo by the Toledo Fire/EMS Department. Merriman had severe lower back pain and pain in h...
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Top Billing sets PASS record with 1:53.4 win

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Top Billing, who just missed qualifying for the Hambletonian final, took out his revenge on a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes field Friday at The Meadows by capturing his division in a stake-record 1:53.4 for Dave Palone. The $286,512 event for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Hickory Smoke, was contested over three divisions, with Frost Bites K and Solvato taking the other splits. ...
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Hambo horses clear out-of-competition testing

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
The New Jersey Racing Commission has cleared all out of competition tests on all entrants in the $1.5 million Hambletonian and $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks to be raced Saturday, Aug. 4 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. Earlier this week samples were drawn from the 20 finalists entered throughout NJ, and those stabled in NY were also tested with the cooperation on the NY State Racing &...
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Gurfein reflects on trio of Hambo wins

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Only one Hall of Fame trainer in harness history has conditioned three Hambletonian winners using the same Hall of Fame driver, in the same decade, at the same racetrack.  Astute harness racing and Hambletonian fans know that can be none other than Ron Gurfein, racing’s "trotting guru.” The 2005 Hall Of Fame inductee harnessed Self Possessed, Continentalvictory and Victory Dream to ...
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Put On A Show takes Lady Liberty in 1:47.3!

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
 Five year old Put On A Show did just that Saturday, August 4 in the $253,700 Lady Liberty final, slipping up the rail and surging late to victory in world record time. Driven by Jody Jamieson, the Rocknroll Hanover mare held off Rebeka Bayama, Anndrovette and Rocklamation at the wire in 1:47.3 set an all-age record in the day’s second race on a packed Hambletonian Day card. Starting...
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Sarandon Blue Chip wins Miss New Jersey

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Sarandon Blue Chip, runner-up in last week’s elimination, used a first-over trip to claim victory in the Miss New Jersey for sophomore filly pacers Saturday in 1:50.1. The Western Ideal filly, driven by David Miller, picked up the winner’s share of the $125,000 purse with a lifetime best effort. John Campbell and Mikeleh, 47-1 longshots, were second, followed by Pirouette Hanover. Early act...
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Sweetheart to Jerseylicious in 1:52.1

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Jerseylicious and driver Corey Callahan wore down heavy favorite Nikki Beach and Brian Sears in the stretch to win the $268,300 Sweetheart final for freshman filly pacers Saturday afternoon in 1:52.1. Cult Status and Trace Tetrick were third in a scratch-shortened contest that saw seven fillies line up behind the gate. The Western Ideal lass broke her maiden in fine fashion on the Hambletonian ...
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Track record for Captaintreacherous in Wilson

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Making only his third career start, Captaintreacherous blew the field away in the $309,050 Woodrow Wilson final for freshman pacing colts, winning by open lengths in a track record 1:49.3 Saturday. Driven by Tim Tetrick, the Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled away in the turn and was unchallenged in the lane to collect his second win for trainer Tony Alagna. Hail The Taxi and Martini Hanover round...
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Track, stakes record for To Dream On

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
To Dream On kept her perfect streak intact Saturday, winning the $354,450 Merrie Annabelle in a stakes and track record time of 1:54. Sent off at 1-5 odds, the Credit Winner filly stormed down the lane to overtake leader Royal Assets for driver David Miller. Raring To Go S and Yannick Gingras were third. Entering the final three-for-three for her connections, To Dream On and Miller were unhurri...
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Perfect win for Aperfectyankee in Haughton

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Aperfectyankee and owner/trainer/driver Jim Oscarsson upset the field in the $387,250 Peter Haughton Memorial for freshman colt trotters Saturday at the Meadowlands, falling one-fifth of a second shy of the stakes record with a 1:54.1 performance. Sent off at 4-1, the Yankee Glide colt held off Corky and David Miller. Fashion Blizzard closed late for third. When the gate folded, Oscarsson sent ...
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Chapter Seven trots to world record in Nat Ray

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
The highly-anticipated rematch between Chapter Seven and Mister Herbie did not materialize in Saturday’s $250,000 Nat Ray Invitation for free-for-all trotters. Neck and neck racing out of the final turn, Chapter Seven distanced himself from Mister Herbie to win in a world record 1:50.1. Tim Tetrick steered the Windsong’s Legacy four year old. Mister Herbie trotted second, followed across t...
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Personal Style, 55-1, upsets in Hambo Oaks

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
When Check Me Out and Maven, the top two contenders in the $714,050 Hambletonian Oaks, made breaks racing out of the final turn, the 87th edition of the race for sophomore filly trotters was thrown up for grabs. In a wild finish, Personal Style, sent off at odds of 55-1, wore down Win Missy B late in the lane to win in 1:53.1. The win was the first in the Oaks for driver David Miller. "I wa...
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Market Share, Toscano make Hambo history!

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Market Share and Linda Toscano made history Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands winning the 87th edition of the Hambletonian for three-year-old trotting colts in 1:52.1. Toscano became the first female trainer to win the prestigious $1.5 million event with the Revenue S colt, a $16,000 yearling purchase. It was also the first Hambo win for driver Tim Tetrick, and proved sweet redemption afte...
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Golden Receiver wires field in US Pacing Championship

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Golden Receiver and driver Andy Miller wired the field in the US Pacing Championship Saturday at the Meadowlands, winning the $242,500 in a time of 1:48. The seven year old was followed closely across the wire by co-favorite Aracache Hanover. Meirs Hanover was third. Starting from the rail, Miller and Golden Receiver hustled away from the gate in front of We Will See, firing from post eight...
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Panther Hanover scores New Jersey Classic

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Hurrikane Kingcole flashed past three quarters in a world record 1:18.2, but it was pocket sitter Panther Hanover that surged late to win the $275,000 New Jersey Classic for sophomore pacers Saturday at the Meadowlands, stopping the clock in 1:47.2. Driven by Sylvain Filion for trainer James Dean, the Rocknroll Hanover colt earned his fifth win in six starts this season. Filion sent Panther Han...
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State Fair pacing stakes sizzle at Scioto

on 08/04/2012 2:00 AM
Pacers were in the spotlight as the Ohio State Fair stakes wrapped at Scioto Downs on Saturday night. A huge crowd came out to watch the action on a humid summer evening. Driver Kayne Kauffman won a division of both the Buckeye State Pace for freshmen and the Director of Agriculture for sophomores. Kauffman scored first with Jetstream Friskie, moving him confidently to the front duri...
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Harness Night School in session Saturday

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
On the heels of a highly successful launch last week, Harness Night School, the racing industry’s national online fan education program dedicated to the Standardbred set, stops at Meadowlands Racetrack for Hambletonian Day. Jeremy Plonk and Tom Kelley will be joined on-site by Horse Player NOW’s Caton Bredar and Jerry Shottenkirk to provide on-site fan education at a tent located in the Kahuna...
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Red Bulls Coach and Lt. Governor to present Hambletonian trophy

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe and New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and will present the trophy to the winning connections of Saturday’s $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack. A longtime fan of harness racing, Backe plans to return to New Jersey for the Hambletonian from Houston, where the Red Bulls play on Friday night. Backe, a native of Sweden, is in...
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Hambletonian Amateur Trot winners at the Big M

on 08/03/2012 2:00 AM
Don Hoover and Tina Duer were winners of the Hambletonian Amateur Trots at The Meadowlands on Thursday, August 2. Although not exclusively for members of the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Championship Series the Hambletonian Amateur Trots have been popular venues since the world class race for sophomore trotters became a part of the Meadowlands racing agenda. Still, the overwhelming ...
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