Yonkers hits season-high handle--$1,091,119

on 03/04/2020 8:25 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Tuesday evening (March 3) program produced not only a season-high handle total, but the largest Tuesday figure in recent memory. The dozen races saw $1,091,119 wagered, including the largest on-track count of the season.   While Tuesday represented a 2020 standard, it was by no means an isolated occurrence.   The past few handle figures… ...
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Page wins six at Miami Valley Tuesday

on 03/03/2020 8:26 PM
Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the top of the trotting ranks at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday (March 3) afternoon, winning the $24,000 Open in 1:54.4.  It was the third win in the weekly feature from eight starts, increasing the son of Pinetucky’s seasonal earnings to $55,550 in two months work. With Majestic Player absent from the field this week after three cons...
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Series legs to Metro Boomin, La Dolfina, Danny's Boy

on 03/03/2020 8:03 PM
Metro Boomin swooped the field with a brilliant backside burst and went on to score in 1:56.2 in the slop, fastest division of Tuesday's opening leg of the Dale McConnell Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Danny's Boy and La Dolfina took the other $12,500 splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old colt, stallion and gelding trotters. Tony Hall and trainer Scott Betts teamed for a pair of seri...
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Funeral services March 9 for Marc Aubin, 86

on 03/03/2020 4:23 PM
Marc Aubin passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Feb. 28, in Hospice Care in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 86.   He was so passionate about horses and fought to the end to live but was finally able to have the rest he deserved. Thanks to everyone who rooted for him and sent their love and support. Mr. Aubin was a member of the Florida Standardbred Breede...
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Matchmaker eligibles set to take on Shartin N

on 03/03/2020 12:40 PM
Dylan Davis knows his pacing mare Apple Bottom Jeans faces a difficult task competing against the likes of 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N and Breeders Crown champion Caviart Ally, but he also believes his horse is pretty special, too. “She’s almost the perfect horse,” Davis said. “She does everything you want her to do, she never disappoints you in any way; she&rsquo...
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Weekend of upsets at Hawthorne

on 03/03/2020 8:37 AM
For the horseplayer, handicapping races is a very tough science.  Finding the winner and then wagering on the race to turn a profit adds to the process. When the favorites aren’t striking at a high rate, it makes the process that much more puzzling.  What it can also mean is that it takes just one well-played ticket to make for a profitable experience.  This past weeken...
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Ohare Hanover crosses border for M Life Rewards Series

on 03/03/2020 8:34 AM
Those of a certain demographic might remember the name ‘Whelan’ doing very good things at metropolitan New York-area harness tracks. The ‘Whelan’ in question is Walter, and back in 1987, Walter Whelan teamed with then 4-year-old Armbro Emerson to take down both the Breeders Crown at Roosevelt Raceway and Yonkers Raceway’s William Haughton Memorial. Those and oth...
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Impressive 3 year olds debut at Pocono

on 03/02/2020 8:29 PM
A pair of 3 year olds making successful career debuts were the highlight performers of the first Monday twilight card of 2020 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   In a one-two finish for six-figure yearlings, Rouser Hanover, a Captaintreacherous colt out of the million dollar-winning mare Romantic Moment, overcame broken equipment to tally by three lengths in 1:54.4, l...
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Former Del. Harness Commission John Wayne dies

on 03/02/2020 7:59 PM
John Francis Wayne, age 65, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., passed away suddenly in Albuquerque, NM on Feb. 26.  He was born March 30, 1954 in Manhasset, N.Y., lived briefly in Riverhead, N.Y., and was raised in Stony Brook, N.Y. As an adult, he resided in Florence, Ky.; Ocean City, N.J.; Dover, Del.; and Egg Harbor Township. He graduated in 1976 from Dowling Co...
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Ideal Bubby fastest in Dunn Memorial opener

on 03/02/2020 7:55 PM
Ideal Bubby scored an impressive front-end victory in Monday’s opening leg of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Rusty Decor and Vibrent Kally captured the other $12,500 splits in the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.   Ideal Bubby won only two of her first 38 starts but has come to hand for trainer Bill Kreutzer, who owns the 4-year-old mare with De...
Read More Driver Madness Tournament returns

on 03/02/2020 3:47 PM
It’s that time of the year again for harness fans to get in on the “Madness” and a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.   The 2020 Driver Madness Tournament, sponsored by and hosted by the Harness Racing FanZone, kicks off on Monday, March 16. The tournament, which took place for the first time in 2019, features 64 of harness racing’s top drivers ...
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Alexander sends 4 to M Life Rewards opener

on 03/02/2020 3:01 PM
Of the 19 entrants to the M Life Rewards Ladies Series first leg at Yonkers Raceway Monday, Lovin Cocoa is the least experienced with just nine pari-mutuel starts under her belt. However, Travis Alexander hopes she will make up for it on speed and talent. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare enters the M Life Rewards Ladies off an 8-length victory in a local $14,000 overnight Feb. 11, an effort...
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HOY Shartin N ready for 2020 debut Wednesday at Dover

on 03/02/2020 1:59 PM
The 2019 Horse of the Year Shartin N will make her 2020 debut on Wednesday night, March 4, at Dover Downs. The 7-year-old daughter of Tintin In America will start from post 6 in Race 12, a $50,000 Mares Invitational Pace.   A winner of 15 of 19 starts last year, including her world-record 1:46.4 effort in capturing the Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands, Shartin N comes into Wednesday&rs...
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Team Tetrick edges Team Miller in Pro-Am battle

on 03/02/2020 10:53 AM
The Florida Amateur Driving Club hosted their annual Tetrick-Miller Pro-Am competition at Pompano Park on Sunday night with Team Tetrick edging Team Miller benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and New Vocations.   Steve Oldford was the star of the evening guiding two winners in the three-race competition while Ron Cusimano kept the Miller team in the ballgame with a win.   ...
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Hennessey takes Masters of the Mile title at Pompano

on 03/02/2020 10:16 AM
On a historical Sunday evening at Pompano Park, Wally Hennessey captured the "Masters of the Mile" title by besting seven of the greatest drivers in harness racing history.   In the four-race competition, with points structured similarly to purse structure payments, Hennessey scored 113 points to edge out Bruce Ranger (79), David Miller (68), Tony Morgan (60), Peter Wrenn (4...
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Tioga Downs 2020 racing information

on 03/02/2020 10:03 AM
Tioga Downs will kick off the 2020 live racing season on Saturday, May 2, igniting a 58-day meet that ends with the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) Excelsior division finals on Saturday, Sept. 19.   In between the season will be filled with stakes and promotions to enhance the Tioga live experience. Top Grand Circuit stakes for older horses are on the schedule with the Roll With Joe FFA ...
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Charger Blue Chip, Always B Magic win finals

on 03/02/2020 7:01 AM
Two horses who had been in very sharp form during the preliminaries in their respective Game Of Claims series – Charger Blue Chip and Always B Magic – continued their winning ways right to the throne as the winner of their Championships, with the former taking his $20,000 event for $10,000 base-priced horses and the latter victorious for the $15,000 bounty offered for $7500-based price...
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Eligibles for MGM Borgota, Blue Chip Matchmaker

on 03/01/2020 9:02 PM
The name may have changed, but the song remains the same. Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series has been rechristened the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but it continues to attract the best Free-For-Allers around. Race secretary Bob Miecuna has unveiled a list of 46 such candidates for the six-week sojourn, which begins Saturday night, March 14. As usual, it&rs...
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Beachy Dream wins off first-over trip at Buffalo

on 03/01/2020 11:32 AM
Driver Kevin Cummings made two perfect moves with Beachy Dream in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class A-AA pace on Saturday night (Feb. 29) and it resulted in a length victory over Lucky McTrucky in 1:58.2 over the good track.   Approaching the half mile station, Beachy Dream was sitting third and felt the outer flow developing. Cummings just in the nick of time was able to sneak out ...
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None Bettor A scores in Preferred

on 03/01/2020 7:03 AM
The Preferred Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday night may have lacked quantity, but it did not lack for quality – or a thrilling finish – as None Bettor A recorded a narrow victory over Trump Nation in 1:50.4.   After Endeavor scratched, the $30,000 event was down to a field of five, and in the early going 4-5 favorite Trump Nation, who was in search of a fifth straight Big...
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