Backstreet Shadow 2 for 2 in Dover Preferred

on 02/21/2020 10:46 AM
Backstreet Shadow was impressive in winning back-to-back in the $32,500 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night (Feb. 20).   It was a change of tactics by driver Dexter Dunn as he sent Bettor Memories, normally a closer, on the lead at the quarter in :26.3 while Bo Mach accepted the pocket trip. Backstreet Shadow, the 1-2 race favorite, left from post six and settl...
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Tetrick Racing in partnership with Ernst Benz

on 02/20/2020 9:09 PM
Tetrick Racing is proud to announce a new partnership with Swiss watchmaker Ernst Benz, and the pair’s partnership will directly support the mission of the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Ernst Benz watches are inspired by the spirit of travel and known for their accuracy, durability and legibility. These timepieces are created with the fine art of watchmaking and are investme...
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Miss Irish Rose A upsets at 16-1 at Saratoga

on 02/20/2020 9:05 PM
Miss Irish Rose A (McArdle) sprung the upset in Thursday’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Larry Stalbaum owns and drives the Tracy Tarantino-trained distaffer who wound up getting a pocket ride in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open.   Miss Irish Rose A sat the two-hole to Yonkers invader Sandy’s Beach (Billy Dobson), who made an early beeline to the lead in the feature. T...
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New Preview, with Dan Patch dinner award order

on 02/20/2020 4:03 PM
If you plan to watch the live stream of the Dan Patch awards dinner on Sunday night, be sure to download the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview to get the order of the presentation of the awards, so you won’t miss your favorite people.   Also in the new Weekend Preview are the reflections of Bob Quigley about the opening and early years of the Meadowlands. The story was ...
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Bar Hopping's book is full and closed

on 02/20/2020 3:14 PM
The 2020 book for Bar Hopping has been announced as full and closed.  A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping 3,1:51.4 ($1,292,433) is standing his fourth season at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania.   Bar Hopping’s first crop of foals sold as yearlings in 2019 and averaged seven times his stud fee, with individual prices as high as $350,000, $185,000 and $175,000.   ...
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Hoosier Park has openings for interns for 2020 season

on 02/20/2020 3:01 PM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2020 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and any equine related fields. ...
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Pennacchio trying to win World Cup for amateurs

on 02/20/2020 2:59 PM
The 20th edition of the World Cup for amateur drivers will be held next week at Florida’s Pompano Park and U.S. representative Joe Pennacchio will be aiming to make history. No American has ever won the event, which this year brings together participants from 12 countries from around the globe.   “I’m honored to race under the U.S. flag and represent our country,&rdq...
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Dover writes $50,000 FFA paces for March

on 02/20/2020 11:36 AM
Dover Downs is seeking entrants for an older horse and gelding free-for-all pace as well as a fillies and mares free-for-all pace. The purse will be $50,000 for each race. The fillies and mares FFA race will be contested on Wednesday (March 4). Entry box will close at noon on Thursday (Feb. 27). The horse and gelding FFA race will be contested on Thursday (March 5). Entry box will c...
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Mohawk Million filled; names to be released soon

on 02/20/2020 11:17 AM
Woodbine Entertainment announced Thursday, Feb. 20, that the inaugural Mohawk Million for 2-year-old trotters will officially be contested on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The deadline to purchase one of nine slots in the Mohawk Million was Feb. 18 and Woodbine has received purchase contracts to fill all slots.  A $55,000 payment was required by the Feb...
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Pick 6 carryover Friday at Meadowlands

on 02/20/2020 11:05 AM
It’s been a long time since Meadowlands’ fans have been able to utter the following fabulous phrase: “Pick-6 carryover!”   The carryover of $14,376 might not seem extremely impressive by itself, but what figures to transpire as a result will raise eyebrows from players, regardless of the girth of their bankrolls.   First and foremost, the Big M, in p...
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Harness Horsemen International set for annual meeting

on 02/20/2020 9:51 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold its annual meetings from Feb. 24 to 27, at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla., beginning with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening (Feb. 24). HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning (Feb. 25) at 9 a.m. as HHI President Tom Luchento welcomes all associations from throughout North America to the general sess...
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Wagner, Cameron have big night at Rosecroft

on 02/20/2020 9:44 AM
In the long history of Rosecroft Raceway, few, if any, have won more races than John Wagner. Wednesday night (Feb. 19), the 63-year-old Wagner put together a card for the ages, winning seven races, including five for trainer Arlene Cameron. Blue Fox ($5.00), Caviart Emma ($5.80), Chillicothe ($4.00), and Stonebridge Pearl ($14.00), are all owned by Wagner. A win with trotter K J Charlie ($8.4...
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Chip Chip Conway invades Saratoga and wins

on 02/20/2020 8:20 AM
There were co-features on the Wednesday afternoon card at Saratoga Casino Hotel for New York- sired trotters. Each division went for a purse of $9,000.   Monticello invader Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall) was the afternoon's most decisive winner as defending leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Messenger-trained trotter to a four-plus length victory in 1:59.4 in the first o...
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Lougazi picks up second win of season in Buffalo Open Trot

on 02/20/2020 8:18 AM
Some hot fractions on the front end and a short field helped spur the always closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 19).   With a short field of six, Lougazi ($4.80) was in perfect striking range throughout the main event and rolled onto the win late as he caught the pace-setting Rockefeller Lindy (David McNe...
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Tamar uses Lightning Lane to take Meadows feature

on 02/20/2020 8:17 AM
Tamar belatedly found the wide-open Lightning Lane, barreled through and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   When Jim Pantaleano and Tamar found themselves blocked behind dueling leaders out of the final turn, they initially abandoned the cones to look for a seam. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the duo gladly accepted...
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Merriman still sore after Northfield spill

on 02/19/2020 3:37 PM
Aaron Merriman remains under the care of doctors following a five-horse race accident a Northfield Park Saturday night.   Merriman said he is sore, and doctors advised him to take a few days off. He suffered a concussion in the accident.   “I have an appointment with the doctor Thursday morning and hope to be back in the bike this weekend," said Merrima...
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Freehold Preferred Pace draws field of eight

on 02/19/2020 3:21 PM
Freehold Raceway drew a field of eight for its weekly renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace this Saturday (Feb. 23).    An Australian invader, Major Pocket A, was assigned the outside post position for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Dan Dube. He qualified for the first time stateside on Feb. 8, finishing second by a neck to the excellent pacing mare Imprincessg...
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Rockin Ron makes 2020 debut Saturday at Meadowlands

on 02/19/2020 3:20 PM
When it comes to earning a paycheck, Rockin Ron has never needed to worry about the venue. The 8-year-old pacer has a history of collecting money no matter the size of the racetrack, banking $1.65 million lifetime on his travels throughout the U.S. and Canada.   The Ron Burke-trained gelding makes his 2020 debut Saturday at The Meadowlands in a $30,000 preferred handicap. It will be h...
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Western Fame, Ideal Jimmy win qualifiers at Pocono

on 02/19/2020 12:43 PM
Even as a certain well-regarded mare qualified at Dover in what was likely preparation for early season work, two horses who were very prominent in last year’s Levy Series action turned in top qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning.   Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Series winner who would go on to take a Franklin elim and finish third in the Franklin Champi...
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Shartin N wins qualifier in 2020 debut

on 02/19/2020 12:34 PM
Shartin N, arguably the favorite to be announced as the 2019 Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year at Sunday night’s (Feb. 23) Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., won a qualifier at Dover Downs on Wednesday morning in her 2020 debut.   With Tim Tetrick driving, Shartin N sat third as top-class 6-year-old pacer Highalator set fractions of :28.2, :5...
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