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Yearlings needed for Rutgers training study

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
Standardbred yearlings are needed for an exercise training study to be conducted at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., this fall and completed in the winter or early spring. Yearlings must be sound and should not have started race training. They can be either donated to Rutgers for a charitable gift tax deduction, or loaned to the program for the year. Details on the study are listed b...
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Gillis knows something with Knows Nothing

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Jeff Gillis is confident Knows Nothing can make his second trip to the Hambletonian a more pleasant experience than his first.   Knows Nothing has drawn post six in the second (Race 6) of three $70,000 eliminations for the Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The first three finishers in each elim, plus the richest fourth-place finisher overall, will advan...
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Spots still open for Hambo poker tournament

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
Seats are still available for the first Hambletonian Charity Poker Tournament to be held Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Il Villaggio Restaurant in Carlstadt, N.J.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Standardbred Retirement Foundation and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall Of Fame.   The poker tournament buy-in is $100 and includes drink tickets. The chip leader will receive a ...
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Heston Blue Chip to go in NYSS on Sunday

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions of New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers lead a 13-race card on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs beginning at 1:30 p.m.   Headlining the three divisions is Heston Blue Chip in division number three (race 8) in his first start off of his fourth-place finish in the $600,000 Meadowlands Pace. Regular driver Tim Tetrick will make the trip to Nichols, N.Y.,...
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Fields set for Haughton, Merrie Anabelle finals

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
The field for the $387,250 Peter Haughton Memorial, the Meadowlands' marquee event for 2-year-old colt trotters, was decided by a pair of elimination races on Friday night.   Major Athens took the first of the two $20,000 splits in a well-rated 1:56.2. Driven by Brian Sears, Major Athens brushed to command before the half, easily withstood the challenge of My Man Can and kicked awa...
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MM's Lucky Boy wins Yonkers feature

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's usual Friday night pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps--for trotters and distaff pacers, respectively--were won MM's Lucky Boy (Brent Holland, $8.70) and Ace of Pace (Cat Manzi, $11.80). Assigned post position No. 6, "Lucky Boy" was away third as given-the-pylons Grain of Truth (Eric Goodell) put up soft intervals of :28.1 and :58.1. MM's Lucky Boy then advanced to challenge in an...
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My Buddy Hall Lee takes fifth at Vernon

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
Ritascape became the fastest 2-year-old pacing filly of the 43-program pari-mutual meeting, while the trotter My Buddy Hall Lee became the winningest local equine of 2012 during Friday night's 10-race program at Vernon Downs.   Making just her second official start, Ritascape displayed fast form during her come-from-behind 1:56.3 victory in Friday's third event, while My Buddy Hall ...
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Arledge brings out broom at Scioto

on 07/27/2012 2:00 AM
The Bettor's Delight mare Tu Sei Bella paid $111.20 in winning the fastest of two Filly and Mare Open Paces at Scioto Downs on Friday night. Both were contested for $15,000 and both winners were trained by Jim Arledge Jr. Tu Sei Bella started from post nine for driver Kayne Kauffman and she was the longest shot on the board as the bettors loaded up on Kenna Lynn, the 3-2 favorite. Kauffman ...
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Freshman trotters in action at Balmoral

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
State-bred trotters were the focus of attention on Wednesday at Balmoral Park as a pair of elimination battles for the Fox Valley Flan and Plesac Stakes were contested. Both of Wednesday's events for 2 year olds carried a purse of $10,000. In the Fox Valley Flan elimination, the Mike Brink-owned and trained Trot Fudge Sundae continued to impress as she scored for the second time in thr...
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Hillbillyhardtimes wins MDSS walkover

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
Bonnie Ben Jamin (Cam's Rocket-Jamin J) took the Maryland Sire Stake Summer Showdown for 2-year-old pacing fillies Wednesday at Ocean Downs. Driver Jim Morand had his hands full keeping the filly together as it appeared she did not like some shadows in the backstretch. The pair stopped the timer in 2:00.1. Bonnie Ben Jamin raced for owner/breeder Brian Emerson of Westminster, Md., an...
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Palone wins 5, including 2 Arden Downs

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
What do you do if you're Dave Palone, North American harness racing's all-time winningest driver, and you find yourself working on "Dave Palone Night?” You keep winning. That's what Palone did Wednesday at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino when he drove five winners, including two Arden Downs stakes splits, on the 15-race "Dave Palone Night” card. Palone got career victory 15,181 on Ju...
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Sand Royal Blue leads Arden Downs winners

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
Sand Royal Blue, half-brother to 2011 Pennsylvania 2-year-old filly champion Sand Violent Blu, flashed some of the family talent Wednesday at The Meadows when he captured a division of a $60,000 Arden Downs stake in his career debut.   The Grand Circuit event for freshman colt and gelding trotters, known as the Henry Oliver, was conducted over three divisions, with Smoother Ride an...
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Running AcesPick 6 pool climbs over $20,000

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
Although there have been ‘live' tickets going into the final leg of the Running Aces Pick 6 the last three programs, no one has completely solved the puzzle and the carryover into Saturday night has reached $20,339! The track is negotiating with the USTA's Strategic Wagering committee to determine if the pool can be guaranteed at $40,000. While that decision is still pending as of this writi...
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Ford to be honored by Monticello USHWA

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
On Nov. 18, trainer Mark Ford will be honored for his outstanding accomplishments by the Monticello-Goshen Chapter USHWA when the scribes hold their 54th Annual Awards Banquet at the Fountains on Sands Road in Middletown, N.Y.   On June 25, Ford sent out his 3,000th career winner, with his horses earning more than $50 million.   Ford got his start in racing working f...
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Tattersalls Sale set for Sunday at Meadowlands

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
The Tattersalls Summer Mixed Sale is set for Sunday, July 29, at the Meadowlands. The sale gets underway in the race paddock at 12 noon. The supplemental catalog and updated past performances for the Meadowlands Summer Mixed Sale are now available at http://www.tattersallsredmile.com / and through the Equineline sales app. "I think this year's sale has more ‘live' horses than we've eve...
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Racing Commissioners propose tougher rules

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
The board of directors of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) has voted to direct its committees to develop a "One Strike, You're Out” proposal for those licensees found to be responsible for putting substances in horses that endanger the horse. Under an approach outlined by RCI President Ed Martin, not only licensed trainers, but also owners who fail to monitor their trainers and th...
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Last chance for harness handicapping challenge

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
The last chance to earn you way into the final round of TrackMaster Harness Handicapping Challenge, and a chance at $3,500 in cash prizes, is this coming weekend. It is going to be a sprint to the finish as the best harness handicappers face off to pick as many winners as they can. The last qualifying round is this coming Saturday, with contest entries opening on Thursday at 3 p.m. Easter...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available!

on 07/26/2012 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. Featured this week is the story of a pair of Hambletonian contenders who despite having some major wins have been able to avoid the spotlight heading into Saturday's elims. Also, the Adios Pace final is Saturday at The Meadows and John Camp...
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Zeke Parker has big afternoon at Monticello

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
Zeke Parker has found his groove again. After reining five winners on Wednesday,  July 25 the 17 time Mighty m driving champ came right back Thursday and drove six winners on the 12- race card at Monticello Raceway. I’m having a good week, ”Parker said when contacted by phone in the paddock after his six-win day.  "I don’t think I’m doing anything different but I am gett...
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Jim Campbell fashions double shot in Hambo elims

on 07/26/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Jim Campbell has two solid reasons to feel confident in his quest for a second Hambletonian. The private trainer for Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out a pair of their three-year-old colts at the Meadowlands in Saturday’s eliminations for the $1.5 million Hambletonian on August 4. There are 25 colts split into three $70,000 eliminations.  The top three finish...
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