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MacDonald bags five at Yonkers Friday

on 05/11/2012 2:00 AM
Farifant (Mark MacDonald, five wins on the 11-race card) parlayed from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $36,000 Open Handicap Trot. Leaving from post position No. 3, Farifant--the tepid 2-1 favorite--was one of several in play early. He made the lead right before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, then released Some Like it Hot (Jim Pantaleano) in the middle of the ...
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Riccolo still unbeaten in 2012

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
Fresh off back-to-back scores including a lifetime best in the Iggy Magoo Stake last week, Walter and Paige Paisley's up-and-coming sophomore Riccolo made it three straight wins to open his sophomore campaign as he posted a one-length decision in 1:57 while taking Wednesday's $12,000 Betzotic Stake for Illinois conceived and foaled 3-year-old trotting colts.   After getting aw...
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Action-Broadway wins first of 2012

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
Action-Broadway, the 2011 Trotting Mare of the Year who was off to a slow start this season, notched her first victory of 2012 on Wednesday at The Meadows by coming first over to capture the $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot.   Action-Broadway made breaks in her seasonal debut at The Meadows and followed that up with a middling fourth-place finish at Hoosier Park. But...
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Cal Sire Stakes for filly pacers set for Friday

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of $12,000 California Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old fillies headline the Cal Expo Friday night (May 11) action, with Diva Las Vegas getting the marquee treatment in the pacing event while Silverlode eyes another big-money score in the trotting end. Diva Las Vegas is a 3-year-old daughter of Hi Ho Silverheel's and the Little Steven mare Prettylittlerebel, who is owned by Denise Maier...
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Once again, it's easy as Abc at Hoosier

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
Abc Mercedes visited Hoosier Park's winner's circle for the fourth time this year as he captured the featured $24,000 Open Trot at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday.   It was a cavalry charge from the moment the gate opened as the race saw much movement through the opening splits. Rompaway Beau and driver Ricky Macomber Jr. left alertly from post seven only to yield the ...
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Economy Terror, Win Missy B win PcD qualifiers

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old filly pacer Economy Terror and the 3-year-old filly trotter Win Missy B won qualifying races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Thursday morning. Economy Terror, the 2011 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year, was making her second start in qualifying action and jogged home to a 13-length score in 1:53.4, with a :26.2 last quarter. Matt Kakaley drove the Western Terror fil...
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Winning Mister has key to owner's heart

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
Attorney and businessman Robert Key of Leechburg, Pa., has bred and owned hundreds of harness horses in his three decades in harness racing. Yet, Winning Mister is the single trotter that has captured Key's heart.   The 6-year-old son of Angus Hall drew post nine in Saturday's $210,000 Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands Racetrack. After reeling off a devastating 1:51....
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1:49.2 qualifier by Warrawee Needy

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
A pair of highly-regarded sophomore colt pacers has posted impressive qualifying victories. Warrawee Needy, Canada's 2011 Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year, romped to a 31-length win in 1:49.2 on Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack.   The Carl Jamieson-trained and Jody Jamieson-driven Warrawee Needy led through panels of :28, :55 and 1:22.3, before using a :26.4 final quarter to cross th...
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A Rocknroll Dance still set to start May 19

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
A Rocknroll Dance, the richest freshman of 2011 with $8634,325—and a mark of 1:49.1—posted a 1:53.2 victory May 5 in a qualifier at Hoosier Park and is still scheduled to make his first start of the season on May 19 in the New Jersey Sire Stakes at the Meadowlands. The Jim Mulinix trainee scored an initial qualifying win April 7 at Hoosier in 1:55.4. Although Mulinix planned a second qualifie...
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Jamieson bobbleheads at Vernon in August

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
In honor of his unprecedented dual victories in the World Driving Championship and the Meadowlands/Tioga Drivers' Championship in 2011, Canadian superstar Jody Jamieson will be honored with a bobblehead at Vernon Downs on Sunday, Aug. 26, when he defends the second of his titles.   "I'm joining some elite company of drivers who have been honored with bobbleheads including Brian Sear...
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Ruvola draws favorite in Lady Godiva Pace

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
The women will be coming from near and far just to compete in Monticello Raceway's 10th Annual Lady Godiva on Monday afternoon, May 14. The event, which will be the fourth leg of the raceway's Heritage Drivers Series, is specifically for women drivers.   Arguably the most excited, despite having to come in all the way from greater Chicago, is Michelle Ruvola, who will be making her ...
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PA Senate passes budget without racing cuts

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania State Senate has approved a budget that does not include the proposed transfer of $72 million from the Horse Racing Improvement Act funds to other programs. According to Kim Hankins, executive director of the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, this is a "significant" step, but far from the end of the horse racing industry's battle over the budget.   "We're encour...
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Fawkes, Love N Hate wins Swedish classics

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
There was an American-bred winner of Sweden's prestigious King's Trophy race, which was held over a sloppy Åby track in Gothenburg. Fawkes, who finished third in an elimination for last year's Hambletonian, was the winner in a mile rate time of 1:57.2. He earned about $120,000.   The Perretti Farms-bred Love N Hate, a 4-year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee-R Heavenl...
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Latest Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview is now available by clicking below or by signing up by following the link at the top of this home page. The latest edition includes the story of Rockincam, who will compete in the Graduate final Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Horsemen Steve Farrell and Warren Harp have carefully managed Rockincam in hopes of the horse becoming a top older per...
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Check Me Out to debut in PASS at Meadows

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
Check Me Out, the unanimous choice as the 2011 Two-Year-Filly Trotter of the Year, will make her sophomore debut Tuesday afternoon, May 15, at The Meadows. Check Me Out, who won 14 of 16 starts last year, will start from post four in the ninth race, the last of four $62,528 divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS). Trained and driven by Ray Schnittker, who also co-owns the daughter of D...
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NJ committee approves new legislation

on 05/10/2012 2:00 AM
Assemblyman Ron Dancer's bill permitting the lessee of the Meadowlands Racetrack to operate a simulcasting facility at the American Dream Meadowlands sports, retail and entertainment center, formerly known as Xanadu, was favorably reported out of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee Thursday. Dancer believes the bill will bring the excitement of horse racing to a greater audience within t...
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My Muscleman's 1:59.4 fastest in ISS opener

on 05/09/2012 2:00 AM
Three divisions of the Indiana Silver Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting colts and geldings were the featured attraction Tuesday (May 8) at Hoosier Park Racing Casino as they played host to four divisions on the 13-race program. My Muscleman took advantage of a perfect second over trip to score in 1:59.4 in the opening and fastest division of the Sire Stakes action with driver Josh Sutton a...
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Tioga TV Show returns for new season

on 05/09/2012 2:00 AM
Harness racing fans, both new and old, will once again have a TV outlet for their favorite sport. "Inside Harness Racing,” a weekly, half-hour television show, returns for its third season. The first episode airs Wednesday, May 9, at 6 pm on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout upstate New York. For the second year in a row, the show will ablso be broadcast on HPI TV in Canada. Viewers c...
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WEG’s May 15 Stakes Payments Approaching

on 05/09/2012 2:00 AM
The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all owners, horsemen and women, of the upcoming stakes closing on Tuesday, May 15. There are numerous stakes nominations and sustaining payments which are due for the circuit’s major stakes events. Sustaining payments are due for the 2012 Champlain Open & Champlain Fillies (for two-year-olds). Nominations can be made online, by clicki...
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New video shows impact of horse racing in PA

on 05/09/2012 2:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition on Wednesday (May 9) released a video showing the far-reaching economic benefits of the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania, as well as the impact on farmland preservation in the Commonwealth. The video was released as the Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives work to craft a state budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013. In February, Governor Tom C...
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