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Happy Heart captures Saratoga Open

on 11/14/2019 9:20 PM
Happy Heart (Woodstock) has been as solid as any pacing mare at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019 and on Thursday, the Melissa Beckwith trainee sprung the upset in the afternoon’s feature.   Happy Heart was dismissed at odds of 16-1 despite drawing the rail in what wound up being a five-horse Open for distaffers following a scratch. The Fillies and Mares Open featured a 1-9 bet...
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Bettor's Wish, Tall Drink Hanover win Matrons

on 11/14/2019 9:15 PM
After Dancin Lou snapped his four-race win streak in the Breeders Crown, Bettor’s Wish ($3.20) got back in the win column with a 1:49.2 score in the $248,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs.   Bettor’s Wish worked clear of American Mercury (Tyler Buter) just beyond a :27 first quarter, but faced immediate pressure...
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Gimpanzee, When Dovescry take Matron trots

on 11/14/2019 6:57 PM
Breeders Crown winner Gimpanzee and Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry added another Grand Circuit title to their respective résumés with victories in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday at Dover Downs. In the $208,300 Matron for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Gimpanzee ($2.80) and Brian Sears sprinted to the early lead before yielding control to Ch...
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Lachance sweeps Harrah's Philadelphia features

on 11/14/2019 4:22 PM
The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn’t have to move out of third until the three-quarters for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW’s NY Yank going wide early and su...
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Hannelore, Six Pack to be honored in Big M ceremonies

on 11/14/2019 4:13 PM
Harness racing’s biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the TVG and Fall Final Four finals at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  This year will be extra special with two of the sport’s biggest names--Hannelore Hanover and Six Pack retiring following their starts in their TVG finals.   The great Hannelore Hanover’s retirement ceremon...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/14/2019 4:03 PM
The year may be coming to an end but there is still stakes action left on the calendar. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, the TVG final for older horses are coming up and trainer Ron Burke talks about his plans for his world champion mares Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover. By virtue of her victory in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, Manchego is eligible to receive an invitation to the...
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Deadlines for Pennsylvania eligibility

on 11/14/2019 2:44 PM
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.   The State Horse Racing Commission Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today announced that owners must register their stallions for the 2020 breeding season by February 1. Additionally, owners looking to register their ...
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Mark MacDonald hopes to drive in January

on 11/14/2019 2:41 PM
Mark MacDonald is still more than a month away from returning to the racetrack as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but the veteran driver is feeling good and looking forward to a successful 2020.   MacDonald was injured in July when he was unseated from the sulky prior to a race at Saratoga. He suffered a fractured left shoulder joint and is now rehabbing following surgery and three...
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Hambo Maturity supplements due Friday

on 11/14/2019 11:13 AM
All 3-year-old trotters not eligible to the 2019 Hambletonian or Oaks have the option to supplement to the 2020 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds, with a supplemental payment of $2,000 on Nov. 15.   The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity is raced at The Meadowlands at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters receive money. It is typically the richest 4-year-old Trot offere...
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Countdown on to Big M's Final Four/TVG finals night

on 11/14/2019 11:09 AM
The final major date for big-time stakes racing in 2019 on the harness racing calendar is just nine days away as the sport’s top venue, the Meadowlands Racetrack, will host eight events certain to have impact on many divisional honors–as well as Horse of the Year–on Saturday, Nov. 23. The lineup on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2 year...
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Muscles Yankee retired to Perretti Farms

on 11/14/2019 9:09 AM
Winbak Farm of New York, in conjunction with Perretti Farms, announces the retirement of legendary trotting stallion Muscles Yankee.   Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2 ($1,424,938), was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. He was inducted as both an outstanding racehorse and a stand-out stallion.   Muscles Yankee was born at Yankeeland Farms, Inc. (of ...
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Hickfromfrenchlick named USTA District 8 HOY

on 11/14/2019 8:56 AM
The 3-year-old pacing colt Hickfromfrenchlick has been named the United States Trotting Association District 8 Horse of the Year. The award was presented to trainer Ray Schnittker at the New York Sires Stakes and USTA District 8 Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 10.   The So Surreal-My Girl’s A Star colt has earned $500,136 this year and won 11 of his 15 starts. His sophomore season...
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Shartin N back in winner's circle at Dover

on 11/14/2019 8:32 AM
Shartin N, the top horse in the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll, brushed to the lead on the backstretch and was never caught in defeating a field of seven top mares in a $40,000 Invitational on Wednesday  at Dover Downs. The total lifetime earnings of the participants was more than $6 million. Caviart Ally defeated Shartin N in her last two starts and trainer Jim King Jr. could not ...
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An Original Dragon repeats at The Meadows

on 11/14/2019 8:30 AM
An Original Dragon stalked the leader from the pocket, then blew by in the Lightning Lane to snare her second straight victory in Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, a $12,400 filly & mare conditioned pace.   An Original Dragon grabbed the early lead but released Sweet Rockin Gia at the quarter, waiting patiently for her shot. Tony Hall gave it to her in the Lightning Lane, ...
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Batavia Downs cancels Wednesday's card

on 11/13/2019 6:40 PM
The severe winter storm that hit western New York over the last two days caused many cancellations in the area due to bad driving conditions. Even though we are one day removed from the brunt of the disturbance it's impact left the track at Batavia Downs unsafe to race over and as a result, management decided to cancel live racing for Wednesday (Nov. 13).   "Our first and for...
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Yonkers adds live race card on Saturday, Nov. 30

on 11/13/2019 4:24 PM
Yonkers Raceway has added Saturday night, Nov. 30, to its live racing calendar, with the usual first post of 6:50 p.m.   This schedule addition, approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, replaces an earlier program which had been canceled. The Raceway’s Thanksgiving week schedule now reads Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 25 and 26), along with the aforementioned Saturday. Ev...
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Tetrick has hot hands at chilly Philly

on 11/13/2019 4:21 PM
Before driver Tim Tetrick headed south to Dover Downs for some stakes competition later Wednesday and Thursday, he got himself a nice little warmup at Harrah’s Philadelphia during the afternoon card, visiting Victory Lane six times before going to the First State. Tetrick’s six victories give him a 299-266 lead over George Napolitano Jr. with 18 cards left in the 2019 Ph...
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Winndevie a nice surprise for Polisseni

on 11/13/2019 2:24 PM
Wanda Polisseni is the type of person who, in her own words, prefers to fly under the radar. But after her Winndevie won last month’s Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, providing Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables with its first trophy, that became a little more difficult. Not that Polisseni has any complaints.   “I was surprised at the number of people that ...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit wins Dover qualifier

on 11/13/2019 1:48 PM
Wiggle It Jiggleit, with George Teague Jr. driving, qualified on a chilly Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. Teague replaced his son, Montrell Teague, who suffered a broken wrist last week while loading horses. Wigglie It Jiggleit was guided to the front by Teague, while Uncle Coz (Mike Cole) took up the pocket position behind the world champion. Wiggle It Jiggleit set early frac...
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Emily's Mayflower takes lifetime mark in DSBF

on 11/12/2019 9:50 PM
With plunging temperatures headed below freezing, four $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund events for 2-year-old trotters went to post at Dover Downs. Three early non-wagering races were followed by the second division of fillies leading off the wagering card. The first colt division was controlled by Rocky Bomber and Jack Parker Jr. to the half-mile station before Zulu (CR Commando-C...
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