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Play the summer Handicapping Challenge

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Saturdays this summer harness racing fans will have their time to shine with a chance to compete for cash and prizes in the exciting Harness Handicapping Challenge. Be crowned the challenge champion and take home bragging rights and the ultimate prize of $2,000 cash! Co-sponsored by TrackMaster, TVG and the USTA, the format of the challenge is pretty simple. There will be 8 weeks of qualifying ...
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Guaranteed Pick 4 for Sunday's Tioga card

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Tioga Downs, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program, will offer a $5,000 guaranteed pick four on Sunday, June 10, for the Bettor's Delight and Artiscape races. The pick four will be spread out from race nine ($182,000 Bettor's Delight) through the final race, number twelve on the afternoon race card.   Post time for the 12-race afternoon c...
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Handle up 20% on Running Aces opener

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
Running Aces opened its fifth season of live racing Wednesday night (June 6) to a large, enthusiastic crowd just as it has in each of the new Minnesota track's first four seasons. Despite a heavy rainstorm that lasted an hour just prior to first race post, more than 2,000 patrons packed the compact grandstand and apron and wagered $116,749—a 20 percent increase over the 2011 opener. &nbs...
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NEW Weekend Preview now available!

on 06/07/2012 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. The racing action is heating up as fast and this week's edition has the fields for the big stakes, plus comments from trainers about their contenders. Trainer Tony Alagna has a couple of colts starting in the North America Cup who are ...
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Mike Merton drives 2,000th winner

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
When Mike Merton guided the trotter Marquee T to a 2:01.4 wire-to-wire victory at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (June 7), it marked his 2,000th career win.   "I'm glad it's finally over now,” a seemingly relieved Merton said after his victory. "I was going along at a good clip then all of a sudden I went 0–for- 20. I guess near the end the ‘jinx-bug' bit me.”   It was...
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Empire Classics for trotters at Vernon Friday

on 06/07/2012 2:00 AM
The top New York-bred trotting sophomores will gather at Vernon Downs on Friday evening to contest the rich Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) finals.   Ladies first, and the chase for the big share of the $239,500 final (race 6) is led by last year's NYSS final winner For A Dancer. Trained by Joe Holloway for owner Bluestone Farms, the Conway Hall filly has been flawless this season, lo...
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Austin Galentine passes away at 80

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
Austin E. "Ned" Galentine, a longtime horseman and former racing official, passed away on May 30, 2012, two weeks prior to his 81st birthday, after a short stay at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford, Del. Born in Amesbury, Mass. Galantine served four years in the U.S. Army, including two years, 1951 and 1952, during the Korean Conflict, a member of the 2nd Infantry Division.Galentine rema...
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Big weekend ahead at Tioga and Vernon

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
A look back at the career of famed pacer Artiscape as his namesake race is only days away. That’s the highlight of this week’s edition of "Inside Harness Racing.” "Inside Harness Racing,” a weekly, half-hour television show, airs today (Wednesday) at a special time of 10:30 PM on Time Warner Cable Sports throughout Upstate New York.  For the second year in a row, the show will ...
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North America Cup to be live streamed

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
Once again, Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will live stream the post position draw for the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup. The draw, which will take place Tuesday, June 12 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, will get underway at noon and will be streamed live at NorthAmericaCup.com. As always, featured news, race replays and exclusive interviews surrounding this year’s ...
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Horse contracts Eastern Equine Encephalitis

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
A 3-year-old horse from Burlington County was euthanized on May 27 after testing positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious, mosquito-borne illness in horses. "It is very early in the season to see Eastern Equine Encephalitis so horse owners need to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Doug...
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A new chapter for See You At Peelers

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
One could determine from See You At Peelers’ accomplishments that she was special on the racetrack.  In the eyes of those around her, though, it was unnecessary to look merely at paper for such assurance. It was evident by the way she went to work.  "She had charisma, like a great horse,” said Jimmy Takter, who trained the now retired filly pacer to divisional titles at ages...
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Michigan horsemen urged to contact Speaker of the House

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
Attention all Michigan horsemen. We need you. Please contact Speaker of the House James Bolger at 517.373.1787 and also e-mail him at jasebolger@house.mi.gov. Horsemen please be professional and polite and request the Speaker to put House Bill 5546 up for a vote and say your family business depends on it. This is an absolute must and we must have all horsemen do this. ...
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3YO filly trotters prepare for Elegantimage

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
All Ready Hanover has garnered attention since she stepped out onto the racetrack for her three-year-old campaign and she will look for more in her Elegantimage Stakes elimination this Friday at Mohawk. After destroying the competition at Kawartha Downs on April 14 by a whopping 23 and a quarter lengths, the daughter of Chocolatier-Are You Ready then ventured to Woodbine on April 30, wher...
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Report highlights WEG's commitment to community

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) sixth annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, A Strong Community Partner, released today, highlights the important role that WEG plays in the community and its industry-leading commitment to its stakeholders, community partners, employees, the industry and the environment. "We are very proud of the progress that has been made in advancing ou...
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Heston Blue Chip headlines NYSS at Monticello

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
A stellar card  of 15 races featuring three splits of the $160,000 NY Sire Stakes for 3 year old pacing colts  and geldings and six divisions of the Excelsior Series, also for sophomore colt pacers, made for a successful afternoon of racing not only enjoyed by the  race winners but also by the betting  public, both on and off track. As was expected, NYSS standout, Hest...
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Financial Glider wins in 1:57.1 at Pompano

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
Financial Glider was away from the track for over three and a half years to begin her career as a broodmare, and since returning to racing recently she's racked up a second victory.The 8-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide-Financial Paige romped home in the first race of the Wednesday (June 6) program at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   It was her second win in 7 starts since re...
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Mulinix talks about A Rocknroll Dance

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
If A Rocknroll Dance is as difficult to catch on the racetrack as he is in the field, trainer Jim Mulinix could be looking at a big season with the colt. The term "good feeling” is appropriate when talking about A Rocknroll Dance, who enters Saturday's eliminations for the C$1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack as one of the race's top contenders...
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Duneside Perch 2YO 1:55.2 Balmoral winner

on 06/06/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral fans got a sneak peek at some of this year's two-year-old filly pacing crop here in the Prairie State on Wednesday night as a field of eight youngsters went postward in the $6,000 Egyptian Grande Stake.Fresh off an impressive win in the second of two qualifying efforts the Mike Einhaus owned Dune In Red posted an impressive 5 ¼ length romp in a national season's best of 1:55.2 with M...
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Running Aces Opens Fifth Season Wednesday

on 06/05/2012 2:00 AM
Running Aces is excited to start its fifth race season Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Columbus, Min. The purses are larger, the promotions are bigger and live music has been added. At 6:30 p.m. a professional skydiver from Skydive Forest Lake will be dropping in with an American flag for the opening ceremony. After the anthem there will be introductions of some of the top drivers at Running...
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New rules force three NYSS splits at Monticello

on 06/05/2012 2:00 AM
The new format for the New York Sire Stakes program will make its Monticello Raceway debut on Wednesday afternoon, June 6. Three divisions of New York Sire Stakes will race for a total purse of $150,813 while six splits of the new Excelsior Series (formerly late closers) will go for a total purse of $76,400, making more than $227,000 up for grabs for NY-bred sophomore pacing colts. The NYS...
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