Game of Claims Series underway at Pocono

on 02/23/2020 1:13 AM
The Game Of Claims Series for the highest two levels of pacers raced their third and final preliminary round on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and the top contenders for the thrones to be won in the rich Game Of Claims Championships next week were not exactly clarified by the twilight card's action.   The highest-level horses, going here for a b...
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Im So Handsome wins the war at Buffalo

on 02/23/2020 1:11 AM
Im So Handsome (David McNeight III) had to battle to be the boss on the front end and then ended up winning the war in Buffalo Raceway's $11,000 Class AA-Open Handicap Pace on Saturday night (Feb. 22).   Getting parked for over a quarter mile, Im So Handsome ($11.80) finally got to the pylons and paced home in scoring the length victory over Beachy&nb...
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Melady's Monet, Tookadiveoffdipper win at Yonkers

on 02/23/2020 1:03 AM
The next time Melady's Monet (George Brennan, $3.90) throws in a bad race would probably be the first time Melady's Monet throws in a bad race.   It was career win No  63 (in start No. 207) for 'Melady' Saturday night (Feb. 22nd), taking down Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Preferred Handicap Trot.   Melady's Monet—the odds-on favorite from assi...
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Kyle, Bergman named to Communicators Hall of Fame ballot

on 02/22/2020 7:06 PM
Two veteran harness racing journalists – Jay Bergman, longtime editor/writer/handicapper in the Sports Eye / Daily Racing Form publication family, and Joe Kyle, a noted photographer/writer primarily associated with the Horseman and Fair  World magazine, were selected to be ballot candidates for this summer’s voting for entrance into Communicators Hall of Fame. Their selection wa...
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In The Arsenal's first foals hit the ground

on 02/22/2020 11:03 AM
In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, had his first two foals arrive in New York this past week. The first foal ever to be sired by In The Arsenal arrived late in the evening on Wednesday, February 19, a colt out of the ultra tough racemare Natural Woman N p,1:52f ($570,886).  The handsome and strapping young lad was foaled at Cr...
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Dayson takes feature, Gingras wins five at Big M

on 02/22/2020 11:01 AM
Yannick Gingras was the star of the night at the Meadowlands Friday, guiding five winners on the card, including Dayson, who won the featured high-end conditioned trot in 1:52.3. The 7-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus emerged from a first-turn scrum in perfect position, racing in the pocket behind the speedy Nows The Moment, who was on the point to the head of the stretc...
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Kaitlyn N wins Friday 40G distaff derby at Yonkers

on 02/22/2020 10:59 AM
Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley, $40.20) two-moved early, then picked off 1-20 favorite I'mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno) at the wire Friday night (Feb. 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 6, Kaitlyn N played leapfrog with Sandy Win (Austin Siegelman) before eventually giving up the lead to 'Gemma' right at a 28-s...
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Longtime owner Frank Baldassare dies

on 02/21/2020 10:42 PM
Frank J. Baldassare of Highland Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Mr. Baldassare was born in Jersey City N.j. and was a lifelong resident of northern New Jersey before moving to Florida. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Kathleen in addition to his children Frank Baldassare and wife Kelly of Chicago Ill. as well as his daughter ...
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Gary Budahn Final gets Cal Expo marquee treatment

on 02/21/2020 8:59 PM
Stablemates Diamonds Are Trump and Flash Me Baby, both impressive winners last weekend, head the cast in Saturday night’s $10,200 Gary Budahn Final for pacing fillies and mares. First post for the 11-race card is 6:10 p.m.    The feature is named for Dr. Gary Budahn, a mainstay of California harness racing for more than 30 years, who passed away in 2009.   Dr. Bu...
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Windsong Leo dominates Meadows top pace

on 02/21/2020 8:56 PM
Windsong Leo reeled off the back half in a swift 54.4, quashing any hopes of those chasing him, en route to a dominating victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Windsong Leo's opening half was no slouch either — 55.2 from post 8 in sub-freezing temperatures — and when he quickened thereafter, there was little doubt who was best. The 8-year-...
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A line in each hand for entire race at Buffalo

on 02/21/2020 4:09 PM
Buffalo Raceway has instituted stage three of the three tiered ‘whipping rule’ that will go into effect on Wednesday (March 4). First introduced in June of 2019 with minimum driving restrictions, the rule was expanded at the start of the 2020 season with drivers required to keep a line in each hand (except as may be necessary to adjust equipment) from the start of the race until t...
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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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