Elysium Lindy surprises in Meadowlands feature

on 02/15/2020 6:17 AM
Andy McCarthy put Elysium Lindy in play early, and the veteran trotter took care of the rest, pulling off a 10-1 surprise in the featured $31,250 high-end conditioned trot at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The 7-year-old gelded son of Cantab Hall-Olympic Lindy displayed a burst of speed at the start from post six and had the lead around the first turn before yielding the front to 3-5...
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I’mprincessgemma A wins Yonkers Open in ‘20 debut

on 02/15/2020 6:13 AM
I’mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno, $6.20) was both widest and fastest Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Sandy Win (Eric Goodell) fronted the fray, doing so through early intervals of :27.1 and :56.3. Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.), who had left into a three-hole as the 19-10 favorite, made a second move to go after the leader....
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Mister Spot A wins second straight at Meadows

on 02/14/2020 6:39 PM
Mister Spot A threw down a final quarter of 27.2, a sizzling brush that carried him to victory — his second straight and fourth in his last five starts — in Friday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 conditioned pace.   Mister Spot A was chasing the leader, Do Work Son, when he uncorked that quick panel for Tony Hall. The 6-year-old Village Jolt-Eerie Iris gelding de...
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$152k Hi 5 Jackpot mandatory payout at Mohawk Saturday

on 02/14/2020 3:09 PM
Horseplayers will look to cap off Saturday night (Feb. 15) with a big score by taking home a piece of Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. A carryover of $152,060.29 will be brought into the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout and past results show that the total pool is expected to be large. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout took place less than two month...
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Payments due for New Jersey stakes, Breeders Maturity

on 02/14/2020 2:02 PM
A payment of $300 for both two and three-year-olds for the Premier Division of the NJSS is due February 15. A payment of $100 for both two and three-year-olds for the Standardbred Development Fund is also due February 15. Because the 15th falls on a Saturday, the deadline is extended to Tuesday, Feb. 18. (Monday, Feb. 17, is a federal holiday). Send payments to NJSS, PO Box 330, Tr...
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Bettor Memories wins Dover feature; WIJI fades

on 02/14/2020 9:19 AM
Bettor Memories rallied from off the pace to capture the $32,500 Preferred Pace on Thursday night (Feb. 13) at Dover Downs. Bo Mach and Wiggle It Jiggleit battled for early position, with Wiggle It Jiggleit vacating an early pocket to take charge at the end of a :27.4 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggled continued on to the half in :55.4 before facing a first-over threat from Closing Stateme...
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HP Sissy returns to Yonkers Open Mare Pace field

on 02/14/2020 9:16 AM
When HP Sissy’s name appeared in the entries for the $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Feb. 14), trainer Mike Ohol’s colleagues on the Western New York circuit voiced their skepticism. “A couple guys up there were telling me, ‘what are you going down there for,’” Ohol said, but the trainer remained steadfast. “...
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Ettore "Eddie" Annnunziata dies at 85

on 02/13/2020 8:00 PM
Ettore “Eddie” Annunziata, a resident of Mahopac, N.Y., since 1970, passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 11) at the age of 85. Annunziata was born in Sarno, Italy, on Nov. 26, 1934, the son of Claudio and Maria (Francesca) Annunziata. Eddie was a long time USTA member, racing heavily on the East Coast, and was considered a strong supporter of harness racing throughout his successful car...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/13/2020 4:05 PM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Marcus Melander tells Kathy Parker that the Elitlopp on May 31 in Sweden could be on the calendar for two-time Breeders Crown champion Gimpanzee. Also, trainer Nancy Takter, coming off a career year, makes her 2020 debut on Friday night at the Meadowlands with the 3-year-old filly pacer Caviart Jane.   This week’s Breedi...
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Monti "made some big strides" in '19

on 02/13/2020 1:56 PM
When opportunity knocked, Drew Monti answered. It led to the best season of the 25-year-old driver’s career.   Monti was amid what he called a “pedestrian” campaign at his home track, Buffalo Raceway, when he was presented an opportunity to drive regularly at Plainridge Park. It gave Monti the chance to make new, as well as strengthen previous, connections and driv...
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Books of Hanover pacing stallions full and closed

on 02/13/2020 1:08 PM
The book for sophomore pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been announced as full and closed.  Stay Hungry  P, 3, 1:47.3M ($1,303,709) is a son of the legendary Somebeachsomewhere out of the world champion double millionaire mare My Little Dragon. Stay Hungry stands in Pennsylvania at Hanover Shoe Farms.   The first foals of this exciting stallion are being born now and uni...
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Stakes deadline extended until Feb. 18

on 02/13/2020 1:02 PM
February sustaining and nominating payments for 133 Hambletonian Society stake and late-closing events are due Saturday, Feb. 15 and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 18.   February is the gateway payment for most 3-year-old and older stakes and closers as well as initial 2-year-old payments for Breeders Crown and Kentuckiana Stallion Manageme...
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Jimmy Freight Stakes to continue in 2024

on 02/13/2020 11:18 AM
Adriano Sorella’s aggressive promotion of new Ontario sire Jimmy Freight is not stopping any time soon. This week, the Guelph, Ont.-based Standardbred owner unveiled more significant news.   In December, Sorella and Woodbine Entertainment announced the creation of the Jimmy Freight Stakes. The stakes, which will be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park, will debut in 2023 and i...
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Competitive racing + low takeouts = Big Big M returns

on 02/13/2020 11:06 AM
In harness racing, it’s not uncommon to see tracks with favorites that win at a rate of 45 percent and higher, but at the Meadowlands, the races play out more as they would at major Thoroughbred tracks, meaning bigger payouts for the patrons. As of Monday (Feb. 10), the Big M’s post-time choices have been clicking 36 percent of the time, which is the same rate as at Aqueduct and G...
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Harness Museum's breeding auction now underway

on 02/13/2020 7:32 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has an outstanding list of stallions for this year's breeding auction. Bids on the listed breedings must be called in, emailed or postmarked by this Saturday, February 15, 2020. The breedings that do not receiving successful bids by the close of the auction may be available after that date.   This is your opportunity to breed to Rockin ...
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Wilberforce steps up, captures Buffalo Open Trot

on 02/13/2020 7:31 AM
After a couple of narrow losses in the $13,000 Open Trot level at Buffalo Raceway, a better post and a change of equipment proved to be the right remedy for Wilberforce ($3.10) on Wednesday night (Feb. 12)   With a pair of starts from the seven hole, Wilberforce drew the five post and went coast to coast in collecting a 2-3/4 length victory over Lougazi in 2:00.1 over the sl...
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Lakeisha Hall takes Meadows Open Mare Pace

on 02/13/2020 7:29 AM
 Lakeisha Hall pounced on the leaders with a quick backside burst and went on to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lakeisha Hall zipped to the front for Dave Palone and stretched out her early challengers, Touchamatic and McDazzle, to the three-eighths before yielding. Thus, when Lakeisha Hall attacked, that early duo was vulner...
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Blooded Horse has strongest sale in 57-year history

on 02/12/2020 9:18 PM
The Blooded Horse Winter Sale held Tue. Feb. 11, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was the strongest in its 57-year history.  Owners, trainers and breeders flooded the pavilion to restock stables and acquire broodmares.   “People love coming to a sale to actually see and touch the horses they want to buy,” said sale manager Jerry Haws. “It may take a b...
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SBOANJ mare residency forms available online

on 02/12/2020 4:01 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey will again offer a resident mare rebate as well as pacing stallion incentive program in 2020. ​SBOANJ membership is required to qualify for all programs. The resident mare rebate will pay up to $500 to owners of mares bred in 2020. A mare does not have to be bred to a New Jersey stallion but must reside in New Jersey for 15...
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Incredible ride for Jim Avritt Sr.

on 02/12/2020 3:58 PM
Jim Avritt Sr. bought his first Standardbred in 1963 when he was a senior at Xavier University and nearly 60 years later continues to enjoy the thrills of racing and breeding.   On Feb. 23 in Orlando, Fla., Avritt’s Precocious Beauty will be honored as the Pacing Broodmare of the Year at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Award banquet. Precocious Beauty is t...
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