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Aracache Hanover second in Pompano return

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
Aracache Hanover was the first millionaire pacer to appear in the $12,000 Open Handicap Pace since Big Bad John eight weeks ago when the Saturday edition turned to the starting gate at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Although he gave a robust effort from the front end after an assigned post eight outside start, Aracache Hanover was caught in the closing strides and had to settle f...
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12-1 Rockin Glass upsets in Rags To Riches

on 03/10/2012 12:00 AM
The $127,950 Rags To Riches final delivered big dividends to a field of claiming horses and a group of racing fans on Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Rockin Glass, a 12-1 shot, led the field at every call en route to a half-length victory over Alastair Hanover in the Rags To Riches. David Miller guided Rockin Glass ($26) to the 1:50.2 clocking. The 4-year-old Rocknro...
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Big purse, prizes up for grabs in Rags To Riches

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Saturday night's Rags to Riches final is an opportunity for both claiming horses and Meadowlands fans to cash in big.   The series gave owners of low level claimers the opportunity to race for a flashy $127,950 purse in the final. The Rags To Riches was restricted to 3 year olds and up who have started for a base claiming price of $10,000 or less once in their last four starts up t...
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HHYF to attend Pinehurst matinee

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer a number of interactive experiences for race fans of all ages at the Pinehurst, N.C., matinee, scheduled for Sunday, April 1. The organization conducts dozens of educational programs, including overnight and day camps, across the country each year. It will be HHYF's first trip to the Pinehurst event.   "The Pinehurst matinee makes s...
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Rosecroft set to open Saturday night

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
After a 2 ½-month break live harness racing action returns to Rosecroft Raceway on Saturday evening, with a first post of 7:25 p.m. The opening night card is heavy on distaffers with four races exclusively for fillies and mares while the rest also feature plenty of distaffers. The feature on the card is the 10th race which has a field having earned over $1.4 million lifetime. Doctor Rich r...
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Zeke Parker set to return after surgery

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
After a hiatus of nearly 2 1/2 months Billy "Zeke” Parker Jr. will soon be back in action at Monticello Raceway.   No, he wasn't on vacation. He had to interrupt his career to undergo prostate cancer surgery and according to Parker it certainly was no vacation. "It was tough going early on but it seems like it came out OK," he said. "Now it's behind me and I'm glad it's all ...
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Mayotte aims at General Brock with Herbie L

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Veteran horseman Roger Mayotte has won the final of the General Brock Trotting Series twice as a driver, but has yet to win it with one of his own trainees.   Mayotte, who won the 2003 edition of the General Brock with the Roy Jeffries trainee Stonebridge Velvet and the 2007 event with the Brad Maxwell-trained Ericskarri, is hopeful that a new addition to his stable can give him tha...
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Keeper's Destiny wins Yonkers F&M Open

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell), ordered behind a Friday night eight-ball, was sharp in winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $33,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   The 3-2 choice dropped in fourth as Arctic Fire N (James Rattray) led through early fractions of :28.3 and :58.3. "Keeper" was then out and moving, engaging the leader in and out of the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Arct...
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Higher And Higher springs Overbid upset

on 03/09/2012 12:00 AM
Higher And Higher sprinted from far back to win the $40,000 second round of the Overbid Series for pacing mares on Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Seventh in the early going, Higher And Higher worked out a third-over trip and stormed home to take the fourth race feature by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:52.1. Tea Party Princess bull rushed to the lead before the half and held on f...
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San Pail out of Thursday qualifier at Mohawk

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Poor track conditions have delayed the 2012 debut of harness racing's reigning Horse of the Year San Pail for the time being. San Pail's trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes told Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider on Thursday morning that he didn't want to bring back his star trotter over the off track at Mohawk Racetrack. Hughes will give San Pail a training trip this weekend and plan to qualif...
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Indiana vet suspended four years

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission issued a four-year suspension to veterinarian Jerrilee Cave. The decision was made at the Commission public meeting on March 7.   The suspension stems from an incident in 2009 in which Dr. Cave furnished a loaded syringe and needle containing a non-salix diuretic commonly referred to as "clotol” to a licensed Standardbred trainer. The drug was provide...
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See You At Peelers qualifies in 1:53

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
See You At Peelers won her second straight qualifier Thursday morning at the Meadowlands, scoring a 1:53 victory in windy conditions. The session also saw stars Foiled Again and Arch Madness settle for second-place finishes in their first appearances of 2012. The 4-year-old mare pacer See You At Peelers romped to a 5 ¼-length score over divisional peers Krispy Apple and New Album, closing ...
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Balmoral Pick 4 pool hit $144,877 on March 7

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Balmoral Park played host to the biggest Pick Four harness pool in North America this year on Wednesday. Players across the continent wagered $119,168 in new money chasing a carryover of $25,709. The final pool established a 2012 North American record of $144,877.   Competitive racing at Balmoral was on display again, with the final three legs being decided by a neck or less. When 1...
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Meadowlands now color-coding sulkies

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands has begun tracking sulky statistics, with the numbers available both in the racing program and on the in-house television show. To make things easier for bettors both at the track and at simulcast sites, all race sulkies will also be marked on the right arch with a color-coded sticker. Here are the color codes being used: Yellow—UFO; Green—Advantedge; Orange—Spyder; Bl...
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Will a 'legend' be made in Cam Fella final?

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
When a horse loves his job as much as his trainer, it makes for a winning combination. Conditioner Dave Drew and his homebred Modern Legend certainly have that one-two punch.   When Modern Legend goes behind the starting gate for Saturday's $100,000 Cam Fella Pacing Series final at Woodbine, Drew knows the 4-year-old gelding will be ready to deliver.   "He shows a lot of ...
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New! Weekend Preview, plus Florida Files

on 03/08/2012 12:00 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 Weekend Preview is FREE and in addition to a look at the second round of the Overbid Series at the Meadowlands and the $127,950 Rags To Riches final, it includes an installment of The Florida Files, with Tom Hicks reporting from the Sou...
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Kakaley drives 103rd winner at Dover meet

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Matt Kakaley moved into three digits in wins this meet by driving My Man to victory in a $16,000 pace for 4 and 5 year olds on Thursday at Dover Downs.   My Man, with Kakaley piloting, atoned for breaking stride in the stretch last week by scoring a convincing 1:57.1 triumph. The 4-year-old son of Malabar Man-In To Me was the third of four wins for Kakaley, lifti...
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Runners working on return to Big M turf in May

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTHA), which recently leased Monmouth Park from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, announced on Thursday (March 8) that it plans to hold Thoroughbred racing at the Meadowlands. Jeff Gural, who leases the Meadowlands from the NJSEA, told harnessracing.com he has a verbal agreement with the NJTHA, but details have not yet been fin...
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Fountainbleau Volo cruises at Meadowlands

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Fountainbleau Volo (pictured) turned in a powerful 1:53.1 victory in second leg action of the Horse & Groom Series Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   The 4-year-old gelding by SJ's Caviar was settled at the pylons for the first quarter mile but then driver David Miller moved him to the lead just after the timer flashed :28.1 for the opening panel. After middle splits of :...
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Gary Charette, caretaker for Dragon's Lair, dies

on 03/08/2012 12:00 AM
Longtime harness racing participant Gary Charette passed peacefully at his home in Florida on Feb. 29. He was 64.   Charette worked with the horses for many years. He was the caretaker for world champion Dragon's Lair for the Jeff Mallet Stable and also worked for the Jim Miller Stable, where another of his favorites was Brace Yourself. Until his retirement last year he had worked 1...
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