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Pick 6 carryover Friday at Meadowlands

on 02/20/2020 11:05 AM
It’s been a long time since Meadowlands’ fans have been able to utter the following fabulous phrase: “Pick-6 carryover!”   The carryover of $14,376 might not seem extremely impressive by itself, but what figures to transpire as a result will raise eyebrows from players, regardless of the girth of their bankrolls.   First and foremost, the Big M, in p...
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Harness Horsemen International set for annual meeting

on 02/20/2020 9:51 AM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold its annual meetings from Feb. 24 to 27, at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla., beginning with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening (Feb. 24). HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning (Feb. 25) at 9 a.m. as HHI President Tom Luchento welcomes all associations from throughout North America to the general sess...
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Wagner, Cameron have big night at Rosecroft

on 02/20/2020 9:44 AM
In the long history of Rosecroft Raceway, few, if any, have won more races than John Wagner. Wednesday night (Feb. 19), the 63-year-old Wagner put together a card for the ages, winning seven races, including five for trainer Arlene Cameron. Blue Fox ($5.00), Caviart Emma ($5.80), Chillicothe ($4.00), and Stonebridge Pearl ($14.00), are all owned by Wagner. A win with trotter K J Charlie ($8.4...
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Chip Chip Conway invades Saratoga and wins

on 02/20/2020 8:20 AM
There were co-features on the Wednesday afternoon card at Saratoga Casino Hotel for New York- sired trotters. Each division went for a purse of $9,000.   Monticello invader Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall) was the afternoon's most decisive winner as defending leading driver Billy Dobson piloted the Gary Messenger-trained trotter to a four-plus length victory in 1:59.4 in the first o...
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Lougazi picks up second win of season in Buffalo Open Trot

on 02/20/2020 8:18 AM
Some hot fractions on the front end and a short field helped spur the always closing Lougazi (Ray Fisher Jr.) to the victory in Buffalo Raceway's $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Feb. 19).   With a short field of six, Lougazi ($4.80) was in perfect striking range throughout the main event and rolled onto the win late as he caught the pace-setting Rockefeller Lindy (David McNe...
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Tamar uses Lightning Lane to take Meadows feature

on 02/20/2020 8:17 AM
Tamar belatedly found the wide-open Lightning Lane, barreled through and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   When Jim Pantaleano and Tamar found themselves blocked behind dueling leaders out of the final turn, they initially abandoned the cones to look for a seam. But when the Lightning Lane beckoned, the duo gladly accepted...
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Merriman still sore after Northfield spill

on 02/19/2020 3:37 PM
Aaron Merriman remains under the care of doctors following a five-horse race accident a Northfield Park Saturday night.   Merriman said he is sore, and doctors advised him to take a few days off. He suffered a concussion in the accident.   “I have an appointment with the doctor Thursday morning and hope to be back in the bike this weekend," said Merrima...
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Freehold Preferred Pace draws field of eight

on 02/19/2020 3:21 PM
Freehold Raceway drew a field of eight for its weekly renewal of the Preferred Handicap pace this Saturday (Feb. 23).    An Australian invader, Major Pocket A, was assigned the outside post position for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Dan Dube. He qualified for the first time stateside on Feb. 8, finishing second by a neck to the excellent pacing mare Imprincessg...
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Rockin Ron makes 2020 debut Saturday at Meadowlands

on 02/19/2020 3:20 PM
When it comes to earning a paycheck, Rockin Ron has never needed to worry about the venue. The 8-year-old pacer has a history of collecting money no matter the size of the racetrack, banking $1.65 million lifetime on his travels throughout the U.S. and Canada.   The Ron Burke-trained gelding makes his 2020 debut Saturday at The Meadowlands in a $30,000 preferred handicap. It will be h...
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Western Fame, Ideal Jimmy win qualifiers at Pocono

on 02/19/2020 12:43 PM
Even as a certain well-regarded mare qualified at Dover in what was likely preparation for early season work, two horses who were very prominent in last year’s Levy Series action turned in top qualifiers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning.   Western Fame, the 2019 Levy Series winner who would go on to take a Franklin elim and finish third in the Franklin Champi...
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Shartin N wins qualifier in 2020 debut

on 02/19/2020 12:34 PM
Shartin N, arguably the favorite to be announced as the 2019 Pacer of the Year and Horse of the Year at Sunday night’s (Feb. 23) Dan Patch Awards banquet at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., won a qualifier at Dover Downs on Wednesday morning in her 2020 debut.   With Tim Tetrick driving, Shartin N sat third as top-class 6-year-old pacer Highalator set fractions of :28.2, :5...
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Walk The Dan Patch Red Carpet with The Heathers

on 02/19/2020 10:29 AM
Want to walk the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday night, Feb. 23? An expected crowd of more than 300 will have the chance, but so too do those who can’t make the trip.   For the third year in row, well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and He...
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Tight Lines equals Dover's 1:51.2 track record

on 02/19/2020 9:46 AM
Tight Lines equaled the Dover Downs track record for older trotting geldings with a 1:51.2 performance in Tuesday night’s (Feb. 18) $27,500 Open Trot. JL Cruze blasted off the gate and appeared to intimidate the field as he set fractions of :26.3 and :55.2 while even-money favorite Joey Bats settled in the pocket. The field remained in single file until Tight Lines hustled first-up out ...
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Ohio horseman Tim Ungashick, 79, dies

on 02/19/2020 9:09 AM
Timothy F. Ungashick, 79, of Delaware, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the home of his daughter while surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 14, 1940, in Canton, Ohio, and graduated from Canton Central High School and served in the U.S. Army. He first worked with the family owned Sanitary Laundry Service in Massillon, Ohio. Mr. Ungashick married his lifelong partn...
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Our GG rallies for Meadows victory

on 02/18/2020 7:15 PM
Our GG unleashed a relentless first-over move that carried her to victory in Tuesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare conditioned pace.   Our GG was fifth by six lengths when Tony Hall sent her after the leader, Circle The Page.  The 5-year-old daughter of World Of Rocknroll-Our Gray Girl overtook Circle The Page in mid-stretch and held off Pa...
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Majestic Player A wins Miami Valley Open

on 02/18/2020 7:12 PM
Three races shared the spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Tuesday afternoon as the five-eighths mile oval hosted a $24,000 Open Trot, the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. Brown Memorial trotting series and the $15,000 championship of the Survivor Series for $5000 claiming mares.    Majestic Player A (Trace Tetrick), a recent import from Down Under, surged past Party At Th...
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Illinois champs win on Hawthorne opening weekend

on 02/18/2020 2:46 PM
The 92-night extended harness season at Hawthorne Race Course kicked off last weekend as numerous state-bred champions were on the track to make their first starts of the year.  The two nights of opening weekend saw chilly temperatures, but a fast track made for solid times, big performances, and some upsets along the way.   The Saturday card opened with a strong field of trotter...
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Museum features NY's Harlem River Speedway and Gilded Age

on 02/18/2020 2:27 PM
Spring into the season with the Harness Racing Museum’s latest edition of its popular Learn & Create series. On Thursday, March 19, enjoy an Italian-style luncheon with dessert and then sit back and listen to stories of New York’s Harlem River Speedway and the Gilded Age, presented by museum curator Rebecca Howard. From 1898 to 1919, the picturesque Speedway, now the site...
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Roy proud of his success with young horses

on 02/18/2020 1:16 PM
Louis-Philippe Roy recently received his second straight Canadian Driver of the Year Award, but it was his success with two other 2019 O’Brien Award winners that most pleased him.   The 30-year-old Roy was the regular driver of 2-year-old filly pacer Alicorn and 2-year-old male trotter HP Royal Theo, who each captured divisional O’Brien honors earlier this month.  ...
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Watch Dan Patch Awards dinner live!

on 02/18/2020 9:03 AM
The name of the 2019 Horse of the Year will be announced Sunday night, Feb. 23, at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association’s (USHWA) Dan Patch Awards dinner at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. But even if you aren’t among the attendees you will be able to watch the announcement live via USHWA’s Facebook page. After a one-hour cocktail party, the awards ceremony will ...
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