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Up The Credit, Warrawee Needy win qualifiers

on 05/03/2012 2:00 AM
The 2011 Pepsi North America Cup winner Up The Credit and his stablemate Warrawee Needy, who will give trainer Carl Jamieson a rare chance at back-to-back victories in the $1.5 million race, both won qualifiers Thursday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. Both pacers won O'Brien Awards last year as divisional champions in Canada.   "He looked really good,” said trainer Carl Jamieson when...
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Gingras aims for first Big M dash title

on 05/03/2012 2:00 AM
Yannick Gingras is well on his way to securing his first Meadowlands driving title as the 2012 Championship Meet kicks off on Friday.   Gingras carved out the lead in the standings over the winter with 76 wins and $1.7 million in purses won through April 21. The 32-year-old Quebec native feels his confidence and horse power will help him maintain that momentum through the Champions...
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Big "Qs" for Economy Terror, Shakerattlenrock

on 05/03/2012 2:00 AM
The track at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was rated "good" after rain had spoiled its usually fast surface, but still the 3-year-olds Economy Terror and Shakerattlenrock turned in impressive efforts in qualifiers on Thursday morning. Economy Terror, the 2011 Dan Patch 2-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, won in 1:53.3 while NA Cup and Meadowlands Pace eligible Shakerattlenrock, who captured las...
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NEW! Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/03/2012 2:00 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 this edition features a look at Saturday's Graduate elimination at the Meadowlands. Chris Ryder gives his take on Foreclosure N's chances as a 4 year old against seasoned veterans such as Foiled Again and Gold...
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Skyway Poncho takes series final in 1:54.1

on 05/03/2012 2:00 AM
Skyway Poncho swept by his rivals late in the stretch to win the $20,000 Tubby Trimble Final, a late-closing event open to Indiana-sired 3-year-olds and up that are non-winners of $30,000 life, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Thursday (May 3). It was his second career victory. Driven By Tyler Smith, the duo rallied late to win their first start of 2012 after finishing second in bot...
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TrackMaster launches iPad app for programs

on 05/03/2012 2:00 AM
TrackMaster, in conjunction with their parent company, Equibase, has launched iPPs - a revolutionary new handicapping tool for the iPad that allows users to customize and "mark-up” Harness PPs, just as if they were handicapping with a traditional pen and paper. The App also works on all Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse files.   The iPPs App is free, and once installed on the iPad, u...
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Springhouse Waltz shines in HoP series final

on 05/02/2012 2:00 AM
While she may have played the bridesmaid in the first two starts of her 3-year-old debut, Springhouse Waltz found the winner's circle winner when it mattered most as she shined in the $20,000 Bill Thompson Series Final at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday (May 1). The Rod Lorenzo-trained entry finished first and second as Springhouse Waltz broke her maiden and handed her stand-out st...
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Mark MacDonald plans to stay in US to drive

on 05/02/2012 2:00 AM
Mark MacDonald has been through it all in his driving career, the good, the bad and the ugly. But he's also endured, undaunted by the past and optimistic about the future. The reinsman has experienced numerous high-profile moments in the sulky. He produced a career year in 2006 when he notched what was then a single-season Canadian record of 739 wins. He also captured the $1.5 million Pep...
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Dexter Cup final set for Saturday at Freehold

on 05/02/2012 2:00 AM
Market Share, the New Jersey-sire son of Revenue, puts his six-race unbeaten streak on the line in the $138,300 Dexter Cup on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Freehold Raceway.   The Dexter Cup, which has been contested since 1960, is one of the first stakes tests for three-year-old colt trotters. Sixteen trotting fillies will go postward on Friday, May 4, split into a pair of $38,850 divis...
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Sears cashes in five winners at Yonkers

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Brian Sears beat a Yonkers Raceway path to the winner's circle Monday night, getting his picture taken with five of his 11 drives on the 12-race card.   Sears began at the beginning, sweeping the $10.80 early daily double with favorites He's Great ($4.80) in the $8,500, first-race pace (1:55.1) and by open lengths with Rev It Now ($2.80) in the $8,500, second-race trot (1:58.2). Se...
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Nillabomb wins 40th race at Pompano

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Although three days of rain continued and intensified through much of the final program of April on Monday at the Isle Pompano Park, the show went on thanks to the South Florida venue's horsepeople and track surface crew.   In the featured $8,500 Isle Mile 1 Mares Open Pace, Nillabomb got a prudent steer from Dan Clements just behind battling leaders Looney Dune (in rein to Dan Dale...
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Horsemen looking for best insurance coverage

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Representatives of horsemen's groups from Maine, Illinois, Ohio and Delaware, under the auspices of Harness Horsemen International, met at the Manalapan, NJ, offices of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey on Monday, April 30, to discuss ways to offer their members the best insurance coverage for the best price.   "We are attempting to map out a plan...
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Meadowlands to close meet one day earlier

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Due to a pre-season football game at Met Life Stadium, the Meadowlands has changed the closing date for the 2012 meet to Friday, Aug. 17, a day earlier than previously announced.   The stakes which were scheduled on Aug. 18 have been shifted to a day earlier. Those stakes moved to Friday, Aug. 17, are all four 2-year-old finals of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and the final of the Will...
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May 15 payments for Delaware Fair races

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Yearling nominations for foals of 2011 are due May 15 for all Delaware, OH Grand Circuit events. Little Brown Jug and Jugette nominations are $50 each and are due May 15. The races will be contested in 2014. A fee of $25 is also due for the Old Oaken Bucket and Buckette which also will be raced in 2014. Twenty-five dollar nomination fees for all four divisions of the two-year-old Standardbr...
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Three's company for Dr. Moore in Diplomat

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Trainer Dr. Ian Moore is hoping one of his 3-year-old pacing colts, State Treasurer, Spinarama or Ontheclock Hanover, can travel the same path as last year's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup champion. Last year, the Carl Jamieson trainee, Up The Credit, won The Diplomat final, then a Somebeachsomewhere Stakes division, before capturing the prestigious "Cup."   On Thursday, NA Cu...
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$50K High 5 guarantee Wednesday at Balmoral

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Balmoral Park will kick off the month of May in style for players across North America, offering two guaranteed pools on Wednesday, May 2.   The U.S. Trotting Association and Balmoral Park have announced an instant guarantee of $50,000 on the Wednesday High 5 finale. This is possible because none of the 246,540 dime combinations selected the High 5 wager on Sunday, creatin...
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53 still eligible for North America Cup

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
The connections of 53 colts made the April 15 sustaining payment to this year's $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and remain eligible to contest North America's richest race for pacers.   Headlining this year's talented group is Sweet Lou, who became the fastest 2 year old in history with his 1:49 world-record performance in last year's Breeders Crown. The son of Yankee Cruiser h...
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Meadowlands championship meet opens Friday

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands kicks off its summer season with live turf and harness racing on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. Post time for the four grass events is 3:30 p.m., while Standardbreds take the stage at 7 p.m. Live music and a t-shirt giveaway also highlight opening weekend of the 2012 Championship Meet at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Opening night festivities include f...
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Noble, MacDonald to drive at Tioga on Sundays

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Dan Noble, the 2011 leading dash-winning driver, will be joining the Sunday afternoon driving colony at Tioga Downs for the 2012 race season, starting with this coming weekend on Sunday, May 6. Noble, who posted 773 wins in 2011, currently ranks sixth in harness racing for driver wins with 179 in 2012.   "I'm looking forward to coming to Tioga on Sunday afternoons to compete agains...
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Yonkers increases purses by 10 percent

on 05/01/2012 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-board purse increase of approximately 10 percent, beginning with the racing program of Monday, May 7. The new purse structure now ranges from $9,500 (from the current $8,500) for bottom condition/claimers to $36,000 (from the current $33,000) for the weekly trio of Open Handicaps (trotters, pacers and distaff pacers).   "We know this ...
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