Dawn Anderson wins amateur final with Take A Wish

on 12/18/2020 10:02 PM
It is often said that there are horses for courses. And if that's so, how about drivers for who are a perfect fit behind a certain horse. Case in point: Dawn Anderson and Take A Wish. For the second time in the past few weeks Ms Anderson and the 5-year-old Wishing Stone mare rallied to victory, this time with a come- from- behind triumph in the $15,000 NAADA Final at Yonkers Raceway ...
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Checks On The Way edges Sugar Dance at Dayton

on 12/18/2020 10:00 PM
In a thrilling race that wasn't decided until the final strides, Checks On The Way (Trace Tetrick) topped Sugar Dance (Brett Miller) in the featured $16,700 Open Mares Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Dec. 18).   The winning 5-year-old daughter of Believeinbruiser, who eclipsed the $100,000 seasonal earnings plateau, settled in third during the opening :27 quarter, then...
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20-cent Pick 5 pays $43,916 at Meadowlands Friday

on 12/18/2020 9:59 PM
One sharp player cashed in big – thanks to Todd McCarthy – just in time for Christmas at The Meadowlands Friday night by hitting the 20-cent Pick-5. He or she walked away with $43,916.06. A pair of heavy favorites who were likely singled on many tickets – Best Honey Hanover (2-5 in the first race) and Walks Of Life (3-5 in the third) – went down to defeat, setting the ...
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Yonkers cancels; Faraldo slams MGM, commission

on 12/18/2020 9:49 PM
Yonkers Raceway canceled the remainder of the Friday night (Dec. 18) program after the first pari-mutuel race due to unsafe track conditions and reportedly caused a horse to break down. According to reports on Saturday morning, the horse was not euthanized.   The cancellation followed a snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the half-mile oval late Wednesday night (Dec. 16)...
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Eric Abbatiello drives 4 winners at Freehold Friday

on 12/18/2020 5:45 PM
As the weather cools down at Freehold, Eric Abbatiello has begun to heat up. After a big day last Saturday, he kept the momentum going on Friday (Dec. 18), with a four-win afternoon.   He got the day started on the right note, taking the first race on Four Staces, for trainer Jim Brown. He completed the early double in race 2, winning on Lynnly's Mom, for trainer Tom Shay. ...
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Rockin Medicine gets a win after long drought

on 12/18/2020 5:43 PM
With the temperature registering just two degrees above freezing, the Banker Volo sophomore trotting gelding Itsonlymoneyhoney provided the heat by winning the trotting section of a pair of $11,200 features in a lifetime best of 1:55.4 on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The recent import from Iowa via Hoosier and Yonkers had to go first-over, but he proved more than equal to ...
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Happy Holidays! stallion directory in mail

on 12/18/2020 2:20 PM
Happy holidays to all of you from the staff at Horseman Publishing Co.! With next Thursday and Friday being Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, there will not be a HarnessRacing Weekend Preview published, but it will return on Thursday, Dec. 31, as we close out 2020 and ring in 2021.   The annual Breeders Book stallion directory was mailed on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Please keep in mind that th...
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Miami Valley to open with daily purses around $150k

on 12/18/2020 12:27 PM
Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio is anxiously awaiting opening day of its eighth season on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2021.  It has been almost 9-1/2 months since the five-eighths mile oval has hosted harness races due to the premature 2020 shutdown due to the Covid pandemic, but the track is ready to resume where it left off.   Miami Valley features one of the highest ...
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Colonial Downs regular Ronald McLenaghan dies

on 12/18/2020 11:23 AM
Longtime Standardbred horseman Ronald Bennett McLenaghan, 66, of Providence Forge, Va., formerly of Napan, New Brunswick, passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. A true Canadian man, he would lend a helping hand wherever and whenever needed. Anyone who knew him knew he was full of life. His love for animals led him to Standardbred race horses including owning, breeding, training and driving...
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3YOs wrap up DSBF season at Dover Downs

on 12/17/2020 10:31 PM
Dover Downs played host to a quartet of $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund finals for 3 year olds on Thursday night. Sophomore trotting colts and geldings led off, with Air Time equaling his lifetime record of 1:56.4 and defeating Touch Of White and Chauffeur by 4 1/4 lengths. Art Stafford Jr. drove the son of Dusty Winner and I Concur for owner-breeder Jane Dunava...
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Pass The Vape smokes Dayton Open Trot

on 12/17/2020 6:31 PM
 Pass The Vape (Trevor Smith) pulled a mild upset in Hollywood Dayton's $18,400 Open Trot on Thursday, dashing through the snowflakes for a 1:55 triumph over favored Lady's Dude (Josh Sutton), who finished a length behind.     Sutton rushed even-money favorite Lady's Dude to the lead quickly with strong second choice Pass The Vape finding the pocket.  The two ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/17/2020 4:10 PM
There was big news this past week when it was announced three-time Breeders Crown champ Gimpanzee, arguably one of the favorites to be voted 2020 Horse of the Year, will stand stud in Kentucky next year. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker talked to Diamond Creek Farm owner Adam Bowden about the decision, which was prompted greatly by a new Stallion Bonus program goin...
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Patience pays off for Lorentzon duo

on 12/17/2020 2:33 PM
Time was on Anette Lorentzon’s side when it came to trotters Some Chapter and Graceful Winner. Both horses were unraced last year at two, but have blossomed into solid performers this season as the result of the trainer’s patience.   Some Chapter and Graceful Winner are entered in Friday’s sixth race at the Meadowlands, a $20,000 conditioned event for trotters. Some ...
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$335,940 jackpot carryover at Mohawk

on 12/17/2020 12:48 PM
It’s the time for giving and Woodbine Mohawk Park is treating horseplayers to a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout this Saturday night (December 19).   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover sits at $335,940.32 heading into the mandatory payout.   An overflow field of 11 overnight pacers will clash in the Jackpot Hi-5 race, which is set as Race 11 (post time approximately 11:10 p.m.) Th...
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Anthony Perretti establishes farm in NJ

on 12/17/2020 12:10 PM
Anthony Perretti has purchased a 64-acre site just off Exit 11 at Interstate 195 that used to be part of the White Birch Farms acreage.   Said Perretti, “Michael Parisi raised many world champions in these fields and Bob (Marks) and I hope to do the same. We have 64 acres, a spacious barn, plus three large fields with run-in sheds and several smaller paddocks to accommodate turn...
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14YO Terror Of Thetrack wins 40th race in 499th start

on 12/17/2020 8:33 AM
Fourteen-year-old Terror Of Thetrack posted his 40th career win in his 499th start in the sixth race on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park.  He went to post as the longest shot on the board at 44-1. The classy veteran, who faces mandatory retirement on Jan. 1, 2021, was the victor of the fifth leg of the evening’s Pick 5 where one lucky bettor cashed for a whopping $...
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Harrah’s Philadelphia cancels Thursday card

on 12/16/2020 10:45 PM
Management at Harrah’s Philadelphia has announced that the program of racing scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Dec. 17) has been canceled as a result of continued inclement winter weather in the Philadelphia region. Live racing is scheduled to return to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday (Dec. 18), with a carryover of $11,291.69 in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. First post is 12:...
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Arrangements announced for Joe DeFrank

on 12/16/2020 4:14 PM
Harness racing Hall of Famer Joseph “Joe” A. DeFrank Jr. (DeFrancesco) of Lake Pleasant, N.Y., died peacefully at home on Saturday, Dec. 12. He was 87. Growing up in Holley, N.Y., Mr. DeFrank was a proud member of the US Army and a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 529 Holley. He fell in love with harness racing at nearby Batavia Downs. That is where he met his mentor ...
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HHYF scholarship applications available

on 12/16/2020 2:29 PM
Applications are now available for the two scholarships offered by the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Completed applications are not due until April 30, but early submission is encouraged. Log on to to access the applications and each scholarship’s eligibility requirements and general information. The HHYF scholarships are the $2,500 Cu...
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Driver Jim Marshall III retiring Saturday at Freehold

on 12/16/2020 2:12 PM
For more than four decades, “Diamond Jim” Marshall III has been a driving institution at Freehold Raceway. He’ll bring the curtain down on his driving career on Saturday after more than 33,000 drives. His finale will come in the 11th race, driving Nobles Finesse, for trainer Paul Fusco. Post time is scheduled for about 3:50 p.m. Marshall began his driving career in the la...
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