Harness Racing Hall of Famer Bob Quigley dies at 90

on 02/17/2020 9:00 PM
Harness Racing Hall of Fame member Bob Quigley, a highly respected retired racing executive who led the team at the Meadowlands during its opening and early glory days, died Monday. He was 90. Mr. Quigley was affectionately known as "Quigs" by the staff of the racetracks he managed. Richard Orbann, who served as general manager at Garden State Park while Mr. Quigley was that...
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Friday Night Blues, Sunshine's Finest advance in Hiteman

on 02/17/2020 8:48 PM
A jammed leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final.  The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime.   The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 d...
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Crocketts Cullen N takes 10th straight Saratoga Open

on 02/17/2020 8:45 PM
The President's Day matinee card at Saratoga Casino Hotel was highlighted by the season's first Open Pace.   The $15,000 Open featured a field of five with all of its participants coming from Australia or New Zealand. A familiar face emerged victorious as Crockets Cullen N (Christian Cullen) lengthened his unprecedented win streak in the local Open, prevailing for the 10th con...
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Final Breath captures second straight Meadows Open

on 02/17/2020 8:42 PM
Final Breath wrested the early lead from Perlucky and kept him at bay late to capture his second straight victory in Monday's $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Although Final Breath was forced to a demanding :27.3 opening panel, Tony Hall was able to give him a :29.3 second-quarter breather. With that, the 10-year-old Victory Sam-First Breath gelding held off the pocket...
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Aldrich wins 5 Monday at Monticello

on 02/17/2020 3:48 PM
With Saratoga Raceway now open and drivers Jim Devaux and Greg Merton opting to race there, Bruce Aldrich took advantage of their absence and scored five winners on Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway. Aldrich won the first three races on the program, starting with the Rick Dane Jr.-trained Ladybeluckytonite. The Art Major mare scored in 1:58.3 and returned $3 in her second ...
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Mohawk Million payment due Feb. 18

on 02/17/2020 12:58 PM
As Tuesday’s (Feb. 18) stakes nomination deadline looms, Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind connections of 2-year-old trotters of the increased purse and Mohawk Million slot connected with the William Wellwood Memorial. The winner of this year’s William Wellwood Memorial (to be contested on Sept. 12) will be awarded the 10th and final slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million ...
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Saratoga kicks off 2020 meet

on 02/16/2020 10:05 PM
Sunday marked the start of the 2020 racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A 10-race program was highlighted by the $15,000 Open Trot on a day that included a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway at the track. The Open featured a field of just five participants, one of which was the track’s defending Horse of the Year Cash Me Out (Brett Crawford). The millionaire trotter was assigned post positi...
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More Game of Claims splits raced at Pocono

on 02/16/2020 10:01 PM
The second preliminary rounds of two of the levels in the Game Of Claims Series took place on Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and sharp horsemen looking for potential thronetakers in the Game Of Claims Championships two weeks hence claimed all three of the night’s series winners.   The Game Of Claims pacing horses who went for a basic price of $12,500 drew ...
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Field set for Miami Valley’s Owens Mem. Series

on 02/16/2020 7:13 PM
Three divisions of second round action in the George ‘Red’ Owens Memorial late closing series were featured on the Sunday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway.  The results of the trio of $12,000 splits determined the nine finalists for next Sunday's I $20,000 championship tilt.  The Owens Memorial is one of nine Lebanon Legends series that honor the memory of notable h...
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Pompano cancels Sunday due to power outage

on 02/16/2020 2:02 PM
Due to a power outage, racing at Pompano Park has been canceled for Sunday. Racing is expected to resume on Monday, Feb. 17. (Pompano Park)
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I’m Some Graduate 14-1 upsetter at Big M

on 02/16/2020 7:42 AM
 Maybe the trip didn’t go exactly as driver Yannick Gingras had hoped, but he made it work nonetheless in the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, scoring with I’m Some Graduate in a $31,250 high-end conditioned pace. The 7-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Graduate, dismissed by the bettors at odds of 14-1, was away in good order, sitting second ...
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Swansea, Ostro Hanover best in Yonkers features

on 02/16/2020 7:39 AM
Favored Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $3.70) and Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $7.50) both lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps.   Swansea, without a sub-par performance in forever, won the post position Nos. 6-thru-8 draw in the week’s marquee trot. He didn’t squander it, working around Now’s the Moment (Jason Bartle...
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Photo finishes in Miami Valley Opens

on 02/15/2020 10:14 PM
Thrilling finishes and quick miles were prevalent on Saturday night at Miami Valley Raceway, highlighted by a $22,500 Open I Pace, a $20,000 Open II Pace, and the final two preliminary divisions of the second annual Bill Dailey Memorial Medley.    I’m A Big Deal (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset over Windsong Leo (Chris Page) in the Open I, managing a ‘head’...
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Game of Claims Series continues at Pocono

on 02/15/2020 10:10 PM
The Game Of Claims Series continued on Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the temperature dropping through the 20s throughout the twilight card but the contested action featuring hot contests and hot horses.   Both winners were claimed out of the $25,000 second preliminary leg for horses this week valued at a base price of $27,500, as horsemen want the right horse ready...
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Services Feb. 18 for Amanda Harris, 34

on 02/15/2020 7:01 PM
Amanda Lynn Harris, the wife of trainer Andrew Harris and the mother of two girls, Grace and Kinsley, died Saturday morning, Feb. 15, at home surrounded by her family after a long and valiant battle with breast cancer. She was 34.   Born in Bangor, Maine, she has been a New Jersey resident for the past 10 years. A graduate of the University of Maine, she was a Special Educatio...
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Italian Delight tries Yonkers Open

on 02/15/2020 8:41 AM
When it comes to the success of New Zealand-bred Italian Delight N in the U.S., Darran Cassar says there are no secrets. Italian Delight N is 3-for-4 since making his American debut in mid-January and the trainer says the addition of Lasix has been a key in the horse living up to his potential. “Lasix helps him a lot and he’s just a professional horse,” Cassar said. “N...
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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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