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New World Harness Handicapping Championship announced

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
More than $10,000 in cash prizes and seats in the World Harness Handicapping Championship are up for grabs in Meadowlands Racetrack’s first harness handicapping tournament of the season on Saturday, Jan. 28.      Payouts are to the top 10, plus players keep their bankrolls. The top two finishers will qualify for the inaugural World Harness Handicapping Championship to ...
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Cuz She Can notches 30th career win at Yonkers

on 01/20/2012 12:00 AM
Favored Cuz She Can (Jason Bartlett) kept a longshot at bay Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured  $33,000 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace.   Leaving from the pylons as the 9-5 choice, Cuz She Can was away second. She then went up and over early leader Kayla's Dream (Cat Manzi) before a :27.4 opening quarter mile. From there, a soft 30-second next interval  (:57.4) give...
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Westwardho Hanover aims for Willowdale final

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Westwardho Hanover was heavily favored going into the first and second legs of the Willowdale Pacing Series and with the $100,000 final scheduled for Saturday evening at Woodbine, trainer Ron Burke expects to see an action-packed race.   After a pair of third-place finishes in both legs, Burke still likes his chances with the son of Dragon Again-Western Duel.   “I thought...
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Colonial Downs set for fall harness meet

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
The Virginia Racing Commission awarded 2012 fall harness racing dates to Colonial Downs at its regular monthly meeting. The 15th annual standardbred season will cover six weeks, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 14. Racing will take place every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm.   The New Kent County Fair will again be held in conjunc...
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NEW: Breeding Banter in Weekend Preview!

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
HarnessRacing Weekend Preview rolls out another new column this week. The new Breeding Banter column that appears in Friday’s FREE e-newsletter is now available either by clicking the box at the top of this home page or below. First out of the gate is Bob Marks of Perretti Farms. With Perretti selling nearly all of its in-foal broodmares things are a bit different at the farm this year, and M...
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Ground-breaking partnership announced

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Daily Racing Form, TrackMaster and the U.S. Trotting Association have announced a long-term partnership to create and market electronic versions of Harness Eye and Daily Harness Program past performances for racing's most heavily trafficked site, DRF.com and limited partner sites."Daily Racing Form is eager to expand into the digital harness market with two leading handicapping products that ...
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Zeke Parker recovering from surgery

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
In recent weeks the name of Billy Parker Jr. has been absent from Monticello Raceway’s official race program and for those wondering why, it’s because earlier this month “Zeke” underwent the knife and had his cancerous prostate completely removed.   “It was a long surgery but I’m doing pretty good now,” Parker told the Monticello Raceway publicity office o...
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Trotter struts to third straight win at Dover

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Struttin Conway, a lightly raced 4 year old, continues to make winning strides, chalking up his third straight victory in the $13,500 featured trot on Thursday at Dover Downs.    With Tony Morgan at the controls, Struttin Conway eased away third and stayed there until moving out and finding a hole behind leader Hollywood Rusty (Brad Hanners). Reaching the passing lane, Morgan drov...
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Jessesjo survives inquiry for Meadows score

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Jessesjo won his fourth consecutive race in Thursday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows, but he had to rally late and survive an inquiry to secure the victory.  Trapped inside at the top of the stretch, Jessesjo charged through the Lightning Lane for Dave Palone and edged the first-over Springboard by a nose in 1:55.1. Although Jessesjo was offstride late, the judges ruled th...
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Career marks set in all Big M series splits

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Favorites won just two of the five $12,500 divisions of the second round of the Super Bowl Series for 4-year-old trotters Thursday night at the Meadowlands. It was a much different story in the pair of $12,500 divisions of the second round of the White Ruffles Series for 4-year-old pacing mares as odds-on choices swept the events.   The Super Bowl prelims got underway in the first race on t...
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Fellows reaches 1,000 training wins

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Rob Fellows, a regular trainer on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit, scored his 1,000th career training triumph on Thursday night at Woodbine.   Markella, owned by Charalambos Christoforou, notched the career milestone for her conditioner. The 4-year-old daughter of Art Major-Oro held off Ground Shaker to win comfortably in 1:56.3 with Chris Christoforou in the sulky.  ...
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Lederman, Gingras sit in the Big M sulky

on 01/19/2012 12:00 AM
Freehold track announcer and fan favorite Larry Lederman will be the guest handicapper on Meadowlands Racetrack’s Friday night edition of In The Sulky.   Lederman has been battling brain cancer with the trademark wit and humor that have made his race calls legendary in the sport.   Yannick Gingras, the Redd’s Restaurant Driver of the Week, will take the hot seat on Saturday night...
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Bobby Williams springs King Pace upset

on 01/18/2012 12:00 AM
Bobby “Boonie” Williams pulled a stunning upset when he stalked the odds-on favorite with Mt. Vernon Hanover and then rallied his pacer down the center of the track to win the 12th edition of Monticello Raceway’s  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pace on Tuesday in 2:01.2.   For Williams, who has competed in all of the Dr. King Paces, it marked his first victory in the e...
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O'Sullivan hoping for O'Brien Award

on 01/18/2012 12:00 AM
After celebrating a career year in 2011, trainer Tony O’Sullivan has much to be thankful for. The Cambridge resident sent out winners of $3,964,619 in purses and 123 winners from 680 starters. The native of Australia has also been nominated for an O’Brien Award as Canada’s top conditioner, a first for the 35 year old.   When asked if he ever dreamed about being considered for a...
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Hennessey, Pavia nearing driving milestones

on 01/18/2012 12:00 AM
The countdown is on towards major milestones for two of the longest serving and most successful reinsman at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park.   Joe Pavia Jr. is less than 20 wins away from reaching 5,000 lifetime driving wins. Hailing from Utica, NY, and now making home at Jenkins Township, PA and Pompano seasonally for racing campaigns at Pocono Downs and in Florida, Pavia is also still...
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First win in 3 years for San Remo Kosmos

on 01/18/2012 12:00 AM
The path along the comeback trail finally lead to the winner's circle for veteran trotting gelding San Remo Kosmos on the Wednesday (Jan. 18) program at Pompano. With Bruce Ranger at the lines for his third winner on the card, San Remo Kosmos topped a $7,000 conditioned group of rivals in 1:56.3 for his first win in more than three years.   The SJ's Photo-Sissy De 9...
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Jojo N Goliath takes top Meadows pace

on 01/18/2012 12:00 AM
Jojo N Goliath ended a series of frustrating losses Wednesday when he made a decisive quarter-pole move and captured the $22,500 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Although Jojo N Goliath had a victory in his five most recent starts, those four defeats were by two necks and two noses. He ensured there would be no close call Monday when he moved early from fourth for Eric Ledford and triumphed in 1:53....
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2 straight Dover wins for Anders Bluestone

on 01/18/2012 12:00 AM
The riches-to-rags-to riches saga of Anders Bluestone continues with his second-straight victory in the $23,000 Open Handicap trot on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Dover Downs.   Anders Bluestone, a stakes winner as a juvenile, then due to injuries relegated to the claiming ranks, has been rejuvenated since being claimed for $25,000 at Harrah's Chester a year-and-a-half ago by ...
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Runaway Tray wins PPk mares feature in 1:53.1

on 01/17/2012 12:00 AM
The performance by pacing mare Best Around topped all others on the Monday evening at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, and it turned out to be the second fastest mile of the 2011-12 meet to date.   In the first race of the program, the 6-year-old daughter of Cambest-Rondeau Hanover was sent through fractions of :26.4, :55, and 1:22.4 leading up to the 1:50....
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Winbak welcomes first foal of 2012

on 01/17/2012 12:00 AM
As the new year begins, so does foaling season at Winbak Farm. Early Sunday morning (Jan. 15), Winbak Farm welcomed its first foal of the year.   The foal a colt by Royal Mattjesty out of the Bettor’s Delight mare Bet On Sis. He is the first of a multitude of foals that will be born between January and June at the main Chesapeake City, Md., farm.   This is ...
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