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Crystalline back to winning ways at Plainridge Park

on 11/15/2019 8:19 PM
3-year-old Massachusetts Sire Stake Champion Crystalline looked in top form two-weeks removed from her $100,000 final victory after cruising to an easy win in the $12,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon (Nov. 15). Driver Kevin Switzer Jr. took Crystalline to the wood fourth and waited for everyone to seat behind Hs Marcia (Drew Campbell) moving to the quarter. When the...
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When You Dance springs 11-1 upset in Meadows pace

on 11/15/2019 7:43 PM
  When You Dance relentlessly wore down the leader, Bettor Than Spring, and edged him at the wire to pull off an 11-1 upset in Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   When You Dance was fourth down the backside when Jim Pantaleano sent him first over. When You Dance and Bettor Than Spring dueled through the stretch before When You Dance surged late to score t...
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Tetrick wins six more at Philly on Friday afternoon

on 11/15/2019 5:01 PM
Drivers Dexter Dunn and George Napolitano Jr. won the feature races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon – and red-hot Tim Tetrick won about everything else. Dunn guided the Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Philly Hanover to her second straight victory while winning the $18,000 top-billed distaff pace in 1:51.4. The "hometown horse" had to go the first-over route...
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Lasky named winner of HHYF Service to Youth Award

on 11/15/2019 12:35 PM
Robert (Bob) Lasky has been selected as the recipient of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s (HHYF) 2019 Service To Youth Award. He will accept his plaque at the Dan Patch Awards on Feb. 23, 2020 in Orlando.   “Without Bob’s willingness to assist with the trucking, this past summer’s programs would likely have been very limited. Bob stepped up to get the ...
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Wolverines vs. Buckeyes Saturday at Northville

on 11/15/2019 10:25 AM
A longtime mainstay at the former Raceway Park in Toledo, Ohio, will be resurrected on Saturday night when the $25,000 Wolverine-Buckeye Invitational Pace heads a 12-race card at Northville Downs.   Four pacers with Michigan connections will square off against a quartet of their Ohio-based rivals in the featured event, carded as Race 10 on the program. First post time is 7:30 p.m. Eas...
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Entries now accepted for Winter Mixed Sale

on 11/15/2019 8:33 AM
Tattersalls Sales Co. has announced that entries are now being accepted for the company’s annual Winter Mixed Sale, to be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20 at the Meadowlands.   The sale, formerly called the January Select Mixed Sale, was renamed in keeping with the format of the company’s other Meadowlands mixed auctions held in the spring and summer. ...
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Indiana shippers spring Dayton surprises

on 11/15/2019 8:31 AM
A pair of longshots, both invading from Indiana following the completion of the Harrah’s Hoosier Park meet, flashed the most final quarter mile trot in Hollywood Dayton’s weekly $17,500 Open Trot, lighting up the toteboard with boxcar payoffs.   Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Chris Page) swept three wide around the final turn after getting away near the rear of the full field and kep...
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Thru The Wickets, Lady Driver win Harvest finals

on 11/15/2019 8:29 AM
Thru The Wickets and Lady Driver took home the gold in Thursday evening’s Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $47,500 final for trotting fillies and $50,200 final for pacing fillies wrapped up the three-week event for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies. Thru The Wickets tipped three wide from fifth shortly before three-quarters and powered down the center of the tr...
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Bettors Fire N captures another Plainridge Open

on 11/14/2019 9:22 PM
The classic line, “Thank you sir, may I have another?” from the movie Animal House seems more than fitting to describe the effort put in by top-class pacer Bettors Fire N on Thursday afternoon (Nov. 14) after taking his second straight win in identical fashion in the $15,000 Open Handicap pace at Plainridge Park.   Opus Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger) took the initial lead in the...
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Happy Heart captures Saratoga Open

on 11/14/2019 9:20 PM
Happy Heart (Woodstock) has been as solid as any pacing mare at Saratoga Casino Hotel in 2019 and on Thursday, the Melissa Beckwith trainee sprung the upset in the afternoon’s feature.   Happy Heart was dismissed at odds of 16-1 despite drawing the rail in what wound up being a five-horse Open for distaffers following a scratch. The Fillies and Mares Open featured a 1-9 bet...
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Bettor's Wish, Tall Drink Hanover win Matrons

on 11/14/2019 9:15 PM
After Dancin Lou snapped his four-race win streak in the Breeders Crown, Bettor’s Wish ($3.20) got back in the win column with a 1:49.2 score in the $248,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs.   Bettor’s Wish worked clear of American Mercury (Tyler Buter) just beyond a :27 first quarter, but faced immediate pressure...
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Gimpanzee, When Dovescry take Matron trots

on 11/14/2019 6:57 PM
Breeders Crown winner Gimpanzee and Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry added another Grand Circuit title to their respective résumés with victories in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday at Dover Downs. In the $208,300 Matron for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Gimpanzee ($2.80) and Brian Sears sprinted to the early lead before yielding control to Ch...
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Lachance sweeps Harrah's Philadelphia features

on 11/14/2019 4:22 PM
The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn’t have to move out of third until the three-quarters for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW’s NY Yank going wide early and su...
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Hannelore, Six Pack to be honored in Big M ceremonies

on 11/14/2019 4:13 PM
Harness racing’s biggest stars will battle it out on the track on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the TVG and Fall Final Four finals at the Meadowlands Racetrack.  This year will be extra special with two of the sport’s biggest names--Hannelore Hanover and Six Pack retiring following their starts in their TVG finals.   The great Hannelore Hanover’s retirement ceremon...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/14/2019 4:03 PM
The year may be coming to an end but there is still stakes action left on the calendar. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, the TVG final for older horses are coming up and trainer Ron Burke talks about his plans for his world champion mares Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover. By virtue of her victory in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot, Manchego is eligible to receive an invitation to the...
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Deadlines for Pennsylvania eligibility

on 11/14/2019 2:44 PM
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.   The State Horse Racing Commission Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing today announced that owners must register their stallions for the 2020 breeding season by February 1. Additionally, owners looking to register their ...
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Mark MacDonald hopes to drive in January

on 11/14/2019 2:41 PM
Mark MacDonald is still more than a month away from returning to the racetrack as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but the veteran driver is feeling good and looking forward to a successful 2020.   MacDonald was injured in July when he was unseated from the sulky prior to a race at Saratoga. He suffered a fractured left shoulder joint and is now rehabbing following surgery and three...
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Hambo Maturity supplements due Friday

on 11/14/2019 11:13 AM
All 3-year-old trotters not eligible to the 2019 Hambletonian or Oaks have the option to supplement to the 2020 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-olds, with a supplemental payment of $2,000 on Nov. 15.   The $400,000E Hambletonian Maturity is raced at The Meadowlands at a distance of a mile and an eighth and all starters receive money. It is typically the richest 4-year-old Trot offere...
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Countdown on to Big M's Final Four/TVG finals night

on 11/14/2019 11:09 AM
The final major date for big-time stakes racing in 2019 on the harness racing calendar is just nine days away as the sport’s top venue, the Meadowlands Racetrack, will host eight events certain to have impact on many divisional honors–as well as Horse of the Year–on Saturday, Nov. 23. The lineup on Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night is a stacked one. The four events for 2 year...
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Muscles Yankee retired to Perretti Farms

on 11/14/2019 9:09 AM
Winbak Farm of New York, in conjunction with Perretti Farms, announces the retirement of legendary trotting stallion Muscles Yankee.   Muscles Yankee, 2, 1:56.3; 3, 1:52.2 ($1,424,938), was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. He was inducted as both an outstanding racehorse and a stand-out stallion.   Muscles Yankee was born at Yankeeland Farms, Inc. (of ...
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