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New! Weekend Preview spotlights streaking pacers!

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
In this week’s HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, a pair of streaking pacers meet up in the opening round of the Exit 16W Series at the Meadowlands, and the drivers of the pair of hot horses give their take on the much anticipated showdown. One of those drivers is Yannick Gingras, and he is off to one of the fastest starts at the Big M in recent memory. Teamed with trainer Ron Burke, the duo has co...
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Connie Lauxmont wins again at Dover

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
On Groundhog’s day, Connie Lauxmont turned back seven foes en route to a equaling his own early season's record for a 3-year-old colt trot on Thursday at Dover Downs. Roger Plante guided Connie Lauxmont, a son of Conway Hall, to a wire-to-wire score in 1:59 for owners Carol and Jim Atkinson.   Also on Thursday at Dover, Matt Kakaley had three wins to move within six of beco...
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Eastwood Blue Chip fastest in Jr. Trendsetter

on 02/02/2012 12:00 AM
The Junior Trendsetter can be a proving ground for green 3 year olds, and a couple stepped to the front of the series contenders on Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Social Network, Take A Walk and Eastwood Blue Chip all won by comfortable margins while Eastwood Blue Chip (1:53.4) was the fastest of the three division winners.   Also of note, handle for the Thursday night card wa...
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Lisa America retired from racing

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Lisa America, one of the top trotting mares in Europe the past few seasons, has been retired from racing. Jerry Riordan has trained the 7-year-old Varenne mare in Italy for Lou Guida's Guida Italia. She competed in the Prix d'Amerique on Sunday, but despite a trip in the pocket, she finished poorly.   Lisa America earned approximately $1.9 million, took a mark of 1:52.4, and won the Os...
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PA extends deadline to Feb. 15 for registering mares

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission announces that the deadline for registering mares due to foal in 2012 and qualifying for the “PA-sired and –bred” category in the PA Breeders Award program has been extended until February 15, for this one year only.   Last year the registration deadline for these mares was extended to March 30, 2011 because the conditions for the Breeders Fu...
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New Jersey Sire Stakes payments due Feb. 15

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The Feb. 15 deadline for New Jersey Sire Stakes (NJSS) first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of N.J.-sired 2-year-old and three-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2012 Premier and Green Acres racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at the Meadowlands in 2012, starting in May for 3 year olds and in July for 2 year olds.&...
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Live wagering, attendance up at Big M

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Live wagering and attendance at the Meadowlands Racetrack show significant growth in the track’s first month of racing under private management.  Additional advertising dollars were allocated to announcing the opening of the 2012 harness meet. More than $70,000 was spent on cable television commercials; outdoor billboards in high-profile locations (including the Lincoln Tunnel, Ne...
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Back to the Track III scheduled for July 13-15

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association has announced that the 2012 edition of “Back to the Track” will take place on the weekend of July 13 through 15.   Back to the Track is a cooperative effort among the USTA, its member racetracks and horsemen from coast to coast. In its first two years, the promotion has energized the racing industry and welcomed substantial crowds who are thus given the opp...
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$1.6-million winner Abbey Road C retired

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Trainer-driver Keith Jones has officially announced the retirement of 13-year-old trotter Abbey Road C, a career winner of $1,651,917.   The son of Incredible Abe-Jayport Whimsy was purchased as a yearling for $11,000 by owner, Mary Charlton and was conditioned by Jones throughout his entire career.   “He was just getting up there in age and we decided to call it a career,” said ...
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New Vocations has 90 stud seasons available

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Breedings to Deweycheatumnhowe, Conway Hall, Camluck, Dragon Again, Yankee Cruiser, and Artistic Fella are among the 90 seasons donated to New Vocations 14th Annual Stallion. The auction starts at 2:00 pm February 8 and runs through 2:00 pm Feb 14 at www.ongait.com.   The auction is conducted in an Open Ended format that allows for bidding slightly beyond the 2:00 p.m. deadline if less than...
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Graceful Touch gives birth to Lucky Chucky colt

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Graceful Touch, one of the most prolific trotting mares of modern time, gave birth to a colt by Lucky Chucky at Hunterton Farm in Paris, Ky., outside of Lexington on Tuesday night. The mare and foal are owned by Jean-Pierre Barjon of France, who bought Graceful Touch for $560,000 from last fall's Perretti Farms dispersal in Harrisburg.   "She's a wonderful mare. She foaled at 9:15 las...
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Bob McIntosh breaks pelvis in training accident

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada's website has reported that four-time O'Brien Award winning trainer Bob McIntosh was involved in a training accident at his farm Wednesday morning and broke his pelvis. “This morning my father was thrown from the jog cart when a yearling kicked and got his leg over the shaft," McIntosh's son, Rob, told SC's Trot Insider. "He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and wa...
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Jaavos Boy 1:54.3 winner in Pompano trot

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
A few days after marking the occasion of his 50th birthday late last November, driver David Ingraham renewed acquaintances with trotter Jaavos Boy in Florida. It was the start successful winter season campaign which is showing no sign of tapering off.   In the Wednesday evening (Feb. 1) edition of the $12,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, Jaa...
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Big upsets at Dover; Morgan nears 14,000 wins

on 02/01/2012 12:00 AM
Race favorite The Budster won the $23,000 Open Trot on an longshot filled Wednesday (Feb. 1) at Dover Downs. Also on the night, Tony Morgan picked up one win and is now only six away from the 14,000 milestone.   Hall of Famer Ron Pierce steered Jeff Bartels’ The Budster to his first win of the New Year, setting a new race record with a 1:54 conquest in the week’s top trot. Following tw...
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Blanket finish in Pompano mares open

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
The final Mares Open Handicap Pace feature of January at Pompano Park on Monday night ended in a blanket finish with Special Sweetheart overlooked to the tune of 5-1 and digging deep to score a narrow decision in a cavalry charge to the wire.   George Napolitano Jr. put the 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Ladys Special Girl on the point early and she was forced to deal with a stro...
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$3 mil night at Big M; $500,000 bet on track

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands saw its first $3-million night of the year on Saturday, Jan. 28, as $3,090,000 was wagered on the 12-race card, a slight increase from the $2,991,548 wagered on the last Saturday of January in 2011. A big reason for the season-high handle was on-track wagering of $510,475, an increase of 27.8 percent from the on-track handle of $399,571 in 2011. The wagering was aided by a P...
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Meadowlands Pick 5 to offer $20,000 guarantee

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
Starting Friday, Feb. 3, the Meadowlands Pick 5 will have a $20,000 guaranteed pool on all racing nights. A 50-cent base wager, the Pick 5 starts in Race 1.   On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Meadowlands Pick 5 handled a record $96,962 helped largely by a $16,400 carryover heading into the card. The average 50-cent payout has been $1,717 so far in 2012 and there have been two carryovers ...
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Cheap Motel aims for Woodbine series

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
When Cheap Motel begins in the first leg of the $20,000 HorsePlayer Interactive Series on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack, owner Paul Reid won’t be trackside, but he’ll be tuned in to the proceedings from his home in Deleon Springs, Fla.   Reid, who has conditioned the 6-year-old daughter of Grinfromeartoear on several occasions throughout her career, purchased the 12-time winner fro...
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I'm Won Wine Wiser is one Dover winner

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
I’m Won Wine Wiser may be a tongue twister to say but she is a good one for bettors to follow winning her fourth consecutive victory in the week’s top distaff event, the $16,000 mares winners-over pace on Tuesday at Dover Downs.     Driver George Dennis and his wife Tiny bred and own I’m Won Wine Wiser, a 5-year-old daughter of Modern Art-La Gloria Cubana who is on a ra...
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Full Of Sand full of pace at The Meadows

on 01/31/2012 12:00 AM
Full Of Sand, who had been a step or two behind the leaders in previous starts against The Meadows’ elite pacers, found a new gear Tuesday when he came first-over to capture the $22,500 Preferred Handicap.   Instead of his customary covered trip, Full Of Sand was the first to move down the backside for trainer/driver Ray Paver. He ground down the leader, Valentowner, and triumphed in 1:52...
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