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Young Bongiorno adds another Mighty M win

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
High School student Joe Bongiorno is working on his “Masters Degree.” Not one from any university but one that will further his career. Since he was old enough to know what he wanted to do in life the 18-year-old senior at Colts Neck (N.J.) High School is working toward that goal: to be a professional harness driver. And by all accounts he’s doing very well.   At Monticello ...
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Vernon set to close meet on Saturday night

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Vernon Downs is set to kick off its final weekend of live racing action this weekend beginning on Friday night with a 12- race card at 6:55 pm. The 90-day race meet then concludes on Saturday night with 10 races beginning at 6:55 pm, followed by a fireworks display immediately following live racing.   "We have had a very good race meet this year at Vernon Downs and would like to thank all o...
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Can Crime Of Passion overcome post 11?

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
After pulling off an upset at 11-1 in last week’s $121,100 American National Stake at Balmoral Park, it would only seem fitting if Erv Miller Stable, Leland Mathias and Omer Miller’s Illinois-bred sensation Crime Of Passion could pull off a repeat performance in Friday’s $127,800 Abe Lincoln Stake at Maywood Park.   The striking roan gelding has been one of the more dominant 2-year-ol...
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Swinging Beauty looks for 2 in a row in Chicago

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the $135,000 American National Stake at Balmoral Park last Saturday night, William Switala and James Martin’s Swinging Beauty will look to make it two in a row on the Chicago circuit when she leads a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies postward for Friday’s $70,000 Cinderella Stake.   Despite drawing a starting spot in the second tier...
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Feelin Friskie yearling tops sale at $29,000

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Buyers from 25 states, several Canadian provinces, and Europe rolled into Delaware, Ohio, for the 64th annual fall sale.  The 1,226 horse catalog featured a wide variety of green prospects, young racehorses, seasoned campaigners, broodmares, weanlings, and yearlings.  However, it was the bidding wars for Ohio-bred yearlings that had the crowd buzzing.   Ohio pacing sire Feelin Fri...
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Meadowlands lease could be done by Dec. 5

on 11/17/2011 12:00 AM
Jeff Gural says he hopes to execute his lease of the Meadowlands Racetrack for harness racing by Monday, Dec. 5, but if not, Dennis Robinson, president of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) told a New Jersey reporter the track could be operated jointly, as it was in the final weeks of the 2011 meet.   Gural said, “No one has to worry about harness r...
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No action taken to prohibit slots at Rosecroft

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
The county where Rosecroft Raceway is located has decided to not issue an order to prohibit video gaming or slot machines in the county.   Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III released the following statement following the 5-4 decision of the Prince George’s County Council to not pass CB-49, which would have sought to prohibit video gaming/slots in Prince George’...
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Urgent! Contact Florida Gov. to save racing

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
Tom Hicks, executive director of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA), says the horse racing industry should be on high alert because of various legislative initiatives and workarounds being discussed in the Sunshine State.   The most urgent are initiatives to allow pari-mutuel barrel racing in the state, which would allow operators of those meets to apply f...
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1995 Jug winner Nick's Fantasy at SRF

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
Jean Rastetter has a small stable at The Meadows in western Pennsylvania; mostly racehorses, a yearling and until recently a Little Brown Jug winner. Since 1997, when 1995 Little Brown Jug winner Nick’s Fantasy raced at Los Alamitos in California, Rastetter cared for him at home in West Alexander, Pa., until he arrived at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation this month, in need of a permanent ...
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Windy City tops Friday card at Maywood

on 11/16/2011 12:00 AM
Fans of the sport will not want to miss any of the action at Maywood Park on Friday as the half-mile oval will play host to some of the sport’s top human and equine athletes for the 29th Annual Windy City Pace Night. The main event of the night the $175,000 Windy City Pace Stake for 3-year-old pacing colts that features this year’s Breeders Crown and American National champion Betterthanched...
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Vote now for 2011 Race of the Year!

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
It’s time to vote for the 2011 Race of the Year! As selected by the staff at harnessracing.com, here are the five finalists, in alphabetical order: Allerage Farms Older Horse Pace, won by We Will See; Breeders Crown Older Horse Trot, won by San Pail; William Haughton Memorial, won by Alexie Mattosie; Kentucky Futurity, won by Manofmanymissions; and Meadowlands Pace, won by Roll With Joe.  ...
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Blue Creek Angie wins 17th of year

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
It’s true that the margins of victory are less now than in the early seasonal wins, yet Blue Creek Angie keeps getting the job done. At Monticello Raceway on  Monday afternoon, the 8-year-old On The Attack mare notched her 17th victory of the season when owner- trainer Bruce Aldrich Jr. reined her to a neck triumph in 1:57.3.   Dixie Allstar (M...
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Zornow to be honored with Hamilton Medal

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
Theodore “Ted” H. Zornow was there at the conception of the New York Sire Stakes and he has been helping to shape the program ever since. For his outstanding contributions to harness horse racing and improvements of the breeding of Standardbred horses in the State of New York, Harness Horse Breeders of New York State will award Zornow the fifth annual Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal.   At...
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Forest City Pace attracts stellar field of nine

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
This year’s Forest City Pace, the anchor of the current fall meet at Western Fair Raceway, will feature Tim Tetrick’s debut at the London, Ont. half-miler and nine of the most elite pacing mares in North America including the recent Breeders Crown champion, the defending champion and Canada’s Horse of the Year and five mares who have earned in excess of $1 million.   With nine ...
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Roll With Joe to stand stud, being syndicated

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
Roll With Joe, 2011’s leading money-winning performer on either gait, has been retired to stud at Blue Chip Farms in Wallkill, NY.   A winner of more than $1.8 million during his career, Roll With Joe scored numerous victories in 2011 including the Meadowlands Pace, in which he took his record of 1:48.2.  His other major wins include the Messenger,  Battle Of Bran...
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Marcus Miller talks about Maywood Friday

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
With three driving titles in hand, Marcus Miller needed only one word to define his year. “Fun,” Miller said, laughing. “It’s just fun. That’s the only way to describe it.”   The 22-year-old Miller, who is the son of trainer Erv Miller and nephew of driver Andy Miller, entered Tuesday with 458 wins and $2.72 million in purses this season. Both are career highs for Miller, who is...
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Tunearriffic scores again at The Meadows

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
Tuneariffic was terrific at The Meadows once more, knifing through the slop to track down the strong leader and capture Tuesday’s $22,500 Preferred Handicap Pace for his second straight victory.   When Code Word drew off to a clear lead down the backside, it appeared that Tuneariffic might have too much first-over work to do. But the 7-year-old Tune Town-Dulcinea Esprit gelding persevered...
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Higher And Higher's 1:49.2 equals world record

on 11/15/2011 12:00 AM
Higher And Higher equaled the world record over a five-eighth mile oval, steaming to a 1:49.2 victory in the $23,000 Mares Open/Handicap pace at Dover Downs on Tuesday.   For the second straight week, Daryl Bier drove Higher And Higher to a convincing triumph in the track’s top female event of the week. This time the winning margin was three lengths and the time equaled the world record f...
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Buffalo has new race secretary, announcer

on 11/14/2011 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway, located on The Fairgrounds in Hamburg, NY, has announced the appointment of Virginia Rosenfeld as race secretary and Gabe Prewitt as announcer for the upcoming 2012 race meet that begins in January.   Rosenfeld has been employed as assistant race secretary, program director, and charter at Batavia Downs since 2002.  “Ginny brings with her a world of experience i...
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Hudons back at work after accident

on 11/14/2011 12:00 AM
Pat Hudon will be taking sometime away from the race bike to nurse a pair of injuries he sustained in an accident, but that won’t keep him away from the barn in the morning or racetrack in the evening. Pat, his father Joe and his brother Phil were involved in an on-track incident on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Woodbine.   When Joe’s filly, Feels Good, fell, it then caused a chain reaction t...
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