Multiple scratches at Big M after Saratoga EHV positive

on 01/31/2020 2:10 PM
At least 15 horses have been scratched from Friday night’s card at the Meadowlands after it was announced earlier in the day that a horse has tested positive for the EHV1 (equine herpes virus) at Saratoga Harness Track.   On Friday afternoon, the Meadowlands issued the following release: In response to a possible case of respiratory EHV1 at Saratoga Harness track, all horse...
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Dawnelle Mock has a passion about racing

on 01/31/2020 10:46 AM
Whoever is in charge of clichés has never met Dawnelle Mock.   She not only got her cake after she graduated college, she has been eating it ever since. Devouring it, is more like it.   The western Pennsylvania native has been ensconced by and in love with harness racing since birth, and in 2016 earned a degree in Marketing Management from Youngstown (Ohio) State Uni...
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Bo Mach beats field that includes WIJI

on 01/30/2020 10:25 PM
Bo Mach was a repeat winner at Dover Downs, taking Thursday’s (Jan. 30) installment of the $30,000 Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:51.1.   Bo Mach and Corey Callahan left alertly for the lead and forced Eddard Hanover to race from the pocket. Wiggle It Jiggleit left for early position, but he retreated to fifth on the first turn while Bo Mach set fractions of :27.2 and :55.1. Little ...
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Bruce Aldrich Jr. wins 4 at Monticello

on 01/30/2020 9:17 PM
Bruce Aldrich Jr. had the hot hand on Thursday, January 30, at Monticello Raceway as he won 4 races on the 11 race card.  The streak started with Dealin Dan in race 2 as the 27-1 longshot won in 1:57.2 from post position 6, pacing his LQ in 28.4 and paid $57.00 to win for trainer John Stubits. Dealin Dan is owned by longtime Monticello Raceway patron Joe & Kathy Rea and tra...
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HarnessRacing (and Super Bowl) Preview now available!

on 01/30/2020 4:12 PM
Super Bowl LIV is coming up on Sunday and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, 50 well-known names in harness racing try and predict the outcome. While racetracks usually go dark against the Super Bowl, Pompano Park will be the only U.S. track in action, and in Weekend Preview you can find out the reasoning behind the decision.   A pair of series finals will be held...
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JL Cruze keeps rolling along

on 01/30/2020 1:36 PM
Wherever he goes, JL Cruze is still the man.   “Everybody knows him, everybody loves him,” trainer Eric Ell said about the 9-year-old trotter, who was a Dan Patch Award winner in 2015. “He’s a household name around here. Everybody asks about him when he’s not racing to make sure he’s all right. They keep track of him. When people see him, they come ...
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Post time, betting changes at Meadowlands

on 01/30/2020 11:22 AM
Management at the Meadowlands is never afraid to shake things up, and starting on Friday, Feb. 7, Big M fans will see an earlier start to the races with a 6:55 p.m. post time, and once the card begins, they’ll have a new array of wagers to titillate their wagering palates. “As the popularity of multi-race wagers continues to grow,” said Big M chief operating officer and gene...
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Class Included to stand at stud in Illinois in 2020

on 01/30/2020 10:39 AM
Class Included, an unraced full brother to Muscle Hill, has been sold to Illinois breeders David Gingerich of Frontier Farms in Arthur, Ill. The 8-year-old stallion will stand at stud at Farrier Acres in Arcola, Ill., for a fee of $2,500.   “He’s a very good prospect because of his breeding and his good 2 year old in Indiana, but also because of the change in the Illinois ...
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How to watch the O'Brien Awards live

on 01/30/2020 10:32 AM
If you aren’t attending the 2019 O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala, no worries. Grab your favorite refreshments, get comfortable in your recliner and you can enjoy all the live action from the comfort of your own home as the event will be video streamed live on   The 2019 O’Brien Awards are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Hilton Mississauga/M...
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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono opens Feb. 8

on 01/30/2020 10:15 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce their 2020 racing season schedule. The track in Northeast Pennsylvania is looking forward to its 55th year of harness racing excellence.   Opening night will be earlier for the new season, Saturday, Feb. 8,  and racing in February will be Saturdays and Sundays with a special winter post time of 5 p.m. both...
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New Jersey Breeders Awards luncheon held

on 01/30/2020 9:38 AM
On Sunday, Jan. 26, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture held its 63rd annual New Jersey Breeders Awards Luncheon at Hilton Gardens Inn in Hamilton. Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) directors in attendance were Mark Mullen, Anthony Romano, Mike Klau and executive administrator Al Ochsner. Taylor Palmer also attended the function. Evident Beauty was a...
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Rockefeller Lindy surprises in Buffalo open trot

on 01/29/2020 9:34 PM
Rockefeller Lindy ($17.60) and driver David McNeight III watched the favored Wilberforce do all the dirty work but then cleaned up in the end to take Buffalo Raceway's featured $13,000 Open Trot on Wednesday night (Jan. 29) in 1:58.0 over the good track.   McNeight III started the 2020 campaign on a memorable note as he had four driving victories including the feature win and a $1...
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Golden Muscle powers to Meadows victory

on 01/29/2020 6:14 PM
Golden Muscle put the field away with a powerful uncovered move and captured Wednesday’s feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 filly and mare conditioned trot.   Golden Muscle was fourth when Brian Zendt sent her after the leader, Bessie. The 5-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass-Golden Goose headed Bessie into the final turn and then drew off, defeating Jailhouse Buckaroo by two ...
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Golden Paradise "has exceeded all our expectations"

on 01/29/2020 2:47 PM
What a difference a year makes.   Last January, pacing mare Golden Paradise was competing in the Claim to Fame Series at Miami Valley Raceway. This January, she is already a two-time winner of the fillies and mares open at the same track, where on Friday she will try to capture her third in a row.   And, in between, she won the Indiana Sires Stakes championship for pac...
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Record Pick-6 pool Tuesday at Pompano

on 01/29/2020 2:10 PM
On the heels of a record $127,452 Pick-4 pool on Monday, Pompano Park had yet another pari-mutuel pool record in the Pick-6 on Tuesday night as that pool was barraged by the Send-It-In Army to the tune of $112,279. When all was said and done, the 5-4-4-4-2-2 sequence paid $6,682.05, an astounding total with not one of the six winner being more than 9-2 in the betting. The Pick-6 ...
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67-1 upset winner, $918,830 handle at Yonkers

on 01/29/2020 8:11 AM
Birch Island Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $136) and her 67-1 self charged from next-to-last Tuesday night (Jan. 28), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $18,000 Race 10 pace in rather surprising fashion.   From post position No. 7, ‘Betty’ closed widest and fastest, nipping 11-10 favorite Betcha Baby (Brent Holland) by a neck in 1:55. Sezana N (Eric Goodell) was third, with Take Abi...
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Jim Taggart Jr. wins 5,000th career race

on 01/28/2020 6:47 PM
At Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, Jim Taggart Jr. notched a career milestone as he won his 5,000th race aboard GD Striker in the eighth race. GD Striker wired the field in a five-length victory in 2:01.2. Returning $3.20, GD Striker won over New York Attitude (Renaldo Morales III), who finished second, followed by London Hanover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.)...
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Smash, Legal Transfer win Miami Valley finals

on 01/28/2020 6:44 PM
Party At The Banks (Chris Page) and Peggy Sue (Brady Galliers), a pair of classy mares sitting at the rear of a field of the Midwest’s best geldings in Tuesday’s $24,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway, got serious as they approached the :56.4 halfway juncture.  They swept past their male counterparts in the second half-mile and finished one-two in the feature race, clocked in 1...
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McDazzle dazzles in Meadows victory

on 01/28/2020 6:42 PM
McDazzle brushed wide through the lane, overtook her stablemate, Camera Lady, in the shadow of the wire and captured Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After getting away fifth for Mike Wilder, McDazzle picked up the live cover of Magic Forces, who carried her into striking position. Although the track was listed “good,” the 6-yea...
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Mohawk Park introduces Ontario-sired Spring Series

on 01/28/2020 2:41 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park will play host to a new series for Ontario-sired 3-year-old pacers and trotters this April and May. The Ontario-sired Spring Series will debut for 3 year olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019. There will be an event for each 3-year-old division, with each event consisting of two preliminary legs and a $40,000 added money final. The series starts on Thursday, Ap...
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