Hal N Sammy, Danikova take claiming titles

on 01/24/2020 11:01 PM
When you are good, you are good!  When you are hot, you are hot!!  A pair of five-year-old pacers, Hal N Sammy and Danikova, fit both clichés to a T on Friday night (Jan. 24), winning their respective lucrative championships in the first pair of finals in the popular Claim To Fame series’ currently underway at Miami Valley Raceway.  Both swept their series undefeat...
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Mister Spot A wins Meadows feature

on 01/24/2020 7:42 PM
Mister Spot A pounced on the weary leaders to spring a 14-1 upset in Friday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace.   Do Work Son, Independent One and Statham N dueled for the early lead, resulting in a demanding 26.4 opening panel in the slop. Mister Spot A sat last at the half, taking it all in, when Tony Hall sent him after the leaders. The 6-year-old Village Jolt...
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NJ Breeders' Maturity announced

on 01/24/2020 7:38 PM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has announced that it will institute four new events for 4-year-old trotters and pacers beginning in the spring of 2020. The new races, called the New Jersey Breeders’ Maturity, will be open to all horses that were nominated as yearlings to either the New Jersey Sire Stakes Premier Division or the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fu...
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NJ trainers--help with data to fulfill appropriation

on 01/24/2020 3:53 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) is in the process of collecting data to complete the state required status report on the horse industry. The state has requested an end of the year report be submitted to determine whether or not the state appropriation funding has helped the horse industry as a whole. The state will review the report and determine the ...
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Mohawk Million nomination deadline is Feb. 18

on 01/24/2020 3:52 PM
Woodbine Entertainment would to issue a reminder to all interested parties of its upcoming stakes nomination deadline on Feb. 18, with a focus on the Mohawk Million and its major two-year-old trotting events. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots available for purchase at a cost of $110,000. The tenth and final spot will be awarded to the winner of the William Wellw...
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Dot Dot Dot Dash takes top trot at Freehold

on 01/24/2020 3:49 PM
A change of tactics and a great trip proved the keys for Dot Dot Dot Dash, as the veteran mare won Freehold Raceway's Preferred Handicap trot on Friday (Jan. 24).   Usually a deep closer, drive Chase Vandervort elected to try something different, and send her to the lead. She eventually tucked in the pocket behind pace-setting Lily's Swan Pond, who got through a quarter i...
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NY stallion list for 2020 now online

on 01/24/2020 3:48 PM
The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund has published its list of eligible stallions for the 2020 breeding season. The list includes 39 registered Standardbred stallions, of which seven are new this year. The full Stallion Directory, featuring pedigrees, career statistics and earnings of the eligible stallions, will be available online in the coming da...
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Morrisville sale set for September 20

on 01/24/2020 3:45 PM
SUNY Morrisville will hold its annual Yearling Sale Sunday, Sept. 20. This year marks the 29th year for the annual sale. The Sunday venue follows the NY Excelsior Finals held Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tioga Downs.   The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years. The SUNY Morrisvi...
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Hanover Shoe Farms purchases Youaremycandygirl

on 01/24/2020 12:24 PM
Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. has announced that it has purchased 2017 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year and world champion Youaremycandygirl  P, 3, 1:48.2M  ($1,566,292).   Winner of the Breeders Crown, She’s A Great Lady and Three Diamonds at age two and the Empire Breeders Classic and Matron at three, Youaremycandygirl is from harness racing’s mos...
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Tioga racing info, dates, now online

on 01/24/2020 9:46 AM
The 15th season of live harness racing at Tioga Downs begins on Kentucky Derby Day, May 2, as has become the custom at the Jewel of the Southern Tier. The racing season will cover 58 dates, racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week until the NY Excelsior finals will bring the curtain down on Sept. 19.   Along the way the racing will continue to provide a solid option in the nort...
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New Preview, with Prix d'Amerique field, now available

on 01/23/2020 4:26 PM
When the leaders are away, the rest can make hay. That’s the case at the Meadowlands this weekend with drivers Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras not in action. That gives third-place Corey Callahan a chance to move up in the standings, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, he spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his chances with Pappy Go Go in the Preferred Trot, one of his 25 d...
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Arnold, Binkley inseparable, again

on 01/23/2020 2:02 PM
Growing up together in southeastern Illinois, Jazmin Arnold and Alesha Binkley were inseparable during their summers off from school. “If you saw me, you saw her; if you saw her, you saw me,” Arnold said, laughing. “We were together so much that we would take turns staying at each other’s house,” Binkley said. “Our parents were good friends and we ran ar...
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Major doping threat uncovered by NY lab

on 01/23/2020 1:21 PM
The New York Equine Drug Testing Program’s director Dr. George Maylin has confirmed the presence of a major doping threat to both human and equine sport in two Standardbred horses racing at Yonkers Raceway. The New York horse racing lab is believed to be the first laboratory, in either horse racing or the worldwide WADA network of human testing labs, to screen for and confirm the presence o...
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Gingras, Dunn won 18 last weekend at Big M

on 01/23/2020 11:15 AM
The Meadowlands is known as a track with a driver colony that’s got big-time talent from top to bottom, but last weekend, two standouts stood far above the rest of the crowd. Over the course of the two-day race week at the Big M on Jan. 17-18, Dexter Dunn and Yannick Gingras were both at the top of their respective games, to say the least. Of the 28 races contested, the prolific pair...
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Don't mention "r" word around this warhorse

on 01/23/2020 9:29 AM
Heavenly Knox has known more adversity than most Standardbreds.   Confusion surrounding his registration kept him from racing until 4. Last summer, he was so sore that his connections retired him...not for the first time.   But the old warhorse loves competing so much that he refused to stay retired. Now, at 9, he’s back at it, adding to his $124,750 bankroll and defy...
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You're Majestic holds on to win Meadows feature

on 01/22/2020 7:48 PM
Challenged inside and outside in deep stretch, You're Majestic dug deep and captured Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot.   You're Majestic threw down a quick 1:25.1 three-quarters, which made her appear vulnerable to the menacing first-over move of Tamar and the Lightning Lane charge of Bessie. But the 8-year-old daughter of Ma...
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Sweet Mr Pinetucky returns to MVR winner’s circle

on 01/21/2020 7:16 PM
Sweet Mr Pinetucky (Trace Tetrick) returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in three weeks Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $25,000 Open Handicap Trot in 1:53.3 over Walter White (Jeremy Smith) and Trumpets (Ed Greeno Jr.).  The quick clocking, on a frigid 27 degree afternoon, equaled the winner’s lifetime best and raised the 6-year-old&rsqu...
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Bendis, Pollack sweep Meadows Tuesday features

on 01/21/2020 7:14 PM
Icanflylikeanangel set sail after the leader, Perlucky, at the three-quarters, collared him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel was third when Mike Wilder tipped him off the cones. The 6-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding advanced determinedly on Perlucky, downing him by a half-length in 1:53.3...
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USHWA announces Media Award winners

on 01/21/2020 1:16 PM
Derick Giwner and Melissa Keith were named winners of the 2019 John Hervey Awards for excellence in harness racing journalism while Chris Gooden and Mark Hall were named recipients of the George Smallsreed Awards for photography and Woodbine Entertainment Group was selected winner of the Sam McKee Award for broadcasting, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Tuesday.   The wi...
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McClure at Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner

on 01/21/2020 1:02 PM
Fresh off a career-best season, driver Bob McClure will appear at the 18th annual Milton Sports Celebrity Dinner and Auction on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at RattleSnake Point Golf Club. A finalist for Driver of the Year at the upcoming O’Brien Awards, McClure will join sports celebrities Eric Lindros, Alvin Williams, Jack Armstrong, Tessa Bonhomme and Tyler McGregor as the stars for the...
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