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Beatgoesonhanover, Pantholops win Duennas

on 08/05/2011 2:00 AM
Beatgoesonhanover, an Andover Hall sophomore daughter of world record-holder Beat The Wheel was an easy winner in the first of two $30,000 Duenna divisions at the Meadowlands on n Friday night. Dave Miller was in the bike for owner Nevan Botica and trainer Nifty Norman. The Andover filly  had things all her way as she brushed to the lead past the half and drew off to a 1:54.4 win.In the secon...
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Jamieson wins 2nd World Championship

on 08/05/2011 2:00 AM
Jody Jamieson won two of the four races in the final round of the World Driving Championship, and thus put an exclamation point on the 25th edition of the tournament at Yonkers Raceway on Friday evening.   For Jamieson, it was the Canadian star’s second world title, having won his first in 2001 in Finland.   “That’s why we’re here -- for the love of harness racing,” Jamieso...
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Stakes records in PASS 2YO filly trot

on 08/05/2011 2:00 AM
On The Bright Side, a daughter of Cantab Hall-Passionate Glide,  set a 1:56 track record and Maven, by Glidemaster,  matched that record mark just a few races later on a scorching Friday night of racing action at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The records came during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at Pocono, as four divisions, each carrying a purse of $56,134, were held for 2-year-ol...
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Guaranteed pools at tracks this weekend

on 08/05/2011 2:00 AM
It is a big weekend for the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering program, with multiple guarantees at Meadowlands Racetrack on Hambletonian Day and new opportunities at Batavia Downs and Lexington’s Red Mile.Free program pages, courtesy of TrackMaster, are available on the USTA’s handicapping page.   On Saturday (August 6) at the Meadowlands, a $150,000 Pick-4 will be offere...
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Pekoe Fashion in dramatic PASS win

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Seemingly racing for a minor check when his first-over bid failed, Pekoe Fashion found himself the improbable winner of a Pennsylvania Sires Stake division Wednesday at The Meadows when all three of the horses in front of him got in late trouble. The $224,634 event for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, known as the Florida Pro, was conducted over three divisions, with Go Tapaigh and Storm...
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Trotting fillies in Stallion Series at Pocono

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Can’t Be Seduced and Keystone Tempo shared honors as the fastest winners among seven divisions of Stallion Series action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the seven races for 2-year-old trotting fillies carried a purse of $20,000.Can’t Be Seduced, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, and Keystone Tempo, driven by Tony Schadel for trainer Linda Schadel, each won a S...
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Trotting freshmen shine at Balmoral

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Illinois conceived and foaled trotters took center stage on Wednesday night as a pair of stakes events for diagonally gaited two-year-olds shared top billing on the Wednesday night program. Colts and geldings were featured in the first event of the night as a field of nine met in the $53,500 Plesac Stake. As is usually the case with these lightly raced young trotters it’s survival of the fi...
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Lakomy hoping third time a Hambo charm

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Although Manofmanymissions has won seven of 11 starts and $567,400 in purse earnings, Kevin Lakomy, one of the colt trotter’s owners, has yet to see him race in person. That will all change on Saturday afternoon as the 42-year-old Lakomy and seven other members of his family, including his 92-year-old grandfather, his mother-in-law (who is driving north from Florida), and his father, Dennis, al...
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Tetrick 4, Art Major 4 in NYSS 2FP action

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Five divisions of 2-year-old New York Sire Stakes pacing fillies, worth over $24,000 each, and the first-ever appearance by "The Bionic Man," Tim Tetrick, highlighted a soggy night at Batavia Downs Casino.   Tetrick, currently North America's leading reinsman, notched six wins in the afternoon at Harrah's Chester and then flew into Batavia where he won five times, including four New York Si...
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Next Flight In soars to Indy Downs mark

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Getting his first taste of Indiana Sires Stakes competition, Next Flight In equaled the Indiana Downs track record for two-year-old pacing colts Wednesday, August 3, winning his $40,000 division with a 1:52.1 performance. He was one of four Panspacificflight freshmen to win opening round ISS legs, with a total of seven splits carded.   Entering the event a perfect four-for-four this season,...
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Sickness, scrapes, post 10 for Pastor Stephen

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Although Pastor Stephen drew post 10 for Saturday’s $1.5 million Hambletonian final at the Meadowlands, trainer Jimmy Takter is breathing a sigh of relief that the trotter is able to even line up behind the starting gate. After recovering from sickness last month, Pastor Stephen suffered some scrapes in a trailer incident last Saturday night following the colt’s third-place finish in his Hambo...
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Hambo scoop in FREE Weekend Preview!

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
The biggest day in harness racing is set for Saturday at the Meadowlands, featuring the 86th edition of the Hambletonian. If you don’t receive the FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, make sure to click on the box on this homepage to sign up and read all the news about the Hambletonian and Oaks contenders.   In this special 21-page edition of Weekend Preview, trainers and drivers give thei...
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World Trotting Conference underway in NJ

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
Delegates and observers from 16 countries and the European Trotting Union answered the roll call when the 22nd World Trotting Conference convened in Jersey City, NJ, Thursday morning. The session was the first of five scheduled as part of the Conference.   John Campbell, introduced by U.S. Trotting Association president Phil Langley, gave the keynote speech, and from Campbell’s viewpoint ...
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Durand taking his Hambo shot with Whiskey Tax

on 08/04/2011 2:00 AM
After having two strikes against him heading into this Saturday’s $1.5 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands, trainer Tom Durand is hoping the tables will turn as he sends out Whiskey Tax in the richest race of the conditioner’s career. Durand, a resident of Puslinch, Ont., has faced a rocky road with the son of Revenue S-Bourbon Belle, but the veteran conditioner is confident his charge wil...
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226G NYSS Scarsdale Trot at Yonkers

on 08/03/2011 2:00 AM
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $226,510 Scarsdale Trot for 3-year-old fillies.Five, $435,302 divisions--two on the card, three off--went postward. The first wagering event saw Stell R Time (Jordan Stratton, $8) get up on the money from second-over to whip pace-setting Julianna Marvel (Ted Wing) by a nose in 2:01.3. One Way or Another (Brian...
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Amanda Pontone to sing Anthem at Hambo

on 08/03/2011 2:00 AM
Amanda Pontone, the 18-year-old daughter of TLP Stables' Tom Pontone, has been lined up to sing the National Anthem at the opening ceremonies of Saturday afternoon's Hambletonian day card at the Meadowlands. Amanda recently sang the Star Spangled Banner at her high school graduation ceremony, and the response then led to her receiving the invitation from the Meadowlands and the Hambletonian Societ...
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Saratoga handle up 17.2 percent this year

on 08/03/2011 2:00 AM
Saratoga Casino and Raceway is reporting a robust 17.2 percent increase in handle from all sources on its live racing product for the first half of its 2011 season over a like period in 2010. Simulcast Director Don Hoover reported that off-track handle on Saratoga’s live racing has surged 24 percent over 2010 totals, despite the closure of New York City OTB (which accounted for approximately 10...
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Former US special agent taking a shot

on 08/03/2011 2:00 AM
 As a rule, Frank DeLiberti is a pretty even-keeled guy. But Magnum Kosmos turned his owner into Cosmo Kramer, or Kosmos Kramer, as the case may be. As Saturday’s Hambletonian eliminations took place, DeLiberti looked like he was reenacting an episode of “Seinfeld,” when a frenzied Kramer beat himself silly with a racing form in an OTB parlor as his horse came home a winner.   M...
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Owner says he's not nervous about Hambo

on 08/03/2011 2:00 AM
Richard Gutnick knows he should be nervous. But for some reason, he isn’t. Maybe it is the fact that his horse, Chapter Seven, has overcome enough health issues in his career that trying to win the biggest harness racing event of the year will almost pale in comparison.   It won’t, of course. Winning Saturday’s $1.5 million Hambletonian would be huge for all involved – own...
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TwinSpires.com offers $10K Hambo Players' Pool

on 08/03/2011 2:00 AM
TwinSpires.com is offering for the first time ever a Players’ Pool for its members on Saturday afternoon’s Hambletonian day card at the Meadowlands. TwinSpires’ resident harness handicapper Frank Cotolo will handicap the card and make wagers utilizing the funds in the pool, with the participants sharing in the winnings proportionate to their contribution. Cotolo has invested $250 of his own...
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