Ralph Torcello dies at 89

on 01/13/2020 11:35 AM
Ralph M. Torcello, 89, of Batavia, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Jan. 8 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a brief illness.   Born on Sept. 29, 1930 and raised in Batavia, Mr. Torcello was the son of Michael C. Torcello Sr. and Mary Torcello (Feniello). He grew up on the family farm on Creek Road in Batavia and lived there until his death.  ...
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Horseman Jay Sears dies at age 78

on 01/13/2020 8:37 AM
Horseman Jay Sears, a consummate horseman and father of Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears, died Sunday night, Jan. 12, at age 78. Mr. Sears, who lived on a farm in Osteen, Fla., on the St. John's River, had been working on his farm just days earlier.   Mr. Sears was the son of horseman Gene Sears and followed in his father's footsteps. After graduating from high school in Indianap...
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Southwind Amazon poised to top $1 million Monday

on 01/13/2020 8:26 AM
The storied pacer Southwind Amazon enters MGM Northfield Park’s ninth race on Monday (January 13) with $998,216 in career earnings.   A first, second or third place finish will yield more than the $1,784 needed to add a second comma to his earnings.  Finishing in the top-three appears to be more than attainable for the 88-time winner.  Southwind Amazon has been assi...
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Claim To Fame Series prompts 18 claims

on 01/12/2020 9:02 PM
The claim box at Miami Valley Raceway was flooded on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 12) as 18 $30,000 claims were submitted prior to the racing of the three divisions of the most lucrative annual Claim To Fame Series.  After eliminating the duplicates by random draw, a total of eight horses changed hands for a total of $240,000, including a pair of first leg winners. Southern Flight (Brady Galli...
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Driver of Year Dunn wins 7 at Meadowlands

on 01/12/2020 5:10 AM
The hottest name in harness racing these days is Dexter Dunn, and the recently named United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year lived up to his considerable current hype at the Meadowlands Saturday night, winning seven times on the 14-race card, falling just one victory short of tying the mark for most wins on a Big M program. Dunn was red-hot from the start sweeping t...
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Lean Hanover by a head in Yonkers Open

on 01/12/2020 5:06 AM
It was a change of tactic for Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night, serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover—from assigned post position No. 4—made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The la...
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19-1 Polak upsets at Freehold

on 01/11/2020 10:47 PM
There was a big upset in Saturday's Preferred Handicap pace at Freehold Raceway, as 19/1 Polak upset 1/5 Matticulous.   George Brennan blasted off with Matticulous, clearing him to the lead and setting up shop before the quarter. While he did get to the lead, he had to work very hard for it: the opening quarter was 27.1 seconds. Meanwhile, Vinny Ginsburg conceded the lead with Pol...
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Sintra wins second since return from injury

on 01/11/2020 10:44 PM
Sinatra battled through rainy and windy conditions to reach up at the wire for a second consecutive Preferred score on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old gelding and driver Jody Jamieson rallied from fifth at the head of the lane to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap by a neck over Nirvana Seelster, who cut the mile, and the same margin over East End in 1:53.2. ...
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Granite takes Miami Valley Open

on 01/11/2020 10:39 PM
Granite (Jeremy Smith) added to his impressive career resume in the $24,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 11), topping Fan Of Terror (John DeLong) and My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) in 1:52.1 over a damp racing surface that stood up well despite weekend long rain showers.   Jeremy Smith and Granite were content to sit fourth along the pylons while My Hero Ron park...
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60-1 The Charging Moa N scores at YR

on 01/11/2020 7:06 AM
There was one winner for Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night (Jan. 10th) Pick 5 wager, taking home all the cheese to the tune of $20,047.   The gimmick, which began with a $4,371.03 carryover and $15,000 guaranteed pool, saw $20,903 of new investments.   The needed sequence 6/3/3/4/6 was bookended by 8-1 Reggiano (Jordan Stratton, $19.40) and 33-1 Uncle Leo (Austin Siegelm...
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Sandy Win grabs third straight victory

on 01/11/2020 7:04 AM
Sandy Win has been her fans’ best friend of late, and once again she came through for her faithful, winning a third straight start by taking the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, a high-end conditioned pace for fillies and mares.   The 8-year-old daughter of Sand Shooter-Google completed her natural hat trick – all against the same non-winners of $15,000 stock &ndas...
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Eliza Dushku N steps up, wins Mares Open

on 01/10/2020 10:29 PM
Eliza Dushku N notched her second straight victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 10), moving successfully into Open Mares company for the first time.   Driver LeWayne Miller had to be pleased when he saw the opening timer flash :26.2 while sitting fifth in the early going over a sloppy, but firm, racing strip.  As the weekly feature for distaffers neared the half mile pol...
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Harness Racing Museum needs breedings

on 01/10/2020 6:02 PM
Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this season? We have a home for it!   We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2020 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all – the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. If you have not participated in this unique and important fundraiser by donating a breeding or plac...
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Windsong Leo wins third Meadows feature

on 01/10/2020 5:59 PM
Windsong Leo endured a demanding :26.3 opening quarter in the slop and still had plenty in the tank to notch his third straight victory in Friday's $20,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   After Dave Palone gave Windsong Leo a 29.1 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding threw down a 27.3 third quarter that put the field away. He sprinted...
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McWicked’s book full and closed

on 01/10/2020 5:55 PM
Winbak Farm of Ontario has announced that McWicked’s book is now full and closed. McWicked, p, 2, 1:52f; 3, 1:47.3f; 1:46.2 -'18 ($5,103,271), is standing his first year in 2020. “I highly anticipate the arrival of his foals in 2021,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. “We believe that they will be outstanding individuals like their sire.” ...
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Clarebear takes Freehold feature

on 01/10/2020 5:53 PM
A big first-over move paid off for Clarebear at Freehold Raceway on Friday (January 10), as she won the fillies & mares Preferred pace by 1 3/4 lengths.   Sent off as the 8/5 favorite from the outside post position eight, she dropped into fifth place in the early stages. Approaching the half-mile pole, driver Vinny Ginsburg sent her to the outside, leading the first-over charge to...
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Undefeated Elver Hanover named Ohio’s 2CP of Year

on 01/10/2020 1:04 PM
A quick look at the 2-year-old resume of Elver Hanover shows why he was named the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. Elver Hanover, a son of Yankee Cruiser-Ezra Hanover by The Panderosa, won all nine of his starts for trainer Ron Burke, his stable and ownership group of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo and J&T Silva -Purnel & Libby,&...
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Winter supplement closes Sunday

on 01/10/2020 8:56 AM
Tattersalls reminds horsemen and women that entries for the supplemental catalog for the Winter Mixed Sale will close Sunday, Jan. 12.   Those wanting to add horses to the sale can call (914) 773-7777 during business hours Friday or enter online at   The sale will get underway at noon on Monday, Jan. 20 in the Meadowlands race pad...
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Big cards, plus Can-Am, at Mohawk

on 01/09/2020 9:03 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to cap off its first week of the new decade with Preferred action and the Can-Am Pick 4 highlighting Friday and Saturday’s cards. A 10-race card will take place Friday evening, while an 11-race card is on tap for Saturday night. The $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace will headline Friday’s card and a new winner is guaranteed, as last week’s ...
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Andy Miller wins 5 Thursday at Freehold

on 01/09/2020 4:36 PM
Andy Miller is perennially the leading driver at Freehold Raceway, and he asserted himself on Thursday (January 9), as he won five races on the nine-race program.   Miller teamed up with leading trainer Nick Surick for four of those victories: Cam's Tux ($17.80) in race 1, Always Picky ($4.80) in race 2, Ginger Spice ($2.10) in race 4, and Newbie ($3.60) in race 7. Miller complete...
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