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Bidding open for OHHA Stallion Auction

on 01/09/2020 4:23 PM
Bidding is underway for the 2020 Ohio Stallion Service Auction to benefit the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.). Thirty-eight Ohio stallions, 23 pacers and 15 trotters, have been made available for a breeding to benefit P.A.C.E.R.   On-line bidding is available until Saturday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. To bid online visit http://ohha.cbo.io.   Phon...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/09/2020 4:02 PM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Eric Ell spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his veteran trotter JL Cruze, who is still going strong as a 9 year old. JL Cruze races Saturday night at the Meadowlands, and he’ll be joined on the card by stablemate Island Of The Sea, a newly-turned 3 year old with just three starts under his belt. Ell reveals why is was a “crazy&...
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WHHC qualifier, Can-Am Pick 4 Saturday at Big M

on 01/09/2020 11:52 AM
The next qualifier for the World Harness Handicapping Championship and the long-awaited return of the Can-Am Pick-4 give Meadowlands fans plenty to look forward to this Saturday.. The $400 WHHC qualifier offers unlimited entries to players, who can sign up at the Clubhouse Main Entrance, across from the Players Club Desk. The fee breaks down as $200 to enter and a $200 bankroll. Walk-up entries a...
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Melander humbled by being Trainer of the Year

on 01/09/2020 10:59 AM
Fast horses have put Marcus Melander’s career on a fast track. In late December, one year after being named the Rising Star Award winner by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, Melander was recognized as the sport’s Trainer of the Year by the same organization. The 27-year-old native of Sweden is the youngest person to ever receive the honor. The previous youngest was Mark Ford, ...
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Only Take Cash named Ohio's 2019 3FT of Year

on 01/09/2020 10:41 AM
Only Take Cash was money in the bank last year, hitting the board in 12 of 13 races on the way to being named the 2019 Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.   Only Take Cash, a daughter of Cash Hall-Ambro Affair by Garland Lobell, was a seven-time winner for trainer Robert McIntosh, his stable and ownership group of Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, earning $462,708.   ...
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Gerry Bookmyer elected to Ohio Hall of Fame

on 01/09/2020 5:42 AM
Gerald Bookmyer, one of the most talented drivers to ever hail from Ohio, has been elected as the 46thmember of the Ohio Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He was elected by a vote of the members of the Ohio Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. Known as “Bookie,” Bookmyer enjoyed success with for many years.  He was such a dominant force in the sulky that ...
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Mass Fortune K narrowly wins Meadows feature

on 01/08/2020 6:11 PM
Mass Fortune K wore down the determined Maewegonow and edged her by a neck to capture Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. Mass Fortune K was third down the backside when Mike Wilder sent him after Maewegonow, the 2019 Trotter of the Year at The Meadows. Mass Fortune K surged at the wire to score in 1:56 for trainer Norm Parker and breeder/owner Bob Key. Matterl...
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Lane Of Stone named Ohio's 3CT of Year

on 01/08/2020 2:27 PM
Eight straight wins during the summer put Lane Of Stone on the path to being named the Ohio 3-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.   Lane Of Stone, a son of Wishing Stone-Wisteria Lane by Lindy Lane, started the streak at the beginning of July and included his win at the Ohio Sires Stakes finals at Northfield Park in September.   Owned by Harry Horowitz and trained by M...
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HHI to honor Somone, Morgan & Mock

on 01/08/2020 1:06 PM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) will hold their annual meetings from Feb. 24-27 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Fla., beginning with an opening reception and meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evening, Feb. 24.   HHI meetings begin Tuesday morning, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. and continue through Thursday, Feb. 27, followed by HHI Elections and the HHI Awa...
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Meadowlands announces stakes condition changes

on 01/08/2020 9:49 AM
The Meadowlands is releasing pertinent information on its 2020 stakes which will offer total purses in the neighborhood of $14 million.  The marquee Grand Circuit stakes for older horses will have an important change in the racing conditions. The number of top money winning horses in 2019-2020 accepted for those events will decrease from 12 to 11 and the distance will be kept t...
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McClure reflects on memorable year

on 01/08/2020 9:42 AM
Sometime down the road when driver Bob McClure wants to reminisce about 2019, he knows what it will involve. “A lot of replays,” McClure said. Get your popcorn ready. McClure enjoyed numerous highlights in 2019, topped by his win with Forbidden Trade in the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes final last August at The Meadowlands.   For the year, McClure won 229 races a...
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Always B Miki, Bee A Magician, Sweet Lou to Hall

on 01/07/2020 6:45 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame nominating committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame announces the results of recent balloting to determine the 2020 inductees into the Harness Racing Living Horse Hall of Fame. Museum members voted for the three horses they felt best exemplified greatness. Their choices are racehorses Always B Miki and Sweet Lou, and racemare&nbs...
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Sweet Mr Pinetucky 1 of 4 MVR wins for Tetrick

on 01/07/2020 6:25 PM
Driver Trace Tetrick completed a Grand Slam on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by guiding Sweet Mr Pinetucky to victory in the $30,000 Open Trot.  Assuming the early lead in the dash standings with the four wins, Tetrick was aided by a pedestrian first half mile without pressure after assuming command easier than expected in a :28 opening quarter.  The winning 6-year-old...
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Aaron Merriman wins 12,000th career race

on 01/07/2020 6:22 PM
 Aaron Merriman isn’t really on a Milestone-A-Day Tour — it just seems that way.   On Dec. 30 at Northfield Park, he became the first driver in harness racing history to record three consecutive 1,000-win seasons. That same day, he wrapped up his fifth straight North American driving title.   On Tuesday at The Meadows, he notched career win 12,000 when he p...
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Crown champ Caviart Ally to race in '20

on 01/07/2020 3:35 PM
Caviart Ally, the 2019 Breeders Crown mare pace champion and O’Brien Award finalist, will return to racing this year and is being pointed to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, according to her owners Buck and Judy Chaffee of Caviart Farms.    The lucrative Matchmaker series is expected to begin in mid-March at Yonkers Raceway. “A lot of Caviart Ally’s fans have been ...
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Woodbine Ent. makes changes to leadership team

on 01/07/2020 1:19 PM
Woodbine Entertainment announced Tuesday changes to its senior leadership team as part of a strategic re-alignment that positions the organization to best fulfill its mission in leading the growth and sustainability of the horse racing industry in Ontario. “Our industry and business have changed significantly over the last few years and this re-alignment of our senior leadership team i...
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Queen Of The Pride named Ohio's 3FP of 2019

on 01/07/2020 11:38 AM
The well-traveled Queen Of The Pride has been named the 2019 Ohio 3-year-old pacing filly of the year.   Queen Of The Pride, the daughter of McArdle-Lioness Hanover by Western Ideal raced in five states, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Canada in 2019. She was the winner of eight of 19 starts. Owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, Qu...
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Courtney Polan named Caretaker of Year

on 01/07/2020 10:52 AM
Courtney Polan, who works in the Norm Parker Stable based at The Meadows, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Polan, 27, has worked for Parker since October 2014, joining the stable after a two-year stint working for Tim Pinske. “This is amazing,&...
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Yonkers back in action; Marohn wins 4

on 01/07/2020 7:41 AM
Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 season Monday night (Jan. 6), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet.   Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers’ dozen-race opener.   He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a t...
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Five in a row for Perlucky at The Meadows

on 01/06/2020 6:51 PM
A new racing season began Monday at The Meadows, but it looked like the same old Perlucky, as he rolled to his fifth straight victory in the $18,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot.   Dave Palone sent Perlucky to the point from post 6, and the 5-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding had nary an anxious moment, defeating the pocket-sitting Cherry Peep by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:55.1. Rising MV...
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