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Endeavor captures Meadowlands Saturday feature

on 01/05/2020 12:49 AM
 It was about two months ago when the Jeff Cullipher-trained Endeavor pulled off an 11-1 upset in the Nov. 10, $100,000 Potomac Invitational Pace at Maryland’s Rosecroft Raceway, defeating some tough customers such as Dealt A Winner, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover and Courtly Choice. After that, he failed to hit the wire first in his next four outings, but Saturday night ...
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Solid win for Granite at Miami Valley

on 01/04/2020 11:02 PM
Granite, the ultra-consistent 7-year-old son of Real Desire, paced the fastest mile of the meet thus far winning the $30,000 Open Handicap Pace on Saturday at Miami Valley Raceway in 1:52.4.  The Ken Rucker-trainee won seven races and finished in the money on 24 of 35 occasions in 2019, banking $150,365 for The Panhellenic Stable.  Lifetime, Granite now has 28 victories from 126 starts...
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Pappy Go Go wins Big M feature on $3 million night

on 01/04/2020 4:38 AM
Wagering at the Meadowlands has been on the increase in recent weeks, with last Saturday’s $2.913 million the biggest number during the recently-concluded 2019 Fall Meeting. On Friday night at the Big M, on the second day of the 2020 Winter Meeting, betting surpassed the magic $3-million mark, with all-source wagering that totaled $3,069,967. Play was consistent throughout the...
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Miami Valley kicks off 2020 with 40-1 upset in feature

on 01/03/2020 11:00 PM
Miami Valley Raceway rang in the New Year on Friday with a stellar Opening Night card, a large and enthusiastic live crowd of racing fans and a best-ever Opening Night handle.  The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather as the 14 races were contested over a sloppy race track and through intermittent night-long rain showers.    Highlight of the initial 2020 pro...
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Greenshoe tops Gimpanzee 123-22 for Dan Patch

on 01/03/2020 7:27 PM
The 3-year-old trotting colt Greenshoe, who was the highest money-winning trotter in North America during 2019, had the largest margin of victory among six trotters elected to Dan Patch Award divisional honors in year-end voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association, the sport’s top media organization, and the American Harness Racing Secretaries.   The trott...
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Dan Patch pacing award winners announced

on 01/03/2020 7:23 PM
None of the six pacing divisional winners for the 2019 Dan Patch Awards were able to garner all the votes in their division, but three came close – pacing mare Shartin N and 3-year-old filly Warrawee Ubeaut were selected on all but two ballots and 3-year-old colt Bettor’s Wish saw only three votes go against him.   The remaining pacing divisional winners were 2-year-old co...
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Kikimora Ohio's 2YO Filly Trotter of Year

on 01/03/2020 1:14 PM
Named after a female house spirit in Slavic mythology, Kikimora is the Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.   Kikimora, the daughter of Triumphant Caviar–Nessa Rose by Chip Chip Hooray, won three of her nine starts and finished second in three other races for owner-trainer Chris Beaver and co-owner Sandra Burnett.  Kikimora earned $210,196 in 2019. Kikimora won ...
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NYSS finals set for International Trot card at Yonkers

on 01/03/2020 12:53 PM
The racing schedule and updated conditions for the 2020 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) racing season were approved Monday (Dec. 30) at a meeting of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees. The NYSS racing season will open on Tuesday, May 5, at Yonkers Raceway with 3-Year-Old Filly Trotters and provide eight legs for all eight divisions of 2 and 3 year ol...
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HHYF/USHWA seeking silent auction items

on 01/03/2020 11:42 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) and U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are seeking items for its Silent Auction that will be held at the Dan Patch Awards banquet--Night of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. Donations of unique one-of-a-kind items, vacation packages, vintage memorabilia, themed gift baskets and/or gift certificates for ind...
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Woodbine posts highest Standardbred handle in history for '19

on 01/03/2020 10:42 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced that the 2019 Standardbred season produced a record all-sources handle of $364,639,490, the highest in Woodbine Standardbred history. “This was our first full year of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park and it proved to be very successful,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “We look forward to building off of our succes...
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NY Breeders awards for 2020 approved

on 01/03/2020 9:22 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees has approved $1 million in Breeders Awards for the upcoming 2020 season. In addition, New York Sire Stakes Breeders Awards earned for the 2019 racing season, which also total $1 million, will be mailed to the recipients in the month of January. The Breeders Awards program provides rewards for each level o...
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Buter triples at Meadowlands

on 01/03/2020 7:33 AM
After 2019 saw him crack the Top 10 in the standings at the top venue in the sport, driver Tyler Buter no doubt had a resolution to win even more races at the Meadowlands during 2020. He’s off to a good start.   Buter, who had a career-best $5.6 million in earnings a year ago, scored three times on the Thursday program to get his Winter Meeting at the mile oval off to a goo...
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Seventh season at Miami Valley opens Friday

on 01/02/2020 9:24 PM
The seventh season of live harness racing at Miami Valley Raceway kicks off with five straight days of 14-race programs on Friday night, Jan. 3, at 6:05 p.m.  Opening weekend is chock full of nine and ten horse fields with a trio of enhanced $30,000 purse Open events highlighting the cards.  With an estimated total purse account nearing $15 million for the 87-day meet, Miami Valle...
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Montrell, Wiggle It Jiggleit win at Dover

on 01/02/2020 9:20 PM
A winning combination was reunited on Thursday (Jan. 2), as Wiggle It Jiggleit ($7.60) and driver Montrell Teague — back in action after being sidelined with a broken wrist — rode the pocket to a 1:51 victory in the featured $30,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at Dover Downs. The 8-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding pushed forward from post two, but yielded early control to 38-1 ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/02/2020 4:17 PM
Jims Perfect Ten found some class relief last time out in his second-ever start at the Meadowlands and on Saturday the 5-year-old pacer—back up in class—will look to make it two straight. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Travis Alexander spoke to Gordon Waterstone about Jims Perfect Ten, who has been in his barn only a few short weeks since shipping from Ind...
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Dan Patch horse winners announced Jan. 3

on 01/02/2020 4:02 PM
The announcement of the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) Dan Patch divisional racehorse winners will take place Friday night, Jan. 3.   At 6:45 p.m. on Friday, a video of the announcement of the winners can be seen at the USHWA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/USHarnessWriters, as it is shown live during the pre-race show at the Meadowlands, wh...
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150 entries in box for Monday Yonkers card

on 01/02/2020 2:04 PM
Yonkers Raceway begins its 237-card 2020 season Monday night (Jan. 6). A very full entry box greeted race secretary Bob Miecuna for the opening double draw, as in 150 entrants for Monday and 130 for Tuesday night (Jan. 7).   Both nights feature a dozen races, with 22 of the 24 races offering standing-room-only eight-horse fields.    A reminder that Friday’s (Jan....
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Action Uncle Ohio's 2YOCT of the Year

on 01/02/2020 11:47 AM
It was an action-packed year for the 2019 Ohio 2-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year as Action Uncle made the most of his three wins in 2019.   Action Uncle, the son of Uncle Peter – Action-Broadway by Broadway Hall hit the board in all six of his starts in 2019 for trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. and owners the Kenneth A. Sommer Trust.  Action Uncle earned $225,575.   ...
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Dunn, Harris win Big M Fall Meet titles

on 01/02/2020 11:11 AM
Dexter Dunn and Andrew Harris were the leading driver and trainer, respectively, at the recently concluded Fall Meeting at the Meadowlands. Dunn, who was recently named the United States Harness Writers Association’s Driver of the Year, topped all pilots with 47 wins from just 199 starts, good for a gawdy win percentage of 24. During the 28-night stand, Dunn – who took a handfu...
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Giwner named USHWAn of the Year

on 01/02/2020 10:27 AM
Derick Giwner, a director of the New York City Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), who will in 2020 celebrate his 25th year with the highly-regarded racing publication starting life as Sports Eye and now part of the mammoth Daily Racing Form empire, has been selected as the Member of the Year in USHWA (also known as USHWAn of the Year) by a blue-ribbon committee hea...
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