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Merriman just 7 wins from 1,000 for 3rd straight year

on 12/30/2019 10:09 AM
After a six-win Sunday night at Northfield Park, driver Aaron Merriman is just seven wins from reaching the 1,000-win mark for the year. In action at both The Meadows and Northfield Park on Monday—and both tracks dark on Tuesday—with 18 total drives, Merriman is within close proximity of surpassing 1,000 victories for the third straight year.   Merriman, 41, won 1,095 race...
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Strom, Melander, Dunn win USHWA honors

on 12/30/2019 9:37 AM
The partnership of Courant Inc., which encompasses principal owner Anders Ström and individual partners on several horses, teamed exceptionally well with trainer Marcus Melander during 2019, campaigning the “Three G’s” – Greenshoe, Gimpanzee, and Green Manalishi S – who dominated the 3-year-old trotting colt ranks while earning over $3 million among them this y...
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Katz-Libfeld/Faraldo dead heat for Proximity

on 12/30/2019 9:31 AM
There was a “dead heat for win” in the voting for the most prestigious award for which the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) are the sole arbiters – the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award. The joint winners are New York horseman Joe Faraldo and the Ontario owning/breeding partnership of Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz – the first time there has been a tie in the to...
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McCarthy wins 5 again, new heights for handle at Big M

on 12/29/2019 8:18 AM
For a second straight night, Andy McCarthy ruled the Meadowlands.   The 33-year-old native of Australia followed up his five-winner Friday with another five-bagger Saturday night. All told, when you add in the two victories McCarthy had Thursday, you end up with one dozen winner's circle visits over the course of the three-card race week at the Big M.   On Saturday, McCarth...
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Wild Wild Western Meadows Horse of Year

on 12/28/2019 8:10 PM
Unraced at 2 and unheralded at 3 when he burst on the scene with outstanding performances in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids, Wild Wild Western is the 2019 Horse of the Year at The Meadows. He also was named Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacer of the Year.   Maewegonow, a hard-hitting mare who took on the track’s best al...
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Hall of Famer John Pawlak dies

on 12/28/2019 8:04 PM
According to his wife Kristine Keller-Pawlak’s Facebook page, former U.S. Trotting Association Director of Publicity John Pawlak, 71, died Dec. 27, 2019, at 10:40 p.m. “He is now with the angels and free of his pain,” stated Keller-Pawlak in her Facebook post. “He fought a long and difficult battle for over six years. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.&...
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Indiana official Jon Schuster dies at 61

on 12/28/2019 8:46 AM
Jonathan Blair Schuster, 61, of Shelbyville, Ind., died Dec. 25 at his residence. Born Sept. 5, 1958, in Brazil, Ind., he was the son of William and Rosemary (Rohloff) Schuster. Mr. Schuster graduated from Warren Central High School in 1976 and Arizona University in 1995, where he earned a BA and also studied in the Race Track Industry Program. He was vice president and...
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Schedule change for Meadowlands 2YO stakes

on 12/28/2019 8:40 AM
The Meadowlands is announcing important details on the 2-year-old stakes that the track will host in 2020 with significant changes to both the Kindergarten Series and the Fall Freshman Final Four.   The big Kindergarten news is the doubling of the purse for all legs from $10,000 to $20,000. The entry fee for the legs will remain at $250. The Kindergarten will also undergo a schedu...
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Always Giggling gets last laugh at Dayton

on 12/28/2019 8:37 AM
Always Giggling (John DeLong) sat chilly near the back of the pack as Imajean Rocks (Brett Miller), seeking her fifth consecutive victory at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, set torrid fractions in the weekly Friday night feature--the $17,500 Mares Open Pace.  The strategy paid big dividends as the :27, :54.4 and 1:22.4 fractions resulted in a relatively slow :29.2 final panel in which A...
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Joey Bats steps up to plate at Big M

on 12/28/2019 8:31 AM
While being interviewed on the in-house simulcast show before the start of the card, trainer Andrew Harris spoke glowingly about his Joey Bats, who would go up against the best trotters currently racing at the Meadowlands in the Preferred Handicap for trotters Friday night.   And Joey Bats lived up to the hype.   Using explosive early speed to get the lead from post 6 in th...
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Windsong Leo wins Meadows $18K pace

on 12/27/2019 9:52 PM
When Windsong Leo and Southwind Amazon lined up for Friday's $18,000 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows, they brought gaudy statistics to the fray — 32 combined wins this year and more than $403,000 in combined seasonal earnings. Something had to give . . . and it wasn't Windsong Leo.   The 1-2 favorite pulled the pocket for Dave Palone into the final turn, blew by Southw...
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Lucky Man wins Au Revior Pace

on 12/27/2019 9:50 PM
On Friday at Monticello Raceway on a track listed as "good," a field of five pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the last time in their career in the Au Revoir $5,000 Invitational Pace. For almost a decade and a half, these five equine iron geldings have been behind the starting gate almost 1,600 times in their combined careers. When the gate left, the betting favorite F...
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Meadows mandatory Hi-5 on Monday

on 12/27/2019 1:41 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino has announced a mandatory payout of its Jackpot Hi-5 for Monday, Dec.30. The carryover heading into the mandatory payout date will be a record $105,000.96. Free past performances compliments of Trackmaster for the Hi-5 race are available at www.handicapping.ustrotting.com. "This mandatory payout of the Hi-5 wager should put an exclamation point on wh...
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Conley Newberry to receive OHHA's Holton Award

on 12/27/2019 10:16 AM
Conley Newberry of Beavercreek, Ohio will be presented the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Terry Holton Youth Award at the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association and United States Trotting Association’s District 1 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Marriott Columbus University Area Hotel, 3100 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio.   Newberry...
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Larry Coleman dies at 74

on 12/27/2019 9:47 AM
Larry Eugene Coleman, 74, of Humboldt, Iowa, passed away Monday morning, Dec. 23, at Paula J. Babar Hospice Home in Fort Dodge, following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.   After his graduation from Altamont (Ill.) Community High School in 1964, Mr. Coleman enjoyed a career as a Standardbred owner, trainer, and driver which spanned 50 years. He won dozens of races at fairs and p...
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Preppy Art continues Meadowlands roll

on 12/27/2019 6:59 AM
It’s getting tough to come up with superlatives when describing Preppy Art. The remarkable 7-year-old gelded son of Art Colony-Electric Smile had won no races in 59 starts when he went behind the gate on Nov. 1 at the Meadowlands. And that’s the night everything changed. Since then, Preppy Art has won eight of nine starts, the most recent coming in a $10,000 claiming pace at th...
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Workinitonbroadway wins Dayton Open

on 12/26/2019 10:14 PM
The final $17,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton meet was captured by Workinitonbroadway on Thursday (Dec. 26). It was the son of Broadway Hall's first win in open company at Dayton and tenth victory of his sophomore campaign, pushing him over the $100,000 earnings plateau for his three-year-old season. Driver Josh Sutton was content to get away sixth in the full nine horse fiel...
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Breaktime Hanover upsets at Meadows

on 12/26/2019 6:32 PM
Breaktime Hanover waited patiently inside, than charged through the Lightning Lane to pull off the mild 5-1 upset in Thursday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Pace.   Breaktime Hanover grabbed the early lead from post 7 but found himself shuffled to third at the three-quarters. The 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere-Best Chance Hanna gelding surged when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr....
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Grant, Moreau, Filion tops at Mohawk

on 12/26/2019 6:26 PM
Owner Brad Grant and trainer Richard Moreau once again led their respective categories, while Sylvain Filion made a return to the top of the driving ranks. Brad Grant enjoyed another tremendous season by capturing numerous stakes events, while also winning many Preferred and high-level overnights. The Milton, Ontario resident saw horses he owns win 66 races and earn over $1.6 million during 2...
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Cheddar Bay, Arya Stark take series finals

on 12/26/2019 6:21 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park concluded its 2019 racing season with the traditional Boxing Day matinee on a foggy Thursday. The $35,000 Valedictory and $35,000 Niagara for three-year-old pacers headlined the 12-race program along with presentations to the season’s leading owner, trainer and driver. Cheddar Bay prevailed by a nose over Jknr Liketell in a thrilling finish to the Valedictory Serie...
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