Big fields mean big action at Big M

on 12/26/2019 11:04 AM
The Meadowlands delivered full fields to its faithful last week (Dec. 19-21), and the following bet with both hands. The previous week of racing (Dec. 12-14) saw handle that totaled $5,388,738 over the three-card race week. Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, handle was $6,121,558, an increase of 13.6 percent. “With some of the other tracks in our region not racing, we have been able...
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T Red among trio of 14YOs making last start at Northfield

on 12/26/2019 11:01 AM
Each year must come to an end, and when it does harness racing must say goodbye to a few classy veterans that have competed till mandatory retirement.  Every horse’s birthday is Jan. 1 and per the rules of the United State Trotting Association, a harness horse faces mandatory retirement the day they turn 15 years old.   Thursday at Northfield Park three horses will com...
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“Big reveal” set for Dec. 28 at The Meadows

on 12/26/2019 10:58 AM
 The Big Reveal is set for Saturday’s “Day of Champions” when The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) announce and crown the track’s Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year and Horse of the Year. The winners in 12 other divisions already have been disclosed. All awardees were selected by a vote of MSOA membership.    Awards w...
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Table games to boost Ind. breed development funds

on 12/25/2019 5:27 PM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission recently approved the plan from the Standardbred Breed Advisory Committee and Standardbred Advisory Board at their December meeting. Noted in their presentation as the biggest challenge was how to address the increase in funding the program will see from the addition of table games to Harrah’s Hoosier Park beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The organizations agreed t...
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Au Revoir Pace set for Friday at Monticello

on 12/24/2019 12:27 PM
Monticello Raceway will present the Au Revoir Invitational Pace on Friday, Dec. 27.  Race secretary Eric Warner was able to secure six older pacers from all over the state of New York for this event, which will be racing for a purse of $5,000. The six hardened campaigners, all geldings, collectively have combined earnings of over $2,364,887 and 292 trips to the winner’s circle. &...
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14YO Elias Joy takes Monticello old-timer race

on 12/23/2019 7:32 PM
A 14-year-old horse is comparable in age to that of a 45 ½ year old human, and behind the gate the 14-year-old Elias Joy looked racy and eager to go, certainly not the demeanor you would expect from a rugged old campaigner on the cusp of beginning retirement.   Sent off as the prohibitive favorite of 1/5 and starting from the rail for driver 21-year-old Hunter Oaks, the ol...
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Miller wins 5 straight at Dayton; track sets handle record

on 12/23/2019 7:30 PM
On a day when leading driver Brett Miller won five straight races, Hollywood Dayton Raceway also smashed its all-time daily handle record by a wide margin on the Monday (Dec. 23) matinee.   Miller's hot streak started in Race 2 and extended through Race 6 as he relentlessly guided "chalky" horses to victories one race after another for five different trainers.   ...
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Angus Hall retired from stud duty

on 12/23/2019 4:08 PM
Winbak Farm of Ontario and the Angus Hall syndicate have announced that Angus Hall, 2, 1:54.4z; 3, 1:54.3 ($830,654), has been retired from stallion duty. “Angus Hall has left an incredible impact on trotting pedigrees for generations to come,” said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. “We are very thankful that we got to stand him for as long as we did.” Angu...
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Dine Win Tour promotion at Meadowlands

on 12/23/2019 4:06 PM
Each live race night one lucky table in Pink Restaurant is selected in the “Dine.Win.Tour.” promotion. The lucky winners receive a $10 betting voucher, a winner’s circle presentation with commemorative 8x10 color photo, a Meadowlands swag bag and an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the back paddock given by Marketing Coordinator, Jessica Otten.    The guest r...
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New wagers at Mohawk beginning Jan. 4

on 12/23/2019 4:05 PM
Woodbine Entertainment today announced a pair of new multi-leg wagers and the return of the Can-Am Pick-4 for the 2020 live racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Starting Jan. 4, 2020, Woodbine Mohawk Park will introduce Rolling Doubles and a Late Pick 5 for every card of live racing. The Rolling Doubles start with the traditional Daily Double on Race 1 and continue with a new Double...
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Holiday edition of Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/23/2019 10:57 AM
We’ve got an early Christmas week issue of the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview where you can read about Captain Cash, who was recently sold and now aiming for a victory in the Valedictory final on the traditional Boxing Day card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   About a dozen top drivers and trainers are heading to the Prix d’Amerique in France in late January—bu...
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Tattersalls January sale catalog now online

on 12/23/2019 10:03 AM
Those looking for talented, money-making racehorses and high-quality breeding stock for the new year can now download the catalog and past performances for the Tattersalls Winter Mixed Sale, to be held Monday, Jan. 20, at the Meadowlands.   Both the catalog and racelines booklet are available on the sales company’s website,, and on the Equineline Sales Cat...
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Standardbred mare euthanized for EHM

on 12/23/2019 8:48 AM
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has quarantined a property in Monmouth County after a horse developed the highly infectious equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM). The 18-year-old Standardbred mare was euthanized Dec. 18.    EHM is the often-deadly neurologic form of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) infection. Other horses in the premises are under quarantine. ...
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Swandre The Giant to stay racing

on 12/23/2019 8:17 AM
The 3-year-old trotter Swandre The Giant 3, 1:51.3, has been sold for $250,000 on OnGait. The final bid was made Saturday, Dec. 21. Albert Crawford of Crawford Farms was the winning bidder in the online auction. The sellers were Diamond Creek Farm, J And T Silva Stable and Howard Taylor. The horse had been slated to stand at stud under the management of Diamond Creek Farm. Nick Surick&n...
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Merriman wins 9 of 16 races at Northfield

on 12/22/2019 8:28 AM
Leading driver Aaron Merriman posted another stellar night at Northfield Park on Saturday (December 21),winning nine times on the 16-race program.   Aaron’s triumphs were with Mayabelle ($3.20) in race one, Gotta Be Me ($13.00) in race two, KJ’s Foxy Lady ($4.00) in race three, Kick It In Kate ($7.60) in race four, Sea Rose ($6.20) in race seven, Bourbon And Barley ($4.40)...
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San Domino A scores at Meadowlands

on 12/22/2019 8:26 AM
Driver Pat Berry let the race come to him, and his patience and decision-making led to San Domino A winning the Saturday night feature at the Meadowlands, the Preferred for pacers.   Berry, who won his 4,000th career race at the Big M last week, had San Domino A racing in sixth to the quarter as the speedy Wheels On Fire was cutting out tepid fractions of :28.1 and :56.4. But Whe...
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Adams wins seat into Harness Handicapping Championship

on 12/21/2019 11:49 PM
Russ Adams of Hanover, PA, took first place in Saturday’s  free WHHC Qualifier at the Meadowlands.  Adams won a $1,300 seat into the World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by on April 18, 2020.   Adams, the photo finish/timer at Rosecroft, credited his late grandfather for helping him get the win.   “I remember going to the tra...
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Fan Of Terror grabs 18th victory of season

on 12/21/2019 10:57 PM
Talk about incredible seasonal statistics!  Fan Of Terror captured his 18th victory of the 2019 season on Saturday (Dec. 21), winning Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $17,500 Open Pace in 1:50.2.   As if 18 wins isn't impressive enough, the seven-year-old gelding's annual earnings swelled to $219,705 racing exclusively in top level claimers to start the year and top conditi...
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Budd gets 2,000th win; Traceur Hanover hits $1 mil

on 12/21/2019 10:46 PM
Nirvana Seelster displayed the determination that’s helped him earn over $1 million in his career to give trainer Bill Budd a milestone victory Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Budd entered Saturday’s card just a win shy of 2,000 for his career and his longtime stable star Nirvana Seelster fittingly came through with a game victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Driven b...
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Sunfire Blue Chip wins Freehold invite

on 12/21/2019 7:21 PM
Freehold Raceway hosted a pair of top-class paces on Saturday (December 21): a $15,000 Invitational, and a $12,000 Preferred.   The Invitational was won by Sunfire Blue Chip, for Gary Candell and Austin Siegelman. Off a third-place finish in the Preferred last week, he was sent off as the 3/1 third choice. Siegelman rocketed him to the lead from post seven, set up shop before the quar...
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