Dead heat in SBOANJ 3YO trot final at Meadowlands

on 12/07/2019 10:02 PM
The $65,000 SBOANJ New Jersey Sired Trot Final for 3-year-olds at the Meadowlands on Friday night (Dec 6.) ended in exciting fashion. The favorite Evident Beauty and second favorite Princess Deo could not be split at the wire, stopping the clock as co-winners in 1:52.2. The two fillies sat back allowing the colt Lucius Vorenus to make the front uncontested to a first-quarter time of 28.1. Jus...
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Monticello Raceway Au Revoir race set for December 27

on 12/07/2019 4:48 PM
The odds are long these days that Standardbreds are still racing at the age of 14, and this trait is a credit and testament to the durability and hardiness of the Standardbred. On January 1, 14 year olds will be forced into mandatory retirement, as Standardbreds cannot race in pari-mutuel events over the age of 14.   Former Monticello Raceway Publicity guru John Manzi started this event...
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Southwind Chrome scores in Big M feature

on 12/07/2019 8:05 AM
After going off stride just after the half a week ago as the 4-5 favorite on the way to a ninth-place finish, Southwind Chrome rebounded in a big way Friday night, taking the featured $30,000 Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands.   Sent off this time as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering, Southwind Chrome raced with cover past the quarter behind 9-5 public choice Muscle M Up and...
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A pair of opens highlight Batavia Friday card 

on 12/06/2019 10:08 PM
With no more Wednesday racing this year at Batavia Downs, the top distaff pace joined the weekly featured trot on Friday night (Dec. 6) with one race providing an upset and the other satisfying the chalk bettors. In the $12,500 Open I Handicap trot, Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) settled in fourth off the gate and watched as Chuckabuck (Drew Monti) made a break and Alert Hanover (Jim McNei...
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Dibaba N wins Friday night distaff at Yonkers

on 12/06/2019 10:05 PM
Favored Dibaba N (Eric Goodell, $4.30) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (Dec. 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's brisk $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   It was a two-speed, two-wagering-choices number, with Dibaba N—from assigned post position No. 5—working around pole-sitter Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. There wasn't mu...
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Former Lexington vet Dr. Paul Thorpe dies

on 12/06/2019 2:47 PM
Dr. Paul Eppler Thorpe, a well known veterinarian  in Lexington, KY, has died.   Born in Northampton, Massachusetts to Olive and Paul Thorpe, he grew up in Amherst with sister Bette, and brothers Jim and John.He served in Vietnam as a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the H-S6 Squadron in the US Navy. He studied veterinary medicine at the University of California-Da...
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Heaven's Gait on comeback trail

on 12/06/2019 10:03 AM
He’s back.” That’s the first thing that went through trainer Nick DeVita’s mind after watching Heaven’s Gait score a comeback win in the $14,000 winners over at Saratoga Nov. 9.   Although the race set up for a closer as a pair of leaders hooked up in a speed duel through panels of :26.3 and 54.2, Heaven’s Gait proved impressive. The 5-year-old...
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After 59 losses, Preppy Art's won 6 straight

on 12/06/2019 8:33 AM
The remarkable Preppy Art did it again. At this time, it would be hard to find a better inexpensive claimer than this veteran, who won his sixth consecutive race at the $7,500 claiming level for pacers at the Meadowlands Thursday night as the Big M hosted its first of four Thursday night cards during December. Racing out of the Nick Surick barn – his fourth different stable in four s...
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Max holds on to win Philadelphia feature

on 12/05/2019 7:57 PM
The crowd settled on the right favorite in a well-matched, hard-to-handicap $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon as the Yankee Glide gelding Max held off a late charge by the mare Kenziesky Hanover by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.3.   Yannick Gingras hustled the winner away quickly and forced Kenziesky Hanover to tuck behind him, t...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/05/2019 4:13 PM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone's First Over column looks at finding a way to have drivers comment about a race—win or lose. Especially lose, when the public wants to know what just happened and why that horse got beat. Read what John Campbell had to say about his post-race interviews, and what he admits today. And what Yannick Gingras and...
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Thursdays now added to Big M schedule

on 12/05/2019 11:35 AM
Live racing at the Meadowlands will increase during the month of December, and based on how successful he was during November, that likely suits Dexter Dunn just fine. Thursday racing makes its debut on Dec. 5 as the Big M will up their number of live racing nights from two to three during December, with live action being offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:15 p.m. ...
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Four more for Tim Tetrick on Wednesday at Philly

on 12/04/2019 9:02 PM
erhaps the end of the 2019 season a week from this Sunday will be the only thing that can derail the Tim Tetrick Express at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the recent electee into the Hall of Fame added four more winners on Wednesday afternoon at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, including victories in both co-features and a win in one of the two co-featured contests.   Both the trotter ...
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Perlucky crushes by 8-1/4 in Meadows feature

on 12/04/2019 7:56 PM
Perlucky drifted out down the backside but quickly recovered and crushed the field by 8-1/4 lengths in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot.   Making his Meadows debut, Perlucky quarter-poled to the front but appeared to have trouble with the sloppy surface past the half. Once Dave Palone straightened him, the 4-year-old Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl gelding po...
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Stag Party, The Bank join Winbak roster

on 12/04/2019 3:25 PM
Winbak Farm of Ontario is pleased to announce that Stag Party will be standing his first year at the farm in 2020. The farm has also announced the addition of the trotting stallion The Bank to its roster.   “Stag Party is a familiar name in Ontario that has the pedigree and record to make him a strong contender in the Ontario breeding program,” said Pat Woods, WInbak Farm ...
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Wiggle It Jiggleit romps in Dover qualifier

on 12/04/2019 2:12 PM
Wiggle It Jiggleit qualified on Wednesday morning at Dover Downs. The 2015 Horse of the Year cut fractions of :29, :59, 1:27.2 and 1:54.4 for driver George Teague Jr. He prevailed by 7 3/4 lengths. The temperature was 38 degrees and the track was fast. (Dover Downs)
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Influential sire Pine Chip dies

on 12/04/2019 9:37 AM
Pine Chip 1:51 ($1,710,858), a world champion on the racetrack and an influential stallion, particularly as a broodmare sire, has died at Broline Stud in Sweden. The son of Arndon-Pine Speed (by Speedy Somolli) was 29.   “Of course, it is a sad day, but we are extremely proud and happy to have had this amazing individual at the stud, for almost two decades,” Broline’...
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Storied career of Anderlecht coming to an end

on 12/04/2019 8:59 AM
He’s raced against some of the best horses in history, including Hall of Fame legends Somebeachsomewhere and Foiled Again, and is still going strong at the age of 14. Anderlecht, a male pacer who got his first win at Woodbine in 2007, entered Wednesday with 18 victories this season, which is tied for third most in North America, only two fewer than leader Rusty’s Flying. And the g...
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A story 50 years in the making

on 12/04/2019 8:54 AM
Every racetrack has them, folks whose names don’t appear in the program, but without whom the program doesn’t come close to getting off the ground. Yonkers Raceway is no exception. The joint doesn’t conduct 230-odd cards a year with very few hitches without them. Do not refer to them as innominate. Do refer to them as invaluable. Arthur Webb Jr. is one such person. ...
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Ron Taubert wins in Dayton with Maximum Chip

on 12/03/2019 8:40 PM
Ron Taubert, an integral member of the United States Trotting Association’s Racetrack Support Team and a part-time harness driver, scored a major upset at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 3), when he guided Maximum Chip to his first ever victory in his 31st start.   Saddled with the outside post nine, Maximum Chip was sent off at 50-1 odds, and a two-dollar wi...
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Miami Valley getting ready for Jan. 3 opening

on 12/03/2019 8:37 PM
Miami Valley Raceway management and racing officials are busy preparing for the kickoff of their seventh season on Jan. 3, 2020.  Condition sheets for the first week of racing have already been posted to the U.S.T.A. website; and Late Closing Series nomination forms are available at the website:, then clicking on Racing in the scroll down menu followed by c...
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