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International, NYSS finals set for Sept. 12

on 12/10/2019 8:15 PM
Yonkers Raceway has announced its live 2020 schedule, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.   The 237-program docket begins Monday night, Jan. 6, and encompasses the usual five nights per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) throughout the bulk of the season. It's night-time—first post remaining at 6:50 PM—the entire way, save for a...
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Series leg to Enoch, Mississippi Rabbit

on 12/10/2019 8:14 PM
Enoch quarter-poled to the front and easily held off the late challenge of his stablemate, Latest Desire, to capture Tuesday's opening-leg division of a holiday series at The Meadows for $20,000 claiming horse and gelding pacers. Mississippi Rabbit took the other $12,000 split.   The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude wi...
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Bruce Aldrich Jr. drives 5 winners at Monticello

on 12/10/2019 8:09 PM
While the weather was cold wet and nasty Tuesday afternoon at Monticello Raceway, Bruce Aldrich Jr. was hot and as he drove five winners on the 10-race card.   Aldrich started the rally early in the first race with Tweedledtweedledum. The Bo Sower’s trainee started from post 6 and scored in 2:02, paying $8.20. Aldrich went on a tear in Race 3 and won the next thre...
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Hanover broodmare reduction sale

on 12/10/2019 12:51 PM
The annual Hanover Shoe Farms broodmare reduction is now taking place on the website www.ongait.com. This year’s reduction features 41 well-bred mares in foal to top stallions including Bar Hopping, Betting Line, Bettor’s Delight EL Titan, Huntsville,, International Moni, Stay Hungry  and Swan For All.   Hanover Shoe Farms is committed to the welfare of all ...
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New York horseman Joseph Beszczynski dies

on 12/10/2019 11:38 AM
Joseph “Joe” Beszczynski Jr. of Darien Center, N.Y., died Friday, Nov. 29, after a long illness. He was 89. Mr. Beszczynski was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Joseph and Anna (Krawczyk) Beszczynski Sr. Although he worked in construction, he eventually got involved in harness racing and ended up training and driving horses for more than 30 years. He competed at Batavia Down...
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HHYF utilizing Top Line Media talents

on 12/10/2019 10:02 AM
Effective Dec. 1, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) is using the talents of the Top Line Media Team to coordinate and manage its social media platforms and website content.   “By enlisting the services of Top Line Media, HHYF hopes to build on our efforts to reach outside of the ‘regular racing’ comfort zone to find new harness racing enthusiasts,&rdquo...
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Burke, Page win Ohio's Kaltenbach titles

on 12/10/2019 8:35 AM
The powerful one-two punch of trainer Ron Burke and driver Chris Page captured both Kaltenbach titles in 2019.    The Jerry Kaltenbach Memorial Trophies were established in 1988 and are awarded annually to the driver and trainer who have earned the most dollars competing in Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) events that season.   Burke captured his second Kaltenbach training tit...
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Last call for Winter Mixed Sale entries

on 12/09/2019 10:17 PM
Tattersalls Sales Co. reminds sellers that entries for its Winter Mixed Sale will close at the end of regular business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Those planning to enter may do so by calling (914) 773-7777 or by submitting entries online at tattersallsredmile.com.   The sale, formerly called the January Select Mixed Sale, will be conducted as usual on Martin Luther...
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Jimmy’s Little Girl comes up big at Meadows

on 12/09/2019 7:36 PM
Hammered down to 1-9, Jimmy’s Little Girl was every bit as dominant on the track as she was on the board Monday at The Meadows, cruising to victory in the opening leg of a series for $10,000 claiming fillies and mares.   The Meadows currently is hosting six Holiday Claiming Series; all begin this week, and all conclude with Dec. 30 championship legs that carry estimated pur...
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McCown scores Dayton four-bagger

on 12/09/2019 7:32 PM
Winning half of his eight drives on a sloppy afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, upstart Cam McCown scored his first four-win day at a commercial track on Monday.  His feat included a natural hat trick in the final three races on the program. McCown, the son-in-law of trainer Brian Brown, started his day off strong by capturing the first race with Premier Delainey for traine...
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Mohawk Park cancels Monday card

on 12/09/2019 1:41 PM
Monday night's card of live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures and rain.  The first leg of the Valedictory Series, originally scheduled for Monday night, has been moved to this Thursday’s (Dec. 12) program. The second leg of the series will now take place on Dec. 19 with the final to be contested...
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Hall of Fame Communicator Nick Saponara dies

on 12/08/2019 2:59 PM
Nicholas J. Saponara, a member of the Harness Racing Communicators Hall of Fame, and a past president of the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), an organization to which he belonged for 57 years, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 7, after health issues. He was 80.   A graduate of Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia in 1957, that same year Mr. Saponara joined the sport...
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Geez Joe captures Meadowlands Preferred

on 12/08/2019 7:17 AM
Geez Joe was in tough in his last two races and did not fare well, but the veteran returned to his winning ways Saturday night at one of his favorite tracks, taking the $30,000 Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands. The 5-year-old gelded son of Roll With Joe-Beach Bretta finished eighth in the Nov. 23 TVG Open Pace (won by Always A Prince) and 10th in the Oct. 26 Breeders Crown ...
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Stratton sweeps Yonkers Saturday features

on 12/08/2019 7:14 AM
Jordan Stratton took down both halves of Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps Saturday night, doing so with Will Take Charge and big-table-debuting Raukapuka Ruler N. It was odds-on Will Take Charge ($2.90) who killed ‘em softly—fractions-wise—in the week’s marque trot. Winning the post positions 5-thru-7 draw, he left, working around Winning Sh...
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Down On My Luck cruises in Batavia Open

on 12/07/2019 10:26 PM
After racing at Northfield Park the last two weeks, Down On My Luck returned to Batavia Downs and his winning ways as he captured the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace on Saturday night (Dec. 7). Cultural Paradise (Billy Davis Jr.) took the lead from the pegs with the field following him in post position order. After going to the half is a very pedestrian :59.1, Monti tapped the gas and pulled the...
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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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