Icanflylikeanangel captures Meadows Open

on 12/02/2019 5:57 PM
Icanflylikeanangel relentlessly pressured the leader, Final Breath, passed him in mid-stretch and went on to capture Monday’s $20,000 Open Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Icanflylikeanangel was fifth past the half when Mike Wilder sent him first-up. Despite having to negotiate a “good” surface, the 5-year-old Archangel-Fox Valley London gelding wore down Final Breath...
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Natasha wins 15th straight on Florida Super Night

on 12/02/2019 3:16 PM
Pompano Park played host to the best of the best on Sunday with $414,000 up for grabs as the FSBOA presented the 2019 edition of Super Night, a showcase of the top 2 and 3 year olds in Florida. On the equine side of the ledger, the grand 3-year-old filly Natasha won her 15th straight in the $55,325 Breeders Stake for Wally Hennessey and Zaza Boy took top honors in the $54,090 companion pace ...
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Brower to receive Phil Pines Award

on 12/02/2019 1:46 PM
When the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds its 61st annual awards banquet on Sunday, Dec. 15, Dave Brower will receive the Phil Pines Award for his outstanding media coverage of the sport of harness racing.   No stranger to the bright lights of the Metropolitan area Standardbred sport, Brower has been a fan of harness racing since ch...
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Yonkers cancels Monday night race card

on 12/02/2019 12:51 PM
With inclement weather around the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has canceled its live program for Monday evening, Dec. 2.   It’s the fifth cancellation of 2019.   Evening simulcasting has also been scrapped (afternoon simulcasting was not scheduled).   Live racing is set to resume Tuesday evening (Dec. 3), with the usual first post of 6:50 p....
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Emoticon Hanover makes final start Monday at Mohawk

on 12/02/2019 11:12 AM
World champion Emoticon Hanover is set to make the final career start of her legendary career on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Trainer Luc Blais confirmed Monday morning that the two-time Breeders Crown champion will be retired from racing following Monday evening’s Preferred Trot.   A 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover most recently reached up...
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Nutcracker Sweet scores in Philly

on 12/02/2019 7:28 AM
After coming off a second-place finish in his Nov. 10 start and missing his Nov. 16 appointment due to sickness, Nutcracker Sweet ($13.60) bounced back on a rainy Sunday afternoon (Dec. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a $14,500 co-featured upper-level conditioned pace in 1:52.4. Andy McCarthy fired Nutcracker Sweet to the fore from the outside part of the gate, and the pair controlled e...
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Strong prices at Indiana weekend sales

on 12/01/2019 5:14 PM
Black Friday Harness Racing edition took place on Friday, Nov. 29, in the form of the Midwest Mixed Sale, followed by the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale on Saturday, Nov. 30, both held at  The Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. The third edition of each sale gave breeders and trainers an opportunity to bolster their breeding roster, reload with proven raceho...
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Zidek named new announcer at Meadows

on 12/01/2019 3:05 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is happy to announce Jeff Zidek as the new announcer replacing Roger Huston, who resigned in November. Zidek, a native of North Apollo, PA., has been calling races for 32 years as the backup announcer for Huston since 1987 as well as county fairs in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Zidek’s racing resume is lengthy, working in all aspects o...
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Evident Beauty NJSS Horse of Year

on 12/01/2019 3:03 PM
Evident Beauty has been selected as the New Jersey Sire Stakes’ Horse of the Year for 2019.   The award, which is voted annually by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees, is based solely on performances in races for New Jersey-sired horses, including NJSS-sponsored races and other major stakes for NJ-sired or bred horses.   Evident Beauty, by Trixton out of the...
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Monticello cancels Monday card

on 12/01/2019 12:51 PM
Due to the severe winter storm impacting the area and hazardous driving conditions for horsemen, patrons and employees, live racing and simulcasting is cancelled for Monday, Dec. 2.   Thursday's draw will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, box closes at 9 am.Live Racing and Simulcasting will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 3, with a 12:25 Post Time. (Monticello)
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Special match of donations for Retirement Foundation

on 12/01/2019 7:51 AM
There are 377 trotters and pacers in need of homes under the expense and care of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF). These horses have earnings of over $10,000,000. but not for them.   A generous donor, one whose life has been touched by these horses, like so many others, has just learned that racehorses don't retire to a good life without someone making that happen. Th...
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3YOF Blue Ivy sets 1:51.1 Northfield mark

on 12/01/2019 7:46 AM
Blue Ivy overcame windy conditions and a brisk 39 degrees to become the fastest three-year-old filly pacer to win in the history of Northfield Park. Blue Ivy (Captaintreacherous – Ali Blue – American Ideal) fired from post two to lead her competition through quarter times of :26.3, :54.1, 1:22 and 1:51.1, winning by 7 ¾-lengths. The previous 1:51.2 record was held by sop...
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Page rallies for 5,000th win; Miller takes 8 in Dayton

on 12/01/2019 7:41 AM
Always one with a flair for the dramatic, driver Chris Page captured his 5,000th career triumph on Saturday night (Nov. 30) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with a 1:51.4 come-from-behind score over a sloppy track in the featured $17,500 Open Pace.  Behind by three lengths at the head of the lane, Page rallied 11-1 longshot Threeofthebest A to a nose advantage in the final stride over 4-5 favorite...
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Tetrick turns in three-race win streak at Meadowlands

on 12/01/2019 7:39 AM
Tim Tetrick was the hot driver Saturday night at the Meadowlands as he drove the winners of the sixth, seventh and eighth races on the program. The last of his “natural hat trick” came in the $22,500 featured conditioned pace with San Domino A in 1:50.1.   San Domino A picked up cover from 6-5 favorite Harambe Deo as leader Americanprimetime reached the half in :55.1. Hara...
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Mac's Jackpot captures Yonkers Open after layoff

on 12/01/2019 7:37 AM
Mac’s Jackpot (Brent Holland, $20), despite four weeks off, a scratched-sick line in between and a first-over trip Saturday night (Nov. 30), annexed Yonkers Raceway’s $42,000 Open Handicap Pace.   Away fourth from assigned post position No. 2, Mac’s Jackpot found himself in behind Havefaithinme N (Jason Bartlett), Bettor’s Fire N (Ron Cushing) and Fine Diamond ...
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18YO Alex Urbanski gets first training victory

on 11/30/2019 10:02 PM
Saturday's 10th race at Freehold Raceway was an unforgettable one for Alex Urbanski as she conditioned Mister Love to victory, for her first career training win.   The 10-year-old gelding, one of two horses in the 18-year-old's stable, was sent off as the 1/1 favorite from the inside post. Driver Vinny Ginsburg put him on the lead, then encountered a stiff first-over challenge...
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Redbank Blaze A scores at Saratoga

on 11/30/2019 10:00 PM
Redbank Blaze A (Rocknroll Hanover) made his first start outside of Open company at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night.   The Jose Godinez trainee had three races under his belt at the Spa and all three had come in the $18,000 Open Pace. On Saturday, the six year old dropped down to the $15,000 winners over, a race that with no Open on the docket served as the evening’s fea...
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Sir Pugsley, Monti take Batavia feature

on 11/30/2019 9:58 PM
Sir Pugsley took full advantage of a rare inside post, a favorable trip and a failed favorite to light up the tote board in the $12,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Nov. 30). Driver Drew Monti tucked Sir Pugsley in second behind last weeks winner Howmac Dancer (Renaldo Morales III) going to the quarter as the heavy favorite Crocketts Cullen N (Larry Stalbaum) faile...
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Havefaithinme starting at Yonkers

on 11/30/2019 12:35 PM
Havefaithinme's start in the Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Nov. 30) will likely be his final race of the year and the gelding will try to add a victory in the Hilltop’s $42,000 feature to an impressive seasonal resume.   Havefaithinme has earned 10 victories and nine placings from 29 starts this year, good for $188,755 in earnings for owners B...
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Misslarose upsets in Meadowlands feature

on 11/30/2019 1:16 AM
Driver Joe Bongiorno guided Misslarose to a perfect pocket trip and the veteran mare found clearance inside the final sixteenth to pull off a 30-1 shocker in the $30,000 featured Preferred for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Marion Chocolata was hustled away from the gate by Bongiorno and raced in the pocket behind JL Cruze at the qu...
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