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Delmarvalous, Rockin Image win Holmes splits

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
After winning the Hambletonian with Muscle Massive, trainer Jimmy Takter capped his banner day by sending Rockin Image to a 1:48.2 victory in the $115,500 first division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes for sophomore colt and gelding pacers. Guided by Yannick Gingras, the Rocknroll Hanover colt hooked up with Rock N Roll Heaven in the stretch before putting a nose in front of the favorite at the wire....
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Hambo card yields wagering, attendance gains

on 08/07/2010 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian may be deemed America's Trotting Classic, but its global significance continues to grow.   Record European wagering helped produce the third highest harness handle in history on August 7 at Meadowlands Racetrack. Total all-source wagering on the 15-race card was $8,391,600, trailing only the $8.8 million wagered in 2002 and $9 million wagered in 2005.   Internation...
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Get your free Weekend Preview!

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
Extra, extra, read all about it! In the latest FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, read about the Hambletonian and Oaks, who a few well-known handicappers think will win the race, and access your free past performances, courtesy of TrackMaster, for the major stakes on the big Hambo Day card at the Meadowlands Saturday.   Just click on the box on the top of this homepage and after completing...
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No Good Luck Charm Needed For Wishing Stone

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
You won't see Dewayne Minor avoiding cracks, closing the stable door a certain way or wearing the same outfit for five straight days this week. The owner/trainer of Wishing Stone has brought enough horses to the Hambletonian to realize that superstitions aren't going to help once the race starts. It's all about preparation, which has been the cornerstone of Minor's success."I really don't have any...
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Mystery Photo Worth Second Look In Hambo

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
Julie Miller, Andy Miller and owners Dave Prushnok, John Prushnok and Bill Gregg are at it again, but the scenario is somewhat different. In 2009, Julie Miller trained the ownership group's older trotter Lucky Jim to 17 wins in 18 races and $1 million in purses. He was driven by Julie's husband, Andy. This year, they have teamed - along with Andy's brother Erv - to put a horse in Saturday's $1.5 m...
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Cancelled Indiana Sire Stakes legs rescheduled

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
Due to the recent cancellation of races at Indiana Downs on Tuesday, August 3, and Wednesday, August 4, the Indiana Sires Stakes legs cancelled on these nights have been rescheduled for the following dates: 3-year-old filly pace – Tuesday, August 172-year-old colt pace – Wednesday, August 25 Horses eligible to the Indiana Sires Stakes and wishing to compete in these events must enter at the ...
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New Vocations Needs Items/Sponsors for Charity Event

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
Items, services, and table sponsors are needed for the 5th Annual Little Brown Jug Benefit held in conjunction with the Pre-Jug Party September 22nd. Proceeds go toward the retraining and placement of retired racehorses and the Delaware Co Fair.  "We need owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, racetracks, and those that benefit from racing, to help with this fundraiser," said New Vocations Exe...
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Harness racing supporters invade Atlantic City

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
The first gathering of the New Jersey Legislative Gaming  Summit was called to order on Friday morning in the Atlantic City Convention Center, surely hostile turf for harness racing. But that wasn’t entirely the case, and it became evident immediately after the chairman of the Gaming Summit, Senator Jim Whelan, banged the gavel, calling the summit to order. That’s because immediately...
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Take My Picture, Pretty Boy Lindy win Townsend Ackermans

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
Take My Picture edged Flex The Muscle in the first of two $50,000 Townsend Ackerman divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack. Take My Picture executed a perfect rail trip under the guidance of Andy Miller, trotting to victory in 1:54.1. Take My Picture paid $43.80 to win.   "He's been a very good horse," said Miller. "He was second i...
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Big efforts take trio of Niatross splits

on 08/06/2010 2:00 AM
Fashion Farm's homebred Fashion Delight won the first of three $46,000 Niatross divisions for 2-year-old colts and geldings Friday night at the Meadowlands, while Lookinforadventure remained perfect in four career starts in the second split and Shark Ingested, a full brother to the top-ranked $2.3 million-winning older pacer Shark Gesture, won the third.   Driver David Miller sent Fashion D...
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Campbell in the sulky Thursday

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
John Campbell, who will drive favorite Lucky Chucky in the $1.5 million Hambletonian, is the featured television guest Thursday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.Campbell, who has a record six driving wins in the Hambletonian, will guide Lucky Chucky from post two in Saturday's final.  Fans can e-mail questions for Campbell to answer on-air to racing@thebigm.com.  The broadcast begins at 6:...
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Tailspinner tops Bridger opener

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
The highly-regarded Tailspinner will return to the racetrack this Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack when he headlines a pair of $20,000 divisions in the opening leg of the Bridger Trotting Series for two-year-olds.The rookie son of Conway Hall – Fairy Tail has not seen action since action since wowing fans with a ninth-to-first 1:57 victory in his career debut on July 26 at Mohawk. The clocking...
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Record handle at Running Aces

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
An all-time record handle and a pair of 1:54 wins in the co-featured races highlighted the Tuesday night program at Running Aces Harness Park. The $133,910 that was pushed through the windows was the highest ever at the new, third-year Minnesota track and the twelfth time in 37 nights thus far this season that the handle has exceeded $100,000, a figure that was never reached in the first two years...
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Trotters get top billing at Balmoral

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
A pair of state-bred trotting stakes for two-year-olds shared top billing on Wednesday’s Balmoral Park program and once again it trainer Robert Taylor’s My Miss Caroline who continued to dominate the filly ranks as she captured the $49,500 Fox Valley Flan Stake while the Pam Coleman trained Powerful Charger proved victorious in the $46,000 Plesac Stake for colts and geldings. Coming off eye ca...
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Gasoline and My Good Side fastest frosh fillies at Pocono

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
Gasoline, hitting on all cylinders, and My Good Side produced the fastest miles of the six divisions of The Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.Gasoline, driven by Hans Eriksson and trained by Jimmy Takter, scored a wire to wire victory from the three post in the fifth division of the series for the freshman filly trotters. Time of the m...
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Munis Blue Chip sets Saratoga mark in NYSS

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
Munis Blue Chip added a track record to her long list of accomplishments with a Wednesday night New York Sire Stakes romp at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway. The Ray Schnittker trainee aired by 10 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion and would wind up breaking the track record for a 3-year-old filly trotter behind the 1:56.1 score.   The defending Sire Stakes champion has picked up right w...
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Indiana Downs back in action on Thursday

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
After cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday due to issues with the track surface, racing Thursday evening at Indiana Downs is a go. General Manager Jon Schuster said he and Indiana Standardbred Association President Jack Kieninger made the decision to continue with racing Thursday after consultant Dan Coon inspected and began work on the track Wednesday afternoon.  “Jack and I made that d...
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See "A Drive To Win" on Hambo Day

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
The award winning exhibit “A Drive To Win” can now be seen at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Located on the Paddock Level, encircling the escalators on the floor’s midsection, fans of harness racing can get to know or become reacquainted with twenty-seven of the sport’s most beloved and memorable drivers and trainers.   The exhibition, presented in conjunction with Hambletonian Sta...
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TrackMaster looking for apps

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
TrackMaster, an Equibase Company, announced today that it will host a Mobile Application (“app”) Development Challenge for both Thoroughbred and Harness racing, featuring a total cash prize of $10,000. The winning developer will receive $5,000 for first place; the second- and third-place developers will receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.   Developers will be furnished with sample ...
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Hanson committee kept no minutes of meetings

on 08/05/2010 2:00 AM
Harness Track's of America has reported that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Advisory Commission on gaming and horse racing kept no minutes of its six months of discussions. The commission is commonly referred to as the Hanson Committee because it was chaired by Jon Hanson, a former CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Stan Bergstein of HTA said Hanson kept no min...
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