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Tributes pour in to honor Meadows announcer Huston

on 11/01/2019 9:24 AM
An era will end Saturday when Roger Huston, “The Voice” of The Meadows for the last 44 years, calls his final race card at the track (first post 1:05 p.m.).   At 77, Huston is cutting back his workload. He’ll still call the Little Brown Jug, which he’s done since 1968, and he’ll announce races at a number of county fairs. But his day-to-day presence will ...
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Elmo Blatch surprises in Dayton open

on 11/01/2019 9:20 AM
For the third straight Thursday night, a new winner emerged in the weekly $17,000 Open Handicap Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway.  This time it was 23-1 longshot Elmo Blatch (Cameron McCown) who topped Merci Monsieur AS (Kayne Kauffman) and I Know My Chip (Jeremy Smith) in 1:55.4.   It was a night when horses were aided by strong gusting winds down the backside, but were slo...
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Jamieson sweeps Harvest series finals

on 11/01/2019 9:18 AM
It was all treats and no tricks for driver Jody Jamieson in Thursday evening’s Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson took the gold in both series finals for Ontario-sired 2-year-old colts and geldings. Sportswriter colt Beaumond Hanover completed a series sweep in the $47,800 pacing colts and geldings final with a convincing victory, grabbing command in the second...
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Neither wind nor rain keeps Bet You from victory

on 10/31/2019 8:05 PM
Despite wind, rain and six formidable foes, Bet You overcame all adversity to capture the $20,000 Open Handicap pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.   Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) got away fifth in line of the single-file group chasing the :26.3 quarter set by Opus Blue Chip (Bruce Ranger). Positions remained the same until Switzer pulled Bet you moving towards the ...
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Hoosier, Kindergartens in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/31/2019 4:15 PM
Three year olds are in stakes action on Friday night at Harrah’s Hoosier Park, and 2 year olds are set to graduate in the Kindergarten finals on Saturday at the Meadowlands, and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has the stories. Six Breeders Crown finalists have headed to Hoosier Park, including the Bob McIntosh-trained Sunny Dee. Trainer Linda Toscano may have three looking f...
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Scirocco Rob, Sumatra win Philly features

on 10/31/2019 4:08 PM
The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob, pressed to the max around the final turn by the first-over Max, got a big break when that one went offstride nearing headstretch, and “Rob” was able to go on to a 1:54.4 victory over a “good” track in the $17,500 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. George Napolitano Jr., who had four driving...
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Daniels named Standardbred Transition Alliance administrator

on 10/31/2019 3:13 PM
The Board of the Standardbred Transition Alliance (STA) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Daniels has been named its administrator.   Daniels, a seasoned Standardbred aftercare professional, comes to the position with considerable experience operating a Standardbred transitional training program at her own Laurel Haven Farms, in Ohio. She previously worked in the regulatory departm...
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Pompano Park set to open meet on Nov. 3

on 10/31/2019 1:36 PM
Pompano Park opens its 126-night 2019-2020 racing season on Sunday, Nov. 3, with track record holder Panocchio in action and driver Rick Plano just one win away from a milestone—his 7,000th career driving win.   The gallant 9-year-old Panocchio now has 66 career wins with 42 of those victories achieved over Pompano Park’s five-eighths mile oval.   Trained by Jim...
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No photo needed for Camera Lady at Meadows

on 10/31/2019 8:48 AM
Camera Lady roared from the pocket into the final turn, overwhelmed the leader and notched a convincing victory in Wednesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Godiva Seelster held a tentative lead as the field readied for the stretch drive, but Camera Lady erased it in a heartbeat. The 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go scored in 1:51.4 ...
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Gia's Surreal surprises in Batavia open

on 10/31/2019 8:45 AM
After being narrowly defeated in this same class last week, the lightly regarded Gia’s Surreal went from worst to first for her 10th win of the year in the $12,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon.   Blue Bell Bonnie (Dave McNeight III) took the lead and played hardball with the heavily favored Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.), pa...
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Saturday is Horsemen's Appreciation Night at Hoosier Park

on 10/31/2019 8:41 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will close out the 2019 live harness racing season with a Horsemen’s Appreciation Night on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Race Fan Appreciation week beginning on Nov. 5. The activities will be held in partnership with the Indiana Standardbred Association.   “I want to personally thank all horsemen, horsewomen, and the Indiana Standard...
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Feeling 'Grand' at Harrah's Hoosier Park

on 10/30/2019 4:20 PM
LeWayne Miller knows Grand Swan is good. He is still trying to figure out just how good.   Grand Swan brings a four-race win streak to Friday’s $120,000 Crossroads of America Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The filly has won 10 of 13 races overall this season, including the Indiana Sires Stakes championship and divisions of the Pegasus a...
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Catalogs available for Michiana Classic Yearling Sale

on 10/30/2019 11:31 AM
Catalogs are now available for the third annual Michiana Classic Yearling Sale in Shipshewana Ind. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, the auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Michiana Event Center (MEC). Start time is 10 a.m.   A total of 172 yearlings have been cataloged with yearlings by the sires of 2019 Breeders Crown elimination winner PRICELESS and finalists...
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Donatover wins Meadows Open Trot

on 10/29/2019 8:15 PM
 Donatover grabbed the lead with a quarter-pole move and was unthreatened thereafter in capturing Tuesday's $20,000 Open 1 Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Donatover was away third when Dave Palone sent him after Final Breath on the point. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover-Anonyme Hanover easily repelled the challenge of Pass The Vape and downed him by 2-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4...
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Svanstedt pacer Kimberlee wins at PcD

on 10/29/2019 8:12 PM
A rare Åke Svanstedt-trained pacer, the Rock N Roll Heaven mare Kimberlee, sat off of very hot fractions, then swept to victory late in the $17,500 distaff featured pace during the Tuesday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Shes Pukka N used the rail to gain the early advantage, keeping the favorite Eclipse Me N parked well past the :26 quarter to almost the three-eight...
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McCarthy, Dunn reflect on Crown victories

on 10/29/2019 4:42 PM
Andy McCarthy was looking for his first Breeders Crown trophy when he arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Friday. By the time the weekend was completed, he had put himself among a small group of drivers to win four or more finals in a year. He set himself apart by doing it without the benefit of a favorite. McCarthy became the eighth driver with at least four Crowns in a year, joinin...
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Breeders Crown Challenge raises $282,000 for charities

on 10/29/2019 3:16 PM
The inaugural Breeders Crown Charity Challenge came to a close this past Friday with the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society taking home $109,484 as part of a Woodbine Cares record one-time donation of $282,996 in donations to five local charities.  “We are so humbled by the contributions and donations made by so many people throughout the Standardbred racing community in the US ...
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Mohawk Breeders Crown weekend "a huge success"

on 10/29/2019 11:47 AM
The 36th Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership, was held this past weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was a huge success, according to John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society.   “We couldn’t be happier with this year’s Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park,” he said. “Feedback from everyone was extremely positive. F...
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1993 Horse of the Year Staying Together dies at 30

on 10/29/2019 11:42 AM
Champion Standardbred Staying Together died on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he had been retired after a successful pacing career. At the age of 30, the gelding was euthanized due to infirmities of old age. The champion known as "Stanley" came to the Kentucky Horse Park in September 1995. “Staying Together became a close member of the Kentucky Hors...
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TVG championships set for Nov. 23 at Big M

on 10/29/2019 11:11 AM
The Meadowlands will present the $1 million TVG Free For All championships as part of a $2.5 million card that will include the Fall Freshman Final Four on Saturday, Nov. 23.    Saturday's Breeders Crown brought the TVG legs to their conclusion and the series standings may be accessed via the Meadowlands website.   The TVG series was designed as a year-en...
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