Tall Dark Stranger, Papi Rob full and closed

on 12/07/2020 2:40 PM
The 2021 books for the sensational first year pacing stallions Papi Rob Hanover and Tall Dark Stranger are full and closed. Additionally, all available shares in each stallion have been purchased.   Hanover Shoe Farms extends a thank you to all of the breeders that have purchased shares in or applied for breedings to these two exciting prospects.   There are very limited bo...
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David Miller reflects on racing career

on 12/07/2020 2:33 PM
David Miller never thought twice about a career, and it’s safe to say his chosen path has more than paid off. Miller, who was enshrined in the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, continued to add to his list of accomplishments in 2020, surpassing $250 million in career purses and 13,000 in career wins.   The Ohio native, who turns 56 on Thursday, ranks No. 2 in history in drive...
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Swandre The Giant, Dancin Lou to stud

on 12/07/2020 2:16 PM
Multiple stakes-winning millionaire Dancin Lou has been retired and will stand stud for the 2021 breeding season. On Monday (Dec. 7) Tara Hills Stud announced that Dancin Lou will stand in Ontario and Crawford Farms announced that Swandre The Giant will be standing in Indiana. “I had plans to race him in 2021 but with so much interest in the horse as a stallion, it was the right move...
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Seeing Eye Single finds Pompano winner's circle

on 12/07/2020 9:21 AM
Seeing Eye Single, handled by Ricky Macomber Jr., held off the furious late charge of Prairie Panther (Wally Hennessey) to score a nose decision in Pompano Park’s $11,500 Open Handicap Pace on Sunday night. Bell I No (John MacDonald) finished third while Maxdaddy Blue Chip wound up fourth. Loud Splash picked up the minors in the classy octet. The mile was clocked in 1:51. At the o...
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Speed prevails In Harvest Series

on 12/06/2020 8:26 AM
Favorites Sheswildnfree and Rose Run Victory forged their way to the front and each never looked back, the former winning the $53,500 Harvest Series Trot and the latter winning the $52,300 Harvest Series Pace on Saturday (Dec. 6) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Sheswildnfree fought off all her challengers as the 4-5 choice. Clearing command past a :28.3 opening quarter, Sheswildnfree bore first-ov...
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American History rolls to third straight win at Big M

on 12/06/2020 5:32 AM
Heading into Saturday night's featured $28,000 Preferred for pacers at the Meadowlands, American History had won two in a row by a combined 10¼ lengths, and while the veteran earner of over $1.1 million might have been bumping up in class, the narrative remained the same.   On a night where the feels-like temperature was 30 degrees with a stiff wind into the horse...
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Morrill, Clouser, Emmons take both Batavia features

on 12/05/2020 10:49 PM
Driver Jim Morrill Jr., trainer Jim Clouser Jr. and owner William Emmons teamed up to win both feature paces at Batavia Downs on a snowy and sloppy Saturday night (Dec. 5).   In the $8,500 Open I Handicap pace, McSpidey coasted behind Tullow N (Dave McNeight III) through quarters of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:27.2 before leaving the pocket off the last turn and outpacing him to the wire in a ...
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Hanners wins four at Freehold Saturday

on 12/05/2020 9:01 PM
Luke Hanners, a relatively new member of the Freehold Raceway driving colony, had a big day on Saturday (Dec. 5) when he piloted home four winners on the 12-race card. Hanners got his first win of the day in the second race, as Real Flight closed from behind to win for trainer Jody Dunning. Gaius Crastinus went gate-to-wire in race four, for owner/trainer John Novello, giving Hanners his...
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Tellmeaboutit captures Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/05/2020 6:43 PM
Driver Trace Tetrick had an enviable choice to make at scratch time for the Saturday (Dec. 5) program at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. He could drive last week's winner--Kiss Of Terror from an inside post (#2) again--or opt for a new Indiana invader named Tellmeaboutit, who had an outside post (#8). Tetrick made the right choice by steering Tellmeaboutit, who scored in 1:50.3 for his six...
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Rich And Miserable captures Big M Friday feature

on 12/05/2020 6:59 AM
The last time Rich And Miserable won at The Meadowlands was almost a year ago on Dec. 20 when he scored at the mile oval in 1:52.1.   Until Friday night, that is. Hall of Fame driver David Miller guided Rich And Miserable to a perfect pocket trip on the way to scoring in The Big M’s Friday night feature, a $21,000 high-end conditioned trot. The Todd Buter trainee ...
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The Bethinator noses out Miss You N in Dayton's Mares Open

on 12/04/2020 8:34 PM
The Bethinator (Tyler Smith) stretched her win streak to three by stepping up into open company for the first time and snapping the six race win streak of Miss You N (Jeremy Smith).   The outcome of the Mares Open at Dayton on Friday (Dec, 4) wasn't decided until the wire was reached in 1:51.2 and the photo finish camera determined The Bethinator had won by a nose.   Bo...
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Rock Candy holds on in Meadows feature

on 12/04/2020 5:16 PM
Hammered down to 2-5, Rock Candy justified bettors’ faith when he retook the lead at the quarter and had just enough late to capture Friday’s feature at The Meadows, a $10,800 Conditioned Pace.   Rock Candy easily thwarted the backside challengers but still had to deal with the stretch threat from the pocket-sitting Cocosfella A. The 4-year-old Pet Rock-Cotton Candy geldin...
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Gingras wins 6 Friday in Philly

on 12/04/2020 5:09 PM
Driver Yannick Gingras was the star of a cool and dank day at Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday, piloting six winners, including a “grand slam” of a sweep of the four $11,200 feature races, two on each gait.   In the first of the trots, Gingras positioned the Kadabra sophomore filly Kombucha right behind pacesetter Alyvia Deo, then moved out to challenge on the turn and g...
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Grand Circuit holds annual meeting

on 12/04/2020 1:32 PM
The 2020 annual meeting of the Grand Circuit officers and stewards took place via a video conference on Wednesday. Most of the Grand Circuit tracks were represented at this video conference. John Campbell, president of the Grand Circuit, conducted the meeting and went through the events for the 2020 racing season, the financials and asking for approval of the finance report submitted by Paul ...
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Dex-betamethasone study presentation

on 12/04/2020 12:45 PM
In a presentation made by Dr. Clara Fenger at the Association of Racing Commissioners International Model Rules Committee Meeting in New Orleans, La., on Thursday (Dec. 3), she described some unexpectedly high serum concentration levels found in experimental horses that were demonstrated to be caused by environmental contamination in the study she submitted as part of her proposal. As a resul...
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Career year for Hunter Myers in 2020

on 12/04/2020 11:36 AM
Hunter Myers figured he was unlikely to realize his harness racing goals this season when the calendar turned to June. The sport had been shutdown for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the first night racing returned to MGM Northfield Park in late May, Myers was involved in an accident that sidelined him for an additional three weeks. Yet despite the obstacles, the 22-year-o...
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Refined picks up another Hollywood Dayton victory

on 12/03/2020 8:27 PM
Refined (Brett Miller) returned to the Hollywood Dayton winner's circle, where she last visited four weeks ago, following the $18,400 Open Trot on Thursday afternoon.  The 6-5 favorite cruised to an easy open-lengths 1:55.1 triumph over nine rivals after posting front-stepping fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.2.   Longshot Sweet Mr Pinetucky (LeWayne Miller)  bested th...
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CR Kay Suzie's granddaughter wins in Philly

on 12/03/2020 6:14 PM
The “Trottin’ Thursday” card at Harrah’s Philadelphia featured a pair of $12,800 features for younger horses working their way up the class ladder. In the first, the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding Rock Party got to the lead just past the quarter for driver George Napolitano Jr., then “stole” a :30.4 second quarter breather. From there, there was no catching ...
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Nancy Takter Trainer of the Year

on 12/03/2020 6:12 PM
Nancy Takter was voted 2020 Trainer of the Year by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) – and her year was so spectacular, the decision to have her receive the award did not even have to go to a vote. How? There are twelve chapters in USHWA and an At-Large gathering – and Nancy was nominated for top trainer by all 13 of these groups, meaning that the award was decide...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/03/2020 4:02 PM
In honor of Alex Trebek, let’s play Jeopardy! Which harness trainer used to work for leading Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher? If you answered Adrienne Hall, then you are correct! In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Hall talks about Pletcher and her change to harness racing, and especially about her horse S McKee, named for the late Hall of Fame announcer Sam McKee, who ra...
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