Longshot lovers love the Meadowlands

on 12/03/2020 11:37 AM
Longshot players had their way over the course of the 26-race weekend that took place at The Meadowlands Nov. 27-28.   Big payoffs came one after the other, beginning Friday night, when the biggest scores came in the track’s two 50-cent Pick-4 bets. The wager that spans races six through nine came back $5,960 after $83,617 was poured into the pool. The Late Pick-4 – races ...
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Trotting sire Toss Out dies at age 30

on 12/03/2020 11:09 AM
Toss Out 3, 1:54.1, who finished second to the World Trotting Derby and fourth in the final of the Hambletonian, has died in Italy. Bred by Castleton Farm, the 30-year-old son of Supergill-Foreign Waters (by Homesick) was trained at age two by Wayne Nickells and at age three, following a sale to German interests, by Buck Sprinke. Toss Out left the US late as a 3 year and continued racing in I...
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Dreaming of 7th straight win at Meadows

on 12/03/2020 10:16 AM
He may have lost a bit of the speed that helped him win more than $1 million, but at 13, Dream Out Loud N is as game as they come. In fact, he’ll be seeking his seventh straight victory Friday at The Meadows. The Bettor’s Delight-Nothin Butadreamer gelding leaves from post 5, Race 9, with Brady Brown driving for trainer Zach Tackett and owner My Buddy Stables.   Dream Out ...
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Foolish Wisdom wins in DSBF 3-year-old pacing filly action

on 12/02/2020 9:23 PM
Two $20,000 divisions of 3-year-old pacing fillies contested the first leg of the Dover series. In an early non-wagering division Foolish Wisdom (Gambler’s Dream-Fleeting Flirt N) came first-over and won by two lengths in 1:57 for driver Corey Callahan and trainer and co-owner Dylan Davis. She is co-owned by Jeffrey Billings, a local high school teacher of Agriculture. Harrin...
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Il Mago, HP Sissy take Batavia featured Opens

on 12/02/2020 9:22 PM
A field of Open trotters and Open filly and mare pacers went postward, each for $8,500 on Wednesday evening (Dec. 2) at Batavia Downs and two local favorites notched additional wins to their already impressive resumes.   On the trot, Il Mago (Billy Davis Jr.) continued to dominate the diagonal-gaited gang after grabbing a quick lead and opening up a 2-1/2 length lead going to the quar...
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Bids are open for Foiled Again posters

on 12/02/2020 2:08 PM
Bids are open for Foiled Again posters signed by Yannick Gingras as a fundraiser to benefit the Christian Harness Horsemen’s Association. These full color 16 x 24 sticky vinyl posters are a great gift idea!   Bid until noon Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Bids start at $100. Posters delivered within the United States will arrive before Christmas. Bids accepted at: &mi...
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Former horse owner Dr. Jim Cannon dies

on 12/02/2020 12:45 PM
Dr. James D. Cannon, 90, Moline, Ill., died Nov. 26 at Heartland Healthcare, Moline.   Born in Huntley, Minn., he proudly served our country in the Army during the Korean War, earning a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. He was united in marriage to Edith Short on June 18, 1955. She preceded him in death on June 2, 1958. He later married Jeannette LaPiana on July 2, 19...
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Last week of racing at Batavia to see 20% purse increase

on 12/02/2020 11:37 AM
Batavia Downs has announced that it will be increasing all purses by 20 percent for the final week of racing of the 2020 meet. That would raise the top purse for all Opens from $8,500 to $10,200 all the way down to the bottom purse from $3,200 to $3,800.   “It has been a very difficult season for everyone in this business and we are pleased to be raising the purses during the f...
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Prairie Westerngal, Northern Dali share Pompano spotlight

on 12/02/2020 8:51 AM
Prairie Westerngal and Northern Dali shared the spotlight as Pompano Park hosted twin Open events for mares on Tuesday.   Prairie Westerngal, the sharp 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, stretched her winning streak this fall at Pompano to three with a two-move, 1:53.4 win in the $11,500 Open Handicap for Wally Hennessey, who was in the sulky for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns wi...
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Sophomore trotters open up DSBF action at Dover

on 12/02/2020 8:48 AM
Three-year-old trotters contested their $20,000 first-round divisions of the last Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series of 2020, with fillies squaring off on Monday (Nov. 30) and colts and geldings in action on Tuesday (Dec. 1).   Emmy’s Mayflower took the first division for fillies in a swift 1:56.1, defeating Blue Carats and Katie’s Blue Diamond by 7 1/2 lengths. Ru...
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Yonkers handle tops $1 million on Tuesday

on 12/02/2020 8:44 AM
More than $1 million was wagered on the Tuesday night card at MGM Yonkers.   This marked the first time the track surpassed the million-dollar threshold since before the pandemic closure. On the last Tuesday before the covid-19 shutdown March 3, nearly $1.1 million was wagered on Yonkers races.   “We had so much momentum in late February and early March,” said d...
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Dayton kicks off December with a bang

on 12/01/2020 7:20 PM
On a day (Tues., Dec. 1) when Hollywood Dayton Raceway introduced its new 20-cent Jackpot Pick-5, with a guaranteed $5000 payout for a unique single ticket winner, the surprising bigger news was a handle of $622,280--the second highest figure in the track's seven year history.  The only higher handle occurred on Dec. 23, 2019 when $664,945 was pushed through the windows.   ...
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Breeders Crown returning to Meadowlands in 2021

on 12/01/2020 5:09 PM
The Breeders Crown, harness racing’s annual $6 million year-end series of 12 championship events, returns to longtime partner track The Meadowlands, in East Rutherford, NJ, for 2021. Bringing the championship series back to New Jersey was made possible through the efforts of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey and New Meadowlands managing owner and CEO Je...
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Meadows cancels card after 6 races due to storm

on 12/01/2020 3:41 PM
Hazardous conditions — including snow, diminished visibility and a sloppy surface — forced The Meadows to cancel Tuesday’s scheduled 13-race card after six races.   Live racing at The Meadows resumes Wednesday when the 13-race program features a pair of carryovers — $2,451.49 in the final-race Super Hi-5, $1,867.20 in the Pick 5 (race 8). First post is 12:45 p....
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Maine owner Ron Ralph, 91, dies

on 12/01/2020 12:50 PM
Ronald E. Ralph, 91, died Nov. 24 at the Sussman House in Rockport, Maine. Mr. Ralph was born, raised and educated in Waldoboro, ME. He married his high school sweetheart, Claire Muzroll Ralph. They were married for 71 years until her passing in February 2019. Ron was a two-sport star in baseball and basketball lettering for four years. He had a try out with the Brooklyn Dodgers. ...
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Candidates announced for Horse Hall of Fame

on 12/01/2020 12:24 PM
The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame has announced the slate of six candidates for election into the Hall of Fame. The nominees are: Andover Hall, Chapter Seven, Father Patrick, Mission Brief, Peaceful Way and Yankee Glide. Standardbred horses are elected into harness racing’s Living Horse Hall of Fame by current members of the Har...
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Nominations Now Open For Caretaker Of Year

on 12/01/2020 9:51 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Caretaker of the Year. The award, sponsored by Art Zubrod and Leah Cheverie’s Fair Island Farm in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Initially titled Groom of the ...
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Northfield Park cancels Tuesday card due to snowstorm

on 12/01/2020 9:26 AM
Due to a heavy winter storm over most of northern Ohio, Northfield Park is canceling the live racing program on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Simulcasting will be available until 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Live racing will resume Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 4:20 p.m. (Northfield Park) 
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It's Academic bests older foes in Mohawk Preferred

on 12/01/2020 8:27 AM
Sophomore trotting colt It's Academic shot up the inside of the streaking Oney Hall to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Trot on a snowy-rainy Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.    Searching for a seventh consecutive win, Oney Hall saw his streak snapped when he made a break nearing the wire. It's Academic and driver Doug McNair were coming up the inside on Oney Hall ...
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Gold Star Igotdis leads FL Stakes winners

on 11/30/2020 9:45 PM
The FSBOA Stallion Stakes featuring $97,500 in purses were contested on Monday at Pompano Park with three year-olds in the limelight this time around. The top awards went to Gold Star Igotdis, Prairie Gold Mine, Callin On Sunday and Prairie Valentino in their respective classes.  Gold Star Igotdis, handled by Corey Braden, took top honors in her class for pacing fillies with a sharp 1...
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