Graduate Series keeping stars in sight

on 05/09/2019 11:08 AM
Finding a way to keep harness racing’s marquee performers on the track has always been a puzzle that if solved would allow the sport’s fan base to follow equine standouts not only through the end of their 3-year-old seasons, but beyond. Last Saturday (May 4) at the Meadowlands, the sport’s traveling road show for 4 year olds–the Graduate Series–made its first sto...
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Three straight for Jammin Jack at Harrington

on 05/08/2019 9:07 PM
Victor Kirby's Jammin Jack ($3, Kirby) won his third straight race as he marched to a 1:56.2 triumph in the $18,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.  Majestic Mistress took the early lead from post eight and led the field of six through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2 while favorite Jammin Jack started his first over grind. "Jack" began to wear down the ...
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Andy Miller breaks hand in ATV accident

on 05/08/2019 6:57 PM
Driver Andy Miller told early Wednesday night that he will be sidelined for possibly a month after breaking his right hand riding a quad at his home earlier in the day.   Miller, 50, is currently the leading driver at Freehold Raceway this year with 84 victories. He stands third in the dash standings at the Meadowlands with 51 winner’s circle trips.   ...
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3TF Somermusic’chapter breaks maiden

on 05/08/2019 4:26 PM
With the New York Sire Stakes season having kicked off this week, a couple of 3-year-old trotting fillies who competed in stakes competition last season and may be prepping to do the same in 2019 prevailed at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Bob Gale is based out of central New York but often competes at Saratoga and on Wednesday his RC’s Lady Royale (RC Royal...
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NY-sired 3YO filly trotters score at Saratoga

on 05/08/2019 4:26 PM
With the New York Sires Stakes season having kicked off this week, a couple of 3-year-old trotting fillies who competed in stakes competition last season and may be prepping to do the same in 2019 prevailed at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Bob Gale is based out of central New York but often competes at Saratoga and on Wednesday, his RC’s Lady Royale (RC Royalty)...
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Lazurus wins Harrah's Philly trot feature

on 05/08/2019 4:21 PM
Lazurus (the trotter, not the imported pacer whose name is spelled Lazarus) went wire to wire in the $12,500 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia, taking advantage of misfortune suffered by favored Tony Soprano to win in 1:55.3. Tim Tetrick, second in the drivers' standings both at Philly and in North America, guided the Credit Winner gelding to the lead before the :28.2 quarte...
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Two Confederation Cup elims; powerhouses land together

on 05/08/2019 4:12 PM
Sixteen of the continent’s top aged pacers are set to contest Confederation Cup eliminations this coming Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs. By the looks of the draw, it appears as though one of the eliminations will be a dogfight.   Two $20,000 eliminations have been carded as Race 6 (approximate post 8:35 p.m.) and Race 9 (9:35 p.m.) on the 11-dash card. First-race post tim...
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Gingras looking forward to World Driving Championship

on 05/08/2019 3:23 PM
Yannick Gingras is looking forward to having a good time when he participates in the World Driving Championship, which will be held May 24-31 in Sweden. But the U.S. representative knows that for all the fun, it won’t take long for his competitive instincts to kick into high gear. “Right around the first race,” Gingras said with a laugh. “I’m very competitive. No...
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NJ TrotPac has fundraiser underway

on 05/08/2019 9:11 AM
The SBOANJ and TrotPAC would like to thank those who supported TrotPAC’s efforts these past few years as our industry struggled. Through your generosity, TrotPAC was able to play a crucial role in New Jersey Legislature passing the 5 year $100 million appropriations for horse racing and breeding. Although the appropriations were awarded, it is not guaranteed. There are require...
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Without A Doubt's 1:56.2 leads NYSS

on 05/08/2019 7:35 AM
New York Sire Stakes season began Tuesday night (May 7th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $163,499 Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies.   The lasses went as three divisions, two six-horse fields--purses $54,833 each—and a five-horse event at $1,000 less.   The opening quintet saw Hanna Dreamgirl (Brian Sears, $13) waltz around the oval (:29.3, 1:00.1, 1:29.3, ...
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Bettors Up wins debut for Surick

on 05/08/2019 7:33 AM
The Bettor’s Delight mare Bettor’s Up made her debut for Nick Surick a successful one, sweeping wide off cover and taking the $17,500 distaff pacing feature in the Tuesday twilight at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:51.4. Matt Kakaley guided the winner of $772,254, one of the best of her division in her filly stakes days, into second-over position, then tipped her three-wide ...
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PA 3CP set for All Stars action Saturday

on 05/07/2019 7:49 PM
The best of the Pennsylvania-sired Standardbreds in the sport’s glamour division – the three-year-old pacing colts – spend their second of four consecutive weekends within the confines of the Keystone State this Saturday, inaugurating the 2019 Pennsylvania All-Star Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with three $30,000 divisions. In the eighth race first division, the ...
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Empress Deo captures Harrington Open

on 05/07/2019 7:46 PM
Legacy Racing of Delaware's Empress Deo ($6.20, Allan Davis) was a 1:55.1 winner in the $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. It was one of four wins on the card for Davis, who guided the 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare to her 34th career win in front stepping style over Nerida Franco N and Shesarocker. Trained by Wayne Givens, "Deo" has banked nearly $70,000 ...
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Johansson believes Blood Money poised to make noise

on 05/07/2019 3:42 PM
Nancy Johansson was a fan of Blood Money before she ever got to train the horse. Now that the 3-year-old male pacer is in her stable, she is an even more ardent admirer. Blood Money, who in 2018 was in the stable of Johansson’s father, the now-retired Jimmy Takter, won last year’s Matron Stakes on his way to $347,744 in purses for owner Diamond Creek Racing. His earnings ranked fo...
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Burke discusses possible Elitlopp start for Atlanta

on 05/07/2019 11:57 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told Tuesday morning that while he has yet to receive an official invitation from Solvalla Racetrack officials to bring Atlanta to Sweden for the May 26 Elitlopp, unless he can find suitable travel arrangements he would not go.   On Monday, Atlanta was ultra-impressive in her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting m...
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Indiana Horse Racing Commission director to retire

on 05/07/2019 11:07 AM
Although an official date has not been set, Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Mike Smith recently announced plans to retire. Smith will assist Commission members with their search for his replacement and ensure a smooth transition occurs once a replacement is named. Since joining the ranks of the Commission as its executive director in 2016, Smith has continued the Commission&...
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Bully Pulpit scores in 1:49.4 at Northfield

on 05/07/2019 8:51 AM
Bully Pulpit captured the $16,000 Open Pace on Monday in Northfield Park’s 13th race.  The 1:49.4 victory marks the first sub-1:50 race on a half-mile track this year.   Brian Loney conditions the pacer for Bradley Schwartz of Chicago. Aaron Merriman was in the bike for the winning drive.   Bully Pulpit (Well Said-Cupcakesnwhipcream-Camluck) started fro...
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Some Attitude, Avatartist win Plainridge features

on 05/07/2019 8:47 AM
A beautiful spring day and a perfect racing surface produced some sizzling miles at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon as only fifths of a second separated the top three pacing races of the week.   The main event was the $16,000 Open Handicap and Some Attitude out-dueled Rock Diamonds N at the wire to capture the winner’s share.   It was Dapper Dude (Bruce Ald...
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Bettor Joy N scratched; USTA issues statement

on 05/06/2019 9:09 PM
The following is a statement from the United States Trotting Association regarding the scratch of Bettor Joy N at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday (May 6) from the $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial Pace. The U.S. Trotting Association is aware of and disappointed by the Ohio State Racing Commission’s eleventh-hour scratch of Bettor Joy N from the Sam “Chip” Noble III Memorial this...
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Daiymir decisive in Harrington victory

on 05/06/2019 8:11 PM
George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership's Daiymir ($3, Montrell Teague) was a 1:51.3 winner in the $17,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway.  The 5-year-old Mr. Wiggles stallion utilized his rail post position to control the tempo throughout as he won by a length over Blazing Bobby Sox, who rallied for second, and third place finisher Little Ben. It was his fifth win of the ...
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