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Big M Handle shows sharp April increase

on 05/02/2019 11:05 AM
It’s been a good four months for business at the Meadowlands thus far in 2019, and April was the best month yet when you consider where things were just one year before. An identical total of eight race cards were contested at the Big M in both April of 2018 and 2019, but the similarities end there. A year ago, all-source handle totaled $18,288,404, good for an average per race card ...
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Pumping Iron upsets in series final

on 05/01/2019 4:44 PM
Pumping Irony (Muscle Mass) pulled off a mild upset in the $33,400 John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series Final contested at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday. Steve Genois piloted the Eve Bergeron trainee to a second-place finish in leg one of the series before going wire-to-wire in leg two, leading up to her try in the final for the series that honors the memory of John Mongeon Sr, a lo...
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Voyager gives Holloway a milestone

on 05/01/2019 4:18 PM
Trainer Joe Holloway, part of the Hall Of Fame incoming class in July at Goshen, got an early distinction in this memorable year by posting, according to USTA records, the 1,000th training victory “of his second career” when the royally-bred Voyager broke his maiden in an impressive 1:52.2 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Holloway started in the harness racin...
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Osterc making first '19 start in Dexter Cup

on 05/01/2019 4:02 PM
Osterc will take his first steps on the Hambletonian trail Saturday (May 4) when he faces seven foes in the $118,950 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters at Freehold Raceway. Osterc, last season’s Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, is making his 2019 debut after sitting out last week’s Dexter elimination thanks to a bye he received for being the field’s top money-earner. ...
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Atanta, Shartin N enter Miami Valley races

on 05/01/2019 3:00 PM
Millionaires Atlanta and Shartin N, arguably the finest active female trotter and pacer on the planet, are headed to Miami Valley Raceway for a pair of $100,000 Grand Circuit races on Monday afternoon, May 6.  The closing day features have been carded as races eight and ten on the 14-race program which begins at 2:05 p.m.   Atlanta, last year’s Hambletonian winner, will be ...
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Breeders Crown to Hoosier in 2020

on 05/01/2019 1:16 PM
The $6 million Breeders Crown, harness racing’s richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, is set to return to Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in October 2020. Harrah’s Hoosier Park was formally awarded all 12 year-end championship races by the Hambletonian Society, which oversees the Breeders Crown Series. This will be the second time th...
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Eclipse Me N holds off Caviart Ally

on 05/01/2019 7:38 AM
A pair of pacing distaffs with North America-wide reputations – the four-year-old Caviart Ally and the three-year-old Zero Tolerance – both made their 2019 debuts at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday, and both were gallant but had to settle for second behind more experienced foes. Caviart Ally was odds-on in the $25,000 mares pacing handicap, and after being looped by Bet...
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Great Northeast series set to get underway

on 04/30/2019 6:24 PM
The 2019 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) gets underway with quite a bang on Saturday, May 4, at the two eastern Pennsylvania tracks, Harrah’s Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the three classes of Open trotters, Open pacers, and Mare Open pacers each drawing a fine field. The two events taking place on a special Saturday afternoon card at Philly, worth ...
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Racing under saddle race Friday at Meadowlands

on 04/30/2019 5:27 PM
 RUS Mid-Atlantic’s trotting series makes its 2019 debut at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment on Friday, May 3, as a compact field of five will face the starter in the Renee Eck Memorial, a non-wagering event taking place after the first race on the evening’s program.  The $3,000 race kicks off this year’s Trotting 4 Charity event as three riders are participa...
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Testing results show substantial rule compliance

on 04/30/2019 2:34 PM
The 2018 Anti-Doping and Drug Testing Program conducted by United States racing regulatory bodies found continued substantial compliance with racing’s medication and anti-doping rules and little support for claims that the use of drugs to mask pain when horses race is rampant. As it does each year the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) released a summary of the co...
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World champ Warrawee Ubeaut ready for '19

on 04/30/2019 11:36 AM
Warrawee Ubeaut left little question about her speed last year, but her behavior was not always the best. If her work heading into this season has been any indication, though, the returning Dan Patch Award winner is blossoming into Miss Manners.   “At times last year she would get a little too excited and she would drive me instead of letting me drive her,” said Yannick Gi...
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Micallef scores Pompano Park hat trick

on 04/30/2019 10:00 AM
On the heels of Wally Hennessey's touchdown and extra point on Pompano Park's Sunday night program, driver Mike Micallef turned the page to the hockey mode as the talented driver score a hat trick--three wins--on the Monday night card. To kick things off, Micallef guided I'm Very Special to a maiden win for the John Mungillo-trained daughter of American Ideal. Melvyn Colby owns th...
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Pocono has doubleheader for Derby Day

on 04/29/2019 8:44 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono will be hosting a doubleheader of live racing this Saturday, the “brunch” card starting at 11 a.m. and the evening card, which will begin after the Kentucky Derby aftermath has settled down in the vicinity of 7:30 p.m., will be headlined by the traditional Pocono Derby Day feature, the $50,000 Van Rose Memorial Invitational Pace. Rose, a modest fell...
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Slick Tony picks up 22nd win in 48 starts

on 04/29/2019 8:42 PM
George Leager's Slick Tony ($5.80, Russell Foster) was a 1:52.4 winner in the $18,000 Open Monday at Harrington Raceway.  The 4-year-old No Spin Zone stallion surged to the lead in the stretch, passing pacesetter Blazing Bobby Sox for his fourth win of the year. Sicily was third. Slick Tony settled in fourth position early before a game first over bid under confident handling by Fost...
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Dover Dony wins Weiss final in 1:54

on 04/29/2019 8:36 PM
Simon Allard won his third of the four $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships conducted this spring at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking Monday’s rich finale for trotting males with the 1:54 winner Dover Dony. The 70-1 shot Chapter And Ruth (trained by Rene Allard, who had combined with his brother Simon on their two earlier Weiss wins) shot out from post 9 right to the top...
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Jeremy Smith returns from surgery, wins 3

on 04/29/2019 8:33 PM
It has been over three months since driver Jeremy Smith underwent surgery to repair a bothersome shoulder, but he roared back in style on Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by winning three of his first four drives following his rehabilitation layoff.   In just his second of nine assignments on the day, the 39-year-old red and white clad reinsman guided Doc’s Bonanza to a ...
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Warrawee Ubeaut makes 2019 debut Friday

on 04/29/2019 8:31 PM
Warrawee Ubeaut, the filly who became the fastest two-year-old of all time when she won in 1:48.3 en route to her 2018 divisional championship, makes her seasonal debut Friday at Harrah’s Philadelphia in what will also be the first 2019 racing in the rich Pennsylvania Sire Stakes program. There will be two $83,240 divisions of Sire Stakes three-year-old pacing fillies, while their Stallion...
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Schedule changes at upcoming Scioto Downs meet

on 04/29/2019 3:50 PM
The 2019 racing season is fast approaching at Eldorado Scioto Downs. The 2019 racing schedule will have a change in schedule compared to prior years. Scioto Downs will host matinee races on Tuesday with a post time of 2 p.m. and continue with the traditional 6:30 p.m. post time on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays.   The first qualifier is scheduled for Thursday, May 2 at...
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Hennessey talks about historic 7-win night at Pompano

on 04/29/2019 10:35 AM
It was definitely “Wally’s World” Sunday night at Pompano Park as driver Wally Hennessey won seven times on the eight-race card. And the 62-year old Hall of Famer came close to a complete sweep as his other drive finished second by a neck after a tough trip.   “As far as me winning the races, all you have to do is look at the charts that the ones I dr...
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Dr. Bernard Brennan, top vet in NY, dies

on 04/29/2019 10:00 AM
Bernard Francis Brennan, VMD, a well-known and highly respected veterinarian in the Standardbred community, especially during his years of practicing on the backstretch of Roosevelt Raceway, died peacefully at age 97 on Sunday, April 26. Dr. Brennan had lived in Hobe Sound, Fla., for many years. He suffered a stroke on April 16. Born in Plainfield, NJ, the youngest of three sons of Irish immi...
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