Tyler Miller gives mom Julie her 2,000th training win

on 11/20/2020 7:20 PM
Julie Miller celebrated her birthday in grand style on Friday afternoon (Nov. 20) at Freehold Raceway, as she won her 2,000th race as a trainer.   It didn't come easy, as Keystone Orion won the third race in a nail-biter. Her son, Tyler, put the horse on the lead early, and set comfortable early fractions in the TrackMaster-conditioned trotting affair. Around the third turn, ...
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General Ward takes 1:52.2 mark in Philly overnight

on 11/20/2020 7:18 PM
A trio of $11,200 events for up-and-coming younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, served as the headliners at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. On the pace, General Ward tucked third early and stayed inside, then found room mid-turn and overhauled the favored pacesetter Rockin The Blaze by three-quarters of a length. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore came home in :...
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Retired Meadows trainer Pat Thomas dies

on 11/20/2020 12:41 PM
Retired Meadows-based horseman Pat E. Thomas, 81, of Eighty Four, Nottingham Township, Pa., died Nov. 18 at his home.   He was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Barberville, Fla., a son of Jack and Mary Helen McMillan Thomas. He was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church in Washington, the United States Trotting Association, and was an avid hunter.   During the late 1970s and early ...
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Midwest Mixed Sale set for Tuesday

on 11/20/2020 12:12 PM
  The annual Midwest Mixed Sale is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 24, beginning at Noon (EST). The sale will once again be held at the spacious Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind.   A quality group of both breeding stock and racehorses are cataloged, as well as several supplemental entries. All entries, including the supplemental entries, may be viewed at Midwe...
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Scarborough Downs will permanently close Nov. 28

on 11/20/2020 11:39 AM
Scarborough Downs in Portland, Maine, is nearing the end of its 70 years playing host to horse racing. It is scheduled to hold its last live harness racing event on Nov. 28.   Mike Sweeney, the track’s publicist and race announcer, confirmed the track’s closing with the Portland Press Herald. Scarborough Downs has struggled financially for years and horsemen knew the futur...
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A Fancy Face tops strong Blooded Horse Fall Sale at $88,000

on 11/20/2020 8:36 AM
The 73rd Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale held November 17-18, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, was terrific in spite of the pandemic. Virtual live bidding via Proxi-bid bolstered the already strong on site attendance. An abundance of two and three year olds fresh from the Midwestern stakes programs along with 122 yearlings and dozens of in foal mares provided attractive restocking op...
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Rock Diamonds N rallies off cover for Plainridge win

on 11/19/2020 10:08 PM
Rock Diamonds N made an early second-over move behind live outer cover and turned it into a victory in the $17,500 District 9 Gronk Series at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.    Avatartist (Bruce Ranger) got away sharp and was two on top at the quarter in :26.4. Shortly after that station, Bet You (Kevin Switzer Jr.) pulled first into the breeze while Rock Diamonds N (Ron C...
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Scirocco Rob holds on to win Philly Thursday feature

on 11/19/2020 6:39 PM
The veteran Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob got his own way on the front end, then held off a late challenge from pocket-sitter 38-1 shot Pappy Go Go to take the $14,400 handicap trotting feature Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:54.   The winner of $475,629 left well from his assigned outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick, and, certainly not hurt w...
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Final Four, TVG finals in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/19/2020 4:05 PM
It's a big weekend of racing for 2 year olds and older horses as the Meadowlands hosts on Saturday night the Fall Final Four and TVG championships. A pair of 3-year-old stars will be tackling older foes in the TVGs, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Nancy Takter talks about her chances with Hambletonian Oaks champ Sorella and Breeders Crown winner Peaky Sneaky. Yann...
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Meadowlands looks to raise handle bar again

on 11/19/2020 11:54 AM
One week after setting new Fall Meet handle marks for a single card and a weekend, The Meadowlands is in position to better both bests again as the upcoming pair of race cards (Nov. 20-21) feature plenty of competitive racing, with Saturday night's Fall Final Four/TVG Finals Night standing dead center in the spotlight.   The stakes-race eight pack – the third bigge...
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Trio of stars retiring after TVG finals

on 11/19/2020 10:52 AM
Harness racing will say goodbye to three Dan Patch Award winners following Saturday’s TVG Series championships at The Meadowlands. Bettor's Wish, Kissin In The Sand, and Manchego will be retired to breeding duties after their careers conclude this weekend and each will be honored in ceremonies following their respective races at The Big M. Bettor's Wish, a 4-year-old stallion, rec...
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Michiana Classic set for next Wednesday

on 11/19/2020 9:07 AM
The annual Michiana Classic Yearling Sale is set to take place next week, Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Michiana Event Center (MEC) in Shipshewana IN. The start time is 12 pm EST.   A large number of yearlings from first crop sires Crescent Fashion, Dover Dan and Luck Be Withyou among others are included in the 180-head catalog.   Up-to-date TrackIt pedigrees, catalog&nbs...
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Robin Banks wires field in Autumn Leaves final

on 11/19/2020 8:02 AM
Robin Banks scored in the $18,000 Autumn Leaves Series final on Wednesday at MGM Northfield Park. Brad Ater of Williamsport, Ohio, owns the sophomore filly trotter.  Kurt Sugg was aboard for the winning drive for trainer Edward Miller. Robin Banks (Break The Bank K-Arelia-Donato Hanover) started from post 6. Sugg fired her off the gate and she led her competition thro...
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No Lou Zing wins Progress Pace elimination

on 11/19/2020 7:51 AM
Supplemental entry No Lou Zing won the Progress Pace elimination at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Cattlewash, driven by David Miller, and No Lou Zing, handled by Dexter Dunn, left alertly at the start of the race and established early race position. Once Cattlewash cleared the lead, Dunn pulled the pocket with No Lou Zing and wrestled the lead away from Cattlewash. Th...
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Three divisions of DSBF 2YO filly pace at Dover

on 11/18/2020 10:30 PM
Three divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies came out tonight to earn points to qualify them for the $100K final next Wednesday (Oct. 18) evening November 24th. The first was a non-wagering event which was won by Cinder’s Baby (Rockabillie-Cinderlla), a full sister to the Harrington final 3-year old winner, Cinder Rock. Time for the mile was 1:58.4 under rein to trainer/driver Art...
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Wild Wild Western finds wire in Meadows $17,900 pace

on 11/18/2020 8:33 PM
Wild Wild Western retook the lead near the three-eighths and found the wire just in time to capture Wednesday's $17,900 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Wild Wild Western opened a 2-length lead past the three-quarters but found himself under siege late from Rock Candy on the outside and Carolina Beach in the Lightning Lane. The 4-year-old son of Western Ideal-Caila Fra had eno...
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Northfield post time now 4:20pm to comply with curfew

on 11/18/2020 7:49 PM
MGM Northfield Park has announced a temporary change in post time to 4:20 pm for its live racing programs beginning Saturday, Nov. 21.  These programs are conducted every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcasting continues daily from 12 pm to 9:45 pm. The change in post time is needed to accommodate the state of Ohio’s Department of Health&rs...
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Pacing For The Cure announces its first ever virtual 5K 

on 11/18/2020 2:57 PM
There is still time to join Pacing For The Cure’s First ever virtual 5K which will run through the end of November. The proceeds from the 5K will help with the organization’s quest to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.   Entrants can run, walk, ride or pace anytime during the month to be eligible. A 5K is equal to approximately 3.1 miles...
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Case involving Oakes unlikely to start before July

on 11/18/2020 2:22 PM
The wheels of justice are moving slowly when it comes to the trainers and others indicted in March. Following a Nov. 17 arraignment, it appears that hearings on pretrial motions may not take place until July. The Standardbred horsemen indicted in a broad, alleged doping scheme include Chris Oakes and Rick Dane Jr.   During a conference via telephone on Tuesday (Nov. 17) before Unit...
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New protocols for owners to attend Mohawk races

on 11/18/2020 11:37 AM
With Halton Region currently in the red “control” zone, Woodbine Entertainment has released updated protocols for owners attending the races at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  Starting Thursday (November 19), Woodbine will permit one owner, plus one guest, access to the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron for only the race their horse is competing in. The owner and guest will not be allowed en...
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