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Tag Up And Go, Watkins win Philly features

on 04/18/2019 6:30 PM
Tag Up And Go and Watkins emerged as the winners of the joint $14,500 features during the Thursday program at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Tag Up And Go enjoyed a drop in class, pointing right to the front for driver Marcus Miller and never locking back through splits of 28. 57, 1:25.1, and 1:53.4. Seven Iron raced in the pocket and stayed closest to the winner, but he was still 2 3...
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Levy, Matchmaker in new Weekend Preview!

on 04/18/2019 4:21 PM
If you want great insight into Saturday night’s George Morton Levy Memorial Series final at Yonkers Raceway you can find it in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview as we talked to the driver or trainer of all eight starters. It’s the richest Levy final ever and it’s unanimous that this won’t be a line-‘em-up race.   In addition to the Levy talk,...
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Back half of :52.4, Courtly Choice cruises in star-filled qualifier

on 04/18/2019 3:57 PM
After having made a splash in qualifying action last week at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Courtly Choice, the returning son of Art Major, upped his game on Thursday during the morning session at the Campbellville, Ont. oval.   Courtly Choice was part of a compact, yet star-studded qualifying tilt that went postward for Race 8 over a “fast” track. Rail starter Mission Three was sc...
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Failing favorites fine with Big M faithful

on 04/18/2019 11:16 AM
The Meadowlands has always been known as a place where bettors can play against favorites with confidence and those who are anti-chalk must have loved wagering at the Big M last weekend (April 12-13), as 23 of 26 post-time choices went down to defeat during the course of the two-card race week. After the odds-on favorite won the first race, the remainder of Saturday’s card went chalk-fr...
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Yonkers' presiding judge George Karam dies

on 04/18/2019 10:38 AM
George J. Karam passed away on Tuesday, April 16. He was 60.   Born on Sept. 4, 1958 in Rome, N.Y., he was the son of the late George B. and Elizabeth (Abounader) Karam. He was a 1976 graduate of Rome Free Academy and for many years ran the family business, Thrifty Food Store. On Dec. 5, 1997 he married his love, Joy Rolewicz, and together they moved to Saratoga Springs. &n...
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Thoroughbred tracks move to ban raceday Lasix

on 04/18/2019 9:47 AM
A coalition of Thoroughbred racetracks, including Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Del Mar, Oaklawn and the New York Racing Association sites of Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, announced Thursday that it and other Triple Crown racetracks will begin phasing out raceday medication on Jan. 1, 2020. According to the coalition, the tracks involved represent 86 percent of the graded or listed stakes races ...
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Applications open for Finkelson scholarships

on 04/18/2019 9:34 AM
Steven Wolf, president of the Florida chapter of the United States Harness Racing Writers Association (USHWA), has announced that the chapter is now accepting applications for its 2019 Allen J. Finkelson Scholarship Awards.   The scholarship fund was established in memory of Hall of Famer Allen J. Finkelson, the former Vice President of Public Relations at Pompano Park and longtime Ch...
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Open races coming up at Meadowlands

on 04/18/2019 9:21 AM
The Meadowlands will offer the first of a series of Open races for all gaits and sexes of older horses for a purse of $30,000 on Saturday, April 27.    These opens have been spaced throughout the Meadowlands season to provide a race when there is a gap in the stakes schedule. All four groups will have three or four legs with the purse increasing for each, to $35,000 for the secon...
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"The Captain" Callahan wins 6,000th career race

on 04/18/2019 8:30 AM
Corey Callahan got career driving win number 6,000 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, breaking the maiden of the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Don’t Judge A Book with a 1:56.1 victory and then surviving the very late drama of an inquiry, which determined that his horse made a break just after the wire, allowing the milestone victory to stand.   The 40-year-old Ca...
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Meadowlands plans charity handicapping

on 04/17/2019 2:47 PM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is seeking local New Jersey charities interested in having a night at the races for a good cause in the first annual Charity Handicapping Contest, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, 2019. The Charity Handicapping Contest is a free handicapping contest open to 501C3 organizations. The Contest offers a $15,000 total donation/prize pool, with all ten charities...
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Graceful Touch, Southwind Serena to Hall

on 04/17/2019 2:32 PM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the two broodmares that will be inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame on July 7 in Goshen, NY. The Living Horse Hall of Fame Committee recently voted for broodmares using the criteria implemented in 2018. Eligible mares for consideration are producers of two Dan Patch Award winners, two millionaires or one Dan Patch an...
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Drivers offer Matchmaker opinions

on 04/17/2019 1:46 PM
If fans are looking for a horse in top form entering Saturday’s (April 20) $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for older female pacers, they need to only look at…well, just about everyone. Six of the eight mares are heading to the Matchmaker championship at Yonkers Raceway off a win (thanks to four horses skipping last week’s fifth-and-final preliminary round of the ...
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Equine artist Bill Orr, 93, dies

on 04/17/2019 9:37 AM
William Allen “Bill” Orr, 93, a renowned equine equine artist, particularly Standardbreds, died Monday night, April 15.   Mr. Orr grew up in Detroit, Mich., and as a schoolboy worked in a riding stable. As a teenager he galloped runners and then worked shortly in the world of rodeo. When World War II broke out, Mr. Orr joined the U.S. Army and was a member of the cavalry r...
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A conversation with trainer Kevin McDermott

on 04/17/2019 8:42 AM
After being slowed for three months by a training accident earlier this year, Kevin McDermott is looking forward to rejuvenation this spring and summer.   McDermott, who is stabled at Magical Acres in central New Jersey, is among the state’s horsemen buoyed by Gov. Phil Murphy’s recent approval of legislation directing a total of $100 million to horseracing and breeding du...
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Delishka N captures fourth of year

on 04/16/2019 9:58 PM
Delishka N ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) continued her stellar 2019 campaign with a 1:54.2 victory in the $18,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway Tuesday. Owned by Legacy Racing, Nanticoke Racing, Reginald Hazzard and Gary Calloway, the 6-year-old Bettors Delight pulled the pocket on pacesetter Nerida Franco N shortly after the half-mile and battled on the outside before edging clear of the latt...
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Spring In Paris 3 for 3 in Weiss Series

on 04/16/2019 9:55 PM
Spring In Paris, a sophomore daughter of Explosive Matter, went 3-for-3 in her Bobby Weiss Series preliminary action at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking one of Tuesday’s $15,000 prelim divisions in a lifetime best in 1:55.3. And she’s economical in her energy dispersal: her total winning margin in her three victories was eight feet, or one length. On Tuesday, Andrew McCart...
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Ohio champ Wittyville sweeps in Hackett

on 04/16/2019 7:03 PM
Defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion Wittyville has returned for his sophomore season in the same fine form he displayed in his rookie year when he banked $207,153.   The 3-year-old Manofmanymissions colt completed a sweep of the $15,000 elimination and $40,000 championship round of the James K. Hackett Memorial for state-bred male trotters on Tuesday afternoon (April 16) at Miami Valle...
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Ohio Fantasy Stable deadline April 19

on 04/16/2019 4:16 PM
The deadline for entries into the 2019 Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association's Fantasy League is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 19. Put on your thinking caps, get out your lucky charms, and choose your six horses for your 2019 Ohio Fantasy Stable. With monthly prizes being awarded from May through October with a $2,500 finale, as well as getting a T-shirt just for entering the free-of-...
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Lather Up, Crystal Fashion big in Philly qualifiers

on 04/16/2019 1:58 PM
During a mild Tuesday morning qualifying session at Harrah’s Philadelphia, many stakes horses at two put in good prep races for their upcoming season, but it was a pair of horses turning four that drew the spotlight. Lather Up went coast to coast in his event for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis, hanging up easy fractions of :28.3 and :58, then turning on the speed for b...
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Slader takes home $43,200 top prize in WHHC

on 04/16/2019 11:57 AM
Russell Slader of Nutley, N.J., captured the $43,200 grand prize in the 2019 World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) presented by DerbyWars.com on Saturday, April 13 at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   Slader finished the tournament with a $2,518 bankroll to top the field of 108 players from across North America who competed for $108,000 in prize money. Slader won...
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