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Michigan horseman John Spindler dies

on 03/26/2019 8:39 AM
E. John Spindler passed away suddenly on March 7 at his home in Owosso, Mich. He was 89. Mr. Spindler, the son of August and Janette Spindler, was born July 13, 1929 in Bad Axe, Mich.He graduated from Bad Axe High School, where his love for harness racing began, in 1947 before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and serving in Korea as a first lieutenant in the...
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Catch An Ace cashes in Petticoat final

on 03/26/2019 8:30 AM
Catch An Ace (Jason Bartlett, $6) rallied from third-over Monday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $58,000 ‘blanketed’ final of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Though open to 3- and 4-year-old ladies (non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1), no ‘youngsters’ qualified for the finale. Away fifth from post position No. 5, Catch An Ace watched ...
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Lifetime marks set in DSBF trot prelims

on 03/25/2019 8:42 PM
 The threat of rain and dropping temperatures didn’t stop the winners of both early non-wagering Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) events on Monday at Dover Downs from obtaining new lifetime records. In the first $20,000 DSBF event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, Embrace The Grind (He’s Spooky-My Embrace) went wire-to-wire for driver Jonathan Roberts and ow...
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Crews Hilltopper goes back to back at Miami Valley

on 03/25/2019 8:36 PM
The aptly named Crews Hilltopper will enter next Monday’s (April 1) matinee as the likely favorite in the $20,000 championship leg of the Robert J. “Skeeter” Brown Memorial trotting series at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 4-year-old son of Break The Bank K became the only back-to-back winner in the series when he won the final $12,000 preliminary leg on Monday in 1:...
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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame ballot announced

on 03/25/2019 2:48 PM
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2019 ballot. A total of 30 people and horses comprised of 15 Standardbred and 15 Thoroughbred candidates, have been selected to appear on the voting ballot. A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 9.   Th...
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Former hockey star Olczyk joins TheStable.ca

on 03/25/2019 12:33 PM
TheStable.ca, horse racing’s fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, has added U.S. hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk to its all-star client roster. He is a part-owner of Olympic Hopeful, a 2-year-old Illinois-bred filly who will make her racing debut this summer. Olczyk recently hosted an event at Hawthorne Race Course where the track awarded fractions of the filly t...
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Buter hopes to win Petticoat final in Oldford's memory

on 03/25/2019 9:45 AM
When driver Tyler Buter guides Parkin In Heaven onto the racetrack for the $58,000 final of the Petticoat Series Monday night he will doubtlessly be thinking of Gene Oldford. A longtime friend and client of Buter and his father, Todd, Oldford owned the 4-year-old pacer before his passing Feb. 25 and the filly continues to race in his name.   “I’ve trained for him my w...
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Melady's Monet prevails in Pocono photo

on 03/25/2019 8:53 AM
The 10-year-old classmaster Melady’s Monet raised his career bankroll to $1,419,728 when he proved most photogenic in a four-way picture to take the $21,500 handicap trot feature Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The final time of 1:53 was only a tick off the fastest trotting mile of 2019 on a five-eighths mile track in North America, posted by Jack Vernon this past Tuesday at Dov...
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Andy Ray captures Miami Valley Open Trot

on 03/24/2019 7:00 PM
Andy Ray (Elliott Deaton) returned to the winner’s circle for the second time in four tries this month after winning the featured $25,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The 7-year-old son of Crazed nosed out last week’s winner, All About Cowboys (Jason Brewer) in 1:54.1.  Primed N Powerful (Tyler Smith) also raced well to finish third.   A...
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JK Panache wins Saratoga feature

on 03/24/2019 8:29 AM
 Saturday night’s Open Pace featured the return of Artful Way (Artistic Fella) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The three-time defending Pacer of the Year at the track suffered a minor injury that forced him to be scratched a couple weeks ago following a victory in his 2019 debut. Despite coming in off a three-week layoff, Artful Way was the public’s betting favorite in the $15,000 Op...
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Rodeo Rock, Ideal Jimmy double up in Levy Series

on 03/24/2019 8:20 AM
Saturday night’s second round of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series didn’t do a whole lot to establish a clear favorite, though some of the contenders did indeed state their cases. Another happy half-dozen, $50,000, Free-For-All groups were contested, with a pair of repeaters leading the way. Here’s the succinct story, not necessarily in chr...
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Dexter gets it “Dunn” at Meadowlands

on 03/24/2019 8:16 AM
 Driver Dexter Dunn was electric at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and so was the action, as Dunn scored four times on the program and wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the fifth time in 2019. Dunn got his night off to a quick start, sweeping the Early Daily Double with a pair of Tim Lancaster trainees.   Smileandsaycheese came from well off the pace to take the ...
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Epaulette A repeats at Pocono

on 03/23/2019 11:17 PM
For the second straight week, the Four Starzzz Shark gelding Epaulette A was victorious in the top-level conditioned pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and just as he did last week he posted the fastest clocking of the young season, winning this $21,500 contest in 1:50.4 for a new mark. Perennial top local driver George Napolitano Jr. had the fast leaver on top by the eighth pole, ...
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Speed on display at Miami Valley

on 03/23/2019 10:03 PM
 When favorites won the first four races on Miami Valley’s Saturday (March 23) program in 1:51.2 or faster, it became apparent that a “big mile” was possible when the featured $22,500 Open I pacers went postward in the eighth.  A packed grandstand of harness devotees was not disappointed as My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) sped to a 1:49.4 triumph, the quickest mile of the 1...
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Big M cancels Shake It Cerry, Worldly Beauty

on 03/23/2019 7:26 AM
The Meadowlands has totaled up the number of nominations for the April Late Closing 3-year-old series' and both the filly trot and pace divisions, the "Shake It Cerry" and "Worldly Beauty" will be cancelled due to lack of entries.   The colt & gelding trot and pace titled the "Walner" and "Wiggle It Jiggleit" will be raced as s...
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Meadowlands announces purse increase

on 03/23/2019 7:23 AM
 On the next consition covering March 29-30, the Meadowlands will again significantlyincrease the purses for overnight racing,boosting the average to nearly $200,000 per card.   Another benefit resulting from disbursement of the purse supplement is that all starters will now get a check for racing at The Meadowlands. Recognizing that traveling to com...
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Trolley dominates in Big M Preferred Trot

on 03/23/2019 5:37 AM
 Even Marcus Miller must have been surprised at how easy things went for him and Trolley in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands.   In a field which one scratch (Zlatan) left but six starters in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters, Miller urged Trolley from the start, setting sail for the top and leading at the quarter in :28.3. The 6-year-old Donato Hano...
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Feelin’ Red Hot upsets Shartin N in Matchmaker split

on 03/22/2019 10:30 PM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker saw the second of  five preliminary rounds go Friday night. Four, $40,000 groupings of leading lasses were contested, one fewer than a week ago.   Here’s the basics… First division—A wide-early Don’t Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $6)—from post position No. 7—worked around 3-2 favorite Newborn ...
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Hoosier Park to debut Claiming Challenge

on 03/22/2019 10:00 PM
 Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to kick-off the 26th season of live harness racing on Friday, March 29. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., the opening night program will feature the inaugural edition of Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s Claiming Challenge, a championship style series of races created for claiming horses, the mainstays of the racing indu...
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Dew A Little Dance sweeps Meadows series

on 03/22/2019 9:55 PM
 Dew A Little Dance powered to the lead at the quarter and rolled to an unchallenged victory in Friday’s $25,600 championship of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows, completing his sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. When Tony Hall put Dew A Little Dance in the two hole from the gate, it marked the only time the four-year-old A Rockn...
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