Medusa ready for Blue Chip Matchmaker Series

on 03/12/2019 10:44 AM
Medusa is revved up and ready to go. The 8-year-old pacing mare is set for her fourth appearance in the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers and will look to continue her good fortune in the event, which included a second-place finish in the 2017 final. “You always wonder, especially with a mare at her age, that when you shut her down the engine might not start back up,&rdquo...
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NYRA announcer Collmus calls Yonkers race

on 03/12/2019 8:40 AM
He’s called a pair of historic thoroughbred champions and countless Breeders’ Cups, but the career of Larry Collmus was officially made Monday night. That’s because the popular voice of the New York Racing Association and the Triple Crown stopped by Yonkers Raceway to see how the other half lives. Collmus, a friend of Yonkers’ track announcer John Hernan, visited t...
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USTA annual board meetings conclude

on 03/11/2019 7:41 PM
 The USTA Board of Directors annual meeting concluded Monday with approval of the 2019 budget that includes funding for the Standardbred Transition Alliance, two bylaw changes regarding board governance, and approval of new rules as recommended by the Rules Committee.   Prior to the second general session, the Finance Committee approved the 2019 budget, which projects a surplu...
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Levy, Matchmaker opening legs drawn at Yonkers

on 03/11/2019 7:30 PM
The big girls and big boys come to play this weekend, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the opening round of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   Friday night, March 15, finds four, $40,000 divisions of the Matchmaker for leading pacing mares, going consecutively as races five through nine.    Defending series champ begins her 6-yea...
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The Lionking AS roars in Paver final

on 03/11/2019 7:27 PM
 The Lionking AS scored the biggest victory of his young career Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by copping the $25,000 championship of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late closer.  The series featured trotters who were non-winners of four races or $40,000 at the series start.   Trace Tetrick, the leading driver at the current Miami Valley meet, put the 4-year-old so...
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Pocono kicks off '19 season on Saturday

on 03/11/2019 3:56 PM
The 2019 harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono begins this Saturday night (March 16) as the first of 134 cards planned for the northeast Pennsylvania five-eighths mile oval contains 14 races, with a scheduled first post of 7 p.m. The two horsemen who have been dominant in the trainers and drivers rankings at Pocono over the last few seasons, driver George Napolitano Jr. and...
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Sunday session in books at USTA meeting

on 03/10/2019 10:20 PM
One of the primary themes of the 2019 U.S. Trotting Association’s (USTA) Board of Director’s Annual Meeting has been the importance of the use of technology. In Sunday’s opening general session, USTA President Russell Williams’ pre-recorded TED talk-style presentation utilizing green room technology with an impressive array of video, photos and graphics was the highlight of...
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Andy Ray wins Langley Memorial at Miami Valley

on 03/10/2019 10:16 PM
Andy Ray, a recent addition to the Open trotting ranks at Miami Valley Raceway, captured the $25,000 Barry Langley Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The 7-year-old gelding, who banked $175,343 racing primarily at Yonkers Raceway in 2018, was greeted in an emotional makeshift backstretch winner’s circle by over 100 of Langley’s family, friends and fellow horsemen still in shock over the s...
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Beckhams Z Tam dominant at Meadowlands

on 03/10/2019 9:09 AM
After settling for a close second in each of his first two starts of the season coming from off the pace, driver Tim Tetrick thought he'd try something different with Beckhams Z Tam in the $25,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night. And Tetrick was right on the money. Beckhams Z Tam, the 2017 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding pace champion...
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Sam's A Champ A, Smalltownthrowdown win at Yonkers

on 03/10/2019 12:13 AM
Locally-debuting Sam’s a Champ A (Jim Marohn Jr., $7.60) and locally-needs-no-introduction Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $9) earned the glory Saturday night (March 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Sam’s a Champ A stalked 9-10 choice Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) though spongy intervals of :28, 57.2 and 1:25 in the week...
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Carolina Beach wins Saratoga Saturday feature

on 03/10/2019 12:09 AM
With the scratch of two-time defending Horse of the Year Artful Way, the field in Saturday night's Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel was down to six participants. Despite the smaller size group, the race on paper looked to be a good one and it certainly played out that way. Melissa Beckwith's Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) recorded the second most wins in the Open Pace in 2018 a...
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USTA board meeting underway in Columbus

on 03/09/2019 11:31 PM
Meetings of the Executive Committee, Communications and Marketing Committee, Amateur Driving Committee, the Harness Racing Medication Committee, and Fair Committees were conducted on the Saturday (March 9) session of the U.S. Trotting Association’s Board of Directors annual meeting at the Hilton-Easton. In the Communications and Marketing Committee, Jason Turner, digital brand strategis...
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Title Town scores knockout at Buffalo

on 03/09/2019 10:13 PM
Title Town threw a solid but stunning knockout punch in Buffalo Raceway's $10,500 Class AA Open Pace on Saturday night (March 9) and that blow delivered a $37.60 victory.    With the heavily favored Upfront Countryboy (Shawn Gray) scoring from the rail and setting fractions of :29.0, :58.2 and 1:28.3 over the sloppy track, Title Town (Denny Bucceri) sat back and watched until...
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Barry Langley Mem. highlights Miami Valley's Sunday card

on 03/09/2019 10:08 PM
Miami Valley Raceway and its horsemen and women will pay tribute to their dear friend and fellow horseman Barry Langley during the Sunday (March 10) afternoon matinee. Langley passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Lebanon, Ohio, on Wednesday at the age of just 33. The $25,000 Open Trot (approximate 6th race post time 3:30 p.m.) has been renamed the Barry Langley Memorial.&...
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Dayton Raceway seeking racing director

on 03/09/2019 2:24 PM
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is now accepting applications for its Director of Racing position.  All applications must be made on-line at   Dayton Raceway will conduct a 78-date live harness meet Sept. 9 through Dec. 28 highlighted by the Dayton Pacing and Trotting Derbies, eac...
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Sutton derails Trolley in Meadowlands feature

on 03/09/2019 8:16 AM
Driver Andy Miller was able to steal a slow middle half, and that's just what Sutton needed to end Trolley's four-race winning streak in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. Sutton was away quickly from post eight and went parked out past the quarter before securing the top at the three-eighths. Sutton hit the half in :57.1 after lo...
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JD's Chancey Gal wins open at Miami Valley

on 03/09/2019 8:12 AM
A brand new winner emerged from the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley on Friday night (March 8).  JD’s Chancey Gal, in just her second try at an Open I level, tracked down favored pacesetter Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) and then held off longshot E R Hilary (LeWayne Miller) to score a 1:52.1 triumph for owner-trainer Pasko Vucinaj. Driver Tyler Smith used the advantag...
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Write Me A Song wins at Yonkers

on 03/08/2019 9:32 PM
Write Me a Song (Jordan Stratton, $43.20) was both widest and fastest Friday night (March 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was the final tune-up for many of these misses before the Blue Chip Matchmakers gets underway next Friday (March 15th). From post position No. 3, the lass with a north-of-the-border resume was away sixth. She saw Angel...
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Delray Dude overpowering in Meadows series opener

on 03/08/2019 9:29 PM
Delray Dude overpowered the field in a 1:52.4 victory in Friday's opening leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows. Dew A Little Dance survived a late rally by Touch Of The West in the other $12,500 division of the event for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. A 4-year-old American Ideal-Docdor Libby gelding, Delray Dude entered the series off a break at Yonkers...
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Mich. horseman Adam Kane, 59, passes

on 03/08/2019 5:47 PM
Adam Patrick Kane 59, passed away peacefully on Friday March 1st. Adam was born on March 18 1959 to Larry & Betty (Hart) Kane. He graduated from Fowlerville High School in 1977. Adam served in the United States Army, owned and trained many standardbred racehorses, drove semi for C&W horse transport, bartender, plant supervisor and most of all he was a great son, brother and friend. ...
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