Lispatty captures Yonkers mare Open

on 03/02/2019 3:15 AM
Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $7.10) won the three-way scrum for the early lead, then took it from there Friday night (March 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   From post position No. 2, Lispatty worked around polester Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), while Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan) was forced to accept a three-hole.   Lispatty laid down th...
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Kayne Kauffman has big night at MVG

on 03/02/2019 3:12 AM
Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) got back on the winning track capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 1).  Driver Kayne Kauffman also had a memorable evening, scoring a hat trick with three horses, all from his own barn.      Feelin Red Hot drew the best of the four outside posts grouping and took full advantage.  O...
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Dapper Dude scores again at Meadows

on 03/01/2019 9:46 PM
Continuing his impressive roll, Dapper Dude rode a pocket trip to victory in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows, giving the 10-year-old millionaire four wins and three seconds in his last seven starts.   The front-ending Stride Of Pride didn't go down easily, clicking off the last quarter in 27.2. But under the encouragement of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Dapper Dude went a...
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Meadows announces expanded wagering format

on 03/01/2019 4:12 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is excited to announce an expanded wagering format starting with its Sunday, March 3, racing program. Every race on the card will now offer superfecta wagering with a reduced minimum wager amount of 10 cents. The superfecta wager will continue to have a “rolling carryover” provision; if a superfecta is not hit in any race then 80 percent of that net po...
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Don't Think Twice gearing up for Matchmaker

on 03/01/2019 2:19 PM
Ask Andrew Harris about Don’t Think Twice and two simple words come to mind: “Good mare.”   Harris thinks she’s so good, he’s pointed the 6-year-old Armbro Operative mare to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Series begins March 15, and in preparation, Don’t Think Twice will make her first start of the year in Friday night&rsquo...
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"Super Send It In" card Sunday at Pompano

on 03/01/2019 9:35 AM
Pompano Park is readying for a “Super, Send-It-In” blockbuster 12-race card on Sunday night as the South Florida track will feature a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 along with the Miller-Tetrick Team Challenge.   The 20-cent based Super Hi-5 wager now sports a carryover “well north of $150,000” said track announcer Gabe Prewitt and, “could grow to wel...
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Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds set for November

on 03/01/2019 9:34 AM
Sponsors have rallied around the Grand Circuit stakes program at The Meadowlands, pledging their support for the upcoming season. As a result the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds freshman stakes will be raced as scheduled in November of 2019.   Nominators should continue the series of sustaining payments with the March 15 installment.   The Meadowlands is grateful for ...
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Some Gold strikes 72-1 gold at Yonkers

on 03/01/2019 9:33 AM
The price of gold went up substantially Thursday night when 72-1 shot Some Gold became Yonkers Raceway’s highest win mutuel of the season. Driven by Matt Kakaley, Some Gold launched a prolonged, first-up bid, picking off tiring leader ER Rock My World (George Brennan) to win the $16,500, eighth-race pace by a neck in 1:55. His first board finish in five seasonal starts returned $147.50 ...
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Betabcool N takes Saratoga open for mares

on 02/28/2019 5:46 PM
Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) suffered broken equipment and was subsequently pulled up last week when dropping in company to make her local debut for 2019 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A four-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa in ’18, Betabcool N avenged last week’s mishap on Thursday afternoon when she went coast-to-coast in the matinee’s $10,000 feature. ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/28/2019 4:29 PM
It was a hometown victory when Beckhams Z Tam won the 2017 Breeders Crown 3CP final at Hoosier Park, and now the 5-year-old pacer is preparing for the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway. The East Coast-based trainer Bruce Saunders currently has Beckhams Z Tam in his barn, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, he talks about the Crown champ who is maki...
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Illinois Hall of Famer Larry Marsh dies

on 02/28/2019 3:11 PM
Lawrence E. “Larry” Marsh, 86, founder of the first Arlington Million, co-founder of Hollywood Park Racetrack in Los Angeles, member of both the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the Illinois Standardbred Racing Hall of Fame, died peacefully in his home in Safford, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Son of the late Ernest S. Marsh...
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North America Cup attracts 82 nominations

on 02/28/2019 2:33 PM
Woodbine Entertainment Thursday announced that 82 three-year-old pacers have been nominated to the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The Pepsi North America Cup is Canada’s richest harness race and this year’s edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The eliminations for the $1 million final will take place a week pri...
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The Big M's great February eight

on 02/28/2019 11:48 AM
The Meadowlands is known for good business and good racing in the wintertime, but even the track’s biggest supporters – whether management or fan – might have been a tad surprised at how things transpired at the mile oval over the course of the eight racing programs during the month of February.   On the track, nobody did it better than driver Yannick Gingras. During...
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Michgan Hall of Famer Gene Oldford dies

on 02/27/2019 10:50 AM
Eugene D. “Gene” Oldford, 86, whose career in harness racing as a breeder, owner, and administrator led to his induction into the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association (MHHA) Hall of Fame in 2013 as well as numerous other accolades, passed away peacefully on Feb. 25 at Blue Water Hospice Home in Michigan.   Mr. Oldford was a longtime member of the MHHA board o...
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Scott Warren named racing secretary at Meadowlands

on 02/27/2019 8:32 AM
Scott Warren has been named racing secretary at the Meadowlands beginning March 1, succeeding Peter Koch who departs to pursue another opportunity. Warren hails from Berlin, Md. where he began working in the Racing Office at Ocean Downs as a teen. This venture led to a 17-year stint on the Maryland Standardbred circuit; first as a Race Office assistant followed by track announcer at the ...
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Fallen horse causes "no contest" at Yonkers

on 02/26/2019 10:32 PM
Yonkers Raceway’s fourth race Tuesday night (Feb. 26) was declared a no contest because of an accident, but thankfully there were no injuries.   Right around the quarter-mile pole, trailing pacer Classiesistar N (Joe Bongiorno) took some bad steps and fell down. He landed about two or three paths out from the pylons and not far from where the starting car remains as an observer ...
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Mischievous Jesse wins at Northfield for 50th victory

on 02/26/2019 10:29 PM
Mischievous Jesse trotted home for his 50th career victory, winning Race 1 at Northfield Park on Tuesday (Feb. 26).  The 11-year-old veteran, with 253 career starts, also has 33 seconds and 26 third-place finishes.   Mischievous Jesse (Jailhouse Jesse-Master’s Mischief-Master Lavec) has career earnings of $302,861 with a lifetime mark of 1:55, taken at Scioto Downs at age s...
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Harness Writers hold annual meeting in Florida

on 02/26/2019 2:26 PM
The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the leading organization of harness racing’s chroniclers, held its annual meetings at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando FL for the second consecutive year this past Saturday and Sunday. The writers’ meetings were held in conjunction with the group’s annual Dan Patch Awards Banquet, which on Sunday evening celebrated t...
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Foiled Again's surprise appearance a big hit

on 02/26/2019 12:23 PM
Moments into his speech to accept the Stan Bergstein-Proximity Award on behalf of legendary pacer Foiled Again during Sunday’s U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch Awards banquet, co-owner Joe Koury Jr. was halted by USHWA member Gordon Waterstone. Koury knew he had not exceeded his time limit because he was just getting started, so he was surprised. Surprise was about to turn...
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Virginia announces residency awards for foals

on 02/26/2019 12:20 PM
The Virginia Harness Horse Association (VHHA), in conjunction with the Virginia Equine Alliance (VEA), is introducing a new Certified Residency Bonus Program that will begin immediately for foals born beginning in 2019.    Once horses complete a six-month residency at a Virginia farm or training center (before they turn two), they are eligible to begin collecting bonuses as two- and ...
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