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NAADA Series kicks off March 14 at Monticello

on 03/08/2019 8:35 AM
The North American Amateur Drivers Association is set to kick-off its 2019 season at Monticello Raceway on Thursday, March 14. with a two-track competition for its members. The following Thursday (March 21) the competitors will move on to Yonkers Raceway for a leg at the Hilltop oval. Races will be held weekly on Thursdays until the top point earners vie for a $15,000 final at Yonkers on May 23....
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Austin Siegelman wins five at Monticello

on 03/07/2019 9:43 PM
Austin Siegelman’s favorite number recently has been five. On two occasions already in the young 2019 season, the 27-year-old Siegelman had won five races at Monticello Raceway. On Thursday he did it again for the third time. It didn’t matter if he was starting from the rail or the eight hole, Siegelman found a way to find the winner’s circle.   The winners started i...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/07/2019 4:10 PM
Trainer Tom Fanning sends out a half-dozen starters this weekend at the Meadowlands and Yonkers and in the new HarnessRacing Weekend Preview he talks to Gordon Waterstone about their chances. Included among Fanning’s sextet are Photobombr Hanover, who is prepping for a possible Levy start, and maiden pacer Onemilebridge, a new acquisition into his barn.   Speaking of the Meadowl...
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Shez Sugarsweet A wins second at Stga

on 03/07/2019 3:47 PM
The Thursday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel looked like an Australian invasion. Four of the six participants in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open were Australian imports and the stretch run of the race was comprised of these invaders. The race favorite, Sally Fletcher A (Bruce Aldrich Jr.), had to navigate through some traffic trouble in the feature while Shez Sugarsweet A (Somebeachsomewh...
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Battoni to represent HHI on USTA Uniform Medication Subcommittee

on 03/07/2019 2:59 PM
Longtime Pennsylvania horseman and executive Ron Battoni will represent Harness Horsemen International (HHI) on the United States Trotting Association’s Uniform Medication Subcommittee, it has been announced.   The alliance’s goal is to develop comprehensive proposals on the use of therapeutic medications and recommended penalties for violations in harness racing. The USTA...
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O'Brien winner Will Take Charge wins qualifier

on 03/07/2019 2:03 PM
After having not recorded a charted mile since last fall’s TVG Free For All Trot at the Meadowlands Racetrack, Will Take Charge, who was voted as Canada’s 2018 Older Trotting Horse of the Year, surfaced Thursday morning during Woodbine Mohawk Park’s qualifying session. Bob McClure was up behind the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding for his co-owning trainer, Jeff Gillis. The w...
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Northfield Park Single Six pays $34,377

on 03/07/2019 11:44 AM
March came in like a lion for one lucky Northfield Park patron. The 20-cent Northfield Single Six was solved with a single combination for a whopping $34,377.32 return on Wednesday, March 6. The wager premiered on Oct. 13 and has become popular with punters chasing big scores. The unique combination Pick-6 offers a low 14 percent takeout rate and starts nightly in race nine. The 20-cent wager ...
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Levy Bracket Buster March Madness Tourney announced

on 03/07/2019 11:09 AM
Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is proud to announce that they will partner again with the Standardbred Owners Association of New York to present a George Morton Levy “Bracket Buster March Madness” tournament. The bracket buster challenge is completely free to enter and has a top prize of $250 to the winner. The contest is limited to the first 6...
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Big M betting stays on a roll

on 03/07/2019 10:59 AM
Big pools, big payoffs and the first taste of purse increases highlighted the action during the first weekend of March (1-2) at the Meadowlands. After a highly successful February at the windows, betting at the Big M last weekend was just shy of $6.5 million, far and away the highest two-day total of 2019. Saturday was the big night, with all-source handle totaling $3,603,187, which crushe...
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Maine anti-racing bill appears dead

on 03/07/2019 10:46 AM
Legislation in Maine which would have dramatically reduced harness racing’s share of revenues generated from gaming at the state’s racetracks appears to have been thwarted. “The bill is effectively dead. There was no legislative support for the bill from anyone on the committee which heard the bill,” said Don Marean, a Maine state representative and director of the U.S...
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Ohio horseman Barry Langley dies at 33

on 03/07/2019 9:51 AM
Ohio-based trainer Barry Langley, arguably one of the most well-liked and popular horseman in the Buckeye State and in harness racing, died Wednesday at the age of 33. When Langley did not respond to friends, his body was discovered at his home in Lebanon.   As word of Langley's death spread on Wednesday night, tributes flooded social media platforms in memory of the giant of a...
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Favorites roll In Buffalo features

on 03/06/2019 9:21 PM
There was little suspense in Buffalo Raceway's two main events on Wednesday night (March 6) as a pair of heavy favorites had no issues in posting dominating victories.   You Mach Me Crazy ($3.10) crushed the field in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap for the distaff pacers while Noble Legend ($3.00) led every step of the way to collect the win in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap ...
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Lady MacBeth wins again at Saratoga

on 03/06/2019 6:02 PM
Wednesday’s matinee program at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured a trio of $9,000 events for New York-sired trotters and for the second time in as many weeks, trainer-driver Phil Fluet thrived. Last week, Fluet scored one win and a couple of second-place finishes with his trainees but on Wednesday, he recorded a pair of winners.   Lady Macbeth (Deweycheatumnhowe) was a repeat wi...
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USTA board meetings get underway Friday

on 03/06/2019 3:33 PM
The U.S. Trotting Association’s 2019 Board of Directors annual meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. This year’s meeting is starting a day earlier on Friday afternoon to allow for the addition of numerous subcommittee meetings and other working group sessions prior to the start of the usual committees and general sessio...
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Gingras cashes Sagamore Hill trifecta

on 03/06/2019 8:32 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Sagamore Hill Pacing Series began Tuesday night, with Yannick Gingras beating a path to the winner’s circle. Gingras won three of the four, $20,000 divisions for 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen, including a maiden-breaker with 16-1 invading pole-sitter On Accident ($35.20). The 3-year-old Well Said gelding, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, won in 1:55...
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HHI now accepting scholarship applications

on 03/06/2019 8:31 AM
Harness Horsemen International is now accepting applications for the 31st annual Jerome L. Hauck Scholarship.   The $4,000 award is granted to a son or daughter, or any person with a legal guardian, of an HHl-affiliated association member.   The HHI Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1986 in memory of Jerome L. Hauck, one of the founders of HHI who served as its presid...
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Pocono holds first qualifiers Tuesday

on 03/05/2019 3:50 PM
Harness racing returned to the eastern side of Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning, as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono held the first of three qualifying sessions prior to the 2019 opening night of Saturday, March 16. With the track crew doing their usual excellent job of working with a track that had seen much snow in recent days, the surface was rated “good +2” in 19-degree temperat...
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USTA Strategic Wagering handle up in '19

on 03/05/2019 3:44 PM
Through the end of February this year, the amount wagered through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program has increased by more than $2 million ($2,005,679) compared to the first two months of 2018. That 43.7 percent increase in handle was achieved through 219 guaranteed-pool wagers offered at nine different racetracks during the first two months of 2019. In addition, during January and February of t...
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Sportscasters Charity Derby May 11 at Big M

on 03/05/2019 2:01 PM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host its second Sportscasters Charity Derby—two harness races to benefit each participating Sportscaster’s selected charitable organizations — on Saturday, May 11.  The second Sportscasters Charity Derby will consist of 10 famous sportscasters who will each compete in a one-mile harness race driving a racehorse in a ...
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Horseman, race official Don Latessa dies at 92

on 03/05/2019 10:17 AM
Donato "Don" Pasquale Latessa passed away on Feb. 19 in Pompano Beach, Fla., at the age of 92. He was surrounded by his cherished family, wife, Victoria (Fatica) Latessa, son, Nathaniel and daughter-in-law Emily, daughter Alexandra Latessa-Vorvolakos and son-in-law Vasilios.   Mr. Latessa was born in 1926 in Collinwood, Ohio into a family of eight children. All are deceased ...
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