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NJSS announces purse schedule for 2019

on 05/10/2019 7:33 AM
The Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sire Stakes has established once again a purse structure for the upcoming Premier Division season which is based upon the number of entrants in a race.   Legs will be contested for $25,000 if there are five or more entries.  If less than five horses enter a leg, the purse will be $20,000.    Premier Division finals will carry a ...
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Zeron posts Thursday six-pack at Yonkers

on 05/09/2019 10:39 PM
It was Scott Zeron Night at the Races Thursday (May 9th), as the lad won 60 percent of Yonkers Raceway’s 10 events.   Zeron swept the $8.40 early daily double with imported favorites Zach Maguire N ($4) in the $10,000 pacing opener (1:54.4) and Whether or Not Fi ($3.80) in the $20,000, second-race trot (life-best 1:56).   The consecutive Zeron three-peat was finished when...
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Western Stepp shows her mettle in Plainridge distaff feature

on 05/09/2019 9:40 PM
Western Stepp was one of the toughest resident mares at Plainridge Park last year winning 26% of her starts. This year she's already two-out-of-three after taking the $12,000 Winners-Over pace for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon (May 9). After being on the engine for the last three weeks, Western Stepp (Mitchell Cushing) found herself in the caboose watching Shesjustadelight N (Ro...
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Commentary, breeding news in Preview

on 05/09/2019 4:05 PM
The disqualification in the Kentucky Derby has generated loads of commentary and in a First Over column in HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Gordon Waterstone flashes back to the 2017 Hambletonian disqualification. The Derby DQ was controversial in many ways and Dean Towers, a former columnist for The Horseman And Fair World magazine, joins the Weekend Preview team to offer his thoughts. While t...
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Westsluckycam wins Saratoga Thursday feature

on 05/09/2019 2:47 PM
Westsluckycam (Camluck) debuted last month at Saratoga Casino Hotel after the Jose Godinez trainee raced in the claiming ranks at Yonkers for much of the year. After a claim in March by Godinez, the 6-year-old mare climbed the class ladder at Yonkers before coming to the Spa in April to compete in the $12,500 winners-over for mares. Westsluckycam had a win and a second at that level before testi...
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NYSS to debut May 13 at Monticello

on 05/09/2019 2:39 PM
On Monday afternoon, May 13, the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) will make its 2019 debut as the glamour division of 3-year-old pacing colts come to town. Going to post will be three divisions of NYSS, two splits of the Excelsior A class ($15,000), and one Excelsior B ($6,700).   The first NYSS division ($38,200) will go to post in Race 1 with seven entries. Hick...
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Relocation of Adios statute complete

on 05/09/2019 2:11 PM
The statue of the Adios that for more than 50 years has welcomed visitors to The Meadows Racetrack has been relocated on the track’s property, near the entrance to the track’s backstretch, which also happens to be the far right lane as drivers proceed to the casino. The move was completed Tuesday.   The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) bought the statue and P...
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Great Northeast Series heats up on Sunday

on 05/09/2019 1:42 PM
This Sunday promises some spectacular racing at the two tracks served by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association (PHHA), with the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) staging a trio of $30,000 events, for open pacers at Harrah’s Philly in the afternoon and for mare open pacers and open trotters at Mohegan Sun Pocono at night. In the open pacing event at Philly, Rodeo Rock ha...
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For real: Lets Get Real wins debut at age 10

on 05/09/2019 1:39 PM
Winning a race is always special for an owner. But when Linda Schwaid and her husband Era “Ernie” Williams watched their homebred pacer Lets Get Real win his career debut this past Saturday at Freehold Raceway, it provided a rush that lasted for days. That’s because Lets Get Real was no ordinary first-time starter. Lets Get Real is 10. “Just to see him race was spec...
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Swandre The Giant romps in qualifier in '19 debut

on 05/09/2019 1:33 PM
Swandre The Giant, who won three Indiana Sires Stakes (ISS) finals last year before being sold for a reported $1 million, made his 3-year-old debut on Thursday morning at The Meadows. Now trained by Ron Burke, Swandre The Giant won easily in 1:56.1 with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky.   “He was good,” Macomber told harnessracing.com shortly after directing the colt to the...
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Hambo contract extended; no heats in 2020

on 05/09/2019 12:10 PM
The Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack have signed a two-year contract extension guaranteeing the host venue of the $1.2 million Hambletonian, $600,000 Hambletonian Oaks and the $400,000 Hambletonian Maturity through 2023.   The Meadowlands has been the longest-running host track of America’s Classic Trotting event, having held the race for 37 years since the Soc...
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Graduate Series keeping stars in sight

on 05/09/2019 11:08 AM
Finding a way to keep harness racing’s marquee performers on the track has always been a puzzle that if solved would allow the sport’s fan base to follow equine standouts not only through the end of their 3-year-old seasons, but beyond. Last Saturday (May 4) at the Meadowlands, the sport’s traveling road show for 4 year olds–the Graduate Series–made its first sto...
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Three straight for Jammin Jack at Harrington

on 05/08/2019 9:07 PM
Victor Kirby's Jammin Jack ($3, Kirby) won his third straight race as he marched to a 1:56.2 triumph in the $18,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.  Majestic Mistress took the early lead from post eight and led the field of six through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2 while favorite Jammin Jack started his first over grind. "Jack" began to wear down the ...
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Andy Miller breaks hand in ATV accident

on 05/08/2019 6:57 PM
Driver Andy Miller told harnessracing.com early Wednesday night that he will be sidelined for possibly a month after breaking his right hand riding a quad at his home earlier in the day.   Miller, 50, is currently the leading driver at Freehold Raceway this year with 84 victories. He stands third in the dash standings at the Meadowlands with 51 winner’s circle trips.   ...
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3TF Somermusic’chapter breaks maiden

on 05/08/2019 4:26 PM
With the New York Sire Stakes season having kicked off this week, a couple of 3-year-old trotting fillies who competed in stakes competition last season and may be prepping to do the same in 2019 prevailed at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Bob Gale is based out of central New York but often competes at Saratoga and on Wednesday his RC’s Lady Royale (RC Royal...
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NY-sired 3YO filly trotters score at Saratoga

on 05/08/2019 4:26 PM
With the New York Sires Stakes season having kicked off this week, a couple of 3-year-old trotting fillies who competed in stakes competition last season and may be prepping to do the same in 2019 prevailed at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Wednesday afternoon. Trainer Bob Gale is based out of central New York but often competes at Saratoga and on Wednesday, his RC’s Lady Royale (RC Royalty)...
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Lazurus wins Harrah's Philly trot feature

on 05/08/2019 4:21 PM
Lazurus (the trotter, not the imported pacer whose name is spelled Lazarus) went wire to wire in the $12,500 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia, taking advantage of misfortune suffered by favored Tony Soprano to win in 1:55.3. Tim Tetrick, second in the drivers' standings both at Philly and in North America, guided the Credit Winner gelding to the lead before the :28.2 quarte...
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Two Confederation Cup elims; powerhouses land together

on 05/08/2019 4:12 PM
Sixteen of the continent’s top aged pacers are set to contest Confederation Cup eliminations this coming Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs. By the looks of the draw, it appears as though one of the eliminations will be a dogfight.   Two $20,000 eliminations have been carded as Race 6 (approximate post 8:35 p.m.) and Race 9 (9:35 p.m.) on the 11-dash card. First-race post tim...
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Gingras looking forward to World Driving Championship

on 05/08/2019 3:23 PM
Yannick Gingras is looking forward to having a good time when he participates in the World Driving Championship, which will be held May 24-31 in Sweden. But the U.S. representative knows that for all the fun, it won’t take long for his competitive instincts to kick into high gear. “Right around the first race,” Gingras said with a laugh. “I’m very competitive. No...
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NJ TrotPac has fundraiser underway

on 05/08/2019 9:11 AM
The SBOANJ and TrotPAC would like to thank those who supported TrotPAC’s efforts these past few years as our industry struggled. Through your generosity, TrotPAC was able to play a crucial role in New Jersey Legislature passing the 5 year $100 million appropriations for horse racing and breeding. Although the appropriations were awarded, it is not guaranteed. There are require...
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