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Dr. King Jr. Pace Friday at Big M

on 01/17/2019 11:18 AM
The Meadowlands will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a special event Friday night, when they host a race that will feature African-American drivers exclusively in the first of 14 races on the card. Post time is 7:15 p.m.   Mike Cruse’s name will be one of the more recognizable to Meadowlands' regulars. During his career, he’s won 282 races, the...
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Itty Bitty a pleasant surprise for Evan Katz

on 01/17/2019 11:07 AM
Owner Evan Katz makes a habit of perusing the listings on online auction sites. In fact, he checks them almost daily in the hopes of finding another horse to add to his stable. When Katz came across a listing for Itty Bitty in fall 2016, he found a diamond in the rough.   Then a freshman, the pacing filly by Always A Virgin out of the Warrior For Peace mare Bananih, had 15 starts on t...
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Sheila Napier named Caretaker of Year

on 01/17/2019 9:42 AM
Sheila Napier, who works in the Chris Beaver Stable, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Caretaker of the Year Award sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Napier, 37, has worked for Beaver for three years, and in 2018 her horses included the $500,000-winning 3-year-old filly trotter Custom Cantab....
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Aaron Merriman drives 11,000th winner

on 01/17/2019 7:25 AM
Aaron Merriman scored the 11,000th win of his driving career while driving Brooklynite in Northfield Park’s 10th race on Wednesday (Jan. 16).  Brooklynite started from the second tier, brushed boldly and the half to take the lead and never looked back, winning by 5-¼-lengths in 1:52.    Merriman, 40, keeps a torrid schedule, regularly competing at Northfield P...
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Bud Hatfield 'feels like a kid again'

on 01/16/2019 3:01 PM
When it comes to racing, Bud Hatfield wouldn’t trade the feeling he gets from his horses for the world. In the past several years, the 69-year-old Ohioan has shared in ownership of a number of successful horses, including millionaire Bar Hopping and stakes-winners Wolfgang and You Know You Do. In December, he reached new heights when his Kissin In The Sand was named the 2018 Dan Patch A...
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DSOA awards banquet held

on 01/16/2019 11:06 AM
On Friday, Jan. 11, the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association held their 22nd annual awards dinner. On this evening the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund champions were also honored, along with some other awards deserving recognition. The awards were emceed by Heather Vitale and Bill Ellis. In the beginning of the evening, a special tribute video was also played to honor the memory of H...
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Stage set for exciting year for Woodbine Ent.

on 01/15/2019 3:02 PM
The 2018 season was a very busy and exciting year on and off the track for Woodbine Entertainment.   “Reflecting back on the year that was, it’s remarkable to think of all that was accomplished and started in 2018,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. “Our efforts have positioned us well to continue to tackle our challenges head on as we remain lase...
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Players qualify for World Harness Handicapping final

on 01/15/2019 12:26 PM
Stephanie Davis of Brooklyn, NY, captured the Jan. 12 World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier presented by DerbyWars.com at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   Davis cashed on three early show bets to keep her in the contest and used her remaining $94 on a win bet in Race 14 on Rather Swell.  Her win bet paid off at $754.40 giving her the $900 grand prize and a $1,300 seat int...
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Marcus Melander credits "rise" to good team

on 01/15/2019 12:24 PM
Marcus Melander’s name will be on the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2018 Rising Star Award, but the 27-year-old trainer says the recognition extends beyond one person. “It’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not really just my award,” Melander said. “It’s my whole barn. If I didn’t have all these people working with me, I wouldn’...
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New president/COO named at Northfield Park

on 01/15/2019 9:36 AM
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) ("MGM Resorts" or the "Company") announced today that it has appointed Chris Kelley as the new president and COO of the Ohio resort, currently known as the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will be rebranded when MGM Resorts acquires the property, which is expected to occur in the first half of 201...
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Details of Rick Zeron suspension/fine

on 01/15/2019 8:40 AM
Harnessracing.com has obtained a copy of the specific ruling issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) that resulted in Rick Zeron receiving a 180-day suspension and $10,000 fine. In announcing the sanctions on Jan. 9, the AGCO only stated which rules were violated and not the specifics.   According to the AGCO ruling, an inspection was conducted at the stable of Z...
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Meadowlands announces '19 stakes schedule

on 01/15/2019 8:37 AM
The Meadowlands' 2019 Grand Circuit stakes schedule will offer more than $13 million in purses led by Harness Racing's most coveted prize, the 94th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian Stake. The Meadowlands will again be the stage for two of the sport's biggest events. The track's signature Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace ($700,000 est.) headlines a card worth an estimated ...
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P L Jill wins in Mohawk Preferred Trot

on 01/15/2019 8:32 AM
P L Jill scored an impressive victory in her jump up to the $34,000 Preferred Trot on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The six-year-old mare came first-up on the far turn and kept on powering in the lane to defeat eight-talented rivals in 1:54.3 for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Ben Baillargeon.   An early-battle saw Dancer Hall ignore the two-hole to move arou...
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Tioga Downs grants presented

on 01/14/2019 6:08 PM
As part of the commitment of Tioga Downs and owner Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs was pleased to host its very first check presentation ceremony officially announcing the recipients of the first $250,000 in funding through the Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that reviews and selects applications for grant funding. The ceremony was held at the Tioga Downs ballroom...
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Susie's Soul upsets in MVG series

on 01/14/2019 6:05 PM
Another pair of “Claim To Fame” late-closing series got underway at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Jan. 14) as two divisions of $8,000 claiming mares and two divisions of $15,000 claiming trotters went postwar   Susie’s Soul (Jason Brewer) won the fastest split for the distaffers with a 1:56.1 upset over Endeavors Ladyluck (Trevor Smith) and Bad Glamour...
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Horse dies in incident at Ohio county fairgrounds

on 01/14/2019 3:32 PM
A 28-year-old man is in police custody after he allegedly broke into the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton, Ohio, early Monday morning and released 15 Standardbreds from their stalls, allowing them to run loose on the nearby streets. Fourteen of the horses were recovered safely but one had to be euthanized as a result of injuries sustained when it fell through the ice at a nearby lake.  ...
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Western NY horseman Lester Tourville dies

on 01/14/2019 10:39 AM
Lester Tourville, 87, of Hamburg, NY, died Jan. 12, 2019, at Hospice Buffalo. He was a driver and trainer at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs until he retired in 2004. In the early 1980s, Mr. Tourville worked for the Mar Con Farms, training their top open pacer Mar Con Cash p,4,1:59.4q ($151,554). Later he trained and drove for the powerful Theodora Brown and Sportacular stables. Some of their t...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on 01/14/2019 9:43 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will close Wednesday, January 16. The one day sale takes place on Tuesday, February 12 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Horsemen from 27 states and Canada will converge at this annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or to o...
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Barn fire in Michigan kills 7 horses

on 01/14/2019 9:20 AM
Longtime Michigan horsewoman Ann Russell and her daughter, Erin Spychala, lost their entire stable in an early-morning barn fire on Sunday morning in Pinckney, Mich. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and killed all seven horses in the barn, including five Standardbred racehorses, one broodmare and a riding pony.   The horses killed in the fire include the 8-year-old pacing gelding R...
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Constntlysidwys A wins Big M Preferred

on 01/13/2019 7:30 AM
If you’re going to rock the apple cart, then your name might as well fit the result.  Saturday night at the Meadowlands, a win for K Ryan Bluechip or Geez Joe in the Preferred Handicap would have established the victor as the Big M’s top pacer in training, but Constntlysidewys A threw a monkey wrench into the machine, going a big mile for owner-trainer Tahnee Camilleri, ...
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