Champions return for Ohio Sires Stakes

on 04/26/2019 8:34 AM
The 2019 Ohio Sires Stakes season begins in one week at Miami Valley Gaming & Racing, spotlighting 3-year-old filly pacers and trotters on May 3 (6:05 p.m. post), while the males in this same age group will be tested on Sunday, May 5 (2:05 p.m. post).    Last year’s 2-year-old championship and freshman consolations winners in their respective divisions have all be...
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Shawn Gray all day at Plainridge

on 04/25/2019 10:37 PM
It’s safe to say that Shawn Gray stole the show at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon after winning five of the 11 races carded including a pair of $12,000 co-featured events for both male and female side-wheelers.    In the first division of non-winners of six races lifetime for the 6-year-old and under colt and gelding set, Gray pulled first over at the half and t...
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It's Official: Brown retired from Hanover

on 04/25/2019 6:01 PM
After almost 52 years of working for Hanover Shoe Farms, Murray Brown has retired from the company. “It has been a great life’s journey for me,” said Brown. “I look forward to spending the rest of my years enjoying life and spending whatever time I have left with my wife Carol and our wonderful families. If opportunity presents itself to indulge in my lifelong passio...
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Three O'Brien series splits raced at Saratoga

on 04/25/2019 4:15 PM
There were three divisions of the second leg of the Virginia O’Brien Memorial Pacing Series contested on Thursday’s matinee at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Each division for fillies and mares went for a purse of $10,000 as the distaffers had their last chance to earn points towards next week’s $30,000-plus final. A series that appeared wide open heading into it has proven to be ju...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/25/2019 4:07 PM
The stars of 2018 are beginning to surface for the 2019 season, and one of Ohio’s finest, Only Take Cash, makes her debut Friday in one of four Scarlet & Gray Invitationals at Miami Valley. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer and co-owner Bob McIntosh gives his thoughts on the returning Ohio Sires Stakes champion who won eight of nine starts last year.   ...
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Billing Series heads to Freehold, Miami Valley

on 04/25/2019 1:21 PM
Although there were events for Billings members in early April at Pompano Park, the granddaddy of all amateur driving programs, the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series, will get underway in earnest on Saturday at Freehold Raceway and then move to Miami Valley Raceway the following afternoon on Sunday.   Both programs have been drawn and most notable is the purse increase at bo...
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Series finals highlight Saturday card at The Meadows

on 04/25/2019 1:16 PM
After a scheduled brief hiatus, racing returns to The Meadows on Saturday, April 27, with four late-closer finals being contested. Trainer Ron Burke is loaded with talent in these races and looks to complete a sweep of the events.   The $28,700 Margaret Provost Memorial Trot (Race 3) for 3-year-old filly trotters is led by the Burke-trained Firedbylindie, a daughter of Explosive ...
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Drivers hurt in Mohawk qualifier spill; McClure breaks pelvis

on 04/25/2019 1:13 PM
The Thursday qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park was interrupted by a chain reaction accident that sent multiple drivers to the track.   The accident occurred in the second quarter of the race when pacer Excaliber Seelster and driver Louis Philippe Roy stepped on the wheel of driver Paul MacDonell, who was sitting in the two hole with Prestige Seelster. Excaliber Seelster broke...
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Indiana approves sports wagering, bill heads to Governor to sign

on 04/25/2019 10:10 AM
Indiana state legislators late Wednesday approved a bill that will allow sports wagering. The bill passed the state House by a vote of 59-36 and by the Senate by a vote of 37-12, and now heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature.   The bill will allow sports wagering at casinos, racetracks and off-track betting parlors. Another provision of the bill is that it will allow the racetr...
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Brown-trained trio sizzle in Miami Valley qualifiers

on 04/25/2019 9:22 AM
A trio of Brian Brown-trained 3-year-old colt pacers won qualifiers in impressive fashion Wednesday afternoon at Miami Valley. Chris Page was in the sulky as the trio of sophomores made their second appearance of the year in qualifiers at the Ohio racetrack.   Proof, a son of A Rocknroll Dance, was the fastest of the three Brown entries as he scored in 1:51.3. Leaving from post 1, Pro...
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Just Plain Loco was crazy good in Philly victory

on 04/25/2019 8:34 AM
Sophomore pacing males with stakes ambitions were in the spotlight on Wednesday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with a pair of $16,000 events complemented by two $14,000 contests. Just Plain Loco proved strong early and strongest late, making two moves to win the first of the $16,000 splits in a personal best of 1:53.2. David Miller had sulky duty behind the Well Said gelding for tr...
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HP Sissy slingshots to win at Buffalo

on 04/24/2019 10:18 PM
HP Sissy used a slingshot move around the clubhouse turn the final time and that big brush proved to be the right one as she captured the $11,500 Class A Open Handicap Pace for the filly and mares at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday evening (April 24).   Entering the event with five victories in 10 starts and only finishing out of the money in just one race, HP Sissy was surprisingly overloo...
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Bluhm new director of racing at Dayton

on 04/24/2019 1:33 PM
On Wednesday (April 24) Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway  announced Ohio native Jason Bluhm as the new director of racing. He will start Monday (April 29) pending customary regulatory approvals. Bluhm has been senior regional director of racing for Tioga and Vernon Downs since 2006 leading multiple departments at both New York State harness facilities. Bluhm’s responsibilities have i...
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Homicide Hunter in 1:55.1 in Pocono qualifier

on 04/24/2019 1:13 PM
The Chris Oakes stable sent out a trio of impressive winners in qualifying action on Wednesday morning at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, headed by the world’s fastest trotter, Homicide Hunter. The 7-year-old gelded son of Mr. Cantab, who rewrote the standard for the gait with his 1:48.4 victory at The Red Mile last year and who won his 2018 Breeders Crown event at this track, showed h...
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Meadowlands Championship Meet Survival Challenge returns

on 04/24/2019 11:58 AM
The always popular Meadowlands Championship Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing is back for the 2019 Championship Meet. Cash prizes and World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) seats are up for grabs in this online competition which begins Friday, May 3. Registration is now open. Trackmaster will provide Platinum Past Performances for each night of the contest. The game covers t...
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Mattei to announce at Tioga Downs

on 04/24/2019 9:42 AM
Tioga Downs welcomes Rich Mattei to the announcer's booth and Racing Office for the 2019 season.    Mattei had originally been hired to do the race calls at Vernon Downs, a position that will now be filled by John Horne whose voice is familiar as the Tioga announcer over the past few seasons. Horne will continue to write the lead-in and wrap-up articles for both tracks. ...
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Reigning HOY McWicked impressive in Pompano qualifier

on 04/24/2019 8:36 AM
McWicked, the 2018 Horse of the Year in the United States and Canada, was an impressive winner in a qualifier Tuesday at Pompano Park in his debut as an 8 year old. With his wintertime trainer Jim McDonald enlisting Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey to drive (and race-season conditioner Casie Coleman watching via a Facebook Live feed), McWicked stepped off fractions of :27.4, :55.4 and ...
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Rich And Miserable last to first in SOA Bonus final

on 04/24/2019 8:32 AM
Rich And Miserable (Dave Miller, $11.80) snapped odds-on Swansea (George Brennan) at the line Tuesday night, winning the $73,000 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Away last among the octet from post position No. 7, Rich And Miserable saw 4-5 favorite Swansea—he of the 3-for-3 preliminary-round resume—make the lead well bef...
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Lis Mara – 3 for 2 for 1

on 04/24/2019 8:32 AM
The Lis Mara Syndicate has launched an exciting new breeding opportunity taking advantage of the lucrative New Jersey Programs that have been put in place for 2019. Breed 3 mares to get 2 foals for 1 stud fee and, the SBOANJ will rebate 15% of the advertised stud fee (up to $1,500) to the breeder of record as per the breeding contract.  Stallions must breed at least 5 mares to be eligibl...
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Town Hall Justice prevails in Weiss final

on 04/23/2019 9:02 PM
Team Allard has now taken both $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series Championships conducted so far at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, adding another distaff victory Tuesday to pacer Cardiff’s win Monday with a recent acquisition, the trotter Town Hall Justice, who lowered her mark by three seconds to 1:53.4 despite a track that was downgraded to “good” after midcard rain. The vi...
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