Johansson trainees dominate Meadowlands qualifiers

on 04/20/2019 4:45 PM
Foul weather caused the postponement of today's (Saturday, April 20) qualifiers until 3:00 pm. By then, despite overcast skies and a slight helping breeze in the stretch, the track was fast and dry with a temperature of 64f at post time.  The session quickly turned into Nancy Johansson day as she brought big power to the table and got the results she and driver Scott Zeron were hoping ...
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Sutton scores in Big M feature

on 04/20/2019 9:07 AM
Considering the talent level of the field he was facing, even driver Andy Miller must have been surprised at how easily his Sutton won his second straight Friday night feature at the Meadowlands, the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. After all, Sutton was taking on arch-rival Trolley, the only horse to defeat him (twice) this year. In addition, there was $2.7-million lifetime earner Pi...
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Only Passing Thru wins Vernon Downs feature

on 04/20/2019 12:47 AM
Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) was awarded first place due to a disqualification by Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) during the featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on opening night (4-19).  It rained throughout the card but didn't dampen the spirits of the big opening day crowd. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggert Jr) charged to the front and put up all the opening fractions (:27.4, :...
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Made Of Jewels As wins distaff feature at Yonkers

on 04/20/2019 12:43 AM
Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton, $8.20) prevailed off a live tow Friday night (Apr. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Pace. Unhurried from assigned post position No. 5, Made of Jewels AS was away sixth before hooking herself in back of the second move of Alexa’s Power (Jason Bartlett). That latter, advancing from third, ground down narrow 2-1 cho...
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Rylee Roo upset winner in Hackett 3YOFP

on 04/19/2019 10:08 PM
Rylee Roo (Aaron Merriman) upset Queen Of The Pride (Tony Hall) following a stirring stretch duel in the $40,000 championship of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Ohio-sired sophomore pacing fillies at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 19).  The daughter of Pet Rock, trained by Steve Carter, sat a cozy two-hole throughout before Merriman angled her to the outside and took a shot a...
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Majestic Kat remains "purrfect" at Buffalo

on 04/19/2019 10:06 PM
Majestic Kat made it a 'purrfect' 3-for-3 at Buffalo Raceway on Friday night (April 19) as she splashed and dashed her way to the victory in the $13,000 Open Trot in 1:57.4 over the sloppy track.   After making a two week visit to Flamboro Downs where she registered a win and third place, Majestic Kat returned to the Western New York circuit where she was undefeated in two sta...
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Miami Valley seeking top Ohio-sired sophomores

on 04/19/2019 8:10 PM
Miami Valley Raceway is seeking outstanding Ohio-sired three-year-olds for its upcoming $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals on Friday (April 26) and Saturday (April 27).  The filly races, on both the pace and trot, are scheduled for Friday with the colts slated to do battle on Saturday. Elimination heat winners and finalists that finished in the top four of the James K. Hackett Memo...
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Steady Star’s Chester Ault, 104, dies

on 04/19/2019 7:45 PM
Chester V. Ault, 104, of Chattanooga was born in 1914 on a “frosty December day” in Cedar Bluff, Alabama. He was a long-time resident of Chattanooga, where his many ventures included founding a chain of Ault Hardware and Appliance Stores, developing North Crest Estates on Missionary Ridge and management of Ault Properties where he worked until his death at age 104.  Chester w...
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Dunn/Parker sweep Harrah’s Philadelphia features

on 04/19/2019 4:47 PM
The Big Jim gelding Tiger Thompson roared to the fastest mile of the young season at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, fronting a good field at every call to win the $18,000 pacing feature in 1:50.1. Dexter Dunn got the strong Kiwi-bred to the lead before a :26.1 quarter despite the outside post seven, then got a breather to the half in :56. There was no catching the Tiger a...
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Brittany Farms’ Mary Sewell dies

on 04/19/2019 3:18 PM
Brittany Farms is sad to report the death of Mary Sewell at the age of 78. She was the booking administrator for Brittany Farms Stallion Management for 21 years. She took a leave of absence in March 2017 because of health issues. She spent more than 40 years of her life in the Standardbred horse business. She was the office manager for three farms and did pedigree research and writing fo...
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Saturday qualifiers at Meadowlands moved to 3 pm

on 04/19/2019 10:37 AM
Due to the impending weather forecast for Friday night and into Saturday, the Meadowlands is postponing the qualifiers scheduled for 10 a.m until 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.   Call the Racing Office later today at 201-842-5130 with any questions. (Meadowlands)
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Mayotte still hospitalized after post-parade accident

on 04/19/2019 8:04 AM
Standardbred Canada has received an update on driver Roger Mayotte, who was involved in a freak accident during Monday's card of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Shortly after the post parade for Monday's ninth race, Odds On Amethyst (Pat Hudon) and Monopoly (Roger Mayotte) collided. Mayotte was dumped out of the bike and Monopoly galloped away while Hudon was able to rest...
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COSA issues advisement re: impending race-day medication ban

on 04/19/2019 7:47 AM
The Central Ontario Standardbred Assocation (COSA) has issued the following advisement to horsemen in Ontario of their continued work with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the Woodbine Entertainment Group to mitigate and understand the protocols for the impending AGCO race-day medication ban.   We continue to work with AGCO and Woodbine to mitigate and unders...
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Western Stepp steps to Plainridge victory

on 04/18/2019 8:38 PM
Western Stepp spent the winter in Florida and went 0-for-8 at Pompano, although finishing second by a head and a nose in her last two starts there. But in only her second start back at Plainridge Park where she captured five races last year, Western Stepp got back to her winning ways by taking the $14,000 Winners-Over featured pace for fillies and mares in gate-to-wire fashion on ...
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Tag Up And Go, Watkins win Philly features

on 04/18/2019 6:30 PM
Tag Up And Go and Watkins emerged as the winners of the joint $14,500 features during the Thursday program at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Tag Up And Go enjoyed a drop in class, pointing right to the front for driver Marcus Miller and never locking back through splits of 28. 57, 1:25.1, and 1:53.4. Seven Iron raced in the pocket and stayed closest to the winner, but he was still 2 3...
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Levy, Matchmaker in new Weekend Preview!

on 04/18/2019 4:21 PM
If you want great insight into Saturday night’s George Morton Levy Memorial Series final at Yonkers Raceway you can find it in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview as we talked to the driver or trainer of all eight starters. It’s the richest Levy final ever and it’s unanimous that this won’t be a line-‘em-up race.   In addition to the Levy talk,...
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Back half of :52.4, Courtly Choice cruises in star-filled qualifier

on 04/18/2019 3:57 PM
After having made a splash in qualifying action last week at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Courtly Choice, the returning son of Art Major, upped his game on Thursday during the morning session at the Campbellville, Ont. oval.   Courtly Choice was part of a compact, yet star-studded qualifying tilt that went postward for Race 8 over a “fast” track. Rail starter Mission Three was sc...
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Failing favorites fine with Big M faithful

on 04/18/2019 11:16 AM
The Meadowlands has always been known as a place where bettors can play against favorites with confidence and those who are anti-chalk must have loved wagering at the Big M last weekend (April 12-13), as 23 of 26 post-time choices went down to defeat during the course of the two-card race week. After the odds-on favorite won the first race, the remainder of Saturday’s card went chalk-fr...
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Yonkers' presiding judge George Karam dies

on 04/18/2019 10:38 AM
George J. Karam passed away on Tuesday, April 16. He was 60.   Born on Sept. 4, 1958 in Rome, N.Y., he was the son of the late George B. and Elizabeth (Abounader) Karam. He was a 1976 graduate of Rome Free Academy and for many years ran the family business, Thrifty Food Store. On Dec. 5, 1997 he married his love, Joy Rolewicz, and together they moved to Saratoga Springs. &n...
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Thoroughbred tracks move to ban raceday Lasix

on 04/18/2019 9:47 AM
A coalition of Thoroughbred racetracks, including Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Del Mar, Oaklawn and the New York Racing Association sites of Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga, announced Thursday that it and other Triple Crown racetracks will begin phasing out raceday medication on Jan. 1, 2020. According to the coalition, the tracks involved represent 86 percent of the graded or listed stakes races ...
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