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Barn Winner scores in return to Buffalo

on 04/13/2019 8:03 AM
Barn Winner ($10.00) came back home to Buffalo Raceway a 'winner' on Friday night (April 12) by posting a length score over Southern Palms in the $13,000 Open Trot.   Campaigning at Northfield Park thus far this season, Barn Winner had a pair of second place finishes in his last three starts before shuffling back to Buffalo Raceway.   Being assigned the inside post, Bar...
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Rockme Rollme 1:50.4 winner in Wiggle It Jiggleit Series

on 04/13/2019 7:59 AM
Rollwithpapajoe rebounded in a big way from a sub-par seasonal debut a week ago to win a division of the Wiggle It Jiggleit Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings on the pace at the Meadowlands Friday night.   The Jenn Bongiorno trainee, a tough-trip fifth-place finisher on April 5, came back with a strong mile as Dave Miller moved the son of Roll With Joe-Crazy On You off the rail ...
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Ohio champ Queen Of The Pride wins at MVR

on 04/13/2019 7:57 AM
Queen Of The Pride made quite a 2019 debut at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (April 12).  The three-year-old Ohio-sired daughter of McArdle, a winner of $353,954 at age two, paced the fastest mile in North America thus far this year by a sophomore filly-- 1:51.4.  The stunning victory behind the defending Ohio Sires Stakes champion, was one of four on the program for driver Tony ...
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Final leg of Matchmaker series completed

on 04/13/2019 7:48 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fifth and  final preliminary round go Friday night, with three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All mares. Any number of well-positioned points leaders earned this week off for good behavior. Here was the last-chance-to-impress ledger.   First division—Another wet week for the lasses, though not as much moisture as las...
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War Crimes, Armageddon Seelster win Philly features

on 04/12/2019 4:28 PM
The $16,000 featured races at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday were a study in contrasts: on the pace, War Crimes made it look really easy as she won her fourth straight race in 1:55.1, while on the trot Armageddon Seelster was extended to grind down pacesetter Lucky Shiela by a neck in 1:56.   The Western Terror mare War Crimes made two moves in achieving her victory, making th...
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NY County fair schedule approved

on 04/12/2019 9:17 AM
The Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund today released the approved schedule for the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) County Fair Series. This year’s season gets underway Thursday, June 20, at the Chenango County Fair in Afton. The County Fair Finals, scheduled for Sept. 5 at Monticello Raceway, will be contested for $10,000 purses in each of the eight divisions. Th...
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Hoosier Park's fractional ownership group back

on 04/11/2019 6:44 PM
After a successful season in 2018, Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is proud to announce the return of First Turn Stable, a fractional ownership opportunity, for the 2019 live racing season. The first of its kind in the state of Indiana, First Turn Stable was designed to provide fans an easy and affordable way to experience the excitement of horse ownership and educate for future ow...
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Fearless Man takes Philly's top Thursday trot

on 04/11/2019 6:43 PM
The front end continued to be THE place to be at Harrah’s Philadelphia at the start of the third week of the racing season, as the Elegant Man gelding Fearless Man used speedy tactics to take the $18,000 featured trot on Thursday in 1:53.3. The young meet’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., let longshot Tough Mac streak to the early lead, and then brushed to the top past a lightn...
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New Weekend Preview now available

on 04/11/2019 6:41 PM
The Masters golf tournament is underway and on Friday night a 3-year-old pacer named Feherty—for the former professional golfer and current commentator—makes his debut at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Peter Wrenn talks about the untested sophomore who recently entered his barn after a pair of impressive wins in qualifiers.   ...
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The 2017 Hambletonian money disbursed

on 04/11/2019 4:13 PM
The finish of the Aug. 5, 2017, $1 million Hambletonian, was the subject of two judges’ inquiries, and resulted in the winner of the richest race for sophomore trotters being disqualified and placed out of the money for the first time in Hambletonian history. The appeal of that judges' decision has been finalized and purse monies from the event held 18 months ago were recently order di...
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Sally Fletcher A scores at Saratoga

on 04/11/2019 3:30 PM
Sally Fletcher A (American Ideal) was back into Open company on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee, who was a three-time winner of the local Open in 2018, prevailed in last week’s $12,500 winners-over for fillies and mares and graduated into the feature for distaffers on Thursday’s matinee card. Powering out to the early lead, Sally Fletcher A ga...
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Perfect Spirit wins first start of '19

on 04/11/2019 1:57 PM
Hambletonian winner Perfect Spirit (Andover Hall-Good Common Cents) won his first start of 2019 on Thursday night at the Orebro Racetrack in Sweden. The now 5-year-old stallion looked very strong in the race.    Orjan Kihlstrom was in the sulky and he put Perfect Spirit in front after 600 meters (.37 miles). He finished strongly and won easily in a mile r...
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McNernys continue to "chase that dream"

on 04/11/2019 12:02 PM
Lisa and Bob McNerney have bred a stakes-winning trotter in Frau Blucher. Now they aim to own a stakes-winning homebred and have a trio of hopefuls, including Frau Blucher’s half-brother Big Poppy. Big Poppy, a 3-year-old gelding, was unraced last season but is among several Hambletonian Stakes-eligible trotters competing in the Walner Series at the Meadowlands Racetrack. He i...
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Harrington opens 73rd year on April 15

on 04/11/2019 11:03 AM
Harrington Raceway’s 73rd season of live harness racing opens Monday, April 15, with a 12-race program a new 4:30 p.m. nightly post time.   Racing will be conducted on a Monday through Wednesday schedule until the break on June 26.   The opening day feature is a $15,000 Delaware Special for pacers, featuring claimer extraordinaire William Sartin’s Always The Sun...
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Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale canceled

on 04/11/2019 11:01 AM
Citing a lack of entries, the Tattersalls Spring Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands, originally scheduled for April 28, has been canceled.   “Although there were horses entered from a few of the major racing stables, unfortunately there weren’t enough overall to justify conducting the sale,” said manager David Reid.   “We tacked this sale onto our calenda...
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Sportsmuffler romps In Buffalo feature

on 04/10/2019 8:50 PM
After suffering a narrow nose defeat last week, Sportsmuffler made sure she wasn't going to suffer the same fate on Wednesday night (April 10).   Starting from the pylons, Sportsmuffler ($3.30) led every step of the way and blew away the field by four lengths in Buffalo Raceway's $9,200 Class A-B Handicap pace for the filly and mares.    Sportsmuffler wasted no...
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T.C. Lane named USTA COO

on 04/10/2019 11:16 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced Wednesday that T.C. Lane has been promoted to the newly-created position of chief operating officer.   In his new role, Lane will work to optimize the Association’s operating capabilities, oversee internal project development, and employ strategies to maximize member satisfaction. He will report directly to USTA executive vice president/CE...
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PA horseman Gary Hammer dies at 74

on 04/10/2019 9:13 AM
Gary C. Hammer, 74, of Bedford, Pa., died April 7 at home. Mr. Hammer was born in Bedford on March 9, 1945, the son of the late Clay J. and E. Blanche (Gohn) Hammer. He worked for his brother, Roger, as a Standardbred trainer. He is survived by his siblings, Robert C., Gail (Mike) Welsh, Roger, Leon and Doris Ann Harrington; nieces, Karen, Amy and Misti; and nephew, Rodney. He was preceded ...
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Spring In Paris repeats in Weiss Series

on 04/09/2019 9:27 PM
The Explosive Matter filly Spring In Paris emerged as the only female with a two-for-two record in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting distaffs after three $15,000 second round preliminary divisions on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Driver Andrew McCarthy had Spring In Paris in second-over position when pacesetting Fade Into You made a break early in the backstretch, with th...
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Wittyville, Dylan The Great win in Hackett

on 04/09/2019 4:59 PM
Wittyville and Dylan The Great, a pair of trotting colts from the Ron Burke Stable, each captured $15,000 elimination heats of the James K. Hackett Memorial on Tuesday afternoon (April 9) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The talented pair of sophomore trotters, who finished first and third, respectively, in last season’s $275,000 Ohio Sires Stakes championship will headline a field of nine t...
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