Speed on display at Miami Valley

on 03/23/2019 10:03 PM
 When favorites won the first four races on Miami Valley’s Saturday (March 23) program in 1:51.2 or faster, it became apparent that a “big mile” was possible when the featured $22,500 Open I pacers went postward in the eighth.  A packed grandstand of harness devotees was not disappointed as My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) sped to a 1:49.4 triumph, the quickest mile of the 1...
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Big M cancels Shake It Cerry, Worldly Beauty

on 03/23/2019 7:26 AM
The Meadowlands has totaled up the number of nominations for the April Late Closing 3-year-old series' and both the filly trot and pace divisions, the "Shake It Cerry" and "Worldly Beauty" will be cancelled due to lack of entries.   The colt & gelding trot and pace titled the "Walner" and "Wiggle It Jiggleit" will be raced as s...
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Meadowlands announces purse increase

on 03/23/2019 7:23 AM
 On the next consition covering March 29-30, the Meadowlands will again significantlyincrease the purses for overnight racing,boosting the average to nearly $200,000 per card.   Another benefit resulting from disbursement of the purse supplement is that all starters will now get a check for racing at The Meadowlands. Recognizing that traveling to com...
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Trolley dominates in Big M Preferred Trot

on 03/23/2019 5:37 AM
 Even Marcus Miller must have been surprised at how easy things went for him and Trolley in the Friday night feature at the Meadowlands.   In a field which one scratch (Zlatan) left but six starters in the $25,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters, Miller urged Trolley from the start, setting sail for the top and leading at the quarter in :28.3. The 6-year-old Donato Hano...
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Feelin’ Red Hot upsets Shartin N in Matchmaker split

on 03/22/2019 10:30 PM
Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker saw the second of  five preliminary rounds go Friday night. Four, $40,000 groupings of leading lasses were contested, one fewer than a week ago.   Here’s the basics… First division—A wide-early Don’t Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $6)—from post position No. 7—worked around 3-2 favorite Newborn ...
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Hoosier Park to debut Claiming Challenge

on 03/22/2019 10:00 PM
 Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to kick-off the 26th season of live harness racing on Friday, March 29. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., the opening night program will feature the inaugural edition of Harrah’s Hoosier Park’s Claiming Challenge, a championship style series of races created for claiming horses, the mainstays of the racing indu...
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Dew A Little Dance sweeps Meadows series

on 03/22/2019 9:55 PM
 Dew A Little Dance powered to the lead at the quarter and rolled to an unchallenged victory in Friday’s $25,600 championship of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace at The Meadows, completing his sweep of the series for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings. When Tony Hall put Dew A Little Dance in the two hole from the gate, it marked the only time the four-year-old A Rockn...
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PA-sireds tune up for Sires Stakes in Philly qualifiers

on 03/22/2019 2:36 PM
The trotters and pacers returned to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday morning for their first set of qualifiers in 2019, one week ahead of the track’s opening day for the year. With the temperature in the mid-40s and horses forced to negotiate a “sloppy +2” surface, the Well Said sophomore gelding Just Plain Loco went the fastest mile with an open-length win in 1:56.3 for dr...
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Big Saturday qualifier for handicapping tourney

on 03/22/2019 1:34 PM
On Saturday night, March 23, will host a WHHC Super-Qualifier with up to five spots gaining entry to the $150,000-estimated World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC) on April 13 at the Meadowlands.    The WHHC has a guaranteed first-place prize of $40,000.  Entries are $1,300, with $1,000 going to the prize and $300 to each player’s real-money bankro...
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High On Paydaze preps for Ohio Sires Stakes campaign

on 03/22/2019 1:31 PM
High On Paydaze, the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old pacing colt champion, returned to action on Friday morning at Spring Garden Ranch in Florida.   Driven by Beau Brown and trained by his father, Brian, High On Paydaze won a qualifier in 1:56, with a back half clocked in :56.   Last year High On Paydaze, a son of Nob Hill High, took a mark of 1:53.1f and earned $220,700. ...
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Will Take Charge make 2019 debut Saturday at YR

on 03/22/2019 12:34 PM
Jeff Gillis has no complaints about Will Take Charge’s 2018 season, a campaign that saw the gelding finish fifth on the money list for older trotters, but he also believes it could have been better.   Will Take Charge, who makes his 2019 debut in Saturday’s (March 23) Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway, won nine of 26 races last year and earned $469,535. His victories included...
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Petticoat, Sagamore finals on Monday & Tuesday

on 03/22/2019 9:34 AM
The two richest local races of 2019 to date go next Monday and Tuesday (March 25 and 26), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the finals of the Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.   Monday night’s $58,000 finale of the Petticoat is listed as the eighth race.   Though both series were open to 3- and 4-year-olds with limited resumes, only the ‘elder’ la...
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Chillaxin Away's 1:52.4 leads Delaware pacing colts

on 03/21/2019 10:17 PM
On a very rainy Thursday (March 21) at Dover Downs, sophomore pacing colts got their Dover series of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund underway. There was an early non-wagering event followed by the first half of the daily double, with each carrying a purse of $20,000.   The non-wagering event was all last year’s winner, Chillaxin Away (Roddy’s Bags Again-Shake Away), ...
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Jewels Forreal scores again in Saratoga Open

on 03/21/2019 5:02 PM
Jewels Forreal (So Surreal) made an inauspicious local debut in the fillies and mares Open two weeks ago. The four year old caused interference with a rival in her first start against the top lady pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel a couple weeks back. The Kyle Spagnola trainee avenged that disappointing first local start with a victory last week in the $12,500 winners-over for fillies and mares ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 03/21/2019 4:12 PM
While the NCAA basketball tournament is just getting underway, it’s time for round two of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Tony Alagna talks about his Matchmaker chances with Seaswift Joy N, who won her opening leg last time out but this time draws in against powerhouse ...
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Wolf named to USHWA HOF screening committee

on 03/21/2019 2:21 PM
Shawn Wiles, president of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), Thursday named Communicators Hall of Famer Steven Wolf to serve on USHWA’s Hall of Fame Screening Committee for a six-year term. The Screening Committee reviews all nominations for the Hall of Fame from the USHWA Chapters. It then decides which candidates are placed on the ballot for all eligible USHWA...
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Additional $10 million in annual funding for Ontario racing

on 03/21/2019 1:32 PM
The Province of Ontario and Ontario Lottery & Gaming (OLG) will provide an additional $10 million in annual funding to Ontario's horse racing industry. The announcement was made at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. on Thursday by Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli and Stephen Rigby, OLG’s President and CEO. The release from the Province of Ontario appears below. Ontario&...
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Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory March 30 at Mohawk

on 03/21/2019 1:27 PM
Woodbine Entertainment on Thursday announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, March 30 at Mohawk Park.   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $443,868.29 and horseplayers will have just three more opportunities to win the entire Jackpot, as Hi-5 wagering will be suspended ahead of the mandatory payout following this Saturday’s card (...
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Rich Mattei new announcer at Vernon Downs

on 03/21/2019 12:31 PM
The 2019 racing season will offer a new perspective as the Jim Moran broadcast booth at Vernon Downs will feature a “new voice.” Rich Mattei will proceed the efforts of Scott Warren at the Central New York oval for the majority of the season.   Mattei, 27, currently resides in Morristown, NJ, with his girlfriend Joelle and has merited much respect within the industry ...
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Meadowlands/Mohawk Can-Am Pick 4 starts Friday

on 03/21/2019 11:07 AM
Two giants of harness racing are not only introducing a new wager that combines their considerable assets this Friday but are also tackling an industry-wide source of frustration in the hopes of pleasing the customer. The “Can-Am Pick-4” will make its debut and requires a player to correctly select the winners of two races at the Meadowlands and two more at Woodbine Entertain...
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