Hudson Phil captures Saratoga open

on 03/16/2019 11:45 PM
Trainer Jackie Greene is no stranger to Open Pace victories at Saratoga Casino Hotel. In fact, no trainer has won the Open more times in the past several years than Greene. Her Artful Way is the three-time defending Pacer of the Year at the Spa and since that veteran is a common participant in the Saturday night feature, some of Greene’s other top flight pacers are forced to race out of town...
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Urban Renewal wins Pocono opener

on 03/16/2019 11:42 PM
The weather may have been cold and windy for the opening night of the 2019 racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but one place where it was hot was near the claiming box, as no fewer the fifteen horses were haltered in the five claiming events at the mountain oval Saturday night – including Urban Renewal, the winner of the featured $20,000 claiming handicap pace on the opener. ...
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Shaginwiththedragon wins Buffalo feature

on 03/16/2019 11:09 PM
- Shagnwiththedragon wasn't going to disappoint his backers in his Buffalo Raceway debut on Saturday night (March 16) as he showed plenty of heart in holding off Upfront Country by a neck in the featured $11,000 Class AA Open pace.   Sent off as the heavy 2-to-5 chalk, Shagnwiththedragon (Drew Monti) was able to thwart the challenge of a stubborn Upfront Countryboy (Shawn McD...
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Kauffman snags another MVG final

on 03/16/2019 11:04 PM
Saint Patrick’s weekend has certainly been a time of celebration for the Kayne Kauffman Stable!  After winning the $25,000 championship of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series for mares with Tura Lura Lural on Friday night, Kauffman returned to the Miami Valley winner’s circle on Saturday night by winning the $25,000 championship leg of the George Williams Memorial Series for male p...
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Andy Miller, Gingras each win three

on 03/16/2019 7:57 AM
Apparently, Yannick Gingras and Andy Miller like an off track, as both Meadowlands regulars, currently first and third, respectively, in the driver standings at the mile oval, each scored three times on the Friday night Big M card.   At the start of the evening, the weather was spring like, with temperatures in the 70s, but a cold front came through after the fourth race, dousing the ...
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Dew A Little Dance, Wild Wild Western win

on 03/15/2019 11:51 PM
Dew A Little Dance and Wild Wild Western each captured his second straight $12,500 split in Friday's second leg of the Walter Russell Memorial Pace for 3- and 4-year-old colts, stallions and geldings at The Meadows. A 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance-Artbitration gelding, Dew A Little Dance has been ahead at every call in the series for Tony Hall, trainer Norm Parker and owner Tom Klosky, Jr. He...
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Amanda Kelley sends out Mar Nien in Levy

on 03/15/2019 11:42 PM
YONKERS, N.Y. – Late last summer, Amanda Kelley skimmed through a sales listing in the hopes of finding a reasonably priced horse who could race in the claiming ranks at Saratoga Raceway. Such a horse would fit longtime owner Fred Scheigert’s stable, which is predominantly comprised of claimers and New York breds who fit at the Spa. Among the listings was Mar Nien, who came with a $12,...
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Matchmaker underway; Shartin scores

on 03/15/2019 11:37 PM
Beware the Ides of March (Friday the 15th), provided you weren’t mesmerized by the start of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker.  Five, $40,000 groupings were consecutively contested, featuring the best pacing mares around.   Here’s the skinny… First division—Odds-on Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan, $3.90)—from post position No. 2&m...
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Tura Lura Lural takes MVG series final

on 03/15/2019 11:34 PM
Tura Lura Lural (Kayne Kauffman) completed a clean sweep of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial Series, winning the $25,000 Championship leg on Friday night (March 15) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 4-year-old daughter of The Panderosa also captured a pair of preliminary legs before topping Avaline Hanover (Chris Page) and McPansy (Brett Miller) in the final.  The Coven Memorial featured dis...
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HHYF announces 2019 summer schedule

on 03/15/2019 11:18 AM
The Harness Horse Youth Foundation has a full summer of events! Beginning with the “Ohio Grand Tour” in early June and then headed east, the HHYF schedule is full of introductory days and a couple of 3-day overnight experiences along with the popular Leadership Program which allows a more in-depth look at opportunities for involvement in harness racing. Preregistration is required...
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USTA committee update on hidden trainer issue

on 03/15/2019 10:52 AM
Following the U.S. Trotting Association’s 2019 Board of Directors Annual Meeting held March 8-11 in Columbus, Ohio, the USTA’s Call to Action Subcommittee issued the following announcement regarding the issue of hidden trainers on Thursday, March 14. At the Call to Action Subcommittee meeting on Friday night (March 8) the committee updated their plan regarding the initiative to prohib...
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Tattersalls announces sale dates at Meadowlands

on 03/15/2019 8:32 AM
Tattersalls has finalized dates for its next two auctions at the Meadowlands.   The Spring Mixed Sale is first up, with a date of Sunday, April 28, followed by the Summer Mixed on July 14--the Sunday after Meadowlands Pace night.   Entries are now being accepted for the spring sale. Those planning to consign horses may enter on the Tattersalls website,
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Dube nears 9,000; Yonker handles $1.1 mil

on 03/14/2019 11:17 PM
Slowly but surely, Dan Dube is inching toward his latest milestone.  Favored An the Thunderolls ($5.30) was a Yonkers Raceway off-the-pace winner in Thursday night’s (March 14) $10,000, Race 3 pace (1:56.3), giving Dube his 8,998th career driving victory.   The Quebec-born Dube, turning 50 this June, has career purses in excess of $119 million&he...
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Levy, Matchmaker in new Weekend Preview!

on 03/14/2019 4:15 PM
The George Morton Levy Memorial Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series get underway this weekend at Yonkers Raceway and all the stories can be found in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. One person with hopes in both series is William Hartt, and the Maine-based owner talked to Kathy Parker about his six starters in the events for older pacers.   Did you know there&rsq...
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Saratoga horsemen have new contract with track

on 03/14/2019 3:43 PM
Saratoga Casino Hotel has recently agreed to terms with the Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Association that guarantees harness racing at Saratoga for the next seven years. In principle, the deal will guarantee 170 annual race dates and purse funding each year, through 2025. “Our property is rooted to the historic foundation of Saratoga Harness racing,” said Alex Tucker, General Man...
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Annabeth best in Saratoga feature

on 03/14/2019 3:04 PM
Annabeth (Shadow Play) worked hard to secure the early lead in Thursday’s feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel and once the veteran mare got to front, she proved to be tough as nails.   Annabeth got interfered with in last week’s installment of the Fillies and Mares Open but on Thursday she enjoyed smooth sailing once clearing the lead in a first quarter of :27.3. Followi...
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Thursday card at Mohawk Park canceled

on 03/14/2019 2:35 PM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced that Thursday night's card of live racing at Mohawk Park has been canceled due to deteriorating track conditions caused by mild temperatures.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday evening. Post time is 7:10 p.m. (WEG)
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Summary of USTA rule changes

on 03/14/2019 2:17 PM
Numerous rules and bylaw changes aimed at providing protection for the wagering public, expediting the appeal process for fines and suspensions, and the governance of the U.S. Trotting Association Board of Directors were approved at the 2019 annual meeting held March 8-11 in Columbus, Ohio. All rules and bylaw changes will become effective on May 1 of this year. The adopted rule changes intended ...
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Cory Stratton enjoying ride with own stable

on 03/14/2019 1:29 PM
Cory Stratton will be in the sulky Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack, but it is a seat he plans to take less often as he focuses on building his own training stable. The 26-year-old Stratton, the younger brother of driver Jordan Stratton, started his barn in 2018 after spending several years helping manage other stables and working for other trainers. He has 10 horses and is based at the...
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Ohio horseman Kirk Sparks, 47, dies

on 03/14/2019 11:58 AM
Ohio horseman Kirk A. Sparks, 47, died March 11. He was born Jan. 31, 1972, to the late Oakley L. and Virgie M. (Coffman) Sparks. He was born in Marion, Ohio, and graduated from Pleasant High School. He married Cary D. Williams on April 24, 1999, at Grace Baptist Church in Marion by Rev. Bill Middleton. Mr. Sparks loved training horses with his dad, Oakley, and worked as a trainer off and on for ...
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