Springtime in bloom at Meadowlands

on 03/14/2019 11:44 AM
As the weather warms and perennials reappear, hope springs eternal, and nowhere in harness racing is that more evident than at the mecca of the sport, the Meadowlands. The Big M is closing out winter on a roll and hopes to continue that momentum with spring due to arrive Wednesday, March 20. Wagering at the mile oval exceeded $3 million for the fourth time in 2019 last Saturday (March...
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Hambletonian Future Wager opens Friday

on 03/14/2019 8:33 AM
The 94th Hambletonian Future Wager at the Meadowlands will open its first pool Friday, March 15 at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the final payments taken on trotters for the $1 million Hambletonian and $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks.   This will be the first of four pools opened in advance of the race to be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands. Wagering will be available at racetrack an...
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Grand Circuit payments for Delaware, OH due

on 03/14/2019 8:25 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 75th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 50th Jugette, the 68th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 69th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2017 and will be raced in 2020. 2-year-olds not nominated in the May 15, 2018 yearling payment, may be made eligible thru a supplemental nomination fee o...
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Noble Legend wires field again at Buffalo

on 03/14/2019 8:23 AM
After enjoying a successful stint earlier this season at Northfield Park in Ohio, Noble Legend ($4.60) has come back home to Buffalo Raceway and hasn't forgotten where the winner's circle is.   Noble Legend and driver Billy Davis Jr. are currently making a weekly appointment with track photographer Steve Roth by notching another gate-to-wire win in the $12,000 Open Trot on Wed...
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Muzzy’s Muscles and Bonemassa battle at Saratoga

on 03/13/2019 8:33 PM
Muzzy's Muscles (Credit Winner) has squared off with fellow trotter Bonamassa in all four of his starts since coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel this season. The Monica Krist trainee has developed a bit of a rivalry with Bonamassa as the two have all but matched strides in the stretch in now three of their four races with each other. The week that Muzzy's Muscles prevailed, Bonamassa rac...
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Last Chance WHHC qualifier Saturday at Big M

on 03/13/2019 3:51 PM
On Saturday, March 16, the Meadowlands hosts its Last Chance WHHC Qualifier. Two spots are up for grabs in the $200 Qualifier ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to make $10 win, place, show or any combination WPS bets on 10 Meadowlands races of their choice. Players can wager more than $10 a race if they desire. Players can reg...
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Illinois horseman Bill Braden, 87, dies

on 03/13/2019 2:25 PM
Harry W. “Bill” Braden, 87, of Morton, Ill., formerly of Las Vegas, Nev., died March 11 at his home. He was born June 8, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., to Harold and Vera Braden. He married Patty Lou Wright on Sept. 24, 1950, in Brownstown, Ill. She proceeded him in death on May 31, 2010. He was also preceded in death by one brother and four sisters. Surviving are one brother-in-law, Bill...
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Jacobs has Levy starter in Somebaddude

on 03/13/2019 11:06 AM
Ken Jacobs bought Somebaddude in January for two purposes — to shake from the winter doldrums while waiting for stakes season to arrive and to have a horse to race in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. Jacobs has never had a horse in the Levy, but the “Dude” will change that Saturday.   Somebaddude, trained by Linda Toscano, was among 4...
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Sharp Action Money scores again in Sagamore Hill

on 03/13/2019 8:37 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Tuesday night storylines included Sharp Action Money and wagering money. Sharp Action Money (Yannick Gingras, $2.60) drilled his foes in the second round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series, making him the only perfect participant with the prelims two-thirds complete. The 4-year-old Sportswriter gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver...
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Gimpanzee leads 101 Hambo eligibles

on 03/12/2019 7:11 PM
The $1 million Hambletonian and filly companion stake, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, will be raced on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, at the Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Meadowlands has held America’s Trotting Classic for a record 38 years, the longest run of any host track. The 94th edition of the Open event will feature eliminations and final on the same afternoo...
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Medusa ready for Blue Chip Matchmaker Series

on 03/12/2019 10:44 AM
Medusa is revved up and ready to go. The 8-year-old pacing mare is set for her fourth appearance in the upcoming Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers and will look to continue her good fortune in the event, which included a second-place finish in the 2017 final. “You always wonder, especially with a mare at her age, that when you shut her down the engine might not start back up,&rdquo...
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NYRA announcer Collmus calls Yonkers race

on 03/12/2019 8:40 AM
He’s called a pair of historic thoroughbred champions and countless Breeders’ Cups, but the career of Larry Collmus was officially made Monday night. That’s because the popular voice of the New York Racing Association and the Triple Crown stopped by Yonkers Raceway to see how the other half lives. Collmus, a friend of Yonkers’ track announcer John Hernan, visited t...
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USTA annual board meetings conclude

on 03/11/2019 7:41 PM
 The USTA Board of Directors annual meeting concluded Monday with approval of the 2019 budget that includes funding for the Standardbred Transition Alliance, two bylaw changes regarding board governance, and approval of new rules as recommended by the Rules Committee.   Prior to the second general session, the Finance Committee approved the 2019 budget, which projects a surplu...
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Levy, Matchmaker opening legs drawn at Yonkers

on 03/11/2019 7:30 PM
The big girls and big boys come to play this weekend, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the opening round of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.   Friday night, March 15, finds four, $40,000 divisions of the Matchmaker for leading pacing mares, going consecutively as races five through nine.    Defending series champ begins her 6-yea...
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The Lionking AS roars in Paver final

on 03/11/2019 7:27 PM
 The Lionking AS scored the biggest victory of his young career Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway by copping the $25,000 championship of the Ray Paver Sr. Memorial late closer.  The series featured trotters who were non-winners of four races or $40,000 at the series start.   Trace Tetrick, the leading driver at the current Miami Valley meet, put the 4-year-old so...
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Pocono kicks off '19 season on Saturday

on 03/11/2019 3:56 PM
The 2019 harness racing season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono begins this Saturday night (March 16) as the first of 134 cards planned for the northeast Pennsylvania five-eighths mile oval contains 14 races, with a scheduled first post of 7 p.m. The two horsemen who have been dominant in the trainers and drivers rankings at Pocono over the last few seasons, driver George Napolitano Jr. and...
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Sunday session in books at USTA meeting

on 03/10/2019 10:20 PM
One of the primary themes of the 2019 U.S. Trotting Association’s (USTA) Board of Director’s Annual Meeting has been the importance of the use of technology. In Sunday’s opening general session, USTA President Russell Williams’ pre-recorded TED talk-style presentation utilizing green room technology with an impressive array of video, photos and graphics was the highlight of...
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Andy Ray wins Langley Memorial at Miami Valley

on 03/10/2019 10:16 PM
Andy Ray, a recent addition to the Open trotting ranks at Miami Valley Raceway, captured the $25,000 Barry Langley Memorial on Sunday afternoon. The 7-year-old gelding, who banked $175,343 racing primarily at Yonkers Raceway in 2018, was greeted in an emotional makeshift backstretch winner’s circle by over 100 of Langley’s family, friends and fellow horsemen still in shock over the s...
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Beckhams Z Tam dominant at Meadowlands

on 03/10/2019 9:09 AM
After settling for a close second in each of his first two starts of the season coming from off the pace, driver Tim Tetrick thought he'd try something different with Beckhams Z Tam in the $25,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers at the Meadowlands Saturday night. And Tetrick was right on the money. Beckhams Z Tam, the 2017 Breeders Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding pace champion...
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Sam's A Champ A, Smalltownthrowdown win at Yonkers

on 03/10/2019 12:13 AM
Locally-debuting Sam’s a Champ A (Jim Marohn Jr., $7.60) and locally-needs-no-introduction Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $9) earned the glory Saturday night (March 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Sam’s a Champ A stalked 9-10 choice Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) though spongy intervals of :28, 57.2 and 1:25 in the week...
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