Big M betting stays on a roll

on 03/07/2019 10:59 AM
Big pools, big payoffs and the first taste of purse increases highlighted the action during the first weekend of March (1-2) at the Meadowlands. After a highly successful February at the windows, betting at the Big M last weekend was just shy of $6.5 million, far and away the highest two-day total of 2019. Saturday was the big night, with all-source handle totaling $3,603,187, which crushe...
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Maine anti-racing bill appears dead

on 03/07/2019 10:46 AM
Legislation in Maine which would have dramatically reduced harness racing’s share of revenues generated from gaming at the state’s racetracks appears to have been thwarted. “The bill is effectively dead. There was no legislative support for the bill from anyone on the committee which heard the bill,” said Don Marean, a Maine state representative and director of the U.S...
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Ohio horseman Barry Langley dies at 33

on 03/07/2019 9:51 AM
Ohio-based trainer Barry Langley, arguably one of the most well-liked and popular horseman in the Buckeye State and in harness racing, died Wednesday at the age of 33. When Langley did not respond to friends, his body was discovered at his home in Lebanon.   As word of Langley's death spread on Wednesday night, tributes flooded social media platforms in memory of the giant of a...
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Favorites roll In Buffalo features

on 03/06/2019 9:21 PM
There was little suspense in Buffalo Raceway's two main events on Wednesday night (March 6) as a pair of heavy favorites had no issues in posting dominating victories.   You Mach Me Crazy ($3.10) crushed the field in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap for the distaff pacers while Noble Legend ($3.00) led every step of the way to collect the win in the $10,500 Class A Open Handicap ...
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Lady MacBeth wins again at Saratoga

on 03/06/2019 6:02 PM
Wednesday’s matinee program at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured a trio of $9,000 events for New York-sired trotters and for the second time in as many weeks, trainer-driver Phil Fluet thrived. Last week, Fluet scored one win and a couple of second-place finishes with his trainees but on Wednesday, he recorded a pair of winners.   Lady Macbeth (Deweycheatumnhowe) was a repeat wi...
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USTA board meetings get underway Friday

on 03/06/2019 3:33 PM
The U.S. Trotting Association’s 2019 Board of Directors annual meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. This year’s meeting is starting a day earlier on Friday afternoon to allow for the addition of numerous subcommittee meetings and other working group sessions prior to the start of the usual committees and general sessio...
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Gingras cashes Sagamore Hill trifecta

on 03/06/2019 8:32 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s Sagamore Hill Pacing Series began Tuesday night, with Yannick Gingras beating a path to the winner’s circle. Gingras won three of the four, $20,000 divisions for 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen, including a maiden-breaker with 16-1 invading pole-sitter On Accident ($35.20). The 3-year-old Well Said gelding, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, won in 1:55...
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HHI now accepting scholarship applications

on 03/06/2019 8:31 AM
Harness Horsemen International is now accepting applications for the 31st annual Jerome L. Hauck Scholarship.   The $4,000 award is granted to a son or daughter, or any person with a legal guardian, of an HHl-affiliated association member.   The HHI Scholarship Foundation was organized in 1986 in memory of Jerome L. Hauck, one of the founders of HHI who served as its presid...
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Pocono holds first qualifiers Tuesday

on 03/05/2019 3:50 PM
Harness racing returned to the eastern side of Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning, as The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono held the first of three qualifying sessions prior to the 2019 opening night of Saturday, March 16. With the track crew doing their usual excellent job of working with a track that had seen much snow in recent days, the surface was rated “good +2” in 19-degree temperat...
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USTA Strategic Wagering handle up in '19

on 03/05/2019 3:44 PM
Through the end of February this year, the amount wagered through the USTA Strategic Wagering Program has increased by more than $2 million ($2,005,679) compared to the first two months of 2018. That 43.7 percent increase in handle was achieved through 219 guaranteed-pool wagers offered at nine different racetracks during the first two months of 2019. In addition, during January and February of t...
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Sportscasters Charity Derby May 11 at Big M

on 03/05/2019 2:01 PM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will host its second Sportscasters Charity Derby—two harness races to benefit each participating Sportscaster’s selected charitable organizations — on Saturday, May 11.  The second Sportscasters Charity Derby will consist of 10 famous sportscasters who will each compete in a one-mile harness race driving a racehorse in a ...
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Horseman, race official Don Latessa dies at 92

on 03/05/2019 10:17 AM
Donato "Don" Pasquale Latessa passed away on Feb. 19 in Pompano Beach, Fla., at the age of 92. He was surrounded by his cherished family, wife, Victoria (Fatica) Latessa, son, Nathaniel and daughter-in-law Emily, daughter Alexandra Latessa-Vorvolakos and son-in-law Vasilios.   Mr. Latessa was born in 1926 in Collinwood, Ohio into a family of eight children. All are deceased ...
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Langley, McCoy named USTA President's Award winners

on 03/05/2019 8:52 AM
U.S. Trotting Association president Russell Williams announced Tuesday that former USTA president Phil Langley and USTA Director from District 1 Steve McCoy are the recipients of the annual USTA President’s Awards. Williams will present the awards at this year’s annual meetings in a Recognition Luncheon at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on Sunday, March 10.   Langley, who r...
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Million-dollar Monday at Yonkers

on 03/05/2019 8:33 AM
Four weeks to the night of Yonkers Raceway’s first million-dollar night of 2019, the Raceway sashayed over seven figures once again. Monday night’s dozen-race card saw total wagering of $1,001,439. Catch an Ace (Jason Bartlett, $2.90) tagged Pelican Blue Chip (Dan Dube) in 1:55.2, the fastest of four, $20,000 divisions in the opening round of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3...
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Seven-win Miami Valley Monday for Brett Miller

on 03/04/2019 7:27 PM
Brett Miller dominated the Monday afternoon action at Miami Valley Raceway winning one-half of the 14 races, a feat equaled only by leading driver Trace Tetrick exactly one week earlier.  Miller has picked up a dozen wins in the four programs Tetrick has been on vacation, narrowing the dash derby gap to 98-84 after 40 days of the 87-day meet.    Their rivalry to determi...
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HHI wrap up annual meetings

on 03/04/2019 12:19 PM
Harness Horsemen International (HHI) wrapped up their annual meetings on Feb. 27 at the Embassy Suites Resort & Spa, Deerfield, Beach, Fla., following the HHI Awards Luncheon, where Salvatore DiMario (Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year), Foiled Again (Appreciation Award) and Chris Gooden (Hirt Media Award) were honored.   Highlights from the three (Feb. 25-27) days of meetings...
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Pompano handles record $1.3 million; Miller bests Tetrick

on 03/04/2019 10:35 AM
The Pompano Park toteboard practically exploded on Sunday night as a mandatory payout in the track's Super Hi-5 and the Miller-Tetrick Annual Pro-Am event took center stage. Handle was $1.36 million, including a record pool in the Super Hi-5 in excess of $385,000, sending that total pool with the carryover soaring over the $540,000 plateau. Though the prohibitive 1-10 favorite, Prairie...
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Rainbow Room makes '19 debut Wednesday at Dover

on 03/04/2019 10:32 AM
Joe Holloway knows Rainbow Room will have to make up for lost time, but the trainer believes his pacing mare is ready for the challenge.   Following a 15-month absence from competition because of an injury, multiple-stakes-winner Rainbow Room returns Wednesday when she faces eight rivals in a conditioned race at Dover Downs. Rainbow Room drew post seven and is the 2-1 morning-line fav...
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Meadowlands stakes conditions advisory

on 03/04/2019 8:20 AM
With stakes payments for this season's Grand Circuit events currently being accepted, The Meadowlands advises those owners who are nominating horses to these races to be aware that the stakes conditions contain language requiring the nominated horse(s) be in the stable of an approved trainer by the date listed in those conditions.   Please contact the Racing Office at (877) 7...
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Pine Dream snags second straight MVG Open Trot

on 03/03/2019 8:39 PM
Using identical tactics, Pine Dream stormed from last to first down the backstretch and went on to capture his second straight $24,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon.   With leading driver Trace Tetrick on vacation this weekend, Chris Page got the nod behind the winning 7-year-old son of Pinetucky.  Newcomer Andy Ray (Elliott Deaton), fresh in from Yonkers Raceway,...
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