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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43 eligible to Matchmaker; 55 to Levy series

on 03/03/2019 8:37 PM
Yonkers Raceway’s 2019 stakes season begins Monday night (March 4)—weather permitting—with the opening round of the Petticoat Pacing Series.   The series, for 3- and 4-year-old young ladies who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offers four, $20,000, first-round events.   That’s the same set-up for the gentlemen&rs...
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CR Blazin Beauty takes Sunday feature at Saratoga

on 03/03/2019 8:35 PM
With no Open Trot on the card, the $12,500 winners-over served as the feature on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six-horse field did feature last week’s Open winner Aberforth, who was assigned the outside post after scoring the upset in career-best fashion at odds of 39-1 last Sunday.   This week, the early speed in the race came from The Royal Harry (Billy Dobson),...
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Big M handle tops $3.6 mil; Callahan wins 5

on 03/03/2019 6:52 AM
Increased purses, big fields, competitive racing and – of course – a dedicated fan base led to the biggest night of wagering of the year Saturday at the Meadowlands. All-source betting on the 13-race program totaled $3,603,187, easily eclipsing the previous single-card – and industry – best of $3,166,920, which had been established on Feb. 16. Saturday’s card got...
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Manceiver scores in Buffalo feature

on 03/02/2019 10:27 PM
Since arriving at Buffalo Raceway from Dover Downs in early February, Manceiver has been successfully climbing up the class ladder.   On Saturday night (March 2), Manceiver (Shawn Gray) reached the top rung of the ladder and hit it impressively by burying the field in the $11,000 Class AA Open Handicap Pace in 1:56.3 over the good track. He easily topped Mr Euroman N (Billy Davis Jr.)...
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My Hero Ron tops $800,000 in earnings

on 03/02/2019 10:21 PM
Proving once again that the race is never over at the draw, the two horses that drew the outermost posts for the $25,000 Open I Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night (March 2) finished one-two at long odds.   My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) soared past the $800,000 career earnings plateau with an upset 1:51.1 victory, followed across the line by Fan Of Terror (Sam Widger)—who has bee...
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Yonkers cancels Saturday card; SOA unhappy

on 03/02/2019 3:17 PM
Yonkers Raceway has canceled its live program for Saturday evening (March 2nd). It’s the fourth cancellation of 2019. The Standardbred Owners Association of New York issued a statement which said it was “extremely disappointed” in the cancellation...”there is no basis for it in the weather conditions” SOA president Joe Faraldo posted on Facebook t...
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Bettor's Delight son wins Miracle Mile

on 03/02/2019 8:19 AM
The fastest last quarter in the history of harness racing in Australia sealed the richest race ever run at Tabcorp Park Menangle near Sydney on Saturday night when four-year-old gelding Spankem won the $1 million Ainsworth Miracle Mile. Surging home in a 25.4s final quarter as part of a slashing 1:47.7 mile, Spankem gave champion reinsman Mark Purdon his first win &...
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Meadowlands Pace nominees up 50%

on 03/02/2019 3:21 AM
The number of 3-year-olds sustained to The Meadowlands' signature stake, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, increased by more than 50% in 2019 with 63 making the February payment as opposed to 40 last year.   Among those seeking the coveted trophy are the Dan Patch award winning freshman colt Captain Crunch who heads up a talented returning crop that includes open stakes ...
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