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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Ginsberg, Dunn have big nights at Big M

on 03/02/2019 3:16 AM
Vinny Ginsburg and Dexter Dunn had the hot hands Friday night at the Meadowlands, as each drove three winners on the 13-race card.   Ginsburg, who entered the night tied for 10th in the Big M driver standings, got his evening going with Hammer Creek in the second race conditioned trot, going went wire to wire in 1:58.1 and returning $8.20 as the second choice in the betting.  ...
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Lispatty captures Yonkers mare Open

on 03/02/2019 3:15 AM
Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $7.10) won the three-way scrum for the early lead, then took it from there Friday night (March 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   From post position No. 2, Lispatty worked around polester Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), while Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan) was forced to accept a three-hole.   Lispatty laid down th...
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Kayne Kauffman has big night at MVG

on 03/02/2019 3:12 AM
Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) got back on the winning track capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 1).  Driver Kayne Kauffman also had a memorable evening, scoring a hat trick with three horses, all from his own barn.      Feelin Red Hot drew the best of the four outside posts grouping and took full advantage.  O...
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Dapper Dude scores again at Meadows

on 03/01/2019 9:46 PM
Continuing his impressive roll, Dapper Dude rode a pocket trip to victory in Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows, giving the 10-year-old millionaire four wins and three seconds in his last seven starts.   The front-ending Stride Of Pride didn't go down easily, clicking off the last quarter in 27.2. But under the encouragement of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., Dapper Dude went a...
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Meadows announces expanded wagering format

on 03/01/2019 4:12 PM
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino is excited to announce an expanded wagering format starting with its Sunday, March 3, racing program. Every race on the card will now offer superfecta wagering with a reduced minimum wager amount of 10 cents. The superfecta wager will continue to have a “rolling carryover” provision; if a superfecta is not hit in any race then 80 percent of that net po...
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Don't Think Twice gearing up for Matchmaker

on 03/01/2019 2:19 PM
Ask Andrew Harris about Don’t Think Twice and two simple words come to mind: “Good mare.”   Harris thinks she’s so good, he’s pointed the 6-year-old Armbro Operative mare to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. The Series begins March 15, and in preparation, Don’t Think Twice will make her first start of the year in Friday night&rsquo...
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"Super Send It In" card Sunday at Pompano

on 03/01/2019 9:35 AM
Pompano Park is readying for a “Super, Send-It-In” blockbuster 12-race card on Sunday night as the South Florida track will feature a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 along with the Miller-Tetrick Team Challenge.   The 20-cent based Super Hi-5 wager now sports a carryover “well north of $150,000” said track announcer Gabe Prewitt and, “could grow to wel...
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Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds set for November

on 03/01/2019 9:34 AM
Sponsors have rallied around the Grand Circuit stakes program at The Meadowlands, pledging their support for the upcoming season. As a result the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds freshman stakes will be raced as scheduled in November of 2019.   Nominators should continue the series of sustaining payments with the March 15 installment.   The Meadowlands is grateful for ...
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Some Gold strikes 72-1 gold at Yonkers

on 03/01/2019 9:33 AM
The price of gold went up substantially Thursday night when 72-1 shot Some Gold became Yonkers Raceway’s highest win mutuel of the season. Driven by Matt Kakaley, Some Gold launched a prolonged, first-up bid, picking off tiring leader ER Rock My World (George Brennan) to win the $16,500, eighth-race pace by a neck in 1:55. His first board finish in five seasonal starts returned $147.50 ...
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Betabcool N takes Saratoga open for mares

on 02/28/2019 5:46 PM
Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) suffered broken equipment and was subsequently pulled up last week when dropping in company to make her local debut for 2019 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. A four-time winner of the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa in ’18, Betabcool N avenged last week’s mishap on Thursday afternoon when she went coast-to-coast in the matinee’s $10,000 feature. ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/28/2019 4:29 PM
It was a hometown victory when Beckhams Z Tam won the 2017 Breeders Crown 3CP final at Hoosier Park, and now the 5-year-old pacer is preparing for the upcoming George Morton Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway. The East Coast-based trainer Bruce Saunders currently has Beckhams Z Tam in his barn, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, he talks about the Crown champ who is maki...
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Illinois Hall of Famer Larry Marsh dies

on 02/28/2019 3:11 PM
Lawrence E. “Larry” Marsh, 86, founder of the first Arlington Million, co-founder of Hollywood Park Racetrack in Los Angeles, member of both the Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association Illinois Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the Illinois Standardbred Racing Hall of Fame, died peacefully in his home in Safford, Ariz., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Son of the late Ernest S. Marsh...
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