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Meadowlands cancels Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds

on 02/05/2019 1:01 PM
As the purse subsidy bill (Senate Bill 2992) awaits the signature of Governor Murphy, the Meadowlands is finalizing live racing and stakes purse details for this season.   Although it is clear in the language of the bill that the subsidy money is to be used for overnight races, a number of breeders who have previously helped to fund Meadowlands Grand Circuit races over the past few se...
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Horseman, racing official Howard McCullough dies

on 02/05/2019 12:23 PM
 Longtime horseman and racing official Howard McCullough, 85, died Dec. 21.   Mr. McCullough was a successful trainer/driver in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, having driven Midnite Hardy to back-to-back Illinois Horse of the Year honors in the early 1960s.After his successful run as a driver and trainer, Mr. McCullough became a well-respected racing official, presidi...
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Austin Siegelman reflects on career-best 2018 season

on 02/05/2019 12:21 PM
Austin Siegelman put up career-best numbers in 2018 and is looking to parlay that success into even bigger numbers this year. Siegelman, who turns 27 on Feb. 27, won 314 races and $2.19 million in purses last season. His win total ranked 26th among all drivers in North America. “I think I had a pretty good year,” Siegelman said. “I think it was a step in the right direction ...
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Trotting mare NF Happenstance retired from racing

on 02/05/2019 9:26 AM
Jack Parker, Jr.’s open trotting mare NF Happenstance 4,1:52:2f  ($661,321) has been retired from racing and sent to Olive Branch Farm in North Carolina.   The Breeders Crown elimination winner begins her second stint at motherhood after returning to the races in 2018 from the broodmare ranks to become the 4th richest older trotting mare in North America. During her sec...
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Western Fair to stop betting early after low payoff

on 02/05/2019 8:56 AM
An unusually low exactor payout in the seventh race on Jan. 16, 2019, at The Raceway at Western Fair District, prompted management to contact AGCO officials along with the local CPMA (the national regulator responsible for oversight of pari-mutuel wagering) rep in order to investigate the wagering patterns for that race and the origin of the winning tickets. Our tote provider immediately provided...
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Million-dollar Monday for Yonkers

on 02/05/2019 8:37 AM
Yonkers Raceway posted its largest handle of the new season Monday night, with a total of $1,072,833 wagered during the dozen-race card. Jordan Stratton won four races, the last of which was an un-Stratton-esque 21-1, last-to-first Captain Deo ($45.20) in the $20,000, 10th-race pace. That bombardier enhanced the evening’s Pick 5 wager, which returned $1,167.25 for every correct (4/...
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Amora Beach "kashes" in for 9th straight

on 02/05/2019 8:35 AM
Amora Beach paced home for his ninth straight win Monday night in Northfield Park’s seventh race. The 7-year-old gelding is owned by L’Emmur Stable and James Ryan.  Keith Kash Jr. is his trainer and was aboard for the winning drive.  The nine consecutive victories have included an impressive run up the claiming ladder for seven different trainers.  Am...
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Big M announces April late-closers for 3YOs

on 02/05/2019 8:33 AM
The Meadowlands is announcing a slate of late-closers for 3 year-old trotters and pacers starting the first weekend in April with three $15,000 legs and finals estimated at $60,000 for all divisions at the end of the month.   The conditions for these late-closers are:  N/W of 2 Extended P.M. Races Lifetime or $40,000 Lifetime as of Feb. 15, 2019 Winners of Over $100,000 L...
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Winwood Scout, Turnitdownforwatt score

on 02/04/2019 7:11 PM
A pair of longshots that did not win preliminary legs of their respective Claim To Fame Series did capture championship finals at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Feb. 4) over a sloppy strip dulled by warming temperatures followed by a persistent chilly rain.   Winwood Scout (LeWayne Miller) proved best in the $15,000 trotting split, besting favorites Undercover Strike (Kayne K...
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Hall of Fame broodmare Three Mile Island dies at 34

on 02/04/2019 3:15 PM
According to Alisa Horner, Office Manager at White Birch Farms, Allentown, NJ, “Three Mile Island died Feb. 2 of natural causes. She didn’t have any health issues prior and still looked great, considering her age.” She was 34   A bay mare by No Nukes, Three Mile Island was from the Race Time dam Racy Kathy. Foaled in 1985, she took a 2-year-old world record mark...
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Dan Patch named Canadian Horse Racing Legend

on 02/04/2019 3:03 PM
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced Monday it will recognize a world champion, world record holder, and household name of over 100 years ago--pacer Dan Patch as its 2019 Legend. The most famous pacer of the early 1900’s he won all 73 races he contested and attracted large crowds of fans at his appearances in both the US and Canada.   Dan Patch was a horse fo...
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Hall of Fame Communicator Tom White dies

on 02/04/2019 2:48 PM
Hall of Fame Communicator Tom White, who kept harness racing in the headlines, and helped put fans in the stands for many years as publicist at The Red Mile, Scioto Downs and the Little Brown Jug/Delaware County Fair, died Monday morning (Feb. 4) at Sayre Christian Village in Lexington, Ky. He was 84. He had been in poor health since suffering a major stroke four years ago. Thomas Wayne White&n...
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Pocono Downs announces 2019 schedule

on 02/04/2019 2:48 PM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce their 2019 racing season schedule. The track in Northeast Pennsylvania is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing.   Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 16, and there will be a limited schedule in the month of March, with racing on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Starting in April, the tr...
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Trotter Larks Crown dies at age 34

on 02/04/2019 1:29 PM
Larks Crown, who led all older trotters in wins in 1990 and later embarked on a second career as a teaser stallion at Hanover Shoe Farms, died Monday (Feb. 4), owner Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky said. He was 34. A son of Mighty Crown out of Lark’s Peacock, Larks Crown was born in Ohio, where he enjoyed success on the state’s fair circuit at ages 2 and 3. He shipped east to compete at Y...
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Warner embraces new role at SUNY Morrisville

on 02/04/2019 12:34 PM
When Kerin Warner got a degree in history from Rutgers some two decades ago, he already knew his future was with racehorses and not students in a classroom. The education he gained during the ensuing years, though, has now led the 45-year-old Warner to the role of teacher. Warner is the new instructional support associate for the Standardbred program at SUNY Morrisville. The program emphas...
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Mohawk Park cancels Monday card

on 02/04/2019 11:50 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced that Monday night's (Feb. 4) card of live Standardbred racing at Mohawk Park has been canceled due to unsafe track conditions caused by mild temperatures.   Live racing is scheduled to resume Thursday evening, Feb. 7, at 7:10 p.m. (WEG)
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Gingras, Burke hot at Big M; handle tops $3 million

on 02/03/2019 7:24 AM
 Wagering reached the magic $3-million mark for the first time at the meeting and the team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras combined to win an incredible six races on Saturday night at the Meadowlands. Twice during the course of the 13-race program, which saw all-source play total $3,147,209, single-race total wagering was in excess of $300,000. The Big M’s sign...
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McWicked named Canada’s 2018 Horse of Year

on 02/03/2019 12:23 AM
On Saturday, Standardbred Canada announced the winners for the 2018 O’Brien Awards, at the 30th edition of the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala held at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The O’Brien Awards honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season and are named in honor of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding hors...
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Rockathon, Weslynn Dancer win Yonkers features

on 02/03/2019 12:19 AM
Rockathon (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) and Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley, $33.80) divided the distinction Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Rockathon seated his adult-table pacing elders, including just-over-even-money favorite Air Strike (Brent Holland). After early intervals of :27.2 and :56.1, Air Strike took out of third, mi...
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Fan Of Terror captures Claim To Fame title

on 02/03/2019 12:17 AM
 Fan Of Terror is officially the ‘King of the Hill’ among $20,000 claimers at Miami Valley Raceway after capturing the $32,500 Claim To Fame final for that division on Saturday night. For trainer Brady Galliers it was the second lucrative Claim To Fame final in as many weeks having copped the $12,500 split with RHP.  In both cases, Galliers welcomed the winners into hi...
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