Real Diva wins Survivor Series final

on 02/18/2019 10:49 PM
Real Diva lived up to her name Monday afternoon (Feb. 18) at Miami Valley Raceway.  The 6-year-old Real Desire mare was crowned champion when she captured the $15,000 Survivor Series final for $5000 claiming mares.   The series started with 40 minimum claiming mares in four divisions two weeks ago, was narrowed to the top twenty for the second go-around last week, and then ten fina...
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Havefaithinme N scores at snowy Saratoga

on 02/18/2019 5:07 PM
Havefaithinme N (Bettor’s Delight) scored in the first Open Pace of the year at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez trainee brought his over $1 million in career earnings into the Monday afternoon feature which was contested for a purse of $12,000. The fractions in the race were slow over a track labeled ‘good’ and Havefaithinme N had his work cut out for him to come from o...
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NY horseman Eddie Dunnigan, 80, dies

on 02/18/2019 1:04 PM
The global harness racing family has lost another pioneer. Ed “Eddie” Dunnigan, 80, went to join his friends and fellow horsemen on the backstretch way up north Monday, Feb. 11, following a 10-plus year battle with cancer.   A consummate horseman, classic racetrack character, father of four and fun friend to all, Dunnigan played a role in the harness racing community for t...
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Cash Hall retired from stud duty

on 02/18/2019 11:17 AM
World champion stallion Cash Hall has been retired from breeding.  The announcement was made by Alan J. Leavitt, president of Walnut Hall Ltd. and the manager of the Cash Hall Syndicate.   Cash Hall had been standing at Cool Winds Farm, in Lima, Ohio, and Leavitt cited the good care Cash Hall had received at Cool Winds from Randy and Kim Haines, the farm owners. (Walnut Hall Ltd....
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Kuzara has dual career with gymnastics, horses

on 02/18/2019 9:51 AM
Early in the morning, Dave Kuzara teaches his pupils not to jump. Later in the day, he wants his students to jump as high as they can.   Strange? Not really, because Kuzara has chosen a career combination that may be unique. He’s a part-time trainer at The Meadows and full-time assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women’s gymnastics team.   Currently...
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All About Cowboys lassoes Miami Valley win

on 02/17/2019 6:49 PM
 All About Cowboys was all about business on Sunday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway, winning the $22,500 Open I Trot in a front-stepping 1:55 effort. The 6-year-old black son of Swan For All has now put together a streak of four weeks with two wins and two place finishes in the weekly top trot.   Driver Jason Brewer guided the winner through a well-rated mile that included...
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Cash Me Out cashes big on Saratoga opener

on 02/17/2019 6:46 PM
Veteran local trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return in style to the Spa on Sunday afternoon as the 2019 racing season got underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter has spent the majority of his career competing at Saratoga and on Sunday prevailed in the first Open of the season.   Phil Fluet guided the 1-5 betting favorite out to the early lead ...
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Meadowlands handles $3.16 million Saturday

on 02/17/2019 5:40 AM
Perfect conditions and ultra-competitive racing led to the biggest betting night of the year at the Meadowlands, as a total of $3,166,920 was pushed through the windows during the 13-race Saturday program. It was the second time during 2019 that wagering exceeded $3 million.   The night got off to a fast start at the industry’s handle leader as $303,044 was wagered in the f...
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Brennan brings out broom in Yonkers features

on 02/17/2019 12:01 AM
George Brennan was the man of the hour Saturday night. taking both halves of Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.   It was a second-up-to-first-home Don Domingo N ($5.80) in the week’s adult pace. From post position No. 5, he watched as just-over-even-money favorite Bettor’s Fire N (Ron Cushing) lead through cheapy subsections of :28.2, 58....
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Ron Burke named new trainer of Atlanta

on 02/16/2019 11:33 PM
Trainer Ron Burke posted on his Twitter account late Saturday night that he has been selected to train Atlanta for her 4-year-old campaign in 2019. Trained last year by Rick Zeron, the trotter was sold on on Friday for $1.55 million in an effort to dissolve the former ownership group.   ”Not often do you pick up a true champion thanks,” posted Burke, the 2018 Trai...
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How the NJ appropriation will be divided

on 02/16/2019 10:51 PM
The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey would like to clarify to all horsemen how the $20 million appropriation will be utilized.   The amounts will be allocated by the New Jersey Racing Commission equally between the Thiroughbred industry and the Standardbred industry. Of the funds allocated to the Standardbred  industry, 60 pe...
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Page sweeps Miami Valley opens

on 02/16/2019 10:45 PM
Just when the question was being raised: Has age finally caught up with Dancin Yankee?...the answer came back a resounding “No,” when the 11-year-old $1.85 million earner captured Miami Valley’s $24,000 Open I Pace on Saturday night.  Following three uncharacteristic off-the-board finishes to open his 2019 season, the Ron Burke trainee scored his first seasonal victory in ...
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USTA proposed drug changes vetted at ARCI meetings

on 02/16/2019 7:48 AM
 Proposals to modify the regulatory policy concerning clenbuterol and betamethasone use in Standardbred racing will be one of the major topics considered at the upcoming meeting of the Association of Racing Commissioners International on April 3-5 in Arcadia, Calif. The proposed changes were submitted late last year to Standardbred regulatory commissions directly from the Harness Racing ...
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Resita wins third straight at Meadowlands

on 02/16/2019 7:29 AM
Since returning from a four-week layoff on Jan. 25, Resita has been on a roll for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras. Friday night, the 5-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions-Winkys Magik won his third straight, scoring in the $15,750 conditioned trotting feature at the Meadowlands.   Resita, who defeated non-winners of $5,000 and non-winners of $8,500 in his last t...
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Tajmeallover captures Mohawk Preferred

on 02/15/2019 11:26 PM
Tajmeallover stopped knocking and busted through to win Friday’s $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Jean Francois Gagne trained eight-year-old powered by rivals in the lane for not only her first Preferred victory, but also her first win at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Kendall Seelster headlined the field of six and was coming in off a win and victories in f...
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‘Super Brett’ sweeps Beissinger Series prelims

on 02/15/2019 10:46 PM
‘Super’ Brett Miller has “owned” the inaugural Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley trotting series, winning all four preliminary heats over the first two weeks.  His toughest decision in the series thus far has to be what horse to drive in the $25,000 championship final next Friday at a distance of 1-1/4 miles.  He won with both Deweyknowigotit and Double A G...
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Delightfulmemphisn best in Yonkers feature

on 02/15/2019 10:35 PM
A first-up Delightfulmemphisn (Jason Bartlett, $17) prevailed Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Away fourth from post position No. 4, Delightfulmemphisn watched Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley) lead through early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3,  Delightfulmemphisn left the cones after intermission, as first pacing in place toward a 1...
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Arthur Pendragon edges Dapper Dude at Meadows

on 02/15/2019 5:01 PM
Arthur Pendragon moved steadily first-over and wore down the leader, Dapper Dude, to take Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Arthur Pendragon was third when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude, a millionaire who seldom gives up the lead late. But the determined Arthur Pendragon edged him by a head in 1:53, with New Evidence a close-up third.   ...
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Grant "happy with the results" of Atlanta purchase

on 02/15/2019 3:26 PM
“We’re happy with the results. We’re excited.”   That’s what Brad Grant told Friday afternoon, about two hours after he and partners Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable and Howard Taylor were able retain ownership of the 2018 Hambletonian champion Atlanta, who had been placed up for auction on to settle a dispute with partne...
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Atlanta sells for $1.55 million to Crawford

on 02/15/2019 1:18 PM
History mas made on Friday afternoon when the reigning Hambletonian champion, Atlanta 3,1:50.3 sold for a record $1,550,000 at, making her the most expensive Standardbred ever sold at public auction.   Michelle Crawford of New York was the winning bidder for Atlanta, which trumps the previous mark set by Cameron Hall. Erkki Laakkonen, of Ontario, paid $1.1 million for Camer...
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