Dapper Dude posts 49th career win

on 02/08/2019 10:37 PM
A front-end type for most of his distinguished career, Dapper Dude moved smartly first over and held off Arthur Pendragon in the lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows.   Once Dapper Dude reached the leader, New Evidence, that frustrated rival broke stride, scattering horses behind him. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Dapper Dude had little trouble clearing the break...
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Feelin Red Hot noses out American Girl

on 02/08/2019 10:11 PM
Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page) nosed out American Girl (Trace Tetrick) in Miami Valley’s $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace on Friday night (Feb. 8), giving the 6-year-old daughter of Feelin Friskie her second straight weekly feature and postponing the christening of American Girl as a millionaire for at least another week.   Page left enough to drop in fifth during the :27.1 opening...
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Shezza GNP N snags Yonkers Mare Open

on 02/08/2019 9:35 PM
In a race where half the field was comprised of New Zealand-breds, Shezza GNP N (Jordan Stratton, $42.40) led a 1-2-3 Kiwi finish Friday night (Feb. 8), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   The start of the feature was delayed as pole-given Amateur Hour (George Brennan) essentially refused. The seven other lasses left without her, with a three-w...
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Kaitlyn N gearing up for Matchmaker Series

on 02/08/2019 1:13 PM
Last year, Rich Banca and Barbara and James Boese watched as New Zealand-bred mare Kaitlyn went on a tear. The American Ideal daughter won her first four starts in the United States at Harrington for trainer Josh Parker and went on to win across the East Coast at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the Meadowlands, and Yonkers.   Although she began her campaign in the non-winners classes, K...
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Meadowlands sponsorships in new Weekend Preview!

on 02/07/2019 4:31 PM
Are they off? Are they on? In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Kathy Parker takes an in-depth look at the situation regarding the Governor’s Cup and Three Diamonds for 2-year-old pacers at the Meadowlands. The Meadowlands’ owner Jeff Gural told Parker why he picked those two paces to take off the 2019 calendar, and Parker also spoke to several race sponsors on their de...
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BOGO for breeding to trotting stallion My MVP

on 02/07/2019 4:09 PM
Winbak Farm has announced that the newest member of its stallion roster at Winbak of Canada, My MVP, is going to a “bogo” stud fee for the upcoming breeding season.   The “buy one get one free” offer means that one mare can be bred to My MVP this year at his stud fee of $4,000 Cdn., with a second mare bred at no charge. Or, breeders may contract to breed one ma...
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Reflecting back on big Big M weekend

on 02/07/2019 11:26 AM
Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke and big action highlighted a huge weekend of racing at the Meadowlands last Friday and Saturday (Feb. 1-2).   Formal records aren’t available, but when it comes to what Burke and Gingras combined to do last week, they likely aren’t necessary. Since the inception of the Big M racing primarily twice a week in 2013, it’s hard to imagine any tr...
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New Jersey Sires Stakes news

on 02/07/2019 11:09 AM
The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund’s first sustaining payments is the last chance for owners of 2-year-old and 3-year-old pacers and trotters to be kept eligible to the 2019 Premier Division and Standardbred Development Fund racing programs. The NJSS Premier Division will be contested exclusively again at The Meadowlands in 2019 starting in Ma...
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Hoosier Park seeking interns

on 02/07/2019 9:55 AM
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2019 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, or any equine related fields. The internship program is ...
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Meadowlands now taking payments on Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds

on 02/07/2019 8:40 AM
In response to Tuesday's announcement regarding the cancellation of the Governor's Cup and Three Diamonds stakes several of last year's contributing sponsors have indicated that they would renew their support for the 2019 season.   As a result and with the February 15 deadline looming, The Meadowlands will accept nomination payments on those stakes while continuing to seek...
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Ronnie Wrenn Jr. wins 5,000th race

on 02/07/2019 8:40 AM
Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 5,000th trip to the winner’s circle after winning with Body Of Work in Northfield Park’s third race on Wednesday night.   Body Of Work won by a full length and was heavily favored, returning $2.60 to win. The 2:00.1 clocking was the 11th career score for the 6-year-old trotter, who now has $133,763 in earnings.   The 32-year-old Wr...
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Ultimate Shopper ready for Beissinger Medley Series

on 02/06/2019 2:45 PM
Anette Lorentzon shares a special connection with Ultimate Shopper, and it goes beyond winning races and money. The 6-year-old mare, who competes Friday in the Howard Beissinger Memorial Medley for trotters at Miami Valley Raceway, was one of two yearlings Lorentzon bought at the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale after being diagnosed with cancer. Lorentzon, who has overcome bone cancer and last y...
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Illinois horseman Dennis Henert, 73, dies

on 02/06/2019 2:17 PM
Dennis G. Henert, 73, of Streator, Ill., and a resident of the Flanagan Rehabilitation Health Care, died Feb. 3 at OSF St. James Hospital, Pontiac. Following cremation, a celebration of life service will be held at a later date with burial in the Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. The Winterrowd Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Mr. Henert was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Rochelle t...
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New England horseman William Berube dies

on 02/06/2019 2:13 PM
William J. Berube, 73, recently of Greenville, NH, died Jan. 28 at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, Mass. The son of the late Joseph and Eva (Demers), Mr. Berube was born in Dracut, Mass., and raised on the family’s Dracut Farm at which he resided for more than 50 years. He was a graduate of Dracut High School, class of 1963. He worked as a Standardbred trainer in Pepperell, Rockingham, an...
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SBOANJ issues statement about stakes cancellations

on 02/06/2019 12:46 PM
Yesterday the Meadowlands canceled the Governor’s Cup and the Three Diamonds, fall races for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies, respectively, with nominations due next week on Feb. 15.   The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) had not been notified of these cancellations prior to the announcement, and to clarify the Meadowlands release, while ...
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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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