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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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Horner named Standardbred Canada chair

on 02/02/2019 6:45 PM
Standardbred Canada elected its Officers and Executive Committee for 2019. Mark Horner of St. Marys, Ont. was elected as the Chair of Standardbred Canada. The longtime horseman, a second-generation horse owner, breeder, farm operator and trainer, has been connected with popular performers the likes of The Masters, Button Up and The Joy Luck Club. He will serve his first term as SC Chair, repl...
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Big rallies capture Mohawk series finals

on 02/02/2019 12:47 AM
Legal Bettor and Springbridgevision brought the heat Friday night to Woodbine Mohawk Park to win the finals of the Snowshoe and Blizzard Series.   The $40,800 Snowshoe for three and four-year-old pacer and the $36,400 Blizzard for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares featured full fields of 10.   Legal Bettor rallied from tenth and last at three-quarters to w...
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Gingras wins 7 at Meadowlands

on 02/02/2019 12:42 AM
 One would think after winning seven times over the course of last weekend’s two race cards at the Meadowlands that driver Yannick Gingras would have a tough time coming up with an encore.   Think again.   The 39-year-old Gingras, who led the Big M driver colony in wins during January with 15, came within one win of history Friday night at the mile oval, win...
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Betterb Chevron N best in Yonkers feature

on 02/01/2019 11:20 PM
Odds-on fave Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) methodically wore down one rival, then held off another Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace.   Away fourth from post position No. 3, Betterb Chevron N saw Delishka N (Brent Holland) leapfrog around Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), paying a :26.4 opening quarter-mile privilege for th...
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Feelin Red Hot Wins at Miami Valley

on 02/01/2019 11:17 PM
Feelin Red Hot (Chris Page), a 6-year-old Ohio-sired mare by Feelin Friskie, notched her 20th career victory in just 77 starts Friday night in Miami Valley’s $25,000 Distaff Open Pace.  The 1:52.1 tally was the winner’s first at Miami Valley and increased her lifetime bankroll to $236,000.   Page took no chances with the 4-5 favorite, cutting all the fractio...
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