Marcus Melander credits "rise" to good team

on 01/15/2019 12:24 PM
Marcus Melander’s name will be on the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s 2018 Rising Star Award, but the 27-year-old trainer says the recognition extends beyond one person. “It’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not really just my award,” Melander said. “It’s my whole barn. If I didn’t have all these people working with me, I wouldn’...
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New president/COO named at Northfield Park

on 01/15/2019 9:36 AM
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) ("MGM Resorts" or the "Company") announced today that it has appointed Chris Kelley as the new president and COO of the Ohio resort, currently known as the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park will be rebranded when MGM Resorts acquires the property, which is expected to occur in the first half of 201...
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Details of Rick Zeron suspension/fine

on 01/15/2019 8:40 AM has obtained a copy of the specific ruling issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) that resulted in Rick Zeron receiving a 180-day suspension and $10,000 fine. In announcing the sanctions on Jan. 9, the AGCO only stated which rules were violated and not the specifics.   According to the AGCO ruling, an inspection was conducted at the stable of Z...
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Meadowlands announces '19 stakes schedule

on 01/15/2019 8:37 AM
The Meadowlands' 2019 Grand Circuit stakes schedule will offer more than $13 million in purses led by Harness Racing's most coveted prize, the 94th edition of the $1 million Hambletonian Stake. The Meadowlands will again be the stage for two of the sport's biggest events. The track's signature Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace ($700,000 est.) headlines a card worth an estimated ...
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P L Jill wins in Mohawk Preferred Trot

on 01/15/2019 8:32 AM
P L Jill scored an impressive victory in her jump up to the $34,000 Preferred Trot on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The six-year-old mare came first-up on the far turn and kept on powering in the lane to defeat eight-talented rivals in 1:54.3 for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Ben Baillargeon.   An early-battle saw Dancer Hall ignore the two-hole to move arou...
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Tioga Downs grants presented

on 01/14/2019 6:08 PM
As part of the commitment of Tioga Downs and owner Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs was pleased to host its very first check presentation ceremony officially announcing the recipients of the first $250,000 in funding through the Tioga Downs Regional Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that reviews and selects applications for grant funding. The ceremony was held at the Tioga Downs ballroom...
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Susie's Soul upsets in MVG series

on 01/14/2019 6:05 PM
Another pair of “Claim To Fame” late-closing series got underway at Miami Valley Raceway on Monday afternoon (Jan. 14) as two divisions of $8,000 claiming mares and two divisions of $15,000 claiming trotters went postwar   Susie’s Soul (Jason Brewer) won the fastest split for the distaffers with a 1:56.1 upset over Endeavors Ladyluck (Trevor Smith) and Bad Glamour...
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Horse dies in incident at Ohio county fairgrounds

on 01/14/2019 3:32 PM
A 28-year-old man is in police custody after he allegedly broke into the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton, Ohio, early Monday morning and released 15 Standardbreds from their stalls, allowing them to run loose on the nearby streets. Fourteen of the horses were recovered safely but one had to be euthanized as a result of injuries sustained when it fell through the ice at a nearby lake.  ...
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Western NY horseman Lester Tourville dies

on 01/14/2019 10:39 AM
Lester Tourville, 87, of Hamburg, NY, died Jan. 12, 2019, at Hospice Buffalo. He was a driver and trainer at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs until he retired in 2004. In the early 1980s, Mr. Tourville worked for the Mar Con Farms, training their top open pacer Mar Con Cash p,4,1:59.4q ($151,554). Later he trained and drove for the powerful Theodora Brown and Sportacular stables. Some of their t...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on 01/14/2019 9:43 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale will close Wednesday, January 16. The one day sale takes place on Tuesday, February 12 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. Horsemen from 27 states and Canada will converge at this annual event to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit to enter or to o...
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Barn fire in Michigan kills 7 horses

on 01/14/2019 9:20 AM
Longtime Michigan horsewoman Ann Russell and her daughter, Erin Spychala, lost their entire stable in an early-morning barn fire on Sunday morning in Pinckney, Mich. The fire was reported around 5 a.m. and killed all seven horses in the barn, including five Standardbred racehorses, one broodmare and a riding pony.   The horses killed in the fire include the 8-year-old pacing gelding R...
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Constntlysidwys A wins Big M Preferred

on 01/13/2019 7:30 AM
If you’re going to rock the apple cart, then your name might as well fit the result.  Saturday night at the Meadowlands, a win for K Ryan Bluechip or Geez Joe in the Preferred Handicap would have established the victor as the Big M’s top pacer in training, but Constntlysidewys A threw a monkey wrench into the machine, going a big mile for owner-trainer Tahnee Camilleri, ...
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Bartlett pairs up in Yonkers features

on 01/12/2019 11:48 PM
Fresh off a five-win performance the previous evening. Jason Bartlett’s Saturday night saw him take down both of Yonkers Raceway’s co-featured $44,000 Opens. Bartlett did it with a pair of fours. Bellows Binge ($19.40)—from post position No. 4—closed from third-over in the weekly featured pace, snapping Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley) at the wire in 1:54. ...
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My Buddy Ninkster best at Miami Valley

on 01/12/2019 11:03 PM
Granite and My Hero Ron have dominated the featured weekly Open Pace at both Hollywood Dayton and Miami Valley Raceways in recent weeks, Granite winning three times and My Hero Ron twice since December 8.  They were joined in the Saturday night (Jan. 12) $25,000 Open at Miami Valley by Nuclear Dragon, the 1:49 track record holder returning to the races after a two and a ...
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Kendall Seelster wins fourth straight at Mohawk

on 01/12/2019 10:59 PM
Kendall Seelster continued her dominance of the Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a 1:53.2 victory Saturday evening.   The now 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Sylvain Filion for her fourth consecutive score in the $30,000 top class.   Exhilarated was the quickest away and led the field of seven to the ope...
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Stay Hungry granted Stallion exemption

on 01/12/2019 11:06 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms has announced that pacing stallion Stay Hungry has been granted exemption from the Stallion Restiction Rule. This exemption permits foals from Stay Hungry’s first crop , as well as all future crops, to race at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. Stay Hungry stands his first season at Hanover Shoe Farms in PA for a fee...
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Trolley comes out best in Big M feature

on 01/12/2019 8:37 AM
Apparently, Trolley did not get the memo. You know the one. The one where Muscle Diamond goes off as the 1-5 favorite in Friday’s featured $21,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters at the Meadowlands and wins his sixth in a row for fun. No, Trolley was clearly not on board with that.   In what is developing into a great rivalry, Trolley and driver Marcus Miller powered ...
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Rock Me Baby in mild upset at Miami Valley

on 01/11/2019 11:39 PM
Rock Me Baby pulled off a mild upset in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night with driver Brett Miller, who is rapidly making his presence felt in southwest Ohio, on her lines. Content to sit fourth in the early going as favored American Girl (Aaron Merriman) posted fractions of :27.1 and :56.1, Miller moved Rock Me Baby to the outside to challenge the leader by the ...
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Itty Bitty big in Yonkers feature

on 01/11/2019 10:00 PM
Favored Itty Bitty (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) gave nothing else a shot Friday night’s, handily winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.   Leaving from post position No. 3, Itty Bitty retook from Wishy Washy Girl (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then opened more nighttime daylight at every subsequent interval (:58.1, 1:...
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Knocking Around takes Meadows preferred

on 01/11/2019 5:19 PM
Making his second start in five days, Knocking Around wore down Lord Of Winterfell with a sustained uncovered bid to take Friday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Lord Of Winterfell got the jump on the field when he pulled the pocket down the backside and opened a 1 1/2-length lead. But Knocking Around gained steadily and defeated Lord of Winterfell by 2&n...
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