Andy Miller wins 6 at Meadowlands

on 01/06/2019 7:58 AM
Andy Miller might be known as “The Orange Crush” but on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, anyone who referred to the driver as “Red Hot” would have been 100 percent accurate.   Miller won six times on the 13-race program, and for good measure, included among his victories was the $21,000 featured Preferred Handicap for pacers.   The 50-year-old&rsqu...
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Brett Miller, Rock Me Baby score at Miami Valley

on 01/05/2019 7:11 AM
Brett Miller recorded his first victory at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday (Jan. 4)—opening night of the 2019 87-day meet-- in the feature race, a $16,000 event for top condition mare pacers.  The 45-year-old reinsman plans to make Miami Valley his base of operation for the next four months as the purple and white clad nephew of Hall Of Famer David Miller and son of veteran horseman De...
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Gingras nearing 7,000 career driving victories

on 01/05/2019 7:09 AM
Driver Yannick Gingras is not inching but streaking his way toward the 7,000-win plateau for his career, as after scoring four times on the Friday Meadowlands card, the 39-year-old Quebec native now has 6,996 lifetime victories.   Right after being named the track’s Driver of the Week for winning a half-dozen times last weekend (Dec. 27-29), Gingras was off and running in the fi...
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Stallion breedings for OHHA online

on 01/04/2019 8:10 PM
The 2019 Ohio Stallion Service Auction, major fundraiser of the year for the Political Action Committee for Equine Racing (P.A.C.E.R.) is now open online at This is a new website and updated from the one that was listed in the December issue of OHHA News.   Bidding is available online now through Saturday January 19, 5:00 p.m. Telephone bidding is ope...
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Lass A Rope uses Lightning Lane to win

on 01/04/2019 8:04 PM
Trapped in with no hope of clearance, Lass A Rope found the Lightning Lane just in time and brushed to her second straight victory in Friday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Glidinthruparadise moved first-over and edged past the leader, Dirty Secret, as the field straightened for home. But when Aaron Merriman pointed Lass A Rope inside, the 4-ye...
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Dale McConnell, trained Photo Maker, dies

on 01/04/2019 7:56 PM
Dale L. McConnell, 75, of Meadowlands Farm, Meadow Lands, Pa., passed away peacefully Wednesday Jan. 2 in his home. He was born December 14, 1943, In Cameron Ohio, a son of the late Edwin and Vera Ault McConnell. Dale was a graduate of Woodsfield High School and served with the United States Army as a sergeant SP4 in Germany and received a National Defense Se...
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Nathan Davis named Holton Award honoree

on 01/04/2019 5:43 PM
The 2018 Terry Holton Youth Award will be presented to Nathan Davis of West Portsmouth, Ohio, at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association Awards Banquet Jan. 19 at Marriott Columbus University Area hotel. Davis is a first-year engineering student at Shawnee State University with 3.80 grade point average who also worked full time this summer, yet still found time to help run his late grandfat...
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NJ horseman Sal Villante, 58, dies

on 01/04/2019 5:41 PM
Sal S. Villante, 58, of East Windsor, N.J., died Jan. 3 in Princeton, NJ. He was a past member of the USTA and the Standardbred Owners Associations of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Mr. Villante was a truly dedicated horsemen to the harness racing industry. He was a wonderful loving husband, father, and grandfather. If you knew Sal, you knew his love of a great meal, time with his family,...
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John Celli Jr., owned Badlands Hanover, dies

on 01/04/2019 5:31 PM
  John J. Celii Jr., of West Chester PA, well known when he campaigned the top pacing colt Badlands Hanover, passed away on Dec. 20 from complications of surgery. He was surrounded by his wife and loving family. He was 75.   Mr. Celli was born in West Chester, PA, in 1942, to his parents, John Celii, Sr. and Mary Sarmento Celii. He grew up in Downingtown, PA, where ...
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Ranger excited for NA Drivers Championship

on 01/04/2019 10:24 AM
Bruce Ranger, who returned to racing in October following a three-year absence, will see a lot of new—and younger—faces when he participates in the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway. The 59-year-old Ranger is the elder statesman of the event, which features 30 drivers in a three-day competition that begins Sunday.   Nineteen of...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/03/2019 4:26 PM
The third annual North America Drivers Championship gets underway Sunday at Miami Valley and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Drew Monti talks about his excitement in participating in his first-ever tournament and his hopes for coming out on top over his 29 rivals. Also, Ohio-based trainer Virgil Morgan Jr. talks about his stable that includes an East Coast branch.   ...
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Woodbine Mohawk set to open Saturday

on 01/03/2019 4:21 PM
Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to begin its inaugural full-year of live racing with a 10-race card set for this Saturday, Jan. 5.   The 2019 live racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature 221 race dates and is headlined by the 36th Pepsi North America Cup on June 15 and the Breeders Crown on Oct. 25 and 26. The Milton, Ont. oval, which opened in April of 1963, became the permane...
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June Hudson dies at age 82

on 01/03/2019 3:47 PM
June Jeanette Hudson, 82, of Huntington Station, N.Y., died Jan. 3, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with colon cancer. She would have turned 83 on Jan. 5. She was the daughter of Clinton and Ethel Brooks and was born in New York City at the New York Presbyterian Hospital on Jan. 5, 1936. She was preceded in death by her parents, who both owned Standardbreds; her husband, W...
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Grant is winner of Davies Humanitarian Award

on 01/03/2019 2:00 PM
When horse owner Brad Grant heard the news last April about the accident that claimed the lives of 16 people aboard a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team, he knew he wanted to help. Grant, whose own involvement in Canadian junior hockey stretches more than three decades, was uncertain what to do, but came upon the answer as he looked at a page of racing entries. Earlier in th...
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Big M looks to keep momentum rolling

on 01/03/2019 11:27 AM
The Meadowlands hosts live racing for the first time in 2019 this Friday and Saturday (post time, 7:15 p.m.) hoping to keep things rolling after an outstanding Saturday (Dec. 29) night program that saw the largest single-card handle of the meeting.   A total of $2,986,115 was wagered on the 14 races, which was good for an average per race of $213,293. As usual, the 50-Cent Pick-5 and ...
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Meadowlands Survival Challenge starts Friday

on 01/03/2019 10:20 AM
Contestants have until 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4 to register and make their selections in the always popular Meadowlands Winter Meet Survival Challenge powered by 123Racing.   The grand prize is $1,000 & 2019 WHHC Spot. The second-place prize is $500 & 2019 WHHC Spot. The third-place prize is $250 & 2019 WHHC Spot. Most winners prize is $250   Trackmaster ...
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Dunn does well in Drivers Championship draw

on 01/03/2019 8:30 AM
The battle lines have been drawn for the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley from Sunday, Jan. 6 through Tuesday, Jan. 8.  Three consecutive matinee programs will decide which of the 30 talented drivers in the contest will emerge with the title, the trophy and the $10,000 first prize.   Each driver has four randomly drawn horses and post positi...
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Parkhill Lancelot takes Meadows feature

on 01/02/2019 7:50 PM
Parkhill Lancelot followed the first-over cover of Media Buzz, then brushed by him in the lane to capture the 2019 opening-day feature, a $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, at The Meadows. Parkhill Lancelot trotted patiently in fourth until Jim Pantaleano tipped him off the cones to follow cover. The 7-year-old Muscle Mass-Harlequin Seelster gelding swept by Media Buzz in mid-stretch and downed...
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Vitale named USHWAn of the Year

on 01/02/2019 2:51 PM
Heather Vitale, secretary of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA), international harness racing video journalist, self-proclaimed “Harness Racing’s Firework,” two-time Sam McKee Broadcasters Award winner, and probably the only person in harness racing who both holds Madonna as a role model and also has her own Wikipedia page, has bee...
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Hanover sets another breeders earnings record

on 01/02/2019 10:42 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms, the Pennsylvania harness racing breeding operation which has led all of North American harness racing in seasonal money won by its graduates since recordkeeping began in 1949, has just broken its own mark for one-year earnings by those raised at the nursery. The $31,451,117 total it posted in 2017 was eclipsed on December 27 of last year, with the final number for 2018 reaching...
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