McNeight drives 1,000th career winner

on 01/02/2019 9:15 AM
He had to beat the richest Standardbred ever to do it, but David McNeight III collected career win 1,000 Monday at The Meadows when he piloted Knocking Around to victory in race 10.   The race was styled “Foiled Again’s Last Call,” as it marked the final race of Foiled Again, who faced mandatory retirement Jan. 1 when he turned 15. McNeight and Knocking Around, howev...
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Last call for Caretaker of Year nominations

on 01/02/2019 9:14 AM
There are a few days left to submit nominations for the 2018 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its fourth year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport—the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis.   Any ...
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Longshots rule in Meadows series finals

on 01/01/2019 5:36 PM
Competitive fields and a sloppy, tiring surface set the stage for upsets in Monday’s finals of six Holiday Claiming Series at The Meadows, as three of the winners scored at odds of 22-1 or longer. The six-pack of championships served collectively as the co-feature for “Foiled Again’s Last Call,” the final race in the spectacular career of the richest Standardbred all time...
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The great Foiled Again retires from racing

on 01/01/2019 4:36 PM
One of the most spectacular, improbable, inspirational equine careers in harness racing history ended New Year’s Eve at The Meadows with the final race of Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever. Although his fifth-place finish disappointed the expectant crowd, his $650 check sent his career earnings to $7,635,588, a mark that likely won’t be eclipsed anytime soon.   T...
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Mayflowermoonshine wins 14YO invite

on 12/31/2018 5:25 PM
Monticello Raceway race secretary Eric Warner was successful in putting a race together for six veteran campaigners that went behind the starting gate for the last time. The six starters sported an impressive overall body of work; between them they amassed a total of 2,202 lifetime starts, 369 wins and more than $2,435,000 in career earnings. On Monday afternoon this bunch of hardy campa...
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Big M ends year with meet-high handle

on 12/30/2018 7:37 AM
Maybe all of the Meadowlands' faithful found money in their Christmas stockings. Betting on the 14-race Saturday night Big M program came within $14,000 of the magic $3-million mark, as all-source wagering reached $2,986,115, eclipsing the previous meet best of $2,764,913, which was established on Nov. 24. The current meeting began on Oct. 12. The action got off to a fast start as $724...
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Smith, Morgan Jr. cop Dayton titles

on 12/29/2018 10:53 PM
Jeremy Smith and Virgil Morgan Jr. were recognized as Top Driver and Top Trainer, respectively, on Saturday night (Dec. 29) at Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway as the curtain fell on the track’s fifth 75-program season of live harness racing. Smith set a new standard for wins during a Dayton meet with 154 victories, good for $1.1 million in purse earnings.  It is Jeremy’s f...
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Foiled Again draws post 8 in career finale

on 12/29/2018 11:23 AM
If Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever, is to cap his extraordinary career with a win in his final race, he'll have to do it from post 8. That's where he's drawn in Monday's $13,000 pace at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, styled as "Foiled Again's Last Call" that will bring down the curtain on the career of the gallant gelding who's amassed more than...
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3YO Lass A Rope beats older foes in Preferred

on 12/29/2018 8:27 AM
The lone 3-year-old in the field, Lass A Rope schooled her elders Friday (Dec. 28) at The Meadows when she grabbed the lead first over and dug in late to capture the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. Lass A Rope moved first over for Aaron Merriman and put away the leader, Expose Yourself, before the three-quarters. But her work wasn’t done, as she needed to deal with Gli...
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Driver list set for Miami Valley tourney

on 12/29/2018 8:25 AM
The roster for the third annual $25,000 North America Drivers Championship at Miami Valley Raceway in early January is now set. The 30 outstanding drivers who will descend on the southwest Ohio oval Jan. 6-8 to compete for the title have an astounding 120,385 collective victories. Aaron Merriman, the reigning national dash champion and recently named USHWA 2018 Driver of the Year, heads the w...
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Monopoly Blue Chip upsets in Dayton Open

on 12/29/2018 8:21 AM
The final $18,500 Open Trot of the Hollywood Dayton Raceway meet produced an upset winner, 18-1 Monopoly Blue Chip.  The six-year-old son of Donato Hanover has been racing well during the meet, including two recent wins in top condition events, but had been no better than third in four previous Open level attempts.      Driver Kayne Kauffman guided the winner to ...
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Darlinonthebeach scores at Meadowlands

on 12/29/2018 8:19 AM
Darlinonthebeach made her Meadowlands return a winning one, taking the Friday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacing fillies and mares in 1:51, her seasonal best. The Nifty Norman trainee, who last raced at the Big M on Nov. 16, has battled a nagging suspensory injury for much of the season, which derailed her Breeders Crown and TVG hopes, but she showed no ill effects of he...
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Merriman sets single-season record at Nfld

on 12/28/2018 9:20 PM
When Aaron Merriman scored his 1,000th victory of 2018 to become the first driver to have multiple 1,000 seasons, who knew records would continue to fall.  On Thursday (Dec. 27), Merriman became the winningest single-season driver in the history of Northfield Park.   Merriman scored his 707th victory of the year at the Home of the Flying Turns in Race 11  when he g...
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Marcus Melander voted Rising Star

on 12/28/2018 12:15 PM
Marcus Melander, “to the manor born” in terms of personal harness racing pedigree, went out in 2018 and made great accomplishments with a small but talented collection of trotters, including the two dominant 2-year-old colts, in the process earning the Rising Star Award in voting conducted by the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA).   Also honored by USHWA we...
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COSA statement on Western Fair's future

on 12/28/2018 12:10 PM
This holiday season has been a reflective one for Southwestern Ontario horse people who were informed just days before Christmas that the future of Standardbred racing at The Raceway at Western Fair District is in jeopardy due to Gateway Casinos’ decision to relocate. The company has decided to shift their operation from Western Fair, therefore taking the funding that helps support local r...
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SC asks for Western Fair support

on 12/28/2018 10:38 AM
During the past year Standardbred Canada has been a vocal supporter of Ontario’s Long Term Funding Agreement in this province.   The recent announcement concerning Gateway Casino moving from The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont.,  is problematic and concerning on many fronts.   The announcement has once again raised questions on the security and fu...
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Foiled Again farewell in Weekend Preview!

on 12/28/2018 10:10 AM
The great Foiled Again is facing the final curtain on New Year’s Eve at The Meadows and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Ron Burke, co-owner Mark Weaver and driver Yannick Gingras reveal their thoughts and sentiments. There’s a big party planned to ring out Foiled Again’s career and we have the story on how the star pacer did it his way.   It...
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Artbitration & Klosky: a love affair

on 12/28/2018 9:22 AM
When Tom Klosky, Jr. retired his great race mare Artbitration with earnings exceeding $727,000, he could have sold her as a broodmare prospect and banked even more. Instead, Klosky kept the daughter of Artiscape-Serious Smile, bred her seven times and retained all those foals as well.   “If I sold her and tried to buy a foal out of her,” Klosky says, “I knew I couldn...
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Big night for Brett Miller at Meadowlands

on 12/28/2018 7:40 AM
He didn’t leap any tall buildings in a single bound, but “Super” Brett Miller lived up to his nickname nonetheless at the Meadowlands Thursday night, winning three of the 10 races on the program.   Miller got his party started in the fourth race trot for $10,000 claimers, putting 5-2 second choice Photo King into a perfect spot second-over before rolling home to 1&fr...
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Devaux wins 5; Monticello handle tops $776,000

on 12/27/2018 9:20 PM
The month of December seems to be to Jim Devaux’s liking. It was only 10 days ago that he won five races on the afternoon. On Thursday afternoon (Dec. 27), Devaux did it again. The wins started in race two where he scored with RCS Ready (2:04.1-$9.70) for trainer Wesley Miller. It is rare to see Devaux go off at odds of 30-1, as he pulled off a shocker with NY Whitesox in 1:58 and paid ...
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