“Downtown” Brown wins four at Meadows

on 12/21/2018 10:37 PM
 An all-day rain turned The Meadows track to slop, and when that rain changed to snow, conditions became even more forbidding. But all was fair downtown — with “Downtown” Brady Brown, that is. Brown overcame the elements and collected four wins Friday at The Meadows. Brown drove a pair of winners for trainer Mark Goldberg and one each for trainers Tim Twaddle and Miles ...
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NJ purse supplement heading for Assembly

on 12/21/2018 1:52 PM
With the possibility of a purse subsidy for New Jersey horse racing in the news, there are a few important points to be made on what remains to be done and some updates the progress of this vital piece of legislation. The Meadowlands and the SBOA of NJ with their TrotPac initiative have been in concert with the NJ Thoroughbred Hors...
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Dr. Ken Walker steps down from USTA board

on 12/21/2018 1:05 PM
Longtime USTA Director Dr. Kenneth “Doc” Walker has retired from the United States Trotting Association Board of Directors, it was announced Friday (Dec. 21).  Prominent Illinois driver Casey Leonard has been elected by the remaining District 5 directors to take Walker’s spot on the Board.   Walker, first elected to the USTA Board in 1982, is the fo...
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Phoenix Warrior N shooting for 14th win

on 12/21/2018 12:18 PM
Some horses are fast, some consistent. When you combine speed and consistency, you get Phoenix Warrior N, who'll try for his 14th win this year Saturday at The Meadows. The 8-year-old Jereme's Jet-Never Walk Alone gelding leaves from post 4 in the $20,000 Preferred Pace (race 8) with Jim Pantaleano aboard.   First post is 1:05 PM.   Phoenix Warrior N has rolled...
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Steacy loses 5 horses in fire

on 12/21/2018 12:10 PM
Woodbine Entertainment would like to extend condolences to trainer Mark Steacy and the connections of the five Standardbreds lost in Friday morning’s tragic barn fire at nearby First Line Training Centre.   In this time of emergency, Woodbine Mohawk Park has made available its backstretch barn area for the surviving horses. As of Friday morning, a total of 26 horses trained by Mark St...
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5 horses die after barn fire near Mohawk

on 12/21/2018 8:01 AM
Reports indicate that five Standardbreds have died after an early morning fire on Friday (December 21) at First Line Training Centre outside Campbellville, Ont., near Mohawk racetrack. The fire broke out around 1:40 a.m., with Halton Regional Police responding to the tragic incident along with firefighters from Milton and Halton Hills. According to CP24, 35 of the 40 horses at Fi...
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3 drivers double up at Meadowlands

on 12/21/2018 7:52 AM
Andy Miller kept on rolling, Bill Mann fans cashed some big tickets and Dexter Dunn continued to prove he can drive on the big stage Thursday night at the Meadowlands.   Miller, fresh off being named the track’s Driver of the Week after having won five races over the course of last week’s (Dec. 13-14) pair of racing programs, swept the Early Daily Double.   Serg...
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Lyons Hedgeabet wins Niagara leg at Mohawk

on 12/20/2018 10:10 PM
Harvest Series winner Lyons Hedgeabet charged off cover in the lane to win Thursday’s $17,000 second leg of the Niagara Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A field of 10 sophomore pacing fillies clashed in the second and final preliminary leg ahead of the $32,600 series final on Boxing Day.   Round one winner Shadow World left hard to claim the early lead, posting an opening-quar...
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Tattersalls January catalog now online

on 12/20/2018 10:04 PM
Racehorses, broodmares, stallion shares and prominent breeding farm and racing stable reductions are on offer next month as Tattersalls presents its annual January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands. Both the sale catalog and past performances are now available for download at and on the Equineline Sales Catalog app. The print catalog will be mailed next week. The sa...
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New Weekend Preview available!

on 12/20/2018 3:55 PM
The 2018 Dan Patch Award divisional winners have been announced and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview you can see all the vote totals. There are also plenty of other stories to read, including the tale behind Geez Joe, who races in the Preferred Pace on Saturday at the Meadowlands from Winbak Farms’ Joe Thomson and Garrett Bell.   Marcus Miller drives Geez Joe, a...
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Casino relocation jeopardizes Western Fair

on 12/20/2018 12:49 PM
Gateway Casinos announced yesterday (Dec. 19) that they will be moving their casino operation out of Western Fair District. This comes after months of negotiations between the two companies and the City of London.   “We’re not shocked but we are disappointed, our preference would have been to have Gateway remain here,” explained Western Fair President Hugh Mitchell. ...
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McWicked, Shartin N landslide Dan Patch winners

on 12/20/2018 12:23 PM
McWicked and Shartin N, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the sport’s year-end poll, were landslide winners for division honors among pacers in Dan Patch Award voting released Thursday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Shartin N, a 5-year-old mare, was named best older female pacer on all but one ballot while McWicked, a 7-year-old stallion, was named best older male pacer on...
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Monti, Perrin take Batavia titles

on 12/20/2018 11:15 AM
The 67-night session of harness racing at Batavia Downs for 2018 wrapped up on Saturday, Dec. 15, with both highs and lows being noted.   Whereas many competitive races were witnessed over the oldest lighted harness track in America, fewer races overall affected the Downs handle for the meet. The main reason for fewer races was a lack of available horses to race.   In 2018...
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Dates, format announced for '19 Breeders Crown

on 12/20/2018 9:50 AM
The $6 million Breeders Crown, harness racing’s richest and most prestigious year-end divisional championship series, will be raced over two nights when the events return to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Hambletonian Society and Woodbine Entertainment management have chosen the last weekend in October for the Crown showcase, with the four freshman Crown races h...
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Bartlett, Allard win Yonkers titles

on 12/20/2018 8:41 AM
To the surprise of very few, Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard were Yonkers Raceway’s leading 2018 driver and trainer, respectively. The 237-program season (one postponement), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 16), saw Bartlett roll along to an eighth local title. The 37-year-old Bartlett, originally from Augusta, ME, was both the winningest (485) and busiest (2,328) driver, winni...
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HHI announces award winners

on 12/20/2018 8:33 AM
Salvatore DiMario has been honored with the Dominic Frinzi Person of the Year award by Harness Horseman International.  Born and raised in metropolitan New York City, DiMario graduated in 1982 with a B.A. in history before garnering his J.D. from Pace University Law School in 1986.  As a teenager DiMario became endeared with harness racing after visiting Yonkers Raceway for the fi...
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Simpson now Hanover chairman; Williams CEO

on 12/19/2018 6:47 PM
Effective Tuesday (Dec. 18), Russell C. Williams has become President and CEO of Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., and James W. Simpson has become Chairman of the Board. “Our message comes down to business as usual,” said Williams. “I intend to build on the excellent foundation that Jim Simpson has built here over more than twenty years.” “One of our advantages is the ...
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2018 Dan Patch trotting champions announced

on 12/19/2018 12:20 PM
Hambletonian-winning filly Atlanta led a distinguished group of trotters named division champions in Dan Patch Award voting released Wednesday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Atlanta received 96.1 percent of the votes for best 3-year-old female trotter, the highest total among the six trotting honorees.   Also named division winners were 2-year-old colt Gimpanzee, 2-year-old ...
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Trotter Enterprise to stand stud in Ohio

on 12/19/2018 9:11 AM
Hambletonian elimination winner Enterprise 2,1:58.1f; 3,1:52 ($423,121) will stand his inaugural season in Ohio at Dublin Valley Farms for a stud fee of $4,500. Measuring just under 16 hands, the impressive son of Chapter Seven is from the 100 percent producing dam She's Gone Again, whose first three foals all trotted in 1:52.4 or faster, including the filly Live Laugh Love that was ...
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Tony Award in future for Weingartner?

on 12/19/2018 9:10 AM
Pretty much everyone who knows Ken Weingartner in the harness racing business likes and respects him. At the same time, pretty much no one knows of the hidden talent he has been harboring for these many years.   Weingartner, the award-winning Media Relations Manager at the U.S. Trotting Association, works tirelessly at publicizing and writing about Standardbred racing in his trademark...
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