Faraldo wins NAADA final

on 12/08/2018 7:10 AM
Joe Faraldo is a happy man. And why shouldn't he be? After all, the veteran amateur driver just won the $15,000 final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's fourth and final series with Tough Get Going at Yonkers Raceway on Friday night. They toured the Hilltop oval in 2:00 to score a one-length victory over Monica Banca and Master of Excuses. When the wings of ...
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Betabcool N returns to Saratoga winner’s circle

on 12/08/2018 7:04 AM
It had been awhile since Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) recorded a win in the local Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained mare won the feature three times early in the season but had gone winless in the Open since April 13, albeit in limited tries, heading into Friday night’s action. Betabcool N had a second- and a third-place finish in her two mo...
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American Girl wins Dayton mares open

on 12/08/2018 6:58 AM
A pair of impressive mares prevailed in the co-featured $18,000 Mares Open Pace and the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night.    American Girl (Aaron Merriman) worked hard from an assigned outside post to gain command through the :26.2 opening panel, then coasted to a comfortable 5 3/4-length victory in the distaff pace.  The final 1:50.3 time equa...
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Kendall Seelster reclaims Preferred crown

on 12/08/2018 6:55 AM
Kendall Seelster powered by Darlinonthebeach late to win a star-studded $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A talented field of six with combined earnings of $4.7 million battled in Friday’s feature contest.   Sandbetweenurtoes left hard from the rail looking for the lead, while sophomore filly Double A Mint als...
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Trolley wins again at Meadowlands

on 12/08/2018 12:14 AM
Trolley bumped up in class for a third straight start and was at his most impressive Friday night at the Meadowlands, scoring by 3¼ dominant lengths in the Big M’s trotting feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap. The Erv Miller trainee, sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the field of six, opted to sit in the three-hole early before driver Marcus Miller edged the 5-year-old son...
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Monica Gallagher wins Yonkers feature

on 12/07/2018 10:23 PM
Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.              Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel’s Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed a...
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Empire Earl N goes back-to-back

on 12/07/2018 9:32 PM
After going winless since Sept. 7 when he trotted a season’s best 1:56.3, Empire Earl N has regained early season form winning two consecutive top-class races at Batavia Downs. The second score came on Friday when he captured the $11,000 Open Handicap trot.   Empire Earl N (Drew Monti) got away third as Crystal Sphere (Billy Davis Jr.) made a beeline for the lead and when...
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Trotters in Harrah’s Philly spotlight

on 12/07/2018 7:20 PM
Trotting action, usually the hallmark of “Trottin’ Thursdays” at Harrah’s Philadelphia, carried over to the Friday action, with three $16,000 contests gathering good fields of developing horses.  First to the feature race winner’s circle was the Credit Winner sophomore filly Aperfectruby, who made the most of a cover trip, rushing three-deep on the turn and cl...
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In The Arsenal to stand in New York

on 12/07/2018 11:53 AM
In The Arsenal p,2,1:49.4; 3,1:49.1, the 6-year-old, million dollar winning fast son of American Ideal, has been retired and will stand his first season at Leatherstocking Equine in New York for an introductory fee of $2,500. Earning $1,035,898 racing against the fastest pacers on the planet, In The Arsenal has 18 wins lifetime, capturing victory in a nearly a third of all his starts. Perh...
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Tattersalls January deadline is Monday

on 12/07/2018 11:14 AM
Time is running out for those considering entering horses in the Meadowlands January Select Mixed Sale, as the deadline for Tattersalls’ flagship auction is Monday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.   Consignors can enter online at or by calling the sales office at (914) 773-7777.   The sale will be held on its customary day on the calendar--Martin Luther King ...
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Six Pack returning to races in 2019

on 12/07/2018 11:05 AM
Six Pack, the winner of this year’s Kentucky Futurity, will return to the races in 2019. The owners of the horse had received offers to stand him at stud next year.   “We decided we want to keep racing him next year,” said Sarah Svanstedt, the wife of trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt, who owns majority interest in Six Pack.  “His racing season is going to begi...
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The Royal Harry romps in Saratoga series leg

on 12/06/2018 9:36 PM
Thursday afternoon’s matinee at Saratoga Casino Hotel featured three divisions of the second leg of the Holiday Trotting Series. Horses had their final chance to secure points towards next week’s $20,000 Series Final.  Each of the three divisions on Thursday went for a purse of $7,500   The Royal Harry (RC Royalty) stole the show in leg two as he cruised to a wire-...
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Major Impact rallies in Philly feature

on 12/06/2018 4:36 PM
The Explosive Matter gelding Major Impact certainly did have a major impact on the racing Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, closing strongly to rally by favored Clive Bigsby in the $17,000 featured trot and returning $106.80 to win.   Driver Marcus Miller had Major Impact on the back of the favorite and advanced behind his cover, then swung wide behind him as he made ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/06/2018 4:12 PM
Bon Jovi sang “Who says you can’t go home?” and driver Brett Miller is singing—saying—the same thing. The Ohio native reveals to Kathy Parker in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview why he plans on moving back to the Buckeye State after being based on the East Coast for several years. Miller will still be in action at the Meadowlands on Saturday where h...
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Panelists cautious about sports betting

on 12/06/2018 9:28 AM
The potential impact of legalized sports wagering on the horse racing industry was a subject on the agenda at the annual University of Arizona's Global Symposium on Racing in Tucson, Ariz. According to reports, the consensus from a trio of experts on the topic—Chris Krafcik, managing director (political and regulatory markets) for Eilers & Krejcik Gaming; Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, a...
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Nominations open for Caretaker of Year

on 12/06/2018 9:24 AM
Nominations are now being accepted 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.   Initially titled ...
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Irishman Killeen pursuing driving dream

on 12/06/2018 9:18 AM
Growing up in Dublin, Jack Killeen watched American harness racing on YouTube, passionately followed the careers of such greats as Somebeachsomewhere and Foiled Again and dreamed of coming to the U.S. to make his living as a Standardbred driver.   The 18 year old has taken an important step to realizing that dream through a stint as a driver at The Meadows. Killeen will wrap up his fi...
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'Borrow Ken's binoculars' at Big M

on 12/06/2018 9:16 AM
Live racing at the Meadowlands expands to three race cards a week with the edition of Thursdays during the month of December, and the Big M will have some new blood providing the play-by-play. Let’s be clear, the voice of the Meadowlands, Ken Warkentin, isn’t going anywhere, but four different voices will be heard on each of the Thursday programs during December when those race ca...
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Sportsmuffler dominates F&M at Batavia

on 12/05/2018 10:17 PM
As the weather gets colder, she keeps getting bolder. Sportsmuffler continued to dominate the local distaff colony by winning the $10,400 fillies and mares Open handicap pace with little effort on a cold night at Batavia Downs on Monday (Dec.5). Driver Billy Davis Jr. left three-wide with the 1-5 Sportsmuffler and out-dueled Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) to the catbird seat from where she dictate...
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Hoosier Park receives 2019 dates

on 12/05/2018 10:15 PM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Harrah's Hoosier Park's 2019 racing dates during its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5.   Offering 160-days of live harness racing, the 2019 racing season will be conducted Friday, March 29 through Saturday, Nov. 9. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., Harrah's Hoosier Park's 26th season of live harn...
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