Batavia cancels due to track thawing

on 12/14/2018 8:11 PM
  Due to unseasonably warm temperatures which caused a swift thaw, racing at Batavia Downs has been cancelled for Friday night (Dec. 14) due to unsafe track conditions.   Saturday (Dec. 15), which is the final night of racing for the 2018 meet, is still scheduled to go with a very early post time of 4:45 p.m. (Batavia)
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George "Nap" wins 5; Cancelliere wins 3

on 12/14/2018 8:06 PM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. won five races on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, including four in a row late in the card, as he approaches his fifth straight dash title at the riverside oval and seventh overall sulky win crown in the track’s 13-year history. The quintet gives Napolitano an unbridgeable 269-250 advantage over Tim Tetrick going into the season’s final car...
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Ohio horseman Jan McPherson dies

on 12/14/2018 4:31 PM
Horseman Jan McPherson, 85, died peacefully Dec. 3, in Florida, where he resided. A longtime resident of the Xenia, Ohio, area, he was graduated from The Ohio State University. He was a veteran, having serviced in the United States Army. He retired from Xenia Schools where he taught high school math for many years. His true loves were math and horses. He trained and drove harness horses, b...
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Bioness equals five-eighths trot record

on 12/14/2018 4:20 PM
The North American record for trotters racing in a five-eighths mile contest was equaled Thursday night at Pompano Park.   In Race 1, the second of three $10,000 divisions of the Dash For The Cash Series, the French-bred Bioness went wire to wire to score in 1:09. Trainer Hunter Oakes was in the sulky for the effort that tied the previous mark that was set by Sooo Handsome last Februa...
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Helpisontheway standing at Indiana's Maple Lane

on 12/14/2018 2:31 PM
Helpisontheway, 3,1:51.4 ($610448) a multiple stakes winner and the richest son of Chapter Seven, will stand his first season for a fee of $6,000 at Maple Lane Farm in Grabill, Ind., it was announced by stallion owner Jon Wiesman. Helpisontheway won the Circuit City at Hoosier, the Drazin and Tompkins Memorial at the Meadowlands and the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final at Yonkers. ...
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Ont. harness racing to see decrease in allocation

on 12/14/2018 2:27 PM
Ontario Racing (OR) has announced a reallocation of the Horse Improvement Program (HIP) purses between the Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, commencing in April, 2019. The new funding distribution is a formula based on wagering by horse playing customers on races originating from Ontario’s Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks. Currently, 55 percent of all sources betting on...
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Air Strike ready to launch at Yonkers

on 12/14/2018 2:10 PM
When trainer Erv Miller went to the Tattersalls July Sale with owner John Koliopoulos, they didn’t intend to come home with Air Strike. The 4-year-old Always A Virgin son impressed at 2, winning a $75,000 Indiana bred stakes at Hoosier Park and dead-heating in the $147,200 Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands. But with unimpressive resumes at 3 and 4, Air Strike didn’t even make M...
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Abbeylara a heads-up winner at Big M

on 12/14/2018 8:36 AM
Abbeylara loves to win from off the pace. So much, in fact, that he did it for a second straight start at the Meadowlands, hitting the wire a head in front of The Bruiser to win the Dash For The “G” Notes Final Thursday night. Pumped Up Kicks was third. Abbeylara moved into the Nick Surick barn less than a month ago, and it’s been all systems go ever since. He won his first ...
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Shadow World upsets in Niagara opener

on 12/13/2018 10:28 PM
 Shadow World emerged from thick fog in deep stretch with a narrow lead and held on for a 22-1 upset in Thursday’s opening leg of the Niagara Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A full field of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $17,000 first round of the three-week series event. Foggy conditions made it hard to see what transpired over the course of the contest, but h...
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Thisguyisonfire wins again in Philly

on 12/13/2018 6:59 PM
Thisguyisonfire again lived up to his name on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, taking his fourth decision in his last five trips to the gate with a 1:55.1 victory in the $18,000 headlining trot. Andrew McCarthy got the son of Yankee Glide away third behind pacesetting Majestic Presence and favored Fashion Creditor as fractions of 28.3 and 57.4 were put up. Thisguyisonfire...
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New! Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/13/2018 4:13 PM
Jeff Cullipher was the leading trainer by wins and earnings at Hoosier Park, and he’s now racing a small stable on the East Coast. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Cullipher talks about his five pacers in action on Friday night at the Meadowlands with Gordon Waterstone. Another pacer in action in the coming days is Southwind Amazon, who is tied as the winningest horse in th...
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Australian McCarthy heads home for 3 months

on 12/13/2018 12:55 PM
Andy McCarthy is currently leading the driver colony at the Meadowlands with 30 wins and admits it “would be nice to be the leading driver at the Meadowlands without a doubt,” but a final opportunity–for a while anyway–to visit his homeland will find McCarthy’s name missing from the Big M program for two or three months after this week’s race cards have conclu...
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Monti, Perrin capture Batavia titles

on 12/13/2018 10:51 AM
 The final weekend of racing at Batavia Downs kicks off on Friday and although 26 more races are yet to be contested, there are two that have already been settled.   The dash-winning driver and trainer for the 2018 meet are Drew Monti and JD Perrin.   This is the second driving title for Drew Monti at Batavia Downs and third overall of his career. The 24-year-old ...
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Father Patrick's book full and closed

on 12/13/2018 10:04 AM
Diamond Creek Farm is pleased to announce that Father Patrick is booked full and closed for 2019. Father Patrick is currently the leading first-year sire in average earnings per foal, ranking in the top three among all sires. His impressive, yet limited, first crop included horses such as New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Whispering Oaks and the Champlain Stakes winner Hudson Riv...
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Veteran horseman Gerry Kazmaier dies

on 12/13/2018 9:30 AM
Trainer and driver Gerald T. “Gerry” Kazmaier,  originally of Far Hills, N.J., died at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Dec. 4. He was 75. An alumnus of Bernardsville (N.J.) High School, Mr. Kazmaier began his driving career at Saratoga in the early 1960s and was hired by leading Canadian trainer Roger Lareau soon after to drive for his stable. He went on to enjoy success all ...
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Mandatory Hi-5 payout Dec. 22 at Mohawk

on 12/13/2018 9:19 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has announced a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $269,858.26 with six-cards remaining ahead of the Dec. 22 mandatory payout date. There will be no freezing of the pool ahead of the mandatory payout.   This will be the third consecutive y...
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Greek-American named Mykonos eyes 3rd straight

on 12/13/2018 9:10 AM
In the nearly 40 years they’ve been breeding and campaigning Standardbreds, Jim Kezios and John Krillies—racing as Tripoli Stable of Norridge, Ill.—have followed a consistent theme in naming their horses. “Both of us are Greek, so we like to honor Greek traditions,” Kezios says. “We name most of our horses for Greek islands, mythical characters or war heroe...
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Brown, Wrenn win OSS Kaltenbach awards

on 12/13/2018 8:55 AM
Trainer Brian Brown captured his first Kaltenbach training title in 2018, sending 104 youngsters postward in the 2018 Ohio Sires Stakes (OSS) legs, finals and consolations.   Brown’s hefty assortment of 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters—which he conditions at Delaware, Ohio during the spring and summer months and in south Florida during the wintertime—earned $1,0...
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Longtime NY writer Maury May dies

on 12/13/2018 8:49 AM
Maurice J. “Maury” May, former president of the United States Harness Writers Association and a member of the organization for 55 years, passed away Dec. 8 in Amherst N.Y. He was 92.   A high school graduate at age 14, Mr. May began a 47-year career at the Buffalo News in 1942; he is remembered by colleagues as “the aide who ripped the news flash of the D-Day I...
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Philly features start final week of 2018 season

on 12/13/2018 8:24 AM
A quartet of $16,000 events were in the Wednesday afternoon spotlight at Harrah's Philadelphia; evenly divided between the gaits, both the pacing and the trotting events had one runaway and one close finish, with the former preceding the latter in both.   The first feature on the track was a pacing contest going to the Sportswriter three-year-old gelding Sprocket, who was hustled ...
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