Bettor Memories, Bartlett tops at Yonkers

on 12/16/2018 8:13 AM
A night after Brent Holland won four races, Jason Bartlett did him one better.   Bartlett took down half of Yonkers Raceway’s 10-race Saturday night (Dec. 14th) card, including the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace with a two-moving Bettor Memories ($11).   Away third from post position No. 6, Bettor Memories saw 8-5 fave Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) lead through early interval...
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Easy Lover Hanover scores at Mohawk

on 12/16/2018 8:12 AM
Easy Lover Hanover extended his win streak to four with a victory in Saturday’s $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Ben Wallace trained five-year-old gelding defeated nine rivals in this week’s edition of the Preferred.   Driven by Doug McNair, Easy Lover Hanover got away fifth and sat in mid-pack until approaching the half. Nirvana Seelster bl...
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Silverhill Blaze rallies to upset at 33-1

on 12/15/2018 8:53 PM
Silverhill Blaze stalked the leader from the pocket, then roared by in the lane to pull off the 33-1 shocker in Saturday's Holiday Claiming Services for $20,000 claiming colt, horse and gelding pacers at The Meadows. Reggie Raider took the other $15,000 opening-leg division.   Marvalous Artist led the field through the final turn but tired in the sloppy going. Dan Rawlings gu...
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Holland wins 4 at Yonkers Friday

on 12/15/2018 8:12 AM
Brent Holland threw down the gauntlet entering Yonkers Raceway final weekend of the season, winning four races during Friday night’s (Dec. 14) 10-race card.   The Holland highlight reel began rather innocently when even-money Lone Raider ($4) went the distance in the $18,750, fourth-race claiming handicap pace (1:53.3).   He then broke out the bombardier, with 38...
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Nitro Glistening takes Holiday final at Stga

on 12/15/2018 8:10 AM
Friday night featured the final of the Holiday Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Horses that battled it out in two weeks worth of $7,500 per division squared off in the seven-horse $20,000 final as closing weekend of the meet got underway.   Brett Crawford’s Nitro Glistening (Badlands Nitro) was a two-leg winner in the series and was one of two of the final’s participa...
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Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Saturday in Dayton

on 12/15/2018 8:06 AM
Team Hoosier will invade Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Dec. 15) to battle Team Buckeyes in the fourth annual “Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Drivers Challenge. The six-race competition starts right in the first race on the program, slated for 6:15 p.m.  Trackmaster is providing free program pages for the solid Saturday night program by visiting: https://www.trackma...
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Kendall Seelster tops Darlinonthebeach

on 12/15/2018 8:04 AM
Sophomore pacing filly Kendall Seelster took home the top prize for the second consecutive week in Friday’s $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Rod Boyd trainee and driver Sylvain Filion took their by coming from sixth and third-over to charge by rivals for a 1:53.4 victory.   A deep field of seven was led by Obvious Blue Chip through opening fr...
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Geez Joe wins third straight at Big M

on 12/15/2018 8:01 AM
Geez Joe was back at his favorite track, and for a third straight start he was victorious at the Meadowlands, this time taking the Friday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers, in 1:48.3.   The Erv Miller trainee beat non-winners of $8,500 on November 17 by seven lengths in a lifetime-best 1:48.1 before following that up with a 1-length win facing non-winners of $15...
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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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