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$77,000 top price of Indiana sale daily double

on 11/26/2018 1:20 PM
The big Indiana daily double of sales, the Midwest Mixed Sale and the Michiana Yearling Sale, took place Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana. In its second year, the Midwest Mixed Sale saw an increase in both gross sales and average compared to the inaugural sale held a year ago, with 142 horses cataloged. The sale was topped by Hip 113, Sout...
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Oldford captures Billings Series Gold Cup

on 11/26/2018 1:19 PM
Harness racing's granddaddy of all amateur events, the CKG Billings Harness Driving Series, presented its 37th annual Gold and Silver Cup finals at Yonkers Raceway on Sunday, and they resulted in near storybook fashion when coincidentally the $25,000 Gold Cup was won by the series vice president Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford, and the $15,000 Silver Cup went to the ...
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Burke Stable tops $20 million for 6th time

on 11/26/2018 6:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke saw his stable surpass $20 million in purses for the sixth consecutive year when Sonnet Grace won the Goldsmith Maid Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters over the weekend at The Meadowlands. The 49-year-old Burke is the only trainer in harness racing history to ever reach $20 million in a year. His stable earned a record $28.4 million in 2014. This season Burke's sta...
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McWicked monstrous as Sears doubles in TVG

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
McWicked completely dominated his foes for a third straight stakes start, and in the process, likely wrapped up Horse of the Year honors Saturday night at the Meadowlands after taking the $350,000 TVG Open Pace by 2 lengths over Dealt A Winner in 1:48 over a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover was third. "He was absolutely awesome," said winning trainer Casie Coleman. "He's be...
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Merriman goes back to back with 1,000 wins

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman became the first driver in the history of harness racing to achieve multiple 1,000-win seasons when he scored in the 12th race on Saturday at Northfield Park.  The triumph was a gate-to-wire victory aboard Zumba in 1:57.3 over a sloppy surface.     Harness Racing fans have been counting down Merriman’s victories all over social media, tracking the well-tr...
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Kim Sholty, daughter of late Hall of Famer, dies

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
Kimberly Sholty, 57, of Westport, Conn., a daughter of the late Hall of Famer George Sholty and the late Myrna Sholty, devoted and much loved wife of Joseph Martens and mother of two sons, Jack and Finn, died on Friday, Nov. 23, following a brief illness. She grew up in Old Westbury on Long Island, New York. She graduated with honors from Jericho High School and completed her degree in finance ...
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Michigan horseman John Schuberg dies at 80

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
John Schuberg, 80, died after a long battle with dementia on Saturday, Nov. 24. Schuberg, a resident of Perrysburg, Ohio, earned $1.9 million as a trainer and $406,564 as a driver.   He was a US Trotting Association director, representing District  2. He was elected to the USTA Board in  1986 and served for  25  years. Mr. Schuberg  had been  act...
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Horseman Harald Lunde, trained Rotation, dies

on 11/25/2018 12:00 AM
Harald Lunde, 72, has died in Norway. He was regarded as one of the top Norwegian horsemen and he enjoyed success in his native country as well as North America, where he trained the stakes winners Rotation and Banker Hall.   Lundy was born in Lademoen outside Trondheim, just a few steps from Leangen's racetrack. It was also at Leangen that Lunde started his career as a stable boy. ...
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Trolley wins at Meadowlands in second '18 start

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
It had been a long time between drinks for the Erv Miller-trained Trolley, but a perfect pocket trip was just the right tonic to get him to the winner’s circle for the first time since Sept. 10 of last year when he took the $16,000 high-range conditioned trotting feature Friday night at the Meadowlands. Making only his second start of the year, Trolley was asked for early speed from driver Ma...
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Pine Dust grabs another victory at Dayton

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Chalk bettors enjoyed the $18,000 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night, while some others chasing longshots were rewarded in the co-featured $18,500 Mares Open Pace. Pine Dream was the repeat winner of the weekly top trot, scoring for driver Aaron Merriman in 1:53.3.  The favorite paid $3.60 and gave Merriman his fourth victory on the night…and 993rd on the year as ...
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Oceania overcomes trailing post to win in Philly

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
The Rock N Roll Heaven mare Oceania overcome the worst win-producing post at Harrah’s Philadelphia, the trailing post nine (fewer than one win every 20 starts at 4.8%), in winning a $14,500 featured distaff pace during a special post-Thanksgiving Friday night program at the southeast Pennsylvania oval.   Driver Scott Zeron, a three-time winner on the card, got the winner away alertly in...
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Windsong Leo gets 18th win in Meadows pace

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Windsong Leo collected his 18th win this season when he shot the Lightning Lane and scored in 1:52.4 in the slop in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince, Southwind Amazon and Spicey Victor are the seasonal leaders with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo released the parked-out Phoenix Warrior N past the quarter but was the stronger horse in the l...
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Shartin N makes Horse of the Year case

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
She's done all she can do. Now, she hopes the Horse of the Year voters are in her corner.   Shartin N became the first older pacing female to earn $1 million in a single season by taking the $175,000 TVG Mares Pace in 1:50.3 in a dominant performance over a sloppy track at the Meadowlands Saturday night on the biggest night of racing on the fall calendar, as four TVG Finals as well as t...
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Dayton opens both won by American Ideal sons

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Despite being assigned the outside post position and being relegated to an almost journey long first-up attack on the outside, Endeavor (Trace Tetrick) made his initial visit at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway a winning one in the Saturday (Nov. 24) $18,500 Open I Pace. Tetrick left the gate hard enough to slip into the four-hole along the pylons briefly, but a sixteenth of a mile later lau...
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Iyq Yqr bounces back in Batavia open pace

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
After finishing fourth last week while being parked out the whole mile, Iyq Yqr rebounded Saturday night (Nov. 24) with a come-from-behind effort to win the $11,500 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs. There were no leavers this week when the gate released the group, leaving In Runaway Bay (Kevin Cummings) in charge of the fractions and as such, they went to the quarter in :29.2 and the half in...
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Brennan wins five at Yonkers on Saturday night

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
'Twas a dark and stormy Saturday night (Nov. 25th), except for George Brennan. Brennan won five of Yonkers Raceway’s dozen races, including the pair of $44,000 Open Handicap Paces. He and Always at My Place ($6.70) tracked down a clear, 7-5 favorite Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) late, winning the boys’ featured pace in a soggy 1:53.2. The latter had taken the lead, disposing of ea...
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Captain Crunch leads Fall Final Four winners

on 11/24/2018 12:00 AM
Captain Crunch and driver Scott Zeron tipped three wide coming off the final turn and powered through the stretch to win the $469,300 Governor’s Cup for 2-year-old male pacers by 3-3/4 lengths over Mac’s Power in 1:50.3 on a wet Saturday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Blood Money finished third.   The Governor’s Cup was one of the Fall Final Four events for 2-year-old...
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Gingras talks about his Fall Final Four drives

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras has a drive in three of the Fall Final Four races for 2 year olds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands, including Warrawee Beauty in the $391,250 Three Diamonds for filly pacers, Sonnet Grace in the $490,000 Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters, and Blood Money in the $469,300 Governor’s Cup for male pacers. No elims were needed for the Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid, whi...
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Indiana's Stohler enjoying good run at Meadows

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
When a trainer introduces his horses to a new track, he faces a number of challenges — finding stall space and suitable personal lodgings, unfamiliarity with the local procedures and racing surface — that can adversely affect on-track performance. Somebody forgot to warn Trent Stohler. Since the Markleville, IN-based Stohler began racing his stock at The Meadows following the close of the H...
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Trix And Stones a contender in Valley Victory

on 11/23/2018 12:00 AM
After winning his elimination for the Valley Victory Stakes last week, Trix And Stones will try to close his season with a victory in Saturday’s (Nov. 24) $435,900 final for 2-year-old male trotters at The Meadowlands. The Carl Jamieson-trained colt, who passed through the Lexington Selected Mixed Sale auction ring in October but was bought back by Jamieson, is the 7-2 second choice on the morni...
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