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Merriman wins 8, edges closer to 1,000

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
Aaron Merriman had a big night at Northfield Park on Sunday, winning eight times on the 15-race program.   Merriman's triumphs were with Moolah Begonia ($5.60) in Race 3, Maximus Deo ($2.40) in Race 4, Shock The Nation ($4.20) in Race 5, Sanattle Slew (DH) ($2.60) in Race 7, Bold And Brave ($2.10) in Race 8, Wendy's Girl ($3.60) in Race 12, Shooby Said ($7.40) in Race 14 a...
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Vets to speak on out-of-competition testing in Ohio

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
A panel of practicing racetrack veterinarians will present their thoughts on out-of-competition testing at the Ohio State Racing Commission's (OSRC) monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. in Room 1948 at the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio.   The meeting is open to all pari-mutuel stakeholders, horsemen's associations and the public.   "The com...
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Deters wins 100th race, tops $1 million in 2018

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
Pompano Park's "Send It In" Sunday featured several stakes events, an upset win in the Open Handicap Pace and Florida Hall of Fame horseman Mike Deters achieving two milestones.   Deters, who has overcome a mountain of health issues, reached the top of the mountain on Sunday Night, reaching, for the first time, 100 training wins for the year and $1 million in purse earnings. &nbs...
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Stallion breedings available at benefit

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
Horsemen are invited to help fill in the gap in an upcoming benefit dinner and raffle scheduled to follow the Midwest Mixed Sale on Friday, Nov. 23. Proceeds will help defray hospital and medical costs for three families in the Standardbred industry.   All three families are facing mounting medical costs for family members diagnosed with Leukemia, Parkinson's Disease and stage ...
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Hall of Fame Holiday Concert set for Dec. 6

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
Great music and fun are traditions of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame's annual Holiday Concert. Celebrating its 44th year, this community event kicks off the holiday season. Laced with the jingle of sleigh bells and the warmth of gathered friends and neighbors, the evening is sure to help "make the season bright." So mark your calendars for Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. and don...
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Jacobs to receive Hamilton Medal from HHBNYS

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State (HHBNYS) have announced that long time Standardbred owner Ken Jacobs will receive the 2018 Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal.   Jacobs is the kind of person anyone loves to have involved in harness racing because unlike many who view the sport with a dollars and cents mentality, Jacobs is not involved in this sport for investment only. He is ...
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Ashley Tetrick addresses USTA's STA funding

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
Ashley Tetrick has issued the following release regarding the Standardbred Transition Alliance and funds coming from the U.S. Trotting Association:   As a trendy statement, "Fake News" seems to be thrown around frivolously, typically with little to no meaning. After this weeks United States Trotting Association Executive Board meeting, "Fake News" seemed to hit social media even before th...
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Wind Of The North wins Preferred at Meadows

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
Wind Of The North survived a :27.3 opening quarter in the slop and collected his 14th win this year in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   After Aaron Merriman gave Wind Of The North a 30.3 second-panel breather, the 8-year-old Cantab Hall-Talk To The Wind gelding had enough in the tank to hold off the rallying Classic Banker by a head in 1:56.1. The pocket-sitting ...
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Teagues have big night in Del. Breeders Fund

on 11/19/2018 12:00 AM
On a very nice November night, Montrell Teague drove first leg winner, Keepmywiglegametyt, (Mr. Wiggles-Airtight) gate to wire in 1:56 over runner-up Jet Bags Jim in an early non-wagering event in Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund action. In Race 1 on the wagering card, Montrell Teague struck again and steered Dashiki (Barber Pole-Enniskerry) to a neck win over last week’s winner, Chilla...
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McWicked dominant in 1:47.3 Big M win

on 11/18/2018 12:00 AM
It’s safe to say that McWicked is ready for next week’s TVG Free For All Pace. The current leader in the race for Horse of the Year, McWicked lived up to his name in a big way Saturday night at the Meadowlands, scorching the mile oval in 1:47.3 in taking the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers. "I wasn’t expecting that," said trainer Casie Coleman of the blazing-fast ef...
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Gokudo Hanover captures Yonkers open

on 11/18/2018 12:00 AM
His driver made the correct choices before and during the race, as Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube, $13.80) rolled Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Gokudo Hanover eschewed any earl three-hole, He moved to the lead around Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton), paying a :26.2, opening-quarter-mile privilege. After a snapp...
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Pocono honors best of meet on closing night

on 11/18/2018 12:00 AM
The equine honoree of closing night Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono was Pocono Trotter of the Year Homicide Hunter, who locally won the Breeders Crown and set a world record for 1¼ miles in a year where he also became The World’s Fastest Trotter with his 1:48.4 mile at Lexington. Chris Oakes, the horse’s trainer and himself the winningest trainer of the year here three times, was ...
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Winwood Mac scores in Dayton feature

on 11/18/2018 12:00 AM
Benefitting from some wicked early fractions, Winwood Mac (Chris Page) brushed to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then held off a hard-charging Night Pro (Dale Decker) in the stretch to capture Saturday night’s $18,000 Open I Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Three horses sped three-wide to the quarter pole in :25.3, with Holdingallthecards (Jeremy Smith) ultimately preva...
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Jack Vernon wins Yonkers Sunday trot

on 11/18/2018 12:00 AM
Dan Dube does not discriminate. He and Jack Vernon ($8.40) went the distance Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The previous evening, Dube and Gokudo Hanover wired ‘em in the week’s marquee pace.       Back to ‘Jack,’ who won a several-horse scrum for the early lead, then gave nothing else a shot.  The nine-horse featu...
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Harvest series wrap up at Woodbine Mohawk

on 11/17/2018 12:00 AM
The inaugural Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with sensational performances from Ontario-sired sophomores Phantom Seelster and Johnny Bravo. A pair of series finals for colts and geldings took place on Friday’s 10-race card with a full field of 10 clashing on the pacing side and a field of six battling on the trot. Phantom Seelster completed the sweep of the Harvest Series with a strong&nbs...
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Muscle Diamond, Pure Country win at Big M

on 11/17/2018 12:00 AM
Muscle Diamond and Pure Country lived up to their billing as post-time favorites in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Driver Andy McCarthy, whose three winners on the night upped his meet-leading total to 17, guided Muscle Diamond to victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap for trotters. The trip wasn’t an easy one, but the Brett Bittle trainee was up for the chall...
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Merriman sweeps Hollywood Dayton features

on 11/17/2018 12:00 AM
North American dash champion Aaron Merriman made the most of his two victories at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night by winning both co-features—the $18,500 Open Trot and the $18,000 Mares Open Pace.  In the trot, Merriman and Pine Dream turned the tables on Party At The Banks (Chris Page) by emerging from a cavalry charge to the finish line to get the nod by a scant ‘head...
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Berazzled tops Blooded Horse Sale at $76,000

on 11/17/2018 12:00 AM
The 71st Annual Fall Blooded Horse Sale, held Nov. 13-15, at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio, witnessed its highest average in the history of its fall edition.  The sale was topped by former Ohio 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year Berazzled at $76,000.  The daughter of Charley Barley, now an Open Pacer, earned over $90,000 this year en route to lifetime earnings of nearly $40...
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Windsong Leo one of six wins for Palone

on 11/17/2018 12:00 AM
Windsong Leo sprinted to the early lead, then withstood two challenges late to collect his 17th victory this year — and help Dave Palone to a six-bagger — in Saturday’s $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Always A Prince and Southwind Amazon are the "winningest" horses in 2018 with 19 victories apiece. Windsong Leo endured a :27 opening quarter, but when Palone gave h...
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Lucky McTrucky a game winner at Batavia

on 11/17/2018 12:00 AM
Undoubtedly the most exciting race of the year occurred at Batavia Downs on Saturday night when Lucky McTrucky parked out all comers before driving home a winner in the $11,000 Open Handicap pacing feature.   I’m So Handsome (Kevin Cummings), Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) and Iyq Yqr (Denny Bucceri) left the gate together and paced three-deep around the clubhouse turn and up the bac...
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