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Important weekend for Kindergartners at Big M

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands' live racing weekend is again highlighted by Friday's Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers and trotters with two divisions of each gait and sex going for $10,000 in purses and important points toward the rich finals next Saturday, Nov. 3.   Trainer Linda Toscano sends out a triumvirate of talented trotting prodigies in Hanna Dreamgirl (Andy McCarthy) and Glob...
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Kakaley looks for BC win with Dorsoduro Hanover

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Matt Kakaley hopes to make a memorable year with Dorsoduro Hanover even better.   Dorsoduro Hanover, trained by Ron Burke, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday's $530,000 Breeders Crown final for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 30-year-old Kakaley, who is among the leading drivers at Pocono, will enter the night aiming for his first Breeders Cr...
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Delaware Commission names judges' stand

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Delaware Harness Racing Commission (DHRC) executive director Mark Davis announced Thursday that the Commission has named Brian Manges, presiding judge, and two associate judges, Norman Short and Brent McLaren, to the judges' stand.   "Delaware is continuing its tradition with an extremely experienced judges' stand," stated Davis. "All three of these men have a life-long in...
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Prominent owners join New Vocations BC pledge

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
Prominent owners are stepping up to support aftercare by participating in the New Vocations Breeders Crown Pledge. This event asks owners, trainers and drivers of Breeders Crown finalists to pledge a percentage of their earnings or commissions from the championship races Saturday night. No amount is too small. Every dollar goes toward the rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of Standardbred...
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Bay's Fella's record Crown payoff stood 18 years

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
"Well, there's a hole in one for you," said announcer Tom Durkin, as the winner crossed the finish line in the 1990 Breeders Crown for open pacers on Nov. 2, 1990.   That year, just the seventh edition of the Breeders Crown, saw a record established that lasted 18 years when 5-year-old stallion Bay's Fella crossed the finish line first at odds of 69-1. The $2 win ticket payoff ...
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Breeders Crown finals in new Weekend Preview!

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
The Breeders Crown championships are upon us Saturday at Pocono Downs and the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview has all the details. We have comments from the connections of virtually every Crown finalist, and in-depth stories on several contenders. The scorecard between Lazarus N and McWicked reads 2-2, so what will happen in the rubber match in the Open Pace? Trainer Jimmy Takter...
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Daley looks to close chapter with Crown win

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
At the end of this season, Noel Daley will return to his native Australia to begin a new chapter in his career as the trainer for prominent owners Maria and Emilio Rosati at the couple’s new facility near Sydney. On Saturday night, Daley-trained Caviart Ally will try to deliver an appropriate going-away gift — a Breeders Crown trophy. Daley, who started his own stable in the U.S. in 199...
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Tetrick takes two Philly trotting features

on 10/25/2018 2:00 AM
A trio of $14,500 contests headlined the "Trottin’ Thursday" card at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with the final division producing the fastest winner and giving driver Tim Tetrick victories in the final two of the three features. Patent Leather, a Broadway Hall sophomore colt who had won a division of the Liberty Bell stake here in September, went in 1:53.3 to win the third cut of Thursday...
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George Brennan talks 10,000 wins

on 10/24/2018 2:00 AM
About seven weeks ago, an evening or so after Brian Sears won the 10,000th race of his career, there was George Brennan, sitting next to him inside Yonkers Raceway's drivers' room.   "We're the old guys in the room," Sears said.   Well, "Old Guy" Brennan joined Sears in the five-figure club, mimicking Sears and winning his 10,000th career race this past Friday night ...
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Smart As Hill a surprise for Wellwood

on 10/24/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Paula Wellwood doesn't mind Smart As Hill's playful streak. His speed more than makes up for it. "He is improving," Wellwood said. "He's still very coltish. He does little colt things. He doesn't really have a care in the world, he's like that. But that's OK -- if they can go fast." "And," she added with a laugh, "he can do that." That speed has gotten Smart As Hill into Satu...
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Fox Den Farm yearling videos now available

on 10/24/2018 2:00 AM
Fox Den Farm, agent yearling videos are now online at: www.foxdenfarm.com/harrisburg-2018.html and include: the first Art Major from the $340,000 winning Dingle Bay--Hip 232 Major Mac; a Well Said brother to Stucklikeglue p, 4,1:51.3f ($435,000)--Hip 804 Start A Ruckus; and two by Artspeak from the immediate family of a World Champion and 10+ in 1:53, including Hip 300 Bipbopnallie and Hi...
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Michiana Yearling Sale catalogs now available

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
Catalogs are now available for the second annual Michiana Classic Yearling Sale in Shipshewana, Ind. Conducted by the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, the auction will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Michiana Event Center (MEC). Start time is 9:30 a.m.   A total of 224 yearlings have been catalogued with yearlings by the sires of world champions Always B Miki, Hannelore Hano...
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Posts drawn for Crown Open Pace, Trot

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
McWicked, harness racing's richest horse this year, drew post 3 for Saturday's $430,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace and was made the 5-2 morning-line favorite while Cruzado Dela Noche drew post No. 6 for Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot and was also tabbed as the 5-2 morning-line choice. Draws for the Open Pace and Open Trot were conducted Tuesday at Wisecrackers at Mohegan S...
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SRF's feed bucket challenge underway

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
McCauley Bros. Feed will generously give 100 of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation'shorses warm bellies for the winter with their feed bucket challenge match. For every dollar donated McCauley's will match it with their quality feed up to $7,000. The challenge starts Oct. 23 and ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at midnight.   A pound of grain averages about 75 cents to $1.25. For the...
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Birnam Wood Farms yearling videos available

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
Videos of the 2018 yearlings from Birnam Wood Farms are now available on BirnamWoodFarms.com (and also on the Black Book website). The yearlings will sell in the Concord Stud consignment except for two available at Fox Den Farms.   Birnam Wood Farm was last year's sixth leading breeder of 2-year-olds and the 2018 prospects are headed by hip #86 Louie Louie, a tremendous Sweet Lou co...
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Pair three-peat in Mass. Sires Stakes

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
Weather was a factor as the $163,000 second leg of the Massachusetts Sire Stakes (MASS) for 3 year olds assembled at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon. Rain that started after the early non-betting race continued to increase and the track became sloppy after the first race of the card. But conditions didn't stop Ithinkthatsmine and I'm A Clown from remaining undefeated in the series this ye...
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McDazzle one of six Meadows winners for Burke

on 10/23/2018 2:00 AM
McDazzle repelled the challenge of newcomer Touchamatic and went on to a facile victory in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Dave Palone gave McDazzle a comfortable :57.1 first half, which aggravated the difficulty for the first-over Touchamatic, who had turned in some big recent miles at Yonkers. A fresh McDazzle put her away in the final ...
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Four drivers look for 1st Crown title in 2FT

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
George Napolitano Jr. has won more races than any driver in the history of The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but it was a second-place finish at his home oval that proved to be a winner in terms of punching Napolitano's ticket to his first Breeders Crown final. Napolitano guided Stella Jane to a runner-up finish behind undefeated Woodside Charm in their Breeders Crown elimination last week to ad...
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Breeders Crown Team Handicapping Contest

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
Twelve of harness racing's top handicappers will be playing for charity on Saturday night (Oct. 27) in a unique contest on the 12 Breeders Crown championships at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Breeders Crown Handicapping Contest is sponsored by the Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown with total prize money of $1,750 to be awarded to three designated charities. The 12 players have been div...
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Courtly Choice done for 2018

on 10/22/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Blake MacIntosh announced on Twitter Sunday that Little Brown Jug and Meadowlands Pace champion Courtly Choice will not race again in 2018. The announcement comes one day after Courtly Choice finished sixth in his Breeders Crown elimination at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and failed to advance to the final. "I would like to thank everyone and especially Courtly for the amazing year a...
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