The Bethinator, Malnificent, J M Jet Set share Miami Valley spotlight

on 01/22/2021 9:34 PM
The Bethinator, the youngest mare (at age 4) with the least earnings in the field, won the Miami Valley $22,500 Mares Open Pace on Friday (Jan. 22).  It was the daughter of Somebeachsomewheres fourth win at the top level in her last six tries on the Miami Valley-Hollywood Dayton circuit. Driver Tyler Smith set sail early and was determined to dictate all the fractions with the razor shar...
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Northfield Park extends 4:20 p.m. post time

on 01/22/2021 3:48 PM
MGM Northfield Park has announced a continuation of its temporary change in post time to 4:20 p.m. for the live racing programs, until further notice. Northfield Park programs are currently conducted every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Simulcasting continues daily from 12 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The continuation is needed because of the extension of the state of Ohio’s Departm...
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Nevada county approved for non-betting horse track

on 01/22/2021 2:37 PM
Wednesday, Jan. 20, was an important day for horse racing in Nevada, as the Nye County Commission approved horse racing by a unanimous 5-0 vote. The approval related to zoning issues of a Quarter Horse racetrack in Pahrump, Nev. — a 60-mile drive west from Las Vegas — that has been serving as a training center since 1995. The track is approved for non-betting races only....
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Tiger Thompson N takes Dover Open by neck in 1:50

on 01/21/2021 9:46 PM
Tiger Thompson N roared home to capture the $20,000 Open Pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.   Tiger Thompson N and Goldberg left quickest off the gate. Goldberg led the field through an opening quarter in :26. Dexter Dunn sensed the pace was pedestrian and pulled the pocket with Tiger Thompson N in front of the stands. The half was reached in :55, a routine :28.4 second panel. ...
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Maewegonow easy 1:55.2 winner in Meadows feature

on 01/21/2021 8:56 PM
Maewegonow, the only mare in the field, opened a daylight lead at the three-quarters and romped off to an easy victory in Thursday's feature at The Meadows, an $11,000 Conditioned Trot.   The 1-5 favorite gave her backers some anxious early moments as she was looped from the gate and needed the entire opening quarter to cross over. But the 7-year-old daughter of Deweycheatmnhowe-M...
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Billings underway; newcomer Jake Stilwell wins division

on 01/21/2021 8:54 PM
The Billings is back. After being sidelined all last year because of covid-19, the granddaddy of all amateur racing series made its seasonal debut at Yonkers Raceway tonight (Jan. 21) with two $6,000 non-wagering divisions that were contested prior to the betting card getting underway with familiar names and newcomers participating. The first division was won by newcomer “Steady Jake&rd...
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Quarter horse racing approved in Nevada; harness next?

on 01/21/2021 8:52 PM
Wednesday, Jan. 20, was an important day for horse racing in Nevada as the Nye County Commission approved horse racing by a vote of 5 to 0. The approval related to zoning issues of a quarter horse racetrack that has been serving as a training center since 1995, in Pahrump.  The track is approved for non-betting races only.   T.J. Bohannon, president of the Nevada S...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 01/21/2021 4:30 PM
The Meadowlands is off to a solid start in 2021 as wagering is soaring despite on-track attendance impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we’ve got some of the Big M’s big numbers. Speaking of the Meadowlands, Oz Colon has been director of TV since 2011, and he spoke to Gordon Waterstone about his career in racing as well as a career out...
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HOY Tall Dark Stranger's owners reflect on career

on 01/21/2021 3:37 PM
Tall Dark Stranger will go down in history as the winner of the 2020 Horse of the Year Award handed out by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. For the members of his ownership group, he might be remembered as the horse of a lifetime. Michelle and Al Crawford’s Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Judy and Buck Chaffee’s Caviart Farms, and Howard Taylor shared ownership of&nb...
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Woodbine Mohawk Park announces '21 stakes schedule

on 01/21/2021 12:20 PM
Woodbine Entertainment on Thursday unveiled the tentative schedule for the 2021 stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. More than $20 million in stakes races, including over $12 million in Woodbine administrated events, will be contested at Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2021. “While we continue to advocate for the safe return of live Standardbred Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park, we are prepari...
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Saturday sizzle keeps burning at Big M

on 01/21/2021 12:18 PM
What a difference a year makes.   The first three Saturdays of 2020 were solid from a business perspective at the Meadowlands, as total wagering of $7.7 million averaged out to $2.569 million per card, resulting in an average per race of $183,523.   Turn the page to 2021, and despite the Covid-19 pandemic’s continued miserable grip on the globe, business at the indust...
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Marloe Hanover goes wire to wire in Dover win

on 01/21/2021 8:35 AM
Marloe Hanover wired the field in the Mares Open/Select pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday night. Marloe Hanover was launched from post eight by driver Andrew McCarthy at the start of the race. She was parked to the quarter in :26.3 by a headstrong Shes Pukka N and Tony Morgan. Marloe Hanover led the field to the half in :55.1. Dexter Dunn hustled Any Time N to the outside from fif...
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Catch The Fire's book full and closed

on 01/21/2021 8:33 AM
Sugar Valley Farm announced Wednesday that the book for Adios champion Catch The Fire is now full and closed for the upcoming breeding season.   Because he will be doing double duty and returning to the racetrack in 2021, Catch The Fire’s book was limited to 65 mares for his inaugural season. Sugar Valley Farm and Catch The Fire’s connections would like to extend thanks to...
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Carolina Beach gets pocket trip victory in Meadows feature

on 01/20/2021 10:20 PM
Carolina Beach worked out a cozy pocket trip behind the strong leader, Wild Wild Western, then blew by him in the lane to capture Wednesday's $16,200 Open Handicap Pace at The Meadows.   Wild Wild Western threw down a 1:22.4 three quarters, putting away the outside challengers. That left the stretch wide open for Carolina Beach, who moved outside for Aaron Merriman and downed Wild...
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Pompano's Wednesday's Pick 5 has $125,000 guarantee

on 01/20/2021 3:21 PM
On the heels of an immense interest in Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale on Tuesday night, director of racing Gabe Prewitt has announced that the Wednesday Pick-5 event will have a guaranteed pool of $125,000. In making the announcement, Prewitt remarked, "This is just another way of expressing our appreciation to our loyal fans across North America by giving them opportunities like t...
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Triple Crown races highlight Yonkers' race schedule

on 01/20/2021 2:51 PM
Following a year in which the Covid-19 pandemic obliterated the stakes schedule at Yonkers Raceway, MGM Resorts has reinstated a full slate of Grand Circuit races for 2021, anchored by a pair of Triple Crown events occupying a new slot on the calendar.   Held in late August/early September the last few years, the $300,000 (GTD) MGM Yonkers Trot and $300,000 (GTD) MGM Grand Messenger P...
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Gural, USTA organize committee to explore HISA recommendations

on 01/20/2021 10:08 AM
Spurred on by Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs, and facilitated by the United States Trotting Association, a group of key stakeholders representing various parts of the industry and holding diverse viewpoints will meet in the coming weeks to examine the Horseracing Integrity & Safety Act and harness racing’s potential role within it. The HISA passed Co...
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Crisp Mane sets lifetime mark in Pompano feature

on 01/20/2021 9:30 AM
Crisp Mane, handled by Hall of Fame driver David Miller, achieved three "milestones" in winning Pompano Park's $11,500 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night, the first being able to finally reach the winner's circle after knocking at the door for several weeks. The 5-year-old daughter of Sportswriter took charge shortly after the :27.4 opener and proceeded to put of ...
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Pat Matters dominates in Dover Open Trot

on 01/20/2021 8:42 AM
Pat Matters ($8.40) beat the boys in Tuesday’s $20,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs with a dominant 1:51.4 performance.   Warrior One and Scirocco Rob left for early position over Pat Matters, who launched a quick brush from third to gain control of the race just after a rapid :27.1 first quarter. Once in control, driver Andy McCarthy rated Pat Matters to a :55.4 half before speedin...
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Kindergarten Series schedule set for 2021

on 01/20/2021 8:37 AM
The Meadowlands has scheduled the legs of the popular Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotters and pacers where it is hoped they will best serve those nominating horses for 2021.    The Kindergarten was designed to assure a place to start on a big track against other 2 year olds when needed as well as a place for the late blooming freshmen. The four preliminary leg purses rema...
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