Merriman drives 5 winners at Meadows Friday

on 10/23/2020 9:38 PM
Tom "Mayhem" Svrcek and Kellie's MVP waited patiently in the pocket, then poured through the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's $8,500 leg of the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Association (GLADA) trotting series at The Meadows.   John Sikaras (Fomor) grabbed the early lead from post 9 while Svrcek settled Kellie's MVP into second with Jerry Kehm (Vegas Ticket) park...
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Continualou upsets at 92-1 in 2FP BC elimination

on 10/23/2020 9:29 PM
Continualou (David Miller), at odds of 92-1, strode home with a :26 final panel to claim the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah's Hoosier Park on Friday (Oct. 23). JK Alwaysbalady (Yannick Gingras) got up in the shadow of the wire to take the second elimination and collect the second win of her young career.   For the final, the ...
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Perfect Sting, Southwind Gendry win Crown elims

on 10/23/2020 9:16 PM
Perfect Sting remained perfect on the season with an authoritative performance in the second of two $25,000 eliminations for the Breeders Crown juvenile pacing colt and gelding division on Friday night (Oct. 23) at Harrah's Hoosier Park. Southwind Gendry continued his successful stakes winning streak as well, capturing the first $25,000 elimination to notch his seventh straight win.   ...
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His Beats Hanover breaks maiden in Simpson

on 10/23/2020 8:15 PM
It was “Miller time” during the John Simpson Sr. stakes action for freshman colts on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as driver Marcus Miller had a victory in both the trotting and pacing events (in the trot for trainer/aunt Julie), while David Miller took the other trot before heading off to Breeders Crown competition at Hoosier Park. The events were the $111,600 ...
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JK Endofanera colt sells for record-setting $240,000

on 10/23/2020 5:50 PM
The first of two sessions of the 2020 Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale was held Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and prices were strong. The average price for the session was up 11.4 percent over last year’s opening session.   Hip 116, a colt by JK Endofanera, topped the session and also set an Indiana Standardbred yearling price record when he was sold for $...
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Oak Grove reschedules racing dates until November

on 10/23/2020 4:17 PM
Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel (“Oak Grove Racing”) announced today that it will move three of its live harness race dates originally scheduled for Oct. 26-28 to the end of the 2020 meet on Nov. 21-23. The adjustment was made in abundance of caution to allow for repairs to the track’s racing surface after it sustained damage due to a torrent of unexpected rainfa...
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Horseman Darren Turner, 54, dies

on 10/23/2020 12:34 PM
Darren William Turner, 54, peacefully passed away surrounded by his wife and children. Darren is predeceased by his father, Bill Turner. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, of 33 years along with his children Anne Bailey (John), Valerie Needham (Chip), and William Turner; his mother Leanne Turner and his sisters, Brenda Clarke (Matt), Barbara Burditt (Scott), Donna Lary (Michael) and Kristen Gron...
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Pro golfer John Daly joins

on 10/23/2020 12:30 PM
Golfing legend John Daly is the newest member of, Canada’s largest harness racing stable, and horse racing’s fastest-growing fractional ownership operation in North America.   Daly turned pro in 1987, when he captured his first pro victory in the Missouri Open. In 1991, he joined the PGA TOUR, won the PGA Championship and earned PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year hon...
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Bongiorno hopes to take advantage of Crown chances

on 10/23/2020 10:35 AM
After a career-best 2019 that included winning his first Breeders Crown trophy, driver Joe Bongiorno hopes to add to his success in the championship event at Harrah’s Hoosier Park this year. And he will have more opportunities than ever to try to accomplish that goal. The 27-year-old Bongiorno heads to this weekend’s eliminations with eight drives, including with Little Brown Jug ...
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Triple Crown champ Marion Marauder retired

on 10/23/2020 10:32 AM
Marion Marauder, who won trotting’s Triple Crown in 2016, has been retired from racing. Mike Keeling, who trained the 7-year-old son of Muscle Hill in tandem with his wife, Paula Wellwood, made the announcement Friday morning that Marion Marauder’s career was over with 22 wins and $3,392,609 in purse earnings, the sixth most ever earned by a trotter in North America.   &ld...
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Horseman Gerald Teis, 73, dies

on 10/23/2020 10:31 AM
Gerald Edwin Teis, 73, died Oct. 14, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. He died peacefully with his wife, Jill, by his side and surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Mr. Teis was a former Standardbred trainer and owner and raced at Yonkers, Roosevelt, The Meadowlands and Freehold in the 1970s and ’80s. He trained horses for Bert James, Charlie Keller, Art and Tim Roone...
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Major Leaguer scores at Plainridge

on 10/22/2020 8:04 PM
Last week from post seven, Major Leaguer did not get involved in the early pace and finished where he started as a result. This week he was back on the point and circled the field at 17-1 in the $17,500 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 22). Nick Graffam sent Major Leaguer to the front ahead of Tisadream N (Drew Monti) and got to the quarter in :26.1. Moving on the outsid...
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Solar posts fifth win of season

on 10/22/2020 8:02 PM
The Father Patrick sophomore gelding Solar charged to the lead past the quarter for driver Marcus Miller, then fronted his opposition the rest of the way to take the $12,800 featured trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:55.4. Big Nudge, who had gone out for the early lead before turning it over to Solar, then sat pocketed behind the winner until mounting a stretch ch...
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Josh Sutton drives 6 winners at Dayton

on 10/22/2020 8:00 PM
Driver Josh Sutton enjoyed a six-pack on Thursday afternoon at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, guiding six horses to the winner’s circle for six different trainers. Sutton’s successes started in the third race when he scored with Dancin’ Anna (1:54, $4.20) for trainer Daniel Shetler.  His next triumph didn’t occur until the eighth race, but the 38-year-old reinsman capt...
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Breeders Crown elims in Weekend Preview!

on 10/22/2020 4:14 PM
Every year it all comes down to the Breeders Crown and that is the case again in 2020. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we have all the chatter about this weekend’s Breeders Crown eliminations at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. Sixteen horses who competed in last weekend’s Indiana championships were entered into this year’s Crown extravaganza, including nine winn...
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Macomber hopes to make Crown memories again

on 10/22/2020 4:08 PM
Jamie Macomber has fond memories of the first time Harrah’s Hoosier Park hosted the Breeders Crown in 2017. Now, with the event back again at the Indiana oval the trainer calls her home track, she would enjoy creating more.   Macomber won a Breeders Crown trophy three years ago with 3-year-old male pacer Beckhams Z Tam, who stormed down the stretch and bested eventual Pacer of t...
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Horsemen's alliance issues statement about HISA

on 10/22/2020 2:08 PM
The North American Harness Horse Alliance (NAHHA),  an alliance of associations from across North America that have been established to represent the interests of participants involved in the breeding, training, and racing of Standardbred horses, has issued the following press release about the Horseracing Safety and Integrity Act, federal legislation presently being considered by...
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Kindergartners back in class Friday at Meadowlands

on 10/22/2020 12:36 PM
The Kindergarten Classic for 2 year olds and a veteran standout looking to get back on track are the top storylines this weekend at the Meadowlands.   On Friday, eight divisions of the Kindergarten’s third leg for 2 year olds will hit the track. There will be two divisions each for horses of both sexes and gaits.   Next week, the Kindergarten will have its fourth and ...
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WIJI's full brother wins on Harrington closer

on 10/22/2020 8:47 AM
The 74th season of live harness racing at Harrington Raceway came to a close on a beautiful fall evening in central Delaware where a 12-race program was contested.  Driver Allan Davis claimed his second driving title at the track with 64 wins. Montrell Teague, Art Stafford Jr., Tony Morgan and Victor Kirby rounded out the top five. The 44-year-old Davis is the son of local lege...
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Before I Die wins Batavia feature; Sarama reaches 1,000 wins

on 10/22/2020 8:41 AM
A rain-soaked track greeted horsemen for the night’s proceedings at Batavia Downs on Wednesday but stellar performances were still on display, especially by top class winners Before I Die and Tellawoman.   A scratch-shortened field of six horses went to post in the $8,500 Open I Handicap trot and the race turned into a tale of two races. Chapter one was Il Mago (Jim Morril...
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