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Fields drawn for Miami Valley distaffs

on 05/02/2018 2:00 AM
Eighteen of the finest older trotting and pacing mares in North America will descend on Miami Valley Raceway Monday afternoon (May 7). They will compete in a pair of Grand Circuit races that will highlight closing day of the highly successful 87-program 2018 meet, during which over $14 million was distributed in purses. The contestants in the $81,600 Miami Valley Distaff Trot and the $102,2...
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Glidinthruparadise upsets in Meadows F&M trot

on 05/02/2018 2:00 AM
Glidinthruparadise kept to her task — even when it seemed she was racing for second — and nailed the 3-5 Expose Yourself in the shadow of the wire in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Seeking her fourth straight victory, Expose Yourself appeared to put the field away with a blistering 27.3 third quarter. But the 5-1 Glidinthruparadise, still ch...
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Aritzia Hanover wins feature at Buffalo

on 05/02/2018 2:00 AM
Finally! After four consecutive second place finishes, Aritzia Hanover ($4.80) wiped away the runner up blues by capturing Buffalo Raceway's featured $9,000 pace on Wednesday night in a seasonal best 1:57.1 over the fast track.   In the meantime, Drew Monti had no issues finding the winner's circle as he posted a six-bagger to take over the lead in the driver's standings. Monti now ...
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Napolitano, Oakes double up at Pocono

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Hunter Oakes combined twice on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking the $14,000 featured mares claiming handicap pace with Strawb's Chippie N and getting trotter Such An Angel repointed in the right direction with a 1:53.2 victory.   Strawb's Chippie N had taken two straight on the front end prior to joining the Oakes barn ...
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Cutler, Graduate kick off Big M Champ. meet

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Championship Meet kicks off this weekend with the start of Grand Circuit racing over the mile oval with the 2018 stakes season getting underway on Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday.   The Arthur Cutler Memorial trot annually kicks off stakes season and that is again the case as a field of 12 trotters with combined career earnings of nearly $9 million will race this...
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With 99 wins, Foiled Again nears return to races

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
After enjoying a little time off, harness racing's richest horse of all time, 14-year-old pacer Foiled Again, is back in training and preparing to resume his quest for career win No. 100. Foiled Again, whose most recent race was March 8 at Yonkers Raceway, is expected to qualify later this month.   For his career, Foiled Again has won 99 of 309 races and earned $7.57 million. Only 14 p...
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Northville shifts fall dates to race through summer

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved a request by Northville Downs' officials to alter the remainder of the 2018 live race schedule. Instead of its current meet ending on June 9 and then taking a break until resuming in early September through Dec. 14, the track will now remain open through June, July and August before closing on Sept. 22. Northville Downs, the last racetrack open...
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Great Northeast Series gets underway Saturday

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday marks the inaugural races in the summer-long $1.8 million Great Northeast Open Series for outstanding trotters and pacers.   Co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association in conjunction with Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono racetracks, the Great Northeast Open Series will give area horsemen and fans a chance to participate in ...
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USTA rulebook, new forms now online

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
The new U.S. Trotting Association rule book is now available online on the USTA website under the Horsemen/Regulatory tabs on the homepage or by clicking this link. Following are some of the highlights of the new rules in the 2018 USTA Rule Book: • The use of a fair start pole was approved at all extended pari-mutuel tracks, to be erected at a clearly identifiable point before the start. ...
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Newborn Sassy sets 1:51.2 Harrington mark

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
CC Racing and Jo Ann Looney-King's Newborn Sassy ($3, Tim Tetrick) was a decisive 1:51.2 winner and became the fastest pacing mare in Harrington Raceway history Tuesday (May 1) in the $15,000 Mares Open. Newborn Sassy, trained by Jim King Jr., broke the old track record held by Embassy Seelster (1:51.3). Tetrick promptly placed his charge on the front from post five where she led the fie...
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Ask Queenie takes Plainridge mare Pace feature

on 05/01/2018 2:00 AM
After winning wire-to-wire at Plainridge Park last week, Ask Queenie changed her strategy but produced the same result -- a win in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Winners Over Pace on Tuesday afternoon (May 1). Ask Queenie (Shawn Gray) tucked fifth while Western Stepp (Drew Campbell) and Caviart Caterina (Mike Stevenson) played leap-frog off the gate where each horse took a turn at the top by...
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Scioto Downs gearing up for May 9 opener

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
The 2018 racing season is fast approaching at Eldorado Scioto Downs, with a slight change in schedule from recent years. Opening day is Tuesday, May 8, with a first post of 2:00 p.m. Scioto will host 2:00 p.m. matinee cards on both Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the season and continue with the traditional 6:30 p.m. post time on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.   The first qualifier ...
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Purse increase set for Yonkers

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has announced an across-the-board purse increase, effective with the upcoming condition sheet for the race week beginning next Monday, May 7.   The increases range from 10-20 percent, depending upon the purse of the race. Races going for less than $15,000 shall get the higher hike (moving the lowest purse from $7,500 to $9,000), while any race worth $15,000 or more gets a ...
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Feeling Cam Luck wins Philly feature

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
There wasn't anything lucky about the performance of Feeling Cam Lucky (George Napolitano Jr.) in Sunday's featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a pace for non winners of $20,000 in their last five starts or non-winners of nine races or $90,000. The purse was $18,000. Starting from post 6, the 6-year-old gelding by Camluck made a 3-wide quarter brush to the top, and was super game t...
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An impressive "American" win in Canada

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
American Wiggle, in his debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Opening Day Sunday, gave notice to his 29 competitors in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete later this season that he is ready for action with an impressive score in the Invitational Handicapped Pace.   Mother Nature was not cooperative as constant rains made the track sloppy with a three-second allowance.   It was the sixth opening day a...
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Hennessey's five-bagger include Panocchio

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
Panocchio, earned his 60th career victory on Sunday night, scoring that milestone win in the feature Open II Pace at Pompano Park in 1:51.3 over Four Socks (Tyler Shehan) and Kotre Yael (Corey Braden) with the favored Rebellious and Major Starlight also earning minor awards in the classy septet.   Wally Hennessey was in the grand gelding's sulky for the occasion--for the 38th time a...
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New microchiping adds temperature scans

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association today announced an innovative collaboration with Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) and HomeAgain® to be the organization’s sole microchip provider. The USTA is the first horse registry to formally incorporate temperature scanning into their microchip identification program. Following two separate f...
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Pocono, Philly to host $1.8 million weekly series

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
The fastest of the northeastern U.S.'s older performers will have approximately $1.8 million of weekly competition available to them May through September, as the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association (PHHA), in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia, introduces the Great Northeast Open Series for quality male pacers and trotters and fas...
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Ouellette appeals sanctions for Class 2 positive

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
Ontario-based horseman Luc Ouellette has received a 180-day suspension and $2,500 fine as a result of a positive test on his horse Ali at Woodbine Racetrack on Feb. 8. The Class 2 positive was for O-Desmethylvenlafaxine, an antidepressant commonly known as Pristiq. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) suspended Ouellette from May 15 through Nov. 10, and then added a probation...
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Marion Marauder romps in Mohawk qualifier

on 04/30/2018 2:00 AM
Dan Patch and O’Brien Award winner Marion Marauder made his 2018 charted debut during the Monday night qualifying session at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the career winner of $2.6 million in purses appeared well in hand. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winning son of Muscle Hill, was in rein to veteran horseman Roger Mayotte in the first of the session’s eight qualifying da...
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