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Hippodrome 3R removing passing lane

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Following the same as Yonkers Raceway, management at the Quebec Jockey Club has announced that they are removing the passing lane at the Hippodrome 3R for the 2018 harness racing season that gets underway on Sunday, April 29.   "We starting looking at the wagering on Yonkers around the end of January after they did away with their passing lane," said Murielle Thomassin, general manager at...
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Series final, big High-5 carryover Friday at Big M

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands brings with it a 10-race live card featuring the $52,500 final of the Shiaway St. Pat series for trotters.   An interesting field it is, with the ultra impressive leg #1 winner Deep Impact getting a slight 3-1 nod from the oddsmaker after skipping last week's leg #2. The carefully managed 5 year old rolled right on by the field in a career-best 1:53.1...
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Levy, Matchmaker finals in Weekend Preview!

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Jordan Stratton is a two-time winner of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers, and he has one Levy Memorial trophy on his mantel as well. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, Stratton talks about his chances in Saturday's Matchmaker and Levy finals with Sell A Bit N and Bit Of A Legend N, respectively. Shartin N is the favorite in the Matchmaker final, and co-owner Jo ...
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NF Happenstance scores in 1:54.2 in Philly

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
NF Happenstance, the leading money-winning harness horse in North America so far in 2018, added to her bankroll Thursday by winning the $22,500 winners-over handicap trot at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:54.2. Assigned the outside post in the field of seven, NF Happenstance made the lead before the 28.1 quarter for driver Jack Parker Jr., then rested to the half in 57.3. The victorious daught...
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Hungarians win in amateur event at Saratoga

on 04/19/2018 2:00 AM
Thursday served as the rubber match for the USA/Hungary Friendship Competition for amateur drivers at Saratoga Casino Hotel.   Hungarian drivers came to the States and competed this week in two races at Monticello and two at Yonkers in the "challenge" versus the American amateurs. Heading into Thursday's rubber-match, the score was two-to-two so the $7,000 trotting race at the Spa would d...
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Pair of double winners in Weiss trotting action

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Ms American Muscle and I M Fishin became two-time winners in the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, capturing their $15,000 divisions of the third preliminary leg at the mountain track over off going on Tuesday.   I M Fishin made a break in her first Weiss outing yet recovered for third, and in her next two series starts she has not been catc...
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Canadian horseman Rick Forgie dies at 53

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Canadian Standardbred horseman Rick Forgie passed away suddenly at his home on Thursday, April 12. He was 53.   Mr. Fogie was an accomplished trainer-driver and raced everywhere from Sarnia to Woodbine, and Flamboro to Clinton, and many small tracks in between.   He got his start at Rideau Carleton Raceway and Connaught Park, and eventually worked his way to Pompano ...
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Western Fair announces new "Classic" features

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
The first ever Camluck Classic is now just over a month away at The Raceway at Western Fair District and there will be some new twists to the London oval’s signature event. In addition to the new race name and new date of Saturday (May 26), the event will feature a new Infield VIP Experience as part of the fun where fans will enjoy a unique view of the action from inside a 4,000 square foot ...
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It's not easy bein' Western Fame

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
If Western Fame were human, Mark MacDonald could envision him fidgeting with his necktie while bemoaning a lack of respect.   A multiple-stakes-winning pacer, Western Fame has not been the favorite in his most recent six victories (five at odds of 9-2 or higher) and has been the betting public's top choice only five times in his past 39 races. When he was the favorite during that sp...
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Slight increase for OHSS nominations in '18

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
The Ohio Sires Stakes nominations for 2- and 3-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies total 1,180 this year, up three percent from 2017. Horses sired by a stallion registered with the Ohio State Racing Commission and standing in the Buckeye State in 2018 are eligible to the rich Ohio Sires Stakes. A total of 141 stallions are currently standing at Ohio-based facilities for this year's ...
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WHHC set for April 28 at the Meadowlands

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
On Saturday, April 28, the top horseplayers in North America will compete for $75,000 in prize money in the 2018 World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com, at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.   "DerbyWars.com has been a fantastic partner for the World Harness Handicapping Championship," said Rachel Ryan, marketing manager at Meadowlands Racing &a...
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Petal To The Metal rallies for Philly score

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Petal To The Metal and trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo watched many contenders expend much energy in battling for command, then swung three-wide late on the far turn and went by everybody en route to a 1:55.3 victory in the $17,000 distaff conditioned pace feature Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The five-year-old daughter of Art Official was in fact the sixth different leader in the race (i...
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Expose Yourself extends streak in Meadows trot

on 04/18/2018 2:00 AM
Expose Yourself put away the venerable Barn Girl with a quick backside burst and earned a convincing victory, her third straight, in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. The 2017 Horse of the Year at The Meadows, Barn Girl entered the race off three straight wins but had to work hard from post 9 to get the early lead in 27.2. When Dave Palone moved Ex...
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Big Rich wins third WEG Preferred Trot

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
A messy Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park saw six-year-old trotter Big Rich complete a Preferred-triple. The aftermath of a brutal weekend ice storm left the track crew working non-stop until post time Monday, but once the first-race went behind the gate, it was back to business as usual. A field of seven older trotter clashed over the "sloppy" track in the $34,000 Preferred. Richard M...
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Starter, horseman Hobe Stroud dies at 95

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Hobart B. "Hobe" Stroud, a well-known horseman and racing official and starter, passed away Sunday, April 15, in Community Hospice Truman House in New Philadelphia, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Stroud was 95. Mr. Stroud owned, trained and drove harness horses for several years, having his horse Executive Pick selected as one of the top ten trotters in 1964-65. In 1971, after a car...
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2 straight wins for Better Caviar at Meadows

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Better Caviar surged past Mac Deeno in mid-stretch to capture his second straight victory in Monday’s feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 conditioned trot. Better Caviar was inside behind a wall of horses past the three-quarters. But when Mike Wilder angled him off the cones and showed him racetrack, the 10-year-old son of SJs Caviar-Better Credit found another gear and downed Mac Deeno by ...
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Sharen Hanover, Kimberlee win Weiss splits

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Sharen Hanover and Kimberlee both recorded their second victories in the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing females on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   The Well Said mare Sharen Hanover is now perfect in two starts for the brothers Allard, driver Simon and trainer Rene, as she quarter-moved to command and went on to win her $15,000 division of the series' third prelimin...
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Burke, Lachance, Schnittker heading to France

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Although trainer Ron Burke has sent out more than 40,000 starters who have earned more than $194 million in purses, he's never had the opportunity to work with a French trotter. That will change this spring when Burke, Mike Lachance, and Ray Schnittker travel to France to purchase 24 trotters for the French American Trotting Club, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York's pioneering effo...
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Another generation on horizon for Pinske Stable

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Carter Pinske will graduate from college next month and he is looking forward to the work ahead. That means lending a hand at the family's custom cabinetry and millwork business, which dates back to the 19th century, as well as taking an increased role in what by comparison is a more recent pursuit -- harness racing. The Pinskes have been involved in harness racing since the mid-1950s when Carte...
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IndyCar drivers trading cars for sulkies at HoP

on 04/17/2018 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is set to host Celebs in the Sulky, the first-ever IndyCar Driver celebrity race for charity, on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Just off the race circuit and taking the reins in the sulky, world-famous Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Alexander Rossi, James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens, and Zach Veach will pair with Hoosier Park’s leading harness drivers Trace Tetrick, ...
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