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North America Cup night tickets are $10

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment has issued a clarification regarding ticket prices for this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Admission to the Pepsi North America Cup is confirmed at a flat $10.   Fans who pre-purchased tickets through Ticketmaster were charged an additional $5.50 in service fees. Woodbine will offer those individuals with a pre-purchased ticket ...
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July 15 targeted for Big M sportsbook opening

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural and general manager/CEO Jason Settlemoir were in Atlantic City on Wednesday and Thursday this week attending the East Coast Gaming Congress at Harrah's Casino & Hotel, and the two are back in Atlantic City on Friday morning for a meeting with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as they prepare for what they hope is a July 15 opening of the sportsbo...
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NA Cup has familiar feel for Hayden Hanover

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
It's like déjà vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday's final from post 9. His elimination fi...
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Stella Hagemeyer dies at age 96

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Stella A. Hagemeyer, 96, died June 12. She is reunited with Maynard, her partner and love of a lifetime, who were married for more than71 years.   She was born in Bladenboro, N.C., on Dec. 23, 1921, as the daughter of Hattie and Hugh Chesterfield Adcox. Her only surviving sibling is Dorothy Sebastian. Other siblings that preceded her in death were Esther, Mella, Walter, J.C. and Willard. ...
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Taketothesky N flies late to win in Philly

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
In an unusually competitive race even by the high standards of Harrah's Philadelphia, the one working out the best trip was the Gotta Go Cullect mare Taketothesky N, who tipped wide to make the lead in midstretch and hold off Skippin By by three-quarters of a length, paying $90 to win in the $18,000 distaff pacing feature Friday afternoon.   Eric Carlson had the winner of $101,5...
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Speed on display Friday at Meadowlands

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Shady McCoy and Kaitlyn N both displayed high speed in taking the co-features at the Meadowlands Friday night. Shady McCoy won the fifth race conditioned trot in a lifetime-best equaling 1:53.2 for trainer-driver Eric Abbatiello. The 5-year-old gelded son of S J’s Caviar cleared the lead just after the quarter, and after sprinting home in :28.1, hit the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front of Gold Med...
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Billy Dobson wins 4,000th career race

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Billy Dobson reached the 4,000 win plateau on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel.  At just the age of 34, Dobson has piled up victories at an incredible rate since coming to Saratoga about a decade ago. The Michigan native quickly became one of New York’s top catch-drivers when he moved east and found a home at Saratoga. Dobson won his first local driving title in 2010 and wen...
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First-year pacers in Cardinal spotlight

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Juvenile pacers were the focus on Friday evening at Hawthorne as two divisions of the Cardinal took place. The events are for Illinois conceived and foaled 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The night’s opener was the first of the two divisions as Holden Steady was sent off as the choice with Kyle Wilfong in the bike. Getting away quickly was the favorite as he was able to back down the open...
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Mach It A Par holds on in Yonkers feature

on 06/15/2018 2:00 AM
Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) repeated -- barely -- Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Forwardly-placed from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a defection), Mach It A Par easily worked around Medusa (George Brennan). There were cheap fractions (:28.4, :58.1) before Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) tried it first-up from fo...
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Super Fly, Deja Vu Blue win DSBFs

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Stacy Johnson-Stafford's Super Fly ($2.20, Art Stafford Jr.) was the fastest of two 3-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisional winners Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:57.2 triumph.   The Super Punk gelding dominated his $20,000 division for colts and geldings with a double-digit length romp over King's Crown Lite and Seafoo...
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Cummings brothers sweep NYSS at Buffalo

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
It was a family affair in the New York Sires Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway as the Cummings brothers swept both divisions of the series.   Kevin Cummings won the $56,900 opening leg aboard Wisdom Tree ($2.50) who toured the Hamburg half-mile oval in 1:54 while John Cummings Jr. took the $58,000 second event as he guided Checkered Past ($...
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Barn Girl wins 50th career race

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
Barn Girl thwarted the late challenge of Ready Any Time and went on to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot at The Meadows, her eighth win in 11 starts this year and the 50th victory of her career. Barn Girl endured a demanding opening quarter -- three wide in :27.1 -- before reaching the front, a trip that could have made her vulnerable. But in characteristic fashi...
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Oneida Blue Chip wins Philly feature

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
The term "trainer/driver" is becoming a rare species in 2018 harness racing; even rarer still is "owner/trainer/driver." But Mike Simons occupies all three titles behind the American ideal mare Oneida Blue Chip, winner of the $17,000 feature for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. Simons had Oneida Blue Chip perfectly-placed in second-over position behind fav...
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OSS for 3CT set for Friday at Scioto

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
A trio of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will go postward on Friday night (June 15) at Scioto Downs, featuring 25 Ohio-breds racing for a purse of $40,000 in each division (races one, two and five). First race post time is 6:30 p.m. (EDT).   All three OSS leg one winners (Mission Accepted, Northmedo Mission and Sultan Of Cash) are set to retur...
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Hoosier offers record $75K Pick-5 on Thursday

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
Just days after announcing a record Guaranteed Hoosier-High 5 pool, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is upping the ante with a $75,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 pool for Thursday, June 14. With a four-day carry-over in excess of $30,000, Hoosier Park will offer this signature wager on the evening's 13-race card on Thursday that is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.   The Pick-5, which offers a 50-ce...
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3YO Jimmy Freight ready for Mohawk Gold Cup

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
One year ago, he was an unproven 2 year old with a mark of 2:16.2 taken at a fair track. A year later, he's a sophomore racing at one of the premier circuits in the world, has a sub-1:50 record and is set to face some of the best open horses in harness racing. While 10 of his 3-year-old counterparts will square off in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mo...
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Mariah Wright, 25, wins 1st race in 1st drive

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
Mariah Wright's first-ever drive became a memorable one as the 25-year-old Michigan native directed Star Chaser to a 2:03.4 victory in the Ohio Ladies Pace on Wednesday night at the Paulding County Fair. "It was good. Nerve wracking for a bit but once I got to the gate the nerves went away," Wright told harnessracing.com on Thursday morning. Wright sent Star Chaser to the lead from the o...
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Zephyr Kronos stays on Hambo path Friday

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands resumes live racing on Friday with a nine race card beginning at 7:15 p.m.   The overnight mix is highlighted by a few Hambletonian eligibles sprinkled over the program, including a very interesting Jimmy Takter pupil. Takter has a barn load of Hambo horses including a few intriguing prospects that have kept a very low profile, Zephyr Kronos among those.   ...
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Hannelore looks for record win in Armbro Flight

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
The 2016 Armbro Flight Stakes can be looked upon as Hannelore Hanover's coming-out party, and in the two years that followed she went from an intriguing newcomer among older female trotters to the sport's reigning queen.   Hannelore Hanover was a star on the Indiana circuit at ages 2 and 3, but eight races into her 4-year-old campaign made her presence felt on the Grand Circuit by w...
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Tetrick brothers battle Tuesday at Scioto

on 06/14/2018 2:00 AM
Tuesday, June 19, will be an exciting afternoon of brotherly love and fierce competition at Eldorado Scioto Downs.   Arguably the best duo of driving brothers in the history of harness racing, along with members of several amateur driving clubs, including The Florida Amateur Driving Club, The North American Driving Association, and the C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Association, will be ...
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