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Burke sends out four winners at Meadowlands

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
It was another big Saturday night (April 7) at the Meadowlands, as for the third time this year, wagering surpassed the magic $3 million mark at the industry’s handle leader.  Betting was consistent throughout the 12-race card, with only one race failing to reach the $200,000 mark. The third race saw the biggest pool of the night, $319,684, while the eighth was a close second, at $31...
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Inverse Hanover captures Hoosier mare feature

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Inverse Hanover and driver John DeLong found the winner’s circle for the second consecutive week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, this time in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, on Saturday (April 7). After a convincing win against conditioned company last week, Inverse Hanover responded gamely to a bump in class to stop the timer in 1:52.4 and just mis...
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Heavenly Sound picks up second straight win

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
The pacing males saw their first action in the Bobby Weiss Series on Saturday night (April 7) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, contesting three $15,000 divisions of the first preliminary round. Fastest of the trio of winners was the So Surreal gelding I Soar Him First, taking a new mark of 1:52 in his second start for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. George Napolitano Jr. pointed I Soar...
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Deetzy, Heaven Rock score at Saratoga, Buffalo

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
On Saturday night (April 7), Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) did what no other horse has been able to do at Saratoga Casino Hotel since February and that is defeat Artful Way. The track’s defending Horse of the Year, Artful Way had prevailed in three consecutive Saturday night features but was assigned post eight in this week’s installment of the $12,000 Open for pacers. Deetzy had post three as he s...
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Mojoto Hanover victorious in Tom Tharps Memorial

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Mojoto Hanover (Tyler Smith) completed a clean sweep of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series on Saturday (April 7) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 4-year-old Well Said gelding edged Classy Hill (Dan Noble) by a neck in a quick 1:51.4 clocking with Limited Edition (Jason Brewer) gaining show laurels in the $27,500 championship final. Mojoto Hanover was one of two series contenders that had each won a pai...
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Crazycat takes second straight Saratoga Open

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
The 5-year-old trotter Crazycat (Crazed) is in the midst of his breakout season and on Sunday (April 8) he won the Open Trot for the second consecutive time at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bruce Aldrich Jr. co-owns Crazycat and sat behind him as they came away fourth in the $12,000 feature. The track’s defending Trotter of the Year Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) was on the front-end and cruised along...
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Hackett elims set for this week at Miami Valley

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Elimination week for the James K. Hackett Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway is upon us. One of the longest running racing events in Ohio, the Hackett will add a new twist in 2018 as trotting events have been added for the first time. First raced at Lebanon Raceway in 1971, a year after Jim Hackett was killed in a racing accident at Latonia Raceway in northern Kentucky, the prestigious Hac...
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Won For Gigi rallies to win Mossbarger final

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
Won For Gigi rallied from sixth in the early going to capture the $25,000 championship of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial Series on Friday night (April 6) at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Dan Noble unleashed a wicked three-wide brush at the halfway point of the race and pulled even with pacesetter and runnerup Desire One (Chris Page) at the top of the stretch. With all the momentum, Won For Gig...
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Deep Impact upsets in debut for Svanstedt

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of short-priced favorites tasted defeat in the first leg of the Shiaway St. Pat series for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night (April 6). In the first division, Opulent Yankee was sent to the gate as the 1-5 public choice for the husband and wife team of driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller. All appeared well as Opulent Yankee brushed to command at the half and reached three-quarter...
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Spreester scores in 1:53 at Saratoga

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
Spreester, a daughter of American Ideal, made her return to Saratoga Casino Hotel a winning one last week as trainer Paul Zabielski re-acquired the mare before last week’s start in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Spreester went last to first to prevail in her return to the Spa last week and on Friday night (April 6) was dismissed at odds of 6-1 as she looked to repeat. Spreester wound up fi...
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His Excellence shakes loose to win series leg

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
Shuffled to fifth and with no racing room in sight, His Excellence found a path to victory deep in the Lighting Lane and pulled off a 9-1 upset in Saturday’s (April 7) $15,000 opening leg of the Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace at The Meadows. The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings honors the memory of Tom Kirwan, who began his career as a trainer/driver at The Meadows and later served for many ...
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NJSS sustaining payments due April 16

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund's final sustaining payments is approaching on April 16, 2018. Normally the deadline would be on the 15th of the month but since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline is extended to Monday, April 16.   The NJSS Premier Division's second sustaining payment remains $500 for both 2 year olds and 3 year...
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Small stable helps McAvoy attain dream

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
Cozette McAvoy has spent fewer than six years in harness racing, but her involvement in the sport has grown from simply owning horses to also include training and breeding. The 38-year-old McAvoy, a corporate attorney, has won 53 races as a trainer since 2014 and assembled a broodmare band of a ozen dhorses. She hopes to have two homebred 2-year-olds hit the racetrack later this year.   "...
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New winners in Matchmaker divisions

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
With series starlets Shartin N, Twinkle and defending champ Mackenzie A getting the week off, Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Apr. 6) presented the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three, $40,000 events again brought together many of the best pacing mares, all of whom were thrilled the three queens abdicated this time around. Thus, some previous understudies stepped to the fore. First D...
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Spring Mixed entries to close Monday

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
Those wanting to enter horses in the Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale will have until Monday morning, April 9, to do so, as the main catalog will close at noon that day, according to sale manager David Reid.   The sale, scheduled for Sunday, April 29, in the Meadowlands race paddock, is the second of the three annual Tattersalls sales at the track, and features ready-to-go racehorses.  ...
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Hippodrome 3R opens April 22 with changes

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
When the Hippodrome 3R is ready to begin its 2018 live harness racing meet on Sunday, April 22, racing fans both on track and via simulcasting will be in for some great changes.   General manager Murielle Thomassin has reveled that there is already ongoing work to set up new HD (high definition) television cameras, which will improve the quality of the on-air races this season world-wide ...
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Big M's Shiaway St. Pat Series starts Friday

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
A trotting series for older horses memorializing Shiaway St Pat, the winner of the very first Hambletonian raced at The Meadowlands back in 1981, opens on Friday night over the same racetrack. The first leg split into two $15,000 divisions, listed as races 2 and 4 on the 10-race card.   Team Miller, trainer Julie and driver/husband Andy, have a pair of contenders in Opulent Yankee a...
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Harrington's 72nd meet gets underway April 9

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing will kickoff Monday, April 9, with a 13-race program starting at 5 p.m.   Reigning leading driver Victor Kirby and last season's top trainer Brian Malone will both be back in action on the opening day program.   The wagering format is the same as last year with an early pick four in Race 3 and the late pick four in the last four...
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Wrenn Jr. and The Meadows: Love at first sight

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Ordinarily, when drivers first locate at a harness track, they may experience some lean months as they build relationships and eke out assignments. With Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and The Meadows, however, it was pretty much love at first sight.   Wrenn, 31, has been driving at The Meadows relatively briefly, splitting time with tracks in Ohio where he lives. But he's become so successful at The Me...
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John Campbell appointed to ROAP board

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program's (ROAP) board of directors elected its 2018-2020 officers during its March 27 board meeting and appointed two new board members. Dan Fick, a ROAP-accredited steward and previously ROAP vice chairman, was elected ROAP chairman; Wendy Davis, director at the University of Arizona and previously ROAP secretary, was elected ROAP vice chairman; Jennifer...
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