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Shiaway St. Pat Series resumes Friday

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Shiaway St. Pat series resumes on Friday night at the Meadowlands with an overflow field of 11 set to race in a single division for a purse of $17,500 and to secure a spot in next week's $52,500 final.   Elysium Lindy is the sole returning winner with the winner of the other leg one division, Deep Impact, spending the week in the barn and begins from the pole for driver Andy McC...
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Coast Guard cutter named for late horseman

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Before he was a highly respected trainer/driver on the Pennsylvania/Ohio circuit, before he became the patriarch of one of harness racing’s most successful families, the late Richard Snyder was a World War II hero with the United States Coast Guard.   To commemorate his service and valor, the Coast Guard has named a cutter for him and will formally commission the Richard Snyder on...
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Another strong Saturday at the Big M

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
There was action all day and night at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 7, and after three major Kentucky Derby preps came and went, the main event for harness fans – the Big M card – saw the bettors go deep race after race as wagering surpassed the magic $3-million mark for the third time this year at the industry's handle leader. "The Meadowlands would like to thank our loyal horseme...
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Mackenzie A hopes to defend Matchmaker title

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
If Mackenzie A gets a chance to defend her title in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final April 21, no one will be able to say she didn't earn it. A streak of outside post positions and an unplanned absence from leg four of the series for open pacing mares means Mackenzie A is ranked eighth by points heading into the last preliminary leg. Although she drew post seven again this week, trainer P...
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Mohawk Park to honor Humboldt Broncos

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to encourage all horsepeople and fans attending Thursday's season opening card to wear a sports jersey in support of "Jersey Day."   Canadians across the country are taking part in "Jersey Day" by wearing their favorite jersey to work and school to honor the Humboldt Broncos, who tragically lost 16 members of their team and staff in a bus crash last Fr...
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Future starts now at Woodbine Mohawk Park

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
When the doors open Thursday night at one of North America's most picturesque Standardbred racetracks, fans and horsepeople alike will undoubtedly notice an abundance of impressive improvements, upgrades and offerings.   Now the permanent home of premier Canadian harness racing, Woodbine Mohawk Park has undergone plenty of work over the past six months, structural and aesthetic...
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Star trotter SJ's Photo dies at 28 in Italy

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
SJ's Photo, a fast, stakes-winning trotter who most notably was not eligible to compete in the top stakes the year they were won by American Winner and Pine Chip, has died in Italy. He was 28 years old. Bred, owned and trained and mostly driven by David Wade, SJ's Photo was undefeated in 13 starts as a 2 year old, racing in Maryland stakes, before Wade tested the waters against open competi...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Everybody knows bingo games are popular with senior citizens, but do you know there is one senior facility near Denver where the residents are smitten with harness racing? Read why 84-year-old Ruth Cohen has taken a liking to Stormtracker, who is currently competing in the Burning Point Series at the Meadowlands, in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. White horses are rare and we've...
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Some Royalty wins 7th straight at Saratoga

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Some Royalty (RC Royalty) did on Thursday what no other trotter has done in 2018 at Saratoga Casino Hotel when she won for the sixth time of the season. The Angus Mac Donald trainee won her final start of 2017, went five-for-five to begin this season and still wasn’t the favorite in the $9,630 co-featured event for New York-sired trotters on Thursday as she tasked to take on a very sharp ...
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Empress Deo takes Harrington mare Open

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware's Empress Deo ($24.60, Montrell Teague) was an upset winner in 1:54.3 in the featured $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday (April 10) at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare settled off a contested early pace in which Nerida Franco eventually made the lead in fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:26. With the front end folding, Empress Deo collared the leaders...
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I M Fishin leads round two Weiss winners at PcD

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
The team of owner Bob Key, trainer Trish Adams and driver Jim Morrill Jr., accounted for two of the four $15,000 divisions of the second preliminary round of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting females Tuesday night (April 10) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Baby Wants, a Conway Hall filly, had not won in 14 prior career starts and was up against the heavily-favored Myrna Myrna, the fa...
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Mohawk Park ready for Thursday night opener

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
The newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park will welcome back the Standardbreds on Thursday night for the 55th season of live racing.   The upcoming meet will mark a new era in the history of Woodbine Mohawk Park, as the Campbellville oval will become Woodbine Entertainment's permanent home for live year-round Standardbred racing. A total of 168 race cards will be held at Woodbine Mohawk...
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OHHA accepting entries for Fantasy League

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
The second annual Harness Racing Fantasy League, sponsored by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association, is now accepting entries, which must be received by the OHHA office or submitted online by April 25.   The Fantasy League is open to any individual who has not owned a racing Standardbred in the last two years. Stables will consist of six horses, two of them must be Ohio sired 2-year-o...
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Mach It So looks to build off solid '17 campaign

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
When trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. looks at Mach It So this season at age 8, he sees a horse that looks a lot like the one he saw a year ago at age 7. Considering that Mach It So established a career high for purses in 2017, the similarity is enough to bring a hopeful smile to Bamond's face.   Mach It So earned $759,871 last year, when he won his second William R. Haughton Memorial in thr...
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Former Batavia announcer James Boyd dies

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
James E. Boyd, of Batavia, N.Y., died peacefully on Thursday, April 5, at the Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda. He was 83. Widely known as "Gentleman Jim," Mr. Boyd took over the Batavia Downs track announcing duties from the legendary Max Robinson in 1984 and continued to call races there until it closed in 1996. He was also the announcer at Buffalo Raceway and call...
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Horse "bought for peanuts" keeps winning

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
Born To Thrive and Second Sister took top honors in their respective $15,000 trotting features at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (April 10). Born To Thrive, the five year-old gelded son of Swan For All, stopped the timer in 1:55.1 for Rick Plano over a track labeled "good" after heavy afternoon rains pelted Pompano Park.The late surging Uncle Hanover, handled by Andy Santeramo, was second, thre...
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Ky. Commission's Guilfoil honored by ARCI

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
Marc A. Guilfoil, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, has been honored with the Len Foote Award from the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI).   ARCI is a nonprofit trade association comprised of governmental regulators of horse and greyhound racing in North America. The Len Foote Award is presented each year to an executive director in re...
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Parkhill Nonstop wins last race ever at Woodbine

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The era of harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack wrapped up Monday evening after 24 years. A 10-race card was contested on the final night with the $34,000 Preferred Trot headlining the card.   The 6-year-old gelding Big Rich went coast to coast for his second consecutive Preferred score. The Richard Moreau trainee was steered to his third win of the season by Louis Philippe Roy...
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Melady's Monet cashes in for 50 career wins

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
Sandwiched in between this past Saturday night's fourth round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series was the weekly Open Handicap Trot. That Melady's Monet won the race wasn't exactly a man-bites-dog occurrence. He paid $3.   That it was Melady's Monet's 50th career win made it newsworthy. Hence, the saga.   "I've probably put in more time with him than...
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Hippodrome 3R delays opener to April 29

on 04/10/2018 2:00 AM
The Quebec Jockey Club (OJC) announced Tuesday that due to poor weather and track conditions, opening day for the Hippodrome 3R has been moved to Sunday, April 29.   "We have had such bad weather this winter," explained general manager Murielle Thomassin. "Snow, then warm weather, then rain and now more snow. Our track has not been able to thaw properly and thus our horsemen and...
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