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Dover, Meadows, Rosecroft cancel Wed. cards

on 03/21/2018 2:00 AM
Due to the weather, Dover Downs has canceled racing for Wednesday, March 21. Also, because of heavy snow and track conditions, The Meadows also canceled its Wednesday afternoon race card, while Rosecroft canceled its Wednesday night program.   The two Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund races scheduled for Wednesday at Dover Downs have been rescheduled as non-wagering events on Thurs...
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New series for Harrah's Philly, Pocono

on 03/21/2018 2:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, will offer a new series aimed toward open class pacers, trotters and mare pacers during the 2018 racing season. There will be no nominations or fees required to be eligible.   The new series will begin in May. All three events will alternate between The Dow...
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Better late than never with horses for Perfect

on 03/21/2018 2:00 AM
When Clyde Perfect watched his cousin, trainer Ron Potter, win the Little Brown Jug with Big Bad John in 2011, he decided it was time to get involved in harness racing as a horse owner. Perfect--who created the Perfect North Slopes ski area in southern Indiana nearly four decades ago and worked previously as a bricklayer, brick contractor, and farmer--was a mere 78 years young at the time...
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Deja Vu Blue, Star Sapphire win DSBF legs

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
Déjà Vu Blue and Star Sapphire scored impressive wins in $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund second leg 3-year-old filly trot preliminaries on Monday (March 19) at Dover Downs. Déjà Vu Blue won the fastest of the prelims, trotting to a 1:56.4, wire-to-wire victory, her second straight of her sophomore season. Tim Tetrick was at the controls of the black Anders Bluestone...
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Wild And Crazy Guy upsets at Woodbine

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
The Martin Lachance trainee Wild And Crazy Guy upset six rivals at odds of 43-1 in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack. The 7-year-old gelding was the longest shot in the field and was winless in his previous seven outings heading into Monday’s feature event. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wild And Crazy left strong to get away second behind a fired up B Yoyo, who posted a ...
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Northfield racing Tuesday after fire cancellation

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
A grandstand fire at Northfield Park Monday night prompted the cancellation of the live program after the fifth race. Dave Bianconi, Northfield Park's executive vice president of racing and simulcasting, told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that no employees or patrons were ever in danger and the cancellation of the card came after a request from firefighters to ensure safety. The fire wa...
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TVG to hold last-chance WHHC qualifier

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
TVG, America's Horseracing Network and premier advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, is pleased to announce it will hold a last chance qualifying event as part of the World Harness Handicapping Championship (WHHC).   The TVG last chance qualifier will take place Saturday, March 24 and requires players to make ten $10 win and place wagers on any races from the Meadowlands, Woodbin...
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Meadowlands holding handicapping qualifier

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will provide horseplayers with one of their first opportunities to qualify for the 2019 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) with a qualifying event on Saturday, March 24. The Meadowlands qualifier will offer three guaranteed seats to the NHC. The Meadowlands qualifier requires a $400 buy-in, with $200 going towards each player’s bankroll an...
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Deadline nears for buying French trotter

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
Time is running out for interested parties to register for the purchase of a French trotter with the Standardbred Owners Association of New York in the French American Trotting Club. A total of 24 spots are available and more than half are already filled. Those wishing to participate must submit a $10,000 non-refundable check to the SOA of NY to reserve a space by March 26. The balance of $18,...
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Galarina wins in photo finish at Pompano

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
Galarina, getting "picture" perfect handling by Andy Santeramo, poked her nose in front right at the wire in taking top honors in Pompano Park's $15,000pacing feature for mares on Monday night, stopping the timer in 1:52.3.   The 7-year-old daughter of "Dali"eked by All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, right on the wire after a garden trip, which included her final half in :54.4. &n...
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Woodbine bettor cashes $114K Hi-5 ticket

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
Longtime racing fan and horse owner Giuseppe Bottoni turned a difficult day watching Toronto FC into a lucrative one for his family by taking down Woodbine's Jackpot Hi-5 wager on St. Patrick's Day. The 75-year-old punter was at WEGZ Stadium Bar, located in Vaughan, Ont., on Saturday to watch his beloved Toronto FC falter 1-0 to the Montreal Impact.The disciplined horseplayer, with a number...
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Camera Lady rallies from 8 1/2-length deficit to win

on 03/20/2018 2:00 AM
Camera Lady avenged her only defeat this year when she made up 8-1/2 lengths over the back half and nipped Albany Girl -- who upset her last week -- in Tuesday’s (March 20) $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away sixth, Camera Lady followed the live cover of her stablemate, Rosemary Rose, before fanning three wide into the final turn. Under the urging of Ronnie W...
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Dick Oldfield, trained top colts, dies at 84

on 03/19/2018 2:00 AM
Horseman Dick Oldfield, 84, of Lexington, Ky., best known for training the top pacer True Duane, died March 11, in Louisville, Ky., after a short battle with cancer. Born June 14, 1933, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of George B. and Maude (Smith) Oldfield. Following his graduation from high school, Dick married and started his own trucking company and later with his father, George. Adrian ...
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Richard Pirog, 60, dies in NY

on 03/19/2018 2:00 AM
Richard N. Pirog, 60, of Orchard Park, NY, who worked on the track crew at the Delaware County Fair and was track superintendent at Tioga Downs, died Wednesday, March 14, at home in Orchard Park. Mr. Pirog was born May 31, 1957 in Buffalo, NY. He is the son of the late Joseph and the late Alice (Newton) Pirog. He is survived by his loyal friend "Duke," brother of Marty C. Piro...
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Lebanon horseman Moe Milburn dies

on 03/19/2018 2:00 AM
Lenard "Moe" Milburn, 71, of Lebanon, Ohio, died Friday morning (March 16) at Hospice of Butler & Warren counties. He was a horse owner, trainer and driver and amassed just under $1 million in combined earnings since the U.S. Trotting Association began maintaining such records. He leaves behind Jacob, who was like a son; sister Shelia; nieces Cindy and Amanda (Justin); nephew Brandon; g...
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TVG to bring French racing to US market

on 03/19/2018 2:00 AM
TVG, America's Horseracing Network and premier advance deposit wagering (ADW) platform, recently launched French races on a daily basis, including major harness racing, through a partnership with Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) in France. Since late February, TVG customers have been able to wager on racing from over two dozen French Thoroughbred and trotting tracks.   The new partnership is part...
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The Dark Shadow shines at The Meadows

on 03/19/2018 2:00 AM
The Dark Shadow thwarted Bilbo Hanover twice — once in the first quarter and again in the last — en route to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. The Dark Shadow would not release Bilbo Hanover in their duel for the early lead, forcing him to drop in third. The game challenger tried again with a first-over bid, but The Dark Shadow drew off under Dave Palo...
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Western Joe wins Meadowlands Preferred

on 03/18/2018 2:00 AM
Western Joe proved once again why he is top dog at the Meadowlands Saturday night (March 17), winning the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap for pacers for a fourth time in six tries this year. Sent to the gate as the 3-5 public choice, Western Joe was away third around the first turn but was quickly moved to the outside by driver Jim Marohn Jr. as the pair made the top and hit the quarter in ...
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Burke Stable takes 2 of 5 opening Levy legs

on 03/18/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday night (March 17) offered a quintet of $50,000 divisions of Free-for-Allers in the opening round of Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. First Division—From post position two, season-debuting Mach It So (Tim Tetrick, $4) threw down an early series gauntlet, retaking from Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) en route to a handy (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.3, 1:53.3) win. Chumle...
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NF Happenstance victorious at Yonkers

on 03/18/2018 2:00 AM
NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., $5.70) finished what she started Sunday morning (March 18), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. The field of a half-dozen went as the late-a.m, flat-mile opener in advance of seven "French" trots. As is her custom, NF Happenstance left the gate. Tepidly favored from assigned post position four, she paid a :27.2 price for the lead, worki...
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