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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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Millionaire mare Charmed Life wins 2018 debut

on 03/18/2018 2:00 AM
Millionaire trotter Charmed Life (Majestic Son) made her seasonal debut on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rene Allard trainee, who has over $1.3 million in career earnings, had two winning qualifiers as preps for her try in the $12,000 Spa Open on Sunday and wound up as the public’s 3-5 betting favorite. Billy Dobson moved Charmed Life out to the early lead and the race’s lone...
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Icy Crystals gives Merriman his 10,00th winner

on 03/17/2018 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, whose quest for career win 10,000 suffered a temporary setback this week when an administrative ruling cost him two 2017 victories, got the milestone mile Saturday at The Meadows when he piloted Icy Crystals to victory in Race 6. Merriman collected win 9,999 with I’m Feelin Good in Race 3 and win 10,001 with Gee Wizz George in Race 9.. Merriman, 39, harness racing’s "win...
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Keystone Velocity giving VIP big thrills

on 03/17/2018 2:00 AM
Defending champion from last year’s George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway, Keystone Velocity, begins the defense of his crown on Saturday night (March 17). He will start from post seven in the second Levy division and will face Australian star Waikiki Beach in the fifth race on the card. Now 10-years-old, the son of Western Hanover posted two qualifiers in preparation for his comeback...
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Lord Of Winterfell upsets in Meadows Preferred

on 03/17/2018 2:00 AM
Lord Of Winterfell blew up the toteboard when he angled off the cones late and exploded past the tiring leaders to pull off a 35-1 shocker in Saturday’s (March 17) $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lord Of Winterfell was a ground-saving fourth for most of the mile, biding time while Lincolnjames and Mykindachip waged a protracted duel for the lead. When Brady Brown asked him for...
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Favorites take features at Saratoga, Buffalo

on 03/17/2018 2:00 AM
JK Panache (Art Major) continued his terrific stretch on Saturday night (March 17) when the Dave Dewhurst trainee prevailed in the $12,000 Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The 9-year-old pacer has been on the board in each of his starts dating back to last summer and began his 2018 campaign with four consecutive starts in the money in the Spa feature heading into Saturday night. With defendi...
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Mindtrip captures George Williams Memorial

on 03/17/2018 2:00 AM
Doctor Carter pulled a major upset in the Saturday (March 17) $25,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley Raceway, but the way he was able to do it made it even more remarkable. Paying no attention to the 23-1 odds attached to their chances by the betting public, Doctor Carter and driver Jeremy Smith—reining the 7-year-old Total Truth gelding for the first time—left hard from the five-hole when th...
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Pocono opens 2018 racing season

on 03/17/2018 2:00 AM
The 2018 racing season opened on Saturday night (March 17) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in "balmy" 42-degree temperatures and nary a sign of the winter white stuff. A pair of $17,000 matchups for developing younger horses were the spotlight races on the Pocono 2018 initial card. First up was the trot, with six-time Pocono defending driving champion George Napolitano Jr. using the famed Po...
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Bob McClure drives 2,000th winner

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
No driver has won more races in Canada over the past two seasons than Bob McClure and Thursday night (March 15) at Woodbine Racetrack the young reinsman reached a career milestone. McClure, 27, steered Princess Jewels to victory in the evening’s tenth race to record his 2,000th career driving victory. A resident of Elora, Ontario, McClure has been racking up the wins and driving titles at tr...
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Burn Brighter, Evolution Tour win DSBF legs

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
The combination of driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr. and owner Jo Ann Looney-King ruled both ends of the daily double, each a $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund first leg 3-year-old male pace preliminary on Thursday (March 15) at Dover Downs. Burn Brighter held off Mingo to score a 1:56.1 triumph in the opening leg of the DSBF prelims with Sea Bags (Tony Morgan) third. An altere...
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Applications open for Youth Subcommittee

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation have now opened the application process for members of the Youth Leadership Development Subcommittee, which was created with the purpose of bringing a youth perspective to the USTA board, as well as provide marketing and social media opportunities for harness racing events. If selected for service on the subcommittee, delegat...
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Barley's Angel captures Coven Memorial final

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
 Upsets prevailed in the co-featured events at Miami Valley Raceway on Friday night (March 16).  Noone To Depend On captured the $24,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace, while Barley’s Angel was triumphant in the $22,500 championship leg of the Herb Coven Jr. Memorial late-closer. Noone To Depend On, making her second start after a five-week quarantine vacation, gave trainer-driver Kayne K...
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Montalbano Bi repeats at Meadowlands

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
Montalbano Bi got little respect when he won at almost 20-1 on March 9, so Friday night at the Meadowlands, the 7-year-old gelded son of Donato Hanover was out to show that win was no fluke. And that’s just what he did. Montalbano Bi, sent off at 9-2, got away third at the quarter before brushing up to the lead at the three-eighths in the Big M’s feature, a $16,000 high-level conditioned e...
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2 wins in a row at Saratoga for Betabcool N

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive week, Betabcool N (Bettor’s Delight) prevailed in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Jose Godinez-trained distaffer parlayed a pocket trip to victory last week but on Friday night went right out to the early lead. Owning lap one to the tune of first half fractions of :28.1 and :59, Betabcool N faced her first test approaching three quarters whe...
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Shartin N, Twinkle fastest Matchmaker winners

on 03/16/2018 2:00 AM
The first sign of spring occurred Friday night (March 16), with the beginning of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker. A consecutively-contested quartet of $40,000 events for high-end pacing mares opened the show. The first division fooled very few in the equine persona of Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, $2.50). Away fourth from the pole, she took over from Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) after that ...
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DSBF 3FP prelims held at Dover Downs

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Ibetyoucanwiggle caught favorite Go Sandy Go in the final strides in one of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) first-leg 3-year-old filly pace preliminary while Pedal Power won her division easily on a windy Wednesday at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan had a four bagger.   Montrell Teague moved Ibetyoucanwiggle from the outside into second behind Go Sandy Go (Ja...
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St. Paddy's Day weekend at Meadowlands

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Live harness racing is back on Friday night at the Meadowlands with 11 races on the menu.   The featured second is a conditioned event for trotters where a field of seven will vie for a purse of $16,000. It's a very even group as indicated by the tight Dave Brower morning line where Montalbano Bi has been tabbed as the slight 5-2 choice.   Montalbano Bi has been as regular as clock...
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NZ import Rycroft N ready for St. Paddy's Day

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadows-based trainer Randy Bendis dabbled in the international Standardbred market years ago but had drifted away from imports. Now, he’s back. "The American dollar is very strong compared to what it was," Bendis says. "You can buy more for less overseas. "When horses make over a certain amount in New Zealand, they never can go back down in class. The connections get a little frustra...
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Kakaley recovering after race accident

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Linda Kakaley, the mother of driver Matt Kakaley, who was injured in a race accident on Tuesday night, March 13, at Yonkers Raceway, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that her son is recovering following facial surgery and is grateful for all the support he's received. "We can't thank everybody enough for all of the calls, texts and messages Matt has received expressing their support...
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KY bill proposes sales tax on yearlings

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Two bills introduced in the Kentucky legislature could bring back a sales tax on horse purchases in the Bluegrass State. The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, is urging Kentucky lawmakers to not increase the tax burden on Kentucky's signature horse industry. KEEP's message to legislators has been simple: proposals to increase the tax burd...
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