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E L Rocket to stand at Abby Stables in Ohio

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
E L Rocket, multiple NYSS winner by Credit Winner, comes from a family of some of the top stallions in the world. His dam, Courtney Hall, who is also the dam of E L Titan and Appomattox, is a full sister to Canland Hall, who is the dam of World Champions Cantab Hall and Cameron Hall. His second dam, Canne Angus, is a full sister to Amour Angus, the dam of World Champions Andover Hall, Conway Hal...
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Yonkers' Monday handles please Haughton

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
Cammie Haughton was ecstatic as he drove over the George Washington Bridge on his way home from Yonkers around midnight Monday (Feb. 26). Bettors pumped $927,279 through the windows on that evening’s 12-race program, signaling to Haughton the changes he’s made since assuming the role of Director of Racing are paying off. "When I go over the G.W. Bridge the other night doing almost $1 m...
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PETA announces lawsuit filed by bettor

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has issued the following press release: In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, a bettor is alleging that a horse trainer and owner have violated state and federal racketeering laws and engaged in fraud by illegally doping a horse used for harness racing. As reported by the Associated Press this morning, Illinois-based bettor Jeff Tretter all...
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McCarthy hoping for even bigger year in 2018

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
Andy McCarthy has spent the past several years rising through the ranks of North America’s harness racing drivers, and the 31-year-old Aussie native is hoping to continue the trend when he returns later this month from his winter holiday. McCarthy has seen his purse earnings increase annually since the start of 2013, reaching $5.52 million in 2017. His campaign last season was bolstered by succ...
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Annual USTA board meeting starts Saturday

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association’s 2018 Board of Directors Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday (March 10) through Monday (March 12) at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The meetings kick off with the Executive Committee on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (EST) followed by the Fairs and Pari-Mutuel Committees at 2:30 p.m. and the Communications/Marketing Committee at 4 p.m. The Saturday schedule conclud...
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Camera Lady snags fifth straight victory

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
Camera Lady found yet another way to win, shooting the Lightning Lane to capture her fifth straight victory in Wednesday’s (March 7) $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady had won on the front and with furious rallies during her streak, but on Wednesday, she stalked Medusa from the pocket and blew by late to score for Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in 1:53.4 over a "go...
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Heavy favorite Little Joke wins at Buffalo

on 03/07/2018 12:00 AM
It was a long journey around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval for Little Joke on Wednesday night (March 7), but the end result was well worth the trip as the 1-9 heavy favorite showed plenty of stamina in winning the featured $9,500 Open Pace for mares. Being parked for most of the mile, Little Joke ($2.30) managed to wear down the pace-setting Voltina in the lane and claim the half length de...
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Lebanon fairgrounds released from quarantine

on 03/06/2018 12:00 AM
The following update on the EHV-1 quarantine locations in Ohio was released by the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association on Facebook on Monday:   At this time we have verified with the Ohio Department of Agriculture's Chief Veterinarian that no new EHV cases have been reported to date and there is no knowledge of any horse showing clinical signs, or any potential EHV cases at this time in O...
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Pompano announces another purse increase

on 03/06/2018 12:00 AM
Pompano Park management has announced a 20 percent purse increase beginning with the racing program of Monday, March 12. This follows on the heels of a recent 10 percent increase announced just days ago. The increase reflects management's appreciation of horsemen and their support of the racing at South Florida's only pari-mutuel harness racing track. Racing continues through May. In other tra...
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Horseman Dan Noble off to good start this year

on 03/06/2018 12:00 AM
Dan Noble is feeling good this year and it is leading to good results. The 35-year-old Ohio resident is No. 10 nationally in wins, with 69, and trails only Trace Tetrick in victories in the driver standings at Miami Valley Raceway. Last year at this time, Noble had just 28 wins and finished the Miami Valley meet, which concludes in May, with 83. He was hampered by health issues, including a bad...
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Keystone Velocity qualifies in 1:52.1 at Pocono

on 03/06/2018 12:00 AM
The evergreen pacer Keystone Velocity, recently the recipient of the Older Pacing Horse of the Year award at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s Dan Patch banquet, gave no indication of slowing down Tuesday morning (March 6) as his age moves into double digits. The 10-year-old son of Western Hanover was the fastest winner in a dozen qualifying races during the season’s first a.m. ses...
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A conversation with Marcus Melander

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
In only his third full season as a trainer, Marcus Melander enjoyed a memorable year that culminated with Fourth Dimension being named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter. Melander, who turned 26 in January, came to the U.S. from Sweden less than five years ago and worked for trainer Jimmy Takter before starting his own stable in late 2014. He is based in New Egypt, ...
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Northfield Park, OHHA resolve dispute

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Northfield Park and the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) are pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable resolution regarding their legal disputes, and both sides have made meaningful compromises in order to find common ground for a working relationship going forward. The beneficiary of this agreement is the horse racing industry in that Northfield Park will continue its c...
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March 15 deadlines for Tioga Downs

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Stall applications and stake payments for the 2018 Racing Season at Tioga Downs are due Thursday, March 15.   This includes payments for all the major races at Tioga. The 3-year-old Empire Breeders Classic sustaining payment; the 2-year-old Empire Breeders Classic payment to make your NY-bred foal eligible to the 2019 race; and the first of two payments to our older horse and mare e...
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Dee's Rocketman, Panocchio win in series

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Dee's Rocketman and Panocchio each won photo finish decisions as the Fred Monteleone Memorial Series continued at Pompano Park on Sunday night (March 4). After the five-eighths mile sprint in the opening leg of the three race series, the distance stretched to the normal mile distance in this round with both winners hitting the wire in 1:52.2 in each of these $12,000 events. Dee's Rocketman, dr...
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Trio inducted into Florida Hall of Fame

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
The Florida Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) held its 27th annual Florida Harness Racing Hall of Fame banquet Friday evening, March 2, with three new members inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Royal Fiesta Ballroom.   There were 14 awards given out with the three Hall of Fame inductees the highlight of the evening. Induction recognizes special individual...
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Keystone Velocity to qualify Tues. at Pocono

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Harness racing makes its 2018 eastern Pennsylvania debut on Tuesday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, as the first of a dozen qualifying races will take to the track, with the initial event to start at 10 a.m.   It will be the 94th and last horse qualifying hopeful to set foot on the track who is likely to attract the most attention. That would be Keystone Velocity, now 10 but coming of...
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Riggle Wealth scores after 10-month layoff

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Riggle Wealth, who hadn't raced in 10 months, made a triumphant return to the wars Monday at The Meadows when he overcame post 9 and captured the feature, a $10,500 non-winners of two conditioned pace.   Unraced at two, Riggle Wealth was off to a promising sophomore campaign — two wins in as many starts — when he was sidelined in May. On Monday, he flashed that promise once more when ...
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Rollin Ring Afire wins Dover feature

on 03/05/2018 12:00 AM
Rollin Ring Afire made it a double for driver Ross Wolfenden, trainer Curtis Daniels and owner Howard Taylor at Dover Downs on Monday, a card which included 50-1 and a 23-1 longshots. Mike Cole drove four winners.  After a close-up third preceded by a second in his previous two outings, Rollin Ring Afire scored a decisive 1:52.4 victory in a $12,500 claiming feature. Vodka Is Terror (Tony ...
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Meadowlands has $3.4 million Saturday night

on 03/04/2018 12:00 AM
They came to play. Meadowlands fans wagered with both hands throughout Saturday night’s 13-race program and despite only two horses paying $10 or more and six races that saw favorites emerge victorious, the betting swelled to a new 2018 high. For the first time this year, wagering surpassed the magic $3 million mark. In fact, it wasn’t merely surpassed, it was smashed. The all-s...
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