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Rybka loves competition of harness racing

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
Steve Rybka had driven in several races in his young harness racing career prior to his trip around Monticello Raceway on Jan. 3 with Rockintheniteaway, but he had never experienced feelings on the racetrack like he did that afternoon. "I got goose bumps at the three-quarter pole," the 22-year-old Rybka said. "I came second over and once I tipped her and cleared, I was thinking I was going to ...
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Buffalo cancels Wednesday race card

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has canceled racing for Wednesday, Feb. 21. The track will draw for Friday, Feb. 23, on Tuesday morning, Feb. 20.   The temperatures are expected to be in the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday with heavy rain causing impossible racing conditions.   "I regret this decision and the circumstances causing the cancelations the past week. It has been a very difficult...
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Casey Leonard takes Hawthorne driving title

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
A winter meet that brought weather conditions from fog, to rain, to heavy snow concluded Monday evening (Feb. 19) at Hawthorne. Due to a couple of cancellations in the final weeks because of snowy conditions, the winter meet consisted of 25 cards. Driver Casey Leonard grabbed his fourth consecutive leading driver title, with 38 wins. Loralee Johnson took home the training title with 19 wins...
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Pocono Downs announces 2018 schedule

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce its 2018 racing season schedule. The track in Northeast PA is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing, with the Breeders Crown returning for the third time.   Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 17,at a new post time of 7 p.m. for all race nights, with the exception of Easter Sunday at 5 p.m. and all three Tr...
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DerbyWars, TVG to host WHHC qualifying events

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
DerbyWars, horse racing’s leading contest site, will host a WHHC Mega-Qualifier on Saturday (Feb. 24) featuring five qualifying spots for the $75,000-guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars  The WHHC Mega-Qualifier entry fee is $115, with the five WHHC qualifying spots based on 50 entries. The contest will consist of the second half of the ...
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Theresademoniinme captures Dover Open Trot

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
After breaking stride at the start of last week’s $25,000 Open Handicap Trot and rebounding to finish third, Theresademoninme bounced back to score an impressive 1:53 wire-to-wire victory in the feature on Tuesday (Feb. 20) to give driver Jonathan Roberts, trainer/co-owner Dylan Davis a training triple and owner double for the day. The Kadaba-Tortoni 7-year-old co-owned by Mike Casalino, notc...
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Double your Heathers on Dan Patch Red Carpet

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
What's better than one Heather? Two Heathers, of course! Well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday night, Feb. 25, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages. Heather Vitale's Facebook...
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Dan Patch auction the biggest ever

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
Come this Sunday night (Feb. 25), the United States Harness Writers Association will host its annual Dan Patch Awards Night and part of the festivities will be the largest silent auction in the history of the event. Thanks especially, to all the donors who came forth with some super items. "Members from all corners of the harness racing community have really supported our silent auction wit...
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Mister Virgin best in Dover feature

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
Mister Virgin got back to his winning ways on Monday taking the President’s Day $10,500 feature pace in 1:50.3 with Tony Morgan driving. After Cashendash Hanover (Tim Tetrick) fired away to the lead after the start, then Tony Morgan moved into the lead and was not challenged on the way to an easy victory with Cashendash Hanover holding second with Hide Me Away (Russell Foster) the th...
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Woodbine cancels Monday card after 5 races

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
Mild temperatures and steady rain caused Monday evening’s card of Standardbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack to be cancelled following the fifth-race due to deteriorating track conditions.   The unseasonably warm temperatures and rain in the Toronto area Monday caused havoc on the racing surface all evening. The first-half of the 10-race card was contested, but following the fifth-race and...
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Heza Thrill N takes Miami Valley feature

on 02/18/2018 12:00 AM
Saturday night’s (Feb. 17) $24,000 Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway unfolded just as expected with Night Pro (Dale Decker) exploding to the front and polesitter Heza Thrill N (Trace Tetrick) settling snuggly into the pocket. Following a rather pedestrian :28.2 opening quarter mile (despite a sloppy track), Starlite Kid (Dan Noble) mounted a challenge on the outside and lapped in...
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Jamieson drives 5 winners at Woodbine

on 02/18/2018 12:00 AM
Jody Jamieson may want to trademark the name "Mr. Saturday Night" after having another big evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Jamieson has been racking up the victories over the past few Saturdays, but that reached a new level this week when he drove five winners on Saturday’s (Feb. 17) 10-race card. Jamieson's most notable victory Saturday came with 8-year-old pacer The Rev in the C$34,000 P...
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Walter White best in Miami Valley trot feature

on 02/18/2018 12:00 AM
After near misses in four consecutive recent starts in Miami Valley’s weekly Open Trot, driver John DeLong was on a mission Sunday afternoon (Feb. 16) with 6-year-old Walter White. After springing off the starting gate into an immediate lead, DeLong and Walter White played "catch me if you can" with seven talented foes, but none of them could. Coasting through fractions of :27.4, :58 and ...
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Saratoga openers to Ulster, Do Over Hanover

on 02/18/2018 12:00 AM
Sunday afternoon (Feb. 18) marked the start of the 77th racing season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The matinee card was highlighted by a co-feature with the $12,000 Open Trot and the equally pursed Open Pace feature. The Amanda Facin-trained Ulster (Glidemaster) kicked off his 2018 campaign just like he ended his 2017 season, with a win in the Open Trot. In fact, Ulster ended last year on a th...
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ANap, Carlson each win 3 at Meadowlands

on 02/17/2018 12:00 AM
Anthony Napolitano and Eric Carlson had the hot hands Friday night (Feb. 16) at the Meadowlands, as each driver found their way to the winner’s circle three times. After winning five times last Friday, Napolitano kept the winners coming by scoring with Flamingo Pete ($12.60 to win, 1:58.1 for the mile) in the second race conditioned trot, Northern Assassin A ($7.00 as the favorite, 1:53.3) in...
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Rockin Ron leads Meadowlands Preferred Pace

on 02/17/2018 12:00 AM
Rockin Ron is back in town and the $20,000 Preferred Pace just got a lot tougher on Saturday (Feb. 17) at The Meadowlands. The millionaire son of Real Desire was as good as any and better than most FFA pacers last summer, amassing over $500,000 in earnings while winning several top class Grand Circuit events and taking a 1:47.2 mark at Mohawk along the way. Now embarking on his 2018 campaign, ...
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Meadowlands, Yonkers cancel due to snow

on 02/17/2018 12:00 AM
Due to an intense snow storm that made for poor track conditions and extremely poor visibility, racing at the Meadowlands was canceled after the third race Saturday night. Also, Yonkers Raceway canceled after two races due to the snowstorm. Yonkers is scheduled to race again on Monday. Racing will resume at the Big M Friday night at 6:35 p.m.
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Take 360-degree tour of the Meadowlands

on 02/16/2018 12:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment has partnered with Metropolitan Area-based 360SiteVisit to give potential visitors and clients the ultimate virtual tour of the East Rutherford racetrack and event space. The 360-degree virtual tour gives visitors an interactive view of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment and allows them to see what their trade show, special event or bar/bat mitzvah could...
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Goshen Yearling Sale set for Sept. 9

on 02/16/2018 12:00 AM
The fourth annual Goshen Yearling Sale has been set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Mark Ford Training Center in Middletown, N.Y., just down the road from the Goshen Historic Track, the "Cradle of the Trotter."   The Goshen Yearling Sale has continued to grow year-over-year as an attractive option for both buyers and consignors. The 2018 sale will include consignments from Winbak Farms, Blue ...
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Safe From Terror wins Yonkers' Mare Open

on 02/16/2018 12:00 AM
Tepid choice Safe From Terror (Eric Goodell, $5.80) was safe from her seven rivals Friday night (Feb. 16), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Wanting no part of an early pocket, Safe From Terror—from assigned post position two—took over from pole-given Juxta Cowgirl (Mark MacDonald) in what turned out to a paceless race. Early intervals of :28 and :57...
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