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1998 Dan Patch winner Rum Boogie dies at 22

on 02/12/2018 12:00 AM
Rum Boogie, who won the 1998 Dan Patch and Nova awards for best 2-year-old female trotter, died Monday (Feb. 12), Lindy Farms Manager John Belskie said. She was 22. Bred by Frank and Gerald Antonacci, as F Antonacci & Co. Racing, Rum Boogie was a daughter of Valley Victory out of Margarita Miss. She remained with the Antonacci family’s Lindy Farms throughout her racing career and afterwar...
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Western Joe wins at foggy Meadowlands

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
On a night that saw steady rain and heavy fog for most of the 13-race program, Western Joe emerged from the mist to explode by the field in the Meadowlands Saturday night feature, the $20,000 Preferred Pace. Starznheaven, fresh off an upset win in this event one week ago at 22-1, made his way to the lead after the quarter and was still on the point at three-quarters in 1:23.2 while being pr...
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Fox Valley Veto wins Buffalo feature

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Veto found his way through the snow at Buffalo Raceway with relative ease on Saturday night in taking a two-length victory over Lenny Mac in the $9,500 Open Trot in 1:59. In the sub-featured $9,000 pace, after three consecutive second place finishes to open the 2018 campaign, Heaven Rocks (Drew Monti) finally found the winners circle by rallying late to tip Mach Stockn Barrel b...
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NF Happenstance best in Yonkers Open Trot

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
Lone lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., $7.20) and a repeating Killer Martini (Jason Bartlett, $13.20) were the big cheeses Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s moist, co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. NF Happenstance exacted a measure of revenge upon Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) in the weekly featured trot. In play from post position six, NF Happenstance waited her turn as Cash...
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Sandys Victory still going strong at MVR

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
Sandys Victory, who was named the 2017 Older Trotter of the Year in Ohio, shows no signs of letting up at age seven. The Dan Ater owned and trained daughter of Victory Sam won for the 17th time from 51 starts over the last 13 months by capturing the $22,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon.  Ater’s son Kyle put the favorite on the engine early and led four clas...
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Vincent Fusco Jr. posts 1,000th training win

on 02/11/2018 12:00 AM
On Friday, Feb. 9, conditioner Vincent Fusco Jr. collected his 1,000th career training triumph when Nancy Malinda, steered by Brett Miller and owned by FBP Stable and Jordan Derue, captured the sixth race on the Freehold Raceway card.  A resident of Manalapan, N.J., Fusco's roots run deep in harness racing. In fact, his uncle, Vincent Ginsburg, and he annexed the leading driv...
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Napolitano wins 5 Friday at Meadowlands

on 02/10/2018 12:00 AM
Driver Anthony Napolitano has been doing good things at the Meadowlands for the last three winters, and Friday night and at the Big M, he was without question the big man on campus, winning five times on the 13-race card. Napolitano had help. With Yannick Gingras absent, he drove trainer Ron Burke’s stock, and the duo teamed up to win four times on the card.  Their winners were No...
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Saturday’s Big M card a “Bettor’s Delight”

on 02/10/2018 12:00 AM
Saturday's Meadowlands card could aptly be described as a "Bettor's Delight." Thirteen races, heavy with large and competitive fields, guaranteed horizontal wagers and a bonanza of nearly $100,000 in the last race Super Hi-5 Jackpot carryover pool. The night's feature race is the seventh where seven pacers will vie for the lion's share of a $20,000 purse. there has been a different winner ...
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Delaware Grand Circuit payments due Feb. 15

on 02/10/2018 12:00 AM
Sustaining payments for the sophomore classics Little Brown Jug (3-year-old colt pace), Jugette (3-year-old filly pace), Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due Thursday, Feb. 15. These payments are for foals of 2015. The Little Brown Jug and Old Oaken Bucket will be raced Thursday, Sept. 20 and the Jugette and Buckette on Wednesday, Sept. 19...
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Hawthorne cancels Friday card due to storm

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the current snowfall and forecast for additional accumulating snowfall into the afternoon, races on Friday at Hawthorne will be cancelled.   With very poor road conditions, it would be dangerous for horsemen to attempt to ship horses in to race. Additionally, to properly prepare a safe racing surface, the snow must conclude and then the track crew will need hours to conduct th...
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Morrisville Yearling Sale set for Sept. 16

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Morrisville College is pleased to announce its annual Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16. This year marks the 27th year for the annual sale. Entries are now being accepted. The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years.The Morrisville College students greatly appreciate hosting the sale and making indus...
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Penn National Gaming Series canceled

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the two stake races planned for Plainridge Park--the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the Clara Barton Pace--the Penn National Gaming Challenge Series will not be offered this year.   Opportunities to establish the series in the future will be considered if additional races can be offered. (Penn Gaming)
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Blindswitch Racing has top starters at Yonkers

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Blindswitch Racing Stable and trainer Al Annunziata will start a formidable pair in this week's pacing features at Yonkers Raceway. Betabcool N is the 7-2 co-second choice on the morning line in Friday's (Feb. 9) $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap while Don'tcallmefrancis is the 3-1 early favorite in Saturday's (Feb. 10) $40,000 Open Handicap.   Created by David Litvinsky six years ago,...
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Meadowlands to increase testing for stakes

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
With the announcement that the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) will not be implemented for 2018, The Meadowlands will address the immediate concern regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) in their stakes by increasing both Out Of Competition (OOC) and post race testing this year.   The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) has agreed to recognize th...
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Meadows cancels March late-closers

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled four March late closer series for 3- and 4-year-olds. The canceled series are the Walter Russell Memorial, the Donna Dunn Memorial, the Ken Weaver Memorial and the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial, all with a Feb. 15 nomination deadline. Payments already received will be refunded. It is not known if the series will be rescheduled. Four April late closer se...
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Sell A Bit N wins Yonkers F&M Open Pace

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
A repeating Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) finished what she started—barely—Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The first turn was not for the squeamish, with all three inside assignees—Juxta Cowgirl (Dan Dube), Jag Out (Joe Bongiorno) and Betabcool N (Jason Bartlett)—making breaks to one degree or another.  Sell A Bit N, re...
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Voltina takes Buffalo feature for first '18 win

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
After a couple of narrow defeats the past two weeks from the five post, Voltina drew the rail and took full advantage of it to capture the featured $7,700 pace for the distaff pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 7).   Voltina set sail from the rail with John Cummings Jr. in the bike and posted splits of :30.2, 1:00.3 and 1:29.3 over the good track. With a quarter-mile...
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Hawthorne cancels Thursday racing

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Due to an impending winter storm, live racing for Thursday night (Feb. 8) has been cancelled at Hawthorne. Thursday night's card will be moved in full to Saturday with additional races being added. Qualifiers originally scheduled for Thursdayare scheduled to be moved to Friday at 5:30 p.m. A decision regarding live racing on Friday will be made Friday morning. (Hawthorne)
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Shartin N posts fourth straight victory

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Shartin N stepped up to the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap on Wednesday (Feb. 7) for a 1:52.3 triumph to end winning streaks for two rivals over a sloppy track at Dover Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin won for the fourth straight time to end the winning streaks of Divas Image and Terror At Night at three in a row.   With Tim Tetrick at the controls...
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Marohn looks to continue 2017 success

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
When Jim Marohn Jr. was a teenager, he worked on the backstretch at the Meadowlands and got to observe some of the sport's top stables in action. These days, the 35-year-old Marohn is still working at the Big M, but is part of the action as one of the racetrack's top drivers. No one won more races at the Meadowlands in 2017 than Marohn, who had 109. He did not win the track's driving title...
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