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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
More stakes are on tap this weekend with 3 year olds in action at The Meadows and Yonkers Raceway. So how are the 3 year olds returning? In the latest edition of the FREE HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainers of a few of the fillies in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3 year olds offer insights into their horses. Gordon Waterstone checked in with Montrell Teague about his drives in series acti...
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Moonshiner Hanover doubles up at Philly

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Moonshiner Hanover, a 4-year-old son of Andover Hall who won more than $420,000 at two and three, looks like he may soon be ready for big-league competition after a second straight 1:53.4 victory in the $17,000 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia Thursday afternoon. David Miller moved Moonshiner Hanover to the lead by the :28 quarter and never looked back from there, posting middle ...
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NYSS 3YO colt trotters head to Vernon

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Vernon Downs will host three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts on Friday. The first division ($40,600) features 2-year-old NYSS champion, Six Pack (Muscle Mass).  He is owned by Little E LLC., Stall Kalmar and trainer/driver, Ake Svanstedt.  This will be the colt's first race as a sophomore after winning four times as a freshman, inclu...
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Lifetime best for Manssive at Plainridge

on 05/10/2018 2:00 AM
Fresh off a front-end effort that saw him come up just short in 1:54.3 last week, Manssive took a two-hole trip to victory this time in the $14,000 trotting feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon.  Ron Cushing left to get Manssive forwardly placed and dropped in second behind Nathaniel (Drew Campbell) who led the way to the quarter in :27.1. The field stayed in line from ther...
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Plunge Blue Chip returns with NYSS victory

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) season began Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $171,900 Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies. Four, seven-horse fields—at $42,975 each—comprised the event.   The opening event saw odds-on Plunge Blue Chip (pictured, Ake Svantsedt, $2.40) make amends for her lone off day (last season's final of NYSS here) by making short work of the...
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Eclipse Me N last to first at Pocono

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Not too many horses come from seventh heading into the final turn to win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but the Real Desire mare Eclipse Me N turned the last-to-first trick on Tuesday night, taking the $14,000 feature for fast-class distaff pacers.   Driver Simon Allard didn't hurry the winner until the far turn, when he swung her out and kept angling until four wide at the hea...
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Western Stepp finds room late for Plainridge win

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Western Stepp, steered by a patient Drew Campbell, sat tight in the mile before shaking loose late to head her competitors in a three-horse photo and win the featured $14,000 fillies and mares winners-over pace at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon.   Iced Out (Greg Merton) cut the mile from the start but was quickly greeted by a strong outer flow at the half with Dandy's Beauty (...
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Trotting 4 Charity a winner for Gingras

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
When driver Yannick Gingras heard about the upcoming Trotting 4 Charity event, he knew immediately he wanted to participate. Gingras' brother-in-law, Brian Michonski, lost a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2014 and Gingras will drive in Brian's memory to raise money for the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.   Trotting 4 Charity, organized by TrotCast's Ryan Macedonio, will be ...
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Sponsorships available for '19 Dan Patch dinner

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
The United States Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet, which honors the best equines and humans in harness racing, will return to the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday night, Feb. 24, 2019. The site played host to the Dan Patch Award weekend for the first time ever in 2018 and proved so popular the venue was quickly booked for the 2019 ...
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Noble, Ater take Miami Valley titles

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Miami Valley Raceway ended its 87-card 2018 meet on Monday, May 7, with higher average daily handle for the fifth consecutive year and the highest purse distribution (over $14 million) in its brief history.   Leading driver was Dan Noble with 176 wins, overcoming defending champion Trace Tetrick (149) in the final month. Other top reinsmen during the meet were Chris Page (110), Jere...
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Curry, Siscos join Ontario Racing Management

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Ontario Racing Management (ORM) welcomes senior industry leaders, Katherine Curry and John Siscos to the organization.   Curry becomes the organization's first executive director, while Siscos assumes the newly established role of director, Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Relations.   As executive director, Curry will oversee all day-to-day operations ...
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Fire at French farm of horseman Dubois

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
European trotting media have reported that the residence and barns at the French farm of horseman Jean-Pierre Dubois have burned to the ground. Dubois' farm, named Haras de la Beauvoisinière, were engulfed in a blaze on Wednesday night. According to reports, buildings within 1,200 square-meter radius (about three-quarters of a mile) were destroyed and about 20 horses were found displaced b...
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15 entered in Confederation Cup elims

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
A talented group of 15 four-year-old pacers will convene on Flamboro Downs this Sunday (May 15) for the eliminations of the Confederation Cup. The top four-finishers from each $20,000 elimination, plus a fifth-place finisher drawn by lot, will qualify for the 40th Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 20. The purse for the final is $182,500. The first elimination features a field of seven and is...
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Caviart Ally wins 2018 debut easily in 1:50.4

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Caviart Ally, one of last season's top 3-year-old fillies, made a powerful 2018 debut at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, capturing the $17,000 featured distaff pace in 1:50.4, with back fractions of :55 and :27.1. Andrew McCarthy sent the daughter of Bettor's Delight to the top early and never looked back, winning by four lengths for trainer Noel Daley and the ownership of Caviar...
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Glidinthruparadise wins F&M feature at Meadows

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Glidinthruparadise dug deep late to hold off the determined challenge of Expose Yourself and capture Wednesday's $22,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Each protagonist had been hard used before their head-to-head duel unfolded. Glidinthruparadise needed to reel off a 27 first quarter to make the front for trainer/driver Brian Zendt while Expose Yourself, saddled w...
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Validus Deo the strongest at Buffalo

on 05/09/2018 2:00 AM
Validus Deo let Sgt Molly Pitcher do the heavy lifting in Buffalo Raceway's featured $8,400 pace on Wednesday night (May 9) but when it counted the most, Validus Deo proved to be the strongest in the end. Following the pace-setting Sgt Molly Pitcher, Validus Deo (Kevin Cummings) popped the pocket in the lane and took a 3/4-length decision in 1:55.0 over the fast track to pull off the $16....
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Napolitano, Oakes team up again at Pocono

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Last week, driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Hunter Oakes, and the Northfork Racing Stable ownership raced their Strawb's Chippie N, just acquired in a claim, in a claiming handicap pace for mares, worth $14,000, at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, won with her–and lost her to a claim.   Last week, Northfork had a backup plan–they claimed Warrawee Qually, second to Strawb's ...
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Kenrick N wins 1st NA race at Plainridge

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
After getting hung out to dry every step of the mile last week in his North American debut, New Zealand import Kenrick N cleared and won in a rout in the $15,000 Open Handicap pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.   Leaving from post three, Ron Cushing pushed Kenrick N right to the front, overtaking Ace of Clubs (Shawn Gray) past the quarter in :26.4. And from there he never ...
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Derek Jacobus, 43, dies in Illinois

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Derek Jacobus, a farm operator from Lewistown, Ill., and harness racing fan and racehorse owner, died Sunday, May 6, at Graham Hospital in Canton, Ill., after a year and a half spent battling cancer. He was 43. Born on May 3 in Peoria, Ill., Mr. Jacobus was graduated from Lewistown High School, where he was an active member of Future Farmers of America, participated in football, basketball,...
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Western NY owner Eugene Pokornowski dies

on 05/08/2018 2:00 AM
Eugene R. Pokornowski, who raced horses at Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs for many years, died Friday, May 4, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 77. Eugene and his brother, Raymond, co-owned Murph Ofthe Turf ($102,208), one of the most popular Sandardbreds on the western New York circuit in the 1970s. One of six children, for his father, who operated an ice and...
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