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Jack Parker Jr. scores with NF Happenstance

on 01/28/2018 12:00 AM
A start-to-finish NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., $14) just lasted Sunday afternoon (Jan. 28), winning Yonkers Raceway’s ‘sloppy’ $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. A field of 11 served as the first of six ‘French’ trots. There were any number of early misbehavers, including 2-1 choice Money Maven (Yannick Gingras), one of the second-tier starters. There was no such happenstance for...
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Totally Kissed takes $40,000 MVG series final

on 01/28/2018 12:00 AM
Totally Kissed (Jason Brewer) topped Get Around Town (Kayne Kauffman) and Bet The Moon (John DeLong) to capture the $40,000 championship final of the Claim To Fame series for $30,000 claimers at Miami Valley on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 28). Despite the fact that the enticement of winning the lucrative final generated nine claims during the two preliminary legs of the series, none of the top three ...
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Opulent Yankee scores at Meadowlands

on 01/27/2018 12:00 AM
His tactic might have been different, but the result was still the same. The usually speedy Opulent Yankee, who won this event one week ago on the lead, opted to sit a pocket trip Friday night (Jan. 26) in the featured $20,000 conditioned trot at the Meadowlands, and the 7-year-old gelded son of Muscles Yankee responded with an eighth of a mile to go, easing past Dover Downs invader Theresademo...
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JK Pridenjoy wins Snowshoe leg in 1:52.4

on 01/27/2018 12:00 AM
Winter Series action rolled on Friday evening (Jan. 26) at Woodbine Racetrack with the second leg of the Snowshoe Series. After four divisions in round one, a trio of $C17,000 divisions were contested Friday in the second week of the three-week event. The opening division of the evening saw three of last week’s division winners (Burn Out Hanover, JK Pridenjoy, Tremendous Play) meeting up...
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$12,500 claimers advance to MVG series final

on 01/27/2018 12:00 AM
Four divisions of $12,500 male claiming pacers went postward on Friday night (Jan. 26) at Miami Valley Raceway to determine the finalists for their $30,000 Claim To Fame championship race next week. Winners were Why Don’t U Stay (Tyler Smith, 1:55.2, $3.60 to win), Hustling Charley (Kayne Kauffman, 1:53.3, $4.60), Shakerattlenrock (Dan Noble, 1:53.4, $2.80) and Cambassador (Trace Tetrick, 1:5...
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Fox Valley Reggie captures Carl Becker final

on 01/27/2018 12:00 AM
On a gusty evening in Chicago, a field of nine Illinois-bred pacers lined up for the $25,000 Carl Becker Pace final at Hawthorne on Friday (Jan. 26). The morning line favorite was Zone Blitz, but Fox Valley Reggie was sent away as the off-time choice. Off stride at the start was Sleazy Joe as the rest of the field got away in good order. Leaving for the lead was a trio of pacers as Daddy Let Me...
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Dont Rush tops Lars Perry; Meadows cancels cards

on 01/27/2018 12:00 AM
Dont Rush got the jump on his stablemate, Lars Perry, and had little trouble holding him off late to capture Saturday’s (Jan. 27) feature at The Meadows, an $11,500 conditioned trot. Lars Perry got the early lead, but once Dont Rush quarter-poled to the front for Aaron Merriman, he cruised home in 1:56.2 over a "good" surface to down Lars Perry by a length. Mac Deeno finished third. It...
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Osprey Vision scores in Buffalo feature

on 01/27/2018 12:00 AM
Osprey Vision found plenty of contenders during the $9,500 Open Trot at a rainy Buffalo Raceway on Saturday night (Jan. 27) but they ended up just being pretenders, as he was able to post an $11 surprise over Fox Valley Veto in 2:02.4. After suffering a tough half-length defeat to Lenny Mac in last week's Open Trot, Osprey Vision (Ray Fisher Jr.) was sent to the lead and produced a leisurely 1:...
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Hypothetical, Jet Airway winners at Dover

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Hypothetical took the lead early for Tony Morgan and never looked back, recording the first $18,000 Open/Handicap pace win of the New Year at Dover Downs on Thursday (Jan 25). A $25,000 selection at the 2017 Standardbred Horse Sale, Hypothetical continues to pay dividends to trainer Brian Malone and his wife Carrie, scoring his third win with three seconds in his last six starts since. The son ...
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Circle The Page edges Franschoek in Blizzard

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Round two of the Blizzard Series took place Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack and last week’s round one winners put on a great display in one of two $17,000 divisions. Circle The Page was able to edge fellow first-leg winner Franschoek by a neck in a career-best 1:52.4. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Circle The Page got away fourth in a field of seven and would eventually angle out at the ha...
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Cajon Lightning favored in Yonkers' Open Pace

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Cajon Lightning looked well-spotted when he drew the inside post position for his Yonkers debut Jan. 20. Trainer Eric Ell entered the gelding in a $30,000 overnight off a win in the Open Handicap at Dover Downs the previous week and hoped Cajon Lightning would show speed and control the race. But while Cajon Lightning was shipping up from Delaware, Ell received a disappointing phone call: the t...
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Southwind's Charlie Williams Caretaker of the Year

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Charlie Williams, the stallion manager at Southwind Farms in New Jersey, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Williams, 68, has worked at Southwind Farms for nearly three decades. Williams was born in Georgia and began working with horses as a young man in F...
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Blooded Horse Sale set for Monday, Feb. 12

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
There are 417 horses cataloged for the 55th Annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale to be held Monday, Feb.12, in Delaware, Ohio. The sale features 26 yearlings, 26 two-year-olds, 49 three-year-olds, 45 in-foal broodmares, eight stallion shares and over 200 racehorses. The sale presents an unusual opportunity to purchase a royally-bred Angus Hall 2-yr-old in training, that is selling to settle...
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David Miller drives winner in New Zealand

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame harness driver David Miller is in for a busy working holiday while Down Under with his wife, Misty, and friends Richard "Nifty" Norman and his wife. Miller drove a winner at Addington Park on Friday night, winning a 1950 meter race with the 3-year-old trotter Show Gait (Majestic Son-Sierra Roydon-Sierra Kosmos). Miller had six drives on the card and also picked up a secon...
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New Zealand breeder Bob McArdle dies

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Bob McArdle, the New Zealand breeder best known in North America as the namesake for the top pacer McArdle, has died. The 76-year-old who imported so many top stallions to New Zealand through his days at Nevele R Stud died in his sleep on Wednesday night (January 24). He is survived by his wife Denise and children Lisa and Baeden. Few people have every contributed as much to, or for tha...
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Woodbine announces 2018 stakes schedule

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today revealed its full $10 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2018. The 2018 stakes schedule is highlighted by the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, June 16. This year’s Pepsi North America Cup will be the 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly r...
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Fines & Suspensions now free on Pathway

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced Friday (Jan. 26) that all Fines and Suspensions Ruling Reports, which are searchable, are now available for free in Pathway (https://pathway.ustrotting.com), the online database on the USTA’s website. Previously, only weekly Fines and Suspensions Bulletins in pdf format were available at no charge but were not searchable. "We realized that our searchab...
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Motu Moonbeam N takes Yonkers mare open

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Slight favorite Motu Moonbeam N (Matt Kakaley, $7.60) took over early and lasted late Friday night (Jan. 26), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away second from post position two, Motu Moonbean N grabbed the lead from pole-assigned All About Madi (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton) was also put in play, finding a seat ...
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Stratton talks about driving at Yonkers

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Although driver Jordan Stratton had a career-best season in 2017, pulling in just over $9 million in purses, making 394 trips to the winner’s circle, and finishing second in the Yonkers driver’s standings for the first time in his career, you probably didn’t read about it in the headlines. The 30-year-old reinsman prefers it that way. He’d rather see the recognition go to the equine athl...
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Bronze Over N favored Friday at Meadowlands

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday evening (Jan. 26) with a 13-race program. The featured contest is the seventh, a $17,500 conditioned pace for the ladies where New Zealand import Bronze Over N is the slight favorite on the morning line at 2-1. Racing out of the Scotty DiDomenico barn for owner Larry Fischer, Bronze Over N was a winner at first asking at The Meadowlands ...
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