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WHHC, Graduate prep highlight Big M Saturday

on 04/28/2018 2:00 AM
Saturday night's ten race card features a well-matched field of 8 Graduate Series eligible horses competing in a $15,000 4 year-old Open. Anthony Ruggeri's iron tough Western Joe has a slight morning line nod at 5-2 off his consistent excellence over the winter meet where he was the consensus top pacer at The Meadowlands. A winner 6 times against the best Preferred fields week in week out, Wes...
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Stars come out in Meadowlands qualifiers

on 04/28/2018 2:00 AM
The Saturday qualifying races at The Meadowlands got underway at 10 a.m. under overcast skies with the sun threatening to peek through. Temperatures were in the low 60s and there was no wind of consequence. Being the top dog at anything has its privileges, as driver Yannick Gingras can attest to. His talents have enabled him to be first call for two of the very best trainers in the game, Ron Bu...
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Palone wins 6 at Meadows, including feature

on 04/28/2018 2:00 AM
Southwind Amazon roared through the lane to nip Dapper Dude for the second straight week — and give Dave Palone one of his six wins on the card — in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Last week, Southwind Amazon pocketed Dapper Dude and held him off late. On Saturday, he was third behind the millionaire Dapper Dude turning for home, with Arthur Pendragon challenging...
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Jim Morrill Jr. sweeps in Weiss Series

on 04/28/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Jim Morrill Jr. was victorious in both $15,000 divisions of fourth and final preliminary leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing males over good going Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono – but his method of racing the winners couldn't have been further apart. The first division, reduced to four by a scratch, happened to gather all four horses in the Weiss fourth leg ...
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All time track record at Miami Valley Saturday

on 04/28/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of $50,000 Scarlet & Gray Invitationals for the finest 3-year-old pacers and trotters in Ohio were supposed to share the spotlight at Miami Valley Raceway on Saturday night (April 28). While neither race disappointed, with two of the Buckeye state’s best sophomores displaying awesome speed, an all time-all age track record 1:49 performance in the $23,000 Open I Pace shared the lim...
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Humboldt "the horse" wins for #HumboldtStrong

on 04/28/2018 2:00 AM
Funds have been pouring in from all over the World after the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash and Saturday evening a racehorse did his part to help the cause. Humboldt, a four-year-old gelding, paced to victory in Saturday's $20,000 fourth-race at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The bay gelding is owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, who earlier this month graciously offered to donate the pacer'...
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Northville alters schedule, race through Sept. 22

on 04/27/2018 2:00 AM
The Michigan Gaming Control Board has approved a request from Northville Downs to modify its 2018 live race schedule. Originally scheduled to race Friday and Saturday nights through June 9 and then re-open on Sept. 7 through Dec. 15, Northville Downs will continue to race through June, July and August, and race through Sept. 22. The change is schedule was asked by officials at Northville Downs ...
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Arrangements set for May 1 for Don Huston

on 04/27/2018 2:00 AM
Don William Huston, of Xenia, Ohio, died Friday, April 27, at the Greenewood Manor in Xenia where he had resided the past several months. He was 93.   He was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Xenia, the son of Ross H. and Mary (Gardner) Huston. He graduated from Xenia High School in 1942 where he was the drum major, sold cars at the Purdom Motor Sales in Xenia, but was famous for calling ...
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Eye-catching performances in Mohawk qualifiers

on 04/27/2018 2:00 AM
A dozen qualifiers took place Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park and sophomores were the stars of the day.   The conditions were ideal for the 12-pack of qualifiers, as the sun was shining, temperature was comfortable and the track was ‘Fast'. The Pepsi North America Cup is just seven-weeks away and several eligible three-year-old pacers took to the track Friday morning. Blake Mac...
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JK Jazzitup best in Harrah’s Philly feature

on 04/27/2018 2:00 AM
Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, the 2017 champions in their respective categories at Harrah’s Philadelphia, combined for their second feature win of the week on Friday, clicking with the American Ideal mare JK Jazzitup in 1:53.2 in the $18,000 headliner for distaffs. Napolitano, the leading driver at the meet in the young season, got JK Jazzitup to the front j...
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Royal Becca J takes Harrington Open Trot

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
James Moore III's Royal Becca J ($4.40, Jack Parker Jr.) was a 1:56 winner in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway.   Trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, the 6-year-old RC Royalty gelding set most of the fractions before a fine duel ensued for the final quarter between he and pocket-sitting I Like My Boss. Royal Becca J maintained a slim lead at the wire for the win. Blowno...
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Bonus Trot winning connections get $10K bonus

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
Spanning three legs starting on April 3 and culminating in the final on April 24, the popular Bonus Trotting Series concluded at Yonkers Raceway with Bluebird Jesse emerging victorious in that $85,000 final.   For owners Brian Casey, John McGill and Adam Friedland, trainer Scott Di Domenico and driver George Brennan the win was even sweeter, not only because the talented trotter traversed...
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Doctor RJ is grinding for glory at Meadows

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
He's won only a single small stake, and he's battled back from a heart ailment that forced him into temporary retirement. Yet Saturday at The Meadows, Doctor RJ will have a chance to grind into a bit of harness racing glory. With an in-the-money finish, he'll vault over $300,000 in career earnings, a remarkable achievement for a hard knocker robbed early of the chance to achieve his full potenti...
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Triplet Hanover has 18th consecutive foal

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
If there was an award for consistency and reliability in the broodmare ranks it would undoubtedly go to the Hanover Shoe Farms-owned matron Triplet Hanover.   On Monday she foaled her 18th consecutive foal, a colt by Artspeak. She has had a foal every year from 2001 through 2018. Every one of her previous foals of age have made it to the sales ring as yearlings.   This year she...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
Matt Kakaley celebrated his 30th birthday on March 19 at home while recuperating from injuries sustained in a race accident six days earlier at Yonkers Raceway, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview he gives an update on his condition to Gordon Waterstone. Find out how Matt is doing, what he's been doing, and his penciled-in date for his return to the sulky. Also, Ohio-based tra...
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Heitmann sends pair to Dexter Cup elim

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
Joie De Vie Farm and trainer Hermann Heitmann enter this year with three trotters eligible to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, and two of their hopefuls will be in action Saturday in the $44,600 Dexter Cup elimination at Freehold Raceway. Eleven horses entered the Dexter Cup, one shy of the number necessary to divide the group into two elimination divisions. Therefore, three horses—Don...
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Rock Of Cashel cashes at Harrah’s Philadelphia

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
Rock Of Cashel, only a neck behind the streaking NF Happenstance last week, benefited from the absence of that competitor in winning the $22,500 winners-over handicap trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Starting inside newcomers Gural Hanover and Melady’s Monet, Rock Of Cashel was sent out of the gate quickly by driver Corey Callahan, settling in the pocket behind Gural Hanove...
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Twin features on tap Friday at Meadowlands

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday night with a 10-race card including twin features on the bill with $20,000 Preferred classes written for trotters in the sixth race and pacing mares in the seventh. The Preferred Handicap trot is populated by a pair of accomplished veterans getting a start in anticipation of the Arthur Cutler Memorial next Saturday (May 5). Crazy Wow ha...
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Expanded gaming approved at Woodbine

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
On Thursday, Toronto City Council approved expanded gaming at Woodbine Racetrack by a vote of 26-15. City Council based its decision to support expanded gaming and an integrated entertainment complex on the nearly 700-acre site in north Toronto based on a City Manager’s report which detailed the successful commitment or resolution of 21 conditions. City Council set the 21 conditions ...
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Spoiler Alert fastest in Saratoga series splits

on 04/26/2018 2:00 AM
Thursday featured the second leg of the John Mongeon Sr. Memorial Trotting Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were three divisions of the second leg of the series which will conclude next Thursday with a $32,700 final. John Stark Jr.’s Miss Muscle (Muscle Mass) picked a good time to put in a career-best effort as she prevailed first-over in her $10,000 division of the series’ second le...
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