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Dead-heat feature kicks off 2018 at Dover

on 01/01/2018 12:00 AM
The photo-finish camera was needed to decide a four-horse photograph enabling race-favorite Splashed and 22-1 shot Great Kate to get their picture taken in the 1:55.1 feature trot on a chilly Monday with temperatures in the low teens at Dover Downs. In addition, Sheer Assault (Corey Callahan) and Pure Kemp (Art Stafford Jr.) were noses away finishing third and fourth, respectively, before t...
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Rock Of Cashel rocks in Meadowlands win

on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM
 Rock Of Cashel returned from a four-month layoff a week ago and raised a few eyebrows with his impressive win off a live-cover trip in 1:53.4. Saturday night at the Meadowlands, he proved that was no fluke. The 7-year-old son of Majestic Son went a tougher journey this time around, but the result was the same as the Mark Harder trainee went parked for the final five-eighths of a mile ...
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McNair set to defend Drivers Championship

on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM
Many of the continent's most talented and prolific drivers will descend on Miami Valley Raceway in southwest Ohio from Jan. 7-9to determine the winner of the second annual North America Drivers Championship.  Doug McNair, one of six Canadians entered in the 2018 contest, will return to defend his title. Eight of the contestants have recorded over 5,000 driving wins in their careers wit...
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Propulsion wins Prix d'Amerique prep in Paris

on 12/31/2017 12:00 AM
The US-bred Propulsion, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström and trained by Daniel Redén, was an easy winner of the third qualifying race for the Prix d’Amerique, the Prix de Bourgogne, held Sunday (Dec. 31) at the Vincennes track in Paris. Propulsion had the lead for most of the race. The mile rate time for the 2,700 meters was 1:53.2. Defending Prix d'Amerique champion Bold Eagle, dr...
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Speed kills at The Meadowlands on Friday night

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
The first of the wire-to-wire victors was Scirocco Jakob for driver Billy Dobson and trainer Gregory White. After starting out at 15-1 on the morning line, the 6-year-old gelding trotted the mile in 1:55.1 and returned $17.20 to win as the 7-1 fifth choice in the wagering. In the second division for trotters, Montalbano Bi held on by a nose over a fast-closing Fleet Bumblebee in 1:55.2. The ...
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Nuncio retired, to stand at stud in Sweden

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
Nuncio, the 2014 Kentucky Futurity winner and 2016 Elitlopp champion, will not be contesting the 2018 Prix d'Amerique in Paris. According to reports, he has been retired from racing and will be standing at stud at Menhammar Stud in Sweden in 2018. On Dec. 30, owner/trainer Stefan Melander told the Swedish trotting press that he has sold a share in Nuncio to Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg, who ...
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Juslikeaqueen stars at Hollywood Dayton

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
Juslikeaqueen continued her every-other-week winning tradition on Friday night (Dec. 29) during Hollywood Dayton Raceway’s penultimate program of their 2017 meet. The 3-year-old Palone Ranger-sired filly captured the $18,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace following an hour-long delay to grade snow off the racing surface. Jerseylicious (Tyler Smith), making her 100th career start with $775,540 ba...
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Siblings capture trot features at The Meadows

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
For the second time in 10 days, Classicality turned back the challenge of Wind Of The North and captured Saturday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. On Dec. 20, Classicality pocketed Wind Of The North and drew away from him late. Saturday’s challenge was more serious, as Wind Of The North pulled even with Classicality into the final turn.  ...
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Manhattan Beach wins Dayton closing open

on 12/30/2017 12:00 AM
Manhattan Beach won the $18,500 Open Pace; Kayne Kauffman and Jeff Brewer were crowned leading driver and leading trainer; and starter Mike Woebkenberg was presented with an appreciation blanket for his yeoman efforts promoting harness racing--all as the curtain dropped on Hollywood Dayton Raceway's fourth meet on Saturday, its most successful to date. Driver Trace Tetrick got Manhattan Bea...
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Meadowlands Saturday card closes out 2017

on 12/29/2017 12:00 AM
Another great 14 race betting card is in store for fans of Meadowlands racing on Saturday night. The past two weeks have seen a strong surge in interest in the races and in turn handle has followed with a significant upward trend.   The Survivor Pick 10 wager is thriving with another horseplayer chasing in to the tune of nearly $15,000 on Thursday while the horizontal wager guarantees are...
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Holt, Carter honored by USHWA

on 12/29/2017 12:00 AM
Three entities who gained a large measure of harness racing success while connected to "Upstate New York," used here to refer to the part of the state not in the immediate neighborhood of New York City, have been named Dan Patch Award winners in voting by the U. S. Harness Writers Association, the largest media organization in the sport. Two of them are still very much part of the upper New York s...
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Caretaker of Year nominations due Jan. 8

on 12/29/2017 12:00 AM
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Caretaker of the Year. The award, in its third year of sponsorship by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park (HRRNP) in conjunction with the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), recognizes the unsung heroes of the sport — the caretakers who maintain the health and welfare of the horses on a daily basis. Initially titled Groom of the Ye...
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What The Hill to stand at Hickory Lane Farm

on 12/29/2017 12:00 AM
Hickory Lane Farm, Findlay, OH has partnered with Taylor Made Stallions, Inc., Lexington, KY, and Steve Stewart of Hunterton Farm, Lexington, KY, to purchase the 2017 Dan Patch award winning Three Year Old Colt Trotter of the Year, What The Hill 2,1:54.4, 3,1:51.4 ($1,263,864) (Muscle Hill-KT Cha Cha-Angus Hall), who will stand the 2018 breeding season in Ohio at Hickory Lane Farm. "We are thri...
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Fast & furious females Friday at Meadowlands

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands offers another terrific wagering opportunity with 14 large, competitive field on the menu. The evening's features are a pair of conditioned races for a purse of $11,500, one for trotters, the other for pacing mares.   A pair of imports demand consideration among the very diverse field of ten mares in the eighth race.   Neon Sky N (PP #3) i...
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Retired race official Pam Miller dies

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Pam P. Miller, 75, died after a three-year battle with dementia and cancer on Sunday, Dec. 24.   She was in harness racing her entire life, most notably as program director for 15 years at Freehold Raceway. She also worked at Pompano Park, Wheeling Downs, Los Alamitos, and retired from Raceway Park after 16 years in 2008.   She was in the care of Hospice of NW Ohio.   She is...
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Michigan horseman Danny Davidson dies

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Danny Lee Davidson of Pinckney, 64, formerly of Caro, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor.   Mr. Davidson was born June 3, 1953 in Caro, the son of Darlene (Putnam) Davidson and the late Harry Davidson. In 1971, he enlisted with the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1972. Mr. Davidson worked for 10 years at Michigan S...
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Big fields+big pools=Big payoffs at Big M

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
While winter's chill has been covering the Northeast of late, the action--as well as the payoffs--at the Meadowlands have been white-hot.   Racing resumes at the Big M Thursday evening for the final race week of 2017 with a 10-race program that gets underway at 6:35 p.m. The track will then come back with back-to-back 14-race cards on Friday and Saturday with the same earlier-than-no...
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Gingras named 2017 Driver of the Year

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
In a year when he drove the horses ranking one-two-three in the final Top Ten poll and making a sweep of the female trotter divisional characters while contributing almost a quarter of his $12.9 million seasonal sulky earnings, Yannick Gingras was selected Driver of the Year in balloting conducted among the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the sport's leading media organization. &nbs...
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Happy New Year! Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Brian Brown. Yannick Gingras. Trace Tetrick. Bruce Trogdon. Those are just a few of the names of the newly-announced 2017 award winners by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we've got the names of all the winners who have been announced, all of whom will be honored at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 25 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, ...
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Big M Survivor Pick 10 pays $14,628

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
The reviews on the Meadowlands’ 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager are in, and one lucky patron who was wagering via simulcasting from Maine is sure to give it five stars after having the only winning ticket Thursday night, good for a payoff of $14,628.80. The big winner became the sole survivor after Tempster Hanover took the sixth race at odds of 2-1. Last weekend, the bet yielded an avera...
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