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Curtain closes on Woodbine harness on Monday

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Roger Mayotte became the answer to a trivia question when he won the first Standardbred race at Woodbine Racetrack with the 4-year-old pacer Boastful on Jan. 1, 1994.   A new trivia answer will be established Monday evening, April 9, when the final Standardbred race at Woodbine is complete.   From New Year's Day 1994 to Monday's finale, thousands and thousands of S...
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Red Storm sets Miami Valley mark in Hackett elims

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
The Ohio stakes season kicked off Monday afternoon at Miami Valley Raceway when a pair of $15,000 elimination heats were contested by 3-year-old Buckeye-bred trotting fillies nominated to the James K. Hackett Memorial Series. The top four finishers in each heat plus the fastest fifth place finisher will reassemble next Monday afternoon for a $40,000 divisional championship race.  ...
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E Dee’s Well Said wins Cook split at Meadows

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
Pinned along the cones with no apparent route to victory, E Dee’s Well Said shot through an unexpectedly available Lighting Lane to capture Monday’s $15,000 second leg of the Ruby Cook Memorial Pace for 3-year-old fillies at The Meadows. On Saturday afternoon, April 21, The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est.) finals of four current late-closer series, including the Ruby Cook. E Dee...
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Miss Hill repeats in Weiss Series

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
Miss Hill became the only two-time winner in the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing females on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking her $15,000 division of the second preliminary leg of her Weiss Series grouping. Miss Hill’s race was probably the toughest of the three, as it matched her with Unnreal, another first leg winner, and Line Dancer, who missed a head last week to Kimbe...
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Soto captures Harrington opening night feature

on 04/09/2018 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live racing commenced Monday with a 13-race program. Cooler than usual temperatures greeted a solid crowd of racing fans.   In the $16,000 Open Pace feature, Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar and Steve Iaquinta's Soto ($6.80) returned a winner in 1:52.4 over Im Supersonic A and Forty Five Red.   The Rock N Roll Heaven stallion was put in play immedia...
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Last Saturday at Woodbine celebrates history

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
The final Saturday night card of harness racing at Woodbine Racetrack was a great night for reflecting and celebrating 24 years of Standardbred action at the Airport oval. The 10-race card saw a pair of fitting results and the all-time leading driver and trainer in track history recognized. One of the coolest moments in 24 years of harness racing at Woodbine occurred Saturday (April 7) when Rog...
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Bit Of A Legend N grabs second Levy leg win

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway hosted a formful fourth of five preliminary rounds in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series on Saturday night. A trio of $50,000 events comprised the Free-For-All foray, which was guaranteed a different look as series (3-for-3) leader Dr J Hanover ‘stole’ a week off. First Division: It was nary more than a qualifier for money for people’s puny pari-mutuel ...
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Burke sends out four winners at Meadowlands

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
It was another big Saturday night (April 7) at the Meadowlands, as for the third time this year, wagering surpassed the magic $3 million mark at the industry’s handle leader.  Betting was consistent throughout the 12-race card, with only one race failing to reach the $200,000 mark. The third race saw the biggest pool of the night, $319,684, while the eighth was a close second, at $31...
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Inverse Hanover captures Hoosier mare feature

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Inverse Hanover and driver John DeLong found the winner’s circle for the second consecutive week at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, this time in the featured event, a $21,000 Fillies and Mares Invitational Pace, on Saturday (April 7). After a convincing win against conditioned company last week, Inverse Hanover responded gamely to a bump in class to stop the timer in 1:52.4 and just mis...
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Heavenly Sound picks up second straight win

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
The pacing males saw their first action in the Bobby Weiss Series on Saturday night (April 7) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, contesting three $15,000 divisions of the first preliminary round. Fastest of the trio of winners was the So Surreal gelding I Soar Him First, taking a new mark of 1:52 in his second start for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. George Napolitano Jr. pointed I Soar...
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Deetzy, Heaven Rock score at Saratoga, Buffalo

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
On Saturday night (April 7), Deetzy (Jereme's Jet) did what no other horse has been able to do at Saratoga Casino Hotel since February and that is defeat Artful Way. The track’s defending Horse of the Year, Artful Way had prevailed in three consecutive Saturday night features but was assigned post eight in this week’s installment of the $12,000 Open for pacers. Deetzy had post three as he s...
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Mojoto Hanover victorious in Tom Tharps Memorial

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Mojoto Hanover (Tyler Smith) completed a clean sweep of the Tom Tharps Memorial Series on Saturday (April 7) at Miami Valley Raceway. The 4-year-old Well Said gelding edged Classy Hill (Dan Noble) by a neck in a quick 1:51.4 clocking with Limited Edition (Jason Brewer) gaining show laurels in the $27,500 championship final. Mojoto Hanover was one of two series contenders that had each won a pai...
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Crazycat takes second straight Saratoga Open

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
The 5-year-old trotter Crazycat (Crazed) is in the midst of his breakout season and on Sunday (April 8) he won the Open Trot for the second consecutive time at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Bruce Aldrich Jr. co-owns Crazycat and sat behind him as they came away fourth in the $12,000 feature. The track’s defending Trotter of the Year Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) was on the front-end and cruised along...
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Hackett elims set for this week at Miami Valley

on 04/08/2018 2:00 AM
Elimination week for the James K. Hackett Memorial Series at Miami Valley Raceway is upon us. One of the longest running racing events in Ohio, the Hackett will add a new twist in 2018 as trotting events have been added for the first time. First raced at Lebanon Raceway in 1971, a year after Jim Hackett was killed in a racing accident at Latonia Raceway in northern Kentucky, the prestigious Hac...
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Won For Gigi rallies to win Mossbarger final

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
Won For Gigi rallied from sixth in the early going to capture the $25,000 championship of the Dr. Don Mossbarger Memorial Series on Friday night (April 6) at Miami Valley Raceway. Driver Dan Noble unleashed a wicked three-wide brush at the halfway point of the race and pulled even with pacesetter and runnerup Desire One (Chris Page) at the top of the stretch. With all the momentum, Won For Gig...
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Deep Impact upsets in debut for Svanstedt

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
A pair of short-priced favorites tasted defeat in the first leg of the Shiaway St. Pat series for trotters at the Meadowlands Friday night (April 6). In the first division, Opulent Yankee was sent to the gate as the 1-5 public choice for the husband and wife team of driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller. All appeared well as Opulent Yankee brushed to command at the half and reached three-quarter...
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Spreester scores in 1:53 at Saratoga

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
Spreester, a daughter of American Ideal, made her return to Saratoga Casino Hotel a winning one last week as trainer Paul Zabielski re-acquired the mare before last week’s start in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Spreester went last to first to prevail in her return to the Spa last week and on Friday night (April 6) was dismissed at odds of 6-1 as she looked to repeat. Spreester wound up fi...
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His Excellence shakes loose to win series leg

on 04/07/2018 2:00 AM
Shuffled to fifth and with no racing room in sight, His Excellence found a path to victory deep in the Lighting Lane and pulled off a 9-1 upset in Saturday’s (April 7) $15,000 opening leg of the Tom Kirwan Memorial Pace at The Meadows. The series for 3-year-old colts and geldings honors the memory of Tom Kirwan, who began his career as a trainer/driver at The Meadows and later served for many ...
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NJSS sustaining payments due April 16

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
The deadline for the New Jersey Sire Stakes and Standardbred Development Fund's final sustaining payments is approaching on April 16, 2018. Normally the deadline would be on the 15th of the month but since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline is extended to Monday, April 16.   The NJSS Premier Division's second sustaining payment remains $500 for both 2 year olds and 3 year...
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Small stable helps McAvoy attain dream

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
Cozette McAvoy has spent fewer than six years in harness racing, but her involvement in the sport has grown from simply owning horses to also include training and breeding. The 38-year-old McAvoy, a corporate attorney, has won 53 races as a trainer since 2014 and assembled a broodmare band of a ozen dhorses. She hopes to have two homebred 2-year-olds hit the racetrack later this year.   "...
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