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New winners in Matchmaker divisions

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
With series starlets Shartin N, Twinkle and defending champ Mackenzie A getting the week off, Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Apr. 6) presented the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three, $40,000 events again brought together many of the best pacing mares, all of whom were thrilled the three queens abdicated this time around. Thus, some previous understudies stepped to the fore. First D...
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Spring Mixed entries to close Monday

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
Those wanting to enter horses in the Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale will have until Monday morning, April 9, to do so, as the main catalog will close at noon that day, according to sale manager David Reid.   The sale, scheduled for Sunday, April 29, in the Meadowlands race paddock, is the second of the three annual Tattersalls sales at the track, and features ready-to-go racehorses.  ...
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Hippodrome 3R opens April 22 with changes

on 04/06/2018 2:00 AM
When the Hippodrome 3R is ready to begin its 2018 live harness racing meet on Sunday, April 22, racing fans both on track and via simulcasting will be in for some great changes.   General manager Murielle Thomassin has reveled that there is already ongoing work to set up new HD (high definition) television cameras, which will improve the quality of the on-air races this season world-wide ...
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Big M's Shiaway St. Pat Series starts Friday

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
A trotting series for older horses memorializing Shiaway St Pat, the winner of the very first Hambletonian raced at The Meadowlands back in 1981, opens on Friday night over the same racetrack. The first leg split into two $15,000 divisions, listed as races 2 and 4 on the 10-race card.   Team Miller, trainer Julie and driver/husband Andy, have a pair of contenders in Opulent Yankee a...
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Harrington's 72nd meet gets underway April 9

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Harrington Raceway's 72nd year of live harness racing will kickoff Monday, April 9, with a 13-race program starting at 5 p.m.   Reigning leading driver Victor Kirby and last season's top trainer Brian Malone will both be back in action on the opening day program.   The wagering format is the same as last year with an early pick four in Race 3 and the late pick four in the last four...
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Wrenn Jr. and The Meadows: Love at first sight

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Ordinarily, when drivers first locate at a harness track, they may experience some lean months as they build relationships and eke out assignments. With Ronnie Wrenn Jr. and The Meadows, however, it was pretty much love at first sight.   Wrenn, 31, has been driving at The Meadows relatively briefly, splitting time with tracks in Ohio where he lives. But he's become so successful at The Me...
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John Campbell appointed to ROAP board

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
The Racing Officials Accreditation Program's (ROAP) board of directors elected its 2018-2020 officers during its March 27 board meeting and appointed two new board members. Dan Fick, a ROAP-accredited steward and previously ROAP vice chairman, was elected ROAP chairman; Wendy Davis, director at the University of Arizona and previously ROAP secretary, was elected ROAP vice chairman; Jennifer...
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Blumenfeld mares draw well for Matchmaker leg

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Trainer Paul Blumenfeld will start two horses in the fourth leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Friday night. Vintage Babe and Motu Moonbeam, who both started from post eight last week, each drew the rail in their respective divisions this week. Blumenfeld sees the draw as an opportunity to win key points toward in the final when series leaders Shartin, Twinkle, and Mackenzie took the week ...
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Bone density drugs disccussed at RCI meeting

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Bisphosphonates, a class of drugs that prevent the bone-density loss, might have some therapeutic value for older racehorses but speakers at the Conference on Equine Welfare and Racing Integrity warned of the potential harm caused by such treatments for young horses such yearlings and 2-year-olds.  That was among the takeaways from Wednesday’s Animal Welfare Forum of the Associatio...
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MGM has agreement to buy Northfield Park

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
MGM Growth Properties announced on Thursday that it has entered into an agreement with Milstein Entertainment LLC to acquire Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. The membership interest purchase agreement will be for 100 percent of the issued and outstanding limited liability company interests in Northfield Park Associates LLC, which owns and operates the Rocksino. "MGP is proud to ...
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Hazel Park closing after 70 years

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
Hazel Park Raceway, which held its first harness meet in 1953 but has hosted only Thoroughbred racing the past few years, announced Thursday morning that it was closing, effective immediately.   Hazel Park was scheduled to open its Thoroughbred meet on Friday, May 4, which it had been promoting on social media. The track was also promoting its annual Kentucky Derby festivities for the fol...
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Meadowlands addresses testing concerns

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
In response to horsemen's concerns over the accuracy of blood-gas testing being done at the Meadowlands, equipment was brought in from Tioga Downs and Meadowlands management, with the assistance of the New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC), conducted on-site TC02 testing over the weekend of March 16 and 17. The concern was over the procedure in place for TC02 testing which required the samples b...
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Mike Sweeney gets 1,000th training win

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
As the night of Wednesday (April 4) deepened over Pompano Park with the final race concluding, a 5-year-old trotting gelding left the winner's circle after completing a victory of 1:55.2 for driver Wally Hennessey. Not only was it a new lifetime mark for PC's Alleyway, it marked the 1,000th career training win for Patrick Sweeney, better known as Mike throughout the world of harness racing. Th...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/05/2018 2:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Linda Toscano talks about her 4-year-old mare pacer Stormtracker, who will line up behind the gate in Saturday night's Burning Point Series at the Meadowlands. Toscano reveals why Stormtracker missed her entire 2-year-old year and why the mare has made up for lost time. Speaking of Toscano, she was the trainer of the 2016 Two-Year-Old C...
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Simons takes 2 of 3 Weiss splits at Pocono

on 04/04/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Mike Simons, known as the "Pocono Trot Man" because of his success rate with horses of the diamond-gaited variety, guided two of the three divisional winners in the $15,000 first preliminary leg of the Bobby Weiss Series for trotting distaffs Tuesday night over a sloppy surface at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Myrna Myrna, who had found her form at The Meadows for t...
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Pinehurst matinee races set for Sunday

on 04/04/2018 2:00 AM
The Pinehurst Driving and Training Club Spring Matinee presented by Preferred Equine Marketing is set for Sunday, April 8, in Pinehurst, NC. The annual celebration of Standardbreds in the Sandhills expects good weather and another large crowd with last year's event hosting over 4,000 patrons. A new feature to the matinee races in 2018 is the Race For the Cure. Five Pinehurst trainees adorn...
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New Ontario youth literary contest with prize

on 04/04/2018 2:00 AM
There is a hot new Derby in town that will sweep across the Ontario landscape in 2018. It involves Ontario students and the Ontario Standardbred breeding industry. It is the Youth Literary Derby. The Youth Literary Derby is a juried, horse-themed writing contest carrying $2,000 in prize money. It is designed to encourage writing and literacy skills and reaches out to horse-loving kids wi...
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Treasure Dreams, Perfect Image win at Meadows

on 04/04/2018 2:00 AM
Treasure Dreams moved smartly first-over to grind down Matrona and capture her $15,000 opening-leg division of the Margaret Provost Memorial Trot Wednesday at The Meadows. The series for 3-year-old fillies honors the memory of Margaret Provost, longtime owner of Standardbreds at The Meadows.   Treasure Dreams was fourth when Tony Hall sent her after Matrona. The daughter of Winning Mister...
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Yonkers handles $996k on All Superfecta card

on 04/03/2018 2:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway's first ‘All-Superfecta Monday' (April 2) found an audience. A total, 12-race handle of $996,050 included Superfecta pools that were consistently in five figures.   The evening's equine star was Beyond Delight (Jim Marohn Jr., $4.30), who went first-up and over in the $22,000 11th race pace. The 1:51.4 mile is now the fastest local effort of 2018.   The 4-yea...
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NY horseman Robert Gruber III dies

on 04/03/2018 2:00 AM
Longtime Western New York Standardbred owner and trainer Robert Gruber III, 52, of Lakeview, N.Y., died March 31, after suffering a medical emergency during an on-track training session.   Mr. Gruber started his training career in 1991. During his 27-year career, his horses made 9,220 starts and won 1,235, making more than $4.8 million in purse earnings. His best campaign was in 200...
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