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$227K carryover for Woodbine’s Hi-5 mandatory

on 12/23/2017 12:00 AM
The scene is now set for Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Racetrack. The carryover heading into the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout (Race 12) is $227,101.87. Horseplayers are advised that there are two scratches in Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 race. Wanda Bayama (Post 2) and Twice An Angel (Post 8) are both scratched from Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 race. The two scratches ...
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Dec. 31 foal registration deadline reminder

on 12/23/2017 12:00 AM
As the Dec. 31 deadline to register your 2017 foal approaches, the USTA would like to remind breeders of the online foal registration reporting and live foal/no foal feature.  Foal registrations and live foal/no foal reporting can be completed online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on your time. The online foal registration feature has been utilized by our members for roughly 3,000 foal...
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International champ Twister Bi prepping for Prix d'Amerique

on 12/23/2017 12:00 AM
Although it’s been over two months since Twister Bi stormed to a 5-1/2 length victory in the Yonkers International Trot, trainer Jerry Riordan is still processing what the win means to him. The history and lore behind the International means Riordan sees himself re-examining and reliving that moment for years to come. "It does take time and it’s something that as the years go by, we’ll re...
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Arthur Pendragon upsets Dapper Dude at Mea

on 12/23/2017 12:00 AM
Arthur Pendragon unleashed a stunning uncovered move in the slop that catapulted him past the leader, Dapper Dude, and on to a 7-1 upset victory in Saturday’s (Dec. 23) $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon was fourth when Mike Wilder sent him after Dapper Dude. The 4-year-old Dragon Again-Western Realist gelding was on top in a heartbeat a...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/22/2017 12:00 AM
Although you will have to wait until Feb. 25 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., to find out who is the 2017 Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and Trotter of the Year, you can find out who the 12 divisional Dan Patch Award champions are in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Two of the winners were unanimous choices, while one missed sweeping the ballot box by just...
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Taggart Jr. is “puppet master” at Meadowlands

on 12/22/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Jim Taggart Jr. is having a superb season at Monticello Raceway, and if Thursday night is any indication, he may be heading for some wintertime success at the Meadowlands as well. Taggart guided Master Of Puppets to an ideal second-over trip, and as the favorites weakened late, he tipped his 23-1 chance off cover when they straightened away at the head of the stretch before goi...
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Roy notches another 5-bagger at Woodbine

on 12/22/2017 12:00 AM
Some people enjoy certain days of the week and right now Thursdays have been pretty good to driver Louis Philippe Roy. The Mont-Joli, Que., reinsman steered five winners on Thursday’s 10-race program at Woodbine Racetrack. It was the second consecutive Thursday that  Roy captured five races. Roy, who had a drive in all 10 races, made back-to-back trips to the winner’s circle in...
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Saturday night special at Meadowlands

on 12/22/2017 12:00 AM
Saturday night at the Meadowlands brings with it another value laden 14-race extravaganza beginning at the new early post time of 6:35 p.m. The overall quality is high, 13 solid fields of journeyman pacers and one real good group of trotters compose the card with the featured sixth race a $20,000 Preferred pace. Oddsmaker Dave Brower has tabbed a pair of Delaware shippers as the top two c...
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Series finals set for Woodbine’s Boxing Day card

on 12/22/2017 12:00 AM
A long-time tradition, Woodbine Racetrack will play host to its final Boxing Day matinee of live harness racing on Tuesday. With Standardbred racing set to transition to its new year-round home at Mohawk Park in April, Tuesday’s Boxing Day card at Woodbine will have a little extra meaning. The tradition of the Boxing Day matinee in Toronto dates back many years from Greenwood to Woodbine and ...
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Big fields, big weekend on tap at Big M

on 12/21/2017 12:00 AM
The upcoming weekend at the Meadowlands is shaping up to be a cornucopia of delights for horseplayers and fans alike. With a dearth of racing opportunities in the region over the Christmas holiday the Racing Office staff found an embarrassment of riches in the form of declarations awaiting them when they came to work on Tuesday morning.   The volume of entries and reduced options for hors...
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2017 Dan Patch divisional champs announced

on 12/21/2017 12:00 AM
History-making Pure Country and Manchego, unanimous selections Ariana G and Hannelore Hanover, and money-leader Downbytheseaside were among the 12 horses named 2017 Dan Patch Award winners Thursday by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Pure Country became the first female pacer in history to receive Dan Patch honors at ages 2, 3 and 4. The complete list of award-winning pacers is Pure Countr...
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Books closed for 4 Victory Hill studs, Huntsville

on 12/21/2017 12:00 AM
Jeff and Maria King of Victory Hill Farm in LaGrange, Ind. and the respective stallion syndicates are pleased to announce that the books for Always A Virgin, JK Endofanera, Rockin Image and Swan For All are full and closed for 2018.   Indiana's leading money-winning pacing sire again in 2017, Always A Virgin is also the sire of the fastest Standardbred ever, Always B Miki. Rockin Image al...
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Big night at Dover for Sicily, Tetrick

on 12/21/2017 12:00 AM
Overlooked at 6-1, Sicily executed a 1:48.4 winning mile to take the 25,000 Open pace on Thursday at Dover Downs in the final feature race of the 2017 season, while Tim Tetrick drove five winners.  Montrell Teague piloted Sicily to his third win of the meet, two of which were sub-1:49 conquests. He also has three second place finishes. Q’s Cruise (Tim Tetrick), one of two 3-year-old...
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Cantab Lindy wins, in shadow of $500K

on 12/21/2017 12:00 AM
Nine-year-old Cantab Lindy captured the $18,500 Open Trot at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Thursday night, winning for the 41st time and inching closer to $500,000 in career earnings. What is unique about this story is that the son of Cantab Hall did not race at two, only made a handful of starts at three, and has never raced in a stakes race in his life.  Additionally, he has made all 17...
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Lady Ping wins over 1-5 Barn Girl at Meadows

on 12/20/2017 12:00 AM
Lady Ping strolled through a comfortable :59 first half that kept the 1-5 favorite, Barn Girl, at bay, and rolled to an easy victory in Tuesday’s (Dec. 19) $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Once Dave Palone gave Lady Ping that leisurely half, neither the first-over bid of Classical Annie nor the Lightning Lane charge of Barn Girl was effective. Lady Ping tri...
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Celebrity Pegasus takes Dover Open Trot

on 12/20/2017 12:00 AM
Celebrity Pegasus rang up his third straight win, and 13th of the meet, with a 1:53.1 victory in the $25,000 Open trot on Tuesday (Dec. 19) at Dover Downs. Tony Morgan drove two winners and now is only four wins from reaching 16,000 winning drives. Art Stafford Jr. drove Celebrity Pegasus, a brown 5-year-old son of Andover Hall - Celebrity Athena, who drew off in the lane and then was greet...
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Wagering, purse records set in '17 at Batavia

on 12/20/2017 12:00 AM
The 2017 Batavia Downs summer-fall meet that ended on Saturday, Dec. 16, left track management feeling good after setting records for total betting and purse money paid out during the year.   The track's export signal drew an increased handle of 15.9 percent over 2016 and total betting was up 8.1 percent (over $600,000) with 17 less races than last year. That produced $8.2 mill...
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Safe From Terror finding her own fame

on 12/20/2017 12:00 AM
It can be difficult to follow in the footsteps of a renowned sibling. Just ask Jan Brady.   But 5-year-old pacer Safe From Terror, a half-sister to harness racing's all-time richest horse Foiled Again, is doing her best to secure her own unique place in family lore.   On Monday, Safe From Terror won her 22nd race of the year and leads all harness racing horses in North Am...
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Canada's O'Brien finalists announced

on 12/20/2017 12:00 AM
On Wednesday, Dec. 20, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2017 O'Brien Awards, which honor Canada's best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O'Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, at the Hilton Mississauga / Meadowvale hotel in Mississauga, Ont. This will mark the 29th edition of the O'Brien Awards, named in hono...
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Haughton meets with Yonkers drivers

on 12/20/2017 12:00 AM
Newly-appointed Yonkers Raceway director of racing Cammie Haughton met with the Raceway's drivers prior to last Saturday's (Dec. 16th) racing program. The hour-long meeting included many subjects, all designed to improve the product and thus, increase handle. "I spoke with the drivers about making the racing more exciting and competitive," Haughton said. "More movement and no more holes, wh...
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