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Woodbine wraps up 2017 meet with series finals

on 12/26/2017 12:00 AM
The 2017 Woodbine Standardbred racing season wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with a special 12-race matinee card. The finals of the Valedictory and Niagara Series highlighted the final card of 2017. An 18-day break between starts was no issue for Jazzy Image in the $34,400 Niagara Series final. The Aaron Lambert trained 3-year-old pacing filly got away mid-pack with driver Trevor Henry and cam...
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A look back at 2017

on 12/25/2017 12:00 AM
There were a lot of memorable moments during the 2017 harness racing season. As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, let's look back at some of the newsmakers of this campaign. Dragon Roars (June 17) Fear The Dragon won the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, giving trainer Brian Brown his first win in the event and driver David Miller his second victory in the race, ...
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The road to success for Jim Devaux

on 12/25/2017 12:00 AM
There is something to be said for the road less traveled, but a well-worn road can yield rewards as well. Jim Devaux’s road, for example.    Devaux spends his days -- when he’s not driving horses -- driving hundreds of miles up and down the New York State Thruway to race at Monticello and Saratoga. It’s been a road to success as Devaux is putting the finishing touches on a ca...
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Soto takes Meadowlands feature in 1:50

on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM
Soto blasted right to the top and rolled directly down the road Saturday night (Dec. 23) at the Meadowlands, taking the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap pace in 1:50 over a sloppy track. The 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven was last seen at Dover Downs on Dec. 7, missing by only a head to Christen Me N, who was nothing short of dominant in winning the Meadowlands’ feature last week...
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Night Pro scores in Dayton; 53rd career win

on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM
Night Pro, one of the Midwest’s most stellar open ranks performers over the past four years, reached the winner’s circle again Saturday night (Dec. 23) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 7-year-old Pro Bono Best stud captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace for his 12th seasonal win and 53rd from 107 starts in his career. He has raced his entire life for owner/trainer Dale Decker, who has now b...
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Odds On Amethyst bounces back at Woodbine

on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas arrived early for horseplayers on Saturday (Dec. 23), as Woodbine Racetrack offered a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. A total of C$795,367 of new money was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool, which joined C$227,101.87 of carryover money that was brought into Saturday. Reis Star Cross (post nine) and James MacDonald shot through late to score a 16-1 upset in the Hi-5 race. Lights...
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Big M hat trick for Bongiorno, Dobson

on 12/23/2017 12:00 AM
On an evening that saw competitive racing, a $9,700 payout in the Pick-10 Survivor wager and no fewer than four drivers winning at least two races, Joe Bongiorno and Billy Dobson were the biggest winners of all, as both guided three horses to victory lane Friday night at the Meadowlands. Bongiorno’s three-bagger began with Woodbine shipper More Than Talk in the second race, who trotted the mi...
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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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