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Downbytheseaside's book full and closed

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside, the richest racehorse of 2017, is now booked full and closed for 2018.   "We are in the enviable position of being oversubscribed," said Joe McLead of Sugar Valley Farm in Ohio, where the now 3 year old will stand in 2018 in partnership with Diamond Creek Farms. "We are proud to be part of this horse and to have him here in Ohio."   The world champion Downbythesea...
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Fear The Dragon to stand at Midland Acres in '18

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Emerald Highlands Farm has announced that its 2017 North American Cup champion Fear The Dragon is being syndicated and has been retired to stand stud at Midland Acres in Ohio for a $6,000 fee. The multiple Grand Circuit winning son of Dragon Again posted marks of 1:50.3 at two and 1:48.4 at three, amassing career earnings of $1,578,547.   FearThe Dragon impressed the harness racing world ...
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Juslikeaqueen rules in Dayton open

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
The $17,500 Open Distaff Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday night proved to be a buzz-kill for those who say young horses can’t compete with seasoned veterans. Two of the three 3-year-old fillies in the full 10-horse field of southwest Ohio’s finest mares finished 1-2 in the 1:53 mile on a cool (26 degree) evening. The betting public apparently didn’t like the youngsters chances ei...
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MacDonald first Canadian to win at Gloucester Park

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Canadian World Champion James MacDonald took out the third heat of the 2017 Perth International Driver Series at Gloucester Park in Perth on Thursday night (Dec. 7) with a superb exhibition. Drawn the pole with the $7.70 change Skippy Rascal, MacDonald didn’t panic when he was crossed in the early battle for the lead and showed his great skill and patience when he extracted the horse from the...
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Fox Valley Veto repeats at Batavia

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Winning two races in a row for the second time in his last six starts, Fox Valley Veto claimed top weekly trotting honors once again at Batavia Downs after winning the $10,000 Open Handicap on Friday night. Empire Earl N (Larry Stalbaum) went for the lead and took the field to the half in :58.1. At that station Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) pulled first-over from third and went right up to ...
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McNair sweeps Niagara Series splits

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Sophomore pacing fillies grabbed the spotlight Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack for the start of the Niagara Series. A group of 18 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week event. The series wraps up on Boxing Day with an added-money final. Jazzy Image seized the lead after the opening quarter and never looked back to win th...
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2018 Hoosier dates set for March 30-Nov. 10

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission approved Hoosier Park Racing & Casino’s 2018 racing dates during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Live harness racing will be conducted Friday, March 30 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The 160-day season will offer live racing every Tuesday through Saturday, with exception of Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4 in which there will ...
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Hambo DQ hearing set for late January

on 12/08/2017 12:00 AM
Trainer Ron Burke told harnessracing.com that the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law will hold its first hearing regarding the disqualification of What The Hill in this year's Hambletonian at the end of January. "We had to sue to get the right to have a hearing in front of the (New Jersey) Commission and that will be before a hearing officer on Jan. 23," said Burke. "What it has cost us to...
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Enhance Your Mind sharpest in Dover Open

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
Enhance Your Mind showed why she was Dover Downs' Horse of the Meet last season turning back seven adversaries in 1:51.2 to win this week's $25,000 Mares Open pace on Wednesday.   With regular driver Vic Kirby at the controls, Enhance Your Mind raced to the front at the half and then held off a strong challenge from Sweet Bobbie (Art Stafford Jr.) before pulling off to her nint...
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Mydelight Bluechip upsets at snowy Batavia

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
The lake effect snows blew into Genesee County making Batavia Downs look like the North Pole and Mydelight Bluechip made like Rudolph and led all the way to win the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace on the last Wednesday night of racing for the meet.   Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) was on a "take no prisoners" mission as she left and parked Little Joke (Billy Davis Jr.) ...
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G-Notes up for grabs Friday at Meadowlands

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
Friday night at the Meadowlands brings 11 overnight races led by the $17,500 final of the popular "Dash for the G-Note" short series. That race comes up as the seventh on the card, kicking off the $50,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Pool.   Ron Burke sends three entries out in pursuit of the top prize including 10-year-old class-master Ideal Matters, a recent addition to the barn. Ideal ...
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Challenge, Vegas prize for Penn National stakes

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
Penn National Gaming Inc., the largest operator of Standardbred racetracks in North America, has announced the inaugural Penn National Gaming Harness Racing Challenge, to be conducted throughout the 2018 racing season. The series includes six separate stakes events with purses totaling an estimated $800,000. The races will be conducted at three Penn National Gaming owned, or jointly ow...
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Post Time w/Mike & Mike award nominees

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce the nominees for the 2017 Post Time with Mike and Mike awards. Mike and Mike would like to thank the fans of harness racing who took time out to nominate their favorite person or horse for each award. We were flooded with nominations for each category and used a panel of six to help narrow the nominees to six in each c...
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Ind. Commission waiting on sale paperwork

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission held its annual monthly meeting on Wednesday and announced that it is still awaiting an application for the proposed sale of the state's two racetrack casinos, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs, to Caesars Entertainment. The commission shared that it has received the financial agreement between Centaur Gaming, which owns Hoosier Park Racing & Casin...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
"I'll take the Patriots minus 6 for $20, and the Jets plus 9 for $20." Those are words you might be hearing in the future at the Meadowlands and other racetracks if the U.S. Supreme Court abolishes the ban against sports betting in most states. We have the latest story in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Kathy Parker talked to trainer Tom Cancelliere and driver Corey Callahan abo...
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"Yankee Joe" Lee named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
It was unanimous. The USHWA National Amateur Driver of the Year Award Committee has named "Yankee Joe" Lee the National Amateur Driver of the Year for 2017. The ever-improving 38-year-old Bronxville, N.Y. native is enjoying his best season in the sulky while being a member of multiple amateur organizations.   When contacted, Lee was at Yankee Stadium where he is the New York Yankee's assi...
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Christen Me N takes Dover feature

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
New Zealand champion Christen Me N stole the spotlight on the Thursday (Dec. 7) card at Dover Downs, which included Art Stafford Jr. placing his name in the history books after steering two consecutive horses to dead-heat victories.   Christen Me N (Ross Wolfenden) collected his fourth win from his last five starts in Delaware by obtaining a first to last triumph in a six-horse $30,...
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Warkentin now calling "offsides" and "hooking"

on 12/06/2017 12:00 AM
Ken Warkentin gets up early Sunday morning and hops into the car to head to a hockey rink. Although he spent the better part of Saturday calling harness races at Freehold and the Meadowlands, finishing work around midnight, he is energized. When he arrives at the rink, he will not be playing in a game, though. He puts on black pants, a striped shirt, and gets ready to have a new kind of fun. ...
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2018 USTA Driving School May 30-June 2

on 12/06/2017 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association will hold its 19th annual Standardbred Driving School May 30-June 2, 2018, in Goshen, NY. The school begins Wednesday evening (May 30), with a welcoming reception/dinner and special keynote speaker. Classroom and hands-on instruction will be conducted each day. Classroom instruction will be held at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Topics such a...
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Wind Of The North wins for Bercury at Meadows

on 12/06/2017 12:00 AM
Determined to control the mile from the rail, Wind Of The North seated Crosbys Clam Bake and True Blue Stride and never let them pass as he captured Wednesday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Both Crosbys Clam Bake and True Blue Stride tried for the early lead, but Wind Of The North responded to Aaron Merriman’s urging and claimed the point. Though Cros...
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