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Merriman moves to 997 wins in 2017

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
Using Lasix for the second time, Lady Ping rolled to an easy front-end victory in 1:53.1, a career best, in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady Ping won an early duel for the lead with Goodtogo Hanover and easily thwarted the first-over challenge of Panana Republic. She widened in the lane for Dave Palone and downed Goo...
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Long Tom retired to stud at Midland Acres

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
The Muscle Hill son Long Tom 3, 1:52.1, whose career included victories over What The Hill in the Stanley Dancer Memorial and New Jersey Sires Stakes championship, has been retired to stud duty at Midland Acres in Ohio. "We are thrilled to have a Muscle Hill son of Long Tom's caliber to stand at stud in Ohio," said Midland's Dr. John Mossbarger. "Long Tom is a handsome horse with good size ...
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Glass Pack returns to his roots

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
It's been more than a decade since he set a hoof upon the turf he trod as a youngster, but 13-year-old Illinois champion Glass Pack knew shortly after he arrived at Legacy Lane Farm that he had finally returned home to be reunited with his Hall of Fame dam and the family who is so delighted to have raised him. "He's out in the field right now where he ran around as a baby," said Duane Miller, ...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
In the new and free Harness Racing Weekend Preview, we talk to trainer Julie Miller about Travel Playlist, who recently entered her barn. Read what Miller has to say about the now 4-year-old pacer as he looks to regain his star freshman form of 2015 heading into Saturday night at the Meadowlands. The Miller-trained Devious Man recently went past the $1-million mark in seasonal earnin...
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Dr. Herbie Burns to be honored by USHWA

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
You can't help but like a guy like Herbie Burns. He is just fun to be around. Whether you are standing on the outside rail cheering for your horse, or stuck out in a field chasing a mare,   Herbie will always make you laugh. He just has that way about him. Don't get it wrong…he is a serious veterinarian. But one that is more likely than not to crack a joke when things seem to get ...
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Handicapping qualifier Saturday at Meadowlands

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
The 2017-2018 Meadowlands World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars.com Qualifier schedule is set and each qualifier brochure is available at PlayMeadowlands.com.   This Saturday's qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 Win wagers only on 10 Meadowlands races. The top two f...
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Coppola, Spagnola team up for 2 wins at Stga

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
Cartier Volo (Cash Hall) completed a double for her connections on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the 3-year-old filly prevailed in the matinee's co-feature.   Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Cartier Volo to her fifth win of the season for trainer Dave Spagnola and owner Mike Polansky while competing in the $11,250 feature for New York-sired trotters. The sophomore mo...
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Downbytheseaside cruises in Progress Pace

on 11/30/2017 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside and Chris Page moved from third to first at the quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:48.3 victory in Thursday's $308,060 Hap Hansen Progress Pace at Dover Downs.   In the final start of his illustrious career, Downbytheseaside easily defeated his stablemate in the Brian Brown Stable, Fear The Dragon, who was driven by David Miller. Mac's Jackpot rallied ...
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23YO Drew Monti wins first race at Yonkers

on 11/29/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway turned into Monti-cello Tuesday night (Nov. 28) as western New York driving standout Drew Monti won his first local race.   Monti, who has been making sporadic sojourns downstate, went up and over with Classy Lane Rose ($10.80) in the $15,000 seventh-race pace. The 7-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet crossed the line in a comfortable 1:54.4.   It was Monti...
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Justin Horowitz leaving Meadowlands

on 11/29/2017 12:00 AM
Justin Horowitz, who has worked in broadcasting roles at the Meadowlands, Tioga and Vernon Downs for the past 7 1/2 years, has announced that he is leaving the Gural track group for a position with TVG/Betfair.   Horowitz' last day at the Meadowlands will be Dec. 12. He will join TVG/Betfair and handle key accounts.
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Resolve's book full and closed

on 11/29/2017 12:00 AM
Southwind Farms and Tara Hills Stud have announced that the book for world champion Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,621,086), the richest son of champion sire Muscle Hill, in North America, is full and closed. "We are delighted that breeders throughout Canada and the United States have supported our new stallion." "The response to him has been overwhelming and we look forward to the 2018 bre...
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Pompano, Florida Breeders sign contract

on 11/29/2017 12:00 AM
Joseph Pennacchio, president of the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association (FSBOA), has announced the signing of a new contract, effective immediately, between the FSBOA and host track Pompano Park. The agreement guarantees racing at the South Florida track through June 30, 2020. In signing the agreement, Pennacchio remarked, "We are very pleased to have the contract completed...
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Voltina takes mare Open Pace at Batavia

on 11/29/2017 12:00 AM
As the weather gets cold Voltina gets hot and she proved it by winning the $10,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 29), which was her third victory in her last five starts in the top class. Voltina (Kevin Cummings) fired off the gate and took the lead with lightning speed. Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) also left from post seven but took a ...
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Sweet Bobbie scores again in Dover mare feature

on 11/29/2017 12:00 AM
Sweet Bobbie stepped up in the $25,000 Mares Open and repeated last week’s 7-1 victory while Seboomook Copper and Lotsa Luck won the DSBF colt and filly pace consolations on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. Overlooked after last Wednesday’s seven-length 1:52.1 win, the 5-year-old Art Major-Odds On Gobye mare owned by trainer Gary Ewing came on strong in the lane for Art Stafford Jr. ...
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Delcrest Magicstar tops older foes at Meadows

on 11/28/2017 12:00 AM
The youngest in the field at 3, Delcrest Magicstar took it to her elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried her to victory in Tuesday’s (Nov. 28) feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Delcrest Magicstar was third down the backside when she gobbled up the leader, Glidinthruparadise, for Aaron Merriman. Though she tired late — her 30.1 final quarter...
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Two straight Dover wins for I Like My Boss

on 11/28/2017 12:00 AM
I Like My Boss made it two straight wins as Allan Davis drove the former Delaware-sired champion to victory in the $13,000 Winners-Over trot on Tuesday (Nov. 28) at Dover Downs. Allan Davis left fast with I Like My Boss and then took no prisoners along the way, scoring a 1:54.2 victory in the top trot on the program. Hollywood Highway (Corey Callahan) closed strongly in the stretch to take seco...
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Buckeye-breds raced for $15.9 million in '17

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
The 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes program continued to be the most lucrative for state-bred trotters and pacers in 2017, providing $7 million in purses to participants via the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund.   The total amount for state-funded programs for Ohio-breds was $13,430,210 in 2017, which, besides the OSS, includes the Ohio Fair Conference ($1,832,727); Home Talent Stakes ($1,177,72...
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Large crowd, strong prices at first Midwest auction

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
The first Midwest Mixed Sale was held on Friday, Nov. 24, at the Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. Held on Friday after Thanksgiving and the day before the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale, the new mixed sale saw a large crowd with buyers from several states and countries represented. A total of 127 entries went through the ring in front of Joseph Mast and Andy White of Mast Auctio...
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PA announces Breeders Award, PASS deadlines

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Horsemen must remember two important February deadlines in order to maintain eligibility in the Pennsylvania Breeders Fund Award Program and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Program.   The State Horse Racing Commission Bureau of Standardbred Horse Racing announced Monday, Nov. 29, that owners must register their stallions for the 2018 breeding season with paperwork postmarked by Feb. 1....
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Fanning named Hambletonian Society COO

on 11/27/2017 12:00 AM
Moira Fanning, director of publicity and event operations for the Hambletonian Society, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) by the executive committee of the Society, effective immediately.   Fanning has been with the Society since 1988 and will take over many of the administrative duties performed by former president and CEO Tom Charters. Earlier this year Charters announced his...
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