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St. Paddy's Day weekend at Meadowlands

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Live harness racing is back on Friday night at the Meadowlands with 11 races on the menu.   The featured second is a conditioned event for trotters where a field of seven will vie for a purse of $16,000. It's a very even group as indicated by the tight Dave Brower morning line where Montalbano Bi has been tabbed as the slight 5-2 choice.   Montalbano Bi has been as regular as clock...
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NZ import Rycroft N ready for St. Paddy's Day

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadows-based trainer Randy Bendis dabbled in the international Standardbred market years ago but had drifted away from imports. Now, he’s back. "The American dollar is very strong compared to what it was," Bendis says. "You can buy more for less overseas. "When horses make over a certain amount in New Zealand, they never can go back down in class. The connections get a little frustra...
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Kakaley recovering after race accident

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Linda Kakaley, the mother of driver Matt Kakaley, who was injured in a race accident on Tuesday night, March 13, at Yonkers Raceway, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that her son is recovering following facial surgery and is grateful for all the support he's received. "We can't thank everybody enough for all of the calls, texts and messages Matt has received expressing their support...
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KY bill proposes sales tax on yearlings

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Two bills introduced in the Kentucky legislature could bring back a sales tax on horse purchases in the Bluegrass State. The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), Kentucky's equine economic advocate, is urging Kentucky lawmakers to not increase the tax burden on Kentucky's signature horse industry. KEEP's message to legislators has been simple: proposals to increase the tax burd...
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Shartin N a newcomer to US, Matchmaker

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
New Zealand-bred mare Shartin N will take her first shot against stakes competition since arriving in the barn of Jim King Jr. last fall in the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway Friday night (March 16). Winner of the Group 2 Queensland Oaks at Albion Park last July, the daughter of Tintin In American out of the Live Or Die mare Bagdarin came to the U.S. after Rick Po...
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DerbyWars.com to host WHHC Mega-Qualifier

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
This Saturday, March 17, DerbyWars.com will host an online World Harness Handicapping Championship Mega-Qualifier featuring five qualifying spots for the $75,000-guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars. The WHHC will be held on April 28 at the Meadowlands. The WHHC Mega-Qualifier entry fee is $115, with the five WHHC qualifying spots based on 50 entries. The co...
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Racing delivers fun for East End group

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Misqued brought the partners in the East End Standardbreds ownership group together. Her success has carried them to highs they hope to repeat, or exceed, in the future.   John Balzer, a trainer and former U.S. Postal Service employee, heads the group of Long Island, N.Y., businessmen that make up East End Standardbreds. He is joined by his brother Tom, who owns Slo Jacks restaurant in Ha...
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Levy, Matchmaker in new Weekend Preview!

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
The George Morton Levy Memorial Series for older male pacers and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for older mare pacers get underway this weekend at Yonkers Raceway and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview we have several behind-the-scenes stories. Kathy Parker caught up with trainer Ross Croghan, who talked about his formidable starters in both series including some Down Under impo...
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Anja picks up first victory of season

on 03/15/2018 2:00 AM
Anja (Credit Winner) prevailed in the co-feature for New York-sired trotters on Thursday afternoon (March 15) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Dave Dewhurst-trained mare was a winning machine in 2017 when she scored 11 victories (many of which came on the New York Fair circuit). Anja cruised to her first win of ’18 in Thursday’s $7,500 co-feature as she was the public’s 4-5 betting fa...
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Meadowlands Spring Sale set for April 29

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, conducted by Tattersalls, is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 in the track's race paddock. Entries are now being accepted, and may be sent by using the form on the Tattersalls website, tattersallsredmile.com, or by calling the sales company office at (914) 773-7777. The main catalog will close April 6. In making the announcement, sale manager David Reid s...
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Kakaley, Marohn Jr. involved in Yonkers spill

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Drivers Matt Kakaley and Jim Marohn Jr. were involved in an accident during Yonkers Raceway's 10th race Tuesday night. According to postings with family friend Steve Ross on Facebook, Kakaley suffered a concussion, a broken collar bone, injuries to his nose, ear and eye sockets, and has blood behind the eyes.   Kakaley, driving Lawgiver Hanover, and Marohn, driving Bi...
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Stratton ready for Yonkers series action

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Jordan Stratton is no stranger to success in the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial pacing series at Yonkers Raceway and the 30-year-old driver will have two past champions among his hopefuls when those events get underway this week at Yonkers Raceway.   First up is the Matchmaker, which begins Friday. Stratton's drives in the series for older female pacers will include ...
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Scarborough postpones opening weekend card

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Opening day of the 2018 harness racing season at Scarborough Downs has been postponed as southern Maine continues to dig out and recover from a fierce succession of nor’easters and blizzards,   The opening of the season, originally scheduled for March 24,, has now been pushed back one week to Saturday, March 31, with post time slated for 1:30 PM (EDT).   Qualifying races s...
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New USTA rules, meeting minutes now available

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association's newly adopted rules that were approved at the recent annual Board of Directors meeting held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton from March 10 through 12 and the minutes from each of the committee meetings are available online on the USTA's website by clicking here. Some of the changes in the new rules include revisions regarding:   Adoption of World T...
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Team Allard dominates in Pocono qualifiers

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Team Allard continued its torrid form on Wednesday in the third and final "winter training" session before Saturday's 2018 opening night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with trainer Rene, winner of four of the last five conditioning crowns here, sending out six winners to run his three-card count to 14. Allard's brother/driver Simon was behind all six of his brother's winners and also cros...
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Hoosier Park offers racing internships

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is currently accepting applications for two internship opportunities with the Race Marketing Department for the upcoming 2018 live harness racing season. Both internships will be with the Race Marketing Department and are ideal for students pursuing careers in marketing, hospitality, communications, business, and any equine related fields. The internship pro...
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Merriman wins 4, now at 9,996

on 03/14/2018 2:00 AM
Aaron Merriman, harness racing’s winningest driver in each of the last three years, collected four wins Wednesday at The Meadows, lifting his career total to 9,996. With four more wins, he’ll become only the 13th driver in North American harness racing history to reach the 10,000 plateau. He crossed the wire first a fifth time, but his horse was disqualified for interference. Merri...
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Ubettorbeturlife springs 13-1 Pompano upset

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
On the heels of a 13-1 longshot--Dee's Rocketman--taking the Fred Monteleone Memorial on Sunday night at Pompano Park, yet another 13-1 proposition took the Monday night feature at the South Florida oval.   Ubettorbeturlife, handled by Mike Simons, won the feature like any 1-5 shot should--by open lengths--but, instead of being 1-5, this 7-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight paid $28.20...
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Delaware, Ohio Grand Circuit payments due

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Two-year-old sustaining payments for the 74th edition of the Little Brown Jug, the 49th Jugette, the 67th Old Oaken Bucket (3-year-old open trot) and the 68th Buckette (3-year-old filly trot) are due March 15. These payments are for foals of 2016 and will be raced in 2019. 2 year olds not nominated in the May 15, 2017 yearling payment, may be made eligible thru a supplemental nomination fee...
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"Real Time" Sports contest returns to Big M

on 03/13/2018 2:00 AM
Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, the world-class horse racing and entertainment facility located in New Jersey, announced Tuesday that its popular free to play "Real Time" Sports Contest will return for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The contest can be played at both Winners Bayonne OTW and the Meadowlands.   Players who have registered will be given an account wi...
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