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N.Y. horsewoman Margaret Preston dies at 92

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Western New York horsewoman Margaret Preston, 92, died on Nov. 22.  Preston was born Oct. 31, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Marie (Cleary) Preston. She is survived by her sister Maureen Kingston; nieces and nephew Maura (Emil) Kostraba, John (Beth) Kingston, Sheila Kingston (Wes Clements), Andrea (Jon) Bailey; several great nieces and great nephews. She was pre-deceased b...
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Classicality wins again at The Meadows

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Classicality turned back a mid-race challenge from Wind Of The North and a late bid from Lady’s Dude to capture Saturday’s $18,000 Winners Over Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Classicality retook the lead at the quarter for Brian Zendt and soon had to deal with Wind Of The North, one of harness racing’s top trotters over the past few years. Even when Wind Of The North backed...
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$52,000, $39,000 top prices in Shipshewana

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
The Midwest Mixed Sale debuted on Friday (Nov. 24) and the Michiana Classic Yearling Sale followed suit on Saturday (Nov. 25) at the newly constructed Michiana Event Center in Shipshewana, Ind. Conducted by the Midwest Auction Company, the event’s first day saw the mare Real Lady Katie fetch the top bid of $52,000, while the Hoosier Classic Sale Company's yearling session saw the colt Whata ...
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Manhattan Beach takes Dayton Open in 1:51.4

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
A grueling first-over trip didn't deter favored Manhattan Beach from wearing down longshot Dreamfair Mesa in midstretch to capture the featured $18,500 Open Pace at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday night (Nov. 25). Driver Trace Tetrick floated the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere from the gate, content to ride fifth through the opening quarter in :27.2. Just past that point, however...
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Stalbaum scores with Itsonlyrocknroll at 14-1

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Batavia Downs' leading driver, Larry Stalbaum, is nicknamed "The Bomber" for his propensity of winning with longshots. Stalbaum lived up to his moniker on Saturday night (Nov. 25) when he escaped the consciousness of the betting public and got home first with 14-1 shot Itsonlyrocknroll A in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace. It was a mad dash off the gate as Hardts Or Bettor (Ray Fisher Jr.), ...
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George Napolitano Jr., Rene Allard win PcD titles

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Three Of Clubs, a son of Mach Six who was claimed for $30,000 at Yonkers by trainer Matias Ruiz and co-owner Daniel DeJohn on Sept. 22, continued his incredible run of form upon coming to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, taking a new mark for driver George Napolitano Jr. of 1:50.1 in the $25,000 handicap pace. Three Of Clubs hustled right out to the lead and led at every pole, going under t...
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Texas Terror N scores in 1:51.4 at Saratoga

on 11/25/2017 12:00 AM
Veteran pacer Texas Terror N (Western Terror) made his return to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Saturday night (Nov. 25) following a lifetime best performance at the Meadowlands. The Al Annunziata trainee was the 4-5 betting favorite in the $19,500 Open Pace following a 1:50.1 victory in New Jersey last week. Bruce Aldrich Jr. wasted no time moving the favorite out to the early lead in the Saturday f...
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Plainridge concludes record-breaking season

on 11/24/2017 12:00 AM
The curtain came down on the 2017 live harness racing season at Plainridge Park on Friday afternoon with many outstanding human and equine performances to mention from the 125-day meet. Greg Merton was the leading dash driver with 230 victories and those starts earned his connections $1.509 million in purses. Both numbers were new track records, smashing the same records Merton set last year. M...
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Jerseylicious sets Hollywood Dayton record

on 11/24/2017 12:00 AM
It was obvious the bettors thought Jerseylicious was the best in Hollywood Dayton's Mares Open Pace on Friday night when they sent her off at prohibitive 1-9 odds. But no one except driver Tyler Smith, trainer Tim Lane and owner Bruce Trogdon (Emerald Highlands Farm) knew just how much the best. All the 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal did was break the track record for pacing mares with a ...
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LA Delight wins 1st race of ‘17 at Woodbine

on 11/24/2017 12:00 AM
Carmen Auciello has been racking up victories and making an impact on the Woodbine trainer standings for many seasons and Friday night at the Toronto oval he reached a career milestone. Four-year-old pacing mare Sodwana Bay captured the evening’s sixth race to give Auciello 1,000 career training victories. The 37-year-old trainer from Stouffville, Ont. came into the night just a win shy ...
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Dragin The Wagon steals show at Batavia

on 11/24/2017 12:00 AM
In his last trip to Batavia Downs three weeks ago, Dragin The Wagon won handily wire to wire in 1:56.1. After two starts at Yonkers he returned to the Genesee County oval for a curtain call as the star of the show once again as he won the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot on Friday night. Dragin The Wagon (Billy Davis Jr.) went right to the front and opened a gapped lead that would only get bigger. Af...
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Downbytheseaside tops Fear The Dragon

on 11/23/2017 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside overcame post position nine, with two trailers to his outside at the start, to win the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination in 1:50.1 over stablemate Fear The Dragon on Wednesday night (Nov. 22) at Dover Downs. Downbytheseaside got away at the back of the field at the start--ninth--while his stablemate, Fear The Dragon, was settled at the pylons when a gap developed as ...
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Divas Image takes Pocono feature in 1:51.2

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
The Bettors Delight mare Divas Image came into The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono from Yonkers and promptly regained her winning ways, taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature Tuesday in 1:51.2, a new mark, on the penultimate card of the 2017 season at the mountain oval. George Napolitano Jr. received the sulky assignment from trainer Jennifer Bongiorno and promptly made every pole a winning ...
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Midwest Auction supplements now online

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
Supplemental Entries are now posted online at Midwest Auction Co. com, along with updated racelines for all racehorse entries. Many quality racehorses were added to the sale in the supplement section, which will sell directly after Hip 120 in the catalog. In its inaugural year, the Midwest Mixed Sale is set to start this Friday, Nov. 24, at 11 AM. The sale will be held at the brand-new 250,000 ...
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Fourth Dimension ready for Valley Victory

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
After rebounding from a disappointing outcome in the Breeders Crown with a win in last week's Valley Victory Stakes elimination, 2-year-old trotter Fourth Dimension will try to wrap up his season with one more victory in Saturday's (Nov. 25) $464,650 final at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The Valley Victory is one of the "Fall Final Four" stakes for 2-year-old trotters and pacers Saturday at the Big...
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Canada holding National Championship in '18

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce that a National Driving Championship (NDC) will be hosted in 2018 and the winner will have the opportunity to join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden.   Standardbred Canada hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August and MacDonald's victory earned him an automatic invitati...
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Florida breds compete in finals Sunday

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
Thanksgiving is Thursday but the feast for horsemen is Sunday at Pompano Park as the FSBOA sponsored Breeders Stakes Finals takes place with over $420,000 up for grabs in their eight championship finals for two and three year-old Florida breds. The action begins with five non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 with I Rhoda Daley seeking to continue her dominance in the $49,750 event for juvenile...
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Gulotta appointed to governor-elect team

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy has announced the appointment of Mike Gulotta, a director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) and CEO of Deo Volente Farms, to his Budget transition committee. Gulotta will make recommendations on state policy, issues and initiatives as Murphy's administration prepares to take office. The committees will...
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Meadowlands insights in new Weekend Preview

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
The latest edition of HarnessRacing Weekend Preview includes insights about the Fall Four and TVG events at the Meadowlands this Saturday. Trainer Ron Burke explains the entry of his 3-year-old trotting colt What The Hill in the TVG Open Trot, Tim Tetrick offers his thoughts about his drives in the big stakes at the Meadowlands Saturday, and trainer Joe Holloway talks about his 2-year-old f...
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Barn Girl wins third straight at Meadows

on 11/22/2017 12:00 AM
Barn Girl won her third straight race -- and 14th this year -- with a facile front-end score in Wednesday’s (Nov. 22) $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl zipped to the top from post six for Aaron Merriman and never permitted any effective outside flow to develop. She defeated the pocket-sitting Lady Ping by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:55.4 over a "good" surface, ...
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