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Meadows to request to make up lost dates

on 02/22/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will resume live racing tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 23, at 5:30 p.m. We have submitted a proposal to the Pennsylvania Racing Commission to replace lost racing days by increasing the schedule from three days per week to four days per week in October and November, and by eliminating previously scheduled breaks in May, July and September. "We are eager to return to t...
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USTA to hold clerk & charting school in May

on 02/22/2018 12:00 AM
The USTA will hold a clerk and charting school on Tuesday (May 8) through Thursday (May 10) at the USTA office in Westerville, Ohio. This comprehensive course will cover all procedures and requirements for how to use eTrack, which is the system used in race offices at both pari-mutuel and county fair tracks to create race programs and submit entries and results to the USTA. Currently lice...
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Austin Siegelman wins four at Monticello

on 02/22/2018 12:00 AM
Austin Siegelman has always danced to a different beat. Thursday (Feb. 22) was no different. Taking advantage of the absence of leading drivers James DeVaux and Bruce Aldrich Jr., the 25-year-old Siegelman reeled off four winners on the afternoon nine-race card at Monticello. The first winner of the day came midway in the card in race four aboard Musical Romance ($6.30) from post...
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Tempus Seelster captures Saratoga mare Open

on 02/22/2018 12:00 AM
Thursday afternoon (Feb. 22) brought about the first installment of the Fillies and Mares Open for the 2018 season at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Seven distaffers squared off for a purse of $12,000 through the snowflakes that fell throughout the matinee card. The Heidi Rohr-trained Tempus Seelster (Big Jim) was the even-money favorite in the feature and driver Billy Dobson perched the 5-year-old in ...
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Trace Tetrick's star rises to new heights

on 02/21/2018 12:00 AM
Trace Tetrick will head to Orlando this weekend to receive harness racing’s Rising Star Award, and even if he stops off at a nearby theme park it will be difficult to top the ride he enjoyed in 2017.  Tetrick, a 31-year-old driver who grew up in Illinois and now calls Indiana home, set career highs with 569 wins and $6.81 million in purses. He cracked North America’s top 10 in victories ...
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Foiled Again aims for 100 again Thursday

on 02/21/2018 12:00 AM
The Foiled Again saga continues Thursday night, with the venue Yonkers Raceway and the quest of 100 career wins remaining the same.   It's the fourth crack at the milestone for harness racing's richest-ever equine ($7,570,878) in his 308th career purse start. Foiled Again drew post position No. 3 in the $20,000, eighth-race pace. First post is 6:50 p.m., with approximate post for the eigh...
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HHI set to meet Feb. 25-28 in Florida

on 02/21/2018 12:00 AM
Harness Horsemen International will hold their annual meetings and awards luncheon beginning Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Embassy Suites Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa, Deerfield Beach, Fla.   Registration starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a welcome reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with general sessions beginning daily at 9 a.m. on Feb. 26, 27, and 28. Monday's agenda in...
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Pompano Park announces purse increase

on 02/21/2018 12:00 AM
Pompano Park management has announced a purse increase of 10 percent effective March 1.   The increase covers all classes with the Open classes rising from $11,000 to $12,500, a 13.6 percent increase, and the lowest claiming classes going from $3,400 to $3,800, an 11.7 percent hike.   Racing continues at Florida's only pari-mutuel harness track until the end of May. (Pompano P...
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Meadowlands reminder on stakes requirements

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands wishes to remind the owners of horses nominated to 2018 stakes of the new language in place regarding approved trainers that was made public in a Feb. 1 press release.   The new language may be found in all Meadowlands stakes conditions under the "Rules" heading and states:   "Any horse nominated to any Meadowlands stakes/event must be in the care of an ap...
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Rybka loves competition of harness racing

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
Steve Rybka had driven in several races in his young harness racing career prior to his trip around Monticello Raceway on Jan. 3 with Rockintheniteaway, but he had never experienced feelings on the racetrack like he did that afternoon. "I got goose bumps at the three-quarter pole," the 22-year-old Rybka said. "I came second over and once I tipped her and cleared, I was thinking I was going to ...
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Buffalo cancels Wednesday race card

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
Buffalo Raceway has canceled racing for Wednesday, Feb. 21. The track will draw for Friday, Feb. 23, on Tuesday morning, Feb. 20.   The temperatures are expected to be in the 60s on Tuesday and Wednesday with heavy rain causing impossible racing conditions.   "I regret this decision and the circumstances causing the cancelations the past week. It has been a very difficult...
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Casey Leonard takes Hawthorne driving title

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
A winter meet that brought weather conditions from fog, to rain, to heavy snow concluded Monday evening (Feb. 19) at Hawthorne. Due to a couple of cancellations in the final weeks because of snowy conditions, the winter meet consisted of 25 cards. Driver Casey Leonard grabbed his fourth consecutive leading driver title, with 38 wins. Loralee Johnson took home the training title with 19 wins...
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Pocono Downs announces 2018 schedule

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono is pleased to announce its 2018 racing season schedule. The track in Northeast PA is looking forward to another tremendous season of racing, with the Breeders Crown returning for the third time.   Opening night has been set for Saturday, March 17,at a new post time of 7 p.m. for all race nights, with the exception of Easter Sunday at 5 p.m. and all three Tr...
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DerbyWars, TVG to host WHHC qualifying events

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
DerbyWars, horse racing’s leading contest site, will host a WHHC Mega-Qualifier on Saturday (Feb. 24) featuring five qualifying spots for the $75,000-guaranteed World Harness Handicapping Championship presented by DerbyWars  The WHHC Mega-Qualifier entry fee is $115, with the five WHHC qualifying spots based on 50 entries. The contest will consist of the second half of the ...
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Theresademoniinme captures Dover Open Trot

on 02/20/2018 12:00 AM
After breaking stride at the start of last week’s $25,000 Open Handicap Trot and rebounding to finish third, Theresademoninme bounced back to score an impressive 1:53 wire-to-wire victory in the feature on Tuesday (Feb. 20) to give driver Jonathan Roberts, trainer/co-owner Dylan Davis a training triple and owner double for the day. The Kadaba-Tortoni 7-year-old co-owned by Mike Casalino, notc...
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Double your Heathers on Dan Patch Red Carpet

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
What's better than one Heather? Two Heathers, of course! Well-known harness racing personalities Heather Vitale and Heather Wilder will be walking the Red Carpet at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards banquet on Sunday night, Feb. 25, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla., and broadcasting live on their Facebook pages. Heather Vitale's Facebook...
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Dan Patch auction the biggest ever

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
Come this Sunday night (Feb. 25), the United States Harness Writers Association will host its annual Dan Patch Awards Night and part of the festivities will be the largest silent auction in the history of the event. Thanks especially, to all the donors who came forth with some super items. "Members from all corners of the harness racing community have really supported our silent auction wit...
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Mister Virgin best in Dover feature

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
Mister Virgin got back to his winning ways on Monday taking the President’s Day $10,500 feature pace in 1:50.3 with Tony Morgan driving. After Cashendash Hanover (Tim Tetrick) fired away to the lead after the start, then Tony Morgan moved into the lead and was not challenged on the way to an easy victory with Cashendash Hanover holding second with Hide Me Away (Russell Foster) the th...
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Woodbine cancels Monday card after 5 races

on 02/19/2018 12:00 AM
Mild temperatures and steady rain caused Monday evening’s card of Standardbred racing at Woodbine Racetrack to be cancelled following the fifth-race due to deteriorating track conditions.   The unseasonably warm temperatures and rain in the Toronto area Monday caused havoc on the racing surface all evening. The first-half of the 10-race card was contested, but following the fifth-race and...
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Heza Thrill N takes Miami Valley feature

on 02/18/2018 12:00 AM
Saturday night’s (Feb. 17) $24,000 Open Handicap Pace at Miami Valley Raceway unfolded just as expected with Night Pro (Dale Decker) exploding to the front and polesitter Heza Thrill N (Trace Tetrick) settling snuggly into the pocket. Following a rather pedestrian :28.2 opening quarter mile (despite a sloppy track), Starlite Kid (Dan Noble) mounted a challenge on the outside and lapped in...
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