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Hawthorne cancels Friday card due to storm

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the current snowfall and forecast for additional accumulating snowfall into the afternoon, races on Friday at Hawthorne will be cancelled.   With very poor road conditions, it would be dangerous for horsemen to attempt to ship horses in to race. Additionally, to properly prepare a safe racing surface, the snow must conclude and then the track crew will need hours to conduct th...
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Morrisville Yearling Sale set for Sept. 16

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Morrisville College is pleased to announce its annual Yearling Sale will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16. This year marks the 27th year for the annual sale. Entries are now being accepted. The New York breeding and racing program has been a strong economic supporter of the Morrisville Equine Program for many years.The Morrisville College students greatly appreciate hosting the sale and making indus...
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Penn National Gaming Series canceled

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the unfortunate cancellation of the two stake races planned for Plainridge Park--the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot and the Clara Barton Pace--the Penn National Gaming Challenge Series will not be offered this year.   Opportunities to establish the series in the future will be considered if additional races can be offered. (Penn Gaming)
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Blindswitch Racing has top starters at Yonkers

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
Blindswitch Racing Stable and trainer Al Annunziata will start a formidable pair in this week's pacing features at Yonkers Raceway. Betabcool N is the 7-2 co-second choice on the morning line in Friday's (Feb. 9) $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap while Don'tcallmefrancis is the 3-1 early favorite in Saturday's (Feb. 10) $40,000 Open Handicap.   Created by David Litvinsky six years ago,...
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Meadowlands to increase testing for stakes

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
With the announcement that the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) will not be implemented for 2018, The Meadowlands will address the immediate concern regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) in their stakes by increasing both Out Of Competition (OOC) and post race testing this year.   The New Jersey Racing Commission (NJRC) has agreed to recognize th...
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Meadows cancels March late-closers

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled four March late closer series for 3- and 4-year-olds. The canceled series are the Walter Russell Memorial, the Donna Dunn Memorial, the Ken Weaver Memorial and the Mary Wohlmuth Memorial, all with a Feb. 15 nomination deadline. Payments already received will be refunded. It is not known if the series will be rescheduled. Four April late closer se...
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Sell A Bit N wins Yonkers F&M Open Pace

on 02/09/2018 12:00 AM
A repeating Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) finished what she started—barely—Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The first turn was not for the squeamish, with all three inside assignees—Juxta Cowgirl (Dan Dube), Jag Out (Joe Bongiorno) and Betabcool N (Jason Bartlett)—making breaks to one degree or another.  Sell A Bit N, re...
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Voltina takes Buffalo feature for first '18 win

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
After a couple of narrow defeats the past two weeks from the five post, Voltina drew the rail and took full advantage of it to capture the featured $7,700 pace for the distaff pacers at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (Feb. 7).   Voltina set sail from the rail with John Cummings Jr. in the bike and posted splits of :30.2, 1:00.3 and 1:29.3 over the good track. With a quarter-mile...
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Hawthorne cancels Thursday racing

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Due to an impending winter storm, live racing for Thursday night (Feb. 8) has been cancelled at Hawthorne. Thursday night's card will be moved in full to Saturday with additional races being added. Qualifiers originally scheduled for Thursdayare scheduled to be moved to Friday at 5:30 p.m. A decision regarding live racing on Friday will be made Friday morning. (Hawthorne)
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Shartin N posts fourth straight victory

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Shartin N stepped up to the $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap on Wednesday (Feb. 7) for a 1:52.3 triumph to end winning streaks for two rivals over a sloppy track at Dover Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America-Bagdarin won for the fourth straight time to end the winning streaks of Divas Image and Terror At Night at three in a row.   With Tim Tetrick at the controls...
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Marohn looks to continue 2017 success

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
When Jim Marohn Jr. was a teenager, he worked on the backstretch at the Meadowlands and got to observe some of the sport's top stables in action. These days, the 35-year-old Marohn is still working at the Big M, but is part of the action as one of the racetrack's top drivers. No one won more races at the Meadowlands in 2017 than Marohn, who had 109. He did not win the track's driving title...
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Trotters highlight Friday Meadowlands card

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Friday night's live race card at the Meadowlands features 13 races and kicks off the big Valentine's Day weekend in Pink.   On the track, the seventh race pits 10 veteran trotters competing in a $14,000 conditioned race led by morning line choice Another Chapter. This now 4 year old was in career best form in his last few outings until going offstride as the favorite last ...
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Meadowlands stakes nominations due Feb. 15

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Nominations for the Meadowlands' slate of Grand Circuit stakes/early closers will close on Feb. 15, 2018.   Heading up the nearly $10 million in stakes purses, the Meadowlands will host two of harness racing's premier events. The $650,000 Meadowlands Pace on July 14 headlines a card worth an estimated $2.3 million. Just a few weeks later, "The Greatest Day In Harness Racin...
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A "Shaut-out" to A TC Queenie at Pompano

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Driver-trainer Rick Schaut celebrated his ninth anniversary by guiding A TC Queenie to a 1:54.2 victory in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot for Mares on Wednesday night.   The 5-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar led every step of her mile, clocking lively panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.4 along the way before a :29.3 finale sealed the deal measuring 2 1/4 lengths over ...
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Integrity Initiative won't be adopted this year

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment Thursday provided a new update regarding the recently announced Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI), which will now not be adopted in 2018. Clay Horner, who has been working on the initiative with Meadowlands' chairman Jeff Gural, said he hopes for a 2019 implementation.   A press release issued Thursday afternoon (Feb...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
The richest horse in North America in 2018 is the 8-year-old trotting mare NF Happenstance, who also happens to be the mother of a Sebastian K filly. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, trainer Carol Parker tells Gordon Waterstone about the racehorse-turned-broodmare-turned-racehorse who is off to a great start this year. Also, Ross Croghan has a pair of Down Under imports who hi...
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Ohio to hold informational meetings on EHV-1

on 02/08/2018 12:00 AM
The first of several meetings in regards to EHV-1 will be held Friday (Feb. 9) at the Warren County Fairgrounds (Lebanon) Building A (old race office) at 11 a.m. Present will be representatives from Woodland Run Veterinary Clinic, as well as Dr. Heather Plum and Dr. Scott McQuinn. A second meeting will be held at the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association (OHHA) offices in Grove City, Ohio,&n...
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Moonlight Cocktail takes 1:53.2 lifetime mark

on 02/07/2018 12:00 AM
Race favorite Moonlight Cocktail and longshot Bro Hanover came through with victories in the Tuesday (Feb. 6) Dover Downs co-feature races while Tony Morgan rang up four winners.   Moonlight Cocktail is destined to be bred later this spring to Chapter Seven. The Kadabra-Angostura 5-year-old mare is owned by Richard Gutnick and TLP Stable. She recorded her second win in the last...
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Monticello cancels Wednesday due to snow

on 02/07/2018 12:00 AM
Due to the timing of the snow and concern for the safety of the horseman, Monticello Raceway has cancelled live racing for Wednesday, Feb. 7. Live racing will resume on Thursday, Feb. 8, with a 12:25 post time.
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O'Brien Award voting results released

on 02/07/2018 12:00 AM
Standardbred Canada has released the breakdown of the voting for the 2017 O'Brien Awards. The ceremony took place Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Hilton Mississauga/ Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, Ont. The complete breakdown of the official voting appears below. Forty voters from across the country voted for a first and second selection in each category, except for Horse of the Year, wher...
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