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Cajon Lightning favored in Yonkers' Open Pace

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Cajon Lightning looked well-spotted when he drew the inside post position for his Yonkers debut Jan. 20. Trainer Eric Ell entered the gelding in a $30,000 overnight off a win in the Open Handicap at Dover Downs the previous week and hoped Cajon Lightning would show speed and control the race. But while Cajon Lightning was shipping up from Delaware, Ell received a disappointing phone call: the t...
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Southwind's Charlie Williams Caretaker of the Year

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Charlie Williams, the stallion manager at Southwind Farms in New Jersey, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Caretaker of the Year Award, sponsored by Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in conjunction with the U.S. Harness Writers Association. Williams, 68, has worked at Southwind Farms for nearly three decades. Williams was born in Georgia and began working with horses as a young man in F...
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Blooded Horse Sale set for Monday, Feb. 12

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
There are 417 horses cataloged for the 55th Annual Blooded Horse Winter Sale to be held Monday, Feb.12, in Delaware, Ohio. The sale features 26 yearlings, 26 two-year-olds, 49 three-year-olds, 45 in-foal broodmares, eight stallion shares and over 200 racehorses. The sale presents an unusual opportunity to purchase a royally-bred Angus Hall 2-yr-old in training, that is selling to settle...
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David Miller drives winner in New Zealand

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame harness driver David Miller is in for a busy working holiday while Down Under with his wife, Misty, and friends Richard "Nifty" Norman and his wife. Miller drove a winner at Addington Park on Friday night, winning a 1950 meter race with the 3-year-old trotter Show Gait (Majestic Son-Sierra Roydon-Sierra Kosmos). Miller had six drives on the card and also picked up a secon...
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New Zealand breeder Bob McArdle dies

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Bob McArdle, the New Zealand breeder best known in North America as the namesake for the top pacer McArdle, has died. The 76-year-old who imported so many top stallions to New Zealand through his days at Nevele R Stud died in his sleep on Wednesday night (January 24). He is survived by his wife Denise and children Lisa and Baeden. Few people have every contributed as much to, or for tha...
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Woodbine announces 2018 stakes schedule

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment today revealed its full $10 million-plus Standardbred stakes lineup for 2018. The 2018 stakes schedule is highlighted by the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers on Saturday, June 16. This year’s Pepsi North America Cup will be the 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly r...
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Fines & Suspensions now free on Pathway

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
The U.S. Trotting Association announced Friday (Jan. 26) that all Fines and Suspensions Ruling Reports, which are searchable, are now available for free in Pathway (https://pathway.ustrotting.com), the online database on the USTA’s website. Previously, only weekly Fines and Suspensions Bulletins in pdf format were available at no charge but were not searchable. "We realized that our searchab...
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Motu Moonbeam N takes Yonkers mare open

on 01/26/2018 12:00 AM
Slight favorite Motu Moonbeam N (Matt Kakaley, $7.60) took over early and lasted late Friday night (Jan. 26), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away second from post position two, Motu Moonbean N grabbed the lead from pole-assigned All About Madi (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton) was also put in play, finding a seat ...
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Stratton talks about driving at Yonkers

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Although driver Jordan Stratton had a career-best season in 2017, pulling in just over $9 million in purses, making 394 trips to the winner’s circle, and finishing second in the Yonkers driver’s standings for the first time in his career, you probably didn’t read about it in the headlines. The 30-year-old reinsman prefers it that way. He’d rather see the recognition go to the equine athl...
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Bronze Over N favored Friday at Meadowlands

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Live harness racing returns to The Meadowlands on Friday evening (Jan. 26) with a 13-race program. The featured contest is the seventh, a $17,500 conditioned pace for the ladies where New Zealand import Bronze Over N is the slight favorite on the morning line at 2-1. Racing out of the Scotty DiDomenico barn for owner Larry Fischer, Bronze Over N was a winner at first asking at The Meadowlands ...
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More guarantees for Meadowlands' exotics

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Western Joe might have been the top performer at the Meadowlands after taking the Preferred Handicap last Saturday (Jan. 20) night, but the big winners were the betting faithful, who were treated to big payoffs, which were created by spirited wagering. Over the course of the 14-race program only four favorites visited victory lane, which served as the catalyst for big payouts in the 20-cent S...
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Horse Council holding webinar on ELD mandate

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
The American Horse Council will host its first quarter 2018 webinar on Monday (Feb. 12) at 3 p.m. (EST) and will address the recent Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate that has caused much confusion and a lot of questions throughout the equine industry. "We have been getting quite a few phone calls and emails with questions about the ELD Mandate and how it is going to not only af...
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McMullen PA County Fairs Horseperson of Year

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
Longtime horseman and Meadows Standardbred Owners Association board member John McMullen has been honored by his peers as the Pennsylvania Association of County Fairs Person of the Year. The award was presented at the Pennsylvania Fair Convention. McMullen, 81, started racing horses at The Meadows during the track’s inaugural season in 1963, and has been racing on the Pennsylvania fair circu...
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PA Dept. of Ag update on Meadows quarantine

on 01/25/2018 12:00 AM
A Standardbred horse at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County tested positive Wednesday (Jan. 24)  for equine herpes virus, or EHV-1, making it the second confirmed case in the state this month. Last week, veterinarians with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine confirmed a case at the school’s New ...
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Tetrick drives Lazarus to victory at Dover

on 01/24/2018 12:00 AM
Trotter Lazurus made his first visit to Dover Downs a winning one while pacer Pass Line Bluechip won for the fourth straight time in the Tuesday (Jan. 23) co-features over an off track. After two straight starts from the outside, Lazurus drew an inside post in the $13,000 Winners-Over trot and made the best of it. With Tim Tetrick at the controls, the Credit Winner-Afterglow Hall gelding scored...
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Meadows' backstretch closed due to EHV

on 01/24/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadows is presently a closed horse community due to a horse testing positive for EHV-1. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission made the announcement this morning. No horses are being allowed to ship in or ship out of the backstretch at The Meadows to limit any possibility of spreading EHV through the equine community. In addition, due to deteriorating track conditions, The Meadows ...
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Magical 2017 season for Yannick Gingras

on 01/24/2018 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras’ focus is on winning races, not awards, but when you win races like he did in 2017 it’s no surprise when recognition follows. Gingras drove four horses last year that captured Dan Patch Award divisional honors, including the three horses ranked at the top of the season’s final Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll: No. 1 Hannelore Hanover, No. 2 Ariana G, and No. 3 Manche...
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First foal by world champ Always B Miki born

on 01/24/2018 12:00 AM
World champion Always B Miki is a dad. Gallie Beach gave birth to a filly by Always B Miki at 10 p.m. on Tuesday night (Jan. 23) at Fashion Farms of Pennsylvania. The filly is the first foal of the unraced Somebeachsomewhere daughter Gallie Beach, who is out of a full sister to the multiple stakes winner Gallie Bythe Beach, who is carrying her first foal, also by Always B Miki. Both mar...
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Divas Image makes it four in a row at Dover

on 01/24/2018 12:00 AM
Starting from outside post 8 proved no problem for Divas Image on the way to her fourth straight $25,000 Mares Open/Handicap win at Dover Downs on Wednesday, Jan 24. With last season’s Horse of the Meet leading at the quarter, Tony Morgan moved Divas Image up to take the front and never was headed the rest of a 1:52.1 mile. Jenn Bongiorno trains the five-year-old daughter of Bettor’s De...
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