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Michael Merton drives 3,000th winner

on 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
Michael Merton notched his 3,000th career-winning drive at Monticello Raceway on Thursday (Jan. 18). The milestone win came aboard Armor Hanover in the seventh race. The 9-year-old SJ’S Caviar gelding won by seven lengths in 1:57.2 and is owned and trained by Doug Berkeley of Montgomery, NY. Merton hails from a family that has been deeply embedded at Monticello Raceway since its inception in ...
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Horses & BBQ Friday night at Meadowlands

on 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
Live racing returns to the Meadowlands on Friday night with another action-filled 14 race card. The featured race of the evening is the seventh, a 10-horse conditioned trot for a purse of $15,000. Chief among the competitors are a pair who have recently competed at the Preferred level now realizing a bit of class relief and another that is rising through the ranks. Opulent Yankee (PP #9) has t...
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Big M the place to bet multi-race

on 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
While wagering in general remained strong at the Meadowlands last weekend (Jan. 12-13), players were especially fired up when it came time to play the track's popular Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers.   The Friday Pick 5 had a pool that swelled to $253,772, with interest in the wager piqued due to a $28,786 carryover from the prior race card. The five-bagger has a 50-cent base bet and a low...
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Rood & Riddle to host cocktails, conversation

on 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
Rood & Riddle is excited to host Cocktails & Conversations at one of Wellington's premier private country clubs, The Wanderers Club. The event will be held on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. with an array of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres being served. Cocktails & Conversations, which is a change of venue and time for a previously scheduled Lunch and Learn event, will feature five distinguished veter...
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Ric Flair to appear at Dan Patch Awards dinner

on 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
Last year it was "Elvis" who greeted the attendees at the U.S. Harness Writers Association's (USHWA) annual Dan Patch Awards dinner in Las Vegas, and this year on Sunday night, Feb. 25, it will be retired professional wrestler Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair who will welcome everyone at the Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. Flair, who will be attending the dinner as a guest of one of the ...
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Terry Stone, former Ont. Racing director, dies

on 01/18/2018 12:00 AM
Former Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Director of Racing Terry Stone passed away suddenly on Jan. 15.   After an exemplary career in the public service -– including 14 years with the OPP and 27 years with the ORC -- Terry retired in 2007. In his time with the ORC, Terry was an active participant and witness to change in the horse racing community – not only in the legislative m...
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Glidemaster moving to Winbak of Delaware

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
Winbak Farm is proud to announce that world champion racehorse and sire Glidemaster is being relocated to Winbak Farm of Delaware.   "We're glad we are able to stand a Horse of the Year and a sire who's already producing world-class trotters. We're excited to have him standing here at Winbak of Delaware where his offspring will be eligible to the profitable Delaware program," said W...
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Trainer Brian Brown optimistic for 2018

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
Not often does a trainer work with two horses in the same division that both earn a million dollars, but such was the case last year for Brian Brown. In fact, Brown became the first trainer in 13 years to accomplish the feat with two 3-year-old colt pacers, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Those two stars are gone this year, off to perform stallion duties, but Brown is optimistic ...
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Sign up for Saturday's handicapping qualifier

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
Two more spots are up for grabs this Saturday in Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment's $200 January Qualifier. The qualifier has a $200 total fee ($100 entry plus a $100 real-money bankroll). The format requires players to bet a minimum of $10 Win wagers on 10 Meadowlands races. Players can wager on more than 10 races if they so desire. Players can register on-site Saturday up until 7:15 pm...
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Haverstick's Big M return brings fond memories

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
Iron Mine Bucky and trainer Greg Haverstick return to the Meadowlands Racetrack on Friday for the eighth time since appearing there in the 2016 Hambletonian Stakes, but the trip never gets old. Haverstick relives Hambletonian Day every time he goes back.   "I do," Haverstick said. "You never forget that day. As long as I live, I guess, I'll never forget it. It was a dream come true....
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Buffalo races for purse money only, no wagering

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
A power surge at Buffalo Raceway has caused a failure of Amtote's PC Color Display Computer System and its backup. Due to the lack of odds and prices being presented, wagering on the 11-race card for Wednesday evening has been canceled.   The races will be run for purse only and broadcast throughout the entire simulcast network.   We apologize for this inconvenience. (Buf...
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Shark Gal wins Meadows feature with first-over move

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
  Shark Gal was first over forever, but she still had enough in the tank to draw off in the lane en route to victory in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $12,700 Filly & Mare Conditioned Pace. Trainer/driver Wilbur Yoder had Shark Gal moving from sixth before the half. The 6-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture-Daybreak Gal steadily gobbled up horses and cleared into the fin...
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Miss Irish Rose A takes Buffalo feature

on 01/17/2018 12:00 AM
Wagering may have been cancelled at Buffalo Raceway due to electrical problems but Miss Irish Rose A was still all business in taking the featured $9,500 Open Pace for the mares on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) in a snappy 1:59.1. A power surge at Buffalo Raceway caused a failure of Amtote's PC Color Display Computer System and its backup. Due to the lack of odds and prices being pr...
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Doolin to receive Davies Humanitarian Award

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Anne Doolin, whose compassion for animals and people in peril has moved her to rescue and foster thousands of pets and provide meals and services for so many in need, has been named the 2017 January Davies Humanitarian Award winner presented by the U.S. Harness Writers Association (USHWA). The award was created in 2008 by USHWA member Callie Davies-Gooch in memory of her daughter to recogni...
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Country Kay Sue, dam of CR Kay Suzie, dies

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame broodmare Country Kay Sue, the dam of 1995 Horse of the Year CR Kay Suzie, died Monday (Jan. 15) in Ocala, Fla., owner Rod Allen said today. She was 32. Country Kay Sue was limited to nine lifetime races because of injuries, but made her name as a broodmare. In addition to being the dam of CR Kay Suzie, she produced CR Renegade, who counted the 1999 Breeders Crown for 3-year-ol...
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Entries closing for Blooded Horse Winter Sale

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Entries for the Blooded Horse Winter Sale close at noon on Wednesday, January 17. The one-day sale will take place on Monday, February 12 in Delaware, Ohio. Horsemen from 27 states and Canada will converge at the home of the Little Brown Jug to replenish their racehorses, look for young prospects, pick up broodmares, and sort through yearlings. Visit www.bloodedhorse.com to enter or to order a...
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Buffalo cancels Friday card

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Due to a shortage of entries for the Friday, Jan. 19, program, officials at Buffalo Raceway were forced to cancel that evening's action that was scheduled for 5 p.m.   There is an 11-race program on Wednesday night, Jan. 17, beginning at 5 p.m. After Friday's cancellation, racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m.   For more information including the latest news...
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NY horsewoman Christine Cachaza dies

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Christine Cachaza, 61, much loved Mother, Nana, Sister, Aunt, and Friend, died Jan. 12 after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.   Born May 28, 1956 in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John E. and Lucille Mongeon. More than anything else, her life centered around her family. Family meant everything to her and we will always remember her reminding us -- "Family is the ...
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Claim To Fame Series continues at Miami Valley

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Six more Claim To Fame Series divisions went postward on Tuesday afternoon at Miami Valley, two for $12,500 claiming mares and four for $8,000 horses and geldings.  When the dust settled, 17 of the 53 horses that entered went home for new owners via the claim box. Distaff winners were Melanies Sharkette (Chris Page, 1:57.1, $6.00 to win) over Well Wishers (Trevor Smith) and Rosie Kit (...
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Arthur Pendragon up late to win at Meadows

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
After unsuccessfully challenging Phoenix Warrior N down the backstretch, Arthur Pendragon tried him again late, inching by in the lane to capture Tuesday’s $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Arthur Pendragon and Mike Wilder pulled the pocket past the half, only to find Phoenix Warrior N unwilling to yield. Wilder was able to guide Arthur Pendragon ba...
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