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Filled Donut wins from 8 hole at Dover

on 01/16/2018 12:00 AM
Filled Donut overcame leaving from outside post 8 to win his second straight, delivering a 1:54.1 success in the $16,000 feature trot in the Tueday headliner at Dover Downs.   Jack Parker Jr. drove NF Happenstance to her third consecutive victory to win the $13,000 Winner’s Over trot. Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Eric Ell teamed up completing an undefeated 2018 for the Andove...
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Dover Dan's first book is full and closed

on 01/15/2018 12:00 AM
The Dover Dan Syndicate would like to thank everyone for their interest in booking to Dover Dan. The syndicate is pleased to announce his book is full and closed for the 2018 breeding season. The response to the son of Andover Hall-CR Kay Suzie was overwhelming and mare owners will be notified within the week as to the status of their applications. Dover Dan is own...
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Wilfong wins 5 at Hawthorne

on 01/15/2018 12:00 AM
On another cold and snowy evening at Hawthorne Race Course, the second week of the winter meet concluded with a fine performance on the track from driver Kyle Wilfong. The 26-year-old guided home five winners from his eight drives on the Sunday card.   After a fourth-place finish in the night's opener with Lilac Laurey, Wilfong won the second race on the card with Skyway Fireball ($...
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Briggs sweeps Herveys; Waterstone runner-up

on 01/15/2018 12:00 AM
Dave Briggs swept the writing categories in the 2017 John Hervey Awards competition, capturing the feature division with a story written for Hoof Beats magazine and the news/commentary division with a story written for Harness Racing Update, the U.S. Harness Writers Association announced Monday. In addition, the U.S. Trotting Association's ustrotting.com was selected the winner of the Herve...
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Foiled Again goes for 100th career win Saturday

on 01/15/2018 12:00 AM
Already with seven figures in earnings, Foiled Again goes for triple figures in wins. Harness racing’s richest-ever horse eyes a 100th career victory Saturday night (Jan. 20), starting from outside post position No. 7 in Yonkers Raceway’s $20,000 first race pace. Win No. 99 came this past Saturday night (Jan. 13), a season-debuting half-length victory (1:55) at the same level (non-winne...
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Miso Fast brings $250,000 to top Tattersalls

on 01/15/2018 12:00 AM
Ed Telle arrived at Monday’s (Jan. 15) Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale at the Meadowlands Racetrack with the intention of buying one horse, Miso Fast. Several hours later, Telle accomplished his goal. Telle purchased the 4-year-old pacing stallion for $250,000, which was the day’s top price. Formerly trained by Ron Burke, Miso Fast has won seven of 36 career races and earned $647,...
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Mister Virgin scores at Dover, is claimed

on 01/15/2018 12:00 AM
Mister Virgin added another to his victory string which reached five after a 1:51.2 victory in the $10,500 claiming pace at Dover Downs on Monday (Jan.15). Great Kate won the $12,000 featured trot. Ron Davis' Mister Virgin took control of the race, getting the lead in front of the grandstand and never shook off a bid by Cashendash Hanover (Corey Callahan) on the backstretch into deep stretc...
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Manhattan Beach wins Miami Valley Open

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
It took Manhattan Beach two tries, but the son of Somebeachsomewhere got his initial victory of 2018 in the $25,000 Open Pace at Miami Valley on Saturday night.  Driver Trace Tetrick benefitted from Manhattan Beach’s best post position in quite some time to control the race throughout. After easily getting the top from the three hole, the winner cruised through quarter splits of :28...
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Foiled Again wins 99th career race

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
As George Brennan succinctly said, "What can I say?" Brennan spoke of Foiled Again beginning his final racing season with his 99th career victory Saturday night, highlighting Yonkers Raceway’s 11-race soiree. The sport’s richest horse added to his $7.5 million retirement account with a hard-earned, half-length victory.  Quarter-moving to the lead from post position three in the $...
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Gingras wins four at the Meadowlands

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
Yannick Gingras was the go-to guy Saturday night at the Meadowlands, winning four times on the 14-race card. The 2017 United States Harness Writers Association Driver of the Year scored in the first race with 6-5 favorite P H Kenny, who had lost no fewer than 37 straight heading into the night. The son of Lis Mara took the $15,000 claiming pace in 1:53 in powerful, two-move fashion. Next up w...
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McKirgan feted at OHHA banquet

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
It was mighty cold outside, but the warmth emanating from the room surely spread its heat throughout the lobby of the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington, Ohio, on Saturday as 77-year-old Don McKirgan took the stage at the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association annual banquet to be feted for his induction into the state’s Hall of Fame. True to the form that was responsible for his selection by th...
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Money Maven cashes in in Yonkers Open

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
Favored Money Maven (Yannick Gingras, $5.40) held sway after a long grind Sunday afternoon winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicap Trot.  The field of nine went as the first of seven ‘French’ trots, with Money Maven away from third from post position three.  Last week’s off-the-pace winner, Consolidator (Jim Marohn Jr.) left hard here. The lass worked around pol...
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George Brennan and a pair of “old men”

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
Put Foiled Again together with Run And Tell Pap and you get a 25-year-old gelding. Well, not quite. While the exploits of 14-year-old pacer Foiled Again—he of the 99 career wins and sport’s best $7.5 million lifetime bankroll—have been well-documented by any number of authors, including this one, trotter Run And Tell Pap also just keeps on keepin’ on. The 11-year-old son of High Falls ...
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Another Breath repeats at Miami Valley

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
An Open Trot and a trio of first leg divisions of the Claim To Fame Late Closer series for $30,000 claimers, all for $25,000 purses, shared the spotlight on the Sunday matinee at Miami Valley Raceway. Another Breath (Chris Page) scored for the second straight week in the top trot besting Cantab Lindy (Tyler Smith) and Walter White (Dan Noble) in 1:55.4.  Page, undoubtedly aware that...
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Somebeachsomewhere dies at age 13

on 01/14/2018 12:00 AM
World champion, Hall of Famer, leading stallion and legendary Standardbred racehorse Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, NJ after a short battle with cancer. Somebeachsomewhere had just turned 13 on Jan. 1. "It’s devastating. It’s a terrible day," said Brent MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the Canadian-...
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Bettors, Brett Miller have big night at Big M

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
After cold temperatures cancelled racing at the Meadowlands a week ago, Big M fans and driver Brett Miller enjoyed the unseasonable warmth in a big way as racing resumed on a rainy Friday night. The Pick-5, which had a guaranteed pool of $125,000, ended up at just over $250,000 after adding the wager’s carryover of $28,786 to the pot. Those smart enough to have the winning combination of 3-...
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Sally Fletcher A wins F&M Open at Yonkers

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Odds-on Sally Fletcher A (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) was saved by the wire Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s first-of-the-season $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. The auto-drawn field of seven traversed the rain and the wind and the fog, with Sally Fletcher A—from post position two—wanting no part of an early seat. The people’s preference worked around polester Scandalicious (Matt Kak...
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Western Hill set for 4YO debut at Yonkers

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Last summer, talented pacer Western Hill showed promise of becoming a top stakes 3 year old. The Tony Alagna trainee finished second in his North American Cup elimination and fifth in the final the following week. After failing to make the Meadowlands Pace final, the son of Western Ideal again finished second in an elimination of the Adios and earned a fourth-place check in the final. Desp...
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USTA District 1 meets, votes on rules changes

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
Despite a snowstorm the night before, USTA District 1 conducted its annual membership meeting on Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel in Worthington, Ohio. Led by director Don "Skip" Hoovler and directors Dan Ater and Dr. John Mossbarger, the members in attendance discussed and voted upon the 24 rule change and by-law proposals submitted by members, track officials and USTA Staff. The entire ...
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USTA District 7 meets, votes on rules changes

on 01/13/2018 12:00 AM
The annual meeting of the United States Trotting Association’s District 7, encompassing Pennsylvania, was held on Saturday at the Omni Bedford Springs Report in this Pennsylvania city. District Chairman Sam Beegle was joined by directors Russell Williams, Rich Gillock, Barry Brown, and Kevin Decker. Beegle asked Williams to guide the review of the USTA rule change proposals. Russell sta...
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