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Meadowlands cancels Friday/Saturday cards

on 01/05/2018 12:00 AM
With the dangerous low temperatures and negative wind chills, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is canceling live racing for this Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6. Friday night qualifiers are also canceled.   "For the safety of our human and equine participants we decided to cancel live racing this weekend," said GM and COO of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment Jason Set...
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Meadowlands, WEG announce integrity rules

on 01/05/2018 12:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment and The Meadowlands today announced the implementation of the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative (SRIAI) for their 2018 racing seasons. Inspired by rules set out at Thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup, the Standardbred Racing Integrity and Accountability Initiative is designed to strengthen integrity in the sport and to respect the signifi...
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Hall of Fame broodmare Flat Foot Fluzy dies

on 01/05/2018 12:00 AM
Hall of Fame broodmare Flat Foot Fluzy died Thursday, Jan. 4, in New Jersey, equine surgeon Dr. Patty Hogan, the wife of owner Ed Lohmeyer, said. Flat Foot Fluzy was 31.   Lohmeyer bred Flat Foot Fluzy, a daughter of Direct Scooter out of Quinella Blue Chip, with William Simon, who was Secretary of the Treasury during the Nixon and Ford administrations. Simon, who enjoyed success as...
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The Meadows cancels Saturday's race card

on 01/05/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has canceled Saturday's live card due to the dangerously frigid conditions forecast. The track and its Harmar facility will remain open, with their regular hours, for simulcast viewing and wagering.   Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday when the program will feature the $15,000 total-pool Pick 4 guarantee originally scheduled for Saturday. First po...
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Yonkers will reopen without passing lane

on 01/05/2018 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway’s 2018 live season begins Sunday (Jan. 7), doing so without the passing lane. With approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, track superintendent Ed Ryan and his crew did the job of moving the homestretch pylons back to whence they came many moons ago. "We did this to produce earlier movement and make the races more exciting," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "It sho...
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3 tracks close Thursday; Monticello cancels Friday

on 01/04/2018 12:00 AM
The winter storm on the East Coast has forced the cancellation of Thursday race cards at three racetracks. Due to the poor weather, Dover Downs, Freehold Raceway and Monticello Raceway have canceled their scheduled live cards.   Also, the Meadowlands and Winners Bayonne OTW will be closed for simulcasting Thursday. The track and Winners are scheduled to re-open for simulcasting...
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Meadowlands adds new spring late-closers

on 01/04/2018 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is introducing a slate of late closers for the 2018 racing season. All are written with two legs and a final.   The first cluster will be raced in April and is for horses of all ages with separate events for pacing horses and mares that were non-winners of 6 extended PM or non-winners of $125,000 in 2017. The trotters will combine the sexes with the condition being fo...
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Hollywood Dayton reports huge gains in wagering

on 01/04/2018 12:00 AM
Hollywood Dayton Raceway is pleased to report a whopping 52 percent increase in total all-source wagering on its recently-concluded 2017 live meet. Because there were 76 days in the track's fourth annual meet, six more than in 2016, the average daily increase was 42 percent in a year-over-year comparison.   The numbers are particularly impressive in light of the recent industry...
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"Meadowlands Harness Live" debuts Friday

on 01/04/2018 12:00 AM
Thanks to the Meadowlands and SportsNet New York (SNY) live harness racing will come right into fans' living rooms Friday night, Jan. 5, from the sport's top track. That's the night "Meadowlands Harness Live" begins its 10-week Friday night run on SNY by bringing three live races to lovers of the sulky sport, with the track's Dave Brower serving as host, while Hall of Famer Bob "Hollywood" Hey...
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New Weekend Preview: WIJI to miss more time!

on 01/04/2018 12:00 AM
In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, George Teague Jr. reveals why he scrapped plans this week to qualify the 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit as the 6-year-old pacer attempts to return to the races after being off since October 2016. Continued back issues have kept WIJI in the barn and will now likely keep him there for an undetermined amount of time. "It's the same...
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Barn Girl shuts doors on rivals at The Meadows

on 01/04/2018 12:00 AM
A "win machine" in 2017 with 15 victories, Barn Girl launched the new year in her customary fashion with a front-end score in Thursday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Barn Girl zipped to the front from post 7 for Aaron Merriman and easily turned back the first-over bid of Dreamsteeler. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie held off the late ...
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Tony Morgan now at 15,998 driving wins

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Tony Morgan moved to within two winning drives of reaching 16,000 victories while Celebrity Pegasus scored a 1:54.3 triumph in the $25,000 Open Trot at Dover Downs on Tuesday (Jan. 2) with temperatures again in the low teens. Art Stafford Jr. drove two winning trotters for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta. Minisink Farms is also a part owner of Celebrity...
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Triple dead heat for show at Northfield Park

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
The money was spread around at Northfield Park Tuesday night when a triple dead heat for show (third place) in the second race made for three trifecta and six superfecta payoffs.   The racing oddity, believed to be a first in Northfield Park history, came about when the No. 2 horse, Ball Don't Lie, tired in deep stretch and was caught on the wire by not only No. 4 Lexington Avenue, ...
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Banner year for Bowden, Pure Country

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Over the past three years, no female pacer can match the accomplishments of Pure Country. In fact, few in the history of harness racing can produce better resumes when it comes to accumulating awards. Pure Country became the first female pacer to receive a Dan Patch Award at ages 2, 3, and 4 when she was named the sport’s best older pacing mare in December. Only two pacers have ever won more...
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Hawthorne Race Course set for harness Friday

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Baby it's cold outside,  as the song goes. Nothing could be any truer than those lyrics here in Chicago but the harness racing action will be heating things up starting on Friday (Jan. 5) at Hawthorne Race Course.  Despite a stretch of record-breaking cold in which temperatures have struggled to get into the single digits during daylight hours, a track crew of more than 100 h...
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US harness handle declines by 4.39% in 2017

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Total wagering on harness racing at US racetracks in 2017 was $1,383,189,222, a 4.39 percent decrease, which was down $63,579,485, from the $1,446,768,707 bet in 2016. The 2017 per race average wagering was $37,327, three dollars more than the $37,324 average from a year ago, while total race days declined 1.77 percent to 3,610 days, compared with 3,675 in 2016. Please note: Includes U.S...
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Woodbine resumes live racing on Jan. 6

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
Following a brief break, live Standardbred racing resumes Saturday evening, Jan. 6, at Woodbine Racetrack for the first card of 2018. A new post time of 7:10 p.m. will be in effect when racing resumes on Saturday.   The opening card of the 2018 season will feature 12 races and all the signature wagers of the Woodbine Standardbred product, including the $50,000 Pick 5, $50,000 Early ...
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Tony Morgan wins 16,000th career race

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
It didn't take Tony Morgan long on Wednesday at Dover Downs to become only the second driver in harness history to drive 16,000 winners in a career.   The 59-year-old Morgan drove Pippy Longstocking to victory in 1:56.1 to win the first race on the card. Then he guided Killean Finale home in 1:56.1 in the second race for the memorable 16,000th.   Morgan is second in winning dr...
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Morgan adds feature win to momentous day

on 01/03/2018 12:00 AM
It was a BIG day for Tony Morgan. Needing two wins to reach 16,000, Morgan quickly responded taking both ends of the Dover Downs daily double to attain his milestone, on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Then Morgan, who won four races, is only the second driver in harness racing history to drive 16,000 winners in a career, displayed a perfect drive behind Divas Image, to win the $25,000 Mares Open by a nose...
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Ohio vet Dr. William Paul dies at 77

on 01/02/2018 12:00 AM
Well-known Ohio veterinarian William Glessner Paull, DVM, 77, died Dec. 30 at his home. "Doc" was known to many as a hard-working veterinarian who positively impacted numerous people. He was born April 4, 1940 and raised in Wheeling, W.Va., as the son of William and Kathryn (Foulk) Paull. He graduated from The Linsly School in Wheeling and then majored in agricultu...
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