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Retired race official Pam Miller dies

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Pam P. Miller, 75, died after a three-year battle with dementia and cancer on Sunday, Dec. 24.   She was in harness racing her entire life, most notably as program director for 15 years at Freehold Raceway. She also worked at Pompano Park, Wheeling Downs, Los Alamitos, and retired from Raceway Park after 16 years in 2008.   She was in the care of Hospice of NW Ohio.   She is...
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Michigan horseman Danny Davidson dies

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Danny Lee Davidson of Pinckney, 64, formerly of Caro, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 26, at the VA Medical Center in Ann Arbor.   Mr. Davidson was born June 3, 1953 in Caro, the son of Darlene (Putnam) Davidson and the late Harry Davidson. In 1971, he enlisted with the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1972. Mr. Davidson worked for 10 years at Michigan S...
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Big fields+big pools=Big payoffs at Big M

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
While winter's chill has been covering the Northeast of late, the action--as well as the payoffs--at the Meadowlands have been white-hot.   Racing resumes at the Big M Thursday evening for the final race week of 2017 with a 10-race program that gets underway at 6:35 p.m. The track will then come back with back-to-back 14-race cards on Friday and Saturday with the same earlier-than-no...
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Gingras named 2017 Driver of the Year

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
In a year when he drove the horses ranking one-two-three in the final Top Ten poll and making a sweep of the female trotter divisional characters while contributing almost a quarter of his $12.9 million seasonal sulky earnings, Yannick Gingras was selected Driver of the Year in balloting conducted among the U.S. Harness Writers Association, the sport's leading media organization. &nbs...
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Happy New Year! Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
Brian Brown. Yannick Gingras. Trace Tetrick. Bruce Trogdon. Those are just a few of the names of the newly-announced 2017 award winners by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, we've got the names of all the winners who have been announced, all of whom will be honored at the Dan Patch Awards banquet on Feb. 25 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, ...
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Big M Survivor Pick 10 pays $14,628

on 12/28/2017 12:00 AM
The reviews on the Meadowlands’ 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager are in, and one lucky patron who was wagering via simulcasting from Maine is sure to give it five stars after having the only winning ticket Thursday night, good for a payoff of $14,628.80. The big winner became the sole survivor after Tempster Hanover took the sixth race at odds of 2-1. Last weekend, the bet yielded an avera...
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100 set to go in 10 Thursday races at Big M

on 12/27/2017 12:00 AM
On Thursday night at the Meadowlands an even 100 horses will populate the 10 contests offered on the live racing card.   Seven various classes of pacers combined with three trotting races, two of which represent this week's GSY Driving Club events, will present a full slate of pari-mutuel puzzles to the Meadowlands faithful.   New Jersey horseman John Calabrese has enjoye...
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All Charged Up scores in Pompano mare feature

on 12/27/2017 12:00 AM
All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, took home top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for mares on Tuesday night (Dec. 26), covering the distance in 1:53.3. The 6-year-old daughter of Ponder got picture perfect handling in scoring the half-length decision over Northern Dali, catch-driven by Rick Plano. Wild Wanda, making her seasonal debut at Pompano Park, finished a v...
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Brian Brown Trainer of the Year, Good Guy

on 12/27/2017 12:00 AM
Brian Brown, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug’s hometown and had been steadily making a bigger mark among North American conditioners over the last couple of years, had his breakthrough year in 2017, training two 3-year-old colt pacers who were the leaders of their division much of the year and who were one-two in seasonal earnings, along with a star age/gait counterp...
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Lady Ping wins third straight at The Meadows

on 12/27/2017 12:00 AM
Lady Ping found a way off the cones when a rival broke stride and the 2-5 favorite exploded through the lane to capture her third straight in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Lady Ping was stalking Bessie from the pocket when Rose Run Reanna ranged up alongside and appeared to relegate Lady Ping to the Lightning Lane. But when Rose Run...
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HoP, Trace Tetrick, Konkle USHWA honorees

on 12/26/2017 12:00 AM
The theme generated within Hoosier Park, host track for the 2017 Breeders Crown, was "It’s Indiana Time," and the track’s embodiment of that philosophy in all quarters, resulting in a superior show for harness racing’s year-end showcase, has earned it the Stan Bergstein/Proximity Award in year-end Dan Patch Awards voting by the United States Harness Writers Association, the sport’s lea...
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MSOA names 2017 divisional award winners

on 12/26/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association has proudly announced its annual awards for the top horses at The Meadows in 2017. Each winner among the 12 categories now has an opportunity to be voted Pacer/Trotter of the Year and Meadows Horse of the Year. Balloting will take place among the MSOA’s members. This year, the individual category winners were based upon new criteria set ...
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Graceful Vision takes Meadows mare feature

on 12/26/2017 12:00 AM
Graceful Vision zipped to the front from post six and never had an anxious moment thereafter in capturing Tuesday’s (Dec. 26) $17,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Graceful Vision easily turned back the first-over challenge of Spreester and drew away from the pocket-sitting Fox Valley Charm to defeat her by three lengths in 1:53.4. Southwind Roulette ...
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Woodbine wraps up 2017 meet with series finals

on 12/26/2017 12:00 AM
The 2017 Woodbine Standardbred racing season wrapped up Tuesday afternoon with a special 12-race matinee card. The finals of the Valedictory and Niagara Series highlighted the final card of 2017. An 18-day break between starts was no issue for Jazzy Image in the $34,400 Niagara Series final. The Aaron Lambert trained 3-year-old pacing filly got away mid-pack with driver Trevor Henry and cam...
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A look back at 2017

on 12/25/2017 12:00 AM
There were a lot of memorable moments during the 2017 harness racing season. As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, let's look back at some of the newsmakers of this campaign. Dragon Roars (June 17) Fear The Dragon won the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, giving trainer Brian Brown his first win in the event and driver David Miller his second victory in the race, ...
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The road to success for Jim Devaux

on 12/25/2017 12:00 AM
There is something to be said for the road less traveled, but a well-worn road can yield rewards as well. Jim Devaux’s road, for example.    Devaux spends his days -- when he’s not driving horses -- driving hundreds of miles up and down the New York State Thruway to race at Monticello and Saratoga. It’s been a road to success as Devaux is putting the finishing touches on a ca...
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Soto takes Meadowlands feature in 1:50

on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM
Soto blasted right to the top and rolled directly down the road Saturday night (Dec. 23) at the Meadowlands, taking the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap pace in 1:50 over a sloppy track. The 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven was last seen at Dover Downs on Dec. 7, missing by only a head to Christen Me N, who was nothing short of dominant in winning the Meadowlands’ feature last week...
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Night Pro scores in Dayton; 53rd career win

on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM
Night Pro, one of the Midwest’s most stellar open ranks performers over the past four years, reached the winner’s circle again Saturday night (Dec. 23) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The 7-year-old Pro Bono Best stud captured the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace for his 12th seasonal win and 53rd from 107 starts in his career. He has raced his entire life for owner/trainer Dale Decker, who has now b...
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Odds On Amethyst bounces back at Woodbine

on 12/24/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas arrived early for horseplayers on Saturday (Dec. 23), as Woodbine Racetrack offered a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. A total of C$795,367 of new money was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool, which joined C$227,101.87 of carryover money that was brought into Saturday. Reis Star Cross (post nine) and James MacDonald shot through late to score a 16-1 upset in the Hi-5 race. Lights...
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Big M hat trick for Bongiorno, Dobson

on 12/23/2017 12:00 AM
On an evening that saw competitive racing, a $9,700 payout in the Pick-10 Survivor wager and no fewer than four drivers winning at least two races, Joe Bongiorno and Billy Dobson were the biggest winners of all, as both guided three horses to victory lane Friday night at the Meadowlands. Bongiorno’s three-bagger began with Woodbine shipper More Than Talk in the second race, who trotted the mi...
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