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Round two of Valedictory Series complete

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Brave World and Better B Rolling will have plenty of momentum heading into the Valedictory Series final following victories in Saturday's second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $17,000 divisions were contested in the second-week of the series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2017. Brave World and driver Trev...
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Christen Me N dominant in Big M feature

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Richard Poillucci knew what he was doing when he purchased 9-year-old gelding Christen Me N earlier this year, and after taking the featured $20,000 Preferred Handicap at the Meadowlands Saturday night, everything appears to be all systems go for the upcoming season. "He came out of the race really well," said Joann Looney-King, who trains the horse along with her husband, Jim King, Jr. "...
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Yonkers wraps up 2017 season

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2017 season Sunday   (Dec. 17th), with Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $16.60) winning a certifiably-strange $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. The happy half-dozen went as the late-morning opener, which may have proven a bit too early for the two favorites. It was Gural Hanover (George Brennan), as the 4-5 choice, breaking in the first turn, Meanwhile, 9-...
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Foiled Again scores 98th career victory

on 12/17/2017 12:00 AM
There have been so many adjectives utilized to describe something so special that it is nearly impossible to accurately relay them all. It should simply be stated that Foiled Again, the richest harness horse of all-time, captured his 98th career triumph on Saturday (Dec. 16) at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The 13-year-old son of Dragon Again-In A Safe Place left with purpose from t...
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Cloud Diva, L A Delight take Woodbine features

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
An exciting Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack, which included a visit from the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts, saw Cloud Diva and L A Delight capture the feature races. An overflow field of 12 sophomore pacing fillies clashed in the $17,000 second leg of the Niagara Series. Cloud Diva was a half length short in her first leg division, but was more than four-lengths better than th...
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Merriman, Brewer shine at Dayton

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Colorful Sky gave Aaron Merriman, America’s leading dash driver, his fourth win of the night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Dec. 15) capturing the $18,500 Mares Open Pace in 1:52.1. It was the seventh win on the season for the daughter of Skydancer Hanover, increasing her 2017 earnings to $69,262 for owner Grant Wilfong. Merriman took no chances in this race, putting Colorful Sky on t...
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McNeight reaches 1,000 training wins

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Longtime western New York horseman Jim McNeight reached a career milestone as he won his 1,000 race as a trainer. McNeight was at 999 before his pacer Open Water finished second on Wednesday (Dec. 6) and was placed first through a disqualification. But McNeight made it official on Friday (Dec. 15) when his trotter Millbrook Hanover driven by his son Jim McNeight Jr., won easily in the snow ...
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Allard, Miller both triple at Big M

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Drivers Simon Allard and Brett Miller had the hot hands on a cold night at the Meadowlands Friday, ringing up three winners each on the 11-race card. Allard struck in the third race with Show Me Up ($6.20 to win) in 1:53.2 and Cousin Mary ($4.40) in the seventh in 1:53.1. Allard then put big smiles on his fans' faces as 23-1 chance Spilling The Beans ($48.40) made a big move down the backst...
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Batavia offers guaranteed pools, mandatory payouts

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Closing night of the 2017 racing season at Batavia Downs features a guaranteed $2,500 early Pick-5 pool and a $1,000 Pick-6 contest, both with mandatory payouts on Saturday (Dec. 16). The $2,500 guaranteed early Pick-5 pool begins in race one and runs through race five. The Pick-5 is a 50-cent base wager and as it's the final one of the meet, there will be a mandatory payout. Thi...
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Horseman Gordon Norris honored at Northville

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Family and friends gathered at Northville Downs on Friday to honor longtime Michigan trainer/driver Gordon Norris for his lifetime achievements in the harness racing industry. A blanket, in the red and blue Norris stable colors, was presented to the winner of the Open Trot, Skyway Jaylo and driver/trainer Larry Smith. Norris is a native of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Born into a harness racing family, ...
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2018 Harness Racing Museum stallion auction

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Do you have a breeding that you won't be using this season? We have a home for it! We are lining up our stallion roster for the 2018 season and invite you to put your breedings to work for the benefit of all – the breeding donor, the mare owner and the Harness Racing Museum. Donated breedings help further the Museum's Mission – to protect the past, support the present and promote t...
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Cal Expo $17,600 Pick-6 carryover Saturday

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
There is a $17,600 carryover in the 50-cent Pick-6 tonight at Cal Expo with a mandatory payout. The sequence covers races 6 through 11 on the 12-race program, which gets underway at 6:10 p.m. There will be no racing here next week, with the trotters and pacers back in action on December 26 with a special Tuesday evening card that begins at 5 p.m. There will also be racing that week on ...
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Southwind Amazon upsets in Meadows pace

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Southwind Amazon endured a hotly contested 26.3 opening quarter and had plenty left late en route to a 10-1 upset in Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Southwind Amazon picked up valuable cover when Lincolnjames retook the lead, and he blew by that rival in the lane to triumph in 1:51.4 for Dan Rawlings. Atta Boy Dan shot the Lightning Lan...
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Enoch 1 of 4 winners at Dayton for Page

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Enoch made the most of his second start at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Saturday (Dec. 16), cruising to victory in the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace in 1:51.1. Driver Chris Page fired the 4-year-old son of Panspacificflight from the gate and other than momentarily relenting to My Hero Ron (Tyler Smith) nearing the :27 quarter mile mark controlled the pace the rest of the way. Posting subsequent fracti...
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Gokudo Hanover wins open pace at Yonkers

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
Gokudo Hanover (Matt Kakaley, $9.80) inherited the pocket, then inhaled the leader Saturday night (Dec. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s last-of-the-season $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly early from an assigned post position No. 2, Gokudo Hanover watched from third as Bakersfield (Greg Merton) made the first lead. That one gave it up to Thisjetsabookin’ (Jordan Stratton) be...
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Chumlee A, Asher, Stalbaum shine at Batavia

on 12/16/2017 12:00 AM
The western New York "wonder from down under" Chumlee A, proved once again that he is the best pacer currently on the grounds as he led a fast :57 back half under heavy duress on a cold night to win the final $10,000 Open Handicap pacing feature of the meet at Batavia Downs on closing night (Dec. 16). It took Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) over a quarter of a mile to get the lead as Don'tcall...
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Esprit De Kayjay wins 6th straight at Big M

on 12/15/2017 12:00 AM
Esprit De Kayjay A isn't getting older, he's getting better.   The 13-year-old gelding won his second straight Meadowlands start after taking four in a row at Freehold, winning the first of two divisions of the second leg of the Dash For The "G" Notes series Thursday night at the Meadowlands. Andy Miller has been in the sulky for all half-dozen victories.   Esprit De Kayjay A worke...
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Roy notches five-bagger at Woodbine

on 12/15/2017 12:00 AM
Exactly seven days after finishing in the runner-up spot five times, driver Louis Philippe Roy turned the tables to post a big Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack.   The Mont-Joli, Que., native won five of seven drives on Thursday evening's 10-race card.   Roy started his night with a victory in the evening's second race behind the Richard Moreau-trained 3-year-old trotting f...
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Solid Saturday night card at Meadowlands

on 12/15/2017 12:00 AM
The Saturday card at The Meadowlands indicates that winter racing will provide the wagering product horseplayers have embraced for years. The higher purse races have been stacked on Saturday and the result is a rock solid offering from start to finish.   The evening begins with the popular new Survivor Pick 10 (races 1-10/$10,000 guarantee) and the opening leg is a conditioned pace that c...
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Hakan Wallner named HOF Immortal

on 12/15/2017 12:00 AM
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is inviting Immortal nominations for the Class of 2019. All Museum members in good standing have the privilege of nominating people and horses who they feel have made a significant contribution to the sport of harness racing. The nominees must be deceased three years or more to be eligible for consideration. Nominations must include a complete biograp...
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