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Young named Exec. Dir. of NY Ag. & Dev. Fund

on 12/15/2017 12:00 AM
The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund Board of Trustees, which runs the prestigious New York Sire Stakes series, unanimously approved the appointment of harness racing expert M. Kelly Young as the Fund's executive director. Young, a fifth-generation participant in harness racing, grew up on a leading horse breeding farm outside Goshen. She most recently served as de...
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Young guns Cushing, Siegelman at Big M

on 12/15/2017 12:00 AM
Two names that might not be familiar to Meadowlands regulars will be appearing in the program more and more during the winter months, and Mitchell Cushing and Austin Siegelman are prepared to do what it takes to make it on the sizable Big M stage.   The first of these two youngsters is 19-year-old Cushing, who was actually contacted while making his way from his Albion, Maine home to the ...
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Nat A Virgin upsets in Dover feature

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Corey Callahan pull Nat A Virgin three wide on the final turn and zipped past battling leaders Divas Image (Tim Tetrick and Enhance Our Mind (Vic Kirby) to score a 1:51 victory in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace on a chilly Wednesday at Dover Downs.   Divas Image in her first start at the track took the early lead and fought off challengers on the backstretch with the field fanning...
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Wind Of The North stalks, wins at The Meadows

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Wind Of The North stalked Lady's Dude patiently from the pocket, then roared by him in the Lightning Lane to capture his second straight victory in Wednesday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.   Lady's Dude turned back the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, but it took a :27.4 third panel to do it. That made him vulnerable to Wind Of The Nort...
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Batavia driver's race goes down to wire

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) will present performance awards to the top dash winning trainer and driver of the meet during the 10th annual "Night of Distinction" ceremony in the winner's circle at Batavia Downs on Saturday and whereas the top conditioner has been well identified, the driver's race will likely go down to the final races o...
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Quick Deal one to beat in Big M Friday feature

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands puts up 11 live races on Friday with twin features coming up as races 6 and 7, full and competitive fields of trotters and pacing mares each for a purse of $11,000.   Patti and Rob Harmon do a lot of racing at the Meadowlands through the winter months, and on Friday they bring no fewer than eight horses to race including a pair that go as an uncoupled entry in the si...
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Monticello trainer Basilone suspended 120 days

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Dolores Basilone, the leading trainer at Monticello in wins and earnings in 2017, has received a $2,000 fine and 120-day suspension from the New York State Gaming Commission as a result of three recent infractions.   Basilone, who won both the dash and earnings titles at Monticello in 2016, easily tops both leaderboards this year with 216 winners from 910 starts (win avera...
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Devious Man to stand stud at Blue Chip

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that Credit Winner's richest son, Devious Man, will stand at Blue Chip Farms in 2018 for $4,000.   A winner of near $1.4 million lifetime, this year at age three Devious Man captured the Earl Beal Memorial Trot and was the runner-up in the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity Final. Devious Man was a NY Sires Stakes (NYSS) champion at two&nb...
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Meadowlands Survivor bet picking up steam

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
If you think you have to bet big or be part of a syndicate to rake the pot in the Meadowlands' new 20 Cent Survivor Pick 10 wager, you've got it all wrong. The early returns are in on the Big M's challenging new bet, and not only is it popular, but the results prove that a small player can hit a nice ticket if they can survive and advance. "Thus far (through nine days)," said Meadowlands...
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Eric Cherry buys interest in Heston Blue Chip

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Eric Cherry proprietor of Let It Rides Stables and On Gait.com, the internet sales platform, has bought into the stallion Heston Blue Chip, p,3,1:48 ($1,781,881), arguably the best bred son of American Ideal in stud today. Cherry owns a portion of former Canadian and now Delaware stallion Badlands Hanover along with Winbak Farms and will own Heston Blue Chip in partnership wi...
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Boli takes Pompano Open Trot in 1:54.2

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
The gritty and consistent Boli, again handled by Hall of Fame driver Wally Hennessey, took top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Trot on Wednesday night, stopping the timer in 1:54.2. The determined five year-old gelded son of Kadabra returned to the winner's circle for the 13th time this season with the clocking equaling his lifetime best mark established during Pompano Park's...
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CHHA stallion auction begins January 24

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
CHHA Stallion Auction will run from Wednesday, Jan. 24 through Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. Please consider donating a breeding to your stallion or a breeding you own but do not plan to use. For an up-to-date listing of stallions and bidding information visit www.chha.net/stallion-auction. Breeding donation forms are available to download from our website at https://www.chha.net/wp-content/up...
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Some tracks may eliminate passing lanes

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Cammie Haughton, newly appointed director of racing at Yonkers, has announced that the track has requested permission from the New York Gaming Commission to eliminate the track's passing lane. In addition, the three Pennsylvania harness tracks—The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, Harrah's Philadelphia, and The Meadows—are also considering eliminating the passing lane. According to U.S. T...
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Woodbine announces Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas will come a few days early for horseplayers, as Woodbine Racetrack has announced a mandatory payout on the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 for Saturday, Dec. 23. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $153,104.77 with six cards remaining ahead of Dec. 23. There will be no freezing of the pool ahead of the mandatory payout.   This will be the second consecutive year that...
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Big news: Little back at the Meadowlands

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
New Meadowlands Racetrack is pleased to announce that Dave Little has been added to the Big M's television and media relations staffs. His first appearance will be during Thursday evening's nine-race card that gets underway at 7:15 p.m.   Little will serve as the primary co-host (alongside Dave Brower) and occasional host of the track's award-winning nightly simulcast production that...
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Ontario Racing, Standardbred Alliance merge

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
The Board of Ontario Racing and members of the Standardbred Alliance have voted to merge the two existing organizations. The combined entity will be an independent, not-for-profit industry organization that will represent all Ontario racetracks and horse racing industry associations in the Province with one unified voice.   "We're excited to announce the merger of the two organizati...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Can life be any better for a stud horse than having a dual career of both racing and breeding? That's the case for Sunfire Blue Chip and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview trainer Jimmy Takter talks about the 7-year-old pacer who starts Saturday night at the Meadowlands with Kathy Parker. Down Under star Christen M is making a name for himself in the United States and he is also ...
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Cajon Lightning captures Dover feature

on 12/14/2017 12:00 AM
Both of last week’s $25,000 Open winners at Dover Downs, Cajon Lightning and Sicily, who finished in a dead-heat win, returned in the feature race on Thursday (Dec. 14). This time 7-1 Cajon Lightning closed with a rush to score a 1:51 victory with Sicily (Montrell Teague) finishing second. Tim Tetrick had another big day with five winners. Art Stafford Jr. drove Cajon Lighting, a Mach Thr...
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Maryland owner Kenneth Whittington Sr. dies

on 12/13/2017 12:00 AM
Kenneth D. Whittington Sr., 75, died Monday, Dec. 11, at the Berlin (Md.) Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Berlin, he was the son of the late Roland Jennings Whittington and Elizabeth Taylor Whittington.   Mr. Whittington was a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School, class of 1960. He worked in construction and was a homebuilder. He owned and oper...
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Grey Cup champ Argonauts head to Woodbine

on 12/13/2017 12:00 AM
Woodbine Racetrack will host members of the Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts on Friday night, Dec. 15, to celebrate and honor their recent championship victory.   The Argonauts will be bringing the Grey Cup to Woodbine for this special evening of live Standardbred racing.   The Grey Cup champions will be dropping by the Standardbred paddock prior to the start of F...
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