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Ind. Commission waiting on sale paperwork

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission held its annual monthly meeting on Wednesday and announced that it is still awaiting an application for the proposed sale of the state's two racetrack casinos, Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs, to Caesars Entertainment. The commission shared that it has received the financial agreement between Centaur Gaming, which owns Hoosier Park Racing & Casin...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
"I'll take the Patriots minus 6 for $20, and the Jets plus 9 for $20." Those are words you might be hearing in the future at the Meadowlands and other racetracks if the U.S. Supreme Court abolishes the ban against sports betting in most states. We have the latest story in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. Kathy Parker talked to trainer Tom Cancelliere and driver Corey Callahan abo...
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"Yankee Joe" Lee named Amateur Driver of Year

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
It was unanimous. The USHWA National Amateur Driver of the Year Award Committee has named "Yankee Joe" Lee the National Amateur Driver of the Year for 2017. The ever-improving 38-year-old Bronxville, N.Y. native is enjoying his best season in the sulky while being a member of multiple amateur organizations.   When contacted, Lee was at Yankee Stadium where he is the New York Yankee's assi...
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Christen Me N takes Dover feature

on 12/07/2017 12:00 AM
New Zealand champion Christen Me N stole the spotlight on the Thursday (Dec. 7) card at Dover Downs, which included Art Stafford Jr. placing his name in the history books after steering two consecutive horses to dead-heat victories.   Christen Me N (Ross Wolfenden) collected his fourth win from his last five starts in Delaware by obtaining a first to last triumph in a six-horse $30,...
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Warkentin now calling "offsides" and "hooking"

on 12/06/2017 12:00 AM
Ken Warkentin gets up early Sunday morning and hops into the car to head to a hockey rink. Although he spent the better part of Saturday calling harness races at Freehold and the Meadowlands, finishing work around midnight, he is energized. When he arrives at the rink, he will not be playing in a game, though. He puts on black pants, a striped shirt, and gets ready to have a new kind of fun. ...
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2018 USTA Driving School May 30-June 2

on 12/06/2017 12:00 AM
The United States Trotting Association will hold its 19th annual Standardbred Driving School May 30-June 2, 2018, in Goshen, NY. The school begins Wednesday evening (May 30), with a welcoming reception/dinner and special keynote speaker. Classroom and hands-on instruction will be conducted each day. Classroom instruction will be held at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. Topics such a...
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Wind Of The North wins for Bercury at Meadows

on 12/06/2017 12:00 AM
Determined to control the mile from the rail, Wind Of The North seated Crosbys Clam Bake and True Blue Stride and never let them pass as he captured Wednesday’s $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Both Crosbys Clam Bake and True Blue Stride tried for the early lead, but Wind Of The North responded to Aaron Merriman’s urging and claimed the point. Though Cros...
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Always B Miki's book full and closed

on 12/05/2017 12:00 AM
Always B Miki, the reigning Horse of the Year, is now booked full for 2018. Once again, his book contains a list of the top pacing mares in the industry.   "We are not surprised by the attention Miki has received, in both the Northern Hemisphere and now the Southern Hemisphere," said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. "Besides being a champion on the track, Miki is a beautiful, big horse ...
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Minnesota breeders receive record awards

on 12/05/2017 12:00 AM
The Minnesota Racing Commission has authorized the payment of more than $59,000 in breeder awards to Standardbred breeders. This record payout is a tenfold increase over 2016 payments and is due, in part, to Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) legislation passed last year. Since the legislative initiative to license ADW providers, a portion of the revenues generated from Minnesota residents wagerin...
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Homepage upsets at 12-1 at The Meadows

on 12/05/2017 12:00 AM
Homepage moved relentlessly first-over and pulled off the 12-1 upset in Tuesday’s (Dec. 5) $15,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Homepage was fourth at the half when Ronnie Wrenn Jr. sent her after the leader, Panana Republic. The 7-year-old daughter of Tom Ridge-Inside Edition cleared easily and held off the late charge of Classical Annie to dow...
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Horseman Norman Bradbury retires

on 12/05/2017 12:00 AM
In the winner’s circle after the seventh race on Tuesday (Dec. 5) at Monticello Raceway, longtime Monticello Raceway horseman Norman Bradbury was honored for his extensive and prominent career in a retirement ceremony. The native of Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Bradbury has been a fixture at Monticello Raceway for over four decades, since his first start in 1979. Prior to arriving to the ba...
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Longtime horseman Mel Gilbert dies at 77

on 12/04/2017 12:00 AM
Melvin "Mel" Francis Gilbert died Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta as a result of heart failure. He was 77. Mr. Gilbert lived his own way, on his own terms. He loved racing harness horses and golf was his favorite pastime. He was a graduate of Bowling Green University where he played basketball and golf. Mr. Gilbert received his degree and taught school for eight ye...
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Marcus & Hannah Miller racing Down Under

on 12/04/2017 12:00 AM
After the first two heats of the International Invitation Drivers Series at Gloucester Park the contest is too close to call with a three-way tie for top spot between Victorians Greg Sugars and Chris Alford and Western Australian Gary Hall Jnr as they have 21 points. Sponsored by Sky Racing and Slater Gartrell Sports, the final two heats will be held at Gloucester Park on Inter Dominion Grand ...
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Fox Valley Charm wins up Lightning Lane

on 12/04/2017 12:00 AM
Fox Valley Charm stalked the leader, Shady Caroline, from the pocket, then kicked by in the Lightning Lane to capture Monday’s $15,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Shady Caroline threw down a sharp 1:24.1 three-quarters that discouraged the outside challengers. But she couldn’t shake Fox Valley Charm, who knifed inside for Dan Rawlings and defeated...
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Miami wins in Dover Downs feature

on 12/04/2017 12:00 AM
Miami made his first race at Dover Downs a winning one as he bested eight other 3 year olds in the $13,000 feature trot on Monday.   Driven by Victor Kirby and racing for owner Frank Canzone and trainer Ed Gannon, the Muscle Hill-Arlanda Hanover colt scored his fifth win in 14 career starts holding off Splashed (Jonathan Roberts) and Ero Gap (Russell Foster) in a 1:53.4 lifetime bes...
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Tight Lines tops Charmed Life, Melady's Monet

on 12/03/2017 12:00 AM
Rank outsider Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory, $62.50) was the ground-saving star Sunday morning (Dec. 3), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. With just a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, before the seven ‘French’ trots. In play from post position five, Tight Lines actually surrendered an early pocket to lone lass Charmed L...
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Mackenzie A captures Yonkers feature

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
It wasn’t terribly attractive, but certainly effective. Odds-on Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) did her thing from first-up Friday night (Dec. 1), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away fifth from the pole in the scratch-abbreviated field of seven, the Matchmaker victress saw Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell) outleave all of her inside rivals, working aroun...
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Pick 5 carryover at Meadowlands Saturday

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Horseplayers will be treated to a Saturday night special at the Meadowlands thanks to a series of longshots triggered a Pick-Five carryover of $18,646 on Friday (Dec. 1). The Friday night Pick-Five featured zero winning favorites and winners that paid $34.80, $37.40, $6.20, $16.40, and $23.20. With an always-low 15 percent takeout, Saturday’s carryover sequence will have an effective takeout...
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Fox Valley Veto trots to Batavia Open win

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Challenged for almost the entire mile, Fox Valley Veto took on all comers and went wire to wire to capture the $10,000 Open Handicap Trot at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Dec. 1). Fox Valley Veto (Billy Davis Jr.) and Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) both wanted the front and they went at it hot and heavy off the gate. Fox Valley Veto cleared and then held Lutetium at bay outside to the half in a q...
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