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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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Nash edges Waterstone in HANA charity contest

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
With the victory of Downbytheseaside in Dover Down’s Hap Hansen Progress Stakes on November 30, Rusty Nash was crowned the winner of the 2017 Edition of the Hambletonian Society Grand Circuit Handicapping Challenge.  With seven handicappers sharing the 100 points for selecting the race winner, there was no opportunity for Gordon Waterstone, Sally Hinckley or the others to move up and...
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Crevanis, Brandon Parker to be honored by USHWA

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Brandon Parker and Stephen and Carole Crevani of Crevani Farms will be honored by Monticello-Goshen USHWA when the chapter hosts its 59th annual awards banquet this Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club. Brandon Parker, son of Monticello Raceway's all-time leading driver, Billy "Zeke" Parker Jr., will receive the Rising Star Award and Crevani Farms will receive the inaugura...
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Montana Pablo A scores at The Meadows

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Montana Pablo A engaged Artsmah near the three-quarters, then stuck his nose in front after a stretch-long duel to capture Saturday’s (Dec. 2) feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Pace. Artsmah got the jump with a first-over move from third, but once Montana Pablo A got ahead, he was able to maintain his margin despite Artsmah’s late surge. He scored in 1:52 for Jim Pantaleano ...
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Funeral services Sunday for Kenny Ross

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Kenny Ross, a Pittsburgh area auto dealer who owned the world champion trotter Tom Ridge, died Friday after a brief illness. He was 90. Mr. Ross was running a small used car lot in Philadelphia in 1953 when he learned there was a Chevrolet dealership for sale on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Just 26, he bought the dealership and moved across the state with his wife, Claire, and 1-year-old son. Mr....
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Merriman fourth to win 1,000 in single season

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Christmas arrived just a bit early for reinsman Aaron Merriman when he collected his 1,000th victory in 2017 behind Official Kisser on Saturday in the sixth race at Northfield Park.  Merriman now becomes only the fourth person in harness racing to accomplish that feat and the first in a decade.  With this triumph for trainer Herman Hagerman&nb...
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Thisjetsabookin' takes Yonkers feature by neck

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
Pole-assigned Thisjetsabookin’ (Jordan Stratton, $11.60) needed every bit of a perfect pocket trip Saturday night (Dec. 2), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. It was 11-10 favorite Caviart Luca (George Brennan) as the only leaver, working around Thisjetsabookin’ before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.1 intermission, The Real One (Pat Lachance) took out of four...
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Chumlee A romps in Batavia Open Pace

on 12/02/2017 12:00 AM
In a performance that could only be described as overwhelming, Chumlee A made a bold backside move after being parked out from the start to win by as many as he wanted in the $10,000 Open Handicap Pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Dec. 2). Major Trick (Kevin Cummings), Lucky McTrucky (Drew Monti) and Chumlee A (Larry Stalbaum) all left the gate and wanted to cut the mile, but only one co...
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