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Harness Museum's holiday concert on Dec. 7

on 11/21/2017 12:00 AM
Great music and fun are traditions of the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame’s annual Holiday Concert. Celebrating its 43rd year, this community event kicks off the festive season. Although much has changed in the world since that first concert in 1974, the charm of sleigh bells and the warmth of gathered neighbors continue to "make the season bright." Mark your calendar for Thurs...
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Rubber Duck wins at Pocono for Jenn Bongiorno

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Rubber Duck, who has done his best racing on the front end in recent starts, worked out a pocket trip on a 34-degree night and came on to get a half-length decision over tough pacesetter Classicality while taking Sunday’s $25,000 winners-over handicap trot in 1:53.2 Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Jim Marohn Jr. sat with the Muscle Mass ridgling behind favored Classicalit...
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Charmed Life bests boys in Yonkers Open Trot

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Odds-on Charmed Life (Yannick Gingras, $3.50) slapped the boys silly again Sunday afternoon (Nov. 19), winning Yonkers Raceway’s windy $40,000 Open Trot.  With ‘only’ a seven-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile as the late-morning opener. First-up a week ago, Charmed Life was in play early here. From post position five, she found the front well before a ...
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Ariana G named 2017 NJSS Horse of Year

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Ariana G has been selected as the New Jersey Sires Stakes Horse of the Year for 2017.   Ariana G won both of the New Jersey-restricted races that she entered, including the final of the Sires Stakes Premier Division at the Meadowlands where she took her lifetime mark of 1:51.1. The 3-year-old trotting filly used those races as a springboard to the rest of the season which saw her vi...
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Cammie Haughton named Yonkers dir. of racing

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Yonkers Raceway has named Robert (Cammie) Haughton to the newly-created position of director of racing.   Haughton, 57, was serving as the Raceway's racing consultant. He is a former presiding judge at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers. The son of Hall of Famer Billy Haughton also worked as assistant race secretary at Saratoga Raceway after himself training and driving.   "Cammie's ...
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Safe From Terror wins 20th race of year

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Surviving a brutal :26.1 opening panel, Safe From Terror won for the 20th time this year in Monday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, moving her back into a tie with Quicksilvercandy A for "winningest" North American Standardbred in 2017. When Jim Pantaleano eschewed an early seat for Safe From Terror, she continued outside well past the quarter before maki...
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Harrisburg purchase Cougar Bait wins in debut

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Cougar Bait completed his 2-year-old campaign in impressive style, winning four of his last five starts. But too many inconsistent outings and only one win this year led to him become catalog number 1575 in the Black Book at Harrisburg earlier this month. That is where Joel Wheeler cast the winning bid and brought the altered son of Western Terror home to Plainridge Park.  In his first...
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Evolution Tour, Slick Tony win DSBF 2CP splits

on 11/20/2017 12:00 AM
Evolution Tour drew off by more than 10 lengths while Slick Tony had to edge Transitioning Joy at the wire in the second of two $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) freshman colt and gelding paces on Monday at Dover Downs.  The combination of driver Tim Tetrick and Jim King training for JoAnn Looney King struck for the third straight time, second in DSBF preliminaries, to...
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Fourth Dimension bounces back in VV elim

on 11/19/2017 12:00 AM
Single eliminations for each of the Fall Final Four stakes headlined a 13-race card at the Meadowlands on Saturday night (Nov. 18). Kissin In The Sand followed her near track-record win two weeks ago in the Kindergarten final with an easy score in 1:52.2 as the 3-10 wagering choice in the Three Diamonds elimination. Tim Tetrick took over the driving duties for the first time with Yannick Gingra...
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Big night for Grant, McNair at Woodbine

on 11/19/2017 12:00 AM
Leading owner Brad Grant and leading driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night (Nov. 18) at Woodbine Racetrack. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn’t slow down the momentum of last week’s Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2-5 favorite in the C$34,000 Preferred a...
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Macomber, Cullipher tie for HoP trainer title

on 11/18/2017 12:00 AM
Hoosier Park Racing & Casino concluded its 2017 harness racing season with a 14-race card in front of a packed house on Friday (Nov. 17). In addition to the racing action, the leading driver and trainer titles were awarded. On the driving side, Trace Tetrick secured his fourth consecutive and sixth leading driver title at Hoosier Park. Tetrick, who led the standings from start to finish...
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Truth And Liberty dominates mare pace at Saratoga

on 11/18/2017 12:00 AM
Truth And Liberty (Total Truth) continues to dominate the competition in the Friday night (Nov. 17) Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Bob Lounsbury-trained mare was assigned post position eight for Friday’s try in the $19,500 feature after winning the Open three times in the last five weeks. Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. was patient while piloting the 5-year-old mare on...
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Dapper Dude wins Meadows $18K Pace

on 11/18/2017 12:00 AM
  Dapper Dude attacked the leader, Stride Of Pride, first over, passed him in deep stretch and captured Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was third down the backside when Aaron Merriman sent him after Stride Of Pride. Despite a sloppy racing surface, the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest gained steadily and downed Stride Of Pride...
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Bit Of A Legend N wins Yonkers Open Pace

on 11/18/2017 12:00 AM
Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.60) won the scrum for the lead and eventually the ‘moist’ race Saturday night (Nov. 18th), annexing Yonkers Raceway’s $40,000 Open Pace. With half the field leaving the gate, it was Bit of a Legend N—from post position No. 4--making the lead around Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Scott Rocks (Eric...
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Si Semalu wins Pocono feature; Luck Be Withyou retired

on 11/18/2017 12:00 AM
Si Semalu became the newest member of the quarter-million-dollar club when he won the $20,500 featured pace Saturday night (Nov. 18) at Mohegan Sun Pocono, plowing through sloppy conditions to post a 1:52.3 triumph. Jim Marohn Jr. hustled the Modern Art gelding to command in front of the stands and held sway the rest of the mile. Although he needed every bit of a :56.1 last half-mile to hold of...
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Seekmans say "Let's Drink On It" at Dayton

on 11/18/2017 12:00 AM
It's been a very exciting week for driver Travis Seekman, to say the least. His wife Desiree presented the 27-year-old reinsman with their first child, a healthy 8 pound 1 ounce baby girl they've named Raegyn, on Thursday morning; and Saturday night (Nov. 18) he won the $18,500 Open Handicap Pace with Let's Drink On It at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Despite persistent night-long rainfall and strong ...
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Artspeak to Winbak Ont., Muscle Massive to Victory Hill

on 11/17/2017 12:00 AM
Hanover Shoe Farms announces that Artspeak, the outstanding son of the sire of sires Western Ideal, will stand at Winbak Farms in Ontario for the 2018 breeding season. Artspeak's oldest foals will be yearlings in 2018.   "From the ones we can see here at Hanover, and from what we hear from other breeders, Artspeak's foals are exceptionally good-looking," said Jim...
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Gural clarifies exclusion quote in Weekend Preview

on 11/17/2017 12:00 AM
In a story published in today's HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, a quote from Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural regarding trainer exclusions was misinterpreted. While associate editor Gordon Waterstone believed Gural to be talking about an overall change next year, Gural was instead referring to making a change in the policy that would in fact enforce the rules and not allow for horses to change barn...
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The Real One draws rare post 1 at Yonkers

on 11/17/2017 12:00 AM
The Real One drew the rail in Saturday's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway.   The all-age track record holder at Yonkers is coming off a win in last week's Open as the 9-5 favorite. Pat Lachance, longtime trainer-driver of the Mach Three gelding, could take credit for the Hilltop success of the lifetime winner of $904,593. Instead, the horseman defers praise to owne...
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Mare Debbie Hall tops Blooded Horse at $120,000

on 11/17/2017 12:00 AM
Led by a powerful consignment from Walnut Hall Ltd, the 70th Annual Blooded Horse Sale held Nov 13-16 in Delaware, OH, was the strongest in its history. The sale opened with black type yearlings on Monday followed by racing and breeding stock the other three days. Yearlings, racehorses and breeding stock proved to be in high demand across the board. Walnut Hall Ltd brought an 8-horse c...
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