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Call Me Queen B wins Yonkers F/M Open Pace

on 11/17/2017 12:00 AM
Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell, $8.20) retook the lead early and grudgingly held it late Friday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s blindly-drawn (by modern technology) $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away second from post potion No. 2, ‘Queen Be’ at first was pocketed to HP Sissy (Dan Dube) then retook before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission...
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Juslikeaqueen sparkles in Dayton open pace

on 11/17/2017 12:00 AM
Juslikeaqueen staked her claim to being the Queen of the current collection of Hollywood Dayton open pacing mares, capturing the feature race for the distaff set on Friday night (Nov. 17) in 1:51.1.  It was the fifth win in the last six starts for the 3-year-old Palone Ranger-sired filly and ninth of the season after a winless freshman campaign of just three starts.  The winner's share o...
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Darrell Wright drives 5,000th winner

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
Driver Darrell Wright recorded the 5,000th win of his career after he piloted Harveybear to victory in a conditioned pace at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Wednesday, (Nov. 15). The 1:57.1 victory marked the first win of the season for the 3-year-old gelded son of He’s All That-Mother’sday Dream and a major career milestone for the 55-year-old Michigan native. Wright made his game-winn...
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Star Sapphire, Vandalous win DSBF legs

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
Star Sapphire and Vandalous won the first legs of the $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) for females while Super Fly took the $20,000 male preliminary. Enhance Your Mind came through for the veterans of the sport with a 1:52.1 triumph in the $25,000 Mares Open Pace. Vandalous won the fastest of the two Delaware-sired filly trots by a neck in 1:59.4. Corey Callahan moved the daug...
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Hey Kobe rallies to take Batavia mare feature

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
After getting a trip she hasn’t seen in some time, Hey Kobe rallied late to nab the $9,500 Fillies and Mares Open pacing feature at Batavia Downs on Wednesday evening (Nov. 15). Starting from the pylons for the first time in months, Hey Kobe (Ray Fisher Jr.) got away third behind Squeeze This (Billy Davis Jr.) and Rockin Kasbah (Larry Stalbaum). But her passive posture only lasted until the t...
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Caesars Entertainment set to buy Hoosier Park

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
According to reports, Caesars Entertainment Corp. is nearing completion of the purchase of Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand from Centaur Gaming. Bloomberg News reports the purchase price is likely more than $1 billion and the sale could be announced as early as this week. The sale would still need approval from the Indiana Gaming Commission. Caesars already owns Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hot...
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Schnittker to be honored by Monticello-Goshen

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
Ray Schnittker has become a household name around Orange County, N.Y.   When the Monticello–Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association holds its 59th annual awards banquet on Sunday, Dec. 3, Schnittker will again be the talk of the town. The New York horseman will receive the organization's highest honor--the Lifetime Achievement Award.   Having b...
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$146K Jackpot Hi-5 cash story one for Hollywood

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
A Toronto area couple enjoying a Friday night movie at home got a surprise ending that seemingly only Hollywood writers could manufacture.   However, the shocker didn't come on the small screen they were expecting.   A female HPIbet customer, who asked not to be identified, and her husband took down the entire Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 last Friday for a $146,937....
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Fall Final Four elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
The leaves on the trees are falling and fall is in full bloom, but for 2 year olds of both gaits, the Fall Final Four is upon us. In the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, drivers Yannick Gingras and Scott Zeron give their take on American History and Lost In Time, their respective mounts in the Governor's Cup eliminations on Saturday at the Meadowlands.   Marcus Melander a...
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Downbytheseaside tips $2 mil with Matron win

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside became a $2-million winner, Bill’s Man closed strongly for Tim Tetrick’s first of four wins, Agent Q got up for Hall of Famer David Miller and Dream Together led off the four Matron Stakes championships on Thursday at Dover Downs. The passing lane was handy for driver Chris Page to catch front-pacing Filibuster in the final steps for a 1:50.1 victory on a chilly and w...
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Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes at Hollywood Dayton

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
With the Hoosier Park live racing season about to end and Hollywood Dayton Raceway's season in full swing through Dec. 30, excitement is beginning to build in anticipation of the third annual "Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes Harness Challenge" on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Dayton. Following a convincing triumph by the Buckeyes drivers in the inaugural event in 2015, the Hoosiers evened the score with a 406-31...
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Mambo Lindy wins in Plainridge return

on 11/16/2017 12:00 AM
After competing against Hannelore Hanover, Crazy Wow and Marion Marauder in the Breeders Crown last month, Mambo Lindy returned home to Plainridge Park for his first start in 19 days and won the $14,000 Open Handicap Trot in commanding style on Thursday afternoon. The strategy was simple for driver Greg Merton; go to the front and win the race. After floating out fifth over the rain-soaked ...
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Gweneeee J snags fourth straight victory

on 11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Gweneeee J, winner of three straight coming into Tuesday night’s (Nov. 14) $17,000 conditioned distaff pacing feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, promptly continued on her form spree by going wire-to-wire in 1:51.2 to make it four in a row. The daughter of American Ideal, trained by Ross Croghan for the Let It Ride Stables Inc., was put in front early by driver Andrew McCart...
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Ohio's Amy Wildman, 47, dies

on 11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Amy C. Wildman, 47, well known in Ohio, where she once operated a staking service, died Nov. 11. She had been battling poor health. She is survived by her parents, William and Emily; brother, Brian (Barbara); nephews, Justin, Lucas and Nicholas; special friends, Jenna and Julie; as well as extended family and friends. She loved all animals, especially horses. Visitation wil...
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Matthews trying for trotting version of Foiled Again

on 11/15/2017 12:00 AM
It is unlikely Barbara Matthews will recapture the breeding magic she conjured up in the mid-2000s when she saw the births of Foiled Again, a pacer who became harness racing’s richest horse, and Floored, a Morgan who became a multiple-world-champion in the show world. But she is willing to dream. Matthews, after a decade away from breeding horses for harness racing, last week sold a yearling...
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Fall Final Four elims set for Saturday at Big M

on 11/15/2017 12:00 AM
The Meadowlands is racing live on Saturday night with a 13-race program featuring $20,000 eliminations for the Freshman Fall Final Four stakes and a $25,000 TVG Open prep for the pacing mares. Racing Secretary Pete Koch found upon opening the box that each of the 2-year-old stakes would require only a single elimination to reduce each field to ten after byes had been offered to and accept...
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Call For Justice wins Meadows $15K trot

on 11/15/2017 12:00 AM
Call For Justice, typically a Preferred performer, enjoyed a touch of class relief Wednesday and took full advantage when he cruised to victory in the $15,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Trot at The Meadows.   Call For Justice was away third for Dave Palone and after quarter-poling to the front, he easily repelled the first-over challenge of Classic Banker and downed him by 2-1/4 leng...
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"Seaside" in, Fear The Dragon out of Matron

on 11/14/2017 12:00 AM
Downbytheseaside will try to continue a late-season surge when he faces seven foes in Thursday's $210,000 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at Dover Downs. The colt, who is harness racing's richest horse of the year, is the 5-2 morning-line favorite despite starting from post seven.   The race is one of four Matron Stakes for 3-year-old pacers and trotters Thursday at Dover D...
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Mandatory drivers meeting Sat. at Meadowlands

on 11/14/2017 12:00 AM
All drivers that compete at the Meadowlands are required to attend a meeting with Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural, GM/COO Jason Settlemoir, and presiding judge John Tomasello on Saturday, Nov., 18 at 6:15 p.m. The meeting will take place in the racing office.   The mandatory drivers-only meeting will cover a variety of house rules and policies at the Meadowlands.   D...
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Paul Kelley to receive Hamilton Memorial Medal

on 11/14/2017 12:00 AM
The Harness Horse Breeders of New York State has announced that Saratoga-based trainer Paul Kelley will be the recipient of their 2017 Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal, to be presented after the USTA District 8 meetings, during the New York Sire Stakes year-end awards banquet held at Saratoga Raceway Casino and Hotel on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.   The Bruce Hamilton Memorial Medal is pr...
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