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Driving great Herve Filion dies at 77

on 06/22/2017 2:00 AM
Herve Filion, whose 15,179 career wins stand behind only Dave Palone and Tony Morgan, and a member of the Hall of Fame in both the United States and Canada, died Thursday morning, June 22. He was 77. A native of Quebec, Mr. Filion in 1968 became the first driver to win more than 400 races in a year. He was Harness Tracks of America's Driver of the Year a record 10 times. He was inducted int...
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Meadowlands to celebrate Campbell's career

on 06/22/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will honor Hall of Famer John Campbell and celebrate his five-decade career with a series of events and tributes on Friday, June 30, the final night of his driving career.   The 62 year old is harness racing's most decorated and accomplished driver with career earnings just under $300 million. He has won a record six Hambletonians, seven Meadowlands Paces, ...
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NY lawmakers fail to pass tax relief for Vernon

on 06/22/2017 2:00 AM
According to a report on cnyhomepage.com, New York State lawmakers adjourned for the year in Albany late Wednesday night without passing the tax relief bill that Vernon Downs owner Jeff Gural wanted. The measure cleared the State Senate, but it did not clear the Assembly.   New York has authorized two new casinos in the Vernon area and they pay a lower tax rate. Gural issued a sta...
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Jenn Bongiorno gets win in first training start

on 06/22/2017 2:00 AM
Jennifer Bongiorno, well known for paddock interviews and other appearances on the Meadowlands racing broadcast, started her first horse as a trainer on Tuesday (June 20) at Yonkers and walked away with a win.   Bongiorno, 27, who left the Meadowlands team this spring, sent out Gratian Hanover, a 5-year-old son of Western Ideal who she owns. Bongiorno's brother, Joe, drove Gratian H...
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Sun Stakes elims in new Weekend Preview!

on 06/22/2017 2:00 AM
All eyes are on The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono this weekend for the Sun Stakes Saturday eliminations of the Beal, Hempt, Lynch and Ben Franklin, and in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview, driver Yannick Gingras talks with Gordon Waterstone about his chances with the filly Ariana G against the boys in the Beal. Gingras drove Mission Brief to a second-place finish in the double-heat H...
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MacDonald wins 5, Steacy 3 at Mohawk

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
Winning five races in a night at Mohawk Racetrack is no easy task, but for the second consecutive evening, a driver was able to do just that.   James MacDonald made five trips to the winner's circle on Tuesday's 10-race card. The Guelph, Ont. resident teamed up with trainer Mark Steacy for three of his five victories.   The duo of MacDonald and Steacy scored their victori...
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Rock Me Baby earns new mark at Pocono

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
The well-traveled Rock Me Baby made a stop at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night and promptly took a new lifetime mark of 1:50.4 in the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs.   Driver Corey Callahan put the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, racing at her fifth track in her last seven starts, on the lead, and none of the opposition could summon enough speed to get by the fleet ...
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French trainer Souloy suspended 15 years

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
The Norwegian trotting regulatory authorities have recommended suspending French trainer Fabrice Souloy 15 years and fined him 500,000 Norwegian crowns (approximately $58,000) for positive tests with his horses Your Highness, Un Mec d'Herpire, Lionel and Timone EK.   North American trotting fans should know Souloy as the trainer of the flashy Commander Crowe, winner of the...
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Soup's on for Saunders, Nashes

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
Talent Soup was limited to a handful of races last year at age two because of sickness, but trainer Bruce Saunders saw enough of the colt to believe there was ability beyond the horse's name. Good looking, well gaited, quick, and professional, Talent Soup checked all the boxes.   "He's a beautiful horse," Saunders said about Talent Soup, who will compete in the third of Saturday's t...
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Saturday is Millennial Night at Meadowlands

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
This Saturday, June 24, is millennial night at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. In an effort to attract the younger demographic at the track, the Meadowlands is hosting a 30 & Under Handicapping Contest and a $10,000 Scholarship Sweepstakes both sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farms.   The free handicapping contest is exclusively for fans between the age...
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Resolve returns to Yonkers for Saturday Open

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
Double-millionaire Resolve returns to the scene of his world-record romp Saturday night, headlining Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot.   When last working in Westchester, the now-6-year-old son of Muscle Hill made short of his rivals in last October's million-dollar Yonkers International Trot. Resolve went the (mile-and-a-quarter) distance in a spiffy 2:23.4.   ...
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Call For Justice wins Meadows $20K trot

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
  Call For Justice, who hadn't won in five starts since leaving The Meadows, made a triumphant return home Wednesday with a front-end victory in the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. A 5-year-old son of Justice Hall-Mika's Mazurka, Call For Justice opened the year with five straight victories at The Meadows before shifting to Hoosier Park to face the trotting elite there. &nbs...
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Obvious Blue Chip, Clear Idea win NYSS at Buffalo

on 06/21/2017 2:00 AM
Obvious Blue Chip and Clear Idea took advantage of the long home stretch at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (June 21) and rallied with impressive victories in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly pacers. The quickest time of the two divisions each worth over $60,000 went to Obvious Blue Chip who covered the mile in 1:54.4 while Clear Idea won her leg with a 1:55.1. Both we...
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Trevor Henry wins 5 at Mohawk on Monday

on 06/20/2017 2:00 AM
Carrying momentum over from last week, Trevor Henry posted five driving victories on Monday evening's 10-race card at Mohawk Racetrack. The Arthur, Ontario, resident led all Mohawk drivers during the week of June 11-17 with eight victories and is well on his way to another strong week after his five-win night Monday. Henry started things off by capturing the first-race with four-year-old...
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EZ Passer undefeated in PA Stallion for 3FT

on 06/20/2017 2:00 AM
EZ Passer stands alone atop the Pennsylvania Stallion Series three-year-old trotting filly rankings after overcoming post nine to win her division of the third Stallion Series preliminary leg Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, keeping her undefeated in the competition after a trio of starts. Jeff Gregory sent the daughter of Crazed right to the top despite the outermost s...
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Gottalovemyshadow fastest in Grassroots

on 06/20/2017 2:00 AM
Father-son duo Gregg and Doug McNair picked up one win and one second in four Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening. The McNairs kicked things off with a runner-up finish in the first $18,800 division as fan favorite Shewearsthepants was nabbed at the wire by Manhattan Play. The three-year-old pacing fillies stopped the Grand River teletimer at 1:54.1 off fractions o...
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Miller repeats as Museum's Amateur Driver

on 06/20/2017 2:00 AM
For the second consecutive year, Hannah Miller has been named the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame Amateur Driving Champion.   Amateur drivers from driving clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada compete for the Museum's Amateur Driving Championship. It is won each year by the amateur driver donating the most driver's commissions to the Museum. Previous winners are Edward B. Ru...
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Trio sweeps DSBF divisions at Harrington

on 06/20/2017 2:00 AM
Owner Jo Ann Looney-King, trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Victor Kirby swept all three $20,000 divisions of the second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes Tuesday (June 20) at Harrington Raceway. King's Lillisbagsrpacked ($3, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first split in 1:55.1 over Giga Spin and A Lady Sizzling. Trained by Jim King Jr., the daughter of Roddy's Bags...
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Chris Brewer-Lehman, 81, dies

on 06/19/2017 2:00 AM
Chris Brewer-Lehman, 81 of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., formerly of South Fallsburg, N.Y. and Boca Raton, Fla., passed away peacefully on June 14. She was preceded in death by her husband of 19 years, Max A. Brewer and survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Charles D. Lehman. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., and reared in Flourtown, Pa., Mrs. Brewer-Lehman attended Springfield High School in Erdenheim, Pa...
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Treviso, Overdraft Volo take PASS 3FT

on 06/19/2017 2:00 AM
The Muscle Massive filly Treviso is the only sophomore trotting miss to have a win in each of the three preliminaries of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes after a 1:54.2 victory Sunday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while the other division was taken by Overdraft Volo in 1:54.3.   Despite winning her two previous Sire Stakes prelims, and a Currier and Ives division in between, Treviso was...
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