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Mandatory payouts at Meadowlands

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Racetrack will offer horseplayers a rare opportunity this weekend with mandatory payouts in the track's two jackpot super high five wagers. The Meadowlands will pay out the jackpot in the Race 5 wager on Friday and the jackpot in the last race wager on Saturday.   The Race 5 jackpot $35,864 while the last race jackpot is $68,933 and will grow into Saturday with one m...
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Ariana G looks to join sister as Oaks winners

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
Award-winning Ariana G will take a step toward trying to follow in her older sister's hoof prints when she competes in Saturday's first of two eliminations of the Hambletonian Oaks at the Meadowlands Racetrack.   The Hambletonian Oaks, for 3-year-old female trotters, attracted 18 horses. The field was divided into two nine-filly eliminations, each with a purse of $40,438, and the to...
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Riordan to return to US with Twister Bi

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
Trainer Jerry Riordan remembers working as a groom at Roosevelt Raceway in the 1980s. He was fortunate enough not only to race there in the track's heyday, but to be there when the great French trotter Ideal du Gazeau won the International Trot three consecutive years from 1981 to 1983.   "We met the groom of Ideal du Gazeau and took him out one night. They were a couple of French g...
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Trogdon is thrilled by Fear The Dragon's success

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
When a teenage Bruce Trogdon first began attending the Adios more than four decades ago, he never imagined he would someday own a horse in the race. On Saturday, he will. But even if it never happened, the Adios would always be special to him. That's because 41 years ago, Trogdon got engaged to his wife Sabrina there. "All this, it's a pretty neat situation," said Trogdon, who will return Satu...
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Campbell's last drive set on Legends Day

on 07/26/2017 2:00 AM
The card for Legends Day 2017, which will take place this Sunday at Ontario's Clinton Raceway, has been drawn. John Campbell, the most decorated driver in the history of Standardbred racing, will officially retire at the end of the program, which will culminate with the $15,000 Legends Day Trot. The 10-race card will kick off with a first-race post time of 1:30 p.m. The eight-horse Legends ...
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Summer Travel ekes out Dream Maker win

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The photo finish camera was put to good use to determine the winner of Monday night's Dream Maker Series opening leg at Mohawk Racetrack. Summer Travel held off inside rival Trump That by the smallest of margins to win the seven-horse $14,000 first leg. Coming in off an impressive 1:51.4 victory in his career debut, Summer Travel and driver Louis Philippe Roy got away fourth in the early-go...
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Percy Bluechip easy Ontario Sires winner

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Round two of the freshman pacing filly Gold Series division was identical to round one as Percy Bluechip and Big Thong captured their second straight victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. Off her Canadian and Ontario Sires Stakes record mile in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, Percy Bluechip was sent off as the heavy favorite in the first $96,400 division. Starting fro...
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Revrac Harbour takes Pocono Monday feature

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The 6-1 shot Revrac Harbour closed off a wild pace to capture one $14,000 division of the featured claiming handicap trot Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, while in the other cut favored Pounce Hanover controlled the pace en route to his fifth straight victory. Revrac Harbour went postward in the very first race of the night, and he sat just off of a wicked early contest that...
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Oldford, The Budster reunited in Fowlerville

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The Midwest region of the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series moved back to harness racing roots on July 24 when five members ventured to the double oval at the Fowlerville (Michigan) Family Fair for a trotting contest and when the judges hung the official Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford was victorious with The Budster in a time of 2:03.3. The 12-year-old altered son of Broadway Hall notch...
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Casey Leonard leads Hawthorne drivers

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Hawthorne's meet leading driver to date, Casey Leonard, had a night to remember at Hawthorne, capping a big racing week. Entering the second half of the Hawthorne Standardbred season, Leonard held a 26 win margin in the driver standings over Mike Oosting and hasn't missed a beat. The week opened with Leonard winning a pair of races on Thursday, guiding home two-year-old Rippin An Runnin in ...
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The Red Mile set to kick off meet July 27

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Harness Racing returns to Lexington, Ky., with the historic 143rd season at The Red Mile beginning on Thursday, July 27. More than $7.5 million in purses will be offered over 32 race dates concluding on Sunday, Oct. 8.   Thursday's offering is a 10-race overnight card with a $6,200 Preferred Handicap feature pitting eight solid pacing mares in the second race.   The ...
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Holy Trout wins MDSS final for 9th straight

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings made their final sires stakes appearance on Sunday, July 23, at Ocean Downs going for a purse of $69,800. After and up-and-down start to his career the hybrid colt EI EI O (Cam's Rocket-My Baby Momma) found his way to the winner's circle for the second week in a row with stablemate Hybrid Henry up for place in the 1:57 mile. Brian Burton was in t...
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Morrisville yearling sale entries now online

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The 2017 Morrisville College Yearling Sale entries, with 77 yearlings consigned, can now be seen online at the Morrisville College Yearling Sale web site. Again this year, the site utilizes live TrackIT pedigrees for each yearling.   The Sunday, Sept. 17, sale is represented by 18 of the top sires in the industry, including yearlings by first crop sires Heston Blue Chip, M...
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Muscle Hill colt tops Swedish sale at $365,000

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The annual yearling sale of horseman Lufti Kolgjini was held Monday night in Sweden and a colt by Muscle Hill set a new Swedish record when he was sold for 3 million Swedish krona. That is approximately $365,000.   The colt, named Nagamori Hill, is a half brother to the accomplished Lavec Kronos and Raja Mirchi. Lennart Agren's SRF Stable, known in the US for purchasing yearlin...
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Ariana G draws post 4 in one of two Oaks elims

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Eighteen 3 year olds entered Tuesday for the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the filly division of the Hambletonian.   Hambletonian Festival week kicks off on July 29 with two $40,438 eliminations to narrow the field to 10 for the $500,000 Oaks final on Hambletonian Day, Sat., Aug. 5, at the Meadowlands.   Favorite in the field will be Dan Patch divisional Champion Aria...
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Breeders Awards increased for NYSS

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
The Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund (FUND) is pleased to announce an increase to the Breeders' Awards given through the New York Sires Stakes program. This season, the FUND approved an additional $100,000 from handles at harness tracks across New York. The FUND's Board of Directors has made the decision to direct this funding to breeders of 2-year-old New York resident Stan...
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Svanstedt sends out strong 2FT quartet in NYSS

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Ake Svanstedt has not raced often at Batavia Downs, but he will be well represented there in the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) on Wednesday as his four starters are all morning line favorites as five divisions (races two through six) of 2-year-old trotting fillies vie for a total of $108,600 in purses on opening night.   In what looks to be the fastest of the divisions (sixth race), S...
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Burke sends two to Spirit of Massachusetts Trot

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Perennial Grand Circuit dash and money leading trainer Ron Burke and his "Burke Brigade" will be well represented in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot at Plainridge Park on Friday as he will start both Hannelore Hanover and Crazy Wow in the state's biggest harness race ever.   Hannelore Hanover won seven major stakes in 2016 including the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity, $208,...
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Posts set for Adios; elim winners side-by-side

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Huntsville, the 9-5 morning line favorite, will leave from post 4 while Fear The Dragon, the 2-1 second choice, starts from post 3 in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. The powerhouse Adios Day card begins at noon and includes six Grand Circuit stakes. The Adios goes as race 11 with an approximate post time of 4 PM.   From ...
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Ontario Racing executive director Cook resigns

on 07/25/2017 2:00 AM
Ontario Racing's executive director, Rob Cook, has announced his resignation from the association, effective Aug. 7.   Ontario Racing's chair Hugh Mitchell wished Cook the very best for his future and expressed gratitude on behalf of OR's board for Cook's significant contributions in leading the organization during its development over the past year.   "Under Rob Cook's leadership,...
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